Donetsk Lugansk News Aug 17-19 2015

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

OSCE Gates Open One Way, Ignoring Deaths of DPR Civilians – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 19, 2015 / The OSCE Mission gates open only one way, as they ignore the deaths of civilians due to shelling by Ukrainian security officials. This was announced today at a press conference by the DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko. “I regret that the OSCE does not record that our residents are shelled. They have not entered into the record any of the dead over the past two weeks. And it turns out that this is a game with only one goal. When someone is killed on the Ukrainian side, then the OSCE keeps records. And when on our side, there are no records. These are double standards,” said Zakharchenko. Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported that the victims of attacks by the Ukrainian security forces since this week began were 17 civilians, with 45 people injured.

Ukie troops near Popasna, Donetsk Oblast, Aug 18, 2015 (--AFP/ Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukie troops near Popasna, north of Debaltsevo, Donetsk Oblast, August 18, 2015 (–AFP/ Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Kiev Gathers Huge 65,000-Strong Army on Frontline Near Donetsk / Sputnik / n violation of the Minsk ceasefire agreements, the Armed Forces of Ukraine has deployed heavy weapons and a large number of troops to the frontline in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region, Russian media outlets said. The reports came amid intensified artillery shelling exchanges between the warring sides in the area, including near the city of Mariupol. The Armed Forces of Ukraine has deployed a considerable number of men along the entire frontline, estimated to comprise of about 65,000 soldiers and officers of different subordination, level of training and motivation. This number includes between 68 and 70 battalions, comprised of 26 battalion groups plus separate company units. The Ukrainian army’s General Staff finally shifted to the battalion group tactics, reshuffling various kinds of troops after defeat in Debaltsevo. Given this development, the army’s recent shelling of the village of Sartana on the outskirts of Mariupol can be seen as nothing more than an attempt to drill the interaction of these battalion groups. Right now, several army brigades remain on the frontline, including the 24th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade and the 92nd Motorized Infantry Brigade, armed with eighteen Grad multiple launch rocket systems and self-propelled artillery platforms, as well as six tanks . . . MORE>>

Primorskoye (--weather-forcast) Click to enlarge.

Primorskoye (–weather-forcast.com) Click to enlarge.

Militia identify location Kiev shelled Mariupol from / TASS / August 19, 2015 / The intelligence service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has identified the location of the artillery of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, from where they shell Mariupol, spokesman for the DPR Defense Ministy Eduard Basurin told reporters on Wednesday. “The intelligence service of the DPR militias has confirmed the location of the Ukrainian army’s artillery west of the populated locality of Primorskoye [20 kilometers northeast of Mariupol on the line of demarcation], at the road junction from where they shell the city of Mariupol,” Donetsk News Agency quotes him as saying. “To carry out its provocations, the regime of [Ukrainian President Petro –TASS] Poroshenko resorts to killing civilians, not only in Donbas but also in the territory controlled by it,” Basurin said. Earlier on Wednesday, DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko said that Mariupol was shelled from the Ukrainian positions near the frontline. He noted that the remaining military equipment of the Donetsk republic within the contact line in the south of the republic was not capable of reaching this area. On Monday, the US State Department accused militiamen of making attacks in the north and east of Mariupol. The militia in turn blamed Kiev for the shellings.

Fireworks explode after Crimean referendum, March 16, 2014 (--EPA/Yuri Kochetkov)

Fireworks explode after Crimean referendum, March 16, 2014 (–EPA/Yuri Kochetkov)

East Ukraine’s Donetsk Republic Will Hold Referendum To Join Russia? [Not true] / Infowars.com / August 19, 2015 / Referendum is scheduled to take place some in early to mid November. / Following the 2014 Crimean referendum which saw the Black Sea peninsula join Russia shortly after the Ukraine presidential coup and ensuing territorial conflict between pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow regions, many speculated it is only a matter of time before the Donetsk region, subsequently elevated into People’s Republic status, which has been engaged in constant warfare with the Kiev army (which is in such bad shape it recently drafted a disabled man without arms) would follow suit. We now have the answer. Having waited for over a year for the Ukraine civil war/conflict to be relegated to back page status, if that, Putin has finally given the green light, and as Xinhua reports, leaders of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” are planning to hold a referendum on seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia, the Donetsk-based Ostrov news agency reported Wednesday. The referendum is scheduled to take place some in early to mid November, or specifically two to four weeks after the Oct. 18 local elections, said the news agency. The ballot papers for the referendum designed in the colors of the Russian flag have already been printed, it said. And while neither the rebel leadership nor the Ukrainian authorities have commented on the report yet, the modus operandi is strikingly familiar to what happened in Crimea. Should Donetsk indeed proceed with a popular secession vote . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: Andre Purgin denies the many reports of a planned referendum: “I would not rule out a referendum sometime in the future. It would be a logical continuation of the ‘Russian spring’, … The statements of the Ukrainian mass media about the referendum are traditional stuffing. Similar messages were too the 12 of May this year. They wrote that allegedly brought the ballots for the referendum for joining to Russia already marked with a checkmark. Another stuffing of Ukrainian media is an attempt to discredit the political line of the Republic. Actually they give us a nice idea speaking about the referendum.”

Ruble performance (--marketrealist.com) Click to enlarge.

Ruble performance (–marketrealist.com) Click to enlarge.

Ruble to become main currency in LNR on Sept. 1 / Russia Beyond the Headlines / August 19, 2015 / The council of ministers of the self-declared Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) has decreed that the Russian ruble will become the main monetary unit on the territory of the LNR starting on September 1. “For the purposes of taking measures to stabilize the monetary system, and also in connection with the conduct of financial operations predominantly in Russian rubles on the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the sharp decline of the hryvnia cash supply… to order that the main monetary unit on the LNR is the Russian ruble,” the LPR council of ministers said in a decree, the text of which was published on the website of the Lugansk information center. According to the document, on the territory of LNR, “the circulation of the Ukrainian currency – hryvnia, U.S. dollars and euro is permitted, and also transactions in cash or non-cash forms in hryvnia, U.S. dollars and euro.” “The payment of public sector salaries, pensions and other social payments, set in accordance with the current legislation, is carried out in Russian rubles,” the decree said.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko Video: Minsk Agreements Disrupted, We Have to Be Victorious (English subtitles) / Introduction by Alexrpt / Red Pill Times / August 18 / The US-EU funded Ukraine army has amassed 65,000 troops to try (for the 3rd time) to destroy Donbass. Now that Ukraine has received unconditional financing from the IMF, regardless of their economic meltdown, Victoria Nuland’s orders are to restart their campaign of terror on the East. Was there ever any doubt that Victoria Nuland and Ambassador Pyatt would not live up to the Minsk agreement and lead their new country called Nulandstan (aka Ukraine) into another conflict (Ukraine civil war #3) in an effort to bring total chaos to Europe, try and destabilise Russia, and distract Ukraine citizens from the economic disaster the Maidan has brought about. Editor’s note: A partial version of the original August 16 video is available at source. The following is a transcript of the subtitles. DPR PM Alexander Zakharchenko: “… Also I would like to note that we shouldn’t relax. Achievements are achievements, but the situation that is developing at the front lines, I can say that it clearly shows that the enemy is readying to attack. From all the ‘music’ (shelling) that you hear every evening you clearly understand what is going on. As of today on the front lines, we are confronted by about 82 battalions and tactical groups. Personnel-wise it’s about 65,000. Forward units are deployed in an attacking manner, therefore expectations that it will end peacefully — we have none. The Minsk agreements in reality are disrupted. And ahead of us is a lot of work. We have to be victorious. We have to build the state. We have to make the life of our people worthy. This is the duty of all of us.”

Mariupol left, Sartana left center, Sakhanka just NE of Shirokino (--russiadefence.net) Click to enlarge.

Mariupol left, Sartana top left of  center, Sakhanka NE of Shirokino (marked) (–russiadefence.net) Click to enlarge.

DPR Defense Ministry disproves US reports of militia attack on Mariupol / Novorossia Today / August 18, 2015 / The Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has denied statements of the US State Department that the militia allegedly attacked the northern and eastern parts of the city of Mariupol in east Ukraine. “The DPR troops are at their positions and are not making any attacks. By far-fetched accusations, the official is trying to divert the public’s attention from preparation of aggression by the Ukrainian army, as well as justify the blame of the Kiev regime for massive shelling of the DPR inhabited localities in which women, children and old people are killed,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying. The ministry said the militia does not react to provocations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and adheres in full to the Minsk Agreements. On Monday, the US State Department accused militiamen of making attacks in the north and east of Mariupol. The United States claims Kiev violates the ceasefire in Donbas for self-defense. The DPR Defense Ministry said Monday the situation in Donbas acquired “a crisis nature.” As a result of a night shelling of the republic’s territory from the positions of the Ukrainian army, five civilians were killed and 14 wounded. [… More background at source.]

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin Explains Why Ukraine Shells Residential Areas of Donetsk / Glagol.su / Edited autotranslation / August 18, 2015 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic gets more complicated by the day. This was stated today to DAN at a briefing in the press center of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps by deputy commander Eduard Basurin. “I want to draw your attention to the fact that the Ukrainian security forces used shelling of populated areas to divert attention from the redeployment of its troops to the line of demarcation. There are escalating enemy forces in their sectors and they prepare them for aggression on the territory of the DPR and LPR,” he said. According to him, DPR intelligence revealed to the arrival to the front of 47 new units of new military equipment, as well as electronic warfare stations. “In the direction of the settlement Lugansk, 25 units of tracked armored combat vehicles (tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, MTLB) were moved; near the settlement of Novgorod there arrived 5 self-propelled artillery units; near the settlement Verhnetoretskoe arrived a convoy of 15 military vehicles; near the settlement Freely they are moving 2 units of MLRS “Grad”; near the settlement of Svetlodarsk they have relocated military equipment, allegedly an electronic warfare station,” listed zamkomkorpusom. In addition, it fixes the arrival of trains with tanks at the stations in the settlements of Volnovaha and Hlebodarovka. “All of the above facts indicate direct training of the armed forces of Ukraine in order to begin the fighting, which implies disregard by Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine – approx. DAN) for the obligations assumed before the leaders of the Normandy Quartet,” he concluded.

Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher "Grad" (--rt.com)

Ukrainian multiple rocket launcher “Grad” (–rt.com)

Grim toll of rising Ukrainian shelling in Donbas, eastern Ukraine / NewColdWar.org / August 18, 2015 / The following is a compilation of eleven news reports that provide some overview of the scale of the recent escalation of shelling and other military activity by the Ukrainian armed forces and the extremist paramilitary forces allied with it in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Below those news reports is the daily report for August 16, 2015 of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This typical, daily report is especially lengthy. The New Cold War.org website does not provide daily reports of the military situation in Donbas. Given the scale of Ukrainian violations of the Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement of Feb. 15, 2015, this would be a task beyond our means. We do report on the overall political and military situation. Readers who wish to read or research the situation day by day are recommended to go to the news sources cited below, among others. As for relying on Western media sources, there are none which report . . . MORE>>

Ghost Brigade Fighter Anna Novorossiysk Interview / by Alexander Alekseev, Recent News of Donbass / Red Star Over Donbass / August 18k 2015 / ‘Better to be shot in the chest standing upright than get a knife in the back, on your knees’ / On August 18, 2015, in the city of Alchevsk, I had the opportunity to chat with a fighter, war correspondent and beautiful woman who belongs to the Ghost Brigade of Alexei Mozgovoi — Anna Novorossiysk, call sign “Bagheera” [Panther]. AA: Anna, tell me what you prompted to join the Ghost Brigade? AN: I began my journey in the militia of San Sanych Bednov (Batman). We all became part of the 4th Brigade of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LC). There I was in the service, I held a respectable position with the rank of Lieutenant. I believe that when people defend their land, not thinking of money, and after a while get “high-profile” posts and titles, and even a decent salary, they can still remain the same as other militia who have put their chests forward for the nation and homeland. It’s strikingly different with those soldiers who come to “serve” the motherland only after seeing the promise of wages. What sort of defender of the country is that? This is selfish desire. Many such people, who seek only to benefit themselves, began to appear in the 4th Brigade. Therefore, after the death of Batman, I couldn’t stay there any longer. Neither rank nor title nor salary can outweigh my life principles, the need to remain among people worthy to call themselves defenders of Novorossiya. And among Ghost are just such fighters and commanders. AA: What do you do in the Brigade? AN: I’m a war correspondent of the Ghost Brigade. . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: This inspiring interview is worth reading in its entirety.

Pyotr Ilyichev (--russiaun.ru)

Pyotr Ilyichev (–russiaun.ru)

Russia calls on Kiev to establish direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk — diplomat / TASS / August 18, 2015 / UNITED NATIONS / Kiev should establish a direct dialogue with the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk for sustainable de-escalation of tensions. It is also necessary to achieve progress in implementing the Minsk political agreements, Pyotr Ilyichev, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations told a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday. The diplomat said that active and fruitful dialogue was needed within the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement and its working groups with an aim to implement the February 12 package of measures to implement the Minsk agreements, which have been muddling through of late,” Ilyichev said. “It is obvious that without progress in implementing the Minsk political agreements and the establishment of Kiev’s direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk, it is going to be impossible to move towards the final settlement and achieve stable de-escalation,” Ilyichev told the UN Security Council meeting devoted to the United Nations interaction with regional organizations. . . . MORE>>

Vladimir Putin (--Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Vladimir Putin (–Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Putin: Kiev, not militias is to blame for escalating violence in Ukraine / TASS / August 18, 2015 / SEVASTOPOL / Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes that the situation in the Donbas region will not amount to open large-scale clashes between the militias and the Ukrainian army and that he believes there is no alternative to Minsk-2. “I hope that it will not come to direct large-scale clashes,” he told reporters. “As for the Minsk-2 agreement, I believe there is no other alternative for resolving the situation and that peace will prevail in the long run. Our task is to minimize the losses, with which we will come to this peace,” he added. The Russian leader also noted that the blame for the current escalation of violence in Ukraine rested with Kiev rather than the militias. “Unfortunately, today we see the escalation, and the blame for this rests not with the militias, it rests with the opposite side,” he told reporters. Meanwhile, the Russian side has evidence that the Ukrainian army is amassing troops and military equipment in Donbas. “It was the Donbas militias that suggested withdrawing all military equipment with caliber under 100 mm. Unfortunately, the opposite side didn’t do that. On the contrary, according to the available data, it is concentrating its units there, including those reinforced with military hardware,” Putin said. However, he declined to comment on remarks by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko regarding the Russian president’s trip to Crimea. In response to a request to comment on these statements, Putin recalled that Crimeans had closed the chapter on the issue of the future of the peninsula during the referendum.

Petro Poroshenko

Petro Poroshenko

Putin’s visit to Crimea continues aggravating tensions — Poroshenko / TASS / August 17, 2015 / KIEV / A visit to Crimea by Russia president Vladimir Putin continues aggravating tensions, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote in Facebook on Monday. Putin’s arrival in Ukrainian Crimea without prior agreement with the Ukrainian authorities is a challenge to a civilized world. It continues the scenario of aggravating the crisis in Donbas. Such trips are leading to further militarization of the Crimean peninsula and are pushing it to greater isolation. Crimea has a future, including in the sphere of tourism, only if it remains part of Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president said. Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting of the presidium . . . MORE>>

Kiev Furious Over Ukrainians Going to Crimea for Holidays / Sputnik / August 17, 2015 / An endless number of Ukrainian cars keep crossing the border into Crimea, as Ukrainians come to the Russian peninsula for holidays, Ukrainian news channel Uapress.info reported. In response, Ukrainian radicals have urged to make lists of “traitors,” who decided to take their vacation on the Russian peninsula and threatened to punish them later. “I recently spoke with Ilya Kiva, the deputy head of the Kherson regional department of the Ukrainian Armed forces. He said Ukrainians are going to the occupied Crimea for holidays en masse. According to their car plates, holiday-goers are from Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov and Kiev,” Ukrainian politician Dmytro Korchynsky said, according to the source. Korchynsky was worried by the trend and said Ukraine should make the list of those who chose to go to the peninsula . . . MORE>>

German experts to visit damaged Donetsk republic facilities — source / TASS / August 18, 2015 / MOSCOW / German experts are planning to visit two damaged water supply facilities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), which pump water to both sides of the line of contact, a well-informed source told Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday. “The German experts are due to arrive at the end of August. They are planning to visit the Donetsk filtration plant and Seversky Donets-Donbas Canal in Gorlovka regularly shelled by the Ukrainian army,” the source said. The agreement on the visit of foreign experts was reached on August 3 in Minsk during the latest meeting of the economic subgroup of the Contact Group on Ukraine. Seversky Donets-Donbas Canal is the only source of drinking water for residents of the Donetsk republic. The canal was severely damaged by the Ukrainian Army’s artillery bombardments last August.

Mukachevo protesters demand a special status for Transcarpathia and recognition of Rusyn minority / Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / August 18, 2015 / “In Mukachevo, Rusyns hold march and rally against Right Sector terror, for peace, and a special status for Transcarpathia.” The “Association of Carpathian Rusyns” and the “Coordinating Committee of Rusyn Organizations of Transcarpathia” organized and held a march and rally in downtown Mukachevo. Rusyns marched through the city center under Rusyn and Hungarian flags and laid flowers at the monument to Aleksandr Dukhnovich, said the online coordinator of the Rusyn Movement, Petr Getsko, to “Russian Spring”. The demonstrators marched through Peace Square with such banners as “No extremism and terrorism in Transcarpathia”, “Poroshenko, recognize the people’s referendum”, and “Rusyns – an ancient Slavic people” among others. As the leader of the Rusyn organization, Ladislav Letsovich, pointed out in this speech at the rally, the goal of the rally was to demand that the central authorities of Ukraine recognize the status of Transcarpathia as a special, self-governing territory in accordance with the results of the Transcarpathian regional referendum of 1991. The rally then adopted a resolution, the text of which was read aloud by member of the Coordinating Committee of Rusyn Organizations of Transcarpathia, Bogdan Lakatosh. The resolution of the rally was titled: “For a special status for Transcarpathia and recognizing Rusyns as a national minority.” “Participants of the rally “For a special status for Transcarpathia and recognizing Rusyns as a national minority,” held in Mukachevo on August 15, express their deep concern about the situation prevailing in the region and in the country as a whole. The policies effected by the Kiev authorities headed by President Poroshenko, have actually left Ukraine on the brink of a national catastrophe. Total impoverishment of the population . . . MORE>>

Monday, August 17, 2015

OSCE says east Ukraine shelled by Grad rocket launchers / TASS / August 17, 2015 / VIENNA / International observers monitoring the ceasefire in Ukraine reported on Monday that Grad rocket launchers had been used in recent days to shell settlements in the country’s east. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s special monitoring mission (SMM) to Ukraine observed damage caused by shelling and conducted several crater analyses in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, SMM monitors said in their latest report. Analyses of eight fresh craters in the Krasnoarmeyskoye settlement, subjected to shelling on August 14, indicated that “they were all caused by Grad multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS, 122mm) originating from a westerly direction”, monitors said. Similar conclusions were reached after visiting the settlement of Telmanovo on August 16. “The SMM analysed 16 craters and concluded that they were caused by MLRS (122mm BM-21 Grad) fired from a west-south-westerly direction,” the report said. “The SMM observed that some houses were heavily damaged and a transformer providing electricity to the village was destroyed.” Last weekend, SMM monitors also visited four Ukrainian Armed Forces heavy weapons holding areas. “In two areas a total of eight MLRS (122mm BM-21 Grad) previously recorded were absent,” the report said, adding that at Donetsk’s heavy weapons holding areas the mission verified “all previously registered weapons were present”. The overall situation in the Luhansk region remained relatively tense, monitors said, noting “a significant increase in ceasefire violations” observed in areas north-west of the city of Luhansk. [ … More history on OSCE at source.] Editor’s note: Google maps shows Krasnoarmeyskoye in Kiev-held territory near Slavyansk, some 80 km north of the contact line. If correct, Grad rockets fired from the west indicate Ukraine attacked its own settlement, likely a false flag operation. Attacks from the west-southwest on Telmanova, which lies near the contact line in DPR territory some 50 km northeast of Mariupol, would originate from Ukrainian positions as well.

OSCE SMM Chief Alexander Hug (--tageblatt.lu)

OSCE SMM Chief Alexander Hug (–tageblatt.lu)

Shelling of Sartana, near Mariupol, Probably a False Flag / Quemado Institute / August 17, 2015 / Reports on social media indicate the massive shelling of Sartana, a settlement just northeast of the port city of Mariupol, that occured around 10:00 PM Sunday evening, August 16, was conducted by the Ukraine military as a false flag operation. Several reliable Twitter sources have confirmed this today. Enrico Ivanov tweeted at about 18:30 UTC August 17: “Local inhabitants accuse #Kiev of yesterday’s shellings on Sartana! Eastern outskirts of #Mariupol.” (Ivanov produces a photo of a report in Russian, which we regret cannot be autotranslated in image format.) Andrey Davydov tweets: “Yesterday @aavst & Kiev Nazi media accused rebels in shelling Sartana near Mariupol but locals apparently disagree with propagandists.” John Delacour tweets: “#Sartana – All the signs of a #FalseFlag it seems to me. Lots of ukro-fuss, very reminiscent of the grads in Mariupol & Kramatorsk.” The OSCE remains in the area and will produce a report on Tuesday.

Sarkana, northeast of Mariupol. (Click to enlarge)

Sarkana, northeast of Mariupol. (Click to enlarge)

According to Interfax-Ukraine: “Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) are still staying in the shelled neighborhood of Mariupol, in the settlement of Sartana, OSCE SMM Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug told Interfax. The OSCE SMM monitors came at 10.50 a.m. on Monday to Sartana to gather information about the incident, the monitors are still staying there, Hug told Interfax on Monday. The results of the inspection will be announced in an OSCE SMM daily report on Tuesday, he said. He said later that most of the shell holes examined by the monitors had formed as a result of the blasts by 120mm projectiles. ‘At the present moment the OSCE SMM has noticed 11 holes, mostly from 120mm projectiles and 25 damaged houses. Several civilians were also wounded,’ Hug said. It was earlier reported that the Mariupol neighborhoods had been shelled by heavy artillery weapons at around 10 p.m. on Sunday. As a result of the shelling of the settlement of Sartana, which is situated near the eastern outskirt of Mariupol, two civilians were killed and another six were wounded.”

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slavyanoserbsk (–weather-forecast.com) Click to enlarge.

LPR militia: Slavyanoserbsk, Oboznoye in LPR come under shelling by Ukrainian troops / Novorossia Today / August 17 / The settlements of Slavyanoserbsk and Oboznoye in Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have come under shelling by Ukrainian troops, LPR’s deputy militia chief Igor Yashchenko said on Sunday. “About 20 mines of 82mm caliber were fired at a cross-roads in the settlement of Oboznoye today. Slabyanoserbsk suburbs came under mortar shelling twice on Sunday,” LuganskInformCentre quoted him as saying. Yashchenko said it was impossible to say how many people were hurt as the shelling was not over.

3 casualties, 4 wounded in Gorlovka because of night shelling by Kiev forces, 16th August / Novorossia Today / August 17, 2015 / At least three civilians died and four were wounded as a result of night shelling of Gorovka. It has been reported today to DAN by the head of Gorlovka administration Roman Hramenkov. ‘We have 3 casualties, men aged of 84, 73 and 47. 4 more people got different wounds and they were delivered to the hospital’, he said. Moreover, 11 inhabited houses and children social center were destroyed.

Military Situation in Donbass. An August 17 overview of the present conflict in Donbass is presented in autotranslated form at the portal Discussio. Views of American Professor Stephen Cohen and military analyst Boris Rozhin (Colonel Cassad), among other prominent spokesmen, are included. The situation is on the verge of escalation. The process of DPR state building, such as independent central banking, makes it harder for Kiev to keep Donbass. Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko are under threat of new coup d’etat. Also a threat is the critical state of Ukraine economy. See autotranslated Discussio article at Last Thrust to the East – Poroshenko (Aug 17), or click here for original in Russian.

Donetsk Deputy Defense Minister Edward Basurin

Donetsk Deputy Defense Minister Edward Basurin

Kiev plans provocations to justify offensive in Donbass: Donetsk Defense Ministry / translated by Greg Butterfield / Red Star Over Donbass / August 17, 2015 / Ukrainian security services plan terrorist attacks on its territory on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day [August 24]. This was announced today by Edward Basurin, deputy commander of the Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). “I draw your attention to the fact that, according to DNR intelligence, Ukrainian security services are planning a series of terrorist attacks on its territory on the eve of the Independence Day of Ukraine in order to accuse the young republics of organizing sabotage against the Kiev authorities,” he said. According to him, “These actions by the Ukrainian security forces would then become an excuse to attack the Donbass.”

Expert: Possibility of Offensive Aggression by ATO Expected in Region of Donetsk / Adam Baum / August 17, 2015 / According DPR to intelligence, offensive APU can start in Kiev for a great date – August 24, the Independence Day of Ukraine. Over the past week or one day a self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk was not without casualties. As stated in the Ministry of Defence of the DNI, the number of attacks has decreased only 10 of August. But the next day the attacks resumed with renewed vigor. The situation in the south-east of Ukraine are increasingly re-called explosive. The target of the Ukrainian military are now not only the position of the militias, but also peaceful neighborhoods, sleeping areas, hospitals and kindergartens. In this regard, there is plenty of reason to talk about the impending attack Ukrainian troops. At the same time, Security Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov said earlier that Kiev is ready to impose martial law to the full mobilization and transition economy on a war footing. Military commentator Alexander Alexandrov in the studio LifeNews noted that the statements of staff of militia . . . MORE>>

Vladimir Putin (--TASS/Alexey Nikolsky)

Vladimir Putin (–TASS/Alexey Nikolsky)

Putin calls external administration de facto imposed by Kiev humiliating for Ukraine / TASS / August 17, 2015 / YALTA / Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is confident that all difficulties in Ukraine will be over. At the same time, he called humiliating for the people of Ukraine the practice of the external administration in this country that has been de facto imposed by Kiev. “I am sure that despite all the difficulties of the current period of time, the situation in Ukraine will be rectified too, Ukraine will be developing positively and will depart from this disgraceful practice that we see today, namely, placing a whole huge European country under the external administration with key positions in the government and in the regions held by foreign nationals,” he said. “I think that all this is humiliating for the Ukrainian people,” Putin noted. The Russian president expressed confidence that this practice was yet to be assessed by the Ukrainian people. “Ukraine will recover and will be developing positively and will build its future along with Russia,” he said. Quemado Institute comments: Our recent reports show a number of Americans in the Ukraine government. US Presidential candidate Donald Trump (see our post Donald Trump: Ukraine is Europe’s Problem, Not America’s ) is against US involvement in Ukraine. His election might thus bode well for both Ukraine and Donbass.

Mohammad Javad Zarif with Sergei Lavrov, Moscow meeting, August 17, 2015 (--seattlepi.com)

Mohammad Javad Zarif with Sergei Lavrov at meeting in Moscow, August 17, 2015 (–seattlepi.com)

Lavrov: Kiev Preparing for Hostilities, Russia Ready for Normandy Four Meeting / Novorossia Today / August 17, 2015 / Lavrov:Recent events in Ukraine resemble Kiev’s preparation for hostilities. Russia is concerned about the developments in Ukraine, which are reminiscent of Kiev’s preparation for hostilities, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday following talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. “As for the situation with the implementation of the Minsk agreements of February 12, we are really very much concerned about the current state of affairs,” he noted. “I regularly discuss the issue with my colleagues. The other day I spoke with [US Secretary of State] John Kerry and [German Foreign Minister] Frank-Walter Steinmeier. We also conveyed the appropriate assessments to Paris as another country, which, along with Germany and Russia, is a guarantor of the Minsk agreements.” “We are concerned about the recent developments, which strongly resemble preparations for hostilities,” Lavrov said. According to the Russian diplomat, Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s statements about Russia’s aggression only demonstrated his inability to fulfill his commitments. . . . MORE>>

Elliot Higgins (--Russia Insider)

Elliot Higgins (–Russia Insider)

Who is the West’s Lead MH17 Investigator? Meet Detective Couch Potato / by Ulson Gunnar / New Eastern Outlook / August 17, 2015 / As tensions once again build in eastern Ukraine where a fragile ceasefire appears to be on the brink of collapsing and the deadly contest of wills between East and West begins anew, the West’s prize propaganda story, downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has again taken center stage. As part of a much wider campaign to demonize Russia and justify further encroachment east, attempts to cement the narrative that Russia was responsible for the incident before long-awaited investigations present their findings is well underway. While Russia has provided all documented evidence it possesses since the incident first occurred, data including recordings and radar readouts from NATO and Ukraine have been suspiciously withheld. Instead of presenting documented evidence, the United States and its partners in NATO have worked tirelessly to stand up innuendo and baseless accusations in its place. Perhaps understanding that appealing to the emotions of the general public rather than their intelligence and reasoning seemed a better strategy to achieve the swaying of global opinion against Russia. And perhaps a lack of actual evidence, or perhaps the existence of self-incriminating evidence has forced the United States and its collaborators to op for this alternate tack. While Russia drew upon its intelligence community and military assets to acquire and analyze information regarding the MH17 tragedy, the United States and NATO, despite their immense resources have turned instead to literally the most unqualified individual within their borders . . . MORE>>

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