Donetsk Lugansk News Feb 11-18 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016
(Brief update)

Eduard Basurin (--DAN)

Eduard Basurin (–DAN)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, February 18, 2016 / DONi News / February 18, 2016 / The situation on the contact line has deteriorated. The Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire twenty-six times and shelled the territory of the Republic a hundred and two times. In the shelling the enemy used 120mm and 82mm mortars ninety-eight times, infantry fighting vehicles two times, grenade launchers and small arms two times. The shellings were carried out from the positions of the 14th and 93rd separate motorised brigades under command of Zhakun and Klochkov in the localities Pesky, Krasnogorovka, Nevelskoye, Opytnoye, Mariinka, the Butovka mine onto the territories of the localities Spartak, Zhabichevo, Staromikhailovka, the area of the airport, the Volvo Centre and the Petrovsky district of the city of Donetsk. As a result of the shellings, one civilian was killed and four wounded by the explosion of shells and mines. While staying at an observation post, one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces was killed by the enemy’s sniper. There was also damaged a school in the locality Staromikhailovka. Our intelligence keeps registering the concentration of the AFU personnel and military equipment near the contact line: In Belokuzminovka (37 km away from the contact line) there was registered the arrival of seven howitzers; In Chasov Yar (20 km away from the contact line) there was registered the arrival of three infantry fighting vehicles and fourteen vehicles with personnel; In Novotroitskoye (6 km away from the contact line) there was registered the arrival of eight infantry fighting vehicles and six vehicles with personnel and ammunition. According to the report of the OSCE mission in the sites of the Ukrainian weapons and equipment storage there was registered the absence of three 85mm artillery cannons D-48 and two 100mm anti-tank cannons “Rapira”. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Ukrainian representatives in the JCCC do not ensure control and coordination of the ceasefire, having actually turned into statists of violating the ceasefire and providing untruthful information in favour of the military and political authorities of Ukraine and OSCE. Among the recent facts confirming such actions there are clashes between the nationalist battalions and the AFU units in the areas of Mariinka and Novotroytskoye when MLRS “Grad” were used, as well as the Ukrainian side’s violations of the agreements on the weapons withdrawal from the contact line. All these facts demonstrate tacit agreement and the lack of control over the situation in the ATO zone from the side of the military and political authorities of Ukraine and their willingness to provoke the continuation of the conflict in Donbass. –Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency [Source: dninews.com/article/donetsk-defense-situation-report-18022016]

Peski, near Donetsk Airport (--Novorossia.today)

Peski, near Donetsk Airport (–Novorossia.today)

Ukrainian Nazi forces using monastery as missile firing position in Donbass / DONi News / February 18, 2016 / In a village named Peski, which is located in Donetsk and occupied by Ukrainian Right Sector Nazi troops, Ukrainian fascists loot and destroy the temples of the religion which they claim to represent. Watch the video that was posted on the official channel of Kiev about the war against the former east of Ukraine. The video was aired on February 7, 2016. The 10th assault company of the “Volunteer Ukrainian Corps of Right Sector” had waste no less than 7 of expensive anti-tank missiles. They allegedly suppressed the firing point with the old Soviet machine gun “Utes”, located in the dugout. Militants have established a position on the roof of the auxiliary buildings at the Orthodox Christian Church. Nearby you can see bell tower and dome of the church destroyed during this war. Residents of Donetsk identified the village “Peski”, there are the positions of the “Right Sector” and female Orthodox monastery. Militants of “Right Sector” and other fascist battalion looted the monastery and built firing positions directly on the territory of the monastery. Except flags of Ukraine and “Right Sector”, you can see also the flag of Belarus, in Ukraine came Belarussian nationalists, who were grown by “Western Democracy”, as Ukrainian ones. –DONi News Agency, Janus Putkonen, Chief-Editor. [Video available at source: dninews.com/article/ukrainian-nazi-forces-using-monastery-missile-firing-position-donbass-video]

slavfeb18tAmerican drone brought down over Lugansk / DONi News / February 18, 2016 / The explosion in the area of the Yuzhny block in Lugansk on February 16 was caused by falling down of the large drone’s fragment brought down by the high-precision weapon of the LPR’s defenders – a source. The unmanned flying vehicle of the Ukrainian army made in the USA was 4 meters long with the wingspan width up to 6 meters. It usually appeared at night but at first we hesitated to bring it down as it was difficult to get to the target and also it was unclear what the fuselage contained — it might have been charged with explosives. Then this drone appeared in the morning, and it was decided to liquidate it in the air. The drone fragments fell down in the city, but nobody was hurt. According to him, “the Ukrainian army can’t even imagine how the defenders of the Lugansk People’s Republic have improved their professional skills since 2014. Any aggression of the Ukrainian warriors either an aerial or an earth one will be repelled, the drone is just an example. [Source: /dninews.com/article/american-drone-brought-down-over-lugansk]

Vladislav Surkov (--TASS)

Vladislav Surkov (–TASS)

Enemy Report: Vladislav Surkov Visited Temporarily Occupied Donetsk – Ukraine Security Service / Ukraine Crisis Media Center / February 17, 2016 / KIEV / Russian Federation presidential aide Vladislav Surkov visited Donetsk on February 16. He listened to the reports by the heads of the self-proclaimed administrations and ministries of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”), got acquainted with current political, social and humanitarian situation and participated in preparation to the so-called elections in the self-proclaimed republics. This information was provided by Oleksandr Tkachuk, chief of staff of the Security Service of Ukraine at a press briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center. According to Tkachuk, this visit resulted in reshuffle of the militants’ senior staff. The self-proclaimed minister of foreign affairs Kofman, head of the so-called “DPR” administration Leshchenko and interim head of administration of Debaltseve town,” said Tkachuk. He added that Surkov also visited the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LPR”) earlier, on January 19-20. Quemado Institute comments: Enemy reports are often inaccurate, yet it is important to keep an eye on internal meddling by Surkov, whom we believe has subversive motives regarding the sovereignty of the Donbass Republics. [Source: uacrisis.org/40335-ssu-3]

slavfeb18wMinsk: A Betrayal and Tragedy for Donbass – The Complex Dilemma / by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / February 18, 2016 / As a regular reader of Donbass news on Twitter for almost two years, I am deeply struck by the sorrow many feel at the loss and abandonment of the Novorossiya vision—abandonment not by the world at large, but by the leaders of Donbass itself. Further exacerbating this loss, which some call a betrayal, is the indifference of the Russian government to the fate of Donbass, as evidenced by Vladimir Putin’s avid promotion of the Minsk Agreements and support of the vile and corrupt regime in Kiev. Even so-called “Russian” media outlets such as TASS and Sputnik News continue to call the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics “self-proclaimed”, just as the enemy . . . MORE>>

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
(Brief update)

Valentina Lisitsa (--bandsintown.com)

Valentina Lisitsa (–bandsintown.com)

US Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Will Give Concert in Donetsk / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 17, 2016 / American pianist Valentina Lisitsa, of Ukrainian origin, who in the summer of last year staged a grand concert in Donetsk, will again visit the DPR capital in the spring of 2016. This was reported to DAN by Acting Minister of Culture Mikhail Zheltyakov. “Valentina Lisitsa, who remembers everything in Donetsk from her grand concert on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, agreed to take part in celebrations dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the composer Sergei Prokofiev, our great countryman and a native of Donbass,” said Zheltyakov. The Minister stressed that the pianist is planning to stay in the Republic from 17 to 24 April. On these days, for pupils of children’s art schools in different cities, master classes will be organized with the participation of … the Donetsk State Academic Philharmonic Society. … “Valentina will participate in a grand concert at the ‘Donbass Opera’ for the annual festival ‘Prokofiev’s Spring’,” concluded the head of the cultural department. [Last summer Lisitsa played in Donetsk on] June 22, 2015 with a concert-requiem dedicated to the Day of Memory and Sorrow. A specially prepared area was designed for three thousand spectators, but the size of the audience at times exceeded the expectations of organizers, with people standing in the aisles. … The DPR Ministry of Culture later called her concert one of the most important events in the cultural life of the region in 2015. [Source: dan-news.info/culture-ru/pianistka-iz-ssha-valentina-lisica-dast-novyj-koncert-v-donecke.html]

slavfeb17zClimber From DPR Raises Flag of Republic on Highest Peak in South America / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 17, 2016 / Climber from the DPR Oleg Paliy, together with Russian colleagues, climbed Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America, and raised the flag there. This was announced today to DAN by the press service of the DPR Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism. “From January 23 to February 13, 2016 under the auspices of the Moscow Federation of mountaineering, the expedition climbed to the highest point in South America. Master of sports in Mountaineering Oleg Paliy, from Gorlovka, took part in the expedition. On February 6, the flag of the Donetsk People’s Republic was raised on Mount Aconcagua at a height of 6962 meters,” noted in the department. Earlier, Donetsk mountaineers conquered Mount Elbrus, where they also hoisted the flag of the DPR. The event was timed to coincide with the celebration of the Great Victory over Fascism Day. Later, the group climbed Mount Kazbek in Georgia, as well as won the nameless heights in the Caucasus [sic], which was then given the name of the People’s Republic of Donetsk. [Source: dan-news.info/obschestvo/alpinist-dnr-podnyal-flag-respubliki-na-samyj-vysokij-pik-yuzhnoj-ameriki.html]

Shirokino (--rusdozor.ru)

Shirokino (–rusdozor.ru)

STSKK Develops Plan to Reduce Tension in Donbass, Key Point the Withdrawal of Troops / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 17, 2016 / Representatives of the Joint Center for control and Coordination of the ceasefire (STSKK) [JCCC] in Donbass identified priority ways to reduce tensions in the region. This was reported today to DAN by an informed source. “The STSKK offered to work out a mirrored plan of placing monitoring groups symmetrically along the contact line, to withdraw [troops] from the boundary line on both sides by 500-1000 meters (now, in ‘hot spots’, the distance between the sides at the front is up to 70 meters), and to completely withdraw troops from towns if the contact line passes through residential areas,” said the source. In addition, in order to strengthen control over the situation at the checkpoints, the STSKK offered to consider round-the-clock duty of OSCE observers at these sites. According to the source, the plan is now undergoing a phase of detailed agreements within the STSKK. The OSCE, for its part also draws attention to the need to solve the problem of the proximity of the parties to the conflict. The deputy head of the OSCE mission Alexander Hug referred in particular to the need to solve this problem yesterday at a press conference in Donetsk. “In the last two weeks we have seen a significant increase in tension,” he said. “It is disturbing that the parties come such a close distance to each other.” He also noted that the interaction between the OSCE and STSKK should be taken to the next level regarding this. Recall that for the normalization of the situation on the contact line, the parties have already conducted two large-scale withdrawals of weapons: heavy in spring 2015, as well as tanks, mortars and artillery caliber of less than 100 mm in the autumn of 2015. On the withdrawal of forces … agreements were not yet reached. [Source: dan-news.info/defence/sckk-razrabotal-plan-snizheniya-napryazhennosti-v-donbasse-klyuchevoj-punkt-otvod-vojsk.html]

(--Stepan Petrenko/TASS)

(–Stepan Petrenko/TASS)

Kiev unilaterally closes another border checkpoint in Donbass / TASS / February 17, 2016 / Kiev has already closed checkpoints in Zaytsevo, Mayorsk and Maryinka / MOSCOW / Kiev has unilaterally closed Maryinka border checkpoint in Donbass citing security concerns, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine’s press service said on Wednesday. “The headquarters made the decision to temporarily suspend allowing individuals and vehicles through the aforementioned checkpoint from 12am on February 17,” the press service said. The possibility of reopening the checkpoint will be considered after “the situation stabilizes in the region,” the press service added. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council already closed Maryinka checkpoint on February 13 saying it was necessary to ensure safety of local residents. However, cars were allowed to pass the checkpoint to and from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on the next day. Kiev previously closed border checkpoints in Zaytsevo and Mayorsk. DPR defense ministry spokesman Eduard Barusin said earlier that Ukrainian authorities engage in open terror against Donbass residents by closing border checkpoints and mining roads. “Ukrainian commanders have in fact engaged in standards of open terror against Donbass residents and full blockade of DPR and LPR (self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic). Kiev does not only close border checkpoints but also mines busy roads and pedestrian lanes used only by peaceful citizens,” Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying. Kiev expands area of shelling in Donbass: Ukrainian forces have expanded the area of shellings in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), head of Novoazovsky district’s administration Oleg Morgun said on Wednesday. “Ukrainian forces shelled the settlement of Naberezhnoye yesterday, they have not opened fire at this settlement before. Four residential houses were damaged,” Donetsk News Agency quoted Morgun as saying. He noted that Kiev forces opened fire from automatic grenade launchers from their positions in Chermalyk village. Over 200 shells fired at Donetsk outskirts overnight: According to a source in law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed [Quemado Institute sincerely wishes TASS would stop using this qualifier] Donetsk People’s Republic, the northern and western outskirts of Donetsk were shelled overnight to Wednesday. “During the overnight shelling, the Ukrainian forces fired more than 200 shells at the Staromikhailovka village, the airport’s territory and the outskirts of the Volvo Center,” the source told the Donetsk news agency. Kiev forces fired more than 50 artillery shells of 152 mm caliber and over 150 shells of 82 mm and 120 mm caliber at the Donetsk outskirts. The Ukrainian forces also used grenade launchers and small arms during the shelling that lasted for around four hours. Late on Tuesday, the Ukrainian forces shelled the Staromikhailovka village for several hours using heavy weaponry. [Source: tass.ru/en/world/857252]

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
(Brief update)

(--unian.info)

(–unian.info)

Donbass Situation Report – Tuesday February 16, 2016 / Quemado Institute / February 16, 2016 / Attacks intensified as Ukrainian security forces opened fire on DPR territory 173 times over the past day in what amounted to 31 ceasefire violations, according Vice Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry Corps Eduard Basurin, as reported by the Donetsk News Agency. During the shelling, the enemy used mortars of caliber 120 and 82 mm, LNG and small arms. The village of Dzerzhinskoye and the “Volvo-center” north of Donetsk came under fire from anti-aircraft guns as well. “Attacks were carried out on the settlements of Zhabunki, Zaitsevo, Dokuchaevsk, the area of the airport, ‘Volvo-center’ and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk,” said Basurin. Zaitsevo, in particular, was subject to heavy attack. “Ukrainian security forces opened fire at about 2:00 on positions of DPR fighters in the village of Zaitsevo from UAF locations in Zhovanka,” a spokesman said. “During the bombardment, the enemy employed 120-mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.” Note that Zhovanka (not labeled on map), located several km southwest of Zaytsevo, was among the eight villages seized by Kiev last December in violation of the Minsk agreements, According to local authorities, an 11-year-old child was wounded as a result of the night’s shelling.slavjan10y “The child received a concussion as a result of overnight shelling by the UAF (Ukrainian Armed Forces) on the village of Zaitsevo in the north of Gorlovka,” said the source. “The projectile hit the residential sector. The child was given first aid and is now at home.” The source added that last night’s attack was among the most severe in recent days. “The shelling was very intense. We have become accustomed to the mortars. But today something heavier than 120-millimeter shells was falling.” Altogether in Zaitsevo, more than 27 houses were damaged by UAF attacks, and at least four shells exploded near the building where DPR authorities had previously moved the village school. At the time of the shelling, about 15 students were in the classroom. Classes at the school are now suspended. Eduard Basurin says of the violations, “Ukrainian security forces intensified shelling, especially on the village of Zaitsevo, prior to the meeting of the Contact Group.” The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17. In addition, a spokesman reports, “At about 16:00, Ukrainian law enforcers have started mortar attacks on Staromykhailivka village using 120 mm shells. The attack is still going on.” According to him, the attack is being conducted from Ukrainian positions near the town of Marinka. On Sunday, February 14, two houses burned in Staromykhailivka as a result of a mortar attack by the Ukrainian side.slavfeb16y In the south of the DPR, Ukrainian forces fired mortars last night on the village of Kominternovo near the contact line. According to the source, the enemy used AGS, LNG, mortars and small arms. Not far from there, DPR intelligence has determined the locations of four armored personnel carriers and a ZU-23 (anti-aircraft weapons), in the area of the Kiev-controlled village of Vodyanoye. Deputy Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) Alexander Hug plans to carry out an inspection of Kominternovo on Wednesday February 17. Earlier today, Hug inspected the the frontline village of Zaitsevo, where the child was injured and 27 houses were damaged due to UAF shelling. Source: Donetsk News Agency (Dan-news.info). Maps: Zaytsevo (–Fort Russ); Kominternovo (–unian.info). Click to enlarge.

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School dinner in Gorlovka, Donetsk People’s Republic

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slavfeb16xThe Threat of an Armed Coup in Kiev Is Stronger Than Ever / Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ / Fort Russ (from Politnavigator) / February 16, 2016 / In Ukraine, there is a real threat of armed revolution as never before, there will not be a third peaceful Maidan, and this is related to the suspension of IMF lending to the Republic. This was stated by the former Deputy Minister of Finance Igor Umansky in an interview with the Internet-newspaper “Country.” “The IMF saw and assessed the situation approximately as a political explosion, which in the short term may lead to the collapse of Executive power, the collapse of the coalition, the resignation of the government and as a result – early parliamentary elections. Perhaps, and not only… I’m talking about the possibility of an armed seizure of power. There will not be a third Maidan in the next few years. But you probably realize how much today’s people are aggressive, armed and very radicalized in Ukraine. For many of them there are no shades of grey. The probability of a military scenario, an armed seizure of power with all the consequences, is as high as ever. No one will rise to defend the authority, neither the army nor the police. Implications – another Makhno, civil war, looting and the collapse of the country,” said Umansky. [Source: fort-russ.com/2016/02/the-threat-of-armed-coup-in-kiev-is.html]

Petro Poroshenko, Arseney Yatsenyuk (--Fort Russ)

Petro Poroshenko, Arseney Yatsenyuk (–Fort Russ)

Poroshenko Urges Yatsenyuk to Resign / Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ / Fort Russ (from Gazeta) / February 16, 2016 / The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has asked the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin to tender their resignation. This was reported by “Ukrainian truth” citing the press service of the Ukrainian President. Earlier the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk agreed that the government should not resign, cites the newspaper “Today” referencing the Deputy of the presidential faction “Bloc of Petro Poroshenko”. [Source: fort-russ.com/2016/02/poroshenko-urges-yatsenyuk-to-resign.html]

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (--DAN)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–DAN)

After All Points of “Minsk-2” Implemented, Ukraine Will Become a different Country – DPR President / Dan-news.info (DAN) / edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 14, 2016 / DEBALTSEVO / Each item of the Minsk agreements that more closely achieves the objectives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic will result in Ukraine becoming a different country. This opinion was expressed by President of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko in an address to participants of the forum “Minsk Agreement as the Basis for the Sovereignty of Donbass”, which took place today in Debaltsevo. “We are forcing Ukraine into the negotiations, and the Minsk Agreements, signed a year ago, have become an indicator of our strength and our determination to stand up for this until the bitter end. ‘Minsk-2’ is a big defeat for Ukraine. Each item of the Minsk agreements is a step towards our unconditional victory. By implementing the requirements of the full range of conflict resolution measures on Donbass, Ukraine will turn into another country,” stated the appeal of the Head of the Republic. “In 2014, the inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic made a difficult, but very important choice. We have decided to create a People’s Republic, without fascism, without oligarchs, without corruption—a republic based on the principles of freedom, justice, conscience and equality,” said Zakharchenko. Members of the Contact Group, in order to resolve the situation in the east of Ukraine, signed on February 12, 2015 in Minsk with the approval of the heads of the participating countries of the “Normandy Quartet” (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) a complex of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The document, in particular, provides for a cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, as well as reform of Ukraine’s constitution for the purpose of decentralization and consolidation of “the special status of certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts.

Denis Pushilin (--DAN)

Denis Pushilin (–DAN)

DPR Will Continue to Integrate with Russia, in Opposition to Actions of Kiev – Pushilin / Dan-news.info (DAN) / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 14, 2016 / DEBALTSEVO / Integration of the DPR into the Russian Federation will continue, in opposition to Kiev’s non-fulfillment of the Minsk agreements. This was announced today during the forum “Minsk agreement as the basis of the sovereignty of Donbass,” said the head of the DPR delegation to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin. “Integration with the Russian Federation will continue. It can be said, this is a necessary measure in answer to the actions that are performed by Kiev. For a year, Ukraine does not want to and cannot carry out the Minsk agreements. Implementation of the Minsk agreements, may drag on for 5, 10 or 15 years, and all this time we need to raise the standard of living of our citizens, and look only towards our friends,” he said. Pushilin stressed that for the Republic, it is also important to stay within the framework of the Minsk agreements. “Now it is very important for us to remain within the framework of the Minsk agreements, if only because it gives a chance for those regions that are beyond the contact line to escape from their situation. They are suffering conditions in which they cannot speak freely. Now we are well aware that if Ukraine fulfills the Minsk agreements, it will be a completely different Ukraine,” said the envoy.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Alexander Turchinov (--Reuters/Alex Kuzmin)

Alexander Turchinov (–Reuters/Alex Kuzmin)

Kiev Journalists Begin to See Clearly: Turchinov Started War in Donbass / by Maxim Karpenko / PolitNavigator / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 11, 2016 / The war in Donbass could not have started were it not for harsh statements of the current secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Alexander Turchinov, who was acting president of Ukraine at the beginning of the ATO [“Anti-Terrorist Operation”]. This opinion, in the program “Capital”, was stated by Chief Editor of “Izvestiya in Ukraine” Yanina Sokolovskaya. According to her, the Ukrainians have to remember who decided to start shooting in eastern Ukraine instead of using diplomacy. “If it were not for the harsh words, for example, of Mr. Turchynov, the war could not have begun,” Sokolovsky said. “On each issue, including the great state, there is always a name, surname and patronymic. Here and in the war, which began in Donbass, there is a name, surname and patronymic. You just have to talk to people about what they have now, because so much is lost, erased, disappeared. But instead of solving the problem diplomatically, it was resolved with blood. And it was not the blood of the person who made this decision, but the blood of innocent people.” Editor’s note: During the several-week period just prior to newly elected “President” Petro Poroshenko’s assumption of office in June, 2014, the Ukrainian army, under orders from acting president Turchinov, repeatedly bombed civilian targets, including hospitals and apartments, in the vicinity of Slavyansk in the northern Donetsk Oblast. Poroshenko promised that once in office, Donetsk was the first place he would visit. It was hoped he meant to carry out a diplomatic mission. Instead, to the shock of many observers, he intensified the bombing. The horror of the whole affair for Americans was that the US government supported this action.

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

DPR Defense Ministry: Situation Report – Feb 11, 2016 / DONi News / February 11, 2016 / The situation on the contact line remains tense. The Ukrainian military fired on the territory of the Republic thirty-six times resulting in fourteen ceasefire violations. In the shellings the enemy used 120 mm mortars thirteen times, 82mm mortars nineteen times, tripod-mounted man-portable antitank guns and small arms three times. Over the past 24 hours the most intense fire was conducted from the positions of the 93th separate mechanized brigade under the command of Klochkov. The chasteners exposed to the fire effect with the use of heavy weapons the territory of the locality of Zhabunki, and the area of the Volvo Center of the city of Donetsk. The localities of Zaitsevo and Staromikhailovka were fired from small arms. The DPR Armed Forces’ intelligence keeps registering redeployment of the prohibited weapons of the AFU to the contact line: – In Lozovatskoye (27,5 from the contact line) and Novogrodovka (29 km from the contact line) there was registered arrival of eight and six artillery weapons accordingly; – In the Mariupol direction in the locality of Zamozhnoye (Chemarlyk) (2,5 km from the contact line) there was registered arrival of one unit of MRLS BM-21 ‘Grad’, one self-propelled artillery system, two tanks, two units of MT-LB and five vehicles with personnel. All of this shows Kiev’s intension to continue the conflict in Donbass. Moreover, the Ukrainian party keeps committing gross violations of the Minsk agreements, undermining the territory in the vicinity of the check-points, by what endangers the life and health of civilians. Yesterday there occurred an egregious case: near the Ukrainian check-point by the anti-tank mine there was blown up a car, as a result of what there perished and got wounded the civilians. Unwillingness to fulfil this article of the Minsk agreement is registered by the OSCE mission as well. So, according to the OSCE SMM’s report of February 8, in the vicinity of the check-point ‘Maryinka’ on the AFU-controlled territory there were registered eight anti-tank mines. It may be safely said that deliberate undermining of the wayside of busy roads meant for civil traffic is aimed at killing civilians, and it is the true terrorism. I urge the world community to pay attention to these crimes and to take measures for prevention of their being further committed by the Kiev regime directed against the people. –Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency. Editor’s note: Enrico Ivanov reports on Twitter at about 20:00 UTC today: “Ukrainian shellings on Trudovskaya from positions in Marinka! Fightings with use of machine guns! Outskirts of Donetsk. / Breaking! Donetsk Petrovskyi district under Ukrainian heavy shellings! / Ukies hitting with mortars NAF positions outside Donetsk Oktyabrsky district from Peski!”

Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

Donetsk envoy accuses Kiev of lying about meeting Minsk commitments / TASS / February 11, 2016 / MOSCOW / The Kiev leadership is telling lies when it says it meets commitments on the settlement in Ukraine under the Minsk agreements, envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin said on Thursday. “Only full disruption is seen nowadays, an attempt to freely interpret the peace agreements. Kiev tells sheer lies about compliance with the assumed commitments,” he said. “One should be super-optimist to expect that Kiev will implement the Minsk agreements by some certain timeframe. Hopes are fading that Kiev will at least move on some points of the Minsk agreements in the foreseeable future,” Pushilin said. Nothing has been done by Kiev in terms of political settlement over the past year, since the Minsk-2 Package of Measures was signed, he noted. The Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk Agreements (Minsk-2) was signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarusian capital Minsk by participants of the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass. The Package, earlier agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) envisioned an overwhelming cessation of fire and withdrawal of heavy armaments to create a security area in the region at least 50 kilometers wide.

Normandy Four, Paris, October 2015 (--sputnik)

Normandy Four, Paris, October 2015 (–sputniknews.com)

OSCE, France, Germany and Ukraine Plan to Reconcile Law on Elections Without Participation of Donbass and Russia – Pushilin / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 10, 2016 / DONETSK / Representatives of the OSCE, Germany, France and Ukraine are planning to hold a meeting on February 11 in Berlin, where they hope to reconcile the text of the electoral law. This was stated by the plenipotentiary of the Republic to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin. “We have learned from reliable sources that tomorrow in Berlin, representatives of the OSCE, Germany, France and Ukraine will meet to agree between them on the text of the draft law on elections in Donbass. We believe this kind of separate negotiation is pressure, and we do not agree with the outcome of these meetings, which do not correspond either to Minsk or the Normandy format,” he said in a statement made available to DAN. The elections in Donbass are one of the key issues to a peaceful resolution of the situation. According to the package of measures, which was adopted on February 12, 2015 by the “Normandy Quartet” (the heads of Germany, France, Ukraine, Russia) and signed by representatives of the Contact Group, the issue of the elections must be resolved with the participation of representatives of the DPR and LPR.

slavfeb11xDPR envoy: Kiev intensifies shellings in Donbass to justify deploying peacekeepers / TASS / February 11, 2016 / MOSCOW / Kiev has started aggravating the situation on the contact line in Donbass to justify its statements about necessity of deploying peacekeepers in the region, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) envoy to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin told TASS on Thursday. “All of this is connected – increasing number of shellings of Zaytsevo, closure of a border checkpoint in Lugansk, bus blast at a Ukrainian checkpoint yesterday, Kiev’s growing criticism of actions of OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination. This serves as evidence that Ukraine has probably not given up on ideas of deploying some kind of peacekeeping forces in the region,” Pushilin said. According to DPR defense ministry, Kiev forces shelled the DPR territory almost 900 times over the last week. Kiev’s representatives repeatedly voiced suggestions to deploy a peacekeeping forces in Donbass. However, Donetsk and Lugansk say such proposals go against the Package of measures of the Minsk Agreements that name OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as the only official international representative in the region. Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on 12 February 2015, after negotiations in the so-called “Normandy format” in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Minsk also accords envisage weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbass, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

Alexander Hug (--smh.com.au)

Alexander Hug (–smh.com.au)

Deputy Head of OSCE SMM Alexander Hug to Visit Donetsk February 13 / DAN / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 11, 2016 / DONETSK / Deputy Head of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE Alexander Hug, according to preliminary data, will arrive in Donetsk on Saturday, February 13th. This was reported today to DAN by an informed source. “The arrival of Alexander Hug in Donetsk is scheduled, tentatively, for 13 February,” the spokesman said. Earlier this week, the press service of the OSCE SMM reported that Hug is planning a visit to Donbass from 13 to 17 February to assess the security situation. He intends to meet with representatives of the sMM operating in the conflict zone, and the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (STSKK) [JCCC]. Recall the last time Alexander Hug visited the Donetsk People’s Republic on January 15 of this year. The deputy head of the SMM, in particular, was subject to sniper fire by Ukrainian security forces in the village Kominternovo in the south of Donbass.

slavfeb11wBus carrying civilians reportedly blown up at Ukrainian checkpoint in Donbass / TASS / February 11, 2016 / MOSCOW / A bus carrying civilians hit a landmine at a Ukrainian checkpoint near the contact line between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic early on Wednesday, a source in the DPR law enforcement agencies has said. “At around 9.00 a.m. a bus with civilian persons struck a landmine at a roadblock from the Ukrainian side at the Novomikhailovka checkpoint. According to the preliminary data, three people have been killed,” the source told the Donetsk news agency. The Donetsk republic’s defense ministry has repeatedly said that Ukraine’s forces had “totally” mined their own positions and checkpoints. Several dozen civilians of Donbass hit mines over the past year, according to official data provided by Ukraine’s Inferior Ministry. Editor’s note: Other sources claim the death toll in the bus tragedy is four. Note that over a year ago the Ukrainian media publicized the mining by Kiev forces of areas around checkpoints all along the contact line, an operation intended to discourage vehicles from trying to avoid barricades by driving off the road. Such mines are believed to have caused the earlier Volnovakha bus tragedy.

slavfeb11uKiev confirms three killed as minivan hits landmine at Ukrainian checkpoint in Donbass / TASS / February 10, 2016 / KIEV / Three people were killed when a minivan carrying civilians was blown up by a landmine at a Ukrainian checkpoint near the contact line early on Wednesday, the speaker of the Donbass special operation, Andrey Zadubinny, has said. “There were five people in the Volkswagen Transporter car (minivan) that struck a mine this morning at the Novomikhailovka checkpoint. Two were killed at the scene and another one died on the way to a hospital,” Zadubinny said. The speaker said the minivan had arrived from the territory not controlled by Kiev. “It tried to bypass a line 600 meters from the checkpoint having ignored all the road signs and hit a mine,” he said. Ukraine’s national police in the Donetsk region have confirmed the fact. A source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic earlier told the Donetsk news agency that a bus carrying civilians hit a landmine at a Ukrainian checkpoint near the contact line. Three people were killed according to preliminary data. A family of three was also injured in a Tavria car that was hit by the bus window shatters. “A man was wounded in the neck, and a woman and a child were contused,” the source told the Donetsk news agency. The car driver was sent to a city hospital as “the Ukrainian side had refused to provide first medical assistance to the victim,” he said.

Martin Sajdik (--osce.org)

Martin Sajdik (–osce.org)

Security situation in Donbass continues deteriorating — OSCE / TASS / February 10, 2016 / MINSK / The security situation in the embattled Donbass region in eastern Ukraine is aggravating, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Representative for Ukraine Martin Sajdik said on Wednesday. “The overall security situation in the conflict zone in Ukraine continues deteriorating,” Sajdik said following the talks of the political, security and economy subgroups of the Contact Group on the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. “The matter was in the center of attention of the 10 February session of the subgroup on security.” “Today a microbus was blown up by an antitank mine, leaving several civilians dead,” Sajdik said. “I would like to offer sincere condolence to friends and families of the victims. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) underlines the importance of mine clearance in the conflict zone.” According to Sajdik, “the number of ceasefire violations is growing.” “The sides should give an answer about the matter,” he said, adding that the sides are not implementing heavy weapons withdrawal. Sajdik said that the failure to honor the commitments to ceasefire regime poses problems for the SMM, which is now expanding its land action capabilities. The mission’s observers continue having problems with travels in the conflict zone.

Moldava Prosecutor General's Office

Moldava Prosecutor General’s Office

Moldovan Mercenaries Who Fought in Donbass Sentenced by Prosecutor General’s Office / Deschide.md / Edited autotranslation from Romanian by Quemado Institute / February 11, 2016 / The Prosecution Office [of Moldava] announced today that so far 10 mercenaries from Moldava who fought in eastern Ukraine have been detained. The 10 are from the districts of Cimislia Catemir, Chisinau Municipality and the Territorial Administrative Unit of Gagauzia. Two of the 10 people have already received sentences of three years in prison. During the arrest of the mercenaries, documents were discovered proving they belonged to the military units of Donetsk and Lugansk. Military uniforms were found, as well as mobile phones. The Prosecutors said this mercenary activity is a new phenomenon for the country, but also a dangerous one for the country’s national security. They also said today that in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, dozens of Moldovan citizens are fighting and that it is conceivable that some of them are injured and others died on the battlefield.

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Alexey Markov (R) with Alexei Mozgovoi, Lugansk, May 2015

Alexey Markov (R), Alexei Mozgovoi, Lugansk, May 2015

Happy birthday to Alexey Markov of Ghost Brigade Volunteer Communist Detachment! / by Greg Butterfield / Red Star Over Donbass / February 11, 2016 / Today we celebrate the birthday of comrade Alexey Markov, a deputy commander of the Ghost Brigade of Novorossiya and political commissar of the Volunteer Communist Detachment (DKO). It’s impossible to overstate the historic role of Markov and Pyotr Birukov, the DKO’s military commander, who established an organized, multi-tendency, international communist presence on the front lines of defending Donbass from Ukrainian-fascist forces. Markov and other DKO comrades won the political and military trust of Commander Alexei Mozgovoi, founder of the Ghost Brigade, and had a profound influence on his thinking and political development before his tragic death last May. Mozgovoi demonstrated . . . MORE>> Click here.

Graham Phillips with alleged "Russian" tank

Graham Phillips with alleged “Russian” tank

The Latest ‘Russian Tanks in Donbass’ Nonsense / by Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / February 11, 2016 / “The OSCE checked all of this stuff by the way, no report of Russian tanks in Donbass.” / I could have written this a couple of days ago, but was working on other projects. And do I really need to be an ‘instant response’ unit every time nonsense western propaganda comes out? Coming up to a year since the liberation of Debaltsevo (and I’ll be doing a special series of video reportage, with English subtitles on that), it’s inevitable that western and Ukrainian media will bring up the ‘that time Graham Phillips showed Russian T72 B3 tanks‘ thing. Here’s what I think about that – 1. I’m not bothered about it. I don’t think anyone in Russia is bothered about it, no one’s ever said anything to me about it. 2. They think I’m really bothered about this – ‘let’s show there was a ‘Russian invasion’ in Donbass, and really wind up Graham too‘. 3. I’m very proud that in my work in Donbass, I always . . . MORE>> Click here.

Livadia Palace, Crimea (--novaonline.nvcc.edu)

Livadia Palace, Crimea (–novaonline.nvcc.edu)

How Crimeans See Ukraine Crisis / By Natylie Baldwin / Consortium News / February 11, 2016 / Two years ago, the Maidan uprising ousted Ukraine’s elected president, prompting resistance in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, with Crimeans voting overwhelmingly to reunify with Russia, a move that then sparked a new cold war. As propaganda enveloped this issue, Natylie Baldwin went to see for herself last fall. / We had boarded the bus that would transport us from the gates of Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to the plane waiting on the tarmac to fly us to Simferopol, Crimea, when a friendly blonde in her late 30’s asked us in accented English if we were from “The States”? When we answered that we were, she told us she currently lived in Texas but was going to visit relatives in Crimea. As we chatted more and my travel mate and I explained our reason for going there – to see Crimea for ourselves and find out from the people living there what they thought about the Ukraine war and the peninsula’s reunification with Russia – it became apparent that this lady had a few things she wanted to get off her chest. “You cannot separate Ukraine from Russia, there is too much culture and history together,” she said. Choking up on her words, she continued, “American people are good people – I have many friends in the U.S. – but their government leaders are not because they interfere too much in other places. I worry about Hillary [Clinton], you know. When [Libyan leader Muammar] Gaddafi was killed, she said ‘We came, we saw, he died. Ha ha.’ What kind of leader . . . MORE>> Click here.

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