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Boots On The Ground In Ukraine: "I Needed To See This For Myself"

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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Looking back over the past ten years, I can’t even begin to describe all the experiences I’ve had in Ukraine.

For a while, I actually owned a business based here. I’ve been travelling here frequently for years. I still have many friends here. Some of our employees are based here. And Kiev is one of the cities in the world that I know best.

Yet even after all of that, I still can’t make heads or tails of this place.

Consider this: by 2004, people in Ukraine were desperate from economic hardship and de facto mafia rule.

They held a runoff election in November of that year– an illusion of choice– between Viktor Yanukovich and Viktor Yushenko. Yushenko was viewed as the breath of fresh air. The ‘change’ candidate.

And when it became clear that Yanukovich had rigged the election in his favor, people went out into the streets to demand change.

They called it the Orange Revolution. And it ended after two months of bloodshed when Yushenko, the ‘good guy’ was finally sworn in as president. Happy days were to follow. Hope and change, all that jazz.

Fast forward a few years.

By 2010, Yushenko had proven himself to be an utter disappointment. Corrupt. Incompetent. Out of touch. When he ran for re-election that year, President Yushenko garnered a pitiful 5% of the vote.

This is amazing when you think about it: the candidate that the people of Ukraine went out into the streets and spilled their blood for received just 5% of the votes in his re-election.

So who did the people elect that year? Viktor Yanukovich… the very person they had fought against in 2005.

Yanukovich was a known criminal. Literally, a convicted felon. Ukrainians spilled their blood fighting against him in 2004… then elected him President in 2010.

Unsurprisingly Mr. Yanukovich spent the next several years pillaging the country of every possible resource for his own benefit. And a few years later– revolution #2.

People went back out in the streets to fight against government forces and oust Yanukovich. Since then, the currency has tanked. Banks are nearly insolvent. GDP is falling. And there’s insurrection in the East.

Now they have a new President– a chocolate billionaire who formerly sat on the executive council of the Ukrainian central bank. And he’s mobilizing the entire country to fight the rebels, fight the Russians.

People are forced into serving in the very same government forces they were fighting against just months ago, all to re-annex a region of the country that isn’t even of Ukrainian ethnicity.

The entire world is getting involved now. With the downing of MH-17, it has become impossible to stay neutral… and the US in particular is doing everything it can to escalate the situation.

Actions have consequences.

And just as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand 100 years ago led politicians to make a series of pitiful, short-sighted decisions that led the world into the most destructive war it had ever seen, today’s ‘leaders’ are raising the stakes towards an even more destructive kind of war.

This new kind of war is fought with bits and bonds rather than steel. But it’s one that affects almost everyone on the planet.

Change is very clearly afoot. And it’s time to start paying very close attention to the canary in the coalmine.

Just as I was in Iraq a few weeks ago to see the ISIS mess for myself, I had to come back to Ukraine and see what’s happening with my own eyes.

Join me in our newest podcast episode to explore this further– what to watch out for, how it may unfold, and what you can do about it:

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Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:09 | 5019582 Spitzer
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If we like it or not, the fuckface asshole cocksuckers and the petrodollar are winning.

Merkle threw in the towl..

Putin, its your move next.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:12 | 5019587 strannick
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A fricking gargoyle like John McCain, or an aspiring political hack like Mike Rogers are going to bang the drums of war, and paste the media with their vicious mugs as they clamour for war, to kill the young and bomb the innoncent.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:13 | 5019589 svayambhu108
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Boots in the ass, Kazachok

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:16 | 5019593 hedgeless_horseman
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Meaningless distractions, Simon. 

It's all about cheap and reliable gas for Europeans.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:20 | 5019618 Atomizer
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Regarding the gas issues, pull my finger. Limited distribution gas chain at your service.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:23 | 5019631 Jackagain
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Watch that Mexican food LB ;-)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:27 | 5019641 Atomizer
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Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:31 | 5019657 max2205
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You are stupid or a brave fucking soul.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:50 | 5019732 TahoeBilly2012
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"This new kind of war is fought with bits and bonds rather than steel. But it’s one that affects almost everyone on the planet."

Gee Simon for all your courageous world beating travel, I would think you might say something smarter than this. Go ask the women and children in Donbass whether it's a "digital" battlefield.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:33 | 5020663 BOPOH
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Guy is just a typical american embecil full with american syndrome shit. Masturbate publically is their favorite activity.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:21 | 5019624 Jackagain
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They don't care about NG that much....it's always the Dollar. Just like in Iraq (Saddam selling oil for Euros), Libya (Ghaddfi starting a gold backed Dinar)...

Look at the date of these articles:



Coincidence? The US has mega NG...we would be happy to sell it to Europe as LNG.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:30 | 5019637 ZerOhead
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1) We don't have a much NG as we think we have.

2) They will freeze in hell long before we can liquify and ship it to them.

3) Selling will decrease our own supply and run our heating and elecrticity prices through the roof.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:35 | 5019666 Jackagain
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The USA doesn't go to war with Russia over NG...and risk another large scale war in Europe to boot over anything other than the Dollar. 


It's a free printing press system better than a money tree...they don't have to wait. If the US loses dollar hedgemony, the value of the dollar will crash and people will vote everyone out.

It's about power and money...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:44 | 5019681 ZerOhead
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4)  Biden Jr. isn't over there to frack for dollars.


The battle is for control OVER Europe and the economic and political isolation of Russia.

(The Europeans are just too dumb (or compromised) to figure it out yet.)

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:51 | 5019731 Chupacabra-322
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But wait, the plot thickens:

The Ukrainian government intends to introduce a temporary 1.5% military duty, which will be an addition to the personal income tax.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk told a briefing on Monday the duty, if introduced, will stay in effect until the end of this year.

“There will be another temporary tax, a 1.5% military duty, which will be an addition to the personal income tax. It will only be until the end of this year. This 1.5% will go directly to the Armed Forces,” he said.

The Ukrainian Finance Ministry estimates that the introduction of this military duty will help accumulate UAH 2.9 billion, which will be used for financing the defense sector.


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:57 | 5019750 Not Too Important
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Has anyone noticed an increase in strange behaviours in the general public lately? Within the last week or two. It seems like most people are in some kind of low-level panic, and don't look like they would be able to explain why.

Kind of like animals panicking before an earthquake. I don't know if they know why, they just do.

Worse than I've ever seen in my fairly long life. Very weird.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:03 | 5019775 ZerOhead
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On a new prescription perhaps?

The heads are still down on the oblivious herds of MSM grazing sheeple that I'm looking at...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:33 | 5020333 Taku
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Temporary tax.

Sounds familiar...

Nah, must be a 2014 thing.


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:10 | 5020829 7.62x54r
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like the Spanish-American War telephone tax?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:09 | 5019807 Seek_Truth
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Simple: They can no longer afford their SSRI meds.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:34 | 5019891 BlindMonkey
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I feel it too. Folks are nervous.

Personally I know I have the same, ever present sense of dread I had in the summer of '08. I feel it coming.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:40 | 5022505 BigJim
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It's called paranoia. If we didn't have it, we wouldn't be here reading about this shit.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:27 | 5020347 scrappy
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Even Sheep have instincts.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:32 | 5020375 potato
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chill... EBT gets refilled on the 3rd

stay away from grocery stores and freeways for the following two weeks and you'll be fine.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:38 | 5020400 acetinker
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I dunno if you ascribe to woo-woo stuff at all, but here goes;  Just over a year and a half ago, the Mayan Long Count restarted, and we're also in the middle of Strauss & Howe's theoretical 'fourth turning', which is based on earthly historical observation.  The Mayans based their calendar on astrology, and were somehow able to discern that solar system cycles repeat at roughly 26,000 year intervals.  Strauss and Howe's cycles are much shorter- 80 years if I recall.

But to answer your question, yes.  I don't feel at ease in any way, shape or form (I do spend a lot of time at doom porn sites ;).

My wife of damn-near 37 years has become dismissive to the point of disdain, and my business associates seem to view the near future with a fair amount of trepidation.

Good times, I tell ya'!  Good times!

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:00 | 5019762 ZerOhead
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Sweet Jesus...

They can't even pay the interest on the debt they already owe for the European bank loan money that was stolen by their oligarch leaders.

Now another tax on the serfs. I wonder how those cold showers in Kiev are going to feel in December...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:37 | 5019896 BlindMonkey
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Most likely quite invigorating.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:35 | 5019662 Escrava Isaura
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US is a net gas importer

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:44 | 5019694 Jackagain
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US NG production in Bakken, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Haynesville Shale etc. is in it's infancy. 



It's wouldn't matter if we imported 100% of our NG...we aren't going to war with a nuclear power like Russia over anything but the Dollar.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 18:18 | 5019835 Escrava Isaura
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Not sure the meaning of infancy… So I will go with most won't hit preschool.

You last paragraph is right. And here is why:

The international market gave the U.S. unprecedented freedom of action in pursuing its foreign affairs goals. A trade surplus made it easier to keep armies abroad and to invest outside the U.S., and because other nations could not sustain foreign deployments, the U.S. had the power to decide why, when and how to intervene in global crises. The dollar continued to function as a compass to guide the health of the world economy, and exporting to the U.S. became the primary economic goal of developing or redeveloping economies. This arrangement came to be referred to as the Pax Americana, in analogy to the Pax Britannica of the late 19th century and the Pax Romana of the first. (See Globalism)


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:30 | 5020357 potato
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All the Bakken NG is getting flared... very few pipes have been installed because all the wells are so far apart in middle of nowhere. they could have completed a NG refinery recently, but still, building infrastructure to deliver gas to it is very costly

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:44 | 5020719 Escrava Isaura
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I had given up. These people never heard of “The Oil Drum” and “The Peak Oil Barrel” analyses on energy.


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:35 | 5019668 CrashisOptimistic
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Gas and oil not mentioned in the article.  How useful can it be?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:38 | 5019682 Escrava Isaura
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So what do you make of gold?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:04 | 5019981 COSMOS
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So what do you make of dumb questions?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:55 | 5020178 Escrava Isaura
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Actually, my intent was to get a negative response on gold by Crash.

Then, go from there.

It didn't work the way I expected!

So dumb it is!

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:59 | 5021373 adeptish
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Esc Is

The bold is getting old...

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:16 | 5019597 Deathrips
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Germany will be using Russian gas to BBQ Merkles traitor ass come December.



Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:58 | 5019758 Not Too Important
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She hasn't completely folded yet. But they're cleaning the grill, just in case.

Very interesting, her comment about not committing suicide. Like she has a choice.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:39 | 5020404 Taku
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This would get interesting.

Now what is a good anchor to peg to??


Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:22 | 5019611 Reptil
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huh? what are you talking about?
the sanctions? they're toothless, obviously. (too many exemptions)

Merkel is playing it very quiet, and so is Putin.
Kiev's army is disintegrating. Shelling with SS-21 heavy artillery (ballistic missile) is a desperate attempt to inflict damage (on civillians, which is tactically worthless) while not engaging the enemy.
A few more days and they're in muitiny and will come home, very pissed. To find IMF austerity and total corruption.

True, this whole thing is played out as propaganda war, as diplomatic "negotiations" but in order to secure an area, a fresh supply of soldiers/cannonfodder is needed.
And that's just not going to happen.

Anyone in Malaysia want to check this out and please post if it's true??

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 17:37 | 5019679 john39
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how much money can the zio oligarchs print for foreign mercs?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:06 | 5019825 cowdiddly
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I don't know, but they better get to printing some more. And, just so Simon will know ahead of time.

3 month Tally  announced as of today.

330 dead identified to be foreign mercenaries inside Ukraine.

Polish supplied Mercs: 139 dead

Greystone supplied: 40 pushin up daisies

Academi: 125 into the meatgrinder

And, 1 Swedish sniper who apparently just thought it would be a cool place to go shoot people. Captured. I hope he has a pair of jumper cables on his nut sack with a Diehardtm battry.

Oh, and yesterday, 4 tanks and a few armored vehicles destroyed near border, opened up the hatch, and inside?: Low and behold. 4 Deep black Taters. Not the high yeller kind like Obama, but genywine Missisippi blue gum genotype Cossacks.

DAZ RAYCIS I Know, But is'nt this what this is about? Ethnic cleansing of those damn subhumansz?

For some reason I get the feeling contract cost are going to go up. Lots of job openings.

Now Boeing wants to sent 700 armed special forces from the Netherlands I believe  to "inspect the crash site". Come on in the waters fine! Still a few old folks homes and Kindergartens to take out.

Could not happen to a better bunch of guys

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 19:41 | 5020152 Not Too Important
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I wish you had supplied a link, but probably close enough.

Who in their right mind would think they could tackle the Russians on their own doorstep? Especially since the only thing the Ukes/mercs are good at so far is killing women and children. This isn't going unnoticed across the Eastern world. Beyond Ukraine, everyone wonders who's next. Malaysia has clearly chosen a side. We know where China stands. Wait till Russia sends in Chinese peacekeepers. No reason to wait for the UN. Flood Ukraine with millions of PLA, full lockdown, and set up a conference in Paris with Henry Kissinger.

Crazy shit.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 20:53 | 5020461 tbd108
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You are assuming that the neo-cons (Nazis) are in their right mind. They are not. They have publically disavowed MAD (mutually assured destruction) and believe they can "win" a nuclear war (they are probably estimating only 20/30 million deaths. They are crazy, sociopathic devils.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:15 | 5020847 7.62x54r
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Those Academi pukes are going to get their asses handed to them.

Russians actually aim their weapons instead of holding down the bang-switch, shrugging, and saying "Insh'Allah". Afghanistan on steroids. And drones don't work when the opfor is techie enough to jam the fuckers.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 22:18 | 5020862 tbd108
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We can only hope.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 01:22 | 5021315 Kirk2NCC1701
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cowdiddly, about your avatar... it looks like Latina Lover's avatar cloned itself.  :-)

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:51 | 5022550 BigJim
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The only link to this info I can find is here:


maybe it's legit, maybe it's just another drop of misinformation in an ocean of lies.

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!