Live Combat Video from Ilovaysk

Live combat from Ilovaysk. There has been very heavy fighting here for days on end. Much of the town is in ruins, but there are still many civilians, mostly hiding in shelters and basements. They only come out once in a while.

The rebels said yesterday that they Ukies were surrounded in this area. However, the Ukies said today that they had conquered the city. As you can see from the footage, the Ukies have not conquered the city. It really looks like both sides are fighting like mad over this city and no one really has it.

After this battle, the rebels said that this shows a battle where the rebels were trying to clear the Ukies out from the train terminal area across the railroad tracks. So, Ukies on one side of the tracks, rebels on the other. The rebels said that out of a Ukie force of 100, only 20 survived. The rebels took only very light casualties.

They are using automatic weapons here, mortars, RPG’s and what look like anti-tank guns. There is a large gun that sits on the ground that I cannot identify about halfway through the clip.

Frankly, this is absolutely terrifying, and it is very dangerous for that journalists. War correspondents get killed all the time.

However, these guys almost seem like they are having fun. No doubt it is very exciting. Do men actually get off on fighting wars? They actually like the thrill and excitement of live combat? I cannot see it.

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Answering Western Propaganda About Ukraine, Part 2

Rantus writes:

Oh yeah, and the separatists were losing up until august 1st and then what happened? Russia sent in support, that’s what. And the reason that Putin denied integration to south Ossetia and these other flyspeck countries is because they have no value to him. They’re nothing but fragmented, balkanized countries with no intrinsic value but a lot of whack-jobs that can create havoc through terrorism.

Ukraine though? Now that’s the real prize. Food from rich soil, energy, borders with NATO countries, hell, now that’s some good shit right there. That’s the exact reason why Hitler went after it and hence fucked up the invasion of Russia; because Ukraine is just too pretty for any tyrant to pass up.

Let us answer these one by one:

Oh yeah, and the separatists were losing up until august 1st and then what happened? Russia sent in support, that’s what.

Thank you. For once the commenter says something that might be true. The paragraph above has actually been a thesis of mine, but it is very hard to figure out if it is true. The West is almost useless due to all the lying, and the rebels are not exactly forthcoming about Russian support. I am close to the rebels, and I have been able to figure out a few things based on coded language they use, but it’s been hard.

Anyway, all revolutionary groups get outside support. What’s the big deal?

And the reason that Putin denied integration to south Ossetia and these other flyspeck countries is because they have no value to him. They’re nothing but fragmented, balkanized countries with no intrinsic value but a lot of whackjobs that can create havoc through terrorism.

Yes but Western propaganda says Putin is trying to re-establish the USSR. Those areas were part of the USSR. If he is trying to re-establish the USSR, why doesn’t he annex those places? You see how the West’s argument makes no sense?

Ukraine though? Now that’s the real prize. Food from rich soil, energy, borders with NATO countries, hell, now that’s some good shit right there.

This is just crazy. Putin does not want Ukraine. Russia grows plenty of food and has lots of energy already. Honestly, Ukraine is such a gigantic money hole and basket case that Putin wants nothing to do with it. It will take $160 billion to bring the Ukies up to Western standards. Putin won’t pay it, and the West won’t pay it either. The Ukies are screwed. Sad.

Putin does not want a border with NATO! Are you kidding? What Putin wants on all of his borders are non-NATO states – preferably neutral states. Ukraine was a fairly neutral state from 1991-2014, but then that all changed when the neocons got involved and ruined everything. Putin simply cannot tolerate this genocidal, fanatically Russophobic Nazi state on his border. It is unacceptable. What Putin wants for Ukraine is one thing: regime change.

Putin doesn’t even want Novorussia! More land, more people, more problems. He has enough of all three already. Furthermore, Novorussia is in ruins. Who wants that?

That’s the exact reason why Hitler went after it and hence fucked up the invasion of Russia; because Ukraine is just too pretty for any tyrant to pass up.

See this is the Putin is Hitler lie again. Look, if I thought for one second that these Western lies were true and that Putin was really the new Hitler, I would be echoing the commenter in a heartbeat. But I just do not believe it.

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Answering More Western Propaganda about Ukraine

Rantus writes:

“Whether or not I would like to live under Russian rule is irrelevant. Why this is an important question?”

Er, because the majority of Ukrainians don’t, that’s why. They were polled and it came up that they want a single, unified state. Kind of like how Canada wants all the benefits of being America’s neighbor while not being American.

But you’ll say that that’s just western propaganda.

Ukraine stood to become very rich in the position of being a go-between state. They would have raked in massive amounts of money facilitating energy and goods transfer between Russia and the west. They were also on a solid path as an industrial manufacturer. But Russia didn’t like that, and now all that is gone.

But you’ll say that that’s just western propaganda.

Now there’s only the gangster Putin and his agenda, same as it was before under the gangster USSR. Ukraine has no future now, because their real self determination was just pulled out from underneath them.

For somebody who is basically a Russian cheerleader, you seem to not really know much about Russians and how they really do things. If he steps foot in Poland, or rather when he does, what will you say then?

These are all just Western lies. Let’s go through them one by one.

“Whether or not I would like to live under Russian rule is irrelevant. Why this is an important question?”

Er, because the majority of Ukrainians don’t, that’s why. They were polled and it came up that they want a single, unified state.

The people in the East sure don’t. Maybe they did at one point, but no way to they want to live in one state now. No way. In Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk, the vast majority of people want to separate from Ukies on a permanent basis. They don’t even want federalism. And even those folks will not be living under Russian rule, although apparently most of them wanted to do just that recently. They will be living under the rulers of their own state, Novorussia.

I have read reports from Ukie soldiers that said that 75% of people in the towns they go into support the rebels, 5% are undecided and 20% are pro-Ukie. And that was a while back before things got really ugly. It must surely be higher now.

Crimea also wants to be part of Russia. They voted 97% to join. They want to be ruled by Russia. Is that ok with the West.

But you’ll say that that’s just western propaganda.

The commenter is playing games with language to trick people. Western propaganda always does this. Here there is an attempt to conflate the results of a poll of the entire Ukraine with the feelings of those in the Donbass. I am quite certain that most Ukrainians at the moment want to live in a single state.

But no way does Kharkiv, Lugansk and Donetsk and neither does Transcarpathia or Crimea for that matter. Now as far as oblast by oblast for the rest of the Ukraine, I am not sure. But there has been guerrilla war in Kherson and Zaporozhye for a while now. People from Kharkiv, Kherson, Zaporozhye and Kharkiv come to the Donbass, gain fighting experience and then go back to their own regions and start guerrilla war. I would be interested to see a poll about how Odessa, Kherson and Zaporozhye feel about being ruled by the Nazis.

Ukraine stood to become very rich in the position of being a go-between state. They would have raked in massive amounts of money facilitating energy and goods transfer between Russia and the west. They were also on a solid path as an industrial manufacturer.

All of these are lies. The EU’s package to the Ukraine was a poison gift. Ukraine would have had to shut down her entire industrial economy, which would then be bought up on the cheap by Western capitalists. One condition was a doubling of gas prices and a 50% cut in pensions. How does that groovy austerity taste, Ukies?

The Ukies owe $17 billion, mostly to Western banks. The West was going to loan them billions more or less so they could pay off the $17 billion they already owe. Putin estimates it will take $160 billion to bring Ukraine up to European standards. He is right. The thing is, the West is simply not going to pay that bill. The future for the Ukies is very bleak.

They have been facilitating gas transfers to Europe forever now. Where are the riches? The Ukies owe Russia $5 billion for gas. Mostly what the Ukies have been doing for a long time now is siphoning off Russian gas from the pipeline. In other words, the Ukies have been stealing Russian gas for years now, and they are still broke.

Russia already does a lot of trade with the West. Anyway, only 35-40% of Ukies supporting joining the West and the EU. Most of the others wanted to join the Russian Customs Union or were undecided. So the proposal to join the West didn’t even have majority support. Russia offered a massively better deal. Yanukovitch originally wanted to go with the West (he and Putin never got along), but he started to get cold feet when he learned of the horrific terms of the agreement which would have resulted in the debasement and colonization of the Ukrainian economy by the predatory West. The deal with Russia was in the spirit of solidarity, not predation, so Yanukovitch went with Putin’s deal.

But you’ll say that that’s just western propaganda.

It is Western propaganda. Nothing written above is true.

Ukraine has no future now, because their real self determination was just pulled out from underneath them.

Oh now the West are champions of self-determination!  Does the Donbass and Crimea have self-determination too? If not, why not?

Putin isn’t going to conquer Ukraine and make it a part of Russia. He’s not stupid. Western Ukraine could never really be conquered anyway.

If he steps foot in Poland, or rather when he does, what will you say then?

He isn’t going to invade Poland. This is the Putin is Hitler lie. Putin isn’t Hitler. Why would Putin invade Poland? Was Poland part of the USSR? This is crazy. No way in Hell would Putin do that, and he has no need to anyway. Also Poland is NATO, and treaties say that a Russian invasion sets off an automatic war between Russia and NATO. In which case, by the way, I would be supporting NATO of course.

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Answering Western Lies About Ukraine

Rantus writes:

No, I’m not a “Ukrainian Nationalist Guy”, and let me ask you a simple question: would you want to live under Russian rule? Because if you can’t see that all that’s really happening here is Putin attempting to reconstitute the old Soviet Empire then you’ve got blinders on. Everything about the current Russian govt is dirty. Their fire sales of state owned industries and assets to their own oligarchs makes American pay to play look squeaky clean in comparison.

The bottom line is they invaded, and they didn’t invade because the separatists were winning. They invaded because they were on the ropes and getting their asses kicked. If Putin could have pulled if this coup by proxy without ever putting boots on the ground do you really think he wouldn’t have? It would have saved him all kinds of face. But he couldn’t , so he invaded. Its simple tactical logic.

Now you’re gonna see what him and his gangster government are really about.

The commenter’s talking points are straight from the Ukie nationalist playbook. I wonder what his ethnic background is?

Whether or not I would like to live under Russian rule is irrelevant. Why this is an important question?

He is not trying to reconstitute the USSR, but I was a fan of the USSR anyway, so I would not mind if he was. Anyway, the USSR was a country for a very long time. Why would it be so bad if they all merged into one country again and called it the Russian Federation?

The truth is that there are all sorts of places that are clamoring to be part of Russia because they hate living under their present rulers. South Ossetia and Abkhazia have been pleading to join Russia forever. Ditto with Transdniestria. Russia has been turning them all down for a very long time now. If Putin wants to recreate the USSR, why didn’t he annex Transdniestria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia? The “expansionist Putin” argument is insane.

Also the Novorussians pled for a long time to join Russia. This is what most of the people genuinely wanted. Russia turned them down. How is turning down people who want to annex themselves onto you expansionist? This argument is crazy.

True, Putin took Crimea back, but it’s always been part of Russia anyway. Then it was always part of the USSR. It ended up in Ukraine by accident after 1991. The Crimeans have been clamoring to get back into Russia since the first day of Ukie independence. A recent poll found that 97% of Crimeans support being a part of Russia.

Do people have something against self-determination?

As a matter of fact, the separatists have been winning since the middle of August but the Western media has been lying all this time and saying they were losing. If you only read the Western press, you will truly end up thinking that up is down.

The rebels were indeed on ropes up until August 1, which then turned into a stalemate from August 1-15, which has then turned into a rebel romp from August 15-now.

It’s not a coup. The Novorussian people simply do not want to live in the same state as these Nazis. The Novorussian forces have 75% support in the region. It is a legitimate grassroots revolution as most armed separatist movements are.

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Critique of Putin

From here.

Putin is neither a communist nor socialist. Russia’s social safety net is pathetic to non-existent, and the economy is basically a capitalist (and crony-capitalist) free-for all riddled with organized crime. If right-wing is defined by economic policy and reactionary attitude to social issues (which is the standard definition), Putin is, in fact, the right-wing authoritarian dictator the Foxbots would kill to have in the US, the vanguard of the fascism Putin is always accusing Ukraine of having. Putin is wish-fulfillment for the American right, and oh, so manly to boot.

So Putin is basically a rightwing authoritarian? How much of this critique is true? Can any of you on the Left critique this paragraph?

I do know that much of the economy is still state-owned and the state also owns partial (often 1/2) share in many other enterprises. The KPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation) supports Putin. The state still spends a vast amount of money at all levels. How is this US-style neoliberal/laissez faire economics? Someone clue me.

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About That Russian Invasion

First of  all, it isn’t a true invasion. It is just an incursion of a small force. If this were a true Russian invasion, you would know it. Not only that, but the Russians would be in Kiev and Lviv within a day or two.

The Western media is all awash with reports about a “Russian invasion.” For once in their lives, they are actually not lying this time. I am convinced that the Russians have moved a considerable number of men into Ukraine. How many? An organization called the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee says there are at least 10,000 Russian soldiers fighting in the Ukraine. That figure is surely correct. How long have they been there? I would say that most of them have been there for a good two weeks and possibly longer.

There have also been Russian casualties, probably also mostly in the last two weeks. The same organization of Russian mothers says that there have been 400 Russian casualties (KIA and WIA) so far in this war. I imagine that that statement is true.

We also have reports of an armored column entering Ukraine near Novoazovsk. Reporters on the scene said that all markings on the vehicles had been painted over and that the men looked for all intents and purposes exactly like Russian Spetznatz troops. They were decked out to the hilt. Obviously this is nothing less than a column of Russian soldiers.

There is another report from near Amrovsievska of a group of what appear to be Russian troops and an armored column who entered a village and set up a checkpoint. The residents asked what they were doing there, and the soldiers said, “We are here to protect you.” This is exactly what the little green men in Crimea said when residents asked them what they were doing there.

The men had accents from all over Russia and there was not a single Donbass Russian accent among them. The residents asked how they were supposed to get to the next town over and named the town. The soldiers acted like they had not heard of the town. Obviously, this is a column of Russian soldiers from the Red Army who have moved their armored column into this  town and set up checkpoints.

The ten Russian soldiers captured by the Ukies appear for the most part to be actual Russian paratroopers. Why their commanders did not tell them where they are going, I have no idea.

There are a couple of ways that Russian soldiers have gone into Ukraine.

One method is the “volunteer” method. Indeed, quite a few active duty Russian troops simply volunteered to spend part of their time as a Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine. They remained part of the Russian Army and continued to receive their salary and benefits. This method was the typical way that Russian soldiers were fighting in Ukraine until recently.

The other method is simply sending in ordinary Russian soldiers into Ukraine in columns. This has been done more recently. Some of these troops were told where they were going and what they would be doing, but others were lied to and told that they were going on a training exercise inside Russia.

How many Russian soldiers are fighting in the Ukraine? Surely the mothers’ organization figure of 10,000+ is correct.

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What the War in the Ukraine Is Really All About

From the web:

This isn’t about Ukraine. This is about encircling and weakening Russia so NATO and the US can go in there, split up Russia into Western-friendly portions, and get at their oil and natural resources.

Well of course. It’s been about that since Day One of this craziness. And in the process of pulling off this scam, these NATO morons are willing to risk a shooting war with Russia. Not only that, but this US/NATO plot has been ongoing for over 20 years now since the breakup of the USSR. The Russians know this plot like they know the backs of their hands. Whatever else the Russians are, they are not stupid. They are some of the ultimate masters of geopolitical chess.

Sure, Russia’s involved. Poke the Bear enough and it fights back. Look at the plot unveiled above. You actually think that Russia would sit back and take this without fighting back? Come on.

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If the Ukies Are Losing the War, It Is Their Own Damn Fault

Or, Revenge of the Ukrainian Jews.

From here.

Poroshenko and Kolomoisky are two great men. These two Jews managed to take revenge on the Ukrainians for everything: for pogroms, for the Jewish pale of settlement, for Babi Yar, for the burned ghettos. They managed to arrange things such that the Ukrainian Pinocchios gave them their money for not perishing in the carefully prepared cauldrons of the separatists.

In no place and never was there such a mastery – the citizens who collected money for the army were given faulty armor vests for a triple price, the uniforms for a triple price, their oil was stolen from the oil pipeline and sold to the army for a triple price. And now for a third time in the same place the most Ukrainscious battalions of the Ukies perish on the positions that were long since trained by the militia, on which they were led to death for a third time by Poroshenko and Kolomoisky.

Glory to Ukraine, glory to the imbeciles!

Absolutely. One wonders if there was ever a more incompetent and venal military as this Ukie one. The Ukies deserve everything bad that is going to happen to them. Too bad, that.

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Now Playing at a Theater near You

"From Russia with Love." Starring this man.

“From Russia with Love.” Starring this man.

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One Photo, One Thousand Words

Putin: "Checkmate!" Poroshenko: "You got me!"

Putin: “Checkmate!” Poroshenko: “Damn!”

At their meeting today, it is being reported that Putin showed Poroshenko photos of the shootdown of the KH17 jet. Putin’s got the goods on Porky. The Russians know the Ukies shot down that plane and they can prove it.

Putin shows Porky incriminating photos of the KH17 shootdown. Porky looks at them and starts stammering.

Putin: “Check!”

Porky: “Um, er, uhhhh, ahhhh…”

Putin: “Now, about those negotiations you wanted to discuss…”

Porky: (Looks flustered and blushes.)

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