On Saturday, December 13th, Russian media reported that U.S. President Obama evidently can't wait to sign the congressional authorization for war against Russia (which has already been passed in draft form by 98% of U.S. House members and 100% of U.S. Senate members
), and that he is already shipping military supplies into Ukraine for use against Ukraine's ethnic Russians that the Ukrainian Government is trying to eliminate
, a leading Russian parliamentarian, was quoted as saying
on Saturday, Russia "cannot calmly watch as the US arms Ukraine with the most modern lethal weapons. In this regard, we should not appear weak. The situation is very alarming. Judging by US intentions, they want to turn Ukraine into a fighting platform against Russia."
The popular Russian website "Colonel Cassad" reports
that the reason why Ukraine's airports in Zaporozyhe, Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk mysteriously shut down for other traffic on Saturday was to unload weapons-shipments from the U.S
. Specifically, it said that, at Zaporozyhe,
"one of the airport workers replied that the airport has to be prepared to accept military aircraft with equipment, including Kharkov and Dnepropetrovsk. The equipment is expected from the United States."
For the time being, civilian traffic at all three of those airports is being reduced during the next few days, in order to unload that U.S. freight.
Also reported Saturday at fortruss.blogspot was that,
"Right now at Zaporozhye airport they are unloading two transport planes from USA. Cargo is in boxes. According to additional information two more planes are expected to arrive."
Just one day prior, Foreign Policy
had bannered on Friday, "Who Will Foot the Bill in Ukraine?"
and their reporter naively claimed that, "little aid is forthcoming for Ukraine as its government faces a shortfall."
The "aid" is actually already coming, in the form of U.S. military cargo shipments, gratis from U.S. taxpayers
The “aid” is actually already coming, in the form of U.S. military cargo shipments, gratis from U.S. taxpayers
(though hardly gratis from the U.S. armaments-makers, whose business is booming from this). And the Ukraine "government faces a shortfall" thing is actually far worse than that: as Forbes's
Mark Adomanis headlined on April 15th, "Ukraine's Economy Is Nearing Collapse."
He reported, "The central bank was forced to take such desperate measures because the currency has been in free fall, losing more than 35% of its value against the dollar this year. The Hryvnia has been the world's worst performing currency in 2014." And:
"The only reason that things haven't totally imploded is because of the $18 billion package of assistance from the IMF and the $9 billion in additional assistance pledged by the United States and the European Union. This financial assistance is desperately needed and will obviously help the Ukrainian government keep the lights on. The problem is that Ukraine's funding needs aren't a static target but are directly influenced by changes in its economic outlook. Since that economic outlook is darkening, Ukraine's already large funding needs have grown commensurately."
's Kenneth Rapoza then noted
on November 12th, "The nation's currency, the hryvnia, has lost 91.5% of its value so far this year."