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From Russian Prison to Ukrainian Jail – ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko arrested

Ukraine just arrested their ‘Joan of Arc’

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It’s out of the fire and into the frying pan for so-called Ukrainian ‘Joan of Arc’ Nadia Savchenko, who has just now been arrested by Ukraine, for allegedly planning a terrorist attack inside the parliament of which she is a member.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko was previously sentenced to 23 years in jail in Russia, for complicity in the murder of two Russian journalists, and later released as part of a prisoner exchange. Since then, she was hailed as a great idol of the Maidan – a symbol of the new anti-Russian, pro-Ukrainian future, that Ukrainians are supposedly all supposed to fight for. Western media and those in Ukraine alike lionized her, and she was awarded by President Poroshenko the highest honor Ukraine can bestow, the title: Hero of Ukraine.

This is important to note: Savchenko has literally been declared a Hero of Ukraine, thereby intended to represent everything Ukraine stands for.

A few short years after her release from Russian Prison, the same Ukrainian President which decorated her, and hailed her as Ukraine’s Hero, their Joan of Arc, on her return from Russian Prison, now President Poroshenko supports her arrest. Savchenko has simply went from Russian prison to Ukrainian jail.

The authorities have been desperately wanting to arrest and silence Savchenko, after a great scandal, but until now, her immunity as a member of parliament protected her from arrest, even as they accused her of attempting to blow up that same parliament. Finally, she has been strippped of that immunity and detained, according to TASS news:

The decision to strip Savchenko of immunity was carried by a 291 majority vote. Her detention was supported by 277 legislators, with 11 opposing it; 268 voted for her arrest, and six, against.

Lutsenko said before the voting that “on the list of top priority investigative measures to be taken today an order to take Savchenko for psychiatric examination is number eight.”

“This will answer all questions,” he said. In her final statement Savchenko said that Ukraine should reform its political system and give voters a chance to revoke legislators and hold referendums.

“Ukraine does have a way out without terrorist attacks and other problems that may ruin it. There is a simple and legal way – a reform of the political system,” she said.

At least a hundred picketers supporting Savchenko, including her sister Vera and mother, gathered near the Ukrainian parliament. They were chanting “Nadya is a hero” and “Freedom for Nadya.” Some were seen crying.

Savchenko was not handcuffed, but was lead out of the Rada into the crowd of her supporters.

So the big question remains, why has Nadia Savchenko been arrested? Well, if you follow RussiaFeed, you may recall that we covered her recent claims which shocked Ukraine and the world over. If you haven’t read the article, it’s highly recommended, as it explains in detail what has really been happening behind the scenes.

SHOCKING: ‘Hero of Ukraine’ Nadia Savchenko now accuses Kiev for Maidan Snipers

In short, Nadia Savchenko has made some shocking claims, she said the following, regarding the events of the 2014 Maidan Coup, which was hailed in the west as a revolution of dignity:

I saw the current speaker of parliment bring snipers to the hotel, those people are in parliment now. The prosecuter general needed to become prosecuter so that his crimes against the Ukrainian people wouldn’t be investigated.

She directly accused members of the current regime in power in Ukraine, including the Prosecutor General, of hiring the mysterious snipers which fired on police and protesters alike from the roofs of Kiev buildings, namely the Hotel Ukraina overlooking the Maidan.

These snipers were acknowledged in western Media, but naturally, they were blamed on Russia or President Yanokovich. The official claim was that the Snipers were targetting Ukrainians fighting for freedom. It has been stated by Russia and independent journalists for some time, however, that the snipers were, in fact, targetting both protesters and police, thereby acting as provocateurs, pushing Ukraine over the brink of war. Recently, damning evidence has been produced confirming what was already known and stated in Russian media about these snipers.

That, however, at this point, is not even the issue here, this is not to argue that Russia has claimed the snipers were put there by the current Ukrainian government, but rather to show that Savchenko is arguing that. Now the Russian claims are confirmed by one of the most violently anti-Russian people in Ukraine.

What makes Savchenko’s claims so shocking is not the claims themselves – we already knew about them, it is the fact that they are coming out of the mouth of one of the most violently Russophobic people in the country. Slowly but surely the truth in Ukraine is coming out, and Savchenko’s words proved to be the most unexpected clue, affirming the Russian account of the Ukraine crisis.

It can not be overstressed the poetic justice that “Hero of Ukraine” Nadia Savchenko is somehow directly affirming the Russian story, and thereby disproving the lies the west spread about Ukraine, both inside the country and abroad. No one can accuse her of being a Russian agent – she has Russian blood on her hands, which makes her the most unbiased source in this situation.

Why the Change of Heart?

To be clear, Savchenko is not exactly morally pure – let’s not forget that she does indeed have blood on her hands. She is a kindred spirit to many of the Ukrainian neo-Nazis running around the country, but this is, in fact, the reason why she is opposing the current Ukrainian regime.

She has not had a change of heart per-say, she is a Ukrainian nationalist through and through, but it seems she has grown a brain, if not a conscious, and realized that she may be a so-called “Hero of Ukraine” willing to fight and die for the cause, but the Ukrainian authorities certainly are not.

She realized while she was in jail for her crimes, the powers that be in Kiev were not worshiping at the altar of Bandera, sacrificing a goat or two for the glory of Ukraine, but instead robbing the country blind, while she and her comrades served as useful idiots dying on Ukrainian battlefields.

She realized they were not fighting Russians, who could easily capture Kiev if they really wanted to, but rather, Ukrainian citizens, and that she and her comrades were bamboozled by the west, and the Oligarchs in power, to divide Ukraine with war, setting it up for western socio-economic conquest.

She realized that the revolution of dignity she fought for in Kiev, was actually a lie, the current Ukrainian authorities are legitimized criminals, who rose to power on bloodshed, and they, in fact, sent the snipers which fired on Maidan protesters, and security forces alike. She realized after being promised so much, the revolution of dignity was a complete and utter farce and sham.

Ukraine has Gone Insane

Ukraine has gone completely insane – not just because of this, but because of everything that’s happened after 2014. Lets recap, shall we? Before 2014, when Ukraine was allegedly controlled by Russia, the country was peaceful, there was no war, and at worst, some people in one side of the country didn’t get along with some others at the opposite end. Everyone basically went about their normal affairs. After the so-called Revolution of Dignity:

  • The Ukrainian government collapsed, and a democratically elected President was ousted in a violent coup.
  • A fratricidal war began in Donbass, which killed around 10,000 people including children.
    • The war crimes were committed by Ukrainian government forces – however, a large amount of the army deserted – Ukraine can’t even keep their army in line – so a majority of the worst atrocities were committed by Neo-Nazi battalions.
  • Fascism effectively returned to Europe for the first time since 1945 – in the heart of a country which fought fascism. Former Nazi Ukrainian elements from western Ukraine were rehabilitated like Bandera.
  • The rise of fascism effectively revitalized the certain radical bands of Uniates, which since the 16th century Union of Brest, killed Orthodox Christians.
  • Crimeans voted to join Russia, motivated especially by fear of Ukrainian fascism.
  • Ukrainian fascism has scared away even Russophobes in Poland.
  • Ukraine lost wonderful opportunities with Russia, and was forced into a Master-Slave trade relationship with the EU.
  • EU leaders STILL say Ukraine is decades away from joining EU
  • In recent days
    • Former Georgian President Saakashvili (stripped of citizenship in his own country and wanted for corruption) was appointed Governor of Odessa in Ukraine. He then attempted to overthrow the corrupt Ukrainian government – and was deported after a back and forth fight with the current President.
    • Now Savchenko – a former ‘Hero of Ukraine’, hailed as the Ukrainian Joan of Arc and jailed in Russia for murder, has been arrested on accusations of terrorism against Ukraine.

The Kiev regime now maintains that this is all a plot of Russian secret services, yet it’s not Russia which has descended into a dystopian quagmire.

Ukrainian democracy in action

Now, Ukraine is arresting and jailing not only one of their soldiers, but one who earned the highest medal and title in the land: Hero of Ukraine. Ukraine is jailing their own Heroes, corrupt exiled former presidents of foreign countries are appointed Ukrainian governors, only for them to call the government corrupt and state coups, and a civil war is raging killing thousands. Ukraine still maintains that it is all Russia’s fault, even as they jail their own Heroes who kill Russians. It seems the Hetman (title for Cossack ruler) must soon come to terms with the fact that he is wearing no clothes.

I’d tell him to buy some – but the oligarchs have already stolen all the clothes.

 

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Don’t Laugh : It’s Giving Putin What He Wants

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself.

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The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy.

The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time.

Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because the UK is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4,700 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1.2 billion presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day.

Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing.

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

“Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age’,” the article warns. Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity.

“Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad,” Robinson writes, which I found funny since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?”

“If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health – or for that matter, political efficacy,” Tracey writes, documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for a US intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs”, it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting the US intelligence community and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory.

Ah well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said, “Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”

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EU’s ‘toothless’ response to creation of Kosovo army risks worsening the crisis – Moscow

Russia’s ambassador to the UN said that the EU could have and should have done more to stop the breakaway region from creating its own army.

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The creation of Kosovo’s own 5,000-strong army is a threat to peace and security in a turbulent region and may lead to a new escalation, Russia’s UN envoy has warned, calling the EU’s lackluster response irresponsible.

Speaking at the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Kosovo, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzya said that the EU could have and should have done more to stop the breakaway region from creating its own army to replace its lightly armed emergency response force.

“The EU reaction to the decision by Pristina cannot be described as other than toothless. This irresponsible policy has crossed the line,” Nebenzya said, after the UNSC meeting on Monday.

The diplomat said the lack of decisive action on the part of the 28-member bloc was a “great disappointment,” adding that the EU seems to “have turned a blind eye on the illegal creation of Kosovo’s ‘army.’”

The law, approved by Kosovo lawmakers on Friday, paves the way for doubling the size of the current Kosovo Security Force and for turning it into a de facto army, with 5,000 soldiers and 3,000 reservists.

The move did not go down well even with Kosovo’s usual backers, with both NATO and the EU voicing their indignation. NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg called the decision “ill-timed” and lamented that Kosovo’s authorities had ignored “the concerns expressed by NATO.”

The EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has echoed those concerns, saying in a statement that the mandate of Kosovo’s forces “should only be changed through an inclusive and gradual process” in accordance with the state’s constitution.

The only nation to openly applaud the controversial move was the US, with its ambassador to Kosovo, Phillip Kosnett, saying that Washington “reaffirms its support” for the upgrade as it is “only natural for Kosovo as a sovereign, independent country” to have a full-fledged army.

The Kosovo MPs’ decision has drawn anger in the Serbian capital Belgrade and provoked a strong response from Moscow, which calledon the UN mission in Kosovo to demilitarize the area in accordance with UNSC resolution 1244, and to disband any armed units.

Nebenzya pointed out that the UN resolution does not allow any Kosovo Albanian military units to be present in the region’s territory. He accused Western countries, including members of the NATO-led international peacekeeping force (KFOR), of “condoning and supporting” the violation by Pristina of the resolution.

It is feared that the army, though a relatively small force, might inflame tensions in the region and impede attempts at reconciliation between Pristina and Belgrade. Serbia has warned that it might consider an armed intervention if the army becomes a threat to the 120,000-strong Serb minority in Kosovo.

“The advance of Kosovo’s army presents a threat to the peace and security in the region, which may lead to the recurrence of the armed conflict,” Nebenzya stated.

In addition to creating its own army, Kosovo in November hit Serbia with a 100 percent import tariff on goods, defying calls by the US and the EU to roll the measure back.

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Ukraine’s President Says “High” Threat Of Russian Invasion, Urges NATO Entry In Next 5 Years

Poroshenko is trying desperately to hold on to power, even if it means provoking Russia.

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Perhaps still seeking to justify imposing martial law over broad swathes of his country, and attempting to keep international pressure and media focus on a narrative of “Russian aggression,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denounced what he called the high “threat of Russian invasion” during a press conference on Sunday, according to Bloomberg.

Though what some analysts expected would be a rapid flair up of tit-for-tat incidents following the late November Kerch Strait seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and their crew by the Russian Navy has gone somewhat quiet, with no further major incident to follow, Poroshenko has continued to signal to the West that Russia could invade at any moment.

“The lion’s share of Russian troops remain” along the Russian border with Ukraine, Poroshenko told journalists at a press conference in the capital, Kiev. “Unfortunately, less than 10 percent were withdrawn,” he said, and added: “As of now, the threat of Russian troops invading remains. We have to be ready for this, we won’t allow a repeat of 2014.”

Poroshenko, who declared martial law on Nov. 26, citing at the time possible imminent “full-scale war with Russia” and Russian tank and troop build-up, on Sunday noted that he will end martial law on Dec. 26 and the temporarily suspended presidential campaign will kick off should there be no Russian invasion. He also previously banned all Russian males ages 16-60 from entering Ukraine as part of implementation of 30 days of martial law over ten provinces, though it’s unclear if this policy will be rescinded.

During his remarks, the Ukrainian president said his country should push to join NATO and the EU within the next five years, per Bloomberg:

While declining to announce whether he will seek a second term in the office, Poroshenko said that Ukraine should achieve peace, overcome the consequences of its economic crisis and to meet criteria to join the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during next five years.

But concerning both his retaining power and his ongoing “threat exaggeration” — there’s even widespread domestic acknowledgement that the two are clearly linked.

According to The Globe and Mail:

While Mr. Poroshenko’s domestic rivals accuse him of exaggerating the threat in order to boost his own flagging political fortunes — polls suggest Mr. Poroshenko is on track to lose his job in a March election — military experts say there are reasons to take the Ukrainian president’s warning seriously.

As we observed previously, while European officials have urged both sides to exercise restraint, the incident shows just how easily Russia and the West could be drawn into a military conflict over Ukraine.

Certainly Poroshenko’s words appear designed to telegraph just such an outcome, which would keep him in power as a war-time president, hasten more and massive western military support and aid, and quicken his country’s entry into NATO — the latter which is already treating Ukraine as a de facto strategic outpost.

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