Friday, August 7, 2015
DPR Poll Shows 2% Support Minsk, At Least 60% Want Separation from Ukraine / Vladimir Suchan / August 7, 2015 / The number of people, who support the DPR’s reunion with Russia, is growing, the center for sociological research “Special status” told the Donetsk News Agency about the results of the recent opinion poll. “The number of people, who see the future of the Donetsk People’s Republic in joining the Russian Federation, has grown from 33,8 to 43 percent since late April. 17% respondents are in favor of the DPR sovereignty. 18% of the polled support the establishment of a joint state with the Lugansk People’s Republic. The number of people, who see the future of the Republic as part of Ukraine, doesn’t exceed 11%. About 2% respondents support the special status of the DPR within Ukraine as separate subject in the federation. The opinion poll was carried out in 19 cities of the Republic in the first days of August. 5,900 residents have been polled. The poll’s margin of error doesn’t exceed 5%,” – the center said. The poll’s results suggest major changes in society. In late April, 42,8% respondents supported the DPR independence. At the same time, 33,8% were in favor of reunion with the Russian Federation, and 14,9% of the polled could see the future for the DPR within Ukraine.
TWITTER Report: Andrey Davydov tweets this photo at about 15:00 UTC August 7 with the statement: “1.5 hours ago in centre of Donetsk Kiev forces shelled highrise – another Western war crime.”
Poroshenko needs to keep his aircraft ready for a quick escape – says analyst / Adam Baum / August 6, 2015 / Events in Ukraine – unhealthy and sophisticated geopolitical game, writes columnist RT Steve Elliott, RIA Novosti reported. According to the analyst, all the wealth is in the east of Ukraine – heavy industry, coal mines and more. And Kiev is killing its own people for the sake of wealth. “Naturally, Kiev will fight like a cornered rat, and kill their own people to keep in the hands of ‘crown jewels,'” says Elliot. Elliott emphasized that now Ukraine – a country-disaster, the country bankrupt, driven crooks and bandits who are in debt to the other criminals in the EU. Also, the analyst noted that Poroshenko came to power thanks to the forces which were in the forefront of the soldiers’ right quadrant. “And that they should be afraid of him – Poroshenko and his team can be next, whom they vyvolokut out and shoot.” Elliott advised in his article Poroshenko, whom he described as “oligarch with a dubious past”, to keep a private jet ready for rapid escape.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Poroshenko Discusses Military Cooperation With US Congress / Sputnik / August 6, 2015 / The discussion involved topics in the military and military-technical spheres, as well as American investment into the country, reports the press service of the Ukrainian president. “The parties discussed closer cooperation between the United States and Ukraine in matters of cybersecurity in the military and military-technical cooperation and support reforms in Ukraine, particularly in the energy sector. Special attention was paid to attracting, protecting the US investments in Ukraine and privatization of US companies in our state,” the press service said in a statement, reports RIA Novosti. The two sides exchanged views on the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements . . . MORE>>
Second Civil War is Brewing in Ukraine – Stephen Cohen / Sputnik / August 6, 2015 / From the current looks of the situation in Ukraine, the country is almost certainly on the verge of a second civil war, notes the US historian Stephen F. Cohen. Cohen believes that the coming war will erupt between the Kiev-based national government, which is supported by Washington, and a growing far-right ultranationalists, which are growing in number in Ukraine. “Between the official government and the growing ultranationalist movement whose most powerful representative is the political and military organization known as the Right Sector, which some people say are neo-fascists as some of their batallions wear swastikas and some praise the nazi-regime. The pivot of their ideological thinking is an ethnically cleansed, purified Ukraine, above all without any Russians or Russian influence,” said Cohen. One of their demand from official Kiev government is to resume the offensive in the East of Ukraine and make no compromises with Moscow, which is basically the Minsk accords. “In the last few weeks it seems quite certain that the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, is seeking to comply with the Minsk Agreement, as he understands that this is the only way for him to retain his presidency,” added the historian. However, Cohen noted that as the ultra-right forces grow in strength they would not sit by and permit Poroshenko conduct peace negotiation with the representatives of Donbass, considering that there are ultra-rights within the Ukrainian parliament itself. . . . MORE>>
Former Ukrainian President Yanukovych Summoned for Interrogation in Kiev / Sputnik / August 6, 2015 / The Ukrainian General Prosecutor Office officially summoned ousted president Viktor Yanukovych for interrogation. Investigative and prosecutorial activities for the former leader are scheduled for August 11. The summons was published in a local Ukrainian newspaper. According to the document, Yanukovych’s interrogation is planned to take place in a department of the General Prosecutor Office in Kiev at 11:00 a.m. local time. The investigative activities are held within a criminal case under Chapter 5 of Article 191 (abuse of office) of the Ukrainian Criminal Code. On July 28, Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin said a trial in absentia for the former president had been launched. According to Shokin, a Kiev court accepted the evidence in the case submitted by the General Prosecutor’s Office and authorized the trial process. Yanukovych was ousted as President of Ukraine after a coup in February 2014 which also saw a change in the legislature. After Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, was stormed by protesters and Yanukovych’s party ejected, there was a vote removing him from power. The legislature then changed the country’s constitution and announced early presidential elections, which resulted in Petro Poroshenko’s election. Yanukovych was never officially impeached. Quemado Institute comments: This mock judicial procedure is a grave injustice to the still legitimate President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich. It is those who illegally removed him from office that should be indicted. We hope Yanukovich is not “detained” in Kiev.
DPR and LPR Demand EU Leaders Apply Energetic Measures to Force Ukraine into the World / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 6, 2015 / DONETSK / The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic today demanded that the leading states of the European Union exert pressure on the Ukrainian authorities to prevent the escalation of the conflict in the Donbass. An appropriate statement was made today by the Chairmen of People’s Councils of the DPR and LPR Andrei Purgin nd Alexei Karyakin. “We demand that the EU leaders take drastic measures to force Ukraine into the world. If necessary, the ‘Norman Format’ needs to be reassembled at the highest level,” said the speakers of the two parliaments in a statement received by the DAN. “We demand the Ukrainian punitive operations be stopped. Save our people from physical destruction.” Speaking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the chairmen of the People’s Councils asked them to comment on the “loud statements” of the Ukrainian leadership, contrary to the Minsk agreements. According to Purgin and Karyakin, Kiev rejected “not only the principles of the Minsk documents, but also the need for a peaceful, political settlement through equal dialogue.” “This course manifested itself in the last consultations in Minsk on August 3-4,” said the authors of the appeal. “The lack of progress is demonstrative of sabotage on the part of Ukraine. [There was] disruption even of examining the issue of the withdrawal of tanks and mortars, to which the DPR and LPR immediately gave full consent.” On Monday, August 3, the capital of Belarus hosted a meeting of the Contact Group for the peaceful settlement and its four thematic sub-groups, including the sub-group on security. A key topic of the talks was the preparation of an agreement on withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass tanks and weapons of caliber less than 100 mm. The Safety Subgroup continued talks on August 4th, but agreement on the text of the document was not reached because of the position of Kiev. Representatives of the People’s Republic in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego stated that the Ukrainian side has got a situation with a tap technology [sic] to a standstill. Full text of the statement by Andrei Purgina Karjakin and Alexei posted under “Legal Information”.
Ukraine Attacks Donetsk Tonight. Independent TWITTER reports indicate the Ukrainian Armed Forces are shelling Donetsk at approximately 21:00 – 21:30 UTC August 6. Stormbringer tweets: “Tank biathlon is happening now somewhere in #Peski area near Donetsk airport. / Intense battles continue in Donetsk outskirts > NAF arty is actively returning UAF fire. / Blackout in Donetsk – now in some districts – owing to a UAF direct hit. / Long-lasting UAF shelling of Octyabrskiy settlement of Donetsk > over 1 hour.” English Lugansk tweets: “Lights are blinking, volleys of large calibre. / Electricity down at Mirniy micro-ds, Solnechny is also dark as I can see. / 23:54 Donetsk center. Lights are blinking and booms. 23:58 Electricity down at Khmelnitskoho.” Maurice Schleepen tweets “Breaking, Donetsk region again under heavy Ukraine attack.”
Protesters Poured Fake Blood in Front of OSCE Observers in Donetsk / m.ria.ru / Edited autotranslation / August 6, 2015 / Hundreds of residents of Donetsk joined protests demanding that the OSCE representatives give quality coverage of events in the east of Ukraine. In front of the [Park Inn] hotel, home to the observers mission, protesters poured red paint, symbolizing the blood of residents of Donbass. Protesters brought paint in vehicles and then poured it in front of the hotel Park Inn, the Ruptly agency reported. Protesters also held posters: “People are dying because of you!” and “It’s time to open your eyes.” According to the protesters, the OSCE observers are biased in their coverage of events in Donbass in their reports. The participants of the rally were met by a representative of the OSCE mission, which has tried to respond to the allegations of the protesters. “We monitor, gather information and report. That’s all we can do. And we do this and we will do it for you and for the whole world,” she said.
Hundreds of people rally outside OSCE Donetsk headquarters demanding impartial monitoring / TASS / August 6, 2015 / Several hundred people are rallying outside the headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Donetsk, the Donetsk news agency reports. The protesters express their dissatisfaction with the work of international observers in the Donbas region, which they believe is biased. The participants in the rally are holding posters saying, “Your silence is killing children.” The demonstrators left at the doors of the mission’s central office the toys covered in red paint symbolizing the Donbas children who had died at the hands of the Ukrainian military. The OSCE representatives came out to talk to the protesters but refrained from making comments. “If the OSCE monitoring was impartial, peace would have long come to the Donbas region. The most amazing thing is that OSCE staff don’t tell people anything. Their answers to our complaints boil down to the fact that they would draw up reports,” a participant in the rally, teacher of a Donetsk school Svetlana Titova told the news agency. Another protester said that he had come from Gorlovka. “Our city is daily destroyed by the Ukrainian army, and you (OSCE) are keeping silent. Shame on you!” he shouted after which the observers went away. And the demonstrators began chanting, “Shame on the OSCE!” “This international mission called painting their cars vandalism, I see that their vehicles have long been washed, by contrast with their conscience,” the Donetsk news agency quotes one of the protesters as saying. The previous rally outside the OSCE headquarters in Donetsk demanding an end to Kiev’s aggression was held on July 23.
Azarov’s Government-in-Exile: Cynicism or Salvation? / by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / August 4-6, 2015 / Quemado Institute has suggested since the spring of 2014 that Vladimir Putin host a government-in-exile for Viktor Yanukovich, the technically legitimate President of Ukraine. Yanukovich fled Kiev, with the aid of Russian security, in February 2014 during the violent “Maidan” coup. He could not have remained in the capital; his life was in serious danger. Accused of the kind of illicit dealings rampant among Ukrainian officials, Yanukovich had become discredited, a fact which, along with disinformation concerning his alleged role in the Maidan massacre, was used to justify to his US-assisted overthrow. The Ukrainian citizens who sought to oust him apparently had impossible expectations of their leader, demanding exemplary behavior in an environment of unparalleled corruption. Yanukovich deserved proper impeachment proceedings in a safe judicial setting. More importantly, Ukraine deserved . . . MORE>>German left-wing lawmakers ponder visit to Crimea / rt.com / August 3, 2015 / MPs from the German parliamentary party ‘The Left’ have positively assessed the recent visit to Crimea by French lawmakers and said that they’d also consider the possibility of personal trip to the republic and assessment of the situation there. “I think that the French parliamentarian’s trip was a right thing to do. Being elected by the people it was their duty to tell and show the official French authorities, politicians and the society as a whole what is really going on in Crimea right now. This is a correct and demonstrative decision,” Bundestag MP Alexander Neu told Russian mass circulation daily Izvestia. He added that The Left had serious disagreements with other German parliamentary parties over foreign policy and this made it more appropriate for its representatives to make a personal visit to the Crimean Republic. Neu’s statement became yet another demonstration of intent from a European lawmaker made after the breakthrough visit to Crimea of a French delegation headed by MP Thierry Mariani (The Republicans bloc) in late July this year. When this visit was completed, Mariani told reporters that he and his colleagues found the people in the region to be free and happy, especially about the fact that they did not have to face the same situation as the people who live in Lugansk and Donetsk, currently engulfed in a civil war with Kiev authorities. He also added that in his opinion there were no grounds to keep the EU sanctions against Russia in place. . . . MORE>>
Euro Crisis May Drive Germany, France Out of Eurozone – French Politicians / Sputnik / August 6, 2015 / French politicians have lost confidence in Germany and Angela Merkel, arguing that German policy would lead to complete chaos inside the monetary union, DWN wrote. They claimed that a political union in Europe is difficult to imagine under the current circumstances and that it is only a question of time that either France or Germany would exit from the Eurozone. Shahin Vallée, former advisor at the French Ministry of Economy and the former EU Council President, has recently expressed his “disillusioned” opinion in the New York Times. He sharply criticized Germany and assumed that the tough stance of the latter towards Greece is just a prelude to what is to come: a fundamental conflict between France and Germany regarding the future of the European Union. . . . MORE>>
Can the United States Stop a War With Russia? / by Jack Hanick / Observer (also posted at Russia Insider) / August 4, 2015 / America is heading for war with Russia. Some call the current situation “an increase of hostility” or “Cold War II.” There are two sides to this story. I believe that American journalists from all political persuasions are not offering critical analysis. Understanding the Russian side and taking their arguments seriously can help prevent serious consequences. Americans believe that Russians are fed propaganda by the state-controlled media. If Russians only could hear the truth, the thinking goes, they would welcome the US position. This is not so. There are more than 300 TV stations available in Moscow. Only 6 are state-controlled. The truth is that Russians prefer hearing the news from the state rather than the Internet or other sources. This is different from almost any other country. It is not North Korea where the news is censored. Each night during the Crimea crisis, anyone could watch CNN or the BBC bash Russia. With regard to Ukraine, Russia has drawn a red line: It will never allow Ukraine to be part of NATO. Russia sees the US as the aggressor, surrounding Russia with military bases in Eastern Europe at every opportunity since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The US sees Russia as the aggressor against its neighbors. A small misstep could lead to war. This time the war will not be “over there.” The Russian bombers flying off the California coast on July 4th clearly demonstrate this point. Russians understand that the US has not fought a war on its soil since the civil war. If new hostilities start, Russia will not let the war be a proxy war where the US supplies weapons and advisors and lets others do the “boots on the ground” combat. Russia will take the war to the US. How did we reach this critical point in such a short time? . . . MORE>> (Jack Hanick recently completed the development of a state of the art television network in Moscow, built without government funding. Its evening news program broadcasts to 65 million homes in Russia across eight time zones. Previously Jack was a TV director, where he won the New York Emmy in 1994 for best director.) Quemado Institute comments: Hanick produces a warning: “Russia will take the war to the US.” This is apparently to drive his point home. The only scenario in which Vladimir Putin would declare war on the United States is if the US bombed Russia proper. Hanick’s entire article is well worth reading.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Contacts between Kiev and Donbas on political issues insufficient — Lavrov / TASS / August 5, 2015 / KUALA LUMPUR / Contact between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk on political matters are insufficient, Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday. “The most complicated issue is political process — constitutional reforms, Donbas special status, local election on the territory of the self-proclaimed republics,” Lavrov said, commenting on results of meetings of Contact Group’s sub-groups on August 3-4. “All this, I will repeat it one more time, should be done in accordance with the Minsk agreements and in coordination with representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk,” he added. “To our great disappointment, direct contacts between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk are obviously insufficient,” Lavrov said. “They take place only in the framework of Contact Group meetings and do not result in significant dialogue in full compliance with the Minsk agreements,” he added. Lavrov expressed hope, however, that “this situation can be overcome.” “I hope that this situation will be overcome in the nearest future, and that attempts to delay the implementation of commitments that are in line with the Package of measures from February 12, will not hamper [the sides] from reaching a result,” the foreign minister stressed. . . . MORE>>
Belarus: DPR’s Pushilin and LPR’s Deinego disappointed after Trilateral Contact Group meeting / Watsup Europe / August 4, 2015 / Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR/DNR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR/LNR) Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego spoke to the press in Minsk, early on Tuesday morning, after a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine and its working subgroups had finished. Both representatives expressed disappointment with the lack of progress made during the meeting. “The matter has not moved even to some pre-consensus stage,” said Vladislav Deinego, Contact Group envoy from the Lugansk People’s Republic. See Ruptly press conference video, with English Subtitles.
Donetsk republic calls for returning to Normandy format talks due to Kiev’s actions / Novorossia Today / August 5, 2015 / Ukraine’s Donetsk republic (DPR) calls for returning to the Normandy format (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) due to Kiev’s position in the Contact Group, DPR’s envoy Denis Pushilin said on Wednesday. “Kiev is already doing everything possible not to allow withdrawal of weaponry of less than 100mm caliber. Kiev has already tried to introduce amendments, exclude four positions from which Donetsk and Gorlovka are shelled… This situation should once again be raised in the Nomrandy format because Kiev is acting inappropriately,” Pushilin told Rossiya 24 TV channel. The meetings of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine and sub-groups started on August 3 and continued into the night. However, the sides failed to reach an agreement on one of the most pressing issues – signing the document on gradual withdrawal of tanks, armored personnel carriers and weaponry of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line. The sub-group continue negotiations on Tuesday but no final deal was made. The Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) envoy to Contact Group Vladislav Deinego said that the sub-group will present two versions of the document on weaponry withdrawal at the next meeting of the Contact Group on August 26. One version will outline disagreements on separate points of the document coordinated by the Contact Group. The second version will state Ukraine’s position “after it refused the coordinated version.” On July 18, the Donetsk and Luhansk republics (DPR and LPR) announced their plans to unilaterally withdraw heavy weaponry from the engagement line. By late July, said it had completed the withdrawal of weaponry of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line, leaving tanks only in “hot spots” to the north of Donetsk and in Debaltsevo. LPR also completed the withdrawal of weaponry from the contact line, leaving tanks and armored vehicles only on positions near the Schastye settlement. On July 21, the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement reached an agreement on phased withdrawal of weaponry of less than 100mm caliber by both sides.
Donetsk: Powerful Explosion in Territory of Chemical Plant / Russkaya Vesna / Edited autotranslation / August 5, 2015 / In the evening of August 5, there was a powerful explosion in Donetsk. Around 19:30 a strong explosion occurred on the territory of DKZHI (Donetsk state factory of chemical products). Above the town rose a column of smoke. The locals have reported that before the explosion they heard a sound like the flight of powered projectile. According to another version, this was a diversion.
“The Committee for Salvation of Ukraine” wants to take the whole Ukraine back / by Kristina Rus / Fort Russ / August 4, 2015 / The creation of “The Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine” is the most important latest development in the Ukrainian crisis. Listening to former Prime Minister Azarov yesterday and his counterpart, presidential candidate Oleynik made me want to both cry from joy and applaud at the same time. This development is so critical and such a sign of a turning tide and a breath of fresh air, that I wanted to translate the entire 2 hours of it, but thankfully RT has already done the job for me. Despite the many reasons that could be named about why Ukraine should be broken up, we should not loose sight of the fact that the ultimate prize and the ultimate solution to the crisis is to get the entire Ukraine back from the grip of evil ultra-nationalism and divisive russophobia. Putin can not do that for Ukraine. Ukraine must heal itself. And this is where the “Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine” comes in. Yes, it is headed by a prime minister from the government of Yanukovich, but it is sufficient to compare the economic data before and after Maidan to see that the current government of Ukraine is leading it on the path to self-destruction. The goal of the Committee is to unite people from Ukraine not connected to either the current or the previous government to lead Ukraine to its salvation. Azarov had rescued Ukraine three times, and his policies always produced economic growth and increased prosperity of Ukrainian citizens. . . . MORE>> [Video available at source.]
No discussion of Yanukovych criminal prosecution by Ukraine salvation committee — ex-PM / TASS / August 3, 2015 / The issue of possible criminal prosecution of Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych was not discussed by the Committee for Salvation of Ukraine, the country’s ex-premier and the committee’s chairman, Mykola Azarov, said on Monday. “A lot of criminal cases have been opened against him in Ukraine and I don’t know how grounded they are,” he told journalists. “Let us wait and see. I think that when Ukraine finally has normal democratic authorities, with a normal legal system, all who have ever committed crimes or offences will have to be liable for them. If there are any charges against Yanukovych, he, as a Ukrainian citizen, should have a possibility to defend himself. Anyway, investigation of his cases should be objective and unbiased.” Azarov also said that neither Yanukovych nor people from his circle would join the Committee for Salvation of Ukraine. “It is a disputable question and I always try to avoid extremities, but when the committee was discussing this issue, we’ve decided that those who had close ties with Ukraine’s former president should not join the committee,” Azarov said. “Naturally, I will obey this decision as a chairman.” Meanwhile, Igor Markov, a former Verkhovna Rada (parliament) lawmaker, said that Yanukovych “was to blame no less than the current regime.”
A “Dirty Bomb” False Flag Imminent? / by Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / August 4, 2015 / Let’s look at two significant news pieces, the first that Poroshenko called an emergency session of the war council today, and three days ago that western press starting to create buzz about Novorossiyan ‘rebels’ creating a ‘dirty bomb’. It is difficult not to want to put these together and concede the possibility that something is in the works. There are good reasons for this, there is not only a precedent for these in this conflict, but they arose at similar times. The last few times that the US tried this, with the downing of MH-17 and then the ‘shelling of Mariupol’ false flag, the US felt unable gain the upper hand either through regular proxy combat or its policy of terrorism upon civilians. While nothing is guaranteed to happen, this definitely means we should be on the look out for such an event in the very near future. Oleg Tsarev of the DPR also expressed similar concerns . . . MORE>>
Poland Intends to Take Part in Resolving Conflict in Donbass / News Front / Edited autotranslation / August 5, 2015 / The newly elected President of Poland Andrzej Duda expressed a desire to participate in the negotiation format on the settlement of the military conflict in Donbass. According to him, negotiations should be conducted in a new format, in which the world can enhance the international conference with the participation of Poland and “the rest of the neighbors of Ukraine.” In addition, Duda has expressed the conviction that it is necessary to restore the former border of Ukraine because it is first “a guarantee of European order.” Quemado Institute comments: Duda’s me-too scenario, requiring an entirely new agreement, would only spark more hostilities. The Minsk Agreements were finely tuned for acceptance by both warring parties. Duda’s incomprehension of this is a sign of ignorance.
Report from Militia of Novorossiya / Posted by resident Donetskayu, tweeted by Vladimir Suchan / vk.com / autotranslation [verbatim] / August 5, 2015 / “You tell me, fathers commanders why you allow us to gradually kill? Let Zakharchenko, which we chose, explain to me what he meant when he said:” Do not wait, Peter A., we will not give in to your provocation ” What does it mean? Kill us, please, just not immediately and quickly, and one by one, slowly! We’ll take technique unilaterally, we will not overwhelm your firing point, we observe the regime of silence! What silence? The whole year Gorlovka wash from the face of the earth – and we have a truce? Who needs it? I hate such a truce. My parents and brother still live there. But every night I dream that someone died, someone was killed or crippled. I’m scared every minute. I’m afraid to answer the phone call, I’m afraid to miss a call. I can not get the drugs for mother, and when I brought it from Russia, I do not know how to smuggle in Gorlovka. And there are not only my old man! There’s people live, their there are many out there children went to kindergarten, but at night it was bombed. Lord, we believe in as Russia, so we are waiting for her political solution. After all, we so easily destroy the damn truce!”