Donetsk Lugansk News Apr 2-27 2017

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–SouthFront)

Zakharchenko signed a decree on establishment of DPR representation in JCCC / Novorossiya Vision / April 27, 2017 / The Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, decided to create an executive authority body of special competence – the representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC). The relevant decree was published on the official portal of the Republic. ‘To create a national executive authority of the DPR of special competence, such as the representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Joint Control and Coordination Center and in the negotiation process. To appoint Ruslan Khalilovich Yakubov (the head of the DPR operational command headquarters) as the head of the Representative Office,’ says the document. According to the decree, the main tasks of the mission are the monitoring of compliance with the agreements on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements; interaction with the Ukrainian and Russian parties in the JCCC; interaction with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission; participation in the settlement of disputes related to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and assistance in their implementation; participation in the negotiation process on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The Head of the Republic will personally supervise the execution of the decree. The document comes into force from the date of its signing, April 18, 2017.

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Donetsk Situation Report, 26.04.2017 / Novorossia Vision / April 27, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 54 times. The territory of the Republic was shelled with artillery, mortars, tanks, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems and small arms. The most intensive shelling was applied by the Ukrainian military to the area of the localities Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Zhabichevo, Spartak and the airport of Donetsk city. From the positions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade and the 46th separate airborne assault brigade of the AFU on aforementioned areas, there were launched 354 82 and 120mm mortar shells, 184 grenades of various types and made 3 rounds from tanks. The war criminals of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade and the 25th separate airmobile brigade of the AFU launched on the area of the localities Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka and Zheleznaya Balka, 36 mortar shells of various caliber and 129 grenades. From the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade of the AFU, there were launched 3 122mm artillery shells, 2 tank shells and 63 82 and 120mm mortar shells. There were also actively used various types of grenade launchers and small arms on the localities Dokuchaevsk, Yasnoye and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. As a result of the shelling, there was damaged a multi-storey house in the locality of Dokuchaevsk, N 98 in Lenina St. In addition, from the positions of the 36th separate Marine brigade of the AFU, there were launched 32 82 and 120mm mortar shells and used small arms on the area of the localities Kominternovo, Novaya Tavria, Oktyabr, Sakhanka and Leninskoye. As a result of the mortar shelling of our positions by the AFU, there was killed one soldier and another two wounded. Moreover, over the past day, there were wounded four civilians. *** Our intelligence continues to record the strengthening of the enemy’s grouping of troops. In particular, on the edge of the locality of Avdeevka, in yards in the residential area, there were detected 6 tanks of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade; there was detected the arrival of a train in the locality of Selidovo (28 km away from the contact line), with 4 MLRS «Grad», 12 tanks, 10 armored fighting vehicles and 25 pieces of motor equipment. In addition, we recorded the work of UAVs used to spot mortar crews fire and conduct reconnaissance of our positions. Over the past day, there were recorded 8 UAVs in the area of the localities Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Kominternovo and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. The Ukrainian side continues its course aimed at destabilizing the situation and terrorizing the peaceful population of the Republic. The Ukrainian terrorists, without hesitation, purposefully and during the daytime, strike at residential areas, knowing that people will be outside. As a result of the mortar shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the Ukrainian military, the spouses Butenko Alexander born in 1955 and Butenko Svetlana born in 1957, were wounded in explosions of 82mm mortar shells in Chekhova St, and Korolchuk Konstantin born in 1981 in Shestakovs St. In addition, yesterday, Osadchy Andrey born in 1967, was wounded as a result of an explosive device detonated by the Ukrainian military in places used by the civilian population to approach reservoirs. This is nothing short of frank terror against the peaceful population of Donbass. How, at present, is the Ukrainian army different from the terrorist organization ISIS which is banned all over the world? *** Despite the arrival of Erturul Apakan, the head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, to investigate the death of the OSCE members, and the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, the Ukrainian side has not only increased the intensity of shelling our positions, but is also purposefully aiming at civilians. All this suggests one thing, namely that Ukraine is not interested in a peaceful solution to this protracted conflict, but, at the same time, accuses us of this. The development of events in Donbass is hard to predict if the world community does not pay attention to Ukraine, a newly developing terrorist state, in the power departments of which serve, without hiding, open nationalists prepared by professionals from Western countries. –Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ertuğrul Apakan

Ukrainian army shells LPR during OSCE SMM Chief Monitor’s visit / Essence of Time / April 26, 2017 / On April 26, the Ukrainian side shelled the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic (the LPR) while Ertuğrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine was visiting the LPR, the LPR People’s Militia official representative, lieutenant-colonel Andrey Marochko stated during his briefing at the Lugansk Information Centre. Marochko says, “Knowing that the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan is present on the territory of the Republic with a working visit, the Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire five times.” He explained that these actions are a provocation, as the shelling was conducted from the close to socially significant facilities. The People’s Militia representative stated, “Yesterday at 9:30 p.m. from the territory of the high pressure gas-distributing station in the community of Lobachevo, the Ukrainian military launched an attack using grenade launchers and small arms. After no return fire followed, they repeated their provocation at 10:30 p.m. This time they used an 82mm mortar.” On April 23, one officer from the OSCE mission was killed, and another one was wounded after their car struck a landmine in the LPR. Consequently, the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan went to see the place of the incident on LPR territory near the community of Pryshyb. Apakan’s goal, according to him, was to provide support to the observers and to better understand the situation. Speaking about his colleague’s death, the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine stated that despite the tragedy, they are committed to fulfill their mandate and secure peace for the people of Ukraine. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
(Brief update)

Lugansk officials blame Ukraine and OSCE violations for observer’s death / By J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / April 26, 2017 / On Sunday, April 23rd, an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car was blown up along the Slavyanoserbsk-Sokolniki route in the area of the village of Prishib, Lugansk People’s Republic. While the Ukrainian side has blamed the incident on “separatist” disruption of the Minsk Agreements and urged the international community to deploy an armed peacekeeping mission to Donbass, the Lugansk People’s Republic has voiced its own account of events. The Ministry of State Security of the Lugansk People’s Republic has released a statement which reads: “On April 23rd, during the first half of the day, a land mine blew up an OSCE car on a country road in the village of Prishib in the Slavyanoserbsk district. One was killed and three were wounded. There were two crews in total, but the second OSCE vehicle was not affected. According to the official version of the Ministry of State Security of the LPR, this was an operation prepared by a Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage group.” The LPR’s authorized representative to the Minsk negotiations, Vladislav Deynego, has commented on the incident: “The circumstances are not yet clear, and an investigation is being conducted, but at the moment the following is clear. The car was driving along a country road between the residential areas of Prishib and Smeloe. First the patrol of two cars went in the direction of Smeloe, carried out some kind of assignments there, and, while on the way back, the main car was hit on the rear right . . . READ MORE>>

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Click to enlarge. Verkhovna Rada member Tymchuk’s alleged timeline for OSCE car blast, April 23, 2017.

Kiev, West Begin Framing Russia in OSCE Car Blast Case / By Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / April 26, 2017 / Evidence is emerging that the Kiev and Western propaganda peddlers on Twitter are beginning to set up a scenario to frame Russia in the case of the car explosion that killed one OSCE observer on April 23. This follows on the heels of the US White House announcement that a full investigation is needed, and the the OSCE should head that inquiry. Now the ground work is being laid in “social media”—which are heavily relied upon for such “investigations”—to incriminate Russia. This is the same pattern that emerged on Twitter following the July 17, 2014 crash of the Malaysian Airliner Flight MH17. Studying the subject daily over the next year, I saw numerous tweets that seemed to offer “evidence” Russia had supplied the Donbass militias with the Buk missile that shot down the Boeing 777, replete with unprofessionally hacked photos of Buk missile trailors apparently driving on Donetsk roadways, and maps of the Buk’s improbable route from the Russian border. At the time, I thought these tweets were nonsense and didn’t believe anyone could take them seriously. Yet a web of allegations incriminating Russia and possibly Igor Strelkov began to coalesce into a broad and comprehensive fabrication. Then, to my surprise, the Dutch Safety Board MH17 investigation team used this very social media “evidence” to substantiate its probably false finding that a Buk missile indeed shot down Flight MH17, when many eye witnesses say otherwise. Now, today, I see tweets that are beginning to create a fabricated web regarding the OSCE observer’s death last Sunday. The following appeared on Twitter at 15:30 UTC today. Unknown enemy source Michael MacKay tweeted: “Sunday, an American was killed in Russia-occupied Ukraine. Russian TV arrived only 3 minutes after explosion. Dmitry Tymchuk gives timeline.” See photo above showing Tymchuk’s alleged timeline for the OSCE blast respose. ThunderBirdKY replies: “There’s simply no way they weren’t informed beforehand, some of the best ambulance services on the planet can’t respond that quickly.” Michael MacKay answers: “Pryshyb is a small village, on a bad road. I’ve driven through it. It’s 38 km/24 miles from Luhansk city. A 3 minute response is incredible.” The key accusation here is that RT knew about the car blast beforehand, implying Russian involvement. Note that the timeline was created by Ukrainian politician Dmitry Tymchuk. According to Wikipedia and other sources, Tymchuk is “a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada), a Ukrainian military expert and blogger, an officer of Ukrainian military reserve, and one of the coordinators of the Information Resistance blog. During the ongoing 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, he became one of the most popular Ukrainian online activists and was extensively cited on the situation in the country…. In November 2014, the number of those following his Facebook page exceeded 190,000 IP addresses.” If Tymchuk’s timeline is correct—and judging by the fabrications surrounding MH17, there is no reason to believe it is—it only means that RT journalists happened to be the area, which, given it is close to the contact line, might not be unreasonable. There were similar reasonable explanations for every piece of false evidence tweeted about the MH17 tragedy. This did not stop the Dutch Safety Board from taking those tweets seriously.

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OSCE rejects going into Donbass armed, Kiev saddened / By Inessa Sinchougova (RusVesna) / Fort Russ / April 26, 2017 / Arming the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in the Donbass does not help to ensure their safety, said the deputy head of the SMM observer team, Arne Dalhaug. “It is important to understand that arming observers will not help in the threat that we constantly face. For example, a mine, like the that exploded on Sunday.” Dalhaug said that any changes to the mandate of the OSCE will be made by the Permanent Council in Vienna. “Any changes to our mandate will be made by the Permanent Council in Vienna. At the moment, there is no mention about the introduction of armed missions,” he said. Fort Russ Editor: Meanwhile, the Poroshenko regime suggested that armed missions is what should be done. Ukraine has rushed to seize the moment and extract maximum political gain from the death of an American. Kiev insists on the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to the Donbass.

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Donbass war will be discussed today in Minsk / Novorossia Today / April 26, 2017 / The next meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine will be held in Minsk, just a few days after the tragic incident in Donbass, where an OSCE mission officer was killed in an anti-tank mine explosion. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the circumstances of the incident indicate a high probability of provocation aimed at undermining the peace process. Such incidents and a general escalation of tension, according to the Ministry, are beneficial for those who are not interested in implementing the political, economic and humanitarian provisions of the Package of Measures included in the Minsk Agreements. Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s representative in the Contact Group, called the incident a diversion, noting that civilians could become victims of the explosion, and promised to review the tragic fact at the next meeting in Minsk. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at talks with OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier that Russia insists on a swift and impartial investigation into incident, when a vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission struck a mine in eastern Ukraine. “We will insist on a quick, transparent and impartial investigation involving the SMM (Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine – TASS), the Contact Group and the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination,” Lavrov said, stressing that there is the need to continue “working in all trajectories.” On April 23, an OSCE SMM car drove over an anti-tank mine near the village of Prishib in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). An American paramedic who was part of the patrol was killed and two other SMM monitors, citizens of the Czech Republic and Germany, sustained wounds. The situation in Donbass is getting worse again. On April 25, three civilians wounded as a result of military actions.

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/26/2017 / DONi News / April 26, 2017 / Situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia has deteriorated. Knowing that the OSCE SMM Chief to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan is present on the territory of the Republic with a working visit, there were registered five occasions of ceasefire violations on the part of Ukrainian military. Besides, all shellings were provocative and conducted from the areas of essential facilities. Thus, yesterday at 09:30 p.m. Ukrainian provocateurs conducted fire with automatic grenade launchers, anti-tank grenade launchers and a weapon system from the area of location of a gas-distributing plant of high pressure. When there was no backfire, they (Ukrainian military) repeated their provocation at 10:30 p.m. applying 82mm mortars. Positions of our units underwent shelling in the vicinities of the localities of LOGVINOVO, SMELOYE, NIZHNEYE LOZOVOYE and Zheltoye. While shellings, there were applied prohibited mortars of . . . READ MORE>>

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Train with heavy UAF equipment arrives at station 30 km from Donetsk / WeapoNews.com / Edited by Quemado Institute / April 26, 2017 / Deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) operational command Colonel Eduard Basurin reported that, according to DPR intelligence, a Ukrainian train arrived at the Selidovo station carrying military equipment, including tanks and MLRS. The Donetsk news Agency quotes the message Basurin: “Marked the arrival of the train in Selidovo (about 30 km West of Donetsk), on the platform, which shipped four MLRS Grad, 12 tanks, 10 armored combat vehicles, 25 units of motor vehicles.” In addition, the DPR’s intelligence reports on the location of several Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) tanks in the private sector on the outskirts of Avdeevka. That’s where Ukrainian troops applied constant strikes on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, hidden amidst civil infrastructure. The tanks arrived in the town from the UAF 72nd separate mechanized brigade. LPR Spokesman Colonel Marochko told the media that the people’s militia of the Republic of Lugansk ousted a Ukrainian unit near the village of Sokolniki. Recall that, according to LPR intelligence, a sabotage and reconnaissance group abandoned that area of the Republic prior to blasting of the car of the special representatives of the monitoring group of the OSCE. Marochko: “During search activities, our scouts found it (DRG) at 22:00 in one of the abandoned houses. After the failure of the saboteurs from the surrender of weapons, the battle began [sic]. At the same time from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian forces, the enemy began to support a breakthrough of a sabotage group with intense fire from AGS-17 and a heavy machine gun.” Under fire cover, the enemy managed to escape in the direction of the village of Crimea on the territory controlled by the UAF.

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‘Direct Interference’: Why US Military Instructors Stay On in Ukraine’s Donbass / Sputnik / April 26, 2017 / The arrival of US military instructors in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region indicates Washington’s “direct interference” in the Ukrainian conflict, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets told Sputnik. In an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets described the arrival of US military instructors in Donbass as direct White House interference in the Ukrainian conflict. Earlier, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) reported the arrival of American military instructors in the conflict zone in Donbass. “The arrival of military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [in Donbass] has been tracked, ATO has been established,” DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said, adding that “one of the goals of the arrival of US instructors was to check the readiness of Ukrainian Armed Forces for combat operations.” Speaking to Sputnik, Viktor Baranets pointed to the fact that the American instructors had worked in Ukraine in previous months and that they are currently being rotated in. “American instructors were in place there from the very beginning, and they were endorsed by the Security Service of Ukraine. What’s more, the US instructors trained servicemen from the Ukrainian Armed Forces who were deployed to the Donetsk front line,” Baranets said. According to him, “foreign military hardware was also supplied to the Ukrainian servicemen” who were stationed . . . READ MORE>>

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Trump Doubts that Russia Controls Donbass – VIDEO / Pravda Report / February 7, 2017 / The US President Donald Trump has doubted that the Donbass militia is controlled by Russia. The US President expressed his point of view during an interview with the Fox News Channel. Trump answered a question of the host Bill O’Reilly on whether he was not insulted by escalation on the east of Ukraine due to pro-Russian forces the next day after he had carried out a phone talk with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US leader responded negatively. He explained that he refused to see any direct connection between acts of militia and Russia. Beside that, Trump claimed, that the US did not know for sure what was going on in Ukraine, and it should be found out. Before that, Head of the Ukrainian General Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted that there were no regular Russian troops in the territory of the country. Later, the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier also noted that there were no Russian troops in Donbass, having aroused perplexity on the Kiev authorities, which still assure that Russian special forces act in the territory of Donbass. Click image for video.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
(Full report)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/25/2017 / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 30 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was shelled with mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, and small arms. 61 mortar shells of 82mm and 120mm calibre and 220 ammos from various types of grenade launchers were launched onto the areas of Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak and the former Donetsk airport from the positions of the 72nd separate mechanized AFU brigade. The Petrovsky district of Donetsk was underwent a shelling from the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade. The enemy launched 13 mortar shells of 82mm calibre and 90 ammos from portable and automatic grenade launchers. In addition, war criminals from the 53rd, 30th separate mechanized brigades, 25th airborne brigade and 36th separate marine brigade shelled the areas of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Ozeryanovka, Kominternovo, Sakhanka and Leninskoye localities with small arms. One residential house in Zaitsevo locality on Latsis Street, 36, sustained damage, the Republic’s territory having been shelled by the AFU. As a result of a mortar shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, two civilians were wounded: Butenko Alexander Nikolayevich, born in 1955, and Butenko Svetlana Vladimirovna, born in 1957. *** Our sources detected the arrival of military instructors from the United States to the units’ bases located in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone with a view to participate in the inspection of the earlier transferred military property. Our reconnaissance established that this was not the only goal of the commission’s arrival. Thus, in the 92nd separate mechanized brigade, the readiness for combat operations is being verified, as well as the results of the earlier arrived military instructors’ work in this brigade. At that, in one of inner circles of Ukraine’s military and political authorities, one of the versions of such an unexpected inspection is being voiced: data preparation for the decision on lethal weapons’ allocation to Ukraine. But, preliminary conclusions of the commission’s work are already clear, as the US reduces Ukraine’s financing by more than 3 times, according to this day’s reports in Western media. According to a source in the Military Law Enforcement . . . READ MORE>>

OSCE Mission Car Blast in Donbass: Accidental Explosion or ‘False Flag’ by Kiev? / Sputnik / April 25, 2017 / Sunday’s destruction of an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle in eastern Ukraine comes at a moment that’s suspiciously convenient for Kiev, Ukrainian and Russian observers say, particularly as the US and European countries consider a significant reduction in assistance to their Ukrainian partners. On Sunday, a two vehicle convoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) carrying out monitoring in the eastern Ukrainian breakaway region of Lugansk was struck, destroying one of the vehicles. The deadly incident, thought by OSCE chairman Sebastian Kurz to have been the result of a mine blast, killed one US national and injured two OSCE staff members from Germany and the Czech Republic. The Security Service of Ukraine immediately opened a criminal investigation into the incident. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, meanwhile, has claimed that authorities from the Donbass breakaways were responsible. Shortly after the attack, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The president proposed introducing UN peacekeepers into the war-torn region, and accused Russia, which is a guarantor, but not a party to the Minsk peace agreements, of failing to fulfill the deal’s provisions. Kiev officials also used the attack to propose that OSCE observers in Ukraine be armed, notwithstanding the fact that the organization’s monitoring mission obliges them to maintain their neutrality. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the attack by insisting on the need for a “prompt, impartial, transparent investigation.” Russia’s Foreign Ministry has also issued a separate statement saying that “the circumstances of the incident indicate a high probability of a provocation aimed at undermining the peaceful settlement process in Donbass.” Speaking to Radio Sputnik, political scientist Rostislav Ischenko, president of the Ukraine-based Center for Systemic Analysis, stressed that although he was confident that authorities from the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) would allow Ukrainian investigators to conduct their investigation into the blast, together with other international investigators, it remains unclear whether Kiev will take advantage of such an invitation, since they do not recognize LPR authorities as a legitimate party for negotiations. More significant, according to the analyst, was the fact that the blast took place at a  . . . READ MORE>> [extensive analysis]. Editor’s note: See related article at mianews.ru: Two more mines were found on the site of the bombing of the OSCE car near the city Lugansk

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Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass / By Zorana Dobriza / Global Research / April 25, 2017 / OSCE Observers Became Victims of Another Ukrainian Armed Forces Diversion in the Donbass. / The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured. Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions. A.Marochko, an official representative of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic, said that the undermining of the cars of the OSCE mission is a terrorist act of Ukrainian special services that was committed by saboteurs of the 8th Special Regiment of Special Forces of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The possibility of execution of such terroristic acts was previously officially announced by the Minister of State Security of the Luhansk People’s Republic L. Pasechnik. On February 4, 2017, he noted that the the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic had information concerning the Ukrainian special services attempts to assassinate international mission personnel working in the Luhansk People’s Republic. S. Ivanchuk and I. Deyev, servicemen of the 8th Special Purpose Regiment of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukranian Armed Forces arrested in February being interrogated confirmed the fact that the Ukrainian Special Forces had the representatives of the OSCE shadowed. Major Ivanchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Group of Diversions and Reconnaissance confirmed during the interrogation that he had shadowed the movements of the OSCE staff and then had passed this information to the Ukrainian Security Service. He also admitted that the corresponding task was assigned to him by Colonel Sandursky known by the call sign “Khutor”, his curator from the Security Service. In the course of the engineering reconnaissance of the area conducted on April 24, 2017 by the units of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic at the zone of the diversion aimed at the crew of the OSCE, a so-called “lying place” organized by the Ukrainian Group of Diversions and Reconnaissance was identified at a distance of 500-700 meters from the indicated location. Based on the evidences found and the nature of the actions it was established that the group consisted of three people. The senior serviceman of the group was Major Goluzyak Sergey Vyacheslavovich from the 8th separate special regiment of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It is noteworthy that at present units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are being trained by military instructors from Poland, Lithuania and Denmark at the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region. The training of the Armed Forces is led by Colonel David Jordan of the US Armed Forces, who may become the head of the “OSCE peacekeeping mission” in the Donbass region. Undermining of the OSCE vehicle is another attempt to disrupt the Minsk settling process within the South-East of Ukraine which goal is to create preconditions for the unarmed OSCE troops entry to the territory of the unrecognized republics. The question is who from the Ukrainian governance will be able to provide guarantees for their security?

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OSCE begins internal probe into SMM car blast in Donbass / en.news-front.info / April 25, 2017 / The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has launched an internal investigation into an explosion of a car that carried OSCE observers in the Donbass region, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said on Tuesday following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Zannier, the Ukrainian crisis “was one of the key focuses of our debates today, also in light of the unfortunate incident that we had a couple of days ago, when we had the first victim in our operation.” “We are taking this very seriously,” he said. “I’m now setting an internal investigation. There will be also a criminal investigation to understand who are responsible for this outcome. There was a mine left on the road that is used also by civilians and the victims could have been others as well.” The OSCE calls on parties to the Ukrainian conflict to implement the agreement on demining. “It’s important to get all the sides to implement some of the agreements, including the agreement on demining,” he said. “It’s a terrible conflict and civilian . . . READ MORE>>

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Sergei Lavrov (–AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Lavrov “pulled” Poroshenko: Minsk does not provide for the introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass / The NewsPapers / April 25, 2017 / The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov reacted to the idea of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the intensification of efforts in the Donbass peacekeepers of the United Nations. According to the head of Russian diplomacy, the placement of UN troops in the East of Ukraine contradict the Minsk agreements, on the contrary, they supported the role of the special monitoring mission of the OSCE. “He does a lot of statements, to me it is difficult to comment. All these statements are aimed only at one thing — to take responsibility for the signature Petro Poroshenko put under the Minsk agreements. Anything that is required to make the Ukrainian side is not done under various pretexts,” — said Lavrov on the results of negotiations with Secretary General of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier. Earlier, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass requires the consent of all parties to the armed conflict — the Ukrainian authorities and the leadership of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.

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OSCE mission resumes patrolling of Donbas / en.interfax.com.ua / April 25, 2017 / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reported resumption of its activity on both sides of the Donbas contact line on Tuesday. “Today the OSCE SMM resumed its patrolling on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the mission said on Facebook. “We continue to take mitigation measures to ensure our monitors’ security and safety are in place. The patrols are conducted with some restrictions due to an ongoing assessment of the events on Sunday morning,” the mission said. “The SMM remains committed to fulfilling its mandate and contributing to bringing peace to the people of Ukraine including through monitoring and reporting on the security situation. In order to fulfill this task the Mission needs safe, secure and unconditional access for the SMM monitors,” the mission said. It had been reported earlier that the OSCE SMM patrol vehicle had been blown up presumably by a landmine in the area of Luhansk region uncontrolled by Kyiv on April 23, A U.S. citizen was killed, and citizens of Germany and the Czech Republic suffered injuries. All OSCE SMM patrols were summoned back to base after that incident. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/417875.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter]

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/25/2017 / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense. Despite the declared by the Ukrainian side observance of the cease-fire regime, for the past day, the enemy committed one occasion of the ceasefire violations. As I reported earlier, last night a military clash took place with the enemy’s sabotage group in the vicinity of Sokolniki locality. None of the servicemen of the LPR People’s Militia suffered. During the investigation conducted by the security forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic, one saboteur was wounded. A route along which a subversive and reconnaissance group managed to cross the contact line and withdraw to the territory controlled by Ukraine has been established. Investigative actions on the site of the night clash continue. I note that the Ukrainian media interpret this fight as supposedly staged. These statements were . . . READ MORE>>

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Dmitry Peskov (–Vladimir Astapkovich/Host photo agency)

Kiev’s Blackout for Lugansk Republic ‘Step Toward Rejection’ of Area – Kremlin / Sputnik / April 25, 2017 / Ukraine’s decision to de-energize the Lugansk People’s Republic is yet another step toward the rejection of the territory, which also contradicts the Minsk agreements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. He underscored that Moscow is doing its best to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Donbass republics. MOSCOW / On Tuesday, Russia’s representative to the Ukraine contact group said that Moscow decided to provide electricity to the Lugansk Republic after Kiev had cut the supplies citing debts. “The de-energization of the Lugansk region is another step on the path of Ukraine’s rejection of its territories. This is a step that contradicts the spirit of the Minsk agreements, which does not bring us closer to the implementation of these Minsk agreements, but rather distances us from the ultimate goal,” Peskov told journalists. “Certainly, Russia has always done and is doing a lot, for humanitarian reasons, to help minimize the consequences for people who live in Donbass,” he said. [More general background at source.]

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LPR fully provided with electricity from local sources – Emergencies Ministry / Lugansk Media Center / April 25, 2017 / LPR is fully provided with electricity using its own sources, the Republic’s Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said on Tuesday. “Yesterday, at 11:41 p.m. Ukraine stopped power supply via 220V LuTES-Kirovo and 380V LuTES-Mikhailovka transmission lines which feed the northern part of the region,” Ivanushkin said. “Forty minutes after the cutoff, power supply was restored to key Lugansk areas. By 2:20 a.m. we had fully switched over to our own power sources,” he said. “The power flow to Ukraine stopped; we fully operate on our energy. All the Republic has power supply.” “We accomplished it because electricity had been supplied to LPR from several directions. We refitted power lines, assessed new power supply schemes and connected Lugansk to internal power supply,” he went on. “We now use reserve sources which we initially planned to use in case of such cutoffs, because after 2014 we were aware that with this kind of treatment and shelling they would turn off both water and power supply. So we’ve made preparations since; the Republic is operating in a normal mode despite the Ukraine-imposed blockade.” “In 2014, transmission lines around Lugansk were cut; repairs were carried out without Ukraine. Now we have returned to the power supply plans prepared during the fighting back then,” Ivanushkin said.

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Russia to provide electricity to LPR / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Russian Energy Ministry made a decision on LPR electricity supply by Russian Federation after Ukrainian energy supply cessation. The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry and state enterprise “Energorynok” ceased the LPR power supply at midnight on April 25. “Such actions on the part of the Ukrainian government can cause the humanitarian catastrophe, that is why Russian Energy Ministry decided to provide electricity supply to the LPR from the Russian territory in frames of the humanitarian aid providing. It was managed to save the stable electricity supply level for the affected Lugansk region’s subscribers,” underlined the Ministry’s representative. It should be borne in mind that there are local power sources in Donetsk region (Zuevskaya and Starobeshevskaya thermal power plants), total capacity of which is quite enough to provide energy for the local consumption and to supply the affected Lugansk region’s territory. Russian Energy Ministry didn’t comment upon the LPR being supplied with Russian energy. Earlier the LPR Energy Ministry claimed that presently it provides the LPR electricity supply on their own with local sources.

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Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / April 23, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict. The Russian leader deplored the use of history as an «ideological weapon» to demonize others, and he said that without proper understanding of history we are bound to repeat mistakes of the past. That also reminds one of the maxim Karl Marx once wrote: «History repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce». As if on cue, while Putin was enumerating the dangers of false history, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was being hosted in London by British premier Theresa May during a two-day visit. The Kiev-based regime that Poroshenko leads came to power through an illegal, violent coup against an elected government in February 2014, with clandestine support from Washington and the European Union. The Ukrainian state military ever since have been waging a war on the eastern region of the country, resulting in a death toll of over 10,000 and up to a million displaced. All because the ethnic Russian population of the eastern Donbas region refuses to recognize the Kiev regime’s legitimacy owing to its illegal power grab three years ago. However, the way Poroshenko and the Kiev regime tells it, Ukraine is fighting off an invasion by Russia. The Ukrainian president’s falsification of history was dignified by his British host who dutifully nodded along as Poroshenko claimed that his country was a bulwark of Europe’s defense against Russian invasion. «This is not Ukraine’s struggle, it is Europe’s struggle. Sanctions and the resistance of the Ukrainian army are the only reason why Russian tanks are not much further in Europe», said Poroshenko whose asinine version of history received tacit British approval. Inadvertently, Poroshenko can be seen as confirming the perils of historical defamation that Putin was warning of. Falsifying recent and contemporary events in Ukraine might be a useful expedient for drumming up Western financial and military support for the corrupt and shaky Kiev regime; such blatant propagandizing of history may also be a useful expedient for expanding . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/20/2017 / DONi News / April 20, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 25 occasions of the ceasefire regime violations. The territory of the Republic was attacked with mortars of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, grenade launchers and small arms. From the positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 79 rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at the localities of Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka and Belaya Kamenka. From the positions of the 46 Separate Airborne Assault Battalion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 30 rounds of various calibres were fired at the localities of Spartak and the Airport area of Donetsk. From the positions of the 53 separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 12 rounds of 82-mm calibre were fired at the locality of Zaitsevo, and from the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 4 rounds of 82-mm calibre were fired at the locality of Bezymennoye. Also, the enemy applied various grenade launchers and small arms when attacking the following localities: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka, Spartak, Dolomitnoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, the Airport area and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. As a result of attacking the positions of the DPR Armed Forces, one soldier perished. Yesterday, when attempting to penetrate into our territory, a . . . READ MORE>>

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Armed forces of Ukraine planning offensive in Mariupol direction / News-Front.info / April 20, 2017 / Urgent statement by the deputy commander of the DPR Armed Forces, Eduard Basurin. / The AFU continues to aggravate the situation on the contact line in violation of the Minsk Agreements. The «ATO» command is trying to transfer the conflict into a «hot» phase, committing provocative actions against the DPR People’s Militia. As it became known from a source in the command of the military unit A0456 (Odessa), on the eve of the May holidays, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, specifically the Ukrainian Navy units as part of one combined brigade of Marines, prepare a plan for active military operations in the Volnovakha and Novoazavsky districts of the former Donetsk region. According to the plan of the command, on April 23-24, two mobile subversive groups are planned to be deployed in the area of the locality of Shirokino. At the moment, weapons are being prepared for saboteurs. To conspire the operation of the group, it is planned to use civilian vehicles equipped with mortars. The main goal of the group is to approach the contact line as close as possible, to conduct a provocative fire on their false positions, and, consequently, justifie the beginning of retaliatory strikes on the positions of the DPR militia. Then, it is planned to launch a large-scale offensive in order to regain control over the territory of the former Donetsk region. The planning of the operation takes place against the background of the «raising the degree» of the rhetoric of the Ukrainian authorities representatives and is accompanied by the intensification of propaganda in the media controlled by Kiev. Due to the depressing moral and psychological state of the military, the authorities are making attempts to rotate the «ATO» forces units, hastily «repairing the gaps» in the vanguard of the future offensive. Recently, the Ukrainian media have spread a statement by Alexander Turchinov on the AFU steady advancement to the Russian border. By the way, soon after this statement, the head of the National Security and Defense Council was hospitalized with an . . . READ MORE>>

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Large scale Ukraine attack on Donbass may be imminent / Sott.net (from Fort Russ) / Translated by J Flores (DNR News) / April 20, 2017 / Ukrainian security officials have begun active preparations for an offensive on the southern sector of the front, on the eve of the May holidays, the Ukrainian army intends to strike in the area Shirokino village. Deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, said this to journalists today. “As it became known from a source in the command of the military unit A0456 (Odessa), on the eve of May holidays, the UAF, and specific units of the Ukrainian Navy as part of a consolidated Marine Brigade, have prepared a plan of active fighting in the Volnovakha and Novoazovskiy areas” Eduard Basurin said. “According to the command, around April 23-24, planned to push forward two mobile attack groups to the district of Shirokino village”, he continued. According to preliminary data, the Ukrainian security forces are going to bombard their own false position, only to allegedly return fire. The DPR believes that this incident will be used by the enemy as a pretext for attempts to unleash a large-scale offensive. “At the moment they are preparing a sabotage plan. A secret group plans to use civilian vehicles equipped with mortars”. said the representative of command.

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Having Lost American Support, Coup Leader Of Ukraine Turns To Britain For Military Help, Prime Minister May Ready To Defend Nazi Kiev Regime With British Lives / Novorossia Today / April 20, 2017 / Having gone to Britain as a fund raising stunt, Coup Leader Of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko returns home with something more valuable than money, the Prime Minister’s pledge to defend the Ukraine Junta with British lives. UK stands ready to help defend the fascist regime of Ukraine against any further Russian aggression, was the message given to Coup Leader Petro Poroshenko during yesterday’s visit and talks between the two nations. British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Coup Leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, saying Britain was “ready to support” the Ukraine Junta which is under threat from Russia, according to her spokesperson. Prime Minister May also vowed to push for further sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, something Poroshenko continues to request of any western nation that will listen to him. Yesterday Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov warned that UK’s relationship with Russia was at an all-time low. Meanwhile, more than 800 UK troops have been deployed to Eastern Europe – along with tanks and heavy armor – to defend against Russian aggression, that many are starting to ask for proof of. The Ukraine Junta continues to allege Russian occupation of it’s Donbass region as well as mass troop movements inside the war torn region, but is unable to provide proof of such activity. Local and Russian experts in turn point out that without Russia to blame all of Ukraine’s troubles, they become simply known as a failed state run by oligarchs, criminals and western corporations in bed with them. According to the Coup Leaders press service, during the meeting, Poroshenko and May have also discussed the expansion of security cooperation including more British troops becomming “more involved” in Ukraine’s internal conflict.

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Poroshenko Loses It, Says Ukraine Last Bastion Against Russian Attack on Europe / Sputnik / April 20, 2017 / During his visit to the UK this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko compared Russia with an aggressive ‘crocodile’ that will eat Europe if ‘appeased’. He also suggested that the Ukrainian army was the only thing standing in the way of a Russian invasion of Europe. Russian observers had a good laugh over the ridiculous remarks. Speaking at the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs in London on Wednesday on the second day of his two day visit to London, Poroshenko evoked a quote by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who said during World War II that “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” Condemning Western politicians who seek to conduct dialogue with Russia, the Ukrainian President suggested that in today’s world, Russia was the crocodile. Spouting off a standard barrage of insults toward his eastern neighbor, Poroshenko complained that Russia doesn’t play by the rules, doesn’t believe in democracy or human rights, and was seeking world domination. “This is not Ukraine’s struggle, it is Europe’s struggle,” he added, as he pleaded with Western nations not to relieve sanctions pressure on Moscow. “Sanctions and the resistance of the Ukrainian army are the only reason Russian tanks are not much further into Europe,” Poroshenko suggested, his speech degenerating into something almost surreal. Russian analysts have had quite a good chuckle commenting on Poroshenko’s absurd claims. Political scientist Oleg Ignatov, for example, told Radio Sputnik that Poroshenko’s rhetoric could be ‘translated’ to mean ‘Washington, please give us weapons’. “In and of itself, such tough talk on Poroshenko’s part isn’t very surprising,” the analyst noted. “For over two years, Poroshenko has resorted to making these kinds of confrontational statements about Russia.” Today, Ignatov suggested, it’s obvious that “he wants to obtain lethal weapons from Washington,” and just as significantly, unconditional support from the Trump administration, just as he had received from President Obama. Most observers don’t believe that Washington . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladimir Putin (–Sergey Karpukhin/Reuters)

[Western media report:] Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine’s Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles / by Henry Meyer, Ilya Arkhipov, Stepan Kravchenko, Yuliya Fedorinova / Bloomberg / April 20, 2017 / Vladimir Putin is seizing on mixed signals from the U.S. to quietly tighten Russia’s grip on two rebel regions of Ukraine, burying hopes for a European-brokered peace deal and relief from sanctions anytime soon. While the Kremlin continues to publicly back the accord that Germany and France oversaw in 2015, Putin’s real strategy in Ukraine is to fully separate the two border areas known as the Donbas through incremental integration with Russia, three people close to the leadership in Moscow said. He has no plans to recognize or annex the territories, they said. Russia has been moving gradually, using a blockade by Ukrainian activists as political cover to take over key economic links with the separatist zones. Last week, Russian Railways slashed rates for shipping coal and iron ore to points near the rebel areas, where the metals industry provides most jobs. That will allow Russia to replace Ukrainian supplies halted by Kiev and ensure that steel plants continue to function, according to two people in the industry. “A step has been taken toward detaching Donbas — there’s no doubt about that,” a senior lawmaker in the ruling United Russia party, Konstantin Zatulin, said by phone from Moscow. Like other officials, Zatulin blamed Ukraine for forcing Moscow’s hand through the blockade, an allegation Kiev rejects. Zatulin’s assessment of the Kremlin’s plans was confirmed by Alexei Chesnakov, a former Kremlin staffer who now advises Putin’s administration on Ukraine policy, and a senior government official who asked not to be identified. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Thursday dismissed the idea that Russia is integrating the regions, calling it “absurd” and “naive” on a conference call with reporters. Russian Citizenship: Earlier this year, Putin angered his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, by signing a decree recognizing passports and other documents issued by the separatist governments in Luhansk and Donetsk, which have already declared the ruble their official currency. The Kremlin is also considering making it easier for the 2 million residents of the regions to become Russian citizens, which would dramatically complicate any attempt by Kiev to reassert control. Moscow is implementing the so-called “Transnistria scenario,” according to the deputy head of Poroshenko’s administration, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, referring to the breakaway region in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, which hosts Russian troops but has no . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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International Court of Justice Rules Implausible Ukrainian Charge of Russian Terrorist Financing / Quemado Institute / April 19, 2017 / The International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands, reached a conclusion today in the case brought by the Ukrainian government against the Russian Federation, in which the latter was accused of financing terrorists in east Ukraine and of practicing racial discrimination in Crimea. The court ruled against Russia on the latter count, agreeing that Russia must take measures to curtail racial discrimination in Crimea, but ruled in Russia’s favor on the first count, stating that there was no plausible evidence that Russia, with intent, knowledge or purpose, financed terrorists in east Ukraine. The summary document entitled Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Formsof Racial Discrimination (Ukraine vs Russian Federation) states on page 6: The Court observes that the acts to which Ukraine refers have given rise to the death and injury of a large number of civilians. However, in order to determine whether the rights for which Ukraine seeks protection are at least plausible,it is necessary to ascertain whether there are sufficient reasons for considering that the elements set out in Article 2, such as intention and knowledge, as well as the element of purpose, are present. The Court is of the view that, at this stage of the proceedings, Ukraine has not put before it evidence which affords a sufficient basis to find it plausible that these elements are present. Therefore, it concludes that the conditions required for the indication of provisional measures in respect of the rights alleged by Ukraine on the basis of the ICSFT [International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism] are not met. Ukraine’s accusations against the RF are listed on page 22 of the full ICJ document, which says: “As examples of such acts [of terrorism as defined in Article 2] committed on its territory [by the Russian Federation], Ukraine refers, in particular, to (a) the bombing of peaceful marchers in Kharkiv; (b) the bombardment of Mariupol; (c) the attacks on Volnovakha and Kramatorsk; and (d) the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, all of which, according to the Applicant, plausibly involved an ‘intent to cause death or serious injury to civilians’ and had a plausible purpose ‘to intimidate a population’.” It is interesting that many observers believe Ukraine itself to be the guilty party in all of these events. The Russian Federation defended its case with the following argument (paragraph 71, page 25): “According to the Russian Federation, first, it cannot have breached its obligations under Article 18 of the ICSFT, since it has not been demonstrated that the armed groups in eastern Ukraine were engaging in acts of terrorism.” Russia argued its case in more detail on page 12 of the full document, stating: “The Russian Federation contends that no international body or organization seised of the current situation in eastern Ukraine has qualified the ongoing hostilities in terms of terrorism. It further contends that Ukraine has failed to submit any document from any international organization or any State other than Ukraine itself, characterizing the acts of the DPR and the LPR as acts of terrorism. The Russian Federation adds that most of the civilian casualties are in the territories under the control of the DPR and the LPR, and that multiple sources report that Ukrainian armed forces are themselves responsible for numerous acts of indiscriminate shelling, starting with the shelling of residential areas in Slavyansk in May 2014, where many civilians were killed and wounded by the shelling by Ukrainian armed forces, while residential buildings, hospitals and infrastructures were destroyed or damaged.” Editor’s note: On January 16, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Novorossia Vision).

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/19/2017 / DONi News / April 19, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 36 occasions of the ceasefire regime violations. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. From the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 49 rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at the localities of Sosnovskoye and Sakhanka. Also, the enemy applied various grenade launchers and small arms when attacking the following localities: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Veseloye, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Leninskoye, Sosnovskoye, Nikolayevka, Oktyabr, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The Ukrainian leadership continues its policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The continuous artillery shelling of the Republic’s territory, on which we have already accentuated attention, is a clear confirmation of this. Our reconnaissance records the facts of reinforcing the enemy’s forces along the contact line, including the deployment of AFU units at civilian and infrastructure facilities. So, on the territory of the Avdeyevka Coke and Chemical Plant, the deployment of Ukrainian security forces’ units has been revealed. The approaches to the locations are equipped in an engineering manner and mined, which constitutes a potential danger to civilians. We do not understand how the military and political leadership of Ukraine is going to fulfill its promises for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass against the backdrop of another statement by the Defense Minister of Ukraine about the intention to send over 20 tanks to the so-called ‘ATO’ zone and continue to build up the tank grouping on the contact line. What is it if not terror of the civilian population by Ukraine? How many peaceful inhabitants of Donbass have already perished from Ukrainian shellings? How many more will be killed by rounds hitting civilian property? Suffice it to say about the tragedy caused by accidental explosions due to improper handling of weapons and ammunition at such a facility as the Avdeyevska Coke and Chemical Plant, where chemically dangerous substances are stored. Units of the People’s Militia are constantly in a state of combat readiness. The units conduct trainings on managing artillery fire and counter-battery fighting, as well as countering the sabotage and reconnaissance groups and terrorist threats. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The Novorossia News brief 18-19 April 2017 / With Victoria Rakhmanina / Anna News / April 19, 2017 / The situation in the LPR is worsening. Kiev fighters have opened fire on the village Frunze of the Slavyanoserbsky district in the morning. They used grenade launchers, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia near the town Pervomaysk. They used antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. 11 Ukrainian mortars and 200 soldiers arrived in the village Novoluganskoe near Debaltsevo, Eduard Basurin reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The village Spartak, suburbs of Yasinovataya and the Telmanovsky district were subjected to intensive shelling. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian Side keeps on hiding banned weapons and military equipment near the contact line, Andrey Marochko reported today. The representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission reported that Ukraine restricted access in the localities Popasnaya, Katerinovka, Zolotoe, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Schastye.

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DPR Army regains control over a key height near Dokuchaevsk / Novorossia Today / April 19, 2017 / The Army DPR in the Donbass Republics retook the key height which was seized by the Ukrainian Junta army last winter. This is reported by war correspondent, Marina Kharkova, in her blog. ‘Dokuchaevsk. The height, from which we were forced to retreat with losses in winter, is returned,’ she wrote. Kharkova also reports about retaking positions in other sectors of the front. ‘Northwest. The dominant heights are ours. A lot of bags for strengthening are needed there,’ wrote the war correspondent. The Ukrainians, in their turn, are trying to conduct reconnaissance in combat on the outskirts of the Donetsk airport. ‘For two weeks, the Ukraine Junta Army have twice conducted reconnaissance in combat in the direction of of the Donetsk airport – the Volvo Center. They came out in small groups of 7 to 12 people, tried to spot fire points, tried to approach the 150-meter distance to our positions. The key word is tried,’ the reporter wrote.

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Donbass Arena: Damaged, but untouched, soon opened again in Donetsk City / DONi News / April 19, 2017 / Famous Donbass Arena in the Donetsk capital was left empty and untouched after the war in Donbass started in 2014. Now the new management under the Donetsk People’s Republic receivership of Ukrainian companies has started process to relaunch the football arena for public use. First press tour in the arena was also arranged. Prises office furniture, photographs and documents — all was left here since 2014, when the stadium ceased its operation. Now, when the DPR receivership was established at the object, the inventory of the property is undertaken. The Sports Ministry claims that stadium has a great potential. Donbass arena is quite multifunctional object, for before the war it served for some political performances and for sports events holding. The Republic’s sport sphere is really fast developing, so here we can hold different kinds of events, from ultimate fights to football matches,” said Michail Mishin the DPR Minister of Sport, Youth and Tourism. The football field is the heart of the stadium. Its condition is supported by several stuff representatives now, but they manage to water the grass, cut or fertilize it if needed. The stadium is roofed, thus the sunlight is reaching the northen part of the field, you should record it, that part is in ideal condition. Of course it will take a long time before the stadium is ready to hold the matches. Only the destructions expertise is to take at least two month. The building’s construction at the western side was badly damaged by the «tochka U» burst blast. Now the glass units suppliers are needed. Before the war, glass was imported from Turkey. Materials purchase and repair works need a considerable budget. The Republic’s government and the holding company’s management are sure that the stadium is to be repaired in the nearest future, and fans will be able to visit matches of Donbass favorite teams. —DONi News Agency; Video: OPLOT TV, 04/19/2017

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Italian delegation visited DPR / Novorossia Vision / April 20, 2017 / The Donetsk People’s Republic continues to be visited by foreign public figures. In particular, recently, the president of the Italian public organization «Cantiere Laboratorio», Vittorio Gilotti, and the president of the cultural association «Speranza, Irina Vikhoreva arrived in its territory. The Italian guests were pleasantly surprised. According to them, the Republic is an unusual country in which live people with great civic consciousness. ‘I am very glad that I was able to communicate directly with the soldiers, with those people who are defending their land,’ says Vittorio Gilotti. Upon returning home, they intend to organize a series of conferences from the north to the south, on which they will talk about the real situation in Donbass. In addition, it is planned to speak in the official government, the Italian parliament.

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A Ukraine on the Verge of Disaster Benefits No One / By Federico Pieraccini / Strategic Culture Foundation / April 19, 2017 / In the past three months, the lines of contact between Ukraine and the forces in Donbass have seen an escalation of considerable tension. Both the republics of Lugansk and Donetsk have suffered violent attacks at the hands of Kiev’s military forces. Of course all these violations are in stark contrast to what was established in the Minsk II agreements, in particular as regards the use of certain weapons systems. In addition to the military issues between Donbass and Ukraine, Kiev faces important internal struggle between oligarchs regarding economic issues. Symptomatic of this were the clashes in Avdeevka, then the attempts to capture the water filtration plant in Donetsk, and finally the blockade of coal transit from Donbass to Ukraine. All these have further deepened divisions between the components of the Ukrainian state’s power. The consequences of these events have led to greater instability in the country and decisive moves by the nationalist fringe alongside the Ukrainian SBU and other components of the military, who are the authors of the blockade of the railway lines between the Donbass and the rest of Ukraine. Intensifying the divisions within the country, the meeting between Tymoshenko and Trump has further increased tensions, with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman defining Timoshenko as the source of all problems, both economic as well are regarding corruption. Ukraine is politically divided, exacerbated by disputes between . . . READ MORE>>

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/18/2017 / DONi News / April 18, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 32 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was fired with mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms. Mortar detachments of the 46th separate air assault brigade of the 72nd separate mechanized AFU brigade launched 397 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the areas of Yasinovataya, Spartak and the airport of Donetsk. Nine tank rounds and 12 mortar shells of various calibre were fired at the area of ​​Belaya Kamenka village from the positions of the 30th separate mechanized brigade. Also, the enemy was actively applying various types of grenade launchers and small arms against the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, Kulikovo, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Dzerzhinskoye, Sosnovskoye, Dolomitnoye, Oktyabr and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The AFU command continues taking measures for augmenting its positions along the entire contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, in Novoluganskoye locality (3 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of 18 mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre and 200 servicemen of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade. As we can see, last night was very restless in Avdeyevka locality, several houses were . . . READ MORE>>

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Fire intensity at the contact line in DPR remains relatively low / Essence of Time / April 18, 2017 / Trench combat of variable intensity continues on the several parts of the front, but fire intensity remains relatively low, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 18th. The situation is tense in the northern and south-western suburbs of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, in the area of the village of Spartak, and in the western suburbs of the Petrovksy district of Donetsk, as well as in the south of the Republic. There is no information on destructions and victims among the civilian population. DPR PM intelligence informs on the reinforcements of the Ukrainian army on the Debaltsevo direction. A battalion of the soldiers from the 53rd independent mechanized brigade arrived in the area of the village of Novoluganskoye. There is also information on the redeployment of a battery of 82mm mortars and a battery of 120mm mortars. According to recent information, on April 17th, the Ukrainian side violated ceasefire 32 times. The enemy opened fire on 16 towns and villages of DPR with tanks, mortars of various calibers, infantry fighting vehicles, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Kiev fighters shell Frunze village, LPR, with grenade launchers / DONi News / April 18, 2017 / Kiev forces fired the area of Frunze village in the Slavyanoserbsky district with automatic grenade launchers this morning, reported the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrei Marochko. “The armed forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire at 9:50 am. The fire at Frunze locality was launched with automatic grenade launchers from the direction of Krymsloye locality,” said the Lieutenant-Colonel. Previously, Marochko said that the situation on the contact line in the LPR had deteriorated over the past day.

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300 NATO-equipped military instructors arrive at Mariupol and Gorlovka areas / DONi News / April 17, 2017 / The DPR reconnaissance has detected the redeployment of 300 foreign military instructors in Gorlovka and Mariopol areas, committed by the Ukrainian side, reports the DPR Operational Command’s Vice-Commander, Eduard Basurin. “The arrival of over 300 foreign military instructors, equipped and armed according to the NATO standards was recorded in the ‘ATO’ zone,” said the Command’s representative. He underlined that some of the foreign instructors were detected at the positions of the 25th separate airportable brigade near the city of Konstantinovka and in the 36th separate marine brigade’s dislocation area near the city of Mariupol. According to the Vice-Commander, there is a tendency among some European countries to send military instructors to Ukraine instead of sending real help like weapons and shells. In addition, according to the DPR reconnaissance, Kiev redeployed four artillery guns of 122 mm caliber and established three new artillery positions near Donetsk. Thus, in the villages of Yasnobrodovka and Netailovo of the occupied part of the Yasinovataya district to 14 and 10 km away from the front line, the reconnaissance detected two automatic weapons Gvozdika and two howitzers D-30. In the village of Georgievka, 7 km to the west from the capital, 122-mm towed howitzers were found.

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Plotnitsky, Zakharchenko (–02varvara.wordpress.com)

Lugansk People’s Republic calls for international investigation of chemical weapons proliferation by Ukrainian regime / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / April 18, 2017 / The United States and its allies have yet to respond. / The Duran recently reported on stories that forces of the Ukrainian regime have used chemical weapons on Donbass, including on civilian populations. Today, the Lugansk People’s Republic in Donbass has issued a statement urging for international condemnation of and further investigations into the chemical weapons that the Kiev regime holds in its weapons arsenals. Andrey Marochko, the spokesman for the militia of the Lugansk People’s Repulbic has said, “I wish to draw your attention to mendacious statements by the Ukrainian party that it has no storage sites or arsenals of chemical weapons and components. We are well aware that contrary to the Convention, there are chemical weapons in Ukrainian territory. I’m calling upon the international community to address the problem at hand as Ukraine might use this kind of weapon or its unsanctioned use might occur due to low morale and psychological state of Ukrainian servicemen”. Evidence, including video and forensic investigations have shown that the Ukrainian regime is acting in contravention of the Chemical Weapons Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction of 1993. A thorough international investigation is necessary. READ MORE: When Ukraine dropped chemical weapons on Donbass, the west didn’t care (VIDEO)

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“Burn Crimea and Donbass to the ground” – Ukrainian Colonel / By Inessa Sinchougova (Rusvesna) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The Ukraine will not be able to end the Donbass conflict via political means, “because they hate us, and we have them.” This comes from an interview in Ukrainian media with Colonel Vsevolod Steblyuk, formerly part of “ATO”. He added that in order to “free the occupied territories” of the Donbass and the Crimea – they needed to burn it to the ground. When the journalist asked how to “free” the Ukrainian people on the occupied territories – Steblyuk replied that those who chose to stay there, do not want to be liberated. “I speak to many people, journalists and residents of DPR and LPR, and for the most part they are happy with what’s going on there. They think they are heroes.” – says Steblyuk. No diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible according to the Colonel. “To take the occupied territories by force would eventuate in a large amount of casualties.” [Fort Russ translator’s note: In order to ‘liberate’ the areas, Steblyuk used the Russian word of “zachistka” which in it’s literal sense means ‘to sweep away fully’. It’s closest English equivalent only leaves me with “genocide”?] Steblyuk continued that this would be in line with “Kremlin methods” – “In the very same way that Russians did it in Chechnya, burning it to the ground.” The statement is not even remotely true. “But the world would not understand us, if we did it…” he added, similarly confused as to the capabilities of the Ukrainian army.

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Savchenko: Ukraine has lost Donbass / By Inessa Sinchougova (Antifascist.com) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The only aspect now linking the Donbass to the Ukraine is the exchange of prisoners. Everything else the Ukraine has already lost – said Nadezhda Savchenko. The DPR and the LPR no longer rely on Kiev for anything, having made considerable adjustments to their economy and political networks. According to the politician, Kiev has lost all leverage in being able to influence the Republics, and they only have themselves to blame. They let precious time go to waste, releasing control over strategic questions that could have brought the Republics under Kiev’s influence. “I don’t want to prophesize something bad, this is just the physical feeling that I have. As a pilot – they don’t just fly and look around, they feel the flight with every fibre of their body. In the same way, sometimes you feel a situation – we are losing because we did not act confidently in political decision-making over the past three years.” Similarly, she says that Kiev’s excuses, that elections in the Donbass “under rebel machine guns” could not have taken place, are nonsensical. “The choice of the people of the Donbass would have been the same irrespective of armed rebels.” Fort Russ Editor: It would seem that Savchenko, in a rare statement for peace, is pro-elections in the Donbass as per the Minsk agreements. This has not been allowed to occur so far. It is reasonable to suppose that if the political process begun as it should have, when the economies of the regions were still closely tied, the breakaway Republics would have a lot more aspects to consider in their decisions.

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Donald Trump (–Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump would like to see Ukraine’s expenditure reports, Democrats’ funding / By Inessa Sinchougova (PolitNavigator) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The meeting of President Trump and President Poroshenko in the near future is unlikely – writes director of the “Ukrainian Politics” Fund, Kost Bondarenko. “In February, Pavel Klimkin (diplomat) went [to the US] to organise a meeting between Poroshenko and Trump, and also prematurely announced it. Now we’re into April, but there is no set meeting date. As far as understand, there is no plan for it to occur it all.” He noted that Klimkin went to Washington not for the purposes of organising the event, but to meet with lobbyists who are pro-Kiev. “Poroshenko has many lobbyists on his side, who have promised him a meeting with President Trump. Nevertheless, Trump has voiced a number of questions in respect of this. The first time was during a meeting with Mrs. Merkel, when he asked why should the US, and not Europe, be responsible for the Ukraine?” Secondly, it is said that Trump has agreed to meet with Poroshenko but only after sufficient reports have been received as to how Kiev has been spending US funding. Thirdly, Ukraine must make public all the transactions that took place between the Democrats and Kiev. There are things that the Ukraine is silent about because these transactions included highly classified documentation for the delivery of arms to the area and the use of covert mercenaries from other countries on Ukrainian territory. “Revealing such information is not beneficial to the Ukraine at the current time, and so I believe this meeting is not going to occur” – writes the author.

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Poroshenko Arrives into London / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / April 18, 2017 / What must be pretty much the last thing you want if you’re Theresa May? You’ve just announced a snap General Election, you’ve got literally a million things to do. And, there it is – a pre-arranged visit by Ukraine’s often inebriated, always crazy, president, Poroshenko. And you just know he’s not going to say ‘Theresa, you must be up to your neck at the moment another time?’ Petr’s got his invite, he’s coming! What to expect? Will it be waving Russian passports around, waving bits of a bus around? Accusing Putin of killing the pharaoh (Poroshenko recently claimed Putin used the London terrorist attacks of March 22nd to murder someone on the sly in Kiev, no less). Well, let’s see. Poroshenko arrives into London tomorrow. [Links available at source.]

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Sergei Lavrov (–Al-Masdar News)

Lavrov: Calls for military advance in Donbass shows Kiev ‘chooses to disregard Minsk deal’ / Sott.net (from DONi News) / April 18, 2017 / The statement made by Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov that the Ukrainian Armed Forces should move forward in Donbass proves refusal from the Minsk agreements, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, reports TASS. “Stable doubts about adequacy of Ukrainian politicians emerged long ago,” he said. “This is not the first statement of the kind. Before Turchinov, a similarly threatening, hostile rhetoric was used regularly by President (of Ukraine Pyotr) Poroshenko, and (Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Andrei) Parubiy, and others. This means the Ukrainian leaders do not want to observe the Minsk agreements even in the part related to settlement of security issues. Formally, Poroshenko names the security problems the main part of the Minsk agreements, and until the security issues are not settled, he refuses to discuss the political process,” the Russian foreign minister said. “Turchinov’s statement means Kiev refuses to fulfil the very part of the Minsk agreements, which is related to security, and which it considers the priority and absolutely integral to have everything else solved later on,” Lavrov said. “I believe, it is already clear to all that this is the conscientious choice of the Ukrainian leaders. And it also means Kiev does not care about their European sponsors. The Kremlin’s press service has announced already upcoming contacts in the Normandy Format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France – TASS),” Lavrov said. “I believe, this would be one of very important questions to be discussed.” The media earlier published Turchinov’s statement, where he said the Ukrainian military should “meter after meter, kilometer after kilometer move eastwards.”

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Moscow Launches Criminal Case Over Kiev Abducting Russian Volunteers in Donbass / Sputnik / April 17, 2017 / Moscow opened a criminal case over Ukraine’s law enforcement abducting Russian citizens who volunteered to help Donbass refugees. / MOSCOW / A criminal case has been launched into the 2014-2015 abductions by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies of Russian citizens in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Investigative Committee said Monday. “A criminal case was opened on the basis of the crimes specified by Article 126 of the Russian Criminal Case (abduction),” Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. The case covers a December 2014 abduction of a 36-year-old Russian volunteer who was freed two years later and an April 2015 abduction of a group of volunteers involved in providing assistance to Donbass refugees, Petrenko said. The Donbass conflict erupted in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance. In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Despite the agreement brokered by the Normandy Four states (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine), the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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Donbass “humanitarian offensive” will pay off in the long run – expert / Translated from PolitNavigator by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / April 17, 2017 / According to Russian political analyst Oleg Bondarenko, Ukrainian media underestimate the Humanitarian Program for Reunifying the People of Donbass announced by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics’ which de-fact aids residents of the entire South-East of Ukraine. In so doing, Donetsk and Lugansk have gone on an ideological offensive and seized the initiative from Petro Poroshenko. “This program includes the provision of free medical care, including cancer treatment, cardiac surgery, endoprosthetics, and obstetric aid, a full cycle of free education, including the possibility of transferring from any Ukrainian university, and payments for veterans of the Great Patriotic War. This program’s operations apply first and foremost to residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions controlled by Ukraine. However, it de facto applies to all citizens of Ukraine regardless of their place of residence. There have already been inquiries from the Odessa, Kharkov, and Dnepropetrovsk regions which were considered positive,” Bondarenko explained. The expert forecasted: “At such a pace, the authorities of the self-proclaimed republics risk getting a wave of requests for help, first and foremost medical care, from the residents of at least all of South-East Ukraine where, as is known, there has de facto long since been no free medicine. Considerable funds (for example, one peacemaker costs 60,000 rubles plus) have been allocated for the program, but from a political point of view they can be considered long-term investments which will undoubtedly pay off.” “All of this suggests that the authorities of the DPR and LPR have more effectively ridden the wave of ‘united Donbass’ than Ukraine, and they now intend to build Donbass’ subjectivity. Of course, it would be difficult to imagine this process without Moscow’s help, but with his recent decision to recognize the passports of the unrecognized republics, President Vladimir Putin de-facto gave it the green light. Where and how it will stop is a good question,” Bondarenko said.

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Alexander Khodakovsky (–Northwoods Ministries)

Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming? / By Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge / April 18, 2017 / On December 24, 2016, Ukraine Rebels Agreed to a New Indefinite Truce. It is the latest in many truces that neither side has honored since the Minsk Protocol, was signed on 5 September 2014. The Minsk ceasefire agreement completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsovo. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015. Minsk II largely held if you don’t count near-daily artillery fire and periodic small-unit actions that have killed many hundreds on each side. However, there are numerous signs another major outbreak might be at hand. Speculation on a renewed major outbreak comes from an April 9 Website Post by Alexander Khodakovsky. That poster, from the preceding link, is reminiscent of a WWII call to arms. The message on the poster translates as “Join the Peoples’ Militia!” Wikipedia notes Alexander Khodakovsky is the commander of the pro-Russian Vostok Battalion formed in early May 2014 during the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass. Khodakovsky is a former commander of the Alpha special unit of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). During the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass, he left Ukrainian state service and became the leader of the pro-Russian “Patriotic Forces of Donbass” in Donetsk Oblast, and later (until July 16, 2014 when he was replaced by Vladimir Antyufeyev) the Security Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). Reader Jacob Dreizin emailed that other warning signs of a potential offensive include an intense barrage of warlike statements from Ukrainian officials including the Interior Minister and the National Security Council chief, as well as social media chatter from individuals claiming to be local residents, about unusually intense Ukrainian military aircraft activity to/from the Kramatorsk airfield (about 30 miles from the frontline) and other locations in the Ukraine-controlled part of the Donbass. In other posts, Khodakovsky speaks of unusually heavy concentrations of Ukrainian material near the front, and warns that Ukraine is likely to launch an offensive soon, with an eye to victory before or around May 9th, a day which . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, April 17, 2017
(Brief update)

DPR President Zakharchenko: Questions From Around the World / Quemado Institute (from Novorossia Today ) / April 17, 2017 / Introduction by Kennedy Applebaum: I am impressed yet again with the brilliance and humanity of Alexander Zakharchenko, distinguished leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Setting an example of diplomacy, Zakharchenko kindly answers questions from enemy as well as friend. We thank the publication Novorossia Today for making available this question-answer session with the DPR President. – “What do I think of America? It seems to me that this country, which started very well, is now lost. And this is a matter of ideology: tolerance, the dictatorship of minorities, sexual revolutions and the absence of restraining moral principles, the destruction of the bond between generations … And also deception and pharisaism. An illusion. As a result, we see a split between the people and the elites. So, America is facing a serious shock. I do not understand how it can serve as a model for anyone.” –Alexander Zakharchenko / EXCLUSIVE: Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko Answers Questions From All Over the World, from Ukraine To New York / April 16, 2017 / Vadim, Mariupol cityQuestion: Inadequate “pod-heads” from among our now-former fellow citizens like to ridicule absolutely everything in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, from the prices for tomatoes to the largest funeral of our heroes and reservists’ gatherings. They say people are driven there. It’s clear that it’s from their own defectiveness. After all, they themselves drive the schoolchildren to funerals of their “camrades”, forcing them to bow before the murderers and accomplices of the murderers of children like themselves. Their latest three or four “heroes” were seen off in the last way on Maydan by just about a hundred people. I don’t even speak about the “most powerful army in Europe”, in which you can not drive normal military even with a stick, there are only some lazy and unemployed people who join it out of hopelessness and credit dependence. And even with them, there is a shortage. Nevertheless, two dozen regions is more than our two small republics. This is understandable to normal people. In this regard, I have a question about the reserve army. It consists, I understand, not only of veterans of military operations, but I’m interested in exactly these weathered reserves. Do you plan to arm all of them, as you said? If so, how fast can it be done? Obviously, the reserve is primarily a defensive force, do you expect a real escalation in the near future? Answer (Zakharchenko): Vadim, I answer your questions in turn: 1. In the reserve, we have both those who fought in 2014 and 2015, and in the majority those who have not yet fought. Of course, we focus on those who already had experience of fighting. 2. Yes, we arm all experienced reservists. This does not contradict our Weapons Law, according to which it is possible to register up to 5 pieces of firearms. I have repeatedly said that if the AFU or punitive battalions try to enter our cities, they will be flooded with red-hot lead. Each apartment can be an autonomous fire point. 3. As for your last question, again yes. We expect another escalation in the very near future. Putting it mildly. Our intelligence reports that the opposite side is fully . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
(Brief update)

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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 04/13/2017 / DONi News (Youtube.com) / April 13, 2017 / The contact line situation remains tense in the Donetsk People’s Republic. For the last 24 hours Ukrainian forces shelled the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, the locality of Alexandrovka and Zaitsevo locality in the north of Gorlovka. The enemy applied tanks, mortars, artillery, grenade launchers and small arms. According to the DPR power wielding agencies’ data, the shell hit was recorded at the Beloozerskaya Str., 13. The house’s roof and windows were damaged. In Alexandrovka locality the Shevchenko Str. underwent the Ukrainian shelling. One of the houses is destroyed as a result of the direct hit. Today early in the morning the Ukarinian army conducted fire at Zaitsevo locality. One direct hit at the Brusilova Str., 14 was recorded. In total, about 60 ceasefire violations were recorded over the past 24 hours. “The increase of the shelling intensity on the Ukrainian part these days is connected with the Kiev’s commission arrival at the ATO zone. The commission demanded the units’ commanders to demonstrate their readiness to continue the Donbass population genocide. While holding back the enemy, two DPR soldiers perished and one more was wounded,” said Eduard Basurin, the DPR Armed Forces’ Vice-Commander. –Video: UNION TV, 04/13/2017

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Explosion hits Ukrainian arms depot outside Yasinovataya / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / April 12, 2017 / An explosion rocked a Ukrainian arms depot outside Yasinovataya today, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin. “Today at around 7 a.m. an explosion occurred at the vicinity of Butovskaya mine air shaft on Kiev-controlled territory, at an ammunition depot. Most probably, the blast was caused by violations of safety rules or a targeted detonation perpetrated to conceal thefts,” he said. DPR intelligence says Ukrainian munition storage sites are exposed to critical safety violations and are subject to larceny. The most recent and bright example is a massive explosion at an ammunition warehouse in Balakleya, Kharkov district, which stored about 138,000 tons of ammunition. The blast and the subsequent detonations sparked evacuation of 20,000 people.

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Trump made a deal with China, and Russia has been given a notice; not only North Korea is now in the worst position ever, but the position of Donbass too is now weaker than ever before since March 2015 / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / April 12, 2017 / As some of you might have noted my volunteer reporting, Poroshenko arrived on Wednesday in the region of Lugansk (2/3 of it is controlled byKiev) and declared that all the tank formations of Ukraine are at full combat readiness in Donbass. Now more information is coming, following recent Khodakovski’s statement about a possible Ukrainian large attack, that, indeed, Kiev has brought to the frontline an unprecedentedly high amount of weaponry and troops, especially indeed tanks which are placed in evident attack formations. We also know that Tillerson called Poroshenko personally on Wednesday during his talks in Moscow. Khodakovsky does believe that the conflict in Donbass is moving back to a full fledged war. On my part I would add that, in temperament, Trump is a bit like Reagan. He is not a procrastinator if he can acts, and he likes to act and “have it done” instead of just going through the motion. The difference or rather gap in power between the US and its alliance, on the one hand, and the rest, and especially Russia, is tremendous. Trump is very determined to turn this large advantage into new established gains and breakthroughs. (Otherwise I saw Lavrov today to be rather shaken and he tried to avoid eye contact with the audience when speaking; the old confidence was gone). [More in Russian at source.]

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
(Brief update)

Fierce Battle Near Donetsk With Use of Artillery, Armored Vehicles / Russkaya Vesna / Translated by Quemado Institute/ April 12, 2017 / A fierce battle is taking place in the northern suburbs of Donetsk. At about 20:00, in the area of the Yasinovataya checkpoint and the Donetsk airport, a battle broke out with the use of mortars, artillery and armored vehicles. As of 22:00, the intensity of the battle has increased. “It’s very scary on Partizansky Avenue, the arrivals are audible, the windows are shaking. Makeevka, the center of the Guards, [firings can be heard] loudly,” note the local residents. In addition, the [Ukrainian] Armed Forces continue mortar shelling of the village of Trudovsky in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, which began around 18:00. Editor’s note: Reports on twitter describe loud booms about once a minute.

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Donetsk Situation Report, 12.04.2017 / Novorossia Vision / April 12, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 50 times. The enemy continued the violation of the Minsk Agreements, having launched on the territory of the Republic 311 82 and 120mm mortar shells, over a half of which (162 mortar shells) landed on the Avdeevka industrial zone. The rest of the Kiev terrorists’ mortar shells landed in the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. I urge residents of the front zone and the DPR military to take care when moving, due to the increased activity of the enemy snipers along the entire contact line. As a result of this fire, over the past day, one soldier of the Republic was killed. The OSCE mission representatives continue to record violations of the Minsk Agreements by the Ukrainian side. In particular, in the monitoring report of April 11, there is noted another fact of shooting at an UAV by the AFU. Thus, with the build-up of . . . READ MORE>>

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The news brief, 12 April 2017 / Anna News / April 12, 2017 / By newscaster Victoria Rakhmanina: The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the village Spartak near Yasinovataya from heavy mortars in the morning, the head of the town Yasinovataya Oleg Morgun reported today. The Ukrainian fighters have shelled the representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission near the town Pervomaysk. They used infantry fighting vehicles and small arms, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian sniper killed a soldier of the DPR, Eduard Basurin reported today. There was an explosion in the Ukrainian ammunition depot near Yasinovataya. Basurin said Kiev hides plunder of ammunition. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times near the villages Lozovoe, Frunze and Logvinovo. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense.

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DONi video report from DPR frontline village, Kominternovo
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Agreement Reached in Minsk on Complete Ceasefire in Donbass / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / April 12, 2017 / At the talks of the contact group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass, an agreement was reached on a complete ceasefire from 10:00 on April 13. This was reported by the authorized representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego. According to him, the participants of today’s meeting of the Contact Group confirmed their commitment to the decision of March 29, 2017 regarding the fulfillment, on the eve of the Easter holidays, of the previous commitments to full compliance with the ceasefire. “In the context of that statement, a decision was made to fully observe the ceasefire from 10 am on April 13,” Deinego said. Previously it was repeatedly reported that the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] did not comply with the agreement on a complete ceasefire. Today, Ukrainian militants opened fire on representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission. [Photo: Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin]

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/09/2017 / DONi News / April 9, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours there were registered 52 occasions of ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They applied weapons including those prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Altogether, the enemy launched five projectiles, 35 tank-shells and 483 mortar-shells. Kiev terrorists massively shelled the areas of the localities of DOKUCHAYEVSK, YASINOVATAYA and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The enemy launched five projectiles, 35 tank-shells and 60 mortar-shells onto the area of the settlement of DOKUCHAYEVSK, having damaged a house on Lenin Street, 92 and also five residential houses in the locality of Yasnoye on Shorsa Street, 25, 29, 31, 46 and 48. AFU servicemen launched 160 mortar-shells onto the locality of YASINOVATAYA. I remind you that the Donetsk Filtering Station and power lines that provide including the locality of AVDEYEVKA on AFU-controlled territory with water and electricity. As a result of shelling the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the enemy there were damaged three residential houses on Karnavalnaya Street, 60; on Krasnoarmeiskaya Street, 7 and on Mamina-Sibiryaka, 17. Besides, as a result of damaging power lines, the localities of ELENOVKA, SIGNALNOYE and LUGANSKOYE were left without electricity. I would like to note that the enemy purposefully shells the power lines which are already located near the contact line – this makes it difficult to repair them in time. One DPR serviceman perished because of artillery shellings by the enemy. Thus, Kiev keeps waging the terrorist war, the population on the territory of Ukraine suffers from which as well. We keep registering irrecoverable losses among AFU servicemen. Thus, on April 7th in the vicinity of the locality of KRASNOGOROVKA, in the responsibility zone of the 1st battalion of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade as a result of violating the fire safety regulations there was destroyed a blindage. As a result of fire one serviceman perished and the two were wounded. Yesterday, in the locality of AVDEYEVKA the vehicle ‘URAL’ blew up on its own mine, as a result, ammunition transported exploded. Because of the explosion, three servicemen perished and the two with a bad condition were hospitalized. Altogether, according to our data, non-battle losses in the ranks of the AFU amounted to over 900 people for two years. And all of this is as a result of criminal “heart-to-heart talks”, violations of safety requirements, of drinking alcohol and consuming drugs. It also became known that in Kiev by employees of the SBU, due to the information about sale of arms and ammunition by nationalistic units, there had been detained a warrant officer – the chief of a weapon ordnance depot of the 25th separate airborne brigade. Due to this in the vicinity of the locality of DZERZHINSK, the SBU administration initiated a check of work and weapon ordnance depots of this brigade. Knowing with what frequency weapon ordnance depots explode before an arrival of survey boards, we are calling upon the citizens of DZERZHINSK city to take all the necessary measures in case of emergency evacuation. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The case of Wagner, Putin’s Chief of Russia’s Blackwater–“a private military company”–and his hospitable treatment by Ukraine’s SBU / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / April 8, 2017 / Dmitriy Utkin better known by his nom de guerre as “Wagner,” which he chose because of his admiration for Wehrmatcht and SS, has been a commander of Russia’s leading para-military private company and was awarded personally by Putin for his fighting in Syria. In Donbass he is known or believed to be the one behind the assassinations of the most charismatic people’s Novorossiya commanders and leaders who were dreaming of a Novorossiya and Russia without oligarchs and fascists such as Mozgovoy, Batman, Dremov and others. In 2016 Wagner was able to visit Ukraine, which was noted and this led to an inquiry addressed to the Ukraine SBU (former KGB) as to whether, as one would expect, his entry to Ukraine has not been banned or whether he is not liable to arrest upon crossing the Ukrainian border. For he also did his share of fighting in Donbass and was deployed in Crimea as well. A scan of the SBU answer is part of the linked article. According to the SBU, Wagner alias Utkin is free to visit Ukraine. [More in Russian at source.]

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/08/2017 / DONi News / April 8, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 56 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, among which: In the Gorlovka direction – 4 occasions; In the Donetsk direction – 37 occasions; In the Mariupol direction – 15 occasions. The enemy violated the Minsk accords, having fired 16 shells from heavy artillery, 12 tank shells and 383 mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic. Shelling conducted by Ukrainian terrorists during the bring holiday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary led to shrapnel injuries of two residents of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, 1980 and 1983 birth years respectively. In addition, four residential houses were damaged: In the Petrovsky district of Donetsk in the Karnavalnaya St., 25 and Zelyony Gai, 3; In Yasnoye locality: along Pobedy St., 25 and Schorsa St., 31, where two flats suffered at one blow. Casualties among the DPR army amount to one perished and one wounded. We note the facts of the enemy’s drawing mortar squadrons to the contact line in the areas of Avdeyevka, Opytnoye, Peski, Kamenka and Vodyanoye. We also revealed the arrival of an Islamic battalion in the city of Maryupol in the number of up to 500 people, which will operate in the responsibility zone of 36 separate brigade of marines. The task of the battalion is to guard the stockpiles of rocket and artillery weapons, as well as to take control of the MARIUPOL port, which became a trans-shipment base for illegal arms trade, including chemical munitions, with the countries of the Middle East. The battalion is deployed in the city of Maryupol in Bakhchivandzhi Street. The battalion’s curator is Major KARPENKO, commander of the Ukrainian National Guard troop. Thus, the Ukrainian military command, facing the reluctance of Ukrainians to replenish the ranks of the killers, involves and legitimates in their ranks Wahhabi units, whose so-called “jihad” destroys the states in the Middle East and has already reached Europe. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Lugansk People’s Republic News Round-Up: April 2nd-8th / Fort Russ / April 8, 2017 / Foreword from J. Arnoldski: Fort Russ is proud to present the first installment of our new weekly series made possible by cooperation with the editorial board of Cossack Herald newspaper, part of the Cossack Media Group based in Stakhanov, Lugansk People’s Republic, which we introduced to English-language audiences in February 2017. Cossack Herald suggested starting a regular digest or “news round-up” surveying the mass media of the People’s Republic of Donbass. In their own words: “Readers outside the DPR and the LPR know little about the processes unfolding in the political, social, and economic spheres of the republics. Meanwhile, a lot of interesting and exclusive samples of information are contained in the republics’ publications.” While for now our weekly Donbass news round-ups will mostly focus on developments in the Lugansk People’s Republic, we do plan to expand our scope and contacts to cover life in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Without further ado, the editorial staff of the newspaper Cossack Herald presents us with a digest of the most interesting news of the past week’s events in Ukraine and the People’s Republics of Donbass. / Ukraine faces energy crisis and price hikes: After the President and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine announced the blockade of the People’s Republics of Donbass on March 15th, 2017, coal supplies from the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk to Ukraine were finally discontinued. Ukraine’s thermal power plants (TPP’s) are in fact fueled by Donbass coal. TPP plants in Ukraine were originally . . . READ MORE>>

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Basurin reported the arrival of the “Islamic Battalion” of Ukraine in Donbass / By Anton Starkov / Life.ru (via StalkerZone) / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / April 8, 2017 / Mariupol arrived Ukrainian battalion numbering up to 500 people. According to the intelligence of the DNR, its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is Islamic, and its tasks include guarding warehouses with rocket and artillery weapons and taking control of the Mariupol port. It is through this port that Ukraine carries out illegal trade in arms and ammunition, including chemical weapons, with the countries of the Middle East, Eduard Bazurin, deputy commander of the Dniester Democratic Party, said. “We have identified the arrival of an Islamic battalion in Mariupol in the number of up to 500 people, which will operate in the zone of responsibility of the 36th Marine Brigade. The battalion is stationed on Bakhchivandzhi Street. The battalion’s curator is the commander of the company of the National Guard of Ukraine Major Karpenko,” explained Basurin.

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Nazi Ukraine Junta Parliament Verkhovna Rada Calls On U.S. Regime To Launch Missile Strikes On Russia / Novorossia Today / April 8, 2017 / Just like what is happening to Syria, the crime and madness, launching 60 Tomahawk Missiles On Civilians Ordered By The Trump Regime, Now The Nazi Parliament Of Ukraine, The Verkhovnaya Rada calls on the United States to launch a missile strike against Russia. / A MP from the faction of the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko, and someone by the name Dmitry Linko described the attack on Syria as an example of how the so-called conflict between Kiev and Moscow. According to the Nazi Parliament Of The Ukraine Junta, ISIS Is Not The Enemy ! The world today must adopt a military doctrine against terrorists, provided that the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, in fact, is not Islamic terrorist organizations, but the Russian Federation. The whole world must understand this,’ said Linko. ‘Arrangements will not be respected until we hit the Russian occupants in their teeth, like it was done today in Syria where, in response to the chemical attacks of the tyrant Assad and his friend Putin, the United States struck with missiles. It should have been done three years ago, when Ukraine was deprived of Donbass and the Crimea, when they occupied part of Georgia. Only such an answer and such a reaction of the international community, of the whole civilized world against terrorists, can stop their aggression. The world today must adopt a military doctrine against terrorists, provided that the main sponsor of terrorism in the world, in fact, is not Islamic terrorist organizations, but the Russian Federation. The whole world must understand this,’ said Linko. The MPs present in the hall supported his words with applause.

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“Trump has shot his supporters in the back” — Anonymous

US Syria Strike could hit Donbass and Europe too – Popov / By Eduard Popov / Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / April 8, 2017 / The missile strike on a Syrian airbase on April 7th by US ships in the Mediterranean Sea buried hopes for a warming of relations between the US and Russia with the ascent of Donald Trump’s White House. The prevailing opinion among Russian experts is that Trump was forced to pursue the previous administration’s foreign policy program in the Middle East. Others argue that Trump’s hardened actions and rhetoric towards Russia are the new US President’s bargaining for giving him a free hand in implementing his domestic program. Yet perhaps these explanations are marked by a degree of confusion and self-deception on our part. People in Russia see Trump like they want to see him. But Trump the Republican is merely trying to regain America’s role as the main cowboy which it lost after two terms of a Democratic President. Therefore, the clash of US and Russian interests in Syria (and not only Syria) was probably predetermined. And our attempts to explain this as the insidious influence of the Democrats is another self-deception. The US really did behave in the spirit of a cowboy in bombarding a sovereign state with 59 cruise missiles which hit a base where Russian troops were present. This was probably done even with a view towards them possibly being killed. Fortunately, this did not happen, but Syrian troops were killed. But who can guarantee that Russian or American troops won’t be killed next time? The situation in Syria’s skies was very disturbing in the last several months of Barack Obama’s presidency. Military experts repeatedly warned of the danger of a high-speed collision of Russian and American aircraft in Syria’s airspace. Yesterday, Russia suspended the memorandum on preventing air incidents over Syria, which means that the probability of a collision, even accidental, only increases. Yet Russia was compelled to take this step, just as it was forced to send the Admiral Grigorovich frigate to the Syrian coast. Russia is responding to US actions with a show of force. These non-allies could at any moment become enemies in not a cold, but hot war. Frightening news is coming from Europe as well. Western countries and their satellites are being locked in . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Largest ever mobilization assembly in DPR – Reservists get arms at home / DONi News / April 6, 2017 / Over 27 thousand Donetsk People’s Militia reservists are taking part in the largest ever mobilization assembly in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which was launched on Thursday. The Defense Minister of the DPR, Vladimir Kononov, ordered the reservists with a military experience to be issued with personal weapons in the case of combat alarm. “Soldiers, proceed to receiving arms,” said the Head of the defense department. Those reservists, having military experience, will receive weapons at home. Some of the soldiers have been given arms already at the training ground, the rest will be armed in the near future. Today, at the proving ground near Shakhtyorsk locality, there was held the largest mobilization assembly in the Republic’s history. According to preliminary data, over 27 thousand reservists took part in it: representatives of ministries and departments, cadets, workers of enterprises from all the cities and regions of the country. “The key objective is to team up the Republic’s mobilised reserves in case of dramatic deterioration of the situation in Donbass,” said the Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin on Thursday. The Commander-in-Chief of the DPR Armed Forces, the Head of the Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, arrived at the training ground and personally welcomed all those present. “The war is being waged in our land for the third year running, for the third year the enemy is trying to kill us, our children and parents. Every day Ukrainian media tell us that the Ukrainian army is ought to kill us. I am proud to have been born in Donbass. I am proud of you. Together we will win. The enemy will be defeated,” said Zakharchenko. [Video and photos at source.]

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Sunday, April 2, 2017
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Intensity of fire along the contact line in DPR remains low / Essence of Time / April 2, 2017 / he Ukrainian army continues to shell the positions of the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) at the different parts of the front, but, on the whole, the intensity of fire along the contact line remains low, a source in the DPR PM informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 1st. According to DPR PM Command, during the day, one serviceman of the Republic was wounded. According to DPR intelligence, yesterday, on April 1st, 3 soldiers of the Ukrainian army were killed as a result of the explosion of 120mm mortar shell in the gun barrel of the Ukrainian “Molot” mortar. The incident occurred when the Ukrainian military were shelling the Donetsk filtration plant. According to recent information, on April 1st, the Ukrainian army violated ceasefire 35 times. There is no information on destruction and victims among the civilians. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency [Click map to enlarge.]

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/02/2017 / DONi News / April 2, 2017 / The Ukrainian occupation forces continue to shell the territory of our Republic in violation of the obligations assumed earlier. The Kiev security forces continued to shell our positions, using mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. In just one day, the enemy committed 35 occasions of the ceasefire violations. There are no destructions and casualties among civilians. Losses among the servicemen of the Republic amounted to one wounded. Yesterday, during the bombardment by the enemy of the Donetsk filtering station from a ‘newest’ 120-mm Ukrainian mortar Molot, another mine was blown up in the barrel of the mortar. Three Ukrainian servicemen died. In the meantime, Avdeyevka remains without water and electricity, as Kiev terrorists with constant bombarding disturbs repair works at the Donetsk filtering station and power lines. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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OSCE recognizes Ukrainian Armed Forces Fire on Donbass from Cars Imitating Those of the Organization / Riafan.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / April 2, 2017 / Representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission have recorded a “clone” in the area of military conflict in Donbass—a car with stickers that imitate the symbols of the organization. This is stated in a recent mission report. In the command of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, it was repeatedly stated that the Ukrainian siloviki posed as members of the Special Monitoring Mission and used “flying Dutchmen” for reconnaissance and organizing provocative attacks. Immediately, first deputy head of the OSCE SMM Alexander Hug promised to investigate the situation. According to preliminary data, in Avdeevka, the car with “men in the form of a military type” drove past a building on which an OSCE video camera was installed. This suggests that Ukrainian saboteurs are not afraid of exposure. As the DPR command was assured, in the main the equipment is used for reconnaissance, but also sometimes for provocative firing with small arms, including those directed against civilians living in the “gray zone”. According to the OSCE report, this case is not the first. Earlier, the same “clone” was recorded at the same place, but as far as is known, SMM does not take any actions to suppress the activities of its clones, except that it displays their detection in their reports.

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Poroshenko sends another 10,000 soldiers to the war in Donbass / News Front / April 3, 2017 / The spring call for urgent military service has begun in Ukraine again. A total of 14,135 Ukrainians are to be called upon. Of these, 9,135 people will be drafted into the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 4,200 new recruits will serve in the National Guard of Ukraine, and 800 more will go to the State Special Transport Service. Men aged 20 to 27 will serve, while 18- and 19-year-olds can join the army of their own free will. More truly, they will be called upon, but they will be sent to the service only on their own initiative. Of course, this is not a mobilization, when men, regardless of age, skills, presence or absence of diseases and bad habits, got into «pockets». But of these 14,000 people, about 10,000 will clearly go to the civil war, from where they may not return. It should be remembered that from 00:00 on April 1, the ceasefire regime was introduced in Donbass, which residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics considered Poroshenko’s April Fools’ joke, since the shelling began literally 10 minutes after the midnight. In addition, the head of the General Staff, Viktor Muzhenko, wrote in his Twitter that ‘Russia is preparing to activate the military operations in Donbass’. This, say, is conducive to the events of the past two weeks. However, what events and when they occurred, Muzhenko shyly concealed.

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Yuriy Lutsenko (–Unian.info)

[Enemy Report:] Lutsenko says no general amnesty for Donbas separatists / Unian.info / April 2, 2017 / Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says that there will be no general amnesty for mercenaries who have been fighting against Ukraine in Donbas; every case will be considered separately in a legal procedure, according to Germany’s Bild. “Amnesty in Ukraine could be granted individually only, and only in case when amnesty is possible. In keeping with Ukrainian laws, murder, torture, rape, grievous bodily harm are not subject to amnesty. If this provision should be implemented under the Minsk agreement, we will scrutinize every petition separately. If a court establishes that a person has not committed the said types of crime, an amnesty could be granted,” Lutsenko told Bild in an interview. In his words, after Russian troops leave Donbas, Ukraine will have to address the issue of domestic mercenaries. “If 10,000 armed Russian troops really withdraw from Donbas and we will in the end be able to live in peace, an issue will arise – what we should do with the remaining 40,000 Ukrainian separatists. There should be no general amnesty. I, as Prosecutor General, can act only within the framework of Ukrainian legislation. The 40,000 should lay down arms and file individual clemency petitions. They should cop a plea and appeal for clemency,” Lutsenko said. While scrutinizing every particular case, the law enforcement agencies will verify whether an individual has not committed a serious crime that rules out amnesty. Quemado Institute comments: Lutsenko, like other Ukrainian politicians, refuses to acknowledge the spirit and purpose of Minsk. The amnesty clause is meant to help both sides. Without it, Poroshenko’s administration and all members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces could be charged with war crimes. Lutsenko also laughably pretends there are 10,000 Russian troops in Donbass. There are none. Lutsenko’s claim that he “can act only within the framework of Ukrainian legislation” may be technically correct, and brings up a dilemma inherent in the Minsk process: Poroshenko signed the agreements, but many members of the Ukrainian parliament consider them unconstitutional, a major impediment. [Source: unian.info/politics/1854964-lutsenko-says-no-general-amnesty-for-donbas-separatists.html]

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Kiev Comes Up With Ingenious Plan to Save Economy: Ask West for More Money / Sputnik / April 2, 2017 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked the EU to create an economic assistance program for Kiev similar to the Marshall Plan, the US initiative which helped Western Europe rebuild after World War II. However, observers say Ukrainians shouldn’t get their hopes up about any major economic assistance coming from Brussels any time soon. Last week, the Congress of the European People’s Party, the EU’s largest parliamentary group, passed an emergency resolution urging Brussels to develop a long-term plan to support Ukraine financially, politically and militarily. Ukraine’s president attended the summit personally to push the pan-European party to take steps to create this ‘Marshall Plan for Ukraine’. “Wonderful news from Malta on the results of my visit to the Congress of the European People’s Party,” Petro Poroshenko jubilantly wrote on his Facebook page Friday evening. “My thanks to the EPP family for the very important resolution on the initiative of our Lithuanian partners to develop a long-term plan to support Ukraine, a so-called ‘Marshall Plan for Ukraine,'” he added. According to the president, the passing of the resolution was “proof of the determination of Europe’s most influential political force” to support Ukraine and its aspirations for European integration. “I look forward to the further steps of the European partners in implementing the idea of creating a ‘Marshall . . . READ MORE>>

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So Who Annexed the Crimean Peninsula Then? / By Arina Tsukanova / Strategic Culture Foundation / March 28, 2017 / Due to the international media’s continued claims about the «annexation of Crimea», it’s been difficult for the citizens of the US and Europe to make sense of the details of the peninsula’s recent history. Exactly three years ago, on March 16, 2014, the Crimeans were offered a choice: to rejoin Russia or to return to the constitution of 1992 that proclaimed Crimea a legal, democratic, secular state whose relationship with Ukraine was based on bilateral agreements. That constitution was unilaterally abolished by Kiev on March 17, 1995, and here’s what’s surprising: no one at that time in the West demanded that the Ukrainian government stop violating the provisions of international law and the rights of the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula. And then in 1995, special ops forces from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU) landed in Crimea and Sevastopol in order to establish «Ukrainian law and order», seizing the building housing the Supreme Council of the republic, where the administration of the acting president of Crimea, Yuriy Meshkov, was also headquartered, and demanding that he be turned over. Since Meshkov refused to vacate his office, they tried to poison him. Much later he described how his drink had been poisoned, and that later in the hospital he was refused proper medical care. Only an emergency evacuation to Moscow miraculously saved his life. In this manner, the real annexation of Crimea by Ukraine, which no one condemned, was completed in 1995. It all began in 1991 with a power grab by the Ukrainian parliament, which annexed the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, forcibly joining it to Ukraine despite the results of the January referendum about reestablishing Crimea’s autonomy. The annexation by Ukraine culminated in the revocation of the constitution and the liquidation of the office of the president of Crimea. However, no one in Europe or America introduced sanctions against this new Ukrainian state that had flagrantly trampled on the right of nations to self-determination: according to the 1989 census, three-quarters of the population of Crimea were not ethnic Ukrainians. From standpoint of the overwhelming majority of Crimea’s residents, a historical injustice was redressed in March 2014: Ukraine was stripped of what it had obtained illegally between 1991 and 1995 using deception and military force. In the eyes of Crimeans, Ukraine’s claims to the peninsula and the support of those claims by the West look very odd. In the 1990s, the world «overlooked» Ukraine’s annexation of Crimea, and no one was concerned that the rights of the inhabitants of the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic had been violated. But when those citizens again took it into their heads to determine their own . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/30/2017 / DONi News / March 30, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has sharply escalated in anticipation of the ceasefire introduction agreements’ coming into force from April 1. 20 localities of the Republic were subjected to shellings by the AFU with heavy artillery (152-mm and 122-mm calibre), tanks and mortars (120 mm and 82 mm calibre), as well as armoured vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms. As a result of the AFU fire, 18 residential buildings were damaged, among them: three in Mineralnoye on Komsomolskaya St., 7, 9 and 11; two in Sakhanka village on Sergeyev St.; one in Dokuchayevsk locality on Lenin St. 82; and 12 in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk on Sokolovsky St., 2 and 3, Revyakin St. 10 and 17, Mark Ozerny St., 35 and 59, Karbyshev St. 13, Zelyony Gai St., 14, Karnavalnaya St., 77, Petrovsky St., 167, School No. 87 on Revyakin St., 2 and Populyarnaya St., 4, where an elderly woman, born in 1928, received a shrapnel wound. Besides, Kiev terrorists continued shelling the Republic’s vital facilities. Their “diligence” again de-energized the Donetsk filtration station, temporarily Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka and a part of Sakhanka locality. In total, for the past day, there were registered 70 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The following localities came under brutal fire with application of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements: Yasinovataya, Mineralnoye, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Kominternovo, Sakhanka, Spartak, the area of the Airport district and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. As a result of the shelling, one DPR People’s Militia soldier got wounded. I would like to dwell upon Kiev’s treatment to the AFU army and nationalist units of the National Guard of Ukraine. It became known that, unlike the AFU, the National Guard units’ rotation is carried out in a timely manner and under suitable conditions. According to information obtained from local residents, city councils of Novomikhailovka, Slavnoye, Taramchuk, Sladkoye, Stepnoye, Beryozovoye and Novotroitsk are preparing lists of empty houses for accommodation of personnel of the 18th separate special purposes Azov regiment of the Ukrainian National Guard which getting ready to replace 24th air assault battalion Aidar within the rotation. This comes connected with the fact that the old accommodation of Aidar units were thoroughly looted and destroyed. Thus, the weakening Kiev’s fear of the tenuously controlled mercenaries, makes it please the nationalists to the detriment and at the expense of the regular army servicemen and Ukraine’s population. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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March 30, 2017 17:00 UTC

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“Ukie fights and shelling – Donetsk Airport, Spartak, Yasinovataya.”

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/30/2017 / DONi News / March 30, 3017 / The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense. Over the past 24 hours there were twenty two occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime by the enemy. The positions of our units in the areas of the localities of Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Frunze, Pervomaisk, Smeloye, Almaznoye, Veselyenkoye, Sokolniki, the area of the monument to Knyaz Igor, Kalinovka and Sanzharovka, as well as Lugansk suburb, were attacked. During shellings the enemy used artillery of 122-mm calibre, mortars of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, IFV cannons, grenade launchers of various types and small arms. In total, over 400 projectiles, mortar rounds and grenades were fired at the Republic’s territory. The Ukrainian Command systematically violates the conditions for military weapons presence, envisaged by the Minsk Agreements, along the contact line, as well as continues to build up the combat potential of their units in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. So, in the vicinity of the settlement of Krymskoye, at a distance of 3 km from the contact line, we identified the location of two batteries of self-propelled artillery units from the 24 brigade of the AFU. Temporary settlements of the units of 24 separate mechanized brigade were revealed by our reconnaissance: 1 battalion in the Kalinovo-Popasnaya area, 2 battalions in the area of Popsnaya locality, 3 battalions in the Kamyshevakha area. These units constantly fire at the positions of our units, which is also recorded by the JCCC and the SMM OSCE. According to the information available to us, the moral and psychological state of the servicemen of the 3rd separate mechanized brigade 24 is characterized as low, due to the continued bullying of officers against soldiers. So, it became known about the suicide committed by the servicemen of the above-mentioned unit on March 28 on the basis of constant money taxes from their commanders. A series of murders and mopping up of witnesses of military property’s embezzlement in the zone of the so-called ‘ATO’ continues. So, in Zaporozhye the body of the cameraman with traces of violent death was found, who worked on the front line. We became aware that he filmed and sent video material with facts of theft of weapons and ammunition to the Security Service. But instead of conducting the trial, the special services eliminated the witness. In turn, units of the LPR People’s Militia conduct combat training according to the plan: servicemen are engaged in servicing weapons and military equipment, improving the educational and material base. Training camps are continuing with reservists of artillery units. We do not succumb to the provocations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and strictly comply with the Minsk agreements, but in case of gross violations from the Ukrainian side, we are ready to act decisively. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko; official translation by DONi News Agency

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Elena Melnik (–Twitter.com/DPR People’s Council)

Official Commentary of Elena Melnik on Irina Gerashchenko’s words about integration of Donbass in Russia / By Elena Melnik / People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic Official Website / March 30, 2017 / Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Irina Gerashchenko stated that the Donbass Republics are increasingly integrating into the Russian Federation, and the introduction of external management at the enterprises of Ukrainian oligarchs allowed the LDPR to actually switch to self-sufficiency. The Ukrainian politician blamed the fighters of ‘ATO’ – the organizers of the blockade of Donbass – on the incident. Inconsistency and contrariety of the Ukrainian authorities’ actions become inalienable and distinctive features of their policies. For three years, the Kiev authorities in various ways have been trying to inflict maximum damage on the Donbass Republics, and now it expresses concern about the integration processes of the DPR and the LPR in Russia. For three years, Ukraine has not been paying pensions and social benefits to residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and now it is unhappy that the Republics can make social payments on their own. For a long time, the Kiev regime has been blocking economic ties with the Donbass unofficially, and when Poroshenko approved the official status of the blockade, it turned out that this facilitates the integration of the DPR and the LPR into the Russian Federation. However, it is quite easy to explain such a sudden anxiety that Gerashchenko expressed right now. The financial and economic condition of Ukraine is close to catastrophic. Tranches from the IMF are postponed, and receipts from enterprises in the territories of the DPR and the LPR are completely stopped after the introduction of temporary administrations. Even Western partners pour oil on the fire – the court in London was lost with $ 3 billion in debt to Russia. For all this, someone will have to answer, so Ukrainian politicians are desperately trying to shift responsibility for what is happening to each other. —Elena Melnik, the DPR People’s Council deputy

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VIDEO: Woman killed in Donetsk as Ukraine destroys 2 homes in a artillery attack
By Patrick Lancaster – March 29, 2017

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My full report: A woman has been killed when Ukraine shelling hit the same
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LPR People’s Militia ready to disengage forces and facilities near Stanitsa Luganskaya / DONi News / March 30, 2017 / The LPR People’s Militia is ready to implement the decision of the Contact Group on holding disengagement of forces and facilities near Stanitsa Luganskaya on April 6, the LPR People’s Militia Official Representative, Lieutenant colonel Andrei Marochko states. Following the results of the session of the Contact Group participants taking place in Minsk on March 29, the OSCE special envoy to the Contact Group Martin Saidik reported that the parties had agreed on ceasefire and disengagement of heavy arms on April 1 and also on disengagement of forces and facilities in the vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya on April 6. “The People’s Militia is always ready to disengage forces and facilities according to the Minsk agreements. We demonstrated it a few times,” pointed out Marochko.

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[Enemy report:] Poroshenko Instructs Army General Staff And Defense Ministry To Ensure Ceasefire In Donbas From April 1 / Ukranews.com / March 30, 2017 / President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense to ensure a ceasefire in the Donbas from April 1. Poroshenko’s spokesman Sviatoslav Tseholko announced this on Twitter, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “The president has issued all the necessary commands to the General Staff and the Defense Minister regarding a cease-fire regime from April 1,” he wrote. On March 29, the Trilateral Contact Group on resolution of the conflict in the Donbas (Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) reached agreement on a ceasefire and extension of the working hours of crossings points on the line of contact in the Donbas from April 1. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the headquarters of the antiterrorist operation (ATO) has said that ATO forces are ready for a unilateral ceasefire from April 1. [Source: ukranews.com/en/news/488606-poroshenko-instructs-army-general-staff-and-defense-ministry-to-ensure-ceasefire-in-donbas-from]

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Serious situation in Donbass makes Russia to worry / Novorossia Today / March 30, 2017 / Russia is concerned over the deteriorating situation in Donbass and calls on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to conduct unbiased monitoring in Donbass and other regions, Russia’s Foreign Ministry official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters. “We are concerned over the deteriorating situation in Ukraine’s southeast,” Zakharova said on Thursday. “According to reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, in March the monitors registered up to 5,000 ceasefire violations every day,” she noted. Zakharova also said the OSCE SMM reports about military hardware spotted near the contact line in Donbass in violation of the agreement on withdrawing weapons. “We call on the mission to carry out impartial monitoring both in Donbass and other regions of Ukraine,” the diplomat said. [Photo: Maria Zakharova (–Kauilapele’s Blog)]

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Alexander Mercouris

BREAKING: Russia wins Judgment against Ukraine in London High Court / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / March 29, 2017 / High Court Judgment to expedite case clears way for Ukraine to be declared in default, legally requiring IMF funding of Ukraine to cease. / The High Court in London this morning granted Russia’s request for an expedited hearing (ie. summary Judgment) of its claim against Ukraine arising from Ukraine’s non-payment of the $3 billion loan Ukraine owes Russia. This is not the final Judgment in the case. That is however probably no more than a few weeks away. Reports say the High Court rejected all of Ukraine’s arguments that it should not be required to pay the loan for political reasons, and this together with the High Court’s decision to grant Russia an expedited hearing makes it now a virtual certainty that the High Court will shortly decide the case in Russia’s favour, and declare Ukraine in default on its loan. As those who have followed my writings on this question will know, this is what I have argued was likely to happen from the start. Indeed on strict legal principles it is difficult to see what other possible Judgment the High Court could have made. Ukraine is saying it will appeal today’s Judgment, presumably to the Court of Appeal and, if it loses there, presumably ultimately to the British Supreme Court. In English law an appeal does not however automatically delay implementation of a Judgment, and since today’s decision is procedural I cannot see what grounds for appeal there are, and I expect Ukraine’s appeal to be refused. This means that a final Judgment in the case may now be no more than weeks away. The big question therefore is what will happen when the High Court finally decides the case in Russia’s favour, and finds Ukraine in default of its $3 billion loan to Russia, as it is now almost certain to do. Will the IMF recognise that this is a legal declaration from the world’s most powerful commercial court that Ukraine is in default to . . . READ MORE>>

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Heroes of Donbass

Mozgovoy, Motorola, Givi
Ischenko, Dremov
Bednov, Anashenko

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“‘Normal’ is to treat your partners with respect, not to try to impose some of your ideas on others without taking into account their own views and their concerns, always to try to listen and to hear, and hopefully not to rely on a superiority complex, which was obviously the case with the Obama administration. They were obsessed with their exceptionality …” –Sergey Lavrov, March 29, 2017

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the National Interest Magazine, published on March 29, 2017 / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation / March 29, 2017 / Question: I’d like to start by asking you about your forthcoming meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, we’ve read in the press that the two of you may be meeting soon. Sergey Lavrov: So they say. Question: Could you perhaps tell us about your expectations and goals in dealing with Secretary Tillerson? Sergey Lavrov: Well, after the American election, soon after Election Day President Putin and President-elect Trump talked over the phone. It was a good but very general discussion touching upon the key issues in our relations, and of course the key international issues. And they agreed that they would continue being in touch and after the inauguration they talked again, and they reconfirmed the need to look for ways which would be effective in handling international problems. And of course to see what could be done to bring the bilateral relations to normalcy. They also agreed that Mr. Rex Tillerson and I would look into the agenda in some more details, and would also discuss the preparation for the presidential meeting which should take place when both countries, both leaders feel comfortable. And we met with Rex in mid-February in Bonn on the margins of the G-20 ministerial meeting, and covered quite a lot of the bilateral agenda. I briefed him about the relationship on bilateral issues with the Obama administration, the problems which accumulated during that period. We did not go into the substance of this, I just briefed him so that his team, which is still being assembled, could take a look at these issues and determine what kind of attitude they would have on them. And we discussed Syria, Iran, the Korean Peninsula, the Middle East in general, relations between Russia and the West, it was a very general, but rather substantive discussion, obviously it was the first contact and Mr.Rex Tillerson is just getting into the shoes of his new capacity. We discussed the possibility of personal meeting and have been continuing these discussions. As soon as we finalize them it will be announced. But my feeling is that from the point of view of personal relationship, we feel quite comfortable. I feel quite comfortable, I believe Rex had the same feeling, and our assistants should work . . . READ MORE>>

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Putin ready to meet Trump at upcoming Arctic summit in Finland / Rt.com / March 30, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would be ready to meet with US President Donald Trump at the upcoming summit of Arctic countries in Finland, if the talks are properly prepared. “I believe Finland suits this purpose well, and Helsinki is a very convenient platform to organize an event like this,” Putin said, when asked if he thought a meeting between him and Trump was possible in Finland. Putin was speaking at the International Arctic Forum in Russia’s northwestern city of Arkhangelsk. However, he added that any meeting between him and Trump should be well prepared “by both sides.” “If this happens, we – and I personally – would be glad to take part in such an event. If not, the meeting [with Trump] could take place in the framework of the G20 summit [set to take place in July],” Putin concluded. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said earlier that his country would “certainly be very happy to have the opportunity to hold such a summit.” The summit is set to take place at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on September 18-20, 2017, according to the event’s official website. Russia considers the US a great power, and would like to get its relationship with Washington back on track, and claims alleging anything else are lies and fiction, Putin said. The Russian president added that, while relations between Moscow and Washington are currently “at zero level,” he counts on the situation improving someday – and the sooner the better. The anti-Russian card is being played by various political forces in the US to reinforce . . . READ MORE>>

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Putin and Company is a Mafia Attached to a Pipeline / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / March 27, 2017 / Turning Russia into a resource colonial, mono-(anti-culture) appendix of global capitalism under Putin and his cronies: Putin’s and the Kremlin’s non-existent “economic genius” and performance is almost entirely (by 95%) determined by the world prices of oil and gas and their fluctuations (besides the unsustainable levels of theft, plunder and graft for which they are fully responsible). In other words, world prices of oil and gas explain nearly all the overall dynamic (that is not the use or distribution) of the Russian economy under its regressive oligarchic rule: [See graphs at source.] The problem of capitalism in Russia is greatly exacerbated and even multiplied by the character of Russian post-Soviet . . . READ MORE>>

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 03/24/2017 / DONi News / March 24, 2017 / Good day! Ukraine’s special operations forces and the Security Service of Ukraine still attempt to destabilize the situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic by carrying out terrorist attacks and to spread panic among civilians. Today at 08:50 Ukraine’s sabotage-reconnaissance group consisting of three people conducted a shot with rocket anti-tank launchers, the fragments of which hit the residential house near the military base of the defense establishment in the downtown of Donetsk. As a result of the act of terrorism, the citizen Sukhova received shrapnel wounds, she was provided with medical treatment. Guard forces which immediately arrived at the scene repelled an attack. Search and blocking of the group of terrorists in Donetsk and other districts of the Republic are carried out. Due to continuing terrorism act threats, we are asking residents of the Republic to keep their vigilances and help security agencies and law-enforcements agencies reveal Ukrainian terrorists and warn about their attempts of sabotages and acts of terrorism. I’m calling on the OSCE Mission to record new Kiev’s act of terrorism and to draw international community’s attention to criminal activities of Ukrainian special services. Last week, from March 18 till 24, in formations and units of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic main efforts were focused on carrying out command post exercises and on summing up results and also on drilling military readiness of units. Tank and IVF crews passed driving trainings. And with other units there were carried out trainings on study subjects and on tactics on the defensive. Over the past 24 hours there were registered 85 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy applied heavy artillery, tanks, mortars of various caliber, IFVs, anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers and small arms. Altogether, over the past week there were registered 467 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime on the part of the enemy. Ukraine’s military launched 4,950 projectiles and mortar-shells on the Republican territory with the weapons prohibited. The Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled 28 localities of the Republic. There were seriously damaged the following localities: ZAYTSEVO, GORLOVKA, YASINOVATAYA, KRUTAYA BALKA, SPARTAC, KOMINTERNOVO, DOKUCHAEVSK, YASNOE, OCTYABR, ELENOVKA, LUGANSK, the suburbs of the Volvo-Center and airport and also the Petrovsky, Kirovsky and Kiyevsky districts of Donetsk on the territories of which there were damaged and destroyed 41 houses. Eight residents of the Republic . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukrainian sabotage-recon groups became highly active on DPR territory / Essence of Time / March 24, 2017 / The Ukrainian army intensified the shelling. The Ukrainian sabotage-recon groups became highly active on DPR territory, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on March 24th. / During the day, the Ukrainian military were shelling the residential areas of Gorlovka. The enemy was also provoking trench combat in the suburbs of the city. 2 houses on Marshal Peresypkin and Bogun streets were damaged. A 61-years old man was injured. The situation is tense in the area of Zaytsevo, the Gagarin (Glubokaya) coal mine, the villages of Shirokaya Balka and Zheleznaya Balka. Very intense fire is observed on the Donetsk part of the front. The Ukrainian military shelled the village of Spartak, where a house on Pobeda street burnt down as a result of the direct hit of the shell. Outbuilding on Mira street burnt down. Moreover, the village of Yakovlevka was shelled with 152mm mortars and tanks. A shell struck the roof of the building on Chernogorskaya street in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. 2 houses on Andrusov street and one house on Lieutenant Nikolenko street in the village of Trudovskiye were damaged. The Ukrainian army is provoking trench combat in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and in the area of “Volvo-Center”. Today, at 8.50 AM, the Ukrainian saboteurs opened fire on one of the buildings of DPR PM military unit in downtown Donetsk with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The fragments of the rounds struck the house injuring a woman. The [sabotage-recon] group is being traced. In the south of DPR, 4 houses in the village of Zaichenko were damaged as a result of the night shelling conducted by the Ukrainian army. The village of Sosnovskoye also came under Ukrainian military’s fire. Electric power was lost in the village of Kominternovo. The bodies of 2 Ukrainian army soldiers, killed while attempting to seize the position of DPR People’s Militia on March 20th, were passed to the Ukrainian side today. According to recent information, during the past day, March 23rd, the Ukrainian army violated ceasefire 85 times. During the past week, the Ukrainian military intensified the shelling of DPR territory. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Explosion at Balakleya munitions depot (–Daily Mail/YouTube/Oleksi Tamrazov)

Explosions continue going off at Ukraine ammo depot / TASS / March 25, 2017 / Special equipment, including two fire tanks and three fire vehicles, are used at the depot now. / KIEV / Detonations continue at the ammo depot in Ukraine’s Kharkov region, where the fire was extinguished, press service of the national emergencies service said on Saturday. “As of 07:25 on Saturday, occasional explosions of various intensity continue at the technical territory of the depot,” the press service said. Special equipment, including two fire tanks and three fire vehicles, are used at the depot now, the press service said, adding gas supplies had been cut, and railway communication at the local station was stopped. The air communication is closed in the area of 40 km. The now-infamous fire broke out at the military depot in near the city of Balakleya at around 3.00 a.m. local time (0100GMT) on Thursday. Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios said the fire and a series of blasts were recorded in several storage facilities for artillery shells and missiles. Until recently, the ammo depot in Balakleya, encompassing an area of 368 hectares, was considered to be Europe’s largest facility for storing weapons. The depot may house up to 150,000 tonnes of armaments. Media reports say currently there are some 125,000 tonnes of munitions there. Earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman said that the blaze had engulfed nearly half of the entire territory of the military facility and extinguishing it “may take up to seven days.” Ukraine’s top military brass labeled the blasts at the ammo depot an ‘act of sabotage.’ Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Lugansk people’s militias said that Kiev’s military may have blown up the depot to cover up the mass shortage of munitions there.

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VIDEOs: Detonation of Ammunition Depot in Kharkov Region
March 24, 2017

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@OceanEchoes on Twitter
March 24, 2017 23:55 UTC

“I am thinking of all the Uragan & Tochka-U missiles that blew up in Ukraraine at that depot, that won’t be fired at Donbass civilians.”

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Explosions in Balakley began after a booze in the warehouse of Ukrainian generals – an eyewitness / Anti-Fashist.com / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / March 24, 2017 / The fire in the ammunition depot of the Ministry of Defense in the Balakley of the Kharkov region began immediately after the drunken Ukrainian generals left it, who had a drinking party in this place. This statement was made on the air of the Ukrainian news channel NewsOne by a local resident of Balakleya. “I know that before the explosions there was a check: the generals came, drank at the base and after their departure explosions began, what they did there is unknown, I can say that the situation with the explosions testifies to the negligence of the generals,” he said. He also considers it doubtful that the fire in warehouses arose from the dumping of an explosive device from a drone. The man expressed the opinion that the cause was far more likely to be the negligence of servicemen who are often in a state of intoxication. “I do not think they were drones because there are a lot of soldiers on the base who drink all the time, all the local people know about it.” All Balakleya knows about this, they are plopping in. There (nearby) there is a Shinok cafe, they drink there Constantly,” said a local resident. At the same time, he described how the situation in the city was going from the very beginning of the explosions. “I woke up from the explosions around 3 am (on Thursday, March 23rd – ed.) From the base everything was blazing and the explosions were rumbling, I took out the children, there were a lot of cars on the way, people tried to leave the city on their own, the evacuation was organized by the authorities about 6 -7 am.” The man also complained that the city now has a difficult situation with food, in the shops huge queues, pharmacies are closed, and in homes have not yet turned on gas. Recall, the largest in Ukraine arsenal in the Balakley region caught fire on the night of March 23. The ignition of the subsequent detonation is recorded immediately on several sites. According to the LNR, the Ukrainian authorities hide the actual figures of the wounded as a result of a fire in the arsenal. “As a result of the explosions in Balaklee, injuries of varying severity were received by more than 70 servicemen of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel,” the representative of the People’s Militia of the People’s Democratic Republic of Belarus Andrei Marochko said today. He is convinced that Kiev is hiding this information, since there are no blood transfusion systems and blood donations in Ukraine’s military hospitals, and there are no “other necessary means to provide emergency medical care to the victims,” Marachko added.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
(Brief update)

Ukraines biggest ammunition depot was blown up today in Balakleya, in the Kiev-controlled Kharkov region. Video shows denotations of Grad and Tochka U missiles. The warehouse can continue detonating for 4 days. No one can get in. The evacuation zone is up to 7 km. The Balakleya ammunition warehouse was one of the largest in Europe.

Watching this video is like watching the face of God. Every missile that fires is one that will not kill the women and children of Donbass.

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Ukrainian Ammo Dump Blown-Up Near Donbass Region: Balaklay Ammunition Warehouses Explode and Burn on March 23, 2017 / “Diversion of Poroshenko” near Kharkov: details / ThereAreNoSunglasses (translated from Nakanune.ru Russian State Media Supervision Service) / March 23, 2017 /A catastrophe at military depots near Kharkov is considered a diversion. The total area of ​​storage facilities of 122- and 152-mm howitzer shells, rockets to salvo fire systems and even, according to some information, ballistic missiles “Tochka U” is amazing – 368 hectares. According to official data, the total mass of ammunition in the warehouse was 138 thousand tons. Here is how the main military prosecutor of the Kiev regime Anatoly Matios describes what happened: “According to preliminary information (now as a result of investigative actions) of the investigative-prosecutorial group of the military prosecutor’s office of the Kharkov garrison and the investigation department of the SBU in the Kharkiv region (which are on the scene), due to the sabotage last night, at 2:45, at several storage sites (Tank and artillery shells 125 and 152 mm) near the city of Balakleya in the Kharkov region there was an explosion (a fire broke out), which caused detonation of ammunition.” The total area of the arsenal is 368 hectares and 138 thousand tons of ammunition. From the place of detonation through the establishment of the blockade, a conditional seven kilometer cordon of the zone of danger of the spread of ammunition is organized. There are no data on human casualties. On the site of events, a staff is working as part of the regional leadership and law enforcement agencies. On the instructions of the Ministry of Defense, a board with a commission headed by the deputy defense minister for armament of Pavlovsky flew from Kiev. Taking into account the possibility of increasing the area of detonation of ammunition and their dispersal, an evacuation of local population from the settlements of Verbovka and Yakovenkovo is organized . All necessary measures are taken to prevent the loss of human life, to establish eyewitnesses of sabotage and to examine the place of events. According to Matios, the heavy fire fighting equipment of the Defense Ministry arrived at the scene of the events. Prepares to take off the UAV to establish the actual volumes of the affected areas of the arsenal. The State Border Service has strengthened the border control regime in the north-eastern direction. It should be noted that there is a fire train in the warehouse itself, and fire tanks, at least, were in 2011, when the exercises were held there just for a similar case , therefore, probably, the prosecutor exaggerates the merits of the “emergency response” of the Defense Ministry. He does not have information on other items: No UAVs will allow to determine in the morning the area covered by fires and explosions – due to smoke and turbulent flows on the borders of the burning area, caused by the rising streams of hot air (more than 100 km / h). Because of the spread of not only the fragments of shells, but also missiles, no investigative actions “at the scene” can not be carried out. Maximum, investigators who arrived only a couple of hours ago from Kharkov, could find and interview those who are in a state of shock, but managed to escape, sentries from which nothing coherent and reliable can be achieved simply because witnesses can not determine at night where and how It all began. And for objective reasons – 368 hectares are simply not visible from one point and it is impossible to speak about “simultaneous” ignition (and diversion).

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Video of moment of detonation at Baslakleya warehouse, Kharkov Region

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[Enemy report:] Blasts at Balakliia ammo depot continue, people stay in shelters, evacuation underway / En.censor.net.ua / March 23, 2017 / Evacuation of civilians is underway in Balakliia, the Kharkiv region, where the local ammunition depot has been impacted by blasts since last night, Kharkiv journalist Yurii Borshch, whose relatives reside in Balakliia, told Censor.NET. “The blasts of the ammunition at the military unit A1352 started in Balakliia at around 2:30 a.m. The explosions were very powerful. People started panicking. Due to the Donbas events, city shelters and basements have been put in proper order, with sufficient markings of the locations in place. So the people were quite organized to move to the basements. They remain in shelters, sometimes getting up to the surface. Stationary phone lines do not operate in the city. Some houses’ windows were damaged by the shock wave, some balconies cracked. Some say the missiles are reaching neighboring Borshchivka village. The evacuation of civilians is underway in the city. It started really fast, during the first hour after the blasts. People are being taken to Krasnyi Lyman, Lozova, Shevelivka, Volokhiv Yar. An evacuation point has been set in the city downtown. The explosions continue,” the reporter said. He added that local radio station has announced a call to get into shelters and provided the addresses of the shelters. Borshch said the issue with the military base in the city has persisted over the years. Local residents and authorities have many times asked to solve the problem of storing ammunition this close to the city. Recently, the depot was allegedly full. It’s one of the biggest depots in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, the reporter said. At the same time, it lacks modern surveillance cameras and IR sensors. It’s an old Soviet-time military base. “If someone wanted to commit an act of sabotage, it’s quite simple to do that. The military say it was an arson at several spots,” Borshch said. He said there was no information on casualties, as well as no information on the garrison town within the military unit. Railway connection has been halted due to proximity to the explosion site. [Source: en.censor.net.ua/n433108]

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/23/2017 / DONi News / March 23, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 63 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The following localities underwent the most intensive enemy shellings with application of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements: Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Krytaya Balka, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Spartak, the area of the Airport, the Petrovsky and the Kievsky districts of Donetsk. In total, 16 Republic’s localities were shelled with the AFU’s heavy artillery of 152mm and 122mm calibre, tanks, mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre, as well as IFV and armoured personnel carriers’ arms, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms. As a result of the fire from the AFU part, eight residential houses of Donetsk suffered. Among these: In the Petrovsky district: five houses at the addresses Andrusov Street, 7, 8, 12; Serafimovich Street, 8; centre for primary health care along the street Anachanko. – In the Kievsky district: three houses along the street Zhelyabova, 15, 16, 17. Multiple shrapnel wounds were received by a civilian, born in 1994, a young mother who was on the street with a three-month-old child during the shelling, and had to cover the child with her body from the spreading fragments of mortar shells of Kiev terrorists, and was wounded and taken to the hospital. A civilian woman, 1960, was wounded in the leg as a result of sniper fire in the locality of Krytaya Balka. *** The scale of weapons and ammunition’s embezzlement from the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ warehouses reached such a level that, in order to conceal these facts and avoid punishment, they carry out the destruction of their rocket and artillery arsenal. So, tonight, at one of the arsenals of the AFU, located in the Kharkov region, near the town of Balakleya, and which has about 140 thousand tons of ammunition stored, their ignition occurred. We note that to the warehouse’s blazing took place on the eve of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense’s inspection arrival, headed by Deputy Defense Minister for Armaments General Pavlovsky. One doesn’t need to be a prophet to say that this is not the first and not the last case of theft of state property by Ukrainian criminals. *** zone. In connection with the disastrous shortage of personnel, the Ukrainian military command goes to any measures to eliminate this problem. Military units of Kramatorsk spread allotments in the industrial enterprises to mobilize 50 men aged from 18 to 64 years. The personnel of enterprises that would refuse to serve the Ukrainian criminal regime must retire and hide from the draft. A shortage of personnel is also registered in nationalist battalions. So, in Krasnoarmeisk unit of the Ukrainian volunteer corps “Right Sector” there was established a camp, where they conduct the campaign activities among the population on the entry into their ranks. In turn, units of the Republic’s People’s Militia continue to improve combat training. Trainings with various kinds of units that are not occupied with the protection of the borders of our Republic are constantly undergoing training at the proving grounds. At the end of the week, all the subjects of combat training will be tested. We are ready to defend our interests and protect the integrity of the Republic from any aggression of the criminal regime of Ukraine. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Probability of Kiev resuming full-fledged military operations extremely high / DONi News / March 23, 2017 / The probability of the resumption by the Ukrainian troops of full-scale military operations in Donbass is extremely high, stated DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko during the Q&A session with the residents of the Donetsk region under Ukrainian control. “In order to reset the situation that has now developed, Poroshenko has only one way out – to start military operations. Proceeding from this, I suspect that Ukraine has such plans, and it is very likely that these plans will be undertaken. Unfortunately, the chances are high for the development of the military situation that has developed,” Zakharchenko noted. However, he stressed that the forces of the People’s Republic of Donetsk are ready to repel the attack on the part of Ukrainian units. Meanwhile, the military solution, according to Zakharchenko, will not stop the confrontation in Donbass.

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Self-proclaimed Donetsk republic opens unofficial mission in Greece / Indian Subcontinent (from TASS) / March 21, 2017 / ATHENS / The eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) opened an unofficial mission in Greece Tuesday, a TASS correspondent reported. “On behalf of the DPR Foreign ministry and all of the country’s people, accept our words of sincere gratitude for your contribution into the DPR’s process of becoming an independent member of the international community,” reads a congratulation letter by the republic’s spokeswoman Natalya Nikonorova. ‘The opening of a DPR Representation center in Greece is an important step in strengthening information, cultural and economic ties between the Donetsk People’s Republic and your country,” says the letter, read out during the opening ceremony. “The center’s activities will become another link between our peoples that allows us to create a dialogue with residents of European countries,” Nikonorova said. “We are sincerely grateful for the support of the people of Donbass.” The head of the DPR Representation center in Greece and a co-organizer of Greece’s Safe Donbass society Andreas Zaferis said during the ceremony that it was the third such center opened in European Union states. “Soon, such centers will open in other European countries,” he added. Panagiotis Lafazanis, a Greek ex-minister who now heads the non-parliamentary Popular Unity party, wished good luck and victory to “the people of DPR, who strife for independence.” Greek government officials, however, stressed that the center has no official diplomatic status. “Greece has never recognized the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic,” a Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said. “Any actions that undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine are in stark contrast with the established stance of the Greek government.”

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Armed Donetsk miner (–© Rosiya na vsegda)

Donetsk coal is now rolling to Russia, Donbass blockade to cost Kiev 3.3 billion € in lost revenue and 75,000 jobs / Translated by Tom Winter / Sott.net (from Fort Russ; original source: Sputnik France) / March 22, 2017 / Shipments of coal to Russia have begun, Alexander Zakharchenko, President of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, told reporters. This, following on the heels of the commercial blockade of Donbass organized by Ukrainian radicals at the end of January. After the Ukrainian radicals imposed their rail blockade on Donbass, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) took up the delivery of this fuel to Russia Tuesday [March 14]. “Let us remember, where did this production used to go? It went to Russia,” said Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the republic. “Yes, it’s a tough process that will take up to three months. But today, the first 95 cars are gone. This is a test lot.” There are, however, some bureaucratic and marketing difficulties, but these problems are being resolved, Zakharchenko added. Meanwhile in Kiev, a demonstration to support the commercial blockade of the Donbass was held Tuesday night. Hundreds of people gathered in the Maidan Square to call for the continuation of the blockade and even to invite the volunteers to strengthen it. The Ukrainian radicals began the Donbass rail blockade at the end of January, disrupting coal deliveries from the region. The self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk responded by setting up external management of companies under Ukrainian jurisdiction. Further, on Friday March 3, the leader of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko announced a trade blockade against Kiev. The shortage of coal has forced Kiev to introduce extraordinary measures to conserve energy resources. According to Prime Minister Vladimir Groïsmann, the blockade of Donbass will cost Ukraine dearly: the country will lose 3.3 billion euros in revenue and 75,000 jobs. At the end of February the leaders of the People’s Republics adopted a joint declaration informing Kiev that coal deliveries would not resume, and that companies under Ukrainian jurisdiction would be placed under external management if the blockade was not lifted before 1st of March. Kiev did not react to this statement.

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Donbass, East Ukraine On Its Way To Becoming Own Country By Default / By Brandon Turbeville / Novorossiyaupdates (from Activist Post) / March 23, 2017 / After having fallen prey to Western machinations of destabilization and civil war, it is apparent that there may now be irreparable differences between the East and West portions of Ukraine. With the East of Ukraine more in line with Russia and the West more in line with Western Europe, all compounded by years of civil war and outright persecution and atrocities committed by the fascist Ukrainian forces, the DPR and LPR are showing signs of going their separate ways and breaking away from West Ukraine in a more final fashion. When Crimea voted to reunite with Russia after a long separation, many suspected the DPR and LPR would follow suit. In fact, there was a movement within both republics to do the same. However, geopolitical and diplomatic concerns on the part of Russia prevented such a vote from ever solidifying a “reunification” with Russia. A vote to reunify with Russia in the same fashion as Crimea would have no doubt caused a diplomatic emergency between Russia and the warmongering West. Indeed, it may have even caused military confrontation. However, after time passed and the impasse between East and West Ukraine has become more pronounced, it appears that East Ukraine is making moves toward becoming its own country even without formal recognition. East Ukraine – DPR and LPR (Donbass)– may very well become their own nation by default and by natural progression of events. Eastern Ukraine (Donbass) has, for at least a year, begun working on setting up the framework of a governmental system, complete with a political framework, the seizing of banks, and the operation of various industries. Greater centralized military structure, as necessitated by the current conflict, has also become a reality. Ironically, it appears Donbass is more so on its way to becoming its own independent country as a result of the actions of the fascists of East Ukraine than perhaps it would have been if simple neutrality and peace would have been observed by Kiev. Every act of force by Kiev has served to push Donbass further and further away from Ukraine and more toward independence. These acts of force are also pushing Donbass toward greater cooperation with Russia, whose involvement in Crimea, political opposition to Western destabilization, and involvement in East Ukraine (still vociferously denied by the Kremlin) is the only reason Western forces did not simply roll over separatists and establish NATO bases on Russia’s border in 2014. In February, in a possible message to the West and a probable step forward in supporting the independence if not the “reunification” with Russia, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would be recognizing all “administrative acts” coming from the. . . READ MORE>>  Quemado Institute comments: This lengthy analysis seems mostly right, except for the point that Russia’s “involvement” is far from “the only reason” Western forces did not roll over the separatists. In many ways, the Kremlin actually held the separatists back by discouraging them through strong-arm politics from fighting in their own defense. This was in order to appease the West and appear to be complying with Minsk, which of course Russia was not a party to. The DPR/LPR militias nevertheless held their own for over a year with almost no Russian political or diplomatic support, and certainly no military assistance. The militias are a powerful well-armed fighting force. They the primary reason the DPR/LPR are now nearing independence.

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Protest, Sberbank of Russia, Kiev (-EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Russian banks willing to withdraw from Ukrainian market, Kremlin says / TASS / March 23, 2017 / The operations of the Russian banks in Ukraine are dangerous now, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. / MOSCOW / Russian lenders would like to withdraw from the Ukrainian market, as their operations there are in danger now, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. “(Russian) bankers have voiced their position, which is probably more important since they act in the best interest of their shareholders first of all,” he said, adding that they are willing to “minimize the potential damage in case of an attempt to withdraw from the Ukrainian market as soon as possible.” According to Peskov, “Ukraine is not a country with attractive investment climate at the moment.” “This is a country with quite a threatening investment environment and high risks for investors,” Kremlin spokesman said. He assumes that the sanctions Kiev levied against Russian lenders threaten not only subsidiaries of Russian banks but “Ukrainian economy, meaning Ukrainian taxpayers, common Ukrainians.” “Of course, now the operations of those (Russian) banks (in Ukraine) are in danger since further actions of the Ukrainian authorities are unpredictable,” Peskov said, adding that the country’s authorities “are often unable to restore order in terms of opposing extremists.” On March 16, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko imposed sanctions against five banks with Russian state capital operating on the Ukrainian market. Restrictions were introduced against Sberbank, VS Bank, Prominvestbank, VTB Bank and BM Bank for one-year period. Sanctions include a ban on withdrawal of funds outside of Ukraine, as well as payment of dividends, interest, return of interbank deposits and loans, funds from correspondent accounts of subordinated debt. The ban also concerns distribution of profits and capital of these five banks. Ukraine’s National Bank said then that all lenders with Russian capital operating in the country negotiated potential sale transactions. Russian credit organizations later confirmed those plans.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
(Full report)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/21/2017 / DONi News / March 21, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past day, there were registered 59 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The following localities underwent the most intensive enemy shellings with application of weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements: Yasinovataya, Alexandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Kommunarovka, Kominternovo, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Spartak, the areas of the Airport and the Volvo Center of Donetsk. In total, 17 Republic’s localities were shelled with the AFU’s heavy artillery (152mm and 122mm calibre), tanks, mortars (120mm and 82mm calibre), as well as IFV and armoured personnel carriers’ arms, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms. Nine houses sustained damage in the AFU fire. Thus, in Kommunarovka locality a kindergarten and school were damaged on Tsentralnaya St., 2b, 4, two houses on Oktyabrskaya St., 67, 68, one private house in Zaitsevo village on Yesenin St., 8. One house was damaged in Alexandrovka locality on Ordzhonikidze St., 29, and the AFU shells damaged two apartments in a five-story house in Dokuchayevsk locality on Lenin St., 100 and one private house on Bazarnaya St., 8. Due to the genocide of the Donbass people, one civilian, born in 1968, received shrapnel wounds. Losses among the People’s Militia personnel made three killed and two wounded. It is important to note that Ukrainian forces’ losses as a result of the March 20 failure near Kominternovo amounted to: 12 killed and 14 wounded fighters, among . . . READ MORE>>

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Situation sharply escalated on the southern part of the front in DPR / Essence of Time / March 20, 2017 / On the Gorlovka and Donetsk direction, the situation is unchanged. However, on the southern part of the front, the situation is sharply escalated, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on March 20th. On the Gorlovka and Donetsk directions, the situation remains tense. The Ukrainian army is provoking trench combat in the areas of Zaytsevo, of Avdeevka industrial zone, and in the western suburbs of the Petrovsky district in Donetsk. The tensest situation is observed on the Mariupol part of the front. In the morning, the Ukrainian army attempted to break through the DPR PM positions in the area of Kominternovo. The attack was backed by the artillery. According to DPR PM Command, the Ukrainian side lost 10 militaries killed and another 5 wounded. One BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle was destroyed. 3 DPR servicemen were wounded. Combat continues on this part of the front. DPR PM Command also informed that, during the day, another one serviceman was wounded as a result of the shelling conducted by the Ukrainian army. DPR PM intelligence presented new facts of the non-combat loses among the Ukrainian military. In the area of Dzerzhinsk, 4 soldiers of the 72nd independent mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian army were killed, and another 3 soldiers of the 3rd battalion of the 80th independent assault brigade were wounded as a result of the shootout with the militants of one of the Ukrainian nationalist battalion. According to recent information, during the past day, March 19th, the Ukrainian army violated ceasefire 39 times. 13 towns and villages of DPR came under Ukrainian artillery’s fire. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Donetsk Situation Report, 20.03.2017 / Novorossia Vision / March 20, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic, despite the decrease in the intensity of the shelling by the Ukrainian artillery, remains tense. Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 39 times. The most intense fire impact of the enemy, with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements, was applied to the following localities: Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Dokuchaevsk, Kominternovo, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Spartak, the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. In total, the AFU shelled 13 localities of the Republic, with 122 and 152mm artillery, tanks, 82 and 120mm mortars, as well as infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the AFU shelling, there were damaged two residential houses in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city, N 41 in Lyotchikov St and N 1 in Lazo St. In the shelling of our positions one soldier of the People’s Militia was wounded. According to our intelligence, in the area of the locality of Dzerzhinsk arrived a group of officers from the troops command of radiation, chemical and biological protection of the Armed Forces, numbering up to 10 people. The purpose of the group’s work is to assess possible disruptions in the operation of the phenolic plant premises, since the Armed Forces units are located on its territory, together with equipment and ammunition. We continue to record non-combat losses among the AFU military. In particular, in the area of the locality of Dzerzhinsk, in the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, as a result of an armed conflict with nationalist battalions, there were killed four soldiers. In addition, in the 3rd battalion of the 80th separate assault brigade, located in the zone of responsibility of the 72nd brigade, there were wounded three soldiers. The reason for the shootings was the redistribution of control over zones of smuggling flows. These facts are hidden from the public, so as not to discredit the military command. Our units continue combat training. In particular, the training is conducted to bring them to the highest degrees of combat readiness, as well as training with special forces units to counter the enemy’s subversive groups. –-Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ukrainian army shelled Gorlovka suburbs and DPR communities in south / Essence of Time / March 21, 2017 / As result of the shelling conducted by the Ukrainian army during the past night, one house was damaged in the village of Zaytsevo, and electric power was lost in 3 villages in the Novoazovsky district of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Donetsk News Agency informed on March 21st. “A house on Esenin str. 8 was completely destroyed by the direct hit of the shell,” the Acting Head of the Gorlovka city administration Ivan Prikhodko said commenting on the night shelling of Zaytsevo. “Trench combat were underway throughout the past day. Power lines were damaged yesterday in the evening. As a result, the residents Naberezhnoye, Kominternovo, and Sakhanka were left without electricity. There is no gas supply in Kominternovo,” the Acting Head of the Priazovsky district administration Anatoliy Yanovsky informed Donetsk News Agency. Rossa Primavera News Agency informed earlier that the tensest situation is observed on the Mariupol part of the front. In the morning, March 20th, the Ukrainian army attempted to break through the DPR positions in the area of the village of Kominternovo. —Sources: Rossa Primavera News Agency, “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass

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Ukrainian army’s shelling causes blackout in several DPR villages / DONi News / March 20, 2017 / The Ukrainian army opened fire at the southern region of the DPR yesterday evening, the residents of Sakhanka and Kominternovo villages remained without electricity, Sakhanka administration’s head Igor Podgorny said today. “Last night, at approximately 6 pm, as a result of shelling by the AFU, the power transmission line was damaged, the boiler room doesn’t work. Now the inhabitants of the villages of Sakhanka and partially Kominternovo remain without light, and there is no gas in Kominternovo too. There are no suffered among the civilian population,” said the head. According to Podgorny, in this connection, a letter has been sent to the JCCC to ask for the presence of the OSCE monitors in the Novoazovsky district to monitor the situation and the possibility of carrying out restoration work.

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DPR Command Names Officers of Ukrainian Armed Forces Involved in Bombardment of Donetsk, Yasinovataya and Gorlovka in March / Voenkor.info / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / March 21, 2017 / The operational command of the DNR published information about Ukrainian commanders, who in March issued orders for shelling villages near Donetsk and Yasinovata, as well as the outskirts of Gorlovka. The materials were received today by the DAN agency. The dossier includes data on the commander of the 92nd Independent Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel Viktor Nikoliuk, who, in a drunken state, on March 6 ordered the shooting of artillery from the villages of Luganskoye and Signalnoye to the south-west of Donetsk. Then about 700 houses in two villages were left without light, and three houses were also damaged. It is established that the fire was fired from Novomikhailovka village, controlled by Kiev, using the Grad GRRS, 152-mm Howitz-B howitzers and 122-mm SAU Gvozdika. In addition, information is provided on the commander of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, Colonel Andrei Sokolov, who ordered orders from March 14 to March to shell out the peaceful population of Yasinovatoy and Zaitsevo settlement. In Yasinovatoy there was a hit in the high-rise building and damage to the transmission line feeding the Donetsk filter station. In Zaitsevo, under the fire of the APU, a civilian died, another one was wounded and was hospitalized. The fire was fired from the districts of Avdeevka and the village of Zhovank. The commanders noted that the actions of Ukrainian commanders can be regarded as propaganda of war, torture, planning, preparation, unleashing and waging aggressive war, violation of laws and customs of war, genocide and violence against the population in the area of ​​military operations, as well as the use of weapons of mass destruction.

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Ukrainian artillery shelled people in Donetsk, March 19, 2017

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Village Donetsk-Severniy shelled by AFU (Armed Forces of Ukraine) again.

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Ukrainian saboteurs made a breakthrough attempt in south of DPR / Essence of Time / March 20, 2017 / The Armed forces of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) prevented a breakthrough attempt of the Ukrainian army’s sabotage-recon group in the area of Komintenovo. Combat continues, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on March 20th. At 12.40 PM, 2 Ukrainian platoons attempted to breakthrough along the Mariupol direction, in the area of Kominternovo. The breakthrough was backed by the artillery and armoured fighting vehicles. The attack against the DPR PM position was repulsed, the Ukrainian military retreated to their initial positions. “As a result of the attack, the Ukrainian army lost 10 soldiers killed and another 5 wounded. One BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle was destroyed,” the source informed. According to DPR PM Command, 3 DPR servicemen were wounded while repulsing the attack. At the moment, combat continues. Last night, the Ukrainian army’s shelling caused the interruption of electric power in the villages of Sakhanka and Kominternovo in the south of DPR. Moreover, the gas supply was lost in Kominternovo. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Kiev redeploys NATO-equipped fighters to Donbass / DONi News / March 19, 2017 / The Kiev forces’ command has sent military wearing NATO-style uniform and armed with weapons used in the NATO countries to Svetlodarskoye, LPR, reported the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrei Marochko. “The AFU command continues to resort to the services of foreign mercenaries in the ‘ATO’ zone, disregarding subordinate personnel because of its low moral and psychological state,” he pointed out. “Thus, it was established that in the responsibility area of the 54th brigade, in the village of Svetlodarskoye, there arrived an 18-strong unit equipped with the NATO-style uniform and armed with sniper rifles BARRETT-M107A1,” said the defense official. Marochko added that the unit had arrived to carry out subversive and terrorist tasks.

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Poroshenko: “We’ve lost influence over Donbass due to the blockade” / Translated from RIA Novostie by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / March 20, 2017 / At a meeting of the Regional Security Council in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine has completely lost influence over Donbass due to radicals’ recent blockade of the region. “As a result of the blockade, Ukraine lost its last sphere of influence on this territory,” Poroshenko asserted. The president remarked: “At the same time, this dealt a blow to domestic energy, metallurgy, and the budget.” Continuing, Poroshenko explained: “The organizers of the blockade tricked society insofar as this was not a blockade of separate districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions – what blockade can there be when there is a hole in the border, including one of hundreds of kilometers with the Russian Federation? In fact this turned out to be a special operation aimed . . . READ MORE>>

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Vekhovna Rada discusses blockade (–Nataliia Sharomova /Censor.net)

Ukraine’s economic growth indicators need revision in wake of Donbass blockade / TASS / March 21, 2017 / Members of the Verkhovna Rada national parliament representing the Samopomich party caucus said earlier they would not stop blockade of transport routes connecting Donbass with the rest of Ukraine. / KIEV / Ukraine’s economic growth indicators stand in need of a downward revision in the wake of the trade blockade of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics, Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman told ICTV channel on Tuesday. “If we forecasted a 3% growth, this meant rehabilitation of our economy was beginning and we would be able to reinvest the products (of growth) in people’s lives,” he said. “And now it appears we have to make downward revisions when the chances (for economic improvement – TASS) have just cropped up.” “I have a question in the light of it, namely, why certain irresponsible politicians are acting this way,” Groysman said. “They render to zero the efforts we put exactly into economic growth.” “As for the revision, we are to watch the situation with foreign currency revenues and with employments,” he said. Members of the Verkhovna Rada national parliament representing the Samopomich party caucus said earlier they would not stop blockade of transport routes connecting Donbass with the rest of Ukraine in spite of the Prime Minister’s efforts to prove that the blockade was economically irrational.

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Russia: ‘The time for sanctions is over’
European political delegation visits Crimea

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A delegation of European politicians attended a meeting with local government representatives in Simferopol on Monday, as part of a three-day visit to Crimea.

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Alexander Zakharchenko, Igor Plotnitsky (–UAWire)

[Enemy Report:] Separatist leaders attend ‘Donbas integration ceremony’ in the Crimea / UAWire / March 20, 2017 / In the annexed Crimea, a presentation regarding “the integration of the Donbas into the Russian Federation” was given at the first conference of the Russia-Donbas Integration Committee which was held on March 17th at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, as reported by Radio Liberty. The first meeting of the Committee was attended by Igor Carpenter[Plotnitsky -QI editor] and Alexander Zakharchenko, the leaders of the LPR (Luhansk People’s Republic) and DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), respectively. They arrived in the Crimea for the celebration of the third anniversary of the annexation of the peninsula. The committee chairman is a Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the deputy chairman is a member of the Russian community in the Crimea, Andrey Kozenko. In January, Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky came to the Crimea to celebrate the anniversary of the Pereyaslav Rada. Kozenko indicated that he had created a group within the State Duma to maintain “parliamentary contacts” with the LDPR (Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics). At the same time, the idea of the Russia-Donbas Integration Committee was allegedly born. During a meeting of the committee, Kozenko announced that he had prepared a bill that would abolish the need for labor permits for “citizens of the DPR and LPR.” The chairman of the Parliament of the annexed Crimea, Vladimir Konstantinov, proposed the Rossregion Project and within its limits, the full cooperation of all factions will become possible. Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky claimed they have nothing to do with Ukraine anymore, and the leading partner for the so-called republics is the Russian Federation, in which they hope to enter. “The last step was the ascension of enterprises from Ukrainian jurisdiction to ORDLO (separatist-held territories of Ukraine) and the payment of wages there.” The guilty parties are not the groups that nationalized the enterprises and introduced external management, making it impossible to supply raw materials and ship products to the government-controlled territory. But rather the Ukrainian government, who initiated the blockade until the return of these enterprises back under the control of the owners,” Radio Liberty writes. Plotnitsky stated that coal supplies are coming from Luhansk to the annexed Crimea. Zakharchenko reported that over the past year, the export of goods from the territory controlled by the DPR faction to Russia “grew by $34 million.” And generally speaking, the Donbas, according to him, has something to offer Russian consumers. According to Zakharchenko, as a result of the transport blockade by the Ukrainians, the enterprises in the uncontrolled territories of the Donbas are already switching over to Russian components and raw materials. On the morning of March 15th, President Petro Poroshenko, during the opening of the meeting of the NSDC (National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine), proposed to make a decision on a full stop of transport with the occupied territories. The NSDC decided to stop the cargo movement across the contact line. Poroshenko stressed that Ukraine will abolish the ban on the movement of cargo across the line of demarcation if enterprises in the occupied territories of the Donbas are returned to Ukrainian owners and a ceasefire regime will begin. The closing of the transport routes into the separatist-held territories of Ukraine does not impact humanitarian supplies. [Source: uawire.org/news/in-annexed-crimea-zakharchenko-and-plotnitsky-integrated-separatist-held-territories-of-ukraine-into-russia#]

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Sevastopol Is Not Ukraine / Slavyangrad.org / March 20, 2017 / Preamble: March 16 was the third anniversary of the reunification of Crimea with Russia. As the Ukraine continues to claim jurisdiction over the territory, and claims that the population has been forced into accepting Russian rule, we thought it would be instructive to see what was written about the Hero City of Sevastopol in 2009, by Mustafa Nayyem, one of the main proponents of Euromaidan, and now a People’s Deputy in the Supreme Rada in Kiev. / Original: Ukrainska Pravda’ / Translated by @TamrikoT / Edited (and pictures) by @GBabeuf / This is a very beautiful city, proud and genuine. There is little affectation here. Moreover—there’s an openness, that converts one from rudeness and bluntness into an admiring, sincere person. By the will of fate, of politicians, and of history, it is now a Ukrainian city. And yet. It’s a Ukrainian city, in which Ukrainians are called invaders. It’s a Ukrainian city, where if your business card isn’t in Russian as well as in Ukrainian and English, you’ll get a smirk…and your card returned. It’s a Ukrainian city, where people go to the cinema more readily when there’s a rough and clumsy Russian dubbing, on top of the already Ukrainian-dubbed film, added by local craftsmen. Because otherwise the little children wouldn’t understand. It’s a Ukrainian city, in which the Ukrainian flag is called a “dirty rag” while the Russian tricolour is proudly flown in windows. In this Ukrainian city one scarcely finds the Ukrainian coat of arms. It’s not even on the signs of many government institutions. In this Ukrainian city, the employees of the Ukrainian Navy do not understand why they . . . READ MORE>>

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Are the Russians of Novorossia the most betrayed people in modern times? / By Nicholas Nicholaides / Sott.net (from Katehon) / March 20, 2017 / With the possible exception of the Palestinian people, Russians are probably the most betrayed people in modern time. The “Russians” in a wider meaning are the people inhabiting Russia, Belarus, Novorossia, Malorossia, Transnistria, northern Kazakhstan and half of the Baltic region – this is the Russian World. They are artificially divided into Russians, Belorussians and something called “Ukrainians”, but they are all essentially Russians. A person from the Urals is not “Uralian” and a person from Kamchatka is not “Kamchatkian”, they are Russian. In the same way, a person from Belarus or from former Ukraine (except Galicia) is also Russian, whether they know it or not. This is a simple genetic and historical fact. During the Russian Empire (Tsarist times) and during the USSR (Soviet times), the people lived together in harmony, except for the westernmost parts of “Ukraine”, where the people are not really Russians. But all the way back, from the 1800’s and forward, this people has been betrayed by many of its leaders. Some Tsars were good, others were bad, and some were just incompetent. Then came the communists who started with great plans for the people but ended up betraying themselves (for reasons we will not explore here). Then came Yeltsin, who betrayed the people and country more than everyone else put together, so Russia became a third world nation, a colony of the West. And then came Putin. He slowly . . . READ MORE>>

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The Manifesto of Ukrainian Nationalism / By Anatoly Karlin / The Duran / March 20, 2017 / A Ukrainian nationalist movement which is politically increasingly in the ascendant has unveiled a manifesto which underscores its growing flight from reality. On March 16, representatives of the political party Svoboda, Right Sector, and the National Corpus (i.e. the Azov batallion’s political wing) gathered to sign a National Manifesto. The document affirms the ideological unity of the three main forces of Ukrainian nationalism, and conveniently summarizes its core vision. Considering the Poroshenko’s governments ever greater submissiveness before Ukrainian nationalist forces, and the specter of them assuming an even more central role in the regime that might well soon replace his, it is now all the more vital to understand their vision for Ukraine. Below, I provide a translation of this document, stressing readability over word-for-word accuracy. *** We, Ukrainian nationalists, understanding the catastrophic state of our country and with the goal of acquiring and developing a great national state, capable of securing the prosperous existence of Ukrainians and a future for Ukrainian children, are uniting our efforts on the basis of fundamental, unambiguous, and unchanging principles and goals, and thereby offer a concrete plan of action that we can embark upon straight away for the achievement of these goals. 1. Define as a priority of state policy the realization of Ukraine’s national interests. 2. New vector of Ukrainian geopolitics – orientation not to the West or the East, but the creation of a new European unity – that of the Balto-Black Sea Union. 3. Recognize the Russian Federation as an aggressor state… break diplomatic relations, blockade the occupied territories, end Russian business activities in Ukraine, sanction Russian capital, goods, and services. 4. Recognize [the LDNR] as occupied territories and develop a real plan to liberate Crimea and Donbass. Immediately embark upon economic, informational, and reconaissance-sabotage actions in furtherance of these goals. 5. Return the right to recreate a nuclear weapons capability as a foundation of national security in light of the violation of the Budapest Memorandum. 6. Create a high-tech professional contract army, and a reserve army, based on the . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko

Donetsk leader Zakharchenko tells Crimeans his republic will soon come home to Russia / By Adam Garrie / Sott.net (from The Duran) / March 18, 2017 / This is the clearest indication yet of where Zakharchenko sees his republic in the near future Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko has recently been in Crimea, celebrating the three year anniversary of Sevastopol and Crimea’s reunification with the rest of the Russian Federation. It was here that Zakharchenko gave his clearest indication yet of where he sees his Republic in the near future. Many have questioned whether the future of the Donbass republics would be as sovereign states engaged in fraternal relations with Russia or whether in time they too would re-unite with their historic motherland. Because of Donbass being on the current border of the Russia Federation, having a Russian speaking and ethnically Russian population, industries geared towards the Russian market and a desire of the population to be Russian not only in fact but in terms of national identity, anything less than Donetsk and Lugansk becoming a fully fledged part of the Russian Federation, would be illogical and counterproductive. Zakharchenko spoke of a common destiny between Donbass and Crimea in the following way, “March 16, 2014, is a big day for the people of Donbass. We rejoiced at your victory, watched with pride your returning home. We held a referendum as well. Yes, we did not have such legal relations with Ukraine as you did, but we also observed the people’s right to self-determination. In response, on May 26, 2014, the Kiev authorities delivered air strikes against the city of Donetsk. We have suffered huge losses among civilians. But, no matter how hard it was, we are still proud of you. We can see how the economy is being developed in the Crimea, the infrastructure is being restored. We are happy with your new TPP and energy independence, we are looking forward to fly to a new beautiful airport of yours. I am confident that cooperation between the Crimea and the DPR will be expanded only, as a number of mutually beneficial projects have been launched already.” Many theories have emerged as to why the Donbass republics were not afforded as easy a journey home as Crimea. The most convincing remains the geography argument, although this . . . READ MORE>>

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Summing up session of Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass” [TV VIDEO Report] / DONi News / March 19, 2017 / On March 17 in the Levadiysky Palace the session of the Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass” took place. The participants were talking frankly, in public, and managed to discuss several questions of the paramount importance. At the press scrum, devoted to the session’s summing up the key moments were explained to the public. “Today we were discussing cultural and educational spheres. Over 500 events devoted to the culture and sport were planned. Presently, the DPR economics is in the beginning of its way to growing. Thus, to find a marketing outlet for our products and get rough materials from the Russian Federation are our primary objectives. The process is ongoing and we will get the results of our work in the nearest future and, certainly we will inform the public about it,” Said Alexander Zakharchenko, the DPR Head. “Presently the goods produced in the DPR and LPR is imported to the Russian Federation, the agreements, achieved on the matter are working and DPR and LPR are fulfilling the contracts made. It should be underlined that it is just a start of the process and we hope it will develop promptly in future and quite soon will embrace more and more spheres of the Republics’ economics and the economics of the Russian Federation as well,” said Igor Plotnitsky, the LPR Head. “I would like to underline that the Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass” is a social union and its work consist of the work of every single organisation, that support the integration movement “Russia-Donbass”. So today, talking about the Integration Committee’s work, we can say that is in process already. I provided the concrete examples and visiting the internet site “Russia-Donbass” you can see what a great work is undertaken in frames of the Russia-Donbass integration. The concrete projects that will take place in frames of the Integration Committee are to be presented to the Media soon,” said Andrey Kozenko, the Deputy of the Russian Federation’s State Duma. “The Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass” was created as a constantly operating structure. Today, during the first session, the questions of cultural, social and humanitarian integration of Donbass and the Russian Federation were discussed. We will certainly be aware of the further events’ development,” said Alena Morozova, the special correspondent. —Video: UNION TV, 03/18/2017

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Ukrainian military again shelled towns and villages in DPR / Essence of Time / March 19, 2017 / The suburbs of Donetsk, Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk, and the village of Kominternovo in the south of Donetsk People’s Republic again came under Ukrainian army’s fire, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on March 19th. On the Gorlovka direction, the Ukrainian army shelled the village of Zaytsevo, where one house was damaged. On the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian military opened fire on the village of Lozovoye in the Yasinovatsky district of DPR with small arms. A local resident, a 67-years old woman, who sustained a bullet wound, was hospitalized. Moreover, the Ukrainian army shelled the village of Spartak and the suburbs of Donetsk. 2 apartment buildings were damaged in the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of the capital of DPR. The situation remains tense in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone. Dokuchaevsk, south of Donetsk, came under Ukrainian army’s fire. There is information that one house has been damaged. On the Mariupol direction, the situation remains tense. The Ukrainian military are provoking trench combat at this part of the front. The enemy also shelled the village of Kominternovo. DPR PM Command summarized information on the shelling conducted by the Ukrainian side during the previous day, March 18th. The Ukrainian army violated ceasefire 74 times and shelled 14 towns and villages. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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About 78 % of Ukrainian citizens support Donbass separation / DONi News / March 19, 2017 / The ombudsman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Daria Morozova, told in the interview about recent poll in Ukraine, which has revealed, that majority of Ukrainians are willing “to let Donbass go”, so that the needless war can be ended. “Three years ago the Ukrainian side forgot about one of the most beautiful rights of the Ukrainian population – the freedom of speech. I would like to underline that for three years no one was punished on our part for expressing their support to the DPR, Ukraine, Russia or even America,” Morozova said. “It doesn’t matter! It is the right of every person – to have its own opinion, point of view etc. The Ukrainian side cannot control the influx of people,” she continued. “Recently, the social questioning was held in Ukraine, and the question was as follows: Are you ready to let Donbass go so the war was over? Do you know how many people responded that they are ready to let Donbass go? 78%,” said the ombudsman. “The Ukrainian citizens just want to let Donbass go in order to finish this needless war. Well, needless for everyone apart from the Ukrainian government, obviously,” she added. —Video: DPR Ministry of Information, 03/18/2017

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Kiev ‘on verge of losing Donetsk and Lugansk’ with Donbass blockade / News-Front.info / March 19, 2017 / Kiev’s cargo blockade of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is putting their planned reintegration into a centralized Ukraine at risk. On March 16, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree officially severing the rail connection with the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine. The decree legitimized a makeshift blockade of the railway tracks between Ukraine and the breakaways, initiated by a few radical lawmakers and nationalist volunteer fighters, which had been in place since late January. The blockade led to irregularities in supplies of anthracite coal from Donbass, leading to power shortages in Ukraine and prompting Kiev to declare an energy emergency. In response to the blockade, the authorities in DPR and LPR nationalized companies in Donbass which had until that point been subject to Ukrainian jurisdiction and paid taxes into the Ukrainian budget. Poroshenko explained that his order legitimizing the blockade was intended to force these companies to return under the control of Kiev. His decision represented a U-turn on his earlier disapproval of the blockade and its financial costs. The controversial blockade has also been criticized by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and opposition MPs. Writing in Deutsche Welle, Ukraine analyst Bernd Johann notes that the decision will have grave consequences for the eventual integration of the territory into a decentralized Ukraine in line with the Minsk Accords agreed in February 2015. “The Ukrainian plans for a reintegration could become so much wasted paper with such action. Politicians in eastern Ukraine — along with many in Kyiv — have long pointed out that Ukraine is doing too little to win back the people of Donbass. Now those goalposts seem to be moving further and further away,” Johann wrote. Austria’s ORF news’ correspondent Christian Wehrschutz told viewers that Kiev’s blockade is harming the chances of Donbass returning under the authority of decentralized Ukraine. He pointed out that not only does the blockade deprive the rest of Ukraine of valuable energy supplies, it leaves companies in Donetsk and Lugansk no choice but to export their goods via Russia. “The economic blockade and nationalization of Ukrainian firms massively increases the influence of Moscow on Donetsk and Lugansk. Now, these areas can only export to or over Russia. Kiev is on the verge of losing the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk long-term,” Wehrschutz warned. On Sunday, ZN.au reported sources in the Ukrainian Finance Ministry who said that the government stands to lose around two billion hryvnia ($74.5 million) in direct tax revenue from around 40 companies in the DPR and the LPR. “The situation with payments to the pension fund and income taxes is much worse — after all, salaries at large companies with a lot of employees are paid officially, on the whole,” the source said. While the Finance Ministry says it stands to lose 1.3 percent of GDP from the blockade, opposition politicians have estimated it could cause a drop in GDP of up to ten percent.

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My Day as a Donetsk People’s Republic Tourist in London.
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Senator Says US National Guard Training Ukrainian Soldiers Fighting in Donbass / Sputnik / March 19, 2017 / US National Guard unit from the state of Oklahoma is training Ukrainian troops involved in the fighting in the eastern part of the country, Senator Jim Inhofe said in a press release. / WASHINGTON / Inhofe stated on Friday that the US mission builds the “trust and confidence” between Washington and Kiev. “The combat experience and expertise of the 45th [Infantry Brigade Combat Team] makes them the perfect unit to perform this critical mission of advising and training Ukrainian Army units who rotate in and out of the intense fighting in Eastern Ukraine,” he said. Earlier on Friday, President Donald Trump said during a press conference that the United States would like to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Ukraine . . . [More background at source.] Quemado Institute comments: The peaceful solution Trump says he is looking for may be already at hand. Donetsk People’s Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko has been in Crimea the past few days discussing with Russian officials various aspects of Russian-DPR/LPR integration, a sign the Donbass Republics may soon be incorporated into the Russian Federation. Also, Kiev regime leader Petro Por(k)oshenko has made the Donbass blockade official, thus cutting off virtually all transport and travel between Ukraine and the DPR/LPR. Meanwhile, the DPR has begun selling coal to Russia, and has plans to export wheat to Russia as well. This on top of Putin’s recent move to accept DPR/LPR identification in Russia, as well as Sverbank’s willingness to grant bank services to DPR/LPR citizens in Russia, means the two Donbass republics are becoming DE FACTO part of Russia. Whether the U.S. provides training or even lethal weapons to Ukraine is almost moot at this point. Not only is America a useless country with a completely out-of-date foreign policy, the U.S. is also growing virtually defenseless against the powerful forces of human will across the world—a world it has ravaged mercilessly—and against the determination of the Russian-speaking people.

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Kiev plans to swiftly finish talks with IMF on impacts of blockade of Donbass / TASS / March 19, 2017 / At a meeting of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council on March 15, President Pyotr Poroshenko suggested all transport links with Donbass be cut. / Ukraine plans to swiftly conduct consultations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the latter’s demand that Ukraine’s potential economic losses over the blockade of Donbass be calculated, Ukrainian Finance Minister Alexander Danilyuk said on Sunday. “These calculations are important for both sides to ensure the maximal efficiency of the program. Relevant consultations have already been kicked off. We plan to complete them as soon as possible,” the ministry’s press service quoted him as saying. Ukraine’s finance ministry has confirmed that the issue of an anti-crisis program for Ukraine was withdrawn from the agenda of an IMF Board of Directors’ meeting due to be held on Monday. According to the ministry, “the postponement of the meeting stems from the need to specify economic impacts of the measures Ukraine is taking in response to the blockade and seizure of Ukrainian companies in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions’ areas that are not controlled by the government and over Russia’s recognition of documents issued in these territories.” Earlier on Sunday, a well-informed source told TASS that the IMF Board of Directors had postponed discussion of the Ukrainian anti-crisis program originally planned for Monday. The meeting was expected to conclude the third review of the program and sanction another loan tranche to Ukraine worth one billion U.S. dollars. At a meeting of Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council on March 15, President Pyotr Poroshenko suggested all transport links with Donbass be cut. A relevant decree was signed on the following day. According to Ukraine’s Finance Minister Alexander Danilyuk, Ukraine’s losses from the blockade of Donbass will amount to two percent of GDP.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The head of the DPR came to congratulate the Crimeans on the third anniversary of reunification with Russia / Mianews.ru / March 16, 2017 / The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has arrived with three-day visit to the Crimea to take part in the events dedicated to the third anniversary of the reunification of the Republic of Crimea with Russia. About it was reported by a press-service of administration of the Head of the DPR. “On the 15th of March, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko has arrived with official visit to the Republic of Crimea. In particular, he will participate in solemn events dedicated to the celebration of the third anniversary of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia,” stated in the message. In addition, Alexander Zakharchenko will participate in the meeting of the Integration Committee “Russia – Donbass”, where it is planned to discuss economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between the DPR and the Crimea.

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Breaking: DONi Press journalists under Ukrainian shelling in humanitarian mission, Kominternovo [Video] / DONi News / March 16, 2017 / While distributing diapers for physically challenged people, who are living in the South of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the DONi Press News team went under heavy shelling from the Ukrainian army on the locality of Kominternovo on Thursday. “Skirmishes began after 11:30 AM, first with some isolated shootings, becoming more and more loud and frequent as we were approaching Kominternovo,” said DONi Press correspondent Christelle Neant. “While there we heard many heavy shells flying over us or falling no too far from us. We had to interrupt the humanitarian help distribution, and give the remaining diapers to the social worker of Kominternovo,” she continued. “One of the shells hit the road on which we went to Kominternovo just 10 minutes after we passed there. When we came back we could see a big hole in the road, but it was too dangerous to stop”, stated Christelle Néant. In each civilian house that the DONi Press team visited, the journalists could see holes done by mortars or artillery shells, bullets of AK-74, remains of BMP-1 shells and shrapnels, which fell in the morning or the day before. “All these houses are far from the DPR army positions, thus nothing could justify their shelling by the Ukrainian army. Just more war crimes done by Ukrainian soldiers who do not mind about the people on which they send shells, but that they pretend to “liberate”,” Neant concluded. All the inhabitants told that these shellings are occurring daily, both during night and day time. The Ukrainian army lets no rest to the civilians who are living there since almost three years now. Reportage: Christelle Néant, DONi Press Center French Correspondent

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/16/2017 / DONi News / March 16, 2017 / The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense. Over the past 24 hours there were fourteen occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime by the enemy. The positions of our units in the areas of the localities of Frunze, Lozovoye, Kalinovo, Sokolniki, Kalinovka, Krytaya Gora, Zheltoye were attacked. During shellings the enemy used mortars of 120 and 82 mm calibre, IFV cannons, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the shelling of Irmino locality, the gas pipeline along the Stantsionnaya Street was damaged. Despite the lack of people wishing to participate in the war against their own people, the Ukrainian government continues to resort to the services of expensive foreign mercenaries. According to the available information, military instructors from the Baltic states and Poland are located in Borovskoye, the area of Severodonetsk, on the basis of one of the pioneer camps, where they train the servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in fighting tactics in urban setting, as well as conducting subversive activities. Also, military instructors from Canada were found in . . . READ MORE>>

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300,000 Petition Signatures By People Of Donetsk Republic To Stop The Madness, War Crimes, Genocide Committed By Ukraine Junta Regime / Novorossia Today / March 16, 2017 / About 300,000 Residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic have signed a petition to all world leaders asking them to make the Kiev Junta Regime stop the criminal war waged on the people of the Donbass Republics. “As of March 15th, the petition was signed by 298,639 DPR residents,” according to the press service. On the 31st of January, DPR and LPR People’s Council chairmen, Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko brought forward a joint petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, asking them to make the Ukrainian Junta leadership to stop the war crimes and genocide waged on the Donbass People.

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Ukraine, unable to stop the vandals blockading banks and Donbass, suicidally supports them / By Christelle Neant, translated by Tom Winter for Fort Russ / March 15, 2017 / Following the declarations of several Russian banks, including Sberbank, that they would accept new accounts for people with a passport from the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) or the Lugansk Peoples Republic (LPR), the Ukrainian ultra-nationalists and Nazis reacted with violence and called for the closure of these banks located in Ukraine. These groups (mainly Azov and Pravy Sektor) attacked several banks and damaged several ATMs, ranging up to the entrance of an Kiev branch of Sberbank, before barring the access with wire barbed wire and burning logs. They also put up posters urging people to withdraw their funds on the grounds that these banks were going to close. “Attention: The bank of the aggressor country will soon close. Withdraw your money as soon as possible.” These attacks also targeted the Russian Alfabank, which saw one of its branches in Kiev being stoned by Ukrainian radicals demonstrating in the square of Maidan to support the blockade of Donbass. Of course the Ukrainian police did not arrest anyone for all these acts of vandalism. Unable to do anything against these Nazi groups that hold the real power in Ukraine at the moment, the Ukrainian authorities decided to follow the movement so as not to be overthrown, and to impose sanctions on Russian state banks established in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Central Bank is currently working on this issue with the help of the SBU (Ukrainian Secret Service) to determine what type of sanctions will be applied against the subsidiaries of certain Russian banks (including Sberbank, VTB and Prominvestbank). The proposals of the Ukrainian central bank which have been published suggest that these banks should be forbidden to make international transfers. The Ukrainian subsidiary of Sberbank had already been obliged to lower the ceiling of withdrawal for its customers following pressure from the Kiev authorities. This kind of announcement and these actions will cause a monstrous “bank run” on . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukraine extends emergency in the country for another month / Mianews.ru / March 16, 2017 / The Kiev government has extended the period of emergency in the energy sector for another month. The decision was made during a meeting of the Cabinet. “These exceptional measures allow us to stabilize the system, which should not work for wear. We do everything to minimize the risks and negative consequences of distancing, and, yes, the situation here is very difficult,” said in the government meeting Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman. “There is a proposal to make — thank you – it is accepted”. Recall, February 15, Ukraine introduced a state of emergency in the power system of the country. Kiev also intends to abandon the purchase of Russian coal, which in turn will lead to rolling blackouts throughout Ukraine, as well as increase the burden on the country’s nuclear power. The load on a nuclear power plant will lead to further deterioration of the reactors and their subsequent exit from use.

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Viktor Yanukovych testifies via video. (–Sputnik)

Ukraine’s parliament passes law allowing ex-president’s conviction in absentia / TASS / March 16, 2017 / KIEV / The Ukrainian parliament passed a law in the second reading on Thursday allowing convicting Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovich and his close associates in absentia. The document was supported by 252 lawmakers. “The law has been passed,” Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andrei Parubiy said. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko earlier urged lawmakers to support the bill making it possible to convict ex-President Yanukovich in absentia. Poroshenko stressed the importance of this move so that “Yanukovich is stripped of the president’s title precisely by a court ruling as the court establishes the guilt while the parliament only gives a political assessment.” Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuri Lutsenko stated that “the current wording of the law on conviction in absentia gives loopholes to the counsel for the defense of these people to halt and delay the cases against them.” “This law will close a possibility for the defense of Yanukovich and [Ukrainian ex-Interior Minister Vitaly] Zakharchenko to avoid a possibility of being held responsible in an open Ukrainian court,” Lutsenko said. Also, the law renders “impossible the efforts by Yanukovich and his defense counsel in European courts,” Lutsenko added. Meanwhile, Yanukovich’s attorney Vitaly Serdyuk said in comments for TASS that such an initiative from the Ukrainian authorities confirmed the political nature of the persecution of the former Ukrainian leader. According to him, Poroshenko’s statement will be entered into the case files of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), transferred to Interpol, the European Court of Justice, and also to a number of international human rights organizations “as a direct sufficient and permissible proof of the political persecution of Viktor Yanukovich.” Ukraine’s parliament sent the law on conviction in absentia twice for finalization. On February 9, the parliamentarians refused to consider the bill that would allow starting the process of convicting the ex-president. The Verkhovna Rada adopted the bill in the first reading on February 23.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Republic’s leader: Donbass blockade not to reverse policy towards Ukrainian enterprises / The Indian Subcontinent (TASS) / March 15, 2017 / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will not reverse its policy towards Ukraine-run companies after a transport blockade on Donbass started by Ukraine, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko said on Wednesday. “Since March 1 we have imposed retaliatory measures in response to the blockade imposed by Ukraine. They include not only external administration at those enterprises that had remained under Ukraine’s jurisdiction until then, but we also banned exports of our goods and raw materials into Ukraine,” the Donetsk news agency said citing Zakharchenko as saying. The unrecognized republic “has not abandoned its position and is not going to, until Kiev meets its commitments in line with the Minsk peace agreements, first of all their political part,” he said. The DPR leader believes that Wednesday’s decision of Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko and Security Council to start a transport blockade against the Donbass areas, not controlled by Kiev, rooted “in the internal struggle for power in Kiev,” which Poroshenko seems to be losing. “It has already nothing to do with us,” Zakharchenko said in conclusion.

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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 03/15/2017 / DONi News / March 15, 2017 / A civilian died and another one was wounded in Zaitsevo locality near Gorlovka in Donetsk People’s Republic as a result of morning shelling conducted by Ukrainian military. Ivan Prikhodko, the City Hall Acting Head reported on this. The wounded is in the local city hospital. Doctors are assessing his condition as serious. Besides, according to the Gorlovka Head, in Zaitsevo settlement there was damaged the residential house by the direct hit of a shell on Poletayeva Street. Ukraine’s military launched over 500 projectiles and mortar-shells onto 17 DPR front-line localities since the evening. Donetsk outskirts, the Volvo Center area in the north, the localities of Trudovskiye, Signalnoye, Luganskoye in the west outskirts of the capital, Elenovka southwest of the city and also Gorlovka locality of Zaitsevo, the towns of Yasinovataya and Dokuchayevsk were under Ukraine’s fire. Besides, the enemy again opened fire on the south of the DPR, where the villages of Bezimennoye, Sosnovskoye, Kominternovo, Okrtyabr of the Novoazovsk district and Novaya Tavriya of the Telmanovo district were shelled. —Video: UNION TV, 03/15/2017

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Lugansk Defense Video Report, 03/15/2017 / DONi News / March 15, 2017 / Frontline situation in the Lugansk People’s Republic over 24 hours on March 15. For the last 24 hours the contact line situation had aggravated. Altogether, 439 mortar-shells and projectiles were launched on the territory of the Republic. The Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire 22 occasions. While shelling the enemy applied artillery of 122 mm calibre, mortars of 120mm and 82 mm calibre, IFVs, recoilless guns, grenade machine guns, rocket anti-tank launchers and small arms. The following localities underwent shelling: Frunze, Sokolniky, Zheltoye, Kalinovka, Almaznoye, Kalinovo, Lozovoye, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Zhelobok, and Knyaz Igor monument’s area. From the Luganskoye locality’s direction, Ukrainian forces fired at the People’s Militia positions in Lozovoye and Kalinovka localities. The AFU shelled Lozovoye locality from Svetlodarskoye locality’s direction. The localities of Nizhnyee Lozovoye and Logvinovo underwent fire from Mironivsky locality’s direction. The People’s Militia positions in Almaznoye locality were shelled by the Ukrainian side from the Troitskoye locality’s direction. The Kalinovo locality’s area underwent shelling from Mironovsky locality’s direction. There was recorded the use of mortars of 120 mm and 82 mm calibre, artillery guns of 122mm calibre, recoilless guns and grenade machine guns by the Ukrainian side. Ukrainian forces shelled Frunze and Zhelobok localities from the Krymskoye locality direction. The People’s Militia positions in Zheltoye locality underwent the Ukrainian shelling from Lobachevo locality’s direction. Sokolniky locality was shelled from Kryakovka locality’s direction. The People’s Militia positions in Knyaz Igor monument’s area were shelled by the AFU from Valuiskoye locality’s direction. Over 100 explosion of 120 mm and 82 mm calibre mortar shells and 49 shots, conducted with grenade machine guns were recorded. No losses among the People’s Militia soldiers and civilians were reported.

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The news brief, 15 March 2017
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VIDEO: Man injured 3 times by Ukraine artillery asks OSCE to help him. (English subtitles) / By Patrick Lancaster / March 14, 2017 / This is #3 in a 3 part series on last nights artillery attack on residential areas of Donetsk. Location #3: A man was injured when a shell hit next to his house. He has been injured 3 times from Ukraine shelling civilian areas. The OSCE investigated the damage and took his comments. Location #1: Found 3 impacts on residential streets of Spartak. Residents explain how they could have only be fired on by from Ukraine controlled territory. Location #2: A apartment building near a school & Donetsk train station took a direct hit on the roof and caused alot of damage.

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Ukrainian forces caught shelling their own citizens (VIDEO) / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / March 14, 2017 / The Donbass republics have not merely declared symbolic independence of the fascist junta in Kiev. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics functionally operate as independent states. They are rapidly ending all remaining economic ties with Ukraine and a recent Presidential decree by President Putin affords citizens of the Donbass republics with virtually all the rights of citizens of CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) members. But there is an actual civil war going on in Ukraine. It is not over territory but over political influence. The fascist regime in Kiev is currently engaged in a wide array of battles with non-governmental ultra-fascist organisations, Right Sector being a notable one. As Petro Poroshenko’s power continues to wane and the poor economy now on the verge of total collapse, many are suspecting that elements even more radical than those who led the 2014 coup against Viktor Yanukovych, may stage a so-called ‘Maidan 2.0’. The civil war has thus far seen fascist radicals threaten to block transit of goods and people from Russia into their borders, burn down branches of Sberbank in their own cities and blockade the transit of essential coal from Donetsk into their own regions. Now though, a video has emerged of forces loyal to Kiev, shelling housing in areas under their own control. They are literally firing upon their own citizens. . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukrainian National Guard blocks all roads to Donbass / By J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / March 15, 2017 / All roads and railway lines leading to the frontline in Donbass have been cut off by the Ukrainian National Guard, National Police, and State Border Guard Service. More than 800 troops have been deployed to checkpoints on the Ukrainian side of the frontline in Donbass. The blockade checkpoints are reportedly being reinforced with military vehicles. “Pursuant to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, today all roads and railway lines leading to the demarcation line have been blocked by forces of the National Guard, National Police, and border guard services in order to ensure control over and prevent the illegal movement of goods,” the National Guard’s statement reads. This escalation comes on the heels of Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s ultimatum to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to reverse the nationalization of Ukrainian enterprises. This new Kiev-enforced blockade follows the recently dispersed blockade of Donbass railways by neo-Nazi . . . READ MORE>>

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Kiev suspends all transport links with Donbass / TASS / March 15, 2017 / Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has decided to suspend all transport services with the territories of Donbass not controlled by Kiev. / KIEV / Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has decided to suspend all transport services with the territories of Donbass not controlled by Kiev, the council’s head, Alexander Turchinov, said at the meeting of the presidential administration. “Taking into consideration that Ukraine’s enterprises have been seized and the security situation has worsened in the zone of the anti-terrorist operation, the National Security and Defense Council has made a decision to suspend movement of cargos through the contact line,” he said. “Following a decision by the National Security and Defense Council, all highways and railroads leading to the line of disengagement will be blocked today at 1pm (2pm Moscow Time) by the National Police and the National Guard,” he said. The ban will be in force until points 1 and 2 (ceasefire and withdrawal of weapons) of the February 2015 Minsk peace deal are implemented and the seized enterprises return to Ukraine’s jurisdiction, Turchinov said. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, National Police, National Guard and Security Service have been ordered to halt all movement of cargos through the contact line by rail links and vehicles. Speaking at the meeting earlier in the day, President Pyotr Poroshenko called to suspend all transport links with Donbass.

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Donetsk People’s Republic starts coal exports to Russia — leader / TASS / March 15, 2017 / The first 95 rail cars with coal have already set off for Russia. / DONETSK / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has started exporting coal to Russia amid a rail blockade by Ukrainian radicals, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko said. “Today the first 95 rail cars with coal have already departed to Russia,” he was quoted as saying by the Donetsk News Agency. Members of the so-called Ukrainian volunteer battalions, supported by a group of lawmakers, blocked cargo trains with coal from eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk Region on January 25. The right-wingers insisted that one of the objectives of their effort is to stop the inflow of contraband allegedly getting into Ukrainian territory from the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk republics. They later demanded that all trade ties with the areas outside the Kiev government’s control be cut. The Security Service of Ukraine condemned the move, describing it as “populist” and “unlawful.” A criminal case was opened. However, following little reaction from the Kiev officials, the radicals also blocked several roads. The move forced the leadership of the self-proclaimed republics to make a joint statement on February 27 that they were ending coal supplies to Ukraine and will instead re-direct their exports for Russia.

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[Editor: More interesting links below for March 15, 2017:]

Sputnik: Poroshenko calls for adoption of law ensuring regaining control over Donbass
https://sputniknews.com/europe/201703161051625885-poroshenko-law-control-donbass/

Fannews.info: As blockade of Donbass was hit on the Empire of Rinat Akhmetov
https://fannews.info/as-blockade-of-donbass-was-hit-on-the-empire-of-rinat-akhmetov/

Global Security (from Sputnik): Full Transport Blockade of East Ukraine ‘Pushing Donbass Away’ From Kiev
http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/ukraine/2017/ukraine-170315-sputnik01.htm

Novorossia Vision: Donbass Reunification Program – Radicals’ Declaration of Creating ‘Unbearable Conditions’ in Republic.
https://novorossia.vision/en/opinion/programma-vossoedineniia-donbassa-zaiavlenie-radikalov-o-sozdanii-v-respublikakh-priznanie-zapadnym/

Sott.net (The Duran): As for the Donbass, the Ukrainian blockade will undoubtedly cause short-term hardship. However it also will speed …
https://www.sott.net/article/345307-Ukraine-shoots-itself-in-the-foot-again-caves-into-self-defeating-neo-Nazi-demands

Sputnik: OSCE Ukraine Mission Officials to Hold Talks in Moscow on March 16.
https://sputniknews.com/europe/201703151051623783-osce-ukraine-mission-talks-moscow/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Consortium News: The Kagans Are Back, Wars to Follow
https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/15/the-kagans-are-back-wars-to-follow/

http://russia-insider.com/en/ukrainian-soldiers-caught-planting-bombs-donbass-say-they-were-trained-americans/ri19203

https://novorossia.vision/en/bulletins/zaiavlenie-ofitcial-nogo-predstavitelia-mo-dnr-14.03.2017-g/
Situation report,.

http://eu.eot.su/2017/03/14/ukrainian-army-continues-to-shell-the-dpr-territory/
Essence of Time, war news.

http://uawire.org/news/akhmetov-loses-control-over-his-hotels-in-the-donbas#
An interesting enemy report about impact of nationalization on oligarchs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMy2O89DIg4&feature=youtu.be
Video about aid to the militias by Texas Bentley.

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Monday, March 13, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report March 13 2017 / Translated by DNI News Agency for Russkaya Vesna / March 13, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. The enemy continues shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Styla, Luganskoye, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, Yelenovka, Ozeryanovka, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Oktyabr, Kominternovo, Staromikhailovka, the area of the Airport, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Over the past day there were registered 81 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The total of ammunition launched onto the Republic’s territory by the AFU with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements made: heavy artillery was applied 83 times, including 49 projectiles of 152mm calibre, tanks – 33 times, mortars of various calibre – 627 times, including 549 shells of 120mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles and armoured personnel carriers were applied 106 times, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms – 1008 times. Today, repair works began on the power lines in the area of Krutaya Balka locality which had been damaged as a result of a mortar shelling by the AFU. Representatives of the OSCE Mission and JCCC are present at the site. Besides, there were launched engineering works on demining the area adjacent to the damaged power lines. *** According to our reconnaissance, the enemy continues regrouping heavy artillery near the line contact of troops: – Near Pobeda (6 km to the contact line) there were detected three units of self-propelled artillery mounts Gvozdika from the 92nd separate mechanized AFU brigade; – Near Novomikhailovka (6 km to the contact line) there was detected the self-propelled artillery mount which was used previously for shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk; – Near Primorskoye (7 km to the contact line) there were detected two units of MLRS BM-21 Grad from the 36th separate marine brigade; – Near Chornenko (8 km to the contact line) there was detected an up-to-a-platoon-strong unit of self-propelled artillery mounts. Also, in Nikolayevka (8 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of eight tanks from the 54th separate mechanized AFU brigade. *** There is being detected a growing confrontation between the AFU and the radicals, who have introduced an economic blockade. The developed situation was caused by the undisclosed instruction of the Ukrainian leadership to lift the blockade due to the multibillion losses of Ukraine, as well as the additional sources of the Ukrainian authorities’ income which appeared to be blocked. This confrontation has already passed into open fighting skirmishes which result in losses on both sides. According to our data, medical institutions in the front-line zone being overcrowded, the wounded are now sent to hospitals in Dnepropetrovsk, Kiev, and Odessa. In addition, land-mines having been planted by radicals on the approaches to their check-points, several military vehicles carrying the AFU personnel have tripped a wire in recent days. The latest case occurred yesterday in the Mariupol direction, where an Ural vehicle exploded on such a mine near the blockade-followers’ checkpoint. As a result, two soldiers got killed, nine were wounded. This and other cases are still being concealed from the public by the military leadership of Ukraine. According to information from the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, in the period from March 1 to March 12, the AFU losses made eight killed and 87 wounded personnel. According to data obtained from Ukrainian media and AFU soldiers’ pages in social networks, during the same period the losses amounted to at least 27 killed and 96 wounded personnel. Thus, the Ukrainian military and political leadership continues misinforming the public, accusing the DPR Armed Forces of causing human losses, instead of recognizing their real causes. The political redistribution of power and internal contradictions between the AFU and nationalist units led to a new round of the secret civil war in Ukraine. In turn, our units continue participating in combat training activities in order to improve their combat skills; and they strictly observe the Minsk Agreements aiming at creation of proper conditions for the existing contradictions to be settled peacefully. –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin.

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Zakharchenko declares Donbass frontline state border / Translated by J. Arnoldski from RIA Novosti for Fort Russ / March 13, 2017 / According to a decree by Donetsk People’s Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko, the contact line between the DPR and Kiev-controlled territory from now on has the status of a state border. The text of the decree has been published on the website of the Ministry of State Security of the DPR. According to the document, the contact line can only be crossed through border control points and with the necessary registration processes. Authority over executing the decree has been assigned to the Ministry of State Security, the Ministry of Incomes and Fees, as well as the republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. “The Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic hereby warns that, according to point four of the decree, activities associated with the illegal crossing of the contact line or organizing of illegal crossing in or out of the Donetsk People’s Republics will be qualified in accordance with the Criminal Code of the DPR, specifically Article 378 ‘Illegal Crossing of the State Border,'” the ministry’s statement reads.

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US providing Ukraine with ships to continue attacks on the coast of DPR / DONi News / March 13, 2017 / The Ukrainian Navy has recently in March attacked twice the coast of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Yesterday, on Sunday, the DPR military command told that Ukraine lost 5 marines in latest navy attack in the Azov sea near Mariupol. On Monday, Sputnik news reports Ukrainian navy statement, that United States is willing to deliver for Ukrainians Island-class patrol boats. The Ukrainian Navy started military escalation in the coast of the DPR on 4th of March: “For the first time in a long period, Ukrainian navy has used gunboats at the coast of the Donetsk People’s Republic near Mariupol. Gunboat attack on the south of the Donetsk Republic was reported by the DPR Command.” “Marine units applied military boats (motor-boats) moored in Mariupol, for the first time in a long period,” said the Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin. On Saturday, 11th of March, attacks continue: “Ukrainian forces tried to attack the DPR army’s positions on the shore of the Azov sea with two combatant crafts, reports the DPR Operational Command on Sunday. “Yesterday, following the order of the Ukrainian 73rd naval special warfare centre’s Commander, the 1st rank captain, Eduard Shevchenko, two combatant crafts entered the DPR territorial waters in Bezymennoye locality’s area, to undertake . . . READ MORE>>

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Physician of Ukrainian Armed Forces admits Donbass supports militia / Pravda.ru / March 13, 2017 / The population of Kiev-controlled regions of the Donbass still remains supportive of the militia, while their attitude to the Armed Forces of Ukraine worsens further, Ukrainian physician Ivan Kurilets said. Kurilets, who was living in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation (ATO) for over a year, admitted that he was “disappointed in his ideals.” Ukrainian volunteer battalions, he said, consist of marginalised and simply inadequate individuals. “Nurses believed that the Ukrainian military would make the locals become slaves. I was surprised, why such savagery. It turned out that guys from Western Ukraine were joking like that,” Kurilets said. Earlier, Kiev officials admitted that they needed only land, but not people from the Donbass. Ukraine’s ex-President Leonid Kravchuk told 112-Ukraine TV channel, when commenting on Russia’s move to recognise passports of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics that Russia had thus seized all residents of the breakaway republics. “Personally, I do not mind, but this is our territory, this is our land, and we are not going to give this land to anyone,” Kravchuk said.

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My Reportage from Donetsk – 12th March, 2014 / Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / March 12, 2017 / Exactly 3 years ago, I was in Donetsk, albeit not for the first time: Yet this time, 3 years ago, of course, things were a bit different. It was March 2014, (former) president Yanukovych had recently been ousted, Euromaidan had declared victory and installed an unelected, far-right government in power. In Donbass, a region which had notabily either not supported Maidan, or been in direct opposition to it, no one quite knew what to expect next. At the time, I was living in Odessa, and, feeling a time of history, and a moment to be seized, I wrapped up things there (I had a teaching business, to supplement my journalism) and in my car, headed east, simply for myself, to see for myself what was happening. So, this is my reportage from Donetsk, 3 years ago today. At the time, I was trying to do every piece in English, so (in almost all) where someone speaks Russian, I then translate, or attempt to, my Russian of the time was not the best! These videos are all unedited, the mood from the streets, and more, things just how they were at that moment in time, which turned out . . . READ MORE>> [Many on-scene videos at source.]

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
(Brief update)

SBU was preparing a terrorist attack on DPR Head – saboteur detained in LPR / DONi News / March 12, 2017 / The AFU special forces’ Major Sergey Ivanchuk has told about preparation by the Security Service of Ukraine of an act of terrorism against the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zaharchenko, Ivanchuk said during an interrogation in the LPR MGB. Ivanchuk was a member of the network of sabotage and reconnaissance groups, neutralized by the LPR law enforcement officers. The saboteur has already confessed to involvement in the murder of Colonel Oleg Anashchenko, the head of the LPR People’s Militia Office. “I was offered missions in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The conversation took place in the building of SBU in Sambutsky. We were tasked with the ‘Specialist’ (the Head of the LPR People’s Militia Colonel Oleg Anashchenko, (besides) SBU officer, a bald one, I do not know him, I asked if we could accomplish tasks in the Donetsk People’s Republic – that is to blast the car of the DPR Head on the route to the Uspenka checkpoint.” He also noted that one of the saboteurs’ tasks was to screw into favour of Mikhail Tolstykh, commander of the Somali battalion with the call sign ‘Givi’. Earlier the LPR MGB reported that personnel of the 8th regiment of the AFU Special Operations Forces had been involved in Tolstykh’s murder, and Ivanchuk served in that regiment.

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Five Ukrainian marines killed in attempt of attack on DPR positions on Azov seashore / DONi News / March 12, 2017 / Ukrainian forces tried to attack the DPR army’s positions on the shore of the Azov sea with two combatant crafts, reports the DPR Operational Command’s Vice-Commander, Eduard Basurin. “Yesterday, following the order of the Ukrainian 73rd naval special warfare centre’s Commander, the 1st rank captain, Eduard Shevchenko, two combatant crafts entered the DPR territorial waters in Bezymennoye locality’s area, to undertake the reconnaissance and provocations firing at our positions, thus conducting the fighting reconnaissance. We had to open the return fire with small arms and antitank guided weapons, which resulted in serious damage of one of the combatant crafts which was dragged away today,” said Basurin. According to the Vice-Commander, the failed attack resulted in the death of two soldiers and three soldiers being wounded. “It is sad that the Ukrainian Command’s unreasonable actions caused the Ukrainian soldiers’ death for nothing,” underlined the Vice-Commander.

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Horrific And Sad, The Once Flourishing Village Of Kominternovo May Disappear Off The Map Due To The Constant Bombing By Nazi Ukraine Forces. Photo February 20, 2017 (VIDEO at Novorossia Today).

Gas supplies to DPR’s village of Kominternovo cut following shelling by Ukrainian troops / TASS / March 12, 2017 / Earlier on Sunday, the DPR’s operations command said that about 1,200 mines and shells had been fired by Ukrainian troops at DPR’s settlement in the past day. / DONETSK / The village of Kominternovo in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has been left without gas supplies as the local gas pipeline was damaged in shelling by Ukrainian troops, the chief of the local administration, Igor Podgorny, said on Sunday. “Today in the afternoon, the village of Kominternovo came under shelling. As a result, the gas pipeline was damaged and people have been left without gas supplies. No information is available about casualties,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Meanwhile, according to the local administration, gas supplies to Kominternovo were resumed on Saturday after Friday’s shelling by Ukrainian troops. Earlier on Sunday, the DPR’s operations command said that about 1,200 mines and shells had been fired by Ukrainian troops at DPR’s settlement in the past day. Four houses in Gorlovka’s, Yasinovataya’s and Dokuchayevsk’s suburbs had been damaged. Since autumn 2014, the Contact Group on the settlement in Donbass has agreed more than ten ceasefires but none lasted for long, with Ukrainian troops repeatedly breaking them down and opening fire at the DPR’s territories from heavy weapons that are to have been withdrawn from the line of engagement in line with the Minsk agreements. The Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements, known as Minsk-2, that was signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, envisaged a ceasefire regime between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) starting from February 15, 2015 and a subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

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Ukrainian forces launch 1,2 thousand projectiles and mortar shells onto DPR territory over 24 hours / DONi News / March 12, 2017 / The DPR situation remains tense, reports the DPR Operational Command’s Vice-Commander, Eduard Basurin. “The total of the ammunition, launched by the Ukrainian forces onto the DPR territory with the weaponry, prohibited by the Minsk Agreements is as follows: heavy artillery was applied 406 times, including 17 shells of 152mm calibre; tanks were used 23 times; mortars of various calibres – 794 times, including 432 mortar rounds of 120 mm. Also IFVs and armoured vehicles were applied 50 times, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms – 171 times,” said the Vice-Commander. He underlined that the following localities underwent the Ukrainian shelling on the Donetsk Direction: Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka locality, the locality of Spartak to the north from the capital, the Petrovsky district, Luganskoye and Staromikhailovka localities in the west of Donetsk and Yelenovka locality to the south-west from the city. Zaitsevo locality in the northern outskirt of Gorlovka was also shelled. According to the reconnaissance data, in the Gorlovka’s direction in occupied Kalinovo locality (18 km from the contact line), the enemy settled four tanks. The shelling were also recorded on the southern direction. Thus, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye locality, the locality of Styla in the Starobeshevsky district, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Byezymennoye and Oktyabr localities of the Novoazovsky district underwent the Ukrainian shelling. In the same direction in Yasnoye locality’s area (2 km away from the contact line), the Republic’s reconnaissance detected two enemy’s self-propelled artillery platforms Akatsiya. According to the specified Command’s data, over the past 24 hours four houses in the outskirts of Gorlovka, Yasinovataya and Dokuchaevsk were damaged during the AFU shellings. In total, according to the new DPR Command’s methodology, the AFU violated the ceasefire 65 times over the 24 hours.

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Donbass with Texas. Episode 31: DPR special forces increase their professionalism / Essence of Time Deutschland / March 6, 2017 / Special forces units of various defense and law enforcement agencies of Donetsk People’s Republic regularly increase their level of professionalism by participating in tactical shooting competitions. One of such competitions recently took place at the training grounds of the Republican Tactical Shooters Federation near Donetsk. Teams of Legion special risk unit of DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations, Financial and Economic Police Special Operations Department, Vostok DPR Interior Ministry’s, and the Republican Guard competed for the “DPR Republican Guard Commander’s Cup”. The competition included obstacle course running, team Cooper test, pushing an APC, hand-to-hand combat, and tactical shooting exercises. All teams demonstrated good results. “Our comrades in the Republican Guard took the championship for the whole competition. Vostok did pretty good too, they won the shooting competition. But all these guys here have so much to be proud for. Not only are they defending their own land and their own families. These are the best of the best, these are experts. This is spetsnaz Donbass,” war correspondent Russell Bentley, also known as Texas, said. According to the organizers, the main goal of holding such competitions is to increase the level of professionalism and coordination of the warriors, as well as the exchange of experience between different special forces units. We have earlier reported that special forces units from DPR and LPR participated in a competition on February 25 near Donetsk. 13 teams participated in the championship – 8 from Donetsk and 5 from Lugansk. The participants honed their skills in shooting from various positions and shooting on the move. In these days of another escalation at the front, such competitions are of extreme importance as they allow to identify the gaps in the combat training of the servicemen and in the coordination between the units.

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Vladimir Makovich

In Donetsk, died and one of the founders of the DND Vladimir Makovecz / Translated from rbc.ru by FreeNews English / March 12, 2017 / In Donetsk died Vladimir Makovich, who is considered one of the founders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND). About this on his page in Facebook said the ex-Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic Boris Borisov. The same information is reported “Interfax” the head of the Agency News Front Konstantin Knyrik. He pointed out that None died due to heart problems. “Preliminarily, the cause of death was a heart attack,” said Knarik. Borisov did not specify what caused the death of the former leader of the DNI. In April 2014 Vladimir Makovich read out the Declaration of state of independent self-proclaimed Republic. In July of that year performed the duties of speaker of the Supreme Council of the DNI. But was later arrested. He was suspected of involvement in the death of the operator “First channel” Anatoly Clan. [Original source: http://www.rbc.ru/%5D Editor’s note: Video of Makovich reading the DPR Declaration of Sovereignty is available at https://youtu.be/ntZ20i0T-Y0 (in Russian).

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Donetsk Lugansk News Mar 6-11 2017

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
(Brief update)

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/11/2017/ DONi News / March 11, 2017 / The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense. Over the past 24 hours there were 15 occasions of violations of the ceasefire regime by the enemy. The positions of our units in the areas of the localities of Logvinovo, Lozovoe, Zhelobok, Frunze, Kalinovka, Kalinovo, Almaznoye, Veselogorovka were attacked. During shellings the enemy used mortars of 120 and 82 mm calibre, IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, three hundred and forty-eight mortar rounds and shells were fired at the territory of the republic. As a result of mortar shelling by Kiev security forces, one soldier of the People’s Militia, who is currently hospitalized, was wounded. Also at 4 am, on March 11, the Stakhanov residential area was subjected to a massive artillery shelling with 152 mm guns from Troitskoye locality, controlled by the AFU. 15 houses received significant damage. The gas pipeline is broken. By a lucky chance, none of the civilians was injured. This fact was recorded by representatives of the JCCC and the OSCE SMM. In addition to the shelling of residential areas in the LPR, Kiev uses a water blockade in the fight against civilians of . . . READ MORE>>

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Armed Forces of Ukraine shell Stakhanov in LPR (Photos) / DONi News / March 11, 2017 / The Kiev security forces attacked Stakhanov this morning, as a result of the bombardment, 15 residential buildings, as well as the gas pipeline and power lines, were damaged. This was reported in the department of internal politics and information of the city administration. “On March 11, 2017, at 4.15, Stakhanov was once again subjected to artillery fire. As a result of the shelling, about 15 private residential buildings in the vicinity of the streets of Mayskaya, Sazheva and along the alley Nasosnaya were damaged and destroyed,” the text of the report says. “Glazing, slate roofs are damaged in houses, facades are smashed by shrapnel, there are destructions of farm buildings, fences, gates. In the territory of one of the houses there was a minibus, which also suffered from shrapnel,” Stakhanov mayor’s office clarified. “Despite numerous damages in apartment houses, there are no dead and injured among civilians,” a representative of the mayor’s office of Stakhanov stressed. [More photos at source.]

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Kiev stops water supplies to Lugansk / TASS / March 11, 2017 / At three at night, without any official notifications, water supplies from the Western plant in Ukrainian territory were stopped towards Pervomaisk, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Byrank, Alchevsk. / LUGANSK / At night on March 11, Kiev stopped water supplies to the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) from the Western water purification plant, which is in the territory controlled by Kiev, press service of the Luganskvoda Company said on Saturday. “At three at night, without any official notifications, water supplies from the Western plant in Ukrainian territory were stopped towards Pervomaisk, Stakhanov, Kirovsk, Byrank, Alchevsk, Perevalsk, Krasny Lutch, Antracit,” LuganskInformCenter quoted the company. Earlier, Ukraine used to stop water supplies to LPR. On December 1, 2016, were stopped water supplies from the Petrov plant and were cut supplies from the Western plant, claiming LPR had overdue payment for consumed water. The supplies resumed on January 13 – the republic had settled all the payments. However, later on, on March 6, supplies from the Petrov plant stopped once again.

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Ukrainian saboteurs (–Fort Russ)

“Urgent measures must be taken” – Popov on Ukrainian terrorism / Translated from SV Pressa by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / March 11, 2017 / On March 11th, Fort Russ’ guest analyst, Dr. Eduard Popov, was interviewed by Russia’s analytical site Svobodnaya Pressa on the recent terrorism and assassination investigations in Lugansk. Below are excerpts from the interview. / As far as I know, the republics’ intelligence services have been put on a good footing. Yet as far as I can tell, the situation with counter-intelligence, and more broadly questions of internal security, is much worse. Otherwise Ukrainian saboteurs and agents of influence would not feel so at ease in the Donbass republics. It is no secret that there are many of yesterday’s Ukrainian officials and politicians in the echelons of power in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The Ukrainian army, albeit a greatly weakened army, is nevertheless the army of a large state with a rich Soviet history and experience. Not all of this experience has been lost. And most importantly, NATO instructors are significantly raising the combat training of Ukrainian saboteurs. I won’t pass judgement on whether or not Ukraine has one or more groups for committing terrorist acts on the territory of Donbass, but most likely the Ukrainians do have trained terrorist militants capable of such intricate work in their reserves. Since the very beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, I’ve said that the Ukrainians would opt for organizing terrorist acts in Russia. Time proved the validity of this forecast. I would even guess that we know about far from all of the terrorist acts that have been thwarted, and some incidents written off as accidents have in fact been terrorist attacks. Ukraine has a vested interest in drawing Russia into war on its territory, so it does not hesitate in resorting to such . . . READ MORE>>

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Lugansk Investigation: Ukrainian captive names Motorola’s killer / Translated from RIA Novosti by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / March 11, 2017 / One of the saboteurs arrested in the Lugansk People’s Republic has named the killer of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Sparta battalion commander, Arsen Pavlov, widely known by his codename “Motorola.” This comes on the heels of the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of State Security’s report on the arrest of servicemen from Ukraine’s 8th special forces regiment on suspicion of involvement in the assassination of People’s Militia commander Oleg Anashchenko and other terrorist attacks. Ivan Deev, one of those arrested, confessed in a video clip presented to RIA Novosti by the LPR’s security ministry: “I can also confirm that when I was in Khmelnitsky in the 8th regiment of Ukraine’s special forces, I heard Major Balov, the chief of intelligence, boast that Motorola’s murder was his handiwork.” According to Deev, Balov once said that he had previously undergone special training for rigging elevator explosives, i.e., the method by which Motorola was assassinated in October 2016.

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Friday, March 10, 2017
(Full report)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 03/10/2017 / DONi News / March 10, 2017 / Good day! Last week, from March 4 till 10, the command post rehearsal was held in the formations and military units of the DPR People’s Militia with the aim of improving HQ overheads’ coherence while preparing and carrying out defensive actions. Besides, special trainings and those on tactics of a platoon’s actions while maintaining defense were held as well. The People’s Militia continues to render assistance to the Republic’s population. In particular, there was rendered humanitarian aid to the Gorlovka Health Service Department last week. Thirty thousand fluid transfer devices were handed over to it together with the fund ‘Not a step back’. Over the past 24 hours Ukraine’s Armed Forces violated the ceasefire regime 71 times. Ukrainian punishers applied heavy artillery – 70 times, tanks – 46 times, mortars of various caliber – 133 times, IFVs – 78 times, anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers and small arms – 523 times. Altogether, over the past week the enemy violated the ceasefire regime 567 times. 13, 192 projectiles and mortar-shells were launched. Besides, tanks and mortars were used – 4, 556 times. The AFU shelled almost all the localities of the Republic, including ZAITSEVO, GORLOVKA, YASINOVATAYA, KRUTAYA BALKA, SHIROKAYA BALKA, SPARTAK, KOMINTERNOVO, TELMANOVO, SAKHANKA, DOKUCHAYEVSK, BEZYMENNOYE, YAKOVLEVKA, OKTYABR, ELENOVKA, STAROMIKHAILOVKA, GOLMOVSKY, ZHABICHYEVO, OZYERYANOVKA, ALEKSANDROVKA,  . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Situation Report, 09.03.2017 / Novorossia Vision / March 9, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. The enemy continues the fire impact on the area of the following localities of the Republic: Sakhanka, Elenovka, Yasinovataya, Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka, Krasny Partizan, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Ozeryanovka, Kominternovo, Gorlovka, Signalnoye, Bezymennoye, Oktyabr, Golmovsky, Dokuchaevsk, Trudovskiye, the area of the airport and the Volvo center of Donetsk city. Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 57 times, having used on the territory of the Republic heavy artillery 84 times, including 25 152mm shells, mortars 276 times, including 171 120mm shells, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers 55 times, and anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers and small arms 643 times.As a result of the shelling, there were damaged six private houses, including three houses in the locality of Sakhanka (N65 in Gavrilenko St, N3 and N4 in Babenko St), one house in the locality of Elenovka (N7 in Depovskaya St), one house in the locality of Zaytsevo (N173 in Rybalko St) and one house in the locality of Yasinovataya (N4 in Kashtanovaya St). There were no casualties among the civilians. According to our intelligence, the enemy continues to re-group and amass weapons near the contact line. In particular, in the area of the locality of Novomikhaylovka (9 km away from the contact line), there was detected a platoon of 122mm motorized artillery systems «Gvozdika». On 9-10 March, S.Poltorak is expected to arrive in Mariupol, due to frequent cases of non-combat losses among the personnel of the 36th separate Marine brigade and mass theft of fuel, lubricants, weapons and ammunition. There was confirmed another case of non-combat losses in the 46th separate special forces battalion of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade in the area of Novoluganskoye, where a soldier committed suicide, having shot himself in the head from his personal weapon. The suicide was caused by serious financial problems and absolute indifference of the commanders towards their subordinates. The People’s Militia units. in their turn, conduct planned classes on combat training, namely driving tanks and infantry fighting vehicles and firing from them and from small arms, as well as classes on special and engineering training. We are ready to defend our Republic, even at the cost of our own life. —Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ukrainian army decreased the intensity of the shelling / Essence of Time / March 9, 2017 / The Ukrainian army decreased the intensity of the shelling of Donetsk People’s Republic’s territory, but the situation at the front line remains tense, a source in Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on March 8th. During the day, the Ukrainian army was shelling the village of Zaytsevo in the north of Gorlovka and Nikitovsky district of the city. 3 houses were damaged by artillery fire. By the evening, the enemy intensified the shelling. The intensity of shelling along the Donetsk direction has decreased but the Ukrainian side continues to provoke trench combat in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone. The suburbs of Yasinovataya and the northern boundaries of Donetsk came under Ukrainian army’s fire. The situation is tense along the Mariupol direction. In the night, the Ukrainian army shelled the villages of Kominternovo and Sakhanka. Gas pipelines supplying gas toMariupol and 155 houses of the village of Kominternovo were damaged. According to DPR PM intelligence, Ukrainian army deployed a battery of 122mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled artillery vehicles in the area of Novomikhaylovka thus grossly violating the Minsk agreements on withdrawal of heavy weaponry. During the past day, March 8th, the Ukrainian army fired approximately 400 shells at the DPR territory. 17 towns and villages, mostly situated along the Donetsk direction of the front, came under Ukrainian military’s fire. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 03/09/2017 / DONi News / March 9, 2017 / The situation in the LPR People’s militia responsibility zone remains tense. The enemy violated the ceasefire 14 times for the last 24 hours. Our units’ positions in the following localities underwent heavy shellings: Sokolniky, Kalinovka, Pervomaisk, Annovka, Lozovoye, Logvinovo, Krasny Liman. During the shelling the AFU applied 120mm and 82mm calibre mortars, IFVs, grenade launchers, and small arms. In total, 495 projectiles and mortar rounds were launched onto the Republic’s territory. The Ukrainian Command continues to violate the terms of weaponry outlay along the contact line, introduced by the Minsk Agreements, and uses the ceasefire to step up military potential of its units in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. Thus, in the Chmyrovka locality’s area in the Starobelsky district there was detected permanent dislocation point the 3rd multiple launcher rocket system battalion of the 27th AFU multiple launcher rocket system brigade. The battalion is armed with the MRLS Grad and Uragan. Presently, in Valuiskoye, Niznetyoploye and Petrovka areas 12 units of MRLS Grad were deployed. Apart from it, three IFVs and three cargo vehicles with weapons were detected arriving to . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia news brief 9 March 2017 / With Victoria Rakhmanina / Anna News / March 9, 2017 / The representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission are going to install a watching camera to control the situation near the Donetsk Filtering Station. Ukrainian fighters opened fire at the villages Sakhanka and Kominternovo, gas pipe lines were damaged. And also the Ukrainian Army shelled suburbs of Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka and the south of the DPR. A power line and 5 houses were damaged. 12 Ukrainian multiple launch rocket systems “Grad”, self-propelled guns and armored personnel carriers were detected near the contact line, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 14 times. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. Kiev indicts Moscow for the support of the terrorism and delivery of weapons in Ukraine. Presidential Press-Secretary of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Peskov said Russia has never taken part in War in the southeast of Ukraine and Kiev knows where soldiers of the Republics get weapons.

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“Fierce infantry combat at the line Kominternove — Vodyane.
The enemy uses heavy cannon artillery from NW of Sartana.”

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Kiev disrupts disengagement of forces near Stanitsa Luganskaya / News Front / March 10, 2017 / Kiev again disrupted the disengagement of forces and means scheduled for March 7 near Stanitsa Luganskaya, to the northeast of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said. “As is usually the case, the Ukrainian side disrupted the disengagement of forces near Stanitsa Luganskaya scheduled for March 7,” Lukashevich said at the OSCE Permanent Council’s meeting in Vienna on Thursday. The diplomat stressed that the situation in the conflict zone in Donbass arouses serious concerns. “The Ukrainian authorities flatly refuse to stabilize the situation and to agree to establish ceasefire and to withdraw heavy weapons from the contact line,” he said, adding that many proposals of Donetsk and Lugansk in this respect have been ignored. “The goal of these shellings is to keep tensions and provoke retaliatory steps. We remember the calls of Western colleagues to agree on the mechanism of preventing these incidents. The best mechanism is to force Kiev to honor its commitments on pulling back heavy weapons from the contact line,” Lukashevich said. The Russian envoy said that according to the monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), there are significant Ukrainian forces near the contact line. This proves that Kiev has not given up its plans to take Donbass by force, he said.

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Ukrainian army launches over 350 projectiles and mortar-shells on DPR territory / DONi News / March 9, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) remains tense, the DPR Operational Command Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin reports. The enemy while shelling the Republic’s territory used the heavy artillery – 84 times (from them those of 152mm caliber – 25 times), mortars – 276 times (from them those of 120mm -171 times), IFVs – 55 times. Besides, there were applied anti-aircraft installations, grenade launchers and small arms,” said the Vice-Commander. According to him, seventeen Republican localities were under AFU fire. The Ukrainian punishers opened fire at following areas of the Republic: In the Donetsk direction — there were shelled Yasinovataya, the locality of Krasny Partizan and Yakovlevka, outskirts of the capital — the villages of Spartak and Signalnoye and also Elenovka and the suburbs of the former airport and of the Volvo Center, the settlement of Trudovskiye in the west of Donetsk. In the Gorlovka direction — the settlements of Shirokaya Balka, Zaitsevo, Golmovsky and Ozeryanovka. Besides, the DPR south outskirts were shelled one more time as well, in particular Dokuchayevsk, the villages of Kominternovo, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye and Oktyabr. There were damaged six residential houses.

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Republic Of Lugansk Police Detectives Solve Murder Of Colonel Oleg Anaschenko, Apprehend Members Of Sabotage Units Of Nazi Ukraine / Novorossia Today / March 10, 2017 / LPR police has solved the murder of Colonel Oleg Anaschenko and detained the suspects, said LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet. On February 4, Anaschenko was killed in a car blast in Lugansk. “In course of the immediate operational investigation officers of the Interior Ministry identified and apprehended the suspects of facilitating the act of terror.” “All of them are servicemen of Ukrainian armed forces special forces deployed to Lugansk among other reconnaissance-sabotage group personnel, to carry out terror acts on the Security Service of the Ukraine (SBU) commands. They are being interrogated,” said the minister. Kornet added that police also discovered a booby-trapped weapons cache, thus preventing a huge tragedy as the explosive device was equivalent of 1.5 kg of TNT and contained fragmentation-generating objects.

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Donbas blockade HQ issues another ultimatum demanding to cease coal supply from Russia / 112 International (UA) / March 10, 2017 / Headquarters of Donbas trade blockade gave yet another ultimatum to the Cabinet of Ministers demanding to cease coal supply from the Russian Federation until April 2. This was reported by the head of blockade HQ during press conference. “We are proceeding to the second phase of blockade, giving the government time until April 2 in order to sign agreements with the countries, which are not engaged in war with Ukraine, regarding energy products. We are not letting Russian coal enter into our country,” he said. Otherwise, blockade participants will implement the active phase and start blocking coal from Russia. “As for the other goods from Russia – we will advise with experts and our people. The goods coming from Russia to Ukraine will be stopped,” he added. Head of Donbas blockade HQ stressed the necessity to adopt the laws defining trade relations between Ukraine and Russia due to Russian aggression. [Source: 112.international/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine/donbas-blockade-hq-issues-another-ultimatum-demanding-to-cease-coal-supply-from-russia-14910.html]

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MH17: Russian official reveals how Ukraine deployed BUK missiles / Free West Media / March 9, 2017 / In court testimony about the MH17 Dutch tragedy, a Russian official revealed how Ukraine deployed 17 BUK missile launchers to eastern Ukraine. / THE HAGUE / The extent of Ukrainian BUK missile deployments in eastern Ukraine on the day that MH17 was shot down was revealed by Ilya Rogachyov, a Russian Foreign Ministry official. Rogachyov presented evidence to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Ukraine is bringing a case against Russia. London lawyer Samuel Wordsworth QC, a visiting professor at Kings College, is defending Russia in the ICJ against the Ukrainian Government’s claims Vladimir Putin’s federation is financially supporting terrorism by backing “separatists”. “There is no evidence before the court,” he told the judges, “plausible or otherwise, that Russia provided weaponry to any party with the intent or knowledge that such weaponry be used to shoot down civilian aircraft, as would of course be required under Article 2.1.” Article 2.1 is a key section of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The Russian authorities have for the first time revealed Ukraine’s deployment of these BUK missile systems, after satellite photos of some of these launchers were made public earlier. According to Rogachyov: “It is noteworthy that in the summer of 2014 Ukraine’s 156th air defence regiment armed with BUK-M1 systems was in the area of the conflict. The regiment’s command centre and the first unit were in the area of Avdeyevka, near Donetsk, the second unit was near Mariupol, and the third, near Lugansk. All in all the regiment had 17 BUK-M1 systems at its disposal. All were identical to the one the JIT identified as . . . READ MORE>>

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Maria Zakharova (–TASS)

Moscow blasts Canada for encouraging Kiev’s supporters of military force in Donbass / TASS / March 20, 2017 / Moscow blasts Canada for encouraging Kiev’s supporters of military force in Donbass. / MOSCOW / By extending its military mission in Ukraine, Canada encourages the Ukrainian supporters using military force to resolve the Donbass conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday. “Ottawa has chosen to openly encourage those in Kiev who support the use of military force to resolve the Donbass conflict, instead of exerting pressure on Ukraine to make it fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements,” Zakharova said adding that Moscow was concerned over Canada’s decision to extend its military mission. “Canadian instructors have been training Ukrainian military servicemen scheduled to be deployed to Donbass,” the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman noted. “We believe that this decision and the Canadian government’s activities in general to be very dangerous. They hamper the political process aimed to settle the conflict which is still raging because of Kiev’s stance.” “Moreover, according to the information that we have, Canada has begun to supply the Ukrainian military with ammunition that is sure to be delivered to the conflict zone,” the Russian diplomat pointed out. “Canadians should realize that the consequences of such steps will be on their conscience.”

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Pierre Malinowski: I talked with DPR authorities – these people are not terrorists / Novorossia Vision / March 10, 2017 / French historian and member of the party «National Front», Pierre Malinowski has come to the Donetsk People’s Republic to see with his own eyes what is really happening in Donbass. He noted that he was deeply impressed by the suffering of the civilian population which is subjected to military operations on its territory. ‘On the first day I had a conference at which I was very well received, on the second day I saw the areas being shelled, and the suffering. I was very impressed. The fact is that in my country practically nobody says anything about this. I took pictures that I posted on Facebook. I was greatly impressed by what I saw,’ he said. Malinowski noted that after meeting with the DPR authorities, he realized that these people are not terrorists as they are represented in the Western and Ukrainian media. ‘When I met with the authorities of the DPR, I realized that these are not terrorists, they are really people who, being here, are engaged in governing the country. We talked about the presidential elections in France, we also talked about the situation with the local population. I do not understand why, during contact meetings, they talk only with Ukraine, but at the same time, they do not talk about what the population wants. Why do not they speak directly to the population of Donbass?,’ he asked. According to Pierre, the media is one of the main weapons in the information war, so, of course, some of the French media will not perceive this information. ‘They [the media] are very sensitive to everything related to relations with Russia. Nevertheless, I have prepared the dossiers and photographs, all that I have seen with my own eyes. And I will inform of all this the media that will want to meet with me. I also plan to provide this information to well-known publications,’ he said. The historian noted that after the Western media had realized that they would not be able to expose Russia as an aggressor, they had lost interest in Donbas and switched to other world conflicts. Malinowski also said that during the visit, he had visited the entire center of the city of Donetsk and then the front-line areas: Spartak and Yasinovataya. He emphasized that this was his first, but not the last, visit.

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New Donetsk phone-line is a life-line for Ukrainians under Kiev’s yoke / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / March 9, 2017 / Ukraine’s historic region of Novorossiya is looking to the people of Donbass in their own quest for freedom. As part of a wider drive to expand the media presence of the Donbass republics, The Donetsk People’s Republic has set up a phone-line as part of an effort to help unify Donbass. Unsurprisingly, the phone-line has been receiving calls from many areas outside of the two Donbass republics including from Odessa, Kharkov and Ternopol. Although totally ignored by the western mainstream media, in the aftermath of the illegal coup in Kiev in early 2014, there were many anti-fascist demonstrations throughout Novorossiya and indeed beyond, not only in Donetsk and Lugansk. There are clear historic, linguistic, ethnic and demographic explanations for the phone-line’s popularity outside of the two Donbass republics. The Eastern/Southeastern regions of what became the Ukrainian Society Socialist Republic were part of the historic Russian region of Novorossiya (New Russia). After being ruled by the Golden Horde of the Mongols, the region became part of the Crimean Khanate of Ottoman Turkey. The area was gradually transferred to Russia during the . . . READ MORE>>

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Avakov asks Cabinet to impose sanctions against Russian Sberbank / Censor.net / March 10, 2017 / The request came amid reports that the bank had recognized passports issued by the breakaway “Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics.” As reported by Censor.NET, at today’s meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov called on the government to urgently tackle the issue of imposing sanctions against Sberbank of Russia which started providing services to the customers with passports of the so-called “LPR”/”DPR”. “I request to urgently consider imposition of sanctions against this bank. The bank operates in the territory of Ukraine and actually finances the militants,” Avakov said. Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman said that the legal grounds for imposing sanctions against this bank were being verified, and expressed confidence that both the National Bank and the National Security and Defense Council would soon endorse the interior minister’s initiative. [Source: en.censor.net.ua/n431413]

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Large European banks begin to recognize passports of Donbass republics / News Front / March 10, 2017 / An attempt of the National Bank of Ukraine to frighten with sanctions banks that are ready to serve customers with passports of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is unlikely to make a proper impression on financial institutions as several large banks, including Unicredit Bank, the Russian subsidiary of the international group UniCredit S.p.A, reported that they are ready to serve consumers with documents of the Donbass republics. “At the bank all customers are subject to unified identification requirements, including standard checks prior to acceptance for service. The rules for identification and verification also apply to identity documents. If an identity document is recognized in the territory of the Russian Federation and issued in compliance with the requirements of the law, such a document is adopted”, the representative of Unicredit Bank said. At the same time, the publication notes that if the decision of the Sberbank of Russia to recognize the documents of the Donbass republics led to hysterical statements of the Ukrainian authorities . . . READ MORE>>

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Here’s why Ukraine is suing Russia in the International Court of Justice / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / March 10, 2017 / Ukraine’s case in the ICJ looks like a device to avoid paying the likely High Court Judgment for payment of the $3 billion debt Ukraine owes Russia. / The case Ukraine is bringing in the International Court of Justice is attracting scant international attention and has been almost entirely ignored by Western governments and by the Western media. Having said this it is an interesting case which begs a number of obvious questions. Ukraine’s claim is set out in an indictment which apparently runs to 45 pages. The summary of its claim, which is dated 17th January 2017, can be found here. Essentially Ukraine is demanding compensation from Russia for the damage it says Russia has done to Ukraine through its aggression in eastern Ukraine and because of the harm Ukraine alleges Russia is doing to the Ukrainian and Tatar minorities in Crimea. Two questions about this case immediately stand out: (1) its timing; and (2) why does it fail to ask that the International Court of Justice declare that Crimea’s unification with Russia is contrary to international law? (1) Timing of the Case: The case was brought on 16th January 2017, three years after the Maidan coup, three years after Ukraine and Russia found themselves in conflict with each other, and almost three years after Crimea seceded from Ukraine and united with Russia and eastern Ukraine rose up against the new Maidan government in Kiev. Why has this case been brought only now? There is in fact an obvious answer to this question. In January 2017, when this case was brought, the High Court in London finished hearing Russia’s application for summary Judgment in the case Russia has brought against Ukraine for payment of the $3 billion eurobond debt Ukraine owes Russia. A decision is expected in April. Ukraine’s defence in this case is that it does not owe Russia any money because of the amount of the $3 billion debt has been extinguished by the far greater amount Ukraine says Russia owes  . . . READ MORE>>

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Viktor Yanuokovich (–Sputnik/ Sergey Guneev)

Ukrainian prosecutors drop idea of questioning Yanukovich in Russia / TASS / March 10, 2017 / Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office launched eight criminal cases against Yanukovich, particularly accusing him of high treason and complicity in acts of aggression. / KIEV / The Ukrainian prosecutors will not participate in questioning the country’s former president Viktor Yanukovich on Russia’s territory, Ruslan Kravchenko, a prosecutor of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office, told the 112 Ukraina TV channel on Thursday. “Yanukovish should present himself in court in Ukraine to answer our questions. This is the only way. There will be no questionings in the presence of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s office staff,” he said adding that he was not eligible to question Yanukovich on Russia’s territory. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko earlier made a Facebook post publishing a response to his request received from the Russian Prosecutor General’s office, saying that the former Ukrainian president could be questioned in Russia in the presence of Ukrainian investigators. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office launched eight criminal cases against Yanukovich, particularly accusing him of high treason and complicity in acts of aggression. Lutsenko announced earlier that the trial was planned to begin in March 2017.

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The U.S. Congress [House of Representatives] approved a bill to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine / Mianews.ru / March 10, 2017 / … The House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States had made provision for $ 150 million in military support to Kiev. A portion of these funds will be spent on the lethal weapon. Information about this is reported by Interfax, citing the people’s Deputy of Ukraine Irina Friz. “The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress in the law (Resolution 174 introduced by Republican Liz Cheney) about the appropriation for military needs in the new financial year to the 1st of October 2017, provided the allocation of $150 million in military support of Ukraine,” she reported on her page in Facebook. Friz also added that the document was supported by 371 representatives of the Lower House of Congress, and only 48 parliamentarians voted “against”. “The document states that these funds will be available to the Pentagon to provide Ukraine with military support, including, in particular, the provision of lethal weapons of a defensive character and equipment, logistics support, intelligence support of the Ukrainian army and national security forces, the training of personnel of the Ukrainian armed forces, etc.,” says Friz. Now to complete the procedure of allocation of funds document must be approved by the Senate of the U.S. Congress. But “the remarks of the senators may be only to the budget of the armed forces of the United States,” suggests Ukrainian politician. Quemado Institute comments: From earlier reports, apparently the “defensive” lethal weapons will include anti-tank missiles with a range of up to 2.5 km, which some observers believe could change the course of the war. This dangerous escalation runs contrary to Minsk, and may require action from Russia. The bill has to next be approved by the Senate and then by President Trump. If Trump fails to veto it, he will prove himself a betrayer of the voters to whom he promised friendship with Russia. [Editor’s note: Since Trump’s recent appeasement of the Russophobic neocon Rothschild puppets who are actively destroying his administration, Quemado Institute has stopped posting pro-Trump commentaries on our main page.]

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 03/08/2017 / DONi News / March 8, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. The enemy continued shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Bezymennoye, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Zhabichevo, Yelenovka, Signalnoye, Krasny Partizan, Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Gorlovka, Yasnoye, Trudovskiye village, Spartak, Volvo-Centre, and the area of the Donetsk Airport. In total, over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 75 times. The number of ammunition applied by the AFU with the arms forbidden by the Minsk Agreements against the territory of the Republic made: 81 heavy artillery projectiles, 407 mortar shells of various calibre, 12 tank rounds. Along with that, IFVs, armoured personnel carriers, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms were applied against our positions. As a result of the shellings, a house sustained damage in Dokuchayevsk locality on Lenin St. 90. Fortunately, no casualties were registered. According to our reconnaissance, the enemy continues concentrating forces and facilities at the contact line. So, near Mironovka locality (13 km to the contact line), near a reservoir there was detected a battery of MLRS Grad BM-21, belonging to the 54th separate mechanized brigade, moving forward to the firing positions in the areas of Luganskoye and Novoluganskoye localities so that to fire at the DPR territory then. Besides, near Nikanorovka locality (46 km to the contact line), in an opencast mine there was detected an operational reserve of the 122th separate air borne battalion of the 81st separate air borne brigade with a battery of MLRS Grad BM-21, and a tank and IFV companies. The OSCE Mission’s observers continue noting violations of the Minsk Agreements by Ukraine, namely absence of 20 tanks at storage sites. We once again appeal to the world community to cease criminal actions of the Ukrainian authorities against civilians and to force it to solve the conflict in Donbass peacefully! And in conclusion, I would like to dwell upon a pleasant issue. Today, on March 8, on the International Women’s Day, I want to congratulate our lovely women on this bright holiday and to wish them family happiness, love, patience, courage in our hard times, and a peaceful skyline which we will ensure for you! –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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On International Womens Day, Coup Leader Poroshenko Of Nazi Ukraine Shuts Off Drinking Water Supply To Lugansk Republic / Novorossia Today / March 8, 2017 / Nazi Ukraine Junta once again blocked water supply to LPR. / Ukraine has cut off the supply of drinking water to the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic from the Petrovskaya pumping station, reports the press service of the state-owned enterprise Luganskvoda. ‘On March 6, 2017, at 12:00, the delivery of water from the Petrovskaya pumping station located on the territory of Ukraine, was stopped without a warning or explanation of the reason,’ says the report. In this situation, the supply of water in the capital of the LPR will be carried out according to the schedule: the eastern quarters and a part of the center of Lugansk will receive water in the morning hours from 6:00 to 9:00, and in the evening from 18:00 to 22:00. ‘We ask the residents to store the necessary supply of water, and also to understand the temporary inconveniences,’ noted the press service of the Luganskvoda.

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Gunboat Diplomacy: Donetsk Forces Prep for Amphibious Attacks by Ukraine’s Navy / Sputnik / March 8, 2017 / The Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has announced that it has taken the necessary measures to shore up coastal defenses following an attack on militia positions by Ukrainian Navy patrol boats this past weekend. Observers warn that the attacks could become a regular occurrence, based on a new naval strategy by Kiev. On Sunday, DPR media reported that the Ukrainian Navy had conducted an attack near the front line along the coast of the self-proclaimed republic in the Sea of Azov, using two small vessels based in the Kiev-controlled coastal city of Mariupol. DPR People’s Militia deputy head Eduard Basurin said that Navy gunboats had opened fire on militia positions with small-bore weapons and large-caliber machineguns, violating the ceasefire, and that the militia were forced to return fire, leading both Ukrainian boats to promptly leave the area. A day later, a spokesperson from the DPR’s Defense Ministry told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that militia “have taken appropriate measures, and are now prepared for these kinds of provocations from the sea” in the future. The probing attack over the weekend was the first of its kind in over two years. The last major engagement involving the Ukrainian Navy in the country’s civil war took place over two years ago. But the attack wasn’t the first by the Ukrainian military in recent weeks. Last month, Ukrainian forces attempted to break through local militia positions along the coast of the Azov Sea. Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses with 15 men reported killed, and 20 more wounded. Observers warn that the attacks on coastal areas of the breakaway territories may intensify as the Ukrainian Navy makes progress on the creation of its ‘mosquito fleet’, which is expected to consist of about 30 modern or modernized small- and medium-sized boats and patrol craft by the end of the decade. Ukrainian Navy deputy chief Andriy Ryzhenko announced the . . . READ MORE>>

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BREAKING: Largest Russian financial institution Sberbank will accept Donbass passports as legal ID / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / March 7, 2017 / This is an important step in normalising life for the citizens of the Donbass republics. / Since 2014, the fascist war of aggression against the Donbass republics has impeded many normal activities both at home and abroad, for citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic. Russia’s recent move to recognise passports and other important documents from the Donbass republics as well as offering CIS style visa-free entry to the Russian Federation, has done a great deal to alleviate these pressures. Now Sberbank, one of the most prominent banks in Russia will allow individuals with Donetsk and Lugansk issued passports to open up accounts. It is likely that other major Russian banks will follow this move. This is another important step to bringing a sense of normalcy back to Donbass after years of war and years of neglect from Russian institutions.

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Moscow accuses Ukraine of misleading intl court, denies terrorism & racial discrimination claims / Rt.com / March 8, 2017 / Russia has rejected accusations of financing terrorism and discriminating against Ukrainians and Tatars in Crimea during hearings in a lawsuit brought by Ukraine in The Hague. Moscow says Kiev is twisting facts and using the trial for political gain. The Russian delegation at the hearings, which were launched by the International Court of Justice on March 6 and are set to continue until Thursday, argued that the real purpose of the litigation initiated by Ukraine is to entangle the UN court in matters that lie outside its jurisdiction. “The first goal is to draw the panel into the discussion of the issues that should be tackled by Russia and Ukraine and are clearly outside the court’s competence, such as sovereignty, territorial integrity and the right to self-determination,” Russian Foreign Ministry Legal Department director Roman Kolodkin said, as cited by TASS. By portraying the armed resistance of eastern Ukrainians against Kiev’s military operation as terrorism, which Russia has been accused of “sponsoring,” the authorities in Kiev are saying, in effect, that the populations of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are accomplices to terrorism, Kolodkin told the court on Tuesday. “Ukraine is misleading the court on the true causes of the tragic developments that are now taking place,” Kolodkin said, noting that the real reason for the uprising in eastern Ukraine was the desire of the local population to “protect themselves from those who took the power as result of the coup d’état in 2014,” which ultimately resulted in the formation of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). Kolodkin said that apart from playing the “terrorism” card to initiate international court proceedings, Kiev has offered nothing to . . . READ MORE>>

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Expert Opinion Round-Up: Kiev’s UN Court case is ‘doomed to fail’ / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / March 8, 2017 / Ukraine’s lawsuit against Russia in the UN International Court of Justice in the Hague could turn against Kiev itself. Such an opinion has been expressed by a number of Russian politicians and international law experts. The Ukrainian side accuses Moscow of violating two conventions – financing terrorism and racial discrimination. But despite Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s promises to provide “evidence” or Russia’s “crimes,” Moscow has said that Kiev to this day has yet to present any serious arguments in favor of its position. According to the Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, Moscow has good chances of winning in this case, but the “winding down” might take several years. “The case’s examination will definitely last long. In practice, such court processes are a slow and incremental process. I predict that it will take more than one year. I have no doubt that the truth is on the Russian side. In the hearings are participating a highly skilled group of Russian experts. They can only be wished confidence and successful results in this litigation. It is important to note that this claim is pseudo-political, and not international-legal in nature,” the senator said. Member of the International Legal Issues Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and doctor of law, Vladimir Kotlyar, emphasizes that this case is fraught with . . . READ MORE>>

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Kiev admits no Russian invasion, but Donbass remembers Ukrainian invasion / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / The Donetsk People’s Republic has drawn attention to the fact that Ukraine has in fact admitted in the UN Court of Justice that it has been shamelessly lying about fighting against the Russian Army in Donbass or a Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory. Meanwhile, the DPR remembers the Ukrainian invasion and does not intend to forget anything. This has been stated by the DPR People’s Council deputy Vladislav Brig. According to this Donetsk politician, Ukraine will have to pay, and there is more than enough evidence of its crimes. Brig remarked: “It is really interesting that in the International Court, Ukraine did not mention any Russian aggression. Instead, there was talk of aid in weapons and money to ‘Donetsk terrorists.’ On the international level, the tricks with passports and bus pieces have long since . . . READ MORE>>

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The Wrong Genes / By Colonel Cassad / Edited by @Gbabeuf / Slavyangrad.org / March 6, 2017 / News from the occupied territories: The Mayor of Krasnogorovka, in that part of the Donetsk Region under the control of Kiev, Oleg Livanchuk, said in an interview with online.ua that the majority of the local inhabitants support the DPR Militia. “There are also people who are pro-Ukraine. However, in the entire city, I know of perhaps fifty people who are for the Ukraine. Among ten thousand,” he said. According to the official, at municipal festivals, such as Vyshyvanka Day [vyshyvanka: traditional embroidered shirt considered part of Ukrainian ‘national costume’, promoted by ‘nationally conscious’ Ukrainians –ed.], barely “a dozen” people come with Ukrainian flags. Livanchuk explained the antipathy towards Ukraine as the result of “a large percentage of stupid people in the population.” “The genes haven’t changed. It originates in the genes. That’s the gene-pool for you. It needs extirpating, needs stirring,” said the Mayor. Livanchuk is convinced that the authorities should “re-educate” the local population and “make them love the Ukraine by force.” In particular he said that teachers should be forced to speak only in Ukrainian, although he himself . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, March 6, 2017
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Donetsk Defense Video Report, 03/06/2017 / DONi Donbass News Agency / March 6, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. In total, over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 2,015 times. The enemy continued shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Bezymennoye, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Trudovskiye, Alexandrovka, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, Staromikhailovka, Sakhanka, Dokuchayevsk, Telmanovo, and the area of the Donetsk Airport. Among this shelling number heavy artillery was applied 134 times, including 18 projectiles of 122mm calibre, mortars of various calibre – 591 times, including 262 shells of 120mm calibre, tanks – 22 times, IFV arms – 25 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 1,243 times. No losses detected among the DPR military personnel, losses among civilians are being specified. In violation of the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian party continues shelling the Republic’s residential areas and vital infrastructure, at that using mercenaries from the radicals’ ranks, supported by the AFU units. As a result of the shellings, eight houses sustained damage in the Third residential district of Yasinovataya locality on Zheleznodorozhnaya St., 35, Chekhov St. 41, 42, 43, Yesenin, Kuibyshev and Pobedy streets, and a power line was damaged as well.

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With Donetsk And Lugansk Republics Abiding By Ceasefire, Nazi Ukraine Junta Returns Favor By Bombing Yasinovataya, Destroying Several Homes (VIDEO) / Novorossia Today / March 6, 2017 / Nazi Ukraine went into a seek and destroy mode, in response to LDPR initiative to ceasefire, The Ukraine Junta Unleash A Barrage Of Heavy Weapons Fire On Civilian Areas, Destroying Homes In Yasinovataya (VIDEO) / Today, the Republics of Donbass have once again taken the initiative to a cease-fire at the front. In response, the Nazi Ukrainian military have gone into a bomb and kill mode, having shelled the town of Yasinovataya in the DPR. As a result of the attack, several residential houses were destroyed. ‘At 18.00, there was a bombardment, there are hits in the third district: one shell hit an apartment building, and another landed near a house. In the Railway Street, a private house is burning,’ reported the town administration. Videos of direct hits in private houses in Yasinovataya were posted in social networks a user, Mikael Bosphor. According to him, the shelling by the Nazi Ukrainian Units came from Avdeevka. At 18:20, a result of a mortar attack in the vicinity of the Donetsk Filtration Plant, there were damaged transmission lines, and now a power outage at the plant.

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“Putin can’t say this”: Russian Communist says arrest Poroshenko, liberate Odessa / Translated by J. Arnoldski from PolitNavigator for Fort Russ / March 6, 2017 / Russia should help the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics take all the territory of Ukraine in order to make it into a “normal country”. State Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Leonid Kalashnikov, stated this live on Russia’s famous Sunday Night Talk Show. Kalashnikov also proposed to round up Ukrainian war criminals, including President Poroshenko, and give them a fair trial. Kalashnikov said: “I am sure that Mariupol will also secede, Kharkov will secede, and Zaporozhye too. When I’m told that ‘Russia isn’t there, shouldn’t be, no way,” I’ll tell you simply – not only as a deputy, but as a human – that Russia should be there…The US is now already in Ukraine, Asia, everywhere, and does not hesitate to snatch up our [Viktor] But in Thailand and drag him [to prison], but we hesitate to do such things. We should go in and take Poroshenko – we have so many criminal cases against these people who have destroyed our people, set them on fire like in the ovens of Auschwitz, burned them in the Odessa House of Trade Unions. Why should we hopelessly wait for a Ukrainian court to be just? We shouldn’t!” … “Of course, the president can’t say this, and Peskov can’t say it, so we have to say it. We are not some fools. This is our people. We should intervene there to help the DPR, we should take everything up to Odessa and make a normal Ukraine,” Kalashnikov declared.

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Ukrainian city residents hold rally protesting against Donbass blockade / News-Front.info / March 6, 2017 / More than 500 residents of Kramatorsk, a city in the Donetsk region, got together in city center on Monday to protest against the transport blockade of Donbass, launched by radical activists on January 25, Ukrainian 5TV reports on Monday. “Why should Kramatorsk residents listen to some ‘guest actors’ who have come here and made decisions on what we should do and how our enterprises should operate,” one of the protesters said. “I believe Kramatorsk must have its say, appeal to the president (Pyotr Poroshenko) and law enforcement agencies to immediately stop this blockade that destroys our country,” he added. City residents say Ukrainian enterprises are affected by the blockade, which, for its turn, will have drastic aftermath for all residents of the country. “Billions of dollars that will have to be paid for coal will mean growing electricity prices, growing prices of heating. This means that city enterprises will come to a halt, the dollar will rise and, of course, the population will be impoverished,” local residents say. Protesters are carrying posters reading “Blockade is a road into the darkness. We need guarantees of work, heating and electricity” and “By blocking coal from Ukraine’s east you destroy the country”. Earlier in the day, a similar rally was held in Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka, bringing together about 1,000 people, including parliamentarians. On January 25, Ukraine’s so-called nationalist battalions, supported by a number of members of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament), blocked railway traffic from the districts of the Lugansk region uncontrolled by Kiev, and a week later – from the Donetsk region. The extremists said their actions stemmed from the need to fight against smuggling goods allegedly coming with coal, but later demanded an end to all trade ties with the uncontrolled territories (the DPR and LPR). The Ukrainian authorities so far have failed to take effective measures to lift the blockade of Donbass. As a result, Ukraine has been facing a lack of coal while the DPR and LPR have announced their decision to nationalize local Ukrainian enterprises on March 1 so that they could continue to operate.

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Actions will condemn war crimes in Donbass / By Greg Butterfield / Workers World / March 5, 2017 / Since late January, people living in the Donbass mining region of eastern Europe have been battered by the worst wartime bombing from neighboring Ukraine in nearly two years. Schools, hospitals, water treatment facilities and chemical plants have been targeted, as well as residential homes in cities and villages along the front line. Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the region since a right-wing coup overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in 2014. In response to the intensified attacks, people have been taking to the streets, from Russia and Italy to South Africa and Britain, demanding an end to war crimes by the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev. More than 230,000 residents of the independent Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and thousands internationally have also signed a petition to leaders of Russia, Germany and the United States demanding that they force Ukraine to abide by the Minsk peace agreement. Despite signing this agreement in 2015, President Petro Poroshenko’s government continues to violate it every day. Meanwhile, the new administration in Washington — which raised expectations of a peaceful resolution to the Ukrainian crisis in the Russian-speaking world with Donald Trump’s campaign overtures to Moscow — has taken an increasingly belligerent tone, threatening a new nuclear . . . READ MORE>>

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[Enemy report:] Russia in the Hague accused of terror, discrimination in Crimea, and funding terrorism in Donbas / Khirkov Human Rights Protection Group / March 6, 2017 / On the first day of hearings into its case against Russia at the International Court of Justice, Ukraine presented a weight of arguments and examples to back its accusations against Russia over its annexation of Crimea and gross violations of human rights under occupation, and for its financing of terrorism in Donbas. While Russia denies all charges, Ukraine’s case is backed by documents from the UN, OSCE, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, international human rights organizations, as well as NATO satellite imagery. Russia is likely to argue that the court does not have jurisdiction, hoping to achieve the same verdict from the ICJ as that passed in 2011 over the war between Georgia and Russia. It is for the Court to decide, but the weight of evidence of rights violations in this case certainly seems overwhelming. If the Court does agree that there is a case to answer, examination of all the evidence could take several years, and both the military conflict in Donbas, and the discrimination and political persecution in Crimea are ongoing. For this reason, Ukraine’s lawyers on Monday stressed the need for specific provisional measures now to prevent still further irreparable damage. In a 45-page document, Ukraine presents its reasons for accusing Russia of violating two UN conventions, namely the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Although the International Court of Justice has no instruments to enforce its judgements, the very fact of it finding against Russia would have enormous weight. ICJ is the official judicial organ of the United Nations, which Russia has been a member of from 1945. It cannot now turn around and say that it won’t accept its authority. This was precisely what Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to do with the International Criminal Court a day after its Chief Prosecutor published her preliminary conclusion that Russia’s annexation of Crimea constituted an international military conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Putin’s instruction made headlines, but in fact had little legal meaning. Neither Russia nor Ukraine have yet ratified the Rome Statute, which would make them members of the International Criminal Court, however Ukraine has accepted its full jurisdiction over the events in Donbas and Crimea. Russia can petulantly refuse to ‘play’, but this does not remove its accountability. A judgement against Russia may not force the latter to stop its aggression and its . . . READ MORE at source>> khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1488816597 [Editor’s note: we do not post live links to enemy sources. To read, copy and paste URL.] Quemado Institute comments: This Hague trial, and the fabrications purported against Russia, are a travesty of justice to be likened to that of Tale of Two Cities. None of the accusations are true. And the trial itself is a violation of the Minsk agreements, which guarantee amnesty for all parties.

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slavmar5-17mOver 1,000 people without electricity in Gorlovka after Ukrainian heavy shelling / DONi News / March 5, 2017 / Authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics report the Ukrainian military during the night to Sunday continued shelling the republics. More than 1,000 households in Gorlovka’s three settlements are cut off electricity and eleven houses damaged in night shelling from positions of the Ukrainian military, acting head of the local administration Ivan Prikhodko informed on Sunday. “Ukraine’s Armed Forces at night shelled Gorlovka, having damaged the high-voltage line and thus leaving without electricity 63 transformer substations and 19 boilers in localities of Zaitsevo, Golmovsky and Shahta 6/7,” Prikodko said. “The total of 1,000 clients is cut off supplies.” Repairing brigades continue working to restore the supplies, the official said. “From 18:00 to midningt, the Ukrainian side launched 642 tank shells, artillery shells of 152 and 122mm calibers, and mines of 82 and 120mm calibers,” DPR’s military authorities told the DAN News. Besides, shelling of the Donetsk water plant resumed in the morning. “At 8:30, the Ukrainian military resumed shelling of the plant’s area,” the source said. “The military used mortars, the plant’s personnel is now in the shelter.” LPR’s Militia reported the Ukrainian military 29 times opened fire at their positions. “They used 120 and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, anti-air systems, grenade launchers and small arms,” LuganskInformCenter quoted the source.

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Lugansk Defense Video Report, 03/05/2017 / DONi News / March 5, 2017 / Map of Ukrainian shelling. Over the past 24 hours Ukrainian forces violated ceasefire 29 times in the Lugansk People’s Republic, having applied 120-mm and 80-mm mortars, antitank guided missiles, IFVs, grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns and small arms. The LPR People’s Militia positions in the area of the monument to Knyaz Igor, the localities of Frunze, Donetsky, Zhelobok, Pervomaisk, Kalinovo, Kalinovka, Molodyozhnoye, Veselogorovka, Sanzharovka, Annovka, Kalinovo-Borschevatoe, Loginovo came under fire. From 11 am 14:30 the Armed Forces of Ukraine were conducting at the localities of Frunse and Zhelobok from the direction of Krymskoye. From the direction of Novotoshkovskoye Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsky and Zhelobok localities. From Stanitsa Luganskaya direction the AFU opened fire at the positions of the People’s Militia in the area of the monument to Knyaz Igor. About 150 shots and 27 explosions of mortar rounds recorded. From the direction of the Popasnaya locality the Ukrainian army engaged fire on Pervomaisk. Kalinovo locality was shelled from the direction of the localities of Troitskoye, katerinovka, Novozvanovka, Novoalexandrovka. Also from Katerinovka and Troitskoye localities the AFU conducted fire in the direction of Kalinovo-Borschevatoye, Molodyozhnoye, Annovka. From 3 pm till midnight next day from Luganskoye the AFU shelled Kalinovka. From Mironovsky area Ukrainian forces engaged fire on Sanzharovka and Logvinovo localities. Veselogorodovka locality came under Ukrainian fire from the direction of Troitskoye. No casualties among the units of the People’s Militia or civilians recorded. –Video: LPR Ministry of Defense, 03/05/2017

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The News Brief, March 5, 2017 (VIDEO) / Anna News, With newscaster Victoria Rakhmanina / March 5, 2017 / The Ukrainian fighters have opened fire at the Donetsk Filtering Station in the morning again. They used mortars. Workers hid in a shelter; it has been reported by the operational command of the DPR. The representatives of the enterprise “The water of Donbass” asked the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to come and provide the exit of workers after the end of the shift. But they haven’t appeared. The situation in the DPR remains tense. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 2500 times for the last 24 hours. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, heavy artillery, grenade launchers and small arms. 2 soldiers of the DPR were killed and 1 wounded. Ukrainian fighters shelled 13 localities. 4 houses were damaged in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, 11 houses – in Gorlovka, 3 houses – in the Yasinovatsky district and 1 house – in Dokuchaevsk; the Deputy Commander of the operational command of the DPR Eduard Basurin reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 29 times. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. The ceasefire regime was introduced in Donbass on the initiative of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics today, Eduard Basurin reported. The further development of the events will be depended on actions of the Ukrainian side, Basurin added.

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slavmar5-17kNineteen houses damaged in DPR by Ukrainian shellings over the past day / DNIDefence.com / March 5, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past day Ukrainian military violated the ‘silence regime’ nearly 2,500 times, reported the Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command Eduard Basurin. “In total, over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the Republic 2,483 times,” said the Vice-Commander. 13 Republic’s localities came under fire conducted by Ukrainian military: the localities of Staromikhailovka, Trudovskiye and Yelenovka in the suburbs of Donetsk; Yasinovataya, Spartak village and Zhabichevo locality; Zaitsevo, Ozeryanovka and Golmovsky near Gorlovka; Dokuchayevsk, and southern villages of Bezymennoye, Sakhanka, and Kominternovo.  “Nineteen houses sustained damage in the enemy shellings,” said Basurin. He specified that four houses were damaged in the Petrovsky district in the west of Donetsk, 11 houses in Gorlovka, three in the Yasinovataya district, and one in Dokuchayevsk.

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slavmar5-17qDonetsk filter station is de-energized due to shelling / RIA Novosti / Translated by Quemado Institute / March 5, 2017 /
DONETSK / Donetsk filtration plant staff is preparing for the evacuation, the building is de-energized due to the fire, it was reported by the representative of the DPR power department. At the “Water of Donbas” Company, RIA Novosti confirmed that the filtering station on Sunday night was again left without electricity due to the fighting. The Donetsk filter station is one kilometer from the city of Yasinovataya and 12 km from Donetsk on neutral ground at the contact line. It provides water for Donetsk, Avdeevka and several other large settlements in the region on both sides of the line of contact. The station has been regularly shelled. A few days ago due to the incessant shelling, work at the Donetsk filtration plant stopped. On Wednesday, the OSCE Special Representative for talks in Minsk Martin Sajdik said that the parties to the conflict in Donbass have agreed not to conduct offensives and to stop firing in the vicinity of the station. On Saturday, in accordance with the same arrangements, the land was cleared around the Donetsk filtration plant. On Sunday at the station, restoration work was carried out.

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slavmar5-17jDPR Declares Blockade on Kiev as Donbass Republics ‘Run Out of Patience’ / Sputnik / March 5, 2017 / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the Ukrainian region of Donbass has declared a trade blockade on Kiev, in response to a previously imposed economic blockade on the part of Ukraine. The announcement was made on Friday by the leader of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. He said that Donbass residents have learned how live under a blockade on the part of Ukrainian security officials, and now the self-proclaimed republic is declaring a blockade on Kiev. “We are cutting all ties with Ukraine, with which we are at war. Yes, we were selling coal to get money and pay wages here. But due to the fact that we have learned to live in the blockade, we are declaring a blockade on Ukraine,” Zakharchenko told reporters. In late December 2016, a so-called Ukrainian volunteer fighters group declared a trade and economic blockade of the self-proclaimed DPR and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). According to the group, any trade operations with the self-proclaimed republics are illegal. The blockade resulted in disruptions in anthracite coal shipments from Donbass territories which are not controlled by Kiev and forced the government to introduce a state of emergency in the energy sector. On March 1, the self-proclaimed republics decided to impose a receivership regime on Ukrainian enterprises in the . . . READ MORE>>

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slavdec9-16wDestroying Donbass from within–packaged as false “nationalization” / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / March 5, 2017 / Kurchenko” and his company have taken over the smuggling of coal from the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics to Banderite Ukraine. This required in the process among other things elimination of the power of the Cossacks and Bednov and Dremov in the Lugansk Republics. This smuggling or export of coal to Ukraine has now been severely hindered by the “boycott” set up by Ukrainian nationalists. There’s no “nationalizatiion.” Assets are passed from Akhmetov to Kurchenko, who is a 30-years old corrupt oligarch, a surrogate for Yanukovich and possibly for Putin himself. In October of 2015 there was a a big protest against Kurchenko in Donetsk–for Zakharchenko and Moscow gave him a monopoly on selling gas and he was freezing the city. He (and people behind him) also set up the scheme of smuggling Donbass coal to the fascists. Otherwise other factories have been sold to the fascists as metal scrap under Zakharchenko and people like Kurchenko. . . . READ MORE>>

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slavmar5-17sThe Ukrainian authorities are using radicals and the blockade of Donbass in order to obtain assistance from abroad / Miaistok.su / Translated by Quemado Institute / March 5, 2017 / Senator from Crimea Sergey Tsekov believes that Ukrainian authorities are using the radicals, who organized an economic blockade of Donbass, in order to get financial and other help from foreign countries. This was reported by RIA Novosti on March 5. Sergey Tsekov said that the Ukrainian government may well use radicals for assistance from foreign countries. “All condemnation of activities of radical organizations occurs only in words,” he said. In addition, the senator said that the organization of radicals is likely to cease its activities because they do not have support from the population of Ukraine. Earlier, it was reported that Donbass blockade would destroy the economic potential of Ukraine.

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slavmar5-17hUS Supplying Lethal Weapons to Ukraine Likely to ‘Raise Global Military Threats’ / Sputnik / March 4, 2017 / The Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives of the United States Congress has proposed a bill cutting US military aid for Ukraine to $150 million, from the initial $300 million. A sum of $150 million is very significant for Ukraine’s military budget. For the first time, the funds could be used for advanced rearmament of the Ukraine military. The money is proposed to be used to provide “assistance, including training; equipment; lethal weapons of a defensive nature; and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine.” The legislation will be considered by the House of Representatives, and then it will be approved or rejected by US President Donald Trump. “Despite the fact that the bill presumed a cut in US military assistance for Ukraine, US Congress wants to provide Kiev with lethal weapons. This is the key point. If the bill is passed the money must be allocated by September 30, the end of fiscal year 2017. This is a warning sign,” Russian journalist and political commentator Alexander Khrolenko wrote in a piece for Sputnik. Previously, a bill on providing Ukraine with lethal weapons was already submitted to Congress, but the legislation . . . READ MORE>>

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slavmar5-17fTrump gives Poroshenko ‘cold shoulder,’ prioritizes relations with Russia over Kiev / Sott.net / March 3, 2017 / The long-awaited meeting between Petro Poroshenko and Donald Trump, expected to take place late last month, never materialized. Instead, the leaders ended up holding telephone talks, details of which remained undisclosed. Ukrainian observers are concerned that Trump’s cold shoulder indicates that Washington’s patronage for Kiev is coming to an end. On Thursday, Ukrainian news and analysis portal Apostrophe.ua published a worrying analysis, explaining that the long-awaited meeting between Presidents Poroshenko and Donald Trump, “announced for the end of February, never ended up taking place; instead, the heads of state held a telephone conversation, the details of which were not provided by the Ukrainian side. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that preparations for a meeting between the presidents are continuing, but have not named any specific dates.” Earlier, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Valery Chaly repeatedly stated that a meeting between the two leaders was imminent, and would take place sometime before the end of February. Officials said that several possible variants for the meeting were being worked out, including a meeting in New York during the inauguration of Ukraine’s chairmanship at the UN Security Council. Unfortunately, Apostrophe.ua noted, “winter is now over, and the promised meeting still has not taken place.” Instead, Poroshenko has had to make due with a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence last month at the Munich Security Council. The Ukrainian President declared that the two sides had agreed that questions involving Ukraine or its interests would not be decided “behind Kiev’s back.” Pence, for his part, marked the importance . . . READ MORE>>

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slavmar5-17vWill it hold? Ceasefire regime established between Kiev and Donbass militia in East Ukraine / Sott.net / March 5, 2017 / The self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine established the regime of cessation of hostilities in Donbass at 08:00 GMT on Sunday, Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin told reporters. He pointed out that the ceasefire regime was respected. “Now the initiative on the ceasefire across the contact line since 11:00 a.m. [local time] works. That is our joint initiative with the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic]. We proposed to stop shelling via representatives in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination [JCCC],” Basurin said. “We will see whether Ukraine would manage to control radicals,” Basurin added. Since late January, the conflict in eastern Ukraine between local militia and Kiev authorities has escalated in Avdiivka and Yasynuvata towns near Donetsk, with Kiev forces and Donbass militia accusing each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting. Russian authorities have repeatedly voiced concern over the escalation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in February that Moscow had reliable data that the Ukrainian independent armed groups, supported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ artillery, were behind the attack on Avdiivka. Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize new Ukrainian authorities, which had come to power as a result of what was recognized by many people as a coup. In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Despite the fact that the deal stipulates a full ceasefire in Donbass, violations both on the part of Kiev forces and local militia have been reported.

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slavmar5-17rKiev refuses to withdraw weapons in Stanitsa Luganskaya area / DONi News / March 5, 2017 / The Ukrainian side has abandoned the planned for March 7, disengagement of forces and facilities on the contact line near Stanitsa Luganskaya. This was announced today at a briefing by the authorized representative of the LPR at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deynego. “Unfortunately, we have not received a clear answer from the Ukrainian side, though, we received a copy of the note of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the secretariat of the Contact Group, which in a very veiled form states that Ukraine is not going to carry out disengagement of forces and facilities in this site,” he said. “So we don’t have much hope that the withdrawal of forces and facilities will be held on the 7th, however, we are ready to fulfill our obligations,” the authorized representative of the LPR emphasised.”

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Alexander Zakharchenko (--DONi Press)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–DONi Press)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “Our fellow countrymen will hear us” / DONi News / March 4, 2017 / On Friday, March 3, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko took part in launching a new republican TV and radio broadcasting system. The DPR Minister of Communications Victor Yatsenko reported to the Head of State on the executed work. The new TV and radio broadcasting towers reach the height of 340 meters (for example, the Eiffel Tower is some 300 meters high), and their coverage zone comprises the Novoazovsky and Telmanovsky districts of the Donetsk People’s Republic, most part of the Ukraine-occupied territories and a number of districts of the Kharkov, Kherson, Zaporozhie and Dnepropetrovsk regions of Ukraine. Alexander Zakharchenko personally gave the towers a symbolical start. “It cost us 33 million rubbles – two transmitters, two towers. From now on our TV and radio-programmes will be broadcasted in the territory of Kherson, Dnepropetrovsk, and Kharkov. It will help us to actualize . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb7-17fThe Donbass is breaking away from an agonizing Ukraine / By The Saker / TheSaker.is / March 4, 2017 / Tectonic shifts are continuing to occur in the political landscape of the Ukraine. Last week, following the imposition of a total blockade against Novorussia by the Ukronazis, Russia declared that she will from now on recognize the official documents emitted by the DNR and LNR authorities. This week, the Novorussian authorities have nationalized all the key factories of the Donbass. Furthermore, the Novorussians have now declared that since the Ukrainian authorities are not willing to purchase their coal and anthracite they will from now on export them to Russia. And just to make sure that they cover all their bases, the Novorussians have also declared that from now on only the Russian Ruble will be circulating in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. Not to be undone, the Ukronazis have also taken a highly significant step: the Ukrainian Prime Minister has declared that he thinks that the irregular forces currently enforcing the blockade should be considered official border guards (as for these soon to be “border guards”, they have explained that for their main border post shall be called “nightingale” in honor of the Nachtigall battalion of the Nazi Abwehr). Let’s sum all this up: 1) The Urkonazis completely close down the unofficial border with Novorussia; 2) Russia recognizes Novorussian documents; 3) The DNR and LNR nationalize all the Ukrainian industry in the Donbass; 4) The Ukronazis declare that the line of contact is now to be considered a border; 5) The Novorussians declare that the Russian Ruble is the only legal currency in Novorussia; 6) The Novorussians will now export their entire production of coal/anthracite to Russia; 7) All the factories in Novorussia will no longer pay taxes to Kiev. I don’t know about you – but to me this sure looks like the DNR and LNR are cutting off their last ties to the Ukraine and the the junta in Kiev appears to go along with this plan. In reality, this is all much more complicated. There is a covert war going on between the Ukrainian oligarchs Rinat Akhmetov, Igor Kolomoiskii and President Poroshensko and there is also a not so covert war taking place between the Ukronazi opposition and Poroshenko. There are also many unanswered questions left, including how and if the Novorussians will sell their production of coal and anthracite either to Russia (which Russia really doesn’t need) or through Russia (possibly concealing its real origin). This situation also begs the question of what the Russian banks will . . . READ MORE>>

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slavmar5-17yKremlin on possibility to recognize Donbass republics: It’s up to Putin / TASS / March 3, 2017 / The chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs said earlier that if the conflict in Donbass continued to escalate, then Russia could make any decision, even recognize DPR and LPR. / MOSCOW /  The Russian president is authorized to outline foreign policy, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked under what conditions Moscow could recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR, LPR). “I can tell you only one thing: according to the Constitution, the head of state, that is, the president is authorized to outline foreign policy,” the Kremlin spokesman said. Chairman of the Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Committee for CIS Affairs Leonid Kalashnikov said earlier that if the conflict in Donbass continued to escalate, then Russia could make any decision, even recognize DPR and LPR.

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Poroshenko meets with UK Secretary of State Boris Johnson and Poland's Minister of foreign Affairs Witold Wasikowski

Poroshenko with UK Secretary of State Boris Johnson and Poland’s Minister of foreign Affairs Witold Wasikowski

[Enemy Report:] Seizure of Ukraine assets in Donbas another evidence of Russian occupation – Ukrainian President / UAPosition.com / March 5, 2017 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the seizure by Russia of Ukrainian assets in Donbas is another evidence of Russian occupation of the east of Ukraine. ”There was another brutal and dreadful violation of international law – Russia has de facto confiscated Ukrainian state and private assets located in the occupied territory. This is another evidence of Russian occupation of eastern Ukraine,” he said at a meeting with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Great Britain Boris Johnson and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland Witold Waszczykowski in Kyiv on Wednesday. He also called for the introduction of sanctions against individuals who illegally appropriate Ukrainian assets: ”Sanctions should be applied against those who will enter into the so-called possession of confiscated assets for the violation of international and Ukrainian legislation.” Poroshenko also noted that the Kremlin had been demonstrating escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine. Particularly, he pointed out to the issue of security: a drastic increase in the number of shelling incidents and casualties among civilians and the Ukrainian military, as well as the use of heavy artillery. The Ukrainian president reminded that in the course of the Munich Security Conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a decision to recognize documents issued by the so-called Donetsk People`s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People`s Republic (LPR). Poroshenko said that this was taking place against the background of actual pulling these areas in the ”ruble zone,” gas and power supplies from Russia, the introduction of direct budget transfers. ”This is absolutely clear confirmation of the fact that the territory is occupied by Russian troops along with full control over the state border in the uncontrolled area. In this regard, we emphasize that Russia bears full responsibility for violation of the ceasefire, the murder of Ukrainian troops and civilians, illegal detention of hostages both in the occupied territory and in Russia,” Poroshenko said. Quemado Institute comments: We post the above false report from Ukrainian media outlet UA Position to show the extent of Poroshenko’s fabrications in front of Western leaders. Obviously Russia did not seize Ukrainian assets, and the DPR is not “occupied”. Nor has the Kremlin escalated the situation in “eastern Ukraine.” Hostilities have been escalated by the Ukrainian army and Kiev-aligned rogue battalions, to which the DPR/LPR militias respond as necessary. [Source: uaposition.com/latest-news/seizure-ukraine-assets-donbas-another-evidence-russian-occupation-ukrainian-president/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter]

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Jon Huntsman (--AP/Matt Rourke)

Jon Huntsman (–AP/Matt Rourke)

Why Huntsman Would Be ‘a Strong Choice’ for US Ambassador to Russia / Sputnik / March 5, 2017 / Former Utah governer Jon Huntsman is a very strong candidate for US ambassador to Russia, head of the US-Russia Relations Council and the Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP) Derek Norberg told Sputnik on Thursday. Earlier this week, the US media reported that the White House is considering former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman as the next US ambassador to Russia. According to Norberg, Huntsman’s appointment as US ambassador to Russia would be a clever move on the part of the United States. Huntsman is a very experienced candidate whose career includes working in the administrations of five US Presidents. Huntsman, former Utah governor and US ambassador to Singapore and China, would be a very strong choice as ambassador to Russia,” the expert told Sputnik. “Huntsman is not known as an expert on Russia, but he is certainly well informed in the field of international relations and is an excellent negotiator and experienced diplomat.” Norberg expects that Huntsman will receive broad support in . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 01.03.2017 / DONi News / March 1, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. According to our intelligence, the Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, together with the management of the SBU, plans to shell peaceful DPR settlements using propaganda shells soon. These shells will be stuffed with leaflets calling for provocative and subversive actions on the instruction of the Ukrainian security services. At the same time, we do not exclude that the fire will be conducted simultaneously with combat and propaganda shells to enhance the impact on the population, which is the norm for the Ukrainian side. Also, we have received information that on the TV towers in Pokrovskoye locality they plan to install the equipment with radiation of microwaves to suppress television signals broadcasted from the DPR territory. Importantly, the power of operation of this equipment will be enhanced by several times. This will increase the maximum allowable radiation for the health of inhabitants of nearby localities. Irradiation with microwaves significantly increases the likelihood of cancer, especially among children and pregnant women. The enemy continues shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Dolomitnoye, Ozeryanovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, Vasilievka, Zheleznaya Balka, Mikhailovka, Yasinovataya, Yasnoye, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Alexandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 1,774 times. Among this shelling number heavy artillery was . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia news brief 1 March 2017 / Anna News / March 1, 2017 / Ukraine didn’t lift the blockade of Donbass and now the external management is introduced in the Ukrainian enterprises in the DPR, the head of the Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko reported today. Ukrainian fighters have opened fire at Yasinovataya, the villages Sakhanka and Kominternovo in the morning. And also the Ukrainian Army has shelled Dokuchaevsk and the village Leninskoe in the south of the DPR in the afternoon. They used mortars. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic almost 2000 times for the last 24 hours. Ukrainian fighters shelled 17 localities. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, heavy artillery, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. 1 soldier of the DPR was killed and 1 wounded. 4 houses were damaged in Yasinovataya and Dokuchaevsk. 4 Ukrainian mortars were detected in Krasnogorovka. 8 cannons “The rapier” are located near the village Novobakhmutovka. 3 tanks and 2 mortars were registered in the village Taramchyuk, the Deputy Commander of the operational command of the DPR Eduard Basurin reported today. 3 Ukrainian self-propelled guns and 6 lorries with ammunition were detected in the Stanichno-Lugansky district, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 20 times. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense.

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slavmar1-17rUltimatum to Ukraine is up – what next, Alexander Zakharchenko? (VIDEO) / DONi News / March 1, 2017 / The process of external management in non-resident enterprises will be completed by the evening, said the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, on Wednesday morning after the given timeframe of ultimatum to Ukraine was expired. – Mr. Zakharchenko, the time of the ultimatum is up, could you please talk about further actions? “Today, according to the plan, the enterprises from now on from midnight are introduced to the external management. I believe everything will be completed by the evening,” Zakharchenko said. – Today the entire Donetsk city is talking about it. Donbass Arena was lightened. Why so and who did it? “The people of the Donetsk People’s Republic did it. Today it was the first sign of the victory,” he replied. – Zakharchenko, the last question. In the internet there are your wiretapped telephone talks, how would you comment on it? “First, there’s no secret information. And second, I would suggest Ukrainians to get used to my voice,” Zakharchenko commented. [Click image for VIDEO.]

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slavmar1-17pUnder external control in the DNI moved about 40 companies Ukrainian jurisdiction – Zakharchenko / DAN News Info / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / March 1, 2017 / DONETSK / About 40 companies came under the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian external control in the DPR. This was today told reporters head of Alexander Zakharchenko. “About 40 companies under external management,” he said. Zakharchenko added that none of the Ukrainian owners do not get in touch with representatives of the DPR. Earlier today, the head of DPR announced that since Ukraine has not complied with the ultimatum to lift the blockade of Donbass, in the jurisdiction of the Ukrainian enterprises in the Republic entered external administration. This process will be completed by the end of today. Recall that on February 27 the Head of DNR and LNR Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Carpenter demanded from Kiev Donbass stop transport blockade until 1 March. According to the leaders of the states, in the event of failure to comply with the People’s Republic to impose external control on the Ukrainian jurisdiction enterprises and stop supplying coal to Ukraine. In this regard, head of DPR announced the establishment of the Republic of headquarters to control the transfer of Ukrainian enterprises under the jurisdiction of external management. The same day, the People’s Council DPR adopted a law requiring non-residents in the period until 1 March to enter into agreements with the tax agents in the Republic.

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slavmar1-17nAt midnight Donbass-Arena was illuminated for the first time since the war began (VIDEO) / News Front / March 2, 2017 / On the night from February 28 to March 1st, after the ultimatum announced by the Head of the DPR to the Ukrainian authorities to lift the blockade, the illumination was switched on at the famous stadium «Donbass Arena» in Donetsk. Throughout the time of the war, the stadium, where in 2012, the football matches of the European Championship had taken place, was plunged into darkness at night. But that night, for the first time in three years, it shone again. [Click image for VIDEO.]

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slavmar1-17sKremlin Considers Business Nationalization in Donbass Understandable Amid Crisis / Sputnik / March 1, 2017 / The Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics decided to impose receivership regime on Ukrainian enterprises in the area in response to transport blockade. / MOSCOW / The nationalization of businesses in Donbass is not a “grab,” the regions are in a difficult situation and people need to survive somehow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday. “I do not think that the word ‘grab’ is applicable here… In principle, we are witnessing the fact that the regions left behind by the government are falling into an even more difficult situation, being in complete blockade by extremist elements. So, of course, to some extent, one can understand actions taken by the leadership of those regions which, once again, were rejected by their state. We are talking about the lives of several million people, so, of course, people need to survive,” Peskov told reporters. He added that those businesses had nothing to do with Russia and hence he could not comment on if it was possible to open Russian markets for them. The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) decided to impose receivership regime on Ukrainian enterprises in the area in response to the transport blockade. The blockade of railway tracks between the republics and Ukraine began in late January by former participants of military operations in Donbass. It has led to disruptions in deliveries of anthracite coal to Kiev-controlled territories. . . . MORE BACKGROUND AT SOURCE>> Editor’s note: The Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics are mentioned here without the usual qualifiers “self-proclaimed” or “unrecognized.”

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slavmar1-17qLavrov: blockade of DPR and LPR prohibited by Minsk Agreements / DONi News / March 1, 2017 / Actions of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (the DPR and the LPR) to transfer the Ukrainian jurisdiction’s enterprises under the external management do not violate the Minsk Agreements, on the contrary, organized by Kiev economic blockade of the DPR and the LPR contradicts these Agreements. This was announced at a press conference by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “Neither the transport blockade nor the socioeconomic are allowed by the Minsk Agreements,” the Minister said. “In contrast, the Minsk Agreements involve the restoration of a single economic, transportation and infrastructure space before the objectives of a political settlement will be reached.” Lavrov reminded that the Ukrainian government by means of the economic blockade has put the DPR and the LPR in a very difficult position. “In such circumstances, the leadership of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics hardly had any other way out in order to ensure further functioning of enterprises, it is connected with the preservation of jobs and the need to not only produce these products, but also sell them,” he explained. “So I do not see any problems in the actions of the DPR and the LPR in terms of commitment to the Minsk Agreements.” “We are determined for ensuring that these agreements are respected, but it is necessary that those who influence Kiev to take care of the fact that in this country the government would be able to exercise power against those who are frankly interested in disrupting the peace settlement and provoking the war, power solution,” the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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slavmar1-17mSeparatists Seize Assets of Two-Faced Oligarch. Donetsk Is Now a True People’s Republic / By Riley Waggaman / Russia Insider / March 1, 2017 / I almost fell off my swivel chair after it was announced today that Donetsk had seized 40 “enterprises” from Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov. I’ve been to Donetsk twice, right around the time that the Minsk II protocols were signed. Anyone who has ever been to Donetsk knows about Rinat. He owns half the city, after all. Even after war broke out and he fled to Lviv with his football team, Akhmetov was still considered one of the feudal lords of Donbass. I saw a lot of things in Donetsk that I will never forget, but one image that regularly floats up to the forefront of my mind is Akhmetov’s private compound. You can’t actually see it because it’s guarded by endless high walls. But it spans about a city block. I met so many families living in basements and Soviet bomb shelters who had had their homes destroyed by artillery shells. And here was Rinat’s home, which spans an entire time zone. Untouched. Pristine. Everyone in East Ukraine knows about Akhmetov. And everyone has an opinion about him. Old women in a small village outside the city told me that he had given them humanitarian aid, and the locals were grateful. Some even speculated that he was bankrolling the modest pensions being paid out by the DPR to retirees who weren’t able to cross into Kiev-controlled Ukraine to receive their government paychecks. But everyone understood why Rinat was in Lviv while they were being shelled by fanatics from that same city. He’s a businessman. And he has massive holdings in Donbass. The aid is a bribe. More than one Ukrainian journalist told me that Rinat played a large role in convincing the rebels not to take Mariupol — even when it was largely undefended. A rebel-held Mariupol would ruin Rinat’s lucrative export business operated out of the city’s ports. And he couldn’t allow that. . . . READ MORE>>

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slavjan25-17mThe Ukrtelecom stopped operating in DPR / Novorossia Vision / March 1, 2017 / The company owned by Rinat Akhmetov has disconnected 200 thousand people from the telephone and Internet communication. From today, the Ukrtelecom stops providing services to the uncontrolled part of the Donetsk region due to interference of unidentified persons in the network operation and the seizure of the office by armed men. This was reported on the company’s website. The operator has lost the technical possibility to centrally manage the equipment on the uncontrolled territory of the Donetsk region and thus, the local network fragment has been operatively disconnected from the national network. There has been terminated the provision of telecommunication services and access to the Internet for almost 200 thousand people,’ said the statement. The Ukrtelecom is a part of the SCM holding which is owned by businessman Rinat Akhmetov.

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slavjan25-17mRadicals: We are not lifting blockade of Donbass, but expanding it / Novorossia Vision / March 2, 2017 / Despite the warnings of the authorities of Ukraine, regarding the harmful effects of the blockade of Donbass, the ATO radicals do not intend to stop it, but, on the contrary, they are planning to expand their activities. It was announced on the air of the «Channel 5» by the coordinator of the blockade, Anatoly Vinogrodsky. ‘The blockade continues. People are on the redoubts. After today’s antics of «titusheki», we have announced the full mobilization. Those people who were on vacation, are returning to the redoubts,’ he said. Vinogrodsky denied the possibility of stopping the blockade. ‘The plans are the same as they were announced. We will expand our blockade until our demands are met,’ assured the radical.

 

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 28.02.2017 / DONi News / February 28, 2017 / The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia still remains tense. Over the past day the Ukrainian army violated ceasefire thirteen times. Our positions nearby the localities of Khorosheye, Logvinovo, Kalinovka, Kalinovo, and Lozovoye came under fire. The enemy applied 122-mm artillery, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, grenade launchers of various caliber and small arms. In total, four hundred thirteen missiles and shells were fired at the Republic’s territory. Ukrainian junta is still considering a solution to the conflict in Donbass through force, and for this continues to regroup forces, reinforcing the AFU units on the contact line. So, we have identified the movement of artillery equipment from the 44th artillery brigade in the responsibility zone of the 14th AFU brigade in the area of Novoaydar locality to further move to the contact line for the implementation of criminal provocations. All of this suggests that the Ukrainian government does not care about all the peace agreements, and is taking measures to escalate the . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass countdown to no more #Ukraine, bye bye terrorist Ukie scum (--Pete John)

Donbass countdown to no more #Ukraine, bye bye terrorist Ukie scum (–Pete John on Twitter)

Twitter Talk: Donbass Countdown / Quemado Institute / February 28, 2017 / The following tweet exhange was seen today at about 20:00 UTC:
Enrico Ivanov [@Russ_warrior]: “All assets of the oligarch Akhmetov (industries, coal mines and organisations) have been seized by #DNR authorities today.”
KingKot [@Tsarkot]: “@Russ_Warrior This is something that should have been done in early 2014. And why give coal to a country who wants to kill you?”
Enrico Ivanov [@Russ_Warrior]: “@TsarKot Better late than never.”
Litle Spark [@LitleSpark] “@Russ_Warrior @TsarKot Finally they have the weapons to build the country, pay pensions and provide social care.”
Enrico Ivanov [@Russ_Warrior]: “@LitleSpark @TsarKot Situation in LDNR generally improved a lot before the resumption of hostilities and blockade.”
Anadian [@Anadian29]: “@Russ_Warrior @LitleSpark @TsarKot Well, in one hour, Donbass will be economically independent from Ukraine waiting for it to fall.”
KingKot [@TsarKot]: “@Anadian29 @Russ_Warrior @LitleSpark Hopefully, But knowing Zakharchenko and Basurin, they can pussy out any second. Hate being negative.”
Anadian [@Anadian29]: “@TsarKot @Russ_Warrior @LitleSpark Well we just have to wait, either way Ukraine will face a dilemma: support nationalists block or economy.”
Litle Spark [@LitleSpark]: “@Anadian29 @TsarKot @Russ_Warrior Calm lads, the 5th still very strong there.”

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Donbass blockade continue: DPR and LPR ultimatum to Ukraine – TV Report / DONi News / February 28, 2017 / Ukrainian nationalists continue Donbass blockade and time is running today out to lift the blockade. Because of the enterprises’ transition from the Ukrainian jurisdiction into the receivership, special headquarters to control the process is to be created in the DPR. The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko signed the corresponding decree. Such decision is explained by the necessity of the Republic economic situation’s saving, connected with the Donbass blockade, announced by Ukrainian nationalists. At the and of January, 2017 the Ukrainian nationalists blocked the coal supply from the DPR and LPR to Ukraine. The Ukrainian nationalist’s action was immediately called “The Donbass railway blockade” . The ATO ex-fighters’ demands were quite simple – no trade with the Republics. “A lot of goods were exported from the Republics, over ten trains per day, and every train is their income,” said Semen Semenchenko, the deputy of the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada. As a result the so-called patriotic action turned into the nationalists’ riot and fights with the local police representatives. The blockade also resulted in the Ukrainian energy security destabilisation. “I believe there are some reasonable people who are good at technic and engineering and who understand that in such conditions the country will not just freeze but it’s economy will fall apart. It is merely a question of time. I believe it will take month or month and a half until many processes become irreversible,” said Alexander Tymofeev, the DPR income and taxes Minister. The negative consequences took place at the DPR and LPR territories too. The plants which were under the Ukrainian jurisdiction had to suspend their work and there is serious threat of unemployment to the considerable number of Donbass working men. In order to prevent it, the DPR and LPR governments delivered ultimatum to Kiev. “You are perfectly aware of the Yenakievsky Metallurgical complex’ work suspending, and you know that several others enterprises had to stop operating, and understanding that we have to bring this enterprises back to work, we have to think people, so we decided that if they don’t register as the Republic’s enterprises till Wednesday, they will come under the Republic’s receivership. All the enterprises. It is fair for all the companies under the Ukrainian jurisdiction,” said Alexander Zakharchenko, the DPR Head. The law on the taxes’ system law change was adopted in the DPR. According to that draft bill, those who are not the Republics residents obliged to make a contract presupposes the payments in the Republic’s budget with the DPR taxes agents till March, 31, 2017. But it was the railway blockade, what made the Republic’s authorities to gather the DPR People’s Council’s urgent session and make an amendment to the draft bill. “It is not just a threat to the Ukrainian energy system, it threatens thousands of those citizens’ lives, who work on the companies under the Ukrainian jurisdiction, thousands of employees and their families. We can’t just watch it, standing aside, so we decided to make an amendment to the DPR law, and if Ukraine doesn’t care about those enterprises, those families so we are to take it under our control. Now it’s Ukrainian turn to respond,” said Olga Makeyeva, the DPR People’s Council deputy chairman. If till the midnight of March 31st the railway blockade isn’t over, and the enterprises operating in the Ukrainian legal terrain are not reregistered, there will be no Donbass anthracite supply to Ukraine, and all the enterprises will be passed under the Republic’s receivership. –Video: UNION TV, 28.2.2017

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slavfeb28-17wMoscow warns Kiev of ‘countermeasures’ as Donbass Republics prepare nationalisation decree / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / February 28, 2017 / Russia warns Ukraine of action unless coal blockade is lifted whilst Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics prepare to nationalise Ukrainian businesses. / The Russian Interfax news agency is reporting that Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s point man in the Ukrainian conflict, has today issued a warning to Kiev that Russia will take unspecified action unless the coal blockade is lifted. This follows warnings from Moscow that Russia will not allow a humanitarian catastrophe in the Donbass and from the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics that they will enact a wholesale nationalisation of all Ukrainian owned plants and businesses within the Republics’ territories on 1st March 2017 unless the blockade is lifted. The major loser from such a nationalisation decree would be the Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov whose steel plant in Ukrainian controlled Mariupol is now said to be in crisis because of lack of the necessary supplies of coal. Possibly in response to these warnings from Moscow the Ukrainian government is convening a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue of the transportation of goods from the Donbass. Whether in light of the Ukrainian government’s inability to take any action against those behind the blockade up to now the meeting will change anything is another matter. The coal blockade looks like an attempt to provoke the Russians into accelerating the integration of the two People’s Republics into the Russian economy. The idea seems to be to use this as an excuse to talk up once again the claims of “Russian aggression” and to demand on the strength of that that the sanctions against Russia be continued or even increased. It is a typically over-complicated strategy of the sort sections of the Maidan leadership have repeatedly come up with, which in the meantime is further devastating Ukraine’s economy, and which – like the previous fighting in Avdeevka – will fail to achieve the objective those behind it have set themselves.

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http://photo.unian.net[Enemy report:] Trade blockade forcing steelmakers to buy coal from Russia – Groysman / Unian / February 28, 2017 / Trade blockade in Donbas set up in late January is forcing Ukrainian companies to spend their currency earnings for coal imports from Russia, the country that launched military and economic aggression against Ukraine, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said during a special meeting with steelmakers. The prime minister reminded that in the case when coal is delivered from Ukrainian mines to metallurgical enterprises registered in Ukraine, the production process remains uninterrupted, whereas sales revenue remains in the Ukrainian budget and the enterprises as reinvestment. However, if the Ukrainian coal is not supplied to these companies, they are forced to buy fuel in order not to halt production, which is often very difficult to recover. There are few sources of coal imports, including from the U.S. and Russia. “That is, the trade blockade is forcing us to buy coal from Russia. There is patriotism and there is pseudo-patriotism. The latter is now being imposed on us. Last year, we were all engaged in restoring economic growth and welfare of Ukrainians. But now someone is trying to drop us back,” said Groysman. Earlier, Head of Ukrmetalurhprom association Oleksandr Kalenkov said that the blockade of coal supplies from Donbas might result in at least a $3.5 billion loss. As UNIAN reported earlier, fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine has caused a significant shortage of coal, primarily that of thermal anthracite produced in militant-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Thus, the deficit of coal affects the operation of power plants, which have to reduce their capacity. In order to provide the smooth operation of the power grids, anthracite was imported from South Africa. However, the issue of coal shipments to thermal power plants critically arose after the launch of a blockade of trade with the occupied areas in late January 2017. A group of Donbas war veterans and several members of Parliament initiated a blockade of rail tracks used to transport anthracite coal from the temporarily uncontrolled areas to Ukraine’s thermal power stations. The Ukrainian government reported the supplies stalled on February 10, 2017, posing a threat to smooth energy supplies to certain industries, including metallurgy, as well as to consumers in at least nine regions in Ukraine, where anthracite is used to generate heat and electricity for households. [Source: unian.info/economics/1800102-trade-blockade-forcing-steelmakers-to-buy-coal-from-russia-groysman.html ]

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slavfeb28-17vDonbass and Russia are on the road back home / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / February 28, 2017 / After years of neglect, Russia and the Donbass republics are making important steps in the right direction, that of unity. Since September of 2015, a floating Russian rouble has been the official currency of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Today, the other republic of Donbass, the Lugansk People’s Republic made the same move. Even prior to today, the rouble was generally the most common currency used in Lugansk in the daily lives of ordinary people. This is yet another symbolic step towards Russia effectively recognising the Donbass republics and broadly integrating them into Russian society, whether or not they become constituent members of the Russian Federation in the immediate future. All of this comes as the Donetsk People’s Republic officially nationalises Ukrainian owned factories in the republic. This is one of the results of neo-Nazi groups blockading shipments of coal from Donetsk to Ukraine. The Donbass republics have said they will look to trade with other regions and countries in the future, first and foremost, with Russia. This month, Russia took an important step in fully normalising relations with the republics including accepting passports, car registration and other important documents issued in the republics. Citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk can now travel . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, February 27, 2017
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Alexander Zakharchenko: “March 1 to be called ‘Farewell to Ukraine Day’!” / DONi News / February 27, 2017 / The Head of the DPR commented on the statement on the ultimatum regarding the blockade executed by Ukrainian radicals. “Our joint statement with the LPR Head, containing the requirement to lift the blockade, was published earlier. I would like to stress that it is not only about unblocking transport connections, but also about re-registration of all the Ukrainian enterprises functioning in our territory in the legal framework of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The deadline is given till midnight of March 1. If it is not done by the owners, then all these enterprises will pass under our control,” stated Alexander Zakharchenko. The Head of State emphasized that suspension of Yenakiyevo steel works and some other enterprises had stirred the Republic into such a step. The blockade of railway connection introduced by Ukrainian radicals compelled enterprises to curtail productions. “We cannot leave thousands of people without working places and means of existence, plants should be relaunched. Therefore, this decision was made. It concerns all the business facilities which have not been registered in the DPR legal framework: from stadiums to hotels,” emphasized the Head of State. Besides, Alexander Zakharchenko informed that on February 27 deputies of the DPR People’s Council would gather for an emergency plenary . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb27-17qThe Donbass has put forward an ultimatum to Kiev / WeaponsNews.com / February 27, 2017 / The DNI and LC threatened to impose external management on all Ukrainian enterprises located on the territory of the republics, if in the near future will not lift the blockade of Donbass, reports RIA Novosti.We are forced to announce that if to 00.00 Wednesday (1 March 2017) the embargo is not lifted, we will introduce external management at all enterprises of the Ukrainian jurisdiction, working in DND and LNR. For the supply of coal there is neither the capacity nor the payment scheme, said in a joint statement the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.They added that they intend to “restructure all production processes and target companies in the Russian market”, as well as to other countries.The heads of the DNI and the LC recalled that it was “one of the first software promises” during the proclamation of the people’s republics.Ukrainian nationalists have blocked trucks and rail links with uncontrolled Kiev territories in January of this year. The blockade provoked the first interruption, and then complete termination of the supply of coal from the Donbass. Then the Ukrainian authorities were forced to resort to emergency measures in the energy sector.

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Lugansk Defense Video Report, 27.2.2017 / DONi News / February 27, 2017 / For the last 24 hours the Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire 17 times, using the artillery of 122mm calibre, rocket launchers, IFV, grenade machine guns, mortars of 120mm and 80 mm calibres and small arms. The following locations underwent shelling: Logvinove, Lozovoe, Kalinovka, Kalinovo, Molodezhnoye and Sokolniky. From Krimskoye locality’s direction the Ukrainian soldiers fired Sokolniky village. About 60 shots with the grenade machine guns were recorded. Ukrainian forces shelled the People’s Militia positions in Molodezhnoye locality from the direction of Katerinovka locality. 39 explosions of 120 mm and 80 mm calibre mortar rounds were recorded. At 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm from Novozvanovka locality’s direction Ukrainian forces conducted fire on Kalinovo locality, applying the artillery of 120 mm and 80 mm calibre and rocket launchers. From 8:30 am to 11:00, from Luganskoye and Svetlodarskoye localitys’ direction Ukrainian forces shelled People’s Militia positions in Kalinovka, Lozovoe and Logvinovo. The Ukrainian forces conducted over 200 shots with grenade machine guns, rocket launchers and IFV. 55 explosions of the mortar rounds of 120mm and 82 mm calibre were recorded. No casualties among the soldiers and civilians were reported. –Video: LPR Ministry of Defense, 27.2.2017

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Donetsk civilian district under Ukrainian mortar shelling – Video Report / DONi News / February 27, 2017 / “We are in the Donetsk Severny locality, it’s in the Donetsk outskirts. On February 26, at 5 pm three mortar rounds of 120mm calibre targeted this very place,” said Mikhail Adronik, the war correspondent of the DPR People’s Militia Office press service. The part of one of the mortar rounds is still here, we can see it. One of the mortar rounds hit here and two others targeted the territory in front of those houses. The windows were fractured, luckily no wounded were reported. Now we can hear that the artillery shelling is ongoing. According to the direction of the mortar round’s hit we can conclude that it came from the direction of the Old Avdeyevka. In Privokzalnaya street, 14 – Leonid Radishkevich, the affected citizen of the Donetsk Severniy locality told: “It happened at about 5.30 pm yesterday, the mortar round hit. Two of them hit the field, one of them hit the yard near the house and one more targeted the wooded area. One mortar round hit the territory right near the house. My garage was damaged. I came out on the street to look how bad it was, and I saw that in the house across the road all the windows were blown out and in our house on the first and second floors too,” he said. –Video: DPR Ministry of Defense, 27.2.2017

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slavfeb27-17sNATO instructors appeared near Yasinovataya / News Front / February 27, 2017 / Over the past day, the Ukrainian military 761 times opened fire on the frontline areas of the Donetsk People’s Republic. This was reported by the deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin. ‘Over the past day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces 761 times shelled on the territory of the Republic, having used heavy artillery 17 times, mortars of various calibers 282 times, infantry fighting vehicles 47 times, and anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms 415 times,’ listed the representative of the command. According to him, in the Donetsk direction, under the AFU fire came the territory of the Donetsk airport, the localities Trudovskiye, Alexandrovka in the west of the capital, Krasny Partisan, Vasilyevka, Yakovlevka, Krutaya Balka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, and Vesyoloye near Yasinovataya. In the area of the occupied locality of Ocheretino, Kiev delivered a group of NATO instructors to train the military of the Ukrainian intelligence units to carry out special tasks. In the Gorlovka direction, came under the shelling the localities Ozeryanovka, Zaytsevo, Mikhaylovka and Dolomitnoye. In the vicinity of the locality of Verhnetoretskoe, 4 km away from the front line, the DPR intelligentce detected six Ukrainian tanks. The insecure situation also persists in the south of the Republic, in particular, the enemy units shelled the localities Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Octyabr, Leninskoye and Dzerzhinskoye.

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slavfeb27-17wAccording to Nazi Ukraine military, Donetsk Filtration Plant was not taken over / Novorossia Today / February 27, 2017 / Operations ATO headquarters: Nazi Ukraine Units (AFU) did not occupy Donetsk Filtration Plant / The «ATO» headquarters stated that the information about the seizure of the Donetsk Filtration Plant by the Ukrainian military, was incorrect. It was stated by the press service of the headquarters. «In connection with the information, spread by certain Internet resources, about the alleged seizure by the Ukrainian side of objects of the Donetsk Filtration Plant for the shelling of uncontrolled territories of Ukraine, the press center of the headquarters of the ATO states that this information does not correspond to reality and is distributed in order to implement another provocation by the Russian occupation forces,’ says the statement. The headquarters also claim that the Ukrainian side does not violate its obligations under the Minsk Agreements.

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slavfeb27-17uKremlin urges US to study attack on OSCE mission in Ukraine / TASS / February 27, 2017 / The Kremlin spokesman stresses “the OSCE monitors have repeatedly stated that the Ukrainian forces are a source of provocative actions”. / DUSHANBE / Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has urged Washington to closely study the situation in Ukraine before making any comments following the attack on the OSCE monitoring mission. “We believe it is essential to be more attentive in judging the situation, in particular when we identify the source of provocative actions,” Peskov said in the wake of the US call addressed to Russia for ensuring the proper operation of the OSCE mission in the southeast of Ukraine. “The OSCE monitors have repeatedly stated that the Ukrainian forces are a source of provocative actions.” “We can say for a hundredth time that Russia is by no means a party to that conflict,” Peskov said. Transport blockade The Kremlin is puzzled by Kiev’s unwillingness to end the transport blockade of Donbass, he went on. “Moscow has been repeatedly pointing out that the transport blockade has been seriously destabilizing the situation and hampering attempts to find a solution to the crisis and stabilize the situation,” he said. “On top of all, it prevents us from getting anywhere near the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” the Kremlin spokesman said. Kiev’s inability or unwillingness to put an end to this transport blockade is just puzzling,” Peskov noted.

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Arsen Avakov (--Alchetron)

Arsen Avakov (–Alchetron)

Ukrainian interior minster states there is a “quick release plan for Donbass” (VIDEO at source) / Translated by James Harmon for Fort Russ / February 27, 2017 / Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said that there was “quick release plan for Donbass”. “We have a very specific plan for Donbass, that, if the will of the Putin regime to reach a real settlement shall take place under pressure from the West, we have a plan that will be implemented,” – he assured. “I am familiar with the real plans of our diplomats who are working on this situation. I, as one who has spent too much time in the zone and understand what is happening there, also take an active part”, – said the head of the Interior Ministry. In addition, he added that, in his opinion, Ukraine is “in a period of time when this issue can be resolved quickly and solved by diplomatic means, not [necessarily] by military means.” [Video available at source.]

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slavfeb27-17nAlly Lyashko offered to build a wall on the border of the DPR, LPR and Crimea / TVzvezda.ru / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / February 27, 2017 / Ukrainian MP, previously represented the faction “Radical Party”, Andrey Artemenko offered to Ukraine to build a wall on the border with DPR and LPR, as well as the Crimea, reports Ukrainian portal “Dialogue”. This offer Artemenko put forward today during the presentation of the plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the east of the country. Andrey Artemenko previously offered to “give” in Crimea Russian rent for a period of 50 to 100 years, if such a decision would be taken in a referendum Ukrainians. In response, the government of the Republic of Crimea Ukraine offered to lease the moon. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, has called the proposed Artemenko absurd plan, stressing that Russia can not “their region to hire.”

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Preparing the petition (–tribunal-today.ru)

230,000 DPR residents sign Donbass peace petition to world leaders / DONi News / February 27, 2017 / Nearly 230,000 DPR residents have signed the petition to world leaders asking them to force Kiev to stop genocide of Donbass residents, the Republic’s parliament press service reported on Wednesday. “As of the evening of Feb.27, the petition to the Russian, US and German leaders was signed by 229,778 DPR residents,” said the representative of the press-service. On 31 January, Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko, the DPR and LPR People’s Councils Chairmen brought forward a joint petition to Vladimir Putin, Russian President, Donald Trump, the U.S. President and to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor asking them to make Ukraine’s leadership stop the genocide of Donbass residents. The campaign to collect signatures in support of the document began in the Republic on the same day. The petition with signature lists will be handed over to the OSCE special representative to the Contact Group Martin Sajdik and then to Western and Russian leaders.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Intensity of the fire along contact line on DPR significantly decreased / Essence of Time / February 26, 2017 21:20 UTC / Ukrainian military left the territory of Donetsk water filtration plant; the intensity of the fire along the contact line decreased, a source in the DPR People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on February 26th. Ukrainian army shelled the village of Zaytsevo in the north of Gorlovka as well as the western suburbs of the city today. The Ukrainian side is using recon drones to adjust artillery fire. The village of Krasny Partizan south of Gorlovka was shelled with 120mm mortars; a woman was wounded to the head by shrapnel. On the Donetsk direction, the number of the shelling of the front-line territories decreased. Ukrainian military has left the area of Donetsk water filtration plant, but the Ukrainian side continues to fortify their positions in the vicinity of the plant. The Ukrainian army is shelling the DPR PM positions in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint with artillery and mortars. Ukrainian military is shelling the western suburbs of the Petrovsky district of the capital with heavy artillery and mortars from the direction of Mariinka. DPR PM intelligence uncovered the location of 2 Ukrainian army’s tank platoons near the village of Verkhnetortskoye. There is information on the presence the NATO military trainers not far from Ocheretino, in the zone of responsibility of the 72nd Independent Mechanized Brigade. According to updated information, during the past day, February 25th, the Ukrainian army shelled the front-line territory of DPR 761 times that is three times less than the number of the shelling conducted during the past day.

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Situation at the Donetsk Water Plant, 26.2.2017 – DPR Command (VIDEO) / DONi News / February 26, 2017 / “We’re journalists from the RIA Novosti and we have a clarification question. You said Ukrainian radicals had left the Donetsk Filtration Plant territory. Can we say Ukrainian military’s units completely left the territory?” – Look, they’re absent on the territory. However, we have data on the fact that they’re strengthening their positions near the territory. As we said earlier that blindage about which even the OSCE representatives had spoken and where up to 6 servicemen of Ukraine’s army had been recorded, it had been located 100 meters away. According to the agreement, there must be no serviceman at the distance no closer than 1,5 km, then the distance’s decreased to 1km. Therefore they’re absent at the plant itself but present around it. “We’re journalists from the 1st Channel. Could you tell us please what the long-period suspension of this object leads to, in particular for Donetsk and Avdeyevka?” – For Avdeyevka – to drinking quality water absence. For Donetsk, Yasinovataya and Makeyavka – to water supply capacity decrease. There will be water supply shortage to the concrete districts of both Donetsk and Yasinovataya. “And as for chlorine reserve?” – We’re going to repair what’s destroyed there and to bring this plant into operation. If we don’t succeed in this process, we’ll try to remove these containers with chlorine from there, so that no ghastly accident could emerge there. —Statement by Eduard Basurin, the Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, 26.2.2017

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Donetsk Filtering Station Feb 7, 2017 (--DONi News)

Donetsk Filtering Station Feb 7, 2017 (–DONi News)

Donetsk water purification station recaptured from Ukrainian radicals / TASS / February 26, 2017 / The water purification plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya. / DONETSK / Militants of the Ukrainian radical nationalistic units retreated from territory of the Donetsk water purification plant, which they captured a day earlier to correct fire on territories of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s spokesman Eduard Basurin told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday. “Ukraine’s military authorities did manage to push out the radical nationalists from territory of the Donetsk water purification station, however, the enemy continued enforcing the dugouts near the plant,” he said. The Ukrainian side, he continued, has not given any security guarantees for repairing of the electric lines near the plant. On Saturday, the Donetsk water purification plant stopped operating and its personnel was evacuated after shelling from positions of the Ukrainian military, the Donetsk News Agency said. On February 23, the plant also reported shelling from positions of the Ukrainian military. The water purification plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya. The plant supplies water to settlements on either side of the front line, including Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka and Spartak controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye controlled by Kiev. In the course of the continuing armed conflict, the plant has been under shelling many times already. MORE BACKGROUND AT SOURCE>>

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slavfeb26-17xUkrainian Nazis shell DPR 760 times past day, NATO instructors detected near Yasinovataya / DONi News / February 26, 2017 / Over the past day Ukrainian military opened fire at the near-front territories of the Republic 761 times, reported the Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command Eduard Basurin. “Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the Republic 761 times. Among this shelling number heavy artillery was applied 17 times, mortars of various calibre – 282 times (including 91 shells of 120mm calibre), IFV arms – 147 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 415 times,” enumerated the Command Representative. According to him, in the Donetsk direction under the AFU fire there came the territory of the Donetsk airport, the localities of Trudovskiye, Alexandrovka in the west of the capital, Krasny Partizan, Vasilievka, Yakovlevka, Krutaya Balka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Vesyoloye near Yasinovataya. Kiev redeployed a group of NATO instructors to the same area, near the occupied Ocheretino locality, to train military personnel of Ukrainian prospecting units to execute special tasks. In the Gorlovka direction the localities of Ozeryanovka, Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka and Dolomitnoye underwent shellings. In the vicinities Verkhnetoretskoye locality, 4 km away from the front-line, the DPR reconnaissance detected six Ukrainian tanks. The situation remained unstable in the Republic’s south as well, in particular, enemy units fired at the villages of Sakhanka, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, Leninskoye and Dzerzhinskoye. Earlier it was reported that as a female civilian had got wounded as a result of the Ukrainian shelling of Yasinovataya.

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slavfeb26-17tChronology of Events of the War in Donbass 26-27.02.2017 (Updated!) / Novoros News / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / February 26, 2017 /
Donetsk, Makiyivka, Yasinovataya: 23:45 – There is information on arrivals in the immediate vicinity of the residential community to Yasinovataya. Heavy shelling by the APU lasted until until VSN not kerf otvetku. 22:45 – aeropota-Spartak warheads strong arrivals, the front-line areas to take precautions! Shelling! 22:20 – After a lull, the battle again intensified in the area of YaBL 22:00 – From the direction of Marinka ukronatsisty continue their attacks on the western outskirts of the Petrovsky district (Trudovskoy, Zepeniy Gai, Aleksandrovka) – q / q small, BMP weapons, mortars, RPGs. 21:00 – YaBL battle continues 20:00 – At YaBL all unchanged. The intensity is not high. Mortars, artillery 19:55 – Marinka – Zepeniy Gai, TSW “Shevchenko”: shooting battle (q / guns), at least RPGs. 18:40 – The battle near the industrial zone Avdiivka – Yasinovatskiy post continues with the use of heavy artillery and mortars. 17:55 – Strong arrivals went lived near arrays. Makiyivka good to hear. The Nazis operate heavy artillery. 16:50 – The fighting in the area of YaBL WCT are moving in the evening course. Increasingly used heavy artillery, the intensity is not high, but increases. While not critical but we will be vigilant. 13:20 – continues to rattle the YaBL, artillery sometimes slips 11:30 – lasted no intense shelling and infantry fighting in the north 7:50 – Back in the beating of the YaBL, not intensively mortars 07:00 – The night was not quiet, but not very strong and heavy shelling Gorlovka: 21:10 – South-west of the city, for Ozeryanovkoy, near the Red guerrillas fight – mortars, to / to small, LNG, RPG. 21:00 – In the southwest began a tight infantry combat, artillery APU works on the area south of Shirokoi, Balki. The city Arrivals none. 16:55 – Zaitseva, mortar, BMP. Lugansk People’s Republic: 12:36 – Kalinowo neighborhood Pervomaisk – the battle continues, mortars, heavy. active ukry with Popasnaya

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Pete John on Twitter
Battle Maps – February 26, 2017
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slavfeb26-17uFighting in Donbass, coal blockade, and infighting in Kiev, as Ukraine’s crisis deepens / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / February 26, 2017 / Crisis deepens in Ukraine as far right militants seize and are then driven out of water filtration plant and mount coal blockade threatening country with energy emergency. The last few weeks have witnessed an acceleration of Ukraine’s downward slide. Following the bitter fighting in and around Avdeevka and the angry telephone exchange between Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Merkel, an attempt was made to bring the fighting in the area around Avdeevka to an end and to arrange for a mutual pullback of forces to the starting lines. As always the Ukrainians proved unwilling to comply with their commitments to do so, and yesterday the whole process was thrown into chaos when militants from the far right Azov Brigade stormed and took over a water filtration plant from the local Ukrainian authorities, seeking to cut off the water supply to Donetsk without apparently realising that large areas of Ukrainian controlled territory also depend for their water on the plant. Latest reports say that they have been forced to withdraw from the plant, but the episode once again shows how little control the Ukrainian authorities have over those who are supposedly their most fervid supporters. If the situation on the front line in the Donbass remains catastrophic, elsewhere in Ukraine it is becoming disastrous. Far right groups and people who the Ukrainian and Western media euphemistically call “activists” have initiated a blockade of coal imports from the Donbass, claiming that such imports are “treasonous”. Since the Ukrainian energy system depends heavily on Donbass coal the result is to cause an energy emergency in Ukraine, risking another downward spiral in Ukraine’s economy. The government however appears too weak to do anything about it. Meanwhile fresh from her meeting with Donald Trump in Washington, Ukraine’s perennial political challenger Yulia Tymoshenko sought to present to the Ukrainian parliament a no confidence vote against the Ukrainian government. The government however used procedural methods to prevent the motion from being debated, whilst Ukraine’s Prime Minister, President Poroshenko’s long serving henchman Volodymyr Groysman, let rip at . . . READ MORE>>

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Givi, as I Knew Him
VIDEO by Graham Phillips – February 21, 2017
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Saturday, February 25, 2017
(Full Report)

slavfeb25-17qZakharchenko: federalisation question no longer considered / DONi News / February 25, 2017 / In 2014, Donbass was ready for the Ukrainian federalisation, but after the Donbass citizens’ genocide in 2015-2016, this question is no longer considered, states the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko in the “Rossia 24” broadcast. “In 2014 we were ready to discuss the Ukrainian federalisation, but in 2015-2016 and 2017 too much blood was spilt for us even just to think of coming back in Ukraine. We can discuss the common living in frames of two independent states. Good-neighbours relations and so on. But neither my compatriots nor I want to enter Ukraine. We have too many complains. We fight for independence,” he said. According to the Republic’s leader, Donbass citizens couldn’t agree with the Maidan propaganda in 2014. “If we didn’t resist, we would break our characters, betray our ancestors’ memory and the most important is that the result would have been the same: they would slaughter us as the population of the territory, that has a strong faith in Russia. We connect ourselves with the Russian world, we are the Russian world,” said Zakharchenko. Earlier Zakharchenko promised to consider the idea of naming the Donetsk airport after the late commanders of the “Sparta” and “Somaly” battalions Arsen Pavlov “Motorola” and Mikhail Tolstikh “Givi” and settle the monuments in their memory.

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slavfeb3-17sDonetsk Situation Report, 25.02.2017 / Novorossia Vision / February 25, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has dramatically deteriorated. Last night, the Ukrainian side, in violation of all the agreements and commitments, seized objects of the Donetsk filtration plant (DFP), to conduct from its territory the provocative shelling on our positions. From this area, the enemy used mortars and heavy machine guns. At the same time, the fire was carried out from the plant premises not only on our positions, but also on residential areas of the localities Yasinovataya and Spartak. Knowing that our units observe the Minsk Agreements and do not open fire on objects of life support, the enemy feels its full impunity. It was found that the DFP had been seized by the radical nationalist units of Ukraine, which, after yesterday’s statement by the former commander of the regiment «Azov», A.Biletsky, have completely got out of control of the weak Ukrainian President, and are unleashing a new round of fighting in Donbass. It can be concluded that the Ukrainian authorities do not currently control the situation, and are unable to ensure the safety of the citizens of Ukraine. In this regard, we urge the world leaders to strongly condemn Poroshenko’s regime and make the Ukrainian president bring order to his army, namely take the nationalist units out of the «ATO» area, thus completing written guarantees of March 15, 2016. At the same time, we record the inactivity of the AFU command and its inability to change this situation, thus providing more opportunities for mayhem to radical nationalists. Since 2014, they have been acting to the detriment of the country’s territorial integrity. In addition, at the moment, after a significant weakening of the authority of Poroshenko, there have sharply intensified contradictions between radical Ukrainian groups, each of which is eager for power. Just over the past night, our intelligence recorded two clashes between Ukrainian units, in which there were killed over a dozen soldiers. In addition, there is a fact of undermining two AFU trucks by . . . READ MORE>>

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Eduard Basurin VIDEO on Donetsk Filtration Plant
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DPR: Ukraine attacks & takes control of water filtration plant Donetsk.
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slavfeb25-17xKiev forces invade Donetsk water plant at night – DPR Command / DONi News / February 25, 2017 / Ukrainian nationalist fighters seized the objects of the Donetsk filtration plant last night. This was stated today by Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command, Eduard Basurin. “Tonight the Ukrainian side, in violation of all the agreements and obligations taken on, captured the Donetsk water filtration plant facilities to conduct fire from its territory at our positions,” he said. “Knowing that our units follow the Minsk Agreements, and do not open fire at objects of life support, the enemy felt its full impunity.” According to information, during the shelling Ukrainian security forces applied mortars and heavy machine guns. At the same time the fire was also carried from the station’s premises, not only at the positions of the DPR forces, but also at the residential areas of Yasinovataya and Spartak locality. According to Basurin, the station’s seizure was carried out by fighters of the Ukrainian radical nationalist divisions. “It can be concluded that the Ukrainian authorities do not control the situation at the moment and cannot ensure the security of Ukrainian citizens,” Vice-Commander omphasized. “In this regard, we urge world leaders… to withdraw nationalists units from ‘ATO’ zone, completing written guarantees of 15 March 2016.”

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slavfeb25-17mAPU transferred commandos, ready to attack and correct fire with UAVs / Novoros-news / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 25, 2017 / APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces], breaking the Minsk agreement, continue to intelligence operations at the line of contact, including using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). “It was revealed that on the night and the morning of 23 February 24 launch of the UAV has been committed from the zone of responsibility of the 14th Brigade APU. Exploration was conducted in order to adjust artillery fire and tanks,” said the official representative of the People’s Militia Colonel Andrew LC Marochko. “In the area of the village Popasnaya marked the arrival in the area of responsibility of the 24th Brigade reconnaissance unit APU 73rd Special Operations Center for reconnaissance and sabotage organization,” said a lieutenant colonel. He also noted that in the area of the village Novoluganskoe, which is in the zone of responsibility of the 54th Brigade APU, confirmed the presence of units of the 46th separate battalion of special purpose. “The task unit – conducting sabotage and intelligence activities in the settlements that are in the line of contact of troops,” said the representative of the Defense Ministry of the Republic. “It appears that Kiev is not going to stop there, and continues to further escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. Ukrainian authorities do not care about peace agreements adopted in Minsk. She only wants the bloodshed in order to make amends for all his ill-considered decision on the collapse of the country,” summed Marochko. He added that the people’s militia LNR [Lugansk People’s Republic], despite repeated provocation from the Ukrainian military, observes its obligations for the return of peace in the Donbass. “Our units are constantly alert, constantly conduct classes for combat training in order to maintain high alert to counter any aggression from the Ukrainian side,” assured the Colonel. “Next week, in the units scheduled classes on tactical and fire training and live firing of tank and mechanized infantry platoons. Particular attention will be focused on honing skills of sniper pairs and improving training facilities,” he added.

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Storm Bringer on Twitter
February 25, 2017 16:00 UTC
“BREAKING SitRep: Donetsk filtering station/DFS.
Closest militia positions are 400m away. Rightsector militants inside DFS.”
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“Hoholmaps show DFS area as captured by Ukraine.
Major problem for Donbas with water to be poisoned &
chlorine to be released into air.”
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“The situation at the front In Donbas deteriorated sharply.
UAF shelled the DPR territory 2K+ times over the past day – Basurin.
The trilateral contact group on peaceful settlement of the situation in
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Russel "Texas" Bentley (--Essence of Time)

Russel “Texas” Bentley (–Essence of Time)

BREAKING : Ukrainian forces capture water filtration plant in Donetsk / By James Harmon / Fort Russ / February 25, 2017 / Ukrainian forces have seized the water filtration plant in Donetsk. Russell Bonner Bentley, the famed soldier known as “Texac” (Texas in Russian) who traveled to the DPR to fight on behalf of DPR military, has stated that the Ukrainian forces are in all probability wiring the water filtration plant for demolition, as water is still flowing in Donetsk currently. This development follows days of numerous amounts of bombardments and other disturbing events in recent months that have hinted at possible war, such as mysterious deaths of Russian diplomats abroad, totaling 4 within 3 months. Texac stated ominously, “So, ready for war…” WATER SITUATION UPDATE – “Water still running, but doesn’t seem to be clean. It is not and cannot be trusted. There are many wells, and filtered water is still available. The situation is serious. People, especially more vulnerable like elderly and mothers are concerned, but we continue with our business and our lives. This is a serious provocation and complete breach of Minsk. As of now, there is NO ceasefire. I will post updates as they occur.” – “Texac” Bentley.

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Shinobi on Twitter
February 25, 2017 13:30 UTC
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“BREAKING! This is Donetsk 1 hour ago.
ukraine shelling Donbass city blocks.
#RUSSIA PLEASE ACT.”

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slavfeb25-17wUkrainian military capture Donetsk water purification plant — spokesman / TASS / February 25, 2017 / The water purification plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya. The plant supplies water to settlements on either side of the front line. / DONETSK / At night to Saturday the Ukrainian military captured facilities of the Donetsk water purification plant, spokesman of DPR’s defense authority Eduard Basurin said on Saturday. “Last night, the Ukrainian side in violation of all agreements and undertaken obligations captured facilities of the Donetsk water purification plant to use the territory for launching fire on our positions,” he said. “Being aware of the fact our units observe the Minsk agreements and do not open fire on vitally important facilities, the enemy was sure of absolute impunity.” The Ukrainian military from the plant’s territory used mortars and high-caliber automatic guns, the spokesman told the Donetsk News Agency. The military targeted not only at positions of the republic’s forces, but also at residential areas in Yasinovataya and Spartak. The water purification plant was captured by militants of the Ukrainian nationalistic groups. “The conclusion is that the Ukrainian authorities now do not have control of the situation, and they are unable to provide security to the Ukrainian citizens,” he continued. “This is why we are calling on foreign leaders to have units of nationalists out from the force operation in Donbass, thus fulfilling the written guarantees of March 15, 2016.” Earlier on Saturday, Lugansk’s envoy to the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said the Contact Group on Ukraine plans to have a video conference later in the day to discuss the aggravated situation in Donbass. The water purification plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya. The plant supplies water to settlements on either side of the front line, including Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka and Spartak controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), and Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye controlled by Kiev. In the course of the continuing armed conflict, the plant has been under shelling many times already. On February 1, members the Contact Group on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine held a meeting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, demanding that hostilities in Donbass be stopped, weapons and military hardware be withdrawn from the line of contact area by February 5. However, the Ukrainian military has not implemented the decisions of the Contact Group. On February 15, the Contact Group made a decision that all weapons banned by the Minsk agreements should be withdrawn from the line of contact by February 20. Foreign ministers of the four member states of the Normandy Quartet (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) upheld this initiative at a meeting held on February 18. However, on February 21, Kiev disrupted the weapons withdrawal process.

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slavfeb25-17t[Enemy Report:] OSCE calls for ceasefire at Donetsk water filtration plant / Uawire / February 25, 2017 / The Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine (OSCE SMM) insists on the cessation of shelling of the Donetsk filtration plant by all sides of the conflict in the Donbas. This position was announced in a statement by the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Ertugrul Apakan, which was published on Facebook on Friday, February 24. “The shelling of the filtration plant, as well as the fact that, contrary to their promises, these parties have still not taken away all weapons, demonstrates a complete disregard for human life and the interests of the civilian population,” stated the document. Apakan demanded that both sides “quickly call a cease-fire, withdraw weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreement, and carry out withdrawal of military personnel and armor away from regions where the most important civilian infrastructure is located.” Given the fact that the plant supply clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the line, who are dependent on the plant as a water source, the consequences of the strikes go beyond just security risks to plant workers, the statement noted. The members of the monitoring mission did not rule out the possibility of environmental catastrophe. Because of the presence of station tanks with chlorine in the area, there is a risk of poison gas emission to the atmosphere. The Letter of the Chairman of the OSCE SMM came after shells fell on the Donetsk filtration plant located in Yasynuvata overnight on February 24. As a result, the station was shut down and its staff had to be evacuated. Apakan also condemned the shelling of OSCE observers, as well as the capture a mini-drone owned by the SMM, by separatists from the so-called DPR (Donestk People’s Republic). The incident occurred in the middle of the day on February 24, when the mission staff tried to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the area around the filtration plant. While brandishing weapons at the observers, the attackers captured drone; then, one of the men opened fire in the vicinity of the OSCE patrol. “Shooting at unarmed civilian observers is a direct challenge to the collective will of 57 countries – both members of the OSCE and the Minsk agreements,” said Apakan. [Source: uawire.org/news/osce-smm-seeks-ceasefire-at-donetsk-filtration-plant#]

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slavfeb25-17jZakharchenko: “Now we play by our rules…” (VIDEO) / By G. Babeuf, Video by Patrick Lancaster / Slavyangrad / February 20, 2017 / Zakharchenko interrupted OSCE’s Hug when the latter claimed Zakharchenko was responsible for implementing Minsk to tell him that his first responsibility was to defend the people of the DPR. Zakharchenko also point blank refused to remove any heavy or light weapons from the front line until Ukraine does so. Plotnitsky, meanwhile, had interrupted Hug to ask him if he had ever had to live his life under constant shelling. All in all, the two have clearly been told they can harden their line in relation both to OSCE & to Ukraine. There have been other signs of a hardening of positions too. In addition to Putin signing the decree on temporary recognition of official documents issued by the DPR and LPR authorities, there has also been the highly publicised appointment of a prominent Russian writer, Zakhar Prilepin, to a position of some military significance in the DPR hierarchy. There have been public rallies staged in Sevastopol in the Crimea in support of formal, official recognition of the Donbass republics, as well as an attempt to organise a petition calling for the same. Further rallies are planned for St. Petersburg, and one for Moscow (although the city authorities actually turned down the application for one in front of the State Duma in Moscow. Organizers have said they will attempt to apply again). Presumably other cities will follow suit. In Rostov-on-Don the city’s Liberation Day was celebrated with large numbers of citizens waving DPR . . . READ MORE>> [Video available at source.]

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slavdec9-16wCelebrating February 23, the Russian Day of the Motherland’s Defender–the Putin’s Way … Three Years Ago and What It Meant for Ukraine and Donbass / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / February 22, 2017 / The write-up below is based (here) largely on the insightful analysis provided by Evgeniy Shabaev: Three years ago the Kremlin delivered a key blow to and one of the first treasonous coups against the anti-Maidan, anti-fascist, national liberation uprising in Ukraine by making sure that the Kharkov congress of the deputies of the whole South East of Ukraine with 90% of the Ukrainian military command and security present was dispersed without adopting any decision. Moreover, this happened on the anniversary of the Russian holiday, the Day of the Motherland’s Defender, February 23 (the schemers have a knack for using and appreciating the symbolism of their actions and the power of the symbols used, misused and subverted). This significantly weakened the legitimacy, organization, power and effectiveness of the resistance to the Maidan coup. Anyone who knew about the strange, aborted Kharkov congress and how it was squashed by the Kremlin–with Surkov and other Kremlin’s high officials being either in Rostov nearby and advising the power brokers directly (Surkov) or at the congress itself, may see that the above said is true. Furthermore: Before that the Kremlin pushed Yanukovich to sign off the effective surrender to the Banderites together with Germany, France, Poland and the EU. The leaked or hacked correspondence of the Kremlin (Surkov) moreover also showed that prior to that there had been an intensive consultation and coordination of the steps and agreements between Russia and the US on Ukraine, including the Crimea, in the Fall of 2013. [Video available at source.]

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slavdec9-16wPutin affirms that for him there are no citizens of the DPR and the LPR: only Ukrainian citizens or people without a state, while the usual spinners are now claiming that a lightening came and Putin has “recognized the documents of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics” / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / February 18, 2017 / Putin’s executive order on letting Donbass people into Russia has been immediately spun as “recognition of (documents) of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.” Well it is not. Putin has not recognized the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as such to begin with. The order calls these entities with their Minsk Agreements names right in the first lines as “territories of the particular regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.” And the people living in these regions of regions of Ukraine are, according to Putin’s order, either citizens of Ukraine or stateless persons (foreigners). Moreover, the executive order notably avoids even calling the passports of the DPR and the LPR “passports.” Instead, it calls them “documents that confirm identity, issued by local [otherwise unnamed] authorities,” which, theoretically, could also be driving licenses, university cards or other identity papers. Thus, Moscow took the pain to avoid recognizing even passports as passports and these are branded as documents issued locally that only testify to the given identity of the given person. It is understandable that Moscow itself would like to see this order mistaken by . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb25-17kCIA Freezes Rebel Aid in ‘Recognition of How Inept’ Syrian Opposition Has Been / Sputnik / February 25, 2017 / The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is said to have put on hold its assistance program for the Free Syrian Army. Retired CIA intelligence officer and State Department official Larry Johnson told Radio Sputnik that the move could be linked to the fact that this umbrella organization has not been an efficient military force. “I think what we are really seeing is the recognition of how inept these opposition forces have been,” he said. Johnson referred to the FSA as a virtually “non-existent organization,” saying that it has never really been “an effective military force in the battlefield” and has largely served as “a propaganda tool” to justify the agenda the United States and its allies pursued in Syria. “Hardly any fight has been carried out by them,” he added, referring to the FSA. These comments came in response to reports that the CIA decided to withhold military assistance, including training and ammunition, after al-Nusra Front fighters attacked rebels affiliated with the FSA, prompting them to join forces with Ahrar al-Sham. Russia, Syria, Iran, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates consider Ahrar al-Sham to be a terrorist organization. Johnson said that the CIA was supposed to be providing support to “non-sectarian forces.” “But the reality has been for over four years the forces actually doing the fighting against the government of Bashar al-Assad and his army have been radical Islamists. So the United States in a de facto manner has actually been supplying weapons and training to individuals that are at a minimum aligned with radical Islam if not fighting alongside or being members of radical Islamic groups,” he said. Johnson further described Washington’s policy in Syria as “chaotic.” “The United States has really been pursuing a fool’s mission” in the war-torn Arab country, he said. “We ended up supporting terrorists.”

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slavfeb25-17sTulsi Gabbard speaks out against the regime change war in Syria (VIDEO) / By Tulsi Gabbard / Published February 18, 2017 / There is no denying that interventionist wars that were propagated as necessary to relieve human suffering, have actually increased human suffering in those countries — many times over. We must understand the consequences of this destructive policy, end our counterproductive regime change wars, and end our direct and indirect support for militant groups who are allied with/under the command of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda. We must pass the #StopArmingTerrorists Act. –From Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s speech at The People’s Summit June 2016. [Click image for video.]

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Friday, February 24, 2017
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slavfeb24-17qDonetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 24.02.2017 / DONi News / February 24, 2017 / Last week, from 18 to 24 February, there were carried out intensive trainings with the crews of tanks and IFV to implement qualifying practices on driving, shooting from combat vehicles weapons and small arms in the formations and military units of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic in accordance with the plan. Control practices with experts were conducted on artillery, intelligence, engineering, training, as well as with experts in communications and air defense. In addition, we conducted trainings with the staff of special units to counter the enemy DRG. We have repeatedly stated about the plans of the Ukrainian command and radical nationalists to create a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe on the territory of the DPR. As a result of deliberate and systematic artillery and mortar attacks on the DFS, the enemy achieved their goals. Today at 5:45 the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s units shelled the Donetsk filter station, which was severely damaged, from the territory they control, having applied weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements. There registered eight hits of presumably 122-mm artillery shells of the station’s objects: one hit into the roof of chlorine building; two hits into the clean water reservoir building; one hit into the chemicals, filters and components for water treatment storage building; two hits close to the DFS; and the most insidious – two hits in a bomb shelter, where the station’s staff was. Fortunately, no casualties among the plant workers. Due to significant damage to the chlorine storage building and chemicals storage building, the DFS management decided to conduct an emergency . . . READ MORE>>

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Lugansk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 24.02.2017 / DONi News / February 24, 2017 / Today, I will traditionally sum up the activities of the Lugansk People’s Republic’s People’s Militia units over the past week, and provide information about the situation on the contact line. People’s Militia continues tirelessly to raise the level of professionalism and readiness to carry out tasks for the protection and safety of republican residents. In the period from 18 to 24 February in the subordinate units and subunits there were conducted combat trainings and trainings for coordination of units, as well as trainings to place the units in different operational readiness. On the trying ground “Uspensky” armored and motorized divisions conducted fire trainings, artillery divisions – artillery fire management trainings, air defenses passed firing exercises. In addition, despite the blockade of the railway communication by Ukrainian activists, this week, the forces of engineer units carried out demining activities in the area. In the course of clearing the area of explosive ordnance there were cleared eleven kilometers of the railway line nearby the localities of Frunze, Donetsky and Sifonnaya station. The People’s Militia does not forget its soldiers, who due to ill health were forced to resign, and continues to assist them. This week we carried out the transfer of humanitarian aid in the form of food set to Rayevka locality resident, ex-servicewoman of the 4th separate unit of the LPR People’s Militia. The situation on the frontline remains tense. Over the week Ukrainian law enforcers sixty five times violated the ceasefire. The fire was conducted from all types of weapons, including those banned by the Minsk Agreements 120 and 82-mm mortars. At the same time, one thousand five hundred five shells and mortar rounds were launched onto the Republic. As a result of another mortar attack committed by the security forces of Kiev, on February 21, one soldier of the LPR People’s Militia, who is currently hospitalized, was wounded. Positions of the People’s Militia units came under fire from . . . READ MORE>>

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slavjan25-17mHard fighting on outskirts of Donetsk / Novorossia Vision / February 24, 2017 / There is a hard fighting on the outskirts of Donetsk, in the area of the locality of Spartak, wrote the war correspondent Sergey Belous in his blog, posting a video from the city center, where shots are clearly audible. ‘The fight near Spartak has been going on for three hours, and just now, it seems the «response» has come. It was filmed three minutes ago. The thunder is heard in the center, windows are shaking,’ says Belous. His colleague, Roman Saponkov reports, in his turn, the fighting in Zaytsevo, which began in the morning. ‘Serious aggravation. At 6 am the heavy shelling started. As of 18:00, there are eight dead and the number of the wounded is unknown. If in the morning the men were wounded and killed only by artillery, in the afternoon they received bullet wounds. The fight was intense, not all the killed have been taken from the positions. I do not know whether the DPR artillery can answer. For Zaytsevo, unfortunately, it is a normal situation. This is how the AFU congratulated the militia on February 23,’ wrote Saponkov in his blog. ‘That is the price of the holiday of the Defender of the Motherland Day. This is not like drinking alcohol with an appetizer in a company,’ says Belous.

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Ukrainian army does not cease the shelling of DPR communities / Essence of Time / February 23, 2017 / The situation remains tense along the Gorlovka direction. In the morning, the Ukrainian army opened fire on the villages of Shirokaya Balka and Ozeryanovka. Intensive shelling and trench combat were underway in the area of the village of Zaytsevo. Today, the Ukrainian artillery again shelled the Donetsk water filtration plant. The shells broke the roof of the building, but the equipment itself was not damaged. The plant continues to work. The Ukrainian army, by using the heavy artillery, is provoking combat in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and near the villages of Spartak and Krasny Partizan. In the evening, the fire was significantly intensified. Trench combat continues along the Mariupol direction. Ukrainian military is shelling the DPR PM position from the village of Starognatovka. During the past day, February 22nd, the Ukrainian army shelled the front-line territory of DPR 706 times. Ukrainian military utilized heavy artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms of different calibers were utilized 383 times. Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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slavjan25-17mDonbass: No decrease in AFU attacks / Novorossia Vision / February 24, 2017 / The phase of military aggravation in Donbas has not passed. It was stated by the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, on the air of the TV channel «Russia 24». ‘It has just moved to the forefront. They have stopped shelling residential areas, kindergartens and hospitals, the infrastructure. Now, they are shelling the forefront line. Frankly, I do not see any decrease in the number of their attacks. The fights are every night and every day,’ said Zakharchenko. He believes that the Ukrainian side is preparing for a provocation or attack. ‘The enemy is trying to probe our defenses in this or that way. The enemy is grouping. All the actions it takes indicate the preparation for a provocation or the offensive,’ said Zakharchenko.

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slavfeb24-17yKiev steps up heavy artillery on contact line / DONi News / February 24, 2017 / The DPR reconnaissance detected the enemy’s weaponry on all directions of the contact line, instead of the weaponry withdrawal, Ukrainian forces concentrate tanks, mortars and heavy artillery on the front line, reports the DPR Operational Command’s Vice-Commander, Eduard Basurin. “Due to nonfulfillment of the weaponry withdrawal demands on the Ukrainian, part we continued to record the Ukrainian violations of the Minsk Agreements. Our reconnaissance detected the prohibited Ukrainian weaponry in the ‘ATO’ zone,” said Vice-Commander. Basurin specified that Republic’s reconnaissance had detected the tank battery and the battery of self-propelled artillery platforms Gvozdika of 122 mm calibre on the Gorlovka direction. On the Donetsk direction, the self-propelled guns’ battalion, the battery of MRLS Grad and two tank batteries were detected, in the Mariupol’s area two troops of howitzers D-30, battalion of the self-propelled artillery platforms Gvozdika and the battery of mortars of 120 mm calibre were detected.

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slavfeb24-17tDPR says Ukraine has bombarded 14 Donbass towns 706 times in 24 hours / Translated by J. Arnoldski / Sott.net (from Fort Russ/RusVesna) / February 23, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have opened fire from heavy artillery, mortars, and anti-aircraft guns more than 700 times on the frontline territories of the Donetsk People’s Republics. This has been reported by the deputy commander of the DPR’s operative command, Eduard Basurin. “The Ukrainian side has ‘congratulated’ our republic by shelling with the use of prohibited weapons. Over the past 24 hours, the armed forces of Ukraine have shelled the territory of the DPR 706 times,” Basurin announced. The DPR commander continued: “Six times they used heavy artillery of 152mm caliber, mortars of various calibers 185 times, infantry fighting vehicles 78 times, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers, and small arms 437 times.” Basurin specified that the UAF has subjected 14 residential areas to fire, in particular the Gorlovka villages of Zaytsevo, Golmovsky, and Ozeryanovka, Yasinovataya and its outskirts, Zhabichevo and Spartak on Donetsk’s outskirts, the former airport area, as well as residential areas on the western edge of the capital, and the villages of Leninskoy, Kominternovo, Sakhanka, and Oktyabr in the south of the republic. “They are firing mainly at the positions of our troops and life-supporting infrastructure,” the commander emphasized. Earlier today it was reported that Donetsk’s water filtration system came under fire. Damage to some of the building’s filters was confirmed. However, according to the director of Donbass Water Company, Oleg Mokry, the water supply to the region has not been affected and the station still continues to operate normally.

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slavfeb24-17wDonetsk water plant shelled at night, chlorine storage damaged / DONi News / February 24, 2017 / Donetsk water treatment plant (DFS) came under Ukrainian forces fire on Thursday night. Damage was recorded to several structures on company premises, including chlorine storage, said water plant company director general Oleg Mokriy to Donetsk News Agency (DAN). “DFS buildings, including the chlorine storage, administrative quarters and reservoirs received six hits; the shelling is ongoing,” Mokriy said. DFS personnel hid in the bomb shelter throughout the night. “We cannot bear it longer. If we don’t evacuate the people now, lives will be lost, so we’re suspending DFS operation to proceed with evacuation,” Mokiy said. On Thursday, the facility’s filters building was damaged by Ukrainian forces shelling. Donetsk water treatment plant, located between Yasinovataya and Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka has long been a trouble spot on the contact line in Donbass. It supplies water to both sides of the contact line, DPR-controlled Donetsk and Yasinovataya and Vasilyevka and Spartak villages, and Kiev-controlled Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye village. DFS repeatedly came under fire and suspended operation.

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Zakhar Prilipen, Alexander Zakharchenko

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What makes a popular Russian writer go to fight in Donbass? / Russia Beyond the Headlines / February 23, 2017 / During the presentation of his new book, “Officers and Militias of Russian Literature,” Zakhar Prilepin admitted that literature does not really interest him at the moment. / On Feb. 13, the popular Russian writer Zakhar Prilepin announced that he had taken charge of a battalion in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Russian media covered the event and the public split into two camps: those who support Prilepin for his courage, and those who think that a writer should not take up arms. Prilepin as outcast: Prilepin’s decision to head the battalion has divided the literary community, with some supporting him, while others have condemned him. Writer Leonid Yuzefovich, for example, wrote on his Facebook page that, “Zakhar Prilepin, who is perhaps the most significant of all living Russian writers, has gone to war. He became a political instructor with a DPR special forces battalion that he created himself or that was created with his participation. I don’t like many things that he says in relation to this, but I perfectly understand that he couldn’t have acted otherwise.” Many wrote that they approve of his decision, which is that of a real warrior. Literary scholar Oleg Lekmanov took another position. “If it wasn’t for the blood of innocent people, I wouldn’t care if he strutted around with a holster on his side until he was blue in the face,” wrote Lekmanov on his Facebook page. Poetess Vera Polozkova made a harsh comment on a post supporting Prilepin by saying that she would “open the best bottle of champagne” if Prilepin dies. The harsh statements, however, did not surprise the writer. “I’ve known the position on Ukraine of many writers since 2014. They stick with it,” said Prilepin. Wiedling, the literary agency that represents Prilepin in Germany, ended its collaboration with him after news emerged of his DPR battalion. The writer complained that this is an illustration of false European democracy, and said that from the moment the Donbass fighting began his books were translated less into European languages, and he has received fewer invitations to speak at Western literary fairs. Prilepin as soldier: Prilepin does not hide the fact that war interests him most of all. In various interviews he said that he believes war – the protection of children and the homeland – to be man’s most important pursuit. In his new book, Officers and Militias of Russian Literature, which Prilepin presented in Moscow a week after taking charge of the DPR battalion, he tries to prove that war and service are absolutely natural occupations for a writer. He uses 11 examples from the 18th century, showing how these two activities were successfully combined. “I’m amazed that the news of me heading a battalion has raised so much amazement because since the very beginning of the war in Donbass I’ve been Zakharchenko’s advisor (Zakharchenko is the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic – RBTH), and he has publically said on many occasions . . . READ MORE>>

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Heads of DPR, LPR, & OSCE-SMM Ukraine give their 1st press conference (VIDEO) / By Patrick Lancaster / February 18, 2017 / OSCEs A. Hug: “You are correct Mr. Zakharchenko this is your land.” The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE-SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug,, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko & head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky have given there first ever press conference together. BREAKING: DPR will not withdraw military vehicles from contact line until Ukrainian guerilla do it. “As a Head of the Donetsk Peoples Republic I tell with all responsibility that I will not give an order to withdraw any single tank, any single mortar until we ensure that Ukrainian troops withdraw their vehicles”, said Zaharchenko on the briefing at Luhansk. “I value life of every of my soldiers”, he added. Alexander Zaharchenko emphasized: “I won’t sign it until we ensure in this fact. Such right was given to us due to Ukrainian offensive operation near Avdeevka. First they should withdraw, as we did it many times before. Today everything will be other way,” said Zaharchenko during discussion with the first deputy head of OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine. “Sadly I didn’t manage to convey my position to colleagues in Minsk but I’m voicing it to You,” said DPR’s head. PLEASE READ & SHARE: This week there has been a huge increase in the fighting and shelling of civilian areas in Donetsk, With this increase in activity comes a huge increase in my reporting, and intern a huge increase in my expenses both on the job and the cost of living. I pledge to bring you breaking news as it happens, uncensored near daily throughout this escalation and beyond . Please help me make my goal. This will help me with day to day expenses, updating my equipment and my family and I staying safe. Indiegogo no longer takes Paypal so to Donate via paypal please send to Chomane1982@gmail.com. Together we will show the world the truth of what is happening in Donbass.

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slavfeb24-17vHow Ukraine Shot Itself in the Foot With Its Own Blockade of Donbass / Sputnik / February 24, 2017 / By the third anniversary of the coup in Kiev, it has become all the more evident that the “color revolution” virus did something worse than ousting Ukraine’s elected president and ensanguining Donbass. The virus spawned a reality where the left hand doesn’t know what the right one is doing, and the energy blockade is another symptom of it. / Jack Scherr — On February 15, Ukraine’s cabinet convened an extraordinary meeting and introduced a state of emergency in the country’s energy sector due to the blockade of coal supplies from Donbass. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman warned that the energy crisis could lead to rolling blackouts and bring the country’s metallurgical industry to a halt. “We can’t call it by any other name than the erosion of the economy,” he warned. Home Minister Arsen Avakov said that in 16 days, plants in the cities of Mariupol and Kryvyi Rih would stop working. This is the exact point where discrepancies come to light, as the government actually has to wrestle with itself. It is crucial to emphasize that the so-called Ukrainian volunteer fighters who declared a trade and economic blockade of breakaway parts in late December 2016 are reportedly controlled by Prime Minister Avakov. They include some lawmakers, such as Verkhovna Rada member Semen Semenchenko, the founder of the Donbass volunteer battalion, who has been reasonably accused of atrocities. A day after the introduction of the state of emergency, President Petro Poroshenko condemned the blockade; however, no real action has been taken to resolve the problem. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics used to supply Ukraine with indispensable anthracite coal for producing heat and energy. Donbass had provided 70 percent of the nation’s coal before the war erupted. Almost all anthracite supplies originated in the zone of conflict, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reported, citing Ukraine’s Energy Minister. The energy blockade has already yielded dismal results: the Industrial Union of Donbass Corporation (Ukraine’s largest metallurgical company) has stopped producing cast iron, steel, furnace coke, and rolled steel in LPR-controlled Alchevsk, and ceased generating electricity for the town. The corporation said its metallurgical plant in the Dnepr Region will stop working in the near future because it cannot function without coke from Alchevsk. “In February 2017 the situation reached rock bottom, and our city-forming plants in Alchevsk just stopped… The unique industrial complex, unparalleled in Europe, simply froze,” the corporation explained in a statement, as quoted by Vestifinance.ru. OSCE noted that the closure of the plant in the Dnepr Region and the coke plant in Alchevsk will leave 10,000 people without a job, and the same development at the Ynakiyevo metallurgical plant could suspend . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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slavfeb22-17xUkrainian punishers open fire at Kominternovo in DPR south, shelling ongoing / DONi News / February 22, 2017 / Ukrainian military opened fire at Kominternovo village of the Novoazovsk region in the DPR south today morning. The shelling keeps going on, District Administration Acting Head Anatoly Yanovsky states. “The shelling has been coming since 07:30 a.m. As a result of which on Akhmatovo Street there is no gas supply. Besides, the house Num.14 on the same street was damaged and the gas pipe line was broken as well,” said Anatoly Yanovsky. According to him, fortunately, there is no information on casualties among civilians.

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 22.02.2017 (VIDEO) / DONi News / February 22, 2017 / The situation in the zone of the LPR People’s Militia’s responsibility remains tense. For the past day Ukrainian punishers five times violated the ceasefire. Our positions in the directions of Molodyozhnoye, Kalinovka and Logvinovo localities came under fire. The fire was carried out from mortars of 82-mm calibre, IFV-1, rocket-propelled anti-tank grenade launchers, automatic launchers rocket launchers, and small arms. In total, onto the territory of the Republic there were launched one hundred forty seven shells and grenades. In the area of the so-called ATO there continues the railway blockade. Moreover, participants of the action of Donbass blockade amongst nationalistic battalions, as well as veterans of the so-called ATO, continue to create new checkpoints. It is confirmed that in the responsibility zone of the AFU 24th brigade in Zovoloye locality participants of actions on the “blockade of Donbass” created a new checkpoint. It was revealed that the AFU 24th brigade’s servicemen assist in the event. According to our information, for providing support to the participants of Donbass blockade, the AFU Command suspended from the post the . . . READ MORE>>

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Ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovich calls upon EU, US to investigate Maidan crimes / Rt.com / February 22, 2017 / Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has written to world leaders calling to investigate protesters’ deaths and crimes against police during the Maidan protests. He also asked Donald Trump to assess US officials’ actions during the Ukraine crisis. “I would like to emphasize that all bloodshed that ensued further in Ukraine originated from the violence on Maidan [Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square]. Never before did Ukraine see bloodshed on such a scale until the mass shooting of people in Maidan,” Yanukovich said in a letter to French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. He called upon EU leaders to demand that Ukrainian authorities launch a genuine probe into the killings and other grave crimes committed on Maidan against the police who were on duty “to maintain public order and protect the constitutional order of Ukraine.” The Council of Europe should create a special commission to monitor the progress of such a probe, the ex-president said. This commission, together with Ukrainian opposition should be allowed by Kiev to monitor the probe of crimes committed in Ukraine between 2014 and present day. “If we are to bring back peace and rule of law to Ukraine, there should be an honest and open investigation of the tragic events of February 14 [2014] that provoked further escalation of the conflict that resulted in a civil war in Ukraine.” A letter to Donald Trump differed from others. Apart from calls to investigate Maidan crimes, Yanukovich called on the US president to . . . READ MORE>>

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Viktor Yanukovich (--Novorossia Today)

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Yanukovich proposes holding referendum on Donbass status / Novorossia Today / February 22, 2017 / Ex-President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich proposes hold a referendum on the status of Donbass for peaceful settlement of the conflict in the region. This proposal is included in his address to the leaders of Germany, France, Poland, the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Parliament, as well as the letters to the presidents of Russia and the United States. The address was made public during the interview that Yanukovich gave to a group of Russian and Ukrainian journalists in connection with the third anniversary of the coup in Ukraine. “In case the current Ukrainian authorities do not comply with the Minsk agreements, it is necessary to initiate a referendum on the status of Donbass,” the statement said. Yanukovich also considers it necessary to “include representatives of the protesting party, representing the people of Donbass republics, in the Normandy format negotiations.” Yanukovich is confident that the majority of citizens of Ukraine will support any peace initiative. “I know the sentiment of the people in Ukraine,” he said during the interview. “The country’s population will support any steps for the peaceful settlement, only a small part of the radicals enjoys the fact that blood is shed. I think the authorities will still be forced to put them in their place, otherwise they will overthrow them,” he said. Commenting on the actions of radicals, who in recent weeks blocked rail transportation of coal from Donbass, the ex-president noted that any blockade of Donbas is not good for the country and further pushes away the people of the region. “Well, then let them say openly that they do not need Donbass,” Yanukovich said, adding that if the authorities need this region, it is necessary to begin negotiations. “Without participation of representatives of Donbass in the talks it will be very difficult to solve this problem,” he said.

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko Harshly Responds to the Proposal of Yanukovych on New Referendum / Novorosinform.org / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 22, 2017 / The government and the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic have absolutely no concern for the statements of the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych about the possibility of a new referendum on the status of Donbass. This was stated by head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko during a dialogue with journalists, according to the correspondent of IA “New Russia”. “Our referendum was held in 2014 and if a referendum will be going on in Ukraine, we do not care [whether it’s] about the status of Donbass, or even about something else. The only legitimate referendum, which took place on our territory, was held in 2014. Everyone knows the results of the referendum and we will not retreat. And the fact that he [Yanukovych] says there are likely to want to remind myself [sic]. But in fact, as the then current (in early 2014) President of Ukraine, he could have at that time held one, but he did not. Therefore, it does not matter what he says today,” said Zakharchenko. Recall, the former Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych appealed to the presidents of Russia, US, Germany and France, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Francois Hollande, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of Poland Andrzej Dude, the head of PACE Pedro Agramunt, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and Chairman of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani with a letter, the text of which is available to RIA “Novosti”. “In case of default by the current Ukrainian authorities on the Minsk agreements, it is necessary to initiate a referendum on the status of Donbass,” wrote Yanukovych. Quemado Institute comments: We’re encouraged by Yanukovych’s efforts to reach out to and inform leaders of the West, and hope he continues in this constructive campaign. One reason such communication is needed is that Donald Trump’s news sources may be unreliable. There are rumors the US President gets most of his information from Cable TV and Fox News. Even more worrying, Poroshenko has now had personal talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US Vice President Mike Pence, causing fear that the Kiev regime leader’s fabrications will influence Trump’s policy. We also urge Alexander Zakharchenko to seek direct contact with Tillerson and/or Trump. As an equal partner in the Minsk Agreements, he has as much right as Poroshenko to speak directly with Western officials.

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Sergei Lavrov (--Uhuruspirit.org)

Sergei Lavrov (–Uhuruspirit.org)

Reality Check: Lavrov reminds OSCE that Minsk Agreements recognized Donbass republics / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 21, 2017 / The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, expressed bewilderment at OSCE General Secretary Lamberto Zannier’s complaint that the Russian president recognized the leadership of the Donbass republics on February 18th by signing the decree on temporarily recognizing DPR/LPR documents. According to Sergey Lavrov, the leadership of the Donbass republics was recognized much earlier. At a press conference following talks with his Swedish counterpart, Margot Wallstrom, Lavrov explained: “I want to explain to Mr. Zannier and everyone who is complaining of alleged violations of international law that the recognition of the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics was done with the signing of the Minsk Agreements, which were unanimously approved by UN Security Council resolutions. They were recognized as one side of the conflict, and as such they are working on implementing the Minsk Agreements.” Furthermore, Lavrov stressed that in the absence of progress with the Minsk Agreements on the fault of the Ukrainian authorities, the republics’ authorities have the right to not have to worry about surviving on their own territory. “And we will help them with this in every way,” Lavrov said.

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slavfeb22-17rVladimir Putin and FSB make an offer to Donald Trump / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / February 21, 2017 / n meeting with the senior staff of the FSB Russian President Vladimir Putin outlines the threats facing Russia and the contours of a deal that might be done with President Donald Trump. Whilst US President Donald Trump battles the US intelligence community and the US elite, the foreign leader he most wants to deal with – Russia’s President Putin – has been addressing the senior staff of the organisation he once headed, Russia’s counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence agency, the FSB. Whilst it is all too tempting to contrast President Putin’s complete control of his government and intelligence services with President Trump’s struggle to achieve mastery over his own, that temptation should be resisted. President Putin did not always have the undisputed mastery of his government and intelligence services that he has now. Only in 2003, following the arrest of the once all-powerful oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the subsequent expulsion from the government of individuals like former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov and former Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov who were beholden to Khodorkovsky and the other oligarchs, did President Putin achieve the undisputed control of the Russian government and intelligence services that he has now. The US and Russian political systems differ profoundly from each other, and the parallel between President Putin’s struggle with the oligarchs and President Trump’s current struggle with the US elite should not be pressed too far. Nonetheless it does show one important fact which those frustrated by some of President Trump’s recent actions need to bear in mind: mere possession of the office of President in any political system does not automatically translate . . . READ MORE>>

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Pavel Klimkin (--un.org)

Pavel Klimkin (–un.org)

Kiev urges to deprive Russia of veto right in UN Security Council / DONi News / February 22, 2017 / Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister, Pavel Klimkin suggested to deprive Russia of the veto right in the UN Security Council. “The Security Council is to be able to react to the ‘bloody conflicts’, despite possible presence of the aggressive party at the same table as the constant Council’s member,” stated Klimkin at the Council’s meeting on the unsolved European conflicts. The Head of the Ukrainian Foreign Policy agency reminded about the article 27, paragraph 3 of the United Nations Charter according to which “the party involved in controversial issue should abstain from voting during the decision making.” According to him, the article has been so far ignored, which he assumes to be unacceptable. Klimkin also claimed that the permanent Russian membership in the UN Security Council was a “fundamental problem” and again accused Moscow of European conflicts’ incitement.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
(Brief Update)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 21.02.2017 / DONi News / February 21, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Shellings on the AFU part won’t stop. The enemy continued shelling districts of the Republic’s localities: Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Shirokaya Balka, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Zhabichevo, Krytaya Balka, Dokuchaevsk, Elenovka, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the DPR territory 1,115 times. Among this shelling number mortars of various calibre were applied 78 times, IFV arms – 84 times, anti-aircraft mounts, grenade launchers and small arms – 953 times. Due to AFU shelling, there were damaged five housing constructions in Elenovka locality down Pereyezdnaya St., 82, 94 and 96, and at Depovskaya St. 4 and 7; the power supply is also partly broken. Currently under reconstruction. As a result of Dokuchaevsk’s shelling, there were partially damaged three housings: Telmanovo St., 25/12, 10, Lenina St., 112a, and Tsentralyana St., 16b, 32. Our reconnaissance continues detecting the presence near the contact line of forbidden arms that have to be withdrawn: – Near Novomokhailovka (5,5 km to the contact line) – there were detected three 122-mm howitzers D-30; – Near Starognatovka (4 km to the contact line) – there were . . . READ MORE>>

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Zakharchenko’s response to assassination threats by Ukrainian regime
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slavfeb21-17uKiev disrupts withdrawal of weapons in Donbass agreed by Contact Group / News-front.info / February 21, 2017 / Ukraine has disrupted the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement agreed by members of the Contact Group on the settlement in the Donbass region, Russian envoy to the Minsk talks, Boris Gryzlov, said on Tuesday. “We have to state that the withdrawal of heavy weapons agreed by the Contact Group has been disrupted by Kiev,” he noted. “The current Ukrainian authorities do not seek to solve the problems that have piled up in the region.” The Russian envoy recalled that an agreement on withdrawing heavy weapons in accordance with the Minsk agreements was reached at the last meeting of the group on February 15. According to Gryzlov, “at the moment, heavy weapons are still deployed inside the security zone along the entire line of disengagement.” “That creates a threat of further escalation of the armed conflict putting at risk lives and health of civilians living in these districts,” he emphasized. “It is noteworthy that after the withdrawal of weapons scheduled for February 20 did not take place, LPR representatives proposed to hold a video conference to urgently tackle this issue. However, their inquiry was actually ignored by the authorities in Kiev. Much to our regret, OSCE representatives were unable to insist on holding such a video conference either,” Gryzlov said. The operational command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said earlier in the day weapons withdrawal had been disrupted, adding that the process has been postponed at least until February 22.

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Poroshenko at earlier Bild inverview in 2016 (--En.censor.net)

Petro Porkoshenko at earlier Bild inverview in March, 2016 (–En.censor.net)

Enemy Report: Poroshenko: Putin is creating an ‘Aleppo’ in the Donbas / Uawire / February 21, 2017 / In an interview with the newspaper Bild, President Petro Poroshenko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of creating of a Ukrainian ‘Aleppo’ in the Donbas, where Poroshenko claims separatists are deliberately attacking civilians. “The situation in some parts of eastern Ukraine is dramatic. We have clear evidence that civilians are deliberately being attacked. Putin is creating a Ukrainian Aleppo there,” he said. According to him, Ukraine has tried many agreements, but Moscow does not comply with them. “In recent years I have tried many agreements, but Russia at the same time has never complied with them. Actually it’s very simple. If Putin abides by the Minsk agreement; if, finally, troops are withdrawn from our country; there will be peace. But unfortunately, this is not the case at the moment,” he said. Poroshenko also accused Putin of violating the Minsk agreements. “The reason that the Minsk peace agreement has not worked has a name – Putin. We in Ukraine have done all we can to bring peace – we changed laws and abided by the agreement, but Russia continues to kill. The promises given by the Russian government, they violate on a daily basis,” said the president. He noted that sanctions against Moscow should be expanded, and that the Russian recognition of separatist-issued passports and documents is the main proof of Russia’s influence in the Donbas. “It is unthinkable that Russia now officially recognizes passports from the occupied territories. This is the greatest proof of Russian influence,” he added. At the Munich conference, the Ukrainian president said that Putin has a deep hatred for Ukraine. [Source: uawire.org/news/poroshenko-putin-is-creating-aleppo-in-the-donbas] Quemado Institute comments: Poroshenko is fabricating. He follows the strategy of accusing your opponent of what you yourself are guilty of. The truth is, there are no Russian official troops in Donbass. It is the Ukrainian forces, not the Russians, who are killing civilians in the region. Russia, moreover, is not a party to Minsk Agreements, therefore Russia cannot logically abide by them. The parties to the Minsk Agreements are Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk. It is Poroshenko who continues to violate the Minsk Agreements by attacking villages along the contact line. The Donetsk and Lugansk militias, defenders of their homeland, have no cause to fight unless first attacked.

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Konstantin Kosachev (--progressoweekly.us)

Konstantin Kosachev (–progressoweekly.us)

Russian senator says sanctions should be imposed on Kiev responsible for people’s deaths / TASS / February 21, 2017 / Earlier in the day, Ukrainian president urged the EU to toughen sanctions against Russia because of Moscow’s recognition of passports issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. / MOSCOW / Sanctions should be put in place against Ukraine, which is trying to derail the Minsk agreements and which is responsible for people’s deaths rather than against Russia, Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee, told TASS on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko urged the EU to toughen sanctions against Russia because of Moscow’s recognition of passports issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics (DPR, LPR). “The Russian side’s decision is a response to the unilateral and deliberate sabotage of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian side,” Kosachev emphasized. He noted that “three years after the beginning of the conflict and two years after the development of sequence and modalities of its resolution, Kiev has done nothing at all except for pushing ahead with the policy of provocations along the line of engagement.” “Sanctions should be imposed, first and foremost, on Kiev, which is responsible for people’s deaths and suffering,” he said. “Russia’s decision is aimed solely at alleviating the plight of these people amid legal confusion in southeastern Ukraine and is as conscious as military provocations by the Ukrainian party to the conflict.” In light of this, Kosachev voiced regret over the fact that Kiev’s policy is “actually covered up by the West whose inactivity is becoming an increasingly more worrisome factor against the backdrop of tensions persisting in the conflict zone.” [More background at source.]

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Storm Bringer on Twitter
February 21, 2017 18:00 UTC
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“BREAKING! Possible directions of the next Ukrainian onset in Donbass.
Repeat of Ukrainian Army’s Disasters in 2014?”

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Churkin, Lavrov (--Rt.com)

Churkin, Lavrov (–Rt.com)

Lavrov on Churkin’s death: We walked through life side by side / Rt.com / February 21, 2017 / Remembering their decades of friendship and shared diplomatic service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has spoken of how he “walked through life side by side” with the late Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, who died on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s official Facebook account shared Lavrov’s emotional post dedicated to his “colleague and friend.” Saying that Churkin “passed away in the line of duty, just several hours before his 65th birthday, Moscow time,” Lavrov remembered how Churkin had celebrated his 42nd birthday in the early 1990s. It was in Sarajevo, “where snipers did their work on a daily basis,” Lavrov wrote. The two diplomats were appointed as deputy foreign ministers “simultaneously” in the spring of 1992, Lavrov wrote, explaining that he was in charge of work at the UN back then, while Churkin was serving in the Balkans. Praising the late diplomat’s efforts to settle the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, Lavrov shared a poem he wrote for Churkin in 1994. Two decades later, the best way to pay respects to the Russian diplomat would be to continue with his efforts to achieve a “safer and more democratic world,” the foreign minister said during an official meeting on Tuesday. Speaking at a briefing following the meeting with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom, Lavrov . . . READ MORE>>

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Vitali Churkin (--Sputnik)

Vitali Churkin (–Sputnik)

8 Times Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin Wowed the World / Sputnik / February 21, 2017 / Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin passed away on Monday, a day before his 65th birthday. President Putin called the diplomat a true patriot whose achievements in defense of Russia in the world could not be overestimated. Sputnik offers some of the most vivid highlights from Churkin’s life and work as UN ambassador. Churkin died in New York City on Monday. He served as Russia’s permanent UN representative and represented Russia in the UN Security Council for over a decade, beginning in April 2006. He joined the diplomatic service in 1974, and devoted virtually his entire life to his work. The envoy’s unexpected passing has led to a flood of condolences, from Syrian UN Envoy Bashar Jaafari to US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and former UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, among many others. In his home country, where Churkin was a media celebrity in his own right for his sharp, witty and stalwart style, news of his death was marked with shock and sadness. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova summed up the diplomatic community’s feelings, saying that they have “lost a person very dear to us,” and calling Churkin a great diplomat, an extraordinary personality and a brilliant man. In his message of condolences to Churkin’s family, President Vladimir Putin said that “for more than 10 years, sometimes in extremely stressful circumstances, [the ambassador had] firmly and consistently defended Russia’s position on major international issues, which required tremendous effort and dedication.” Churkin, Putin said, was “without exaggeration” one of Russia’s “most prominent diplomats,” a “professional of the highest level, a man of profound intellect and extraordinary energy, charisma and a rare sense of humor…” Throughout his time at the UN, Churkin was known for his fearless engagement of Russia’s diplomatic opponents in verbal jousting matches. Armed with a war chest of English-language slang and able to . . . READ MORE>>

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Vitaly Churking (--Washington Times)

Vitaly Churking (–Washington Times)

BREAKING: Ukraine blocks commemorative resolution for Vitaly Churkin at the UN / By Sergei Gladysh / The Duran / February 21, 2017 / Ukraine’s decision to block the adoption of a commemorative resolution by the UN Security Council dedicated to late Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin is “beyond good and evil”, says Russian FM Sergey Lavrov. / “I know how the UN works. I believe that [Ukraine’s] permanent representative would not do this on his own. This means that he was ordered to do it,” Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is quoted as saying in a Sputnik report. “This goes against Christian values. It’s beyond good and evil. Thanks to the current Ukrainian authorities, however, we are accustomed to the fact that someone in their country treats Russians, and anyone who refuses to dance to the pipe of neo-Nazis, precisely like that,” Lavrov added. Ukraine, which is chairing the UN Security Council this month, has cited “lack of precedent” as the reason for blocking a commemorative UN Security Council resolution for Vitaly Churkin. As a result, only a press statement was released and published. If in explaining its decision, the Ukranian Foreign Ministry meant to imply that former UNSC ambassadors didn’t have . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb21-17y4 dead Russian Diplomats in 3 months / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / February 21, 2017 / Russia’s long time ambassador to the UN has died suddenly in New York – this is the fourth Russian diplomat who has died in the last 3 months. / Vitaly Churkin was one of the wisest voices in international diplomacy. His voice will no longer echo in the halls of the United Nations. Articulate, polite yet commanding, wise yet affable, he oversaw some of Russia’s and the world’s most important events in a position he occupied since 2006. Churkin had to face a great deal of hostile criticism from both the Bush and Obama administrations during his time at the UN, but he always did so with grace. He never failed to explain the Russian position with the utmost clarity. Standing next to some of his colleagues, he often looked like a titan in a room full of school children. His death, a day before his 65th birthday, is a tragedy first and foremost for his family, friends and colleagues. It is also a deeply sad day for the cause of justice, international law and all of the principles of the UN Charter which Churkin admirably upheld in the face of great obstacles. His death however raises many uncomfortable questions… Here are 5 things that must be considered: 1. A Macabre Pattern Has Emerged – Beginning in 2015, there were several deaths within the Russian Diplomatic corps and a special Russian Presidential adviser. First there was Russia’s RT founder and special adviser to President Putin, Mikhail Lesin. He died in November of 2015 in his hotel room. Reports said that he appeared discombobulated during his last . . . READ MORE>>

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Gianmatteo Ferrari (--Twitter)

Gianmatteo Ferrari (–Twitter)

Mission to Donbass: Why Italian Entrepreneurs Are Heading to Donetsk / Sputnik / February 21, 2017 / From February 21 to 23, five representatives of the Italian business and investment community are visiting the Donetsk People’s Republic to see the situation on the ground and develop contacts within the local business circles. Ahead of their visit, Sputnik Italia has met with the head of the delegation to learn what they expect from their trip. Five Italian entrepreneurs and investors are visiting the Donetsk People’s Republic from February 21 to 23, to see for themselves what is happening on the ground. According to local media, they are “set to meet with representatives of several ministries and departments of the Republic to discuss possible ways of cooperation.” Ahead of their visit, Sputnik Italia has met with the head of the delegation, Gianmatteo Ferrari from the Association Lombardia — Russia (Associazione Lombardia-Russia) to discover where they got the idea from and what they expect from their trip. “Last November me and the Secretary of our Association, Luca Bertoni were part of the delegation which was organized by Association Veneto – Russia (Associazione Veneto-Russia) for the entrepreneurs of the northeastern region of Italy. We wanted to repeat the initiative of the businessmen of the region to help the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk to restore the enterprises which they no longer have,” he told Sputnik. Gianmatteo Ferrari further said that even though both self-proclaimed republics of Ukrainian Donbass have coal mines, steel plants and electric power plants on their territories, they do not have enough expertise in, for example, agriculture. Hence the association wants to help them and bring in experts in this sphere so that they could invest in their enterprises and help local people to open their business. He said, investment could happen in cheese factories where local people could re-process milk and make cheese. Or greenhouses where they could grow vegetables and plants. He stresses that it will be separate production facilities and not the branches of the companies of the visiting entrepreneurs as the products produced at the factories of the two republics will stay within the republics and won’t . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, February 20, 2017
(Brief Update)

Vitaly Churkin (--Sputnik)

Vitaly Churkin (–Sputnik)

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin Dies / Sputnik / February 20, 2017 / Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin died at the age of 64, just a day before his 65th birthday, in New York on Monday. “A prominent Russian diplomat has passed away while at work. We’d like to express our sincere condolences to Vitaly Churkin’s family,” Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement available on its official website. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative Petr Iliichev said about Churkin that he kept working “till the very end.” “The loss that Russia has suffered is irreplaceable. Ambassador Churkin kept working till the very last moment. He dedicated all his life to protecting Russia’s interests abroad. He was [always] at the front line, taking the most challenging appointments,” Iliichev said. The representative of the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said that the UN was shocked by the news, extending their condolences to Moscow: “We mourn ambassador Churkin, he’s been such a regular presence here that I’m actually quite stunned and our thoughts go to his family and his government.” Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, took to Facebook to express her grief: “A great diplomat. An extraordinary personality. A brilliant man. We’ve lost a person very dear to us.” Putin expressed his condolences to the family of late diplomat, as well as to his colleagues in the Foreign Ministry. “It is with deep sorrow that Russian President Vladimir Putin learned about the death of Vitaly Churkin,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. He added that Putin held Churkin’s professionalism and diplomatic talent in high regard. . . . READ MORE>>

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Memorable Quotes from Vitaly Churkin
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On many occasions over the decade that he served as Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin has countered attacks by Western diplomats with a pointed turn of phrase. RT looks at six such moments from Churkin’s distinguished career.

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