My last post needs to be amended in relation to "who is fighting in East Ukraine." As far as I have been able to tell from watching multiple videos from the bombarded East Ukraine cities––local people were taking on the fight of protecting their towns, homes and ways of life. The fighting forces look pretty local and ragged to me. However, two sources I trust emailed me yesterday saying that these East Ukrainian locals are supplemented by Russian national irregulars, Cossacks and Chechens who may have volunteered originally, but are now likely paid from sources inside Russia––and that both sides of the conflict are being aided on ground by mercenaries.
I will continue to provide you with the most honest assessments that I, with my background, can come up with. That doesn't mean that I won't make errors in perception or that I have all of the facts. However, I will get back to you if new information to the contrary becomes available to me.
Re the Malaysian tragedy: new pieces of information are emerging hour by hour. It's difficult to wade through some 200 articles a week, dozens of international news sources, then try to assess the hype and misinformation being offered by both sides––since we at CCI have no on-ground verifiable information.