[It will be interesting to see how the MSM spins this one]
As it’s been reported by Russian media sources, on the night of August 8, two Ukrainian special forces squads attempted to breach Russia’s national border in the Crimea. This operation was organized by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, using armored vehicles to provided fire support to its operatives. Two Russian soldiers were killed in the firefight that followed, but Russian border guards managed to capture seven Ukrainian operatives alive.
Those operatives have already given incriminating testimonies, revealing that the goal of their operation was to carry out acts sabotage and terrorist attacks that were aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region during the pre-election period. To achieve this goal they were instructed to lay land mines on the Simferopol – Yalta highway to assassinate local elected officials who travel on this road often. The Ukrainian special forces squad carried a large number of weapons and explosives, media sources say.
Two days later, in anofficial statement, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced that Kiev would be better off seeking a peaceful solution to the situation in the Donbass region instead of trying to launch terrorist attacks in Russia.
According to Putin, both the EU and the US must take practical steps to hold Kiev authorities accountable, since the sponsors of the sitting Ukrainian government are to decide whether they want Kiev to commit criminal acts of aggression or engage in peaceful dialogue with the people of Donbass.
It’s hardly a secret that Ukraine has long become a center for illegal arms trade, while various terrorist groups from various region of the world have been finding safe heavens in this deteriorating state. This fact has been openly admitted by Reuters.
It is noteworthy that it was the United States that became the largest arms supplier to Ukraine, notes the UAWire, adding the military equipment shipped to Kiev was worth 117.5 million dollars. This information has been confirmed by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence. It should be noted that back in November, when Barack Obama signed the US defense budget for 2016, he allowed for the shipment of up to 300 million dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine, if the administration deems it necessary. The list of possible deliveries included small weapons, munitions, drones, anti-tank weapons and mortars.
Looking at the mild reaction in Washington to these events, one can’t help having the impression that the US decided to transform Ukraine in a sort of Afghanistan, while replacing Al-Qaeda it officially supported back in the Cold War days, with Nazi fighters today. Therefore, Kiev is actively encouraged to embark on various campaigns of state-sponsored terrorism which can possibly lead to more disastrous consequences.
With tensions building between Ukraine and Russia, Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear speaks with defense correspondent for the Nation, Michael Klare, about what the changing relations mean to NATO.
In a bid to stymie Chinese influence in the region, the Japanese government plans to deliver two patrol vessels to the Philippines, and provide surveillance aircraft.
"We are talking about big-sized, 90-meter long vessels," Masato Ohtaka, deputy foreign press secretary for Japan’s foreign ministry, told reporters.
Intelligence sources told the Washington Free Beacon earlier this week that Beijing has increased its number of security vessels around Scarborough Shoal, effectively crossing a "red line" set by the Obama administration.
"We are very concerned," Ohtaka said, adding that, "It’s not getting better in the East China Sea."