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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Junta Mi-24 Attack Helo from Poltava Oblast Crashes Near Kiev… No Reason Given

00 ukrainian mi-24 helo. 24.03.15


A junta Mi-24 attack helicopter crashed in Vassilkovskaya Raion in Kiev Oblast. There is no known reason for the incident. The crash killed one person and two others are in hospital in serious condition. According to initial reports, the helo was heading from Mirnoe in Poltava Oblast to Ozernoe in Zhitomir Oblast. Ukrainian media noted that the cops are no longer on the scene.

24 March 2015



Saturday, 4 January 2014

4 January 2014. Armenian Frontal Aviation… One Reason Why Armenia Chose the TS EvrAsES and NOT the EU

00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter. 04.01.14


00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 01. 04.01.14


00 Armenian Mi-24 attack helicopter 02. 04.01.14


00 Patriarch Kirill & Catholicos Karekin in Yerevan. 04.01.14

Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias and Catholicos Karekin Nersessian of all Armenians at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the monument to the Russian war dead in the Russo-Persian War in Yerevan ARMENIA


00 Russia and Armenia... Friends Forever! 04.01.14


The above images are of Mil Mi-24 assault helicopters of Armenian Frontal Aviation. Armenia is in a rough-ass neighbourhood, with hostiles on its borders. Ergo, it behoves them to cleave to those who’ll have their back in the clutch. Russia has always stood by Armenia. Indeed, the Mi-24 is a Russian-made craft. Recently, Armenia chose to join the TS EvrAsES NOT the EU… that pissed off the Americans mightily. Well, I’d say that the Armenians made the only sane decision open to them, given their situation. Armenia is safe because Russian forces are inside the country. To be blunt, the USA wouldn’t guarantee Armenia against Turkey and Azerbaijan. Indeed, given American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and American indifference to Turkish and Azerbaijani pogroms against Christians, Armenia faced a no-brainer. Would they join with Russia, who WOULD help them when the shit hit the fan, or, should they join with the USA, who’d leave them to the tender mercies of the Turks and Azerbaijanis? After all, Armenia doesn’t want a repeat of 1915!

Armenia did the only thing open to it. Besides, both Russia and Armenia are part of the Orthosphere. Why count on strangers when the neighbours are at hand? Russia and Armenia… friends forever!


Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Russia Rejects US Allegations on Arms Deliveries to Syria


On Wednesday, Russia dismissed claims by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that it was selling attack helicopters to Syria and it accused the USA of double standards on Middle East arms deliveries. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists after talks in the Iranian capital of Tehran, “Right now, we’re completing the implementation of contracts that were signed and paid for a long time ago. All these contracts exclusively concern anti-aircraft defences. We aren’t delivering to Syria, or anywhere else, items that one could use against peaceful demonstrators. In this, we differ from the USA, which regularly delivers riot control equipment to the region, including a recent delivery to a Persian Gulf country. However, for some reason, the Americans consider this to be fine”.

On Tuesday, Clinton told a forum in Washington that Moscow’s repeated assurances that the arms it supplies to Syria couldn’t be used to attack protesters in the Middle East country were “patently untrue”. She added, without giving further details, “We’re concerned about the latest information we have that there are attack helicopters on the way from Russia to Syria”. Clinton also warned that such supplies would “escalate the conflict quite dramatically”. Later, Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said, “We know that the Assad régime is using helicopter gunships against their own people”. However, he also said that he had no information on a new shipment of attack helicopters from Russia to Syria.

Syria’s one of Russia’s major weapons clients, and Moscow opposed proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus, saying this would give rebel forces an unfair advantage in the conflict. Russia… along with China… has also twice vetoed UN resolutions against Damascus over what it says is a pro-rebel bias. However, Moscow fully backs UN envoy Kofi Annan’s faltering peace plan for Syria. On Tuesday, Russian military experts suggested that Moscow might be repairing earlier-supplied helicopters for Syria, rather than providing Damascus with new models. Andrei Frolov, editor of Arms Exports, said, “There were large-scale deliveries of attack helicopters to Syria in the Soviet era. The last deliveries of Russian helicopters took place at the start of the 1990s. There’s no information about new contracts for the delivery of attack helicopters. This might be a case of the repair or possible modernisation of earlier-delivered machines”. Mikhail Barabanov, the editor of Moscow Defence, said the helicopters possibly being repaired in Russia might be Soviet-era “Mi-24 or Mi-17” models.

Clinton was answering a question on the Pentagon’s purchase of Russian helicopters for the Afghan military ahead of a pull-out by US troops. US Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) {Mr Cornyn is one of the most retrograde members of the Congress, a supporter of GWB-like rapacity and warmongering: editor}, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this week calling Rosoboronexport “an enabler of mass murder in Syria” and called for sanctions against the company. Pentagon spokesman George Little said Washington “understood” Cornyn’s concerns, but said the helicopters involved were the best option to allow Afghan forces to “take on their own fights inside their own country”. In late May, members of Human Rights First, a US-based advocacy group, announced that a Russian ship allegedly carrying weapons had docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, which hosts a Russian naval base.

The UN estimates that at least 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. However, on Wednesday, Syria hit out at comments by UN’s peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous, who said the crisis in the country had now descended into “civil war”. The Syria Foreign Ministry said in a statement that its forces were fighting armed groups responsible for “killings, kidnappings and other terrorist acts”.

13 June 2012



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