July 2015 Archive

Archive: NEWS FROM NOVOROSSIYA July 1-29, 31, 2015.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin, Minsk (--en.eurobelarus.info)

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin, in Minsk (–en.eurobelarus.info)

DPR and LPR Ready to Extend Upcoming Meeting in Minsk to Reach Agreements on Key Issues / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 31, 2015 / DONETSK / The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic are willing to increase the duration of the next round of talks in Minsk to reach agreement on the key issues of the peace process. This was stated by the official representatives of the Republics to the Contact Group for the peaceful settlement Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego. “If we fail on August 3 to address these issues, we propose to extend the work of the representatives of Ukraine in Minsk to August 4th or 5th, if required. If it is necessary to work all week, we are ready to stay in Minsk for the whole week,” it was said in a statement received by DAN. Pushilin and Deinego made it clear that they are talking about agreements “on the implementation of the law on the special status; amnesty for combatants from both the militia and from the Ukraine; as well as the organization of local elections in Donbass in a separate special law.” Authors of the statement noted that the proposal of the Republics on these issues has once again been transferred to the Contact Group. On Monday, August 3, in the capital of Belarus, talks among the Contact Group and its sub-groups, including the working group on political issues, are planned. “We strive to fulfill all the requirements set of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreement in a timely manner,” stressed the representatives of the People’s Republic. “Therefore, we consider it necessary to speed up our work.” The set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement, also known as “Minsk-2” is the key document for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass. It was signed by members of the Contact Group (DPR, LPR, the OSCE, the Russian Federation and Ukraine) February 12, and required immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass on 15 February [2015], the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the establishment of a security zone, the beginning of benefit payments and pensions to residents of the DPR and LPR, as well as constitutional reform in Ukraine, the result of which should be a profound decentralization of public administration.

Refusal of Ukrainian Side on Joint Patrols in Shirokino Undermines Peace Process – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 31, 2015 / DONETSK / The refusal of the Ukrainian side on the joint police to patrol the village of Shirokino in the DPR district of Novoazovsk has lead to the disruption of the peace agreements, said Deputy Chairman of the DPR National Council and representative to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin. “In fact, it leads to the disruption of any agreements. Ukraine is trying to cling to the existing contradictions, to do absolutely nothing,” said the vice-speaker of the parliament. On July 1, the DPR unilaterally declared Shirokino a demilitarized zone. The next day the militia left the village. On July 4, the leaders of the STSKK and OSCE held talks in the village on the final demilitarization Shirokino. It was proposed to deploy in the village a post Monitoring Group, composed of representatives of Kiev, Russia, Donetsk, and STSKK with the participation of the OSCE. However, as stated by STSKK later, Kiev has abandoned this. Currently UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] units are still in the village. In turn, the DPR Minister of Defense Vladimir Kononov said that the Ukrainian military regularly visit Shirokino, with signs of their looting already evident.

Gorlovka and Suburbs of Donetsk Under Shelling Right Now / Donbass News Agency / July 31, 2015 20:20 UTC / The evening in some places of the DPR started with the massive fire from the Ukrainian Army. Gorlovka and the suburbs of Donetsk are under shelling of tanks and other artillery at the moment. The people are hiding in the shelters. There is no information about casualties yet.

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

Kiev Places Foreign Mercenaries in Building of Boarding House in Volnovakha – Defense Ministry / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 31, 2015 / DONETSK / Foreign mercenaries hired by Kiev to participate in the punitive operations in the Donbass region have been housed in the orphanage building of the village of Novotroitskoye, in the Volnovakha area near the line of contact. This was stated by the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps Deputy Commander Edward Basurin. “Yesterday foreign specialists were arriving in the vicinity of a boarding school for children from poor and disadvantaged families in the village of Novotroitskoye, near the line of contact … ,” said zamkomkorpusom [sic]. He recalled that it was “previously reported the finding in the same boarding [house] of up to 50 people from the National Guard.” According to Basurin, intelligence data were received that “indicate the planned development of the Kiev punitive [forces] toward the beginning of active hostilities, with the involvement of foreign military instructors and professionals.” Earlier, Ukrainian security forces and foreign mercenaries have repeatedly captured social establishments in the occupied territory of Donbass, for example a kindergarten in Krasnaya Polyana Velikonovselovskogo District, the Central District Hospital in Volnovakha, the City Hospital in Dzerzhinsk and others.

Andrei Biletskiy (--newcoldwar.org)

Andriy Biletskiy (–newcoldwar.org)

“White Führer” of Azov Battalion invited to European Parliament / by Systematic / OffGuardian / July 29, 2015 / A Czech Member of the European Parliament, Jaromír Štětina, has invited the military commander of the white supremacist neo-nazi Azov Battalion, dubbed “White Leader”, Andriy Biletsky to come speak before the European Parliament to explain the motives, positions and plans of Azov to the MEPs with the aim of creating a dialogue. “Volunteer battalions are a significant, real political and military force in eastern Ukraine. Not to talk to them and not to know who they are means not to be interested in the solution to the conflict,” Štětina told the Czech news Agency, as Prague Post reports. He further stated that reports of mainly young neo-nazis being part of Azov were the results of Russian propaganda. Does the EU need further explanation? Is a look at the battalion’s photos, military gear (with painted swastikas and SS runes on them), emblem (showing the “Wolfsangel” and a “White Sun”, both famous nazi symbols) and their public appearances (see photo below, click to enhance view) not enough to confirm their nazi identity? Apparently Members of the European Parliament don’t think so.

Dalia Grybauskaite (--fgc.yuku.com)

Dalia Grybauskaite (–fgc.yuku.com)

Veto by Russian Federation on Tribunal for MH17 shows Russia Has Something to Hide – Dalia Grybauskaite / donbass.hromadskeradio.org / July 31, 2015 / The veto of the Russian Federation on the proposal to establish an international tribunal regarding the catastrophe of the passenger plane MH17 over Eastern Ukraine shows that Russia has something to hide. This was stated by President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, reports Delfi.lt. “I think this is a very clear signal that Russia is trying to evade investigation, and it proves that the country has something to hide,” she said to journalists on Friday. It was reported that the UN Security Council failed to adopt a draft resolution on the establishment of the International Tribunal to investigate the shooting down of Boeing flight MH17 due to the fact that Russia, which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, opposed and vetoed the document. The member countries of the investigation will seek prosecution of the crash flight MH-17, despite the fact that Russia vetoed a resolution on the establishment of an international tribunal. Quemado Institute comments: Russia vetoed the Tribunal because the wrong parties were likely to be accused and the true perpetrators allowed to go scot-free.

Nikolai Azarov

Nikolai Azarov

Will Azarov’s government in exile save Ukraine? / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 31, 2015 / Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolai Azarov wants to create a “government in exile”. Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Nikolai Azarov announced that on August 3 he will present in Moscow the so-called “Committee for the salvation of Ukraine”, which is, in fact, a “government in exile”. It will include former people’s deputies of Ukraine from the Party of Regions: Igor Markov, Vladimir Oleynik and Oleg Tsarev. The head of the government in exile will become Nikolai Azarov. In addition, the committee will present an alternative candidate for President — according to media reports, it will be Vladimir Oleynik. The speaker of the Parliament of Novorossia Oleg Tsarev told NSN, that it is too early to speak about his participation in the “government in exile”. “I support this idea, but I can not say if I will take part in that committee. I have been on “the front line” for too long, I want to pass the opportunity to prove themselves to other politicians. But I am ready to help them with advice and support. I have great respect both for Mr. Azarov personally, and to other politicians, who are considered for the project. Now they are considering establishing such a committee, choosing a place and the participants,” ― said the politician. According to him, the people of Ukraine need to hear an alternative point of view on the events that are happening in the country. . . . MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: We have been suggesting for some time that Russia establish a government-in-exile for viktor Yanukovich, the technically still legitimate President of Ukraine. A recent poll, however, showed he had very low support in Ukraine, as did nearly every other major public figure except Vladimir Putin. Azarov, Prime Minister during Yanukovich’s administration, was not included in the poll.

Florent Parmentier, Paris Institute of Political Science

Florent Parmentier, Paris Institute of Political Science

NATO Can’t Break Its Old Habit, Threatens Russia – French Political Expert / Sputnik / July 31, 2015 / NATO drills in Poland demonstrated that the alliance is able to quickly respond in case of a military action. That’s the official version. Unofficially, the large-scale military operation was directed against Russia and was intended to intimidate the Kremlin, said Florent Parmentier, a political expert at Paris Institute of Political Science. NATO created a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), a special unit available to respond to threats on short notice. All together the VJTF is expected to have at least 40,000 soldiers ready to be deployed within 48 hours, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. NATO wants to show its strength and to intimidate Russia, wrongly assuming that Moscow wants to “invade” Eastern Europe. “Cold Warriors” from NATO want to demonstrate their usefulness and assume the role of “European protectors,” Parmentier said. The western military alliance has been openly stating that Moscow poses a threat to its neighbors, all the while flashing its military hardware close to Russian borders. However, NATO muscle flexing and enhanced drills in Europe lack any merit . . . MORE>>

Phillipe Migault [Phillip Migo], Senior Research Fellow, French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs

Phillipe Migault [Phillip Migo], Senior Research Fellow, IRIS

Showing Antipathy Toward Russia is Fashionable in France – French Media / Sputnik / July 31, 2015 / In its relation to Russia, Europe is ruled by double standards, with politics dominated by pro-Atlantic sentiment. Therefore, as explains French political analyst Philip Migo in an interview with Le Figaro, anyone who calls for peaceful relations with Russia, is labeled as traitor or a Kremlin agent. Europe is under the influence of the United States and the countries that adhere to pro-American sentiment, says the scientific director of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations Philip Migo. Even in Paris and Berlin, who in 2003, along with Russia opposed the invasion of Iraq, are now on the side of the pro-NATO leaders. Therefore, the position of Russia where it needs to protect its own interests is clear and dignified, the expert said in an interview. Migo further mentions how France is currently actively criticizing the French parliamentarians who traveled to Crimea. He recalls that President Francois Hollande has repeatedly been in “much more dictatorial countries” than Russia — for example, in Saudi Arabia. “If we talk only with those countries that adhere to the same views as we do, then it is very weakening to our diplomacy . . . MORE>>. Editor’s note: the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) is an independent French think tank located in Paris. It employs some 65 researchers. Philippe Migault is a Senior Research Fellow specializing in military issues, armed conflicts, the defence industry, and Russia.

(--theguardian.com)

(–theguardian.com)

Europe Going Through Changes Right in Front of Our Eyes / by Vladimir Nesterov / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 1, 2015 / The Greek crisis provided an impetus to the ongoing centrifugal process inside the European Union. A strong secessionist sentiment is there. National interests happen to be more important than the values of «United Europe»… Looks like Europe is in for a wave of referendums with unpredictable results. Besides Great Britain, Austria and Finland, Euroscepticism is on the rise in many other EU members as well. / UK Prime Minister David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on Britain’s future membership of the European Union in June next year and will announce the fast-tracked date as the centrepiece of his party’s annual conference in October, according to the Independent. The legislation is going through Parliament. Having won the May 2015 election David Cameron promised to review the UK’s terms and conditions of EU membership if the European Union does not change its immigration policy. After that the European Commission introduced new quotas on asylum seekers. […] According to the Guardian, a group of Bank of England experts is formed to study possible losses the United Kingdom may suffer in case the country leaves the EU. The group’s work is veiled in secrecy. The very fact of its existence surfaced only after a leak. According to Gallup survey held in late 2014, the majority of UK citizens support the idea of leaving the European Union. Austria is also contemplating the possibility of ending its EU membership. 261,159 Austrians have signed a petition . . . MORE>>

 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 Vitaly Churkin

Vitaly Churkin

Poroshenko pledges to punish those guilty of MH17 crash near Donetsk / TASS / July 29, 2015 / KIEV / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pledged on Wednesday to punish those responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region last summer. “The results speak for themselves,” he wrote on his Facebook page in comments on the UN Security Council vote on the MH17 tribunal draft resolution on Wednesday. “But Ukraine won’t stop at that. The guilty parties must be punished by all means. This is our duty to those who were killed and their relatives,” the president said. Russia vetoed on Wednesday the United Nations Security Council resolution on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute persons guilty of the MH17 plane crash over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Eleven Security Council members voted for the Malaysia-proposed draft, which, in fact, was enough for its adoption but Russia used its right of veto. . . . MORE>>

John Kerry, Petro Poroshenko

John Kerry, Petro Poroshenko

US, EU ‘Give Up’ Ukraine to Seek Russian Political Support / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / After inciting the Ukrainian conflict that led the country to a civil war and brought it to the verge of economic collapse, the West has now realized that Ukraine isn’t worth much, at least not as much as establishing a working political relationship with Russia, US political journalist Brian Whitmore said. The United States and the European Union (EU) are “selling out” Ukraine to Russia to gain the Kremlin’s support in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program and looking for Moscow’s approval of taking out Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the Atlantic Magazine reported. According to Brian Whitmore, over the past few weeks, the Europeans and Americans have been busy trying to strike a political deal with Vladimir Putin. “The United States and Europe might give up Ukraine in exchange for Russia’s support of securing a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Additionally, Washington has been seeking Moscow’s backing in securing a managed, orderly, and negotiated exit for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad,” Whitmore said in the Atlantic. Whitmore speculates that the secret deal between the superpowers started when the US government praised Moscow’s role in reaching the Iranian nuclear agreement. . . . MORE>>

Kremlin: Ban on National Endowment for Democracy Doesn’t Restrict Democratic Freedoms / Novorossia Today / July 29, 2015 / A ban on the activities of this or that non-governmental organization that has become undesirable does not mean the restriction of democratic freedoms of Russians, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. “It would be utterly wrong to say that banning the activities of this or that organization means that Russians are deprived of something,” he told reporters. “A ban on the activities of one or several organizations will, of course, not mean restricted access to the democratic [values] for Russian citizens.” The presidential spokesman noted that there was a large number of public and non-governmental organizations of various kinds in the country. When asked to comment on the fact that the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] has been placed on the register of undesirable organizations, Peskov said, “All this conforms with our legislation.” On Tuesday, the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office reported it had qualified the activities of the US National Endowment for Democracy as undesirable on the territory of Russia. “Considering the focus of the endowment’s activities, the prosecutor’s office concluded that it posed a threat to the foundations of Russia’s constitutional system, the country’s defence capacity and security,” the Prosecutor-General’s Office said. Quemado Institute comments: the NED, unofficially an arm of the US State Department, plays a viable and constructive role in its support for Tibetan freedom and the exiled Dalai Lama. However, assistance to the current Kiev regime is also among NED’s “pet projects”, according to its web page. We applaud Russia for registering this organization as “undesirable.”

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Decision of DPR Head: Trip to Minsk Will Be Decided after August 3 – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 29, 2015 / DONETSK / The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko will decide on his possible visit to Minsk after August 3. This he told reporters. “Third [is the date] of the meeting, which will be summed up, and then we will decide to go or not,” said the head of the DPR. Earlier, on July 21 at the talks of the Contact Group on peaceful settlement in Minsk, the text was agreed on the withdrawa from the contact line of tanks, armored vehicles and weapons caliber of less than 100 mm. DPR representative in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said in this regard that the signing of the document is planned with the participation of the Heads of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic. The next meeting of the Contact Group is scheduled for August 3.

Outskirts of Gorlovka in Donbas Being Shelled — Mayor’s Office / TASS / July 29, 2015, 18:47 UTC / Pro-Kiev armed units are again shelling the outskirts of the city of Gorlovka in the much-troubled war-torn Donbas, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office told the Donetsk News Agency. “The shelling began about half an hour ago and gunfire is coming from the direction of Dzerzhinsk,” he said adding the shells were exploding in the western part of the city. At the time of reporting, the authorities were establishing the data on casualties and destructions. Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic says Gorlovka is subjected to shelling on the part of Ukrainian military regularly. TWITTER update: Storm Bringer tweets 18:45 UTC: “HELL UNLEASHED MEANWILE IN GORLOVKA > heavy UAF shells destroy it.”

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Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

UAF fired on OSCE Observers to Cover [Rotation] of Forces to Shirokino – Basurin / DAN / July 29, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / DONETSK / The shelling of observers of the OSCE mission was conducted in the village of Shirokino by Ukrainian security forces to hide extensions of APU (Ukrainian Armed Forces )groups in the area, said Deputy Commander of the Corps of the DPR Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin. “Under the guise of rotation APU command units” ATO “produces a contraction of troops near the village of Shirokino where, for the purpose of concealing its actions, there is daunting mortar attack on the OSCE observers,” said zamkomkorpusom [sic]. Earlier, on July 27 the OSCE mission patrol that arrived to inspect Shirokino came under fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and as a result of the head of the patrol was injured. The fire on employees of international organizations was conducted from a distance of several dozen meters. Then, on the night of July 28, there was a rotation: in the Ukrainian positions of militants punitive battalion “Donbass” in Shirokino were replaced by the Marines. Commenting on the incident, the DPR Defense Ministry recalled that militia positions in the village are long gone. “Who could bombard the representatives of the OSCE mission – an obvious fact,” stressed the ministry. Shirokino, located between Mariupol [and Novoazovsk] and occupied and controlled by the DPR authorities ofNovoazovsk, until recently, was one of the most tense areas near the line of contact. The village was abandoned by civilians, and most of the buildings are destroyed. On July 1 the DPR unilaterally declared the town a demilitarized zone, and the next day the militia had withdrawn beyond it.

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TWITTER Update on Shirokino: Storm Bringer tweets July 29 18:40 UTC: “#BREAKING Ukrainian marines moved to Shirokino & took up quarters.” He posts the photo shown.

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Petro Poroshenko (--rt.com)

Petro Poroshenko (–rt.com)

Poroshenko rules out special status for Donbas / TASS / July 29, 2015 / KIEV, July 29. / TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out the possibility of Ukraine’s troubled Donbas getting a special status. The draft constitution “does not envisage a special status for Donbas,” he said during a working trip to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. “There will be no federalization,” he went on. “Ukraine has been and will remain a unitary state,” the president said. Constitutional reform is one of the basic demands in the Minsk Package of Measures for the settlement in Ukraine, approved by the Normandy Four leaders and signed by the parties in the conflict in Minsk on February 12. In line with the document, Ukraine must before the end of 2015 adopt a new constitution envisaging as a key element decentralization (with due regard for specific features of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, coordinated with representatives of these regions). . . . MORE>> Update from Colonel Cassad: See autotranslated post from Cassad LiveJournal Terms of Poroshenko (July 29). Related: Poroshenko pays visit to Lviv region today / Ukrinform / July 29, 2015 / KYIV / On Wednesday, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pays a working visit to Lviv region. The press service of the Head of State informed this. During the visit, Petro Poroshenko will take part in celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.

Ukraine requests emergency help from “the aggressor” / By eugenpr, translated from Russian by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 28, 2015 / Ukraine requested 900 MW of emergency help due to the shortage of generating power in its electrical system. TASS was informed of this request by a source in Ukrenergo. “There’s an agreement covering such transfers. We were forced to make the request in order to avoid emergency black-outs,” the source said. It was reported earlier that Ukriane’s most powerful power station in Uglegorsk (Donetsk Region, property of the state firm Tsentrenergo) halted power generation last night. Repairs are also being conducted on a number of other power stations. In addition, one of the 1000 MW generators at the Zaporozhye power station has suffered damage and is undergoing emergency repairs. According to Yurasumy, these problems which nearly caused the collapse of Ukraine’s power grid have a number of causes. One of them is the effort to convert Ukrainian nuclear power plants to US fuel. . . MORE>>

Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

IMF Managing Director Signals Backing of Next Aid Tranche to Ukraine / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Ukraine has fulfilled conditions necessary to receive the International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial aid and the IMF board should be supportive of Kiev’s efforts, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in an online news conference on Wednesday. “We are seeing a very strong political determination, and we are due to have the first review of the second program this Friday…which I hope will be very conclusive and will be supportive of the efforts,” Lagarde said. She added that the Ukrainian authorities “have actually delivered.” On July 2, the IMF and Ukrainian authorities agreed on policies Kiev will have to implement in order to receive a $17.5 billion loan. The IMF management and the executive board are expected to approve the agreement on Friday. On March 11, the IMF approved a four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine, which stipulates a $17.5 billion loan over the next four years. However, the Ukrainian government has to implement new policies for the IMF to disburse the funds. Ukraine’s total debt is estimated at $50 billion. The IMF has previously stated it will keep lending money to Kiev even if it halts debt repayments.

Oleg Tsarev (--Fort Russ)

Oleg Tsarev (–Fort Russ)

‘Novorossiya’ Ex-President Doesn’t Think East Ukraine Peace Likely / Russia Insider / July 29, 2015 / Ex-MP Oleg Tsarev was the last truly “pro-Eastern” politician in Ukraine who attempted to act through democratic channels, e.g. running in the presidential election against Poroshenko [in May 2014]. After he was severely beaten by a nationalist mob in Kiev, he withdrew his candidacy and called on all men of honor to do the same, saying the election is undemocratic and it is illegal to hold one while there is a civil war unfolding. Soon after, his house was burned down, and Kolomoisky (according to Tsarev’s claims and a phone recording) put a price of $1M on his head. From that point on, he joined the supporters of the Constitution and continued to play a prominent role in DPR/LPR politics, although not being a military man, his influence diminished once open warfare broke out. [Note: Oleg Tsarev’s name is on the list of travel and financial sanctions of the European Union.] Oleg, let’s begin with Ukraine. You have friends who have stayed there, and you have certain exclusive sources who regularly provide you private information. On that basis, what do you think about the situation with the economy of Ukraine, and what are the strategic prospects for the country in the near future? Oleg Tsarev: The situation is close to catastrophic. But, in general, this does not bother either the Kiev authorities or their bosses from the USA. Americans are actually interested in Ukraine declaring default. Simply because it will be easier and cheaper to buy up the capital assets, and the decreasing standard of living will make more people willing to join the army and serve for the salaries it pays. The army itself, Americans will support, supplying everything needed, including weapons. Judging by the fact that Victoria Nuland personally traveled to Kiev to ensure a vote in the Verkhovna Rada to introduce changes to the Constitution of Ukraine, and that due to her arrival the special status of the “separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts” is included in the primary text of the Constitution, we may infer that in the negotiations between Russia and USA on Iran, they also discussed Ukraine. Evidently, it was for a good reason that Kerry flew to Moscow . . . MORE>>

Dmitry Medvedev (--newsfirst.lk)

Dmitry Medvedev (–newsfirst.lk)

Ukraine Heading for Yugoslavia Scenario – Polish Media / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / The Ukrainian authorities are waging a war not only against the militias: they also have to fight against corruption, propaganda, unemployment and economic crisis in the country, the Polish publication Kurier Wilenski wrote. “Since the change of government in Kiev took place there has been no improvement in the situation in any direction. If this continues, Ukraine may be headed for the fate similar to that of the Yugoslavian collapse.” “The economic crisis, unemployment, the impoverishment of society and its radicalization, the omnipotence of the oligarchs, smuggling — are just a few of the fronts on which the Ukrainian authorities have to win, not just for the country to begin to develop, but to remain a sovereign state on the map of Europe” wrote Stanislav Tarasavich for Kurier Wilenski. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who in an interview with Slovenian television predicted that the fate of Ukraine would be similar to that of Yugoslavia, mentioned that if Ukraine collapses it would be because of the Ukrainian authorities. . . . MORE>>

Vladimir Putin (--Forbes)

Vladimir Putin (–Forbes)

84% of Ukrainians would entrust Putin with Ukraine / By Dina Simonyan, translated with commentary by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 28, 2015 / A new information tragedy in Ukraine. It started so innocently: the nationally conscious patriotic website Nedelya.ua organized a survey. The question was: which politician would you entrust with governing your country? 41664 votes were cast. The results were a knock-out blow for the organizers–a full and crushing victory for Vladimir Putin. Treason! Let’s look at the results: Putin: 84% (34,905 votes) Lukashenko: 5% (2032) Xi Jinping 2% (820) Zhirinovskiy 2% (708) Poroshenko 1% (538 votes) Merkel 1% (430 votes) Marie Le Pen 1% (426 votes) Nazarbayev 1% (318 votes) Obama 1% (244 votes) Timoshenko 0% (176) Lyashko 0% (170) Yatsenyuk 0% (158) Kolomoysky 0% (150) Simonenko 0% (130) Kuchma 0% (86) Yanukovych 0% (116) Tigipko 0% (76) Kravchuk 0% (32) Yushchenko 0% (32). Even Zhirinovskiy doubled Poroshenko’s score! In spite of the common wisdom . . . MORE>>

Viktor Yanukovich

Viktor Yanukovich

Prosecutor general: Charges will be brought soon against Ukraine’s ex-president Yanukovych / TASS / July 28, 2015 / KIEV / Prosecutors will soon bring charges against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin said on Tuesday. “The indictment has almost been developed and finished against Yanukovych and others on charges of setting a criminal organization, abuse of authority and treason,” Shokin said. “These charges will be brough against Yanukovych and his associates in the nearest future,” the prosecutor general noted. Meanwhile, First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Volodymyr Guzyr has resigned earlier today. “I constantly feel political pressure on myself and on Prosecutor General’s Office. That is why I made a decision to resign today,” Guzyr said at a joint briefing with Shokin.

Manlio di Stefano (--manliodistefano.it)

Manlio di Stefano (–manliodistefano.it)

Kiev government warns it will react if Italian, Hungarian deputies go to Crimea / TASS / July 29, 2015 / Manlio di Stefano, a member of the foreign policy committee at the Italian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies told Kommersant Daily earlier the deputies had decided to make a visit to Crimea. / KIEV / Kiev government will definitely come up with a reaction if Italian and Hungarian parliament members visit Crimea, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Maryana Betsa, told a news briefing on Wednesday. If the visit does take place, “the reaction to it and the consequences will be guaranteed,” Betsa said. Manlio di Stefano, a member of the foreign policy committee at the Italian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies told Kommersant Daily earlier the deputies had decided to make a visit to Crimea. “We’ve decided to go to Crimea and to Moscow along with members of a delegation of the Cinque Stelle (Five Star) Movement,” he said. “I’m going to contact the Russian embassy in Rome so as to get down to preparing the visit,” Di Stefano said. The delegation plans to arrive in Crimea via Russia and the objective of the tour will be to find out how people in Crimea are faring after the March 2014 referendum, which led to Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Readiness to join the deputies on their trip to Russia has been expressed by Senator Gergio Divina, who represents Lega Nord political party. Kommersant also said the head of the foreign affairs committee at the Hungarian parliament, Marton Gyongyosi had made public his readiness to go to Crimea. Last week, the peninsular region and the federal city of Sevastopol located on its territory were visited by French deputies. Their trip, too, provoked an irritated reaction from Kiev. Editor’s note: see also Italian lawmakers announce plans for Crimea visit in October (July 29) at rt.com.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kiev to Begin Withdrawing Under 100-mm Arms Once Agreement Signed / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Ukrainian forces will withdraw weapons less than 100mm caliber from the line of contact in southeastern Ukraine conditional to signing a buffer zone agreement and its implementation by the Donbas militia, head of Kiev special operations in southeastern Ukraine Andriy Lysenko said Tuesday. / KIEV / Last week, the so-called Normandy Quartet, comprising Russia, France, Ukraine and Germany, established an agreement on the withdrawal of weapons with a less than 100-mm caliber and the establishment of a 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) demilitarized zone at the contact line in Ukraine’s southeast. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the agreement would be signed by August 3 and implemented within 10 days. “We will work to ensure the signing of the agreement… and we will insist on it, it is the main condition of safety of the citizens, including those in Mariupol. Once the agreement is implemented, we will withdraw our weapons less than 100mm in caliber, because the heavy weaponry has already been withdrawn,” Lysenko said at a briefing. Lysenko stressed that the withdrawal must be “mutual,” and that militias in southeastern Ukraine must not ignore the requirement. Ukraine’s southeast was engulfed in a conflict beginning April 2014, when Kiev launched a military operation to suppress local militias dissatisfied with the country’s new government coming to power following a February 2014 coup. In mid-February, Kiev and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk signed a ceasefire agreement after Normandy Quartet negotiations in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. However, the warring sides have since repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce.

East Ukrainians Protest Against OSCE Bias, Silence on Ukraine Army Shelling / Russia Insider / July 27, 2015 / Four days ago, hundreds of angry residents of Donetsk city and region rallied in front of the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Donetsk where monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Committee of the Red Cross were staying. Novorossia News reports that residents gathered to express their outrage at what they consider the bad job of the OSCE and ICRC in reporting to the world the situation in Donetsk and more broadly in Donbas. They called for impartial reporting of developments in the Donbas region by the two agencies. According to participants, international monitors are not impartial in the reporting of what is going on in war-hit Donbas. Residents of shelled districts, refugees and disabled civilians demanded that the OSCE tell the truth to the world. Some of them came with photos of houses destroyed by Ukrainian artillery and posters reading, ‘Stop the silence!’, ‘Your silence kills children!’, ‘While you are rolling in clover, civilians die.’ Later the OSCE representatives came to speak to protesters. Igor Martynov, mayor of Donetsk, spoke to the OSCE delegation. He said later, “My key question [to the OSCE monitors] is ‘From whom does Ukrainian army liberate us?’ I didn’t get any answer. The OSCE representatives looked very surprised. In other words, were not ready for such a question.” The residents gave until the following Monday, July 27, for the OSCE representatives to come up with a concrete answer to their demands. They may resume their rally at that time.

OSCE, Vienna (--www. gov.uk)

OSCE, Vienna (–www. gov.uk)

OSCE calls on parties to Ukrainian conflict to guarantee safety of OSCE monitors / TASS / July 28, 2015 / The statement follows a recent series of incidents when OSCE monitors came under shelling in Donbas / VIENNA / Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ivica Dacic has once again called on all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to ensure safety of OSCE monitors and guarantee their free access movement across the country. “All sides on the ground in eastern Ukraine are obliged under their commitments to the Minsk Agreements to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of the SMM,” he said on Tuesday following a recent series of incidents when monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine came under shelling in Donbas. “I am alarmed and deeply concerned by the incidents in Shchastia on 26 July and Shyrokino on 27 July, especially when it appears our unarmed, civilian monitors were targeted,” Dacic said. “I commend the bravery and diligence that monitors and staff of the SMM show every day in their work in increasingly difficult circumstances. I strongly condemn any incidents or actions that hamper the SMM’s work.” He said an OSCE monitor who had been wounded in the leg was already released from hospital. “The OSCE is the only organization that can monitor the security situation and verify the withdrawal of heavy weapons in a credible manner with the aim of de-escalating and normalising the situation on the ground,” he stressed. “All sides have an obligation to support the OSCE’s efforts and to continue work on a political process towards ending the deadly cycle of violence.”

Kiev forces accused of using Pion heavy howitzers in Donbas shelling / TASS / July 28, 2015 / MOSCOW / Ukraine’s security forces have shelled the country’s south-eastern Donbass region from the 2S7 Pion self-propelled howitzer, defense spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday. The howitzer was designed in the USSR to neutralise critical targets of the enemy in the tactical depth of 50 kilometers. This weapon was designed in the 1970s for the destruction of tactical nuclear weapons delivery vehicles and remained in Ukraine. The self-propelled gun can even shoot projectiles with nuclear warheads. Basurin has accused Kiev of using this “god of nuclear war.” “Surveying the terrain, which came under fire from the Ukrainian armed forces, we have found a fragment of a shell fired presumably from the 2S7 Pion artillery system, calibre 203mm, maximum range – 47 km,” the Donetsk news agency quotes Basurin as saying. The DPR Defence Ministry called these actions “gross and systematic violation of the Minsk agreements” and regarded it as an attempt to “provoke DPR divisions to start hostilities.” The Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis settlement at a meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk on July 21 agreed upon but not yet signed the text of a final agreement on a phased withdrawal of tanks, armoured personnel carriers and weapons of calibre less than 100mm from the contact line. This decision was preceded by the actions of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR republics that unilaterally pulled out weapons of calibre less than 100mm at a distance of 3 kilometres. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said then he had instructed his representatives in the Contact Group to sign an agreement on a 30-kilometer buffer zone . . . MORE>>

Donbass has a special atmosphere of Orthodox culture – Zakharchenko / DAN / July 28, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / DONETSK / DPR Leader Alexander Zakharchenko congratulated the residents of the country on the Day of the Baptism of Russia, underlining its importance for the Slav peoples. “On this day – July 28 – all Orthodox [people] revere the memory of Prince Vladimir in which in 988 our nation was baptized. This momentous event was of decisive importance in the life of the brotherly Slavic peoples, because it led to their unity of spirit and community of faith,” the DPR Leader said in a greeting received by DAN. Zakharchenko said that the inhabitants of the Republic are the “inheritors of the unique Slavic culture, having high moral values.” “On the glorious land of Donbass lies a rich deep spiritual tradition, the special atmosphere of a traditionally Orthodox culture, and this is a special day for us to once again become a source of inspiration, love, patience, self-sacrifice, and the desire for a righteous life,” he stressed. In conclusion, the President of Armenia wished the compatriots spiritual joy and family well-being. “Let the commandments of Christ live in your hearts, leave you hungry for creation, compassion and strengthening of faith!” said in the text. The Day of the Baptism of Russia is enshrined in law as a DPR anniversary of an important historical event, which has had a significant impact on the social, spiritual and cultural development of the Slavic peoples. It is celebrated annually on July 28, the day of commemoration of Prince Vladimir Equal to the Apostles for the Church calendar.

MH17 Plane Crash Resolution Orchestrated by Western Intelligence / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Willy Wimmer, former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry, said that resolutions like the one to establish an international tribunal to investigate the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine undermine the United Nations / MOSCOW / Daria Chernyshova — The UN Security Council draft resolution on establishing a tribunal on the MH17 flight crash is being orchestrated by Western intelligence agencies, a former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry told Sputnik Tuesday. Earlier in July, Malaysia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the creation of an independent UN tribunal to identify and prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Kiev and some of its Western allies have blamed local independence supporters, who they claim are supported by Russia militarily, for the tragedy. “For many of my fellow countrymen, the resolution concerning a tribunal on MH17 is politically motivated and orchestrated along the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network of the “big five eyes,” which includes Australia and others,” Willy Wimmer said. The Five Eyes is an alliance of the US, UK, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian intelligence agencies. According to confidential documents, leaked by former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, the network shares information on their surveillance of citizens. . . . MORE>>

 French legislators (--Sputnik/Taras Litvinenko)

French legislators (–Sputnik/Taras Litvinenko)

Ukrainian MP Threatens French Legislators With Jail Time, Car Confiscation / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / A Ukrainian MP is threatening French legislators with jail time as the country creates entry bans for French citizens and cultural figures. Ukrainian parliament member Georgiy Logvinsky wrote on his Facebook that he sent an inquiry to the country’s General Prosecutor’s office demanding imprisonment and confiscation of cars from French legislators who visited Crimea on July 23-24. [See article below.] Ukraine has been increasingly hostile to French citizens, with its foreign ministry on Tuesday announcing entry bans to actor Gerard Depardieu and the French legislators who visited Crimea. Logvinsky seeks to also imprison the French legislators for visiting Russia’s Crimea, which he considers part of Ukraine. “First of all, according to article 332-1 of Ukraine’s criminal code, these actions are criminally punishable, from five to eight years imprisonment, with the deprivation of the right to take certain office or take part in certain actions for up to three years, and with confiscation of means of transport,” Logvinsky wrote. Logvinsky added that he “has a feeling” that talking to Crimean authorities could mean even more jail time for the French legislators. “As I said, I addressed the law enforcement bodies and will control this so that the reaction is immediate,” Logvinsky added. Logvinsky said that believes that Ukraine has many mechanisms to interrogate the French legislators and find the goal and motivation of their “crime.”

Thierry Mariani (R) (--Taras Litvinenko / RIA Novosti)

Thierry Mariani (R) (–Taras Litvinenko / RIA Novosti)

Most Crimeans ‘happy to be back in Russia’ – head of French delegation to peninsula / rt.com / July 25, 2015 / The Crimean people “seem happy to be back in Russia,” said the deputy of the French National Assembly at a press conference in Moscow on Saturday, after paying a two-day visit to the region. The French delegation confirmed Crimea is a peaceful region. A delegation of French lawmakers visited Crimea on July 23-24. MP Thierry Mariani, who led the group of 10 politicians, said the citizens of Crimea were “reassured” they “don’t have to face the same situation as the people who live in the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk” – the eastern areas of Ukraine devastated by war waged by the Kiev authorities against the rebels there. “What we want to say is that the majority of people we have met, various contacts, seemed happy to be back in Russia,” he said at the press conference organized by TASS. “Crimea is an absolutely peaceful region,” said French MP Claude Goasguen. The people in Crimea cannot be criticized for the fact that the referendum brought peace to them, he added. . . . MORE/VIDEO>>

Non-Western Financial Markets and Russia: New Opportunities / by Alexei Baliev / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 29, 2015 / The shift in Russia’s economic policy toward the nations of the East is creating brand new opportunities in terms of access to direct investment, investment loans, and other sources of financing. This approach is entirely in keeping with the recommendations from the recent summit of the heads of states and governments of the BRICS countries (held in Ufa July 8-10), including the suggestion that multilateral cooperation be expanded by providing access to sources of funding from the countries that are part of this group. The first investment credits from the BRICS Development Bank will be disbursed to the countries of that group as early as 2016, and one of those loans is intended to help implement a Russian-South African project to explore, mine, and process ore and metallurgical raw materials. According to the working groups within the BRICS Business Council, the interest rates of these loans will be at least 25% lower, with payment periods that are 33-50% longer, than the credit terms offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other Western financial institutions. One crucial detail is that the BRICS Development Bank will be able to offer its loans in various national currencies, thus avoiding the need for settlements in dollars or euros. This is an advantage . . . MORE>>

Mateusz Piskorski (--voltairenet)

Mateusz Piskorski (–voltairenet)

Putin Voices Concerns of Many EU Countries – Polish Politician / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Mateusz Piskorski, the head of the Polish party Zmiana said that Vladimir Putin is not only the defender of Russia, he is also voicing the national interests of many European countries. / MOSCOW / Yulia Shamporova — Russian President Vladimir Putin has deep insights into the situation in the European Union and voices the concerns of many EU member states, Mateusz Piskorski, the head of the Polish party Zmiana told Sputnik Tuesday. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Swiss television channel RTS that European countries should pursue more independent and sovereign policies and not be bound by military blocks and the United States’ “imperial policy.” “For the moment, we can say that Vladimir Putin is not only the defender of Russia… but is also voicing the national interests of many European countries,” Piskorski said. Putin’s profound knowledge and deep understanding of EU economic, political and social processes puts him in a good position to analyze the situation in the region, the lawmaker added. Following the escalation of the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s relations with the West, particularly the United States, deteriorated significantly. Washington, along its European allies, blames Russia of fueling the conflict in southeast Ukraine, imposing several rounds of sanctions against Moscow. Russia firmly denies the allegations.

Donald Trump (--today.com)

Donald Trump (–today.com)

Can Donald Trump Restore Sanity to Washington and Save the World? / Russia Insider / July 28, 2015 / Washington is in the grip of anti-Russian hysteria that is leading US down a very dangerous path of confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia. An outsider who can restore some sanity to discourse in DC would be most welcome. For the past few weeks we have heard plenty of statements from Washington about the huge threat to U.S. National Security coming from Russia. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and top Pentagon brass are convinced — or say they are — that the Russian threat is an absolute reality. The latest in this row is the statement by the Head of the US Special Operations Command General Joseph Votel, who also views Russia as an “existential threat” to the United States, repeating accusations against Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis. In Congress, the party of war keeps pushing the same line but If this were only related to the upcoming budget sequestration discussion — which, among other things, can affect the Pentagon — one could dismiss this incessant talk of an imminent Russian threat as a simple money extortion exercise. However, I am afraid it is not just about money. Washington hawks want regime change in Russia . . . MORE>>

Monday, July 27, 2015

Petro Poroshenko (russia-direct.org)

Petro Poroshenko (russia-direct.org)

Poroshenko gives half of Donbass to “Russia” / by Alexander Artishchenko / Adam Baum / [Minor editing by Quemado Institute] / July 27, 2015 / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a separate deal with the Kremlin, says the Kiev political analyst and economist Oleg Soskin. Bypassing the Ukrainian constitution, Poroshenko agreed with the Russian authorities on the establishment of thirty-kilometer “buffer zone” along the border with the DPR and LPR. According to Soskin, the Ukrainian state is thus deprived of a number of settlements – in particular, Mariupol, Shirokino, Volnovakha, Marinka, Lisichansk, Donetsk, Dzerzhinsk, Avdeevka, Happiness [Schastye] and the village of Lugansk. The Ukrainian expert says that the opening of the “buffer zone” – that other, as a voluntary alienation of Kiev [by] much of the country in favor of “separatists Donbass” [sic]. The consequences of this step taken by Petro Poroshenko can be very unpredictable and fraught with serious problems. Soskin believes that it threatens the very existence of the Ukrainian state: the creation of cross-border “buffer” will lead to disruption of the management of the Army and formations of Nationalist volunteers. “All patriotic war” will have to leave the front line and “go to Kiev to destroy the power of the symbiosis of oligarchic clans,” Oleg Soskin prophesies. In general, there is a conspiracy among families of the billionaires Poroshenko, Firtash, Medvedchuk and Pinchuk. For the president of Ukraine, this agreement can be fatal, the expert said: “Poroshenko should understand that if Ukrainian combat troops will be withdrawn and the Russian horde [sic] begins to attack, the president and his team will be destroyed.” Meanwhile, another Ukrainian expert, the deputy of the Kyiv council Dmitry Gordon, believes that leaving Donbass at the mercy of the militia is just a lesser evil, which the President of Ukraine had to accept. After the elections in the People’s Republic for public administration of the country, there can come militia unit commanders, or local political leaders, such as Zakharchenko or Plotnitsky. The current electoral system is open to representatives of Ukrainian rebellious southeast, even the road to the Verkhovna Rada, warns the expert. “Why is my country at the mercy of these people? Why does the parliament and local councils have to meet the bandits?” asks Gordon. Dmitry Gordon repeatedly called DPR and LPR “fetters on the Ukrainian people,” which they should make haste to lose. “Ukraine does not need the occupied Donbass. It is shackles that bind the country. It is necessary to do, as Finland: it like a lizard, who discards the tail in danger, to cut off off the disputed territory. And we should also be integrated into Europe without Donbass,” the expert said. Source: versia.ru. [Editor’s note: I hope it’s true.]

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Ukraine Agrees to Sign Deal to Withdraw Under 100-Mm Arms by August / Sputnik / July 25, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine will sign an agreement to withdraw weapons less than 100-mm in caliber from the line of contact in Donbass by August. / KIEV / An agreement to withdraw weapons less than 100-mm in caliber from the line of contact in southeast Ukraine will be signed by August 3 and implemented within 10 days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday. “We have established a very hard term to sign this agreement by August 3 at the latest,” Poroshenko said in an interview with STB television on the subject of the latest phone conversation with leaders of the so-called Normandy quartet. “Then, we will have 10 days in order to implement it,” the Ukrainian head of state added. Poroshenko spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande late on Thursday.

Ruslan Onishchenko (--goldenmatvey/Youtube.com)

Ruslan Onishchenko (–goldenmatvey/Youtube.com)

Armed Tornado Battalion Fighters Holed Up Outside Kiev – Military Official / Sputnik / July 27, 2015 / Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios stated Monday that fighters from the Tornado territorial defense battalion have resisted Internal Affairs Ministry orders to lay down their arms, and are presently located in a town just outside Kiev, Ukrainian media have reported. Matios told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television station that the fighters are holed up in Boyarka, a town southwest of the city. “I don’t know what the Tornado company is doing, armed, in Boyarka. Right near Kiev there are many armed men who have not disbanded [from their formations]. Where is the Internal Affairs Minister? Why can’t he monitor the implementation his own order?!” Last month, Ukrainian law enforcement detained eight fighters from the Tornado special police unit, including company commander Ruslan Onishchenko, suspecting them of committing serious crimes against the civilian population in the Ukrainian-controlled portion of the Lugansk region. . . . MORE>>

Water filtering station damaged in Gorlovka / Novorossia Today / July 27, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / Last night’s shelling of Gorlovka led to destruction of the water filtering station No 1. Particularly, window panes broke out, the walls were punctured by fragmentation and the power line was cut. The bombardments of the filtering station occurred at 1 AM. It should be mentioned that damage of water supply objects can result in serious environmental hazards. In particular, these objects can be dangerous because of the use of liquid chlorine for disinfection of water. If fragments hit the chlorine container, the ecology of the region will be affected. [Editor’s note: we are glad to see Novorossia Today up and running again.]

Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

President: Mariupol is the eastern outpost that will be defended by Ukraine / Hotspot Today / July 27, 2015 / Kyiv / At a meeting with volunteers in the Ministry of Defenсe, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine will keep on defending Mariupol and will not let illegal armed groups seize this city. “Mariupol is our outpost. We will not surrender it! We are reinforcing the defence of Mariupol with the best units of the Armed Forces — elite units, marine corps,” the Head of State said. Petro Poroshenko assured Mariupol residents: “The President is with you, the Armed Forces are with you. The best paratroopers, marines, artillery are in Mariupol”. According to the President, each unit will stay there — only heavy artillery will be withdrawn. “In case of escalation, they will be immediately returned,” the Head of State said. The President believes that Ukraine will win with such volunteers in the Ministry of Defenсe and such a renewed and reinforced army. “We will surely win in this war. We will ensure Ukraine’s freedom and democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Head of State noted. — Press Service of the President of Ukraine.

Tatariv, Transcarpathia

Tatariv, Transcarpathia

In Carpathian region local residents and gunmen in camouflage block road to Bukovel (VIDEO) / Russkaya Vesna / July 27, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / In the village of Tatariv in the carpathian Mountains, locals blocked the road at the intersection of Yaremche, Vorokhta, Bukovel. This was said on the Facebook page of a journalist for the Ukrainian TV channel news “24”. “In Tatariv, they blocked the road at the intersection of Yaremche, Vorokhta, Bukovel. It requires the governor to repair [sic] roads in Yablunytsya and Vorokhta. Only cars with small children can pass. Today the road was only blocked for an hour. Next week it promises to last longer,” wrote the journalist. Among the activists are many fighters in camouflage. [Editor’s note: Tatariv lies about 120 km east of Mukachevo and 200 km south of Lvov.]

Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

‘MH17 crash used by US to break Russia’s relationship with Europe’ / RT interviews Paul Craig Roberts / RT Op-Edge / July 17-27, 2015 / The crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has been used to enforce sanctions against Russia and is fundamental to Washington’s efforts to break the Russia-Europe relationship, Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury, tells RT. RT: It’s been a year since the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, which claimed the lives of all 298 people onboard. Eastern Ukraine was a war zone at the time – yet the Ukrainian authorities haven’t closed the airspace, allowing civil flights over the area. What was behind their inaction? Paul Craig Roberts: I think they intended for the airliner to be shot down. The latest evidence is that it was shot down by air, by a Ukrainian jet fighter using a missile. This is the best evidence we have at this time. What is suspicious about this is that the instant that the airliner was reported to have been shot down, the entirety of the Western media was already programmed to blame Russia. Before there was any evidence, before there was any explanation, we had all of the Western media blaming Russia – even the BBC, which used to be a respectable news organization. So this suggests the whole thing was preplanned. And if you look at the development of this we see that Ukraine has not released any information about its contacts with the airliner. And we see that Washington, which had a spy satellite directly over the area at the time, refuses to release its information. So the only information we have comes from the Russians, and the Russians say that if this had happened on a ground-to-air missile, this Buk system, that their radar in Rostov would have picked it up and yet it shows no such happening. . . . MORE>>

Vitaly Churkin (--oceanuslive.org)

Vitaly Churkin (–oceanuslive.org)

Russia will veto creation of a tribunal into downing of Boeing in Donbass / Vestnik Kavkaza / July 27, 2015 / Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said today that Russian will use its right of veto during the voting on a resolution of the UN Security Council to create a Tribunal into the downing of the Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine, if the rest of the Security Council votes affirmatively. “We will vote against it. I have no doubts. If the resolution receives nine or more votes, there will be a veto,” Tass cites him as saying.

Proposed MH17 Tribunal Would Be Blatantly Illegal / Russia Insider / July 27, 2015 / UN Security Council has no judicial powers and therefore may not delegate such powers to a ‘tribunal’ founded by it. This Wednesday the UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal to establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the shoot-down of MH17. The proposal has been put forward by the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia and Ukraine. It is expected to be vetoed by Russia. Firstly, the proposal stinks to high heaven. Why is the same Dutch-led cohort which has been tasked with investigating the shoot-down, but a full year later has yet to produce any findings now proposing a fully-fledged UN tribunal? To do what exactly? It doesn’t sound like a tribunal would have much to do does it? Naturally, the vote will be very useful for the Netherlands as it will be promptly spun . . . MORE>>

Evidence Shows Maidan Snipers Were Not Under Orders from Yanukovich. The Global Research article presented below details growing evidence that the snipers who killed some 50 demonstrators at the uprising on Maidan Square in February 2014 were not under orders from President Viktor Yanukovich. The sniper fire is video-documented as coming from protestor-controlled Hotel Ukraina. Author Ivan Katchanovski says, “This revelation alone means that a significant proportion of the protesters were shot from this Maidan-controlled hotel, since this caliber bullets were extracted from bodies of 16 protesters. But the prosecution charged two Berkut members with their killings, ….” He adds, “The prosecution itself stated that then-president Viktor Yanukovych and the Minister of Internal Affairs ordered to disperse the protesters on the Maidan by force …” Such allegations against the Berkut police, which offered presumed justification for Yanukovich’s illegal overthrow, have been proven false. Will the West take notice? Katchanovski’s article: Revelations in the Maidan Massacre Trial in Ukraine Go Unreported in the West / by Ivan Katchanovski / Global Research / July 22, 2015 / A delayed trial of two Berkut police members in the Maidan Massacre case have produced striking new revelations providing further confirmations of major findings of my Maidan “snipers’ massacre” study about Maidan snipers killing both police and protesters and subsequent cover up and falsification of the official investigation. But these striking revelations have not been reported by the Ukrainian and Western media, even though the trial proceedings were open to the media, were streamed live over the Internet and their recordings were posted on YouTube. On July 15, 2015, the prosecution made public in court for the first time its charges alleging that two arrested members of the Berkut special company massacred 39 out of 49 killed protesters on February 20, 2014. However, the prosecution’s case unraveled on July 17 when the brother of one of the victims stated during his questioning by the prosecutors that Andrii Saienko was killed not from Berkut positions but from a top floor of the Maidan-controlled Hotel Ukraina. He made this conclusion on the basis of his brother’s position as shown in a video at the moment of his killing . . . MORE>>

Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis

Varoufakis Confirms ‘Plan B’ Payment System in Case of Grexit / Sputnik / July 27, 2015 / Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said there were plans to create a “Plan B” parallel payment system. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis acknowledged in a statement Monday that his office was devising a “Plan B” parallel payment system in the event of Athens exiting the eurozone. On Sunday, the Kathimerini daily published excerpts from a recorded teleconference where Varoufakis allegedly disclosed details of an elaborate parallel payment system plan that involved hacking into government servers. The former minister claimed in the July 16 conversation among hedge fund leaders that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave him the “green light” a month ahead of the ruling Syriza party’s election victory in January. “During the Greek government’s negotiations with the Eurogroup, Minister Varoufakis oversaw a Working Group with a remit to prepare contingency plans against the creditors’ efforts to undermine the Greek government,” the statement reads. The Working Group was headed by University of Texas economics professor James Galbraith, who confirmed having worked on the contingency plans from February through early July . . . MORE>>

French farmers block border roads in price protest / Novorssia Today / July 27, 2015 / French farmers are stopping lorries importing farm produce from Germany and Spain, in a border protest over what they call unfair price competition. Farmers parked tractors to block several roads near the borders late on Sunday. The farmers’ protests over food prices have disrupted traffic across France for more than a week. At least six roads linking France and Germany were blocked in the Strasbourg region on Monday. The farmers are letting cars through. French farmers have been hit by lower meat consumption, reduced demand from China and a Russian ban on EU food imports. . . . MORE>>

Israeli PM Netanyahu addresses joint meeting of US Congress (--elephantjournal.com)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses joint meeting of US Congress (–elephantjournal.com)

Criminal Negligence and Arguably the Most Manipulated Congress in U.S. History / by Anthony Bellchambers / Global Research / July 27, 2015 / It is probable that the current U.S. House of Representatives will be judged by history as the most supine, inept and easily manipulated legislative assembly [by a foreign power], ever to have been given control of the lives of the American people and the drafting and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. However, although we in Europe can have no influence over so-called ‘Democracy American style’, what we can do is to ensure that the EU Parliament/ Commission does not follow suit by submitting to intimidation and effective control by Mr Netanyahu’s lobbyists for Israel. Already, Israel is the only undeclared nuclear weapons power in the world, its arsenal of warheads being outside any inspection by the IAEA because the Israeli state refuses to be a party to the NPT Non-Proliferation Treaty and its international controls. That has allowed it to gain a degree of influence over American foreign policy that is entirely disproportionate to its size . . . MORE>>

Sunday, July 26, 2015

OSCE Delegation Confirms That It Came Under Fire in Donbass / Sputnik / July 26, 2015 / A delegation from the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has confirmed that a mortar shell fell near two vehicles carrying five of its observers. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) confirmed via its Twitter account on Sunday that “mortar fire struck near two cars belonging to the OSCE today on the south side of the bridge leading to Lugansk. The Special Monitoring Mission condemns the incident.” he organization appears to confirm earlier reports by Lugansk-area news portal Lugansk Information Center that an OSCE delegation headed by OSCE envoy Toni Frisch came under Ukrainian army mortar attack near the town of Schastye, 15 km north of Lugansk. The town serves as the border between the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) and the part of the region under the control of the Ukrainian government. A source familiar with the situation on the ground told Lugansk Information Center that “after the shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine stopped, Frisch decided to return to Lugansk.” LPR People’s Militia also told the news hub that the OSCE representatives were forced to hide in dugouts . . . MORE>>

Mykola Azarov (--unian.info)

Mykola Azarov (–unian.info)

Kiev Could Have Triggered a Nuclear Disaster in Donbass – Former PM / Sputnik / July 25, 2015 / Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov noted that he is “disgusted” with the Ukrainian military’s constant shelling of heavily industrialized areas in Donbass, which he said have led to several nuclear and ecological close calls. “It disgusts me that there are constant artillery strikes being carried out against Donetsk and other localities, like Gorlovka,” Azarov noted, giving an interview to Russian news channel LifeNews. “Gorlovka, for those who don’t know, is a city filled with chemical plants. It has several huge chemical producers, including producers of combustible materials. How can Kiev fire at this city, knowing that if a round hits a pipeline, this could lead to a serious ecological catastrophe?” The former prime minister underscored that Kiev’s strategy of regularly firing artillery rounds at industrial centers demonstrates their absolute lack of responsibility with regard to the potential consequences. “I cannot understand the decisions taken by Kiev on the basis of elementary common sense,” he noted. Azarov pointed to the near miss “catastrophe which could have occurred in Donetsk, when the Ukrainian military fired Tochka U [OTR-21] ballistic missiles, which leave a crater between 15-30 meters deep, at a strategic weapons factory which had radioactive materials for producing weapons components.” The former prime minister noted that “if this rocket had [struck something] and resulted in the release of these radioactive materials, Ukraine as a whole wouldn’t know what hit it,” prefacing his comments by noting that his “voice shakes just speaking about it.” . . . MORE>>

Dutch Journalist, MH17 Expert: ‘UN Tribunal a Desperate Attempt to Hide Kiev’s Responsibility’ / Russia Insider / July 25, 2015 / The proposed UN-backed MH17 tribunal is a “desperate attempt to hide Kiev’s responsibility”, Dutch journalist and blogger Joost Niemoller argues in his post “How Chess Player Putin Wins the MH17 Game”. Niemoller is no layman. In October 2014 he published a book on the MH17 disaster whose title De Doofpotdeal (“The Cover Up Deal”) summarizes its key argument. The inside flap explains what the author means: “The Netherlands took charge of the investigation into the cause of the disaster, but agreed to grant a covert deal to Kiev. It thus became a pawn in an international political chess game. Unvarnished Cold War rhetoric is making a comeback. Putin here is the ultimate bad guy. What he says is labeled as poisonous propaganda in the West. Meanwhile, it seems, all those concerned suffer from tunnel vision. Can we still be assured that the investigators do their work independently and objectively?” In his piece, Niemoller laments the shortcomings of the Dutch Safety Board, the body charged with conducting the investigations on the MH17 disaster. The ever-postponed deadline – the final report might be released at the end of the year, hence one and a half year after the crash, but that too is still uncertain – he finds perplexing: “When the co-operating countries, the JIT (Joint Investigation Team), intend to complete their probe, is not known. Then, something gets leaked to the press: ‘At the end of this year’. With which legal framework? It is not yet known. Under which conditions? No idea. How will the co-operation between the Ukrainian, the JIT and Dutch Safety Board unfold?” “Everything is vague and secret. That is not the way it should be for such an important study.” Niemoller contrasts this with the approach taken by Moscow: “Russia proposed last year to conduct an international study based on research carried out by the UN – and not by means of a secret deal of countries . . . MORE>>

Ukrainian military acknowledges it may have shot down flight MH17 / by Igor Korotchenko, translated by J. Hawk / Fort Russ / July 26, 2015 / An anonymous source in one of Ukraine’s security agencies said that the Malaysian Boeing was shot down as a result of an unauthorized Ukrainian Buk-M1 launch. RIA Novosti reports citing a source in a Ukrainian security agency that the MH17 catastrophe may have been the result of an unanticipated situation during the training of one of Ukraine’s air defense units. The anonymous source states the following: “On July 17 2014, the commander of the 156th Anti-Aircraft Missile Regiment was instructed to conduct missile crew training on providing coverage for Ukrainian ground forces in the suburbs of Donetsk, which entailed deploying the battalions, training target acquisition and tracking procedures, and carry out a simulated destruction of an aerial target using Buk-M1 missiles.” He said that battery commanders were issued launch keys, however, there were no plans to launch an actual 9M38M1 missile. The training exercise involved two Su-25 aircraft, their task was to conduct aerial reconnaissance and designated training targets in the vicinity of Ukrainian troop concentration to the West of Donetsk. The source: “After one of the aircraft entered Buk detection zone, it began to be tracked by a missile crew located near Zaroshchenskoye. In all likelihood, due to a tragic coincidence the flight paths of the Malaysian Boeing and the Su-25 coincided . . . MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: Author Korotchenko interprets the shoot down as an accident. His scenario does not cover all the facts though. For example, why was the Boeing directed off course by Kiev’s Air Traffic Control? And how could air traffic controller Carlos “Spainbuca” have been tweeting about the shootdown as it was happening? He could not have known about the shootdown in real-time unless he was there at the Kiev control tower, in which case the airliner was being shot down deliberately. We suspect it was (see our post MH17 Boeing 777 Remembered: A Theory on the Motive for the Crime). Korotchenko’s “anonymous source” may be fabricating a dodge for Kiev, as evidence mounts that Ukraine was responsible for the crime.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Donetsk Festival of National Cultures Draws Hundreds of Participants / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 25, 2015 / DONETSK / Several hundred participants gathered in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic for the Festival of National Cultures “[Manifold] Unity”, dedicated to the upcoming July 30th International Day of friendship. People have come to demonstrate the unity of the multinational people of Donbass. The event was held at Shcherbakov, the Central Park of Culture and Rest. The event was attended by the head of the executive committee of the public movement “Donetsk Republic” Denis Pushilin, DPR Minister of Culture Alexander Paretsky, members of the National Council, the capital’s residents and visitors from other cities of the country.
“We all remember how over the last 20 years we have attempted to divide. Because of multinational people trying to make a nationalist society – the fact that now, as we see, what has happened with Ukraine. This did not happen for us. We remain a multi-ethnic people of Donbass, and we have the opportunity to say that we are free in regard to the language in which we think and talk,” Pushilin said in a statement. According to the Ministry of Culture, there are about 130 nationalities in Donetsk today, including Tatars, Georgians, Belarusians, Greeks, Russian and many more. According to the organizers, the purpose of the event is the strengthening of friendship and mutual understanding in Donbass, the preservation and promotion of their traditions and cultural heritage. “‘[Manifold] Unity’ is a celebration, a symbol of the unity of all ethnic groups represented in the territory of the People’s Republic of Donetsk. We are proud of Donbass, we are proud of all nationalities and all ethnic groups who live in unity, friendship and harmony,” said Paretsky. As part of the festival, there was an exhibition-fair of works of national masters of arts and crafts and fine arts from Donetsk and Makeyevka. On the central stage of the park, a concert was hosted for amateur groups from different cities of the Republic, who provided decorations of the national colors.

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Kiev’s Unpredictability Prevents Forecasting the Date of Signing of New Agreement on Weapons Withdrawal – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 25, 2015 / Because of the unpredictability of Kiev, it is now impossible to forecast the date of the signing of the agreement dranw up in Minsk for withdrawal from the contact line of arms of caliber up to 100 mm. This was stated by the official DPR representative to the Contact Group on peaceful settlement, deputy chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “I will not predict the date of signing, as we deal with Ukraine, said the DPR representative in the negotiations. There can again be many surpises.” The agreement to sign a document on the withdrawal from the contact line in Donbass arms of caliber up to 100 mm and tanks was reached at the Contact Group talks in Minsk on July 21. “Up to this point about three months have passed on the discussion itself, and each time we had the opportunity to sign the document, Ukraine finds excuses which prevented its signing,” recalled Pushilin. “We hope that this will not happen this time, and in the next few days we will really see the signed document.” The Vice-Speaker of the DPR Parliament stressed that the decisive push to reach consensus in the negotiations was due to the initiative of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic in its unilateral withdrawal of tanks and armored vehicles to 3 km from the contact line.

Junta is Provoking Transcarpathia / By Oleg Nazarov, translated from Russian by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 25, 2015 / In connection with the events in Transcarpathia, it might be useful to remind about the 160-thousand strong Hungarian minority that lives there. We often mention the Rusyns, about the chicaneries they suffer at the hands of Kiev, but don’t mention the Hungarians who also suffer from the savagery of the Ukrainian authorities and their radical minions. On more than on occasion, unidentified supporters of “unified Ukraine” used black paint to cover Hungarian-language names of towns with Hungarian population. Naturally, Hungarian culture was not being respected. Rather to the contrary–the Hungarians were depicted as enemies of Ukraine. There is such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy. So the Transcarpathia Hungarians stopped viewing Ukraine as their second motherland. What kind of a motherland spends decades trying to stamp out its ethnic minorities? . . . MORE>>

(--USAF / Cecilio Ricardo)

(–USAF / Cecilio Ricardo)

Russia vs. US: Total War is the Obliteration of Reality / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / July 25, 2015 / When the methods of Information War in Fourth Generation Warfare are used in Total War, it results in a war upon the psyche, a war upon cognition, a war upon our very conception and understanding of reality. This will be an increasing feature of our relationship with reality. As global conflict increases qualitatively and quantitatively, it is important to understand the new methods of warfare in which the conflict in Ukraine serves as an excellent case study. Understanding these methods, in combination with a syncretic approach to various competing schools and across several otherwise or previously unrelated fields, has been the key to our ability to accurately forecast any number of events and dynamics in the situation in Ukraine. The struggle between the Atlanticist and Eurasianist spheres not only acquires forms in the traditional areas of diplomacy, trade, intelligence, and military strength – but also in the increasingly dominating realm of synthetic, manufactured hyper-reality. These are important elements of fourth generation warfare (4GW) in the realm of information war and also what is termed ‘hybrid warfare’ – a feature of 4GW which blurs the lines between civilian and military groups, and allows power groups to dissemble . . . MORE>>

“Novorossia Today” Offline For Past Three Days. Except for a brief interlude Thursday, Novorossia Today, an excellent news source we often refer to, has been unavailable for over three days. Various error pages come up when we try to access the site. We do no know if they are having technical problems, or if the site has been hacked.

 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

(--rt.com)

(–rt.com)

Kiev Pulls to Front Line 70,000 soldiers – DPR Head / TASS / July 18, 2015 / The expanding of the military presence cannot at all prove Kiev’s aspirations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, Alexander Zakharchenko said. / MOSCOW / Kiev has pulled up to the front line a group of 70,000 soldiers, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said on Saturday. “As of now, over 70,000 Ukrainian military are along the line of engagement, and every day the number is growing,” he said. Since Kiev is not ready for any steps to demilitarise Donbass, the expanding of the military presence cannot at all prove Kiev’s aspirations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. He also said the parties to talks in Minsk had not included in the Minsk agreement withdrawal of weapons under 100 millimetres as Ukraine was not inclined to demilitarise the line of engagement. “At the last meeting in Minsk we discussed withdrawal of weapons. Ukraine rejected the agreement saying tanks and mortars should remain there,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him. . . . MORE.

Donetsk (--TASS)

Donetsk (–TASS)

DPR Deputies Create Interagency Commission to Identify Agents of Ukrainian Special Services / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 18, 2015 / DPR Deputies today, at the extraordinary plenary session of the People’s Council, set up a “temporary commission for assistance in identifying threats to national security, the interests of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and its inhabitants.” The document was adopted unanimously; the initiative was supported by 69 deputies out of 69 present in the hall. “The Commission will consider the question of involvement of certain persons to the structures that are harmful to our state,” the deputy of the People’s Council and author of the bill Andrei Miroshnichenko (faction “Free Donbass”) told reporters. “I can say that for no reason will the witch hunt not be.” The purpose of creation control [sic] came from other territories of Ukraine, or persons in intelligence activities who are deemed suspicious or who promote organizations that are detrimental to the Republic. “Now back in the DPR are a lot of people from the territory of Ukraine and other places. And in many places there is sabotage. We must work in this direction, to resist the aggression directed against us,” said the deputy. According to Miroshnichenko, the Commission will cooperate with the Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Interior, General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Defence. Measures to identify the agents will be accepted in accordance with the laws of the DPR. “All [will be carried out] within the framework of the law and the court. What the court will issue as a decision, so be it. This may be administrative or criminal punishment,” concluded the MP. Editor’s note: this step is certainly justified after the July 14 bombing by saboteurs of the car of Zakharchenko’s administrative assistant Elena Filippova, who survived and was admitted to the hospital.

DPR Deputies Adopt Amendments to Law on Local Elections / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 18, 2015 / Deputies of the DPR People’s Council adopted in the first reading today at the extraordinary plenary session a bill “On Amendments to the Law of 24.12.2014″ on the local elections.” Sixty-six of the 69 participants spoke for the adoption of the draft regulatory document. One MP voted against and two abstained. The document is aimed at the implementation of measures of the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015 and the Minsk protocol dated September 5, 2014, providing for the holding of local elections, taking into account the special status of Donbass, said in an explanatory note to the document. In the text were 9 amendments. One of them directly prohibits the Ukrainian media from participating in the activities of the electoral process in the DPR. “The media are … involved in fomenting civil strife and the spread of incitement to violence or deliberately false information about the situation in Donetsk People’s Republic. Participation in the activities of the electoral process is not allowed,” stated the text received by DAN. Particular attention is given to qualifications. “The right to be elected in the local elections [is allowed to] DPR citizens who have reached 18 years on the day of the election, and have lived for the last 10 years in the territories in which the elections are held,” stated in the bill. As he recalled in an interview with Trend. DAN Speaker of the People’s Council Andrey Purgin said such a campaign is a common international practice. “Census [sic] is often used in local elections in the world, in America, France, and England, and many countries have qualifications. This allows a higher quality of protection for the interests of the inhabitants of the region,” the politician said. Recall that in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada on 26 October 2014, candidates from the occupied territories [presumably Ukraine-held Donbass] massively nominated residents of Lviv and other cities in western Ukraine. Among the amendments a special place was occupied by the question of presence of foreign observers at the elections. “The elections are also to be considered up to the electoral standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,” emphasized one of the paragraphs of the draft regulatory act. Another directly said that among the observers may be representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The exact date of consideration of the bill in the second and final reading is still not known. “I think it could be soon, in August,” said Purgin. Earlier, the head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko officially announced the date of the local elections in the territory of the DPR. They will take place on 18 October. The elections will be organized with the fundamental provisions of the draft law of Ukraine on elections [in] the DPR and the LPR and transferred to Minsk Contact Group within the “dialogue on the modalities of the local elections.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Minsk, 2-15 (--baltictimes.com)

Putin, Poroshenko, Minsk, Feb 2015 (–baltictimes.com)

Expert: Ukrainian Armed Forces Provoke LPR to Disrupt Minsk Agreement / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 17, 2015 / The UAF is trying to provoke a breach of the Minsk Agreement on the part of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic. This was declared by war correspondent and lawyer Andrei Moiseenko. “The actions of Ukrainian security officials are aimed at disrupting the Minsk Agreement, which is intended to happen on our side,” says voenkor [sic]. Despite the adoption of a set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement, the Ukrainian side does not stop shelling civilians of the Lugansk Republic and, according to Moiseenko, it is not nothing but a provocation aimed at unleashing large-scale fighting. “This is not the first time. They want this war, because without this war Poroshenko is a political corpse,” the expert believes. A war unleashed on the part of Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement, according to the lawyer, will cause Poroshenko to lose credit tranches from Europe and lose the already low political rating on the world political arena. “That is why the armed forces of Ukraine will do everything possible to try to provoke a much needed Poroshenko war, without which he is an untenable politician,” said Moiseenko.

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Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Ukrainian law on local elections has nothing to do with the DPR – Pushilin / Novorossia Today / July 16, 2015 / Endorsed on Tuesday, July 14, by Ukrainian parliament, the Law on local elections has nothing to do with the Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, head of the DPR delegation in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin yesterday. “Everything going on in the Rada is the internal affair of Ukraine and has nothing to do with the Donetsk People’s Republic, — he said. — They hold their own elections, and we hold ours. Ukraine has practically excluded itself from the dialogue on the essence of political settlement. The Law on local elections, enacted yesterday, as well as tomorrow’s voting in regard to constitutional reform, are beyond the framework of the Minsk process and hereby do not concern us. Local elections will be held in the DPR on October 18, as it was already reported, and they will be held in accordance with the Set of Measures for the Implementations of the Minsk Agreement,” Pushilin stressed.

Mukachevo 32 km (--uzhgorod.in)

Mukachevo 32 km, Kiev 756 km (–uzhgorod.in)

ATO Begins in Transcarpathia: Military Brought to Mukachevo, Site of Confrontation of police, Right Sector Militants / TASS / July 18, 2015 / Military have been brought into Mukachevo, Ukraine’s southwestern Transcarpathian Region, where confrontation of police and militants from the extremist group Right Sector has continued for already a week, the Ukrainian UNN news agency reports referring to law enforcement sources. On Friday, the Ukrainian Security Council prepared a decision on the start of an antiterrorist operation in the region. In developments of Saturday, July 11, in the city of Mukachevo, some 20 militants of the Right Sector extremist organization opened fire from small arms during a conflict with their opponents with whom they discussed “distribution of influence areas”. The extremists then opened fire from assault rifles, heavy machineguns and grenade launchers at police officers who arrived at the site, destroyed several police vehicles, as well as set on fire a traffic police checkpoint and a filling station. Three people were killed, and another 11 were wounded. Prosecutors classified what happened in Mukachevo as a terrorist attack. The Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office reports that 12 members of the Right Sector participating in the conflict have been identified, four of them detained. The whereabouts of six people are still not known. Search for them continues. In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court outlawed the Right Sector as an extremist organization.

“Right Sector” surrenders to Poroshenko, at least officially / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 17, 2015 / Representatives of radical organization stated that they are not seeking to start a civil war, but want to “attract attention and fight against evil”. KIEV, 17 Jul — RIA Novosti. The radical organization “Right sector” declared that it does not intend to continue armed resistance to police, said the representative of the Ukrainian volunteer corps “Right sector” Andrey Sharaskin on air on TV channel “112 Ukraine”. On July 11, in the city of Mukachevo, Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, fighters of the extremist organization “Right sector” got into a shootout with police and [security of] local businesses, used mortars and machine guns. It was reported about three victims and 13 injured. The gunmen took refuge in the woods and said they will lay down their arms only if they’re told by their leader Dmitry Yarosh. They explained their actions by fighting against smuggling, in which according to them local officials were involved. Currently four fighters have been detained, six are still hiding from law enforcement, there is no phone connection with them. “The most important thing is that we need to first prove to the society that we are not seeking to start a civil war, and God forbid, to continue armed resistance. We attract attention and fight against evil, and are not trying to destabilize the situation in the country. Therefore, the escalation of the conflict – and it is the official position – is not acceptable. We want to alleviate the tension,” said Sharaskin.

Transcarpathia at the crossroads / by Vladimir Druzhinin, translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 17, 2015 / “To burn the roadkill with red-hot iron! To jail and confiscate property!” – this was the reaction of the people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Boris Filatov to the desire of Transcarpathian Rusyns to obtain autonomy from Ukraine. Indignation of B. Filatov was caused by the reaction of Transcarpathians in social networks to the events in Mukachevo, where the militants of the “Right sector” staged a gunfight with police. Transcarpathians, anticipating irreversible plunge of the Ukrainian state into political and economic chaos, reminded Kiev about the results of the 1991 referendum in which more than 70% supported granting the region autonomous status. But Kiev ignored the results of the referendum. And this is not the only act of treachery of the Ukrainian authorities against the Rusyns. Kiev stubbornly denies the existence of the Rusyn people, carries out propaganda . . . MORE.

Ukraine After Mukachevo: Somalization or a Break-Up? / by Robert Cheda, translated from Polish by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 16, 2015 / The weekend Mukachevo shoot-out does not instill optimism in Ukrainian democracy’s future. What appeared to be bandits settling scores became a political crisis which exposed the level of anarchy in the country and which is yet another alarm bell both to the authorities and the civil society. What is worse, nationalistic fever and the government’s desire to crack down on the region may wake up another demon of separatism. First the facts. On July 11, there was an armed clash in Mukachevo between the Right Sector and Rada deputy Vasiliy Lanio. According to RS press secretary Artiom Skoropadsky, RS local leaders arrived at a city cafe to discuss Lanio’s cigarette smuggling . . . MORE.

Uzhgorod, Region 9, far left

Uzhgorod, Region 9, far left. Click to enlarge.

Transcarpathia’s regional prosecutor’s car torched in Uzhgorod / tranlsated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 15, 2015 / The situation in Transcarpathia continues to remain tense. After Saturday’s shootout between Ukrainian police and nationalist extremists from the “Right sector” in Mukachevo the epicenter of events shifted to the regional center of Uzhgorod. On the night of July 15, the police department of Uzhgorod received a report about vehicles set on fire at Kapushanskaya street, 27 and 29. According to eyewitnesses, several explosions went off before the fire. First enflamed was the Mitsubishi Pajero, and then, standing next to it Chevrolet Lacetti. Locals say that one of the cars belongs to “the Right sector”. At the same time on his social network page a member of the Public Council of the Uzhgorod City Council, Nikolay Pastukhov wrote that the Japanese car is the property of the regional prosecutor. This was confirmed by the UBR channel. [See video at source.]

slavjul17zCommentary: Ukrainian Myths and Ukrainian Lies / by George Eliason / The Saker / July 16, 2015 / Why “the Ukrainians” Lie: Prof. A. Motyl Says the West Shouldn’t Freak Out! In an article published at the New Atlanticist, Political Science Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University wrote the strongest justification a Ukrainian Nationalist scholar can mount in defense of the Ukraine’s love affair with the nationalism of Stepan Bandera. Bandera, a mass murderer, torturer, and assassinated former leader of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist emigre political movement is the Ukrainian equivalent to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in A. Motyl’s thesis. According to Motyl, because of the affinity the Ukrainian nationalists have with Washington and Jefferson, raising Bandera to their level as of father of the nation is nothing the West should “freak out over.” Really? Motyl’s defense of the nationalist Ukrainian government and “the” Ukrainians love affair with Bandera’s war criminality starts and ends with — If you don’t speak fluent Ukrainian, haven’t read Shevchenko, or seen two Ukrainian plays…YOU are in no position to judge us! You can’t possibly understand us! Why the West should freak out! Professor Motyl’s scholarly justification of Bandera ideology is at best delinquent and at worst extremely dangerous. Motyl, a product of “the” Ukrainian culture, describes nationalism as a love story using the themes of two plays. Star-struck lovers that are pulled apart either succumb to their fate or fight at all costs to be together — the consequences be damned! The moral of the second play according to Professor Motyl is that the author, “Makovii, obviously, is trying to move Ukrainian culture away from its traditional submissiveness to a dreadful fate and, in decidedly modern fashion, suggesting that Ukrainians can be masters—-or mistresses—-of their lives. That happened to be the message of the Maidan ‘Revolution of Dignity’: that a humbled people can assert their humanity by rising up against tyranny” . . . MORE. [Editor’s note: Two names are misspelled at the source: George Eliason, the author, and Alexander Motyl, the Rutger’s professor. We have corrected both in the above introduction.]

Victoria Nuland, Skopje, July 13, 2015 (--independent.mk)

Victoria Nuland, Skopje, 7-13-15 (–independent.mk)

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 16, 2015 / After having initiated her well-planned Maidan Square uprising in Kiev in early 2014, triggering Europe’s worst conflict in Ukraine since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, recently attempted a Kiev-style putsch in Macedonia aimed at overthrowing that nation’s democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. It is a hallmark of neoconservatives like Nuland and her arch-neoconservative husband, the Brookings Institution’s Robert Kagan, to disregard democratic elections if their candidates fail to win election. Although Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski were elected in free and fair elections, by all international metrics and norms, their governments were not as pro-NATO and pro-U.S. enough for the liking of Nuland and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) cabalists that surround her husband. Nuland’s tactics differed somewhat in her Ukrainian and Macedonian campaigns. Her signature challah bread offerings to protesters at Kiev’s Maidan Square took the form of unsolicited offerings to the Macedonian press suggesting that Gruevksi was wiretapping as many as 20,000 Macedonians . . . MORE.

Angela Merkel after Greek bailout approved, July 17, 2015 (--kelownadailycourier.ca)

Angela Merkel after Greek bailout approved, July 17, 2015 (–kelownadailycourier.ca)

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg? / by Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House / July 16, 2015 / Seventy-five years ago, when Europe succumbed to Nazi Germany it was the sound of trundling panzer tanks rolling into capitals that heralded defeat. Now it is German “panzer banks” that appear conquering all in front of them. The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next? Even the Western media could not disguise the shocking humiliation meted out to Greece by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and her intransigent Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaüble. The Washington Post described Greece’s acquiescence to “punishing ultimatum”, while Reuters said Athens had “surrendered”. The Western media haven’t quite yet specified who the new financial dictators of Europe are. Reports refer blandly to “EU hardliners” and “tough EU leaders”, but reading between the lines it is clear that the paymaster calling the tune now for the rest of Europe is Berlin. And the tune is not melodious. . . . MORE.

slavjul5qGreece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much / by Paul Craig Roberts / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 16, 2015 / All of Europe, and insouciant Americans and Canadians as well, are put on notice by Syriza’s surrender to the agents of the One Percent. The message from the collapse of Syriza is that the social welfare system throughout the West will be dismantled. The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed to the One Percent’s looting of the Greek people of the advances in social welfare that the Greeks achieved in the post-World War II 20th century. Pensions and health care for the elderly are on the way out. The One Percent needs the money. The protected Greek islands, ports, water companies, airports, the entire panoply of national patrimony, is to be sold to the One Percent. At bargain prices, of course, but the subsequent water bills will not be bargains. This is the third round of austerity imposed . . . MORE.

Protesters outside Greek Parliament (--Stelios Bouras)

Protesters outside Greek Parliament (–Stelios Bouras)

Banker Occupied Greece: Requiem for a Failed State / by Stephen Lendman / Global Research / July 16, 2015 / It’s all over but the obituary. Rubber-stamp Greek parliamentarians overwhelming approved transforming the nation into a banker run colony – by a 229 – 64 vote. Six lawmakers abstained. Coalition partner Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos and likeminded party members voted “yes” after rhetorically rejecting Troika terms. The vast majority of bailout funding goes to pay bankers and other creditors – nothing for economic recovery and growth. The price is deeper punishing austerity, greater poverty and unemployment than already, and far more human misery ahead with no end in sight. Only 32 of SYRIZA’s 149 parliamentarians voted “no” – including banished Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Ministry Secretary General Manos Manousakis, Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafanzanis, Deputy Labor Minister Dimitris Stratoulis and ousted Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou. She called the bailout proposal “social genocide.” Other austerity opponents denounced it as “a new Versailles Treaty.” Sovereign Greece no longer exists. Troika bandits own its soul. Democracy’s denouement became official in its birthplace. Meanwhile, police clashed violently with thousands of anti-austerity protesters outside parliament . . . MORE.

Binyamin Netanyahu (--deliberation.info)

Binyamin Netanyahu (–deliberation.info)

Netanyahu mobilizes his «fifth column» in America / by Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 17, 2015 / Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his «fifth column» of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area «think tanks,» and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement. One of the first hyperbolic barrages came on the heavily Israeli-influenced Fox News Network where the mustachioed former U.S. ambassador the United Nations John Bolton wasted no time in not only criticizing the nuclear deal but also Russia for wanting to fuel a new Middle East arms race. Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the pact because he said it would allow Russia . . . MORE.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Oleg Lyashko (--rupaper.ru)

Oleg Lyashko (–rupaper.ru)

Ukrainian Lawmakers Oppose Poroshenko’s Proposal on Donbass Status / Sputnik / July 16, 2015 / The constitutional amendment on the special status for the Donbass region would be a catastrophe for Ukraine, Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, said. Lawmakers from the parliamentary majority of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada have opposed President Petro Poroshenko’s proposal for constitutional amendments on the special status for Donbass. “We will not consider voting for the bill as it is now. Our faction will even vote against putting the bill on the agenda,” said Oleg Berezyuk, leader of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) faction. According to Berezyuk, the bill should not be a matter of diplomatic negotiations. Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, also opposed the idea of adding the special status provision to the text of the constitution. “We’re fooling ourselves because this constitutional amendment would be a catastrophe for whole Ukraine. I will never say yes to this,” Lyashko told journalists on Thursday. Earlier it was reported that Poroshenko submitted to the parliament a set of improved constitutional amendments for decentralization and to declare the special status of the Donbass region. Initially, the draft did not presume mentioning the special status of Donbass in the constitution.

Victoria Nuland, Petro Poroshenko (--Mikhail Palinchak/TASS)

Victoria Nuland, Petro Poroshenko (–Mikhail Palinchak/TASS)

Special status for some areas of Donbas to be fixed in Ukraine’s Constitution — media / TASS / July 16, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has changed amendments to the Constitution to have a special status for parts of Donbas not controlled by Kiev fixed in its main text, the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper reports on Thursday referring to its sources. “According to the interlocutor, the Ukrainian president resubmitted to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) draft amendments to the Constitution, in which one provision was worked over: the article on fixing the status of the occupied regions was moved from transitional provisions of the Law on the Introduction of Amendments to the Constitution to transitional provisions of the Constitution, namely to the body of the Constitution of Ukraine,” the newspaper said. It said these changes took place during a visit to Ukraine of United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland…. MORE.

Donetsk Republic Says Kiev Forces Violated ceasefire 52 Times over Last 24 Hours / TASS / July 16, 2015 / The Ukrainian forces have violated the ceasefire regime 52 times over the last 24 hours, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Thursday. “The Ukrainian side violated ceasefire regime 52 times over the last 24 hours. The enemy continues to use heavy weaponry,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR defense ministry as saying. The Kiev forces used artillery, tanks, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms, the ministry added. The Donetsk airport was shelled by the Ukrainian forces, along with the towns of Yasinovatay and Gorlovka. Among the shelled settlements were Zaytsevo, Golmovsky, Zhabunki, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Kalinovka, Spartak, Shirokaya Balka, Belaya Kamenka, Novaya Laspa, Abakumovka, Nikolayevka, Staromikhaylovka and Krasny Oktyabr. … MORE.

Eduard Basurin (--DAN)

Eduard Basurin (–Donetsk News Agency)

Rumors in regard to liquidation of the Ministry of Defense are aimed at destabilization of the situation in the DPR – Basurin / Novorossia Today / July 16, 2015 / Donetsk / Rumors in regard to liquidation of the Ministry of Defense are not true and are spread with the aim of destabilization of the situation in the Republic, Deputy Commander of Corps of the DPR MoD Eduard Basurin said today. “This is called deliberate destabilization of the situation, — Deputy Commander of Corps said. – the Ministry exists, all the workers are at their jobs”. Earlier the number of provocative acts in the sphere of information, aimed against the DPR authorities, remarked Vice-Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. He pointed, particularly, to the statements of the “so-called ex-chief of Republican intelligence Sergey Petrovskiy” in regard to the alleged dismantling of the Ministry. According to Pushilin, such deceitful statements of the former DPR officials, including Petrovskiy and ex-Minister of Defense Igor Strelkov, are prompted by the success of the present-day authorities of the Republic and play in the hand of Ukrainian Security Service.

Andrei Purgin, Minsk (--iltasanomat.fi)

Andrei Purgin, Minsk (–iltasanomat.fi)

DPR asks BRICS to impose sanctions against Kiev officials involved in Donbas operation / TASS / July 16, 2015 / MOSCOW / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has called on the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the military operation in the Donbas region, Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Andrey Purgin said on Thursday. “The Ukrainian armed forces continue massive artillery bombardments of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics destroying houses, hospitals and killing civilians daily. I appeal to the BRICS leaders with a demand to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the terror of the people of Donbas,” the Donetsk news agency quotes him as saying. Purgin noted that “Poroshenko was rapidly approaching ‘the point of no return’ when no one could convince Donbas of Ukraine’s ability to negotiate.” He also commented on the amendments submitted to the Ukrainian Constitution. “Poroshenko has offered the Verkhovna Rada his amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution. Once again grossly violating the Minsk agreement, without coordinating with Donbas and even without submitting the draft amendments to the Contact Group, he, together with [Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr] Groysman, has shown the value of the word he pledged in Minsk. For Ukraine, the obligations it has undertaken have no significance whatsoever, it doesn’t care about residents of Donbas. Nor does it care about the efforts of the international mediators from Germany, France and Russia,” he said. According to Purgin, “Rada supported the submission of Poroshenko’s amendments to the Constitutional Court, and the voting took place in the presence of high-ranking foreign colleagues unrelated to the Minsk peace process.” Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada earlier sent to the Constitutional Court the draft constitutional amendments on decentralization. With the necessary 226 votes to pass the decision 288 lawmakers voted for it.

Philip Jones, NATO Allied Command Transformation, Ministry of Defence of UK (--linkedin.com)

Philip Jones, Chief of Staff NATO Allied Command Transformation, Ministry of Defence UK (–linkedin.com)

Secret Letters Evidence US Involvement in Donbass War / english.pravda.ru / July 16, 2015 / Documents, that prove the US and Great Britain direct cooperation with the Kiev regime are now out in the open. The released letters were obtained from a secure server, and were sent to the Western government officials from the Ukrainian military command. The letters have words of gratitude for assistance and consulting about war with the Donbass population. Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defence Igor Kabanenko addressed Phil Jones, Special Defence Advisor at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence from Great Britain. He expressed his gratitude for the analysis of the political situation in Donbass, which the Ukrainian side used to conduct its punitive operation. Besides, Kabanenko looks forward to further assistance of the British advisor, and asks for facilities for some “psychological operations”. Ben Hodges, the United States Army Europe commanding general had claimed on the US plans to enlarge its presence in Ukraine. Actually, the letters evidence their participation in planning punitive operations against Donbass population.

Sergei Ivanov (left), Anton Siluanov (right) (--en.kremlin.ru)

Sergei Ivanov left, Anton Siluanov right (–en.kremlin.ru)

Commentary: Why Not Sell Donbass to Russia? / by Jaime C. / Alternative News / July 16, 2015 / It appears that there is no end to the crisis in the Donbass, although it is possible to solve the problem of the region by economic means. Not that long ago, members of the German Bundestag offered Greece to sell its islands to repay the debt. This brings up an interesting idea. Russia is Ukraine’s prime state creditor. Therefore, if Ukraine is going to declare default, why not [try] selling the Donbass to Russia? According to the head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov, Ukraine’s public debt to Russia amounts to $3 billion, while Kiev’s total debt (plus corporate debt) to Russia amounts to $25 billion. “The problem is that Ukraine’s budget for 2015 does not stipulate the payment of interest on that debt. On this basis, we have made a preliminary conclusion that Ukraine is not going to service that debt, even though the time for the payment of the debt comes in late 2015,” said Sergei Ivanov. As long as Ukraine does not service the debt, it means that it is not going to pay the basic debt either, the official said. In turn, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Ukraine violated the terms of Russia’s three-billion-dollar loan … MORE.

Mukachevo (--polishjews.org)

Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (–polishjews.org)

Transcarpathia Explained. Mukachevo: Slaughterhouse for Smuggling / by Sergei Kirichuk, Coordinator, Union Borotba (Struggle) / Red Star Over Donbass / July 16, 2015 / Footage from the little Carpathian town of Mukachevo shocked many Ukrainians. Columns of military equipment heading to the west of the country, a statement of the Interior Ministry of operations conducted under the leadership of the anti-terrorist center, blasted police cars. So far, only the main actors in the conflict are known to the press and the public. It all started on June 11 during a meeting of Ukrainian Parliament Deputy Mikhail Lano with representatives of the Right Sector, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. We know of three dead and 11 wounded from both sides. And no one has raised any doubts that the conflict arose due to attempts to redistribute smuggling profits. Ukraine is a major producer of cigarettes. Sometimes the international tobacco lobby even uses the Ukrainian government to protest anti-smoking laws in different countries. Cigarettes in Ukraine are several times cheaper than in Europe. Smuggling trucks, driven from Ukraine to Italy, bring the organizers of the “deal” hundreds of thousands of euros. Mukachevo, like much of Transcarpathia, “lives from the border.” Many local residents are employed by customs, are directly involved in smuggling … MORE [if article does not appear, please scroll to title.]

Zakarpattia far left (Click to enlarge)

Zakarpattia far left (–languagesofworld) Click to enlarge.

Ukraine MP Defends Transcarpathia: Zakarpattia is not Donbass / by Yegor Firsov, MP / x-news.com.ua / July 16, 2015 / Zakarpattia [Transcarpathia] reminds Donetsk region in a sense that everything belongs to the same clan. Everybody seems to unhappy with this “clan” thing — the taxi drivers, small traders, and just random locals. In Donetsk region everything was controlled by Viktor Yanukovych and Rinat Akhmetov. After talking with the residents of Zakarpattia, one comes to a conclusion that almost everything here is under gangsters’ control. We are talking about all processes, both legal and illegal. Smuggling, exports of cigarettes, imports of drugs – everything is supervised by clans. They also “appoint” chiefs of police and prosecutors.

Yegor Firsov, MP (--picturesdotnews.com)

Yegor Firsov, MP (–picturesdotnews.com)

It’s curious to look at the attitude of the locals to Mykhailo Lanyo [MP who recently got into a spotlight due to Mukacheve incident on July 11, involving the Right Sector organization]. They are very unhappy, though it was they who had elected him, in the first place. One more surprising discovery: there are also some backstage sympathies toward Russia. Locals, themselves, associate Lanyo with the Ukrainian Choice party led by Viktor Medvedchuk [Putin’s old crony]. I confess, I never expected to hear that name in the Ukrainian-speaking area in western Ukraine…. MORE.

Arsen Avakov (--news.pn)

Arsen Avakov (–news.pn)

Right Sector Protest in Kiev / Ukrainian Crusade (Facebook) / July 16, 2015 / Nationalist action in support of the “Right Sector” soldiers from Mukachevo continues at the Bankova street in governmental district of Kyiv. The soldiers of the “Right Sector” volunteer corpa, other volunteer battalions, public activists and ordinary citizens are demanding the resignation of the Internal Affairs minster Arsen Avakov, detention of the Lanier`s gang, members of corrupt Transcarpathian police and arrest Medvedchuk, who is standing behind this anti-Ukrainian provocation in Transcarpathia. The basis of protesters is the soldiers of the “Right Sector”, “OUN”, “Aydar”, “Donbass” and the “Battalion them. General Kulczycki”.

Heights near Shirokino (--empr.media)

Heights near Shirokino (–empr.media)

Enemy Report: Mariupol Opposes Demilitarization of Shyrokyno / Quemado Institute (original source empr.media) / Edited autotranslation / July 15, 2015 / [Editor’s note: This article is presented from the enemy (Ukrainian Armed Forces) point of view, but is interesting for perspective.] / Already we are preparing the withdrawal of ATO forces from “extreme outspost positions” to “basic defense position.” This was decided at the General Staff of Ukraine. Our thoughts, our anxiety and fear are not heard. And our serious concerns are due to the failure of military operations in Ilovaisk, Saur-Mogila, Debaltseve and the Donetsk airport. Representatives of the Coordination Council of patriotic organizations of Mariupol express their protest against the plans of the General Staff and the sector “M” on the withdrawal of forces from ATO dominant and strategic height “Lighthouse” in Shyrokyno village. At the meeting of representatives of the Council, held on 12 July 2015 at the headquarters of the sector “M”, General Fedorovym, sector commander “M”, made incorrect statements to the volunteer battalions, in particular – that the men of Azov and the Donbass are the bandits and looters, who cannot fight. He explained that he initiated the amendments to the Minsk agreements in March this year, saving the village Shyrokyno. But it’s been three months and the village is completely destroyed. We, ordinary residents of Mariupol and knowing the area, understand that the height of “Lighthouse” is the key to the city of Mariupol. And if the ATO is forced even a meter from these strategically important heights, it means to expose a city of half a million … MORE.

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I Stand with Novorossiya
London Public Rally · Hosted by Piers Mellor
2 August at 13:00 in UTC+01
Ukrainian Embassy
60 Holland Park, W11 3SJ, W11 3SJ
London, United Kingdom

Solidarity with the freedom fighters of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics against the New World Order tyranny! Piers Mellor: Everyone please share this event and get it publicized as much as possible. Myself and Jez Turner are already confirmed as speakers.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Denis Pushilin (--fortruss.blogspot)

Denis Pushilin (–fortruss.blogspot)

Rumors Zakharchenko To Be Removed Are Enemy Misinformation. Pushilin denied rumors of a possible disbandment of the Ministry of Defence and the resignation of DPR’s Zakharchenko / TASS.ru / Edited autotranslation / July 15. / Vice Speaker of the People’s Council of the proclaimed the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Dennis Pushilin refuted rumors about the possible disbandment of the DPR Ministry of Defence or a change of leadership of the republic. A statement was posted on the policy at Donetsk News Agency. It notes that “over the past few days there has sharply increased the number of rumors, gossip and provocation by various characters on the political life of Donetsk People’s Republic.” For example, talk about disbanding the Defense Ministry, according Pushilin, can come from a “man far from the understanding of the military situation in the region”, or hostile to Donbass. Pushilin also commented on the rumors about changing the head of the republic. “I want to say to all responsible escaped” heroes “of Donbass, which unlike them, Alexander Zakharchenko is at all times operating in Donetsk and shares adversity with the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said vice-speaker of the DPR People’s Council. Expert: DPR has strengthened itself against information warfare through various rumors and “stuffing”. Information warfare against the proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) is increasing. This opinion was expressed by Chesnakov Alex, director of the Center close to the Kremlin political situation, which has been monitoring the situation in Donbass. “Subject to certain Ukrainian and Russian media, the report that the DPR Ministry of Defence was to disband in conjunction with the resignation of the head of Alexander Zakharchenko is outright misinformation. The situation in the DPR is stable. As far as I know, Zakharchenko is in the DPR, and all services are operating normally,” he said to TASS. According to the analyst, like “stuffing”, there is a clear indication of the growing information war against the Republic of Donbass. “Kiev wants by any means to disrupt the process of state building in the DPR and LPR; ignore any provocations,” he said.

Elena Filippova Survives Car Bomb Injuries, DPR Blames Ukrainian Sabotage Group. A series of bombings and assassinations in Donetsk shows the activity of Ukrainian saboteurs – “Free Donbass” / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 14, 2015 / Donetsk / The explosion, which occurred this morning in a car near the plant “Topaz” in Donetsk, as well as the attack on the People’s Council deputy Yuri Sivokonenko, indicate that the city has Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups (DRGs). This was stated to by the press service of the republican social movement “Free Donbass”. “This morning, near the plant Topaz in the Kuibyshev district, a car driven by a woman was blown up,” the press-service reported. “At the same time we pointed out … almost immediately after the commission of the offense that a report appeared in the Ukrainian media under catchy headlines. “It is definitely tempting to think that all these actions are orchestrated,” added in the social movement. Ukrainian journalists, in particular, disseminate information that “the alleged target of” the attack “in the DPR was Alexander Zakharchenko’s secretary [Elena Filippova], who died during the morning of the explosion.” “We would like to disappoint this overzealous [Ukrainian] journalist, but the woman is all right and will recover. But what is most disturbing is that Donetsk has once again become the target of the work of DRGs,” stated “Free Donbass.” The press service of th movement added that a similar signature crime was committed also in the evening on July 14. “In the Kuibyshev district, a car was blown up with unknown [occupants]. According to preliminary information, the car carried two “civilians”. They were taken to the hospital with injuries of varying severity,” said the press-service. “These events are a continuation of the Nazi” traditions “embodied by the Nazis during the war and then restored by their successors to “Independence” that appeared in the killings of the “Berkut” fighters, and then again in the terrible tragedy of May 2, 2014 in Odessa, and repeatedly in the crimes committed by the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces], so-called “national guard” of the Nazis and the “Right Sector” against the civilian population of Donbass,” stressed the press-service.”

slavjul15zMeeting with Aleksandr Prokhanov and Nikolay Starikov was held in DPR Union of Writers today / Novorossia Today / July 15, 2015 / Russian writer and essayist, Chairman of Izborsk Club and editor-in-chief of Zavrtra newspaper Aleksandr Prokhanov presented his new book “Murder of cities”, nominated for Booker Prize, in Donetsk. The presentation was held to the accompaniment of artillery shelling sounds in the building of the Donetsk People’s Republic Union of Writers. “The presentation of the new book about the event in the South-East of Ukraine will be held in two stages,” Prokhanov said. “At first it will take place in the Republican Union of Writers, and then — the main stage of the presentation will take place at glorious Saur Mound, the defenders of which repeated the heroic deed of their fathers, carried out in the years of the Great Patriotic War”. Russian essayist, leader of Great Fatherland party Nikolay Starikov also met with the residents of Donetsk. The meeting took place a day before in the hall of the Krupskaya Republican Universal Scientific Library, full of listeners. “I arrived in Donetsk in composition of Izborsk Club delegation,” Starikov said. “I intend to meet citizens of the Republic and visit the block-posts of the People’s Militia”. “We in Russia do not perceive the events in Donbass as something distant,” Starikov stressed. “We are fully aware of the fact that the dwellers of his land found themselves on the crest of the history wave, and they are defending not only their motherland, but also the entire Russian world”. Quemado Insitute comments: to some in the United States, it seems the Donetsk People’s Republic is defending the entire free world.

Yuriy Sivokonenko (--rusvesna-news.ru)

Yuriy Sivokonenko (–rusvesna-news.ru)

Attempt at the life of MP Yuriy Sivokonenko committed in Donetsk / Novorossia Today / July 15, 2015 / Unidentified criminals committed an assassination attempt against member of the People’s Council, Chairman of Union of Veteran of Donbass “Berkut” Yuriy Sivokonenko, press-service of the Republican public movement “Svobodnyi Donbass” (Free Donbass), to which Sivikonenko belongs, reports. “Yuriy Sivokonenko was attacked in Panfilov street. The attackers fired at him from machine-guns,” the press-service spokesperson said. “They managed to escape. Sivikonenko received and arm wound as a result of the assault”. The representatives of PM Free Donbass expressed their confidence of the activity of a Ukrainian covert group (SRG) in the city. “DPR police conducts investigation on the scene, they are looking for the sabotage and reconnaissance group,” the press-service spokesperson added. The members of Free Donbass movement reminded that the story of the Maidan coup started with murders of “Berkut” riot police troopers. “Today their lives are still under threat: freedom fighters are still on the death lists of Ukrainian Nationalists,” the spokesperson said, “nevertheless they did not succeed this time as well, as the condition of Yuriy Viktorovich is stable”. The representatives of PM Free Donbass stressed that recent events in Donbass can be viewed as the continuation of Nazi traditions, established by Hitlerists and implemented by their followers Maidanites. “This is just another link in the chain of crimes of the present-day Nazis, among which are the massacre in Odessa Trade Unions house, shelling of residential areas in Donbass, mass murders and tortures of civilians,” the spokesperson said. “We should advise the citizens of the Republic to remain calm and not to react to provocations,” the spokesperson concluded.

(--unian.info)

(–unian.info)

The Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has Withdrawn Weapons and Ammunition from “Right Sector” / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 15, 2015 / Law enforcers seized weapons and ammunition from the representatives of the “Right Sector” during searches related to the events in Mukachevo, said the Deputy Head of Department for Investigation of Important Cases of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vladimir Gavrilyuk. As the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Gavrilyuk noted that during searches in private homes and offices of the Volunteer Corps of the Ukrainian military-political movement “Right Sector” in Uzhgorod, there were found and seized night vision devices, cartridges for automatic weapons, grenades, and a rifle optical sight. “[We] obtained permission from the court for the recovery of data confirming the entry of vehicles with armed men in Mukachevo, as well as the fact of firing a machine gun mounted on one of the cars. We also questioned as witnesses more than 10 people from among the employees of Mukachevo PDI of Ukraine in the Transcarpathian region who participated in the incident on the highway Kyiv-Chop,” reported the prosecutor’s office.

Ukraine’s Civil War Spreads to the west; Second Coup Possible / by Bryan MacDonald / rt.com op-edge / July 15, 2015 / For the benefit of those who rely on American media for their news, this is what happened in Mukachevo. On Saturday last, the fascist Right Sector (‘Pravy Sektor’) group, which played a significant role in the Euromaidan coup last year, engaged in a shoot-out with Ukrainian police. According to Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Kiev’s Interior Ministry, there were around 20 militia men, armed to the teeth, involved in the exchange. The neo-Nazi organization claims that a local politician, Mykhaylo Lanyo, ordered police to open fire on their members. Right Sector further alleges that the ‘volunteers’ were merely attending a meeting when they were set upon by blood-thirsty cops. It is accepted that the fascists fired rocket-propelled grenade launchers and Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Now, whatever one may think of Ukraine’s police, they are not noted for taking a principled stand against hoodlums which have serious firepower to hand. Additionally, if Right Sector were really interested in curtailing smuggling, why would they hold secret meetings with local mafia leaders … ? MORE.

Four Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions Join Right Sector for Kiev Protests / Sputnik / July 14, 2015 / Last Saturday, members of the Ukrainian Right Sector nationalist movement announced protests in Kiev over the standoff in the western Ukrainian town of Mukachevo. Protesters are demanding the resignation of the country’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Members of the Aidar, Azov, OUN and Tornado Ukrainian volunteer battalions joined a protest staged in Kiev by the Right Sector radical movement. The protest has taken place near the presidential administration building for three days already. Last Saturday, Right Sector representatives announced ongoing protests in Kiev over the recent conflict in the western Ukrainian town of Mukachevo…. MORE.

(--AFP/ Alexander Zobin)

(–AFP/ Alexander Zobin)

“Right Sector” in Ukraine: Ultra-nationalist Rehearse Uprising Against Kiev / by Benjamin Bidder / Quemado Institute (from Spiegel Online) / Edited autotranslation from German by Quemado Institute / July 14, 2015 / The “Right Sector” melting pot of Ukrainian Nationalists and one of the driving forces of 2014 Maidan revolution, has published a manifesto on the Internet. It reads like a declaration of war. It is aimed not as usual against the Kremlin and the “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine heavily armed by Moscow. It is threatened against the police and their own government. It calls them the “occupation regime”…. after the Maidan revolution had failed to [carry] “the thing through to the end and make the people’s rebellion into a genuine national revolution”, it says on the website of the organization. Blame “those who came to power through the blood of the people”, says the document. The Ukrainian government had equipped volunteer battalions such as the “right sector” with weapons for the war in Donbass. Now the nationalists are calling out the state power itself. On the weekend, the “rights sector” had opened a second front … MORE.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Car Bomb Attack Injures Secretary of Zakharchenko / Latest News Resource / July 14, 2015 / In Donetsk, unknown assailants blew up the car Elena Filippova, Secretary of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) Alexander Zakharchenko. Woman in serious condition taken to hospital. About it reports “News front”. According to the site 62.ua explosion has thundered in the morning on July 14 in the area of the plant “Topaz”. According to preliminary data, the bomb was under the passenger seat. Eyewitnesses said the car exploded on the go. Law enforcement DNR are investigating the incident.

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Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. Ukrainian policemen were injured in two separate explosions this morning in the Shevchenko district of Lviv, western Ukraine. Also, there is no information yet as to the condition of Elena Filippova, who was seriously injured and hospitalized today after a car bombing. Filippova is the administrative assistant to DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko. For today’s sitrep with maps, photos and videos, see The war in Novorossia Online 07.14.2015 Chronicle (July 14).

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

DPR and LPR demanded that Kiev should stop arrogant violation of the Minsk Agreement / Novorossiya Today / July 14, 2015 /
Ukrainian authorities are engaged in “arrogant” violation of the key Minsk Agreement provisions by the procedure of enactment of the elections law without bringing it in concordance with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, claimed official representatives of the DPR and LPR in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego on July 13 in Donetsk. “The Law on election had been viewed by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, and the second, final reading is scheduled for tomorrow, although the Law should have been discussed in Minsk and be agreed upon with the representatives of the DPR and LPR; it is violating the already reached agreements in regard to non-participation of a series of political parties and holding the elections in accordance of the majority voting system”, — the statement submitted to the DNA says. “We demand that the authorities of Ukraine and personally Speaker of the Parliament Groysman, Prime-Minister Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko stop arrogant violation of the key Minsk Agreement provisions and start consistently implement the plan of peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass”, — the representatives of the People’s Republics stated. Earlier DPR and LPR authorities had repeatedly claimed that Kiev is ignoring the peace initiatives Donbass put forward and makes unilateral decisions aimed at imitation of the implementation of the Set of Measures signed on February 12, but in their essence contradicting the Minsk Agreement. Due to the non-constructive stance of the Ukrainian regime the People’s Republics began to implement the provisions of “Minsk-2″ unilaterally and appointed the elections to the local bodies for the autumn of 2015.

Ruslan Knyazevich (--online-ukraine.net)

Ruslan Knyazevich (–online-ukraine.net)

Ukraine local elections law doesn’t provide for elections in militia-held areas in Donbas / TASS / July 14, 2015 / KIEV / Ukraine’s new draft law on local elections which Verkhovna Rada (parliament) adopted on Tuesday does not provide for holding elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) on October 25, Ruslan Knyazevich, the head of the parliamentary Committee for legal policy and justice, said as he submitted the draft law to the Rada. This norm is fixed in the document’s final and interim clauses, he said. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on local elections in the second reading by 257 votes out of the required minimum of 226. Elections to the local self-government bodies scheduled for October 25 may partly be held according to a new election system if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the bill into a law. The DPR and LPR were categorically against the new draft law because they consider it to be a violation of the Minsk agreements. On Monday, July 13, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, the DPR’s and LPR’s representatives in the Contact Group for the Ukraine settlement, issued a joint statement in which they said that the new elections law should have been discussed in Minsk and agreed with the representatives of the DPR and LPR. “It is falling out of line with what is being discussed in Minsk and is violating the already reached agreements in part concerning non-participation of political parties and the holding of elections according to the majority system,” Pushilin and Deinego said. Earlier, the DPR and LPR announced that they would hold separate elections on their territories on October 18 and November 1, respectively.

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

The Ukrainian side deliberately intensifies shelling of DNR on the eve of the negotiations in Minsk – Basurin / Novorossia Today / July 14, 2015 / Donetsk / Ukrainian forces deliberately increase shelling of the territory of the Republic before the talks in Minsk, in order the situation in the area of the contact line seemed unstable to the observers, Deputy Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin stated today. “The Ukrainian side deliberately intensifies shelling in view of the meetings in Minsk, he said. -This is done in order to show the public that the security situation remains volatile.“ Basurin previously stated that Ukrainian forces have 51 times violated the ceasefire over the past day, with heavy weapons being used. As we have informed, today, on July 14, Minsk hosts a regular meeting of the Sub-Group in political issues operating within the framework of the Contact Group for the peaceful settlement. Belarus FOREIGN MINISTRY reported that the Minsk meeting of the Sub-group in political issues of the Contact Group started today in a closed press mode.

Martin Sajdik (--eng.belta.by)

Martin Sajdik (–eng.belta.by)

Meeting Of Political Subgroup On Donbass Started In Minsk / hst-ukraine.com / July 14, 2015 / On Tuesday, 14 July, participants of the Subgroup on Political Affairs of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine gathered in Minsk. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus on its page in Twitter. “Meeting of the Subgroup on Political Affairs concerning the situation in the east of Ukraine started in the closed regime in Minsk”, – reads the statement. It is scheduled to discuss constitutional reform and elections in Donbass at the meeting. For your information, on 7 July, meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbass took place in Minsk. After the meeting, the OSCE Representative in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik told about the “constructive” in negotiations.

TASS: Fugitive Right Sector fighters are retreating from Mukachevo towards Poland / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 14, 2015 / The leader of the Mukachevo cell of the “Right sector” Aleksandr Sachko said the battalion will continue the fight. / KIEV / Hiding from law enforcement officers, extremists of the “Right sector” are moving from Mukachevo to the border with Poland. This was reported by the Ukrainian TV channel “Inter”. “The epicenter of the events is moving, actually, to the North of Mukachevo. In the village of Verkhnaya Vyznitsa there are three new checkpoints. Staffed by soldiers of the national guard and police. It is 20 kilometers from the city. That is, we can assume that the fighters of the “Right sector” are leaving the foot of the mountain, where they were hiding,” stated the report of the channel. It was noted that extremists “every day are moving towards Lvov” and, most likely, keep the course to the border with Poland. The leader of the Mukachevo cell of the “Right sector” Aleksandr Sachko said the intention of the battalion to continue the fight: “It may take a year or two … Well, then, so be it. If someone thinks that the guys can’t live in the woods as long as necessary, believe me, there are enough opportunities to increase this formation by several thousand people,” he said. At the same time, Slovakia and Hungary took measures to strengthen their security on the border with Ukraine.

Slovak police boost security after deadly shootout in Mukachevo / Slovak Spectator / July 14, 2015 / SLOVAK police have boosted security measures following a deadly shooting involving the radical nationalist group the Right Sector in the Ukrainian town of Mukachevo near the Slovak border on Saturday, July 11. As well as increasing patrols on the border, police also added to the officers’ arsenal, Slovak Police Corps vice-president Ľubomír Ábel announced on July 13. A conflict between members of the Right Sector and followers of parliamentarian Mikhail Lano, who opposes the group, erupted at a sports club in Mukachevo on Saturday. After the Ukrainian security forces became involved, a fierce shootout ensued that included the use of automatic rifles and grenade launchers. Two members of the Right Sector and one civilian were killed in the shootout. According to Ábel, the Ukrainian authorities reported that the suspects are still on the run. Mukachevo is about 50 kilometres away from the Slovak border crossings in Čierna nad Tisou and Vyšné Nemecké … MORE.

slavjul14rIs Kiev Trying to Starve Donbass? / by Konrad Stachnio / New Eastern outlook / July 11, 2015 / There is currently a lot of speculation on the situation on the line Kiev – Donbass. To learn what the situation really looks like, I asked for the firsthand insight. I am talking with David Hudziec, the Polish war correspondent residing the ninth month in Donbass. Question: What is the situation in the Donbass region? DH: According to the regulations, any person entering the territory of Donbass, can bring daily up to fifty kilograms of food, the value of which does not exceed 5 thousand UAH. In fact, it all depends of the soldiers who are at the checkpoints. Question: What is the purpose of blocking Donbass by Ukraine. Does Kiev want to create there another Leningrad? DH: Basically, at this point the two insurgent republics have no other choice but to pass all trade on to the Russian side and to trade with Russia. It is very difficult because there is a price and monetary difference. What is more, goods from Russia are simply a lot more expensive. That is why the Russian currency is being slowly implemented, although officially there is a multi currency system here…. MORE.

Vladislav Surkov (--livemint.com)

Vladislav Surkov (–livemint.com)

False Rumor: Surkov Visited Zakharchenko in Donetsk to Discuss His “Removal”. There have been rumors spreading in the social media that former DPR field commander Igor Strelkov said DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko was to be “replaced” after a visit by Russian Security Officer Vladislav Surkov. It turns out Surkov’s visit occurred as long ago as June 2. Since Zakharchenko remains in office today, six weeks later, we conclude the talk of his “removal” is a false rumor. We do not know why this rumor has surfaced now. For the record, we present the first part of a Kyiv Post article from June 3: Kremlin aide Surkov visits Donetsk to scold Zakharchenko, says Strelkov / Kyiv Post / June 3, 2015 / As Moscow continues to deny its involvement in eastern Ukraine, a high-ranking Russian security officer who led an armed uprising last spring in Donetsk Oblast said the region was visited by Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide who has been dubbed “Putin’s puppet master” for his role in shaping foreign policy. The Kremlin-backed separatist press service refused to comment on Surkov’s alleged visit by phone. No information on Surkov’s visit could be found on the Kremlin’s website, and an emailed request for comment on June 2 to Russia’s presidential office went unanswered. Igor Girkin, who told Reuters he was a colonel in Russia’s FSB security service until quitting in March 2014, announced the visit on his Vkontakte page on June 2, saying Surkov arrived the previous day to “hold a meeting with the republic’s leadership.” Also known as Strelkov, Girkin implied that the meeting may signal an impending realignment in the occupied region’s Moscow-backed leadership. He said Surkov had “yelled and swore a lot” while meeting with separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko. A native of Donetsk who worked as a mine electrician, Zakharchenko had led the local militant group Oplot branch that helped the former Ukrainian government led by Viktor Yanukovych clamp down on the EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv. “About the fact that Zakharchenko refuses to ‘merge’ Donetsk with the same readiness and speed with which (Igor) Plotnitsky is doing it in Luhansk. At this point, I don’t know the results of Surkov’s yelling,” Strelkov wrote. “They can’t remove Zakharchenko. He is the living embodiment of the Minsk (peace) agreements.”

Monday, July 13, 2015

Ukraine opposition concerned over upsurge of extremism in Transcarpathian region / TASS / July 13, 2015 / Non-submission of gunmen of the Right Sector far-right group to Kiev and a series of attacks on civilian targets in the city of Mukachevo in western Ukraine are seen by Ukrainians as an immediate threat to the country’s national integrity. Head of the Opposition Bloc parliamentary faction in the Verkhovna Rada Yury Boyko has said that “it is not a local conflict, it is a problem of the entire country.” Special hearings are scheduled in the parliament for Tuesday – “with reports by the heads of the law enforcement agencies regarding the current situation and plans for remedying it – what needs to be done in this regard,” Boyko said. A series of incidents in the Transcarpathian region began on Saturday when the Right Sector extremists launched an attack on a cafe and shot at a traffic police station. The attacks claimed the lives of three people, another 11 were wounded. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry sent armored vehicles to Mukachevo, two militants were wounded and detained, and two dozen disappeared in the woods after a siege. The Transcarpathian region is the birthplace of Stepan Bandera, who was the leader of the terrorist branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and a Nazi collaborator during World War II. The area has many hideouts dug and carefully camouflaged by gunmen during the post-war years. Mayor of Mukachevo Zoltan Lengyel has declared enhanced security regime in the city. Head of the Verkhovna Rada Vladimir Groysman demanded to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the events in Mukachevo. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordered to dismiss the leaders of the regional law enforcement agencies and to bring criminal charges. The prosecutor’s office called the developments in Mokachevo a terrorist attack.

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Events in Mukachevo: The Inevitable Result of “Maidan” in Kiev / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 13, 2015 / Events in Mukachevo in western Ukraine have become a logical continuation of the coup d’état in Kiev a year ago last winter, Vice Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin told DAN today. “People who are used to force to resolve the issues and support of the authorities, went on their way” to reform and lustration “by regions of Ukraine” [sic],” he said. The Vice-Speaker noted that the supply of these events in the Ukrainian media suggests the desire of official Kiev “to dissociate itself from the radical organization rather than the inability of the authorities to control the nationalists armed forces.” According to him, Poroshenko has two ways out of the situation. In the first case, the Kiev authorities will suppress the “Right Sector”, which would entail the demoralization of the former heroes and supporters of “Maidan”. “After all,” the Right Sector “were active participants in the coup, which brought to power the team of the current president of Ukraine. The other representatives of the “Right Sector” will be forced to go into the shadows and fight a guerrilla war with the Ukrainian regime,” said Pushilin. The second version of the situation for the Ukrainian government is no less sad. “He will close his eyes for another trick by radicals authority will own failure while creating a precedent of the power, I would even say, robbery options redistribution of the Ukrainian state [sic]”, concluded the deputy speaker of parliament.

Right Sector party and ultra-right activists attend rally at Presidential office in Kiev, July 11, 2015 (--EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Right Sector party and ultra-right activists attend rally at Presidential office in Kiev, July 11, 2015 (–EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Developments in Mukachevo Prove Kiev’s Inability to Control Extremists — DPR Speaker / TASS / July 13, 2015 / The recent developments in Ukraine’s western city of Mukachevo demonstrate Kiev’s inability to control extremist armed groups, speaker of the People’s Assembly (parliament) of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Andrey Purgin said on Monday. “The Kiev authorities have never had full control over nationalist armed groups,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. “It was not control, it was an agreement between the state machine and extremists whose actions were meant to intimidate political opponents and the regime’s enemies beyond the legal framework.” Purgin noted that the Right Sector, a Ukrainian extremist organization outlawed in Russia, and other radical groups had already demonstrated in Donbas their inability to maintain a civilized dialogue. “Their methods of ‘dialogue’ are well known to people living in the former Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are now controlled by the Ukrainian army. They are known in other places too,” he said. “But such flagrant effrontery — people in Ukraine saw for the first time.” [More details at source.]

Slavyangrad on Mukachevo. See The Shootout in Mukachevo (july 13)by Anatoly Nesmiyan, and Turf War in Mukachevo (July 11) by Boris Rozhin, at the Slavyangrad website.

Exploitation of Natural Resources in Donbass

Exploitation of Natural Resources in Donbass

Slavyangrad on US Imperialism and Its Impact on Donbass: Is Ukraine a Modern Day Colony? “One of the driving forces of imperialism is the need to secure control of natural resources and the human labour with which to process it for transport to the imperial centers. The British Empire was the fullest expression of such exploitation, with everything from rubber and spices to slaves and oil being taken from their colonial outposts back to Britain, leaving poverty and cultural destruction in its wake. Ukraine is rich with fertile soil, coal and oil, it is home to the largest reserves of sulfur in the word, the second largest deposits of mercury ore, as well as 5 percent of the world’s iron ore. Many of these resources are primarily found in the regions of conflict in eastern Ukraine/Donbass.” See Is Ukraine a Modern Day Colony? by Andrey Panevin.

Another High-Ranking Ukraine Official Switches to Donetsk Republic / Sputnik / July 13, 2015 / The first deputy of the pro-Kiev Donetsk regional department of justice head has resigned and switched to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This is not the first time Ukrainian officials come over Donetsk opposition forces lately. “I’ve decided to quit Ukraine’s justice bodies as I do not support actions of the government stirring up the war hysteria. I have a peaceful profession, and it bars both war propaganda and participation in warfare,” former Ukrainian official Sergei Kucheruk, said today at a press conference in Donetsk. The official, whose relatives live in Donetsk, said he was waiting for “the government to adequately start to deal with the ongoing conflict,” but he never saw this happen. “People keep dying, it’s awful, it’s unacceptable” … MORE.

Pushkin Blvd., Donetsk (--wikimapia.org)

Pushkin Blvd., Donetsk (–wikimapia.org)

Life in Donetsk: Resilient Despite Obama’s Continuing Proxy War / by Stephen Lendman / Obama’s dirty war of aggression using Ukrainian and imported mercenary forces continues against Donbass residents rejecting fascism – wanting democratic rights everyone deserves. Since conflict began in April 2014, Kiev’s junta regime committed major war crimes. Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) is set to submit hard evidence to international courts, according to its spokesman Vladimir Markin. “All the evidence that we have collected has been included in more than 2,500 volumes of a criminal case. And the Investigative Committee is ready to hand over these materials to any international court,” he said. Russia’s IC will continue its investigation on whether other junta war crimes were committed. Despite months of devastating conflict, life in Donetsk remains resilient…. MORE.

Expert: Ultra-right forces trying to use Mukachevo conflict as basis for election campaign / TASS / July 13, 2015 / The ultra-right forces in Ukraine are trying to use the situation in the town of Mukachevo as a basis for their election campaign, director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management Ruslan Bortnik told TASS on Monday. “In this situation, it is interesting that the Right Sector [extremist organization banned in Russia] immediately started demanding not only the release of its representatives, but also the resignation of Interior Minister [Arsen Avakov], puting forward such political demands as refusing decentralization, holding snap parliamentary election, cancelling deputies’ immunity, adopting law on presidential impeachment and so on — in other words, a whole package of political demands,” Bortnik said. This “demonstrates that the Right Sector is trying to use the situation … MORE.

Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (--vesti.ru)

Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (–vesti.ru)

OSCE Official Report on Deadly Shooting in Mukachevo / osce.org / July 13, 2015 / On 12 July, the SMM dispatched a patrol of the Ivano-Frankivsk-based team to monitor events in the wake of an armed incident that reportedly occurred the previous day in Mukacheve (Zakarpattia region, 605km south-west of Kyiv). According to media reports, at least two people were killed – reportedly members of the Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor) – and several others were wounded in a shootout at a café allegedly owned by a member of parliament (Verkhovna Rada). On its way to Mukacheve, the SMM observed heightened security measures, including several police checkpoints. At one such checkpoint, north of Mukacheve, about 2km from the alleged incident scene, the SMM saw the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arriving, with ten armoured vans … MORE.

Mukachevo Postlude: Right Sector threatens Kiev: “If we have to, we’ll send reserve battalions against the Presidential Office and the Interior Ministry” / Fort Russ (Sputnik Deutschland) / Translated from German by Tom Winter / July 12, 2015 / After the fighting with the Security Forces in the west Ukrainian city of Mukachevo, Pravi Sektor has threatened a campaign against Kiev. The nationalist organization has has already set up roadblocks on the approaches to the capital, so that police cannot bring in back-up. Alexei Byk, spokesman for Pravi Sektor’s 13th Batallion, held a press conference Sunday in Kiev. “On the highway between Schitomir and Kiev there is already a checkpoint set up,” he said. The spokesman for Pravi Sektor, Artyom Skoropadski asserted that similar checkpoints would be set up as needed on other streets. “Not just up to Kiev, but also in other places, so the police cannot get through, neither to Transcarpathia nor to Kiev.” The spokesman would not rule out sending their battalions to Kiev if needed. Country-wide, Pravi Sektor claims two dozen battalions. Only two of them are engaged in the eastern Ukrainian industrial region of Donetsk, said Skoropadski. The others are in training camps in other regions, as reserves. “We cannot pull men from the front, but we can call up the reserves now in training for help,” said the Pravi Sektor spokesman. “We’ll send the reserve battalions against the Presidential Office or the Ministry of the Interior if we have to.”

Saturday heavily armed Pravi Sektor fighters skirmished in Mukachevo with the local Security Forces. In the exchanges of fire, one civilian and two Pravi sektor fighters were killed, and 14 were wounded. The nationalists set three police cars, a police station, and a gas station on fire with machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenade launchers. The city, which is just 30 km from the European border, had to be partly evacuated. Subsequently, the Ultras barricaded themselves in the nearby town of Lavki. The Security Forces ringed the area and called on the Extremists to surrender. The thugs of Right Sektor had played a major role in the Maidan rioting of February 2014 that led to the expulsion of President Viktor Yanukovich. Since the overthrow, the nationalists have been fighting on the side of the regular army against opponents of the regime in the east of Ukraine. In April of this year, the Kiev regime melded the thugs of Pravi Sektor into the Ukrainian Army as contract soldiers. At that time the Nationalist leader Dmitri Yarosh became adviser to the head of the Ukrainian general staff.

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Ukrainian guards at Mukachevo (--newscodex.com)

Ukrainian guards block Mukachevo (–newscodex.com)

A wide angled lens look at the “Mukachevo incident” / by Nikolai Holmov / ODESSATALK / July 13, 2015 / Grabbing the headlines over the past day or so has been the (currently on-going) incident between Right Sector and the State in Mukachevo. To briefly zoom in, the incident concentrates around cigarette smuggling, criminality and collusion of regional officials therein. It resulted with Right Sector taking the law into their own hands, people being shot and police cars being blown up by RPGs. The result, death, serious injury, and currently Right Sector members negotiating their disarming and surrender via MP Dmitry Yarosh. … MORE.

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TWITTER report on Mukachevo: Thomas Paine tweeted this photo on July 12 with the message: “Right Sector blocking streets in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Escalation over Mukachevo continues.”

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slavjul13xOne Day in the Life of ‘Ukrainian Democracy’ / by Gordon M. Hahn / Novorossia Today / July 7, 2015 / Samantha Power’s delusions notwithstanding, due to the inordinate presence of non-democratic elements and outside the Maidan government, ‘Ukrainian democracy’ remains a distant dream. We learned from the shortcomings of early ‘transitology’ in the 1990s that free and fair elections do not a democracy make. Rule of law, minimal corruption, state monopoly over the means of coercion, judicial independence, and a political culture of some trust and compromise rather than distrust and conflict, among other factors are prerequisites for the consolidation of a democracy. Ukraine lacks almost all of these key characteristics. Moreover, after a violent revolution from below led by a coalition of neo-fascists, ultra-nationalists, national socialists, and both national and liberal democrats, the Maidan regime’s unity is tenuous at best. Ukraine’s Maidan regime seems to be melting down slowly … MORE.

Footage and more details of the Right Sector stand off in Mukachevo / by Kristina Rus / Russia News Feed / July 13, 2015 / The above video of 11 minutes shows the events of Right Sector stand off in Mukachevo up close. Men in camouflage stake out near a gym before police arrives on the scene and a shoot out begins. The men drive civilian vehicles with Right Sector emblems (commonly completely legally confiscated from Ukrainian businesses “for the war effort” or from the “second grade” residents of Donbass). A body of just murdered gym security guard/gym instructor is stuffed into one of the vehicles. Confused local drivers drive up close to the scene just to realize its not safe and rush to turn around. The sound of the video is on and off and starts at 5 min. The reason for the stand off is allegedly a dispute over a control of legal and/or illegal business/contraband of a local politician/businessman. This is evidenced by the fact that the entire leadership of Transcarpathian customs service has been fired by Yatsenyuk after the event “for corruption” and will be replaced by workforce from other regions of Ukraine. The initial shoot out occurred … MORE.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel (--Sputnik/AFP/Maxim Malinovsky)

Francois Hollande, Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel (–Sputnik/AFP/Maxim Malinovsky)

Merkel, Hollande Urge Ukraine Leader to Give Rebels Self-Rule / New Indian Express / July 11, 2105 / KIEV: German Chancellor Angel Merkel and French President Francois Hollande took the rare step of pressing Ukraine’s Western-backed leader to ensure partial self-rule for the pro-Russian separatist east. The blunt message yesterday from two of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s most important allies marked another sign of European impatience with fighting that still engulfs the ex-Soviet nation five months after the signing of a broad truce. The 13-point agreement reached in the Belarussian capital Minsk controversially guarantees three years of autonomy to militia-run districts of Ukraine’s industrial provinces of Lugansk and Donetsk. The mostly Russian-speaking regions — dotted with war-shattered steel mills and coal mines that once fuelled Ukraine’s economy — want their special status spelled out in constitutional amendments that would be enormously difficult to overturn. But Poroshenko’s draft changes so far only make passing reference to an existing piece of legislation that gives insurgency leaders temporary self-administration rights. The rebels fear the law could be easily watered-down or even revoked — a decision that would cheer Ukraine’s nationalist forces and outrage Russian President Vladimir Putin. The European Union’s dire state of relations with Russia have been of particular concern to Merkel as she tries to return calm to the continent’s jittery markets and bring more stability to the 28-nation bloc’s eastern front. Poroshenko said Merkel and Hollande — both present at the Minsk agreement’s signing in February — had “recommended that the president of Ukraine continue with (his) constitutional reforms”. The two “especially stressed that the draft constitution of Ukraine reflects special self-rule for certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions”. Hollande’s office confirmed that the French leader and Merkel placed “particular emphasis on the special status of certain areas in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in the draft constitution”. The German statement carried a similar message. None of the sides mentioned who had initiated the conference call. More than 6,500 people have died and 1.4 million have been left homeless since the conflict erupted in the wake of the February 2014 ouster of a Russian-backed leader and his replacement by a strongly pro-Western leadership. Editor’s Note: the number of dead in the Ukrainian war has been reported as over 50,000, most of the them Ukrainian troops, according to German intelligence.

Alexander Zakharchenko (--inforus.ru)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–inforus.ru)

Zakharchenko Video: See Important statement by Alexander Zakharchenko at Vineyard of the Saker (July 11, 2015). Editor’s note: an approximate transcript of the subtitles is as follows: Question: Alexander, today is the anniversary of the withdrawal of forces from Slavyansk. After one year, do you think it was right or wrong? Or maybe something could be done in another way. Zakharchenko: In any case it is hard to judge, because the war always gives a big number of excuses, and any decisions which are made by one of the commanders are on his conscience. All this territory is the Donetsk People’s Republic. My personal opinion is the following: From the first day when I became the head of state, I said one thing: I don’t divide the territory of the DPR by what is occupied or controlled by us. All this territory is the Donetsk People’s Republic within the administrative borders of the former Donetsk region. That’s why one year ago there was, probably, a historical event which resulted in — let’s say it this way, in one day we lost Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Konstantinovka, Artemovsk. A group of forces in Karlovka [Gorlovka?] was put in danger. In 3-4 days we lost Debaltsevo and Uglegorsk. It was done in almost one week. That’s the reason for everything which took place afterwards, and the number of victims — this was a consequence of the exit by one of our famous field commanders from Slavyansk [Igor Strelkov –editor] — we suffered by releasing these cities. His subordinates knew about that, the main thing is that he knows about it as well. Any denial that the rest of the territory is not occupied, is not ours I consider as a personal treason, treason of all militias, soldiers. We insist on only one thing, that all territory, both Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, Krasnoarmeysk and Konstantinovka, and all the rest, and Mariupol, are cities of the DPR. I would like to address those people who live in this territory. Sooner or later we will be together. It can’t even be discussed, ie. I say fully assured that sooner or later we will be together. And all punishers, all contractors who kill our civilians, rape our women, plunder our houses, sooner or later will bear responsibility. They will be charged wherever they will be, in Poltava, in Sumy, in Lvov, in Kiev. Nobody will escape or hide anywhere.

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Two people killed, eight wounded in Right Sectors attack on Transcarpathia’s Mukachevo / TASS / July 11, 2015 / KIEV / Two people were killed and eight wounded as the right-extremist Right Sector organisation, banned in Russia, attacked a gym and a traffic police station in Ukraine’s Mukachevo in Transcarpathia, the local media reported on Saturday. “Firing continues in Mukachevo. Two were killed, eight wounded,” the local media reported. “The police have circled the city.” Some reports say the Right Sector militants attacked a gym, owned by a local legislator – Mikhail Lanyo. The extremists in several off-road vehicles came to the building and opened fire from a machine gun installed on a car’s roof. Two people were killed. “A fight continues now near the Krasna Gorka along the Kiev-Chop highway,” Seven Days. Uzhgorod reports. Besides, residents say about a fire at a gas filling station near an exit from the city.

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Ukraine, 9 Transcarpathiia. Click to enlarge (-voicesevas)

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Ukraine’s Security Service sets up operative headquarters over Mukachevo attack / TASS / July 11, 2015 / KIEV / Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies have set up an operational headquarters after an attack in the western city of Mukachevo, the spokesperson for Security Service said on Saturday. “An operational headquarters has been set up in the region,” the Ukrainian Pravda daily quotes Elena Gitlyanskaya as saying. “A deputy of the Service’s head has gone there along with Spetsnaz forces.” The malefactors have been offered to lay down arms and are guaranteed “the incident will be unbiasedly investigated,” she said. Editor’s note: videos are available at OffGuardian.

 Kiev Doing Whatever It Takes to Asphyxiate Independence Movement in Donbass / Sputnik / July 12, 2015 / The Ukrainian government is trying to asphyxiate the independence movement in the Donbass region through a full-out economic blockade, Polish war correspondent David Hudziec notes. Regulations imposed by Kiev are suspending the supply of food and medicine to the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk; it seems the Ukrainian government is determined to give the Donbass region the treatment Leningrad received during the Second World War when it fell prey to a deadly 900-day siege, independent Poland-based journalist and publicist Konrad Stachnio notes. In order to shed some light on the present situation in the Donbass region … MORE

EED Board of Governors (--eap-cfs.eu)

EED Board of Governors (–eap-cfs.eu)

The NED’s Euro-counterpart: EED / by Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 12, 2015 / The U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-financed Cold War contrivance created to advance right-wing governments and attack progressive nations around the world, has spawned a European offspring, the similarly-named European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The NED was largely the idea of conservative Miami Democratic Representative Dante Fascell, whose career was centered on supporting CIA efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba. Fascell never met a CIA covert operation he did not like. In fact, Fascell supported the successful effort by the U.S. Congress in 1985 to repeal … MORE

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (C) and new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (--zimbio.com)

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (C) and new Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (–zimbio.com)

Prime Minister Tsipras’ Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People / by Michel Chossudovsky / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 12, 2015 / After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June. This about-turn had been carefully engineered. The Greek people were misled and deceived. The Referendum was an outright ”ritual of democracy”. Tsipras had made a deal with the creditors. He was in favor … MORE

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Saturday, July 11, 2015
(Brief update)

Donetsk September 2014 (--rt.com)

Donetsk September 2014 (–rt.com)

US-Backed Armies Slay the Innocent. Pravda columnist Xavier Lerma sums up the atrocities perpetrated by the United States around the world, citing greedy trade practices and hawkish military strategies, with an emphasis on the horrors in Ukraine that media-brainswashed Americans condone. Lerma quotes the document National Military Strategy of the US 2015: “Provide a Global, Stabilizing Presence. The presence of U.S. military forces in key locations around the world underpins the security of our allies and partners, provides stability to enhance economic growth and regional integration, and positions the Joint Force to execute emergency actions in response to a crisis. We are improving our global agility. The ability to quickly aggregate and disaggregate forces anywhere in the world is the essence of global agility. We are striving to increase our agility by improving campaign planning, sustaining a resilient global posture.” He urges the American people to pressure their government and change the course of events: “The US propaganda machine cannot win against the people of today as in the days of Joseph Goebbels. The time is now. Act now to help the suffering. Act now before you become enslaved.” For full text of this insightful commentary see Fighting the Beast (July 10) by Xavier Lerma. Quemado Institute comments: The motive for US atrocities in the world is incomprehensible. Hawkish aggression does not strengthen America. What would strengthen America is a free small business environment, true free enterprise for individual people, free competition in manufacturing, and a powerful middle class. It is this, not war, that protects national security. US Government policies have instead wrecked small business, retail, manufacturing, and the middle class. Quemado Institute therefore concludes that US officials do not work for America; they work for transnational corporate and financial interests. We must look beyond puppets like Barack Obama and zero in on the real culprits, both American and European, who exploit the political and military machinery of Washington for destructive global purposes.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Vladimir Putin, Ufa, Russia July 10, 2015

Vladimir Putin, Ufa, Russia July 10, 2015

Putin on Minsk: Higher Chance of Success than Failure. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference today in Ufa that that chances of success for a Minsk peace settlement are better than the chances for failure, but that Kiev must be willing to hold dialogue with the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. See Russia Beyond the Headlines report Peaceful settlement in Ukraine stalling over Kiev’s unwillingness to hold dialogue with Donbass – Putin (July 10). See also Sputnik report on the final day of the BRICS/SCO meeting of global leaders in Ufa, Russia, at President Putin Holds Final Press Conference in Ufa (July 10). The full transcript of Putin’s July 10 press conference following the BRICS Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits in Ufa may be found on the official Kremlin website at News conference by Vladimir Putin following the BRICS and SCO summits (July 10).

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Liu Jieyi

Liu Jieyi

Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations: It Is Necessary to Create Tribunal for Donbass / antifascist.com / Edited autotranslation / July 10, 2015 / Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Liu Jieyi assures us that the proposal on the proclamation of the Republics of Donbass for the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate the crimes of the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] can be assessed only after a detailed study. The Chinese diplomat said that while nothing has been heard about this idea, now we can say that it is necessary to study and evaluate all proposals. “We need to see … Obviously, we need to look at the details to make any conclusion. But I think that a crime of any kind against anyone should be condemned by the international community,” said Liu Jieyi. Representatives of the diplomatic missions of other countries abstained from official comments on the initiative of DPR and LPR representatives. Recall than on July 8, the Russian Federation Council supported the request of the Head of Donetsk People’s Republic on a proposal to establish an international tribunal for crimes by Kiev and the Ukrainian military regime in Donbass. Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky made a request to the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal investigating crimes by Kiev in the territory of the republics on Wednesday. “None of the deaths will be forgotten,” Zakharchenko warned then. In Donetsk People’s Republic it was estimated that since the start of the year 1212 civilians were killed in the DPR/LPR region, among them 25 children. Since the beginning of the military conflict 3684 people [civilians] were killed, including 522 women and 65 children. Three thousand people are missing. Quemado Insitute comments: We caution that prosecution of Kiev battalions for war crimes violates the universal amnesty provision of the Minsk Agreements. Universal amnesty protects everyone, including the Novorossiya Armed Forces. This DPR/LPR proposal could backfire, causing a rash of similar proposals by the enemy which a biased UN might view more favorably.

Ukrainian troops outside Mariupol (--AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainian troops outside Mariupol (–AFP/Getty Images)

Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine Counts 2267 Unsolved UAF Crimes Against Mariupol Inhabitants in Six Months / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 10, 2015 / The Prosecutor General of Ukraine has counted over a period of six months at least 2,267 crimes by UAF troops against the civilian population in occupied Mariupol. This was reported to DAN by the DPR Ministry of Defense. “Thanks to the sources in the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, the DPR received intelligence statistics of criminal offenses and investigative work for 6 months of 2015,” reported the Defense Ministry. According to the Defense Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office Ukrainian statistics show 1048 serious unsolved crimes against life and health, 48 armed assaults, 122 robberies, 729 episodes of the misappropriation of vehicles, 320 crimes related to drug trafficking. Also, they do not disclose the fact of the death of 72 people and the disappearance of missing. The Defense Ministry added that during the mentioned period the percentage of unsolved crimes in the territory of Mariupol was 75.3%. As noted by defense officials, often UAF crimes against are civilians committed while intoxicated and with a weapon. Earlier, the deputy commander of the Corps of the DPR Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin repeatedly reported the interception of DPR intelligence material with evidence of crimes by Ukrainian security forces against the local population in the area of punitive action, as well as cases of torture against DPR and LPR citizens.

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Grigory Karasin (--TASS/EPA/Laurent Gillieron)

Grigory Karasin (–TASS/EPA/Laurent Gillieron)

Russian and US Deputy Foreign Ministers Consult to Enforce Minsk. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met in Zurich, Switzerland Thursday to further discuss ways to implement the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. “Concerning the feasibility of creating new formats to resolve the Ukrainian crisis involving the United States, Karasin noted that ‘the main task was now not to search for new formats, but use the existing ones to consolidate contacts and make progress in implementing the agreements that had been reached,'” reports TASS. Another meeting will be held later in July. See Russia, US to continue consultations on defusing Ukrainian crisis — diplomat (July 9).

Andrei Babitsky (--cpi.org)

Andrei Babitsky (–cpi.org)

Journalist Babitsky to Open Donetsk TV Channel. Former Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe correspondent Andrei Babitsky was fired from the US-funded news and propaganda agency for publishing a video exposing crimes of Ukraine’s infamous volunteer Aidar Battalion. (See Sputnik report Radio Liberty Fires Reporter for Video of Civilians Killed by Kiev Forces (March 15, 2015).) Now Babitsky is coming to Donetsk and, with a crew of six, plans to get a new independent TV channel called Dialogue up and running within a month. More can be found at The Guardian under Former Kremlin critic changes tack to launch television station in Donetsk (July 10).

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)

Donetsk rail depot lies toward

Donetsk railway station lies above and left of center.

OSCE Table of Ceasefire Violations July 8, 2015. According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission July 8, 2015 Report, some 500 explosions were heard from their observation post at the Donetsk central railway station, located some 8 km northwest of the city center, on Wednesday. Also available is a table of ceasefire violations showing time, location and type of weapon for each incident.

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OSCE PA Backs Resolution on Russia’s Alleged Role in Ukraine Crisis / Voice of Sevastopol / July 8, 2015 / HELSINKI / The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is holding an annual parliamentary assembly session in Helsinki on July 5-9. The last-minute addition to the OSCE meeting’s agenda, initiated by Canada and Ukraine, was passed by 96 to 7 votes, with 32 abstentions. It was tabled at the parliamentary session despite initially failing to secure two thirds of votes. The paper denounces Russia’s “clear, gross and uncorrected violations of OSCE commitments and international norms” following the February 2014 coup in Ukraine. Moscow has been specifically accused by the West of sending troops and hardware across the border to help local militia in fight against Kiev forces. Russia has firmly and repeatedly denied this claim citing lack of evidence.

John Tefft (--theguardian.com)

US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft (–theguardian)

US Ambassador: DPR Militia killed Children in the Donbass, Independence was not a Coup d’Etat / Translated by Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / July 9, 2015 / In Ukraine, the result of Euromajdan was not a coup, and the war was provoked by Russia, who sent their agents into Donbass, said US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft, in an interview with the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. “I do not agree with the argument that the US did something wrong. I categorically dismiss allegations that the events on Majdan led to a coup in Ukraine,” he said. “We believe that the violence is fueled by people in the Donbass, who penetrate the border from Russia. We do not believe in the story of the civil confrontation. You will, I am sure, remember the famous ‘little green men’?” Says Tefft. To the question of the journalist as to why the US turned a blind eye to the killing of civilians by the shelling of the cities of Donbass by Ukrainian army, the ambassador said that the children in the Lugansk and Donetsk could have been killed by the D/LPR militia, not the UAF. “How can you be sure that these people were killed by the Ukrainian army, not the separatists? How do you know? Were you personally present for this?” he said. Tefft expressed clear confidence that the Boeing passenger plane in the Donbass was hit by Russia or its agents. “We know. We just know that. I can not talk about the details. But we do know who shot down the plane. We are all very clear. And I think that most of the world also knows who shot down the plane. But now we are waiting for the end of the investigation, in which every aspect of this tragedy is being carefully studied,” said the US ambassador.

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Denis Pushilin (center)

Denis Pushilin (center) DPR Round Table July 9, 2015

DPR Round Table Concludes: European Members of “Normandy Quartet” Disappointed in Ukrainian Government – Glavred “Russian Reporter” / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 9, 2015 / Kiev authorities over the past five months have not carried out a single point of “Minsk-2”, which even angered its European partners in Germany and France. This was announced today at a round table at the DAO [Donetsk News Agency press center] said the chief editor of the magazine “Russian Reporter” Vitaly Leibin. “The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics granted options on electoral laws in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation on local self-government, but the law has not come into force due to the fault of Kiev,” said the speaker. “It is clear that the French and German partners were extremely outraged by the childish and adolescent behavior of Kiev, which simply deceives the eye, but does not perform under the agreements signed.” Leibin noted that Berlin and Paris still support Kiev, “but the more they are deceived by the Ukrainian authorities, the fewer illusions remain among politicians of the European Union.” Glavred “Russian reporter” offered his analysis of the Verkhovna Rada and the President of Ukraine on the implementation of measures of the Minsk Agreement and recognized that Kiev deliberately sabotaged the implementation of all points. “Anyone who can read the document can understand that items are not fulfilled by Kiev,” Leiben summed up his speech.

Feb 7, 2015, First DPR public hearing to discuss Minsk Agreements

Feb 7, 2015, First DPR public hearing to discuss Minsk

Editor’s note: Recall that we reported here on Tuesday July 7: “A round table discussion on the theme of the Minsk peace process will take place on Thursday, July 9 at the press center of Donetsk news agency [DAN]. The Round table will bring together representatives of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the public, and the media. On the agenda will be discussion of the negotiating process, the humanitarian situation in Donbass, political background of the conflict and other pressing issues. The round table roster will include Chairman of the DPR National Council Andrey Purgin, editor in chief of the magazine ‘Russian Reporter’ Vitaly Leibin, and Advisor to the Head of DPR child rights Ian Chepikova.”

UN Security Council (--legal.un.org)

UN Security Council (–legal.un.org)

Documentation Abounds for UNSC War Crimes Investigation: DPR Has Evidence of Many Crimes by Ukrainian Security Officials – Basurin / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 9, 2015 / DPR Investigators have collected a considerable amount of evidence of crimes committed by Ukrainian security officials, including the use of prohibited weapons and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. This was announced today at a briefing with DAN by deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps Edward Basurin. “The DPR Interdepartmental investigation team to investigate crimes of the Ukrainian punitive forces in Donbass collected a considerable amount of evidence, including the use of prohibited weapons during June-August 2014 – phosphorus, cluster, high-power bombs, and tactical Tochka-U missiles, which can also be equipped with nuclear warheads,” he said. At the same time, Basurin stressed, “all the facts are confirmed by the testimony of witnesses with the typical traits of a people, as well as by videos and photos from journalists.” Zamkomkorpusom [sic] also [saw?] on numerous occasions the shelling of civilian buildings, on which it is forbidden to fire, including schools, hospitals and kindergartens. The DPR Defense Ministry spokesman provided information on about 30 such incidents, which have claimed the lives of more than 270 innocent civilians, including women and children. “This is not all the Ukrainian punitive crimes against peace and humanity, there are many more,” Basurin summed up.

Denis Pushilin (second from right)

Denis Pushilin (second from right) DPR Round Table 7-9

Round Table Talks: Shirokino Demilitarization and Elections Confirm Unilateral Implementation of “Minsk-2” – Pushilin / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 9, 2015 / The upcoming elections and the unilateral demilitarization of the village of Shirokino once again confirm execution only by the DPR of the Minsk Agreement signed in February 2015. This was announced by today during a round table at the DAO [DAN press center] by the Republic’s plenipotentiary of the Contact Group at the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin, reporters say. “The agreements that have been signed by the heads of our Republics are performed only on our part. We really understand that you need to hold elections for local authorities, as it was spelled out in the set of measures. Also, we carried out unilaterally the demilitarization of Shirokino. We are still waiting for corresponding steps to be taken by Ukraine,” said the DPR representative. According to Pushilin, the process of demilitarizing Shirokino had been discussed for more than three months. “Unfortunately, in the course of negotiations, we did not come to any compromise. Once again, [we are] waiting [to see if] Ukraine will meet this. Then, perhaps, other locations on the contact line will be considered [for demilitarization]. And the question of elections, Ukraine sees them its own way, directly violating the Minsk agreement,” he added. Earlier, the head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko announced that on October 18, elections of local authorities will be held in the Republic. This unilateral step pursuant to the Minsk peace agreements by the Government is due to the fact that Kiev actually stopped implementation of the agreements reached in the winter in the Belarusian capital. In addition, on July 1 as a unilateral [action] the DPR announced the village of Shirokino in the south a demilitarized zone. The next day all the militias were relocated outside the village.

Rada Session on Donbass Elections and Presidential Impeachment Cancelled. Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) was to meet today to discuss the issue of Donetsk and Lugansk local elections, as well as “the impeachment of the President”. However, the session was called off. “By decision of V. Groisman the extraordinary plenary session of Rada on Thursday has been cancelled… Now the adoption of the law on local elections and a number of other important laws is threatened,” said the leader of Ukraine’s Radical Party Oleh Lyashko. No other details are given about Presidential impeachment. See Voice of Sevastopol report Ukraine’s House Speaker Cancels Rada Session on Local Elections (July 8). Editor’s note: For more on moves to impeach Ukraine’s acting president, see rt.com article ‘Impeach Poroshenko!’ Massive anti-govt rally held in central Kiev (June 16, 2015). More is also available at Global Research under Ukraine’s President Poroshenko Tries to Stop His Side’s Ceasefire Violations (April 12, 2015), by Eric Zeusse.

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UAF Burns DPR Wheat, July 2014 (--tigr.net)

UAF Burns DPR Wheat, July 2014 (–tigr.net)

Ukraine Again Burns Donbass Fields: UAF Shelling of Telmanovskiy Area Lights Wheat Field – District Administration / Donetsk News Agency / edited autotranslation / July 9, 2015 / The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) shelled the area of Telmanovskiy in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which led to a wheat field fire near the village of Nikolayevka. This was announced to DAN today by the head of district administration Sergei Ivanov. “Today, at about 15:30 MAT again hit the Telmanovskiy district,” said the head of administration. “The result was the ignition of a wheat field.” Ivanov also said that at present, local authorities are attempting to locate and extinguish the fire. Due to the close proximity to the line of contact, the Telmanovskiy area sufferes repeated shelling by the UAF. The day before, on July 5, Ukrainian punitive forces destroyed by gunfire some 3 hectares of wheat near the settlement of Taurian.” Editor’s note: UAF burning of Donbass fields was not unexpected. The photo shows a fire ignited by the UAF in 2014. We also received a report several weeks ago that DPR wheat farmers were clearing firebreaks around their fields.

OSCE Donetsk fleet (--Zak Novak)

Classy OSCE Donetsk fleet (–Freedom fighter Zak Novak)

Phil Butler Exposes OSCE Folly. In this humorous yet disturbing commentary, journalist Phil Butler talks about how OSCE monitors in Donbass really behave, casting doubt on their reliability as observers. “Graham Phillips is the only reporter who has even tried to show the truth of the fighting in the Donbass,” says Butler. “If someone can come up with another, I’d love to meet them. Graham told me some days ago that the best he could say about the OSCE monitors in Ukraine is that they ‘showed up’. They showed up for cocktails and some rubbing elbows with US and UK dignitaries all right. Shells falling daily on civilians in Donbass, 99 percent of all civilian casualties in this conflict having been on the Donbass side of the line, and Vienna summits and Donetsk luxury hotels are on the OSCE’s mind.” See The Problem In Ukraine: Cocktails and the OSCE (June 15, 2015), by Phil Butler. (Butler is a contributer to the Huffington Post, The Epoch Times, Japan Today, and Russia Today.)

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

UN Security Council (--en.trend.az)

UN Security Council (–en.trend.az)

Donbass Officials Demand UN Investigation of Kiev War Crimes: DPR/LPR Urge UN Security Council to Set Up Tribunal to Investigate War Crimes in Donbass / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 8, 2015 / Donetsk / The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have urged the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal for war crimes committed during Kiev’s punitive operation in Donbass. This was stated by the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky. “For unconditional criminal prosecution of Ukrainian punitive [forces] for the crimes in the territory of Donbass, the DPR and LPR refer to the UN Security Council with a request to establish an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and crimes against humanity in Ukraine,” Plotnitsky said at a joint briefing with the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko. “It makes no sense to expect an objective investigation of all crimes committed by Kiev,” Alexander Zakharchenko said in his speech. “Think of the battalion ‘Tornado’, which had killed more than a dozen civilians. In our opinion, the opinion of the establishment and the investigation of the facts should be engaged in the international organization.” “We call on the UN Secretary General, the permanent members of the Security Council – the US, France, Britain, China and Russia – to immediately discuss the formation of such a tribunal at the next meeting and prepare an appropriate resolution,” said Plotnitsky. “We undertake to transfer all of our knowledge, evidence and other information about the crimes committed by Ukrainian security forces in Donbass to official representatives of an international tribunal [established] to conduct an objective investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said the head of the LPR. Editor’s Note: Additional details may be found at rt.com under Ukraine: Self-proclaimed Donbass republics call for UN war crimes probe (July 8). Note that rt.com understates the number of casualties from the Ukraine conflict. According to German intelligence, over 50,000 people have been killed, most of them Ukrainian troops.

Shirokino

Shirokino

DPR Leader: Withdrawal from Shyrokyne [Shirokino] Serves as Trap for Ukrainian Troops / Unian / July 8, 2015 / Leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) [… Alexander] Zakharchenko claims that the village of Shyrokyne, which is located near the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol, serves as a trap for Ukrainian troops now, after DPR militants withdrew to nearby fortified positions, according to Mariupol local news portal 0629.ua. Asked about whether there were fears that the territory of Shyrokyne would become a bridgehead for Ukrainian armed forces after the withdrawal of the DPR troops, Zakharchenko said that it is now a trap rather than a bridgehead, 0629.ua reported, referring to his interview with the separatist-controlled media outlet PRT. “The terrain in Shyrokyne is lowland, where there are two dominating heights. One side of the village is controlled by Ukraine, the other one is under our control. We withdrew to a commanding point. Therefore, this can serve as a trap [for Ukrainian troops] rather than a bridgehead. There are no fears, as the terrain is sophisticated from one side, the positions are well-prepared, so these 1.5 kilometers play no tactical role but politically they are decisive,” Zakharchenko said. Thus, the portal wrote, Zakharchenko confirmed that the withdrawal of the DPR troops from Shyrokyne to the nearby dominating heights had been a political move pending the Minsk meeting on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis on July 7. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian-backed militants withdrew from the village of Shyrokyne early in July. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed their withdrawal. Editor’s note: The above article is reprinted from the enemy news source Unian. For detailed background on the Shirokino withdrawal, see our commentary Shirokino Retreat: Gambit, Blunder or Outright Betrayal? (Updated) (July 2).

UAF Still Occupies Shirokino: Enemy Report. Ukraine channel 112.ua reports (edited autotranslation): “ATO forces did not receive order to withdraw from Shirokino – Sector M. All units remain in their positions. Soldiers of the ATO are in their positions in Shirokino. This was state by the deputy head of Sector M Viktor Shidlyuh on the air ‘Channel 5’. According Shidlyuha, there was no order to leave the position in Shirokino. ‘As far as I know, there is no such order. All our units are in their positions and continue to perform their duties,’ said Victor Shidlyuh. At the same time, he said that the Russian side is interested in Ukrainian troops leaving their position in this village because the ATO soldiers ATO have taken advantageous positions. ‘I would advise not to use random data, and use the information from official sources, which is the press officer of the sector M, [where] detailed information on this issue can be clarified,’ he added.” Quemado Institute comments: The OSCE reported Monday that the UAF had vacated Shirokino, while this and several other reports indicate they never left.

slavjul8tUkrainian Saboteurs Destroy DPR Bridge En Route To Novoazovsk. A covert Ukrainian group blew up a bridge along Highway Т-05-08 that connects Donetsk to Novoazovsk via Starobeshevo, Razdolnoye, Vasilyevka and Telmanovo. The traffic has been rerouted to highway Т-05-19 running through Kumachevo, lying some 15 km east near the Russian border. See Novorossia Today report The bridge blown up by Ukrainian military on the road connecting Donetsk with Noboazovsk acknowledged irreparable, the traffic route changed — DPR Ministry of Transport (July 8).

Enemy Report: SBU Detains Mariupol Journalist. The enemy news platform Unian gives the following report today: “The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has detained a female resident of the Ukrainian-controlled city of Mariupol, who was actively conducting anti-Ukrainian propaganda in social networks. ‘The female offender was moderating nearly 500 groups in social networks covering almost half a million of followers. She was spreading appeals for forcible change in constitutional order, seizure of state power, support of terrorist activity in the country’s east. She also published videos in support of the mobilization of militants and the like,’ the SBU’s press center said. During the search, the SBU seized computer equipment and electronic media with materials confirming the offender’s subversive activity, the SBU said. Criminal proceedings have been opened under Part 2 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Additionally, the SBU is verifying information on her possible coordinated actions with militants from the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.”

slavjul8ySpanish Doctor Volunteers to Save Lives in Donbass. Follow for updates and support his noble mission! Javi finished medical school last july and decided to come to Donetsk to help, to tell the world what happens and gather humanitarian aid. You can follow Javi on his Facebook page.

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Rostislav Ishchenko: an enemy infilatrator?(--Worldandwe.com)

Rostislav Ishchenko: a pro-Kiev enemy infilatrator? (–Worldandwe.com)

Ischenko Praises Putin, Slanders Russian Militarists. Well-known political analyst Rostislav Ishchenko praises the policies, both foreign and domestic, of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He claims the United States is trying to provoke a conflict with Russia, implying that Putin’s restraint is an admirable strategy. Ischenko goes on to vilify the Russian militarists [we assume this includes Igor Strelkov], blaming them for asserting a “fifth column” is operating in Russia, accusing them of starting the Ukraine civil war, and likening them to the Right Sector because they seek militry solutions. For full Fort Russ commentary, see Who whom? (July 8) by Rostislav Ishchenko, translated from Russian by J.Hawk. Quemado Institute comments: Though Vladimir Putin is often correct in his policies, he has exhibited weakness in the face of Western pressure, especially on the issues of Donbass independence and the illegality of the Kiev regime. Analysts such as Ishchenko purport, falsely, that the United States is seeking conflict with Russia. They then praise Putin for standing up to the West by backing away from the conflict. Ironically, these analysts manufacture a pitfall that doesn’t exist, then praise Putin for avoiding it. This is nonsense. No matter how inexplicable America’s intentions, the last thing it wants is military conflict with Russia. That would be suicide. What the US wants is a scapegoat: someone it can vilify who offers no resistance. Putin seems willing to play this role. His reluctance to stand up to the West is therefore cowardice, not strategy. Analysts like Ishchenko, who praise Putin’s inaction in Donbass, are undermining Novorossiya and working against its best interests. Worse still, Ishchenko condemns Novorossiya’s “militarists”, presumably including Strelkov. Meanwhile, Strelkov warns of a “fifth column” in Moscow: political traitors who undermine Putin and erode his resolve in Donbass. Does Ishchenko belong to this fifth column? About who caused the Ukraine civil war, it was the US-led coup that brought Poroshenko to power, and Poroshenko’s attack on Semyonovka near Slavyansk June 5, 2014 was the start of the civil war. Yes, Strelkov played a role in the Donbass military resistance, yet it is slander to liken him and other NAF defenders to the neo-Nazi Right Sector. By condemning these Novorossiya military supporters, Ishchenko is slandering the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. This begs the question: Who really is Ishchenko? According to the Valdai Discussion Club website, Ishchenko is “President of the Center for Systematic Analysis and Forecasting, Ukraine.” So does he reside in Ukraine? Another site, Prudentia Politica, says Ishchenko is “president of the Moscow Center for Systems Analysis and Prediciton.” The organization appears to have no website under either title. Without in-depth research, we are unable to verify Ishchenko’s background. It is becoming our suspicion that Ishchenko is an enemy advocate, that he belongs to the very “fifth column” Strelkov is so afraid of, that Ishchenko is working for Kiev or the West, and that pro-Novorossiya websites should not publish him. We apologize for having criticized Strelkov in previous columns, and for having published Ishchenko in the past. The case against Ishchenko is not closed.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Denis Pushilin (--novorossia.today)

Denis Pushilin (–novorossia.today)

Pushilin: Minsk Contact Group Avoids Truce Issue / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / Edited autotranslation / July 7, 2015 / Donetsk / The dynamics of the negotiation process of the Contact Group in Minsk leaves much to be desired. This was stated to DAN by the head of the DPR delegation to the Contact Group, Vice-Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Dennis Pushilin. “The dynamics of the negotiation process is poor. Ukraine’s position in the negotiation process as a whole can be called passive. There is promotion by subgroups, but they are not allowed to talk about the possibility of a full consolidated truce,” he said. According to him, to the great regret republics of Donbass, “[there was no talk] on the approval of the final version of the document on the problem of guns of less than 100 mm.” Editor’s note: Pushilin may be referring to the new Minsk enforcement plan involving OSCE and JCCC patrol of an entire demilitarized contact zone. We are seeking clarification. Update: A July 6 report from news.rin.ru states intentions to discuss further demilitariztion of the contact zone. “In the OSCE mission in Ukraine the hope is nourished that the meeting of the contact group on 7 July in Minsk will decide the question of the demilitarization of other conflict zones, in addition to Shirokino, said the Deputy head of the mission Alexander hug. ‘After my visit, we will discuss where it (demilitarization – ed.) can be done after Shirokino. I will be in Minsk on Tuesday, and we hope to be able to see there are some new ideas which are able to be pursued. The situation with Shirokino is not yet complete.'” In a separate brief article, the Donetsk News Agency reports about the July 7 Minsk conference: “The meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk has ended, according to the press service of the head of the delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the negotiations Denis Pushilin…. The Consultation among representatives of the DPR, LPR, OSCE, Russia and Ukraine lasted no more than 1.5 hours.”

Krasnagorovka (not shown) lies a quarter of the way from Donetsk to arrow tip.

Krasnagorovka (not shown) lies east of Kurakhovo, a quarter of way from Donetsk (center right ) to arrow tip.

Krasnogorovka Next Demilitarized Town After Shirokino? Krasnogorovka is a country village about 18 km west of Donetsk. According to this autotranslation, the village may be next on the list of towns to be demilitarized following last week’s NAF withdrawal from Shiroko. We have concerns about this “demilitarization” process, projected to take place along the entire contact line, fearing it will lead to DPR territorial losses. The following article is the source of this information: DPR Exploration Revealed a Cluster of UAF Artillery in Krasnogorovka / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 7, 2015 / Exploration by the DPR documented the fact that the Ukrainian Armed Forces moved military equipment and personnel into the area Krasnogorovka (located a few kilometers west of Donetsk – approx. DAN). This was stated by Deputy Commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin. “In the village of Krasnogorovka, in the forest belt, is established the location of the firing position gabatr (howitzer battery – approx. DAN) D-30 in the amount of 6 units,” he said. In turn, as the head of the DPR delegation to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin told DAN, Krasnogorovka can be listed after Shirokino as [one of the] settlements where the process of demilitarization will continue along the line of contact. For more details, this topic will be discussed in Minsk today.” Editor’s note: the Minsk meeting of July 7 lasted only 1.5 hours. It is unlikely this topic was covered.

LPR Residents, Living in Stone Age, Demand Ukraine Stop Shelling. Residents living in the village of Prishib in the Slavyanoserbsky district have demanded that Ukraine stop shelling their homes, and stop shelling electricians who are trying to fix their power lines, which have been inoperative since October. “At present, people live without electricity and water supply. They are unable to grow vegetables in their gardens to somehow feed their families. But they are more worried about the coming winter, as it will be much more difficult to survive when the weather is cold.” See Truth about situation in Ukraine (July 7).

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First public hearing on Minsk, Feb 7, 2015

First public hearing on Minsk, Feb 7, 2015

DPR Officials the Public and the Media to Hold Round Table after Minsk on Peaceful Settlement / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 7, 2015 / Donetsk / A round table discussion on the theme of the Minsk peace process will take place on Thursday, July 9 at the press center of Donetsk news agency [DAN]. The Donbass “Round table” to discuss the Minsk agreement “will bring together representatives of the authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the public, and the media,” the organizing committee of the event reported to DAN. “On the agenda will be discussion of the negotiating process, the humanitarian situation in Donbass, political background of the conflict and other pressing issues,” said the representative of the organizing committee. In particular, the round table roster will include: Chairman of the DPR National Council Andrey Purgin, editor in chief of the magazine “Russian Reporter” Vitaly Leibin, and Advisor to the Head of DPR child rights Ian Chepikova. A full list of participants of the meeting will be published on the website in the near future.

Yanis Veroufakis (--dollarsandsense.org)

Yanis Veroufakis (–dollarsandsense.org)

Veroufakis Reveals Reason for Resignation. Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis reveals the shady Euro-politics that motivated his resignation following Sunday’s refendum: “Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.” See Information Clearing House article Minister No More! (July 6), by Yanis Varoufakis.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

slavjul6tTrilateral Contact Group Meets Tomorrow in Minsk / joinfo.com / July 6, 2015 / Tomorrow, July 7, Minsk will hold the meeting of all four working subgroups – on security, economic, political and humanitarian issues. Dariia Olifer, the Press Secretary of Leonid Kuchma, the representative of Ukraine on the peace talks regarding the ongoing war in the Donbas, reported that the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk would be held tomorrow, July 7, Joinfo.ua informs. “July 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Minsk will start the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group. There will be discussed the issues of fulfilling the Minsk protocol. Before that, there will be held a meeting of members of the four working subgroups – on security, economic, political and humanitarian issues. For the first time, tomorrow’s meeting will be chaired by the new representative of the OSCE in the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik,” Olifer wrote.

Sakhanka center, Shirokino left of center

Sakhanka center, Shirokino just left of center on coast

Voice of Sevastopol Sunday Situation Report. Head of the OSCE special Monitoring Mission Alexander Hug said their mission intends to patrol the village of Sakhanka, which lies a few kilometers northeast of Shirokino, to prevent it from becoming another battleground. Also on July 5, five explosions were heard in Shirokino, despite that it has been “demilitarized” and is supposedly monitored by the OSCE and JCCC. For full sitrep with maps and videos see The war in Novorossia Online 07.05.2015 Chronicle (July 5).

Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Azarov: Poroshenko’s Election Fabricated. Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with a Russian TV channel that the election of acting Ukraine “prime minister” Petro Poroshenko was a fabrication, that he did not have 50% support, and that the game was rigged by the United States. According to Sputnik news, Azarov said the Ukrainian president missed the opportunity to put an end to the war in Donbass and stop destroying the region on which the entire economy of the country used to be based, and stressed that Ukraine needs to break the current regime and return to common sense. For full report see Election of President Poroshenko ‘Fabricated’ – Former Ukrainian PM (July 5).

Samantha Power (--newcoldwar.org)

Samantha Power (–newcoldwar.org)

Samantha Power Lies to Congress about Ukrainian Shelling. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power lied under oath in congressional testimony, in the opinion of Russia Insider. Congressman Rohrabacher, one of the loudest critics of Obama’s Russia policy, asked Power if she thought it might be possible that the majority of the civilian casualties killed in Ukraine were victims of the Ukrainian army, to which she replied, “I think it is highly unlikely on the basis of reports we have received from the United Nations and the OSCE.” The question is, does she really believe what she’s saying? If not, she could be subject to 5 to 8 years imprisonment. See Samantha Power Lies to Congress About Civilian Shelling in Ukraine, Commits Felony (Video) (July 3). Editor’s Note: on the subject of Power’s dishonesty, see also Quemado Institute commentary Samantha Power Speaks Against Truth at United Nations (June 6).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Greek Referendum Photo Gallery

With 65% of the votes counted, the Greek referendum of Sunday July 5, 2015, asking the question of “whether to accept the outline of the agreement submitted by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund at the Eurogroup of 25/06/15” (ie the terms of Troika bailout) shows a whopping 61.3% No (OXI) votes to a meager 38.6 yes, a landslide victory for those rejecting European Union terms.

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On TWITTER, there is a mood of Jubilation. (Click image to enlarge.)

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There are some who say this deplorable event may threaten German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Order of Europe.”

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We stress that we are not an enemy of Merkel. We acknowledge that she likely stands among the four most powerful leaders in the world, and one who often represents the voice of reason.

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However, we have occasionally berated her for blaming the Urkaine crisis on Russian President Putin, when Moscow is not a party to conflict.

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This image does not necessarily represent our sentiments toward the European Union. We do, however, recognize the right of the Greeks to speak their mind.

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We hope this landmark victory will help bring freedom not only to Greece, but to all European nations, including the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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Quemado Institute thanks Greece for its contribution to democracy.

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Statement on Shorokino Demilitarization / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 5, 2015 / The unilateral demilitarization of Shirokino by the DPR became a gesture of peace. This was stated today to journalists by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. “Before the meeting in Minsk (to be held July 7 – approx. DAN) we have made a gesture of goodwill, showing that you can solve problems by political means. We have made Shirokino from the conflict zone a zone of peace,” he said. According to him, the town is under the supervision of a joint Center of the control and coordination of the ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line. “If the Ukrainians will enter the empty village, it would be a trap for them, not a springboard,” said Zakharchenko. “In a tactical sense Shirokino has no advantage. However, in political terms, that is what counts.” We recall that on July 1 the DPR unilaterally declared Shirokino a demilitarized zone. The next day the DPR militia left the village. July 4 STSKK and OSCE leaders held talks in Shirokino on the issue of demilitarization of the village. It was suggested to expand the post Monitoring Group, composed of representatives of Kiev, Russia, Donetsk and STSKK with the participation of the OSCE. However, as stated by STSKK later, Kiev has declined joint monitoring with the DPR. Quemado Institute comments: This is the first statement on Shirokino abandonment from Zakharchenko that we have seen. It is somewhat reassuring. However he does not mention the plan to extend this demilitarization project along the entire contact line, which is what we found so disturbing. He also does not clarify the ramifications of Kiev’s refusal of DPR joint monitoring. Are the DPR police going to insist on inclusion? Or will the DPR let enemies alone monitor their territory inside the contact line?

Ukraine Forces Attacking Multiple Places: Message from the militia July 5. / vk.com / Edited autotranslation / July 5 / Donetsk / “The village of Spartak is under heavy fire from cannon artillery and infantry combat. Metro, the airport (new terminal): infantry combat. Increased activity of the UAV. Kuibyshev district, 1-2 Platforms: under fire from heavy artillery cannon of the Ukrainians, eg sev- west. Svetlodarsk. Part of equipment and personnel in positions of Ukrainian invaders under Svetlodarsk are affected by the retaliatory militia. Residents reported Artemovsk cannonade. Magitsralny hears explosions.” Posted by militia in Gorlovka: “Dyleevka intensified. Avdeevka, Verznetoretskoe continues Bach [sic]. From the clif [of] Svetlodarsk was heard AGS and machines. Kalynivka loudly heard it all. It’s just that mortars have worked in the Majorcan side, which is not yet clear. Again mortars with Mallorcan. It seems that something in ‘Cornflower’ is also working with Svetlodarsk eastward [sic], presumably by Logvinova. The north thunders, and the situation is unchanged. Verhnetoretskogo Party again loud. Again Mallorcan 5 more volleys, Gupal heavy. Roughly the same direction, from Longvinovo.”

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10th Special Forces Base, Colorado (--defense.org)

10th Special Forces Base, Colorado (–defense.org)

2,500 Azov Battalion Troops to Train at USA’s Colorado War Camp. According to this report from Novorossia Today, some 2,500 troops from the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion have been flown out of Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport, and according to satellite tracking, landed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado USA, where they are to be trained at “war games”, despite recent US law passed to block such training. “And as these nearly 2,500 neo-Nazi Azov Battalion terrorists are now, undoubtedly, under the command of the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson …, it is a further destabilizing action being committed … by the Obama regime as the military troops stationed at this US military base have begun training for what they call a ‘new type of warfare’ they have labeled as ‘high-intensity combat’ and ‘maneuver warfare’ that is focused on conquering territory, smashing enemy positions and fighting to win rather than fighting to win hearts and minds…in other words, ‘total war’.” The article contains many more details of US war training programs. See Obama Moves 2,500 Feared Ukrainian-Nazi Fighters To Colorado For “Reasons Unknown” (July 5).

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Richard Durbin (--thinkprogress.org)

Richard Durbin (–thinkprogress.org)

Hackers Expose Durbin-Yatsenyuk Letter: Kiev Does Washington’s Bidding. A letter was exposed by the hacker group Anonymous addressed to acting Kiev prime minister Arseney Yatsenyuk from US Senator Richard Durbin, giving precise instructions as to which officials the Kiev government should appoint or not appoint, implying direct US control over Ukraine’s affairs. See Sputnik report at Do as I Tell You: US Senate Gives Direct Orders to Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk (July 5).

Igor Ivanov (--russiaprofile.org)

Igor Ivanov (–russiaprofile.org)

Igor Ivanov: Three Scenarios for Donbass. Head of the Russian International Affairs Council and former foreign minister Igor Ivanov discusses three possible futures for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. When asked, “Can the Donbass wait long enough to see Ukraine collapse?” Ivanov answers with a very optimistic possibility, “We must wait until the Kiev elite falls apart. There is no doubt that Odessa, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Lvov, will see the founding of their own people’s republics. Donbass simply needs to get stronger, restore its economy, and push the front line far enough so that the UAF can’t shell its big cities. Soon the people in Kiev and Lvov will be able to free their lands from the current authorities.” For full Fort Russ commentary see Three Scenarios for the Donbass (July 5), by Andrey Ivanov, translated by J. Hawk.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Strategic Culture Foundation: New US War Strategy Document Says “Project Power Across All Domains”. Again, American creates its own reality in this 24-page document on war strategy meant to keep US military might at the forefront. “The document says that Russia has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and is willing to use force to achieve its goals. According to the authors, Russia’s military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces. The strategy asserts that these actions violate numerous agreements that Russia has signed in which it committed to act in accordance with international norms, including the Helsinki Accords (!)”, notes author Leonid Savin. “The strategy points out that «We are prepared to project power across all domains to stop aggression and win our Nation’s wars by decisively defeating adversaries», the document states. «While we prefer to act in concert with others, we will act unilaterally if the situation demands». In the event of an attack, the U.S. military will respond by inflicting damage of such magnitude as to compel the adversary to cease hostilities or render it incapable of further aggression.” See full analysis at US Preparing for Never Ending War (July 5) by Leonid Savin.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)

Alexander Hug (--smh.com.au)

Alexander Hug (–smh.com.au)

Deputy Head of OSCE Mission Will Talk about Situation in Shirokino and Donbass in Minsk / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 4, 2015 / Donetsk / The Deputy Head of the International Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE [Alexander Hug] intends present the results of his trip to Donbass at the Tuesday, July 7 meeting of the working group on security, he said today at a press conference in Donetsk. “Tomorrow I will continue my journey and visit Gorlovka where our mission is working on a temporary cease-fire. It is necessary to carry out rehabilitation work on the water supply line. Next we will go to Avdeevka and Peski. Once in Lugansk, on Monday evening I return to Kiev and the next day go to Minsk, where the fifth meeting of the Working Sub-Group on security will be held,” he said. Hug also added that at present in the conflict zone there have been positive changes. “The Mission continues to carry out its mandate in the area. At the moment, we already have a well-organized platform (for negotiations). Using this, you can discuss competitive issues. This is a positive step,” the SMM Deputy expressed his views, responding to a question from Trend.

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Sergey Naryshkin (--Anna Isakova/Duma Press/TASS)

Sergey Naryshkin (–Anna Isakova/Duma Press/TASS)

Naryshkin: Ukraine Constitutional Reform a Mere Simulation. The speaker of Russia’s parliamentary lower house, Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday that Kiev and the West are only simulating the process of Ukraine constitutional reform, undermining the Minsk 2.0 Agreements signed on February 12 that mandate Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic participation in the amendment process. Source: TASS Russian Duma head says Kiev, West simulating constitutional process in Ukraine (July 3) Editor’s note: Wikipedia provides a full translation of the Minsk 2.0 Package of Measures. I quote the passage on the constitutional amendment process: “Constitutional reform in Ukraine, with a new constitution to come into effect by the end of 2015, the key element of which is decentralisation (taking into account peculiarities of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, agreed with representatives of these districts), and also approval of permanent legislation on the special status of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in accordance with the measures spelt out in the attached footnote,[note 1] by the end of 2015.” [Italics mine.] Thus, according to Minsk 2.0, DPR and LPR representatives must agree to the decentralization amendments. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko has therefore violated Minsk 2.0 by excluding DPR/LPR representatives. The West is trying to cover up his omission by inviting review from various foreign entities, including Victoria Nuland, French authorities and the Venice Commission. Their participation, however, is irrelevant.

Le Figaro: Kiev Blockade Alienates Donbass Residents. The French publication Le Figaro has pointed out that Petro Poroshenko’s policy of imposing a blockade on the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, if intended to turn local residents against the DPR/LPR leadership, is irrational and is having the opposite affect. At Ukraine border checkpoints, trucks carrying food supplies often have to pay bribes amounting to thousands of dollars, effectively doubling the price of food in Donetsk and Lugansk. Despite public backlash, Kiev officials let vengeance overwhelm reason. According to Sputnik: “Last month, Poroshenko Bloc MP Yuri Lutsenko called Donbass a ‘cancerous tumor,’ adding that the blockade should only be intensified.” For full Sputnik report see Kiev Can’t Get Donbass Back Through Economic Blockade – French Media (July 4).

Yulia Tymoshenko (--ibtimes.co.uk)

Yulia Tymoshenko (–ibtimes.co.uk)

Tymoshenko’s Office Bombed: Tymoshenko Calls Party Office Bombing ‘Terrorist Attack’ / Radio Free Europe / July 4, 2015 / Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says an explosion at her party’s offices in the city of Sumy was politically motivated. Tymoshenko, head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, said in Kyiv that there were “political reasons” behind the “terrorist attack” early on July 4. The explosion on the ground floor of the building did serious damage to the party’s offices but did not cause any injuries. Tymoshenko said if an impartial investigation is not carried out promptly then Batkivshchyna party members in Sumy will “publicly name those who threatened them.” She said the party officials had received telephone threats after having uncovered a “corruption agenda under the housing and utilities tariffs.” Editor’s note: According to the Irish Times, pro-West Tymoshenko fears “Russian aggression” and calls for Ukraine memebership in NATO: “In October 2011 Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years…. [F]ar from her power base in nationalist western Ukraine, Tymoshenko became a symbol of Ukraine’s struggle to oust Yanukovich, shrug off Russian influence and forge strong ties with the EU and US…. [Tymoshenko] wants a referendum on joining Nato, which she calls the only bloc that can protect Ukraine from Russian aggression.”

Emmanuel Leroy

Emmanuel Leroy

Valdai Club: French National Front Eschews EU Sanctions on Russia. Emmanuel Leroy, a French political scientist and former advisor to National Front leader Marine Le Pen, discusses the situation in Europe and relations with Russia with the Valdai Club editor-in-chief Alexander Artamonov. “It is clear that the Brussels bureaucratic superstructure, lying under the heel of the Anglo-Saxon oligarchy, will never allow European politicians not to be marionettes,” says Leroy. “NATO and the European Commission have created a schism … between Russia and Europe. It is perfectly clear, especially if we watch the Ukrainian crisis.” He goes on to say, “I regret, and Russia, I think, regrets too, but we can’t currently rely on Germany, because it is totally subservient to the orders from Washington…. If there is a hope to liberate Europe, it should be connected at first with a Paris-Moscow axis. Berlin currently is not an independent political actor even if its economic weight is colossal.” For full Valdai Club interview see French National Front and Russia (June 23). For more on Emmanuel Leroy see Marine Le Pen’s Closest Advisor Comes out of the Shadows in Donetsk (May 15, 2015).

Lake Valdai (--russiangeography.com)

Lake Valdai (–russiangeography.com)

Editor’s note: The Valdai Discussion Club was established in 2004, and named after Lake Valdai, which is located close to Veliky Novgorod, where the club’s first meeting took place. The club’s goal is to promote dialogue between Russian and international intellectual elite, and to make an independent, unbiased scientific analysis of political, economic and social events in Russia and the rest of the world. Over 800 representatives of the international scholarly community from almost 50 countries have taken part in the club’s work. They include professors of major world universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Carleton University, the University of London, Cairo University, the University of Teheran, East China University, the University of Tokyo, Tel Aviv University, the University of Messina, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sciences Po and the Sorbonne. (Wikipedia).

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko (--TASS/EPA)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–TASS/EPA)

Zakharchekno Announces Unilateral Minsk Enforcement. Special Regime of Self-Governance Introduced in DPR (Jul 2) / TASS / July 2, 2015 / Moscow / The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will introduce a special regime of self-governance on the DPR territory, the republic’s head Alexander Zakharchenko said in a statement on Thursday. The statement also says local election in Donbas will take place on October 18. Zakharchenko said that Kiev’s recent unilateral actions on adopting amendments to Ukraine’s constitution serve as evidence that “the Kiev regime has de facto exited Minsk peace process.” “Under the circumstances, the Donetsk People’s Republic has to start implementing the Minsk agreements itself in order to save them,” the DPR head said, adding that the republic “starts acting immediately, without waiting for Kiev to come to its senses.” “Firstly, DPR announces that a special regime of self-governance is in force on its territory, some conditions of which are outlined in Ukraine’s law ‘on Donbass special status’, in Article 11 of the Package of measures [on implementing the Minsk accords], as well as in the draft amendments to the Ukrainian constitution that we proposed. Secondly, in accordance with Articles 4 and 12 of the Package of measures, I set local election on the DPR territory for October 18,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Zakharchenko’s statement as saying. Election will be organized in accordance with principal positions of Ukraine’s draft law on election developed by DPR and LPR (self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic) and handed over to the Contact Group in the framework of “dialogue on modality of holding local election,” the statement read. “In accordance with Article 12 of the Package of measures, local election in DPR on October 18 will be held in compliance with appropriate OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] standards under monitoring of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights [ODIHR] and other international organizations. The procedures of monitoring and work of observers were coordinated in the framework of the Contact Group,” the statement stressed. “Ukraine’s representatives took part in discussing and coordinating all aforementioned decisions,” the statement noted. “I order the government and Central Election Commission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, together with People’s Council, to take comprehensive measure for implementing them [the decisions]. I am confident that they will let not only maintain the Minsk peace process, but also give it some dynamics. In the end, they will lead to full ceasefire in Donbass and political settlement of the global crisis that this war caused,” Zakharchenko concluded.

Grigory Karasin (--AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Grigory Karasin (–AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Nuland, Karasin to Meet on Kiev Minsk compliance. US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland plans to meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin on July 9 to discuss how Washington can increase its influence on Kiev to better implement the Minsk agreements. For details see Sputnik report Russian, US Officials to Discuss Kiev’s Implementation of Minsk Agreement (July 2). Quemado Insitute comments: The involvement of Nuland, one of the chief instigators of the coup that illegally ousted Ukraine President-in-exile Viktor Yanukovich, is not a constructive step. Nor do we imagine there is the faintest chance that Kiev will ever abide by Minsk. The pitfall of this type of “diplomatic” foreign intervention is that it lends credibility to an illusion that Kiev is complying with Minsk, further obscuring the fact that it has routinely violated the agreements. Such intervention thus undermines the DPR/LPR position that Kiev has “exited” Minsk, as stated by DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko. French oversight of Ukraine’s constitutional reform process poses a similar risk. Our opinion is that DPR/LPR officials should dismiss as irrelevant all such public relations ruses.

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Romain Nadal (--AFP/ Lionel Bonaventure)

Romain Nadal (–AFP/ Lionel Bonaventure)

Paris Reviews Ukraine Constitutional Reforms. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said on Thursday that French authorities are reviewing Ukraine’s constitutional reforms proposed by President Petro Poroshenko to see if they conform to the Minsk agreements. “[T]he Minsk agreements contain the necessity of decentralization and institutional changes with the goal of providing more autonomy to the territories in eastern Ukraine. We are currently reviewing the constitutional reform project in this area that needs to be covered under Ukrainian legislation,” Nadal said at a briefing in Paris. For full Sputnik report see Paris Reviewing Ukraine’s Constitutional Reforms on Autonomy for Donbas (July 2). Quemado Institute comments: Nadal’s statement appears to be a fabrication: The fact that DPR/LPR representatives have not been included in the constitutional reform process already provides sufficient proof that Poroshenko’s amendments do not meet Minsk 2.0 requirements. “Reviewing the constitutional reform process” is therefore irrelevant, and serves only as a public relations ruse.

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier (--t-online.de)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (–t-online.de)

Steinmeier Pulls to Pieces Militants’ Plans to Hold “Local Elections” in Donbass / Censor.NET citing Deutsche Welle / July 3, 2015 / German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has strongly criticized the pro-Russian militants’ plans of holding “local elections” in the Donbas. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that the action that was being prepared as the local elections could not be referred to as elections with regard to the terms of the Minsk agreement. The representatives of the “DPR” and “LPR” militants earlier expressed the desire to hold “local elections” in the territories controlled by the terrorists October 18. It’s a week before the local elections to be held in the rest of Ukraine. It should be reminded that President Poroshenko has also strongly criticized the statements made by the militants and stressed that the holding of elections on October 18 would be a violation of Minsk agreements. Quemado Insitute comments: Steinmeier, by overlooking the fact that Poroshenko’s constitutional reform, carried out in the absence of DPR/LPR representatives, violates the Package of Measures, is contributing to the failure of the Minsk 2.0 and fueling the risk of a greater European War. Such considerations lie within the sphere of responsibility of a regional Foreign Minister.

Basurin: Punishers Continue to Fire Heavy Artillery at DPR / News Front / Edited autotranslation / July 3, 2015 / Before reading the text of the military reports, Edward Basurin showed reporters a “gift” that the Ukrainian authorities had sent to residents of the DPR, saying that it does not shoot. This “gift” was a fragment of 152-mm artillery shells fired the day before by Ukrainian occupiers at residential areas of Gorlovka. Edward Basurin: “The situation remains difficult in the DPR. The intensity of the shelling by the Ukrainian side for the past day was 35 ceasefire violations. On the territory of Donbass there was released 15 artillery shells, 227 mines caliber 82-mm and 120-mm. Also used were antitank weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. The town of Sakhanka has undergone the most intense mortar fire from positions of the “Azov” Battalion. In addition, the settlements Spartak, Gorlovka, Shirokino, Kalinovka, Embankment, Vasilevka Red Partisan, the airport and the Kuibyshev region of Donetsk came under fire. There were no casualties among members of the Army and the civilian population.” Quemado Institute comments: Reports say the Azov battalion has seized the ruined town of Shirokino on the shore of the Azov Sea, after it was vacated by the DPR militia as part of a “demilitarization” process intended to appease Kiev officials. The neo-Nazi battalion is now bombarding nearby Sakhanka from that position. See our Quemado Institute commentary Shirokino Retreat: Gambit, Blunder or Outright Betrayal? (July 2), by Karl Pomeroy.

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Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

A Desperate Poroshenko Begs the West for more Anti-Russian Sanctions / Fort Russ from Rusvesna / translated by Joaquin Flores / July 3, 2015 / On Friday, July 3, Petro Poroshenko spoke with the delegation of the US Congress, which will take part in a meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Helsinki. In particular, during the meeting, the leader of the block wanted from Western politicians “an effective and coordinated plan” in case of failure of the Minsk agreements. Thus, Poroshenko urged the US to impose new sanctions against Russia if they are unable to settle the conflict in the Donbass, according to the site of the government of Ukraine. “We need an effective and coordinated plan in case of failure of the Minsk agreements. We are talking about a new wave of sanctions, well-coordinated actions,” said Poroshenko. Previously the European Union, on June 22, extended the restrictive measures against Russia. Thus, the economic sanctions against Russia will be valid until 31 January 2016.

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Alexander Lukashevich (--planobrazil.com)

Alexander Lukashevich (–planobrazil.com)

Russia Not Party to Ukraine War. Deinego: Number of Volunteers from Russia among the Militia Do Not Exceed 2% / Russkaya Vesna / Edited autotranslation by Quemaodo Institute / July 3, 2015 / The number of volunteers from Russia in the ranks of the militia of Donbass does not exceed 2%, reports the Contact Group envoy of the Lugansk People’s Republic Vladislav Deinego. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not a party to the conflict in Donbass. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said earlier that “there have been no” Russian troops in Ukraine, the Russian army was not at war, but there are volunteers who “can not remain aloof from the events that occur in Donbass.” [A further report states:] “The number of Russian volunteers among the militias of Donbass … are about [one in fifty] (every 50 minutes – sic), but no more,” said a Russian news agency referring to Deinego. So I commented on the report of the Ukrainian envoy to Washington’s secret services under the name “Russian aggression against Ukraine.” According to Deinego, Russian volunteers among militias are rare, but there are individual units where they constitute the bulk of the fighters. The Ukrainian authorities and the West have accused Russia of meddling in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Russia denies it and calls the accusations unacceptable. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is not implicated in the events in the southeast, is interested in the fact that Ukraine has [to] overcome the political and economic crisis. Thus, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly reported that the militia is not supplied with military equipment, ammunition and other assistance. The Defense Ministry has called statements in Kiev on this issue [such] “absolute nonsense” that “does not lend itself to any criticism.” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the statement of the Russian military presence in the Donbass is unsubstantiated; no one can yet provide specific facts, despite repeated accusations.

Still from video: UAF trucks

Still from video: UAF trucks

Ukraine’s Dnepr-1 Battalion Documents Major Kiev Ceasefire Violation. Numerous reports have appeared on Twitter in the last day alleging video proof of a large Russian military base inside the Donetsk People’s Republic. A Russian analyst examined the video and discovered the base appears to belong to the Ukrainian Army, as trucks and equipment bear tactical marks of the UAF. See Eurasia Today report Dnepr-1 documents cease-fire violation of Ukrainian Army (July 3) by Olivier Fehr.

Donetsk IP Address Now Russia. RIPE NCC, a European IP address coordinator based in the Netherlands, has assigned IP addresses in Donetsk to the Russian Federation. “The addresses will not only be used in the .ru zone, but the registration documents state ‘Donetsk, Russian Federation,'” says Fort Russ. For full report see European IP address coordinator assigns Donetsk to the Russian Federation (July 2). Editor’s note: There is some confusion about this. We have seen at least one TWITTER source claim Donetsk IP addresses were not in fact assigned to Russia, while others say they were.

Donetsk Scholar on Origins of Donetsk People’s Republic. Sergei Baryshnikov, professor of political science and former rector of the National University of Donetsk, delivered a talk on April 16, 2015 to a group of foreign writers and journalists. In it he explains the very beginnings of the DPR, from early protests in late 2013, to the emergence of Igor Strelkov as a military commander in Slavyansk. See Russia Insider commentary ‘Russian Spring’ in Donbass: How Donetsk People’s Republic Came to Be (posted July 2), by Sergei Baryshnikov.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Andrey Purgin (--Sergey Savostiyanov/TASS)

Andrey Purgin (–Sergey Savostiyanov/TASS)

Purgin on Ukraine Constitutional Reform: Kiev Deceives European Union. Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Andrey Purgin said on Wednesday that Kiev is once again ignoring the Minsk 2.0 Package of Measures with its draft law on Ukraine Constitutional Reform. “By its actions Kiev is trying ‘to report back to Europe’ and ‘to deceive the European Union’,” states Purgin. “It is drafting its own laws, without coordinating them with us, even though this is envisaged in the Package of Measures.” See TASS report Passing of law on elections without consent of Donetsk, Luhansk to violate Minsk accords (July 1).

Petro Poroshenko (-- AP / Emilio Morenatti)

Petro Poroshenko (– AP / Emilio Morenatti)

Poroshenko Submits Draft Constitution to Parliament. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko claims he is submitting to the Ukrainian Parliament today a draft law on changes to the Ukrainian constitution, ostensibly to meet the requirements of the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. The draft law has been approved by the constitutional commission. Poroshenko admits the bill does not envision a special status for the Donbass region. “These are rumors,” he said. According to Sputnik, “the decentralization amendments were reviewed by the Venice Commission, an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional matters, last week. The commission noted a need to create separate territorial administrative units through a special law, but generally approved the document.” Last week, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation Andrei Klishas stated that Ukraine’s proposed constitutional amendments diverged from the Minsk agreements. For full report see Poroshenko to Submit Ukraine Decentralization Bill to Parliament Wednesday (July 1). Quemado Institute comments: Poroshenko’s draft law meets none of the crucial Minsk 2.0 requirements. No representatives from the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics were consulted, as required by Minsk, and the draft was not approved by DPR/LPR officials. Therefore, Poroshenko’s amendments, while they may be valid in terms of internal Ukrainian law, have no bearing on the Minsk 2.0 mandate for constitutional reform, and should be dismissed as irrelevant to the Minsk process. The step of constitutional reform is therefore yet to be taken. Moreover, the Venice commission has no authority in the matter, as the Council of Europe is not a signatory to the Minsk 2.0. Their involvement is a sham intended for public relations purposes. Such shams, unfortunately, often trump law under Angela Merkel’s “Order of Europe”, which appears more and more like Merkel’s fourth Reich. Apparently acting to protect her own power, Merkel betrays disingenuousness as a guarantor of Minsk, blaming Putin for Kiev’s violations when Russia is not a party to the conflict. Update: Constitutional scholars may be interested the Interfax report on Ukraine’s amendments, which includes clause by clause detail. A brief glance shows frequent mention of Crimea, but nothing about Minsk 2.0 compliance. See Constitutional Commission approves draft of decentralization amendments, takes Venice Commission suggestions into account (June 30).

Andrey Purgin, Alexey Karyakin, Minsk, September 2014 (--hereandnow.wbur.org)

Andrey Purgin, Alexey Karyakin, Minsk, September 2014 (–hereandnow.wbur.org)

DPR/LPR to Hold Hearing on Minsk Implementation. For the first time, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. Representatives, including Speaker of the People’s Council of the LPR Aleksey Karyakin and Chairman of the DPR parliament Andrey Purgin. will meet with political activists in Donetsk on Thursday July 2. The main issues include “the unwillingness of Ukrainian authorities to enact the Law on the Special Status of Donbass, start negotiations with the DPR and LPR representatives in regard to local elections, terminate the military operation in the region, declare clemency of the conflict participants and carry out the exchange of POW, as well as cease social and economic blockade of the South-East of the country.” For full Novorossia Today report see DPR and LPR MPs and public activists will hold the hearing in the issue of the Minsk Agreement implementation (July 1).

slavjul1zUAF Pounds DPR with Over 200 Mines. According to Executive Commander of Donetsk People’s Republic Ministry of Defense Corps Eduard Basurin, the Ukrainian army has, in the last 24 hours, hit the DPR with 27 tank shells, 211 mines 82 mm and 102 mm in caliber and 180 AGS-17 grenades. See Novorossia Today report Ukrainian Armed Forces pounded the territory of the DPR with more than 200 mines in 24 hours – Basurin (July 1).

slavjul1yUAF Destroys seven Houses in Sakhana. Seven houses have been destroyed by Ukrainian shelling in the last 24 hours in the settlement of Sakhanka, situated 24 km to the north-east of Mariupol. The administration of the settlement supplied the Donetsk News Agency with the pictures of the ruins taken earlier today. For more photos see Novorossia Today Sakhanka: consequences of Ukrainian shelling (photos) (July 1).

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Official Tuesday Report. An excerpt from this lengthy account: “Between 9:03 and 13:00 hrs, at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) observation point at Donetsk central railway station (‘Donetsk People’s Republic’-controlled, 8km north-west of Donetsk city centre), the SMM heard and saw 168 explosions consistent with mainly mortar and tanks rounds…. From a position at the eastern outskirts of Berdianske (government-controlled, 1.5km west of Shyrokyne, 20km of Mariupol), the SMM heard small arms, heavy machine gun and recoilless machine gun fire and 2.5km east of its position, as well as outgoing 82mm mortar shells originating 320m south-east of its position, impacting – according to SMM’s estimate – in the area of the village of Sakhanka (‘DPR’-controlled, 24km east-north-east of Mariupol). During the afternoon the situation deteriorated….” For full report see Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 19:30 (Kyiv time), 30 June 2015 (July 1).

Mariupol lower left, Sakhanka at arrow tip

Mariupol left, Sakhanka at arrow tip. Click to enlarge.

Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have been shelling the village of Sakhanka near the Azov shore, in the Novoazovsk district of Donetsk People’s Republic, despite that the DPR militia is not positioned in the town. At least one house is destroyed, and the number of victims unknown. See June 30 sitrep with maps, photos and videos at The war in Novorossia Online 06.30.2015 Chronicle (June 30).

Foreigners Operate Ukrainian Army UAV’s. From an onboard flight recorder found in a Ukrainian Unmanned Aereal Vehicle (UAV) shot down by the Lugansk People’s Republic militia, experts were able to determine that foreign specialists were operating the drone over LPR territory. “The examination of the drone shot down by the LPR militias revealed photos of the drone operators made while testing the drone’s camera. ‘The photos feature men operating the drone from an apartment equipped with special devices,’ the agency [Lugansk Information Center] said. ‘Such equipment and work conditions are not typical for rank and file Ukrainian soldiers.'” For Novorossia Today report see Foreign specialists are operating unmanned aerial vehicles of the Ukrainian army to conduct aerial reconnaissance and adjust fire – LuganskInformCentre (June 30).

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Yanukovich Interview Excerpt on Donbass Genocide. Reliable Twitter source John Delacour has posted this photograph showing an excerpt from the recent Gatehouse interview with President-in-exile Viktor Yanukovich, now residing in Russia. Yanukovich shows concern for the people and a clear awareness of the nature of Kiev’s crimes. Recall that Yanukovich was illegally ousted from the Ukraine presidency in February 2014, during a violent coup in part sparked by United States intervention. Never properly impeached, Yanukovich remains the technically legitimate President of Ukraine. For this reason, Quemado Institute continues to refer to Petro Poroshenko as “Kiev regime leader”.

Poroshenko Laughably Hyperbolizes: 200,000 Russian Troops in Donbass. The West and their puppet regime in Kiev feel no apparent embarrassment about claiming Russia has suddenly deployed 191,000 alleged troops in Donbass. The number is so far out of range, it demonstrates the power of lies to stun the enemy. It also renders language a useless tool for communication, which alas it has become a trademark quality of Petro Poroshenko. RT says, “In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko claimed there is a whopping 200,000 Russian troops in Ukraine. ‘Today, on Putin’s order, there are 200,000 men and an arsenal of armored vehicles, sophisticated missile systems and anti-air arms amassed in our territory.’ … It is unclear where Poroshenko got the enormous figure, which constitutes about a quarter of the entirety of Russia’s troops.” For full RT report, see From 9,000 to 200,000: Poroshenko’s displays numeracy problem in counting ‘Russian invaders’ (June 30).

Alexey Mozgovoi

Alexey Mozgovoi

Ghost Brigade Triumphs Following Mozgovoy’s Tragic Death. Red Star Over Donbass presents a commentary on the late Alexey Mozgovoys “Ghost Brigade” battalion, which continues to operate with cohesiveness and dedication in his absence. The article lists 13 moral guiding principles of the Ghost Brigade, including elaborations on the ideals of friendship, courage, and democracy. See Ideological principles of the Ghost Brigade of A.B. Mozgovoi (June 30), translated by Greg Butterfield. [Editor: if article does not appear, please scroll to title.]

Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts: Greece Can Save Us from Washington-Brewed Armageddon. Political commentator and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts gives an insightful analysis of the critical role Greece plays today in the possible downfall of the European Union and the prevention of a US-sparked World War III. Among other trenchant statements, the gifted columnist says, “Washington is brewing armageddon. But Greece can save us. All the Greek people need to do is to support their government and insist that their government, the first in awhile to represent the interests of the Greek people, give the finger to the corrupt EU, default on the debt, and turn to Russia. This would begin the unravelling of the EU and NATO and save the world from armageddon. Most likely, Italy and Spain would follow Greece out of the EU and NATO, as these countries also are targeted for merciless looting. The EU and NATO, Washington’s mechanism for creating conflict with Russia, would unravel. The world would be saved and would owe its salvation to the ability of the Greeks to realize what really is at stake.” See Greece Again Can Save The West — Paul Craig Roberts (July 1).

Marcello Foa (--youtube.com)

Marcello Foa (–youtube.com)

Marcello Foa: Washington Plots Moscow Coup, Putin Overthrow. In an interview with news portal Il Blog di Beppe Grillo, renowned Italian political journalist Marcello Foa said that Washington plans to organize a coup in Moscow and overthrow Putin following isolation of the Russian nation. “[T]he United States has been on a warpath, involving itself in the domestic politics of other nations and staging coup after coup,” notes Foa. “After the conflicts in Georgia and Ukraine, Putin realized that his country would be Washington’s next target.” For Sputnik report see After Two Coups in Ukraine, US Takes Aim at Russia – Italian Media (June 30).

Lausanne talks (--Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Lausanne talks (–Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Stephen Lendman: US Wants Tehran Toppled. In a further episode of bad news about the wounded raging T-Rex called the United States of America, Stephen Lendman reports about America’s intentions. “Longstanding US hostility toward Iran remains unchanged. Current talks haven’t improved relations. Washington wants Tehran’s government toppled. It wants its sovereignty destroyed. It wants a puppet regime installed like under the Shah.” Lendman concludes, “Washington wants Iran reduced to colony status. It makes promises it intends breaking. It’s all take and no give. It’s hard imagining a fair, equitable and sustainable deal from ongoing talks. Expect Iran to be unfairly blamed for US deceitfulness.” For full Global Research commentary see Obama’s Plan B: Military Confrontation with Iran? (July 1), by Stephen Lendman.

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Near Donetsk, Donetsk People's Republic (-- Bogden Smykov)

Near Donetsk, Donetsk People’s Republic (– Bogden Smykov)

 

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