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  • Are these Neanderthal etchings a long-lost message?

    05/16/2018 10:21:01 AM PDT · by ETL · 79 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | May 8, 2018 | Laura Geggel, Senior Writer | LiveScience
    A Neanderthal seems to have left a message etched in stone about 35,000 years ago, a new study finds. An analysis of the slanted, zigzag lines — engraved on a piece of flint discovered at a Neanderthal site in Crimea — reveals that they likely weren't made willy-nilly. Rather, the Neanderthal artist would have needed excellent fine motor skills and attention to detail to etch the lines, which may carry symbolic meaning, the researchers said. If this new interpretation is correct, the engraved piece of flint will join a growing list of artifacts showing that Neanderthals were likely complex beings...
  • Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

    05/16/2018 12:20:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies
    Ukraine, which along with most of the international community has not recognized Russia's annexation of Crimea, condemns the projectKERCH – President Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from the US, Europe and Ukraine on Tuesday, May 15, after he opened a new bridge linking mainland Russia and Moscow-annexed Crimea by driving a truck across it to the peninsula. Putin dressed in jeans and a casual jacket was shown by Russian state television behind the wheel of a construction truck to drive 19 kilometers (12 miles) across the bridge, which links the Taman peninsula in southern Russia to Ukraine's Crimea, which was annexed...
  • Putin opens 12-mile bridge between Crimea and Russian mainland

    05/15/2018 9:32:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 15, 2018 | Andrew Roth
    Vladimir Putin has opened a bridge between the Russian mainland and Crimea, tightening Russia’s hold over the contested peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The 12-mile (19km), $3.7bn (£2.7bn) bridge is Moscow’s only direct road link to Crimea. Russia expects it will carry millions of cars and rail travellers and millions of tons of cargo each year. Previously, all car traffic passed over the Kerch strait by ferry or by passing through Ukraine.
  • Poland signs $4.75 billion deal for U.S. Patriot missile system facing Russia

    03/28/2018 1:35:52 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 28, 2018 | Lidia Kelly
    Poland signed the largest arms procurement deal in its history on Wednesday, agreeing with the United States to buy Raytheon Co’s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defense system for $4.75 billion in a major step to modernize its forces against a bolder Russia. “It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland’s introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means,” President Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony. NATO member Poland has accelerated efforts to overhaul its ageing weaponry following Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Two-thirds of Poland’s weaponry dates from the Cold...
  • Russia has yet to recover from the trauma of the Stalin era

    04/11/2018 4:35:27 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Mar 2018 | Sergey Parkhomenko
    Earlier this year the Russian ministry of culture banned the satirical film The Death of Stalin, because it contained “information whose dissemination is prohibited by law”. On Russian social media, the withdrawal of the film’s licence was met with widespread laughter and scorn: what sort of secrets could this movie possibly have disclosed? Could it be that Stalin is indeed dead? – so went the irony. Back in December, there had been an ominous precursor: Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB intelligence services, told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta that Stalin-era repressions had been justified. He mentioned the need to counter...
  • Russian Ruble Experienced Biggest One Day Fall Since 2016

    04/11/2018 4:50:41 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Apr 2018 | Reuters
    Russia's ruble experienced its biggest one-day fall for over two years on Monday and stocks in major Russian companies also slid, as investors reacted to a new round of U.S. sanctions targeting some of Russia's biggest tycoons. The impact of the new sanctions could threaten Russia's fragile economic recovery, which was only just beginning to take hold after the first major wave of sanctions against Russia, introduced in response to Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Shares of Russian Companies Tumble Following U.S. Sanctions Russia's currency plunged to its lowest level since November last year, trading at 60.24 to the...
  • The Ukrainian command explained why the Navy was "sacrificed" in 2014

    03/24/2018 10:29:55 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 5 replies
    Rambler ^ | March 24, 2018 | Stuff
    The Ukrainian fleet "sacrificed itself" during the accession of the Crimea to Russia , to give Kiev time to get the army ready. This was in an interview with "112 Ukraine " said the assistant commander of the Ukrainian Navy captain first rank Marina Kanalyuk. "We took the time to enable higher authorities to create conditions for the use of the Armed Forces in such a situation." All of the top leaders of the Russian security agencies came to the negotiations with us, and it made them busy for up to a month. During that time the mechanism of using...
  • Back From Kiev in 2014, Mike Pompeo Said: Putin Wants to 'Control Ukraine'

    03/14/2018 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 26 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2014 | John Gizzi
    Following a recent trip to Ukraine, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas told Newsmax that while the final outcome of the ongoing crisis is "impossible to predict," Russian President Vladimir Putin's long-term mission "is to control Ukraine." "It could easily go on from there to Belarus or Moldova," he added, referring to two other independent states in the former Soviet Union that have large Russian-speaking populations. Two-termer Pompeo, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, is part of the growing number of younger Republicans in the House urging the administration to take a harder line against Russia on the economic...
  • Patriarch Filaret Says Ukrainian Church Will Never Go Back To Moscow Patriarchate

    03/01/2018 5:17:09 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 1 replies
    The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Filaret, has said the Ukrainian church will never go back under the control of the Moscow Patriarchate. "First of all, I want to tell the Moscow patriarch and the Russian bishops that the Ukrainian church will never go back to the Moscow Patriarchate. Why is that? Because we have our own state. Don't you see how deceptive Moscow is? One cannot trust them." Filaret told journalists in Kyiv on December 1 that the Russian Orthodox Church was "deceptive" on November 30 when it said he had written a letter to Russian Patriarch...
  • Sarah Palin was mocked in '08 for saying Putin invade Ukraine if Obama elected

    02/17/2018 7:08:11 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Palin said then: After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next. For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine. Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and...
  • Network Close To NATO Military Leader Fueled Ukraine Conflict

    07/31/2016 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 28 July 2016 | Christoph Schult, Klaus Wiegrefe
    Working with dubious sourcing, a group close to NATO's chief military commander Philip Breedlove sought to secure weapons deliveries for Ukraine, a trove of newly released emails revealed. The efforts served to intensify the conflict between the West and Russia. Most of the 1,096 hacked emails date back to the dramatic 12 months of the Ukraine crisis after Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Thousands died in the skirmishes between Kiev's troops and Moscow-aligned separatists. More than 2 million civilians fled eastern Ukraine. Breedlove sought counsel from some very prominent people, his emails show. Among them were Wesley Clark, Breedlove's...
  • Putin had to approve Russian attack on US troops

    02/14/2018 10:43:50 AM PST · by firebrand · 105 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2018 | Ralph Peters
    It was inevitable. Russian “mercenaries” attacked a forward base in Syria where they knew American advisors were stationed. It was a test. And our military passed. Let’s hope the administration passes, too. The most important thing about this attack on our troops is that it couldn’t have happened without Vladimir Putin’s personal approval. Nye vozmozhno. The core of the attacking force came from the Wagner Group, Russia’s version of the American thugs who worked for the company formerly known as Blackwater. But while the media refers to the Russians as mercenaries, the Wagner Group functions as an auxiliary of the...
  • Haley slams Russia at GOP retreat

    02/03/2018 8:44:11 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 65 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | February 2, 2018 | Zachary Cohen
    US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia at the GOP retreat in West Virginia on Thursday, definitively telling Republican lawmakers that Moscow "is not, will not, be our friend." "As long as their government has the values that it has, and as long as it conducts itself the way it does internationally," Haley said. Haley made it very clear that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election but also noted that "there is no reason to think the Russian interference made any difference between who won and lost."
  • Russia Attacks US Decision to send Arms to Ukraine

    12/23/2017 9:24:16 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 87 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 23, 2017 | Associated Press
    U.S. officials said Friday that President Donald Trump's administration approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, in a long-awaited move that deepens America's involvement in the military conflict and may further strain relations with Russia. The new arms include American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles that Ukraine has long sought to boost its defenses against Russian-backed separatists armed with tanks. Violence in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 10,000 since 2014. Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the state RIA Novosti news agency Saturday that the U.S. move "raises the danger of derailing the process of peaceful settlement in Ukraine."...
  • Moscow’s Extraction of ISIS Cadres from Syria Suggests Russia May Use Them Elsewhere

    11/21/2017 10:35:21 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 39 replies
    Window on Eurasia ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Paul Goble
    For the last several years, Russian security services have driven Islamist radicals and others out of the North Caucasus and other regions of the Russian Federation under paid of jail or death to fight for ISIS in Syria, Israeli expert Avraam Shmulyevich says. Now that the last redoubts of the Islamic State in that country have fallen, these same services, exploiting Chechens in Syria, have begun to extract these same people back to Russia, an action that strongly suggests, the president of the Israeli Eastern Partnership Institute says, that Moscow plans to make use of them elsewhere – and may...
  • Russian presidential hopeful says Crimea belongs to Ukraine

    10/26/2017 11:00:54 PM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 24-Oct-2017 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) — A 35-year-old Russian celebrity TV host who aspires to run for president in next March's election said Tuesday that Crimea belongs to Ukraine despite its 2014 annexation by Moscow — a bold statement that has drawn angry responses from Russian officials and lawmakers. Ksenia Sobchak also emphasized her critical stance by issuing a call for the release of the nation's political prisoners and denouncing official corruption at her first news conference since declaring her presidential ambitions.
  • Ukraine eyes Russian security services in massive cyberattack

    07/01/2017 8:42:47 AM PDT · by ETL · 11 replies
    Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic. The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, said the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, was by the same hackers who attacked the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016. Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday’s attack, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed “unfounded blanket accusations”.-snip-Relations between Ukraine and Russia went into freefall after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent outbreak of a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • U.S. SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA WON’T BE LIFTED UNTIL CRIMEA IS RETURNED TO UKRAINE: REX TILLERSON

    04/26/2017 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 120 replies
    newsweek.com ^ | April 24, 2017 | GRAHAM LANKTREE
    The United States will not lift sanctions on Russia until President Vladimir Putin hands Crimea back to Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Sunday. During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Tillerson said the sanctions—which have crippled Russia’s economy and pushed down the value of the ruble—will “ remain in place until Russia returns control of the Crimean peninsula to Ukraine.” He also said that Moscow must honor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that was outlined in the Minsk agreements, according to a State Department official.
  • Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine: White House

    02/14/2017 7:25:24 PM PST · by BeadCounter · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 14, 2017 | None attributed
    U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Tuesday.