"Green Men ," which took by storm government buildings in Slavic and Kramatorsk , were mercenaries from St. Petersburg . Truly ubiquitous Internet has no boundaries - it became known , arrived from some " little green men " in the Donetsk region. Identified by their photos and their characteristic word " sidewalk ", which in Ukraine and in Russia is not used , except for St. Petersburg.
These men are veterans of the special forces UFSIN "Typhoon" , which is located in St. Petersburg . For the record: In 2000, Special Forces soldiers "Typhoon" participated in bloody battles in Komsomolsk in Chechnya have lost two people dead.
the history of that battle can be read here
so somebody is paying them - well if Russians can send mercenaries to do battle and the Ukranians have trouble organizing their army and special forces - maybe the Ukranian TYphoons can send in mercenaries to defend their public places against those mercenaries - proxy war
okay we thought we had won and maybe we had - but after the fact maybe we hadn't
before yesterday there was the staged shooting incident - if there ever was one (the staging was done between 2 in the morning and 10 o'clock when the first tweets, rumors and declarations were send in the world (with Russian press directly present - even with images from the proof before the incident took place)
but based on the incident and the video and declarations that were coming in it became clear to many people everywhere (on Ukraine twitterfeeds that is) that there was something not right
* the numberplates that were unscratched on a totally burned out car
* the cars that were shot from the flanks and not frontal
* the weapons, the business card with the mistake, the diapers and a lot of other stuff presented as proof
* the bodies and the story of one men of which people said that he was killed somewhere else
a few hours later it was clear that it was staged and everybody arriving at the scene (forensic investigators and the OSCE) started to treat as something weird to say the least - but that news never made headlines - it were only the Russian headlines of that day that till today make worldnews
the next day was a very strange day with the Russian ministry of Defense saying that it is an outrage, that the Ukraine had to disarm even its republican guard (which is part of the official forces, just like in the US and other states but are called reservists which is smarter I think) and that Putin in fact would like to intervene (playing good cop bad cop again) and so on
the information resistance group effectively said that the plan was that they would have intervened yesterday and taken three provinces (the whole or some parts of it) that is to say before Biden arrives (you must be mad to have even thought about that, the US would have taken it as a very personal insult and the consequences could be everything because than the authority of Obama himself would be directly been totally challenged)
so let's be happy - in the name of some kind of peace - that it didn't happen
but it seems that the Russians have won the propaganda war the last days because the western media have taken only their messages in their headlines
look at this at the BBC
so if you read only this - what do you think ?
that extremists in Ukraine are attacking people and that Lavror is right that Kiev isn't doing what it should do - or that maybe it is so - even if you have read some other news
the greatest problem with all these MaidenPR groups on twitter, facebook and so on is that they are very good in social media and twitter and so on (it kept their revolution alive) but they aren't that good at the international news and propaganda game at a higher level
at a higher level you need some-one at the level of a minister to come out and give a declaration with a good headline (For example 'the shooting incident is maybe staged for invasion' and 'russian roadblocks and armed occupations have to be disbanded because they are invitations to violence) The press agencies of the world would than feel complied to at least cite this declaration or put one aside each other or to change the headline so they make one article of both press declarations (instead of an eye for an eye it would be a press declaration for a press declaration and a minister for a minister and a verified video for a verified video etc....)
this means that you need people who do nothing else than
* prepare press declarations in different languages in the format that journalists can just copy/paste them (or parts of them) and that for big declarations that need an immediate impact worldwide it is a president or minister who takes the stand
* prepare media packages for tv magazines that are more or less ready to broadcast and where the sources have been identified and verified
* make a list of the most important news magazines, tv and journalists in some countries that are of the biggest importance to you (US, UK, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium (the number of international diplomats living there)) and contact them by phone or mail regulary to give them background information, to ask if you can react to declarations from the russians and so on
* mobilize your embassadies are relaypoints for the national media, they should be as active as the Russians are over the world relaying all that propaganda to their national contacts and with a national flavor
twitter, facebook and the rest is fine and fun for the people, but for the bigworld-newsmedia you really need a real group of people doing only that with only the big media
to give you one comparason, both tv magazines in Belgium reach around 2 million people each day (and that is not only in Belgium) - this is something you can never do with social media
propaganda is not short-time, the effects of propaganda can take months or years but if there is no counterforce over time, it will win and even you will start to think in the framework and with the definitions of your counterpart
and at that moment - they have already more or less won
President Obama and Vice President Biden have made U.S. support for Ukraine an urgent priority as the Ukrainian government works to establish security and stability, pursue democratic elections and constitutional reform, revive its economy, and ensure government institutions are transparent and accountable to the Ukrainian people. Ukraine embarks on this reform path in the face of severe challenges to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, which we are working to address together with Ukraine and our partners in the international community. The United States is committed to ensuring that Ukrainians alone are able to determine their country’s future without intimidation or coercion from outside forces. To support Ukraine, we are today announcing a new package of assistance totaling $50 million to help Ukraine pursue political and economic reform and strengthen the partnership between the United States and Ukraine.
Elections and Constitutional Reform: Constitutional reform and free and fair elections are keys to Ukraine’s democratic development. Assistance in this area is a down payment on the country’s democratic development. We stand ready to provide further assistance to the new government after elections.
· The United States is contributing an $11.4 million package to support the integrity of the May 25 elections. These funds are being used to advance democratic processes – not to support a particular candidate or electoral outcome. These efforts include voter education programs, transparent election administration, effective oversight of the election process, election security and a redress of infractions, and a diverse, balanced and policy-focused media environment.
· The United States is contributing support and monitors to the OSCE’s election observation mission and other monitoring groups. U.S. funded programs will provide at least 250 long-term observers and over 1,700 short-term observers.
· We are also sending additional experts to provide advice on issues such as constitutional checks and balances, local governance, public participation, and the establishment of an independent, transparent judicial system.
Economic Assistance: The United States has already signed a $1 billion loan guarantee to help Ukraine meet its financial obligations and protect vulnerable citizens from the impact of economic adjustments. We have also supported Ukraine’s work with the IMF to secure a loan program worth $14-$18 billion. As these U.S., IMF, and European funds begin to flow, we will have technical experts from the U.S. Treasury Department on the ground to help the Ukrainian government allocate them effectively to stabilize the economy and ensure all the regions benefit. Currently, there are three banking advisors in Kyiv and we will be deploying public debt management and macroeconomic advisors in the coming week. We are also committed to providing additional technical assistance in the areas of budget and tax administration.
Energy Security: Over the coming weeks, expert teams from several U.S. government agencies will travel to the region to help Ukraine meet immediate and longer term energy needs.
· Today, a U.S. interagency expert team arrived in Kyiv to help Ukraine secure reverse flows of natural gas from its European neighbors. The team will continue on to Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia in the coming days to work on the details of these arrangements. Reverse flows of natural gas will provide Ukraine with additional immediate sources of energy.
· U.S. technical experts will join with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and others in May to help Ukraine develop a public-private investment initiative to increase conventional gas production from existing fields to boost domestic energy supply. A technical team will also engage the government on measures that will help the Ukrainian government ensure swift and environmentally sustainable implementation of contracts signed in 2013 for shale gas development.
· Department of Energy and USAID specialists will travel to Ukraine next month to provide advice on how to maximize energy efficiency, which could deliver potentially huge cost savings to Ukraine and rationalize energy consumption.
Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption: The United States is committed to helping Ukraine break the cycle of corruption that acts as a tax on business, an impediment to economic growth, and a drain on public trust in government. Technical advisors from the Departments of State and Justice have already been advising the government on anti-corruption measures. Today we are expanding this assistance program with additional commitments.
· Attorney General Holder will co-host an international conference in London April 29-30 to help identify, trace, and recover proceeds of corruption stolen by the former regime. This is part of an ongoing effort, including work by an FBI investigative team on the ground in Kyiv to help the government of Ukraine recover assets stolen from the Ukrainian people.
· The United States will provide advice and assistance to help modernize Ukraine’s government procurement in accordance with international standards, including the creation of a vetted anti-corruption unit. We will offer technical assistance to that vetted unit to help build a sustainable anti-corruption regime within Ukraine, as we have done with substantial results in other parts of the world.
· Specialized teams of prosecutors and investigators will help the Ukrainian government with other forms of technical assistance to put in place the proper legal and regulatory framework to fight corruption. The teams will also serve as a resource to ensure follow-through and effective implementation.
People-to-People Ties: To further strengthen ties between the people of Ukraine and the United States, we are announcing our intent to establish a new bilateral visa regime that will extend the standard validity of visas for businesspeople and tourists from 5 years to 10 years on a negotiated reciprocal basis.
Security Assistance: In addition to the $50 million package, today we are announcing the provision of $8 million of non-lethal military assistance to allow the Ukrainian armed forces and State Border Guard Service to fulfill their core security missions. The additional supplies include:
· Explosive Ordinance Disposal equipment and handheld radios for Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
· Engineering equipment, communications equipment, vehicles, and non-lethal individual tactical gear for Ukraine’s Border Guard Service.
This is in addition to the $3 million of Meals Ready to Eat and nearly $7 million of health and welfare assistance the United States is already providing to Ukraine. The United States will continue to actively review requests for additional support as Ukraine’s government further modernizes its armed forces and deals with evolving threats.
this leaves out on of the biggest problems on the grounds and that is the underequipment of the antiriot and policeforces to protect buildings and confront violent demonstrations and unsettle occupations
it is not something that is traditionally talked about in international cooperation and aid because peole think that this is something so normal that it normally should be in place (and if not like in for example african states they are replaced by soldiers but soldiers are trained to shoot not to protect and push back and not use their rifles)
he has to bring food and other stuff to Crimea where life has come to a total standstill and everything is shutting down one after another in this uncertain situation (before you deliver goods you have to be sure to be paid but you can't be paid if you don't know in which currency at which rate through which bank or creditcard and so on)
in these situation there is no trade and if there is no trade, there is nothing in the shelfs
all by all it is strange because he can get stuff in by air and so on
the original owner has been fired by other investors because they wanted to cooperate with Kremlin
they wanted access to certain info about opponents
the cold war is coming near so also new armies popping up everywhere
or who cares that war is being prepared while you can sit on the beach
An amendment to an anti-terrorism bill passed by the State Duma will allow Russian bloggers to be prosecuted for publishing content that is deemed a threat to national security.
The State Duma on Friday voted to categorize blogs as media entities during the second reading of a package of anti-terrorism bills prepared in the wake of last December's twin bombings in Volgograd.
According to the amendment, proposed by A Just Russia deputy Alexei Mitrofanov and Liberal Democratic party deputies Andrei Lugovoi and Vadim Dengin, any blogger, social network site, or personal website receiving more than 3,000 hits a day with commercial advertising on their blog will fall under the same category as other online media.
This means that bloggers will have to verify the accuracy of the information they post, adhere to campaign laws and refrain from publishing any material that could be considered "extremist."
Individuals deemed to be in violation of the amendment could be fined anywhere between 10,000-30,000 rubles ($280-$840) for a first-time offense, and between 30,000-50,000 rubles for repeating the offense within a year.
Legal entities could be fined from 50,000-300,000 rubles for breaching the amendment. If they repeat the offense within a year, they could be fined anywhere between 300,000-500,000 or face a 30-day ban on their administrative activity.
President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that requires foreigners to prove their ability to speak Russian while also giving his seal of approval to a separate bill that will make it easier to grant citizenship to Russian-speakers in former Soviet states.
The new immigration rules for foreign citizens, published Monday on the Kremlin's website, make it compulsory for anyone applying for a Russian work or residency permit to submit a certificate from an accredited institution, demonstrating their knowledge of the country's language, history and its basic legal framework.
Those under 18 years old, over 60 and students at accredited institutions, as well as qualified foreign specialists and their families will also be exempt from the new rules, set to go into force on Jan. 1, 2015.
Foreign residents with education documents stemming from 1991 or earlier from former Soviet countries — where Russian language was a compulsory subject in schools — have also been exempted from the exam.
this is the kind of leaflets that are distributed
source (google translate) http://www.eajc.org/page16/news44513.html
Armed pro-Russian separatists in g.Slavyansk Donetsk region of Ukraine , acting with the support of Russian military experts, establishing control of the city , yet captured April 17 television tower that transmits TV signals in the Slavonic and other cities in Donetsk region - Kramators'k , Gorlovka and Makeyevka . Separatists disabled Ukrainian TV channels and began broadcasting Russian television conducting propaganda support rebellion.
April 20 separatists at frequencies Ukrainian channel "Inter" has launched its own channel , posted on the Internet a video of this presentation ceremony minutes . Joyful men vying to show off the camera " - Here , Slavic , we nanonsim powerful blow to the conceptual information biblical matrix ... our telecast on zombovescheniyu ... Zionist zomboveschaniyu zomboyaschik ... Zionist ... These are the things guys . Here Slovyansk begins a new story. Slavs Rama toryat way. Victory will be ours . " After such a promising statement as the first transmission on the new channel has been demonstrated lecture late Konstantin Petrov - who died a few years ago, a retired general , who headed the anti-Semitic Russian nationalist- Stalinist neopagan sect and created on the basis of her political party, "the course of truth and unity ." (the site of the party in russian is here http://www.kpe.ru/)
In the near future the site will be posted eajc.org analytical reference Konstantin Petrov and his neopagan National Stalinist sect. In the meantime, we note only that the site "People's Liberation Movement," which begins with the logo launch video broadcasting Slovyansk, the democratic legitimacy of power in Kiev was referred to as "Jewish junta." (see further)
Editorial eajc.org offers a look at this video:
this is from the site of their channel
and next to this text you also find this
their movement is losing popular support at an increasing speed
this is in Kharkiv a city with 1.5 million citizens of which at least a third speak Russian
this is the manifestation today that should have been massive enough to take some new buildings (they attacked a police bus and some journalists instead)
that small group there is the manifestation with between 1000 and 2000 persons
of which there are a number of journalists and undercover observers and brought in Russians not locals
the whole day the Russian ministry of Defense have been tweeting threats that sound like they think they have enough proof to begin a 'peacekeeping operation'
there is also a problem with food in the cities that are occupied by russian troops and in the Crimea the situation is becoming critical (that is why the local seperatists asked yesterday to bring food)
so even if their plan failed yesterday they didn't gave it up
The person killed this night at the checkpoint in Sloviansk has been identified.
"The deceased is Pavlo Povelko who resided in the village of Oleksandrivka in Sloviansk rayon [district]. His relatives went around the village and collected money for his funeral. Pavlo leaves behind a wife and two small children. He drove his car at night. He was stopped at the checkpoint and shot there. His car was burned. All the residents from Pavlo’s village who talked to our source, said that Pavlo was set up and killed to stage the attack by “Right Sector” and a news story for Russian TV channels. Here’s what type of bloody news is being created for Russian television…
this information-operation group has links with different intelligence services on the ground and tries to get interesting information out to the public without operational intelligence so that manipulated events like the one yesterday are uncovered before they can be used for their strategic goal
according to their sources there was actually a plan yesterday to invade three regions in Ukraine after this event but I suppose that they thought that the Right Sector would now act stupidly by avenging their losses
it was a near-miss but we have still a long way to go
from the moment the russian media frenzy started there was something quite wrong but you had to find the proof so people of all kinds started analyzing all the proof that was presented to the local and international press while the commander of the occupying russian forces (there is no better word for it) asked Moscou to send in the troops (and start in fact a war on easter the day before the US vice president would land in Ukraine
but the propaganda work of the Russians is not what it was in your days, Mr Putin. You think that you have the best propaganda (you have but only in the press that only copies what your news agencies are feeding to the world) and the best information operatives but it isn't like in the old days
they are too hasty, they leave too many details behind, they don't think things throu, it was all done too quickly and without real professionals on the ground (giving instructions on the telephone but you can't tell them everything, you can't think of every detail, you suppose that if someone participates in an information operation that he thinks also about the consequences of some small mistake)
"The Russian TV coverage of the story of the “Slavyansk slaughter” starting early the morning of Easter Sunday contains a major blooper. The cache of so-called Right Sector paraphernalia, proudly displayed to prove its complicity, was already filmed by Russian TV cameras during the day of April 19 at least ten hours before the attack. (The camera crew did not bother to remove the date of the filming – the day of April 19). The April 19 film shows the same pile of Right Sector paraphernalia used the next day to prove Ukrainian extremist guilt in broadcasts throughout Easter Sunday (April 20)! (I imagine some TV personnel are losing their jobs or worse).
"The New York Times featured the “Slavyansk Massacre” in a piece entitled Mystery Gunfight in East Ukraine Sparks Blame, Counter-Blame. If the Times dug a little deeper, they could have solved the mystery themselves. The famous gun battle on the outskirts of Slavyansk was another example of faked footage of staged attacks.
what is even more interesting is that the big secret GRU officer who has become known to the world as the officer who was coordinating his forces on the ground from his office near the border was before already active in the region of the shooting
"Another character in Ukraine’s case against Russia is Mr. Strelkov, the alleged military intelligence officer who Kiev says took part in a furtive Russian operation to prepare for the annexation of Crimea and, more recently, in insurgent action in Slovyansk.
and those history buffs under us know that it now looks like a stage event like in 1938 the Nazi's did to invade Poland
"This provocation was the best-known of several actions in Operation Himmler, a series of unconventional operations undertaken by the SS in order to serve specific propaganda goals of Nazi Germany at the outbreak of the war. It was intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany in order to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland.
only than we didn't have twitter and social media and realtime news coverage so the staging of the event wasn't discovered but after the war - this was also why it was important to uncover all the missing links as fast as possible and this is why people made the link yesterday between that incident, the increased readiness of the Russian troops closer to the Ukrainan border, the russian propaganda and the possibility of an invasion or some Russian troops send to a certain region (as a first try)
we are going to see many more incidents like that - they will just not stop trying - and it will be for the western media very important not to become a tool of propaganda because it wants to report it first or faster. In a war faster can have enormous consequences.
for those who want to laugh a bit there is also this quote
"Among the more unusual finds were diapers, which the Russian correspondent explained are worn by snipers, as they hide for hours lurking to shoot innocent pro-Russian supporters. (Strange: If they are hiding, why not answer the call of nature in the woods?)
and now all the mothers understand why there are no diapers any more in their regiona - all these guys with weapons have them because they can't go for 10 minutes to the toilet
now you understand why people who have been told or have read about that part of history in the west and the east (even more) are anxious and watch the event with (even sometimes real) bewilderment
read it but change Poland by Ukrain and keep only the russian with the people and read it again and than take the Russian declarations of propaganda and you will see that it is the same
it is the same ideology, it is the same strategy, it is the same madness
but now that we know where it leads to we have to stop it and we can't stop it we have to try to control it and to limit its impact and its possibilities to bring wars
According to Syumar, the purpose of the propaganda is obvious:
“To show that the situation in Ukraine is getting out of control even on holidays, to expand the thesis of a ‘civil war’ in Ukraine, and to launch the next wave of ‘media preparation’ to justify an invasion, she says.
She appealed to journalists to verify their information instead of becoming instruments in the information war against Ukraine.
“Russian mass media today is the main source of misinformation about Ukraine. We are preparing appropriate appeals to the world’s leading media companies. This disinformation must be blocked and not replicated. References to Russian media should present it as an example of ‘shoddy journalism,’ given how often it reports the outright lies underlying the ideological myths that are designed to support Kremlin’s plans to conduct a war against Ukraine,” she said.
this is a propaganda war for preparing or holding off an invasion
if you just copy paste the information from the russians than you are helping the preparation of an invasion
Russian Today himself has said that it saw itself as part of the Russian armed forces and you can imagine that most of the Russian media act and think this way or are obliged to (because all critical media has been closed or the people in it have been changed under pressure from the Kremlin)
the least you can do is verify the information
there is no rush to publish information - especially in 'near-war times'
look at the incident today. It was all clearly framed and defined today by the Russian media today and than the proof was staged on site
but once everybody started verifyting the accounts, the information and the pictures of the situation of the cars than it became clear that it is not that clear and that there are more questions than answers
but these won't have the same headlines as the first ones
instant news can be instant garbage or propaganda and than you can have war instantly
even in near-war times you still have to do your job before doing a simple copy-paste
when you read books about Hitler you understand that the only thing he was really worrying about was time
he had always the feelint that he had to act fast and before the enemy was ready for him (even if he thought that he would die from cancer and would have to do everything before that)
he was afraid that the western world would have finished their re-armement before his original plans to attack the west in 1942 - so he attacked in 1940
and time counted also with the weather - although that doesn't count now as it will be warm for the next 6 months
but time it always played a role
Putin has the same problem with this invasion
* the army and the intelligence services are dismissing non-cooperative officers and replacing them with people who are willing to fight faster than he can corrupt the new ones
* military aid in all kinds of indirect packages and forms is arriving as well as advice and intelligence giving the Ukr army the means to preview his moves and strategy
* Crimea is now in a real bad situation with even food running out and he really needs to stop support from coming through
* the effects of the economic and financial sanctions are starting and the hesitation is growing from the international business and financial world to go ahead with investments and they are also trying to get as money as possible out of Russia
* the political debate over Ukraine in the US is increasing and putting much more pressure on Obama to take some real measures as the Republican Party is understanding that a free Eastern Europe is something that they can use as a better banner than healthcare or budget
* the operatives on the ground have to be paid and fed and this is becoming more difficult as the russian banks which were used are under investigations and the border controls have intercepted some millions of local currency
* warships, airplanes, ground troops are arriving in limited quantities all over Eastern Europe and more is to come
* if the election takes places it will be much harder
* there is no enormous popular support from the local population who in occupied cities are beginning to have enough of the lawnesless and economic standstill and confusion - in some cities there were even big pro-Ukr manifestations
* ukr troops are digging and constructing defense lines, roadblocks and so on making an invasion more difficult every week - it can be done but the losses will be greater
this is why I think that the longer we can hold him up the lesser the possibility of an invasion
but that is rational and I am not so sure that he is a rational man for the moment
strange when on a holiday you check up the news on twitter and there is some info about some shooting coming from the russian media
the Ukr media and officials didn't know anything (and this happened at 2 Oclock in teh morning)
than came the first tweets with the facts and the info and the proof
than came the immediate reactions that some things were not right and that - even if everybody wanted to believe it was a provocation - more research was necessary
than it became clear by the hysterical russian media reports and the declarations of the russian government without awaiting the reports by the Ukr forensics researchers who have arrived at the scene - that there was more to it
at the other side it was a race against time - you only have very little time left to report that some things are not right in the history of the incident and the proof that is found at the scene (weapons, business card, maps, ....) and the way the cars were standing and the places where the gunshots were and where there was blood and where none and the traces on the road and so on
since the pictures of the scene and the proof has been published to tiwtter, number of people have been giving their opinion or reacted to some statements
not that the russian people will hear it - in time
meanwhile the local commandor of the occupied city has asked russia for peacekeepers or food and guns
but time has passed on and this perfect example of an incident that proofs that the government of Ukraine doesn't have control over here regions is starting to look like a badly executed staged event - even if there was some firefight, the staging afterwards was done in a very amateuristic way
follow my twitteraccount for updates
this is the second time that the Putin strategy has failed, probably he has to think that he will have to do this work himself because the new operators aren't as good as the KGB was in his time