Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
4th February, 2016
*Note: the original article was originally published (in Russian) in 2014*
"The coup d'état in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with the U.S. fleet", said Maurizio Blondet, in a sensational article published on the website www.effedieffe.com on 29.05.2014:
"On 22nd February, the day when Yanukovych was deprived of power, the American group hastily entered the Black sea through the Bosporus Strait. This fleet was to take the place of the Russian black sea fleet based in Crimea.
The degree of threat to the vital interests of Moscow clarifies to us why Putin was quick to take Crimea and declare the Peninsula to the Russians. He had irrefutable evidence that the coup in Kiev in February of this year had a specific goal: to neutralize the Russian black sea fleet based in Sevastopol, and replace it with U.S Navy.
On 18th February this year, the Ukrainian Parliament was raided by armed activists of the Svoboda party and Right Sector. On February 22nd, President Yanukovych was forced to leave Kiev, the Pro-Western authorities took power. At the same time, the head of the secret services of Ukraine (SBU) had been appointed - Valentyn Nalyvaichenko. Who is this? An American citizen.
Of course, "accidentally", on February 13th, one of the four American marine groups led by the aircraft carrier George Bush (CSG-2) left the naval base in Norfolk and was sent to the Aegean sea. George Bush is 102 thousand tons, with 90 aircraft and helicopters onboard. It was accompanied by 16 warships, including the cruiser USS Philippine Sea, destroyers Truxtun and Roosevelt and three nuclear submarines.
On 22nd February, the day when Yanukovych was deprived of power, the American group hastily entered the Black sea through the Bosporus Strait. This is a direct violation of the Treaty of Montreux of 1936, allowing only warships up to 45 thousand tons to pass through the Dardanelles. But, as was reported by the Turkish magazine Hurriyet, citing a source from the Defense Ministry of Turkey, the authorities gave secret permission for the passage of the valiant American Navy. This fleet was to take the place of the Russian black sea fleet based in Crimea.
Of course, it was expected that Crimea would also "choose democracy" and will happily welcome the star-spangled fleet. However, crowds of people came to the square of Sevastopol, and after a couple of days of siege of the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Prime Minister Anatolii Mohyliov was driven out, who declared his loyalty to the coup in Kiev (despite the fact that he was brought to power by Yanukovych, giving him a luxury Villa in Yalta). Sergey Aksyonov was chosen to replace Mohyliov, the leader of Pro-Russian forces.
On 6th March, the Parliament of the autonomy of Crimea refused to submit to Kiev and chose to hold a March 16th referendum on the reunification of Crimea with the Russian Motherland. It complicated the American plans.
On March 5th, the original orders sent to the aircraft carriers were canceled. New orders were given to turn from the Greek city of Piraeus to Antalya, to arrive at the Turkish base and wait there. Only destroyers USS Truxtun, USS Donald Cook and the frigate USS Taylor were sent to explore the shores of North Crimea from the 7th to 22nd March under the pretext of joint exercises with Bulgaria and Romania.
The Russian air force announced through the media that the USS Donald Cook had arrived to disrupt the action of the antennas associated with the Mission control space center of the black sea fleet and a network of military satellites ELINT, working in the electromagnetic spectrum. This sophisticated modern system allows them to receive data on U.S. Navy aircraft aboard and launch vehicles from Crimean electronic surveillance radar and navigation systems.
Russian military planes were forced to block the actions of Cook: two su-24MR across eleven visits (!) circled the American ship at the lowest possible altitude, using an onboard system to lock the frequencies of 12-18 Hz in order to neutralize the radar of the USA cruiser.
In addition, the Russian secret services were convinced of the presence onboard the American ship of six groups of commandos, each with 16 people ready to swim unnoticed underwater to reach the shore with the purpose of carrying out acts of sabotage in Crimea and of creating an atmosphere of panic among the local population. This could be via explosions on public transport during rush hour, damaging state buildings, etc. Injection of fear and terror before the referendum would lead to a decrease in the number of voters and would invalidate the results. To exclude such actions, "Russian had to have a hard preventive and impenetrable method of control."
In fact, there was information about the capture by some commandos from NATO countries of one of the sites of Crimea, as was indicated by the urgent request of the General Prosecutor of Crimea Natalia Poklonskaya to translators from the language of one of the landlocked NATO countries neighboring Ukraine. Our conclusion: Cossacks who were sent there, who were able to understand the Romanian language.
Based on the results of the referendum in Crimea (83% of the population voted, 99.7% of voters chose Russia), the American fleet, headed by the aircraft carrier George Bush, was ordered to stop their mission, and duly left the Aegean sea and went to Bahrain.
It is clear to everyone that the Russian military base in Sevastopol is essential. Confirmation of this comes from the recent modernization of the black sea fleet, enhancing its collection to 20 modern ships, including six submarines, frigate-launchers, specializing in protection and locking the opponent in an electronic field, as well as the newest class of helicopter carrier - Mistral, built in French shipyards (deal collapsed -OR). The Navy has a large group of fast reaction forces consisting of paratroopers and Marines. They are supported by the fourth air force division and air defense.
In addition, separate air cargo fleet transportation, consisting of 135 aircraft An-22, An-124, Il- 76MD and An-12, guarantees the transfer of 80 thousand soldiers of the 49th and 58th military corps. This grouping of rapid reaction forces, directly subordinate to the black sea fleet, has a common goal — protection from terrorism in the Mediterranean basin, Eastern Africa and the Middle East up to the Persian Gulf.
But even more powerful is the invisible, or nearly invisible, part of the fleet. It is the Center of space mission control, which has existed since Soviet times. Its written history lists the ships 'Salut', 'Soyuz', 'Apollo-Soyuz' and 'Lunokhod'. Today the Space center receives data from missile-radar systems such as the Voronezh-M (within 6 thousand km), established in Lekhtusi in the Leningrad region, in the city of Pionersky of the Kaliningrad region and in the city of Armavir. The centre receives information from satellites' early warning alarm KMO/K, capable of detecting the launch of missiles of any type — cruise or ballistic. Disruption of the functioning of the center (a serious obstacle to US hegemony and expansion towards Central Asia) or complete withdrawal due to its failure is one of the main goals of the Pentagon.
Based on the aforementioned, we believe that the coup in Kiev, bringing to power a "democratic" puppet government, had as its primary objective the elimination of the Space Center.
Ukraine's entry into NATO is already a secondary objective. With the help of the presidential elections and the strengthening of a "democratic" government, the Pentagon had hoped to force Putin to leave the military base in Crimea in order to replace it later with an American one. But haste cost the Americans, who consider themselves masters in these situations, as they prematurely launched a squadron of drones (unmanned aircraft) into Dnepropetrovsk for reconnaissance flights.
It was flying drones over the Crimean territory before the referendum that revealed to the Russian side, who was using an antenna for eavesdropping, the true plans of the United States".