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Interfax: Russia did not provide Buk missile systems to Donbas militia – Gen. Staff

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MOSCOW. July 21 (Interfax) – Russia did not provide the militia in southeastern Ukraine with Buk missile systems, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “The Russian Federation did not hand Buk missile systems, or other kinds of weapons or military hardware, to the militia,” said Gen. Andrei Kartopolov, chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operations

New Post on Russian Guilt; “Here Are The Intercepted Transcripts Indicating Russian Rebels Shot Down Malaysian Flight MH17″

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[featured image is file photo] Subject: FW: new post on Russian guilt Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 From: Anders Aslund <AAslund@PIIE.COM> David: Another version of the same evidence. Best, Anders From: paul roderick gregory [pgregory@stanford.edu] Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:27 PM To: Anders Aslund; Gregory Paul Subject: new post on Russian guilt http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2014/07/19/what-more-smoking-guns-are-needed-for-mh17-the-worlds-first-sam-terrorism/ Forbes.com

The truth about MH17

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[featured image is file photo] Subject: The truth about MH17 Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 From: Anders Aslund <AAslund@PIIE.COM> David: I hope you will lead with this excellent SBU video with English text next time. You can hardly get a better view of the reality of the MH17. http://www.sbu.gov.ua/sbu/control/en/publish/article?art_id=129088&cat_id=35317 Best, Anders [note from JRL web

RIA Novosti: EC Unsure Why US Believes Missile Shot Down Malaysian Plane in Ukraine – Source

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BRUSSELS, July 18 (RIA Novosti) – The European Commission does not know on what basis the United States concluded that a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane, which crashed in eastern Ukraine, was shot down by a missile, a source in the EC told RIA Novosti on Friday. “One must ask them. The European Commission does not

Interfax: Putin blames Ukraine for Boeing crash

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MOSCOW. July 18 (Interfax) – Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Ukraine is responsible for the Malaysia Airline plane crash on Thursday. “Definitely, the state in whose airspace this has happened bears responsibility for this terrible tragedy,” the Russian chief of state said late on Thursday night at a conference on economic issues. He proposed to

Interfax: Russia confirms operation of Ukrainian long-range defense systems on day of MH17 crash

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(Interfax – July 18, 2014) The route and crash site of yesterday’s downed Malaysian Boeing 777 jet falls within the zone targeted by two Ukrainian squadrons operating a S-200 long-range air defense system and three squadrons operating a Buk-M1 medium-range air defense system, a spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Friday. Throughout

NEWSLINK: IHS Jane’s analysis of the capabilities of Ukraine’s missile systems

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["IHS Jane's analysis of the capabilities of Ukraine's missile systems" - IHS - press.ihs.com - July 17, 2014] The IHS Jane’s Missiles & Rockets editor considers the shoot-down of the Malaysian civilian airliner in eastern Ukraine. An airliner cruising at around 30,000 ft altitude would be well above the coverage of shoulder-fired man-portable missile systems … * *

NEWSLINK: Rival Claims Over Crashed Malaysia Plane’s Recorders

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["Rival Claims Over Crashed Malaysia Plane's Recorders" - New York Times - Sabrina Tavernise, Keith Bradsher - July 18, 2014] The New York Times reports on investigations in the aftermath of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, including questions about who will gain custody of the doomed jet’s data recorders. The grisly

Interfax: Defense Ministry denies Russian air defense involvement in Boeing 777 crash

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, July 18, 2014) The Russian Defense Ministry has denied the alleged involvement of Russian air defense and military aircraft in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. “In view of various kinds of speculations regarding operations of the Russian armed forces in the areas bordering Ukrainian, we affirm that air defense

RIA Novosti: Ninety Percent of Militia in Eastern Ukraine Local Citizens – Self-Defense Forces Leader

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HORLIVKA (DONETSK REGION), July 16 (RIA Novosti) – Ninety percent of the independence supporters fighting alongside the government forces in the southeast of Ukraine are local citizens, Horlivka self-defense militia’s leader Ihor Bezler said in an interview with RIA Novosti. “Those Russians who survived the massacre in the airport [on May 26] came to me,

Ukraine Could Recover Crimea Only If Russia Were Seriously Weakened, Moscow Analyst Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, July 14, 2014) The Ukrainian government lacks the resources to recover Crimea, according to a Moscow military analyst, and could do so only if Russia were to “weaken to the point that it simply could not defend” the peninsula. Otherwise, talk about “the return of Crimea to

RIA Novosti: Russia Considering ‘Surgical Strike’ on Ukraine – Report

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MOSCOW, July 14 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is considering “surgical retaliatory strikes” on the Ukrainian territory after the standoff has led to first civilian victims among Russians on Russia’s territory, a Kremlin source told Kommersant Monday. “Our patience is not boundless,” the source told the newspaper, stressing that “this means not a massive action but

Arms Exports Thrive Amid Military Revamp

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – July 8, 2014) President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that Russian arms exports continue to flourish, with $5.6 billion worth of weapons and military hardware having been sold in the first half of 2014, while its portfolio of export orders have expanded by $15 billion. Moscow’s plans to

RIA Novosti: Russian military source ridicules Ukrainian minister’s “victory parade” remarks

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(RIA Novosti – Moscow, July 7, 2014) Remarks by the new Ukrainian defence minister, Valeriy Heletey, about an impending “victory parade in Ukrainian Sevastopol [the biggest city in Russian-annexed Crimea]” suggest regression [Russian: degradatsiya] in the Ukrainian military leadership, a senior source in the Russian military department [Defence Ministry] said. “Such words by what is

Moscow Opens Terrorist Training Base in Crimea, Cemilev Says

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 11, Issue 119 - Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org - Paul Goble – July 1, 2014) Ukraine’s intelligence service has identified five centers within the Russian Federation where Moscow is recruiting and training mercenaries and diversionists to work against Ukraine in the eastern portions of that country and perhaps further west as well (Newsru.ua,

Moscow Times: Russian Troop Morale Reaches 17-Year High

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – June 26, 2014) Russian military morale is at a post-Soviet high, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. “The results of sociological studies show that in 2014, the level of troop morale has reached its highest point in the past 17 years,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. The

Interfax: Russian official hopes Ukraine crisis will not end security cooperation with USA

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(Interfax – June 17, 2014) First deputy director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), Sergey Smirnov, has expressed hope that the events in Ukraine will not disrupt cooperation between the Russian and US security services, privately-owned news agency Interfax reported on 17 June. “We have always been cooperating, though sometimes, when some events are taking

The galloping militarisation of Eurasia

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(opendemocracy.net – Neil Melvin – June 16, 2014) Neil Melvin is director of the Armed Conflict and Conflict Management Programme at SIPRI In recent months, attention has overwhelmingly been focused on Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. But there is a wider and more disturbing process of militarisation underway throughout the Eurasian region. Russia’s annexation of the

Russia-led security bloc turns away from NATO towards China, chief slams West

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(Interfax – Moscow, June 16, 2014) A decision has been taken at the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization] to suspend attempts to establish dialogue with NATO, and the course has been mapped towards developing cooperation with the OSCE. “Given the situation, the council of foreign ministers (of the CSTO member states) deemed it advisable to

NEWSLINK: Meanwhile, Back in Ukraine; Tanks mysteriously roll in from Russia.

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["Meanwhile, Back in Ukraine; Tanks mysteriously roll in from Russia" - Wall Street Journal editorial - June 16, 2014] The Wall Street Journal addresses claims of Russian material support for instability and revolution in Ukraine, including tanks: Waves of Russian tanks and divisions of infantrymen are one way to undermine the budding democracy in Kiev. But an overt invasion would

Borderlands: The View Beyond Ukraine

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(Stratfor.com - George Friedman - June 10, 2014)  Editor’s Note: This is the final installment in George Friedman’s recent series written during his journey from the Baltics, through Central and Eastern Europe and then east to Turkey and Azerbaijan. I traveled between Poland and Azerbaijan during a rare period when the forces that shape Europe appear to

D-Day at 70: Russia’s role in opening up the Western front

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – John Naughton, special to RBTH – June 5, 2014) By weakening the German army and keeping it occupied on the Eastern Front, Soviet Russia prepared for the way for the Allied success of D-Day in the West. The retired Royal Navy cruiser the HMS Belfast fired its six-round

WHITE HOUSE FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine

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The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 04, 2014 FACT SHEET: U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine The United States is working to bolster Ukraine’s ability to secure its borders and preserve its territorial integrity and sovereignty in the face of Russian occupation of Crimea and a concerted effort by Russian-backed

RIA Novosti: Russia Never Wanted to Destabilize Ukraine or Send Troops to Invade Country – Putin

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PARIS, June 4 (RIA Novosti) – It was never Russia’s intention to destabilize the situation in Ukraine or send its troops to invade the country’s south and east, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday in an interview with France’s TF1 channel and Europe1 radio station. “There are neither military personnel nor Russian instructors in southeastern

RIA Novosti: U.S. to Give Ukraine $18 Million in Military Aid

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KIEV, June 2 (RIA Novosti) – The United States has doubled its financial military aid to Ukraine, bringing it to a hefty $18 million over the past few months, according to US’s second top military commander Derek Chollet. Chollet, who serves as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs at the US Department of

Chechens in Ukraine Capture Public Interest

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber – May 29, 2014) Amid deadly clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian security forces in eastern Ukraine, reports that militants from the Russian republic of Chechnya have joined the insurgents have been buzzing on Russian social media for weeks. As videos and photos purportedly showing Chechen militants in

Interfax: Ukrainian border guards confirm withdrawal of Russian troops from border

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(Interfax – May 28, 2014) The Ukrainian State Border Service has observed a withdrawal of Russian troops from the bilateral border but is wary of the remaining infrastructure. “Our information suggests troops’ withdrawal from our border is under way, but with certain peculiarities. Intelligence radio units, radio interception units remain in place, so does the

Russia Invasion Risk Is Unchanged, Ukrainian Envoy Says

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Nicole Gaouette, Daryna Krasnolutska – May 24, 2014) The risk of Russia invading Ukraine is as high as at any time since the crisis began, with Kremlin agents stoking unrest in the east of the country preparing for elections tomorrow, according to Ukraine’s envoy to the U.S. Russia hasn’t taken any

RIA Novosti: Ukraine Says No Russian Troops Within 10km of Border

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KIEV, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – The Ukrainian State Border Guard Service did not detect any Russian troops within ten kilometers of Ukraine’s eastern border during aerial inspections on Monday, a spokesman for the service said Tuesday. “An aircraft inspection of 820 kilometers of the border was conducted yesterday. We did not detect any wrongdoing,

RIA Novosti: Russia Withdraws Troops From Ukrainian Border

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MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has started a pullback of its troops from temporary bases near the Ukrainian border, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Tuesday. “It seems to me that maybe a few days will be enough and if you ask me when you start this process I would like to confirm

Interfax: Russian troops ordered to pull back after drills in southwestern Russia – Defense Ministry

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MOSCOW. May 20 (Interfax) – Russian Armed Forces units taking part in routine military exercises at ranges in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions have been ordered by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to return to their permanent bases, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release. “Following the completion of the exercises, which were

RIA Novosti: Russian PM Says Claims of Moscow Planning to Attain Parts of Ukraine – Propaganda

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MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – Confirmation that Russia has plans to claim any part of Ukraine is propaganda and the comparison with the situation with Crimea is inappropriate, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. “In regard to the type of hypotheses that Russia would like get some extra land is nothing more than

Ukraine Crisis Stirs Fears of New Nuclear Arms Race

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(Voice of America – Cecily Hilleary – May 14, 2014) U.S. forces are conducting large-scale nuclear “deter and detect” drills this week, just days after Russia conducted similar military exercises simulating retaliatory strikes to a hypothetical U.S. or NATO nuclear attack. Their timing – during the tense standoff over Ukraine – combined with Cold-War-era rhetoric

Interfax: Shutdown of GPS stations in Russia would lower accuracy of U.S. precision weapons – source

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(Interfax – May 14, 2014) The suspension of the operations of GPS ground stations on Russian territory could affect the accuracy of U.S. precision weapons throughout the world, a source from the Russian rocket industry told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday. “The shutdown of these 11 stations would affect GPS accuracy around the world, and this concerns

Moscow Times: Crimea Takeover Seen as Potential Game Changer in Mediterranean

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – May 14, 2014) When President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Crimea during last week’s Victory Day celebrations, he described March’s annexation of the peninsula as an act of restoring “historical justness,” and military analysts say Russia’s famed Black Sea Fleet may play a crucial role in

Budget Figures Show Putin has Been Preparing for War for Four Years, Nemtsov Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, May 12, 2014) A government’s priorities and plans are most clearly shown in its budget, and over the last four years, the budgets Vladimir Putin has proposed and imposed are those of a leader preparing for war rather than someone concerned about the needs of the Russian

Interfax: Concerns grow in Russia about possibility of military conflict with Ukraine – poll

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(Interfax – May 6, 2014) Russians keep monitoring Ukrainian events amid growing concerns about the possibility of a military conflict between the two countries, Levada Center told Interfax following an April poll. Sixty percent of the respondents maintain a close interest in the events evolving in the neighboring state (the indicator stood at 64 percent

Russians believe in Armed Forces’ ability to defend country in event of military threat – poll

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(Interfax – May 2, 2014) Eighty-six percent of Russian citizens recently interviewed by the All Russian Center for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM) believe that Russia’s Armed Forces will be able to defend the country in the event of a real military threat. The latest survey was conducted in 42 Russian regions and involved 1,600 people.

Moscow Times: U.S. Space Restrictions on Russia May Strike Back

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Matthew Bodner – April 30, 2014) With the latest restrictions on high-technology defense articles and services announced Monday as part of new U.S. sanctions on Russian officials and businesses over the conflict in Ukraine, Washington is playing a dangerous game that may wipe out two decades of closely cultivated commercial

RIA Novosti: Most Russians Feel Safe From Military Threats – Survey

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MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – About 86 percent of Russians believe that the Russian armed forces can protect them from military threats, a state-run pollster said Tuesday. “The Russian army will protect our country if a military threat emerges – that’s the opinion of 86 percent of Russians. The number of respondents who gave

RIA Novosti: Opinion: Civil War in Ukraine Could Start After Presidential Election

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MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – Civil war in Ukraine could break out as soon as next month, the deputy director of research programs at Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy said Tuesday. “A civil war might kick off on May 26-27, as it is obvious that federalization supporters will not go anywhere and,

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Who controls the Arctic?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Andrey Gubin, special to RBTH – April 23, 2014) Andrey Gubin is the head of research programs at the Asia-Pacific Center of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. International competition for control over Arctic resources is only a matter of time, says researcher Andrey Gubin. The Arctic has

In the army now: A matter of honor or a difficult duty?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Tatyana Rusakova, RBTH – April 25, 2014) Despite far-reaching reforms to the armed forces in recent years, attitudes toward military service among Russia’s young remain largely negative – though polls suggest that many older Russians do not share this view. What options does the army have to avoid

Interfax: Russian peacekeepers may come to Ukraine only with UN authorization – MP Ozerov

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MOSCOW. April 25 (Interfax) – Peacekeepers may be deployed in Ukraine only with the UN Security Council permission, while the Federation Council has exercised its powers regarding the Armed Forces and allowed the Russian president to send troops to that country, Federation Council Defense and Security Committee Chairman Viktor Ozerov said in an interview with

RIA Novosti: No Plans to Send Peacekeepers to Ukraine – Putin Aide

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MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is not discussing on a practical level sending an international peacekeeping force to Ukraine, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov told journalists Friday. Responding to a comment on a suggestion by Russian politicians to send an international peacekeeping force to Ukraine, Ushakov said it “wasn’t discussed on a practical

Russian-led security bloc chief says Russia, NATO now in direct standoff

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(Interfax – Groznyy, April 23, 2014) Russia and NATO countries have reached a level of direct confrontation, Nikolay Bordyuzha, secretary-general of the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization], told journalists on Wednesday [23 April]. “In effect, thanks to the actions of certain NATO states, we have reached a level of direct confrontation,” Bordyuzha told journalists in

RIA Novosti: OSCE Military Observers at Ukraine-Russia Border – Kiev’s Security Service

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KIEV, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – A group of OSCE military observers is present at a Ukrainian checkpoint at the border with Russia that is surrounded by federalization supporters, the press center of the Ukrainian Security Service said Thursday. “An inspection team of OSCE military observers has been working on the site of the Luhansk

RIA Novosti: Russia to Hold Military Drills in Response to Ukraine Crackdown

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MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Thursday that Russia will conduct military drills in response to the developing situation in Ukraine’s southeast, where a special operation has targeted the country’s own citizens. “We are forced to react to such a development in the situation,” Shoigu said. “Starting today, exercises

Ukraine Says Russia Preparing Grounds for Invasion

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Kateryna Choursina – April 20, 2014) At least three people were killed in a clash in Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, the nation’s Interior Ministry said, as a top security official accused Russia of exploiting the violence to prepare grounds for an invasion. Three “activists” were shot to death while on duty

An-70 aircraft is latest casualty of Russia-Ukraine fallout

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – April 19, 2014) The Russian-Ukrainian military transport aircraft has completed state testing, but series production is impossible in the current political climate. The Russian-Ukrainian Antonov An-70 military transport plane has successfully completed state testing. All the air craft’s systems were tested, as well as its short take-off and

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