So we know that there are thousands of paid trolls working for the Putin government, we likely have some here as they are everywhere on the web.
This give us strong indications of just what the Putin government’s long term objectives are.
Clearly Putin is rebuilding his version of the USSR, he’s put the KGB back together. He’s also been rebuilding the territory the USSR once used to control. Crimea is now back in the hands of Putin after the betrayal of a senior Ukraine military officer in Crimea.
The career of Sergei Yeliseyev helps to explain why Ukraine’s armed forces gave up Crimea almost without a fight—and why NATO now says it is alert to Russian attempts to undermine military loyalty in its eastern European members.
His rise to become number two in the Ukrainian navy long before Russia seized Crimea illustrates the divided loyalties that some personnel in countries that once belonged to the Soviet Union might still face.
Yeliseyev’s roots were in Russia but he ended up serving Ukraine, a different ex-Soviet republic, only to defect when put to the test. NATO military planners now believe Moscow regards people with similarly ambiguous personal links as potentially valuable, should a new confrontation break out with the West.
In 2014, Yeliseyev was first deputy commander of the Ukrainian fleet, then largely based in Crimea, when Russian soldiers in unmarked uniforms took control of Kiev’s ships and military bases on the peninsula.
Instead of resisting, Yeliseyev quit and subsequently got a new job: deputy chief of Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
Yeliseyev, now aged 55, did not respond to Reuters questions sent to him via the Russian defense ministry.
Putin has thousands of personnel at war in Eastern Ukraine.
The Russian government has deployed thousands of armored vehicles and troops into Ukraine to support separatist rebels in the war-torn country’s eastern region, Ukraine’s top defense official says, despite repeated assertions from Moscow of minimal military involvement there.
“It’s a real army. They have continuous inflow of munitions,” Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian defense minister, told a small group of reporters on the sidelines of an international security conference here last weekend.
Klimkin says 2,000 Russian armed vehicles and “a couple thousand” Russian soldiers are operating in the contested Donetsk and Luhansk provinces of eastern Ukraine, known collectively as the Donbas. A simmering proxy war has taken place there since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists began fighting to break the rural provinces away from Kiev. In addition, Russia has deployed artillery, mortars, light weapons and missile systems, like the Sa-11 that reportedly shot down a Malaysian airliner in 2015.
And all the other nations in Eastern Europe that are now under threat from the aggressively expansionist Kremlin under Putin.
And what are the likely Olgino trolls here saying.
An excellent proposal, hopefully it will happen soon.
And we shouldnt stop until every American base in Northern Europe is closed.
Basically, step aside and give Russia back control of all Eastern Europe. As we saw with Crimea and as we are still seeing with Ukraine, where there is ANY power vacuum in that region then Putin will exploit it often violently.