Saturday, August 22, 2015
Pushilin: US pushes Poroshenko toward war; Berlin and Paris push toward peace / Fort Russ / August 21, 2015 / The representative of the DNR Dennis Pushilin considers that Poroshenko is not independent in his decisions. He has to fulfill the orders of Washington, Paris and Berlin. Denis Pushilin, plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of Donetsk at the talks in Minsk, on Friday told reporters that the leaders of France and Germany, François Hollande and Angela Merkel, are trying to turn the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko toward a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Donbass. “The United States urges Poroshenko to more aggressive action. Merkel and Hollande will try to restart the situation onto a peaceful course,”- said Pushilin, commenting on a report that Poroshenko will return to Berlin on August 24. This comes on the eve of a meeting of representatives of the contact group to resolve the situation in the Donbass, which is scheduled for August 26 in Minsk. According Pushilin, the departure from Kiev of the Ukrainian President on Ukraine’s Independence Day once again confirms his lack of independence in decision-making in the country. “His meeting with Hollande and Merkel has shown that there is no independent Ukraine. On Independence Day, he has to be in the country, but they’ve called him on the “carpet”, – said the vice-speaker of the National Assembly of the DNR. Ukraine celebrates the Day of Independence August 24. This national holiday was established in honor of the adoption of the Supreme Soviet of the Act of Independence of Ukraine. Today, this date is considered the establishment of the Ukrainian state in its present form. That day Poroshenko will be forced to participate in a meeting with the leaders of France and Germany. After that, the Ukrainian president will travel to Brussels, where the heads of the European Union will hold a summit, to which Poroshenko is summoned.
MH17 May Have Been Shot Down by Ukrainian Su-25 – Air Force General / Sputnik / August 22, 2015 / In 1985-1988, Rutskoy participated in the Soviet military campaign in Afghanistan and served as commander of an assault squadron. During the war, he conducted 485 combat flights on the Su-25 assault fighter. According to him, the left side of the Boeing’s cabin was damaged which resulted in the deaths of the crew members. Rutskoy said that fact disproves the version that the aircraft was shot down from an anti-aircraft missile system because it does not hit a specific part of the aircraft’s body. He also underscored that a Su-25, which was reported near the Malaysian airliner by an unidentified Ukrainian serviceman, is capable of reaching the altitude at which the Boeing was flying that day. “In Afghanistan we flew on the Su-25. When we had to hit a target, we took off and reached an altitude of 7,000-10,000 meters. Then we turned off one of the plane’s engines . . . MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: The idea that the MH17 was shot down by the SU-25 emerged right after the tragedy and has always seemed the most consistent explanation. The OSCE observer, who was first at the crash site, saw from a cockpit fragment that the pilot had been deliberately shot by heavy fire, originating not from the ground but from the air. Carlos @Spainbuca, the Kiev air traffic controller whose tweets give a real-time account of the shootdown, claimed the aircraft was not downed by one of the fighter jets. His claim, however, does not disprove the theory. While knowing the events in the tower, Carlos may not have known events in the air some 600 kilometers distant.
Ukrainian Conflict Parties Continue to Deceive Each Other – Austrian Media / Sputnik / August 22, 2105 / On Monday, the leaders of Ukraine, France and Germany will hold talks in the format of “Norman troika”, Contra Magazin wrote. The meeting will be held without Russian President Vladimir Putin. Journalist Andre Eric Keller believes that it was Poroshenko who insisted on the trilateral meeting without Vladimir Putin in order to gain more support from French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to Keller, Russia did not like this development of events, but reacted in a very diplomatic and peaceful way. “This is not the Norman format, but a trilateral meeting of the representatives of Germany, France and Ukraine. And we are, of course, closely following its preparation. We will also look carefully at its results,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Keller hopes that the talks will be followed by concrete action. According to the journalist, Poroshenko is not willing to fulfill provisions of the Minsk Agreement and promote the laws that guarantee the country’s eastern regions an autonomous status. Kiev is trying to create the illusion of implementing the agreement, while insisting on the preservation of the territorial integrity of the country, the journalist wrote. In October, the Donbass militias are going to hold their own elections, a step that also violates the Minsk Agreement provisions. Both sides are deceiving each other and pursuing their personal goals. Kiev wants to retake the breakaway regions, while Donbass militias continue to fight for their independence, Keller wrote. Quemado Institute comments: Keller is close to being right on most points. But he falsely alleges the planned Donbass elections “also violate the Minsk Agreement.” The fact is, the planned DPR/LPR elections are an attempt to unilaterally abide by Minsk, after Kiev violated the Package of Measures by failing to pass the required election laws.
Round table discussion in Moscow over Donbass / Fort Russ / August 22, 2015 / Leaders of an incomplete “Normandy Quartet,” consisting of France, Germany and Ukraine, are to meet August 24 in Berlin. Ukrainian constitutional reform will be on the agenda. Participation by Russia and the People’s Republics of Donbass is not in view. This has caused confusion among the Russian experts who met in Moscow on August 20 at a round table to share their expectations about the agenda of the Berlin meeting and the fate of the Minsk Agreement. The head of the OSCE special monitoring mission, Ertugrul Apakan, in his report to the special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on the situation in Ukraine, noted that the situation in the Donbass is deteriorating. Shortly before that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also expressed concern because of the events of recent days in Ukraine, stressing that the behavior of Kiev is very suggestive of preparations for more combat. Against the background of such news, roundtable participants shared their views on the situation in the neighboring country. Ukraine is ready to break into pieces. Director of the International Institute of the newest states Alexey Martynov drew his colleagues’ attention to the fact that recently a US analytical center published a study which shows that the division of Ukraine is being discussed in Kiev. “I think that the meeting of August 24 will be devoted to this issue,” -suggested Martynov. “Then there is a lot of interest . . . MORE>>
John McCain launches NATO STRATCOM in Riga / Fort Russ / August 21, 2015 / On Thursday, August 20, Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma delivered the opening address at the high-level session “The Role of Strategic Communication in the Process of NATO Transformation” of the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, and expressed gratitude to NATO partners for their contribution to Centre’s development and acquisition of experience, reports BC press secretary to the Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga. “Currently, the Member States’ societies are challenged by new propaganda techniques. Together, we have to find the right answers and solutions to these challenges to strengthen true democracy,” said L. Straujuma at the opening of the conference. L. Straujuma noted that the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence will make a significant contribution to strengthening the Alliance’s capabilities. “It is our job as political leaders to turn the Centre’s expertise and recommendations into practical policy measures at the level of both NATO and the Member States,” said the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister emphasized that Latvia is committed to strengthen the Alliance by increasing defence budget to 2% of GDP by 2018. If in 2012 strategic communication seemed something mystical, now it is the reality, President Raimonds Vejonis said during the official opening of NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOM) in Riga yesterday. The president emphasized the importance of strategic communication in today’s digital era and hybrid war threats. […] The main objective of the Center, which was established in Riga last July, is to strengthen information security, protect the public space of NATO countries against disinformation and lies, be engaged in the formation of the Alliance’s strategic communications doctrine, prepare and establish the best practices on how to expose hostile propaganda, and counter information attacks. . . . MORE>>
Friday, August 21, 2015
Kiev’s Renewed Assault on Donbass to Trigger US-Russian War – Stephen Cohen / Sputnik / August 20, 2015 / There are some worrisome signs emerging that Kiev may be planning a new military assault against Donbass, Professor Stephen F. Cohen notes, warning that a US/NATO involvement in the civil war in Ukraine may potentially prompt a backlash from Russia, leading to a direct standoff between the two nuclear powers. There are growing signs that Kiev may soon launch an offensive against the two breakaway republics in Donbass, professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Stephen F. Cohen emphasizes. “I am convinced that if Kiev, semi-trained as it may be by American and other Western soldiers, launches an all-out offensive on Donbass, that the Kiev army as presently constituted… will either be dramatically defeated or destroyed. There won’t be any army anymore. It is no match for thirty thousand rebel soldiers who are defending their territory… who have at their rear their moms, their pops, their kids, their grannies. They are defending their homeland,” Professor Cohen underscored. Stephen F. Cohen emphasized that despite Western media labelling the Donbass independence supporters as Russia’s “proxies,” trying to deprive them of humanity, the people of eastern Ukraine MORE>>
Is an Ukronazi attack imminent? Yes! So what else is new? / The Saker / August 21, 2015 / Novorussian officials have called a press conference today to warn about the high risks of an Ukronazi assault on Novorussia in the very near future. I have asked our translation team and friends to subtitle the video of this press conference and I hope to get it in the next 24 hours or less. The press conference was unique in that Edward Basurin, the Deputy Defense Minister and spokesman for the Novorussian armed forces showed a map with what he described as the Ukrainian attack plans: While I don’t doubt for one second that the Novorussians have pretty much near perfect intelligence about the situation in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine and the plans of the junta (all that provided courtesy of the Russian GRU), I have to say that what this maps shows is extremely predictable too and not fundamentally different from what the Ukronazis tried last year: surrounding and cutting off Donetsk from Lugansk and taking control of key parts (or even all) of the Ukrainian-Russian border. Basurin also quoted the figures for the junta forces and those are in line with what others, including Cassad, have reported. The Ukronazi force is most definitely numerically large. Basurin also warned that the attack would be preceded by a false flag MORE>>
Frontline Summary: Kiev has Finished Preparations for All-out Military Operation in Donbass / Novorossiya News / August 21, 2015 / “DPR Intelligence has released a plan of Kiev to break the Minsk agreements and start a full-scale military operation in Donbass. After artillery preparation fire against positions of the DPR Armed Forces, Kiev military will start an offensive from the Mariupol and Debaltsevo sectors in the direction of the Uspenka settlement to take control of the border with Russia and prevent locals’ fleeing to Russia. At the very same moment, Kiev forces will advance in the direction of Ilovaisk to encircle Donetsk from the South and North. In the Lugansk direction, pro-Kiev militants are planning to exercise separate military actions against LPR Armed Forces. The aims are to move to block the border with Russia and exclude capacity of LPR military to help in the DPR battle ground. Kiev strategists hope to defeat the defenders of Donbass and to destroy people’s republics on account of these actions. On august 20, 3 Kiev cutting edges of military power were formed and established at the contact line. There are 5 separate mechanised brigades, 2 separate batte tank brigades, 1 artillery brigade and 1 group of military rocket launchers systems in the Mariupol sector. The cutting edge includes over 22 000 of the military personnel, more than 130 battle tanks, 560 APCs, 55 MLRS units, 200 artillery guns and mortars, 720 armor-defeating weapons. 5 separate mechanised brigades, 1 separate battle tank brigade, 2 airmobile infantry brigades, a rocket . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: the second half of the article lists specific UAF military preparations across the front.
With 2,200 buildings destroyed, town of Gorlovka becomes hottest spot of Donbas / TASS / August 21, 2015 / The city of Gorlovka in south-eastern Ukraine has been recognized as the hottest spot along the line of contact in the Donbas region. According to the City Hall, 164 civilians were killed there between January and July in the artillery bombardments by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, 501 people were wounded. The city saw the greatest number of children’s deaths from shell bursts – 16 in the first six months of 2015. The artillery bombardments are registered daily, as a rule, during the night. More than 2,200 buildings in Gorlovka have been fully or partially destroyed by the shelling, head the city administration Roman Khramenkov told Donetsk News Agency. “In Gorlovka, 1,978 houses in the private sector have been destroyed and about 198 multi-storey houses, 80 schools and hospitals . . . MORE>>
Juncker to receive Poroshenko on 27 August / EurActiv.com / August 21, 2015 / European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels next week with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about the tattered ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the EU said Friday (21 August). Juncker will meet with Poroshenko next Thursday (27 August) to discuss “implementation of the Minsk agreement”, Commission spokeswoman Annika Breidthardt told reporters. An escalation in fighting is threatening a peace deal signed in February in the Belarus capital of Minsk between the pro-Western Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists. The Brussels talks will follow meetings Poroshenko will have on Monday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, who were both present at the Minsk agreement’s signing. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not participate in the meeting. A communiqué of the Ukrainain President says that the meeting in Berlin is “aimed at the formation of rigid coalition on countering Russian aggression”. “The key task of the Ukrainian authorities is to form a powerful international coalition that will stop the aggressor. These clearly coordinated actions are related both to countering the aggression in the East of Ukraine and non-recognizing the annexation of Crimea,” Poroshenko is quoted as saying. The Ukrainian leader says the meeting in Germany will be held . . . MORE>>
South-East Ukraine Is the Real Target of Kiev’s Donbass Blockade / Russia Insider / August 21, 2015 / Unable to reconquer Donbass Kiev wants it as an economic basket case to dampen secessionist feeling in the rest of South-East Ukraine. / In a process that begun in July 2014 and was completed November later that year the Ukrainian government in Kiev severed all links to rebel-held Donbass in east Ukraine. This meant it stopped making social payments to citizens and de-funded all state institutions: courts, registries, hospitals, banks, post offices and state-owned enterprises. Strategically this was a mistake. Nothing would have underscored the legitimacy of Kiev’s rule in east Ukraine more, but for it to continue to perform many of the functions of the state there. Likewise, the people in east Ukraine could not have helped but notice it was Kiev which continued to supply them with services the rebels were incapable, and Russia unwilling, to provide. As it was the Kiev government became a solely negative factor in their lives – what with its offensive military operations and the arming up of neo-Nazis. Instead, it was the rebels which were forced to pick up the slack and which now – along with the prestige of being the people who keep the neo-Nazis at bay – enjoy also the legitimacy of being the people who provide the electricity, water, heating, pensions and medical care to Donbass people. In fact, initially the two rebel statelets – the DPR and LPR – were reluctant and slow to take responsibility for many of these tasks so they should really thank Kiev for forcing them to take their state-building of rival, secessionist republics seriously. . . . MORE>>
Thursday, August 20, 2015
DPR Received from General Staff of Ukraine Plan of attack in Donbass: UAF – We Intend to Take the “Pot” Donetsk / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 20, 2015 / The DPR Ministry of Defence announced the plans for the upcoming UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] offensive in Donbass. This was stated to DAN today at a briefing in the press center of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps by deputy commander Eduard Basurin. “A source in the Ukrainian General Staff — oddly enough, there still are real officers who do not want to fight against their own people — provided information about the forthcoming action plan of the Ukrainian Army,” he said. According to him, after the “shelling of the positions of the DPR, the UAF will attack in the Mariupol and Debaltsevo directions. Through the two converging blows, in the direction of the village of Uspenka, Kiev is planning to defeat the DPR and reach the border with Russia, and further prevent the release of civilians on the territory of Russia,” Eduard Basurin continued. “At the same time, [using] two groups in the direction of Donetsk, Ukraine intends to launch an offensive north and south in the direction of … Ilovaysk to close the ring around the capital of the republic.” In the Lugansk direction, the UAF plan to maintain separate fighting with units of the LPR People’s Militia in order to prevent their diversion to the aid of the DPR. “In the future, the active fighting are decoupled in the Lugansk direction in order to reach the border with the Russian Federation,” said the representative of the military. According to the plan of Kiev, the “Blitzkrieg” will break and destroy the militia of the independent republic, maintains the Ministry of Defense. “However, I would like to remind the smart guy in the Ukrainian General Staff that the attempts to carry out such ‘Napoleonic plans’ have already been taken, but they ended in the ‘Izvarinski’ and ‘Ilovaiskaya’ boilers, which killed a huge number of Ukrainian soldiers,” Eduard Basurin concluded.
Zakharchenko: OSCE works only one way (Video with English Subtitles) See NewsFront YouTube (published Aug 20, 2015).
Mass Media resources announced referendum in Donetsk of joining to Russia? [Not true] / Novorossiya Today / August 20, 2015 / Referendum ‘For the DPR joining Russian Federation as a separate subject of RF is being prepared by authorities of the DPR. It was reported by the еizvestia.com. In regard to the resource, the referendum is planned to hold in 2-4 weeks after elections of local authorities that was appointed for 18th October. 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.” [See article below.]
Andrei Purgin about the Norman Format and the Continuation of War / mianews.ru / August 21, 2015 / The Chairman of the National Council of the DPR Andrei Purgin said that the negotiations between the leaders of Russia, Germany and France will find a way out of a deadlock situation in the Donbas because of the not the implementation of Minsk agreements by Kyiv. “It should be some action from the ‘Norman Three’ that is: Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Olland. Hardly anything depends on Ukraine in its present state and the total subordination to the Americans; I think there should be some action from the “Norman Three” which guaranteed the implementation of Complex of measures on 12 February.” According to Purgin during scheduled meeting on August 24 the leaders of France and Germany could convince Poroshenko still abide by the Minsk agreement. “I do not exclude that the heads of France and Germany at this meeting will explain Poroshenko the importance of compliance with the Minsk agreements on European security. Unfortunately Ukraine do not comply these arrangements.” Andrei Purgin stressed again that the Normandy format involves mandatory participation in negotiations of the Russian Federation. “That on August 24th the Russian Federation will not be a part of the meeting is bad, but if this meeting is preceded by a meeting in the format of ‘Norman Three’ then there is nothing to worry. I hope that after the meeting in Berlin on 24 August a meeting with Russia . . .” MORE>>
Lithuania to train Ukrainian military instructors in urban warfare / Ukraine Today / August 19, 2015 / Some 23 Ukrainian army coaches will travel to the Baltic state for the two week course. Lithuania has announced it will provide training to Ukrainian military instructors in the art of urban warfare. Training in combat operations and shooting practice will feature in the two-week long course for some 23 Ukrainian army coaches. All the participants from Ukraine have served time fighting against combined Russian-separatist forces in Ukraine’s Donbas region. Lithuania has been one of the staunchest allies of Ukraine and critics of the Kremlin since Russian forces seized Crimea last March. In reaction, NATO bolstered its presence in the Baltic region along with efforts to support Ukraine’s military.
As Donbas Heats Up, War Between US and Russia Seems Inevitable / by Kurt Nimmo / Infowars.com / August 20, 2015 / Mikhail Gorbachev: “I’m really extremely worried.” If there is to be a war between NATO and Russia, it will begin the Donbas region of Ukraine. On Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the regime in Kiev is preparing a new offensive in the contested area, a move that would violate the Minsk II ceasefire signed in February. Last week seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 40 wounded in skirmishes near Donetsk. At the same time, Eduard Basurin, the spokesperson for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, accused the Ukrainian military of attacking its area with tanks and heavy armament. The US has accused Russia of inflaming tension in the region and using the ceasefire to capture 28 towns and villages in a 250 square kilometer wide area. “The struggle in Ukraine is more serious than ISIS,” said the former US ambassador to Ukraine and Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, John Herbst. “It’s very simple. Any military thinker looks at a threat – what is the possible damage? Putin wants to change the peace established in 1991 and after World War II.” “Putin wants all of Ukraine,” added Ukrainian MP Dmytro Lubinets. First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy, the radical nationalist leader of the coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine last year, told InterFax on Thursday 30 units of Russian military hardware have crossed over the border in the last two days. Military Preparations for War: Meanwhile, US and British special forces are actively preparing Kiev’s military for escalated combat, reports Stephen Lendman. Earlier this month it was reported that approximately 75 British military trainers are currently in the Ukraine to help the Kiev government defeat “Russian-inspired terrorism.” British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who characterized the crisis in Donbas as “red hot,” said his country plans to double the number of trainers working with the Kiev government’s military. As well, the United States stated in July it will train regular Ukrainian military forces . . . MORE>>
Is Donbass on the verge of a new offensive and will there be a Minsk-3? / by Andre Ivanov, translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / August 20, 2015 / In the last few days, the situation in Donbass has seriously deteriorated. On Monday night, UAF shelled half the districts of Donetsk and there are victims. The shelling of Gorlovka and other populated areas of the people’s republics is ongoing. Official Kiev continues to assure that the militia shelled themselves, but Kiev doesn’t hide that it wants to send heavy artillery to the front line. “We reserve the right to … return these types of weapons quickly to the front and use them against illegal armed groups,” – said the representative of the presidential administration of Ukraine, Alexander Motuzyanik, in response to questions about the special operation on August 16. However, many observers have noted that Ukrainian heavy artillery has already been on the front line for a long time. According to the deputy minister of defense of DPR, Eduard Basurin, the Ukrainian side has brought 435 tanks, 830 mortars, and 135 rocket systems to the line of contact. As stated by Basurin, these actions of UAF demonstrate a violation of the Minsk agreements and the beginning of a new phase of the war. “Kiev is preparing a new phase of special operation, which it intends to finish by October, as Ukrainian soldiers did not learn how to fight in the autumn mud” – stressed deputy head of the HQ of LPR People’s Police Corps [i.e. – second in command of LPR militia], Igor Yashenko. Moscow and Berlin expressed concern. “The situation at the front is worrisome, unfortunately we can no longer talk about a contact line, but a front line…We are worried about the latest events, which very much resemble a preparation for military hostilities” – said the minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov. “The situation is explosive. Much is put on the line. If both sides of the conflict don’t return to the peace process, a new military escalation can occur at any time” – said the head of German Foreign Ministry, Frank Walter Steinmeier. Representative of the DPR in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, has already stated that the people’s republics are ready for the new offensive of UAF and . . . MORE>>
Politician Explains Why the French Are Moved to Help Donbass / Sputnik / August 20, 2015 / Andre Chanclu, who runs the France – Donbass Committee dedicated to helping the victims of the conflict in the region, shared with Sputnik the view from France of the Ukraine crisis, and his motivation for wanting to aid the residents of eastern Ukraine. “From the beginning, there is a hypocrisy when they talk about the participation of Russia in the conflict in Donbass. For Russia, this is all very difficult – Ukraine is historically a kindred country,” said Chanclu. An OSCE monitor checks the territory for mines during a patrol in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 4, 2015 Donetsk Republic, OSCE SMM Agree Steps to De-escalate Donbass Conflict “Today we are witnessing an uprising, fomented by NATO and the Americans. That’s not a secret for anyone. To say that Russia is implicated in that affair is a joke. It is absolutely clear, that if Russia wanted to take the situation in hand, the Russian army would already be in Kiev. The power of the Russian army is known to everyone. When they say that Putin is behind everything, it makes you want to reply, ‘Tell us please, was Maidan his creation?’ I don’t see what kind of interest there could be from Putin and Russia to play into the hands of a government, financed and run by Washington.” [More background at source.]