Donetsk Lugansk News Aug 23-26 2015

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
(Brief update)

Martin Sajdik

Martin Sajdik

OSCE: Contact Group on Ukraine agrees on ceasefire by September 1 / TASS / August 26, 2015 / MINSK / The participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donbass have agreed to cease fire by September 1, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the east of Ukraine, said Wednesday after the meeting. Sajdik said it is necessary to do everything possible to ensure security of schools on the disengagement line between east Ukrainian militiamen and Ukraine’s troops. Plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) Vladislav Deinego confirmed Wednesday after talks in Minsk that all participants of the Contact Group expressed the intention to achieve cessation of fire in Donbass by September 1. “The proposal received a response from all sides, and there is hope that shelling will be stopped from September 1,” Deinego said. In turn, plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin stressed that “after the meeting in Berlin [of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French and Ukrainian presidents Francois Hollande and Pyotr Poroshenko on August 24] we expected more”. “Currently there is progress in the negotiating process, many constructive thoughts and proposals have been voiced. We have the hope that it will be put in writing. On the whole, I would like to say that there is progress and continuation of the working progress on all subgroups,” Pushilin said. “As regards specific things, a rather balanced proposal to completely stop shelling by September 1 has been voiced. It won the support from nearly all parties,” he said. [ … More background at source.]

BUK missile system (--.news.com.au)

BUK missile system (–.news.com.au)

26.08.2015 Military Report of Novorossia / South Front / August 26, 2015 / Situation in the DPR remains tense. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire regime 30 times over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian artillery shelled Donetsk, Gorlovka, Telmonovo, Jabichevo, Vasilievka, Oktyabrskiy, Novaya Marievka, Belaya Kamenka, Spartak and Zaichenko. Witnesses report that 3 residential houses were destroyed in the town of Gorlovka. There are killed and injured among local poplation. The Ukrainian artillery shelling was observed from the directions of Peski, Vodyanoe, Stroganovka, Opitnoe, Granitnoe, Avdeevka, Kominternovo and Novoroselovka. According to reports, Ukrainian miliary additinonally pulled to the frontline 4 units of BUK, 4000 servicemen and 60 battle tanks. Also, 4000 of Kiev militants and 60 battle tanks were observed at Chasov Yar. An Ukrainian howitzer battery and military rocket launcher systems were established at Verhnoteckoe. A military column including 6 APCs and 5 armored vehicles moved from Jelannoe to Novoselovka. BUK systems are established at the settlement Nikolaevka. The military situation in LPR is calmer than in DPR. The sides have been strengthening fortified areas and preparing for the future clashes. Sporadic firefights are observed at the Bahmutka sector. [Video available at source.]

Max Bonelli

Max Bonelli

In the capital of the DPR a presentation of the book “Anti-Maidan: the history of the genocide of the people of the South-East of Ukraine” was held / mianews.ru / August 26, 2015 / Today on August, 25 in the lecture hall of the Donetsk Republican universal scientific library named after N. K. Krupskaya it was a presentation of a book by Italian writer-antifascist Max Bonelli “Anti-Maidan: the history of the genocide of the people of the South-East of Ukraine”. n his book the Italian Max Bonelli described the events of the coup d’état in Kiev in 2014, the author assesses the Russian spring in the Crimea, the Odessa tragedy on May, 2 in “The House of Trade Unions”, admires the courage of the residents of Donbas which held a Referendum on May, 11. Being a pharmacist by training Bonelli never studied literary art. Since the Central theme of the book is the review and analysis of data interpretation of the facts of Italian and other European media, the main goal of a Max Bonelli is an attempt to prevent neo – Nazism which began to revive in Europe and is actively supported by the USA. Bonelli, analyzing the Ukrainian events, with accuracy the accuracy can tell who is to blame for the bloody conflict in the Donbas. By the way, the Italian visited Donbas land six times. “I decided to write a book and to show Europe and the world what is actually happening in the South-East of Ukraine,” — said the author at the presentation. According to Bonelli the courage of the citizens of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is an example of the imitation of the Italians who later will find their real freedom and independence, freed from the influence of Europe and the USA. As it was noted by writer and anti-fascist “the Italian and European media did not dare tell about your courage, your desire for independence and freedom”. Unfortunately “Anti-Maidan: the history of the genocide of the people of the South-East of Ukraine” has not [been] translated into Russian language, but it can be found for download on the Network or even can be ordered by the Internet.

Victoria Nuland (--TASS)

Victoria Nuland (–TASS)

Victoria Nuland: We do want to be able to communicate clearly with Russia / TASS / August 26, 2015 / Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland in an interview with TASS / Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland in an interview with TASS dwells upon the US-Russia relations, the US position regarding the crisis in Ukraine, Iranian nuclear program deal and visa problems Russia’s Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has recently faced. TASS: Secretary Kerry’s trip to Sochi in May was widely interpreted as a reflection of US intention to open a new chapter in its relationship with Russia. Was this perception correct? If not, then, from the US Administration point of view, where are the US-Russian relations right now and where are they headed to? Nuland: I think the Secretary’s intention, as he said, when he was in Sochi in the press conference with Foreign Minister Lavrov, was to try to ensure that we were talking directly to the key decision makers in Russia. Our President speaks on the phone to President Putin. But when we went to Sochi in May it’s been quite some time since they’d seen each other and we obviously know how the system is working in Russia now – that if you want to get your message across you need to do it directly with President Putin. So that was the hope, that by speaking directly we could make progress on issues where we are already working together, for example at that time, the Iran deal, we could see whether there were other issues where we could bring our positions more closely into alignment, like on Syria, which they talked about in Sochi, and we could be frank and clear about areas where we disagree, which was the conversation about Ukraine . . . MORE>>

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
(Brief update)

Kiev reorganizes 22 military brigades in Donbas, plans to create 12 more / TASS / August 25, 2015 / Kiev has completed measures to reform Ukraine’s defense capability system / Ukraine is through with a package of measures to reform the country’s defense capability system, the Defense Ministry’s spokesperson, Viktoria Kushnir, has told a news briefing. “Legislatively the strength of Ukraine’s army has been set at 250,000. In the east of Ukraine the required defense groups have been deployed. The 22 existing brigades have been reorganized and twelve new brigades are about to be formed. Under state defense contracts the army has received more than 1,300 pieces of military equipment,” Kushnir said. The Defense Ministry has created a center for development and material support for the Ukrainian armed forces. Agreements have been authorized for shifting the army to NATO standards. “Working group experts in cooperation with the central department for metrology and standards of the Ukrainian armed forces have coordinated and authorized for use by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry the first five agreements on NATO standards STANAG,” Kushnir said. Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on July 23 said that he hoped to see the day when “the Ukrainian armed forces will be a sample for NATO’s member-states to follow.” At the same time he remarked that “far from everybody in the world was prepared to accept that decision.”

DPR Referendum May 11, 2014 (--Dw.de/Reuters)

DPR Referendum May 11, 2014 (–Dw.de/Reuters)

Will Novorossiya Vote to join Russia in Autumn? / by Alexander Chalenko / Fort Russ / August 25, 2015 / “Referendum on the the joining of Donbass to Russia will take place in late autumn” In late autumn, the integration of the two Novorossiya republics, the DPR and LPR, into the structure of Russia will reach a qualitatively new level: it is expected that after a month, after holding local elections to the government of Novorossiya, a referendum will be carried out which will put forth the question of the DPR and LPR joining the Russian Federation. This was reported by a source close to Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the Donetsk republic. “It was previously announced that local elections in the DPR will be held sometime in the beginning of the second half of October, and in early November in the LPR. So consider this. It turns out that the referendum is expected in the DPR in the second half of November and in the LPR in early December. True, elections have only been declared but not scheduled. Kiev is not going to accept them, and therefore there is no intent . . . MORE>> Editor’s note: There is some disagreement about whether the DPR/LPR have really planned a referendum on the question of joining Russia. Andrei Purgin stated two days ago that rumors of such a referendum were enemy misinformation.

Donetsk rally, August 24, 2015

Donetsk rally, August 24, 2015

Donbass residents rally as Kiev regime prepares new military assault / by Greg Butterfield / Worker’s World / August 25, 2015 / The rightist regime in Kiev, Ukraine, carried out overnight shelling of Donetsk city and threatened an imminent new military offensive by Ukrainian troops. Despite this, thousands of people in Donetsk city rallied Aug. 24 to demand that the Kiev regime, headed by President Peter Poroshenko, stop the war against the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of the Donbass region. The anti-war protest, titled “Ukraine’s Dependence Day,” was a rejoinder to the jingoistic independence day celebrations organized in Ukraine by the junta of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and fascists. This grouping took power with U.S.-European Union backing in February 2014. The far-right regime has been dependent on Western economic and military support ever since. On the same date — Aug. 24 — in 1991, pro-capitalist and nationalist forces in Ukraine had declared “independence” from the Soviet Union. This year, a social media call for a flashmob in central Donetsk brought young and old into the streets. They marched from the statue of Taras Shevchenko . . . MORE>>

U.S. to deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe / Novorossia Today / August 25, 2015 / The United States will deploy F-22 fighter jets to Europe very soon as part of a broader effort to support eastern European members of the NATO alliance unnerved by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Monday. James did not give details about the specific number of planes, date or location of the deployment, but said it was in line with Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s recent call for a strong and balanced approach to Russia. The first deployment of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 to Europe outside air shows is seen as a move to address growing concerns among NATO allies about Russian military aggression. The Air Force has also been using radar-evading F-22 fighter jets to carry out some its attacks against Islamic State, the first real combat air strikes by the jets. “Russia’s military activity in the Ukraine continues to be of great concern to us and to our European allies,” James told a news conference at the Pentagon. “For the Air Force, an F-22 deployment is certainly on the strong side of the coin.” Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh James said the F-22’s inaugural training deployment in Europe would allow U.S. forces to train with NATO partners across Europe, testing the ability of the jets to communicate and fight together with the Eurofighter, and other advanced warplanes. James said the deployment would give F-22 pilots more experience with the European terrain. The Air Force has previously deployed the jets in Japan and South Korea. Welsh said it would also allow the jets to fly into and out of facilities that could be used in some future conflict. The single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft was designed by Lockheed and Boeing Co (BA.N) as an air superiority fighter, but it can also be used for ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence. The jets formally entered service in December 2005, with the last F-22 delivered to the Air Force in 2012.

Monday, August 24, 2015
(Brief update)

Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko

Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko

Merkel: Trilateral Meeting Aimed to Support Minsk-II, Not Put it in Doubt / Sputnik / August 24, 2015 / The leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine agreed at the meeting in Berlin on Monday to proceed the work on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news briefing in the German capital / BERLIN / The German chancellor said that the meeting was aimed at supporting the Minsk agreements, which are the basis for Ukrainian crisis settlement. “We met to support Minsk-2, not to put it in doubt,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news briefing following talks with the presidents of France and Ukraine. Merkel said that the participants of the meeting in Berlin would inform Russian President Vladimir Putin about results of talks either by phone or in person. The German Chancellor added that the sides would hold additional consultations with Russia on ensuring the work of the OSCE monitors in Ukraine since their presence there was “Alpha and Omega of a successful settlement” of the Ukrainian crisis. The Minsk agreements still are not fully implemented, French President Francois Hollande said at the news briefing. “Now, for us there is only one rule – respect of the Minsk agreements. In regard to the ceasefire, they are still not fully observed,” Hollande said. [… More background at source.]

23 civilians die in shellings by Ukrainian forces over last week in Donbas / TASS / August 24, 2015 / Twenty-three civilians were killed in shellings by Ukrainian forces from August 15 to 21, and 32 more people were injured, the office of the human rights ombudsperson of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Monday. “On August 15-21, as a result of military actions, 23 people died, among them four women and 19 men. Thirty-two people were hospitalized with injuries of varying severity, among them 24 men and eight women,” Donetsk News Agency quoted the office as saying. The human rights ombudsperson stressed that among the places subjected to most massive shellings are the town of Gorlovka, settlements of the Telmanovsky district, as well as Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky, Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts. [More background at source.]

Ukrainian forces massively shell Donetsk overnight — city administration / TASS / August 24, 2015 / Ukrainian forces have shelled the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts in Donetsk, the city administration said on Monday. “Around 11pm [local time], as a result of direct hits in the settlement of Staromikhaylovka in the Kirovsky district, damages were registered in four houses and one outbuilding,” Donetsk News Agency quoted the administration as saying. Ukrainian forces also opened fire at the Petrovsky district. “From 10pm to 12am, [Ukrainian forces] shelled the Petrovsky district. Damages as a result of direct hits were registered along the Mendeleev Street,” the mayor’s office said. According to preliminary reports, no one was injured in shellings. [More background at source.]

Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande, Minsk, Feb 2015

Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande

German, French leaders to meet with Ukrainian president in Berlin / TASS / August 24, 2015 / Against the backdrop of new tensions in Donbass, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will on Monday receive French President Francois Hollande and they will later be joined by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, the German government reported. The meeting is to be followed by a news conference. According to German government spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, this should be not be interpreted as a change of the Normandy format (Russia, France, Germany, Ukraine). “The meeting will be held in a trilateral format, but it does not mean establishment of a new form of dialogue,” Wirtz said.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

(--rt.com)

(–rt.com)

UAF Increasing Presence on Line of Demarcation Round the Clock – Eduard Basurin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 23, 2015 / DONETSK / Ukrainian security officials stopped using the cover of darkness to disguise the transfer of forces to the demarcation line, and changed to transporting non-stop. This was reported today to journalists by the deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense Corps Eduard Eduard Basurin. “The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Ukrainian security officials continue to prepare for aggression. THe punitive strike group is in the starting areas for the offensive. There have been some preparation by the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] in the daytime, in particular, to ensure the transportation of troops materiel,” he said. Zakomanduyuschego [sic] noted that DPR Army intelligence “reveals new facts of the concentration of weapons and personnel, confirming the readiness of the Kiev regime to begin hostilities. In particular, around in the village Krasnogorovka there are firing positions of ACS 2S19, MSTA- C, and howitzer artillery,” said Eduard Basurin. According to him, between Georgievka and Marinka concentrations of weapons and military equipment were detected, as well as an accumulation of UAF personnel. “In the village of Olitnoye [tr?] is positioned the emplacements of a mechanized platoon, 4 units BMP, and 2 units CSV. In Trudovs’ka area, a concentration of tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers and automotive equipment were detected,” said the … deputy commander. In addition, between the settlements of Novotroitskoe and Mykolaivka, the UAF is concentrated in two tank platoons (7 tanks), and west of Prokhorovka are field artillery emplacements.

Ukrainian Tochka-U missile: Operational range 15-12 km, Speed 1000 m/s, flight time to the maximum range 136 s, maximum speed of launch platform on road 60 km/h, crew 4 men. (--http://en.voicesevas.ru)

Ukrainian Tochka-U missile: Operational range 15-120 km, Speed 1000 m/s, flight time to the maximum range 136 s, maximum speed of launch platform on road 60 km/h, crew 4 men. (–http://en.voicesevas.ru)

UAF Have Two Scenarios for Attack on Republic – Ministry of Defence / DAN / Edited autotranslation / August 23, 2015 / DONETSK / The Armed Forces of Ukraine may launch an attack on the territory of the People’s Republic of Donetsk according to one of two perceived scenarios. This was told to journalists today by the deputy corps commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin. “The first is the commission by the Ukrainian intelligence services on Ukraine’s Independence Day of terrorist attacks in public places in the [Kiev- tr?]controlled territory, accusing the government of the People’s Republic of a brutal provocation, he said. Eduard Basurin admitted that the victim of this plan could be “one of the representatives of the top military and political leadership.” “The second option – is to commit a large-scale diversion on targets of social infrastructure of the Republic, with a large number of civilian casualties. For example, the use of punitive tactical missile complex “Tochka-U” in the center of the city of Donetsk,” continued the deputy commander. Eduard Basurin stressed that the organized “Ukrainian security services … tragedy will be presented as a planned provocation by the republic’s leadership for the beginning of military operations against the UAF.” These provocations, according to the Kiev authorities will allow the DPR to provoke the armed forces to the response that “will be an opportunity to move the grouping of Ukrainian security services into an offensive position,” added Eduard Basurin. “In any case, no matter what scenario the bloody Kiev regime selects, it will be aimed at the support of its aggression against the Donbass. The sharp intensification of the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine may be accompanied by an injection of a powerful disinformation [campaign] on the part of major Western news agencies,” summed up Basurin.

Ukraine military readiness August 24, 2015 (Click to enlarge.)

Ukraine military readiness August 24, 2015 (Click to enlarge.)

Poroshenko Preparing Blitzkrieg in Donbass / by Viktor Baranets / Quemado Institute / Autotranslation from Komsomolskaya Pravda / A few days ago the deputy commander of the Ministry of Defence housing Donetsk People’s Republic (DNI) Eduard Eduard Basurin held a briefing where spoke about one of the most probable (according to his staff) versions of the expected onset of the Ukrainian army. According to the map, which showed reporters Eduard Basurin, intelligence Donetsk corps managed to get a lot of data about the number of troops and military equipment Square in the south-east areas of their deployment, about the nature of “gestures” Ukrainian units and on the front, and in the rear. All this (and much more, including radio intercepts, the testimony of defectors and obtained documents) and allowed the corps headquarters to “read” the basic designs of the enemy. SIGNS OF WAR: In recent months, Ukrainian group Donbass intensively built up on personnel, military equipment and ammunition. Day and night are brought reinforcements projectiles: bombs and provisions by rail from the city of Kharkiv Raisins and then machines all forwarded to the “front line”. All this – the sure signs of a large-scale training operation. Announced the next mobilization. Military using the local population Stakhanov pace built almost 600 kilometers and the “three-layer” barrier, which consists of nearly 300 points of support, – where, according to its configuration, it is made in such a way that after Cleave Ukrainian army units Donetsk troops would be forced to to retreat towards the Russian border, where they will grind and machine guns and guns entrenched in concrete fortresses Ukrainian fighters. At the same time the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ordered the army and the National Guard to prepare a thorough line of defense along the border with the Crimea – has dug dozens of kilometers of trenches and ditches (along which several rows of stretched barbed wire), the same is equipped with a myriad of machine-gun nests, the land along the border Sappers densely bustles mines. All this is done clearly on the case to the aid of Donetsk and Lugansk units rush Crimeans. Moreover, to cover the borders of Crimea (which can be seen on the map shown Eduard Basurin) set up a special group of forces. Intensely driven into a state of high alert fighter and ground attack aircraft the Air Force of Ukraine. Counterintelligence DNI and LC in recent months, more and more catches in the territory of their own republics infiltrators “on the side”, which is also – a clear sign of preparation of the Ukrainian security forces for combat operations. . . . MORE>>

Poroshenko Deploys Over 170 Units of Armory to Fight Donbass / Sputnik / August 23, 2015 / Looks like Ukraine is preparing for opening active warfare on the eve of the country’s independence day – over 170 items of military equipment will be delivered to army divisions now deployed in Donbass over the next few days. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has conveyed certificates for various kinds of military hardware to members of armed forces of the country during his visit on the training range in Chuhuiv, Kharkiv region, Saturday, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense. Armaments are set to be tested and within two days sent to the so-called Anti-Terrorist operation (ATO) zone in the east of the country. And it probably should be tested first – the point is that the big part of the delivery consists of old equipment repaired by the Ukrainian military-industrial complex. Still, the list of the armament looks like the country is getting prepared for active warfare. More than 25 tanks, including the BM “Bulat”, T-64BV, T-72, T-80; multiple-launch rocket systems “Grad,” anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank complex “Stugna,” anti-tank cannons . . . MORE>>

Stephen Lendman, Chicago author and political analyst

Stephen Lendman, Chicago author and political analyst

Kiev Mobilized for Full-Scale Aggression on Donbass / by Stephen Lendman / sjlendman.blogspot / August 23, 2015 / Obama’s war on Donbass using Ukrainian army foot soldiers, paramilitaries, foreign mercenaries, Nazi-infested death squads and others never stopped since initiated in April 2014. Kiev flagrantly violated Geneva and two Minsk ceasefire agreements straightaway. Obama wants endless war. So do US-installed fascists violating human and civil rights brazenly, terrorizing Ukrainians opposing their ruthless rule. At an August 22 military ceremony in Chuguev, near Donbass, illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko boasted about using Minsk II to rearm and increase Ukraine’s military ranks to much greater size than last year – despite a bankrupt economy near collapse, using borrowed funds desperately needed for vital services going begging. More on this below. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) military spokesman Eduard Basurin said Kiev’s armed forces in Southeastern Ukraine total 90,000. Their weapons include 450 tanks, 203 salvo artillery units, and five Tochka-U missile systems. “A total of five separate mechanized brigades, two separate tanks brigades, and air mobile brigade, an artillery brigade, and a salvo system brigade have been deployed…to Mariupol,” he explained. “All in all, this grouping has 22,500 men and officers, more than 130 tanks, more than 560 armored cars, fifty-five salvo artillery units, about 200 artillery guns and mortars, and about 720 antitank weapons.” DPR’s Defense Ministry intelligence shows heavy troop and weapons concentrations deployed near Donetsk. More military force was sent to the Debatsevo sector and near Lugansk. Reserves back up front line strength. Basurin said Kiev plans escalated war on Donbass. “Information has been received about the plan of forthcoming actions by the Ukrainian army from a source in the Ukrainian General Staff . . . MORE>>

Defence Ministry of the DPR: Kiev’s military demine fields before attack on DPR / Novorossia Today / August 24, 2015 / Ukraine’s armed forces begun clearing mine fields from their positions towards the front line to provide smooth movement of the contingent during an attack on the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s defence ministry said on Sunday. “From the Golmovsky settlement (controlled by Kiev) towards the front line we see then demine fields in preparations for an attack,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted the ministry’s representative Eduard Basurin. The ministry reported during the night to Sunday the Ukrainian military continued pulling heavy weapons and contingent for a future attack. “In Konstantinovka, up to 40 pieces of weapons have arrived, including SPG (self-propelled gun) and the contingent,” the representative said.

Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine President '91-94 (--z101digital.com)

Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine Pres. ’91-94 (–z101digital.com)

Kiev Ready to Cut Ukraine Off Donbass – Former President / Sputnik / August 23, 2015 / The first president of post-Soviet Ukraine Leonid Kravchuck claimed that Kiev authorities had fallen short of conquering Donbass and now it is high time to fence the country off the region. “We don’t have to lie to ourselves. It’s [fencing] a common practice around the world. I know president Poroshenko is close to such decision,” he explained in an interview to UNN. In this case the battlefront line would become the country’s new eastern border until the government had the opportunity to reclaim the territory. According to Kravchuk, Ukraine faces its toughest crisis since its independence in 1991. Kravchuck pointed out that “the Ukrainian nation is very disappointed with both the government and the war”. Since April 2014 Kiev has been trying to suppress Donbass independence supporters who rejected to recognize the legitimacy of the new coup-imposed Ukrainian government.

Alexander Zakharchenko (--Novorossia Today)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–Novorossia Today)

Media: DPR Leader Alexander Zakharchenko Left his Residence in Donetsk[?] / Kommersant.ru / Edited autotranslation [This report is not yet confirmed –QI editor] / August 22, 2015 /The head of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko with his mistress [correction: wife –QI editor] and daughter Natalia … abandoned the house in which they had previously lived, reports portal Novosti Donbassa. According to the publication, the posted guard at the entrance to the house has disappeared, as well as the automobiles, which had previously always been in the parking lot. Mr. Zakharchenko’s present location is unknown. As previously aired by Donetskaya Pravda, the head of the DPR has a spare house in case he needs to retreat. …

Perfetti, of Novopole, Sums up Novorossiya, its Historic Setting, its Present, its Future / Fort Russ / August 22, 2015 / The current conflict in Ukraine is the result of historical antagonisms between the peoples of the region, but also, and above all, resulting from Washington’s global offensive that has two major strategic objectives: 1. Encircle Russia and prevent the emergence of a geopolitical block that would be an alternative to the Western-capitalist hegemony. 2. Maintain US suzerainty over Europe by opposing a Europe-Russia rapprochement and more importantly a rapprochement between Germany and Russia. The struggle being conducted by “Novorossya” fits, in the global struggle of the free peoples against Americano-centric US-globalism, quite beyond its historical and local setting, and beyond whatever arguments nostalgic propagandists deploy on each other. Our compatriot Vincent Perfetti is one of the executives of the NOVOPOLE organization in France that organizes political and material support for Novorossya. His visit in Corsica gives him a chance to decipher this dramatic conflict between Europeans. Novorossya, or more precisely the Union of Peoples Republics of New Russia is a project initiated by a few political figures of Donbass (the Don basin) in the east of the former Ukraine after the coup that was fomented in Kiev by the US called “Maidan” in February 2014. The Novorossya project was developed to . . . MORE>>

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