17.02.27 abqjournal.com - Russia is undermining Europe’s democracies
One of the most startling allegations in a January report by U.S. intelligence agencies about Russian hacking was this sentence: “Russia has sought to influence elections across Europe.” This warning of a campaign far broader than the U.S. got little attention in America. Russians are masters of what they call “active measures” in the “information space.” Their intelligence services have been using “fake news” and stolen information for more than a century to try to manipulate Europe and America.

17.02.18 YouTube.com - IsraelNationalNews.com - theStar.com - OneNewsNow.com - USAtoday.com - CNN.com - Lifezette.com
- Pence: U.S. Will ‘Hold Russia Accountable’ Vice President Mike Pence assured Europe during a speech at a security conference Saturday in Germany that the United States “will continue to hold Russia accountable,” even as President Donald Trump seeks to improve relations between the two countries. “Know this: The United States will continue to hold Russia accountable, even as we search for new common ground, which as you know, President Trump believes can be found,” Pence said, adding that “we must hold Russia accountable and demand that they honor the Minsk Agreements, beginning by de-escalating the violence in eastern Ukraine.” Pence took a defiant stance in his speech, indicating that the US will not stand idly by as Russia breaches the agreements. “In the wake of Russian efforts to redraw international borders by force rest assured, the United States, along with the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany, will continue its leadership role as a framework nation in the Enhanced Forward Presence Initiative and support other critical joint actions to support our alliance,” Pence said ...

17.02.17 Reuters.com - Trump's defense chief sees no military collaboration with Russia
Remarks are perhaps the strongest indication yet from the Trump administration that prospects for any significant cooperation between the U.S. and Russian militaries against Islamic State in Syria is unlikely anytime soon.

17.01.24 Politicshome.com - US defence secretary tells Michael Fallon US support for Nato 'unshakeable'
- US defence secretary has reassured British Government about new administration’s “unshakeable commitment” to Nato. Donald Trump has made a series of critical comments about alliance, including branding it “obsolete” just before he became president last week

17.01.17 Time.com - Read Full Text of Samantha Power’s Scathing Speech on Russia "For years, we have seen Russia take one aggressive and destabilizing action after another" U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Samantha Power gave her final major speech of her tenure on Tuesday, addressing Atlantic Council in remarks that eschewed softball subjects in favor of what she described as “a major threat facing our great nation: Russia.” Power has not hesitated to get tough on Russia in recent months. Commenting on tragedy in Aleppo in December, she said, “To Assad regime, Russia, and Iran — three Member States behind conquest of and carnage in Aleppo — you bear responsibility for these atrocities … Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you? Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin?” Her remarks on Tuesday touched again on Syria, and also addressed Russia’s efforts to “interfere in our presidential election, with goals of undermining public faith in U.S. democratic process.” Read full remarks here.

17.01.16 majalla.com - Russia Will Have to Face in 2017 Russia’s foreign adventures gained a new momentum when President Putin’s government annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Months later a war broke out in Ukraine’s Donbas region. separatists, backed by Russian forces, engaged in an unending war with Ukrainian forces. This conflict remains remains unresolved. Crimea and Donbas turned out to be more expensive for Russia than Mr. Putin may have imagined. international community Russia’s annexation of Crimea. US and EU placed heavy economic sanctions on Russia, which conveniently coupled with plummeting energy prices and drove Russian economy into a recession. The price of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine went well beyond just dollars and rubles; it also came in form of Russia’s complete isolation from West. During its summit in summer 2016 NATO declared Russia as a major threat next to ISIS. On December 19, 2016, UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognized Russia as an occupying power, and Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol – as occupied territories. Thus Russia has spent over two years funding Crimea (as its own territory), paying for a war in Donbas, and surviving under Western economic sanctions. Despite Russia’s participation in Minsk I and II ceasefire talks, no actual ceasefire has been achieved in Donbas, and situation in eastern Ukraine remains dire. As Western and international organizations continue to condemn Russia’s actions in Ukraine with no resolution in sight, it seems that while Ukraine is tremendously affected by Russian aggression, Russia, in return, is going to have to continue to pay consequences of its actions there too. Thus for 2017 getting Ukraine-related Western sanctions lifted will be one of top priorities for Mr. Putin’s government.

17.01.19 Ukraine Tries Do-It-Yourself Military Upgrade While Awaiting Trump
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17.01.01 Politico.eu - Putin’s real long game. World order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab advantage. Can Trump figure out new war in time to win it? A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was smoking a cigarette while we watched southeast D.C. hipsters bustle by and talked about “the war” — big war, being waged by Russia against all of us, which from this porch felt very far away. I can’t remember what prompted it — some discussion of whether government in Kiev was doing something that would piss off EU — but he took a long drag off his cigarette and said, offhand: “Russia. EU. It’s all just more Molotov-Ribbentrop shit.”

16.11.30 PowerLineBlog.com theSun.co.uk - RUSSIANS ARE COMING Invasion fears as land-grabbing Putin ‘masses 55,000 troops on border with Ukraine’ Ukrainian intelligence reports massive build-up of Russian military forces on its border, is reportedly deploying a massive army on the Ukrainian border amid fears of an imminent invasion which risks destabilising Eastern Europe. Ukraine is digging in because it is convinced Vladimir Putin wants to topple its pro-West government.

15.08.22 marshallsociety.com - Economic benefits of war outweigh costs - By Alex Ho, Tonbridge Schoo, 2015
  It is impossible to look past notable profits achieved by technology and arms industries as merely coincidental with surge of military activity in their respective countries. This Military-industrial Complex was even acknowledged by President Eisenhower in his farewell speech to nation, when he warned that United States government “must guard against acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by military-industrial complex”. Putting aside ethical debate surrounding morality of war, this special relationship between legislators and industries evidently has a directly proportional effect

All that you were told in childhood about fascists - you can forget. In comparison with Russians, fascists are small children

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14.05.13 NYtimes.com - Lack of Major Wars May Be Hurting Economic Growth - Tyler Cowen, 2014
  Continuing slowness of economic growth in high-income economies has prompted soul-searching among economists. They have looked to weak demand, rising inequality, Chinese competition, over-regulation, inadequate infrastructure and an exhaustion of new technological ideas as possible culprits

10.03.22 econ.economicshelp.org - War and Economy One of most popular misconceptions is that wars cause recessions. Wars may be unjust, they may lead to huge government borrowing / deficits and national debts. But, wars themselves don't directly cause recession. In fact military spending is often a cause of rapid economic growth. Some suggest that one motive for wars and military spending is the maintenance of full employment / higher economic growth. (for Example, pressure for the US involvement in Korea and Vietnam has been placed partly on the huge military industrial complex that existed at the end of the Second World War. "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jan 1961)

10.03.31 econ.economicshelp.org - Economic Impact of War It is ironic that, from a certain perspective, war can be beneficial for an economy. War leads to higher government spending, higher employment and can therefore provide a boost to domestic demand, economic growth and help reduce unemployment. However, this boost to domestic demand doesn’t have to come from military spending. But, war is often a very good excuse for the government to borrow much more than it could do in peace time. The UK national debt is currently 60% and everyone thinks we need to cut spending and reduce the level of debt. But, in war time, UK national debt has often risen above 150% of GDP. (in war, there is often a patriotic fervour to buy ‘war bonds’ – A patriotic fervour which wouldn’t be there in current climate.

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17.07.15 Corrupt Ukraine is ground zero in clash between East and West, US and Russia : Ukraine is 130th out of 168 countries ranked by Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index 2015. It is worse than Russia (119) in terms of corruption.

16.12.21 InformNapalm Complements information of Military Prosecutor’s Office
16.11.27 Censor.NET reported that Military Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has identified units and equipment of Russian Armed Forces that participated in occupation of Crimea. Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko provided this information to Censor.net.

1854 ) Nationalarchives.gov.uk - Many wars have been fought on grounds of strategic importance of a region; many wars have been fought over religious differences. Crimean War was result of both factors.

Самовластительный Злодей! Тебя, твой трон я ненавижу,
Твою погибель, смерть детей С жестокой радостию вижу.
Читают на твоём челе Печать проклятия народы,
Ты ужас мира, стыд природы, Упрёк ты Богу на земле.

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By Sara Flounders posted on July 12, 2017
Old preconceptions and terms must be challenged in order to have an accurate view of present international situation. Today’s Russian Federation is a vastly different state - socially, politically, economically and militarily - from Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of even 27 years ago. But US military expenditures are estimated at 36 percent to almost 50 percent of total global military expenditures. Russia's expenditures are 4 to 5 percent of global total. There is an insatiable drive to control Russia's great wealth by largest banks and corporations. Economic sanctions imposed by U.S. and EU at this time were specifically designed to hit Russia in its energy sector, where country is most vulnerable...

Explained: Ukraine’s Case Against RF at Hague. Analyzing evidence presented by Ukraine accusing of supporting “terrorism” Ukraine claims that Russia bears responsibility for these acts of “terrorism” in Donbas through its funding, outfitting, and support of separatist forces. Seven civilians died and more than thirty were injured after Russia-backed separatist forces carried out a bombardment of Kramatorsk on February 10, 2015. An investigation from International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) found that thirty-two projectiles were fired from four Smerch systems from separatist-controlled territory. Many of other claims made by Russian representatives are absurd when we consider available open source information, especially claim that Russia has not provided weapons or funds to separatist forces.

European Union External Action to Ukraine Council adopts temporary trade preferences “With today's decision, we are allowing more Ukrainian products to be exported to the EU. It is our duty to support Ukraine and strengthen our economic and political ties, also in the face of the ongoing conflict on its soil."

Quora.com - Return Nuclear Status:
In postwar history, annexation of a part of a sovereign country's territory to aggressor state has no precedent
Do Kazakhstan and Ukraine have legal right to return nuclear weapon program due to canceling Budapest memorandum assurance?

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UkraiNATO Create Army half a Million with an Independent Financial System.
In postwar history, annexation of a part of a sovereign country's territory to aggressor state has no precedent.

Referendum in Ukraine: a Return Nuclear Status!
Russia's aggression against Ukraine has led to RF international isolation, including NATO's suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia. Moscow's takeover of Crimea brazenly defied UN Charter, seizing a part of Ukraine's sovereign territory by military force.

Annexing a neighboring country’s territory by force, Putin overturned in a single stroke assumptions on which post-Cold War European order has rested.

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CBS News.com - Making America's risk of a financial crisis great again
In decades prior to financial crisis, U.S. underwent a period of financial deregulation under assumption that market forces would prevent financial institutions from taking excessive risk. In particular, shadow banking system -- financial institutions that don’t operate as traditional banks -- was lightly regulated...

17.01.22 • Eastern European countries back NATO support against Russia
After Russia annexed Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine three years ago, Obama administration decided to send thousands of American soldiers to Eastern Europe to reinforce its NATO allies. U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones joins Alison Stewart to discuss ongoing security situation in Europe

17.01.22 • U.S. NATO troops surge in Europe after Russian aggression
Obama administration sent thousands of American troops to Europe through North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to Russian aggression -- largest deployment since end of Cold War. It’s a move that has been denounced by Russia. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Christopher Livesay reports from Germany and Poland about military mission.


European Council Council of European UnionIllegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol:
17.06.19 EU extends sanctions by one year
EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis: In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation...

17.02.03 forbes.com What U.N. Ambassador Haley's Comment On Russia Really Means by Kenneth Rapoza, Sectoral sanctions impact Russia's most powerful companies and some of its most powerful oligarchs, from Sberbank to Rosneft, run by Vladimir Putin's close associate, Igor Sechin, a man known locally as "Darth Vader". Removal of those sanctions would likely imply that Russia removes counter-sanctions on European agribusiness. Sanctions are dependent on a Russian-Ukraine peace deal signed last year in Minsk, Belarus. Judging be recent fighting in eastern Ukraine, it appears this peace deal is not working for either side.

17.02.03 CNN.com • UN Ambassador Haley hits Russia hard on Ukraine • By Nicole Gaouette and Richard Roth, US ambassador to United Nations offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at UN Security Council on Thursday, calling on Moscow to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and saying that US sanctions against Moscow would remain in place until it withdraws from Crimea. "United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to Russian occupation of Crimea," said Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's envoy to world body. "Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over peninsula to Ukraine." Haley was speaking at an emergency UN meeting about a sudden upsurge in violence in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting Ukrainian army. Her remarks were noTABLE for stark difference between her rhetoric and Trump's...

17.02.02 Politico.com • Haley: Russian sanctions will continue under Trump • by AIDAN QUIGLEY, U.S. ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday Trump administration will continue U.S. sanctions on Russia over its occupation of Crimea. “Crimea is a part of Ukraine,”

16.11.22 europeansanctions.com • Switzerland mirrors EU & US sanctions on Crimean parliamentarians

16.11.16 belsat.eu Hague Tribunal recognizes Crimean annexation as military conflict between Russia and Ukraine: International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague has recognized annexation of Crimean peninsula as a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and a Russian occupation of Ukrainian territory. This is according to annual issued by Prosecutor of Hague-based International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda on November 14, 2016.


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- l'Italia risponde alla Ue: "Gli scostamenti dovuti a sisma e migranti" - Repubblica.it
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И пища многих будет смерть и кровь; Когда детей, когда невинных жен Низвергнутый не защитит закон;
Когда чума от смрадных, мертвых тел Начнет бродить среди печальных сел, Чтобы платком из хижин вызывать;
И станет глад сей бедный край терзать, И зарево окрасит волны рек – В тот день явится мощный человек,
И ты его узнаешь – и поймешь, Зачем в руке его булатный нож. И горе для тебя! Твой плач, твой стон
Ему тогда покажется смешон; И будет все ужасно, мрачно в нем, Как плащ его с возвышенным челом.