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Satellite Photos Released Revealing Russian Military Build Up

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It's not quite YouTube clips, but NATO has released satellite image-based proof that confirms the dramatic build up of Russian military forces along its borders. The images showing tanks, attack helicopters, and war planes, according to NATIO general Breedlove provide support for counter-moves by allies to safeguard their partners. Russia, for its part, has denied it has any plans to invade Ukraine and suggests that NATO is "using the crisis in Ukraine to rally its ranks in the face of an imaginary external threat to strengthen demand for the alliance ... in the 21st century."




As Channel 4 reports,

The images released by General Breedlove are reported to have been taken on 22 March, nearly a month after the unrest in Crimea began that led to Russia's annexation of the area. The photographs were taken by commercial satellite imaging company Digital Globe.

You can see the images below.

Above: Purported to be Russian military Su-27/30 "Flankers" aircraft at the Primorko-Akhtarsk Air Base in southern Russia, on the Sea of Azov which borders Ukraine. (Image: Digital Globe).

Above: purported to be Russian military tanks and infantry fighting vehicles at a military base near Kuzminka, east of the Sea of Azov in southern Russia (picture: Digital Glob)

Above: purported to be a Russian military airborne or Spetznaz (special forces) brigade at Yeysk, near the Sea of Azov in southern Russia (picture: Digital Globe).

Above: purported to be a Russian artillery battalion at a military base near Novocherkassk, east of the Sea of Azov in southern Russia (picture: Digital Globe).

Above: purported to be Russian Mil Mi-8 "Hips" and Mil Mi-24 "Hinds" aircraft in Belgorod, north of the Russian border with eastern Ukraine (picture: Digital Globe).

Speaking in Prague on Thursday, Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said:

"I have this message to Russia: you have a choice to stop blaming others for your own actions, to stop massing your troops, to stop escalating this crisis and start engaging in a genuine dialogue."

He added:

"If Russia is serious about a dialogue, the first step should be to pull back its troops."

Russia has denied that it has any plans to invade Ukraine.


Source: Channel 4

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:45 | 4643093 _ConanTheLibert...
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Why do I think of PowellPoint right now?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:48 | 4643112 McMolotov
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I'm pretty sure I see a mobile weapons lab in one of those photos.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643121 RonBurgundy
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they cant possibly be anything else

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:24 | 4643345 RafterManFMJ
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You don't stack your inventory in one nice tight exposed package; you just invite a first strike!

Doesn't anyone ever learn?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:05 | 4643625 hungarianboy
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Images taken March 22nd 2014. if I'm correct, these images are outdated and Russia has been withdcrwaing troops last week.

Jeeeeesssssssss, Outdated images!! We're living in 2014.

Show me pictures of an hour ago. JEEEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!!

Oh they can't cause all the money went to the banksters and NSA for screwing over the hard working citizens. So they got these images with discount.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:15 | 4643694 crazzziecanuck
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Let's see.  Pro-western stooges being paid with NED money and NGO media campaigns hoping to bring NATO to Russia's border is suddenly suprirsed that Russia is moving forces to this very same border?

Like I always say, we are let by the dumbest people our society has to offer.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:50 | 4643129 dracos_ghost
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If you look real close, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are drinking coffee with Putin. It's true I tell ya.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:16 | 4643291 gallistic
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Elvis was there too, but he had to leave the building...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:03 | 4643208 holgerdanske
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Weapons of Mass deception!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:11 | 4643262 prymythirdeye
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Cracking me up today McMolotov!  Thanks for the laughs!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:15 | 4643285 bobnoxy
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From the same photographer that produced those pictures showing the Iraqi army forces massed on Saudi Arabia's borders leading up to the first Gulf War? As it turned out, not really there. Not that it really mattered, of course.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:38 | 4643440 holgerdanske
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Just to see what you guys are going to be up against.! if you want to pick a fight.

I would think twice, at least!!


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:00 | 4643188 holgerdanske
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When are the Americans lying? Whenever they say anything. We should have learned that much.!

I don't know where these pictures are taken, or even when. But to see planes on a military airfield, sounds logical to me.

Even if they have military in the border region, that might be normal.

Why would Putin resort to force, when he has got most people in the Ukraine behind him.?

A simple vote would make Ukraine split in two.

Talk about vote, and the EU shudders! Not exactly a bastion of moral righteousness.



Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:04 | 4643213 f16hoser
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WOW! These look just like the Russian pictures of US Forces building-up to Invade Iraq and Afghanistan! Incredible...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:26 | 4643357 Invinciblehandaxe
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the pictures look like from the 60' !!!

fuck you NATO, fuck you UFSA

The first step in the dialogue will be to cut off the gas you fucking retarded Rasmussen

I have a message for you fucker as well: "stop provoking and encircling Russia you fucking ziohead"

Mr. Putin just turn the pipes off already !!!

There will be a mega fucking dance in the EUSSR the very moment.

Even little hitler Merkel will come begging and the ukrainians

will hang that motherfucker Jacenjuk already

and dont forget the rope for Klicko and that witch Tymosenko

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:18 | 4643578 Ifigenia
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"Why do I think of PowellPoint right now?" he is the expert on WMP location. He could even detect the invisible WMD.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:20 | 4643726 alangreedspank
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Hey, that vial of Aunt Jemima pancake mix was dangerous and could have turned into a MUSHROOM CLOUD very easily.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:37 | 4643792 Kirk2NCC1701
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How is it that other countries (Russia) cannot move troops inside their borders, yet the US can move theirs outside its borders with impunity?

You DO realize that the subtext (subliminal advertising) is:  "Only We in the US and NATO get to decide what's right & wrong, lawful & illegal, democratic & oppressive."  It's a hybrid operation between Madison Avenue mentality and a CIA Psy Op, done at the global level -- where, if you repeat a crazy idea often enough, it becomes perfectly Normal.  Very Orwellian.

The Russians can't sit back and play the Rope-A-Dope when it comes to PR and the MSM.  They have to use Judo/Jiu-Jitsu, to "turn" the table on these war mongers, and "out" them publicly.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:47 | 4643107 fonzannoon
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When do people just decide that they would rather own bawnds and the 10yr avalanches down to 2% while the stock market tanks 25%.....soon?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:53 | 4643139 new game
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spot on fonz-it will be there-has too or the wheels come off. japUSAn

bonds seeing bid no matter what equities do-trend in place.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:59 | 4643181 Dr. Engali
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That won't happen until bonds have made their move. By that time Wallstreet will be waiting to unload their bonds on retail.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:47 | 4643110 McMolotov
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Stop putting your military on bases within the borders of your own country!!!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:52 | 4643131 headhunt
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Yeah! Do like we (USA) do and put your military everywhere except along our own borders!

Wait... What?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:15 | 4643289 Leaping Lizard
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USSA arms build-up in Washington, Iowa.  MRAP parked in front of police station awaiting further gas authorization from the city council.  From Tass satellite photograph.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:18 | 4643310 BandGap
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Fuck, they're spring cleaning. I always put shit in the driveway, on the lawn when I start getting shit ready for summer. Maybe some of this stuff is for sale, that's what I've done with some of my junk outside in the driveway. See any prices or are they all negotiable?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:48 | 4643113 rtalcott
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What a bunch of nice closely grouped targets....if they were serious they would be dispersed.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:11 | 4643267 disabledvet
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tanks and helicopters? i've never heard of such things!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:30 | 4643388 thamnosma
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I don't believe the Russians fear NATO bombing on those bases.  That's not going to happen.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643115 buzzardsluck
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General Breedlove, love it on so many levels.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:56 | 4643167 toys for tits
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Half brother of Dr. Strangelove?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643116 Captain Benny
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No worry, Obama will fuck up his own agenda again.   Putin just has to wait for Obama to trip on his own feet.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643117 Chupacabra-322
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"I must break you."

-Vladir Putin.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643118 new game
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hmmm, too much easy target in tight groups-not good stategy...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:53 | 4643144 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Or old surplus junk grouped together on purpose.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:55 | 4643157 TruthTalker
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why does anyone believe anything Nato or the US gvt tells us?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:17 | 4643301 disabledvet
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because they're a bunch of wussies and refuse to do anything?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:34 | 4643417 Leaping Lizard
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Norwegian Gen. Anders "Fogh of War" Rasmussen, COO of the Libyan genocide, is now instructing Putin on diplomacy.  lol

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:22 | 4643733 holgerdanske
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Danish! Not Norwegian, there is a difference you know.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:14 | 4643277 Zero Debt
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There is always the nuclear option.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:49 | 4643119 BiteMeBO
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Satellite pics over U.S. will show similar military build-ups. 

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:55 | 4643161 headhunt
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Yeah, but never along our borders - unfortunately

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:07 | 4643231 new game
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we have no borders, we police the globe. soon the world will define borders again as in a missing plane showing up...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:06 | 4643224 Drachma
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Satellite pics over local U.S. county police stations will show similar military build-ups.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:50 | 4643124 Global Hunter
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Was NATO surprised that Russia does indeed in fact have jets on Russian air bases and tanks on Russian army bases? 

Are they not getting exhausted acting like this?  Is NATO's strategy to just bluster and bore all of humanity into submission?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:04 | 4643215 Winston Churchill
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Massing means something else to me.Like armor parked in fields like GM dealer stuffing cars.

Just looks like the regular muster for any military base anywhere.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:33 | 4643411 thamnosma
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Moreover, they have not released "before" and "after" pics, so we haven't a clue whether those are standard staffing levels.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:50 | 4643125 ...out of space
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good think that we got drone?


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:50 | 4643128 Toolshed
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What a load of crap. Without "before" pix, this is meaningless propoganda. But, what else would you expect from nato stooges.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:59 | 4643184 toys for tits
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Even with the pics isn't any sovereign nation's right to put its assets anywhere it wants on its territory, especially military hardware on military bases.

I remember when they'd parade that shit down city streets.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 11:18 | 4643130 Dr. Engali
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Pfftt....That's nothing. I see more armaments  parked in the local arsenal .

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