Moscow unsatisfied with ICAO reply to query on Ukraine’s firing practice near Crimea

© Oleg Buldakov/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. The Russian Transport Ministry has received a reply from the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO to its query regarding live firing practice the Ukrainian armed forces carried out over the Black Sea recently, Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov told the media on Friday.

“We’ve got a reply, but it cannot be said that it satisfies us. We continue to correspond with each other,” Sokolov said.

The Ukrainian armed forces on December 1 held a missile launch exercise over the Black Sea near Crimea. Originally, the intention was to hold the exercise in Russia’s sovereign airspace, but Ukraine later moved the missile exercise area west of the peninsula.

Earlier, Sokolov said that Russia had taken all necessary measures in connection with Ukraine’s plans for conducting the firing practice off the peninsula.


S-400 air defense missile regiment to assume combat duty in Crimea

© Sergei Bobylev/TASS

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. A regiment armed with Triumf advanced antiaircraft missile systems will assume combat duty in Crimea on Saturday, the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District said on Friday.

The armament of the Guards Sevastopol-Feodosiya antiaircraft missile regiment was replenished with the advanced S-400 air defense systems in 2016. The regiment’s personnel successfully underwent re-training and held missile test launches as part of the Kavkaz-2016 strategic command and staff exercises in August last year.

The S-400 complex is designated to destroy all types of modern and perspective aerospace attack means. It is capable of hitting aerodynamic targets at a range of up to 400 kilometers (249 miles) and tactical ballistic targets flying at a speed of 4.8 km/s (3 mi/s) at a distance of up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) at altitudes of several meters to several dozen kilometers.


Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Forms Full-Strength Su-30SM Squadron in Crimea


 Sukhoi Su-30SM multirole fighter

    Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has formed a full-strength squadron of 12 advanced Su-30SM multirole fighter jets in the country’s southwestern region of Crimea, the fleet’s spokesman said Wednesday.

    SEVASTOPOL (Russia) — In October, the Russian Defense Ministry reported about the arrival of the ninth Su-30SM fighter to Crimea. On Monday, three more aircraft were deployed to the peninsula.

   “A full-strength squadron of advanced multirole Su-20 fighters has been created as part of the Black Sea Fleet’s aviation. The aircraft are fully operational and staffed with personnel,” spokesman Сapt. 1st Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev told RIA Novosti.

    The Su-30SM, commissioned in 2013-2014, is a two-seat derivative of the Su-27UB jet, capable of air-to-air and air-to-ground strikes and can be equipped with a wide variety of precision-guided munitions.

Ukraine Military Ends Guided Missile Tests Near Crimea Amid Russia’s Protests


 Ukrainian missile complexes launch medium range guided missiles during military drills in southern Kherson region bordering Crimea, Ukraine, December 1, 2016


    Ukraine has announced an end to its missile drills near Crimea.

   KIEV (Sputnik) — The Ukrainian Armed Forces have wrapped up surface-to-air missile tests in southern Ukraine, Chief of General Staff Gen. Viktor Muzhenko said Friday.

   “Flight and control tests of anti-aircraft guided missiles are successfully completed. The armed forces have taken an important step in increasing their combat capability and gaining opportunities to protect their state,” Muzhenko wrote on his Facebook page.

   Russia’s air transport agency Rosaviatsia said last week that Ukraine unilaterally decided to hold missile firing exercises near Crimea’s Simferopol on December 1-2 in violation of international agreements.

   Moscow repeatedly called Kiev’s missile launches in the Black Sea a threat to the safety of Russian civilian flights to Crimea and a provocation. Russian aviation authorities also informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) about the tests, so far without a response.

   The Russian Defense Ministry summoned Ukraine’s defense attache last week to serve a note protesting Kiev illegally restricting the use of airspace over the Black Sea during the missile firing drills near Crimea.

Russian troops in Crimea on high alert following Kiev’s missile launch preparations

Ukraine’s firing exercises are a sort of a PR-move aimed at creating a nervous situation, according to a TASS source
© Vitaliy Nevar/TASS

SEVASTOPOL, November 30. /TASS/. Russia’s air defense forces in Crimea are ready for Ukraine’s missile launches in the Black Sea and have been put on high alert, a source in the Crimean defense structures told TASS on Wednesday.

“Ukraine’s firing exercises are a sort of a PR-move aimed at creating a nervous situation but in any case the military perceive this as a real and potential threat and, therefore, the Russian air defense forces in Crimea have been placed on enhanced alert,” the source said.

“This refers not only to ground-based but also to shipborne air defense forces as ships of the Black Sea Fleet are self-sustained combat units for repelling any threats,” the source said.

The Russian aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia earlier said that Ukraine had unilaterally decided in violation of all international treaties to hold missile launches in Russia’s sovereign airspace near Crimea, in the area of civil and government planes’ routes, on December 1-2.

Ukraine issued a NOTAM (an aviation notice) on November 24 about the activation of dangerous zones in the airspace over planned missile launches on these dates. At the same time, the issue of closing the airspace over Crimea is not on the agenda: Rosaviatsia expects the illegitimate decisions to be cancelled.


Some 60 Attaches From 40 Countries Observe Kavkaz-2016 Drills in Crimea


 The final stage of the large-scale military drills. (File)


   About 60 military attaches from over 40 countries have arrived in Crimea where Russia is conducting a key stage of its Kavkaz-2016 drills.

   OPUK RANGE (Crimea), – Around 60 military attaches from more than 40 countries have arrived in Crimea to observe one of the key stages of Russia’s Kavkaz-2016 strategic command and staff exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

   “About 60 military attaches from more than 40 countries arrived at the Opuk range today, where a large-scale Kavkaz-2016 maneuver stage is taking place,” ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told reporters.

   Deputy Minister Anatoly Antonov said last week that foreign defense attaches have been invited to Friday’s active stage of the September 5-10 drills.

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet opened the “Depth” international contest in Sevastopol

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet Admiral Alexander Vitko opened the “Depth” international contest in Sevastopol held in course of the International Army Games 2016.

The opening ceremony was held at the diving training area of the Joint training centre of the Russian Navy.

Teams of Russian Navy, Ministry of Emergency Situations, DOSAAF (Voluntary Association for Assistance to Army, Air Force and Navy), Iran, and Venezuela are participating in the contest. Representative of the Military Attaché of India to Russia is taking part in the contest as an observer.

Participants of the contest are to compete in underwater orienting using the compass, providing first aid to a diver in emergency situation, searching and picking up sunk objects, underwater welding and cutting.

The Road to Armageddon



Are the U.S. and NATO on the road to Armageddon, making a fatal error in gambling that Russia and China are the same post- war devastated countries of half a century ago?


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The Past


Cuba – American Victory or Russian Compromise

Following the historic overthrow in the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961 (1,300 CIA trained and funded Cuban exiles) Castro was wary of another invasion attempt and invited Russian missiles into Cuba. Meanwhile, the US had installed nuclear missiles in both Turkey and Italy in 1961. Consequently, Russia saw this as an opportunity to place its own missiles in America’s backyard.


The Pentagon urged a full-scale U.S. invasion of Cuba, backed by massive naval and air power.


All Kennedy’s advisors, including Secretary of defence McNamara and Vice President Johnson, recommended an American invasion of Cuba, which would have guaranteed a nuclear war. Fortunately, Kennedy forbade the U.S. military to invade Cuba. Moreover, but unknown at the time, Soviet troops received authorisation to use 100 tactical nuclear weapons against any invading force and their bases in South Florida.


With both sides set on a crash course, on the 26 October 1962, a personal letter to Kennedy arrived from Khrushchev with a deal. If America withdrew its missiles from Turkey and Italy and give a cast iron guarantee not to invade Cuba, Russia would turn its ships around and withdraw the missiles from Cuba. A compromise reached, Kennedy accepted and both sides saved face.


A CBS broadcast on the 28th of October 1962 proclaimed that America had emerged, “from under the most terrible threat of a nuclear Holocaust since the second world war […] a humiliating defeat for Soviet policy”. Meanwhile, Russia stated that it was, “Yet another triumph for Moscow’s peace-loving foreign policy over warmongering imperialists […] the supremely wise, always reasonable Soviet leadership had saved the world from the threat of nuclear destruction.”


Did the propaganda version of victory mislead America into the self-complacency seen today and an over reliance on military action to resolve its future political problems?


The Present


Confidence is high

“In face of the U.S. harassment, Beijing should deal with Washington tactfully and prepare for the worst” – China, Global Times

“We were ready to do this … (Use of nuclear weapons against NATO) Crimea is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them” – Putin, Crimea: The Road Back Home.


Obama, a former Chicago political activist threatens Russia and China at the UN: “I lead the strongest military the world has ever known” – 70th session of the UN general assembly.


The roots of America’s current belligerence lie in the private ownership of its currency, privatised by Woodrow Wilson in 1919, the now U.S. Federal Reserve. Like any privatised business, the Federal Reserve relies on a customer base, but as its customers dwindled, the future consequences forced America into protection racketeering, and manipulation to save its usury power. Today, this intervention translates to regime change and removing those who won’t agree. In other words, the U.S. produces dollars and the world peripheries produce to sell for those dollars, consequently, this means the U.S. has been living free by printing pieces of private profit-making paper for decades.


“In 1973 President Nixon asked King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to accept only US dollars as payment for oil and to invest any excess profits in US Treasury bonds, notes, and bills. In return, Nixon offered military protection for Saudi oilfields. The same offer was extended to each of the world’s key oil producing countries, and by 1975 every member of OPEC had agreed to only sell oil in U.S. dollars.”



In a world-wide economic recession, the world is finally beginning to realise the previous power of the U.S. lies not in exceptionalism, but in its parasitic nature. All this remains a conspiracy theory to many Americans, but well known to the rest of the world – Ron Paul explains.


In November of 2000, Iraq began selling its oil only in Euros, the PetroEuro.


In 2006, Libya’s Khadaffi organised a block of African countries to create a gold-based currency called the gold dinar, to replace the U.S. dollar.


In 2007, Iran requests payments made in other than $US. Bound by common defence agreements Syria is Iran’s closest ally.


Both China and Russia abandon the Petrodollar in 2014.


In all, 23 countries have now abandoned the dollar and SWIFT, the dollar-based financial transaction system.


In All Wars are Bankers’ wars! Michael Rivero explains the history and predatory nature behind the U.S. Federal Reserve. However, the site experiences regular takedowns, here for a .pdf version, or the video here. Required knowledge behind the turmoil in today’s world.


The Future


The Day all Men became Equal


While NATO and the US continue to play war games, those on the receiving end might want to play another game with nukemap. Enter your world location, select a missile, view the strike results and hope it remains a game. The bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima were 20kt and 15kt respectively. The Russian Topol SS25 is 800kt! The world has changed since the Cuban crisis of over half a century ago. Today there are no winners, confidence cannot be high and only compromises remain.




Or will America go quietly? A strong U.S. economy is not the answer to global prosperity; it is a system that allows the transfer of the world’s wealth to the U.S. As the global recession bites ever deeper, more and more Americans are waking up to the realisation that it was not they who created the wealth of America, but others. The dollar is collapsing and the American Empire is in decline. From The Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the militarisation of the police and what looks suspiciously like the beginnings of a police state, it is clear the U.S. government also realise the dangers ahead. Will the U.S. go nuclear, or accept the unavoidable economic and social collapse on its way to Armageddon?

Russia’s Top-Notch S-400 Will Protect Crimea From NATO’s ‘Air Hooligans’

An S-400 air defence missile system at the Hmeymim airbase


Russia plans to deploy one of its best air defense systems, the S-400 Triumf to Crimea in August. The regiment that will protect the skies over the Black Sea peninsula from NATO’s “air hooligans,” as Crimea’s Vice Premier Ruslan Balbek put it, will be stationed in the port town of Feodosia.

The S-400 complex will become a welcome addition to Crimea’s multilayered air defense structure that contains among over things the S-300 (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble) long range surface-to-air missile system.

The S-400 will serve as a major deterrent for “air hooligans from NATO’s air force,” Balbek told RIA Novosti. “The sheer fact that the most advanced air defense missile system will be installed on [the peninsula] will keep all NATO air forces based in the Black Sea on the edge of their seats.”

Balbek also mentioned that sending enemy aircraft to violate Crimean airspace would be essentially a suicide mission. “Without doubt, NATO has brave pilots, but there are no suicide pilots among them.”

In service since 2007, the S-400 Triumf (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is an anti-aircraft and anti-missile system capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry, including fifth-generation warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles.Russia’s decision to transport a S-400 regiment to Crimea was unveiled on Friday. Lt. Col. Eugene Oleynikov, deputy commander of the 18th anti-aircraft missile regiment of the 31st Air Defense Division, said that the deployment will take place right after preliminary live fire exercises are over.

The deployment is part of a major rearmament plan that has been in place since Crimea joined Russia following the March 2014 referendum, First deputy chairman of the defense and security committee in the Federation Council of Russia Franz Klintsevich said.

“As soon as Crimea became part of Russia, a decision was made to rearm and enhance military capabilities of the armed forces assigned to the Black Sea Fleet,” he explained. “This process is going as planned.”