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While on a special fact-finding mission to Eastern Europe, the US’ Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker told the Ukrainian government that it would have to come to the realisation that its much-improved armed forces would be unable to recapture areas that it lost to Russian and Moscow-backed separatists over four years ago.
“There’s no way the Ukrainians can take the territory back, which has already been taken by the Russians. Russia is just too powerful, but the cost to Russia for a further advancement has already increased and will continue to increase. And if that’s the case, then you have to ask yourself if you’re sitting in Moscow, ‘What are we getting out of this? We are getting Russian casualties, soldiers being killed fighting in Ukraine, for what?’” Volker said in an interview with the Ukrainian Service of the BBC on May 17.
The message was a cold shower the government of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as he struggles to fend-off growing accusations from his own population and from increasingly impatient Western governments that he and his administration are doing little to combat corruption and the stagnant economic conditions that have continued to plague Ukraine since a civil uprising ousted the previous pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in the 2014 Euromaidan Revolution.
Kyiv had hoped the recent delivery of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US would significantly tip the balance on the battlefield in their favour as the Javelin is the world’s most powerful portable anti-armour weapon and capable of easily destroying the T-72, T-80, and T-90 main battle tanks that Moscow has deployed to the areas it occupies in the eastern Donbass Region and Crimea.
But the US is keeping the Javelins under their watch, locked down in a secure weapons depot in west Ukraine, hundreds of kilometres from the frontline. Washington has made it clear to the Poroshenko government that the systems are strictly for defensive purposes and will no longer be under lock-and-key if Russia’s armed forces were to push beyond the current contact lines, which have remained static since mid-2015.
Since they begrudgingly agreed to provide Ukraine with sophisticated anti-tank systems – something Kyiv has pleaded for from the United States and NATO ever since Russia first invaded the country in April 2014 – the administration of US President Donald J Trump has insisted that all weapons deliveries to the Ukrainian military are strictly intended to defend against any future attempts by Russia to seize additional Ukrainian territory.
“If they (the Ukrainians) are not able to hold the line, that’s just an invitation to further advancements. What this does is that it tells the Russians very clearly that ‘You are not going to get any more without it being very costly to you’.
Trump’s administration has struggled to formulate a coherent policy towards Ukraine, particularly after the US Congress passed a bill that codified sanctions that are currently imposed against Moscow for its invasion of Crimea and the Donbass. The White House has gone along with elements of the policies of Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, but has had to balance between Trump’s inclination to improve relations with Russia and his personal affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin with realities on the ground when it comes to countering Moscow’s threat to the security structure for the whole of Europe and US longstanding commitments to NATO and its allies in the region.
Only a Ukrop would think they were in the position to make a billion dollar demand to Russia
I'm sure this made Russia Laugh. I would be surprise if Russia left you 1/2 a billion a year volume transit.
why would one care to warm ones enemy?
EU says Ukraine to offer Gazprom discounted transit fees – Reuters 11:37, 19 May 2018 Economy 49 0 According to energy firm Naftogaz's expectations, Ukraine will earn around $3 billion from transit in 2018.
Read more on UNIAN: https://economics.unian.info/10122743-eu-says-ukraine-to-off
NATO instructors were blown up in Donbass after entering a minefield
Truck with military of NATO exoloded in the Ukrainian mine field close to Avdeevka, three of them perished and two more got wounded.
It was reported yesterday by the Military Staff office of the DPR.
'Military staff ocffice of AFU brought quests from NATO to the mine field, where the truck with foreign merceneies exploded. Theree militarymen from Canada perished and two more from the USA got wounded', it was specified.
In regard to the Intelligence, three Ukrainians got wounded also.
Russian investigators charge two American journalists with propagating terrorism
08:31, 18 may 2018
Russian federal investigators have charged two staff members at The Washington Examiner with propagating an act of terrorism by publishing an article urging the Ukrainian military to bomb Russia’s new bridge to Crimea.
On Tuesday, the newspaper published an article by columnist Tom Rogan titled “Ukraine Should Blow Up Putin's Crimea Bridge.” Three days later, after Russian officials launched the criminal case, Rogan argued that the outrage expressed by “President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry ‘the watch’ Peskov” is a response to his larger body of work about Russian aggression. Also on Friday, investigators charged Rogan’s editor, Hugo Gurdon, with propagating terrorism.
Obviously the gangs that run Ukraine these days are legalizing the presence of militants who fled from their lost battlefields in Iraq & Syria, those who went to Ukraine for subsequent the upcoming sabotage activates that might take place in Russia, perhaps in European countries.
These terrorists who ran for their lives obviously after they realizes that, if they gonna keep fighting in Syria & Iraq, only death & in horrible ways will be the only fate that is awaiting for them.
Well, there is no secret that the Middle East had become one of the biggest grave yards or should I say crematory for terrorists & all human dregs of the world.
As it said leaving Syria now, which the country that became less hospitable to them, with militants from the so called «Islamic state» & other terrorist organizations are increasingly finding shelter in Ukraine.
According to well trust worthy source in the Ukrainian Migration Department, only over the past 18 months, on the territory of Ukraine, presence of many terrorists had legalized, by receiving forged documents, national passports & registration documents, for more than 50 fugitive terrorists.
Most of them are natives from the northern Caucasus and former USSR Central Asian republics, many of whom are already on the international wanted list.
Having escaped from Syria & Iraq, thanks to the actions of the Syrian & Iraqi forces & the tripartite union (Russia, Turkey & Iran), there are fewer terrorist activities, with militants are settling in Turkey, mainly with forged documents.
Many of those militants in Turkey were detained as a result of law enforcement raids, with some of the foreigners are offered to voluntarily leave the Turkish territory.
As the most attractive host country, the ex-militants indicate… Ukraine, this choice justifies itself.
Despite the whole complex of filtration measures provided by the Ukrainian legislation for migrants, «Syrians» are allowed to enter the country without any problems, even they receive help.
In principle, the mechanism of legalization is not so complicated.
Simply it will only cost between 100 to 400 US dollars, they can purchased a Ukrainian passport of a citizen who lived until 2014 somewhere in the Crimea, then necessary photo is pasted, with the assistance of the migration services & the Ukrainian intelligence, a seal is put on & an application for a new identity card is filed.
Registration for a new place of residence is now a full-fledged; they became “citizen of Ukraine".
There is a way & perhaps much easier, In case of an official application will be a little bit difficult to be prepared by the authorities of Ukraine, with a statement of persecution for political reasons, they been given the opportunity to obtain refugee status.
As practice shows, such an outcome is possible even for those foreigners, in particular Russians, who knowingly for the Ukrainian authorities are wanted by the INTERPOL.
With the Russian government can easily request for their detention by the INTERPOL, so if its known for sure with enough fact evidence that Russian authorities are able to present proving that those wanted figures are in Ukraine, it will be difficult & embarrassing for the Ukrainian authorities not to cooperate & hand them over to INTERPOL.
However by given the complex interstate relations with Russia, Ukraine doesn’t extradite such citizens, preferring to use them in its own foreign policy game.
So they can do whatever it takes to hide them & offer them protection, till they assign them with the new «TASK».
We can understand that for sure, so, with that being said, it’s not that difficult to guess why the Ukrainian authorities are trying with all its might to take the Russians terrorists from the Middle East to be under their wing & creates the most comfortable conditions for full legalization for their stay.
Knowledge of the Russian language, geography & mentality familiarity, with decent experience in combat & guerilla warfare & the readiness for some of them to go far to attempt suicide bombing operations, makes these people irreplaceable specialists for organizing & executing sabotage & terrorist attacks both in Crimea & the entire Russian territory.
But, why just Russia could be their target?
According to available information, the secret services of Ukraine by no means exclude the use of saboteurs in the territories of their «European partners».
Why not, it’s a fine tool for bargaining, after all the so called government in Kiev consisting group of gangs & Mafia.
Having obtained Ukrainian citizenship, these terrorists can easily enter Europe, which they can have the possibility & the eligibility to obtain at least three-month Visa-free stay in EU countries.
It’s without a doubt a serious wake up call, not just for Russia, but it’s for the EU as well.
The question now is…
Which & how many of them will we see tomorrow, next week, next month on the streets of London, Berlin or Paris & even Stockholm to name a few?
Perhaps, we’ll learn about it, unfortunately it’ll be too late…
Can somebody explain to us, why does Kiev have Russian fighters?
Analytics 14 May 2018, 13:43
I guess they don't teach Canadian soldiers how not to drive over mines in Avdiyivka.Might have helped if ukrops did not lead them down a road they mine themselves for publicity.
now you have 3 body bags as a reward.
they wanted to observe combat at LOC, Now they seen combat.
3 Kanadish KIA,2 USA wounded,2 Ukrops
Boom (own goal)
The Nord Stream Pipeline being agreed upon right now will avoid any transit to Ukraine, depriving the kiev junta of 2 billion in transit fees it accumulates per year through pre existing pipelines in Ukraine.
the future of Ukrops
future is so bright you have to wear gasmasks, back to pimping out your little sisters!