Donetsk Lugansk News Jul 16-18 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)



Kiev Pulls to Front Line 70,000 soldiers – DPR Head / TASS / July 18, 2015 / The expanding of the military presence cannot at all prove Kiev’s aspirations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, Alexander Zakharchenko said. / MOSCOW / Kiev has pulled up to the front line a group of 70,000 soldiers, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko said on Saturday. “As of now, over 70,000 Ukrainian military are along the line of engagement, and every day the number is growing,” he said. Since Kiev is not ready for any steps to demilitarise Donbass, the expanding of the military presence cannot at all prove Kiev’s aspirations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. He also said the parties to talks in Minsk had not included in the Minsk agreement withdrawal of weapons under 100 millimetres as Ukraine was not inclined to demilitarise the line of engagement. “At the last meeting in Minsk we discussed withdrawal of weapons. Ukraine rejected the agreement saying tanks and mortars should remain there,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him. . . . MORE.

Donetsk (--TASS)

Donetsk (–TASS)

DPR Deputies Create Interagency Commission to Identify Agents of Ukrainian Special Services / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 18, 2015 / DPR Deputies today, at the extraordinary plenary session of the People’s Council, set up a “temporary commission for assistance in identifying threats to national security, the interests of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and its inhabitants.” The document was adopted unanimously; the initiative was supported by 69 deputies out of 69 present in the hall. “The Commission will consider the question of involvement of certain persons to the structures that are harmful to our state,” the deputy of the People’s Council and author of the bill Andrei Miroshnichenko (faction “Free Donbass”) told reporters. “I can say that for no reason will the witch hunt not be.” The purpose of creation control [sic] came from other territories of Ukraine, or persons in intelligence activities who are deemed suspicious or who promote organizations that are detrimental to the Republic. “Now back in the DPR are a lot of people from the territory of Ukraine and other places. And in many places there is sabotage. We must work in this direction, to resist the aggression directed against us,” said the deputy. According to Miroshnichenko, the Commission will cooperate with the Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Interior, General Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Defence. Measures to identify the agents will be accepted in accordance with the laws of the DPR. “All [will be carried out] within the framework of the law and the court. What the court will issue as a decision, so be it. This may be administrative or criminal punishment,” concluded the MP. Editor’s note: this step is certainly justified after the July 14 bombing by saboteurs of the car of Zakharchenko’s administrative assistant Elena Filippova, who survived and was admitted to the hospital.

DPR Deputies Adopt Amendments to Law on Local Elections / Donetsk News Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 18, 2015 / Deputies of the DPR People’s Council adopted in the first reading today at the extraordinary plenary session a bill “On Amendments to the Law of 24.12.2014″ on the local elections.” Sixty-six of the 69 participants spoke for the adoption of the draft regulatory document. One MP voted against and two abstained. The document is aimed at the implementation of measures of the Minsk Agreement of 12 February 2015 and the Minsk protocol dated September 5, 2014, providing for the holding of local elections, taking into account the special status of Donbass, said in an explanatory note to the document. In the text were 9 amendments. One of them directly prohibits the Ukrainian media from participating in the activities of the electoral process in the DPR. “The media are … involved in fomenting civil strife and the spread of incitement to violence or deliberately false information about the situation in Donetsk People’s Republic. Participation in the activities of the electoral process is not allowed,” stated the text received by DAN. Particular attention is given to qualifications. “The right to be elected in the local elections [is allowed to] DPR citizens who have reached 18 years on the day of the election, and have lived for the last 10 years in the territories in which the elections are held,” stated in the bill. As he recalled in an interview with Trend. DAN Speaker of the People’s Council Andrey Purgin said such a campaign is a common international practice. “Census [sic] is often used in local elections in the world, in America, France, and England, and many countries have qualifications. This allows a higher quality of protection for the interests of the inhabitants of the region,” the politician said. Recall that in the elections to the Verkhovna Rada on 26 October 2014, candidates from the occupied territories [presumably Ukraine-held Donbass] massively nominated residents of Lviv and other cities in western Ukraine. Among the amendments a special place was occupied by the question of presence of foreign observers at the elections. “The elections are also to be considered up to the electoral standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,” emphasized one of the paragraphs of the draft regulatory act. Another directly said that among the observers may be representatives of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The exact date of consideration of the bill in the second and final reading is still not known. “I think it could be soon, in August,” said Purgin. Earlier, the head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko officially announced the date of the local elections in the territory of the DPR. They will take place on 18 October. The elections will be organized with the fundamental provisions of the draft law of Ukraine on elections [in] the DPR and the LPR and transferred to Minsk Contact Group within the “dialogue on the modalities of the local elections.”

Friday, July 17, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)

Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Minsk, 2-15 (

Putin, Poroshenko, Minsk, Feb 2015 (–

Expert: Ukrainian Armed Forces Provoke LPR to Disrupt Minsk Agreement / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / July 17, 2015 / The UAF is trying to provoke a breach of the Minsk Agreement on the part of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic. This was declared by war correspondent and lawyer Andrei Moiseenko. “The actions of Ukrainian security officials are aimed at disrupting the Minsk Agreement, which is intended to happen on our side,” says voenkor [sic]. Despite the adoption of a set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement, the Ukrainian side does not stop shelling civilians of the Lugansk Republic and, according to Moiseenko, it is not nothing but a provocation aimed at unleashing large-scale fighting. “This is not the first time. They want this war, because without this war Poroshenko is a political corpse,” the expert believes. A war unleashed on the part of Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement, according to the lawyer, will cause Poroshenko to lose credit tranches from Europe and lose the already low political rating on the world political arena. “That is why the armed forces of Ukraine will do everything possible to try to provoke a much needed Poroshenko war, without which he is an untenable politician,” said Moiseenko.


Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Ukrainian law on local elections has nothing to do with the DPR – Pushilin / Novorossia Today / July 16, 2015 / Endorsed on Tuesday, July 14, by Ukrainian parliament, the Law on local elections has nothing to do with the Donetsk People’s Republic, claimed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, head of the DPR delegation in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin yesterday. “Everything going on in the Rada is the internal affair of Ukraine and has nothing to do with the Donetsk People’s Republic, — he said. — They hold their own elections, and we hold ours. Ukraine has practically excluded itself from the dialogue on the essence of political settlement. The Law on local elections, enacted yesterday, as well as tomorrow’s voting in regard to constitutional reform, are beyond the framework of the Minsk process and hereby do not concern us. Local elections will be held in the DPR on October 18, as it was already reported, and they will be held in accordance with the Set of Measures for the Implementations of the Minsk Agreement,” Pushilin stressed.

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Mukachevo 32 km, Kiev 756 km (–

ATO Begins in Transcarpathia: Military Brought to Mukachevo, Site of Confrontation of police, Right Sector Militants / TASS / July 18, 2015 / Military have been brought into Mukachevo, Ukraine’s southwestern Transcarpathian Region, where confrontation of police and militants from the extremist group Right Sector has continued for already a week, the Ukrainian UNN news agency reports referring to law enforcement sources. On Friday, the Ukrainian Security Council prepared a decision on the start of an antiterrorist operation in the region. In developments of Saturday, July 11, in the city of Mukachevo, some 20 militants of the Right Sector extremist organization opened fire from small arms during a conflict with their opponents with whom they discussed “distribution of influence areas”. The extremists then opened fire from assault rifles, heavy machineguns and grenade launchers at police officers who arrived at the site, destroyed several police vehicles, as well as set on fire a traffic police checkpoint and a filling station. Three people were killed, and another 11 were wounded. Prosecutors classified what happened in Mukachevo as a terrorist attack. The Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office reports that 12 members of the Right Sector participating in the conflict have been identified, four of them detained. The whereabouts of six people are still not known. Search for them continues. In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court outlawed the Right Sector as an extremist organization.

“Right Sector” surrenders to Poroshenko, at least officially / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 17, 2015 / Representatives of radical organization stated that they are not seeking to start a civil war, but want to “attract attention and fight against evil”. KIEV, 17 Jul — RIA Novosti. The radical organization “Right sector” declared that it does not intend to continue armed resistance to police, said the representative of the Ukrainian volunteer corps “Right sector” Andrey Sharaskin on air on TV channel “112 Ukraine”. On July 11, in the city of Mukachevo, Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, fighters of the extremist organization “Right sector” got into a shootout with police and [security of] local businesses, used mortars and machine guns. It was reported about three victims and 13 injured. The gunmen took refuge in the woods and said they will lay down their arms only if they’re told by their leader Dmitry Yarosh. They explained their actions by fighting against smuggling, in which according to them local officials were involved. Currently four fighters have been detained, six are still hiding from law enforcement, there is no phone connection with them. “The most important thing is that we need to first prove to the society that we are not seeking to start a civil war, and God forbid, to continue armed resistance. We attract attention and fight against evil, and are not trying to destabilize the situation in the country. Therefore, the escalation of the conflict – and it is the official position – is not acceptable. We want to alleviate the tension,” said Sharaskin.

Transcarpathia at the crossroads / by Vladimir Druzhinin, translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 17, 2015 / “To burn the roadkill with red-hot iron! To jail and confiscate property!” – this was the reaction of the people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Boris Filatov to the desire of Transcarpathian Rusyns to obtain autonomy from Ukraine. Indignation of B. Filatov was caused by the reaction of Transcarpathians in social networks to the events in Mukachevo, where the militants of the “Right sector” staged a gunfight with police. Transcarpathians, anticipating irreversible plunge of the Ukrainian state into political and economic chaos, reminded Kiev about the results of the 1991 referendum in which more than 70% supported granting the region autonomous status. But Kiev ignored the results of the referendum. And this is not the only act of treachery of the Ukrainian authorities against the Rusyns. Kiev stubbornly denies the existence of the Rusyn people, carries out propaganda . . . MORE.

Ukraine After Mukachevo: Somalization or a Break-Up? / by Robert Cheda, translated from Polish by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 16, 2015 / The weekend Mukachevo shoot-out does not instill optimism in Ukrainian democracy’s future. What appeared to be bandits settling scores became a political crisis which exposed the level of anarchy in the country and which is yet another alarm bell both to the authorities and the civil society. What is worse, nationalistic fever and the government’s desire to crack down on the region may wake up another demon of separatism. First the facts. On July 11, there was an armed clash in Mukachevo between the Right Sector and Rada deputy Vasiliy Lanio. According to RS press secretary Artiom Skoropadsky, RS local leaders arrived at a city cafe to discuss Lanio’s cigarette smuggling . . . MORE.

Uzhgorod, Region 9, far left

Uzhgorod, Region 9, far left. Click to enlarge.

Transcarpathia’s regional prosecutor’s car torched in Uzhgorod / tranlsated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / July 15, 2015 / The situation in Transcarpathia continues to remain tense. After Saturday’s shootout between Ukrainian police and nationalist extremists from the “Right sector” in Mukachevo the epicenter of events shifted to the regional center of Uzhgorod. On the night of July 15, the police department of Uzhgorod received a report about vehicles set on fire at Kapushanskaya street, 27 and 29. According to eyewitnesses, several explosions went off before the fire. First enflamed was the Mitsubishi Pajero, and then, standing next to it Chevrolet Lacetti. Locals say that one of the cars belongs to “the Right sector”. At the same time on his social network page a member of the Public Council of the Uzhgorod City Council, Nikolay Pastukhov wrote that the Japanese car is the property of the regional prosecutor. This was confirmed by the UBR channel. [See video at source.]

slavjul17zCommentary: Ukrainian Myths and Ukrainian Lies / by George Eliason  / The Saker / July 16, 2015 /  Why “the Ukrainians” Lie: Prof. A. Motyl Says the West Shouldn’t Freak Out! In an article published at the New Atlanticist, Political Science Professor Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University wrote the strongest justification a Ukrainian Nationalist scholar can mount in defense of the Ukraine’s love affair with the nationalism of Stepan Bandera. Bandera, a mass murderer, torturer, and assassinated former leader of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist emigre political movement is the Ukrainian equivalent to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson in A. Motyl’s thesis. According to Motyl, because of the affinity the Ukrainian nationalists have with Washington and Jefferson, raising Bandera to their level as of father of the nation is nothing the West should “freak out over.” Really? Motyl’s defense of the nationalist Ukrainian government and “the” Ukrainians love affair with Bandera’s war criminality starts and ends with — If you don’t speak fluent Ukrainian, haven’t read Shevchenko, or seen two Ukrainian plays…YOU are in no position to judge us! You can’t possibly understand us! Why the West should freak out! Professor Motyl’s scholarly justification of Bandera ideology is at best delinquent and at worst extremely dangerous. Motyl, a product of “the” Ukrainian culture, describes nationalism as a love story using the themes of two plays. Star-struck lovers that are pulled apart either succumb to their fate or fight at all costs to be together — the consequences be damned! The moral of the second play according to Professor Motyl is that the author, “Makovii, obviously, is trying to move Ukrainian culture away from its traditional submissiveness to a dreadful fate and, in decidedly modern fashion, suggesting that Ukrainians can be masters—-or mistresses—-of their lives. That happened to be the message of the Maidan ‘Revolution of Dignity’: that a humbled people can assert their humanity by rising up against tyranny” . . . MORE. [Editor’s note: Two names are misspelled at the source: George Eliason, the author, and Alexander Motyl, the Rutger’s professor. We have corrected both in the above introduction.]

Victoria Nuland, Skopje, July 13, 2015 (

Victoria Nuland, Skopje, 7-13-15 (–

Nuland attempts Kiev Version 2.0 in Skopje / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 16, 2015 / After having initiated her well-planned Maidan Square uprising in Kiev in early 2014, triggering Europe’s worst conflict in Ukraine since the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, recently attempted a Kiev-style putsch in Macedonia aimed at overthrowing that nation’s democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. It is a hallmark of neoconservatives like Nuland and her arch-neoconservative husband, the Brookings Institution’s Robert Kagan, to disregard democratic elections if their candidates fail to win election. Although Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Macedonian Prime Minister Gruevski were elected in free and fair elections, by all international metrics and norms, their governments were not as pro-NATO and pro-U.S. enough for the liking of Nuland and the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) cabalists that surround her husband. Nuland’s tactics differed somewhat in her Ukrainian and Macedonian campaigns. Her signature challah bread offerings to protesters at Kiev’s Maidan Square took the form of unsolicited offerings to the Macedonian press suggesting that Gruevksi was wiretapping as many as 20,000 Macedonians . . . MORE.

Angela Merkel after Greek bailout approved, July 17, 2015 (

Angela Merkel after Greek bailout approved, July 17, 2015 (–

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg? / by Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House / July 16, 2015 / Seventy-five years ago, when Europe succumbed to Nazi Germany it was the sound of trundling panzer tanks rolling into capitals that heralded defeat. Now it is German “panzer banks” that appear conquering all in front of them. The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next? Even the Western media could not disguise the shocking humiliation meted out to Greece by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and her intransigent Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaüble. The Washington Post described Greece’s acquiescence to “punishing ultimatum”, while Reuters said Athens had “surrendered”. The Western media haven’t quite yet specified who the new financial dictators of Europe are. Reports refer blandly to “EU hardliners” and “tough EU leaders”, but reading between the lines it is clear that the paymaster calling the tune now for the rest of Europe is Berlin. And the tune is not melodious. . . . MORE.

slavjul5qGreece: Sound and Fury Signifying Much / by Paul Craig Roberts / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 16, 2015 / All of Europe, and insouciant Americans and Canadians as well, are put on notice by Syriza’s surrender to the agents of the One Percent. The message from the collapse of Syriza is that the social welfare system throughout the West will be dismantled. The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has agreed to the One Percent’s looting of the Greek people of the advances in social welfare that the Greeks achieved in the post-World War II 20th century. Pensions and health care for the elderly are on the way out. The One Percent needs the money. The protected Greek islands, ports, water companies, airports, the entire panoply of national patrimony, is to be sold to the One Percent. At bargain prices, of course, but the subsequent water bills will not be bargains. This is the third round of austerity imposed . . . MORE.

Protesters outside Greek Parliament (--Stelios Bouras)

Protesters outside Greek Parliament (–Stelios Bouras)

Banker Occupied Greece: Requiem for a Failed State / by Stephen Lendman / Global Research / July 16, 2015 / It’s all over but the obituary. Rubber-stamp Greek parliamentarians overwhelming approved transforming the nation into a banker run colony – by a 229 – 64 vote. Six lawmakers abstained. Coalition partner Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos and likeminded party members voted “yes” after rhetorically rejecting Troika terms. The vast majority of bailout funding goes to pay bankers and other creditors – nothing for economic recovery and growth. The price is deeper punishing austerity, greater poverty and unemployment than already, and far more human misery ahead with no end in sight. Only 32 of SYRIZA’s 149 parliamentarians voted “no” – including banished Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Finance Ministry Secretary General Manos Manousakis, Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafanzanis, Deputy Labor Minister Dimitris Stratoulis and ousted Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou. She called the bailout proposal “social genocide.” Other austerity opponents denounced it as “a new Versailles Treaty.” Sovereign Greece no longer exists. Troika bandits own its soul. Democracy’s denouement became official in its birthplace. Meanwhile, police clashed violently with thousands of anti-austerity protesters outside parliament . . . MORE.

Binyamin Netanyahu (

Binyamin Netanyahu (–

Netanyahu mobilizes his «fifth column» in America / by Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 17, 2015 / Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his «fifth column» of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area «think tanks,» and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement. One of the first hyperbolic barrages came on the heavily Israeli-influenced Fox News Network where the mustachioed former U.S. ambassador the United Nations John Bolton wasted no time in not only criticizing the nuclear deal but also Russia for wanting to fuel a new Middle East arms race. Representative Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, criticized the pact because he said it would allow Russia . . . MORE.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Oleg Lyashko (

Oleg Lyashko (–

Ukrainian Lawmakers Oppose Poroshenko’s Proposal on Donbass Status / Sputnik / July 16, 2015 / The constitutional amendment on the special status for the Donbass region would be a catastrophe for Ukraine, Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, said. Lawmakers from the parliamentary majority of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada have opposed President Petro Poroshenko’s proposal for constitutional amendments on the special status for Donbass. “We will not consider voting for the bill as it is now. Our faction will even vote against putting the bill on the agenda,” said Oleg Berezyuk, leader of the Samopomich (Self Reliance) faction. According to Berezyuk, the bill should not be a matter of diplomatic negotiations. Oleg Lyashko, leader of the Radical Party, also opposed the idea of adding the special status provision to the text of the constitution. “We’re fooling ourselves because this constitutional amendment would be a catastrophe for whole Ukraine. I will never say yes to this,” Lyashko told journalists on Thursday. Earlier it was reported that Poroshenko submitted to the parliament a set of improved constitutional amendments for decentralization and to declare the special status of the Donbass region. Initially, the draft did not presume mentioning the special status of Donbass in the constitution.

Victoria Nuland, Petro Poroshenko (--Mikhail Palinchak/TASS)

Victoria Nuland, Petro Poroshenko (–Mikhail Palinchak/TASS)

Special status for some areas of Donbas to be fixed in Ukraine’s Constitution — media / TASS / July 16, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has changed amendments to the Constitution to have a special status for parts of Donbas not controlled by Kiev fixed in its main text, the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper reports on Thursday referring to its sources. “According to the interlocutor, the Ukrainian president resubmitted to Verkhovna Rada (parliament) draft amendments to the Constitution, in which one provision was worked over: the article on fixing the status of the occupied regions was moved from transitional provisions of the Law on the Introduction of Amendments to the Constitution to transitional provisions of the Constitution, namely to the body of the Constitution of Ukraine,” the newspaper said. It said these changes took place during a visit to Ukraine of United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland…. MORE.

Donetsk Republic Says Kiev Forces Violated ceasefire 52 Times over Last 24 Hours / TASS / July 16, 2015 / The Ukrainian forces have violated the ceasefire regime 52 times over the last 24 hours, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Thursday. “The Ukrainian side violated ceasefire regime 52 times over the last 24 hours. The enemy continues to use heavy weaponry,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR defense ministry as saying. The Kiev forces used artillery, tanks, anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms, the ministry added. The Donetsk airport was shelled by the Ukrainian forces, along with the towns of Yasinovatay and Gorlovka. Among the shelled settlements were Zaytsevo, Golmovsky, Zhabunki, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Kalinovka, Spartak, Shirokaya Balka, Belaya Kamenka, Novaya Laspa, Abakumovka, Nikolayevka, Staromikhaylovka and Krasny Oktyabr. … MORE.

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Andrei Purgin, Minsk (–

DPR asks BRICS to impose sanctions against Kiev officials involved in Donbas operation / TASS / July 16, 2015 / MOSCOW / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has called on the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the military operation in the Donbas region, Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Andrey Purgin said on Thursday. “The Ukrainian armed forces continue massive artillery bombardments of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics destroying houses, hospitals and killing civilians daily. I appeal to the BRICS leaders with a demand to impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials and companies involved in the terror of the people of Donbas,” the Donetsk news agency quotes him as saying. Purgin noted that “Poroshenko was rapidly approaching ‘the point of no return’ when no one could convince Donbas of Ukraine’s ability to negotiate.” He also commented on the amendments submitted to the Ukrainian Constitution. “Poroshenko has offered the Verkhovna Rada his amendments to Ukraine’s Constitution. Once again grossly violating the Minsk agreement, without coordinating with Donbas and even without submitting the draft amendments to the Contact Group, he, together with [Verkhovna Rada speaker Volodymyr] Groysman, has shown the value of the word he pledged in Minsk. For Ukraine, the obligations it has undertaken have no significance whatsoever, it doesn’t care about residents of Donbas. Nor does it care about the efforts of the international mediators from Germany, France and Russia,” he said. According to Purgin, “Rada supported the submission of Poroshenko’s amendments to the Constitutional Court, and the voting took place in the presence of high-ranking foreign colleagues unrelated to the Minsk peace process.” Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada earlier sent to the Constitutional Court the draft constitutional amendments on decentralization. With the necessary 226 votes to pass the decision 288 lawmakers voted for it.

Eduard Basurin (--DAN)

Eduard Basurin (–Donetsk News Agency)

Rumors in regard to liquidation of the Ministry of Defense are aimed at destabilization of the situation in the DPR – Basurin / Novorossia Today / July 16, 2015 / Donetsk / Rumors in regard to liquidation of the Ministry of Defense are not true and are spread with the aim of destabilization of the situation in the Republic, Deputy Commander of Corps of the DPR MoD Eduard Basurin said today. “This is called deliberate destabilization of the situation, — Deputy Commander of Corps said. – the Ministry exists, all the workers are at their jobs”. Earlier the number of provocative acts in the sphere of information, aimed against the DPR authorities, remarked Vice-Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. He pointed, particularly, to the statements of the “so-called ex-chief of Republican intelligence Sergey Petrovskiy” in regard to the alleged dismantling of the Ministry. According to Pushilin, such deceitful statements of the former DPR officials, including Petrovskiy and ex-Minister of Defense Igor Strelkov, are prompted by the success of the present-day authorities of the Republic and play in the hand of Ukrainian Security Service.

Philip Jones, NATO Allied Command Transformation, Ministry of Defence of UK (

Philip Jones, Chief of Staff NATO Allied Command Transformation, Ministry of Defence UK (–

Secret Letters Evidence US Involvement in Donbass War / / July 16, 2015 / Documents, that prove the US and Great Britain direct cooperation with the Kiev regime are now out in the open. The released letters were obtained from a secure server, and were sent to the Western government officials from the Ukrainian military command. The letters have words of gratitude for assistance and consulting about war with the Donbass population. Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defence Igor Kabanenko addressed Phil Jones, Special Defence Advisor at the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence from Great Britain. He expressed his gratitude for the analysis of the political situation in Donbass, which the Ukrainian side used to conduct its punitive operation. Besides, Kabanenko looks forward to further assistance of the British advisor, and asks for facilities for some “psychological operations”. Ben Hodges, the United States Army Europe commanding general had claimed on the US plans to enlarge its presence in Ukraine. Actually, the letters evidence their participation in planning punitive operations against Donbass population.

Sergei Ivanov (left), Anton Siluanov (right) (

Sergei Ivanov left, Anton Siluanov right (–

Commentary: Why Not Sell Donbass to Russia? / by Jaime C. / Alternative News / July 16, 2015 / It appears that there is no end to the crisis in the Donbass, although it is possible to solve the problem of the region by economic means. Not that long ago, members of the German Bundestag offered Greece to sell its islands to repay the debt. This brings up an interesting idea. Russia is Ukraine’s prime state creditor. Therefore, if Ukraine is going to declare default, why not [try] selling the Donbass to Russia? According to the head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Ivanov, Ukraine’s public debt to Russia amounts to $3 billion, while Kiev’s total debt (plus corporate debt) to Russia amounts to $25 billion. “The problem is that Ukraine’s budget for 2015 does not stipulate the payment of interest on that debt. On this basis, we have made a preliminary conclusion that Ukraine is not going to service that debt, even though the time for the payment of the debt comes in late 2015,” said Sergei Ivanov. As long as Ukraine does not service the debt, it means that it is not going to pay the basic debt either, the official said. In turn, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that Ukraine violated the terms of Russia’s three-billion-dollar loan … MORE.

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Mukachevo, Transcarpathia (–

Transcarpathia Explained. Mukachevo: Slaughterhouse for Smuggling / by Sergei Kirichuk, Coordinator, Union Borotba (Struggle) / Red Star Over Donbass / July 16, 2015 / Footage from the little Carpathian town of Mukachevo shocked many Ukrainians. Columns of military equipment heading to the west of the country, a statement of the Interior Ministry of operations conducted under the leadership of the anti-terrorist center, blasted police cars. So far, only the main actors in the conflict are known to the press and the public. It all started on June 11 during a meeting of Ukrainian Parliament Deputy Mikhail Lano with representatives of the Right Sector, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. We know of three dead and 11 wounded from both sides. And no one has raised any doubts that the conflict arose due to attempts to redistribute smuggling profits. Ukraine is a major producer of cigarettes. Sometimes the international tobacco lobby even uses the Ukrainian government to protest anti-smoking laws in different countries. Cigarettes in Ukraine are several times cheaper than in Europe. Smuggling trucks, driven from Ukraine to Italy, bring the organizers of the “deal” hundreds of thousands of euros. Mukachevo, like much of Transcarpathia, “lives from the border.” Many local residents are employed by customs, are directly involved in smuggling … MORE [if article does not appear, please scroll to title.]

Zakarpattia far left (Click to enlarge)

Zakarpattia far left (–languagesofworld) Click to enlarge.

Ukraine MP Defends Transcarpathia: Zakarpattia is not Donbass / by Yegor Firsov, MP / / July 16, 2015 / Zakarpattia [Transcarpathia] reminds Donetsk region in a sense that everything belongs to the same clan. Everybody seems to unhappy with this “clan” thing — the taxi drivers, small traders, and just random locals. In Donetsk region everything was controlled by Viktor Yanukovych and Rinat Akhmetov. After talking with the residents of Zakarpattia, one comes to a conclusion that almost everything here is under gangsters’ control. We are talking about all processes, both legal and illegal. Smuggling, exports of cigarettes, imports of drugs – everything is supervised by clans. They also “appoint” chiefs of police and prosecutors.

Yegor Firsov, MP (

Yegor Firsov, MP (–

It’s curious to look at the attitude of the locals to Mykhailo Lanyo [MP who recently got into a spotlight due to Mukacheve incident on July 11, involving the Right Sector organization]. They are very unhappy, though it was they who had elected him, in the first place. One more surprising discovery: there are also some backstage sympathies toward Russia. Locals, themselves, associate Lanyo with the Ukrainian Choice party led by Viktor Medvedchuk [Putin’s old crony]. I confess, I never expected to hear that name in the Ukrainian-speaking area in western Ukraine…. MORE.

Arsen Avakov (

Arsen Avakov (–

Right Sector Protest in Kiev / Ukrainian Crusade (Facebook) / July 16, 2015 / Nationalist action in support of the “Right Sector” soldiers from Mukachevo continues at the Bankova street in governmental district of Kyiv. The soldiers of the “Right Sector” volunteer corpa, other volunteer battalions, public activists and ordinary citizens are demanding the resignation of the Internal Affairs minster Arsen Avakov, detention of the Lanier`s gang, members of corrupt Transcarpathian police and arrest Medvedchuk, who is standing behind this anti-Ukrainian provocation in Transcarpathia. The basis of protesters is the soldiers of the “Right Sector”, “OUN”, “Aydar”, “Donbass” and the “Battalion them. General Kulczycki”.

Dmitry Yarosh (

Dmitry Yarosh (–

Right Sector Head Defends Arms Possession / Ukrainian Crusade / July 2015 / Dmytro Yarosh [head of Right Sector] explains why the soldiers of the “Right Sector” were armed during the operation in Mukachevo: “The “Right Sector” soldiers have used weapons only to create blockade in the frameworks of operation of blocking the contraband trafficking, and during which they needed for means of protection from criminal groups. The laws of Ukraine do not work here, so this was only way to oppose mafia in this region. Our boys used the weapon to protect their lives. Our goal is the preservation of Ukraine, and stability inside the country.”

Heights near Shirokino (

Heights near Shirokino (–

Enemy Report: Mariupol Opposes Demilitarization of Shyrokyno / Quemado Institute (original source / Edited autotranslation / July 15, 2015 / [Editor’s note: This article is presented from the enemy (Ukrainian Armed Forces) point of view, but is interesting for perspective.] / Already we are preparing the withdrawal of ATO forces from “extreme outspost positions” to “basic defense position.” This was decided at the General Staff of Ukraine. Our thoughts, our anxiety and fear are not heard. And our serious concerns are due to the failure of military operations in Ilovaisk, Saur-Mogila, Debaltseve and the Donetsk airport. Representatives of the Coordination Council of patriotic organizations of Mariupol express their protest against the plans of the General Staff and the sector “M” on the withdrawal of forces from ATO dominant and strategic height “Lighthouse” in Shyrokyno village. At the meeting of representatives of the Council, held on 12 July 2015 at the headquarters of the sector “M”, General Fedorovym, sector commander “M”, made incorrect statements to the volunteer battalions, in particular – that the men of Azov and the Donbass are the bandits and looters, who cannot fight. He explained that he initiated the amendments to the Minsk agreements in March this year, saving the village Shyrokyno. But it’s been three months and the village is completely destroyed. We, ordinary residents of Mariupol and knowing the area, understand that the height of “Lighthouse” is the key to the city of Mariupol. And if the ATO is forced even a meter from these strategically important heights, it means to expose a city of half a million … MORE.


I Stand with Novorossiya
London Public Rally · Hosted by Piers Mellor
2 August at 13:00 in UTC+01
Ukrainian Embassy
60 Holland Park, W11 3SJ, W11 3SJ
London, United Kingdom

Solidarity with the freedom fighters of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics against the New World Order tyranny! Piers Mellor: Everyone please share this event and get it publicized as much as possible. Myself and Jez Turner are already confirmed as speakers.

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