Sunday, December 20, 2015
Alexander Zakharchenko on Supply of Coal to Ukraine / Zakharchenko official website / December 20, 2015 / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic responded to a reporter’s question about the reasons for resumption of the coal supply to Ukraine. Question: After the lifting of the blockade to Crimea, we have resumed deliveries of coal to Ukraine. To what extent is this necessary for us? A.Zaharchenko: We pay pensions, we pay salaries. We must bring in money from somewhere. And coal is a means of obtaining certain amounts for the budget, so we have to sell coal. It means jobs, it is the welfare of the families of the miners, this production; the mines must work and produce. If we can sell coal to Ukraine, why not? The main thing is that we are paid for coal with money. This is the main objective. The Ministry of Coal and Energy is looking for new, additional markets. Naturally. We should not get hung up on one partner – Ukraine. Especially Ukraine. Therefore, we are considering the possibility of Europe and the Middle East. Editor’s note: Novorossia Today adds this to the report: On December 10, authorities DPR resumed supplies of coal to the Kiev Junta , with up to 15,000 tons expected to be sent per day, an official at the local administration said. “After Ukraine partially lifted Crimea’s energy blockade, the DPR authorities decided to resume coal supplies to Ukraine,” Eduard Polyakov, the acting head of the industrial development strategy department of the DPR’s administration, told the Donetsk news agency. The official said the coal will be first of all shipped to the thermal power plants in Ukraine’s central regions. “This is done to decrease the burden of Ukraine’s electric power plants supplying energy to Crimea.” The DPR authorities imposed an embargo on coal deliveries to Ukraine on November 27. The measure was expected to be in force for at least two weeks. DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko said Donbass could resume coal deliveries to Ukraine if it restored electric power supplies to Crimea.
Putin: Moscow Cannot Leave Donbass Residents ‘at Mercy of Nationalists’ / Sputnik / December 20, 2015 / Russia has no right to leave the Russian-speaking Donbass residents at the mercy of nationalists, the President Putin said. He added that the West in fact is trying to shift the financial support of Ukraine to Russia. / VLADIVOSTOK / Moscow will not leave Russian and Russian-speaking people in eastern Ukraine to deal with local nationalists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary aired Sunday on Rossiya 1 television channel. “We cannot leave the people residing in south-eastern Ukraine at the mercy of nationalists. It’s not only the Russians, but also other Russian-speaking people, who rely on Russia,” Putin said. According to Putin, the West thinks it can pressure Russia over the Ukrainian crisis settlement, stating that it is not Moscow’s business what happens in Ukraine. Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions have been targeted by Kiev’s military operation since April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government, which came to power as the result of a coup. In February, the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine elaborated a set of measures in Belarus’ capital of Minsk, aimed at Ukrainian reconciliation. The deal was signed by representatives of Kiev and independence supporters. The measures included a ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal from contact line and constitutional changes. The Minsk agreement implementation is due to be finished by the end of 2015. West Trying to Shift ‘Burden’ of Financing Ukraine to Russia: “The living standards of the [Ukrainian] people is falling dramatically, the country’s GDP has significantly decreased… A complete de-industrialization of Ukraine is underway,” Putin said. Western states do not want to support Ukraine financially but to make Moscow carry this responsibility, without sharing any risks, he added. “Nobody wants to financially support Ukraine… At the same time, they [the West] want to shift the financial burden to Russia… Let’s share the risks, we said. We are ready to restructure Ukraine’s debt to us… They do not want to share this risk.” Ukraine is completely “de-industrializing,” with its GDP dramatically decreasing and living standards falling, the president said. Currently, Ukraine increasingly relies on external funding to reanimate its economy amid a deep recession and high inflation. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Friday that the government had introduced a moratorium on the payment of Ukraine’s $3-billion loan to Russia and was ready to go to the court over the issue. West Realizes Supporting 2014 Ukraine Coup Was Mistake: The West realizes that it made a mistake by taking an advantage of Ukrainians’ discontent with their government in 2014 and supporting an anti-government coup in the country, according to Putin. “As for Ukraine… I think many our partners realize that they made a mistake. They do not want to admit it but they took an advantage of population’s discontent,” Putin said. “You cannot improve anything by a coup. Has anything improved in the country? The power is in the hands of oligarchs,” the Russian president added.
Dismissal of Governors in Ukraine Caused by Poroshenko’s Struggle for Control of Regions – Expert / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 20, 2015 / By the dismissal of the governors of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhya and Khmelnitsky regions, the President Of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hopes to consolidate his power in the regions. This was stated by DAN historian and political scientist, acting Dean of the Faculty of History of Donetsk National University Kirill Cherkashin. “I have a suggestion on why it was these areas: in fact there were some problems. In particular, the Kherson region lies on the border with Crimea, where the power lines have been undermined, and Zaporizhia – with us. And there are, I think, corruption schemes at checkpoints. Khmelnytsky is at the junction between the central and western Ukraine,” the source said. “With regard to the first two, the regions are important to Poroshenko, because they are now bordering Ukraine, and there shall be his people, as there are different actions taken in relation to the Crimea and the DPR.” Cherkashin added that the dismissal could relate to the governors being focused on political figures alternative to Poroshenko, such as former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. On the eve of December 19, by Poroshenko’s decrees, Governor Mikhail Zagorodny (Khmelnytsky region), Andrei Putilov (Kherson region), and Gregory Samardak (Zaporizhia region) were dismissed. In addition, those dismissed included [tr?] fifteen heads of district administrations. Editor’s note: Political Scientist Kirill Cherkashin appears on the “terrorist wanted list”, as posted at the website “terror.in.ua”, for having participated in the seizure of the Donetsk National University during the spring of 2014. Cherkashin is described on the website as a DPR Deputy and separatist who “took part in the capture of Donetsk National University … armed with an AK…. He has adopted a radical anti-Ukrainian position, and is active in propaganda against the Ukrainian state in the media and public life.”
Intelligence Records Gunfight Between Punitive Aidar and UAF: There are Victims / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 20, 2015 / Armed clashes between militants of the punitive Aidar battalion and regular units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces took place in the conflict zone in Donbass. This was announced today at a briefing in the DAN press center by deputy commander of the Corps of the DPR Ministry Eduard Basurin. “Yesterday there was a skirmish between Aydar Battalion and UAF units. There are victims,” said the corps representative. According to him, the incident was determined by sources in the occupied territory against the background of moral decay in the Ukrainian security forces, with looting and crimes against civilians by their side. “These facts confirm the failure of the military and political leadership of Ukraine to monitor the actions of their executioners” concluded Basurin. Earlier, the DPR Ministry of Defense repeatedly reported evidence of collisions between different parts of Ukrainian security officials involved in the punitive operations in Donbass. In particular, they recorded a shootout between UAF soldiers and various “volunteer” groups.
LPR People’s Militia ready to respond to any Kiev’s attempt to destabilise the situation / DONi News / December 20, 2015 / The LPR People’s Militia is ready to respond to any attempt of Kiev to destabilise the situation in Donbass. It was announced by colonel Igor Yaschenko, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Militia Corps of the LPR. He pointed out the ‘ the situation in the zone of responsibility of the People’s Militia has not undergone any significant changes over the past day and is still characterised as stably tense’. At that the Deputy Chief of Staff reminded that over the past day the Kiev military had twice shelled the territory of the Republic from mortars, having launched at least 35 mines. ‘The right-wing organisation “Right Sector” keeps exercising pressure on the government of Ukraine. In the Ukrainian media their representatives are openly calling for resuming the hostilities on the territory of Donbass, regaining control over the Ukrainian border and ending the conflict by force,’ said Yaschenko. ‘Our forces are in constant readiness to repel any possible attempts to destabilise the situation from the Ukrainian side, no matter who will make them – the nationalist formations or the regular units and formations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. We will defend our Republic from any possible aggression,’ he said. Within the agreements reached in the end of August, the parties to the conflict in Donbass pledged to unconditionally abide by the ceasefire after September 1. However, in the zone of responsibility of the LPR People’s Militia the Kiev military have repeatedly violated the terms of the ceasefire, in particular, opening fire from mortars and tank guns that were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
Poroshenko Announces Conditions of Visa-Free Regime with EU for Donbass Residents / ria.ru / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 20, 2015 / Ukrainian citizens residing in the temporarily occupied [ie. “occupied” in the opinion of Kiev –QI editor] territories will be able to get the right visa-free travel after the return of Ukrainian sovereignty, said Petro Poroshenko./ KIEV / The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the residents of the breakaway DPR and LPR regions will be able to take advantage of visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU only after the return of the territories to Kiev control. On Friday, the website of the EC published the final version of the report, which announced the European Commission [policy] on the implementation by Ukraine of the requirements for the transition to a visa-free regime with the EU. At the beginning of 2016 it will present a recommendation on amending the visa regulations of the European Union. “We can guarantee that all Ukrainian citizens who live in the temporarily occupied territory, will receive biometric passports and the right to visa-free travel after the return of Ukrainian sovereignty, authority registries will guarantee the issuance of Ukrainian passports to the citizens,” Poroshenko said in an interview Ukrainian TV channel “Inter” on Sunday. He noted that this is one of Ukraine’s Donbass return policies, as well as “one of the first strategies of” the return of Crimea. However, he did not rule out that some residents of Donbass and Crimea will receive Russian Ukrainian biometric passports required for visa-free travel to the EU, but these cases will be dealt with separately. Poroshenko also reiterated his confidence that the visa-free regime for Ukraine will work as early as 2016 and said that he was satisfied with the prolongation of EU sanctions against Russia. Editor’s note: A report from the European Commission website can be found here.
Cabinet Equate Mariupol and Kramatorsk to Occupied City, Make Life Difficult for Entrepreneurs and State Bodies / dialog.ua / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 20, 2015 / State registrars have ceased performing a number of actions in the territory of Mariupol and Kramatorsk on December 8, as a result of decisions made by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. “According to the decree of the Cabinet, Mariupol was added to the list of territories in the area of the ATO [Anti-terrorist operation] and actually equated to occupied Donetsk. In this regard, starting from December 8, in Mariupol they have completely stopped registration of any transactions involving the sale and purchase of real estate, or registration and re-registration of enterprises. Government authorities also cannot register changes in personnel action with communal property and so on,” it was said in a statement. The head of the military and civil administration of the Donetsk region Zhebrivskyi Paul noted that this situation exists not only in Mariupol, but also in Kramatorsk. […]
Donetsk Ballet Performs in Pennsylvania, USA / Quemado Institute / December 20, 2015 / The Donetsk Ballet, from the City of Donetsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, is performing this weekend, December 19 and 20, 2015, at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, 201 E. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, United States of America, according to an announcement by the International Ballet Exchange. They will perform The Nutcracker under the direction of Vadim Pisarev. A notice about the performance states: “Eighteen professional dancers from the Donetsk Ballet Company will grace the stage with 45 area students who will dance the children’s parts in the holiday favorite, ‘The Nutcracker.’ Led by former superstar, Vadim Pisarev, Artistic Director, the company dazzles audiences throughout the world with their impeccable technique and artistry. There are only two shows. The troupe will be returning to the Philadelphia area despite a raging war in their city and country.” Congratulations to Donetsk, and to the Donetsk Ballet for its world-renowned artistry.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
French lawyer asks every MP to impeach Hollande for war crimes in Donetsk, Syria / Translated from French by Tom Winter / Fort Russ / December 11, 2015, posted December 18, 2015 / Here is the press release of Damien Viguier, Esq. Criminal policy in Syria and Donbass: Hollande impeachment Paris, December 11, 2015 – Two women, victims in Syria and in Donbass, speaking through their lawyer, have addressed a request to each French parliamentarian to bring François Hollande before the High Court. One of thee two women, the one from Syria, was raped in front of her husband, the other, a resident of Donbass, saw her house blown up in a bombing that killed her husband and two of her children, and wounded her two other children, and made her lose an arm. These criminal acts are the direct consequences of the actions of François Hollande. One tenth of parliamentarians either House may take the initiative for impeachment proceedings against François Hollande by filing a Motion for a resolution calling for a session of the High Court. MPI TV broadcast Mr. Viguier’s the call to impeach Francois Hollande: [Video available at source.] Master Damien Viguier interrogates a young Syrian woman who was kidnapped, beaten, and raped by “moderate rebels,” supported and armed by France: [See source.] Master Damien Viguier interrogates a young mother from Ukrainian Donbass whose family was decimated by the shells of the “loyalist” army supported by France: [See source.] Master Damien Viguier sent the following letter to MPs: Sir, I appeal to the representative of the nation, in the name of Madame Anna Touve, a Ukrainian national, civilian residing in Donetsk, and in the name of a young woman, also a civilian, residing in Damascus (Syria), who, for understandable reasons, remains anonymous. On May 26, 2015 in Gorlovka (Donbass) Touve, Anna lost her husband and two of her children in the explosion of shells fired by the militias of the Kiev regime. Seriously injured, she lost her left arm. As for the young Syrian woman, she was assaulted in 2013, at her home, raped and tortured in the presence of her husband by so-called rebels against the Syrian regime. My two clients are the victims of a certain conception of international relations. In accordance with the principles of law, it is the senior military or political officials who must be punished, and by the State to which they belong. Regarding Donbass, François Hollande has supported and encouraged a de facto regime that took power illegally, by violence, in Kiev. And therefore he bludgeoned any attempt at liberation on the part of the eastern regions of Ukraine. He does not cease encouraging abuses against the people of Donbass. Regarding Syria, this same François Hollande, since taking office, has unceasingly kept up the offensive against the Syrian state. He has acknowledged arms shipments to the “rebels.” And the statements of his foreign minister, including “the Al-Nusra Front did a good job,” statement, were said by the administrative courts, to note the foreign policy of France. These facts correspond to the definition that is given of crimes against peace, and of a crime of war. And there is certainly a case of complicity in the crimes committed. The question arises, before history, of our responsibility to all, confronted as we are with the atrocities committed by those who clearly abuse their position and turn aside from the mission that has been entrusted to them. According to Article 68 of the Constitution, and the Organic Law of November 24, 2014, in the case of breach of the duties of a President of the Republic, manifestly incompatible with the exercise of a mandate, a High Court may order the dismissal of the head of state. The initiative for this procedure is yours: one tenth of the parliamentarians of one or the other chamber deposit on the desk of their assembly a reasoned resolution for impeachment and calling the High Court to a meeting. Therefore Anna Touve and the young Syrian woman appeal to you and urge you, Mr Deputy, kindly take the initiative. For them, yes, but for all the civilians, the wounded, the prisoners, the women, the children, the elderly, who are suffering in their flesh because of a criminal policy of boundless cynicism and utter unscupulousness that certain politicians are conducting. I stand at your entire dispositon, to provide you with all clarifications and any details that you consider useful. I beg you to accept, Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration. — Damien Viguier. Quemado Institute comments: This noble effort is certainly a start, and will help raise awareness of Kiev’s atrocities in Donetsk. Francois Hollande is, unfortunately, among the weakest of the culprits. Similar initiatives should also be taken, first and foremost, against acting US President Obama, who urgently requires impeachment before he wreaks more terrorist chaos in the world, but also, in defense of Anna Touve, against Angela Merkel of Germany, Andrzej Duda of Poland, and David Cameron of the UK. Petro Poroshenko of course bears the most guilt for the bombing of Donbass civilians, but Ukraine no longer has a coherent government in which to carry out such an initiative. [Photo: Damien Viguier (–lainfo.es)]
Friday, December 18, 2015
(Updated throughout the day)
Ten DPR Residents Missing This Week – Ombudsman / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 18, 2015 / Ten residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic were illegally detained or captured during the period from December 11 to 18. This was reported today by the press service of the DPR Ombudsman for Human Rights Daria Morozova. “The Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the People’s Republic of Donetsk [determined] the in the period from 11 to 18 December 2015, ten people were reported missing or detained illegally,” said the agency. The press service stressed that among the number of people who went missing were four civilians. According to official data of the Ombudsman, including all places of detention by the Ukrainian side, about 1,300 people are currently being held. In particular, there are 475 military people, 589 people imprisoned for political convictions, and 236 civilians who are not related to the military conflict in Donbass.
Changing Ukrainian Constitution Without Consent of DPR and LPR can Postpone Elections in Donbass – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 18, 2015 / The adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine may influence the timing of the local elections in Donbass. This was announced today at a plenary session of the parliament by the head of the DPR delegation to the Minsk talks, Speaker of the People’s Council Denis Pushilin. “As members of the negotiating process in Minsk, we see that Ukraine’s Foreign Minister [Pavlo] Klimkin blatantly lied, saying that the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada in the first reading, were agreed to by the DPR and LPR. This is a blatant lie. With no aspect of these amendments did we agree,” said Pushilin. The speaker stressed that the adoption of these amendments in the second reading could delay the elections indefinitely. “There is a basis for such fear is,” he added, talking to reporters. Recall that the changes to the Constitution regarding decentralization, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in first reading by 31 August 2015. Consideration of the bill in the 2nd and final reading is scheduled for the end of 2015. For its adoption will be needed a constitutional majority of 300 parliamentary votes.
Pete John on Twitter – Donbass War News
December 18, 2015 16:00 UTC
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LPR People’s Militia Staff: Militia in a state of combat readiness / Essence of Time / December 18, 2015 / LPR People’s Militia Deputy Commander Igor Yashenko informed that LPR People’s Militia has been placed in a state of combat readiness. According to Yashenko, this has to do with the escalation of activity of Ukrainian punitive forces. Yashenko added that “Right Sector” (neo-Nazi organization banned in Russia) demands Poroshenko to attack Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Yashenko also assumed that Kiev will move the nationalist battalions away from the capital, meaning, to Donbass. According to the Deputy Commander, this might lead to a conflict between Ukrainian military and nationalist battalion extremists, which, in turn, will lead to an escalation on the LPR-Ukraine contact line.
DPR Rebuilds Destroyed Homes in Debaltsevo, Uglegorsk / Integrative*Mind (from Zakharchenko official website) / Autotranslation (with minor editing by Quemado Institute) / December 18, 2015 / On December 17, the Head of the People’s Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko handed the keys and documents of the first houses built in the framework of the reconstruction program after shelling by the APU [UAF, or Ukrainian Armed Forces]. The first in a new home and moved in are residents from Debalcevo and Uglegorsk. During the presentation of the keys, the Head of State noted that in Donetsk People’s Republic will be re-built and restored everything destroyed by punitive [battalions]. The first phase of the rehabilitation program involves the construction of 111 housing new “turnkey” houses in Debaltsevo, featuring . . . MORE>> Click here.
Russia demands Kiev withdraw troops from seized villages in Donbas to stabilize situation / TASS / December 18, 2015 / On December 4, the Ukrainian military seized seven settlements controlled by neither of the parties in the buffer zone, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich notes. / MOSCOW / Ukraine should withdraw its troops from the seven villages seized on December 4 to stabilize the situation in Donbas, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Friday. “On December 4, the Ukrainian military seized seven settlements controlled by neither of the parties in the buffer zone,” he said at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. “It has led to aggravated clashes and mutual shelling. A punitive operation was held in one of the settlements — Krasnogorovka — where the Ukrainian military arrested 85 local residents on charges of sympathizing with Donbas militias, and this fact was confirmed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission.” The Russian diplomat stressed that such measures were only exasperating the local population and could never promote the region’s reintegration into the rest of Ukraine. “To stabilize the situation, it is vital to have these settlement liberated from Ukrainian troops,” he said.
A second front in the battle for Donbass / by Victor Shapinov, translated by Greg Butterfield / Red Star Over Donbass / December 18, 2015 / The economics and politics of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LC) retain the influence of oligarchic clans formed back in Ukrainian times. This creates a serious threat to the state-building of the republic and to its very existence, and impedes opportunities for the gradual integration of the LC in the common economic space of Russia and the Eurasian Union. During the uprising in the Donbass in the spring of 2014 against the hated authorities in Kiev, the participants of the popular movement never forgot names such as Rinat Akhmetov, Yura Yenakiyevo, Natalia Korolevska, and Sergey Kurchenko. Simply put, the uprising was conceived not only as one of national liberation (against the Ukrainian nationalists), but also as social (against the oligarchs). And if the nationalists were left on the wrong side of the front line, the representatives of the oligarchy who stayed behind, like those in Kiev, those on the French Riviera, and (it must be confessed) those in Moscow, began to “do business” again. The oligarchic clans of the time of Yushchenko and Yanukovych, which “forgot nothing and learned nothing” in the spring of 2014, are trying to arrange their affairs to continue as before under the Ukrainian “old regime,” against the very existence of the people’s republics. This “quiet restoration” of the old Ukrainian order which they prepare for the LC and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) is actually even more dangerous than the new military preparations of the Kiev . . . MORE>> Click here.
Ukraine interior minister sues Saakashvili over theft allegations / Novorossia Today / December 18, 2015 / Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said he filed a lawsuit against Governor of the Odessa region Mikheil Saakashvili over a conflict that occurred between them at a meeting of the National Reform Council. Avakov made this statement on the Ukrainian TV channel “1 +1” on Friday. “I filed a lawsuit against Mr. Saakashvili. Because when you say that a person is a thief you should be responsible for this. As far as I know, Mr. (Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy) Yatsenyuk was also going to do it,” he said. Avakov during his speech also apologized to the Ukrainians who have witnessed the conflict. The minister explained that emotions overwhelmed him and he shouted at the governor “in order not to hit him.” “There is a standard of morality. If a man shamelessly and blatantly humiliates me publicly, I must publicly respond. I responded so emotionally in order not to hit this man,” the minister said. On Monday, December 14, at a meeting of the National Reform Council reform Avakov and Saakashvili had a quarrel. The verbal altercation occurred during a dispute on the issue of privatization of the Odessa Portside Plant. Avakov asked Saakashvili a question about his involvement in this process, after which the governor of Odessa started to accuse the minister of corruption and “theft.” A glass of water thrown by Avakov at Saakashvili ended the dispute. The quarrel was accompanied by obscene words. Later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stood up for the head of the Odessa region and urged the interior minister “to avoid xenophobia”, but the interior minister did not agree with the president.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
On the Necessity of De-Nazification in Ukraine / by Alexander Zakharchenko / Zakharchenko official website / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 17, 2015 / I am often asked, under what circumstances can Donbass engage in dialogue with Ukraine and establish neighborly relations with it? And I cannot answer. There are a few conditions. The usurpers of power—those who gave and executed the criminal orders to kill civilians who once belonged their country and introduced new standards by which people become divided into first and second class—must be brought to justice. There must be initiated an investigation of the crimes committed by the regime in Ukraine, and the crimes that are committed in the land of Donbass by the Ukrainian army and punitive battalions. And the main thing! In Ukraine, there should be initiated a process of denazification, as once happened in Germany after Hitler. And this is a lot of work. We often speak in everyday conversation that part of the Ukrainian people are sick, having caught the virus of Nazism. So denazification—it is just a vaccine against Nazism. As they say, it is time-tested. Without this, I do not see the possibility of conducting meaningful dialogue with Ukraine. What’s the point, if tens of thousands engage in brutal violence with blood and rise with Bandera in the mind and the Nazi swastika in the soul, will be glad to Ukrainian politicians and the threshold simply raspravyatsya with them [sic]? What to do with these crazy Bandera, who believe themselves to be real Europeans? And how can you communicate with them? So, that is the case of the Ukrainian people. Perhaps it will take international assistance, but above all, it is a question of the Ukrainian people: do they want to continue to have power based on a neo-Nazi Bandera misanthropic ideology?
Vladimir Putin press conference: ‘Russian military personnel were in Ukraine’—as it happened / The Guardian / December 17, 2015 / Summary / Here is a summary of the key points from the Putin press conference: Putin admitted for the first time the presence of Russian military specialists in east Ukraine. Asked by a Ukrainian reporter an hour into the briefing about two Russian military intelligence officers captured by Kiev and currently on trial in Ukraine, Putin said: “We never said there were not people there who carried out certain tasks including in the military sphere.” He insisted this was not the same as regular Russian troops. Putin said the Russian military operation in Syria will continue until a political process starts and that he was unsure whether Russia needs a permanent military base in the country. He added that Moscow supports a US draft of a UN Security Council resolution on Syria. A new constitution for Syria must be drafted, and a new election prepared in which the Syrians themselves will determine its leadership, he said. Putin said he doesn’t see any prospect for reviving relations with Turkey, and that Ataturk would be rolling in his grave over Islamization in modern Turkey. He was angry that Ankara called Brussels, not Moscow, when it downed a Russian jet. Putin said the killing of opposition leader Nemtsov must be investigated and punished. Putin said said FIFA’s Sepp Blatter deserves a Nobel peace prize. Putin said it was not possible to say Russian officers in captivity would be exchanged for Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadezhda Savchenko because of the criminal case against them. Putin did not confirm or deny whether Ekaterina Tikhonva is his daughter, stating that he did not discuss his daughters “due to security matters”. He said it was not yet clear whether the children of Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika had actually committed any crimes, an allegation recently made by the opposition. And he said Russia has passed the peak of the economic crisis. Quemado Institute comments: Rumors, based on the above press conference, are circulating wildly on the internet claiming that Putin has been lying about the Russian military presence in Donbass. The source of the confusion can be easily traced. It has never been a secret that Russian military officers work regularly in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as in Kiev-held areas of the buffer zone. These officers, headed by Lieutenant General Alexander Romanchuk, are on the staff of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC, sometimes called STSKK) and work with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as advisors, particularly regarding the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. These Russian military officers have been in Donbass for approximately one year. They assisted, for example, in the Novorossiya Armed Forces withdrawal from Shirokino, which took place in early July, 2015 (see July 4 update at end of our commentary Shirokino Retreat: Gambit, Blunder or Outright Betrayal?) That Putin said this has never been a secret indicates his statement most likely referred to JCCC personnel, whose presence has been well-publicized in Russian and Donbass media, if not in the Western media. Note that the American military presence in Ukraine far exceeds that of Russia. Update: British journalist Graham W Phillips tweeted today at 17:00 UTC: “As per what Putin has said – i’ve been filming Russian presence in Donbass since May 2014. But regular Russian army – never, ever here.”
Putin Welcomes Trump’s Words of Readiness to Improve Russia-US Relations / Sputnik / December 17, 2015’/ Russian President Vladimir Putin said that US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is “the absolute leader of the presidential race”. / MOSCOW / Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Thursday US presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s words of his readiness to improve relations with Russia. In September, Trump announced that if he were elected president he would deal with Putin with respect, and Moscow and Washington would not be experiencing the issues they were currently going through. “He is a very bright person, talented without any doubt. It is not our business to assess his worthiness, but he is the absolute leader of the presidential race. He says he wants to move to a different level of relations — a fuller, deeper [level] — with Russia, how can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this,” Putin told journalists after his annual press conference. Quemado Institute comments: Trump has said the US should not be involved in Ukraine, which would be good for Donbass. He also opposed the US war in Iraq, does not advocate the overthrow of Assad, and has said the Middle East would be more stable today if Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein were alive.
Putin Says Appointing Saakashvili Head of Odessa ‘Spit in Face’ / Sputnik / December 17, 2015 / Appointing Georgian ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili the head of Ukraine’s Odessa region is a “spit in the face” to the Ukrainian people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. / MOSCOW / Appointing Georgian ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili the head of Ukraine’s Odessa region is a “spit in the face” to the Ukrainian people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. “In my opinion, this is a spit in the face to the Ukrainian people. Not only did they [the government] place Ukraine under external control, but also delegated power to these so-called ‘political figures’,” Putin told reporters. Saakashvili, a fugitive from prosecution in his homeland of Georgia, was granted Ukrainian citizenship and appointed the governor of the Odessa Region in May. Saakashvili served as Georgia’s president from 2004 to 2013. His rule was largely criticized at home for authoritarianism. In 2013, he was barred from seeking another presidential term and left for the United States to pursue a lecturing career at Tufts University. In summer 2014, a Georgian court charged him with abuse of power and misappropriation of public funds.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Pavel Dremov Assassination: Plotnitsky Rumors Likely False / “Murder of Pavel Dremov: Unofficial Version. View from Lugansk”, Guest Article by Anna Dolgareva / Quemado Institute / December 16, 2015 / Introduction by Karl Pomeroy: Pavel Dremov, Novorossiya Armed Forces commander of the Cossack Battalion, was tragically murdered on Saturday, December 12, 2015 in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The incident occurred while he was being driven from Stakhanov to Pervomaisk, not far from the capital city of Lugansk. According to reports, a bomb had been previously planted in the vehicle. Head of the Cossack National Guard Nikolai Kozitsyn has said that the car in which the bomb was placed had been given to Dremov shortly before the tragedy. Because of similarities between Dremov’s assassination and those of “Batman” Battalion Commander Alexander Bednov, Evgeny Ischenko—Mayor of Pervomaisk and Dremov’s right hand man, and “Ghost” Brigade Commander Alexey Mozgovoy, many Donbass observers have attributed these murders to operatives of Lugansk People’s Republic leader Igor Plotnitsky. There is some evidence for the claim. All four men were strong supporters of the Novorossiya vision, which had fallen out of favor with DPR/LPR leadership due to increasing commitment to the Minsk 2.0 Agreements. In addition, the four men were among those Novorossiya patriots who have called Plotnitsky, and to a lesser degree DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko, “traitors” for signing the Minsk documents, which ostensibly require DPR/LPR reunification with fascist-ruled Ukraine. It is also a suspicious coincidence that the Dremov and Mozgovoy assassinations occurred in nearly the same place and in nearly the same way. To attribute this to Ukrainian saboteurs seems far fetched to some analysts. How many Kiev saboteurs are really hiding in the LPR? And how could they have possessed enough information . . . MORE>> Click here.
Pavel Dremov: The last hero / by Alexei Markov, Political Commissar, Ghost Brigade Volunteer Communist Detachment / Red Star Over Donbass / December 16, 2015 / I don’t want to write anything about the death of Pavel Dremov. We were traveling with Alonso Kexano to the front in Donetsk when the phone call came: “Dremov blew up.” The first reaction — “Oh, that’s crazy! … How could he be blasted on his wedding day!” Everything else is described by Anna Dolgareva here and here. I didn’t get to Pasha’s funeral until the end of the memorial service, but the guys took me to the front of the long queue of locals and militias who came to say goodbye to the last national hero of Novorossiya. The calm face of a man in his grave, blind to the pain in the eyes of the woman next to him. She touched his hand: “Goodbye …” He was the last. After the murders of Bednov, Mozgovi and Dremov, there are none left in the LC [Lugansk People’s Republic]. PS: The day before the incident, our Brigade celebrated another wedding. Borisych [Mozgovoi] often repeated: “The dead in the ground, the living — at the table.” For normal people it may seem strange, but the war itself is something abnormal. This is how we live.
Ukrainian Nationalist Militants Raise Flag on Building of Village Council of Troicskoe – Eduard Basurin / mianews.ru.en / December 16, 2015 / Punishers continue to capture social facilities in the buffer zone, a fact also confirmed by the OSCE mission. This was reported today by the Deputy Corps’ Commander of the DPR Ministry of Defense Eduard Basurin. According to the defense Ministry, the Ukrainian military criminals with the use of mortars, APCS and missiles shelled the territory of the Republic seven times, releasing more than twenty mines of caliber 82 mm and 120 mm. The shelling targeted the areas of the settlements Sabun’ky, Staromikhaylovka, Spartak and Donetsk airport. Basurin noted new facts of the movement and accumulation of enemy equipment along the whole line of contact. According to intelligence of the DPR, in the areas of settlements: — Verhnotoretskoe (1.5 km from the contact line) marked the location of four MLRS “Grad”; — Avdeevka (5 km from the contact line) marked the arrival of forty tanks, six armored personnel carriers, thirty howitzers D-30 and three hundred and fifty personnel; — Novotroitskoe (6 km from the contact line) marked the arrival of one hundred personnel of the punitive units of the “East building” and “Azov”; — Artemovsk (20 km from the contact line) marked the arrival of the eleven RSZO “Hail”, twenty units of vehicles with ammunition and 350 people of staff. “From our sources we continue to receive information about the capture by Ukrainian armed forces and volunteer units of social facilities in settlements in the buffer zone. In schools, orphanages, health centers punishers place the personnel and organize the work of their staffs,” continued the representative of the headquarters of the army. According to Basurin, the OSCE mission in its report from the 15th of December confirms the fact of a dislocation of divisions of the Ukrainian punishers in the village Pavlopol’, located in the buffer zone, and installation by the Nazis from “Right sector” their flag over the village council of the Troicskoe. “These facts indicate a concentration of the junta’s forces and a means to launch punitive operations against the population of Donbass,” said Basurin.
DPR Again Stops Coal Supply to Ukraine Due to Delays in Payment – Zakharchenko / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 16, 2015 / Deliveries of coal from the Donetsk People’s Republic to Ukraine may be suspended in the event of delays in payment of “black gold.” This was announced today during a working trip to the region, reporters were told in Novoazovskiy by DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko. “For Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine – DAN), there are some problems with money. Therefore, there is a delay in payment. When there is money, we will give coal. When there is no money, we do not give coal,” said the head of state. Interruptions in the supply of coal to Ukrainian companies will become [tr?] regular in relations between Ukraine and the DPR. Last time the Republic introduced an embargo on the shipment of “black gold” was in mid-November. The reasons were the delay of payments and the energy blockade of Crimea by Ukraine. DPR experts have repeatedly stated that the coal blockage can cause for the neighboring state an energy collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe. Therefore, after a partial power outage on the peninsula around 10 December, the Donetsk coal wagons still went to Ukraine. In Donetsk, this measure is explained by humanitarian concerns.
Russia to Suspend Ukraine Trade Pact / BBC.com / December 16, 2015 / Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that will exclude Ukraine from a free trade zone that includes former Soviet countries from 1 January. Ukraine plans to join an EU free trade zone from that date. Mr Putin cited “extraordinary circumstances affecting the interests and economic security” of Russia. Tensions between the countries have been high since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula last year. Kiev and the West have also accused Russia of aiding pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.
Zakhar Prilepin shared with Donetsk journalists the experience of conducting information war / by Gennady Zhilyakov / mianews.ru / December 16, 2015 / On the 15th of December, a famous Russian writer and journalist Zakhar Prilepin met with Donetsk journalists. Editor in chief of the Internet edition “Free press” has shared with colleagues the experience of information warfare. Prilepin said that the Pro-Western liberal media is quite a serious and strong opponent. In fact, in the information war from the Westerner there is a lot more experience. They act professionally and are able to be convincing enough. They have a lot of first-rate speakers from among the stars and intellectuals. If this simple man cannot always recognize Pro-Western rhetoric. “They are able to qualitatively and witty talk. They have properly built articulation, well-formed gestures and facial expressions, while there is irony and wit. They are more advanced than we are, and we are very difficult with them in this sense to compete. Therefore, it is necessary to focus on them and try to do better than they are. We must learn to be more relaxed and easier to have our ideas become understandable and accessible to young people,” said Prilepin. According to him, the main object of information warfare is the youth. It is the youth that determine what should be society in the next few decades. Therefore media reports should be designed primarily at a young audience. “This is here animal seriousness of patriots – it’s killing us. Don’t need to be so sullen. Act fervently, vigorously, cheerfully. Otherwise, we’ll just uninteresting to young people and will quickly lose them.” Prilepin noted that it is much harder to fight, because our ideas are not bound by whims and desires, but our goal is to make appealing to the patriotism for the younger generation. Because of the path to victory in this information war lies in the hearts and minds of young people, and nothing else. — Gennady Zhilyakov. Editor’s note: An acute analysis of the US-EU information war in post-communist Europe can be found at Montenegro and the Power Structure of the Elite, “How U.S. and EU Manipulate Public Consciousness: Montenegro”, by Ion Todescu.
The Failed State of Ukraine: Join Most of It to Russia / by Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / December 15, 2015 / The recent display of Third World-style political immaturity in the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada (parliament) when Oleg Barna, a deputy from President Petro Poroshenko’s eponymously-named Petro Poroshenko Bloc (PPB), assaulted Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk by grabbing him by his genitals and neck, pulling him away from the dais, and shuffling him off the stage displayed for the world to witness the utterly failed state of Ukraine. Yatsenyuk, the favorite Ukrainian leader of the foul-mouthed Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, responded to the incident by calling the Poroshenko Bloc deputies «morons». This slapstick form of parliamentary governance came a few days after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, whose family has a personal financial stake in the collapsing Ukrainian economy, praised Ukraine’s «democracy». . . . MORE>> Click here.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The funeral of Cossack Commander Pavel Dremov / by Alexey Albu, translated by Greg Butterfield / Red Star Over Donbass / December 15, 2015 / I just returned from the funeral of Pavel Dremov. The ceremony began at eight in the morning and lasted until the afternoon – an endless stream of hundreds of people walked to the House of Culture in Stakhanov — locals and visitors, who all wanted to bid farewell to legendary Cossack Ataman. Despite the bitter cold, there were many people. Soldiers of the Ghost Brigade, the 4th and 6th brigades and other units of the Lugansk People’s Republic came to honor his memory. It was a very cowardly murder. Especially tragic for his wife, widowed immediately after their wedding. That day, he left the wedding ceremony suddenly and went out on some strange call. Just like Alexei Mozgovoi. He rode in a donated car, where an explosive device had already been placed. Who laid it there? When? Who gave him such a wedding gift? Is there a relationship between these actions? I am afraid that we will not know soon… Pavel Leonidovich was a real father to his fighters. For this, they called him Papa. This man was an ordinary worker who gave all his strength to fight against the oppression of the common people, against the oligarchs and the Nazis. He fought for building a state of the people. It is a pity that his life was cut short so suddenly. May he rest in peace! In loving memory!
Farewell to Pavel Dremov
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DPR’s Eduard Basurin at Memorial Service
Tonight the UAF Intensified Shelling in Suburbs of Donetsk and Gorlovka / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 15-16, 2015 / Tonight the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] intensified their shelling of the suburbs of Donetsk and Gorlovka, in the course of which were used tanks, mortars and infantry fighting vehicles. In the suburbs of Donetsk the main hot spot is Spartak, where reportedly there are defenders of the city; now there is an intense infantry fight with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy machine guns in Oktyabrsky village, where executioners fired from tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, and at the Donetsk airport. Gorlovka experienced the most violent clashes in the area Wide beam [sic], where the UAF is using tanks and mortars on positions of the militia. The situation on the fighting was reported by DPR Army soldier with the call sign “Zubr”: “Donetsk now was noisy, however. Shooting in Airport area. In Peski / Oktyabrsky / Spartak mortars are heard. Gorlovka: suburbs, south-west there are audible echo of the war. In the area of Peski the battle was strongly revived, there is shooting. In the village of Shevchenko Velikonovoselovskogo district (territory controlled by Ukros) was seen a huge amount of equipment, personnel and MLRS. It has all moved to Donetsk.”
Eduard Basurin: UAF Conduct Mine Clearance in Donbass, Ready to Attack / 3mv.ru / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / December 15, 2015 / Ukrainian law enforcers have started demining passes along the line of contact, and this is done in order to advance, as well as to get subversive groups into the Donetsk People’s Republic, said the deputy chief of staff of the self-proclaimed DPR militia Eduard Basurin. “The information received from our sources say that in the Donetsk and Gorlovka directions the engineering group is demining passes for their further use for offensive action, as well as for getting subversive groups into the territory of the republic,” he told reporters on Tuesday. According to him, “because of the lack of cooperation in maintaining maps of minefields, the Ukrainian military continues to be undermined by their own mines.” Eduard Basurin once again turned to special monitoring mission of the OSCE to do everything to stop provocations and violations of the Minsk Agreement on the Ukrainian side, which “are aimed at the escalation of the armed conflict.” Ukrainian authorities in April last year launched a military operation against the breakaway LPR and DPR. According to the latest UN data, victims since the conflict began number more than 9 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk, by the contact group, which since last September has adopted three documents governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.
Ukraine Is Preparing To Seize Over 400 km of DPR’s Border With Russia / translated for Fort Russ by Ollie Richardson / Fort Russ / December 16, 2015 / Ukraine intends to establish control over the border of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Russia. An appropriate plan was developed by the state border service of the country. This was stated by the head of the department Viktor Nazarenko in an interview to the Agency “Interfax-Ukraine”. According to him, Ukrainian border guards, together with Ukrainian armed forces and law enforcement authorities, are preparing to seize 409.4 km of land in South East Ukraine. “We are preparing to take control of the site, which we have no control over, it’s 409,3 km. We drafted a plan, discussed it at the Board, and we must be ready for it. It is a difficult task we must perform. I noted that in this question we will also operate closely with the Armed forces and other law enforcement agencies,” said Nazarenko. Previously, Donetsk media reported that the national guard of Ukraine is preparing the invasion of the DPR and moved its military equipment to the contact line. Scouting of the Republic confirmed the fact of accumulation of armored vehicles from the Donetsk and Horlivka directions, and in the village of Pioneer. Editor’s note: Minsk 2.0 stipulates that Ukraine is to take control of the Donbass-Russian border only after local elections have been held. Since they have not, this would be a clear violation of the agreement.
New Separation Checkpoint, Entry And Exit For Citizens Opens In Donbass / Novorossia Today / December 15, 2015 / A new entry/exit checkpoint Maryinka has been opened on the separation line in the Kurakhovo-Donetsk direction in the Donbass region. “The new checkpoint has been opened to stabilize the situation with the passage of citizens and to improve the traffic capacity. At the same time, in recent weeks, “the situation at the checkpoints of entry and exit on the separation line in the military operation zone has been very dynamic” — a significant increase in the passenger and transport traffic has been recorded. Maryinka’s traffic capacity, is up to 6,000 people and 1,500 transport vehicles. “The operation of this checkpoint will significantly reduce the passenger traffic flow and queues at the other two checkpoints — Zaitsevo and Novotroitskoye in the Donetsk region. The new checkpoint of entry and exit is located about 2 km from the separation line, its working hours are from 07:00 to 17:00 local time. Ukraine’s Junta State Border Guard Service reported previously that starting from mid-October the passenger traffic through the checkpoints on the separation line in Donbass considerably intensified. “The main reason for the queues is the cessation of hostilities in the region and citizens’ intensified activity to cross the separation line. In particular, people have begun to travel more often to purchase goods and essential items, as well as to visit their relatives. On January 21, 2015, Nazi Ukraine imposed a transport blockade on Donbass. Ukraine’s Junta authorities introduced a special access control regime for the entry to the Donetsk and Lugansk republics (DPR and LPR) and exit from them. The regime is in effect on a limited number of routes. In March, the Junta State Border Guard Service of Ukraine blocked the passage of trucks with food products to Donbass. The full transport blockade was imposed on June 18. On that day, all the roads from DPR to the Kiev-controlled territory were closed. On June 26, the blockade regime was softened and Ukraine’s Junta authorities allowed private cars to cross the border at certain checkpoints.