Donetsk Lugansk News Dec 7-21 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
(Brief update)

slavdec20-16tDecember 21 Essence of Time unit in Donbass situation report / Essence of Time / December 21, 2016 / Fighting on the Debaltsevo-Uglegorsk sector of the front continue, however, Armed Forces of Ukraine do no make new breakthrough attempts. From the side of Artyomovsk Armed Forces of Ukraine fire heavy artillery, multiple rocket launchers in particular. According to DPR People’s Militia Command, the situation on this part of the front became possible to stabilize thanks to intervention of Russian representatives in the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCC). The situation is still tense on the outskirts of Gorlovka. Zaytsevo, Golmovsky and Shyrokaya Balka villages are in the zone of Ukrainian artillery shelling. Trench warfare continues, tanks, various grenade launchers, and small arms are being used. Spartak and Krutaya Balka villages north of the capital, as well as Trudovskie and Aleksandrovka west of the city came under Ukrainian army’s fire. Trench warfare continues in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone. Dokuchaevsk and Elenovka village also came under artillery shelling from the Ukrainian side, while villages Sakhanka, Leninskoye and Kominternovo in Novoazovsky districts were hit. According to DPR recon, Armed Forces of Ukraine reinforced their positions near Artyomovsk, having deployed a tank platoon and an IFV motorized company. Location of 82mm mortars, D-30 howitzer battery and Ukrainian tank company was discovered on Mariupol direction. According to updated information, on December 20 Ukrainian army fired on DPR territory approximately 700 times. —Essence of Time unit in Donbass

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slavdec21-16zUkrainian forces open fire at Debaltsevo for first time since 2015 / TASS / December 22, 2016 / Military actions near Debaltsevo started on December 18 when Ukrainian forces attempted to break through to the village of Kalinovka. / DONETSK / Ukrainian forces have opened fire at Debaltsevo controlled by the self-proclaimed Donestk People’s Republic (DPR) for the first time since February 2015, acting head of the city administration Alexander Reingold said. “As a result of a shelling by Ukrainian forces, three houses and a garage in Debaltsevo were damaged at Kurchatov and Ulyanov streets. A house was destroyed by a direct hit in the settlement of Novogrigorovka (near Debaltsevo),” Donetsk News Agency quoted Reingold as saying. According to preliminary information, no one was injured. Military actions near Debaltsevo started on December 18 when Ukrainian forces, backed by artillery, attempted to break through from the settlement of Luganskoye to the village of Kalinovka. Andrey Marochko, representative of the LPR defense ministry, said self-defense forces lost four militiamen when repelling the attack near Debaltsevo. LPR said earlier today that over 50 Ukrainian servicemen and three infantry fighting vehicles made another attempt to break through near Debaltsevo.

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December 21, 2016 20:30 UTC
BREAKING Sitrep Upper Kalynivka – Debaltseve area
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slavdec21-16vNews Brief (VIDEO) / ANNA News / December 21, 2016 / Today Kiev fighters have attacked the positions of the LPR People’s Militia near the village Kalinovka again. Then they have opened fire at Debaltsevo and the village Novogrigorovka from the heavy artillery. 2 houses were damaged; it has been reported by the press service of the LPR People’s Militia. 40 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 50 wounded. Doctors of the Republic are ready to help injured soldiers. 4 soldiers of the LPR were killed and 5 wounded near Debaltsevo for these days, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia the major Andrey Marochko reported today. Today Ukrainian fighters have opened fire at Dokuchaevsk from infantry fighting vehicles. The school №3 was damaged. During the shelling students aren’t there, the head of the town Alexandr Kachanov reported today. 4 Ukrainian tanks and 8 infantry fighting vehicles arrived in Artemovsk. 4 mortars were detected in Novoselovka the Second. 10 tanks and 3 howitzers D-30 are located in the villages Trudovskoe and Talakovka, the Deputy Commander of the operational command of the DPR Eduard Basurin reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic almost 1000 times for the last 24 hours. They used mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms. Ukrainian fighters opened fire at the villages Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka, Ozeryanovka, the town Yasinovataya and villages Mineralnoe, Krutaya Balka, Spartak, Veseloe, the town Dokuchaevsk and the village Yasnoe, Sakhanka, Leninskoe, Oktyabr of the Novoazovsky district in the south of the DPR, villages Trudovskie and Aleksandrovka of the Petrovsky district, Staromikhaylovka of the Kirovsky district. 1 house was damaged in the locality Krutaya Balka. The humanitarian aid convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will arrive in Lugansk on 22nd of December.

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slavdec21-16yLPR lost 4 killed, 5 wounded in wake of Kiev’s attack on Debaltsevo area / DONi News / December 21, 2016 / Two LPR defenders were killed and two more wounded in battle in wake of Kiev forces attack in vicinity of Debaltsvo, said the Republic’s People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko. “Two defenders died like heroes in defensive action on Debaltsevo axis from Dec.20 to Dec.21, while covering redeployment of our units.” In vicinity of Kalinovka two militiamen were wounded in heavy artillery shelling. Earlier chief medical officer of the brigade involved in Kalinovka fighting, lieutenant Victor Klimenko told Lugansk Media Center that LPR casualties had amounted to two killed and three wounded. Overall LPR People’s Militia lost four killed and five founded in wake of Debaltsevo fighting. — According to: Lugansk Media Centre

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slavdec21-16xNovorossia fears fresh attacks near Debaltsevo / Translated by J. Flores (RIA Novosti) for Fort Russ / December 20, 2016 / The Ministry of Defense of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic fears a possible attack by the Ukrainian enforces in the area of Debaltsevo, the representative of the ministry told reporters on Tuesday. Earlier, the People’s self-proclaimed LPR (Lugansk People’s Republic) police reported that Ukrainian security forces tried to break the line of defense from the Debaltsevo direction, leading to a battle between them (read more here). On Monday, the LPR claimed that the security forces continued to try to break the defense of the militia at the same time in several areas. In Kiev, they consider that the responsibility for the escalation of the situation in the Donbass is the militias. “According to information received from our sources in the armed forces of Ukraine, controlled by Svetlodarsk Mironovsky, started activities for the mass evacuation of the local population, motivated by the planned onset of Ukrainian enforcers in this direction”, – said the representative office. The government of Ukraine in April 2014 launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN figures, victims of the conflict total more than 10 thousand people. The question of resolving the situation in the Donbass was discussed, including during meetings of the contact group in Minsk, which since September 2014 has adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, even with the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, skirmishes continue.

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Expert: Defenders of Donbass Republics able to withstand any onslaught of enemy / Novorossia Vision / December 22, 2016 / Defenders of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic are able to resist the Ukrainian aggression in all conditions. This was stated by Alexey Selivanov, the former Assistant Secretary of the Defense Minister of Ukraine and now a militiaman. Thus he commented on an unsuccessful attempt to break through the defense of the Republics, which the Kiev military started on December 18. ‘The Ukrainian Nazism is the ideology of hate. During any peace talks, everyone understands that the Ukrainian Nazis can not be trusted. Iy should be noted that the enemy loves to deal their blows at the Orthodox holidays. So, when the people of the People’s Republics are congratulating their children on the day of St. Nicholas, our brothers with soiled brains decided to deal an «unexpected blow»,’ said Selivanov. He believes that the attempt to break through, during which the Kiev military were trying to practice the tactics, which they were taught by Western instructors, was aimed at wedging the LPR and DPR defense with its subsequent dissection. ‘If the Ukrainian Nazis had succeeded in the attack at one site, the offensive would have started on all fronts and would have led led to an attempt to break the connection between the LPR and DPR and completely block Donetsk. We should be glad for the Armed Forces of the People’s Republic, which even in the bitter cold and change in the enemy tactics, are not lost and demonstrate the highest combat readiness,’ said the former Assistant Secretary of the Defense Minister of Ukraine.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
(Brief update)

Ukrainians shell DPR (--DONi News)

Ukrainian army shells DPR (–DONi News)

December 20 Essence of Time unit in Donbass situation report / Essence of Time / December 20, 2016 / The escalation of the situation on the so-called “Svetlodar salient” continues. Fierce fighting is underway in the area of Logvinovo and Kalinovka villages, heavy artillery and armored vehicles is being used. DPR People’s Militia Command informs that recon groups of nationalist units belonging to the Armed Forces of Ukraine are active. The Ukrainian side suffers heavy losses in battles on Debaltsevo direction, this is confirmed by a large number of killed and wounded delivered to morgues and hospitals of Artyomovsk. Trench warfare took place on the northern and western outskirts of Gorlovka throughout the day, Zaytsevo, Golmovsky and Shyrokaya Balka villages came under fire. On the Donetsk direction Spartak and Krutaya Balka villages in the north of the city, as well as Aleksandrovka and Trudovskie on the west of the capital came under Ukrainian military’s artillery fire. Shootouts in the area of Yasinovataya checkpoint and Avdeevka industrial zone are being reported. Today Yasnoye village in the area of Dokuchaevsk came under Ukrainian military’s fire. Two houses and a kindergarten were damaged. Sakhanka, Leninskoye and Kominternovo villages in the south of the Republic were shelled. DPR recon registered up to a battery of 122mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled artillery guns (SPGs) on the Gorlovka direction, in the area of Dzerzhinsk. Positions of a battery of “Akatsiya” 152mm SPGs were discovered on the Donetsk direction, in the area of occupied Avdeevka. According to updated information, on December 19 Ukrainian military fired on frontline districts of Donetsk People’s Republic 1579 times. —Essence of Time unit in Donbass

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Ukraine Army attack & attempt to take control of LPR positions
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster
Published December 20, 2016
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A CLEAR ESCALATION IN THE UKRAINE WAR (ENG SUBS)
Ukraine forces have attacked and attempted to take control of new territory near Debaltseve. LPR reports 10 Ukraine soldiers were killed, and saying both sides took casualties in the attack. This is a clear escalation in the war. I have spent the last 24 hours on the LPR positions that were attacked to bring you the facts from the source. The commander of the LNR Army walked us through what happened as we witnessed Ukraine artillery hitting in the area of LPR positions. Night filming is between 0000-0100 on 19 Dec 2016. Day filiming is also on the 19th.

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slavdec20-16vAFU soldier about offensive near Debaltsevo: We had 25 dead in 3 hours of battle / Novorossia Vision / December 21, 2016 / The losses of the Ukrainian military in only three hours on the battlefield in the Debaltsevo direction, amounted to 25 men killed, another 35 were wounded, said a soldiers of the 54th separate mechanized brigade of the AFU. ‘We had 25 killed in only three hours of combat. This is the confirmed information, I personally saw it. And about 35 wounded. There are only six of us, who have come out of that offensive,’ cites the KharkivToday portal the AFU soldier with the sign call «Nyama». Among others, the Ukrainian soldier was brought to a Kharkov hospital after fighting in the Debaltsevo direction. He said that the AFU units had been ordered to clear the LPR Militia out of the forest near the locality of Luganskoye, destroying their temporary firing positions and bunkers. The Ukrainian soldiers followed an infantry fighting vehicle into the attack.

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slavdec20-16xLatest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30, 19 December 2016 / OSCE.org / December 20, 2016 / The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions compared with the period between the evenings of 18 and 19 December. The SMM observed damage from fighting on 18 December, and followed up on reports of shelling and civilian casualties. The SMM continued monitoring the three disengagement areas in Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske, and its access was again restricted.* The Mission facilitated and monitored repairs to essential infrastructure in Horlivka, Zolote, Orikhove and Krasnyi Lyman. It continued to observe long queues at entry-exit checkpoints along the contact line. The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations[1] in Donetsk region, including about 1,000 explosions, compared with about 2,900 explosions between the evenings of 18 and 19 December. The majority of ceasefire violations were recorded in the areas around Svitlodarsk, Horlivka and Debaltseve. On the evening of 18 December, while in government-controlled Svitlodarsk (57km north-east of Donetsk), the SMM heard 31 explosions assessed as outgoing recoilless gun (SPG-9, 73mm) or infantry fighting vehicle (IFV; BMP-1) cannon (73mm) rounds and 12 explosions assessed as outgoing tank (unknown type) rounds, all 2-4km south. The SMM also heard 71 undetermined explosions 8km south-east. While in “DPR”-controlled Horlivka (39km north of Donetsk), the SMM heard: 49 undetermined explosions at distances 5-15km ranging from south-west to . . . MORE>> Click here.

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December 21, 2016 00:30 UTC
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Monday, December 19, 2016
(Brief update)

slavdec19-16vFighting underway along the whole contact line near Debaltsevo / Essence of Time / December 19, 2016 / Fighting is underway along the whole contact line at the part of the front near Debaltsevo town, where Kiev junta military are making breakthrough attempts for almost 2 days, a spokesperson of Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko informed today. “Fighting is underway on the Debaltsevo direction,” he said. “The militiamen of the LPR People’s Militia do not give the possibility for the enemy to advance close to the towns and villages. The Ukrainian army is using 152mm and 122mm artillery, mortars, and heavy equipment,” Marochko stressed. The spokesperson claimed earlier that the People’s Militia has full control over the situation near Debaltsevo town. On Sunday, December 18th, the units of the 54th Brigade of the Ukrainian army made breakthrough attempt under artillery fire cover from the direction of Luganskoye township towards the district of Kalinovka village. According to the LPR People’s Militia, the Kiev military lost 10 men killed and 20 wounded in the combat. Two militiamen of the Republic were wounded, another two are reported missing. On the night of December 19th, Ukrainian army shelled the territory near Logvinovo village by heavy artillery and mortars. Today in the morning, the Kiev military resumed their attempts to breakthrough at the several parts of the contact line near Debaltsevo town, as well as the shelling of the People’s Militia positions near Kalinovka and Logvinovo villages using artillery. Kiev junta’s military lost 3 men killed and 4 wounded today while attempting to breakthrough near Kalinovka village nor far from Debaltsevo town, Andrey Marochko informed. “After this [combat], the Ukrainian artillerymen shelled their own positions to cover the retreat of the units of the Ukrainian army and Right Sector,” he noted. On the Meeting in Minsk on August 26th, 2016, the members of the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass reached an agreement on the establishment of the continuing ceasefire in Donbass starting from September 1st. This is the ninth agreement on the maintenance of the ceasefire since the autumn of 2014. Starting from September 1st, Ukrainian military repeatedly violated the ceasefire, including by shelling by weaponry, which should have been withdrawn according to the Minsk agreements. Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics called for a complete and unconditional ceasefire since September 15th. Kiev junta promised to maintain the ceasefire, but the People’s Militia registered the violations of the ceasefire obligations almost every day. On February 12th, 2015, the Members of the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass signed the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements agreed on with the heads of the states of “Normandy format”. In the Resolution 2202 (2015), the UN Security Council endorsed the Package of Measures, which became the Annex No1 to this Resolution. The UN Security Council also urged all the parties to fully implement the Package of Measures. The document stipulates the ceasefire, the withdrawal of the heavy artillery from the contact line, the launch of the dialogue on the reestablishment of the social and economic connections between Kiev and Donbass as well as the carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on “the special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions”. –Source: LuganskInformCenter

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slavdec19-16pUkrainian command lost control in Debaltsevo direction / Novorossia Vision / December 19, 2016 / According to our data, the Ukrainian command has completely lost control over the AFU units in the Debaltsevo direction. On December 18, the military of the 54th brigade of the AFU opened provocative fire on the positions of the People’s Militia in the area of the locality of Kalinovka. As far as we know, the superior command had not given the order of such actions. There is information that the Ukrainian army soldiers were in a state of alcohol and, possibly, drug intoxication. It is also possible that it was another provocation of the AFU on the eve of the trilateral working meeting of the Contact group in Minsk for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass. A reasonable question arises, who and why needs these casualties on the eve of New Year and Christmas holidays, and how long the international community will avoid reacting to the lawlessness on the part of the AFU, and what role the OSCE SMM is playing. The AFU command APU understates the real losses of the personnel in the armed clashes by several times, as, according to the ATO headquarters, the AFU losses have amounted to 5 men killed and 6 wounded, while we definitely know of over 10 men dead and over 30 wounded. Further Update:  Battle going on in Debaltsevo direction / (Novorossia Vision) / December 19, 2016 / At 11.00, the situation remains tense in the Debaltsevo direction. The enemy keeps trying to advance. They continue to actively shell the position of the LPR People’s Militia.

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December 19, 2016 14:30 UTC
“BREAKING! Debaltseve SitRep now:
Clashes with intensity down but continue.”
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December 19, 2016 14:45 UTC
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slavdec19-16mBriefly on Debaltsevo / Colonel Cassad / Unedited autotranslation / December 19, 2016 / 1. As yesterday and pointed out the failure of yesterday’s attacks APU (attack of the 54th Brigade) junta has traditionally tried to write off the fact that the APU is not attacked, and the military people’s republics. The losses were recognized only in part, the fact that the offensive was denied. The junta in its turn, accused the army of DNR and LNR that is, they are attacking the position of the 54th Brigade forces of the two company commander and tactical groups. However, today the activity on the part of the APU continued. 2. As of yesterday, the main activity of the enemy shows in the direction of Kalinovka and Logvinova trying to pull your neytralku under cover of artillery fire. The attack is carried out fairly limited forces, the main emphasis is on suppression of republican military emplacements, which should in theory provide opportunities for the 54th Brigade to advance towards debaltsevskom forces assault teams. Close cooperation with the artillery attack groups points to the implementation of a specific plan associated with local activation front at Svetlodarsk arc. The active enemy action involves a battalion of infantry and light armored vehicles. 3. Like yesterday, serious successes the enemy could not get lost even the order of 15-20 people killed and wounded. During the 2 days of fighting the enemy seems to have lost at least 60-70 people (200-E and 300-E). Loss of national military are not entirely clear (yesterday officially declared 2 wounded and 2 missing). At 6 pm the important achievements in the APU was not without entering into serious business mechanized reserves are unlikely opponent here will be able to achieve significant operational results, especially since the army DNR and LNR can always take countermeasures associated with more active actions of the enemy. Information about the movement of reserves in the sector to Svetlodarsk yet been received. It is worth remembering that the active movement of mechanized units APU via Logvinova to Debaltsevo can be docked as a flanking activity in Uglegorsk district. and more ambitious actions associated with the kick Popasnaya to route Artemovsk-Debalcevo that forces the command sector and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to hold their reserves in Artemivsk district, so as not to miss the punch through Popasnaya on Artemovsk. 4. Minsk items associated with the divorce of heavy weapons and guns caliber over 100 mm of course, no one pays attention. Exchange of prisoners as usual frustrated. However, as the Minsk agreement, and in 2016, the year will not be performed, about it is almost do not remember, except that the same duty of complaints in the OSCE. Parties used almost all of the available range of weapons other than heavy MLRS. 5. Among the motives of the enemy, in addition to local tactical tasks neytralke occupation, indicate attempts to divert Ukrainian society from nationalization “Privat-Bank”, trying to play the card of “Russian aggression” under the consideration of the extension of the EU sanctions and the electors vote for Trump defense test DNI and LC in the area Debaltsevo in case of implementation of a more ambitious plans relating to the return Debalcevo during the winter campaign of 2016-2017.

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slavdec19-16xSudden Ukrainian offensive in Lugansk ends in heavy losses, retreat / By J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / December 19, 2016 / Since yesterday evening, reports have been incoming from the frontline in Lugansk that the Ukrainians have violated the Minsk Agreements for the nth time, this time shelling militia positions with artillery and attempting an offensive on the Uglegorsk and Debaltsevo fronts in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The attack has been halted, but firefights are ongoing. The attack was presumably being led by neo-Nazi volunteer battalions. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the residential area of Kalinovka near Debaltsevo 150 times with artillery prohibited by the Minsk Agreements before attempting to break through the defense positions of the Lugansk People’s Militia. The head of the directorate of the LPR’s People’s Militia, Oleg Anashchenko, has reported from the scene of the battle: “UAF attempts to break through the defenses of the LPR in the Kalinovka and Logvinovo districts have ended in failure. Over the course of the poorly planned attempt at breaking through in the direction of Kalinovka, the enemy has suffered heavy losses and returned to its original positions to regroup forces, replenish its losses, and prepare for active combat operations. All attempts to penetrate our defenses have ended in complete failure for Kiev’s punitive forces.” According to Ukrainian sources, five Ukrainian troops were killed and 26 were wounded. Reports have since come in that more than 35 have been wounded, most being evacuated to the military hospital while others could not be withdrawn from the battlefield due to intense artillery fire. slavdec19-16wUkrainian volunteer Yurii Mysyagin from Dnepropetrovsk has suggested that the number of dead has risen to six. The official “Anti-Terrorist Operation” headquarters has released significantly lower figures, counting only five dead and six wounded. Earlier, the Lugansk People’s Militia claimed that “no fewer than 30 of Kiev’s troops have been killed and no less than two armored vehicles have been destroyed.” Several sources on both the Ukrainian and Donbass sides have suggested that the sudden Ukrainian offensive could have been connected to internal squabbles, namely, the Ukrainian state’s acquiring of the infamous oligarch Igor Kolomoysky’s Privatbank, Ukraine’s largest commercial credit institution. [Click map to enlarge.]

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slavdec19-16zUkrainian Army Carrying Out Massed Attacks Against Donbass Militia Positions / Sputnik / December 19, 2016 / The Ukrainian army has carried out near-simultaneous strikes on over half a dozen positions across eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, breaking the shaky ceasefire deal, RIA Novosti news agency reports, citing the press service of  the LPR’s People’s Militia. Lugansk militia reports that Kiev-backed forces are carrying out their attacks using emplaced artillery, RPGs, mortars and small arms. They add that militia positions have been fired on in seven different positions in a 24 hour period. “As of 11:00 am [9 am GMT] the situation remains tense. In the direction of Debaltsevo, the enemy has not stopped its attempts to advance,” the militia report said. Earlier, Lugansk militia reported repulsing an attempt by the Ukrainian army to break through in the area around the village of Kalinovka. Ukrainian forces were reported to have lost ten killed and twenty wounded, with two militiamen injured and two reported missing. [More on history of Donbass conflict at source.]

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slavdec19-16rKiev forces casualties in Debaltsevo fighting on Dec.19 amount to 3 killed, 4 wounded / Lugansk Media Center / December 19, 2016 / Kiev forces casualties in the today’s fighting in vicinity of Debaltsevo amounted to three killed and four wounded, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said. “The clashes between LPR People’s Militia and Kiev forces resulted in three Ukrainian soldiers killed and four wounded.” “As Ukrainian armed forces units and Praviy Sektor (Right Sector, a far-right Ukrainian nationalist political and paramilitary group of neofascist ideology) troops were retreating, Ukrainian artillery shelled their own positions.” A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as units of 54th brigade of Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Kalinovka village area, the fighting left 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, 2 LPR militiamen wounded and two unaccounted for. In the night December 18-19 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Logvinovo village with heavy artillery and mortars that were taken from the storage areas, where the withdrawn heavy weapons are to be kept in accordance with Minsk Agreements. [History on Minsk Agreements available at source.]

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slavdec19-16sDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 19.12.2016 / DONi News / December 19, 2016 / The activities on individual training of servicemen are being continued in units and detachments of the DPR People’s Militia. Within combat training the gatherings with commanders of motorized rifle and artillery platoons, and also with operators of tanks and IFVs are carried out. The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. Over the last day the Ukrainian fighters 1,684 times have violated the ceasefire regime. At the same time the enemy has launched 54 artillery shells of 122 mm caliber, 310 mortar rounds of 120 and 82 mm caliber, three tank shots, and also 872 shells from grenade launchers of various types onto the territory of the Republic. Besides, the IFVs and small arms were used. The following settlements of the Republic were subjected to firing by the Ukrainian terrorists Gruzevich, Shaptala, Nikolyuk, Sokolov and Delyatitsky: Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Shyrokaya Balka, Zheleznaya Balka, Ozeryanovka,Vasilyevka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Vesyoloye, Staromikhailovka, Aleksandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Belaya Kamenka, Kominternovo, Naberezhnoye, Sosnovskoye, Novaya Tavriya, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye and the settlement of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Because of the artillery and mortar shelling from positions of . . . MORE>> Click here.

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December 18 Essence of Time unit in Donbass situation report / Essence of Time / December 18, 2016 / Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted breakthrough in the area of Kalinovka village near Debaltsevo. Today at about 13:00 local time, after a massive artillery preparation, Ukrainian military attacked LPR People’s Militia positions from the direction of Luganskoye township. Thanks to coordinated actions of militiamen and commanders of DPR and LPR armed forces, the enemy was stopped and repelled. Two LPR People’s Militia servicemen were wounded, two went missing. 10 militants on the Ukrainian side were killed, over 20 were injured. Two IFV of the enemy were also destroyed in the course of the combat. As of 19:00 CET the fighting continued. Gorlovka outskirts are still being shelled. Local residents inform on the shelling of Zaytsevo village in the north of the city and Shyrokaya Balka in the south-west. The enemy fires mortars, large-caliber machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, IFV guns. Spartak village on Donetsk direction came under fire. Trench warfare continues in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and Yasinovataya checkpoint. Armed Forces of Ukraine fired on Bezymennoye, Kominternovo, Leninskoye and Sakhanka villages in the south of DPR by 122mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, as well as tank. DPR recon discovered up to a platoon of 122mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled artillery guns on Gorlovka direction, in the area of Dzerzhinsk town. In the south of the Republic, positions of 82mm mortars were uncovered in Shyrokino village. According to updated information, on December 17 Armed Forces of Ukraine fired 960 times on the territory of the Republic, including 114 times by 152mm and 122mm artillery, 220 times by 120mm and 82mm mortars, 24 times by tanks, 443 times by various types of grenade launchers. Zaytsevo, Shyrokaya Balka, Panteleimonovka, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Mineralnoye, Spartak, Donetsk, Aleksandrovka, Dokuchaevsk, Kominternovo, Naberezhnoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka came under fire. According to People’s Militia commanders, one serviceman of the Republic was injured by Ukrainian shelling. —Essence of Time unit in Donbass

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Annual Message of Head of Donetsk People’s Republic to People’s Council / People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic Official website / December 17, 2016 / Alexander Zakharchenko, Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic: Good afternoon! Our meeting with you at the end of the year has become a tradition. The year was saturated, fruitful. But today our communication is not a formal tribute to tradition. This is a real opportunity to discuss what has been done and what challenges lie ahead of us in the future. Of course, the most important factor of life – political, economic, simply life of the citizens of Donetsk People’s Republic – is a war. We are at war, and it is reflected in all spheres of our life. I understand that we all aspire to the same goal – to create a strong, free state based on the principles of liberty, conscience, justice and equality. And we are able to do so. We have already demonstrated and proved it. But the war, unfortunately, prevents to realize all of our dreams and plans. In this case, the most important thing is do not give up and just work. And in order to achieve our common objective, the people of Donetsk People’s Republic consolidated. It consolidated exactly around the meaning center, which is the foundation of our identity. We united around our traditional values. History, memory, culture, religion, faith, language, awareness of our involvement in that huge and great concept that we call the Russian world, joined us. And I am grateful to my fellow countrymen – citizens of the Donetsk People’s Republic, you, the People’s Council deputies, the DPR’s government – for the unanimous support of our chosen path. Today it is the consolidation of our society is, perhaps, the main vector of all our domestic policy. Yes, we are all different. But that is what we are proud of. For 20 years we have been tried to be depersonalize, devastated morally, combed with the same brush, made the faceless gray mass of. We are different, and this is our strength. We have different views on a number of issues relating to politics, economics, law, tax system – all that makes the state viable and strong. But there is one thing we agree with: Donetsk People’s Republic is a fait accompli. We survived, grew stronger and created our state is the force with which anyone cannot be reckoned with. Today we are witnessing a huge upsurge of patriotism among our citizens. The building of . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Monday, December 12, 2016
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 12.12.2016 / DONi News / December 12, 2016 / The events devoted to individual training of servicemen are held in units and formations of the DPR People’s Militia as part of battle training. The servicemen learn tactics in an offensive and in a defense during the formal trainings, practice special training standards concerning tactical, special, fire and physical trainings. The special attention is paid to coaching of specialists. Concentrations concerning coaching of attendant-gun-layers of infantry fighting vehicles and tanks have been started today. | The situation remains tense in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian gunmen violated the ceasefire regime 1151 times over the past 24 hours. At the same time, the enemy launched 90 artillery-shells of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 312 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber, 7 tank-shots and also 495 ammunitions with different types of grenade launchers on the Republic’s territory. Besides, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms were used as well. The Ukrainian terrorists Gruzyevich, Shaptala, Nikolyuka, Sokolova and Delyatinsky shelled the Republic’s localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Aleksandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Dzerzhinskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka and the locality of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City. Four residential houses were damaged in the localities of Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka and Naberezhnoye because of artillery and mortar fire from the Ukrainian criminals’ positions. Our intelligence keeps registering strengthening of the . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11.12.2016 / DONi News / December 11, 2016 / The situation has abruptly aggravated in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian gunmen increased the number of the violations of the ceasefire regime by over two times over the past 24 hours and this number amounted to 2903 times. Besides, the enemy launched 204 artillery-shells of 122mm and 152mm caliber, 465 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber, 60 tank-shots and also 1065 ammunitions with different types of grenade launchers on the Republic’s territory. The Ukrainian terrorists Gruzyevich, Shaptala, Nikolyuka, Sokolova and Delyatinsky shelled the Republic’s localities of Zaitsevo, Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka, Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Aleksandrovka, Yelenovka, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavriya, Grigorovka, Naberezhnoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka and the locality of Trudosvkiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City. Because of artillery and mortar fire from the Ukrainian criminals’ positions in the localities of: Spartak – there were destroyed three residential houses on Tsentralnaya street; Staromikhailovka – there was damaged a residential house on Shevchenko street; Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City – there were damaged two residential houses on Mark Ozyorny street; Dokuchayevsk – there was damaged a residential house on Vatutina street; Adjustment of fire at the localities was conducted via unmanned drones in the Gorlovka, Donetsk and Mariupol directions. We registered activities of the enemy’s five drones. The data on violations of the Minsk agreements were handed to the representatives of the JCCC and OSCE Mission. Our intelligence registered the fact that an assault company of the 10th separate mountain assault brigade arrived in the zone of the responsibility of the 1st mechanized battalion of the 72nd brigade to carry out subversive activities along the contact line. The increase in the number of the violations of the ceasefire regime on the part of the AFU gives the evidence of the fact that the Ukrainian military strive for being put into the incentive compensation list as participants in the hostilities in advance of the New Year. The Ukrainian leadership’s unwillingness to implement the Minsk agreements leads to the fact that the AFU artificially escalate the situation along the contact line, demonstrating the fact of the political dialogue’s being impossible to the world community. The example is purposeful shellings of their own and our positions on the south boundaries of the Republic we said about earlier. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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December 11 Essence of Time unit in Donbass situation report / Essence of Time / December 12, 2016 / Intensive trench warfare continues on northern and western outskirts of Gorlovka. According to local residents, Armed Forces of Ukraine fire artillery, tanks, IFV guns, automatic grenade launchers and small arms from the directions of occupied Dzerzhinsk. The day saw shelling of Donetsk outskirts once again. Three houses were damaged in Spartak village north of the capital. One house burned down completely in Trudovskie village west of Donetsk. Three houses are damaged in Staromikhailovka. Active trench warfare erupted in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone. Dokuchaevsk and Elenovka area south of Donetsk got shelled. As a result of disrupted power lines, Elenovka village lost access to power supply, a house in Dokuchaevsk got damaged. Sakhanka and Leninskoye villages in Novoazovsky district of DPR came under fire. The village school and a house were heavily damaged in Sakhanka. Local residents had to sit through the shelling in the basements. According to DPR People’s Militia, on December 10 Ukrainian side violated the ceasefire 2903 times. This is double the rate of previous days.

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Artillery attack destroys 3 homes in Spartak Donetsk (VIDEO)
By Patrick Lancaster
December 11, 2016
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Results of last nights shelling of Donetsk
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2 family home burns after shelling attack on Trudovskoy Donetsk (VIDEO)
By Patrick Lancaster
December 11, 2016
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Results of last nights shelling of Donetsk
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slavdec12-16qUkrainian Forces Fire at Russian Journalists in Donbass / Sputnik / December 12, 2016 / Crews from several Russian television channels came under machinegun fire on Monday by Ukrainian government forces while filming at a school in southeastern Ukraine, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported. / SAKHANKA / NTV, Rossiya, Channel One, and Channel 5 were reporting about last Sunday’s attack at a school in the village of Sakhanka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) when the shooting began. “An NTV filming crew was fired at in the DPR. Correspondent Ilya Ushenin and cameraman Timur Voronov were filming inside one of local schools,” the NTV channel said in a statement on its website. The journalists fled behind the school building and stayed sheltered until the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitors arrived. The gunfire continued for several minutes, they said. None of the journalists was injured. The Ukrainian coup-imposed government in Kiev launched an operation in April 2014 to defeat independence supporters in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in Donbass. A contact group of Ukrainian, Russian, French and German envoys has been meeting regularly to end the fighting.

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slavdec12-16nBasurin and group of journalists attacked by Ukrainian troops in Donetsk / DONi News / December 12, 2016 / Immediately after the OSCE observers had left the place, a group of journalists and the spokesman of DPR army, Eduard Basurin, came under fire by Ukrainian troops in the village of Sakhanka in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Ilya Ushenin, an NTV reporter, told about the event. “We were near a school when heavy machine-gun fire was opened at us. Apart from that, we heard the spurts of automatic gunfire,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. According to the journalist, the shelling began as soon as monitors of the OSCE monitoring mission had left the village. The group of journalists included teams from Russian television channels Rossiya, NTV, Channel One and Fifth Channel, as well as reporters from the local television channels Oplot and Union. Spokesman for the DPR operations command, Eduard Basurin, also came under shelling.

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slavdec12-16sUN protest: ‘Stop war on children from Lugansk to New York’ / Red Star Over Donbass / December 11, 2016 / Parents, teachers, youth and anti-war activists rallied outside United Nations headquarters in New York on December 10, International Human Rights Day, in solidarity with children in the embattled Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The action was organized by the International Action Center. People chanted, “Stop the war on children from Lugansk to New York” and “U.S.-NATO out of Ukraine!” UN officials were invited, but chose not to attend. For more than two-and-a-half years, the U.S.-backed regime in Ukraine has waged a brutal war against the civilian population of Donbass. People in Donetsk and Lugansk rose up and declared independence following the far-right takeover of the government in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, in February 2014. According to a December 8 report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 22,000 wounded in Ukraine’s war on Donbass. Among the dead are at least 101 children. Hundreds more youths have been wounded, thousands orphaned, and tens of thousands forced to flee their homes as refugees. Since June, the Komsomol (Communist Youth) of Lugansk have carried out a campaign called “Children of Donbass Write to the World,” gathering hundreds of letters from children and teens about their experiences living under war and blockade. The letters will be presented to representatives of the United Nations in Europe. Rally participants in New York read excerpts from the young . . . MORE>> Click here. [Photos and letters from children available at source.]

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slavdec12-16vUkraine bans import of ’anti-Ukrainian’ books from Russia / By Halya Coynash / Human Rights in Ukraine (khpg.org) / December 12, 2016 / Ukraine’s parliament has passed a law aimed at checking books from an aggressor state for ‘anti-Ukrainian content’ and, where such content is found, banning them. While the ongoing abundance on the Ukrainian market of material full of toxic lies and propaganda is of concern, doubts arise about the law’s efficacy, as well as over the mechanisms for achieving its stated purpose. Draft bill №5114 introducing amendments to legislation aimed at “restricting access to the Ukrainian market of foreign printed material with anti-Ukrainian content’ was originally adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers on September 8. It was considered by the parliamentary committee on freedom of speech in November and recommended for adoption. The bill was passed in its second and final reading on Dec 8, with 237 MPs supporting it (the minimum required is 226), and unless vetoed by the President, will soon come into force. The bill imposes a permit system for import of printed material from an aggressor state or from Ukrainian territory currently occupied by Russia or Kremlin-backed militants. There is no restriction on individuals bringing up to 10 copies of a book into Ukraine, and the law applies exclusively to countries identified as aggressor states. At present this applies only to Russia, as per a parliamentary resolution from January 2015. The explanatory note estimates that over 70% of printed material on sale in Ukraine comes from Russia. There are already bans on printed material which calls for the violent overthrow of the government, incites enmity, etc. The new bill introduces a new category which seems dangerously broad, namely: “popularisation or propaganda of an aggressor state and its executive . . . MORE>> Click here. Editor’s Note: This organization is located in Kharkov, Ukraine.

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Trump, ret Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly (-yahoo)

Trump, ret Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly (-yahoo)

A Soft Military Coup / Commentary by anonymous author / Bad Republic  / December 11, 2016 / I’m a little slow, but after catching up on my alternative news sources, I have a pretty clear picture of what is going on regarding the Fake News propaganda effort. First of all, allegations of pro-Russian websites are consistent with 4th generation warfare strategy defined at West Point several years ago, making media a battlefield for hearts and minds. These ideas were used for years in Ukraine, prior to the 2014 Maidan revolution financed by the IMF, World Bank, Monsanto and local oligarchs. Shortly thereafter, MH-17 was shot down over Ukraine and blamed on Russia, despite lots of evidence to the contrary and a kangaroo court investigation. Even now, Ukrainian forces shell Donbass up to 1000 times a day, all the while being signatory to a cease fire agreement. It appears the FBI is not on board with the CIA behind the Russian smear, and Foggy Bottom is full of desperate Neocons with the announcement of Tillerson as SecState. Oppose those with hundreds of generals behind Trump and the appointment of Flynn, Mattis and Kelly. The Electoral College will be under siege from the Left until their vote on the 28th [QI Editor: see Editor’s Note below]. Should they ratify Trump, look for the neocons to move swiftly against inauguration. I believe at some point until then, with desperation escalating, elements of the military will begin refusing to follow orders deemed contrary to the Constitution they are sworn to defend. Of course, should the Electoral College fail to ratify Trump, all bets are off, but I still believe significant military and law enforcement elements will fail to proceed against citizens engaged in rebellion. I believe the Trump transition team has foreseen these possible outcomes and appointed generals in the cabinet to secure the military in the event of sedition, insurrection and civil war. We are also facing a future where Obama may be prematurely removed from office for his complicity in a failed neocon coup d’etat. The original plan was to foment open hostilities with Russia via the current proxy war in Syria and NATO threats on the Russian border. The loss of Hillary Clinton puts an end to Neocon dreams of world domination and is being resisted with a foolish attempt to claim Russian involvement without evidence. Internet censorship is another ridiculous strategy which will take too long to establish and can’t possibly be effective. Anti-Trump protests showed the limit of the DNC’s abilities, where every effort was spent trying to rig the election. There appears to be no domestic mercenary force available beyond malcontents found on Craigslist. Federal agencies such as CIA and NSA, which are complicit in Neocon crimes, have no choice but to oppose Trump. The same can be said for NGOs and contractors who rely on permanent war for their funding. This is a significant number of very dangerous people capable of doing a lot of damage. Our hopes must reside with those people in government and the media who have the courage to stand against criminal warmongers. Quemado Institute editor’s note: Heavy.com reports on upcoming electoral vote dates and procedures: “Each state’s winning candidate’s electors will … attend a meeting of electors on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of December. This year, that will be on December 19. The electors meet in their state and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots. These are recorded as Certificates of Vote and are signed and sealed. On December 28, the President of the Senate and the Archivist must receive the certificates. On January 6, 2017, Congress will meet in a joint session and count the electoral votes. (They can, however, pass a law to change this date.) The results are then announced. If no candidate gets 270 or more electoral votes, then the House of Representatives will decide who will be President. The House decides by a majority vote among the three candidates who got the most electoral votes. Each state gets one vote.” Quemado Institute comments: We do not necessarily agree with the author on the prospect of possible violent unrest or civil war.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
(Brief update)

LPR People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko

LPR People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko

Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 9.12.2016 / DONi News / December 9, 2016 / Over the past day the situation in the People’s Militia responsibility zone underwent no considerable shellings and remains tense. Ukrainian fighters continue provoking the LPR People’s Militia units into opening backfire. At the order of the 24th brigade’s commander Shevchenko, Ukrainian punishers shelled our positions near such localities as Frunze, Zheltoye, Kalinovo four times from the following directions: Krymskoye, Lobachevo, Novozvanovka. In total there were launched 18 shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre. Besides, shellings were conducted with application of grenade launchers and small arms. The ‘ATO’ command continues accumulating forces and means along the contact line. According to the available information, to Stanitsa Luganskaya locality there arrived a column of equipment comprising four IFVs and five cargo vehicles with personnel. To Bolotennoye locality there arrived a foreign mercenaries’ unit numbering up to 40 personnel, to Svetlodarsk locality vicinities there arrived three sniper groups armed with foreign-manufactured large-calibre rifles. Ukrainian fighters continue conducting engineering equipment of the occupied positions along the entire contact line. Besides, in Novoaleksandrovka locality, in the responsibility zone . . . MORE>> Click here.

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Donetsk People’s Republic Situation Report
December 9, 2016
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Ukrainian army deliberately shells civilians settlements in Donetsk suburbs, while solidarity is organised to help them survive in the middle of winter (VIDEO) / By Jarmo Ekman and Christelle Néant / DONi News / December 9, 2016 / People’s Republic (DPR) war torn village of Spartak. An area which is daily under Ukrainian army’s fire. Despite the constant shelling, some locals choose to remain in their homes, while others have no other place to go. We travelled to the area with Alyosha and Oleg from a humanitarian fund to delivery candles (240 pieces for 3120 rubles) that we bought, and a huge bag of matches from the humanitarian fund. The people who survive here in the basements have no gas, no water and no electicity. In these conditions, matches and candles are essential goods. Arriving in Spartak we met the inhabitants at a makeshift building that functions as a kitchen, as people have to live in their basements to survive to the constant shellings. The women told us that they personally use shovels to clear the roads in the area from snow. While on the road from Spartak we received information about the past night shellings in the vicinity of Spartak, in the Kuybyshevsky district. We decide thus to go there and assess the situation. When arriving, the damages from the shootings were immediately clear; there were craters on the road, cut electric wires were hanging from the poles, houses had damaged roofs and windows were broken. According to the DPR authorities 13 houses had been damaged in the shelling and three civilians had been wounded. They further specified that the numerous craters and shrapnels indicated that 152mm artillery shells had been used during this shelling. While at the area we visited the yard of an old woman, who had had a shell land right in her garden. The impact had destroyed the garden and caused damage to the house, including breaking the windows. As this old woman stated, the Ukrainian soldiers are “destroyers… slavdec9-16vPeople build and repair and they came, bombed, destroyed, they intentionally fire at localities, now it’s cold weather and how we should live? Good that my windows at least somehow are repaired and that house is completely destroyed…” Repair work had already begun at her house and we decided to help by driving back to the town and purchasing plastic sheeting to temporarily repair the broken windows. OSCE was nowhere to be seen, but they did arrive just as we were exiting the area. Unfortunately, as was reported by Patrick Lancaster, they only stayed in the area for a very short time and did not conduct any investigation on the direction of the shells. Corroborating Lancaster’s and DPR army’s investigation, it is easy to come to the conclusion that the shells were fired from Peski, an area, near Donetsk airport, which is occupied by the Ukrainian army. This settlement is at more than 5 km front the front line and from the closest positions of the DPR army. Thus the Ukrainian army has deliberately shelled a civilian area, far from any military position, committing once again a war crime, in the middle of winter. A new war crime on which the Western countries keep oddly silence…

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slavdec9-16sOSCE Special Monitoring Mission camera footage proves LPR doesn’t shell Ukrainian forces / Essence of Time / December 9, 2016 / The footage recorded by a camera installed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission confirms that there are no shellings of the territory controlled by the Ukrainian army from the positions of Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) People’s Militia, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deynego stated during a briefing in Lugansk Information Center. He reminded that yet another round of talks between the members of the Contact Group and its Working Subgroups took place in Minsk on December 7th. In particular, “the prospects of the accomplishment of the separation of the forces and [military] equipment near Stanitsa Luganskaya township” were discussed during the meeting of the Security Subgroup. “The Ukrainian side was once again telling about some mythical shellings. Thank God, this time we have the footage of a surveillance camera installed near Stanitsa [Luganskaya township], which has been finally put into operation by OSCE Mission. And these camera footage does not confirm any facts of shellings claimed (by the Ukrainian side),” Deynego stressed. “However, OSCE evades the question whether there are circumstances, which prevent the separation of the forces and [military] equipment. Only more suggestions to consult the monitoring reports, which they publish on the official website of OSCE, are received in response to quite specific questions,” LPR envoy to Minsk talks added. Deynego emphasized earlier that the separation of the forces near Stanitsa Luganskaya township became an indicator of Kiev’s ability to fulfill its obligations. –Source: LuganskInformCenter

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Petro Poroshenko (--Katehon.com)

Petro Poroshenko (–Katehon.com)

Humiliating End: Poroshenko’s Political Career is Over / Katehon.com / December 9, 2016 / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is on the verge of completely losing his power. A scandal over compromising documents released by the fugitive Ukrainian oligarch Alexander Onishchenko could lead to political collapse in Kiev. Bloody Business: The documents released by Onishchenko expose the personal financial interests of Petro Poroshenko in conducting the Ukrainian armed forces’ punitive operations in Donbass. Companies owned by the president of Ukraine received military contracts. In other words, Kiev spent money from the IMF on the war against its own people. In the end, this money found itself in the accounts of companies belonging to the country’s president. A difficult situation: This scandal, as well as profound changes in the world order following Donald Trump’s victory, have brought the Ukrainian elite into a tense, nervous state. Worried by the fact that the previous owners of Kiev, the globalists and neo-liberals, have lost control of the situation and are now exiting the world arena, a massive delegation of Ukrainian politicians has now gone to Washington. Their main task is enlisting the support of the United States in order to pursue the systematic policy of plundering Ukraine. Candidates: The behavior of the Ukrainian elites shows that Poroshenko’s fate has been sealed, and his overthrow is only a matter of a few weeks. Several Ukrainian power clans have gone to Washington in order to promote their own presidential candidate. Among them are the entourage of Yulia Tymoshenko, Verkhovna Rada deputy Oleh Lyashko, Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov, and even ex-President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili. All of them are united by one thing: the new administration has refused to hold any talks with them. Although Obama’s team members are communicating with them, no decision can be made since the end of the current US President’s term is in little over 40 days.

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Carter Page (--Sputnik/AP/Pavel Golovkin)

Carter Page (–Sputnik/AP/Pavel Golovkin)

New Approaches to Emerge in US Decision-Making on Ukraine – Page to Sputnik / Sputnik News / December 9, 2016 / According to an adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the new US leadership would overcome misinformation in decision-making on Ukraine crisis. / Carter Page, an adviser to US President-elect Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, told Sputnik Friday that he was confident the new US leadership would be able to take advantage of new possibilities to overcome misinformation in decision-making on Ukraine crisis. “The level of misinformation which has guided related decisions by outside actors and their impact on this country is tragic. I am confident that there will be new possibilities to resolve these misperceptions,” Page said, answering a question on the role and place that will be given to Ukraine by the new US administration. Page arrived in Moscow earlier on Thursday to hold a few meetings with businessmen and politicians. He said he would be in Moscow until December 13.

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slavdec9-16wLavrov: Fate of Donbass ought to be ruled by Steinmeier’s formula, the formula of Germany to which we already agreed more than a year ago / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / December 9, 2016 / In Hamburg Lavrov disclosed that, already on October 2, 2015, Russia agreed that the status of fate of Donbass ought to be based on/carried out in accordance with “the formula” of Germany, that is, Germany’s Foreign Minister Steinmeier. According to this formula, the law on a special status of Donbass, which would finally and completely dissolve the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, would become effective on the day of the Minsk-prescribed “elections” in Donbass (meant to replace the existing political structures of the republics). The status would then become permanent once OSCE officially approves and certifies (expresses its endorsement) of the result of the OSCE-controlled “elections.” Lavrov did not mention here that, according to the Minsk deal, the control of the borders of the republics with Russia are also to be placed under Kiev’s control on the very next day after the “elections.” Thus, here we have it–Putin’s cunning plan for Donbass became Germany’s or Steinmeier’s cunning plan.

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Jeff Sessions (--Russia Insider)

Jeff Sessions (–Russia Insider)

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions Sounds Like a Russia Fan / By Richard Brandt / Russia Insider / December 9, 2016 / We just stumbled across this quote from early August, from Newsmax: “Sessions also pushed back on criticism of Trump over reported ties to Russian investors — calling it “not the big issue for America today” — and lauded Trump’s plan to build better relations with President Vladimir Putin.” “Donald Trump is right. We need to figure out a way to end this cycle of hostility that’s putting this country at risk, costing us billions of dollars in defense, and creating hostility that should not exist,” he asserted. “We have a lot of bad leaders around the world that operate in ways we would never tolerate in the United States,” he added. “The question is, can we have a more peaceful, effective relationship with Russia, utilizing interests that are similar in a realistic way to make this world a safer place and get off this dangerous hostility with Russia.”

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Dana Rohrbacher (--Katehon.com)

Dana Rohrbacher (–Katehon.com)

Trump Secretary of State Candidate defends Russia / Katehon.com / December 9, 2016 / Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican has got into a contentious interview with a Yahoo News anchor. Rohrabacher has accused her of bias after the anchor brought up human rights abuses in Russia. He called her words as “baloney”. Moreover, she was born in the former Soviet Union. Certainly, Rohrabacher said that “the audience knows that you are biased”. Rohrabacher also added: “Russia is no longer the Soviet Union. There’s a bunch of people here who want to treat it like it’s still the Soviet Union and get in the Cold War. That’s not what Donald Trump wants — it’s not good for America”. QI Editor’s note: According to Wikipedia, “Rohrabacher supported the right of Crimea to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in 2014. On March 6, 2014, he was one of 23 members of the House of Representatives to vote against a $1 billion loan guarantee to support the new government of Ukraine. In the March 11, 2014, House of Representatives vote (402 voting yes; 7 opposed) to condemn Russia for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty, Rohrabacher voted ‘present.’ Commenting on the issue, he stated, ‘Starting with our own American Revolution, groups of people have declared themselves, rightfully, to be under a different government or a government of their choosing. People forget that’s what our Declaration of Independence is all about.’ He also said, ‘The sanctions are an abomination of hypocrisy. This is ridiculous: What we were doing with the violence and military action we took to secure the Kosovars’ right to self-determination was far more destructive and had far more loss of life than what Putin’s done trying to ensure the people of Crimea are not cut off from what they would choose as their destiny with Russia.'”

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
(Brief update)

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December 7 Essence of Time unit in Donbass situation report / Essence of Time / December 7, 2016 / Gorlovka remains a flashpoint. Northern and western outskirts of the city get shelled from the Ukrainian side. Intensive trench warfare is underway in the area of Zaytsevo, Zhovanka, Golmovsky, Shyrokaya Balka villages and Gagarina (Glubokaya) mining village. Ukrainian artillery is being highly active on the Donetsk direction. In the past 24 hours Yasinovataya, as well as Spartak and Zhabichevo villages on the northern outskirts of Donetsk were shelled. Staromikhailovka, Trudovskie and Aleksandrovka villages in the western part of the city came under artillery fire. Trench warfare is underway in the area of Avdeevka industrial zone and “Volvo-Center”, sounds of explosions are being clearly heard in the northern districts of the capital. During the night Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled Yasnoye village near Dokuchaevsk, and Elenovka. As a result of damaged power lines Elenovka village lost access to power supply. The situation stays extremely tense on the southern direction. In the past 24 hours Armed Forces of Ukraine made two breakthrough attempts in the area of Vodyanoye village. The attacks were repelled, Armed Forces of Ukraine lost two people dead, four injured. Today Leninskoye, Sakhanka and Oktyabr villages in Novoazovsky district of DPR came under fire again. DPR recon continues to register large quantities of military hardware and artillery of Ukrainian army banned by the Minsk Agreements. Location of up to two batteries of 122mm “Gvozdika” self-propelled artillery guns was uncovered in Krasnogorovka, Konstantinovka, as well as in Galitsinovka village. Presence of military instructors from Slovakia was registered in the area of responsibility of the 30th independent motorized brigade of Ukrainian army. According to updated information, on December 6 Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 2453 times. The enemy shelled towns and villages of the Republic on Gorlovka, Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk and Mariupol directions by 152mm and 122mm artillery guns, 120mm and 82mm mortars, tanks, IFV guns, various grenade launchers. The enemy also fired small arms. In comparison to the previous days the number of ceasefire violations doubled.

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slavdec8-16yDonetsk’s suburb under Ukrainian shelling – Exclusive DONi Report / DONi News / December 8, 2016 / DONi News Team visited Kuiybushievskyi district today on Thursday, which is located only 6 kilometres from the Donetsk city center, and which came under Ukrainian army’s heavy shelling last night. Marks of the nightly shelling were visible in this densely-built neighbourhood; craters, hanging electric wires, damaged houses and broken windows. The destruction was at places extensive and told a tale of the use of heavy artillery, a house had lost its walls and roof over night. Donetsk People’s Republics (DPR) authorities reported that 13 houses had sustained damage and two civilians had wounded in the shelling. The gas distribution network had been damaged at multiple locations and 20 employees and three repair units had been repairing it from 9.00 am onwards. “We’ve found many fragments of 122mm rounds. Numerous craters and shrapnel show that artillery was used to shell the neighborhood,” a DPR Army Command representative reported to the DAN News Agency. According to the Minsk-2 agreement signed between Ukraine and the Donbass republics artillery should have been pulled 25 km from the front line. Life was however quickly returning to normal in the area, two and a half war years have accustomed the locals and authorities to the bombings; the electric utility was repairing the electric lines, the gas utility was welding the gas pipes, broken windows were replaced with plastic sheet, with locals calmly following the repair works. They are fixed even though there are no guarantees that next night’s shelling will not destroy them again. This is life in the middle of a “ceasefire” in Europe. —DONi Press, pics and report: Jarmo Ekman. Notice: DONi News will later publish also a video reportage from the scene. [QI Editor’s note: More photos available at source.]

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Donald Trump’s Russia advisor arrives in Moscow for a series of meetings / By Sergei Gladysh / The Duran / December 8, 2016 / Carter Page, who served as a foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, has arrived in Moscow for a series of meetings with businessmen and opinion leaders. Page told Russian media that his trip to Moscow will last until December 13 and that he planned on “meeting with influential businessmen and thought leaders.” During the presidential campaign he said that Washington and Moscow share common goals and that the US’ “arrogant” foreign policies have often ignored these interests. In his earlier commentary to Sputnik, Page noted that the new US Administration needs people who truly believe in the potential of US-Russia relations and support the views of President-elect Donald Trump on the necessity to restore ties with Moscow. He also highlighted the importance of mutual respect and understanding on a personal level between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Prior to becoming an advisor on foreign policy for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Carter Page, who is an established American oil industry consultant, worked with Russian energy giant Gazprom. He is believed to have extensive connections, experience, and a realistic take on the state of affairs in Moscow and US-Russia bilateral ties.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
(Brief update)

slavdec7-16t2400+ Violations: Full Donetsk Front Sit-Rep / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ (from RusVesna) / December 7, 2016 / Russian Spring is publishing a complete summary of the military situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic for December 6th-7th. The data was compiled following today’s briefing by the deputy commander of the republic’s operative command, Eduard Basurin. Ceasefire violations: Over the past day, the number of ceasefire violations by Ukrainian militants has doubled, amounting to 2,453 violations in total. The enemy fired at the territory of the republic 114 times with artillery of 152 and 122 mm, 617 times with mortars of 120 and 82 mm, 8 tank shots, as well as 1240 shots from various types of grenade launchers. In addition, infantry fighting vehicles and small arms were also used. The Ukrainian terrorists Gruzevich, Shaptal, Nikolyuk, Sokolov, and Delyatisky subjected the following residential areas of the republic to shelling: Vasilevka, Verkhnetoretskoe, Yasinovatya, Zhabichevo, Spartak, Aleksandrovka, Yasnoe, Elenovka, Dokuchaevsk, Kominternovo, Leninskoe, Oktyabr, Sakhanka, and Trudovskie in the Petrovsky district of the city of Donetsk. Infrastructural damage: As a result of Ukrainian militants’ bombardments, three houses and a gas pipeline were damaged in Dokuchaevsk, and one house was damaged in the residential area of Staromikhailovka. Also damaged were power lines in Elenovka, where more than 100 homes have been left without light. In Krutaya Balka, the Donetsk Filtration Station, which had only been working for two days before, has been left without electricity. At the current time, measures are being taken to renew the supply of electricity and gas to the affected residential areas. Troop movements: The DPR’s intelligence has continued to record the strengthening of UAF positions close to the contact line. In Karlovka (19 km from the contact line), the positions of four 152 mm towed Giatsint-B howitzers have been identified. In Galitsinovka (17 km from the contact line), the location of four 122mm self-propelled Gvozdika artillery systems have been noted. In Krasnogorovka (3 km from the contact line), the location of two 122 mm self-propelled Gvozdika artillery systems has been recorded. Finally, in Konstantinovka (12 km from the contact line), four 122 mm self-propelled Gvozdika artillery systems and two 152 mm towed Giatsint-B howitzers have arrived. All information on violations of the Minsk Agreements has been sent to representatives of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire of the OSCE mission. Foreign instructors: In the area of operation of the UAF’s 30th mechanized brigade, the presence of foreign instructors from Slovakia, who are directing tactical training for servicemen, has been noted. Judging by the increasing losses in UAF ranks, the foreign instructors are amateurs and do not receive full salaries. Failed ‘offensives’: Over the past day alone, Ukrainian militants tried two times to break through our positions on the southern borders of the republic, namely, in the residential area of Vodyanoe, where they were repelled and driven back onto their territory with two killed and four wounded. On our side, one serviceman was wounded. Conclusion: Thus, we can see that the Ukrainian military command is “with sheep persistence” continuing to send its people to slaughter despite knowing in advance the futility of such actions.

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slavdec7-16zDonbass Survives Despite Western Globalist Hatred and Fear – Janus Putkonen / EU Racism: Refusal of Human Rights to 3.5 Million Donbass People in Europe / By Janus Putkonen / With minor editing by Quemado Institute (original source: DONi News) / December 7, 2016 / The European Union advocates the values of “liberal democracy” and condemns racism. The EU demands safety, equality, freedom of trade and movement across Europe for everyone…. But what about the 3.5 million Donbass citizens in the former Ukraine, who are living their lives in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics [DPR/LPR]? Suddenly none of the mentioned “westen values” matter, and the whole ethnic Russian population in Donbass has been hunted by the West: the EU, USA and NATO. Do you know that here in the DPR, all basic human rights have been denied by the West to about 2 million citizens, and in the LPR the situation is the same. For example, if you have a business, a factory in Donbass, you don’t have any right to export products to European markets. Yes, there are also great difficulties with Russian customs, but maybe with huge effort, some sales opportunities can be opened up there. Not a single western financial institution will give you even a basic way to transfer money, I mean, not for your private or business needs. You are blocked, and the Russian liberal banking system won’t help you either, and basically your life is dependent on one thing—the flow of cash. When you live in Donbass, you are placed under full-scale western economic blockade. It does not matter who you are, nor what you have done in the past, because western-backed Ukraine alleges that everyone here is a “separatist” or even a “terrorist”. You can’t get permission to enter EU-territory if you have a DPR or LPR passport. The only border that will let you enter for 90 days is Russia. That is the only freedom of movement in your life, because you are accused of being an “enemy of the West”. Our students cannot get an education in universities abroad, people are not allowed even to visit their relatives, and basic tourist travel is forbidden for Donbass people. Do you think this is fair? The EU does not care a bit when your home is shelled, you are wounded, or your life is ruined somehow by Ukrainian military actions. Not a single word of condemnation has been heard from the EU leadership, which just keeps promoting the “success of Ukraine”, and especially after the Minsk-2 agreement was signed in February 2015 between Ukraine and the Donbass people’s republics. Secret war in Europe—Life in Donbass has no value to the EU: Just this past month, Kiev troops have violated almost 30 000 times, in every possible way you can think of, the Minsk truce agreements. This means that here there is no truce, but a raging war in the middle of Europe, and the EU refuses to discuss it. Globalists don’t even want to hear about it, so the western mainstream media is silent, while the most secret war of our times is taking place here in Donbass. Those wealthy guys from the OSCE Monitoring Mission are not reporting the realities of war, and they keep hiding the bombing of civilian populated areas, where casualty numbers are rising daily. But that suits just fine the EU leadership, which doesn’t want to recognize the cruel living conditions of 3.5 million people in Europe. If you are a normal citizen of Donbass, trying to live your life like millions . . . MORE>> Click here.

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DONi Press humanitarian aid video from Glubokaya, Donetsk People’s Republic
DONi News – December 7, 2016
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On 23 November 2016, DONi Press (SaveDonbassPeople program) went with members of the humanitarian fund “v messtye” in Glubokaya, in the suburb of Gorlovka (Donetsk People’s Republic – DPR), to bring diapers and school equipment for the children of this locality which is daily shelled by the Ukrainian army.

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LPR President Igor Plotnitsky

LPR President Igor Plotnitsky

Plotnitsky: Putin should decree a free trade zone with Donbass / Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski / December 7, 2016 / The prospects for the restoration and development of the Lugansk People’s Republic’s industry are “great.” However, due to legal nuances, the republic’s products have been subjected to Russia’s anti-Ukrainian sanctions. This was stated by LPR head Igor Plotnitsky in an interview with RIA Novosti. “Despite all the deaths and blockades, the prospects for restoring and developing industry are great. We have been able to keep personnel and preserve our main scientific-production base. Despite all the wounds of war, we have something to offer to Russia, including as part of the import substitution line,” Plotnitsky said. “I’ll say more. We are ashamed to accept humanitarian aid from Russia. Donbass was never a free loader or dependent and never dreamed of being such. Now, in order to get back on our feet, it’s not even aid that we need, but genuine understanding,” he added. The LPR head explained: “The point is that on January 1st, 2016, Kiev suicidally broke the free trade zone agreement with the Russian Federation. Since then, all Ukrainian manufacturers have been obliged to pay export duties. For some goods, this amounts to 40%. Legally, Russia considers the enterprises of the LPR and DPR to be Ukrainian. As a result, it has been more difficult for our manufacturers to get on their feet and it is more difficult for Russian customers to obtain the needed products, some of which are not made in Russia.” “To solve this problem, all that is needed is a decree by the President of the Russian Federation on the temporary expansion of all provisions of the agreement on the free trade zone with Ukraine to include enterprises registered in the DPR and LPR. After all, Russia has not denounced the agreement, but only suspended it,” Plotnitsky stated. The leader of Lugansk summarized: “Thus, without departing from its official position, Moscow would extend a line to Donetsk and Lugansk, with the help of which we ourself could catch fish and deliver to the Russian market what they don’t have enough of.”

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slavdec7-16xUkrainian defector wants to serve in Donbass People’s Militia / Essence of Time / December 6, 2016 / Ukrainian soldier Oleg Popov, who defected to Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), expressed the desire to serve in the People’s Militia at the briefing in Lugansk Information Center. On December 1st, Popov crossed the contact line on an infantry fighting vehicle and surrendered to LPR People’s Militia in one of the villages in Kirovsky district. “I came to LPR as a soldier in order to go west. I want to join the Defense Forces of LPR and overthrow the [Kiev junta’s] authorities in Ukraine as a soldier of either Lugansk People’s Republic or Donetsk People’s Republic, depending on where I am going to be sent,” Popov claimed. “I did not come to run away, and I did not run away. I was prepared to die by crossing the contact line. I could have been killed right there (while crossing the contact line – Lugansk Information Center)”, he explained. “I wanted to be a soldier all of my life; I grew up in the military family. My father and grandfather are military professionals. When I had come to sign the contract (with the Ukrainian army – Lugansk Information Center), I had my own views on the army. But when I had joined the army, I saw something different,” Popov said. He stressed that he “joined the army as a soldier, not a nationalist” and was disappointed to find himself amidst nationalists, who were mostly drug-addicted, criminals, or alcoholics. The spokesperson of LPR People’s Militia Major Andrey Marochko explained that Popov is currently qualified as a “prisoner of war”. His future will be clarified in the course of the “necessary investigation procedure”.

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slavdec7-16yThe Nazi Junta in Kiev must be brought to Justice / By Nicholas Nicholaides / Katehon.com / December 6, 2016 / I feel great grief for all of those killed in Donbass and Novorossiya. I hope and believe that their sacrifice was not in vain. It is a pity that some cowards and traitors seem to obstruct President Putin from doing his patriotic duty of liberating Novorossiya and Malorossiya. I believe that we, sooner or later, will see a free Novorossiya and Malorossiya. It is madness to allow the building of such a “state”, Banderastan, based only on hate for Russia, just on Russia’s border, even more so as this “state” openly oppresses 20 million Russians and Russian-speakers. It denies them basic rights to language, representation, and regional self-determination. This fake Nazi “state” will only serve as a tool for others to hurt Russia. And all this is being allowed to happen for now, although it can be stopped at any moment. Donbass has, all alone, done all they can and much more against a fascist army that is supported by thousands of foreign mercenaries. And now any political party in fascist Ukraine that is for federalization or even equal rights for the Russians and Russian-speakers is considered “illegal” by the Nazi junta in Kiev. And the European Union is doing nothing of course but condemning Russia. But Russia herself also is not doing enough. All of the sacrifices of the Russian people in the Great Patriotic War were thus in vain? The Nazis and traitors are back, only now they are occupying Novorossiya and Malorossiya, but soon they will attack Russia too. They could just as well have won the war seventy years ago because the result seems to become the same thanks to the lack of patriotism and determination in some circles in Moscow. The Kiev “government” and “president” are illegal. The junta held false, undemocratic “elections” where all the candidates representing the south-east, Novorossia, were banned or imprisoned, beaten and intimidated. They held these farce of “elections” with no voting option for 20 million people! Of course, the people of Novorossiya boycotted the farce, and of course less than 50% of the population voted overall. You cannot have real elections without any choice or candidate for half of the people! And, of course, the fascist junta has no . . . MORE>> Click here.

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slavdec7-16vUNESCO Vows to Closely Follow EU Resolution Countering Russian Media / Sputnik / December 7, 2016 / The UNESCO vowed to further support rights of the media sphere employees, as well as to follow the situation regarding the European Parliament’s resolution calling to counteract anti-EU propaganda by Russian news outlets, the organization said in a letter to Sputnik. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On November 16, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on countering Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster. Out of 691 lawmakers taking part in the vote, 304 voted in favor of the resolution, 179 voted against it, and 208 abstained. Therefore, less than half of the lawmakers supported the resolution. The EU parliament’s resolution said that Sputnik and RT posed a danger to European unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also draws parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by the IS, which is outlawed in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the matter by pointing out that the document indicates a degradation of democracy in the West. Praising Sputnik and RT for their work, the president expressed hope that real media restrictions would not follow. Following the passing of the resolution, Sputnik News Agency and Radio called on several European and US organizations, supporting media freedom, to take measures to prevent its effects, which are believed to be a threat to freedom of the press in Europe. The agency has outlined its aims in an official letter, signed by its Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan on November 23, which was sent to the relevant bodies, in particular the United Nations and UNESCO. “UNESCO will continue, using all the international instruments available, to support the right of media professionals to collect and disseminate information and opinions in a safe environment, as well as to facilitate journalism based on the values of professional ethics and quality reporting … UNESCO will continue to fulfill its mandate and to follow the situation closely,” the letter said. The organization also highlighted that since its establishment UNESCO worked to promote international legal norms, “aimed at ensuring that every woman and man had the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers and mode of communication.” Sputnik (sputniknews.com) is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites in over 30 languages, as well as on analogue and digital radio, mobile apps, and social media. Sputnik newswires, available by subscription, 24/7 in English, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese. Quemado Institute editor’s note: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.[1] It is the heir of the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 195 member states and nine associate members. — Wikipedia

 

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