This is an interesting story, or rather stories, brought to my attention in the first case, by Mr. S.D. who supplied the first article that concerns us today, and by Mr. P.T., who supplied the second. And I can assure the readers, that neither gentleman knows the other, nor were they looking to confirm the other's contributions.
So let's start with the first article. Russia's space and defense "tsar", Dmitry Rogozin, has made some interesting comments lately about Russia's tactical and strategic ballistic missile deterrent, and the American missile defense system's ability to interdict them:
Note what Rogozin has said:
"Both the Russian and U.S. military continue to stoke World War 3 fears, with a Russian deputy prime minister now claiming that Russia’s nuclear weapons cannot be stopped by U.S. missile defense systems in the event the new Cold War becomes hot.
"In a related report by TheInquisitr, the U.S. Navy railgun system being tested over the next several years has a projectile which is claimed to be capable of knocking a cruise missile out while in flight. The Russian Navy has also increased their production rate for Russia’s nuclear submarine fleet, with the Russians planning on laying out five subs while the U.S. Navy is only shooting for two in 2015.
"Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is overseeing the modernization of Russia’s nuclear weapons capabilities and during a talk show on the state-run Rossiya 1 television channel boasted that Russia had managed to develop a new technological breakthrough which will somehow overcome any U.S. missile defense system.
“'We will not disclose those technical details to anybody,' Rogozin said, according to The Moscow Times. 'But I can tell you one thing: The work conducted today on combat missile technologies … shows that neither the current, nor even the projected American missile defense system could stop or cast doubt on Russia’s strategic missile potential.'"(Emphases added)
Now, of course this could all just be bluster, a Potemkin village or a maskerovka design to bluff the west with the old "we have a secret technology that renders your missile defense system useless" ploy. Except that readers here will recall the USS Donald Cook incident from last year during Russia's "invasion" of the Crimean peninsula, when the Cook, an Aegis-class missile frigate, was "buzzed" by two obsolescent Russian Sukhoi-25 fighter-bombers, and, much to the chagrin of the US Navy, appeared to shut down the frigate's entire missile defense radar system and the shipboard computers(which in one version of the story the crew couldn't even reboot) while they executed no less than twelve passes over the ship. Of course, there are some who do not think anything of this story, and the US Navy was very quick to put out the old "they don't have such capability and the Donald Cook put into the Romanian port simply for 'routine maintenance' and the Russians had nothing to do with it give us a break" ploy. So, set aside, for the moment, whatever the Donald Cook incident may afford by way of some sort of corroboration of Mr. Rogozin's remarks, and consider this second story which, as I indicated, was shared by Mr. P.T. completely independently of Mr. S.D.'s sharing of the first story:
Now, one has to parse what little information there is in this article rather carefully, for it admits of several possible explanations:
"Rumble at startup and the flying missiles were seen and heard by the residents of Konstantinovka, Druzhkovka, Alekseev-Druzhkovka and several other settlements.
"The direction of launch: Donetsk, Gorlovka. The first launch was made at 16:00, the second at 18:30.
"Due to outdated components of the missiles and not without the help of providence (God is still with us!), both missiles had not reached their targets, having broken off in the sky in the vicinity of Gorlovka.
"Exact time of launch and location of the explosion of the missiles in the air need to be verified further."
There you have it. The Ukraine fired two missiles toward the Donetsk region, and, due to their "age", they either malfunctioned, or the Ukrainians self-destructed them...
...or, since they were fired toward the Russian-friendly Dontesk region, the Russians may have taken them out by some other means.
My money is on the Russians being true to their word: they have something, and are quietly staging incidents to let the psychopaths in the District of Corruption know it. The trouble is, as the old adage has it, the light is on there, but nobody is home. Or in this case, the light isn't on at all, and they're just a few flies short of a Happy Meal.
See you on the flip side.