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When The Kiev Army Has No More Tanks

source: by Denis Selesnev Translated by Eugenia The military operation in Donbass resulted for the Ukrainian army in huge losses of weapons – first of all, tanks. It has been estimated that during hostilities of 2014 the Military Forces of Ukraine (MFU) lost up to 200 tanks destroyed or taken by the adversary. The resumption of the active hostilities naturally leads to new losses. From the beginning of 2015

A small potpourri of blog related news

Dear friends, I just wanted to share a couple of things with you today. First, I wanted to mention that the folks are Vox Populi Evo have begun to share more videos subtitled in English with us, such as the two recent ones about Mozgovoi and Givi.  Even better, then have agreed to subtitle in English a full-length interview of the famous Ukrainian author Oles Buzina about the history of

Next podcast – on the go?

Dear friends, I want to try something a little new: record a podcast while driving :-) I got myself a pretty decent mobile microphone (a Zoom H1) and I hope that the sounds of the engine, tires and wind will not be heard too much on the final recording (I will be using a low-cut filter and a windscreen).  Of course, this will not be as convenient as recording in

Seeing through the doublethink: Primary evidence on losses of the combatants at Donbass

(Note by the Saker: Tatzhit Mihailovich submitted this article with *many* embedded photos and videos and I asked him to replace them by links to the media in order not to overload the page and to make the formatting easier.  Make sure to check his YouTube and LiveLeak channels which are chock-full of very good stuff!) Seeing through the doublethink: Primary evidence on losses of the combatants at Donbass by

Ukraine SITREP Thursday March 12th, 2015

The main development in the Ukraine is the sharp increase in the number of visible signs of the economic collapse taking place.  Prices are sky-rocketing, more and more salaries are simply unpaid, shortages are becoming more frequent and as a direct result, so are social protests.  The interesting thing is that these protests are not limited to the eastern Ukraine, but are also taking place in western regions of the

Fundraisers update

Dear friends, I just wanted to update you on the two fundraisers I mentioned yesterday.  First, here is a video about Russia Insider: Then I wanted to remind you all to indicate FOR GEVORG when you donate to my webmaster (if you forgot to do so yesterday, please email me). On behalf of Russia Insider and Gevorg, thanks a lot!! Cheers, The Saker

Very interesting interview of Paul Craig Roberts with Ellen Brown! (UPDATED)

Dear friends, I want to draw your attention to a very interesting interview of Paul Craig Robers with Ellen Brown.  You can listen to it right here: By the way, I would like to get in touch with Paul Craig Roberts.  If you have his email, please send it to me. Enjoy this most interesting interview, kind regards, The Saker UPDATE: got his email, thanks, and I emailed him today. 

The European Union’s military: yet another sign of impotence

You probably have heard of the European attempt to reacquire some relevance: the proposal to create a “European Union Army”.  In part, this is, as an attempt by the Europeans to show that they matter, that they can do something by themselves, that they are not completely US lackeys.  This might also be a reaction to the crazy statements of General Philip Breedlove, the Commander of the U.S. European Command

Two important fundraisers

Dear friends, Today I want to ask for your support for two fundraisers, one for one of our “brother in arms” and one for my webmaster. Russia Insider crowdfunding campaign Russia Insider is launching its first crowdfunding campaign today.  Please check out Charles Bausman’s appeal ( APPEAL: We’ve Launched Russia Insider’s Crowdfunding on Kickstarter. ) and the campaign’s kickstarter page ( Russia Insider – Challenge the Media. Let’s Push Back!

So did Syriza win a victory?

by Alexander Mercouris   Since Greek was granted a 4 month extension there has been a sustained attempt both within Greece and in the English speaking world to claim that it is Syriza rather than the EU hardliners that came out ahead on points.  This is the view of Tsipras but also the view of such Anglophone commentators ranging from Jack Rasmus on the far left to Paul Krugman on

Back from Moscow

by Alexander Mercouris As everyone by now knows I have been a week in Moscow. It was an extraordinary, wonderful visit packed with productive work and meetings with good friends.  There is so much to say and I will try to say it when I can.  But first a quick general impression about the economic and security situation unrelated to specific political news or to the Nemtsov murder (of which

Nemtsov murder – more questions than answers

According to RT, Zaur Dadaev, who had reportedly confessed involvement in Nemtsov’s murder, said he organized the crime in revenge for the opposition leader’s “negative comments on Muslims and Islam,” according to Rosbalt’s source in law enforcement.  Sounds plausible? Not really.  Possible?  I suppose so.  But plausible? Zaur Dadaev  – who supposedly pulled the trigger –  was the deputy commander of the Chechen special operations battalion “Vostok”.  Hardly your typical

Russia’s Remarkable Renaissance

by F. William Engdahl for New Eastern Outlook First appeared here: Russia’s Remarkable Renaissance   Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying

Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation!

Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation.  And is not a Kremlin-sponsored propaganda outlet which says so, or some rabidly nationalistic Russian blogger, but the very AngloZionist Washington Post.  In the same article, the WAPO also states that the Hrivna is in free fall: Whether this admission is made in the hopes of getting more funding to the Kiev regime or whether its intention is to signal that it is time

Important developments in the Nemtsov murder case (UPDATED)

It took the combined efforts of the FSB/SKR/MVD one week to make the first arrests in the case of the murder of Nemtsov: a group of 7 men, all from the North Caucasus were arrested.  A sixth man killed himself with a hand grenade  in Grozny when he was about to be arrested. The Russians used the combination of the “Potok” HD camera monitoring network and intercepts of all the

Could there be a grain of truth in the Ukrainian propaganda?

We have all heard the Ukrainian nationalist line: they are the true Slavs inheritors of the Kievan Rus while the modern Russians are really either Tatars or Ugro-Finns or God knows what else.  And then there the famous quote by, I think, Napoleon, who said “scratch the Russian and you will find the Tatar”. The interesting thing here is that there might well be some truth to that, and more

Blog changes, donations, technical improvements, moderation and chats!

Lots’ of blog news today.  I will present them one by one: New homepage format: Many of you have complained about the new “thematic” presentation of the new blog’s homepage.  As I have mentioned before, there is an easy fix: bookmark instead of  This way you will always immediately see the “chronological” presentation of every single article posted.  But after discussing it with my webmaster, we have decided

The cognitive dissonance of the European Union’s position

By Mikhail Khazin Source: м.хазин, “о когнитивном диссонансе в позиции евросоюза” Translated from Russian by Robin   The problems with the European Union’s basic ideology of course involve Germany’s position more specifically. To see it with the utmost clarity, we must recall the standard mantra of the proponents of Western liberalism, whether they are from the European Union, from the United States or homegrown: the West’s main goal in relation