Donetsk Lugansk News Jul 13-15 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
(More updates to come)

Denis Pushilin (--fortruss.blogspot)

Denis Pushilin (–fortruss.blogspot)

Rumors Zakharchenko To Be Removed Are Enemy Misinformation. Pushilin denied rumors of a possible disbandment of the Ministry of Defence and the resignation of DPR’s Zakharchenko / TASS.ru / Edited autotranslation / July 15. / Vice Speaker of the People’s Council of the proclaimed the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Dennis Pushilin refuted rumors about the possible disbandment of the DPR Ministry of Defence or a change of leadership of the republic. A statement was posted on the policy at Donetsk News Agency. It notes that “over the past few days there has sharply increased the number of rumors, gossip and provocation by various characters on the political life of Donetsk People’s Republic.” For example, talk about disbanding the Defense Ministry, according Pushilin, can come from a “man far from the understanding of the military situation in the region”, or hostile to Donbass. Pushilin also commented on the rumors about changing the head of the republic. “I want to say to all responsible escaped” heroes “of Donbass, which unlike them, Alexander Zakharchenko is at all times operating in Donetsk and shares adversity with the people of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said vice-speaker of the DPR People’s Council. Expert: DPR has strengthened itself against information warfare through various rumors and “stuffing”. Information warfare against the proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) is increasing. This opinion was expressed by Chesnakov Alex, director of the Center close to the Kremlin political situation, which has been monitoring the situation in Donbass. “Subject to certain Ukrainian and Russian media, the report that the DPR Ministry of Defence was to disband in conjunction with the resignation of the head of Alexander Zakharchenko is outright misinformation. The situation in the DPR is stable. As far as I know, Zakharchenko is in the DPR, and all services are operating normally,” he said to TASS. According to the analyst, like “stuffing”, there is a clear indication of the growing information war against the Republic of Donbass. “Kiev wants by any means to disrupt the process of state building in the DPR and LPR. Ignore any provocations,” he said.

Elena Filippova Survives Car Bomb Injuries, DPR Blames Ukrainian Sabotage Group. A series of bombings and assassinations in Donetsk shows the activity of Ukrainian saboteurs – “Free Donbass” / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 14, 2015 / Donetsk / The explosion, which occurred this morning in a car near the plant “Topaz” in Donetsk, as well as the attack on the People’s Council deputy Yuri Sivokonenko, indicate that the city has Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance groups (DRGs). This was stated to by the press service of the republican social movement “Free Donbass”. “This morning, near the plant Topaz in the Kuibyshev district, a car driven by a woman was blown up,” the press-service reported. “At the same time we pointed out … almost immediately after the commission of the offense that a report appeared in the Ukrainian media under catchy headlines. “It is definitely tempting to think that all these actions are orchestrated,” added in the social movement. Ukrainian journalists, in particular, disseminate information that “the alleged target of” the attack “in the DPR was Alexander Zakharchenko’s secretary [Elena Filippova], who died during the morning of the explosion.” “We would like to disappoint this overzealous [Ukrainian] journalist, but the woman is all right and will recover. But what is most disturbing is that Donetsk has once again become the target of the work of DRGs,” stated “Free Donbass.” The press service of th movement added that a similar signature crime was committed also in the evening on July 14. “In the Kuibyshev district, a car was blown up with unknown [occupants]. According to preliminary information, the car carried two “civilians”. They were taken to the hospital with injuries of varying severity,” said the press-service. “These events are a continuation of the Nazi” traditions “embodied by the Nazis during the war and then restored by their successors to “Independence” that appeared in the killings of the “Berkut” fighters, and then again in the terrible tragedy of May 2, 2014 in Odessa, and repeatedly in the crimes committed by the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces], so-called “national guard” of the Nazis and the “Right Sector” against the civilian population of Donbass,” stressed the press-service.”

slavjul15zMeeting with Aleksandr Prokhanov and Nikolay Starikov was held in DPR Union of Writers today / Novorossia Today / July 15, 2015 / Russian writer and essayist, Chairman of Izborsk Club and editor-in-chief of Zavrtra newspaper Aleksandr Prokhanov presented his new book “Murder of cities”, nominated for Booker Prize, in Donetsk. The presentation was held to the accompaniment of artillery shelling sounds in the building of the Donetsk People’s Republic Union of Writers. “The presentation of the new book about the event in the South-East of Ukraine will be held in two stages,” Prokhanov said. “At first it will take place in the Republican Union of Writers, and then — the main stage of the presentation will take place at glorious Saur Mound, the defenders of which repeated the heroic deed of their fathers, carried out in the years of the Great Patriotic War”. Russian essayist, leader of Great Fatherland party Nikolay Starikov also met with the residents of Donetsk. The meeting took place a day before in the hall of the Krupskaya Republican Universal Scientific Library, full of listeners. “I arrived in Donetsk in composition of Izborsk Club delegation,” Starikov said. “I intend to meet citizens of the Republic and visit the block-posts of the People’s Militia”. “We in Russia do not perceive the events in Donbass as something distant,” Starikov stressed. “We are fully aware of the fact that the dwellers of his land found themselves on the crest of the history wave, and they are defending not only their motherland, but also the entire Russian world”. Quemado Insitute comments: to some in the United States, it seems the Donetsk People’s Republic is defending the entire free world.

Yuriy Sivokonenko (--rusvesna-news.ru)

Yuriy Sivokonenko (–rusvesna-news.ru)

Attempt at the life of MP Yuriy Sivokonenko committed in Donetsk / Novorossia Today / July 15, 2015 / Unidentified criminals committed an assassination attempt against member of the People’s Council, Chairman of Union of Veteran of Donbass “Berkut” Yuriy Sivokonenko, press-service of the Republican public movement “Svobodnyi Donbass” (Free Donbass), to which Sivikonenko belongs, reports. “Yuriy Sivokonenko was attacked in Panfilov street. The attackers fired at him from machine-guns,” the press-service spokesperson said. “They managed to escape. Sivikonenko received and arm wound as a result of the assault”. The representatives of PM Free Donbass expressed their confidence of the activity of a Ukrainian covert group (SRG) in the city. “DPR police conducts investigation on the scene, they are looking for the sabotage and reconnaissance group,” the press-service spokesperson added. The members of Free Donbass movement reminded that the story of the Maidan coup started with murders of “Berkut” riot police troopers. “Today their lives are still under threat: freedom fighters are still on the death lists of Ukrainian Nationalists,” the spokesperson said, “nevertheless they did not succeed this time as well, as the condition of Yuriy Viktorovich is stable”. The representatives of PM Free Donbass stressed that recent events in Donbass can be viewed as the continuation of Nazi traditions, established by Hitlerists and implemented by their followers Maidanites. “This is just another link in the chain of crimes of the present-day Nazis, among which are the massacre in Odessa Trade Unions house, shelling of residential areas in Donbass, mass murders and tortures of civilians,” the spokesperson said. “We should advise the citizens of the Republic to remain calm and not to react to provocations,” the spokesperson concluded.

(--unian.info)

(–unian.info)

The Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine has Withdrawn Weapons and Ammunition from “Right Sector” / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 15, 2015 / Law enforcers seized weapons and ammunition from the representatives of the “Right Sector” during searches related to the events in Mukachevo, said the Deputy Head of Department for Investigation of Important Cases of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Vladimir Gavrilyuk. As the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office, Gavrilyuk noted that during searches in private homes and offices of the Volunteer Corps of the Ukrainian military-political movement “Right Sector” in Uzhgorod, there were found and seized night vision devices, cartridges for automatic weapons, grenades, and a rifle optical sight. “[We] obtained permission from the court for the recovery of data confirming the entry of vehicles with armed men in Mukachevo, as well as the fact of firing a machine gun mounted on one of the cars. We also questioned as witnesses more than 10 people from among the employees of Mukachevo PDI of Ukraine in the Transcarpathian region who participated in the incident on the highway Kyiv-Chop,” reported the prosecutor’s office.

Ukraine’s Civil War Spreads to the west; Second Coup Possible / by Bryan MacDonald / rt.com op-edge / July 15, 2015 / For the benefit of those who rely on American media for their news, this is what happened in Mukachevo. On Saturday last, the fascist Right Sector (‘Pravy Sektor’) group, which played a significant role in the Euromaidan coup last year, engaged in a shoot-out with Ukrainian police. According to Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Kiev’s Interior Ministry, there were around 20 militia men, armed to the teeth, involved in the exchange. The neo-Nazi organization claims that a local politician, Mykhaylo Lanyo, ordered police to open fire on their members. Right Sector further alleges that the ‘volunteers’ were merely attending a meeting when they were set upon by blood-thirsty cops. It is accepted that the fascists fired rocket-propelled grenade launchers and Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Now, whatever one may think of Ukraine’s police, they are not noted for taking a principled stand against hoodlums which have serious firepower to hand. Additionally, if Right Sector were really interested in curtailing smuggling, why would they hold secret meetings with local mafia leaders … ? MORE.

Four Ukrainian Volunteer Battalions Join Right Sector for Kiev Protests / Sputnik / July 14, 2015 / Last Saturday, members of the Ukrainian Right Sector nationalist movement announced protests in Kiev over the standoff in the western Ukrainian town of Mukachevo. Protesters are demanding the resignation of the country’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. Members of the Aidar, Azov, OUN and Tornado Ukrainian volunteer battalions joined a protest staged in Kiev by the Right Sector radical movement. The protest has taken place near the presidential administration building for three days already. Last Saturday, Right Sector representatives announced ongoing protests in Kiev over the recent conflict in the western Ukrainian town of Mukachevo…. MORE.

(--AFP/ Alexander Zobin)

(–AFP/ Alexander Zobin)

“Right Sector” in Ukraine: Ultra-nationalist Rehearse Uprising Against Kiev / by Benjamin Bidder / Quemado Institute (from Spiegel Online) / Edited autotranslation from German by Quemado Institute / July 14, 2015 / The “Right Sector” melting pot of Ukrainian Nationalists and one of the driving forces of 2014 Maidan revolution, has published a manifesto on the Internet. It reads like a declaration of war. It is aimed not as usual against the Kremlin and the “people’s republics” in eastern Ukraine heavily armed by Moscow. It is threatened against the police and their own government. It calls them the “occupation regime”…. after the Maidan revolution had failed to [carry] “the thing through to the end and make the people’s rebellion into a genuine national revolution”, it says on the website of the organization. Blame “those who came to power through the blood of the people”, says the document. The Ukrainian government had equipped volunteer battalions such as the “right sector” with weapons for the war in Donbass. Now the nationalists are calling out the state power itself. On the weekend, the “rights sector” had opened a second front … MORE.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Car Bomb Attack Injures Secretary of Zakharchenko / Latest News Resource / July 14, 2015 / In Donetsk, unknown assailants blew up the car Elena Filippova, Secretary of the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic (DND) Alexander Zakharchenko. Woman in serious condition taken to hospital. About it reports “News front”. According to the site 62.ua explosion has thundered in the morning on July 14 in the area of the plant “Topaz”. According to preliminary data, the bomb was under the passenger seat. Eyewitnesses said the car exploded on the go. Law enforcement DNR are investigating the incident.

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Voice of Sevastopol Tuesday Situation Report. Ukrainian policemen were injured in two separate explosions this morning in the Shevchenko district of Lviv, western Ukraine. Also, there is no information yet as to the condition of Elena Filippova, who was seriously injured and hospitalized today after a car bombing. Filippova is the administrative assistant to DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko. For today’s sitrep with maps, photos and videos, see The war in Novorossia Online 07.14.2015 Chronicle (July 14).

The Right Sector took the city of Lvov under its control (updated) / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 14, 2015 / Extremist organization “Right sector” had set up checkpoints around the city of Lvov and is de facto controlling the city, said the representative of the office of the Right Sector in the Lvov region, Taras Kuzyak. “Our organization is on call going to all emergency situations [has taken over the function of municipal police – KR], de facto controls the city to avoid provocations. To this end, we set up roadblocks around the city,” – Kuzyak said Tuesday to UNN agency. The Radicals of the “Right sector” deny involvement in the bombings near police stations in Lvov, which occurred Tuesday morning, and are confident that the organizers of the terrorist attacks are “anti-Ukrainian forces”. The first explosion occurred on Tuesday near a police station in Lvov, when the officer of the Railway district police department unlocked the office on the Plugovaya street. According to the Interior Ministry, a mine was detonated. The injured lieutenant was hospitalized, his condition is estimated as critical. Later in the day in Lvov there was another explosion, this time near a local police station, wounding inspector of the district department. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine tied the two morning explosions at police stations in Lvov with the events in the Transcarpathian region, where over the weekend there was a skirmish between the police and the radicals of the “Right sector”. The department has classified both the explosion as a terrorist attack. The leader of the faction “Self-help” [Lvov based “Samopomosh” which favors decentralisation of Ukraine and more autonomy for Lvov – KR] in the Ukrainian Parliament, Oleg Berezyuk proposed to hold an urgent meeting of the council of the coalition and hear the report of the Minister of Internal Affairs, the head of the SBU and the Prosecutor General in connection with the bombings in Lvov.

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Update from Searchnews.info: The public in Ukraine is inclined to think that the explosions are the work of the nationalists from the “Right sector”, who wanted to take control of the cultural capital of Ukraine [it has become a cultural center due to its Polish and Jewish heritage before it has been ‘purified’ by the banderites – KR], where they enjoy great support among the local population. Recently it became known that in the fight against the current government of Ukraine the “Right sector” is supported by battalions “Azov”, “Tornado” and “OUN”. The Right Sector consists of about 20 battalions, led by Dmitry Yarosh. Such a force is enough to take control of a few regions of Western Ukraine. The ATO can be started on two fronts.

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin

DPR and LPR demanded that Kiev should stop arrogant violation of the Minsk Agreement / Novorossiya Today / July 14, 2015 /
Ukrainian authorities are engaged in “arrogant” violation of the key Minsk Agreement provisions by the procedure of enactment of the elections law without bringing it in concordance with the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, claimed official representatives of the DPR and LPR in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego on July 13 in Donetsk. “The Law on election had been viewed by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, and the second, final reading is scheduled for tomorrow, although the Law should have been discussed in Minsk and be agreed upon with the representatives of the DPR and LPR; it is violating the already reached agreements in regard to non-participation of a series of political parties and holding the elections in accordance of the majority voting system”, — the statement submitted to the DNA says. “We demand that the authorities of Ukraine and personally Speaker of the Parliament Groysman, Prime-Minister Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko stop arrogant violation of the key Minsk Agreement provisions and start consistently implement the plan of peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbass”, — the representatives of the People’s Republics stated. Earlier DPR and LPR authorities had repeatedly claimed that Kiev is ignoring the peace initiatives Donbass put forward and makes unilateral decisions aimed at imitation of the implementation of the Set of Measures signed on February 12, but in their essence contradicting the Minsk Agreement. Due to the non-constructive stance of the Ukrainian regime the People’s Republics began to implement the provisions of “Minsk-2″ unilaterally and appointed the elections to the local bodies for the autumn of 2015.

Ruslan Knyazevich (--online-ukraine.net)

Ruslan Knyazevich (–online-ukraine.net)

Ukraine local elections law doesn’t provide for elections in militia-held areas in Donbas / TASS / July 14, 2015 / KIEV / Ukraine’s new draft law on local elections which Verkhovna Rada (parliament) adopted on Tuesday does not provide for holding elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) on October 25, Ruslan Knyazevich, the head of the parliamentary Committee for legal policy and justice, said as he submitted the draft law to the Rada. This norm is fixed in the document’s final and interim clauses, he said. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on local elections in the second reading by 257 votes out of the required minimum of 226. Elections to the local self-government bodies scheduled for October 25 may partly be held according to a new election system if Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signs the bill into a law. The DPR and LPR were categorically against the new draft law because they consider it to be a violation of the Minsk agreements. On Monday, July 13, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, the DPR’s and LPR’s representatives in the Contact Group for the Ukraine settlement, issued a joint statement in which they said that the new elections law should have been discussed in Minsk and agreed with the representatives of the DPR and LPR. “It is falling out of line with what is being discussed in Minsk and is violating the already reached agreements in part concerning non-participation of political parties and the holding of elections according to the majority system,” Pushilin and Deinego said. Earlier, the DPR and LPR announced that they would hold separate elections on their territories on October 18 and November 1, respectively.

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

The Ukrainian side deliberately intensifies shelling of DNR on the eve of the negotiations in Minsk – Basurin / Novorossia Today / July 14, 2015 / Donetsk / Ukrainian forces deliberately increase shelling of the territory of the Republic before the talks in Minsk, in order the situation in the area of the contact line seemed unstable to the observers, Deputy Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin stated today. “The Ukrainian side deliberately intensifies shelling in view of the meetings in Minsk, he said. -This is done in order to show the public that the security situation remains volatile.“ Basurin previously stated that Ukrainian forces have 51 times violated the ceasefire over the past day, with heavy weapons being used. As we have informed, today, on July 14, Minsk hosts a regular meeting of the Sub-Group in political issues operating within the framework of the Contact Group for the peaceful settlement. Belarus FOREIGN MINISTRY reported that the Minsk meeting of the Sub-group in political issues of the Contact Group started today in a closed press mode.

Martin Sajdik (--eng.belta.by)

Martin Sajdik (–eng.belta.by)

Meeting Of Political Subgroup On Donbass Started In Minsk / hst-ukraine.com / July 14, 2015 / On Tuesday, 14 July, participants of the Subgroup on Political Affairs of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine gathered in Minsk. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus on its page in Twitter. “Meeting of the Subgroup on Political Affairs concerning the situation in the east of Ukraine started in the closed regime in Minsk”, – reads the statement. It is scheduled to discuss constitutional reform and elections in Donbass at the meeting. For your information, on 7 July, meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbass took place in Minsk. After the meeting, the OSCE Representative in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik told about the “constructive” in negotiations.

TASS: Fugitive Right Sector fighters are retreating from Mukachevo towards Poland / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 14, 2015 / The leader of the Mukachevo cell of the “Right sector” Aleksandr Sachko said the battalion will continue the fight. / KIEV / Hiding from law enforcement officers, extremists of the “Right sector” are moving from Mukachevo to the border with Poland. This was reported by the Ukrainian TV channel “Inter”. “The epicenter of the events is moving, actually, to the North of Mukachevo. In the village of Verkhnaya Vyznitsa there are three new checkpoints. Staffed by soldiers of the national guard and police. It is 20 kilometers from the city. That is, we can assume that the fighters of the “Right sector” are leaving the foot of the mountain, where they were hiding,” stated the report of the channel. It was noted that extremists “every day are moving towards Lvov” and, most likely, keep the course to the border with Poland. The leader of the Mukachevo cell of the “Right sector” Aleksandr Sachko said the intention of the battalion to continue the fight: “It may take a year or two … Well, then, so be it. If someone thinks that the guys can’t live in the woods as long as necessary, believe me, there are enough opportunities to increase this formation by several thousand people,” he said. At the same time, Slovakia and Hungary took measures to strengthen their security on the border with Ukraine.

Slovak police boost security after deadly shootout in Mukachevo / Slovak Spectator / July 14, 2015 / SLOVAK police have boosted security measures following a deadly shooting involving the radical nationalist group the Right Sector in the Ukrainian town of Mukachevo near the Slovak border on Saturday, July 11. As well as increasing patrols on the border, police also added to the officers’ arsenal, Slovak Police Corps vice-president Ľubomír Ábel announced on July 13. A conflict between members of the Right Sector and followers of parliamentarian Mikhail Lano, who opposes the group, erupted at a sports club in Mukachevo on Saturday. After the Ukrainian security forces became involved, a fierce shootout ensued that included the use of automatic rifles and grenade launchers. Two members of the Right Sector and one civilian were killed in the shootout. According to Ábel, the Ukrainian authorities reported that the suspects are still on the run. Mukachevo is about 50 kilometres away from the Slovak border crossings in Čierna nad Tisou and Vyšné Nemecké … MORE.

slavjul14rIs Kiev Trying to Starve Donbass? / by Konrad Stachnio / New Eastern outlook / July 11, 2015 / There is currently a lot of speculation on the situation on the line Kiev – Donbass. To learn what the situation really looks like, I asked for the firsthand insight. I am talking with David Hudziec, the Polish war correspondent residing the ninth month in Donbass. Question: What is the situation in the Donbass region? DH: According to the regulations, any person entering the territory of Donbass, can bring daily up to fifty kilograms of food, the value of which does not exceed 5 thousand UAH. In fact, it all depends of the soldiers who are at the checkpoints. Question: What is the purpose of blocking Donbass by Ukraine. Does Kiev want to create there another Leningrad? DH: Basically, at this point the two insurgent republics have no other choice but to pass all trade on to the Russian side and to trade with Russia. It is very difficult because there is a price and monetary difference. What is more, goods from Russia are simply a lot more expensive. That is why the Russian currency is being slowly implemented, although officially there is a multi currency system here…. MORE.

Vladislav Surkov (--livemint.com)

Vladislav Surkov (–livemint.com)

False Rumor: Surkov Visited Zakharchenko in Donetsk to Discuss His “Removal”. There have been rumors spreading in the social media that former DPR field commander Igor Strelkov said DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko was to be “replaced” after a visit by Russian Security Officer Vladislav Surkov. It turns out Surkov’s visit occurred as long ago as June 2. Since Zakharchenko remains in office today, six weeks later, we conclude the talk of his “removal” is a false rumor. We do not know why this rumor has suddenly surfaced now. For the record, we present the first part of a Kyiv Post article from June 3: Kremlin aide Surkov visits Donetsk to scold Zakharchenko, says Strelkov / Kyiv Post / June 3, 2015 / As Moscow continues to deny its involvement in eastern Ukraine, a high-ranking Russian security officer who led an armed uprising last spring in Donetsk Oblast said the region was visited by Vladislav Surkov, the Kremlin aide who has been dubbed “Putin’s puppet master” for his role in shaping foreign policy. The Kremlin-backed separatist press service refused to comment on Surkov’s alleged visit by phone. No information on Surkov’s visit could be found on the Kremlin’s website, and an emailed request for comment on June 2 to Russia’s presidential office went unanswered. Igor Girkin, who told Reuters he was a colonel in Russia’s FSB security service until quitting in March 2014, announced the visit on his Vkontakte page on June 2, saying Surkov arrived the previous day to “hold a meeting with the republic’s leadership.” Also known as Strelkov, Girkin implied that the meeting may signal an impending realignment in the occupied region’s Moscow-backed leadership. He said Surkov had “yelled and swore a lot” while meeting with separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko. A native of Donetsk who worked as a mine electrician, Zakharchenko had led the local militant group Oplot branch that helped the former Ukrainian government led by Viktor Yanukovych clamp down on the EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv. “About the fact that Zakharchenko refuses to ‘merge’ Donetsk with the same readiness and speed with which (Igor) Plotnitsky is doing it in Luhansk. At this point, I don’t know the results of Surkov’s yelling,” Strelkov wrote. “They can’t remove Zakharchenko. He is the living embodiment of the Minsk (peace) agreements.”

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Ukraine opposition concerned over upsurge of extremism in Transcarpathian region / TASS / July 13, 2015 / Non-submission of gunmen of the Right Sector far-right group to Kiev and a series of attacks on civilian targets in the city of Mukachevo in western Ukraine are seen by Ukrainians as an immediate threat to the country’s national integrity. Head of the Opposition Bloc parliamentary faction in the Verkhovna Rada Yury Boyko has said that “it is not a local conflict, it is a problem of the entire country.” Special hearings are scheduled in the parliament for Tuesday – “with reports by the heads of the law enforcement agencies regarding the current situation and plans for remedying it – what needs to be done in this regard,” Boyko said. A series of incidents in the Transcarpathian region began on Saturday when the Right Sector extremists launched an attack on a cafe and shot at a traffic police station. The attacks claimed the lives of three people, another 11 were wounded. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry sent armored vehicles to Mukachevo, two militants were wounded and detained, and two dozen disappeared in the woods after a siege. The Transcarpathian region is the birthplace of Stepan Bandera, who was the leader of the terrorist branch of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and a Nazi collaborator during World War II. The area has many hideouts dug and carefully camouflaged by gunmen during the post-war years. Mayor of Mukachevo Zoltan Lengyel has declared enhanced security regime in the city. Head of the Verkhovna Rada Vladimir Groysman demanded to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the events in Mukachevo. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk ordered to dismiss the leaders of the regional law enforcement agencies and to bring criminal charges. The prosecutor’s office called the developments in Mokachevo a terrorist attack.

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Events in Mukachevo: The Inevitable Result of “Maidan” in Kiev / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 13, 2015 / Events in Mukachevo in western Ukraine have become a logical continuation of the coup d’état in Kiev a year ago last winter, Vice Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin told DAN today. “People who are used to force to resolve the issues and support of the authorities, went on their way” to reform and lustration “by regions of Ukraine” [sic],” he said. The Vice-Speaker noted that the supply of these events in the Ukrainian media suggests the desire of official Kiev “to dissociate itself from the radical organization rather than the inability of the authorities to control the nationalists armed forces.” According to him, Poroshenko has two ways out of the situation. In the first case, the Kiev authorities will suppress the “Right Sector”, which would entail the demoralization of the former heroes and supporters of “Maidan”. “After all,” the Right Sector “were active participants in the coup, which brought to power the team of the current president of Ukraine. The other representatives of the “Right Sector” will be forced to go into the shadows and fight a guerrilla war with the Ukrainian regime,” said Pushilin. The second version of the situation for the Ukrainian government is no less sad. “He will close his eyes for another trick by radicals authority will own failure while creating a precedent of the power, I would even say, robbery options redistribution of the Ukrainian state [sic]”, concluded the deputy speaker of parliament.

Slavyangrad on Mukachevo. See The Shootout in Mukachevo (july 13)by Anatoly Nesmiyan, and Turf War in Mukachevo (July 11) by Boris Rozhin, at the Slavyangrad website.

Exploitation of Natural Resources in Donbass

Exploitation of Natural Resources in Donbass

Slavyangrad on US Imperialism and Its Impact on Donbass: Is Ukraine a Modern Day Colony? “One of the driving forces of imperialism is the need to secure control of natural resources and the human labour with which to process it for transport to the imperial centers. The British Empire was the fullest expression of such exploitation, with everything from rubber and spices to slaves and oil being taken from their colonial outposts back to Britain, leaving poverty and cultural destruction in its wake. Ukraine is rich with fertile soil, coal and oil, it is home to the largest reserves of sulfur in the word, the second largest deposits of mercury ore, as well as 5 percent of the world’s iron ore. Many of these resources are primarily found in the regions of conflict in eastern Ukraine/Donbass.” See Is Ukraine a Modern Day Colony? by Andrey Panevin.

Right Sector party and ultra-right activists attend rally at Presidential office in Kiev, July 11, 2015 (--EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Right Sector party and ultra-right activists attend rally at Presidential office in Kiev, July 11, 2015 (–EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko)

Developments in Mukachevo Prove Kiev’s Inability to Control Extremists — DPR Speaker / TASS / July 13, 2015 / The recent developments in Ukraine’s western city of Mukachevo demonstrate Kiev’s inability to control extremist armed groups, speaker of the People’s Assembly (parliament) of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Andrey Purgin said on Monday. “The Kiev authorities have never had full control over nationalist armed groups,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. “It was not control, it was an agreement between the state machine and extremists whose actions were meant to intimidate political opponents and the regime’s enemies beyond the legal framework.” Purgin noted that the Right Sector, a Ukrainian extremist organization outlawed in Russia, and other radical groups had already demonstrated in Donbas their inability to maintain a civilized dialogue. “Their methods of ‘dialogue’ are well known to people living in the former Donetsk and Luhansk regions which are now controlled by the Ukrainian army. They are known in other places too,” he said. “But such flagrant effrontery — people in Ukraine saw for the first time.” [More details at source.]

Another High-Ranking Ukraine Official Switches to Donetsk Republic / Sputnik / July 13, 2015 / The first deputy of the pro-Kiev Donetsk regional department of justice head has resigned and switched to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This is not the first time Ukrainian officials come over Donetsk opposition forces lately. “I’ve decided to quit Ukraine’s justice bodies as I do not support actions of the government stirring up the war hysteria. I have a peaceful profession, and it bars both war propaganda and participation in warfare,” former Ukrainian official Sergei Kucheruk, said today at a press conference in Donetsk. The official, whose relatives live in Donetsk, said he was waiting for “the government to adequately start to deal with the ongoing conflict,” but he never saw this happen. “People keep dying, it’s awful, it’s unacceptable” … MORE.

Pushkin Blvd., Donetsk (--wikimapia.org)

Pushkin Blvd., Donetsk (–wikimapia.org)

Life in Donetsk: Resilient Despite Obama’s Continuing Proxy War / by Stephen Lendman / Obama’s dirty war of aggression using Ukrainian and imported mercenary forces continues against Donbass residents rejecting fascism – wanting democratic rights everyone deserves. Since conflict began in April 2014, Kiev’s junta regime committed major war crimes. Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC) is set to submit hard evidence to international courts, according to its spokesman Vladimir Markin. “All the evidence that we have collected has been included in more than 2,500 volumes of a criminal case. And the Investigative Committee is ready to hand over these materials to any international court,” he said. Russia’s IC will continue its investigation on whether other junta war crimes were committed. Despite months of devastating conflict, life in Donetsk remains resilient…. MORE.

Expert: Ultra-right forces trying to use Mukachevo conflict as basis for election campaign / TASS / July 13, 2015 / The ultra-right forces in Ukraine are trying to use the situation in the town of Mukachevo as a basis for their election campaign, director of the Ukrainian Institute of Policy Analysis and Management Ruslan Bortnik told TASS on Monday. “In this situation, it is interesting that the Right Sector [extremist organization banned in Russia] immediately started demanding not only the release of its representatives, but also the resignation of Interior Minister [Arsen Avakov], puting forward such political demands as refusing decentralization, holding snap parliamentary election, cancelling deputies’ immunity, adopting law on presidential impeachment and so on — in other words, a whole package of political demands,” Bortnik said. This “demonstrates that the Right Sector is trying to use the situation … MORE.

Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (--vesti.ru)

Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (–vesti.ru)

OSCE Official Report on Deadly Shooting in Mukachevo / osce.org / July 13, 2015 / On 12 July, the SMM dispatched a patrol of the Ivano-Frankivsk-based team to monitor events in the wake of an armed incident that reportedly occurred the previous day in Mukacheve (Zakarpattia region, 605km south-west of Kyiv). According to media reports, at least two people were killed – reportedly members of the Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor) – and several others were wounded in a shootout at a café allegedly owned by a member of parliament (Verkhovna Rada). On its way to Mukacheve, the SMM observed heightened security measures, including several police checkpoints. At one such checkpoint, north of Mukacheve, about 2km from the alleged incident scene, the SMM saw the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arriving, with ten armoured vans … MORE.

Mukachevo Postlude: Right Sector threatens Kiev: “If we have to, we’ll send reserve battalions against the Presidential Office and the Interior Ministry” / Fort Russ (Sputnik Deutschland) / Translated from German by Tom Winter / July 12, 2015 / After the fighting with the Security Forces in the west Ukrainian city of Mukachevo, Pravi Sektor has threatened a campaign against Kiev. The nationalist organization has has already set up roadblocks on the approaches to the capital, so that police cannot bring in back-up. Alexei Byk, spokesman for Pravi Sektor’s 13th Batallion, held a press conference Sunday in Kiev. “On the highway between Schitomir and Kiev there is already a checkpoint set up,” he said. The spokesman for Pravi Sektor, Artyom Skoropadski asserted that similar checkpoints would be set up as needed on other streets. “Not just up to Kiev, but also in other places, so the police cannot get through, neither to Transcarpathia nor to Kiev.” The spokesman would not rule out sending their battalions to Kiev if needed. Country-wide, Pravi Sektor claims two dozen battalions. Only two of them are engaged in the eastern Ukrainian industrial region of Donetsk, said Skoropadski. The others are in training camps in other regions, as reserves. “We cannot pull men from the front, but we can call up the reserves now in training for help,” said the Pravi Sektor spokesman. “We’ll send the reserve battalions against the Presidential Office or the Ministry of the Interior if we have to.”

Saturday heavily armed Pravi Sektor fighters skirmished in Mukachevo with the local Security Forces. In the exchanges of fire, one civilian and two Pravi sektor fighters were killed, and 14 were wounded. The nationalists set three police cars, a police station, and a gas station on fire with machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenade launchers. The city, which is just 30 km from the European border, had to be partly evacuated. Subsequently, the Ultras barricaded themselves in the nearby town of Lavki. The Security Forces ringed the area and called on the Extremists to surrender. The thugs of Right Sektor had played a major role in the Maidan rioting of February 2014 that led to the expulsion of President Viktor Yanukovich. Since the overthrow, the nationalists have been fighting on the side of the regular army against opponents of the regime in the east of Ukraine. In April of this year, the Kiev regime melded the thugs of Pravi Sektor into the Ukrainian Army as contract soldiers. At that time the Nationalist leader Dmitri Yarosh became adviser to the head of the Ukrainian general staff.

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