Donetsk/Lugansk News*May 22-24

Sunday, May 24, 2015
(More updates to come)

JCCC Representative Alexander Lentsov (--vocativ.com)

JCCC Representative Alexander Lentsov (–vocativ.com)

Lentsov Attacked BY Ukrainian Saboteurs / Truth about situation in Ukraine / May 24, 2015 / Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya / The group of observers of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC) was attacked by the Ukrainian saboteurs on May 23, the DPR Defense Ministry spokesperson Eduard Basurin told a briefing today. “At about 18:00 on May 23, in neutral territory, about 1.5 kilometers from Gorlovka, Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group carried out an attack on the Russian representative at the JCCC, Colonel General Alexander Lentsov. During the inspection, the JCCC observers spotted a large number of Ukrainian heavy weapons, which must have been withdrawn under the Minsk Agreements, near the contact line. The Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group opened fire on a car of the JCCC with automatic small arms in order to obstruct the inspection. The JCCC observers managed to stay alive only by a lucky chance,” – Eduard Basurin said. He added that the attack on the JCCC observers and the assassination on Alexey Mozgovoy had taken place at almost the same time.

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Eduard Basurin (--Novorossia Today)

Eduard Basurin (–Novorossia Today)

UAF Deploy 1000 Artillery Units, 45000 Troops in Donbass. The Ukrainian Army buildup is comparable to a year ago before the major spring offensive. Eduard Basurin of the Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Ministry said on Sunday, “The reconnaissance troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic have registered concentration of heavy weapons in the outskirts of Konstantinovka to where Grad multiple rocket launcher systems are being secretly redeployed. All of Poroshenko’s statements about his commitment to peace, as a matter of fact, are meant to disguise military preparations.” For more see Ukrainian troops deploy 1,000 artillery units in Donbass – DPR defence ministry (May 24) at TASS.

Donetsk May 24 Explosion: In Donetsk, a powerful explosion. In the sky above the Donetsk “mushroom” in the Leninsky district smashed glass Stock / Novosti Donbassa / May 24, 2015 20:33 / Autotranslation / In the Kirov region of Donetsk today, May 24, there was a loud explosion. This is reported by local people in social networks. According to residents of the Leninsky district in many homes fell glass. Also, during an explosion in all regions of Donetsk light blinked, and Lenin completely disappeared. In addition it is reported that a large column of smoke rises from the waste heaps in the area near the stadium “Shakhtar” Also, according to local residents, they heard a strong cotton in the DMZ. I see the smoke over the plant.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Alexey Mozgovoy

Alexey Mozgovoy

We pay tribute to the great hero Commander Mozgovoy who has been assassinated today. This is a very sorrowful time for all who love Novorossiya and who care about the Lugansk People’s Republic. Mozgovoy was involved in many community projects, and was known for helping the children of Donbass. He is with us in spirit, this we know.

Biryukov: The Ghost Brigade Will Continue to
Carry Out Its Mission

Colleagues of Ghost Brigade Commander Alexei Mozgovoi, who was killed near Mikhailovka, said that the unit’s soldiers will continue to fulfill their mission. “If the enemy suddenly decides to be happy, then it’s for nothing. Such things do not cause fear, but hatred. This is another great figure in an account that will be paid, sooner or later,” said the first deputy commander of the Ghost Brigade, Pyotr Biryukov.

An investigation team continues to work on the scene of Mozgovoi’s murder. “At 17:50 there was an armed attack on three cars carrying representatives of the Ghost Brigade. Mozgovoi, the Ghost Brigade commander, died at the scene from gunshot wounds, along with his bodyguards, driver and press secretary,” said the head of the investigation department of Lugansk People’s Republic Prosecutor-General Leonid Tkachenko’s office. “There was a firecracker, which distracted the driver’s attention, then firing began,” he added.

Ghost Brigade commander and one of the militia leaders of the LNR Alexei Mozgovoi was killed on Saturday, May 23. Near Mikhailovka, Ukrainian saboteurs were waiting in ambush for his car. Under mortar and machine-gun fire, Mozgovoi and his companions were seriously wounded. Seven people were killed, including the commander of Ghost.

Translated by Greg Butterfield
Red Star Over Donbass

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Volnovakha Area May See Ukrainian Army Attack: DPR Defense Ministry: 45 Thousand UAF and 380 Tanks Concentrated in Donbass / dnrespublika.info / Rough-edited autotranslation by Quemado Insitute / May 23, 2015 / The grouping of Ukrainian security forces in the demilitarized zone is up to 45 thousand troops, 380 tanks and 1,800 armored vehicles, spokesman of the Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Basurin said Saturday. “Kiev authorities continue to build missile base troops in the area of the demilitarized zone. According to our intelligence, its composition already has 36 battalion tactical groups, 20 separate infantry battalions, two battalions of special purpose and 3 reconnaissance battalion. In the area of punitive action adversary concentrated to 45 thousand troops, 380 tanks, 1,800 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 980 field artillery pieces and MLRS, and up to 75 combat aircraft and helicopters,” he said.

Basurin noticed that continues escalating strike force near the settlement of Volnovakha where secretly relocated a significant amount of military equipment and personnel. “These data clearly demonstrate the unwillingness of Kiev to comply with obligations under the agreements Minsk and intensify preparation for military action. DPR militia continues to strictly fulfill its commitments and is ready to take decisive action to protect the republic,” summed up the representative of the military. About the concentration of artillery along the line of contact, according to Basurin, DPR intelligence militia found evidence of continuing violations of agreements Minsk from the Ukrainian security services, in particular, the concentration of heavy weapons in the vicinity of the line of separation of the parties. “Exploration DPR Sun received more evidence of the presence of prohibited agreements Minsk Ukrainian artillery in areas adjacent to the line of contact,” he said. According to Basurin, human intelligence received photos from Ukrainian drones, will be recording their positions to determine the quality of their disguise. Basurin showed pictures in which, according to his explanations, the security forces deployed 32 self-propelled artillery, guns and MLRS “Grad” in areas Grodovki, Kurakhovo Talakovki, Novokalinino, Dyleevki, Romanovka, Gnutova and Nikolayevka. “By comparing the pictures obtained with directions and shelling areas in Donetsk Republic, which maintained the fire, it becomes apparent that it was revealed by the artillery is currently used against peaceful settlements of Donbass,” stated Basurin. Editor’s note: Volnovakha is located north of Mariupol near the narrow neck of the southern DPR handle, a vulnerable strategic target for a breakthrough to the Russian border.

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Vladimir Putin (--forwardtimes.online.com)

Vladimir Putin (–forwardtimes.online.com)

Novorossiya: Putin Sent Wrong Message. Many Novorossiya supporters were shocked and disappointed that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not send Russian troops to the rescue when Donbass came under hellacious shelling by the Ukrainian Army in May of last year. This moving commentary explains the history of the tragic misunderstanding. See Novorossiya – The unkept promise! (May 20) at the Espresso with Pavel website. Editor’s note: Igor Strelkov gives insightful analyses of this turnabout by Moscow, which left the Donbass Republics to fend for themselves. These are posted below. Meanwhile, despite Russia’s mistakes, we are thankful the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics have survived successfully.

Novorossiya: Strelkov Accuses Moscow / Donbass news Novorossiya today May 23, 2015 / John Delacour @ vk.com / Igor Ivanovich Strelkov’s statement on the situation in Donbass:

Igor Strelkov (--Glavlist.ru)

Igor Strelkov (–Glavlist.ru)

The media recently published a statement from Igor Strelkov on the situation that has developed up to the present in the east of Ukraine. He said that the Ukrainian military command a year ago were expecting the Russian army to arrive in Donbass: “The first scenario was that the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics were to be incorporated into the Russian Federation, following the example of the Crimea. For its part, Ukraine has repeatedly stated that it would not oppose the Kremlin and that it has no intention of entering into military conflict with the Russian army. According to Igor Ivanovich, Ukrainian officers have openly declared to him personally that they will not go to war with Russia.”

“In Russia and Ukraine, and in Novorossiya, it was expected that everything would be quick and painless, as in the case of the Crimean peninsula. However, the Kremlin allowed a fatal mistake to be made, and now a painless outcome can no longer be hoped for.” Strelkov is sure that the events in the east of Ukraine have not developed as was intended. Local people are already sick to the back teeth of military action in their towns—“Nobody wants to go to the front and die for a bunch of bureaucrats who are engaged only in seeing the Minsk accords implemented and complain to the international community about the punishers. The chance was missed, and now victims are inevitable”

Igor Strelkov (Glavlist.ru)

Igor Strelkov (Glavlist.ru)

At the same time, Igor Strelkov accuses the Russian government. According to him, the Kremlin authorities have chosen the wrong tactics. “Now in Ukraine, just as in Russia, money and power come before the interests of the people. The nationalist Ukrainian government seems ready to send everybody to war without distinction, thereby ravaging not only Donbass but also its own population. The fact that the Russian government expands its campaign in Ukraine it is evidence that some individuals give priority to their own enrichment, putting personal interests higher than the interests of the people and the state. Today in both Russia and Ukraine no opposition is permitted anywhere near the government. The war continues because it is to certain people’s advantage,” said Igor Strelkov. Editor’s note: Tuesday’s speech by Strelkov outlining strategic options for Donbass may be found at Strelkov’s May 19th Speech: Passive policy will lead to defeat.

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The Dissident: Friday Situation Report. See LATEST COMBAT REPORTS FROM DONBASS – 22 May 2015 (May 23).

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Donetsk People’s Republic License Plate. From Timeline Photos.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hollande Called for Pressure on Russia to Comply with the Minsk Agreement / Ria Novosti / Edited autotranslation / May 22, 2015 / French President Francois Hollande said there is a need to keep up the pressure, in particular on the east of Ukraine and Russia, so that they fully respect the Minsk Agreement.

Francois Hollande

Francois Hollande

MOSCOW / French President Francois Hollande said there is a need to put pressure on Russia and militias in Donbass, Ukraine to respect the ceasefire. “It is clear that the ceasefire is to be fully respected. That is why we must act, and keep up the pressure, in particular, on the east of Ukraine and Russia, so that they fully respect the Minsk Agreement,” said Hollande to reporters during the summit of “Eastern Partnership” in Riga, reports Reuters. Editor’s note: Hollande is barking up the wrong tree. Russia is not involved, and Novorossiya is not the aggressor. This is what’s so pathetic about the Western approach to this ceasefire: they are clueless about who the offenders are. We understand it is painful to assimilate the idea that your own government is backing the wrong side of the war, but somehow this realization must be reached, by Hollande, by Merkel, and by all European leaders.

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NAF soldiers talk to a resident in Shirokino

NAF soldiers talk to a resident in Shirokino

Shirokino Civilians Endure Constant Shelling. Only 35 people still live in the coastal village of Shirokino that lies between Kiev-held Mariupol and the DPR’s beach town of Novoazovsk. The OSCE reports continuous attacks, and has urged a demilitarization of the area over the past several weeks. A temporary ceasefire has now held. See Tass report OSCE: Thirty-five civilians live under shelling in Shirokino (May 22).

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UAF Blocks Stanitsa Luganskaya Bridge, Delays Crowds. Vladimir Suchan posted the following report at Truth about the situation in Ukraine / May 22, 2015 / Lugansk People’s Republic, Novorossiya / This morning, the Ukrainian army has completely blocked the only entrance to Stanitsa Luganskaya from the Lugansk People’s Republic. Hundreds of people are standing at the checkpoint of the Ukrainian forces, in the hope that they will be allowed to pass. The OSCE has already arrived and talked with the LPR people’s militia. After that, they went to the Ukrainian checkpoint, which is surrounded by angry local residents. “Ukrainian army hasn’t let civilians to pass since 6 a.m. People cannot pass even with their travel passes issued by the Kiev government,” – the 4th separate battalion of the LPR territorial defence, which controls the bridge near Stanitsa Luganskaya, said.
“Ukrainian army says that their positions were allegedly shelled last night. So, they decided to punish us for 3 days. But why do we, civilians, have to suffer? My house is located a couple of kilometers from the Ukrainian checkpoint, but they don’t let me to pass,” – the local resident said and showed his travel pass to journalists of the Lugansk Information Center. According to the LPR fighters of the territorial defence battalion, up to 4,000 civilians go over the bridge to Stanitsa Luganskaya. This bridge is the only crossing point for residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya, where about 15,000 people have lived before the war. For the residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya, who are now under control of the Ukrainian army, the bridge is a vital thing connecting their village with Lugansk, where they work and their relatives live. The agricultural production, including greenhouses of the villagers, plays a very important role in providing food products to the residents of Lugansk.

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New Russia Press Friday Situation Report. See Fights In Donbass 22.05.2015 (May 22), by George.

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May 22 Situation Reports (TWITTER). B.Lom tweets at about 12:00 UTC: “There’s video evidence of Ukies moving many units of Smerch MLRS up to front lines in Lugansk.” Olivier Fehr tweets at about 13:00 UTC: “How can Lugansk be shelled if Kiev has withdrawn heavy weapons? Answer: Kiev has not withdrawn heavy weapons and OSCE is lying.” Daily Agenda, at about 13:30 UTC: “UPDATE 14:00 LT: The night in Novorossiya was intense. Many villages and cities shelled by Ukrainian Forces. Huge shelling in some areas.” Daily Agenda, at about 16:00 UTC: “UPDATE 15:00 LT: Combat in progress at Gorlovka, Marinka and Donetsk in 2-3 districts and at Shyrokyne, Sahanka — Militia Source — Confirmed.”

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(--Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov)

(–Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov)

Red Cross Humanitarian Aid Blocked. The head of the International Red Cross (ICRC) in Europe and Central Asia Loran Korba said Friday, “Numerous and complicated administrative procedures and restrictions for the convoys in Ukraine impede the process of the delivery.” The ICRC was interested in the implementation of the Minsk agreements and was ready to contribute, for instance, to provide monitoring and assessment, Korba stressed. For more see Sputnik report ICRC: Humanitarian Aid Delivery to Donbass Through Ukraine Faces Obstacles (May 22).

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(--REUTERS/Antonio Bronic )

(–REUTERS/Antonio Bronic )

Kiev Security Forces Fire on OSCE Observers in Lugansk / Novorossia Information Agency / Edited autotranslation/ May 22, 2015 / Ukrainian security officials in Lugansk in the area of Schastye, in violation of all international norms, fired on observers of the OSCE mission. Deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Militia Corps Igor Yaschenko stated at a briefing in Lugansk Information Center, “Not later than 20 May, while trying to conduct rotation in the area of Schastye, representatives of the OSCE mission were fired on at the T-junction of mortars [sic]. We had to endure this is connection with the rotation, and it was carried out near the village of Lugansk.”

British prime minister David Cameron in Ukraine (--AFP/ Alain Jocard)

British prime minister David Cameron in Ukraine (–AFP/ Alain Jocard)

Poroshenko and Cameron Discuss Possibility of Donbas Peacekeeping Mission / 24Today.net / May 22, 2015 / British prime minister David Cameron arrives for the second day of the fourth European Union (EU) eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, on May 22, 2015 as Latvia holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and UK Prime Minister David Cameron discussed a number of issues, including the possibility of sending peacekeepers to the south-east of Ukraine, at a meeting in Riga on May 22, the Ukrainian leader’s press service has reported. Editor’s note: Cameron talking to Poroshenko is futile, since Ukraine is the aggressor. European leaders need to talk to DPR/LPR Prime Ministers Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky.