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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

30 December 2015. Some of My Favourite Things… Polina Gagarina in “Battle for Sevastopol”

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All the loudmouthed righties say that women shouldn’t serve in combat. Well… the record in the VOV says otherwise. Women served at the front in many capacities… both in combat roles and in support units. They all served as well as their male colleagues did. The deadliest snipers in the RKKA were women… they were cooler in combat and kept focused better. Shall women prove their worth in battle again? They’re doing so at present… in the Peoples Republics, in the War of National Liberation against the Ukrop* fascists. Note well that the clips from the film are gritty, realistic, and not for kids. That’s what war is… it isn’t glamorous; it isn’t lighthearted and glorious… it’s nasty, brutal, obscene, gory, and horrid in the extreme. No decent person goes to war or advocates it except under the most dire circumstances. Do note well that the ruling Anglo neoliberal elements and Uniate/schismo nationalists GLORY in war and want it. Do note that the US Republican Party (and Establishment Dems such as Chilly Hilly and Butcher Biden) and its “Evangelical” amen corner are cheerleaders for war in foreign parts. The people of Novorossiya are at war because they came under attack… the Anglo Americans and Ukrop fascists are war because they instigated it and launched it. There IS a difference, and all the loud talk of “Exceptional America” and showy bandura strumming can’t hide it…

I call such posturing evil… I’m NOT alone…

  • Ukrop: Russian colloquialism for Ukrainian nationalist fanatics



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Crimean Energy Blockade: What You Need to Know

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On Saturday, the MVDU said that activists from the group that launched the unsuccessful Kiev-sanctioned “food blockade” of the peninsula in September blew up power lines in the southern Ukraine supplying the Crimean peninsula with electricity. We’ll bring you up to speed on the energy blockade and its potential consequences.

On Friday night, blasts destroyed two of the four electrical transmission lines in Kherson Oblast in the southern Ukraine supplying power to the Crimea, with the remaining two blown up on Saturday night. Beginning Saturday, this left 1.9 million of 2.3 million Crimean residents without power, with authorities introducing a state of emergency. They dispatched over 100 teams with over 500 diesel generators to ensure power to socially important facilities, with authorities setting up an emergency schedule for the supply of electricity and water to areas hit by the outage. Energy-saving measures include shutting off streetlights and closing down entertainment venues at 22.00. A statement posted on the Crimean government website stated that schools and businesses would close Monday to save on electricity. At first, officials of the Ukrainian state energy company Ukrenergo announced that they’d try to repair the lines within 3-4 days. However, activists impeded repair crews arriving to repair the lines. Ukrenergo press secretary Zinovy Butso told 112 Ukraina TV that the activists wouldn’t allow the workers to do their work “in the coming days”. The “activists”, believed to be from the same group that unsuccessfully sought to create a food blockade of the peninsula in September, appear to have shifted tactics, and now look to prevent resumption of energy deliveries to the peninsula.

The MVDU opened four criminal cases connected with destroying the power lines, an MVDU spokesman in  Kherson Oblast explaining that the charges include one count of a deliberate attempt to damage power facilities, two of causing bodily harm to  police, and a fourth count for deliberately obstructing the work of local journalists. Earlier, Ukrenergo officials told reporters that they could restore a single 330 kW line in one day, capable of delivering 500-550 megawatts to the peninsula, thus ensuring a minimum level of power. Ukrenergo stated that they could restore a second line within 2-4 days. Now, things appear to depend on the protesters blocking crews from fixing the lines. At present, the Crimean peninsula relies on four major power lines from Ukraine for much of its electricity. These include the Melitopol-Dzhankoy line (330 kW), the Kakhovskaya-Dzhankoy line (300kW), the Kakhovskaya-Ostrovskaya line (330 kW), and the Kakhovka-Titan line (220 kW). Ukrenergo emphasised that the downing of the lines to the Crimea affected the supply of power to southern parts of the Ukraine, including Kherson and Nikolayev Oblasts. On Sunday, Ukrenergo Deputy Director General Yuri Kasich told reporters:

The situation is apparently so bad, that the shutdown of just one more element at the Kakhovskaya substation could have a cascade effect, leaving up to half of Kherson and Nikolayev Oblasts without power. I want to emphasise that the Ukrainian unified energy system is laid out in such a way that it’s impossible to separate areas, regions, or localities, and that, accordingly, any failure in the energy network, in the west or the east, can be connected, affecting the rest of the system.

Meanwhile, a source in the RF Energy Ministry told RIA Novosti that Ukrainian energy officials formally rejected offers for assistance from the RF Energy Ministry, assuring their colleagues that the situation was under control. RIA Novosti reported that Crimean Head of Government S V Aksyonov spoke to reporters on the consequences of Kiev’s apparent inability to keep its power transmission lines to the Crimea secure, noting:

If Ukrainian energy companies really believe that they don’t need our market, they’ll lose it forever, the same as happened with food. The present situation only accentuates how important the under-construction energy bridge to the Crimea from Krasnodar Krai is; it’s set to come online later this year. The bridge will effectively end the peninsula’s energy isolation, connecting it to the Russian united energy network.

For his part, Sevastopol Governor S I Menyailo urged city residents to remain calm, promising that authorities would control electricity prices for during the emergency. He added that he understood perfectly well that “if a normal situation existed in the [country] from which cut us off, we could deal with such an emergency in a day or two”. Sevastopol’s cogeneration plant and two mobile stations provide 40 percent of the city’s total electricity needs, with supplies directed firstly to social facilities, critical infrastructure, as well as heat and light to the city, its water supply, and other utility networks.

F A Klintsevich, RF Federation Council member and First Deputy Chairmen of the Committee on Defence and Security, offered a much harsher assessment of the situation, suggesting:

This artificial blackout of Crimea is an act of terrorism, and a demonstration that the Kiev authorities are either incapable of controlling the situation, or on the contrary, have provoked it themselves. It wasn’t a secret that Ukrainian nationalists wouldn’t limit themselves to a food blockade, and that they’d try to supplement that effort with an energy blockade. In fact, they’d repeatedly stated as much themselves. The blasts blowing up the power lines in Kherson Oblast near the border with the Crimea have left virtually the entire peninsula without power. This is an act of terrorism. Unfortunately, we shouldn’t expect a real search for the culprits from the Ukrainian authorities.

Meanwhile, Crimean General Procurator N V Poklonskaya suggested that Russian authorities could launch a criminal case on the downed power lines, pending an interagency meeting of security officials on Monday.

Back in September, following rhetoric from the blockade activists that they would cut off electricity supplies, Crimean First Deputy Head of Government Mikhail Sheremet said that such a blockade would trigger retaliatory measures against the Ukraine. Most, if not all, of the electricity delivered to the Crimea through the Ukraine comes from Russia, with the Ukraine merely used as transit territory.

22 November 2015

Sputnik International


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Blackout in Crimea Caused by Power Transmission Towers Sabotage

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On Saturday night, sabotage to transmission towers in Kherson Oblast of the Ukraine completely cut off power to the Crimean peninsula. MChS Rossii spokesman Vladimir Ivanov told us:

The Crimea lost all electric service on Saturday night, but utility crews partially restored power later in Simferopol. Besides this, Russian authorities introduced a state of emergency in the Crimea due to the complete stoppage of electrical supply to the Crimea from the Ukraine. Important infrastructural and social facilities, such as hospitals, activated their emergency power units. Locally generated electricity is also available in some areas of the Crimea.

On Saturday, someone damaged the power lines that supply Ukrainian electricity to the Crimea. Later, the MVDU stated that someone blew up the power lines. A Ukrainian police officer on the scene wrote on his Facebook page, “[Someone] just blew up the towers!!!!”. In September, Crimean First Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Sheremet said that an energy blockade of the Crimea would trigger retaliatory measures against the Ukraine. Currently, Russia is building an energy bridge to the Crimea, due for completion before the end of the year.



On Sunday morning, the Crimea started to rely on reserve power generation after a mysterious accident in the Ukraine caused 1.9 million of the peninsula’s 2.3 million residents to lose power. Sevastopol began using its own power generation after what Ukrainian authorities have called an accident (sic) led 1.9 million people to lose power in Russia’s Crimean peninsula overnight on Sunday. The entire peninsula lost its electrical supply after a power-line accident (sic) on the Ukrainian side of the border, causing a blackout. The Crimea and Sevastopol were part of the Ukraine until 2014, when the two territories voted to rejoin Russia following an armed coup in the Ukraine. On Saturday, someone damaged one of the two power lines that supply Ukrainian energy to the Crimea, causing it to lose most of its power supply. Later, the MVDU said that someone blew up the power lines. The Sevastopol MChS office said, “Sevastopol partially restored power. The city completely changed over to its own energy sources, gas turbine stations and diesel generators”. The MChS Rossii stated that the Crimea has enough fuel on hand to last 29 days. The Ukrainian power utility Ukrenergo pledged to resume supplies within two days.


22 November 2015

Sputnik International

Friday, 24 July 2015

“Forbes” Outs the Shocking Truth about the Crimea and the Ukraine

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Forbes entitled its article ”A Year After the Russian Annexation of the Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow to Kiev”. In fact, Forbes based its piece primarily on two studies by authoritative western polling agencies… the American Gallup and German GFK. The latter, incidentally, is the largest German polling outfit, being amongst the four leading polling “gurus” around the world. Therefore, I think there isn’t any reason for even the most biased Westerners to question the results of their research. After analysing the survey results, journalist Kenneth Raposa came to a shocking conclusion for a Westerner on the attitudes of Crimeans to the current situation, ” The locals… whether Ukrainians, Russians, or ethnic Tatars… are unanimous on one thing… life in Russia is better than life in the Ukraine”. He reminded his readers about a study conducted by Gallup in cooperation with the Supervisory Board for International Broadcasting in 2014 in the Crimea. At that time, almost 83 percent of Crimeans said that the results of the March referendum really reflected their wishes and aspirations. Almost 74 percent of respondents were confident that reunification with Russia would have a positive impact on their quality of life, only 5.5 percent thought the opposite…

Therefore, in January-February 2015, after the first year of reunification, GFK decided to poll the Crimean people for their attitudes on it. For a western organisation, their results were simply sensational. They reported that 82 percent of Crimeans unambiguously approved reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Another 11% favoured for the most part. That is, 93 percent of Crimeans were positive about the results of the March 2014 referendum! Only 2 percent were against reunification. Kenneth Raposa concluded that these two studies by prestigious Western institutions strongly suggest that the outcome of the referendum in 2014 completely reflected the factual situation. Only 1 percent of Crimeans believe that the Ukrainian media gives objective information about happenings in the Crimea. Another 4 percent said that the Ukrainian media is “more objective”. On the other hand, 45 percent of Crimeans believe that the Ukrainian media purveys falsehoods, and another 35 percent stated that it’s more false than true. Raposa pointed up that the GFK survey didn’t indicate how people came to their conclusions.

Only 13 percent of Crimeans believed that their financial situation deteriorated over the last year (do recall the Ukrainian horror stories about the “starving” Crimea). Opposed to that, 21 percent believed that their financial situation improved significantly, 30 percent think it got better, and 35 percent said that their financial situation remained somewhere near last year’s level. For comparison, in the Ukraine at the same time, Ukrainian pollsters found that 94 percent of respondents reported a sharp deterioration in their standard of living! The top issue that concerned Crimeans was the war in Novorossiya (42 percent), followed by inflation (40 percent), transport blockade of the Crimea (22 percent), and personal financial problems (19 percent).

Raposa “hammered” Ukrainian nationalists and American fans of intervention in other peoples’ affairs. He noted that Crimean society is united and unanimous in agreement on the existing course of affairs, but one can’t even think of unity in the Ukraine. He said that, according to western polling institutions, there is a severe schism in Ukrainian society that objectively threatens the Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Only 19 percent in the so-called “Eastern Ukraine” and only 26 percent in the so-called “Southern Ukraine” support EU integration. (as it is very different from those Ukrainian “sociologist”!), on the other hand, 84 percent in the Western Ukraine, 60 percent in Northern oblasts, and about half of those in Central oblasts support that policy. Support for Ukrainian accession to NATO is even lower than support for EU membership in the so-called “Southeast”. Even in the Western Ukraine, only 53 favour NATO membership. The support for European integration in various Ukrainian regions coincides with their support of the USA and their role in the events of 2013-14.

Forbes is one of the most respected publications in the world, reflecting the opinion of a large part of the Western élite. Raposa’s article is a kind of surrender of the part of that élite to reality… Crimea became Russian in the first place because its people wanted it that way. Yes, the “Euro-Atlantic” choice of the Ukraine… that’s “not set in stone”. Meanwhile, the Ukraine forges a contrived reality, purposed to manipulate and maintain the martial spirit of the ultra-right. Almost all major Ukrainian media outlets completely ignored the GFK and Gallup poll results, indeed, most major Ukrainian publications shouted the strident headline, Most Crimeans Want to Return to the Ukraine. The source of this tawdry fluff was a yellow tabloid, Крым: Реалии (Krym: Realy/Crimea: Realities). In it, we can admire quite original news. Despite the sensational headline and text, the author conceded that there’s no basis for it in sociological research, they claimed that it came from an “online survey” allegedly carried out by the online edition of the reputable newspaper edition of Крымская Правда (Krymskaya Pravda: Crimean Pravda).

It was ridiculously easy to find the underlying cause of this one. Krymskaya Pravda itself said that Ukrainian hackers attacked their website . It effectively blocked them; the Ukrainian hackers actually were quite derisive (their famous informational troops?) in their attempt to force the site to show the “right” results for the survey. If the real attitudes and the real results of opinion polls don’t match what the Kiev junta wants to see, well, they can just hack the site. Then, they can force the media to publish it “voluntarily”. This situation highlights how one must take any information published by Ukrainian “journalists”. The most disgusting thing about this is that people from the Northern and Western Ukraine tend to lack “living” contacts with the Crimea, so, they believe this rubbish to the point that many are even willing to go to “beat” the Crimea [back into the Ukraine] by force of arms.

In general, an article in Forbes is a very positive sign; it says that sensible elements in Western society are trying to beat back the “hawks”, who live in a fantasy world. It’ll be some time before good-sense wins the day, but it looks like the end is coming for evil and misfortune…

24 July 2015





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