Donetsk Lugansk News Jul 1-31 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016
(Brief Update)

House on fire in Donetsk July 31 2016.

House on fire in Donetsk, July 31, 2016.

DPR Under Heavy Ukraine Attack: Realtime Report / By Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / July 31, 2016 / The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) have launched a major offensive tonight on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, according to several reliable sources on Twitter. Maurice Shleepen tweeted at 21:40 UTC: “Breaking! Donetsk tonight, DPR territory under heavy Ukraine junta attacks.” Dr Alexander Buychik, in response to CNN news, tweeted at 21:45 UTC, “CNN must look in Donbass news tonight! Ukrainian Army storms Donetsk Airport and suburbs. War starts again!” Buychik adds, “Devil night in Donbass! Video of Ukrainian war aggression tonight:” (The video URL is http://конвертъ.рф/22169 if your browser is able to access it.) John Delacour, a reliable pro-Donbass source, tweeted at 21:40 UTC: “S.W.Donetsk: Ukronazi shelling of Kirovsky district right now.” Enemy reports also indicate fighting near Kominternovo, in the southern DPR not far from Mariupol, as well as in the Kuybishevski district of Donetsk.slavjul31-16v Alex Bukovsky reports at 21:40 UTC: “A house in Donetsk is on fire as Ukraine continues shelling.”  Maurice Schleepen informs us at 23:20 UTC: “The burning house, as a result of a direct hit by Ukrainian shell, is located in Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk.” Elias J. S. tweeted at 22:00 UTC: “Ukraine shells Donetsk residential areas in Yasinovataya. There are civilians killed.”  American reporter in Donbass Patrick Lancaster tweeted at 22:15 UTC: “Breaking News: Reports coming in that 2 hours ago, 5 homes hit by incoming Ukraine shelling in the Kuibyshev district of Donetsk.” Marina Sakyan adds at 22:45 UTC: “Meanwhile, in Donetsk burning HOUSE. Nazi Poroshenko’s army shelling of civilians!”  In another report at 23:30 UTC, Maurice Schleepen tweets, “Breaking as a result of Ukraine junta attacks on Donetsk, Yasinovataya, one civilian killed.” More updates as reports come in.

Ivan A. Shmakov on Twitter
July 31, 2016 23:15 UTC
Ukrainian Army artillery shelling of Donetsk
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Marina Saakyan on Twitter
July 31, 2016 21:30 UTC
Donbass under fire!
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slavjul31-16xUkrainian MLRS seen in the south of Donbass / DONi News / July 31, 2016 / The Ukrainian military delivered to the southern sector of the front a new batch of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). It was announced today by the deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR Eduard Basurin. ‘In the area of the locality of Kalchyk (the Telmanovsky region, 17 km from the contact line) arrived two MLRS “Grad”, three motorized artillery systems “Akatsia”, eight vehicles with ammunition and four infantry fighting vehicles,’ said the representative of the command. According to the Complex of measures for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which was signed by the Contact Group on February 12, 2015, over 100 mm artillery should be withdrawn by the parties from each other by 50 km, MLRS by 70 km. In accordance with the September supplement, the parties were also to withdraw up to 100 mm artillery, as well as tanks and mortars. However, the DPR territory is regularly shelled with weapons mentioned.

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slavjul31-16wMassive Ukrainian Artillery Attack Hits in Donetsk Overnight / By Chris Covert for SouthFront / July 31, 2016 / More than 700 artillery shots were fired by Ukrainian artillery on Donetsk rebel positions in Donetsk Saturday night, among the most intense bombardments of the war, according to Russian language news accounts. According to a new release posted on the website of the Donetsk ministry of defense, Ukrainian artillery fired included 152mm and 122mm artillery, and 120mm and 82mm mortars, for a total of 750 shots. The intensity of the artillery firing from the Ukrainians has not been seen since before the autumn of 2015. The total number of shells that fell on rebel positions was almost ten times the number from the previous night, 80. Locations hit in Donetsk included Zaitsevo, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Staromykhailivka, the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk city and the Donetsk airport. In the south near Mariupol, locations struck by Ukrainian artillery include Kominternovo and Sahanka.A separate news release by the Donetsk ministry of defense said that 20 each 122mm artillery shells hit the Kuybyshevsky district of Doentsk city Saturday night. The Ukrainian ministry of defense, as reported in lb.ua said that rebel artillery struck Ukrainian positions 70 times Friday night in the previous 24 hours. Rebel artillery hit Ukrainian positions in Avdievka, Peski and Marinka. In the south, rebel artillery hit Ukrainian positions in Shirokino, Granitnoye and Talakovsk. Fighting on the ground in Donetsk: Donbas militants attempted several platoon level probes into Ukrainian positions at Marinka Thursday and Saturday nights, according . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
(Brief Update)

Zakhar Prilepin (--Pushkinhouse.org)

Zakhar Prilepin (–Pushkinhouse.org)

Letters from Donbass: Number 8 – Wardaddy / By Zakhar Prilepin, Translated by Vladimir Samarin / Our Russia / July 30, 2016 / Sometimes Zakharchenko may seem severe, even morose. Digging into one’s soul is the last thing to do, but it seems to me that for Zakharchenko his imaginary gloominess is just an attempt to avoid yet another disappointment. Should you let a person get close — then you’d start to believe him. Should you start to believe — once again it will hurt to be deceived. What for? It is better not even to begin: and to just keep everyone at a distance? From here he comes friendly, with warm human feelings toward his men, to his security team, to the military — even to those he was at war with. Here everything is simpler. Here, there is no necessity to settle matters of tranches, divisions, calculations where some interests, someone’s importunate lobby, someone’s self-interest looms inevitably. These guys were around when there was shooting, when there was heavy shooting, when there was such a shooting that it seemed there was no chance to survive. It is the same story with war correspondents. Several times I saw Zakharchenko talking to Evgeny Poddubny in a brotherly, familiar way. Quite a while later, chuckling — and when Zakharchenko laughs, his face becomes at once open, almost childlike — and so, chuckling, he told how he and Poddubny came under a terrible fire. At night, in the mud, at full . . . MORE>> Click here. Editor’s note: For more about Zakhar Prilepin, see Literature in Russia Today.

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slavjul30-16wMore EU delegations may follow French example, visit Crimea in future / DONi News / July 30, 2016 / Russian State Duma lawmaker Leonid Slutsky said after visit to Crimea of group of French lawmakers headed by Thierry Mariani that more delegations of the European parliamentarians will be coming soon to Crimea and Sevastopol. Russian State Duma lawmaker Leonid Slutsky expressed confidence that more European delegations may follow the French example and visit Crimea peninsula in the future contributing to lifting of “discriminatory” anti-Russia sanctions. On Friday, a group of French lawmakers headed by Thierry Mariani, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, started its three-day trip to Crimea, the second visit since last July, reports Sputnik. “I am sure that more delegations of the European parliamentarians will be coming soon to Crimea and Sevastopol. These visits will give the world and Europeans the true picture of life in Crimea and Sevastopol. These meetings will certainly contribute to lifting of discriminatory sanctions against Russia, which are a disgrace to the European institutions,” Chairman of the State Duma Committee for the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian Diaspora, said at a press-conference.

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Phillip Breedlove (--AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Phillip Breedlove (–AP/Remy de la Mauviniere)

Hackers uncovered the NATO command’s plans for Donbass / Russia Daily / July 30, 2016 / The former commander of NATO forces in Europe Philip Breedlove tried to promote the escalation of the Ukrainian conflict during his tenure. Such conclusion reached by Der Spiegel’s experts after the analysis of general’s e-mails to his supporters. Breedlove’s e-mails have been stolen by hackers and published at DC Leaks. Most of the correspondence, numbering 1,096 thousand letters, refers to the period after the date of accession of the Crimea to Russia. General deliberately exaggerated the extent of Russian influence on the situation in the Donbass region to the West has established the supply of weapons to Ukraine. The publication stresses that Philip Breedlove considered the position of US President Barack Obama and the head of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel’s cabinet as an obstacle to achieving its goal. A few months ago, General stated that the United States is ready to confront Russia in the European region. Recall Pronedra wrote earlier that after his dismissal Breedlove said, “Russia will always pose a threat to the United States.”

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Friday, July 29, 2016
(Brief Update)

slavjul29-16zUAF Fighters Seize New Territory in Donbass, Breaking Minsk-2 Agreements  / Kharkov News Agency / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / July 29, 2016 / Ukrainian security forces continue to seize territory in Donbass, breaking the Minsk agreements. This is completely contrary to what the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says on the implementation of the Set of Measures. In mid-July, Head of Ukraine Poroshenko said that Kiev, within the framework of the Minsk agreements, has executed 95% of political commitment and 100% in the security sector. However, the President once again, to put it mildly, is lying to his people and the world community. Indeed, the monthly report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that twelve civilians were killed and 57 were wounded in Donbass during June of this year. According to the organization, such a large number of losses is due to the fact that Ukrainian law enforcers used multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery. The hottest points in the Donets Basin, according to OCHA, are Zaitsev Yasinovataya, Spartak, Avdeevka, and Debaltsevo. Experts do not rule out that the situation in the east of Ukraine will worsen by the day and lead to full-scale war. But at the request of the Donetsk People’s Republic Ministry of Defense, just in the course of yesterday’s attacks on the territory of the republic, the Ukrainian military wounded two civilians, one in serious condition. Also it reported more than twenty damaged homes. And that’s just for one day. Total for the incomplete week includes five civilians injured. The Ukrainian army [UAF] has released during the period more than four thousand mines and shells of various caliber. And that, as you remember, is an example of Ukraine’s 100% implementation of the Minsk agreements in the field of security. And so last night information appeared on the Facebook page of Ukrainian volunteer information Yuri Mysyagina indicating that Ukrainian security officials, in violation of the Minsk agreements, captured new territory in the direction of Svetlodarsk, where they have already started to dig and install fortifications. What is the situation? As long as the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics remain in full compliance with the Minsk agreements, the UAF blatantly violates them. The Ukrainian military did not just fire at the settlements of Donbass “zapreschenki” [sic], but also has defiantly captured new territories. It is worth remembering that the seizure by Ukrainian troops “neytralke” [sic] near Avdiyivka led to the fact that the distance between the positions of the conflicting parties is significantly reduced. Now, this area is one of the hottest along the line of contact. Editor’s Note: After a long period of restraint, the DPR militia has begun returning fire, according to twitter reports by Storm Bringer posted below under July 21 and July 19. The militia also fought back and trapped the Ukrainian army after its invastion near Logvinova (see reports under July 13 and July 1 below.)

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40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (--sadefensejournal.com)

40mm automatic grenade launcher (–sadefensejournal)

US Delivers Lethal Weapons to Ukrainian Armed Forces / DONi News (excerpt from Donetsk Weekly Situation Report) / We [have become] aware of the hidden supply of lethal weapons to the AFU [UAF] by America. In particular, our intelligence received information that on July 13, on the basis of a technical agreement between the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the US military command in Europe in the framework of the program “Partnership for Peace” a large consignment of small arms was imported to Ukraine from the United States. Via the border crossing point “Lvov avia” by the RCH920 charter flight from the US AF airbase “Spangdahlem,” accompanied by five American soldiers, there were delivered the following lethal weapons: – 950 5.56mm rifles; – 350 9mm M-9 guns; – 140 5,56mm machine guns; – 270 7,62mm machine guns; – 158 M320 grenade launchers; – 149 M500 pump shotguns; – 154 12.7mm sniper rifles; – 143 M110 sniper rifles; – 78 XM2010 sniper rifles; – 99 “Browning M2” machine guns; – 40mm automatic grenade launchers. The batch of arms was delivered to the International Center for Peacemaking and Safety in the locality of Starichi, the Yavorovsky district, the Lvov region. In addition, our intelligence found that, 16 tons of special ammunition for small arms, including over 2 milion cartridges, signal flares and smoke grenades, disguised as a humanitarian cargo, were delivered to the territory of Ukraine by the American aviation. With high probability, the weapons and ammunition will be used in Donbass for the so-called “peaceful” settlement of the conflict with the help of the United States. Including suppression of protests emerging in Ukraine. It is also possible that a part of the incoming weapons will be looted and sold by the commanders. Editor’s note: for full Donetsk Defense Weekly Sitrep, see report at  DONi News. Quemado Institute comments: Donald Trump insisted that the statement on the Republican Party platform pledging “lethal weapons” to the Ukrainian military be modified to read “appropriate assistance.”

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Bergen, Norway (--wikipedia.org)

Bergen, Norway (–wikipedia.org)

Poroshenko calls Merkel about Donbass from vacation yacht in Norway / By Andrey Sokolov (PolitNavigator); Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / July 28, 2016 / New details have been revealed to PolitNavigator concerning the overseas trip of Poroshenko which the Ukrainian president is trying to hide out of fear of displeasing the population with his luxurious vacation during wartime. On Saturday, the press service of President Poroshenko reported that the head of state held telephone talks with Angela Merkel, during which both sides agreed to intensify work in the Normandy format. Poroshenko also complained about the escalation of hostilities in Donbass, blaming, as always, Russia and the self-proclaimed republics. This story is a spicy one given that the president discussed these important points while being thousand of kilometers away from Ukraine and warring Donbass. Poroshenko, his family, and the family of his oldest son flew from Malaga, Spain to Bergen, Norway on Monday. They enjoyed a yacht cruise, fished, and admired the Northern landscape. In such circumstances, of course, words of concern regarding an escalation in Donbass hardly ring sincere. Meanwhile, however, Poroshenko has chosen to comfortably sit out the dangerous day of the Holy Procession for Peace, Prayer, and Love in Kiev. Poroshenko returns to Kiev on Wednesday-Thursday night presumably on board a Cessna Citation Jet (CJ3) operated by Air Hamburg with tail number D-CJET (flight number: AHO488V).

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Petro Porkoshenko, Angela Merkel

Petro Porkoshenko, Angela Merkel

Intelligence Agencies Warn Merkel: Poroshenko Preparing New War in Donbass / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Insitute / Voenkor Information Agency / July 29, 2016 / The German intelligence agency BND put on the table for German Chancellor Angela Merkel a secret report that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to wage war in Donbass, said the group “Russian line”. The report said that in the near future, Ukraine’s security services will being the organization of a series of provocations in order to justify the start of full-scale hostilities in Donbass. This may happen in the Kherson region, where Poroshenko’s security services have full control of militants Islyamova [sic]. With their help, they plan to organize provocations at the border or in the Kherson region in order to blame pro-Russian guerrilla groups. … Together with the murder of Sheremet, Ukrainian law enforcers point directly to Russian intelligence for this form of political assassination, [saying] the president of Ukraine received “strong evidence” that the country has a Russian armed underground, directed from Moscow. The reason for this nonsense is quite clear: the zombie population will perceive it as a direct threat “to undermine stability in the country.” You will hear the cry of Poroshenko: Our homeland is in danger! The state of emergency will be introduced under the pretext of resistance to “aggressive Russia, which has already brought war to the whole territory of Ukraine.” It is understood that the German Chancellor, on resumption of hostilities in Donbass, has authority … under the Normandy format. Merkel’s tough terms, as stated by the President of Ukraine, indicate that any resumption of large-scale hostilities in Donbass will be regarded by Germany as an intentional failure of Kiev [to abide by the] Minsk agreements and will entail not only harsh statements, but will also minimize overall economic and political support for Kiev. It is symptomatic that after a telephone conversation, a communiqué immediately appeared on the site of the presidential administration in which Poroshenko tried to justify himself. It sets out in particular the arguments that he brought to Chancellor Merkel, trying to justify the possible slaughter in Donbass. Poroshenko again insisted to the Chancellor that Russia continues to supply weapons to the separatists, who lead systematic attacks the Ukrainian military. To her face, he again urged Europe to consolidate around Ukraine in the event of further deterioration of the situation in Donbass. Interestingly, in the final communiqué of the telephone conversation, Poroshenko unwittingly confirmed the plans of the secret services. So, a communiqué published on the presidential website stated that Poroshenko drew Merkel’s attention to the “intensification of Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups that receive strong resistance on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.” In fact Poroshenko admitted that Ukraine is seriously considering the organization of a series of large-scale provocations in order to accuse these “Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups.” Who pushes the Ukrainian President toward resumption of the war in Donbass? According to our information, the US and UK intelligence agencies are behind the SBU plans to aggravate the situation in the country. It is not excluded that, after receiving support from the American establishment in the name of the security services, Poroshenko will ignore Merkel’s warning and get involved in another bloody conflict. Why he needs this: it is necessary to inflate anti-Russian hysteria in society and blame all its setbacks and failures on “Russian aggression”. Voyna [sic] becomes a means of retaining Poroshenko’s clique in power.

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Daniel Baer (--osce.org)

Daniel Baer (–osce.org)

Sustained ceasefire prerequisite for police mission deployment in Donbas – U.S. ambassador to OSCE / Interfax / July 29, 2016 / U.S. Permanent Representative to the OSCE Daniel B. Baer has said that stable ceasefire in Donbas is a prerequisite for consideration of the possibility of deploying an international police mission there. Speaking during a press conference on Friday, Baer said that after the ceasefire is achieved they need to assess how they can ensure continued security in order to hold free and fair elections there. He noted that the elections in Donbas envisaged in the Minsk agreements should be carried out only if there are proper security conditions. Baer added that the current mandate of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE says that it is a civil mission with unarmed observers and so it should remain. One option, which is discussed, is a police mission, the deployment of the security forces of a certain kind, while the SMM will continue to be an unarmed mission, the U.S. permanent representative to the OSCE said. According to Baer, they currently needed to focus primarily on the achievement of a sustainable ceasefire in Donbas, which is a prerequisite for any other steps to resolve the conflict. Quemado Institute comments: A lasting ceasefire is certainly a prerequisite for elections, as it is for every aspect of the Minsk Agreements. Poroshenko’s suggested “police mission,” however, runs contrary to the spirit of Minsk, serves as a stall technique and public relations measure for Kiev, complicates the implementation of Minsk, violates the autonomy of Donbass, and is superflouous, since the DPR/LPR already have adequate police.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016
(Brief Update)

slavjul28-16zFinnish observer: We record shelling of Donetsk by Ukraine every night / DONi News / July 28, 2016 / Instead of implementing the Minsk Agreements, Ukraine continues daily bombardments of Donetsk, said at a press conference Johan Bäckman, a political analyst and human rights activist from Finland, who arrived in the DPR to observe the preparations for the pre-voting (primaries). ‘Our entire delegation stays in a hotel. Every night we hear shelling by the Ukrainian artillery, every night we hear the APU [UAF] bombarding objects and peaceful residential areas of your republic. That’s Ukraine’s attitude to democracy and the will of the people,’ he said. ‘I am convinced that the DPR today is the freest country in the world. I have seen with my own eyes that here live peaceful and friendly people who want to determine their own destiny. To this end, the DPR authorities have organized a platform to realize the desires of citizens, the primaries. As a political scientist, I can say that your primaries are unique. They are open and transparent. Meanwhile, in many Western countries the electoral processes are almost entirely secret. There is no transparency there, political parties in the West just realize the interests of their sponsors. But in the DPR, there are no political parties, no classical banking system. There is the people and the people’s will. And a platform for its implementation,’ says Bäckman.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
(Brief Update)

Nadia Savchenko

Nadia Savchenko

Kiev’s Celebrated War Hero Savchenko Calls on Ukraine to Ask Forgivness From People of Donbass / By Paul Robinson / Russia Insider / July 27, 2016 / Since released by Russia in a prisoner exchange has been a voice for peace. Now says mutual forgivness is requisite for peace. / The defiance shown by captured Ukrainian volunteer Nadia Savchenko when she was on trial in Russia for allegedly murdering two journalists (by directing artillery fire onto them) made her a hero for some in Ukraine and a symbol of resistance to ‘Russian aggression’. On the other side of the conflict, many regarded her as a war criminal and a militant nationalist. It was to be expected when she returned to Ukraine after being pardoned by Vladimir Putin that she would add her voice to those urging an escalation in the war and that she would resist calls for political concessions to the rebels in Donbass. The reality has been very different. Savchenko has become a voice for peace. Among other things, she has called upon the Ukrainian government to talk to rebel leaders Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. And on Thursday, she shocked many by suggesting that Ukrainians needed to ask forgiveness from the people of Donbass. As Gazeta.ru reports, Savchenko told TV Channel 5: “We must start speaking with one another. We must start hearing one another. We will have to forgive a lot. And we will possibly also have to ask forgiveness. Not possibly, definitely. We need to learn to ask forgiveness and to forgive. Otherwise, there will not be peace.” Savchenko’s suggestion that there is guilt on both sides of the war in Ukraine has outraged nationalist politicians. Member of Parliament Anton Gerashchenko, for instance, replied: ‘You, Nadya, can and should ask forgiveness from Givi and Motorola, or other Russians who have come onto our land to kill and rape, but we will not ask forgiveness from occupiers and terrorists.’ Savchenko was a ‘Trojan horse’ sent by Putin to Ukraine, Gerashchenko remarked. Given this reaction, I very much doubt that anyone in power in Ukraine will act upon Savchenko’s words. But the fact that somebody is saying them is most welcome. Quemado Institute comments: Donbass independence depends on the failure of Minsk. That is the strategic path. Savchenko is a threat to that path. Unless Minsk were implemented down to the final detail of explicitly guaranteed Zakharchenko-Plotnitsky veto power over Ukrainian constitutional reform, incorporation of Donbass into Ukraine would mean death for the two People’s Republics.

Petro Poroshenko (--DONi News)

Petro Poroshenko (–DONi News)

Confirmed: Amidst sharpening crisis, Poroshenko and co. have left Ukraine / By Oleg Chubaenko (PolitNavigator); Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / July 25, 2016 / Everything is getting hotter in Ukraine. Alexander Turchynov is speaking of martial law. Pavel Sheremet was murdered in Kiev. The situation in Donbass has escalated. Meanwhile, Minister of Internal Affairs head Avakov has left on vacation. So has Kiev Mayor Klitchko. And not only them. As sources in the Ukrainian Ministry of Transport have relayed to PolitNavigator, on July 22nd in the late evening, a private Golfstream 200 plane (tail number T7-PRM) with President Poroshenko on board departed Kiev International Airport for Malaga, Spain. As Ukrainian media have repeatedly written, Poroshenko has a villa near Malaga. The president’s departure and his absence in the capital have not been publicized. The President, however, is even issuing instructions from his Spanish estate. On Monday, for example, he instructed the Prime Minister and Mayor of Kiev to strengthen security measures for public safety. The question remains: why have Ukrainian leaders suddenly decided to leave Ukraine? So far, there has been no answer.

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U.S. property mogul Trump gestures during a media event on the sand dunes of the Menie estateNuclear War vs. Global Peace: Trump and Putin Poised to Solve Crisis / By Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / July 26, 2016 / Though Hysteria Mounts, the Future is Peace / Geopolitical analysts are right to be alarmed about Bush-Obama-Clinton neoconservative policy. This arrogant agenda of reckless aggression has pushed NATO troops to the doorway of Russia, destabilized the Islamic belt of the Middle East and North Africa, created a fertile breeding ground for human revenge by terrorists like ISIS, and nudged Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of retaliation. Yet as hysteria mounts in the anti-establishment media about nuclear world war, the answer escapes many analysts. This curious phenomenon seems suspect. If these authors are sincere about preventing nuclear war, why don’t they acknowledge our best hope for peace? Why Vilify Peace? Recent articles abound on the threat of nuclear war. Paul Craig Roberts is one of the leading editorialists. His July 23 commentary entitled Armageddon Approaches makes Donald Trump’s foreign policy conspicuous by its absence. Why no mention of Trump, the only noninterventionist candidate? John Hecht, writer for the anti-establishment platform . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Eric Zuesse

Eric Zuesse

The Central Issue in the U.S. Presidential Campaign / By Eric Zuesse / Vineyard of the Saker / July 27, 2016 / The central issue in the U.S. Presidential campaign can’t even be discussed in U.S. newsmedia, because America’s media have been almost uniformly complicit all along in hiding from the American public the crucial factual information that’s necessary in order for the public to vote in an intelligent and truthfully informed way about it. No news medium wants to report its own having been complicit in anything; so, the cover-up here just continues; it has a life of its own, even though it’s a life that brings the world closer and closer to a situation which would kill billions of people, as things get increasingly out-of-control the longer this coverup continues. The cycle of virtually uniform lying thus persists, despite the growing danger it produces. This article will need to be lengthy, because the American public have been almost consistently lied-to about so many very important things — things associated with the nation’s central issue — an issue even bigger than terrorism, and than global warming, and than rising economic inequality and corruption, but which is still virtually ignored. This article is thus intended to be ‘Drano’ for a political system that has become clogged by lies just jammed down into it, now backing up and pouring out onto America’s political floor. The overflowing sludge has got to be cleaned up, and discarded. Or else — and very suddenly — it will kill us all. This central issue is whether or not to continue to move forward with the American government’s plan, ever since the Soviet Union and its military alliance the Warsaw Pact ended in 1991, to extend NATO — the anti-Russia military club — right up to Russia’s borders, surround Russia with NATO nuclear missiles a mere five minutes flight-time to Moscow, and simultaneously build a “Ballistic Missile Defense” or “Anti Ballistic Missile” (BMD or ABM) system to nullify Russia’s retaliatory missiles against an unannounced . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul27-16zHow is the fiction of Putin’s greatness being created and maintained? By dropping his name down on people as often as possible as guano / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / July 25, 2016 / There is both in the US and Russia a shared interest in attaching Putin and his name to any conceivable event in the world, thus making faux connections, in order to keep up Putin’s image, persona and brand–in the case of Brexit, the failed putsch in Turkey, the DNC Wikileaks and so on, all the while Putin can’t even stop the train of Russia’s economy going off the rail or even to meaningfully maintain the minimum respect and self-regard with respect to the doping scandal and the bashing of Russia on this account. In the case of the DNC hacked emails, attaching Putin’s name to them is intended to help Hillary with the much needed damage control, while anchoring for the Democrats and Americans the notion that Russia and Putin are a present threat. With the damning revelations, Putin’s persona serves as a convenient diversion and attention-catcher. In the ongoing strategic operations, on both sides of the divide, both in the US and Russia, falsely associating Putin with almost anything of note that happens has already become much like a standing operating procedure of the people who worked out Putin, the soulless, hapless and greatly corrupt and incompetent entity and puppet on strings, into a mirage of an almighty fictitious genius. The artificial association of Putin’s name with the DNC leaked emails is also meant to falsely misrepresent Trump as a sort of Putin’s friend, ally or even agent. This incessant interjection of Putin into any remotely possible conspiracy as the supposed mastermind is also meant for the consumption of those Russians who still want to believe that Putin who serves as a face-facade of Russian mafia oligarchy is not only much more powerful than how he is, but that, instead of being a destroyer of Russia, he is Russia’s savior with a perfect secret plan of salvation–always well known and widely published by the Putinist initiates on the social media. Soberly and realistically considered, Putin is a persona is a program, a media construct wrapped around a puppet, a clone, and a human robot, a fumbling actor.

slavjul27-16xBeset by a Wave of Terror, Europe Still Backs Terror in Ukraine / by Zakhar Prilepin / Russia Insider / July 27, 2016 / Europe’s own house is burning while it fuels the flames in Donbass / An explosion in Ansbach, Germany; a refugee kills a pregnant woman in Germany; Nice, Munich, Rouen – all this of course, is just ‘coincidence’. Of course it’s also a ‘coincidence’ that recently Germany, France and other European friends met in Warsaw and decided to give Kiev more money to take control over Donbass. Again, the message to Europe is that nobody loves you as we do. Don’t make Russia an enemy. You have enough of them. Leave us with “ lovely” Ukraine. We will sort things out between us. Forget missiles in Poland – your own house is burning! [Quemado Institute: We hear you.]

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
(Brief Update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (--Ria Novosti/Igor Masslov)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–Ria Novosti/Igor Masslov)

DPR Head Zakharchenko Ready to Meet with Savchenko / RIA Novosti / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / July 25, 2016 / DONETSK / The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko is ready to meet with the deputy of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Nadezhda Savchenko, previously condemned in Russia for the murder of Russian journalists in Donbass and pardoned by the President of the Russian Federation, if they are to talk about “real things, and not PR”, reports the Donetsk News Agency. “We can meet. But first I have to understand what we are going to say…. I am ready to listen to the proposals on the agenda. If Savchenko offers to discuss specific and important things it is possible for us to meet,” reads the agency’s quote from Zakharchenko. According to him, given the fact that Kiev has frozen “the Minsk process, it is necessary to speak with anyone who is willing to negotiate, but only in order to talk about the real things, not public relations.” Earlier Savchenko had offered to Kiev to go into direct talks with representatives of the DPR and LPR as part of the Minsk process. She stated that she is personally ready to engage in dialogue with them. DPR authorities said they were prepared to engage in dialogue with Savchenko, if Kiev will give her such powers. On Sunday, the head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky stated that a conversation with Savchenko could bring results only if she manages to create a team in the Ukrainian parliament. Savchenko was convicted in Russia to 22 years for her involvement in the murder of journalists in Donbass. The Court found that on June 17, 2014 Savchenko aimed artillery fire on a group of Lugansk militia and Russian journalists, which killed employees Kornelyuk RTR Igor Anton Voloshin. At the end of May 2016 Savchenko was pardoned by the President of Russia, and then returned home. Now she is a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, part of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). After returning home Savchenko stated that she is ready to become president of the country, if people will support her.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Historical event: Donetsk People’s Republic trains its own citizen’s to civil unrest / By Janus Putkonen / DONi News / July 24, 2016 / I don’t remember any example from history that the state government has trained its own civilians to resist police, security officials and armed forces in effective and organized way. Do you? But the Donetsk People’s Republic in former Ukraine is doing just that, while readying its citizens to counter any foreign forces in the territory of free Donbass, specially so called “armed OSCE police mission”, which Kiev regime in Ukraine has proposed. On 20th July in Shakhtyorsk activists of a vigilante group and other volunteers – altogether about two thousand people – took part in a training on unarmed counteraction against possible invasion of DPR by foreign armed missions. “Kiev doesn’t let us hold elections independently, but also wants to occupy us by the hands of an armed foreign contingent. We are against such “ultimatums”, we well remember disintegration of Yugoslavia, the Serbian Kraina’s tragedy in Croatia. Thousands of residents of this country died by the arms of similar “peacekeepers”.slavjul24-16z Massacre of peaceful citizens began there with direct connivance of the armed missions,” stated the leader of the voluntary self-defence group Valery Perelygin. What this highly notable training event shows, is that the Donetsk People’s Republic is a stable young country, which leadership can trust its citizens at the most highest level and also DPR citizens can trust its government and officials. The liability for order is shared between the officials and citizens in most balanced way. What we can say by the facts: Donbass and its free people’s republics have become very different than what world has used to see in form of republics. “Today peaceful citizens gathered and carried out training not only to receive skills of counteraction to the armed employees of the mission, but also to show the whole world that we are able to protect ourselves. We have shown how we would act if Ukraine still achieved introduction of the armed mission to our territories. We do not need weapons to ensure safety during elections,” emphasized Perelygin. So, the remarkable thing is that the united civilian force has sent undeniable message to Ukraine and all its western supporters: “OSCE police mission?” – “Dont even think about it!”. And at the same time something for us all to learn: how the world in people’s hands could be very different. (– Janus Putkonen, Director of DONi News Agency; Video: DONi Press Italian correspondent Vittorio Rangeloni)
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
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slavjul23-16z Donetsk Blog, July 22: Donetsk Shelled by Day – Republics to Resist Police Mission – Kiev Close to Martial Law / Russia Insider / July 22, 2016 / The week began in Donbass with a sharp aggravation of the situation on the front. On the night of July 18, the Ukrainian side opened massive fire on the territory of the DPR along the entire front line. The inhabitants of the Republic reported a permanent glow in the sky, and from time to time the entire horizon flashed. In Donetsk, heavy explosions were clearly audible, even in the city center, and in one of the districts during the night, the lights went out as a shell hit a sub-station. In Gorlovka in the north of the DPR, four powerful explosions sounded, creating a glow of a fire seen in several places, following which people retreated to their cellars. From Yasinovataya, located between Gorlovka and Donetsk, came reports of shelling from several directions at the same time, with car alarms periodically going off in the city. At about midnight, the DPR Defense Ministry officially informed of Kiev using 122mm artillery in this area. Powerful battles involving the use of heavy artillery were also reported by the residents of Dokuchaevsk in the south of the Republic. In the morning, DPR authorities reported that as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army, four civilians in Donetsk were wounded by shrapnel and five houses damaged, two of which were completely destroyed by direct hits. Also damaged was a sub-station in one of the districts of the city, leaving many houses without electricity, and the Donetsk filter plant experienced damage, which left several localities without water. The Ukrainian military also struck at the beach of one of Donetsk lakes and a cattle farm, located on the outskirts of the city. On the northern outskirts of Gorlovka, the direct hit of Ukrainian shells completely destroyed seven houses. The DPR army returned fire and suppressed the Ukrainian firing position responsible for the destruction, resulting in four Ukrainian soldiers killed and another three wounded. Kiev also suffered losses near Donetsk where, under the cover of artillery fire, the Ukrainian military made another attempt to break through the DPR defenses, which cost them three killed and five wounded. There was no official information about the DPR army losses. On July 19, the bombardment of Donetsk started in the daytime, at about 6pm, which had not occurred for about a year. Two districts of the city came under a massive fire which resulted, according to local authorities, in a significant damage to 26 houses, some of them completely destroyed by direct hits, and a gas pipeline. At night, the DPR Defense Ministry issued an urgent statement, reporting on the use by the Ukrainian military of not less than 122mm heavy artillery and warning of a harsh response. The same day, the US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said that the Ukrainian side had the day before suffered the greatest number of losses of late, such as seven killed and 14 wounded, which, according to him, was a threat to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Mark Toner did not mention in his statement either casualties among the civilians of Donbass or the continued delivery by Kiev of heavy weapons to the front line. Meanwhile, the DPR military authorities reported in their urgent statement that just before the bombardment of Donetsk, the Ukrainian side had delivered to their positions over 30 artillery systems, tanks and mortars. In addition, DPR soldiers had downed a Ukrainian drone flying over the affected districts, according to local residents, right before the bombardment. According to LPR intelligence, over the last few days, Kiev also delivered to their segment of the front 10 Akatsia self-propelled artillery systems, 11 infantry fighting vehicles, and about 30 vehicles containing ammunition. A Ukrainian Osa anti-air missile system was also observed constantly moving along the contact line. In their turn, the OSCE observers noted in their report the absence in the sites of Ukrainian heavy weapons storage, with the withdrawal of 31 anti-tank cannons, 33 tanks and 12 heavy mortars. They also documented the presence of 10 Uragan MLRS’s [see source for pictures of weapons mentioned] on the Ukrainian side of the contact line. In addition, the commander of a Ukrainian Army brigade, in spite of the categorical refusal by Kiev to allow the international observers into their position, showed them eight Grad MLRS’s located in his unit’s positions. At the same time on July 18 the DPR began primaries, and on the following day completed collecting signatures for a petition to international organizations about violations by Kiev of the Minsk Agreements that had been signed by over 300 thousand inhabitants of the Republic. On July 19 in Lugansk, a mass training of city residents for peaceful resistance to an international police mission took place. The next day the same training was held in the DPR as the Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, announced the formation in the Republic of an aircraft unit. Kiev realizes that it is running out of time. Deliberately shelling residential areas and affecting the vital urban infrastructure of the Republic of late, it seeks to “squeeze” their residents out of the localities, and in such a way facilitate the seizure of the territory of Donbass. At the same time, Kiev authorities also preceded each attack with justifying propaganda, the Ukrainian media spreading information about the Army of the Republics supposedly shelling Ukrainian military positions. The other day, the former head of the SBU (Ukrainian Security Service) claimed that the Republics have as many tanks as Germany and the UK combined! In other extraordinary news, the Interior Minister of Ukraine, Arsen Avakov, promised the Azov nationalist regiment helicopters. The large-scale exercises held in Ukraine called “Summer Storm-2016” ended this week, the main objective of which was, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, to develop the interaction of different types of troops in an offensive operation. The exercise involved military aviation and air defense, such as the Buk anti-air missile system, and rehearsed an air assault, including the landing of military equipment. On July 19, Oleksandr Turchinov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council who had begun the so-called antiterrorist operation in Donbass in April 2014, said that due to the aggravation of the situation in Donbass, the Ukrainian authorities may consider the imposition of martial law in the country. The next day the Ukrainian media reported, citing an anonymous source from the party of Ukrainian President Poroshenko, that martial law would be introduced on August 1st.

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slavjul23-16yUkrainian Commanders’ names involved in shelling Donetsk and Yasinovataya on July 19 / DONi News / July 23, 2016 / The operative command of the Donetsk People’s Republic has published a regular dossier on the commanders of the Ukrainian army involved in the artillery shellings of Yasinovataya and the outskirts of the capital in the evening on July 19. “On July 19, the commander of the 30 mechanized brigade the colonel Ivan Garaz gave the order to open punitive fire at the civilians of Donetsk with the artillery weapons of 152mm caliber. As result there were wounded four civilians born in 1948, 1955, 1961 and 1962; there were destroyed eight houses,” says the text of the dossier. This brigade commander was the initiator of putting a tail on the observers of the SMM OSCE, the aim of which was not to admit the representatives of the Special Monitoring Mission to the places of the location of the Kiev military equipment prohibited near the contact line. “According to the data published, the commander of the artillery battalion of the 30 separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergei Maetsenyuk was at the head of shellings of northern outskirt of Donetsk.”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
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slavjul21-16yDeserter from Ukraine’s military tells of NATO-guided preparations for attack on Lugansk / By Alexei Gromov / Sott.net / July 18, 2016 / A draftee fled the APU [Ukraine Military] positions swam across the North Donetsk River, that separates the militia units of the LNR and the APU, and spoke about massive preparations for a Kiev attack in the direction of Lugansk. The soldier, whose name the source did not disclose, reported that around the perimeter of the front along the North Donets River, there are hundreds of mercenaries in the uniform of the APU. Most of the mercenaries are Poles, almost a thousand of them, they are armed to NATO standards and communicating in English. Arab mercenaries are housed near the village of Stanica Lugansk. These men are in non-standard issue uniforms with Arabic insignia. According to the Ukrainian draftee, there are in fact not many Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines. “Our lads, max one-third. The rest are collected from around the world, there are Chechens, Arabs, Turks, Poles. All are prepared to act, they talk of nothing else but “when we go and give it to the Russians and separatists.” But the leaders don’t trust us; the mercenaries will go forth. I left because I did not want to participate in this foolishness. Why should I help the Poles to kill the Ukrainians,” said the soldier. Also, the defector reported on the redeployment of military equipment to the front line. According to him, there are more than one hundred tanks and two hundred pieces of artillery, in place on the north Donetsk River, and helicopter gunships. The soldier says that the groundwork for assault was extremely well prepared. “All the past mistakes were taken into account, everything is getting done at a high level; advisers from NATO are at work in every unit,” he told the soldiers. (–Via Riafan, translated by Tom Winter)

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slavjul21-16zNATO: Knaves, Lunatics and Yellowbellies / By Michael Jabara Carley / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 19, 2016 / If one wants to identify the people responsible for rising tensions in Europe with the Russian Federation, then look no further then the knaves, lunatics and yellowbellies of NATO. Let’s start with the knaves. The biggest knave of all is the US president Barack Obama. Many Americans voted for Obama hoping for a real change in government. Instead they got the same ol’, same on neoliberal, neocon Republicanism, only worse. They got a slick, smooth-talking sharper who does not blanch at telling the most outlandish, outrageous lies. The dystopian world anticipated by Orwell in 1984 has arrived. From Obama’s point of view, he is not lying, of course; he is «creating new realities». It’s a great line and it could have come from Orwell, but it didn’t. It came from George W Bush’s right hand man, Karl Rove. It was in 2004. The United States and its first butler, Great Britain, had just destroyed Iraq. The Bush administration was boasting of victory so it seemed at the time. Rove claimed that «reality» was a superfluous consideration. «That’s not the way the world really works anymore», Rove said. «We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do». Rove said it, and Obama demonstrates Rove’s law, almost every time he speaks publically. You might laugh at how preposterous Obama has become, but it’s no laughing matter when it comes to NATO and its encirclement of Russia. NATO had its big «summit» meeting in Warsaw this month. The city was plastered with posters comparing Russia to the Nazi SS. You know Poland, or maybe you don’t, but its Russophobia dates back centuries and is rooted in its failure to gain control of the Ukrainian and Byelorussian borderlands between Russia and Poland. In its perennial wars with Russia, it almost always lost. So Polish nationalists, let’s call them sore losers, want to even the score, and what better way to do it then with the help of NATO. Does the Polish . . . MORE>> click here.

NATO Anakonda 2016 military exercise, Torun (--Reuters)

NATO Anakonda 2016 military exercise, Torun (–Reuters)

Trump Reserves Option Not to Defend NATO Countries / (Trump Statement on NATO Proves Inability to Become US Commander in Chief) / Sputnik News / July 21, 2016 / Donald Trump’s statement on protecting NATO allies prove he is “ill-prepared” to be the country’s commander-in-chief, a foreign policy adviser for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, said in a statement Thursday. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / Trump told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday that if he becomes US president, he would only support other NATO states should they be attacked by Russia if the allies had “fulfilled their obligations” in respect to Washington. “For decades, the United States has given an ironclad guarantee to our NATO allies: we will come to their defense if they are attacked, just as they came to our defense after 9/11. Donald Trump was asked if he would honor that guarantee. He said… maybe, maybe not… Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit and fundamentally ill-prepared to be our Commander in Chief,” Jake Sullivan said. He added that the US president should be “the leader of the free world,” while Trump did not even believe in the free world. In the past, Trump has repeatedly said that if elected president he would require major US allies make larger contributions to the military bloc. The US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 8, 2016.

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The Twilight of NATO / By Thierry Meyssan / Information Clearing House / July 20, 2016 / The history of NATO and its current activities enables us to understand how the West has woven its lies and why it is now a prisoner of them. The elements contained in this articles are shocking, but it is impossible to deny the facts. The only other solution is to cling to the lies and persist in hanging on. During their meeting in Istanbul on the 13 May 2015, the leaders of NATO finish a well-alcoholised meal by mocking the idiots who believe in their rhetoric of peace, singing «We are the world». In this unpleasant video, we can recognise General Philip Breedlove, Jens Stoltenberg, Federica Mogherini and a number of Ministers of Defence. The summit of the chiefs of staff and governmement of NATO has just finished its meeting in Warsaw (7 and 8 July 2016). It should have been the triumph of the United States over the rest of the world, but was in fact the beginning of its downfall. Let’s remind ourselves of what NATO means. What the Atlantic Alliance used to be: When the European elites were panicking at the idea of . . . MORE>> Click here.

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slavjul21-16wTrump Leads Clinton for Fourth Consecutive Week / Sputnik News / July 21, 2016 / 43 percent of voters support the Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump, while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton earns 42 percent support, according to the poll. / WASHINGTON (Sputnik) / The Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump remains statistically ahead of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the fourth week in a row, a Rasmussen Reports poll revealed on Thursday. “Our… survey of likely US voters finds Trump with 43 percent support, while Clinton earns 42 percent,” a press release about the poll stated. “This is the fourth week in a row that Trump has been statistically ahead.” However, the release noted Clinton has bounced back from her worst numbers against Trump one week ago, when he was ahead 44-37 percent. The poll was taken on Monday and Tuesday of this week, so it does not reflect whether Trump will get a bump from this week’s Republican National Convention held in Cleveland, Ohio. The poll has a margin of error of three percentage points.

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Wedesday, July 20, 2016
(Brief Update)

Azov battalion (--Sputnik/AFP/Genya Savilov)

Azov battalion (–Sputnik/AFP/Genya Savilov)

Obama and the Ukrainian Nazis – The reality no one wants to speak of / by Clarity of Signal, via JackPineRadicals / Off-guardian.org / July 18, 2016 / The US government is currently financing the training and supply of the Ukrainian military which is comprised of fascist, ring wing, pro Nazi battalions that worship WW2 Nazi collaborator Stephen Bandera who murderer of over 100,000 Poles and Jews during WW2. These battalions receive US funding and support and have done so for the past two years while the US media has covered it up and run with a false narrative about Russia and their president. These videos below are from their own “Azov Battalion” You Tube channel. In the first, they are indoctrinating children into fascist, right wing nationalism. This is incredibly sad to watch and to know that the US is keeping it afloat and allowing it to be conducted. Russia is not the enemy this time around. The enemy is domestic. The US government is intentionally lying to the American citizenry, who they are supposed to represent. This intentional top down lying is taking place on a massive scale and the mainstream media in the United States is in on it. They intentionally are lying to the American people and creating and shaping the false narrative in support of the US government. Horrific war crimes are being committed in Ukraine daily, people are being kidnapped and killed and the US is in on it. People need to wake up to this reality. The Live Leak link at the bottom of this page will lead you to a 175 video archive of first person videos about the war. Many are highly graphic and show the victims of the war. All the victims are ethnic Russian in the East. The majority are women, children and elderly people. There never was a Russian invasion. 2.2 million ethnic Russian refugees fled TO RUSSIA for safety. The people of the East simply voted to leave after the Kiev fascist coup in 2014, and because they did so, they have been bombed relentlessly for the past two years while the US government encouraged and financed the people doing the bombing. And yes, President Obama is fully aware of this when he stood at a podium in Warsaw last week and continued on with his intentionally misleading narrative. He is in on it. Hillary is in on it. John Kerry is in on it. All the EU leaders know full well Russia never ‘invaded’. They tried to help those people who were being killed but they were demonized by the Western powers for doing so. And yes, they know who really shot down MH17 because once again, they were in on it. If not the act itself, then the coverup during the past two years. Thus, there was no invasion, but instead, the slaughter of innocent people by the Ukrainian Nazis carries on to this day. Americans have to wake up to the fact that their government is lying to them. President Obama stands at the podium knowing he is lying. He goes to funerals for police officers in Dallas while knowing he is lying about the people dying in Ukraine. People have to be stronger and look themselves in the mirror. Ask themselves what they stand for. Otherwise, the US is doomed to lose its country, not because of Russia, but because of themselves. [Videos available at source.]

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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slavjul19-16uZakharchenko: We Have Shown the International Community Our Willingness to Implement the Minsk Agreements / Fort Russ / Today, on July 19th, parliamentary hearings on the topic of “Progress in realization of the Complex of measures on the implementation of the Minsk agreements, approved by Resolution 2202 (2015) on the 7384th UN Security Council meeting” took place in Donetsk. Correspondent of the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic reported about this. Head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko took part in the event. In his speech he emphasized the importance of assistance of the international community in stopping the genocide of the people of Donbass, which was unleashed by the Kiev authorities. “Today we are summing up the results of the signatures collected on the Petition concerning the nonfulfillment of the UN Resolution by Ukraine; more than 300,000 residents of DPR supported this appeal. We have shown the international community our willingness to implement the Minsk agreements and to end this conflict. Donbas residents said “no” to violence. We did not start the war, did not shell peaceful towns with aviation and artillery, we just wanted to live according to conscience and justice. Unfortunately, the Kiev government for almost 2 years of the Minsk process at all the costs was trying to sabotage the implementation of the complex of measures approved by the UN Security Council. By this petition we are one more time saying that here live not terrorists or separatists, but ordinary people who built their own state. We in any case will end the war and for sure will win because we should fight for the future,” the Head of Republic said. Let us recall, on February 12, 2015, the complex of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements was initiated in Minsk, which was signed by the members of the Trilateral Contact Group – former ambassador of the OSCE, Heidi Tagliavini, the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, as well as leaders of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics Alexander Zakharchenko, and Igor Plotnitskiy. And on February 17th, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to approve the document. However, despite its commitments, Ukraine has continued to systematically bombard peaceful areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. In this regard, on June 1st, 2016, Head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko announced the beginning of the collection of signatures for the Petition concerning the nonfulfillment of the UN Security Council Resolution by Ukraine. By this petition the people of Donbass initiated an appeal to the international organizations to stop the genocide of the residents of DPR and LPR by the Ukrainian authorities and to stop military operations in the country. At present, the appeal was supported by more than 326,000 citizens; the action of collecting signatures in Donbass is officially completed.

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July 19, 2016 22:00 UTC
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slavjul19-16rUrgent statement of DPR Defense Ministry / Novorossia Vision / July 19, 2016 / The situation in the Donetsk direction tends to aggravate. For several days the Ukrainian side has been preparing to conduct a large-scale provocation aimed at justifying Kiev’s failure to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk Agreements and their disruption of the elections to local authorities. Kiev ignores requests of A.Merkel and F.Hollande, but listens to the assurances of support from Washington representatives. According to our intelligence, the day before over 30 artillery systems, tanks and mortars were delivered to the fighting positions of the 58th separate mechanized infantry and the 128th separate mountain infantry brigades of the AFU. Today we have discovered a downed Ukrainian drone that was spotting the artillery fire on civilians. In addition, the OSCE mission documented, in its report of July 18, the absence of 33 anti-tank cannons, 33 tanks and 12 mortars in the sites of withdrawal. Moreover, the observers documented the presence of ten 220mm MLRS BM-27 «Uragan» in the areas adjacent to the lines of weapons withdrawal. We previously stated about Kiev’s preparation of provocations. Today, in the daytime, at 18.25, the Kievsky and Kuibyshevsky districts of Donetsk were intensively shelled with 122mm artillery and 82 and 120mm mortars, from the direction of the locality of Avdeevka. The enemy launched more than twenty 122mm artillery projectiles and fifty mortar shells. The destruction of residential households are documented in the streets Avtostradnaya, Signalnaya, Stratonavtov, Vzlyotnaya, Yershova, Rabfakovskoy and in the locality of October. The Ukrainian side is again purposefully shelling the civilian population with weapons which, according to the Minsk Agreements, must stay in the sites of withdrawal. Bellicose statements are sounded by the Ukrainian authorities. Further aggravation is possible, with the massive use of heavy artillery on peaceful localities. We warn residents of the DPR border localities of impending danger, asking them to immediately take refuge in shelters in case of shelling. The military and political authorities of Ukraine continue to pursue a policy of disrupting the Minsk Agreements, following the instructions of their Western patrons and conducting provocative bombardments of the DPR People’s Militia positions and the civilian population of Donbass. We once again appeal to the international mediators, human rights organizations, the international community and the OSCE SMM with a request to influence the military and political authorities of Ukraine and to restore peaceful life in Donbass, to stop the genocide and bloody war crimes. We are committed to a peaceful solution to the conflict. But criminals from Kiev again and again, with impunity, provoke us to a harsh response.

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slavjul19-16zDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 19.07.2016 / DONi News / July 19, 2016 / The situation in the zone of responsibility of the People’s Militia remains tense. The punishers of the AFU systematically build up the artillery fire on the territory of the Republic. Over the past day the Ukrainian side carried out six hundred twenty-three bombardments. The enemy launched thirty-five 152 and 122mm artillery shells, three hundred twenty 120mm mortar shells, a hundred and five 82mm mortar shells and made twenty rounds from tanks. In addition, the enemy used in shelling infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. The war criminals continued to shell the following localities: Vasilyevka, Gorlovka, Zaytsevo, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Vesyoloye, Zhabichevo, Yasinovataya, Staromikhaylovka, Dokuchaevsk, Sakhanka, the Petrovsky district and the airport of Donetsk city. As a result of the shelling, one soldier of the DPR People’s Militia was wounded. In the artillery shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city and the Gorlovka city, there were damaged five households, as well as the electric equipment of the Donetsk Filter Plant, which resulted in several localities left without water supply. The orders to shell the territory of the Republic were given by the Ukrainian «heroes» Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Gorbatyuk, Delyatitsky, Voylokov and Zabolotny. We passed all the data about the Minsk Agreements violations to representatives of the OSCE and JCCC. In the light of another forthcoming hot phase of the war, prepared by the Ukrainian authorities, the AFU units increased . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul19-16pUkrainian Parliament anticipates yet another coup in Ukraine this fall / Essence of Time / July 19, 2016 / Ukrainian MP Evgeny Balitsky claimed that a military coup d’etat will take place in Ukraine in fall. He made this claim on July 19 in an interview to Ukrainian media. The video of the interview is available on YouTube. “In fall we will face the genocide of our people, with tariff genocide. The situation will be such that it will simply be out of control. And what is happening in the world today, military coups, — this is what will happen to us in fall, because the patience will run out,” Balitsky said. He added that tariffs in Ukraine are growing because the current authorities steal more than public servants in the times of the former president of Ukraine Yanukovych did. On July 17 Ukrainian Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov commented on the rumors of the possibility of a mutiny in Ukraine. According to him, such talks are “stupid”. He also noted that the spread of rumors regarding the upcoming overthrow of the authorities must not become a pretext for repressions against members of the nationalist battalions. Earlier on the same day Ukrainian MP Vladimir Parasyuk claimed that Nazi “Azov” battalion is capable of organizing the change of authority by force. The rest nationalist battalions, according to the MP, were intentionally weakened or taken under control by the president Pyotr Poroshenko, and only “Azov” obeys Avakov, who, as the MP claims, has a bad history with the head of the state. In late June Ukrainian MP Sergei Leshenko claimed that Avakov may use force to come to power.

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slavjul19-16nRussian FSB accuses Ukrainian special services of using OSCE mission as spy cover in Donbass / Sott.net / July 18, 2016 / Ukrainian special services are using international groups like the OSCE as cover for intelligence gathering operations and sabotage in the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic, the FSB reported, referring to the testimony of a detained Ukrainian agent. “The testimony and documents received by the FSB counter-intelligence from [Ukrainian citizen] Shestakov unambiguously demonstrate that Ukrainian special services illegally use the OSCE mission in the Lugansk People’s Republic to collect military data and organize acts of sabotage,” the Federal Security Service’s Center for Public Communications reported on Monday. “The disclosed facts prove that the Ukrainian special services ignore international law,” the message read. Shortly beforehand, the FSB reported that Artyom Shestakov – an interpreter working for the Special Monitoring Mission for Ukraine of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe – had been detained on Russian territory and uncovered as an agent of the Ukrainian Security Service, the SBU. Shestakov confessed that in the summer of 2015 he traveled to Kiev and was recruited to work as an agent for SBU when he was already working for the OSCE mission. The man disclosed his alias as Svarog (the name of one of Slavic pagan gods) and said the name of his handler as Sergey Slipchenko from the Directorate for Protection of National Statehood. Russian counter-intelligence officers said that Shestakov gathered information about the political economic and military situation in the republic and transferred it to the SBU. In particular, he gave Kiev the coordinates of Lugansk’s militia units, the cellular phone numbers of their commanders, and data about the movements of troops and combat vehicles. The conflict in eastern Ukraine, which many now describe as a civil war, began in April of 2014, when the freshly installed nationalist regime in Kiev sent military forces and neo-Nazi “volunteer units” to the country’s southeastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which refused to recognize the coup-imposed government in the capital. According to UN estimates, over 9,000 people have died in two years of constant fighting, many of them civilians, including women and children. In February of 2015, the warring sides managed to secure a peace deal through the mediation of Russia, Germany, and France. However, the conflict is still far from settled. In late May, Russia and Ukraine conducted a prisoner exchange in which a Ukrainian military officer named Nadezhda Savchenko was swapped for Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, who are both Russian citizens. Savchenko was serving a prison term in Russia after being convicted of complicity in killing two Russian reporters who were covering the military conflict in Donbass, as well as of illegally crossing the Russian border. The two Russians had been jailed in Ukraine for “terrorist activities” – a term used by the court in Kiev to describe the fight of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk for more autonomy. Both of them had pleaded not guilty. In mid-June, Russia and Ukraine conducted another prisoner swap in which Ukrainian citizens Yury Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev, who had been detained on terrorism and espionage charges in Russia, were exchanged for Vitaly Didenko and Elena Gluschinskaya – Ukrainian journalists sentenced to prison by the Kiev regime on charges of separatism. On June 15, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters that he did not exclude the possibility of more prisoner exchanges between Kiev and Moscow.

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slavjul19-16mDeserter from Kiev forces tells of NATO-guided preparations for attack on Lugansk / By Alexei Gromov / Translated for Fort Russ by Tom Winter / July 17, 2016 / A draftee fled the APU positions swam across the North Donetsk River, that separates the militia units of the LNR and the APU, and spoke about massive preparations for a Kiev attack in the direction of Lugansk. The soldier, whose name the source did not disclose, reported that around the perimeter of the front along the North Donets River, there are hundreds of mercenaries in the uniform of the APU. Most of the mercenaries are Poles, almost a thousand of them, they are armed to NATO standards and communicating in English. Arab mercenaries are housed near the village of Stanica Lugansk. These men are in non-standard issue uniforms with Arabic insignia. According to the Ukrainian draftee, there are in fact not many Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines. “Our lads, max one-third. The rest are collected from around the world, there are Chechens, Arabs, Turks, Poles. All are prepared to act, they talk of nothing else but “when we go and give it to the Russians and separatists.” But the leaders don’t trust us; the mercenaries will go forth. I left because I did not want to participate in this foolishness. Why should I help the Poles to kill the Ukrainians,” said the soldier. Also, the defector reported on the redeployment of military equipment to the front line. According to him, there are more than one hundred tanks and two hundred pieces of artillery, in place on the north Donetsk River, and helicopter gunships. The soldier says that the groundwork for assault was extremely well prepared. “All the past mistakes were taken into account, everything is getting done at a high level; advisers from NATO are at work in every unit,” he told the soldiers.

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Donbass Festival 2015 (--DONi News)

Bolshoi (Big) Donbass Festival 2015 (–DONi News)

The three-day festival “Big Donbass” will gather in Donetsk bards, poets and musicians of the DPR, the LPR, Russia and Belarus. / By Natalia Chayko / mianews.ru / July 19, 2016 / The second international festival of music and poetry “Big Donbass”, which will be attended by poets, bards, musicians from the DPR, the LPR, Russia and Belarus will take place In Donetsk from the 23rd to the 25th of September, 2016. Festival’s organizer, Chairman of the club of author’s song “Big Donbass”, the famous bard and poet, member of writers’ Union of the DPR Vladimir Skobtsov told this correspondent of YIA “Novorossia”. “Project “Big Donbass” includes the regular holding of cultural and educational events, culminating in the international festival of music and poetry in Donetsk. This is the second festival of the unconquered Donbass. Festival organizers are seeking artistic means to tell the truth about the Donetsk People’s Republic, to show creativity and a genuine desire for peace and justice. The scope of represented genres –is from poetry and author’s songs to rock ‘ n ‘ roll. The festival’s participants – are singers, poets and musicians of Russia, the Crimea, as an integral part of Russia, and, of course, Donbass”. As was noted by Skobtsov, the main objectives of the festival – are the development and coverage of cultural life of the Donbass, creating a unified cultural space between the DPR, the Russian Federation and countries of the world, develop their creative and intellectual potential of the Republic, attracting international attention to cultural and humanitarian situation in the Donbass, to defend their inviolable right to life and their own identity. According to Vladimir Skobtsov, this year’s “Big Donbass” will cover several concert venues – the premise of the writers’ Union of the DPR, film-coffee house in the name of A. Khanzhonkov, lecture hall of the library named after N. K. Krupskaya, the stage of the Metropolitan Philharmonic and the stage of the Central Park of culture and rest named after A. S. Shcherbakov. As honorary guests of the festival were invited: Alexander F. Sklyar, Ivan Okhlobystin, Yuri Loza, Mitki, “Bakhit-compote” Vadim Stepantsov, Victor Pelenyagre, Alexander Vulykh, rock-group “Mango-mango”, “Demarche”, “Burlesque orchestra”, “More” bards of Russia and Belarus. The list is constantly updated. Note that the three-day festival, which begins on September, 23 and will culminate in a gala concert in the Park named after Shcherbakov, will be conducted by the club of author’s song “Big Donbass” and the writers’ Union of the DPR, with the support of the Ministry of information of the DPR. Recall that the first international festival of music and poetry “Big Donbass” was held in the capital of the DPR in the past year – from the 13th to the16th of August, 2015.

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slavjul19-16xThe Big Mac is dead, long live the DonMac / Rt.com / July 19, 2016 / With the departure of US fast food giant McDonalds from the city Donetsk in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, enterprising local businessmen have come up with an alternative. They are using the abandoned restaurants to open a chain named DonMac. Donetsk now has two DonMac restaurants offering a menu that resembles classic McDonald’s. “With the beginning of the conflict McDonald’s closed the business and left. Their facilities have been recognized by the law of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) as abandoned … We leased the building and equipment from the State Property Fund of DPR. We have nothing to do with McDonald’s, nor they with us. We have our own franchise”, one of the owners told RIA Novosti. “We conducted a public opinion poll in Donetsk and it turned out that the majority missed french fries and hamburgers,” he said. The new owner agreed the menu resembles that of McDonald’s, but he promised to introduce some new foods. According to the owner, the restaurants don’t have empty tables and people are queuing to order food. There were 2,000 orders on the opening day, he added. [VIDEO at source.]

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Years of Inquiry to Come? MH17 Investigators ‘Won’t Do What They Promised’ / Sputnik News / July 17, 2016 / As the world commemorates the second anniversary of the MH17 plane crash, Radio Sputnik discussed the incident with John Helmer, a political analyst and journalist specializing in Russia and post-soviet states. In an interview with Radio Sputnik, Helmer pointed out certain inconsistencies within the Joint Investigation Team. He recalled that the team was formed by Ukraine (where the plane crashed), Australia and the Netherlands (which had the largest number of passengers on board of the doomed plane). However, another country that has also . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Flight path over Debaltsevo pocket between Donetsk and Lugansk. (--Loyalist.nl)

Flight path over Debaltsevo pocket near border between Donetsk & Lugansk Republics. Click to enlarge (-Loyalist.nl)

MH-17: Russia Convicted By Propaganda, Not Evidence / By Paul Craig Roberts / PCR Official Website / July 17, 2016 / Today is the second anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and we still do not know the explanation. Washington and its European vassal politicians and media instantly politicized the event: The Russians did it. End of story. After 15 months of heavy anti-Russian propaganda had imprinted the message on peoples’ minds, the Dutch Safety Board issued its inconclusive report. By then, it was irrelevant what the report said. Everyone already knew that “the Russians did it.” I remember when pre-trial media accusations resulted in dismissed cases. Anyone declared guilty prior to presentation of evidence and conviction was considered to have been convicted in advance and unable to receive a fair trail. Such cases were dismissed by judges. Washington’s story never made any sense. Neither Russia nor the separatists in the Donetsk region had any reason to shoot down a Malaysian airliner. In contrast Washington had enormous incentives as Washington’s propaganda machine could place the blame on Russia and use the incident to compel European governments to accept Washington’s sanctions placed on Russia. It worked for Washington. Washington successfully used the incident to wreck Europe’s political and economic relationships with Russia. Four months into the anti-Russian propaganda campaign, a website called Bellingcat, claiming to be an open source site for citizen journalists, but which could be a MI-5, MI-6, or CIA front, issued a report that the Buk missile was . . . MORE>> Click here. QI Editor’s note: Paul Craig Roberts concludes: “As the Romans always asked: ‘Who benefits?’ The answer to that question tells you who did it.” For a different take on who benefits, see Flight MH17: Theory on the Motive for the Shootdown. A detailed analysis of the Dutch Safety Board Investigation Report can be found at Quemado Institute Rebuttal: MH17 Dutch Investigation Weak, Inconclusive.

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Donald Trump (--Sputnik/AP/John Raoux)

Donald Trump (–Sputnik/AP/John Raoux)

Trump’s Advisor Explains Why US Presidential Candidate Admires Putin / Sputnik News / July 17, 2016 / Foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Mike Flynn told German magazine Spiegel Online that Trump is fascinated by Vladimir Putin because the Russian president truly cares about the interests of his country. Unlike George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Putin has not ignored the interests of US national security, making “incredibly poor decisions,” Flynn said. “He respects people who are selfish about their country. Putin is a guy who is very selfish about Russia and about the Russian federation, and he understands the history of his country. You can’t say, ‘I don’t like you.’ You’ve got to respect him. He’s a world leader,” Flynn told the magazine. According to Flynn, the US should enhance cooperation with Russia and maintain constructive relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin will be a reliable partner for certain things for the United States, yes. Absolutely. We need to have a relationship from the top to the bottom, same with China,” the political advisor said. Flynn stressed Trump has repeatedly emphasized that the United States should pay more attention to its domestic problems. “The United States should not have to intervene in every single problem around the world,” the adviser said. And thanks to his position the presidential candidate has managed to gain such broad support among US voters, Flynn explained. Earlier, the US Republican presidential candidate said he would be prepared to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the United States. He also noted that the US and Russia should maintain positive relations. Reaching a US-Russia consensus would be wonderful and it would have a positive impact on the whole world, according to Trump.
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Friday, July 15, 2016
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slavjul15-16qZakharchenko came under Ukrainian artillery attack / DONi News / July 15, 2016 / About three o’clock in the afternoon on July 15, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko was at the forefront, in the area of the town of Avdeevka, with an inspection. The DPR leader wanted to personally see how the Minsk agreements are respected. During a visit to the positions, The Head himself, his guards and the DPR army soldiers came under fire from heavy artillery. 18 shells from 122mm howitzers D-30 and 120mm mortars were launched on our positions. The artillery attack caused no casualties. “Poroshenko, who says that Ukraine 100% has fulfilled the Minsk Agreements, lies! I hope that the information about this case of the Agreements violation by Kiev will be passed to all members of the Norman format, Poroshenko personally, as well as to the US Secretary of State, who is currently in Moscow. I’ll give further comments tomorrow, during the direct line with the local media,” said the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko.

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MH17 Memorial Service, Donetsk, July 15, 2016

MH17 Memorial Service, Donetsk, July 15, 2016

MH17: Zakharchenko – DPR residents believe those guilty of Malaysian “Boeing” crash to be found and punished / DONi News / July 15, 2016 / Today a memorial service took place in the run-up to the second anniversary of the crash of Malaysian “Boeing-777” on the site of the plane crash near the village of Grabovo in the Shakhtyorsk district of the DPR. To honor the memory of the perished passengers of the airliner came the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, the Chairman of the People’s Council of the Republic Denis Pushilin, and also the head of the Shakhtyorsk City Council Alexey Shvydky. “Personally and on behalf of all the residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic I want to express condolences to the families of all the dead. We believe that the lie will be revealed, the guilty persons will be found and punished,” said the Head of State. Zakharchenko added that the leaders of the Republic are ready to render any assistance necessary for investigation of this accident. “Such a crime cannot be forgotten; the punish for it should follow anyway. These crimes have no limitation period, they should be solved,” he emphasized. In his turn, Pushilin also expressed hoped that those to blame for the tragedy would be found. / Quemado Institute comments: Zakharchenko himself was an eye-witness to the two Ukrainian military jets seen by many observers near the Boeing at the time of the shootdown, and has stated (see Vice News VIDEO) his belief that one of the jets shot down the passenger plane, contrary to the dubious contentions of the Dutch Safety Board that MH17 was downed by a BUK missile. For a paragraph-by-paragraph refutation of the Dutch report, see our commentary Quemado Institute Rebuttal: MH17 Dutch Investigation Weak, Inconclusive (October 16, 2015).

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Proof Ukraine is shelling civilians in Donetsk (VIDEO) / By Patrick Lancaster / Fort Russ / July 14, 2016 / Reporting in Donetsk, independent journalist Patrick Lancaster shows clear proof that the shells which have hit Donetsk are coming from the UAF/ATO. This is demonstrated with a demonstrable, empirical approach using a simple/layman’s battlefield forensic approach, determining the origin of shells by the shell impact locations. These are important independent documentations, because it is clear that the OSCE will, in typical form, obfuscate the data and write in the passive tense, being unclear about ‘who’ fired upon Donetsk. The US continues to support the Kiev Junta in its war crimes and crimes against humanity, guaranteeing that the Kiev Junta does not have to submit to the terms of the Minsk II agreement, an agreement which was a strategic victory for the breakaway republics.

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slavjul15-16vUkrainian Amy Launching Probing Attacks in Donbass Region / By Chris Covert / SouthFront / July 15, 2016 / Ukrainian ground forces have launched a total of five probing attacks on rebel positions in Donetsk since Tuesday, according to Russian language media and official rebel reports. Meanwhile, Russian backed rebel forces and Ukrainian forces continue to exchange artillery fire all along the front in Donetsk and Lugansk. All the probing attacks involved infantry, likely in platoon strength (30 effectives), and all have been driven back with losses to the Ukrainians, according to news account posted on Russian Spring website. The attacks continue a now familiar pattern where Ukrainian forces nudge their forces closer to rebel lines in an effort to slowly push the rebels further back into their own territory. So far, only one of those types of attacks, at Yasinovataya last spring, have been successful. A second attack was . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul15-16yDonetsk Blog, July 15: 2-Day Hell in Donetsk, Ukrainian Breakthrough Attempts, OSCE Watches Shelling on Internet / By Irina Burya / Russia Insider / July 15, 2016 / The period of relative “calm” in Donbass, which was observed by the end of last week, has come to an end, apparently due to fresh delivery of artillery shells to Ukrainian positions. The number of daily attacks on DPR territory by Kiev has not changed significantly, but along with mortars, the Ukrainian military have again started to use heavy 122 and 152mm artillery, with a daily number of about 60 shells, according to the DPR Defense Ministry. At the same time since the beginning of the week, the Ukrainian side has been making attempts to break through or find weak spots in the DPR army’s defenses. On the night of July 12, after a mortar attack on the western outskirts of Donetsk, the Ukrainian military attacked the DPR position. A little later, another unit of the Ukrainian army decided to conduct reconnaissance in the south-west of the DPR capital. The DPR military authorities reported that both attacks had been repelled, with Kiev losing five men killed in the first attempt, and up . . . MORE>> Click here.

Miquel Puertas visits art gallery in Donetsk, July 2016

Miquel Puertas visits art gallery in Donetsk, July 2016

Miquel Puertas of Barcelona Reports from Donetsk / Quemado Institute / July 15, 2016 / Miquel Puertas, a Spanish citizen from Barcelona, is currently in Donetsk, and has described his visits over the past week to a world-class Donetsk art museum, among other sites. Miquel says on Facebook July 12: “Reporting from Donetsk (2016/07/12) Today I met some ‘terrorist-separatists’ women. They are decent ladies working in one of the most modern and prestigious art galleries in former Ukraine. I have many pictures but I put only some of them since I need some niam niam and glups glups. I have spent all the out and still I didn’t eat anything. Tomorrow I will create a folder with all the fascinating pictures I took today.” [More photos at link.] Miquel adds on Facebook Friday, July 15: “Today I met my teacher of Russian language, Gennady. An engineer who is friend of the rector of DoNTU (Donetsk National Technical University). A wise man that has travelled around the world and speaks very good English. He has a language school here. He told me that this week have been killed 17 civilians by the pro-yuropean neo-nazi battalions. The western retardy media will never report about it. There is not information about what is happening here in the Donbass. And the information provided by the western media is distorted or simply is false.” On July 9, Miquel reports, “A professor I met yesterday here told me that they are preparing for a war. It looks that the maidan regime is going to launch an offensive that (like happened in the past) will force the Donbass army to crush the Poroshenko forces again and liberate other chunk of territory. Only geopolitics stopped the Donbass army to arrive to the gates of Kiev last year.” For Miquel Puertas fascinating tweets on the inside story from Donetsk, click here.

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slavjul15-16rWestern Propaganda for a New Cold War / By Rick Sterling / Consortium News / Recently I went on a 15-day visit to Russia organized by the Center for Citizen Initiatives. The group visited Moscow, the Crimean peninsula, Krasnodar (southern Russia) and St. Petersburg. In each location we met many locals and heard diverse viewpoints. […] What Provoked Crimea? After 22 years as part of independent Ukraine following the breakup of the Soviet Union, what drove the people of Crimea to overwhelmingly support a referendum calling for “re-unification” with Russia? Was this the result of intimidation or an “occupation” by Russia? We received a very strong sense from talking with many different people in Crimea that they are happy with their decision. The impetus was not aggression from Russia; the impetus came from the violence and ultra-nationalism of the foreign-backed coup in Ukraine overthrowing the democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych, who was strongly supported by Crimea’s voters. U.S.-supported protests against Ukraine’s Yanukovych government began in November 2013 in the “Maidan” (central square) in Kiev. Protesters included right-wing nationalist and Nazi sympathizers hostile to the Yanukovych government. A significant faction in the Maidan glorified the Ukrainian Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. The U.S. was deeply involved in promoting the “Maidan” protests and strategizing how . . . MORE>> Click here.

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slavjul15-16tFBI Agents Were Told To Sign A “Very, Very Unusual” NDA In Hillary Email Case / By Tyler Durdan / Global Research (from Zero Hedge) / July 14, 2016 / The State Department restarted their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails following the DoJ’s unanimous recommendation that Attorney General Loretta Lynch not pursue criminal charges for Hillary’s negligence in handling classified documents. FBI insiders now believe a deal was struck when Bill Clinton met Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix airport tarmac in June. Agents have also said they were forced to sign a document that went above and beyond the typical NDA signed when performing investigations. When news broke of the infamous tarmac Lynch-Clinton meeting we said: “Well then, if Lynch says it was a completely random encounter with Hillaslavjul15-16sry Clinton’s husband on a tarmac (admit it, that happens often to most people), and nothing was discussed that pertains to official business, then that certainly must be the truth.” We were sarcastic. We may also have been right. According to The New York Post, which not only . . . MORE>> Click here. [Click images to enlarge.]

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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Late Alexei Mozgovoi and Prizrak Brigade (--http://unitedarmedforcesofnovorossiya2014.blogspot.com)

The late Alexei Mozgovoi and Prizrak Brigade members (–Unitedarmedforcesofnovorossiya2014.blogspot.com)

Russian Courts Begin Extraditing Ex-Donbass Militiamen to Ukraine / By Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / July 13, 2016 / The courts in Russia have begun ordering the extradition to Ukraine of ex-militiamen who fought on the side of Novorossiya in the Donbass civil war and subsequently returned to Russia. This story has been confirmed by two reliable sources: Czech poet and expert Donbass analyst Vladimir Suchan on Twitter, and the pro-Novorossiya blog site Red Star Over Donbass. We had intended to post the Red Star Over Donbass article—a lengthy and detailed piece—today. However, for reasons we don’t know, the article has been deleted from their website. According to memory, former members of late commander Alexei Mozgovoi’s Prizrak (“Ghost”) Brigade from the Lugansk People’s Republic, as well as other militia veterans, are currently being detained in Russia and may face extradition. Their fate is to be decided by the Russian courts. One detainee was quoted as saying he believes his chances of extradition are 50-50, given the leanings of the court. Delivering these pro-Novorossiya ex-fighters to Ukraine will certainly mean capture by the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU), entailing possible torture or execution. These extraditions—an unacceptable betrayal by Moscow—constitute a gross violation of the Minsk agreements, which ensure universal amnesty for all combatants who served in the Donbass conflict. That Russia would even consider extraditing these pro-Novorossiya fighters indicates the severity of Western pressure on Vladimir Putin, involving escalated threats of a US-NATO first-strike nuclear World War. Vladimir Suchan has warned other fighters to take note.

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Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel (--quora.com)

Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel (–quora.com)

Russia warns Europe they will not just stand by as Kiev resumes war in Donbass / By Alexander Mercouris (The Duran) / Sott.net / July 12, 2016 / Renewed fighting points to increasingly tense situation on the contact line. / The last few weeks have witnessed a sharp rise in fighting in eastern Ukraine. Armed clashes have become common as the Ukrainian army has attempted – so far without much success – to probe the militia’s defences. Artillery duels have become increasingly common. There have been casualties on both sides with the militia claiming that the Ukrainian army lost 80 men in a single week. The Russians have become increasingly concerned about this spike in activity. Over the last week they twice warned the Europeans – to be precise the Germans and the French – to get their Ukrainian ally into line. Underlining the seriousness with which the Russians are treating the situation, their second warning was given by none other than Putin himself who on 8th July 2016 telephoned Merkel and Hollande to convey it. The wording of the Kremlin’s summary of the conversation is couched in the usual polite language but the meaning is clear enough: “Vladimir Putin directed his colleagues’ attention to the provocative nature of the Ukrainian armed forces’ activities in the southeast of the country. He urged them to more actively influence their Ukrainian partners to promote strict compliance with the Minsk Agreements, including at the upcoming talks with Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw.” Behind these Russian warnings were the warnings Putin gave to the Western powers at the G20 summit in 2014 in Brisbane and which he subsequently made public in a television interview with a German journalist: Russia will not stand by and allow Ukraine to reoccupy the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics by force. We have been here before. On 30th June 2014 the Ukrainian government ignored Russian warnings and German advice and launched a disastrous offensive to recover the Donbass, ending in its total defeat. In January 2015 the Ukrainian government tried again, launching another offensive which again ended in disastrous defeat in Debaltsevo. On those occasions the Europeans stood by and took no action. However in August 2015, when all the indications pointed to the Ukrainians preparing for the third time to launch an offensive, the Europeans finally acted and pulled the Ukrainians back from the brink, causing . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
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slavjul10-16xPutin’s FSB Extradites Donbass Militia Veterans to Fascist Ukraine / Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / July 10, 2016 / Vladimir Suchan, Czech poet and pro-Donbass internet blogger, reported on Twitter today that Putin’s courts have started sentencing former Donbass militiamen who live in Russia, such as fighters from the late Alexei Mozgovoy’s Prizrak Brigade, to be deported to Ukraine, where they will fall into the hands of the pro-fascist Ukraine security Service (SBU). The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is currently rounding up Donbass anti-fascist veterans for delivery to Kiev, says Suchan. The poet adds on Facebook today, “Starting with the amnesty given to Nadiya Savchenko, the Kremlin started to demonstrate what the ‘unconditional’ fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements means—‘amnesty’ under Minsk means immunity and impunity to the Banderite side and surrender of the Donbass defenders into the prisons and torture/execution chambers of the Kiev regime. This should also serve as a clue to the rest. Also remember that in releasing Savchenko, the Kremlin made its point by presenting that as a Czar’s granting of the express WISH of the widows or the victims themselves.” [QI editor’s note: The American scumbags have been threatening Putin with World War III.] Tuesday, July 12 update: Red Star over Donbass has published a detailed article about the actions of the Russian courts against former members of the militia in Donbass. See https://redstaroverdonbass.blogspot.com/2016/07/russia-must-legalize-donbass-militias.html

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
(Brief update)

slavjul7-16zPutin calls Obama & cancels regional visits amidst signs of full-fledged war in Donbass / By Eduard Popov; Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / Sott.net / July 7, 2016 / On July 6th, two alarming events took place which leave one worrying about the fate of Donbass. The first event was a meeting held between the State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Grigory Kasarin, and the German ambassador Rüdiger von Fritsch and French Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert in which Russia’s concern over Ukraine’s actions was expressed. The official report of the Foreign Ministry published after the meeting noted the activation of Ukrainian armed forces and so-called volunteer battalions in Donbass. Such military activity was also recorded by observers from the OSCE mission. The conclusion drawn by Russian diplomats: “We are faced with the symptoms of a military operation being prepared by the Ukrainian military.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we should recall, is a very conservative agency which does not draw hasty conclusions. The concentration of manpower and equipment in the ATO zone and numerous bombardments of the republics’ cities by the UAF (several hundred artillery rounds every day) have long since been recorded by observers of the DPR and LPR. But only now has the foreign policy department of Russia stated that the situation could escalate to a qualitatively different state. In other words, Ukraine could transition from the tactic of provocations and destroying infrastructure and the civilian population to a fully-fledged military aggression. Karasin’s statement and the official foreign ministry report are a very worrying sign. The second event was the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama on the evening of July 6th. Among the topics discussed were the situation in Donbass. As the report published on the Kremlin’s website says, “The President of Russia reiterated the importance of Kiev strictly complying with the Minsk Agreements” and stated the necessity of “a full implementation of the agreement on withdrawing the conflicting parties’ heavy weapons and intelligence units.” It is unlikely that these two events are unrelated. The concern over the situation in Donbass expressed by President Putin in conversation with his American counterpart elevates the significance of Karasin’s statement. I believe that the Russian leader and Russian diplomats have reasons (or knowledge of classified information?) to believe that a UAF offensive in Donbass is likely. Yet another event took place which, at first glance, might appear to be unrelated to the previous two. On July 6th, a report was published that President Putin had cancelled all trips to Russia’s regions planned for next week. This event can be explained in different ways, but one possible explanation is that the Kremlin is expecting some kind of large international event. I’ll emphasize right away that I have no facts to support this theory which is based on mere logical reasoning and assumptions. But the fact that the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the President of Russia on the same day expressed concern over shelling of the territories of the unrecognized Donbass republics cannot be interpreted otherwise than a recognition of a threat to the lives and safety of the region’s population. And, perhaps, this means that an outbreak of war is highly likely. Comment: Signs of further escalation in Donbass are worrying indeed. As Putin said while lecturing idiotic Western journalists, the world is being pulled in an ‘irreversible direction’: “We know year by year what’s going to happen, and they know that we know. It’s only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger—this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don’t know how to get through to you anymore.” Further reading: Ukraine’s neo-Nazi parliament speaker Parubiy admits Ukraine won’t follow Minsk agreements, exposes absurdity of sanctions policy.

slavjul7-16rDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07.07.2016 / DONi News / July 7, 2016 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past day the Ukrainian military shelled the territory of the Republic 386 times including with mortars of 120mm caliber 43 times, with mortars of 82mm caliber 91 times and with grenade launchers and small arms 231 times. The Ukrainian punishers opened fire at the following localities as Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Staromikhailovka, Novolaspa, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky district and airport of Donetsk. During the mortar shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk there was wounded a civilian and burnt totally down a house and in the locality of Zaitsevo there were damaged 31 house-buildings. The commanders of brigades Zubanich, Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Gorbatyuk, Delyatitsky, Voilokov, Zabolotny gave the criminal orders to shell. We handed over all the data on violating the Minsk Agreements to the representatives of the OSCE and JCCC. *** We keep registering the strengthening of the command of the enemy in conflict with the Minsk Agreements made earlier. Thus, in the area of the localities of Semigor’ye (7km away from the contact line) and Ostroye (11km away from the contact line) there was registered the presence of four and two self-propelled artillery platforms “Gvozdika” of 122mm caliber. *** The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine keeps carrying out the provocations it conceals about and losses remain not to be announced. Thus, our intelligence confirms the losses among the military personnel of the 8th battalion of the 10th separate brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there was killed a soldier and got wounded four as a result of provocations carried out in the areas of the localities of Pesky and Staromikhailovka yesterday. *** Our intelligence registered as well that because of uncoordinated actions among the sub-units of the 128 separate brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine there took place the opening of the double-sided “friendly” fire where along with small arms there were used heavy arms as well for the result of a single combat there became the destruction of two infantry fighting vehicles and a tank together with its combat crew. The command is concealing the fact of the incident itself and other injured people. *** For the purpose of blocking the pass control on the contact line, the Ukrainian side keeps shelling the checkpoint in the area of the locality of Gorlovka after dark. To carry out this provocation, the Ukrainian punishers advance by 200-300m and targetedly fire at the checkpoint. *** A decrease in the number of shellings with weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements can be associated with the arrival of the first Deputy of the Head of the Mission OSCE to Ukraine Alexander Hug to the “ATO” zone. We hope that the arrival of such a big guest can solve the problems connected with humanitarian and economical blockades of the Republic and persuade the Ukrainian leadership to find compromises on settling the conflict in Donbass at the negotiating table and not on the battle field. –Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

slavjul7-16sLugansk Defense: Situation Report, 07.07.2016 / DONi News / July 7, 2016 / he situation in the zone of responsibility of the People’s Militia remains tense. Yesterday, the Ukrainian punishers of the 54th separate mechanized and 59th separate mechanized infantry brigades, on order of their pro-Nazi commanders, fourteen times shelled the territory of the Republic in the area of the localities Sanzharovka, Logvinovo, Kalinovo, Kalinovka and Lozovoye. The punishers used in shelling: – infantry fighting vehicles, 3 rounds made; – 82mm mortars, 32 mortar shells launched; – anti-tank grenade launchers, 8 rounds made; – automatic grenade launchers, 47 rounds made; – small arms. To fill the shortage of personnel in the AFU units in the ATO zone, the Ukrainian authorities continue to use convicted criminals, including repeat offenders as military. In particular, our intelligence found that on July 2, in the locality of Bolotennoye in the Stanichno-Lugansk region, arrived thirty men specially released from prison in Ukraine. After a 3-day training course, all convicts were given weapons and ammunition as it was planned to send them to units located along the contact line. However, the criminals learnt of those plans and on night of July 5 willfully left the place of dislocation and fled in an unknown direction, taking with them arms and ammunition. This incident was followed by announcing the plan “Interception” and raising all the units of the National Police and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time, the AFU command continues to violate the terms of storage of military equipment along the contact line, provided by the Minsk Agreements, as well as use the cease-fire regime for the military build-up of their units in the ATO area. In particular, according to our intelligence, in the locality of Artyomovsk arrived armored vehicles of the AFU, which were placed on the territory of schools, hospitals and other municipal institutions. In addition, seven trucks with tanks T-64 proceeded via the locality of Gorsky. These and similar facts do not give the Republic’s authorities and command the right to a weakening of vigilance and rigor to the personnel. We continue to pay special attention to the protection and safety of the Republic, as well as military training of the units and increase of the combat potential of the People’s Militia. –Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency.

slavjul7-16nBreaking News on Donbass War / Quemado Institute / July 7, 2016 / News of serious fighting along the northern contact line is coming in over Twitter as we write. Most recent report first: Storm Bringer tweeted at about 21:00 UTC; “#Breaking! Gorlovka, Zhovanka & Mine 6/7 fighting with use of tanks reported. / BREAKING 22:13 Debaltsevo – Direction Uglegorsk, Svetlodarsk, heavy artillery fire intensified. / BREAKING! 21:50. #Donetsk – Maryinka – Trudovskye: fighting with small arms, RPGs and mortars. / Yasinovataya reports about arrivals of heavy UAF shells.” Storm Bringer tweeted at 20:30 UTC: “#BREAKING Fighting amid UAF heavy shelling along 280km conflict line in Donetsk Rep.” Maurice Schleepen tweeted at 19:40 UTC: “Breaking #Donetsk, Debaltsevo region under Ukraine junta attack with the use of heavy artillery.” Storm Bringer tweeted at about 19:20 UTC: “#BREAKING Gorlovka Fighting amid UAF shelling reported from the whole coflict line > W+NW+N+NE.” Maurice Schleepen tweeted at about 19:10 UTC: “Breaking! #Donetsk Yasinovataya region under Ukraine junta attack with the use of heavy artillery.” Click image to enlarge.

slavjul7-16tThe “Toretsk Uprising”: How Kiev’s repression of Donbass feeds a growing rage / By Eduard Popov; Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / Sott.net / July 6, 2016 / During the night of July 4th-5th in the city of Toretsk (formerly Dzerzhinsk) in the Donetsk region of Ukraine currently controlled by the UAF, a group of people barricaded the highway in an attempt to block the re-deployment of UAF military vehicles. Some sources report that the number of protesters was no more than 100 people, while others claim that their number was several times higher. This event was reported by all Russian, Ukrainian, and many international media outlets, so I will not retell the generally known details. Instead, I will discuss the causes and possible consequences of this rebellion. The sources of my conclusions are media reports, information collected from Ukrainian social networks, and information obtained from my friends in the cities of Ukrainian-controlled Donbass. The first and main conclusion to be drawn is that the population of Donbass hates the Ukrainian government and Ukrainian occupational troops. On May 11th, 2014, a referendum was held in the cities of Donbass in which the majority of residents voted for seceding from Ukraine and forming the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. The results of this referendum were violated by the Ukrainian authorities. In addition, many of these cities were subjected to shelling by Ukrainian “liberation” troops while the inhabitants of these cities, including the people of Toretsk, await the arrival of the liberation army of the DPR. This is a reality… The second conclusion is that active members of the Russian uprising in Donbass are either in the DPR or LPR or have been arrested by the SBU (the Ukrainian analogue of the Gestapo). The least passionate supporters of the Russian World, or simply apolitical people are the ones who have stayed behind in Ukrainian Donbass. Thus, any rebellion in Donbass will be spontaneous. Its reason will not be political goals, but some kind of social impulse. This is what happened last spring in Konstantinovka when a spontaneous rebellion erupted against Ukrainian troops who shot dead a young mother and her child in a stroller. It is likely that the events in Toretsk have been caused by a similar event. Third conclusion: the Ukrainian government has drawn some lessons from the uprising in Konstantinovka and is trying to avoid repeating mistakes such as the systematic violation of traffic rules by Ukrainian soldiers and wild races with their armored personnel carriers through city streets. Such events are not so audible anymore (at least my sources have not reported any such incidents). But has the Ukrainian . . . MORE>> Click here.

Storm Bringer on Twitter
July 7, 2016 20:00 UTC
#BREAKING Details of Toretsk/Dzerzhinsk blocade became known.
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slavjul7-16wMerkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence / Consortium News / July 7, 2016 / U.S. intelligence veterans are calling on German Chancellor Merkel to bring a needed dose of realism and restraint to the upcoming NATO conference, which risks escalating the dangerous new Cold War with Russia. / MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: NATO Summit in Warsaw REFERENCE: Our Memorandum to You, August 30, 2014 / We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior to a critically important NATO summit – the meeting that begins on July 8 in Warsaw. We were gratified to learn that our referenced memorandum reached you and your advisers before the NATO summit in Wales, and that others too learned of our initiative via the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a full report on our memorandum on Sept. 4, the day that summit began. Wales to Warsaw: The Warsaw summit is likely to be at least as important as the last one in Wales and is likely to have even more far-reaching consequences. We find troubling – if not surprising – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s statement at a pre-summit press event on July 4 that NATO members will agree to “further enhance NATOs military presence in the eastern part of the alliance,” adding that the alliance will see its “biggest reinforcement since the Cold War.” The likelihood of a military clash in the air or at sea – accidental or intentional – has grown sharply, the more so since, as we explain below, President Obama’s control over top U.S./NATO generals, some of whom like to play cowboy, is tenuous. Accordingly we encourage you, as we did before the last NATO summit, to urge your NATO colleagues to bring a “degree of judicious skepticism” to the table at Warsaw – especially with regard to the perceived threat from Russia. Many of us have spent decades studying Moscow’s foreign policy. We shake our heads in disbelief when we see Western leaders seemingly oblivious to what it means to the Russians to witness exercises on a scale not seen since Hitler’s armies launched “Unternehmen Barbarossa” 75 years ago, leaving 25 million Soviet citizens dead. In our view, it is irresponsibly foolish to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not take countermeasures – at a time and place . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul7-16yThe Breedlove-Stoltenberg Plan for NATO’s Russia Campaign / By Wayne Madsen / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 5, 2016 / A hacked private Gmail message sent by then-NATO supreme military commander General Philip Breedlove to former Secretary of State Coin Powell in 2014 shows that Breedlove sought, in contravention of President Obama’s policy, to implement a more aggressive military stance against Russia over the situation in Ukraine. By bolting from the relatively «measured» policy of America’s Commander-in-Chief, Obama, with regard to Ukraine, Breedlove’s public Cold War mania was only exceeded by his private treasonous behavior. Breedlove’s email to Powell stated that the NATO military chief saw the events in Ukraine as an «opportunity». In his email to Powell, Breedlove believed the 2014 anti-democratic coup against President Viktor Yanukovych and the declaration of self-government by Crimea and the regions of Lugansk and Donetsk was an opportunity for the United States and NATO to engage militarily with Russia. Breedlove described some «stalwart» allies of the United States as wishing to ratchet . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul7-16xRussia Agrees to Talks with NATO After Warsaw Summit / By Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 3, 2016 / Moscow has agreed to a Russia-NATO Council meeting after the alliance’s July 8-9 summit in Warsaw. The decision was announced after French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Paris on June 29. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the Russia-NATO Founding Act and the 15th anniversary of the Russia-NATO Council. The Council was created in 2002 as a consultative mechanism. NATO suspended all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia after the Ukrainian crisis broke out in April 2014, although channels for political dialogue and military to military communication remained open. The organization held its first formal meeting with Russia’s envoy to the alliance in almost two years in April, but the talks did little to ease tensions. France and others have called for another meeting to rebuild trust between the two sides. The Council’s meeting will take place after the Warsaw summit so that Russia would have time to examine the decisions taken there. Mr Ayrault said, France wants the summit to show transparency towards Russia through dialogue. He does not want the meeting to be «confrontational». This is a clear shift to diplomacy from confrontation. Actually, the US-led NATO has done a lot to provoke Russia. Nearly 60,000 soldiers of NATO and partner countries have participated in four series of maneuvers in the Baltic countries, Romania and Poland. The most provocative among these exercises was Anakonda-16 held in June on the territory of Poland. The training event involved around 31,000 troops from 24 countries – the largest exercise Poland has seen since the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1991. Anakonda-16 is complemented by Baltops-16, Saber Strike-16, and Swift Response-16. The increasing tempo of exercises on the Russian border is seen as prelude to a larger permanent presence. No such hostile . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Monday, July 4, 2016
(Brief update)

slavjul4-16zURGENT: Ukrainian Armed Forces bomb passenger bus and cafe in Donetsk / Russkaya Vesna / Translated by Quemado Institute / July 4, 2016 / As already reported by Russkaya Vesna [“Russian Spring”], about half an hour ago, the Ukrainian Armed Forces started massive shelling of civilian areas of Donetsk. On Stepanenko Street, d. 20, one 120 mm mine hit a parked bus. Two residents were injured, one in the head, one in the chest. The status of the victims is still to be specified. Also, two 120 mm mortar shells hit the cafe “Urartu” in the area of the first pad [sic]. By pure chance no one was hurt. On Makarenko Street, a direct hit on a house has been recorded. Editor’s note: The following reports are coming in via Twitter: Reliable Donbass source Litle Spark, from the old days, tweeted to Gleb Basov at 23:30 UTC: “@gbazov I think they are taking Donetsk … / Can be misinformation, but reports of some Ukra shit roaming Donetsk.” Gleb Bazov (founder of Slavgyangrad website) tweeted at 22:30 UTC: “#DONBASS—Reportedly, the ‘ceasefire’ is reaching crescendoes of monumentally destructive proportions as Ukraine massively bombards cities.” Maurice Schleepen tweeted at 22:20 UTC: “Breaking Donetsk, Yasinovataya region under Ukraine regime attacks with the use of heavy artillery.” Kuksha tweeted at 22:15 UTC: “In #Donetsk a 2-storied living house (block of flats) has been hit by #Ukrainian shelling. 3 people injured.” Enemy source English Lugansk tweeted at 20:33 UTC: “22:33 #Donetsk ‘Flashers’ rushed along Kuybysheva. I think to 20, Stepanenko, 3 wounded.” This source has been reporting constant bombardment in Donetsk for three or more hours. Oleg Onopko tweeted from Donetsk at about 19:30 UTC “The best way to not listen bombings outside is to turn on the song of Lizz Wright – I Idolize You, for example.”

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Saturday, July 2, 2016
(Brief update)

[For news on June 29 UAF invasion near Logvinovo-Debaltsevo, scroll to July 1 below, or see June 30 & June 29 at our Home Page.]

Eduard Basurin

Eduard Basurin

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 2.07.2016 / DONi News / July 2, 2016 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the past day the Ukrainian military shelled the territory of the Republic 521 times. The enemy launched 189 mortar shells of 120mm calibre and 280 mortar shells of 82mm calibre. In addition, the enemy used in shelling infantry fighting vehicles and small arms. The punishers opened fire at the following localities: Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Vasilyevka, Novgorodskoe, Ozeryanovka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Dokuchayevsk, Novomaryevka, Sakhanka, Kominternovo, the Petrovsky district and the airport of Donetsk city. As a result of the bombardments there were damaged five houses in Dokuchayevsk. The criminal orders to shell were given by the brigade commanders Zubanich, Ryabokon, Vodolazsky, Gorbatyuk, Delyatitsky, Voilokov and Zabolotny. We passed all the data about the Minsk Agreements violations to representatives of the OSCE and JCCC. We continue registering strengthening of augmenting of the enemy’s troops in violation of the concluded Minsk Agreements. So, near the locality of Lastochkino (9 km away from the contact line) there was detected the arrival of 15 howitzers D-30 of 122-mm calibre. The enemy also deploys tank units from the depth of the Ukrainian territory to the ATO zone: – In Kalinovo (18 km away from the contact line) there was detected the arrival of four tanks; – In Anadol (22 km away from the contact line) there was detected the arrival of ten tanks. I want to point out that the number plates of these tanks are absent in the list of the withdrawn AFU weapons passed to the OSCE for control what confirms the transfer of new arms by the AFU command to the contact line. From these facts it is possible to draw a conclusion that the Ukrainian authorities carry out activities on the preparation for the active phase of hostilities in Donbass, but don’t try to solve the problem peacefully at a negotiating table. – Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency.

John Delacour on Twitter
July 2, 2016 13:00 UTC
#Donbass: Anti-Russian Terror Operation – Basurin
4 new ukrop tanks, not listed by OSCE SMM, at Kalinovo; 10 at Anadol
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Friday, July 1, 2016
(Brief update)

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AFU provocation near Logvinovo was planned – LPR defenders / DONi News / July 1, 2016 / The provocation of the Kiev military near the village of Logvinovo wasn’t spontaneous, but of a planned character. It was reported by the LPR People’s Militia soldiers who had repelled the attack of the AFU. The official representative of the LPR Defense Ministry Major Andrey Marochko reported that the People’s Militia had blocked the attempt of break-through committed on June 29 by the AFU units near the village of Logvinovo. “They tried to provoke us, struck an artillery attack with about 120-130 shells. We were fighting back, as you can see, only with small arms, automatic weapons and machine guns as our heavy machinery had been withdrawn according to the Minsk Agreements,” said a shooter of a medical platoon of a motorized rifle battalion Dmitry Sevastyanov. “Most likely, it had been an order because their work was competent, but we fought back, gave a rebuff, having removed them back to their initial positions,” he pointed out. “We are and were in Logvinovo, nobody invaded here, their provocation had failed,” emphasized the soldier. He noted that after the failed provocation of the AFU there had come a certain silence in the Debaltsevo direction though the People’s Militia positions remain under shellings. “Now the situation is inactive, but everybody is set seriously, we are waiting and fully alerted. In general, the situation aggravated – we are daily exposed to shellings by the Ukrainian army, they (AFU fighters) try to provoke us into some counterthrust every day,” reported Sevastyanov. In his turn a shooter of a machine-gun platoon of a motorized rifle battalion common soldier Sergey Sobolev pointed out that the Ukrainian military had opened fire from 4:00 in the morning. “I don’t know what motivated them, but they failed. We are on station just as we used to be,” he said. The soldier of the People’s Militia did not exclude that the the AFU had made a decision to carry out this provocation after the celebration of the Constitution Day of Ukraine. [Photos available at source.]

slavjun30-16xDonetsk Blog, July 1: Kiev Probes DPR Defenses – DPR Response to Logvinovo Provocations – Sappers Captured While DeMining / Russia Insider / July 1, 2016 / This week the negotiations of the Contact Group have resumed in Minsk, and naturally the situation at the front has sharply deteriorated. […] The fact of Western instructors training the Ukrainian military may also help explain what at first sight appears a strange attempt to break through DPR defences that occurred two days ago in the Debaltsevo direction, one of the quietest areas recently. According to the DPR military, at night the positions of the Republican Army were shelled from the Ukrainian side with mortars, with no return fire from DPR forces. Half an hour later, the mortar attack was repeated and followed by fire from a tank, which also went unanswered by the DPR. It is most likely that the Ukrainian military decided that the main forces of the DPR army were preoccupied elsewhere in hotter spots and so took the opportunity to attempt to break through, accompanied by two infantry fighting vehicles and an armoured personnel carrier. As a result, they managed to push DPR positions 4 kms deeper into its own territory. The DPR army command sent to the breakthrough point reinforcements that recaptured ground and regained their positions. During the battle, both sides used all kinds of weapons and equipment available in this sector of the front, including artillery and tanks. The next day, the ATO press service categorically denied any attack by their side. However, a day later, the ATO spokesman admitted heavy fighting in this sector, and even acknowledged the losses in the Ukrainian army, namely, one dead and 11 wounded. At the same time, the DPR soldiers who participated in the battle spoke of dozens of Ukrainian soldiers left on the battlefield as well as of several destroyed pieces of equipment. This information is indirectly supported by Ukrainian volunteers calling on social networks for urgent medical assistance. The DPR military officially lost two men wounded. This attack by Kiev appears strange from the point of view of both the configuration of this segment of the front and the number of forces sent by the Ukrainian command for the breakthrough. Even the successful Ukrainian thrust into DPR territory was most likely to have ended for them in another mini-pocket. The small mechanised group had no chance whatsoever of holding the seized territory. On the other hand, military experts suggest that the sudden dash of the Ukrainian military into Debaltsevo made it possible to solve several urgent tasks relevant to intelligence, including finding out the composition, disposition, strength and likely course of action of DPR troops at the forefront, as well as aerial photography and air control of the positions of the DPR Armed Forces. It is also possible that the General Staff of Ukraine expected that, having repelled the attack, the DNR army would not stop and would go on a counter-attack, which would have allowed Kiev to declare the failure of the Minsk Agreements on account of the Republic. … [Full article with reports on other Donbass events available at source.] Editor’s note: For Igor Strelkov’s speculations on the motive for the UAF invasion toward Logvinov, scroll to Wednesday June 29 below.]

(For more news on the UAF Logvinovo Invasion, see June 30 and June 29 below, or at our Home Page.)

slavjul1-16vDonetsk Weekly SitRep: Kiev preparing active phase of hostilities killing Donbass children – 01.07. / DONi Press / JUly 1, 2016 / ‘Good afternoon! Today I will summarise again the events of the past week. In the period from June 24 to July 1, all the activities in subordinate units and formations were carried out in accordance with the plan of combat training. Over the past week the Ukrainian military daily increased the intensity of bombardments of the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. On the whole, the punishers shelled the territory of the Republic three thousand seven hundred thirty-four times, including two thousand nine hundred fifty bombardments with heavy weapons. Intensive attacks were applied to localities along the entire contact line. As a result of shelling by the punishers, two DPR military were killed. Among civilians, three persons were killed, including two children born in 2009 and 2010, and another ten were wounded,’ reported on Friday the Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Denis Sinenkov. ‘Over the week the Ukrainian artillery destroyed two and damaged sixty-one houses in Donetsk, Makeevka, Gorlovka, Zaytsevo, Kominternovo and Dokuchaevsk. The OSCE SMM representatives working on the AFU-controlled territory documented the absence of weapons and equipment in the sites of storage: – 22 152mm motorised artillery systems “Akatsia”; – 6 152mm howitzers in tow “Msta-B”; – 17 122mm motorised artillery systems “Gvozdika”; – 1 122mm howitzer D-30; – 52 tanks; – 15 100mm anti-tank cannons MT-12 “Rapira”; – 21 82 and 120mm mortars; – 3 85mm anti-tank cannons D-44. Our intelligence continues to report the amassing by Ukraine of weapons . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30, 30 June 2016 / OSCE official website / July 1, 2016 / n Donetsk region, late in the evening the SMM noted intense fighting violations that lasted well into the morning in the Svitlodarsk/Debaltseve area and involved multiple-launch rocket system, artillery, and mortars. During the day, in Donetsk region, the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations compared to the previous day. In Luhansk region, the SMM observed fewer ceasefire violations compared to the previous day. The SMM assessed damage to houses in Dokuchaievsk and Tavrycheske and conducted crater analysis in Popasna. It continued to observe the withdrawal of weapons and noted heavy weapons in violation of the withdrawal lines. The SMM continued to monitor the situation of civilians at entry-exit checkpoints along the contact line. The SMM monitored a border area not controlled by the Government. An SMM mid-range unmanned aerial vehicle crashed 1km north of “DPR”-controlled Lohvynove. The Mission’s freedom of movement was restricted on two occasions in an area not controlled by the Government*. During the late evening of 30 June, in areas between government-controlled Svitlodarsk and “DPR”-controlled Debaltseve (57 and 58km north-east of Donetsk, respectively), the SMM noted intense fighting. Positioned in government-controlled Svitlodarsk, the SMM heard 42 outgoing artillery (122mm) explosions between 18:54 and 01:37 1-2km east or north-east and 20 outgoing mortars (120mm) 0.5km south-east. Between 00:37 and 00:42 the SMM heard 30 salvos (two rockets each) of multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) 2-3km east. The SMM recorded 80 undetermined explosions, five outgoing explosions and multiple bursts of heavy-machine-gun fire (approximately 740 shots) 3-6km south-east between 18:57 and 03:37. Whilst in Debaltseve, the SMM recorded 250 undetermined . . . MORE>> Click here.

slavjul1-16y750 children of front areas of the DPR departed to summer resort in Rostov region / Novorossia Today / July 1, 2016 / DPR authorities sent 750 children from front towns of the republic to health resort Romashka in Taganrog. The first group that has already departed are children from Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, Yasinovatya and Gorlovka. It was earlier reported that DPR authorities plan to send 5 thousand children to RF. Editor’s note: northern Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, Yasinovataya and Gorlovka have all been subject to recent UAF shelling.

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