Putin throws down the gauntlet - takes aim at US, calls Poroshenko ''puppet"
I started this post a day or so ago...and was going to wait until tomorrow or perhaps Sunday to complete it, being somewhat busy this weekend. However, it looks like something is in the works internationally....so I'm going to complete it as best I can and use it as a "Breaking News" format to add to as developments occur...or, hopefully, not.
First, RT is off the air/Internet. This is a significant development on it's own. Without RT, alternative news watchers are really stymied in terms of getting past the Western Media lies and propaganda and finding out what's going on in Russia/Ukraine. There are some other sites, like Saker, and I will keep watching those and checking to see if RT comes back on. Here is a blog report that something is about to commence.
Vladimir Putin has deployed 32 Russian tanks in northern Crimea this week, in a buildup that suggests a war between the two countries is about to break out.
Russia has closed its checkpoints along the Crimean border with Ukraine citing fears that the former Soviet state is planning to attack Russia.
NATO has condemned Russian “aggression”, saying the convoy of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer cannons and 30 trucks of troops and equipment could spark a World War 3 scenario with its neighbour.Sky News reports:
Ukraine’s military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said in a televised briefing: “The deployment continues of military equipment and Russian mercenaries to the front lines.”
What initially started this post was a report in Fort Russ a day or so ago that described a speech given by Putin after his historic meeting with Erdogan and following the attempted False Flag incursion into Crimea by Ukraine Intelligence forces. Here is an excerpt from that report:
[NOTE: Here is what Mike Rivero of WHATREALLYHAPPENED. com said in the margins of the post copied above (in blue):
"....yesterday's statement [by Putin] can only be interpreted as an ultimatum that will be followed by some no-doubt history making, and serious action.
It is important to take note that Putin makes this address following his bi-lateral talks with Serzh Sargsyan, President of Armenia. The context of this is a week of high-level and historical meetings with the leaders of Iran and Azerbaijan in Baku, followed by a serious agreement on ending sanctions and energy market development with Erdogan.
But what was discussed behind closed doors is something that may not be known for decades to come, if ever. It is likely, regardless of official statements and claims, that these meetings included the status of the CSTO, Armenia's conflict with Azerbaijan, and Turkey's relationship both with that and the Eurasian Union.
There have been any number of provocations, including the shelling of Russian support positions, by the Ukrainian Army, on Russian territory, which Putin could have seized as a pretext to make the sort of definitive and game-changing statement that he made today.
This leads us to conclude that this weeks meetings, the possibility of a shift in Turkey's orientation (or at least triangulation), and the failures of the US's side at Aleppo this past week, are all factors which contribute to the timing of this major statement.
The US also may have timed the provocation itself, perhaps to escalate tensions with Russia in the run-up to the elections.
"This conflict is not going to wait until September to start.
If the war hawks, the DNC, and White House believe that Clinton is going down in flames in November, the war between Russia and Ukraine will be started now."]
It would perhaps bode poorly for Trump if a heated or even hot exchange with Russia made Ukraine a major focus, and was the focus of media during an election where clearly Clinton is favored among imperialists and hawks.So, in his speech, Putin was using new [for him] phrases that signaled a new and dramatic change in recent policy towards Ukraine. Most significantly, he referred to the breakaway Republic of Lugansk as an independent...entity rather than a part of the former Ukraine. He called the recent attempted assassination of the leader of Lugansk an act of "international terror" (presumably rather than a domestic incident). Taken in the context of the other things he said, all this indicates Putin has finally given up on the "Minsk" process. He realizes that the continued destabilization of Ukraine by the West following the Kiev coup and the use of Ukraine to threaten Russia has become untenable and is going to respond militarily in some way.
This would certainly distract from the US failures to topple the government in Syria, and would also detract from Russia's successes against terrorist groups there, which the US (despite their actual aims at arming said terrorists) has apparently 'failed' to make any traction against.
Russia is certainly in the position to take all of Ukraine, if this was their short-term or immediate goal. But the consequences would only result in a diplomatic disaster, and would nix whatever progress Russia has made in softening up Europe's attitude to Russia and sanctions. Despite much news coverage on the subject, Russia has been able to make some significant progress in the economic sphere in relation to European banking, and has already struck deals with numerous EU states which, only technically, work around the existing sanctions.
For these reasons, we should expect a response from Russia that is aimed at making an example of the Ukrainian regime over its recent provocation, while at the same time doing so in a fashion which carries forward their long-term diplomatic aim of keeping at least a portion of European elites skeptical of (and hedging against) Trans-Atlantic designs on Russia.
The picture of Putin above that accompanied the report from Fort Russ reminded me of the profile of Julius Caesar.
Here is the speech of Mark Anthony:Shakespeare, Julius Caesar - from Mark Anthony's speech on the death of Caesar
O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial. (3.1.254-275)
Putin's speech, IMO, will likely go down in history as the beginning of WWIII and the incursion into the Crimea by the Ukraine puppet government will be regarded as an assassination of Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo--type event.
artistic rendering looks uncannily
like Vladimir Putin
Speaking of History...the Crimea is also fraught with battle images from terrible conflicts between the east and West in the past century...summed up in another literary masterpiece The Charge of The Light Brigade....written by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
All very sobering thoughts as we wait for more information about this development. Stay tuned...