Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire Federico PIERACCINI

9 December 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and one Su-30 aircraft.

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Kiev Regime – A Western Frankenstein Creation

7 December 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin put it succinctly when he recently warned that prospects for peace in Ukraine were negligible as long as the current authorities in Kiev remain in power. Worse, given a new rash of provocations by the Kiev regime, the entire region is being threatened with conflict, and even all-out war.

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NATO’s Aggression Reaches for Russian Waters By Tony Cartalucci

6 December 2018 — NEO

The recent Kerch Strait incident marks a new low amid the US-led expansion of NATO eastward

The intentional provocation executed by Kiev saw three Ukrainian naval vessels seized by Russia. The vessels were intentionally violating protocol for passing through the Strait – protocol previously agreed upon by Kiev and previously observed by Ukrainian naval vessels.

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Who profits from the incident in the Strait of Kertch? By Valentin Vasilescu

3 December 2018 — Voltaire Network

Valentin Vasilescu, an expert on military affairs, comments on the role of the Israeli and US reconnaissance planes in the incident at Kertch. These facts have been confirmed by the Russian FSB (which the Russian Federation’s Coast-Guards depend on) and which has disclosed videos recorded during the interrogations of the captured Ukrainian marines and a document seized on board one of their ships.
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Kiev’s Kerch Strait Gambit Shows Telltale Signs of Western-Backed Provocation to Force Russia’s Hand By Robert Bridge

30 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Ever since Ukraine’s 2014 Maidan revolution, which resulted in a usurpation of power micromanaged directly from Washington, nothing happens in Kiev without the Western powers knowing about it. And that would certainly include playing a reckless game of chicken with Moscow.

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Ukraine – Poroshenko Launched Clash With Russia To Gain Dictatorial Powers – He Failed

27 November 2018 — Moon of Alabama

The Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s attempted to shore up his approval rate for the upcoming election by provoking a military incident. It was a gamble and it failed.

Three Ukrainian boats, a tug and two gun boats, attempted to sail from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov. The Kerch Strait is territorial Russian water since Crimea voted to join Russia. “Innocent passage” is allowed but necessitates following the laws and regulations of the territorial country.

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As Time Runs Out, Poroshenko and the West Poison the Sea of Azov By Tom Luongo

28 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

As Time Runs Out, Poroshenko and the West Poison the Sea of Azov

Trouble has been brewing in the Sea of Azov all year. It started with Ukraine’s seizing a Russian fishing boat and detaining its crew in March. The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko canceled the Friendship Treaty with Russia. After that he has accepted surplus US naval vessels to prop up a navy that exists in name only.

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Political Analysis: Consequences Of Black Sea Incident For Poroshenko Government

27 November 2018 — South Front

Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront

The sharp but almost bloodless clash between Ukrainian naval forces consisting of two armored gunboats and a tug, and Russian maritime border guards has naturally acquired significance well in excess of the actual magnitude of the incident. It is proving to be a “reality check” showing  the current priorities of each of the interested actors.
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