Donetsk & Lugansk News*May 12, 2015

May 12, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)

Sochi Talks Today

Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry at Sochi (--RT)

Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry at Sochi (–Sputnik)

Kerry, Lavrov Press Conference at Sochi. A brief summary of the press conference following the diplomatic meeting in Sochi between Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State John Kerry, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is available at Sputnik. Key points of their discussion include the need for Donbass elections and ceasefire violations at the Donetsk airport.

Sochi Meeting May 12, 2015

Sochi Meeting May 12, 2015

Kerry also promised that sanctions will be lifted when Minsk is fully implemented. The Sputnik report may be found at Russian, US Top Diplomats Lavrov and Kerry Hold Press Conference (May 12). Quemado Institute comments: It is good news that the meeting was cordial and the parties agreed on many issues. And though Kerry expressed opposition to Poroshenko’s vow to recapture the Donetsk airport (see Quemado Institute post: Sochi, Russia: Lavrov, Kerry, Putin Meeting Has Bright Outcome for Donbass), essentially only the obvious was said: Donbass elections must be held, and Minsk must be implemented fully. It appears high-level diplomats still do not accept that the biggest obstacle is the Kiev regime, which refuses to allow autonomy for the Novorossiya Republics. If this hurdle were overcome, the Minsk vision might be realized. It appears more likely Kiev’s stubbornness will continue, forcing Donbass to emerge as an independent nation. This emergence would follow international recognition, which may become inevitable as the impasse persists.

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Lavrov, Kerry in Sochi May 12, 2015

Sergei Lavrov, John Kerry in Sochi May 12, 2015

Lavrov: Negotiations with Kerry in Sochi have been wonderful / Novorossiya Information Agency / May 12, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / Russian and American delegations led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry concluded the meeting in Sochi. Now the head of the Department of State was received by President Vladimir Putin. The talks lasted about four hours. Asked about how they went, Lavrov said: “Wonderful”.

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John Kerry, Vladimir Putin (--Sputnik/ Alexey Nikolsky)

John Kerry, Vladimir Putin (–Sputnik/ Alexey Nikolsky)

Putin, Lavrov Begin Talks With Kerry in Sochi / Sputnik / March 12, 2015 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have begun talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Russia’s southern resort city of Sochi.

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John Kerry tweets "Made a visit to Zavokzalny War Memorial with FM Lavrov to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWII. 5:30 AM - 12 May 2015."

John Kerry tweets “Made a visit to Zavokzalny War Memorial with FM Lavrov to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during WWII. 5:30 AM – 12 May 2015.”

Earlier in the day, Kerry and Lavrov met to discuss a wide range of issues. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier on Tuesday said that Moscow has never been the initiator of “frosty” relations and was upbeat on Kerry’s visit to Russia in order to adjust the countries’ relations. “We are always open to holding dialogue, and through dialogue we can already look for a way to a closer coordination in solving international issues. This can be done only through dialogue,” Peskov said.

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Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

Pushilin, Deinego: Election Rules Will Be Regionally Determined. Minsk Contact Group envoys Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego addressed suggestions regarding local elections to Contact Group members Heidi Tagliavini, Leonid Kuchma, А. Kulmukhametov and the coordinator in political issues Pierre Morel. Committees on election procedures are to be selected by the local populations. “Ukrainian political parties, the representatives of which took part in the establishment of the ATO regime and economic blockade, in militarist propaganda and stirring of ethnic and social conflicts, will not participate in the elections.” The Novorossia Today article may be found at Official statement of the representatives of the DPR and LPR in regard to the mode of the municipal elections (May 12).

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slavyanskmay12rMozgovoi: So Begins the True People’s Revival. Lugansk Republic’s Ghost Brigade Commander Alexei Mozgovoi has praised the noble efforts of contributors and visitors at the Victory Day celebration in Alchevsk. “Now, in international forums, and in the Victory Parade in which foreigners rejoice with us in the victory over injustice.” See Red Star Over Donbass article Alexei Mozgovoi on the May holidays & international solidarity (May 12), by Alexei Mozgovoi.

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The pig is mad.

The pig is mad.

Donetsk Parade Enrages Poroshenko. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko was angered by the Victory Day Parade in Donetsk May 9, claiming the heavy weaponry violated the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. He is expecting an international reaction. See Interfax report Ukraine expects tough international response to May 9 ‘parade’ in Donetsk– Poroshenko (May 12). [Editor’s note: the weaponry in the parade had been neutralized; there was no ammunition.]

Poroshenko (L) at an army training centre in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, May 11, 2015 (--RT/Reuters/Mikhail Palinchak)

Poroshenko (L) at an army training centre in Chernihiv region, Ukraine, May 11, 2015 (–RT/Reuters/Mikhail Palinchak)

Kremlin: Poroshenko’s Vow to Retake Airport Violates Minsk. Kiev post-coup leader Petro Poroshenko vowed on Monday to take the Donetsk Airport back: “I have no doubt – we will free the airport, because it is our land. And we will rebuild the airport.” This is an obvious violation of Minsk agreements, as the Kremlin has pointed out. See RT report at Poroshenko violates Minsk deal vowing to recapture Donetsk Airport – Kremlin (May 12).

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slavyanskmay12qMoskal: No DPR/LPR Passports Allowed in Ukraine. The chairman of the Kiev regime’s Luhansk Regional State Administration Hennadiy Moskal has banned passports issued by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. If travellers try to use them to cross into Kiev-held territory, the documents will be confiscated. The report entitled Moskal bans use in Luhansk region of LPR and DPR ‘passports’ (May 12) is found at the Unian website.

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Kiev Demands Russia Pay $350 Billion for Destruction Its Own Aggression Caused in Donbass / Editorial by Stephen Lendman / Rinf.com / May 11, 2015

Kiev regime "Prime Minister" Artseney Yatsenyuk

Kiev regime “Prime Minister” Artseney Yatsenyuk

US-installed Kiev fascist putschists find new ways to elevate chutzpah to a higher level. In April 2014, they launched premeditated US proxy naked aggression against their own people in Donbass for wanting democratic rights everyone deserves. Mass slaughter and destruction followed. Civilians by far suffered most. Three agreements to end conflict failed – Minsk II the latest in February. Low-level fighting continues ahead of US/Kiev plans to escalate it full-blown. Hundreds of US combat troops and special forces are training Kiev’s Nazi-infested National Guard and likeminded battalions for renewed all-out war – at Obama’s discretion. He has no intention of ending hostilities until Donbass is entirely destroyed – many more of its people slaughtered or displaced. His fascist Kiev friends want Russia forced to pay for the carnage they caused – for nonexistent Russian aggression.

RT International quoted Ukraine’s deputy economy development minister Aleksandr Borovik saying “(a)t a certain point, Russia will pay. We need to calculate. We need to be ready to lobby wherever we can. And say, this must be paid. It was $350 billion when Iraq attacked Kuwait,” he said. “Then they decided $320 billion was owed. Taking into account how long that aggression took and how long Russia’s aggression against us has been going on, those are comparable.”

Fact: The whole world knows Ukraine waged naked aggression against its own people. Fact: Kiev and Washington bear full responsibility for mass slaughter and destruction. Fact: Throughout months of conflict, Russia went all-out for resolving things diplomatically. Fact: Claims of “Russian aggression” are Big Lies. The whole world knows none occurred – or is any planned. Fact: Vladimir Putin is a consummate peacemaker. He deplores war. He wants Ukraine’s conflict resolved diplomatically.

Chances for Kiev collecting compensation from Russia for its own criminality are ZERO. Russia’s lower house State Duma International Committee chairman, Alexey Pushkov, expressed outrage about Kiev’s demand, twittering: “Kiev’s regime has been involved in ruining Donbas, shelled the cities and plants, and now it demands $350 billion from Russia. Strange. And hopeless.”

Ukraine has a separate absurd $16 billion damage claim over contracted gas prices Russia charged – agreed to by former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Its Nazi-infested parliament adopted a decree calling Russia an “aggressor state.” Pending legislation criminalizes publicly denying “Russian aggression” – even though the whole world knows none exists or is planned. Fascist regimes operate this way. Washington and Kiev are partners in high crimes against peace.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html.

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Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov

Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov

Putin, Kerry, Lavrov Plan Sochi Meeting. US Secretary of State John Kerry is on his way to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting will take place in Sochi on Tuesday. The agenda will cover Ukraine and Middle East conflicts, but not sanctions, as the latter is not the issue with Russia. See RT report US Secretary of State Kerry traveling to Russia, set to meet Putin, Lavrov (May 11, edited May 12).

May 11, 2015
Independence Day in Donbass

Donbass Independence Day (--TheDesertFox1991)

Donbass Independence day (–TheDesertFox1991)

Donbass Independence Day Parade

 (--Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(–Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Newzcard / Donetsk, May 11, 2015 / Hundreds of people who support the Donetsk People’s Republic hold flags and banners during ‘Donetsk Republic Day’ parade marking the first anniversary of referendums held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to split from the rest of country.

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(--Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(–Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Motorbikers who support the Donetsk People’s Republic pass along the street as the people hold flags and banners during ‘Donetsk Republic Day’ parade.

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Donetsk, Lugansk Republics Mark First Year Anniversary. The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, two regions in eastern Ukraine that protested against Kiev following an illegitimate coup in February 2014, mark their first year anniversary on May 11. Sputnik remembers the most significant events that took place in Donbass and tells how the military conflict in eastern Ukraine unfolded. See more at Sputnik.

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(Photo by Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alexander Ermochenko /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

“Donetsk People’s Republic Day” parade in the Ukraine’s eastern region / Newzcard / May 11, 2015 / Hundreds of people, support self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, hold flags and banners during ‘Donetsk Republic Day’ parade marking the first anniversary of referendums held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to split from the rest of country, in Donetsk, Ukraine on May 11, 2015. The referendum had announced as ‘illegal’ by the Ukraine’s government.

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Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry (--Sputnik)

Sergei Lavrov and John Kerry (–Sputnik)

Kerry, Putin, Lavrov to Meet in Sochi. On Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Sochi to meet with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the situation in Iran, Syria and Ukraine, according to Sputnik News. See US Can Benefit From Cooperating With Russia in ‘Variety of Areas’ (May 11).

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John Delacour Posts 24 Donetsk Republic Day Photos. See John’s photos (May 11).

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Andrei Purgin

Andrei Purgin

Peacekeeper deployment in Donbass could perpetuate conflict – Donetsk republic / May 11, 2015 / Russia Beyond the Headlines Peacekeeper deployment in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine could freeze the conflict, the self-declared Donetsk people’s republic said. “This would freeze the situation in an attempt to save power at any cost. No fighting is underway now. Ukraine has cut the political dialogue short and is provoking combat operations which can restart at any moment,” Andrei Purgin, speaker of the self-declared republic’s legislature, told the media. Purgin was commenting on Poroshenko’s plans to request peacekeeper deployment in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine during his visit to Germany. “The contact groups are spurring progress. But it is difficult to assess today how far theses groups will move and whether they will move ahead at all, or how long the talks could last. They could continue for years,” Purgin said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said earlier on Monday that the issue of deploying a peacekeeping contingent in the military conflict zone in eastern Ukraine would be raised during his visit to Germany on May 13 and 14. “I spoke about this during the UN secretary general’s visit to Ukraine. We will also discuss a peacekeeping operation under the aegis of the UN Security Council and European security forces during our meetings in Europe, which will allow us to guarantee the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Poroshenko said at the Ukrainian Ground Forces’ training center in the Chernihiv region on Monday. A peacekeeping mission is needed to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, he said.

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Donbass Compensation Demand Surprises Russian Duma. Oleksandr Borovyk, Deputy Minister for Economic Development of Ukraine, has demanded Moscow pay $350 billion compensation to Kiev for losses associated with the destruction of the Donbass. Alexey Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee for International Affairs, expressed surprise at the demand, believing the destruction of Donbass was caused by Kiev. See joinfo.com article State Duma of Russia surprised by demand to compensate $ 350 billion for destruction of Donbas (May 12).

May Day Celebration, Donetsk, May 1, 2015

May Day Celebration, Donetsk, May 1, 2015

Donetsk Independence Day. A march will take place Monday in Donetsk to commemorate the first anniversary of the referendum on self-determination that was held in the Donetsk Oblast May 11, 2014. The Tass article is found at March to mark DPR Independence Day to be held in Donetsk (May 10).

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Click image to enlarge.

Click image to enlarge.

The Saker: Russia and China March Together. “For the first time ever the West has boycotted the Victory Day Parade in Moscow and, also for the first time ever, Chinese forces have marched on the Beautiful Square … with the Russians” says Saker. “I believe that this is a profoundly symbolic shift and one which makes perfectly good sense…. For one thing, Russia and China suffered more from WWII than any other country. See for yourself.” Saker’s commentary for Information Clearinghouse is available at Victory Day Celebrations in Moscow Mark a Turning Point in Russian History (May 9).

Global Research Situation Report. Multiple Ukraine ceasefire violations. Shirokino demilitarized. Two Chinese missile frigates to enter the Russian Black Sea naval base of Novorossiysk for the first time in history to conduct joint exercises with Russia in the Mediterranean. See Ukraine: Kiev Regime Violates Ceasefire in Donbass, China War Ships to Join Russian Navy in Black Sea (May 10).

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Postal Stamp Symbolizes Established DPR State. A stamp has been issued by the Donetsk People’s Republic celebrating heroic commanders of Novorossiya’s War of Independence. See Novorossia Today report The first stamp was issued in the DPR featuring military commanders Givi and Motorola (May 10).

Donetsk to Build Civilian Memorial. By next october, a memorial to civilians killed in the Donbass civil war will be built in Donetsk. Financial assistance is to be provided by an art center in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don. For Tass report see Memorial to civilians killed in Donbass conflict to appear in Donetsk (May 10).

NAF Commander Motorola, Victory Parade, Donetsk

NAF Commander Motorola, Victory Parade, Donetsk

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Victory Day in Novorossiya. See Fort Russ video presentation Epic Video Highlight from Donetsk Victory Day: Motorola & Givi (May 9) with report by Joaquin Flores.

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4 thoughts on “Donetsk & Lugansk News*May 12, 2015

  1. Hapsek

    Has the photo of the young lady with the flag of Novorossiya really been taken in Slavyansk? In Kiev-controlled Slavyansk? In May 2015? Or has it just got a wrong title?

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    1. kpomeroy Post author

      I’m fairly sure the photo was taken in Donetsk, during the celebrations on May 11, 2015. That was what the author, “Desertfox1991” said in their Twitter post. And close examination of the photo certainly leads one to believe that is correct.

      About the photo title, for historical reasons, our catalogues began back in June, 2014, when the fighting was primarily in Slavyansk. For easy access, we continued to label all of our Donbass-related files “Slavyansk”. This was meant to be transparent to the reader, but I realize when a photo is slow to come up, the name “Slavyansk” does appear. Funny you should ask.

      –Novorossiya Sun editor

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  2. Hapsek

    Oh right, now I see. All the photos on this page have “Slavyansk” in their title. Sorry, I didn’t realize that before. Thanks for your answer.

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