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Verge of War: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says “We are Ready to Fight”; Russia holds Military Exercises on Border

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / April 24, 2014 1:07 PM

Tensions in Ukraine took another step for the worse today as Russia held military exercises on the border and Ukraine’s foreign minister responded “We are Ready to Fight Russia”

Andriy Deshchytisa said Russia’s decision Thursday to launch the military exercises “very much escalates [...]

Disgusted Kerry And Lavrov Can’t Even Hold A Phone Conversation Any More

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/24/2014 15:27 -0400

With the “truce deal” laying torn asunder by un-de-escalation by each and every side in this dangerous game of chicken, it now seems even diplomacy is off the table. The Russian foreign ministry reports that the planned on April 23 and 24 telephone conversations between, Minister [...]

Russian Interest Rates Soar – Credit Crisis of War

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 24, 2014

History repeats because the passions of man NEVER change. Russian interest rates have soared and she has found itself in an embarrassing situation. Russia has had to cancel the sale of government bonds for the seventh time, because she cannot find any buyers.The consequences for the [...]

Investors Dumping Russia

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 24, 2014

The first quarter figures are in. International investment in Russia has collapsed. At least $64 billion has been sold in Russia as capital flees.

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Ukraine Gives Russia 48-Hr Ultimatum Or “We Will Fight”

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/24/2014 13:17 -0400

Ukraine’s foreign ministry has given Russia a 48-hour ultimatum to explain its military exercises near the nation’s border; or, as foreign minister Andriy Deshschytisa warns “we will now fight with Russia troops.”

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A Must Listen

tfmetalsreport.com / By Turd Ferguson / April 23, 2014 at 11:11 pm

PLEASE take the time to listen to this extremely important, informative and relevant discussion about current events in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

As many of you know, back in February I discovered the John Batchelor Program on [...]

Russia “Forced” To Launch Drill On Ukraine Border In Response To “NATO Build Up”, Will Involve Fighter Jets

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/24/2014 09:07 -0400

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says that Russia will begin “defense drills” today, forced to react to the situation in southeast Ukraine and, more improtantly, the NATO build up, the first time Russia has explicitly reacted to the military build up of the military [...]

Putin Silver 1 Kilo Coins Minted In Russia

goldcore.com / By Mark O’Byrne / 24 April 2014

Russia: Putin Silver One Kilo Coins Launched Silver coins with the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin are being minted in Russia. The coins weigh one kilogram (1kg – 2.2lb) and are being launched by the Art Grani foundry to mark Crimea’s reincorporation into Russia.

The [...]

Putin Says “Use Of Force In Ukraine Will Have Consequences” As Column Of Military Vehicles Seen Heading Toward Border

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/24/2014 07:17 -0400

As expected, Russia has promptly responded to the latest “anti-terrorist” escalation in Ukraine both diplomatically…

PUTIN SAYS USE OF FORCE IN UKRAINE WILL HAVE CONSEQUENCES – BBG PUTIN SAYS IF UKRAINE USING ARMY AGAINST PUBLIC IT’S A CRIME – BBG PUTIN SAYS EVENTS IN [...]

Russia covertly Behind the Pro-Russian Seizure of cities in the Eastern Ukraine

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 23, 2014

Everything that took place in Crimea is unfolding in the Eastern region of Ukraine. Men in the same green uniforms without markings have appeared in the region with military grade weapons. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia has the right under international law [...]

Pentagon Moves To Thwart Russia, American Troops Arrive In Poland, Will Act ‘in Days’.

investmentwatchblog.com / April 23, 2014

U.S. Says Will Act ‘in Days’ if No Russian Action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States’ government said on Monday it will decide “in days” on additional sanctions if Russia does not take steps to implement an agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine reached in Geneva last week.

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Russia May Halt Oil Supplies On Ukraine Theft

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/23/2014 14:37 -0400

First it was concerns over whether Ukraine would ‘steal’ gas supplies bound for Europe as it passed through pipelines in the country and now, as bills remain unpaid, a Transneft unit is threatening to halt Ukraine oil products supply due to pipeline theft.

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The Two Most Dangerous Ideas

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / April 23, 2014

There are two ideas that have been responsible for killing more people than anything in history and they both came from the French elite. The first was the idea that land was wealth. This was propagated by the Physiocrats who argued agriculture was the wealth of [...]

The West Marches East: The U.S.-NATO Strategy to Isolate Russia

washingtonsblog.com / By Andrew Gavin Marshall / April 23, 2014

Cross-Posted from the Hampton Institute

In early March of 2014, following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in Ukraine, the New York Times editorial board declared that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “stepped far outside the bounds of civilized behavior,” suggesting that Russia should be isolated [...]

U.S. sending troops to Eastern Europe

politico.com / By PHILIP EWING / 4/22/14 2:39 PM EDT

The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.

About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), [...]

Lavrov: Russia Will Respond If Eastern Ukraine is Attacked

infowars.com / By Kurt Nimmo / April 23, 2014

Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, warned during an interview with Russia Today his government will not stand idly by as the junta in Kyiv attacks its opposition in eastern Ukraine.

“If we are attacked, we would certainly respond,” Lavrov said. “If our interests, our [...]

Russia Warns West “Remove Forces”; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/23/2014 10:50 -0400

UPDATE: Dutch fighter jets were scrambled after Russian bombers approached Dutch airspace; the Russian planes turned away

With both sides appearing to have entirely un-de-escalated and the truce deal now a thing of the past (besides a few hundred Dow points), the [...]

Eyeing Pipeline, Russia Forgives North Korean Debt

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/22/2014 23:08 -0400

On Friday Russia’s parliament voted to write off roughly 90 percent of North Korea’s debt as Moscow seeks to build a gas pipeline through the Hermit Kingdom.

This weekend Reuters reported that Russia’s Duma voted to write off roughly $10 billion [...]

Sergey Lavrov: “If Russian Troops Or People Attacked, We’ll Retaliate”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/23/2014 04:52 -0400

It took Joe Biden just a day after his arrival in Kiev to kill and bury the last remaining hope that last week’s latest attempt at diplomatic de-escalation in Geneva would actually be anything more than a joke. A few hours ago, in [...]

“Axis Of Power” As Countries Move To Link Currencies To Gold

kingworldnews.com / April 22, 2014

On the heels of continued uncertainty around the globe, today an acclaimed money manager spoke with King World News about a new “axis of power,” as Russia and China move to link their currencies with gold, and both countries continue to form an alliance with Germany. Below is what Stephen [...]

Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

thedailybeast.com / By Josh Rogin / April 22, 2014

Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces. Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military.

The world was shocked when Russian special operations forces invaded Crimea with advanced technology, drastically improved operations, and [...]

U.S. Warns That Russia Has ‘Days, Not Weeks’ To Comply With Ukraine Accord

huffingtonpost.com / By NEDRA PICKLER & JULIE PACE, Associated Press / 04/21/2014 7:55 pm EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show [...]

Is the crisis in Ukraine a geopolitical plot to humble the United States and its allies by crashing their financial markets?

arabianmoney.net / By Peter Cooper / 22 April 2014

What on earth is the crisis in Ukraine really all about? Those were not pro-Russian separatists in action in the Crimea. They are mainly Russian security forces. Now we see similar things happening in eastern Ukraine. What about the shooting at the weekend that [...]

Biden Warns Russia “It’s Time To Stop Talking, And Start Acting”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 04/22/2014 09:08 -0400

Vice President Jo Biden’s show of support arrival in Ukraine started with a somewhat back-handed statement that left some questioning Biden’s diplomatic skills once again. “You face some very daunting problems and some might say humiliating threats are taking place,” Biden spoke to Ukraine officials, pledging [...]

With Government Roads, the Customer Is Always Wrong

mises.org / by Benjamin M. Wiegold / Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From the moment automobiles became commonplace in society, people have been dying in them at astonishing rates. Tragically, over the last century almost 40 million people (around 35,000 per year) lost their lives on U.S. roadways alone, with India, China, and [...]

“Riders On The Storm:” A Fictional Letter Explaining What Is Going On In Russia

zerohedge.com / by John Carter / 04/21/2014 22:20 -0400

Gennady,

Hello! It’s a long time since we’ve spoken. I still remember our adventures in New York with pleasure.

Of course, we’ve noticed the posts you’ve been making recently on RSB 117. Don’t worry, you aren’t in any trouble, [...]

Peddler of Iraq War Lies Now Pushes Lies On Ukraine to Drum Up Confrontation with Russia

washingtonsblog.com / April 21, 2014

War Lies Sold Again By the Same Old Liars …

Intelligence regarding Syria is arguably being manipulated even more blatantly than intelligence on Saddam and Iraq.

Media coverage of Syria and Ukraine is as bad as it was of the Iraq war … or worse.

Indeed, it is largely the [...]

US financial showdown with Russia is more dangerous than it looks, for both sides

telegraph.co.uk / By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / 6:24PM BST 16 Apr 2014

The US Treasury faces a more formidable prey with Russia, the world’s biggest producer of energy with a $2 trillion economy, superb scientists and a first-strike nuclear arsenal

The United States has constructed a financial neutron bomb. For the past 12 years an [...]

Why Putin Is Smiling At The Bond Market’s Blockade Of Russia

zerohedge.com / By Tyler Durden / 04/21/2014 17:01 -0400

One of the recurring themes the western media regurgitates at every opportunity is that while the western “diplomatic” sanctions against Russia are clearly a joke, one thing that will severely cripple the economy is the capital market embargo that has struck Russian companies, which are facing [...]

Who is using spies and lies to grab power in Kiev? We are

dailymail.co.uk / By PETER HITCHENS / 19 April 2014 23:40 GMT

What would you think if Russia’s spy chief had been discovered last week, roaming round Ukraine?

The British media would have been raging and howling about sinister Kremlin meddling.

Well, as far as I know, no such visit [...]