Sunday, June 14, 2015
(More updates to come)
Pushilin: Donbass on Brink of Major War. Donetsk People’s Republic Contact Group envoy Denis Pushilin said today, June 14, that the situation in Ukraine is unpredictable, and war could break out at any time, in a matter of hours, due the smallest decision on the part of anyone involved. “We are actually on the brink of a major war right now. Our conflict is not an internal Ukrainian one, it is fully in line with what is happening in Syria, Yemen, the uprising in Macedonia,… and could lead to very tragic consequences and, as a result, things can escalate in a matter of hours,” said Pushilin. For more, see Sputnik article Donbass on Brink of Major War, Conflict May Escalate Any Time – DPR (June 14).
MoD DPR recorded 185 instances of the ceasefire regime violation by the Ukrainian side in the last 24 hours / Novorossiya Today /June 14, 2015 / Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya / Situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense and complicated, the DPR Defense Ministry spokesperson Eduard Basurin told a briefing today. “Over the past 24 hours, we have recorded 185 instances of the ceasefire regime violation by the Ukrainian side, including 30 cases of tank fire and 142 – of mortars of 82-mm and 120-mm caliber use upon the territory of the Republic. Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsk, Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk, Spartak, Shirokino, Zhabunki, Yasnoye, Krasniy Partizan, Staromikhailovskaya, Veseloye, and the Donetsk airport. Three DPR fighters were wounded. One civilian woman was wounded in Kievsky district of Donetsk. She came under fire by the 93rd Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces commanded by Colonel Oleg Mikats,” – Basurin said.
Ukraine Shells Donetsk, Wounds AFP Reporter. British journalist Graham Phillips tweeted at 06:00 UTC June 14: “Today in Donetsk – Alexei is lucky to be alive after Ukrainian shelling hit, destroyed, his flat yesterday.” Twitter source News of Donbas tweeted at 22:00 UTC June 14: “AFP freelancer was wounded as result of shelling Donetsk, ‘DPR’ informs.” In a further clarification, Twitter source Leonid tweets at 22:30 UTC June 14: “Alexander Gayuk an AFP journalist wounded in Donetsk today.”
Sunday’s UAF Donetsk Shelling Wounds Eight. A Donetsk administration spokesman reports, “Ukrainian shells hit one house in Luzina Street and two houses – in Kremlevsky Avenue in the Kuibyshevsky district, five people were wounded. One house was hit in Baikalskaya Street in Petrivsky district and one house was hit in Shevchenko Street in the settlement of Alexandrovka, three people were wounded,” adding that one more house was damaged in Donetsk’s Kalininsky district. Source: TASS: 8 people wounded in shelling of Donetsk by Ukrainian army (June 14).
Strategic Culture Foundation: Britain’s Hammond Suggests Hosting US Nukes. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has put forth the possibility of the UK placing American nuclear weapons on its soil to counteract the “Russian threat”. Columnist Finian Cunningham, slamming the insanity of Anglo-American attitudes, comments, “This slanderous attitude toward Russia is doubly contemptible, because not only is it calumnious, the deception also serves as a political and moral cover that allows the Anglo-American rulers to take outrageous steps toward jeopardising international peace, with the unprecedented deployment of nuclear weapons.” For full analysis see The Anglo-American Insanity (June 14) by Finian Cunningham. Quemado Institute comments: On the subject of American insanity, the United States government has become sick in many ways, and their behavior has grown abhorrent to reasoning people. Among the atrocities they sponsor, in addition to fomenting coups, unrest, and the bombing of civilians across the Euro-Middle East, are the spraying of skies over NATO countries with so-called “chemtrails”, whose contents are consistent with that of coal ash, filling the air on many days with a streaky overcast of toxins, which are believed to inhibit rainfall and have resulted in drastic fires, destroying many mountain forests across the US southwest, as well as severe and possibly irreparable drought in California, all the while euphemizing their actions under the catch-all term of “climate change”, as if it were not their fault, their reckless and misguided intent apparently to stop global warming.
Slavyangrad: Alexander Fedetov Gives Incisive Analysis of Ukraine-Donbass War Prospects Under Minsk 2.0. Just prior to last week’s G7 Summit, author Alexander Fedotov offered a relevant and insightful summary of Kiev’s and Novorossiya’s motives for and against resumption of hostilities in the context of Minsk 2.0. Fedetov’s analysis remains highly relevant today. See The Situation Surrounding Mariinka (posted on Slavyangrad, June 13), by Alexander Fedetov. Editor’s note: Fedetov’s ideas compare interestingly with those expressed in our Quemado Institute commentary Minsk 2.0: Time is on the Side of Novorossiya (June 13).
Merkel: Minsk Process Extremely Fragile. Chancellor Angela Merkel feels that she, as well as Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French President Francois Hollande are responsible for the Normandy format talks seeking to find a peaceful resolution to the deadly Ukraine war with Donbass. “The system of security built thanks to the Minsk process in eastern Ukraine remains ‘extremely fragile,’ according to Merkel,” reports Sputnik News. For more see Germany, France Responsible for Minsk Peace Process in Ukraine – Merkel (June 12).
US War Party Seeks to Kill Minsk 2.0. American weekly The Nation reported that US Hawks are seeking to destroy the Minsk 2.0 peace process. The war party is “ginning up the anti-Russian hysteria in both Kiev and Washington” in pursuit of this goal, the Nation explained. “Another goal is to force the European Union to extend the anti-Russian sanctions, imposed under the false pretext (albeit very popular in the West) that Moscow is involved in the Ukrainian civil war,” reports Sputnik. The issue will be discussed at the upcoming European Council summit. For more see US Hawks Want to ‘Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Minsk II’ (June 12).
Friday, June 12, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)
Poroshenko Promises Constitutional Amendments. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko, in a speech in Mariupol on Thursday, said that amendments to the Ukraine Constitution should be voted on by the Verkhovna Rada in a few weeks. “People should be able to exercise a lion’s share of their powers in their native cities,” vowed Poroshenko. “But, the questions of foreign policy, defense, the state’s integrity and the status of a unitary state will also be the key elements of our constitution.” For TASS report see Ukrainian parliament to adopt constitutional amendments in weeks to come — Poroshenko (June 11). Editor’s note: Poroshenko’s vow need not be taken too seriously. In fact, according to the Minsk 2.0 agreements, the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine parliament) does not have the authority to determine the final amendments. The amendments in their finished form must be approved by the DPR/LPR Minsk Contact Group representatives, who have indicated they will accept nothing less than de facto independence. The amendments proposed by the Verkhovna Rada will carry no more weight that those proposed by the DPR/LPR on June 8. Minsk 2.0, it should be noted, confers no authority on Kiev that it does not also confer on the DPR/LPR. Control is the hands of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
Intensive Ukrainian Shelling in Donetsk. The Kiyevskiy and Kuybyshevskiy districts of Donetsk have been subject to intensive shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) in the last 24 hours, damaging a kindergarten, a hospital, residential buildings and power lines. Casualties have not been specified. See Novorossia Today report A hospital, a kindergarten and “Tochmash” works in Donetsk were subjected to shelling by Ukrainian military (June 11). Editor’s note: Kiyevskiy and Kuybyshevskiy are located just left of and above Donetsk at bottom center of map.
Two Children Survive Gorlovka Shelling. A 7-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, originally reported dead, are found to be alive but injured. At least 3 women were killed in the Ukrainian shelling of Gorlovka June 10. See Novorossia Today report Two children in Gorlovka that had been reported dead are actually wounded, but alive (June 11).
Strategic Culture Foundation: Ukraine’s $15.5 Billion Debt Restructuring in Rothschild Death Grip. The June 15 deadline is approaching for restructuring Ukraine’s massive debt among wolfish lenders not likely to compromise, including Franklin Templeton. A related SCF article says, “Ukraine … has sold its securities to Franklin Templton. According to a recent Bloomberg report, the investment fund acts under US jurisdiction and is controlled by Rothschilds, the family known for its death grip.” Analyst Valentin Katasonov investigates the various IMF and private loans, most of them from “financial vultures”, and offers gloomy predictions for the monetary status of the post-coup regime in Kiev. See commentary Kiev Holds Talks With International Money Lenders: This Month is Decisive (June 12), by Valentin Katasonov. Editor’s Note: We regret the bad name such financial institutions give to the natural vultures of the sky, who soar in beautiful sweeping flight and never kill living creatures.
Ron Paul: Soros Urges US to Weaponize Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko’s close friend, billionaire George Soros, says in an email to the Kiev regime leader, “‘the US should provide Ukraine ‘with same level of sophistication in defense weapons to match the level of opposing force.’ In other words,” Ron Paul comments in his weekly column, “despite the February ceasefire, Soros is pushing behind the scenes to make sure Ukraine receives top-of-the-line lethal weapons from the United States. Of course it will be up to us to pay the bill because Ukraine is broke.” He adds, “Soros assured Poroshenko: ‘I am ready to call Jack Lew of the US Treasury to sound him out about the swap agreement.’ So George Soros will use his influence in the US government to put the American people on the hook for a bankrupt Ukraine — forcing us to pay for weapons, more military training, and Ukraine’s crippling debt.” For more see Ron Paul Institute editorial Soros Pushes US Bailouts and Weapons for Ukraine (June 7), by Ron Paul.
Swiss Corruption Investigators Predict Unacceptable Future for Ukraine. Strategic Culture Foundation columnist Alexander Donetsky quotes experts from the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva from their 185-page document on prospects for the future of Ukraine. “We believe that future cannot be acceptable for Ukraine. Even if the country shall split in two different countries, the situation and challenges will remain the same: how to ensure a viable prosperity framework for the populations,” the Swiss report concludes. For more see commentary Swiss corruption investigators have pronounced their verdict on Ukraine (II) (June 12), by Alexander Donetsky. Editor’s note: It is significant the Swiss investigators consider the breaking of Ukraine into two countries a viable scenario. We certainly agree, and optimistically predict the independent DPR/LPR will provide “a viable prosperity for the population,” even if Kiev fails to do so.
G7 Accuses Russia. In this substantial analysis by political commentator Finian Cunningham, the roles of the G7 leaders in blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for circumstances in Ukraine beyond his control are examined in detail. “The United States and its Western allies are trying to ensnare Russia in an audacious disinformation trap over the Ukraine conflict,” notes Cunningham. “That trap involves imposing an insoluble conundrum on Vladimir Putin’s government.” He adds, “But how can Russia implement a peace deal in Ukraine if the Western-backed Kiev regime is the one that is the aggressor, not Russia? As Putin told Italian media in an interview last week, it is up to Washington and its European allies to influence the regime in Kiev to fulfil the terms of Minsk.” Cunningham points out astutely, “There is no evidence to substantiate the claims of Russian troops inside Ukraine, even though these accusations have been flying around the Western media for more than a year now. Surely, a US or NATO satellite must have a credible image of such Russian presence by now?” For more of this definitive analysis see Sputnik editorial Trapping Russia to Prove a Negative (June 10) by Finian Cunningham. Quemado Institute comments: We agree and have maintained consistently that Russia has no regular troops in Ukraine. There are rumors that Igor Strelkov, former Novorssiya volunteer commander who had actually never fought in the Russian armed forces and has become something of a loose cannon plagued with the sour grapes affliction of a has-been, recently said, “Anyone who thinks Russia is not involved in Ukraine is an idiot.” We have no proof he made this statement, but if true, Strelkov is either calling his hero Putin an idiot or a liar. Strelkov apparently makes a pretense of knowing what goes on in Russian government inner circles. However, when he famously led the defensive battles in Slavyansk, 2014, he did not even know that Russian forces were never coming. Expecting their arrival any day, he overextended his position, and was forced to retreat from Slavyansk when the truth became evident. Given this gross miscalculation, how much can Strelkov really know about Putin’s intentions?
Shell Oil Exits Donbass. Royal Dutch Shell has announced it will abandon it plans for fracking operations in the Kharkov and Donetsk regions. In December 2014, Chevron also withdrew. For more see Voice of Sevastopol report Shell to Withdraw From Shale Gas Project in Eastern Ukraine (June 11). Editor’s note: the fewer the foreign corporate financial projects in Ukraine, the weaker will be Western support for Kiev.
Political Prisoner Sokolov May Face 15 Years. Andrei Sokolov has been jailed by the Ukraine Security Service (SBU) in Zaporozhye (Volnyansk) for “promoting the terrorist organization Donetsk People’s Republic.” His court hearing is to take place on June 19. According to author Victor Shapinov, Sokolov “faces 8 to 15 years in prison for volunteer work in Donetsk in December 2014. He is accused by the Security Service of Ukraine of providing information to assist the Defense Ministry of the DNR (advice on production issues at the Topaz plant in Donetsk). He is charged with neither terrorist attacks nor participating in hostilities.” Shapinov adds, “Solidarity and publicity is urgently needed.” See Red Star Over Donbass article Communist Andrei Sokolov faces trial in Ukraine (June 12), by Victor Shapinov. [If article does not appear, scroll to title.] Editor’s note: The charges are a violation of the Minsk 2.0 Agreements, which guarantee universal amnesty for any acts connected with the Donbass war.