Donetsk Lugansk News Sep 3-10 2017

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Sunday September 10, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/10/2017 / DONi News / September 10, 2017 / Good afternoon. Today, first of all, I want to congratulate the DPR tank crew on the professional holiday. Tank troops are the iron fist of our army, the protection and support of the young Republic. With all my heart, I wish you success in your hard work on defending the borders of the Republic. Over the past 24 hours, 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. One artillery shell of 122-mm calibre, 32 mortar shells of 82-mm and 120-mm calibres were launched on eight localities and the surrounding areas, including with active use of grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the shelling, two houses at the address Shchors Street, 46, 33/17 were damaged in the locality of Yasnoye. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired seven mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre at the village of Kominternovo; also the enemy fired from small arms at the settlement of Sosnovskoye. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked Zaitsevo locality with small arms. Once again, the Ukrainian media spread a message that did not correspond to the reality, presenting a failed provocation at the Mayorsk checkpoint as an alleged attack by our units. The Ukrainian command is deploying to the so-called ‘ATO’ zone additional forces of the Air Force. Four Mi-8 combat transport helicopters and an An-30 reconnaissance aircraft arrived at the Kramatorsk airfield. I want to warn Ukrainian pilots and their commanders from provocative flights near the demarcation line and urge them to strictly observe the Minsk agreements. The fights of 2014, during which most of AFU planes and helicopters were destroyed, did not teach the Kiev leadership anything. They again try to intimidate the defenders and civilians of Donbass with the imaginary power of their aviation. The loud case of Deputy Commander of the Ground Forces General Nikitenko, who was not afraid to publicly express the opinion of the general mass of Ukrainian servicemen, led to mass checks in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In the units and parts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Security Service conducts checks that include surveys and questionnaires to identify officers whose opinions are in conflict with Kiev’s political course. Servicemen that cause suspicion are withdrawn to the rear or dismissed from the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And repressions have already been applied to a number of officers from the 59th motorized infantry brigade, the 72 and 92 mechanized brigades, condemning the punitive operation against the inhabitants of Donbass and the deterioration of relations between Ukraine and Russia. This shows that the Ukrainian leadership is afraid of pressure from its own security forces and is afraid of disobedience on their part. –-Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency

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Valentina Lisitsa, Donbass, September 2017

Some 7,000 citizens attend Valentina Lisitsa’s piano concert in Donetsk [Pics] / DONi News / September 10, 2017 / The concert “Symphony of Fire” by the famous pianist from the USA Valentina Lisitsa and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Donetsk State Academic Philharmonic Society was held yesterday in the centre of Donetsk. The event, timed to coincide with the 74th anniversary of the Liberation Day of Donbass, brought together about seven thousand inhabitants of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Ukraine-controlled territory of Donbass, and Russia. Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Olga Makeyeva, Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova, Acting Minister of Culture Mikhail Zheltyakov, Director General of the Moscow Philharmonic Alexander Paretsky, as well as representatives of other ministries and departments were among the audience. “Regarding the art sphere, Valentina Lisitsa’s visit is very important for the Republic. Most importantly, by this concert we commemorate our grandfathers and great-grandfathers who defended Donbass and support those defending our homeland now,” Paretsky said. The pianist performed solo four compositions: Piano sonata No. 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto and Georgy Sviridov’s “Time, Forward!” The performance of the latter was followed by a ten-minute fire show. In the course of the concert, Acting Head of the Republic’s Ministry of Culture thanked Lisitss for her visit to the DPR and her art, and presented flowers to the pianist. “My impressions are incredible, impossible to convey. So many people, and all listened to wonderful music soul to soul. It is a double pleasure that this concert has coincided with such a wonderful holiday. I am in a spiritual uplift,” Lisitsa said in an interview. The concert lasted about an hour and a half. Upon completion, the audience thanked the musicians with a storm of applause, and Lisitsa was presented with flowers. The event culminated with colourful fireworks. “I really liked the concert. I came and waited for a miracle to happen, and it did happen – I enjoyed the performance, and classical music will keep playing in my heart for a long time,” Svetlana Zhalkina, a Donetsk citizen, shared her impressions. Let us recall that the American pianist of Ukrainian origin Valentina Lisitsa first performed in the DPR capital on June 22, 2015. She played then a concert-requiem dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow. In the spring of 2016, she took part in the Prokofiev Spring Festival. On September 11 and 12, 2017, Lisitsa will give concerts with the orchestra of the Donetsk Philharmonic in Gorlovka and Yasinovataya.

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VIDEO – Donetsk Fire symphony – Pianist Valentina Lisitsa
September 10, 2017 – Video by Donbass Rose

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Sick of Fake News, Brave French Woman Heads to Donbass in Search for Truth / Sputnik / September 10, 2017 / Christelle Neant, a Frenchwoman who got sick of the ‘pro-Kiev propaganda’ she found in French media about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, decided to travel to the war-torn region to find out what was really going on. She spoke to Sputnik about what she discovered. Tired of watching mainstream media coverage on the ‘slow-burning’ civil war in the Donbass, Neant traveled to Donetsk in March 2016, and ended up staying ever since. She got a job at DONi News, the Donetsk People’s Republic’s official international news agency. The portal serves as a source of information and contact center for journalists and foreign visitors looking to find out about the real situation from on the ground in the region. Speaking to Sputnik France, Neant shared her impressions about the people she’s met, and the conflict which presently seems to have no end in sight. “I did this to refute what’s written by most media outlets, particularly French ones. They publish a lot of nonsense and plain lies about this conflict. My goal is to show the reality on the ground,” she said, explaining her decision to work for DONi. Neant is also a contributor for the French anti-mainstream news resource AgoraVox. Neant said that she wanted to listen to and give voice to the region’s residents, “whom the regime in Kiev calls terrorists simply because they refused to recognize the Maidan coup d’état.” Commenting on the conflict in the region, the journalist said that notwithstanding the Minsk agreements, “the Ukrainian army and especially the ultranationalist battalions (if not to say neo-Nazis) do not observe the cease-fire regime.” This was the case in spite of rigorous efforts by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to observe the ceasefire, she added. “DPR and LPR command severely punishes any unjustified violations of the ceasefire regime, because authorities in both republics support a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and soldiers strictly abide by the ceasefire,” Neant said. The journalist stressed that from on the ground in Donetsk, it’s obvious that Kiev is deliberately trying to delay or even sabotage the Minsk contact group’s meetings through “intensified bombing by the Ukrainian army on the eve or even the day of the meetings, after which they can complain that the ceasefire is not being observed.” Furthermore, Neant believes that all the recent initiatives by the Ukrainian side confirm that Kiev now hopes to break with the Minsk agreements “and to reestablish control over the Donbass through the use of force,” even though local civilians unanimously favor a peaceful settlement. . . . READ MORE>>

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Russia’s UN Peacekeeper Plan Anticipates US-Backed Kiev Offensive / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / September 10, 2017 / Russia’s proposed deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in eastern Ukraine makes sense in the light of recent reports that the US is stepping up its supply of lethal weaponry to the Kiev regime. The war is set to explode. It is therefore prudent to deploy international monitors to try to restrain the violence, or at least offset the undoubted propaganda war which will ensue. The move to involve the UN is also a damning reflection of how ineffective the already-in-place monitors from the OSCE have been. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has stationed hundreds of international members in eastern Ukraine since March 2014, yet the OSCE has done little to restrain the offensive actions by the Kiev-controlled Ukrainian Armed Forces against the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The lack of restraint stems from the OSCE being evidently biased towards the Kiev regime and its reluctance to issue public criticism of Kiev’s daily violations of the Minsk Accord. In other words, despite claims of impartiality, the OSCE serves as a propaganda tool for the US-backed regime. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that increased American military support to the Kiev regime will result in an escalation of violence. When US defense secretary James Mattis was in Kiev last month, he said Washington was «considering» sending lethal weapons to the regime’s forces. As part of the public relations exercise, Mattis called the weapons «defensive» lethal weapons. Those «defensive» arms include Javelin anti-tank missiles. Reliable reports say that lethal US weaponry has already begun arriving, including grenade launchers and the high-powered Barrett M-82 sniper rifles with a range of 1.8 kilometers. According to sources in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the American military supplies are being delivered through private US firms, which obscures Washington’s official involvement. Over the past week, DPR military chief Eduard Basurin has cited as many as 200 violations of the ceasefire supposedly in place under the 2015 Minsk Accord. Those violations were carried with heavy artillery and mortars, hitting 25 locations in the Donetsk province. The DPR also claims that Kiev forces are moving up heavy weapons, including Howitzers, to the Contact Line, in another breach of Minsk. Meanwhile, a check on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s latest reporting on the ground indicates «fewer ceasefire violations». Typical of the OSCE reporting, those violations that are noted are worded in vague fashion in such a way that it is not clear which party is committing the attacks. The OSCE reports cite explosions and artillery fire, but rarely assign blame or details that might allow readers to ascertain who is firing at who. The lack of details strongly suggests a deliberate effort by the OSCE authorities to obfuscate. Yet, it claims to be a frontline source for journalists to file reports on what is happening in Ukraine. No wonder Western media in particular are so vacant about the conflict, if this is their source. Given the Pentagon’s move to openly step up lethal weapons to the Kiev regime, the implications for worsening violence in eastern Ukraine are ominous. Kiev’s forces, which include Neo-Nazi battalions, have been waging an «Anti-Terror Operation» (ATO) on the ethnic Russian population of Donetsk and Luhansk since April 2014. Up to 10,000 have died in the conflict. The ATO was originally launched at the same time that then CIA chief John Brennan visited the Kiev regime – two months after the CIA backed the coup that brought the regime to power. The violence has continued despite the signing by Kiev and the separatists of the two-year-old Minsk Accord – brokered by Russia, France and Germany. The Kiev regime headed up by President Petro Poroshenko claims that the separatists are «terrorists» supported by Russian «aggression». The separatists view the Kiev regime as . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: Finian Cunningham is certainly right to sympathize with the DPR/LPR militias’ independence fight. But Cunningham misses the point about UN Peacekeepers, who could well be more biased than the OSCE and even escalate the war. See: Putin Betrays Donbass, Seeks UN Peacekeepers in Ukraine (Quemado Institute, September 6, 2017)

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Mexican Standoff [in Ukraine] Goes Nuclear / by Frank Lee / Off-Guardian / september 10, 2017 / part from the criminally insane, (John McCain, Lindsey Graham et al.) nobody wants war, particularly nuclear war. Unfortunately, however, war happens, sometimes by accident sometimes by design. The present standoff between the US/NATO and Russia and China is a case in point. The United States’ ever-present hegemonic ambitions are hardly secret and have been displayed in their most virulent and openly aggressive forms since the collapse of the USSR. This latter event was a key moment in the present historical conjuncture. During the 1990s, Russia was prostrate and the US/NATO juggernaut was able to take full advantage of the situation. The war against what used to be called the Third World had always been a feature of US foreign policy; however, now with the disappearance of the one geopolitical bloc which could hold the US in check, the US imperial leviathan was able to extend its aggression to both Russia and more lately China. Ex-Soviet satellites, and even ex-Soviet republics in Europe were sucked into the voracious maw of NATO, which was to double in size and expand right up to Russia’s western frontier. In passing, we may note that the collapse of communism also had the effect of an abject surrender of the centre-left/social democratic currents in Europe, and their conversion to both neoliberalism and neoconservatism. NATO membership meant that the US effectively controlled Europe’s foreign policy, and this policy fait accompli was ratified in the Lisbon Treaty — which meant that Europe’s defence and security policy was outsourced to a non-member of the EU, i.e. the United States, who control NATO. In short, the EU became a civilian wing of NATO. These events were, of course, a naked provocation as was the dismemberment of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The continued policy of provocation became the order of the day. In 2008 NATO announced boldly that Georgia and Ukraine “will become members of NATO.” Thereupon Georgia’s comical President Mikheil Saakasvili bombarded Tskhinvali, capital of the self-declared Republic of South Ossetia that had resisted integration into the current Republic of Georgia since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this instance Russia defended South Ossetia, invading Georgia. It then recognized the independence, both of South Ossetia and of the Republic of Abkhazia, from Georgia. (This may be a tit-for-tat response to the U.S.’s decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence from Serbia six months earlier.) Then in 2014 came the ultimate provocation: the American backed coup in Ukraine which resulted in the ongoing and open-ended Ukrainian imbroglio 2014-2017. This resulted, inter alia, in the referendum and defection of the Crimea to the . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Vladislav Surkov (–UaWire)

Putin’s aide Surkov turns down US request to relocate Donbas talks from Minsk to Belgrade / UaWire / September 10, 2017 / On August 21, during a meeting in Minsk with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker suggested that Moscow consider relocating negotiations on the Donbas from Minsk to Belgrade, Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbass) news website reported, citing its own source. Surkov refused, said the website’s source. It is noted that the potential relocation of the negotiations to another city would be connected to the increase in cases of the persecution of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of Belarus. For example, during the night of February 1 in Minsk, policemen detained a journalist from Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbass), Vitaliy Sizov. The Belarusian authorities recommended that the journalist leave Minsk, explaining that he was included in Russian “black lists”. Then, on February 11, police in Minsk detained Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan. On August 28, it became known that a 19-year-old Ukrainian, Pavlo Gryb, had also disappeared in Belarus. It later became known that officers from the Russian FSB took Gryb to Krasnodar. In late August, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Kremlin’s decision to “freeze” the situation in the Donbas and live under sanctions is fundamentally wrong. [Source: uawire.org/surkov-turns-down-us-request-to-relocate-donbas-talks-from-minsk-to-belgrade]

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Vladimir Putin (–AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

[Enemy Commentary:] Russia’s plan to manipulate UN Peacekeeping forces in Donbas / Baltic Post / September 10, 2017 / On 5 September, during a press conference at the BRICS (Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa) summit in China, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would propose a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas. A relevant document was submitted on the same day. Moscow’s initiative, however, does have a few conditions. The peacekeeping forces would offer protection to the OSCE mission in Donbas and be deployed only on the demarcation line between the Ukrainian forces and the forces of the separatists backed by Russia. Furthermore, their deployment would take place after both parties to the conflict have withdrawn heavy matériel. President Putin also emphasised that the deployment of the UN peacekeeping forces should be agreed during direct negotiations with separatist leaders and must be approved by the UN Security Council. The Ukrainian side has been probing the possibility of the deployment of UN forces in Donbas as an alternative to the Minsk Accord since 2015. However, it was only on 3 February 2017 that the draft proposal for deployment of an armed UN peacekeeping mission was presented in the speech of Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, deputy head of the administration of President Petro Poroshenko. Officially, Kyiv announced it during a telephone conversation of the participants of the so-called Normandy Format (France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia) during a summit of its heads of state on 24 July this year. According to President Poroshenko, the need to deploy UN peacekeeping forces and to vest them with the UN Security Council’s mandate is an effect of “Russia’s categorical unwillingness to achieve peace in Donbas.” On 22 August, the Ukrainian president stated that he intended to present a detailed plan for the deployment of the mission in Donbas during the next session of the UN General Assembly (12–25 September). Before that, Ukraine also suggested that an armed OSCE mission be deployed in the region. Commentary: The Russian proposal is above all of a tactical character because Moscow’s primary goal is to torpedo Kyiv’s initiative concerning the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the occupied part of Donbas and at the same time to put the blame on Ukraine and the USA for the expected failure of the Russian proposal. The Kremlin’s initiative can also be linked with the recently observed hardening of the US stance on the conflict, particularly including with the announcement that arms supplies to Ukraine are possible. Signs of this include President Putin’s ambiguous statement in which he warned that US weapons supplies to Ukraine might lead to the conflict spilling over onto the territory of Ukraine and to “the separatists sending weapons to other conflict areas critical for those who pose problems to them.” President Putin’s statement, which was in essence blackmail addressed to the USA, may suggest that Russian weapons will be supplied to other areas where US forces are engaged. Moscow in fact is not interested in the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas. Their presence would not be beneficial to the Kremlin as it would potentially restrict Russia’s full freedom of action in the conflict area, which includes periodically escalating the conflict in order to apply pressure on Kyiv. However, Moscow is trying to simulate efforts to end the conflict, thus manifesting its constructive stance on the Ukrainian conflict to the West. This is partly effective, one proof of which is the statement of the German minister of foreign affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, who called the draft resolution “a change in Russia’s previous policy that we cannot waste.”President Putin’s words have met with a negative reaction in Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that Russia, being the aggressor country, cannot be a participant of the peacekeeping mission under the aegis of the UN and that its deployment does not require consent from the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ in Donbas. Iryna Herashchenko, deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, rejected Putin’s initiative, viewing it as an attempt to distort the idea of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping forces in the conflict area in Donbas announced in Kyiv. The conditions of deployment of the peacekeeping forces put forward by the Kremlin are unfavourable to Ukraine, because this would mean recognising the separatists as a subject of international negotiations, while the UN mission would only extend to the contact line that would maintain the situation of the lack of international supervision on the Ukrainian-Russian border in Donbas (currently controlled by Russian services and separatist forces). Not all the details of the Ukrainian initiative concerning the UN peacekeeping mission are known at present. It envisages the deployment of peacekeeping forces across the entire territory that is outside the central government’s control between the demarcation line and the Ukrainian-Russian border. Peacekeeping forces would monitor the security situation and the demilitarisation process in the region. In Kyiv’s intention, the deployment of the international mission will contribute to freezing the conflict. The Ukrainian ideas of deploying an armed UN or OSCE armed mission which have appeared since 2015 have never been officially presented in the form of an open concept nor have they been ever presented in the form of a coherent concept or put forward as a resolution on the UN forum. Most likely, Kyiv was probing these issues via diplomatic channels but they did not receive support from France and Germany and were in fact sabotaged by Russia (despite the suggestions that it might support them which Russia made from time to time). The Ukrainian proposal of deploying peacekeeping forces fits in with the context of Kyiv’s other actions concerning Donbas. Since spring, the government has been preparing an act under which Russia will be recognised as an aggressor and the territories of Donbas which are currently outside the central government control will be recognised as temporarily occupied territories. The act is also expected to vest the president with the right to announce martial law and to use armed forces in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. The final wording of the act has not been agreed as yet; the government is planning to put the document to a vote in parliament already this year. Quemado Institute comment (posted and awaiting moderation at source): There are elements of truth to your commentary. Clearly Putin’s move is for political show, to appease the West. So in a sense, it is true that “Moscow in fact is not interested in the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas.” But you are wrong when you say, “Their presence would not be beneficial to the Kremlin as it would potentially restrict Russia’s full freedom of action in the conflict area, which includes periodically escalating the conflict in order to apply pressure on Kyiv.” If you are being sincere in saying this and actually misunderstand the real situation, let me inform you that Russia is not taking any “action in the conflict area” other than sending humanitarian aid and offering occasional political advice, usually with regard to the Minsk Agreements (eg through the JCCC). And so “Russia’s full freedom of action” can’t logically be restricted. The burden of proof is on you to give any ground-based evidence of official Russian military presence in Donbass. There is no Russian military presence, I can assure you, as many foreign journalists present in non-Kiev controlled Donbass have reported. Nor is Russia “periodically escalating the conflict.” Since they have no troops in Donbass, they would have no means of escalating. Recall that the “separatists” are the people that live in Donbass and grew up there. They are culturally and genetically Russian, but they are not Russian citizens. Let’s be factual, shall we? About Russia having no real interest in peacekeepers, let’s hope not. The Minsk Agreements forbid foreign peacekeepers. [Source: thebalticpost.com/2017/09/10/russias-plan-to-manipulate-un-peacekeeping-forces-in-donbas/comment-page-1/#comment-32944]

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Friday September 8, 2017
(Brief Update)

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US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine, Production of Bio-weapons and “Disease Causing Agents” / By Goran Lompar / Global Research / August 24, 2017 / Ukraine turned into the proving ground for the new generation of US biological weapons, European mass media report. In 2015, American alternative media outlet InfoWars accused the Pentagon of developing new types of biological weapons in secret military laboratories in Ukraine. The facilities were constructed under the terms of the bilateral agreement signed between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Department of Defense in 2012. Today thirteen American military bio-labs operate in Ukraine, The International Mass Media Agency reports. They employ only American specialists being entirely funded from the budget of the Department of Defense. Local authorities have pledged not to interfere in their work. These military labs are reported to be mainly involved in the study and production of disease-causing agents of smallpox, anthrax and botulism. The facilities are located in the following Ukrainian cities: Odessa, Vinnytsia, Uzhgorod, Lviv (three), Kharkiv, Kyiv (four), Kherson, Ternopil. The network of military bio-labs in Eastern Europe gives the hawks the opportunity to avoid the Geneva Convention of 1972 on the prohibition of development, production and stockpiling of . . . READ MORE>>

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VIDEO – Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Comes to Saur Mogila,
Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya
September 8, 2017 – Interview by Donbass Rose

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URGENT: SouthFront’s Work Is Fully Blocked On Youtube (UPDATED) / SouthFront.org / September 8, 2017 / UPDATE [8.09.2017 23:42 CEST]: Dear friends, few moments ago Youtube removed one of the two “Community Guidelines strikes” from SouthFront’s channel and restored our video “Syrian War Report – September 8, 2017: US-led Coalition Rescues ISIS Commanders From Deir Ezzor?”. This means that SouthFront is now able again to upload new videos to our Youtube channel. However, the Community Guidelines strike that was added to the channel on September 6 remained. (You can find more about it in the text below). The remaining strike directly impacts SouthFront’s ability to provide exclusive content. We cannot more host live streams because our Youtube channel has a Community Guidelines strike. Furthermore, it’s clear that a threat that SouthFront’s YouTube channel might be closed down or once again frozen (as a result of false flagging by the project’s ill-wishers or by ‘mistake’ of the Youtube system) remains while the channel still has one Community Guidelines strike. . . . READ MORE>>

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Tuesday September 5, 2017
(Brief Update)

“Fed up with the mainstream press, this Frenchwoman went to Donbass to see for herself” / Fort Russ / Translated from Sputnik France by Tom Winter / September 5, 2017 / “It is not up to Russia instead of the people of Donbass to decide whether or not to return to the fold of Ukraine:” in search of truth, Christelle Néant left for the Donbass to open the eyes of the French people accustomed to consuming “pro-Kiev propaganda.” Living in Donetsk, she breaks the silence on Sputnik’s microphone. Blindly believe in mainstream press articles? Or go to an unknown destination to discover the truth and share it with others? The French journalist working for the official international agency of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR), DONi, Christelle Néant chose the second option and remains proud of her decision. “To counter what is found in most major media, especially the French media that tell a lot of nonsense and untruths about this conflict. My goal is to show the reality on the ground,” she told Sputnik about her mission in the Donbass. Thus, Mme Néant set out on the goal of giving a hearing to the civilians of Donbass, “who are characterized as terrorists by the Kiev regime simply because they rejected the Maidan coup.” On the ground since 2016, Christelle Néant observes that, Minsk accords notwithstanding, “the Ukrainian army, and even the ultra-nationalist (not to say neo-Nazi) battalions, do not respect the ceasefire” despite efforts by the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) and the People’s Republic of Lugansk (LPR). “In the armies of the NPR and the LPR, unjustified violations of the ceasefire regime are severely punished by the command because the authorities of both republics support the process of peaceful resolution of the conflict, and therefore the soldiers respect the ceasefire strictly,” she said. In addition, Kiev is constantly seeking to . . . READ MORE>>

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VIDEO In Memory of Children Killed in SE Ukraine (Donbass)
Published June 2, 2017 – Patrick Lancaster

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“Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic’s gathered on Thursday evening in the capital’s to take part in the “Angels” action in memory of the deceased young residents of Donbass during the military aggression by Ukrainian forces. On the International Children’s Day, the participants of the event recall the innocently gone, and in a sign of sorrow they launch lanterns into the sky.” —DONi News

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Vladimir Putin. To what degree has this cowardly man surrendered to the pressure of the Western deep state?

Russia sends resolution to the UN on peacekeeping force in Donbass / Fort Russ / Translated by Tom Winter / September 5, 2017 / The resolution on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass will be considered in the UN Security Council. Russia has sent a resolution to the UN Security Council on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass. It has became known that Russia sent to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass. Information on this was reported by Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia. We note that the Russian leader Vladimir Putin earlier called for submitting the relevant document to the UN Security Council. Also, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, has already expressed his willingness to discuss the idea of deploying peacekeepers. We note that the German Foreign Ministry has called this initiative of Putin “a chance for peace.” In particular, the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Sigmar Gabriel, said that the introduction of a peacekeeping mission is a chance that must be taken, for peace, requiring a policy of detente. Quemado Institute comments: The introduction of peacekeepers that Putin allegedly advocates is not in keeping with the Minsk Agreements. It seems hard to believe Zakharchenko would consider such peacekeepers. If unarmed, what would their function be over and above that of the OSCE and JCCC? If armed, their presence would constitute a total violation of Minsk. Again, Putin seems to appease the West at the expense of the DPR/LPR. When will Putin the Betrayer realize the West cannot be appeased?

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Boris Gryzlov – Betrayer of Donbass (Photo: –EADaily)

Russia’s chief negotiator says UN presence in Donbass may put end to armed conflict / TASS / September 5, 2017 / Possible deployment of UN peacekeepers at the contact line in Donbass can help put an end to the armed phase of the conflict but will not remove political settlement from the agenda, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Minsk peace talks, Boris Gryzlov, said on Tuesday. “Security issues are inextricably linked with issues of political settlement of the conflict in Donbass,” he said. “These issues have always been and will be among priorities of the Contact Group [on the settlement in Donbass]. A number of conditions have already been created for possible deployment of a UN contingent tasked to ensure security of the OSCE mission. Some territories have been cleared of mines, heavy weapons have been withdrawn from a number of sections. The first ten days of the so-called back-to-school ceasefire have demonstrated that the number of shelling episodes can be reduced to minimum and the level of security of civilians can be improved provided the parties have good will for that.” “Deployment of peacekeepers along the line of engagement is quite possible with Kiev’s good will and it can help put an end to the armed phase of the conflict, [emphasis added] ” he said. “But security of peacekeepers must also be ensured by means of disengagement of forces and complete withdrawal of heavy weapons. So far, we see that Kiev is reluctant to disengage forces and weapons at various sections, for instance, near Stanitsa Luganskaya.” “Nevertheless the mere presence of a UN mission will not remove political settlement of the conflict from the agenda,” Gryzlov stressed. “Problems of Donbass’ special status, amnesty and elections must be resolved in line with the Minsk agreements.” Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia plans to submit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution on the deployment of UN peacekeepers along the line of engagement in Donbass to ensure safety of the OSCE mission. He stressed however that deployment of UN peacekeepers could only be possible after weapons withdrawal from the area and upon agreement with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics. Quemado Institute comments: With Kiev’s good will? Put an end to the armed phase of the conflict? What insanity is Gryzlov purporting! Kiev has no good will, as this betrayer surely knows. Boris Gryzlov is a liar and a puppet of the Western deep state.

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Konstantin Kosachev, Liar, betrayer of Donbass, puppet of the Western deep state (Photo: –rt.com)

Russian senator says deploying peacekeepers to Donbass plugs all loopholes for Kiev / TASS / September 5, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to deploy UN peacekeepers along the Donbass line of contact in order to ensure the OSCE mission’s security will help achieve several tasks at a time, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said on Tuesday. According to him, first of all, the initiative will deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression. The conditions outlined by the Russian president, which include narrowing the peacekeepers mandate to the protection of the OSCE mission, their deployment only to the line of contact and the withdrawal of troops and weapons based on a decision reached with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics, will leave no loopholes for Kiev, Kosachev wrote on Facebook. “Judging by the panic response from Kiev, they have realized this already,” Kosachev said. “The response that Ukraine’s representative to the Contact Group on Donbass Irina Gerashchenko gave, shows Ukraine’s true intentions: it does not want peacekeepers, it wants some police units from the West to be deployed to the entire territory of the DPR and LPR under a UN mandate,” Kosachev said. The Russian senator added that Kiev was actually inclined to consider the Russian border as the “line of contact.” In Kosachev’s view, Putin’s initiative will help achieve several tasks at a time. “It refutes the allegations put forward by Ukraine and the West, claiming that Russia is unwilling to fulfill the important security provision before implementing other provisions of the Minsk Agreements. This is a realistic idea, and so it poses a threat to Kiev, since it may help calm down the situation along the line of contact and deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression.” Besides, in Kosachev’s words, if the plan is implemented, “all the talk about supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine will become useless.” On Tuesday, while addressing his final press conference at the BRICS summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, stipulating the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Donbass in order to ensure the OSCE mission members’ security. Putin pointed out that the deployment of the UN forces would become possible only after the weapons withdrawal process completed and the issue was agreed on with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics. Quemado Institute comments: Kosachev says, “the initiative will deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression.” Nonsense. Why would the UN expose the lies about Russian aggression when the OSCE has been silent on the topic? Is the UN more unbiased than the OSCE? Of course not, and this liar knows it. Note that Kosachev also blurts, “It [Putin’s peacekeeper proposal] refutes the allegations put forward by Ukraine and the West.” This statement is an explicit admission that Putin’s main motive is to appease the West. Why would Putin and his Kremlin flunkies betray the DPR/LPR just to refute the false allegations of Ukraine and the West, unless they are puppets of the Western deep state? Moreover, if these peacekeepers are there to protect the OSCE, who will protect the peacekeepers? Unless they are armed. In which case UN forces would be joining the Ukrainian Army in the war against Donbass, with Putin’s permission.

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“UN peacekeepers would be protecting these Ukrainian murderers.” –Quemado Institute (Photo: –Ria Novosti)

Ukraine May Propose Own Resolution on Peacekeepers at Donbass / Sputnik / September 6, 2017 / Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations claims that Ukraine may introduce its own draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbass region. KIEV (Sputnik) / Ukraine may introduce its own draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbass region, if needed, otherwise the parties will be working on the basis of the Russian draft provided that it will be altered in accordance with Kiev’s position, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said that Russia has sent the UN Security Council president a draft resolution on the UN mission in Ukraine, adding that Moscow intends to call consultations at the expert level and at the level of the UN ambassadors. “We already have everything, [Ukraine’s resolution] has been drafted and distributed among partners. I think, we will wait for a bit and, if needed, compose and release our own alternative [draft] within one or two days. Another option is to work on the basis of the Russian draft, which does not mean that everything in it should remain the way [Russia] put it,” Yelchenko said told the 112 Ukraina channel. Kiev insists that the mission’s mandate should be broader than proposed by Russia, and the peacekeepers must be deployed as far as the Donbass area adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his support to the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine, stressing that the mission should only ensure the security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) staff, with the peacekeepers deployed on the disengagement line. According to the president, the issue should be decided upon after disengagement, pullout of hardware, and with direct contact with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Kiev was ready to work out the issues of deploying peacekeepers to Donbass, with the Ukrainian mission in New York having been instructed to hold consultations with delegations in the UN Security Council. However, the ministry stressed that Ukraine would not accept the presence of Russians in the peacekeeping mission, as well as talks on the issue with Donbass representatives.

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Pete John on Twitter
September 5, 2017 23:00 UTC

“There will be no UN peacekeepers in #Donbass, only Russian peacekeepers
which citizens will gladly welcome to LDNR.”

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[Unfriendly Report:] Russia’s Peacekeeping Proposal in Ukraine Rings Hollow / Stratfor WorldView / September 5, 2017 / For nearly three years, Kiev has been trying to get U.N. peacekeepers sent to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but now the suggestion is coming from Moscow. During a Sept. 5 press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that the U.N. Security Council deploy peacekeepers to the front lines of the conflict, which would “benefit the resolution of problems in southeast Ukraine.” The timing of the statement indicates that Russia could file a resolution during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session, which begins Sept. 12. But the proposal should be seen more as an attempt to ease pressure from the West — and particularly Washington — than a sincere commitment to ending the conflict. Ukraine, for its part, already suspects that Moscow is more interested in gaining leverage with the West than reaching a settlement in Donbas — especially since Putin’s proposal is much more limited than any Kiev has put forth. It would not grant the United Nations access to Donbas proper or the separatist territories’ border with Russia, limiting the ability to monitor or disrupt the flow of weapons and personnel. Ukraine’s deputy head of parliament, Iryna Gerashchenko, said that, “In the best traditions of hybrid war, Putin is turning everything upside down by trying to distort the idea of Ukrainian leadership regarding peacekeepers in the Donbas.” But many Western countries will be taking Putin’s proposal seriously, and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has taken steps to try to shape any peacekeeping missions, stipulating that they not include Russian military personnel or require permission from the separatist territories, which Kiev does not recognize. Already, Germany — a key mediator who has called on Russia and Ukraine to do more to resolve the conflict — has expressed approval for Putin’s proposed plan. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that, “By proposing to deploy peacekeepers to Ukraine, Russia has changed its policy towards Ukraine. We should not miss this moment.” He went further, suggesting that, “If things work out well with the blue helmets, this would be the first step for removing sanctions against Russia.” However, it’s the U.S. reaction that Russia is watching closest for. Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric about forging closer ties with Russia, Washington has maintained a fairly hawkish position on Moscow than the Europeans, particularly where the Ukraine conflict is concerned. Washington has continued to call on Moscow to abide by the Minsk protocols, and it’s maintained support for Kiev in political and security matters. More recently, the passing of a Congress-led sanctions bill against Moscow illustrated the institutional constraints that the U.S. president faces when it comes to Russia. Regardless of Trump’s desires, the United States and Russia are increasingly at odds. In the past few months, Moscow and Washington have engaged in a series of tit-for-tat moves like diplomat expulsions and compound seizures, with Russia warning that it would respond in an “asymmetric” fashion. Meanwhile, U.S. officials have floated the possibility of sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, which would escalate the conflict but could also serve as a deterrent for Russia. When Putin weighed in on the lethal weapons issue on Sept. 5, however, he said that the move could not only lead to more casualties, but also spur weapons deployments to “other conflict zones where it will be painful” for those who give the separatists “trouble.” So within this context, Putin’s peacekeeping proposal can be seen as an effort to convince the United States and the West that Russia is committed to limiting violence in the Ukraine conflict. Though it continues to play a spoiler role in Washington’s North Korea and Syria agendas, Moscow wants to prove its ability to make considered, constructive decisions. That image may make some of Ukraine’s Western backers, such as Germany, more likely to embrace the Kremlin’s efforts. And by indicating a desire for de-escalation, Russia could have more breathing room in its talks with the United States. As Russia’s March 2018 presidential election approaches, Putin is unlikely to grant any major concessions that could damage his popularity among his people. And the limited scope of Russia’s peacekeeping proposal almost guarantees that there will be little strategic change to the Ukraine conflict in the near term. But more than anything, Putin’s proposal is intended to splinter Western countries’ unified position on Russia and give Moscow more room to maneuver in its relationships. During the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session, it will be key to see just how successful those efforts will be, and just how much Western pressure Russia can ease. [Source: worldview.stratfor.com/article/russias-peacekeeping-proposal-ukraine-rings-hollow]

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Sunday September 3, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/03/2017 / DONi News / September 3, 2017 / Since the beginning of the academic ceasefire not having come into force, there is a threatening tendency to increase the number of ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side. Over the past 24 hours, altogether, there were registered 29 ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). In the Donetsk direction, the enemy applied tanks, mortars, IFVs, armored vehicles and small arms. One tank-shell, 18 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and seven mortar-shells of 82mm caliber were launched on the territories of ten localities and their nearby areas. In the Mariupol and Gorlovka directions, the enemy launched five mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on one locality and shelled four localities more with grenade launchers and small arms. The falsity of “ATO” headquarters statements about strict control over compliance with the ceasefire was reaffirmed by the commanders of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade and the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade, war criminals SOKOLOV and KRASILNIKOV. Over the past day, the greatest number of shellings unfortunately having become traditional was detected in their areas of responsibility. This is YASINOVATNAYA, YAKOVLEVKA, CIRCULAR BULK, VASILYEVKA, SPARTAK, ZHABICHEVO, as well as the territory of Donetsk airport. In confirmation of the words of the leadership of the Ukrainian side in the JCCC, I would like to see the measures taken by it to stop the fire from units subordinate to these commanders. As of today, as a result of the Ukrainian military leadership’s inaction, we are witnessing a gradual increase in the AFU activity in these areas. As it happened more than once, this will lead to the resumption of massive shelling by the enemy with the use of heavy weapons along the entire line of contact. Moreover, in confirmation of the above, today from 4 to 8 am the Ukrainian military conducted systematic bombardment of KOMINTERNOVO and BEZYMENNOY settlements in the south of the Republic. At the same time, the enemy used artillery of 152-mm caliber, tanks, mortars of 120mm and 82 mm caliber, IFVs, as well as grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. An observation post of the JCCC in the settlement of Bezymennoye came under fire on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine again. Representatives at the Joint Center from the Russian and Ukrainian sides for their own security had to descend into the shelter twice. They also felt the Ukrainian regime of “non-cease-fire”. Our control groups confirmed, together with the JCCC, the maintenance of the “silence” regime by the units of the People’s Militia, despite the continuing provocations of the enemy. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency

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Ukrainian snipers intensify their activities on the contact line / DONi News / September 3, 2017 / On the contact line in Donbass, sniper groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) intensified their activities, an official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrei Marochko states this at a briefing. “On the back of a decrease in the number of bombardments, the number of provocations remains unchanged, and in several districts the enemy has stepped up the activities of snipers,” said Marochko. He added that the Ukrainian military provoked the LPR units to violate the ceasefire in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, where according to the Minsk agreements, disengagement of forces and facilities of the parties to the conflict has been planned. “The LPR People’s Militia is ready to peacefully resolve the conflict in Donbass. We do not react to provocations of the Ukrainian side and strictly observe the Minsk agreements, that is confirmed in the OSCE SMM reports,” added the LPR Official representative.

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Essence of Time unit in Donbass report. September 3 / Essence of Time / September 3, 2017 / As of 10 PM, combat was underway in the north of Gorlovka. The Ukrainian had been using tanks and mortars in the area of Zaytsevo and the “Mayorsk” checkpoint. On the Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian side heavily shelled the village of Bezymennoye. The observation post of the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination came under fire. There is no information on the victims among civilians. During September 2, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 29 times. The enemy shelled 10 towns and villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Merkel, Putin, Berlin, October 2016 (–Daily Express)

Merkel: Europe should do everything possible to improve security dialogue with Russia / TASS / September 2, 2017 / BERLIN / European countries should undertake efforts to bring to normal the dialogue with the Russian Federation on security issues, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement published on the government’s website on Saturday. “The security architecture in Europe may be structured only with Russia,” the chancellor said. “In the sphere of security in Europe, we should do everything to improve our contacts.” This dialogue should be developed, she said, also depending on fulfilment of the Minsk agreements on settlement of the situation in Ukraine. “If this is possible, we would have an initial point to have a bigger and more intensive dialogue,” she added. At the same time, the German leader pointed to the necessary observing of international agreements on disarmament. “All agreements on disarmament, including those between the U.S. and Russia, should be observed, or new problems may be possible,” she said.

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Over one hundred schools in DPR couldn’t open on September 1 / Essence of Time / September 3, 2017 / Over one hundred schools couldn’t open in the Donetsk People’s Republic on Knowledge Day on September 1, said Larisa Poliakova, Minister of Education and Science of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Donetsk News Agency reports. “Today, 111 schools could not open due to their proximity to the demarcation line or because they have not been restored”, Larisa Poliakova said. According to the Minister, all students from these schools were reassigned to other schools and went to study. More than 500 schools opened for 142 thousand students in the Donetsk People’s Republic on September 1. A ceasefire agreement that was unofficially called “school truce” entered into force from 00.00 on August 25. The agreement was reached by the participants of the tripartite contact group during the meeting in Minsk on August 23 and was timed to coincide with the start of studies at schools. The Normandy Quartet leaders supported the reached agreement. However, Kiev once again violated the agreement just several hours after it was enacted. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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DPR Head opens new Republican university – Donbass Agricultural Academy / DONi News / Translated from Alexander Zakharchenko Official Website / September 3, 2017 / The Donbass Agrarian Academy, the first higher educational agricultural institution in the region, opened its doors for the first students in Makeyevka on September 1. The DonAgrA was founded on the initiative of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic with a view to provide agro-industrial enterprises with highly qualified specialists. Alexander Zakharchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Ministers’ Council Dmitry Trapeznikov, Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova, heads of departments and representatives of the Makeyevka city administration visited the Academy on the Day of the First Bell. At the moment, the Academy is at the first stage of its development: two campuses with laboratory rooms and classrooms have been made ready. Computers and modern specialized literature have been purchased for the university by the order of the Head of State. Plans call for the development and expansion of the academy, the launch of a full cycle of agricultural specialists’ training from school up to the Master’s. One of the main principles of the Academy’s work will be full-fledged cooperation with specialized research institutes on the one hand and agricultural enterprises on the other. To date, the university has accepted about 400 students who would be trained in several specialties: Gardening, Agronomy, Agrochemistry and Agropsychology, Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnology. Local scientists and specialists from the near abroad will be involved in teaching at the university. The Head of the Republic noted that the Academy’s opening had . . . READ MORE>>

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The Plot to Scapegoat Russia / By Hugo Turner / Anti-Imperialist U / July 22, 2017 / We live in dangerous times. A panic has gripped the American media over Russia. Anyone daring to question the anti-Russian hysteria is risking their careers and reputation. Thus Daniel Kovalik is a heroic man simply for writing his book “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.” However the media seem oblivious of the dangerous situation they are creating by pushing the US towards a war with Russia which has the potential to end life on the planet with a push of a button. Kovalik is best known for his work on the dirty war in Colombia has described the insanity of that war in which the US has armed and trained drug dealing death squads (and their sponsors in Colombia’s corrupt drug dealing political and military elite) all in the name of fighting drugs.Needless to say this policy has predictably resulted in a massive 300% increase in the amount of Cocaine arriving in the US from Colombia while also causing untold misery to the people of Colombia where 100,000 have been killed and 9 million refugees have been created as part of a massive land theft. Naturally this “Plan Colombia” has been hailed as a massive success in America. Kovalik’s book is full of stories like this from america’s recent history. Chances are you will be extremely shocked to discover what he reveals. His book is about far more then Russia. He writes in the hopes of reminding us what many seem to forget. The American empire is far more dangerous to the world then Russia. Kovalik’s book is also a personal account of his own political awakening. Like many americans he was raised on a steady diet of cold war mythology. The belief that America is a “global force for good” is drummed into it’s citizens heads not only by the propaganda that masquerades as news and history but also in the entertainment we consume the movies, tv, books. Equally the idea that Russians are the villains has become an article of faith in much of the world after 100 years of cold war propaganda which began in 1917 with the original “red scare”. Of course Russophobia began centuries before that justified on racist (they were asiatic), and religious grounds (Both Protestants and Catholics hated the Orthodox church) and motivated by Russia and Britain’s imperial rivalry. The point is after centuries of demonization it is easy for westerners to see Russians as inherently evil and bent on world domination. An objective view of 20th/21st century history shows that they were mostly . . . READ MORE>>

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U.S. orders closure of Russian Consulate in San Francisco / NewColdWar.org (from rt.com) / September 2, 2017 / The Russian Consulate in San Francisco, as well as two annex buildings in Washington and New York, will have to close by September 2, the U.S. State Department announced in response to Moscow ordering the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic personnel in Russia. “We are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday, August 31. Stating that the measure comes “in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians,” the U.S. State Department said that now both countries will have three consulates each. [The United States has three consular offices in Russia: in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok. Russia now has three consular offices in the U.S.: in Seattle, Houston and New York.] The decision was made by President Donald Trump personally, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in Washington on Thursday afternoon. “We want to halt the downward spiral and we want to move forward towards better relations, we look for opportunities to do that, but we also want to have equity in the decisions… We’re also going to make sure that we make decisions that are best for our country,” Sanders told reporters. Russia will still have more diplomatic and consular annexes than the U.S., a senior administration official told reporters earlier in a telephone briefing. The closures will not lead to Russian diplomats being . . . READ MORE>>

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Make no mistake, the latest US thuggery is a sign of weakness, not strength / By The Saker / TheSaker.is / September 3, 2017 / For a while already the Russian diplomats have been openly saying that their American counterparts are недоговороспособны or “non-agreement capable”. This all began under Obama, when Kerry flew to meet with Lavrov and declared ‘A’, then flew back to Washington, DC and declared ‘B’. Then there were the cases in Syria when the US agreed to a deal only to break that very same deal in less than 24 hours. That’s when the Russians openly began to say that their US colleagues are rank amateurs who lack even the basic professionalism to get anything done. Now the US has slipped even lower: the Russians speak of US “hellish buffoonery” and “stupid thuggery”. Wow! For the normally hyper-diplomatic Russians, this kind of language is absolutely unheard of, this has never ever happened before. You could say that the Russians are naive, but they believe that their diplomats should always be, well, diplomatic, and that public expressions of disgust is just not something a diplomat does. Even more telling is rather than call the Americans “evil” or “devious”, they openly express their total contempt for them, calling them stupid, incompetent, uneducated and their actions unlawful (read Maria Zakharova’s statement to that effect on Facebook). So let me explain what is happening here how the Russians interpreted the latest US thuggery concerning the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and the Russian diplomatic annexes in Washington and New York. First, the Russians fully expected the Americans to retaliate after the Russian expulsion of US diplomatic personnel in Russia. That, by itself, is not the problem. The Russians understand that Trump is a cornered and weak President, that he has to show how “tough” he is. Sure, they smile, but they think that this is ‘fair game’. The Russians also know that, as a country, the USA cannot accept the biggest reduction in US diplomatic personnel in history without reacting. Again, they don’t necessarily like it, but they think that this is ‘fair game’. You know what really triggered the Russians off? The fact that the Americans gave them only 2 days to vacate the premises they would seize and that they organized some kind of bizarre search operation. Let me immediately explain that this is not a case of . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Lugansk News July 12-Aug 28 2017

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Monday August 28, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 08/28/2017 / DONi News / August 28, 2017 / By actions being taken, the enemy once again proves the emptiness of its promises and unwillingness to fulfill the agreements reached. Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 24 ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy once again applied heavy artillery, mortars, IFV, AVV and small arms. 11 localities’ areas were targeted with one shell of 152-mm calibre, eight mortar shells of 120-mm calibre and 37 rounds of 82-mm calibre. In the Mariupol and Gorlovka directions, there were shelled three localities’ areas, which were targeted with mortars of 82-mm calibre, having launched three mortar-rounds on the localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms. The city of Yasinovataya and the surrounding areas were subjected to the most severe shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as a result of which one house-building was destroyed at the address: Kurortnaya Street, 27. – Today, Poroshenko is personally inspecting the command of the so-called ‘ATO’ zone in Kramatorsk and is to check how his instructions on destabilizing the situation and preparing provocations in the conditions of the “academic armistice” are being fulfilled. The Ukrainian military command also plans to boast of its pilot models of unmanned aerial vehicles, with the help of which the fire for shelling the settlements of the Republic is adjusted, despite the fact that their application along the entire contact line of the sides at least 30 kilometers wide is prohibited by the Minsk memorandum. – In recent days, false statements made by the representatives of the Ukrainian party about the use of paraflares and tracer ammunition by the DPR Armed Forces to create fires have become more frequent. Yesterday similar rhetoric was picked up by one of the representatives of Ukraine in the Contact Group. – I want to note that these statements of the Ukrainian military and political leadership are nothing but an attempt to lay their own fault at somebody else’s door. In July and August of this year, there have been many facts confirming that AFU inflict damage to the citizens of the Republic by deliberately burning their homes and infrastructure with the use of trip-flares on the principle of incendiary ammunition and tracer cartridges. At that, Ukrainian fighters in every possible way hinder the suppression of the arisen fires. Suffice it to recall a few egregious cases that have occurred recently. This is the shelling of a fire tank, as well as the killing of one and wounding two employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, who came to extinguish fires caused by attacks of Ukrainian militants on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk. For more accurate shooting and causing maximum material damage, the Ukrainian army uses unmanned aerial vehicles. Only in the last two weeks our defenders have destroyed 6 of these drones, with the help of which the fire of enemy mortars and artillery was adjusted. – In total, during the period of the ‘harvest truce’ that has never been fulfilled, the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the shelling destroyed 161 housing constructions, more than half of which were burned as a result of deliberate arsons. – Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency

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Yasinovataya undergoes AFU night shelling, damages reported / DONi News / August 28, 2017 / The Ukrainian military shelled the locality of Yasinovataya last night. Outbuildings on the territory of the Lesnaya Skazka summer camp suffered from the shelling, City Administration, Press-Service reports. “A shell hit a firewood-storage on the territory of the summer camp on Kurortnaya Street, 27 at 11:36 p.m. As a result, the outbuildings were on fire,” said a representative of the Press-Service. The camp has been not operating for a long time. There are no data on casualties. It should be noted that a new agreement on “ceasefire” came into force in Donbass at midnight, August 25. It was coordinated by Contact Group participants in Minsk on the threshold of a new academic year, due to this it had been called academic. However, the full ceasefire didn’t come into force at night, although tension on the contact line was low during the first hours.

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In Lugansk killed two members of the National Council of the Republic / WeapoNews / August 28, 2017 / Lugansk information center reported that the LC had been killed two deputies of the Republican people’s Council. The murder occurred on the night of Sunday 27 August, in the Kamennobrodsky district of Lugansk. This was announced by Deputy Prosecutor General Grigory Revenko. From the statement of the representative of Republican office of public Prosecutor:In the Kamennobrodsky district of Lugansk in the night from 26 to 27 August of the current year in the private housing construction there was a resonant murder of two persons who were members of the National Council LNR. On the given fact investigatory bodies instituted a criminal case on signs of the crime under paragraph “a” of part 2 of article 113 of the LC of the criminal code (“murder of two persons”). Photo of the interior Lyricslezbane in the case of the murder of two deputies in Lugansk is under personal control the public Prosecutor of the LC. Circumstances of incident are investigated. The names of the killed are not disclosed in the interests of the investigation, – said the representative of Lugansk Prosecutor General’s office. Revenko: At the moment, in a criminal case held urgent investigative actions and operational-search measures to establish all circumstances of the committed crime and persons who committed it.

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[Enemy Report:] Ukrainian envoy to NATO says Moscow blocking deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas / Interfax.ua / August 28, 2017 / First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, head of Ukraine’s mission to NATO Vadym Prystaiko has said Russia is blocking the deployment of UN peacekeepers in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone in Donbas. “The Minsk agreements haven’t resulted in peace over these three years. There may be some additional mechanisms that we could adopt to ensure peace for our people. That is why we are talking about peacekeeping forces in any format… There are various formats. We discussed the option of arming the OSCE mission, the current mission or a new one with light weapons, so that they should feel more confident and be able to visit those places that they should visit. The deployment of UN peacekeepers is blocked by Russia, which is behind the militants,” Prystaiko said in an interview with Radio Liberty. Kyiv is also entitled to use foreign lethal weapon to defend the Ukrainian sovereignty and integrity, he said. “We lack weapons to make up for the amount of tanks and armored vehicles which Russia pumped, and continues stuffing, into our territories. This is exactly why we ask to be given a possibility to stop the aggression. I know Russia’s nervous reaction to this. But every state, including Ukraine, has the right to defend itself and has the right to use the weapon it needs,” Ukraine’s envoy to NATO said in an interview with Radio Liberty. Commenting on the Kyiv visit of United States Special Representative on Ukraine Kurt Volker, Prystaiko noted that, after the recent talks with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov the American “arrived so that we could determine in what way to work further,” Prystaiko said. “We want to know in what way the Americans can help with the Normandy process, the Minsk process. There is progress. We leave it outside the parentheses,” Prystaiko said. On August 24 U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, after meeting with the Ukrainian president in Kyiv, said that the talks focused, among other topics, on lethal weapon supplies to Ukraine. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/444666.html] Quemado Institute comments: There are rumors in some media that President Donald Trump is considering firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson because he “thinks too much like the establishment.” Since it was Tillerson who appointed Russophobic warhawk Kurt Volker, let’s hope Volker will be removed as well, and that Trump realizes Ukraine “President” Petro Porkoshenko is requesting US military aid under false pretenses.

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VIDEO DPR company commander: America pays for this war
Donbass Rose – August 27, 2017

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“For about a year they are trying to break through, but breaking their teeth and retreating”: defense of Yasinuvata industrial area is secured by the Vostok battalion fighters. Company commander is telling about his tour of duty; he has joined Militia in 2014 in Slavyansk and has been been fighting in the hottest spots, like Saur Mogila and Peski.

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Donetsk – Miner’s Day Celebration
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Tuesday August 22, 2017
(Brief Update)

Essence of Time unit in Donbass report. August 21 / Essence of Time / August 22, 2017 / Fire of high intensity was observed on the Donetsk direction during the day. The Kuybyshevsky, Kirovsky, Kievsky, and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk came under the Ukrainian army’s fire. The Ukrainian military was using reconnaissance drones to adjust artillery fire. We are utilizing our anti-aircraft warfare to shoot down the enemy’s drones. The enemy began the intensive shelling of Spartak with 120mm and 82mm mortars, automatic grenade launchers and infantry fighting vehicles at around 10 PM. Fire came from the positions of the 72nd Independent mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian army. The enemy was firing trace and incendiary munitions causing fire outbreak in 9 houses on Chapaev street. The firefighter crews of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Ministry of Emergency Situation were fighting fire being under the constant shelling. The situation is tense on other parts of the front. Combat was underway near Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk, in the area of Skahanka and Kominternovo. During the past day, August 20, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 43 times. The enemy shelled 19 town and villages of the DPR. Click map to enlarge.

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VIDEO: Heavy fire fight between DNR and Ukraine forces
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August 22, 2017 – By Patrick Lancaster

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Ukrainian punishers try to burn up Spartak locality at night / DONi News / August 22, 2017 / Ukrainian troops tried to burn up the locality of Spartak with the help of incendiary mortar-shells on the night of August 21st. For this purpose, they purposefully shelled residential houses with mortars to cause a massive fire, DPR Operational Command, Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin states. “The units of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) shelled the locality of Spartak since 10 p.m., of August 21st. Besides, mortars of 120mm and 82mm caliber, automatic grenade launchers and anti-tank grenade launchers, anti-aircraft installations and IFVs are applied. The enemy had a goal to cause a fire and do damages to homeownerships in the village. For this purpose, they used illuminating mortar-shells which were applied in capacity of improvised flame projectiles as well as tracer ammunition. As a result of the shelling, flame caught six houses on Chapayev Street. At the moment, the DPR Emergencies Ministry fire teams have proceeded to put the fire out despite the continuing shelling from the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU),” said Eduard Basurin.

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Putin’s Aide Surkov says after meeting with US envoy on Ukraine Volker that situation in the Donbas does not suit anyone / UaWire.org / August 22, 2017 / The current situation in the Donbas does not suit either party to the conflict, nor the external forces that are facilitating the settlement, said Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov after a meeting with US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker, reports Russian media. “We agreed that the current situation in the southeast of Ukraine cannot satisfy neither the conflicting parties, nor the external forces that are contributing to the resolution. The discussion was conducted in a tone of mutual respect and interest, honestly, seriously, without illusions and bias,” Surkov noted. According to Surkov, the commitment to the Minsk agreements “was not questioned” during the negotiations. “Both sides proposed fresh ideas and innovative approaches to their implementation,” Surkov stressed. It was earlier reported that the meeting in Minsk between Volker and Surkov had ended. The concrete results are not yet known, but it is clear that the parties discussed ways to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.

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Pentagon Denounces American Nazis While Arming Ukrainian Nazis / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 22, 2017 / In the wake of violent protests involving white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in the US, the Pentagon’s top military brass issued unprecedented condemnations of «racists and extremists». One veterans spokesman said: «Anyone waving a Nazi flag must be rooted out of our society». What makes the Pentagon’s response to Swastika-flag-waving American Nazis rather bizarre is that this week the US Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, is reportedly traveling to Ukraine where he is to sign over shipments of lethal weapons to the armed forces of the Kiev regime. That regime openly glorifies Ukrainian regiments that collaborated with the Nazi Third Reich during the World War Two. Mattis, the top Pentagon official, is due to authorize the transfer of $50 million-worth of military gear to the Kiev regime. This will mark the first official delivery of lethal equipment from the US. Previous military aid to Ukraine was reportedly «non-lethal». Among the inventory Mattis is signing over are Javelin anti-tank missiles. Modern-day regiments under the control of the Kiev regime, such as the Azov Battalion, publicly self-identify with Nazi-collaborating descendants and former pro-Nazi Ukrainian leaders like Stefan Bandera. This Neo-Nazi ideology of the Kiev-run military is a central impetus in why these forces have waged a three-year war on the ethnic Russian population of the breakaway Donbas region in Eastern Ukraine. The latter refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the Kiev regime which seized power in February 2014 in a coup d’état against an elected government. The American CIA backed that violent coup. Political and financial support from Washington and the European Union has underpinned the Kiev regime led by the dubiously elected President Petro Poroshenko. This is in spite of the fact that the Kiev regime continues to wage a war on the people of Donbas in violation of a peace deal – the Minsk Accord – brokered by Russia and the EU in 2015. Western governments and media accuse Russia of sponsoring the breakaway Donbas republics and their militia, and of infiltrating its troops into the region. Russia denies direct military involvement, but is believed to be supporting the self-declared Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The Pentagon’s supply of weaponry to Kiev forces will no doubt embolden their . . . READ MORE>>

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Marshall Plan for Ukraine: Nothing More Than a Pipe Dream / By Alex Gorka / Strategic culture Foundation / August 22, 2017 / he Lithuanian parliament (Seimas) has initiated the New European Plan for Ukraine (the so-called Marshall Plan) for 2017-20. According to the plan, Kiev will receive at least €5 billion annually to implement the long-awaited reforms. The proposed aid package is discussed internationally. Efforts are underway to form a group of Ukraine’s friends, which will try to create the necessary support for the initiative. The idea of new long-term support for Ukraine was discussed at the European People’s Party (EPP) summit in July. The plan for Ukraine will be submitted for consideration at the Eastern Partnership summit in November. Another European conference to consider the prospects for investments and aid package for Ukraine is expected to take place at the beginning of 2018 in Brussels. Taking money from the EU External Investment Plan (up to €88 billion by 2020) is an option. Actually, it’s not something new. There have been other «Marshall plans» for Ukraine before. And they have all disappeared in a flash. Few people remember those initiatives, which hit headlines to be completely forgotten pretty soon. The Microeconomic Development and Social Enterprise in Ukraine: A «Marshall Plan» for Ukraine prepared by British People-Centered Economic Development was made public in 2013. The project was vividly discussed at all levels to be shortly swept under the rug. It was not exactly a new idea but rather the revival of the proposal put forward as far back as 2007. Two British celebrities: businessman Richard Branson, and historian Timothy Garton Ash, as well as famous French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, revived the idea in 2014. The plan included a world economic forum on the model of the one held each year in Davos but devoted to . . . READ MORE>>
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John McCain (C), Chris Murphy (R), Ukrainian UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko (L), Maidan Square, Kiev, Ukraine, December 15, 2013.(–Genya Savilova/AFP/Getty Images)

Frustrated in Syria, US Turns to Ukraine (Again) for its Next Russian Proxy War Gambit / By Whitney Webb / MintPress News / August 22, 2017 / With Ukraine rolling out a murderous ethnic cleansing campaign in its Donbass region on the Russian border, the Russian government has responded with restraint. The new provision of arms to Ukraine by the U.S. will likely change that — and start a proxy war more dangerous than Syria’. / Just weeks after announcing a plan to arm the Ukrainian government with lethal weapons, the Pentagon announced on Friday that Secretary of Defense James Mattis – who has endorsed the plan – will be traveling to Ukraine this coming week in order to reassure the government in Kiev that the U.S. is “firmly committed to the goal of restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Though the Trump administration is still well less than a year old, it has become clear that Mattis gets what he wants, especially given his assumption of far-reaching war powers once reserved for the President. This, of course, makes the likelihood of the U.S. arming Ukraine increasingly likely. While the official reasons for the U.S.’ justification in arming Ukraine are wrapped in the usual cloak of “humanitarianism” and fending off “Russian aggression,” it is hardly a coincidence that the plan to send lethal weapons to the government in Kiev coincides with the U.S.’ reluctant winding-down of involvement in the six-year-long conflict in Syria — a conflict often treated as a U.S.-Russia proxy war. This begs the question: Is the U.S. government, led by Mattis, seeking to ignite a new proxy war against Russia, this time on their doorstep? Mattis’ visit comes amid an uptick in violence in Ukraine’s internal conflict, which dates back to the U.S.-backed coup of 2014 that saw the right-wing billionaire Petro Poroshenko installed as President along with the ascendancy of Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday August 20, 2017
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Kiev lost control over Right Sector units and volunteer battalions – Zakharchenko / DONi News / August 20, 2017 / Once again, the servicemen of the AFU were attempted a breakthrough near the settlement of Kominternovo. During the communication with journalists on August 18, the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, commented on the actions of the Ukrainian security forces. “First of all, Kiev lost control over the units of the Right Sector and the volunteer battalions. Secondly, the units that are in the ATO as of today are already making these provocations themselves. In my opinion, there is a full-scale preparation for another provocation in order to accuse us of disrupting the armistice and the Minsk accords. Such incidents occur almost daily throughout the front line. We will not break the truce, but we are ready to fight back in case of an offensive. In any case, the war will end with our victory,” said the Head of the DPR.

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Kominternovе on Fire
VIDEO by Donbass Rose
August 20, 2017

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“These are the punishers methods. Only punishers are killing people! Do they want to burn us alive, to fry us like hamburgers?” Almost every night houses are burning down in Kominternove settlement (Novoazovsk area). Firefighters aren’t always able to come and people have to put the fire out by themselves: often under the machine-guns fire and with mines flying above their heads. Moreover, there is almost no water in the wells and often no electricity due to shelling. When house is catching on fire, Ukrainian forces start shooting from two directions in order to keep people away, so that they can’t put the fire out.

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Thirteen DPR soldiers perish over past week defending Republic’s frontiers / Donbass Defence Journal (DONi News) / August 19, 2017 / The DPR Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office records Donbass people’s rights violations on the Ukrainian part almost every day. Ukrainian forces violate Donbass people’s right to live, personal security right, and right to home inviolability. “On August 11 Ukrainian gunmen’s provocations in the Pertovsky district of Donetsk resulted in DPR soldier got penetrating shrapnel wound of the head. On August 12 as a result of the artillery shelling of the locality of Kominternovo in the Novoazovsky district of Donetsk a civilian man of 1963 year of birth got a ballistic shrapnel gutter wound of the head, injuries of face and chest. On August 13 as a result of the hostilities near the locality of Leninskoye in the Novoazovsky district of Donetsk a DPR soldier of 1985 year of birth got blunt shrapnel wound of chest. On August 14 as a result of the Ukrainian mortaring of the locality of Sakhanka in the Novoazovsky district a civilian woman of 1946 year of birth got mine-blast injuries and multiple wounds of upper and lower limbs. The same day two DPR defenders of 1987 and 1993 years of birth got multiple shrapnel wounds because of the Ukrainian shelling. On August 15 in Snezhnoye locality in the wood line not far from home a child of 2002 year of birth tripped an unknown explosive object. The hostilities in the Bezymennoye locality’s area resulted in 4 DPR soldiers got shrapnel wounds. On August 16 in the area of Zhabitchevo locality, a DPR soldier of 1988 year of birth got a perforating ballistic wound. On August 17 in the locality of Bezymennoye a DPR soldier of 1971 year of birth got perforating gunshot wound of a chest,” says the text of the Ombudsman’s press-service report. From January 1st to August 17 in the territory of the DPR 477 people got wounds of various severity, including 289 DPR soldiers and 188 civilians, among which 11 children aged under 18. For the same period, 212 people perished in the DPR territory as a result of the Ukrainian aggression, including 187 DPR soldiers and 25 civilian citizens, among which a child aged under 18. From August 11 to 17, 2017, in the DPR territory 13 DPR soldiers perished. From the beginning of the hostilities in the DPR 4501 people perished in the Republic’s territory, including 605 women, 3, 896 men and 75 children aged under 18.

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Ukrainian army attempts to breach DPR army’s defence in the north of Donetsk / Essence of Time / August 20, 2017 / The Ukrainian side launched an attack in the area of Zhabunki in the north of Donetsk, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic army informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on August 20. “Armed Forces of Ukraine are attempting to breach DPR army’s defence in the area of Zhabunki. Combat of high intensity is underway at the moment. The enemy is using artillery,” the source said. Earlier, Rossa Primavera News Agency informed that the DPR army’s intelligence noted an increase in the ammunition and petrol supply to the Ukrainian military units on the Gorlovka direction. Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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My Reply to Twitter Shutting Down My Account – Texas Bentley / By Russel “Texas” Bentley / Texas Bentley Website / August 19, 2017 / My second Twitter has been shut down after a campaign of targeted harassment (which is prohibited by Twitter policy) by pro-nazi propagandists like @GlasnostGone and @discjocke52. My first account, under my real name was shut down just after I reached 1,000 followers. My second, under the pseudonym “Texac” was shut down after I reached 700 followers. Twitter is supposedly a forum for free speech and the exchange of ideas, however, in reality it has proven to be just another Western propaganda outlet and an instrument for the suppression of free speech. Here is the appeal to Twitter about my account suspension . . . READ MORE>>

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Saturday August 19, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 08/19/2017 / DONi News / August 19, 2017 / EXCERPTS: The enemy keeps applying the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements when shelling the territory of the Republic. In the Donetsk direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine applied artillery, tanks and mortars. 11 tank-shells, 14 projectiles of 122mm caliber, 66 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 75 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber were launched on 10 localities and their nearby areas. In the Gorlovka and Mariupol directions, the enemy shelled 8 localities and their nearby areas with artillery, tanks and mortars […] The enemy continues implementing planned provocations aimed at discrediting the DPR Armed Forces on the eve of the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk. According to information available to us, correspondents from the USA arrived in Avdeevka in the zone of responsibility of one of the battalions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigades, to whom the press service of the brigade intended to demonstrate the aggravation of the situation in the area. […] The activity of the leadership of the Ukrainian side to the JCCC is of concern. In terms of the number of false accusations and statements regarding fictitious shelling from our positions, Ukrainian representatives in the Joint Center will soon outstrip the speakers of the “ATO” headquarters. The Ukrainian military command increasingly attracts observers to JCCC to participate in ongoing provocations and staging. It should be noted that the Joint Center is designed to control, coordinate the ceasefire and stabilize the situation in the conflict zone, and its representatives must adhere to a neutral and impartial status, and not allow their involvement in direct military clashes in the interests of any of the opposing sides. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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[Enemy Report:] Visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense can influence situation in Crimea and conflict zone in Donbas – Tuka / Ukrinform.net / August 19, 2017 / A meeting of President Petro Poroshenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis can positively influence the future of anti-Russian sanctions, as well as the situation in the conflict zone in Donbas and Crimea. Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories Heorhiy Tuka said this in comments to 112 Ukraina TV Channel. According to Tuka, Mattis’s visit to Ukraine is of a political nature, but we can expect from its results a progress in the settlement of the conflict in Donbas and in the issue of Crimea’s return. “I hope that this will lead to the strengthening of our Armed Forces, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, help the United States put pressure inside the country on the forces that are interested only in business interests and that lose due to the imposition of sanctions on Russia,” he said. Tuka noted that quick decisions on the Ukrainian issue after the meeting of Mattis with Poroshenko and Poltorak should not be expected, including in the provision of lethal weapons. As reported, on Independence Day, August 24, President Petro Poroshenko will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who will arrive in Kyiv to participate in celebrations. [Source: ukrinform.net/rubric-polytics/2289190-visit-of-us-secretary-of-defense-can-influence-situation-in-crimea-and-conflict-zone-in-donbas-tuka.html] Quemado Institute comments: It is beginning to seem clear that the United States under President Trump is supporting—or perhaps using—the Kiev government for the purpose of territorial acquisition, for example in the case of the new American naval base now being constructed in Ochakov on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. The integrity or viability of the regime in Kiev would therefore not be of concern to US officials.

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Ukrainian tank, probably T-72M, Ilovaisk (-PrisonPlanet)

Ilovaisk Cauldron, Who is to Blame for the Crushing Defeat of Ukraine in Donbass? / StalkerZone / August 19, 2017 / On August 19, 2014, Donbass was the scene of hard fighting for the small town of Ilovaisk, in the east of Donetsk. Hundreds of people died in battles. Kiev expected to take the settlement by the country’s independence day–August 14. They failed to take it, and in the next two days, the group of voluntary battalions was encircled. The attempt of troops to break out of the cauldron led to the most numerous losses of the period of the ATO. What are the reasons for the military defeat of Ukraine and why has the investigation of these events stalled? . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Friday August 18, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 08/18/2017 / DONi News / August 18, 2017 / Last week, formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic held complex battle drill and tactical and fire exercises. Also, the first stage of the contests of tank crews was completed, the results of which determined the best tankmen. The DPR Armed Forces together with the security agencies of the Republic continue to conduct active measures to counter terrorism and combat enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups. Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 51 ceasefire violations. The enemy launched two artillery shells, eight tank shells and 224 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. As a result of shelling by the AFU of Zaitsevo locality, a civilian, Vasilet Semen Ivanovich, born in 1958, living at Brusilov Street, 14, received a shrapnel wound. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 362 ceasefire regime violations and fired 2085 artillery, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic. AFU shellings affected 32 settlements of the Republic, in seven of them 24 buildings were damaged and destroyed. Mostly the bombardments affected the Petrovsky and Kievsky districts of Donetsk, as well as settlements of Spartak, Kominternovo, Sakhanka. As a result of AFU attacks, four civilian were wounded. Defending the Republic, 12 soldiers perished, two were wounded. Orally declaring full observance of the Minsk agreements, in fact the Ukrainian side is making every effort to resume the armed conflict. Heavy weapons, which should be withdrawn at appropriate distances from the contact line, are systematically recorded in the border areas. The use of tanks and artillery with the caliber of 152 and 122-mm and mortars according when attacking the positions of the DPR Armed Forces and settlements of the Republic is a common thing for the Ukrainian forces. The cases of applying unmanned aerial vehicles, both od industrial production and drones made by the handicraft method, have become . . . READ MORE>>

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Zakharchenko: Ukrainian radicals may play crucial role in Donbass conflict escalation / DONi News / August 18, 2017 / The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko claimed Ukrainian gunmen prepare large-scale provocations in Donbass which may facilitate hostilities restart. ‘I believe Kiev started a large-scale provocations preparation to accuse us of the Minsk Agreements’ disruption. We are at the threshold of hostilities now,’ said the Head of the state. Zakharchenko underlined that tensed situation is observed all along the contact line. One of the conflict escalation’s reasons, according to Zakharchenko, may become lack of control of the Ukrainian radicals, who are involved in every attempt of the DPR positions breakthrough. ‘Those attempts to break the DPR defense are taking place because Kiev lost control of the ‘Right Sector’ troops and nationalistic battalions. The second factor is the activity of the AFU troops standing on their positions, which commit those provocations themselves,’ underlined Zakharchenko.

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US building naval base in Ochakov, Ukraine: Will Russia respond? / By Eduard Popov / Translated by Jafe Arnold / Fort Russ / August 18, 2017 / In Ochakov, Ukraine, in direct proximity to Crimea, the construction of an American naval base has kicked off. This was announced on the official site of the US Navy on August 7th, 2017. Earlier, on July 19th, the US Navy announced new cooperation efforts between its elite troops and their Ukrainian counterparts. Ochakov, a port city on the Black Sea, was wrested from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century by Generalissimo Suvorov’s troops. Ochakov is the birthplace (or one of the birthplaces) of the USSR’s marine spetsnaz, and in 1968 the island of Berezan became the new stationing point of the 17th Naval Infantry Brigade transferred from Sevastopol. Following the collapse of the USSR, the 73rd Marine Special Operations Center of the Ukrainian Navy was established there followed by the 7th Naval Infantry Brigade consisting of underwater mining, underwater de-mining, reconnaissance and saboteur, and special communications units. This is a rough equivalent to the American Navy Seals. Back in Soviet times, the Ochakov naval intelligence training center constituted a unique base and drew top-class experts into its tanks. Even over the several decades of Ukrainian independence, the remnants of this former gem were not liquidated, although Ukrainian naval commandos did decline drastically in professional skill compared to their Soviet naval predecessors. In other words, Ochakov has not been chosen as a US Navy base in Ukraine by accident. Ukraine’s naval forces are in a state close to clinical death, with a single detachment of marine special forces being one of the few combat-ready units of the Ukrainian Navy left, a fact thanks exclusively to the heritage – training methods, equipment, and people – which Ukraine inherited from the Soviet Union. The construction of a US Navy base in Ochakov is not something unexpected. Since 2015, and perhaps even earlier, the Americans have held military instruction programs for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National guard. At the Yavoriv training grounds in the Lvov region. 290 American commandos are known to be training Ukrainian National Guard soldiers. According to military observers in Ukraine, there are three polygons (training grounds) at which American instructors are training Ukrainian soldiers for the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in Donbass. In particular, my sources associated with the 128th Mountain Infantry Brigade (Mukachevo, Transcarpathian region) have posited that mountain shooters are constantly being trained in Transcarpathia. Moreover, American instructors are training not only UAF unit personnel, but also some Nazi groups, in particular Right Sector. On the one hand, US Congressmen have demanded that American military aid not be distributed to Nazi battalions such as Azov and others. On the other hand, American commandos are secretly training Ukrainian Nazis in at least once place – Transcarpathia. While the American military has long since established training programs for Ukrainian troops in Western Ukraine, their current “cooperation” is reaching a qualitatively new level with the . . . READ MORE>>

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US finish training Ukrainian intelligence officers for operations in Donbass / DONi News / August 18, 2017 / The US military have completed a training course for a group of Ukrainian artillery forward observer, the press service of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine said. The training took place at one of the Ukrainian military firing ranges. It is planned that the trained servicemen will later act as part of mobile instructors’ groups and train artillerymen operating in Donbass. Earlier Kiev stated that the United States spent more than $600 million for three years in material and technical assistance to the Ukrainian army and training of the military.

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Alexander Zakharchenko (–DONi News)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “We are not fighting with Ukrainians, but with Banderites” / DONi News / August 18, 2017 / The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic commented on the propaganda attacks of Kiev about the allegedly preparing shellings of Mariupol during the football matches there. “We know that the Kiev regime and the media that serve it are trying to mold an image of all but cannibals from the Donbass militiamen. I would say that they judge everything by themselves. I want to remind you that we are not shelling Ukrainian cities, but the AFU and punitive battalions are shelling ours. It’s not in Ukraine that children die from mortar rounds and shells, but in our country. Our position is unchanged. We are at war not with the people of Ukraine, but with the Bandera Kiev regime and those armed forces that, by order of the regime, carry out aggression against the people of Donbass. And moreover, we do not fight with those who participate in peaceful activities – sports, cultural or educational and others. So I can report that, given the latest dirty information campaign against us, I already gave the order to completely stop the fire on the southern front, that is, where Mariupol is located. And do not succumb to provocations,” said Alexander Zakharchenko. We recall that on August 19-20 Mariupol will hold matches of next round of the Ukrainian football championship, including junior matches. A number of Ukrainian media have already published ‘information’ that the Donbass Armed Forces can fire at a football stadium during matches. Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko

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Wednesday August 16, 2017
(Brief Update)

Russian Admiral: ‘US has become utterly shameless building naval base in Ukraine’ / Translated by Inessa Sinchougova (Politnavigator) / Fort Russ / August 16, 2017 / The construction of the command center by the US in Ochakov near Odessa is evidence that the US has become “utterly shameless.” The next step in Washington may be the transfer of old American warships to the Ukrainian Navy. This was stated by the former Commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Russia’s Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov. “By and large, I do not see danger per se. Moreover, the Black Sea Fleet is now receiving new modern weapons: submarines, surface ships, new types of missiles. I think that the Americans will not match it in this part of the world, but, in my opinion, they have become utterly shameless in their endeavours. They’re jumping out of their own skin in order to reach Russia’s zone of responsibility…” said Komoedov. The Admiral did not rule out that the US will give warships to Ukraine as they formerly did to the Baltic states. “I think that something old will be given. They have already trained many soldiers. Some kind of personnel potential has been created. Then there is the matter of technology, ” Komoedov said. At the same time, he does not see the danger of a military clash on the Black Sea. “There were clashes in Soviet times. I think there will not be such stupidities now, the international law on the prevention of incidents at sea operates. I think the Americans will have enough brains not to provoke, albeit they’d like to…” Komoedov said.

 

Entire Black Sea coast of Ukraine will become the military base of the USA / Translated by Inessa Sinchougova (Politnavigator) / Fort Russ / August 14, 2017 / It is imperative not to underestimate the importance of the news of the American construction of a command center at the naval base in Ochakov. In the future, the US plans to turn all of the Black Sea coast of Ukraine into its base. The Americans already have an fitting example – the deployment of their army at the Yavrovsky training ground in the Lviv region, which is one of the largest bases of NATO outside the alliance. The media finally noticed that in the Ochakov area of ​​the Odessa region, the US Navy is constructing “the Navy Operational Fleet Management Center for the Ukrainian Navy.” Work began on July 25 and is carried out as part of the Foreign Military Construction Sales (FMCS) program. The construction is carried out by the first mobile construction battalion of the US Marine Corps (NMCB 1), the so-called Sea Bees. According to the website of the US Navy, this is only one of the three facilities currently being handled by the US military in the Ochakovo naval base of the Ukrainian Navy. The other two are facilities for maintenance of ships and checkpoints along the perimeter of the base. The network has already managed to joke that the checkpoints are designed to protect the de facto military base of the United States from the Ukrainian military – after all, in the constructed “operational center of the Ukrainian Navy” there will always be officers of the US Navy, whose task will be logistical work related to the presence in the region of American warships. The US military has come for a long time and are trying to buy the sympathy of the local population. As in their time in Yavorov, they repaired one of the local schools, built a football field and a basketball court for it “as a token of gratitude for the city hosting military exercises.” Some analysts suggested that Ochakov will become the main base of the US Navy on the Black Sea coast, they say, they will threaten . . . READ MORE>>

 

US starts building strategic Black Sea navy base to Ukraine / DONi News / August 8, 2017 / The United States has begun constructing a maritime operations center at the Ochakiv Naval Base in Ukraine, the US Navy said in a statement on Monday. Ochakiv is located close to Crimean peninsula and Ukrainian 73rd Naval Center of Special Operations is situated there. “Seabees held a groundbreaking ceremony for a maritime operations center on Ochakov Naval Base, Ukraine, July 25,” the Navy said in the statement, referring to the US Naval Construction Battalions, known as Seabees. The Seabees arrived in Ochakov in April to establish contracts, obtain construction permits and perform other logistical tasks for the maritime operations center project. The center, which is one of three projects that the Seabees will execute in Ochakov, will serve as a major planning and operation hub during future military drills hosted by Ukraine, the Navy said. “Beginning construction in Ukraine is a significant accomplishment,” said Lt. j.g. [junior grade] Jason McGee, officer in charge of Det. Ukraine. “Our ability to maximize European reassurance initiatives in Ukraine holds strategic importance, and will ultimately improve host nation defense capacity and infrastructure, strengthen relations and increase bilateral training capabilities.” In addition to building the operations center, the Seabees will also build a boat maintenance facility and entry control points with perimeter fencing at Ochakov.

 

Hwaesong 14 test launch, July 2014 (–Telegraph/KCNA/KNS)

Rogozin: Ukraine could have sold missile engines directly to North Korea / Sputnik / August 16, 2017 / Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday it is possible that either details about Ukrainian missile engine technologies were leaked to North Korea or Kiev sold the engines to Pyongyang directly. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / The New York Times published an article on Monday suggesting that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missile. According to a study by Michael Elleman, which was quoted in the story, such engines used to be developed at Ukraine’s state-owned Yuzhmash and Russia’s Energomash companies. Elleman said as quoted the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, and probably by illicit means. “There was either a leak of information, or a direct sale of the engines. It would have been difficult [to produce engines] without experts, who should be on the site and organize the production,” Rogozin told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster. Yuzhmash, as well as the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU), has denied any involvement in North Korea’s space or defense-related missile programs. The aerospace manufacturer also pointed out that it had produced neither missiles nor missile systems since Ukraine became an independent state after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov also said Monday that Ukraine’s defense and aerospace companies did not supply any weapons or military technologies to North Korea. North Korea has carried out a number of missile tests within the recent months, which have prompted international criticism, resulted in new sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and caused an escalation of the situation in the region.

 

North Korea’s missile launch in May 2017

Ukrainian Weapons in N Korea: Missile Engines Could Be ‘Copied’, Developers Say / Sputnik / August 15, 2017 / Alexander Degtyarev, the head designer of Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye Design Office, denied Tuesday that the company’s employees could have taken part in designing engines for Nort Korea’s missiles, saying that “someone was able to make some copies somewhere.” / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / Some country might have been able to copy the designs of missile engines developed by Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye State Design Office, but nobody among its staff helped North Korea acquire such engines, Degtyarev said Tuesday, following reports that Pyongyang’s success in ballistic missiles tests might be linked to Yuzhnoe rocket engines. The New York Times newspaper published on Monday an article suggesting that Pyongyang may be using a modified RD-250 high-performance liquid-propellant engine (LPE) for its latest missiles, the kind that used to be developed at Yuzhnoe and Russia’s Energomash company. The article, citing the study by Michael Elleman, senior fellow for missile defense with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank, claimed that the engines for North Korean missiles likely came from Ukraine, “probably illicitly.” “I am certain that none of our colleagues were involved in helping to build an engine for North Korean missiles. But our engines are highly valued and used around the world… Perhaps, someone was able to make some copies somewhere,” Degtyarev told Strana.ua outlet. Yuzhmash on Monday denied any . . . READ MORE>>

New York Times: Ukraine Is Source of North Korean Missile Engines / Russia Insider / August 14, 2017 / North Korea’s leap in missile technology was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory according to classified American intelligence agencies, reports the NYT. / When the US State Department supported Ukraine domestic forces and nationalist elements to stage a successful and deadly coup against then pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych in 2014, the outcome was supposed to be a nation that is a undisputed US ally and persistent threat, distraction and non-NATO opponent to bordering Russia. Instead, it now appears that it has been Ukraine which was, as the NYT writes, the secret behind the success of North Korea’s ballistic missile program. Specifically, in a blockbuster report this morning, the NYT alleges that North Korea has been making black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory citing “expert analysis being published Monday and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies.” The studies may solve the mystery of how North Korea began succeeding so suddenly after a string of fiery missile failures, some of which may have been caused by American sabotage of its supply chains and cyberattacks on its launches. After those failures, the North changed designs and suppliers in the past two years, according to a new study by Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. According to the report, analysts who studied photographs of Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. “The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.” Since the alleged engines have been linked to only a few former Soviet sites, government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of . . . READ MORE>>

 

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Ukrainian sniper fires at Mayorsk checkpoint during improvement works / DONi News / August 16, 2017 / A Ukrainian sniper fired on utility workers who were carrying out repair works at the Mayorsk checkpoint in the north of Gorlovka, reported the head of the city administration Ivan Prikhodko. “The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko instructed to perform a number of works on the improvement of the Mayorsk checkpoint. Today, at 09:28 am, a Ukrainian sniper opened fire on roofers who were repairing the roof on one of the administrative premises of the checkpoint,” the official said. According to him, the works were being carried out by six civilians. It was succeeded to avoid casualties during the shelling, everyone managed to escape in time. Earlier, the DPR Operational Command reported on 56 violations of the ceasefire by the Ukrainian forces registered over the past day. As a result of the bombardments, five villages in the Republic’s south were cut off power supply, a residential building in the west of the capital was damaged.

 

Sergei Glazyev with Vladimir Putin (–DONi News)

Malorossia and Novorossia need to return to Russia – Putin’s Adviser / Translated by  Inessa Sinchougova (Rusvesna) / Fort Russ / August 15, 2017 /  The historical lands of Malorossia and Novorossia need to be returned to Russia, otherwise these territories, occupied by pro-American puppets, will constantly threaten Russia’s security. This was stated by Putin’s adviser Sergei Glazyev. “The people never recognized in any form the current Ukrainian Nazism. Thanks to the wise decision of our president, the Crimea returned bloodlessly, legitimately, with triumph. But, unfortunately, we could not do justice to the rest of the Russian world … I want to say that until we return Little Russia and Novorossia to Russia, we will live with this decaying wound – the captured part of the Russian world where millions of people are trained in anti-Russian hysteria. We will always be under the threat of security and escalation of this hybrid war on the front that is most vulnerable to us, ” he said during the international patriotic camp-forum Donuzlav-2017. “Today Ukraine is an occupied territory. There is no legitimate power, there is no one to talk to, there are no people who can take responsibility for the implementation of political agreements. There are only servicemen of American aggressors who receive instructions from the American embassy, ​​from there they receive funding and, in fact, serve American interests in Ukraine, ” the presidential adviser said. In addition, he stressed that we should not hope for the collapse of the current Kiev regime. “The specifics of the American occupation today is its commercial self-sufficiency. Therefore, one can not hope that this regime will collapse by itself, because material resources will be exhausted, ” Glazyev summed up.

Saboteurs Are Being Trained by CIA to be Sent to Crimea and Donbass / Global Research / August 15, 2017 / Saboteurs are being trained in Ukraine by CIA instructors to be sent to the Crimea and the Donbass Republics. There’s a real ‘pipeline’ of talent at work – one group is sent after the next group. The process can stop only after the change of the Ukrainian Nazi ruling regime – ex-Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleg Tsarev told “PolitNavigator”. “As long as this power exists in Ukraine, it will pose a threat to Russia, to Russian citizens and will in every possible way provoke a war. If they are afraid to go to open military actions, they will do terrorist acts. And, proceeding from the fact that the entire branch of work with Russia, the Crimea, the People’s Republic of Lugansk and the People’s Republic of Donetsk is supervised by the guys who work directly for the CIA, it will be so. The mechanism is running, and they will send in group after group. The groups are of  6-8 people. Many of them were trained in the United States. Such a group is sent to a territory and, if the saboteur is arrested, he can only surrender members of his group, because the groups never meet each other or train together. Therefore, the threat is really serious, states Tsarev, and must be prepared for. They have two bases – one under Khmelnitsky, the second one in Kiev, called “Ostrov”, because it is on an island. It is extremely difficult to detain such saboteurs. The fact that the FSB manages to disrupt acts of sabotage over and over again, this indicates their good work,” Tsarev said. —Translated from Russian by Inessa Sinchougova. The original source of this article is Fort Russ.

 

 

Friday, July 21, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 07/21/2017 / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / Last week, in the formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, control exercises were held with the command staff and subunits in the form of tactical-combatant and tactical fire training following the results of the conducted coordination of the units. The DPR Armed Forces together with the security agencies of the Republic continue to conduct active measures to counter terrorism and combat enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups. Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 49 ceasefire violations. The enemy launched seven projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 192 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 298 ceasefire regime violations and fired 1092 rocket projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic. AFU shellings affected 34 settlements of the Republic, in nine of them 21 building were damaged and destroyed. Also, during artillery shelling by the AFU, transformer substations were damaged, as a result of which the settlements of Leninskoye, Dzerzhinskoye, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavria and Zaichenko were left without electricity supply. Mostly the bombardments affected . . . READ MORE>>

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Zakhar Prilepin: Malorossiya aims at creating a united state with Russia, Belarus / Interview / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / A well-known writer, Major of the DPR army and adviser to the DPR Head commented on the creation of a new state established in Donetsk. / Zakhar Prilepin, a well-known writer and deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion of the DPR Army described in an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda how he sees the new state of Malorossiya proclaimed by the DPR authorities on July 18. Alexander Kots: – Wasn’t this statement unexpected for you? Zakhar Prilepin: – No, we really intended to surprise Moscow, Washington, and, of course, Kiev, first of all. And also Odessa and Kharkov. And I can see what is going on. In general, people still understand the historicism of this event, but I think several officials are standing by the window in Kiev eager to jump out with a scream, “The Russians are coming!” – Zakhar, explain what was this done for and why exactly now? – Well, because the topic is is long overdue. Because we have been watching the suicide of Ukraine for all these three years and solving both current military tasks, and diplomatic, political, and others. And we have gained forces. Now Donetsk is absolutely serious to say on all grounds that it is able to assume the functions of the capital and is ready to ensure law and order with the help of its armed forces in any part of Malorossiya. – Zakhar, what regions had joined Malorossiya by the moment? Representatives of which ones have arrived? – I think that there were representatives of all the regions, but only those from Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov spoke out. – Within which borders will Malorossiya be established? And what are its borders at the moment? – Zakharchenko said that we would not give up Lvov either. It lies within the borders of the present, what used to be called Ukraine until today. And then it is just the issue of establishing administrations… – Is it correct to say that the DPR and LPR have been united into one state? – No, I think it’s too early for doing this. Well, Donetsk announced being ready to undertake the functions of the capital and will proceed to this. And there are coming some separate issues, of a private nature already, concerning Lugansk, Poltava and Zaporozhye. I think, we will discuss this. – What will happen to the Minsk agreements? – The constitutional act we declared and adopted unanimously, in fact, is absolutely in line with the Minsk agreements. Moreover, Donetsk has extended a number of preferences envisaged by the Minsk agreements, in order to create a common statehood. Firstly, in fact, we will cease being separatists, we can not be called that way because we are acting in favour of unified statehood. And we will for sure cease being, because we are advocating a peaceful solution of the issue and have even proposed the document necessary for this. Donetsk has refused many advantages in order to simply dissolve in the overall state of Malorossiya. – That is, there is already a course not to join Russia, but to crate an independent big state? – This is an independent state, which, of course, has set its task now to establish a unified state of Malorossiya, Belarus, and Russia. —Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda

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Donetsk, Caplital of Malorossiya

Malorossiya vs. Minsk: Is Poroshenko a Naked Emperor? / By Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / July 19, 2017 / Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko declared on July 18, 2017 the creation of a new state, to be called Malorossiya, or “Little Russia”. This new state comprises all of the Oblasts (regions) of the former Ukraine, with Donetsk, rather than Kiev, its capital. Representatives of every Ukrainian Oblast, from Lvov in the far west, to Sumy in the north, to Lugansk in the east, signed the document endorsing the creation of Malorossiya at Tuesday’s ministerial summit in Donetsk. With the declaration of Malorossiya, the State of Ukraine ceases to exist. Malorossiya takes its place. However, a declaration is only as valid as the recognition it gets. So far, the Declaration of Malorossiya has been noted by key foreign players, including Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Paris. These enemy capitals (I call Moscow an enemy because of frequent betrayals) have naturally denounced the creation of Malorossiya, mouthing typical unrealistic platitudes about the Minsk 2.0 Accords being the only solution to the Donbass conflict. This is patent nonsense. The unconstitutionally established post-coup regime in Kiev, presided over by Petro Poroshenko, has stalled these agreements for almost two and a half years, delaying reform of the Ukraine constitution subject to approval of the Donbass representatives, and daily shelling civilian targets in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR/LPR). Kiev refuses to implement Minsk 2.0 because the agreements were in fact a trick. Poroshenko signed the endorsement document in Minsk, Belarus on February 12, 2015, after 19 straight hours of high-pressure negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande (the Normandy Four). Other participants in these negotiations were the Tripartite Contact Group and DPR/LPR representatives Presidents Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. All participants were sleep deprived by the time the process was done. Whether Poroshenko knew it or not, he had just signed an agreement granting his bitterest enemies, Plotnitksy and Zakharchenko, full veto power over Ukrainian constitutional . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

[Enemy Report:] Separatists in Ukraine declare creation of new ‘state’ Malorossiya / By Daria Litvinova / Telegraph.co.uk / July 18, 2017 / Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new “state” that they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory. The proposed country – which has no chance of getting off the ground – would be founded after a referendum and called Malorossiya, a tsarist-era name meaning “Little Russia” that once described most of the area covering modern-day Ukraine. A constitution presented by rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said representatives from the insurgents’ self-declared Donetsk and Lugansk “People’s Republics” and other regions had agreed to “declare the establishment of a new state, which is the successor of Ukraine.” The document – released by the separatists’ news agency – said rebel bastion Donetsk would become the capital, while Kiev would be reduced to the status of a “historical and cultural centre”. Leader [of the People’s Council – NDS editor] of self-declared Lugansk “People’s Republic” Vladimir Degtyarenko denied taking part the project and expressed doubts about “the appropriateness of this decision,” the Lugansk Information Center news outlet reported Tuesday. “Such decisions can only be made based on people’s opinion. Aside from that, right now we are complying with the Minsk agreements, and there’s no alternative to that,” Degtyarenko was quoted as saying. The surprise proposal elicited immediate reaction from Ukraine’s pro-Western authorities in Kiev, who have been locked in a conflict with the Moscow-supported rebels since 2014 that has cost the lives of some 10,000 people. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that he would “restore sovereignty over Donbass and Crimea,” and predicted that the Malorossiya project would fall apart, just like the Novorossiya project did earlier. The Kremlin used the tsarist-era name “Novorossiya” (New Russia) to refer to the areas the rebels had seized, but the term was later dropped. According to the rebels, 19 regions of Ukraine have supported the move. The Kremlin hasn’t yet commented on it. Two Russian lawmakers called creating a new “state” in Ukraine unavoidable. State Duma deputy Leonid Kalashnikov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that Ukrainian authorities have reached a dead end in Eastern Ukraine, and the new state could be a way out. “People can’t be at war forever; creating an independent state could be a way out for them,” he said. Federation Council senator Sergei Tsekov echoed his sentiment: “federalization” is necessary for Ukraine, he told the Lenta.ru news website on Tuesday, and the decision to create Malorossiya would “push Kiev [closer] to it.” In the meantime, German government expressed hope that Russian authorities will officially denounce the project, RIA Novosti reported. “We expect Russia to immediately denounce the move and not recognize it nor respect it,” the German cabinet press service told RIA Novosti in written comments. “Resolving the conflict in Ukraine is only possible through negotiations, which entail complying with the Minsk agreements.” It was not immediately clear why the rebels decided to put forward the new plan, but it is likely a gambit aimed at pushing forward their case in a stalled peace process. [Source: telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/18/separatists-ukraine-declare-creation-new-state-malorossiya/amp/]

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US to Deliver Lethal Weaponry to Ukraine: Wise Decision or Foreign Policy Gaffe? / By Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 21, 2017 / The United States will deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine. There is no question whether the arms will be sent but rather which exactly weapon systems are to be included into the package. The Joint Staff is working with US European Command to determine what lethal defensive aid to Ukraine might look like, said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva on July 18 during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing considering his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve another two years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. «It will be more than just a military recommendation», the General said. «This will be a policy choice on whether or not we are going to give the Ukrainian government the tools they need to defend themselves against what we believe to be a Russian-supported insurgency movement in the Donbass». Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, the US top European commander, is another staunch supporter of the plans to deliver lethal arms to Ukraine. Also on July 18, the Senate confirmed Patrick Shanahan as Deputy Defense Secretary – number 2 position at the Pentagon. Questioned by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Armed Services Committee’s Chairman, he answered, “I support lethal defensive security assistance to Ukraine.” Shanahan supported the idea of doing more in terms of supporting Kiev. Senator McCain has called for the United States to send anti-tank missiles and other military equipment to Ukrainian forces. There are growing bipartisan calls to arm Ukraine on Capitol Hill. The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cuts the military aid to Ukraine from the initial $300 million to $150 million, but it provides permission for lethal arms supplies. The idea is strongly supported in the Senate. If the legislation . . . READ MORE>>

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American strategic UAV again seen flying over the Donbass / WeapoNews / July 21, 2017 / The strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) USAF RQ-4A Global Hawk with the call sign UAVGH000 yesterday made a long reconnaissance mission along the demarcation line in Eastern Ukraine, Interfax-AVN reports in the Western sites, tracking movement of military aviation.During the flight, the drone cruised from North to South along the entire demarcation line in the Donbas.”Scout made at least five passes at a short distance to the West at an altitude of about 16 thousand yards over the Luhansk region, he has also twice been close to a distance of about 40 km to the borders of Russia in the area of Belgorod and Voronezh regions”, – stated in the message.It is noted that taking into account the possibilities of reconnaissance to a depth of 300 km, the Global Hawk drone could monitor entire territory of the breakaway republics, as well as the border regions of the Russian Federation.According to open data, RQ-4A Global Hawk can stay aloft for about 30 hours flying at a height of 15 to 18 thousand meters.This is the second strategic flight of the drone over the Donbass since last Sunday.

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Ukrainian forces attack OSCE drone in Donetsk west / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / An unmanned aerial vehicle launched by OSCE monitors in the western part of Donetsk was shelled by the Ukrainian forces on July 20б reported a DPR representative to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC). “During the OSCE inspection in the west of Donetsk, observers launched a UAV, soon afterwards it came under the AFU fire,” the official said. He added that all the units of the DPR Armed Forces deployed in the indicated area were notified of the drone’s launch by international observers. “Servicemen of the Republic did not open fire,” the DPR representative stressed. Earlier it was reported that OSCE observers headed by the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the special monitoring mission, Alexander Hug, arrived in the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky district in the west of Donetsk. During the inspection, the Ukrainian forces shelled Trudovskiye with automatic grenade launchers.

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Putin: I would tell you more about Donald Trump
if journalists were not here!
Russia Insider – July 18, 2017

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Novorossia Today: Quemado Institute Editor’s Note / July 21, 2017 / The long-time Donbass news agency Novorossia Today is currently unavailable. Attempts to access it produce the error message “Server Not Found”. We hope this is a temporary problem, and Novorossia Today will be back up soon.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
(Brief Update)

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Alexander Zakharchenko announces creation of new state / DONi News / July 18, 2017 / Today, on July 18, the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic held a historic event – the signing of a political declaration on the creation of a new state, which will become the legal successor of ‘Ukraine’. The new state formation will consist of 19 regions of the former Ukraine and be called Malorossiya with the center of the new state in Donetsk. Kiev remains a historical and cultural center without the status of the capital city. “All of us here are going to talk about the future. We propose a plan for the reintegration of the country through the law and the Constitution. We must build a new country in which the concepts of conscience and honour are not forgotten. We offer the citizens of Ukraine a peaceful way out of the difficult situation, without war. This is our last offer not only to the Ukrainians, but also to all countries that supported the civil war in Donbass. I am convinced that we will do everything possible and impossible,” said the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko. The event was attended by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, the Adviser to the Head Zakhar Prilepin, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Inland Revenue and of the Republic Alexander Timofeyev, as well as representatives of most of the regions formerly part of Ukraine. All the present delegates voted in open voting unanimously for signing the political declaration on the creation of Malorossiya with the capital in Donetsk. “Malorossiya is a federal state with wide autonomy of the regions. The right of regional languages is guaranteed to be preserved, the flag of Bogdan Khmelnitsky is recognized as the national flag,” Alexander Timofeyev cited the constitutional act. “The state “Ukraine” showed itself as a failed state and demonstrated the inability to provide its inhabitants with a peaceful and prosperous present and future,” one of the points of the political declaration emphasizes. Both documents were unanimously approved by the delegates. Along with representatives of Donbass, the creation of the new state was supported by representatives of the Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolayev, Odessa, Sumy, Poltava, Chernigov, Kirovograd regions, Kiev and the Kiev region, Cherkassy, Rovno, Volyn, Ternopol, Ivano-Frankovsk, and Lvov regions.

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Donetsk Republic Declares Creation of New State of Malorossiya / Sputnik / July 18, 2017 / The Donetsk People’s Republic has declared the establishment of a new country – Malorossiya – which the local leadership described as a successor state to Ukraine. / DONETSK (Sputnik) / Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Leader Alexander Zakharchenko proposed on Tuesday a three-year transition period toward a new state called Malorossiya (“Little Russia”) as a way to settle the three-year conflict. “We propose to establish the state of Malorossiya. Malorossiya is an independent young state. A transition period of up to 3 years,” Zakharchenko told reporters. Noting that discussions within the DPR had “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state,” he called on the international community to support his proposal. “We should be supported by the residents of the regions. This solution is possible provided that the international community supports the idea,” Zakharchenko said. Malorossiya has been declared as a sovereign federation of states with wide-ranging autonomy, with the capital of Donetsk and successor state to Ukraine. The new state’s constitution will be approved after a referendum and broad discussion. The country’s central authorities will be in charge of the federal budget, army and security services, according to DPR Income and Charges Minister Alexander Timofeev. “We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new state’s name . . . READ MORE>>

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5 reasons the Malorossiya declaration is a modest proposal that the EU, Russia and US should support / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / July 18, 2017 / Today’s Malorossiya declaration gives most international parties who are observing the conflict in Donbass, most of what they have wanted for years. On inspection, the proposals are the opposite of radical, they are entirely reasonable. They do not require the Russian Federation to absorb new territory and it would restore human rights in Ukraine/Malorossiya to pre-2014 levels or better. Predictable condemnation of the declaration of the state of Malorossiya has come from EU states, the Kiev regime and even Russian officials. But on closer inspection, Malorossiya could be a win-win situation for Europe, Russia, the United States and for the people of Malorossiya. Here’s why. 1. Malorossiya to remain sovereign from the Russian Federation: For those who have been following measures that many politicians in Donbass and The Russian Federation have taken to integrate the bureaucratic, financial and logistical ties between Donbass and Russia, today’s announcement does not call for Malorossiya to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the statement released from Donetsk, Malorossiya is defined in the following way, “Malorossiya is an INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN state with a new name, a new flag, a new constitution, a new state structure, new principles of social and economic development, and new historical prospects. But this is NOT A REVOLUTION! This is a return to history. This is . . . READ MORE>>

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Germany and France demand that Russia condemn the creation of Malorossia / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / The German government expects Russia to “condemn” the idea of transformation of Donetsk Republic into Malorossia, claiming that a solution of the conflict in Ukraine is possible only through negotiations and involves the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “We expect that Russia will immediately condemn this step that expresses neither respect nor recognition.” – is the position of the German government. Similar language is shared in Paris: France calls on Russia to “condemn the project to create a state of Little Russia as running counter to the Minsk Agreement.” “We call on Russia to condemn this stept violating the Minsk agreement and betraying the spirit of the negotiations in the Normandy format. Russia should increase its efforts to bring an end to the conflict “, – said the spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, Agnes Romat España at a briefing on Tuesday, July 18th. [Fort Russ Editor: A ceasefire is part of the Minsk negotiations, which the Ukrainian side has never fulfilled in the Donbass. Who will condemn this?]

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Malorossiya: Information War Ploy or Real Revolution? / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / On July 18th in Donetsk, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, proclaimed the founding of a new state, Malorossiya (“Little Russia”), in the place of Ukraine which was declared to have finally “demonstrated its bankruptcy.” According to Zakharchenko, the establishment of a new, independent state in the likes of Malorossiya could help stop the conflict in Donbass. As the DPR’s Minister of Revenues and Duties, Alexander Timofeev, has stated, the proclaimed Malorossiya will be a federal state featuring broad autonomy, its capital in Donetsk, and the flag of Bogdan Khmelnitsky as its state flag. According to Timofeev, a constitution will be adopted at a popular referendum. The minister also emphasized that the creation of Malorossiya does not contradict the Minsk Agreements. The Constitutional Act on the Establishment of Malorossiya declares that the established state will maintain a non-aligned status but will continue to pursue accession to the Union State of Russia and Belorussia. The document also enumerates the social policy of the new state in considerable detail, emphasizing struggling against oligarchy, developing people’s control in the economy, establishing state concerns, etc. The founding document also declares that elements of direct democracy will be introduced alongside criminal liability for propagating the ideas of Ukrainian Nazism and its collaborators (OUN-UPA, etc.). To say the least, this news is like a thunder . . . READ MORE>>

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Kremlin silent on the creation of ‘Malorossia’ in the Donetsk Republic / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / The Kremlin has not made a statement on the intention of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, to create a new state Malorossia. “I do leave this topic without comment for now. It is subject to reflection and analysis” – said Peskov. According to him, “Russia remains committed to the Minsk agreements, while not able to comment on the rest at this stage.” The creation of Malorossia is outside the Minsk agreement obligations. “We believe that the government of Ukraine in its current form cannot be fixed. We, the representatives of the former regions of Ukraine, with the exception of the Crimea, declare the establishment of the new state, which is the successor of Ukraine. We agree that the new state will be called Malorossia (Little Russia) “- Zakharchenko said.

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DPR, LPR Separatists In East Ukraine Declare New Country “Malorossiya” / By Brandon Turbeville / Activist Post / July 18, 2017 / On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine. Zakharchenko is proposing a three-year transition period toward the creation of the new state as a way to settle the ongoing conflict. “We propose to establish the state of Malorossiya. Malorossiya is an independent young state. A transition period of up to 3 years,” Zakharchenko told reporters. On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine. Zakharchenko said that discussions taking place within the DPR have “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state” and called on the international community to support the new proposal. “We should be supported by the residents of the regions. This solution is possible provided that the international community supports the idea,” he said. Malorossiya has been declared a sovereign federation of states, with Donetsk being the capitol. The Malorossiyan constitution will be drafted and subsequently debated and put up for referendum and public discussion. Central authorities will be in charge of the government’s budget, army, and security forces said Alexander Timofeev, DPR Income and Charges Minister. “We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/16/2017 / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / The Ukrainian party keeps violating the “harvest truce.” In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 15 localities and adjacent areas with five artillery projectiles of 152mm calibre and 24 of 122mm calibre, 16 tank rounds, 75 mortar shells of 120mm calibre and 70 of 82mm calibre. I would like to once again draw the world’s attention to the criminal nature of the actions conducted by the Ukrainian military. Yesterday, on July 15, at the orders of the commander of the 55th separate artillery brigade, war criminal Brusov, the enemy fired at the DPR territory with 152mm and 122mm artillery from the positions stationed in the residential districts of Krasnogorovka. These actions by Ukrainian criminals are aimed at provoking the DPR Armed Forces into opening response fire whilst events dedicated to the Day of the Metallurgist were taking place in the locality. But I want to note that the DPR units are observing the “harvest truce” and will continue doing thins, as well as all the previously reached agreements on the ceasefire regime. We hope that representatives of the OSCE Mission will take all the necessary measures and demand from the Ukrainian party to withdraw heavy weapons, increasingly used by the AFU. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired at six localities and adjacent . . . READ MORE>>

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Seven Republic’s residents wounded, three killed in AFU shelling over week / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / According to the press service of the DPR Ombudsman, on July 7, a 36-year-old defender of the Republic received a mine-blast wound in the hostilities in the Yasinovataya area near the Donetsk filtering station. On July 8, as a result of armed provocations by the Ukrainian forces in the area of Dokuchayevsk, a Republic’s soldier received an open shelled fracture of his right thigh. As a result of artillery shelling in the Gorlovka area, a 46-year-old civilian received a brain concussion. On July 10, as a result of the bombardment of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the Ukrainian armed forces, a civilian woman was wounded in the head; another civilian received shrapnel wounds of the chest and right shoulder. On July 11, a serviceman of the Republic received a mine-blast wound and a fragment wound of the chest due to military operations near the village of Bezymennoye in the Novoazovsky district. On July 13, as a result of armed provocations by the Ukrainian forces in the area of the Avdeyevska industrial zone, a serviceman of the Republic received a mine-blast wound and a fragment . . . READ MORE>>

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Alexander Hug to visit Donetsk on July 19 / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, intends to visit Donetsk on Wednesday, July 19. This was reported by a source today. “On July 19, Alexander Hug’s arrival is expected,” the source said. According to preliminary information, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM intends to inspect a number of life support facilities located in the front-line zone. In particular, a trip is planned to the pumping station of the first ascent of the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit near Yasinovataya and the Donetsk filtering station.

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NATO’s creeping occupation of Ukraine / News Front / July 15, 2017 / On the eve of the possible partition of Ukraine, the West seeks to stake out for itself as much as possible of its territory… The propagandist campaign that is permanently ongoing in the West concerning “Russian aggression” allegedly being preparing in the Baltic region reached its next peak in connection with the “West-2017” Russian-Belarusian military exercises planned for the autumn. Nevertheless the real scale of “reciprocal actions” of the NATO bloc on the northeast direction remains rather modest. Thus, for example, five countries of NATO (Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the US, and Great Britain) that are taking part in the manoeuvers of units of antiaircraft defense Tobruq Legacy — 2017, which began on July 11th in Lithuania, sent to these maneuvers in total only 500 servicemen. Approximately also the military-air presence of the alliance in this allegedly threatened region is designated in the same minimum level. The on-duty units of NATO fighter jets in Estonia serves not so much for the defence of air space of this country, but for the constant heating of winning topic of propaganda: interceptions over the Baltics of “aggressive-minded” Russian jets. And shuttle visits to the countries of the “cordon sanitaire” of the newest “stealth” fighter jet F-35, in the total number of one to two units, not so much frightens but creates a rather ambiguous impression about the condition of the American Air Force. Such a limited scale of “reciprocal actions” of NATO isn’t surprising at all, because the command of the bloc knows very . . . READ MORE>>

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Doug Bandow (–rare.us)

MSM done right: Ukraine must be forbidden from accession into NATO – Forbes / Fort Russ / July 15, 2017 / The inclusion of Ukraine in NATO is a bad idea, which the United States must soon give up, writes a regular contributor to Forbes, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Doug Bandow. “In terms of security, Ukraine is a “black hole”, and its inclusion in the alliance would not increase the protection of Americans. For the alliance, it would be better to shut the door firmly in front of Kiev and dispel the illusions,” says the author. Western officials insist that no “third person”, that is Russia in this case, can comment on whether to accept a certain country into the military alliance or not. According to Bandow, Ukraine, in this case, too, has the right to vote on it. “NATO must include new members only if it increases the security of the Alliance as a whole,” he says. The recent inclusion of Montenegro in the alliance, a “micro-state” with two thousand soldiers, which is not threatened by anyone at all, does not help the United States, but also does not harm it, the author believes. The author stressed that “the supporter of democracy” Petro Poroshenko came to power after the coup against the “legitimately elected, though corrupt” president. The oligarchs have acquired power and ultra-nationalists a major share of influence. “Even the European leaders could not ignore the obvious,” he writes, referring to the recent call by the head of European Commission, Juncker, to the Ukrainian authorities to more actively resist corruption. “Ukraine’s inclusion does not serve American interests, and may justify a confrontation with a nuclear power. Especially when you consider the immediate, serious and obvious interests for Russia”, – he says, explaining that Moscow sees NATO expansion as a primary threat. Giving promises to Kiev, the US is creating uncertainty. Instead, Washington and its European allies must give Ukraine a firm “no”, then all parties can move on to finding a practical solution Ukrainian conflict.

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Peter Pobjecky on Twitter
July 16, 2017 – 18:00 UTC

“Today Donetsk Playhouse closed its 90th anniversary season,
the legendary rock opera ‘Junona and Avos.'”

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Trump and Putin at the G20 – Part 2: The Ukrainian Problem Still Front and Center / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / July 15, 2017 / Continued from Part 1. More material for analyzing the tentative results of the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin can be derived from none other than the Ukrainian question. First of all, the G20 summit was a big, unpleasant surprise for the Ukrainian government. President Poroshenko was not invited to the summit, a decision made by the summit’s host, Angela Merkel. One theory popular in Russian media is that Berlin’s dissatisfaction with Kiev’s failure to fulfill the Minsk Agreements was the reason for Ukraine’s exclusion. Elections to the German Bundestag are set for late September, and Merkel has no desire to once again remind German voters of the failure of Germany’s foreign policy strategy. Poroshenko would have been an unwanted guest in a German home. Thus, Merkel decided to solve the problem gracefully by simply not inviting him to the meeting of world leaders. What’s more, following the talks between Putin and Trump, the Normandy Four held a meeting without the participation of its own patient – Ukraine. Ukraine observed the ongoing negotiations and their course with undisguised anxiety. The Ukrainian elite can be understood – after all, Ukraine’s fate is being decided without the participation of the Ukrainian President. A study of the Ukrainian press reveals a wide range of forecasts and estimates ranging from near sheer panic to the tune of “Our American and European allies have given Ukraine up to Putin!” to infatuations claiming that the G20 is but a commonplace and ordinary event. Ukrainian media also had no few columns with assertions boiling down to the . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/12/2017 / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 36 ceasefire violations over the past 24 hours. The enemy launched 4 tank-shells, 42 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 30 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on 12 localities and nearby districts in the Donetsk direction. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched 23 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on the areas of two localities. Besides, Ukrainian punishers applied grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy shelled four localities and nearby districts, launching five tank-shells and thirteen mortar-shells of 82mm caliber. AFU units’ servicemen have begun refusing to be sent to the so-called “ATO” zone more frequently. Thus, fourteen soldiers and sergeants openly refused to participate in the civil war against Donbass residents and venturing their lives, to defend interests of oligarchs in the 1st separate tank brigade (Chernigov Region). Due to the fact that these cases take place more frequently, the AFU units’ commanders prefer to retire them with retrospective effect. It should be noted that the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian soldiers with whom contracts were forcedly concluded consider themselves to be the deceived and do not want to keep serving. AFU General Staff is concerned about this fact. Our intelligence keeps registering facts of “ATO Headquarters” Command’s indifference towards its subordinate military personnel and violations of Ukrainian soldiers’ rights. Besides, a low level of subsistence support is detected. Due to this, units’ commanders have to directly ask volunteers and public organizations for help. At their request, representatives of five delegations of international and Ukrainian charity funds and public movements arrived in the so-called “ATO” zone. –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Summary of Novorossiya, Syria events, 11.07.2017
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Noisy “Harvest ceasefire”
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Leonid Pasechnik (–Novinarnia.com)

LPR Security Ministry has suspects in 7 July Lugansk terrorist attacks probe / Lugansk Media Center / July 11, 2017 / LPR State Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik said the investigators have suspects in the ongoing probe into the terrorist attacks carried out in Lugansk on 7 July. Two terrorist attacks were carried out near World War II Heroes Square in Central Lugansk last week. A woman was killed and another five people were injured in the explosion of a bomb containing submunition, which had been planted in a litter bin at the entrance to a food shop. Two persons were injured in the second blast that occurred several dozen meters away, after law-enforcement personnel and militia came to work at the scene of the first terrorist attack. The victims suffered multiple injuries. “A circle of suspects has been identified within the probe into the double terrorist attack in LPR territory. All LPR law-enforcement bodies are involved in a special operation to apprehend and detain them,” Pasechnik said. Earlier, LPR State Security Ministry circulated identikits of two persons suspected of involvement in the 7 July terrorist attacks. “Simultaneously, we’re taking measures to identify commanders of Ukrainian army and paramilitary units, National Guard and other Kiev-controlled law-enforcement bodies complicit in terrorist attacks and abductions and murders of LPR civilians,” the minister said. He said the acts of terror were conclusive proof of Kiev’s waging an aggressive war against peace and security of the people living in Donbass.” The State Security Ministry is documenting the illegal activity of Ukrainian secret services related to murders and abductions of LPR militiamen. “At the present time, we’re ascertaining the involvement of certain persons in the Ukrainian military and law-enforcement bodies in the above crimes,” Pasechnik added.

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Kiev fears responsibility for war crimes in Donbass / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / The Ukrainian authorities should not use the word “occupation” with regard to Donbass if they are really seeking for a settlement of the conflict, director of the Party of Power (Partiya Vlasti) consulting company, Yelena Dyachenko, expressed such an opinion at a press conference in Kiev. “The war party constantly comes up with some issues to drive up military rhetoric and aggravate the situation,” the expert commented on the initiative of NSDC Secretary Alexander Turchinov on the need to abolish the ‘ATO’ and pass to a new format of war. “It’s one thing to pass a law on the occupation of the Crimea, and the other is to try the same over Donbass issue. The main criterion for occupation or non-occupation is international recognition. Authorities of the occupying state must be established in the occupied territories. There are none in Donbass. Thus, if we recognize these territories as those occupied by the DPR and LPR, then we will lose these territories forever. There are definitely neither Russian flags nor Russian authorities,” Dyachenko said, calling attempts to treat Russia an occupier of Donbass “legal delusions.” In addition, she drew attention to the fact that the “Popular Front” was attempting bringing into affect the abrogation of responsibility from Ukraine for violating all the conventions on humanitarian law, including those for the lives of civilians, at that trying to shift responsibility to Russia. “Why should this responsibility be abrogated? To avoid a military tribunal for war crimes. Here lies the logic of the war party. Only for this purpose these documents can be developed. And if this is part of the international plan to remove tension, then the word “occupation” shouldn’t be resorted to,” the expert stressed.

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US begins to advise Kiev on Donbass reintegration law / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / Kiev is discussing a draft law on the reintegration of Donbass with the key partners – the United States, Germany, France, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration Konstantin Yeliseyev said to the Ukrainian bureau of Radio Svoboda. Secretary of the Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Alexander Turchinov said on Monday that President Pyotr Poroshenko had instructed to consult with the Normandy Format countries about the law on the reintegration of Donbass, after which the document was planned to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in September. “Now, at the order of the National Security and Defense Council, we are working in contact with our key partners, primarily the United States, Germany and France, to coordinate this project with them. We have got our partners’ first encouraging reaction already,” Yeliseyev said. According to him, the key mission of the draft law “On the peculiarities of state policy for the restoration of territorial integrity and sovereignty” (the law on the reintegration of Donbass – Ed.) is to show the strategy, the president’s policy for the restoration and reintegration of these territories in Ukraine by political and diplomatic means, and it is based on the Minsk agreements’ implementation. Earlier, the President of Ukraine announced plans to submit a bill on the reintegration of Donbass for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada. According to the deputies, the document provides for recognition of the Donbass territories out of Kiev’s control as “occupied” and the Ukrainian forces’ transition to the “military operation” format, but its text has not been made public yet. As stated by Russian plenipotentiary representative to the contact group for Ukraine Boris Gryzlov, the bill on the reintegration of Donbass is an attempt to create an alternative to the Minsk agreements, instead of a political settlement, emphasis is placed on a military solution to the conflict. At that, the DPR and LPR stated that the conflict settlement should take place within the Minsk agreements’ framework, other options are unacceptable. In April, 2014, the authorities of Ukraine launched the military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which declared independence after the February 2014 coup in Ukraine. According to the latest UN data, over 10,000 people fell victims to the conflict.

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Stoltenberg, Porkoshenko (–ZeroHedge)

NATO Vows Support For Ukraine Against Russia’s “Aggressive Actions” / By Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge / July 12, 2017 / Just a few short days after President Trump’s ‘relative’ rapprochement with Russian President Putin, his ‘allies’ in NATO have stepped up the rhetoric in a very sensitive area for Putin, as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday. As Military.com reports, Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops across the porous border in support of the separatists, a charge has repeatedly denied. “Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side,” Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev. “Russia must withdraw its thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants,” he added during a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 have driven ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War. “We are also here to demonstrate NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine and our firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of your country,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO allies do not and will not recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.” The NATO chief’s trip came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a maiden visit to Kiev and urged Moscow to take the “first step” to ease the conflict in Ukraine’s east. Ukraine sees NATO accession as a way to bolster its defenses against former master Moscow. In June, Ukraine’s parliament voted to back attempts by the nation to seek membership of the 29-member bloc. It approved legal amendments enshrining membership in NATO as a foreign policy priority. Poroshenko explained that embattled Ukraine was eager to join the bloc, but painful political and economic reforms need to be implemented before the country was ready to lay out its claims on membership. “We are determined to reforms… to meet the membership criteria,” Poroshenko told journalists. “NATO will continue to support Ukraine on the path towards closer relationships with NATO,” Stoltenberg added. But the Kremlin has long been angered by NATO expansion into what Moscow views as its sphere of influence in the former Soviet region. “It (Ukraine’s rapprochement with NATO) will not contribute to the strengthening of stability and security on the European continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. However, Kiev has yet to officially apply to start the lengthy and politically challenging process of joining the US-led alliance.

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Ukraine announces plans to toughen border control for Russian citizens / TASS / July 10, 2017 / KIEV / Ukraine has announced plans to toughen border control for Russian citizens starting from January 1, 2018. After a regular meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council on Monday, its secretary Alexander Turchinov said all foreigners crossing the Ukrainian border will have to undergo biometrical control. “First of all, it will be applicable to Russian citizens,” he said, adding that Russians will be required to undergo obligatory fingerprinting procedure. What is more, prior to visiting Ukraine, Russians will be required to obtain preliminary registration. “It means that a Russian national planning to visit Ukraine will have to be preliminary registered and submit required data to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry,” Turchinov explained. Apart from that, according to Turchinov, all Russians who are already staying in Ukraine must obtain obligatory registration, i.e. to inform local authorities about the places of their sojourn. He said that the relevant infrastructure will be commissioned by the beginning of the next year, or maybe earlier.

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July 11: Navalny agreed to debate Strelkov / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politikos / July 11, 2017 / Navalny has accepted Strelkov’s proposal to have a public political debate. Objectively, Navalny should represent the higher, civilizationally more advanced form of European liberalism as opposed to the mafia banditism of colonial Putinism. However, subjectively and in reality Navalny appears to be a younger type of a Maidan political leader who promises to carry out the dictate of the West a bit more effectively. For colonies are not entitled to the more advanced forms of liberalism, especially when the plan is not to save and keep the country as we know it. Objectively, Strelkov ought to be the buried honor, conscience and courage of a Russian officer in a situation when the army has been serving as a protector and handmaid of Russia’s own colonial administration and its systemic plunder and degradation of the country and the people. In Slavyansk Strelkov was supposed to be in accordance with the Kremlin’s original plan a sacrificial victim and a proof of the vanity in opposing fascist Ukraine which Putin recognized legitimate as soon as he could (with Strelkov still in Slavyansk) and with the head of which–Poroshenko–Putin keeps frequent cordial and good-humored calls peppered with laughter and jokes. Strelkov was also chosen as a monarchist for the mission in Ukraine in order to color the original idea and impetus of Novorossiya as a part of the new pseudo-feudal czarism which the Kremlin promotes as its last word (just before a more full fledged mafia fascism). Subjectively and in fact Strelkov is an officer whose meaning of life is to keep asking and waiting for the once “true righteous command” from his commander in chief to save Russia even though Putin is busier with faking his PR polls, faking in churches piety to the serfs his mafia oligarchy has created instead of the people whom he crossed as easily as he crosses himself in holy places or carrying out the Western licence and instructions to keep Russia down and abject and masking his Lilliputian height with specially designed shoes and photoshopped pictures. Still the announced debates might be as well the only real public debate in the Russian presidential campaign.

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Trump and Putin Manifest Great Sympathy: Analysis of G20 – Israel Shamir / By Israel Shamir, Conclusion by Quemado Institute / Quemado Institute / July 11, 2017 / They Spoke, By Israel Shamir / The highly anticipated encounter of the two presidents went better, much better than anybody predicted. There was a lot of anxiety, and expectations were low as heavy rain clouds, especially after Trump’s visit to Warsaw where he obediently repeated the Cold War platitudes dictated by his minders. Trump had been sent off to Hamburg by Washington establishment with warnings a convent novice gets before an unfortunate but unavoidable meeting with a Don Juan. They didn’t trust the inexperienced youngster, and insisted he should speak with Vlad only in presence of grown ups, like Auntie Fiona (Hill) or Uncle HR (McMaster), well known for their aversion to Russians. They warned him that, short of a nuclear strike, every other reaction will be considered betrayal of the Shining City upon a Hill. Every neocon and Cold Warrior in the West gave his advice to the President, how should he humiliate Putin and put him on his place, below the salt. They actually didn’t allow Trump to have a proper meeting with Putin, with full agenda, advisers and ministers, preferably a few days long, in a Camp David format or similar. But they failed profoundly. The meeting on the margins of G-20 had become the central event, while G-20 became a meeting on the margins of Putin-Trump summit. When Donald and Vlad had met, there was no stopping: a great sympathy they had felt for each other manifested itself in every smile. At the beginning, Putin had been quite reserved; he steeled himself to a possible rejection, to a possible affront, even to insult. But Trump skilfully put him at ease. Instead of planned thirty minutes, they spoke for over two hours; even an attempt by Trump’s . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Three persons killed in DPR in Ukrainian shelling over week / DONi News / July 9, 2017 / Three people were killed, six were wounded in the Donetsk People’s Republic over the past week as a result of hostilities, a representative of the DPR Ombudsperson’s Office reported on Friday. The Contact Group on Ukraine had previously agreed on a truce in Donbass from June 24 midnight. According to the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik, the silence regime was planned to be established “along the entire contact line for the harvest period, from June 24 to August 31.” However, the Ukrainian party continues carrying out bombardments of the Republic’s civil infrastructure. “From June 30 to July 6, 2017, six persons were wounded in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic due to the armed aggression on the part of Ukraine, three of them were servicemen of the Republic. Over the same period, three persons were killed, all of them were the Republic’s defenders,” said a representative of the DPR Ombudsperson’s apparatus. According to the department, since the beginning of the year, 413 persons have been severely injured, 170 of them were civilians, including nine children. 175 persons have been killed, 21 of them were civilians, including one child. Over the entire period of the conflict, 4,464 persons were killed in the DPR territory, including 75 children, added the Ombudspersons office.

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DPR special services reinforced due to terrorist attacks in Lugansk / DONi News / July 9, 2017 / DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko transferred the Republic’s special services to the reinforced regime of patrolling due to the terrorist attacks in Lugansk on July 7, reported the press service of the DPR Ministry of State Security. “As directed by the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, personnel of the Republic’s law enforcement agencies were switched to the enhanced service mode in order to identify, prevent and suppress sabotage and terrorist acts,” the report says. According to the Ministry’s information, special attention will be paid to places of greatest concentration of people, and control over the implementation of the curfew will also be increased.

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One dead, seven wounded in Lugansk terror attacks / TASS / July 7, 2017 / Lugansk / Two blasts occurred near the Square of Heroes of the Great Patriotic War in central Lugansk, where offices of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) administration are located, on Friday. The blasts occurred within an hour of each other. The first blast, which killed a female military medical officer and left five people wounded, was classified by the LPR militia as a terrorist attack. “A homemade explosive devise seems to have been planted in a garbage can near a grocery store,” Spokesman for the LPR militia Andrei Marochko said at a briefing at the Luganskinfromecetner news agency’s headquarters. “The type and yield of the explosive device are being specified,” he added. In about an hour, the second blast occurred 30 meters away from the scene of the first explosion. “The second explosion went off several dozen meters away from the site of the firs blast when law enforcers were working on the site. Two civilians were wounded,” he added. Law enforcement officials and members of the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have expanded the cordoned off area and beefed up security measures. “A series of appalling terror attacks were committed today in the broad daylight in the center of Lugansk. Explosions rocked a densely populated district near a place of public entertainment, a children’s ground, people’s militia headquarters,” LuganskInformcenter quoted LPR’s Head Igor Plotnitsky as saying. “Terrorist attacks are always geared to intimidate not only those who are affected by them but also the entire civilian population. I call on the residents of the republic to demonstrate vigilance and not to yield to panic,” he stressed. “I would like to reassure you that the republic’s leadership, law enforcement agencies and security service are spare no effort to punish those responsible for these terror attacks and prevent possible aggressive actions in future,” Plotnitsky pledged.

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Zakhar Prilepin (–Rusvesna.su)

Zakhar Prilepin: We Already Won (Interview) / Russophile.org / July 8, 2017 / ZAVTRA: Some believe that your participation in the war in Donbass is literary mystification. How would you respond to this? ZAKHAR PRILEPIN: “My battalion, consisting of 200 fighters, already for half a year works on the territory of Donbass. I think, the Minister of Defence and all neighbouring units — and this is a good 1,000 people — see both work and the result of work of our battalion, which is on the very front line in the region of Panteleymonovka near Gorlovka (before this it was on the front line near Kominternovo).” Why did you chose especially Donetsk, and not Lugansk? “Here the military activity is more intensive, a more democratic leadership, ready for various innovations, and is open for contact.” Who do you consider yourself to be today: artist or fighter? “I don’t think about literature already for many months. I don’t write books, and in general I don’t really remember how to do it. I practically don’t read anything, I am completely submerged in the affairs of my battalion. Now nothing besides Donbass interests me.” The people fighting in Donbass are very different — from different countries, regions, with different educations. Has some common image of a Donetsk soldier developed in your imagination? “As a part of my battalion specifically there is an Armenian, a Kazakh, and a Serbian. There are also guys from Tatarstan, there are about 10-15 Russians from different regions of the country. 90% of the battalion are Donetsk or Lugansk guys. Somehow this is a special psychotype, of course, anyway they are in their main mass connected with the life of a local miner. But in general — it is the average Russian carefree type, something between Vasily Terkin and Captain Tushin.” This type formed in Donbass when members of the Molodaya gvardiya were acting earlier? “I think, it formed already at the time of writing ‘Tale of Igor’s Campaign‘. It was possible to meet such people at the time of Ivan Grozny, Stepan Razin, and in Aleksandr Suvorov‘s troops.” When we watch on TV the militiamen of Donbass, it is their eyes that are striking — as if they are from icons. Pure, very honest, shining with some inner force and truth. To what extent does this impression correspond to reality? “There, there are really a lot of abnormally good people. Although you can meet also bad ones. But in general — yes, they almost saints. For miserable money, absolutely non-understandable for the Muscovite — 16,000 rubles — the 26,000 army of the militia during three years fights and dies, giving their lives for the highest human values. They do it with ease, with a smile, with enthusiasm. Probably that’s why certain wrinkles on faces in one way or another built themselves according to this relation to life.” What super-idea unites them? “Russian, of course. The existence of Russia in itself – this is indeed . . . READ MORE>>

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Three Ukrainian fighter jets included in shooting down MH17 – Leaked Documents / DONi News / July 1, 2017 / The website Sovershenno Secretno continues sensational Ukrainian official document leaks from the tragic events and shooting down of the Malesian airlines flight MH17 over Donbass on 07/17/2014. What has come clear, we should forget all those unproven fairy tales about use of land based BUK-missiles, and turn our focus to the proven executed combat operations of the Ukrainian air forces fighter jets. Release of new materials includes not only new top secret documents of the Ukrainian officials and Ukrainian Security Service, SBU, but also very important testimonies, which highlight the facts: Three Ukrainian airforce fighter jets were on combat operations in Donbass and one or more of these military aircrafts are directly responsible for shooting down the Boeing 777, murderding almost 300 people on board. “Look, I know for sure, that the copies of these orders have been reshuffled from the staff documents of the Chuguev air force unit. I know by name the people, who did this. I know where the original of Voloshin’s flying card is now… They committed a deliberate murder, they shot down the passenger board. They fulfilled a special operation.” “The airplanes eventually took off on the 17th! Fact,” said the Ukrainian source behind the document leaks to the Soverchenno Secretno. Here is some of the keypoints from the revealed top secret material: 1. We believe, that the «Chuguev’s» documents and witnesses’ revelations are the necessary puzzle, that will help restore the tragic events of July 17, 2014. The day, when the «Boeing» was shot down. On that day, when at 13:20:03 UTC or 16:21:28 local time, the recording of the flight recorders of a passenger airplane with 298 passengers and crew members broke. Three years ago. 2. Both the flight plan No.734 and the orders of the Commander of the military unit A 4104 No.No.702, 734, and the testimony of the Chief of Staff, Officer and refueler of this airbase, and even a summary of the weather conditions for July 17, 2014 lead us to the conclusion that on July 17, 2014, an airplane (or several aircraft) of the Ukrainian Air Force shot down a passenger Boeing 777, flight MN17. These could be planes SU-25M1 No.08, SU-27 No.36, MIG 29MU1 No. 29 (according to the information from the order of the Commander of the aircraft unit Dubovik) or «Sushkas» No.52 (unknown pilot), No.64 and No.63. 3. It was Captain Samofalov, who told to «Source B.», that according to his information on July 17, 2014, the fighter SU-27 made a combat sortie from the . . . READ MORE>>

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Radar data debunks official MH17 findings, locator could not ‘miss’ missile – Russian air regulator / RT.com / June 27, 2017 / Russian radar could not have failed to notice a projectile approaching Flight MH17, despite the claims by a Dutch minister, the head of Rosaviatsia says. The lack of radar marks shows nothing approached the plane from the east, despite official findings. Last week, the Dutch government published a series of replies by Security and Justice Minister Stef Blok, who explained to a parliamentary commission why radar data provided by Russia did not show any objects approaching the MH17 flight, including a Buk missile. The radar, according to Blok, could simply miss a missile. The minister compared the radar to a lighthouse, claiming that a missile could slip through during its “turn” and therefore leave no trace on Russia’s Utes-T air route radar system. Blok also claimed that the radar could not register such a relatively small object as a Buk missile. “It is inappropriate to say that a radar station could miss the missile,” the head of Russian aviation regulator Rosaviatsia, Oleg Storchevoy, said Tuesday, commenting on the latest Dutch claims. The Russian Utes-T air route radar system is able to detect far smaller objects than a Buk missile, according to Storchevoy, and while its turn time is 10 seconds, Utes-T could not miss any object approaching the plane. “If a projectile was moving along the trajectory described in the version of ‘launch on a head-on course,’ as the Dutch party claims, its flight time would be about 35 seconds. Accordingly, the radar would register at least two or three clear ticks – the so-called echo-signals from an object, moving towards the plane,” the official added. While the MH17 black box data indicate that the tragedy took place at 13:20:03 GMT, Utes-T last registered the aircraft at 13:20:01.87, less than in a second and a half before the disaster, the Russian . . . READ MORE>>

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Putin’s FULL Speech at G20 Summit to BRICS Leaders in Hamburg, Germany
Russia Insider – July 7, 2017

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/05/2017 / DONi News / July 5, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 26 ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted ten localities with 14 tank rounds, eight mortar shells of 120mm calibre and three 82mm ones. In the Gorlovka direction, the area of Zaitsevo locality was shelled with the AFU grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy applied grenade launchers and small arms against two localities. Our reconnaissance keeps registering the concentration of weapons banned by the Minsk agreements along the contact line: – Near Krasnogorovka (3 km to the contact line) there were detected three motorised artillery mounts Gvozdika; – Near Maryinka (1 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of a unit of female snipers – 20 personnel of a Polish private military company. All the data on deployment of the prohibited AFU equipment were passed to representatives of the OSCE SMM. Our reconnaissance received confirmation of the AFU Command’s preparation for serious provocations on the eve of the G20 leaders’ meeting what I had previously voiced, including shelling of residential areas, terrorist attacks on localities and attempts to seize a part of the grey zone territory. In particular, on July 3, scouts of the DPR Armed Forces stealthily lured a serviceman of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade into the grey zone, outside Pesky locality. The Ukrainian serviceman carried secret documents received that day at the headquarters of one of the interacting brigades, on application of arms prohibited by the Minsk agreements against the DPR territory from July 6, 2017. According to the plan of the ‘ATO’ command, forces and facilities of the 72nd separate mechanised brigade, 55th separate artillery brigade and part of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade that arrived for reinforcement from the Gorlovka direction are to participate in the provocation. The Ukrainian officer did not try any resistance during the detention and immediately began to give evidence. After we received secret documents from the AFU serviceman, the officer was released. The 128th brigade’s officer has a negative reputation among his command, therefore, he had no value for us. At that, I want to draw attention to the brutality of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group’s punishers, who in the same situation in the Lugansk direction mercilessly slaughtered two servicemen of the LPR People’s Militia and captured four. And now, by means of tortures and psychological pressure, they are trying to get false testimonies from them, forcing them to pretend to be, allegedly, active military personnel of the Russian army. The extreme brutality of the Ukrainian fighters’ actions struck the whole world then! Due to the enemy’s stepping up preparation for carrying out terrorist acts in the DPR territory, as well as bloody provocations with shelling civil localities, including in the Kiev-controlled areas, we urge the world community to exert pressure on the Ukrainian authorities and force them into giving up war crimes agenda. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Secret agreements: It was stated In the DPR that the Donbass Republics will soon be part of the Russian Federation / Dnr24.su / Translated by Quemado Institute / July 5, 2017 / Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will be fully incorporated into the Russian Federation in the near future. This was stated by the deputy of parliament of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR], the commander of the “Legion” division, Sergei Zavdoev. In his opinion, the Russian Federation will not allow Kiev to realize a “Croatian scenario” in Donbass. “I think that no one is rushing to Russia. The LPR and DPR exist and so does Russia. Now we are legally integrating into Russia. And after the elections next year we will have full integration into the Russian Federation. Over the last three years a lot of work has been done, both at the political level, and at the military and economic levels. Therefore, we will absolutely be part of the Russian Federation and it will support us 100%,” Zavdoevyev said. A deputy of the DPR noted that if the Ukrainian security forces go on the offensive, then, as usual, Russia will help with humanitarian aid and medicines, as it has helped until now, but it will not get involved in the conflict itself. “If Ukraine crosses this rubicon, it thereby completely liquidates all agreements. There is an unofficial agreement between the United States, Europe and Russia about who will first go on the offensive [tr?], it and the aggressor [tr?], it is to blame for this war. Accordingly, if the Ukrainian Armed Forces [UAF] decide on an offensive, then they will deploy the same America and Europe against themselves [tr?] and give us the opportunity to act openly,” the MP said, adding that the LDPR [DPR/LPR] army will have enough strength to repel the attack of the UAF. According to Zavdeev, the Donbass militia will be only too happy about the UAF’s offensive, as this will allow them to end the war, which has already lasted more than 3 years. “You understand that we have here a ‘valiant’ OSCE, which still can not determine who is shooting at whom. They have for all of three years reported as if someone shoots, but who is shooting whom is unclear. Everybody sees that it is the UAF that shoots, except for the OSCE, which must only record [tr?]. They fix the fact of the bombardment, but about who shoots the OSCE has never once reported,” Zavdoveev assures us. He believes that if they had noted at least once in the OSCE reports that it was the Ukrainian side that was shooting, the militias would have been able to speak to Ukraine long ago.

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Terrorist attack organized by Ukrainian special services prevented in Donetsk / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / The special services of the Donetsk People’s Republic today prevented a terrorist act organized by Ukrainian saboteurs. This was stated by the Vice-Commander of the Republican Operational Command, Eduard Basurin. “Today, thanks to the vigilance of our citizens, a terrorist act of Ukrainian special services has been prevented in the city of Donetsk. At 9 o’clock in the morning local residents found a bomb with remote control on the street of Shchorsa in the residential sector, near the Food College. At the moment, the explosive device was defused,” said the Vice-Commander. Presumably, the explosive device was go off today in the morning. Basurin noted that the terrorist attack has been planned to be executed on the eve of the Minsk talks on July 5 and on the eve of the meeting of the G20 leaders. “According to our reconnaissance, this is not the only terrorist attack planned by Ukrainian intelligence services on the eve of the G20 meeting. We have confirmation that the Ukrainian authorities are instructed to conduct bloody provocations in the period until July 9, including on the territories controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces that have the goal of discrediting the leadership of the DPR,” he pointed out.

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American “volunteers” spotted in Ukrainian-occupied Donbass / By Eduard Popov; Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / July 5, 2017 / Although one of the provisions of the Minsk Agreements is the withdrawal of all foreign military entities from Donbass, Ukraine and its Western allies headed by the US continue to relentlessly allege a Russian military presence in the region. For its part, Russia has denied such allegations, responding that it is an observer country to the same extent that the other countries that signed the Minsk Agreements are, i.e., Germany and France. However, reports periodically come from Donbass which allow us to take a fresh, sober look at the real situation on the ground there. Just recently in conversation with Donbass militia volunteers, I repeatedly heard accounts of Western troops present in the ranks of the Ukrainian army in the capacity of instructors or as active fighters. Meanwhile, the Americans and Canadians do not hide the fact that they are training the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ units (such as at the Yavoriv polygon in the Lvov region), but they categorically refuse to admit that their servicemen (usually from commando units) are present at the frontline and fighting on the side of the UAF. On the other hand, my friends from the DPR army have reported that they have especially often observed Canadian and Polish troops present at the frontline. Fresh information just arrived the other day from the Lugansk People’s Republic. The LPR’s Ministry of Internal Affairs’ hotline received a call from a resident of the town of Popasnaya (under Ukrainian control), who said that English-speaking, foreign troops have appeared in the town. The caller described them as dressed in white and grey NATO camouflage and armed with foreign small arms. LPR intelligence sources have since released the following report: “According to preliminary findings, the unknown troops in question are US citizens and call themselves American volunteers. They have brought with them some kind of electronic equipment stored in metal boxes and suitcases. At the present moment, these mercenaries are awaiting the arrival of voltage converters since their hardware is not designed to work with 220 voltage networks.” While accusing Russia of meddling in the conflict in Donbass, the Americans, Canadians, and their European NATO allies are directly involved in the conflict, specializing in training the UAF in sabotage and terroristic warfare, as well as electronic intelligence and radio-electronic warfare. The UAF does not wield such expertise and equipment in the likes of what the American army and NATO countries’ armies boast – and which has now apparently surfaced in Donbass.

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Polish Detachment of Women Snipers Arrives in Donbass / Ukraina.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / July 5, 2017 / The intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] recorded the arrival of a group of snipers from Poland in the suburbs of Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the DPR operational command, told journalists. “The arrival of a women’s sniper unit of 20 people from the private military company of Poland was noted in the area of the settlement of Maryinka (suburb of Donetsk),” said Basurin. Earlier, he said that the DPR Ministry of Defense had learned of the arrival of a group of snipers from Georgia [tr?] at the Donbas contact line. He added that the intelligence service of the Donetsk People’s Republic received secret documents that indicate Ukrainian security officials are preparing provocations in Donbass. In March, the “Right Sector” unit (an extremist organization banned on the territory of the Russian Federation – Ukraina.ru Ed) “Witches” arrived at the contact line in Donbass. This was reported by the intelligence of the DPR. The unit consists of women snipers. In April, the Ukrainian security forces also transferred an “Islamic battalion” of up to 500 people to Kiev-controlled Mariupol.

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[Enemy Report:] Dutch court to try suspects in downing of MH17 airliner over Ukraine / By Daniel McLaughlin / Irish Times / July 5, 2017 / [Quemado Institute Editor’s note: Items marked * are considered false, fabricated, biased or misleading by Quemado Institute and many Donbass observers.] / A Dutch court will try those suspected of involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, the Netherlands announced on Wednesday. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision and pledged his country’s full support for the Dutch prosecution, which came about after Russia vetoed efforts to create an international tribunal through the United Nations. The Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was blown out of the sky close to Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia on July 17th 2014, over territory that had been seized and is still controlled by heavily armed Kremlin-backed militia*. All 298 people on board were killed as they and debris from the plane were scattered across several kilometres of fields and villages. The victims came from 17 countries but most – 196 people – were citizens of the Netherlands. The Dutch safety board found in 2015 that the airliner was brought down by a Russian-made surface-to-air Buk missile*, and last year a joint investigation team (JIT) comprising experts from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine concluded that the rocket was fired from separatist-held territory*. Russia disputes those findings and accuses the JIT of ignoring evidence in their determination to blame Moscow for the tragedy. “The JIT countries have now decided that the suspects should be prosecuted in the Netherlands, a process that will be rooted in ongoing international co-operation and support,” said Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. “We’re still seeing a great deal of disinformation and attempts to discredit the investigation. Nevertheless, major results have been achieved,” he added, in reference to the reports by the Dutch safety board and JIT. “What’s more, the ongoing criminal investigation enjoys virtually unanimous support from the international community. MH17 has shown how a shared tragedy can lead to close international co-operation and a determination to see that justice is done.” Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said the decision to hold a trial in the Netherlands was the “next step on the way to uncover the truth, the prosecution of suspects and satisfaction for the bereaved. That remains the highest priority for the Dutch government.” In the hours and days after the disaster, Russian media broadcast bizarre conspiracy theories about MH17*, including speculation that Ukraine had targeted the airliner thinking it was Vladimir Putin’s presidential jet; that it was a spy plane; and that it was filled with dead bodies and crashed intentionally to discredit Russia and its separatist proxies*. The Russian defence ministry released what it claimed was satellite imagery showing a Ukrainian fighter jet firing a missile at the airliner – but this was quickly debunked as a crude fake and Moscow dropped that line of argument*. On the other hand, the Bellingcat investigative team has used images posted on social media and geolocation tools to track in detail the Buk’s alleged journey from Russia to eastern Ukraine and back again*. They have also identified the Russian soldiers who they believe brought the missile system into Ukraine*. No suspects have yet been named officially in the case. [Source: irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/dutch-court-to-try-suspects-in-downing-of-mh17-airliner-over-ukraine-1.3144347] Quemado Institute comments: This article represents typical anti-Donbass MH17 propaganda of the type we have seen posted repeatedly on Twitter since the day of the tragedy, when enemy factions began fabricating pieces of their story alleging BUK missile involvement. According to air traffic controller Carlos @Spainbuca’s Twitter feed,, tweeted concurrently with the crash, personnel in the control tower announced within minutes that the “official story” was a BUK missile shoot-down, We believe this is a cover-up. More likely the Malaysian Boeing was downed by one or more Ukrainian fighter jets, a scenario consistent with eye-witness accounts as well as evidence found in the crash debris. The Dutch Safety Board investigation offers no proof of BUK missile involvement. For a paragraph by paragraph analysis of their report, see our post Quemado Institute Rebuttal: MH17 Dutch Investigation Weak, Inconclusive (Oct 16, 2015). For all Quemado Institute MH17 posts click here.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–DONi News)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “Integration into Russian educational system to be held as quickly as possible” / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic took part in the 3rd sitting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, which was held on June 30 in Rostov-on-Don. This time, the overarching theme of the meeting was education: achievements and prospects for cooperation between countries in this field. The event was attended by: Andrei Kozenko – deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, coordinator of the Integration Committee; Viktor Vodolatsky – Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Ataman of the Almighty Cossack Army of the Don, PhD in Sociology, Member of the Social Sciences Academy; Larisa Tutova – Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science; Vasily Rudoy – Deputy Governor of the Rostov Region; Representatives of universities of the Russian Federation, political scientists and academics. Dmitri Trapeznikov, Deputy Chairman of the DPR Council of Ministers, Larisa Polyakova, Minister of Education and Science, teachers and heads of the Republic’s educational institutions also represented the DPR at the Committee. In his welcoming speech, Head of the Republic Alexander Zakharchenko noted the importance of the theme discussed by the Committee: “It’s no secret that the coup d’etat has succeeded in Ukraine largely through the young generation. This is due to the fact that . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/04/2017 / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed twenty-three ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction the enemy launched five mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 36 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber onto the territories of 11 localities. As a result of shellings on the part of the AFU, a house in the locality of Gorlovka, on Otboinaya Street, 3 sustained damages – a roof and windows were damaged. Representatives of a special commission are working on the site to assess damages received by the Republic’s residents as a result of the shelling conducted from the positions of the AFU. Materials of which will be appended to criminal cases against a command and servicemen of Ukrainian armed forces. Our intelligence keeps registering concentration of prohibited by the Minsk agreements military hardware along the contact line. Thus, in the vicinity of the localities of: SUKHAYA BALKA (13km away from the contact line) there was detected ammunition advance (of 122, 125 and 152mm caliber) to resupply units from among the military personnel of the 128th brigade; YASNOBRODOVKA (14km away from the contact line) there was detected location of five tanks; ZHELANNOYE-PERVOYE (14 km away from the contact line) there was detected a howitzer battery ‘Giatsint-B’ of the 55th brigade. All the data on rotation of the prohibited military hardware of the AFU were handed over to the OSCE SMM. Today, an act of terrorism of Ukrainian special forces in Donetsk City has been prevented thanks to vigilance of our citizens. In particular, at nine o’clock in the morning local residents discovered an explosive device with an off-site control near a food college in a residential area on Shchorsa Street. At present, the explosive device has been defused. Presumedly, it was to operate in the morning, at the time when residents go to work, shops, take their children to kindergartens, students go to universities. It should be noted that Ukraine’s special forces planned this act of terrorism on the Minsk talks’ eve and in advance of a meeting of G20 Leaders. According to our intelligence, it is not the only act of terrorism planned by Ukraine’s special forces on the G20 meeting’s eve. We have a confirmation that Ukraine’s authorities were given orders to commit bloody provocations during . . . READ MORE>>

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Blast Site near Prishib, April 2017 (–Sputnik/LPR militia)

Saboteur who sought to blast OSCE car could be involved in Prishib terrorist attack – MGB / Lugansk Media Center / July 4, 2017 / One of the Ukrainian saboteurs who plotted a terrorist attack against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives could be involved in the blasting of the international observer’s cars in Prishib village area in April, LPR State Security Ministry (MGB) head Leonid Pasechnik said on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, Pasechnik said MGB officers had defused a mine planted along the route of SMM patrols by Ukrainian saboteurs operating in Lugansk. The minister said MGB investigators found a car with Ukrainian Vinnitsa Region license plates in a wooded area in Lugansk’s Kamennobrodskiy district on 30 June. “A search of the car found pieces of Ukrainian insignia and a dashcam that had been put out of order. “MGB specialists managed to restore the data. The dashcam information shows preparations to assassinate OSCE monitoring mission representatives,” Pasechnik said. “Supposedly, one of the Ukrainian operatives who appears in the dashcam video is involved in the blasting of the observers’ car in Prishib village in LPR’s Slavyanoserbskiy district on 23 April 2017,” he said. “I wish to remind that MGB opened criminal investigation into the blasting of the OSCE car and that an investigation is underway. MGB repeatedly requested the OSCE monitoring mission to provide information which was relevant for preliminary investigation and summoned witnesses to give evidence. However, no response to MGB enquiries has been given up to date which hampers progress in investigation,” the minister added. “I again urge the international representatives working in the Republic to coordinate the routes of their movement with LPR law-enforcement bodies for their own safety. The latest events show that Ukrainian secret services are ready for any provocations aimed at destabilizing the situation in the republic and discrediting law-enforcement and government bodies with the view of securing the deployment of OSCE armed monitoring mission,” Pasechnik said. An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car en route from Slavyanoserbsk to Sokolniki hit an anti-tank mine in the vicinity of LPR’s Prishib village killing one monitor and wounding another two on 23 April. LPR People’s Militia and Security Ministry said that they had repeatedly recorded activities of Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squads in Prishib area. LPR Prosecutor general’s Office said Ukrainian army 8th special operations regiment servicemen were suspected of involvement in the OSCE car explosion.

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Terror attack organized by Kiev-backed saboteurs foiled in Donetsk / TASS / July 4, 2017 / DONETSK / .Intelligence agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) prevented a terror attack organized by Ukraine’s saboteurs on Tuesday, Deputy Commander of LPR Operational Forces, Eduard Basurin, said. “Today, thanks to the vigilance of our residents, a terrorist act by Ukraine’s intelligence services has been thwarted in Donetsk. At 9:00 (a.m.), local residents found a remote-controlled explosive device in a residential sector near a food industry academy. At present, the explosive device has been defused,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Earlier this day, the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) also reported that the LPR’s State Security Ministry employees had defused a mine laid along the driving route of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. According to the republic’s Defense Ministry, a group of Ukrainian saboteurs had been operating in Lugansk.

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Aftermath of Ukrainian night shelling of Aleksandrovka Locality (VIDEO) / The Atlantic Monitor (from DONi News) / July 3, 2017 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the locality of Aleksandrovka at night. Damages were reported. “Last night nearly 12 houses were damaged.There was an infantry fight, which started at about 08:00 pm, and its active phase ended at about 02.00 am. At 05:00am an infantry fight started again.The enemy applied heavy weapons, namely recoilless guns, rocket anti-tank launchers and 30 mm guns IFV-2,” said Konstantin Chaly, the Head of the Alexandrovka locality’s administration. —DONi News Agency Video: DPR Ministry of Information

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Click to enlarge. Donetsk low left of center. (–Google)

Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 3 July 2017 / OSCE.org / July 4, 2017 / The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and more in Luhansk region compared with the previous 24 hours. The Mission followed up on reports of a civilian casualty in Marinka and observed damage to civilian properties due to shelling in Uzhivka. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas; it recorded ceasefire violations near Stanytsia Luhanska area. The SMM’s access remained restricted there and elsewhere, including again to a border area not controlled by the Government in Novoazovsk.* The Mission monitored weapons on both sides of the contact line. It continued to follow up on the water and gas supply situation in Avdiivka and Yasynuvata and to facilitate and monitor repairs to the Mykhailivka-Almazna high-voltage power lines. The SMM visited one border area not under government control in Luhansk region. In Donetsk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations[1], including, however, more explosions (about 150), compared with the previous 24 hours (about 80 explosions). On the evening and night of 2-3 July, while in “DPR”-controlled Donetsk city centre, the SMM heard 26 undetermined explosions 8-10km north-west. On the evening and night of 2-3 July the SMM camera in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) recorded, in sequence, 20 explosions assessed as impacts of rounds of undetermined weapons, two projectiles in flight from east to west, one explosion assessed as an impact, two illumination flares in vertical flight and four tracer rounds and two projectiles in flight from west to east, all 3-4km east-south-east. Approximately three hours later, the same camera recorded four tracer rounds in flight from west to east 4-6km east-north-east, followed by one projectile in flight from west to east and two explosions assessed as impacts 4-5km east-south-east. The following day, positioned in Avdiivka for about five hours, the SMM heard one undetermined explosion about 5km south-east and five undetermined explosions about 2km east-north-east and east. On 3 July, positioned in “DPR”-controlled . . . READ MORE>> (Substantial report at source.)

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Lavrov didn’t say: ‘Russia involved in war in Donbass’ as western media claim / DONi News (Editorial) / July 4, 2017 / Western anti-Russian media are publishing pure fake news based on Russian Foreign Minister statement, claiming that Sergey Lavrov “finally admitted that Russia is involved in the war in Donbass – militarily”. In the reality, these news have no ground, because their claims are based on intrerpretation of a translation mistake, and besides of that, his words are taken out from the context. Here is the mistakenly translated Sergey Lavrov’s statement: “I don’t know whether the political community thinks that we are playing in the wrong league. I have read and heard much criticism regarding our decision to join the fight in Donbass and in Syria. But you should probably look at each given nation comprehensively.” Here is the correct translation: “I don’t know whether the political community thinks that we are playing in the wrong league. I have read and heard much criticism that we should not have got involved into the conflicts in Donbass and in Syria. But you should probably look at each given nation comprehensively.” The scandal around Lavrov’s speech was caused just by a matter of mistranslation. As we can see it now, the official web-site of the Russian Foreign Minister has replaced that shaky phrase with a more appropriate translation totally corresponding to the Minister’s speech. Mr Lavrov said the word “conflict” which in no way presupposes “joining the fight” or any other assistance of military nature. Yes, Russia accepts the idea of having joined the Donbass CONFLICT in the political and humanitarian field, but those accusations, which have arisen due to this translator’s failure are just groundless, as NO adequate evidence of the Russian military involvement in the Donbass war has EVER been presented by the western opponents, any international organizations, like UN or OSCE. Comment – Russia and its factual involvement in the Donbass conflict: As the Foreign Minister of Russian Federation, top diplomat . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 2, 2017
(Brief update)

Three Ukrainian fighter jets included in shooting down MH17 – Leaked Documents / DONi News / July 1, 2017 / The website Sovershenno Secretno continues sensational Ukrainian official document leaks from the tragic events and shooting down of the Malesian airlines flight MH17 over Donbass on 07/17/2014. What has come clear, we should forget all those unproven fairy tales about use of land based BUK-missiles, and turn our focus to the proven executed combat operations of the Ukrainian air forces fighter jets. Release of new materials includes not only new top secret documents of the Ukrainian officials and Ukrainian Security Service, SBU, but also very important testimonies, which highlight the facts: Three Ukrainian airforce fighter jets were on combat operations in Donbass and one or more of these military aircrafts are directly responsible for shooting down the Boeing 777, murderding almost 300 people on board. “Look, I know for sure, that the copies of these orders have been reshuffled from the staff documents of the Chuguev air force unit. I know by name the people, who did this. I know where the original of Voloshin’s flying card is now… They committed a deliberate murder, they shot down the passenger board. They fulfilled a special operation.” “The airplanes eventually took off on the 17th! Fact,” said the Ukrainian source behind the document leaks to the Soverchenno Secretno. 1. We believe, that the «Chuguev’s» documents and witnesses’ revelations are the necessary puzzle, that will help restore the tragic events of July 17, 2014. The day, when the «Boeing» was shot down. On that day, when at 13:20:03 UTC or 16:21:28 local time, the recording of the flight . . . READ MORE>>

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OSCE SMM – Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine 30 June at 02:09 FACT CHECK / Facebook / June 30, 2017 / In response to incorrect information issued by the press centre of the anti-terrorist operation: The OSCE SMM’s forward patrol base in Popasna in Luhansk region was not shelled; no damage has been sustained and all staff are safe. The OSCE SMM did register considerable shelling – both incoming and outgoing – in the area on the night of 29 June and the early morning of 30 June. OSCE SMM staff remained safe throughout this time at the forward patrol base. Staff were subsequently re-deployed to Sievierodonetsk on 30 June for a full de-briefing. They are expected to return to Popasna later today.

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Russian and US Presidents to Meet at G20 Summit: Chance not to Miss / By Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 2, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will meet at the G-20 summit that brings together the leaders of major industrialized countries on July 7-8. The event has been eagerly anticipated for months. It’s not known how the meeting will be arranged, but it will take place and that’s what really matters. Everyone knows President Trump is in a precarious situation because of «Russia links» attacks and multi-pronged investigations into his campaign’s relationship with Moscow but missing the opportunity would hardly correspond to US national interests. There is no specific agenda but something must be done immediately to revive the dialogue on arms control and none-proliferation. The New START deal is going to expire on February 5, 2021 with nothing in sight to replace it. No talks have been launched as yet. The fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is questioned with both sides accusing each other of breaching the document. It would be right if the presidents gave orders to launch . . . READ MORE>>

Trump-Putin’s Moment of Truth / By Finian Cunningham / Stratetic Culture Foundation / July 2, 2017 / The forthcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit has got to be the most anticipated political moment of the year. The handshake, smiles, body language and words will all be scrutinized to parse significance in the encounter between the leaders of the world’s two superpowers. Sections of the American media will no doubt be looking for secret signals between «agent Trump» and the former «KGB spy Putin» to confirm their suspicions it was the Kremlin that orchestrated the US presidential election to get Trump into the White House. That spy-thriller narrative has been running non-stop in prominent US news outlets – and yet six months after Trump’s inauguration not even a single bit of hard evidence has emerged to support the allegations of collusion. It’s a spy fantasy that has taken on a life of its own, which even the CNN channel – one of the biggest purveyors of the Trump-Russia trope – has recently been caught out disclosing quietly that it’s a «nothing burger». Nonetheless, on a more serious level, the meeting between Trump and Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit next weekend will have a «moment of truth» quality. It’s their first encounter, although the two leaders have held at least two phone conversations in the past six months. Confirming that the Trump-Putin one-on-one is scheduled during the Hamburg summit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the meeting . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko

Q&A session with the Head of Donetsk People’s Republic to be held on June 28 / DONi News / June 25, 2017 / The live television question-and-answer session of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko with residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic living on both sides of the demarcation line will begin on Wednesday, June 28, at 7:00 pm. The conversation will be broadcast live over all the TV channels of the Republic. An internet broadcast is also envisaged. Alexander Zakharchenko will answer questions that will come in video, audio and text formats. “During the previous question-and-answer sessions, I made sure that the majority of our residents on both sides of our western border had the same questions. This once again confirms the fact that the people of Donbass are united. Therefore, we decided not to separate our communication between inhabitants of the territories under our control and those territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic controlled by Ukraine. Of course, this does not concern specific issues that arise in our residents’ everyday life. As for the residents of Donbass who are on the other side, we will once again discuss our Humanitarian Programme for the Reunification of the Donbass People. Let me remind you that our strategic task is to reunite the people of Donbass and, consequently, to restore the DPR’s control over the entire territory of the former Donetsk region. Dear compatriots on both sides of the demarcation line, I propose to talk about our problems and our plans in a live broadcast. I will try to honestly respond to those questions that actually have an answer.” —Alexander Zakharchenko

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Vladislav Deinego (–Sputnik/Viktor Tolochko)

Ukraine fails to show draft law on Donbass reintegration to Minsk Contact Group / DONi News / June 25, 2017 / Ukraine has failed to show the draft law it said it had been developing to reintegrate Donbass, at the Contact Group meeting, said the LPR envoy to the Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego. “We were confused by Ukraine’s media reports on the reintegration draft law to be presented to the Contact Group. It was mentioned (at the meeting) and we critisized these efforts to supersede Minsk talks and the work within this format with some draft law taking lead in the press, but not discussed with Donbass representatives,” said Deinego. “We emphasized, that any attempt to consider laws not coordinated with the Contact Group, would be treated as Ukraine’s attempts to withdraw from the Minsk format.” Ukrainian lawmakers plan to hold first reading of the draft law on Donbass reintegration prepared following president Petr Poroshenko’s order, who said the document was to provide measures to re-establish Donbass within Ukraine and to define its legal status. Some MPs said the draft law introduced martial law in the so-called ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ zone and gave control over the military to a committee led by the president. “Articles 9 and 11 of the Minsk Agreements clearly say that all the issues of the Donbass conflict settlement, including the special status of the region, decentralization, constitutional reform, amnesty, all these issues should be coordinated with Donbass representatives,” Deinego said earlier.

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Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) Draw Grads to Contact Line / Tvzvezda.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / About 50 American and Canadian instructors arrived at Konstantinovka. / June 25, 2017 / A trainload with personnel and heavy armament of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including the ML-21 Grad missile system, arrived in the area of the village of Vladimirovka, south of Donetsk. This was announced by Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the operational command of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainians used the “grain truce” [agreed ceasefire during harvest time] in Donbass to regroup their forces and assets in the conflict zone, reports Basurin. “The existing situation on the contact line allows us to conclude that under the cover of the ‘grain truce’, Ukrainian security forces are strengthening the units in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions, dispersing the prohibited weapons,” said Basurin. According to him, a railway train with personnel and heavy weapons, including the BM-21 Grad issile system, arrived in the area of the village of Vladimirovka to the south of Donetsk. In addition, at Volnovaka, militiamen recorded three railroad freight cars with ammunition for tanks, as well as shells for MLRS and shells and powder charges for 122 and 152-mm barrel artillery. Towards Avdeevka, a column of 28 tanks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is moving. And in the city itself is the Ukrainian battalion of “Kharkov”. About 50 American and Canadian instructors also arrived at Konstantinovka. According to the intelligence of the DPR, these foreign specialists plan to start work in Mariupol.

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Ukrainian sniper rifle (–guns.com)

Baltic Snipers Arrive in Kiev-held Donbass / Novorossia Today / June 25, 2017 / Snipers from the Baltic countries arrived in the Kiev-controlled territories of Donbass. The LPR Ministry of internal Affairs (MIA) explained where exactly foreign mercenaries were quartered. The information about women snipers from the Baltic countries, who arrived in the Kiev-controlled territories of the LPR, came to the department from an employee of one of the regional departments of the so-called “State Institution of the National Police of Ukraine in the Lugansk region”. The man called the hotline of the LPR MIA and said that in the village of Valuyskoye, a unit of female snipers arrived. All the women are citizens of the Baltic countries and live in the same house in the area of Pogorelovka. The house is separated from the others and has a convenient access to the contact line through a forest belt. The LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs checked the information received through its channels, and the data on the presence of foreign mercenaries in Pogorelovka were confirmed. The data are being prepared for a transfer to international organizations.

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British Army Helping Ukraine Kill Civilians in Donbass / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / June 24, 2017 / Everyone who follows the situation in Ukraine objectively knows exactly what’s happening. Ukrainian forces, comprised of radicals, and extremists, are shelling civilian areas of Donbass, causing mass civilian death, because Donbass didn’t accept the illegitimate regime imposed on Ukraine after Euromaidan. I cover that as a journalist, and I speak here as a proud Briton. What a shock to see our country not only support this, but trumpet it. n the first case, I feel for the civilians of Donbass who are still under daily shelling by Ukrainian forces – trained by British. In the second, I feel for my countrymen, normal British soldiers, forced to take part in something that will bring them shame for the rest of their lives. A disgrace for our armed forces, a disgrace for our country. [Video “1000 Days of War in Donbass (18+)” available at source.]

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Russel “Texas” Bentley (–Essence of Time)

The OSCE and the Anatomy of a Disinfo Campaign / By Russel “Texas” Bentley / Russeltexasbentley.com / June 24, 2017 / What if I told you, with a straight face, “I went to a party with A. Hug of the OSCE at the Park Inn in Donetsk last night. Elvis Presley was there too, along with Hitler and a few UFO aliens. Great party, you should have been there. No, really, it’s true.” So, of course, you ask me – Photos? No. Video? No. Other witnesses? No. ANY physical evidence WHATSOEVER? No. ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER? No. Or, to quote A. Hug, “The evidence is in the report.” Do you believe that? I hope not. So when a report about a “violent attack” against OSCE was published, by the OSCE, we should ask them the same questions, and MORE questions. Because exactly zero evidence has been been presented by OSCE to show ANY of this ever even happened. And yet, in 36 hours… Over 1,000 MSM websites have the story – the one about the violent attack, with zero evidence. And right now it is getting blown up. US State Dep’t made a statement about the specific incident, and a video. This story will be in the news cycle for days, and referenced as fact from now on, and it’s 100% bullshit. Nothing to it. Everybody in Yasynuvata hears shooting and shelling pretty much every day. OSCE says they got shot at, but no bullet holes in any of the vehicles. They say the bulletproof window of one vehicle got “struck” by a riflebutt, but they don’t show the vehicle at the news conference or even photos of the vehicle. Or even at the second news conference OSCE held today. Nada. There are about 700 OSCE agents in Donbass today. Their budget is 100 million Euros a year. Think about that. One hundred and eleven MILLION dollars. Per year. For 700 agents in Donbass. One hundred and eleven. Million. US dollars. Every year. The OSCE is not here to help the ukrops, they are here to help themselves. The OSCE is spying on us and on the ukrops. They report what they see to their bosses in Brussels, the bosses tell them what to say to the general public. They are a perception management operation with their own . . . READ MORE>>

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Tornado at Zorya village of Donetsk region
June 23, 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017
(Brief update)

Eduard Basurin (–DONi News)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 06/23/2017 / DONi News / June 23, 2017 / READ FULL REPORT>> / EXCERPTS: Good day! … Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 35 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy targeted the Republic’s territory with four artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 165 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres, and 17 tank rounds. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 328 violations of the ceasefire regime and fired 2,840 rockets, artillery projectiles, tank rounds and mortar shells at the territory of the Republic. The Armed Forces of Ukraine subjected 34 Republic’s localities to shellings, 46 residential buildings sustained damages in 12 of them. Along with that, power supply was disrupted in the localities of Donetsk-Severny, Kashtanovoye, Krasny Partizan, Kominternovo, Zaichenko, Novotavriya, and Dzerzhinsk. … Unfortunately, over the past week, there were registered casualties among the Republic’s civilian population and the DPR military personnel. Two civilians were killed in the AFU shellings. In addition to that, two servicemen were killed and one was severely wounded when defending the Republic. … On June 20, during the visit of the OSCE to Ukraine Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug to the Donetsk People’s Republic and on the eve of another meeting of the security contact groups in Minsk, Ukrainian special services carried out a cynical provocation against international observers with involvement of the Republic’s citizens, recruited by the SBU under the “Come Home” programme. The day before the Minsk negotiations, the Security Services’ recruits performed a provocation, shooting near the international observers’ cars. … This week, the Ukrainian party made attempts to provoke our units into retaliatory actions by targeted bombardments of the Republican localities’ residential areas. Despite this, the DPR Armed Forces did not respond to the provocations. As a result of a thorough analysis of photographic materials on the Berdyanskoye locality’s shelling, it was established that the enemy also shelled its own territories. Thus, in the photos of the ‘ATO’ headquarters’ press center, there are craters caused by 82mm mortar shells’ detonation, which, according to the AFU version, had allegedly been launched by the DPR Armed Forces’ units. However, all the DPR mortars are in withdrawal places, which is confirmed by the OSCE Mission’s observers. In addition, the range of mortar fire does not provide for shells to reach Berdyanskoye locality from our positions. It is too far from the contact line. … On June 19, in Sergeyevka village of the Pokrovsky district, a group of radical Ukrainian nationalists blasted the electrical substation feeding the locality and the railway station with power. Sacrificing their own population, the radicals sought to stop the railway communication on this branch line. Thus, they were willing to demonstrate to the Ukrainian authorities that they were not interested in restoring economic ties with the Republics, and, at that, were ready to resort to terrorist methods to support the Donbass blockade. … –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Andrey Marochko

Full Report from LPR High Command Lt. Col Andrey Marochko / Novorossia Today / June 23, 2017 / Nazi Kiev forces continue to shell civilian areas of Lugansk Republic as well as LPR People’s Army positions six times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defense authorities said. … / The situation in the zone of responsibility of the LPR People’s Army has not changed and remains tense. Over the past day, the enemy violated the ceasefire 6 times. Kalinovo township, Zheltoye, Smeloye and Zhelobok villages and Prince Igor monument area were targeted with 120mm and 82mm mortar, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and recoilless guns (SPG). There were shelled the positions of our units in the areas of the localities Kalinovo, Kalinovka, Oboznoye, Sokolniki and Zhelobok. The Nazi Armed Forces of Ukraine used in the shelling prohibited by the Minsk Agreements 82 and 120mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types and small arms. In total, on the territory of the Republic there were launched 169 shells. The aggressive intentions of the enemy are confirmed by the fact of detection of firing positions of a 82mm mortar in the zone of responsibility of the 14th brigade of the Nazi Ukraine Military (AFU) , 1.5 km south of the locality of Stary Aydar, which provocatively shells our positions almost daily. The locality of Schastyeis also shelled from these positions. I would like to ask the OSCE SMM representatives not to disregard the information about the shelling of the People’s Army positions and the Kiev-controlled localities. I would like to remind you that in its report, the SMM purposefully did not indicate the direction of the shelling of the locality of Schastye, since the shelling was obviously conducted from the Nazi Ukrainian side, and it was possible to see it with the naked eye. This is also confirmed by the local residents. You can determine the direction of the shelling by the shank of the mortar shell stuck in the asphalt. The OSCE observers know this. The Ukrainian military criminal authorities do not intend to comply with the agreements reached to maintain the ceasefire, and are doing everything possible to further escalate the conflict in the Donbass Region (Formerly southeast of Ukraine). We adhere to the Ceasefire silence regime and observe the Minsk Agreements. Our actions are aimed at resolving the conflict in Donbass peacefully, but in the event of an aggravation of the situation, the LPR People’s Army reserves the right to take decisive actions in order to free the territories seized by the Kiev bandits. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Army,Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko

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Sergey Lavrov (–AP)

Lavrov blasts Kiev’s attempts to gain control over Donbass / TASS / June 23, 2017 / Kiev’s attempts to gain control over Donbass before implementing the political provisions of the Minsk Agreements are unlawful as they run contrary to the accords, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Belarusian media on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Belarus. “These attempts are unlawful because the Minsk Agreements have been approved by the United Nations Security Council,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out. “They stipulate that the political provisions concerning the amnesty, the special status of Donbass enshrined in the country’s constitution and elections to be held under the OSCE’s control should be implemented before Kiev gains full control over the region,” Lavrov explained. The Russian foreign minister stressed that “the special status, amnesty and elections are meant to guarantee that the will of the people living in the region will be taken into account.” According to Lavrov, “if these political reforms are not implemented, then it will be impossible to ensure the security of the people who currently head some of the areas in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and who led the . . . READ MORE>>

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Deputy FM Vadym Prystaiko (–Daily Sabah)

[Enemy Report:] Donbas reintegration bill won’t affect Minsk process – Ukraine’s foreign ministry / Unian / June 23, 2017 / Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko forecasts that the bill on Donbas reintegration, which should determine the ways to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, will not affect the Minsk peace talks. “I have heard about three different versions of the same [bill] with different names and different concepts. I do not directly link the draft law on reintegration, de-occupation … with the intensification of talks in the Minsk format,” Prystaiko told journalists. He recalled that the Minsk format had been operating for almost three years. “We are trying to settle [the Donbas crisis], using means of diplomacy. The bill says what we are stating about our approaches to how we will address the issue of our east,” the diplomat said. As UNIAN reported earlier, Chairman of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Artur Herasimov said that the provisions of the bill on Donbas reintegration would soon be offered to the public for debate. [Source: unian.info/politics/1993069-donbas-reintegration-bill-wont-affect-minsk-process-ukraines-foreign-ministry.html]

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Andriy Parubiy (–Roman Pilipey/EPA)

Andriy Parubiy, Ukrainian speaker of Parliament announces US troops will deploy in Donbass / Co-op News (Co-op Anti-war Cafe Berlin) / June 23, 2017 / Andriy Parubiy, the Ukrainian speaker of Parliament, has announced on the air during a broadcast of the program “Freedom of Speech” on Kiev television.that Ukraine has an agreement with the United States of America to deploy combat troops to “assist” their martial law operation or reintegration of Donbass plan. A security agreement with the United States has been signed that provides for the deployment of US military forces on the territory of Ukraine, as stated by the head of the Verkhovna Rada. “The agreement envisages special operations, joint scientific and technical developments, and even the deployment of military troops from the United States of America in Ukraine,” he said. US forces are currently acting as advisers and operate on a secret basis in Donbass. The actual deployment of US forces as a backup force to Ukrainian units involved in martial law duties fighting in Donbass is a sharp, severe escalation of the Donbass conflict to a level not seen previously. [QI Editor’s note: The “reintegration of Donbass” plan has not been released. There is no verification yet of Perubiy’s claim.]

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Christian Borelli (–Twitter)

[Enemy Report:] French politicians heading for Donetsk to “support Russia army” / Unian / June 23, 2017 / A group of French local council members representing the Bouches-du-Rhône department of France flew to Moscow on Thursday, June 22, from where they will head for the occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the online news outlet Europeiska Pravda. Among the politicians are member of the Vitrolles municipal council who represents the Republicans Christian Borelli; member of the council of the Bouches-du-Rhône from the Debout la France (France Arise) Party Christiane Pujol and her husband; as well as president of the local branch of the National Center of Independents and Peasants of the Bouches-du-Rhône department Hubert Fayard, Europeiska Pravda reported referring to La Provence. On June 22, they departed from Marseille for Moscow, then they will go to occupied Donetsk. The aim of the visit, according to the French publication, is “to support the Russian army*, which is being constantly attacked by Ukraine, despite the Minsk agreements.” The group will stay in Moscow on June 22-24, where they are expected to hold a series of meetings, in particular, with Chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Leonid Slutsky. In Donetsk, the French politicians are to meet with leader of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Alexander Zakharchenko. [Source: unian.info/politics/1992984-french-politicians-heading-for-donetsk-to-support-russia-army.html] Editor’s Note: We can’t verify the French publication La Provence used the words “Russian army”, since the site is unavailable to the nonpaying public. There is of course no Russian army in Donbass.

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Merkel Is Angry with America over Russia Sanctions but Will Do Nothing / By James George Jatras / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 23, 2017 / he tenure of Angela Merkel as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany has been a disaster for her country and for Europe. That’s why it’s a refreshing change finally to have an issue where it is possible to agree with her. Merkel, along with other voices in Germany and Austria, has denounced a bill (S. 722) passed by the U.S. Senate to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran. In particular, Merkel has observed, correctly, that the legislation, if adopted, would negatively impact oil and gas pipeline deals with Russia. She evidently objects that this would be a unilateral U.S. action that would harm the interests of Germany and other countries without even consulting them. As declared in a joint statement by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern: «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not the United States of America!» (Wow! An exclamation point! From Teutonic officials! They must really be angry.) Further: «We cannot accept threatening European companies that contribute to the development of the European energy supply [system] with extraterritorial sanctions that violate international law!» (Another exclamation point! They must be really, really angry!) «Sanctions as a political instrument should not be linked to economic interests»… Threatening German, Austrian and other European enterprises, which take part in the gas supply projects such as the Nord Stream II together with Russia or finance them, with penalties on the US market would add an absolutely new and highly negative aspect in relations between the US and Europe». [JGJ: Oddly, Berlin didn’t seem quite so concerned about linking politics to economic interests when the interests were those of Italy, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, and other countries that would have benefitted from South Stream.] «This issue is all about the sales of the US condensed gas [to Europe] and pressing the Russian energy supply companies from the European market. The actual goal [of such sanctions] is to provide jobs for the US gas and oil industry.» [JGJ: You mean the U.S. may be exhibiting an element of export-oriented, pro-jobs mercantilism in its policy toward Europe? Surely, Germany never conducts trade relations on such a basis.] There’s no doubt that S. 722 – which passed the Senate by a vote of 98-2, with only Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting No – is a terrible piece of legislation. Its fundamental purpose is to tie President Trump’s hands so that he cannot exercise his constitutional authority to conduct relations with foreign states. Specifically, Senators of both parties want to ensure that he doesn’t have the ability to reach out and normalize ties with Moscow. To do that, a super-majority of Senators is willing to violate every . . . READ MORE>>

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Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson (–SCF

Russia-US Relations: Faint Light at the End of Tunnel / By Peter Korzun / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 20, 2017 / The US-Russian tensions have exacerbated after the American military shot down a Syrian warplane. In response, Russia said it was suspending a «de-confliction» communications channel used to avoid accidents in the air in Syria. «Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets», the Russian Defense Ministry warned on June 19. It should be noted that the US-led coalition operates in Syria without neither an invitation of the Syrian government nor a UN resolution. On June 20, the US hit a Syrian drone and Russian jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. These are just some recent events to illustrate the mounting tensions between the two states. It also happens at a time the US Congress is considering an anti-Russia bill, which would spoil the relations for many years if it becomes a law. Russia has begun to prepare its own punitive measures package in response. Does the US really need the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia at a time the list of challenges keeps growing? America faces stiff competition from China, the concept of «axis of evil» is revived again to include Iran and North Korea, Cuba is to be viewed as a hostile neighbor again etc. The exacerbation of Russia-US tensions takes place against the background of the arms control and non-proliferation regime being disintegrated. The crisis is looming large while the two powers fail to make progress. This is the first time there is no dialogue on arms control since the signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963 – the event to launch the creation of international regime to limit and reduce the existing nuclear arsenals and prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons. Indeed, the relations have never been so low since the days of the Cuban Crisis. But not all is doom and gloom as it seems to be. There is some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s dim and few people can see it at all but there is a glimmer of hope. State Secretary Rex Tillerson is working on a new plan – a classified document – to improve the relations with Moscow. The head of Foggy Bottom has taken it upon himself to . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
(Brief update)

OSCE monitors in Ukraine (–bbc/file)

Spot Report by the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM): Armed man shoots at and violently attacks SMM in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata / OSCE.org / June 20, 2017 / On 20 June an SMM patrol (1) comprising two armoured vehicles and six members was stationary at an observation post at “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata railway station (16km north-east of Donetsk), when it saw two men in military-style attire, one armed with an assault rifle (AK-type) walking in a western direction about 80m away. Another SMM patrol (2) comprising two armoured vehicles and six members was positioned about 150m west of the other patrol and about 100m from the two men. At 11:06, both patrols heard one burst of small-arms fire assessed as coming from the area of the two men. Then, the two men, both with their faces covered – one with a balaclava, the other with a scarf – moved towards SMM patrol (2) and began to aggressively shout at the SMM. They then left. At 11:10 both SMM patrols attempted to leave the area. As SMM patrol (2) began to leave, the armed man ran to the second vehicle, tried to open the door on the driver’s side and attempted to break the driver’s side window with his gunstock. Failing to do either, he then ran after the first vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Following this, the armed man turned and pointed his assault rifle at the driver and front-seat passenger of the second vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Both patrol members raised their hands in response. When the armed man moved to the side of the vehicle to try to open the front passenger-side door, the driver accelerated. As the SMM vehicle was driving away, the armed man hit the rear right-side window with his gunstock, causing minor damage. The SMM then saw him fire a burst of small-arms fire into the air, followed by three shots that the SMM assessed were fired at the patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle was not hit. At 11:21, as all SMM patrol vehicles were leaving the area the SMM observed the armed man pointing his assault rifle at the SMM. The SMM returned safely to base in Donetsk city. The SMM informed the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination and asked it to follow up on the incident.

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Boris Gryzlov (–Alchetron)

Kiev’s Donbass Plan: ‘Changing Blockade to a Full-Scale Military Operation’ / Sputnik / June 21, 2017 / The new Kiev-proposed plan on Donbass reintegration is in fact an attempt to replace the ongoing blockade with a full-scale military operation, a senior Russian official stated. / MINSK (Sputnik) / The Kiev-proposed draft law on reintegration of Donbass is an attempt to create an alternative to the Minsk agreements, instead of a political settlement, emphasis is placed on a military solution to the conflict, Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday after the group’s meeting. “According to available information, this bill being drafted in Kiev is aimed at creating a certain alternative to the UN-approved Minsk agreements” and “does not envision the fulfillment of the most important terms of the Minsk agreements, namely, the special status of Donbass, amnesty and holding of elections,” Gryzlov said. He added that the draft law did not stipulate a comprehensive political solution to the problem. “Obviously, this law is promoted by Ukraine’s ‘party of war’. It is a daring attempt to change the tactic of Donbass blockade to a full-scale military operation,” Gryzlov said. [More generic background at source.]

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Kiev regime leader Petro Porkoshenko (–DNI Press)

Ukrainian Rada’s bill on Donbass marking step away from reintegration, expert says / TASS / June 20, 2017 / MOSCOW / A bill on reintegration of Donbass, which Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada national parliament is developing now, will have an immediately opposite effect on the perception of people in the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics, Alexei Chesnakov, the director of the Moscow-based Center for Current Political Assessments told TASS on Monday. “It’s scarcely possible to think that the latest initiatives of the Poroshenko Administration on reintegration of Donbass will be attractive for people in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics,” the expert said. “Much rather, they mark a step away from reintegration.” Poroshenko’s initiative is a reaction to the humanitarian program for reunification of Donbass the two republics introduced earlier. As part of it, they pay out benefits to veterans of Soviet veterans of World War II and invite the peopled living in the areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions under the pro-Kiev forces’ control to come and visit hospitals. “In recent months, the popularity of these programs on the territories under Kiev’s control has been growing,” Chesnakov said. Along with it, the bill the Rada is developing reflects Ukraine’s affinity for choosing the ways different from the political and diplomatic solutions that the Rada deputies speak about officially. “The forceful elements of the new law in what concerns replacement of the ‘antiterrorist operation’ with martial law testify to Kiev’s readiness to resolve the Donbass problem by force but any steps towards that solution will be considered as violation of the Minsk accords,” Chesnakov said. He also believes that a rebranding of the government’s armed punitive operation in Donbass will not help President Poroshenko in any significant way. “Poroshenko should either implement the Minsk II accords or admit his personal responsibility for non-compliance with them,” Chesnakov said.

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Pentagon can supply Ukraine with lethal weapon / DONi News / June 21, 2017 / The official spokesman for the Pentagon, Jeff Davis, on Tuesday did not exclude the situation in which the United States can begin deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine. “We did not provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons in the past, but we do not rule out such a possibility in the future,” he told reporters. In early May, the Senate of the US Congress approved the draft federal budget until September 30, 2017, which continues to provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of at least 410 million 456 thousand US dollars, including military support. It is noted that the Pentagon can spend $ 150 million on “providing assistance, including (military) training, equipment, lethal weapons for defense purposes, logistics assistance,” and “reconnaissance community assistance for the military and national security forces of Ukraine.”

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War and Peace in the Lugansk People’s Republic: Fort Russ’ Popov visits frontline – Part 2 / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / June 21, 2017 / Continued from Part 1 / The socio-economic situation in the Lugansk People’s Republic: I spent most of my trip in Alchevsk and Stakhanov and paid one visit to the capital of the unrecognized republic, Lugansk. I also managed to visit a number of industrial enterprises which belonged to Ukrainian oligarchs until March 1st when they were transferred to external management by the republic. Allow me to share my everyday impressions that so vividly catch the eye upon travelling the republic. The LPR’s cities give off at once both a sense of purity and a sense of destruction. This paradoxical combination distinguishes the whole LPR, especially the cities close to the front such as Stakhanov, Pervomaysk, etc. Many homes on city streets are riddled with damage caused by Ukrainian artillery bombardments, as are city roads. Overall, the state of city and country roads is horrendous. In some place, repairs are being done and even new roads are being laid, but this is probably an exception to the rule. It was pleasing to see, however, that active restoration work is nonetheless ongoing. Not only are roads being repaired, but the holes in houses’ walls from artillery shells are being sealed. Especially noticeable is the progress in window and glass repairs. Practically all homes’ in the above mentioned towns’ windows have been broken during shelling. Now a number of homes are shining with new windows. Finished windows are purchased in Russia and installed by local contractors for the city’s residents absolutely for free. According to my friends from Lugansk, the funds for such are being provided by Russia. Ever since Ukraine refused to fulfill its social obligations to Donbass, including by refusing to pay out pensions despite the fact that the people of Donbass had created Ukraine’s national wealth and paid in their contributions to the Pension Fund, Russia has stepped in and accepted responsibility for taking care of the Donbass republics’ social security. Installing windows in homes is only one of the many manifestations of Russia’s humanitarian aid for the residents of Donbass. Russia, for example, has also taken upon itself the costs of gas for the DPR and LPR’s population (Ukraine refuses to cover these costs). As a result, gas is seven . . . READ MORE>>

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Robert Parry (–Consortium News)

Putin, Ukraine and What Americans Know / By Robert Parry / Novorossia Vision (from Consortium News) / June 21, 2017 / A prime example of how today’s mainstream media paradigm works in the U.S. is the case of Ukraine, where Americans have been shielded from evidence that the 2014 ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was a U.S.-supported coup d’etat spearheaded by violent neo-Nazi extremists. As The New York Times has instructed us, there was no coup in Ukraine; there was no U.S. interference; and there weren’t even that many neo-Nazis. And, the ensuing civil conflict wasn’t a resistance among Yanukovych’s supporters to his illegal ouster; no, it was “Russian aggression” or a “Russian invasion.” If you deviate from this groupthink – if you point out how U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland talked about the U.S. spending $5 billion on Ukraine; if you mention her pre-coup intercepted phone call with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt discussing who the new leaders would be and how “to glue” or how “to “midwife this thing”; if you note how Nuland and Sen. John McCain urged on the violent anti-Yanukovych protesters; if you recognize that snipers firing from far-right-controlled buildings killed both police and protesters to provoke the climactic ouster of Yanukovych; and if you think all that indeed looks like a coup – you obviously are the victim of “Russian propaganda and disinformation.” But most Americans probably haven’t heard any of that evidence revealing a coup, thanks to the mainstream U.S. media, which has essentially banned those deviant facts from the public discourse. If they are mentioned at all, they are lumped together with “fake news” amid the reassuring hope that soon there will be algorithms to purge such troublesome information from the Internet. So, if Americans tune in to Part Three of Oliver Stone’s “The . . . READ MORE>>

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President Trump Meets With Ukrainian President Poroshenko
At The White House
June 20, 2017 – Conservative Treehouse – The Last Refuge

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Monday, June 19, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Hug (–Dan-news.info)

OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor Hug to visit Donetsk on June 20 / DONi News / June 19, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug plans to visit Donetsk on June 20, said a source close to the Mission. “Hug is expected to visit Donetsk tomorrow,” said the source. According to the preliminary plan, Hug is to inspect first-level pumping station of the Yuzhnodonbasskiy water duct which frequently comes under Ukrainian forces fire. The latest shelling incident on the territory of the Yuzhnodonbasskiy water duct was recorded on June 10-11 night. A transformer was badly damaged leaving the pumping station without power, and causing water supply issues on the both sides of the contact line. The Uzhnodonbassky water conduitis located in the ‘grey zone’ in the vicinity of Yasinovataya. Three pumping stations are linked to the duct; two of them supply water to the Kiev-controlled areas.

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[Enemy Report:] Draft law on Donbas reintegration to be presented at Minsk group session, – MP / 112.international / June 19, 2017 / Ukraine’s delegation will present the draft law about re-integration of Donbas at a session of Minsk trilateral group. Iryna Lutsenko, the MP and presidential representative in the Parliament said that after the conciliatory session on June 19. ‘This bill will be presented by our Vice Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko during the Minsk group session, so that the parties can discuss it in a comprehensive manner. So far, the bill is called ‘The Peculiarities of State Policy of Restoration of State Sovereignty in Donbas.’ Its major goal is to boost defensive capabilities of Ukraine,’ she said. According to Lutsenko, law enforcement agencies – the National Police, the Emergency Ministry, the army and the Security Service, – will create the joint staff to work on the bill. The law is also expected to provide solution for major issues of environment, security, humanitarian and other areas. ‘This bill does not rule an option to introduce a police or peacekeeping mission from international organizations. This joint staff will grant local authorities more rights to solve the most burning social issues of the local residents. The draft law empowers Ukraine’s positions on the international arena; besides, this way we’ll let people realize that we’re not leaving them or these territories behind,’ Lutsenko said. The draft law is to be presented in the Ukrainian Parliament by the last plenary week, which is in the middle of July. [Source: 112.international/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine/draft-law-on-donbas-reintegration-to-be-presented-at-minsk-group-session-mp-17981.html] Editor’s note: We will post information on the contents of the bill if we can find it. A report in Russian is located at: http://www.rnbo.gov.ua/news/2796.html. Commentary on the bill by pro-Donbass platform Stalker Zone is available at: http://www.stalkerzone.org/poroshenkos-reintegration-donbass-reconciliation-war/. See also Ria Novorsti report on Bogden Bezpalko’s commentary translated at Stalker Zone.

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Dmitry Peskov (–Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Kremlin comments on Kiev’s plan for Donbass reintegration / TASS / The Kremlin has no detailed information yet if the Minsk Accords are incorporated in Kiev’s plan for Donbass reintegration. “It remains to be seen what is on the agenda, what details (Kiev’s plan contains),” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “We have no details on that score yet.” Peskov recalled that some aspects of Donbass reintegration were stated in the Minsk Accords. “There should be clarity to what extent this is taken into account in the document being drafted in Kiev,” he added. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on June 14 said he had issued instructions to draft a bill on Donbass reintegration. It would reportedly encompass a number of measures and steps that would have to be taken to ensure the region’s re-integration and to identify its legal status. Poroshenko said the bill relied on the terms stated in the Minsk Accords. Ukrainian presidential spokeswoman Irina Lutsenko said the bill on the reintegration of Donbass would give some special legal status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. She stated that the bill being drafted would enhance the Ukrainian state’s defense capabilities in the area of the military operation. “What we have in mind is the legal status of military operations and the recognition of the legal status of certain uncontrolled territories of Donbass,” she said. Lutsenko explained that the yet-to-be passed law would improve the socio-economic situation in the region: the issue of birth certificates, notarized documents and so on. “We are building a strategy of restoring sovereignty over the Donetsk and Lugansk republics,” she said. “Also, there will follow harmonization of changes in the current situation in the country in accordance with the Minsk Accords and another confirmation that Ukraine would be prepared to make decisions and that it seeks a political and diplomatic settlement.” Quemado Institute comments: In some subtle—or not so subtle—way, this article seems like Moscow propaganda, painting Poroshenko’s plan in a more favorable light than it deserves, and thus undermining the cause of Donbass, as the Kremlin often does. It is obvious without reading the bill that the Minsk Accords are not incorporated in Kiev’s plan for Donbas reintegration. If they were, the plan would have been drafted with the approval of the DPR/LPR, as required by the Minsk Agreements. Peskov should know that. We hope this Kremlin-condoned move by Kiev is not a ploy to persuade President Trump that Poroshenko is seeking a reasonable settlement prior to their meeting in Washington.

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DPR’s Minsk representative Denis Pushilin

DPR rejects Kiev’s plan on Donbass reintegration / DONi News / June 19, 2017 / The DPR plenipotentiary representative to the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin rejected the new plan of Kiev for the reintegration of Donbass. He stressed that to implement such measures, there must be trust between the government of Ukraine and the republics, which at the moment does not exist. “After three years of war, the Donetsk and Lugansk republics will not believe the words (of Kiev – Ed.) “let’s forget everything, let’s everything be well afterwards,” so this option is not considered,” Pushilin said. He also added that the Kiev plan does not correlate with the Minsk agreements, which are considered as the only possible measures to resolve the situation in Donbass. Earlier, President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko announced plans to introduce a bill for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada on the reintegration of Donbass, prescribing a legal regime for the actions of the Ukrainian military. At that, the president opposed the abolition of the “anti-terrorist operation” (this is what the military operation in Donbass is called in Kiev) before the law was passed. The media reported that the Ukrainian authorities plan to introduce preferences and indulgences for the residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk republics within the framework of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass. In particular, Kiev wants to simplify for them the receipt of Ukrainian pensions, to establish trade between certain regions and to reduce the restrictions on the weight of the goods carried. Quemado Institute comments: We haven’t seen the contents of Poroshenko’s bill, but in any case it was not drafted with the approval of official DPR/LPR representatives Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, a condition required by the Minsk Agreements for Ukrainian constitutional reform. The bill is therefore irrelevant to the peace process. It might however serve as a power play in preparation for Poroshenko’s planned visit with President Trump in Washington today or tomorrow. (According to Sputnik, Moscow has not seen details of the plan either.)

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Russia says Croatia plan simply Donbass dreaming / News Front / June 19, 2017 / MOSCOW / The Croatia settlement used back in the Clinton era, was the next crackpot lunatic scheme the Neocon Council on Foreign Relations advised Kiev’s diplomats to try on Russia. But this is not the first ambush the Russian bear has seen and this time the bear told the west straight up, are you joking? The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Croatia’s plans to share its experience of peaceful reintegration of occupied territories with Ukraine will not contribute to the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass in any, shape or form. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Information and Press stated this in comments connected with statements on the revitalization of the Croatian working group on cooperation with Ukraine, that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry was openly saying would be the “new and improved” alternative to the Minsk Agreements Kiev has stalled on implementing from the day President Poroshenko signed them. “We have paid attention to the statements made at the level of the heads of government within the framework of the Croatian-Ukrainian talks in Zagreb, regarding plans to revitalize the working group on cooperation with Ukraine established in October 2016 by the Government of Croatia aimed at sharing the Croatian experience of ‘peaceful reintegration of the occupied territories’, which allegedly can be applied to Donetsk and Lugansk, with Kiev. We are forced to once more emphasize the inefficiency and inappropriateness of such steps,” the statement said. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Zagreb unilaterally interjected itself on an uninvited basis into the Minsk negotiations, with a plan that had been tailored to the specific regional and local conditions that are unique to the Croatian experience and do not have a “damn thing to do with Donbass” or what is going on there, said one Foreign Ministry official in Minsk. In the opinion of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Croatia must demand that Kiev “once and for all stop bombing the Donbass, issue a national amnesty at once, release all political prisoners, encourage free elections, and provide the special status guaranteed by Minsk. The Russian observers also remind section 10 of Minsk, calls for all foreign troops to leave the Ukraine at once-including, NATO, American, Canadian etc. It clearly says UKRAINE, not Donbass, “you will note.” As one Russian official pointed out. A working group for Ukraine’s support was created in Croatia at the end of 2016,without Russian or Donbass Republics participation. Therefore it has been a complete waste of time and resources by the Ukrainians and their American handlers, who think if you take the lead and simply “do something,” everybody else will follow you, even off a cliff.

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Children of families resisting fascist attacks in Donetsk with U.S. volunteer Russell Bentley.

U.S. vet fights for Donetsk People’s Republic / Workers.org / June 18, 2017 / Russell Bonner Bentley was born in the United States and is now an “Information Warrior” for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), which declared its independence from Ukraine in 2014. This former U.S. soldier went there to fight against fascism in Ukraine and around the world. Back in the 1990s when he was in the states, Bentley spent much of his adult life fighting for justice, including the struggle to free U.S. political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, both of whom he called “great men and true American heroes.” Although he describes himself as a poet by nature, Bentley left the U.S. in 2014 to join the Essence of Time (EOT) unit in the newly independent Donetsk, which was being attacked by the Ukrainian army, including many openly fascist units. Bentley served as a rifleman and RPG gunner on the frontlines at the Donetsk airport and the village of Spartak. The DPR and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), which also broke away from Ukraine three years ago, formed a federation called Novorossiya. Bentley’s call sign in the army of Novorossiya is “Texac,” which is Russian for “Texas.” In addition to being a DPR soldier, Bentley is a war correspondent combatting the lies of the U.S. government and the European Union, both of which have supported the Ukrainian government. Bentley has made scores of videos and penned numerous articles on the situation, otherwise largely ignored or distorted in the country of his birth. “There has been very little accurate reporting about this war and the people of Donbass by Western mainstream media,” Bentley has written, “but I have done my part to get the real story out, to people in the West, and to the world.” There are over 100,000 soldiers on the side of the Ukrainian government, including mercenaries backed by the U.S. and the European Union. According to Bentley, “The Novorossian Armed Forces (NAF) facing them have less than . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/18/2017 / DONi News / June 18, 2017 / President Trump to meet with Poroshenko June 19. / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 61 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 13 localities’ areas with 91 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 53 tank rounds, 132 mortar shells of 82mm calibre and 160 of 120mm calibre. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled three localities’ areas, at which the enemy launched five artillery projectiles of 152mm calibre and 20 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Gorlovka direction, four localities’ areas underwent shellings. The enemy launched 61 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, and 33 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. One DPR soldier was killed in the enemy shellings. Damage was caused to two houses in Yasinovataya locality and the Kievsky district of Donetsk. Our reconnaissance keeps recording the concentration of forces and assets along the contact line: – Near Pokrovskoye (21 km to the contact line) there were detected two units of 152mm Msta-B. *** In anticipation of Poroshenko’s meeting with the United States’ President Donald Trump scheduled for June 19 and the June 21 contact groups meeting in Minsk, the military and political authorities set before the Ukrainian forces and their media the task to demonstrate an aggravation of the situation in the ‘ATO’ zone by every means. To this end, the ‘ATO’ command sent instructions to brigades . . . READ MORE>>

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Supporting eachother: Donetsk Republic and Crimea sign trade agreement / Fort Russ / June 18, 2017 / The Chamber of Commerce of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Crimea have today signed a trade and cooperation agreement. The signing ceremony took place in Donetsk. The document was signed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Valery Bulyha and his Crimean colleague, Artem Maltsev. “Today’s measure in the signing of the document is aimed, primarily, on the development and growth of production, which will improve the welfare of the inhabitants of the Republic” – he said in an interview with reporters Bulyha. In turn, Maltsev noted the high commercial and industrial potential of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and stressed that Crimea is ready to support it. “We have set ourselves the task of raising social standards of citizens in both areas, by improving economic indicators. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce of Crimea aims to trade products produced in the Republic of Crimea and, most importantly, allow the goods produced in the Donetsk People’s Republic to access to new markets.”

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Open-air market, train station, Donetsk

Donetsk People’s Republic: Story untold by Western media / By Stephen Ebert (an American political analyst writing for Russian media) / Sott.net / June 14, 2017 / My refusal to believe ongoing Western media reports of “Russian aggression” makes me a “Kremlin troll”. My punishment for not towing the “party line” – simple, effective “shunning” by Western media – has not, however, diminished my ongoing commitment to seeing the other side. Having previously investigated the Crimean reunification with Russia, this May I turned my attention to the birth of two new government formations in Eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR). Americans only hear either what Kiev “reports”, or the US propaganda machine puts out – these are puppet regimes born of “Russian aggression” and forcibly kept in place by “occupation”. Not being a brave “war correspondent”, I admittedly undertook my journey with some trepidation – not from fear of “Russian aggression”, but the Kiev regime’s ongoing shelling of civilian targets. I am eternally grateful to my newfound colleague Konstantin Dolgov for showing me the sad “Alley of Angels” – a deeply touching memorial to children killed to date by Kiev-regime forces. Further, my virtual contact with Patrick Lancaster, an American journalist who now resides there, and Alexander Sladkov, a Russian correspondent who largely lives there, but, more importantly, “run toward the sound of gunfire” have allowed me to counteract the information-war blockade by Western media. As I approached the larger city of Donetsk (previously over 1 million residents, now much smaller due to the initial flood of refugees to Russia (the paradox of people fleeing into the arms of the “aggressor”), I feared I would see a city center damaged by Kiev shelling, and people cowed and deprived of the most basic needs. Contrary to Ukrainian “patriots” on Russian TV, I was relieved to find an active, bustling city, with a very charming downtown, and thrilled to see a populace that, far from being cowed, harbors a firm belief in a better future, one outside the Ukraine. Despite Kiev’s total blockade, the city of Donetsk proper seems to have a reasonable assortment of goods and foodstuffs. Much of this seems to come from ever growing trade and cooperation with Russia, a bordering neighbor and largest trade partner of the “former”, pre-war Ukraine. In fact, while I was there, a conference on enhancing . . . READ MORE>>

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Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin

It’s the Russia, Stupid / By James George Jatras / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 18, 2017 / It’s another week in Washington and another horror show. This time it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions being grilled by Senators on whether, when, and how he might have met with certain Russians, or any Russian, or someone who might actually know a Russian. In addition to fishing for any inconsistency that could be used to support an accusation of obstruction of justice or perjury – the usual sleazy methodology of politically motivated investigations here – the transparent aim was to further poison the well on any possible initiative to improve ties with Moscow. The strategy appears to be working. The Russian Embassy in Washington confirms that for the first time since the Russian Federation’s founding the State Department did not send pro forma national day greetings. Perhaps the bureaucrats were afraid they would be tainted and themselves become targets of multiple investigations into «collusion» with the Kremlin. (Luckily, this intrepid Washington analyst has no qualms about such associations.) Or more likely, they themselves are part of the Russophobic mob undermining the White House. It has been reported that soon after the inauguration Trump sought to open dialogue with the Kremlin and set an early summit with President Vladimir Putin. This produced a hysterical counteraction from the Deep State. As reported by conservative columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan: «The State Department was tasked with working out the details. “Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received ‘panicky’ calls of ‘Please, my God, can you stop this?’. Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded. ‘It would have been a win-win for Moscow,’ said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.” So much for constitutional government and the rule of law. But now it gets even worse. This week Congress moved legislation designed to codify in statute sanctions imposed on Russia by Barack Obama over Ukraine and evidence-free charges of Russian election interference. Provisions for a presidential waiver, which are standard in any sanctions legislation, are unusually narrow. Congressional proponents are clear that their aim is to take the matter out of the president’s hands. Democrats, seemingly devoid of any other policy agenda or ideas, vow to keep banging the Russia drum through the 2018 Congressional elections. When all is said and done, there are lots of reasons the political class hates Trump. His heresies on immigration and trade are near the top of the list. But make no mistake: for the Deep State and its . . . READ MORE>>

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Watch all four parts of Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’, on Vimeo
You can view all four parts of Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews, on Vimeo.
Each part is approximately one hour long.

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Oliver Stone (R) interviewing Vladimir Putin for ‘The Putin Interviews’
NewColdWar.org – June 18, 2017

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
(Full Report)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/11/2017 / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 61 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 11 localities’ areas with 91 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, five rockets of MRLS BM-21 Grad, nine tank rounds, and 191 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled six localities’ areas, at which the enemy launched 13 tanks rounds and 44 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre. In the Gorlovka direction, six localities’ areas underwent shellings. The enemy made 37 tank rounds. A civilian was wounded and a soldier of the DPR Armed Forces suffered severe wounds as a result of the shellings. Six houses were damaged in the localities of Trudovskiye, Vasilyevka, and Sakhanka. The village of Krasny Partizan was de-energized. Ukraine keeps pursuing the policy of genocide and blockade of our Republic’s population. Ongoing shelling of the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit’s 1st level pumping station in Vasilyevka locality serve as another confirmation to that. Yesterday, during a relatively calm period, our experts repaired the station’s out-of-service equipment damaged in the AFU shelling on June 9. But last night, since 22:30, Ukrainian units again started shelling the station, this time with the use of artillery and tanks. As a result of the Ukrainian bombardment, a transforming substation feeding the pumping station with power was damaged. At present the station remains de-energized. Ukrainian military and political authorities demonstrated absolute disregard for the population of our Republic and residents of the Kiev-controlled territories, trying to deprive them of access to drinking water in such a way. Let me remind you that the pumping station in Vasilyevka locality delivers water to five filtering stations, including four on the Ukrainian side, providing water to more than 40 localities inhabited by some 1.8 million people. I address citizens of Ukraine in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. Ukrainian authorities are taking you hostages of this conflict, justifying their actions by fighting against ‘mythical’ terrorists. In fact, terrorists are those murdering civilians for the sake of achieving their pseudo-patriotic goals, as Ukrainian authorities do. It is no surprise the civilian population of Artyomovsk locality negatively takes terrorists from the Ukrainian army. Thus, according to our intelligence service, a 20-strong SBU operational group arrived at this settlement having as the main task operational measures aimed at preventing conflict escalation between civilians and Ukrainian servicemen, as well as rallies and protests against the acting authorities of Ukraine. The population of Ukraine does not need any ‘visa-free travel’, NATO troops are not welcome in their country! They want peace! —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The news brief, 11 of June 2017. / ANNA News / June 11, 2017 / The newscaster: Victoria Rakhmanina. / The Ukrainian fighters have shelled the village Zaytsevo near Gorlovka. 3 houses were damaged. The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the Yuzhnodonbasskaya pump station in the morning. Russian officers of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination and the manager of the company “The water of Donbass” have come under fire. They’ve hidden in the shelter. The Ukrainian fighters are shelling the village Kominternovo and the Bakhmutovskaya road. They’re using mortars and small arms. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 23 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used multiple launch rocket systems, tanks, artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. 1 civilian and 1 soldier of the DPR were wounded. 6 houses were damaged. Power lines were damaged in the villages Krasny Partizan and Vasilyevka of the Yasinovatsky district. Ukrainian self-propelled guns were detected near the village Krymskoe. 7 howitzers D-30 and 5 tanks were registered near the locality Novotoshkovskoe, Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 12 times. They opened fire on 6 localities. They used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense.

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Ukrainian massive shelling in Donetsk causing casualties and destruction – depriving water from 1,8 million people / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / The Ukrainian armed forces have attacked again massively against the Donetsk People’s Republic. Ukrainian shelling deprives water from 1,8 million people in Donbass. Over the past day 61 occasions of ceasefire violations was recorded. Six civilian houses were destroyed and one civilian and one soldier was wounded. Ukraine has used again prohibited weapons, like heavy artillery, Grad multiple rocket launchers (MRLS), heavy mortars and main battle tanks. Ukrainian forces attacked Yakovlevka village outside Yasinovataya with heavy weapons this night, reported the DPR Operational Command on Sunday. “At 21:10, the Ukrainian party, in violation of the Minsk agreements, delivered blows with 122mm and 152mm artillery on the village of Yakovlevka near Yasinovataya,” said the Command representative. The bombardment was conducted simultaneously from two directions – Stepnoye village and Avdeyevka chemical coke-processing plant vicinity. The Command stressed that the DPR Army hadn’t opened retaliatory fire. A civilian was wounded due to Ukrainian forces’ shelling of Trudovskiye village in the Petrovsky district in the west of Donetsk on Saturday, reported a source in the DPR power-wielding department. “On June 10, at noon, the . . . READ MORE>>

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[Enemy Report:]
Gregor Martin on Twitter
“The Ukrainian Army reportedly advanced 1 to 1.5km towards
#Kominternove and took new positions.”

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Kominternovo upper right, Mariupol lower left.

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JCCC and Voda Donbassa reps come under fire near Yasinovataya / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / Russian officers to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) and management of the municipal Voda Donbassa (‘Donbass Water’) enterprise appeared in the Ukrainian forces’ engagement zone in the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit vicinity outside Yasinovataya, reported a DPR representative to the JCCC. “Today, at about 9:30 am, the Ukrainian party again opened fire at the area of the Yuzhnodonbassky conduit’s 1st level pumping station. In the fire engagement zone there were Russian officers to the JCCC and the head of the municipal Voda Donbassa (‘Donbass Water’) enterprise, who arrived to inspect the conduit after the nightly shelling,” said the official. He added that the incident had brought no casualties victims, members of the delegation took refuge in a bomb shelter. Earlier it was reported that the Yuzhnodonbassky conduit’s 1st level pumping station outside Yasinovataya had been suspended this day as a result of the nightly shelling.

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Luhansk Republic on Twitter

“OSCE are just puppets of the West. They need to be banned from #Donbass.
They are giving military info to #Kiev.”

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Nazi Ukraine Junta Military (AFU) opens fire on Sakhanka village, power supply disrupted / Novorossia Today / June 11, 2017 / The Ukrainian military opened fire on the village of Sakhanka in the Novoazovsky region in the south of the DPR, the power supply was disrupted. This was reported by the head of the regional administration, Anatoly Yanovsky. ‘Since the morning, it’s been very hot here. The village of Sakhanka was shelled, now there is no power supply,’ he said. According to him, the power engineers of the DPR have already begun to restore the power supply.

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DPR Releases Information On Nazi Ukrainian Military Using Foreign Ammunition, Deadly Thermobaric Fuel Air Bombs From Poland, Unleashing Them On Civilian Areas, War Crimes / Novorossia Today / June 11, 2017 / The Nazi Ukrainian military used thermobaric shells and remote mines of Polish production in the shelling of the western outskirts of Donetsk. Fragments of the ammunition were presented today to journalists by the deputy commander of the DPR operational command, Eduard Basurin. ‘There is noted that on the day of Holy Trinity, June 4, the Ukrainian terrorists used on Staromikhaylovka thermobaric shells GTB-7S (a grenade is produced at the plant in the city of Sopot, Poland) from the grenade launcher RPG-7 and the use of 60mm mortars M73 of the NATO standard,’ said the commander. Basurin emphasized that the facts of the use of such ammunition by the Ukrainian units were indicated by fragments found on the sites of the shelling. ‘Previously, such mines and thermobaric shells were already used by the forces of Ukraine in Donbass during the shelling of the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics,’ he added.

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Gabriela on Twitter

‘Yellow umbrella on the river embankment. Donetsk city.’
Art by Alexander Bolotov

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Tillerson, Putin (–Russia Insider)

Tillerson: Trump Wants to Rebuild Relationship With Russia / By Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com / June 8, 2017 / Says Election Hacking Claim Mustn’t Impede Diplomacy / Visiting New Zealand today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that President Trump has asked him to move forward with efforts to “rebuild” the US diplomatic relationship with Russia, which he described as currently “at a low point and deteriorating.” According to Tillerson, Trump wants to say the US-Russia relationship stabilize, and for trust to be rebuilt. He added that Trump insisted that the allegations surrounding election hacking by Russia mustn’t be allowed to impede the attempts to restore diplomatic ties. This interest is not new, and indeed President Trump made normalization of ties with Russia a major part of his 2016 election campaign. Virtually nothing positive has happened on that front since Trump’s inauguration, however. If anything, the Trump Administration had given the appearance in the past few months that the Russia rapprochement was wholly forgotten, with officials repeatedly insisting that there are no intentions of lifting US sanctions against Russia. This also comes less than a week after former State Department officials had bragged about derailing previous Trump efforts to normalize US-Russia ties, however, so it may well be that such intentions have been around for awhile, and they’re just trying to make something happen in the face of continuing opposition from people more comfortable with the US and Russia remaining enemies. [Reference links available at source.]

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“Putin Interviews” made the globalists go into hysterics / By D. Pavlenko / Katehon.com / June 6, 2017 / Oliver Stone’s movie “The Putin Interviews” breaks all clichés of western propaganda against Russia and its political leader. “The Putin Interviews” directed by famous American director Oliver Stone is coming out on June 12-15 2017, however, it made the Western media worry and get afraid that Western common people could see absolutely another Putin that differs from his image created by the anti-Russian propaganda. As it was expected, the most officious, globalist media criticized Stone for his attempt to “humanize an authoritarian Russian leader”. Especially, The Daily Beast well known for its frequently provocative anti-Russian rhetoric stood out in its critics. The published fragments of “The Putin Interviews” on the Internet show us that the president of Russia appears in Stone’s movie as absolutely simple person who drives a car, plays hockey, feeds horses and works out. However, the Western media used biased coverage of things that were interesting for their viewers who always cry listening stories about persecution of sodomites in Russia or reports about “Russian aggression” against “democratic” Ukraine or “freedom-loving, peaceful, moderate opposition” in Syria. For instance, a journalist from The Daily Beast called Oliver Stone’s movie “wildly irresponsible love letter to Vladimir Putin” in the headline. As well as that Stone is presented as not the best American journalist but rather a historian- revisionist and apologist of such “dictators” as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin. Moreover, they remind Stone about his movie “Ukraine on Fire” telling about the Maida nans the coup d’état in 2014. According to the globalist magazine’s view, this movie is “ a bizarre slice of Kremlin propaganda”. “Stone not only fails to challenge Putin, but essentially cedes him the floor, allowing the cunning ex-KGB operative to spin more than the president’s toupee in a tornado. Putin denies Russia was the aggressor in virtually every global conflict, including the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine. He champions . . . READ MORE>>

 

Donetsk Lugansk News May 26-Jun 10 2017

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/10/2017 / DONi News /June 10, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed seventy ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction the enemy launched forty-seven projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, twenty-six tank-shells, 443 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the areas of eleven localities. In the Mariupol direction the areas of four localities underwent shellings. The enemy launched four projectiles with MRLS ‘Grad’, six tank-shells and seventy-eight mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the area of the locality of Bezymennoye. In the Gorlovka direction the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka and Shirokaya Balka underwent shellings with different types of grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of shellings on the part of Ukraine’s criminals a civilian – Gubashov V.F. born in 1961 was wounded. Six houses were damaged in the localities of Aleksandrovka and Trudovskiye. Besides, in the locality of Trudosvkiye 27 electrical substations were de-energized. At present time, repair works are carried out. As we had warned earlier, the Ukrainian side committed provocations in the vicinity of the locality of AVDEYEVKA. Changing their own plans, Ukrainian punishers shelled not the locality of Avdeyevka, but Marinka where two civilians were wounded. We don’t exclude that our disclosure of the enemy’s plans for shelling the locality of Avdeyevka on June 8-12 prevented death of the city’s residents but didn’t stop its realization by Ukraine’s criminals in full. We’re collecting an evidential base of Ukrainian crimes. Thus, according to the information from local residents and to data of our intelligence, the shelling of KAMENKA locality on June 8 was conducted by the Right Sector nationalists being a part of the 92nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the statement made by a source, in a brigade headquarters, the shelling was unsanctioned. Concerning this fact the command is carrying out internal investigation. It’s not excluded that the Right Sector Gunmen will have only punitive reprimands as it was after the same shelling of the residential areas of Bezymennoye Locality on May 9 by the units of the regiment ‘Azov’. The units of the Armed Forces of the Republic keep observing the Minsk agreements and improve their professionalism. Driving, fire and tactics trainings are held according to a combat training plan. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Twitter Talk – Donbass Heroes

Dafuq: “Together again comrades. R.I.P :(”
Sultan Donald: “Who are they?”
Dafuq: “On the left is Arsen Pavlov ‘Motorola’ and on the right is Mikhail Tolstykh ‘Givi’. They were early fighters then commanders of the Donbass. They fought for freedom against US backed fascists that took over Ukraine. Were both assassinated not that far apart during the ‘ceasefire’. Good,honest people.Not politicians and their fearlessness and commitment was what got them killed when they could have had easy life.”

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Friday, June 9, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 06/09/2017 / DONi News / June 9, 2017 / Good day! Last week, in the formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, complex tactical and combat trainings of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units were conducted, aimed at improving the skills of conducting defensive operations under the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. Also, joint trainings were conducted between the units of ministries and departments of the DPR on countering terrorism and sabotage activities of the enemy. Formations and military units have begun the next stage of combat coordination of management headquarters and units according to the combat training plan. Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 54 ceasefire violations. The enemy launched 307 projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 420 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber, 67 tank-shells, 10 anti-tank guided missiles onto the territory of the Republic. In the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City there were damaged seven house-buildings and gas supply on Lugovsky Street. Sakhanka Locality was left without electricity. Over the past 24 hours when defending the territory of the Republic, one serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces perished. Altogether, over the past week the enemy committed 395 ceasefire violations and launched 3,800 projectiles, tank-shells and mortar-shells on the territory of the Republic. The AFU shelled the areas of 46 localities of the Republic, in nine of them 57 house-buildings were damaged and destroyed. The Petrovsky District of Donetsk City, the localities of Krutaya Balka and Staromikhailovka mostly suffered from shellings and on the area of the Volvo Center of Donetsk City and the locality of SPARTAK the enemy launched 30 projectiles with MRLS ‘Grad’. Besides, it’s noted that Ukraine’s terrorists made thermobaric shots GTB-7S (a grenade is manufactured in a factory located in Sopot, Poland) at the locality of Staromikhaliovka on June 4 (Holy Trinity) with rocket anti-tank launchers and launched 60mm mortar-shells M73 of a NATO standard. Shrapnel from ammunition launched from the AFU positions on the residential areas of Staromikhailovka has . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass War Escalates as Kiev Seizes Gray Zones / Introduction by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute (Source: News Front) / June 9, 2017 / Grey Zones a Consequence of Outright Kremlin Betrayal / As the News Front article below confirms, the Ukrainian Armed Forces [UAF] continue daily to invade the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics [DPR/LPR]. Over the past few weeks, Kiev forces have stepped up their advances into the so-called “Grey Zones,” with most of the latest invasions occuring north and northwest of Lugansk. These aggressive military ventures are in gross violation of the Minsk Agreements. The “Grey Zones” consist of a narrow strip along the length of the contact line, from Shirokino on the Azov Sea to the Russian border east of Lugansk. In February 2015, at the time of the signing in Minsk, these zones were held by the Novorossiya Armed Forces, now referred to as the Donetsk and Lugansk militias. The one exception was the Debaltsevo pocket, which was liberated by the NAF a few days later. However, according DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko’s proclamation at the time of the Debaltsevo victory, the de facto contact line included that city in the territory of the DPR. This was Zakharchenko’s stated condition for signing the Minsk accords. The Minsk document does not specify the location of the contact line. The contact line is assumed to be the dividing line between UAF and NAF ground positions as of February 2015. Thus, the fact that the NAF held the Gray Zones means these zones officially belong to the DPR/LPR. What the Minsk Agreement do specify are the lines behind which heavy weapons must be withdrawn. These lines are in part measured from the de facto military positions as of September 2014, which are close to but not the same as those of February 2015. Kiev takes advantage of this ambiguity to claim their alleged right to the Grey Zones. The Grey Zones did not always exist, and have nothing to do with the Minsk Agreements. These nether regions were created in July 2015 by Kremlin decree, following Angela Merkel’s demand that Vladimir Putin use his “considerable influence” to rein in the Novorossiya Armed Forces. Putin kindly complied, sending his agent Valdislav Surkov to pressure Zakharchenko into withdrawing unilaterally from the contact line. . . . READ MORE>>

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Ukraine doesn’t care about Minsk, it needs war – Alexander Zakharchenko / DONi News / June 9, 2017 / According to the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Kiev needs a war, not the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Today, on June 8, the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko answered the journalists’ questions during his working visit to the Donbass Greenhouses state enterprise in Zugres. First of all, media representatives were concerned about the situation of the nine-year-old boy Vladislav Zaichenko from the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, who had been injured in the AFU shelling on June 5 and was in critical condition at the moment. “Under my control and that of the city administration head, the head of the Petrovsky district is engaged in providing any necessary assistance to this boy. We will do whatever is needed,” said Alexander Zakharchenko, commenting on the situation of the wounded child. The Head of the Republic also spoke about the issue of material support of large families of the DPR enterprises’ employees under state receivership. “The programme for providing material assistance to large families is ongoing. Already next week, 40 large families of the enterprises’ employees are to receive material aid in the amount of 10,000 rubbles, and those of the Yenakiyevo Steel Plant and Gorlovka Stirol will receive food sets,” said Alexander Zakharchenko. The DPR Head commented on a possible aggravation on the contact line due to the tense situation that had developed over the past two days in the neighbouring Lugansk People’s Republic, where the AFU made several attempts to attack and break through the defense line of the LPR People’s Militia in the vicinity of Zhelobok locality. “Aggravation was never over in our Republic’s contact line sector. Yesterday and the day before the situation deteriorated dramatically in the LPR, but we face such battles every day. The enemy has intensified shelling, because Kiev needs war, and thus they are struggling to unleash it, they do not care about Minsk,” said the DPR Head, responding to journalists’ questions about possible deterioration of the military situation in the Republic. Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko; Official translation by DONi News Agency

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The news brief, 9 of June 2017 (VIDEO) / Anna News / June 9, 2017 / Newscaster: Victoria Rakhmanina.The Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the village Sakhanka in the morning. Power lines were damaged. The Yuzhnodonbasskaya pump station doesn’t work. 2 million people haven’ got water in the DPR. The Ukrainian side doesn’t let the inspectorate to visit this station. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 20 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. 7 houses and a gas pipe line were damaged. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 13 times. They shelled 9 localities. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. 3 soldiers of the DPR were killed and 1 wounded. 10 civilians were wounded and 1 was killed for a week, Eduard Basurin reported today.

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Donetsk bombed again by Kiev forces / News Front / June 9, 2017 / Donetsk, DNR. The conflict continues but in “low voltage doses” of shelling best described as genocidal in nature. Reports from Eduard Basurin, Pavel Semchuk and David Simpson in Donetsk. Day and all night here in Donetsk, the Ukrainian artillery fires at random but specific targets. This fire is 24/7, day in and day out. This fire is not a true barrage of artillery like an all out attack would have, it is a shot or two at one house, than 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later a shot or two at another house near or far from the first target. From the DNR Ministry of Information, for the past day the Ukrainian armed forces have 54 times violated the ceasefire regime. All the shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces have hit twenty cities and towns in the Republic. The UAF forces violating the Minsk accords have utilized these weapons systems in their criminal activity; tank cannon fire, artillery shelling, mortar fire, BMP and BTR attacks, Sagger ATGM missiles, AGS grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian fire is directed at specific houses in each block, moving to another house after the targeted house is destroyed. They can, and do, go from house to house in a particular street and when all the houses on that street are severely damaged or destroyed they move to another street and start the process over again. Primary targets in Petrovsky at the start of the fire was infrastructure, gas lines, water pumping stations, electric transformers and in the case of flats buildings the above ground, they target hot water pipes for heating of the apartment buildings in winter. Ukrainian shelling damaged six houses in Petrovskiy district of Donetsk overnight said the city administration. “In the night June 8-9 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Trudovskiye village of Petrovskiy district of Donetsk; the damage was reported on Mamina-Sibiryaka street 30, 32, Karnavalnaya street 77, Viktora Gyugo street 20, 33, 35.” The locations struck during the Ukrainian attacks on 9th of June, with damage asessments: In Petrovsky District and Trudovsky in Donetsk City-Region. Mom’s-Sibiryaka 32-damaged roofs; Mom’s-Sibiryaka 30-damaged roofs Victor Hugo 20-damaged roofs; Victor Hugo 33-damaged roofs and glazing windows; Victor Hugo 35-damaged roofs, front metal door glazing windows; Carnival 77-damaged the inner door, burned down the balcony, Lugovskogo between blocks 13 and 17-busted gas line. Alexandrovka str. Lenin 36-damaged roofs, glazing windows.N.P. v. sakhanka. There damaged power lines are down. Earlier reports said Kiev forces opened fire on Sakhanka village in Novoazovskiy district.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Battle for Zhelobok: Ukrainian army attempts to enter Lugansk / By Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / June 8, 2017 / Over the past day, the Ukrainian infantry approached the settlement of Zhelobok on the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Fierce fighting has taken place in the suburbs, as reported by the power structures of the LPR. As reported earlier, Ukrainian security forces attempted to break through the contact line near Kirovsk, Zhelobok and Donetsk. Evacuation of the villages nearby was carried out. A Ukrainian army drone was also shot down in the area, which was aiding in the enemy’s artillery fire. [Click map to enlarge.]

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OSCE SMM in Donbass (–Sputnik/AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 7 June 2017 / Osce.org / June 8, 2017 / In Donetsk region the Mission recorded more ceasefire violations compared with the previous reporting period. In Luhansk region the flare-up in ceasefire violations recorded by the SMM in the previous reporting period continued in the same areas – Sentianivka, Krymske and Zholobok – west and north-west of Luhansk, and involved multiple launch rocket systems. The use of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements reached a level last recorded by the Mission on 23 March 2017. The SMM heard small-arms fire close to where it was flying an unmanned aerial vehicle near Zaichenko. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske; it recorded ceasefire violations inside the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area on the night of 6-7 June and near the Zolote disengagement area. Its access remained restricted there and elsewhere.* In “DPR”-controlled Oleksandrivske armed men aggressively restricted the SMM’s freedom of movement. The Mission continued for the second day to monitor demining and facilitate repairs at Donetsk Filtration Station. The SMM monitored a border area not under government control in Novoazovsk. It observed protests in Kyiv and Odessa and a gathering involving religious communities in Ivano-Frankivsk. . . . READ MORE>>

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Kiev again fails to disengage in Stanitsa Luganskaya – LPR People’s Militia (PHOTOS) / Lugansk Media Center / June 8, 2017 / Ukraine has again failed the disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya area envisioned by the Minsk agreements, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said. “Today, Ukrainian side has shown yet again that it is not ready to fulfil the commitments it undertook in Minsk. We did not see a white signal flare confirming their readiness to pull back forces and hardware,” Marochko said at a checkpoint in the area. “We fired a white flare and were about to fire a green one, but didn’t do it as Ukraine had not responded in kind. I wish to officially state that Ukrainian side is not meeting its commitments,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. Earlier, LPR People’s militia said it was ready for mutual disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya. LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 40 times. The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures. The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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Donetsk People’s Republic office opens in neighborhood of Exarchia (pictured), Athens (–Zoltan Balogh/EPA)

Donetsk People’s Republic Embassy in Athens is open / By Adam Garrie (The Duran) /  Sott.net / June 8, 2017 / The Embassy has been set up with the assistance of Athens resident Professor Andreas Zafiris. An Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic has opened in Athens with the help of a local volunteer, Professor Andreas Zafiris. The Embassy will serve as a place where people can bring food, medicine and other essential items which will be delivered to the people of Donbass. Zafiris who has always been politically active has visited Donbass many times on charitable good will and fact finding missions. Zafiris is a long-time anti-fascist became horrified when a neo-fascist regime seized power in Kiev in 2014. He described the situation in the following way, “For the first time in recent European history, we had a government in a European country with a Nazi element.” He also expressed the Ukrainian regime as a “puppet” of the US and compared the US political colonization of Ukraine to NATO’s use of Greece for its strategic geo-political purposes. Zafiris was inspired to help open the Embassy after similar Embassies for the Donetsk People’s Republic opened in Finland, Italy and Czech Republic. . . . READ MORE>> [Video available at source.]

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
(Brief update)

Ukraine resumes offensive against Donbass – 4 localities shelled in past day / By Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / June 7, 2017 / The Ukrainian Armed forces have restarted intensive shelling against at least four villages, as has been reported continually over the past day by DNR News (locally based.) Under attack are the city of Stakhanov, village of Frunze, Donetskiy township, as well as the Kirovsk city administration. Kiev’s forces have caused ‘great destruction’ to Kirovsk, as reported by the official representative of the People’s Militia of Lugansk, Colonel Andrew Marochko. “This morning we witnessed the shelling of Kirovsk by Kiev security forces. The shelling occurred in the center of the city, causing great destruction. At the moment, the armed forces are continuing to shell the outskirts of the city” – he said. The head of administration, Gennady Karcev, added that the the Ukrainian side opened fire on a new industrial plant which was ready to be opened. “Ukrainian forces have fired on the Tsentrokuz factory. It is noteworthy that this plant has just completed reconstruction work and was preparing to start operating.” – said the head of administration.

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Ukraine-Controlled Localities Bombed by Kiev – Ukrainian Local Councils Seized by Nationalists – Memory of Killed Children of Donbass Shot by Ukrainian Military / Voice of Donbass – Novorossia Vision / June 8, 2017 / On June 1, 2017, another ceasefire was announced in Donbass. Few doubted that this «truce» would not last long, but this time the Ukrainian side chose a particularly cynical way to violate it. Throughout the last week of May, Kiev is carrying outparticularly intensive bombardments in the Donetsk direction, daily launching about 100 122 and 152mm artillery shells, hundreds of 82 and 120mm mortar shells, and using tanks, BMPs and grenade launchers. On May 27, in the Gorlovka direction, about 40 shells of MLRS «Grad» are also launched from the Ukrainian side. As a result of the shelling from the Ukrainian side, two residential houses are damaged in the DPR, one of the localities is completely de-energized, and an elderly woman, born in 1941, is wounded. Nevertheless, the Republics are doing everything possible to restore the destroyed houses and infrastructure as soon as possible. In Makeevka, a satellite city of Donetsk, a new gym is opened. In Stakhanov, a city in the LPR, a restored bus station is opened. In Donetsk, which even before the coup in Kiev was called «a city of a million roses», the number of roses planted everywhere reaches 2 millions. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, in Kharkov, a NATO-Ukraine professional development program for civil law enforcement personnel starts. Perhaps, NATO countries intend to share with Ukraine the experience of not preventing terrorist attacks. In western Ukraine, another Orthodox church of the Moscow Patriarchate is damaged. On May 28, the shelling from the Ukrainian side disrupts the gas and power supply to Kominternovo, a city in the south of the DPR, as well as causes damage to two houses, in Gorlovka in the north of the DPR and near Donetsk. On the same day, the Ukrainian military launch a massive artillery attack on Krasnogorovka, located in the Donetsk region and controlled by them, as a result of which civilians are killed. The Kiev authorities, as well as the Ukrainian media that «happened» to be at the right place and at the right time, immediately accuse of the shelling the DPR army. However, the subsequent analysis of photo and video . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukraine escalates an armed conflict in Donbass / By Auslander / The Saker / The Situation in Gorlovka, DNR: A few days ago we had some guests. One guest brought a friend with them, a person from a village near Gorlovka. At first the person was quite reticent about speaking of anything in front of me when the person understood very quickly that I was not Russian, I was from ‘the other side’. However, after I spoke to this person with VCO translating so nothing was misunderstood this person understood from my specific questions about certain areas in and around Gorlovka that I knew more of the real situation than most. To be blunt the situation in and around Gorlovka is very bad. All day and all night, every day and every night, the Ukrainian artillery fires at random but specific targets. This fire is 24/7, day in and day out. The fire is not a true barrage of artillery like an all out attack would have, it is a shot or two at one village, than 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later a shot or two at another village near or far from the first target. This random artillery fire goes on from Sanzharivka on the extreme east of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (hereafter referred to as DNR) lines at the Lughansk Peoples Republic (hereafter referred to as LNR) western border all the way down to Sakhanka within 3 km. of the Sea of Azov coast. Look at this map: and you will see how long that line is and you will see how thin the DNR lines are compared to the Ukrainian lines. The Ukrainian fire is directed at specific houses in each village, moving to another house after the targeted house is destroyed. They can, and do, go from house to house in a particular street and when all the houses on that street are severely damaged or destroyed they move to another street and start the process over again. Primary targets in a village at the start of the fire is infrastructure, gas lines, water pumping stations, electric transformers and in the case of flats buildings the above ground, as is normal, hot water pipes for heating of the flats buildings. Next is every shop, store, kiosk, petrol station, heating plant, government facility no matter what the size or function, electric substations and gas substations and pumping plants. Water purification facilities are of particular interest to the Ukrainians and these facilities get special attention. Drones supplied by The United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany are used as spotters to correct and direct this continuous artillery fire. Some are shot down by DNR forces and armed locals. This act is almost guaranteed to bring an immediate visit from OSCE, those worthies who are supposedly monitoring both sides to make sure they comply with the Minsk 1 and Minsk 2 agreements. More on OSCE later. This person left their village near Gorlovka in summer of last year. This person has lost a bother, an uncle and a 17 . . . READ MORE>> [More videos available at source.]

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Petro Poroshenko, Sebastian Kurz, Kiev, January 2017 (–vienna.mfa.gov.ua)

It became known why Poroshenko had sent Ukrainian soldiers to death / Novorossia Vision / June 8, 2017 / Today, Poroshenko once again stated the need to introduce an armed police mission to Donbass, which the LDPR had categorically opposed. Poroshenko announced this initiative at a meeting with Sebastian Kurz, the OSCE chairman and the federal minister for Europe, integration and foreign affairs of Austria. ‘A particular attention was paid to the growth of cases of intimidation of the OSCE observers by pro-Russian militants… The head of state urged the Austrian Chairmanship to intensify consultations in Vienna, regarding the deployment of the OSCE armed police mission in Donbass,’ said the press service of Poroshenko. ‘Well, everything is clear now… For the sake of this appeal today, over 10 soldiers of the AFU were killed. How does he live in this world? How does this fat, crumpled muzzle sleep? The Ukrainian media, the authorities’ trained dogs, reported, ‘The militants has gone on the offensive’. It’s a lie. The AFU have occupied the gray zone, taken several heights. I have written this for idiots whom their embroidered shirt has pinched the carotid artery. Sons of ALL MPs are safe, and your children are now under artillery fire,’ commented the situation Irina Lashkevich, a war correspondent working on Donbass.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Zakharchenko: “Russian language is great weapon of Donetsk in struggle for its identity” / DONi News / June 6, 2017 / The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko visited the opening of the XI International Festival “Great Russian Word” yesterday. The event was held in the Yubileiny Concert Hall in the center of Yalta (the Republic of Crimea). “This is a significant event in the cultural life of our country. Many very significant guests come here, and this year the forum has raised the bar a lot. May we always succeed,” the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said in his welcoming address. The honorary guests of the festival were also the LPR Head, Igor Plotnitsky, the chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the deputies of the DPR Ministers’ Council Dmitry Trapeznikov and Alexander Timofeyev, the State Duma deputies, Russian senators. In total, the festival gathered more than 2500 people, including 17 of Russian language and literature teachers from the DPR. Long before the start of the holiday, the organizers arranged a small stage near the concert hall where the creative collectives of the Crimea performed for the guests of the peninsula, residents and forum participants. Opening the festival, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko read out a congratulatory letter on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Your significant project has acquired good traditions. It project proved itself as an authoritative platform for professional discussion of the preservation and development of the Russian language, as well as enhancing its role in world integration processes,” the Speaker of the Federation Council quoted the Russian leader’s saying. The Head of the DPR spoke about integration as well. According to him, the Russian language is one of the connecting threads of the Donetsk land and Russia. “I am a military man and I perceive many things from this position. I understand that the Russian word is really great and multifaceted. But for me, the word is, first of all, a weapon. And this weapon can often be more dangerous than Grads, Smerches and Uragans. According to him, today “Donbass is gradually returning home” and today’s festival is extremely important for Donetsk. “It is at such events that the most powerful weapon, which is language, is being honed, hardened and strengthened and is becoming more never-failing,” he noted. He recalled that for 20 years, Kiev had been conducting forced Ukrainization in Donbass, adding that they failed to take away the Russian language, as well as Russian culture from Donetsk.

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Peace, Open Your Eyes: Inhabitants of Donbass Demand Kiev Stop Murders in DPR and LPR / Riafan.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / June 6, 2017 / DONETSK / The action “Peace, open your eyes,” the participants of which demand that Kiev stop the bloodshed among civilians of Donbass, took place on Pushkin Boulevard near the house of the Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a correspondent from the Federal News Agency [Riafan.ru] reports. In recent days the situation in the republic has worsened, which led to significant casualties among civilians. On the day before yesterday, serious injuries were received by eight-year-old Vlad Zaichenko, whose mother was killed in the same shelling, and whose father was killed earlier. Vlad’s photo has stirred up the Internet, and people gathered literally in a few hours to demand from the Kiev authorities to stop the murders of the people of Donbass. “We want to call the world community and draw their attention. Every day, inhabitants of the republic perish. Yesterday in the Yasinovataya region, seven civilians were injured. How long can this go on? ” asked Roman Troshin, one of the organizers of the action, addressing the audience. People were holding photographs of Vlad, who is now in the hospital, and posters urging the Ukrainian Armed Forces and personally Petro Poroshenko to stop terror against civilians and especially the children of Donbass. This little eight-year-old angel was left an orphan. Today we, all mothers, women, pray that he remains alive, that our doctors have the skill and strength. That he himself had the strength to remain alive. And he’s an orphan now. And the world community does not pay attention to the blood of our civilians. Does not react in any way,” said a resident of one of the shelled areas of Donetsk, when she was given the floor.

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9yo Vladik sees his mother killed buy Ukraine Shelling:
Donetsk Protest
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster

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(ENG SUBS) The residents of #Donetsk have just gathered to protest the #Ukraine government for murdering a woman and making her son a orphan on life support when they shelled a civilian area of Donetsk. I ask that anybody who is able please donate to help him as well. [Donation information at source.]

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Vladik, Donbass Child Wounded: Appeal by Patrick Lancaster / Posted by Graham Phillips / The TruthSpeaker / June 6, 2017 / On Sunday June 4th a woman was murdered by Ukraine shelling in Petrovka district Donetsk & her son, Vladik, is now an orphan. He is in serious condition with wounds to his intestines and liver, it is unclear if he will survive. I am trying to identify exactly what he needs, medicine, treatment, food, clothes and anything else we can help him with. We have already raised $250 for him. I ask that anybody who is able please donate to help him. The residents of #Donetsk have just gathered to protest the #Ukraine government for murdering a woman and making her son a orphan on life support when they shelled a civillian area of Donetsk. The people are sick of the Ukraine Government and demanded it stops!! ask you all help me help Vladik. If you can donate that is great if not you can help Vladik by spreading the word. Please share this information as far and wide as you can with the hsashtag #HELP4VLADIK You can donate via credit card in the link below or via Paypal to address. [Click here for donation information.] Thank you, Patrick

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DPR: Ukrainian army intensifies fire on the Yasinovataya part of the front / Essence of Time / June 6, 2017 / The Ukrainian army intensified fire on the Yasinovataya and Donetsk parts of the front; the village of Krutaya Balka was heavily shelled, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on June 5. On the Gorlovka direction, the Ukrainian military shelled the villages of Zaytsevo and Golmovsky. There is no information on the destructions and victims among the civilian population. On the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian army shelled the villages of Krutaya Balka, Yakovlevka, and Spartak, the area of Volvo-Centre, the Kievsky district in Donetsk. 6 civilians were injured in Krutaya Balka by mortar fire. The Ukrainian side opened artillery fire on the outskirts of Yasinovataya and the area of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint. Trench combat of high intensity were underway on this part of the front. The Kiev military utilized heavy artillery, mortars, grenade launchers of various calibers, and small arms. On June 4, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 44 times. The enemy shelled 18 towns and villages of DPR. One civilian, a woman, was killed, and her 9-years old son sustained shrapnel wounds as a result of the mortar shelling of Trudovskiye. 7 houses in Staromikhaylovka, Kominternovo, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk were damaged by Ukrainian military’s artillery fire.

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DPR says has evidence of Ukrainian forces shelling civilians / DONi News / June 6, 2017 / The Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic is ready to provide investigative bodies with documentary evidence of Ukraine’s artillery use when shelling civilians in the village in the DPR south, said Eduard Basurin, Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command. Earlier, the local authorities and the DPR Defense Ministry stated that at the time of celebration of the Victory Day anniversary on May 9, 2017, Ukrainian security forces shelled the settlement of Bezymennoye with mortars and heavy artillery. “We’ve come across the documents of the internal investigation and the order of the 3057 unit’s commander on punishment for the unauthorized engaging artillery fire by the Azov regiment on Bezymennoye on May 9, 2017, and we are ready to present these documents to the investigative authorities, which are backed up by our reconnaissance, as an evidence for the prosecution,” said Basurin. He also stated that the documents of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that appeared on the Internet due to the “Sprut” community, which mention the involvement of the Azov regiment in the bombing of Bezymennoye, are genuine. “We confirm that the documents published by the volunteer organization “Sprut” are genuine and will be a great help to initiate new criminal cases against war criminals from the Azov regiment,” said Basurin.

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Monday, June 5, 2017
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Eduard Basurin (–Dan-news.info)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/05/2017/ DONi News / June 5, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 44 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted ten localities’ areas with five artillery shells of 152mm calibre, 170 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres, and 12 tank rounds. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled four localities’ areas. The enemy launched 26 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Gorlovka direction, areas of four localities underwent shellings with various types of grenade launchers and small arms. Another monstrous incident revealing the true brutal face of Ukrainian Nazis occurred on the Orthodox holiday – Trinity Sunday. Thus, yesterday, at 9 pm, Trudovskiye village of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk underwent a mortar shelling from the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade, as a result of which a mother, Tatyana Zaichenko, born in 1980, perished right in full view of her eight-year-old son. The child was taken to hospital with wounds of the abdominal cavity and is in a serious condition. It is important to say that the boy was orphaned after his mother’s death, as his father had perished liberating Donbass. We obtained internal investigation files and the order of the 3057 unit’s commander to punish the unauthorized artillery application by the Azov . . . READ MORE>>

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Click to enlarge. Kalinovka (not labeled) lies about 12 km west of Dovzhansk, lower right. Lugansk upper right.

LPR People’s Militia repulses attack by Ukrainian squad / Lugansk Media Center / June 5, 2017 / LUGANSK / LPR People’s Militia has repulsed an attack by Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage squad, said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko. “Ukrainian armed forces continue reconnaissance and sabotage activity along the line of contact. One of such raids ended up tragically outside Kalinovka.” “Unprofessional and ill-considered actions led to 10 enemy soldiers approaching our positions; People’s Militia reacted immediately and suppressed the squad with retaliatory fire. Enemy’s losses amounted to two killed and six injured, who were left on the battlefield. The unit’s command tried to conceal this episode from its command. We call the ‘ATO’ command to show good will, to stick to international humanitarian norms, and to permit volunteers to take away the bodies and pass them to their families.” The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on 29 March adopted a statement on comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass from 1 April ahead of Easter holidays. However, Kiev forces only held fire for about an hour. The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements. [More general background on Minsk at source.]

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Kiev forces deliberately bombard ICRC representatives in LPR / DONi News / June 5, 2017 / The Kiev army deliberately fired on the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who distributed humanitarian aid to the residents of the Prishib frontier village of the Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk People’s Republic. This was stated by LPR Deputy Minister of State Security Alexander Basov. The village of Prishib, in which the ICRC staff were located, was attacked on 30 May. The fire from mortars was conducted from the direction of Trekhizbenka village, occupied by the Kiev forces. “Yesterday, the Kiev troops carried out another provocation against the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and civilians of Prishib village of the Slavyanoserbsky district. During the distribution of humanitarian aid from the international organization, they were subjected to mortar shelling by the AFU. Ukrainian terrorists knew about the departure of the humanitarian convoy in which the delegate to the international organization in Ukraine, an Australian citizen, was involved. They saw cars with . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass News Round-Up: Ukraine drags on “creeping offensive” while economy collapses / Fort Russ / June 5, 2017 / Ukraine continues to violate Minsk, seize neutral territories: Kiev’s punitive forces have occupied almost the entire “gray zone” between the Donetsk urban settlement and the village of Zhelobok (on the Kirovsk front), approaching the position of the People’s Militia of the People’s Republic of Lugansk at a distance of 600 meters. Previously, the APU had occupied several square kilometers of this “gray zone”. According to a soldier of the People’s Militia of LPR codenamed “Rome”: “Meter by meter the UAF is approaching under the cover of shelling. Under the cover of mortars, Ukrainian troops move up from their positions. After night comes, they set up temporary shooting points and start firing. From our positions, of course, this is all in a hurry, so they don’t shoot at us at all, but at the village of civilians. Thus, the ‘gray zone’ in the area of Donetsk and Zhelobka does not actually exist anymore.” Meanwhile, abiding by the Minsk Agreements, the People’s [militia] cannot open fire on the advancing enemy despite having every opportunity to expel the UAF from the gray zone. To recall, just the other day, the main propaganda mouthpiece of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Tymchuk, announced the readiness of the UAF to seize the territory of the DPR and the LPR within a few days. These words and the seizure of the “gray zones” confirm suspicions of a forthcoming Ukrainian offensive. Fountains re-started in Pervomaisk despite war: On the night of May 28th-29th, the territory of Pervomaisk (LPR) was subjected to another shelling barrage by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fire is presumed to have come from mortars. As a result of the shelling, two houses and farm . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: The idea that the militias can’t open fire on the advancing enemy because of the Minsk Agreements is not exactly right and sounds like Kremlin propaganda. The Minsk Agreements do not require a unilateral ceasefire. The grey zones were initially held by the DPR/LPR and should remain so. In 2015, Putin and his strong-arm aid, Vladislav Surkov, put pressure on DPR/LPR Presidents Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky to withdraw from the contact line unilaterally. Many observers considered this a betrayal by Putin to appease the West. Note that the Minsk agreements did not require withdrawal of troops or light weapons from the contact line, just heavy weapons. The contact line was defined by the de facto positions of the Novorossiya Armed Forces at the time of the signing in Minsk. It included the grey zones.

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More than 7 houses damaged in Ukrainian shelling overnight / DONi News / June 5, 2017 / At least 7 houses were damaged in the shelling, conducted on the Ukrainian part overnight at the DPR territory, report the local authorities and the DPR Operational Command. “At about 04:00 am the locality of Staromikhailovka underwent shelling, conducted from the Ukrainian positions. According to the latest information, at the Komsomolskaya Str., a wall of a house was destroyed. At the same street windows of two more houses were damaged,” underlined in the locality council’s representative. The shelling was also recorded in the Republic’s Novoazovsky district. Particularly, as a result of the Ukrainian shelling, a barn and a summer kitchen at the Kirova Str., in the locality of Kominternovo were damaged. Apart from it, the DPR Operational Command reported about damaged windows in the house and garage at the Amudariynskaya Str., in the locality of Trudovskaya coalmine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Also from DONi News: Ukrainian forces mortared the locality of Trudovskaya coal mine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk overnight, as a result, a woman perished and her child was severely wounded, reports the Petrovsky district’s administration. “Yesterday at 09:20 pm the Amudaryinskaya Str., in the locality of Trudovskaya coal mine underwent shelling from the Ukrainian positions. At the moment of shelling a mother and a son were walking the street. The mortar shell exploded right in front of them. Mother – a 37 years old woman, died immediately. Her son was heavily wounded and delivered to the Republic’s trauma centre,” specified the administration’s representative. It was added that the child’s condition is being specified.

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Alexander Zakharchenko (–official website)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “Leaders with ‘crowns’ on heads are not for us” / DONi News (From Zakharchenko official website) / June 5, 2017 / Today, on June 2, a forum of the Donetsk Republic public movement’s activists was held in Donetsk under the chairmanship of the Head of the Republic, the movement’s head Alexander Zakharchenko. Opening the forum, the Head of State thanked the participants and noted positive changes in the movement’s work. “The past year showed that our movement has become stronger and gained power. We are capable of solving the most important challenges posed by life. Positive feedback from people makes the key criterion for our work’s improvement. If earlier people would come with their questions having some doubts, now they are sure that we are able to help them and quickly respond to their problems. The social movement’s activists should be credited for their efforts in achieving these changes. Thank you for the work you are doing. I want our movement to be a truly people’s one, so that no one would allow himself to break away from people. I do not want to watch some of our comrades . . . READ MORE>>

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Fiona Frazer, Acting Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (–OSCE)

UN Representatives to Hold Meetings with Victims of Air Strike on Lugansk Regional State Administration / Miaistok.su / Translated by Quemado Institute / June 5, 2017 / During her visit to Lugansk, the deputy head of the UN mission for human rights Fiona Frazer met with one of the victims of the air strike on the Lugansk regional administration building that occurred June 2, 2014. She instructed the representatives of the Lugansk office of the United Nations to hold meetings and talks with all the victims and relatives of the victims. This was reported on the Facebook page of authorized representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic to the Minsk talks, Vladislav Deinego. “The truth is slowly breaking through to the international level. Fiona Frazer, head of the Kiev branch of the UN Office for Human Rights, met on June 2, 2017 with one of those injured during the air strike carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force on the center of Lugansk three years ago,” Vladislav Deinego said. “Representatives of the Lugansk office are tasked to hold meetings with the victims and relatives of the deceased. And also with witnesses. And not only on this occasion.” Recall that during the air strike by the Ukrainian Air Force on June 2, 2014, eight people were killed in the center of Lugansk and 28 were injured. In Lugansk, Fiona Frazer said that all cases of death should be investigated, and the perpetrators punished.

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