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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Boiling Point: Podkarpatskaya Krai Threatens Kiev with ”Donbass Scenario”

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“Podkarpatskaya isn’t Galicia”

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Over the past year, the councils of a number of Ukraine oblasts (Poltava and Ivano-Frankovsk) adopted resolutions demanding that President Poroshenko put regional devolution in place. Kiev regarded these as manifestations of separatism. Now, not only is this taking place in Lvov, but also in Podkarpatskaya Krai. Indeed, it appears that Podkarpatskaya is gradually regaining the status of the main “separatist region” in the Western Ukraine. On 12 October 2016, the chairman of the Podkarpatskaya Oblast Council, Mikhail Rivis, demanded that the region have more funds to develop infrastructure. Otherwise, Rivis threatened, Podkarpatskaya might secede from the Ukraine. On 2 December, in the oblast capital of Užgorod, a meeting of Magyar (Hungarian) youth and local deputies proclaimed support for Rivis’ statement that the region could separate from the Ukraine and establish autonomy. Magyar activists then called on President Poroshenko to sign a special agreement which was read aloud by the leader of the initiative, Magyar activist Ivan Farkosz. Farkosz stated:

We invite Kiev to agree to an agreement on the devolution of powers, which would allow Hungarians to live in the Ukraine with dignity. We support the opinion of the head of the Podkarpatskaya Oblast Council, Mikhail Rivis, who announced the existence of objective preconditions for potential secession from the Ukraine. If Kiev wants this region to be part of its state, we demand the establishment of a quota of 20 percent for representatives of Magyar communities in the Podkarpatskaya Regional Council and television broadcasts in Magyar.

Magyars are about 12 percent of Podkarpatskaya’s population and have wide representation in councils on all levels. The raising of their demands for representation to 20 percent suggests that they’re feeling empowered and are actually dictating terms to Kiev. In turn, the SBU has opened a criminal case on the holding of anti-constitutional events and is carrying out an investigation. Following the example of the Magyars in Užgorod, the Poles in Lvov, the capital of Galicia, also asserted their rights. On 25 December in Lvov, a Polish forum of Lvov Oblast demanded that the Kiev government grant economic autonomy to the region. Sergei Lukyanenko, chairman of the Polish Association in Lvov, stated:

We’re 50 years behind Poland in economic development. Poland will allow Lvov residents to realise themselves. We still have a chance.

Note well that the Poles sympathise with Magyars in Podkarpatskaya. In March 2016, in Užgorod, a procession of Ukrainian fascists shouted, “Knife the Magyars!” This caused an outburst of indignation not only in Hungary, but also in Poland. To compare reactions, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and Ukrainian authorities expressed indignation at Warsaw after one person (only one!) yelled “Death to Ukrainians!” at a march in Polish Przemyśl. However, these same authorities chose not to notice the calls for killing Magyars in Podkarpatskaya, a group that’s lived in the region for more than a thousand years.

On 22 December, representatives of Rusins in Podkarpatskaya also announced their intent to seek an autonomous Podkarpatskaya Krai. They demanded that the Ukrainian authorities recognise the results of the 1991 referendum, wherein locals voted for autonomy within the Ukraine. Ivan Palinkash, a member of the Presidium of the People’s Council of Rusins in Podkarpatskaya, said:

We have two main demands. They must recognise the Rusins as a nationality and they must recognise the results of the [1991] referendum, in which 78 percent of locals voted for autonomy within the Ukraine. We believe that there’s nothing wrong in this. We want to develop.

Next in the chain of events, on 23 December 23rd, Rivis called on the Ukrainian authorities to not allow the region to reach the point of a “Donetsk and Lugansk scenario.” Rivis issued his statement during a session of the Oblast Council, during which deputies voted for autonomous economic ties with other oblasts, in particular Poltava and Ivano-Frankovsk. Those oblasts also adopted resolutions on extending their rights, in addition to the demand that Kiev grant devolution to the oblasts. Rivis said:

The president appointed the administration, but the people elected the councils. We must convey our ideas so that they hear them, so that things won’t be like Donetsk and Lugansk, when people rose up and said, “You’re not listening to us”.

In other words, the dodgy Poroshenko régime opposes the legally elected deputies of the oblast councils. This is a dangerous legal and political precedent for Poroshenko. Moreover, Rivis’ words blatantly threaten President Poroshenko with a repeat of the Donbass scenario. Rivis and other deputies haven’t faced punishment for their words. Apparently, the regional SBU is afraid to use repression. The fate of the Ukrainian Berkut is still fresh in the minds of Podkarpatskaya SBU officers. What’s more, Kiev is afraid of upsetting Magyar “separatists”, because not only Hungary, but Poland and the EU as a whole could support them.

According to reports from Podkarpatskaya, Hungary actively issues passports in the region. Even Rusin activists acknowledged that local residents received 500,000 passports from the Hungarian government. It’s likely these are inflated figures; the number of issued passports is hardly likely to have exceeded 150,000-200,000. Just a year ago, one came across the figure of 100,000 passports. Even this number is significant, however, given that the region has (including migrants working abroad) only 1,260,000 people. This centrifugal process in the Ukraine will only increase in view of the obvious crisis of Ukrainian statehood and the destruction of the very idea of Ukrainian statehood. This process is being led not by “separatists” from the former Southeast, but by “patriots” from the Western Ukraine. Back in 2008, the author of these lines predicted a similar scenario. I’m convinced now, as I was in 2008, that the Ukraine will lose territory in the West and Southwest as the Ukraine’s current allies (Poland, Hungary, and Romania) will take advantage of the Ukrainian state’s weakness and foolishness to return territories annexed from them by the USSR, which these countries still consider their own.

10 January 2017

Eduard Popov

Fort Russ

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/01/boiling-point-transcarpathia-threatens.html

Editor:

There’s no need to rehash the entire history of the Rusin people and their political hegira through the ages. Needless to say, they weren’t part of the notional “Ukraine” until 1945. Up until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary under the Dual Monarchy… it had no ties with Galicia, either political or social. On the one hand, they were part of different “kingdoms” with different laws and customs; on the other, the Carpathian Mountains cut the land of the Rusins off from the Galicians, let alone other “Ukrainians”. To top it all off, the Unia imposed on the Rusins was not that of Brest (rammed through by the Poles in 1596), but rather it was a Unia ratified at Mukačevo (Munkacs) in the 17th century.

History conspired to make Rusins a distinct people from “Ukrainians”… nationalist cries to the contrary notwithstanding. The Rusins weren’t part of the Habsburg plan to destabilise Russia by using the Galician Uniates. The Rusins were a quiet people living in their valleys and towns… they wanted to be left alone and leave others alone. All in all, the Rusins, as a people, were superior to the Galician “Ukrainians”… they had (and have) no arrogance, no lust for power, and no overweening national hatred.

The Rusins want peace… they don’t want to be “Ukrainian”… they just want to live and let live. We should let them do that. Reflect on the fact that the USA wants to throw them to the Galician Uniates… great, isn’t it? The Anglos stole their land, grew rich off of slavery, murdered the First Nations, and invented outrageous lies as national myths. Can you see why they support the Galician Uniate nationalist junta in Kiev? I certainly do…

BMD

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Moscow Celebrated Despite Coldest Christmas Night “In 120 Years”

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Bitterly cold temperatures didn’t stop worshipers from celebrating Epiphany and Orthodox Christmas. Christian believers across the globe joined in celebrations. Those who attended midnight liturgy at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour had to bundle up for the bitter cold as temperatures in the capital dropped to about -30 (-22 Fahrenheit) on Christmas night. In Moscow Oblast, temperatures dropped below -32 (-26 Fahrenheit). Extremely cold weather hit the whole country, with some regions such as Siberia and Yakutiya recording temperatures of -40 (-40 Fahrenheit). In Moscow, the MChS deployed around 500 emergency personnel to help worshipers. Authorities provided around 200 mobile food tents with hot meals during the Christmas celebrations due to the cold. RIA Novosti quoted a meteorologist from Fobos weather centre:

This Christmas night was the coldest in the last 120 years, although the absolute record was more than 130 years ago in 1881, it was -35 (-31 Fahrenheit).

Frost hits Russia as Christmas Comes for Orthodox Christians (IMAGES)

The Orthodox Church follows the Julian Calendar, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar adopted by the Catholic Church in the 16th Century. This is why Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 7 January, and not on 25 December. The Local Churches of Jerusalem, Serbia, Poland, Czechia/Slovakia, and Georgia, as well as the so-called Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Uniates) and some Protestants, use the Julian calendar, so they also celebrate Christmas on 7 January.

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On Friday, in Serbia, where temperatures dropped below -15 (+5 Fahrenheit), Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas Eve in front of St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade with a traditional oak log fire.

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In Turkey, Orthodox Christians also joined the celebrations despite sub-zero temperatures. On Friday, believers jumped into the Golden Horn strait in Istanbul in a traditional ceremony celebrating the Orthodox celebration of Epiphany, or the baptism of Christ. Traditionally, Orthodox Epiphany is on 19 January, according to Julian Calendar. However, some Orthodox Christians celebrate Epiphany on 6 January as they use the Catholic calendar for fixed feasts.

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Orthodox believers in Bulgaria waded into the icy waters of the Tundzha River and danced the Hora, in a traditional male-only event to celebrate Epiphany. The men dressed in folk costumes and dived into the freezing waters to find a crucifix thrown in by the priest, before handing it to the youngest participant of the dance. The folk belief is that the person who retrieves it will be healthy all year.

7 January 2017

RT

https://www.rt.com/news/372902-orthodox-christmas-frost-celebrate/

11 January 2017. The Russian Bear Has Spoken

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Two square arshins is the amount of land needed for a grave in Old Russian measures. The meaning is clear, no?

BMD

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Future Weapon and More: What Russia’s Railgun Can Really Do

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A team of Russian scientists successfully tested the country’s first railgun, which relies on electromagnetic forces and not explosives or propellant. According to experts at a branch of the Institute of High Temperatures in Shatura, just outside Moscow, the railgun can fire shells at an incredibly fast speed of 3 kilometres per second, which is enough to cut through any type of armour existing today. During the latest test, a 15-gramme plastic cylinder fired by the railgun went through an aluminium plate several centimetres thick. Electromagnetic conductors instead of gunpowder or explosives power Railguns, allowing them to inflict major damage. While many countries are already betting on the railgun as a future weapon, Russia is also considering other more peaceful applications, such as ferrying cargoes to the International Space Station. During a recent test in Shatura, the railgun fired a projectile at the speed of 3 kilometres per second, which is about half of what booster rockets need to overcome gravity to enter Earth orbit. Shatura Institute Director Aleksei Shurpov told Zvezda TV:

The railgun is a big boost to our study of high energy physics as we’re now ready to build apparatuses working at speeds exceeding 4.5 kilometres per second.

Foreign Designs

Since the latter half of the 20th century, many developed countries have worked on a new type of multi-mission electromagnetic railgun weapon capable of detecting, tracking, and engaging ballistic missiles and air and watercraft threats. The US Navy is pushing ahead with the development of its own super-powerful electromagnetic railgun to fire rounds at speeds up to Mach 7.5, which at 9,100 kilometres per hour, is more than seven times the speed of sound, with a range of about 400 kilometres. The unveiling of the prototype of the RailGun was in 2015, and in 2016, the weapon had public presentation complete with its ordnance. However, the problem with the US design is that it requires a tremendous amount of power to operate… over 25 megawatts per one shot. Another problem is that the longer the distance to the target the weaker the impact of the shot as air resistance slows the projectile down as it travels to its target.

Scientific Impact

Even though the railgun tests conducted by the Russian Institute of High Temperatures haven’t produced any military breakthroughs yet, experts already recognise them as some of this country’s major scientific achievements of the past year. Besides this, Russian scientists gave names to two new chemical elements, helped discover gravitational waves foretold by Albert Einstein, ensured consistent heating of plasma to a whopping 10 million degrees Celsius, and helped develop a vaccine to treat serious neurodegenerative conditions.

9 January 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/russia/201701091049399104-russia-railgun-tests/

Editor:

Note the objective restrained tone in the article, quite unlike the arrogant boasting one finds from Anglo sources. Quite likely, the Russian and American efforts are at the same level, but the Russians are more cautious, while the Americans (as usual) are more forward, condescending, and conceited. You’d go wrong if you took both at face value… you’d rate the Russians at less than what they’re capable of and you’d rate the Americans at more than what any human could achieve realistically. Remember… the Anglo-American “culture” values winning over everything else… including morality. You’d do well never to turn your back on an Anglo… they’re stiff-necked, they refuse to listen to reason (or to others), and they’re nasty when vexed. Keep it focused and keep it together…

BMD

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