Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Vineyard of the Saker: SitRep Transcarpathia, Transnistria and Gagauzia 17 Nov - 23 Nov

SitRep Transcarpathia, Transnistria and Gagauzia 17 Nov - 23 Nov

A perambulation around the periphery of Ukraine, looking at local and regional viewpoints. The media coverage varies from relatively neutral to rabidly nationalist.

Note: some urls in the links are prefixed with 'z5h64q92x9.net/tr-url/ru-en.en/' . This form provides the reader with a Yandex translated version of the source. The original article can be reached by removing this prefix.

Kharkov has experienced numerous unexplained explosions may reflect actions by partisans. A recent status map shows the extent of purported partisan activity throughout Donbass. The connection from Kharkov to the border is interesting. Is there another voentorg in action?

Estonia - the national airline has lost 6.4 million euro as a result of the Ukraine crisis. The route Tallinin - Kiev has been severely disrupted.

Latvia seems to be feeling left out. It has claimed a Russian submarine passed about 27 miles from its territorial waters. This is seriously pathetic.

Galicia - low level discontent was exhibited at a recent football match. One of the teams, Shakhtar Donetsk, refused to wear T-shirts commemorating ATO forces.

Poland reportedly buying 40 AGM-158B JASSM cruise missiles from the US for around $250 million, with 50 % discount. These missiles have a range of 960 km, and an accuracy of around three meters. Even if you buy into the Polish missile defence is aimed at Iran and North Korea scam, these missiles certainly are not defensive and could reach Moscow.

Slovakia will continue to supply Ukraine with gas via reverse flow through the Vojny-Uzhgorod pipeline. This pipeline can supply about 30 million cubic metres gas per day from the Slovakian energy company Eustream. Slovakia claims to be able to maintain this despite a 50% decline in gas supplied to Slovakia from Russia. The head of the Ukraine gas company NaftoGaz claims this way Ukraine can completely avoid Russia as a gas supplier. He seems to be relying on ignorance of readers as to where Slovakia obtains its gas. The Ukraine gas company will defer any decision to buy further gas from Russia until 1 December

Complete story at - The Vineyard of the Saker: SitRep Transcarpathia, Transnistria and Gagauzia 17 Nov - 23 Nov (NEW FORMAT!)

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