"Reports from the area of the Anti-Terrorist Operation, have repeatedly been mentioning the “Smerch” Multiple Rocket Launch System (MLRS) by Russian forces in Ukraine. In a report by Human Rights Watch on September 1, observers confirmed finding remnants of 300 mm Smerch rockets and cluster munitions delivered by 220 mm Uragan rockets.
Currently, Ukrainian soldiers say Russian forces are setting up Smerch launch rocket systems in Novoazovsk and aiming them at the city of Mariupol, the capital of the Donetsk region"
“This is the Smerch Multiple Rocket Launch System. The most horrific weapon on earth after nuclear weapons. Just in 40 seconds the Smerch can launch all of its 12 rockets. Its 300mm (11.8 inch)-diameter rockets can reach targets up to 90 km (56 miles) away and destroy everything alive in an area of 67 hectares (166 acres).
“The Smerch was adopted by the Soviet Army back in 1987, but even now no [non-nuclear] weapon can equal its destructive power…”
and another one
so it appears that people are being trained and prepared to start movements and probably take-overs of buildings in both countries - this is what the rumours and some bits of information say
well better now than too late
what was the most important tool to defend their occupied buildings and block roads
so get all dumps of tyres to burn the stuff (makes electricity) or export it far away
otherwise you may see them here like these - remember them ?
the two biggest social networks that Ukranians use are Russians which means that all their data is on Russian servers and in Russian hands and falls under Russian laws and is now controlled by friends of Putin who have ousted directors who were too independent
imagine that the Russians attack Mariupol this weekend saying that Ukr broke the truce - even if that is totally false
imagine that the NATO troops are in Ukraine and that there is an attack on Mariupol or tension on the border with Transdistnr or whatever
what will they do
sit back and watch ?
and what if a Russian missile is fired at NATO troops ?
a week of tension because the least thing we can say about Putin is that he is predictable :)
information like this has been going around but is now more insisting and has to be linked to information about troop movements of the Russian Troops in Transdistnr
meanwhile more than hundred new Russian tanks and artillery arrived in Rostock by Rail today and were transferred to trucks
a very good collection can be found here https://twitter.com/galandecZP especially of new transports during the truce.... no truce just an increased buildup
actions like these are taking place very day truce or no truce
and you thought they wouldn't test their latest Tools and every tool they had to be sure that they could win this war when it started again - or you just don't think that this is just a pauze
"During the 23 years of independence of Moscow has never renounced its territorial claims against neighboring Estonia. This is evidenced grown Russia "boil" under the name "Republic of Narva". This political project aimed at the destruction of the state of the Baltic countries, can be considered one of the Estonian Donbass, reports Espreso.TV .
Founded by the Danes in the XIII century, the third largest city in Estonia - Narva is located on the "far east" of the country, in fact, on the border with Russia. On the contrary - the Russian Ivangorod, which was once a city with Narva ("Narva" translates as "dual city"). Today, between the two cities is the border, and communication is carried out over the international bridge "Friendship", in which commuter and tourist buses cross the interstate Russian-Estonian border
Residents in Narva, there are about 70 thousand, and the vast majority are Russian, they are more than 90% of the total composition. TV stations in Narva also show mostly Russian.
In Narva, only 46.7% of city residents are Estonian citizens, 36.3% have Russian passports. Another 15.3% have a "gray" passports, that is, not having Russian citizenship, and they are non-citizens of Estonia. So, the election shall be entitled to vote only half of the residents of Narva"
and there is precedence to organize a referendum
"In 1991 and 1993, the Estonian part Prinarovya with predominantly Russian population (Ida-Viru County) attempted proclamation "Prinarovskoi republic" (by analogy with Transnistria), but has not been created even territorial autonomy.
Local authorities Estonian Prinarovya organized voting. Participated in the referendum, 74.2% of voters, 95.0% of whom voted for the preservation of the USSR."
"Twitter has a reputation as an open platform for expressing one's opinions. It's become a place for dissent and debate. It played a key role in the "Arab Spring" revolutions of the last couple of years.
But last week, it agreed to censor a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed in Russia. It also blocked a "blasphemous" account in Pakistan. It's not the first time Twitter has censored politically sensitive accounts. Now, it seems, Twitter's reputation as a platform for free speech is at risk.
and this has nothing to do with spam, viruses or other normal illegal acts but with normal democratic free speech that is surpressed in certain countries
by acting like that it in fact has become an instrument in the hands of the dictators and the autocrats even if for that it has to play a game of 'whack a mole'
every day and night one or two attacks on checkpoints and military material
and an interesting monthly wage - if they survive
if they are dead their family gets an undisclosed sum to shut up
"The world's worst Ebola epidemic has endangered harvests and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday, warning the problem would intensify in coming months.
The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed at least 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March.
Restrictions on people's movements and the establishment of quarantine zones to contain the spread of the hemorrhagic fever have led to panic buying, food shortages and price hikes in countries ill-prepared to absorb the shock.
"In the three countries severely affected by Ebola, the agriculture and food security situation is really deteriorating," said Vincent Martin, head of an FAO unit in Dakar that is coordinating the agency's response
other articles are speaking of a total breakdown of the local economies
and so it is not ebola that may be the real killer but the whole desintegration of the economy and the society because of the measures that have been implemented to contain it
trying to solve it with just some drip-drop medical aid will not change this and will demand an enormous effort later on
remember the first Ebola crisis was in isolated villages that were totally cut off from the rest of the world
now we are faced with some Ebola infections in some cities with enormous populations, sparking more fears than reality shows us (only 2.000 people dead on a target population of millions if the doomsayers are to be believed)
this is also important because all of them have some copyright clauses with privacy impacts
"On these terms, America is right to resist Russia if Putin seems truly bent on bullying his way to a redrawn map of Europe, but also right to try to keep working with Russia on matters of mutual concern such as Islamic militancy. And that same calculation will hold when Putin, as must happen eventually, exits the Kremlin, willingly or unwillingly, whether replaced by a new autocrat or a more democratic figure. Today’s heightened tension between the United States and Russia, conceivably the first chapter of a new cold war, with Europe as ambivalent as ever about its role, underscores that Russia is likely to remain one of America’s most vexing and formidable diplomatic challenges for a long time to come.
the reason is that we need to know where we have to work together or get 'silent acceptance' and where we have to give 'silent acceptance' to who in the Kremlin to get what and to stop what
it has and never will be a perfect science
because the Kremlin has as many secrets as the Vatican
"For Colonel Fang, Russia has the initiative. The U.S. lacks military options, and “Russia does not fear,” according to this Chinese analysis. Russia’s “actual control” over Crimea is a decisive factor in the present crisis that the Chinese have not missed. True, some other Chinese analysts have been more circumspect, pointing to the prospect of major losses to the Russian economy (国际问题研究, April 2014), but many others, such as a Xinhua Russian expert writing in May 2014, seem to follow Colonel Fang’s interpretation and admire “Russia’s rejection of the West’s global leadership, its defense of its core interests, and its lack of hesitation in becoming the enemy of the West.” (军事文摘, May 2014) It might be impossible to determine definitively whether the Ukraine Crisis has impacted China’s risk calculus in hotspots such as the South and East China Sea, but the evidence discussed above certainly suggests that such eastern reverberations are quite plausible
we forgot that before Ukraine everyone was looking to the South Chinese Sea for the next war or tension area and where - before the Krim invasion - the US was planning to replace its military forces (closing most of Europeans bases as not important enough) and planning to invest more in battle ships
this has now all changed off course
but the political leadership has not yet followed the military planners who are now transferring military hardware, knowledge and bases back to Eastern Europe (with Estonia becoming the next possible standoff with of without invasions, disruptions or incidents).
The Chinese are looking very closely at what is happening - and they also know that untill the US election of 2016 they have a window of opportunity
and they are not the only one
but one should remember that the US was very late to become involved in the two world wars and only slowly became embroiled in Vietnam, saying that the big brother may be asleep but if he awakens it an mobilize or produce and enormous force
after Ukraine, you can say that the big sleeping bear has one eye opened, saying 'huh what is that, I thought I was out of European war for another century ?' while sending some pics to the IS and playing with flowers about other conflicts 'I bomb him, I don't bomb him yet, I bomb him, I don't bomb him yet'
"While Urban Shield has not disclosed the full list of participants for this year, organizers say that the past participation of numerous Israeli security agencies — including the Border Police Unit Yamam, which carries out extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinians — indicates that Israel is certain to play a role in this year’s gathering as well. Israel’s participation strikes an especially raw nerve for organizers given the state’s recent military assault on the besieged Gaza strip, as well as revelations that at least four law enforcement agencies deployed to Ferguson were trained by Israeli security forces.
so strange and wrong : I would suppose it would be the other way round because the way the Israeli are treating civil disorders and public protests only adds to the violence and increases the influence of the terrorist groups (using guns against stones, seeking confrontation instead of cooperation to let the protests take place relatively peacefully)
it explains the guns, the immediate increase in the kind of armor used and so on
the US is not the same as the occupied Palestinian territories where there is always some change of shooters and the normality of violence before, during and after manifestations (provoked or not by the police or soldiers or by more radical fractions)
"Israel remotely detonated a spying device planted in south Lebanon, killing a member of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah in the explosion, the group said Friday.
Hezbollah Al-Manar TV said Hassan Ali Haidar was killed after army intelligence spotted a “strange device” in the village of Adloun. A jet detonated the device remotely after it was discovered, killing Haidar, it said.
The Lebanese army confirmed the incident, but said the dead man was a civilian. It said Israel detonated the device “from a distance” through aircraft flying overhead. The device was planted on the militant group’s telecommunications network.
so it will probably be an interceptor
with the other advantage that when destroyed it will also destroy the infrastructure on which it was installed
leaving also no fingerprints if correctly done
and this is one of the images he took the 3th of september
prefering to take secondary roads well hidden