Donetsk Lugansk News May 14-24 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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MH17: New Leaked Evidence Confirms Ukrainian Air-to-Air Strike / Leaked Documents: Ukrainian Air Force Shot Down MH17 – Conspiracy and Guilt Confirmed / By Janus Putkonin (DONi News) / Edited with conclusion by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / May 24, 2017 / A truly sensational new document leak confirms Kiev’s direct responsibility for shooting down the Malesian Airlines flight MH17 in Donbass on July 17, 2014. Ukrainian top secret official documents show us that the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) was ordered to hide all evidence of Ukrainian responsibility and especially everything which could prove Ukrainian air force involvement in the executed secret state terrorism operation. The documents were leaked by a Ukrainian official to the Sovershenno Sekretno newspaper. Russian and English translations from the orginal articles are available with copies of the leaked documents, which show written orders given by Ukrainian top officials concerning concealing of the operation of shooting down the flight MH17. Conclusions from the revealed Ukrainian SBU documents are as follows: To carry out special measures to destroy the facts of a special operation; To carry out effective preventive measures among witnesses of special operations on July 17, 2014; Identify and detain witnesses of the civil aircraft explosion; To regroup the servicemen who discharged of their official duties on the territory of the village Grabovo, Donetsk region; As part of a special operation to destroy all the materials that indicate the presence of combat aircraft having carried out combat missions in the specified area on July 17, 2014. Four photocopies which are first revealed in the SBU documents allow us to draw three preliminary and at the same time, crushing conclusions: 1. The new Kiev authorities are responsible for the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines, Boeing 777, flight MH17. President Poroshenko and his generals are hiding the truth and have been lying for 3 years already. 2. Ukraine’s military aviation was involved in the downing of flight MH17, causing the mass murder of almost 300 people. 3. In order to cover the traces of a monstrous crime, from the end of July 2014 the Ukrainian SBU conducted special measures to destroy the facts of the special operation, and all materials that indicate the presence of combat aircraft having carried out combat missions on July 17, 2014. We recommend you to read all four leaked . . . READ MORE>> [Video and links at source.]

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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 05/23/2017 / DONi News / May 23, 2017 / The Ukrainian gunmen intensified their aggression against the Republic’s citizens. The enemy committed 62 ceasefire violations over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian troops applied MRLSs, artillery, tanks, mortars, antitank guided missiles, IFVs, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms, 19 DPR localities underwent the Ukrainian shelling. “The units of the 72nd Ukrainian brigade conducted fire at the Avdeyevka Coking plant in the Butovskaya mine’s area from the Konstantinovka’s motorway area. As a result of the shelling the area of 1 hectare in the plant’s territory was set on fire. Such provocation was aimed at accusing the DPR armed forces of shelling Krutaya Balka locality”, said Eduard Basurin, the Vice Commander of the DPR People’s Militia. Apart from it, last night the Ukrainian gunmen conducted fire applying heavy arms, shelling the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak and the Donetsk airport area. 15 projectiles, 15 tank shells, several dozens of artillery shells and mortar rounds were launched from the enemy’s positions. As a result of the aggression act, a civilian woman was wounded in the city of Yasinovataya. According to the information received, the affected got shrapnel wounds and multiple fractures. The woman was delivered at the hospital. At least 5 houses were damaged in Donetsk, Gorlovka, Yasinovataya vicinities and at the south of the DPR. Two houses were damaged in the locality of Zaitsevo, near Gorlovka, one in Komonternovo locality and one more in the locality of Yakovlevka near Yasinovataya. In the locality of Severny near Donetsk a residential house was destroyed. Apart from it the damage of 4 houses in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk was recorded. Among the shelled buildings there are: 5 storied house at the Kremlevsky avenue and 3 residential houses at the Shakhtoprohodchikov Str., 60 and Chervonopartyzanskaya 43 and 45. —Video: UNION TV, 05/23/2017

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Aftermath of Ukrainian shelling in Northern Donetsk
Published on May 23, 2017 – DONi News Agency

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The Ukrainian armed forces shelled civilian district Severne Donetsk (Northern Donetsk) on Monday with artillery. Civilian houses were badly damaged in heavy caliber shelling. Video shows the aftermath from of the latest Ukrainian aggression.
Video: Ministry of Information, 05/22/2017

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Two people wounded in Donetsk as Ukrainian army attacks bus station / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / Kiev units engaged fire on the Trudovskiye bus station in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk today, a woman and a man were wounded. This was reported in the Operational Command of the DPR. “Ukrainian forces from the direction of Mariinka are firing at the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Once again, the bus station Trudovskiye got under fire, as a result of which a woman and a man were injured,” the Command’s rep said. According to him, the enemy uses mortars, various types of grenade launchers and small arms. As Maxim Zhukovsky, the head of the local District Council added, the man suffered a severe hip injury, an artery was damaged. He was hospitalized in the regional hospital No. 14.

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AFU military continue to seize gray zone / Novorossia Vision / May 24, 2017 / The Ukrainian military occupied almost the entire «gray zone» in the vicinity of the localities Donetsky and Zhelobok. This was stated by the deputy commander of the company of the LPR People’s Militia, Roman «Rome». ‘Meter per meter, the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces] are approaching under the cover of shelling. They shell us with mortars, grenade launchers and, while the personnel is in the shelter, move forward,’ stated the soldier. ‘Afterwards, in the dark, they set temporary fire points and begin to work on our positions. Of course, this is all done in a hurry, so shells land not on our positions, but in the locality, on civilians,’ he added. ‘In this way, the «gray zone» in the area of Donetsky and Zhelobjk actually does not exist anymore. In fact, they are 600 meters away from us everywhere,’ said the deputy commander. «Rome» explained that by respecting the Minsk Agreements, the People’s Militia can not open fire on the advancing enemy, although it has ‘every opportunity to drive the AFU out of the «gray zone».’ ‘We do not respond to their provocative actions,’ the soldier said. ‘We have an order, we do not go for them as we have our positions that were negotiated in Minsk, we defend them and do not leave our zone of responsibility,’ he added. Quemado Institute comments: The DPR/LPR militias should be defending the grey zones, which are protected under Minsk. However, in 2015, Putin, in an act of betrayal, sent his aide Vladislov Surkov to Donetsk to strong-arm Zakharchenko into a unilateral withdrawal from the contact line, in order to appease the West. This withdrawal created the so-called “grey zones”. Ever since, the Ukrainian army has, predictably, been advancing into these zones. The people who live in there are isolated, some cannot even drive to the grocery store, and they are left without defense. This source is not being truthful when he says they are simply “respecting the Minsk Agreements.” The Minsk agreements do not require unilateral action. It’s a tragedy that Vladimir Putin has betrayed the Republics by demanding this unnecessary sacrifice of territory, which the West neither notices nor cares about.

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Pete John on Twitter
“UKIES cotinue taking areas of Donbass, breaking Minsk agreement incessantly. APU took almost all the ‘gray zone’ on the site of Donetsk-Groove.”
May 23, 2017

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Ukrainian army engages fire on Avdeyevka, DPR rejects accusations / DONi News / May 23, 2017 / Kiev’s statement about the bombardment of Avdeyevka allegedly carried out by the forces of the DPR army is untrue. As the Vice-Commander of the Operational Command Eduard Basurin stated, shooting by the Ukrainian militants was again noted in this area. “Kiev once again tries to accuse our Republic of shelling residential areas of Avdeyevka and non-fulfillment of the Minsk Agreements,” stressed Basurin. “This is an obvious provocation, carried out with the involvement of the 72 separate mechanized brigade’s personnel of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and aimed at creating a precedent for the disruption of the forthcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk on May 24”. The Vice-Commander noted that the units of the DPR Armed Forces did not open fire, and, according to the information of the Republican reconnaissance, the enemy fired at the positions of their fellow-soldiers from the village of Vodyanoye (north of Donetsk). “It was from there on May 13 that the AFU struck at Avdeyevka, as a result of which civilians were killed,” summed up Basurin. Notably, earlier today the Ukrainian side stated about the bombardment of Avdeyevka by the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Night shelling of Donetsk Oktyabrskiy district aftermath
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster – Published May 23, 2017

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Aftermath of lasts nights shelling of Donetsk Oktyabrskiy by Ukraine forces.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/24/2017 / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 48 violations of the ceasefire. In the Gorlovka direction, from the positions of the 53 separate mechanized brigade, three 122-mm artillery shells were fired at Golmovsky township, resulting in a residential house damage at Zagorodnyaya Street, as well as five rounds of 120-mm calibre at the locality of Dolomitnoye. Small arms and various grenade launchers were used when attacking Dolomitnoye, Ozeryanovka, and Zaitsevo. In the Donetsk direction, mortar crews of the 72 and 92 brigades launched 114 rounds of 120 and 82 mm calibre at the districts of Krutaya Bulka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Dokuchayevsk, the airport district, the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk. In the Mariupol direction, from the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade, 12 rounds of 120 mm caliber and 15 rounds of 82 mm calibre were engaged on Sakhanka village. Also, shelling from small arms was recorded in the vicinity . . . READ MORE>>

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Eduard Basurin (–Dan-news.info)

Donetsk Situation Report, 23.05.2017 / Novorossia Vision / May 23, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 62 times. In the Donetsk direction, there were recorded 43 violations. There were shelled the areas of the localities Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Mineralnoye, Spartak, Yasnoye, Dokuchaevsk, the airport, the Kirovsky, Kuybyshevsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk city. During the bombardments, the enemy launched 20 MLRS «Grad» shells, 174 122 and 152mm artillery shells, 78 tank shells and over 700 mortar shells, including 465 of 120mm caliber. As a result of the shelling, there was wounded one civilian, Roman Zuev born in 1977, and five residential houses were damaged in the Kievsky and Kuybyshevsky districts of Donetsk city. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy continues shelling with tanks and mortars the localities Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr and Sakhanka, on the areas of which the enemy launched 16 tank shells and 145 82 and 120mm mortar shells. As a result of hitting the pillar of a power line and the latter’s falling, there was damaged one residential house in the locality of Kominternovo. In the Gorlovka direction, there was recorded the fact of the enemy’s using mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers of various types and small arms. The were shelled the areas of the localities Zaytsevo, Ozeryanovka, Mikhaylovka, Verkhnetoretskoye and Krasny Partisan. The Ukrainian military launched 20 82mm mortar shells. As a result of the shelling of the locality of Zaytsevo, there were damaged five houses. As a result of the shelling of our positions, there was wounded one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces. *** On the eve of the Contact Group meeting in Minsk, Ukraine has increased the artillery shelling of the peaceful quarters and chemical industry facilities. In particular, our intelligence has learned that yesterday’s bombardment of the Avdeevka Coke Plant was purposeful and conducted from the position of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade. At the same time, to remove responsibility for the crimes committed, the Ukrainian side tried to shift its blame to the DPR forces, having made a number of false statements about alleged involvement of our units in this shelling. We note that after the shelling of the Avdeevka Coke Plant from the positions of the 72nd brigade, the fire was opened from the territory of the plant itself on the area of the localities of the Republic, from artillery pieces hidden there by the Ukrainian side. With this provocation, the Ukrainian side tried to create an excuse for the next false accusations of the Republic, in the course of the meeting in Minsk, of the failure to comply with the previously reached agreements. The reasons for this behavior of the military and political authorities of Ukraine are explained by the increased pressure on Kiev from the participants of the «Norman format», due to the failure of the Ukrainian side to implement the Minsk Agreements. Kiev simply decided to pretend to be an innocent victim, and to continue, after the negotiations, to shell with impunity civilian localities, realizing its insidious plan to cleanse the territory of Donbass from the unwanted population. —Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ukrainian APC convoy June, 2015 (–AP/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Kiev Builds Up Military Contingent in Donbass – Russian Envoy / Sputnik / May 24, 2017 / Kiev is openly building up its military contingent along the separation line in Donbass, the Russian envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said Wednesday. / MINSK / Kiev is openly building up its military contingent along the separation line in eastern Ukraine instead of pulling out forces, the Russian envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said Wednesday. “Ukraine is openly building up the military contingent along the separation line, captures new positions in the so-called ‘gray zone’, dangerously approaching the positions of the Donbass units,” Boris Gryzlov told reporters in Minsk. Gryzlov added that for more than half a year Ukraine has been hampering the implementation of the decision of the Contact Group on the pullout of forces and weaponry from Stanytsia Luhanska, which prevents the start of the agreed forces withdrawal along the entire separation line. Moreover, Kiev is disrupting the start of the prisoner exchange process in Donbass, Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group for settlement of the situation in Ukraine Boris Gryzlov told reporters Wednesday after talks in Minsk. “The law on amnesty of the parties to the conflict, as required by the Package of Measures, has not been signed by the president of Ukraine since 2014, which makes it impossible to implement the exchange of detained persons in line with the ‘all-for-all’ principle,” Gryzlov said. “Instead, Kiev continues to impose the tactic of dividing the detainees into categories and their exchanges in small groups. I note that if the Ukrainian side so much wants to move forward on this issue, then having a significant… preponderance in the number of detainees, it could release part of verified persons unilaterally by making a goodwill gesture,” he said.

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Mick Mulvaney (–Conservative TreeHouse)

The White House confirmed cancellation of free military aid for Ukraine / May 24, 2017 / Novorossia Vision / The Director of the White House administrative and budgetary administration, Mick Mulvaney, has confirmed that the US intends to change the principles of rendering military assistance to a number of countries from granting to loans. ‘Yes, I can confirm it,’ he answered the journalist’s question whether military grants would be replaced in the new budget by loans for such countries as Vietnam, Indonesia, Colombia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Ukraine. ‘We are changing a couple of foreign military programs from direct grants for loans. Instead of giving someone $ 100 million, we can give them credit guarantees, and they will actually be able to buy more things,’ he said. At the same time, he emphasized that the programs were preserved for Israel and Egypt. [Editor’s note: video of Mick Mulvaney May 23, 2017 Press Conference on Trump FY 2018 budget available at Conservative Treehouse.]

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Rodion Miroshnik

Kiev shows total disregard to diplomatic standards during talks in Minsk — LPR / TASS / May 24, 2017 / The Contact Group on the crisis in Ukraine and its working subgroups will convene in the Belarusian capital on May 24. / MOSCOW / The Ukrainian envoys to reconciliation meetings in Minsk demonstrate total disregard to international standards of negotiations, an envoy of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) said ahead of the talks due on Wednesday. The Contact Group on the crisis in Ukraine and its working subgroups will convene in the Belarusian capital on May 24. Ahead of the meeting, Kiev’s representative at the political subgroup, Alexander Motsik, accused Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics of dragging out the negotiations. “Right now, Kiev’s appears to demonstrate a total disregard for international standards of negotiations in an attempt to evade peaceful settlement by all means,” LPR envoy Rodion Miroshnik said. “In this regard, attempts to accuse others of hampering the negotiations look like mere rhetoric.” “In the past six months, they (Ukraine’s delegates to the political subgroup) have demonstratively refused to consider the mechanism for vesting Donbass with the special status, amd showed total reluctance to discussing any of the issues on the political agenda,” the Lugansk diplomat said. He added that despite requests from OSCE officials, Kiev refused to provide any written declaration of its stance on the main issues of the talks. The negotiator also criticized the Kiev government’s proposal on creating a separate working group to discuss the issue of control over the stretch of the Russian-Ukrainian border, currently held by the self-proclaimed republics. “There is neither sense nor need to create a separate group on handing over the border control. This function can easily be performed by the subgroup on security once it deals with the security issues mentioned in the first three provisions of the Complex of Measures to implement the Minsk agreements,” the diplomat said, describing the issue as a “failed attempt to divert the conversation at the Minsk talks to a different direction.” He added that in line with the reconciliation plan, the issue may be raised only after local elections are held and full political settlement is achieved. “Ukraine should start thinking about it only after all issues that precede the elections are solved, security is ensured, a bill on the special status of Donbass is passed, an amnesty is declared and the special status of Donbass is sealed by the Constitution of Ukraine. Only after all these procedures are completed, the issue of border control may be raised,” Miroshnik said. In late 2015, the then German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, offered a formula for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass. It envisages a law, to be passed by the Ukrainian parliament, on a special procedure of self-government in separate districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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Ukraine’s Closer Bonding with the US-NATO Military Alliance / By Brian Cloughley / Strategic Culture Foundation / May 24, 2017 / According to the Headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, its «two official languages are English and French», although it makes selected press releases available in other languages, which is pragmatic and understandable in some circumstances. But when the subject of an official NATO notification is «NATO Secretary General to address the European Parliament» and the languages used to inform the world of this important event are English, French and Ukrainian, it has to be asked why the last was considered necessary rather than, say, German, Spanish or Turkish. It is equally intriguing that the media handout on the occasion of the visit to NATO HQ by US Defence Secretary, General James Mattis, on February 15 was published in the same languages. One wonders how many Ukrainians were involved in the visit by General Mattis (he who nauseatingly considers that «it’s fun to shoot some people») — and what the reasoning behind the language deal might have involved. Ukraine is not a member of the US-NATO military alliance that was formed in 1949 «to safeguard the freedom, common heritage and civilisation of their peoples, founded on the principles of democracy, individual liberty and the rule of law» which is supposed to «promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area». Ukraine isn’t close to the North Atlantic (it’s 3,000 kilometres from Kiev to Brest), nor is it a member of the European Union, and is unlikely to be accepted by that body, for very good reasons. In 2016 there was an attempt to resurrect and expand an EU association agreement of 2014, but it was vetoed by the Dutch who were and continue to be wary that there would be military implications if the EU were to be involved with such a regime. Holland held a national referendum to decide whether there should be closer EU association with Ukraine, and the result was overwhelmingly against the proposed project, as it indubitably would be in other European countries, were a people’s vote to be permitted on the matter. The Guardian newspaper reported that «in a bid to assuage Dutch concerns, European leaders have spelled out that Ukraine has not been promised EU membership, nor any help from European armies in the event of invasion, as a result of signing an association agreement», but the wise Dutch people were having nothing to do with it — although their own Senate, in the way of all politicians, is trying to override them. The US-NATO alliance doesn’t have to bother with such things as public opinion when it makes its decisions about Ukraine or anywhere else. In spite of its disastrous wars in Libya and . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR, LPR writers present book of Donbass war stories / DONi News / May 24, 2017 / The DPR and LPR and Russian writers presented the “Donbass Choice” collection of stories to the public on Tuesday. The book was unveiled by the Union of Russian Writers co-chairman Nikolay Ivanov, the LPR Union of Writers chairman Gleb Bobrov and the DPR Union of Writers member Vladimir Skobtsov who leads the “Big Donbass” project. Several writers who contributed to the project were present at the ceremony. “It’s a unique book. As photographers adjust white balance before starting to take pictures, so is balance observed here. Everything is here: war and peace, life and death. It consolidates the writers with the theme of serving one’s Motherland, the theme of pain, sympathy, and compassion,” Ivanov said. “We understand that the most trusted solider in the war is the one carrying his commander’s flask. Donetsk and Lugansk writers are like the fighters carrying water, and this reviving gup will help us go on,” he said. The 672-page book comprises stories by 61 authors. The contributors include representatives of the DPR, the LPR, Russia, Serbia, Israel, Ukraine and Kiev-controlled part of the Donetsk region. The stories belong to difference genres, such as prose, poetry and drama. The book’s print run is 1,000 copies.

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Pete John on Twitter
Heroes of Donbass

Alexey Mozgovoy

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Givi, Anaschenko, Motorola, Dremov, Bednov, Mozgovoy

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
(Brief update)

Lugansk hosts Russian Donbass integration event / News Front / May 18, 2017 / A follow up conference to the Donbass Integration with the Russian Federation was held today in the Lugansk People’s Republic. Officials from a wide variety of regions attended, all intent upon their homelands ascension to the Russian Federation as an end goal. The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Recognition of States and Governments: Problems and Prospects, Barriers and Opportunities” attracted participation of guests from the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the People’s Democratic Republic of South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh started today in the capital of the People’s Republic of Lugansk. During the first stage of the conference in Lugansk, the topic of the institution of recognition in international law will be discussed: the problem of defining a strategy, contradictions in the implementation of tactics, as well as the legal policies of states. “The topic is declared quite serious – one conference is indispensable here. Today it is important to hear the opinion of experts. There are two points of view – political and legal, and most importantly – to find common ground for these opinions. Conference participants heard from a variety of heads of state, all in agreement that today it is very important to move towards official recognition by the Russian Federation. A few days ago in Donetsk there was held a meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee. This is a serious social movement that will allow us to integrate the territory of Donbass in the fields of culture, sport, economy and politics. As a State Duma deputy, I would like us to be united together politically, on how to do this unification legally, we should think about it and discuss this together,” commented the head of the conference, State Duma deputy, coordinator of the Integration Committee “for Russia-Donbass” Andrei Kozenko.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
(Brief update)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/17/2017 / DONi News / May 17, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 54 violations of the ceasefire, while heavily weapons, which are banned by the Minsk Agreements, were actively used. Massive artillery and mortar fire on the part of Ukrainian punishers targeted the settlements of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Krytaya Balka, the Kievsky and the Kirovsky districts of Donetsk. The enemy fired 180 artillery shells of 122 and 152 mm calibers, 18 tank shots and 470 mortar rounds, 308 of which were of 120 mm caliber. As a result of a direct artillery hit, one apartment house in the village of Spartak was destroyed, and one apartment house in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk city was damaged. In the village of Yakovlevka, a local resident Slobadenyuk Pyotr Nikolaevich, born in 1942, was wounded. In the Gorlovka direction, criminals of the 53 separate mechanised brigade inflicted an artillery strike on the settlements of Golmovsky and Dolomitnoye. The enemy launched more than 20 122-mm artillery shells, resulting in damage to two apartment buildings. Artillery and mortar crews from positions of the 36 separate marines brigade launched 28 rounds of different calibers on Sakhanka area and 29 artillery shells of 152-mm caliber on the locality of Telmanovo. Shelling of our positions resulted in one soldier of the DPR Armed Forces killed, two are wounded. The Ukrainian invaders continue their policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The Ukrainian side is trying to compensate with the next false reports the broken legend of us shelling Avdeyevka, when four civilians were killed. Yesterday the press service of the so-called ‘ATO’ zone headquarters burst out with reports accusing us of moving forward for 400 meters in the Donetsk direction and preparing for an offensive in the Mariupol direction, after which the territory of the Republic startled because of Ukrainian shelling by the AFU. At the same time it is noted that the Ukrainian side inflicts targeted artillery strikes not only on residential areas of populated localities, but also on vital facilities of the Republic. The enemy struck an artillery blow on the territory of the pumping station and the TV and radio tower of Telmanovo. As a result, damage to the building and de-energization of the station, which provides the entire Telmanovo district with drinking water, is recorded. Besides, the TV and radio broadcasting system in the district is disabled. Restoration work is under way. I call on international observers to pay special attention to these facts. The Ukrainian side is carrying out a frank genocide of the population of the Republic with impunity. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Under Ukraine shelling in Spartak, Donetsk
With DPR’s Daniil Bezsonov (ALL ENG)
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster
May 17, 2017

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko: Kiev preparing ecological terrorist attacks in Donbass / DONi News / According to the Head of the DPR, Ukraine may easily make an attack which will affect not only the territory of the republics, but also lands controlled by Kiev. Alexander Zakharchenko said that he insisted on inspections by DPR environmental specialists at the enterprises of Donbass, which are on the other side of the front line. “Because Kiev cannot cope with us with the help of direct military aggression, we reasonably assume that the criminal regime is considering other methods of causing our republic catastrophic damage. And one of such ways is ecological acts of terrorism. We have information that such issues are being considered in Kiev,” explained Alexander Zakharchenko. According to the DPR Head, Kiev can plan and implement a technogenic catastrophe, as a result of which huge territories of Donbass may prove to be unsuitable for life. “I mentioned the Konstantinovka Chemical Plant. Stocks of sulfuric and hydrochloric acid plus an . . . READ MORE>>

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Enrico Ivanov on Twitter
May 17, 2017 18:00 UTC
“Breaking! A civilian has been killed and another one injured by UAF shellings on #Yasinovataya. / A house has been completely destroyed as result of the latest Ukrainian shellings on Spartak. Outskirts of #Donetsk.”

Maurice Schleepen on Twitter
May 17, 2017, 18:00 UTC
“Breaking: Donetsk airport & Spartak under Heavy Ukraine attack with the use of artillery, 82mm & 120mm caliber mortars & armoured vehicles.”

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Russian Duma hosts Donbass integration related event / News Front / May 17, 2017 / MOSCOW / The integration of Donbass is well underway as an exhibition is being hosted at the Russian State Duma in Moscow on the Donbass and its Russian future. Today, an exhibition titled the “Industrial Heritage of the Donbas” will be opened in the State Duma, a local news agency reported. It will be organized by MP Josef Kobzon from the “Yedinaya Rossiya” (United Russia) party and the Lower House Committee for Culture, two sources from the Russian Committee for Culture confirmed. From the Donbass integration committee, Eduard Golenko, acting Minister of the Coal Industry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) is expected to speak at the exhibition, one source told News Front. The final list of guests is still being discussed, and other representatives of the DNR and Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) could appear at the exposition, the source added. The organizers of the exhibition are proposing the creation of a “post-industrial landscape recreational park” in Russian integrated Donbass. “This will lead to the emergence of a strong tourist economy” the draft description of the event notes. Earlier at the State Duma there were repeated calls for the recognition of the self-declared DNR and LNR, as well as for a simplification of the legislation for residents of the unrecognized territories. In April, the party “Spravedlivaya Rossiya” (a Just Russia) introduced a draft law which makes it easier for residents of the Donbass republics to acquire Russian citizenship. Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin has already recognized the legitimacy of the republics documents and internal passports. Returning to the topic of the DNR and LNR at the State Duma means that Russia is moving forward with an integration approach, similar to the Crimean Republic a Kremlin analyst offered. With two integration conferences held already-one in Crimea and one in Donetsk, it is clear both republics are slowly making their way into the Russian Federation. Signs of encouragement and reassurance are being sent to the citizens of the Donbass Republics. More information on the process and steps to unity will be announced in the near future, officials in Moscow stated.

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Water company specialists bring into operation Telmanovo pumping station / DONi News / May 17, 2017 / The Telmanovo pumping station was brought into operation after massive shelling, conducted on the Ukrainian part last night, reports the “Donbass Water” company’s representative. “Just now we managed to bring into operation the pumping station. Electricians had hardly coped with the power lines repair so people could get water in their houses,” said the company representative. He added that the object operates in emergency regime and the repair works are ongoing. “The pumping station’s administrative buildings were damaged badly, some walls are about to fall down. All the repair works are still ahead,” underlined the “Donbass Water” representative. It should be underlined that last night the Ukrainian army purposely shelled Telmanovo infrastructure. It was underlined that nearly 40 projectiles, including artillery shells of 152 mm caliber were launched from the Ukrainian positions.

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LPR President Igor Plotnitsky

[Enemy report:] The “LPR” leader presupposes the return of the occupied Donbass to Ukraine if it becomes a “Russian world” / Ostro.info / May 17, 2017 / The leader of the “LPR” Igor Plotnitskiy presupposes the return of the occupied Donbass to Ukraine, provided that a pro-Russian government is created there and Ukraine becomes part of the “Russian world”. The militant said it in an interview with Russian Izvestia. “Both Luhansk and Donetsk remain the territory of Ukraine, is it possible to make a real return to Ukraine?” – the journalist asked. “The neo-Nazi regime is not the whole of Ukraine, not the whole nation. We understand that there are healthy forces that do not just support us, but will meet us when the time comes, it’s true. Sooner or later we will forgive them, but after their repentance,” Plotnitskiy said. According to him, “if Ukraine remains with the current regime, then there can be no question of any return. . . . Our people said at the referendum: ‘We are the Russian world.’ And if Ukraine is pro-Russian, understanding that we are brothers, a single family, this is the Russian world, then it will be possible,’ he said, outlining his vision for solving the problem of the occupied Donbass. [Source: ostro.info/news/2139/] Quemado Institute comments: Plotnitsky is merely reiterating a literal interpretation of the Minsk document, under which Ukraine is obligated to reform its constitution with the approval of DPR/LPR representatives Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. The two Donbass leaders proclaimed, after signing the document in 2015, that they would approve nothing short of a complete revision of the Ukrainian constitution allowing de facto independence for the Donbass Republics and essentially removing the anti-Russian bias of Poroshenkos’ regime. Recall that Poroshenko endorsed the agreements in Minsk after an 18-hour high-pressure session with Markel, Putin and Hollande. Sleep deprived, the Ukrainian pseudo-President was probably not fully cognizant of the fact he had granted full veto power on Ukrainian constitutional reform to his enemies Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky. This granting of veto power is why Zakharchenko proclaimed, after the signing, that the Minsk Agreements were a triumph for Donbass. It may also be why Kiev continues to refuse to reform its constitution and remains in violation of Minsk.

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Viktor Yanukovich, illegally ousted Ukrainian President

[Enemy Report:] Yanukovych, Ex-Presidential Administration Head Kliuev Carried Out Of Ukraine On Russian Military Helicopters From Donetsk Region In February 2014 / Ukrainian News / May 17, 2017 / The Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) states that former president Viktor Yanukovych and head of his Administration Andrii Kliuev were delivered from Ukraine to Russia by Russian military helicopters on February 22-23, 2014. Prosecutor from the special investigations department of the PGO Oleksii Donskoi has told this to the Novaya Gazeta publication (the Russian Federation), Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to him, then Yanukovych stayed in Russia for 10-12 hours and made a domestic flight from Yeisk to Anapa. On February 23, 2014 at about 1 p.m., the former president flew from Anapa to a military airport outside Simferopol (Crimea). In Crimea, he stayed until the night over February 24. Then he returned to Russia by a military vessel. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on May 4, the Obolonskyi District Court of Kyiv started consideration of the case against Yanukovych accused of high treason. [Source: ukranews.com/en/news/497471-yanukovych-ex-presidential-administration-head-kliuev-carried-out-of-ukraine-on-russian-military] Editor’s note: Quemado Institute editor Karl Pomeroy posted the following comment under the above article: “Yes, and why were Ukrainians threatening the life of their president, so that he was forced to flee for his own safety? Why did Ukrainians not simply follow constitutional impeachment proceedings? If they had, there would have been no war in Donbass. Instead, Ukrainians acted violently. They bear 100% of the blame for the war.”

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Our First Humanitarian Visit To Donbass / Vostok Solidaridad Donbass / The humanitarian organizations Vostok Solidaridad Donbass from Spain and Vostok France-Solidarité Donbass from France commenced a joint humanitarian mission to Donbass during 9-10 May focusing on Donetsk and several nearby towns. Our impression when we first arrived in Donetsk was that we were in an absolutely normal city, just like any other place with over one million inhabitants, because there were open shops everywhere and people casually strolling around on the streets. Several kilometres away, however, the landscape was totally different, and we began to see damaged or destroyed buildings as well as barricades and security checkpoints. We didn’t have any time to get familiar with downtown Donetsk because we were busy preparing for our first mission to the frontlines roughly 50 kilometres away, which would take us to the little village of Zaitsevo, located right next to the city of Gorlovka. The first thing that we noticed once we got there were the incessant artillery attacks which we heard all the time and the signs which warned us not to step off of the road for fear of walking into a minefield. We must point out that we arrived at a very special time, since 9 May is celebrated as Victory Day in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries in this part of the world. They commemorate the end of the Second World War, which is a heartfelt memory for many of them because most people lost at least one relative at that time. In total, roughly 26 million Soviet citizens perished in the war, the largest amount for any European country by far. Following the local tradition, we paid a visit to the village elders who were old enough to have experienced that war first-hand, and unfortunately were once again reliving the same horrible scenario from their youth many decades ago. At first we expected that it would be a routine event – we’d gift them a flower, wish them a good day, and donate one thousand roubles – but we soon saw that the raw reality of war overcame . . . READ MORE>>

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Vienna, Austria (–Lyashko Yury/Rossa Primavera News)

Charity concert in support of LPR took place in Vienna / Essence of Time / May 17, 2017 / Parishioners of the Saint Nikolas Orthodox Cathedral in Vienna held a charity concert in favor of child and medical institutions of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the LPR Trade Union Federation press service reports. There were artists from Russia, Serbia, Georgia, and Slovakia among those who participated in the concert. A priest of Saint Nikolas Cathedral made a speech at the opening of the event. He called those who gathered to have peace in souls and eradicate all malice. Austrian activist Alfred Almeder from the Committee for Peace in Ukraine urged to support LPR. Parishioners of the Vienna Saint Nikolas Cathedral had already held three concerts in total and have raised more than thirty thousand euros for LPR needs from the beginning of 2015, the press service clarified. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
(Brief update)

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/16/2017 / DONi News / May 16, 2017 / Over the past day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have significantly reduced the number of shelling on the Republic’s territory. 29 violations of the cease-fire regime were recorded, of which 19 violations were recorded in the Donetsk direction. From the units’ positions of the 72 separate mechanised brigade the enemy engages fire on Spartak locality, at that, it launched six 122 mm artillery and five tank shells, as well as 73 mortar rounds of different calibres. Mortar bombardment also targeted the localities of Zhabichevo and Yasinovataya, the enemy fired 16 rounds of 82 mm calibre when shelling these localities. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy’s use of weapons prohibited by the Minsk accords was recorded in the vicinity of Zaitsevo settlement, where mortar squadron of the 53 separate mechanised brigade fired at the settlement nine mortar rounds of 82 mm calibre. In addition, Ukrainian punishers over the past day used weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, various types of grenade launchers and small arms in all directions. According to our reconnaissance’s data, the enemy reduced the activity of bombardments on the territory . . . READ MORE>>

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 05/16/2017 / DONi News / May 16, 2017 / The situation in the LPR People’s Militia responsibility zone underwent no considerable changes and remains tense. Over the past day, the enemy committed four violations of the ceasefire. Our units’ positions in the vicinities of Sokolniki, Donetsky, Pervomaisk and Molodyozhnoye localities were bombarded. When attacking, the AFU applied mortars of 82mm calibre, automatic grenade launchers, and small arms. A total of 168 projectiles and shells were launched onto the Republic’s territory. The facts of selling arms and ammunition to civilians by units’ commanders have been detected in the course of the work of the commission, operating in the 14th separate mechanized brigade since May 13. The commander of this brigade is the war criminal Colonel Zhakun A.N., ‘famous’ for giving criminal orders for the application of heavy artillery and rocket systems against civilians and civil infrastructure. The Ukrainian command continues the build up of its forces and facilities near the contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, yesterday, in the vicinity of Severodonetsk locality, 125mm artillery shells and ammunition for small arms were received from a rocket and artillery warehouse, for the ammunition stockpile of the 93rd separate mechanized brigade to be replenished. The LPR People’s Militia does not relax vigilance and sets the Republic’s security as a priority. Units keep switching equipment to the summer operation period. We are aimed at a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbass and do not react to provocations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Poroshenko, Merkel (–Sputnik/Mikhail Palinchak

[Enemy report:] Poroshenko to hold consultations with G7 on situation in Donbas / Interfax Ukraine / May 16, 2017 / Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said he is going to hold consultations with the G7 leaders in the near future regarding the situation in Donbas. “We will not give them (Russia) any chance, we are resolutely carrying out reforms inside the country, and on the foreign arena I’m going to hold consultations with the leaders of the G7 sometime soon,” he said during a TV linkup from Malta on the ICTV channel. Poroshenko said he will begin these consultations with a visit to Germany on May 20, where he will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Today she has met with the new president of France [Emmanuel] Macron and we will very carefully discuss the coordination of our actions. Telephone conversations and meetings with other leaders of the G7 are also scheduled,” Poroshenko said. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/421741.html]

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Part of the Imperial “Multi-Dimensional” Imperial Chess Has Been Systemic and Rather Massive Infiltration and Even Internal Nazification (and Not Just Monitoring) of the Left. In this Process Russian Oligarchy, Putinism and Its Cult Has Played a Role of an Important Pivot. One of the (intended) uses of Putinism and Putin’s cult was to make the left get screwed up by the (far) right and fall to/for it. / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politikos / May 12, 2017 / The Center for Syncretic Studies, Duginism, Neo-Nazis (and their Satanism), Fort Russ are part of the same psy-op, intel inter-connected and mutually supporting network. It’s part of the infiltration of the opposition and its Nazification from within. Needless to say, they are all also staunch Putinists and promoters of Putin’s cult and his “genius.” The question is then why would such right-wingers and shills be so invested in the creation of the Putin lie and deception? Neo-Nazis, crypto-fascists, informants, and Duginists have effectively led like pied pipers a motley procession of the Putinist party–the Unholy Witnesses of Putin’s personality cult largely made of Western lefties and “anti-imperialists.” Dugin himself and the network he represents is part of the program meant to Nazify both the Empire and the “resistance” against the Empire by re-branding and repackaging fascism. It is interesting to observe how fascists and various neo-Nazis(aided by Western spooks) are trying to climb to the sun on Putin’s shoulders. The Putinists have always been part of imperial deception and strategy. Whether knowingly or as dupes. The neo-Nazi Center for Syncretic Studies and its spreading network closely mimes the strategy set forth by the kindred “Order of Nine Angles” linked to the Neo-Nazi guru David Myatt (also MI-6), which requires that its members work undercover inside other political and social groups, read: systemic and massive infiltration: “Within the initiatory system of the ONA, there is an emphasis on practitioners adopting “insight roles” in which they work undercover among a politically extreme group for a period of six to eighteen months, thus gaining experience in something different from their normal life.[95] Among the ideological trends that the ONA suggests its members adopt “insight roles” within are anarchism, Neo-Nazism, and . . . READ MORE>> [A substantial and intriguing analysis]

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Monday, May 15, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/15/2017 / DONi News / May 15, 2017 / Over the last 24 hours, there were registered 48 occasions of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 25 of which were registered in the Donetsk direction. The localities of Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Dokuchayevsk, the airport area, the Kirovsky and the Petrovsky districts of Donetsk were hit by 218 120-mm and 82-mm artillery shells and over 700 munitions from hand and automatic grenade launchers, resulting in damage to one residential house in Donetsk on the street of Mamin-Sibiryak. 19 violations were recorded in the Mariupol direction. At that, the enemy launched on the localities of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoe, Oktyabr, Leninskoye, Dzerzhynsk and Sakhanka 13 mortar shells of various calibre. In addition, the enemy continues purposefully attacking the vital objects of the Republic, as a result of which the residents of Leninskoye settlement have once again been cut off electricity supply. At the moment, the supply of electricity from wind farms located in Bezymennoye locality and damaged by shelling of the Ukrainian side is restored. Four violations were recorded in the Gorlovka direction. Five 82 mm mortar shells, as well as 164 grenade launchers’ shots were fired at . . . READ MORE>>

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Integration of the Donetsk, and Lugansk People’s Republics, with Russia / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / May 15, 2017 / It’s been one of the big, if not the big question since the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics inception – what are their futures, and more specifically, their futures with Russia. Does Russia even want them, after all, officially, Russian doesn’t even recognise the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. In this last week, was the clearest sign yet, that the futures of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic, and Russia, are intertwined. I went along with Patrick Lancaster to film that, here in Donetsk. Here, Patrick’s video, with English subtitles [Video at source]. Zakharchenko states that the Donetsk, and Lugansk People’s Republics have been integrating into Russia, the motherland, for 3 years already, and can only exist because of Russia’s help, and they see their futures together with Russia, the homeland. The event was the first Donbass meeting (2nd in total) of the recently formed ‘Donbass-Russia’ integration committee, which came about in Crimea after . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladislav Surkov (–Denis Grishkin/Moscow Times)

Reuters fake news frames Donetsk People’s Republic as ‘Kremlin puppet state’ / DONi News / May 15, 2017 / On May 11th the Donetsk People’s Republic celebrated its 3rd anniversary as an independent state with a massive parade and public events. On the same day, Reuters didn’t cover the events in Donbass, but without giving any credible sources, it framed the DPR and the LPR to be seen as “Kremlin ruled puppet states”. This new piece of anti-Russian propaganda is what actually should be seen as a good example of fake news in the western media. Reuters article is titled as “ex-rebel leaders detail role played by Putin aide in east Ukraine”. First of all, there is only one name in the article given as a source for several hostile claims and accusations, and secondly, the Donetsk and the Lugansk People’s Republic are located in the former east Ukraine. At the time when the Day of the Republic was being celebrated while this article was published just underlines the opposite situation that Ukraine has totally ceased to exist in Donbass. The narrative in the Reuters’s article is based on the claim that Putin’s aide for Ukrainian issues, Vladislav Surkov, is in charge of basically everything in  in the DPR and the LPR. Reuters claims that “three former rebel leaders say” this, and in other sentence, “five sources said” this, but then gives only one actual name to the public, Alexey Alexandrov, on whom they actually base their accusations on “Kremlin secretly running the show in Donbass”. So, the only actually interviewed person . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: There is quite a bit of evidence that Vladislav Surkov was a key player in politically strong-arming DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko into unilaterally withdrawing DPR forces from Shirokino and the entire contact line in July 2015. This action followed pressure by Angela Merkel on Vladimir Putin to “use his considerable influence” to get the Donbass militias to stop fighting  and supposedly abide by the Minsk Agreements. Although Russia is not a party to the agreements, Putin wanted to appear compliant, and sent Surkov to rein in Zakharchenko. As a result, DPR forces withdrew, only to invite further Ukrainian Army advance, while creating what are called “grey zones” where residents now have no DPR military protection. This unfortunate move by Surkov, Putin and Zakharchenko was viewed by many Novorossiya sympathizers, both foreign and local, as a betrayal. A few who spoke out against it were declared enemies of the DPR, and some pro-Novorossiya journalists and politicans were detained. Thus, Surkov played a role in limiting the DPR’s power at one point in its history. But Surkov never played a role in creating, promoting, or running the DPR. Some cynical Russian analysts nevertheless view this incident of betrayal as proof Surkov ran the show. Reuters’ version of events reflects this bitter cynicism, exacerbated by the Russophobic Western bias of the news agency’s owners, the Rothschilds.

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Stephen Lendman (–PressTV)

Ukraine: US-Installed Fascist Rule in Europe’s Heartland. Will Donetsk Rejoin Russia? / By Stephen Lendman / Global Research / May 15, 2017 / The Obama administration bears full responsibility for replacing democracy in Ukraine with an illegitimate Regime integrated by Nazi parties. The nation shares a near-1,500 mile land and sea border with Russia. Stop NATO’s Rick Rozoff earlier explained Ukraine is “the decisive linchpin in plans by the US and its NATO allies to effect a military cordon sanitaire, severing Russia from Europe” – a sinister plot perhaps intended as prelude to nuclear war. Under Kiev’s rule, Ukraine is a hotbed of militarized extremism, waging war on its own people, committing appalling human rights abuses – with full support and encouragement from Washington and key NATO countries. Since putschists usurped power in February 2014, around 2.8 million Ukrainians fled Donbass to escape conflict unleashed by Kiev, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Russian office. Around 1.5 million are internally displaced. Most others left for Russia where they now reside as refugees. On May 12, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) President Alexandr Zakharchenko told the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, “(w)e have one goal, the reunification with the motherland, and the motherland is Russia – and this is the ultimate goal of this committee.” “All the work is aimed only at one thing – homecoming.” Minsk is effectively dead because Kiev refuses to observe its principles. Instead it’s at war with the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Both may pursue integration with Russia. Over three years of conflict likely convinced most of their people. Their future lies with Moscow, not Kiev. If a referendum was held on reunification with the motherland, it’s hard imagining it wouldn’t pass overwhelmingly. Instead of continuing to beat the dead horse of Minsk with no success, integration with Russia seems the . . . READ MORE>> Quemado institute comments:  Zakharchenko has periodically said for at least two years that the DPR’s number one goal is to rejoin Russia. The alternate media is making a big deal of this right now, but it is really old news. Recall that the independence referendum of May 11, 2014 was originally to be followed by a referendum to join Russia. The second referendum was later called off.

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Pavlo Klimkin (Center)

Bankrupt Ukraine pays $400,000 to meet Trump at White House / By vladimir Rodzianko / The Duran / May 14, 2017 / In a rushed decision, the already cash strapped Ukrainian Government shelled out over $400,000 to have their foreign minister meet with Donald Trump. / There’s nothing extraordinary about foreign ministers or heads of state meeting with the US President – unless you are Ukrainian and there are traces of corruption. What the mainstream media didn’t even attempt to cover were the allegations brought to light by Ukrainian lawmaker of Andrii Artemenko, who wrote on his Facebook page that the already broke government in Kiev had paid $400,000 to lobbyists DC to organize a meeting between the Ukrainian delegation headed by Klimkin, and Donald Trump as well as Vice President Mike Pence. According to the MP, the meeting between Klimkin and Trump was not planned and only lasted six minutes – just enough time to snap a few photos to use as propaganda back home. “A clumsy attempt on the part of [Ukrainian] Ambassador Chaly to hide the truth from the Ukrainian people, namely that $400,000 USD, which were stolen from the pockets of Ukrainian taxpayers, were paid to a well-known American lobbying firm to set up the meeting.” Here is Artemenko’s original post in Ukrainian, followed by an English translation . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk: DPR integrating with Russia – VIDEO
By Patric Lancaster – May 12, 2017

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/14/2017 / DONi News / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Over the past day, there were registered 61 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 42 of which occurred in the night time. In the Donetsk direction, there were registered 22 ceasefire violations. 160 mortar shells of various calibre and 511 munitions from portable and automatic grenade launchers were launched onto the areas of the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Vasilievka, Spartak, Signalnoye, Luganskoye, Dokuchayevsk, the former airport, the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of Donetsk. . . . On the threshold of the meeting of the tripartite contact group on May 15, 2017 in Minsk, the Ukrainian military and political authorities once again showed that public promotion in Europe’s opinion was more important for them than civilians’ lives. Yesterday, Ukraine held a really brutal provocation, combined with stovepiping. The Right Sector’s artillery forces struck a blow at the residential districts of Avdeyevka, in which four Donbass residents were killed and one was wounded. The Armed Forces of our Republic are accused of this act of terrorism, the shelling having allegedly been carried out from Spartak locality. At that, representatives of the OSCE SMM, who arrived at the site, neither confirm the fire from this direction, nor report the actual direction of the shelling. Representation of the Russian Federation’s Armed Forces in the JCCC have not confirmed the above-mentioned information either. It is stated that the DPR Armed Forces did not launch fire in the direction of Avdeyevka with application of reported weapons. After all, accusations of the shelling are based only on the false statement by the head of the Donetsk regional military and civil administration Zhebrivsky. Having thoroughly examined the photos and video materials shown by the Ukrainian media, we affirm that the blow was inflicted from the direction of Vodyanoye locality, which is under Ukraine’s control, and where, according to our reconnaissance, four tanks and two units of artillery mounts D-30 and self-propelled artillery mounts Akatsiya arrived just the day before yesterday. We have previously repeatedly noted the presence of ​​these weapons in this area. According to the scenario of this bloody drama, everything what happened in Avdeyevka was to have been recorded by media and presented to foreign guests and spectators of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev as atrocities committed by our Republic against civilians. The cancellation of Poroshenko’s visit to the contest due to the bombing . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Donetsk republic’s command says shelling on Avdeyevka is Kiev’s provocation / TASS / May 14, 2017 / The DPR operations command said that the 72nd brigade opens fire on the DPR position, whereas the Right Sector is shelling Avdeyevka and foreign media are recording. / DONETSK / The Kiev-controlled town of Avdeyevka has come under fire staged by the Ukrainian side so that the self-proclaimed Donetsk People‘s Republic (DPR) could be accused of derailing the Minsk accords, the DPR operations command said on Saturday. “It is another provocation ordered by the commander of the Donetsk operations and tactical group with involvement of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the Right Sector (a far right group banned in Russia), Ukraine’s National Guard along with foreign media outlets in the run-up to the Minsk talks,” the Donetsk news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying. The DPR explained how the provocation was staged. “The 72nd brigade opens fire on the DPR position, whereas the Right Sector is shelling Avdeyevka and foreign media are recording,” he said. Earlier, the press center of Ukraine’s military operation in Donbass said that four civilians were killed and one more wounded in the fire opened on Avdeyevka. Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case under the article “Terrorist Attack.” President Pyotr Poroshenko canceled his visit to the Eurovision-2017 final that is underway in Kiev now. On March 29, members of the Contact Group seeking to find a peace solution in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement on a ceasefire as of April 1 at a meeting in Minsk. At the April 12 meeting, the parties reiterated their commitment to the Easter truce, which was to come into force at 10 am Moscow Time on April 13. Nevertheless, the shelling continues. Quemado Institute Editor’s Note: Novorossia Today reports today: “Ukrainian forces killed the entire family of 4 people in Donbass. A Ukrainian shell struck a house in Avdeevka where the entire family perished. It was reported in the morning that as a result of shelling by Kiev side four civilians were killed, and one more was wounded.

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Avdeevka Shelling: Who Did It? The Real Story / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Avdeevka is a town of around 35,000, pre-war population, held by Ukrainian forces, some 5km northwest of the city of Donetsk (city limits), held by DPR. Yesterday, Ukrainian, and pro-Ukrainian media started making a massive storm about it having been shelled ‘by separatist forces’, with 4 civilians killed. Just some sources here: [See source for links.] . . . On the evening of Eurovision, it generated mass attention, with Ukraine’s president Poroshenko loudly then announcing that he was cancelling his visit to the song contest final in Kiev, due to the shelling – which made international news. . . . The Donetsk People’s Republic responded today: “It is another provocation ordered by the commander of the Donetsk operations and tactical group with involvement of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, the Right Sector (a far right group banned in Russia), Ukraine’s National Guard along with foreign media outlets in the run-up to the Minsk talks,” the Donetsk news agency quoted the spokesperson as saying. . . . Meanwhile, well-known blogger Colonel Cassad analysed the photos of the shelling, concluding that it had actually come from the Ukraine-held settlement of Vodyane, around 5km from Avdeevka. . . . There have been no recent DPR attempts to capture the town of Adveevka, nor any sign that that’s the case. So why would they, as Ukraine wants us to believe, arbitrarily decide to shell the settlement, with the predictable, and of course tragic, loss of life – 4 deaths reported? . . . Meanwhile, on the Ukraine side, it’s a different story. Poroshenko can take the moral high ground by not attending Eurovision, due to his loudly-announced ‘grief’. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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American Global Hawk conducts reconnaissance in Donbass / Vesti.ru / May 14, 2017 / Strategic Air Force UAV RQ-4A Global Hawk flew along the line of demarcation in the Donbass. According to Interfax, the UAVGH000 unmanned aerial vehicle flew from Sigonella airbase in Sicily. The reconnaissance flight passed at an altitude of 15.5 thousand meters and lasted 10 hours. During this time the drone flew from north to south along the line of demarcation between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. At times it approached a distance of 70-80 kilometers from the Russian border (in the Belgorod, Voronezh and Rostov regions).

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LPR News Round-Up: Lugansk is sick of the OSCE / By the Editorial Board of The Cossack Herald for Fort Russ / May 14, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Victory Day in the Lugansk People’s Republic On May 9th, Colonel Yan Leshchenko, commander of a detachment of the People’s Militia of the LPR, led the festive military parade alongside the head of the Republic, Igor Plotnitsky. The head of the LPR recalled the contribution of the inhabitants of the Lugansk region to the victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War, 287 of whom became Heroes of the Soviet Union during the war. The parade was attended by approximately 1,200 military personnel and law enforcement officers of the LPR . . . . Also on Victory Day, motorcyclists from the Donbass Night Wolves motor club visited memorial places along the “Battle Road of the Fraternal Donbass.” The ride went from Lugansk to Alchevsk and Perevalsk, and then, having planned their route through the People’s Republic of Donetsk, they visited Debaltsevo, Enakievo, Donetsk, Makeyevka and Shakhtersk. The final point of the ride was the legendary Saur-Mogila, located in the mining district of the DPR. . . . Lugansk is sick of the OSCE: The Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, has accused the OSCE of destroying civilian’s homes. This was reported by the State broadcaster (GTRK) of the People’s Republic of Lugansk. According to Plotnitsky, as written in the OSCE’s mandate, this international organization is responsible for the safety and security of the lives of the civilian population, so he wants to demand that OSCE observers recompense destroyed homes in the so-called “gray zone.” According to the head of the LPR, there are about 300 people who have suffered from such a situation. “If they are not able to enforce their statutes, then what is the point of their presence on the territory of the Republic? If they cannot protect, they have to pay for destruction. In this case, we will also adhere to the OSCE Charter. If they do not perform their functions politically, then let them carry out their functions economically. Please, take our position to Minsk and convey to the OSCE our economic demand for compensation,” Vladislav Daney, the authorized representative of the Republic at the Minsk negotiations, was instructed by the LPR Head. Mass protests have taken place across the territory of the Republic during which thousands of LPR residents have repeatedly expressed their discontent with the actions (or more often, rather inactions) of the OSCE in regards to shelling by Ukrainian militants. The people of Lugansk have also spoken out . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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More casualties among civilians in Donbass as a result of Kiev aggression
Novorossia Today – May 14, 2017

‘The civil dweller off the southern village of the DPR Kominternovo died a hospital as he was wounded yesterday by the Ukrainian shelling’, DPR Defence Ministry reported. It was specified in a local administration that a young man of 25 years got head wound. The bullet wounded his eye and hurt brain. Wounded man was brought to the Novoazovsk hospital, however, doctors did not manage to save his life.

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LNR: Poroshenko lied when he said the reluctance of prisoners to return to the Donbass / WeapoNews / May 14, 2017 / The statement of the President of Ukraine about the fact that all held on the territory of Ukraine residents of the breakaway republics refused under verification to return home, is a lie, reports TASS statement of the head of the working group on exchange of prisoners of war of the Republic of Lugansk Olga Kobzeva. With his (Poroshenko) party this is another PR stunt and an attempt to give themselves importance to representatives of the war party, another attempt to raise its image in the eyes of militant representatives of Ukraine. All this once again shows the double standards of the Kiev authorities, said Kobzeva. According to her, earlier, the Kiev authorities were trying to slow down the verification process. Ukraine, MS (representative of Kiev in humanitarian subgroup Irina) Gerashchenko unilaterally changed the agreement on verification concluded at the group meeting in Minsk, voiced untrue statements on this topic, Kobzeva said. Recall, speaking at a press conference, Poroshenko said that all prisoners who are currently on Ukrainian territory refused to return to the DNI [DPR] and the LC [LPR]. “I authorized the verification of those under investigation and those not concluded at the serious articles in the Ukrainian prison,” the President said. “100% of those who gave Ukraine the opportunity to check the verification about the desire to return to the occupied Donetsk and Lugansk, 100% confirmed their reluctance”. The Agency explains that in this case, verification is a procedure during which prisoners are misleading, whether they wish to stay after the liberation on the territory of Ukraine or to return to the Donbass.

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Manuel Ochsenreiter, Director, German Center for Eurasian Studies (–Germancenter.net)

Europe has much to learn from Donbass – German journalist / DONi News / May 14, 2017 / Europe has much to learn from Donbass, said Manuel Ochsenreiter, director of the German Centre for Eurasian Studies, Editor-in-Chief of Zuerst magazine, at a meeting of the Russia-Donbass Committee in Donetsk. “I believe that the problem of international recognition of Donbass is important not only here, but throughout Europe. I was here in 2014, and in 2015, and I realized that there were three important principles. The first one is direct participation of the people, direct democracy. This is the principle that does not exist in Germany, as the government is experiencing a real fear of the people’s participation in these processes. The second principle is the one of sovereignty. My country is not sovereign. My country is the largest airport for US aircraft. The third principle is the desire of every person to participate in the process. It means struggle for the first two principles I’ve voiced. My country deploys its soldiers to different parts of the world for them to be involved in conflicts, but does not send them to their own borders. If these principles, of which I spoke, are even more enhanced, then Europe really needs to fear Donbass. And I would like to say that Germany should learn much from Donbass,” said Ochsenreiter.

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Motorola in Serbia – Full Video Reportage
By Graham Phillips – The Truth Speaker
Published May 14, 2017

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Trump and Lavrov in Washington DC, May 10, 2017

Opinion on Donbass reintegration / By Miquel Puertas / GonzoBlogger / May 14, 2017 / Today I met David Simpson at his apartment here in Donetsk and we analyzed the latest developments in Syria and Donbass. It’s pretty clear that everything is ready for integrating DNR/LNR into the Russian Federation. Lavrov met Donald Trump for dealing the removal of Assad in exchange for a sort of peace in Ukraine. This weekend a forum was organized here in Donetsk focused on the Donbass integration into Russia. People from around 15 countries attended the forum. Zakarchenko declared that his main goal is integrating Donetsk into the Russian Federation. The Russians may sacrifice Assad but maintaining the control of Syria under a new military leadership. And after organizing a referendum Donetsk and Lugansk may be integrated into Russia. People here in Donetsk speak about this scenario. Mostly the citizens here would like to join the Russian Federation and everything looks working in this direction. Quemado Institute comments: These are of course the opinions of Miquel Puertas, the Italian journalist visiting Donetsk. It’s doubtful Putin would “sacrifice” Assad in order to integrate Donbass into the RF. Trump doesn’t want Assad overthrown, he wants only to stop ISIS, and Putin remains dedicated to keeping Assad in place. Donbass will eventually reintigrate with Russia in any case. Still, it’s an interesting opinion. Note also that Zakharchenko has been saying for the last two years the ultimate goal is to join Russia. Recall too that the independence referendum of May 11, 2014 was originally to be followed by a referendum on joining Russia, which was cancelled.

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