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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

5 March 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… One of the “Ukrainian” Ships now Under the Russian Flag

00 Crew of corvette Ternopol 01. 05.03.14

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00 Crew of corvette Ternopol. 05.03.14

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These images are of the crew of the corvette Ternopol, which has gone over to the patriot forces opposing the Timoshenko junta and hoisted the St Andrew banner. Not to put too fine a face upon it, the patriotic people follow the canonical Church, whereas the junta supporters are either Uniates, schismatical Orthodox, or sectarians. That’s why the Americans support the junta… the Proddies support the junta (as one can see in Turchinov). The patriotic people know that if the junta were to consolidate power, it’d run roughshod over the real Church and favour Uniates, schismatics, and sectarians… note well that the Western media doesn’t cover this aspect of the situation at all. That’s why it misgauges how DEEP the divisions are. As Orthodox, we have an OBLIGATION to support the anti-junta people without reservation. Otherwise, Christ’s Church goes on the block… if we can, we must fight to avoid that. Support our co-religionists and their fight for the right… God DOES demand that of us.

BMD

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5 March 2014. Why Does the USA Act as It Does in the Ukraine? Watch This RT Vid “American Exceptionalism” To Get a Handle on It

00 Uncle Sam. Change Lawless America. 15.02.14

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I was wondering how to introduce to some of my readers the Russian POV on American Exceptionalism. Well, this 24-minute RT vid fills the bill. The American actions in the Ukraine are only explainable in reference to the widespread belief amongst Amerikantsy circles in “American Exceptionalism”, which is the contemporary expression of Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny led to the War of Aggression against México and to Wounded Knee… American Exceptionalism is as noxious and acrid. America isn’t “special”… it’s an ordinary country, full of sinful-ginfuls, like any other. It’s certainly no better than the rest are… and, conversely, it’s no worse. Let’s take a SANE look at America and its people… the world will be better off…

BMD

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Ukrainian Junta in Tough Straits… Selling Off Government Vehicles to Raise Funds to Meet Budget… What’ll They Do When They Sell Everything Off?

empty pockets no money

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UNIAN reported that Ukrainian junta would sell 1,500 cars assigned to the central authorities, directing the monies raised to the budget. Economics Minister Aleksandr Shlapak said, “There’s only one car left in the ministry. We’re not doing the same thing with operational police and fire vehicles. We’ll assess the use of all other public vehicles, and sell off the surplus”. A few days ago the government introduced austerity, forbidding state institutions to carry out repairs and hire employees without special permission, and limited spending by subordinate officials on foreign trips {of course, the junta leaders and their oligarch cronies won’t be so restricted… they’re special, y’know: editor}.

Earlier, the junta stated that the Ukraine is in financial crisis. On 27 February, one of the junta leadership, Yatsenyuk, said, “The treasury is bare. Over 20 billion USD (720 billion Roubles. 22.1 CAD. 22.3 billion AUD. 14.6 billion Euros. 12 billion UK Pounds) in foreign exchange is gone and 35 billion USD (1.25 trillion Roubles. 38.7 billion CAD. 39 billion AUD. 25.5 billion Euros. 21 billion UK Pounds) worth of loans vanished. Only 4 million gryvnia (15.3 million Roubles. 428,000 USD. 472,000 CAD. 477,000 AUD. Euros. 256,000 UK Pounds) remain in the treasury… which isn’t enough for anything”. The EU claimed that it was ready to give the Ukraine 11 billion Euros (544 billion Roubles. 15.1 billion USD. 16.7 billion CAD. 16.8 billion AUD. 9 billion UK Pounds) of financial help over the next two years. The USA claimed that it’d give Kiev a billion dollars (36 billion Roubles. 1.1 billion CAD. 1.12 billion AUD. 728 million Euros. 598 million UK Pounds). Late last year, the Russian government agreed to give 15 billion USD (540 billion Roubles. 16.6 billion CAD. 16.7 billion AUD. 11 billion Euros. 9 billion UK Pounds) worth of financial help to the Ukraine. It transferred the first tranche of 3 billion USD (108 billion Roubles. 3.32 billion CAD. 3.35 billion AUD. 2.2 billion Euros. 1.8 billion UK Pounds) in December, but after the putsch, it froze the rest. On 4 March, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia did that “because they asked the West to help them under the aegis of the International Monetary Fund“.

5 March 2014

Lenta.ru

http://lenta.ru/news/2014/03/05/money/

Editor’s Note:

Shlapak is a prominent Orangie who’s been out of politics since Yushchenko‘s removal in 2010. He’s held no political office since then… but he’s a longtime crony of Yuliya‘s, which makes him A-Number One as far as the junta’s concerned. In short, a pro-American bum-kisser of the first water… but the Americans didn’t help their friend, did they? The junta is in very tough straits, indeed. Over the next two years, it requires a minimum of 40 billion USD (1.44 trillion Roubles. 44.3 billion CAD. 44.6 billion AUD. 29.2 billion Euros. 24 billion UK Pounds) just to meet its bills, but the USA/EU is only offering it 16 billion (576 billion Roubles. 17.7 billion CAD. 17.8 billion AUD. 11.7 billion Euros. 9.6 billion UK Pounds). That is, only 40 percent of what it needs. Add to that the fact that Gazprom just imposed market rates on Ukrainian natural gas purchases, well, you can see what’s going to happen. By the way, the above figures do NOT include what the government has to spend to repair damages caused by the rioters… which adds even more to their woes, doesn’t it?

The Ukrainian economy is knackered after 23 years of mismanagement by “Ukrainian” nationalists and outright theft by the oligarchs. The Ukrainian SSR was the jewel in the crown of the USSR, but the nationalists and Western crapitalism sucked it dry. There’s nothing left, hardly… so, the junta is selling off the government’s assets. When that’s gone… they’re up shit creek without a paddle… and the IMF/EU/USA Troika won’t help them. “You must be responsible and cut the budget”. The junta may not last until the so-called 5 May election… it needs cash and it needs it NOW… but its Western backers aren’t coughing up. Perhaps, Yuliya could sell one of her mansions…

BMD

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5 March 2014. They Called a War and No One Came… What This Means for the Junta

00 T-64 tanks. Ukrainian Army. 02.02.14

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Things have quieted down a bit from the weekend. Mind you, things are still murky (indeed, murkier than they were on Friday)… the amount of reliable news is miniscule. However, there are important takeaways from the weekend events.

The most important one is that the junta decreed general mobilisation… and no one showed up (at most, 2 percent of those called responded… hardly a patriotic groundswell). This had its analogue in the 2008 South Ossetia conflict (it wasn’t “hot” enough for a fully-fledged war… although the bloodletting was real enough). If you recall, the Georgian forces simply melted away via desertion after Russia sent in elements of two mechanised divisions and two airborne divisions. So many Georgian soldiers deserted that the Saakashvili junta couldn’t put them on trial. The whole army simply melted away… in terrain that favours the defence and where the Russian forces had a relatively long and exposed LOC run over a few roads in mountainous country. In short, the Georgians held all the cards, militarily speaking, but they all took French leave… leaving the road to Tbilisi open (note well that the Russians contented themselves with looting the American-equipped base at Gori and weren’t tempted to expand the conflict any further).

In like manner, the response to the general mobilisation order showed the abject powerlessness of the junta. Not only did their orders fail to stir a response… they couldn’t “make them stick”. No one’s been arrested… no one! The junta called out the country… the country chose to watch the hockey game, instead. This, more than anything else, shows the lack of popular support for the junta. This means that if it orders general mobilisation again, the people’s response could be just as tepid, if not more so. No one wants to die to make the Ukraine safe for Yuliya, her crooked cronies, and the crapitalist oligarchs. I’d also point up that the “reservists” had no refresher training, lacked heavy weapons and equipment, and there were no organised units to draft them into. That is, they’d lack all cohesion as formed military bodies, and would simply break in combat. It was a PR move… a fact not lost on the Russians (nor was it lost on professional military circles in the West, either… they’re not anxious to get involved with such losers).

Furthermore, when the junta called out active units, it had a mixed reaction… the most interesting point is that some units actually went over to the patriotic elements opposing the junta. For instance, the Ukrainian Navy is, actually, dead. It hoisted the St Andrew banner and sits in Russian-controlled ports. The only way that the junta installed governors in some places was to call out Svoboda toughs and oligarch private guards. The druzhinniki held back (on Putin‘s express orders, I’m told). The new oligarch governors will piss off the populace (which is what the Russians expect… and what they’ll get, by the way). When Russian forces do intervene (and they shall, trust me), the people will greet them with open arms.

Why did Russia hold back? Simply put, it checkmated the junta in the Crimea. The popular referendum shall go forward, at an unspecified earlier date. When that happens, the ARK government will call on Russian protection, which Russia will give. The junta will fulminate and order mobilisation again… less than nothing will happen again. The junta failed to exert authority this weekend… that was Strike One. The junta failed to re-establish authority over the Crimea… that was Strike Two. When the junta orders general mobilisation again and fails again… that’s STRIKE THREE… YER OUT!

That’s not the end of it. The disbanding of the Berkut leaves the junta without a reliable anti-coup force. This means that they’d have to rely on Svoboda toughs and oligarch bands. When one realises that the upper leadership of the MVDU and MChSU both underwent a purge, it means that the junta has NO reliable security forces whatsoever, which increases the chances of them calling out the army. If they called out the army, it’d be a farcical replay of August 1991 in Moscow. However, don’t be smug. Remember Roland Freisler and the Volksgerichtshof… just because they’re not long for this world doesn’t mean that they can’t create a great deal of mayhem in the time left to them. The mob won’t go home quietly… it has to be dispersed by force… and the junta won’t do that because it can’t. The junta’s “legitimacy” stems from that mob… if it were to disown it, it’d cut its own throat.

Here’s the cherry on the sundae… the junta hasn’t had any regular revenue collections… the cupboard’s bare. The Ukrainian government needs 20 billion USD (720 billion Roubles. 22.1 CAD. 22.3 billion AUD. 14.6 billion Euros. 12 billion UK Pounds) a year to meet its bills… and the 1 billion USD (36 billion Roubles. 1.1 billion CAD. 1.12 billion AUD. 728 million Euros. 598 million UK Pounds) offered by the USA isn’t even enough for one month’s operations. In short, the junta will have to find the money somewhere… either through increased shaking down of the populace or a Weimar-style inflation. Actually, I think that the worst option will happen… “austerity”, increased tax exactions, and hyperinflation. That’d doom the junta, but it has no other choice… save surrender now, which it isn’t going to do. The junta isn’t going to change its spots. They’re going to remain thieves and boodlers until they go down. The junta isn’t long for this world… but it’ll be remembered. It’ll be one of the nastiest episodes in Russian history. God do watch over the people of Little Russia… they’re going to need it.

BMD

 

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