Thursday, June 30, 2016
(Updated throughout the day)
Ukraine conducts reconnaissance-in-force in Donbass, loses 200 soldiers / pravda.ru / June 30, 2016 / The Ukrainian special services made a thrust at the Debaltsevo region in Donbass and advanced 4 km. Escalation of shelling was also registered at the direction towards Mariupol. The front line made up 20 km and affected posts of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. As a result of continuing fighting, 20 people from the LPR were killed, and over 200 soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The breakthrough took place late at night, the Ukrainians used artillery and armoured vehicles. Namely regular military of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, that is 54th brigade, took part in the attack, but not volunteer battalions. Thus, Kiev will not be able to attribute it to some provocation.
Ukrainian Military’s Advance In Donbas Region – Review / By Chris Covert for South Front / June 30, 2016 / A Ukrainian rifle company (about 100 effectives), supported by tanks and armored fighting vehicles struck pro-Russian rebel positions at Logvinovka Wednesday morning, according to Russian language news accounts. According to data supplied by the rebel controlled Donetsk ministry of defense, Ukrainian forces, parts of the Ukrainian 54th Mechanized Brigade drove four kilometers south towards the farming community of Logvinovka, in northern rebel held territory in Donetsk. The initial Ukrainian artillery bombardment which also included fire from armored vehicles took place starting at 0700 hrs and ended at 0900 hrs. Ukrainian forces fired 122mm artillery in support of the advance for a total of 116 times. Official Ukrainian media denied the attacks have even taken place. According to a news account posted in censor.net.ua, spokesman for the Ukrainian ministry of defense, Colonel Andrei Lysenko said the attacks as reported by rebel media had not even taken place. Instead, Ukrainian official media said that rebel forces fired 120mm mortars on Ukrainian positions at Novotroitsk and Berezovo, and fired grenade launchers at Shirokino and Mayorsk. Quoted in the Live Journal blog of Chervonets Andryuha, Alexander Zhuchkovsky, who helps supplies aid to rebel forces, said that Ukrainian forces suffered losses in vehicles destroyed, and that the Ukrainian forces were forced to withdraw under rebel fire. In a separate Chervonets Andryuha blog entry, former DPR Defense Minister Igor Strelkov (Girkin), being quoted in EA Daily news outlet, said that occupying the area just north of Logvinovka would give Ukrainian forces a height from which they can observe artillery strikes all the way south into Debaltsevo. The cause of the attack, according to Colonel Girkin was rebel forces, consisting of the 7th Brigade were not strong, so the situation appeared to be easily exploitable. Colonel Girkin characterized the attack as a tactical . . . MORE>> Click here.
Is There an Official DPR/LPR Media Cover-up of the Logvinova-Debaltsevo Invasion? / Opinion, by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / June 30, 2016 / Official media from Donetsk and Lugansk appear to be ignoring yesterday’s Ukrainian Army invasion of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in which enemy forces advanced 4 km into DPR territory to the village of Logvinovo, and were later repelled by an NAF counter-offensive [see reports under June 29 below]. This was a major war event. Yet an official defense report from Lugansk today fails to acknowledge the invasion occurred. In a similar omission, Essence of Time reported yesterday that the DPR Defense Ministry, as quoted by the Donetsk News Agency, claimed the Ukrainians withdrew from Logvinovo due to alleged negotiations with the JCCC. No mention was made of the NAF counter-offensive. Quemado Institute has noted other instances of official DPR censorship regarding NAF defensive operations. Is this a cover-up to please the powers that be in Europe? The DPR would be in a stronger political position if they advertised their military strength, a lesson Zakharchenko claimed to have learned during last year’s liberation of Debaltsevo.
Escalation in Donbass: Kiev provocation fails / Katehon / June 30, 2016 / On Wednesday, June 29th, the Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic announced that Kiev’s military had attempted to attack the republican army’s positions in the area of Debaltsevo. Unsuccessful attack: Servicemen of the 54th mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian army launched an offensive against DPR positions. Ukrainian military forces used weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. For a short time, Kiev’s military was able to advance 4 kilometers deep into the territory of the DPR, but they were then defeated and driven back. Breach of international treaty: DPR authorities have urged the OSCE to pay attention to the actions of the Ukrainian side and recognize their violations of the agreements from “Minsk-2”. During the meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, OSCE representatives received information about the Ukrainian military advancing deep into the territory of the Republic near Debaltsevo and its attack on DPR sappers in Shirokino which occurred on June 27th. Cold welcome for Poroshenko: All of this took place during Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s visit to Brussels. The EU capital welcomed Petro Poroshenko extremely unfriendly. Only a small group of Ukrainian journalists and protocol ceremonial staff of the European Council met him at the time of his arrival at the headquarters in Brussels. Experts have pointed out that in the near future relations between the EU and Ukraine could worsen even more, because the EU is on the verge of disintegration and has no desire or ability to support Kiev.
(For more on UAF invasion near Debaltsevo . . . scroll to Wednesday June 29)
OSCE considers arming observers in Donbass may lead to casualties / DONi News / June 30, 2016 / The leaders of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Donbass consider the idea of arming their observers to be counterproductive and potentially dangerous, stated Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich. “The leadership of the OSCE SMM mission is sure this is a counterproductive idea, as it will not increase the security of the OSCE representatives, but may lead to casualties among international observers,” Lukashevich said. According to him, the proposal to arm the OSCE mission must be approved by the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine before it can be implemented. “The concept should be developed in the framework of the Contact Group on Ukraine as it is the main mechanism, in which the two opposing sides are represented,” he said. No schemes that stipulate providing weapons to OSCE personnel in Donbas have been agreed on by the sides so far, Lukashevich added. The idea to arm the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass was not met with enthusiasm in most European countries and the United States, said Lukashevich.
Trump says ready to invite Putin to Washington / DONi News / June 19, 2016 / The American billionaire Donald Trump, who has already ensured his nomination for the US presidency from the Republicans, said in an interview with the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera that he would be willing to invite the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to Washington. ‘I will have no problem to do this whatsoever,’ said Trump, answering the question of the influential newspaper which published a detailed interview with him on Sunday. At the request of the newspaper Trump also commented on Putin’s statement made during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. The Russian president said, ‘Mr. Trump said that he was ready for the full-scale restoration of the Russian-American relations. What is wrong with that? We welcome it’. ‘I think that what he (Putin) said is true. I think that we should maintain relationships. I think that to reach an agreement with Russia would be fine, and it would have a positive impact throughout the world,’ said Trump. ‘I think that it would be very helpful if we coordinated efforts to achieve this common goal. They also want to defeat ISIS. Russia is a power. I believe that a coordinated effort would be a positive, not a negative thing,’ said Trump.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
URGENT: Ukrainian forces breached four kilometers into Donetsk territory / katehon.com / June 29, 2016 17:30 / Ukrainian forces attempted a breakthrough under the Debaltsevo. They have advanced four kilometers into the territory of DPR in the direction of the village of Logvinova [See map, center]. This was reported in the Ministry of Defense of DPR. “Today, from seven to eight in the morning Ukrainian forces, supported by artillery and armored vehicles attempted to break into the direction of Debaltsevo,” a spokesman said. “In this case, the position of the enemy have been moved four kilometers closer to Logvinova”. Under Debalcevo there is a group of Ukrainian security forces, supported by armored vehicles. The Ministry of Defense added that in total during the offensive Ukrainian fighters have shot 116 artillery shells caliber of 122 mm. “In the morning, Ukrainian security forces did not stop shelling neighborhood Debaltsevo, using weapons infantry, vehicles, rocket-propelled grenades and other arms,” said the representative. Editor’s note: This article was tweeted from the account of renowned Russian political and humanist philosopher Alexandr Dugin. Notably, the invasion was timed to coincide with the latest ceasefire agreement in Minsk. MAP: Logvinova is located at center, with Debaltsevo at lower right (click to enlarge).
Ukrainian Invasion of DPR: Important Updates / by Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute (from Twitter) / Today, following the Ukrainian Armed Forces invasion of the Donetsk People’s Republic near Debaltsevo, we are receiving the following Twitter reports in real-time (latest first): Storm Bringer tweeted at 21:30 UTC: “#BREAKING More news about Debaltsevo battle. NAF losses: 3 KIA + 5 WIA reported from Marina Kharkova.” John Delacour tweeted at 21:00 to 21:25 UTC: “#Donbass #Debaltsevo: The ukrop claims to have withdrawn to original positions as specified by Minsk, thereby admitting they breached Minsk. / The ukrop is urgently reinforcing round Debaltsevo. They report ‘1 KIA, 10 WIA’ and claim NAF casualties (of course). / #NAF have 3 KIA & 1 WIA in heavy fighting repulsing the ukrop from Logvinovo. «GIVI» and «ABKHAZIA» in command.” John Delacour tweeted at about 19:00 UTC: “#Donbass: The scene in #Debaltsevo today: Many dead Ukrainians—very many. Sign reads “Welcome to HELL” / #Donbass: All quiet for the moment #Debaltsevo area. The ukrop has not gained an inch and has suffered heavy losses.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 18:00 UTC: “#BREAKING: UKRAINE SAYS OUR TROOPS WEREN’T THERE. These are lies.” Vladimir Suchan tweeted at about 16:15 UTC: “North of Debaltzevo, Novorossiya forces lost their first line of defense, and shortly their second line of defense too.” Vlad tweeted at about 15:15 UTC: “In #Debaltsevo houses and appartments are destroyed also a pipeline has been hit today by Ukrop artillery shelling.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 15:15 UTC: “BREAKING! Reported from #Debaltsevo: NAF positions all held. No breakthrough. No panic.” Olivier Fehr tweeted at about 15:15 UTC: “Seems that currently the DPR lines arround #Debaltsevo are holding, but Basurin called situation ‘critical’.” Vladimir Suchan posted on Facebook at about 15:30 UTC: “While Moscow in Minsk is trying to open the way to ‘elections’ (read: pacification of Donbass) and ‘electoral police’ (armed ‘OSCE’), both the West and Kiev correctly diagnosed that the will of Moscow to defend the remnants of Donbass has reached its historical low, and thus, as Putin is also busy sending Russian tourists back to Turkey, undertook an attack on Debaltzevo—the neck which is holding together Donetsk and Lugansk.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 14:45 UTC: “#BREAKING NAF are amassing tanks in Uglegorsk area for a counter-attack. Givi’s Somalia Battalion.” John Delacour tweeted at about 14:30 UTC: “Debaltsevo is well defended. No chance of a ukrop breakthrough. Sanzharovka, Lozovoe also threatened.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 14:00 UTC: “#BREAKING Commander Givi conducted from Uglegorsk a fire ride on UAF artillery positions near Svetlodarsk. / #BREAKING NAF report: UAF started to retreat after failed assault. NAF 2nd defence line was recaptured. 1st not yet.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 11:00 UTC: “
#BREAKING BATTLE FOR DEBALTSEVO: NAF reported massive area gains made by UAF during the assault / #BREAKING Commander Givi will counter-attack advancing UAF troops with own tanks from #Uglegorsk.” Storm Bringer tweets at about 10:45 UTC: “#BREAKING Ukraine’s surprise assault in Debaltsevo direction >WTF!!! NAF lack reinforcements in the area.” This last tweet was the earliest we located reporting on the Ukrainian invasion — Karl Pomeroy.
Minsk-2 Started and Ended in Debaltsevo [UAF Invades Today] / Registratsia / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / June 29, 2016, 17:26 / The war in the Donbas has entered an active phase of fighting: an attack on the position of the Donetsk People’s Republic began about three o’clock in the morning. Ukrainian fighters managed to move ahead by four kilometers and come close to Uglegorsk where they were dropped for the second line of defense DNI. They are now near the village Logvinova controlled by the forces of the People’s Republic of Lugansk. Front managed to stabilize, but the shelling continued DNI position. As reported in the official structures of the NPT, under Debaltsevo Ukrainian military company operates with the support of armored vehicles. The resumption of hostilities has caused the expected panic. Parallel to this, in social networks were stuffing that Logvinova controlled Ukrainian battalion “Kievan Rus’ and the APU took Debaltsevo. This is not true. Posted by Igor Bezler his wife Angelica Shutenko-Bezler page also does not shine optimism: “” In the 2.30 am APU activated, – he writes. – Took Sanzharovku environment, then took the height of 216 and 220 under the Logvinova “Gryaschevskie rate” – is 2.5-3 km to about Uglegorsk, likely to be cut off and Uglegorsk Debaltsevo. Take the city on the forehead stupid and inefficient. By the evening of “lies” Lotion. The best option “cut” area as a layer cake with the isolation of Uglegorsk, Debaltsevo, Gorlovka and Donetsk Yenakiyevo separately and Yasinovataya”. It is noteworthy that the official Ukrainian side has not commented on the violation of the Minsk agreements. As reports “the press service of staff of the ATO” on the morning of June 29 did not appear no information about the occurrence of a Debaltsevo, but reports on the fighting in Butovka mine area. All Ukrainian media who write about today’s battles, refer to the website of “Donetsk news agency.” It seems that the media has passed the next delivery, which prohibits write about Ukrainian offensive actions so as not to produce a negative impression to the Western partners. If, however, the OSCE still finds a violation of the Minsk agreements under Debaltsevo, you should not be Vanga to guess: Kiev will write them on a semi-official structures like the “Right Sector”. Only site “resistance,” said: “From Debaltsevo towards settlement Logvinova (Bahmutskiy district) recorded the movement of the column of military fighters equipment (tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles). The total amount of up to 20 units. ” The reasons for the movement of machinery “militants” – a word. Well, in this case the Ukrainian media were far from the truth: help from Donetsk really is. Debaltsevo, however, continues to be in a difficult situation. This city is located at the junction of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic, and on the adjacent territories are located in both divisions sun DNR and LNR sun (for example, refers to the Debaltsevo Donetsk People’s Republic, and Logvinova – to Luhansk). This creates some problems with parts of mutual coordination. But in general, the “surrender” Debaltsevo, which fear of the civilians should not be afraid. This is – one of the key points, and not in vain so long and so bloody released him in February 2015. The militia report that the onset of the APU in this case was a natural: Ukrainian intelligence service regularly attempts to identify weaknesses in the defense, and in this case she was lucky. When they hit upon insufficiently hardened portion, it was an attempt to break, which for the first time over the past few months has been successful. Further events can develop in two directions. First – Debaltsevo deprotected in the next day, the Ukrainian army will return to their original positions, and the OSCE will write in the report that the sun DNI once again violated the Minsk agreements. The second – will have minimal resistance, the Ukrainian army will move to full-scale offensive, and it will grow into a major war, which was not seen since February 2015. Minsk-2 began after the Battle of Debaltsevo, whether it will end after the fighting there?
Many Wounded and Dead: Details of UAF Offensive in Donbass / by Andrew Gulyutin / Ridus.ru / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / June 29, 2016 / As the “Ridus’, which began on Wednesday morning Ukrainian military offensive under Debalcevo bogged down at the moment are difficult positional battles. There are dead and wounded, but the exact number is not known. As previously wrote “Reedus” Kyiv security forces moved to 4 km in the Debaltsevo area, pick up close to the locality Logvinova, but take it and failed. The escalation of attacks was also fixed in the direction of Mariupol. However, the Ukrainian media and bloggers have reported conflicting information. In particular, the head of t. N. “Center for Military-Political Studies” Dmitry Tymchuk claims that the offensive did not exist. A number of media reports at the same time of the seizure of the APU Logvinova. As the correspondent of “Ridus” in Donetsk Anna Dolgareva breakthrough APU started late at night, the Ukrainians were covered by artillery and armored vehicles and advanced fought for 4 kilometers along the route Artemovsk-Debaltsevo, displacing part of the 7th Motorized Brigade DNI army and occupying the high ground above the village Logvinova. In total, the occurrence was attended by over a company (battalion) of infantry and more than two dozen armored vehicles, which were supported by artillery. The Defense Ministry DNR stated that in total during the offensive Ukrainian fighters 116 artillery shells caliber 122 mm were produced. “At the moment, continued shelling positions of the BCH, but promotion no front lines,” – said Anna Dolgareva. Other sources confirm this information. In particular, representatives of the militia Gorlovki learned that “as of the current time continues intense battle near Debaltsevo, war is in full swing.” “The enemy comes under the guise of actively artillery positions no not put yet – it’s all” disinformation “, – says the official. – Under fire artillery positions are not occupied, just Logvinova specifically treated. Many of the wounded and killed there. ” At the same portal “Russian Spring” with reference to the soldiers of the 100th Brigade of the Republican Guard DNI Anatoly Gelyuha announces heavy losses APU under Debaltsevo. “At night, in 2 hours 20 minutes, Ukrainian fighters launched an offensive on a broad sector of the front under Uglegorsk. Sun knocked advanced units DNI with the basic positions and heights of the first line of defense, then the reserve position. Going with heavy losses (lost at least two platoons of tanks T-64 BV, a large number of assault infantry), the enemy was able to come close to Uglegorsk; after which he was dropped back in the second line of defense came to the rescue and DNI unfolded in battle formations main forces Sun DNI “, – quotes the edition Gelyuha. Other posts is not so optimistic for the DNI. “At 2.30 am APU activated. Taken in Sanzharovku environment, then took the height of 216 and 220 under the Logvinova “Gryaschevskie rate” – is 2.5-3 km to about Uglegorsk, are likely to be cut off and Uglegorsk Debaltsevo – said in a blog Igor Bezler. – Take the city on the forehead stupid and inefficient. By the evening of “lies” Lotion. The best option “cut” area as a layer cake with the isolation of Uglegorsk, Debaltsevo, Gorlovka and Donetsk Yenakiyevo separately and Yasinovataya Squares … 6351, 6350, 6348, 6149, 6148, 6147 is already occupied by the enemy.” “It is possible that this time the battle for” neytralku “have not only a purely tactical subtext, and related to the next round of talks in Minsk and are an obvious attempt to influence the Russian Federation, putting its apologetic position on the resumption of heavy fighting on Debaltsevskom direction, which was relatively quiet on the background of large-scale battles for Avdiivka industrial zone, nuclear warheads and villages in the region of Donetsk airport – believes the chief editor of the news agency “Sevastopol Voice” Boris Rozhin known as blogger Colonel Cassad. According to UN data released today, from April 2014 in the course of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, killing 9 thousand 449 people, another 21 thousand 843 -.. Injured. Such figures led the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic person during his speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Editor’s note: This article was tweeted by British video journalist Graham W. Phillips. MAP: Logvinovo left of center, Debaltsevo bottom center. Click to enlarge.
Ukrainian Military Advancing in Donbass Region / SouthFront / June 29, 2016 / The situation has drammatically escalated in Donbass as the Ukrainian military is advancing on the positions of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) forces at the village of Uglegorsk, located northwest of the city of Debaltsevo, local sources reported on June 28. Pro-DPR sources argue that the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) have already lost few T64 battle tanks while pro-Kiev media outlets are disseminating info that the UAF has seized the village of Logvinovo – these reports have not been confirmed, yet. Clashes are ongoing in the area. We remember, recently, the Kiev side has increased usage of artillery and heavy military equipment against people’s militias of the Donbass region.
Kiev’s army made breakthrough attempt, advanced 4 kilometers into DPR territory, was forced to retreat / Essence of Time (from Donetsk News Agency) / June 29, 2016 19:00 UTC / Ukrainian military tried to break through in Debaltsevo area during the morning and advanced four kilometers into Donetsk People’s Republic territory in the direction of Logvinovo village near Debaltsevo as a result, DPR Defense Ministry informed Donetsk News Agency. Ukrainian army was forced to return back to its original positions. “Today, from seven to eight in the morning, Ukrainian military, with the support of artillery and armored vehicles, made a breakthrough attempts in the Debaltsevo direction. The positions of the enemy were moved four kilometers closer to Logvinovo village,” the source in the Ministry said. Up to a company of Ukrainian army, supported by armored vehicles, was active near Debaltsevo. The Defense Ministry added that a total of 116 122mm artillery shells were fired by Ukrainian militants during the offensive operation. Currently the Ukrainian military left the positions near Logvinovo and retreated. Territory near Logvinovo currently remains to be controlled by DPR forces. “Ukrainian military are counting their losses, none of our servicemen were killed. We will not give a single inch of our land to the enemy,” Defense Ministry representative said. The Defense Ministry emphasized that Ukrainian army’s return to their original positions was achieved by negotiations of Russian representatives in the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination with their Ukrainian colleagues. It is being specified that the act of aggression by the Ukrainian side was done by the servicemen of Kiev’s 54th independent motorized brigade. Quemado Institute comments: We believe this report is false. The UAF did not return to their original positions because of negotiations with the JCCC. They were driven back by the NAF. Donetsk News Agency must be dispensing pro-Minsk propaganda. It sounds like a smooth lie, to please the powers that be.
Igor Strelkov: Only counter-attack and Return of UAF Occupied Heights Can Eliminate Threat to Debaltsevo / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute from Vk.com / June 29, 2016 / 10:25 AM / Today, June 29, at the Ministry of Defense reported DNI undertaken APU attempt a breakthrough in the area of Debaltsevo and capture a few kilometers of the territory of the republic. Later, ex-Minister of Defense DNI, the head of the All-Russian National Movement Igor Strelkov commented on his page on a social network, saying that the APU have two heights, occupied parts of the Third Battalion, Seventh Brigade surrounded the village Sanzharovka and went out to a distance of two – two and a half kilometers from Uglegorsk. Read more about the current situation with the promotion of the APU in this sector, as well as on the military situation and the balance of power in other areas Igor Strelkov told the EADaily. What is the promotion and the seizure of two heights of change in strategic terms? So far, this is a purely tactical local success. However, having these heights, the Ukrainian military will be able to control the lowlands. And there all settlements, including self Debaltsevo, are below. Busy Ukrainians height allow you to view Sanzharovku, Logvinova and sweep all the way to the entrance of it. That is the height of the strategically more important than actually do these settlements. Why APU is able to move in this direction? There were only barriers – small units of the Seventh Brigade. The main forces of the brigade located in the hinterland, in the areas of permanent location. Since formally continued the so-called Minsk cease-fire, to keep large forces near the front of the OSCE prohibited and all of our brave advisers. Accordingly, large forces were not there. These barriers have been broken by artillery, tanks and infantry crushed the enemy. Can APU revenge by returning the situation at the front to the situation before Debaltsevskogo boiler? So far, we can only speak about the tactical attack. Rather, it is about the battle or exploration on improving the available positions. If heights are not repelled by a counterattack, and the Ukrainian military will be able to keep them, they will secure a lucrative springboard for attacks directly on Debaltsevo and Uglegorsk. That is the only thing that can now be taken Novorossia power to remedy the situation – this counterattack? From a military point of view, they should be from these heights to beat, because these heights were taken at a time when Debalcevo was blocked when created Debaltsevsky boiler. Who owns these heights, he controls the road to Debaltsevo from the west. Accordingly, in order to eliminate the threat immediately to Debaltsevo, it is necessary to clear the height of the back of the Ukrainian military. I repeat, it’s from a military point of view. And what decision will be made by our eternal peacekeepers, I do not know. Is there a threat of such promotion in the other parts of the front? Of course, as the reconnaissance carried out and are carried out by the Ukrainian side everywhere. Now active artillery shootings and clashes are in the south – under Shirokino. They are also under Dokuchaevsk that all night was tough under the shelling. There all night waiting for the attack, the enemy hit, and the positions and the city itself. Yasinovatskiy fork, Yasinovataya subjected to very hard shelled and now. Same – Spartak airport. In general, all of the arc. Again the night was under fire Gorlovka. Under Debalcevo now continuing artillery skirmish. In general, there is a sharp aggravation of the situation. But as long as the occurrence of breakthrough and not a speech. Now, I repeat, we have the tactical success of the Ukrainians on one single site. But this site is important enough. Do you have this activation is some political background? Kiev stubbornly demonstrates that accept only unconditional surrender of Russia in Donbas, that no implementation of even these defective and, I would say, illegitimate Minsk agreements he is not satisfied. They show that the fight will be (at least, so fight, as they are now satisfied) until such time as they will not give up completely, and they demonstrate a willingness to do so. Relatively speaking, the game players Our party tries hard to make a draw, while having excellent shape, excellent position, and even some initiative. As a result of the fact that all want to make a draw, the opponent is trying to win. And he has consistently demonstrated the will to win this. The chances that they will be able to peacefully negotiate, no. And they do not get tired we prove it for two years. If our officials and our Ministry of Foreign Affairs that are blind, it seems, this is the property of these officials – not noticing that it was already clear in advance. I see it a politically motivated. As previously reported EADaily, the situation on the fronts of the New Russia becomes critical. The number of attacks over the past day has increased dramatically. Ukrainian security forces have fired 830 times the territory of the DNI. Earlier in the Ministry of Defense DNR confirmed that Ukrainian security forces, supported by artillery and armored vehicles attempted to break into debaltsevskom direction, advancing four kilometers closer to the locality Logvinova.”
Contact Group agrees disengagement of parties, cargo traffic in Donbass / TASS / June 29, 2016 / MINSK / The Contact Group for settlement in the east of Ukraine has agreed new steps for the disengagement of the conflicting parties and the resumption of cargo railway traffic across the disengagement line in Donbass, Russia’s representative in the Contact Group, Boris Gryzlov, has said after a meeting in Minsk. “Today’s meeting of the Contact Group has yielded certain results despite the complicated situation in Donbass,” he said. “New steps have been agreed to disengage the conflicting parties. This is particularly important at a time when the security situation in the area of the disengagement line is alarming and fire attacks against Donbass continue.” Gryzlov kept quiet about the details of the decisions made at the meeting. The special representative of the OSCE chairperson in office, Martin Sajdik, said that a certain document was being developed on creating twelve security areas along the line of disengagement. Gryzlov sees a way out of the situation in settling political and security issues in parallel and in conjunction. “The sequence of their settlement must correspond to the package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Accords,” he said. “Violating it would be tantamount to ruining the basis the entire peace process rests upon. Peace is crucial to improving the humanitarian and economic situation.” “The latter remains grave,” Gryzlov said. “But there have been positive shifts, too. The Contact Group’s efforts have restored cargo railway traffic across the disengagement line in Donbass.”
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ukrainian Armed Forces attack OSCE-approved DPR mission / Fort Russ / Translated by J. Arnoldski / June 28, 2016 / In the demilitarized zone of Shirokino, the UAF arrested a group of sappers of the DPR which was conducting a planned de-mining of the territory in coordination with the OSCE mission. Deputy of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, reported this to journalists today. “On June 27th, in the residential area of Shirokino currently located in the demilitarized zone, a sapper unit of the People’s Militia of the DPR conducted a routine de-mining of the territory as agreed to by the OSCE mission. The mission informed the Ukrainian side about our sapper activities. Knowing the place and time of the operation, the Ukrainian command gave the command to open artillery fire on the area of operation,” Basurin said. According to Basurin, the advance reconnaissance group of the 54th UAF brigade and a volunteer unit of the Ukrainian army, which is an illegal armed group that should be disbanded according to the Minsk Agreements, moved under the cover of artillery fire to capture the sappers. The total number of the group numbered 25 people. According to the press service of the so-called “ATO,” as result of the successful operation in Shirokino, eight DPR “terrorists” were captured and three killed by return fire.
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 28.06.2016 / DONi News / June 28, 2016 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has worsened. Over the past day the Ukrainian military shelled the territory of the Republic 734 times. The enemy launched 90 artillery shells of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 186 mines of 120mm caliber and 415 mines of 82 mm caliber. Besides the shelling was carried out with infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian punishers opened fire at the following localities: Zaitsevo, Vasilyevka, Mikhailovka, Spartak, Shurokaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Staromikhailovka, Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky and Kuibyshevsky districts of Donetsk and the airport. As a result of the shellings there got wounded two women and damaged 23 house-buildings in Gorlovka and in the Kuibyshevsky district of the Donetsk City. The commanders of brigades Zubanich, Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Sokolov, Delyatitsky, Voilokov and Zabolotny gave the criminal orders. We handed over all the data on violating the Minsk Agreements to the OSCE and JCCC. *** Our intelligence keeps registering the concentration of the prohibited arms and military personnel of the enemy along the contact line. Thus, in the area of the locality of:Maiorsk (1,5 km away from the contact line) there was registered the presence of three mortars of 120mm caliber;Nelyepovka (17km away from the contact line) there were registered firing positions of three self-propelled guns “Akatsiya” of 152mm caliber; Georgiyevka (7km away from the contact line) there was registered the presence of three howitzers D-30 of 122mm caliber; Berezovoye (6km away from the contact line) there was registered the presence of six tanks and 16 infantry fighting vehicles. *** I would like to note that the Ukrainian military violated the Minsk Agreements one more time in a cynical form. Thus, on June 27 in the area of the Shyrokino locality located in the security area, the combat engineer unit of the separate detached unit of the DPR was carrying out the planned mine lifting of the territory by agreement with the Mission OSCE. At the same time, the representatives of the Mission informed the Ukrainian side about the events carried out by our combat engineers. Knowing the place and time of works, the Ukrainian command gave the order to open artillery fire at the place where works on mine lifting were carried. Under the cover of artillery fire, to capture the combat engineers, in the stated district there have gone the intelligence group of the 54th brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and sub-units of the volunteer Ukrainian army which is the illegal armed formation and according to the Minsk Agreements, this formation is to be disbanded. The total amount of the group is about 25 people. As a result of the artillery fire there died two servicemen of the DPR and were seriously contused eight ones, because of this, not having the opportunity to resist, they were captured. The Ukrainian side shows this like a brave deed, calling the mean provocation one of the most successful executed operations throughout the history of the conflict in Donbass. On the basis of what happened, we are to overview the conception of reacts to the provocations on the part of the enemy. These actions of the Ukrainian command will be answered. We will make every effort in order the people being responsible for the committed crimes will not beat the rap. –Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency
UAF shelling persistently targets Donbass infrastructure and civilians / By Eduard Popov for Fort Russ / Translated by J. Arnoldski / June 28, 2016 / Ukrainian security forces shelled the territory of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic 19 times over the past day, RIA Novosti reports from the headquarters of the LPR People’s Militia. “From June 27th to June 28th, 2016, 19 instances of shelling by the UAF were recorded in the LPR,” the LRP People’s Militia reported. According to this source, the most intensive shelling, featuring mortars from 82 to 120 mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles and anti-aircraft installations, hit the positions of the People’s Militia in the Kalinovo, Veselogorovka, and Zolotoye-6 districts. Cities of the Donetsk People’s Republic also found themselves under Ukrainian shelling last night. The city administration stated that on the night of June 28th, Ukrainian security forces shelled the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk, damaging five houses and a gas pipeline. According to the administration, however, there were no victims. Such information once again confirms that Ukraine is openly violating the principles of the Minsk Agreements. The government and military leadership of Ukraine have chosen the tactic of “neither war nor peace.” Without venturing on an open and full-scale offensive, Ukrainian army units and fighters of the so-called volunteer battalions daily open fire on the territories of the unrecognized republics of Donbass. They are also seizing the neutral territories (“gray zones”) designated by the OSCE mission as the demarcation line. What is the point of such tactics? These attacks cause harm to the armed forces of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass, and such strikes are hitting the infrastructure of the republics and the defense systems of Donbass’ cities. These bombardments have a serious psychological impact on the civilian population of the DPR and LPR, and people get used to living in an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. What’s more, no one can say how much longer this situation will last. Psychologically, uncertainty wears one down the most of all. As our sources in the DPR have reported, sometimes during serious shelling, many people run out of their homes and rejoice: finally, Ukrainian troops have begun an offensive! This means that militiamen and the peaceful population of Donbass are ready in advance to accept the inevitable losses associated with an offensive. They dream of quickly putting an end to this situation of uncertainty. Everyone in Donbass is sure that the next offensive by Ukrainian troops will end in their complete routing, which will be followed by a counter-offensive of the armies of the DPR and LPR that will liberate the cities of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics seized by Ukrainian troops. Kiev is perfectly aware of the fatality of an offensive. Such would lead to military defeat and draw international condemnation of Ukraine. Thus, Ukrainian authorities have opted for the tactic of destroying the infrastructure and civilian population of Donbass without formally discarding the Minsk Agreements. The Donbass republics argue that the OSCE mission turns a blind eye to the numerous and daily violations of the ceasefire, thus giving confidence to the Ukrainian side and allowing it to employ the tactic of wearing down and bleeding out the enemy over a long period of time.
Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches / By Robert Parry / Consortium News / June 28, 2016 / Exclusive: Neocons want a new Cold War – all the better to pick the U.S. taxpayers’ pockets – but this reckless talk and war profiteering could spark a nuclear war and leave the world to the cockroaches, writes Robert Parry. If the human species extinguishes itself in a flash of thermonuclear craziness and the surviving cockroaches later develop the intellect to assess why humans committed this mass suicide, the cockroach historians may conclude that it was our failure to hold the neoconservatives accountable in the first two decades of the Twenty-first Century that led to our demise. After the disastrous U.S.-led invasion of Iraq – an aggressive war justified under false premises – there rightly should have been a mass purging of the people responsible for the death, destruction and lies. Instead the culprits were largely left in place, indeed they were allowed to consolidate their control of the major Western news media and the foreign-policy establishments of the United States and its key allies. Despite the Iraq catastrophe which destabilized the Middle East and eventually Europe, the neocons and their liberal interventionist chums still filled the opinion columns of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and virtually every other mainstream outlet. Across the American and European political systems and “think tanks,” the neocons and the liberal hawks stayed dominant, too, continuing to spin their . . . MORE>> Click here.
US looking to deploy Israeli missile system on Russian borders / sott.net (Press TV) / June 28, 2016 / The US military has tested an Israeli short-range missile for possible use in its European network of missile systems to deter Russia, says a US Army general. Major General Glenn Bramhall of the US Army’s Air and Missile Defense Command made the comments on Monday, as he visited the occupied Palestinian territories. Bramhall said his units needed a reliable system to counter less powerful missile threats as a third tier beside the Army’s array of midrange Patriot and THAAD missile systems. “Patriot and THAAD are great systems that do what they were designed to do. But I don’t think we would want to waste a Patriot or a THAAD missile on something that can be affected by something that’s lower cost and is actually designed for that job itself,” the general told Reuters. For that purpose, he said the US military has test-launched a variant of the Israeli “Tamir” rocket which is incorporated to the Tel Aviv regime’s so-called Iron Dome missile system. Jointly manufactured by American and Israeli firms, each Tamir battery, consisting of a radar unit, missile control unit, and several launchers, is worth $50 million, with each missile costing about $100,000. “I think we are looking at something that is similar to Iron Dome. We have looked at the Tamir as a possible missile,” Bramhall said. He was due to inspect an Iron Dome unit on Tuesday. Russian deterrence: Elsewhere in his remarks, the American general noted that the Israeli missile system is being considered mainly as a deterrent against what he called Russia’s military buildup in Europe. “With all that is happening in Europe, especially the fact that Russia has really awakened itself and has really decided to rebuild its military and is really posing a threat, we are looking at how we can do the multi-tiered defense,” Bramhall said. Military tensions between Russia and the US further heightened in May, when American and NATO officials activated a land-based missile system in Romania, despite Russia’s warning against US-led arms deployments near its borders. The missiles’ activation marked the penultimate step in the completion of a missile shield, which Washington proposed nearly a decade ago. Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized the system’s deployment, vowing to neutralize any threats against his country’s security.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Donetsk Blog, June 27: Children Killed, DPR Demands Sanctions for Ceasefire Violations, Assassination Attempt on ‘Motorola’ / By Irina Burya / Exclusive to Russia Insider / June 27, 2016 16.30 pm / DONETSK: The exploding bomb that was the British referendum and its consequences served to push the war in Donbass far into the background in the eyes of the world. Naturally, Kiev took advantage of it, having increased, by the end of the week, the intensity of the shelling of the Republic’s territory. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian side carried out attacks along the entire front line. They were most intense in the north and south of the Republic, where the Ukrainian army is trying to besiege the cities of Gorlovka Dokuchaevsk, as well as in the center, in the Donetsk area. During the attack, Kiev mainly used mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, and small arms, directing mostly unsighted fire on both residential areas as well as the positions of the DPR army. On Friday night, the Ukrainian military subjected to an intense bombardment a south-western district of the DPR capital, which for some time had been considered a rather safe part of the city. Local residents told DONi reporters that because of this fact, the attack had caught them unawares, and they had barely time to hide in the basement, having counted four shells landing. As a result of this bombardment, according to local authorities, at least five multi-storey buildings, a children’s clinic and a gas pipeline were severely damaged. Power lines were also damaged, leaving 220 . . . MORE>> Click here.
Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 27.06.2016 / DONi News / June 27, 2016 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past day the Ukrainian military shelled the territory of the Republic three hundred seventy-nine times. The enemy launched twenty 122mm artillery projectiles, a hundred twenty-six 120mm mortar shells and a hundred sixty-six 82mm mortar shells. In addition, the enemy used in shelling a tank, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. The punishers opened fire at the following localities: Gorlovka, Vasilyevka, Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka, Zhabichevo, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Dokuchaevsk, Staromikhaylovka, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky district and the airport of Donetsk city. As a result of the bombardments by the AFU, in Gorlovka one civilian was killed and another wounded, and fifteen houses were damaged and the water supply disrupted. The criminal orders to shell were given by the brigade commanders Zubanich, Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Sokolov, Delyatitsky, Voylokov and Zabolotny. We passed all the data about the Minsk Agreements violations to representatives of the OSCE and JCCC. Our intelligence continues to report the amassing of the enemy’s prohibited weapons and personnel along the contact line. – In Artyomovo (7 km away from the contact line) there was detected a battery of MLRS BM-21 “Grad”. In addition, according to our intelligence, the AFU units continue to suffer non-combat losses. Another fact occurred in the area of responsibility of the 14th separate mechanised brigade. When setting minefields in the Maryinka area, seven soldiers of the AFU were killed due to the lack of maps of minefields. The Ukrainian authorities continue to use the mass media to conceal their crimes against the civilians of Donbass. Yesterday we reported the death of children in the locality of Kominternovo due to the bombardment by the AFU, namely, the 36th separate Marine brigade. We note the fact that the Ukrainian side is using the media trying to deny it, with the ATO press center even stating that it is the enemy’s fake altogether and nothing like this has ever happened. However, the commission consisting of representatives of the Russian side to the JCCC and the OSCE SMM senior patrol that arrived at the place of the children’s death confirmed that their death had been caused by a bombardment by the Ukrainian forces. —Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency
Brexit Vote An ‘Earthquake,’ Will Affect World for Decades — South Front / by J. Hawk / sott.net / June 27, 2016 / The Brexit vote in favor of leaving the EU ranks as one of the most significant events of the last decade. It is an earthquake which, in addition to its immediate consequences, will be followed by aftershocks by years if not decades to come. It is an event of first-rank significance for not just the increasingly dis-United Kingdom, but also the EU, US, Russia, and much of the rest of the world. The Causes: Brexit is, so far, the most powerful manifestation of the “boomerang effect” of the West’s post-Cold War expansionism. Much of the West’s prosperity in the last two decades has been underwritten by one factor alone: the ability to expand its economic power into the post-Soviet space and into developing world countries aligned with USSR. This so-called “Third Way”, which was promoted by leaders such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, and which in the 1990s was spearheaded by military interventions in the name of “human rights,” was never sustainable. Once a country or an empire (and “the West” as a whole today can be best described as a US empire, with its various members enjoying varying privileges and obligations) adopts expansion as its default political-economic model, it must continue expanding. Until it can’t. And now Western neocolonialism is encountering resistance from Russia and China and feeling the boomerang . . . MORE>> Click here.
NATO Military Exercises in Lvov, Ukraine: Rapid Trident 2016 / Novorossiya Today / June 27, 2016 / The large-scale Ukrainian-US military exercises codenamed Rapid Trident 2016 have begun at the Yavoriv range in Ukraine’s Lvov region on Monday, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported, adding that the manoeuvers, which will last until July 8, involve more than 1,800 troops from 14 countries. “The drills will involve armored vehicles and army aviation, small-arms target practice will also take place. Colleagues mainly from NATO countries will share their experience with the Ukrainian military,” the press service said. According to the Lvov garrison and the international military exercise command, “The exercise will include the movement of military convoys, so some highway zones in the military range territory will be closed for civilian vehicular traffic.” The exercise command strongly advises civilians for security reasons not to visit during this period the range’s drill sites. The local residents have been requested not to go picking berries and mushrooms in the range area. According to the UA Army Europe Command, Rapid Trident is a regional command post exercise and field training exercise focused on peacekeeping and stability operations to ensure a safe and secure environment within the operating environment. The manoeuvers involve troops from Ukraine, the United States, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, the UK, Moldova, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Turkey. The Rapid Trident exercise comes at the explicit request of the Ukrainian government and military. The Defense Ministry reported previously that the Armed Forces of Ukraine planned to take part in 10 multinational exercise in 2016.
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LPR intel reports 5 tanks arrived with UAF 24th SMIB at Toshkovka, 59th SMIB—120mm battery at Troitskoe.
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US Options in the Ukraine: Trigger a Religious War? / By The Saker / Bird’s Eye View of the Vineyard / June 27, 2016 / Listening to the imperial media one might be excused for thinking that nothing dramatic is happening in the Ukraine and that the crisis has basically leveled off in some way. Well, why not? They just had recent elections and, apparently, that went well, Russia is still showing her usual bad will and threatening behavior towards Europe, but at least Putin was forced to release the Ukrainian Jeanne d’Arc (aka Nadezhda Savchenko), and there is hope that the united front of the EU and NATO will eventually force Putin to stop his aggression against the Ukraine and to comply with the Minsk Agreements. Oh, and the Ukrainian National Bank has announced, I kid you not, a return to growth (by 0.1%) for the first quarter of the year. Alas, the disconnected between this kind of nonsense and reality is total. Yes, elections did take place, but they were anything but free, the neo-Nazis are now more influential than ever and the fact that Putin did agree to exchange Savchenko for 2 Russian citizens accused of being, I kid you not, GRU Spetsnaz operators, was just a slick way for him to stop Savchenko from being his problem while making her Poroshenko’s (and even Timoshenko’s). As for the Minks Agreements, Russia is not part to them at all, she just is a guarantor along with Germany and . . . MORE>> Click here.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
DONi Congratulations on Birthday of Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of DPR / DONi News / June 26, 2016 / Today is the day when was born the person whose name will be forever connected with free Donbass and the Donetsk People’s Republic. Today the father, the commander of the legendary unit “Oplot” (“Stronghold”) and the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Vladimirovich Zakharchenko turned exactly 40. More than two more years ago almost nobody knew him outside his native Donetsk. When his country turned out to be in hands of mad junta, the father of four children, the miner and the businessman refused to run away at the moment, difficult for the native land and took arms in his hands. Since then very few people imagine him without military uniform. He isn’t afraid to face death. He is hated by aggressors in Kiev and criticized at home, but even the most sworn enemies recognize that being oneself, he became a symbol of the Republic, the symbol of fight for the right to live under the people’s own laws. On the shoulders of this person there is also laid the burden of responsibility not only for the Russians of Donbass, but of the whole Novorossia as well. Perhaps, he will soon bring the people not only of Novorossia, but also of Ukraine into the Euroasian Economic Union. On behalf of the whole staff of the Donetsk International News Agency DONi we heartily and sincerely congratulate Alexander Vladimirovich on his Anniversary, we wish him good health, domestic harmony and progress in both personal and state affairs. We are glad to another opportunity to welcome and express the feelings of respect to the vigorous Head and the wise statesman. Many Years, Alexander Vladimirovich, we heartily wish you inexhaustible energy and invariable success in your activity for the sake of the great future of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Good health, happiness and wellbeing to you, your family, and the peaceful sky over your head!
Ukrainian invaders prepare to attack the LPR / mianews.ru / June 26, 2016 / Military equipment of the “armed forces” of Ukraine moved from storage sites to the front line and is given in full combat readiness, reports the head of the national police of the LPR Oleg Anashchenko. “According to our intelligence, the weapons and equipment disguised and focuses on the AFU positions along the line of contact and maintained in operational condition to strike at the territory of the Republic,” he said. The representative of the defense Ministry also noted that the plans of the executioners have become known through the disclosure of their positions in the frontline city Schactye, where three self-propelled guns, and four BTR-80 was detected in full combat readiness. “Data of the location of five su-25 at Severodonetsk airport, howitzers of artillery battery and a mortar of caliber of 120 mm in the area of Svetlodarsk and automatic grenade launcher easel in the center of the village Luganskoe testify about the aggressive intentions of the Ukrainian side,” said Anashchenko.
Situation at the Front: Ukraine Preparing a Massacre, “Vacationers” Return to Position / Novorossiya Information Agency / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / June 26, 2016 / Ukraine incessantly sends to the demarcation line in Donbass more new trains of heavy equipment, although under the terms of the Minsk agreements, they should have been for a long time stored at a safe distance. At the front, every day there are more and more bloody skirmishes; In the process, heavy artillery are used. For residents of the LPR, not only missiles rained, but also statements of politicians Kiev, which with each passing day make one feel more and more that the truce is over. These days, there is little reliable information on the web. Sentry-patriotic and enemy bots sow disinformation and decadent mood. It is much easier on the front lines – the militia are happy at their deliverance from debilitating boredom and expectations, and, moreover, at the possibility of destroying the enemy. The fact that is that the soldiers are waiting for VSN [sic],” the militiaman with call sign “Joker” told PolitNavigator, which has been reporting at the demarcation line in the LPR. “PolitNavigator”: Would you say the conflict is escalating? – In some areas it is relatively calm, but periodically the ukry are trying to break through there, where they were not heard for more than a year. In some places, the conflict has reached the incandescence of the fall of 2014. The enemy actively maneuvers, and tightens their technique. They always check our reconnaissance in force, and send in DRG. “PolitNavigator”: In recent years, there often appear rumors that the actions of the militia are allegedly constrained, it almost does not disarm [sic]. – Nonsense. We are not advancing, but we retain the possibility of maneuvering and occupying a comfortable position. We answer provocation with dignity, according to the rules of military affairs. How can anyone judge by the information available … the enemy has sustained heavy losses in personnel, equipment and artillery. “PolitNavigator” What is the mood of the soldiers? – The mood is upbeat. People are tired of inactivity and are now revived. More active are our comrades from Russia, who went home in 2015. Actively interested, some are preparing to come back to us … In the summer of 2015, reaching a maximum in the fall, it was necessary after the start of any serious provocation to attack the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] to the fullest extent. It has lasted too long – even more so since Ukraine just scoffs all the time. “PolitNavigator”: Is there any chance that the conflict will be settled, and the truce continue? – This conflict can only be resolved by the defeat of one party – through military might, economic might. Or, alternatively, the accession to Russia. As for the truce, perhaps we could by some miracle save it…. Most people think that the war will soon be over. How to save a truce is not our business. Our business is to fight. “PolitNavigator”: Any idea when the battles will begin? – No one knows. How many times have we felt that it is about to begin and, and then all over again it is damped. The main thing is that people no longer die of boredom and inactivity. And then it can begin at any time. We’ll Live and see. —Interview by Yury Kovalchuk, Lugansk, June 2016
Important video: Putin warns of nuclear war / Fort Russ / See http://www.fort-russ.com/2016/06/putin-warns-of-nuclear-war-video.html
Monday, June 20, 2016
The New Iron Curtain—–A Monument To Washington’s Imperial Folly / by Justin Raimondo (antiwar.com) / David Stockman’s Contra Corner / June 20, 2016/ A foreign army consisting of 31,000 soldiers from an anti-American alliance are conducting military “exercises” a few miles from San Diego. Hundreds of tanks converge on the Rio Grande, while jets from 24 countries converge in attack formation, darting through Mexican skies. It isn’t hard to imagine Washington’s response. Yet that’s precisely what has been happening on Russia’s border with the NATO alliance, as the cold war returns. Economic sanctions aimed at sinking Russia’s fragile economy, plus a propaganda campaign designed to characterize Russian President Vladimir Putin as the second coming of Stalin – or, in Hillary Clinton’s view, Hitler – have history running in reverse. Once again, an iron curtain is descending across Europe – only this time it’s the West’s doing. The European Union renewed sanctions against Crimea on Friday: their “crime” – holding a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of voters opted for union with Russia, restoring what had been the status quo since the days of Catherine the Great. And the EU is slated to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation later this week. Yet dissent against this revival of the cold war is rising in Europe, notably in Germany, where Foreign Minister Frank-Walter . . . MORE>> Click here.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Italian TV Relays Plight of Donbass From Standpoint of Residents / By Daniele Pozzati / Sputnik News / June 19, 2016 / A report broadcast by Italy’s news program TG2 provides an account of the ill-fated moments that turned Donetsk, which proudly hosted the UEFA European soccer championship four short years ago, into a half-abandoned, war-wracked community on the precipice of invasion. / This is not your average western media coverage of the war in Donbass. Gone is the familiar narrative of “Russian aggression,” and there are no unfounded allegations of Moscow’s meddling. Donbass militia leaders and Ukrainians politicians are also absent. The plight of Donbass is instead seen through its inhabitants’ eyes: the reportage mentions those who left, but focuses on those who have stayed, especially on those who are fighting — for survival, but also literally, in the local militias. “We defend our children, our elderly, our homes,” says a young female soldier of the Novorossiya Armed Forces. “This is what patriotism means.” Here, where people tried to follow in Crimea’s footsteps, the former host city of the UEFA Euro 2012 championship is no longer. Kiev is not talked about with hate or resentment, but as the capital of a foreign country that insists on reclaiming newly-independent territories. “Threatened by Kiev’s new pro-Western coup government, the largely Russian population of Donetsk and Lugansk held a referendum to secede from Ukraine,” recalls the narrating voice. “The resulting autonomous republics were backed by Russia, but opposed by the EU and the US.” “The EU and the US mobilized in favor of Kiev to reconquer . . . MORE.. Click here.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
20-th International Economic Forum Kicks off in St. Petersburg / by Alex Gorka / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 18, 2016 / The St. Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF) kicked off on June 16. The total number of participants has reached 10,000 people. The business program of the Forum, which includes about 100 different events, has attracted about 200 experts and businessmen from over 30 countries. For the first time in two years, high-ranking officials of the European Union and chief executives of top multinational companies are visiting this event in a sign of weariness about European sanctions against Moscow. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is the highest-ranking EU official to visit Russia since 2014. Jean-Claude Juncker’s participation in the SPIEF 2016 indicates the EU’s interest in renewing and strengthening dialogue with Moscow. Another high-profile speaker is Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Last June, Russian President Vladimir Putin was warmly welcomed in Italy, meeting with Italian officials and Pope Francis. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Austria’s Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, and Cuba’s Vice-President of the Council of Ministers Ricardo Cabrisas Ruand are on the list of distinguished visitors. The CEOs of world’s largest companies are also among the attendees, including: Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Rex Tillerson, BP’s Bob Dudley, the chairman of the board of Nestle S.A. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Ben van Beurden and many others. Commenting on the upcoming . . . MORE>> Click here.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pushilin: UAF shelling of civilians has reached August 2015 level / By Nina Artemova, PolitNavigator / translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / June 16, 2016 / The intensity of shelling of Donetsk has returned to the level of 2015. This was reported today by the speaker of the DPR parliament, Denis Pushilin, at the Federation Council of the Russian Federation at a session of the Committee for Public Support for the Residents of South-East Ukraine. “Unfortunately, Donetsk and Makeevka were recently subjected to shelling. There are wounded and killed, including women and children. There haven’t been such shellings in a long time. According to the intensity and number of shells, this is comparable to August 0f 2015. It is noteworthy that gunners have not been shooting at the positions of our army, but at residential sectors. All shells have landed in residential sectors. This raises many questions. A meeting of the working group was convened, by no results were attained. Even if we prove our positions convincingly with the amount and direct of projectiles, then Ukraine will, as before, use just one justification: that we have shot at ourselves. They haven’t come up with anything new,” Pushilin said.
Zakharchenko Expects Change in Donbass Situation; DPR Will Never Release Russian Border / Rossiskaya Gazeta / Autotranslation (with minor editing by Quemado Institute) / June 16, 2016 / On Thursday, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko made quite an encouraging statement. He expects a change in the situation in the Donbass. And, obviously, for the better. However, when this change will come, Zakharchenko prefers not to specify. “The turning point will happen when the situation, which began to develop in 2014, should come to some resolution.” Said Zakharchenko during the presentation of the book Zahara Prilepina. “All of that needs to be resolved …” However, he added, “that was a turning point in the right direction”, which is necessary to “help along”. As for the militia-controlled section of the border with Russia, Zakharchenko expressed certainty the DPR would never return control of it to Kiev. “It will never be never be released,” RIA Novosti quotes head of the DPR. Meanwhile according to Tass, on Thursday in Minsk, negotiations resumed between the Heads of “Norman Quartet” on the search for a peaceful settlement in Donbass. Recall that on Wednesday, the next meeting of the members of the Contact Group held in the Belarusian capital, OSCE chairman special envoy Martin Sajdik told reporters that discussions continued into the evening of the same day in a narrow format. “The theme of the settlement in the east of Ukraine will be discussed with advisors of the Chancellor of Germany, the presidents of Russia and France, as well as the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine,” he explained. “It is one of the components of a single political process and the aims embodied in the life of the Minsk agreements are obvious. Successful progress towards their implementation requires the political will of all parties involved.” Russia, on the second day of the ongoing consultation, [was represented by] Vladislav Surkov. Perhaps, as a result of these negotiations there will occur the same fracture [predicted] by Zakharchenko. In turn, the source at the agency “Interfax-Ukraine” reported that in Minsk, the political advisers of the leaders of the “Norman Quartet” are to discuss the possibility of holding a meeting of heads of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia.
The Russians Have Already Shot Down Numerous US Drones Violating Crimean Airspace (Video) / By Moses Birch / Russia Insider / June 14, 2016 / And one of them, the mother of all drones, the massive Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk, was apparently commandeered by Russian electronic warfare and landed in Simferopol / The war you don’t hear about: numerous American military aircraft (albeit of the unmanned variety, though with the possibility of being armed and dangerous) have apparently been violating Russian airspace, leading to the Russians shooting – yes, shooting – them down following the refusal of the Americans to acknowledge Russian diplomatic notes of protest. The military violation of the territory, including the airspace, of a sovereign state is ordinarily taken to be a casus belli – an act of war . . . MORE>> Click here. [VIDEO available at source.]
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
DPR Commander: OSCE Police Mission in Donbass could lead to WWIII / DONi News / June 8, 2016 / Introduction of the OSCE Police Mission to Donbass may lead to the beginning of the Third World War. It was stated by Eduard Basurin, the Vice-Commander of the DPR Defence Ministry operative command. “We have a military conflict. Any fire in their direction, any wound of their representative will mean aggression in relation to the state the citizen of which is the casualty (and OSCE Representatives are citizens of the countries of Europe and NATO). Naturally, we shell be accused of everything. Here goes the beginning of war,” considers Basurin. Basurin also urges not to trust the statements of the Kiev representatives. “Yes, representatives of Ukraine state that the purposes of the Mission’s introduction to Donbass are absolutely different – ceasefire, elections and so on. But what are these statements worth? All of us remember how Poroshenko, when being a candidate for presidency, stated that he was standing for peace. What did we receive as a result? Thousands killed,” he points out. Eduard Basurin also repeated the opinion dominating in the DPR that introduction of any armed mission to Donbass cancels the Minsk Agreements. “Such an initiative of Kiev is a direct violation of Minsk 2. Donbass is categorically against it. We will regard introduction of the armed OSCE Mission as an act of military aggression,” he summarized.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Izmailov: Zakharchenko will beat Poroshenko with words, one “direct line” at a time / By Oleg Izmailov (PolitNavigator) / Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / June 3, 2016 / It is difficult to imagine a more powerful and effective weapon in the fight against the Kiev Nazis than the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic conversing with Russian people, as planned and realized throughout a huge arc stretching from Kharkov to Odessa. Talking is necessarily interactive and, as the experience of the “direct lines” with three Novorossiyan regions (Kharkov, Odessa, Kherson) showed, these direct lines have been more open, lively, sincere, and useful than official events organized under the auspices of state and business structures. The first and second assertions confirm that Zakharchenko and his entourage are right, and they are armed with the truth. Common truth and honesty. After all, people perfectly understand whether and when they talk “for show” and report and where they give the maximum information which citizens are deprived of in the fascist state. Thus, the leader of Donbass, in his “direct lines,” is faced with so much pressure and, let’s not . . . MORE>> Click here.
Obama Hands Corrupt Ukraine Another Billion US Dollars / by Daniel McAdams / Ron Paul Institute / June 3, 2016 / One of the downsides of the US “regime change” business is that when you break it, you often have to buy it. It’s all fun and games when you wander through the streets of Kiev with a bag of cookies encouraging the people to overthrow their government, or when you appear on stage before a riotous mob and alongside avowed national-socialists violently overthrowing a democratically-elected government. What gets messy is when you get your way, the old government is overthrown, your “guys” seize power, and it turns out corruption and economic mismanagement are worse than before the US-backed “liberation.” So what do you do when interventions go badly? If you are the US government spending other people’s money, you simply escalate. In Libya and Iraq, that means going back in with US boots on the ground. With Ukraine, it’s simply a matter of tossing another billion dollars into the burning wreck of a runaway train. So today the US announced that the US taxpayer would guarantee its third $1 billion dollar loan to the Ukrainian government. US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, who played a key role in engineering the Maidan revolt in Ukraine, had this to say about spending more of other people’s money on the Ukrainian train wreck: “The guarantee sends a strong signal of the United States’ continued support for Ukraine as it pursues reforms that fulfill the Ukrainian people’s aspirations for a prosperous and democratic future.” What that means is anyone’s guess. For his part, US-backed president Petro Poroshenko boasted back home that he was able to secure this extra billion dollars while meeting with President Obama in April. He said: “This bears testament to the fact that the United States and Ukraine are reliable strategic partners.” Careful there, Poroshenko. The US doesn’t have the best record when it comes to “strategic partners.” Ask Saddam, Gaddafi, Noriega, and so on… [Copyright © 2016 by RonPaul Institute. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit and a live link are given.]
Information Released on June NATO Exercise in Kherson / Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ / Fort Russ / May 31, 2016 / During the intelligence activities by the “Odessa” brigade it became known that military exercises under the auspices of NATO will be held on the territory of the Kherson region in the first half of June. Such countries as Ukraine, USA, Turkey, and other contingents of NATO forces will take part. Military equipment and heavy weapons involved in the above event will arrive and be unloaded at the deep-sea ports of Odessa and Nikolaev. With the above mentioned ports, it will spill over into the territory of Kherson region, namely the venue of military maneuvers. One of the notable nuances is that the Western-controlled media is silent about these exercises. This occurs despite the fact that previously such plans were preceded any public statements or publication in the news. In addition, another factor is that the accumulation of troops and military equipment will be in close proximity to the state border with the Russian Federation, namely the Crimean Peninsula. Also, attention should be paid to the fact that over the past week Israeli vessels, in very small volumes and with an urgent speed, exported concentrated vegetable oil and grain through the Nikolaev seaport. It was very similar to the desire in short notice to remove liquid assets from certain territories. At the same time, given the agility of the Israelis, all this can have an ulterior motive. The “Odessa” brigade focused on the fact that because of a combination of the information received in light of the aggressive policy of the West, the vassal government in Kiev, and also the created and supported armed groups, it looks quite alarming. Thus, there is a definite probability of a possible aggravation of the military-political situation in the southern regions of Ukraine in the form of armed aggression against the Russian Federation, namely Crimea.
It’s not that the Kremlin is just playing stupid, by playing stupid and making their stooges stupid, they are striving to reduce the Russians to zombified slaves which, in Donbass, are to be turned over to the fascists as if of their own will / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / June 3, 2016 / On orders from Moscow, both Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky started a campaign to collect “millions” of signatures for a whining petition to the UN Security Council on how Kiev is sabotaging return and cessation of the DPR and the LPR into the fold of fascist Ukraine, allegedly thus failing to implement the Minsk Agreements. This campaign is made to be used by the Vlasov Kremlin 1) as a proof that the people of Donbass support the Minsk capitulation act and that they insist on putting themselves under sovereignty of the Banderite oligarchs, as the Kremlin and the West wants them to, 2) the petition is to be used as a thinly disguised way for the people of Donbass to denigrate and delegitimize their own referendum, without being told the real reason of this exercise. 3) Since the West and Kiev don’t actually recognize the DPR and the LPR–in fact, Moscow does not recognize them as such either–any such a plea or petition to the UN, the UN Security Council and to the West about how bad Kiev is not allowing them to cease to exist in a new fascist Ukraine serves only the Kremlin’s own PR and psy-op purposes. To legitimize the finalization of the treason and betrayal. Pathetic. In his declaration, Plotnitsky calls his/this Surkovian appeal to sign a petition in support of Minsk capitulation a “diplomatic offensive.” It is certain that the Kremlin’s denials about Putin’s agreement with arming and expanding OSCE are lies. Putin and also Peskov are on record affirming the Kremlin’s agreement with arming OSCE. and with “expanding” its powers (for example, see Putin’s press conference from April). Whether to call this new OSCE force “police” or not is more an issue of semantics and labeling, but that of substance. The Kremlin’s argument that the Kremlin did not give consent because the decisions are made elsewhere is false. The Minsk negotiations groups operate under the directives set up by the Normandy group, which is making all key political decisions. OSCE in turns follows and implements decisions of the key powers. It is not an autonomous, self-governing institution. Aleksander Rogers, one of Surkov’s lame propagandists threatens that, if the UN Security Council, does not react to the cynical and hypocritical new Surkovian idea with the pro-Minsk petition simultaneously announced by Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky, then AND ONLY THEN Moscow and their Donbass stooges might come up with something else, for, allegedly, Moscow’s “patience has run out.” Even the hypocrisy is not longer what it used be. So, allegedly, “patience has run out” and that’s why they want now people of Donbass to sign a pro-Minsk petition demanding the implementation of Minsk, which means or would mean their final surrender into the hands of the fascists.
Trump is Right and Clinton is Wrong: Americans Tired of Being World Police / Sputnik News / June 3, 2016 / On Thursday, Hillary Clinton suggested that Donald Trump’s non-interventionist views would weaken America, and play into the hands of Moscow and Beijing. Veteran US political commentator Pat Buchanan begs to differ, suggesting that Trump can defeat Clinton on foreign policy, and win the election, since what he’s arguing for is what Americans want. Speaking in San Diego on Thursday ahead of California’s Democratic primary, where she’s facing growing pressure from fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, Clinton warned that Donald Trump is unfit to lead the free world, and that electing him would be “a historic mistake,” Time Magazine reported. “Moscow and Beijing are deeply envious of our alliances around the world, because they have nothing to match them, Clinton said. “They’d love for us to elect a president who would jeopardize that source of strength,” she added. Moreover, the former secretary of state noted, “if Donald gets his way, they’ll be celebrating in the Kremlin. We cannot let that happen.” “Countries like Russia and China often work against us,” Clinton added, emphasizing that she has had experience going “toe-to-toe with Russia and China, and many other different leaders around the world.” Trump, meanwhile, according to Clinton, “praises dictators like Vladimir Putin and picks fights with our friends – including the British prime minister, the mayor of London, the German chancellor, the president of Mexico and the Pope. He says he has foreign policy experience because he ran the Miss Universe pageant in Russia.” Commenting on the speech, Buchanan suggested that the logic behind Clinton’s strategy of painting Trump as unfit to lead is pretty obvious. “As Donald Trump is splitting off blue-collar Democrats on issues like America’s broken borders and Bill Clinton’s trade debacles like NAFTA, Hillary Clinton is trying to peel off independents and Republicans by painting Trump as ‘temperamentally unfit’ to be commander in chief.” “In portraying Trump as an intolerable alternative, Clinton will find echoes in the GOP establishment and among the Kristol-Kagan neocons, many of whom have already signed an open letter . . . MORE>> Click here.
A Russian Warning / By Eugenia V Gurevich, Dmitri Orlov, The Saker (A. Raevsky) / Vineyard of the Saker / June 1, 2016 / We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Cohen, Philip Giraldi, Ray McGovern and many others have been issuing warnings of a looming a Third World War. But their voices have been all but lost among the din of a mass media that is full of deceptive and inaccurate stories that characterize the Russian economy as being in shambles and the Russian military as weak—all based on no evidence. But we—knowing both Russian history and the current state of Russian society and the Russian military, cannot swallow these lies. We now feel that it is our duty, as Russians living in the US, to warn the American people that they are being lied to, and to tell them the truth. And the truth is simply this: If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead. Let us take a step back and put what is happening in a historical context. Russia has suffered a great deal at the hands of foreign invaders, losing 22 million people in World War II. Most of the dead were civilians, because the country was invaded, and the Russians have vowed to never let such a disaster happen again. Each time Russia had been invaded, she emerged victorious. In 1812 Napoleon invaded Russia; in 1814 Russian cavalry rode into Paris. On June 22, 1941, Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombed Kiev; On May 8, 1945, Soviet troops rolled into Berlin. But times have changed since then. If Hitler were to attack Russia today, he would be dead 20 to 30 minutes later, his bunker reduced to glowing rubble by a strike from a Kalibr supersonic cruise missile launched from a small Russian navy ship somewhere in the Baltic Sea. The operational abilities of the new Russian military have been most persuasively demonstrated during the recent action against ISIS, Al Nusra and other foreign-funded terrorist groups operating in Syria. A long time ago Russia had to respond to provocations by fighting land battles on her own territory, then launching a counter-invasion; but this is no longer necessary. Russia’s new weapons make retaliation instant, undetectable, unstoppable and perfectly lethal. Thus, if tomorrow a war were to break out between the US . . . MORE>> Click here. Quemado Institute comments: While sympathetic with the sentiments expressed in this article, we wonder why the authors live in America if they hate it so much.