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Ukraine Update: Pro-Moscow Leader Arrested In Donetsk, Russians Block Border Cross Points

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While the biggest strategic news of the day is that the Crimean parliament voted to join Russia with a done deal referendum to be held in a few days, as well as collapse of the anti-Russian sanction lobby with Germany and others getting cold feet against boycotting Russian goods, the tactical developments continue. Of note: earlier today the leader of the most persistent pro-Moscow protest movement in eastern Ukraine was arrested at his home in the city of Donetsk on Thursday, a Reuters journalist who was with police on the raid said. Around 10 members of the SBU security service arrested Pavel Gubarev at his apartment in a five-story Soviet-era block in the eastern city, on charges of "infringing the territorial integrity and independence of the state". He did not resist.

Gubarev, a Donetsk businessman, had led protesters who blockaded the regional administration building and flew the Russian flag until they were removed on Thursday. He had called himself the "people's governor" and demanded lawmakers sever ties with Kiev and put him in charge of the police force.

So if Russia needed yet another pretext to claim there is repression of pro-Russian individuals, Kiev gladly obliged.

Perhaps this explains why, as Bloomberg reports, the Russian military is restricting access of Ukrainian border troops to check-point buildings, border service says on its website. Bloomberg cites the Ukrainian statement as saying that Russian military use ultimatums to urge Ukrainian border troops to move and take side of self-proclaimed Crimean government. Blocked points include those near Massandra and Yevpatoria.

And some other re-escalation news: also according to Bloomberg, Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula. Passage to Donuzlav lake is now blocked and Ukrainian navy ships are locked inside the lake. Bloomberg cited a defense ministry statement.

Still think Putin was de-escalating?

But here is the punchline:


Which is why we fully expect John Kerry to make some more hollow threats and call it a day.


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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:49 | 4516835 achmachat
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is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:50 | 4516844 Winston Churchill
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Close enough for Govt. (wet) work.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:58 | 4516855 BaBaBouy
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BANKER/Bitecoin SUICIDE (Suicided)??? WATCH

Bitcoin firm CEO found dead in suspected suicide      FOXNEWS

It appears bitcoin’s recent turmoil has claimed its first life.

Autumn Ratke a 28-year-old American CEO of bitcoin exchange firm First Meta was found dead in her Singapore apartment on Feb. 28. BREAKING: Satoshi Nakamoto, the mystery man behind bitcoin, finally located Local media are calling it a suicide, but Singapore officials are waiting for toxicology test results. Ratke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems. "The First Meta team is shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our friend and CEO Autumn Radtke." - Statement on First Meta website Ratke’s death brings the number of questionable financial sector deaths this year to eight. On Feb. 18 a 33-year-old JPMorgan finance pro leaped to his death the roof of the JPMorgan’s 30-story Hong Kong office tower. Li Junjie’s suicide marked the third mysterious death of a JPMorgan banker. So far, there is no other known link between any of the deaths. Gabriel Magee, 39, a vice president with the JPMorgan’s corporate and investment bank technology arm in the UK, also jumped to his death from the roof of the bank’s 33-story Canary Wharf tower in London on Jan. 28. On Feb. 3, Ryan Henry Crane, 37, a JPM executive director who worked in New York, was found dead inside his Stamford, Conn., home. A cause of death in Crane’s case has not be determined until a toxicology report is complete, according to a spokesperson for the Stamford detectives division. The report is expected within two weeks.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:08 | 4516936 Volkodav
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Off topic

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:15 | 4516982 johnQpublic
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Russian military sank Ochakov ship in the Black Sea near Donuzlav on the eastern coast of the Crimean peninsula


how is this not the lead story?

now the rest of the navy is like fish in proverbial barrel

three dimensional chess....bitchez

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:26 | 4517029 e_goldstein
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While Putin plays chess, Obama is playing 'my little brony'.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:37 | 4517082 Independent
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Ok so Putin blocks in Ukraine Navy, they basically have no boats, next step is Odessa, with control of the Black Sea and with a Russian majority there in that port city, which is the only other port of Ukraine, he is going to deny the sea to Ukraine and link up to Transniester, which already has Russian troops on the ground and is heavily armed and pro Russian.  They can outflank any Ukraine response.  I think things will move fast in the next few days.  The west is pushing and is getting slapped each time by Putin.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:53 | 4517160 SDShack
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Yep, I said days ago the coup plotters in Kiev thought they had won with their siege, but they really failed by only laying siege to one city. Now they are finding out that all the power centers are in the East & South.... military, financial, economic, industrial, energy, etc. Kiev is just an empty shell without those power centers. The coup plotters are now realizing they are on the receiving end of the siege going forward.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:36 | 4517395 Volkodav
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They never had that much support, especially after showed real face and their tactics and identity come to light...

Announcing pension cut and other future depradations should finish them.


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:06 | 4517971 Dollarmedes
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"...Germany and others getting cold feet..."

It's not "getting cold feet" so much as the anticipation of getting cold feet...when their gas is turned off.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:40 | 4517105 tonyw
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I'm sure this is just an old Russian ship that has unfortunately sunk due to a mechanical failure/human error blocking the channel, they'll remove it as soon as possible.


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:30 | 4517356 Volkodav
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Boating accident...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:39 | 4517811 earnyermoney
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Putin stored his gold on that boat.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:03 | 4517212 ShrNfr
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Also old news.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:09 | 4516941 strannick
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What about self determination? Guess this new Uke PM is showing his fascist colors sooner than expected..

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:27 | 4517337 silvermail
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Washington brought to power in Ukraine their pocket fascists:

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:35 | 4517779 Omen IV
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second link tells a huge story very concisely!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:51 | 4516848 strannick
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Ukraine doesn't support democracy?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:01 | 4516896 john39
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banker cabal seems to be in a bit of panic...  tuned into national propaganda radio here in the U.S. this morning to check on big brother's point of view...  and was rather pleased to hear the desperation coming out of the talking heads' mouths... desperatly claiming that putin had to be stopped, punished...  but zero idea how or what to do.   what a great start to thursday morning.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:21 | 4517299 silvermail
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"is he wearing an Archduke Franz Ferdinand uniform?"

Photoshop from faux news.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:50 | 4516843 alien-IQ
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and why/how was a Reuters reporter "conveniently" with police at the time of the arrest?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516928 Volkodav
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Someone please tell alien-IQ who owns Reuters...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:50 | 4517467 mandalou
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they own a bank in England i Believe.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:42 | 4517831 Againstthelie
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And tell him that the new Ukrainian PM is one of the tribe, too.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:46 | 4517443 Rafferty
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Must indeed be alien IQ if you don't know who owns Reuters. Hint:  The same people who plundered Ukraine and are now in power in Kiev.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:51 | 4516850 BadDog
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Cool threads, checking my territory ahead catalog

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516933 Big Corked Boots
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Do they have the boots to go with it?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:11 | 4516954 johnQpublic
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yes, on the ground in fact

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52 | 4516853 Truther
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Check mate.... Barry

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:02 | 4516900 besnook
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:52 | 4516854 pashley1411
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I wonder who drummed up that provocation.    You really think arresting him is going to make any difference?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:53 | 4516857 the not so migh...
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he is in a marching band?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:54 | 4516862 Sufiy
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Guess who is killing the NSA Bitcoin scam now

Bubble Chronicles. Mystery Solved: Meet Satoshi Nakamoto - The Face Behind Bitcoin

 One mystery is solved: Satoshi Nakamoto is found and another one: when this bubble will be finally over will be found soon. Warren Buffet has discussed it recently and dismissed Bitcoin as a currency, as a store of value it is not working very well for the latest buyers from the last Fall. It will be more and more difficult "to find another fool" to buy it at a higher price after all recent news about Mt. Gox bankruptcy, millions of lost Bitcoins and crucial technical fault in Bitcoin architecture allowing it to happen. Constant attacks from the  Central Banks around the world will only add to the pressure on FIAT alternative. There is no "Gold 2.0" - there is only one real Gold and not so much of it left now.

  After these revelations about Satoshi Nakamoto pedigree and his long history of working on highly classified projects  you can think for yourself from what point in time NSA has been really involved in this project and what will be the implications on Bitcoin crowd of "freedom fighters" with further investigation reports coming out. The destiny of Bitcoin speculators we can learn from the history.

"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:58 | 4516882 fonzannoon
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Tyler you are letting you comments section get bombed with threadjacking blog pimpers.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:01 | 4516895 Spastica Rex
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I like real Spam - with eggs and rice.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:08 | 4517236 Big Corked Boots
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(can't believe nobody else posted this... or am I the only person who doesn't tire of it?)

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:12 | 4516961 superflex
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Once is fine, but pimping this shit in every thread is full retard.


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:55 | 4516863 BudFox2012
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Thank god the sanctions on Russia have not been put in place.  I ordered a mail order Russian bride last week, and I'd hate to have her held up in customs for a couple of years...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:59 | 4516886 the not so migh...
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when they are done with her , you can have her

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:04 | 4516908 BudFox2012
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Not true.  I'm sure the TSA will find her to be a person of interest after customs is done with her, and detain her in a closed interrogation room for 6 or 7 monts.  Then ICE and DEA still get there shots at her too. 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:45 | 4517128 Hephaestus
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Too late Bud.

US Announces Visa Restrictions on Some Russians

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:53 | 4517481 mandalou
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Customs prefer little boys.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:15 | 4516978 Stoploss
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Keep us posted.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4516868 Debugas
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it is a mess there, people taking sides and fighting for power

many heads will roll

the tru challenge now is how to settle it all down with as little blood as possible and as fast as possible

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:56 | 4516869 deepsouthdoug
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Those arm pad thingies in your photo op look a little thread bare fella.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:57 | 4516875 Iam Yue2
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Only eight hours late on that story about the arrest .........

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:19 | 4516881 shanearthur
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 "Now youz can't leave!" - A Bronx Tale

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:00 | 4516890 forwardho
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It would, in the long run, be less embaressing ,if the U.S. Diplomatic corp got on thier knees and kissed putins naked ass at high noon in the middle of the street.

"Better to keep ones mouth shut, than to open it and remove all doubt"

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:07 | 4516926 1000yrdstare
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YOU FOOLS! you gott he wrong guy! that's the bellhop!!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:08 | 4516927 SpanishGoop
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Russia better leave the US/EU a way out.

I am sure they will take it, just to save face.


Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:46 | 4517115 Pure Evil
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I'm sure between the bathhouse and the golf course Obama will find a way to ease Putin's boot out of his ass while saving face.

You'll know its bad when the libtards start scraping their Obama/Biden 2012 stickers off the bumbers of their Priuses.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:05 | 4517222 Maxter
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I get you. It is basic international diplomacy.  USA and Russia have done that numerous time in the past (latest exemple is Syria).  Now I can't remember if they have done it in Ukraine  or not.  US could say they recognise Crimea right to independence and call it a day.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:08 | 4516935 besnook
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looks like the ukrainians dusted off the old soviet operations manual.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:10 | 4516949 buckwheat5000
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This has to be most stupid thing the US gov has ever done, they spent $5 billion to dethrone a sitting government in Ukraine, then half of the country wants to join Russia. And if the these Ukrainians vote to join Russia, What are we going to do? Fight with them? Support Ukraine to fight with them? It is hard to imagine the stupidity, these morons in the US State dept, do they have sense? Any fool who visited Ukraine would have known that that the Russian half would support Russia, What fvkcing morons. 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:27 | 4517032 No Euros please...
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Well with a national debt of $17.4t to sweep under the carpet, it's war or bust. Just hope Russia and China dump those US bonds soon, as in my experience a miss aimed intercontinental ballistic missile often offends.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:51 | 4517890 Againstthelie
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This has to be most stupid thing the US gov has ever done, they spent $5 billion to dethrone a sitting government in Ukraine, then half of the country wants to join Russia.


For me the quote of the day.

But jokes aside, this is - like the Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Iran destabilizations - NOT US politics. US politcians are only the executioneers of the politics of the masters.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:17 | 4518021 JuliaS
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They expected a full scale invasion and a defined provokation. Instead they got a series of seemingly "unrelated" military training exercies originating at a leased Russian naval port. The media went with pre-written press releases without checking whether they matched the situation.

Hired Maidan goons ended up killing a few dozen people on both sides, yet somehow failed to ignite an all out war. While the media crews were sent to Kiev in anticipation of scripted developments, the main action happened elsewhere, with hardly any shots getting fired.

Russia will benefit tremendously from this, as it will no longer have to rent facilities in Sevastopol.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:25 | 4517023 disabledvet
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I do not expect the Seretary of State to make hollow threats and I do not expect the lessons of history will be heeded as well.

Any formal intervention...let alone an outright invasion...of Ukraine would be a monumental miscalculation on the part of Russia and Russian authorities. in effect they would be "walling themselves of from the world" which shows no discernible purpose.

Let me make myself clear: when I say "diplomacy has failed" I do not mean there will not be continued talks and provocations...followed I might by something that appears to be rapidly becoming dirty and nasty.

What I mean is "diplomacy is about talking to your enemies"...not "hangin' with the homies" and talking AT them. I believe this situation has now moved well beyond any meaningful dialogue where positions now become set in stone. In short "when the purpose of dialogue" (openness to new ideas, changes in the stays quo) "ceases to exist" then clearly there is no "diplomatic option."

One look at the comment section here shows how easy such a conditional reality can indeed be not only created...but last an ETERNITY. I would be interested to hear from the political classes on all sides how "it" has come to this. I obviously do not expect such a debate here...but I do expect more from elected officials on all sides (excepting the French and the English who really do love this stuff.)

"We're digging in" and not just literally here. We still have the option of opening a dialogue but this fact seems...quite strangely given the historical nature of US/Russian relations (competitors...but never in direct conflict with one another) BIPARTISAN ON BOTH SIDES.

This is not a conflict with any set "boundary" (a "Berlin Wall" for example.) It is in fact the exact opposite...a vast, open, "moving" thing.) The US and Russia could literally be sniping one another for decades here.

Certainly that is true of our immediate future.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:34 | 4517073 RockRiver
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:47 | 4517138 EconomicGenocide
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Is your disability a head wound??? Or do you really like the taste of J cok!!

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:49 | 4517458 Toolshed
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Disabledvet sounds delusional, but go easy. Few can get through military "indoctrination", much less any real time in the service, without becoming brainwashed. The military exists in it's own world and is constantly exposed to statist propoganda. How else do you think the elite scum persuade these uneducated saps to do thier dirty work? Plus, if he is in fact disabled, he is living off the government gravy train. What else would you expect from a person in that position?

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:48 | 4517140 Volkodav
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:57 | 4517166 Mesquite
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Albert Pike 1871...


Syria attempt foiled...

Now Ukraine attempt foiled..

Must be getting desperate...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:58 | 4517182 melachiro
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In 1913 the general feeling was that a nation would never invade or provoke war d/t it then being "walled" off from world trade.  The general consensus was wrong and it didn't work out so well that time either.  This time is no different; only the time-line and certain players may change.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:40 | 4517812 Clowns on Acid
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No, it is different this time... the US is in 17 Trillion worht of debt and has little gold. Thank the neo Bolsheviks. 

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 13:54 | 4517490 Tracerfan
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As of now, France is still selling Russia a huge naval vessal that is designed for amphibious assaults.  There is no unity among the EU/US.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:16 | 4518041 Againstthelie
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The NATO has broken all treaties and promises since 1991. Russia was extremely defensive and cooperative.

In fact it was so defensive, that now it is already threatened in it's core vital life interests, they are trying to strangle it.

Even the most peaceful man can't live in peace, if his neighbour doesn't want that. And since Putin's Russia is NOT supporting the plundering of it's people, is NOT supporting the NWO genocide against his white Russian people with colored mass immigration, in fact is even trying to increase the birth rates of the native Russians, is NOT trying to destroy the education system for the lower and middle class to reduce the potential danger for the 1%, is not opening the resources for plundering by Soros and tribe, in short: is NOT supporting the NWO plans, therefore Russia has been encircled. Look how they wage war against Putin, only because he defends the values of the traditional family! One must understand what is REALLY going on, that's it a war of annihilation against all Aryan cultures. What they do with countries not supporting the Zionist NWO, could be observed in Serbia, Afghanistan, Lybia, Iraq, Syria and Iran - which in the last minute was able to destroy a CIA color coup.

The enemy of all nations will not rest until all people in the world are bowing their heads before the chosen ones, which tey believe they were. That's the core of their "religion", the prerequisite that devil - which they call god - comes to earth. Sounds stupid and sick, but nevertheless they believe in doing god's work by doing these things and much more, you know...

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:27 | 4518105 Anusocracy
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Once again fucking NSA troll, Russia did not create this mess, the asshole US Gov did.

I'm sure there is some idiot neocon website somewhere that would want you.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:34 | 4518152 Anusocracy
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You want a solution? Here it is:

The US pulls all of its military out of the rest of the world.

Ditto for all other countries with military overseas.

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 12:36 | 4517078 Flying Wombat
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Ron Paul Reports Ukraine Story the Mainstream Media is Suppressing

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:07 | 4518600 KiraSokol
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Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:51 | 4518813 WhyWait
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Really?  Like that gang of Nazis who took huge amounts of American money, shot up both the police and the demonstrators in Kiev and then seized the government, ousted the elected president at gunpoint and won control of a rump parliament by beating and threatening legislators?  How is that story playing with regular Ukrainians?  Tell me, I'd like to know!

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:10 | 4521915 KiraSokol
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