Donetsk Lugansk News Jun 15-17 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)

Alexander Zakharchenko, Donetsk, June 16, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko, Donetsk, June 16, 2015

Vineyard of the Saker Videos: Zakharchenko, on crutches, speaks his mind (June 17).

Fort Russ Reports: On the night of June 17, 2015 there was a powerful explosion on the outskirts of Donetsk, which was noticeable even 40 km from the epicenter. The diameter of the crater was 30 meters and the depth – 10 meters. Within a radius of 200 meters everything is in ruins. The causes of the explosion are being investigated. Military corespondents Andrey Filatov and Mikhail Andronic. Translated by Kristina Rus. Source.

Smerch MRLS missile hits Donetsk chemical plant — media / ftsnnews / June 17 / A chemical plant explosion that occurred in Donetsk’s Kuibyshevsky district last night had been caused by a fallen Smerch MRLS missile fired from the village of Kurakhovo, an army source of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told the Donetsk news agency on Wednesday. “The expertise of the explosive’s remains in the soil and the detailed analysis of the craters and vegetation in the hitting area are pointing to that,” the source said. According to him, the plant was shelled by fuel-air shells fired from Kurakhovo village located 30 kilometers away from Donetsk. The Ukraine army used to shell the Donetsk chemical plant many times in the past. Editor’s note: For an expert analysis of the source of the blast, see Ukrainians getting crazy! (June 17).

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Ukrainian military shelled village in Lugansk republic with mortars / TASS / June 18, 2015 / The village of Sokolniki in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic’s (LPR) Slavyanoserbsk district was shelled with mortars and small arms by Ukrainian military on Wednesday night, a spokesman for the LPR People’s Militia said. “Ukraine’s Armed Forces have opened fire from the village of Kryakovka using mortars and small arms on the positions of People’s Militia and civilians’ homes,” the local news agency, LuganskInformCentre, quoted him as saying. Earlier, reports were coming that the Ukrainian troops had shelled the LPR residential localities three times, in particular the villages of Sokolniki, Zheltoye and Krasny Liman.

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UAF troops, Schastya, March 2015 (--AFP)

UAF troops, Schastya, March 2015 (–AFP)

Two Ukraine soldiers charged with killing pro-Russia civilians / PressTV / JUne 17, 2015 / Ukraine has charged two government forces with killing two civilians in the eastern Ukrainian province of Luhansk. According to pro-Kiev officials in the Donetsk prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, the two soldiers were accused of committing premeditated murder, for which they may be sentenced to over seven years in jail and even life in prison. The lawsuit came two days after the victims, a 77-year-old mother and her 45-year-old daughter, were murdered in their own house with machine gun fire over their alleged support for the cause of pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine. The cold-blooded crime was carried out in the pro-Russian controlled part of the restive region of Luhansk. “It has been established that the servicemen entered the house of the victims, whom they suspected of separatist sympathies, and killed them with machine gun fire,” read the statement issued by the Donetsk regional prosecutor’s office. The identities of the soldiers have not been revealed so far, but reports said they were both in their 20s. The Kiev government has come under fire by international rights groups over its adoption of intimidation tactics such as torture against pro-Russia forces during the deadly conflict in the east of the country. The conflict erupted in eastern Ukraine after people in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea voted for reunification with Russia in March 2014. The situation exacerbated after Kiev dispatched troops to the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in April 2014 in an attempt to quell pro-Russians there. The crisis has so far claimed the lives of at least 6,500 people and has left over a million displaced, the United Nations says. Quemado Institute comments: we have been informed by an intelligent source that the number of UN reported dead was 6,400 as of fall 2014, but that the UN has quit keeping track. Due to the Ukrainian Army practice of leaving their dead in the fields and using crematoriums, the number is possibly as high as 24,000. The Kiev regime is apparently suppressing this information, according to the source, so as not to discourage recruits.

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Pavel Kanygin

Pavel Kanygin

Kanygin Deported to Russia. Russian journalist Pavel Kanygin, who had been reporting from Donetsk, was detained on June 16 by DPR authorities on suspicions he was secretly working for a Ukrainian news outlet. Kanygin has been sent home to Russia. For more see Voice of Sevastopol article Russian Reporter Deported From East Ukraine’s Donetsk (June 17).

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Dmitry Korchinsky (--ru.wikipedia)

Dmitry Korchinsky (–ru.wikipedia)

Korchinsky: Make Donbass Uninhabitable, Concentration camps For Russians. Dmitry Korchinsky, founder and former leader of the UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian National Self-defense) has said “If Ukraine is unable to regain the lost territory by military means, then it must create uninhabitable conditions” in Donbass. Korchinsky’s model for action is America during World War II, when civilian neighborhoods were bombed to demoralize German soldiers, and several million American citizens of Japanese origin were confined to concentration camps. For full Fort Russ article see Founder of Ukrainian UNA-UNSO: “We must act like our teachers of democracy, the Americans during WWII, and make Donbass uninhabitable” (June 17), translated by Kristina Rus.

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Elena Masorina

Elena Masorina

Kiev’s Elena Masorina Threatens Full Evacuation of Donbass. The MP from “Popular Front” Elena Masorina announced on Ukrainian TV that Ukraine must declare evacuation of everyone from uncontrolled territories and establish a total blockade of DPR and LPR. For more see Fort Russ article Severe blockade of Donbass can be expected – Ukrainian MP (Jun 17), translated by Kristina Rus.

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Slavyangrad: Analysis of Donbass War under Minsk. “This is all the vengeance of the Ukro-Nazis on the residents of the Donbass, who, in the referendum of May 2014 dared to say ‘No!’ to the coup in Kiev and desired to be independent from the vampires. For this, the Ukro-Wehrmacht unleashed on the heads of the civilian population of the Donbass heavy ammunition, such as NATO-standard 152mm shells. This ammunition has become a special ‘gift’ to Donetskites—their sub-munitions in the form of shrapnel and other fragments spread over the land, cutting down all the living.” For full commentary see Quit Mumbling (June 17), translated by Alexander Fedetov.

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Donetsk Circus Artists to Perform at Sochi Festival / Truth about situation in Ukraine / June 17, 2015 / 28 circus artists of the Donetsk People’s Republic will take part in the International Circus Festival in Sochi, the press service of the DPR Ministry of Culture told the Donetsk News Agency. “Our artists will participate in the International Circus Festival in Sochi on 27-30 June. These are 28 amateur circus troupers. They will be accompanied by three heads [of the troupes] and two attendants,” the press service said. The DPR Ministry of Culture added that representatives of the following circus troupes would take part in the festival: “Mriya” (Donetsk), “Fantaziya” (Makeyevka), “Bravo” (Gorlovka), “Sozvezdiye” (Torez), “Kurazh” (Starobeshevo) and “Arlekin” (Yenakiyevo).

slavyanskjun17wUkraine Blockade Stops Donetsk Violinist from Playing in German Festival. Due to the Ukrainian blockade of Donetsk, 11-year-old violinist Lia Bocharova will not be able to participate in the International Music Youth Encounters CLASSIC FOR PEACE festival to be held August and September 2015 in Berlin, Darmstadt and Wiesbaden. See News about the Youth Encounters (June 17).

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (--Helga Green)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–Helga Green)

Zakharchenko Interview. Darina Yevtushenko interviews the Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko. See On Love, Death, War and Life (June 15), posted on Truth about Situation in Ukraine.

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Graham Phillips Video: Donetsk Demonstration. John Delacour introduces this informative report from British journalist Graham Phillips, who was at the anti-war rally in Donetsk on June 15. See “Women from Oktyabrsky estate at demo express a variety of views.”

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Tuesday Situation Report. Reliable Twitter source Gleb Bazov tweets at 21:00 UTC June 16: “UKRAINE — According to Kiev gauleiter of Lugansk, Moscal, 2 UA fighters dead, 2 more—wounded, due to clashes with NAF near Trekhizbenka. / DONETSK — As a result of Ukrainian shelling, a residential high-rise is on fire in the Kuybyshevsky district, Oktyabrsky settlement. / DONETSK — Under heavy Ukrainian shelling, large calibre artillery, tanks targeting Petrovskiy district, Airport area. Also skirmishes. / DONETSK — Ongoing Ukraine shelling of Kuybyshevsky area, heavy contact battles. GORLOVKA — sporadic shelling by UA forces, area of Glubokaya. / DONETSK — Photographs of mushroom cloud of massive Ukraine strike hitting a chemical plant in Kuybyshevsky district. / DONETSK — A massive strike at chemical plant, reportedly either Ukrainian Tochka-U SS-21 SRBM or heavy self-propelled artillery unit Pion.”

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Alexander Kofman and ambassador from South Ossetia to RF (--D. Medoev)

Alexander Kofman and ambassador from South Ossetia to RF (–D. Medoev)

Foreign Minister of Donetsk Republic pledges to help Transnistria / Fort Russ / June 16, 2015 / Kofman: In case of attack on Transnistria we will help our brothers. The corresponding statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Kofman. He said that the Foreign Ministry of Donetsk in the event of Ukrainian aggression against Transnistria will react with diplomatic means, however, in the case of escalation Kiev should expect the reaction of the Ministry of Defense of DPR. “There are our brothers, and in the event of an attack on them, we will have to help them. I am sure that we will be able to do it. Unfortunately, I am sure that this escalation will take place. History shows that wherever Saakashvili is appointed — Tskhinvali (referring to the Georgian attack on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia) can not be avoided,” said Kofman. The diplomat also stressed that the Ukrainian authorities are making the Minsk format unsuitable for settlement of the conflict in Donbass. “In my opinion, it is a futile direction due to the fact that Ukraine continuously violates it, and it will not lead to anything positive. But this does not mean that we should not abide by it,” he explained. At the same time, the authorities of the Republic are preparing for further actions in case of its failure. If the Minsk format will be abandoned, DPR will activate efforts for the recognition of the republics, the relevant work is already underway, summarized Kofman.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

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Rally in Donetsk Downtown — People Demand Protection From Ukrainian Army / mediapulse.ru / June 15. 2015 / A rally is going on right now in Donetsk downtown, most of the participants are the residents of the constantly shelled Oktyabrskiy settlement. It has been reported that the protesters have cordoned off Artyoma street (on of the central street in Donetsk downtown). “There are different demands: some ask to start onset, the other ask to stop shelling in any possible way,” commented Andery Borodulin, the journalist witnessing the rally. Some people passing by ask the protesters to let the cars pass, the answer is “Let us live without everyday shellings!” There are about 200 protesters rights now, so far there were no conflicts and clashes. Andery Borodulin tells about Oktyabrskiy settlement in his Twitter account: 10 wounded there over the last 24 hours, at least 2 dead over the last week. People have been living like this since summer 2014. Oktyabrskiy settlement is in the North-West of the city, in Kuybishvskiy district, this part of the city and the outskirts suffer from artillery strikes daily.

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko

DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko

Editor’s Note: Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, despite illness apparently due to a knee wound sustained some weeks ago, came to the streets to talk with five representatives of the district, other sources report.

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TWITTER update: Harald Doornbos tweeted the following message today: “Small demo now in Donetsk. Ppl of Oktyabrskiy-area asking DNR gov ‘to do something against daily Ukraine shelling.'” Harald included this photo.

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Donetsk News Agency Update:
Zakharchenko On Donetsk Rally

The rally near the government building was the result of shortcomings of the authorities on the ground – Zakharchenko

Donetsk News Agency
Edited autotranslation by Quemado Insitute
June 15, 2015

Zakharchenko talks to residents (--DAN)

Zakharchenko talks to residents (–DAN)

Donetsk. The rally near the government building in Donetsk today was not accidental, the head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko told reporters. “The rally has not just emerged, it was not a disaster. The questions have been modeled on someone’s scenario. Who would not be a director [sic], I went out to the people. We talked,” he said. The head of the DPR said that most of the problems about which he was told by the residents have been solved. “This is a flaw of local authorities in the field, questions are solved, a part I said [sic],” stated Zakharchenko. Recall that this afternoon several hundred residents of Oktyabrsky gathered near the government building, demanding the authorities to bring an end to the shelling of the capital by the APU [UAF]. In the course of communication with residents, Zakharchenko promised that the victims will be provided with housing and work in other parts of the DPR. “Today we can help with the resettlement, rehabilitation of housing starts only after a cease-fire, the head of the country then said. “Residents will be resettled in the dispensaries and sanatoriums. Tomorrow, the unions will have the task of ensuring everyone leave the [Octyabrsky settlement]. He added that the security forces would give the order to provide for the villagers to freely take out property [sic].

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Zakharchenko: DPR Is An Independent Country, Will Never Be Part of Ukraine / Ria Novosti / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / June 15, 2015 / Whatever happens in Minsk, the DPR is an independent state and will not be under Ukraine, said the head of the [DPR] Republic Alexander Zakharchenko. He noted that “there was blood” between Ukraine and the DPR.

Zakharchenko visits Gorlovka (--Sputnik/ Sergey Averin)

Zakharchenko visits Gorlovka (–Sputnik/ Sergey Averin)

DONETSK / “The Donetsk People’s Republic is an independent state and never will be a part of Ukraine,” said the head of the self-proclaimed republic Alexander Zakharchenko. “Whatever happens in Minsk, the DPR is an independent state that will never be under Ukraine. We have blood between us,” Zakharchenko state at a meeting with residents of the village of Oktyabrsky, which is often shelled by [Ukrainian] security forces.

The Ukrainian authorities, in April of last year in Donbass, started a military operation against the residents of the region, who were disgruntled with the coup. According to the latest UN data, there have been 6,500 victims of the conflict. The settlement of the situation in Donbass has been discussed, during meetings in Minsk, by the contact group, which since last September has adopted three documents governing steps to de-escalate the conflict. The last document, signed on February 12, which specified in addition to the cease-fire the withdrawal of heavy weapons and the establishment of a security zone, obliges the Ukrainian authorities to conduct a direct dialogue with the representatives of the DPR and LPR [Lugansk People’s Repbulic], in particular on the issue of local elections in the region, making changes to the Constitution of Ukraine, involving decentralization of power, as well as on legislative consolidation of the special status “of individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts.”

The situation worsens in Donbass: On June 3 near Maryinka there were serious fights, of which 34 people became victims, according to the UN. [Ukraine] Security officials have accused the [Donbass] militias in the offensive, the same statement called “speculation” in Kiev. Representatives of the self-proclaimed republics reported that Ukrainian security officials continue to bring heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems to the contact line, and the intensity of attacks is growing. The authorities of the DPR and LPR insist that security forces remove heavy weapons to a safe distance, in accordance with the Minsk agreements. Editor’s update: A similar translation may be found at Sputnik News.

slavyanskjun15qNew Russia Press Monday Situation Report. Today the Ukrainian Army violated the ceasefire some 200 times near Donetsk. Meanwhile, at least 5 Ukrainian SUV’s have been operating over the city. For more see Fights In Donbass 15.06.2015 (June 15), by George.

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Delacour’s Donbass War Update: Reliable Twitter source John Delacour tweeted at about 22:30 UTC: “DONETSK/DNR The ukrops breached the c/f 191 times tday using 50 tank shells & 108 82/120mm rounds against both NAF & residential targets. / DONETSK – Contrary to .ua reports, the residents of the Oktyabrsky Estate were DEMANDING ACTION to drive the ukrops to a safe distance. / Militiaman Bo’sun — The UAF are shelling NAF positions and also RESIDENTIAL AREAS where there are NO DNR FORCES.”

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Vladislav Deinego (--tenacarlos.wordpress.com)

Vladislav Deinego (–tenacarlos.wordpress.com)

Minsk Contact Group Meets Tomorrow / Truth about the situation in Ukraine / June 15, 2015 / Truth about situation in Ukraine / Lugansk People’s Republic. Today Vladislav Deinego, the Luhansk republic’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Crisis, told the Luhansk Information Center news agency that the meetings of participants in subgroups, that work according to Minsk Protocol in parallel with the Trilateral Contact Group, scheduled to start at 13:00 on Tuesday, June, 16, 2015 in Minsk, Belarus. He also said that these meetings of the working groups, once completed, would be followed by discussions between representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group, that includes senior representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Deinego also added that the representatives of the LPR/DPR are planning to start the discussion on the proposed amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine during the the meeting on June,16, 2015.

Miroshnichenko, Lugansk Information Center

Miroshnichenko at Lugansk Information Center

Two High-ranking Ukraine Representatives Went Over to the Militia / ren.tv / edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / June 15, 2015 / Two high-ranking representatives of the Ukrainian side, one an employee of the Foreign Intelligence Service and other an employee of the Embassy of Ukraine in France, have defected over to the side of the [Donbass] militias. Natives of Lugansk, they are the brothers Alex and Yuri Miroshnichenko. Why did they do this? The brothers themselves have explained their reasons in a meeting with journalists: “We can no longer tolerate it,” said the former employee of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Alexey Miroshnichenko. He confirmed that at the front, on the side of the [Ukraine] security forces, there are mercenaries from abroad, most of all from Poland, Lithuania and Romania. According to the brothers, many of their former colleagues believe the Ukrainian authorities themselves are criminal, but people do not resign from the service often because of banal fear for themselves and loved ones, either due to lack of motivation, or simply not having enough willpower.

Miroshnichenko brothers defect to Lugansk

Miroshnichenko brothers at Lugansk Press Conference

Defector Alexey Miroshnichenko: Ukraine Traitors Exterminate Donbass People. During a press conference with two employees of the foreign intelligence Service of Ukraine, brothers Alexei and Yuri Miroshnichenko, who defected from Ukraine over to the side of the Donbass militias, the former said, “Our desire to return to Lugansk is associated only with the dominance, in the government of Ukraine, of traitors, agents of foreign intelligence services and clear nationalists, who systematically exterminate the people of your country and lead to the collapse of Ukraine.” On a question by journalists about what the real situation in the ATO zone is, Alex told reporters, “Ukraine is now being strengthened, building fortifications for fear of attack, though they are constantly provoking.” For more, see LPR Today article Ukrainian scouts – we know real loss (video) (June 15), by Andrey Moiseenko.

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Sputnik: Brothers Defect from Ukraine to Lugansk. This report from Sputnik adds detail about the statements of Alexei and Yuri Miroshnichenko, the two brothers who defected from Ukraine to the Lugansk People’s Republic. “Commenting on who is responsible for what they call genocide, the brothers noted that ‘the crimes against civilians are being committed mainly by representatives of the territorial battalions. This includes Aidar, Azov and Tornado. Innocent people are summarily shot, demeaned, and have their property taken from them. Women are raped en masse, including minors. There have been instances reported of conscripts who fled the battlefield being shot. Local branches of the ‘Nova Poshta’ [a Ukrainian delivery service] are crammed with property stolen from civilians.'” For more see Brothers in Arms: Two Kiev Officials Defect to Fight for Lugansk (June 15).

Kiev regime PM Arseney Yatsenyuk

Kiev regime PM Arseney Yatsenyuk

Minsk agreements cannot be implemented if Ukrainian army is weak – Ukrainian PM / TASS / June 14 / Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Sunday the Minsk agreements could not be fulfilled if the Ukrainian army is weak and for these ends Kiev asks non-lethal weapons from the United States. “We are asking defensive, not offensive weapons,” he told the Ukrainian television 5 Channel. “We pledge we are trying to solve the (Donbass) problem solely by diplomatic means… but diplomats need help.”

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