Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Ukrainian Side Prevents Extension of Work of Political Subgroups – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 4, 2015 / The sub-Working Group for Political Affairs did not continue working in Minsk today because of the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side. This was announced by the head of delegation of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the negotiations, Vice-Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “I am sure that the representative of Ukraine in the subgroup of Political Affairs should take their cue from their colleagues in the sub-group on security, which, finding a consensus yesterday, continued its work today in Minsk,” Pushilin said in a statement received today at DAN. “All members of the subgroup on political issues were willing to stay in Minsk and continue to work to achieve a result, in addition to the Ukrainian side.” The DPR representative explained that it was the political subgroup that addresses a number of key issues necessary for the full cessation of war. “In the shortest time necessary to find solutions for the following chain of points, based on the Set of measures on February 12: creation of the law on the special status, the elections in our territory based on a law agreed to by us, amnesty for combatants on both sides, and of course, constitutional reform,” said vice speaker. He stressed that without the implementation of the provisions of these Minsk agreements, there would be an inevitable resumption of fighting and more casualties on both sides. “Ukraine has to realize the harmfulness of the actions of delaying the negotiation process,” said the head of the DPR delegation. The day before, August 3, the four relevant subgroups – political, economic, humanitarian and security – and the Contact Group on peaceful settlement met in the capital of Belarus. The subgroup on security, which discusses the text of a new agreement on the withdrawal of arms, resumed work today. Earlier, on the eve of the meeting on August 3, representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic expressed their readiness to renew negotiations for any length of time required to achieve real results.
Donetsk Man Tells OSCE He Is ‘Russian Airborne’, Causes Media Buzz / Sputnik / August 4, 2015 / An unidentified man in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told OSCE that he serves in a nonexistent unit of the Russian armed forces. A new report from the OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine’s Donbass says that a man at a DPR weapons site claimed to be from the “16th airborne brigade” from Russia’s Orenburg. There is no 16th airborne brigade in the Russian armed forces, and no Russian airborne brigades are stationed in Russia’s Orenburg region. “An armed man guarding the facility at one of the sites claimed that he and those present at the site were part of the 16th airborne brigade from Orenburg, Russian Federation. They did not wear identifying insignia,” the OSCE report said. The OSCE, which strives to monitor the conflict impartially, noted down the man’s statement in the monitoring mission report. “The reliability of these statements must be checked,” the Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response to a question on the issue. The unidentified man’s claim has been circulated in Ukrainian media as an argument for the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has previously claimed that over 9,000 Russian troops are present in Ukraine, although he did not specify how they had been identified.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Paruby Plans to Destroy Republics of Donbass / Topwar.ru / Edited autotranslation / August 3, 2015 / In Kiev, they are considering a scenario in which the unrecognized Republics of Donbass suffer the fate of Serbian Krajina: The Republic ceased to exist after the sudden onset of the Croatian Army in 1995. This was said by the vice-speaker of Parliament Andriy Paruby on Ukrainian television. The MP noted that he recently visited an international conference, “where I had the opportunity to communicate with Croatian colleagues who led the Croatian state during the crisis, and it is very similar to ours. I was surprised to find that everything was very similar to what is happening in Ukraine. They also took a decision on the special status of these territories. Also they wanted to cheat the international community and did not take … this status at first, [causing] the international community to say “you’re wrong” [trans?], so they were forced to adopt a law on the special status of these regions. Moreover, a joint program had been prepared to resolve the crisis. They actually called for the government in the country [to allow] that Serbian territory obtained its power, its police, its own language, its own currency. For the public authorities were only foreign policy and the army. And this agreement was rejected only because the separatists refused to do it, but even the Croats were ready,” said Paruby. “When I asked what was the logic of all these compromises, the parties replied: it is necessary to gain time to prepare the army to equip it so that one day we could go on the offensive. Four years passed, and one morning they started the operation ‘Lightning’ and were able in two days to clear a large area, and then began the operation ‘Storm’ and a few days they had cleared another large area.” Next Paruby argues as follows: “To win time – that is what we are often told by our international partners. That’s what they said on the eve of adoption of the Constitution, because it came to a landing of our international partners, and said, we need time, so we can sanction … Putin as [they] once [did] … Milosevic, and can help you to arm and equip your army. And it will be as it was there. We need time for the international community’s sanctions to destroy the financial empire that Putin has built, so that we can equip our army and wait for the morning, when we will start its operation ‘Lightning’ and ‘Storm.'” Editor’s note: Andriy Paruby is the former Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, appointed after leading the anti-government protests in the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, until his resignation on August 7, 2014. As Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Parubiy oversaw the “anti–terrorist” operation against separatists in eastern Ukraine. In September 2014 Parubiy became a founding member of the new party People’s Front. [Wikipedia] [Apologies for errors in translation.]
Meetings of working subgroups on settling Ukraine conflict end in Minsk – Belarusian Foreign Ministry / Interfax-Ukraine / August 3, 2015 / Members of the working subgroups of the Trilateral Contact Group for settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine have finished their work at a meeting in Minsk, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reports. “The meetings of the working groups on settling the conflict in Ukraine have finished in Minsk,” the ministry said via its official Twitter account on Monday. The negotiations were closed to the press, it said. Earlier in the day, the working subgroups’ coordinators had also met in Minsk. A meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group itself is scheduled for the second part of Monday. The participants in the negotiating process had proposed earlier that the Contact Group’s work be extended by one day, and a final decision on the matter should be made at the Monday meeting. “The proposal on extending the Contact Group’s work to August 4 came from one of the parties. The Contact Group will make a final decision right at the meeting in Minsk on Monday. If the Contact Group sees that the entire agenda cannot be covered in one day, the Group’s work could possibly be extended to the next day,” a source with the group organizing the negotiations told Interfax.
Agreement on Withdrawal of Small Arms Could Be Signed in Minsk. The Novorossiya Information Agency has reported: “Today at the talks in Minsk, an agreement on the withdrawal of weapons caliber of less than 100 mm from the boundary line in Donbass could be signed. This was reported by a source in the contact group on Ukraine. ‘The contact group adjourned. The subgroup is preparing a security agreement on withdrawal of the arms to be signed. Probably, this document will be signed today,’ said the source.”
Contact Group to discuss Shirokino demilitarization, Donbass’ special status in Minsk August 3 / Minsk Capital Television / August 3, 2015 / Today the tripartite contact group will also meet. The meetings will be held behind closed doors, as always. The agenda includes the situation in Shirokino, withdrawal of weapons and the special status of Donbass. Meanwhile, despite regular talks of the contact group and its thematic sub-groups the parties have still failed to agree on the main points. Therefore, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics have offered not to adjourn the meeting until a compromise is reached on at least one point. Negotiations are taking place against the background of aggravated situation in the Donbass. In Gorlovka peaceful neighborhoods and the central substation came under fire. One person was killed and four others injured. In the Donetsk assault, two civilians, including a child, were seriously injured. In just the past day, the ceasefire was broken about forty times. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus noted that Minsk for its part is ready to do everything for a successful meeting. Editor’s note: news video available at source.
Why did the Times publish an article about a Novorossia dirty bomb? / by Oleg Tsarev, Chairman of the Parliament of Novorossia; translated by Kristina Rus / Russia News Feed / August 3, 2015 / News from the “Times” that Donetsk militia is engaged in the creation of a “dirty bomb” in cooperation with Russian scientists is not good. I would not hurry to treat it as a typical nonsense, which is constantly written about Donbass. Of course, it is impossible to seriously discuss this story in the way its portrayed in the West. But the fact is that when someone wants to commit a crime — he must first create an alibi. Or, in our case, to create the background information that would blame the enemy. In other words, if the Times – and perhaps with help of Ukrainian and Western intelligence agencies – publishes leaks about a “bomb”, that means Kiev is contemplating a big provocation with its curators. Sanctions didn’t help to “defeat” Russia. And a Boeing tribunal did not work out. And a UAF attack would have ended in defeat under the current circumstances. Which means that Kiev needs a disaster with the greatest possible number of victims on the despised territory to make Donbass the area of international disaster, and this time to force Russia to agree to enter their “peacekeeping troops” or any other form of pressure, chosen by America and its satellites. […] I’m afraid we may have to bitterly regret the fact that Donbass has become a platform for global political bargaining and a no man’s land for an indefinite period of time. . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: misinformation about a “dirty bomb” was also reported in Newsweek, along with a major campaign two days ago on Twitter.
Russian investigators present new ‘White Book’ detailing crimes of pro-Kiev forces in Donbass / rt.com / August 3, 2015 / Russia’s agency for especially important crimes has presented a major report on war crimes committed by Kiev military and volunteers in the southeastern regions of Ukraine that seek self-determination after last year’s coup in the capital. The head of the Investigation Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, said in the Monday press release that the main objective of the project was to attract the attention of the international community and international Human Rights Group and to tell the truth about the “terrible fratricidal war started by the nationalist regime of Ukraine.” He added that the Investigative Committee was looking into 54 criminal cases connected with the civil war in Ukraine and that the combined materials on these cases make 2,500 volumes, including the testimonies of over 100,000 witnesses.In the same release the agency elaborated that the White Book of Crimes was based on evidence collected by the Investigative Committee during the probes into cases where Ukrainian authorities and volunteers were suspected of using the banned methods of warfare. […] Bastrykin wrote that the ultimate goal of the project was to ensure that all those involved in crimes receive the just punishment. . . . MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: The project may help raise international awareness. It should not be used to threaten prosecution, which violates the spirit of universal amnesty inherent in the Minsk agreements, a policy benefitng all, including Russian volunteers.
Malaysia plays UN court jester in MH17 vote / by Jim Dean / New Eastern Outlook / August 1, 2015 / Malaysia played the fool this week by pushing for a UN-sponsored international commission on the MH17 shoot down, which it knew would be vetoed by Russia. Its only motivation might have been wanting to make Russia look like it was hiding some responsibility for itself or the Donbass Republics. This was not only a cheap shot at Russia, but a dishonor to the victims of the tragedy. Shame on the Malaysian authorities for this shameful act. Where were they on the front end of the investigation when, with a big push by them, the pilots and airline workers unions could have been brought in to guarantee that there would be no rigged investigation? The airline people are the ones whose lives are at risk every day to these mass crimes, both by terrorists and state actors using them in false flag attacks, which MH17 reeks of, and is suspected by every intelligence analyst I know. To some who feel I have spoken too harshly about Malaysia, I did so because the Malaysians were attempting to add the Donbass and Russian people to the victim list in this tragedy. They were smart enough to know there was no motive for the Russian or the Donbass defense forces to shoot down a plane at that altitude. When the Malaysians did not come out right away and attack the initial story as suspicious at best, this showed me they feared a state-sponsored false flag terror attack themselves, and were keeping their heads down. […] When Kiev refused to cooperate with the initial investigation and to this date has not turned over the air traffic controller tape logs, why was Malaysia not screaming “foul”? . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: italics mine. See Quemado Institute commentary Flight MH17: Theory on the Motive for the Shootdown for another take on motive.
Ukraine’s opposition activist kidnapped and beaten up in Kharkiv / TASS / August 3, 2015 / KIEV / An activist of Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc who was taking part in a pro-party rally in Kharkiv, a city in eastern Ukraine, was kidnapped on Monday. The party’s press service said that its office had also been attacked. “The activist was standing outside the Kharkhiv regional justice department where the Opposition Bloc was planning to hold a picket when, according to witnesses, he was grabbed by unidentified persons who threw him into a camouflage range rover with the Azov [volunteer battalion – TASS] inscription on it,” the Opposition Bloc said in its statement. The man was then taken to a cemetery where he was undressed and beaten up. The kidnappers also took away the activist’s cell phone. “Four people in balaclava helmets questioned and bullied the man for forty minutes. They asked him why he had come to a rally and where his parents worked. After that, they beat him up and left him at the cemetery. At the moment, the man is receiving all the necessary medical help,” the Opposition Bloc said. Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc headed by Deputy Mikhail Dobkin rallied outside the Kharkov regional administration on August 3. They want the region’s justice department to register the party’s Kharkiv branch so that the Opposition Bloc could run in the local elections. At the same time, activists of another organization called Gromadska Varta gathered outside the justice department to protest against the Opposition Bloc’s registration.
“Right Sector” Said They Had to “Fight Back” During Riots in Kharkov / Novorossiya News Agency / Edited autotranslation / August 3, 2015 / The Ukrainian radical organization “Right Sector” stated that they had to “fight back” in the course of events near the office of the Party of Regions in Kharkov today. “When we came in we began to fire from automatic weapons. Naturally, the people fought back,” said the press secretary of the “Right Sector” Artyom Skoropadsky. He said that supporters of the “Right Sector” took to the streets to support the protesters against the registration of the Opposition Bloc. Earlier, Opposition activists rallied in front of the Kharkiv regional administration. The Ukrainian party “Opposition Bloc” stated that during the confrontation was one of the activists was kidnapped, and an investigation was demanded on the storming of the party office.
Soros Foundation may leave Russia / Translated by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / August 3, 2015 / “Open Society” institute, also known as the Soros Foundation, may leave Russia in the near future because of its placement on the list of undesirable organizations. According to the head of the committee “Civil Assistance” Svetlana Gannushkina, the Soros Foundation ceased to accept applications for grants. “I’m afraid that the Soros Foundation is leaving Russia. They are very worried if we will be able to finish existing projects, if we will lose the opportunity to work with committed money,” she told Interfax. In early July it was announced that the stop-list of unwanted NGO’s included the Soros Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Freedom House and other organizations. After the MacArthur Foundation announced that it would stop its activities in Russia. “Open Society” institute, founded by George Soros, supports programs in education, culture, arts, health and civic initiatives. Organization has headquarters in New York and Budapest, and offices in 30 countries.
Poroshenko Claims Putin May Attack Baltic States, Estonia Disagrees / Sputnik / August 3, 2015 / Ukraine’s president said that it is “possible” that Russia would attack Baltic states, Finland and Black Sea states, claiming that Ukraine fights not a civil war but for “democracy, freedom, the security of Europe.” In an interview to Austria’s Kurier newspaper, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claimed that it is “possible” that Russian President Vladimir Putin would attack Finland, the Baltic states, as well as the countries around the Black Sea. Poroshenko made the comment after claiming that “9,000 Russian soldiers” are present in Ukrainian territory. On Saturday, a day before Poroshenko’s statement, Estonia’s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand said that Russia does present a military threat for the country. “Is it possible that he attacks Finland: Yes. That he attacks the Baltic states: Yes. The Black Sea States: Yes,” Poroshenko said in the interview. Poroshenko’s claim that Russia would attack the Baltic states was contradicted by Estonia, whose foreign minister said the previous day that Russia does not pose a military threat to the Baltic country. “At this moment we do not see a direct threat for NATO from the direction of Russia,” Estonia’s foreign minister said. Kaljurand made the statement in response to a report from Sweden, which claims that Russia could attack the Baltic states.
Washington’s Fifth Columns Inside Russia and China / by Paul Craig Roberts / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 3, 2015 / It took two decades for Russia and China to understand that «pro-democracy» and «human rights» organizations operating within their countries were subversive organizations funded by the US Department of State and a collection of private American foundations organized by Washington. The real purpose of these non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is to advance Washington’s hegemony by destabilizing the two countries capable of resisting US hegemony. Washington’s Fifth Columns pulled off «color revolutions» in former Russian provinces, such as Georgia, the birthplace of Joseph Stalin and Ukraine, a Russian province for centuries. When Vladimir Putin was last elected, Washington was able to use its Fifth Columns to pour thousands of protesters into the streets of Russia claiming that Putin had «stolen the election». […] We Americans need to be humble, not arrogant. We need to acknowledge that American living standards, except for the favored One Percent, are in long-term decline and have been for two decades. If life on earth is to continue, Americans need to understand that it is not Russia and China, any more than it was Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi, Assad, Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, that are threats to the US. The threat to the US resides entirely in the crazed neoconservative ideology of Washington’s hegemony over the world and over the American people. . . . MORE>>
Sunday, August 2, 2015
MH17 Tribunal. The Trap Russia Avoided / by Cristopher Black / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 2, 2015 / The push by NATO countries for a UN tribunal to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 last year over eastern Ukraine was an intentional provocation against Russia. There was no other purpose for this NATO initiative than to use it to demonize the Russian leadership, to increase the negative war propaganda being put out by the NATO alliance and ultimately to use it as justification for further aggression against the peoples of east Ukraine and Russia. There must be no doubt in any reasonable person’s mind that the only result of the creation of such a tribunal by the Security Council was to be an indictment against President Putin himself accusing him of some type of command responsibility. Once Putin was indicted as a war criminal, the anti-Russian propaganda in the west would have increase beyond even the intense levels it now has reached. We saw what happened to President Milosevic of Yugoslavia when the Yugoslav tribunal indicted him . . . MORE>>
Kiev Artificially Increasing Tension, a “Wanted” DPR Minister Announced – Mishin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 2, 2015 / DONETSK / Kiev authorities, in order to artificially increase the tension around Donbass, declared “wanted” certain members of the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic. This opinion was expressed to DAN today by the DPR Minister of Youth, Sports and Tourism Mikhail Mishin, who was on the wanted list. “I have been tracking the information that appears on the social networks. From these publications I realized that I was a criminal case. As for the ads in search of DPR Ministers, Kiev is thus artificially escalating the situation,” the spokesman said. He noted that according to the Minsk Agreement, the Ukrainian authorities, on the contrary, should be interested in removing the tension of conflict, not the artificial aggravation of it. According to Mishin, “In this there is no good will. Of course, this situation does not affect my work,” the minister added. “I am, as always, continuing to develop sports in the territory of the DPR, as well as implementing programs for youth policy. In spite of everything, I will continue to work.” The current Ukrainian authorities have previously [acted] contrary to the spirit of the Minsk Agreements, said the Minister of Culture of the Republic Alexander Paretsky. The head of the Ministry of Construction and Housing Rassadnikov Basil, in turn, described the situation as “political squabbles” that do not distract him from his work on the improvement of the DPR. Last night the head of the so-called “Donetsk region police” Vyacheslav Abroskin published a list of 11 current and former DPR ministers wanted for the “creation of a terrorist organization.” Editor’s note: a further article from DAN reports: “‘The announcement of wanted Ministers of the Donetsk People’s Republic is part of the political machinations in Ukraine and is not important for the creative work of members of the DPR Government.’ This was declared today by the Minister of Construction and Housing Basil Rassadnikov. ‘I’m not interested in politics, it is important to me to do my job. For me it is important that residents have high-quality drinking water, their homes are warm, there is light, and public transportation went smoothly,’ said the head of the Ministry of Construction. ‘I do not care about these political squabbles that suit Ukrainian politics.'”
Shirokino a “Smokescreen” to Cover Up War Crimes of Kiev – Purgin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 2, 2015 / DONETSK / The international community is showering attention on the situation in the village of Shirokino in the DPR’s Novoazovsk district, while turning a blind eye to the crimes of the Ukrainian security forces in other parts of the Republic. This was stated to DAN today by the Chairman of the National Council Andrei Purgin. “For the time is saved in Shirokino difficult situation [sic], this town became a smokescreen,” the spokesman said. “The international community is trying to focus attention on Shirokino in order to ignore other crimes by Kiev on the territory of the DPR.” In particular, according to the speaker of parliament, foreign observers are much less willing to visit Gorlovka, which is constantly exposed to attacks by Ukrainian law enforcers. “OSCE observers are constantly traveling to Shirokino, and reporting on it on western TV shows. Discussion of the situation in this settlement shall be submitted to the contact group talks in Minsk,” said Purgin. “At the same time, representatives of the OSCE somehow travel much less often to Gorlovka, which is now being intensively shelled by Ukrainian security officials.” Recall that on July 1, the DPR unilaterally declared Shirokino a demilitarized zone. The next day the militia left the village. On July 4, STSKK and OSCE leaders held talks in the village on the final demilitarization of Shirokino. It was proposed to deploy in the village a post Monitoring Group, composed of representatives of Kiev, Russia, Donetsk and the STSKK with the participation of the OSCE. However, according to STSKK, Kiev later abandoned this [plan]. Currently UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] units are still in the village. As stated by DPR Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov, the Ukrainian military regularly visits Shirokino, and there is already marked evidence of looting by them. Editor’s note: Shirokino has received Western attention possibly because it lies en route to the key Azov sea port of Mariupol, which has been falsely portrayed as a “Russian target” for the creation of a “land bridge” to Crimea, and was also the site of a false flag attack last January.
Ukrainian Security Forces Prepare Shelling, Staged a Rally in Mariupol – Defense Ministry / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 2, 2015 / DONETSK / Investigators of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic received information about the preparation by the Ukrainian authorities of a major provocation in occupied Mariupol, the deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps Eduard Basurin said today. “It is known that today Kiev authorities are planning to hold a major provocation in the city of Mariupol in the guise of ‘patriotic’ meeting,” said zamkomkorpusom [sic]. “To this end, activists with posters and banners were brought from the cities of Kherson, Odessa and Nikolayev to attend the rally under the guise of local residents. Increased activity of movements of MAT heavy weapons suggests that the Kiev junta plans to accuse the armed forces of the DPR of the application of the protesters artillery strike [sic],” added Basurin. According to media reports, the beginning of the rally in Mariupol is scheduled for 17:00. Organizers are acting in support of the Kiev authorities and against the demilitarization of Shirokino villages and other areas along the contact line. In connection with the apparent unpopularity of such slogans among residents of Donbass, [this rally] “does not exclude the participation of activists from other regions.”
Ukraine in ‘Talks’ to Buy Coal From Lugansk People’s Republic / Sputnik / August 2, 2015 / Ukraine is holding talks with the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to buy coal, the republic’s prime minister [see editor’s note] Gennadiy Tsypkalov told journalists on Sunday. The country faces a heating crisis as it lacks the amount of coal needed to last the winter, according to Ukraine’s prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The country’s energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told Ukrainian television on Saturday that Ukraine would buy coal from “problematic directions.” “The thing is that they are today holding talks for purchases. This actually exists. But for now Ukraine is not ready to recognize us as a business partner. We are ready and holding talks on this subject,” Tsypkalov said. Tsypkalov did not make clear the nature of the talks. Shipments from coal-rich Donbass largely ceased as a result of Ukraine’s military conflict with independence-seeking local militias. The head of Ukraine’s national electric utility Ukrenergo said on Friday that it may begin electricity shut-offs as long as 2.5 hours at a time if the country is unable to maintain adequate coal reserves. Ukraine refused to continue buying natural gas from Russia in July, instead opting to buy “reverse” flow natural gas from neighboring EU countries at a smaller volume. Editor’s note: Tsypkalov’s title, according to other sources, is “Chairman of the Council of Ministers”. We have referred in the past to Igor Plotnitsky as “Prime Minister”, that being, to our knowledge, the his title at the time of the fall 2014 elections.
U.S. Propaganda: It’s Not Just False but Absurd / by Eric Zeusse / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 3, 2015 / It’s so ridiculous, no intelligent and informed person would give it any serious consideration whatsoever. It insults the public’s intelligence. Here’s a typical example of the ridiculousness of U.S. propaganda: On July 16th, the U.S. State Department issued a «Ukraine Travel Warning». It says: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and recommends those U.S. citizens currently living in or visiting these regions to depart… Russia-backed separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts. Despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, violent clashes between combined Russian separatist forces and Ukrainian forces continue in parts of the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths. The ceasefire agreement established a de facto dividing line between Ukrainian government-controlled and separatist-held areas of Ukraine, with numerous checkpoints controlled by government and separatist forces. Individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at separatist checkpoints… The Department of State also warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula, which is occupied by Russia. The Russian Federation is likely to take further actions in Crimea throughout the remainder of 2015 consistent with its attempted unlawful annexation and occupation of this part of Ukraine.” . . . MORE>>
Ukraine’s Rivne Region Might Start Uprising Against Kiev / Sputnik / August 2, 2015 / Ukraine’s Rivne Region is on the brink of war with the government in Kiev, said Yevhen Deidei, a Ukrainian soldier who fought in Donbass and is also a member of parliament in the Verkhovna Rada, according to TV Channel Zvezda. Local authorities are tired of the current government’s criminal policy and are ready to take up arms to defend their rights, Deidei said. Rivne residents contacted Deidei who arrived to the region to check out the situation personally. He was horrified by what he had seen: corruption of government officials and the poor economic situation of local residents were widespread. Under the current circumstances, local residents have no other choice but to defend their rights with arms in hand. Rivne will soon become the “second Donbass”, the Rada MP concluded. If things get heated in Rivne, Ukraine won’t be able to survive fighting on two fronts; the government will quickly crumble to pieces. That’s why something has to be done quickly to avoid the second military conflict in Ukraine. The problem has to be “solved now and drastically,” Deidei said. Meanwhile, violence in Ukraine’s southeast continues, despite the February ceasefire agreement signed by representatives of Kiev and the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Belarusian capital Minsk.
NatzGuardia fires rubber bullets on local miners | Video Eng Subs / Fort Russ / August 1st, 2015 Rivne Oblast – West Ukraine: On July 29th, Police and National Guard in Dubrovitsa, Rivne Oblast, used non-leathal weapons against local citizens. Policemen stopped the operation of several amber mines, detained several workers at the same time. Local citizens demanded their release, but negotiations with police and local officials became deadlocked, shootings protesters with plastic bullets, and the use of flash grenades. See videos at source.
NED Is a CIA Front. No Wonder Russia Shut It Down / Russia Insider / July 31, 2015 / Despite what Washington Post who gave space to its President would have you believe. Founded by the CIA, funded by US Congress and headed by a neocon the National Endowment for Democracy was an instrument of a regime-change-minded foreign government. The Washington Post’s descent into the depths of neoconservative propaganda – willfully misleading its readers on matters of grave importance – apparently knows no bounds as was demonstrated with two deceptive articles regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin and why his government is cracking down on “foreign agents.” If you read the Post’s editorial on Wednesday and a companion op-ed by National Endowment for Democracy President Carl Gershman, you would have been led to believe that Putin is delusional, paranoid and “power mad” in his concern that outside money funneled into non-governmental organizations represents a threat to Russian sovereignty. The Post and Gershman were especially outraged that the Russians have enacted laws requiring NGOs financed from abroad and seeking to influence Russian policies to register as “foreign agents” – and that one of the first funding operations to fall prey to these tightened rules was Gershman’s NED. […] But there are several salient facts that the Post’s editors surely know but don’t want you to know. The first is that NED is a U.S. government-funded organization created in 1983 to do what the Central Intelligence Agency previously had done in financing organizations inside target countries to advance U.S. policy interests and, if needed, help in “regime change.” . . . MORE>> Quemado Insitute comments: Setting issues aside and looking straight at problems in need of solutions, both NED and the CIA are complex objects. Aiding the current Kiev regime and subverting the Russian government are pet NED unethical projects. Putin’s banning of NED was indeed justified.
Nevertheless, the CIA performed one, if only one, excellent deed in its history: assisting in the flight of the young Dalai Lama when China invaded sovereign Tibet, murdering tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of civilians and destroying a 5,000-year-old religious culture by demolishing some 6,000 monasteries, leaving only a handful standing for propaganda exploitation. The young Dalai Lama desperately needed support, and an uncaring world turned its back, their neglect threatening the ancient Tibetan spiritual heritage. In a rare good move, the CIA and NED stepped in. NED still supports the exiled Dalai Lama, the true Tibetan Head of State and spiritual leader for millions of Buddhists. Be mindful that this may be the only ethical activity they have engaged in. Tibet wants and deserves freedom and recognition just as Donbass does. The world is not black and white.
Poroshenko Wants to Change Crimea’s Status / Sputnik / August 1, 2015 / Kiev plans to grant Crimea the special status of territorial autonomy within Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko’s official website said. The statement was published ahead of the Second World Congress of Crimean Tatars that started on Saturday in Turkey’s capital Ankara. “Our plans include the development of a program to provide Crimea — the historic homeland of the Crimean Tatars — the status of national and territorial autonomy within the Ukrainian state,” Poroshenko said. Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian President promised to return Crimea, which in the spring of 2014 re-united with Russia following a referendum. The Black Sea peninsula called a referendum following a bloody uprising in Kiev, hailed by the Western governments as a “democratic revolution,” although there was nothing democratic about it. After all, “forceful ousting of an elected president amounts to a coup,” the daily observed. In March 2014, more than 96 percent of Crimeans voted in favor of splitting with Ukraine and joining Russia.
Belgian Farmers to Organize Mass Protest in Brussels Next Month / Sputnik / August 2, 2015 / Tired of asking authorities for help, Belgian farmers took a decisive move, announcing a mass demonstration planned in Brussels for September 7, Russian TV Channel Zvezda reported. The September protest will take place on the same day as the emergency meeting of EU agriculture ministers, who will meet to try and solve the continent wide agricultural crisis. The meeting promises to be a difficult one. The situation in the agricultural sector is poor, as farmers’ losses have amounted to an astonishing €5.5 billion. The ministers meeting will include talks on developing government support measures for European milk producers. But the main demands of farmers, especially those who produce milk and meat, are to raise prices, so small farms won’t go out of business. Then, to lift embargo, so EU farming produce could be sold in the Russian market. The decrease in food prices is partially caused by the oversupply of farming products in EU markets. In the past, the EU would export much of its farming products to Russia, but the Russian food embargo has caused the overproduction of food. Last year, the Russian government banned imports of certain food products coming from a number of European countries in response to anti-Russian sanctions imposed earlier by the United States and the EU. The list of products, first prohibited to be imported in Russia in August 2014, comprises meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.