Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Zakharchenko: Novorossiya Will Be Created Very Soon, A Graham Phillips Video. British journalist Graham Phillips interviews Donetsk People’s Republic Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko about the existence of Novorossiya. A rough transcript summarized from the subtitles is as follows: “Graham Phillips: We read a lot of news about Novorossiya. Strelkov especially speaks about Novorossiya. What about the relationship between the DPR and Novorossiya? Alexander Zakharchenko: You can see what my opinion is. Novorossiya is a union of the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and maybe some other republics. It is possible to create Novorossiya on the territory of these republics. But it must be created, it will be created. Now, unfortunately, Novorossiya is not yet in existence. There are the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. They are the two cornerstones of the foundation of Novorossiya, which will be created for sure. And we will be trailblazers, the first to live in the great Novorossiya, in which we all of course believe. This is my personal opinion…. We discussed with Borodai the establishment of Novorossiya when he was here. I know his vision, and I even share some of his views. I believe in Novorossiya. I believe that it will be. I even know that it will most likely be created very soon. Our opponents and enemies don’t expect how soon it with will happen. However, it will happen. We will see it very soon.” See Graham Phillips Off Guardian video at “Novorossiya will be created soon” — Zakharchenko (June 30).
Kosovo Precedent: A Path to UN Recognition of Novorossiya Independence. Quemado Insitute presents a commentary based on an insightful discourse on the Kosovo Precedent, by political analyst Pavel, leading to the conclusion that this might provide an avenue for worldwide recognition of the sovereign independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. See Novorossiya Independence: Does Kosovo Precedent Ensure UN Recognition? (June 30), by Kennedy Applebaum.
New Russia Press Tuesday Situation Report. Fights in progress from Mariupol to Lugansk. Ukrainian Forces are shelling the civilians populations areas and houses are destroyed. See Fights In Donbass 30.06.2015 (June 30), by George.
Ukrainian army has resumed shelling of Donetsk / Zvezda / Edited autotranslation / June 30, 2015 / Ukrainian security forces continued shelling of the village of Oktyabrsky, located in the Kuibyshev region of Donetsk near the airport, said the Donetsk News Agency, as reported by the DPR Ministry of Defence. “At the moment, the APU [UAF] are firing on the village of Oktyabrsky, Kuibyshev district of Donetsk. The shelling continued for at least 40 minutes,” he told the agency. Information on casualties or damage specified [sic]. In addition, there are reports of shelling in Gorlovka. The attack was inflicted on the mines. Also under fire were residential areas. “The shelling is very tight. There is destruction of the residential sector. Mine 6-7 and 19-20 were struck by cannon artillery. Also under fire is the village and district of Kurganka Mercury [sic]. Data on victims clarified [sic],” the representative of the DPR Republican Guard told Interfax from the scene. The situation worsened in the Donets Basin in the early summer: June 3, near Marinka there were serious battles, of which 34 people became victims, according to the UN. The militia reported that Ukrainian security officials continue to pull heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems to the contact line, and the intensity of the attacks is growing. Oktyabrsky suffered serious fire on 27 June. As a result, a fire started in the village.
UAF Tanks Redeployed In Maryinka. The Ukrainian army has redeployed six tanks from Kurahovo, about 30 km from Donetsk, into Maryinka, the scene of instense fighting in early June, when more than 400 people were killed, most of them UAF troops. See TASS report Donetsk republic sees redeployment of Kiev tanks to Maryinka (June 29).
Monday, June 29, 2015
Pushilin: Ukraine Constitutional Reform Must Meet Late 2015 Deadline. Donetsk People’s Republic contact group envoy Denis Pushilin has stressed that the deadline for constitutional reform mandated by the Minsk 2.0 Agreements must be met, and that DPR and LPR representatives must be involved and give their consent. Kiev is clearly failing to meet these conditions. See TASS report Donetsk republic’s envoy reminds Kiev about constitutional reform deadline (June 29).
Plotnitsky: Kiev Downplays Its Forbidden Volunteer Battalions. In response to Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko’s statement that Ukrainian forces in Donbass number 60,000, the Lugansk People’s Republic Prime Minister Igor Plotnitsky has said the true number is 75,000. Apparently Poroshenko has been playing down the existence of “volunteer” battalions, including Pravy Sektor troops and foreign mercenaries, as these units are forbidden by the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. For full Fort Russ report see Kiev Military in the Donbass number 75 Thousand (June 29).
Kiev Neo-Nazi Battalions Still Active in Ukraine. The Swiss newspaper Le Temps has reported that Kiev continues to rely on neo-Nazi battalions such as Dnepr-1 and Azov. “‘The government can criticize us as much as it wants to, but it needs the Dnepr-1 and the Right Sector…. The Ukrainian army cannot defend the country alone,’ said Konstantin, one of the militants fighting in Donbass, as cited by Le Temps.” The Swiss report continues, “The integration of extreme right-wing groups and the Ukrainian Army is going full speed. The Right Sector supports the army, while the Azov battalion receives its orders directly from the Ministry of Defense. All nationalist groups receive orders from the headquarters in Kramatorsk…. The nationalists plan on organizing a rally in Kiev on July 3, demanding the Ukrainian government to resume offensive in Donbass disregarding the Minsk agreements.” For full Sputnik report see Kiev Using Various Neo-Nazi Groups to Wage War in Donbass – Swiss Media (June 27).