Russia "Forced" To Launch Drill On Ukraine Border In Response To "NATO Build Up", Will Involve Fighter Jets

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says that Russia will begin "defense drills" today, forced to react to the situation in southeast Ukraine and, more improtantly, the NATO build up, the first time Russia has explicitly reacted to the military build up of the military alliance. There are already tanks amassing within meters of the border (as the following clip indicates), and


It is now entirelyclear that the "truce" deal is dead as both sides not only escalate but blame each other for the un-de-escalation. Russia's move - after US and NATO's expansions this week - leaves the situation as bad as it has been since tensions began.

As Bloomberg reports,

Drills to involve planes working near state borders, troops along Ukrainian border, Interfax reports, citing Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.


Shoigu says Russia forced to react to situation in southeast Ukraine: Interfax


Shoigu says drills began today, Interfax reports

Interfax confirms...




Finally, from RT:

Russia has begun extensive military exercises on its Ukrainian border following the escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine.


The order to use force against civilians has already been given, and if this military machine is not stopped, the amount of casualties will only grow,” Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said during an official meeting in Moscow.


“We are forced to react to the situation.”


Shoigu said that the drills involve march and deployment exercises by forces in the southern and western military districts, and separate Air Force maneuvers.

And as the following so far uncofnrimed clip shows, the troops are already allegedly within meters of the border...

Finally, RIA notes the explicit warning from Russia: 

  • Ukraine risking large number of casualties w/ military operation in southeast of country: RIA

Final warning?

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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:10 | 4690101 nuclearsquid
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pew pew pew

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:14 | 4690140 fightthepower
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Putin should attack now!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:16 | 4690150 Haus-Targaryen
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Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:19 | 4690174 ApollyonDestroy
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Scorched earth! Stalin style!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:51 | 4690603 Occident Mortal
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When the Chinese were faced with similar US action they shot down satellites but still Washington didn't pull out of the South China Sea. Washington didn't get the message until the Chinese boycotted a Treasury action in May 2007resulting in a 25bps jump which imploded Bear Stearns and the rest is history. It didn't take long before the US fleet was back in the South China Sea, so the Chinese resorted to launching ICBM's from US coastal waters. Again Washington didn't blink and so we had a second Chinese boycott which forced Abenomics on the world.


What will Russia do? They don't have Chinese levels of sway in the US Treasury market, but they sure as hell can boycott the petrodollar.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:01 | 4690652 The Big Ching-aso
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We need to start WWIII in order to see if we can end it.

General Pelosi

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:12 | 4690688 old naughty
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...and we are "forced" into it.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:16 | 4690703 The Big Ching-aso
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War is hard on peace. Peace is hard on war. Maybe we can shoot for something in between.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:24 | 4690743 Anusocracy
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If Russia were to use drones it would be perfectly acceptable.

Just say that the Ukrainian troops were harboring Al CIAda terrorists or that it was a wedding party dressed in army fatigues.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:10 | 4690944 Ying-Yang
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Eastern Europe Frets About NATO’s Ability to Curb Russia

"it will take more than a change of emphasis to re-energize a military alliance that has badly eroded since 1989. The United States is responsible for 75 percent of NATO military spending, and only a handful of European countries meet the alliance’s target of having military budgets of 2 percent of gross domestic product."

"In 2013, among the few NATO countries that met the 2 percent target, according to NATO figures, were the United States, at 4.1 percent, and Britain, at 2.4 percent. Estonia was at 2 percent, and Greece, though debt-saddled, spent 2.3 percent. France was at 1.9 percent, and Turkey and Poland were at 1.8 percent, while Italy spent only 1.2 percent of its G.D.P.

Two new members, Spain and Hungary, along with two apparently vulnerable Baltic countries, Latvia and Lithuania, spent less than 1 percent. Even wealthy Germany spent only 1.3 percent. Over all, European members of NATO were at 1.6 percent."

No one doubts NATO’s capacity to stand up to Russia militarily. But if Mr. Putin sees opinion in NATO as “divided or undecided about whether Latvia’s security has the same value as Germany’s, then he may challenge it,” Mr. Pabriks said.

“If he does, and NATO doesn’t respond in force, NATO is dead,” he added. “We have to give a clear signal that this is a red line, not a red line as in Syria, but that if you cross this line we will shoot.”

United States is responsible for 75 percent of NATO military spending... (note to US taxpayers)

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 14:05 | 4691592 Oracle 911
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NATO is already dead,  just nobody noticed it, until today.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:22 | 4690984 zerozulu
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US moves in Black sea, Russia moves to Union pay Card. Next move???

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:55 | 4690888 TahoeBilly2012
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Send the French in first!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:59 | 4690909 samcontrol
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sure, so you can lie and say you did better.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:12 | 4690958 Wile-E-Coyote
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They have already surrendered. To no one in particular.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:18 | 4690975 samcontrol
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surrender , retreat same shit ..
look at the present and your puss president.

and I am fucking sick of this old WWII French surrendering pussies.

Do you think any force in the world who have stopped those tanks in 1940..dipshit.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:50 | 4691112 Pickleton
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"any force in the world"


Winter seemed to do some pretty good damage.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:02 | 4690656 disabledvet
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How the hell do you boycott the petrodollar when you're about to invade and occupy a country far larger and more prosperous than Texas will ever be?

Seems to me the problem is with any counter reaction...not with "destroying a country because it was never a country to begin with."

I do agree "final warning."

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 13:09 | 4691191 Element
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" the Chinese resorted to launching ICBM's from US coastal waters."

No man, that was the Romulans.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:23 | 4690194 Headbanger
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This is NOT going to end well...


Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:33 | 4690245 Truthseeker2
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All Hell Breaks Loose In 2014


Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:18 | 4690464 SumTing Wong
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Cue Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" about here. And the deer. Because this will catch a lot of American sheeple by surprise.

I'm going to see if I can find some more ammo someplace. If they ever get over this foreplay and get to the actual shooting, it might be difficult to find more of my favorite calibers...

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:34 | 4690520 666
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Can somebody please explain why the USSA spends $700B each year on the military when our only "weapon" is economic sanctions?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:34 | 4690672 Drifter
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Because we're seeing a new paradigm unfold where Russia / China / asian alliance have drawn a line in the sand US military won't cross.

So "economic sanctions" are the only thing left and they have to be limited because any sanction they put on Russia has negative impact on US and / or Europe.

Bottom line, US has met its match in Ukraine, not the puny pro-russian resistance movement, but the entire military might of Russia on the border ready to roll in and rescue them.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:47 | 4690840 Aussie V
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I'm convinced that this is a trap for Russia. The US has used every provocation it can. It would be reasonable to think that these provocations were conscious and, intentional.

However, there is a chance that the leaders of the US have no idea what they're doing? which is scarier!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:54 | 4690881 dontgoforit
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"...the end will come like a thief in the night..."  Quickly, brazenly, silently.  Reckon now would be a good time to get your affairs in order with God.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:05 | 4690928 666
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I often wonder if the USSA's plan is to deliberately start a war. This way, they can blame the coming economic collapse on it instead of their own incompetence, and Congress can even profit by it at the expense of everyone else.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 13:39 | 4691404 Drifter
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Start what war? Russia against who? US has no military presence in Ukraine to speak of, and NATO isn't about to get involved. So Russia against who? What war?

Yes USD collapse is coming. Yes they'll try to scapegoat someone, and Russia is the most likely scapegoat.

But there won't be a war. No problem, US will come up with some economic way to blame Russia.

Not that it matters, you won't care who is to blame when your dollars lose 70% of their value.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:33 | 4691051 tarsubil
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I got some bad news for you. They have no idea.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:12 | 4690685 Cathartes Aura
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corporate fascism being the operating system here?

behind the curtain, war is profit.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:46 | 4690579 MeMongo
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Hey Sumting please do tell if you find any 22lr!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:28 | 4690216 Gringo Viejo
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This should be good for another $20 drop in gold.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:31 | 4690236 Haus-Targaryen
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I figure this is appropriate here

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:46 | 4690576 Overfed
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Alright, we get it. Stop spamming every thread already.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:59 | 4690644 Groundhog Day
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Rothschild always said to buy stocks when the first gun shot goes off.  Get ready to buy boys and girls....SPX 1900 party is coming and the champaigne bowl is FULL

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:11 | 4690683 Oldrepublic
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rothschild quote:

"Buy when there's blood in the streets, even if the blood is your own."

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:33 | 4690778 Leaping Lizard
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We may hope that some day it will be their own and the Rothschild clan can be exterminated.  But never one roach.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:55 | 4690889 slightlyskeptical
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How did buying on Lehman's blood work out. Buy once the early blood has had a chance to dry.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:43 | 4690280 MeMongo
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Yeah because once our Pres motumbo gets finished bowing to that little Japanese robot, he will surely have some sort of definitive statement to issue!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:10 | 4690436 FMR Bankster
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Another red line is coming for sure.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:25 | 4690489 wee-weed up
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After Putin growls at him...

It will be a brown line!

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:41 | 4690560 onewayticket2
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obama, biden and kerry are scouring the world quietly handing out $$ in exchange for allegience....lines are being drawn.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:19 | 4690994 Pesky Labrador
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To bad $$$ isn't worth the paper it is printed on and most countries know this.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:56 | 4690360 Kirk2NCC1701
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1. The US desperately needs to front-run the EU-Asia trade that avoids the USD.

2. The US desperately needs to front-run "Oil sales w/o USD" (China, Iran, Russia...)

3. The Fed is desperate in its UST sales to genuine lenders -- other than the note swaps with the ECB (Brussels).

THE USD WILL GET DUMPED AS THE GRC.  THE US NEEDS WAR.  If not to prevent the USD dump, but to blame someone:  Russia.

All else is Kabuki theater for the sheeple:  Remain calm.  Do not panic.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:11 | 4690437 cro_maat
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Totally agree. I wonder whether the White Powder trade controlled by the CIA out of Afganistan doesn't work as well as when the British cultivated in India and sold it China for gold / silver or whether the CIA just doesn't share with the US Treasury anymore. Either way the $ is toast.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:15 | 4690145 Thought Processor
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Perhaps today really will mark the start (as some have predicted, long ago).

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:18 | 4690172 blabam
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Got link?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:18 | 4690173 nuclearsquid
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what, is this some numerology thing you refer to?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:52 | 4690341 Thought Processor
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Some planet Alignment thing.   i just remember seeing it linked to this date some time ago.  

Ok, looked it up- it's called the 'Cardinal Grand Cross' occuring 23/24/25 april 2014.


Last happened 8000 years ago.  Supposed to be linked to drastic changes or something.



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