NEWS FROM RUSSIA
Russia Displays Military Might Amid West Snub
May 10, 2015 — SkyNews.com reports: “Russia has shown off its military might at its annual Victory Day parade in Red Square, which has been boycotted by western leaders amid continuing tensions over Ukraine.
The snub by Russia’s World War II allies, including Britain and France, left President Vladimir Putin to mark the day with the leaders of China, Cuba, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
And Mr. Putin used his parade address at the event marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War to claim the basic principles of international cooperation were increasingly being ignored.
In an apparent sideswipe at the US, he said: ‘In the past decades we have seen attempts to create a unipolar world.’
Around 16,000 troops took part in the massive parade which showcased Russia’s latest military hardware, including the next-generation Armata T-14 tank…” (Russia begins the war of Armageddon – World War III — Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 8, and 16. United with Russia are battalions of troops from numerous Muslim nations – Daniel 11:40; Isaiah 17:1; Ezekiel 38:5-7’ Psalm 83:5-7. This massive military alliance is defeated – Ezekiel 38:1, 2, 12, and 13. Then as already mentioned the left over armies of Russia and the Muslim alliance join with China for the greatest war of history – Armageddon – Revelation 9:14 – 18; 16:16. See the next two reports.)
NATO worried by ‘wide-ranging’ Russia Crimea build-up
May 14, 2015 — SpaceDaily.com reports: “NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a ‘wide-ranging’ military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula.
A statement issued during two days of talks by the military alliance’s top diplomats, in the Turkish resort of Antalya, said ‘we do not and will not’ recognise Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
‘We condemn Russia’s ongoing and wide-ranging military build-up in Crimea and are concerned by Russia’s efforts and stated plans for a further military build up in the Black Sea region,’ it added.
The statement warned this risked having ‘further implications’ for stability in the region.
It also expressed alarm over ‘statements by the Russian leadership’ about the possible stationing of nuclear weapons in Crimea.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg added: ‘We are deeply concerned by statements of possible future stationing of nuclear weapons and development systems in Crimea.’
A NATO source told AFP that such statements had been repeatedly made by Russian officials since March…”
NATO Commander: Russia May Be Preparing New Ukraine Offensive
May 1, 2015 — Voice of America News reports: “The NATO supreme allied commander said Thursday that the alliance needs better military intelligence on the ground in eastern Ukraine, where he said Russian forces appeared to be fortifying military gains despite a two-month cease-fire.
U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, accused Moscow of supplying pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine’s east with ‘heavy weapons, training and mentoring,’ as well as ‘artillery fire support and tactical- and operational-level air defense.’
Breedlove also conceded ‘there are critical gaps in our collection and analysis’ of intelligence in Ukraine’s east, as intelligence demands grow in a ‘threat environment’ that also includes civil war in Syria and instability in North Africa that have spawned the flood of migrants into Europe.
He attributed the gaps in large part to a dramatic decline in the gathering of Russia intelligence since the end of the Cold War, as Western intelligence assets have been redirected to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Breedlove described the situation on the ground in Ukraine as ‘volatile and fragile’ and said the actions of Russian forces in the region ‘are consistent with preparations for another offensive.’…”