Donetsk Lugansk News Jun 25-27

Saturday, June 27, 2015
(Brief update)

Situation Report: No Retreat in Shirokino, UAF Uses Javelins / Truth about situation in Ukraine / June 27, 2015 / Sitrep from militiaman Aleksandr Zhuchkovskiy, June 27, 2015. Today Shirokino is widely discussed, and people are asking whether our forces had surrendered the settlement. No, they did not. In fact, they pretended to have surrendered it. The course of the events was the following. In the morning of June 26 Ukrainian by force of up to two units with the support of artillery attacked the positions of the 9th regiment of NAF. Our troopers imitated the retreat and gave a chance to our artillery to target the referenced marks. as a result the UAF suffered losses up to 15 KIA and about 20 WIA. At the moment the sides occupy the same positions in Shirokino as before. Our units had battered the enemy significantly, but made no breakthrough on this part of the front line, and the position fighting of medium intensity are still underway. The same is right about other parts of the front line. In accordance with the reconnaissance teams data it is the units of the Right Sector and foreign mercenaries that assault Shirokino. UAF units are mainly stationed on their positions in fortified areas and carry out artillery support. Use of American anti-tank missiles Javelin had been repeatedly registered here. Their delivery is characterized by non-taped missile launch and soft humming of the power jet. Foreign mercenaries use such tricks when they attack from behind buildings: they have safety lines round their bodies, and when they get hit, their fellow troopers pull them back to shelter. They never leave the dead and wounded in the battlefield (that is, they do everything possible to avoid it), and artillery covers their evacuation.

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Pushilin Reminds Poroshenko Minsk Representatives of Donbass Can Only Be the Heads of the DPR and LPR. / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Insitute / June 27, 2015 / Kiev cannot choose at its discretion representatives of Donbass for approval of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. This the head of the DPR delegation to the Minsk peace talks, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin, reminded the authorities of the country today. “Poroshenko [Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko – QI] is trying to mislead the people of Ukraine and the international community, arguing that his proposed amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine were agreed to by the representatives of individual regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts,” said the DPR representative in a statement received by DAN. He pointed out that “the representatives of certain areas” is not just a word, and the term [is crucial to] the conceptual apparatus of the Minsk documents. “We are not talking about any representatives who Kiev appoints. The term is fixed in the Minsk memorandum dated September 19, 2014. According to this document, “the representatives of individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions,” are, respectively, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky [Prime Ministers of the DPR/LPR – QI], who have signed this memorandum in Minsk,” said Pushilin. He recalled that the document was signed by the OSCE Representative, Heidi Tagliavini, Poroshenko representative Leonid Kuchma and Russian Ambassador Mikhail Zurabov. Thus, all parties to the negotiations have officially recognized the representatives of Donbass are the Head of the DPR and the Head of the LPR. “Without their written consent, the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine cannot be considered a fulfillment of the Minsk obligations Minsk by Kiev,” summed up Pushilin. We add that at the heart of a peaceful solution to the conflict in Donbass lies the Minsk agreement of the Contact Group [signed] on 20 September 2014 and 12 February 2015. During the first round the group had agreed on a peace plan and a cease-fire agreement, in the second, had adopted a memorandum on the implementation of the ceasefire. On February 12 a package of measures was signed to implement the agreements in Minsk. It involves an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass starting 15 February, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the establishment of a security zone, discussion of modalities of resuming payment of benefits and pensions to DPR and LPR residents, as well as the constitutional reform in Ukraine, the result of which should be a profound decentralization of public administration.

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Poroshenko Lies About Minsk Agreement Compliance / Truth about situation in Ukraine / Donetsk News Agency / June 26, 2015 / Poroshenko’s statement in regard to the implementation by Ukraine of the Minsk Agreement is another lie – Zakharchenko. Ukrainian authorities did not comply with any of the commitments in regard to the special order of local government in Donbass, the DPR Head Aleksandr Zakharchenko claimed today. “Kiev failed to comply with any of the commitments it undertook in Minsk in regard to the ceasefire regime as well as in regard to the local government in Donbass, and relevant Poroshenko’s statements are nothing but the next lie,” the Head of state stressed. “If regularizing in the constitution of the Law on Special Status adopted as early as in March is concerned, it would have to become only the first step on the way to the conflict settlement, and not the final one,” Zakharchenko added. “Poroshenko’s claims that that was his way of implementing the Minsk Agreement is an abortive attempt to conceal the blunt violation of this Agreement. Moreover, these alleged amendments and legislative initiatives were not agreed upon by our side.” According to the DPR Head, “All that Kiev does – it is trying to refute the results of the legally held referendums and elections of state bodies, which had determined the truly representative of the people composition of the DPR and LPR authorities,” Zakharchenko concluded. A day before Poroshenko claimed in a TV interview that Kiev had complied with all the provisions of the Minsk Agreement in regard to the special order of local government in Donbass. On June 25 the DPR and LPR submitted to Kiev the package of their suggestions in regard to this issue: the Draft Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, worked out by the DPR and LPR in accordance with the Minsk Agreement, the Draft Law of Ukraine on local elections in Donbass, and the Draft amendments to the 10th article of the Law on the Special Order of Local Government. Donetsk and Lugansk emphasized that the new Kiev’s draft constitution violates the Minsk Agreement signed by this country. Quemado Institute comments: This is the valid picture we were seeking yesterday on amendments to the Ukraine constitution, about which TASS had equivocated and given a false impression. See under June 26 below the TASS report Poroshenko: Donbass Representatives Have Participated in Constitutional Reform. See also article below:

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Pushilin on Constitutional Reform: What Donbass Representatives?? Pushilin: DPR Does Not Know What “Representatives of Donbass” Participated in Kiev Dialogue On Constitutional Reform / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / June 26, 2015 / The Donetsk People’s Republic does not have information on how or what “delegates of Donbass” have been consulted in Kiev on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine. This was stated today at the DAN press center by the head of the DPR delegation to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin. “What kind of Representatives Poroshenko has in mind is unclear,” said Pushilin. “It’s not our representatives.” Earlier today, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that supposedly representatives of Donbass had participated in the development of amendments to the Constitution. The text of the draft constitution, which was at the disposal of the journalists, said that a special regime of local government in some areas of Donbass will be determined by a separate law. On the eve of the [discussions], the DPR and LPR sent Kiev a package of proposals on this issue: Draft amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, the draft special law on local elections in Ukraine at the Donbass, draft amendments to the 10th article of the Law on the special order of the local government. In Donetsk and Lugansk it was stressed that Kiev’s draft Constitution of Ukraine violates the Minsk Agreements signed by the authorities of this country.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Novorossiya Daily Sun Celebrates DPR Prime Minister
Alexander Zakharchenko’s Birthday

Alexander Zakharchenko

Donetsk People’s Republic PM Alexander Zakharchenko

See Novorossia Today article:
Today is the 39th birthday of Aleksandr Zakharchenko,
Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic

June 26, 2015

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Frontline near Shirokino (--Voice of Sevastopol)

Frontline near Shirokino (–Voice of Sevastopol)

OSCE Reports Tank Battles in Shirokino, 50 Wounded Ukrainian Military in Krasnoarmeysk / rusvesna.su / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / June 26, 2015 / In the area of Shirokino, namely Sopina (near Mariupol, Donetsk region), the OSCE Mission has documented the shooting of 16 tanks, and a drone detected a burning house. This is stated in the report of the mission. “In Ukraine-controlled Sopina (near Shirokino), the OSCE heard the firing of 16 tanks, four mortars and 15 or 16 other weapons. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mission detected a burning house and substantial Shirokino shelling in the area,” the OSCE said in a statement. It also reported that in the last week, 50 Ukrainian soldiers with wounds from artillery, multiple rocket launchers and mines were delivered to the Red Army Hospital. As stated in the report of the mission, the soldiers were mostly wounded by artillery, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), and anti-personnel mines. Recall that the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said that the effectiveness of the talks in Minsk Donbass is zero. Earlier it was reported that in the south of the Donets Basin and Maryinka people fear a new outbreak of hostilities.

Andrei Purgin

Andrei Purgin

Purgin Expects War Escalation: The situation at the contact line is heating up, Donbass is on the verge of full-scale hostilities / rusvesna.su / Edited autotranslation / June 26, 2015 / Donbass is on the brink of renewed hostilities This view is shared by the speaker of the Donetsk Republic’s People’s Council Andrei Purgin. “The situation today is very complex, it is heated, using heavy weapons, shelling residential areas in Donetsk, Gorlovka and Yenakiyevo. The military situation is on the rise, and we are teetering on the brink of full-scale hostilities,” he said. Purgin expressed hope that the participation of the Western countries will not contribute to further aggravation of the situation. “I hope that they will not interfere, it is clear that the United States intervene in all conflicts in the world, but I hope that other countries will try not to get involved in the conflict on the side of one of its participants,” concluded the speaker of the national parliament.

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Acting Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko

Acting Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko

Poroshenko: Donbass Representatives Have Participated in Constitutional Reform(?) In typical slippery TASS fashion, the Russian news agency reports that acting Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko has said representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics have participated in Ukraine’s process of constitutional reform. “It is very important that Donbas representatives have taken part in drafting these constitutional changes. It is politically correct,” Poroshenko allegedly said, according to TASS. For the full ambiguous and vacuous report that has become the trademark quality of TASS, see Poroshenko says Donbas took part in drafting changes to Ukraine constitution (June 26). Quemado Institute comments: until we see independent reports from Denis Pushilin, Vladislav Deinego or Alexander Zakharchenko of the DPR/LPR that their appointed representatives have indeed satisfactorily participated in the Ukraine constitutional amendment process in Kiev, we suspect this article gives a false impression. Poroshenko’s statement is so vague as to be meaningless. The report gives no indication of who these “representatives” are, how and where they participated, nor whether the level of participation fulfills Minsk Package of Measures. Yet, if read quickly, in conjunction with an unusually flattering photo of Poroshenko, the article gives the impression he has satisfied the Minsk requirements, a highly unlikely state of affairs.  For more obfuscation, see TASS report below. For the real story, see Novorossia Today article (posted in full) following that.

Vladimir Groysman (--TASS/Maxim Nikitin)

Vladimir Groysman (–TASS/Maxim Nikitin)

Groysman: Update on Constitututional Reform. TASS itself provides a contradiction to the above article in a further report that is itself self-contradictory. The report says, on the one hand, “‘Amendments to Ukraine’s constitution proposed by the self-proclaimed eastern republics of Donetsk and Luhansk will not be taken into consideration at a meeting of a constitutional commission,’ Ukraine parliament Speaker Vladimir Groysman said on Thursday.” Groysman’s assertion that the amendments will not be considered is followed by the statement, “As soon as we receive them, they will be publicly considered by the constitutional commission.” Quemado Institute takes this to mean that as late as June 25, the amendments proposed and published on June 8 by the DPR/LPR had still not been received, but that Groysman will be happy to consider them when they arrive? We call upon TASS to stop talking down to the West and give us straight information, please. This further fiasco of an article may be found at Ukraine constitutional commission not to consider Donbas proposals — parliament speaker (June 25).

Vladislav Deinego and Denis Pushilin

Vladislav Deinego and Denis Pushilin

Pushilin: Update on Constitutional Reform. DPR and LPR will not accord with the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine if Kiev fails to pay due regard to their suggestions — Pushilin / Novorossia Today / Original at Donetsk News Agency / June 25, 2015 / The work of the Constitutional Committee in Kiev is nothing else but [an] imitation of Minsk-2 implementation, told the DNA head of the DPR delegation in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin. Earlier today [the] head of the Committee, Speaker of Ukrainian parliament Vladimir Groysman said that the suggestions submitted by the DPR and LPR would not be taken into account. “Unfortunately, this is the next attempt at imitation of the Minsk Agreement implementation,” Pushilin remarked. According to him, the Set of Measures clearly provisions the dialogue and accordance of Ukraine’s Constitutional Committee resolutions with the representatives of the DPR and LPR. “Otherwise adopted by Ukraine amendments to the legislation concerning our Republics and contradicting our suggestions amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine will not be confirmed by us,” the politician from Donetsk emphasized. The authorities of Donbass still hope that the intensification of the dialogue in the subgroup in political issues, suggested by its coordinator Pierre Morel, “will settle the controversies”. Be reminded that today the DPR and LPR once more submitted their proposals to the Ukrainian side, particularly Speaker Vladimir Groysman. The package of documents includes the Draft Amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, worked out by the DPR and LPR in accordance with the Minsk Agreement, the Draft Law of Ukraine on local elections in Donbass, and the Draft amendments to the 10th article of the Law on the Special Order of Local Management.

Petro Poroshenko and Joseph Biden

Petro Poroshenko and Joseph Biden

Biden-Porshenko Ultimatum? We publish in full this very interesting Fort Russ article: “Good-bye, Ukraine” / Translated by J. Hawk / June 25, 2015 / Yuriy Lutsenko, a Petro Poroshenko Block Rada deputy, told about the contents of a “message” he received from the US vice-president Joe Biden. In Lutsenko’s words, the US might weaken its support for Ukraine if the coalition collapses and the country’s leadership fractures. His words were reported by the press secretary to the head of the Petro Poroshenko Block, Larisa Sargan. “Vice President Biden sent a message: if the unity of the country’s leadership and the Rada coalition is not preserved, that’s it, good bye,” she cited Lutsenko’s words. J.Hawk of Fort Russ comments: The significance of this news is not that Joe Biden sent Lutsenko a message (not even Joe Biden is that stupid), but that the Poroshenko people must clearly be afraid that the coalition will collapse, forcing a new round of elections in the country in which Poroshenko (approval rating 35%) and his party would not do nearly as well. So Poroshenko is reduced to threatening his coalition partners with (likely) imaginary messages from Joe Biden to the effect that if Poroshenko goes, the US support goes with it. The level of intra-elite dissent must be pretty great to roll out the heavy artillery like that.

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Valeriya Lutkovskaya (--ru.golos.ua)

Valeriya Lutkovskaya (–ru.golos.ua)

Lutkovskaya: Donbass Deserves Social Payments, Not Blockade. Ukraine Parliament human rights envoy Valeriya Lutkovskaya has pointed out that Kiev authorities should work out a plan to ensure social payments to citizens of the Donbass region instead of tightening the economic blockade. Lugansk People’s Republic Minsk representative Vladislav Deinego agrees. “The Complex of Measures explicitly states that the economic blockade should be lifted unconditionally and with no strings attached,” said the envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group of representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). See Tass report Kiev’s human rights envoy calls for social payments to Donbas instead of blockade (June 26). TWITTER retort: Silverstacker tweeted in response to the above article: “[S]he’s Ukrainian? If so [s]he’d better watch [her] back. The Facists don’t like people who care about donbass people.” Editor’s note: this thought also occurred to us.

slavjun26tNATO Troops Practice Fighting Fictional Rebel Commander “Birdman”. In this uproarious comedy, which is nevertheless actually happening in the real world of Poland, NATO’s “Rapid Reaction Force” are training to fight fictional pro-Russian Donbass rebels as depicted by their own propaganda, rather than based on authentic Novorossiya Armed Forces fighters, never a good idea when training for war. See Russia Insider commentary NATO Troops Train to Take On Pro-Russian Rebels (June 25).

Slide from OSCE Vienna conference. Click to enlarge.

Slide from OSCE Vienna conference. Click to enlarge.

Slavyangrad: Information Warfare, OSCE Pinpoints Effects of Russian Propaganda. A seemingly innocuous OSCE summit that took place in Vienna June 15 and 16 ended up in a scandal of anti-Russian sentiment, according to this Neo Presse article, translated from German and presented on the Slavyangrad website. “When the Russian delegation showed its presentation about victims of torture by the Ukrainian ‘security services’ and showed images from the embattled village of Shirokino, another employee of ‘Internetnews Ukraine’ stood up and took up position in front of the desk with a … slide to interrupt the presentation.” See OSCE Conference Scandal in Vienna (june 26) at Slavyangrad.

Alexander Novak (--news.am)

Alexander Novak (–news.am)

Novak: Naftogaz May Be Taken to Court. Gazprom head Alexey Miller says the Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz owes Gazprom $212 million for natural gas piped directly to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic in accordance with a contract signed in 2009. “In April, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that if Ukraine’s state-run energy company Naftogaz did not pay for the deliveries of Russian gas to the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, the issue would be taken to court.” For details see Sputnik report Gazprom Claims Naftogaz Owes $212 Mln for Russian Gas Deliveries to Donbass (June 26).

Jean Asselborn

Jean Asselborn

Asselborn Makes Unreal Demands On Russia / Russia Has To Stop Supplying Weapons Into Donbas – MFA of Luxembourg / Original at Ukraine Under Attack / June 26, 2015 / The EU calls on Russia to stop the flow of weapons across the border to the east of Ukraine. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn stated this during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in Kyiv on Friday, reports Ukrinform. “Yesterday I met with the head of the EU Delegation to Kiev. Separatist get more and more heavy weapons, more and more weapons are imported in the Donbas in violation of the Minsk agreements. The humanitarian situation also causes concern. The European Union doesn’t require something unreal from Russia. We ask to stop the flow of weapons across the border with Ukraine,” said Asselborn. The Luxembourg diplomat stressed that despite the difficulties, the Minsk agreement remain the main document. “I insisted on a visit to Ukraine because my country is approaching its presidency in the Council of the European Union, and because Ukraine is a priority for the European Union. For me it is important to develop contacts with Ukrainian leaders, primarily with President Poroshenko and my counterpart Pavlo Klimkin,” said Asselborn. Quemado Institute comments: Asselborn’s unreal demand that Russia stop supplying weapons to Donbass that it is not supplying bodes ill for Luxembourg’s ascendancy to the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Voice of Sevastopol Thursday Situation Report. This June 25 sitrep offers videos, photos and good maps of the front line. We show the map for the region bordering Lugansk. For full report see The war in Novorossia Online 06.25.2015 Chronicle (June 25).

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Vladimir Putin (--gq.com)

Vladimir Putin (–gq.com)

Putin’s Approval Rating at Record 89%. The Russian president has never enjoyed a higher approval rating than today. The figure stands at 89%, according to an independent poll by the Levada Center, released on Wednesday. See rt.com report Putin’s approval rating hits historic high at 89 percent (June 24). Editor’s note: According to Wikipedia, the Levada-Center is a Russian independent, non-governmental polling and sociological research organisation, named after its founder, Russian professor of sociology Yuri Levada (1930—2006)…. The Levada-Center has partner relationships with research centers in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic states. Their partners and customers are non-profit Russian and international companies. The Levada-Center is a member of the international association ESOMAR, a marketing research organization with over 4,900 members from more than 130 countries.

Viktor Yanukovich (--bbc.com)

Viktor Yanukovich (–bbc.com)

Yanukovich: Maidan Caused Crimean Breakaway. In his June 22 interview with BBC, the illegally ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich offered a reasonable encapsulation of Crimean breakaway, saying, “the people of Crimea, 90 percent of Crimea’s population, supported breaking away from Ukraine> I believe it is very bad. But it is the consequence of Maidan, it is the consequence of the radical nationalistic movement that scared the traditionally pro-Russian Crimean population.” Significantly, this explanatory comment did not appear in English reports of the interview. For more see rt.com report BBC interviews Yanukovich, leaves key Donbass & Crimea quotes out of English version (June 23).

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Normandy Four Must Enforce Minsk. Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko told journalists today that the Minsk 2.0 Agreements will only be adhered to if the Normandy Four (the leadership of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia) put pressure on Kiev to comply. For Novorossia Today report, see No one but the Normandy Four can urge Kiev to adhere to the Minsk Agreement – Zakharchenko (June 25). Quemado Insitute comments: At the time of the signing of Minsk, Zakharchenko and many observers believed that the leaders of the Normandy Four countries, including Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, were the guarantors of Minsk 2.0. It was assumed they would place diplomatic pressure on the Kiev regime to abide by Minsk. Aside from a few words out of the Russian foreign ministery, this has not been done. Angela Merkel, for example, has continued to press the wrong switch, pressuring Putin to abide by Minsk 2.0 when Putin is not responsible for the conflict. Kiev is the principle violator, a fact that should be obvious to all honest European leaders, revealing our suspicion that Merkel, a former physicist, is not stupid, but disingenuous.

Valentina Lisitsa concert, Donetsk, June 22, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa concert, Donetsk, June 22, 2015

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s Donetsk Concert. Photos and video of famed pianist Valentina Lisitsa’s concert last Monday evening in Donetsk, where she performed in an outdoor setting on for an audience of thousands, among them DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, playing such inspired works as the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto (which she had intended to play also at the banned Toronto conference earlier this year) may be found at sott.net under A story of courage through art: Valentina Lisitsa plays concert in Donetsk (June 23) by Alexander Mercouris of Russia Insider.

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