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Ukraine cuts energy to Donetsk–Germany’s press reverts to its dark past

Kiev has cut all energy supplies to Donetsk this week. This comes after Kiev left Crimea totally in the dark a few months ago – and this was no story for the Western media.

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When one looks at the Western (and in particular the German) interpretation of news from Ukraine and Crimea, the impression is that journalists in  modern Germany (and in the West in general) have an even more crooked psyche and conscience than journalists in the Hitler-dominated Nazi Third Reich.

Wednesday’s news is a good example. The Ukrainian media triumphantly reported that “on July 26 Ukraine has totally stopped all deliveries of electric energy to the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Donetsk region (ORDO).” Explanation for the Westerners: ORDLO is the abbreviated name which the Ukrainian “revolutionary” authorities gave to those areas in Donetsk region which did not recognize the post-Maidan “revolutionary” government of Ukraine and managed to fend off the Ukrainian army’s punitive onslaught during the summer war in 2014.

There are more than 2.3 million people living in Donetsk People’s Republic. Can you imagine what happens to 2.3 million people without electricity in the modern world? But the head of Ukrenergo (the Ukrainian energy monopoly) Vsevolod Kovalchuk remained unperturbed , saying that “our supplies to Donetsk have been reduced to zero, but that will have only positive consequences.”

In the neighboring Lugansk People’e Republic, where 1.3 million people live, Ukraine cut all energy supplies back in April.

Now all the electricity that Donetsk and Lugansk consume is either produced by themselves or supplied from neighboring Russia – much to the chagrin of the German chancellor Merkel and similar European humanists from France, the UK and Poland, who set themselves the aim of reducing Russia’s involvement in these areas to zero.

The story with the total cut of Ukrainian energy supplies to Donetsk, however, did not interest the EU countries’ media in the least. What kept them busy was the recent scandal with Siemens (a German company producing energy equipment) infuriated as they were with Russia’s “abuse” of its confidence. Siemens even offered to “buy back” from Russia the gas turbines produced with the use of Siemens’ technologies on Russian territory and brought for installation in Crimea.

From the modern German point of view, what an awful perspective, no wonder the German press is up in arms! These turbines may help to provide warmth and light to 2 million of Crimeans, so that they don’t share the gloomy fate of the people of Donbass. “Schrecklich”, as Mr. Hitler would have said in his days in the 1940s, when the inhabitants of Donbass were guaranteed security by the Germans only as “forced workers” (Zwangsarbeiter) on the territory of the Reich – in special clothes, that used to be called slaves’ attire in less politically correct Roman and medieval times.

Indeed, Siemens’ turbines in Crimea – this is a total breach of the great world order which the EU and the US have been building during all of those years since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. With its humanistic bombing, aka“democratizations” of Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria, that left millions of non-democrats dead or starving, not to speak about such “luxuries” as light and warmth, what sort of record does NATO have? Clearly it is a negative one to put it mildly.

So, no wonder the German authorities issued a tough statement about Russia’s “breach of confidence,” generously allowing the insulted and sobbing Siemens to go off the hook without fines – for now. There was, of course, no German protest against Ukraine’s cutting electric supplies to its own citizens or to Crimea.

Somehow, Mrs. Merkel and other humanists from the EU are NEVER concerned  by the continued water and food blockade of Donetsk and Lugansk from the Ukrainian side, which has been continuous since 2014. Almost no one in the Western press was concerned when the so called “Ukrainian nationalist activists” a few months ago plunged Crimea into darkness by blowing up the energy lines near the Crimean border. These lines for decades have been allowing Ukraine’s electricity (Soviet and non-Soviet) to flow to Crimea. Putin’s horrible Russia signed a contract on energy supplies to Crimea with Poroshenko’s government in 2014-2015, but Poroshenko still allowed the electric lines to be blown up.

No one in the Western publications was then concerned about young women in Crimea (including those sweethearts of Western propaganda, the “Russian-oppressed” Crimean Tatars) giving births in maternity wards in complete darkness and without minimal medical aid. No one in Germany, supposedly full of regret about the World War II, asked questions about the transportation in Crimea, which came to its first full stop since 1943 because of the German-supported Ukrainian and Tatar nationalists.

Somehow, Hitler’s ideas are very much alive in today’s Europe. The Fuhrer dreamed of that “new consciousness” under which only the “right” suffering will be pitied and alleviated – that is, the suffering of Nazi Germans and their allies among Ukrainian and Tatar (or Latvian, or Croat) anti-Russian nationalists. The suffering of “Zwangsarbeiter” was of no importance, and the suffering of “Partisanen” (whose successors are now defending the Donetsk  People’s Republic) under Hitler was supposed to be made as great as possible – with electricity and water cuts for “hostile territories” celebrated.

Now show me ONE difference between the attitudes to Donbass and Crimea from the German press of 1941-1945 and of 2014-2017.

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wherever there’s a few shekels to be made, or the pretense of solidarity with the united snakes, Britain will always be there, regardless of right or wrong.

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Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine meddling in US election surfaces (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at new evidence to surface from Ukraine that exposes a plot by the US Embassy in Kiev and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to leak Paul Manafort’s corrupt dealings in the country, all for the benefit of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has launched an investigation into the head of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump during the 2016 US election by releasing damaging information about a “black ledger” of illegal business dealings by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Hill’s John Solomon, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said last week, according to The Hill

Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

A State Department spokesman told Hill.TV that officials aware of news reports regarding Sytnyk. –The Hill

“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” said Lutsenko, speaking with The Hill’s John Solomon about the anti-corruption bureau chief, Artem Sytnyk.

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko continued.

Solomon asked Lutsenko about reports that a member of Ukraine’s parliament obtained a tape of the current head of the NABU saying that he was attempting to help Clinton win the 2016 presidential election, as well as connections that helped release the black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort‘s wrongdoing in Ukraine.

“This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.” –The Hill

What The Hill doesn’t mention is that Sytnyk released Manafort’s Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko – discussed in great length by former Breitbart investigator Lee Stranahan, who has been closely monitoring this case.

Serhiy Leshchenko

T]he main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. –Lee Stranahan via Medium

Meanwhile, according to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, Leshchenko was a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. –Daily Caller

Also absent from The Hill report is the fact that Leshchenko was convicted in December by a Kiev court of interfering in the 2016 US election.

A Kyiv court said that a Ukrainian lawmaker and a top anticorruption official’s decision in 2016 to publish documents linked to President Donald Trump’s then-campaign chairman amounted to interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The December 11 finding came in response to a complaint filed by another Ukrainian lawmaker, who alleged that Serhiy Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk illegally released the documents in August 2016, showing payments by a Ukrainian political party to Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The documents, excerpts from a secret ledger of payments by the Party of Regions, led to Manafort being fired by Trump’s election campaign.

The Kyiv court said that the documents published by Leshchenko and Sytnyk were part of an ongoing pretrial investigation in Ukraine into the operations of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. The party’s head had been President Viktor Yanukovych until he fled the country amid mass protests two years earlier.

-RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty (funded by the US govt.).

So while Lutsenko – Solomon’s guest and Ukrainian Prosecutor is currently going after Artem Sytnyk, it should be noted that Leshchenko was already found to have meddled in the 2016 US election.

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Meanwhile, you can also check out Stranahan’s take on Leshchenko being left out of the loop.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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