How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine?

By Dmitry Orlov

September 01, 2014 “ICH” –  Last Thursday the Ukrainian government, echoed by NATO spokesmen, declared that the the Russian military is now operating within Ukraine’s borders. Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t; what do you know? They said the same thing before, most recently on August 13, and then on August 17, each time with either no evidence or fake evidence. But let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.

You be the judge. I put together this helpful list of top ten telltale signs that will allow you to determine whether indeed Russia invaded Ukraine last Thursday, or whether Thursday’s announcement is yet another confabulation. (Credit to Roman Kretsul).

Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.

1. Ukrainian artillery fell silent almost immediately. They are no longer shelling residential districts of Donetsk and Lugansk. This is because their locations had been pinpointed prior to the operation, and by Thursday afternoon they were completely wiped out using air attacks, artillery and ground-based rocket fire, as the first order of business. Local residents are overjoyed that their horrible ordeal is finally at an end.

2. The look of military activity on the ground in Donetsk and Lugansk has changed dramatically. Whereas before it involved small groups of resistance fighters, the Russians operate in battalions of 400 men and dozens of armored vehicles, followed by convoys of support vehicles (tanker trucks, communications, field kitchens, field hospitals and so on). The flow of vehicles in and out is non-stop, plainly visible on air reconnaissance and satellite photos. Add to that the relentless radio chatter, all in Russian, which anyone who wants to can intercept, and the operation becomes impossible to hide.

3. The Ukrainian military has promptly vanished. Soldiers and officers alike have taken off their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and are doing their best to blend in with the locals. Nobody thought the odds of the Ukrainian army against the Russians were any good. Ukraine’s only military victory against Russia was at the battle of Konotop in 1659, but at the time Ukraine was allied with the mighty Khanate of Crimea, and, you may have noticed, Crimea is not on Ukraine’s side this time around.

4. There are Russian checkpoints everywhere. Local civilians are allowed through, but anyone associated with a government, foreign or domestic, is detained for questioning. A filtration system has been set up to return demobilized Ukrainian army draftees to their native regions, while the volunteers and the officers are shunted to pretrial detention centers, to determine whether they had ordered war crimes to be committed.

5. Most of Ukraine’s border crossings are by now under Russian control. Some have been reinforced with air defense and artillery systems and tank battalions, to dissuade NATO forces from attempting to stage an invasion. Civilians and humanitarian goods are allowed through. Businessmen are allowed through once they fill out the required forms (which are in Russian).

6. Russia has imposed a no-fly zone over all of Ukraine. All civilian flights have been cancelled. There is quite a crowd of US State Department staffers, CIA and Mossad agents, and Western NGO people stuck at Borispol airport in Kiev. Some are nervously calling everyone they know on their satellite phones. Western politicians are demanding that they be evacuated immediately, but Russian authorities want to hold onto them until their possible complicity in war crimes has been determined.

7. The usual Ukrainian talking heads, such as president Poroshenko, PM Yatsenyuk and others, are no longer available to be interviewed by Western media. Nobody quite knows where they are. There are rumors that they have already fled the country. Crowds have stormed their abandoned residences, and were amazed to discover that they were all outfitted with solid gold toilets. Nor are the Ukrainian oligarchs anywhere to be found, except for the warlord Igor Kolomoisky, who was found in his residence, abandoned by his henchmen, dead from a heart attack. (Contributed by the Saker.)

8. Some of the over 800,000 Ukrainian refugees are starting to stream back in from Russia. They were living in tent cities, many of them in the nearby Rostov region, but with the winter coming they are eager to get back home, now that the shelling is over. Along with them, construction crews, cement trucks and flatbeds stacked with pipe, cable and rebar are streaming in, to repair the damage from the shelling.

9. There is all sorts of intense diplomatic and military activity around the world, especially in Europe and the US. Military forces are on highest alert, diplomats are jetting around and holding conferences. President Obama just held a press conference to announce that “We don’t have a strategy on Ukraine yet.” His military advisers tell him that his usual strategy of “bomb a little and see what happens” is not likely to be helpful in this instance.

10. Kiev has surrendered. There are Russian tanks on the Maidan Square. Russian infantry is mopping up the remains of Ukraine’s National Guard. A curfew has been announced. The operation to take Kiev resembled “Shock and Awe” in Baghdad: a few loud bangs and then a whimper.

Armed with this list, you too should be able to determine whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine last Thursday.

Dmitry Orlov is a Russian-American engineer and a writer on subjects related to “potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States,” something he has called “permanent crisis”.

The Tap Blog is a collective of like-minded researchers and writers who’ve joined forces to distribute information and voice opinions avoided by the world’s media.

8 Responses to “How Can You Tell Whether Russia has Invaded Ukraine?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Part 1

    Off Topic From:

    The disturbing case of Ashya King

    The recent horrifying case of Ashya King has highlighted just how far this fascist country will go to snatch children from loving parents.

    Five-year-old Ashya was a patient at a Southampton hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour. His family wanted him to undergo a specific specialist treatment but the doctors refused so his family decided to take him abroad and seek the treatment elsewhere.

    Has Ashya actually got a brain tumour? Is it a deliberate misdiagnosis? If Ashya has, then the ‘97% proven to fail’ conventional cut, burn, poison/surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy treatment regime – enforced with an iron fist at NHS Hospitals aka Death Camps – will not save him. He would survive in spite of such treatment and not because of it – but permanently damaged by it.

    Clearly, the organ affected in this case cannot be surgically treated(sic) but the usual failed (and ultra expensive) chemotherapy and radiotherapy will have been administered in pointless, damaging doses.

    Cancer is a ‘sentinel’ that the body’s immune system is in serious, even deadly trouble. The immune system lives – we are its host – mostly in the gut and then far less so in the liver. Most daily threats to our health are easily dealt with by the minority immune system that lives in our nasal passages and throat. If threats get past these, then they have to run the gauntlet of the gut where virtually all of them are wiped out. Those few that do ever manage to make it into the bloodstream are usually then dealt with by the immune system that lives in the liver, as all blood has to pass through the liver.
    When we become unwell, a threat has somehow made it through and past the liver and an immune response – the last line of defence – is triggered to deal with it, which it usually and easily does, even if we do feel rough for a few days.

    The immune system’s primary role quite obviously is to keep the host alive because if we die it dies. It is dealing with cancer cells (fungus/candida) ALL the time. When the immune system is operating somewhat below par it will often show symptoms by way of say, Cold Sores around the lips. The dormant Herpes simplex virus (impossible to rid the body of) that we virtually all have picks up on this, awaken and manifests itself in Cold Sores before the immune system sends it back to sleep again to strike another day – which it will. Painful and unsightly but harmless…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Part 2

    … Cancer is obviously a different game but still the same ball park as it were – an immune system operating below par but this time seriously so and potentially life threatening. An organ (or organs in the case of cancer of unknown primary) are abandoned to cancer while the immune system tries to repair itself – while of course keeping the host alive and dealing with every day threats which haven’t gone away. This will have happened to most of us in our lifetimes! An organ of ours has been temporarily abandoned by the immune system in a ‘strategic withdrawal’ while it ‘regroups’ and has an R & R before returning to said organ and dealing with the everyday cancer. Peace within restored as it were but in reality, Armageddon as usual, an immune system war that never ends until we do.

    Many of Nature’s gifts can assist the immune system but Big Pharma and invasive surgery most certainly cannot. Cutting out a cancer is futile as it attacks the effect and not the cause. Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy only serve to further undermine the immune system and patients – as explained previously – survive in spite of such treatment rather than because of it. The quality of their lives is usually seriously diminished and life expectancy is poor to say the least.

    Finally, it is worth mentioning that Big Pharma poisonous vaccines, especially on young children, are extremely damaging to their fragile developing immune systems. Is this why vaccines (and drugs) are promoted the way they are? Parents need to remind themselves that they are the gatekeepers for their children and the buck stops with them? Just a thought.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Apologies, only the first three paragraphs up to and including, “…his family decided to take him abroad and seek the treatment elsewhere.” are from the Coleman Report, if this isn’t made clear.

  4. sovereigntea says:




    David Cameron has raised the prospect of Britain joining American air strikes in Iraq and Syria, stating that he is prepared to “act immediately” without first informing MPs if national security is threatened.

    The Prime Minister said he would use a Nato meeting this week to review whether “military measures” were needed against the “barbaric” extremists of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

  5. sovereigntea says:

    MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
    FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)
    SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO

    We the undersigned are longtime veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an opportunity to be briefed on our views prior to the NATO summit on September 4-5.

    You need to know, for example, that accusations of a major Russian “invasion” of Ukraine appear not to be supported by reliable intelligence. Rather, the “intelligence” seems to be of the same dubious, politically “fixed” kind used 12 years ago to “justify” the U.S.-led attack on Iraq. We saw no credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq then; we see no credible evidence of a Russian invasion now. Twelve years ago, former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, mindful of the flimsiness of the evidence on Iraqi WMD, refused to join in the attack on Iraq. In our view, you should be appropriately suspicions of charges made by the US State Department and NATO officials alleging a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  6. Anonymous says:

    you have a few readers here from Florida, the pro homosexual groups are making headway into our schools and kindergartens
    but please read this

  7. Anonymous says:

    I despair when people do not understand the politics of this country.
    Communism was devised and funded by bankers to concentrate the power and the oney of the people into the hands of the few.
    Lord Rothschild in the 1930s said the aim was to bring communism to the UK by the year 2000.
    This is not a fascist country it is communist, and the KGB said several times that socilaism is the soft face of comunism
    which is what we now have in the country here

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