flip-city news from Ukraine & Crimea

This is the War and Peace of the ‘War, No Peace allowed’ in one of the Nato-repurposed  2.0  cold war proxy wars against Russia.  I know it’s long, but it’s all of a puzzle.  Given its length, were I a reader, I’d focus on the Ukraine/Russian warships story, as a hella lot’s gonna break tomorrow, including at the UN. So far Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov have refused to be drawn into responding to threats of war against The Bear, but what might be the flexion point?  Given that, I’ve chosen to give some background to what’s afoot already.  Yeppers, it’s all copy/paste, but transposing is even more impossible in my haste.

On Nov. 25 the FSB had reported that three Ukrainian Warships had illegally entered Russian territorial waters and were carrying out ‘dangerous maneuvers’.

“SIMFEROPOL, November 25. /TASS/. Three Ukrainian warships have illegally crossed Russia’s state border entering its territorial waters, and are carrying out dangerous maneuvers, the Federal Security Service’s Border Service in Crimea said on Sunday.

“This morning at around 7:00 a.m. Moscow Time three ships of Ukraine’s Navy violated Articles 19 and 21 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which define the right of a coastal state to ensure maritime security, crossed the Russian state border and illegally entered the temporarily closed waters of the Russian territorial sea,” the statement said.

The Ukrainian warships continue heading to the Kerch Strait, where the traffic is regulated under a schedule approved by the captain of the Russian sea port. A source in Crimea’s maritime authorities said the vessels are expected to reach the Kerch Strait in an hour and a half.”

Also from Tass news, Nov. 26:

“All three vessels of the Ukrainian Navy, which violated the Russian state border, have been detained in the Black Sea, weapons were used to force them to stop, the Public Relations Center of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported.

“The Ukrainian Navy’s vessels the Berdyansk, the Nikopol and the Yany Kapu, which violated Russia’s state border this morning, made another attempt of committing illegal activities in Russia’s territorial sea at 19:00 Moscow time on November 25,” the FSB said. “They did not respond to legitimate demands by the ships and boats of Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service escorting them to stop immediately and performed dangerous maneuvers.”

According to the FSB, “weapons were used to force the Ukrainian warships to stop.” As a result, all three vessels of the Ukrainian Navy were detained in Russia’s territorial waters in the Black Sea. “Three wounded military servicemen of the Ukrainian armed forces received medical assistance,” the FSB said, adding that there was no threat to their lives.

A criminal case has been initiated over violation of Russia’s state border.”

According to RT.com:

“Both sides have been accusing each other of violating the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Kiev argues that it had notified the Russian side in advance of its plan to sail from the Ukrainian Black Sea resort of Odessa to Mariupol, a port on the north coast of the Sea of Azov, a claim that the Russian coastguard denies.

The route goes through the Kerch strait, which separates Crimea from mainland Russia.

Kiev has called a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council [NSDC] to discuss imposing martial law, chairman Oleksandr Turchynov told media.

NATO has urged both parties to show restraint. NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement that NATO has been “closely monitoring developments in the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait,” while voicing support to Ukraine.

“NATO fully supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity, including its navigation rights in its territorial waters,” the statement read.”

Ruptly video: ‘Coast Guard traces Ukrainian vessels after breach of Russian waters’

“The FSB, which is responsible for maintaining Russia’s borders, denounced the Ukrainian vessels’ actions as a deliberate provocation aimed at creating “conflict situations” in the region.

The Ukrainian Navy said that its vessels were sailing as part of a scheduled routine transfer, at some point, adding that it warned the Russian authorities about it in advance.”


From southfront.org’sRussia-Ukraine Black Sea Military Crisis: On The Brink Of War’:

“The existence or absence of the Ukrainian request to the Russians is out of the matter. The fact is that the Ukrainian warships violated Russian territorial waters threatening navigation in the area and provoking the Russian side.

More than 5 hours, the Russian side had been avoiding to employ any actions to block warships of the de-facto “unfriendly state” in its territorial waters. The Russian Federal Security Service’s Border Service employed real measures to put an end to hostile actions of the warships of the de-facto “unfriendly state” in own territorial waters at about 20:00-20:30 local time.

The Russian side is traditionally restrained in comments of the crisis situation during its development. From its side, the Ukrainian side is traditionally providing a surplus amount of data.”

Via strategic-culture.org Nov. 24: ‘UK Commits Extra Military Forces to Ukraine: Irresponsible Policy, Dangerous Repercussions’, Arkady Svitsky

“Ukraine’s Constitutional Court green-lighted a bill on amending the country’s main law by enshrining into it the final goal of obtaining NATO and EU membership. The decision was announced the next day after the UK and Ukraine’s defense ministries made a joint statement, stressing the need to expand military cooperation. The defense chiefs agreed that Operation Orbital, the Army training program started in 2015, was a success to be continued at least till 2020. Instructors from the British Army, most of who have significant experience in participating in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, have trained over 9,500 Ukrainian servicemen. An unspecified number of UK soldiers would be sent to train Ukrainian special forces and marines, in addition to the 100 personnel deployed currently in the country. 

A multi-role hydrographic survey ship will be deployed in the Black Sea next year to demonstrate Britain’s support for Ukraine and ensure “freedom of navigation”. HMS Echo is not a warship but it flies the naval ensign. In September, Great Britain made known it planned to increase the warships’ presence in the Black Sea next year with increasingly frequent port calls to Odessa.

NATO naval presence there is seen as provocative by Russia amid increasing tensions in the Azov Sea. A conflict appears to be imminent and the West has taken the side of Ukraine despite the fact that it was Kiev who has been provoking it. EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini believes many vessels flying European Union flags were threatened to make Brussels consider “appropriate targeted measures” to be taken as a signal to Moscow.

The increase in UK military presence goes against the letter and spirit of Minsk accords, which state that the conflict in Ukraine should be managed through diplomatic and political means.

The US military already runs a maritime operations center located within Ukraine’s Ochakov naval facility designed to deliver flexible maritime support throughout the full range of military operations. Hundreds of US and Canadian military instructors are training Ukrainian personnel at the Yavoriv firing range. The US is to transfer two Oliver Hazard Perry-type frigates to Ukraine. The move will actually ensure constant NATO naval presence in the Black Sea going around the restrictions imposed by the Montreux Convention because the vessels will have America sailors onboard carrying out “training missions” and remain under US command, despite official sources saying otherwise. All in all, ten ships of that class are available for export. In September, the US Coast Guard transferred two Island-class cutters, armed with .50-caliber machine guns and 25mm deck guns. The transfers urge Kiev to challenge Moscow militarily.

Nobody in Washington or London asks why an industrialized nation and a large arms exporter, with abundant resources and fertile land should depend on foreign assistance unable to defend itself. Weapons are supplied and training is provided to the country, where corruption is rampant. Even the US State Department’s recent report says it is.  Popular protests are commonplace. The conflict in Donbass is used to distract the people from domestic woes.

The frustration with Kiev’s reluctance to introduce much-needed reforms and curtail the political influence of the oligarchs is rapidly growing. The common people of Ukraine need political and economic reforms, not increased foreign military presence on their soil.

The only reason for the West to keep the failed Ukraine afloat is its obsequiousness and readiness to be converted into a springboard to threaten Russia with an aggression. Despite Ukraine’s multiple problems, the country has recently been rewarded with an official status in NATO. The 2018 North Atlantic Alliance’s summit confirmed its support for Ukraine’s full-fledged membership to make a mockery of the so called “NATO standards.” [snip]

“Russia is not watching idle. If the Minsk accords are washed out, it will have each and every reason to recognize the Lugansk and Donetsk self-proclaimed republics as independent states eligible for military cooperation agreements, including stationing Russian military bases on their soil, if their governments ask for it. No international law would be violated.

Ukraine’s government is ramping up tensions because President Petro Poroshenko is running for re-election in March 2019 on a national security platform. So he takes a tougher line on Azov. Those who rush to provide him with military assistance become accomplices in his adventurist actions that could have disastrous consequences. The UK will bear responsibility for goading Kiev into taking a confrontational approach and turning the Azov Sea into a flashpoint that can spark at any minute.”

‘Here’s who Washington’s sending arms – Meet Nazi Ukraine’s would be Führer; The commander of Ukraine’s influential Azov battalion extremist militia and an MP, Andriy Biletsky says he’s ready to fight the ‘untermenschen’’, Alex Christoforou, January 5, 2018, theduran.com

“We are certain that when Ukraine is completely overrun by neo-nazi leader Andriy Biletsky, the western mainstream media will wonder what could have possibly caused such an outcome.

Then again, the fact that Biletsky was invited by Czech MEP Jaromír Štětina to visit the European Parliament may in fact be a sign that Europe is welcoming of neo-nazi elements, as long as they are directed towards Russia.

(Oriental Review) – Today’s Ukraine is painfully reminiscent of Germany in the 1920s: poor governance on the heels of a lost war, which – added to the sense of betrayed hopes and the sharp decline in average incomes coupled with rising prices – is all driving a critical mass of the Ukrainian population toward an overwhelming feeling of desperation. A demand from the public for a “strong hand” – a new, authoritarian ruler – is rapidly coalescing, due to their dissatisfaction with President Poroshenko and all the other jokers they’ve been dealt from that shabby deck of political cards.

And a man like that already exists in this destitute and disintegrating country. Andriy Biletsky, the commander of the Azov Battalion who is known to his comrades-in-arms as the “White Führer,” is making an ever-bigger name for himself in the Ukrainian parliament.”

There are about six more feet of text and links, but you likely get the gist.

‘Israel is arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine’, Asa Winstanley, The Electronic Intifada, 4 July 2018

Now all of this gets a tad esoteric to the average person, but here goes:

“Israeli arms are being sent to a heavily armed neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine, The Electronic Intifada has learned.

Azov Battalion online propaganda shows Israeli-licensed Tavor rifles in the fascist group’s hands, while Israeli human rights activists have protested arms sales to Ukraine on the basis that weapons might end up with anti-Semitic militias.

In a letter “about licenses for Ukraine” obtained by The Electronic Intifada, the Israeli defense ministry’s arms export agency says they are “careful to grant licenses” to arms exporters “in full coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government entities.”

The 26 June letter was sent in reply to Israeli lawyer Eitay Mack who had written a detailed request demanding Israel end all military aid to the country.

Azov’s official status in the Ukrainian armed forces means it cannot be verified that “Israeli weapons and training” are not being used “by anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi soldiers,” Mack and 35 other human rights activists wrote.

They had written that Ukrainian armed forces use rifles made in Israel “and are trained by Israelis,” according to reports in the country.

The head of the Israeli arms export agency declined to deny the reports, or to even discuss cancellation of the weapons licenses, citing “security” concerns.

But Racheli Chen, the head of the agency, confirmed to Mack she had “carefully read your letter,” which detailed the fascist nature of Azov and the reports of Israeli arms and training.” [large, but explanatory, snip]

“Starting as a gang of fascist street thugs, the Azov Battalion is one of several far-right militias that have now been integrated as units of Ukraine’s National Guard.

Staunchly anti-Russian, Azov fought riot police during the 2013 US and EU-supported “Euromaidan” protests in the capital Kiev.

The protests and riots laid the ground for the 2014 coup which removed the pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.”

“Today, Azov is run by Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s interior minister. According to the BBC, he pays its fighters, and has appointed one of its military commanders, Vadym Troyan, as his deputy – with control over the police.

Avakov last year met with the Israeli interior minister Aryeh Deri to discuss “fruitful cooperation.”

Azov’s young founder and first military commander Andriy Biletsky is today a lawmaker in the Ukrainian parliament.” [snip]

“At a military training camp for children last year, The Guardian noticed that several Azov instructors had Nazi and other racist tattoos, including a swastika, the SS skull symbol and one that read “White Pride.”

One Azov soldier explained to The Guardian that he fights Russia because “Putin’s a Jew.”

It’s chock-full of photos and videos, tweets, etc.

“Israel’s military aid to Ukraine and its neo-Nazis emulates similar programs by the United States and other NATO countries including the UK and Canada.

So obsessed are they with defeating a perceived threat from Russia that they seem happy to aid even openly Nazi militias – as long as they fight on their side.

This is also a throwback to the early Cold War, when the CIA supported fascists and Hitlerites to infiltrate from Austria into Hungary in 1956, where they began slaughtering Hungarian communist Jews and Hungarian Jews as “communists.”

The whole nine yards are here.

(cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)

8 responses to “flip-city news from Ukraine & Crimea

  1. those Ukrainian vessels could have been 5 miles inside Russian waters & everybody in the US would still blame Russia. like N Korea not wanting military exercises off its coast, Russia not wanting foreign military vessels in its waters is a sure sign of malign intent.

    • yup. as to the UNSC convcation, it was called by russia, but in every single piece of coverage, that wasn’t mentioned. it was ‘hysteria! UNSC session called cuz: bad russians fired on ukie navy!’ i kinda live-blogged the comments on their website, and swear to gawd, the UK ambassador added ‘novichok in salisbury’ along with everything else. but see, ‘roosia illegally annexed crimea, so those ain’t their waters nohow’.

      i had a hella time finding who voted how, but i finally found it at the UNSC website, but i didn’t make a note of it on my word doc. all they’d announced earlier was:
      UN Security Council Votes Against Russian Agenda For Monday Meeting on Kerch Strait Incident: The result of the voting is as follows, four votes in favor, seven votes against, four abstentions,” the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations said.”

      i’d added some of the wsws commentary on it, and some of it i hadn’t known added even more background as a ‘war-seeking’ confrontation. putin dosn’t even seem aware of that, he put it down to kiev/poroshenko wanting to mess up the elections. but his quote at RT today were purdy funny, on the order of ‘kiev could kill babies, the world wouldn’t mind, as long as ya stuck ‘russia into the reasoning’.

      wonder why your avatar was the navy and white one for a ew comments, now it’s back to this ish-olive one? did you sign in w/ the same email address?

      on morning edit: here’s how the vote went:

      ‘That first agenda item was rejected by a procedural vote of 7 against (France, Kuwait, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States) to 4 in favour (Bolivia, China, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation), with 4 abstentions (Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Peru).’

      • and oh, does nato/kiev hate that bridge, not just for what it stands for geopolitically, but “it cost seventy zillion rubles while the people starve!’ but of course, wsws kinda does some of the same boilerplate disses.

  2. Sorry I didn’t get to this until fairly late as I was a bit off-put by NC’s thread on it using the Real News transcript – haven’t really followed until MoA tackled things. I really recommend b’s analysis. Plus comments following on as the various permutations, including the back and forth with the ships and the Russian bridge folk make it pretty clear it was a provocation by the Ukrainians not following established protocol.

  3. Interesting comments there also concerning Poroshenko’s establishment of martial law and possible election consequences.

    • thank you, juliania; i’d read it when someone at c99% had rec’d it. i added nothing here, as no one was reading/commenting. i might even have more than b, as i’d added the final vote, extra alarms for more war from wsws.org. but his never is just copy paste as mine are all too often now. ;-)

      (cross-posted at caucus99percent.com)

      but i’d included the funding of, and activities of the azov battalions in ukraine, as well, all of the same puzzle, imo. and i don’t believe as putin does, or pretends to believe, that it’s all about the coming elections. it’s NATO wanting ukraine, as well.

  4. Yankee Doddle Dandy


    Below is a Copy and Paste of an article I found:
    >No Hope<
    November 27 2018
    New member post


    At the weekend Russia was the target of a very sophisticated false flag attack. It was created to put
    Ukraine in the frame for serious crimes against the Russian Federation and illicit a massive military response from Russia.

    It has now been confirmed that only a few key individuals within the Ukrainian Regime had any
    knowledge of the exact nature of the provocations.

    All evidence currently points to this being a genuine false flag attempt to initiate a conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

    What we know for sure so far –

    1) THE CRIMEA BRIDGE was targeted.


    Contractors aboard a Ukrainian cargo boat (being used as a NATO spy vessel) in the Black Sea were involved in a highly sophisticated and coordinated attack – a false flag event – against the Russian Federation, to be blamed on Ukraine.

    The Ukrainian cargo boat was carrying at least 2 teams of Contractors, one of whom were divers. They were attached to Ukrainian Forces and other NATO advisors and trainers.

    The Contractors on this vessel were monitoring a team of patsies that were sent in to the Kerch Strait on an intelligence boat poorly disquised as an old tug boat, and which was escorted by two modern river patrol boats.

    These patsies were used simply as fodder to create a staged and well planned distraction to the main event to follow.

    Once the planned distraction was in play, including some very sophisted EW in the form of signals control and a second distraction in Donbass, the Contractors on the Ukrainian cargo boat were to go live and carry out the main event.

    The main event was the targeting of the Crimea Bridge, actually just a specific section of one particular foundation near the Kerch Strait which would take many months to repair.

    A major second element to this false flag was for Ukrainian forces facing Donbas to send munitions towards the Russian border whilst other units advanced on Donbas at the same time. This was to be done during the opening minutes of the opening sequence of the Kerch Strait incident.

    EW and fake comms signals would simulate a major offensive beginning on the Russian border.
    The distraction in the Kerch Strait would then be amplified by real and spoof comms and signals traffic. This was intended to confuse and temporarily blind the local civil authorities in Kerch (Coastguard and Police) leading to the military to be put on further high alert, generating further signals traffic and confusion. Then with more fake signals transmitted, further confusion, and so on, creating a positive feedback loop of confusion and actual and spoof comms chatter.

    Further Details and updates now available-

    Key Russian Federation Officers were psychologically primed through planted Intel and disinformation to expect a ‘small scale’ terrorist attack from Ukraine, somewhere near the Kerch Strait,
    and within a certain time frame during the weekend.

    This pre event psy-op ensured the pre-positioning of Russian assets and that a Russian response was guaranteed due to the pre-stressing and manipulation of key targeted individuals.
    ELF’s (translation error?) and combined psychological and physiological techniques were used on targeted individuals responsible for authorising force, or requesting support. This was to prevent cool heads and rational thought and almost assue a fierce Russian response to an attack, even just a
    perceived one.

    Electronic trails and actual Paper trails were created to confuse Russian Intel. Evidence in the form of written orders was pre leaked, and contrived real and false comms traffic, much of it in real time, was created. Combined signals disinformation in the form of apparent movements of known watched assets, including NATO ships and planes conducting exercise, would provide perceived evidence that an attack was taking place. Pre-named Ukrainian Officials and Military Officers would have appeared to have ordered or were ordering / authorising the attacks on the Crimea Bridge and on an unknown target in Donbas, whilst begging for urgent NATO intervention.

    At the height of the confusion and distraction the bridge section was to be demolished. This was called the main event.

    The attack was specifically intended to provoke an immediate military response from the Russian Federation against Ukraine.

    Update –

    It is not yet clear how the Russians realised what was going on, but the Ukrainian cargo boat in the Black Sea which was to deploy divers to attack the bridge was fired upon by Russian aircraft using unknown missiles or devices.

    At least x2 hits on the vessel were registered. Vessel was disabled and multipul injuries reported on board, but vessel did not catch fire, nor was it sinking.

    Search teams were despatched to Black Sea area where cargo vessel was operating to locate items thrown overboard. Items recovered in just minutes by Russian Divers dropped by helicopter.

    Bridge also searched by Divers and specialist equipment for planted devices. No devices found.

    Captured Ukrainan Vessel was towed to Sevastopol. Orders given not to even mention the capture of the vessel or engagement by aircraft of this Ukranian vessel.

    Ukranian vessel now inside and under 30 feet of concrete away from long lenses and eyes in the sky.
    Very sophisticated NATO signals equipment now in Russain Possesion.

    Ex-Special Forces Contractors captured on board were taken into custody and will stay in custody, but Ukrainian Regulars already returned to sender after deals made not to discuss after it is clear
    this was staged false flag attack.
    Usual conspiracy theory defence now in play regarding any talk of Russian aircraft firing upon a Ukrainian vessel or regarding any attempted false flag at the bridge.

    Spiders ensuring all flies removed from the internet so copy this post before it is eaten by spiders.

    further details –

    ·Item recovered from Black Sea by Russian Divers was ‘Compact nutro thermal’ (translation error?) of 0.2 to 0.6KT yeid.

    Note – In NATO terms this device would be called a SADM. It is a class of nuclear device designed specifically for destroying key pieces of infrastruture.

    Note – this device is apparently NOT an old soviet or US device but something much more modern and sophisticated called a ‘neutron eating hot burn’ (translation error?) turn up and down (translation error?).

    Update –

    Russian communications systems were heavily compromised locally by very sophisticated technology. Number 1 suspect is UK Warship in co-operation with US spy and EW plane tracked in area, but unlikely due to implications. Another actor is suspected. State player (translation error?) currently being watched.
    Update –

    Reports that psychological pressure to act irrationally was reported by Coastguard ship crew. Suspect that directed ELF (translation error?) and EWE (translation error?) was used on targeted individuals.

    Update –

    Site of transmission of Pre-recorded spoof chatter and spoof signals transmitted so personal communications used by Coastguard tracked to location inside Ukraine.

    More details
    to follow

    Further Details now translated –

    ‘beyond threshold’ attack protocol was known to Contractors to ensure an immediate response by Russia to a nuclear event.

    The breadcrumb electronic trail was created to show Ukraine to be responsible for massive attacks throughout Crimea and Russian western border, causing the Russian Federation to use ‘Officer in Field Authority’ (do not wait for additional authority from Moscow) to respond immediately. This was the false flag guarantee of escalation.

    The Russian Federation were expected to retaliate with a counter strike of such magnitude that it would shock the entire World.

    NEW UPDATES November 28 2018.
    Confirmation now received that the incident was a complete failure. No damage to bridge and no reports of any very large explosion in Donbas.

    UPDATE November 28 2018 (2)
    Confirmation that further provocation in Syria was foiled. Believed linked to False Flag attempt at Kerch. Chatter regarding Salted Shells (translation error?) on Russian Port and simultaneous toy plane strike (drone?) strike on Russian air base was received.

    UPDATE November 28 2018 (3)

    Orders now given to Ukraine by NATO.

    UK and US now in control of regular Ukraine units.

    Ukraine regime no longer in control. Martial Law will stay in place to allow NATO to integrate military units and resupply with advanced weapons.

    Update –
    This situation is NOT over!

    All sides will useing this as an opportunity to advance their ambitions and consolidate holdings. Skirmishes and blockages expected.

    Situation still developing.
    Further provocations expected.
    Further updates to follow when received.


    • lol. nice try, YDD. heard this at moon of alabama, the saker, and other places. i’ll leave it up for now for the entertainment value. the updates were a nice touch, though. another dude claiming to be from the washington examiner was ‘bomb the bridge from the air’. ;-)


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