Donetsk Lugansk News Jul 4-6 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

slavjul6tTrilateral Contact Group Meets Tomorrow in Minsk / joinfo.com / July 6, 2015 / Tomorrow, July 7, Minsk will hold the meeting of all four working subgroups – on security, economic, political and humanitarian issues. Dariia Olifer, the Press Secretary of Leonid Kuchma, the representative of Ukraine on the peace talks regarding the ongoing war in the Donbas, reported that the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk would be held tomorrow, July 7, Joinfo.ua informs. “July 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Minsk will start the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group. There will be discussed the issues of fulfilling the Minsk protocol. Before that, there will be held a meeting of members of the four working subgroups – on security, economic, political and humanitarian issues. For the first time, tomorrow’s meeting will be chaired by the new representative of the OSCE in the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik,” Olifer wrote.

Sakhanka center, Shirokino left of center

Sakhanka center, Shirokino just left of center on coast

Voice of Sevastopol Sunday Situation Report. Head of the OSCE special Monitoring Mission Alexander Hug said their mission intends to patrol the village of Sakhanka, which lies a few kilometers northeast of Shirokino, to prevent it from becoming another battleground. Also on July 5, five explosions were heard in Shirokino, despite that it has been “demilitarized” and is supposedly monitored by the OSCE and JCCC. For full sitrep with maps and videos see The war in Novorossia Online 07.05.2015 Chronicle (July 5).

Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov

Azarov: Poroshenko’s Election Fabricated. Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with a Russian TV channel that the election of acting Ukraine “prime minister” Petro Poroshenko was a fabrication, that he did not have 50% support, and that the game was rigged by the United States. According to Sputnik news, Azarov said the Ukrainian president missed the opportunity to put an end to the war in Donbass and stop destroying the region on which the entire economy of the country used to be based, and stressed that Ukraine needs to break the current regime and return to common sense. For full report see Election of President Poroshenko ‘Fabricated’ – Former Ukrainian PM (July 5).

Samantha Power (--newcoldwar.org)

Samantha Power (–newcoldwar.org)

Samantha Power Lies to Congress about Ukrainian Shelling. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power lied under oath in congressional testimony, in the opinion of Russia Insider. Congressman Rohrabacher, one of the loudest critics of Obama’s Russia policy, asked Power if she thought it might be possible that the majority of the civilian casualties killed in Ukraine were victims of the Ukrainian army, to which she replied, “I think it is highly unlikely on the basis of reports we have received from the United Nations and the OSCE.” The question is, does she really believe what she’s saying? If not, she could be subject to 5 to 8 years imprisonment. See Samantha Power Lies to Congress About Civilian Shelling in Ukraine, Commits Felony (Video) (July 3). Editor’s Note: on the subject of Power’s dishonesty, see also Quemado Institute commentary Samantha Power Speaks Against Truth at United Nations (June 6).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Humor
Greek Referendum Photo Gallery

With 65% of the votes counted, the Greek referendum of Sunday July 5, 2015, asking the question of “whether to accept the outline of the agreement submitted by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund at the Eurogroup of 25/06/15” (ie the terms of Troika bailout) shows a whopping 61.3% No (OXI) votes to a meager 38.6 yes, a landslide victory for those rejecting European Union terms.

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On TWITTER, there is a mood of Jubilation. (Click image to enlarge.)

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There are some who say this deplorable event may threaten German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Order of Europe.”

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We stress that we are not an enemy of Merkel. We acknowledge that she likely stands among the four most powerful leaders in the world, and one who often represents the voice of reason.

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However, we have occasionally berated her for blaming the Urkaine crisis on Russian President Putin, when Moscow is not a party to conflict.

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This image does not necessarily represent our sentiments toward the European Union. We do, however, recognize the right of the Greeks to speak their mind.

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We hope this landmark victory will help bring freedom not only to Greece, but to all European nations, including the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.

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Quemado Institute thanks Greece for its contribution to democracy.

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Statement on Shorokino Demilitarization / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 5, 2015 / The unilateral demilitarization of Shirokino by the DPR became a gesture of peace. This was stated today to journalists by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. “Before the meeting in Minsk (to be held July 7 – approx. DAN) we have made a gesture of goodwill, showing that you can solve problems by political means. We have made Shirokino from the conflict zone a zone of peace,” he said. According to him, the town is under the supervision of a joint Center of the control and coordination of the ceasefire and stabilization of the demarcation line. “If the Ukrainians will enter the empty village, it would be a trap for them, not a springboard,” said Zakharchenko. “In a tactical sense Shirokino has no advantage. However, in political terms, that is what counts.” We recall that on July 1 the DPR unilaterally declared Shirokino a demilitarized zone. The next day the DPR militia left the village. July 4 STSKK and OSCE leaders held talks in Shirokino on the issue of demilitarization of the village. It was suggested to expand the post Monitoring Group, composed of representatives of Kiev, Russia, Donetsk and STSKK with the participation of the OSCE. However, as stated by STSKK later, Kiev has declined joint monitoring with the DPR. Quemado Institute comments: This is the first statement on Shirokino abandonment from Zakharchenko that we have seen. It is somewhat reassuring. However he does not mention the plan to extend this demilitarization project along the entire contact line, which is what we found so disturbing. He also does not clarify the ramifications of Kiev’s refusal of DPR joint monitoring. Are the DPR police going to insist on inclusion? Or will the DPR let enemies alone monitor their territory inside the contact line?

Ukraine Forces Attacking Multiple Places: Message from the militia July 5. / vk.com / Edited autotranslation / July 5 / Donetsk / “The village of Spartak is under heavy fire from cannon artillery and infantry combat. Metro, the airport (new terminal): infantry combat. Increased activity of the UAV. Kuibyshev district, 1-2 Platforms: under fire from heavy artillery cannon of the Ukrainians, eg sev- west. Svetlodarsk. Part of equipment and personnel in positions of Ukrainian invaders under Svetlodarsk are affected by the retaliatory militia. Residents reported Artemovsk cannonade. Magitsralny hears explosions.” Posted by militia in Gorlovka: “Dyleevka intensified. Avdeevka, Verznetoretskoe continues Bach [sic]. From the clif [of] Svetlodarsk was heard AGS and machines. Kalynivka loudly heard it all. It’s just that mortars have worked in the Majorcan side, which is not yet clear. Again mortars with Mallorcan. It seems that something in ‘Cornflower’ is also working with Svetlodarsk eastward [sic], presumably by Logvinova. The north thunders, and the situation is unchanged. Verhnetoretskogo Party again loud. Again Mallorcan 5 more volleys, Gupal heavy. Roughly the same direction, from Longvinovo.”

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10th Special Forces Base, Colorado (--defense.org)

10th Special Forces Base, Colorado (–defense.org)

2,500 Azov Battalion Troops to Train at USA’s Colorado War Camp. According to this report from Novorossia Today, some 2,500 troops from the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Azov Battalion have been flown out of Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport, and according to satellite tracking, landed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado USA, where they are to be trained at “war games”, despite recent US law passed to block such training. “And as these nearly 2,500 neo-Nazi Azov Battalion terrorists are now, undoubtedly, under the command of the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson …, it is a further destabilizing action being committed … by the Obama regime as the military troops stationed at this US military base have begun training for what they call a ‘new type of warfare’ they have labeled as ‘high-intensity combat’ and ‘maneuver warfare’ that is focused on conquering territory, smashing enemy positions and fighting to win rather than fighting to win hearts and minds…in other words, ‘total war’.” The article contains many more details of US war training programs. See Obama Moves 2,500 Feared Ukrainian-Nazi Fighters To Colorado For “Reasons Unknown” (July 5).

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Richard Durbin (--thinkprogress.org)

Richard Durbin (–thinkprogress.org)

Hackers Expose Durbin-Yatsenyuk Letter: Kiev Does Washington’s Bidding. A letter was exposed by the hacker group Anonymous addressed to acting Kiev prime minister Arseney Yatsenyuk from US Senator Richard Durbin, giving precise instructions as to which officials the Kiev government should appoint or not appoint, implying direct US control over Ukraine’s affairs. See Sputnik report at Do as I Tell You: US Senate Gives Direct Orders to Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk (July 5).

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Igor Ivanov (--russiaprofile.org)

Igor Ivanov (–russiaprofile.org)

Igor Ivanov: Three Scenarios for Donbass. Head of the Russian International Affairs Council and former foreign minister Igor Ivanov discusses three possible futures for the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. When asked, “Can the Donbass wait long enough to see Ukraine collapse?” Ivanov answers with a very optimistic possibility, “We must wait until the Kiev elite falls apart. There is no doubt that Odessa, Kharkov, Zaporozhye, Lvov, will see the founding of their own people’s republics. Donbass simply needs to get stronger, restore its economy, and push the front line far enough so that the UAF can’t shell its big cities. Soon the people in Kiev and Lvov will be able to free their lands from the current authorities.” For full Fort Russ commentary see Three Scenarios for the Donbass (July 5), by Andrey Ivanov, translated by J. Hawk.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

Strategic Culture Foundation: New US War Strategy Document Says “Project Power Across All Domains”. Again, American creates its own reality in this 24-page document on war strategy meant to keep US military might at the forefront. “The document says that Russia has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not respect the sovereignty of its neighbors and is willing to use force to achieve its goals. According to the authors, Russia’s military actions are undermining regional security directly and through proxy forces. The strategy asserts that these actions violate numerous agreements that Russia has signed in which it committed to act in accordance with international norms, including the Helsinki Accords (!)”, notes author Leonid Savin. “The strategy points out that «We are prepared to project power across all domains to stop aggression and win our Nation’s wars by decisively defeating adversaries», the document states. «While we prefer to act in concert with others, we will act unilaterally if the situation demands». In the event of an attack, the U.S. military will respond by inflicting damage of such magnitude as to compel the adversary to cease hostilities or render it incapable of further aggression.” See full analysis at US Preparing for Never Ending War (July 5) by Leonid Savin.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

DPR Shirokino Plan:
The Defense Ministry Revealed Details of DPR
Demilitarization of the Village of Shirokino

Donetsk News Agency
Edited autotranslation
July 4, 2015

slavjul4u“The plan is the supposed demilitarization of Shirokino, [requiring] withdrawal of troops of the parties to a distance of 2.5 kilometers from the actual line of contact, and tanks and mortars and 100 mortars and up to 85 millimeters to 15 kilometers,” the department [DPR Defense Ministry] informed Donetsk News Agency. Thus, according to the source, a demilitarized zone of at least 5 kilometers would be created in the village, with a width of the safety zone at least 30 kilometers. Currently, representatives of Ukraine are to discuss the details with the DPR, STSKK [Center for Monitoring and Coordination] and the OSCE.

Related Article:
Deputy Head of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission
Alexand Hug Visited Shirokino, Discussed
Demilitarization of the Village

Donetsk News Agency
Edited autotranslation
July 4, 2015

Alexander Hug

Alexander Hug

The Deputy Head of the International Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, as well as the leadership of the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordination of the ceasefire (STSKK) visited Shirokino today and discussed there the process of demilitarization of the area, according to the DPR Ministry of Defense. “Today, there was a working meeting with heads of STSKK [and] Deputy SMM OSCE Alexander Hug” said the agency. “The parties discussed the necessary measures for the withdrawal of all troops and armed groups on both sides of the demarcation line.” Earlier, on July 1, the official DPR representative in the negotiations of the Contact Group for the peaceful settlement Pushilin Denis said that the People’s Republic unilaterally declared Shirokino a demilitarized zone. Shirokino village, located between Mariupol and occupied and controlled by the authorities of the DPR [district of] Novoazovsk, is one of the most tense areas near the line of contact.

In a further report, the Donetsk News Agency quotes Alexander Hug, Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, as saying today that Shirokino has never been quiet for the entire time of the OSCE inspection, but that now the fighting has stopped.

Related Article:
Task Before STSKK Is to Consolidate Actions in
Donetsk on Demilitarization – OSCE

Donetsk News Agency
Edited autotranslation
July 4, 2015

The OSCE urges the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordination of the cease-fire in Donbass to consolidate the gains of the DPR on issues of demilitarization of the village of Shirokino. This was stated today to journalists by the deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug. “At the moment, the taks of the employees of STSKK is to consolidate the move, which was adopted by the DPR (unilateral demilitarization Shirokino),” he said. According to him, “the lessons we drew from Shirokino, will be used by the OSCE all along the line of contact.” Hug said that currently to maintain calm in Shirokino is the obligation of each party to the conflict. Recall that the DPR authorities announced a unilateral demilitarization Shirokino July 1st. To date, all DPR militias have left the village. During the inspection of the OSCE observers, both earlier and today, this fact was confirmed.

Ominous Developments: Shirokino and Unilateral Demilitarization of the Contact Line. For the full detailed report on the possible dire impact of the Donetsk People’s Republic plans to withdraw from entire the contact line, as they have done in Shirokino, see Quemado Institute commentary Shirokino Retreat: Gambit, Blunder or Outright Betrayal (July 2, with important updates on July 3 and 4), by Karl Pomeroy.

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Alexander Hug (--smh.com.au)

Alexander Hug (–smh.com.au)

Deputy Head of OSCE Mission Will Talk about Situation in Shirokino and Donbass in Minsk / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 4, 2015 / Donetsk / The Deputy Head of the International Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE [Alexander Hug] intends present the results of his trip to Donbass at the Tuesday, July 7 meeting of the working group on security, he said today at a press conference in Donetsk. “Tomorrow I will continue my journey and visit Gorlovka where our mission is working on a temporary cease-fire. It is necessary to carry out rehabilitation work on the water supply line. Next we will go to Avdeevka and Peski. Once in Lugansk, on Monday evening I return to Kiev and the next day go to Minsk, where the fifth meeting of the Working Sub-Group on security will be held,” he said. Hug also added that at present in the conflict zone there have been positive changes. “The Mission continues to carry out its mandate in the area. At the moment, we already have a well-organized platform (for negotiations). Using this, you can discuss competitive issues. This is a positive step,” the SMM Deputy expressed his views, responding to a question from Trend.

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Sergey Naryshkin (--Anna Isakova/Duma Press/TASS)

Sergey Naryshkin (–Anna Isakova/Duma Press/TASS)

Naryshkin: Ukraine Constitutional Reform a Mere Simulation. The speaker of Russia’s parliamentary lower house, Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday that Kiev and the West are only simulating the process of Ukraine constitutional reform, undermining the Minsk 2.0 Agreements signed on February 12 that mandate Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic participation in the amendment process. Source: TASS Russian Duma head says Kiev, West simulating constitutional process in Ukraine (July 3) Editor’s note: Wikipedia provides a full translation of the Minsk 2.0 Package of Measures. I quote the passage on the constitutional amendment process: “Constitutional reform in Ukraine, with a new constitution to come into effect by the end of 2015, the key element of which is decentralisation (taking into account peculiarities of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, agreed with representatives of these districts), and also approval of permanent legislation on the special status of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in accordance with the measures spelt out in the attached footnote,[note 1] by the end of 2015.” [Italics mine.] Thus, according to Minsk 2.0, DPR and LPR representatives must agree to the decentralization amendments. Kiev regime leader Petro Poroshenko has therefore violated Minsk 2.0 by excluding DPR/LPR representatives. The West is trying to cover up his omission by inviting review from various foreign entities, including Victoria Nuland, French authorities and the Venice Commission. Their participation, however, is irrelevant.

Le Figaro: Kiev Blockade Alienates Donbass Residents. The French publication Le Figaro has pointed out that Petro Poroshenko’s policy of imposing a blockade on the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, if intended to turn local residents against the DPR/LPR leadership, is irrational and is having the opposite affect. At Ukraine border checkpoints, trucks carrying food supplies often have to pay bribes amounting to thousands of dollars, effectively doubling the price of food in Donetsk and Lugansk. Despite public backlash, Kiev officials let vengeance overwhelm reason. According to Sputnik: “Last month, Poroshenko Bloc MP Yuri Lutsenko called Donbass a ‘cancerous tumor,’ adding that the blockade should only be intensified.” For full Sputnik report see Kiev Can’t Get Donbass Back Through Economic Blockade – French Media (July 4).

Yulia Tymoshenko (--ibtimes.co.uk)

Yulia Tymoshenko (–ibtimes.co.uk)

Tymoshenko’s Office Bombed: Tymoshenko Calls Party Office Bombing ‘Terrorist Attack’ / Radio Free Europe / July 4, 2015 / Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says an explosion at her party’s offices in the city of Sumy was politically motivated. Tymoshenko, head of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, said in Kyiv that there were “political reasons” behind the “terrorist attack” early on July 4. The explosion on the ground floor of the building did serious damage to the party’s offices but did not cause any injuries. Tymoshenko said if an impartial investigation is not carried out promptly then Batkivshchyna party members in Sumy will “publicly name those who threatened them.” She said the party officials had received telephone threats after having uncovered a “corruption agenda under the housing and utilities tariffs.” Editor’s note: According to the Irish Times, pro-West Tymoshenko fears “Russian aggression” and calls for Ukraine memebership in NATO: “In October 2011 Tymoshenko was jailed for seven years…. [F]ar from her power base in nationalist western Ukraine, Tymoshenko became a symbol of Ukraine’s struggle to oust Yanukovich, shrug off Russian influence and forge strong ties with the EU and US…. [Tymoshenko] wants a referendum on joining Nato, which she calls the only bloc that can protect Ukraine from Russian aggression.”

Emmanuel Leroy

Emmanuel Leroy

Valdai Club: French National Front Eschews EU Sanctions on Russia. Emmanuel Leroy, a French political scientist and former advisor to National Front leader Marine Le Pen, discusses the situation in Europe and relations with Russia with the Valdai Club editor-in-chief Alexander Artamonov. “It is clear that the Brussels bureaucratic superstructure, lying under the heel of the Anglo-Saxon oligarchy, will never allow European politicians not to be marionettes,” says Leroy. “NATO and the European Commission have created a schism … between Russia and Europe. It is perfectly clear, especially if we watch the Ukrainian crisis.” He goes on to say, “I regret, and Russia, I think, regrets too, but we can’t currently rely on Germany, because it is totally subservient to the orders from Washington…. If there is a hope to liberate Europe, it should be connected at first with a Paris-Moscow axis. Berlin currently is not an independent political actor even if its economic weight is colossal.” For full Valdai Club interview see French National Front and Russia (June 23). For more on Emmanuel Leroy see Marine Le Pen’s Closest Advisor Comes out of the Shadows in Donetsk (May 15, 2015).

Lake Valdai (--russiangeography.com)

Lake Valdai (–russiangeography.com)

Editor’s note: The Valdai Discussion Club was established in 2004, and named after Lake Valdai, which is located close to Veliky Novgorod, where the club’s first meeting took place. The club’s goal is to promote dialogue between Russian and international intellectual elite, and to make an independent, unbiased scientific analysis of political, economic and social events in Russia and the rest of the world. Over 800 representatives of the international scholarly community from almost 50 countries have taken part in the club’s work. They include professors of major world universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, Carleton University, the University of London, Cairo University, the University of Teheran, East China University, the University of Tokyo, Tel Aviv University, the University of Messina, Johns Hopkins University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Sciences Po and the Sorbonne. (Wikipedia).

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