This incident may prove to have been a tragic accident or it could be far more serious. It is too early to speculate as to the cause of the crash but if reports that no distress signal was sent are true, and it is already established that the weather was favorable it is hard to imagine a mechanical fault or pilot failure resulting in the loss of the plane because under either scenario there is an overwhelming likelihood of a distress signal from the flight.
The dropping like a rock into the ocean for no apparent reason phenomenon has been seen in numerous air disaster in recent years from the Air France 447 disaster to the Air Asia 8501 calamity and many others.
State Department talking head John Kirby and many other current and former US officials have repeatedlywarned Russia of violent retribution for the defeat of the Western proxy forces in Syria on many occasions. If foul play has led to the demise of this aircraft those words may well come to haunt them and the world.
Updated- December 28th.
There were no survivors of the TU154 Black Sea crash. The flight voice and data recorders have been recovered and sources well connected with the Russia government claim that these and other data overwhelmingly point to pilot and/or mechanical error as the cause of the tragedy,
“According to a source close to investigation speaking to Interfax, initial readings from the black box appear to confirm the pilot error story. “The preliminary analysis of the flight recorder is complete,” said the unnamed source.
“It leads us to conclude that that the version of the catastrophe connected to mistakes made by the pilot of the aircraft, is the main version.”
Published record of the last session with the falling into the Black Sea in Sochi, the Tu-154
Three main scenarios behind Tu-154 plane crash in Black Sea
After a nightmarish and drawn out process marked by the standard avalanche of lies from the pathetic and laughable controlled media and their despicable jihadist allies, the evacuation of Aleppo city is now complete.
“Thousands of civilians have already taken to the streets to celebrate the final departure of the remaining jihadist rebels that were holed up in the Sukkari and Al-Zibdiyah neighborhoods.”(Source)
All of the civilians and fighters in eastern Aleppo city have been evacuated and the city is now entirely under the control of the Syrian Arab Army. The battle for Aleppo city is over. Syria won and all your lies have only once again proven what traitors to humanity you are, congratulations for once again backing evil, being on the wrong side of history and losing. Get used to it. This is your future.
The insurgents have agreed to be transported to the Anadan plains of the Aleppo countryside. All that remains is for the green buses to arrive and drive them away bringing to an end the four and a half year occupation of part of Aleppo city by foreign backed jihadist fighters following a mass infiltration coordinated by Turkey (whose border is only 25 miles from Aleppo city) in July 2012.
During these years these fighters have murdered the civilians of Aleppo on a daily basis with mortars, rockets, hell cannons and pretty much any projectile they could get their hands on. Hostages who tried to flee the eastern pocket were massacred if they tried to flee towards the government areas.
They slaughtered my brothers & sisters, but let me go’: Stories of Aleppo orphans
The decision by the insurgents to accept the evacuation deal came after the loss of the Sheikh Saeed district in the southern end of the pocket following several days during which the Syrian Army halted offensive operations in order to facilitate the evacuation of tens of thousands of civilians held hostage by the desperate, despicable insurgents.
Syrian forces evacuate civilians from parts of Aleppo’s Old City
Civilians Fleeing East Aleppo Through Humanitarian Corridors
Syria: Government forces retake Sheikh Saeed district
The Greatest Victory of the entire war.
The Aleppo victory is the greatest victory achieved in this war by either side and marks an end of the battle for the Syrian cities. The goal of overthrowing the Syrian government is now a pipe dream and while large sections of the lightly populated countryside remain under insurgent control the government controls all the major population centres Damascus, Hama, Homs, Latakia, Damascus and now Aleppo .
The insurgency, the revolution, the plot, the intervention has failed and the US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia Turkey and Qatar have backed a project that has achieved absolutely nothing save for mass suffering and needless death.
The Russians were prepared to sell Assad out way back in February 2012, when only 7000 people had died , in order to preserve their interests and the integrity of the Syrian state but the geniuses of the West knew better. They did not even bother to respond to Russia’s offer, victory was at hand why bother ending the war on Russia’s terms when victory was inevitable?
The Liberation of Aleppois Imminent Following Insurgent Collapse.
In one of the most stunning developments in the grinding five year war, 40% of the insurgent pocket has been lost in the space of 48 hours. Following the Syrian army capture of the Hanano district the entire northern sector of the insurgent pocket collapsed, thousands of civilians have fled into the Government sector and the twin myths of the popular support for the insurgents and the malevolence of the government towards the people have been instantly extinguished.
Every one of the avalanche of lies have achieved nothing but to discredit the source.
The civilians who have been able to leave tell very consistent stories about being used as human shields, being extorted large amounts in order to be allowed to leave, tyrannical religious edicts, hoarding of supplies and the mining of escape routes and firing upon any who try and escape.
The jig is up but the propagandists will continue droning on, they know no other way and are so mentally ossified that they are incapable of honest reporting even if that became their intent.
Scenes of hundreds of civilians out of the south-eastern districts of Aleppo towards the army points in the Mount Pedro
Syria: Liberated eastern Aleppo residents board buses to humanitarian centres
Syrian Battlefield Journalists Explain the Situation to the Jihadists….
In Syria there are two journalists named Rabea Kalawandy and Sohayb Masri who travel around to the recently liberated areas and celebrate Syrian victories whilst taunting the jihadist insurgents. Rabea is the bald guy at the far left and Sohayb is the fellow to the right of screen with the white keffiyeh around his neck, Rabea is the hard man whilst Sohayb is the one with the wisecracks. The videos are posted at Rabea’s twitter account, but only in Arabic.
The collapse of the jihadists in the northern sector of eastern Aleppo gave them an opportunity for an epic and classic video taunting the insurgents who have done so much damage to their nation. The complete video is embedded below.
The Next Steps.
When the fighting in Aleppo ends, as it will do within the coming weeks at the latest. The war will be over for control of Syria’s major cities, the war will continue in Latakia/Idlib and the Aleppo countryside to the west as well as Hama, Homs and Deir ez Zour to the east and a much smaller war in the south of the country but within months Syria may be able to begin rebuilding the core state. The insurgent defeat in Aleppo is going to mean the end for the insurgency in the major Syrian cities, the insurgency will become more of a nuisance at the edge rather than a threat to the existence of the state.
The end is now in sight, Syria has survived the worst that NATO and the Gulf States could throw at them short of open war- including dozens of airstrikes from Israeli and US coalition aircraft, and they have survived.
Syria, the army and the people deserve the credit but it is telling that whereas Saddam’s Iraq and Qaddafi’s Libya had no real allies willing to lift a finger in their defense, both Iran and Russia have made massive sacrifices in support of Syria and that has made it completely impossible for the plot against Syria to succeed as the previous regime change/state destruction operations had done.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, President Obama and even the British Labor party and Parliament deserve a modicum of credit also for resisting another demolition job in September 2013 after the massive chemical weapons false flag was supposed to close the deal.
Without the US air force the insurgents were never going to win, but the billions of dollars of military aid from a host of nations and steady influx of duped foreign fighters via the Turkish border made it impossible for the Syrian Army to prevail prior to the increased Russian and Iranian assistance of late 2015.
Many thanks to ANNA News for their reporting on the ground, which has provided almost all of the imagery used in this piece and many others.
The quality of their reporters and their work stands in stark contrast to the trash pumped out by the liars of the Western media over the duration of the Syrian war.
Syrian War Report – November 28, 2016: Syrian Govt Forces Liberate about 40% of East Aleppo
Syrian War Report – November 30, 2016: Govt Forces Are Close to Full Liberation of Aleppo City
Aerial scenes of eastern Aleppo
Syrian forces retake more districts in Aleppo operation
Syrian army liberates key districts in eastern Aleppo
Battles for Aleppo | November 24th – 26th 2016 Hanano district
10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo
Reports from the east Aleppo | November 27th 2016 | Jihadists on the run
Muhammad Rafe. Born to be a warrior
Syrian reporters trolling jihadists from newly liberated district
In late October insurgents outside the Aleppo city pocket made what now seems a final desperate attempt to break the siege. The offensive caused a great deal of damage, saw the insurgents take a high number of casualties and kill many civilians and achieved no territorial gains at all.
After the offensive the insurgents hold considerably less territory than before it started.
The encirclement and impending loss in Aleppo have inspired a welter of hysteria and an avalanche of propaganda from the Western media.
This has brought us many wonders in the field of lies but it is hard to surpass the fake twitter account with a seven year old girl calling for World War 3 . There should be an award for lie of the year, and that should be a contender.
Although to be fair, the widespread pretense that the more than one and a half million occupants of Government held Western Aleppo city do not exist and are not being killed and wounded in large numbers by the indiscriminate shelling of the insurgents was also an impressive and audacious lie (of omission as opposed to commission) propagated almost across the board by our wonderful media.
“At least 74 civilians, including 25 children, were killed in the 8-day-old offensive launched by Syrian opposition fighters against the western edge of the government-held part of Aleppo city.” (Source)
The fighters inside the pocket are incapable of any meaningful offensive operations and the fighters outside the pocket cannot break the siege despite throwing absolutely every possible resource towards the task over several months.
All insurgent attempts to break the siege of the eastern Aleppo pocket having failed, the insurgents are going to have to accept defeat in the Battle of Aleppo in the coming days and weeks.
There will be no total victory in the conventional sense, the Syrian army and their allies are not going to seize east Aleppo by force or kill every insurgent in the pocket, rather they are going to force the insurgents to accept a deal that will see them relocated by the government to insurgent held Idlib. Identical deals previously saw insurgents evacuated from Homs city, Daraya and in recent days the town of Khan al Shih in the Western Ghouta area of the Damascus countryside and their departure from Aleppo will end any meaningful insurgent presence in Syria’s major cities and with it any hope of regime change in Syria.
Trump Heading for Victory on Back of Rust Belt Rebellion.
Upset Stuns Establishment in Brexit Reprise.
On the back of a swag of stunning victories across the Midwest, Republican candidate Donald Trump has defied the pundits and is on the verge of claiming a shock election victory.
Donald Trump as won key swing states of Ohio and Florida, has taken North Carolina and at around 100 am US eastern time Trump has a solid 259 of the required 270 electoral college votes with a victory in either Wisconsin and Michigan putting the election beyond the reach of the Democrat candidate.
With 97% counted trump is ahead in Pennsylvania, he also leads in Michigan and Wisconsin,Clinton surrogates admit that their only path to victory is to swing Arizona, with two thrds of the vote counted Trump leads in Arizona by three points. It is over.
Neither candidate has appeared before the public despite the fact that it is well after midnight on the east coast. Presumably Mrs Clinton will concede in the coming hours as the faint possibility of victory is completely extinguished and the apparent President elect will follow after that.
Markets have plummeted across the world and the controlled media are alternating between ashen grief and pretending that they supported Trump all along.
The media, the polls and the establishment have received a stunning repudiation they would be wise to heed.
American Apocalypse: a Strange Awakening in the Unreality Zone.
“An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning “uncovering”), translated literally from Greek, is ‘through the concealed’, meaning a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation.” (Source)
The voting is almost over and the winner of the 2016 US Presidential election will be known within the next twelve hours or so.
The campaign has been marked by an extraordinary level of bitterness and division with both major campaigns focusing on the negatives of their opponent more than positive policy initiatives for much of the time.
Democracy in Action.
Democracy is a brilliant device created by the elites in order to provide the population under their control with the illusion of choice and accountability. No matter who runs for office, the people of the US and elsewhere are never going to be able to vote their way to freedom, true freedom, and this video provides an excellent argument against participation in this system.
However, at this time, the broad mass of the people believe in the system, the US remains the most influential of the around 200 nation states of planet earth and the Presidency, although vastly over-rated in many ways, remains an immensely influential position, so while eloquent arguments can be made that the whole idea of government is inherently flawed, there is no doubt that the result of the election and the identity of the President remain matters of great importance.
The Story So Far.
In March in the midst of the Primary season, Monica Crowley articulated the mood of the US people in light of the primary results
“What you are seeing is a wholesale rejection of the bipartisan establishment class, the ruling class, the elites, that for so long have told us one thing and promised one thing and done something else- only to empower themselves. Not looking after the interests of the American people, not looking after the interests of the country as a whole. Looking after their own interests.”
“That’s why you see the earthquake happen on both left and right. The bulk of the American people on both sides are saying.. You know what we gave you a chance, we are sick of you all and and we are going to go with something and somebody completely different.”
Monica Crowley, O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, March 9th, 2016.
The primary campaign saw Donald Trump succeed as an insurgent candidate inside the Republican party but on the Democrat side the primary race was rigged in numerous ways by the leadership of the Democrat party on behalf of Hillary Clinton denying the most popular candidate Bernie Sanders the victory he deserved and denying the Democrat supporters any real representation in the election.
To add insult to injury it later emerged that Bernie Sanders had some type of back-room understanding with the Clinton camp, this was one of many astonishing revelations arising from the Wikileaks release of the hacked E-Mails of Democrat heavyweight John Podesta.
Sanders showed his true colours when he responded to the theft of the Primary by meekly endorsing Mrs Clinton, an act that must rank as one of the greatest betrayals of the people he was supposed to represent in recent US history.
The upshot of that was that for the millions of Americans who know that things are not supposed to be this way. That the richest nation on earth supposedly should not have the combination of crumbling infrastructure and a 20 trillion debt. That a nation should have borders and apply the law. That it is unacceptable to have continue to spend trillions fighting endless and futile wars based on phony threats were left only one real choice in the election, the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
The Real Message to take from Mainstream Media.
Regardless of the result this election has been an important cultural event as it has seen the mainstream media completely expose the dishonest nature of their role in the process, discrediting themselves forever to millions of people due to the blatant pro-Clinton bias they have exhibited throughout and that perception has been made concrete by the Wikileaks E-Mail releases that have detailed the relationship between the Clinton campaign and CNN, the Huffington Post and other publications.
The people backing Hillary are the current ruling cabal. It is that simple and the astonishing media coverage of the election where Clinton revelations were entirely whitewashed and disappeared from the narrative on a daily basis is on it’s own powerful evidence of that.
The cabal own and run the controlled media, it is a key lever and we have seen laughably one sided coverage of this election right across the Western world. All the same media organisations who sell each new war based on lies are putting every effort into getting Hillary Clinton elected.
Trump’s self destructive, “walking tweeting disaster” persona gave them all the material they required it must be admitted, but time and again impolite words have been catapulted to the head of the headlines whilst revelations of serious corruption and criminality within the DNC and the State Department have been written out of the story or relegated to the bottom of the stack.
The US people have been betrayed by an entire generation of political leaders of both parties who pretended to serve the interests of the American people while acting to destroy their nation on the behalf of the corporations while blaming the other side of politics for the steady decline in the US economy and way of life. The media have been key accomplices at every step in the long con.
The career of Hillary Clinton is a textbook example of this inter-generational betrayal and over recent months Wikileaks have released a series of material gleaned from the hacked E-mail account of key Democrat party staffer John Podesta have ended all doubt about this.
The Democrat party machine initially sought to respond by claiming that the files had been obtained by Russia as part of a Russian attempt to influence the US election and had the brazen audacity to claim that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate was a secret representative of Russia.
No evidence as to the identity of the hackers behind the leaks was ever produced, nor any evidence of sinister connections between the GOP candidate and Russia.
Because 50,000 E Mails have been released in a very brief period of time, the scale of what is revealed is only slowly becoming clear. What has already been analysed is absolutely devastating and reveals the self serving and corrupt nature of the Clinton coterie once again.
The Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes John Podesta
The Veritas expose of provocateur operations, vote rigging and other serious crimes on the part of the Democrat party was another major scandals the major media simply pretended did not exist.Obviously, there should be no illusions about the Republican party.
This videos exposes the Democratic Party as using paid provocateurs via cutout groups, there are open boasts of busing rent a voters in to swing states.
These are people who boast of sending mentally ill people to Trump rallies to start trouble.
Rigging the Election – Video I: Clinton Campaign and DNC Incite Violence at Trump Rallies
These are people who boast openly of fifty years of vote rigging!
Rigging the Election – Video II: Mass Voter Fraud
This video conforms that unlawful actions connect directly to the Democrat candidate and the Obama White House.
Rigging the Election – Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved
The Hillary Clinton campaign is anchored squarely in the fallacy that the status quo is acceptable. Throughout the campaign Mrs Clinton has never articulated any positive vision with the promise to deliver “more of the same” being the core message.
Mrs Clinton is simply the front person for the ruling cabal, and the only remotely positive positions she has taken, such as her supposed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal will be abandoned should she be elected.
In terms of Foreign Policy Hillary Clinton is not a dove or a hawk, she is simply an obedient cabal operative who will do whatever she is told on any and all policy matters. If instructed to start a war with Russia in Syria she will do so, although the “No Fly Zone” policy Clinton has long advocated has been “walked back” significantly in recent weeks with an “after negotiation” clause inserted.
Mrs Clinton is a polished and competent performer but this has been one of the most uninspiring campaigns of all time and if it succeeds this will be completely due to the problems with the Republican candidate and the residual power of the professional liars of the major media.
The campaign has rested almost entirely on marshaling people to vote against Trump rather than voting for Hillary Clinton herself.
The Corruption Already Exposed Makes the Clinton candidacy untenable.
The sad truth, and there is no way around it although widespread denial persists, is that if Hillary Clinton wins the election the US will be mired in crisis and chaos for the foreseeable future. Hillary Clinton is not going to be allowed to assume the presidency in the conventional sense.
If Hillary Clinton wins the election as still seems the likely result, the US and the world are going to be plunged into an agonising and prolonged crisis, all of the dirty laundry is going to be aired and when the veil is pulled from what the Clinton cartel have done, there are going to be numerous easily provable serious crimes exposed and even if the compromised instruments of justice walk away, the impeachment process will begin the day after inauguration.
“Lock her up! Lock her up! Lock her up!
CNN sucks! CNN sucks! CNN sucks!
Tell the truth! Tell the truth! Tell the truth!
Build That Wall! Build That Wall! Build That Wall!
USA! USA! USA!”
Trump supporter chants. Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 17th, 2016.
There is no doubt that the Trump campaign has been a train-wreck in many ways with weeks of valuable time wasted by the petty and counterproductive squabbles of the often foolish candidate detracting from the message the campaign was trying to communicate.
In all likelihood should Donald Trump defy expectations and win the election , he will be exposed as another fake change President like Obama, a President who changed the tone and some of the tactics but continued to build a domestic police state and also to destroy the Middle East and North Africa, simply changing the pretext for the wars.
On Foreign Policy matters Trump has made some encouraging statements about not wanting a war with Russia but beyond that offers little hope. Every word on Iran is nonsense and the declaration on Jerusalem is completely despicable.
In addition, the prospective Trump foreign policy-security team is jam packed full of war mongers and the Trump temperament will be exceedingly easy to manipulate should a war be required.
All they will need to do will be to kidnap a couple of Americans in the target area, chop their heads off on video (fake or real- it matters not) and then the press will all say “Hey Don, you aren’t just going to let those punks get away with that are you?” Within days cruise missiles are pounding previously unheard of remote villages in the target area.
Trump is a highly effective and likeable public speaker and he has delivered some excellent speeches completely at odds with the mainstream media portrayal of his candidacy. The only people in the US chanting “tell the truth” are the Trump supporters.
There is no doubt that Trump has become a lightning rod for a greater awakening, albeit one that is still in the very early stages but the movement that has coalesced around Trump will probably dominate non-Democrat politics in the US over the next generation regardless of the result of the election
These people deserve better than Trump, much better, and hopefully in the future they will get the leadership they deserve, but right now there is Trump.
Sovereignty and the Border.
This has been the signature Trump domestic issue. On this issue Trump has made many base and demagogic statements, hurled slurs at millions of innocent people and persisted with the nonsense that Mexico is going to pay for the wall.
Mexico is not going to pay for the wall and the wall itself may not even be built, certainly not across the entire border, but as irritating as much of this is, it is all secondary because when you strip back the rhetoric you are left with a simple fact, Donald Trump believes the US should be a nation with secure borders and will try and implement that broad policy goal if elected President.
In stark contrast, Hillary Clinton and the faction she represents believe that the US should have open or even no border, should become part of a North American Union and then part of a broader system of world government and cease to be a nation state in the traditional sense.
Mrs Clinton stated that her dream was “a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders”(Source)
The Clinton faction not only believes in these things they are openly implementing these policies right across the West, using the refugee crisis caused by the West’s wars on Libya and Syria as a pretext to dissolve the external EU borders (the internal borders having already been literally dissolved by the European Union.
Therefore, all the people who want to have a border and want to live in a nation would surely best serve this goal in the short term by voting for Trump despite his many shortcomings.
Beyond all the rhetoric and the persona’s Trump may possibly be a candidate for the United States, Hillary most certainly is a candidate for the global power elite, and their record of destruction speaks for itself.
On October 16th, legendary Donbass militia commander Motorola (born Arsen Pavlov) was killed by an explosion in Donetsk. A device was hidden in the elevator of the building in which Motorola lived with his wife and child, and detonated as Motorola returned home, killing both he and his bodyguard.
He had survived at least two previous assassination attempts, the most recent being an apparent botched bomb plot in August.
Motorola’s life before the Donbass war is low on detail. He was born in 1983 and raised in Rostov, western Russia, he was a Marine in the Russian military, fought in the second Chechnya war early 2000s before coming to prominence during the Donbass war.
Motorola was a leader of the pro-Russian militia groups that have been fighting the Ukraine government forces since 2014 when a Western engineered colour revolution swept the elected Ukraine government from power and replaced them with ultra-nationalists and IMF flunkies.
Motorola was the commander of the Sparta battalion, who operate as a semi-special forces grouping within the DPR militia, he was involved in many of the most significant battles fought by the militia, playing a key role in the successful Second Battle for Donetsk Airport among many others.
Motorola engaged in numerous noteworthy acts of courage, exposing himself to close range tank fire, and generally leading from the very front of the front, giving his men confidence by the sheer force of his will and personality.
As a professionally trained soldier, Motorola was not only a fighter, he also operated training camps for less experienced fighters where they were taught infantry tactics.
Who Murdered Motorola?
The sad truth is that such is the state of Governance in the Donbass republics that there may never be any real investigation into this murder.
The attacker managed to sneak into the lift, plant the device, which could be done in ten seconds, and then monitor the traffic into the lift in order to press the button at the correct moment.
My initial assumption that the Ukraine and their allies must have murdered Motorola did not survive the reading of a typically thoughtful analysis from the Saker.
Having had a rethink, this is the picture that has emerged of the potential suspects.
The operation is widely regarded as being beyond the level of professionalism of the Ukraine security services, and while it remains possible that they were behind this it seems at the less likely end of the hypotheses on offer.
At face value it also seems highly unlikely that the operation would be directed by a Western agency as the death of Motorola does not change the overall situation to the benefit of the West to the degree worthy of the risk or resources the operation required.
The idea that Russia was involved can also be all but discounted. Motorola was an employee of Russia, if Russia thought he was dong a bad job, they would simply send him home. They had no motivation to waste time sneaking around planting bombs, he was their man, he obeyed orders, whatever they wanted to do to him, they would simply summon him.
The details of the attack mean it was either a very high-tech operation or it was done by someone very close to home. In recent years, almost all the major military and political and military leaders of the Donbass republics have been targeted for assassination, including the two putative heads of state in the respective republics, Alexander Zakharchenko of Donetsk and Igor Plotnitsky of Luhansk.
Infighting is part of the story and the Motorola killing fits into a broader pattern of events in the self-declared republics, with a partial breakdown of law and order and the absence of a real system of justice.
The best explanation for Motorola’s death, without having access to hard facts, would be some type of inside attack directed from within as part of some rivalry or betrayal.
The loss of Motorola is an immense psychological and symbolic blow to the beleaguered self-declared republics but it will not change the fundamentals of the situation in east Ukraine.
In the eastern Ukraine, Russia created a military and political force able to veto any attempt to include the Ukraine in NATO ans once that goal was achieved the Russian priority changed to mending political ties with Europe, hoping to end the EU sanctions.
The New Cold War.
In order to understand why this war is happening, we must look back at the post Cold war period.
At the end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union unilaterally dismantled itself, ended the European empire built on the back of the victory over the Nazi’s, abandoned communism and ended the reason for NATO’s existence, the Warsaw pact alliance grouping.
Rather than engage in a constructive reconciliation process, the West simply viewed Russia as a weakened enemy, to be exploited and attacked.
This was inexplicable because the official reasons for the conflict between the West and Russia, communism and the Soviet empire, were gone.
At the behest of Neo-liberal ideologues the assets of the Russian state were sold off at a tiny fraction of their value and later, foreign jihadists were inserted into Chechnya in order to start the Chechen war in the 1990s.
Key leaders of the Chechen insurgency were trained at the same training camps the CIA and the Pakistani ISI had earlier trained the Afghan mujaheddin.
As Michel Chossudovsky writes “the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence arranged for Basayev and his trusted lieutenants (Khattab included) to undergo intensive Islamic indoctrination and training in guerrilla warfare in the Khost province of Afghanistan at Amir Muawia camp, set up in the early 1980s by the CIA and ISI and run by famous Afghani warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. In July 1994, upon graduating from Amir Muawia, Basayev was transferred to Markaz-i-Dawar camp in Pakistan to undergo training in advanced guerrilla tactics. In Pakistan, Basayev met the highest ranking Pakistani military and intelligence officers: Minister of Defense General Aftab Shahban Mirani, Minister of Interior General Naserullah Babar, and the head of the ISI branch in charge of supporting Islamic causes, General Javed Ashraf,” (Source)
Basayev, along with Saudi jihadist Ibn Khattab, led insurgent attacks on the provinces bordering Chechnya in 1998, attacking both Dagestan and Ingushetia, a ridiculous provocation designed to end the relatively peaceful informal independence of Chechnya.
On the external front, a dozen former Warsaw pact nations were included in an eastward expanding NATO, breaking numerous assurances made to Russia at the time of the German reintegration.
The broken deal is a secondary issue, the elephant in the room is why does NATO even existpost Warsaw pact? And if the purpose of the expansion was not to encircle Russia then what was it?
The leadership of the West continued the Cold War unilaterally and for a very long time they met very little resistance, (the 2008 war against Georgia being a major exception) until they staged the colour revolution in Ukraine at the start of 2014.
The Ukraine had an elected government, all the politicians on all sides were corrupt. Protests against the government began after the President chose not to pursue closer economic ties with Europe. After several months the protests grew extremely violent and caused an equally violent response from the security forces.
At this point, Russia made a compromise deal for the President to stand aside and hold early elections but the West continued with the putsch and in late February during the latter stages of the Sochi Winter Olympics the coup succeeded and the President of the Ukraine fled. This was the breaking point for Russia.
Russia could not risk losing the Sevastopol naval base to a hostile NATO takeover of the Ukraine, sOnce the Olympics were finished, Russia took dramatic action, a co-ordinated military political operation saw the Ukraine military evicted from the Crimea with very little violence and soon after that the people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation.
Russia was able to achieve these things at very little cost and the reason for this was despite the fact that the Russian actions were driven by the need to retain Sevastopol, the people of Crimea were genuinely horrified by the coup government, largely regarded themselves as Russians all along and were relieved to leave a dysfunctional in the best of times Ukraine.
The operation was a huge success and Crimea is well in the process of being integrated into Russia, the operation succeeded because the goals of the Russia government broadly matched the goals of the people of Crimea.
It was one of the most stunning events in recent history, the West was powerless to act and the subject is so painful that it still reduces the minions of the West to quivering rage whenever it is raised.
The core support for the deposed president Viktor Yanukovych was in the east of the Ukraine and the coup government decision to banish Russian as a language of the Ukraine, along with the ultra-nationalist elements in the government saw a rebellion begin in the east in the months following the coup.
By the middle of 2014, militia groups had formed in the eastern regions, the Ukraine armed forces tried to enter the east and evict these groups from their positions and a war broke out between them for control of east Ukraine.
At some point Russia decided to lend military and logistical support to the insurgents and by August 2014 the militia were bolstered by the presence of covertly inserted Russian soldiers, the Ukraine attempts to seize the eastern areas largely failed and following a terrible defeat for the Ukraine forces in the Battle of Ilovaisk the first Minsk agreement was signed in early September 2014.
The Donbass war in many ways resembles the West’s “dirty war” operations all over the world, from Syria to El Salvador and Guatemala, the core tactic is the same, an enemy is attacked using cut-outs in a proxy war.
Following Minsk the people of the Donbass are trapped in a netherworld with no prospect of escape. The Ukraine state regards them as foreigners, enemies, people to be shelled as punishment for their disloyalty.
The Donbass militias are also trapped, they cannot win the war, they cannot lose the war, instead they must simply fight to keep their pocket of territory and remain the Russian bargaining chip in the Ukraine.
The people were given false hope that Russia would either help them achieve independence or absorb them as it had Crimea. Neither option was ever part of the plan so the war, despite the tactical victories and the courage and skill of the fighters, was a trick played on the participants.
The Donbass militias and the people are a pawn that are there to be able to give Russia the ability to veto any attempt to include the Ukraine in NATO as well as act as an armed buffer on Russia’s western border.
That is why they can never be allowed to lose, that is why they are not supposed to win independence or to join Russia, and that is why while the Russia actions in Crimea can be seen to have improved the lives of the Crimeans the same cannot be said of the Donbass.
What Russia has done to these people, whilst being perfectly rational and probably in the Russian interest, was low and cynical in many ways.
For the Ukraine state, the Donbass war has been an immense disaster and humiliation. Once the border posts between east Ukraine and Russia fell, the war was effectively over with no possibility of a victory as Russia now had the ability to provide sufficient assistance at any time in order to protect the Donbass pocket.
The Minsk 2 agreement, reached in February 2015, is the concrete representation fo Russia’s decision to walk away from the Donbass war. The agreement is highly favorable to the Ukrainian side, including for example the condition that the Donbass militia groups go into exile upon disbandment.
This commentary from Mikhail Belyayev provides a good summary of the one sided nature of the deal that Russia forced upon the Donbass republics.
“The publicized text of the ceasefire agreement that was signed in Minsk is what this very real betrayal looks like. The betrayal of everything that the Novorossiya Militiamen fought and died for. The betrayal of Novorossiya itself, because, based on the text of this agreement, there is no place envisioned for Novorossiya, nor for the Militia and nor even for any “special status” for the People’s Republics.
All that this so-called ceasefire agreement provides for is a temporary status of local self-government in certain areas of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions. Even that is conditional on the complete elimination of the Militia and the release of all Ukrainian prisoners of war; moreover, the Militiamen are obliged not only to lay down arms, but also to leave the territory of Ukraine. In return, Ukraine promises amnesty to the parties to the conflict, a national dialogue, and certain measures aimed at improving the humanitarian situation in the Donbass. The LPR and the DPR are not even mentioned in the text of the agreement, and their representatives have signed it without any titles or ranks.
Independence and statehood? Novorossiya? A temporary special status in certain areas of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions—here is all you have of independent Novorossiya. Here is all your freedom and sovereignty. You can write out these words a thousand times, print them on paper, and then shove them deep down your throat. In any event, death by strangulation is better than death through shame. Ukraine does not even intend to give autonomy to the People’s Republics. She did not even deign to mention these very Republics in the agreement. Temporary self-government in certain areas—that is the extent of Ukrainian generosity for the rebellious Donbass.
The Militiamen? According to this agreement they are now exiles and must leave the Donbass. Forever. Yes, the merciful Ukrainian side undertakes to pardon and not to criminally prosecute them. But only after they lay down arms and remove themselves from the territory of Ukraine. After all, according the agreement, all the unlawful military formations (meaning the Militia) must immediately be withdrawn beyond the boundaries of Ukraine.”
The commentary finishes with an unanswered question “it remains a mystery as to how the representatives of Novorossiya could have signed this masterpiece of Ukrainian arrogance and conceit.”
The answer is obvious: Russia told them to sign it and they completely depend on Russia for their existence so had no choice but to sign.
In the 20 or so months since the Minsk 2 agreement was made, a low intensity wear has continued, the Ukraine have the upper hand but the achievements are slight. Meanwhile, Russia is only providing the absolute bare minimum of military assistance to the militia groups.
It has been a very disappointing time for the people of the Donbass as it sinks in that Russia will never accept the eastern republics into Russia, nor will the Ukrainians implement the Minsk agreement.
The Ukraine may well be continuing the war at this time simply in order to maintain the flow of US military assistance. Given the immense corruption of the Ukraine government and the futility of what they are doing, this may be the best explanation for their actions.
The ongoing fighting only deepens the psychological chasm between the people of the Donbass and the Ukraine state.
If the Ukraine wants to retain the Donbass in any meaningful sense the Ukraine must take steps to implement Minsk, and begin the slow process of the physical and political reintegration.
Over the long-term, the West is undoubtedly the chief party in the creation of the Ukraine disaster. Treating Russia as an enemy for a quarter of a century at the end of the Cold war was an act of madness, albeit one that is now paying off as Russia’s responses to Western aggression enable the NATO parasites to resuscitate their original raison d’etre- the threat of Russia!
NATO and all the other US instruments deserve execration but the cynicism of Russia’s action regarding the eastern Ukraine cannot be overlooked. It would do well for the Syrian Government and their allies to understand that Russia is not anyone’s benefactor, it acts in the Russian interest and in the Russian interest alone.
Russia is equally capable of walking away from Syria when it is no longer in their interest and Syria and their allies should always have contingency plans that consider this possibility.
For the people of the Donbass the world might as well have frozen over, they are trapped between the geopolitical aims of the West and Russia, their lives are of apparent little concern to either party and the future is bleak.
For as long as the Second Cold war persists they will be trapped, sandwiched between the competing geopolitical goals of Russia and the West.
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