Wednesday, July 29, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)
Poroshenko pledges to punish those guilty of MH17 crash near Donetsk / TASS / July 29, 2015 / KIEV / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pledged on Wednesday to punish those responsible for the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in the eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region last summer. “The results speak for themselves,” he wrote on his Facebook page in comments on the UN Security Council vote on the MH17 tribunal draft resolution on Wednesday. “But Ukraine won’t stop at that. The guilty parties must be punished by all means. This is our duty to those who were killed and their relatives,” the president said. Russia vetoed on Wednesday the United Nations Security Council resolution on establishing an international tribunal to prosecute persons guilty of the MH17 plane crash over Ukraine on July 17, 2014. Eleven Security Council members voted for the Malaysia-proposed draft, which, in fact, was enough for its adoption but Russia used its right of veto. . . . MORE>>
US, EU ‘Give Up’ Ukraine to Seek Russian Political Support / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / After inciting the Ukrainian conflict that led the country to a civil war and brought it to the verge of economic collapse, the West has now realized that Ukraine isn’t worth much, at least not as much as establishing a working political relationship with Russia, US political journalist Brian Whitmore said. The United States and the European Union (EU) are “selling out” Ukraine to Russia to gain the Kremlin’s support in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program and looking for Moscow’s approval of taking out Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, the Atlantic Magazine reported. According to Brian Whitmore, over the past few weeks, the Europeans and Americans have been busy trying to strike a political deal with Vladimir Putin. “The United States and Europe might give up Ukraine in exchange for Russia’s support of securing a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program. Additionally, Washington has been seeking Moscow’s backing in securing a managed, orderly, and negotiated exit for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad,” Whitmore said in the Atlantic. Whitmore speculates that the secret deal between the superpowers started when the US government praised Moscow’s role in reaching the Iranian nuclear agreement. . . . MORE>>
Kremlin: Ban on National Endowment for Democracy Doesn’t Restrict Democratic Freedoms / Novorossia Today / July 29, 2015 / A ban on the activities of this or that non-governmental organization that has become undesirable does not mean the restriction of democratic freedoms of Russians, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said. “It would be utterly wrong to say that banning the activities of this or that organization means that Russians are deprived of something,” he told reporters. “A ban on the activities of one or several organizations will, of course, not mean restricted access to the democratic [values] for Russian citizens.” The presidential spokesman noted that there was a large number of public and non-governmental organizations of various kinds in the country. When asked to comment on the fact that the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] has been placed on the register of undesirable organizations, Peskov said, “All this conforms with our legislation.” On Tuesday, the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office reported it had qualified the activities of the US National Endowment for Democracy as undesirable on the territory of Russia. “Considering the focus of the endowment’s activities, the prosecutor’s office concluded that it posed a threat to the foundations of Russia’s constitutional system, the country’s defence capacity and security,” the Prosecutor-General’s Office said. Quemado Institute comments: the NED, unofficially an arm of the US State Department, plays a viable and constructive role in its support for Tibetan freedom and the exiled Dalai Lama. However, assistance to the current Kiev regime is also among NED’s “pet projects”, according to its web page. We applaud Russia for registering this organization as “undesirable.”
Decision of DPR Head: Trip to Minsk Will Be Decided after August 3 – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / July 29, 2015 / DONETSK / The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko will decide on his possible visit to Minsk after August 3. This he told reporters. “Third [is the date] of the meeting, which will be summed up, and then we will decide to go or not,” said the head of the DPR. Earlier, on July 21 at the talks of the Contact Group on peaceful settlement in Minsk, the text was agreed on the withdrawa from the contact line of tanks, armored vehicles and weapons caliber of less than 100 mm. DPR representative in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said in this regard that the signing of the document is planned with the participation of the Heads of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic. The next meeting of the Contact Group is scheduled for August 3.
Outskirts of Gorlovka in Donbas Being Shelled — Mayor’s Office / TASS / July 29, 2015, 18:47 UTC / Pro-Kiev armed units are again shelling the outskirts of the city of Gorlovka in the much-troubled war-torn Donbas, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office told the Donetsk News Agency. “The shelling began about half an hour ago and gunfire is coming from the direction of Dzerzhinsk,” he said adding the shells were exploding in the western part of the city. At the time of reporting, the authorities were establishing the data on casualties and destructions. Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic says Gorlovka is subjected to shelling on the part of Ukrainian military regularly. TWITTER update: Storm Bringer tweets 18:45 UTC: “HELL UNLEASHED MEANWILE IN GORLOVKA > heavy UAF shells destroy it.”
UAF fired on OSCE Observers to Cover [Rotation] of Forces to Shirokino – Basurin / DAN / July 29, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / DONETSK / The shelling of observers of the OSCE mission was conducted in the village of Shirokino by Ukrainian security forces to hide extensions of APU (Ukrainian Armed Forces )groups in the area, said Deputy Commander of the Corps of the DPR Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin. “Under the guise of rotation APU command units” ATO “produces a contraction of troops near the village of Shirokino where, for the purpose of concealing its actions, there is daunting mortar attack on the OSCE observers,” said zamkomkorpusom [sic]. Earlier, on July 27 the OSCE mission patrol that arrived to inspect Shirokino came under fire from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, and as a result of the head of the patrol was injured. The fire on employees of international organizations was conducted from a distance of several dozen meters. Then, on the night of July 28, there was a rotation: in the Ukrainian positions of militants punitive battalion “Donbass” in Shirokino were replaced by the Marines. Commenting on the incident, the DPR Defense Ministry recalled that militia positions in the village are long gone. “Who could bombard the representatives of the OSCE mission – an obvious fact,” stressed the ministry. Shirokino, located between Mariupol [and Novoazovsk] and occupied and controlled by the DPR authorities ofNovoazovsk, until recently, was one of the most tense areas near the line of contact. The village was abandoned by civilians, and most of the buildings are destroyed. On July 1 the DPR unilaterally declared the town a demilitarized zone, and the next day the militia had withdrawn beyond it.
TWITTER Update on Shirokino: Storm Bringer tweets July 29 18:40 UTC: “#BREAKING Ukrainian marines moved to Shirokino & took up quarters.” He posts the photo shown.
Poroshenko rules out special status for Donbas / TASS / July 29, 2015 / KIEV, July 29. / TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ruled out the possibility of Ukraine’s troubled Donbas getting a special status. The draft constitution “does not envisage a special status for Donbas,” he said during a working trip to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. “There will be no federalization,” he went on. “Ukraine has been and will remain a unitary state,” the president said. Constitutional reform is one of the basic demands in the Minsk Package of Measures for the settlement in Ukraine, approved by the Normandy Four leaders and signed by the parties in the conflict in Minsk on February 12. In line with the document, Ukraine must before the end of 2015 adopt a new constitution envisaging as a key element decentralization (with due regard for specific features of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, coordinated with representatives of these regions). . . . MORE>> Update from Colonel Cassad: See autotranslated post from Cassad LiveJournal Terms of Poroshenko (July 29). Related: Poroshenko pays visit to Lviv region today / Ukrinform / July 29, 2015 / KYIV / On Wednesday, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pays a working visit to Lviv region. The press service of the Head of State informed this. During the visit, Petro Poroshenko will take part in celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.
Ukraine requests emergency help from “the aggressor” / By eugenpr, translated from Russian by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 28, 2015 / Ukraine requested 900 MW of emergency help due to the shortage of generating power in its electrical system. TASS was informed of this request by a source in Ukrenergo. “There’s an agreement covering such transfers. We were forced to make the request in order to avoid emergency black-outs,” the source said. It was reported earlier that Ukriane’s most powerful power station in Uglegorsk (Donetsk Region, property of the state firm Tsentrenergo) halted power generation last night. Repairs are also being conducted on a number of other power stations. In addition, one of the 1000 MW generators at the Zaporozhye power station has suffered damage and is undergoing emergency repairs. According to Yurasumy, these problems which nearly caused the collapse of Ukraine’s power grid have a number of causes. One of them is the effort to convert Ukrainian nuclear power plants to US fuel. . . MORE>>
IMF Managing Director Signals Backing of Next Aid Tranche to Ukraine / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Ukraine has fulfilled conditions necessary to receive the International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial aid and the IMF board should be supportive of Kiev’s efforts, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in an online news conference on Wednesday. “We are seeing a very strong political determination, and we are due to have the first review of the second program this Friday…which I hope will be very conclusive and will be supportive of the efforts,” Lagarde said. She added that the Ukrainian authorities “have actually delivered.” On July 2, the IMF and Ukrainian authorities agreed on policies Kiev will have to implement in order to receive a $17.5 billion loan. The IMF management and the executive board are expected to approve the agreement on Friday. On March 11, the IMF approved a four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine, which stipulates a $17.5 billion loan over the next four years. However, the Ukrainian government has to implement new policies for the IMF to disburse the funds. Ukraine’s total debt is estimated at $50 billion. The IMF has previously stated it will keep lending money to Kiev even if it halts debt repayments.
‘Novorossiya’ Ex-President Doesn’t Think East Ukraine Peace Likely / Russia Insider / July 29, 2015 / Ex-MP Oleg Tsarev was the last truly “pro-Eastern” politician in Ukraine who attempted to act through democratic channels, e.g. running in the presidential election against Poroshenko [in May 2014]. After he was severely beaten by a nationalist mob in Kiev, he withdrew his candidacy and called on all men of honor to do the same, saying the election is undemocratic and it is illegal to hold one while there is a civil war unfolding. Soon after, his house was burned down, and Kolomoisky (according to Tsarev’s claims and a phone recording) put a price of $1M on his head. From that point on, he joined the supporters of the Constitution and continued to play a prominent role in DPR/LPR politics, although not being a military man, his influence diminished once open warfare broke out. [Note: Oleg Tsarev’s name is on the list of travel and financial sanctions of the European Union.] Oleg, let’s begin with Ukraine. You have friends who have stayed there, and you have certain exclusive sources who regularly provide you private information. On that basis, what do you think about the situation with the economy of Ukraine, and what are the strategic prospects for the country in the near future? Oleg Tsarev: The situation is close to catastrophic. But, in general, this does not bother either the Kiev authorities or their bosses from the USA. Americans are actually interested in Ukraine declaring default. Simply because it will be easier and cheaper to buy up the capital assets, and the decreasing standard of living will make more people willing to join the army and serve for the salaries it pays. The army itself, Americans will support, supplying everything needed, including weapons. Judging by the fact that Victoria Nuland personally traveled to Kiev to ensure a vote in the Verkhovna Rada to introduce changes to the Constitution of Ukraine, and that due to her arrival the special status of the “separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts” is included in the primary text of the Constitution, we may infer that in the negotiations between Russia and USA on Iran, they also discussed Ukraine. Evidently, it was for a good reason that Kerry flew to Moscow . . . MORE>>
Ukraine Heading for Yugoslavia Scenario – Polish Media / Sputnik / July 29, 2015 / The Ukrainian authorities are waging a war not only against the militias: they also have to fight against corruption, propaganda, unemployment and economic crisis in the country, the Polish publication Kurier Wilenski wrote. “Since the change of government in Kiev took place there has been no improvement in the situation in any direction. If this continues, Ukraine may be headed for the fate similar to that of the Yugoslavian collapse.” “The economic crisis, unemployment, the impoverishment of society and its radicalization, the omnipotence of the oligarchs, smuggling — are just a few of the fronts on which the Ukrainian authorities have to win, not just for the country to begin to develop, but to remain a sovereign state on the map of Europe” wrote Stanislav Tarasavich for Kurier Wilenski. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who in an interview with Slovenian television predicted that the fate of Ukraine would be similar to that of Yugoslavia, mentioned that if Ukraine collapses it would be because of the Ukrainian authorities. . . . MORE>>
84% of Ukrainians would entrust Putin with Ukraine / By Dina Simonyan, translated with commentary by J.Hawk / Fort Russ / July 28, 2015 / A new information tragedy in Ukraine. It started so innocently: the nationally conscious patriotic website Nedelya.ua organized a survey. The question was: which politician would you entrust with governing your country? 41664 votes were cast. The results were a knock-out blow for the organizers–a full and crushing victory for Vladimir Putin. Treason! Let’s look at the results: Putin: 84% (34,905 votes) Lukashenko: 5% (2032) Xi Jinping 2% (820) Zhirinovskiy 2% (708) Poroshenko 1% (538 votes) Merkel 1% (430 votes) Marie Le Pen 1% (426 votes) Nazarbayev 1% (318 votes) Obama 1% (244 votes) Timoshenko 0% (176) Lyashko 0% (170) Yatsenyuk 0% (158) Kolomoysky 0% (150) Simonenko 0% (130) Kuchma 0% (86) Yanukovych 0% (116) Tigipko 0% (76) Kravchuk 0% (32) Yushchenko 0% (32). Even Zhirinovskiy doubled Poroshenko’s score! In spite of the common wisdom . . . MORE>>
Prosecutor general: Charges will be brought soon against Ukraine’s ex-president Yanukovych / TASS / July 28, 2015 / KIEV / Prosecutors will soon bring charges against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin said on Tuesday. “The indictment has almost been developed and finished against Yanukovych and others on charges of setting a criminal organization, abuse of authority and treason,” Shokin said. “These charges will be brough against Yanukovych and his associates in the nearest future,” the prosecutor general noted. Meanwhile, First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Volodymyr Guzyr has resigned earlier today. “I constantly feel political pressure on myself and on Prosecutor General’s Office. That is why I made a decision to resign today,” Guzyr said at a joint briefing with Shokin.
Kiev government warns it will react if Italian, Hungarian deputies go to Crimea / TASS / July 29, 2015 / Manlio di Stefano, a member of the foreign policy committee at the Italian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies told Kommersant Daily earlier the deputies had decided to make a visit to Crimea. / KIEV / Kiev government will definitely come up with a reaction if Italian and Hungarian parliament members visit Crimea, the press secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Maryana Betsa, told a news briefing on Wednesday. If the visit does take place, “the reaction to it and the consequences will be guaranteed,” Betsa said. Manlio di Stefano, a member of the foreign policy committee at the Italian parliament’s Chamber of Deputies told Kommersant Daily earlier the deputies had decided to make a visit to Crimea. “We’ve decided to go to Crimea and to Moscow along with members of a delegation of the Cinque Stelle (Five Star) Movement,” he said. “I’m going to contact the Russian embassy in Rome so as to get down to preparing the visit,” Di Stefano said. The delegation plans to arrive in Crimea via Russia and the objective of the tour will be to find out how people in Crimea are faring after the March 2014 referendum, which led to Crimea’s reunification with Russia. Readiness to join the deputies on their trip to Russia has been expressed by Senator Gergio Divina, who represents Lega Nord political party. Kommersant also said the head of the foreign affairs committee at the Hungarian parliament, Marton Gyongyosi had made public his readiness to go to Crimea. Last week, the peninsular region and the federal city of Sevastopol located on its territory were visited by French deputies. Their trip, too, provoked an irritated reaction from Kiev. Editor’s note: see also Italian lawmakers announce plans for Crimea visit in October (July 29) at rt.com.
Flight MH17: Theory on the Motive for the Shootdown (Repost) / Quemado Institute / July 29, 2015 / An idea has been proposed for a theory on Kiev’s motive for shooting down Malyasian Flight MH17, the Boeing 777 airliner that crashed in east Ukraine on July 17, 2014. If correct, the theory might assist investigators in identifying those who ordered the downing. This is especially important now, when a UN Tribunal is being proposed to prosecute those responsible for the crash. We hope this theory will be brought to the attention of the experts, particularly investigators in Russia, Donbass, and Canada. Theory on the Motive for the MH17 Shootdown. Analysts have come up with a logical motive for the downing of Malyasian flight MH17, a crime many believe was ordered by Ukrainian government officials. Though unproven, the following theory about the motive for the crime fits all facts known to us: First, it was not a coincidence that flight MH17 was shot down precisely at the bottleneck in the territory held by the Novorossiya Armed Forces (NAF). This bottleneck, formed by the downward notch of the Debaltsevo pocket to the north and . . . MORE>>
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Kiev to Begin Withdrawing Under 100-mm Arms Once Agreement Signed / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Ukrainian forces will withdraw weapons less than 100mm caliber from the line of contact in southeastern Ukraine conditional to signing a buffer zone agreement and its implementation by the Donbas militia, head of Kiev special operations in southeastern Ukraine Andriy Lysenko said Tuesday. / KIEV / Last week, the so-called Normandy Quartet, comprising Russia, France, Ukraine and Germany, established an agreement on the withdrawal of weapons with a less than 100-mm caliber and the establishment of a 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) demilitarized zone at the contact line in Ukraine’s southeast. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the agreement would be signed by August 3 and implemented within 10 days. “We will work to ensure the signing of the agreement… and we will insist on it, it is the main condition of safety of the citizens, including those in Mariupol. Once the agreement is implemented, we will withdraw our weapons less than 100mm in caliber, because the heavy weaponry has already been withdrawn,” Lysenko said at a briefing. Lysenko stressed that the withdrawal must be “mutual,” and that militias in southeastern Ukraine must not ignore the requirement. Ukraine’s southeast was engulfed in a conflict beginning April 2014, when Kiev launched a military operation to suppress local militias dissatisfied with the country’s new government coming to power following a February 2014 coup. In mid-February, Kiev and the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk signed a ceasefire agreement after Normandy Quartet negotiations in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. However, the warring sides have since repeatedly accused each other of violating the truce.
East Ukrainians Protest Against OSCE Bias, Silence on Ukraine Army Shelling / Russia Insider / July 27, 2015 / Four days ago, hundreds of angry residents of Donetsk city and region rallied in front of the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Donetsk where monitors of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the International Committee of the Red Cross were staying. Novorossia News reports that residents gathered to express their outrage at what they consider the bad job of the OSCE and ICRC in reporting to the world the situation in Donetsk and more broadly in Donbas. They called for impartial reporting of developments in the Donbas region by the two agencies. According to participants, international monitors are not impartial in the reporting of what is going on in war-hit Donbas. Residents of shelled districts, refugees and disabled civilians demanded that the OSCE tell the truth to the world. Some of them came with photos of houses destroyed by Ukrainian artillery and posters reading, ‘Stop the silence!’, ‘Your silence kills children!’, ‘While you are rolling in clover, civilians die.’ Later the OSCE representatives came to speak to protesters. Igor Martynov, mayor of Donetsk, spoke to the OSCE delegation. He said later, “My key question [to the OSCE monitors] is ‘From whom does Ukrainian army liberate us?’ I didn’t get any answer. The OSCE representatives looked very surprised. In other words, were not ready for such a question.” The residents gave until the following Monday, July 27, for the OSCE representatives to come up with a concrete answer to their demands. They may resume their rally at that time.
OSCE calls on parties to Ukrainian conflict to guarantee safety of OSCE monitors / TASS / July 28, 2015 / The statement follows a recent series of incidents when OSCE monitors came under shelling in Donbas / VIENNA / Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ivica Dacic has once again called on all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to ensure safety of OSCE monitors and guarantee their free access movement across the country. “All sides on the ground in eastern Ukraine are obliged under their commitments to the Minsk Agreements to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of the SMM,” he said on Tuesday following a recent series of incidents when monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine came under shelling in Donbas. “I am alarmed and deeply concerned by the incidents in Shchastia on 26 July and Shyrokino on 27 July, especially when it appears our unarmed, civilian monitors were targeted,” Dacic said. “I commend the bravery and diligence that monitors and staff of the SMM show every day in their work in increasingly difficult circumstances. I strongly condemn any incidents or actions that hamper the SMM’s work.” He said an OSCE monitor who had been wounded in the leg was already released from hospital. “The OSCE is the only organization that can monitor the security situation and verify the withdrawal of heavy weapons in a credible manner with the aim of de-escalating and normalising the situation on the ground,” he stressed. “All sides have an obligation to support the OSCE’s efforts and to continue work on a political process towards ending the deadly cycle of violence.”
Kiev forces accused of using Pion heavy howitzers in Donbas shelling / TASS / July 28, 2015 / MOSCOW / Ukraine’s security forces have shelled the country’s south-eastern Donbass region from the 2S7 Pion self-propelled howitzer, defense spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday. The howitzer was designed in the USSR to neutralise critical targets of the enemy in the tactical depth of 50 kilometers. This weapon was designed in the 1970s for the destruction of tactical nuclear weapons delivery vehicles and remained in Ukraine. The self-propelled gun can even shoot projectiles with nuclear warheads. Basurin has accused Kiev of using this “god of nuclear war.” “Surveying the terrain, which came under fire from the Ukrainian armed forces, we have found a fragment of a shell fired presumably from the 2S7 Pion artillery system, calibre 203mm, maximum range – 47 km,” the Donetsk news agency quotes Basurin as saying. The DPR Defence Ministry called these actions “gross and systematic violation of the Minsk agreements” and regarded it as an attempt to “provoke DPR divisions to start hostilities.” The Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis settlement at a meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk on July 21 agreed upon but not yet signed the text of a final agreement on a phased withdrawal of tanks, armoured personnel carriers and weapons of calibre less than 100mm from the contact line. This decision was preceded by the actions of the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR republics that unilaterally pulled out weapons of calibre less than 100mm at a distance of 3 kilometres. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said then he had instructed his representatives in the Contact Group to sign an agreement on a 30-kilometer buffer zone . . . MORE>>
Donbass has a special atmosphere of Orthodox culture – Zakharchenko / DAN / July 28, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / DONETSK / DPR Leader Alexander Zakharchenko congratulated the residents of the country on the Day of the Baptism of Russia, underlining its importance for the Slav peoples. “On this day – July 28 – all Orthodox [people] revere the memory of Prince Vladimir in which in 988 our nation was baptized. This momentous event was of decisive importance in the life of the brotherly Slavic peoples, because it led to their unity of spirit and community of faith,” the DPR Leader said in a greeting received by DAN. Zakharchenko said that the inhabitants of the Republic are the “inheritors of the unique Slavic culture, having high moral values.” “On the glorious land of Donbass lies a rich deep spiritual tradition, the special atmosphere of a traditionally Orthodox culture, and this is a special day for us to once again become a source of inspiration, love, patience, self-sacrifice, and the desire for a righteous life,” he stressed. In conclusion, the President of Armenia wished the compatriots spiritual joy and family well-being. “Let the commandments of Christ live in your hearts, leave you hungry for creation, compassion and strengthening of faith!” said in the text. The Day of the Baptism of Russia is enshrined in law as a DPR anniversary of an important historical event, which has had a significant impact on the social, spiritual and cultural development of the Slavic peoples. It is celebrated annually on July 28, the day of commemoration of Prince Vladimir Equal to the Apostles for the Church calendar.
MH17 Plane Crash Resolution Orchestrated by Western Intelligence / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Willy Wimmer, former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry, said that resolutions like the one to establish an international tribunal to investigate the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine undermine the United Nations / MOSCOW / Daria Chernyshova — The UN Security Council draft resolution on establishing a tribunal on the MH17 flight crash is being orchestrated by Western intelligence agencies, a former state secretary in the German Defense Ministry told Sputnik Tuesday. Earlier in July, Malaysia submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for the creation of an independent UN tribunal to identify and prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 2014. Kiev and some of its Western allies have blamed local independence supporters, who they claim are supported by Russia militarily, for the tragedy. “For many of my fellow countrymen, the resolution concerning a tribunal on MH17 is politically motivated and orchestrated along the Anglo-Saxon intelligence network of the “big five eyes,” which includes Australia and others,” Willy Wimmer said. The Five Eyes is an alliance of the US, UK, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian intelligence agencies. According to confidential documents, leaked by former US NSA contractor Edward Snowden in 2013, the network shares information on their surveillance of citizens. . . . MORE>>
Ukrainian MP Threatens French Legislators With Jail Time, Car Confiscation / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / A Ukrainian MP is threatening French legislators with jail time as the country creates entry bans for French citizens and cultural figures. Ukrainian parliament member Georgiy Logvinsky wrote on his Facebook that he sent an inquiry to the country’s General Prosecutor’s office demanding imprisonment and confiscation of cars from French legislators who visited Crimea on July 23-24. [See article below.] Ukraine has been increasingly hostile to French citizens, with its foreign ministry on Tuesday announcing entry bans to actor Gerard Depardieu and the French legislators who visited Crimea. Logvinsky seeks to also imprison the French legislators for visiting Russia’s Crimea, which he considers part of Ukraine. “First of all, according to article 332-1 of Ukraine’s criminal code, these actions are criminally punishable, from five to eight years imprisonment, with the deprivation of the right to take certain office or take part in certain actions for up to three years, and with confiscation of means of transport,” Logvinsky wrote. Logvinsky added that he “has a feeling” that talking to Crimean authorities could mean even more jail time for the French legislators. “As I said, I addressed the law enforcement bodies and will control this so that the reaction is immediate,” Logvinsky added. Logvinsky said that believes that Ukraine has many mechanisms to interrogate the French legislators and find the goal and motivation of their “crime.”
Most Crimeans ‘happy to be back in Russia’ – head of French delegation to peninsula / rt.com / July 25, 2015 / The Crimean people “seem happy to be back in Russia,” said the deputy of the French National Assembly at a press conference in Moscow on Saturday, after paying a two-day visit to the region. The French delegation confirmed Crimea is a peaceful region. A delegation of French lawmakers visited Crimea on July 23-24. MP Thierry Mariani, who led the group of 10 politicians, said the citizens of Crimea were “reassured” they “don’t have to face the same situation as the people who live in the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk” – the eastern areas of Ukraine devastated by war waged by the Kiev authorities against the rebels there. “What we want to say is that the majority of people we have met, various contacts, seemed happy to be back in Russia,” he said at the press conference organized by TASS. “Crimea is an absolutely peaceful region,” said French MP Claude Goasguen. The people in Crimea cannot be criticized for the fact that the referendum brought peace to them, he added. . . . MORE/VIDEO>>
Non-Western Financial Markets and Russia: New Opportunities / by Alexei Baliev / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 29, 2015 / The shift in Russia’s economic policy toward the nations of the East is creating brand new opportunities in terms of access to direct investment, investment loans, and other sources of financing. This approach is entirely in keeping with the recommendations from the recent summit of the heads of states and governments of the BRICS countries (held in Ufa July 8-10), including the suggestion that multilateral cooperation be expanded by providing access to sources of funding from the countries that are part of this group. The first investment credits from the BRICS Development Bank will be disbursed to the countries of that group as early as 2016, and one of those loans is intended to help implement a Russian-South African project to explore, mine, and process ore and metallurgical raw materials. According to the working groups within the BRICS Business Council, the interest rates of these loans will be at least 25% lower, with payment periods that are 33-50% longer, than the credit terms offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other Western financial institutions. One crucial detail is that the BRICS Development Bank will be able to offer its loans in various national currencies, thus avoiding the need for settlements in dollars or euros. This is an advantage . . . MORE>>
Putin Voices Concerns of Many EU Countries – Polish Politician / Sputnik / July 28, 2015 / Mateusz Piskorski, the head of the Polish party Zmiana said that Vladimir Putin is not only the defender of Russia, he is also voicing the national interests of many European countries. / MOSCOW / Yulia Shamporova — Russian President Vladimir Putin has deep insights into the situation in the European Union and voices the concerns of many EU member states, Mateusz Piskorski, the head of the Polish party Zmiana told Sputnik Tuesday. On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Swiss television channel RTS that European countries should pursue more independent and sovereign policies and not be bound by military blocks and the United States’ “imperial policy.” “For the moment, we can say that Vladimir Putin is not only the defender of Russia… but is also voicing the national interests of many European countries,” Piskorski said. Putin’s profound knowledge and deep understanding of EU economic, political and social processes puts him in a good position to analyze the situation in the region, the lawmaker added. Following the escalation of the Ukraine crisis, Russia’s relations with the West, particularly the United States, deteriorated significantly. Washington, along its European allies, blames Russia of fueling the conflict in southeast Ukraine, imposing several rounds of sanctions against Moscow. Russia firmly denies the allegations.
Can Donald Trump Restore Sanity to Washington and Save the World? / Russia Insider / July 28, 2015 / Washington is in the grip of anti-Russian hysteria that is leading US down a very dangerous path of confrontation with nuclear-armed Russia. An outsider who can restore some sanity to discourse in DC would be most welcome. For the past few weeks we have heard plenty of statements from Washington about the huge threat to U.S. National Security coming from Russia. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and top Pentagon brass are convinced — or say they are — that the Russian threat is an absolute reality. The latest in this row is the statement by the Head of the US Special Operations Command General Joseph Votel, who also views Russia as an “existential threat” to the United States, repeating accusations against Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis. In Congress, the party of war keeps pushing the same line but If this were only related to the upcoming budget sequestration discussion — which, among other things, can affect the Pentagon — one could dismiss this incessant talk of an imminent Russian threat as a simple money extortion exercise. However, I am afraid it is not just about money. Washington hawks want regime change in Russia . . . MORE>>
Monday, July 27, 2015
Poroshenko gives half of Donbass to “Russia” / by Alexander Artishchenko / Adam Baum / [Minor editing by Quemado Institute] / July 27, 2015 / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a separate deal with the Kremlin, says the Kiev political analyst and economist Oleg Soskin. Bypassing the Ukrainian constitution, Poroshenko agreed with the Russian authorities on the establishment of thirty-kilometer “buffer zone” along the border with the DPR and LPR. According to Soskin, the Ukrainian state is thus deprived of a number of settlements – in particular, Mariupol, Shirokino, Volnovakha, Marinka, Lisichansk, Donetsk, Dzerzhinsk, Avdeevka, Happiness [Schastye] and the village of Lugansk. The Ukrainian expert says that the opening of the “buffer zone” – that other, as a voluntary alienation of Kiev [by] much of the country in favor of “separatists Donbass” [sic]. The consequences of this step taken by Petro Poroshenko can be very unpredictable and fraught with serious problems. Soskin believes that it threatens the very existence of the Ukrainian state: the creation of cross-border “buffer” will lead to disruption of the management of the Army and formations of Nationalist volunteers. “All patriotic war” will have to leave the front line and “go to Kiev to destroy the power of the symbiosis of oligarchic clans,” Oleg Soskin prophesies. In general, there is a conspiracy among families of the billionaires Poroshenko, Firtash, Medvedchuk and Pinchuk. For the president of Ukraine, this agreement can be fatal, the expert said: “Poroshenko should understand that if Ukrainian combat troops will be withdrawn and the Russian horde [sic] begins to attack, the president and his team will be destroyed.” Meanwhile, another Ukrainian expert, the deputy of the Kyiv council Dmitry Gordon, believes that leaving Donbass at the mercy of the militia is just a lesser evil, which the President of Ukraine had to accept. After the elections in the People’s Republic for public administration of the country, there can come militia unit commanders, or local political leaders, such as Zakharchenko or Plotnitsky. The current electoral system is open to representatives of Ukrainian rebellious southeast, even the road to the Verkhovna Rada, warns the expert. “Why is my country at the mercy of these people? Why does the parliament and local councils have to meet the bandits?” asks Gordon. Dmitry Gordon repeatedly called DPR and LPR “fetters on the Ukrainian people,” which they should make haste to lose. “Ukraine does not need the occupied Donbass. It is shackles that bind the country. It is necessary to do, as Finland: it like a lizard, who discards the tail in danger, to cut off off the disputed territory. And we should also be integrated into Europe without Donbass,” the expert said. Source: versia.ru. [Editor’s note: I hope it’s true.]
Ukraine Agrees to Sign Deal to Withdraw Under 100-Mm Arms by August / Sputnik / July 25, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine will sign an agreement to withdraw weapons less than 100-mm in caliber from the line of contact in Donbass by August. / KIEV / An agreement to withdraw weapons less than 100-mm in caliber from the line of contact in southeast Ukraine will be signed by August 3 and implemented within 10 days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Saturday. “We have established a very hard term to sign this agreement by August 3 at the latest,” Poroshenko said in an interview with STB television on the subject of the latest phone conversation with leaders of the so-called Normandy quartet. “Then, we will have 10 days in order to implement it,” the Ukrainian head of state added. Poroshenko spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande late on Thursday.
Armed Tornado Battalion Fighters Holed Up Outside Kiev – Military Official / Sputnik / July 27, 2015 / Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios stated Monday that fighters from the Tornado territorial defense battalion have resisted Internal Affairs Ministry orders to lay down their arms, and are presently located in a town just outside Kiev, Ukrainian media have reported. Matios told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television station that the fighters are holed up in Boyarka, a town southwest of the city. “I don’t know what the Tornado company is doing, armed, in Boyarka. Right near Kiev there are many armed men who have not disbanded [from their formations]. Where is the Internal Affairs Minister? Why can’t he monitor the implementation his own order?!” Last month, Ukrainian law enforcement detained eight fighters from the Tornado special police unit, including company commander Ruslan Onishchenko, suspecting them of committing serious crimes against the civilian population in the Ukrainian-controlled portion of the Lugansk region. . . . MORE>>
Water filtering station damaged in Gorlovka / Novorossia Today / July 27, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / Last night’s shelling of Gorlovka led to destruction of the water filtering station No 1. Particularly, window panes broke out, the walls were punctured by fragmentation and the power line was cut. The bombardments of the filtering station occurred at 1 AM. It should be mentioned that damage of water supply objects can result in serious environmental hazards. In particular, these objects can be dangerous because of the use of liquid chlorine for disinfection of water. If fragments hit the chlorine container, the ecology of the region will be affected. [Editor’s note: we are glad to see Novorossia Today up and running again.]
President: Mariupol is the eastern outpost that will be defended by Ukraine / Hotspot Today / July 27, 2015 / Kyiv / At a meeting with volunteers in the Ministry of Defenсe, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Ukraine will keep on defending Mariupol and will not let illegal armed groups seize this city. “Mariupol is our outpost. We will not surrender it! We are reinforcing the defence of Mariupol with the best units of the Armed Forces — elite units, marine corps,” the Head of State said. Petro Poroshenko assured Mariupol residents: “The President is with you, the Armed Forces are with you. The best paratroopers, marines, artillery are in Mariupol”. According to the President, each unit will stay there — only heavy artillery will be withdrawn. “In case of escalation, they will be immediately returned,” the Head of State said. The President believes that Ukraine will win with such volunteers in the Ministry of Defenсe and such a renewed and reinforced army. “We will surely win in this war. We will ensure Ukraine’s freedom and democracy, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Head of State noted. — Press Service of the President of Ukraine.
In Carpathian region local residents and gunmen in camouflage block road to Bukovel (VIDEO) / Russkaya Vesna / July 27, 2015 / Edited autotranslation / In the village of Tatariv in the carpathian Mountains, locals blocked the road at the intersection of Yaremche, Vorokhta, Bukovel. This was said on the Facebook page of a journalist for the Ukrainian TV channel news “24”. “In Tatariv, they blocked the road at the intersection of Yaremche, Vorokhta, Bukovel. It requires the governor to repair [sic] roads in Yablunytsya and Vorokhta. Only cars with small children can pass. Today the road was only blocked for an hour. Next week it promises to last longer,” wrote the journalist. Among the activists are many fighters in camouflage. [Editor’s note: Tatariv lies about 120 km east of Mukachevo and 200 km south of Lvov.]
‘MH17 crash used by US to break Russia’s relationship with Europe’ / RT interviews Paul Craig Roberts / RT Op-Edge / July 17-27, 2015 / The crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has been used to enforce sanctions against Russia and is fundamental to Washington’s efforts to break the Russia-Europe relationship, Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury, tells RT. RT: It’s been a year since the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, which claimed the lives of all 298 people onboard. Eastern Ukraine was a war zone at the time – yet the Ukrainian authorities haven’t closed the airspace, allowing civil flights over the area. What was behind their inaction? Paul Craig Roberts: I think they intended for the airliner to be shot down. The latest evidence is that it was shot down by air, by a Ukrainian jet fighter using a missile. This is the best evidence we have at this time. What is suspicious about this is that the instant that the airliner was reported to have been shot down, the entirety of the Western media was already programmed to blame Russia. Before there was any evidence, before there was any explanation, we had all of the Western media blaming Russia – even the BBC, which used to be a respectable news organization. So this suggests the whole thing was preplanned. And if you look at the development of this we see that Ukraine has not released any information about its contacts with the airliner. And we see that Washington, which had a spy satellite directly over the area at the time, refuses to release its information. So the only information we have comes from the Russians, and the Russians say that if this had happened on a ground-to-air missile, this Buk system, that their radar in Rostov would have picked it up and yet it shows no such happening. . . . MORE>>
Russia will veto creation of a tribunal into downing of Boeing in Donbass / Vestnik Kavkaza / July 27, 2015 / Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said today that Russian will use its right of veto during the voting on a resolution of the UN Security Council to create a Tribunal into the downing of the Malaysian Boeing in Ukraine, if the rest of the Security Council votes affirmatively. “We will vote against it. I have no doubts. If the resolution receives nine or more votes, there will be a veto,” Tass cites him as saying.
Proposed MH17 Tribunal Would Be Blatantly Illegal / Russia Insider / July 27, 2015 / UN Security Council has no judicial powers and therefore may not delegate such powers to a ‘tribunal’ founded by it. This Wednesday the UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on the proposal to establish an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the shoot-down of MH17. The proposal has been put forward by the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Malaysia and Ukraine. It is expected to be vetoed by Russia. Firstly, the proposal stinks to high heaven. Why is the same Dutch-led cohort which has been tasked with investigating the shoot-down, but a full year later has yet to produce any findings now proposing a fully-fledged UN tribunal? To do what exactly? It doesn’t sound like a tribunal would have much to do does it? Naturally, the vote will be very useful for the Netherlands as it will be promptly spun . . . MORE>>
Evidence Shows Maidan Snipers Were Not Under Orders from Yanukovich. The Global Research article presented below details growing evidence that the snipers who killed some 50 demonstrators at the uprising on Maidan Square in February 2014 were not under orders from President Viktor Yanukovich. The sniper fire is video-documented as coming from protestor-controlled Hotel Ukraina. Author Ivan Katchanovski says, “This revelation alone means that a significant proportion of the protesters were shot from this Maidan-controlled hotel, since this caliber bullets were extracted from bodies of 16 protesters. But the prosecution charged two Berkut members with their killings, ….” He adds, “The prosecution itself stated that then-president Viktor Yanukovych and the Minister of Internal Affairs ordered to disperse the protesters on the Maidan by force …” Such allegations against the Berkut police, which offered presumed justification for Yanukovich’s illegal overthrow, have been proven false. Will the West take notice? Katchanovski’s article: Revelations in the Maidan Massacre Trial in Ukraine Go Unreported in the West / by Ivan Katchanovski / Global Research / July 22, 2015 / A delayed trial of two Berkut police members in the Maidan Massacre case have produced striking new revelations providing further confirmations of major findings of my Maidan “snipers’ massacre” study about Maidan snipers killing both police and protesters and subsequent cover up and falsification of the official investigation. But these striking revelations have not been reported by the Ukrainian and Western media, even though the trial proceedings were open to the media, were streamed live over the Internet and their recordings were posted on YouTube. On July 15, 2015, the prosecution made public in court for the first time its charges alleging that two arrested members of the Berkut special company massacred 39 out of 49 killed protesters on February 20, 2014. However, the prosecution’s case unraveled on July 17 when the brother of one of the victims stated during his questioning by the prosecutors that Andrii Saienko was killed not from Berkut positions but from a top floor of the Maidan-controlled Hotel Ukraina. He made this conclusion on the basis of his brother’s position as shown in a video at the moment of his killing . . . MORE>>
Varoufakis Confirms ‘Plan B’ Payment System in Case of Grexit / Sputnik / July 27, 2015 / Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said there were plans to create a “Plan B” parallel payment system. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis acknowledged in a statement Monday that his office was devising a “Plan B” parallel payment system in the event of Athens exiting the eurozone. On Sunday, the Kathimerini daily published excerpts from a recorded teleconference where Varoufakis allegedly disclosed details of an elaborate parallel payment system plan that involved hacking into government servers. The former minister claimed in the July 16 conversation among hedge fund leaders that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave him the “green light” a month ahead of the ruling Syriza party’s election victory in January. “During the Greek government’s negotiations with the Eurogroup, Minister Varoufakis oversaw a Working Group with a remit to prepare contingency plans against the creditors’ efforts to undermine the Greek government,” the statement reads. The Working Group was headed by University of Texas economics professor James Galbraith, who confirmed having worked on the contingency plans from February through early July . . . MORE>>
French farmers block border roads in price protest / Novorssia Today / July 27, 2015 / French farmers are stopping lorries importing farm produce from Germany and Spain, in a border protest over what they call unfair price competition. Farmers parked tractors to block several roads near the borders late on Sunday. The farmers’ protests over food prices have disrupted traffic across France for more than a week. At least six roads linking France and Germany were blocked in the Strasbourg region on Monday. The farmers are letting cars through. French farmers have been hit by lower meat consumption, reduced demand from China and a Russian ban on EU food imports. . . . MORE>>
Criminal Negligence and Arguably the Most Manipulated Congress in U.S. History / by Anthony Bellchambers / Global Research / July 27, 2015 / It is probable that the current U.S. House of Representatives will be judged by history as the most supine, inept and easily manipulated legislative assembly [by a foreign power], ever to have been given control of the lives of the American people and the drafting and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. However, although we in Europe can have no influence over so-called ‘Democracy American style’, what we can do is to ensure that the EU Parliament/ Commission does not follow suit by submitting to intimidation and effective control by Mr Netanyahu’s lobbyists for Israel. Already, Israel is the only undeclared nuclear weapons power in the world, its arsenal of warheads being outside any inspection by the IAEA because the Israeli state refuses to be a party to the NPT Non-Proliferation Treaty and its international controls. That has allowed it to gain a degree of influence over American foreign policy that is entirely disproportionate to its size . . . MORE>>