Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ukraine keeps playing games ( August 13 , 2014 ) -- Ukraine Digs In, Refuses Entry To Russian Convoy, Calls It "Provocation By A Cynical Aggressor"

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014

Ukraine SITREP August 13, 15:15 UTC/Zulu: A really weird moment in the Ukrainian civil war

The current situation in the Ukraine is even more unstable and unpredictable than before, and at least three major developments might have a crucial impact on the outcome of this civil war.

The Russian humanitarian convoy
  
The situation with the Russian humanitarian convoy (287 trucks) is as confused as ever and I am personally still completely clueless as to what the Russian plan exactly is.  I mean, yes, of course, it is to deliver that aid to the Novorussians, but it is also much more than that.  For one thing, it draws attention to the horrors being committed by the junta in Novorussia, it shows that the Ukies themselves don't give a damn about the plight of the Novorussian civilians and it shows that Russia is willing to do alone that which no other state or even so-called "humanitarian" organization would even consider.

But, of course, things could get really 'hot' if any of the following occurs:
  1. If the Ukies block the convoy at the border.
  2. If the Ukies hijack even part of the convoy
  3. If any of the drivers and personnel gets hurt
The problem is, of course, that the Ukies might want to make sure that one or several of these things do occur so as to trigger the Russian intervention the junta so desperately needs.  Russia, of course, understands that, and yet the Kremlin is going ahead with the plan.  Does that mean that Russia has already decided that an intervention is inevitable, so why not make it happen on Russian terms?  Maybe.  It's just too early to call.

There is one very important element I want to bring up here: most people believe that Switzerland is neutral and that the ICRC is not only at least as neutral as Switzerland, but that is also composed of, and run by, idealists who want to help the suffering people.  Sadly, neither is true.

Switzerland is not less Uncle Sam's bitch than Poland or Lithuania.  The difference is that Switzerland is a much wealthier bitch and that it can afford hiding its prostitution.  But make no mistake, the Swiss elites are for sale and they will never have the courage or dignity to stand up to US orders.  As for the ICRC, it has two "layers" so to speak: the young delegates who really do work for idealism and the 'big shots' in Geneva and in charge of major delegations worldwide.  These 'big shots' are completely part of the European plutocracy and they are also at the orders of the USA.  Worse, these 'big shots' not hesitate for one second to place the young ICRC delegates in harms way if that serves the ICRC's marketing needs (to, for example, tell the donors "everybody left, but we stayed").  Also, the ICRC is hugely dependent financially on countries such as the USA and its allies.  So please make sure that whatever happens with that convoy to always remember that the ICRC decision-makers will obey the USA no matter what.

The good news is that the Russians are fully aware of that.  They still remember the ICRC's mix of arrogance and gross incompetence in Chechnia (which ended up costing the lives of six ICRC delegates) and they have no illusions about the ICRC's "neutrality" or even basic decency.

MH17 - gone missing again

Did you notice that MH17 is completely out of the news?  We were promised voice and data recorder analyses, we were told that experts would be visiting the area and investigating the scene.  We were told that various kind of proofs of this and that will be provided.  And then *nothing*.  Silence.

Needless to say, except for the TV-watching zombies who get their news from the idiot-tube, everybody knows what really happened.  First, as I said it many times here, the USA and Russia know for sure, and there is a good chance that so do France and Switzerland.  Then, there are a lot more people who don't have the proof of what happened, but who also know.  And I bet you that many reporters and journalists in Kiev also know.  As for the Internet/blogosphere, while there are some disagreements over what exactly happened, nobody that I am aware of seriously believes that the Resistance did it.  So that leaves only one option: the Ukies did it.

So why not finally say so?

Because the AngloZionists are buying as much time for the junta as possible.

They *know* that there is no stopping this story, but they also know that unless and until the true account of what happened to MH17 makes it into the MSM it might as well never have happened.  But the clock is running out.  If we can fully expect the Dutch and the British to do and say whatever Uncle Sam tells them, I would not at all be so sure about the Malaysians.  For one thing Malaysia is hardly a pro-US country, especially in its public opinion, and, second, the Malaysians will inevitably wonder why their people were chosen as the sacrificial lambs in this US-run false flag operation.

This is also, I believe, the reason the Russians just said the very minimum to disprove the ridiculous version which Washington and Kiev proclaimed only hours after MH17 was shot: they know that if they say something it will be dismissed as "propaganda", but if the Malaysians do, then it is going to be awfully hard to dismiss them.  I also believe that the Russians have leaked whatever is needed to the Malaysians to make sure that the latter are not duped by the AngloZionists.

My hope and belief is that in the not too distant future the Malaysians will blow the cover on the AngloZionist fairytale and that they will officially accuse the junta of that mass murder.  At which point, Uncle Sam and his European minions will simply say that "they have come to different conclusions" and use the MSM to bury it all in the collective memory hole.  That, at least, is the plan.  Whether the Empire will succeed in covering it all up in anybody's guess.

The military situation on the ground

The situation on the ground is still very serious, possibly critical.  By all accounts the Ukies are attacking on all fronts and with massive firepower.  As usual, the vast majority of those killed are civilians, but there is only that much the Resistance can do to "plug" the various "holes" in the frontlines which the Ukies are using to try to get through.  The good news is that, at least so far, every single Ukie group which managed to break through has very rapidly found itself surrounded and, mostly, destroyed, but how long the Resistance can keep up with such heroic efforts is unclear, to say the least.

My sense is that both side s are throwing all their energy and resources because they feel that time is running out.  The danger of that is that either side might reach a breaking point and rapidly collapse.  I sure hope that the Russian General Staff is confident that the Resistance is not reaching its breaking point yet, because if it does, then it will be next to impossible for Russia to intervene to prevent a complete collapse of Novorussia.  Maybe this convoy is designed to do just that?  I don't know.

Latest news: UPDATED! 

Several contact have just emailed me to inform me that Igor Strelkov has reportedly been seriously injured.  I sure hope that this is not true or, at the least, that his condition is not as serious as reported because he is a crucial Putin-ally in Novorussia.  I will try to keep you posted.

UPDATE: all my sources now report that Strelkov is fine and that this rumor is false. Good. 

Kind regards,




http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-13/ukraine-digs-refuses-entry-russian-convoy-calls-it-provocation-cynical-aggressor

Ukraine Digs In, Refuses Entry To Russian Convoy, Calls It "Provocation By A Cynical Aggressor"

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With the Russian humanitarian convoy approaching the Ukraine border, there was much confusion yesterday whether Kiev would or wouldn't allow the roughly 280 trucks carrying "stuff" to enter its territory. The confusion rose yesterday afternoon when Russia's Lavrov told reporters in Sochi that Russia, after it asked for Germany's aid in getting Kiev to agree, received Ukraine’s permission for the convoy to enter after agreeing to Ukraine’s proposed route, agreeing that the convoy trucks will carry Ukrainian license plates, and complying with Ukraine’s demand for Ukrainian govt representatives to be on trucks. Turns out Ukraine was just kidding, and as Reuters reports this morning, the Kiev government once again denounced the dispatch of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine as an act of Russian cynicism on Wednesday and said it would not be permitted to enter.
"The level of Russian cynicism knows no bounds," Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said at a government meeting. "First they send tanks, Grad missiles and bandits who fire on Ukrainians and then they send water and salt."
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page: "No Putin 'humanitarian convoy' will be allowed across the territory of Kharkiv region. The provocation by a cynical aggressor will not be allowed on our territory."
The comments reflected suspicions in Kiev and Western capitals that passage of the convoy onto Ukrainian soil could turn into a covert military action to help pro-Russian separatists now losing ground to government forces.
Today, Finland too joined in, perhaps to make it seem that there is a western consensus against Russian humaintarian aid: "Finland’s government said in an e-mailed statement that the conflict in Ukraine “must be resolved through negotiations and to make that happen, it’s of primary importance that Russia stops aiding separatist groups."
However, just to keep the world on its toes, and to make the Ukraine government, now engaging in 4 months of civil war against its own people appear less heartless, it was not immediately clear if this was an outright rejection of the Russian aid or a refusal to allow the Russian trucks onto Ukrainian territory.
Ukraine said on Tuesday that the cargo would have to be unloaded from Russian trucks at the border and transferred under international Red Cross aegis onto other vehicles. The European Union (EU) said the contents would have to be scrutinized.

Kiev accuses Russia of supporting and arming the rebels - who now appear to be on the verge of defeat by government forces - with tanks, missiles and other weapons. Moscow denies this.
To be sure, expect this plotline to change at least several more times before the trucks finally arrive at their border destination, at which point it is anyone's guess just how Russia will escalate tensions should Kiev continue to dig in and refuse to help out the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians and ethnic Russians caught in Europe's most deadly civil wars in years.



http://en.itar-tass.com/world/744774


Ukraine can accept relief aid only from Red Cross — Yatsenyuk

 August 13, 14:58 UTC+4
Yatsenyuk said that Kiev had already dispatched about 270 tons of first necessity items to the areas affected by the armed conflict
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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KIEV, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine can accept any humanitarian aid only under international law and solely from the Red Cross, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian premier’s statement came after Russia had dispatched a huge convoy of humanitarian aid to residents of war-torn eastern Ukraine escorted by representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Yatsenyuk said Ukraine had accumulated about $6 million in a special fund with the support of international partners, which was managed by the Office of the UN High Commissioner and was intended for aid provision to eastern territories affected by Kiev’s military operation.
“We, as the government of Ukraine and the president of Ukraine, are delivering first necessity items to all the liberated territories,” Yatsenyuk said.
“We, as the Ukrainian state, have ensured and are capable of ensuring supplies for our citizens,” the premier claimed.
Yatsenyuk said that Kiev had already dispatched about 270 tons of first necessity items to the areas affected by the armed conflict and intended to continue these supplies.
“I’m turning to the Red Cross with a request to help ensure that these cargoes reach people,” Yatsenyuk said.


http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/744773


Russian FM demands Euronews retract alleged Lavrov statement on humanitarian convoy

 August 13, 15:08 UTC+4
In reality, the ministry said, Russia “considered all Ukraine’s requests and agreed to have Ukrainian number plates on Russian trucks while travelling through Ukraine”
© AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
MOSCOW, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry demands that Euronews retracts its report of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s statement on humanitarian aid for Ukraine’s south-east, the ministry said on its official Facebook account on Wednesday.
The ministry cited the Euronews report that quoted Lavrov as saying that Russia would transfer humanitarian aid from Russian trucks to the cars of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the border. Then, the report went, the minister said Kiev agreed to put Ukrainian car number plates on the Russian trucks.
In reality, the ministry said, Russia “considered all Ukraine’s requests and agreed to have Ukrainian number plates on Russian trucks while travelling through Ukraine”.
“During negotiations with Ukraine, cargo from all 287 trucks was planned to be transferred to cars to be leased by the ICRC. This idea was abandoned as this would only complicate and make the process more costly,” Lavrov said.