MH17 TEAMS RETREAT AS UKRAINE MOVES IN ON DONETSK SITE
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
In a shock move last night Russia’s Vladimir Putin slammed reciprocal sanctions on Europe and the West in a clear case of self harm, at the same time he has doubled the Russian military presence on the border in response to an imminent Ukrainian attack.
A full scale conflict is unfolding while NATO and the West sit idle.
Putin has opted for what Putin excels at... brinkmanship, but this is his biggest crash-or-crash-through gamble yet.
As Russia’s economy teeters it can ill afford the voluntary loss of critical imports from Europe and it leaves Putin a small window of time in which to win a war before he crumbles under his own hand.
So it appears as if it’s all on.
The MH17 site is doomed to become lost in a much wider theatre of war and it may never be known who exactly downed the Malaysian flight. The most likely explanation is this:
Russia had supplied surface-to-air missiles to shoot down Ukrainian fighters bombing eastern Ukrainian cities. After the “rebels” had been successful in shooting down two fighters the Ukrainian war planes began “shadowing” passenger jets to avoid radar detection.
They were flying directly below the airliners to create one blip on the radar screen, the rest is history.
What goes unreported in Ukraine is eclipsing Gaza’s devastation as a quarter million refugees move north to escape Ukrainian genocide where thousands have been massacred and Russia is rendered unable to protect its ethnics from without.
But Putin’s plan is prescient and he must move quickly before the West’s, Europe’s, and now his own sanctions, start to bite.