Saturday, May 30, 2015
Anti-Kiev Journalists Face Dire Fate. “If they catch me you don’t need to worry about being caught next. You are already caught. We just need to extricate ourselves together,” says commentator George Eliason about the information war. For an interesting, if unnerving read, see his editorial on Washington’s Blog entitled Ukraine- Nazi’s Target American Journalist in Donbass (May 30), by George Eliason.
Lavrov Makes Donbass Victims Live with Their Killers. See Quemado Institute commentary (May 30), by Karl Pomeroy.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Alexander Zakharchenko, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, has told the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission that he is unavailable to attend meetings outside the country until the end of July due to health reasons.The OSCE report gave no further details. We wish PM Zakharchenko a full and speedy recovery, and congratulate him on his first half year of successful DPR leadership. If you are a Russian speaker, an interview with Zakharchenko is available at Komsomolskaya Pravda.
US Military Chemical Experts Arrive in Mariupol. DPR Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin has warned that the Ukrainian Armed Forces might attack using chemical weapons as a provocation. Basurin told reporters that that “works are underway on the territory of a chlorine storage base, to the north-east of Kochetok settlement in the Kharkiv region.” Civilian employees have been dismissed from this base and security tightened. The arrival of American chemical weapons experts in Mariupol raises further questions. See Veteran’s Today report Donetsk republic warns of Kiev’s possible chemical weapons provocations (May 29).
Ukrainian Covert Group Killed Near Shirokino / Novorossia Today / May 29 / A source in the Army of the Donetsk People’s Republic reports: “The troopers of Sparta brigade under command of Motorola exterminated a sabotage and reconnaissance group of Azov battalion consisting of five men in the night from May 28 to May 29 not far from Shirokino. The castigators tried to enter the territory of Novosossiya, but they were met with sweeping fire. Not a single saboteur managed to escape.” Editor’s note: The above is the full report from Novorossia Today. According to maps of the contact line, Shirokino lies in Donetsk People’s Republic territory. Ukrainian forces would thus constitute “illegal armed groups”, forbidden by the Minsk 2.0 Agreements.
Lavrov: Ukrainian Army Responsible for All Civilian Deaths in Donbass. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has come out with a strong statement in defense of the Armed Forces of Novorossiya, pointing out that any civilians killed have been due to Ukrainian attacks. “I have never heard the Ukraine authorities report the death of peaceful civilians in [Kiev-held] territories adjacent to the militia-controlled areas,” Lavrov added. See TASS report Lavrov: peaceful civilians in Donbass die exclusively in Ukrainian army attacks (May 30). Editor’s note: We commend Lavrov’s long overdue statement. However, we hope Kiev does not respond by conducting false flag operations.
Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine Jointly Demand Russia Remove Troops from Donbass. According to Joinfo.com, “The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland, as well as the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania declared the appeal to Russia, demanding the immediate withdrawal of the military equipment and manpower, as well as any other armed groups from the territory of Ukraine.” See Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania address to Putin: ‘Back off Donbas, before it is too late’ (May 30). Editor’s note: Since Russia does not have any regular troops in Donbass, it would be impossible for Putin to comply. One wonders at the ignorance of the Polish and Lithuanian governments — or is it a ploy?
Leaked Letter Reveals Poroshenko’s Nobel Prospects, Truth or Hoax? “A lobby group has emerged that wants to award the battered [Nobel peace prize] to none other than the butcher of Donbass and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko,” reports DeepResource. See Nobel Peace Price Howler – Donbass Butcher Poroshenko Nominated (May 29). Editor’s note: whether this letter, curiously written in English, is authentic we do not know.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
One Hundred Eleven Photos of Funeral of Alexey Mozgovoi.
See vk.com album.
Petro Poroshenko Forces Novorossiya’s Hand: War Card Must Be Played / Quemado Institute / May 28, 2015 / The guarantors of the Minsk 2.0 Agreements Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande need to apply international pressure and diplomacy to calm the rash tempers in Kiev. Otherwise, a breakdown of the ceasefire appears to be imminent, as regime leader Petro Poroshenko and his cohort continue to escalate conflict with the Donbass Republics through violations of the Minsk provisions. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are attacking daily along the length of the contact line, and have caused the death of at least five civilians since May 26. Moreover, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has imposed a more comprehensive food blockade, contrary to Minsk. And Poroshenko has declared he will hold a dialogue with leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics only after Ukrainian-regulated elections are held, contrary to the Minsk provisions for DPR/LPR consultation.
More flagrant still, Ukraine’s acting prime minister Artseney Yatsenyuk has said he is ready to talk to the DPR and LPR leaders “only when they are behind bars.” See TASS reports Ukraine’s interior minister calls for full blockade of Donbas (May 28) and Poroshenko ready for dialogue with Donbas only after new elections (May 28).
NATO Accuses Russia in UKraine Military Crisis. Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Wednesday, “NATO continues to position Russia as a participant in the conflict, which is far from reality and has a serious confrontational potential because, in essence, it gives Kiev carte blanche to seek a military solution to the conflict.” See Sputnik report NATO Shifts All Responsibility on Moscow in Ukraine Crisis (May 28).
Oleksandr Turchynov Accuses Russia, Predicts Continental War. The resumption of fighting in the east of Ukraine may turn into a continental war – Turchynov / Interfax Ukraine / Edited autotranslation / May 28, 2015 / Secretary of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov fears that renewed fighting in the east by Russia may lead to a continental war. “We must clearly understand that if hostilities resumed, it will be at a higher level, and dangerous. These hostilities could escalate into a full continental war,” said Turchynov during the 8th Kyiv Security Forum on Thursday. He stressed that Russia continues to accumulate armed forces on the border with Ukraine and the Crimea to eliminate the Minsk agreement and start the fighting at any moment.
Petro Poroshenko: Martial Law May Be Imposed Within Hours. Kiev post-coup leader Petro Poroshenko has said if there is a military advance in the southeast of Ukraine he will sign the decree and martial law will be enacted almost immediately. See RT report at Martial law in Ukraine can be declared within hours – Poroshenko (May 28). Editor’s note: any military advance would be the result of Ukraine Armed Forces action, which Kiev would naturally blame on Novorossiya, giving Poroshenko a rationale for imposing dictatorship, his goal.
Pushilin Appeals to Tagliavini, Gorlovka Investigation Needed. Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin of the Donetsk People’s Republic has sent a letter to OSCE Minsk Contact Group representative Heidi Tagliavini, as well as to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, asking that a public investigation be conducted into the May 26 shelling of Gorlovka. For more see TASS report DPR rep asks OSCE to conduct public investigation of Gorlovka tragedy (May 29). In addition, TASS reports in a second article that “the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in its daily update published on Thursday that the settlement of Gorlovka had been shelled on May 26 from 122 mm artillery from north-north-west.” Some nine craters were analyzed. See OSCE says the settlement of Gorlovka in Donbas was shelled from 122mm artillery (May 28). Editor’s note: Given the location of Gorlovka relative to the nearby contact line to the north, a strike from the north-northwest would unambiguously have originated in Kiev-held territory. The violation is to be discussed at the next Minsk meeting June 2.
7000 Remeber Gorlovka Victims in Donetsk. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko declared May 28 a Day of Mourning for the 14 victims, 5 of whom were killed, of Urkaine’s shelling of Gorlovka earlier this week. An estimated 7000 people came out for a rally in Donetsk today to commemorate the victims and protest Kiev’s violations of Minsk. See Russia Beyond the Headlines report Some 7,000 people remember victims of Donbass attacks in Donetsk (May 28).
Graham Phillips Visits Gorlovka Victim. Anna, 31, a victim of the Ukrainian Army’s shelling of Gorlovka who lost her husband and daughter, was visited in the hospital by British journalist Graham Phillips. For more see Novorossia Today Graham Phillips visited the victim of Gorlovka shelling by UAF (May 28).
Pushilin: DPR Against US Minsk Participation. According to Contact Group envoy and Vice-Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the Donetsk People’s Republic opposes American involvement in the Minsk process, as it would complicate delicate negotions on compromise. See Novorossia Today report US participation in the Minsk talks will only complicate the search for compromise (May 28).
Minsk Contact Group to Meet June 2 or 4? Lugansk People’s Republic Contact Group envoy vladislav Deinego seems to have an impression different from that of Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma about the date of the next Contact Group summit in Minsk. See TASS report Luhansk negotiator says received no formal request to postpone Contact Group meeting (May 28). [Editor’s note: let’s hope this is not a trick to make it appear the LPR did not show up for the meeting, as Kiev has used in the past.]
Poroshenko A Nobel Candidate? Novorossia Today weighs the probability that Kiev regime boss and war criminal Petro Poroshenko could be nominated for and even win the top prize for contributing to world peace, if the war in Donbass is over. See President Poroshenko can be awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize (May 28).