U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges said the Russian forces are made up of military advisers, weapons operators and combat troops.
Hodges also said some 29,000 Russian troops are in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year.
Hodges said in Berlin on March 3 that helping Ukraine with weapons would increase the stakes for Russian President Vladimir Putin at home.
He added that "when mothers start seeing sons come home dead, when that price goes up, then that domestic support begins to shrink."
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"Before this week is up, we'll be deploying a battalion minus. to the Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces for the fight that' taking place," Foster stated. "What we've got laid out is six United States companies that will be training six Ukrainian companies throughout the summer."
The training will take place at the level of US and Ukrainian national guard companies, Foster explained, adding that "we have nothing above battalion staff level" engaged in the military training.
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In his most recent interview with Future Money Trends he warns of an endgame scenario that is nothing short of a total collapse. And here' the scary part: Civelli says that even gold may not be a safe haven should the worst case scenario play out:
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By "real security concerns," he is clearly referring to NATO' expansion right up to Russia' border, and America' surrounding Russia with U.S. military bases, now inceasingly including the most strategic of Russia' bordering countries: Ukraine.
In other words, this diplomat says: "the West" has a "zero-sum" attitude toward Russia, instead of seeking to move forward with an approach in which neither side among the nuclear superpowers benefits at the other' expense - the entire world moves forward together.
This is a direct criticism of Barack Obama, and of all of the pro-Obama, anti-Putin, EU leaders. It' also an implicit repudiation of Obama' having repeatedly referred to the U.S. as "the one indispensable nation." (Another example of that phrase is here.) Obama keeps saying: every other nation, except the U.S., is "dispensable." He clearly thinks that Russia is.
More: https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/china-warns-u-s-to-stop-its-ukrainian-proxy-war-against-russia/ _______________________________________________________________________________
This time, the Iraqis are claiming they shot down a US Helicopter in the Al-Bagdadi region in Anbar Province last week. The reason for shooting the helicopter, according to FARS and, apparently, high-ranking Iraqi officials, was that the helicopter was carrying weapons to ISIS.
Head of the Iraqi Parliament' National Security and Defense Committee and senior Iraqi legislator, Hakem al-Zameli has stated that the Iraqi government is constantly receiving reports from its security forces that NATO aircraft is dropping weapons to ISIS.
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