According to Georgia’s Foreign Ministry, on March 6 at about 12:20 LT, an Mi-8 utility chopper departed from South Ossetia, where Russia has maintained some forward operating bases since the 2008′s war with Georgia, and flew over several villages located to the northeast of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.
The chopper was followed later the same day (at 18.22 LT) by a Russian unspecified UAV Based in Abkhazia. It intruded Georgian airspace and flew over the village of Khurcha, near Zugdidi, in the country's west by the Black Sea. The reason of the airspace violations are unknown, but they are a sign of intense activity by the Russian Armed Forces not only in Ukraine but in the whole Black Sea region.
“From the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States has relentlessly pursued a strategy of encircling Russia, just as it has with other perceived enemies like China and Iran. It has brought 12 countries in central Europe, all of them formerly allied with Moscow, into the NATO alliance. US military power is now directly on Russia’s borders…This crisis is in part the result of a zero-sum calculation that has shaped US policy toward Moscow since the Cold War: Any loss for Russia is an American victory, and anything positive that happens to, for, or in Russia is bad for the United States. This is an approach that intensifies confrontation, rather than soothing it.”- Stephen Kinzer, “US a full partner in Ukraine debacle”, Boston Globe
“We have removed all of our heavy weapons from the European part of Russia and put them behind the Urals” and “reduced our Armed Forces by 300,000. We have taken several other steps required by the Adapted Conventional Armed Forces Treaty in Europe (ACAF). But what have we seen in response? Eastern Europe is receiving new weapons, two new military bases are being set up in Romania and in Bulgaria, and there are two new missile launch areas — a radar in Czech republic and missile systems in Poland. And we are asking ourselves the question: what is going on? Russia is disarming unilaterally. But if we disarm unilaterally then we would like to see our partners be willing to do the same thing in Europe. On the contrary, Europe is being pumped full of new weapons systems. And of course we cannot help but be concerned.”- Russian President Vladimir Putin, Munich Conference on Security Policy, February 2007
Ukraine: The End Game ~ link ~ On one level, the struggle over Ukraine is a deadly US/EU/Russian game of territory, involving governments, intelligence agencies, corporations, and banks.
But at a higher level, as usual, sit the elite Globalist players. And their motives are different. They see every conflict as an opportunity to negotiate the aftermath.
And that negotiation produces a codified structure of cooperation between the enemies that is larger than the previous structure.
Thousands of Mascovities rally in support of Crimea ~ link ~ More than 65,000 people gathered outside the walls of the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday, waving Russian flags and banners to express solidarity with authorities in Ukraine’s semi-autonomous Crimea region.
Crimea’s parliament speaker, Vladimir Konstantinov, attended the rally and spoke to the crowd, saying, "We know that Russia will never abandon us. The Russian people will always be with us."A similar pro-Russian rally was held in the mainly Russian-speaking Ukrainian city of Donetsk, where pro-Kiev protesters also staged a demonstration outside the regional state building.
Ukraine PM: Crimea referendum "will not be recognized" ~ link ~ Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says the "so-called referendum" on Crimea joining Russia will not be accepted by anyone in the civilised world.
So you might be wondering just where the European Union, and its constituent nations, scraped together the money to propose aid for Ukraine.
Well, wonder no more, because the following eight events might give you an idea of where governments go to get a little extra cash.
Also this week, a house committee gave final approval to HB1567, which bans the state from obtaining “location information of an electronic device without a warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause and on a case-by-case basis.” And HB1619 was previously approved by that same committee. That bill prohibits the acquisition, collection, or retention of personal information including “personal identifiers, content, and usage, given or available to third-party providers of information and services, including telephone; electric, water and other utility services; internet service providers; social media providers; banks and financial institutions; insurance companies; and credit card companies.”
Queensland received little rain in February, which is normally the wettest month of the year, local officials say. This contrasts to three years ago, when much of the state was flooded, forcing thousands to evacuate from their homes.