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Monday, February 13, 2017
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“We have already won, Kiev is afraid of us!’ – A. Zakharchenko (VIDEO) / DONi News / February 13, 2017 / On Sunday, February 12, the Head the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, participated in a solemn rally dedicated to 99th anniversary of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic. The rally was held at the monument to Artem (Sergeyev). Addressing the audience, Alexander Zakharchenko stressed that the DPR is the direct successor of the DKR, and we will be able to make the dream of our ancestors come true. “Ninety-nine years ago, our ancestors made a decisive action – they refused to stay on the ruins of the empire and immerse into the chaos, which began after the revolution. They created the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic. In 1918, they failed. By German bayonets the DKR was suppressed. But almost 100 years later, we – the successors of the Donetsk-Krivoy Rog Republic – created the Donetsk People’s Republic. And today it is an independent state. We live in a free country. And historical justice requires us to the DKR returned to its historical borders. Let there be the Kherson People’s Republic, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkhov… We have already won. Kiev is afraid of us. What is happening – it is the agony of the regime, which is about to collapse. But after the victory we will have to rebuild our country, make it prosperous. And I’m sure – our ancestors dreamed about the same. And together with you we will make their dream a reality. Our country will be free, prosperous and independent,” Alexander Zakharchenko said. Also at the meeting in honor of the DKR the People’s Council Chairman Denis Pushilin and the activists of the public movement “Donetsk Republic” made speeches. At the end of the event the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument took place. [Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko. Official translation by DONi News Agency]

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slavfeb13-17zUkrainian doctors: Poroshenko preparing army for attack on Donetsk / DONi News / February 13, 2017 / The Ukrainian army continues preparing for a massive military operation on attacking Donetsk, informed, referring to the doctors’ data, the ex-Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Aleksey Zhuravko on his blog. “I talked to the Ukrainian military doctors of Dnepropetrovsk, Mariupol and Slavyansk. They told me that a big amount of bandaging material, medical facilities and surgical instruments were being brought together to the medical military bases. Preparation for casualty reception is being carried out. And a doctor from Mariupol told me that a lot of tetanus vaccines had been brought. Every day we go to the frontlines and inoculate the ‘ATO’ soldiers. We also inoculate everyone without exception behind the lines. Plenty of extra ambulance cars were brought to us. A doctor from Slavyansk confirmed this information. In Dnepropetrovsk hospitals are being prepared for many patients load, tetanus vaccines are being inoculated in the army units as well. Judging by these facts, I have come to the conclusion that Kiev is preparing massively for attacking Donetsk,” stated Zhuravko.

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Ukrainian Tochka U (--Fort Russ)

Ukrainian Tochka U (–Fort Russ)

Ukraine uses WMD’s on Donbass civilians – Russian Investigative Committee (VIDEO) / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 13, 2017 / The Investigative Committee of Russia has established evidence of the use of Tochka-U tactical missiles against the population of Donbass by the armed forces of Ukraine. This has been announced by the department’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko. “We have acquired professionally documented and irrefutable evidence of the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s use of a weapon of mass destruction – the Tochka-U tactical rocket system – against the civilian population over the course of the armed conflict,” Petrenko stated. The Investigative Committee has stated that the use of weapons of high-killing power which offer civilians no chance to be saved is a violation of international norms. Recently, this weapon of mass destruction has been used to bombard the villages of Novosvetlovka and Ternovoe, residential areas in the Krasnodon district, the city of Rovenki, and the village of Yubileynyi Luganska. The Tochka-U is a Soviet missile system that entered service in 1989. After the collapse of the USSR, a significant portion of these systems were left at the disposal of Ukrainian authorities. Tochka-U units are equipped with ballistic missiles with a firing range of around 120 km. [See videos at source.]

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
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slavfeb12-17pUkraine Is Using Heavy Weaponry against Civilians, Donbass Denounces / Prensa Latina / February 11, 2017 / The authorities of the self-named Republic of Donetsk has denounced today the use of heavy weaponry by the Ukrainian army against residential areas, including rocket systems, tanks and artillery. For the first time in two years, Kiev used the sophisticated rockets Grad and Uragan, to attack the city of Donetsk, considered the capital of the Republic of the same name, the city’s self-defense forces denounced. Kiev’s forces used heavy-caliber canyons, tanks, heavy machine guns and other weapons against the western area of the mentioned city and the suburbs of the town of Yasinovatoi, the report said. All the mentioned armaments should be deployed 70 kilometers away from the confrontation line the two sides had agreed after talks in Minsk, in February 2015. Since January 28, Kiev increased its attacks against towns of Donetsk and concentrated huge quantity of troops and combat means, taken there by railroad since January 19, the local media reported.

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Donbass Appeals to the World Leaders – TV Report (Video) / DONi Donbass News Agency / February 11, 2017 / he citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics appeal to the leaders of Russia, USA, and Germany. The action on the signature collection was initiated by the DPR and LPR People’s Councils heads. The collection of signatures under the appeal had already started in all the DPR cities and districts. Among them: Makeyevka, Snezhnoye, Zhdanovka, Gornyak, Amvrosievka, Ilovaisk, Khartsizk, no one was left aside. Citizens hope that their appeal on the cessation of the Donbass people genocide by the Ukrainian forces and on the so-called ATO termination will be heard. “This is the step which can be considered as an individual contribution in the work for peace, for bringing peace to the Donbass territory,” said Olga Makeyeva, the Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council. When the signatures are collected they will be given to the intermediary, the OSCE mission representative. Peaceful citizens feel the truce regime violations on the Ukrainian part and the appeal is not coincidentally addressed to Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel, Heads of the three leading countries. “As a result of regular shelling peaceful people are dying, infrastructure in the Republic’s cities and settlements is damaged badly. The so-called political authorities don’t care about the peoples’ lives, they are interested only in getting profit,” said Victor Petrovich, the DPR People’s Council deputy. Hoping on peace and better tomorrow without Ukrainian shelling, the different spheres representatives and employees such as doctors, culture sphere representatives, merchants, metallurgists, railway personnel, joined the social activist. The petition had already been signed by over 22 thousands of citizens. —Video: OPLOT TV

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Sergei Lavrov (--Rt.com)

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Russian FM Lavrov expects to talk to US counterpart Tillerson soon on Ukraine & bilateral relations / Rt.com / February 12, 2017 / Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said in an interview he will probably be in contact with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson soon, and is expecting to discuss the situation in Ukraine, bilateral relations, and other major international issues. Commenting on the situation in Ukraine with Russian channel NTV, Lavrov said he sees no alternative to the package of measures in the Minsk agreement. “The Europeans, and hopefully the Americans, will confirm this,” he said. “I say ‘hopefully’ because the US team that will deal with Ukraine has not been formed yet,” he added. Lavrov hopes the US State Department officials with whom it will be possible to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Syria will be appointed soon. “This process takes some time, because the entire Obama team at the US State Department left the place at their own initiative, as they stated. Now there are some career diplomats left there, with no bosses. Rex Tillerson, as a new person in this field, is now plunging into the details of the problems [we’ll] have to work on. I’m sure that this process will be completed fairly quickly,” Lavrov said. “But the key deputies have not been appointed yet, and the key areas of the foreign policy haven’t been mapped out either,” he added. The critical situation in Donbass has been provoked, among other factors, by Ukrainian volunteer battalions that are not controlled by the Ukrainian Army, Lavrov said. “Despite an agreement on a cease-fire declared a few days ago, and on the withdrawal of heavy weapons into places where they should be in accordance with the Minsk agreements, completely opposite messages arrive on a daily basis: that the Ukrainian side, the armed forces of Ukraine, are increasing their divisions and heavy weapons near the contact line and in residential areas in flagrant violation of all that was negotiated and what the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and his representatives have signed on to,” Lavrov said. “Without a second thought, they continue to lay the blame . . . READ MORE>>   Alexander ZakharchenkoQuemado Institute comments: There is an obvious alternative to the Minsk Package of Measures: independence. One wonders why Lavrov is blind to this. In any case, the Minsk Agreements, if read literally, not only require changes to the Ukrainian constitution, but also grant full veto power over these changes to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. This was DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko’s rationale for signing the agreements in the first place, and why he called them a triumph. He could, in principle, demand complete autonomy for the DPR. The unforeseen problem was that Kiev-regime leader Petro Por(k)oshenko, supported by the entire Western establishment, was determined to avoid a literal interpretation and to implement instead a scenario that represents a de facto surrender for Donbass. Unfortunately, the Russian leadership has not defended the literal interpretation of Minsk strongly enough. A US-Russian dialogue thus presents the danger of further compromise for the Donbass Republics. [Photo: Alexander Zakharchenko, Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 (–AP)]

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Sergei Lavrov (--Sputnik/AP/ Pavel Golovkin)

Sergei Lavrov (–Sputnik/AP/ Pavel Golovkin)

Lavrov: OSCE Understands It Cannot Whitewash Ukrainian Troops in Donbass Anymore / Sputnik / February 12, 2017 / The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe cannot turn the blind eye to what Kiev troops are doing in Donbass, the Russian foreign minister said. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (OSCE SMM) has already realized that concealing the Ukrainian government army’s ceasefire violations in Donbass is futile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview broadcast Sunday. “They [Kiev] continue to blatantly lie and blame everything on us, on Donbass [independence supporters] despite reports by OSCE SMM, which has always tried to stay neutral. Even when the OSCE SMM detects bursts of gunfire and notes directions from where it erupted without mentioning that the Ukrainian forces were located there – even such ‘neutrality’ is clear evidence that the SMM understands it cannot whitewash the Ukrainian army and its battalions anymore,” Lavrov told the NTV Channel. UKRAINE-RUSSIA-CRISIS-POLITICS-ARMYUkrainian Volunteer Battalions Contributed to Recent Escalation in Donbass: Ukrainian volunteer battalions, such as “Donbas” and “Azov,” have contributed to the recent escalation of hostilities in Donbass, the Russian foreign minister said. “Everyone understands and everyone knows that the current critical situation [in Donbass] has been definitely provoked by people to the west of the contact line. I intentionally speak not about the Ukrainian Armed Forces but the people to the west because ‘Azov’ and ‘Donbas’ volunteer battalions operate there and they do not respect the commandment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and think that they can do everything that comes to their heads,” Lavrov said. He added that despite the recent agreements on ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons, reports about the violation of Minsk accord, which should be respected by Kiev, had been emerging on a daily basis. The situation in Donbass has escalated over the past few weeks, in particular near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, where clashes between Kiev forces and the troops of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have intensified. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence. slavfeb12-17sUkraine Should Go Back to Decentralization Commitment: Ukraine’s government should go back to its original commitment to devolve more powers to the regions after support from the West apparently made it forget its promises, Lavrov said. “They certainly should think about decentralization,” he told NTV. Decentralization was one of the prerequisites for Ukrainian peace agreed on by Russian, Ukrainian, EU and US top diplomats when they first met in April 2014 to find a way out of the crisis in Donbass. “Hours of talks led to a statement in which the Ukrainian side committed to and the rest of negotiators welcomed an immediate start of decentralization involving all regions of Ukraine. It was written down in the presence of US, EU, Russian and Ukrainian [diplomats],” Lavrov said. “Back then, they [Kiev] understood that the integrity of the country required devolution of authority … But later they apparently decided they could do without it because the West came to their aid and gave them money,” he said, adding a new impetus from Kiev’s Western allies was needed to finally go ahead with the plan. According to Lavrov, a third of Ukrainian provinces had officially demanded that Kiev devolve powers to them, including in the traditionally pro-government west. The Donbass conflict erupted in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance. Photo credits: 2. Donbass Battalion  (–Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images); 3. Ukraine map (–Voice of Sevastopol) Click to enlarge.

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Anonymous: Trump Will Kick George Soros OUT of the US / By Frances Hickman / Anonymous / February 7, 2017 /Anonymous Message 2017 – You have to watch this! Something big is going to happen! This is the latest Anonymous message to the global public. Billionaire globalist George Soros has penned a panicked rant in which he decries President-elect Donald Trump as a “would be dictator” who threatens the future of the new world order. With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and the BREXIT vote in Great Britain, a pattern is beginning to emerge. This pattern is indicating that a major take-down of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation, among other organizations, both sub and individual, is in process. George Soros has also been instrumental in manipulating western policy towards Russia and China in general. Panama Papers leaks, the case has been made that George Soros was behind this and the goal was to expose the Rothschild connections throughout the global banking network with the intent of taking control of the global governance process. This attempted coup against the Rothschild’s and the more hidden international banking powers which they represent, is now collapsing and the backlash could very well be violent. The Trump platform represents a direct attack on the organizations and strategies of George Soros. Along with BREXIT, Donald Trump will be enacting policies to reduce and stop immigration from terrorist supporting nations. This can be assumed to be nations that are in alliance with George Soros.

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Friday, February 10, 2017
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slavfeb8-17pDPR Hero Mikhail Tolstykh farewell ceremony to be held February 10 in Donbass Opera / DONi News / February 9, 2017 / The farewell ceremony to the DPR Hero, “Somali” battalion commander, Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh (call sign Givi), who had died on the 8th of February during the terrorist attack, will take place in Donetsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Solovianenko. It was reported by a source in the DPR power-wielding agencies. “The ‘Somali’ Commander’s farewell ceremony is planned to take place at 10 o’clock in the morning on the 10th of February in Donbass Opera hall”, said the source. Earlier it had been reported that the Tolstykh funeral were to take place the same day, February the 10th, but the ceremony’s details were not specified. It should be underlined that that several month ago in the Donbass Opera building the Republic citizens said the last goodbye to the DPR Hero, Armed Forces’ Colonel Arsen Pavlov, with the call sign “Motorola”.

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Donbass pays the last tribute to “Givi” – DONi Press Video Report
Published on Feb 10, 2017
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Today occured the funeral of the hero of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Mikhail Tolstykh, famously know under the callsign “Givi”. About 55 000 people gathered in the center of Donetsk city to say goodbye to the commander of the Somali battalion. Somali unit commander Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh will be buried on Friday next to the grave of “Sparta” commander Arsen Pavlov (Motorola), DPR administration press service told Donetsk News Agency DAN. “Somali unit commander Mikhail Toltsykh (call sign Givi) will be buried next to Motorola in Donetskoye More cemetery in the city’s Leninskiy district,” the press service said, adding that the legendary commanders’ graves are close to each other, separated by fences.
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Luhansk Republic on Twitter
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“Yes, Kiev will lose. 55,000 turned out for Givi’s funeral.
#Donbass is tighter then ever. We will fight to last bullet, last house.”

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slavfeb10-17wA Premeditated Attack / By Alexander Kots / Slavyangrad.es / Autotranslated from Spanish by Quemado Institute / February 9, 2017 / After the powerful explosion, the windows of all the sides of the six-storey building of the battalion Somalia jumped. The fire burned the facade, giving it a sinister appearance. In the shattered window appear the figures of experts and rescue personnel fleetingly. Firefighters put out the fire. Armed guards secure the perimeter to protect you from onlookers with mobile phones. The epicenter of the blast is the office of Mikhail Tolstij, commander of the Somalia battalion, which in the past three years has become legendary. Slavyansk, Ilovaisk, Donetsk Airport, Debaltsevo, Avdeevka industrial area … several times wounded, and virtually buried another dozen of them. Each time, the living legend and favorite of many women had always been able to deny the rumors in person, with their usual irony. Why Somalia?, I asked once in Ilovaisk. “When Slavyansk had not yet been lost,” he smiled. “When we started we were in sneakers, shorts and pistol. Well, like the Somali pirates. And so it remained.” Givi’s nickname arose during his time in the Ukrainian Army. After spending two years in the training center “Desna”, he retired from the post of commander. In an interview he recalled his Georgian roots and took his name from war in honor of his grandfather, who fought in World War II … “It has not been a big explosion like the ones we’ve heard in the last three years,” residents of nearby homes say.slavfeb10-17v “The windows trembled slightly, but when they shoot with artillery, the feeling is completely different.” One of the first hypotheses that has appeared in the field research team is an attack using a Shmel flamethrower. Apparently, the command had been preparing this attack for some time, recognizing the terrain of the offices and the daily routine of Commander Givi. Givi might have turned on the light in the office, and that would signal the killers that the battalion commander was already in his office. The next thing was technology. The thermobaric charge went through the window, extended the flammable mixture and with the drop of pressure the explosion occurred, which burned everything that was alive in 80 cubic meters. The destruction caused by a Shmel flamethrower may be similar to that of a 122mm howitzer projectile. In Donetsk there is little doubt that the assassination of Mikhail Tolstij is a terrorist attack organized by the Ukrainian secret services. “Givi had been too strong and annoying for some time,” one of Mijail’s subordinates tells me. “They hated him just as they hated Motorola. I remember those images of the airport, in which Givi took ucros prisoners, his colonel among them. His men had been sent to their deaths, told that the road was clean, that they went to the terminal. But the terminal was already ours. Yes, Mikhail was temperamental and sometimes cruel. But he let them live. He did not kill them, did not shoot them, did them no harm. Now the colonel is in his house and is the face of the recruiting posters for the Ukrainian Army. In fact, he spared his life. They could have fired at the column with the tanks. After the incident, in Ukraine all but the most vague, they proposed to kill Givi. Of course, I fully understand that in war people die.slavfeb10-17u And not even the best are sure to survive. But it has not been in battle. They simply could not do it as soldiers. They failed in their offensive and needed to rehabilitate themselves in some way. For Ukraine it is “a party” to distract from their failures. But they will not break us. They will only make us angry.” In fact, what happened to Givi, Motorola, Lugansk national police chief Anaschenko, Mozgovoy, Dremov, are acts of state terrorism adopted by the Kiev authorities. To end a protest movement you have to end the leaders. That is the tactic adopted by the Ukrainian Security Service in 2014 during the protests in Kharkiv, Odessa, Donetsk and Lugansk. In some places, massive arrests were catastrophic, in others they had little effect on what would happen in the future and only managed to unite more to the population. Now, this tactic has reached a new and more bloody level. True, the death of legendary commanders is a hard psychological blow. At the funeral of Motorola I saw men crying after two years of fighting and dozens of injuries. But the emotions pass and the work initiated by the now deceased remains. And it is difficult for a person’s death to seriously affect a whole battalion. Sparta lives without Motorola. Somalia will live without Givi.

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slavfeb10-17tZakharchenko: «Givi» will be revenged anyway. Ukraine does not know who it is messing up with (VIDEO) / Novorossia Vision / February 10, 2017 / Alexander Zakharchenko visited the DPR army position on the line of contact with the AFU. The Head of the DPR commented on the situation on the frontline, and added that the criminals involved in the murder of Mikhail Tolstykh, would be punished. ‘The situation is very serious. They are forcing us to take revenge Mikhail. This is a failure of the Minsk Agreements. In any case, we will revenge him,’ said Alexander Zakharchenko. Journalists asked the Head of the DPR how long Donbass would have to tolerate provocations of the AFU. ‘Ukraine does not know who it is messing up with. We have to be patient. Until we win,’ said Zakharchenko. ‘Donbass always comes for its own. In particular, for those people who killed Mikhail and Arsen,’ he added. [Click image for video.]

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Kiev amassed 90 thousand soldiers on the contact line / Novorossia Vision / February 11, 2017 / Military experts believe that such a configuration of the troops is typical for an offensive. / Ukraine continues to deliver large forces to the contact line: on the DPR-Live portal appeared infographics of the operational formation of the grouping. ‘The AFU grouping is divided into four parts nearly identical in size, such as the separate tactical group (STG) «Lugansk», the STG «Donetsk», the STG «Mariupol» and the operational reserve,’ the report says. It is noted that each part consists of approximately 16-17 thousands of the personnel, 80-100 tanks, about 500 infantry fighting vehicles, about 260 artillery systems and mortars, about 40 MLRS, about 300 anti-tank systems, and up to 400 air-defense systems. In total, near the contact line, there are now amassed almost 90 thousand Ukrainian military. ‘The most interesting is the STG «Donetsk» sector. There are three backup airmobile brigades and one tank battalion tactic group, as well as another two tank brigades at the sector boundaries,’ stated the report. At the same time, despite assurances of the AFU command that such a configuration of the troops is a deeply layered defense, the military experts believe that it is typical rather for an offensive. ‘This fact is confirmed by the location of the AFU artillery brigades armed with 152mm systems. Two of the three such brigades are amassed in the STG «Donetsk» sector. Such a configuration of armored vehicles, artillery and infantry units looks like an offensive fist of the AFU, with the city of Gorlovka as a possible target. In addition, a strike on Dokuchaevsk in the south of Donetsk is not excluded either,’ believe the authors of the material. At the same time, the military experts question the fact that Kiev has enough forces to conduct offensive operations in all three directions, but two of them it can quite afford. ‘The option of «the north of Gorlovka and the south of Donetsk» is questionable, since involving reserves in these directions will weaken the position in the Avdeevka area. The other two cases involve a strike from Avdeevka. That is why the Avdeevka industrial area is so important as the failure of the AFU plans in this area will lead to the failure of plans of the entire winter campaign,’ underline the experts.

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slavfeb7-17fNew facts and rumors emerge after Givi’s assassination / by Scott Humor / TheSaker.is / February 9, 2017 / On February 9th, the Donetsk republic authorities announced that the regime in Kiev was behind the assassination of Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, nom de guerre Givi. They also claim that they know who were individuals, involved in this crime. Igor Mosiychuk, a Rada deputy representing the “Radical party,” an ultra-radical nationalist known for his alleged involvement in intimidation of the fellow members of the parliament, kidnapping and other criminal activities. In his interview to the local TV channel, Igor Mosiychuk says that he knows that Motorola was “liquidated” by Ukraine, and not by the Russian Federation, FSB or some kind of Donets insider job, as some claimed. “It’s our people that liquidated Motorola. I cannot say anything about Givi yet, but I can say about Motorola and who did him in. I can confirm that Motorola was liquidated with the help of our armed forces and it was done by our people who live in Donetsk.” “Mossad kills around the world, and everyone knows that Mossad does the killing and everyone is afraid to do something against the state of Israel, like what Givi and Motorola did against the state of Ukraine.” “I am certain that the next will be Zaharchenko.” “I am saying what I am allowed to say.” I should translate everything that a Rada deputy Igor Mosiychuk says in his interview posted above, but I am having a mental fatigue, listening to him. [VIDEO at source.] During his interview, he mentions Israel, Knesset and Mossad several times as an example of political and military strategy. This should give you an understanding who are writing guidelines for Poroshenko’s government. Stanislav Ichenko, one of the leading experts on Ukraine: current escalation on the South-East of Ukraine is the direct result of a fight between . . . READ MORE>>  [Videos available at source.] Quemado Institute comments: We believe there is no point in anticipating any truth to the renewed death threats against DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko. Among the most brilliant of world leaders, Zakharchenko represents the future of the Donetsk People’s Republic and of Novorossiya. He has stood his ground and maintained the existence of the DPR for over two years in the face of opposition from the entire world, including to a large extent Russia, with only the exception of South Ossetia, which recognized the DPR in 2015. We expect Zakharchenko will see Novorossiya through to its liberation.

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Putin: Ukraine is extorting cash through war.
Published February 8, 2017
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With the escalation of events in the Donbass, and the murder of Somali Battalion commander Givi – this week has been particularly detrimental for Eastern Ukrainian civilians, and the rest of the world that cares about what’s taking place.

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Dmitry Peskov

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Peskov: Russian citizens are voluntarily defending Donbass from Ukrainian aggression / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 10, 2017 / According to Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, Russian authorities have nothing to do with the supply of equipment and vehicles to Donbass and are not sending Russian citizens there. Peskov stated this in response to a Ukrainian journalist’s question on where the army of the Donetsk People’s Republic acquired tanks. Peskov advised journalists to ask Kiev where Donbass gets its tanks from because, after all, Donbass is still the territory of Ukraine. “I guess you can ask Moscow and Kiev with the same effect about where these tanks are from – on this I do not possess absolute information. I can only say, of course, [these tanks are] not from Russia. This is still Ukraine. These regions are not controlled by Kiev, but are still Ukraine…Therefore, one should probably ask Kiev why such a situation has developed,” he said. Peskov also stressed that Russian authorities are not sending volunteers to Donbass, but that Russians go there of their own accord. “No volunteers are being sent there through official channels. Of course, we know that there are citizens of Russia who have voluntarily gone to the region to defend people from the aggressive actions of Ukraine’s armed forces,” Peskov stated.

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Sergei Lavrov

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Poroshenko uses escalation in Donbass to delay reforms – Lavrov / TASS / February 11, 2017 / MOSCOW / Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko uses the current escalation in Donbass to delay reforms envisaged by the Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “As soon as it became clear that security can be ensured if what has been agreed is observed, he [Poroshenko] understood that he would be pressed for political reforms, for an amnesty law, for a law on Donbass’ special status, for fixing this status in the constitution and organizing elections. And all this should be done upon agreement with Donetsk and Lugansk,” he said in an interview with Russia’s NTV television channel. “As soon as he understood that, he obviously saw it clearly that his political days would be numbered should he submit such initiatives to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament).” “So, it crossed Poroshenko’s mind that it would be right to turn a blind eye on what is done by paramilitary battalions and, maybe, even to hint to them that it’s time to begin shooting now and then,” Lavrov said. However, in his words, the West is beginning to see what the Ukrainian authorities are worth. And this is “the only positive thing” about the current situation. “But it has been earned through months, if not years, of bloodshed,” he added.

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slavfeb10-17rThe Kremlin says that the Donbas conflict would never be part of a Russian-U.S. agreement / Uawire.org / February 10, 2017 / The Kremlin claims that the conflict in the Donbas cannot be the subject of an agreement between Russia and the United States. “It is unlikely that the internal Ukrainian conflict may become a negotiating point to any sort of agreement. This information by no means corresponds to reality,” the Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov was commenting on the information that the Kremlin was preparing a “big deal” with the new U.S. administration wherein the United States would make certain concessions regarding Ukraine. The day before, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made no comments that would rule out the weakening or even complete lifting of sanctions against Russia. President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken in favor of cooperation with Russia during his election campaign and said he was interested in the leadership qualities of the Russian president Vladimir Putin. The USA, EU and other Western countries imposed sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of the Crimea and because Russia granted aid to separatists in Eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin denies its involvement in the supply of weapons and personnel while recognizing the presence of Russian “volunteers” in the combat zone. On February 8, a report revealed that a group of US senators would introduce a law that would complicate Trump’s ability to lift the sanctions against Moscow. [Source: uawire.org/news/the-kremlin-says-that-the-donbas-conflict-would-never-be-part-of-a-russian-u-s-agreement]

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
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slavfeb9-17vDonetsk Defense TV News Report, 09.02.2017 / DONi News / February 9, 2017 / Despite mourning of the Commander “Givi’s” deathin the Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukrainian forces continue shellings of DPR frontline localities. In Kominternovo locality, the DPR south, a gas pipeline and power lines have been damaged. The head of Novoazovskiy district notes that over 20 projectiles were launched onto the village. Also, northern and western suburbs of Donetsk, Spartak and locality and Yasinovataya outskirts came under the fire. The DPR law enforcements emphasize that the enemy applied mortars of different caliber, as well as IFVs and small arms. —DONi News Agency /UNION TV  [Click image for video.]

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slavfeb9-17tAFU shells DPR over 700 times in last 24 hours, Ukrainian “Grads” and “Uragans” observed near Volnovakha / DONi News / February 9, 2017 / Ukrainian security forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 711 times over the past day, stated today Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command Eduard Basurin. “The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. During the last day the armed forces of Ukraine 711 times shelled the territory of the DPR. Of this amount, heavy artillery was used 17 times, mortars of various calibres 163 times, IFVs – 75 times, anti-aircraft guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms – 454 times,” he said. Earlier today it was reported that the night before Ukrainian security forces shelled six frontline DPR areas. “Data on victims and destructions are being specified,” Eduard Basurin added.

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slavjan25-17mDonetsk Situation Report, 09.02.2017 / Novorossia Vision / By Eduard Basurin, DPR / February 9, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. The shelling from the AFU positions does not stop. The enemy continues to apply the fire impact on the localities of the Republic, shelling mainly residential areas. Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the territory of the DPR 711 times, having used heavy artillery 17 times, mortars of different calibers 163 times, infantry fighting vehicles 75 times, and anti-aircraft systems, grenade launchers and small arms 454 times. The enemy conducted the fire along the entire contact line, including on the following localities: Zaytsevo, Krasny Partisan, Spartak, Yasinovataya, Krutaya Balka, Staromikhaylovka, Alexandrovka, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Kominternovo, the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. The DPR army’s loses amounted over the past day to three soldiers killed and one wounded. As a result of the shelling by the AFU, in the locality of Kominternovo were partly damaged about five houses and households, as well as a power substation and a gas pipeline. The data on the destruction and casualties is being specified. Our intelligence continues to record the amassing of the enemy forces and means near the contact line. In particular, in Prokhorovka (13.5 km away from the contact line), there were detected eight MLRS «Grad» and six MLRS «Uragan». In addition, in the locality of Mironovsky (8 km away from the contact line), Luganskoye and Svetlodarskoye, there was noted the fact of handing in agendas to the 18 – 62 year-old local population. It should be also noted that the administration of the former Donetsk region territory occupied by the Ukrainian troops, tasked a group of representatives of recruitment and prosecutor’s offices to come to houses and educational institutions in order to enlist . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb9-17xMurder of Givi did not happen without a betrayal / Translated from SvPressa.ru by Tom Winter for Fort Russ / February 8, 2017 / “There were a lot of Ukrainian spies around Givi” — The murder of Somali Battalion Commander Givi did not happen without a betrayal. “Today, 06.12 local time the DPR hero, Givi, commander of the Somalia battalion, Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh, was murdered. This is a continuation of the terrorist war launched by Kiev authorities against residents of Donbass. An investigative team is at work at the site of the terrorist attack” said a representative of the Ministry of Defence of the DPR. The Defense Ministry also added that DPR security measures are in effect, urged residents to remain calm, and in case of detection of suspicious persons, to report it to state security: the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the military commandant’s office. “We know what sort of people they are and we will find them, and they will be punished to the fullest extent of the laws of war,” – said the prosecutor’s office. Not for the first time there is a feeling that Kiev, unable to achieve real victories on the battlefield, has decided to declare a subversive-terrorist war on the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, to decapitate the army, depriving them of the most famous and respected leaders. Recall that in October last year another legendary commander of the DNR – Arseny Pavlov (Motorola) was killed in a terrorist attack in the elevator of his house in Donetsk. Last Saturday the head of the Lugansk Police Department Oleg Anaschenko was assassinated by a car bomb in the center of town. We note that, according to some, the Anaschenko murder has been solved. Will the murders of Motorola and Givi be solved? And can the authorities of the people’s republics reply to all the escalation against given the obvious failure of the Minsk process, and pressure the international community over Kiev’s wave of terror with . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb7-17fLieutenant colonel Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, aka “Givi” has been murdered / By The Saker / TheSaker.is / February 8, 2017 / This is one of those times when I sincerely wish I had been proven wrong and that those who criticized me for raising the alarm following the murder of Motorola had been proven right. Instead, one of my worst fears has now materialized: Lieutenant colonel Mikhail Sergeyevich Tolstykh, aka “Givi” has been murdered. That’s what you get for not asking the hard questions and for stupidly denying that there is a major problem. Frankly, I am too disgusted to write a personal analysis. Besides, Colonel Cassad has already said everything which could and should be said at this point in time. All I will do is offer a translated summary of his main conclusions: 1) The murder is being investigated. There are no suspects at this time. 2) Since, with one exception, none of the murders of senior LNR/DNR figures have been successfully investigated – don’t hold your breath. 3) Givi was killed in his office by a reactive flame thrower of the RPO-A Smel type. The killers knew where and when Givi would be which shows that he was under direct observation. His personal protection detail and the DNR counter-intelligence seem to be totally clueless. As for those who murdered him, they knew how to get in and out undetected. 4) Givi had a minor political role, he was quite happy to be a tactical commander, he was on record fully supporting Zakharchenko (and Putin, would I add). Bottom line: this is totally and completely inexcusable. The RPO-A has a range of about 150-400m (depending on the actual kit and the . . . READ MORE>>

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RQ-4 Global Hawk (--Wikipedia)

RQ-4 Global Hawk (–Wikipedia)

A US drone conducted a reconnaissance mission over the Donbas / UAWire / February 9, 2017 / On Tuesday, February 7th, a strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the U.S. Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk with the call sign UAVGH000 conducted another reconnaissance flight along the demarcation line in the Donbas, as stated by Western websites that track the movement of military aircraft. According to their data, the drone was flying from the north to the south along the boundery line of Ukraine with the so-called DPR and LPR, but without crossing it. The reconnaissance vehicle was flying at an altitude of 16,000 meters. This is the second flight of a U.S. drone in the Donbas since February 5th. Taking into account the drone’s capabilities to conduct a reconnaissance at a distance of 300 km, the RQ-4A Global Hawk can monitor the entire territory of the DPR and LPR as well as the border regions of Russia. According to open sources, the drone can patrol for 30 hours, while staying at an altitude of 15,000- 18,000 meters. The long-distance, U.S. UAV drone with an enabled transponder, took off from the Sigonella air base in Sicily, entered the airspace of Ukraine from the side of Romania to the north of Moldova, and then continued the flight to the east over the Kirovohrad and Dnipropetrovsk regions to the Donetsk region. Previously, the flights of U.S. drones to the demarcation line in the Donbas have been recorded on October 15th, November 14th, December 2nd and 16th, and February 5th. After all, since January 2015, American strategic drones regularly carry out missions in the Black Sea. [Source: uawire.org/news/a-us-uav-is-conducting-an-active-reconnaissance-near-the-demarcation-line-with-the-ldpr]

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slavfeb9-17wFurious Putin rips into Merkel over Ukraine, accuses her of complicity in ‘Kiev’s destructive acts’ / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / February 8, 2017 / In a furious telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Ukraine of using Normandy format sponsored by Merkel to conceal its military aggression in eastern Ukraine. / The Kremlin has released a summary of a telephone conversation between Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Merkel, which took place yesterday Saturday 7th February 2017. Note that the summary does not say who initiated the call. The content of the summary however suggests strongly that it was Putin. The summary, which is unusually detailed, reads as follows (en.kremlin.ru): “The discussion focused on the situation in southeastern Ukraine, which recently deteriorated due to Ukraine’s provocative actions. The parties expressed serious concern over the escalating armed conflict, which has caused human fatalities and significant destruction of the civil infrastructure and residential areas in several Donbass towns. Vladimir Putin drew Angela Merkel’s attention to the data of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as well as statements by official Kiev representatives, which indicate attempts by the Ukrainian security forces to change the situation at the contact line in their favour by military means. It is becoming obvious that Kiev officials are trying to sabotage the execution of the Minsk Agreements and use the Normandy format to conceal their destructive acts. President Putin and Chancellor Merkel spoke for restoring the ceasefire immediately and supported the efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in this context. The parties agreed to intensify diplomatic efforts to assist with the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, this includes contacts between foreign ministers and the leaders’ aides within the Normandy format in the earliest possible timeframe, and subsequent discussions of the situation at the top level.” The first point to make about this call is that it was a one to one between Putin and Merkel. French President Francois Hollande, who regularly participates in discussions between Putin and Merkel on the subject of Ukraine, was not a party. That is a strong reason for thinking it was the Russians . . . READ MORE>>

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Petro Porkoshenko

Petro Porkoshenko

Deciphering the Donbass Escalation: Part 3 – Poroshenko’s Last Offensive / By Eduard Popov / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 9, 2017 / [Continued from Part 2] Among political analysts, one can meet more than a few theories on the ongoing developments in Donbass. I for one have repeatedly expressed my opinions in interviews with Russian media and for Fort Russ. Allow me to quote my article published on Fort Russ on January 10th: “It can be presumed that the Ukrainians’ intensification of activities in the “ATO” zone is directly connected to Trump’s victory. In Ukraine, many known figures directly tied to the UAF and political circles feared the possibility of Donald Trump winning the US presidential elections. Since Trump’s victory has become a fait accompli, the Ukrainians expect serious, if not fundamental changes in American policy towards Ukraine. I think that the Ukrainians will attempt to drag the new American administration onto their side. To this end, a series of military provocations which will take place at the very beginning of (or just before) Trump’s inauguration (January 20th) are in order. Even better for the Ukrainians would be if these provocations would affect Russia and thereby give the Russophobic lobby in US political and military circles the occasion to accuse our country of aggression and put pressure on Trump”. I am convinced that Donald Trump’s staff is well aware of the state of affairs in Ukraine, aware of the kleptocracy of the Ukrainian pseudo-elite, and the rampant neo-Nazism. And yet the Ukrainian authorities’ temptation to try to put Russia and the US at loggerheads and derail the . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb9-17sTerrible Official Statistics of the Ukrainian Crimes in Donbass (VIDEO) / DONi News / February 9, 2017 / Daria Morozova, the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Donetsk People’s Republic, voiced statistics of dead and wounded civilians in connection with the armed conflict in Donbass. She also voiced terrific statistics on the destruction of infrastructure caused by Ukrainian authorities. To this day, from January 1, 2016, till December 31, 2016, 238 people, including 16 children, received wounds of varying severity. 59 people, including 3 underage children, died. Since January 27, 2017, till February 2, 2017, 42 people, including 2 children, received wounds of varying severity. The last case took place near “Motel” where four people died. From 1st of January to 2nd of February 47 people, including 4 children, were wounded in our Republic. Four people died up to this moment. I will clarify that since the beginning of the conflict, in the Donetsk People’s Republic 4,320 people died, among which 595 women and 3,725 men, including 74 underage children. In total, since the beginning of the conflict, on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 11,112 facilities of . . . READ MORE>>  [Click image for video.]

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Denis Pushilin

Denis Pushilin

DPR collects almost 22,000 singatures under petition to world’s leaders / DONi News / February 9, 2017 / Almost 22 thousand inhabitants of the Donetsk People’s Republic put their signatures under the petition to the leaders of the Russian Federation, the United States and Germany to influence Kiev and to stop the genocide in Donbass, as of today. This was reported in the press service of the DPR People’s Council. “In towns and districts of the Donetsk People’s Republic goes on the collection of signatures under the petition to the leaders of the Russian Federation, Germany and the United States to influence Kiev and to stop the genocide in Donbass. As of February 8, 21,901 resident of the DPR already signed under the petition,” the press service notes. Collection of signatures continues. The action takes place from 31 January in all DPR localities. It started after a joint appeal of Chairmen of the DPR and the LPR People’s Councils Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko to the countries’ leaders.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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slavfeb8-17tDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 08.02.2017 / DONi News / February 8, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic keeps escalating. Today at 06:12 there died the DPR Hero, Commander of the battalion ‘Somali’, Colonel Mikhail Tolstykh, known as ‘Givi’ as a result of the act of terrorism. It is continuation of the terrorist war started by the Kiev Junta against Donbass residents. The investigating team is working on the terrorism act site. Presumably, there was registered that detonation had taken place as a result of using, it is highly possible, a rocket-propelled anti-personnel flame thrower ‘Shmel’. Security measures have been strengthened in the Republic and amber alert has been activated. Residents should be calm and should not panic. If you meet suspected persons, you should immediately inform the emergency services of the State Security Ministry, Internal Ministry and military police. According to the indirect evidences we are free to say that this tragedy was organized by Ukraine’s special services. It is possible that Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Minister Adviser Shkiryak is involved in the act of terrorism. All these latest tragedies – are the mean shot at the back of Donbass population! We will never forget this!slavfeb8-17r And never forgive! All these criminals and each of them will be subject to condign punishment! It’s a pity that Ukraine’s authorities have chosen the very way of fighting against Donbass population. These actions of the Kiev Junta only reduce its time of being in power! The tragedy will join us! We will become more powerful! And also join Ukraine’s population against Kiev’s terrorists to decisively resist its criminal activities. We are drawing the world community’s attention to the fact that the Ukrainian Junta’s terrorism is striving for disrupting the Minsk process by all means. Ukraine’s criminal authorities strive for escalating the situation in Donbass by enhancing groupings and by shameless shellings of civilians in localities, including on the AFU-controlled territory. | Shellings from the AFU positions are not ceased. The enemy keeps shelling the localities of the Republic, mainly shelling the residential areas. Over the past 24 hours Ukraine’s criminal forces shelled the . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb8-17yGivi, a militia commander, killed in Donetsk / Novorossia Vision / February 8, 2017 / n the morning of 8 February, in Donetsk was killed the legendary commander of the «Somalia» unit, Mikhail Tolstykh, better known as Givi. The explosion occurred at his workplace on the «Somalia» base. The DPR Prosecutor’s Office said that it had been a terrorist attack. ‘We know who these people are. We will find them, and they will be punished to the fullest extent of the laws of war,’ said the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic. Givi became one of the main enemies of the Ukrainian army after he had made «cyborgs» captured in the Donetsk airport, eat their straps in the presence of journalists. Earlier, as a result of another terrorist attack, there was killed another leader of the Novorossia militia, Arsen Pavlov «Motorola». He was blown up in the elevator of his apartment building.

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DPR head A. Zakharchenko press conference on
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DPR head A. Zakharchenko press conference on this mornings assassination of DPR
“Somalie” battalion commander Colonel Mikhail “GIVI” Tolstykh
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Givi Tribute – Donetsk good times – RIP
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slavfeb8-17sIn memory: “If one day, we aren’t here…” Givi & Motorola [Videos at source] / Translated by Inessa Sinchougova for Fort Russ / February 8, 2017 / Since the start of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, commanders Givi and Motorola, both of whom have now perished at the hands of the Kiev junta, have been defending the Donbass region from the Ukrainian army, the far-Right Ukro-fascists, paid mercenaries, and their Washington-based founders. Throughout the conflict, Western media portrayed them as rebels and separatists, despite the fact they were defending their own land. After the murder of Motorola, Givi recorded the following message – clearly spoken in mourning for his friend. It is with great sadness to have to report that Givi did not live to see a peaceful Donbass. Thank you for your service and rest in peace. [Videos available at source.]

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Pete John On Twitter
February 8, 2017 15:00 UTC
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RIP. Colonel DNI Army, Hero of the People’s Republic of Donetsk,
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slavfeb8-17vLPR Head awarded posthumously “By Service and Bravety” Order to Colonel Anaschenko (PHOTOS) / Lugansk Media Center / February 8, 2017 / LPR Head Igor Plotnitskiy awarded “By Service and Bravety” second degree Order posthumously to LPR People’s Militia command Chief Colonel Oleg Anaschenko. The Order was passed to the family of the late Anaschenko. The farewell ceremony took place today in Lugansk Academic Ukrainian Musical Drama Theatre on Oboronnaya street. “Today we are paying our last tribute to a true patriot Oleg Vladimirovich Anaschenko,” Plotnitskiy said. “In 2014 he couldn’t watch Ukrainian junta destroying Donbass peace-loving people, and he put on military uniform performing the officer’s duty and sacrificing his life.” “Unfortunately , wars take away the best of people as they never hide behind the backs of their comrades-in-arms. We shall forever remember Oleg Vladimirovish as a true officer – brave, responsible, devoted to his Motherland. May the memory of him his undying glory last forever.” Colonel Anaschenko was earlier awarded “Victory 70th Anniversary” medal, “For Faith and Will” medal, first-degree medal “For bravety”, second-degree “For Distinguished Service” medal, honorary medal “Battle for Lugansk”. On February 4, a car exploded which Anaschenko was driving in Lugansk. LPR Prosecutor General’s office said the explosive device went off on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The criminal investigation led by MGB was launched under the article covering terrorist acts. [More photos at source.]

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slavfeb8-17zFour battles that broke the Ukrainian army / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / February 7, 2017 / The latest fighting near Avdeevka in Ukraine repeats the same disastrous tactics which led to the Ukrainian army’s previous defeats in the “cauldrons” along the Russian border (the ‘southern cauldron’), in Ilovaisk, at Donetsk airport, and in Debaltsevo. / The latest fighting in and around the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdeevka is being represented as the product of a supposedly new Ukrainian ‘infiltration’ tactic whereby Ukrainian troops are said to insert surreptitiously into no-man’s land thereby gradually gaining territory and putting the eastern Ukrainian militia at a disadvantage. In my opinion this is wrong. The latest ‘infiltration tactic’ is simply a variant of the same tactics the Ukrainians have used throughout the war, which is to attack headlong, putting their troops in an untenable position, which causes them to suffer heavy losses for no actual gain, and in which certain cases leads them to becoming surrounded in pockets which the militia calls “cauldrons”. The militia use of the term “cauldron” (sometimes translated as “kettle”) to describe how these pockets work. The Ukrainian troops cut off in these “cauldrons” are deprived of resupply and reinforcement. Over time their position becomes completely untenable. The militia does not try to storm the “cauldron” but instead lets it slowly ‘heat up’ until resistance finally collapses. Any Ukrainian troops still left in the “cauldron” when the collapse comes are then generally exchanged for militia prisoners taken by the Ukrainians. The heavy weapons left behind – the tanks, armoured vehicles and artillery – are however taken by the militia and refurbished in the militia’s workshops. The Donbass being a major industrial area there is no shortage of the necessary tools and skills to do this. They are then reused by the militia, becoming weapons in its increasingly sophisticated army. An unknown but probably very large percentage of the large number of heavy weapons the militia now possesses have probably come to it in this way, with no less a person than President Poroshenko admitting in September 2014 that the Ukrainian . . . READ MORE>>

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In Memory of Commander Givi
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
(Full Report)

Alexander Zakharchenko

Alexander Zakharchenko

Ukrainian forces bear all signs of preparation for offensive – The Head of DPR, Zakharchenko / DONi Press / February 7, 2017 / During communication with mass media epresentatives on Tuesday, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, answered questions on the current situation on the demarcation line, commented on Kiev politicians’ statements and made a short-term forecast of the situations’ development. Q: Is there any information on losses in the AFU ranks since the outset of aggravation? – “According to the Corps reconnaissance data, the losses of some 300 wounded and more than 200 killed personnel were confirmed indirectly by Ukrainian medical institutions. For several days of hostilities, they have lost nearly two battalions.” Q: What is the current situation on the contact line? – “The situation is tough. The enemy is trying to redeploy military equipment, artillery, field hospitals, is relocating headquarters. The Armed Forces of Ukraine bear all signs of preparation for an offensive.”Q: Was the information on Tochka-U units confirmed? – “We tackled with Tochka-U systems in 2014-2015. These arms may bring no novelty for us. Experience has proven that one of four rockets explodes, and as Ukraine has only 6 pieces left, we will stand 1,5 Tochka-U hits. This is a terrible weapon, but it is the reality we should treat calmly. Without panic. Our air defense works, so we will bring down the most part of Tochka-U rockets. And if Kiev troops decide to use this weapon – it will become a huge mistake on the part of Ukraine’s leadership.” Q: At the yesterday’s Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers meeting Timoshenko stated that it was high time to impose martial law in Ukraine. If such a decision is made, then what is it fraught with for the Republic? – “We don’t care – whether they impose martial law or not. We are at war with the state of Ukraine already. But if they change the status of the conflict from the ‘ATO’ for war, then they will lose all the credits which could be still received. Therefore, I doubt that martial law will be imposed in Ukraine.” Q: There is an opinion what the current aggravation on the contact line was planned, is it really so and whether repetition of such acts is possible on Ukraine’s part? – “All the military processes which have been taking place in our territory since 2014, were planned by the criminal regime of Poroshenko, Turchinov, Yatsenyuk, Avakov, etc. It is obvious that the war is the only way out for Poroshenko from the developed situation. By means of military operations he is trying to attract attention of the world community. But we are ready for it. Our troops have been at war for more than 2,5 years. Therefore, the following offensive will be the last one for the Ukrainian army.” Q; After having had a conversation with Trump, Poroshenko stated that the American president was acquainted with the situation in Ukraine. Timoshenko confirmed this. In the yesterday’s statement Trump said that he hadn’t got the situation in Ukraine yet . . . – “I trust Trump more, than Poroshenko and Timoshenko. Their statements often have nothing to do with the reality.” Q: And what does Ukraine reckon on when lying so impudently? – “It is in the death struggle already. And lots of things may be told in the state of agony and delirium.” —Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko. Official translation by DONi News Agency.

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Eduard Basurin (--RealSyrian FreePress)

Eduard Basurin (–RealSyrian FreePress)

DPR Emergency Statement: Following Trump call, Poroshenko is preparing for total war / Translated from RusVesna by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 6, 2017 / The deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Eduard Basurin, stated at an emergency briefing in Donetsk last night that Poroshenko is preparing to unleash a full-scale war and reject the Minsk Agreements. Basurin announced: “Following the talk between Poroshenko and Trump, Ukraine will in the near future cease to receive financial and military support for its terrorist operation in the land of Donbass. In connection with this, the Ukrainian president has fallen into complete despair and is ready to desperately commit to the most reckless action of unleashing a full-scale and bloody war in Eastern Europe.” “All of this is needed in order to blame their crimes on the unrecognized republics and the Russian Federation and defraud the West of new funds in order to develop their business built on the blood of the ordinary Ukrainian people,” Basurin continued. “The military-political command of Ukraine has refused to implement the Minsk Agreement on withdrawing heavy artillery from the contact line. On the contrary, it has carried out a build up of troop groupings. “Our intelligence has confirmed the enemy’s activeness. In particular, we have recorded the concentration of enemy forces and means on the frontline for the purpose of creating a strike group. Two Tochka-U tactical missile complexes have been moved from Kramatorsk to the territory of the Avdeevka Coke Plant. Another six Tochka-U’s have been unloaded at the train station in Novobakhmutovka…Two companies of nationalists headed by the ex-commander of Right Sector, D. Yarosh, have arrived in the area of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade. Units of the National Guard of Ukraine have arrived in the area of Volnovakha.” The DPR deputy commander reported further: “Under the cover of night, while lighting up the Crimean front in an attempt to disguise their other activities, the transfer of an anti-tank artillery division from the 57th separate mechanized brigade is ongoing to reinforce the UAF’s mechanized brigades on the Donetsk and Mariupol fronts. In addition, the fact of the redeployment of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade in full force from the Kharkov region to the zone of Poroshenko’s terrorist operation against the civilian population of Donbass, has been established. Three battalions from the nationalist Azov force have arrived from in Mariupol from Urzuf.” Eduard Basurin concluded: “This information allows us to conclude that the UAF command, on the order of the military-political leadership of Ukraine, is preparing offensive combat operations across the entire contact line as well as sabotage against civil infrastructure, imitating the Nazis in 1941. “In turn, our troops are ready to give the enemy a dignified rebuff and rout Kiev’s terrorist troops as before.”

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Summary events of Novorossiya, February 7, 2017 / Anna News / February 7, 2017 / In the morning Ukrainian fighters have opened fire at Dokuchaevsk from artillery. A hostel and a boiler house were damaged, the head of the town Alexander Kachanov reported today. There were no casualties. Ukrainian soldiers shelled the village Frunze of the Slavyanoserbsky district at night. They used artillery. 2 houses were damaged. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 600 times for the last 24 hours. They used mortars, tanks, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers, small arms and heavy artillery. The difficult situation is in Donetsk. 2 soldiers of the DPR were killed and 1 wounded. 13 Ukrainian tanks were detected in Maryinka, 2 self-propelled guns were registered in the village Novomikhaylovka of the Maryinsky district. 3 multiple launch rocket systems “Grad” are located in Novokalinovo near Yasinovataya, 8 in Ivanovka and 2 in the village Sartana. 6 self-propelled guns were detected in the village Ivanopolye, the Deputy Commander of the operational command of the DPR Eduard Basurin reported today. 80 Ukrainian fighters are going to Avdeevka, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 4 times; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. They opened fire at the localities Smeloe, Frunze, Donetsky and Logvinovo. They used infantry fighting vehicles, mortars, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms.

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Oleg Anashenko

Oleg Anashenko

The Murderer Of Colonel Oleg Anaschenko Has Been Captured And Detained, Ukraine Junta Once Again Responsible / Novorossia Today / February 7, 2017 / LPR Ministry Of Intelligence have detained the killer of the head of LPR People’s Army. / n the LPR, Interior Ministry Agents detained the killer of the Chief of the People’s Army of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Colonel Oleg Anaschenko. It is reported by Rosbalt citing a source in the LPR Ministry of State Security. This information is also confirmed by participants of the special operation, the LPR Interior Ministry employees. As it became known, late on February 5, as a result of an interception plan, the police detained a major of the Nazi Ukraine Units (AFU). Currently, investigations are being conducted to apprehend accomplices of the detained. As reported, the Ukrainian officer admitted organizing and executing the murder. Anaschenko was killed in Lugansk on February 4, as a result of his car explosion. The People’s Army press office immediately put forward a theory that the attack had been carried out by the Ukrainian Junta secret services in order to destabilize the situation in the LPR.

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slavfeb7-17gOSCE mission registers 550 explosions in Donbass in past day / TASS / February 8, 2017 / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) said in its daily report that the number of ceasefire violations declined as compared to the previous period. / VIENNA / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported fewer ceasefire violations in East Ukraine, with 550 explosions registered in the past 24 hours, the mission said in a report. “The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region, with about 550 explosions, compared with the previous 24-hour period,” reads the report posted on Tuesday evening. According to the observers, in violation of the respective withdrawal lines the SMM observed the following in government-controlled areas: six towed howitzers (D-30, 122mm), two of which were attached to trucks, and 11 self-propelled howitzers (2S3 Akatsiya, 152mm) near the village of Bogoyavlenka. A mini SMM UAV spotted two multiple-launch-rocket-systems (MLRS; BM-21 Grad, 122mm) near government-controlled settlement of Aslanove, 85km south of Donetsk. In areas controlled by the self-proclaimed republics, the OSCE mission registered one howitzer (D-20, 152mm) towed by a truck and one T-64 tank. The SMM observed weapons that could not be verified as withdrawn, as their storage does not comply with the previously set criteria. In government-controlled areas the SMM observed: 17 self-propelled howitzers (2S1 Gvozdika, 122mm) and four surface-to-air missile systems (9K35 Strela-10, 120mm). The SMM continued to observe as missing 23 self-propelled howitzers (11 2S3 and 12 2S1). The monitors revisited permanent storage sites in government-controlled areas, whose locations corresponded with the withdrawal lines, and noted that a total of seven tanks were missing from one of them. Despite the joint statement of 1 February by members of the Trilateral Contact Group, the SMM received no information about the withdrawal of weapons from the area between the Donetsk airport, Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya. On February 1, members the Contact Group on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine held a meeting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, demanding that hostilities in Donbass be stopped, weapons and military hardware be withdrawn from the line of contact area by February 5. However, according to the DPR Operational Command, instead of withdrawing weapons, Kiev has deployed more military hardware to the line of contact.

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Enemy Report: USAF Global Hawk UAV continuing to patrol Eastern Ukraine along Donetsk region border / By Quemado Institute / February 7, 2017 / An enemy news site “Liveumap” stated earlier today that a US Air Force Northrop-Grumman RQ-4K Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle had been patrolling over Ukraine territory near the contact line with the Donetsk People’s Republic. An independent report from Fort Russ, which was quoted on Twitter, confirmed the presence of the UAV. However, we have not been able to locate that report at the Fort Russ website. According to the quote, the drone was flying in the Debaltsevo area at an altitude of 16 km. Which side of the contact line was not specified. The Global Hawk UAV is a large unarmed surveillance drone. This surveillance operation is possibly being conducted to assist Donald Trump in determining the facts of the Donbass war, to discourage further escalation in violation of the Minsk Agreements, or to halt the possible false flag operation which has been predicted for Mariupol. The map shown here, posted by the enemy source, shows the drone over Ukraine territory near Mariupol, not far from the southern DPR border. The enemy source, however, is not considered reliable. The Saker also confirms the presence of US drones (see article below).

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slavfeb7-17fHigh risk of imminent large scale military operations in the Donbass / By The Saker / TheSaker.is / February 7, 2017 / Most of you must by now have heard various reports about the rapidly deteriorating situation in the Ukraine. Many, however, might have dismissed them because, let’s be honest here, we have had so many false warnings about an imminent Ukronazi attack that we got used to them. In fact, there have been numerous previous incidents, but this time around I see enough indicators and warnings to warrant another warning. Here are the new elements: 1) Over the past couple of months the Ukrainians have gradually amassed a very large force estimated by most observers are 120’000 soldiers. Some units were moved away from the Crimean border and the city of Mariupol and deployed all along the line of contact in the Donbass. 2) The Ukronazis have officially admitted that they are implementing what they call a “frog leap” tactic in the Donbass which consists of slowly but constantly taking control of the gray zone supposed to separate the two sides and they are not reporting about the territories they have “liberated”. 3) Poroshenko is, by all accounts, totally clueless as how to proceed. This weakness if felt by key Ukrainian politicians who recently have made strong statements in support of a military “solution”. Those politicians include Yulia Timoshenko and Dmitry Iarosh. If Poroshenko does nothing, they call him a coward, if he orders an attack on the Donbass they will call him a loser. For the Nazis, this is a win-win situation. 4) There is a consensus opinion amongst experts that the Ukronazi junta is horrified by the election of Donald Trump and that they see only one option to force the hand of Trump: to force Russia to openly intervene in defense of the Novorussian Republics which would, of course, result in a military defeat for the Ukraine but also a political victory as the US and EU cannot allow Russian to openly defeat the Ukrainians without reacting. 5) The Ukrainians have moved forward heavy artillery systems, including ballistic missiles and heavy long range multiple rocket launchers we can strike in downtown Donetsk. Ukrainian MBT and APC/IFV are also seen in large number all along the line of contact. The deployment of such systems is a direct violation of the Minsk-2 Agreement but the Ukronazis don’t seem to care. 6) More and more Ukrainian politicians are openly declaring the the Minsk Accords are dead and that only a military solution is possible. Some members of the Rada want to declare war on Russia. 7) The Americans are closely monitoring the situation, US drones were detected all along the line of contact, but Donald Trump seems to have decided . . . READ MORE>>  Quemado Institute comments: It’s possible the drone or drones are monitoring Ukraine to gather facts to assist President Trump in learning the situation on the ground in Donbass. We believe Trump will use the information wisely. Quemado Institute does not share The Saker’s dark views of the President’s intentions. Nevertheless, Trump has made it unclear which side of conflict he might favor, not unlike the cryptic impression he has created regarding many of the world’s conflicts. This, we suspect, is a deliberate strategy, no different from the methods he used to produce excellence in his business resorts, his home, and his personal life.

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slavfeb7-17nMoscow Opens Criminal Case Against Ukraine Army Over Donbass Shelling / Sputnik / February 7, 2017 / Russia’s Investigative Committee opened a criminal case against the military personnel of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine after Kiev forces shelled and damaged dozens of houses and administrative buildings of Donetsk region on February 4-6. / MOSCOW / Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against the military personnel of the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine for shelling the territory of Donetsk region on February 4-6, the committee’s spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said Tuesday. She noted that on February 4-6 the Armed Forces and the National Guard of Ukraine had shelled and damaged dozens of houses and administrative buildings, as well as power lines and a railway rolling stock. The situation in southeastern Ukraine has escalated over the past few days, in particular near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, where clashes between Kiev forces and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic militia have intensified. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence.

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slavfeb7-17qTelephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel / En.kremlin.ru / February 7, 2017 / Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. / The discussion focused on the situation in southeastern Ukraine, which recently deteriorated due to Ukraine’s provocative actions. The parties expressed serious concern over the escalating armed conflict, which has caused human fatalities and significant destruction of the civil infrastructure and residential areas in several Donbass towns. Vladimir Putin drew Angela Merkel’s attention to the data of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as well as statements by official Kiev representatives, which indicate attempts by the Ukrainian security forces to change the situation at the contact line in their favour by military means. It is becoming obvious that Kiev officials are trying to sabotage the execution of the Minsk Agreements and use the Normandy format to conceal their destructive acts. President Putin and Chancellor Merkel spoke for restoring the ceasefire immediately and supported the efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in this context. The parties agreed to intensify diplomatic efforts to assist with the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, this includes contacts between foreign ministers and the leaders’ aides within the Normandy format in the earliest possible timeframe, and subsequent discussions of the situation at the top level.

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Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics - Clikc to enlarge. (--Wikipedia)

Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics – Clikc to enlarge. (–Wikimedia)

Trump hints at recognition of the DPR and LPR – Der Tagesspiegel / Sokura.Livejournal.com / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 7, 2017 / A German newspaper has noticed an important detail in the talks between Donald Trump and the so-called Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The fact that the talks were held in a negative way for the former Ukrainian is probably all in favor, but the US president’s statement that it is necessary to restore peace along the border, as noted by the journalist edition of Der Tagesspiegel, can be interpreted in different ways. “On the border between Ukraine and Russia, no military action is being conducted now; the front is much farther to the west. It is unclear why Trump wants to restore peace ‘along the border’. The so-called ‘line of contact’ that runs between Ukrainian troops and militia may be called the border only if the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics were to be recognized internationally as independent states.” I do not think it’s a secret that, among the US, Russia and Germany (as the dominant de facto EU now), there are negotiations on the division of territories of the former Ukraine. Despite the fact that Trump said the refusal by the United States to claim the former Ukrainian territory [sic], in return for this there is something he will require. He is a businessman sticking to tough negotiating policy. However, hints that Russia should take the DPR and LPR were heard from the previous administration. But this republic should be within its borders even completely within the boundaries of the former Donetsk and Luhansk regions [sic], the territory of which held a referendum about secession from the former Ukraine in 2014. It is noteworthy that there appeared on the website change.org a petition addressed to Vladimir Putin about the need to recognize the DPR and LPR. Here it is. In addition, the “Avdiivka aggravation” again put the topic of the war in the DPR on the agenda, and has intensified the debate about the need to include the republic as fast as possible into Russia. [Editor’s note: apologies for possible errors in translation.]

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Yuliya Tymoshenko (--Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Yuliya Tymoshenko (–Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Tymoshenko praises Trump for “understanding” Ukraine crisis, begs for military support / Translated from RIA Novosti by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 7, 2017 / The leader of Ukraine’s Fatherland Party, Yuliya Tymoshenko, stated live on the program “Freedom of Speech” on Ukrainian TV channel “ICTV” that US President Donald Trump perfectly understands what is happening in Donbass. “The US President absolutely clearly understands what is happening here and has assured full support for Ukraine,” Tymoshenko stated, describing her informal meeting with the American leader in Washington. Tymoshenko also claimed that she met with representatives of the White House, from whom she requested military aid for Kiev. She did not specify, however, whether she received a response. Previously, however, Trump stated in a Fox News interview that the US does not know exactly what is happening in Eastern Ukraine and needs to look into the issue. NOTE from J. Arnoldski: Shortly before receiving a politically motivated 3-day Facebook ban, Fort Russ’ Editor-in-Chief, Joaquin Flores, explained on his Facebook that reports of Trump “assuring” support to Kiev are absolutely unfounded and are in fact part of a wider fake news campaign.

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Trump, O'Reilly (--Fox News)

Donald Trump, Bill O’Reilly (–Fox News)

Trump doubts that Russia controls Donbass / Pravda.ru / February 7, 2017 / The US President Donald Trump has doubted that the Donbass militia is controlled by Russia. The US President expressed his point of view during an interview with the Fox News Channel. Trump answered a question of the host Bill O’Reilly on whether he was not insulted by escalation on the east of Ukraine due to pro-Russian forces the next day after he had carried out a phone talk with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US leader responded negatively. He explained that he refused to see any direct connection between acts of militia and Russia. Beside that, Trump claimed, that the US did not know for sure what was going on in Ukraine, and it should be found out. Before that, Head of the Ukrainian General Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted that there were no regular Russian troops in the territory of the country. Later, the OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier also noted that there were no Russian troops in Donbass, having aroused perplexity on the Kiev authorities, which still assure that Russian special forces act in the territory of Donbass.

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Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban before negotiations (--Kremlin.ru)

Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban before talks (-Kremlin.ru)

Making sense of Putin’s visit to Hungary / Russia-Direct.org / February 7, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin has seen Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban as a useful partner within the EU and finds himself in a better position now than he did when he was last in Budapest two years ago. The geopolitical cookie has crumbled in his favor, at least for now. It’s not often that Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed onto EU soil with open arms and warm gestures, but that was the case with his flying visit last week to the Hungarian capital to talk trade, sanctions and energy. Putin was received in Budapest by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who he has cultivated a strong relationship with since Orban returned to power in 2014. The two leaders were meeting for the third time in three years. Orban has taken a starkly different approach to Russia than his European counterparts. He has repeatedly criticized economic sanctions placed on Russia over the civil war in Ukraine and reintegration of Crimea and publicly denounced the United States for putting “great pressure” on Hungary over its energy deals and relations with Moscow. He has taken reprimands from Brussels over his “pro-Putin” stances, but hasn’t changed tack. On Thursday he condemned what he calls “anti-Russian politics” in Western Europe and expressed hope for improved relations. Just ahead of Putin’s visit, a new monument was unveiled on the burial site of Russian soldiers from the two World Wars. This also stands in contrast to other central and Eastern European nations that have been tearing down monuments that tie their history to Russia’s, not erecting them. Putin has seen Orban as a useful partner within the EU and finds himself in a better position now than he did when he was last in Budapest two years ago. The geopolitical cookie has crumbled in his favor, at least for now. Russia has managed to weather sanctions and conduct a relatively successful military campaign in Syria, shifting the balance to become a major power broker in the conflict and in the wider region. What’s more, Putin’s many Western opponents are preoccupied with so many of their own problems, that he no longer appears to be their top priority or target for ire. The visit came as Brussels tries to come to terms with a Donald Trump presidency in the U.S. — while at the same time faces worries about . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, February 6, 2017
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slavfeb6-17zUkrainian Military Orders Artillery Fire on Mariupol – DPR / TVZvezda.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / February 6, 2017 / The Ukrainian military plans to conduct a provocation and cause an artillery attack on Mariupol, which is under the control of Kiev. As the representative of the DPR Ministry of Defense told RIA Novosti, the relevant data was received by the intelligence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). “The Ukrainian command, for the aggravation of the situation on the contact line and attempts to unleash hostilities, ordered the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] units to strike Mariupol,” said the agency. According to him, the purpose of Kiev is to lay the blame for the deaths of civilians on the DPR and accuse the unrecognized republic of disrupting the Minsk agreements. The DPR Defense Ministry spokesman said that the information was received from the headquarters of the so-called ATO [Ukraine’s “Anti-Terrorist Operation”]. The situation worsened in the Donets Basin in late January. The parties accused each other of trying to advance. The DPR said that for the first time in nearly two years Donetsk was fired on with “Grad” and “Hurricane.” In addition, the security forces used mortars and anti-aircraft guns. As a result of the shelling, two militiamen were killed.

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slavfeb6-17xPoroshenko deputy tells Ukrainians to prepare for “protracted war” / By Maksim Karpenko (PolitNavigator); Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / February 6, 2017 / While live on the TV channel “Inter,” Sergey Kaplin, a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, called on the Ukrainian population to prepare for a protracted war. “Let’s resume preparations for the civil defense of our population. Today we should honestly tell our people that no Minsk Agreements, no negotiations, and no geopolitical shifts in the world will lead to a stabilization of the situation. We should learn to live in a state of war or semi-war for the next few years. The country should be prepared for these challenges,” Kaplin stated. Kaplin was supported by international affairs analyst Aleksandr Sushko, who added: “We should honestly tell the people waiting who sincerely believe that the war could end and that normal life will return in six months – tell them that normal life will not return in the coming years, and maybe this extraordinary situation will continue for decades.” Before his election in May 2014, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to end the war in Donbass within two weeks.

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Oliver Stone, 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)

Oliver Stone, 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)

Oliver Stone calls on President Trump to “declassify” all secret documents on Ukraine conflict / By Alex Christoforou / The Duran / February 6, 2017 / Oliver Stone says that US President Trump should make public any secret documents he has in his possession on the origins of the conflict in Ukraine. The Obama Administration, with the help of the CIA and main stream media, cleverly diluted the fact they they violently overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine, and encouraged the illegal, putsch government to attack its own citizens in the east of the country. The Obama Administration, with the help of the CIA and main stream media, cleverly diluted the fact they they violently overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine, and encouraged the illegal, putsch government to attack its own citizens in the east of the country. . . . READ MORE>> [Video available at source.]

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
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Military Activity in the Donbass 05.02.2017 / By Colonel Cassad; Edited by GBabeuf / Slavyangrad.org / Briefly on what is happening in the Donbass: 1) From the second half of the day the intensity of the shelling again escalated. There has been shelling in the areas of Avdeevka, Zaitsevo, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka, Kalinovo, on the Svetlodarsk arc, utilising 80-120mm mortars, and 122mm and 152mm cannon. 2) In Avdeevka the heating and electricity supply was partially restored. Avdeevka Coking Plant continues working. Also restored was the power supply to Gorlovka after yesterday’s knocking out of the power lines in the Svetlodarsk area. 3) On social networks there are rumours, citing unnamed military sources, of a possible night-time attack by the Ukrainian Army (UAF) towards Gorlovka. DPR power structures are on high alert. 4) The USA officially announced that the issue of agreements with Russia can be addressed regardless of what is happening in Avdeevka, i.e. in fact it is a question of direct talks to get rid of the situation on the Donbass fronts. 5) The enemy continues active exploration of the front-line zones of the DPR and the LPR using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), probably in order to update the data on the first echelon of the army corps of the DPR and the LPR. Possible enhanced activity of UAF sabotage and reconnaissance groups (SRGs). 6) According to the DPR Ministry of Defence, the enemy is reinforcing its groupings in the Avdeevka and Volnovakha areas. In the area of the Avdeevka Coking Plant they have noted Tochka-U missile complexes. The core strength of the 92nd Mechanized Brigade [of the UAF ‒ed.] has been transferred from Kharkov to the Donbass. 7) Both parties continue to accuse each other of using residential buildings in Avdeevka and Makeevka for tactical purposes. No major changes are expected in this regard. — Overall developments are still evolving within the framework of the old script with local relapses in the positional front, but nonetheless a definite probability of intensification still remains, since at this point there are no coherent diplomatic restraints in place. The video [above] is said to have been shot in the Avdeevka area.

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Briefing by Eduard Basurin about situation on the front-line
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Briefing about the situation on the front-lines in Donbass by deputy head of People’s Militia of DPR Eduard Basurin. For the past 24 hours the situation has stabilized somewhat, but Ukrainian forces keep shelling civilian targets and infrastructure. Besides that, Ukrainian military has blown up the power transmission lines to Gorlovka. The town is without electricity.
Ukrainian forces keep amassing reinforcements on the front line in apparent preparation for a full scale assault.

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slavfeb5-17kDPR Accuses Ukrainian Military of Transfering “Tochka-U” Missiles to Contact Line / Interfax.ru / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / February 5, 2017 / Defense Ministry of breakaway republic reported on the transfer of Ukrainian “Tochka-U” missiles. / MOSCOW / The Ministry of Defence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic declares that the Ukrainian side refused to withdraw heavy weapons from the contact line in Donbass. “The military and political command of Ukraine refused to implement the decision of Minsk on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, but on the contrary, was engaged in carrying out capacity-groups of enemy troops activation, our intelligence confirms,” it was said at a press briefing on Sunday by deputy chief of the DPR operational command Eduard Basurin. According to him, DPR has recorded the concentration of forces and equipment of the Armed Forces Ukraine on the frontline to create a strike force. “On the territory of Avdeevka Coke came from the settlement of Kramatorsk two tactical missile complex Tochka-U, and in Novobahmutke, at the railway station, unloaded six Point-In [sic], and the loss for the tasks [sic]. The District location 72 Hombre arrived two companies of the nationalists, led by the former commander of the Right sector Dmitry Yarosh,” said Basurin, citing data intelligence. As reported at the last meeting of the contact group on February 1 in Minsk, it was agreed to have a withdrawa of heavy weaponry by the parties on 5 February. Eduard Basurin also said that DPR troops are ready to give a fitting rebuff to the enemy.

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Urgent from Donetsk City 06/02/2017 / Miquel Puertas on Facebook / February 5, 2017 21:30 UTC / It looks that this night the troops of Poroshenko may try to enter Donetsk using a massive attack with ballistic missiles according to commander Basurin (DNR speaker). The full state of war has been declared by the DNR authorities. The Spartak battalion that is defending the airport is getting massive shelling right now. Poroshenko forces should attack the city before the Cossacks arrive here. Units of Don Cossacks are expected to enter the city next week to reinforce the defense of Donetsk. One of my friends told me that the power can be cut and also the internet and that I should be ready for the worst scenario.

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slavfeb5-17yUkraine’s Military Shelling Horlivka Suburbs in Donbass Region / Sputnik / February 5, 2017 / Zaitseve village near the town of Horlivka in the Donbass region of Ukraine is being shelled by heavy weaponry of Kiev’s forces, according to a representative of the local authorities. / DONETSK / Kiev’s forces are shelling the Zaitseve village near the town of Horlivka in the Donbass region of Ukraine, a representative of the local authorities told Sputnik Sunday. “Currently the village is being shelled by heavy weaponry, the shelling has been ongoing since 17:00 local time [14:00 GMT]. There is no information on casualties or damage,” the representative said. On Saturday, the Ukrainian forces blew up the power tower of the Horlivka city, prompting the authorities to switch to the reserve power line, a spokesman for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said. [More background at source.]

 

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Pete John on Twitter
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Battle Map of Donbass

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone: Reports Russia to blame for Ukraine violence are fake news / Belfast Telegraph / February 4, 2017 / Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has branded reports that Russia is responsible for the escalating violence in Ukraine as “fake news”. The American film-maker said claims Russia was “aggravating the situation” in the warzone were untrue and insisted the United States had a “huge responsibility” for the continuing conflict. Stone, who interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his new documentary, Ukraine On Fire, also backed President Donald Trump’s bid to improve US-Russian relations. Speaking at a screening of the film in Los Angeles, Stone claimed America had used the Ukrainian conflict to “blackball” Russia and “keep the concept of Nato alive”. He told the Press Association: “(America) has a huge role, a huge responsibility and has denied it. It’s completely denied the whole truth of the situation. “It’s a very painful situation for the people who live in that area but at the same time it’s used by the United States to blackball Russia as much as possible and keep the concept of Nato alive. “It’s a very important film and a very important subject that has been swept under the rug by our country. “Frankly today I’m shocked they published fake that the Russians are aggravating the situation when all the casualties are in (rebel-held) Donetsk. He added: “It’s a horrible situation and totally fake.” Speaking at the Italian Institute of Culture in Los Angeles, Stone said he hoped Mr Trump could improve America’s relationship with Russia. “Certainly the US and Russia should be allies,” he said. “As Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy said very well, we have a stake in humanity together.” The Platoon director also said he did not believe Russia intervened in the US election, despite the findings of the CIA and FBI. “It doesn’t make sense for them to get involved,” Stone said. “They’d get into trouble. Hillary Clinton was supposed to win. Everyone favoured her. “It would be a huge mistake on his part to do it. Also that’s their policy, in general, never to get involved in a domestic (election). “The United States is the one that gets involved in most domestic elections and interferes.” Stone, who won best director Oscars for Platoon and Born On The Fourth Of July, produced the documentary Ukraine On Fire which looks at the country’s revolution in 2014. The film features an interview with ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and argues he was the victim of a US-inspired coup with the intent of pushing back against Russia.

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slavfeb5-17wKiev’s Aim to Prevent Rapprochement Between US, Russia Appears Unachievable / Sputnik / February 5, 2017 / President Trump had a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart on Saturday, during which he pledged to cooperate with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine in order to restore peace in the Donbass region. Political analyst Alexander Khrolenko provides his reasons why Poroshenko will eventually have no choice but to implement the Minsk accords. US President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation on Saturday, discussing the intensification of fighting in the republics of Donbass. President Trump has pledged to cooperate with leaders of Russia, Ukraine and other nations in order to restore peace in war-torn Donbass, the White House announced following the conversation. “We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border,” Trump said, as cited in the statement. According to Poroshenko’s spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko, both presidents expressed readiness to “explore additional steps to enhancing the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States.” Meanwhile, RIA Novosti political analyst Alexander Khrolenko has provided his reasons why the fighting in the southeast of Ukraine has intensified shortly after the new US president has been sworn in. “Kiev is burning out its non-core assets,” reads his article for RIA Novosti. The political analyst further explains that the so-called “Ukrainian project of the West” is collapsing thus the Ukrainian president is trying to make desperate attempts to win back his lingering dream of the EU and NATO membership. That is a possible reason behind the intensification of fighting in the country’s southeast. However the worst will happen when all the social aggression accumulated for years by the Ukrainian population due to all the Ukrainian draw-backs spills within the country. Having understood this and without farther waiting for any shootout in the center of Kiev, the prudent Ukrainian leader has launched predominantly infantry . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb5-17xPoroshenko Running Out of ‘Room to Manipulate Western Opinion / Sputnik / February 5, 2017 / Commenting on the recent intensification of fighting in southeast of Ukraine and Poroshenko’s explanations, Russian political analyst Vladimir Lepekhin has explained why the “room to manipulate the opinion of western politicians” is drastically shrinking for Poroshenko and why Ukraine has become a ‘poisoned arrow for European unity.’ On Thursday, the press center for what Kiev calls its ‘anti-terrorist operation’ in eastern Ukraine, issued a statement on the presence of its heavy military in the region. It said that “with regard to some media reports on moving tanks close to contact lines” the hardware represents “an operational reserve of Ukrainian troops” aimed at responding to potential attempts by rebels to break through into the areas held by Kiev. However, the statement did not name any particular area, specifically Avdiivka. On the same very day, representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) published a report saying that they had spotted Ukrainian tanks in Avdiivka (Avdeevka), which is a violation of the Minsk peace agreements, to which Kiev is a signatory. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) noted “four tanks (T-64) parked behind a building in Avdiivka” which comes in “violation of the respective withdrawal lines.” The OSCE also spotted “artillery pieces” on the . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb5-17vTrump Vows Cooperation With Moscow, Kiev to Restore Peace on Ukrainian Border / Sputnik / February 5, 2017 / US President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation on Saturday, discussing ceasefire regime in the breakaway republics of Donbass. / MOSCOW / President Trump has pledged to cooperate with leaders of Russia, Ukraine and other nations in order to restore peace in war-torn Donbass, the White House announced following the conversation. “We will work with Ukraine, Russia, and all other parties involved to help them restore peace along the border,” Trump said, as cited in the statement. According to Poroshenko’s spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko, both presidents expressed readiness to “explore additional steps to enhancing the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States.” “A particular attention was paid to the settlement of the situation in Donbas and to achieving peace by political and diplomatic means. The two leaders expressed deep concern about the spike in tension and deterioration of humanitarian situation, especially in the area of Avdiivka. They stressed on the need for establishing immediate ceasefire regime,” Tsegolko wrote on Facebook. Tsegolko added that Poroshenko “expressed gratitude to the Head of the White House for firm support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” stating that the Ukrainian president spoke in favor of intensifying economic and business connections between the countries. The presidents also discussed the upcoming Poroshenko’s visit to . . . READ MORE>>

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Donald Trump (--Sputnik/Reuters/Joshua Robert)

Donald Trump (–Sputnik/Reuters/Joshua Robert)

Sputnik Report on Trump’s Russia Views May Be Misleading / By Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / February 5, 2017 / Sputnik News, presumably published by the Kremlin, is often one of the only sources of news on certain topics. For that contribution, Sputnik is invaluable. But beware of giving the news agency too much credence. Its articles often lack detail or omit important points, creating a less than truthful impression. Compare the following reports on Trump’s Fox News statements about Vladimir Putin, the first from Sputnik, the second from Zero Hedge. Sputnik says, “In a publicly released excerpt of the interview, which will air in three parts, the new US president said that he respected his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but does not know whether they will get along with each other. Fox News reporter Bill O’Reilly then reminded Trump of the accusations that the West has made against the Russian side. ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’ Trump said in response to the journalist. At a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May on January 27, Trump said that a good relationship with Russia and possible cooperation against Daesh would be beneficial and something that he was ready to consider. Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated establishing a political dialogue with Moscow, particularly in regards to the fight against terrorism, and expressed readiness to build positive relations with Russia. Moscow has long been promoting the idea of fruitfful cooperation with Washington.” That’s the full Sputnik article,. slavfeb5-178uZero Hedge paints a more detailed picture: “In a Fox News interview set to air at 4pm on Sunday, just ahead of the Superbowl, and which is sure to unleash a fresh firestorm of accusations that president Trump is a Kremlin puppet, the US president will defend Vladimir Putin on national TV, saying he respects the Russian leader and accusing the US of not being as innocent as it may seem. In the interview, Bill O’Reilly asked if Trump respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, to which the he replied, ‘I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.’ After O’Reilly asks why, Trump answers: ‘He is the leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not, and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS—which is a major fight—and the Islamic terrorism all over the world, that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.’ O’Reilly pressed Trump on his statement, saying, ‘But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer.’ Trump shrugged the comment off, saying: ‘There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?'” Zero Hedge adds an interesting excerpt in the image shown. [Click image to enlarge text.]

 

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
(Brief update)

slavfeb4-17xDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 4.02.2017 / DONi News / February 4, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains tense. The AFU don’t stop shelling. The enemy continues increasing the number of shellings of the Republic’s settlements, subjecting to firing mainly the residential areas. Over the last day the criminal forces of Ukraine 1, 777 times have fired at the territory of the DPR. Of this amount the heavy artillery was applied 366 times: MRLS – 80 times, tanks – 56 times, mortars of various caliber – 518 times, the IFVs – 53 times, antiaircraft emplacements, grenade launchers and small arms – 649 times. Almost all the settlements which are along the line of contact have undergone firing by the AFU including: Donetsk, Makeyevka, Zaitsevo, Golmovsky, Mikhailovka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Zhabichevo, Aleksandrovka, Dokuchayevsk, Novomaryevka, Sakhanka, Tavricheskoye, Kominternovo, Leninskoye, Bezymennoye. One DPR Army’s serviceman was wounded because of the Ukrainian artillery shelling. Casualties among civilians and destructions are being specified. The enemy can’t recover from losses after the unsuccessful and senseless attacks on our positions near the Avdeyevka industrial zone. Now, the Ukrainian side is collecting and evacuating the dead and wounded servicemen. So, because of the overpopulation of the 65th military-medical hospital in the locality of Chasov Yar, for transportation of severely wounded military personnel, there have arrived several transport helicopters by means of which the wounded will be evacuated to the medical institutions in the country. The AFU has a task – to soften the discontent in the army’s ranks connected with understating by command of mass death of the Ukrainian . . . READ MORE>>

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Oleg Anaschenko

Oleg Anaschenko

Chief of the Lugansk militia assassinated / Alawata-rebellion.blogspot.ie / Autotranslated from French by Quemado Institute / February 4, 2017 / While the situation on the Donetsk republic’s front has seen a lull since yesterday, it is on the side of the sister Republic of Lugansk that the situation has deteriorated today with the continuation of the fighting and on the eastern flank of “The Arc Svitlodarsk” and especially a new attack in the heart of the city of Lugansk which killed Colonel Oleg Anaschenko, chief of staff of the republican militias of Lugansk. The bombing that took place at 7:50 am targeted the SUV of the LNR Popular Militia Chief of Staff as he crossed the center of Lugansk. Colonel Anashenko and the other vehicle passenger were killed in the explosion. This is not the first attack carried out against “heads” of the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Last year, for example, we remember the bomb attacks on President Zakharchenko of the DNR, the failed attack on President Plotnitsky of the NRL, the assassination of Battalion Commander Sparta “Motorola” etc … This targeted attack in the context of the brutal aggravation of the front committed by the Ukrainian forces accredits the initial official thesis which speaks of an operation carried out by an infiltrated Ukrainian commando. The investigation is underway. Quemado Institute comments: Others assassinated in relation to the Lugansk People’s Republic include Bednov, Dremov, Ischenko, Bolotov and Mozgovoy.

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Oleg Anaschenko

Oleg Anaschenko

Car blast in E. Ukraine kills militia commander, Lugansk blames Kiev’s ‘hit squad’ / Rt.com / February 4, 2017 / Two people, including the chief of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Militia Office, were killed in a car blast in the republic’s capital, Lugansk. The Lugansk People’s Militia says the blast was a terrorist attack carried out by Kiev’s secret services. Two people, including the chief of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Militia Office, were killed in a car blast in the republic’s capital, Lugansk. The Lugansk People’s Militia says the blast was a terrorist attack carried out by Kiev’s secret services. “Presumably, the terror attack was committed by Ukrainian special services aiming to destabilize the situation in the republic [of Lugansk],” Marochko added. He stressed, however, that despite this incident, “Kiev’s hit squad will not be able to break the morale of the fighters of the People’s Militia,” adding that Lugansk authorities have launched an investigation and will “punish the masterminds and those responsible for carrying out this heinous act of terrorism.” The blast occurred at about 8am local time. The People’s Militia press service earlier said that the car belonged to Oleg Anashchenko. According to the office of the Lugansk Attorney General, Anashchenko was the only person in the car at the time of the explosion. . . . READ MORE>>  [Videos available at source.]

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slavfeb4-17vNumber One Threat to Donbass: Will Trump Team Meet with Poroshenko? / By Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / February 4, 2017 / Two comments on Twitter sum up the biggest longterm transnational threat to Donbass today. According to TeamTrumpRussia, “US StateDept called it a ‘peaceful protest’ in Ukraine 2013-2014. Now @nikkihaley condemns ‘the aggressive actions of Russia’ in Donbass.” Another Twitter source D.bunker99 replied: “Kiev is trying to manipulate Trump into continuing US support for its war against Donetsk. He must not fall for this trick!” As Quemado Institute reported yesterday, Donald Trump’s newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, while acknowledging that the US wants better relations with Russia (a step forward), nevertheless reiterated the global elitist propaganda that Russia is responsible for the increased violence in Ukraine. It needs to be stressed to the Trump team that Russia is not fighting in Ukraine. In fact, Russia has no presence there. Trump needs to understand that the US State Department, the CIA and George Soros supported the 2014 Maidan coup, a violent uprising which brought about the overthrow of Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovich. These are the people who caused the Ukraine civil war. There was no “Russian aggression”. And now in a new development, Ukraine post-coup President Petro Poroshenko, whom Trump refused to meet with last fall, is trying to arrange talks with the Trump team, possibly scheduled within two weeks. This meeting follows on the heels of Kiev’s sudden escalation of hositilities, no doubt a false flag set-up. The danger in such a conference is not that Trump harbors ill-will toward Russia or Donbass, but that the US President and his team may not have honest sources of information. The Rothschild-owned media, comprising Reuters and the Associated Press, along with the CIA and American think tanks, uniformly blame Russia. This is a fabrication. Yet I ask you, where can Trump learn the truth? He may read Infowars, but Alex Jones neglects the issue of Donbass. One hope is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be among those meeting with Poroshenko, and that Tillerson will see through the facade of the lying war-criminal. Another hope is that Marine Le Pen, a valiant Donbass supporter, will at some point meet with Trump and explain the facts. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin does nothing to help Donbass diplomatically or militarily. The Russian President has failed to recognize the Donbass Republics, and has forced them, through stong-arm tactics and possible assassinations, to unilaterally abide by the Minsk Agreements, at a sacrifice of Novorossiya territory and sovereignty. Nor does UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin adequately defend before that misinformed body the innocence of Russia and Donbass in the Ukraine conflict. Meanwhile, the Lugansk People’s Republic, with yet another assassination today, appears either too corrupt or too weak to prevail against global opposition. This leaves Alexander Zakharchenko and the Donetsk People’s Republic the full responsibility for ensuring the survival of Novorossiya in the face of hostility and neglect from the entire world, including Russia. The only exception is South Ossetia, the one country that has recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Friday, February 3, 2017
(Brief update)

slavfeb3-17sDonetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 3.02.2017 / DONi News / February 3, 2017 / This week the situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic has sharply deteriorated. The military and political leadership, trying to distract the public attention from internal economic and political problems, provoked the situation’s aggravation on the contact line near Avdeyevka locality. By organizing provocations, the authorities of Ukraine intend to prove the Minsk Agreements’ failure in the solution of contradictions in Donbass and to get reoriented to new formats of interaction with involvement of political parties favourable to them for exerting pressure on the opponents. Besides, the lack of any victories forces the current worthless Ukrainian power into showing at least some progress of the ‘crawling offensive’ in every way at the cost of hundreds of dead and wounded Ukrainian military. However, having got engaged in the senseless opposition, the Ukrainian command could show nothing, but grief and tears of Ukrainian mothers. At that, as the offensive plans have suffered a total failure, the desperate ‘ATO’ command ordered to conduct brutal and ruthless shellings of the DPR localities’ residential districts. In total, over the past week the enemy shelled the DPR territory 14,556 times. The fire with application of MRLS ‘Uragan’ and ‘Grad’, artillery, tanks and . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb3-17zUkrainian army opens fire at DPR territory almost 15 thousand times during a week / DONi News / February 3, 2017 / Ukrainian military shelled the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) almost 15 thousand times over the past week, including with MRLS ‘Uragan’ and ‘Grad’, the Vice-Commander of the Operational Command of the DPR Eduard Basurin states. “The enemy shelled the DPR territory overall 14, 556 times over the past week. Fire was conducted with MRLS ‘Grad’ and ‘Uragan’, artillery, tanks and mortars. Thirty-three localities of the Republic were shelled on the part of the Ukrainian punishers,” said the Vice-Commander. He clarified that Donetsk, Makeyevka, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk had been intensively shelled. The Republic’s south villages and localities on the outskirts of these cities were under the enemy’s fire as well.

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slavfeb3-17xAFU launches onto DPR almost 3.5 thousand shells, 45 house buildings damaged — Command / DONi Press / February 3, 2017 / Ukrainian security forces over the past day launched onto the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic 3481 projectile, 28 localities were under fire. This was reported today in the DPR Operational Command. “In total for a day Ukrainian terrorists fired at the territory of the DPR 3481 projectile. 28 localities came under Ukrainian fire,” the Command notes. According to the data, 196 “Grad” and “Uragan” rockets, 753 artillery shells, 1086 mortar shells, 64 tank shells, 91 ammunition from weapons of infantry fighting vehicles and 1291 — from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were fired from the the AFU positions. Donetsk, Makeyevka and Yasinovataya, Gorlovka’s Zaytsevo village, the village of Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Kominternovo in Novoazovskiy district and Telmanovsky district have been affected by the shellings of Ukrainian units the hardest. At least 45 housing constructions damaged.

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slavfeb3-17uOrchard-houses of Donetsk Botanical Garden damaged by Kiev’s night shelling / DONi News / February 3, 2017 / The orchard-houses of the Donetsk State Botanical Garden (DBG) suffered significant damage as a result of night shelling of the capital’s Kalininsky district by the Ukrainian security forces, reported today the DBG director Svetlana Prikhodko. “Due to night shelling the blast smashed windows in our orchard houses. The tropical zone under the dome was most affected,” she said. According to Prikhodko, now the employees of the institute do their best to maintain the required temperature conditions and preserve the plants. It’s worth being reminded that the previous night the Ukrainian army has opened fire at Donetsk territory from artillery of 152 mm caliber and MRLS ‘Uragan’. In the course of shelling in the Kalininsky district two civilians perished and about 13 persons got wounded. Donetsk Botanical Garden was founded in 1964. The territory of the Garden is 203 hectares and is considered to be one of the largest in Europe. Over the years of its existence it has built a collection of 8,000 species, forms and sorts of plants. DBG has one of the largest in Europe collections of seeds, comprising of 40 000 depository items and herbarium of 120 000 samples.

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slavfeb3-17kTwo Killed, Two Wounded, Including UK Journalist, in Donbass – OSCE Observers / XaniaNews.com / February 3, 2017 / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / The Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is reporting two fatalities and two wounded, including a British journalist, in clashes in Ukraine’s southeast in the past 24 hours. “Medical staff at a hospital in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km [10.5 miles] north of Donetsk) informed the SMM about two civilian fatalities and two other persons who had suffered shrapnel injuries,” the SMM said in a Friday spot report. According to the statement, the dead include a 25-year-old man who was killed in an explosion at a school in Avdiivka, as well as a 47-year-old woman who died after being injured in an explosion. The woman worked at a factory in Avdiivka. The injured include a commander of the State Emergency Services of Ukraine and a British journalist, the SMM said, adding that “the commander was in critical condition, while the journalist had been transferred to a hospital in Dnipro for further care,” according to Avdiivka medical staff. The situation in southeastern Ukraine has escalated over the past few days, in particular near the town of Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, where clashes between Kiev forces and the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have intensified. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence. A spokesperson of DPR’s Office of Ombudsman said on Friday that over 30 people have been killed and more than 80 others, including 47 civilians, have been injured in the republic as a result of violence this year.

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slavfeb3-17nGryzlov explained what threatens the Donbass actions of the Ukrainian army / RusVersion.info / February 2, 2017 / MINSK / The reckless actions of the Ukrainian military in the Donbass, which they are trying hard to oust the forces of the DPR from their positions, can lead to a further expansion of the humanitarian catastrophe and dire consequences for the civilian population of Donbass, said the political representative of Russia at the talks in Minsk, Boris Gryzlov. “Kiev “party of war” ultimately exacerbated the situation in the Donbass. These actions can lead to a proliferation of humanitarian catastrophe”, — he stressed. Gryzlov recalled that at the present time the escalation of the conflict affected residents of cities and settlements of Donbass, which are on the territory controlled by the Kyiv on the territory of the DNI. So, in Avdeevka and Yasinovataya there is no water supply because of damage to power lines de-energized Donetsk filtering station and Avdiivka coke plant, which provided the city with heat, as well as 15 smaller settlements. yesterday evening, the representative of the DND in Minsk Vladislav Danego said that the contact group agreed on ceasefire.

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slavfeb3-17hKiev’s ‘barbaric’ attack on Donetsk in E. Ukraine violates Geneva convention – Russia / Rt.com / February 3, 2017 / There is no excuse for the recent “barbaric attack on Donetsk,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, adding that Kiev broke “all moral norms” in attacking civilians during the night with Grad missiles. n the early hours of February 3, Donetsk was “heavily bombarded by the Ukrainian military,” Zakharova said. “The city’s residential areas were shelled dozens of times with heavy guns, including ‘Uragan’ and ‘Grad’ multiple rocket launchers. As a result, several civilians were killed and many – children among them – suffered wounds,” the Russian diplomat stated Friday during a press briefing, as quoted by Interfax. “This barbaric attack cannot be justified. By its actions, Kiev has violated not only the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, dated August 12, 1949, but has also broken all moral norms,” the Russian diplomat said. “Only barbarians can bombard a sleeping city and kill innocent people. We have no other name for those who carried out this attack,” she added. Zakharova also pointed out the Ukrainian government’s inappropriate response to the shelling, saying Kiev is “not only unwilling to accept responsibility for what happened but is bragging about its military’s actions in Donbass.” “The delivery of strikes by heavy artillery – is this how Kiev shows off the unity of its country and the people? Kiev is not only expressing no concern over the escalation of the crisis, but without . . . READ MORE>> [Videos available at source.]

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slavfeb3-17mVideo compilation: ‘Bloody February in Donbass’ – 1-3.2.2017 / DONi News / February 3, 2017 / Donbass war is on the brink. First week of February in Donetsk People’s Republic has been bloody and horrible. Ukrainian troops have been shelling and attacking Donetsk capital and its citizens in Donbass since last Sunday, and almost without a break. Donbass holds, but with terrible cost. Over past three days we have seen huge amount of destruction and all kind of humanitarian losses, when war has been on truly the brink of Donetsk city. “This song “When the war is on the brink …” are just the feelings of the Russian people when the history presents him with a choice. The question of war and peace, as we know, in the Russian culture has the special status, and I couldn’t but speak on this issue in today’s circumstances,” said Alexander Sklyar, song maker behind the compilation of latest news footage. Save Donbass People from Ukrainian army. Video: DONi News Agency, 3.2.2017 [Video available at source.]

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The entire city shook: effects of the most powerful bombardment of Donetsk / Novorossia Vision / February 3, 2017 / Two people died as a result of a powerful explosion that rocked near the «Motel» at about 22:30 yesterday. There are also reported 13 wounded, among them two children. It should be noted that the AFU have been shelling residential areas of Donetsk for a week, but it was this explosion that was heard throughout the city. The blast was so powerful that it simply uprooted nearby trees, and shook houses in the surrounding areas. The store that had been standing on the scene, turned into a pile of rubbish, as well as on civilian cars that had come under fire. The body of a truck driver still has not been found. According to Eduard Basurin, the DPR Defense Ministry representative, a single volley of 220mm MLRS «Uragan» was most likely to have been launched. [Video available at source.]

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slavfeb3-17pThe Ukronazis used a ballistic missile to strike at the center of Donetsk / The Saker / February 3, 2017 / Reports are coming in of what appears to be a ballistic missile strike which hit the city center of Donetsk. Until now, only the western and northern suburbs of Donetsk had been affected by a massive barrage of artillery strikes (thousands of shells) fired by the Ukronazi forces. Multiple rocket launchers were also used. This time, however, the type of missile used as a tactical ballistic missile of the Tochka-U type shown here. You can get all the technical details about this system right here, but all you need to know is that it’s range is over 70 miles and that it deliver a 500kg warhead. That’s right, 500kg of high-explosives with fragmentation filling. In a city center. Here is what the scene was after the strike: (no translation needed). [Video available at source.]

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slavfeb3-17jUS and Russia have both lost the plot on Donbass / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / February 3, 2017 / America’s foreign policy team is clueless. Russia’s political will to help Donbass is disappointing. / Donald Trump’s foreign policy team continues along a path of confusion, indecision and borrowing the rhetoric of Obama’s failed flunkies. Yesterday, the forum was the United Nations where Trump’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley demonstrated just how little she knows about geopoliticalrealities. When addressing the carnage in Donbass, she spoke of the “…aggressive actions of Russia”. I knew right then and there she’d lost the plot. I only wish that Russia would do more for Donbass. The tragic reality is that apart from sending food, medicine, clean water, and issuing statements calling for a cessation of fascist aggression, Russia has done nothing. If anyone actually believes that what is going on in Donbass is a war between the Russian military and Kiev’s combination of drunk, demoralised regulars, some unreliable semi-professional mercenaries and neo-Nazis dressing up like their heroes of the 1930s ‘playing Hitler’, they really have no idea about the comparative strengths of the hypothetical forces. A battle between the Russian military and the fascist forces might not even last an hour as I suspect most on Kiev’s side would run away with their rusty tanks or else surrender on sight. The reality is now, as it has been since 2014, that the people of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, having voted to form fraternal, independent republics, are fighting for their very survival against the regular and irregular forces of a fascist regime who refuse to acknowledge the right of the Donbass people to self-determination. Making matters worse, Russia has not recognized the independence of the Donbass republics either. Far from Russia committing ‘aggression’, Russia isn’t doing much to defend Donbass, let alone . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb3-17rPoroshenko’s Options Burning in The Fires of Donbass / By Oleg Tsarev (former Ukrainian MP); Translated by Kristina Kharlova / Fort Russ / February 2, 2017 / THE END. POROSHENKO IS BLOWING UP DONBASS, APPEALING TO NATO: I, like many of my comrades believe that a horrible end is better than horror without an end. Recent events in Donbass show that the process has entered the final stage when decisions will soon be made. What is reassuring is that the armed forces of Novorossia are now allowed to respond to provocations, because until now it was very strict: they were practically banned from responding to attacks in order to avoid accusations that the Republics are provoking escalation. Because Ukrainian authorities distorted the situation. If there was a response, they said “We were shelled!” and so forth, involving the OSCE. But now the global landscape is changing, changing the methods. We can see this from reports of foreign media. The militia began to respond, and this response is very painful for the enemy. The Ukrainian side very clearly feels the line, after which the answer will not just be painful, but fatal. And I believe they don’t want to cross this line. This is why they only resort to shelling, not a massive advance. Indeed there are many victims. Moreover, the common position of Donetsk, Lugansk and all of us – there is no joy in the high number of deaths. It is clear that the killed civilians and soldiers of NAF on our side are a tragedy, but losses on the other side don’t bring joy to anyone either. We understand that responsibility for all rests on Poroshenko. And we understand that as soon as the political situation in the country will change, those guys who . . . READ MORE>>

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slavdec9-16wPutin, Hitman in Chief Dispatching the Key Heroes and Best Leaders of Donbass via His Thugs in order to Make Ukraine Safe for Anti-Russian Fascism and to Fulfill His Minsk Obligations: Part of the Capitulation Act / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / January 30, 2017 / Elimination or imprisonment and defamation of the original independent and principled Novorossiya/Donbass leaders and supporters of Novorossiya turns out to have been a consistent and systemic Kremlin policy in its “unconditional” allegiance to the “unconditional” fulfillment of the Minsk capitulation deals (Minsk 1 and 2). Incomplete list from a series of the eliminated original leaders of the Donbass uprising, the text below is a result of Google-translated Russian original (which follows): Batman. At the beginning of January 2015 was killed by former Defense Minister Oleksandr LC poor, known as Batman. The authorities then accused Bednova LC and its people in robberies, kidnappings and torture. According to prosecutors LC, the poor, was killed in a shootout after a “put up fierce armed resistance” during the arrest. Even before the November 2 election he, who had considerable authority among the people, was not allowed to participate in them, not allowed to register his party (as well as the Cossack Ataman Kozitsyn, and in Donetsk – the ex-governor Paul Gubarev DNI). Subsequently, voicing the opinion of his men (and, incidentally, most of the population of New Russia), Batman was a brilliant adversary Minsk agreements – he advocated the continuation of the hostilities and the . . . READ MORE>>

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slavfeb3-17yKiev Preparing Meetings With Trump Team in Munich Amid Fighting in Donbass / Sputnik / February 3, 2017 / Kiev is preparing a set of bilateral meetings with the members of US President Donald Trump’s administration on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference scheduled for February 17-19, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration Konstantin Eliseev said Friday. / KIEV / On Wednesday, Volodymyr Yelchenko, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations said that Poroshenko could visit the United States this month and take part in the UN Security Council ministerial open debate on conflicts in Europe. “We are now preparing the president’s visit to Munich and also prepare bilateral meetings in Munich with the representatives of the new administration [Trump’s] which also plans to take part in the Munich Security Conference,” Eliseev said at a briefing. He added that the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the United States was in the works. The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata has been tense for several days, with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity. The Ukrainian forces and Donbass militia are accusing each other of being responsible for escalation of fighting. Russian President Vladimir Putin listed three possible reasons behind the escalation in Donbass on Thursday, saying that one of them is that Kiev supported a “certain female candidate” during the 2016 US presidential race and now attempts to mend ties with the Trump administration amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

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slavfeb3-17wSanctions to remain until Crimea returns to Ukraine — US Diplomat / TASS / February 3, 2017 / Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine,” Washington’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said. / UN / The United States should keep its anti-Russian sanctions in place as long as Crimea remains a part of Russia, Washington’s UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council. “Crimea is a part of Ukraine,” she said. “Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine.” She added that her country was seeking to improve relations with Moscow, at the same time asserting that Crima’s reunification with Russia was “aggression,” “occupation” and “military intervention.” Crimea and Sevastopol voted to become a part of Russia on March 16, 2014, in a historical referendum in which 80% of the republic’s registered voters took part. A total of 96.7 of those who cast their ballots in Crimea and 95.6 of those in Sevastopol supported reunification with Russia. The move was sealed by a treaty, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 18, 2014. The document was ratified by the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, three days later. In July 2014, the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions against Crimea and Russia and have repeatedly extended and expanded them.

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slavfeb3-17vWhite House denies easing sanctions on Russia, cites need for specific carve-outs / TASS / February 3, 2017 / “It’s a fairly common practice for the Treasury Department, after sanctions are put in place, to go back and look at whether or not there needs to be specific carve-outs,” White House spokesman said. / WASHINGTON / The United States did not ease sanctions against Russia, White House press secretary Sean Spices said at a briefing when asked to comment on a document issued by the US Treasury Department earlier which mentions Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). “We’re not easing,” he said. “It’s a fairly common practice for the Treasury Department, after sanctions are put in place, to go back and look at whether or not there needs to be specific carve-outs for different, either industries, or products and services that need to be going back and forth,” Spicer added referring further questions to the Treasury Department. According to the General License No. 1 issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department on Thursday, “all transactions and activities” involving the Russian Federal Security Service, prohibited earlier by executive orders of the US President, are authorized with certain exceptions.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
(Brief update)

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In Critical Situation: Press-Conference of the Head of DPR, Zakharchenko – VIDEO / DONi Press / February 2, 2017 / On Wednesday, February 1, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, told in press-conference to media representatives about the situation on the front line, commented on military and humanitarian situation in the Republic, and shared his vision of the immediate prospects of situation’s development. “In the beginning – about the situation that has now developed in the Donetsk People’s Republic. A few days ago Ukrainian armed forces launched an attack on the settlements of Yasinovataya, Gorlovka, Debaltsevo, Granitnoye, Novoazovsk. Battles took place and continue across the front line. As of the 12-00 February 1, all our units are in their positions. Heavy fightings are taking place in Avdeyevka area. The enemy is trying to take in our rear, to organize a pocket and reach the road Yasinovataya – Makeyevka. The enemy suffers great losses. We know of over 200 killed and wounded over the past two days. But we are holding position, the situation is under control. I want to draw your attention that it is the Kiev authorities unleashed a bloody massacre that has already claimed the lives of many people. President Poroshenko does not care who to kill – his own soldiers, others. He does not care what losses the AFU will suffer, how many civilians will die, which destruction the war will bring. As everyone knows, as of today Ukraine is chairing the UN Security Council for a month, and the escalation of the conflict is directly related to this – Kiev needs a political motive, which they will try to play to their advantage. I would also note that we know the names of the commanders who gave the orders to fire at peaceful districts of Makeyevka, Donetsk, Yasinovataya that led to civilian casualties. These are the 53rd brigade commander Gruzevich, 72nd brigade commander Sokolov, 92nd brigade commander Nikolyuk, 30th brigade commander Garaz, 36th brigade commander Delyatitsky, 25th brigade commander Zenchenko and 55th artillery brigade commander Brusov. These commanders gave orders to fire at peaceful city. Sooner or later, all these people will be overtaken by the deserved punishment. But I want to say that the current aggravation is the agony of the Kiev regime. As we mentioned at the end of the World War II: “This is the last bite of the dying fascist vermin”. Yes, this is a painful bite, it takes many lives. But Poroshenko does not care about the lives, and the world community should pay attention to it. The Western press has already written that it was Ukraine that unleashed the war. Tomorrow the Western leaders will talk about it. Today we are one step away from the victory. The victory costs us a lot, we continue to fight, bear casualties. Not all of our land is liberated. But Ukraine is already in agony. This is the agony of Poroshenko’s regime, the agony of Bandera power’s regime. We have already turned the tide of war – both politically and militarily. Now our task is to think about what our future will be. Today we must think about what Ukraine after Poroshenko will be. How can we co-exist with this Ukraine, which contracts on our co-existence to sign, which relationships to build. As for the immediate future, it should be noted that the situation is rather unpredictable. I am sure that the escalation will continue, and the only thing that can make a difference – it is understanding on the part of Ukrainian citizens of the fact that they do not need a war. But we should not count on it. The war is still out there. On our part all measures will be taken to bring the situation back to the Minsk process. Minsk-2 is not dead yet. And our task is to drive Ukraine in the framework of the Minsk agreements.” Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko; Official translation by DONi News Agency

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slavfeb2-17jDPR Military Says Kiev Forces ‘Deliberately’ Shelling Civilians in Donetsk / Sputnik / February 3, 2017 / Deputy Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin has claimed that Kiev armed forces deliberately shelled residential areas of Donetsk, the region’s largest city, with the use of multiple rocket launchers. / DONETSK / Kiev forces are shelling civilians in the city of Donetsk in Ukraine’s southeast, Basurin told Sputnik. “There is a deliberate shelling of residential areas of the city of Donetsk. Just now, Grad [multiple rocket launcher] was used on the Kiev district,” Basurin said. DPR Minister of Emergencies Alexei Kostrubitsky told journalists that at least two people were killed and over a dozen were injured when Kiev forces attacked Donetsk from the Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system. Meanwhile advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Zoryan Shkiryak wrote on Facebook that DPR troops had attacked several towns in Ukraine’s southeast (Donbas), including Avdiivka, from the Grad multiple rocket launcher. The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata in southeastern Ukraine has been tense for several days, with both Kiev forces and Donbas militia having suffered casualties. The conflicting sides are accusing each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting.

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slavfeb2-17kTwo Killed, 13 Injured as Ukrainian Army Fires Rockets at Donetsk – DPR / Sputnik / February 3, 2017 / Amid spike in hostilities in the east of Ukraine, Kiev forces used the Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system in an attack on the city of Donetsk, killing two and injuring over a dozen of people, the emergencies authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). / DONETSK / DONETSK, February 3 (Sputnik) – At least 2 people were killed and over a dozen were injured when Kiev forces attacked Donetsk in Ukraine’s southeast from the Uragan self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system, the authorities told journalists. “As a result of the explosion in Donetsk, two people were killed, 13 received injuries of various degrees,” DPR Minister of Emergencies Alexei Kostrubitsky said. Meanwhile advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Zoryan Shkiryak wrote on Facebook that DPR troops had attacked several towns in Ukraine’s southeast (Donbas), including Avdiivka, from the Grad multiple rocket launcher system. Head of Ukraine’s State Emergencies Service Mykola Chechetkin wrote on Facebook that one member of the emergencies services was killed and another was injured during the shelling of Avdiivka. The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka and neighboring Yasynuvata in southeastern Ukraine has been tense for several days, with both Kiev forces and Donbas militia having suffered casualties. The conflicting sides are accusing each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting.

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slavfeb2-17nDonetsk Under Ukrainian Attack – Twitter Report / Quemado Institute / February 2, 2017 / Pro-Donbass Twitter source Brad Cabana tweets at 00:30 February 3: “BREAKING – Ukrnian tanks enter no go area near Donetsk in violation of Minsk Agreement.” Pete John tweets at 00:30 UTC: “#UKRAINE AGGRESSION Flash! Donetsk under the fire of Kiev! Welcome to Hell! / MOE DNR conducts evacuation of residents of the Kiev district of Donetsk under the cannonade APU – YouTube link.” Stages of War reports at 00:30 UTC: “Heavy artillery and (Multiple Launch Rocket System) MLRS usage continuing into the night in Ukraine #Donetsk.” Frank Valente tweets: “The American supported Ukrainian Nazis are now practicing genocide in Donetsk, Russia saved the Crimeans from the same horrible fate.” Maurice Schleepen informs us 00:15 UTC: “Breaking Update,Two Civilians died and 13 got wounded including two Children As a result of #Ukraine Heavy MLRS URAGAN attack on #Donetsk.” SpringPrincess reports at 00:15 UTC: “Evacuation of civilians from Kievsky district of #Donetsk. Aftermath of Ukr Nazi shelling. Holy images on the windows.” Maurice Schleepen tweets at 00:15: “Aftermath of Horrible #Ukraine junta MLRS URAGAN and Heavy artillery attack on #Donetsk, DPR territory – Video link.” Heather Staff tweets at 23:30 UTC February 2: “Just got news from pastor living in Donetsk trying to save lives, says he feels ‘powerless, anger and pain’ where is the help?” Vladimir Suchan laments Moscow’s betrayal: “Happening tonight. Donetsk under fire. Surkov and Putin must be sleeping well.”

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DPR’s Basurin visits site of alleged Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk
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Eduard Basurin, Deputy Defence Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) praised the response of the breakaway region’s emergency workers, after two people were killed and 13 injured in an alleged shelling attack from Ukrainian forces on the Kalininsky District of Donetsk, on Thursday evening.

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slavfeb2-17pThe state Duma called provocations in the Donbass APU bloodbath / RusVersion.info / February 2, 2017 / MOSCOW / the state Duma has condemned the criminal actions of the Ukrainian army in the Donbass, and called for an immediate halt to the bloodshed in the region. “In Russia the criminal actions of the Ukrainian security forces caused a wave of indignation. We share the concern of the world community and condemn the hostilities of the APU in the Donbass”, — said the member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak. He stressed that the deputies urge the security forces to come to their senses and focus on the political settlement of the conflict. “If Ukrainian authorities are capable of”, — said the MP. Zheleznyak also described “another bloody slaughter in the Donbass,” as “a fierce attempt by Poroshenko to return attention of the West,” however, he stressed, it will cause the opposite result. “Obviously, in the USA and Europe is changing the political paradigm, a growing understanding of the true causes and culprits of the conflict between the Kiev regime and the people of Donbass”, — said the Deputy. In addition, he is convinced that “the bloody and thieving oligarch Poroshenko regime” is not interested in Paris and Berlin. According to him, now French and German politicians are preparing for a complex election and “contact with such a character is threatened with loss of trust of European voters”. Uninteresting Kiev and the new leadership of the United States, said Zheleznyak. “For a new pragmatic American leadership, which condemned the resumption of fighting and called for an immediate ceasefire, Kiev is of little interest to the background questions, located in the center of the American political agenda,” he explained in comments .

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
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slavfeb1-17uDonetsk Defense TV News Report, 1.2.2017 / DONi News / February 1, 2017 / Over the last couple of days the situation along the contact line is extremely tense. Ukrainian soldiers fire at the localities of the Donetsk People’s Republic with the weapons forbidden by the Minsk agreements. The armed forces of Ukraine mainly shell residential houses and infrastructure facilities. “Every day Ukrainian fighters’ aggression is building up. The enemy openly violates the Minsk agreements by shelling civilians and infrastructure facilities such as schools, boiler-houses and hospitals. In general, over the last 24 hours the AFU violated the ceasefire over 3,000 times,” said Vladislav Levchuk, UNION TV correspondent. “As a result of the shellings, over 40 destructions have been recorded. Thus, in Makeyevka, 12 houses have been damaged, among which tree were destroyed completely. There are also some damages in the south of the Republic and in localities near Yasinovataya area. The DPR capital also was shelled by the Ukrainian forces. There are over 20 destructions in Donetsk including two boiler-houses. Kiyevsky district suffered the most: over 15 hits in the residential houses were recorded there,” he continued. The area near the Avdeyevka industrial zone, where heavy hostilities have been happening over the last couple of days, remains the hottest spot on the frontline. The DPR Head personally checked the readiness of the Republican armed forces. On the front line, the armed forces of Ukraine met the leader of Donbass with the ongoing AFU fire from all types of heavy guns. “Ukraine has begun hostilities only because Russia and the United States have found common ground. More precisely – have begun attempting to find common ground. And knowing that Ukraine has no chances, Poroshenko gave the order to launch an attack of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the DPR Head, the situation remains extremely tense. Fights take place on the frontline 50 kilometers long. Ukrainian troops are trying to break through to Donetsk and Makeyevka from Avdeyevka direction the third day in a row. “Fights are heavy. Ukraine suffers big losses. But the enemy will not pass,” Zakharchenko said. Shelling are continuing twenty-four hours straight. The DPR Operational Command records new cases of ceasefire violations all the time. Complete information about destructions is being specified. –Report by: Vladislav Levchuk, Igor Kirilenko, “Panorama”, UNION TV [Click image for video.]

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slavfeb1-17w‘Donbass Holds!’ – Frontline video report from DPR positions in Donetsk / DONi News / February 1, 2017 / Ukrainian forces are concentrating their artillery shelling and infantry attacks to the DPR People’s Militia positions, which are located in the outskirts of Yasinovataya. Video report from DPR positions show what is the situation after several repelled Ukrainian attacks over the past four days. “The situation is quite tensed but everything is alright, we are holding on, still didn’t give up not even a piece of soil, our soldiers are in a good mood and not going to give up. I would like to address the civilians: everything is alright, don’t be afraid, we are to defend you, we are holding on, we stand and stand we will,” said “Grek”, soldier of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia. [Click image for video.]

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House in Donetsk region damaged by Ukrainian shelling in January 2017 (--DAN News)

House in Donetsk region damaged by Ukrainian shelling in January 2017 (–DAN News)

Kyiv forces lose 27 killed, dozens wounded in two attempts to break through Donetsk republic defences / NewColdWar.org (Donetsk News Agency) / January 31, 2017 / DONETSK / The Ukrainian army has sustained significant losses in two attempts to break through DPR defences on south axis, amounting to 27 killed and dozens wounded, Donetsk People’s Republic Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Tuesday. “The enemy continues to provoke us on the Mariupol axis, too. In the first inept attack, in Kominternovo village area, which began at 10:00 a.m., the enemy lost one infantry fighting vehicle and ten servicemen killed,” Basurin said. As they retreated to initial positions, Ukrainian forces left their fatalities and wounded in the battlefield. However, that did not stop Kyiv. A second attempt to break through DPR defences was made which failed as well. “At 2:30 p.m. Ukrainian gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to carry out reconnaissance in force, attacking our positions in Kominternovo area with up to one platoon supported by two infantry fighting vehicles. As they were flanking our positions, they began tripping mines. DPR militia returned dense fire, which left seven Ukrainian servicemen killed and more than ten wounded,” Basurin said. Earlier reports said two DPR militiamen were killed and six others were wounded by Ukrainian forces shelling on Tuesday. / Donetsk and Lugansk republics urge Russian, U.S. and German leaders to prevent humanitarian disaster in Donbass / NewColdWar.org (Donetsk News Agency) / January 31, 2017 / DONETSK / The chairmen of the Donetsk and Lugnansk People’s Councils [legislatures], Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko, respectively, have appealed to the Russian, U.S. and German leaders in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We ask you to stop Ukraine and compel Poroshenko to cease criminal actions against Donbass people. Make Poroshenko stop shooting at civilians and lift the economic blockade. It must be done before it is too late. Prevent great trouble before an environmental and humanitarian disaster occurs in our land,” reads the statement received by Donetsk News Agency. The statement noted that the Ukrainian military has targeted industrial facilities and infrastructure, thus creating the danger of environmental and humanitarian disaster both in Donbass and adjacent Ukrainian regions. The Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic made arrangements starting Tuesday to gather more evidence of Ukraine’s actions aimed at worsening the humanitarian crisis. Simultaneously, signatures are being collected in support of the DPR and LPR parliament speakers’ appeal to world leaders.

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slavfeb1-17tUkrainian shelling destroy school building in Makeyevka, causing casualties – Video Report / DONi News / February 1, 2017 / DONi Press correspondent, Christelle Neant, went on Wednesday to the Makeyevka city, where Ukrainian heavy shelling totally destroyed a school building. Near by old woman was killed by direct hit to the civilian populated residential area. “We are here in the noth side of Makeyevka, in the territory of the school number 21, which has been shelled yesterday evening. So you can see is´ts ourely civilian area. Shells have destroyed all the windows from the building”, said Neant. “Other shelling occured this morning few streets from here. Woman died this morning during the shelling of 152 mm which fell on the garden house. She had no chance to survive from such a direct hit,” she continue. See full report from the video. –DONi News Agency Video: Christelle Neant, correspondent, DONi Press Center [Click image for video.]

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slavfeb1-17vOSCE ignores attacks of Ukraine and suffering of civilians / Mianews.ru / January 31, 2017 / UAF took two attempts to break through the DPR positions, the first one was January 29, 5.00 close to Avdeevka industry area. DPR military forces successfully prevented the attack, the Right Sector started at artillery shelling at Ukrainian military men to provoke them for the next attack, they had 15 losses and 20 wounded, and then they started using heavy armament at populated districts of Donetsk and Makeevka. The last report of the OSCE is for the January 28, they reported on single cases of shelling and that they heard on January 29 several launches in the center of the DPR’s capital, however, they could not determine the type of the armament from Donetsk not having departed to the place of shelling.+ Ukrainian criminal forces tried again to break through the DPR positions in the night to January 31, two ore civilians wounded, several districts of Donetsk left with no power, gas, and water. Temperature on the street is -20. It is a genocide of civil population. [Source]

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slavfeb1-17zICRC says it is ready to act as neutral intermediary to protect civilians in Donbass / TASS / February 2, 2017 / Spokesperson for the Geneva office of the ICRC Jennifer Tobias said ICRC officers are currently helping the affected civilian population on both sides of the contact line. / GENEVA / The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is ready to act as a neutral intermediary to protect civilians in Donbass in view of a deteriorating situation in Avdeevka. “We’re ready to act as a neutral intermediary to protect civilians & infrastructure needed for their survival on both sides of contact line,” the ICRC said on its official Twitter account. “The ICRC has acted as a neutral intermediary on humanitarian issues, in line with its mandate, on many occasions in Ukraine and other conflicts around the world – it is nothing new for us,” spokesperson for the Geneva office of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jennifer Tobias replied to a Tass query as to what kind of a mission this could be. “The ICRC does not however get involved in political negotiations: its role is strictly humanitarian,” she marked. “In October, with the water supply to some 600,000 people under threat in the Lugansk region due to a lack of agreement between the sides, the ICRC exceptionally stepped in to pay electricity bills for a period of two months in order to resume the water supply to the people had been cut off owing to unpaid electricity bills,” she went on. “Currently, over 600 families have registered loved ones as missing with the ICRC. The ICRC has proposed the creation of a mechanism where all concerned parties could work together to share information relating to people who have gone missing due to the conflict that could lead to cases being solved,” the spokesperson said. She said ICRC officers are currently helping the affected civilian population on both sides of the contact line.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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slavjan31-17fBlood bath at north front of Donbass; Ukrainian Army continually attacking, intending to relaunch larger war / By Christelle Neant (Doni Press), translated by Tom Winter / Fort Russ / January 31, 2017 / Following yesterday’s continuous firing on the northern periphery of Donetsk and Makeyevka, which resulted in several deaths and injuries among civilians and soldiers of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), negotiations took place last night in an attempt to re-establish the ceasefire. After confirmation from the DPR side that it had ceased firing, the Ukrainian army traitorously bombarded the territory of the republic. At 2000 hours, after an artillery preparation, the enemy sent two platoons attacking the positions of the DPR located between Yasinovataya and Avdeyevka, with covering fire from mortar and tanks. The attackers fell in the middle of a minefield, and had three dead and five wounded. Continuing their attack despite these losses, they lost a total of at least 15 dead and 30 wounded. As the positions of the DPR army held up well despite these losses, the enemy attempted to make a diversion by starting to massively bomb the periphery of Donetsk and Makeyevka, with among other things, weapons prohibited by the Minsk accords, i.e. artillery of 122 mm and 152 mm and mortars of 82 mm and 120 mm. According to the intelligence services of the DPR, in view of the demoralization of the Ukrainian soldiers following the heavy losses in the Ukrainian army in the last two days, the Ukrainian command has decided to use Right-Sektor units as cannon fodder. The soldiers of the RPD recorded a strange behavior on the part of these soldiers, most certainly under the influence of drugs or intoxicated. Following this new failure, the Ukrainian army began firing farther north in front of Debaltsevo, where fighting is also taking place. Following this disaster, and after receiving the report of the losses in the Ukrainian army during the last 48 hours, Poroshenko returned urgently from Germany. The DPR’s intelligence services had access to . . . READ MORE>>

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Poroshenko ordered to attack when he realized that his foreign policy failed – DPR / TASS / February 1, 2017 / DONETSK / Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko ordered to attack the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) when he realized the failure of his policy on the global arena, the DPR head said. “Ukraine started hostilities only because Russia and the United States started to search for common ground. And, haveing understood that Kiev may get nothing, Poroshenko ordered to launch an offensive on the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the Donetsk news agency quoted Alexander Zakharchenko as saying. He described the current situation in the conflict zone as difficult. “The fighting is intense. Ukraine suffers great loss. But we will not let the enemy to break through,” Zakharchenko said. In the past two days, armed clashes intensified near the town of Avdeyevka and the settlement of Yasinovataya close to the line separating the areas controlled by the Kiev government and the self-proclaimed republics of eastern Ukraine. The Kiev government blamed the eastern Ukrainian militia for the escalation of the conflict, and Poroshenko claimed he had to cut short his visit to Germany, although the official program of the journey was over by that time. However, according to the military authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Ukrainian servicemen started their offense as early as Sunday evening, but had to withdraw to their initial positions due to fierce resistance. The UN Security Council held a closed session to discuss the issue on the Kiev government’s request Monday. According to Kiev’s permanent UN envoy, the Ukrainian side circulated among the council’s members a draft press statement calling for an immediate end to the hostilities. A similar call was voiced earlier by Russia, Brussels, the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, a number of European countries, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United States. UN Secretary general spokesman Stephane Dujarric also called for an immediate ceasefire, adding that the resumption of hostilities are a direct breach of the Minsk reconciliation accords.

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Alexander Zakharchenko arrived at the forefront of the DPR army / Novorossia Vision / February 1, 2017 / At the forefront of the DPR army, the Head of the DPR described the situation on the contact line. ‘After the talks between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, Poroshenko, realizing that Ukraine has already no chance in this life, gave the order to attack the People’s Republic of Donetsk. The military situation is very severe. Battles are being fought along the about 50-kilometer frontline. In the area of Avdeevka, the Ukrainian troops are trying, for the third day in a row, to break through to the cities of Donetsk and Makeevka. The fights are heavy. Ukraine suffers heavy losses. But they shall not pass,’ said Alexander Zakharchenko.

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slavjan30-17xFighting Escalates in Donbass – Twitter Report / Quemado Institute / January 31, 2017 / Escalations in Kiev-insigated attacks on Donbass have increased dramatically since the inauguration of Donald Trump, and particularly over the last few days, according to reports by observers on Twitter. Residents of Avdeevka lost power during the depths of winter temperatures at minus 18 degrees C and were unable to heat their homes. Meanwhile battles continue. Vladimir Suchan tweets today at about 20:00 to 21:00 UTC: “In Makaevka of the Donetsk Republic, artillery fire by Ukrainian forces hit a kindergarten and a dental clinic. / Emergency evacuation of people and children from parts of the city of Donetsk. / The rage of battles in Donbass continues to spread along the front lines. Still mainly artillery & GRAD attacks with local infantry attempts.” Storm Bringer reports at 21:00 UTC: “NAF [Novorossiya Armed Forces] are sending SMS to Avdiivka to industrial area now. / District of Holmivskyi (north of Gorlovka) is under Ukrainian heavy fire.” Conflict News tweets at 21:00 UTC: “UKRAINE: Heavy shelling continuing to be reported tonight around Donetsk and other areas across the frontline in Donbas.” Well-known Donbass-American video journalist Patrick Lacaster posts a YouTube at about 21:00 UTC, tweeting: “The moment today when trapped miners are rescued from a Donetsk coal mine after a Ukraine artillery attack.” Gracchus Babeuf reports at about 21:00 UTC: “Aleksandr Zakharchenko at the #DPR Army front-line today. #Donetsk.”  An unknown source tweets at about 21:00 UTC: “Donetsk. Major thoroughfare, broad daylight. Poroshenko’s artillery targets elderly women as they carry groceries. War crimes.” Donbass Twitter source Pete John reports: “Berlin has accused Kiev in the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass in Suddeutsche Zeitung,”  Unknown Twitter source Gary Davis tweets at about 21:00 UTC: “Hey @CTVNews & @CBCNews, the Ukraine Army and Poroshenko are currently attacking civilians in Donbas defying Minsk. Why no coverage?” Mikhail D. reports, “Artillery is heard in Debaltsevo, Ukraine.” Unknown source Well One tweets to Donald Trump at about 21:00 UTC: “@realDonaldTrump The pig Poroshenko started a new stage of the war. Do not blame Donbass people and RF if the nazis will be beaten to death.” slavjan31-17h Pete John posts a video, reporting, “Alexander Zakharchenko came to the forefront of the DNI of the army.” Twitter source Shinobi sends a video link at about 21:00 UTC, saying: “Donetsk today – medics rushing & risking their lives to a just bombed area, all thanks to eu sponsored ukraine army.” Dutch Journalist Stefan Beck, who recently investigated MH17, tweeted at about 20:00 UTC: “A year it has been quiet in Donetsk. However for the last two days the city, civilians included are being bombed. / Heavy artillery (152mm) used in bombardment of civilian areas in #Donetsk This caliber is banned by #Minsk to be in shooting range of front.” British video journalist Graham Phillips reports at about 20:00 UTC: “Kiev Forces’ Shelling of DPR Kills 6, Injures 13 Over Past 24 Hours – Official.” Twitter source Pete John announces at about 20:00 UTC: “Gorlovka, Zaitsevo: strong fight, mortars, armored vehicles. Debaltseve-Svetlodarskij beachhead, gun mortar battle plus artillery.” Click image for video of Zakharchenko at the front lines.

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Pete John on Twitter
February 1, 2017 00:00 UTC
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slavjan31-17rRussia calls on Kiev to immediately stop armed provocations in Donbass / TASS / January 31, 2017 / By making provocations in Donbass, Kiev is trying to keep the Ukrainian crisis on the global agenda, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. / Russia calls on the Ukrainian authorities to immediately stop armed provocations in Donbass, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday over the recent aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine. “We call on the Ukrainian authorities to immediately stop armed provocations in Donbass, to observe the current ceasefire agreements and finally begin to duly implement all provisions of the Package of Measures, including those that concern political aspects of the current problems,” the ministry said. By making provocations in Donbass, Kiev is trying to keep the Ukrainian crisis on the global agenda, according to the Foreign Ministry. “A strange pattern cannot but attract attention,” the statement reads. “Whenever tensions in Donbass grow, the Ukrainian leaders happen to be making foreign visits. It seems, they try to keep the Kiev-initiated crisis on the global agenda.” Moscow urges West to make Kiev give up attempts at revanche in Donbass. Moscow hopes that Ukraine’s partners will force Kiev to give up attempts at achieving a military revanche in Donbass that would be tantamount to discarding the Minsk Accords, according to the statement. “We expect that Ukraine’s partners will exert the proper influence on Kiev to make it give up attempts at a military revanche in Donbass, tantamount to discarding the Minsk Accords,” the Foreign Ministry said. “We expect prompt steps by the OSCE’s special monitoring mission in Ukraine that would bring about quick de-escalation of tensions.” “The situation in Donbass has seriously aggravated in the recent days, with Ukrainian troops continuing offensive attempts at the positions of militias [of the self-proclaimed republics], including in Donetsk’s suburbs,” the ministry said. “Heavy weapons, including large-caliber artillery and multiple missile launcher systems, are extensively used to shell residential quarters. Under the Package of Measures of February 12, 2015, such weapons are to have long been pulled out from the contact line.” There are casualties among civilians, the ministry noted. “As a result of shelling by Ukrainian troops, the Donetsk water filtering station and the Avdeyevka coking plant have been cut off electricity supplies. There is a danger to the lives of coal miners working at mines,” the document said. Southeastern Ukraine on the brink of catastrophe. “Southeastern Ukraine, which has been suffering from Kiev’s economic blockade, is again on the brink of a humanitarian and ecological disaster,” the ministry noted. “All of this is direct consequence of Ukraine’s ongoing violations of its liabilities under the Minsk agreements. Kiev seems to be unwilling to implement any. Instead of taking efforts towards lasting peace, the Ukrainian authorities are stubbornly seeking to solve the conflict by military means. We would like to remind them how such military adventures used to end,” the ministry said.

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Rawalpindi Joe On Twitter – February 1, 2017
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“MCCain and Graham…’eager to start WW3′ said Trump… recently visited Ukraine.”

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slavjan31-17gDonbas in flames again. OSCE stands still / Pravda.ru / January 31, 2017 / The situation in the Donbas has deteriorated sharply during the recent days. Ukrainian security forces struck powerful artillery blows on the positions of the armed forces of Novorossiya and residential areas of Donetsk, as well as settlements of Makeyevka, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsk. A power line was damaged in the shelling, electricity supplies to the Donetsk filtering station were interrupted, dozens of homes were destroyed. Eyewitnesses say that the scale of destruction and the intensity of the attacks is similar to hostilities from 2014. Due to the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko interrupted a visit to Germany. Pravda.Ru asked director of the Center for Political Analysis and Technology in Donetsk, Sergei Baryshnikov, to comment on the situation in the region. “What is the current situation?” “They shell us . . . READ MORE>>

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Mrs_Burbage_SNR on Twitter – February 1, 2017
“KIEV POUNDS CIVILIANS IN DONBAS…AGAIN…AND AGAIN..FOLLOWING MCCAINS VISIT.”
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slavjan31-17jMOE DNR began evacuating residents of the northern part of Donetsk / Rusvesna.su / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / January 31, 2017 / Employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DNI began evacuating residents of the northern part of the capital, who wish to ride out the attacks in a safe place. “We began evacuating residents of the northern region of Donetsk. At the request of the local population, who wants to leave the zone of fire, emergency staff made the rescue operation “, – reported in the press service of Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic, according to DAN. According to authorities, at this moment, 12 people evacuated. In the near future is still expected to send about the same number of citizens. They will be transported to a safe place. Earlier, the head of administration of the Kiev region of Donetsk Valentine Levchenko said about the beginning of the voluntary evacuation of residents in connection with the aggravation of the situation at the front and the continuing shelling the area from the Ukrainian army.

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slavjan31-17nUkraine intensifies aggression against Donbass region / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / January 31, 2017 / While the world’s eyes are elsewhere, Donbass is once again under attack. / Whenever the forces of the fascist regime in Kiev feel any kind of existential weakness, they respond through a combination of insane rhetoric and increased attacks on the Donbass Republics, attacks which are in violation of the Mink II deal, an agreement which has been violated so many times, it hardly bears any discussion at this point. Clearly fearing that Donald Trump’s new and thus far cordial relationship with Vladimir Putin may put the brakes on the US money which flowed so readily to the fascists under Obama, the fascist forces, including what is left of the Ukrainian army as well as militants, terrorists and mercenaries have been stepping up their attacks on Donbass. It is clear that they are taking advantage of the uncertain period on foreign policy that was bound to take place in the first weeks (perhaps months) of a new US administration. This is especially the case since Trump has focused primarily on domestic issues like the economy or homeland security. With Syria and Russia pounding ISIS targets in Deir ez-Zor and the Syrian Arab Army also making steady gains around Al-Bab, it is safe to say that by making a wise use of its resources, Syria is slowly but surely winning the war against the terrorist forces occupying her country. By contrast, Donbass has been facing an escalation of external violence with very few voices highlighting the importance of the safety of the people of Donbass. The Donbass Republics will never surrender. They have said this many times and their actions demonstrate their commitment to fighting to preserve their independent democracies. What is also clear is that in spite of the systematic weakness of the literally bankrupt fascist forces, without powerful voices forcing them to cease with their aggression, they will continue to wound the Donbass republics as much as they are able to do, until the inevitable collapse of the fascist regime in Kiev. The wider world, including Russia, must do more to ensure the security of Donbass. Russia has been very good at supplying Donbass with aid and has constantly called for peace in international conferences, but more is needed. Russia must provide the Donbass republics with modern equipment with which to defend themselves against any continued aggression. The weaker Kiev gets, the more violent they grow. The suffering of Donbass cannot be the price paid for this. The people of Donbass cannot wait and Russia does not now, nor have they ever needed external permission to help their fraternal comrades.

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slavjan31-17kKiev Forces’ Shelling of DPR Kills 6, Injures 13 Over Past 24 Hours – Official / Sputnik / January 31, 2017 / At least six people died, 13 others were wounded as result of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attacks on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the past 24 hours, DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said Tuesday. / DONETSK / Earlier in the day, Basurin said the situation in DPR had been further exacerbated by the continued shellings. “The Ukrainian forces’ evening shellings inflicted injuries to three civilians. Besides, two people died and three others were injured yesterday during the day time,” Basurin told reporters, adding that four member of militia units were killed and seven more injured over the past 24 hours. On December 30, Basurin said that over 300 people were killed and more than 400 were injured as result of shellings of the DPR by the Ukranian side in 2016. In April 2014, Kiev started a military operation against the DPR and the Luhansk People’s Republic after local residents refused to recognize the new government of Ukraine, that came to power as result of a coup.

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slavjan31-17sKiev continues to violate ceasefire agreement, opts for military solution – Moscow / Rt.com / January 31, 2017 / Ukrainian forces are using heavy artillery to shell Donetsk residential areas in a clear violation of the Minsk agreements, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said, adding that Kiev seems to favor a military resolution of the Ukrainian conflict. The recent escalation in the Ukrainian South East is a “direct consequence of Ukraine [Kiev] breaking its obligations under the Minsk Agreements that Kiev does not intend to fulfill,” a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said, adding “Ukrainian authorities stubbornly strive for the military resolution of the conflict instead of taking efforts to achieve sustainable peace” in the region. The ministry called on the Ukrainian government “to stop armed provocations in Donbass immediately, to adhere to the existing ceasefire agreements and to proceed with responsible implementation of all provisions” of the Minsk Accords, including political reforms. The statement also drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian forces are actively using heavy artillery and multiple rocket launchers to shell Donetsk residential areas, “although such weapons should have been long withdrawn from the contact line.” The shelling resulted in casualties among civilians and destruction of several infrastructure facilities, the ministry added. Regions in Eastern Ukraine, already suffering from Kiev’s economic . . . READ MORE>> [Videos available at source.]
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slavjan31-17qExpert says escalation in Donbass linked to beginning of new Ukraine talks / TASS / January 31, 2017 / DPR officials said the people’s militia has complied with the ceasefire sinceTuesday morning. / KIEV / Visits by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko to the West and the simultaneous deterioration of the situation in the Donbass region are not a mere coincidence, Ruslan Bortnik, Director of the Ukrainian Institute for Policy Analysis and Management, said on Tuesday. “The exacerbation of the situation is linked to the beginning of another stage of talks on Ukraine’s fate,” he told Ukraine’s Vesti. “As soon as the turning point comes, when a breakthrough at the talks is expected, there is escalation. Consequently, the president’s visits coincide with this intensification. I believe Avdeevka is the response to the talks between (US President Donald) Trump and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.” According to Bortnik, such actions are a kind of test on the part of Ukraine’s “war party.” “So far this test has had zero results, nothing has changed,” he noted. “The use of the entire array of weapons shows that no one is abandoning one’s positions. The negotiations continue, but so far with no solutions in sight.” According to the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Ukrainian armed forces attacked the republic near the cities of Avdeevka and Yasinovataya in the evening on January 29. However, the attack was thwarted, and they had to return to their original positions. The DPR operational command has noted increased destruction, there are casualties among the civilian population. Three civilians have been killed and six others wounded in shelling over the past two days alone. DPR officials said the people’s militia has complied with the ceasefire sinceTuesday morning. However, the Ukrainian armed forces continue to shell the DPR territory. Meanwhile, Kiev’s representatives accuse the people’s militia of shelling its positions and territory in the Donbass region.

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slavjan31-17pTensions in Conflict with Russia on the Rise Again. Berlin Watching with Concern the action in Donbass / By Stefan Braun / Suddeutsche Zeitung / Autotranslated from German by Quemado Insitute / BERLIN / Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Ukrainian President Pedro Poroshenko praised the growing economic relations between the two countries on Monday and were also very concerned about the latest reports from the Eastern Ukraine. Merkel praised that trade between Germany and Ukraine was growing; Most recently he rose by almost 20 percent. Looking at the tension in Donbass in the east, she said that the situation on the so-called contact line between Ukrainian troops and militia of the pro-Russian separatists was “worrying”. It is all the more important, then, to make progress on the basis of the Minsk Agreement, even if it is so difficult, Merkel said. Poroshenko expressed his gratitude for the German support and again protested Moscow on a hybrid war against his country. The Ukrainian President said that Ukrainian soldiers had also died on Sunday and Monday in conflict with the pro-Russian separatists. If, therefore, the efforts to resolve the conflict did not take precedence, sanctions against Russia would not only be prolonged but also tightened. The view of the conflict has not changed in Kiev either in Berlin or in Berlin. Kiev has long been demanding a harder pace against Moscow. And Merkel is largely solid. Lastly, former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier once again emphasized the responsibility for the crisis in Moscow and the separatists. At the same time, however, the Federal Government is aware very precisely and with growing concern that the situation on the so-called contact line has not only intensified again, but that the Ukrainian side is also increasingly responsible for this. The tensions increase; Most recently four Ukrainian soldiers were killed in firefights during the weekend. According to Berlin, which is based, among other things, on reports from the OSCE mission in the Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian military forces are currently trying to shift the front line in their favor [Emphasis ours]. Apparently, they also accept the fact that tensions are increasing, according to the Berlin government. Behind them, according to some in the German administration, it might also be a question of tightening the situation so that plans by US President Donald Trump could be stopped to relax the sanctions. According to Berlin’s interpretation, Poroshenko wants to do just about anything to prevent an end to the sanctions against Russia. In the Federal Government, however, the concern is growing that Kiev’s calculus could be counterproductive. Thus, Trump could ease the sanctions independently of the situation at the contact line. And then Kiev would have double the damage: a situation improvement for Russia with simultaneous intensification of the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine. Whether it is possible to dissuade Kiev from his own provocations, no one dare to predict in Berlin.

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slavjan31-17tState Dept. Calls for Immediate Ceasefire in E Ukraine, Full OSCE Monitor Access / Sputnik / January 31, 2017 / The United States Department of State expressed on Tuesday deep concern over the spike in hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbass and called for immediate ceasefire to avert a larger humanitarian crisis. / WASHINGTON (Sputnik) / The United States is calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine and urges full access for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitors, Department of State Acting spokesperson Mark Toner said in a statement. “The United States is deeply concerned with the recent spike in violence in eastern Ukraine around Avdiivka-Yasynuvata,” Toner said. “To avert a larger humanitarian crisis, we call for an immediate, sustained ceasefire and full and unfettered access for OSCE monitors.” Toner said that since January 24, the OSCE has reported a dramatic spike in fighting that led to dozens of Ukrainian military casualties and 10 civilian casualties. “It has also left 17,000 civilians, including 2,500 children, without water, heat, or electricity,” he added. Toner concluded that the United States continues to support full implementation of the Minsk deal. The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka has been tense for several days with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity under the temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit). Both parties are accusing each other of being responsible for escalation of fighting. Following the reports about the escalation in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cut short his visit to Germany and tasked his aides with calling for the extraordinary session of the Trilateral Contact Group to discuss the situation near Avdiivka.

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slavjan31-17wMoscow Probes Shelling of Russian Journalists in Donbass / Sputnik / January 31, 2017 / Russia’s Investigative Committee is exploring the circumstances of the incident when Russian journalists where shelled by the Ukrainian artillery in Donbas on Tuesday, the committee’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko said. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / Several Russian journalists from RT, NTV and Life TV channels were caught under fire in Donetsk. The journalists have been evacuated, Life’s cameraman has been wounded. “Russia’s Investigative Committee is already establishing all the circumstances of the shelling [of the reporters] in the framework of a criminal investigation of the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare. The investigators will check whether the motive behind journalists shelling was Ukrainian side unwillingness to allow an objective media coverage of events in the Donbas,” Petrenko said. The Investigative Committee’s spokeswoman added that these facts once again proved that the Ukrainian military systematically violated Minsk agreements. Earlier in the day, spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Alexander Motuzyanik said that three Ukrainian officers were killed and 24 were injured over the past 24 hours in the eastern Ukraine hostilities. Also on Tuesday, Deputy Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said at least six people had died, 13 others had been wounded as result of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attacks on the DPR territory in the past 24 hours. In February 2015, Ukrainian authorities in Kiev and militias in eastern part of the country reached a ceasefire following the talks brokered by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus.

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slavjan31-17vKiev’s Actions Threaten Donbass, Ukrainian Soldiers – Russian OSCE Mission / Sputnik / January 31, 2017 / Kiev authorities’ actions in the eastern region of Donbass pose a threat to both local residents and Ukrainian servicemen, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Lukashevich said on Tuesday. VIENNA (Sputnik) / The OSCE official pointed out that Russia was worried by the sharp increase of hostilities in Donbass. “Kiev’s actions pose a growing threat to the people of Donbass and Ukrainian Army’s servicemen,” Lukashevich said, as quoted by the Twitter page of the Russian Mission to OSCE. “We urge Kiev to stop making the people of Donbass hostages of the policy aimed at keeping constant tensions … Kiev should stop military operations, attempts to seize additional territories, shelling of DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] positions & residential areas,” Lukashevich stressed. Lukashevich added that it was important to make Ukraine cease attempts to gain military victories in Donbass giving up the Minsk agreements. The situation near the industrial town of Avdiivka has been tense for several days with civilians being deprived of running water, central heating and electricity under the temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit). Both parties are accusing each other of being responsible for escalation of fighting.

slavjan31-17xThe Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the situation in the Donbass / Novorossiya Information Agency /Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / January 31, 2017 / Due to the deterioration of the situation on the front of Donbas was again on the verge of a humanitarian and environmental disaster. This was a direct consequence of violations of Kiev their obligations in the framework of the Minsk talks. This is stated in the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Donbass. “In recent days, the situation has deteriorated in the Donets Basin, where the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine continues to conduct offensive operations to seize militia positions, including in the suburbs of Donetsk. In residential areas of settlements are actively used heavy weapons, including heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, which, according to Minsk “package of measures”, dated 12 February 2015 for a long time had to be withdrawn from the contact line. Among the civilians are killed and injured. As a result, strikes Ukrainian security forces are de-energized Donetsk filtration station, Avdeevka Coke Chemical Plant, under threat delivered life working in the mines of the miners “, – said in a statement posted on the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry. “We see how the south-east of Ukraine, which is already suffering due to the economic blockade of Kiev, is again on the verge of this humanitarian and environmental catastrophe. All of this – a direct consequence of the ongoing violations of Ukraine with its obligations under the Minsk agreements, which perform in Kiev, no one is going. Instead, efforts to achieve sustainable peace Ukrainian authorities are trying hard to achieve a military solution to the conflict. I would like to remind you what ended it for this kind of adventure, “- the document says. The Foreign Ministry also drew attention to “a strange pattern” – “any escalation of the situation in the Donbass miraculously coincides with the foreign trips of the Ukrainian leadership, which, apparently, so expects to maintain provoked by the crisis in the Kiev international agenda.” “We urge the Ukrainian authorities to immediately stop armed provocations in the Donbass, comply with existing agreements on ceasefire and begin, finally, to the responsible fulfillment of all the provisions of the Minsk” Set-up “, including those relating to the political aspects of the existing problems”, – stressed in the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. “We expect that the Ukrainian partners will influence due to Kiev in order to force him to give up trying to take military revenge in the Donbass, and put an end to the Minsk Agreement. We expect the operational steps on the part of the expanded in the Ukraine in the Special OSCE monitoring mission to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible “, – the statement says.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 28.1.2017 / DONi News / January 28, 2017 / The situation in the frontline is getting worse. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire regime approximately 6,000 times over the past week. 26 villages were under the Ukrainian shelling. During the shelling, tanks, mortars and multiple rocket launchers “Grad” were used. The biggest concentration of the enemy’s artillery fire appeared in the Dokuchaevk area, Sakhanka and Kominternovo villages. As a result of the shelling from Ukrainian positions, 26 houses were damaged in Zaitsevo, Elenovka, Nicholaevka, Krutaya Balka villages, Yasinivataya and Gorlovka. The houses were also damaged it Petrovskiy district of Donetsk. The fire of Ukrainian criminals had also damaged the high voltage lines in Kominternovo, Sahanka, Sergeevka Leninskoye, Zaichenko, Signalnoe, Luganskoe and Elenovka. According to the DPR commissioner for human rights office, the Ukrainian shelling from 20 to 26 of January resulted in eleven wounded Republic citizens. In past 24 hours, after 10 o’clock in the evening, the Ukrainian forces launched the fire with the multiple rocket launchers “Grad” onto the Volvo centre district on the north of Donetsk capital. The following villages were shelled: Gorlovka, Sakhanka, Aleksandrovka, Verhnetoretskoe, Shakhti, Novaya Tavria, Zaichenko, Leninskoye, Kominternovo and Petrovskiy districk of Donetsk capital. The Ukrainian forces used self-propelled artillery platforms 152 mm caliber, multiple rocket launchers “Grad”, mortars 120 mm caliber, batle tanks and small arms. As a result, in Zaichenko village gas supply pipes were damaged and in Kominternovo village two houses were damaged. “We are ready to all situations. We know all about the plans of our enemies, and we can ruin those, if they try to order offensive,” said Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Eduard Basurin. (DONi News Agency / UNION TV)

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slavjan4-17zDonetsk Defense: Situation Report, 28.01.2017 / DONi News / January 28, 2017 / The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic tends to an aggravation. Over the last day the Ukrainian terrorists have increased the number of shellings of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s territory to 1,270 times. At that the enemy has launched onto the front-line areas 70 artillery projectiles of 152 and 122 mm caliber, five tank shells, 555 mortar rounds, including 250 shells of 120 mm caliber and also 551 shells from grenade launchers of various types. Besides, the IFVs and small arms were used. The following localities have been shelled by the Ukrainian terrorists under the leadership of commanders of the 53, 72, 92, 30 separate mechanized brigades Gruzevich, Sokolov, Nikolyuk, Garaz, the commander of the 55th artillery brigade Brusov and the commander of the 36th marine brigade Delyatitsky: Zaitsevo, Vasilyevka, Shyrokaya Balka, Mikhailovka, Yakovlevka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Krutaya Balka, Vesyoloye, Dokuchayevsk, Dzerzhynskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, Yasnoye, Kominternovo, Oktyabr, Bezymennoye, the area of the airport and the settlement of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. As a result of mortar attack from the AFU positions one serviceman of the People’s Militia has died. The Ukrainian command makes steps for destabilization of the situation along the line of contact, deploying new units from the territory of Ukraine. So, we have recorded the arrival of the 80 separate landing and assault brigade in the area of the locality of Mikhailovka that previously hadn’t been seen in the “ATO” zone. I would like to notice that the criminal military command of Ukraine concentrates assault and nationalist units on the line of contact that gives the grounds to assume a possible start of battle actions by the AFU. It is confirmed by the yesterday’s statement of the Minister of Defense of Ukraine S. Poltorak saying there are 40,000 fighters from among the ranks of volunteer battalions in the “ATO” zone, a part of whom has essential contradictions with the Kiev authorities, and constantly shows them independence and disobedience. Also, there is noted the arrival of the another group of foreign mercenaries . . . READ MORE>>

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RIP – Valeriy Bolotov, the founder of Lugansk People’s Republic
DONi News – January 28, 2017
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The founder of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Valeriy Bolotov, passed away on January 27, because of the heart attack. Valeriy Bolotov came known during the first days of the conflict in Donbass. He was on the front line during the pushing back of the Ukrainian government forces. Bolotov took charge of the LPR, which was founded in May 2014.But just in three months, because of the serious wounds, he had to lay down his duty and Igor Plotnitskiy became his successor. Valeriy Bolotov moved to Moscow, but even from there he continued to take part in the Republic’s life. (DONi News Agency / UNION TV)

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Valery Bolotov (--Alchetron)

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First Lugansk uprising leader dies in Moscow suburbs / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / January 28, 2017 / On January 27th, one of the main organizers of the storm of the Lugansk SBU directorate on April 6th, 2014, Valery Bolotov, died in Russia. Bolotov was the first head of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the leader of the Russian Spring protests in Lugansk. A colleague of the deceased, also a participant of the protests in Lugansk and the first speaker of the People’s council of the LPR, Aleksey Karyakin, reported to PolitNavigator: “Yes, he died today at home. Presumably from a heart attack. Appropriate examinations will be done and then there will be more detailed information. For now there’s nothing more I can say.” Bolotov’s death has also been confirmed by other sources. In particular, ex-deputy of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Oleg Tsarev, reported that Bolotov died in the Moscow suburbs. Russian Spring journalist Ivan Takhmetov also wrote on social media: “Valery Bolotov (LPR) is dead. That’s right. They called 20 minutes ago.” The head of South-East Front Information Center, Konstanin Knyrik, also called the reason of death a heart attack. According to him, Bolotov “suddenly became very bad.” Karyakin has categorically denied the theory going around on social networks that the ex-head of the LPR died from alcohol abuse. According to Karyakin, on the contrary, Bolotov led a healthy lifestyle. Valery Bolotov was the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic from May to mid-August 2014, after which he resigned over injuries received a few months earlier in an assassination attempt on him. Bolotov subsequently became involved in the organization of humanitarian aid deliveries to Donbass only to later state in an interview that he was ready to return to the active political life of the Lugansk republic. The acting officials of the LPR believe Bolotov’s death to be mysterious. A participant of the negotiations in Minsk stated: “More and more are thinking about how this could happen to such a strong and young man that two hundred bullets couldn’t take down.” Oleg Tsarev, the famous opposition . . . READ MORE>> [Transcript of interview with Oleg Tsarev available at source.]

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slavjan28-17rBrazilian who fought in Donbass jailed for 13 years by Ukrainian junta / By Paul Antonopoulos / Almasdarnews.com / January 28 2017 / A Brazilian who fought in Donbass with separatists against Ukrainian fascist forces not has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. Rafael Lusvarghi was nickednamed as the “Viking of Donbass” for always taking his Rune inscribed axe into battle and was known for his courage in fighting the Ukrainian junta forces. During his capture and interrogation he was subject to torture and abuse which resulted in a broken leg as he was not willing to cooperate with junta authorities and speak about other people he termed as comrades. Initially returning home with the signing of a truce between junta forces and the separatists, he returned to Ukraine with the offer of a fake job opportunity. The move was made as terms of the truce agreement should have safeguarded him. The 32 year old was first arrested on October 6, 2016 at 9 am at Boryspil International Airport by the Intelligence Service of Ukraine on the grounds of Article 253-8 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code. They found on him an identification card of the Donetsk People´s Republic, a passport of the unrecognized republic, a laptop with messages exchanged with groups considered “terrorists” by the Ukrainian junta and a medal for his service in Donbass. Brazil are yet to make an announcement on his prison sentence and whether they will try bring him home.

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Infantry platoon training in Donetsk People’s Republic – Video Report
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Soldiers of the Donetsk People’s Republic armed forces are participating to frequent military training. The goal is to improve soldiers skills in all possible frontline actions and other war situations, which are taking place in the Donbass defense lines. This video report shows regular training of an infantry platoon in one of the DPR People’s Militia’s training centers. (Video: DPR Ministry of Defence)

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LPR leader Plotnitsky slams OSCE and EU for appeasing Kiev war criminals / Translated by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / January 28, 2017 / The leader of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, has promised a harsh response to those guilty for shelling the republic. His statement has been issued by the LPR’s Ministry of Communications: Unprovoked attacks on the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic by armed groups controlled by Kiev have recently intensified and become more frequent. In the majority of cases, they are carried out with the use of arms that should be, as agreed upon in the Minsk Agreements, withdrawn from the demarcation line and remain under the control of the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE. Moreover, these attacks are carried out with targeted, live ammunitions. As a result, almost every day peaceful civilians are killed and injured and houses and infrastructure are destroyed. Medics have reported a sharp increase in nerve and cardiovascular diseases in frontline cities and villages. In connection with this, I declare the following with all liability: We will not succumb to provocations intended to give reason for accusing us of disrupting the Minsk peace agreements. But we will not let attacks go without consequences. I have given instructions to relevant security agencies to conduct an investigation on the deliberate attacks on the territory of the Republic between January 24th and 27th as instances of actions of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. [I have also] given instructions to carry out operations to identify the direct perpetrators of these criminal attacks, the commanders giving their orders, and their relatives and criminal ties. Our response will be carefully prepared, timely, asymmetrical, and undeniable. However, first and foremost, the Republic will take care of the victims of shellings by Kiev’s punitive forces. I am confident that the responsibility for the bloodshed in Donbass lies with Poroshenko along with the OSCE and the leaders of Germany and France who are not taking advantage of opportunities to force the Kiev regime to make peace. The policy of appeasing the aggressor is an illusion that the flames of war can be deflected in only one direction. This already brought catastrophe to Europe once. I invite them to remember the lessons of the Second World War.

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slavjan28-17vBattalion “Donbass” captured the House of trade unions in Kiev / RusVersion.info / January 28, 2017 / KIEV / The radicals of the battalion “Donbass” by force stormed the Kiev House of trade unions and no one is allowed inside. Representatives of the Kiev trade Union organisations report that now the building is inhabited by people dressed in camouflage uniforms with insignia of the nationalist battalion “Donbass”. Lawful owners of the premises they refuse to let inside, saying that “guard” the house in accordance with the agreement signed with the mayor of Kiev. The unions have tried to obtain confirmation of the resolution of these actions for Vitali Klitschko, but the head of the Ukrainian capital have left the owners of the House of trade unions without comment.

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Rex Tillerson (–IBTimes)

Message from Trump and Tillerson to State Department chiefs: you’re fired! / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / Senior ranks of State Department systematically cleared out as Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson take charge. / As it becomes increasingly likely that Rex Tillerson – Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State – will gain confirmation from the Senate, the State Department which Tillerson looks set to take over is witnessing a purge of its higher ranks. During a visit by Tillerson to the State Department building in Foggy Botton the four most senior members of its management team all announced their resignations after being asked to quit (earlier claims that they resigned of their own accord are apparently untrue). The four senior officials who have gone are Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of State for Management, Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions. Another senior State Department official who is going is Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Nuland is a rigid neocon, notorious for her role in the Maidan coup, during which she posed handing out cookies to anti-government protesters in Kiev’s Maidan Square, and who – to the US government’s intense embarrassment – was caught (probably by Russian intelligence) speaking on the telephone with US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt picking Arseniy Yatsenyuk for the post of Ukraine’s Prime Minister. The wife of the arch-neocon intellectual Robert Kagan – who supported Hillary Clinton in the US election – and a former protege of George W. Bush’s Vice-President Dick Cheney, Nuland’s departure will be welcomed not just in Moscow but in other European capitals where she has become notorious for her abrasiveness. Whilst Nuland’s removal from the State Department was essential if Trump and Tillerson are truly serious about carrying out their declared policy of seeking detente with Russia, the fact that so many other senior officials are being caught up in what is increasingly looking like a comprehensive clearing out of the State Department’s top leadership is a sign that Trump and Tillerson are determined to get a proper grip on the US’s sprawling foreign policy bureaucracy. It will not have escaped their notice that Obama’s hapless Secretary of State – John Kerry – faced active sabotage from some of his officials, 51 of whom last June went so far as to sign a memorandum openly disagreeing with Kerry’s policy of talking about Syria with Russia, which they then promptly leaked to The New York Times. The New York Times agreed not to publish the names of these officials as a condition for reporting the leak. It would be interesting to know whether any of them are amongst those now being forced to resign. A key difference between Trump and Tillerson and the previous team of Obama, Hillary Clinton and Kelly is that as businessmen and CEOs both Trump and Tillerson are experienced managers of large organisations. This is something that Obama, Kerry and Hillary Clinton – all lawyers – never were. As experienced managers Trump and Tillerson know the need to work with one’s own people in order to get the job done, and they are putting that knowledge into action.
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Frank-Walter Steinmeier (--The Duran)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (–The Duran)

Outgoing German FM Steinmeier: West was wrong about Assad / By Alexander Mercouris / The Duran / January 28, 2017 / In newspaper interview outgoing German Foreign Minister says he repeatedly called for cooperation with President Assad, but was constantly overruled by Paris and Washington. / Outgoing German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has given an interview to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in which he has slammed Western policy on Syria. According to Steinmeier he always called for cooperation with President Assad’s government in Syria only to face rejection from the ‘regime change’ coalition in Washington and Paris. Steinmeier’s claim is probably true, but it does him little credit. In truth it is typical of the way he conducted Germany’s foreign policy as Foreign Minister. On Ukraine, Syria and Russia he repeatedly dropped hints that he disagreed with the West’s policies. He then as German Foreign Minister unswervingly carried out the same policies he was privately criticising. Steinmeier is now due to become German President, the post he might have been working towards all along. It remains to be seen whether as President he finds the courage to articulate his opinions, which he conspicuously failed to find as Foreign Minister.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
(Brief Update)

Bolotov (center) reads appeal after referendum on status of LPR, May 2014 (--Vitaliy Belousov /RIA Novosti)

Bolotov (center) reads appeal after referendum on status of LPR, May 2014 (–Vitaliy Belousov /RIA Novosti)

In Memory of Valery Bolotov, One of the First Leaders of Donbass Militia / E-News / Edited autotranslation by Quemado Institute / January 27, 2017 / On Friday, 27 January, Valery Bolotov, one of the leaders of the militia of Donbass, died. The first head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Bolotov headed the LPR from May to August, 2014. According to preliminary information from the Speaker of the Parliament of Novorossiya Oleg Tsarev, Bolotov died of a heart attack at his home in the suburbs. What role in the formation of the republics of Donbass did Bolotov play, and what is he remembered for? Valery Bolotov was a career military man who helped spawn the outbreak of civil war in Ukraine, [He was a member of the] Union of veterans of the Airborne Forces of Lugansk region. It is known that he received combat experience during the events in Nagorno-Karabakh in the late 1980s, performing tasks as a part of the Vitebsk Airborne Division. Already at the end of his military career he earned two higher education degrees in economics and engineering, and was involved in small business. Bolotov became widely known in the first days of the confrontation in Donbass. On April 5, 2014, when the situation in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions was absolutely uncertain, he publicly stated that the detention of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the group of opponents of the new government in Kiev, and called on the people of the southeast of the country to start an open confrontation. It is particularly important that this statement, which has become one of the key points of the “Russian Spring” in Lugansk, the paratrooper made on their behalf, not hiding. The appeal was heard. The next day, the townspeople took control of the building of the Lugansk Management SBU, and Bolotov was at the forefront. Further events unfolded rapidly. Protesters strengthened their control over the key points of Lugansk, and Kiev tried partly by force, partly by means of negotiations, to prevent it. On April 21, the People’s Assembly of inhabitants of Luhansk region elected Bolotov as Acting Governor of People’s, then, in fact, the formation of the army and the government of the future Lugansk People’s Republic. After a self-declaration of the LPR and the national referendum in which the people voted for independence from Kiev, at the first session of the LPR national assembly Bolotov was officially elected as the head of the republic. However, he held that position a little less than three months: He resigned in August 2014, explaining that he could not work after being wounded in battle, and left the territory of the republic. [Source: e-news.su/v-novorossii/154821-chem-zapomnilsya-valeriy-bolotov-odin-iz-pervyh-liderov-opolcheniya-donbassa.html]

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slavdec9-16wThe Soviet Union is dead, since then Russia has lost many people, much of wealth as well as principles and virtues. Now the would-be Novorossiya Revolution/Renaissance and national-liberation movement is effectively dead as well. In this situation, one would like to say “Long live …” but what exactly the new life and future is there to greet? / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / January 26, 2017 / Just few days before Alexey Mozgovoy was killed on May 23, 2015 (I remember this date well because Mozgovoy was an epiphany of a new Russian leader so badly needed and called upon by history itself, but cut down by the Kremlin’s Vagner group or similar outfit), Oleg Tzarev announced the death and demise of Novorossiya. Now almost two years later, there is no political force or leader of note to keep the idea alive. The defeat of the Novorossiya is and has been also in part (or in the background) a defeat of the lingering patriotic elements in the Russian military, trying to resist some of the late convulsions of a dying, defeated body. The so-called political managers and ruling oligarchs did not have much trouble to turn this into an ever bigger macabre circus. The organization and movement once led by Igor Strelkov is in disarray and effectively reduced to a sliver of shadow. To be fair, this has been again much pre-ordained by the basic fact that neither the West nor the Kremlin, in its own way, ever lost control over the management and use of the Ukrainian crisis and of the limitations and box into which Strelkov’s own organization has been placed, pushed and contained. One of the most fateful decision was Strelkov’s partnership with Egor Prosvirnin, an agent and intellectual-provocateur, and his equally provocative and fascist-sounding platform Sputnik and Pogrom. These very days Prosvirnin gave at last an ultimatum to Strelkov-Girkin to have the remnants of his movement fully subordinate to Prosvirnin and his anti-Soviet, anti-communist proto-fascist nationalism. As a result, the two expelled each other from their organizations. The other significant and now insurmountable liability (in additions to others which I will pass in silence) is Strelkov’s well known/notorious Tsarist monarchism, which is politically . . . READ MORE>>

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