Saturday, January 31, 2015

Message form the Saker + Open Thread

Dear friends,

a) The Saker needs to spend time with his veterinarian

One very sick Saker
My health issues have caught up with me yesterday and I still feel terrible.  I hope to feel better on Monday but in the meantime I have a favor to ask.  Please:
  • Don't email me (unless this is a major emergency)
  • Don't post questions here
  • Don't expect more than reposts from other sources
I will reply to emails on Monday, okay?


Okay, you win.  I will suspend judgment.  But if really Greece was not consulted, then Greece should now introduce an official protest.  Not in the media, but at the EC.  But okay, fair enough, I will suspend jdugement

c) Photo of Nazi goons

Guys, when I wrote "FSB agents impersonating Nazis" I was *jocking* for Pete's sake!  How can anybody seriously believe that I meant that?!  Valentin D: головой думать надо, а не.....,  а бабушке - привет!

Some dismissed it all under the heading "in any country or group you can find bla bla bla".  Yeah, except that these guys are from the Azov deathsquad, i.e. the junta's "Pretorian guard wannabes" who are now being disbanded, but not for human right violations or Nazi salutes, but for cowardice before the enemy.  Just like the last photo of Ukrainian Nazis was of cops, not just anybody.  I am not trying to prove that most Ukrainians are Nazi - they are not - but I am trying to illustrate that the stench of the Nazi ideology permeates the power base of the junta.

What the picture Photoshopped?  Oh come on...

d) Donbass news

So far so good.  As far as I can tell, if the "Debaltsevo cauldron" is not quite closed, is is almost and the still open segment is completely under Novorussian fire.  The Junta forces have taken huge losses (just as when the "Ialovaisk cauldron" was being formed).  The Junta forces are doing better north and east of the Donetsk airport where the Novorussian lost at least one, possibly two, villages.  Peski is still contested (as far as I know).  The big news is that the DNR and LNR have released a joint statement saying that they are willing to return to the negotiating table on the basis of the Minsk Agreements, but only if the current and actual line of contact is used to separate the forces.  In other words, they ain't gonna give back terrain which was won in hard battles.  Good for them.  Bottom line, the junta appears unable to break the resistance.

Okay, now I need to go back to recovering.

In the meantime here are the English language sources I recommend:

Kazzura: (I know, weird choice)
Russia Insider:
Colonel Cassad in English:

and, of course, the rest of the Saker community: 


French Saker:
German Saker:
Oceania Saker:
Latin American Saker:
Italian Saker:

Okay, that's it for me.  Please give me some time to get my health back in order and, in the meantime, please consider this as an OPEN THREAD.

Kind regards and many thanks,

The Saker