Soviet dictator Josef Stalin allegedly said, "One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic". Had Stalin lived to see the strange proxy war played out in Ukraine between Washington and Moscow since 2014, he'd probably say an addendum, which is that several Russian servicemen's disavowed combat deaths in the Donbass are big news. Whereas the thousands of 'missing' (actually dead) Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer battalion members are irrelevant to advancing the US/NATO Narrative, and therefore remain (hidden) statistics...which the media outlets promoting Bellingcat's latest 'report' on Russian rocket and artillery fire at Ukrainian Army units back in 2014 have refused to properly investigate. But as we enter 2017, the great Ukrainian combat deaths cover up is about to catch up with the mainstream media and the U.S.-propped up regime in Kiev, because the incoming Trump Administration may not be inclined to do the likes of Sens. McCain and Graham the favor of sustaining the cover up inherited from the Obama Administration...Read More
During the Cold War 2.0 standoff between Russia and the U.S. in Ukraine, NATO and Washington insisted on the following Narrative: the Russians have sent combat troops to support their proxies in the Donbass, and lied about it when some of them came home in coffins. But no NATO army, much less the Americans, has sent troops or even recently discharged from active duty veterans or private military contractors (PMCs) aka mercenaries to fight alongside the Ukrainian Army. It's assumed that no NATO combatants have bled or died alongside Kiev's soldiers, or even been placed in harms' way within range of enemy artillery fire.
However, longtime Vineyard of the Saker editor and contributor 'Scott', who tweets at @ScottsHumor, tweeted out a video this week purporting to show American soldiers training their Ukrainian counterparts in the so-called 'ATO' zone of the Donbass, much closer to the front lines than the Pentagon has ever shown or admitted. If the footage can be independently authenticated, it would
A) prove that the U.S. Dept. of Defense and NATO have been lying about the extent of their involvement in the 2 1/2 year old Donbass War
B) potentially represent another escalation designed to provoke the Russians ahead of President elect Donald Trump being able to implement his campaign promise of detente with Moscow.
The latter point is what most interests the Russia Analyst, seeking answers to the question of 'why are we seeing this now?'Read More
Arseniy Pavlov, better known by his nom de guerre Motorola, the famed commander of the Sparta battalion, has been assassinated by a bomb planted in the elevator of his apartment building in Donetsk. The perps would have had to track his movements and set the bomb for the right time of arrival, meaning it took some surveillance and skill to pull off this hit. The explosives are said by pro-Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Twitter sources to have been over 1.5 kilos of TNT equivalent (possibly C4).Read More