The US accused Russia of seeking to "change the security landscape" of Eastern and Central Europe. In a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Kremlin to "leave Ukraine in peace" and warned: "Nato territory is inviolable we will defend every single inch of it."
Ukraine Crisis continues to worsen ~ link ~ The day began with the police station and administration building Konstantinovska being overrun; next the airport at Kramatorsk was attacked with rocket propelled grenades and then the mayor of Kharkiv was shot in the back. It ended in a vicious ambush on a demonstration in Donetsk. While America and the European Union impose new sanctions on Russia, violence and turmoil continues unabated in eastern Ukraine.
The attempted murder of Gennady Kernes, the mayor of the country’s second-largest city, raised fears that prominent public figures were being targeted for assassination. Last night he was “fighting for his life”, said his spokesman, after emergency surgery, with blame for the shooting leveled at both the Kremlin and extreme right wing groups.
Eastern Ukraine slips further into all-out chaos as violence flares and mayor shot ~ link ~ The mayor of Ukraine's second largest city was fighting for his life on Monday after an assassination attempt in broad daylight and an eruption of street violence in Donetsk dragged the east of the country further into chaos.
Russia's defence minister condemned "provocative" US and Nato comments.
The sanctions are part of an escalating conflict between Russia and the Western imperialist powers triggered by the February 22 fascist-led putsch that installed the current regime in Kiev. The world is teetering on the brink of war as the government in Kiev launches a US-backed crackdown on eastern Ukraine protests and Russia threatens to intervene militarily to defend ethnic Russians. The latest round of sanctions are escalating these tensions and threatening to provoke a trade war.
“I think what happened in Crimea turned out to be a big shock for Western partners. They can’t tolerate it. And they see the same scenario in southeastern Ukraine,” he told Gazeta.ru.
Seven feared dead in eastern Siberia after munitions depot explosions ~ link ~ An accident??? Stirling
17 people have so far requested medical help. Earlier, a health ministry representative confirmed to the RIA Novosti news agency that 10 people were injured, with one of them being in a critical condition.About 400 people have been evacuated from nearby towns and villages.
There were reportedly about 20 explosions at the ammunitions depot after a fire in a nearby forest reached it, the Interfax news agency reported earlier, citing sources in law enforcement.
UK and France deploy 8 fighter jets to Poland and Lithuania ~ link ~ The British Typhoons and the French Rafales, which are the planes being deployed, are 4.5 Generation fighters, among the very best on Earth. Stirling
UK and France deployed eight fighter jets to Lithuania and Poland to strengthen NATO air defense over the Baltic regions amid rising tensions in Ukraine, according to officials.
Out of the eight planes, four UK Typhoon jets touched down in Lithuania and another four French Rafale jets landed in Poland’s northeast town of Malbork, UK and French defense ministries stated.
Russia urgently assembles Medical Brigades for Ukraine invasion ~ link ~ It is not clear if these units have already been deployed, but the report indicates that there is a high level of urgency associated with the request to assemble the brigades and prepare them specifically for a confrontation in the Ukraine.
Coupled with some 150,000 troops from Russia and Ukraine massing at the border, it looks as if the Russians may be preparing for an imminent strike and are now awaiting an order from President Vladimir Putin, who according to RussianNavyBlog has spent time consulting with his spiritual adviser over the last two days.
Former Congressman Ron Paul: US sanctions against Russia are an Act of War ~ link ~ Former GOP congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says US sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis are an act of war, adding that the American people are tired of US-imposed wars. When you block the trade of goods and services with a particular country, it may not be quite as bad as dropping bombs, but it is a “symbol of a war,” Paul told Britain’s Channel 4 News on Monday.
The American people want no part of a conflict with Russia, just as they wanted no part in a war against Syria last summer, but the US administration is still “playing games” by threatening Russia and adding sanctions, Paul added.
Russia says US astronauts could be hurt by sanctions as Ukrainian violence flairs ~ link ~ Moscow reacted with fury to the inclusion in the sanctions of high-tech exports to Russia and threatened reprisals. "If their aim is to deliver a blow to Russia's rocket-building sector, then by default, they would be exposing their astronauts on the ISS," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said, according to the Interfax news agency. "Sanctions are always a boomerang which come back and painfully hit those who launched them," added Rogozin on a visit to Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in March.
American public turn Anti-War...Warmongers desperately reply, "But war is good for us" ~ link ~ The war whores are serving their leader, Satan, who loves the horror, lust, evil, and murder of modern war. Stirling
“I believe the US government accelerated and artificially created this crisis,” said Brian Becker, the national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, a US-based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations.
“The US government having created a sort of chaotic situation has to blame someone, so they’re blaming the Putin government, they’re pointing the finger at the government in Moscow,” Becker told Press TV in a phone interview on Tuesday.
The report said the jet is not even effective in “jamming enemy radar”, adding the US Defense Department is spending “hundreds of billions of dollars” for a “fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft.”
It said the F-35 is even “susceptible to detection by radars operating in the VHF bands of the spectrum.” The report said Russian armed forces have been armed with a “highly counterstealth radar system” – unveiled at an air show near Moscow last August – that is able to “track small targets once the VHF radar has detected them.”
Speculation about the US fighter comes at a time US President Barack Obama is apparently set to turn the ongoing crisis in Ukraine into a war with Russia.
He underlined that the language of sanctions would be counterproductive and does not help deescalate the tumult in Ukraine, adding, "The participation of Japan in the attempts of exercising pressure can no way allow the easing of the tension in Ukraine."
Salmond: Agree to Scottish EU membership or face bands ~ link ~ Scotland first minister has warned that a dozen of European countries could be barred from Scottish waters if an independent Scotland is refused European Union membership.
The independence referendum, due to be held on September 18, could result in Scotland’s break-up from the UK after more than 300 years of political union.
The Real Unemployment Rate: In 20% of American families EVERYONE is Unemployed ~ link ~ According to shocking new numbers that were just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of American families do not have a single person that is working. So when someone tries to tell you that the unemployment rate in the United States is about 7 percent, you should just laugh. One-fifth of the families in the entire country do not have a single member with a job. That is absolutely astonishing. How can a family survive if nobody is making any money? Well, the answer to that question is actually quite easy. There is a reason why government dependence has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Without enough jobs, tens of millions of additional Americans have been forced to reach out to the government for help. At this point, if you can believe it, the number of Americans getting money or benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.