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Some Disturbing Pieces of Intel Possibly Relating to Upcoming Russian-Ukraine War

by John Galt August 10, 2016 17:50 ET I don’t know if this is any indication of something wicked this way coming but this maritime traffic map indicated in the embedded Tweet seems to indicate a massive increase in supplies to Kerch in the Crimea which is the primary Russian military base on the east side of the Crimean Peninsula. Cargo and tanker transport into/out of Kerch,Taganrog and Rostov on Don looks like rush hour. Never seen so packed pic.twitter.com/oHX4WbVc1x — DWS Intel (@DWSIntel) August 10, 2016 If this is an…


08.07 Russia-Ukraine SITREP: Russian Military Buildup on Ukraine Border

by John Galt August 7, 2016 16:10 ET The headline and story from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is consistent with what appears to be a buildup to a confrontation in the Southern Ukraine before the autumn rainy season begins: Russian Military Hardware Sighted Along Northern Crimea Border (excerpt) Crimean Tatar activists have reported armed checkpoints being erected at scattered sites around the Russian-occupied peninsula, and unusually large concentrations of Russian hardware in northern regions. Ukraine-s border guard service, meanwhile, reported that Russian authorities had blocked all road entry to the Black…


November 12, 2016 WW3: Over There, Over There

by John Galt July 30, 2016 23:30 ET Ah yes, the joys of war in Europe. Think it can not happen again? This fictional account is to remind everyone just how close America and NATO are to engaging in a conflict it is neither ready for nor desires. While we brag about our whiz-bang technological advantage, there is a difference between starting a conflict with Russia and finishing it conventionally on their territory. Many a nation have tried to conquer the Russians and many have failed. Without the American public being…


November 10, 2016 World War 3: “Remember the Maine”

by John Galt July 8, 2016 05:00 ET The following is a fictional blovel written in the same style as my last one, “The Day the Dollar Died.” Why this subject matter my readers might ask, and not a follow up to the economic survivalist fiction as before? Currently there is huge speculation that President Obama is doing everything in his power to tweak and provoke the Russian and Chinese dictatorships into taking offensive actions to justify a short conflict by the American regime for either profit or to stay in…


Putin: If I Want, I take Kiev in Two Weeks

by John Galt September 1, 2014 09:00 ET The cover story from the German newspaper Bild says it all: This morning the news which is rattling European capitols and the leadership in the Ukraine has been provided by the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica (translated via Google Translate): Ukraine, Putin’s blackmail on the European summit: ‘If I want to take Kiev in two weeks “ The following excerpt, also translated, provides a background into the fear of retaliation being felt in European Union members and how Putin has elected to deal with…


The New Cold Gold War

by John Galt May 28, 2014 21:20 ET During the first week of April, the European Union and United States re-declared the cold war against Russia and China. The incidents in Crimea and the Ukraine, the actions by China in the East and South China Seas persuaded the central bankers of the West that their perceived partners in Moscow and Beijing had strayed from the new global financial order and in fact were looking to begin a separate if not greater power using their natural resources and population advantages to supersede…


A Fascinating Look how Modern Tech meets Old School Warfare in the Ukraine

  by John Galt March 24, 2014 17:55 ET While most Americans have no concept about the Ukraine, Crimea, or if they could locate either region or Russia with a map or worse, their ass with both hands, a mirror, and their pants dropped, the Ukrainians seem to be realizing that their days of “freedom” under an illegal regime are soon numbered. Trapped for days now on Donuzlav Lake thanks to the scuttling of several old Russian cargo ships by the Russian Navy, the Konstantin-Olshansky, NATO designate U402 as an assault…


Chances of War Growing Between Russia and Ukraine

  by John Galt March 23, 2014 14:20ET From ABC News and the Sunday morning talk show This Week with George Stephanopoulos earlier today: ABC US News | ABC Business News Disturbing? Quite. The Russians have essentially imprisoned the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force in Crimea, seized several warships including the only submarine in the Ukrainian fleet, and positioned even more troops on Russian-Ukrainian border than were there ten days ago. In fact, according to a BBC News report, the Ukrainian command ship, the Slavutych was seized after a two…


03.19 BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine Military Opens Fire on Russian Incursion at Belbek Air Force Base in Crimea

  by John Galt March 19, 2014 18:05 ET Breaking news at this moment via EspresoTV in the Ukraine which reports the following (translated via GoogleTranslate): Military unit “Belbek” grenades to attack said fire In Crimea, a group of unknown tonight tried to storm the territory of the military unit 4515 “Belbek” This was reported in the press service of the military, reports Espreso.TV referring to “RBK-Ukraine” . According to the report, a group of unknown attempted to enter the parts, using light and noise grenades. “The soldiers opened fire on…


The Ukrainian Prime Minister is Starting to Sound Hauntingly Like Edvard Beneš

  by John Galt March 17, 2014 17:55 ET Today on CNN, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk begins to sound like another politician from history: The ominous parallels of 1938 are haunting the American people, yet few are hearing the cries of anguish from the past. German designs on Czechoslovakia reached a fever pitch in 1938 with Hitler pushing his generals to prepare invasion plans to seize the country at a fever pitch by August of 1938. In response General Ludwig Beck resigned on August 18, 1938 yet Hitler was not…


03.17 Crimean Parliament votes to Join Russia, Russian Stock Market Rallies

  by John Galt March 17, 2014 05:35 ET While Obama worries about his next round of golf and the Ukrainian people face another betrayal by the West, the Crimean parliament has taken the referendum to heart as expected and voted to join Russia as an independent state. From the BBC report: Crimean parliament formally applies to join Russia Crimea’s parliament has formally declared independence from Ukraine and asked to join the Russian Federation. It follows Sunday’s referendum in which officials say nearly 97% of Crimeans voted to break away from…


03.16-03.17 Overnight Markets: USD Yen Opens with Gap Down

  by John Galt March 16, 2014 16:43 ET From NetDania.com:   Granted, ti’s not a huge gap but if this is just a hint as to what is happening due to the Crimean vote, panic will be the order of the day in all futures and equity markets. I’ll post further updates as needed considering the interesting box the West has painted itself into after over a half century of incomplete interventionism and empire building which appears to be backfiring in our face this very moment. I will follow this…


03.16 Crimea Election Thread

by John Galt March 16, 2014 12:45 ET On this thread I will post blog entries, Twitter feeds that are from relevant sources, and international news stories about the election in Crimea, including Russian and Ukrainian news sources. Around 21:00 GMT/UTC (that’s 5 pm ET) I will start a financial news thread to track the reaction to today’s events in Russia and Ukraine plus what has happened with the threat of sanctions and reactions to them in the markets. (all Russian and Ukrainian native language stories translated via GoogleTranslate) From Interfax.ru:…


03.16 BREAKING NEWS: SKY News Reports Ukrainian Trains with Military Equipment Stopped by Russian Forces

  by John Galt March 16, 2014 09:45 ET The news out of the Ukraine continues to be both dire and reminiscent of the news flow from Danzig and Eastern Prussia in September of 1939. From SkyNews in the UK, this tweet was just issued at approximately 09:36 a.m. ET: This is a follow up to the news flow from yesterday where the Russian Interfax News Agency reported the following: Putin doubled down this morning with the following statement just issued minutes ago, also per Interfax: 03/16 17:28   PUTIN CONCERNED…


03.14 BREAKING NEWS: Russian Bank Run OUT of Western Institutions Underway

  by John Galt March 14, 2014 19:40 ET The headline does not mince any words as indeed, the Russians are getting the hell out of the West in what can only be called a bank run which appears to have been underway for possibly the entire week. CNBC shockingly covered this as the opening story on Larry Kudlow’s program tonight as well as it being one of the headline stories at the DrudgeReport. First the breaking news tonight from the Financial Times: Russian companies withdraw billions from west, say Moscow…


World War Panic Grips Financial Markets

  by John Galt March 13, 2014 21:15 ET Today’s Dow Jones Industrial average may have only close 1.41% lower from its previous close but the market action from the intraday high indicates something spooked the market in a very violent manner early in the trading session after the prices were initially increasing: The market breadth was horrid. Very few issues were up in relation to real stocks (non ETF, REITs, etc.) that were down. Volume started to increase but this was not, I repeat, not an indication of capitulation but…


03.12 Ukraine-NATO-Russia Crisis: Belarus asks for Russian Warplanes in Response to NATO Deployment

by John Galt March 12, 2014 22:10 ET From Russia Today and reported by Reuters and other sources: Belarus to offer Russia to deploy extra warplanes as NATO active near borders Belarus will request Russia to deploy up to 15 extra warplanes on its territory, as NATO is building up military presence in proximity to the Belarusian borders, President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced. Speaking at a session of the country’s Security Council, he also vowed “a reasonable response” to NATO’s strengthening contingent near Belarus boundaries. He stressed that Minsk “reacted calmly until…


Give the Russians Credit, they Took American and DNC Marketing Lessons

  by John Galt March 9, 2014 20:43 ET From the Ukrainian website, TheInterpreter where apparently all of those lessons the American media and Democratic National Committee has finally paid off when one checks out this billboard about the upcoming Crimean referendum on joining Russia: From the website’s daily blog on the Ukrainian crisis: The text on the billboard reads “On March 16 we choose between [Nazi Crimea] or [Russian Crimea]. This fits with Russian presentations of the Maidan movement in Ukraine as a neo-Nazi manifestation. The choice suggested on this…


03.09 BREAKING NEWS: Novofedorivka Air Base in Crimea Seized by Russian Troops

  by John Galt March 9, 2014 14:25 ET Breaking news this afternoon from Ukraine Pravda (translated via Google Translate): Russian invaders stormed another airfield in the Crimea  Sunday, March 9, 2014, 18:15 By the airfield, which is located in the village Novofedorivka (Crimea), arrived at 4 trucks with Russian soldiers. This is the head of the Crimean Ministry of Defence media center Vladislav Seleznev on his page on Facebook . In his post, there are 2 trucks with activists. “In the sky above the aerodrome pair overflying helicopters MI-24, about…


New Video Purports to show Russian Armor Leaving Novorossiysk for Crimea

by John Galt March 8, 2014 22:00 ET This video was recently posted on YouTube purporting to show an armored column leaving the city of Novorossiysk in the Krasnodar region heading for the Crimea:   This video was uploaded by Bratushka (rough Google translation) and where the video was alleged to have been filmed fits with the description and potential troop movements:     If the Russians are rushing reinforcements into the Crimea it could mean they have intelligence that Ukrainian troops might well be preparing a counteroffensive. It is too…



And now the Ukrainian Flaship of their Navy did not Defect but is Diverted to a Pro-Russian Port – WTF?!?

  by John Galt March 5, 2014 20:00 ET Now that the fog of pre-war has cleared a tad, the Russians are admitting in their own news sources that the Ukrainian naval flagship the Hetman Sahaydachnyy frigate (no not even a destroyer or cruiser) was now unable to dock in Crimea and was heading to Odessa: Ukrainian Navy Flagship Diverted Away from Crimea From the story linked above by RIA Novosti: SEVASTOPOL, March 5 (RIA Novosti) – The flagship of the Ukrainian Navy was diverted from returning to its home port…


03.03 Video of Russian Troops Encircling Ukrainian base near Kerch in the Crimea

  by John Galt March 3, 2014 23:15 ET Needless to say the local media which has filmed this is sympathetic to the Russians however it must be noted that there appears to be no immediate indication of hostile action imminent despite the protests and whining of the US political elites. Video via YouTube, LiveLeak, and Kerch.net:     I guess if there is not slaughter the American media will be somewhat disappointed.


03.02 Gold Opens with a tad bit of Ukrainian Urgency up $15+ early(UPDATED)

  by John Galt March 2, 2014 18:20 ET UPDATE 19:40 ET: (chart courtesy of INO.com futures)   Although the initial open indicated a shallow volume panic buy move, gold is still up over $7 per ounce and indicating that there is some degree of recognition that Russia is serious and the world is totally unprepared for the other new order about to be established. Prices will be interesting to watch tonight, that is for sure. (chart courtesy of NetDania.com)


03.02 STOCK MARKET ALERT: Risk the HELL OFF!

  by John Galt March 2, 2014 17:20ET One chart sums up the panic as the JPY/USD currency cross was above 102.40 on Friday and now is trading almost 100 pips lower: Needless to say when futures open in just under 45 minutes the Ukrainian crisis might hit home finally as the banksters in Asia, Europe, and the US realize that Russia no longer wants to play nice. Meanwhile the precious metals trade is quiet but have patience grasshoppers, it is early in the game. Once and if any shooting starts,…


03.02 Russian President Putin’s Version of the Obama Telephone Conversation Yesterday

  by John Galt March 2, 2014 13:55 ET While President Obama attempted to look macho in the photo the White House released of his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it failed to reveal how phony the man really is. Meanwhile, Putin had his girlfriend answer the phone and below the photo of them is the Kremlin’s official response from the Russian government website. Telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama March 2, 2014, 01:20 Tags: foreign policy, United States Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the…



White House Statement on Readout of Obama Putin Conversation this Afternoon on Ukraine

  by John Galt March 1, 2014 17:45 ET From the WhiteHouse.gov website:   Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin President Obama spoke for 90 minutes this afternoon with President Putin of Russia about the situation in Ukraine. President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki…




03.01 BREAKING NEWS 0815 ET: Crimean city of Kerch now Under Russian Military Control

  by John Galt March 1, 2014 08:15 ET   The video above was from this morning in the Crimean city of Kerch on the eastern portion of the peninsula where the Russian military was ferried across overnight. Per the news service Kerch.FM the city square was occupied and the Russian flag raised over the city this morning (translated via Google): On the main square of Kerch raised the Russian flag On the main square of Kerch raised the Russian flagIn Kerch on Lenin Square hoisted the flag of Russia. Protesters…


2/28 20:25 ET BREAKING: Russian Troops Capture another Ukrainian Airbase at Kirov

  by John Galt February 28, 2014 20:25 ET Per numerous internet reports, yet unconfirmed by either the Ukrainian or Russian government, the Kirov military airfield has been captured by Russian armored forces who entered the field without a shot being fired according to the same reports. This was one of the Ukrainian military’s primary airfields in the region and was (or at least used to be home) to Sukhoi Su-27’s and the home of the Ukranian Falcons aerobatic demonstration team. This would fit with the Russian strategy to seize all…


02.27 BREAKING 2000 ET: In Crimea-Sevastopol and Simferopol Airports Occupied by Unknown Military Force

  by John Galt February 28, 2014 20:00 ET Interfax News Agency and other reports via UNAM and Navigator report(translated via GoogleTranslate): Airports Simferopol and Sevastopol captured by armed men Simferopol, February 28 (Navigator, Victor Orlov) – Simferopol Airport captured by unknown armed men, presumably related to the seizure of government buildings and the Crimean parliament. On this “Navigator” said a source in the Crimean police head office. Subscribe to news “Navigator – Kiev” >>> “Around one o’clock captured Simferopol Airport – the same people. With arms, strong, in the same…


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