The leaders of Germany and France met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Thursday. After the meeting, Poroshenko said that the talks indicated that a ceasefire was possible in eastern Ukraine. He also thanked EU leaders for their “unity and solidarity on the Ukrainian question.”
Kerry in Kiev: Shifting blame from Porky's government as US moves towards arming Coup Junta ~ link ~
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Ukraine to discuss Kiev’s plea for weapons, laid all of the blame for the conflict’s escalation on Russia, and disregarded Kiev’s intensified assault on rebel-held areas.
On Thursday, the White House admitted that possible military assistance from the US to Ukraine could increase bloodshed in the region. Earlier in the day, Kerry said Washington preferred a diplomatic solution to the conflict and argued “Russian aggression” was the greatest threat to Ukraine.
Following his meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Kerry told journalists it was impossible to ignore "tanks crossing the border from Russia" and “Russian fighters in unmarked uniforms crossing the border, and leading individual companies of so-called separatists in battle."
Europe reticent about supplying the Ukraine with weapons and money ~ link ~
A single day of warfare in eastern Ukraine drains the nation’s ailing economy of millions of euros, the Ukrainian president told German media. Poroshenko is asking for money and arms, but so far no European state has agreed to supply weapons to Kiev.
The military crackdown in the eastern regions of Ukraine, which has already claimed the lives of at least 5,300 people, is ruining Ukraine’s economy. “A day of war costs €5-7 million, infrastructure has been destroyed, and industrial downturn has reached 20 percent,” President Petro Poroshenko acknowledged in an exclusive interview with Germany’s Die Welt media outlet.
NATO increases military power in Europe: 30,000 troops and 6 rapid reactions units ~ link ~ The propaganda narrative is that these forces are necessary because of Russian "aggression", and anyone who has followed what has been happening in the Ukraine knows that it is NOT Russia that is the aggressor but Globalist - Zionist controlled NATO. They are using an old tactic, spreading fear, to get the Sheeple to go along with another great war ... however, this time with 21st Century weapons of mass destruction, it will end all human life (but for the return of Christ as the Bible says). Stirling
These six Rapid Deployment Force units to be stationed in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania are expected to be capable of rapidly reinforcing the region” in response to any threat from Russia,” Reuters reports.
Ukrainian Coup Parliament passes a law allowing army deserters to be shot ~ link ~ The fascist Coup Junta seeks to impose a rapid attitude adjustment on its troops. The Junta senior members had better be careful, because if the Russians ever have enough of their provocations and move on Kiev, the 'rapid attitude adjustment' just might be theirs!!! Stirling
Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law which authorizes commanding officers to use physical force against army defectors. It comes as the latest military draft has seen a lack of enthusiasm on the part of potential soldiers.
Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday with 260 MPs in favor - only 226 votes were needed to pass the law. The new article 22(1) added to the charter regulating service in the armed forces of Ukraine states that commanders “have the right to personally use physical force, special means, and weapons when in combat” against soldiers who commit “criminal acts.”
Under criminal acts the law lists “disobedience, resistance or threat to use force against the commander, voluntary abandonment of military positions and certain locations of military units in areas of combat missions.”
An explanatory note to the document says that currently there are mass violations of military discipline, in particular, desertion from units and drinking alcohol, as well failure to execute commanders’ orders.
Greek situation unfolding rapidly now ~ link ~
The Greek minister of finance also has launched some ideas which actually make a lot of sense. They already seem to have stepped back from the demand to take a haircut on the value of the debt (unsurprisingly as we already saw through this strategic move in our previous column) and have now proposed debt swaps of which a part will be linked to nominal economic growth of Greece, which is actually a good plan. Another idea was to convert the debt owed to the ECB into perpetual bonds which actually is a naughty strategy to just keep on postponing the repayment of the outstanding debt.
The ECB agrees with our point of view and has already announced it doesn’t want to play ball. But what’s more interesting in this situation is that the Greeks have now effectively increased the pressure on the ECB and more importantly, central banker Draghi has now been put in the middle of a political mine field. If he takes one wrong step, the entire situation will explode.
It will be very interesting to see how this situation could be solved, but in just 48 hours, Greece was able to blow up the troika (increasing the likelihood of chaos erupting) despite the strong ties between the three partners. The situation has evolved into a chess game and the next strategic move by any of the parties involved will be important as it could push the entire Eurozone over the edge as a lot of other countries are watching how this situation is unfolding. Should the Greeks be successful in their attempts to play hardball, then there’s no reason why Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland wouldn’t try it as well.
When the illusion that the Status Quo can fulfill all its promises to everybody dies, the Status Quo starts the terminal slide to effective collapse.