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Orlando Health: Data on Shooting Victims June 16, 2016

In response to Paul Craig Roberts’ observation that little factual evidence of the Orlando mass shooting has been documented, the following image posted on Twitter June 16, 2016 may help to verify the shooting actually did occur.

It remains unknown, however, why the number killed as a result of the incident has not been updated in media reports.

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Christmas Prayer for Donbass

Christ Jesus We Send This Christmas Prayer
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Finally from me, my Christmas greeting to all of you. All who have lent their precious time to fighting for freedom against Kiev’s thugs. The lying junta of Ukraine are firing random mortar shells into communities consisting primarily of elderly. Ukrainian forces drunk, out of control. In my view it’s imperative we support Russia in her determination to make the USA & EU back down from their aggression. Who knows what 2016 will bring? We must keep up the pressure on the USA @NATO & @EU to halt their aggression against #Russia. And the complicit & compliant prostitutes @Amnesty @HRW & @OSCE who pretend to be unbiased but are in fact agents of the #US @StateDept. Kiev MUST be defeated. It’s crimes against humanity MUST be exposed. It’s drunken thug army MUST be made to leave the #Donbass. The relatives of all those who @Poroshenko’s scum army murdered MUST have their chance to spit in the killers’ faces. @Guardian @BBC @CNN. We MUST see an end to #Ukraine’s specious lies, propaganda and slanderous remarks about a #Russia that has shown integrity throughout. Kiev MUST be defeated. It’s crimes against humanity MUST be exposed. It’s drunken thug army MUST be made to leave the #Donbass. The people of #Donetsk, #Lugansk & elsewhere in the #Donbass MUST be left in peace to love #Russia as they have always done.
By @Novorossiyan on Twitter
December 24, 2015

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Viktor Yanukovich: Yes, I want to return to politics – Interview

Zakhar Vinogradov of Rio Novosti interviews
Ukraine President-in-Exile

Novorossia.su
Autotranslation (with minor editing by Quemado Institute)
December 10, 2015

Viktor Yanukovych (--en.kremlin.ru)

Viktor Yanukovych (–en.kremlin.ru)

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych gave an interview to RIA Novosti on how he assesses the actions of the Ukrainian government and the opposition, on the situation in Ukraine and its future plans.

ZV: Viktor Yanukovych, the last time we spoke with you in 2012. In Ukraine, for the past three years, many things have happened. I wonder what do you personally think about this?

VY: In 2012, when we met, Ukraine was successful state. It was the year of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship, we successfully carried out. We were building big plans then on the development of the country. We were thinking how to raise pensions, salaries, scholarships for students. While we have considered issues of development of Ukraine. We began to changes in the economy, social life. It was true.

What happened after that, in 2013 and 2014, it cannot be called otherwise than tragedy. It  was human suffering, pain, thousands of deaths. There was a tragedy that led to the division of the state, the loss of independence and, of course, the terrible grief of people. It was impossible to speak without pain in the heart. One gets the impression that the authorities of Ukraine, announcing the return of Donbass and Ukrainian calling it, are talking about territory, and not about the people living there.

By counting the military casualties, no one wants to notice that there are not only people killed by shells, but also from hunger. This is especially true of older people who were left without the current government pensions and benefits, and doomed to die. People can not receive proper medical care, medication is not enough. All this is arranged by the consequences of the blockade of Donbass Kiev authorities.

If they believe the residents of Donbass are Ukrainian citizens, what citizens are different from those of people in other regions? Why is the power of Ukrainians consider “special” and tries to put them on trial “will survive – will not survive.” People who have worked hard all my life, do not deserve such attitude.

The worst thing that happens all this on the eve of the arrival of cold weather. On the eve of the winter is necessary to make every effort to ensure the people’s warmth and everything necessary to avoid a humanitarian disaster! Most importantly there is an urgent need to repeal this “deadly” blockade, or Donbass expect a humanitarian catastrophe.

ZV: What do you think will happen to the Minsk Agreement? What are the prospects of their implementation?

VY: Firstly, I believe that today there is no alternative to the Minsk Agreement. The fact that these agreements should go into 2016 – there is also no doubt about it. Today there it is, the sixteenth year on the doorstep. And while not seen such great progress. Yes, there is a process, but [it takes place] very, very slowly. Very difficult. I think that as long as there is this rhetoric of “separatists”, “terrorists”, until after this humiliation of people, yet will not leave this division of people into “us-them”, in the class who has what kind of … It It will be very difficult for all.

ZV: What would you have done in a similar situation?

VY: I would not have allowed it. Remember in February 2014 there was the seizure of the state bodies in the Western Ukraine. I did not use force and the army against the inhabitants of the Western Ukraine, because they are also citizens of Ukraine. Their life I was supposed to protect. I sat down to negotiate with the opposition and on 21 February signed an agreement that would also endorse the Europeans. Failure to comply with this Agreement and the subsequent tragic events are fully on the conscience of the leaders of the then opposition and European countries, which has endorsed the Agreement.

To solve the current tragedy in Donbass, you need to turn to history. View examples out of similar crises in the past. I know that the subject, for example, federalism – it irritates the current government today in Ukraine has become synonymous with separatism and terrorism. Why not ask for the same United States, Germany, Switzerland to share their experiences of federalization? In any case, you need to start this dialogue, and when the situation is ripe, then go on this way. Anyway, the question of the federation, it will hang. Yes, this question is not today. Here, I agree. But that Ukraine was tomorrow, today we have to look for something that will unite the whole Ukraine.

ZV: How do you assess the current situation in Ukraine?

VY: Today, write off, as they say, the war has nothing. Today, the fog has cleared. And tomorrow it will need people who are said to serve bread, circuses have ate here so everything! The oligarchs have ‘namaydanilis. ” All life requires a completely different approach, which, incidentally, has not yet spoken. We do not see development plans in Ukraine.

ZV: As far as I remember, on the stage Maidan opposition leaders, who later became government, voiced certain plans and steps of development of Ukraine …

VY: Let’s look at what promises so generously handed out on the Maidan were met.

They demanded democracy and freedom of speech. And I ask myself a question – and that there was little freedom of speech under my presidency for the opposition? Every day, on all channels, they get as much air as they wanted. And the government does not interfere with this.

On the Independence demanded to deal with the oligarchs – is now in the hands of oligarchs even more power. At their disposal today own army and “manual” faction in parliament.

I have already spoken about freedom of speech, but I want to say once again – journalists who express opposition point of view, threatened with criminal cases, they are beaten, kept in prison, just shoot.

Journalist Ruslan Kotsaba for his statements against the mobilization for almost a year behind bars without trial! And none of the journalists and foreign fighters for the freedom of speech does not pay any attention to it. Oles Buzin cynically, in broad daylight, was shot near his home, and the suspects in his murder try to present perhaps the heroes!

People demanded to improve their well-being – as a result, Ukrainians have become three times poorer. And it was done very simply – the devaluation of the hryvnia. The Ukrainian people have become poor in three. And the oligarchs who kept their savings in dollars abroad, respectively, became three times richer. And now for a song going to buy up all of Ukraine.

After the Maidan never raise pensions and wages. How many Ukrainians with an average salary of $ 150 can not afford to go to Europe?

And the government continues to feed the people with tales of visa-free regime. They promised him enter just a few months after the coup. But this remained a promise. And I remind you that the Association Agreement with the EU, the signing of which was delayed by us in 2013 in Vilnius, had nothing to do with the visa-free regime. But all the people through the media presented differently and brought under these slogans on the Maidan.

ZV: Do you think people in Ukraine have already realized that they were deceived on the Maidan?

VY: Unfortunately, the expectations of the people on Maidan just used for personal gain. All TV channels were in the hands of oligarchs and distort what is happening on the Maidan. People are misinformed. The authorities were in dark colors, and the actions of the opposition extremely bright.

But now, the recriminations yesterday’s colleagues on the Maidan has finally made it possible for people to hear the truth more often. Even the US ambassador Payette had no time to extinguish the numerous conflicts in the Ukrainian government. The coalition openly accuses the government in its incompetence, corruption. The Prime Minister and President of lobbying the interests close to him oligarchic clans, who stood behind them since the days of the Maidan.

ZV: Can you name the names of those oligarchs who stood for the opposition, and in fact organized the Maidan?

VY: You know, I’m very cautious about this or that person to cling to someone labels. But they themselves say about it. For example, in the Austrian court Firtash said that he supported Klitschko. Kolomoisky – I know whom to support, and he also spoke about this, and so on. Today, every member of the government are the oligarchs, who can say, “pushed” to the government of his people. And it’s no secret to anyone in Ukraine.

ZV: Interestingly, while the oligarchs, what was the use of what happened on the Maidan? After all, they had already been wealthy …

VY: Well, at that time, when, as they say, “the nuts twisted quietly,” and we needed to pay taxes on time, that taxes are fair, of course, did not like the oligarchs.

Suffice it to recall a single law – on transfer payments. When this law was passed, to which he was sent? Naturally, it was a just law. Because the surplus, which was obtained at the time the largest businesses in Ukraine, which is called oligarchs, of course, they were unfair. And this law aims to somehow level the financial situation in the budget at the expense of the poor and by the rich. And we talked about this openly. It was one of the reasons.

And they, of course, needed a president obedient as they thought, which can be controlled. They have achieved this, and today the president was their colleague – one of the oligarchs. But I think that today, many of them realized that they made a mistake.

Because what happened then with the country … In fact, the government was overthrown with the help of the oligarchs, the hands of nationalists, which most talked about independence, democracy and so on.

And what have we got? We got a split in Ukraine, we have today a totalitarian power. In fact, the country now controlled curators appointed from the West. Yes, and a number of ministers today have come from other countries – not Ukrainians. Do we have your staff is not enough?

This is actually all that is said on the Maidan, almost two years ago, exactly the opposite happened. They said, will fight against the oligarchs – the oligarchs brought to power, say for an independent Ukraine – Ukraine split, put Ukraine on the management of people from other countries.

ZV: But among Ukrainian oligarchs, must have been and your friends, there were those who supported you?

VY: You know, when in power, it is known to all – all my friends are singing sweet songs of devotion and friendship. It’s not a secret. I’m not very fond of, to put it mildly, these “songs”. Quite the contrary. But such a life. In fact, they have always thought and will think only about their own interests. But this time they have miscalculated. As big mistake.

ZV: Still, in your opinion, what was the interest of the oligarchs to undermine the economy of Ukraine? Or they have other interests? Why should they be maintained Maidan?

VY: I was not wrong when I said that a strong government should all put in place. Because appetites are growing. I always jokingly said that someone “forgets about the diet.” I often carry out such work. Often or, I would say, systematically and continuously. Like – not like, as they say, I have no one looked in the mouth. You see ?! But today, when it’s all mixed up like that – they forgot about the Maidan, forget what was said there, you forget about everything like crazy. And it will end badly.

ZV: You say that “strong power should all put in place.” A number of recent detentions, arrests, perhaps, is an attempt to Poroshenko, to “put all in place …”

VY: This is just a performance that played the power to distract from the urgent problems. Law enforcers are chasing small fry, but imitating the fight against corruption. Give the people bread authorities can not – get a sight!

Give me at least one corrupt official, who received real term? It is not to be punished corrupt officials, close to the first persons of the state, it is difficult to believe that being a real fight against corruption. This everyone knows. And ordinary people about this, too, is well aware. Neither of which the fight against corruption and speech can not be. No one in this never believe. It’s all “blurry eyes.”

And how do you show the arrest Korban? Were recruited hundreds of employees of the SBU, dozens of prosecutors, Korban and then released under house arrest safely drink cognac. Today the prosecutor general’s office, controlled by Poroshenko, under the pretext of the fight against corruption is simply inter-clan fighting on the side of the President!

ZV: Returning to the corruption. You probably know that the people who come after you, said the following: that the 15 billion dollars that Ukraine has signed the contract with Russia are “bribe Yanukovych Putin.” What can you say about it?

VY: This is politicking. It’s all well aware, and in Ukraine, and I think all understand. Of course, this money has been directed to the development of Ukraine, of course, at the expense of these loans we solved a lot of questions, and, in particular, we are in the period of time agreed to a significant reduction in gas prices. While the price of gas was over $ 400 (per thousand cubic meters – ed.), And we agreed, I think, 272-275 dollars at the time. Therefore, the current government, including at the expense of these agreements, in 2014 pumped enough gas for a very cheap price at that time. And last winter 2014-2015 year. I do not know how the situation is there now, but in 2015 took place in Ukraine, including due to the fact that there was an opportunity to upload the cheapest gas in storage.

ZV: And here you are reminded of a very interesting point related to 15 billion dollars. Why did you take this credit still from Russia, not from the IMF or some other European financial institutions?

VY: So, I’ll tell you about that … We are .. I do not remember in the 20 days of November, may 23th, 2013 received a final negative response to the IMF.

There is a word “zamanuha” … All the time served cake, saying, “That’s it, we will give, give, give ….”. And we have those expectations lived for several years. But we did not agree on the conditions that were offered to us – to raise tariffs by 50%, raise the price of gas, including for the population. We did not go for it. We are looking for various ways to convince, to work at all levels. Work systematically and seemed on the verge, we agree.

Unfortunately, 23 (approximately) on November, we received a formal rejection of the IMF. We were counting on that money. We were in a very difficult situation when it happened.

Just a few days we had a CIS summit in Belarus in Minsk, and I was involved there, representing Ukraine. I asked this question to Putin: “Our situation is so complicated, I do not know how we should be, and if you have the opportunity at any condition … I would like this issue to be discussed.”

“I do not mind, please (said Putin – Ed.). Ordered the government, I Medvedev instructed the government to let work begin. If these conditions coincide with the two sides, we can resolve this question. ”
That’s all. It was very short, just a five-minute conversation on this subject.

And in December, began the negotiations with the Russian government, in December, I think, somewhere in the first decade. Our ministers, everyone who was involved in the execution of this loan, worked. Government works. In my opinion, in the 20 days of December, it was found a solution which satisfies us that does not drive us here in these commitments, which led to a deterioration in people’s lives, to the difficult situation of tariff, price increases. And I went to Moscow to make the finishing touches. Finishing touches, as always, it was the price of gas.

Hard, very difficult conversation was, as always, they are never simple. Many times I have commented on this. Since 2002, I have dealt with all these issues. Russia had for us was not so easy partner. Because they are very experienced, “toothy”, professional, and we are always prepared very seriously.

We have, you know, there was no familiarity. Russia to defend their interests, and we – his own. So we pulled the rope. And finally somewhere to find solutions. Here and on the price of gas. We agreed with the president (Putin – Ed.). He gathered all the experts, were with me all the ministers, too, and it was the last – the price of gas. And when all this has coincided – we signed an agreement and was determined schedule of financing.

ZV: However, many spoke about your over-dependence on Russia. US President Obama said recently, supposedly you were a puppet of Putin.

VY: Firstly, I’m not sure that it was he talking about me. In his speech talked about the years when he first became president – in those years in Ukraine, President Viktor Yushchenko was …

If, however, to assume that he was talking about me, then … We met with Obama several times, and during our meetings, he never raised questions about my dependence on Russia or issues of corruption in Ukraine. Moreover, we can compare the years of my presidency and now Ukraine. The role played by foreigners in the Ukrainian government then and now.

Who could have imagined at the time, for example, Foreign Minister Lavrov will arrive in the parliament and the Ukrainian parliament will begin to learn what to enact laws like this, for example, makes Nuland? Or, for example, come the Prime Minister and Medvedev will head the meeting of the government in Ukraine as it did Biden? Or, for example, I would have started to appoint ministers in Ukraine Putin, his representatives? You can imagine it was present or not ?! I tried very pragmatic work with all countries. Of course, I paid a lot of attention to our strategic partners. And among the strategic partners were Russia.

ZV: Is it worth it for that, I am referring to the appointment of foreigners to the government, blame the current government? Maybe foreigners as more experienced professionals more effectively manage the economy?

VY: The most objective evaluation of the work in the power of foreigners can only give the Ukrainians themselves. Recent opinion polls in Ukraine showed that the vast majority of people believe that their financial position in comparison with the year 2013 worsened dramatically.

I have already said that after the coup never raise salaries and pensions. Given that the hryvnia exchange rate fell by three times, almost the same prices rose. Today the average Ukrainian salary is 150 dollars, and pension – $ 50. This is the level of African countries. How can people survive getting “African” salaries at “European” prices?

ZV: But the Ukrainian authorities to explain the deterioration of the life of the need to carry out reforms that your government has not carried out …

VY: Of course it’s a lie. We must remember 2010, 2011, 2012 and see how much we spent reforms. So many reforms, but held my Government, since 2010, I am sure, I was not carried out in all the years of independence. We greatly simplify doing business, the licensing system was reorganized very much. We were just in times reduced the number of different resolutions. We have introduced the principle of a single window. I lived with these problems and we have done a lot. There were reforms that we just do not have time to bring to a logical conclusion.

Now all that is said about this last time, portrayed in such black colors. It – politicking.

Whenever you criticize your opponents, look at yourself.

Let them look over what they have done during that time. What kind of reforms do you mean? Cadge international loans, renting, as they say, national interests. Increase utility rates. Declare total privatization, then to buy the assets for a pittance.

Do the ordinary Ukrainians now, due to what the government is going to improve their lives? What are they – Poroshenko, Yatseniuk – want to develop, the Ukrainians were able to start making money and live better? What are they going to build a new Ukraine, in addition to “fence” on the border with Russia? If the government has no clear strategy of development of the economy, reform of the public can be a question ?!

Of course, the reforms that supposedly outlined now in Ukraine, they can hardly be called reform. How can reforms be called the increase in tariffs for energy, which led to a huge increase in public services? How can a pensioner who receives now 1,300 hryvnia, pay utility bills, which cost 1500-1700 hryvnia? And so on. I sometimes read online, I see how people speak out. Today, sociology shows that most people believe that the lives of people in Ukraine has become much worse. Even the famous governor of Odessa – Michael Saakashvili, who said that in order to achieve a standard of living that was under Yanukovych need 15-20 years.

ZV: And yet here I am an example. Most recently, the Government of Ukraine reached an agreement with international lenders on the part of the delay in payment of debts. According to the Ukrainian side, it will give impetus to the development of the economy in the near future.

VY: The Ukrainian government has hastened to present the alleged cancellation of 20% debt to international lenders as a victory. And in fact, this is the same as the gas contract Tymoshenko in 2009. Then, in order to six months to get cheap gas, Tymoshenko led the next 10 years the Ukrainians to buy gas at exorbitant prices.

By the way, her colleague Yatseniuk is now “seen the light” and began to blame himself Tymoshenko in the same – notoriously unprofitable signing the contract for the country.

Although Yatsenyuk already surpassed Yulia Vladimirovna and entered an even more cynical. In exchange for a 5 years grace period on debt and writing off $ 3 billion, it just robs future generations of Ukrainians. It condemns them to give for the debts of most of Ukraine’s GDP. We are talking about additional payments to foreign creditors over twenty years, anywhere from 60 to 150 billion dollars, on the basis of what will be the growth of the Ukrainian economy.

For such restructuring and Yaresko (Minister of Finance of Ukraine – ed.), And Yatsenyuk have to answer before the court more than Tymoshenko for a gas contract.

ZV: Recently published an interview in the “Ukrainian Truth” one, as they are called, mladooligarhov, Grigorishin. He is a longtime partner of Poroshenko, just in the energy sector. There, he said, a mysterious phrase, I still do not understand whether it was a joke, whether it’s true – allegedly in the trunk you Mezhyhiria brought Yatsenyuk. Can you explain it’s true or a joke?

VY: Well, I can not say anything about the trunk. But I have met repeatedly with Yatsenyuk and others.

ZV: During the Maidan?

VY: Yes. And I met with other representatives of the Maidan, and radicals, including, and not only in the presidential administration. Why? Because I was looking for a peaceful solution. I did everything to avoid bloodshed. This is my principle of life. I am deeply convinced that no power is not worth a drop of blood spilled. So I drove all the negotiations and look for ways how to peacefully resolve the conflict.

ZV: How do you assess the relationship between the president and prime minister now? What there is a conflict, what is the problem there?

VY: It is absolutely different people. And the mentality, and capabilities. Poroshenko come already rich, and Yatsenyuk just wants them to be. Therefore, they have a huge conflict of interest.

Poroshenko I know very well, as you might imagine. He came in due time, my Government Minister of Economy. After working for some time. And I know the possibility of this person. We have, in general, at that time, he worked his way to the office, there were practically no differences. It was about the economy. He has sufficient experience was, and then my principle, that should be a dialogue inside the government … Poroshenko – a strong opponent from the economic point of view. He contributed opened and weaknesses we have seen. And this dialogue is very necessary. So today, when he does the opposite, and relates to the intolerance of his opponents, and in fact can not tolerate a dialogue – it is a huge mistake. Huge mistake! And, of course, people who are now in his power … It’s very difficult to work with him.

So I do not want to judge who is right and who is wrong. But the conflict is laid. He may once have to go outside, once they are hiding it, but today we see that the coalition rages.

ZV: You said that Poroshenko abhors dialogue. Why do you think so?

VY: Ukraine has breached the fundamental balance of political forces. Before the coup opposition had sufficient powers to express their point of view. The Verkhovna Rada of them headed the committee, the vice-speaker was a representative of the opposition, they were free to hold rallies and protests.

Can we observe such a day? No. With the help of, so to speak, “a law enforcement rink” and radicals and intimidated people, and journalists, and politicians who disagree with the point of view of the authorities. Now in Ukraine dissidents killed in broad daylight, or driven to suicide.

The man who allows himself to criticize the government immediately declare “enemy of the people” or “agent of the Kremlin.” Today in Ukraine in prison may be anyone who does not follow the “general line” of the current regime. Authorities discovered using methods of political revenge initiated on trumped-up criminal charges against their political opponents. This is pure totalitarian system of power that controls everything and everyone in Ukraine.

For example, representatives of the Party of Regions “prescribed” guilty but only for what they had or have to do with this political force. We see that now the criminal prosecution is subject to one of the leaders of the Party of Regions, Alexander Efremov.

It is harassed Mayor of Kharkov Gennady Kernes. Authorities are trying to send to jail one of the best mayors of Ukraine, which recently re-vote majority of Kharkiv. This attempt on him, no one investigates!

A recent detention Helen Lucas – in fact it was actually a diversion of power from a failed attempt to arrest Korban and their pathetic attempts to show the alleged impartiality of the judicial system. However, striking cynicism with which the mother of two minor children illegally held in prison for several days, at a time when for it was timely submitted a pledge!

ZV: It is often said that in the political arena of Ukraine “opposition bloc” largely continues the line of the Party of Regions, honorary chairman of which you were up to the moment we left the Ukraine. Tell me, do you think “The opposition bloc,” the continuation of the Party of Regions, or is it an independent political force?

VY: Indeed, the majority of the “opposition bloc” – are former members of the Party of Regions. I know almost all of them quite well. But a lot of former members of the Party of Regions, now and in the Block Poroshenko! Therefore, if we talk about the Party of Regions, the answer is ambiguous. Who greatly loved power, he is now, but with a different political power has gone.

As for the “opposition bloc” … I understand that you can have different attitudes to them. And my attitude is different. But I can say one thing – even the fact that they have created a unit and went on this way now and in the current government – is a feat, bravery, can be named.

That is, they have the responsibility to tell the truth, to take responsibility to show an alternative to the current authorities. It’s good.

But, of course, if we talk about wishes, they sometimes do not have enough determination. Although I understand that, where resolution – there is repression. It does not just repression and sometimes even killing opponents. Therefore, I wish them to be more active, more concrete and more determined.

Source: Ukraina.Ru

─ NAF Commander Likens Denis Pushilin to Chamberlain

Message from Commander with Call Sign
“Varyag” (Alexander Matyushin)

vk.com (posted by Vladimir Suchan)
October 11, 2015

[Quemado Institute Editor: the article below has been autotranslated with only minor editing, as the correct interpretation was unclear.]

UAF Shelling of Donetsk, October 10, 2015

UAF Shelling of Donetsk, October 10, 2015

Yesterday was fired Donetsk. Burning high-rise building and at the same time, Eduard Basurin reports about the latest troop movements. But the terms of the truce. How do you think – if the situation does not return to last year’s winter, when our peremiryalis before that burned the whole city and only when it was absolutely nothing – went on the offensive? Has Ukraine has chosen the tactics of silent terror: a war without war, where every day there will be three or four violations, because of which and like the world can not be forfeited, and everything is constantly in tension is in case of resumption of hostilities whether troops Novorossia push the enemy from the city?

This question was answered legendary militia “Varyag” Alexander Matyushin:

Neville Chamberlain (--lobelog.com)

Neville Chamberlain (–lobelog.com)

“Indeed yesterday Ukrainian troops again fired Donetsk, once again, violating the truce. Since the announcement, Mr. Pushilin [restated] the fact that peace has come. Ukrainian troops have not once violated this fragile truce. Moreover, the statement of Mr. Pushilin reminded me of a statement made by Chamberlain after the signing of the Munich agreement in 1938, when Chamberlain said that he had brought the world a year later flared all the world, and started the bloodiest war in human history. But this is a digression.

Let’s go back to the situation in Donetsk. Already, we see that the Ukrainian side took weapons is not something that is less than 100 mm caliber, it took a gun with a caliber of 100 mm, indicating that non-compliance with its agreements and Minsk, respectively, We also will not yet take their field artillery. Therefore, every provocation on the part of Ukrainian troops we can answer adequately. I’m in one of my previous articles written about it, where I expressed the opinion that we are in contrast to the LPR, will not fully withdraw its weapons until such time as the Ukrainian side has not fulfilled its obligations similar.

If we compare the situation to the one that prevailed last winter, here there are significant differences. Then almost the entire territory of the DPR worked DRG opponent, why, and gave the impression that that be under fire the whole territory of the DPR. Now we do not see such activation subversive groups of the enemy, or they sit and wait for the order, or after the “Minsk-2” were withdrawn from the territory of our young Republic, because, as before in moments of acute during this “bitter truce” DRG opponent does not intensified practical in our territory.

More precisely, they are, but not in such an amount as the last winter. But this time the so-called truce, we also had a good reason, had quite a substantial reorganization of the militia units, reformed into a regular army (you can read some of my articles, they periodically come out). Training and morale of our army has increased significantly, as well as material support (from ammunition to food and clothing), so in the event of further provocations on the part of Ukrainian troops, we will be able to adequately respond to them, and, if necessary, go on the offensive and smash enemy. Our next war will end with our victory, because we will win because we are the winners! ”

 

Stoltenberg Visits Ukraine, Urges Kiev-NATO Cooperation

Poroshenko’s Ukraine Becomes “Eastern Outpost of
Euro-Atlantic Civilization”

Guest Article by Vitaly Varavka

Odna Rodyna
Autotranslation with minor editing by Quemado Institute
September 23, 2015

Jens Stoltenberg, Petro Poroshenko

Jens Stoltenberg, Petro Poroshenko

“Ruins of the Ukrainian state and the army is complete.” Jens Stoltenberg could leave this inscription on the walls of the residence of President Poroshenko, if he had been in place kinogeroya Leonid Bykov.

The NATO Secretary General visited Ukraine during two-day stay and found that, although between Ukraine and the alliance “there is a wide range of cooperation in very different areas,” this is not enough for Kiev’s accession into NATO. Do not join and help prop “Movement for Ukraine in NATO”, created exactly upon the arrival Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg, assessing the situation diplomatically, pointed out that “NATO is working together with Ukraine and supporting it in reforms, adaptation of the armed forces so that they are more suited to NATO.” However, no exception to the standard procedure will be made for Kiev, he promises: “After these reforms, Ukraine will decide whether to file an application to join NATO, and then we will evaluate this statement on a common basis.” The NATO Secretary-General did not say that it is not only the reform, ie the transition to NATO standards of what is called the Ukrainian army, although to the problems here there is no end.

There is also the question: who will pay for that APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] that is “more suited to the NATO”? Ukraine’s external debt which reached 127 billion dollars and amounted to 123% of GDP, is clearly not. And whether it is necessary NATO ?! If someone is right, the only non-European members of the alliance, which came to the fore the problem of refugees. Germany alone this year will be spent on them 10 billion. Euro.

In other words, in the foreseeable future even hope that APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] will go to NATO standards, the more buy Western arms and military equipment, is not necessary. Stoltenberg is a fact well understood, for not speaking about the unification of “standards”, but only that the Armed Forces of Ukraine “more suited to NATO.” In other words, the closer to the horizon, the further it moves away from you.

In late August, the Ukrainian authorities have approved five agreements on the reduction of the armed forces to NATO standards. Experts believe that Ukraine will not qualify for NATO membership in the next 20 years. And over the years, not only a lot of water in the river will flow away, but the world would be different.

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Secretary General to remain silent and that Ukraine’s accession to NATO would mean that the transition to the West “red line”, which was finally marked Russia in promoting the alliance’s eastward. At a time when there are signs of cooperation between Washington and Moscow in tackling LIH and settlement of the situation in Syria, such a step absolutely unthinkable.

We can assume that in Western capitals do not forget about Russia’s allies. “The SCO brings together almost as many nuclear powers, as the UN Security Council, and the prospect of membership of Iran (once sanctions are lifted) will further strengthen this trend,” – it describes the strategic weight of the Association of Polish Gazeta Wyborcza.

While in December last year Kiev declined to non-aligned status, and the new military doctrine envisages accelerated Euro-Atlantic integration, the president of Poroshenko could not ignore the new realities. “Is Ukraine ready to join NATO? The answer is very simple – no. We need to prepare for it. Is NATO ready for Ukraine to become a member – no. But I must say that everything must be done to change the Ukraine to become a member of the European Union. Because the criteria are the same. But NATO’s door [for Ukraine] remain open since 2008 “- Poroshenko said during a joint press conference with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Traditionally, the Ukrainian president has promised to hold a referendum on NATO membership. Moreover, according to him, the level of support for the Euro-Atlantic choice of more than 60%. Where the President took these figures, it is difficult to judge. After all, at the beginning of June to join NATO, according to the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), supported by only 37% of respondents. It is difficult to imagine that three months support has grown almost twice. In addition, Poroshenko himself carved. It was he still believes that the Crimea and the Donbass part of Ukraine. But polls there Kiev sociological services are not carried out!

At the same time, Poroshenko at pains to emphasize a special character of relations between Ukraine and NATO. “Yes, Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Unfortunately, de jure, we are not allies, but de facto, I can not emphasize this, we are much more than partners, “- Poroshenko said at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which was attended by the secretary general of the alliance.

Stoltenberg at a meeting of the National Security Council noted that Ukraine “can rely on NATO.” However, he paid more attention to the hated leaders of the Kiev topic – Minsk agreements. “We (the Alliance) support the full implementation of the agreements Minsk, since it is the only way out of the crisis … It is very important for Ukraine to continue to go through the enforcement of all aspects of the Minsk accords and to ensure peace and stability and the sovereignty”, – said the secretary general.

During the visit, Stoltenberg signed a number of documents. In particular, the Road Map program Partnership for Strategic Communications, a joint declaration on strengthening the military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, the agreement on the status of NATO representation in Ukraine. Until now, in Kiev it acted only information center of the alliance, which in the conditions of Ukraine, as it turns out, is not enough.

In order to demonstrate the practical cooperation between NATO and Ukraine and Poroshenko together Stoltenberg opened the international exercise in the aftermath of an emergency or natural man-made disasters in the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region.

As one of the areas of cooperation outlined Stoltenberg help restore Ukrainian Navy, but so far only at the level of opportunities at “issues that Ukrainians would like to discuss with us.” As they say, fast easier said than done. Besides, why help the fleet so that its only selling missile cruiser ?! And as the areas of cooperation that have already been implemented, the secretary general called “cooperation in the field of command and control, logistics, cyber security, mine clearance.”

Poroshenko, who is still in a state of “regional, continental war, which threatens peace and stability in the world”, noted that Ukraine is the easternmost outpost of the Euro-Atlantic civilization, not only protects its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Ukrainian state. However, he stressed that “we will not allow anyone from outside the country to try to influence this process. It is solely the right of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian government, and we are your choice in favor of European values, the European civilization development made during the Revolution of dignity. ”

What do you think about this? While Stoltenberg does not occupy the chair presiding at the NSDC. But the Ukrainian president reported to him. Apparently, already used. And it does not consider NATO Secretary General outsider in the affairs of domestic and foreign policy of Ukraine. Otherwise, it would be unclear why the United States “handed over power” to the current regime in Kiev during the “revolution of dignity.”

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NATO Secretary General’s visit to Ukraine has shown that the prospect of membership in the alliance of Kiev, as before, remain rather vague. However, there is increased cooperation with the Western mode of the Kiev military-political bloc that could hamper normalization of relations with Russia.

South Ossetian President Tibilov Greets Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky

Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky Attend Ceremony for 25th
Anniversary of Republic of South Ossetia

Edited Autotranslation by Quemado Institute
Sources: vk.com and presidentruo.org
September 20, 2015

Leonid Tibilov, president of the Republic of South-Ossetia, met with the Prime Minister of the Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky and Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko. Leonid Tibilov said at the ceremony, which included a number of guests, “I express my deep gratitude to everyone who supported us, showed compassion and solidarity with the people of South Ossetia.” President Leonid Tibilov took part in the ceremonial meeting of public representatives of the Republic of South Ossetia, “I praise my Motherland!” Dedicated to the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia, the event was also attended by members of the Government, MPs, and many guests of the republic.

Alexander Zakharchenko, Leonid Tibilov

Alexander Zakharchenko, Leonid Tibilov

[Autotranslation:] The meeting of President Leonid Tibilov and the Head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko, who arrived in Tskhinvali to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Parliament of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, head of the Presidential Administration of South Ossetia Alan Dzhioev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia Kazbulat Tskhovrebov.

The head of the South Ossetian State welcomed the guests and expressed gratitude for participating in the festivities. He noted that the people of South Ossetia was the same path that the people of Donetsk People’s Republic and said that the South Ossetian leadership will continue to work on the development and strengthening of bilateral relations.

“In South Ossetia, we took a unanimous decision to support the people’s struggle for their rights DNI and freedom, for the right to a peaceful existence. After all, the people of South Ossetia itself experienced all the hardships through which you had to go, “- said Leonid Tibilov.

The head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko on behalf of the people of the DNI and myself, I congratulate Leonid Tibilov and all the people of South Ossetia with the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of South Ossetia.

“You have won its independence in fights. We wholeheartedly support your republic. We shared hundreds of kilometers, but we believe you are brothers. Your sons are now fighting on our soil, our sons once fought against the invaders who came to your land. We have become one. Take our most sincere congratulations. Prosperity to your state, your nation, “- he said.

At the end of the meeting, Leonid Tibilov Alexander Zakharchenko presented the Order of Friendship for his great contribution to the development and strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of South Ossetia and Donetsk People’s Republic and the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of South Ossetia. President of South Ossetia also gave guest commemorative coin of the National Bank with the image of St. George. Members of the delegation also DNI were awarded medals to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia.

Igor Plotnitsky, Leonid Tibilov

Igor Plotnitsky, Leonid Tibilov

The meeting of President Leonid Tibilov with the Head of the People’s Republic of Lugansk Igor Plotnitsky, arrived in Tskhinvali to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia. The meeting was also attended by Head of the Presidential Administration of South Ossetia Alan Dzhioev and Minister of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia Kazbulat Tskhovrebov.

“We are pleased that you are now in South Ossetia and with the South Ossetian people are taking part in celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia,” – addressed a welcoming speech, Leonid Tibilov.

He noted that South Ossetia has undergone a lot of testing on the road to independence, which is experiencing today the people of Lugansk People’s Republic. For this reason, South Ossetia could not lend a helping hand, and among the first to recognize the independence of the People’s Republic of Lugansk.

“Every nation has the right to self-determination and this right is enshrined in the statutes of international organizations. The South Ossetian people stood next to your people, and in June of last year, we decided to recognize the independence of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic. We congratulate the people of Lugansk with this decision. We will continue to support you, “- said the President of the RSO.

Igor Plotnitsky, in turn, congratulated Leonid Tibilov and all the people of South Ossetia with the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of South Ossetia, saying to the people of the People’s Republic of Lugansk struggle for independence continues to this day.

“We are committed to the Minsk agreements that have been signed. This is our principled position. I would like to say thank you for the support that had all the people of South Ossetia and you, as President, in particular. For us it was a turning point, all the people of Lugansk region felt that we have friends. Our grandchildren will remember that the first who extended a helping hand were South Ossetians, “- he said.

At the end of the meeting, Leonid Tibilov presented Igor Plotnitsky Order of Friendship for his great contribution to the development and strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of South Ossetia and the People’s Republic of Lugansk in connection with the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of South Ossetia. Guests also was presented commemorative coin of the National Bank with the image of St. George. Members of the delegation also LC were awarded medals to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Republic of South Ossetia.

Alexander Zakharchenko Alexander Zakharchenko

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Andrei Purgin Interview After His Release 9-10-15

09.10.15. Interview After the Arrest of Andrei Purgin

An updated, reformatted version of the Andrei Purgin interview has been posted on our main website: CLICK HERE.

The following is a rough translation in preliminary format.

Vladimir Suchan’s page: vk.com/strelkov_info
Autotranslation (with minor editing by Quemado Institute)
September 10, 2015

Andrei Purgin

Andrei Purgin

– Andrei Alexandrovich [Purgin], the conditions in which you held?

– AP: Normal conditions. All that the MSS (Ministry of State Security DNR. – Approx. VK Ed.) can provide. In this regard, I have no complaints.

– What was it? Detention or you, as he said, “Fontanka” so Denis Pushilin took custody, so you were not attacked Ukrainian saboteurs?

-AP: Detention of course. I could not leave the room, I had conducted searches in the evening to find out if there is a phone or not, I was not able to contact anyone. My phone and all other electronic devices were all taken, I was isolated.

– How do you explain this?

-AP: The working version to protect me from Ukrainian DRGs (sabotage and scouting groups. – Approx. VK Ed.).

– Do you agree?

-AP: Yes of course! And they released because phoned the Ukrainian DRG and found that they had left, you can go!

– I am glad that you are joking. How do you explain what happened to you? Why it took to remove you from power in such a way?

-AP: I dont know. I think maybe there are some very serious political ambitions … Denis (Pushilin. – VK Ed.), We collect posts. He’s the head of the executive committee of the public movement “Donetsk Republic”. He is the head of the Minsk Group. He heads the football. He decides on humanitarian missions and move the “humanitarian aid”. And so on. What is missing is coke and agriculture. Now he needed a post as the head of the parliament.

– For a simple job of collecting posts, is this not a tall price? After your dismissal everyone saw that the DPR leaders squabbled.

-AP: For me, the whole story was a surprise.

– What is the fate of Alexei Alexandrov – former chief of staff, with whom you were detained at the border?

-AP: I do not know where Alexei Alexandrov is. His son from me. But if you look intently, then Alexei Alexandrov is one of the most influential people in the Russian movement of Ukraine, deputy head of the party many years of “Russian bloc”, creator of the “Russian world” in Ukraine. This is someone who has a very high credibility. Ukrainian nationalists back in 2006 he smashed his head with a hammer. He was then barely saved.

– How is it now that your colleagues do not accept him in the Parliament?

-AP: I do not know. He has held technical positions. In public you will find him very little.

– Few, but expressive. I read his statement.

-AP: He gave his opinion on one of the scenarios, not more.

– Pushilin says that you “fell under the influence of Alexandrov.” You came under his influence?

-AP: We are adults, I have a lot of luggage, I’m even a little insulting. I have a very respectful attitude towards Alexey, very largely I agree with him, somewhat disagree, we have known each other a long time. “I came under his influence” – then I do not understand. I “came under his influence,” so I was removed from the post of head of the National Council?

– It is not I say, as your colleague Pushilin.

-AP: Do you know what the position of the Speaker of Parliament is, more technical, organizational? I mean, what I have in my head does not affect the work of the Parliament. The Agenda is formed by the Coordination Council, which includes Denis (Pushilin. – Approx. VK Ed.) And another three people.

– Moreover, why it was necessary to remove you?

-AP: For me, the logic is slender Explanation for the action Denis and those who helped him do , no.

– Pushilin says that you have been warned: it is necessary to dismiss Aleksandrov.

-AP: Some patsanskie statements. Someone warned me? We recorded all sessions. Even without the closed meetings recorded on video. Can he provide a record that I was warned?

– He probably warned you unofficially.

-AP: Oh, unofficially! You know, this is the inscription on the fence. Parliament may vote any order, such as the removal or appointment of the head unit, the change of the structure. And I can not do it without a parliament.

– Why, then, they had to detain you at the border, to keep under guard?

-AP: You ask questions to which I have no answer. For me it was a complete surprise.

– Maybe it was something to do with the next round of talks in Minsk? You would have to participate in them, they eventually passed on September 8 without you, and now you are released.

-AP: No I do not think so. That is, it is possible to make thaat link, but I strongly doubt it. There is a long process. Of course, it is very important who is in a working group, but the final documents of these people do not sign.

– They say that you are in the country more popular than Denis. You can use that to recover the post?

-AP: I, frankly, do not really want this. It is understood that I am not going to fight for it. It is more important to regain the confidence of the people to form a positive agenda than to build horizontal links, to somehow break through the social elevators. We have a war, we have a very serious situation. We from Kharkov, Odessa, Zaporozhye of people live. Only from Kharkov political refugees,and a half thousand. They have to work. We must understand the common ideological canvas …

– Sorry, I did not understand: the refugees from peace Kharkov and Odessa in Donetsk?

-AP: Yes! Many from Kharkiv fight with us in the army, worked in government. These people cannot return home. They are killing people, extrajudicial persecution imprisoned for distributing newspapers.

– What do you now plan to do?

-AP: I plan to be still engaged in social and political activities, ideological projects. As the founder and builder of many years “Donetsk Republic” as an online organization that virtually created and Donetsk People’s Republic and wore the flag that now bears Donetsk People’s Republic. “Donetsk Republic” ofitsionalizirovana in 2005, and established even earlier …

– Yes, after the “Orange Revolution.” Then you had help? Who, for example, funded it?

-AP: “Financed” our criminal volumes! This is not a party structure is a network structure of a horizontal nature, they are practically not funded. This network horizontal structures, endless conventions, endless consultations, it is hard-won public and experts concept, we have created a system discourse, which is actually the right time broke the situation, we were able to set up public opinion in such a way that when the events took place in 2014, the whole layer of political structures has been set up so that we were able to do what we could.

– Excuse me, that you could have done – it is known. And now you’re going to do that?

-AP: The State – this is not the border and law enforcement agencies, it is first of all people who feel a sense of ownership to the state, to the territory. We had a negative agenda, today the society is tired of it. People need to understand that for which we are fighting.

– And still fighting for what?

-AP: I have already told you: we need a positive agenda. Power is often in the framework sometimes even an alien system of discourse. It focuses on what the people want, what people think. A structure needs to invest, to show the people what they want.

– You did not yet invest and showed people what they want?

-AP: No, no and NO! We ended with a negative agenda, we urgently need to generate positive. Otherwise people just do not forgive us. Formation of a positive agenda – an ideology in the form in which it is.

– I think now in Donbass the agenda is very clear.

-AP: What, in addition to war?

– You have no money for pensions and salaries, the company does not work, the economy is not even destroyed – it just is not, you are completely dependent on the neighboring state …

-AP: You propose to use the preposition “or”, and I suggest – “and”. In addition to the recovery of the economy and everything else, we need to understand at all where we are going, we are going to build. Even restoring the economy, we are seeing a lot of questions. Regaining ownership of the oligarchs that we do with it? Will she state – or both? What do we do with the entrails? And so on.

– So you’re going to do the ideological part?

-AP: Of course. It is part of an ideological, but – with the transition into the actual.

– You called the head of the executive committee of Denis Pushilin. Did you not intercepted your “Donetsk Republic”?

-AP: Well, it is a social movement, I do not understand why it is investing in the party sense, it can not be a party structure.

– “Donetsk Republic” do you still or Denis Pushilin?

-AP: He has been a social movement “Donetsk Republic”. I’ll do the same movement. Also “Donetsk Republic”.

– Equally be called?

-AP: Movement “Donetsk Republic” rightfully belongs to me. I do not see any sense to give up the name of the structure, for which people died.

– You’re planning to create a different structure – the “People’s Front”?

-AP: “Popular Front” was perceived by me not as a political structure, but as a narrow-Corruption Bureau. I understand that in Russia now it becomes a kind of “people’s control.” It is very much in demand in our poverty, the distribution of humanitarian aid and other problems.

– You planned it as something connected with the Russian Popular Front?

-AP: The plan was to do it together with some representatives of the “Popular Front” from the neighboring regions of Russia. It would be foolish to create something different when a powerful movement is already on the territory of the Russian Federation. But because of what did not happen, this idea is shelved.

– At what point it became clear that the idea should be postponed indefinitely?

-AP: I would not like to comment on it.

– And for some reason, had to be postponed?

-AP: Well, it is currently too great a political hue. Too many layers to get political and speculation. And it is wrong.

– I ask because Khodakovsky connects your suspension with plans to create a “People’s Front”, which could become a competitor to “Donetsk Republic” Pushilin in the struggle for influence.

-AP: Maybe, maybe. I do not know much about these twists and turns, I’m an inexperienced person.

– Are not you afraid that without your personal involvement of the project “New Russia” will, as is sometimes said, “merge”?

-AP: I do not think that everything is so sad. A lot is decided among the people. If people lose faith in the fact that we are building, if people stop to understand what happens when people do not get a positive agenda, if they do not get the idea for which we fight, for which we stand for freedom and justice, if they do not get understanding that we are building, then all of this will lead to an internal civil war.

– You mean the – the civil war have now in the DPR?

-AP: Yes.

– If you go down talking about the reintegration of Donbass and Ukraine, how do you feel will concern?

-AP: I do not think it will happen. If Donbass returned to Ukraine, the country will have other boundaries and will be called differently, and Poroshenko and Turchynov will be in prison. For this to happen, Ukraine should take place, and drastic changes in people and within the state itself.

– What will happen if Russia stopped helping Donbass?

-AP: It would be a disaster. Because Donbass today is totally dependent on Russia. On its goodwill. In fact, Russia saved us from the cold of death, when Ukraine blocked the gas. The Russian Federation is in fact the savior of the people of Donbass.

– And yet … if Russia stops help ing, Donbass will be forced to turn to Ukraine?

-AP: In Ukraine, the changes occur very bad. Absolutely winter will be a lockout – emergency power outages. Ukraine is flying into the abyss, it is already in default.

– Your colleague Khodakovsky said diametrically opposite things: that we underestimate the vitality and buoyancy of Ukraine.

-AP: No, Khodakovsky meant that Ukraine can take a long time to decompose and rot!

– Actually, he spoke quite differently. And yet, if Russia stops helping, and self-Donbass, as I understand it, can not exist, that you think should be done?

-AP: Yes, we do not give Ukraine! No-thing! Market Engineering is located in the Russian Federation, energy resources located in the Russian Federation, cultural, mental, all the links – in the Russian Federation. We can not create the machinery – and sell them to the Ukraine, where they are not needed.

– I understand that your machinery is needed only in the Russian Federation. Nevertheless, if the Donbass left without support, he will survive?

-AP: Well, you’re too much of my need. I’m just a day at home. ”