Monday, March 3, 2014

Reports of Russian Military Action in Ukraine: Fact and Fiction

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

As the crisis surrounding Ukraine intensifies hour by hour and the Anglo-American powers posture themselves as defenders of Ukrainian rights - which they themselves have clearly violated with the recent program of destabilization and overthrow of the Ukrainian government - the Russian side moves forward with what it claims is the necessary and proper methods of protecting Russian interests.

As the crisis continues to unfold, the presentation of the facts, particularly on the part of the Western media is not surprisingly skewed and inaccurate. Indeed, the attempts to paint Russia, whatever its faults, as an imperialist aggressor marching toward world domination have reached farcical levels.

Most bizarre, of course, might be the laughable statement recently made by Skull and Bones John Kerry. In an interview with Meet the Press’ David Gregory, Kerry stated “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” He also went on to say “You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests.”

Of course, invading other countries on trumped up pretexts has been exactly what the United States has been doing with John Kerry’s approval and facilitation ever since 9/11. In fact, John Kerry has proven his worth as a false pretext trumpeter many times over, particularly with the Syrian Ghouta chemical weapons attacks.

Nevertheless, the information currently circulating through the Western media regarding Russia’s actions is heading towards fever pitch. From claims that Russia has seized the entirety of the Crimea to claims that the world power has threatened military action against Ukrainian Navy vessels if they do not surrender, the Western media is doing its best to portray Russia’s military presence as if it were the equivalent of the Nazi invasion of Poland.

It is, of course, very important to let more rational presentations of the facts prevail, especially when the results of their analysis bear such high stakes.

To begin with, claims regarding armed Russian troops having “seized” and “taken control over” the Crimea and other cities in Eastern Ukraine are greatly exaggerated. While Russia does have ground troops stationed in Crimea as a result of the presence of Russian Naval bases (which have existed in Crimea ever since the 1990s through lease), there has been no credible evidence that Russian troops are acting outside of the naval bases. Reports that they are have come from largely unreliable sources, including fascist members of the newly installed Western-backed Ukrainian government.

What is known is that many areas (the Crimea in particular but also other cities in Eastern Ukraine that are decidedly pro-Russian) Ukrainian militias have been formed in order to reject and resist the imposition of Fascism coming from the recently installed putsch government in Kiev. These militias have been occupying government buildings, patrolling streets, and raising the Russian flag in areas they control. It is important to remember that, simply because an armed group of individuals wearing military style uniforms is seen in a given location, does not mean that they are Russian ground troops.

Such is also the case with claims regarding demands of surrender from Ukrainian Navy vessels and the “surrender” of other ships to the Russian military. Sources such as the New York Daily News reported claims that Russia has demanded that two Ukrainian military ships surrender to the Russian fleet on March 3. Immediately, these claims were picked up by other media outlets and reported as fact and examples of how, yet again, the Russian military was taking aggressive action against Ukrainian sovereignty. However, the sole source of these claims was the Kiev-centered and Western-backed Ukrainian government. Russia has denied the claims and no credible evidence has been presented to prove them to be true.

What is known is that a sizable portion of the Ukrainian Navy and Armed Forces have willingly defected to the Crimean side and, by default, the Russian camp.

As Eric Draitser wrote in his article, “Ukraine, Intervention, And America’s Doublethink,”
In fact, recent days have seen a number of key defections within the military and bureaucracy of Crimea. The newly appointed head of Ukraine’s Navy has officially “defected” from the putsch government in Kiev, instead swearing loyalty to the pro-Russian Prime Minister of Crimea. Other high ranking and influential figures within the military and bureaucratic structures have also refused to recognize the authority of Kiev, choosing instead to remain loyal to Crimea and, de facto, to Russia. In addition, reports have surfaced that Ukraine’s flagship naval vessel, the Hetman Sahaidachny has also defected to the Russian side. These and other defections demonstrate a growing trend in Crimea: de facto independence from Ukraine and a move towards full integration with Russia.
Draitser is also apt to point out that justification of Russia’s actions does, in fact, exist, even under international law as it stands on paper. He writes,
The movement of Russian troops into Crimea has caused an international outcry. Western leaders have been quick to condemn the move as an “invasion”, and assault on “democracy” and international law. However, there are a number of points that must first be examined. First and foremost is the fact that the Russia-Ukraine Friendship Treaty establishes that Crimea, and Sevastopol specifically, represents a strategic national interest for Russia. Moreover, it codifies the fact that the protection of the rights of the people of Crimea is the responsibility of the Ukrainian government. However, what happens when a so called government in Kiev is openly hostile to the region? Who then is responsible for the Russians living there? With Kiev’s putsch government having the backing of the US, NATO and Europe, it seems that no one other than Russia could possibly guarantee the security of Crimea.
Second is the fact that Russia’s naval facilities are undoubtedly of vital national security interest to Moscow. Considering the openly hostile attitude expressed by the new Security and National Defense Committee leadership in Kiev, it seems clear that Russia’s national security interests would be under threat. There is ample precedent in international law justifying Russia moving to protect its forces in Crimea. Moreover, with Ukraine falling into the hands of Nazi elements, a sound argument could be made that, beyond the Crimea, Ukraine poses a danger to the security of Russia proper. Naturally, all of these nuances are left completely out of the narrative of Western corporate media.
Third, and perhaps most important, is the fact that the putsch government in Kiev is absolutely illegal under international law. Yanukovich, whatever negative things could be said about him and his government (and there are many), was never defeated in a democratic election. Rather, he was chased out of the country by a violent mob that has now been consecrated by the much touted “international community” (read US-EU-NATO) as the recognized government. This is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s Constitution, not to mention international law and the accepted principles of modern democracy. With Yanukovich having taken refuge in Russia, and still being the legal President of Ukraine, isn’t it fair to say that Russia is acting as the guarantor of international law, rather than its enemy?
Although the fact that the new Ukrainian government is made up of neo-Nazis and Fascists is no longer debatable, the West continues to move forward with yet another false narrative attempting to portray their “revolutionary” clients as both democracy-loving and peaceful. The facts, of course, are gradually becoming clear to those who were initially fooled by the propaganda blasted across Western television screens. While the vast majority of Americans and Western Europeans continue to view the Ukrainian coup as a victory for freedom, the reality is quite the opposite.

As the Western world, particularly the United States, courts war with the East, the American people must quickly learn the formula behind color revolutions, destabilizations, and the agendas of the world oligarchy before it becomes too late for us all.

Recently by Brandon Turbeville:
Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius -- The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 275 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville's podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) 

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Anonymous said...

Is it not surreal seeing the US openly support the fascist neo-Nazi regime in Kiev?

I mean any day now we should be hearing from Israel condemning Washington's and Europe's open support for such a group, right?... yup... any day now.

Mark F said...

Truth...... it's so hard to find. I found more of it in the last 4 minutes than all the American media put out in the last 4 weeks.

Anonymous said...

saw this comment on a website about an hour ago & copied it, so i could try to locate footage, but have had no success. forget which site it was on:

- I’ve just seen the BBC news regarding the Ukraine crisis.

During the report footage was shown of Russian tanks firing shells and rockets being launched and lots of explosions.

This was file footage of past Russian military exercises; nothing to do with the Ukraine so very misleading.

Is this acceptable from the BBC? -

Anonymous said...

Our government is so corrupt with all the neocons, such as John Kerry, McCain, etc., etc. lying and our media forever just following along to get along and lying about what our government is really doing in the world. Why can't we just mind our business and quit trying to run the world? The elite, Soros, Rockefellers, Rothchilds, and their cronies even though they are rich just want power over the world.

Anonymous said...

Everything this author said hasn't happened has now happened. Sounds to me like a mouthpiece for communist Russia.

Anonymous said...

When does WW3 Start?

Anonymous said...

My brother lives in Crimea and I am getting information straight from Simferopol, Russian troops were never present in a city but now they are standing 100 yards from his house, which is in the city. Your information about neo Nazis and Fascists in Ukraine really is debatable. Peaceful people who were standing in protest to became a part of Soviet Union not European Union you will call Neo Nazi. YOU just want to be extraordinary in your point of view or you are not professional. Really don't want to read your articles again. Maybe all of your information/articles are like this: fiction instead of fact and fact instead of fiction. - A Ukrainian

Anonymous said...

Great analysis, Brandon. On the grander scale, the world oligarchy appears to be engaged in endless creative destruction and order out of chaos.

Jim McMexico said...

If you did not see it, maybe it did not happen.

Anonymous said...

Is it not a surreal time to be alive? I hope now that people will begin to understand that the first tier of "alternative media" their little darlings, are just lap dogs like the straight up corporate owned and controlled mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

If the Russians were proud of what they were doing, they would be wearing their nations flag on their uniforms.

Anonymous said...

too many damn disinfo ops in here pushing their lies

Anonymous said...

I can not say anything about the Russian's reason to act like that, but certainly I know that USA&gang are the compulsory mithomaniac structural manic obsessive degenerate which never has told any truth.
This is the world of Capitalism and Banksters who made all the crimes known in history.

Anonymous said...

How many reporters have you seen on the ground actually reporting from the Ukraine...none. They are sitting back in the comfort of their little fiefdoms and making it up as the western gubermints direct them. The media will be willful and complicit accomplices in any blood spilled because of their willingness to appease their masters.

Samm Simpson said...

thanks, Brandon, I appreciate this commentary. I was traveling all day and heard nothing but lies, propaganda and subterfuge - except for Ray McGovern who was on Democracy Now. I, too, scoffed - and a lot more, when Kerry made that ridiculous announcement - while those in charge of our nation pillage, plunder, rape, steal and destroy whomever they please. thanks again for the report.

Samm Simpson

DocNo said...

I wonder if all branches of the US military men and women read what Henry Kissinger said:
" Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.
The elderly are useless eaters."

DocNo said...

Thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and revealed by Glenn Greenwald, we finally have hard evidence that western governments have been systematically control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse”. This should be deeply disturbing to anyone that values free speech on the Internet... and I do see a couple of those magus here.

Tom Munzlinger said...

More troll action...

Anonymous said...

Fact...Mossad and CIA backed coup...former Israeli soldiers participated. ..another Libya...yes...Fascist...just like the Republican party here...hope Russia kicks their ass.

Anonymous said...

The fact that they are not, indicates that the troops are Crimeans, not Russians, defending their nation from hostile takeover by the jewish IMF and its righteous gentile figurehead, Christine Lagarde, and the new de facto but unlawful head of state, Yats the Yid, a millionnaire jew banker.
They are, effectively, militia members, which were originally seen as vital by the US Constitution, which of course, is now null and void in that land.
This is how you should be doing it, US citizen. Your nation too has been taken over by a hostile dual-passport holding bloodsucking minority. But because of regular dosings with fluoride, deliberately and consciously poisoned food, psychiatric "medications", vaccinations, and 24-7 wall-to-wall jewish media propaganda and moral poison, you yourselves are by and large too far gone to recognise this simple fact, and respond appropriately to it.
You live in a star-spangled synagogue.
All power to Putin; the protector of decency, Christianity, and true morality. Putin is playing chess like a Grand Master, and the EU-US is still playing checkers like Bart Simpson.
Guess who's already won.

Anonymous said...

Talk about half truths and lies, this isn't much better. Sorry Brandon but get your facts right, like the Russia forces have left their bases, multible sources have reported this. Russia wants Chimea, thats why Stalin killed off most of the Tartars and moved Russians into Chrimea. Armies invading Russia typically go thru the Ukraine, it's the easest route, thus Russia wants a buffer. Russia is doing what Russia thinks is best for Russia. Russia's claim is that's its there to protect Russians, protect from what? What mass killings have occurred, where are all the burned homes and businesses? Try to think, not just react. If the US goes right you automatically go left, the US is powerless here and Ukraine is going to align with Russia, that's the only course that will help get their economy going for alot of different reasons. Russia was making a statement when it released it's troops, not for Ukraine's benefit but for other countries. Brandon, think and look at the history and the big picture.

Brandon T. Ward said...

Good read guys. There has been so much conflicting information coming out I simply could not believe the mess it was. I see Putin is now saying Russia is easing up according to RT anyway...

DocNo said...

has confirmed that the American government – in the form of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – played a major role in funding opposition groups prior to the revolution. Moreover, a large percentage of the rest of the funding to those same groups came from a US billionaire who has previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests. This was by no means a US-backed “coup,” but clear evidence shows that US investment was a force multiplier for many of the groups involved in overthrowing Yanukovych.
Pando, the founder and publisher of Glenn Greenwald’s government-bashing blog, “The Intercept,” co-invested with the US government to help fund regime change in Ukraine.

DocNo said...

The United States and the European Union have embraced the revolution here as another flowering of democracy, a blow to authoritarianism and kleptocracy in the former Soviet space. “Flowering Democracy, Revolution”? The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.
The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis. Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

tomas rader said...

Remember Bosnia? Balkanization is in the worlds future with the IMF using that old cliche 'carrot and stick' as its guiding political principal. NO answer yet on ANY blogs to this ? What would Obama do if Cuba seized Mexican gov because of a debt it incurred (medical) and then invited Venezuelan armed forces to join Cuban forces to defend against certain US intervention on the mex\US border? The US wouldn't protect its texicans? La raza would be cubas political mouthpiece and we'd have militias forming on the southern border. Absolutely no difference than Ukraine situation. Hypocrits. The world just witnessed a real Morsi style coup in Ukraine. Politicos know that majority rule, democracy, is actually majority thug rule wherein the minority rights don't legally exist ... history, I.e. cuba. The US is a constitutional REPUBLIC and NOT a democracy. The Ukraine is a weird situation where a minority seized power utilizing fascist tactics. The lawfully installed prez had to flee the thug mob. He's still the prez just like Morsi claims to be. No amount of liberal media bias will change that. The US doesn't have a dog in this fight unless we actually are involved in the NWO. Putin probably longs for the good old days of soviet isolation as well as a majority of Russian citizens. Russia is an underdeveloped empire of natural assets that will outlast the anarchy and self destruction the entire world is currently engaged in. The NWO wants those assets. .....Guess the prez took a lesson from our dead US libyan ambassador and actually ran away to save his life from the democratic thug mob. Like Obama wouldn't utilize snipers if they swarmed the white house .. right. U gov drones need to turn in your paychecks .. ur comments suk.

tomas rader said...

The Ukrainian fasodem revolution is led by a retired boxer. THE US senates leader is a retired boxer. DIDN'T the NFL just settle a brain injury class action lawsuit? NFL doctors proved that too many hits to the head makes a person MORE stupid. Watch Reid and it becomes apparent. What's McCains and Barrys excuse?

Anonymous said...

"Balkanization is in the worlds future with the IMF using that old cliche 'carrot and stick' as its guiding political principal"

Absolutely spot on, this looks to be balkanization. Same thing we are observing in the middle east on a much wider scale and following an elaborate regionalization scheme.

Even the US appears to be set up for a certain type of balkanization that looks very much like government intelligence maps from the 50s, typically sectioning off the country into 10 subregions for centralized control. It's definitely a long held strategy of the global elite to manage their serfs, keeping the units small enough to reduce the chance of autonomy and any chance of escape from the global fascism order.

Anonymous said...

@Tomas Radar
Actually the NFL lawsuit proved that blows to the head can cause neurological damage to brain which can then lead to various issues like Parkinson's Disease, dementia, suicidal depression, etc., but not stupidity.

Anonymous said...

So, blows to the head won't make you "more stupid", but they can possibly warp your perception of reality. A far more dangerous outcome.

Anonymous said...

[there are definitely trolls here .... apparently they think we're stupid enough not to notice ....]
personally, I think Brandon is right, and am wondering if what's happening now may explain the existence of 'Russia Today' ..... it's as though activists like us are being set up as part of a 'Great Divide' narrative which pits the 'crazy Russians who spout conspiracy theories' against the self-appointed 'righteous Bringers of Democracy' - nonetheless, Kerry's statements are so incredibly hypocritical, and the ousting of political leaders by 'men with guns' so numerous, that, in fact, many more people will now see through the false narrative being created by the MSM.

Anonymous said...

Trolls R us,
As one whose been around on internet boards since the 90's I can tell you that Snowdin's revelation about Government trolls comes as a confirmation for me. I've been noticing this for years as has anyone who has ever posted on boards about topics with an "other-than-mainstream pov.
My point was already made by another poster. And to be fair, all one needs to do is ask yourself this question: What would the USA do if Russian forces were involved in a coup de tant in Mexico or Canada?

Anonymous said...

There is too much information now about the western neocon/zionist orchestration of all these current revolutions in the world.

Bradley z said...

well written and informative, thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

Setting aside the labels, the best comments came from Ukranians! Thank you for adding much needed reality. Another scoop identified USAID, usingf American tax!credit dollars to foment an uncivil society. Importantly, remember we are less than 100 years from the West's funding of the Bolshevik Revolution that destroyed Russia. The overthrow of Russia by funding Lenin, Trotsky and their thugs, including bodyguard Stalin, cost European bankers and their Western associates less than $20 million. Such a deal. The profits from exploiting Russian resources was enormous. Surely, the same thinking is at work in the Ukraine!

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