Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Yatsenyuk still favourite for PM

Interesting straw poll in big-selling 'Segodnya' website.

Who would you like to see in the prime minister's chair?

56% respondents proposed Yatsenyuk, 37% 'another candidate', and 7% said Groysman..

Over 18 thousand votes so far...

Кого бы вы хотели видеть в кресле премьер-министра Украины?
Арсения Яценюка
Другую кандидатуру
Владимира Гройсмана
Всего проголосовало 18 134комментарии

Also this, just off the press [click to enlarge]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Klimkin explains Ukraine's position in Washington

Watch a rather dozy Foreign Minister of Ukraine speaking at today's Atlantic Council event
"Wartime Diplomacy, A Discussion with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin":

[Starts about 18 minutes in]

Klimkin claimed three years ago: "Tymoshenko's trial is not a witch-hunt"...Men such as him and his colleagues at Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by strictly adhering to this view, by working to crush Yanukovych's greatest political opponent, caused the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement to be delayed for many months...a calamity that has cost Ukraine very, very dear...

"When young democracy criminalizes political disputes, it won't long stay a democracy. See Russia, Yanik's Ukraine..."

p.s. Also this fascinating brief CNN interview with brilliant young journalist, Ben Judah about Putin's weird, saddo lifestyle..Can such an isololated man make rational decisions?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beyond reasonable doubt

AP now provide the most detailed account to date of the shooting down  of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in this report.

Their journalists happened to be on the spot last week when it occurred.

It is almost certain the highly trained crew that operated the Buk M-1 missile system used in the fatal attack were from Russia. Their monumental error was the result of the crew having to depend on moronic separatists who identified their target.

The Buk crew and their separatist collaborators had been seen by AP journalists wearing distinctly differing camo outfits.

Your humble blogger lives on top of a hill. On summer evenings he likes to watch the con trails of high-flying aircraft while sitting in the garden. Sometimes, in order to identify the aircraft and their destination, together with family members we get this readily available data from website in a matter of seconds.

We tracked Yanukovych's air liner as it fled from Kyiv in February...[he was not on board]

A 10-year old armed with a simple compass can can use it, but the morons in Snizhne who killed 300 innocents were not capable...

Some pompous commentators who should know better claim: "The downing of flight MH17 was clearly an accident. " ..shame on them.

p.s. Is the the delay by AP in posting of this story due them submitting all their information to appropriate aviation investigative bodies, and agreeing to 'sit tight for one week' before publishing?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Russia ramps up war against Ukraine

The US State Department today said:

".. the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,"

There are some reports that a latest generation 'Tornado' Multiple Rocket Launcher has crossed into Ukraine from Russia already.

This is a fearsome weapon:  "It is equipped with a single container with six launcher tubes for 300-mm rockets, which can fire all current Smerch rockets, including HE-FRAG, incendiary, thermobaric, cluster with anti-personnel or anti-tank mines. Cluster rounds may also carry self-targeting anti-tank munitions. The 800 kg standard rocket has a maximum range of 90 km. A range and direction correction system provides better accuracy compared to its predecessors.

The 9A52-4 can launch rockets singularly, by a partial ripple or by a full salvo, which can cover an area of 32 hectares. A full salvo can be fired with 20 seconds. The 9A52-4 launching vehicle can be reloaded within 8 minutes. Launcher pods designed for use with 122-mm and 220-mm rockets.

The weapons system is equipped with an automated laying and fire control system, along with an autonomous satellite navigation and positioning system."

'Grad' MRL's are now regularly being employed by separatists, [e.g. as videoed by a passer by here]. There have been reports in the media of 'Grad' and other weapons systems being deployed from inside Russia against Ukrainian forces for several days now.

Despite this, today Ukraine's armed forces gained control of the strategically important town of Lysychansk. Relieved residents hope 'the nightmare will soon end'.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Horrors yet to be revealed

After a truly diabolical last few days, an indication of possible fresh horrors yet to be revealed: From the superb "The Interpreter":

"Ukrainian Police Discover Mass Grave in Slavyansk
22:22 (GMT)

A mass grave has been found in the city of Slavyansk, recently re-taken by Ukrainian military as pro-Russian separatists fled, Information Resistance reported, citing the TV station

"In Slavyansk, I met with the group for the Interior Ministry's criminal investigation department. They discovered a burial ground with civilians of Slavyansk who had been tortured to death. There were dozens of them. They were tortured, stabbed, and burned alive. Now there are witnesses to all of this," said Yury Lutsenko, advisor to the president on TSN.
In recent weeks there have been reports in Western media and by human rights watchdog Amnesty International of kidnappings, torture and disappearances in Slavyansk and other towns in southeastern Ukraine under control of pro-Russian separatists. Ukrainian forces have also been alleged to mistreat detainees."