April 2015 Archive

Archive: NEWS FROM NOVOROSSIYA April 1-30, 2015.

(For today’s news, see our NEWS FROM NOVOROSSIYA page.)

April 30, 2015

Greek Workers’ Party Greets Donbass International Forum. The Greek Workers Revolutionary Party expresses solidarity with Donbass and sends greetings to upcoming International Forum, also announcing a conference in Athens: “Now , a 3rd International Euro-Mediterranean Conference will take place in Athens again on July 18-20, 2015. The historic struggle in Donbass , of course, will be again at the center.” See Workers’ Party Website article MESSAGE FROM EEK,GREECE TO THE INTERNATIONAL DONBASS FORUM (Apr 30).

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SBU Blocks Pro-Russian Websites. The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has seized servers from Ukraine’s largest Web-hosting company in an effort to shut down websites sympathetic to Russia, causing the failure of some 30,000 unrelated portals. The targeted websites are accused of carrying out “acts of informational aggression,” apparently a new type of crime. See Sputnik report at Ukraine Takes Down 30,000 Sites to Block Five ‘Pro-Russian’ Ones (Apr 29).

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips

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Graham Phillips: Soon Back in Novorossiya. Acclaimed British video journalist Graham Phillips, who reported directly from the frontlines in Debaltsevo and elsewhere, will be returning to Donbass the second week in May after an extended vacation in London. See The Truth Speaker report My Return to Work in Donbass (Apr 30).

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LPR and DPR envoys Vladislav Deynego and Denis Pushilin (--Sputnik/AP/Sergei Grit)

LPR and DPR envoys Vladislav Deynego and Denis Pushilin (–Sputnik/AP/Sergei Grit)

Pushilin: Contact Group Talks Successful. Donetsk People’s Republic Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin has expressed some optimism about the results of the new Contact Group meetings that ended Wednesday. The Sputnik News report is available at Contact Group on Ukraine Makes Progress on Sub-Groups – DPR’s Envoy (Apr 29).

 Grad multiple rocket launchers being fired in Ukraine (--Tass archive/© EPA/Roman Pilipey)


Grad multiple rocket launchers being fired in Ukraine (–Tass archive/© EPA/Roman Pilipey)

Massive Kiev Provocations Expected May 8 and 9. Donetsk Poeple’s Republic Ministry of Defense spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Wednesday that human intelligence sources point to provocations by Kiev on May 8 and 9 using heavy weapons. “Ukrainian service members, in their conversations with the local population, strongly recommend them to leave the settlements of Novoluganskoye and Staromikhailovka as of May 7,” states Tass News Agency. See article at East Ukraine militia claim Kiev troops plan large-scale provocations for May 8 and 9 (Apr 29). Editor’s note: Novoluganskoye lies about 20 km northeast of Gorlovka, while Staromikhailovka is located about 15 km west of central Donetsk.

Yuriy Lutsenko (--Fort Russ)

Yuriy Lutsenko (–Fort Russ)

Lutsenko: Ukrainians Admit Country Should Be Divided. “Ordinary people living in Western Ukraine, are now seriously discussing the need to divide the country. This was stated by the former head of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine, one of the closest associates of Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuriy Lutsenko.” See Fort Russ article Lutsenko: In Western Ukraine People are Talking About the Need to Divide the Country (Apr 26).

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DPR Expels American NGO Spy Mission. A Non-Governmental Organization from the United States called the “International Rescue Committee”, allegedly in Donbass to help women suffering from the problems of war, has been observed spying for Ukraine at the contact line, and was subsequently expelled by the Donetsk People’s Republic from the region. An autotranslation of the LifeNews article is available at American “Rescue Committee” expelled from the DNR for spying (Apr 29).

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin (--Sputnik)

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin (–Sputnik)

Kremlin: Putin, Merkel to Talk May 10. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on May 10 for a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. See Sputnik News report at Kremlin Confirms Putin-Merkel Talks in Moscow on May 10 (Apr 29).

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OSCE Reports Hostilities. The OSCE’s latest report describes ongoing hostilities along the contact line between Ukraine and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), especially in the vicinity of Shirokino, east of Mariupol. Local residents say the DPR has recently paid them pensions in rubles, and that the Ukrainian Army is arbitrary with regard to control of borders. See Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30 (Kyiv time), 28 April 2015.

slavyanskapr29w NATO Masterminds Ukraine Political Assassinations. A host of internet evidence is offered on the niqnaq website that point to direct NATO resposibility for the planning and execution of recent politically motivated murders in Ukraine, including the killings of Oles Buzina and Oleg Kalashnikov. See NATO apparently masterminding the campaign of assassinations in ukraine (Apr 17).

Commentator Calls for Kiev Donbass Divorce. Counterpunch analyst Halyna Mokrushyna notes that “There is no going back. Donbas does not want to be a part of a Ukraine which celebrates the Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War Two and against whom the Soviet Army fought,” and concludes: “A civilized divorce is the best solution for this armed conflict.” See Russia Insider editorial at Time for a Divorce: Donbass Does Not Want the Oligarchs and Nazi-Supporters in Kiev (Apr 28).

Adam Baum: Open Rebellion Against Kiev? The Novorossiya Updates Blogspot offers an in-depth analysis by Anton Rozenvay and Dina Artemenko of the suppression of communism in accord with Ukraine’s new laws and discusses the possibility of outright dissent, saying, “Open rebellion against Kiev is dangerous, but people are starting to organize.” See The Underground Resistance to Kiev’s Anti-Communist Laws (Apr 29).

LPR’s Deputies Adopt Martial Law TASS April 24, 2015 Military law is temporarily introduced on the territory of the republic or in separate areas in case of aggression against the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic or direct threat of aggression slavyanskapr24w MOSCOW/. Deputies of the people’s council of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have unanimously adopted martial law Friday. Military law is temporarily introduced on the territory of the republic or in separate areas in case of aggression against LPR or direct threat of aggression. “Aggression against LPR is defined as using military forces by a foreign country, or a group of countries, against the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of LPR or in any way incompatible with the UN Charter,” the law stipulates. Martial law can be introduced or cancelled by a decree issued by an LPR head. “While military law is in force, rights and freedoms of civilians may be limited, along with activities of enterprises, institutions, organizations, rights of officials, to an extent deemed necessary for ensuring the country’s defense capabilities and security,” Lugansk Inform Center cited the law.

Zakharchenko: Ukrainian Authorities Want to Destroy Us. Truth about situation in Ukraine April 24, 2015

DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko

DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko

Kiev junta wants not only to annihilate Donbass, but also to turn Ukraine into a cemetery, the head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko said.“ Around the world, at all times, mobilisation means that war has begun, and, in fact, Kiev officially announced its preparations for new hostilities. This is yet more proof of the ‘good will’ of the Ukrainian authorities, who not only want to destroy us, but also want to turn Ukraine into a graveyard. Ukrainian mothers! Do everything possible to ensure that your children don’t go to war and lose their lives to satisfy some Kiev politician’s ambition. I want to say to the young people driven by the government into the fratricidal war in the Donbass, ‘Don’t become murderers, don’t be proud of the fact that they sent you with a gun against old folks and women. I advise you to surrender. We’ll feed you and see that you return home safe and healthy. You may get in trouble back home, but you’d be alive,” – Alexander Zakharchenko said.

Zakharchenko Ordered Establishment of DNR Digital Broadcasting Channels Beaming to the Ukraine Voices from Russia April 23, 2015 slavyanskapr24v Today, at the founding congress of the DPR Union of Journalists, Chairman of the DPR Government A V Zakharchenko stated, “I’m ordering you to create digital broadcasting channels beaming to the occupied territory of the Ukraine and beyond. People zombified by Western propaganda have to know the truth about the Donbass. Creating a digital broadcasting apparat should be a priority task of the DNR Union of Journalists”.

slavyanskapr24x UAF Attacks Aid Convoy. The Ukrainian army attacked a humanitarion mission near Shirokino, killing one aid worker and wounding six others. Among the members of the crew was journalist Boris Borisovich, who had intended to film a report on civilian life in Shirokino. See The Truth Speaker article Ukrainian Forces Open Fire on Humanitarian Aid Convoy (Apr 24).

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Alexander Zakharchekno (--Vice News)

Alexander Zakharchekno (–Vice News)

Video: Zakharchenko Vice News Interview. Despite the fact that Vice News has, to our knowledge, a strong pro-Kiev bias, Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko handles this interview with mastery. See Russian Roulette (Dispatch 106) April 23, 2015. Caption: “In the latest dispatch, Simon Ostrovsky interviews Aleksandr Zakharchenko, the leader of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, discussing the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, and the leader’s plans for the future of the separatist-controlled region.”

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Summaries of the militia of Novorossiya, April 24, 2015. [Autotranslation] Urgent message from the “Russian Spring”: “On the outskirts of Donetsk is fighting with tanks and mortars. Donetsk, Petrovsky district, village Trudovskoy. At 23:25 the battle began with the use of almost all types of weapons. The army DNR repel the attacks of Ukrainian occupation troops. Thunder long machine guns, shootings of mortars and tanks. Around 21:30 in the sand as the battle began. Details to be confirmed.” Posted by a local resident: “Donetsk explosions rocked. Trudovskoy (Petrovka) in the direction of Marina, as well as on the sand – a shooting battle with artillery. Very long ago this was not worth crashing sickly, just like it was in the winter.”

Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko and French president Francois Hollande arrive for a diplomatic agreement signing ceremony after meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 22, 2015 (--Reuters / Ian Langsdon)

Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko and French president Francois Hollande arrive for a diplomatic agreement signing ceremony after meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, April 22, 2015 (–Reuters / Ian Langsdon)

RT Interviews Robert Oulds. “It is politically unacceptable for Western European countries, NATO, to be sending troops into Ukraine,” says Oulds. “That would just make the situation worse. And it is very rich of Poroshenko to be talking about peacekeepers… I am in Donetsk at the moment… If Poroshenko wants to deliver peace he can stop the shelling and the gunfire which I have experienced today at first hand. If he wants peace, take away the weapons from the frontline and stop attacking the people of the Donbass region.” For full RT interview see ‘If Poroshenko wants peace, he can stop shelling of Donbass’ (Apr 23).
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Alexander Zakharchenko Has Taken 1ST Place in the Popularity Rating Daria Petrarulo/Donetsk News Agency April 23, 2105 The leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has taken first place in the popularity rating, compiled by the research results of the “Special status” sociological center. The results of the study were released today at a briefing in the press center of the Donetsk News Agency by the representative of “Special status” Irina Kryzhanovskaya. The most popular person among the leaders of the DPR is the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko – the sociologist reported. – A positive and a rather positive attitude was expressed by 82% of the respondents with 99.3% recognition. Kryzhanovskaya noted that the respondents who highly valued Zakharchenko, talked about their needs for benefits for working in harmful conditions and tend to favor the use of force for resolving the Donbas conflict. The second highest level of trust is held by the Parliament Vice Speaker Dennis Pushilin (73%), – the representative of “Special status” continued. – The third place in the ranking of confidence was taken by the Deputy Commander of the Ministry of Defense Eduard Basurin (67%). In this case, 46% of the respondents rated him definitely positive with recognition of 96.1% (second place). The fourth place in the trust rating was taken by the Speaker of the DPR Parliament Andrei Purgin (66%). The sociologist added that according to the survey, the people trust the government of the Republic in general. There is a connection between the scores of all political leaders: simply put, the respondents who place their trust in one of the political leaders proposed in the survey, in most cases trusted the others as well – Kryzhanovskaya said. This primarily suggests that the high positive assessment of the politicians was due to the public confidence in the political system of the Republic as a whole, and not just because of their public image or other characteristics. The “Special status” research was conducted in the second half of March by personal interviews using a multistage sampling among the inhabitants of Donetsk, Makeyevka, Gorlovka, Snezhnoe, Shakhtersk, Thorez, Ilovaysk, Amvrosiyivka and Khartsyzsk. The study involved 2500 respondents. Source: http://dan-news.info/politics/zaxarchenko-zanyal-pervoe-mesto-v-rejtinge-rukovodstva-dnr-za-nim-sleduyut-pushilin-basurin-purgin-socopros.html

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, successor to Jen Psaki, and her fanciful double from Wayne's World (--dailycaller.com)

US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf, successor to Jen Psaki, and her fanciful double from Wayne’s World (–dailycaller.com)

US Makes Absurd claims as NATO Summit Approaches. The Russian Defense Ministry’s official representative, General Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday Moscow hoped the Department of State would be rid of the whirlpool of absurd declarations after the former spokesperson, Jen Psaki, had resigned her position. “However, we were mistaken,” Konashenkov said, “since the claims voiced by the new spokesperson, Marie Harf, about the concentration of ‘the highest amount of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August’ again astonish us with the level of their incompetence.” See Tass News Agency report US stirring up commotion over fictitious Russian troops as NATO summit getting closer (Apr 23).

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Zakharchenko: Ukraine can become part of the DPR. Donbass Media Group [Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute] April 21, 2015

Donetsk People's Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko (--Donbass Media Group)

Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko (–Donbass Media Group)

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) leader Alexander Zakharchenko said he was ready to take the Ukrainian field into the DPR, if they wish, LifeNews reported. “Ukraine can become part of the DPR. We will take all the fraternal republics: Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Lvov, Odessa, Kiev and others. The country should be reborn,” said Zakharchenko. The politician said that since then, both in the Maidan and in Kiev, residents are shouting that Ukraine needs to fight corruption and violence in the country, but it has not changed; in the DPR, residents and militias are engaged in the construction of the new state. “Here there is a regeneration of the state. We are doing what they shouted in the Maidan. As a unifying force of Donbass and Donetsk, we are able to combine those republics and regions that have expressed their desire to join the NPT [sic]. We welcome all our friends and even enemies,” assured the head of the breakaway republic. Zakharchenko said that the country will be happy [to take] political refugees from the Ukraine. In Donetsk, they have already carried out the work of Euromaidan activists, politicians, journalists…. Currently in the DPR there is a restoration of infrastructure, and a preparation of social reforms. They restore roads, kindergartens, theaters.

Voluntary Troop Mobilization: DPR Well Defended. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko says the voluntary troop mobilization that began in February has now reached 110% of its goal, with more fighters than the DPR can arm. See Tass News Agency report Donetsk republic leader says voluntary mobilization successful (Apr 21).

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Ukrainian Saboteurs Strike Zolotoye, LPR. See Facebook report Truth about situation in Ukraine (Apr 22). A related article from Sputnik reports that “Eduard Basurin, a deputy commander of DPR militia, said that a special unit, consisting of 300-500 members of radical nationalist organizations, was formed in the Lviv region to carry out sabotage missions on the territory of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics.” See Kiev Training ‘Commandos’ to Carry Out Sabotage Missions in Donbass (Apr 21).

Acting Kiev-regime Prime Minister Artseny Yatsenyuk (--Sputnik)

Acting Kiev-regime Prime Minister Artseny Yatsenyuk (–Sputnik)

Yatsenyuk Interview: A Russophobic Rant. Acting Kiev-regime Prime Minister Artseny Yatsenyuk rattles off the typical reactionary Western propaganda pitch vilifying Putin and slamming Russia’s alleged involvement in the Ukraine civil war. See Sputnik report Ukrainian PM in Delirious Rant Claims Russia Wants to Destabilize Planet (Apr 21). . . .

Canadian Defence Minister, Jason Kenney, announcing that Canadian troops will be sent to Ukraine. (--Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press)

Canadian Defence Minister, Jason Kenney, announcing that Canadian troops will be sent to Ukraine. (–Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press)

Slavyangrad: “Get Out of Ukraine, Mister Harper!” Lysiane Gagnon, a renowned Canadian journalist and correspondent of the Montreal publication La Presse and the Globe and Mail, blasts the Harper government for sending two hundred Canadian soldiers to “‘advise’ Kiev in its ‘little war with Russia.” See Slavyangrad commentary Canada’s Ukrainian Obsession (Apr 22), by Lysiane Gagnon. Quemado Institute Comments: Some pro-Novorossiya observers would agree with author Lysiane Gagnon, who says, “Russia has covertly encouraged the pro-Russian rebels who want to link the Russophone east of Ukraine with Russia.” We, however, have seen no evidence that Russia has encouraged the “pro-Russian rebels” in any way, and consider this notion to be Western propaganda. Indeed, aside from humanitarian aid and Russian citizen volunteer support, it appears to us that the Kremlin has discouraged the Donbass fight for freedom at every turn, by not sending regular troops, not providing military support, refusing to recognize the DPR/LPR governments, alleging the legimitacy of Petro Poroshenko’s illegal post-coup regime, failing to establish a government-in-exile for technically legitimate Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich, and advocating unification of the DPR/LPR with Kiev, albeit under “special status”. I would even go so far as to say the Kremlin has upon occasion actively sabotaged Novorossiya’s battle for freedom.

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Ukraine: Ihor Kolomoisky Offers $1 Million to Murder Oleg Tsarev Voltaire Network Apr 17, 2015

Oleg Tsarev (newsoboz.com)

Oleg Tsarev (newsoboz.com)

The Israeli-Ukrainian oligarch living in Switzerland, Ihor Kolomoisky, called South-East pro-federalist leader, Oleg Tsarev, to inform him that the Ukrainian Jewish community was prepared to pay a bounty of $ 1 million to whoever would assassinate him. He ordered him to immediately flee the country [1]. Mr. Kolomoisky holds Mr Tsarev responsible for the death of a Jewish Kiev-coup supporter on May 9 in Mariupol. However, a leader of the Ukrainian Jewish community, Ian Epstein, denied Mr. Kolomoisky’s allegations. According to him, Mr. Kolomoisky does not represent Ukrainian Jews[2], even though he plays an important role in the international Zionist movement. Ihor Kolomoisky had already proposed a reward of 10,000 dollars for each “Russian saboteur” arrested in his stronghold of Dnipropetrovsk. Ihor Kolomoisky is regarded as the main leader of the Ukrainian mafia. He ranks as the second or third wealthiest man in the country (after Rinat Akhmetov and/or Viktor Pinchuk). He owns the metal industry, Privat Bank and, in 2011, he took over the gas sector.

Igor Kolomoysky (--Voltaire Network)

Igor Kolomoysky (–Voltaire Network)

Ihor Kolomoisky chairs the United Jewish Community of Ukraine and the European Jewish Union. He founded the European Jewish Parliament (branded as a sham by the CRIF, an umbrella organization of French Jewish organizations) with the support of Bahrain. He is the co-owner of the Jewish News One international network (currently broadcasting as Ukraine News One) [3]. Ihor Kolomoisky was appointed governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast by the junta authorities in Kiev. He played an active role in the organization of the Odessa massacre of 2 May 2014 together with his private army, the “Dnieper-1” Battalion [4]. He recruited R. Hunter Biden, the son of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, and Devon Archer, co-chairman of the finance committee for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, as board members of his gas holdings company. [QI Editor’s note: see original for references. For information on Oleg Tsarev’s background, especially his key role in revealing US involvement in the pre-planned Ukraine civil war via US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, among others, see Global Research commentary US-Backed ”TechCamp” Color Revolution Revealed by Ukraine Official (Apr 9), by Brandon Turbeville. For more on Kolomoysky see Quemado Institue commentary Could Kolomoysky’s Challenge Topple Kiev? (Mar 23).]

Basurin Says Junta Forces Continue to Use Tanks and Mortars in Provocations Voices from Russia April 20, 2015 Today, DPR Deputy Minister of Defence Eduard А Basurin told journalists, “Ukrainian forces continue to carry out provocations using tanks, mortars, ATGMs, RPGs, and small arms. In particular, on 18 April, at about 14.00, there was intensive shelling using 8.2-cm and 12-cm mortars”. Basurin pointed up that the junta forces fired more than 400 shells at Shirokino on the previous day. Previously, they repeatedly shelled the village even when OSCE observers were present. Basurin noted, “We’re positive that the Ukrainian command intentionally intends to endanger the OSCE observers. I’d like to note the relationship of such provocations with the arrival of NATO advisers in the Ukraine, who’ll be in the country, according to official sources, from 12 April to 6 May”. Shirokino is in a no-man’s land between junta-occupied Mariupol and DNR-controlled Novoazovsk; it’s one of the tensest parts of the line of contact. The STsKK (ceasefire regulatory body) registered many provocations here on the part of the junta forces. Original in Russian at DAN Donetsk News Agency

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Voice of Sevastopol Thursday Situation Report. See The war in Novorossia Online 04.16.2015 Chronicle (Apr 16).

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Zakharchenko: Kiev Preparing Military Operation. Voice of Sevastopol (VoS) posts a brief report today entitled Data Indicates Kiev Preparing Military Operation – Donetsk Republic’s Head (Apr 17), repeating information from the article Zakharchenko Reports High Enemy Losses at Donetsk Airport we posted yesterday below. However the VoS account says erroneously that the DPR militia destroyed 80 enemy weapons units. The correct number is 8, according to Zakharchenko’s video statement in Russian. The error also popped up yesterday in several Russian language news accounts, but was corrected by a reliable source. Another item: when we tried to click on the source in the Voice of Sevastopol report, presumably Sputnik, a blank screen appeared with the message “Hacking attempt!” Is Sputnik being hacked? We do know the Donetsk News Agency website was hacked earlier this week and remained out of commission for several days.

Oleh Kalashnikov (--Voice of Sevastopol)

Oleh Kalashnikov (–Voice of Sevastopol)

Three Poroshenko Critics Killed. In the last three days, three critics of the Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko have been killed in Kiev: Oles Buzina, 45, a supporter of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych; Donetsk journalist Sergei Sukhobok, killed on Monday; and Oleh Kalashnikov, 52, a former Ukrainian MP and a vocal critic of the country’s ruling government, killed on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, said he blamed Kiev authorities for the murder of Oleh Kalashnikov, and appealed to the leaders of the Western countries: “Because of your support in Ukraine there are political murders, terror taking place against political opponents, and all the people. What else should these Nazis do, for you to finally understand and be aware of your responsibility for what is happening now in Ukraine?” said Azarov. See Sputnik report at Three Prominent Poroshenko Critics Killed in Kiev in Three Days (Apr 16).

Ukraine Authorities Are Suspected of Kalashnikov Murder. See Tass report Premeditated murder suspected in death of former Ukraine MP (Apr 16).

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko (--Russia Insider)

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko (–Russia Insider)

Zakharchenko Reports High Enemy Losses at Donetsk Airport. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko has reported that the DPR militia destroyed 8 units of enemy equipment and wounded 300 Ukrainian Army soldiers during battles over the last two days while repulsing an attempted UAF incursion into the Donetsk airport. Zakharchenko’s original report is given in a YouTube video in Russian. Two related TASS articles are presented below: .

DPR leader says many Ukrainian troops killed, 300 wounded nearby Donetsk airport TASS April 16, 2015 On April 15 Ukrainian forces and DPR militia clashed in a battle after up to two squadrons of the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched an attack in two directions but were repelled, DPR leader says. slavyanskapr16w MOSCOW. A huge number of Ukrainian servicemen were killed and about 300 wounded while attempting to break into an area nearby Donetsk airport and the village of Spartak, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko told reporters on Thursday. “Yesterday [April 15] nationalist battalions [of the Ukrainian Armed Forces] and DPR militia clashed in a battle after up to two squadrons of the Ukrainian Armed Forces launched an attack in two directions but were repelled,” the Donetsk news agency quoted Zakharchenko as saying. “We destroyed eight units of the enemy’s combat hardware as a result,” he said. “Many Ukrainian servicemen were killed and wounded. According to radio intercepts, we found out that Ukrainian military removed around 300 injured servicemen from the areas where the battle was raging on.”

Kiev gets ready for new stage of military operation in Donetsk republic — DPR leader Tass April 16, 2015 Ukrainian military are increasing the number of troops along with the number of combat hardware along the disengagement line, Alexander Zakharchenko says.

slavyanskapr16x MOSCOW. Ukraine’s authorities are getting ready for a new stage of military operation in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), its leader Alexander Zakharchenko said on Thursday. “Our intelligence reports that Ukrainian military are increasing the number of troops along with the number of combat hardware along the disengagement line,” the Donetsk news agency quoted Zakharchenko as saying. “Kiev is getting ready for a new stage of military operation in the DPR. We are set to repel any attack, including military one.” [For information on mines planted in one-third of the DPR’s agricultural land, see original.]

OSCE Observes Intense Fighting at Donetsk Airport. The OSCE special monitoring mission at the Donetsk Railway Station near the airport heard 532 explosions throughout the day on April 15. See Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30 (Kyiv time), 15 April 2015 (Apr 16).

Obama’s War on Donbass. Commentator Stephen Lendman reports, “In Donetsk, an estimated 9,464 facilities and other structures were destroyed, including: 5,302 residential buildings; 53 hospitals and other medical facilities; 250 schools and pre-schools; …” The list, including precise numbers, goes on, and it is long. See The Devastating Toll After One Year of Conflict: Last April, Obama declared war on Donbass using Kiev forces as convenient proxies (Apr 17), by Stephen Lendman.

slavyanskapr16m Putin Advocates International Cooperation. Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed characteristic wisdom with regard to Russia’s relationship with all countries East and west. See RT report Putin demands respect for Russia, pledges never to become US vassal (Apr 16). [Editor: Now the US must listen.] .

Journalist Olga Moroz

Journalist Olga Moroz

Ukrainian Journalist Morez Killed. Olga Morez, chief editor of Neteshinsky Bulletin, was found dead on Thursday in her apartment in Neteshin, Khmelnitsky Oblast, Ukraine. See Google translation at In Ukraine, killed the chief editor of “Neteshinskogo messenger” Olga Moroz (Apr 16). [Editor’s note: Neteshin lies about 250 km west of Kiev.] .

Oles Buzina (--Novorossia Today0

Journalist Oles Buzina (–Novorossia Today)

Ukrainian Journalist Buzina Murdered. Anti-fascist writer and journalist Oles Buzina, known for his pro-Russian commentaries, was shot dead Thursday in Kiev. See Novorossia Today report Journalist and writer of anti-fascist convictions Oles Buzina was murdered in Kiev (Apr 16).

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Voice of Sevastopol Wednesday Situation Report. “Berkut” soldiers opposing the Ukrainian regime in Kharkov have switched sides to join the DPR/LPR militia en masse. This and more frontline stories, maps and videos for April 15 are found at The war in Novorossia Online 04.15.2015 Chronicle.

Denis Pushilin (--Tass, Yuri Mashlov)

Denis Pushilin (–Tass, Yuri Mashlov)

Pushilin On Minsk, Klimkin’s Flagrant Incompetence. Donetsk People’s Republic Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin said Kiev regime Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin should read the Minsk 2.0 Agreements, particularly the section on consultations with DPR representatives regarding the election process, which Klimkin has refused to engage in. See Tass News Agency report Donetsk republic envoy suggests Ukrainian foreign minister should read Minsk accords (Apr 15).

New Russia Press Wednesday Situation Report. For detailed coverage of frontline events see Fights In Donbass 15.04.2014 (Apr 15), by George.

Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. Serious fighting continues in Peski, a drone was shot down over Donetsk, and other frontline news are found in the April 14 sitrep with maps and videos at The war in Novorossia Online 04.14.2015 Chronicle.

Video: DPR’s Basurin Gives Operational Summary. See the Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin give a live New Russia Press video report on Donbass at 14 04 15 Operational summary from Eduard Basurin (Apr 15), by George, NovorossiyaTV, English subtitles.

Commander Givi, the LionHeart

Commander Givi, the LionHeart

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Givi Video: Commander “GIVI” The LionHeart Talking About Donetsk area Fights (Apr 15), by George, subtitles by Kazzura, LifeNews video posted at New Russia Press.

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Demilitarisation of Shirokino is on the Table Voices from Russia April 15, 2015. slavyanskapr15p

Today, Colonel-General Aleksandr Lentsov, the Russian member of the Joint Centre of Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (STsKK), told reporters that a proposal for the demilitarisation of Shirokino would be on the table in the next two days, saying, “the joint task before the STSKK is to submit a draft proposal for the demilitarisation of Shirokino to the relevant parties in the next two days. The fundamental military questions of the demilitarisation of Shirokino won’t take long”. The first priority will be to define the lines to which units of each side will withdraw. [Lentsov] told reporters that it’d take at least a week to clear Shirokino of mines and booby-traps after its formal demilitarisation, saying, “We’ve received a lot of complaints from Shirokino residents about mines laid in the village. Yesterday’s explosion of a booby-trap involving Zvezda TV cameraman Andrei Lunev just proves that. To solve this problem, we need to clear the settlement, but we can only do that after we demilitarise it. Overall, to do the job right will take at least a week”. Yesterday, Zvezda TV cameraman Andrei Lunev set off a booby-trap when STsKK members, OSCE observers, and journalists visited Shirokino. He’s now in critical condition in hospital in Novoazovsk. Local doctors had the aid of a special team of surgeons and intensive care specialists sent urgently from Donetsk by the DNR Ministry of Health. Later in the afternoon, a special flight took Lunev to Russia. Shirokino is in a no-man’s land between junta-occupied Mariupol and DNR-controlled Novoazovsk; it’s one of the tensest parts of the line of contact. Original: DAN Donetsk News Agency [Editor’s note: at this time the Donetsk News Agency is still unavailable, apparently due to hacking of their website.]

Ukraine Expects 200 Canadian Military Instructors. The Canadian government has announced it will supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with 200 military intructors to assist in the work of the US and UK troops already planned for the next two years. See Tass report Canada announces sending 200 military instructors to Ukraine (Apr 14).

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(–Novorossia.today)

Berlin Normandy Four Foreign Ministers Meeting. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters the Ukraine peace talks have been controversial, but said all participants agreed on Monday that there was no alternative to the ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk on February 12. See Novorossia Today article at Foreign ministers call for end to fighting in Donbass (Apr 14). Editor’s Note: There are days when NATO’s presence in Europe, aggravated by growing US provocation of Russia, makes it seem that a World War is imminent. This is not a prospect to be flirted with, as nothing would be more harmful to the people and living creatures of this earth than a major European war, possibly escalating into a nuclear confrontation. On such days, we agree with Steinmeier, and Angela Merkel as well, about the urgency of maintaining the truce in Donbass. Despite suspicions that the West is promoting the Minsk agreements to cheat Novorossiya out of its right to self-rule, we have faith in the unwavering stance of DPR/LPR Prime Ministers Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, who are determined to make Kiev abide by their stringent interpretation of Minsk as they understood it and as they signed it.

Battles Resume Near Peski. Pro-Novorossiya analysts Colonel Cassad and Gleb Basov have both reported a resumption of fighting near the Donetsk airport in the town of Peski, and consider this proof Kiev is not interested in peace,. According to them, this may doom the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. See Russia Insider commentary Donbass and Russia Talk Peace, Kiev Attacks, Germany Does Nothing (Apr 14). Editor’s Note: Despite that DPR territory was lost and retaken, indicating heavy fighting, the Minsk 2.0 ceasefire is not necessarily doomed. We hope that the truce will continue, as war is not something to be flirted with given the tense situation in Europe. We caution that Basov and Cassad, as we’ve gathered from their independent reports, may both advocate resumption of war due to the unfairness of the Minsk process, an objection we understand. They might therefore tend to be more pessimistic about the continuance of the fragile ceasefire. Our expectation is that DPR/LPR Prime Ministers Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky have adopted a strategy to address these concerns.

(--Sputnik/AP/Petr David Josek)

(–Sputnik/AP/Petr David Josek)

US Paratroopers Reach Ukraine. United States paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have arrived in Yavoriv, Ukraine to begin training Ukrainian soldiers under Operation Fearless Guardian. The Sputnik report is found at US Paratroopers Arrive in Ukraine as Fighting Intensifies in Donbass (Apr 14). Editor’s note: Yavoriv is located about 30 km west of Lviv near the Polish border.

Ukrainian Land Mine Injures Zvezda Reporter. The Ukrainian army admitted last fall to planting a number of land mines along the contact line, a hazard to innocent people. Now a reporter has been injured while examining ruins near Shirokino on an OSCE inspection tour. See Novorossiya Today article Reporter of Zvezda TV channel tripped on a land mine in Shyrokino near Mariupol (Apr 14). Editor’s note: planting mines is a treaty violation, condemned by many nations. We urge the US government to withdraw support from all military organizations that plant land mines, and in particular the Ukrainian army. Tass update: The wounded TV reporter Andrey Lunyov, after suffering multiple head injuries, is able to talk, and is now on his way to a hospital in Russia. See Condition of wounded Russian TV reporter allows his evacuation from Donbas to Russia (Apr 14).

Journalist Killed Near Donetsk Airport. One journalist was killed and one injured when an anti-tank missile hit their car in Peski near the Donetsk Airport. See RT report at Two local journalists reportedly killed near Donetsk (Apr 12). See also Sputnik report Journalist Killed, Second Injured Following Ukrainian Shelling in Donetsk (Apr 12).

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton (--californiablog.com)

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton (–californiablog.com)

Hillary Clinton: Warmonger US Presidential candidate. This detailed and insightful Novorossia Today commentary points out the worst things to fear about the likely American Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. See editorial “I urged him to bomb…” The Warmongering Record of Hillary Clinton (Apr 14), by Gary Luepp. We agree. The problem is, the alternative may be worse. Jeb Bush, a probable Republican candidate, is even more hard core than Clinton, and certainly more of a crook.

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Ukrainian False Flag Expected: Donetsk republic warns of provocations with men dressed in Russian military uniform Tass April 11, 2015. Earlier, the DPR Defence Ministry said that in recent days the Ukrainian military had intensified shelling of the self-proclaimed republic’s territory. Ukrainian military are going to stage provocations with participation of people dressed in Russian Armed Forces’ military uniform, the spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Defence Ministry said on Saturday. “Our intelligence says that vehicles carrying people dressed in Russian military uniform have left the city of Dnepropetrovsk,” the local Donetsk news agency quoted him as saying. “We are afraid that Ukrainian military disguised as Russian servicemen are going to stage another provocation in Ukraine.” Earlier, the DPR Defence Ministry said that in recent days the Ukrainian military had intensified shelling of the self-proclaimed republic’s territory. Along with this, DPR Speaker Denis Pushilin warned of Kiev’s possible provocations linked to Malaysian air experts’ arrival in the DPR to again explore the MH17 crash site.

Voice of Sevastopol Thursday Situation Report. Heavy fighting in Spartak, an enemy drone shot down over Donetsk, and other frontline news may be found in the April 9 sitrep with maps and videos at The war in Novorossia Online 04.09.2015 Chronicle.

Igor Strelkov

Igor Strelkov

Those Who Want War Predict War: Strelkov Says The Truce Ended in the Donbas (Apr 10) Federalnoye Agentsvo Novosti [Edited autotranslation]. The leader of the public movement “New Russia” Igor Strelkov is sure that the truce has come to an end in the Donbass. According to him, the attack can begin even before Easter. Strelkov, at whose disposal is operational information, said that the situation is heating up, and now we are talking about a new aggravation of the situation in the areas of armed conflict in Ukraine. “In general, we can say that the truce ended. Shooting, including with artillery, is happening on all fronts,” he commented about the situation. According to him, the attack could begin quite soon, perhaps even before Easter. “To attack, the enemy force has advanced to the front. It is possible that the attack will start without waiting for Easter,” said Strelkov, according to reports from [the internet] portal “Russian Spring”. Earlier it was reported that security forces had pulled heavy weapons to Donetsk. Firing from their positions do not stop. In the morning on Friday [we] became aware of the death of a militiaman under fire from the Ukrainian army. In the DPR it was said earlier that at Easter they expect provocations from the [Ukrainian] security forces. Editor’s Note: Strelkov has been eager for war, and some sympathetic observers agree that war is the only solution. However, the present ceasefire breaches do not necessarily mean war has begun. Many, including us, still hope for a peaceful path to independence for the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts.

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slavyanskapr10x Spartak Suffers Massive UAF Shelling. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have started massive tank shelling of positions of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia in Spartak from the direction of the city of Avdeyevka, which is controlled by Ukrainian soldiers, the DPR Defense Ministry told the Donetsk News Agency. See Tass News Agency report Ukrainian tanks start massive shelling of militia positions – DPR Defense Ministry (Apr 10). Editor’s note: Spartak lies northeast of and adjacent to the Donetsk airport, while Avdeyevka lies about 8 km further north.

Spartak, Shirokino See Fierce Battles. The Fort Russ report may be found at Kiev junta launches a large scale attack on Novorossia right in time for Russian Orthodox Easter (Apr 9), translated by Kristina Rus.

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slavyanskapr10v Line of Demarcation in the Donbass Is the Line of Fire (Apr 10) Vesti.ru [Edited autotranslation] In the village of Spartak, a suburb of Donetsk, OSCE observers have arrived. Last night, Ukrainian troops rained down on homes and militia positions a barrage of fire. During the last day, Kiev violated the ceasefire a total of 60 times in the subdivision. In one house, Sergei Kravchenko has not lived there for more than a month. Instead of the ceiling in the living room, there is a huge hole through the roof, where a shell exploded right in the room. Now the man with his family moved to an apartment in the city – it is safer, but the house, which was on the line of confrontation Ukrainian military and militia did not intend to throw [sic]. The line of demarcation between the forces of the militia and the Ukrainian position now held once in a few localities. From the village on the outskirts of Donetsk, Spartak is only 700 meters away from the Ukrainian law enforcers position. Spartak village is at the very boundary line. Only tonight the Ukrainian army shelled the town with tanks nine times. In addition to this, the firing was conducted here with 122-millimeter artillery weapons, which Minsk arrangements say should be withdrawn from the line of contact. Through the village, where there are still civilians, security forces beat the Ukrainian direct fire [sic] from tanks and heavy artillery. On the ground, there is a fresh crater left after a night of shelling. By nightfall, the intensity of the fire on positions of militias increases. But during the day here gunshots are heard. Today the representatives of the OSCE Mission and the Russian participants of the contact group to monitor the ceasefire saw that the truce is not respected on the Ukrainian side. After the shelling, which for the last day happened at least 80 times, the militia bear losses, but is not responding to the provocation. And it has nothing: there are only small arms, heavy reserved [sic]. The enemy also has tanks and mortars. All heavy machinery and artillery of the DPR army is now in the rear. Telmanovskiy district is 20 kilometers from forward positions of the militias. Trophy heavy howitzers and multiple rocket “Grad” launchers are here for a few months. This can not be said about the artillery of the Ukrainian security services, which is still in violation of all the agreements, and continues daily shelling of civilian areas and villages, and so there is little that is left.

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko (--novorossia.su)

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko (–novorossia.su)

Zakharchenko Dimisses Poroshenko’s Reintegration Statement. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko has dismissed as absurd the remarks of Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko about a unitary Ukraine under one language. Noting Poroshenko’s signature was not on the Minsk agreements, Zakharchenko said Poroshenko “is uttering words for their own sake.” The Tass article is found at DPR: Poroshenko’s statement about Donbass’ reintegration into unitary Ukraine is wish-wash (Apr 11).

Kiev regime acting prime minister Artseny Yatsenyuk (--Forbes)

Kiev regime acting prime minister Artseny Yatsenyuk (–Forbes)

Ukraine Debt: Default Is Certain — Forbes. In this commentary for Forbes, author Kenneth Rapoza analyzes Ukraine’s super-junk rating. “Nobody knows what is happening in Ukraine,” says Ukrainian lawyer Marlen Kurzkhov, a partner with Gusrae Kaplan in New York. Kurzkhov has been working with high net worth Ukrainians looking to get their money out of the country. ”All I know for sure is that whatever money the IMF gives to them, the government will steal some of it….” See Ukraine Debt Rating Now Super-Duper Junk (Apr 10) by Kenneth Rapoza.

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Ayo Beness with NAF soldiers (--Sputnik)

Ayo Beness with NAF soldiers (–Sputnik)

Ayo Beness: An NAF Volunteer’s Story. Ayo Beness, who has been called the “Black Lenin”, was previously deported twice from Ukraine, came back via Crimea, and has fought as a volunteer with the Novorossiya Armed Forces for three months now. The Sputnik interview is found at Meet the ‘Black Lenin’ Fighting for a Free Donbass (Apr 7).

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Odessa Protests Poroshenko Visit. See Fort Russ video and commentary on Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko’s visit to Odessa and the protest it sparked at Odessa Protesters Give a Clear Warning to Poroshenko during his Visit (Apr 10), by Joaquin Flores.

US Senator Rob Portman, a Poroshenko ally

US Senator Rob Portman, a Poroshenko ally

Senator Portman, Poroshenko Discuss Peacekeepers. US Senator Rob Portman has visited with regime leader Petro Poroshenko in Kiev to discuss a peacekeeping mission. Sputnik says Senator Portman “stands for the USA to be deeper involved in the process of ensuring the implementation of the Minsk agreements.” At the same time, “The Republican Senator is one of many US lawmakers who have called on US President Barack Obama and NATO leaders to provide military support for Kiev.” See Sputnik report at Poroshenko Requests UN Peacekeeping Mission in Meeting With US Senator (Apr 10). Editor’s note: Apparently Portman is not bothered by the contradiction between supporting both the Minsk peace agreements and military aid for Kiev. Portman is one of two senators responsible for launching the Senate ukraine Caucus, a heavily biased pro-Kiev organization. As Portman stated, “We need this caucus now more than ever as the Ukrainian people fight to preserve their freedom in the face of Russian aggression.” Source: Portman and Durbin Launch Senate Ukraine Caucus.

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(–Sputnik)

Canada Lets Kiev Use Advanced Satellite Data. The Canadian government has announced it will provide Ukraine with satellite imagery from its Radarsat-2 satellite. There are concerns this advanced imagery could be used against Russia or independence fighters in Donbass. See Sputnik report Canada Grants Kiev Access to Sophisticated Satellite Imagery (Apr 9).

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slavyanskapr10w Transnistria Next? A Commentary. The breakaway region of Transnistria, lying to the west of Odessa, is predicted to be the site of further conflict with Kiev, forcing it into a war on two fronts, according to News786. They expect the conflict could draw Russia into the Ukraine. See Will Transnistria be next front in the war in Ukraine? (Apr 10). Editor’s note: for another map of Transnistria, including the town of Tiraspol, see area west of the border of region 6 under our commentary Ukraine: A Shattered Country.

Voice of Sevastopol Wednesday Situation Report. Residents in the buffer zone are barred from their houses by trap wires, shooting continues on the frontline, and Ukraine has signed a memorandum with NATO under the program “Partnership for Peace”. These and other stories are found at the April 8 sitrep with maps and videos The war in Novorossia Online 04.08.2015 Chronicle.

"Normandy" group foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, January 12 (--Jamestown.org/AFP)

“Normandy” group foreign ministers meeting in Berlin, January 12 (–Jamestown.org/AFP)

Upcoming Berlin Normandy Format Talks. The Normandy Four foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov of Russia and his counterparts Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, and Laurent Fabius of France will join in Berlin on April 13 for discussion of Minsk 2.0 compliance. See Sputnik News report at Serious Discussion Planned for Normandy Four Talks on Ukraine (Apr 9).

DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko (--Ruptly.tv)

DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko (–Ruptly.tv)

Alexander Zakharchenko: DPR Websites Attacked. [Edited autotranslation from dnr-online.ru] Comment of the Head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko about attack to DPR websites (Apr 8). Today there has been an attempt to destabilize the work of the government information agencies – the Donetsk News agency and the Official site of Council of Ministers and National Council. The sites underwent a DDOS attack, unprecedented in power, that led to a long interruption in work. This is yet more proof of so-called “peacefulness” and “aspirations for constructive dialogue” from the Ukrainian aggressors who in powerless rage decided to already begin war in information space. Kiev does not need the truth, it can not allow that residents of Ukraine receive independent and honest information on the events in Donbass. The government of Ukraine is not interested in simple Ukrainians learning about the continuous violation of the truce by the Ukrainian armed forces, about marauding by battalions of the National Guards on our land, about the true number of losses among the Kiev troops. They do not need the truth, they need war, even if it is an information war. But, as well as on the fronts of our Republic, on the information front, the victory will be ours. People will know the truth that really is created in Donbass, and this will not be prevented by anybody. [Editor’s note: the Donetsk News Agency website http://dan-news.info/politics/ still cannot be reached as I write this, April 9, 17:00 UTC.].

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Videos: Graham Phillips Novorossiya Fundraiser. See photos and videos of British journalist Graham Phillips hosting a charity celebration in London to raise humanitarian aid for the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, at the Truth Speaker website: Graham’s Donbass Event – How Much? Where To? Photo: Graham Phillips with Philipp Bobrov, proud winner of Novorossiya jacket Graham wore into Debaltsevo.

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Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. The unusual mining by the Ukraine army of the road from Debaltsevo to Artyomovsk, the frozen status of Minsk 2.0 constitutional reform and border control, increasing ceasefire violations by the UAF provoking more response from the NAF, and other frontline news are found in the April 7 sitrep with maps and videos at The war in Novorossia Online 04.07.2015 Chronicle.

Voice of Sevastopol Monday Situation Report. For April 6 frontline news with maps, photos and videos see The war in Novorossia Online 04.06.2015 Chronicle.

Petro Poroshenko, Balarus President Alexander Lukashenko, and Vladimir Putin at Minsk (--AP/Sergei Grits)

Petro Poroshenko, Balarus President Alexander Lukashenko, and Vladimir Putin at Minsk (–AP/Sergei Grits)

Putin Rumor: If You Don’t Need Donbass, Declare It Independent. The rumor that Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko offered Donbass to Putin and Putin refused it has popped up in various guises, at Tass, the Moscow Times and elsewhere. This Sputnik report adds a few details, including that Putin suggested if neither of them wanted Donbass, to declare it independent. See Sputnik report at Heard Through Grapevine: Putin Turned Down Poroshenko’s Offer of Donbass (Apr 6). Editor: True or not, that the idea of Donbass independence is being batted around at all bodes well for the emergence of the recognized sovereignty of Novorossiya, a top goal for an enlightened world.

(--Tass, EPA/Filip Singer)

(–Tass, EPA/Filip Singer)

Some Russians Fear NATO Attack. While Finland’s Foreign Minister Erki Tuomioja said on Tuesday that the presence of NATO forces near the stable Russian border does not presage a NATO attack, the opinion of some Russians that it may is cause for concern. See Tass report NATO’s presence at Finnish-Russian border to create problems — Finland’s foreign minister (Apr 7). .

NAF fighters in Slavyansk, near Krasny Liman, May 16, 2014  (--AP,  Alexander Zemlianichenko)

NAF fighters in Slavyansk, near Krasny Liman, May 16, 2014 (–AP, Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Blunder and Betrayal: Ukraine Unfit to Conduct War. There are many reasons the West should stop supporting the Kiev government, among them the betrayal of Ukrainian soldiers by their own cowardly commanders, who wait to see who will win before they give orders. A former Ukrainian policeman describes first-hand the blundering and deceit of the Kiev generals and the breakdown of the incompetent chain of command during the battle for Krasny Liman almost a year ago. See Sputnik article Ukraine’s Civil War: First Hand Account of Policeman Betrayed by Generals (Apr 7).

Angela Merkel and Arseny Yatsenyuk (--english.pravda.ru)

Angela Merkel and Arseny Yatsenyuk (–english.pravda.ru)

Yatsenyuk: Ukraine Fights War to Protect West. Kiev regime Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, at a meeting with Angela Merkel in Berlin, put forth the fantastic notion that Ukraine is fighting Donbass to protect Europe and the EU from Putin’s aggression. “Putin’s ultimate goal is to wage a war against the West,” Yatsenyuk said. “Ukraine is fighting against the terrorists, whom Moscow commands, thus protecting Europe and the European Union.” Political analyst Vladimir Bruter of the International Institute of Humanitarian and Political Studies told Pravda.Ru, “Yatsenyuk is trying to find a new support group for himself, given that Germany and the United States differ in their approach and stance on the Ukrainian crisis.” The expert added, “Yatsenyuk is trying to take advantage of these contradictions.” See Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk prepares Germany for USA’s war (Apr 3). [Editor: For the record, Putin is not trying to wage war against the West, Moscow does not command the Novorossiya Armed Forces, and the NAF do not engage in terrorism, technically defined as the deliberate harming of civilians to create terror for strategic ends.]

Dmitry Yarosh (--rt.com)

Dmitry Yarosh (–rt.com)

Voice of Sevastopol Sunday Situation Report. Ukraine army launched a massive bombardment of the Donetsk airport, the commission on Ukraine constitutional reform will meet Monday April 6, and the appointment of Dmitry Yarosh, the Right Sector leader called a “mass murderer” by commentator Eric Zeusse of Global Research, as advisor to the Ukraine army command has been agreed upon. This and other frontline stories are found in the April 5 sitrep with video and maps at The war in Novorossia Online 04.05.2015 Chronicle. Video: Ghost Brigade Commander Mosgovoy Appeals to Supporters. See Alexei Mozogovoy’s appeal to everyone who helps Novorossia (Apr 5), subtitles by Kazzura.

Graham Phillips (--Russia Insider)

Graham Phillips (–Russia Insider)

Graham Phillips Charity Enjoys Big Success. Author Alexander Mercouris attended British journalist Graham Phillip’s fund-raising event for Novorossiya and gives his impressions. “I was utterly astonished at how many people turned up. There must have been several hundred there – far too many for a small venue, causing unavoidable spillage into the street.” See Russia Insider report at Huge Turnout for Donbass Charity Event in London (Apr 6), by Alexander Mercouris.

Poroshenko Still Demands One Ukrainian Language. RT reports that Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko is still dictating that Ukrainian is the only official language of Ukraine, although he has proposed a “referendum” on regional autonomy, which People’s Council leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic Andrey Purgin has said is meaningless. The RT report is at Ukrainian president says he’s open to referendum on regional powers (Apr 6).

Video: Reporter Takes Train Ride in Novorossiya. See RT correspondent traveled by train through the Donbass (Apr 6), in Russian.

 Montreux from Lake Geneva (--Kyiv Post)

Montreux from Lake Geneva (–Kyiv Post)

Billionaire Tycoon Kolomoysky Fenagles US Visa, Attends Basketball. Igor Kolomoysky, now a Ukraine expatriate, arranged through connections a previously denied American visa to watch a US basketball game on his way home to his villa on the banks of Lake Geneva. See Voice of Sevatopol article Where is Kolomoisky? Ukrainian Oligarch Seen at US Basketball Games (Apr 5).

Alexey Pushkov (--dcxposed.com)

Alexey Pushkov (–dcxposed.com)

Russia Underscores Abandonment of Donbass. Yet again, official Russia rubs in the fact that Moscow has no interest in aiding Novorossiya’s struggle for independence. As Alexey Pushkov of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house said on Monday, “Russia’s position is as follows: eastern regions of Ukraine are part of Ukraine, unlike Crimea, which was once incorporated into Ukraine as a result of a historic confusion. Today, no one casts any doubts that eastern regions are Ukrainian territory.” The Tass report is found at Russia has never doubted Donbas being part of Ukraine — Russian lawmaker (Apr 6). Vladimir Suchan quipped on Twitter today: “Pushkov: ‘No one casts doubt that Donbass is part of Ukraine.’ This makes millions of Donbass people ‘no one’ and referendum a vote of ‘no one’.” Editor’s Note: It seems like Novorossiya is fighting the whole world. This injustice needs to change. Fortunately, Novorossiya has an ally in Russian parliamentarian Konstantin Kosachev, who said in March that Russia will support an independent Donetsk and Lugansk if no other options are open. Since it is already clear that no other options are open, why the delay in recognition? Perhaps Moscow is waiting for the slow but growing awareness of the world community. See Russia may back Donbas independence if no other options are left, says parliamentarian (Mar 6). .

Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmitry Yarosh agreed on the cooperation between ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. (--mil.gov.ua)

Colonel General Viktor Muzhenko, Chief of General Staff, and Dmitry Yarosh agreed on the cooperation between ‘Pravy Sector’ [Right Sector] and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. (–mil.gov.ua)

Yorosh Becomes Top Military Advisor: Nazi or Neo-Nazi? Ukraine’s Interpol-wanted leader of extremist group Right Sector, Dmitry Yarosh, has been appointed as an adviser to the country’s Chief of General Staff, according to RT. The report is found at Ukraine’s neo-Nazi leader becomes top military adviser, legalizes fighters (Apr 6). Editor’s note: What are Dmitry Yarosh and the Right Sector’s real links with German World War II nazis? On 30 June 1941, eight days after Germany’s attack on the Soviet Union, Stepan Bandera of Lviv proclaimed an independent Ukrainian state. His militant branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) thought that, in their struggle against the Soviet Union, they had a powerful ally in Nazi Germany. After a falling out and imprisonment by the Germans, in 1944, with the war going very badly against Germany, Bandera was released in the hope that he would fight the advancing Soviet forces. He established his headquarters in Berlin and received German financial, material, and personnel support for his Ukrainian Insurgent Army. On 22 January 2010, the outgoing President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko awarded Bandera the posthumous title of Hero of Ukraine. In January 2011, the award was officially annulled, according to Wikipedia. Political analyst George Eliason of Global Research outlines the Right Sector’s links to Bandera: “Right Sector became famous at the beginning of the Euro Maidan protests and subsequent revolution. It serves as the umbrella group for the combined militant Ultra Nationalist groups that existed in Ukraine prior to the revolution and that insist on a pure Ultra Nationalist Ukrainian nation under the most rigid conformity to Stepan Bandera’s philosophy. Mr. Yarosh is the leader of Tryzub (Trident) which is the core Right Sector group. He has spent twenty years doing nothing else but preparing for the revolution that will sweep Ukraine’s government into extreme Ultra Nationalism…. Dmitri Yarosh has been very clear from his first interviews that he is guided only by Bandera’s writings and the writings of the group’s founding leaders.” From Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis. Stepan Bandera and the Legacy of World War II (March 17, 2014) by George Eliason.

Poroshenko Invites Russia to Take Donbass. Offering further evidence of the fragmentation of Ukraine, Forbes Russian edition reported Monday that during the closed meeting with the board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Putin said that Poroshenko had invited him to take Donbas and make it part of Russia. The Russian leader refused. See Tass article Kremlin refuses to comment on Poroshenko’s alleged ‘take Donbas’ offer to Putin (Apr 6).

Kramatorsk: DPR Supporters Secretly Jailed. A report from Information Group on Crimes against the Person (IGCP) states: “Over 50 prisoners held in secret jail in Kramatorsk airport in the anti-terror operation region (Apr 4). IGCP volunteer reports that over 50 prisoners are held in a secret jail in the Kramatorsk airport in the anti-terror operation region. The prisoners have been captured by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine as well as by armed units in the anti-terror operation region and nearby cities. Residents of Slavyansk, Artemovsk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkovka and Kontsntinovka arrested for their sympathy to the Donetsk People’s Republic are held in the prison in the Kramatorsk airport. These ‘suspicions’ are usually based on anonymous denunciations. The IGCP volunteer notes that tortures are used against prisoners in the prison in the Kramatorsk airport to get information from them. Relatives and friends of the prisoners are not informed about location of the prisoners.” See original at Over 50 prisoners held in secret jail in Kramatorsk airport in the anti-terror operation region. From their ABOUT page: “The Information Group on Crimes against the Person (IGCP) was established in February 2014 as an international civil initiative. The Group’s task is to collect information on crimes of a political and criminal nature committed against the person in Ukraine, as well as informing the public in Ukraine, the European Union and the Russian Federation about these crimes. Volunteer experts from around the world will check and record evidence of crimes committed during the Ukrainian crisis on a daily basis.”

Stephen Lendman: Ukraine Behaves Like Police State. See Rinf Alternate News editorial Ukraine: Banning Communism and Donbass Autonomy (Apr 6), by Stephen Lendman.

Sparta Battalion All Local But One. Commander Motorola is the only Russian citizen in his whole battalion, contrary to Kiev propaganda. “The truth is that the people in Donbass are fighting for their own land, for their civil rights, and those Ukrainians from all over the country, who preserved their common sense.” See Novorossia Today report Who fights in Sparta battalion? How a Ukrainian policeman disproved the official propaganda (Apr 6). slavyanskapr6w

Medvedev, Vietnam Minister Talk Trade Deals. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is in Vietnam establishing business relations with the Economic Development Minister, discussing a free trade area for Vietnam and the Eurasian Economic Union, and proposing use of national currencies. See Russia Insider report Medvedev in Vietnam: Free Trade, De-Dollarization, Oil Projects (Apr 6).

Voice of Sevastopol Thursday Situation Report. A Ukraine army attack at the 29th checkpoint left the Novorossiya Armed Forces with a distinct victory and a fair loss of UAF equipment and manpower. This and other frontline stories for April 2 are found at The war in Novorossia Online 04.02.2015 Chronicle.

Petro Poroshenko (--Tass)

Petro Poroshenko (–Tass)

In the Works: Ukraine Martial Law. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko has introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada establishing rules for invoking martial law in Ukraine. The draft law stipulates “a curfew is to be introduced, free movements of people are to be restricted and peaceful rallies, gatherings and demonstrations are to be forbidden.” See Tass report Poroshenko submits bill on martial law to Ukraine’s parliament (Apr 3)

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slavyanskapr3qLPR State Building: Passports. The Lugansk People’s Republic will begin issuing its own passports on April 21. “Now Lugansk Republic has all the official state symbols: a national flag (since November 2014), an emblem (since October 2014), an anthem and a constitution (since September 2014).” See Russkaya Vesna article Citizens of Lugansk Republic to obtain passports (Apr 4).

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Militia, Ukrainian Army Hold Dialogue Near Shirokino. Ukraine’s representative at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) General Alexander Rozmaznin said on Friday that the opposing commanders of the Donetsk People’s Republic militia and the Ukrainian army have established contact near the settlement of Shirokino, with hopes for peace. The Tass report may be found at Militia and Kiev forces establish dialogue in eastern Ukraine — coordination center (Apr 3).

Video: Graham Phillips London Fundraiser. British journalist Graham Phillips held a fundraiser in London today to help the people of Novorossiya. See 20-minute Patrick Lancaster video Graham Phillips fundraising event in London for civilians and hospitals in Donbass (Apr 3).

Video: Beautiful Donetsk Then and Now. See Russkaya Vesna’s Stunning video of Donetsk: pre-war beauty and war aftermath (Apr 4).

(--Sputnik, AFP: Seiron Baroian)

(–Sputnik, AFP: Seiron Baroian)

US Guided-Missile Destroyer Enters Black Sea. The USS Jason Dunham is due to enter the Black Sea today, Friday, on a mission to “promote peace”. The Sputnik News report is found at Muddying the Waters: US Warship to Enter Black Sea to ‘Promote Peace’ (Apr 2). .

General Phillip Breedlove

General Philip Breedlove

German US Rift: Breedlove’s Phobic Hyperbole. NATO supreme commander Philip Breedlove is risking the organization’s credibility by his exaggeration of Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis, according to Der Spiegel. See Fort Russ article Breedlove puts NATO crediblity at risk (Mar 7), by Christoph Herwartz, translated from German by Tom Winter (Apr 3).

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DPR Intelligence: Ukrainian Subversive Units Threaten Donetsk, Shirokino. Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said Wednesday that up to 35 enemy sabotage units with 3 to 8 members each are operating in Donetsk and Shirokino to undermine the people’s trust in the DPR government. See Tass News Agency article at Ukrainian saboteurs preparing provocations — DPR Defense Ministry spokesman (Apr 1).

Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. The Ukrainian army is actively fighting to gain territory at the 29th checkpoint. OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug is due to visit Donetsk Thursday. These and other frontline stories are found at The war in Novorossia Online 03.31.2015 Chronicle.

Slobozhanshina, Kharkov Region (--Fort Russ)

Slobozhanshina, Kharkov Region (–Fort Russ)

Kharkov Partisans Warn Nazis, Right Sector, Poroshenko, Avakov: You Will Be scared to Leave Your House. The regime is given 48 hours. Kharkov demands its freedom, threatens “total elimination of the enemy”. See Fort Russ report at Kharkov partisans to the Kiev junta and the radicals: “The ground will burn under your feet in the next 48 hours” (video) (Apr 1).

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Valentin Nalivaychenko (--zbruc.eu)

Valentin Nalivaychenko (–zbruc.eu)

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SBU Head Nalivaychenko Advocates Political Secret Police. Valentin Nalivaychenko seeks fanatical ideological purity and further crackdown on dissent. See Fort Russ report Nalivaychenko to purge, reorganize SBU along OUN-UPA lines (Apr 1), by J.Hawk.

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Poroshenko Critic Forced to Flee Ukraine: Unknown men armed with machine-guns raided the apartment of a political analyst – critic of Poroshenko’s regime Novorossia Today April 1, 2015

Denis Denisov (--Novorossia Today)

Political analyst Denis Denisov (–Novorossia Today)

Kiev, March 31 (PolitNavigator, Mikhail Ryabov) – Head of the Kiev branch of the Institute of the Commonwealths of Independent States political analyst Denis Denisov was forced to leave the Ukrainian capital after his apartment was visited by a group of “athletes”, and the next day — by armed men in camouflage uniforms. As Denis Denisov told PolitNavigator, the incidents occurred after his sharp criticism of the Ukrainian authorities in the air of Russian TV at Vladimir Solovyev’s talk show, where Denisov claimed that he was not going to leave Kiev. “I said that despite everything I will go back to Kiev, because we weren’t going to abandon Kiev to that scum”, — Denisov explained. According to him, he soon received a recruitment note and was to be mobilized to the ATO zone. “They suggested that I should fire from MRLS “Grad” at my grandparents living in Donetsk”, — the political analyst said. The next day after he failed to appear at the enlistment office, a group of young people wearing training suites arrived at the block of flats, where Denisov lived, asking the neighbours about his whereabouts. Denisov was away that time, as he was returning from Belgrade. Nevertheless the next day armed people in camouflage uniforms appeared near the building at about midnight and resumed inquiries among the neighbours. Since then the unknown people had been surveying Denisov’e residence from a car around the clock. The neighbours warned the analyst about the danger, and he decided to flee Ukraine. “This is the continuation of struggle with dissent. As you know, some people were silenced by incarceration, and others had been assaulted. Enlistment notes are also used as a method of fighting with dissenters. It all went so far that the note was delivered to the hospital ward of the 56-year-old head of the press-service of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. In case of failure to come to the enlistment office, one can be charged with draft evasion”, — Denisov said. According to him, in spite of the forced escape, the work of the Ukrainian branch of the Institute of the CIS countries would continue.

Natalie Jaresko (--Novorossia Today)

Natalie Jaresko (–Novorossia Today)

Jaresko: IMF May Cancel Next Ukraine Tranche. Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said the IMF may call of its second tranche in May if Ukraine does not meet its conditions. See Novorossia Today article at Jaresko: IMF may call off the next loan to Ukraine if the country’s debt is not restructured (Apr 1).

 

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