What is at stake
Putin on the Ukrainian-Russian relationship:
“Our countries’ companies have developed close ties in all the basic industries: in the fuel and energy sector, which includes nuclear power, in chemical production, in aviation and machine building, space, metallurgy and metals processing, in construction and agriculture. We have developed unique production chains and created technological alliances. Russian capital represents about 32 percent of the Ukrainian banking system.”
The Russian government has been slowly revealing its posture to the world. It is saying “No” to an unfair assault on the people. Instead business is on the cards, everywhere. To have a good understanding of the bigger picture check out the “Energy ballet” that Pepe Escobar has been so eloquently writing about.
The back and forth tossing around of the likes of Master Card and Visa is a good case in point of Russia’s stronger position now. This is not the 90s and the Russians are keen to assert themselves. Upset at being blocked out of his money, the President’s close friend and billionaire is now banking with Union Pay.
“We, Russia, cannot talk about any ceasefire conditions whatsoever, or possible agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk,” Putin stated recently in Minsk.
This is the real foreign policy difference that has now emerged from the Russian camp.
We recently saw a press conference of the resistance setting the stage for a wider struggle and now we have a green light from Russia. This is the real story of the week.
The illusion that the world stands with the aggressor is slowly being replaced as the showdown gains momentum. This is a quick snapshot of some leading headlines.
“Brazil has not received a request from the EU to halt increasing exports to Russia, but if it does, Brasilia wouldn’t care, Ambassador Antonio Jose Vallim Guerreiro told a news conference in Moscow Thursday.”
On sanctions, President Correa said “I want to immediately say that we don’t need to get anybody’s permission to sell products to friendly countries: as far as we know Latin America isn’t a part of the European Union,” 
The Spanish have been long protesting Russian sanctions and the crisis is only growing worse. The EU’s measly allocation of €125 million in emergency support is absurd when you consider the actual cost of Russian sanctions. The trade embargo could cost the EU €6.7 billion ($9 billion) and cost up to 130,000 jobs.
The civil disobedience movement is gaining ground with strong criticism of the EU sanctions. The veteran leftist Manolis Glezos has even penned an emotional letter to President Putin urging him to exempt Athens from sanctions. The situation is dire.
The Serbs have suffered a lot from Nato and the wounds are still fresh. Their solidarity with Russia, despite being hung out to dry during Clinton’s “democracy initiatives”, is commendable.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been sending mixed signals through out this conflict. While at one hand she seems to be extending the olive branch, on the other she entices the Ukrainian oligarchy with rebuilding the east (post cleansing).
Germany also played an active part in the coup and what followed. It is an active participant in this conflict, it cannot simply be absolved of all blame. Now, as the plan foils and the Nazi regime falters, we have a sudden realization of goals. All of a sudden there is talk of negotiation and federalisation.
This is quite a 180 degree U-turn. This could be a ploy as experienced previously, following resistance momentum and territory gains.
Poodle of the week
Canada has won this weeks “Impress the Emperor” contest. It is eager to show the world that it is standing up to big bad Russia.
Internal breakdown of the state:
The Ukrainian state is in total disrepair, it was already crumbling under US sponsored “democracy” initiatives that brought about the rabidly russophobic and fascist government in power.
The zombies that form the popular support base of the Ukrainian regime, are not just paying for their “EU dream” in mere street protests. They are now actively brainwashed, recruited and sent to die in a war.
The Russian president has already given in his analysis with a whopping 165 billion needed to revive Ukraine. Right now Ukraine is on the operating table, hopelessly unaware, and soon to be woken up when there is no money for morphine.
It will be a painful awakening for a lawless, corrupt puppet state with a federalised oligarchy. The Minister of Economy has resigned and the choco-king is busy cashing out. It is a free for all right now in Ukraine, anything goes.
Protesters are now demanding that the Defence Minister resign and aid to Ilovaysk be sent. Notice how the population is so much under the influence of state propaganda that it is not questioning any logic here. Why are they fighting the residents in the east? Why can they not be left in peace? A war should always be questioned.
Meanwhile, on planet earth, the Novurussiyan Armed Forces (NAF) have been gaining ground with the capture of Novoazovsk and are now reported to be marching further ahead as far as Berdyans’k.
Prior to the ingenious decision to hand over “Nuclear Material” security to fascists the government had also struck a deal with Fasington for Nuclear fuel. Nuclear fuel that is not just incompatible in comparison to the Russian made fuel (used previously and made for purpose) but will most likely cause a meltdown.
It is inhuman, beyond measure, when someone is willing to risk a nuclear disaster for an agenda.
 Speech at the meeting of the Customs Union Heads of State with President of Ukraine and European Union representatives (kremlin.ru, english, 26-08-2014)
 Mastercard extension: http://rt.com/business/183124-russia-deadline-visa-mastercard/
 Minsk conference: http://rt.com/news/182976-putin-poroshenko-ukraine-talks/
 Brazil’s response: http://rt.com/business/181876-brazil-russia-eu-sanctions/
 Ecuador’s response: http://rt.com/business/179972-ecuador-russia-agriculture-ban/
 Spain sanction protest: http://rt.com/news/181992-spanish-farmers-russia-sanctions/
 Letter to Putin: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2014/08/10/wwii-hero-greek-eurodeputy-letter-putin-embargo-greece/
 Serbia on food deliveries: http://rt.com/business/182076-serbia-food-deliveries-russia/
 Germany’s U-turn: http://euobserver.com/foreign/125331
 Canada in the Arctic: http://rt.com/news/182992-canada-sovereignty-arctic-russia/
 Civilian conscription: http://www.kyivpost.com/multimedia/photo/presentation-civil-defence-training-programm-361080.html
 Cost to join EU Association Agreement: http://rt.com/business/182868-russia-ukraine-europe-trade/
 Minister of Economy resigns
 Ukrainian PM selling assets: http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/746201
 Demand for Defese Minister to resign: http://rt.com/news/183396-kiev-poroshenko-military-protest/
 Capture of Novoazovsk
 Unconfirmed reports of marching on Berdyans’k
 Ukraine’s deterioting situation: http://www.vineyardsaker.co.nz/2014/08/20/ukraines-descent-into-chaos-and-the-sanction-recoil/
 Nuclear deal with the US: http://rt.com/news/183248-nuclear-ukraine-threat-osce/