Donetsk Lugansk News May 14-24 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
(Full Report)

MH17: New Leaked Evidence Confirms Ukrainian Air-to-Air Strike / Leaked Documents: Ukrainian Air Force Shot Down MH17 – Conspiracy and Guilt Confirmed / By Janus Putkonin (DONi News) / Edited with conclusion by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / May 24, 2017 / A truly sensational new document leak confirms Kiev’s direct responsibility for shooting down the Malesian Airlines flight MH17 in Donbass on July 17, 2014. Ukrainian top secret official documents show us that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was ordered to hide all evidence of Ukrainian responsibility and especially everything which could prove Ukrainian air force involvement in the executed secret state terrorism operation. The documents were leaked by a Ukrainian official to the Sovershenno Sekretno newspaper. Russian and English translations from the orginal articles are available with copies of the leaked documents, which show written orders given by Ukrainian top officials concerning concealing of the operation of shooting down the flight MH17. Conclusions from the revealed Ukrainian SBU documents are as follows: To carry out special measures to destroy the facts of a special operation; To carry out effective preventive measures among witnesses of special operations on July 17, 2014; Identify and detain witnesses of the civil aircraft explosion; To regroup the servicemen who discharged of their official duties on the territory of the village Grabovo, Donetsk region; As part of a special operation to destroy all the materials that indicate the presence of combat aircraft having carried out combat missions in the specified area on July 17, 2014. Four photocopies which are first revealed in the SBU documents allow us to draw three preliminary and at the same time, crushing conclusions: 1. The new Kiev authorities are responsible for the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines, Boeing 777, flight MH17. President Poroshenko and his generals are hiding the truth and have been lying for 3 years already. 2. Ukraine’s military aviation was involved in the downing of flight MH17, causing the mass murder of almost 300 people. 3. In order to cover the traces of a monstrous crime, from the end of July 2014 the Ukrainian SBU conducted special measures to destroy the facts of the special operation, and all materials that indicate the presence of combat aircraft having carried out combat missions on July 17, 2014. We recommend you to read all four leaked . . . READ MORE>> [Video and links at source.]

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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 05/23/2017 / DONi News / May 23, 2017 / The Ukrainian gunmen intensified their aggression against the Republic’s citizens. The enemy committed 62 ceasefire violations over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian troops applied MRLSs, artillery, tanks, mortars, antitank guided missiles, IFVs, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms, 19 DPR localities underwent the Ukrainian shelling. “The units of the 72nd Ukrainian brigade conducted fire at the Avdeyevka Coking plant in the Butovskaya mine’s area from the Konstantinovka’s motorway area. As a result of the shelling the area of 1 hectare in the plant’s territory was set on fire. Such provocation was aimed at accusing the DPR armed forces of shelling Krutaya Balka locality”, said Eduard Basurin, the Vice Commander of the DPR People’s Militia. Apart from it, last night the Ukrainian gunmen conducted fire applying heavy arms, shelling the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak and the Donetsk airport area. 15 projectiles, 15 tank shells, several dozens of artillery shells and mortar rounds were launched from the enemy’s positions. As a result of the aggression act, a civilian woman was wounded in the city of Yasinovataya. According to the information received, the affected got shrapnel wounds and multiple fractures. The woman was delivered at the hospital. At least 5 houses were damaged in Donetsk, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya vicinities and at the south of the DPR. Two houses were damaged in the locality of Zaitsevo, near Gorlovka, one in Komonternovo locality and one more in the locality of Yakovlevka near Yasinovataya. In the locality of Severny near Donetsk a residential house was destroyed. Apart from it the damage of 4 houses in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk was recorded. Among the shelled buildings there are: 5 storied house at the Kremlevsky avenue and 3 residential houses at the Shakhtoprohodchikov Str., 60 and Chervonopartyzanskaya 43 and 45. —Video: UNION TV, 05/23/2017

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Aftermath of Ukrainian shelling in Northern Donetsk
Published on May 23, 2017 – DONi News Agency

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The Ukrainian armed forces shelled civilian district Severne Donetsk (Northern Donetsk) on Monday with artillery. Civilian houses were badly damaged in heavy caliber shelling. Video shows the aftermath from of the latest Ukrainian aggression.
Video: Ministry of Information, 05/22/2017

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Two people wounded in Donetsk as Ukrainian army attacks bus station / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / Kiev units engaged fire on the Trudovskiye bus station in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk today, a woman and a man were wounded. This was reported in the Operational Command of the DPR. “Ukrainian forces from the direction of Mariinka are firing at the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Once again, the bus station Trudovskiye got under fire, as a result of which a woman and a man were injured,” the Command’s rep said. According to him, the enemy uses mortars, various types of grenade launchers and small arms. As Maxim Zhukovsky, the head of the local District Council added, the man suffered a severe hip injury, an artery was damaged. He was hospitalized in the regional hospital No. 14.

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AFU military continue to seize gray zone / Novorossia Vision / May 24, 2017 / The Ukrainian military occupied almost the entire «gray zone» in the vicinity of the localities Donetsky and Zhelobok. This was stated by the deputy commander of the company of the LPR People’s Militia, Roman «Rome». ‘Meter per meter, the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] are approaching under the cover of shelling. They shell us with mortars, grenade launchers and, while the personnel is in the shelter, move forward,’ stated the soldier. ‘Afterwards, in the dark, they set temporary fire points and begin to work on our positions. Of course, this is all done in a hurry, so shells land not on our positions, but in the locality, on civilians,’ he added. ‘In this way, the «gray zone» in the area of Donetsky and Zhelobjk actually does not exist anymore. In fact, they are 600 meters away from us everywhere,’ said the deputy commander. «Rome» explained that by respecting the Minsk Agreements, the People’s Militia can not open fire on the advancing enemy, although it has ‘every opportunity to drive the AFU out of the «gray zone».’ ‘We do not respond to their provocative actions,’ the soldier said. ‘We have an order, we do not go for them as we have our positions that were negotiated in Minsk, we defend them and do not leave our zone of responsibility,’ he added. Quemado Institute comments: The DPR/LPR militias should be defending the grey zones, which are protected under Minsk. However, in 2015, Putin, in an act of betrayal, sent his aide Vladislov Surkov to Donetsk to strong-arm Zakharchenko into a unilateral withdrawal from the contact line, in order to appease the West. This withdrawal created the so-called “grey zones”. Ever since, the Ukrainian army has, predictably, been advancing into these zones. The people who live in there are isolated, some cannot even drive to the grocery store, and they are left without defense. This source is not being truthful when he says they are simply “respecting the Minsk Agreements.” The Minsk agreements do not require unilateral action. It’s a tragedy that Vladimir Putin has betrayed the Republics by demanding this unnecessary sacrifice of territory, which the West neither notices nor cares about.

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Pete John on Twitter
“UKIES cotinue taking areas of Donbass, breaking Minsk agreement incessantly. APU took almost all the ‘gray zone’ on the site of Donetsk-Groove.”
May 23, 2017

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Ukrainian army engages fire on Avdeyevka, DPR rejects accusations / DONi News / May 23, 2017 / Kiev’s statement about the bombardment of Avdeyevka allegedly carried out by the forces of the DPR army is untrue. As the Vice-Commander of the Operational Command Eduard Basurin stated, shooting by the Ukrainian militants was again noted in this area. “Kiev once again tries to accuse our Republic of shelling residential areas of Avdeyevka and non-fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements,” stressed Basurin. “This is an obvious provocation, carried out with the involvement of the 72 separate mechanized brigade’s personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and aimed at creating a precedent for the disruption of the forthcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk on May 24”. The Vice-Commander noted that the units of the DPR Armed Forces did not open fire, and, according to the information of the Republican reconnaissance, the enemy fired at the positions of their fellow-soldiers from the village of Vodyanoye (north of Donetsk). “It was from there on May 13 that the AFU struck at Avdeyevka, as a result of which civilians were killed,” summed up Basurin. Notably, earlier today the Ukrainian side stated about the bombardment of Avdeyevka by the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Night shelling of Donetsk Oktyabrskiy district aftermath
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster – Published May 23, 2017

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Aftermath of lasts nights shelling of Donetsk Oktyabrskiy by Ukraine forces.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/24/2017 / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 48 violations of the ceasefire. In the Gorlovka direction, from the positions of the 53 separate mechanized brigade, three 122-mm artillery shells were fired at Golmovsky township, resulting in a residential house damage at Zagorodnyaya Street, as well as five rounds of 120-mm calibre at the locality of Dolomitnoye. Small arms and various grenade launchers were used when attacking Dolomitnoye, Ozeryanovka, and Zaitsevo. In the Donetsk direction, mortar crews of the 72 and 92 brigades launched 114 rounds of 120 and 82 mm calibre at the districts of Krutaya Bulka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Dokuchayevsk, the airport district, the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk. In the Mariupol direction, from the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade, 12 rounds of 120 mm caliber and 15 rounds of 82 mm calibre were engaged on Sakhanka village. Also, shelling from small arms was recorded in the vicinity . . . READ MORE>>

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Eduard Basurin (–Dan-news.info)

Donetsk Situation Report, 23.05.2017 / Novorossia Vision / May 23, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 62 times. In the Donetsk direction, there were recorded 43 violations. There were shelled the areas of the localities Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Mineralnoye, Spartak, Yasnoye, Dokuchaevsk, the airport, the Kirovsky, Kuybyshevsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk city. During the bombardments, the enemy launched 20 MLRS «Grad» shells, 174 122 and 152mm artillery shells, 78 tank shells and over 700 mortar shells, including 465 of 120mm caliber. As a result of the shelling, there was wounded one civilian, Roman Zuev born in 1977, and five residential houses were damaged in the Kievsky and Kuybyshevsky districts of Donetsk city. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy continues shelling with tanks and mortars the localities Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr and Sakhanka, on the areas of which the enemy launched 16 tank shells and 145 82 and 120mm mortar shells. As a result of hitting the pillar of a power line and the latter’s falling, there was damaged one residential house in the locality of Kominternovo. In the Gorlovka direction, there was recorded the fact of the enemy’s using mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers of various types and small arms. The were shelled the areas of the localities Zaytsevo, Ozeryanovka, Mikhaylovka, Verkhnetoretskoye and Krasny Partisan. The Ukrainian military launched 20 82mm mortar shells. As a result of the shelling of the locality of Zaytsevo, there were damaged five houses. As a result of the shelling of our positions, there was wounded one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces. *** On the eve of the Contact Group meeting in Minsk, Ukraine has increased the artillery shelling of the peaceful quarters and chemical industry facilities. In particular, our intelligence has learned that yesterday’s bombardment of the Avdeevka Coke Plant was purposeful and conducted from the position of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade. At the same time, to remove responsibility for the crimes committed, the Ukrainian side tried to shift its blame to the DPR forces, having made a number of false statements about alleged involvement of our units in this shelling. We note that after the shelling of the Avdeevka Coke Plant from the positions of the 72nd brigade, the fire was opened from the territory of the plant itself on the area of the localities of the Republic, from artillery pieces hidden there by the Ukrainian side. With this provocation, the Ukrainian side tried to create an excuse for the next false accusations of the Republic, in the course of the meeting in Minsk, of the failure to comply with the previously reached agreements. The reasons for this behavior of the military and political authorities of Ukraine are explained by the increased pressure on Kiev from the participants of the «Norman format», due to the failure of the Ukrainian side to implement the Minsk Agreements. Kiev simply decided to pretend to be an innocent victim, and to continue, after the negotiations, to shell with impunity civilian localities, realizing its insidious plan to cleanse the territory of Donbass from the unwanted population. —Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ukrainian APC convoy June, 2015 (–AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Kiev Builds Up Military Contingent in Donbass – Russian Envoy / Sputnik / May 24, 2017 / Kiev is openly building up its military contingent along the separation line in Donbass, the Russian envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said Wednesday. / MINSK / Kiev is openly building up its military contingent along the separation line in eastern Ukraine instead of pulling out forces, the Russian envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said Wednesday. “Ukraine is openly building up the military contingent along the separation line, captures new positions in the so-called ‘gray zone’, dangerously approaching the positions of the Donbass units,” Boris Gryzlov told reporters in Minsk. Gryzlov added that for more than half a year Ukraine has been hampering the implementation of the decision of the Contact Group on the pullout of forces and weaponry from Stanytsia Luhanska, which prevents the start of the agreed forces withdrawal along the entire separation line. Moreover, Kiev is disrupting the start of the prisoner exchange process in Donbass, Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group for settlement of the situation in Ukraine Boris Gryzlov told reporters Wednesday after talks in Minsk. “The law on amnesty of the parties to the conflict, as required by the Package of Measures, has not been signed by the president of Ukraine since 2014, which makes it impossible to implement the exchange of detained persons in line with the ‘all-for-all’ principle,” Gryzlov said. “Instead, Kiev continues to impose the tactic of dividing the detainees into categories and their exchanges in small groups. I note that if the Ukrainian side so much wants to move forward on this issue, then having a significant… preponderance in the number of detainees, it could release part of verified persons unilaterally by making a goodwill gesture,” he said.

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Mick Mulvaney (–Conservative TreeHouse)

The White House confirmed cancellation of free military aid for Ukraine / May 24, 2017 / Novorossia Vision / The Director of the White House administrative and budgetary administration, Mick Mulvaney, has confirmed that the US intends to change the principles of rendering military assistance to a number of countries from granting to loans. ‘Yes, I can confirm it,’ he answered the journalist’s question whether military grants would be replaced in the new budget by loans for such countries as Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Ukraine. ‘We are changing a couple of foreign military programs from direct grants for loans. Instead of giving someone $ 100 million, we can give them credit guarantees, and they will actually be able to buy more things,’ he said. At the same time, he emphasized that the programs were preserved for Israel and Egypt. [Editor’s note: video of Mick Mulvaney May 23, 2017 Press Conference on Trump FY 2018 budget available at Conservative Treehouse.]

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Rodion Miroshnik

Kiev shows total disregard to diplomatic standards during talks in Minsk — LPR / TASS / May 24, 2017 / The Contact Group on the crisis in Ukraine and its working subgroups will convene in the Belarusian capital on May 24. / MOSCOW / The Ukrainian envoys to reconciliation meetings in Minsk demonstrate total disregard to international standards of negotiations, an envoy of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) said ahead of the talks due on Wednesday. The Contact Group on the crisis in Ukraine and its working subgroups will convene in the Belarusian capital on May 24. Ahead of the meeting, Kiev’s representative at the political subgroup, Alexander Motsik, accused Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics of dragging out the negotiations. “Right now, Kiev’s appears to demonstrate a total disregard for international standards of negotiations in an attempt to evade peaceful settlement by all means,” LPR envoy Rodion Miroshnik said. “In this regard, attempts to accuse others of hampering the negotiations look like mere rhetoric.” “In the past six months, they (Ukraine’s delegates to the political subgroup) have demonstratively refused to consider the mechanism for vesting Donbass with the special status, amd showed total reluctance to discussing any of the issues on the political agenda,” the Lugansk diplomat said. He added that despite requests from OSCE officials, Kiev refused to provide any written declaration of its stance on the main issues of the talks. The negotiator also criticized the Kiev government’s proposal on creating a separate working group to discuss the issue of control over the stretch of the Russian-Ukrainian border, currently held by the self-proclaimed republics. “There is neither sense nor need to create a separate group on handing over the border control. This function can easily be performed by the subgroup on security once it deals with the security issues mentioned in the first three provisions of the Complex of Measures to implement the Minsk agreements,” the diplomat said, describing the issue as a “failed attempt to divert the conversation at the Minsk talks to a different direction.” He added that in line with the reconciliation plan, the issue may be raised only after local elections are held and full political settlement is achieved. “Ukraine should start thinking about it only after all issues that precede the elections are solved, security is ensured, a bill on the special status of Donbass is passed, an amnesty is declared and the special status of Donbass is sealed by the Constitution of Ukraine. Only after all these procedures are completed, the issue of border control may be raised,” Miroshnik said. In late 2015, the then German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, offered a formula for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass. It envisages a law, to be passed by the Ukrainian parliament, on a special procedure of self-government in separate districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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Ukraine’s Closer Bonding with the US-NATO Military Alliance / By Brian Cloughley / Strategic Culture Foundation / May 24, 2017 / According to the Headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, its «two official languages are English and French», although it makes selected press releases available in other languages, which is pragmatic and understandable in some circumstances. But when the subject of an official NATO notification is «NATO Secretary General to address the European Parliament» and the languages used to inform the world of this important event are English, French and Ukrainian, it has to be asked why the last was considered necessary rather than, say, German, Spanish or Turkish. It is equally intriguing that the media handout on the occasion of the visit to NATO HQ by US Defence Secretary, General James Mattis, on February 15 was published in the same languages. One wonders how many Ukrainians were involved in the visit by General Mattis (he who nauseatingly considers that «it’s fun to shoot some people») — and what the reasoning behind the language deal might have involved. Ukraine is not a member of the US-NATO military alliance that was formed in 1949 «to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law» which is supposed to «promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area». Ukraine isn’t close to the North Atlantic (it’s 3,000 kilometres from Kiev to Brest), nor is it a member of the European Union, and is unlikely to be accepted by that body, for very good reasons. In 2016 there was an attempt to resurrect and expand an EU association agreement of 2014, but it was vetoed by the Dutch who were and continue to be wary that there would be military implications if the EU were to be involved with such a regime. Holland held a national referendum to decide whether there should be closer EU association with Ukraine, and the result was overwhelmingly against the proposed project, as it indubitably would be in other European countries, were a people’s vote to be permitted on the matter. The Guardian newspaper reported that «in a bid to assuage Dutch concerns, European leaders have spelled out that Ukraine has not been promised EU membership, nor any help from European armies in the event of invasion, as a result of signing an association agreement», but the wise Dutch people were having nothing to do with it — although their own Senate, in the way of all politicians, is trying to override them. The US-NATO alliance doesn’t have to bother with such things as public opinion when it makes its decisions about Ukraine or anywhere else. In spite of its disastrous wars in Libya and . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR, LPR writers present book of Donbass war stories / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / The DPR and LPR and Russian writers presented the “Donbass Choice” collection of stories to the public on Tuesday. The book was unveiled by the Union of Russian Writers co-chairman Nikolay Ivanov, the LPR Union of Writers chairman Gleb Bobrov and the DPR Union of Writers member Vladimir Skobtsov who leads the “Big Donbass” project. Several writers who contributed to the project were present at the ceremony. “It’s a unique book. As photographers adjust white balance before starting to take pictures, so is balance observed here. Everything is here: war and peace, life and death. It consolidates the writers with the theme of serving one’s Motherland, the theme of pain, sympathy, and compassion,” Ivanov said. “We understand that the most trusted solider in the war is the one carrying his commander’s flask. Donetsk and Lugansk writers are like the fighters carrying water, and this reviving gup will help us go on,” he said. The 672-page book comprises stories by 61 authors. The contributors include representatives of the DPR, the LPR, Russia, Serbia, Israel, Ukraine and Kiev-controlled part of the Donetsk region. The stories belong to difference genres, such as prose, poetry and drama. The book’s print run is 1,000 copies.

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Pete John on Twitter
Heroes of Donbass

Alexey Mozgovoy

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Givi, Anaschenko, Motorola, Dremov, Bednov, Mozgovoy

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
(Brief update)

Lugansk hosts Russian Donbass integration event / News Front / May 18, 2017 / A follow up conference to the Donbass Integration with the Russian Federation was held today in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Officials from a wide variety of regions attended, all intent upon their homelands ascension to the Russian Federation as an end goal. The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Recognition of States and Governments: Problems and Prospects, Barriers and Opportunities” attracted participation of guests from the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the People’s Democratic Republic of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh started today in the capital of the People’s Republic of Lugansk. During the first stage of the conference in Lugansk, the topic of the institution of recognition in international law will be discussed: the problem of defining a strategy, contradictions in the implementation of tactics, as well as the legal policies of states. “The topic is declared quite serious – one conference is indispensable here. Today it is important to hear the opinion of experts. There are two points of view – political and legal, and most importantly – to find common ground for these opinions. Conference participants heard from a variety of heads of state, all in agreement that today it is very important to move towards official recognition by the Russian Federation. A few days ago in Donetsk there was held a meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee. This is a serious social movement that will allow us to integrate the territory of Donbass in the fields of culture, sport, economy and politics. As a State Duma deputy, I would like us to be united together politically, on how to do this unification legally, we should think about it and discuss this together,” commented the head of the conference, State Duma deputy, coordinator of the Integration Committee “for Russia-Donbass” Andrei Kozenko.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
(Brief update)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/17/2017 / DONi News / May 17, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 54 violations of the ceasefire, while heavily weapons, which are banned by the Minsk Agreements, were actively used. Massive artillery and mortar fire on the part of Ukrainian punishers targeted the settlements of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Krytaya Balka, the Kievsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk. The enemy fired 180 artillery shells of 122 and 152 mm calibers, 18 tank shots and 470 mortar rounds, 308 of which were of 120 mm caliber. As a result of a direct artillery hit, one apartment house in the village of Spartak was destroyed, and one apartment house in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk city was damaged. In the village of Yakovlevka, a local resident Slobadenyuk Pyotr Nikolaevich, born in 1942, was wounded. In the Gorlovka direction, criminals of the 53 separate mechanised brigade inflicted an artillery strike on the settlements of Golmovsky and Dolomitnoye. The enemy launched more than 20 122-mm artillery shells, resulting in damage to two apartment buildings. Artillery and mortar crews from positions of the 36 separate marines brigade launched 28 rounds of different calibers on Sakhanka area and 29 artillery shells of 152-mm caliber on the locality of Telmanovo. Shelling of our positions resulted in one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces killed, two are wounded. The Ukrainian invaders continue their policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian side is trying to compensate with the next false reports the broken legend of us shelling Avdeyevka, when four civilians were killed. Yesterday the press service of the so-called ‘ATO’ zone headquarters burst out with reports accusing us of moving forward for 400 meters in the Donetsk direction and preparing for an offensive in the Mariupol direction, after which the territory of the Republic startled because of Ukrainian shelling by the AFU. At the same time it is noted that the Ukrainian side inflicts targeted artillery strikes not only on residential areas of populated localities, but also on vital facilities of the Republic. The enemy struck an artillery blow on the territory of the pumping station and the TV and radio tower of Telmanovo. As a result, damage to the building and de-energization of the station, which provides the entire Telmanovo district with drinking water, is recorded. Besides, the TV and radio broadcasting system in the district is disabled. Restoration work is under way. I call on international observers to pay special attention to these facts. The Ukrainian side is carrying out a frank genocide of the population of the Republic with impunity. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Under Ukraine shelling in Spartak, Donetsk
With DPR’s Daniil Bezsonov (ALL ENG)
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May 17, 2017

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Kiev preparing ecological terrorist attacks in Donbass / DONi News / According to the Head of the DPR, Ukraine may easily make an attack which will affect not only the territory of the republics, but also lands controlled by Kiev. Alexander Zakharchenko said that he insisted on inspections by DPR environmental specialists at the enterprises of Donbass, which are on the other side of the front line. “Because Kiev cannot cope with us with the help of direct military aggression, we reasonably assume that the criminal regime is considering other methods of causing our republic catastrophic damage. And one of such ways is ecological acts of terrorism. We have information that such issues are being considered in Kiev,” explained Alexander Zakharchenko. According to the DPR Head, Kiev can plan and implement a technogenic catastrophe, as a result of which huge territories of Donbass may prove to be unsuitable for life. “I mentioned the Konstantinovka Chemical Plant. Stocks of sulfuric and hydrochloric acid plus an . . . READ MORE>>

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Enrico Ivanov on Twitter
May 17, 2017 18:00 UTC
“Breaking! A civilian has been killed and another one injured by UAF shellings on #Yasinovataya. / A house has been completely destroyed as result of the latest Ukrainian shellings on Spartak. Outskirts of #Donetsk.”

Maurice Schleepen on Twitter
May 17, 2017, 18:00 UTC
“Breaking: Donetsk airport & Spartak under Heavy Ukraine attack with the use of artillery, 82mm & 120mm caliber mortars & armoured vehicles.”

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Russian Duma hosts Donbass integration related event / News Front / May 17, 2017 / MOSCOW / The integration of Donbass is well underway as an exhibition is being hosted at the Russian State Duma in Moscow on the Donbass and its Russian future. Today, an exhibition titled the “Industrial Heritage of the Donbas” will be opened in the State Duma, a local news agency reported. It will be organized by MP Josef Kobzon from the “Yedinaya Rossiya” (United Russia) party and the Lower House Committee for Culture, two sources from the Russian Committee for Culture confirmed. From the Donbass integration committee, Eduard Golenko, acting Minister of the Coal Industry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) is expected to speak at the exhibition, one source told News Front. The final list of guests is still being discussed, and other representatives of the DNR and Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) could appear at the exposition, the source added. The organizers of the exhibition are proposing the creation of a “post-industrial landscape recreational park” in Russian integrated Donbass. “This will lead to the emergence of a strong tourist economy” the draft description of the event notes. Earlier at the State Duma there were repeated calls for the recognition of the self-declared DNR and LNR, as well as for a simplification of the legislation for residents of the unrecognized territories. In April, the party “Spravedlivaya Rossiya” (a Just Russia) introduced a draft law which makes it easier for residents of the Donbass republics to acquire Russian citizenship. Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has already recognized the legitimacy of the republics documents and internal passports. Returning to the topic of the DNR and LNR at the State Duma means that Russia is moving forward with an integration approach, similar to the Crimean Republic a Kremlin analyst offered. With two integration conferences held already-one in Crimea and one in Donetsk, it is clear both republics are slowly making their way into the Russian Federation. Signs of encouragement and reassurance are being sent to the citizens of the Donbass Republics. More information on the process and steps to unity will be announced in the near future, officials in Moscow stated.

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Water company specialists bring into operation Telmanovo pumping station / DONi News / May 17, 2017 / The Telmanovo pumping station was brought into operation after massive shelling, conducted on the Ukrainian part last night, reports the “Donbass Water” company’s representative. “Just now we managed to bring into operation the pumping station. Electricians had hardly coped with the power lines repair so people could get water in their houses,” said the company representative. He added that the object operates in emergency regime and the repair works are ongoing. “The pumping station’s administrative buildings were damaged badly, some walls are about to fall down. All the repair works are still ahead,” underlined the “Donbass Water” representative. It should be underlined that last night the Ukrainian army purposely shelled Telmanovo infrastructure. It was underlined that nearly 40 projectiles, including artillery shells of 152 mm caliber were launched from the Ukrainian positions.

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LPR President Igor Plotnitsky

[Enemy report:] The “LPR” leader presupposes the return of the occupied Donbass to Ukraine if it becomes a “Russian world” / Ostro.info / May 17, 2017 / The leader of the “LPR” Igor Plotnitskiy presupposes the return of the occupied Donbass to Ukraine, provided that a pro-Russian government is created there and Ukraine becomes part of the “Russian world”. The militant said it in an interview with Russian Izvestia. “Both Luhansk and Donetsk remain the territory of Ukraine, is it possible to make a real return to Ukraine?” – the journalist asked. “The neo-Nazi regime is not the whole of Ukraine, not the whole nation. We understand that there are healthy forces that do not just support us, but will meet us when the time comes, it’s true. Sooner or later we will forgive them, but after their repentance,” Plotnitskiy said. According to him, “if Ukraine remains with the current regime, then there can be no question of any return. . . . Our people said at the referendum: ‘We are the Russian world.’ And if Ukraine is pro-Russian, understanding that we are brothers, a single family, this is the Russian world, then it will be possible,’ he said, outlining his vision for solving the problem of the occupied Donbass. [Source: ostro.info/news/2139/] Quemado Institute comments: Plotnitsky is merely reiterating a literal interpretation of the Minsk document, under which Ukraine is obligated to reform its constitution with the approval of DPR/LPR representatives Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. The two Donbass leaders proclaimed, after signing the document in 2015, that they would approve nothing short of a complete revision of the Ukrainian constitution allowing de facto independence for the Donbass Republics and essentially removing the anti-Russian bias of Poroshenkos’ regime. Recall that Poroshenko endorsed the agreements in Minsk after an 18-hour high-pressure session with Markel, Putin and Hollande. Sleep deprived, the Ukrainian pseudo-President was probably not fully cognizant of the fact he had granted full veto power on Ukrainian constitutional reform to his enemies Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. This granting of veto power is why Zakharchenko proclaimed, after the signing, that the Minsk Agreements were a triumph for Donbass. It may also be why Kiev continues to refuse to reform its constitution and remains in violation of Minsk.

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Viktor Yanukovich, illegally ousted Ukrainian President

[Enemy Report:] Yanukovych, Ex-Presidential Administration Head Kliuev Carried Out Of Ukraine On Russian Military Helicopters From Donetsk Region In February 2014 / Ukrainian News / May 17, 2017 / The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) states that former president Viktor Yanukovych and head of his Administration Andrii Kliuev were delivered from Ukraine to Russia by Russian military helicopters on February 22-23, 2014. Prosecutor from the special investigations department of the PGO Oleksii Donskoi has told this to the Novaya Gazeta publication (the Russian Federation), Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to him, then Yanukovych stayed in Russia for 10-12 hours and made a domestic flight from Yeisk to Anapa. On February 23, 2014 at about 1 p.m., the former president flew from Anapa to a military airport outside Simferopol (Crimea). In Crimea, he stayed until the night over February 24. Then he returned to Russia by a military vessel. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on May 4, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv started consideration of the case against Yanukovych accused of high treason. [Source: ukranews.com/en/news/497471-yanukovych-ex-presidential-administration-head-kliuev-carried-out-of-ukraine-on-russian-military] Editor’s note: Quemado Institute editor Karl Pomeroy posted the following comment under the above article: “Yes, and why were Ukrainians threatening the life of their president, so that he was forced to flee for his own safety? Why did Ukrainians not simply follow constitutional impeachment proceedings? If they had, there would have been no war in Donbass. Instead, Ukrainians acted violently. They bear 100% of the blame for the war.”

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Our First Humanitarian Visit To Donbass / Vostok Solidaridad Donbass / The humanitarian organizations Vostok Solidaridad Donbass from Spain and Vostok France-Solidarité Donbass from France commenced a joint humanitarian mission to Donbass during 9-10 May focusing on Donetsk and several nearby towns. Our impression when we first arrived in Donetsk was that we were in an absolutely normal city, just like any other place with over one million inhabitants, because there were open shops everywhere and people casually strolling around on the streets. Several kilometres away, however, the landscape was totally different, and we began to see damaged or destroyed buildings as well as barricades and security checkpoints. We didn’t have any time to get familiar with downtown Donetsk because we were busy preparing for our first mission to the frontlines roughly 50 kilometres away, which would take us to the little village of Zaitsevo, located right next to the city of Gorlovka. The first thing that we noticed once we got there were the incessant artillery attacks which we heard all the time and the signs which warned us not to step off of the road for fear of walking into a minefield. We must point out that we arrived at a very special time, since 9 May is celebrated as Victory Day in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries in this part of the world. They commemorate the end of the Second World War, which is a heartfelt memory for many of them because most people lost at least one relative at that time. In total, roughly 26 million Soviet citizens perished in the war, the largest amount for any European country by far. Following the local tradition, we paid a visit to the village elders who were old enough to have experienced that war first-hand, and unfortunately were once again reliving the same horrible scenario from their youth many decades ago. At first we expected that it would be a routine event – we’d gift them a flower, wish them a good day, and donate one thousand roubles – but we soon saw that the raw reality of war overcame . . . READ MORE>>

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Vienna, Austria (–Lyashko Yury/Rossa Primavera News)

Charity concert in support of LPR took place in Vienna / Essence of Time / May 17, 2017 / Parishioners of the Saint Nikolas Orthodox Cathedral in Vienna held a charity concert in favor of child and medical institutions of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the LPR Trade Union Federation press service reports. There were artists from Russia, Serbia, Georgia, and Slovakia among those who participated in the concert. A priest of Saint Nikolas Cathedral made a speech at the opening of the event. He called those who gathered to have peace in souls and eradicate all malice. Austrian activist Alfred Almeder from the Committee for Peace in Ukraine urged to support LPR. Parishioners of the Vienna Saint Nikolas Cathedral had already held three concerts in total and have raised more than thirty thousand euros for LPR needs from the beginning of 2015, the press service clarified. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
(Brief update)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/16/2017 / DONi News / May 16, 2017 / Over the past day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have significantly reduced the number of shelling on the Republic’s territory. 29 violations of the cease-fire regime were recorded, of which 19 violations were recorded in the Donetsk direction. From the units’ positions of the 72 separate mechanised brigade the enemy engages fire on Spartak locality, at that, it launched six 122 mm artillery and five tank shells, as well as 73 mortar rounds of different calibres. Mortar bombardment also targeted the localities of Zhabichevo and Yasinovataya, the enemy fired 16 rounds of 82 mm calibre when shelling these localities. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy’s use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk accords was recorded in the vicinity of Zaitsevo settlement, where mortar squadron of the 53 separate mechanised brigade fired at the settlement nine mortar rounds of 82 mm calibre. In addition, Ukrainian punishers over the past day used weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, various types of grenade launchers and small arms in all directions. According to our reconnaissance’s data, the enemy reduced the activity of bombardments on the territory . . . READ MORE>>

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 05/16/2017 / DONi News / May 16, 2017 / The situation in the LPR People’s Militia responsibility zone underwent no considerable changes and remains tense. Over the past day, the enemy committed four violations of the ceasefire. Our units’ positions in the vicinities of Sokolniki, Donetsky, Pervomaisk and Molodyozhnoye localities were bombarded. When attacking, the AFU applied mortars of 82mm calibre, automatic grenade launchers, and small arms. A total of 168 projectiles and shells were launched onto the Republic’s territory. The facts of selling arms and ammunition to civilians by units’ commanders have been detected in the course of the work of the commission, operating in the 14th separate mechanized brigade since May 13. The commander of this brigade is the war criminal Colonel Zhakun A.N., ‘famous’ for giving criminal orders for the application of heavy artillery and rocket systems against civilians and civil infrastructure. The Ukrainian command continues the build up of its forces and facilities near the contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, yesterday, in the vicinity of Severodonetsk locality, 125mm artillery shells and ammunition for small arms were received from a rocket and artillery warehouse, for the ammunition stockpile of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade to be replenished. The LPR People’s Militia does not relax vigilance and sets the Republic’s security as a priority. Units keep switching equipment to the summer operation period. We are aimed at a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbass and do not react to provocations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Poroshenko, Merkel (–Sputnik/Mikhail Palinchak

[Enemy report:] Poroshenko to hold consultations with G7 on situation in Donbas / Interfax Ukraine / May 16, 2017 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is going to hold consultations with the G7 leaders in the near future regarding the situation in Donbas. “We will not give them (Russia) any chance, we are resolutely carrying out reforms inside the country, and on the foreign arena I’m going to hold consultations with the leaders of the G7 sometime soon,” he said during a TV linkup from Malta on the ICTV channel. Poroshenko said he will begin these consultations with a visit to Germany on May 20, where he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Today she has met with the new president of France [Emmanuel] Macron and we will very carefully discuss the coordination of our actions. Telephone conversations and meetings with other leaders of the G7 are also scheduled,” Poroshenko said. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/421741.html]

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Part of the Imperial “Multi-Dimensional” Imperial Chess Has Been Systemic and Rather Massive Infiltration and Even Internal Nazification (and Not Just Monitoring) of the Left. In this Process Russian Oligarchy, Putinism and Its Cult Has Played a Role of an Important Pivot. One of the (intended) uses of Putinism and Putin’s cult was to make the left get screwed up by the (far) right and fall to/for it. / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politikos / May 12, 2017 / The Center for Syncretic Studies, Duginism, Neo-Nazis (and their Satanism), Fort Russ are part of the same psy-op, intel inter-connected and mutually supporting network. It’s part of the infiltration of the opposition and its Nazification from within. Needless to say, they are all also staunch Putinists and promoters of Putin’s cult and his “genius.” The question is then why would such right-wingers and shills be so invested in the creation of the Putin lie and deception? Neo-Nazis, crypto-fascists, informants, and Duginists have effectively led like pied pipers a motley procession of the Putinist party–the Unholy Witnesses of Putin’s personality cult largely made of Western lefties and “anti-imperialists.” Dugin himself and the network he represents is part of the program meant to Nazify both the Empire and the “resistance” against the Empire by re-branding and repackaging fascism. It is interesting to observe how fascists and various neo-Nazis(aided by Western spooks) are trying to climb to the sun on Putin’s shoulders. The Putinists have always been part of imperial deception and strategy. Whether knowingly or as dupes. The neo-Nazi Center for Syncretic Studies and its spreading network closely mimes the strategy set forth by the kindred “Order of Nine Angles” linked to the Neo-Nazi guru David Myatt (also MI-6), which requires that its members work undercover inside other political and social groups, read: systemic and massive infiltration: “Within the initiatory system of the ONA, there is an emphasis on practitioners adopting “insight roles” in which they work undercover among a politically extreme group for a period of six to eighteen months, thus gaining experience in something different from their normal life.[95] Among the ideological trends that the ONA suggests its members adopt “insight roles” within are anarchism, Neo-Nazism, and . . . READ MORE>> [A substantial and intriguing analysis]

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Monday, May 15, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/15/2017 / DONi News / May 15, 2017 / Over the last 24 hours, there were registered 48 occasions of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 25 of which were registered in the Donetsk direction. The localities of Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Dokuchayevsk, the airport area, the Kirovsky and the Petrovsky districts of Donetsk were hit by 218 120-mm and 82-mm artillery shells and over 700 munitions from hand and automatic grenade launchers, resulting in damage to one residential house in Donetsk on the street of Mamin-Sibiryak. 19 violations were recorded in the Mariupol direction. At that, the enemy launched on the localities of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoe, Oktyabr, Leninskoye, Dzerzhynsk and Sakhanka 13 mortar shells of various calibre. In addition, the enemy continues purposefully attacking the vital objects of the Republic, as a result of which the residents of Leninskoye settlement have once again been cut off electricity supply. At the moment, the supply of electricity from wind farms located in Bezymennoye locality and damaged by shelling of the Ukrainian side is restored. Four violations were recorded in the Gorlovka direction. Five 82 mm mortar shells, as well as 164 grenade launchers’ shots were fired at . . . READ MORE>>

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Integration of the Donetsk, and Lugansk People’s Republics, with Russia / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / May 15, 2017 / It’s been one of the big, if not the big question since the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics inception – what are their futures, and more specifically, their futures with Russia. Does Russia even want them, after all, officially, Russian doesn’t even recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. In this last week, was the clearest sign yet, that the futures of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic, and Russia, are intertwined. I went along with Patrick Lancaster to film that, here in Donetsk. Here, Patrick’s video, with English subtitles [Video at source]. Zakharchenko states that the Donetsk, and Lugansk People’s Republics have been integrating into Russia, the motherland, for 3 years already, and can only exist because of Russia’s help, and they see their futures together with Russia, the homeland. The event was the first Donbass meeting (2nd in total) of the recently formed ‘Donbass-Russia’ integration committee, which came about in Crimea after . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladislav Surkov (–Denis Grishkin/Moscow Times)

Reuters fake news frames Donetsk People’s Republic as ‘Kremlin puppet state’ / DONi News / May 15, 2017 / On May 11th the Donetsk People’s Republic celebrated its 3rd anniversary as an independent state with a massive parade and public events. On the same day, Reuters didn’t cover the events in Donbass, but without giving any credible sources, it framed the DPR and the LPR to be seen as “Kremlin ruled puppet states”. This new piece of anti-Russian propaganda is what actually should be seen as a good example of fake news in the western media. Reuters article is titled as “ex-rebel leaders detail role played by Putin aide in east Ukraine”. First of all, there is only one name in the article given as a source for several hostile claims and accusations, and secondly, the Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republic are located in the former east Ukraine. At the time when the Day of the Republic was being celebrated while this article was published just underlines the opposite situation that Ukraine has totally ceased to exist in Donbass. The narrative in the Reuters’s article is based on the claim that Putin’s aide for Ukrainian issues, Vladislav Surkov, is in charge of basically everything in  in the DPR and the LPR. Reuters claims that “three former rebel leaders say” this, and in other sentence, “five sources said” this, but then gives only one actual name to the public, Alexey Alexandrov, on whom they actually base their accusations on “Kremlin secretly running the show in Donbass”. So, the only actually interviewed person . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: There is quite a bit of evidence that Vladislav Surkov was a key player in politically strong-arming DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko into unilaterally withdrawing DPR forces from Shirokino and the entire contact line in July 2015. This action followed pressure by Angela Merkel on Vladimir Putin to “use his considerable influence” to get the Donbass militias to stop fighting  and supposedly abide by the Minsk Agreements. Although Russia is not a party to the agreements, Putin wanted to appear compliant, and sent Surkov to rein in Zakharchenko. As a result, DPR forces withdrew, only to invite further Ukrainian Army advance, while creating what are called “grey zones” where residents now have no DPR military protection. This unfortunate move by Surkov, Putin and Zakharchenko was viewed by many Novorossiya sympathizers, both foreign and local, as a betrayal. A few who spoke out against it were declared enemies of the DPR, and some pro-Novorossiya journalists and politicans were detained. Thus, Surkov played a role in limiting the DPR’s power at one point in its history. But Surkov never played a role in creating, promoting, or running the DPR. Some cynical Russian analysts nevertheless view this incident of betrayal as proof Surkov ran the show. Reuters’ version of events reflects this bitter cynicism, exacerbated by the Russophobic Western bias of the news agency’s owners, the Rothschilds.

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Stephen Lendman (–PressTV)

Ukraine: US-Installed Fascist Rule in Europe’s Heartland. Will Donetsk Rejoin Russia? / By Stephen Lendman / Global Research / May 15, 2017 / The Obama administration bears full responsibility for replacing democracy in Ukraine with an illegitimate Regime integrated by Nazi parties. The nation shares a near-1,500 mile land and sea border with Russia. Stop NATO’s Rick Rozoff earlier explained Ukraine is “the decisive linchpin in plans by the US and its NATO allies to effect a military cordon sanitaire, severing Russia from Europe” – a sinister plot perhaps intended as prelude to nuclear war. Under Kiev’s rule, Ukraine is a hotbed of militarized extremism, waging war on its own people, committing appalling human rights abuses – with full support and encouragement from Washington and key NATO countries. Since putschists usurped power in February 2014, around 2.8 million Ukrainians fled Donbass to escape conflict unleashed by Kiev, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Russian office. Around 1.5 million are internally displaced. Most others left for Russia where they now reside as refugees. On May 12, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) President Alexandr Zakharchenko told the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, “(w)e have one goal, the reunification with the motherland, and the motherland is Russia – and this is the ultimate goal of this committee.” “All the work is aimed only at one thing – homecoming.” Minsk is effectively dead because Kiev refuses to observe its principles. Instead it’s at war with the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Both may pursue integration with Russia. Over three years of conflict likely convinced most of their people. Their future lies with Moscow, not Kiev. If a referendum was held on reunification with the motherland, it’s hard imagining it wouldn’t pass overwhelmingly. Instead of continuing to beat the dead horse of Minsk with no success, integration with Russia seems the . . . READ MORE>> Quemado institute comments:  Zakharchenko has periodically said for at least two years that the DPR’s number one goal is to rejoin Russia. The alternate media is making a big deal of this right now, but it is really old news. Recall that the independence referendum of May 11, 2014 was originally to be followed by a referendum to join Russia. The second referendum was later called off.

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Pavlo Klimkin (Center)

Bankrupt Ukraine pays $400,000 to meet Trump at White House / By vladimir Rodzianko / The Duran / May 14, 2017 / In a rushed decision, the already cash strapped Ukrainian Government shelled out over $400,000 to have their foreign minister meet with Donald Trump. / There’s nothing extraordinary about foreign ministers or heads of state meeting with the US President – unless you are Ukrainian and there are traces of corruption. What the mainstream media didn’t even attempt to cover were the allegations brought to light by Ukrainian lawmaker of Andrii Artemenko, who wrote on his Facebook page that the already broke government in Kiev had paid $400,000 to lobbyists DC to organize a meeting between the Ukrainian delegation headed by Klimkin, and Donald Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence. According to the MP, the meeting between Klimkin and Trump was not planned and only lasted six minutes – just enough time to snap a few photos to use as propaganda back home. “A clumsy attempt on the part of [Ukrainian] Ambassador Chaly to hide the truth from the Ukrainian people, namely that $400,000 USD, which were stolen from the pockets of Ukrainian taxpayers, were paid to a well-known American lobbying firm to set up the meeting.” Here is Artemenko’s original post in Ukrainian, followed by an English translation . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk: DPR integrating with Russia – VIDEO
By Patric Lancaster – May 12, 2017

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/14/2017 / DONi News / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Over the past day, there were registered 61 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 42 of which occurred in the night time. In the Donetsk direction, there were registered 22 ceasefire violations. 160 mortar shells of various calibre and 511 munitions from portable and automatic grenade launchers were launched onto the areas of the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Vasilievka, Spartak, Signalnoye, Luganskoye, Dokuchayevsk, the former airport, the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk. . . . On the threshold of the meeting of the tripartite contact group on May 15, 2017 in Minsk, the Ukrainian military and political authorities once again showed that public promotion in Europe’s opinion was more important for them than civilians’ lives. Yesterday, Ukraine held a really brutal provocation, combined with stovepiping. The Right Sector’s artillery forces struck a blow at the residential districts of Avdeyevka, in which four Donbass residents were killed and one was wounded. The Armed Forces of our Republic are accused of this act of terrorism, the shelling having allegedly been carried out from Spartak locality. At that, representatives of the OSCE SMM, who arrived at the site, neither confirm the fire from this direction, nor report the actual direction of the shelling. Representation of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces in the JCCC have not confirmed the above-mentioned information either. It is stated that the DPR Armed Forces did not launch fire in the direction of Avdeyevka with application of reported weapons. After all, accusations of the shelling are based only on the false statement by the head of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration Zhebrivsky. Having thoroughly examined the photos and video materials shown by the Ukrainian media, we affirm that the blow was inflicted from the direction of Vodyanoye locality, which is under Ukraine’s control, and where, according to our reconnaissance, four tanks and two units of artillery mounts D-30 and self-propelled artillery mounts Akatsiya arrived just the day before yesterday. We have previously repeatedly noted the presence of ​​these weapons in this area. According to the scenario of this bloody drama, everything what happened in Avdeyevka was to have been recorded by media and presented to foreign guests and spectators of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev as atrocities committed by our Republic against civilians. The cancellation of Poroshenko’s visit to the contest due to the bombing . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Donetsk republic’s command says shelling on Avdeyevka is Kiev’s provocation / TASS / May 14, 2017 / The DPR operations command said that the 72nd brigade opens fire on the DPR position, whereas the Right Sector is shelling Avdeyevka and foreign media are recording. / DONETSK / The Kiev-controlled town of Avdeyevka has come under fire staged by the Ukrainian side so that the self-proclaimed Donetsk People‘s Republic (DPR) could be accused of derailing the Minsk accords, the DPR operations command said on Saturday. “It is another provocation ordered by the commander of the Donetsk operations and tactical group with involvement of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the Right Sector (a far right group banned in Russia), Ukraine’s National Guard along with foreign media outlets in the run-up to the Minsk talks,” the Donetsk news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying. The DPR explained how the provocation was staged. “The 72nd brigade opens fire on the DPR position, whereas the Right Sector is shelling Avdeyevka and foreign media are recording,” he said. Earlier, the press center of Ukraine’s military operation in Donbass said that four civilians were killed and one more wounded in the fire opened on Avdeyevka. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case under the article “Terrorist Attack.” President Pyotr Poroshenko canceled his visit to the Eurovision-2017 final that is underway in Kiev now. On March 29, members of the Contact Group seeking to find a peace solution in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement on a ceasefire as of April 1 at a meeting in Minsk. At the April 12 meeting, the parties reiterated their commitment to the Easter truce, which was to come into force at 10 am Moscow Time on April 13. Nevertheless, the shelling continues. Quemado Institute Editor’s Note: Novorossia Today reports today: “Ukrainian forces killed the entire family of 4 people in Donbass. A Ukrainian shell struck a house in Avdeevka where the entire family perished. It was reported in the morning that as a result of shelling by Kiev side four civilians were killed, and one more was wounded.

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Avdeevka Shelling: Who Did It? The Real Story / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Avdeevka is a town of around 35,000, pre-war population, held by Ukrainian forces, some 5km northwest of the city of Donetsk (city limits), held by DPR. Yesterday, Ukrainian, and pro-Ukrainian media started making a massive storm about it having been shelled ‘by separatist forces’, with 4 civilians killed. Just some sources here: [See source for links.] . . . On the evening of Eurovision, it generated mass attention, with Ukraine’s president Poroshenko loudly then announcing that he was cancelling his visit to the song contest final in Kiev, due to the shelling – which made international news. . . . The Donetsk People’s Republic responded today: “It is another provocation ordered by the commander of the Donetsk operations and tactical group with involvement of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the Right Sector (a far right group banned in Russia), Ukraine’s National Guard along with foreign media outlets in the run-up to the Minsk talks,” the Donetsk news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying. . . . Meanwhile, well-known blogger Colonel Cassad analysed the photos of the shelling, concluding that it had actually come from the Ukraine-held settlement of Vodyane, around 5km from Avdeevka. . . . There have been no recent DPR attempts to capture the town of Adveevka, nor any sign that that’s the case. So why would they, as Ukraine wants us to believe, arbitrarily decide to shell the settlement, with the predictable, and of course tragic, loss of life – 4 deaths reported? . . . Meanwhile, on the Ukraine side, it’s a different story. Poroshenko can take the moral high ground by not attending Eurovision, due to his loudly-announced ‘grief’. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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American Global Hawk conducts reconnaissance in Donbass / Vesti.ru / May 14, 2017 / Strategic Air Force UAV RQ-4A Global Hawk flew along the line of demarcation in the Donbass. According to Interfax, the UAVGH000 unmanned aerial vehicle flew from Sigonella airbase in Sicily. The reconnaissance flight passed at an altitude of 15.5 thousand meters and lasted 10 hours. During this time the drone flew from north to south along the line of demarcation between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. At times it approached a distance of 70-80 kilometers from the Russian border (in the Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov regions).

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LPR News Round-Up: Lugansk is sick of the OSCE / By the Editorial Board of The Cossack Herald for Fort Russ / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Victory Day in the Lugansk People’s Republic On May 9th, Colonel Yan Leshchenko, commander of a detachment of the People’s Militia of the LPR, led the festive military parade alongside the head of the Republic, Igor Plotnitsky. The head of the LPR recalled the contribution of the inhabitants of the Lugansk region to the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, 287 of whom became Heroes of the Soviet Union during the war. The parade was attended by approximately 1,200 military personnel and law enforcement officers of the LPR . . . . Also on Victory Day, motorcyclists from the Donbass Night Wolves motor club visited memorial places along the “Battle Road of the Fraternal Donbass.” The ride went from Lugansk to Alchevsk and Perevalsk, and then, having planned their route through the People’s Republic of Donetsk, they visited Debaltsevo, Enakievo, Donetsk, Makeyevka and Shakhtersk. The final point of the ride was the legendary Saur-Mogila, located in the mining district of the DPR. . . . Lugansk is sick of the OSCE: The Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, has accused the OSCE of destroying civilian’s homes. This was reported by the State broadcaster (GTRK) of the People’s Republic of Lugansk. According to Plotnitsky, as written in the OSCE’s mandate, this international organization is responsible for the safety and security of the lives of the civilian population, so he wants to demand that OSCE observers recompense destroyed homes in the so-called “gray zone.” According to the head of the LPR, there are about 300 people who have suffered from such a situation. “If they are not able to enforce their statutes, then what is the point of their presence on the territory of the Republic? If they cannot protect, they have to pay for destruction. In this case, we will also adhere to the OSCE Charter. If they do not perform their functions politically, then let them carry out their functions economically. Please, take our position to Minsk and convey to the OSCE our economic demand for compensation,” Vladislav Daney, the authorized representative of the Republic at the Minsk negotiations, was instructed by the LPR Head. Mass protests have taken place across the territory of the Republic during which thousands of LPR residents have repeatedly expressed their discontent with the actions (or more often, rather inactions) of the OSCE in regards to shelling by Ukrainian militants. The people of Lugansk have also spoken out . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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More casualties among civilians in Donbass as a result of Kiev aggression
Novorossia Today – May 14, 2017

‘The civil dweller off the southern village of the DPR Kominternovo died a hospital as he was wounded yesterday by the Ukrainian shelling’, DPR Defence Ministry reported. It was specified in a local administration that a young man of 25 years got head wound. The bullet wounded his eye and hurt brain. Wounded man was brought to the Novoazovsk hospital, however, doctors did not manage to save his life.

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LNR: Poroshenko lied when he said the reluctance of prisoners to return to the Donbass / WeapoNews / May 14, 2017 / The statement of the President of Ukraine about the fact that all held on the territory of Ukraine residents of the breakaway republics refused under verification to return home, is a lie, reports TASS statement of the head of the working group on exchange of prisoners of war of the Republic of Lugansk Olga Kobzeva. With his (Poroshenko) party this is another PR stunt and an attempt to give themselves importance to representatives of the war party, another attempt to raise its image in the eyes of militant representatives of Ukraine. All this once again shows the double standards of the Kiev authorities, said Kobzeva. According to her, earlier, the Kiev authorities were trying to slow down the verification process. Ukraine, MS (representative of Kiev in humanitarian subgroup Irina) Gerashchenko unilaterally changed the agreement on verification concluded at the group meeting in Minsk, voiced untrue statements on this topic, Kobzeva said. Recall, speaking at a press conference, Poroshenko said that all prisoners who are currently on Ukrainian territory refused to return to the DNI [DPR] and the LC [LPR]. “I authorized the verification of those under investigation and those not concluded at the serious articles in the Ukrainian prison,” the President said. “100% of those who gave Ukraine the opportunity to check the verification about the desire to return to the occupied Donetsk and Lugansk, 100% confirmed their reluctance”. The Agency explains that in this case, verification is a procedure during which prisoners are misleading, whether they wish to stay after the liberation on the territory of Ukraine or to return to the Donbass.

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Manuel Ochsenreiter, Director, German Center for Eurasian Studies (–Germancenter.net)

Europe has much to learn from Donbass – German journalist / DONi News / May 14, 2017 / Europe has much to learn from Donbass, said Manuel Ochsenreiter, director of the German Centre for Eurasian Studies, Editor-in-Chief of Zuerst magazine, at a meeting of the Russia-Donbass Committee in Donetsk. “I believe that the problem of international recognition of Donbass is important not only here, but throughout Europe. I was here in 2014, and in 2015, and I realized that there were three important principles. The first one is direct participation of the people, direct democracy. This is the principle that does not exist in Germany, as the government is experiencing a real fear of the people’s participation in these processes. The second principle is the one of sovereignty. My country is not sovereign. My country is the largest airport for US aircraft. The third principle is the desire of every person to participate in the process. It means struggle for the first two principles I’ve voiced. My country deploys its soldiers to different parts of the world for them to be involved in conflicts, but does not send them to their own borders. If these principles, of which I spoke, are even more enhanced, then Europe really needs to fear Donbass. And I would like to say that Germany should learn much from Donbass,” said Ochsenreiter.

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Motorola in Serbia – Full Video Reportage
By Graham Phillips – The Truth Speaker
Published May 14, 2017

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Trump and Lavrov in Washington DC, May 10, 2017

Opinion on Donbass reintegration / By Miquel Puertas / GonzoBlogger / May 14, 2017 / Today I met David Simpson at his apartment here in Donetsk and we analyzed the latest developments in Syria and Donbass. It’s pretty clear that everything is ready for integrating DNR/LNR into the Russian Federation. Lavrov met Donald Trump for dealing the removal of Assad in exchange for a sort of peace in Ukraine. This weekend a forum was organized here in Donetsk focused on the Donbass integration into Russia. People from around 15 countries attended the forum. Zakarchenko declared that his main goal is integrating Donetsk into the Russian Federation. The Russians may sacrifice Assad but maintaining the control of Syria under a new military leadership. And after organizing a referendum Donetsk and Lugansk may be integrated into Russia. People here in Donetsk speak about this scenario. Mostly the citizens here would like to join the Russian Federation and everything looks working in this direction. Quemado Institute comments: These are of course the opinions of Miquel Puertas, the Italian journalist visiting Donetsk. It’s doubtful Putin would “sacrifice” Assad in order to integrate Donbass into the RF. Trump doesn’t want Assad overthrown, he wants only to stop ISIS, and Putin remains dedicated to keeping Assad in place. Donbass will eventually reintigrate with Russia in any case. Still, it’s an interesting opinion. Note also that Zakharchenko has been saying for the last two years the ultimate goal is to join Russia. Recall too that the independence referendum of May 11, 2014 was originally to be followed by a referendum on joining Russia, which was cancelled.

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Donetsk Lugansk News Apr 25 – May 12 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/12/2017 / DONi News / May 12, 2017 / EXCERPTS: In the period from May 6 to May 12, in the large units and military units of the DPR People’s Militia, the main efforts were focused on preparing and holding the Victory Day Parade, conducting complex battle drill exercise of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving defensive skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 51 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery, tanks, mortars of various calibres, weapons of the IFV, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 331 occasions of the ceasefire regime violation and fired 2,122 projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. . . . On May 9, festivities dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War were held in the capital of our Republic. . . . But the enemy decided to overshadow this great day with another low act, using heavy artillery and tanks at the peaceful areas of Bezymennoye locality and the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk. The blow was dealt treacherously into the backs of peaceful citizens who were at a grand meeting in the central square of the village and lasted for an hour. In total during the shelling, the Ukrainian fascists fired more than 50 shells. . . . To attack with artillery, the Ukrainian side actively used unmanned aerial vehicles to adjust fire. The remains of one of them, shot down by our units during this bombardment, is presented to your attention. This is a Ukrainian-made unmanned aerial vehicle “Mara-2M”. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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May 11. Essence of Time unit situation report / Essence of Time / May 12, 2017 / Though the volume of Ukrainian side’s shelling is low, the situation remains tense along the whole contact line. The Ukrainian army is provoking combat on the northern borders of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, and in the village of Zhabichevo, as well as on the Mariupol direction. There is no information on the destruction of the houses and victims among the civilians. During May 10, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 37 times. The enemy opened fire on 13 villages and towns of the DPR. 2 houses on Rustaveli and Mirgorodskaya streets were damaged in the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk. In the Petrovsky district, one house on Chekhov street and the power lines in Narofominskaya and Amudaryanskaya streets were damaged. –Source: “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass [Click map to enlarge.]

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

Lugansk to hand over OSCE bomb case to world court / News Front / May 12, 2017 / After an investigation locally, officials are passing on the results to international bodies for further prosecution of Ukrainian Armed Forces members involved in the blast that killed an American OSCE monitor and injured two others. The evidence collected against the Ukrainian servicemen is planned to be used in international courts. So says the official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Andrei Marochko, [including] names of the commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who have been implicated in the attack upon the OSCE vehicle near Lugansk. At the present time, the basic evidence is being collected for the initiation of a number of criminal cases against Colonel Romigailo, Commander of the OGS Lugansk, Colonel Nechaev, Commander of the 8th Special Operations Regiment (commander of the 14th Brigade of Colonel Jacques) , The commander of the 53rd Brigade Colonel Vodolazsky, – said Marochko during a briefing held in Lugansk. According to the information of the People’s Militia, it was these three servicemen who ordered their subordinates to prepare and destroy the car of the OSCE mission, as a result of which one person was killed and two were injured. Marochko also said that these people led the shelling of civilians in the villages of Frunze, Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Veselogorovka and many other settlements. The representative of the department stressed that the entire collected evidence base against the Ukrainian officers will be used in international courts.

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House damaged by shelling, Kuibyshevsky District, Donetsk, May 10, 2017 (–Sergey Averin/Sputnik)

Fresh criminal cases started against Ukraine military over Donbass shelling – Russian investigators / Rt.com / May 12, 2017 / The Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against Ukrainian servicemen and officials responsible for indiscriminate use of artillery in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic that resulted in civilian casualties. A spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee (the federal agency dealing with especially important and resonance crimes) told reporters on Friday that the criminal case had been started into the artillery raids that took place in the villages of Yakovlevka, Yasinovataya and Dokuchayevsk, as well as in the Petrovsk district of the city of Donetsk between May 1 and May 5, 2017. “As a result of this shelling, one civilian was killed and four more, including a pregnant woman, were wounded. Criminal cases were started into the use of banned methods of warfare,” Svetlana Petrenko said in comments with Rossiiskaya Gazeta. She emphasized that the agency intended to prosecute not only the military servicemen who conducted the actual artillery raids, but also all officials who ordered them. Russian law allows the Investigative Committee and other agencies to launch cases into crimes committed on foreign soil if these crimes target Russian citizens or violate internationally-accepted human rights. Earlier the Investigative Committee initiated several cases against Ukrainian officials and military officers. In August 2016, it pressed charges of using banned methods of warfare in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, against the Ukrainian defense minister and several top military commanders. The agency stated that it had obtained sufficient proof that crimes against civilians in the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk had been committed on the orders of senior Ukrainian military commanders. In September, the Investigative Committee launched additional cases against Ukrainian military commanders over the attempted genocide of Russian-speakers in the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic. In late 2016, the agency also charged two senior officers of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry with attempted murder after establishing that their units had deliberately and repeatedly shelled Russian territory in 2014.

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Guests from 11 countries have arrived to Donetsk to participate in the celebration of the triennium of the Republic / Mianews.ru / May 12, 2017 / The official delegation of the Russian Federation, The People’s Republic of Lugansk, the Republic of South Ossetia, Republic of Abkhazia, as well as political and public figures from Germany, Greece, Italy, Serbia, France, Finland and the Czech Republic came this year to congratulate the Republic and take part in the celebrations. During the official visit the guests will meet with heads of Ministries and departments of the Republic and will take part in the festive celebrations and the meeting of the integration Committee “Donbass-Russia”. The Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the Republic of South Ossetia, as well as the Protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Donetsk People’s Republic were signed on the 11th of May, at the Republic Day. The signing by the Heads of the Republics of the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance is the beginning of a new stage of development of relations between our States. The agreement consists of articles covering all spheres of mutually beneficial cooperation: joint activities, exchange of experience in scientific, cultural and economic cooperation, joint efforts in legislative activities. Both signed today the documents are closely linked and are the basis for the establishment of bilateral relations in all spheres, and this is an important step in the establishment of the DPR and the acquisition of international legal personality. “The signing of the Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations not only completes the process of mutual recognition and regulate in the near future the exchange of diplomatic missions at the Embassy level, but will work more closely at the level of ministries of foreign Affairs of the Republics to better protect the rights of our citizens. Today’s event is another proof that our Republics are firmly committed to the principles of democracy and compliance with international norms and standards,” said Natalia Nikonorova after signing the documents.

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko surprise: We have one goal – to reunite with Russia / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / May 12, 2017 / Today Zakharchenko said something quite surprising at a meeting of the Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass”. “We have one goal – the reunification with the motherland, and the motherland is Russia – and that is the ultimate goal of this committee, all the work is aimed only at one thing – Homecoming.” This was reported in the Russian info-sphere. At first glance, this sounds pretty obvious. After all, in the course of this three year conflict, with thousands of civilians killed, millions internally displaced, and tens of thousands of military casualties, what else has motivated the so-called ‘rebels’? It wasn’t for nothing that the Lugansk and Donetsk declared people’s republics, separate from Ukraine. What’s surprising then is that this flies in the face of the Minsk Agreement – in which several steps are to be fulfilled. The Kiev junta has to date failed to make good on the substantive parts of this. In fact, at the Rada, numerous officials have declared that they have no intention in seeing this through. Yet, the agreement itself was made into a UN security council resolution, which passed. Kiev was to make proposed changes to the constitution, create a decentralized system which in layman’s terms can be called a ‘federal system’ (even if the name of Ukraine doesn’t change). Interestingly here is that these were to recognize the special status of Donetsk and Lugansk And these changes in turn were to be brought to the existing authorities – that’s right, the leaders of . . . READ MORE>>

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Politicians from Russia and Donbass meet in Donetsk to discuss further integration / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / May 12, 2017 / Speeding up the integration process is essential for peace and prosperity. / An historic meeting has taken place in Donetsk, wherein leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic and representatives of the Russian State Duma and Federation Council have meet to discuss further steps to help integrate the Donbass republics with the institutions of the Russian Federation. The meeting took place between Donetsk head Alexander Zakharchenko, deputy chairmen of the Donetsk People’s Republic Ministers’ Council Alexander Drobot, Russian State Duma deputy Andrey Kozenko for the United Russia party,Russian Federation Council member Sergey Tsekov as well as other politicians and journalists. Russia all ready accepts legal documents including passports and professional qualification issued in The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and to that end, citizens of the Donbass republics can now open bank accounts in Russia as well as live and work in Russia so long as they hold a passport from Donetsk or Lugansk. Historical considerations and present realities would dictate that the ultimate goal is full integration of the Donbass republics into the Russian Federation. It is indeed possible for the two republics to live as independent peaceful states, but the more practical economic and cultural reality is for Donetsk and Lugansk to become members of the Russian Federation. There is no real chance that these republics could ever be part of even a federated Ukraine. Too much blood has been spilt and too many resources from Kiev have been cut off for any sort of reconciliation to be possible. The fascist Kiev regime does not act as though it even wants Donetsk and Lugansk any longer. The continued war of aggression by Kiev against Donbass appears to be more of an exercise designed to keep western money flowing into Kiev than it would appear to be any attempt to actually ‘take back’ areas where mutual hatred has all but solidified. Furthermore, the Republics are now more or less self-sufficient entities and when it comes to the importation of essential supplies, including medicines; this comes from Russia. The inaugural meeting between politicians from Donbass and the Russian Federation took place in Russia, in March of this year. This second meeting focused on key areas including, “restoring economic ties between Donbass and Russia, humanitarian and cultural integration of Donbass and Russia, best integration practices of interaction between the Donbass and Russia’s community and International support of Donbass”. It is hopeful that today’s meeting with help speed up a process that will be in the best interests of both the people of Donbass as well as the wider Russian world of which Donbass has always been a part.

 

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President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov (–Eadaily)

Meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee held in Donetsk / Novorossia Today / May 12, 2017 / President of the Republic of South Ossetia-State of Alania Anatoly Bibilov talked to participants in the meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, a correspondent of the official website of the DPR is reporting from the scene. In his speech, the RSO President thanked Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko for the invitation, emphasizing the highest level of the celebrations, and wished citizens of the Republic success, progress, prosperity and the fastest recognition. “The economic and cultural integration has already begun. And I think it will be mutually beneficial to everyone. Moreover, relations between Russia and Donbass have been lasting since the Soviet times, and now they have reached a new level. Donbass cannot fail to use this opportunity, it is indispensable,” Anatoly Bibilov said.

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Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza

Issue of DPR, LPR recognition to be raised in European Parliament / DONi News / May 12, 2017 / MEP from Italy, Eleonora Forenza, will raise the issue of the DPR and the LPR status in the country’s parliament and the European Parliament (EP), the Izvestia newspaper reports. “It’s very embarrassing that the EU supports the Kiev regime. That’s why I have already signed a petition to demand that the Italian government officially recognizes the republics. And I will discuss in the European Parliament a petition calling for an end to the support of the Poroshenko government and the recognition of the DPR and the LPR. Soon, a meeting will be organized in the EP, to which representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk will be invited. The goal is to consider this problem at the international level and show how a simple people bravely waged a struggle for their freedom, fighting today’s fascism. I made a commitment to many people from Donbass. And I’m intended to keep my word,” Eleonora Forenza stated. She added that during her visit to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, she “did not meet a single terrorist who occupied another’s land, but only saw how ordinary people protect their own territories.”

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Dusko Markovic (–kurir.rs)

Traitors: Montenegro To Become Member Of Terrorist Organization NATO June 5th / Novorossia Today / May 12, 2017 / Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said after talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Montenegro will formally become a member of NATO on June 5, reported RTCG. This was an opportunity to open up all the questions of our bilateral relations, but also those concerning the Western Balkans, the European Union and the world,” said Markovic. Markovic said that Montenegro “used 15 years of peace and stability in the best way” adding that his country will most likely formally become a member of NATO on June 5. He said that the Montenegrin-US relations have a satisfactory pace, which was especially shown in rapid ratification of the Protocol on the Accession of Montenegro to NATO. “We talked about issues relating to peace and stability in the Balkans, as a condition for Euro-Atlantic perspective, in circumstances where worrying trends tend to happen, when we have more instability. We agreed that it is primarily the responsibility of the Balkan leaders to find solutions themselves for the vision of the Balkans, which will be European and Euro-Atlantic,” said Montenegrin Prime Minister. Montenegrin Parliament unanimously adopted the Law on Ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty on April 28, which provides the conditions for Montenegro’s accession to NATO. The move was followed by protests by NATO opponents who demanded a referendum on the issue.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
(Brief update)

Republic Day Procession brings together 50,000 people in Donetsk city-centre / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / A festive multi-thousand march on the occasion of the third anniversary of the founding of the Donetsk People’s Republic began today in Donetsk. About 50 thousand people from all the DPR cities and districts are participating in the action. The march started from Lenin Square in central Donetsk. It will proceed along Artyoma Street to the republic’s Olympic Sport Centre where a concert is planned featuring Russian celebrities. Some 100 Night Wolves Club bikers and the wind band of the city’s Philharmonic Society are leading the march. It is followed by a column headed by the acting Donetsk administration head Alexey Kulemzin, delegations from the DPR towns and districts, and activists of the Donetsk Republic and Young Republic public organisations. The participants are carrying the DPR flags and flowers. The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko, People’s Council chairman Denis Pushilin and guests from Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia and LPR are on the platform in Lenin Square greeting the marchers. [See photo gallery and video at source.]

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Alexander Zakharchenko congratulates DPR residents on Republic Day / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the Day of the Donetsk People’s Republic! Exactly three years ago, on May 11, 2014, the people of Donbass unanimously made their choice and voted for independence, freedom and justice at the Referendum. During this short period, we have managed to achieve very much, to accomplish almost the impossible. We have built the state and managed to defend it from the external aggression. Our people are confidently looking to the future. State bodies are developed; the legal framework is improved. Our economy comes into its own. This year a number of enterprises located in the territory of the Republic have passed under the legal field of the DPR. Now they return to the ranks one by one. Recently we launched the Khartsyzk Steel Wire Rope Works Silur, before that, the Donetsk Electrical Engineering Plant started its work. The metallurgy industry is reviving, coke and chemical enterprises are being prepared for launch. We continue to develop the coal mining industry, open new longwalls, and upgrade equipment. The agro-industrial complex does not lag behind. The first Republic’s orchards have already been planted. Greenhouses have been built, on the shelves of our . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass referendum, 11 May 2014
On 11 May 2014 this was how the people of Donbass stood up against the
American-instigated coup d’état and denounced the Kiev putsch regime. Never forget.
Varyagi

May 11, 2014 Donbass Referendum

May 11, 2014 Donbass Referendum

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Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko, May 11, 2017, Donetsk

DPR Head: Donbass chose freedom, independence, justice / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / On Thursday, May 11, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko held an official meeting with representatives of foreign delegations who arrived in Donetsk on the occasion of Republic Day. The meeting was attended by guests from the Russian Federation, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Abkhazia, representatives of the Crimea, and a delegation of the Lugansk People’s Republic. The President of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Anatoly Bibilov, was among those invited. The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko cordially welcomed foreign guests. “Dear friends. I am glad to welcome you all to the Donetsk People’s Republic. Today, our state, our people have a big holiday. Three years ago today the inhabitants of Donbass came to the nationwide referendum and made their choice. All of us have chosen freedom, independence, justice, and life in good conscience. I am grateful to you for sharing these holidays with us. But I am even more grateful to you and the inhabitants of the states you represent for your help in those days when our young Republic was under the most challenging conditions. You rendered us assistance when Ukraine introduced the economic blockade of our territories, it was humanitarian aid, assistance in building public institutions, in building the economy. These days, we still experience daily support. I hope that in the future our friendly and partnering relations will only grow stronger. We share a deep bond and huge prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation are lying ahead. Thank you for your support and responding to the aspirations of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said the Head of the DPR. After a welcoming meeting, the signing ceremony for the international “Treaty of Amity and Co-operation between the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania” was held. The heads of states – Alexander Zakharchenko and Anatoly Bibilov – signed the contract on the treaty. —Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko Official; translation by DONi News Agency

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Friends of the Donetsk People’s Republic / Dnr-online.ru / May 11, 2017 / Today, on May 11, Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko met with official delegations from friendly countries that arrived in Donetsk to participate in the celebration of the Republic’s Day, according to a correspondent of the official website of the DPR. Among the guests of honor: — President of the Republic of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov; — Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic Vladislav Deynego; — members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Olga Kovitidi, Sergei Tsekov and Sergei Mamedov; — deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Kazbek Taisaev and Andrei Kozenko; — Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Kove. The arrival of the honorary guests was accompanied with national anthems performed by the wind orchestra of the Donetsk Music College named after Sergei Prokofiev.

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Graham Phillips in Donbass, LPR Frontlines
What Victory Day Means to the Militia
Published May 11, 2017 – Filmed May 8, 2017

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Lugansk People’s Republic marks 3rd anniversary / Lugansk Media Center / May 11, 2017 / The Lugansk People’s Republic marked its third anniversary in a solemn ceremony on Lugansk World War II Heroes Square on Thursday. LPR and Lugansk administration officials, youth organisations activists and city residents attended the event. The LPR flag was hoisted by “Dobrovolets” (Volunteer) Basic Military Training Club cadets Olga Rogovets and Igor Golovochev. The wind band of the Matusovskiy Lugansk State Culture and Arts Academy played the LPR hymn. “The third anniversary of the Lugansk People’s Republic shows that we have been gaining our state sufficiency slowly but surely. These free years demonstrate that the Republic has succeeded as a state,” LPR Council of Ministers acting Deputy Chairman Alexander Drobot said. “We already can talk with confidence about our agricultural and food security; our economy is becoming stronger. That the contact line is within a stone cast from Lugansk is a major hindrance, but LPR People’s Militia and all necessary services work towards ensuring a comfortable existence of our Republic. “The process to establish (the Republic – eds Lugansk Media Centre) was rather difficult but we’re passing it steadily. The republic has succeeded, it moves on steadily, as it shown by our state symbols, our coat-of-arms, hymn and flag which are symbols of an independent state,” LPR Culture, Sports and Youth Minister Oksana Kokotkina said. Three years ago, on 11 May 2014, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and the territories controlled by Kiev forces held a referendum on LPR and DPR self-determination. Voter turnout in Lugansk Region made up 81 percent and in Donetsk Region 75 percent. LPR and DPR independence was supported by 96.2 percent and 89.7 percent of voters, respectively. The Republics proclaimed their state sovereignty on 12 May 2014. LPR marks Republic Day on 12 May. It is a non-working holiday established by LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy’s decree.

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After Miraculously Surviving under Fire in Donetsk, Crimean Woman Chastises OSCE Staff / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 10, 2017 / Valentina Borisovna arrived in Donetsk from Crimea the other day to take her grandson for a vacation. She spent the whole of last night covering her grandson with her body during the shelling of the Kuibyshev district. An agitated and frightened woman, leaving the house, met the OSCE staff and expressed to them everything she thinks about the work of the mission in the Donbass. “I wish you exactly the same! For your children in your countries to have experienced the same as my grandchildren! You bastards!” the woman screamed. On a brief note from the mission’s representative, “The bastards are the ones who shoot,” she replied: “And who shoots? Do you think the DPR shoots? The one who shoots is Ukraine, and you defend it! Ukraine is led by the bandit Poroshenko! I do not see your work, I do not see it at all!” she snapped. A second OSCE official approached and tried to say something. “I have not seen your work for the third year already! You understand that this is the cry of the soul! My children live here, grandchildren,” the woman told him. She also added that she recently came from Crimea to take her grandson to rest on the peninsula. In addition, she reminded the mission staff that Crimea is not Ukraine. “Remember, Crimea has never been Ukraine! Let Ukraine forget about the Crimea!” summed up the agitated woman. When journalists came up to ask her to comment on the situation, she took a breath and told that she was most afraid for her children and her grandson. “My daughter lives here. I came for my grandson to take him to rest in Crimea and today I slept under this shelling. I shielded my grandson. I thought, I will perish, but at least I will save my grandson. And these, –points in the direction of the OSCE– they just come to ‘observe’. My heart bleeds, for three years no one can stop this horror.” Recall that today, two civilians were injured during the shelling of Donetsk. [Click image above for video.]

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Family of 7 home hit by shelling in Donetsk
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster – May 11, 2017

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In the night a family with 3 children home was hit by Ukraine shelling.
The baby was just 3 meters from the explosion. They need our help.

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Alexander Hug (–Dan-news.info)

[Enemy report:] Hug says OSCE patrols to travel only on surfaced roads after vehicle blast incident / Interfax-Ukraine / May 11, 2017 / DONETSK / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrols will travel only on concrete roads due to the blast of a mission’s vehicle on April 23, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug told reporters. First and foremost, the April 23 incident is not an accident, Hug said at a press conference. He said that the mission patrol vehicle had triggered a piece of munitions, most apparently a mine, which is an indiscriminate-action weapon. The OSCE is currently conducting its own inquiry, he also said, elaborating that the OSCE Secretariat, rather than the SMM is carrying it out. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Sebastian Kurz tasked the secretary with undertaking an external examination, he said. This experiment continues, the mission will continue fulfilling its mandate, but with certain limitations, Hug said. These limitations will most likely be in effect, unless the OSCE sees that the sides have undertaken certain actions, he said. The patrolling is currently being conducted only on concrete, surfaced roads, the OSCE SMM deputy chief monitor said. He said that extra measures had also been contemplated and they would be put into practice, if necessary. An OSCE SMM vehicle blew up presumably on a mine that killed an employee of the mission and injured two others in the vicinity of the Pryshyb populated locality in the Luhansk region outside Kyiv’s control in the morning on April 23. [Source: kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/hug-says-osce-patrols-travel-surfaced-roads-vehicle-blast-incident.html] Quemado Institute comments: It may be significant that the investigation will not be carried out by the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), who best know the local situation. In fact, Hug was quoted last week saying that he “knew who the mine layers were, told them not to do it, and they did it anyway.” The higher officials of the OSCE are heavily biased against Donbass, and are more likely to produce false findings, much like the Dutch Safety Board in the MH17 investigation. Another point that is interesting: Hug now says the OSCE will only drive on paved roads. The DPR and LPR have been urging them for a long time to use paved roads for their own safety, only to be accused of “refusing access”. Joseph Stone, the American OSCE monitor, was killed while traveling on a rough dirt track the LPR leadership had warned the OSCE not to use. These remote roads are hazardous due to Ukrainian shelling and sabotage operations.

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Dmitry Peskov (–Vladimir Astapkovich/Host Photo Agency)

Kremlin Sees ‘No Place for Free Interpretations of Minsk Agreements’ on Ukraine / Sputnik / May 11, 2017 / The Kremlin spokesman said there was no place for additional interpretations of the Minsk deal on Ukraine. / MOSCOW / The Minsk agreements on Ukraine are very laconic, they do not provide for additional interpretations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. “There is no place for free interpretations of the text of the Minsk agreements. This is a rather laconic and short text,” Peskov told reporters. The Kremlin spokesman stressed that Russia was not one of the parties to the Minsk agreements, but a guarantor state, alongside France and Germany. “It is written very clearly in the agreements themselves who should meet what requirements,” Peskov said. [… More general background at source.] Quemado Institute Editor’s note: On the question of whether Russia “is a party to” the Minsk Agreements, the document dictates withdrawal from the contact line of “Ukrainian troops,” and “armed formations of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.” It also lists requirements for the Ukrainian Government, the OSCE, and the Trilateral Contact Group. The document does not mention Russia. One clause of the document dictates: “Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under OSCE supervision.” This clause certainly includes foreign mercenaries fighting on the side of Ukraine, such as NATO troops. Depending on how one interprets the word “formations”, it might also include foreign volunteers in Donbass, of which many are Russian. Thus both sides appear to be violating this requirement. This is the only clause which could be construed to indirectly involve Russia. However the United States, Poland, and other countries whose troops fight for Kiev are similarly involved, and they are not called “parties to the agreement.” Another point of confusion is that the document was signed by representatives of Ukraine, the DPR, the LPR, the OSCE, but also by Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov. Zurabov’s signature, however, should be considered a mere endorsement, since Russia has no obligations under the accords.

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Trump, Lavrov (–Alexander Shcherbak/TASS)

Trump and Lavrov meeting round-up / TASS / May 10, 2017 / The meeting of US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lasted for about 40 minutes / WASHINGTON / Before meeting with Donald Trump, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the US top diplomat Rex Tillerson. Lavrov’s talks with the US president lasted for about 40 minutes behind closed doors. Russia-US relations: Moscow and Washington can and should solve global issues together, Lavrov said following his meetings with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US President Donald Trump. “I had a bilateral meeting with Rex Tillerson, then the two of us were received by President Trump,” the Russian top diplomat said. “We discussed, first and foremost, our cooperation on the international stage.” “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the president himself and the secretary of state, are people of action who are willing to negotiate,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out. Lavrov said agreement reached with Tillerson to continue using diplomatic channel to discuss Russian-US relations. According to Lavrov, the current state of bilateral relations is no cause for joy. “The reason why our relations deteriorated to this state is no secret,” the Russian top diplomat added. “Unfortunately, the previous (US) administration did everything possible to undermine the basis of our relations so now we have to start from a very low level.” “President Trump has clarified his interest in building mutually beneficial and practical relations, as well as in solving issues,” Lavrov pointed out. “This is very important,” he said. Seizure of Russia’s diplomatic property in the United States is illegitimate and Washington realizes this, Lavrov said. “It is a specific issue,” he said adding the US “does not deny it is ours.” Besides, everyone realizes that “those actions were illegitimate,” Lavrov added. De-escalation zones in Syria: Lavrov believes Syria has areas where US might contribute to operation of de-escalation zones. “We are ready for this cooperation and today have discussed in detail the steps and mechanisms which we can manage together,” Lavrov said. “We have confirmed our interest in the US’ most active role in those issues,” Lavrov said. “I imagine the Americans are interested in this too.” “We proceed from the fact they will take up the initiative,” he added. “We have thoroughly discussed the Syrian issue, particularly the ideas . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk. Walking around Pushkin boulevard with Chris,
A trade-unionist from London (VIDEO).
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Published May 10, 2017

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Beautiful Donetsk, peaceful and relaxed despite the war.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/10/2017 / DONi News / May 10, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the localities of the Republic along the whole contact line. Since yesterday morning by shelling the locality of Bezymennoye with the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements the enemy extended the shelling zone during the whole day, aimed at disrupting celebration of the anniversary of the Great Victory in the Republic what was 61 violations of the ceasefire regime. In the Gorlovka direction 14 violations were registered. . . . Also, the enemy shelled the localities of ZAITSEVO, ZHELEZNAYA BALKA, MIKHAILOVKA and GORLOVKA with IFVs, armored vehicles, different types of grenade launchers and small arms. 26 violations were registered in the Donetsk direction. . . . A residential house on Spartak Street, in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk City was damaged by a projectile direct hit on the part of the Ukrainian terrorists where Khlopova Anna Nikolayevna born in 1990 and her eight-years-old daughter Anastasiya were wounded. . . . In the Mariupol direction 21 violations were registered. The enemy launched 25 projectiles of 122mm and 152mm caliber, made 22 tank-shots and launched 77 mortar-shells of 82mm and 120mm caliber on the territories of the localities of Belaya Kamenka, Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Dzerzhynskoye, Sakhanka, Oktyabr and Bezymennoye. Besides, seven residential houses were damaged in the locality of Bezymennoye. Losses of the DPR Armed Forces amounted to one dead and one wounded. Giving criminal orders to shell residential areas of our Republic the fascist military-political leadership of Ukraine attempted to disrupt celebration of the bright holiday of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War by us. . . . It is just few of the military criminals who are guilty of victims among civilians, destruction of the residential area in the locality of Bezymennoye in the south of the Republic. It is those Judases selling the lives of ordinary people to receive extra 1,000 UAH. We can see that for the participants of the “ATO” – this conflict is not the war of Nazi-patriots, as Kiev says, for “the integrity of Ukraine” but is an ordinary shooting ground with a prize – money. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency. READ FULL REPORT>>

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Essence of Time unit report for May 9 / Essence of Time / May 10, 2017 / On the day of the celebration of the Great Victory, the situation was tense along the whole front line. The Ukrainian army shelled a village in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic (the DPR) while the festive events were held there. Between 9.35 and 10.25 AM, during the official rally, the Ukrainian artillery started to shell the village of Bezymennoye in the Novoazovsky district of the DPR. 3 civilians were wounded, 5 houses on Pushkin and Druzhby streets were damaged. The enemy fired 70 shells with 152mm and 122mm mortars. Fire came from the positions of the 36th Independent Marines brigade of the Ukrainian army and the “Azov” neo-Nazi battalion. During May 9, the Ukrainian army was provoking trench combat near the villages of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka, north of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, north of Donetsk, near Dokuchaevsk, and on the Mariupol directions. On May 8, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 50 times. The Ukrainian side shelled 13 villages and towns of the DPR. A 67 years old woman was injured in the village of Zaytsevo, north of Gorlovka. One house was damaged in the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk; another one was damaged in the village of Trudovskiye in the west of the capital. Also, one house was damaged in Dokuchaevsk. —Source: “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass

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Donetsk May 9 – Rainy Victory Day parade (VIDEO)
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May 9, 2017. Rainy Victory Day against nazi-fascism. Parade and demonstration. Artioma avenue. Donetsk People’s Republic. Video 2. The citizens of Donbass when they participate in parades like to shout “hurra” “hooray”…that is coming from the Tartars and it means “encircle” or “surround”. From the Tartar the word made is way to Slavic languages and later to the Germanic languages. The Romanic languages use the expression “Viva” “Vive…” “Visca…”

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DPR President Zakharchenko Message Of Congratulations on Victory Day / Novorossia Today / May 10, 2017 / Dear fellow countrymen, the inhabitants of the glorious Donbass! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory! For many decades, May 9 is the most holy holiday for all of us. On this day our fathers and grandfathers finally broke the back of the Nazis. It is a symbol of true courage and military glory, devotion and love for the Motherland, the triumph of a great and invincible people. The enemy was strong, but solidarity and unconditional readiness for self-sacrifice day after day, battle after battle, brought our ancestors closer to the cherished goal. Today, we bow our heads to the commanders who led the armies to attack, ordinary soldiers whose courage did not know examples in history, the people who gave everything for the sake of the Victory and our freedom. We remember the fallen and honor our dear veterans. Thank you, dear, for our life! In many ways, the people of Donbass have been fighting for the right to celebrate May 9 for three years. We stand for the participants of the Great Patriotic War to wear their medals and banners without fear and with pride. For our children to honor the true heroes, and those who are no longer with us to walk in the column of the Immortal Regiment. The strength and courage in the battles for these values is given to us by the memory of the Great Victory of 1945. It is the duty of our generation not to let erasing from history the colossal importance of the heroism of every Soviet soldier. Dear compatriots, on this great day, I wish you steadfastness and courage for any accomplishments. Let your families always have love, understanding and care. Peace to the Republic and Victory! –Alexander Zakharchenko

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Amnesty International disapproves Ukrainian arrests for Soviet symbols’ demonstration / DONi News / May 10, 2017 / The organization on human rights, Amnesty International, strongly disapproved arrests of peaceful demonstrators, that took place during the celebration on May 9 in Ukraine, claiming that the government is to “provide the freedom of speech as well as freedom of peaceful meetings for all the citizens,” says the text of the statement, placed on the site of the organization’s Ukrainian department. “The prohibition of the symbols, connected with the communist party and Soviet past is nothing more than violation of the right to freedom of expression, and the arrest of the peaceful demonstrators is a step towards freedom of speech limiting and peaceful meetings restriction on the part of the Ukrainian government,” believed in Amnesty International. The rights defenders demanded to release all the prisoners. “We also demand the effective and impartial investigation of all the violence cases, that took place during the demonstration,” underlined the organization’s representative. On May 9, dozens of citizens were arrested in a number of Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Dnieper (former Dnepropetrovsk), for communist symbols distribution. There were also clashes with radicals in Dnieper, which resulted in eight festive events’ participants being wounded. On the eve of the Victory Day, the national police reported that the citizen of Odessa might be sentenced to five years in prison for Soviet symbols demonstration.

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Alexander Hug (–OSCE SMM)

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to hold press-briefing in Donetsk today. / OSCE SMM on Facebook / May 10, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Alexander Hug will hold a press-briefing today on the recent Mission’s activities and the general security situation. Journalists are invited to attend the press briefing today, 10 May, at 18:30 (Kyiv time), in the Park INN hotel at 4, Pushkina blvd., Donetsk. Live online streaming of the news briefing will be available at https://www.facebook.com/oscesmm/. For further details please contact: Mariia Aleksevych: +380 50 381 51 92 (+380 93 691 67 90); e-mail mariia.aleksevych@osce.org; smm-media@osce.org Any possible changes in timings/places will be communicated via social media (@OSCE_SMM, http://www.facebook.com/oscesmm).

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May 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Heroes of Donbass, Novorossiya

Bednov, Mozgovoy, Dremov, Motorola, Givi

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Monday, May 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Ruins of Saur Grave memorial (–Sputnik/Valeriy Melnikov)

Two Roadside Bombs Explode in DPR Before Leader’s Motorcade Passage / Sputnik / May 8, 2017 / Two roadside bombs exploded Monday near a DPR memorial complex shortly before DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko’s motorcade was supposed to drive through, Sputnik correspondent reported. / SHAKHTARSK / A total of two roadside bombs exploded Monday near a memorial complex in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) shortly before DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko’s motorcade was supposed to drive through, Sputnik correspondent reported. The explosions occurred on the only road to the memorial complex a few minutes before cars with journalists were supposed to use it while Zakharchenko was to follow this same road. The complex is expected to host the events dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. No victims have been reported. The section of the road is sealed off. A member of Zakharchenko administration told reporters that the official version of the bombing was a terrorist attack. “The official version of the explosion is a terrorist attack,” the member said. Following the explosion a situation room has been set up, a law enforcement official told reporters.

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Fragment of memorial on Saur grave (–TASS/Nikolay Muraviev)

Two Explosions in Donetsk People’s Republic on Eve of Victory Day Celebrations / Interfax.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 8, 2017 / One of the explosions occurred near the memorial “Saur-Grave”, where Alexander Zakharchenko was due to arrive. / MOSCOW / Two explosions occurred on the highway in the Shakhtar district of the Donetsk region, where the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko was heading. There are no casualties, the Interfax correspondent reports from the scene on Monday. The memorial complex “Saur Mogila” planned to hold a commemorative event for Victory Day with the participation of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The track is temporarily blocked. Transport is allowed to detour. Meanwhile, a representative of one of the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters that an operational headquarters for the explosions on the route near Saur-Mogila memorial was established in Dnepropetrovsk. “According to the current situation connected with the explosions on the highway at the Saur-Mohyla, an operational headquarters has been set up, including the DPR Ministry of the Interior, the MGB and the DPR Ministry for Emergency Situations. At the moment, they are studying the place of the explosion, determining the type of ammunition that exploded, he said. He added that the representatives of the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations are studying the territory around the Saur-grave memorial complex for the presence of possible bookmarks or explosives.

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Zakharchenko accuses Ukraine of organizing explosions near ‘Saur-Mogila’ / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), has shown the element of the explosive device which was brought into action near the memorial complex ‘Saur-Mogila’ in the morning. “Ukraine gave us ‘a present’. Six explosive devices operated, one was de-mined, two didn’t explode,” pointed out the Head of State. It should be noted that today, explosions thundered on the way towards ‘Saur-Mogila’. The Head’s administration reported that the incident had been prepared by the Ukrainian side aimed at frightening [terrorism]. It became known then that landmines were applied in the explosion when the combat engineer units inspecting the territory found several more explosive objects.

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Zakharchenko: Ukraine behind explosions near ‘Saur Mogila’ [VIDEO] / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Several explosions, roadside explosives placed in the road to Donetsk national holiday event. Transcript from the comments, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko on Monday in the Saur Mogila. Video by Katya Katerina. Zakharchenko: I would like to congratulate all of you on the upcoming May 9. It’s a great day for all of us; it is the day of our victory, of our freedom, so my congratulations. Do you have any questions? – Alexander Vladimirovich, what is that in your hands? Zakharchenko: These are presents for the May 9 that we were given today. 6 explosives detonated, those were filled with these things, one we managed to neutralize and two more failed to explode. – I believe the Republic expected that Kiev would act that way? Zakharchenko: Yes, and we are ready for such things every day. But, hopefully, soon we won’t have to wait for such things to happen, the victory will be ours. – Have you tightened security for tomorrow? Zakharchenko: I have. Of course we tightened security for tomorrow, more questions? – And at what time did it happen? Zakharchenko: Five hours ago, just before the curve of the road on the way here. – Alexander Vladimirovich, there are talks on Facebook that some unknown weapon was applied against the Ukrainian army in Gorlovka, is that true? Zakharchenko: Well, you know that we met aliens in 2014 and they gave us their technologies. Let the Facebook talk, it is ridiculous. – Thank you. Zakharchenko: Thank you, my congratulations once again. [Quemado Institute laments: A Victory Day celebration is not worth risking the life of Donetsk’s honorable leader.]

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Azov Battalion members (–Azov Battalion Vkontakte page)

Basurin: Kiev Gives Order to “Clean Up” Supporters of DPR near Donetsk / Vesti.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 8, 2017 / The fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov Battalion received an order to “clear” the settlements of Marinka and Krasnogorovka, controlled by Kiev, of the supporters of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This was stated by the representative of the DPR operational command of the Eduard Basurin, TASS reports. “Our intelligence has established that the unit of the regiment of the national guard Azov, which had previously arrived in the Krasnogorovka and Maryinki regions, is additionally entrusted with the task of clearing out these settlements of persons suspected of assisting the military forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said. According to Basurin, this fact testifies to the continuing preparations for the intensification of hostilities by Kiev. About the preparation for the transfer to the Donetsk Oblast fighters of the special purpose regiment “Azov”, the reconnaissance of the Donetsk People’s Republic became known at the end of March. The representative of the DPR operational command also reported that over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian units had released over 630 munitions on the territory of the proclaimed republic. “War criminals from the 46th separate landing assault brigade, the 72nd and 92nd separate mechanized brigades fired 90 and 120-mm caliber and three shots from the tank on the Donetsk area,” Basurin said. According to him, under fire were the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, Yasinovataya and its environs, Dokuchaevsk and the settlement of Yasnoe. There are 15 violations of the silence regime in the Mariupol direction, continued Basurin. In the villages of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka and October, 33 mines of various caliber and 235 shells were fired from manual and automatic grenade launchers. According to him, the Ukrainian army fired on the Gorlovka villages Zaitsevo and Verkhnetoretskoe using small arms. Earlier, the DPR defense ministry reported that within the past 24 hours, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces violated the regime of silence 43 times. As a result of the shelling, one civilian was injured, damage was sustained by at least eight houses, as well as power lines. Participants in the Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine agreed at a meeting in Minsk on March 29 on a cease-fire regime beginning April 1. On April 12, at the next Minsk meeting, the sides confirmed their commitment to the “Easter truce”, which was to begin at 10:00 Moscow time on April 13. However, the shelling continues.

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Over 50 units of military hardware involved in Victory Parade in Donetsk / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Over fifty military hardware will be presented at the Victory Parade on May 9 in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the DPR Operational Command, the Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin stated this on Monday (May 8). “We’ll demonstrate a high level of readiness, orderliness and cohesiveness of the units of the DPR People’s Militia,” said Eduard Basurin. More than 50 units of the military hardware, over 1,000 military personnel of the People’s Militia and other security agencies of the Republic will take part in the Victory Parade. The representative of the Republican Command invited all the residents of the Republic to take part in the festive events on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet People’s Victory over fascist Germany. The Minister of the DPR Defense Ministry Vladimir Kononov assessed the level of the preparation of participants as perfect.

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Sergey Lavrov (–Sputnik. Sergey Guneev)

Kiev regularly stages armed provocations in Donbass – Russian Foreign Minister / TASS / May 8, 2017 / Nothing more meaningful than Minsk agreements for settlement in Ukraine can be managed to be developed now, Sergey Lavrov said. / MOSCOW / Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies’ staff is regularly staging armed provocations on the contact line in Donbass so that not to implement the political portion of Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in an interview with Mir TV Channel. “We are highly concerned of the status of Minsk agreements implementation, primarily as a result of sabotage of Ukrainian authorities,” Lavrov said. “Examples of that are numerous,” the minister said. “This pertains to complete sabotaging of the political process and arranging armed provocations on the contact line on the regular basis, to have a reason not to perform the political component of the package of measures approved in Minsk,” the Russian foreign minister said. “Plenty of facts exist in this regard, particularly in reports of the OSCE special monitoring mission,” he added. Nothing more meaningful than Minsk agreements for settlement in Ukraine can be managed to be developed now, Lavrov said. “President [Vladimir] Putin stressed, just like Chancellor [Angela] Merkel did, by the way, that we do not see an alternative to Minsk agreements,” the minister said. “Therefore our common line is to continue working within the Normandy Format – at the level of leaders, at the level of ministers, at the level of experts, and certainly within the framework of the Contract Group, where Kiev authorities and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk are present along with representatives of Russia and OSCE,” Lavrov added. Quemado Institute comments: Possibly something better than the Minsk Agreements can be developed. It’s time to put our minds to what such an agreement might be.  It would have to be similar to what already exists, yet more satisfactory to both sides. That means really understanding what both sides want, not just what they say they want. There’s always a third solution to any conflict.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Situation Report, 07.05.2017 / Novorossia Vision / May 7, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 35 times. 27 of them were recorded in the Donetsk direction, including on the area of the localities Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Mineralnoye, Signalnoye, Krutaya Balka, the airport, the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk city, In this direction, the artillery and mortar crews of the 46th separate airborne assault brigade, the 72nd and the 92nd separate mechanized brigades launched on the territory of the Republic 9 122mm artillery shells and 212 82 and 120mm mortar shells. As a result of the shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city, there was wounded one civilian, Oleg Korolchuk born in 1977, and damaged four residential houses. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy conducted fire in the direction of the localities Zaytsevo and Krasny Partisan. As a result of the direct hit of a shell launched from an automatic grenade launcher from the positions of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade, one residential houses burned down. We continue to record the use by the enemy of tanks in the Mariupol direction. Over the past day, from . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia News brief 05-06 May 2017 / With Victoria Rakhmanina / Anna News / May 6, 2017 / The Ukrainian fighters opened fire on the village Trudovskie from mortars. A pregnant woman, Natalia Novik was wounded. Doctors couldn’t save child’s life. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, Yasinivataya, the village Spartak and the area of the airport were subjected to intensive fire.
Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 7 times. They opened fire on the villages Frunze, Krasny Yar, Veselogorovka, Kalinovka and Zhelobok. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. The LPR transferred the bodies of three Ukrainian saboteurs to Kiev. They were killed when they tried to cross the contact line in Debaltsevo, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The avenue of roses and a memorial stone appeared in Donetsk today. They appeared in remembrance of scientific workers, who died in the Great Patriotic War. Students and Scholars of the DPR have planted 200 roses.

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Ukrainian saboteurs’ cellphones allegedly show OSCE vehicle blast in planning [Video] / Fort Russ / May 6, 2017 / On April 23rd, an OSCE mission vehicle was blown up in the Donbass, killing one observer – an American man. Videos and still images have been derived from the mobile phones of members of a Ukrainian sabotage-intelligence group, who were previously suspected of the crime, and who were themselves destroyed on 2 May. In video recordings made on 27 April and 1 May – Ukrainian saboteurs boast about firing on the positions of the Donbass defenders. The faces of these men, captured in photos and video footage, are believed to have carried out the vehicle blast of the OSCE mission, in order to give rise to the possibility of the OSCE, or another international ‘peacekeeping force’, going into the Donbass armed.

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Letchikov St., Petrovsky Dist., Donetsk (-Google street view)

Civilian suffers shrapnel wounds as Kiev troops shell Donetsk / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / A peaceful citizen received shrapnel wounds as a result of the AFU shelling of Trudovskiye village in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, reported the DPR Operational Command. “As a result of the AFU shelling of the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky district on the western outskirts of Donetsk, a man born in 1977 received a fragment wound. The wounded person was admitted to the city hospital No.14,” informed the Command. The Command representative specified that the village had been shelled last night, at 19:12 and 21:10. As a result of the shelling, a house and garage were damaged on Green Gai Street, the roof of a house burned down Letchikov street, and two gas pipes were damaged on Baikalskaya and Lilina Streets.

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House burns down as Ukrainian military shell Zaitsevo / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / A residential house in Zaitsevo locality on northern outskirts of Gorlovka burnt down as a result of morning shelling on the part of Ukrainian military, Gorlovka Administration acting Head Ivan Prikhodko states. “Today, at about five o’clock in the morning the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) shelled Zaitsevo locality. As a result of a hit, a private, residential house on Obruchayeva Street burnt down. The owners of the house, by a lucky accident, were alive,” said Ivan Prikhodko. He made it clear that an elderly couple lived in the house. That night the owners made a decision to go to bed to a summer kitchen. This saved their lives.

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LPR Military Give Kiev Representatives Bodies of Ukrainian Saboteurs Destroyed in Debaltsevo / News Front / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 7, 2017 / The LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] has transferred to the Ukrainians the bodies of three saboteurs destroyed during an attempt to penetrate the contact line in the area of Debaltsevo. “We are transferring the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen who died in the Svetlodarskaya arc (near Debaltsevo – ed.),” said Liep’s spokesman, Colonel Andrei Marochko. “It was only through the fault of the Ukrainian government that these servicemen perished. But we must say that every warrior must be buried. This is an integral part of any war. On the eve of Victory Day, we would like these soldiers to be buried with honor and dignity,” said the representative of the People’s Militia. The transfer of the bodies took place in the area of Schastya, under the supervision of the representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) and the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC). The chairman of the Union of Afghan Veterans of the Lugansk Region, Sergei Shonin, who transfered the bodies to the Ukrainian side, said that the Kiev punitive forces confirmed that the dead were servicemen of the Armed Forces. Quemado Institute Editor’s Note: According to a report from the Lugansk Media Center: “On May 2, a Ukrainian squad of four people attempted to cross the contact line discretely through forested areas. They were discovered by a People’s Militia watch post. In a brief exchange of fire three saboteurs were killed, one was wounded and escaped. ‘Today we hand over the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen who died on Svetlodarsk salient,’ said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko. ‘Three bodies were given to Ukrainian side, we don’t know their identities. We only know they were Ukrainian servicemen. They had Ukrainian arms, uniforms, and they were moving from the Ukrainian side,’ he added.”

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Graffiti Messages Everywhere In Mariupol Thanks To Underground Movement / Novorossia Today / May 7, 2017 / “DPR SOON” and “Mariupol Is A Russian City” / Pro-Ukrainians of Mariupol are concerned about the appearance in the city of the Graffiti Messages “DPR soon” and “Mariupol is a Russian city”. “The painted inscriptions of the pro-Russian character appeared on the walls and parapets in Mariupol. Acting before May 9, the vandals left provocative inscriptions such as “DPR SOON” and “Banderites, out of the city!” reported a local site. In addition, in the City Garden of Mariupol appeared the inscription “Mariupol is a Russian city.”

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Nazis celebrate Azov’s 3rd anniversary with swastikas parade [Video] / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / The third anniversary of the neo-Nazi Azov regiment was marked by a procession under stylized swastikas (“wolf’s hook”) in Berdyansk, located on the coast of the Azov Sea. Azov exists under the unofficial patronage of the head of Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry Arsen Avakov. The ex-prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk uses the fighters to intimidate the so-called ‘president’ Petro Poroshenko and preserve influence on the situation in Ukraine, previously said the former Transport Minister Yevgeny Chervonenko. [Click image for video.]

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Viktor Yanukovich, rightful president of Ukraine, ousted by treasonous coup in 2014 (–Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS)

Over 100 witnesses to testify in high treason case against Ukraine’s Yanukovich / TASS / May 5, 2017 / More than 100 people, including former high-ranking officials, will testify at a hearing on a high treason case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Military Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko said. Among the witnesses will be former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, ex-chief of the country’s Security Service Valentin Nalivaychenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the prosecutor told Channel Five. “These are officials, who held their posts earlier and some are in office now, these are also military who served” in Crimea, he said. “There will be ex-MP of State Duma (Russia’s lower house of parliament) Ilya Ponomaryov.” All the witnesses will appear before the court, Kravchenko said. On May 4, Kiev’s Obolonsky district court held the first preliminary hearing in the Yanukovich high treason case. The court permitted the defendant’s participation in the trial via a video link. The session was adjourned till May 18.

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Odessa. Shame. Deception. / Slavyangrad.org / May 6, 2017 / Valentin Filippov, a TV journalist, left Odessa after the victory of Euromaidan. / One of the main topics in Ukrainian news today is the refusal of the Odessa City Council to rename the city’s streets in line with Kiev’s wishes. The Deputies, in place of the Heroes of the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation –trans.] and the “Heavenly Hundred”, assigned other names. However, this is, in fact, just grandstanding for the public. Odessa politicians portray themselves as fighters against Kiev nationalists. The capital’s nationalists portray a struggle against a “Muscovite revanche” in Odessa. In this story, both sides are the very same “sons of bitches”, writes the PolitNavigator observer, Valentin Filippov.…But we have been flashed by the device from Men in Black, and we have forgotten everything. For example, the fact that the staff of this City Council has officially recognized Russia as an “aggressor country”. We suddenly did not notice apartments being distributed by the City Executive Committee to ATO veterans. We did not notice Ukrainian anthems and flowers on the Foundation Day of the UPA [Ukrainian Insurgent Army, who collaborated extensively with the Nazis –ed.]. In general, everything is fine. They just “rebelled”. They didn’t allow the streets to be renamed! Well, how didn’t they allow it? Well, they renamed them, but not like that, and not all of them. So not one was named after the “Heavenly Hundred”. Here they renamed the street “Heroes of Kruty”, but “Heavenly Hundred”—not a single one.* But what was renamed, well yes, it was renamed, but without pleasure. It was absolutely implemented as the last choice. The Nazis even threatened them, tried to disrupt the voting. But Mayor Trukhanov hushed them, telling them “you were allowed in here and you can be ejected.” Why should he be afraid? It’s not just the Nazis who are protecting him, but the most eminent of them. The ones who proved their ability to kill . . . READ MORE>>

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Site near Prishib (–Sputnik/LPR militia)

The Paradox of the OSCE Death in Donbass (VIDEOS) / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / April 24, 2017 / Yesterday, shortly after 11am local time, an OSCE member, male, paramedic was killed in the Lugansk People’s Republic, near the small village of Pryshyb, and two injured, as their armoured vehicle went over a andmine. Initial reports that the victim was British, were later found not to be case, two OSCE female members were injured – one German, female, one Czech, male, (both reported as now having been discharged from hospital). Of course, from the start, attempt to vilify the Lugansk People’s Republic for this, with Ukrainian propaganda publication the Kyiv Post doing that, citing Ukraine’s advisor to Ministry of Internal Affair, Anton Gerashchenko, blaming Russia, Gerashchenko always on hand with a quote about the ‘evils’ of Russia, and the People’s Republics of Donbass – while himself running the Myrotvorets site, arranging bounties to kill ‘separatists’ and on. However, the OSCE convoy had in fact deviated from main roads, and gone down sideroads. Why it did this, who knows, but it did, and has . . . READ MORE>> [VIDEOs on the OSCE in Donbass at source.]

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Saturday, May 6, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/06/2017 / DONi News / May 6, 2017 / Over the last 24 hours, there were registered 54 occasions of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the Gorlovka direction, there were recorded 13 violations from the side of the 53th separate mechanised brigade and the 25th separate airborne brigade, from positions of which 247 mortar rounds and ammunition from various grenade launchers were fired at the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Mikhailovka, Ozeryanovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, and Krasny Partizan. 23 violations were registered in the Donetsk direction over the past 24 hours. From the positions of the 46th separate airborne assault battalion, the 72th and the 92th separate mechanised brigades, the enemy launched at the areas of Yasinovataya, Spartak localities, the airport, the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk seven tank shots and 332 rounds of different calibre, as a result of which two apartment houses in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk suffered. The military criminals of the 36th separate marines brigade violated the ceasefire in the Mariupol direction 18 times. The settlements of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoe, Oktyabr, Leninskoye and Sakhanka were subjected to fire. In this direction, the enemy launched 28 rounds of 82 and 120 mm calibres, and also actively used various types of small arms. An egregious case, which once again reveals the true face of the Ukrainian regime, occurred tonight. As a result of shelling by fascist monsters (and I cannot say another word), from 20.40 to 00.00 of residential buildings in the locality of Trudovskie, a female civilian . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR People’s Militia: Ukrainian army is provoking trench combat along the whole contact line / Essence of Time / May 5, 2017 / Trench combat is underway along the whole contact line, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on May 5. The situation is escalating on the Gorlovka, Donetsk, and Mariupol directions. The Ukrainian army is attacking the towns and villages of the Republic with artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms. The residents of Krasnogorvka, occupied by the Ukrainian military, informed that Ukrainian Command is secretly burying the killed Ukrainian soldiers while reporting them missing. There is information on the burial of bodies of 20 Ukrainian soldiers from the 72 Independent Mechanized Brigade. According to recent data, on May 4, the Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire 46 times. 15 houses were damaged. According to DPR PM Command, one civilian was wounded in his back during the Ukrainian army’s shelling. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/05/2017 / DONi News / May 5, 2017 / EXCERPTS: In the period from April 29 to May 5, in the large units and military units of the DPR People’s Militia, the main efforts were focused on preparing for the Victory Day parade, conducting complex tactical trainings of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving combat skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. . . . The Ukrainian side continues shelling peaceful areas of our Republic. In total, over the past week, as a result of shelling by Ukraine, one civilian was killed and five were injured. . . . On May 2, the positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade targeted with direct fire the power lines in the area of the Avdeyevka industrial zone, using 120 mm mortars and tanks. In total, more than 80 mortar rounds and shells were launched. As a result, the Donetsk filtering station was once again de-energized. According to our reconnaissance, for the provocation, there were involved units of the “Right Sector”, which firing on the power lines pylons in the territory controlled by Ukraine. . . . We continue receiving information about the brewing riots among servicemen of the 72 and 92 separate mechanised brigade of the AFU who are not satisfied with low food and technical supplies, as well as with unfulfilled promises on additional payments for participation in the so-called ‘ATO’. In order to prevent the development of the brewing conflict, the military and political leadership sends detachments of the National Guard to these units with the task of establishing order and maintaining discipline. . . . Ukraine continues attracting foreign experts to conduct military operations in the South-East of the country. According to our reconnaissance, a group of 80 Georgian mercenaries arrived in the area near the Mariupol station to reinforce the 36th separate marines brigade that has the lowest percentage of manning due to sanitary losses. . . . The fact of the rabbit disease epidemic among of the AFU marines, which we reported earlier, has been supplemented by outbreaks of dysentery and pediculosis among the personnel of the AFU, the morbidity of these diseases increased by 50% and 70% respectively. Servicemen of the 30 separate mechanised brigade and the 40 separate artillery, located in the Mariupol direction, are the most affected by these diseases. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Who Killed the American OSCE Observer in Donbass? Live VIDEO and Analysis / Introduction by Donovan Kiersten / Quemado Institute; (Source: Ruskaya Vesna) / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 5, 2017 / On April 23, 2017, an American OSCE observer was killed when his vehicle hit a recently planted landmine on a little used dirt road near the village of Prishib in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The explosion took place within video distance of the contact line. That the road had been traveled only two hours before without incident indicates the mine was not an old one planted by the Ukrainian Army in 2015, when such devices were placed along the contact line to prevent civilians from avoiding Ukrainian checkpoints. DPR and LPR officials have stated the mine was set by Ukrainian saboteurs who answer to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). The Ukrainian government is of course the prime suspect, since they would have a motive in creating a false flag event. It is hard to imagine the LPR militia having any motive, in that such an event would only increase Western hostility and further endanger Donbass. One might argue a crazed militiaman angry at the OSCE might have planted the mine unwisely. But the video and analysis below suggest the Ukrainians knew about the terrorist incident before it happened. US President Donald Trump has demanded that a full investigation be carried out by the OSCE. This is a positive step, in that the OSCE is likely to be more truthful than a remote European or UN organization, as is clear from the Dutch safety Board’s quasi investigation of the MH17 crash, which has yet to produce independently verifiable results. ndeed, Deputy Chief OSCE Monitor Alexander Hug, who is often visits the contact line personally, was quoted as saying he knew who the mine layers were, that he told them not to do it, but they did it anyway. Another report claims the OSCE has confirmed that the mine was planted by Ukrainian specialists. According to Fort Russ, “The version that the explosion was specially organized by Ukrainian saboteurs has received its confirmation. Observers of the OSCE SMM found 5 mines set up by Ukrainians in Zolotoe.” Zolotoe is located near the contact line about 20 kilometers from Prishib, the village closest to the blast. Other journalists have noted that Ukrainian intelligence has been studying OSCE movements in the area for some time and know . . . READ MORE>> [VIDEO available at source.]

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Radio Svoboda gives away masterminds of OSCE car blast in Donbass [Video] / DONi News / May 5, 2017 / Radio Svoboda [Radio Liberty – QI ed.] published on its YouTube channel an exclusive footage of the recent explosion of an OSCE Mission car in the Lugansk region. “The video shows the moment when a roadside bomb exploded during the passage of a vehicle carrying OSCE observers to the east of Ukraine. American medical assistant Joseph Stone died on April 23 as a result of the explosion – the first member of the OSCE mission, who died in three years of armed conflict in the territory of Ukraine,” says the video annotation. According to the correspondent for Radio Svoboda Christopher Miller, the editorial board [Radio Svoboda journalists don’t work on this territory – DONI ed.] obtained this footage from a “source on the government [Kiev regime – DONi ed.] controlled part of Ukraine”, reports Censor. The fact that the authors of the video knew when and where the incident will occur, remains incomprehensible. Miller says that the road where the explosion occurred is rarely used by civilians because of its proximity to the contact line. However, the full video shows a third unidentified car heading towards the explosion by the same road 9 minutes later.

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OSCE Decides to Limit Work of Observers in Donbass / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 6, 2017 / The activities of the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass will be limited until the parties to the conflict carry out demining work. This was stated by the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug. According to him, restrictions were imposed after the car of the OSCE mission in the LNR was undermined. “Restrictions were set by us. We have almost 600 observers in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions and we are responsible to them. We will continue restrictions until the parties adhere to their obligations, in particular, on the issue of mine clearance, marking, fencing of mines and ammunition,” Hug said. The OSCE representative noted that the restrictions would last until the Joint Control and Coordination Center began to fulfill its responsibility for coordinating the demining work. Recall, on April 23 in the area of the village of Prishib in the Slavyanoserbsky district of the LPR, a car with OSCE observers was blown up on a land mine. Later in the LPR they named the probable organizer of this act of terrorism against the OSCE. On April 24, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz said that the OSCE will consider measures to strengthen the observer mission in Ukraine, it must continue its work, despite the death of the employee.

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Lugansk commemorates 72nd anniversary of Victory Day / DONi News / May 6, 2017 / Thousands of people in Lugansk took to streets to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.Representatives of the Republican authorities, youth activists, residents and guests of the city, veterans of the GPW and Afghan war, servicemen of the People’s Militia took part in the rally. A copy of the Victory Banner was handed over to the representatives of four generations who had to defend their Motherland: from the Great Patriotic War veterans to Afghan war veterans, then to LPR servicemen, who passed it to cadets of the LPR youth patriotic club Volunteer (Dobrovolets).

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[Enemy Report:] Stets: TV tower, US transferred to Ukraine as technical aid, being installed in Luhansk region / Kyiv Post / May 6, 2017 / The United States within the framework of the program for information security support has transferred a TV tower to Ukraine, which is being now installed in Luhansk region, Ukrainian Minister of Information Policy Yuriy Stets has said. “There is a definite support program for Ukraine’s information security, for example, from NATO or country missions, including the United States. This concerns financial support. The television tower, which the United States transferred as technical assistance, is now being installed in Luhansk region. The tower is built in the United States, was transported to Ukraine, and now it is being installed there,” Stets said on the air of the 112.ua channel. He noted a number of countries provide Ukraine with financial and technical assistance in information security. “There are many other things, including financial and technical assistance, provided by representatives of the U.S. government. I’m now talking exclusively about information security – Britain, such a structure like NATO,” the minister said. [Photo caption: Ukrainian forces servicemen patrol on July 16, 2014 in the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk around a TV tower destroyed during combats between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants (–AP); Source: kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/stets-tv-tower-us-transferred-ukraine-technical-aid-installed-luhansk-region.html]

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Eleonora Forenza (–guengl.eu)

Kiev demands Italy extradite Donbass visitors / News Front / May 4, 2017 / KIEV / A recent visit by Italian Communists to the Donbass region of Ukraine, has resulted in the US-backed* puppet Poroshenko administration indicating they will request European Union authorities arrest the tourists upon return to Italy and extradite them to Kiev for prosecution by Ukrainian authorities under Ukrainian anti-terrorist laws. Kiev to seek prosecution of Italian delegates who visited occupied areas of Donbas as The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the fact of the visit of Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza as part of a delegation of the Communist group visiting the temporarily occupied part of Donbass, and said it will seek her arrest and others with her on the tour of Donbass recently. “We sent a note to the Italian Foreign Ministry back on April 28 about the inadmissibility of violating Ukrainian legislation and demanded that measures be taken to prevent such a visit. We demanded she be arrested and her group be stopped before physically coming to the Donbass.” Ukrainian spokesperson Betsa said in Kiev. “As the result of these contacts, the Italian Foreign Ministry sent all the competent authorities and organizers of this provocation the information regarding criminal liability for violation of Ukrainian law. Italy stressed that its government supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and this position remains unchanged,” the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maryana Betsa, said in a comment to international press in Kiev Thursday evening. The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that the Italian side stressed that this was a separate initiative of individuals and it in no way reflected the official position of Italy. Betsa also said Kiev will demand the arrest and extradition of these persons to Kiev for trial on charges under Ukraine’s anti-terrorist laws. Eleonora Forenza is an Italian politician, spokesperson for culture and communications in the Communist Refoundation Party and a member of the European Parliament. According to a number of media reports, Forenza visited the occupied areas of Lugansk and Donetsk during May holidays, in the company of 50 plus Italian Communists and a unknown number of intoxicated musicians. [*Quemado Institute footnote: Poroshenko’s government receives far more funding from the IMF than from the United States.]

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/02/2017 / DONi News / May 2, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 47 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was shelled with artillery, mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction there were registered 10 violations of ceasefire on the part of the 53rd separate mechanized and 25th separate airborne AFU brigades, from the positions of which there were launched three artillery projectiles of 122mm calibre and 430 munitions from various types of grenade launchers onto the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, and Zheleznaya Balka. In the Donetsk direction there were registered 20 ceasefire violations. War criminals from the 46th separate air assault brigade, 72nd and 92nd separate mechanized brigades launched 150 mortar shells of various calibre, 530 munitions from portable and automatic grenade launchers, and actively applied small arms against the areas of the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Krutaya Balka, Vasilievka, Spartak, the airport, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. In the Mariupol direction there were registered 17 ceasefire violations. Ukrainian punishers from the 36th separate marine brigade shelled the areas of Oktyabr, Sakhanka, Leninsky, Zaichenko and Kominternovo localities. Mortar detachments launched 18 mortar shells of 120mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. In addition, the enemy applied IFV weapons . . . READ MORE>>

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Location of blast (–Sputnik/ LPR people’s militia)

Ukrainian saboteurs mine the countryside / By Editorial Board of the Cossack Herald; edited by Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / May 2, 2017 / On April 23rd, a car of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) was blown up by a mine in the Lugansk region. As a result, an observer died – a US citizen. The version that the explosion was specially organized by Ukrainian saboteurs has received its confirmation. Observers of the OSCE SMM found 5 mines set up by Ukrainians in Zolotoe. The official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk Republic, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, reported this at a briefing in the Luhansk Information Center. According to him, an elderly woman was wounded by one of these mentioned mines.

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Christine Lagarde (–Fort Russ/Reuters/Issei Kato)

Donbass media round-up: Pensions suspended to pay IMF [24th to 30th April] / By Editorial Board of the Cossack Herald, edited by Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / May 2, 2017 / Ukraine refuses to bear social expenses in Donbass: The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the “Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 365”, according to which social payments to residents of Donbass who have the status of internal migrants will be suspended. The control over the permanence of Ukrainian citizens in the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is carried out by the infamous SBU – the Ukrainian analogue of the Nazi Gestapo. The SBU is obliged to transmit data concerning the political security of the citizens to the territorial departments of labor and social protection of the population. Even some Ukrainian lawyers admit that receiving such data by the branches of the Pension Fund of Ukraine is illegal. One of the conditions for Ukraine to receive loans from the World Monetary Fund is to raise . . . READ MORE>>

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Black Death (Plague) Strikes Nazi Ukraine Soldiers In Mariupol, 80 Percent Affected And Now In Overcrowded Hospital, Major Panic / Novorossia Today / May 2, 2017 / The Deputy Commander of the DPR Armed Forces, Eduard Basurin, said during a briefing that the Nazi Ukraine Army (AFU) soldiers had gone down in Mariupol with an easy form of plague, tularemia, with several people already dead. The symptoms of the disease are a fever and rapid dehydration. The reason for its occurrence is insufficient provision of the Ukrainian army, which forces the military to switch to “pasture”. ‘The number of the affected indicates the onset of an epidemic. Approximately 80% of the battalion personnel were taken to the city hospital in Mariupol. Local residents complain that the hospital is overcrowded,’ said Basurin. Basurin said that the disease is transmitted by airborne droplets and urged residents of Mariupol to avoid contact with the military personnel.

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Ukraine: Mourners pay tribute to Odessa massacre victims in Donetsk / Ruptly / May 2, 2017 / Dozens of mourners gathered in Donetsk on Tuesday to mark the three year anniversary of the Odessa massacre where 48 activists were killed in a fire in the city’s Trade Union building. “I am very sorry for these people who wanted to stand for their freedom, for themselves, for their motherland, for their language,” Galina, one of the mourners said, in tears. Forty-eight people died, with over 200 injured, in a series of events that culminated in a large fire ripping through Odessa’s Trade Union building on May 2, 2014. After clashes erupted between anti-Maidan and pro-Maidan protesters, the latter group reportedly set fire to the Trade Unions building where anti-Maidan demonstrators had found refuge. SOT, Galina, mourner (Russian): “It is a great sorrow for me, I am very sorry for these people who wanted to stand for their freedom, for themselves, for their motherland, for their language. I am very sorry for them. I cannot look at these photographs without tears. When I image that I was there too. I do not know what I would do.”

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Police in Odessa (–torange.biz)

Protesters were forced to leave Kulikovo Field in Odessa / Essence of Time / May 2, 2017 / The police closed Kulikovo Field for people who came to commemorate the victims of the massacre on May 2, 2014, RIA Novosti reported on May 2, 2017. The reason to deny people access to Kulikovo Field was a report from the Ukrainian police about a bomb threat. Today on May 2, residents of Odessa had been coming to the House of Trade Unions which is located at Kulikovo Field, since early morning, to honor the memory of the victims of the Odessa massacre of May 2, 2014. Three years ago, Ukrainian citizens, who did not accept the unconstitutional coup d’état in Kiev, set up a camp on Kulikovo Field in Odessa. On that day, May 2, 2014, clashes between Odessa residents and football “Ultras” from Kharkov and Odessa broke out near Greek Square. Militant groups from the „Euromaidan“ joined the “Ultras” as well. According to eyewitnesses, the radical groups arrived in the city in advance. All their actions were well organized. As a result of the clashes, the camp was completely destroyed, and the House of Trade Unions was firebombed. Those who were forcibly expelled from the camp and fled to the House of Trade Unions burned to death. As a result of the Odessa massacre, 48 people were murdered and more than 250 people were injured. It has been three years since the tragedy in Odessa but the perpetrators were never named. It was never officially determined who started the fire and who was responsible for the massacre. Why did the police not act and why did firefighters not arrive in time? After investigations, it became apparent that the incident and the circumstances around it were planned. However, none of the „Euromaidan“ supporters were arrested, while activists from the Kulikovo Field have been awaiting trial in jail for the past three years. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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40,000 people attend 1 May march in LPR (PHOTOS) / DONi Press / May 2, 2017 / Almost 40 thousand inhabitants of the Republic take part in the May Day march in Lugansk, informed the Trade Unions Federation (TUF) of the LPR. “More than 39,000 people from all districts of the LPR a take part in the 1 May march in the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic,” the union’s report said. Representatives of labour collectives and public organizations are walking along the centre of Lugansk. Also, the procession was attended by guests from South Ossetia. [More photos at source.]

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Review of May Day celebrations in Ukraine / Essence of Time / May 2, 2017 / In Kiev, celebrations of the International Workers’ Day were held, a correspondent of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency reported on May 1. A rally on the European Square gathered half a thousand participants. A similar number of police and National Guardsmen were drawn to the site. Another event in Kiev was held at the Friendship of Nations Arch, where a column marched. This event was attended by about a thousand people. Members of various trade unions from across Ukraine took part in the celebrations. People from the regions of Rovno, Sumy, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, etc. took part in demonstrations. Many carried red banners bearing the words “Social Democratic Party”. At a rally in Kharkov which turned into a march, anti-NATO slogans were demonstrated along with posters calling to “stop the civil war”. Among the demonstrators, there was a girl with a balloon colored in Kharkov People’s Republic colors. As the column marched, it was joined by provokers chanting “suitcase, train station, Russia!”1. When the marchers laid flowers in front of a monument, the provokers raised Ukrainian banners chanting “hang the communists!” In Odessa, the May Day was not celebrated. Mourning events are . . . READ MORE>>

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US, Europe Unleashing Lawlessness and War / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / May 2, 2017 / This week the Kiev regime went into rogue overdrive when it cut off electricity supplies to some three million people in the self-declared Lugansk republic of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian energy ministry under the control of the Kiev regime said it was because the breakaway province was in arrears over bill payments. That’s rich coming from a cabal that has continually dragged its feet over unpaid bills for billions of dollars-worth in gas supplies from Russia. From where does Kiev learn its rogue conduct? From its masters, of course, in Washington and the European Union. The present unravelling of international law and order is their lamentable legacy. Donetsk, the other separatist self-declared Ukrainian republic, would also likewise be subjected to power-cuts, according to reported comments from Kiev. But, apparently, such a move would not be easy as areas under the control of Kiev would also be impacted. Also, the Donetsk People’s Republic, unlike the LPR, is said to be fairly self-sufficient in electricity supplies owing to its own local thermal power plants. Kiev’s hollow claims about financial rectitude are risible. The move is nothing but a blatant attempt to intensify its blockade on the Donbas. Already, the neofascist cabal, which seized government power in a violent, illegal coup in February 2014, has imposed a blackout of bank services and social welfare payments to the breakaway region. It has also cut off water supplies to the LPR since last month. The blockade on civilian populations is just another weapon alongside the military offensive that the Kiev regime launched against the Donbas three years ago. That offensive was a response to the ethnic Russian population of Donbas refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the coup. The latter was orchestrated by western Ukrainian factions who historically pledge allegiance to Nazi collaborators during the Second World War. The so-called Anti-Terror Operation (ATO) launched by Kiev has resulted in over 10,000 deaths since April 2014. This week’s electricity power-cuts to the Donbas are thus part of a criminal policy of aggression by a regime that usurped political . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladimir Putin (–Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP)

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation / The White House / May 2, 2017 / President Donald J. Trump of the United States and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation spoke today regarding Syria. President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence. The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons. The United States will be sending a representative to the cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 3-4. They also discussed at length working together to eradicate terrorism throughout the Middle East. Finally, they spoke about how best to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea.

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Merkel, Putin (–Sputnik/Vladimir Astapkovich)

Russian President Putin, German Chancellor Merkel Hold Joint Presser in Sochi / Sputnik / May 2, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference between two rounds of meetings in Sochi on Tuesday, May 2. / Russian President Putin started the presser by announcing that he had discussed with German Chancellor Merkel the preparation for G20 summit as well as Syria and Ukraine. “We discussed international problems, including the Syrian crisis and the situation in Ukraine,” Putin said, adding that the meeting also touched upon preparations for the G20 summit. The Russian president also said Russia seeks to build relations with Germany on the principles of mutual benefit, respect and equality. “The situation in Ukraine remains a source of serious concern,” Putin pointed out, adding that during today’s talks, the two leaders “confirmed the need for the implementation of Minsk agreements by all sides.” Putin also revealed that he discussed the issue of Syrian conflict with Merkel, and both leaders agreed that there is a need for a more active talks process. “We decisively condemn any use of chemical [weapons],” Putin reiterated, saying that both sides agreed on the need for a full investigation of the attack on Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident. “Those guilty must be found and punished,” Putin told a news conference after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi. “But this can be only done after an impartial investigation.” “Syria conflict could be resolved only through negotiations,” Putin concluded after talks with Merkel. Merkel then took the floor, addressing the issue of anti-Russia sanctions: “Russia is a constructive partner, but the . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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The news brief, 30 of April 2017 / Anna News / April 30, 2017 / Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the villages Frunze and Donetsky today. Some houses were damaged in Donetsky, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 18 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. 1 soldier of the DPR was wounded. 9 civilians and 6 soldiers of the DPR were wounded. 3 soldiers were killed for a week, Eduard Basurin reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times. They opened fire on the villages Frunze, Donetsky, the monument of the prince Igor and districts of Slavyanoserbsk. Ukrainian fighters used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. 1 soldier of the LPR People’s Militia was killed and 1 wounded. American instructors arrived in Lisichansk to train Ukrainian soldiers. And also 40 Georgian mercenaries were detected near the village Zaytsevo, Andrey Marochko reported today.

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Ukraine vs. Donbass: General update on movements and ceasefire violations / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / April 30, 2017 / The following is a general recap of troop movements and ceasefire violations and also some minor matters of interest, over the last 48 hours. The Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire between April 29th and the morning of April 30th some 43 times. This was reported today by the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin. According to him, during this period, 18 settlements of the Republic were under fire from Ukrainian units in total. The attacks were carried out with mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Ukrainian security forces between April 28th and through that night, violated the ceasefire some 53 times. This was reported today by the operational command of the DPR. According to him, artillery, tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used by the Ukrainian army units to attack the territory of the DPR. In that same period, an unarmed Horlivka resident was injured on the night of the 28th during shelling by Ukrainian law enforcers. Late last night in Gorlovka by gunfire from the APU injured this woman, born in 1980. In other news, in Odessa, vandals poured . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia News brief 28-29 April 2017 / Anna News / April 29, 2017 / The explosive device was detected on the road near the town Khartsysk. Sappers of the DPR deactivated it. The bomb blew up in the north-west of Gorlovka. 2 civilians were wounded. Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the Kievsky district of Donetsk today. 1 civilian was wounded. And also 1 teenager was wounded in Yasinovatay. The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the town Makeevka from tanks in the morning. A hostel was damaged. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 17 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. Kiev fighters have opened fire on the village Dolgoe of the Slavyanoserbsky district from mortars. A gas pipe line was damaged, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times. They opened fire on the villages Sanzharovka, Smeloe, Lozovoe and the town Pervomaysk. Ukrainian fighters used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms.

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Ukrainian military is intensifying the shelling of DPR territory / Essence of Time / April 28, 2017 / The Ukrainian military is intensifying the shelling of the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (the DPR), and sabotage-recon groups have become highly active, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 28. According to local residents, the situation in the suburbs of Gorlovka remains tense. The Ukrainian military is provoking combat in the area of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka. The situation remains tense on the Donetsk part of the front. The Ukrainian army has been shelling the residential areas of Donetsk and its suburbs. One civilian was injured in the Kievsky district of the DPR capital, and one dormitory was damaged in the Krasnogvardeysky district of Makeevka. Power lines were damaged in the Donetsk-Severny microdistrict, and electric power was lost in the microdistrict when the Ukrainian military opened fire with tanks and artillery. The situation remains tense in the area of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint. According to DPR PM Command, the Ukrainian military is bringing up construction materials to the area of Elenovka to build of a new checkpoint in the vicinity of the DPR PM positions. Thus, the Ukrainian army continues to invade in “the gray zone” in the violation of the Minsk agreements. Today, a radio-controlled explosive device was uncovered and defused. DPR sappers drew out two 152mm projectiles placed near the roadway. According to the investigators, the explosive device could be placed by a Ukrainian sabotage-recon group to conduct a provocation by blowing up a car of the OSCE mission. Cases of the civilian injuries from the detonation of discovered munitions have become more frequent. Today, a 17-years old teenager was injured in Yasinovataya. Two civilians, 36 years and 13years old, were injured by a mine in the area of the “Yuzhnaya” coal mine. The injured civilians were taken to the hospital. During the past 24 hours for April 28, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 53 times. The Ukrainian military shelled 17 towns and villages of the DPR. One house in the village of Vasilevka and another one in Yasinovataya were damaged. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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AFU shelling LPR People’s Militia positions / Novorossia Vision / May 1, 2017 / n violation of the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian punishers continue to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct reconnaissance and fire spotting in the area of the contact line. The LPR People’s Militia soldiers decided to destroy a Ukrainian drone which were detected in the sky. Immediately, the Ukrainian military opened fire on the positions of the LPR army from an infantry fighting vehicle, a grenade launcher and machine guns. «A drone was flying. We started to work on it. The AFU opened fire on us from an infantry fighting vehicle, a grenade launcher and machine guns,’ a soldier commented.

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Kiev’s Provocations on Russia’s Borders Really Aimed at Testing Trump / Sputnik / April 29, 2017 / Kiev is beefing up its military presence near its borders with Russia’s Republic of Crimea. Meanwhile, Washington is considering cutting financial aid to Ukraine by nearly 70%. Russian observers say that the two events are connected, and that Ukraine’s leaders are prodding to try to determine just how far their US allies will continue to back them. Earlier this week, US media offered a glimpse of the Trump Budget Office’s ambitious plans to cut USAID funding, showing that Ukraine is facing a hefty 68.8% reduction in economic assistance, from the $570 million this year to $177 million in 2018. Responding to the possible cuts, Kiev has been left trying to make the best of a bad situation. Ukraine’s Embassy in the US issued a statement saying that the reports of a 68.8% cut were erroneous, and that the actual proposed cut was ‘only’ roughly 30%. Kiev is actually looking to get $90 million more in support in 2018, the Embassy said. Ukrainian politics observers say that if the . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
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Alexander Zakharchenko (–SouthFront)

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sergei Lavrov (–AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

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

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

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

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Dmitry Peskov (–Vladimir Astapkovich/Host photo agency)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vladimir Putin (–Sergey Karpukhin/Reuters)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sergei Lavrov (–Al-Masdar News)

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

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

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

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Alexander Khodakovsky (–Northwoods Ministries)

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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DONi video report from DPR frontline village, Kominternovo
April 12, 2017 [RAW Video]

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Report by: Janus Putkonen
DONi Donbass News Agency

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

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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Happy 3rd Birthday Donetsk Peoples Republic!
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April 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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Sunday, April 2, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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

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Yuriy Lutsenko (–Unian.info)

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

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

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

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

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Pete John on Twitter
March 30, 2017 17:00 UTC

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

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

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

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

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

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My full report: A woman has been killed when Ukraine shelling hit the same
neighbor hood in Kievsky district Donetsk that they bombarded in February.

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

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

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

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Alexander Mercouris

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

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Heroes of Donbass

Mozgovoy, Motorola, Givi
Ischenko, Dremov
Bednov, Anashenko

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
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Ukraines biggest ammunition depot was blown up today in Balakleya, in the Kiev-controlled Kharkov region. Video shows denotations of Grad and Tochka U missiles. The warehouse can continue detonating for 4 days. No one can get in. The evacuation zone is up to 7 km. The Balakleya ammunition warehouse was one of the largest in Europe.

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

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

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Video of moment of detonation at Baslakleya warehouse, Kharkov Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ukrainian artillery shelled people in Donetsk, March 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alexander Danilyuk (–Twitter.com)

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

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Viktor Yanukovych testifies via video. (–Sputnik)

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

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://novorossia.vision/en/bulletins/zaiavlenie-ofitcial-nogo-predstavitelia-mo-dnr-14.03.2017-g/
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http://eu.eot.su/2017/03/14/ukrainian-army-continues-to-shell-the-dpr-territory/
Essence of Time, war news.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vladimir Makovich

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

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Donetsk Lugansk News Mar 6-11 2017

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

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

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

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Ukrainian saboteurs (–Fort Russ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Maria Zakharova (–TASS)

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

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Pierre Malinowski

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

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

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Arsen Avakov (–Twitter.com)

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

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Large European banks begin to recognize passports of Donbass republics / News Front / March 10, 2017 / An attempt of the National Bank of Ukraine to frighten with sanctions banks that are ready to serve customers with passports of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is unlikely to make a proper impression on financial institutions as several large banks, including Unicredit Bank, the Russian subsidiary of the international group UniCredit S.p.A, reported that they are ready to serve consumers with documents of the Donbass republics. “At the bank all customers are subject to unified identification requirements, including standard checks prior to acceptance for servic