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Russia Fires On And Captures Ukrainian Ships: Are They On The Brink Of War?

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  • The Facts:

    Three Ukrainian boats entering 'disputed' waters in the Kerch Strait were fired upon and captured by Russian forces last Sunday, causing an uproar over who was actually the aggressor in this situation.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we continue to hone our discernment in order to recognize which of these two sides is employing deception and trickery to try to strengthen their desired narrative?

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A naval incident last Sunday in the Kerch Straight that separates Crimea from Russia has put Russia and the Ukraine on a collision course for conflict, and perhaps even war, as Ukranian President Peter Porshenko called for martial law to be implemented in the Ukraine for a period of 60 days.

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Here is the chronology of the dramatic events as outlined by this BBC article:

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  • In the morning, Ukraine said it had sent two gunboats and a tug from the Black Sea port of Odessa to Mariupol in the Sea of Azov
  • Ukraine’s navy then said Russian boats had tried to intercept its vessels, ramming the tug
  • Russia accused Ukraine of illegally entering its territorial waters
  • Russia scrambled fighter jets and helicopters as the Ukrainian vessels approached a bridge over the Kerch Strait – the only access to the Sea of Azov
  • The bridge itself was blocked by a tanker
  • In the evening, Ukraine said its vessels had been fired on and seized by the Russians. Six Ukrainian crew members were injured
  • Russia confirmed it had used weapons to force the Ukrainian vessels to stop, saying three Ukrainians were injured
  • Russia said the Ukrainian ships were in its waters illegally because Moscow had temporarily closed an area of water for shipping.
  • Kiev called Russia’s actions a flagrant violation of international law, because the Black Sea is free for shipping, and Crimea belongs to Ukraine.
  • Ukraine also cited a 2003 Russia-Ukraine treaty on unimpeded access to the Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov.
  • It said it had informed the Russians in advance of its plan to move its ships to Mariupol – a claim denied by Russia.
  • In recent weeks, two Ukrainian vessels passed through the Kerch Straight without incident.

Russian Aggression?

Of note is that, according to Ukrainian forces, six Ukranian sailors were injured, but while Russia admits to using weapons to force the Ukrainian vessels to stop, they only conceded that three Ukrainians were injured. In addition, Ukranian sources claim that the tug boat that was accompanying the two Ukranian gunships was rammed into by Russia in an attempt to intercept the vessels, as evidenced in the following video from this Sun article:

OK, enough of the mainstream angle. Let’s figure out what’s really going on.

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First of all, the Sun article said that ‘Ukrainian sources claim to have intercepted the video from Russian coastguards, part of the FSB’s border guard division.’

Somehow, within less than 24 hours, Ukraine had the time to intercept the video, edit it with English subtitles, and make it available to Western news sources to prove Russia’s aggression. Hmm, almost like they knew in advance that it would happen. As the article explains,

The footage shows Russian vessel Don ramming a Ukrainian warship, according to Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov. He said: “Intercepted video is taken by the RF (Russian Federation), commands heard. That will stand as proof to the international court! Aggression! Let’s stand together and anticipate reaction of friendly countries!”

Quite amazing, isn’t it, that somehow this video was actually taken in the first place (what would be the reason?), that it would feature a Russian captain (or ‘special agent’, as the Sun says) that would be using the most highly belligerent language verging on insane rage in conducting what would clearly be a sensitive international incident, and that it was magically ‘intercepted’ by ‘Ukranian sources’ and processed through Western media within 24 hours.

Or it’s a fake or doctored video to visually reinforce the ‘Russian aggression’ narrative, prepared and ready to ship off to the media as soon as the overall confrontation took place. You decide what makes more sense.

Deeper Analysis

The video below, put together by Jake Morphonios of the Blackstone Intelligence Network, is an excellent, comprehensive analysis of the incident in the context of the history of the conflict over Crimea and the Kerch Strait.

Of particular note is this joint statement made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin from November 16th, only nine days earlier, wherein the following declaration is made with regards to a new bilateral working group focused on Security and Countering Russian Aggression:

The two sides underscored the need to continue building Ukraine’s resilience in the face of Russian aggression, reaffirmed the importance of the Minsk agreements in ending Russia’s aggression, and highlighted the need to restore Ukrainian control over the Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied or controlled by Russia – Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Both sides decided that a robust UN-mandated international security force in the areas of Donbas controlled by Russia, including the Ukraine-Russia international border, would create the necessary security conditions for the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The United States reiterated its commitment to Secretary Pompeo’s July 25 Declaration on the non-recognition of Russia’s purported annexation of Crimea.

The fact is that Crimea is a highly strategic territory and Western powers still want Ukraine to continue to lay claim on it. Ignoring that Crimeans voted 96% in favor of independence from the Ukraine after Western forces staged a coup of  the Ukraine and installed a pro-Western puppet government, Ukraine and the US still refuse to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia. Again, Jake Morphonios does a great job laying out the story below.

Putin Weighs In

The 23 Ukranian sailors captured by Russia have been charged with crimes. According to this RadioFreeEurope article, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that the detained Ukrainian sailors were on a secret mission. Lavrov said Russian border agents and interrogators turned up documents that “clearly show that these ships had been ordered to not inform the authorities of the Kerch Strait and to try and break into the Sea of Azov secretly.”

Vladamir Putin reiterated Russia’a accusation that the Ukrainian boats trespassed in Russian waters — a claim Kyiv has denied.

“It was organized by the president ahead of the elections,” Putin said, adding that Poroshenko “is in fifth place, ratings-wise, and therefore had to do something. It was used as a pretext to introduce martial law.” Putin claimed that the Ukrainian “military vessels intruded into Russian territorial waters and did not answer” the Russian coast guard. “What were they supposed to do?”

Perhaps Putin is on to something. Poroshenko has had a heck of a time getting enough votes to implement martial law, especially with the majority of lawmakers wanting assurances that the elections scheduled for March, which Poroshenko was far behind in, were not going to be delayed. Poroshenko had to agree to a 30-day limit for Martial Law, and it only governed the territories that were adjacent to Russia or the sea. The fact that Poroshenko is also citing a ‘secret document’ he has that outlines a planned Russian ground invasion into the Ukraine just gives further credence to the idea that everything Poroshenko is now saying and doing is part of a desperate attempt to retain power beyond the election in March 2019.

The Takeaway

The Deep State has long been operating in the world by clandestinely taking over countries economically and politically through the installation of pro-Western puppet governments, and employing mainstream media to spin these activities as above-board, legitimate political events that we should be supportive of. The case of Ukraine is no exception, where Deep State forces within the US are working with Ukraine to try to maintain power there through the next election. Once we gain the collective discernment to see through these charades–and we are growing that discernment every time such an event hits the front pages–then such tactics will have to be completely abandoned in favor of operating truthfully and transparently.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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New UFO Film Questions What The US Government Is Hiding

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The US recently released its highly anticipated Pentagon UAP report, but it wasn’t much more than a 9 page rundown of what has been known for decades. Regardless, for many, what was promising was that the UFO subject was being taken seriously again – and perhaps many more scientists might get involved.

For decades many have been warning about leaving UFO disclosure in the hands of a government that likes to use crisis’ or current events to expand its defense budgets. Further, why would we suddenly expect a government, who has been lying about this subject for 70 years, to suddenly come forth with the truth? What would inspire them to suddenly change their mind?

Perhaps it’s because the search for ET is an idea who’s time has truly come. We’ve reporting on this for over 13 years, and are mongst a community of researchers who have been encouraging humanity to look at the evidence for more than 70 years. It feels like an idea that human collective consciousness is more than ready to explore.

The impact the ET question has on our individual and collective worldview has the power to truly change the way we view ourselves and the meaning of life here on earth. Think of the implications answers to this question could have on how we set up and run our society as well. Technology, culture, collaboration etc – I spoke about this more in great detail in my extended interview for Greer’s. prior film Close Encounters of The Fifth Kind here.

Now, a new documentary from Dr. Steven Greer, directed by my good friend Michael Mazzola, seeks to explore what the films calls “the current government and media disinformation campaign promoting 3 big lies:”

1. We do not know what these UAPs/ UFOs are. WE DO.
2. Humans cannot make craft that can maneuver like UFOs. WE CAN and WE DO.
3. The UFOs are a threat. THEY ARE NOT.

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