Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Victims of Ukraine Shelling, DPR Declares Day of Mourning and Protest. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko has declared Thursday May 28 a Day of Mourning for the five victims “killed in the barbarous shelling of DPR residential districts by Ukraine’s Armed Forces” on Tuesday. “All the towns in the republic are due to hold protest rallies against Ukraine’s violations of the Minsk agreements and against shelling of peaceful cities by the Ukrainian army,” Zakharchenko’s administration told the Donetsk news agency. For more see Tass report Donetsk republic declares day of mourning for victims of Tuesday shelling (May 28).
Plotnitsky Calls For Mozgovoy Memorial /Truth about situation in Ukraine / May 27, 2015 / Lugansk People’s Republic, Novorossiya / Today, at an outdoor concert in Lugansk on the square before the Luspekaev Theatre given by People’s Artist of the USSR Joseph Kobzon, the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky ordered the LPR People’s Council to decide upon a proper memorial for Alexey Mozgovoi, commander of the 4th Territorial Defence Battalion of the LPR people’s militia. “I instructed the People’s Council to give proper tribute to Alexey Borisovich Mozgovoi. They’ll decide whether to erect a monument or install a plaque. He was a man who selflessly served the Republic, fought hard, and had his own views. Everybody knows that we could get into some really hot debates, but we always knew and realised that we stood shoulder-to-shoulder to defend our Motherland, our Republic,” – Igor Plotnitsky said.
In memory of the fallen commander, Plotnitsky asked Kobzon to start his concert with the famous song “Zhuravli” (White Cranes). Plotnitsky noted that Kobzon’s visit to Lugansk “was like a splash of cold water on a hot afternoon, like getting a piece of bread during a time of blockade. We said that when we found it difficult, you came to us, Joseph Davydovich. Indeed, it’s really difficult today”. Kobzon said that he was hurt and sad because he had to bid farewell “to a wonderful fellow countryman, brigade commander Alexey Borisovich Mozgovoi. There was talk that we should cancel our concert, move it to another day. Yet we came, Igor Venediktovich [Plotnitsky], as we believe that it’s necessary have this assembly to commemorate the passing of Alexey Borisovich. When they listen to songs about feats and battle, our compatriots will once again remember Alexey Borisovich and honour his memory”.
On the evening of 23 May, Mozgovoi died tragically in an attack by suspected sabotage-reconnaissance group. In addition to three guards and his media spokeswoman, two civilians died in the incident.
The funeral of Mozgovoy took place in Alchevsk
Novorossia Today / May 27, 2015 / The funeral of “Ghost” brigade commander Aleksey Mozgovoy took place in Alchevsk. Simultaneously the funerals of his comrades that perished together with him took place, Interfax News Agency reports. Be reminded that according to the Deputy General Procecutor of the LPR Sergey Gorenko, the car, in which “Ghost” brigade commander Aleksey Mozgovoy rode, tripped a mine and then was subjected to machine-gun fire. There are several theories as to the perpetrators of the crime: a sabotage and reconnaissance group of the enemy or criminal elements, the activities of which Mozgovoy hindered.
TWITTER Wednesday Situation Report: UAF Attacks DPR. At about 22:30 UTC May 27. Storm Bringer tweets: “Krasnogorovka is another firing position of UAF artillery. Big explosions heard over Donetsk. UAF MRLs are back #Ukraine #Poroshenko #WW3.” B.Lom tweets: NAF knocked out a Ukrainian tank between Donetsk airport and Avdeevka. Why are these tanks there in the first place? #ATO #CeaseFire.” Storm Bringer tweets: “At Trudoskiye to the West of Donetsk UAF have failed to advance so far. NAF holding positions / firing back with AGLs #ukraine #WW3 #Krieg. / A very hot night for Donetsk: UAF are firing from #Krasnogorovka & trying to break-thru in Maryinka.”
George Eliason Reports From ukraine. “I wrote the first stories about Kiev’s attack on Donbass and broke many of the stories about Ukraine’s atrocities here. I am also the first English language journalist in Donbas and the only one that’s never left. I live here,” says Eliason. See Real Independent News & Film (RINF) article Independent journalist in Ukraine needs our help – keep truth alive (May 25).
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Global Research: Mozgovoy’s Legacy Will Unify Novorossiya. “The importance of Alexey Mozgovoy on the world stage today can’t be measured through his tactical genius and success against Kiev. It’s not what his political views were or that he was the “hometown hero” in Donbass. What made Mozgovoy extraordinary is that he didn’t care what your politics are. He wasn’t a nationalist or a socialist like his critics try to paint him. If you loved people he could work with you. He was a normal guy that woke up in extraordinary circumstances and rose to the occasion. If Maidan hadn’t happened the world wouldn’t know him and obscurity wouldn’t have diminished him in the slightest. We may know about people we consider great because of events but those qualities were there to begin with.” — George Eliason. For more, see The Assassination of Donbass Commander Alexey Mozgovoy. “His Legacy Will Unify Novorossiya” (May 26), by George Eliason.
Igor Plotnitsky: I mourn with all those who knew Alexei Mozgovoi / Timeline Photos / May 26, 2015 / May 26, 2015 / Assault on Alexei Mozgovoi was an assault on all who defend the LPR’s right to exist. This was stated today by Igor Plotnitskiy, head of the Luhansk People’s Republic. “I mourn with all those who knew Alexei Mozgovoi, who walked shoulder to shoulder with him,” he said. The Head of the Republic pointed out that Mozgovoi and himself had had different views on politics, but they had always stood cheek by jowl in the battle for the Luhansk People’s Republic.
Plotnitskiy stressed that only Kiev authorities could take advantage of Mozgovoi’s death; instead of moving towards peace in the framework of the Minsk protocol they seek to undermine political stability inside the Republics of Donbass and “ push us on a wobbly path to a new escalation of the military conflict”. The head of the LPR has also instructed the Prosecutor General, the Minister of Internal Affairs and the commanders of the People’s Militia to take search for the killers of Mozgovoi and his associates under special control.
Gorlovka Shelled, Man and Child Killed. The Ukrainian Army has shelled Gorlovka today, killing two civilians, a man and a child of eleven or twelve, and injuring three. See RT report 2 civilians, including 12yo killed by Ukrainian army shell in Donbass (May 16).
UAF Tochka-U Spotted Near Kramatorsk. Donetsk People’s Republic intelligence has spotted a Ukrainian Army tactical Tochka-U missile system in the area of Kramatorsk, a city under [Kiev] control, DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin has told the media. “It is not ruled out that Ukrainian forces are going to use the system for an act of sabotage,” said Basurin. For more see TASS report Kiev forces deploy Tochka-U missile system near east Ukraine’s Kramatorsk — intelligence (May 26). Editor’s note: Kramatorsk is located about 60 km north of Donetsk, and some 35 km from the contact line.
UAF Shells Slavyanoserbsk May 26. Structures at the Lugansk National Agrarian University and an apartment building in Slavyanoserbsk were damaged by Ukrainian shelling this morning for the first time since February, scaring residents. There were no casualties reported. The town was hit with a 23-mm anti-aircraft system and 82-mm automatic mortar-gun “Vasilek” from the direction of Trekhizbenka. For more see Novorossia Today report Slavyanoserbsk was subjected to shelling today for the first time in the three months of the ceasefire regime (May 26). Editor’s note: Slavyanoserbsk, near Shastya, lies about 25 km northwest of Lugansk and 40 km northeast of Alchevsk.
Ukrainian Saboteurs Blow Up Locomotive / Novorossia Today / May 26, 2015 / Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya / Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up a locomotive in the Lugansk People’s Republic, the DPR Defense Ministry spokesperson Eduard Barusin told journalists today. “On 25 May, Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group blew up a locomotive in the LPR on the Lutugino-Semeykino line. They placed an explosive device on the tracks and set it off when the train went over it. There were no injuries, but the damage closed the rail line temporarily. This confirms that the Ukrainian forces are trying to disrupt civilian infrastructure objects in the DPR and LPR,” — Basurin said.
South Ossetia Appoints Donetsk and Lugansk Envoys. President Leonid Tibilov of South Ossetia, which has recognized the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, appointed envoys Taimuraz Gibizov and Soslan Karayev as official South Ossetian representatives in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republics. The nations opened mutual diplomatic missions in April, 2015. See Sputnik report South Ossetia Appoints Envoys to Donetsk and Lugansk Republics (May 26).
Ukrainian Military Preparations Continue Near Contact Line. Kiev is still amassing troops and weaponry along the line of contact, including BM-21 Grad and Uragan 9K57 multiple rocket launcher systems in Velikaya Novoselka and Olgink, and Smerch 9K58 heavy multiple rocket launchers near Bogorodichnoye. A hospital and private property have been seized as bases of operations. For more see TASS report Donetsk republic’s intelligence sees Kiev military buildup near contact line (May 25).
Kiev Classified Report Intercepted. Sputnik News reports: “Ukrainian troops are demoralized and unprepared to keep the field in Donbass, according to a secret report intercepted by Donetsk intelligence services.” For more see Leave Your Wounded Comrades on the Battlefield (May 26).
Russian Embassy Demands Access to Kiev-Detained Russians. The Russian embassy in Kiev has demanded access of a consular official to the two Russian citizens, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, who were captured by Ukrainian Security Services on Ukraine-held territory in mid-May. See TASS report Moscow unveils note sent to Kiev due to detention of Russians in Donbas (May 26). Update: Since this TASS report was published, consular access has been granted by Kiev. See Interfax report Russian embassy in Ukraine granted access to Russians detained in Luhansk region – diplomat (May 26). Further update: more details are given in a newer TASS report entitled Kiev promises diplomatic access to Russians detained in Donbas after due formalities (May 16).
Poroshenko Signs Law Revising Ukraine’s Soviet History. In a further totalitarian move, Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko signed a package of laws last on May 15, 2015, which was rushed through parliament without public debate. The laws revise Ukrainian history to essentially delete the Soviet era, and hail soldiers who fought in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, slaughtering “tens of thousands of Poles in one of the most heinous acts of ethnic cleansing in the history of Ukraine.” Political commentator Jochen Hellbeck analyzes this new legislation, the violation of which could result in a jail term. “Europeans should not watch passively as core European values are being silenced or denied in Ukraine’s hybrid war against Russia. What unites Europe today is the memory of the Holocaust as a singular crime and a starting point for a new era. This memory is shared not only by French and Germans, Poles and Greeks; it also extends to a Russia that affirms the central role played by the Red Army in liberating Europe from fascism,” says Hellbeck. For more see New Republic editorial Ukraine Makes Amnesia the Law of the Land (May 21).