Donetsk Lugansk News Sep 21-26 2015

Saturday September 26, 2015
(Brief update)

Denis Pushilin (--rferl.org)

Denis Pushilin (–rferl.org)

DPR Authorities Believe the Ukraine’s Refusal of Non-aligned Status a Step towards World War / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 26, 2015 / Donetsk, September 26 – DAN. The authorities of the People’s Republic of Donetsk are fundamentally opposed to proposals of Ukraine joining NATO, as they see it as a threat of a world war. This was stated by the head of DPR delegation to the peace talks, Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “For us it is unacceptable that the territory of Ukraine would be the springboard to prepare for combat operations against the Russian Federation,” said the speaker of the parliament. “The non-aligned status of Ukraine is the guarantee that a balance will be maintained, so as not to start the Third World War.” Pushilin recalled that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO gradually transferred to intensive expansion eastwards, thereby breaking the balance of power in Europe and worldwide. “It’s Poland and Czech Republic, and we see that the next stage, it is Ukraine,” said the Chairman of the People’s Council. He also noted that the authorities of the DPR included the requirement of conservation non-aligned status of Ukraine in a range of amendments to the Ukrainian legislation, prepared in accordance with the Minsk peace agreements. On Wednesday, September 23, the head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko said that the Republic will be released from the Minsk Agreements if Kiev begins to prepare the procedure for the entry of Ukraine into NATO. According Zakharchenko, such actions of the Ukrainian authorities will inevitably lead to the exit from Ukraine of many of its regions. Earlier, Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that his country had signed a joint declaration on the strengthening of NATO’s military and technical cooperation, and expanding the presence of a military bloc on Ukrainian territory. According to Poroshenko, the majority of Ukrainian citizens ostensibly supports the idea of joining the North Atlantic Alliance. Meanwhile, the rejection of the non-aligned status is enshrined in military doctrine, which the Ukrainian Council of National Security and Defense approved in early September.

Sergei Lavrov (--vineyardsaker.blogspot)

Sergei Lavrov (–vineyardsaker.blogspot.com)

Poroshenko threatens Russia with sanctions if elections in Donbass recognised / TASS / September 26, 2015 / KIEV / Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has threatened Russia with an extension of sanctions if Moscow recognises local elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics [DPR and LPR respectively], Poroshenko said in an interview aired by Ukrainian television channels on Saturday. “If Russia recognises them [local elections in DPR and LPR], it will be a rude violation of the Minsk [agreements],” Poroshenko said warning that this might end in “an extension of sanctions for Russia along with other consequences.” Ukraine’s president called the elections in DPR and LPR “faked” and promised that “we will do everything in order not to allow repetition of this process.” On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the vote in the DPR and LPR scheduled for October 18 and November 1 would not violate the Minsk deal as it specifies no dates. Lavrov noted that the Minsk agreements “contain several provisions which have long been crudely violated by the Ukrainian government.” The minister reminded that under the Minsk accords, Kiev had to launch talks with Donetsk and Lugansk on the modalities of holding the elections the day when the withdrawal of artillery began in April. “Kiev should have entered the dialogue, the consultations with Donetsk and Lugansk in the aspect of modalities of holding the elections,” he said adding Ukraine’s laws should be observed and observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should be invited. Besides, on March 12 the deadline expired for enactment of the law on the special status of Donetsk and Luhansk, Lavrov said. To this aim, a special regulation designating the territories subject to the law was to be adopted. “This was not done: a law was adopted, the territories were designated, but the same law said that it will not work on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics,” Lavrov said. . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Friday September 25, 2015

Italian Journalist Joins Militia to Battle Misinformation in Ukraine / Sputnik / September 24, 2015 / Foreign journalists joined the ranks of Donbass independence supporters to fight for justice in the information field, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reported. After realizing the scale of lies surrounding the Ukrainian conflict, Italian citizen Vittorio Nicola Rangeloni decided to find out the real situation for himself and went to Ukraine. He joined the side of the Donbass militia, but chose not to do so with a gun, instead opting for a camera and a microphone. “I realized that the militia wasn’t experiencing a shortage in fighters. At the same time, there was a huge information hole in the coverage of what’s really going on here,” Rangeloni said, as cited by the Italian newspaper. The Italian volunteer is now a correspondent for the news company LNR Today. Rangeloni said he was tired of hearing what other news agencies write about Donbass from 2,000 kilometers away, oftentimes outright lying about the real state of affairs. “That’s why I thought that broadcasting what I see with my own eyes, without any filters, could be a good contribution in this war,” the Italian journalist said, as quoted by Il Giornale. Recently, Kiev authorities arrested another Italian citizen, Francesco Estatico. The young man was recently arrested by Kiev authorities while trying to cross into Donbass. When talking about the incident, Rangeloni said Estatico isn’t the only foreigner trying to join the Donbass militia. The journalist added that many people contact him, trying to find out how they could join the ranks of the militia, Rangelini said, adding that he tries to dissuade those who have no military training and don’t speak Russian. The overall situation in eastern Ukraine is still unstable, that’s why it’s hard to predict the future of the Donbass republics. Local residents, who have all lost a relative or two during the war, will never agree to live under the Kiev administration again. At the same time, Donbass won’t join Russia and the only solution could be to build a politically and economically independent state, the Italian journalist concluded.

Ben Rhodes (--dailycaller/REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

Ben Rhodes (–dailycaller/REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

U.S. To Cooperate With Putin On Ukraine And Syria / Novorossia Today / September 25, 2015 / The United States is open to cooperation with Russia on Ukraine and Syria, Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call on Thursday. Commenting to reporters on President Barack Obama’s forthcoming participation in the UN General Assembly session, Rhodes said the United States is open to cooperation with Russia on such important issues as Ukraine and Syria. He said the US president was looking forward to discussing these issues with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Rhodes confirmed that the meeting of the two countries’ leaders will be held on Monday, September 28. According to him, it would be irresponsible not to hold a meeting with the Russian leader, given multiple international crises. “President Obama was urged to have this meeting with president Putin by some of our closest European allies,” Rhodes said. “We will be measuring the outcome of this meeting not only by the nature of their discussions but by what follows.” Celeste Wallander, senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council, said that the meeting in New York would focus on the situation in Ukraine, which remains a serious concern for the American administration, as well as on Russia’s actions in Syria. On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, “The [Putin-Obama] meeting will take place on mutual agreement.” Peskov said the meeting would last from 50 to 60 minutes after Putin’s speech at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 28.

Vladimir Putin (--joinfo.com)

Vladimir Putin (–joinfo.com)

UN: Waiting for Putin / Fort Russ / September 24, 2015 / Presidents Obama, Putin, Rouhani and Hollande are scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday, September 28. Pope Francis will address UNGA on September 25. The presidents of Egypt, Ukraine, Venezuela address UNGA on Tuesday, 29 Sept, while the Palestinian and Iraqi presidents speak on the 30th. Israeli PM Netanyahu is currently scheduled to speak on Thursday, Oct 1. More details to come as we get closer to the UN General Assembly Debate. Russia’s president, will appear at the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in 10 years, speaking shortly after US leader Barack Obama and just before Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, who are all expected to set out their view of the world after this year’s hard-fought nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Washington is afraid to stay on the sidelines, if Vladimir Putin at a session of the UN General Assembly will call to create a coalition to fight against “Islamic state.” So the United States are hurry to establish a dialogue with Russia before the Putin’s speech in New York. “The situation in Syria is so deadlocked that Washington is reviewing its course and goes to what a few weeks ago it was impossible to imagine: an agreement with Russia on the diplomatic and military level,” – write the German magazine Spiegel, recalling that because of the Ukrainian crisis dialogue with Russia in the military sphere has . . . MORE>> Click here.

Denis Pushilin (--fortruss.blogspot)

Denis Pushilin (–fortruss.blogspot)

Pushilin Called on Donbass Republics to Prepare for Integration with Russia / Interfax.ru / Edited autotranslation / September 25, 2015 / Moscow / … The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics should be ready to integrate with the Russian Federation, said the chairman of the National Council of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin. “It is clear that Ukraine is doing everything possible to push us, and we must be prepared to integrate into the Russian Federation,” Pushilin told journalists Friday, commenting on the results of the forum in Lugansk, where integration of the republic in the Russian Federation was discussed. According to him, the self-proclaimed republic continues to prepare for the local elections on 18 October. It is expected that a number of international observers will arrive. “My subjective assessment of preparations for the elections is that they are excellent. All the problems [put forth by] the head of the republic have been executed,” said Pushilin. Kiev does not recognize the local elections in the DPR and LPR, insisting that they must pass under Ukrainian law in accordance with the Minsk agreements and at the same time throughout the country. Local elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25. Quemado Institute comments: We do not necessarily believe the entire content of this report. It should also be noted that Kiev has yet to pass an election law in accordance with the Minsk agreements, contrary to implications of Interfax.

Geoffrey Pyatt

US Ambassador to Urkaine Geoffrey Pyatt

US ambassador accuses PGO of covering up corruption in Ukraine / zik.ua / September 25, 2015 / The Prosecutor General’s Office is covering up corrupt officials and undermining reform in Ukraine, US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said, addressing a financial forum in Odesa Sept. 25, European Pravda reports. “There is a glaring problem which threatens the good work done by regional leaders in Odesa, Kharkiv, Lviv and other cities to better the business climate. The problem jeopardizes everything the government and Rada is doing to implement political and economic reforms in the country – the refusal of PGO to curb domestic corruption. Instead of supporting the reforms, corrupt PGO officials do everything to openly undermine the reforms,” Ambassador Pyatt said. “They regularly stall the efforts to investigate and punish the corrupt officials in the PGO. They coerce and disrupt the efforts of those honest prosecutors who want to reform the PGO,” the ambassador added. The United States highly value the work of the newly created department in the PGO headed by David Sakvarelidze and Vitali Kasko, he said. “Their investigations of the corruption within the PGO have sent a clear signal that corrupt officials will be prosecuted,” Pyatt said. The recent exposures of corrupt high-level prosecutors have shown that PGO is stalling any investigations, he said. For instance, in the case of ex-environment minister Mykola Zlochevsky the UK authorities arrested $23 mn of illegal assets. The UK requested PGO to provide the documents to support the arrest, the ambassador said. Instead, PGO sent an appeal by Zlochevsky’s lawyers saying there is no investigation going on in Ukraine. As a result, the UK government lifted the arrest and soon the money have been transferred to Cyprus, Pyatt said.

John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, Sochi, May 2015 (--govexec.com)

John Kerry, Sergei Lavrov, Sochi, May 2015 (-govexec.com)

‘Pivot to Russia’ Could Save US Middle East Policy From Collapse / Sputnik / September 25, 2015 / In less than a week, Washington did a U-turn and joined Moscow in discussions over its new military initiative to fight the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria, publicist Patrick Smith wrote in his article for The Fiscal Times. “You have to go back to Kerry’s surprise visit to Sochi last May, when he spent seven hours talking to President Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, to get this right. The encounter left no doubt that Kerry stands among those in the administration favoring negotiation over confrontation in foreign policy,” he wrote. The meeting in Sochi was 80 percent Middle East issues, and only 10 percent Ukraine and 10 percent Iran, Smith wrote citing a high-profile Russian official. According to the journalist, the recent talks between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his US counterpart Ashton Carter were also focused on the same issue. That proves that the US is now revising its Middle East strategy to turn to cooperation with Russia. “Only a couple of months ago Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was on Eastern European borders with Russia promising to escalate the NATO presence. Last week — and on Obama’s orders — it was Carter who made the ice-breaking telephone call . . . MORE>> Click here.

George Soros (--eaglerising.com)

George Soros (–eaglerising.com)

Soros, CIA Plan to Destabilize Europe / by Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / September 25, 2015 / “Soros, who is nothing more than a multi-billionaire front man for the even wealthier Rothschild banking family of Western Europe, oversaw the complete destruction of the nation-states of southeastern Europe …” Just as the dark forces of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and George Soros’s multi-billion dollar network of non-governmental organizations plotted to destabilize the Middle East and North Africa through the use of social media to bring about the so-called «Arab Spring», these same forces have opened a new chapter in their book of global dysfunctionality by facilitating the mass movement of refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to Europe. In March 2011, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi predicted what would happen to Europe if the stability of his country was undermined by the Western powers. In an interview with «France 24», Qaddafi correctly predicted, «There are millions of blacks who could come to the Mediterranean to cross to France and Italy, and Libya plays a role in security in the Mediterranean». Qaddafi’s son, Saif al Islam Qaddafi, who has been sentenced to death by the radical Libyan regime that governs Tripoli, echoed his father’s comments in the same interview with the French news network. Saif said: «Libya may become the Somalia of North Africa, of the Mediterranean. You will see the pirates in Sicily, in Crete, in Lampedusa. You will see millions of illegal immigrants. The terror will be next door». As seen with recent events, Saif was right on target. Indeed, for Europe, the terror is literally next door. It is estimated that as many as 4000 radical jihadists, young men who are veterans of the terrorist holocausts . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Thursday September 24, 2015
(Brief update)

Mikhail Saakashvili, Petro Poroshenko (--powerpolitics.ro)

Mikhail Saakashvili, Petro Poroshenko (–powerpolitics.ro)

Petro Poroshenko Called Condition for Promotion of Saakashvili to Post of Prime Minister / novorossia.su / Edited autotranslation / September 24, 2015 / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko responded to a petition to appoint Mikhail Saakashvili to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine. “As for the nomination of Saakashvili to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, it should take into account the current legislation. According to the Constitution of Ukraine, the Prime Minister is appointed by the Verkhovna Rada on the proposal of the President,” said Poroshenko. Editor’s note: Christian Science Monitor’s Fred Weir said this about Saakashvili on September 10: “Mikheil Saakashvili came to Ukraine to be Odessa’s governor at President Poroshenko’s request. But now he’s picking a very public fight with PM Yatsenyuk…. As president of Georgia, he fought his country’s notorious corruption, but using an authoritarian style of governance that has left him wanted on criminal charges in his homeland. He also sparked a war with Russia in 2008 by attempting a military takeover of the Moscow-protected breakaway territory of South Ossetia. And when he came to Ukraine earlier this year to serve as governor of the corruption-infested Black Sea port of Odessa, he squared off publicly with the region’s most powerful oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky. But last week, Mr. Saakashvili picked a fight with an opponent that no one expected – Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister – with an apparent eye towards replacing him. Saakashvili, a staunch supporter of Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution, was one of several foreigners brought in to help Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s reform the war-torn and corruption-ridden country earlier this year. In May he was given the job of governing Odessa region, a hotbed of organized crime … [L]ast week on the Channel Five TV station, which is owned by President Poroshenko, Saakashvili launched a withering verbal assault of Mr. Yatsenyuk, accusing him of undermining reforms, protecting corrupt officials, and siding with oligarchs like Kolomoisky. ‘We’re talking about sabotage by central government,’ Saakashvili said, directly fingering the cabinet headed by Yatsenyuk…. Within days a petition appeared on the president’s official website asking Poroshenko to fire Yatsenyuk and appoint Saakashvili in his place. It now has thousands more signatures than the 25,000 that would require the president to officially consider the issue…. [Saakashvili’s] sweeping reforms as Georgian president … attracted widespread criticism for alleged human rights violations…. Amid growing turmoil in Kiev and a widespread hunger for fresh leadership, Saakashvili may sense political opportunity. A comprehensive poll on Ukrainian public opinion, conducted by the International Republican Institute in July, found that 72 percent of Ukrainians think the country is going ‘in the wrong direction’ … [N]early two-thirds have an “unfavorable” view of Poroshenko. Nearly 85 percent disapproved of Yatsenyuk.” See also rt.com report Saakashvili’s comeback? 30,000 sign petition to appoint Georgian ex-president as Ukrainian PM.

The Kremlin (--incredipedia.info)

The Kremlin (–incredipedia.info)

Kremlin’s taste is a mindset of oligarchy incorporated: What’s in the name? / commentary by Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / September 18, 2015 / Russian state news agency manages to frame pro-Minsk, Kremlin’s hypnotic prompt in the title of its info, which, for the effect. The reader is told that the DPR and the LPR are “unrecognized.” But TASS omits to tell the reader by whom exactly. The non-recognition is emphasized here by TASS, the Russian state agency, so it is the Russian government itself that wants the reader to have on his mind imprinted first and foremost the idea of non-recognition, but without mentioning the fact that it is the Russian government itself which refuses to recognize the DPR and the LPR or officially even their national liberation struggle as such. Second, TASS and, behind TASS, the Russian government emphasizes that the DPR and the LPR are really “Ukraine’s.” Here it does not just mean any Ukraine’s in general, but today’s Ukraine’s which happens to be ruled by the Banderite fascist oligarchs. The message is: they belong to the fascists and any other belonging of theirs is “unrecognized.” This is deliberate. For in the case of ISIS or IS I have not seen one single instance of Lavrov or Putin or TASS saying “unrecognized IS” (“Islamic State”) or “self-declared Islamic State” etc. and even less Iraq’s or Syria’s “unrecognized Islamic State” (IS). Evidently, in the case of ISIS, the Kremlin does not have a problem “recognizing” and using the name which the fundamentalist terrorists chose for themselves without any dis-qualifiers. The Kremlin is so adamant to stand up to the West in defense of the Russian interests that it even uses Western vocabulary and terms in which it frames the struggle of the Russian people for their own freedom. Even in its propaganda the Kremlin thinks and speaks like a slave of the West.

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Wednesday September 23, 2015

Alexander Zakharchenko (--DAN)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–DAN)

Breaking! DPR Will Exit Minsk Agreement if Ukraine Prepares Procedure for Entry into NATO – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 23, 2015 / DONETSK / The Donetsk People’s Republic will be out of the Minsk Agreements if Kiev begins to prepare the procedure for the entry of Ukraine into NATO. This was stated by the head of he DPR Alexander Zakharchenko. “Statements by Poroshenko and his representative in the Minsk talks [Leonid] Kuchma about the need for Ukraine to join NATO are aimed at the destruction of the Minsk Agreement,” it was said in the text of the statement received by DAN. “If Ukraine starts to prepare the referendum on accession to NATO or other procedures, the DPR is immediately released from the Minsk agreements and will proceed toward elimination of the Kiev occupation of the entire territory of Donbass.” Zakharchenko also expressed confidence that in this case Ukraine will abandon many of its regions [tr?]. On the eve of September 22, Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that his country had signed a joint declaration on the strengthening of NATO’s military and technical cooperation, and expanding the presence of a military bloc on Ukrainian territory. According to Poroshenko, the relationship between NATO and Ukraine is “unique”, and the country’s entry into the Western military alliance serves the majority of citizens. The president’s statements on the subject were made at a meeting of the Ukrainian Council, attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Alexander Zakharchenko (--newcoldwar.org)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–newcoldwar.org)

Ukraine’s Intention to Join NATO Aimed at Destruction of Minsk Agreement – DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko [official statement]  / dnr-online / Edited autotranslation / September 23, 2015 / The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko issued the following statement to officials in Kiev: “Statements by Poroshenko and his representative in Minsk, Leonid Kuchma, talking about the necessity of Ukraine’s accession to NATO, are aimed at the destruction of the Minsk Agreements. If Ukraine starts to prepare the referendum on accession to NATO or other procedures, the DPR is immediately released from the Minsk agreements and will proceed toward the elimination of the occupation by Kiev of the entire territory of Donbass. I am sure that many other regions of Ukraine in this case will withdraw their membership,” said the Head of the Republic. Editor’s note: dnr-online is the official DPR government website.

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Donetsk republic to withdraw from Minsk peace deal if Kiev attempts to join NATO — leader / TASS / September 23, 2015 / MOSCOW / The unrecognized republic will start “clearing the whole territory of Donbas from Kiev’s occupation” in case of a NATO accession referendum, the leader said. / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic will pull out from the Minsk accords and start liberating Donbass if Kiev attempts to join NATO, DPR’s leader Alexander Zakharchenko said. The statements of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Kiev’s negotiator Leonid Kuchma on the need for Ukraine to join the alliance are aimed at undermining the Minsk peace deal, Zakharchenko said. “If Ukraine begins preparing a referendum on joining NATO or other procedures, then the DPR will immediately withdraw from the Minsk agreements and start clearing the whole territory of Donbas from Kiev’s occupation,” Zakharchenko was quoted by the Donetsk news agency as saying. “I’m sure that many other Ukrainian regions in this case will leave it,” he stressed. Poroshenko said at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday that Ukraine needs to prepare for accession to NATO. He said the reforms that the country’s leadership has launched meet the alliance’s demands by 99%. “Is Ukraine ready to become a member now? The answer is no. We need to prepare for this. Is NATO ready for Ukraine to become a member of the alliance? No. But my country needs to prepare for this.” Poroshenko has repeatedly said that the issue on joining NATO will be put up for a referendum. Stoltenberg said: “NATO can rely on Ukraine and Ukraine can rely on NATO. Our partnership is already very strong and today we took steps to strengthen our partnership even further.”

Petro Poroshenko, Jens Stoltenberg (--Nikolay Lazarenko/UA president press/TASS )

Petro Poroshenko, NATO Secretary Gen. Jens Stoltenberg
(–Nikolay Lazarenko/Ukr. presidential press service/TASS )

Kremlin: Ukraine’s plans to join NATO to force Russia to take countermeasures / TASS / September 23, 2015 / MOSCOW / Ukraine’s plans to join NATO will force Russia to take countermeasures, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned on Tuesday. “Of course, any expansion of an organization like NATO in the direction of our borders will make it imperative for us to take countermeasures to ensure our own national security,” Peskov told TASS. He said that President Putin had warned about that many times. “The plans which are being declared by the Ukrainian leaders can only be regretful,” the Kremlin spokesman went on to say. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of the Council for National Security and Defense in Kiev on Tuesday that Ukraine’s cooperation with NATO was strategic. He also said that Ukraine and NATO had never been closer than they were today. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg took part in the meeting. “Naturally, NATO has never changed and is incapable of changing its intended purpose given the initial goals behind its creation,” the Kremlin spokesman said. “In this case we should remember that this organization was created for the purpose of confrontation and at the time of confrontation,” Peskov explained adding that NATO could not change its nature and the main purpose of existence.

Participants at Rally in Donetsk Demand “Doctors Without Borders” Report on Work of the Organization / DAN / Edited autotranslation / DONETSK / More than two hundred residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic held a protest in the captial at the building where there are representatives of the international organization “Doctors without Borders» (MSF). This was said to DAN by one of the activists who participated in the meeting, Ivan Letsky. “Residents of the DPR totalling 227 people expressed their dissatisfaction with the international organization “Doctors without Borders” in connection with the latest incident in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” said the agency. Earlier, in mid-September, the Ministry of State Security of the LPR, in an audit of international organizations, found that in MSF warehouses in Lugansk, psychotropic drugs were illegally stored. In addition, violations of stored drugs and standards of fire safety were identified. This fact attracted the attention of activists in the DPR, which through social networks organized a meeting, which took place on September 22. “At the protest all interested people were invited and came with homemade placards,” said Letsky. “We demanded that MSF report on their work from the last period, including on cooperation with hospitals and military hospitals, as well as the documentation presented to citizens on their existing medicines, and licenses for these drugs. ” According to the protesters, the representatives of “Doctors without Borders” came to the rally and engaged them in a dialogue. “Many of the documents the organization was unable to provide, whether due to disagreement with the ministry of health, or because of their own unwillingness,” said Letsky. “Employees of ‘Doctors without Borders’ were visibly nervous and tried to move away from the topic of conversation.” Residents of the DPR have previously complained about the activities of MSF. In particular, on August 31 they held a protest rally near the Donetsk [headquarters] of the organization. The demonstrators said that “Doctors Without Borders” ignores the suffering that civilians experienced because of military aggression by Kiev, and do not wish to legally align their activities with the authorities of the Republic.

(--rt.com/slava.mavrichev/Facebook)

(–rt.com/slava.mavrichev/Facebook)

Around 200 masked men storm Kharkov city hall in Eastern Ukraine (PHOTOS, VIDEO) / rt.com / September 23, 2015 / At least 200 people wearing camouflage and masks stormed the local administration building in the city of Kharkov, eastern Ukraine, local media said. The perpetrators are alleged to be members of the radical Azov battalion. The masked activists were seen holding flags with the insignia of the radical Azov Battalion, which is accused of committing numerous human rights violations in Eastern Ukraine, according to international watchdogs. “There have been several small clashes between police and people in balaclavas. A few minutes ago somebody let off tear gas. The entrance to the city council is surrounded by a tight police cordon,” a journalist at the scene, from the 112 channel reported. Earlier, at least 50 people wearing camouflage and balaclavas had taken part in a protest in front of the residence of the local politician, Mikhail Dobkin, who represents the ‘Opposition Bloc’ political party, which wants to find a peaceful solution to the current crisis in Ukraine. The masked men had not set out any demands. However, they were reported to have stated their aim was to “to throw Dobkin out of the city and not to let Kernes become Kharkov’s mayor,” according to the 112 channel. Gennady Kernes has been the mayor of Kharkov since March 2010. Before the coup in Ukraine, he had been a strong supporter of President Viktor Yanokovich. However, he subsequently switched sides and has backed the new Ukrainian government in order to keep his position. The Ukrainian press later reported that the group had left the building and had departed from the scene. [Video and photos available at source.]

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(–globalresearch.ca)

U.S. Will Station New Nuclear Weapons in Germany Against Russia / by Eric Zeusse / Washingtonsblog.com / September 21, 2015 / Germany’s ZDF public television network headlines on Tuesday September 22nd, “New U.S. Atomic Weapons to Be Stationed in Germany,” and reports that the U.S. will bring into Germany 20 new nuclear bombs, each being four times the destructive power of the one that was used on Hiroshima. Hans Kristensen, the Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, says, “With the new bombs the boundaries blur between tactical and strategic nuclear weapons.” A former Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany’s Defense Ministry, Willy Wimmer, of Chancellor Merkel’s own conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, warns that these “new attack options against Russia” constitute “a conscious provocation of our Russian neighbors.” German Economic News also reports on Chancellor Merkel’s decision to allow these terror-weapons against Russia: “The Bundestag decided in 2009, expressing the will of most Germans, that the US should withdraw its nuclear weapons from Germany. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel did nothing.” And now she okays the U.S. to increase America’s German-based nuclear arsenal against Russia. Maria Zakharova, of the Russian Foreign Ministry, says: “This is an infringement of Articles 1 and 2 of the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” which is the treaty that provides non-nuclear states the assurance that the existing nuclear powers will not try to use their nuclear status so as to take over the world. German Economic News says: “The federal government had demanded the exact opposite: The Bundestag decided in March 2010 by a large majority, that the federal government should ‘press for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Germany.’ Even the coalition agreement between the CDU and FDP, the German government in 2009 had promised the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from Büchel. But instead there will be these new bombs.”

Surface-to-surface Agni-V missile launched from Wheeler Island off India, Sept. 15, 2013. (--Reuters)

Surface-to-surface Agni-V missile launched from Wheeler Island off India, September 15, 2013. (–IBT/Reuters)

US Nuclear Weapons In Germany: Russia Concerned By American Plans To Add To Stockpile / by Christopher Harress / International Business Times / September 22, 2015 / Russia is concerned about U.S. plans to modernize and station additional nuclear weapons in Germany, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, who spoke with a German TV channel Tuesday. The channel had reported earlier in the day that the U.S. planned to station 20 nuclear weapons in the European country, as per a line in the 2015 U.S. defense budget. “We are concerned that these states actually have nuclear weapons as part of the framework of NATO’s nuclear sharing program,” said Zakharova in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television, according to Russian news site Sputnik. Zakharova also said that the move would contravene the Treaty of Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which was ratified by 191 nations in 1970 to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. “At the same time in Europe — not just in Germany, but also in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey — U.S. tactical nuclear armaments remain deployed,” said Zakharova, who also claimed . . . MORE>> Click here.

Poroshenko’s Ukraine Becomes “Eastern Outpost of Euro-Atlantic Civilization” / by Vitaly Varavka / Integrative*Mind (from Odna Rodyna) / Autotranslation (with minor editing) / September 23, 2015 / The NATO Secretary General visited Ukraine during two-day stay and found that, although between Ukraine and the alliance “there is a wide range of cooperation in very different areas,” this is not enough for Kiev’s accession into NATO…. Stoltenberg, assessing the situation diplomatically, pointed out that “NATO is working together with Ukraine and supporting it in reforms, adaptation of the armed forces so that they are more suited to NATO.” However, no exception to the standard procedure will be made for Kiev, he promises: “After these reforms, Ukraine will decide whether to file an application to join NATO, and then we will evaluate this statement on a common basis.” […]  “Yes, Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Unfortunately, de jure, we are not allies, but de facto, I can not emphasize this, we are much more than partners,“ Poroshenko said at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which was attended by the secretary general of the alliance. Stoltenberg at a meeting of the National Security Council noted that Ukraine “can rely on NATO.” However, he paid more attention to the topic hated by the leaders of Kiev – the Minsk agreements. “We (the Alliance) support the full implementation of the agreements Minsk, since it is the only way out of the crisis”, said the secretary general. […] During the visit, Stoltenberg signed a number of documents. In particular, the Road Map program Partnership for Strategic Communications, a joint declaration on strengthening the military-technical cooperation between Ukraine and NATO, the agreement on the status of NATO representation in Ukraine. . . . MORE>> Click here.

Mikheil Saakashvili, John McCain (--rt.com)

Mikheil Saakashvili, John McCain (–rt.com)

Surprise Visit By McCain To Kiev Regime, Meeting With Saakashvili Who Is Wanted By Georgia / Novorossia Today / September 23, 2015 / American Senator and warmonger John McCain arrived in Odessa on Wednesday. This was announced by the U.S. Ambassador in the Kiev Regime Geoffrey Pyatt in his Twitter page. The Odessa Regional State Administration press service reported earlier that McCain would hold a press briefing together with war criminal and wanted in Georgia, Governor Mikheil Saakashvili on Sept. 23. “Odesa [is the] temporary home of Ukrainian Navy. Ships to return to Crimea,” [said] U.S. ambassador Pyatt. Of course, Mr. Pyatt has been drinking of late, and seen wearing a straightjacket! No details of the senator’s visit to Odesa have been disclosed so far.

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Tuesday September 22, 2015

Denis Pushilin (--rferl.org)

Denis Pushilin (–rferl.org)

Date of First Phase of Elections in the DPR, October 18, Remains Unchanged – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 22, 2015 / DONETSK / The proposal from the Republics of Donbass to hold local elections on February 21 is for the next stage of the electoral process in the region. This was stated to DAN by the head of DPR delegation to the Contact Group, Speaker of DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “We are talking about the next stages of the elections in the DPR and LPR,” he said. “Dates of the first phase of elections for heads of cities and regions remain unchanged, on 18 October and 1 November for the DPR and LPR.” Earlier today LPR envoy Vladislav Deinego said that the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic offered the Contact Group in Minsk a reasonable schedule for deadlines on political points of the Minsk Agreement. According to him, the Republics of Donbass “calculated the date of the local elections in Donbass as February 21 2016.” “We appreciate the work done by our colleagues in Luhansk,” Pushilin continued commenting on the statement. “They figured out the option that provides for the situation in which Kiev will begin to fully perform the Minsk Agreements.” The politician reminded that this is a new introduction to the Verkhovna Rada a bill on constitutional reforms previously agreed with Donbass [sic], making changes to Article 10 of the law on the special status of the region, as well as the adoption of special laws on elections and amnesty. [Editor’s note: translation of final sentence uncertain.] 

Vladislav Deinego (--Sputnik)

Vladislav Deinego (–Sputnik)

Luhansk, Donetsk to urge Kiev to hold Donbas polls in February 2016 — LPR envoy / TASS / September 22, 2015 / MOSCOW / [QI editor: this report gives a false impression. See updates below.] The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics plan to propose Kiev at the meeting in the Belarusian capital on Tuesday to hold the elections in Donbas on February 21, 2016, LPR’s negotiator Vladislav Deinego has said. “We have prepared a schedule with an adequate timeframe for implementing each political point of the package of measures to break the impasse. It was drafted based on the current legislation of Ukraine and the regulation of the Verkhovna Rada and also the norms of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR),” Deinego told the LuganskInformCenter. All the regulatory acts envisaged by the Minsk peace deal should be agreed with the representatives of the republics and adopted within the suggested timeframe, he said. “We have defined the date for holding local elections in Donbass as February 21, 2016.” In case the plan is fulfilled, the sides can fully ensure the implementation of political points of the Minsk agreements concerning the amendments to Ukraine’s constitution envisaging special status for certain areas in Donbass, the adoption of a law on local elections, as well as amnesty and lifting the economic blockade, he said. On Tuesday, Minsk hosts another round of talks on resolving the conflict in Donbas […]. Four working subgroups on humanitarian, political, economic and security issues are due to hold a meeting to be followed by the talks of the Contact Group of senior representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the self-proclaimed republics and the OSCE. “Today the meeting of all the four working subgroups of the Contact Group will take place, our representatives have arrived and are prepared on all the current issues,” the Luhansk republic’s negotiator said. Quemado Institute comments: Postponement of elections would require approval from DPR PM Alexander zakharchenko, signatory to the Minsk Package of Measures. Zakharchenko has stated the agreement must be fulfilled by the end of 2015, as originally scheduled. Poroshenko also insists on this deadline. It is rare for Deinego, LPR envoy, to act as spokesman for the DPR. Update from DAN: According to official DPR news site DAN, the DPR/LPR elections originally set for October 18 and November 1 will still be held as planned. The earlier DAN report posted below was the source of the confusion.  QI editor’s Update: Rumors of postponement of DPR/LPR elections have spread to Stratfor, which offered the following incorrect report today: “Ukraine: Separatists To Propose Election Delay. Officials from Ukraine’s breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will propose delaying their self-declared local elections to Feb. 21, 2016 in the interest of advancing a peace deal with the government, Luhansk negotiator Vladislav Deinego said Sept. 22, Itar Tass reported. Sep 22, 2015, 14:49 GMT.” Further update: The rumor has also spread to Unian.info under the erroneous title: Donbas militants say they may reschedule local elections for February. The report contains an analysis as well.

Vladislav Deinego (--DAN)

Vladislav Deinego (–DAN)

LPR and DPR Offer Kiev the Holding of Local Elections on Feb. 21, 2016 – Deinego / DAN / Edited autotranslation / September 22, 2015 / DONETSK / [Editor’s note: This article was the source of the TASS report which falsely implied the DPR and LPR elections set for October 18 and November 1 might be postponed. Pushilin has since confirmed the elections will be held as planned.] The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will offer in the Contact Group a reasonable schedule of deadlines for the political points of the Minsk Agreement. This was announced today on the eve of consultations in Minsk, said the authorized LPR representative in the negotiations Vladislav Deinego. “In the political subgroup, which meets intense others [sic], in order to move the process forward, we have prepared a schedule with adequate deadlines for each item of the political part of the complex of measures. It has been prepared on the basis of current legislation of Ukraine and Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as well as the norms of the OSCE ODIHR,” Deinego said in a statement, which was published today in the online PARTY. According to him, the Republic of Donbass “calculated the date of the local elections in Donbass for February 21 2016.” In addition, the plan would solve the problems with the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, including securing the permanent nature of the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts, adoption of the law on local elections in some regions, carrying out an amnesty participants of the events in Donbass on both sides, as well as the abolition of the ATO and lifting of the economic blockade. “All the regulations provided for in the package of measures are to be agreed with representatives of the republic,” stressed the LPR commissioner.

February vote in Donbas to mark second stage of election process — Donetsk envoy / TASS / September 22, 2015 / MOSCOW / Elections on February 21, 2016, proposed by east Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics, will mark the second stage in the election process in the Donbas region, a senior official from the Donetsk People’s Republic said on Tuesday. “We are talking about the next stages of the elections in the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk,” Denis Pushilin, the Donetsk republic’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group of senior representatives from Ukraine, Russia and European security watchdog OSCE, was quoted as saying by the Donetsk news agency. “The dates for holding the first stage of the vote — to elect heads of cities and regions — will remain the same — October 18 in the Donetsk People’s Republic and November 1 in the Luhansk People’s Republic,” Pushilin said. [… More background at source.]

Martin Sajdik (--osce.org)

Martin Sajdik (–osce.org)

Contact Group fails to agree on weapons withdrawal in Donbass – OSCE envoy / TASS / September 22, 2015 / MINSK / The Contact Group of the settlement in eastern Ukraine has failed to reach an agreement on the pullback of weapons of under 100mm caliber from the line of engagement in Donbass, OSCE’s (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik, said on Tuesday after the Minsk talks. He said he discussion of the withdrawal schedule had taken seven hours. The sides agreed confidentiality was needed to ensure sustainable character of the talks, he said, adding the consultations would be continued next week. Earlier on Tuesday, LuganskInformCentre cited a source close to the talks that the security subgroup planned to meet in Minsk on September 28 to try to finalize a document on weapons withdrawal to have it initialed at a Contact Group meeting on September 29. The political subgroup of the Contact Group on settlement in eastern Ukraine focused on the discussion of a new possible date for elections in Donbass, February 16, 2016, Martin Sajdik said. He said the discussion had mainly centered round February 21, 2016 as a new date for local elections in Donbass. However, elections in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk would be held on October 18 and November 1, he said, adding that it ran counter to the Minsk agreements. Earlier on Tuesday, representatives of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic (LPR and DPR) handed over to the Contact Group a roadmap of the implementation of political provisions of the Minsk agreements. “The implementation of the roadmap is to be completed by local elections in the republics (LPR and DPR, or Donetsk People’s Republic) on February 21, 2016. These will be elections to local legislatures and head of rural administrations,” LuganskInformCentre said citing a source close to the talks.

Summary events of Novorossiya, September 22, 2015 / Anna News / The situation is relatively calm near the contact line. The DPR Defense Ministry reported the Donetsk News Agency today. The Ukrainian military forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 5 times. Spartak was subjected to fire. The fighters used mortar-guns of 120-mm caliber and small-arms. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the LPR territory 16 times. The Ukrainian army shelled Kalinovka 9 times from Luganskoe. The fighters used mortar-guns and small-arms. Also Lozovoe was subjected to fire from Luganskoe. The Ukrainians used grenade machine guns and small-arms. The Ukrainian army shelled Veselogorovka, Kalinovo from Troitskoe using guns of 122-mm caliber, grenade machine guns and small-arms. Sadovy and Marevka were subjected to fire from Zolotoe. The enemy used mortar-guns and small-arms. Also the Ukrainians commited 4 provocations. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled Luganskoe 3 times from the dam. Some explosions were registered to the north-west of Veselogorovka. The Ukrainian Armed Forces went to Dobass by helicopters. The Deputy CommAnder of Corps of the DPR the Ministry of Defence Eduard Basurin reported today. DPR reconnaissance teams registered 10 helicopters in Krasny Liman. Field engineers of the DPR Emergency Ministry found out and rendered harmless 13 explosive objects in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The press-service of the Ministry reported today. Contact sub-groups initiated talks in Minsk. The press-service of the head of the DPR delegation in the Contact Group Denis Pushilin claimed today. Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic want to hold the next stage of the electoral process on February the 21. Pushilin claimed today. The first stage of the elections will be on October the 18-th in the DPR and on November the 1-st in the LPR. 12 thousand civilians went back in Debaltsevo for 7 months. The head of the administration Alexandr Afendikov reported the Donetsk News Agency today.

DPR/LPR militia, Sep. 21, 2015 (--EPA/Alexander Ermochenko)

DPR/LPR militia, 9-21-2015 (–EPA/Alexander Ermochenko)

Donetsk republic hopes Minsk talks will be unaffected by NATO chief’s visit / TASS / September 22, 2015 / The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic expect that the visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will not influence Kiev’s stance at Tuesday’s meeting in Minsk, DPR’s negotiator Denis Pushilin has said. “This is not the first visit of high-ranking Western politicians to Ukraine ahead of the meetings in Minsk. Each time such a visit makes adjustments in the Ukrainian government’s policy. I would not want to think that this visit will have negative consequences for the negotiating process,” Pushilin told the Donetsk news agency. Stoltenberg arrived in Ukraine on Monday for a two-day visit. The NATO chief together with President Petro Poroshenko opened the joint international civilian consequence management exercise, Ukraine 2015, in the Lviv region. The secretary general is also expected to attend a meeting at the National Security and Defense Council and hold talks with the prime minister and the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament. On Tuesday, Minsk hosts another round of talks on resolving the conflict in Donbas, which has killed nearly 8,000 [the figure is estimated by some to be much higher –QI editor] people and left another 17,811 wounded since mid-April 2014, according to the UN figures. Four working subgroups on humanitarian, political, economic and security issues are due to hold a meeting to be followed by the talks of the Contact Group of senior representatives of Russia, Ukraine, the self-proclaimed republics and the OSCE.

 Jens Stoltenberg, Petro Poroshenko, (Pavlo Klimkin far left) (--Mikhail Palinchak/UA Pres Press/TASS)

Jens Stoltenberg, Petro Poroshenko, (Pavlo Klimkin at far left) (–Mikhail Palinchak/UA Presidential Press/TASS)

Poroshenko admits it is too early for Ukraine to join NATO / TASS / September 21, 2015 / KIEV / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Monday that Ukraine needed to prepare for accession to NATO. “Ukraine’s current reforms comply with the NATO requirements 99%,” he told a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “Is Ukraine ready to become its [NATO] member now? The answer is no. We need to get prepared for this. Is NATO ready to admit Ukraine to the alliance as a member? No. But it is necessary to prepare my country for this.” Stoltenberg said for his part that NATO is currently working jointly with Ukraine, supporting its reforms, the army reform to make them comply with the NATO requirements. When the reforms are completed, Ukraine will be able to decide whether it should apply for NATO membership, and then the alliance would consider the application according to the standard procedure. It’s no problem, Stoltenberg said. According to NATO release, Stoltenberg and Petro Poroshenko on Monday opened the Joint International Civilian Consequence Management Exercise “Ukraine 2015” co-organized by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Over 1,110 first responders from 28 nations participate in the four day event.

European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (--EPA/Patrick Seeger)

ECHR headquarters, Strasbourg (–EPA/Patrick Seeger)

Strasbourg court accepts over 500 complaints from Donbas against Kiev / TASS / September 22, 2015 / MOSCOW / The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has accepted more than 500 complaints from the citizens of the war-torn Donbas region against the Kiev authorities, Russia’s human rights activist Alexander Brod said on Tuesday. “The ECHR is considering more than 500 claims only from the citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic on military crimes of Kiev’s authorities,” said Brod, who heads the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights and is a member of the presidential human rights council. The lawyers in Donbas have prepared 15,000 lawsuits from elderly people in the eastern Ukrainian region demanding Kiev to pay pensions and social benefits to them. Brod stressed that Kiev “has waged war against its own people.” Brod, who was added to Ukraine’s blacklist against Russia last week, presented on Tuesday a new report on the human rights violations in Ukraine over the past two years titled “Ukraine: shot right.” The authors of the report do not idealize the leadership of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic and also mention looting and violence committed by self-defense militias. The book will be translated into English and sent to the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and also international human rights organizations.

Anatolii Matios (--business.ua)

Anatolii Matios (–business.ua)

Scandals Now In The Kiev Regime Military / Novorossia Today / September 22, 2015 / Law enforcers detained the commander of a battalion of the 28th Mechanized Brigade of Ukraine’s Armed Forces on suspicion of receiving UAH 1.1 million (about $50,330) in bribe. This was announced by Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios on air of ICTV channel, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny. “Two hours ago, a commander of a battalion of the 28th Mechanized Brigade was detained after receiving a bribe of UAH 1.1 million for allowing 10 vehicles across the demarcation line,” he said. Matios stressed that prosecutors had been documenting evidence of commander’s illegal activity for two months until his brigade was completely withdrawn from the ATO area and it became possible to detain the suspect.

slavsep21pPorky Makes Minsk Meat of Donbass Elections, Enriches English Language / Quemado Institute / September 21, 2015 / It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. — Voltaire. The whole gaggle of Western observers has gone orbital over the planned elections in Donbass. From Poroshenko to Forbes, from the European Union to the European Council on Foreign Relations, from Steffen Seibert to Jens Stoltenberg, the hue and cry is that the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics are “violating” the Minsk agreements by holding their own elections, scheduled for October 18 and November 1. But are they really? Let’s Not Minsk Words: There are only two points in the Minsk 2.0 Package of Measures relevant to Donetsk and Lugansk local elections: 4. On the first day after the pullout [of heavy weapons], a dialogue is to start on modalities of conducting local elections in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and the Law of Ukraine “On temporary Order of Local Self-Governance in Particular Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts” [OTOOLSGIPDODALO, pronounced oh-TOOLZ-JIP-duh-DAH-loh —editor]. 12. Based on the Law of Ukraine “On temporary Order . . . MORE>> Click here.

Marco Rubio (--Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Marco Rubio (–Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) writes in a new op-ed that President Obama is incapable of anticipating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move / Novorossia Today / September 22, 2015 / Rubio added that Putin is acting against America’s national interests in both the Middle East and Ukraine. “Ever since then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a ‘reset’ of relations with Russia in 2009, the consequences of six years of failed U.S. policy towards Russia have played out in the annexation of Crimea and the battlefields of Ukraine,” the White House hopeful writes. “Somehow, as the evidence of failure grows, President Obama still can’t seem to understand Vladimir Putin’s goals,” the senator writes. “Putin wants nothing less than the recognition of Russia as a geopolitical force. “He has already achieved this in Europe, and he is now pursuing the same goal in the Middle East, exploiting the vacuum left behind by President Obama’s ‘leading from behind’ approach.” Rubio argues that Russia’s involvement with Syria is especially troubling, given Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad. “In the absence of American leadership, Syria has become a playground for malign, anti-American forces such as . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Monday September 21, 2015

Angela Merkel chats with her Chief Spokesman Steffen Seibert (--Bloomberg/Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel chats with her Chief Spokesman Steffen Seibert (–Bloomberg/Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images)

Berlin calls on Moscow to make Donbas unrecognized republics cancel local election / TASS / September 21, 2015 / BERLIN / Berlin calls on Moscow to exert pressure on the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics (DPR and LPR) to hold local election in accordance with Ukrainian laws, Germany’s government spokesperson Steffen Seibert told a briefing on Monday. The election in Donbas should be held in adherence with the Minsk agreements and Ukrainian laws, Seibert said adding that unilateral steps made by DPR and LPR authorities violate the Minsk accords. Holding their own local election not coordinated with Kiev will be “a serious violation of the Minsk agreements,” the spokesperson stressed. According to Seibert, the whole process of preparing for and holding local election should be coordinated with the Contact Group and the vote should conform to the standards of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He added that the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine agreed on that at their last meeting in Berlin. “We expect Moscow to use its influence so that separatists cancel this election,” a German Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. On Sunday, DPR envoy to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said he will insist on the decision to organize local elections at the negotiations in Minsk due on September 22. “We shall touch upon the issue of elections,” he told the Donetsk News Agency. “Of course, I believe, we will experience certain pressure due to the decisions head of the republic has made. But we have arguments to protect the position we have, as once again we are moving unilaterally in fulfilment of the Minsk accords.” DPR and LPR earlier said that Kiev does not fulfill its obligations in the framework of the Minsk agreements. The self-proclaimed republics have thus decided “to implement the agreements unilaterally” and hold local election on October 18 in Donetsk and November 1 in Luhansk. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned that local election not coordinated with Kiev can have “devastating consequences for the process of de-escalation in Donbas.” Local election in Ukraine are scheduled for October 25. Quemado Institute comments: Berlin’s reactionary stance seems motivated more by jealousy than by a clear understanding of the Minsk agreements.

Petro Poroshenko, Jens Stoltenberg (--NATO)

Petro Poroshenko, Jens Stoltenberg (–NATO)

Secretary General highlights value of partnership as he opens joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise / NATO official site / September 21, 2015 / NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, opened a joint NATO-Ukraine civil emergency exercise in Yavoriv on Monday (21 September 2015), at the start of his first official visit to Ukraine which is to highlight the partnership between NATO and Ukraine. “This exercise can make a real and significant difference to the way we respond to real life emergencies,” the Secretary General said. “This is not a military exercise. It is an opportunity for first responders – from Allies and from partner nations – to work together.” The four-day exercise, which involves 28 NATO and partner nations, shows the practical value of the NATO-Ukraine partnership, said Mr. Stoltenberg. “By hosting this exercise you are showing that Ukraine wants to contribute to the safety of the European people and to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area,” he said. During his two-day visit, the Secretary General will meet with President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other senior . . . MORE>> Click here.

Ivan Simonovic (--AFP/ Phil Moore)

Ivan Simonovic (–AFP/ Phil Moore)

Senior UN Human Rights Official Starts Visit to Kiev, Conflict-Torn Donbass / Sputnik / September 21, 2015 / UNITED NATIONS / The UN’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday began a six-day visit to Kiev and conflict-torn eastern parts of the country, the UN human rights agency said. “Today, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, has begun a 6 day visit to Ukraine, where he will be visiting both Kiev and parts of the east,” the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a statement published on its website. Simonovic’s visit “will provide an opportunity to assess the human rights situation” in Ukraine ahead of the Human Rights Council’s dialogue on human rights in the country, scheduled for September 29 in Geneva, the OHCHR said. A UN report on human rights in Ukraine, which was published on September 8, said that casualties in Donbas, the location of the military conflict launched by Kiev against local independence supporters, have doubled in the past three months, mostly due to heavy weapons shelling. In early September, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was being observed, signifying that the February’s Minsk peace agreements between Kiev and Donbas independence supporters were finally taking hold. Almost 8,000 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the military conflict in April 2014, according to the last UN report. Editor’s note: It is not clear whether Simonovic will actually be visiting the DPR/LPR.

Kirill Frolov (--mianews)

Kirill Frolov (–mianews)

Kirill Frolov presented in Donetsk his book “The Sacred meanings of Novorossia” / mianews / September 21, 2015 / On September, 16 in the “Russian center” that is located on the fourth floor of the Donetsk Republican universal scientific library named by N.K. Krupskaya, there was the presentation of the book “The Sacred meanings of Novorossiya”. The presentation was conducted by the author himself – a political figure, head of the Association of Orthodox experts Kirill Frolov. Recall that a concise summary of this book was printed in the appendix to the journal of the Izborsk club of Novorossiya “New Land”. By the way, the magazine staff brought copies of the app in the “Russian center”. They could be taken by anyone. This presentation, like all activities of the Izborsk club, gathered a large number of people. Among them were members of the Izborsk club, students and even Orthodox activists; they every day are conducting religious processions around the government House. The author told the audience about his book and outlined the inherent ideas. Frolov is confident that Russia will not leave the Novorossia. “We did not pass Bashar al-Assad. And after that, pass the DPR and the LPR would be absurd,” he says. In addition, Frolov does not exclude that the Novorossia can enter into the Russian Federation. According to him, it will happen if the Ukrainian authorities will continue to behave inappropriately. And since the adequacy of their actions is not observed, such a scenario is quite probable. As a bright example of the inadequacy of the Ukrainian authorities Frolov led banners of Kherson SBU, on this is written: «We’ll cure love to Russia”. Frolov said: “This is a state security service. The Ukrainian government by its mouth declares that love for Russia is a criminal offence. And the state . . . MORE>> Click here.

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