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Russia, Chechnia and the Ukraine – the *choice* to keep hoping for the impossible

As you probably know, the two Russian journalists who worked for the LifeNews, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko, were finally freed and brought back home via Grozny in Chechnia.  You might even have heard that the President of Chechnia, Ramzan Kadyrov, played a special role in their liberation.  I think that the importance of this event might be under-estimated by many observers and I want to briefly comment on that.It

Ukraine SITREP May 25th, 22:52 UTC/Zulu: Coming full circle with some cautious hope?

What was the main demand of the Maidanites?  Oh yes, to expel a fat corrupt leader.  Now, several months later it sure looks to me that they traded one fat and corrupt leader for another one.  The big difference being that Yahukovich at least did not use force against his own people.  Poroshenko has no such problems. Ukie oligarchs v2.0 The other difference – of sorts – is, I suppose,

Missing 9/11 files now available for download (UPDATED)

Dear friends,Here are the two files which I promised to make available for download:http://www11.zippyshare.com/v/79111768/file.html http://www11.zippyshare.com/v/648054/file.htmlHope this helps.  Let me know if you have a problem with these.Kind regards,The Saker PS: thanks to davidius for recommending Zippyshare! PPS: As an alternative to Zippyshare here are some Medifire links: http://www.mediafire.com/view/agvdb74jb4qx6cy/How_I_became_a_dedicated_9-11_Truther.pdf http://www.mediafire.com/view/hcrnq80uync86in/Left-Leaning_Despisers_of_the_9-11_Truth_Movement.pdf

Ukraine SITREP May 24th, 22:52 UTC/Zulu: escalation across the Donbass

Heavy fighting around Slavyansk increasing in tempo for the last 3 hours. Slavyansk under assault from 7 areas. Artillery is being used, at least one apartment building is burning in one of the outlying towns under assault. Self propelled arty, Msta-S reported, 15.2 cm howitzer type, are on the move with all their support echelons. Tanks are on the move, some heading for Slavyansk, some Donetsk. Grad batteries are on

Calling things by their proper names in the Ukraine

Life often seems like one long never ending Asch conformity experiment: even when there is overwhelming evidence that something is “A”, the media, and those zombified by it, confidently state “non-A”.    That this kind of doublethink is also applied to the conflict in the Ukraine should surprise nobody, but it is still important to “call a stone and stone” and to give a clear and unambiguous characterization of what has

The conflict in the Ukraine as seen by a professional soldier

I have recently come into contact with “Juan” who currently resides near the conflict area in the Ukraine. I don’t personally know Juan but I am confident that he/she is a person with a military background and a first-hand knowledge of the Russian military, including elite units. In our email exchanges we soon established that while I was “one of ‘them’ who was buried under 15 kilometers of concrete, rock

Personal announcement: rules, housecleaning and contact info request

To the small number of obnoxious monomaniacs amongst you who are totally obsessed with WWII, Hitler and Jews: this blog is *NOT* a historic blog about these topics.  Is that so hard to understand?  Today I had to trash something in the range of 20-25 comments all about race, Jews, Hitler, etc.  This has got to stop and you are clearly not understanding it the nice way.  This is a

Ukraine SITREP May 22th, 19:32 UTC/Zulu: Ukie death squad murders conscripts

Something really weird has just happened in the Ukraine.  Everybody agrees that an attack took place on a checkpoint of the Ukrainian national guard near the city of Volnovakha (see map).  35 soldiers were wounded, 15 died (other figures quote 8 confirmed dead and an unknown number of evacuated bodies of attackers who got killed; one source says “13-20 fatalities”).  The surviving soldiers say that out of 53 men, only

Ukraine mini-SITREP May 22th, 00:14 UTC/Zulu: “Ukie attack appears imminent” (UPDATED!)

I am getting a lot of emails warning me that a massive assault seems imminent in the Slaviansk – Kramatorsk – Krasnyi Liman area.  The local commander, Strelkov, has posted a warning about this and RT is also echoing the same concern.  I am also getting warnings from contacts in the Ukraine.  The Ukies are not too keen in fighting at night so I expect that attack to begin tomorrow

Ukraine mini-SITREP May 21th, 20:42 UTC/Zulu

It’s not really news, but it still amazes me: for two days in a row no Jen Psaki, speaking for the regime in Washington, has declared that the USA has doubts about the real affiliation of the Russian journalists working for the Russian new outlet LifeNews.  Even though the professional record of these journalist is in the public domain and very well know (they have worked for many years including

Ukraine SITREP May 20th, 16:28 UTC/Zulu: deliberate chaos

I think that we can all agree that the situation in the Ukraine is one of total chaos. Renat Akhmetov, the local oligarch-mobster, had declared that his companies will go on a “warning strike” for 3 hours per day because Akhmetov was angered that the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) had taken over the control of the railways which resulted in losses for his company. One of the

Full text of the appeal of the commander of the militia of Donetsk People`s Republic Igor Strelkov (UPDATED WITH 2nd translation!)

(Huge thanks to “CG” who found this text here.  The Saker) “Citizens of Donetsk People`s Republic, I address you with a quest. It`s the quest to protect your Motherland, your homes, your families, your people. I have to ask you to do the thing which by all human standards is not required to ask. As it was always an honor in Russia to protect your Motherland and your freedom. This

How the conflict in the Ukraine is seen by the rest of the world

Today I will begin by looking at how the Ukrainian conflict is covered in the international media thanks to this blog’s network of 55 correspondents and translators in the following regions: Europe, North America, South America, Middle-East, Russia/CIS, Indian Subcontinent, Far East Asia, Oceania and Africa. Below I am reproducing some reports I selected form those which our correspondents sent me.  This is our first try at that, so we

The Ukraine in Turmoil by Israel Shamir

I want to express my gratitude to Israel Shamir who kindly sent me this excellent analysis for publication on my blog.  I hope that in the future he will allow me to publish more of his articles.The Saker——-The Ukraine in Turmoil by Israel Shamir It is not much fun to be in Kiev these days. The revolutionary excitement is over, and hopes for new faces, the end of corruption and

Foreign Minister Lavrov interviewed by Bloomberg

I really admire Sergei Lavrov for many things, but listening to this (otherwise interesting) interview, I marvel at his patience with this constantly interrupting “yapping-dog-style” Bloomberg journalist. I just could not have had that kind of patience. I would have smashed my fist in the face of this arrogant jerk ten minutes into the interview. Good thing I am just a blogger and not a diplomat I guess :-) Anyway,

A look in the long distance: who will have to pay for “Ukraine v2”?

I just wanted to mention here a topic which is not often discussed in the western press but which does pop-up with some regularity in the Russian press.  Let’s set aside the current events and ask ourselves the following question:Sooner or later there will be some kind of state in what used to be the Ukraine until 2014.  The Crimea is gone forever to Russia, that is certain.  A “People’s

Ukraine SITREP May 14th, 14:14 UTC/Zulu: from tragedy to farce

Short news highlights: Popular governor of Lugansk, Valerii Bolotov, shot by sniper, lost lots of blood but is in no danger. 7 Ukie soldiers killed by the resistance, one APC destroyed Lugansk and Donetsk are negotiating a unification The Donetsk Republic is creating its own military EU gives 1 billion to Banderastan Hungarians want a Hungarian autonomous region in southwestern Ukraine Gazprom switches to pre-payment Ukies refuse to pay to

Personal announcement: When it rains it pours…

Dear friends, I am sorry to say that I am sick yet again, this time with some Florida food poisoning.  In fact, I am writing this in bed on my tablet.  I have a few requests to submit to you: 1) Sobcors: please stop using the sobcor email list as a discussion list.  Please ONLY use it to contact your REGION’S sobcors to get in touch and/or coordinate work.2) Please,

The Donbass referendum – yet another abject failure of US foreign policy

The exact results of the referendum in the Donbass are still unknown, but the following three facts are undeniable:1) Participation was extremely high.2) The yes vote won by a landslide.3) The neo-Nazi junta tried hard, but failed to disrupt the vote.We also know that the validity of this referendum will be rejected by a crushing majority of UN members.  Ditto for the regime in power who has already denounced it

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