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Ukraine Military Conducts Training Drill, To Test "Combat Readiness"

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Just out from the Ukraining defense ministry:


It may not be an abrupt ICBM launch, but it certainly increases the odds of some unintentional, or fully intentional, provocation between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries which as we have been following over the weekend, are amassing in very disturbing numbers in Crimea and, soon, east Ukraine.

For those who missed our coverage over the past few days, here are some of the clips foreshadowing this "drill" announcement. The first clip below captured the 80th Airborne Regiment out of Lviv moving out, direction mainland, preparing to repel foreign attack.


The next video shows what are allegedly Buk SAM batteries deployed in the Donetsk region, a city in Eastern Ukraine which in the past week has swayed between Ukraine and Russian authority.


The clip below shows the 95th Airborne brigade also moving out of their barracks in Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, heading East, with an impressive deployment of trucks and APCs.


2S19 "Msta-S" 152mm Howitzers on the move to Crimea.


Finally, 20 T-64 tanks preparing to depart in Bila Tserkva, a city in central Ukraine:


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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:27 | 4529977 Alpha Dog Food
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The Ukraine military having a chat to US military.....


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:29 | 4529987 GetZeeGold
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Would have done the combat readiness drills a month ago....but better late than never.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:30 | 4529993 Arius
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watch Lavrov - Kerry back channel..these guys are increadbly smart and can sell anything to their bosses.  they were the ones who made the Syria deal back in september...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:34 | 4530005 Headbanger
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Ha!  "Combat Readiness".. Another military oxymoron !

But at least it's better  to start with clean weapons and underwear!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:40 | 4530020 pods
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They might want to save that fuel and ammo. Just in case anything crazy like a war starts.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:45 | 4530035 Alpha Dog Food
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Shutting the stable door after the Cossack has bolted!


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:46 | 4530038 Alpha Dog Food
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Or did somebody else shoot their bolt?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:53 | 4530071 BigJim
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Meh. Our 'leaders' will posture and bloviate but they know that Russia can start a domino chain of bank collapses if they want to. They'll have referendums in various parts of Eastern Ukraine; the Eastern-most ones will say they want to join Russia, the rest will say they don't, Russia will 'respect the voice of the people' and annex the areas that voted to join, Netanyahu will start going on about the Iranian threat, everyone will forget Crimea/Eastern Ukraine, and the petrodollar will live another day.

That's my prediction, up/downvote as you agree/disagree.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:32 | 4530206 BigJim
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On a side note, why is the USD dropping in this situation? What happened to the whole 'flight to quality' and 'flight to safety' meme?

I mean, along with most ZHer's, I regard the USD (and every other fiat) akin to toilet paper wrt to medium/long term risk; but I thought 'the market' thought differently?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:54 | 4530072 TheFourthStooge-ing
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They might want to save that fuel and ammo. Just in case anything crazy like a war starts.

The thugs running Kiev are getting nervous. Better to have the military use up as much ammo and fuel in training before they turn on them.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:41 | 4530022 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:41 | 4530023 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Does Ukraine have any nuclear weapons? Did Russia get them all out of there after the USSR collapsed?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:51 | 4530062 FMR Bankster
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They have none. They gave them all up in 1994 when the USA, the UK and Russia guaranteed their territorial integrity. Yeah, that's right, we (USA) guaranteed that Ukraine would remain intact.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:19 | 4532349 123dobryden
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well, they should get at least 100 nuclear warheads and point one at each russian oligarch

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:50 | 4530057 TheFourthStooge-ing
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watch Lavrov - Kerry back channel..these guys are increadbly smart

You're half correct.

"Secretary of State John Kerry — a haircut in search of a brain"
-- JHK

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:55 | 4530070 Arius
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underestimate them at your own peril ...

John Kerry was candidate for President, a key Senator for decades, one of the most powerful men in the United States, therefore in the whole World !!!

When Kerry sneazes as the expression goes the Middle East catches a cold ...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:58 | 4530084 TheFourthStooge-ing
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underestimate them at your own peril ...

John Kerry was candidate for President, a key Senator for decades, one of the most powerful men in the United States, therefore in the whole World !!!

When Kerry sneazes as the expression goes the Middle East catches a cold ...

It's still early, but this will end up being the funniest comment of the day.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:32 | 4530000 Sudden Debt
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THEY DID!! Obama allowed the Russians to train with the American troops so they could learn all American tactics and weak points!

oh... or where you reffering to the Ukrain troops?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:26 | 4529981 Sudden Debt
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Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:31 | 4529992 GetZeeGold
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.....or inside the compound.


No worries....according to the agreement....NATO should be here anytime.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:49 | 4530052 Arius
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you are missing the point.

it is not about training, it is to show to the Russians what they will be up against if they attempt to stroll down to Kiev !!!

You go Ukraine!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:50 | 4530059 Dugald
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No worries....according to the agreement....NATO should be here anytime. 

So ok, when they do perhaps turn up will they have much in the way of ammo, just thinking back to a cluster of shortages in a previous holiday excursion......

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:02 | 4530093 Sudden Debt
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They're just waiting for the blue paint to dry on their freshly painted helmets....


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:37 | 4530013 _ConanTheLibert...
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Well, then they might as well practice on the enemy.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:40 | 4530019 Unprepared
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Watched 300 yesterday... the best strategy is to kill Putin in front of his son's eyes.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:27 | 4529983 css1971
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Didn't Russia just walk in already and Ukraine wasn't ready? Bit late to be doing readiness drills.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:57 | 4530079 MarkAntony
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If you're considering the "unmarked" troops in Crimea... they we're already there. According to the "rental" agreement between Moscow and Kiev, the Russians can maintain up to 25,000 troops in Crimean bases. I've visited the Crimea several times few years ago and personally saw Russian troop presence out in the open. No one was a least bit concerned...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:28 | 4529984 glaucon was right
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Wait, I think I have seen this movie before...

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:28 | 4529985 WALLST8MY8BALL
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The Pain

in Ukraine

will fall from a jet plane

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:01 | 4530090 bullchit
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That is so 80's.....but funny.



Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:29 | 4529990 Truther
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It's the Bankster/Gangster war bitchez..... Let the central banks get crushed with this. I am fucking tired of this shit.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:32 | 4529999 Reaper
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Will Obama lead from behind?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:34 | 4530004 XenoFrog
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As usual, he has to sit back and see how things are going to turn out before swooping in and taking credit.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:38 | 4530015 GetZeeGold
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He's holding the football and is really to spike it at a moments notice.


...not yet big guy!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:14 | 4530132 MeMongo
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More like, he's holding a clipboard that contains his all impotent basketball brackets. You know, a brutha has to unwind!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:33 | 4530001 Chupacabra-322
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Is this "training" to test the readiness or False Flag readiness. The latter seems more feasible.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:45 | 4530033 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Is this "training" to test the readiness or False Flag readiness.

A more effective use of time and resources would be to train for white flag readiness.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:49 | 4530051 Chupacabra-322
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Nuck, nuck.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:34 | 4530006 y3maxx
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Obama Nobel Prize #2

Obama Golfer in Chief

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:38 | 4530007 Mine Is Bigger
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OK.  So, they are testing "combat readiness."  What happens if they turn out to be not ready?  Will there be enough time to get ready?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:35 | 4530008 vote_libertaria...
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But, are they....wait for it...BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:55 | 4530076 Dugald
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But, are they....wait for it...BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!

Simply the best, better than all the rest......

Ah, sorry, can't get that gal out of my head......

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:37 | 4530009 Dr. Engali
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T-64 tanks.....Lol. Did they get those antiques from an army surplus sale?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:43 | 4530025 CrazyCatLady
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shhh- like every appliance from back then they probably still work great

I know military equipment is not the same as a toaster, but I'd bet the idiom holds true

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:47 | 4530042 Dr. Engali
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Hey are you my mother-in-law? That sounds like something she would say, and she is a crazy cat lady too.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:57 | 4530080 CrazyCatLady
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mmmmmmmmmmmm- could be

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:02 | 4530092 CrazyCatLady
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But actually, i think i was overly ambitious to make that statement after reading up on the T-64.  Im just a poor girl who realized quick how much value was in an older car, or toaster, or house, etc.  We built things so much better in times past.  Today this is a paper world in so many ways

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:11 | 4530101 beaglebog
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Cat Lady,


Weeeeeelll, it is kinda like a toaster ... in an icky, sinister sort of way.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:52 | 4530067 giggler321
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Look pretty neat to me and they even have working head lights.  Perhaps Mattel will do a range for collectors.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:54 | 4531001 Volkodav
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I think Russia used a few even older... 08/08/08 after Georgia attacked South Ossetia.


Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:39 | 4530017 q99x2
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Are they going to shit and get off the pot or what?

Everyone is pretending to be going to war.

This is this kind of thing that happens when gays are allowed in the military.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:40 | 4530021 CrazyCatLady
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Im really having trouble deciding if this is for realz or not yet.  They did remake Red Dawn last year out of the blue

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:48 | 4530047 Spastica Rex
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And it was worse than the original.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:44 | 4530032 Fix It Again Timmy
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You know, you don't have to attend every dispute or argument that you're invited to.....

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:48 | 4530044 muleskinner
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get your war on, morons.

Can't these folks sit down and talk things over for a few hours, drink some beers, have a laugh or two and then go back home?

I mean, life can't be that bad for them in Crimea and Ukraine or is it?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:48 | 4530045 Rising Sun
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The Finns beat the Russians with cross country ski, some shotguns and food.


The Russians always forget to bring along a good lunch before the slaughter.


Ukraine just needs to starve the fuckers.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:50 | 4530056 Spastica Rex
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And Obama is no Napoleon.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:08 | 4530115 bullchit
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He'd like to fuck a Dane?



Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:46 | 4532194 RaceToTheBottom
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Napoleon was Finnish?

He hid it well.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:48 | 4530046 Iam Yue2
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A little local difficulty.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 09:53 | 4530069 fijisailor
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Is this a fucking joke?  Seriously.  A mob boots out the old leader and within days the new leader and military are readying to make war on the Russians?  Obviously totally pre-planned by outside forces.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:21 | 4530126 Mine Is Bigger
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The Truthseeker: NGO documents plan Ukraine war

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:00 | 4530089 paint it red ca...
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If they gotta test for readiness now, they ain't ready and know it.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:20 | 4530423 silentboom
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The Keyesians love war and so do the socialists but I repeat myself.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:40 | 4530449 tony wilson
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come on people stop being so negative

we can win this.

yes blackwater and aegis and britam defence along with are mossad sniper teams and cia folks have been a little sluggish last week but this is a new weak.

we are flat out shipping in guys from the libyan theatre via incerlik have some fucking faith in satan godamit.

stop this time fascism bullshit we saturn folks run time so do not lecture us on that score.

are friends in poland,canada and the aussie sas are all getting special forces briefings in kiev today.

even sack ass villi of georgia has sent his best men for the civilian slaughter.



lets roll people

a you with me



Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:25 | 4530452 yt75
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The reality of today's world summarized :

Oil situation :
Leading to :

In other words current crisis is primarily a monstruous oil shock, and only the beginning.

Reminder :
Contrary to the legend on the above graph (barrel price), the first oil shock was much more the direct consequence of US 1970 oil production peak :
Associated to the rebalance of barrels revenues between majors and countries, and dropping of B Woods in 71 and associated $ devaluation.
The "embargo" an epiphenomenon, very limited, lasted 3 months, but pratical to hide US peak and "put the blame" on "the Arabs".

Geopolitical summary :

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:33 | 4530477 geno-econ
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Ukraine combat readiness means no more Vodka, but then morale suffers.
Mobilization means get ready to deploy----which means half defect East to Russia and the other half defect West to EU. Remaining citizens in the middle experience bankruptcy, default and starvation. Well done Nuland, McCain, Kerry. What a marvelous record in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and now Ukraine.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 12:27 | 4530665 shovelhead
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We need a vodka summit in WH.

With any luck, it will turn into a drunken brawl and Obama will end up a hostage.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 13:47 | 4530978 Volkodav
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Famine was also in Russia, to through the Volga regions and Kasakhstan also.

Stalins depradations were not only to Ukraine.

Russians suffered more than any under Soviet.

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:37 | 4532147 RaceToTheBottom
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Is it combat readiness or run away readiness?

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