Putin Warns Kiev Against a 'World Cup Offensive' Against the Donbass

Putin Warns Kiev Against a 'World Cup Offensive' Against the Donbass

Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin conducted an over four hour marathon call in question and answer session on Thursday. As (post)Western journalists never tire of pointing out, the annual affair is mostly scripted, with the questions reviewed in advance.

There are however, some public comments that appear on screen during the telecast which are not pre-screened, and Putin often uses the forum to make new statements about important policy issues, even on topics where the Russian President’s thoughts are well known. One of these is the subject of the U.S./NATO supported war, now dragging into its fourth year, in which Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed Donbass fighters remain locked in a stalemate. A conflict that in recent weeks has heated up, with the UAF determined to seize high ground around the city of Gorlovka and the Svitlodarsk bulge in the front lines, but failing to achieve a decisive breakthrough. With Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko facing the prospect of new elections as his approval rating shrinks to almost zero, the risk of escalation designed to draw in Russian forces during an international sports showcase for Moscow seems high.

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Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

Syraq SITREP 56: Russian Casualties from ISIS Attack, Israel-Iran Negotiations Via Jordan

At least four Russian military advisers are dead and several wounded after an ISIS attack on a Syrian Arab Army position in a government controlled part of Deir Ez Zor province. RT.com reports the Russian Defense Ministry said 43 Daesh terrorists and six vehicles used by the attackers were destroyed. Additional details about the attack were not provided, but the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (one guy living over a shop in Coventry, UK) claimed that nine Russian soldiers died in the hour long firefight.

Prior to the fight this weekend, the SAA had been moving troops freed up from the defeat of jihadist pockets around Damascus to clean out the remaining ISIS remnants in the Homs desert. ISIS may have received reinforcements of its own from several hundred militants who escaped before the south and east Damascus encirclement. The likely response of the Russian forces will be more air strikes guided by spetsnaz units to hunt down the remaining terrorists. We can likely expect to see more Iraqi Air Force strikes on Daesh units in territory nominally controlled by the Americans as part of their temporary demarcation along the Euphrates agreement with the Russians. Moscow’s Defense Ministry is also likely to reproach the Americans for not doing enough against the common ISIS terrorist enemy, who noticeably leaves U.S. and French bases in the Kurdish dominated areas alone.

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Syraq SITREP 47: British Media Denies UK Special Operators May Have Been Captured by Syrian Arab Army, OPCW Headed to Douma as US/UK/French Strikes on Syria Delayed, If Not Denied

Syraq SITREP 47: British Media Denies UK Special Operators May Have Been Captured by Syrian Arab Army, OPCW Headed to Douma as US/UK/French Strikes on Syria Delayed, If Not Denied

In the weeks prior to the chemical attack in Douma, which Moscow has denounced as a false flag operation, the British government accused the Russian state of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a nerve agent, one supposedly many times deadlier than VX. Yet both the ex-GRU agent and British intelligence asset father and his daughter miraculously survived. After her release from a Salisbury hospital, Yulia has now allegedly issued a statement through the Metropolitan Police that does not appear to be written in her own words. The statement dismisses the opinions of her cousin Viktoria presented to Russian television, that the British government is restricting Yulia's freedoms or denying her legal rights under UK law to receive consular assistance from the Russian Embassy in London. Not surprising, the Russians believe Yulia may be under duress or is being fed false information in a sequestered information environment to support the UK version of events.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has allegedly confirmed UK government lab test findings, but like the director of Porton Down, refuses to explicitly name Russia as the source of the agent said to be drawn from the Skripals blood samples. That of course has not stopped Her Majesty's Government and the British media from insisting the OPCW findings prove PM Theresa May and FM Boris Johnson's assignment of guilt to Russia anyway. The fantasy that Russia and only post-Soviet Russia and not any other state or deep state attached organization could manufacture 'novichok' must persist -- even if a professor of organic chemistry at Cornell University stated that non-state actors could produce the toxin.

While there is a clear connection between the weeks-long drumbeat surrounding the Skripal case and what happened in Douma, namely the Pavlovian conditioning of the public to associate 'chemical warfare' with Russia and enormous political pressure placed on the OPCW to corroborate (post)Western governments accusations against Moscow, there has been another alleged motive behind PM Theresa May and FM Boris Johnson's Russia hysterics. According to pro-Syrian government and Iranian sources, multiple British special operations soldiers or disavowed MI6 assets operating contrary to the laws of war outside of uniform were captured in the eastern Ghouta pocket. Supposedly these Brits were tasked with setting off a chemical false flag that failed prior to the Douma operation. The captured Special Air Service commandos or operatives were reportedly being detained in highly secure prisons spread around Damascus, precluding any hopes for a successful extraction mission. According to Vanessa Beeley, there were also hundreds of British passport holders among the thousands of Arabic speaking jihadists evacuated on the green buses to Idlib. It should be noted that frequent RM guest London Paul reported these allegations of far deeper and more direct British involvement with the Syria jihadis than any mainstream media outlet has admitted weeks ago (see his latest Rogue Mornings interview posted above).

Photo above by: Xinhua, January 2017

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Syraq SITREP 44: Trump Delays U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Indefinitely, Amid Russian-Reported Rumors of More American Casualties from IEDs

Syraq SITREP 44: Trump Delays U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Indefinitely, Amid Russian-Reported Rumors of More American Casualties from IEDs

On Wednesday the Trump Administration made a predictable announcement -- despite the Commander in Chief's call for a withdrawal, American soldiers would stay in the war-torn country for the near future 'in consultation with allies'. Trump pushed against the Swamp, and the Swamp which includes the deep state pushed back and won the argument -- or has it? The overwhelmingly negative legacy media coverage of Trump's speech last week  to Ohio workers calling for other, unspecified powers to take up the burden of post-war reconstruction and nation building in Syria was nonetheless revealing. As they have many times since Trump's improbable election, Americans have caught another glimpse behind the curtain as to who actually rules in Washington -- and it isn't their elected representatives or President, not when it comes to abandoning the years-long and multi-multi-billion dollar failed investment Washington made in Syria regime change.

In Ankara-hosted talks between their leaders this week Russia, Turkey and Iran remain in the driver's seat in Syria with Washington delegated to the margins, as U.S. plans to use the Kurds to carve out a statelet in the northern part of the country lie in tatters thanks to the Turkish Army's intervention. East of the Euphrates in the badiya or oil and gas-rich desert scrubland where the Pentagon has been building bases, Arab tribes are reportedly displaying the Syrian government flag, and there are rumors (likely false) of roadside bombings and ambushes against American troops. Although these accounts picked up by Southfront cannot be confirmed, they seem to be mirror imaging of U.S. media propaganda that American forces killed 'hundreds' of Russian Wagner mercenaries back in February; alternatively they represent warnings to the Pentagon and the Trump White House that U.S. troops are far more vulnerable to Iraq-insurgency style tactics than Washington's promoters of occupying Syria have imagined. At the very least, members of Arab tribes bombed by the Americans during those early February clashes may be intent on revenge and can easily blend in with civilians while planting IEDs or carrying out ambushes against U.S. forces.

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The US Is Already Providing Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

The US Is Already Providing Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Recent allegations that a US company is selling lethal weapons to Ukraine, under licence has raised eyebrows in the context of the ongoing civil war in Donbass, in Eastern Ukraine. The company in question is a Texas-based organisation called AirTronic USA, who is supplying PSRL grenade launchers to Ukraine. AirTronic USA began entering into discussions with Ukraine around two years ago with the first deliveries of the grenade launchers shipped to Ukraine in 2016.

Deliveries of these weapons are ongoing and whilst the details of the agreement remain undisclosed it is understood that AirTronic USA works in close coordination with the US Embassy in Ukraine, he US State Department, the Pentagon and the Ukrainian government. The grenade launchers are shipped under the DDTC DSP-5 export license from the US State Department. It is also understood that these systems do not violate the Minsk-2 agreements.

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Russian MOD Reveals Images Of US Forces Near to Daesh Operations

Russian MOD Reveals Images Of US Forces Near to Daesh Operations

The ISIS pseudo-caliphate is in its last days, as the Syrian Arab Army aided by Russian advisers is killing Daesh terrorists by the scores daily using artillery, bullets and bombs east of the Euphrates River city of Deir Ez Zor. However, not everyone is happy with the SAA taking back oil and gas fields near the Iraqi border that, under international law, rightfully belong to Damascus.

Despite face to face deconfliction talks held in recent days at an unspecified location between the U.S. and Russian militaries, SDF Kurds backed by American special forces leapfrogged through Daesh lines to capture a large gas field previously developed by the U.S. company Conoco. Days after warning the SDF that any fire from their positions at the SAA would be met by overwhelming Russian-directed firepower in response to attacks, Moscow's defense ministry released photos on Sunday alleging that Daesh melted away and mingled with U.S. special forces and SDF Kurds during the American led advance down the Euphrates valley. In other words, the Russians accused the Americans of being in cahoots with elements of ISIS, after claiming the CIA was behind last week's failed attack by 'former' Al-Qaeda terrorists on a Russian military police detachment in a deconfliction zone north of Hama...

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The Javelins of August: Deep State Plans for Escalation in Ukraine

The Javelins of August: Deep State Plans for Escalation in Ukraine

One of the fallacies of modern warfare is that weapons, not fighting men, win wars. The motivation of Donbass native volunteers to defend their homes and home towns remains higher than that of Ukrainian conscripts to bleed and die for the idea of a 'united Ukraine' or 'repulsing Russian aggression'. This is a problem Washington's politicians, the CIA and the Pentagon have not been able to solve in three years, after humiliating Ukrainian Army defeats in Ilovaisk outside Donetsk, the still unacknowledged by Kiev late July/early August 2014 slaughter of UAF personnel in the 'southern cauldron' along the Russian border, and the rout in the crossroads town of Debaltsevo. But that doesn't mean the neocons have given up trying.

On August 1, the neocon mouthpiece Wall Street Journal editorial board admitted the objective of supplying the Kiev government with new Javelin missiles isn't victory over the 'separatists', but killing Russia's proxies and Russian advisers in the Donbass. One problem with that, and the very good reason the Obama Administration hesitated to take a step the supposed Putin-installed Trump White House is now considering, is that attrition can go both ways. Russia is more than capable of upping the ante -- including via proxy targeting of NATO advisers who 'aren't' officially observing just behind the front lines of the conflict. Moscow could also tear up gentlemen's agreements it maintains with Israel against arming the likes of Hezbollah or arm the Yemenis capable of killing America's Saudi/UAE allies in the Mideast...

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Remember @NATOPress/#NATO, #Russia Also Says #NeverAgain

The Jews and Armenians are not the only ones who say 'never again'. So do the Russians, NATO friends. Shortly after 4 a.m. local time on 22 June 1941, Nazi Germany and a coalition of what it called a 'united Europe against Bolshevism'  invaded Soviet Russia, with an army of 3.5 million men. As a reminder to those eagerly building up the largest military force seen on Russia's western borders since that time: nothing is forgotten, no one is forgotten...

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'Givi' Assassinated in Donetsk, Ukrainian Army Building Up for Another Failed Offensive

'Givi' Assassinated in Donetsk, Ukrainian Army Building Up for Another Failed Offensive

Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, aka Givi, one of the most prominent commanders of the Donbass resistance to the Kiev government, was assassinated in his office this week. Givi had been one of the most effective tacticians for the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF) / Donetsk People's Republic during the heavy close quarters fighting for the ruins of the Donetsk Airport between October 2014 and January 2015, culminating in a fight after which he punched and abused some Ukrainian Right Sector POWs and stripped off their epualets on camera. Other than this footage showing him punching a Right Sector commander shortly after battle, there is no evidence to support Ukrainian claims that Givi tortured or killed UAF prisoners.

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Yes Social Justice Cold Warriors, It's All True -- поздравление агент Дональд Трампа! за Родина!

A special message from James the Russian Analyst to snowflake Social Justice Cold Warriors, junk pic selfie attention whoring ex-spooks and 'former' Mossad consulting wannabe spooks Glenn Becking in their Illinois attics -- yes it's all true. Donald J. Trump really is the Siberian candidate, and Kanye is his Soviet spawned sidekick who was secretly birthed somewhere in Brighton Beach. Or did ya'll think Kanye likes large derrièred Armenian women because he wasn't actually conceived in the USSR? -- JWS

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Rumors of War with Russia, Part 12: Tanks Alot Obama for the Parthian Shot in Poland

Rumors of War with Russia, Part 12: Tanks Alot Obama for the Parthian Shot in Poland

In ancient Persia the Parthian shot was associated with fierce horse mounted archers who could feign retreat, then pivot on their galloping steeds to let loose a fusillade of deadly arrows. As lame duck Barack Hussein Obama prepares to leave the White House, quite probably convinced by his own agitprop campaign that those hacking Russians cost his fellow Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton the White House, Poland is the scene of a Parthian shot involving a highly visible surge of American armor and artillery.

The alternative or new media is certainly joining the legacy media in hyping the deployment alongside Fox News Channel headlines such as 'Knocking on Russia's Door' -- for a brigade stationed at Zagan, far closer to Germany than to Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad which borders northeastern Poland to the east -- though other battalions will be deployed to the Baltics much closer to Russia. While 'debunkers of Russian propaganda' nitpick that 'Kremlin TV' like Rossiya report 3,000 total U.S. vehicles being shipped in the NATO deployment rather than the 2,500 mentioned in Stars and Stripes (with around 4,000 American soldiers), the fact is Obama is deliberately leaving Trump with yet another obstacle -- this one a heavily armored one that's politically difficult to withdraw -- to the U.S.-Russia detente The Donald has advocated.

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Bellingcat Produces 'Report' on Russian Artillery/Rocket Strikes on Ukrainian Army in 2014, But Like the MSM Refuses to Investigate Kiev's Thousands of Hidden KIA

Bellingcat Produces 'Report' on Russian Artillery/Rocket Strikes on Ukrainian Army in 2014, But Like the MSM Refuses to Investigate Kiev's Thousands of Hidden KIA

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...

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Battle of Syraq SITREP 10: SAA Victory in Aleppo, Debacle at Palmyra

Battle of Syraq SITREP 10: SAA Victory in Aleppo, Debacle at Palmyra

The Empire -- or its Saudi Arabia-n and Qatari foreign legion with some wink and nod help from the dirty deep state in 'the (post)West' -- has struck back. After whining for weeks about the Syrian Arab Army grinding down Washington and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)'s special snowflake jihadists and vastly exaggerating the number of east Aleppans held hostage by the same, the lame duck Obama Administration has admitted the proxy battle for Aleppo is lost. Yet hundreds of kilometers to the south, in the desert oasis city of Palmyra, ISIS has struck back without a single documented U.S. led coalition air strike to check its advance. Just like when ISIL conquered the city in 2015, executing its archaeologist in residence while pillaging priceless civilizational heritage, and Obama didn't permit a damned thing to be bombed near the Daeshbags.

Robert Ford, the terrorist empowering former American Ambassador to Syria, and neocon Daeshbag propaganda specialist Michael D. Weiss of The Daily Beast can scarcely contain their glee. Of course, since taking Palmyra seems to be easier than holding it in a valley surrounded by open deserts, the end result is likely to be hundreds of barbecued ISIS terrorists once the Russians, who had pulled out of the city two days before it fell, return with a couple of TOS-1 Buratino air bursting rocket flamethrowers.

Photo by: Sputnik

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Turning the Nazi Tide: Forgotten Lessons from the Battle of Moscow 75 Years Later

75 years ago, soldiers of Hitler's Wehrmacht were close enough to the Kremlin to see its church domes through their scopes. But the spearheads of a 'Europe united against Bolshevism', who had led the largest invasion in history numbering some 3.5 million men a few months before, would advance no further. Today an anti-tank barrier stands along the highway through the northwest side suburb of Khimki, marking the spot of the closest German approach to the Russian capitol.

Aided by the superb intelligence of deep cover agent Richard Sorge in Japan, the Soviets knew the Imperial Japanese would not attack in the Far East on behalf of their Axis allies. That enabled Stalin and his top commander Georgy Zhukov to transfer "15 infantry divisions, 3 cavalry divisions, 1,700 tanks, and 1,500 aircraft from the Far East to the European front in November 1941" and to turn the tables on a Wehrmacht that for two years had dominated Europe and known only victory.

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More Escalation in Donbass: DPR/DNR Commander 'Motorola' Assassinated by Suspected Kiev Regime Bomb

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).

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As Russian Navy Engages in Joint Exercises with Beijing's Fleet in the South China Sea, Chinese State Media Uses Term "Alliance"

For every action by a weakening hegemon trying to hang on to the illusion of 'full spectrum dominance', there is an equal and opposite set of reactions. Jeff J. Brown, a Francophone American expat living in Shenzhen from Oklahoma, has taken note of the upgrading in Chinese state media from describing Beijing's relationship with Moscow as a "close partnership" to "semi-alliance".

As the Russian and Chinese navies perform joint exercises in the South China Sea, where a U.S-backed Dutch court has ruled China has no legitimate claims to the rocks and reefs Beijing sees as strategic to its defense and historically Chinese dating to the 5th century B.C., this shift in China's stance takes on a new meaning. Those in Washington who believe that all they need to do to restore the unipolarity of a U.S.-led globalist empire is elect Hillary Clinton president had better think again.

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Putin Adviser Sergey Karaganov Warns Germany's Der Spiegel NATO Will Get 'Punished' if It Picks a Fight with Russia

Putin Adviser Sergey Karaganov Warns Germany's Der Spiegel NATO Will Get 'Punished' if It Picks a Fight with Russia

Sergei Karaganov is the honorary chairman of the influential Council on Foreign and Defence Policy which advises the President of the Russian Federation. Therefore when he speaks, at least someone in the (post)Western media in the form of Germany's Der Spiegel magazine takes notice.

Although Der Spiegel may exaggerate with what a Reddit translator calls a 'clickbait headline' in declaring that Karaganov 'threatens NATO openly', the reality as acknowledged by many on both sides is that the 'tripwire force' of four battalions the Alliance is deploying to the Baltic states is sufficient to anger Moscow and provide scary footage for the Russian television narrative of (post)Western aggression. 'Kremlin TV' can now honestly tell the Russian people that the same American soldiers who invaded Iraq and a few left around who occupied the Russians' Serbian Orthodox 'brothers' in Kosovo are at Mother Russia's doorstep. Paradoxically, four battalions consisting of barely more than 4,000 men remains far too small a contingent to avoid getting crushed quickly in an actual war with Russia -- and U.S. generals and the RAND Corporation admit it.

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Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

Russia, Iran and the Overstretched SAA: Can More Iranian and Iraqi Troops Resume the Offensive with Russian Air Support?

For now the Russian plan to help the SAA regain the initiative appears to be: hold the line in and around Aleppo, using heavy bombers if necessary flying all the way from the Mozdok base in the Caucasus to pummel jihadist lines, while advancing east of Palmyra against Daesh. The fact that the U.S. and its allies cannot openly complain too much about combined SAA/Russian  and Hezbollah successes against the Islamic State seems to be key to Putin's present strategy...

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