Donetsk Lugansk News Nov 15-20 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015
(Brief update)

slavnov20eLPR police: Azov has returned; UAF equipment on the move / Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / November 20, 2015 / “The return of the ‘territorial battalions’ to the front will lead to sad consequences for the UAF – People’s Police of the LPR” The return of the so-called “territorial volunteer battalions” to the contact line might lead to tragic consequences for the UAF leadership. The deputy chief of staff of the People’s Police, Colonel Igor Yashchenko, stated this today in a briefing to Lungansk Information Center. He commented on information that on November 18, the Azov battalion, infamous for its crimes against Donbass civilians, arrived at Stanitsa Luganska, which is under the control of Kiev security forces. According to Yashchenko, the strengthening of Ukrainian positions on the contact line with volunteer battalions will lead to armed clashes between units of the enemy. “As a result of the strengthening of frontline positions of the UAF with volunteer battalions, clashes between the enemy’s units, which have different political motives for being at war, will be observed,” he reported. “At the current moment, UAF units are solving their internal conflicts, and the carrying out of offensive operations by un-coordinated units can lead to sad consequences for the military leadership of the UAF,” Yashchenko added. On this note, he stressed that the people’s police is doing everything possible to peacefully resolve the conflict and prevent a resumption of hostilities. He also noted that Kiev, in violation of the Minsk Agreements, is continuing to supply UAF units on the line of contact with UAV’s, and that UAF units are continuing to increase the number of military equipment, including helicopter gunships, close to the front line. In particular, he noted that, according to the intelligence of the people’s police of the LPR, “approximately 160 units of military equipment and two Mi-24 and Mi8 combat helicopters have been detected in the south-eastern outskirts of Svatovo.” In addition, on November 10, the deputy chief of staff reported the identification of cases of UAF military equipment being moved along the contact line and deep inside Kiev-controlled territory. In his words, “by such demonstrative actions, Kiev security forces are attempting to intimidate and disturb” the people’s police, which “are now on combat duty near the front lines” and “provoke them to use weapons in order to blame the LPR of armed aggression.” In addition, residents of Stanitsa Luganska , not far from the village of Bolotnoe, reported the transfer of Ukrainian military vehicles to the residential area. We recall that on September 30 the head of the LPR, Igor Polotnitsky, signed the Addendum to the Set of Measures for Fulfilling the Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015 concerning the withdrawal of tanks and artillery of over 100mm and mortars of a calibre up to and over 120 mm. A day earlier, on September 29, as a result of the meetings of the contact group held in Minsk and its sub-group, which works on the security of participants in negotiations, a document on the withdrawal to 15km from the contact line on either side of weapons less than 100mm and tanks was signed. The withdrawal was carried out over 41 days, and in the “North” sector under the jurisdiction of the people’s police of the LPR, the process was started on October 3 and ended on November 10. Monitoring the process of the withdrawal of weapons was handled by representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCCC) which sends relevant reports to the special monitoring mission of the OSCE.

Eduard Basurin (--cz.sputniknews)

Eduard Basurin (–

Basurin: UAF evicting civilians, occupying homes / Oleg Krivorotov, Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / November 20, 2015 / Ukrainian punitive forces are forcibly evicting civilians in front-line homes, the deputy commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense, Eduard Basurin, stated to journalists today. “We continue to receive information about the eviction of civilians from their homes in a fraudulent manner by Ukraine’s military units. slavnov20bThis is happening in the residential areas of Ochertino, Kurdyumovka, Aleksandra-Kalinovo, and is done under the pretext of an alleged offensive being prepared by the DPR army,” he said. According to the defense department representative, punitive forces are coming into houses, forcing people to collect their things, allowing only one bag, and are throwing them into buses which taken them in the direction of Artemovsk. The subsequent fate of these citizens is unknown. Basurin suggested that punitive forces are pursuing two objective with such actions: firstly, they are placing personnel in comfortable conditions before the coming cold, and they can now blame the armed forces of the DPR in the case of a shelling of the residential area. “Once again, we ask the OSCE and other human rights organizations to turn their attention to the facts of the inhuman treatment of the civilian population of Donbass,” the representative of the headquarters of the army stated. [Map caption: Ukrops are forcibly evicting people from front-line villages (starred). –Courtesy John Delacour, Twitter. Click to enlarge.]

Wolfgang Gehrke (L) (--DAN)

Wolfgang Gehrke (L) (–DAN)

It’s Hard to Sleep after Seeing Effects of Shelling of Donetsk – Deputy of Bundestag / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 20, 2015 / The destruction in residential areas on the outskirts of Donetsk, caused by shelling from the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] is dazzling. This was announced today during a study tour in the surroundings of the Donetsk airport, reporters say, by members of the Bundestag from the Left Party, Wolfgang Gehrke and Andrew Junco. “Such a picture in front of my eyes was [unbelievable]. After visiting these places, I can hardly sleep peacefully,” confessed Junco. His colleague, in turn, stressed the need to consider the situation in the Donbass region in the European context. “I did not think that war would come to Europe. It is not needed, and it must stop,” said Gehrke. “Upon returning home, we will insist on Germany promoting an end to the war and the continuation of relations with Russia.” During today’s trip, the German politicians visited the Kuibyshev district of the DPR capital in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and had the opportunity to talk with the few remaining residents there to see the destroyed houses andslavnov20m the ruins of the Iveria monastery devastated by intense Ukrainian shelling last spring, including fragments of tombstones in the local cemetery. The Parliamentarians said that the major German media do not represent to the public a true picture of what is happening in Donbass. “We are working so that the illumination was as open as possible, and will do everything so that people can know the truth, about which we can only guess,” concluded Gerke. On the eve of the deputies arrival from Europe, they brought a large consignment of medicines for hospitals Gorlovka, including a children’s hospital. Recall that the first time Wolfgang Gehrke and Andrew Junco visited Donetsk was February 14, 2015. Then they brought into Donbass 28 tons of humanitarian cargo of medicines that were sent to hospitals in Donetsk, Gorlovka and Lugansk.

slavnov20gAmerica’s Great Lie. Europe’s Great Shame. Russia’s Great Case / by Eric Zuesse / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 21, 2015 / The West owes Russia a hell of a lot; but what it owes Russia first is a deep apology, and a welcome into Europe, of which Russia has been and is an extremely important nation, and very unjustly denied its rightful place there. What doesn’t belong in Europe is the U.S., not in any way whatsoever, especially since the U.S. is now a dictatorship. (Anyone who says it’s not a dictatorship and who doesn’t click onto that link to find out that he’s been snookered to think it’s still a democracy, should just stop reading here right now, because this aricle is going to be suitable only for people with open, critical, inquiring minds — not for closed-minded or stupid readers.) Why does America’s anti-Russia military club NATO still exist, after the Soviet Union’s equivalent Warsaw Pact disbanded in 1991 when the Soviet Union and its communism voluntarily ended? NATO is nothing but America’s anti-Russia military club, against Russia and against any nation (such as Iraq, or Libya, or Syria) that supports Russia. We killed Gaddafi in Libya because he supported . . . MORE>> Click here. Quemado Institute comments: America is indeed not a democracy. Yet nor is it a dictatorship. It sometimes resembles one, especially in view of the increasing use of the executive order privilege. However, unlike traditional dictatorships, such as the Burma on which George Orwell’s novel 1984 was based, the United States is not totalitarian. Aside from occasional jury duty and income tax for those who earn a certain minimum, citizens who are either wealthy or willing to live on next to nothing can escape to the back country and be left alone.


Christine Lagarde, Vladimir Putin (--SCF)

Christine Lagarde, Vladimir Putin (–SCF)

G-20 Summit and Fate of IMF / by Valentin Katasonov / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 19, 2015 / At least a dozen major topics were discussed at the annual G-20 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, both at the forum sessions as well as on the sidelines, and at bilateral and group meetings…. Some assess the G-20 summits rather critically, pointing to what they call «empty blather» and «a cliquish mentality». Indeed, what can the summit attendees actually propose that would help stem the slowdown in the global economy? Or that would stave off climate change? There was arguably only one issue on the summit’s main agenda that was very specific, ready to go, and could be resolved in 24 hours. And that would be the reform of the International Monetary Fund…. Washington has always viewed the IMF as a subsidiary of the US Treasury. And although America’s IMF quota and voting share have been on a downward trajectory ever since the Bretton Woods Conference, today it still stands at over 17%. This makes it ease enough for the US to veto any decision made by the IMF’s board of directors (only a 15% stake is needed to block a vote). So what is Washington afraid of? Experts claim that even after the 14th General Review of Quotas the US share will not fall below 15%. Washington fears that the BRICS countries will also acquire a blocking stake if . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavnov20fG20 Aftermath: No Need to Panic / by Pyotr Iskenderov / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 21, 2015 / The recent G20 summit involving the leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies held in Antalya, Turkey, bore witness to the increasing disintegration of the global architecture that the US and its closest allies have been persistently creating since the 1990s. The global economic crisis, the rapid escalation of the refugee problem, the rise in international terrorism and the simultaneous intensification of Russia’s policy in the post-Soviet space, the Middle East and other strategically important areas of the world have been key to the significant changes in the system of international relations. As such, the US newspaper The Wall Street Journal emphasised that Russian President Vladimir Putin in particular was a central figure during the G20 summit, while the impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris suggests the futility of the West’s attempt to push for the international isolation of Russia. . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavnov20aFrench Senate Backs Extension of Emergency State for 3 Months / Sputnik / November 20, 2015 / The upper house of the French Parliament, the Senate, unanimously voted on Friday to extend the state of emergency in the country for three months following the recent deadly terror attacks in Paris. / PARIS (Sputnik) — Some 348 senators took part in the voting for relevant amendments to the legislation, with 336 ballots in favor and no ‘against’ votes. The state of emergency was introduced in France by a Cabinet of Ministers decision following the request of President Francois Hollande immediately after the November 13 attacks that killed at least 130 people and injured over 350.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin, Minsk

Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin in Minsk, Belarus

Negotiators in Minsk Reached No Consensus on Issue of Elections in Donbass / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 17, 2015 / DONETSK / The participants of the negotiation process in Minsk have not reached a consensus on the election of local government in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. This was stated today to journalists by the head of the delegation of the DPR, Chairman of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “These discussions are continuing. As yet there is no understanding, there is no consensus,” Pushilin was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency. The DPR representative stressed that despite this, the work of the contact subgroup on Political Affairs, which discusses the election, will continue. Pushilin stressed that the Ukrainian authorities are trying to push through a bill in the Verkhovna Rada on elections in Donbass, which is not coordinated with the People’s Republic under the profile of the subgroup, and it directly contradicts the Minsk package of measures. According to the head of the DPR delegation, [any such bill] put to the vote in the Verkhovna Rada as matter of necessity “must be clearly worked out and agreed upon in the framework of the subgroup on political issues,” and “there are no other options.” Vladislav Deinego, who raised the issue of constitutional reform in Ukrain, reminded [the group] about the need for coordination of the Kiev lawmakers with the People’s Republics and their representatives. “In Kiev has to be understood that all changes to the constitution must be consistent with the LPR and DPR,” Deinego was quoted by the TASS News Agency. “The DPR and LPR will not accept a version of the constitution which has not been negotiated with them.” According to the People’s Republic of Lugansk, the issue of amendments to the constitution will be raised in the next round of talks in Minsk. “The Contact Group at the next meeting is to discuss possible changes to the constitution of Ukraine. Special status should be indicated in the article .133 of the Constitution, and there is still a part of the comments of the Venice Commission which were not taken into account when drafting the amendments to the Constitution for the second reading,” said Deinego.slavnov18y The next meeting of the Contact Group on peaceful settlement, it was said after today’s talks by the head of the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik (shown in photo), is still scheduled for November 24th. Summing up the work today, Sajdik on behalf of the Contact Group, called for an immediate end to violations of the truce in Donbass. “We should avoid a resumption of the armed conflict and, therefore, possible disruption of the implementation of the agreements,” said the representative of the OSCE. “Immediate action is required to normalize the situation in the conflict zone, and compliance with all the agreements of Minsk.” Recall that in recent [days] on the frontline in Donbass, there has veen observed a significant increase in tension. Contrary to the established of the ceasefire on September 1, the Ukrainian security forces have shelled every day, in particular, the suburbs and the outskirts of Donetsk and Gorlovka. According Sajdik, violations were discussed today at a meeting of the subgroup on safety issues, whose members also agreed to exchange all data on mine clearance by the end of November. The representative of the OSCE told reporters that some progress has been made in other subgroups. Thus, the subgroup on humanitarian issues first came to a consensus on the need for a priority exchange of prisoners suffering from illness and injury. Meanwhile, at a meeting of the economic subgroup, it was announced about the decision of Kiev to begin work in Donbass of two mobile bank branches on the basis of armored vehicles. Editor’s note: DAN also states in a further article, “The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman in the Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, will visit Donbass on Friday, November 20, to monitor the situation along the line of contact between the parties.”

slavnov18tGoncharov: “NATO exercises show an intention to capture Donbass by force” / Translated by Ollie Richardson / Fort Russ / November 18, 2015 / Large-scale military exercises involving NATO troops, scheduled for Ukraine, shows that Kiev is ready for a military solution to the conflict in the Donbass. This opinion was expressed by an individual who is a member of the public Council of Luhansk, Tikhon Goncharov, when commenting on the President of Ukraine’s decision to pass into law the allowance of military personnel of the USA and Canada to participate in military exercises in Ukraine in November-December of this year. In accordance with the document, “units of the armed forces of the United States, other countries participating in NATO and the States-participants of the program “Partnership for peace” will arrive in Ukraine . The total number of foreign military personnel may be up to 2.5 thousand people. They will arrive in Ukraine in late November for up to 61 days. According to the plans in the doctrines, 5.3 thousand soldiers will take part. “Today we see that Europe and Russia are set for a political settlement of the conflict in the Donbass, at the same time, the United States continue to supply weapons to Ukraine, but NATO continues to train Ukrainian soldiers,” – said Goncharov. “In these circumstances, the holding of such a mass of doctrines suggests that the Ukrainian government and their American patrons are not interested in a peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Donbas and are preparing for the next attempt to solve it by using military force,” he said. According to Goncharov, another important point is “Poroshenko’s desire, in the face of rapid drop of support from the population, to achieve unconditional protection from the US by any means ”. “So in the short term we will see how the current Ukrainian authorities will increasingly be guided by American interests to the detriment of the interests of the people of Ukraine”, – said the expert. “Next year, for example, it was announced in Ukraine that it is a year of the English language. I wouldn’t be surprised if the subsequent year it will be announced the year of American weapons,” he concluded.

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

Ill-informed first words on Ukraine by Canada’s new prime minister / / November 18, 2015 / Canada’s new prime minister is sounding not-so-new when it comes to the civil war that has devastated the lives of millions of people in eastern Ukraine. CBC News reports that Justin Trudeau directed critical and ill-informed words to Russian President Vladimir Putin two days ago during the G20 summit meeting in Antalya, Turkey. Trudeau’s words portend badly for the people of Ukraine if continued. CBC cites Trudeau speaking of his exchange with Putin: “I pointed out that although Canada has shifted its approach on a broad range of multilateral and international issues, we remain committed to the fact that Russia’s interference in Ukraine must cease; that we stand with the Ukrainian people and expect the president to engage fully in the Minsk peace process.” The reference to the Minsk ceasefire agreement of Feb 12, 2015 (‘Minsk-2’) is ill-informed or malevolent. Russia was a key international sponsor and negotiator of the agreement, along with Germany and France. Canada and the United States were nowhere to be seen or heard from. The agreement was effectively a refutation of the aggressive egging-on of Kyiv’s civil war in which the U.S., Canada and Britain have engaged ever since Kyiv launched its civil war–‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’–in eastern Ukraine in April 2014. Minsk-2 sets out 13 very specific clauses which must . . . MORE>> Click here. Quemado Institute comments: Preliminary words from Justin Trudeau had led us to believe he might have a more realistic view of the Donbass war than his predecessor, an optimistic opinion we expressed in our commentary Reason? Or Armageddon? Paul Craig Roberts Delivers the Ultimatum (Oct 23, 2015). We have now had to revise that opinion. It appears Trudeau is as ignorant and brainwashed as the pro-Kiev neocons in Washington.


Monday, November 16, 2015

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Donetsk just left of center. (Click to enlarge.)

UAF Transfer to Front More Than 300 Pieces of Equipment, 173 Prohibited by Minsk-2 – Ministry of Defense / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 16, 2015 / DONETSK / Ukrainian security officials have concentrated at the line of demarcation 322 units of military equipment. At the same time, 173 of them are currently prohibited by the Minsk Agreement. This was announced today at a briefing in the DAN press center by deputy corps commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin, citing intelligence data. “In Gorlovka region in the areas of human settlements: Ore – 13 units of tanks, armored personnel carriers and BPM; Zaitseva in the Artemovsk District – tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and 50 units of armored personnel carriers; Konstantinovka – 12 Mi-8 helicopters; Lugano – 4 guns D-30; Dzerzhinsk – 5 tanks, two BM-21 “Grad” and two self-propelled artillery “Acacia”; Maori – two tanks and six BMP; Novgorod – three self-propelled guns, 15 tanks, 16 infantry fighting vehicles and 13 armored vehicles,” said Basurin. He also noted the buildup of arms by the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] in the Donetsk vicinity, in particular, 37 armored vehicles and 34 units of artillery and rocket systems have been observed in populated areas [such as -tr?] Krasnogorovka and Kostiantynivka. “In Mariupol direction near the village of Olginka there are 15 tanks; Starognatovka – 10 tanks and 10 armored combat vehicles; Granite – two self-propelled guns 2S9 Nona, two Rapier and four BPM; Novoselovka – 4 self-propelled artillery; Mariupol three ACS 2S3 Acacia and 15 armored fighting vehicles; on the southern outskirts of Pervomaisk – three guns D-30, three tanks and six armored fighting vehicles; Nikolaevka – five units MLRS BM-21 Grad,” said the corps representatvie. “Our intelligence alone recorded the movement of [Izyuma] in Artemovsk a column of MLRS BM-21 “Grad” in the amount of 11 units.” Basurin stressed that thus the military and political leadership of Ukraine, taking advantage of the cease-fire, are actively building up manpower and resources along the line of contact. Recall that on February 12 in Minsk, the Contact Group, in order to resolve the conflict in Donbass, signed a package of measures to implement the Minsk Agreement. According to this, artillery of 100 mm caliber and above should be withdrawn from each side by 50 km, MLRS by 70 km, MLRS “Tornado”, “Hurricane,” “Twister” and the rocket “Point” by 140 km. Later, on September 29 there was initialed in Minsk a Supplement to the package of measures. According to this, the parties of the conflict will have withdrawn tanks, artillery caliber of less than 100 mm caliber, and mortars of less than 120 mm. The distance withdrawal was to be 15 km on each side of the contact line. Quemado Institute comments: Many observers predicted months ago that the DPR/LPR’s unilateral withdrawal from the contact line would not be reciprocate by Ukraine, but would instead invite the UAF to move more heavy equipment into the buffer zone. The ill-founded DPR diplomatic tactic of unilateral withdrawal led some Donbass supporters to suspect betrayal by Moscow, which has never assisted the DPR/LPR militarily, but which, under the pressure of Minsk, has instead used its “considerable influence (–Angela Merkel)” to undermine DPR/LPR’s drive toward independence. It is sad to watch it happen. See for example our commentary DPR Forces Withdraw Along Contact Line: Shirokino Blunder Revisited? (July 19, 2015).

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Ukies Used Cluster Muntions
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Similar event: Residents of Zaporizhzhya, near Donetsk, dig trench, September 6 2014.

Similar event: In September 2014, residents dig trench in Kiev-held Zaporizhzhya near Donetsk.

Ukrainian Security Officials Force Inhabitants of Occupied Gorlovka Suburb to Dig Trenches / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 16, 2015 / DONETSK / Ukrainian security officials at noon today forced civilians in the occupied village of Zhovanka north of Gorlovka to engage in digging trenches. This was reported to DAN today by a source in the power structures of the DPR. “Today at about 12:00, Ukrainian law enforcers forced residents of several houses in the village of Zhovanka near Gorlovka to dig trenches in order to strengthen their own [Ukraine’s] positions,” a spokesman said. In the village of Zaitseva, which is located on the other side of the line of contact [near -tr?] Zhovankim DAN reported that the incident is not the first of its kind. According to the acting head of the village Irina Dykun, civilians already are “forced to elevate the position of UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces].” Note that the area north of Gorlovka has been constantly a hotbed of tension, where numerous ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian security services have been documented. So, today is the second time in a few days that mortar fire from positions MAT [sic] reached the area of school number 15 in Zaitsev.



UAF Push Units to Front, Taking Demilitarized Zone – Ministry of Defense / DAN / Edited autotranslation / November 16, 2015 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine [UAF] are deliberately pushing their units to the front lines in all directions. This was announced today at a briefing in the DAN press center by deputy corps commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Eduard Basurin. “We continue to record the facts of training indicating a possible transition to the offensive and getting to our territory DRG [sic]. Divisions of the UAF are specifically appointed to the contact line, taking the demilitarized zone,” he said. According to Basurin, a shining example of this situation it is the fact that Ukrainian armed units are occupying the village Shirokino in the Novoazovskiy district of the Republic, which was previously voluntarily unilaterally demilitarized by the DPR. “Thus, the military-political leadership of Ukraine, taking advantage of the cease-fire, is actively building up manpower and resources along the entire contact line, holding their units doobespechenie [sic] weapons and material resources,” stressed the corps representative. Also today, Basurin stated that Ukrainian security officials have concentrated at the front 173 units of prohibited equipment, including tanks, “Grad” artillery and helicopters.

UKRAINE-RUSSIA-CRISIS-MILITARYPro-Ukrainian Lugansk authorities to close the only checkpoint in the area / DONi News / November 16, 2015 / Lugansk, November 16. The authorities of the Lugansk region (under Ukraine’s control) sabotage arrangements on people’s admission to the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic through the only checkpoint operating at the disengagement line in the region – the LPR’s deputy chief of the People’s Militia Corps Igor Yashchenko. At the end of October, the Lugansk region’s authorities resumed a foot checkpoint’s work that had been suspended since April at the disengagement line with the LPR near the Luganskaya Village. “The high command of the Lugansk military and civil authorities obviously aims at sabotage of arrangements on the mutual admission of civilians through the checkpoint at the Luganskaya-Village bridge,” said Yashchenko. According to him, the shut-down of the passage will allow the Ukrainian officials to take bribes from those who need to get to the LPR’s territory. “Thus, the region’s authorities are in search of formal causes and for that purpose carries out provocations aimed shutting down the official foot traffic,” resumed the deputy chief of the People’s Militia Corps.

slavnov16sInitial comment by International Criminal Court investigation of Maidan Square massacres / / November 16, 2015 / The International Criminal Court has made an initial ruling that it will not investigate as crimes against humanity the massacres of protesters and police that occurred in Maidan Square in Kyiv in February 2014. It says information is too limited to sustain a claim that the killings were widespread and systematic or that they constituted crimes against humanity. The AFP news story reporting on the decision (below), published on November 12, repeats the version of events attributing the massacres to the special police (Berkut) forces of the government of President Victor Yanukovych, who was overthrown on Feb 21-22, 2014. Independent investigations of the Maidan massacres are now less likely. The official investigation by judicial authorities in Ukraine is being falsified in order to . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavnov16kPutin presents evidence of illegal ISIS oil trade at G20 / Translated by Ollie Richardson / Fort Russ / Pictures taken from space and from aircraft showed the scale of the illegal trade in acquiring oil and petroleum products from the “Islamic state”, said the Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the G20 meeting. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia showed pictures at the meeting from space showing the scale of the oil trade of ISIS. “I showed our colleagues our pictures from space of the aircraft, which clearly show the scale of the illegal trade in acquiring oil and oil products. The motor vehicles of the refuelling column stretched for dozens of kilometers, so much so that from a height of 4-5 thousand meters they go over the horizon “, – Putin said at a press conference after the summit, G20. “It looks just like the oil pipeline system. With colleagues this question will be discussed, and I hope that in the future we will continue this work which, in my opinion, is extremely important for the fight against terror,” – he added. [Ollie Richardson: In addition to handing over the photos, Putin declared that 40 countries are involved in the illegal purchase of ISIS oil, some of which are G20 members. Without a shadow of a doubt, Turkey will be one of them. This comes as no surprise as a terrorist group like ISIS are not self-funded, and, since we know from the 2012 DIA report, that the U.S hoped to remove Gaddafi and turn Libya into a buffer zone for the Jihadi’s, they are certainly not lonesome actors. The U.S allegedly bombed around 100 oil tankers in the last 24 hours, which, if it happened at all, is them covering their tracks. One thing is for sure – Putin’s pockets are very very deep, and he will not hesitate to pull things out of them.]

(--Sputnik/AFP/Armend Nimani)

(–Sputnik/AFP/Armend Nimani)

Washington Appears to Reject the Opportunity to End the New Cold War With Russia / Stephen F. Cohen / The Nation / November 11, 2015 / The US is rejecting Putin’s proposal to cooperate against the terrorist Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while escalating NATO’s “exercises” against Russia in Eastern Europe. / Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussion of the new US-Russian Cold War. Cohen points out that instead of cooperating with Moscow’s air war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the Obama Administration is threatening to send US planes and possibly troops to counter the Russian military operation there, while also stepping up NATO ground, air and sea exercises in areas on Russia’s own borders. The dangers inherent in such “exercises” were documented in a November 10 New York Times article recounting how such NATO maneuvers in 1983, in similarly fraught political circumstances, led the Soviet Russian leadership to fear an impending US nuclear attack and to put its own nuclear forces on high alert, replicating the high noon moment of the Cuban Missile Crisis twenty years before. Meanwhile, on the second anniversary of the US-Russian confrontation over Ukraine, which began in November 2013, the crisis of the American-backed government in Kiev continues to deepen economically and political. In recent local elections, President Poroshenko’s coalition seems to have won barely 20 percent of the vote while ultra-nationalist parties made gains in Western and Central Ukraine, and perhaps even in Kiev itself. Cohen cites reports that important decisions in Kiev-governed Ukraine are being made by, or cleared with, the American ambassador in consultation with Vice President Joseph Biden. If so, Cohen concludes, Kiev is increasingly taking on the appearance of an American colony, for which Washington is now politically responsible. Chances to end the US-Russian proxy war in Ukraine, through the Minsk accords proposed by German Chancellor Merkel and French President Hollande, are therefore also being squandered—by Kiev and its backers in Washington.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
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French soldiers patrol Eiffel Tower, Nov. 15, 2015. (--AP/Peter Dejong)

French soldiers patrol Eiffel Tower during three-day mourning, November 15, 2015. (–AP/Peter Dejong)

Paris Attacks: Causes and Solutions – a Response to Analyst Daniel Lazare / by Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / November 15, 2015 / Political commentator Daniel Lazare wrote yesterday in Consortium News a broad interpretive analysis of the November 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks. Whether or not we agree with him, his opinions are bound to spark polarized reactions and clarify our perceptions. My own reaction after reading his provocative article was a mixture of approval and profound opposition. First I present my thoughts on his analysis. Lazare’s commentary follows after that. / Well spoken, Daniel Lazare. But in your blanket vilification of an admittedly atrocious United States, you’ve blamed America for the Afghanistan war that took place in the 1980’s. Remember, it was the Soviets who invaded that hapless, beautiful and tragically devastated country, once known for its shepherds, flutists and weavers, yet whose children now wield AK47’s. The US is partly at fault for what it did or did not do in the aftermath of that war. But the United States deserves blame only for George W. Bush’s post-9/11 invasion. Lazare would have been better off had he simply skipped that twentieth century travesty. The erroneous mention of it erodes his credibility. Lazare is nevertheless right about the wars in Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. And he’s right about who spawned and and continues to fund jihadists and the Islamic State. But he questionably calls Friday’s Paris attacks a “godsend for Marine Le Pen, who will undoubtedly use them to fuel the mass xenophobia that generates votes for the National Front.” This is a brutal insult to that promising French presidential candidate, a rare politican who has proven herself willing to challenge the lies of the power elite. Lazare’s sometimes muddled logic exhibits a conflation of issues with problems, an equivocation prevalent in the scatterbrained thinking and insidious propaganda flooding the media today. Xenophobia is an issue. Illegal migrants are a problem. Wanting to bar illegals from Europe is wanting simply to enforce the law. What are laws for, if not to be enforced—assuming, naturally, that the laws are just? And in this context, they are. Every nation across the globe has the right to defend . . . MORE>> Click here.

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