Donetsk Lugansk News Aug 14-16 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Minsk Negotiations Derailed, We Expect to Advance (Video) / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation / August 16, 2015 / The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko at a meeting of the Political Council made OD “Donetsk People’s Republic” [sic]. He talked about the current situation in Donetsk, and most of all, about the military component. According to him, the Minsk process is derailed: the cities of the DPR are [tr?] preparing a major offensive in attacking, right from the front lines, [the placements of — tr?] about 65 thousand Ukrainian soldiers. Editor’s note: The video at source has no subtitles but is worth watching for non-Russian speakers. / In the last sentence above, it is unclear from the autotranslation whether it is the DPR or KIev that plan to launch an offensive.

Alexander Zakharchenko (--Russkaya Vesna)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–Russkaya Vesna)

Announcement from Zakharchenko, Ukraine Will Attack, Most Likely Early Morning / LiveLeak.com / August 16, 2015 / Leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, just gave an announcement: Ukraine is ready to go on the offensive. Today, Kiev has amassed on the lines of contact 65,000+ men. Advanced units are deployed in attack formations. Minsk-2 have really been torn up. We will have to fight, and have to win–it is our duty! LiveLeak Update: Heavy fighting has begun in Gorlovka (tank combat) that could suggest the attack has already been launched.

Kiev Forces Shelling Donetsk and Other DPR/LPR settlements. / Novorossiya News / August 16, 2015 / Kiev side uses all kind of artillery systems and military rocket launchers. Yesterday, Kiev military were moving additional military equipment including battle tanks to Artemovsk. Additional units of artillery and military rocket launcher systems were also moved to Shirokino and Sahanka. Gorlovka, Makeevka, Sahakna, Kominternovo, Panteleimonovka, Yujnaya Lomatovka, Staromihailovka and Donetsk came under fire of pro-Kiev forces. According to reports, from 3 to 5 locals were killed and injured. The Yelenovka settlement was also shelled by Kiev forces from the direction Taramchuk-Stepnoe-Berezovoe. Artillery shells hit the buildings of the “Noviy” factory. The tanks with chemicals are reportedly damaged there. Last night, the intense clashes including artillery duels were going at Volnovakha, Starognatovka, Nikolaevka and Avdeevka. Active movements of Ukrainian military equipment was fixed at the sector of Volnovakha. Meanwhile, firefights were observed at Donetsk, Peski, Opitnoe, Vodyanoe, the Yasinovataya checkpoint. The DPR intelligence has reported that Kiev moved 3 units of “Tochka U” missiles systems to the sector of Artemovsk, including the Chasov Yar settlement in 50 kilometers from Donetsk or 100 kilometres from Lugansk. The maximum range of the missiles system is 150 kilometers.

Ukrainian troops resume shelling of Gorlovka in DPR / TASS / August 16, 2015 / Ukrainian troops have resumed shelling of western suburbs of the city of Gorlovka in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) from tanks, a spokesman for the city administration said on Sunday. “They are shelling us again. They are using tanks. Shells are coming from Dzerzhinsk,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. The spokesman said the shelling might become heavier over the coming night. “Ukraine’s army always starts with tanks and then uses artillery,” he said, adding that so far there were no reports about the casualties. The city of Gorlovka is one of the hot spots along the line of contact in Donbass. According to the city administration, as many as 164 civilians were killed and 501 were wounded in shelling since January 2015. The city comes under shelling virtually every night. The DPR defence ministry said Ukraine’s army was shelling DPR territories in the nighttime since monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did not report ceasefire violations at night. [… More history at source.]

Ukrainian troops shell living quarters in Donetsk / TASS / August 17, 2015 / Ukrainian troops have started artillery shelling of living quarters in Donetsk, the Donetsk News Agency said late on Sunday. “Several shells exploded in Dneprodzerzhinskaya Street. The city is being shelled from heavy artillery. Shock waves broke windows in a number of houses. People are hiding in bomb shelters,” the agency said. So far, there is no information about casualties. [… More history at source.]

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Situation in Donbass: Excerpt from Russian Report / tvzvezda.ru /  Edited autotranslation / August 16, 2015 19:43 / “At this time the Ukrainian security forces are firing at Slavyanoserbsk. This is in the territory of self-proclaimed republic of Lugansk. According to local authorities, the mortars hit residential areas. In the DPR, the number of dead after shelling reached five. Eight civilians were wounded. At the headquarters of the militia there were reports that Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka and Telmanovo came under fire. Dozens of homes were destroyed. Shells hit schools and kindergartens. There are broken power lines. At the headquarters of the military operation it is claimed that Kyiv reserves the right to return to the front guns with a caliber greater than one hundred millimeters. The DPR argue that Ukrainian troops were put on high alert. This is the redeployment of powerful missiles. Security forces are ready to begin full-scale war in Donbass. This is confirmed by the sharp increase in the amount of military technology in all areas where the Ukrainian army could launch an offensive. At the contact line there are about 90 thousand Ukrainian soldiers.”

Sartana left center (Click to enlarge)

Mariupol lower left, Sakhanka (not shown) at center just northeast of Shirokino. (Click to enlarge)

Enemy Reports of Mariupol Shelling Are Likely False / Quemado Institute / August 16, 2015 / As of 21:15 UTC, Twitter is being spammed with enemy tweets claiming “rebels” are shelling Mariupol. These are likely false reports. There are no pro-DPR/LPR sources confirming an NAF attack on Mariupol. Known reliable Twitter source Shinobi tweeted at 20:30: ” BREAKING #Mariupol is not being shelled! Azov scum is shooting with grad from inside Mariupol to provoke action from #NAF #donetsk.” Reliable source Enrico Ivanov tweeted at 19:30 UTC: “About #Mariupol: Ukies are firing on NAF positions in #Sahanka with heavy artillery from inside the city. This is why people are scared.” Novorossiya tweets at 22:00 UTC: “The thugs of the Azov Battalion are the only aggressors in and around Mariupol. OSCE do yr job & report crimes of these thugs.”

slavaug16wDPR security services expose Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group / TASS / August 16, 2015 / MOSCOW / Security officers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have frustrated a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group, spokesman for the DPR defnce ministry Eduard Basurin said on Sunday. “A Ukrainian sabotage party was frustrated in a special operation of the DPR state security ministry on August 13. As a result, three Ukrainian militants were killed, one was detained,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. “No further details can be disclosed in the interests of the investigation.” He said however that the detained Ukrainian officer “has information about an offensive the Ukrainian army command is planning against the Donetsk and Lugansk republics.” Basurin added that DPR security services had exposed 11 such groups tasked to abduct DPR servicemen to later use them in fake reports about detention of Russian servicemen. Ukraine’s army has pulled three army units, more than 430 tanks, 132 multiple launch rocket systems and up to 830 artillery pieces and mortars to the line of engagement in Donbass, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the defence ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), said on Sunday. “The Ukrainian group in sector C consists of up to 22 battalions, 130 tanks, 950 armoured personnel carriers, 290 artillery weapons and mortars, and up to 35 multiple launch rocket systems,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Apart from that, he said, up to 26 battalions with 230 tanks and 75 multiple launch rocket systems have been concentrated in sector B. Up to 20 battalions, 75 tanks and 22 multiple launchers are deployed in sector M. “Over the day, Ukrainian troops have been building up weapons of a caliber more than 100mm along the line of contact in violation of the Minsk agreements the Ukrainian side put its signature under,” Basurin said. He said deployment of so many weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements evidenced Kiev’s preparations for a new phase of large-scale combat operations. “We call on the international community to take urgent measures to prevent inhumane and criminal plans of [Ukrainian President ] Pyotr Poroshenko to unleash a new spiral of combat operations and genocide in eastern Europe. It is not yet late to prevent a fire of a new war in Europe,” Basurin stressed. [… More history at source.]

Denis Pushilin (--TASS)

Denis Pushilin (–TASS)

Donetsk envoy to Ukraine peace talks to discuss with OSCE shelling of Donetsk / TASS / August 16, 2015 / Envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] to the peace talks Denis Pushilin will have emergency negotiations with the OSCE mission regarding the night shelling of the city. “We have filed protocols of violations with the Joint Centre for control and coordination of ceasefire and with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission,” he told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday. “Moreover, today I am having a meeting with the OSCE local mission, where we shall discuss the issue.” During the night to Sunday, Donetsk was under saturation fire. The republic’s defence ministry said under the fire were cities and towns along the entire front line. At least six people are reported injured and a few killed. On Friday, LPR head Igor Plotnitsky said heads of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics [LPR, DPR] were waiting for a response from the “Normandy Four” to Kiev’s failure to honour the Minsk agreements. “To date, [DPR head] Alexander Zakharchenko and I have asked the “Normandy Four” to speak out and have their say. They see and know that Ukraine fails to implement the Minsk agreements. We are waiting for their reply,” he said. [… More history at source.]

 (--OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(–OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka)

DPR suggests OSCE take three steps to normalize situation in Donbass / TASS / August 16, 2015 / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has come out with an initiative of three steps the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should make to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, DPR’s representative in the Contact Group on the Ukrainian settlement Denis Pushilin said on Sunday. Earlier on Sunday, he announced plans to hold emergency talks with the OSCE over the nighttime intensive shelling of Donetsk. “We have agreed on three provisions with the OSCE. Now they are negotiating them with their leaders. Step one in to check the withdrawal of weapons of a caliber over 120mm, since our territory is being shelled from Grad multiple launch missile systems,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Step two is to record all episodes of shelling. “It means the OSCE SMM (Special Monitoring Mission) and the JCCC (Joint Centre for Control and Coordination) should reach the sites of shelling and take efforts in the telephone contact regime to press for ceasefire, he said. Step three is to invigorate efforts towards the signing of a document on the pullout of weapons of a caliber less than 100mm. “We will do our utmost to get prepared for the implementation of these measures,” Pushilin pledged. Overnight to Sunday, Donetsk came under intensive shelling by Ukrainian troops. The DPR defence ministry reported shelling of the DPR territory along the entire line of engagement. According to updated reports, five people were killed and eight more were wounded. [… More history at source.]

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (--Reuters)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (–Reuters)

German Foreign Minister: Situation in Donbas “explosive” / unian.info / August 16, 2015 / Germany’s Minister of foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier called the situation in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation “explosive” and urged the parties to the conflict to meet for talks as soon as possible, according to the Bild am Sonntag. “The situation in eastern Ukraine is explosive. A lot is at stake. If the sides do not step on the path of peaceful settlement, we’ll get another round of military escalation,” said Steinmeier. In this regard, Steinmeier called on Ukrainian and Russian side to set up a meeting as soon as possible between military representatives of the parties to the conflict and members of the OSCE, to agree on the withdrawal of weapons. As UNIAN reported earlier, President of Poland Andrzej Duda offered his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko a new format of Donbas peace talks: with the participation of the major European powers, as well as the Ukraine’s neighboring states, including Poland.

Leonid Slutsky

Leonid Slutsky

Slutsky: The Peace in the Donbas disadvantageous West / mianews.ru / August 16, 2015 / Western countries absolutely do not need the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas. The Head of Committee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Leonid Slutsky is sure of it. The Deputy is sure that all parties to the conflict must actively continue to work on stabilizing the situation in the conflict zone in the Donbas not only in the framework of the Minsk meetings, but also in other areas and international stands. “Calming the situation in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements is obviously not satisfied with our strategic opponents in the West. They are doing everything possible to continue the shelling of Donbas, they do not care for the fate of civilians — elderly, women, children,” says Slutsky. The West however, according to the Russian parliamentarian, once again tries to wrongly blame the Russian Federation aggression. He did not forget to recall the recent visit of the French delegation to the Crimea, noting that “one of the strategic lies already failed — since the visit of French parliamentarians in the Crimea.” Then the Western media have not dared to spread misinformation about the presence in Crimea of a large number of Russian troops, low life and other tales.

John Kerry, Arseney Yatsenyuk

John Kerry, Arseney Yatsenyuk

Don’t Mess With Uncle Sam: US Gov’t in Total Control of Ukraine Parliament / Sputnik / August 17, 2015 / he future of all high-ranking positions in the Ukrainian government depends on decisions made by the US government, RBK Ukraine information agency reported. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced that he will propose the new list of the cabinet ministers in September for the country’s parliament to approve. Members of the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, say that the future resignations and appointments must be coordinated with the US Embassy in Kiev. “In America we saw the assessment of [Ukrainian] ministers. We understand that among those with whose work the US government is satisfied are Natalie Jaresko [an American-born investment banker and the current Finance Minister of Ukraine], the Minister of Economic Development (Aivaras Abromavicius), the Minister for Agriculture and Food (Oleksiy Pavlenko), who promised to privatize the public land, and the Minister . . . MORE>>

Eric Zeusse (--opednews.com)

Eric Zeusse (–opednews.com)

How & Why U.S. Media Do Propaganda Against Russia / by Eric Zeusse / Strategic Culture Foundation / August 17, 2015 / The owners of U.S. newsmedia know that in order to serve their fellow U.S. aristocrats who want to kick out Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin, so as to enable them to buy Russia’s natural resources (and highly educated work-forces) cheap via «privatizations», their PR campaign for their fellow aristocrats (their major advertisers) must be led by ‘respectable’ newsmedia, such as Foreign Policy magazine, and not by blatantly right-wing, obviously trashy, ones, such as Fox News. Overtly conservative, nationalistic, ‘news’ media wouldn’t be able to sell to anyone who isn’t already on-board with privatizations of government assets as being a fundamental «free market» principle (i.e, equating fascism — the actual originator of privatizations — with constituting ‘capitalism,’ confusing the two systems as being one-and-the-same). So: not only the fascist media are anti-Putin, but media that pretend not to be are also. Also important, however, is to black out entirely from all U.S. reporting, the U.S. Government’s now very active campaign to conquer Russia by installing next door to Russia, in its former buffer states (the Warsaw Pact nations), new NATO nations, such as Obama hopes to achieve in Ukraine by his February 2014 coup e’etat, which violently overthrew that nation’s then-neutralist democratically elected President, whom U.S. newsmedia very prominently reported was corrupt (in order to fool Americans into thinking that this was somehow a justified overthrow), while they didn’t report that all previous leaders of Ukraine had also been corrupt, so that this U.S. excuse for overthrowing Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych was entirely fake — not just illegitimate, but fake. . . . MORE>>

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Village Southern Lomovatka subjected to massive shelling by UAF / Novorossia Today / August 15, 2015 / At 15.00 Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted massive shelling of village in the LPR. Several inhabited houses were destroyed, hospital and electricity line. The military used 152mm artillery to shell Kalinovka and outskirts of Debaltsevo. Besides, they used 82mm mortars and small arms. Heads of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk republics [LPR, DPR] are waiting for a response from the “Normandy Four” to Kiev’s failure to honour the Minsk agreements. Editor’s note: Lomovatka lies about 18 km northeast of Debaltsevo.

Tochka-U missile (--Wikipedia)

OTR-21 Tochka-U missile (–Wikipedia)

Kiev Deploys Three “Tochka-U” Complexes in Artemovsk District – Ministry of Defence / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 15, 2015 / Investigations of the Donetsk People’s Republic revealed the fact of the arrival of Ukrainian “Tochka-U” missiles in the city of Ore near Artemovsk, the deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps Eduard Basurin said today. “In the area of the village Ore intelligence fixed the arrival of four units SEC 9K79 “Tochka-U,” said zamkomkorpusom. Ore is administratively subordinate the occupied the Ukrainian [city] of Artemovsk,located to the west of the city, about 50 kilometers north of Donetsk and 100 km west of Lugansk. The maximum firing range of the tactical missile complex “Tochka-U” is 120 km. According to Eduard Basurin, increased activity of the Ukrainian law enforcers to strengthen the strike force troops near the line of contact was observed later in the day. DPR Intelligence offered new facts on the transfer, in the direction of the front, of trucks with rocket launchers, heavy artillery, multiple rocket launchers, tanks and personnel. “Based on the data on the environment, command of troops in the area are ready to continue UAF fire strikes on positions of DPR units sun, on unprotected settlements and civilian infrastructure,” summed up the representative of the Ministry of Defense. Data preparation reaffirms Kiev’s desire to rip up the Minsk agreements and resume hostilities in Donbass.” […]

Combat Reports from TWITTER: Sergey Bobkov tweets at 21:30 UTC August 15: “Another night of Minsk2 CeaseFire in action. #Donetsk and Gorlovka shelled by Grad missiles.” Alex Bukovsky tweets at 17:30 UTC: “Multiple reports from #Donetsk say it was hit by Ukrainian MRLS Grad.” Meinte van Egmond at 17:30 UTC: “#Donetsk Ukraine is experiencing hell again. Where are you OSCE and Europe?? Probably just concerned like Steinmeier.” Gregor Martin retweeted Papandopulo at 17:30 UTC: “#Donetsk 22:24 Center – heard GRADs.”

Novoazovsk (--arsenalfordemocracy.com)

Novoazovsk (–arsenalfordemocracy) Click to enlarge.

Ukrainian Armed Forces Expose Front-line Villages of Novoazovsk District to Massive Fire / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 15 2015 20:52 local time / Ukrainian security officials later in the day are massively shelling front-line settlements in the Novoazovsk district in the south of the DPR. This was reported to DAN by the deputy head of the district administration Anatoly Yanovsky. “I am now in Bezimennom, during the day the barrage does not stop. Explosions could be heard in the vicinity of the settlements of Krasnoarmeiskoe, October, Primorsk,” the spokesman said. He noted that the firing is conducted from Mariupol. “There is no data on casualties or damage yet, but [people] cannot be contacted because of problems with mobile phones,” said Janowski. According to him, residents of the villages that came under bombardment … leave their homes and migrate to more peaceful regions of the DPR. Earlier today, the head of the village administration of Sahanskoy also reported to DAN on the firing of two frontline villages in the Novoazovsk area – Sahanki and Kominternovo. Front-line settlements of Novoazovsk are constantly bombarded from the position of the UAF. As of August 3 from the beginning, the Ukrainian victims of the shelling were 13 civilians in the area, another 33 injured learn. About 300 families were left homeless in Priazovye and about 600 homes were completely or partially destroyed.

Lugansk low center, Schastye top center

Lugansk low center, Schastye top center (click to enlarge)

Lugansk reconnaissance: Kiev military prepare attack on Lugansk / TASS / August 15, 2015 / Reconnaissance of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) has information the Ukrainian military are preparing attack on Lugansk, an official representative of the republic’s militia told the LuganskInformCentre on Saturday. “Our source at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has learned about organisation of an attack group of the so-called “Anti-Terror Operation” consisting of 92 and 54 mechanised brigades, which unite to 5,000 military, and soon with mighty support from the artillery they will begin an attack,” he said. “The main objective they have is to seize Lugansk.” He added the reconnaissance saw another pulling of weapons to Zolotoye and Schastye. “This is also confirmed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in the region,” the representative said. “They have fixed relocation of Ukrainian weapons to the front line between August 12 and 14.” [More history on the topic at source.]

Kiev may call offensive on Lugansk ‘preventive measure’ – militias / TASS / August 15, 2015 / A source in LPR’s defence ministry said earlier that Kiev was planning to launch an offensive with the goal of capturing Lugansk / MOSCOW / Kiev could say that its offensive in the Lugansk direction expected to begin later this month is a “preventive measure,” a military official of the Lugansk republic said on Saturday. “The offensive operation in the anti-terrorist zone is planned to be conducted as part of a ‘preventive strike’ with the goal of allegedly preventing an offensive by units of the LPR People’s Militias,” Col. Igor Yaschenko said. Kiev is preparing a mass smear campaign to “knock into people’s heads” that the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk republics plan to launch an offensive in violation of the Minsk peace agreements, he said. This shows again that Ukraine is doing its utmost to undermine the Minsk agreements. “Kiev just needed the Minsk accords to restore the combat capability and pull in forces to the contact line,” he said. A source in LPR’s defence ministry said earlier that Kiev was planning to launch an offensive with the goal of capturing Lugansk.

Kiev puts forces on high combat alert, Donetsk republic says / TASS / August 15, 2105 / Ukraine’s forces have been put on high combat alert in Donbass, defence ministry spokesman of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Eduard Basurin, said on Saturday citing intelligence. The Ukrainian army is “strengthening its combat potential” while the DPR is unilaterally withdrawing weaponry of less than 100mm caliber to the distance of three kilometers from the contact line, Basurin told the Donetsk news agency. The DPR’s defence ministry has repeatedly voiced concerns about Kiev’s military buildup in Donbass saying this is an apparent move to resume full-fledged combat actions. Quemado Institute comments: We have warned of the dangers of a unilateral withdrawal since the demilitarization of Shirokino (Quemado Institute: Shirokino Retreat: Gambit, Blunder or Outright Betrayal?), and have speculated this is a straitjacket maneuver by Moscow to sabotage DPR/LPR success. The old adage “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s fraud”, clearly applies here. The DPR unilateral withdrawal has been an unprecedented blunder, obvious to any casual observer. DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko probably did not originate the idea. No doubt he was under pressure. But by whom? (See Quemado Institute: What Is the DPR without Alexander Zakharchenko?) Most likely the Russian financial elite (See Fort Russ: Poroshenko’s Close Ties with Russian Elites). Even Vladimir Suchan, Russian analysis expert and Donbass supporter, lamented today on Twitter that DPR authorities are punishing certain NAF fighters for defending their country.

The Novorossiya Project Paid in Blood and Cannot Be Stopped – Oleg Tsarev / Russkaya Vesna / Edited autotranslation / August 15, 2015 / The Novorossiya Project is not stopped. Its fate depends on the implementation by Ukraine of the Minsk agreements. This was stated in an interview with “The Crimean telegraph” by the chairman of the Parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsarev. According to him, while the activity of the parliament of Novorossiya is frozen, and the authorities do not meet, the question of its future work is open. “Donetsk and Lugansk parliaments in due time adopted the Constitution of Novorossiya, and I am Head of the Parliament of Novorossiya. But as long as we are moving in the framework of the Minsk process, the legislative work of Parliament is stopped, and we are not forming executive bodies, and our parliament is frozen. On how events develop further will depend on the fate of our Parliament. In any case, the idea of Novorossiya is alive. People for its newspaper for leaflets, reviews on the Internet are now in prison, and many died [sic]. The Novorossiya Project paid in blood and it cannot be stopped,” said Tsarev.

Vladimir Markin (--en.sledcom.ru)

Vladimir Markin (–en.sledcom.ru)

Ukrainian Military Using Phosphorous Bombs Against Civilians in Donbass / Sputnik / August 15, 2015 / The Russian Investigative Committee has obtained evidence proving that the Ukrainian armed forces have used modern analogues of phosphorous bombs against civilians in southeastern Ukraine, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in Moscow on Friday. “We have received irrefutable evidence of the use by the Kiev forces of weaponry similar to phosphorus bombs,” Markin said, based on the conclusion of a forensic chemical analysis from soil samples provided by witnesses in the targeted areas. “The refugees bring in fragments of bombs and artillery shells, which maim and kill their loved ones. We have conducted more than a hundred tests, which all attest to [the war crimes committed by the Ukrainian military],” Markin said in comments, carried by Rossiya 24 TV channel. Independence supporters in eastern Ukraine have repeatedly accused the Kiev forces of using phosphorous bombs, which are banned by the Geneva Convention. White phosphorus can cause injuries and death in three ways: by burning deep into tissue, by being inhaled as a smoke, and by being ingested. Extensive exposure by burning and ingestion can be fatal.

Stephen Lendman

Stephen Lendman

Threat of US military confrontation with Russia intensifying: Analyst” / Novorossiya Updates / August 15, 2015 / PressTV “US generals and admirals all the time want more money for more war making and more imperial marauding around the world,” says an analyst. US military buildup in Eastern Europe over Ukraine’s conflict with Russia is increasing the probability of a destructive nuclear war between Washington and Moscow, an author and analyst in Chicago says. “The chance for a US military confrontation with Russia just grows and intensifies,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV on Saturday. “These two countries have maybe 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons with delivery systems that can hit targets with pinpoint accuracy anywhere on the planet,” Lendman said. A series of secret war games over the summer has raised concerns inside the Pentagon that US forces are not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia, The Daily Beast reports, citing defense officials. The outgoing US Army chief of staff, General Ray Odierno, said Wednesday that Russia is the top military threat to the United States. The general said the US had to increase its ability to move quickly to the region if needed, and increase interoperability with other NATO forces to counter Russia’s “aggression.”

US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Arrives during Dragoon Ride exercise in Liepupe, Latvia, 22 March 2015.

US Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Arrives during Dragoon Ride exercise in Liepupe, Latvia, 22 March 2015.

“America already spends more for militarism and war making than all other countries in the world combined,” Lendman said. “And yet the generals and admirals all the time want more money for more war making and more imperial marauding around the world, and Russia is seen as America’s number one existential threat.” He blamed Washington’s policies for the growing tensions with Moscow. “Russia wants peace and stability again; America wants endless wars.” “I am scared for the first time of my life that a war can happen between these two countries which would mean a nuclear war and utter devastation,” he stressed. An American military report released last month has warned of a growing probability of the United States fighting a war with a major power, Russia or China, with “immense” consequences. The report released by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, singles out Russia and China as aggressive countries and a threat to US security interests. The study points to the alleged presence of Russian troops in Ukraine as a source of tension between Washington and Moscow. Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crisis in Ukraine. The US and its allies accuse Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Moscow has long denied involvement in Ukraine’s crisis.

Ukraine press spokesman

Ukraine press spokesman Vladislav Seleznev

Kiev to Resolve Donbass Conflict by Military Means / by Tamara Zamyatina / Quemado Institute / August 14, 2015 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the United States plan to resolve the crisis in the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk militarily, bypassing the Minsk accords negotiated to bring peace, experts told TASS on Friday. Vladislav Seleznev, who heads the press service of Ukraine’s General Staff, told the Ukrainian Pravda newspaper that Kiev said via the West that the self-defense militias violate the Minsk agreements and that is why “we reserve the right to use artillery if our positions come under attack.” Donetsk republic’s Defense Ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said Ukraine’s forces had attempted to breach militia defenses in the Mariupol direction on August 10 using large-calibre guns, tanks and mortars. Kiev’s preparation for the offensive is confirmed by Poroshenko’s law signed on Tuesday on increasing defense spending by $250 million. Ukraine’s military expenses in 2015 already reach $5.5 billion. The US has promised to allocate another $500 million to finance the training of Ukraine’s military divisions and the Pentagon plans . . . MORE>>

Friday, August 14, 2015

Kiev Prepares for War, Actively Contracted Security Forces Bring Heavy Equipment to the Front – Ministry of Defence / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 14, 2015 / DONETSK / The Ministry of Defense has presented the leaders of the Normandy Quartet countries “with the request to pay attention to the preparation of the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] to a new phase of fighting Donbass. This was stated today to journalists by the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps deputy commander Eduard Basurin. “I appeal to the leaders of the “Norman Quartet” and the entire world community, please pay attention to the actions of the Ukrainian government, which ignores its international obligations and is deliberately preparing for war in Donbass,” he said. According to him, in just the last few days, 22 units of heavy equipment were deployed to the front lines. “According to our intelligence, on the western outskirts of the village Far, 6 self-propelled guns were airlifted, presumably from the 93 brigade. In Verhnetroitskoe a unit of up to 70 people was relocated, strengthened by a tank platoon and three self-propelled guns. In the area of movement of the four mentioned Netaylovo MLRS “Grad” [lsic]. In the Novgorod region a grouping Ukrainian artillery has been strengthened during the day by three rocket launchers and three howitzers D-30,” said the representative of the military. Basurin also drew attention to the fact that, since the aggravation of the situation in Donbass, for the past 5 days, the Ukrainian security forces fired over 5,600 shells on peaceful settlements. “Only with the use of multiple launch rocket systems “Grad” there were 1580 shells; artillery, caliber 152 and 122 mm there were 2013 shells. From 120 mortars and 82 mm were 1094 shells, 646 shells from tanks. This is evidence of the intention of the Kiev leadership to create conditions for the resumption of hostilities,” said zamkomkorpusom [sic]. Recall that according to the set of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement, which was signed by the Contact Group on February 12, artorudiya 100 mm caliber and above should be withdrawn from each other by 50 km, MLRS – 70 km, MLRS “Tornado”, “Hurricane” “Smerch”, as well as the rocket “Point” – 140 km. The parties must withdraw their weapons at equal distances … from the current line of contact, … a line fixed Minsk memorandum dated 19 September. The withdrawal was to be completed in the first half of March. Nevertheless DPR settlements still face heavy shelling by the Ukrainian security officials, including with the use of heavy artillery and MLRS.

Olexandr Turchynov (--Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Olexandr Turchynov (-Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Turchinov Told of Possible Imposition of Martial Law and Willingness to “Counter Russia” / Russkaya Vesna / Edited autotranslation / August 14, 2015 / The Secretary of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov predicts the introduction of martial law in case of transfer of Russian troops on the offensive in the area of the so-called ATO. He stated this today during an official visit to a Kiev armored plant. All this, according to Turchynov, indicates that Russia intends to disrupt the Minsk agreement and prepares a major offensive. The NSDC Secretary said that the situation in the zone of the so-called ATO is tense, and there have been recorded a significant increase in the number of artillery duels and the concentration of Russian troops on the border. “The number of attacks that we have seen shows that Russia is actually preparing to disrupt the Minsk Agreement and is preparing quite a serious attack,” Turchinov warns Ukrainians. The NSDC Secretary stressed that the Ukrainian army has been active defense and is ready to counter-attack. “If again Russian troops are used, of course, we will be forced to introduce martial law and a more powerful mobilization of the full potential that exists in the country,” he added. “That is why we are working on the problem, not only to repel the attack, but also to counterattack in case of attack,” said the secretary of the NSDC. Turchinov also said that on the eve of Independence Day, Ukrainian troops are on high alert because of alleged information available about the planned Russian provocation. Earlier it was reported that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has defined procedures of state bodies with the introduction of martial law. As previously reported by Russkaya Vesna, late last night the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the entry into force of the secret decision of the NSDC of Ukraine dated July 20 “On urgent measures to neutralize threats to national security” (“classified”). Judging by the rhetoric in the speech of Poroshenko at the meeting of the National Security Council on July 20, this decree includes a set of measures aimed not only against the People’s Republics LPR and DPR, but also against Russia. This statement by Turchinov, as the head of the National Security Council, reveals the content of a secret decree. We also remind you that yesterday, Mr. Turchynov attended MAT positions in Avdeevka, where there are soldiers who described him as “a complete moron.”

Dutch Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents ‘Confirms Western Involvement’ / Sputnik / August 14, 2015 / The Dutch government’s refusal to unseal information regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 flight crash indicates Western countries’ involvement, Christopher Black, a prominent Canadian international criminal lawyer, told Sputnik on Friday. / MOSCOW / Earlier, Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the actions of Dutch authorities in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeastern Ukraine, which was refused by the Ministry of Security and Justice. “The fact that they refuse to release the report indicates that the report would point to the West being involved, or the Ukrainians at least, in the shoot-down of that plane,” Black said. The lawyer added that the Dutch government would have released that report weeks ago if they had proof that Russia or Donbass militias were involved in the MH17 crash. [More on background at source.]

Ukraine’s Lviv region searching for 11,000 deserters, draft dodgers / Novorossia Today / August 14, 2015 / A total of 11,000 people suspected of dodging or deserting military service are on the wanted list in Ukraine’s western Lviv region, the press service of the regional prosecutor’s office says. According to the press service, the plan of a sixth wave of mobilization launched amid military conflict in east Ukraine has been carried out only by 47%. The regional prosecutor, Nikilay Fedyk, urged the police to take additional measures to establish their whereabouts and institute criminal proceedings against them, the press service said. Citing one of the reasons, the prosecutor’s office accuses certain officials of failing to inform people subject to mobilization. It also said that in the sixth mobilization, not a single person had been drafted in 367 settlements, after which 14 criminal proceedings were launched against local authorities. Earlier, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said three new waves of partial mobilization could be expected. The sixth, last for this year, mobilization began in Ukraine on June 19 and is expected to continue 60 days. The General Staff of the Ukrainian Army explains this with a tense situation in the east of the country. Meanwhile, each draft in Ukraine sees numerous refusals of young people to serve in the army. Evasion of military service, including escapes abroad, has become a large-scale practice. The Kiev authorities reacted to this by tightening criminal responsibility. A total of 139 people were convicted in Ukraine for dodging call-up last year.

Infighting? Seven NATO Members Seek to Cut Defense Spending / Sputnik / August 14, 2015 / Seven NATO nations are seeking to cut their military budgets despite strong opposition from the alliance, a diplomatic source in Brussels told RIA Novosti on Friday. / BRUSSELS / According to the source, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Canada and the United Kingdom are planning further decreases in defense spending despite NATO’s requirements to maintain defense expenditure at 2 percent of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The source said several countries, namely Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Romania, had pledged to increase funding for their armed forces, with France allocating for its military a lower amount than demanded by the alliance. In June, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg raised concerns over an expected 1.5-percent reduction in the alliance’s overall defense spending. In May, Russia’s Permanent Mission to NATO reported, citing the most recent estimates of Western experts, that the combined budget of the alliance’s 28 members exceeded a trillion dollars, of which the United States contributed $735 billion, while Russian defense spending amounted to some $60 billion.

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