Tuesday, September 02, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Russia and NATO Square Off Over Ukraine

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Russia and NATO Square Off Over Ukraine
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 2, 2014: (MOSCOW)  Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed up new military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west.

Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts on Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.

The Ukrainian president's appeal for European assistance in the face of Russia's alleged dispatch of crack troops into the separatist east of his ex-Soviet country was effectively cast aside by EU leaders meeting over the weekend in Brussels.

But NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels that the 28-nation alliance would endorse the establishment of a force of "several thousand troops" that could be deployed within "very few days" to meet any perceived Russian military movements in eastern Europe.

The New York Times reported the rapid-response unit would be supported by new NATO members such as Poland that were once Soviet satellites but now view Russian President Vladimir Putin with fear and mistrust.

Moscow's answer to NATO's intentions was instant and furious.

The Russian national security council's deputy secretary Mikhail Popov said the mooted Western defence plan was "evidence of the desire of US and NATO leaders to continue their policy of aggravating tensions with Russia".

Popov added that Russia's 2010 military doctrine a document that already permits the use of nuclear weapons should national security be considered in grave danger would sharpen its focus on overcoming NATO and its new European missile defence system.

"I have no doubt that the question of the approach of NATO members' military infrastructure to our border, including by an expansion of the bloc, will remain as one of the foreign military threats to Russia," he said.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in separate comments that Russia's armed forces would be given added muscle with the deployment of 230 new military helicopters and jets by the end of the year.

- 'No military solution' -

Mr Poroshenko convened his own national security and defence council late on Monday to figure out how military leaders could halt their forces' recent retreat from eastern territories they had clawed back at a heavy cost over the preceding four months.

"The situation is difficult but the Ukrainian fighting spirit is stronger than that of the occupants," Mr Poroshenko said in reference to more than 1,000 Russian soldiers that NATO believes the Kremlin pushed across the Ukrainian border in recent days.

The press offices of Ukraine's self-declared "anti-terrorist operation" reported "ferocious battles" across the rebel-held eastern industrial regions of Lugansk and Donetsk.

It accused "terrorists dressed in Russian army uniforms of attacking medical columns of the Ukrainian armed forces that were being used to transport wounded soldiers and were clearly marked."

Moscow on Monday again denied either sending or planning to deploy troops into eastern Ukraine to help insurgents open a corridor along the Sea of Azov between the Russian border and the Crimea peninsula that the Kremlin annexed in March.

But top separatist commanders have admitted that some off-duty and vacationing Russian soldiers had already joined their ranks.

The ominous sense of Moscow and the West digging in for a Cold War-style standoff with unimaginable consequences for global security prompted UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to caution all sides that "there is no military solution" to the crisis.

"I know the European Union, the Americans and most of the Western countries are discussing very seriously among themselves how to handle this matter," he told reporters during a visit to New Zealand.

"What is important at this time is that they should know there is no military solution in this. There should be a political dialogue for a political solution, that is the more sustainable way," Ban stressed.

An inconclusive round of European-mediated talks between Kiev and Moscow envoys and a few separatist leaders concluded in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Monday with no reported progress and a tentative agreement to meeting again on Friday.

Putin raised the stakes on Sunday by calling on Kiev to discuss establishing actual "statehood" for the two mostly Russian-speaking eastern districts.

The Kremlin had only urged the decentralisation of Ukraine when Kiev forces were making their most dramatic military advances in the wake of Poroshenko's election as president at the end of May.

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Monday, September 01, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Pro-Russian Fighters in Starobesheve, Southeast of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Pro-Russian Fighters in Starobesheve, Southeast of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - September 1, 2014: Pro-Russian fighters sit on top of a tank in Starobesheve, southeast of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, on August 31, 2014 



(AFP Photo/Francisco Leong)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Pro-Russian Troops Heading Toward Russian Border

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Pro-Russian Troops Heading Toward Russian Border
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 29, 2014: Servicemen sit atop an armoured vehicle as they travel through the steppe near the village of Krasnodarovka in Rostov region August 28, 2014. 


A Reuters reporter saw on Thursday a column of armoured vehicles and dust-covered troops, one of them with an injured face, driving through the Russian steppe just across the border from a part of Ukraine which Kiev says is occupied by Russian troops. 

None of the men or vehicles had standard military identification marks, but the reporter saw a Mi-8 helicopter with a red star insignia -- consistent with Russian military markings -- land next to a nearby military first aid tent. 


The column was driving east away from the Ukrainian border across open countryside near the village of Krasnodarovka in Russia's Rostov region. 


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DTN News - ISRAEL NEWS: American Student Missing in Israel

DTN News - ISRAEL NEWS: American Student Missing in Israel
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 29, 2014: A forensic team member takes a picture near the place where a body was found next to Ein Karem village, near Jerusalem, August 28, 2014. 


Israeli police and volunteers found a body near a forest in Jerusalem on Thursday while searching for Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old American student who went missing last week, but said no formal identification had yet been made. 

Sofer, a Jewish seminary student from New Jersey, vanished on August 22, 2014 while walking in woods not far from Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Russia's President Vladimir Putin And Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko Meeting in Minsk

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Russia's President Vladimir Putin And Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko Meeting in Minsk
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 27, 2014: (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko react while posing for a family photo during their meeting in Minsk, August 26, 2014. 


Putin said on Tuesday the crisis in Ukraine could not be solved by a further military escalation or without dialogue with representatives of the country's Russian-speaking eastern regions. 

(REUTERS/Grigory Dukor)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Isareli Operation Continues

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Isareli Operation Continues
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 (NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 24, 2014: Israel soldiers sit in the shadow of a military vehicle at an undisclosed location along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, in Israel, August 22, 2014. 


Israel had withdrawn its ground troops out of Gaza earlier in August but there have been calls by hardliners in the Israeli government to increase the military's operations against Hamas and other militant groups. 

Israel's cabinet was reportedly considering calling up 10,000 reservists. 
(EPA/ATEF SAFADI)

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Gaza conflict - Is Israel's Mission Accomplished?

DTN News - MIDDLE EAST HOT SPOT: Gaza conflict - Is Israel's Mission Accomplished?
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 24, 2014: A Palestinian man holding a Palestinian national flag argues with an Israeli policewoman, during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron August 22, 2014. 



(REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

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Friday, August 22, 2014

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine

DTN News - UKRAINE UNREST: Kiev Says Two Russian Armoured Vehicles Captured in East Ukraine
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 22, 2014: (KIEV) — Ukraine's military on Thursday said its forces in the east of the country had captured two Russian armored vehicles with documents linking them to an elite army paratrooper unit.

"Ukrainian soldiers captured two armored vehicles of Russia's Pskov Airbourne division in a battle near Lugansk," said security spokesman Andriy Lysenko at a briefing.

"One of the vehicles had a full set of documents, from driver's licenses to military documents," he said, adding that the vehicles had been abandoned by their drivers.

Ukrainian journalist Roman Bochkala, who is travelling with Kiev's army in the Lugansk region, published pictures on his Facebook page claiming to show a vehicle with its plates scratched out and various items apparently found inside, including a Russian passport.

A social networking page of a 20-year-old Russian with the same name and date of birth shows him posing in a typical Russian paratrooper uniform. The page was last updated in July.

Russia swiftly rejected allegations that it had sent vehicles into Ukraine.

"Among the daily 'exposure' of Russian presence in Ukraine this is the 1001st such piece of 'evidence'," military spokesman Igor Konashenkov told Russian state agency ITAR-TASS.

He said that Ukraine's army has the same equipment and the documents allegedly found inside had been stolen.

Kiev has accused Russia of sending weapons and soldiers into eastern Ukraine to aid the rebels as it mounts an offensive to surround Donetsk and Lugansk and cut off the area from the Russian border.

NATO has recently accused Russia of engaging in "hybrid warfare" and sending "secret commandos" across the border.

The 76th Chernigov airborne assault division based in Pskov, a city in western Russia close to the borders with Estonia and Latvia, is Russia's oldest paratrooper unit.

It participated in various conflicts and peacekeeping missions in the former Soviet Union and beyond, as well as Russia's war in Chechnya.

In February, Pskov lawmaker Lev Shlosberg wrote in a blog that the division has been sent to Crimea, where days later soldiers appeared armed to the teeth but without any identifying insignia.

The so-called "little green men" helped to seize Ukrainian military bases in the peninsula after a hastily organized referendum led to its annexation by Russia.


On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the Pskov division an award "for successful completion of combat missions and showing courage and heroism," without specifying where it had fought.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Marines Conduct Exercise in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Marines Conduct Exercise in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 20, 2014:  U.S. Marines use a map for strategic maneuvers before a live-fire exercise during Exercise Koolendong on Bradshaw Field Training Area in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps. 


 The focus of exercise is to establish a Marines and Australian Defense Force combined headquarters element. Brusch is commanding officer of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. U.S. Marine Corps. 

Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel 

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DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Marines Conduct Exercise in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Marines Conduct Exercise in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - August 20, 2014: U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Aaron Brusch outlines the scheme of maneuver before a live-fire exercise during Exercise Koolendong on Bradshaw Field Training Area in Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2014. 


The focus of exercise is to establish a Marines and Australian Defense Force combined headquarters element. Brusch is commanding officer of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force-Darwin. U.S. Marine Corps. 
Photo by Cpl. Scott Reel 

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