Jan 28 10:09

Email From US Special Forces Veteran; 500 US Blackwater Mercenaries in Ukraine? US Backs Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

Over the weekend more videos of English speaking soldiers in Mariupol turned up. Around the 14:40 mark, talk is in English. This time it sounds British rather than US.

Jan 28 10:02

Ukraine’s Government Is Losing Its War. Here Is Why:

On January 27th, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense headlined “Militants Continue to Suffer Losses,” and reported that four helicopters, and other weapons of the “militants,” were destroyed in battle, but no evidence was given to support the assertion.

Just two days prior, the (also pro-Government) Kiev Post had, in fact, bannered “Ukraine Hides Devastating Losses as Russia-Backed Fighters Surge Forward,” and reported “Ukraine’s worst-kept secret — that the Ukrainian army is drastically understating its casualties.” After detailing, there, what seems to be outrageous unconcern by the Government, for the welfare of troops it’s sending into battle (even by jamming battlefield-injured soldiers into regular civilian hospitals, which aren’t equipped to handle their injuries), this report ends with a doctor saying, “It’s bad everywhere. Yes, the soldiers are still standing at their positions ready to fight. But we don’t see any help coming for them.”

Jan 28 09:17

MUST WATCH: This was the year before MAIDAN – ENG SUBS

Ukrainian Deputy to Rada: 'US to stage a civil war in Ukraine!'

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This was one month before MAIDAN BEGAN – ENG SUBS

This video finally has made its way out of Kiev within the past month.

Is only 3:34 long, but it is a damning video about who is behind the war in Ukraine.

Jan 28 09:05

‘If SWIFT gets weaponized, an alternative system is absolutely realistic’

While the West may try to slap Russia with more sanctions, the SWIFT banking payment system will try to stay out of political crossfire, economist Max Fraad Wolff told RT, adding that if it eventually gets weaponized, an alternative will emerge.

Jan 28 09:03

Iran, Russia to create ‘joint bank’ for trade in national currencies – ambassador

Iran and Russia are planning to switch their bilateral trade to national currencies for which the states will create a joint bank or a mutual account, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Sanaei, has announced.

Jan 28 08:59

Online army: Ukraine seeks to recruit bloggers for ‘truth-telling’ crusade

Kiev authorities plan to create a coordination center for Ukrainian bloggers to present a united front in social media, said Information Policy Minister, Yury Stets, adding that popular bloggers will become Ukraine’s “truth-telling” online army.

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You don't need to organize people to tell the truth. You only need to organize them to tell lies.

Jan 28 08:50

Poroshenko said that Ukraine will continue to pressure Russia

Irina Polina TASS /. President of Ukraine Poroshenko said that Kiev will continue to pressure on Moscow to motivate Russia to the negotiating table. He stated this in an interview with Polish television TVN24.

Jan 28 08:48

The State Duma will examine "the 1989 plan for annexation of the GDR" West Germany

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin today instructed the Duma's international affairs committee to study the possibility of making a statement condemning "the annexation of the German Democratic Republic Federal Republic of Germany in 1989". The initiative to prepare a statement about the annexation of the GDR Communist Nikolai Ivanov made in response to the allegations in the European deputies Russian annexation of the Crimea.

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Russia is apparently getting tired of the accusations that it annexed Crimea, even though Crimea voted to merge with Russia. Russia is correct to point out that the nations doing the accusing are themselves guilty of plotting annexations, specifically the 1989 plan by West Germany to annex East Germany, and of course, the US annexation of Texas and Hawaii, with the US Government formally admitting the latter was illegal.

Jan 27 15:46

Kiev used barrier squads to prevent troops from retreating – E. Ukraine militia

The Ukrainian military employed barrier troops who fired at their fellow servicemen in order to prevent their retreat during a night battle in the country's southeast, the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said.

Jan 27 15:01

US-Made Weapons, High-Power Explosives Found in Donetsk Airport

A senior commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's military reported Monday that American-made weapons, M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by the Kiev-led troops.

Jan 27 14:30

Is The US Preparing To Blame The Next Market Crash On "Russian Spies" And HFT?

On the surface this sounds like your plain vanilla diplomatic escalation, in which a lowly spy, or rather alleged spy, is exposed to show the displeasure of the host regime toward the opposing country, an action which will surely result, within 24-48 hours, in a comparable arrest of a US spy in Russia.

And yet, reading through the complaint we were dumbfounded when we encountered the following exchange:

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What the US is calling espionage looks like market research or journalism to me. It';s not like this Russia was video-taping 9-11 and cheering as the buildings came down!

Jan 27 14:26

OSCE has asked Russia to close the border with Ukraine

Head of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Kanerva asked Russia to close the border with Ukraine. It is said in a statement posted on January 27 on the OSCE website.

Jan 27 14:25

The draft PACE resolution indicates the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine

RIA Novosti. PACE draft resolution on the authority of the Russian Federation once again accused Moscow of the fact that its troops are on the territory of Ukraine.

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There is no evidence of Russian forces in Ukraine (although there is now evidence of US mercenaries) but Kiev is simply officially declaring it to be so.

Jan 27 13:27

EU to consider new sanctions against Russia on January 29

January 29, the EU Council to consider new restrictive measures against Russia. This is stated in the statement of the Heads of State and Government of the European Union on Tuesday in Brussels, according to TASS.

"Due to the deteriorating situation we ask the EU Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to assess the situation in Ukraine and consider any appropriate measures, in particular, further restrictive measures against Russia, aimed at the rapid and full implementation of the Minsk Agreement," - the document says.

Jan 27 13:26

If SWIFT would be banned... "there will be strict response" - Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev promised a harsh response from the Russian side in the event of a decision to limit the participation of Russian banks in the system SWIFT.

"In the case of such decisions would like to note that our economic response, or indeed any other, will be without limits" - quoted by "Interfax" statement of the prime minister.

Medvedev drew attention of the meeting that in addition to budget shortfalls in Russia today is "an extra set of constraints that we have also encountered - a limitation on finance, liquidity." Closing foreign currency markets can not but affect the domestic situation.

Jan 27 13:23

Rada to recognize Russia as aggressor and ask the world for weapons

On Jan. 27 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine plans to make a statement coordinated with the Ukrainian President, Prime Minister, and the leadership of the Parliament on the fact of Russian aggression in the territory of Ukraine.

This was stated by chairman of Poroshenko Block faction Yurii Lutsenko on ICTV channel, Censor.NET reports citing Liga.

Jan 27 13:20

It Is Time For Iran To Tell The West ‘Goodbye’

From all appearances, the Obama regime’s negotiations with Iran, overseen by Russia, were on the verge of ending the contrived nuclear issue. An end to the confrontation is unacceptable to the Zionist Israeli government and to their neocon agents in America. The Republicans, a political party owned lock, stock, and barrel by the Israel Lobby, hastily invited Netanyahu, the crazed ruler of both Israel and America, to quickly come to tell the Republican Congress, which the insouciant American voters put in place, how to prohibit any accommodation with Iran.

Jan 27 12:24

EU leaders warn of more sanctions against Russia

EU leaders call on the Ministers of Foreign Affairs to consider new sanctions against Russia.

European Union leaders asked their foreign ministers on Tuesday to consider possible new sanctions on Russia in response to a rebel offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a final decision to impose them is likely to be left to a summit next month.

Jan 27 12:14

Mariupol-Donetsk-Frunza! Can Poroshenko Escape Crimes Against Humanity Trial?

A little over a week ago Petro Poroshenko ordered an all out assault on Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Faced with massive losses during the first few days the Poroshenko regime has resorted unsuccessfully to get both republic’s listed as terrorist organizations by the EU and United Nations.

It started with the Volonavaha bus attack after which the bus driver states in an interview with the Korrespondent that a mine exploded and killed his passengers in Ukrainian controlled territory. Images from the scene taken by the Ukrainian army shows a soldier carrying what appears to be a claymore mine. Claymore mines are directional explosives that are set off remotely or by a trip wire.

Kiev is engaging in a game of escalating crimes against humanity. Each attack on civilian populations has been followed by an all out media blitz trying to place blame on the fledgling republics.

Jan 27 11:57

Russia In The Cross Hairs. Washington’s Threats have moved Into the Realm of Insanity

Washington’s attack on Russia has moved beyond the boundary of the absurd into the realm of insanity.

The New Chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, Andrew Lack, has declared the Russian news service, RT, which broadcasts in multiple languages, to be a terrorist organization equivalent to Boko Haram and the Islamic State, and Standard and Poor’s just downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk status.

Jan 27 11:49

Anniversary of the end of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad

This was undoubtedly the most tragic period in the history of the city, a period full of suffering and heroism. For everyone who lives in St. Petersburg the Blokada (the Siege) of Leningrad is an important part of the city's heritage and a painful memory for the population's older generations.

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Everyone is wagging Auschwitz around and ignores that today is the anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad.

Jan 27 10:26

Presumed US mercenary caught in Mariupol

Jan 27 09:39

Russia Declassifies Auschwitz Liberation Documents

Classified World War II documents of the Auschwitz concentration camp's January 27, 1945 liberation will finally see the light of day on its 70th anniversary, the Defense Ministry announced in a statement Tuesday.

"Today, 70 years after the events, the Russian Ministry of Defense will for the first time publicly disclose reliable historical documents from the period of the Great Patriotic War from the central archives of the Russian Ministry of Defense on its official website," the statement reads.

Jan 26 16:45

Putin Calls Ukrainian Army 'NATO Legion'

Ukrainian armed forces are in essence a 'NATO legion', which is not serving the country's national interests, Russian President Putin said.

Jan 26 16:32

Psaki Calls Allegations About US Private Army in Ukraine 'False'

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called allegations over US troops or mercenaries operating in Ukraine false.

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"I mean, really, that's just SILLY! Only a wacko tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy wingnut would even LISTEN to such drivel. Honestly!"

Jan 26 15:47

POLL - What was the real nationality of the "Ukie" soldier?

Jan 26 15:33

Kiev introduces state of emergency in Donbass, high alert across Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has introduced the state of emergency in the war-torn south-eastern Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, and put all other territories on high alert, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk announced.

Jan 26 14:11

U.S., Europe threaten new sanctions against Moscow

U.S. and European leaders threatened new sanctions against Moscow after a missile attack blamed on pro-Russian separatists killed 30 civilians in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, the latest escalation in violence that has brought Kiev’s fight with rebels back toward full-scale war.

Russia reacted with defiance, blaming Kiev and its Western backers for the surge in fighting, but it also called for urgent talks on implementing a September cease-fire. Separatists backed off earlier threats of a broad offensive on Mariupol and other targets, but shelling along the contact line between the two sides was extremely heavy over the weekend, Ukrainian military officials said.

Jan 26 12:37

S&P downgrades Russia's credit rating to junk

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S&P was one of the Wall Street Ratings agencies that assured us all those mortgage-backed securities were AAA in 2008, so it's not like anyone will listen to them now.

Jan 26 10:55

Croatia's new President called on Serbia to impose sanctions against Russia. Belgrade advised her to watch your language

No sooner had Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi? to join the Office of the President of Croatia, began making aggressive statements against Serbia and Russia.

She stated that it was risky, OC on the special relationship of the Russian and Serbian peoples, Belgrade should impose sanctions against Russia. "Serbia is obliged to impose sanctions on Russia. No, I certainly understand that they have a special friendship and special relationship, but at the moment, when the whole modern world imposes sanctions of Russia believe that Belgrade should not be supported, and balance. You want to respect the international sanctions, "she said.

However, the response of Serbia did not have long to wait. So, the head of the Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic advised her to follow their language: "Madam Adada should follow what says. Sometimes policies within the framework of the campaign can slander superfluous, but being in power must be held accountable for their words. "

Jan 26 10:13

The New Ukraine Is Run by Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs

On the surface, today’s Ukraine is much more favorably disposed toward everything Western and everything American because of the exciting wind of transformations that swept through the Ukrainian political landscape last year. Its political culture looks modern, attractive, refined and European. For example, at the end of last year a new law was passed that allowed former citizens of other countries to participate in Ukrainian politics and even the government, in case they denounce their former citizenships. The reason given was the fight with notorious Ukrainian corruption. Apparently, in a country of more than 40 million people, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk (called “Rabbit” by his citizens) couldn’t find a dozen or so native-born yet not corrupt professionals for his government.

Jan 25 11:26

Another dashcam captures Grad attack against Mariupol civilians up close

Dashcam captures attack against Mariupol Civilians. Pretty lucky guy! Around 30 Civilians were murdered.

Jan 25 11:11

Attack on Mariupol Begins; 7,000-8,000 Ukrainian Forces Nearly Encircled in Northern Cauldron; US Sends Army Trainers

Jacob Dreizin, a US citizen who speaks Russian and reads Ukrainian provides a DNR perspective that he has seen.

Jacob writes ...

Background for Zakharchenko's "no more ceasefires" statement stems from rebel disappointment back in August when Moscow forced the rebels to the negotiating table in Minsk, Belarus. The rebels gave up some territory around Mariupol at a time when Ukraine army was retreating, and in complete disarray.

This could have been a great opportunity for Kiev to come to its senses and accept a political solution.

However, the Ukraine side openly and repeated stated that the so-called ceasefire was just a tactical move prior to building up the forces and going back on the offensive. Then Kiev announced a 4th wave build-up of 50,000-100,000 troops.

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Memo to the White House, Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department; in the images at the bottom left of this article, the smoke from attacks appear to be coming from residential housing units.

Not to put to fine a point on it, but is not the shelling of residential buildings A WAR CRIME?!?

And now, we have American troops on the ground in Ukraine as "advisers". Odd, it seems I remember that this was precisely how the Vietnam war began. And we all remember just how brilliant THAT turned out for this country, don't we?!?!?

I wonder if any bookies in Vegas are exploring the odds of just how soon Obama will be sending armed combat troops to Ukraine, not to "advise" but to fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers.

Folks, unless someone in Foggy Bottom comes to their senses, we are looking, very soon, at a shooting war with Russia.

There is only so far Putin will be pushed; and that is precisely what Obama and his team are betting on, just as Roosevelt baited the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor.

I would like to strongly caution those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC that the US military, at this point, does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes the military scenario here so scarily dangerous.

Jan 25 10:38

Pentagon Directing Kiev's War on Donbas?

Washington relies heavily on allies and proxies to advance its imperial agenda. It actively supports and encourages Kiev's aggression on Donbas.

Funding and arming its military. Supplying heavy weapons and munitions covertly. Assuming a local guerrilla force could easily be defeated.

Hoped for victory became rout. Earlier last spring and summer. Again a few days after Kiev launched its new offensive last Sunday.

Jan 24 18:39

US-Made Weapons, High-Power Explosives Found in Donetsk Airport

A senior commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's military reported Monday that American-made weapons, M16-A5 assault rifles, grenades, as well as means of communication were found in the Donetsk airport, previously occupied by the Kiev-led troops.

Jan 24 15:15

Mariupol burning

Jan 24 14:51

Mariupol: Filmed uniformed and armed American on the side of Ukrainians (Video)

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Check out 2 minutes and 32 seconds!

Jan 24 12:00

Donetsk militia 'not going to storm Mariupol', trades accusations with Kiev

The Donetsk militia has been ordered to suppress Kiev’s military positions to the east of Mariupol, but is not going to storm the city, said Donetsk Republic head, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, accusing Kiev of a false flag operation and shifting the blame.

Jan 24 11:58

Fighting In Ukraine Surges To Worst Level In Months

At least 20 people were killed by shelling in the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, regional police said, as a rebel leader said separatists were launching an offensive on the city, the news agency RIA reported.

The separatists have rejected more peace talks and fighting has surged to its most intense in months. The United Nations said on Friday that 262 had been killed in the previous nine days.

"Today an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead," RIA quoted rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko as saying at a memorial ceremony in the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

He said separatists plan to encircle Debaltseve, a town north-east of Donetsk, in the next few days, the Russian news agency Interfax reported him as saying at the same event.

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As reported yesterday at

The head of the United States Army Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, announced on Wednesday that a contingent of US soldiers will be dispatched to Ukraine in the spring to undertake the training of four companies of the National Guard of Ukraine (NGU). The exact number of American soldiers who will be stationed at the Yavoriv Training Area outside the western city of Lvov has yet to be determined. The highly provocative move, which follows the positioning of US and NATO forces in Poland and the Baltic states and escalating threats of a military confrontation with Russia, came as the Kiev government steps up its war against pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region. Lt. Gen. Hodges made his announcement on his first visit to Kiev where he met with the commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Anatoliy Pushnyakov and the acting commander of the NGU Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Kryvyenko. Hodges told reporters after the meeting he was “impressed by the readiness of both military and civil leadership to change and reform.” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News the training mission was part of a State Department effort “to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law.” The Obama administration has so far committed $19 million from the Global Security Contingency Fund to help build up and train the NGU.

It appears that all the pieces are being put into place for a bloody military conflict with Russia, to prevent the ultimate rise of the ruble, which has been on the ropes recently, due to successful negotiations with Saudi Arabia, and OPEC, to keep the price of oil artificially low.

However, this will not last.

Because in the intellectual confrontations between Obama and Putin, Putin is at least consistently 10,000 chess moves ahead of Obama,

I would like to politely point out to those precious few adults in the room in Foggy Bottom that the US military most likely does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia; and that is what makes the military scenario so scarily dangerous.

So to the warmongers and cheerleaders of carnage in this government, and the major corporations which profity mightily from war, I would strongly caution you to be very, very careful about what you wish for here; the unintended consequences could be horrific... and irreversible.

Jan 24 11:58

US General Outlines Plans to Train Ukrainian National Guard

US troops are going to be deployed to western Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges announced.

Jan 24 11:57

Nothing is true, everything is permitted – the US establishment’s attack on RT

The new chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors stirred up a storm when he equated RT to two of the world’s most hideous terrorist organizations. While his comments were absolutely without justification, it could be part of a clever funding ploy.

Jan 23 15:46

Maintain Economy - China refuses to Saudi Oil

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In short, increased Russia/China oil cooperation may have added pressure for Saudi Arabia to lower oil prices.

Jan 23 13:05

LaRouche Warns: Wall Street's Growing Desperation Is Fueling Global Thermonuclear Showdown

Wall Street is on the edge of another financial tsunami, and this is driving the world towards general war, with the latest provocations in Ukraine serving as the immediate trigger for confrontation with Russia.

As Citibank was the latest of the Wall Street too-big-to-fail banks to post serious fourth-quarter losses, and as the Wall Street banks were announcing 50,000 layoffs, half-way around the globe the Ukrainian government was launching new provocations against Russia, meeting with top NATO generals and announcing a draft to call up 100,000 new troops to launch a military offensive against its own citizens in eastern Ukraine.

Jan 23 12:16

“Je Suis Donetsk”: Ukraine Army Attacks Bus and Trolley in Center of Donetsk. 13 Killed including Children

The terrorist strike on the bus shown above claimed the lives of 13-15 people including children. There are reported to be over 20 other critically injured, many with blast amputations. The driver of a car next to the blast burnt to death. The blast was large enough to blowout 2nd story windows in an apartment across from it and stopped the clock at 8:30.

Donetsk Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov gave a statement that a group of terrorists launching attacks on civilians have been caught and are Ukrainian military operatives. Small teams of Ukrainian army/terrorists have been perpetrating random drive by shootings with automatics in Donetsk since the Ukrainian army reignited the hot war eleven days ago.

Jan 23 12:12

Game changer: Russia prepares to develop Gaza gas

In a significant political and economic development, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Jan. 23 with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting came as a prerequisite to officially sign an investment agreement aiming to develop the Gaza offshore gas field in the Mediterranean Sea. It is only logical to assume that this step will raise the ire of Israel. The latter does not appreciate the role Russia plays in the region, especially since Israel has never come to an agreement with Russia.

Jan 23 10:57

Ukrainian Politician: Armed Coup against Poroshenko Is Coming

According to available information, the Ukraine is preparing another armed coup. Structures close to Alexander Turchinov and Yatsenyuk Arsen?y, with direct support from the US State Department organized the "People's veche", which will meet on the initiative of the Council of the Maidan. During the veche will be taken vote of censure to the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. In the guilt he would put the current economic situation, corruption, inability to resolve the political crisis, the loss of the Crimea.

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US Policy is, if the first puppet can;t do the job, take him out and put in a second puppet, then if need be a third, fourth, fifth, sixth ...

Jan 23 10:56

Kolomoisky is preparing a massive private army for a coup in Kiev

In the next several weeks a new phase of Ukrainian crisis will begin - a destruction of Ukraine, and it will begin from Dnepropetrovsk. Everything is almost ready there. Repeating the words of Boris Filatov: "the time for promises is over, the time has come to hang all of us, Ukrainians"...

Jan 23 10:33

VTB Bank Head: End of Banking Relationship with US Would Lead to War

The head of a leading Kremlin-owned bank warned on Friday that further banking sanctions would lead Russia and the U.S. to the “brink of war.”

Jan 22 16:46

DPR sent 300 tonnes of coal for the people in Kharkov region. For free!

Jan 22 14:44

NATO: Fighting in eastern Ukraine fiercer than ever

Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday - adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops.

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"Repeat after me ... 'It's all Russia's fault. It's all Russia's fault. It's all Russia's fault!'" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 22 14:32

Ukraine: Kiev Lies to its own Troops, sends them to be Slaughtered, Novorossiya clearly Winning

Here’s the situation in a nutshell: Kiev is sending poorly trained, fresh recruits into battle. They are shelling civilian areas (e.g., Gorlovka) but not providing cover, recon, or reinforcements to the men actually doing the fighting against the NAF. And the Novorossiyans are repelling whatever is thrown at them, taking out entire tank companies. Kiev’s troops basically have two options: surrender or die.

Jan 22 14:14

Pentagon Confirms US Troops Will Deploy to Ukraine in Spring

US Army commander in Europe Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges visited Ukraine today, as Pentagon officials confirmed plans to send troops to war-torn Ukraine this spring for a “training operation.”

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Suuuuuuure. Just like those "trainers" were sent into Iraq a few weeks ago.

Jan 22 11:37

Ukraine Attacks Bus and Trolley in Center of Donetsk

This morning January 22nd at 8:30 local time in Donetsk the Ukrainian army fired what appear to be 82mm shells at buses and trolleys near the center of the city. The targets were located within roughly a 25 meter radius of each other. The OSCE is investigating.

Jan 22 11:09

'No military equipment' crossed at observed Russia-Ukraine border checkpoints - OSCE

The OSCE mission in Ukraine has not registered any movement of military vehicles on the border between Russia and Ukraine, the group’s newly released statement says.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is speaking for the two Border Crossing Points (BCPs) it monitors - "Donetsk" and "Gukovo".

“At the two BCPs the [Mission] did not observe military movement, apart from vehicles of the Russian Federation border guard service,” the report reads.

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So much for Poroshenko's claim of 9000 Russian troops and 500 tanks!

Jan 22 11:04

German media reports Blackwater mercenaries working in Ukraine.

American Blackwater mercenary involvement and speaks plainly about geopolitical context and US-NATO strategy in Ukraine and the risk of a major war.

Jan 22 10:55

US Trainers To Deploy To Ukraine

American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.

The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L'viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.

Jan 22 09:19

Over 80 trapped in Donetsk coal mine as shell blasts power supply

A total of 84 miners were trapped in a coal pit near Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, as a shell hit a local electric substation, cutting power to the coal mine, a regional police chief said on Thursday.

Jan 21 19:34

Russia, Ukraine agree on procedure for pulling back heavy weapons: German official

Germany's Foreign Minister says Russia and Ukraine have agreed on a procedure for the withdrawal of heavy weapons in Eastern Ukraine.

Jan 21 14:43

Russia Could Supply Iran With S-300 Air Defense System

Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, honoring a contract that was canceled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan to boost cooperation, Iran's Fars semi-official news agency said.

Jan 21 14:26

Novorussian Armed Forces capture Ukrainian Brigade Commander

At first he was described as a battalion commander. But it’s not so. Oleg Mikats is the commander of the 93rd Brigade. He was the third on the Right Sector party list during the recent Rada elections [he is shown in illustration above in the top row, second from the left]. So I wish to congratulate Novorossia fighters on their good catch. And I hope they realize what a big fish they caught.

Jan 21 13:12

Ukraine Announces Mass Conscription for ‘Continental War’ With Russia

Russian officials, with support from the European Union, are continuing to try to get the ceasefire in Ukraine back in place, after it collapsed over the weekend with a full-scale Ukrainian military offensive in the east.

Ukraine’s government doesn’t seem interested with this, however, and is rather unveiling plans to dramatically increase military conscription with an eye toward a bigger war.

The ceasefire began faltering last week when the eastern rebels pressed into the Donetsk Airport, and the Ukrainian military blamed Russia, then followed up with an offensive against Donetsk and other rebel cities.

The Ukrainian parliament is now talking up a “full-scale continental war” against Russia as the reason for their increased conscription, and is back to lobbying the West for military aid for a massive war they assume will begin at any moment.

Jan 21 12:30

Poroshenko Says 9,000 Russian Troops in Ukraine, High-Tech Invisibility Cloaks Prevent Detection

Nearly 10,000 Russian troops are in Ukraine according to Ukraine's president, and yet there hasn't been a single reliable independent confirmation of this incredible claim

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So I am not the only one who doubts this claim!

Jan 21 11:58

BEX ALERT - Russia has 9,000 troops in Ukraine - President Poroshenko

Russia has 9,000 soldiers and 500 tanks, heavy artillery and armoured personnel carriers in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko has said.

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"See? See? Here's the proof!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 21 09:19

Russia MP Gives a 'How To' Lecture on Russia Regime Change in Washington

The event, “Russia’s Opposition in a Time of War and Crisis,” featured prominent Russian liberal opposition parliamentarian (member of the Russian Duma) Ilya Ponomarev, a noted critic of Russian President Putin, providing a detailed presentation regarding the current political climate in Russia, and the potential for the ousting or overthrow of the Russian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, if Lindsey Graham were in Moscow, instructing Russian Nationals on how to overthrow the US Government, how would that look?

But for this event to have taken place at all signals that the US Government is indeed planning to overthrow the Russian government, to yank the foundation out from under BRICS.

Jan 21 09:17

Russia signs military cooperation deal with Iran

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday signed a military cooperation deal with Iran that his Iranian counterpart touted as a joint response to US "interference".

Shoigu is the most senior Russian military official to visit Tehran since 2002, according to Iranian media, and the agreement comes with both countries facing western sanctions.

The deal provides for joint exercises and military training, as well as "cooperation in peacekeeping, maintaining regional and international security and stability, and fighting against separatism and extremism," the Iranian defence ministry website said.

Defence minister Hossein Dehqan told state television that Iran and Russia had a "shared analysis of US global strategy, its interference in regional and international affairs and the need to cooperate in the struggle against the interference of foreign forces in the region."

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OK, Russia has just made it official; any military invasion of Iran will generate Russian military assistance for it.

Jan 21 08:58

Russia To Collapse Dollar, White House Prepares For Civil Unrest

Is the Pentagon preparing for civil unrest in the United States?

With the Russian Ruble about to collapse Russia and China are pushing for a collapse of the U.S. dollar. It’s a race between the superpowers to see which currency will collapse first.

Experts have said that the U.S. and Europe cannot survive for much longer, and with Russia’s economic surplus, its looking likely that the Ruble will out-live the dollar.

Jan 20 19:36

Michael Rivero - January 19, 2015 - Escalating War in UkraineThreat to World Peace?

Jan 20 16:05

Russia Orders Snap Test of Nuclear Missiles

Russia has ordered a snap drill of its Strategic Missile Troops (RVSN), which control the country’s 305 land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads, according to a statement issued by the unit’s high command today.

“More than 1,200 servicemen have been drafted to take part in the test exercises,” Colonel Igor Yegorov from the RVSN said. “Throughout 2015, we have planned at least four similar such drills,” he added.

Jan 20 12:31

Showcase Showdown: How Ukraine’s Offensive May Go From Bad To Worse

Kiev’s forces began heavy shelling in Donetsk over the weekend, with Poroshenko dismissing Putin’s emergency peace plan thus restarting the conflict in East Ukraine. The offensive now appears poised to expand from a battle for the airport to an entire regional operation, with no weapons off-limits.

Jan 20 12:29

Russia and China ‘Furiously’ Buying Up Gold

A larger global currency shift is underway.

And it may be happening much more quickly than anyone has realized.

Things are definitely in motion. Call it a game of musical chairs, or an exercise in rearranging chairs on the Titanic, or just that a tilting balance of power. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking this is all routine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I invested in gold coins, but I discovered that they lose their value if you eat the chocolate part inside!

Jan 20 10:56

Russia gives Ukraine warning after airport battle

Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed rebels have both claimed victory in a bitter battle for Donetsk airport as Moscow warned Ukraine of “irreversible consequences” if it continued to use force.

Jan 20 10:56

Majority of French Citizens Say Mistral Ships Should Be Delivered to Russia

According to a recent opinion poll, 72 percent of French citizens believe that failure to deliver Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia will have direct negative consequences for France's defense sector and affect other contracts.

Jan 20 10:52

European Parliament resolution of 15 January 2015 on the situation in Ukraine

A. whereas on 26 October 2014 Ukraine held parliamentary elections, which were conducted efficiently, in an orderly and peaceful manner and with general respect for fundamental freedoms, in spite of the ongoing conflict in the eastern regions and the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia;

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European Parliament Legitimizes Lies

Jan 20 10:49

Russia's support for Ukraine will not be endless — Russian PM

Russia’s support for Ukraine will not be endless, that fact has to be considered, Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

"We have to understand that it is the good will of our country. And that kind of support cannot go on forever. Sooner or later, it will run out, everyone has to be aware of that," Medvedev said at the cabinet meeting. The cabinet meeting was dedicated solely to the gas relations between Ukraine and Russia.

"We really believe that there are people who are close to us, who live on the territory of Ukraine. Russia's President has a position on this matter and we use it as a guideline," reminded Medvedev. "We will continue to work on this matter in the future," he added.

Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will honour its commitments on gas cooperation with Ukraine only in case Kiev settles its debt for gas supplies.

Jan 20 10:48

Did a Russian Parliamentarian Just Commit Treason?

An interesting thing happened in Washington recently, and it had nothing to do with Beltway politics, Democrats vs. Republicans, or any of the other standard fare for the middle of the week in mid-January. Rather, a relatively small, little publicized event took place at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent liberal-leaning think tank in Washington.

The event, “Russia’s Opposition in a Time of War and Crisis,” featured prominent Russian liberal opposition parliamentarian (member of the Russian Duma) Ilya Ponomarev, a noted critic of Russian President Putin, providing a detailed presentation regarding the current political climate in Russia, and the potential for the ousting or overthrow of the Russian government. Yes, you heard that right. A Russian elected official came to the United States to give a talk about how best to effect regime change in his own country.

Jan 20 10:00

Trolling Russia

The edifice of world post-1991 order is collapsing right now before our eyes. President Putin’s decision to give a miss to the Auschwitz pilgrimage, right after his absence in Paris at the Charlie festival, gave it the last shove. It was good clean fun to troll Russia, as long as it stayed the course. Not anymore. Russia broke the rules.

Until now, Russia, like a country bumpkin in Eton, tried to belong. It attended the gathering of the grandees where it was shunned, paid its dues to European bodies that condemned it, patiently suffered ceaseless hectoring of the great powers and irritating baiting of East European small-timers alike. But something broke down. The lad does not want to belong anymore; he picked up his stuff and went home - just when they needed him to knee in Auschwitz.

Jan 19 18:00

SOTU address: Obama to bash the wealthy as Iranians and Russians sign deal

As President Barack Obama prepares to give his highly-anticipated State of the Union address in which he's expected to target the people he believes are America's real enemy -- the American people who possess wealth -- the nations of Iran and Russia plan to sign what is a significant memorandum of understanding (MOU) on increasing the two nations' military cooperation.

Jan 19 17:23

Zakharchenko: Ukraine withdraws from regime of ‘silence’ unilaterally

Ukraine has withdrawn from the regime of ‘silence’ unilaterally, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said on Monday.

“The latest heavy artillery shelling of Donetsk and adjacent areas and Gorlovka was unprecedented over the entire conflict,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

“As a matter of fact, the Ukrainian side once again violated the truce regime and the Minsk agreements,” he said, adding that Kiev’s attacks were killing civilians and servicemen and destroying “our homes.”

Jan 19 16:45

US Army Command delegation ‘to arrive in Kiev this week’

Representatives of the US Army Command will arrive in Ukraine in the coming days, Ukrainian military announced. The visit comes as the Kiev forces have launched a large-scale offensive on the militia positions in the south-east of the country.

READ MORE: Poroshenko rejected Putin’s artillery withdrawal plan, began assault - Kremlin

“This week, a delegation from the US Army Command, headed by Commander of US Army Europe, Lt. Gen [Frederick Ben] Hodges, will arrive in Ukraine,” Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for Ukraine’s General Staff of Armed Forces, said at a media briefing in Kiev on Monday.

The spokesman also said that Ukraine will take part in the NATO Military Committee conference on January 20-22.

Jan 19 16:02

BEX ALERT - They were never there: Russia's silence for families of troops killed in Ukraine

The Kremlin denies sending troops into the conflict in east Ukraine, but Russian relatives of those who have served and died across the border tell a different story

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, they are trying to get NATO into a war with Russia!

Jan 19 15:17

Ukraine Says Russians Cross Border as Airport Battle Rages

Two battalions of Russian soldiers crossed the border into Ukraine, the National Security Council in Kiev said, as government forces and pro-Moscow rebels battled for control of the Donetsk airport.

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Looks like Poroshenko is using those Hungarian T-72 tanks after all!

Jan 19 14:29

‘Poroshenko: Olive branch in one hand and gun firing bullets in Donetsk in the other’

Kiev is playing a duplicitous role in Donbass; it is negotiating peace and at the same time launching a brutal offensive against the civilians of Donetsk and Lugansk, Marcus Papadopoulos, Publisher and Editor of Politics First magazine, told RT.

Jan 19 14:28

Kiev’s new offensive in Donbass may lead to irreversible consequences – Moscow

Kiev’s attempt to solve the Ukrainian crisis with military force is a blunder, which may affect the country’s territorial integrity, Russia’s foreign deputy minister said. On Sunday, Kiev renewed its assault in southeast Ukraine.

"It's the biggest, even strategic mistake of the Ukrainian authorities to bank on a military solution to the crisis in Ukrainian society and to all of southeast Ukraine's problems. This can lead to irreversible consequences for Ukrainian statehood," Grigory Karasin, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kiev's escalation only works if they can find someway to drag NATO into the war.

Jan 19 11:57

Ukraine conflict: Battles rage in Donetsk and Luhansk

Dozens of people have been killed or wounded as fighting escalates along the front line in eastern Ukraine and the battle for Donetsk airport continues.

Artillery fire was reported in several areas of the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions and a hospital in Donetsk city was hit, reports said.

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels both said they controlled the airport.

Jan 19 10:58

"De-Dollarization" Deepens: Russia Buys Most Gold In Six Months, Continues Selling US Treasuries

The rumors of Russia selling its gold reserves, it is now clear, were greatly exaggerated as not only did Putin not sell, Russian gold reserves rose by their largest amount in six months in December to just over $46 billion (near the highest since April 2013). It appears all the "Russia is selling" chatter did was lower prices enabling them to gather non-fiat physical assets at a lower cost. On the other hand, there is another trend that continues for the Russians - that of reducing their exposure to US Treasury debt. For the 20th month in a row, Russia's holdings of US Treasury debt fell year-over-year - selling into the strength.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Worth a repeat

Jan 19 10:15

Graves Waiting For Bodies: Major War Escalation in Ukraine; In 5 Weeks Ukraine Out of Money

We regret having to interrupt feel-good weekend articles with more sobering news. In Ukraine, major battles have broken out over the past couple weeks.

Mainstream media has widely ignored the story because of Greece, then Charlie, and then the Swiss Franc. And of course Western media has no interest in reporting news the rebels are winning.

However, ignoring the story does not make it go away.

Major Rebel Advance

Donetsk Airport Battle is Over

Dreizin also informs me that "The battle for the Donetsk airport is over. The rebels expelled Ukraine's most elite units from their last redoubts in the new terminal building."

From a "grave" perspective, the war marches on, and will do so until the IMF steps in with another bailout or every penny is gone, whichever comes first.

Philosophically speaking, the war is actually over. Ukraine is already split in two even if international recognition of that event comes years later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There were reports of a major attack yesterday, ordered by Poroschenko; all the images available were of housing complexes being bombed, which, I would like to mention, is a war crime.

Jan 18 23:19

Ukraine's Poroshenko Rejects Putin's "Peace Plan"; Massive Shelling Ensues

Further to the dramatic footage yesterday, Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held areas, according to RT. This comes on the heels of Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko rejecting a peace plan proposed to him last week by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. As Reuters reports, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday evening, according to Russian media, that the plan, contained in a letter sent by Putin on Thursday evening, proposed a ceasefire by both government forces and separatist militiamen in southeastern Ukraine, as well as the withdrawal of heavy artillery by both sides. Given the images below, it will be hard to see how Ukraine (and The West) will spin this...

Jan 18 23:15

"De-Dollarization" Deepens: Russia Buys Most Gold In Six Months, Continues Selling US Treasuries

The rumors of Russia selling its gold reserves, it is now clear, were greatly exaggerated as not only did Putin not sell, Russian gold reserves rose by their largest amount in six months in December to just over $46 billion (near the highest since April 2013). It appears all the "Russia is selling" chatter did was lower prices enabling them to gather non-fiat physical assets at a lower cost. On the other hand, there is another trend that continues for the Russians - that of reducing their exposure to US Treasury debt. For the 20th month in a row, Russia's holdings of US Treasury debt fell year-over-year - selling into the strength.

Jan 18 13:48

Ukraine army targeted Gorlovka with 500kg air bombs – Donetsk militia leader

Ukrainian warplanes used 500kg aviation bombs in their attack on the town of Gorlovka on Sunday, said Aleksandr Zakharchenko, head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk, adding that it was not a targeted bombardment.

"Towards the evening, the Ukrainian bombers performed an airstrike on Gorlovka with 500-kilogram aviation bombs. Notably, the bombardment was not targeted; it came from over the clouds and the aim was simply to hit the town,” Zakharchenko said.

Jan 18 13:47

Poroshenko rejected Putin’s artillery withdrawal plan, began assault - Kremlin

Kiev resumed its military assault in eastern Ukraine on Sunday despite receiving a proposal Thursday night from the Russian president that both sides of the conflict withdraw their heavy artillery, Putin’s press secretary said.

Jan 18 12:33

Ukraine forces reclaim Donetsk airport in new offensive

Ukrainian troops recaptured almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine they had lost to separatists in recent weeks, even as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march on Sunday.

The offensive brought fighting close to the industrial city of Donetsk itself, centre of a pro-Russian rebellion, while shelling intensified in other parts of the region, known as the "Donbass".

Jan 18 10:52

Donetsk shelled as Kiev 'orders massive fire' on militia-held E. Ukraine

Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held areas Sunday morning after an order from Kiev, a presidential aide said. The self-proclaimed Donetsk republic’s leader accused Kiev of trying to restart the war.

The order to launch the offensive was issued early approximately at 6:00 am, according to Yury Biryukov, an aide to President Petro Poroshenko.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, guys: take a look at these pics, and please feel free to scroll down: do you see any military-looking installations?!? Well, neither do I! IF these are genuine photos of Donetsk, it appears that the Ukrainian military are...shelling the hell out of civilian targets.

Dr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the UN: THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!! Will you KINDLY grow a pair of male attributes, and get this nonsense to stop??

Jan 18 10:35

U.S. Military Trainers for Syrian Rebels to Arrive Within Weeks

The first of as many as 1,000 U.S. military trainers and support personnel will be sent to the Mideast within the next week or so to lay the groundwork for training more moderate Syrian rebels, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said.

The trainers, a mix of U.S. special operations forces and conventional forces, will deploy over the next four to six weeks to training sites outside Syria, Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday. Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar have been identified as locations for training.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, REALLY?!? the US military is going to train those alleged "moderate Syrian Rebels", who for the last several years, have been pathologically unable to uproot Al-Assad, and appears, collectively, to be the gang that can't shoot straight?!?

I, for one, am not swallowing that particular koolaid, thank you very much.

What I believe here is that the so called "moderate rebels" are simply a cover for putting covert US troops on the ground in Syria.

There are just two, teeny, tiny problems here: Syria has a mutual defense pact with both Russia and Iran.

Any US boots on the ground in Syria is justification for Al-Assad to invoke those mutual defense treaties with Russia and Iran.

Also, if "training moderate Syrian troops" actually worked, al-Assad would be cooling his heels in a US-controlled hell-hole prison by now, and a US-centric government would have already been installed.

Doing the same thing, in the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Jan 18 10:34

Dramatic Drone Footage Showing The Devastation At The Donetsk Airport

Over the past few days there has been renewed, large-scale fighting over the airport in Donetsk. Now, after months of almost non-stop shelling there is almost nothing left of what was a previously a new, modern facility. As Conflict-News reports, this video shot by a Ukrainian activity group using a multicopter drone gives the viewer a birds-eye view of the ruins of what was once Donetsk International Airport.

Jan 18 10:33

The New Ukraine Is Run by Rogues, Sexpots, Warlords, Lunatics and Oligarchs

There were times in Ukraine’s recent history when even the country’s military brass were kneeling before the U.S. Literally. In June 2013, then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft received the saber of the Ukrainian Cossack in the city of Kherson from a kneeling Ukrainian high-rank military official. Mr. Tefft nowadays is serving the country as an Ambassador to Russia where no such honors are even imaginable.

But that was then—a previous regime.

Jan 18 10:25

Kiev, pro-Russia forces agree on 2-day truce in Lugansk

The two sides of the conflict in strife-torn Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine have agreed on a two-day ceasefire.

Jan 18 10:24

OSCE Data on Bus Attack Contradicts Kiev Claim of Militia’s Involvement

Russian Ambassador to the OSCE, Andrei Kelin said that Information obtained by the organization on the recent bus attack in the Donetsk region does not prove Kiev's claims that the bus was hit by a rocket fired by local militia.

Jan 17 11:25

Reflections on MH17

Jan 16 13:01

Russian investigators open criminal case over shelling of residential blocks in Donbass

Russia’s Investigations Committee has instituted a criminal case over the shelling of residential blocks in the town of Shakhtyorsk in the much-troubled war-torn Donetsk region that took away the life of the 5-year-old Artyom Voronov and left his 9-year-old brother Ivan severely wounded.

Vladimir Markin, the official spokesman for the committee told TASS earlier the criminal case had been instituted on charges of utilization of prohibited methods and instruments of war, murder and attempt at a murder.

Jan 16 08:48

Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar

Back in November, before most grasped just how serious the collapse in crude was (and would become, as well as its massive implications), we wrote "How The Petrodollar Quietly Died, And Nobody Noticed", because for the first time in almost two decades, energy-exporting countries would pull their "petrodollars" out of world markets in 2015.

This empirical death of Petrodollar followed years of windfalls for oil exporters such as Russia, Angola, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. Much of that money found its way into financial markets, helping to boost asset prices and keep the cost of borrowing down, through so-called petrodollar recycling.