Russian troops near Ukraine could reach Transdnistria – NATO

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The Russian troops concentrated near the Ukrainian border are numerous enough to get to Transdnistria. CNN reports that the news comes from Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe Philip Bridlov.

The general expressed his concern that the army focused on the border with Ukraine can pose a threat to Transdnistria and Moldova. “(The Russian) forces located on the eastern border with Ukraine are very large and in full readiness,” said Bridlov. “There’s absolutely enough troops on the eastern border of Ukraine to reach Transdnistria – if such a decision is taken – and it is very disturbing,” – he said.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated that the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine is very high, because the Russian troops have withdrawn from the border, but have not returned to their bases.

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Officials Say Missing Plane Crashed at Sea, None Survived

TIME

The Malaysia Airlines plane missing for more than two weeks crashed in the southern Indian Ocean and none of the 239 people aboard survived, officials said Monday, dashing the hopes of families who had clung to it by a thread during the longest and most mysterious disappearance in modern aviation history.

Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, citing an unprecedented new analysis of satellite data, said investigators have concluded that Flight 370 was in “the middle of the Indian Ocean west of Perth,” Australia, when it crashed. “This is a remote location far from any possible landing sites,” Razak told reporters. “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, Flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

Razak said he would hold a news conference Tuesday to share more details. His remarks followed a text message sent from Malaysia…

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Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Members to Death

Force will either crush dissenters or inspire further radicalization for the politically ostracized.

TIME

An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death.

The group is part of a larger trial involving over 1,200 people, charged amid an ongoing crackdown on the Brotherhood’s ranks and Islamist allies.

The defendants were sentenced in relation to clashes that took place last August in the turmoil that followed after security forces broke up two Brotherhood protest camps in Cairo. The protesters were demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in July. Hundreds of people were killed in ensuing violence.

Lawyers for the defendants complained Monday that they had no chance to present their cases, since the Minya court, south of Cairo, issued its ruling after only two sessions.

[BBC]

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Russian State Duma to the Polish Foreign Ministry: let’s divide Ukraine

Proposal to partition Ukraine – “bizarre.”

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Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received an official letter from the State Duma of the Russian Federation with a proposal to divide Ukraine’s territory. The news comes from the Wiadomości news program on TVP1 (the Polish state broadcasting company).

Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma and leader of the LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky proposes that Poland insist on holding a referendum in five western Ukrainian Oblasts: Volyn, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Rivne, on the matter of accession to Poland.

Hungary and Romania received a similar ‘offer’ regarding Zakarpattya and Chernivtsi oblasts. Only the central oblasts of Ukraine were to remain within its boundaries.

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International Response to Annexation of Crimea

Strong words… but will they be followed with strong actions?

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United Kingdom

Prime Minister David Cameron, 18 March 2014

“The steps taken by President Putin today to attempt to annex Crimea to Russia are in flagrant breach of international law and send a chilling message across the continent of Europe.”

“It is completely unacceptable for Russia to use force to change borders, on the basis of a sham referendum held at the barrel of a Russian gun. President Putin should be in no doubt that Russia will face more serious consequences …”

Foreign Secretary William Hague, 18 March 2014

“No amount of sham and perverse democratic process or skewed historical references can make up for the fact that this is an incursion into a sovereign state and a land-grab of part of its territory, with no respect for the law of that country or for international law.”

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Iran’s Building a Mock Aircraft Carrier for a Movie

FOR REHEARSAL DRILLS!

TIME

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the U.S. Navy’s fleet of 10 aircraft carriers should be feeling pretty smug right about now. Why?

  • First, the U.S, Marines are busy building their own three-flattop fleet known as the America class. The first of this new class of amphibious assault ships, the $3.4 billion USS America, is slated to join the fleet later this year.
  • Second, the Chinese painted a carrier-sized target deep in the Gobi desert about a year ago before attacking it with their new ship-killing missiles.
  • Finally, the Iranians are busy constructing a plywood-topped barge two-thirds the size of the 1,092-foot long USS Nimitz, the world’s biggest warship. Think of it as a parade float, of absolutely no military utility.

What’s going on here?

The first ship of the Marines’ new class of mini-carriers, the USS America, in sea trials in November.Navy photo

Well…

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INVASION OF CRIMEA – March 23, 2014 – Dmytri Tymchuk’s Military SUMMARY

In fighting between the separatists at Donetsk…

Voices of Ukraine

Dmitry Tymchuk, Information Resistance

23.03.2014
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

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Brothers and sisters!
Here is the summary for March 22 (for the summary from the previous day, see Summary of March 22).

The bad news:

1. Kidnappings of our unit commanders in Crimea have become a norm. The occupiers are cynically calling these acts “arrests.” But neither the Russian militaries nor the so-called “Crimean self-defense” have any legal rights whatsoever (even under the Russian legislation!) to arrest anyone. Under any international norms, what they are doing is defined as kidnapping, a crime recognized by any country in the world.

Most of the “arrested” are being kept and interrogated in the commandant’s office of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol. Today, this is the Crimean peninsula’s own little Gestapo. The Russian militaries are stunning in their roles as terrorists and secret…

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