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Editor's Note: Bill Patalon's readers enjoy regular access to his high-profit research and best money-making, market-beating ideas. Today Bill looks behind a global crisis that's playing loudly out on the front pages everywhere, yet the most important factor is almost entirely being missed. Since Bill's been watching this trend for years, he sees, and shares, for us his one-of-a-kind insights…

If you've been watching the developments between Russia and Ukraine in recent days, then I'm sure you've seen reports of the sobering military buildups taking place on both sides of the border.

Today I want to spend a little time updating you on these escalations.

But then I plan to tell you about the real skirmish there – one that's not being reported on by the mainstream media. In fact, it may have already ended the battle in Moscow's favor.

Kiev just doesn't realize it yet.

The deciding factor in this skirmish is something we've been telling you about for more than two years.

And it just keeps gaining in importance – so much so, in fact, that we Main Street Americans need to watch it carefully just to protect ourselves.

This "X-Factor" goes by a lot of names.

But today we're going to refer to it as the "Invisible Front" of modern warfare.

And to set the scene, let's first take a look at what the mainstream media is looking at – the military buildups on each side of the Russia/Ukraine border…

Dueling Views

Over the weekend, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency claimed the latest satellite photos "clearly show the accumulation of a large number of Ukrainian military equipment and weapons on the border with the Russian Federation and in the vicinity of Slavyasnk."

According to RIA, a Russian Defense Ministry source says the buildup includes more than 15,000 troops from the Ukraine Army and National Guard, about 160 tanks, 230 infantry fighting vehicles and armored-personnel carriers (APCs), and as many as 150 mortars, howitzers, and multiple launch rocket systems (including the BM-30 "Smerch" andBM-21 "Grad" truck-mounted launchers).

This buildup is big enough "to wipe… the city and all its inhabitants from the face of the earth," the alleged Russian Defense Ministry source told RIA. "This concentration of troops in one area is not compatible with the potential of self-defense forces, armed with only a small number of pistols and submachine guns."

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has a very different view of what's going on.

While Russia is lambasting the Ukrainian military buildup, NATO commanders contend that satellite images taken of areas on the Russian Federation side of the Ukraine border depict Russian military forces deployed in more than 100 makeshift bases. And according to the latest report by The Wall Street Journal, NATO has described these troops as being in "a state of high readiness" and allege the forces could make a major move in as little as 12 hours after receiving a high-level "go" order.

The Journal report says that "a senior NATO military official described the Russian military movements as 'destabilizing to the region, while NATO's secretary-general [late last week] called on Russia to remove its troops stationed there."

Moscow claims the images are "old" and "out of date." But the Obama administration believes in them enough to say that U.S. officials are looking for ways to counter those Russian troop movements.

And, following a pretty thorough review of available satellite imagery, The Washington Post essentially concluded that Russia's military was gearing up for action. The newspaper studied Russian military movements in six key areas near the Ukraine border and concluded that "NATO's argument that these satellite images represent a military buildup does carry some weight… especially near Kuzminka, where an isolated area not used for military exercises in the past is now seeing a lot of activity. Given Kuzminka's strategic location, not far from Donetsk, that certainly seems like something to watch."

Kuzminka, you see, is somewhat remote from normal Russian military centers. It's only 80 miles from Donetsk, an industrial center that's the fifth-largest city in Ukraine. There are few natural boundaries that would slow a Russian onslaught if federation forces decided to move into Ukraine from that direction.

And remember, too: Back on April 7, pro-Russian protesters took over some administrative buildings in several eastern centers – including Donetsk – and declared that the city of Donetsk is now the People's Republic of Donetsk. Ukraine's central government in Kiev has condemned the move. But having a sympathetic populace on the ground could serve as a kind of "fifth column" that would make the city an easy conquest for Russian invaders.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk wants to get the country to the May 25 presidential elections. He's cozying up to Western Europe and has talked about ceding more power to the country's regions in an effort to defuse some of the unrest.

He's also staying on the offensive in the international arena, saying that Russia is looking to start World War III by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically" and creating a conflict that would spread to the rest of Europe.

Scary stuff, to be sure.

But this incursion may actually be over very quickly – thanks to the "invisible front."

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  1. Art Williams | May 7, 2014

    1. Globalists have invested over 5 billion $ since 2004 to cause disturbances in the Ukraine to possibly promote WW III.
    2. Elected Ukrainian pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted after he rejected the International Monetary Funds' demands to raise taxes and devalue the currency. So the US and EU installed central banker "Yats" Yatsenyuk to do their dirty work.
    3. US sacked Iraq – confiscated their gold reserves – 29.8 tonnes. – Libya 116.6 tonnes – gold – NATO BOMBED THEM. – Ukraine – 42.3 tonnes – gold NOTE: On March 2/14 an unmarked un registered transport plane took off from Boryspil Airport (with Ukraine's gold reserves) heading for USA. – NO NEED FOR A WAR . WAKE UP AMERICA – WHO IS RUNNING – ruining – YOU?

    • Art Williams | May 7, 2014

      THIS IS THE MODERATED VERSION – Can't you handle the truth?

    • Jeff P. in Canada | May 7, 2014

      In the beginning of the second world war, France and Poland moved their gold out of the country to keep Nazis from claiming it. The idea that Ukraine has moved their gold outside of Ukraine, only makes sense. And if you want your gold to be safe from Russia, where is the most likely place to put it? The United States, of course.
      As for your assertion that the IMF demanded that Ukraine raise taxes, I have spent some serious time in Ukraine and people there just don't pay taxes. The underground economy is the dominant economy. I think that all the IMF was trying to do was to get the Ukrainian government to try to start enforcing some of its tax laws. What is wrong with that? If all Ukrainians were paying their fair share of taxes, Ukraine would not be in the financial mess it finds itself in.
      As for your claim that Globalists have spent $5 billion to cause disturbances in Ukraine, I seriously doubt your claim, but if you really believe that, what is your source of information for making such an unsubstantiated claim?

  2. Mel | May 7, 2014

    Your article has some merit when viewed from a purely strategic front. Domestic communication infrastructure installed by so-called friendlies should always be seen as compromised from day one. In the days of modern warfare though, these communications means would not be used. That is why the present Ukrainian first request from NATO was for sophisticated compromise resistant/anti-spoofing/antijamming communications equipment. It learned the lessons from Latvia, Estonia and Georgia to some extent and recognizes the need to be guarded. Cyber warfare is multidimensional and Russia could find itself as much of a victim than a aggressor. It would be short-sighted to see this issue as "already done. The Ukraine nation is not on its own.

    • (Admin) Bill Patalon | May 7, 2014

      Dear Mel:

      Great comments — additive and intriguing. Thanks for taking the time to post. Hope we hear from you more often. You and your colleague Jeff P. from Canada (he's a frequent poster here, too, and I like his stuff), underscore the fact that our audience is savvy, engaged — and well worth giving our best efforts for each and every day.

      Thank you, Mel (and thank you Jeff)….

      And I mean that.

      Respectfully yours;

      William Patalon III
      Executive Editor/Editorial Director
      Money Map Press

  3. Adam Baum | May 7, 2014

    I see today's date on your article but the depth leaves me concerned as to your information sources. It's common knowledge that the media sources you mention in the piece are all highly censored sources, and even propagandist at times. Let me offer up some alternative sources and commentary pieces I think you will enjoy. Warning it's about to get a little scarier then you think.

    1. The Truth About Ukraine ( 10 )

    2. News in a multi-source format

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