Donetsk Lugansk News Nov 26 2018

Monday, November 26, 2018
(Special Report)

EVIDENCE: Kerch Incident Was Planned Provocation – Pretext for US Aid, Martial Law, War in Donbass / 21st Century Wire / November 26, 2018 / On Sunday, a major international incident took place at the Kerch Strait which connects Crimea with mainland Russia, when a Russian border patrol ship stopped three Ukrainian Navy vessels from passing through the narrow waterway. The Russian authorities have accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its territorial waters without prior notice, and instead attempting to force their way through. According to reports, Russian officers repeatedly hailed the Ukrainian vessels but calls were ignored by the Ukrainian Navy. This prompted Russia to fire upon the boats, before eventually seizing all three Ukrainian vessels including two gunboats and one tug boat. It is believed that at least four Ukrainian sailors sustained injuries during the four-hour affair, but they have since been given medical care and have been declared ‘out of danger.’ However, based on all of the circumstantial evidence prior to, and after this event, and particularly those moves made by leaders in Kiev and Washington DC, this incident appears to have been a planned provocation specifically designed to escalate diplomatic and military hostilities internationally. The detailed summary and timeline provided below will clearly substantiate this conclusion. If this is indeed the case, then NATO and Kiev . . . READ MORE>>  [Extensive analysis at source]


Petro Poroshenko (–The Duran)

Russia-Ukraine Black Sea Military Crisis: On The Brink Of War / SouthFront / November 26, 2018 / On November 25, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Border Service was forced to open fire on and damage Ukrainian warships, which were carrying out hostile actions and advancing in Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea off Crimea. After the short close-quarter firefight, two Ukrainian ships were taken towed and one ship escorted by Russian forces to the Russian port of Kerch. The Ukrainian side said that 6 service members had been injured in the incident. The Russian side says that 3 Ukrainian servicemen had been slightly injured. They received medical help and there is no threat to their lives. The data available from both sides, Ukrainian and Russian, demonstrates that the Ukrainian warships intentionally entered Russian territorial waters and were moving more deeply into them. Such a military action with the to be expected loud political coverage is not possible without a direct order from the . . . READ MORE>>


DPR Parliament clarifies what martial law in Ukraine could mean / DAN (Donetsk News Agency) / November 26, 2018 / Declaration of Martial Law in Ukraine shall affect first and foremost its average citizens, some consequences might be felt by DPR residents, a DPR MP, head of parliamentary committee for security issues Alexander Kurenkov said. Ukraine’s President Petr Poroshenko proposed on Monday night that parliament declare martial law in the country following the provocation in the Black Sea staged by Kiev. On Sunday, two Ukrainian amoured artillery vessels and a tug boat illegally entered Russian territorial waters and began manoeuvring dangerously and ignoring instructions with the aim of stirring up tensions in a staged attempt to break-through into the Azov Sea through the Kerch Strait. Russian military was forced to attack and seize three navy ships to re-establish security at a busiest strait. “The limitations imposed by the martial law will affect residents of Kiev-controlled territories. Martial law allows for property expropriation, tightening censorship, uncompensated conscription to work for the state, cancellation of elections, etc. DPR and LPR residents will avoid the major blow, though incidents at checkpoints involving car seizure, blackmailing and extortion might multiply,” Kurenkov said. He said the number of shelling incidents might also increase. “Poroshenko’s presidency is at stake (as the [residential election is scheduled for March 2019), and he faces a lot of work to justify all the violence that shall befall people and the country after the martial law is declated.” Martial law is brought in all over the state or in designated areas in accordance with the bill “On the Legal Regime of Martial Law”. Martial law would provide military authorities and leadership with greater and unlimited power, while restricting civil liberties such as public gatherings, media freedoms and free movement.


DPR People’s Militia says Ukraine builds up forces on the contact line / DAN / November 26, 2018 / Head of the DPR People’s Militia command press service Daniil Bezsonov has announced that Ukrainian army is building up forces along the contact line. “Ukrainian operational-tactical groups Vostok (East) and Sever (North) have been instructed to reinforce frontline defense by attracting forces guarding ammunition and property depots. We note reinforcement of Ukrainian units along the contact line. Besides, our intelligence reports that all Ukrainian army units were put on full combat alert this night.” Ukraine’s President Petr Poroshenko proposed on Monday night that parliament declare martial law in the country following the provocation in the Black Sea staged by Kiev. On Sunday, two Ukrainian armored artillery vessels and a tugboat illegally entered Russian territorial waters and began maneuvering dangerously and ignoring instructions with the aim of stirring up tensions in a staged attempt to break-through into the Azov Sea through the Kerch Strait. Russian military was forced to attack and seize three navy ships to re-establish security in the area. Pending parliamentary approval expected today at 5 p.m, (2 p.m. GMT) Ukraine is poised to introduce martial law for two months from Monday.


Ukrainian sailors confirm that they deliberately entered Russian waters / The Saker / November 26, 2018 / Video (no subtiitles) at source. / VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Guy #1: I am Andrey Dratch. I am a crew member of the “Nikopol” ship of the Ukrainian Naval Forces. On 23 (November) I received a task to follow the route Odessa-Mariupol, through the Kerch Strait. Following the route to Mariupol through the Kerch Strait we entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation, when the Coast Guard of the Russian Federation warned us that we were violating the legislation of the Russian Federation. We were repeatedly told to leave the territorial waters of the Russian Federation. While stopping for anchoring the Coast Guard warned us one more time that there is a need to leave the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and to exit to the 12-mile zone and to wait for further decisions concerning our passage through the Kerch Strait to the city of the Mariupol. Guy #2: I am Vladimir Vladimirovich Lesovoy, commander of military unit 1828. Since November 22, 2018 I have been in the structure of the group of ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, I lead the tug “Yana Kapa” and the boats “Nikopol” and “Berdyansk”. I made a passage through the Kerch Strait. After crossing the state borders of the Russian Federation I visually watched the ships of the Border Service of the FSB of the Russian Federation and I consciously ignored their requests to stop over the radio station. At the time of the passage small arms and machine guns with ammunition were onboard. I was aware that the actions of the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait had a provocative character. I was following orders and planned to carry out the transfer of ships from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol. Guy #3: I am Sergey Andreevich Tsybizov. On Friday morning we left Odessa at 08:00 and headed to Berdyansk through the Kerch Strait. When we approached the Kerch Strait, we entered the waters of Russia, after which we were given the command to stop and wait for further orders. Before fire was opened, two green flares could be seen. We continued to move on “Nikopol” and then Russian ships contacted us. Our commander decided to stop the boat. We were taken off the boat and that’s all.


CONFESSION: DETAINED UKRAINIAN SAILORS ADMIT PROVOCATION ORDER WAS GIVEN / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / November 27, 2018 / RUSSIA – The detained Ukrainian sailors involved in the provocation at Kerch Strait, have apparently ‘confessed’ that they were given these orders from their commanding officer. According to news reports and the public interface of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), in a statement made on November 26th and in a related video, not yet translated into English, it was revealed that they had questioned Ukrainian servicemen who were detained following the maritime incident in the Kerch Strait. As all confessions made to hostile or interested parties, these should be taken with some degree of skepticism. Being compelled to make a confession, especially under conditions of duress, and in fact capture when involved nominally in a military action against a semi-hostile country, raises serious questions. That said, the FSB released video footage of the questioning session with the following detainees: 3rd Rank Captain Vladimir Lesovoy, commander of a support vessels division of the Ukrainian South naval base (army unit A-1728); Andrei Drach, according to Russian officials, officer of the 7th main military intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Security Service who had been on board the Nikolpol boat; Sergei Tsybizov, a sailor from the Nikopol. The Ukrainian servicemen apparently confirmed that they are acting upon what, in the video, they describe as direct orders from their command prior to November 25th. If true, it would be further evidence that the November 25th maritime . . . READ MORE>>


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Tense standoff around Kerch Strait between Russia & Ukraine: How it developed / The Duran / November 26, 2018 / The waters near the Crimean peninsula were the site of a tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian ships that involved a chase, some gunfire, and fighter jets, followed by strong statements from Moscow and Kiev. The Ukranian vessels were sailing between two Ukrainian ports: from Odessa in the Black Sea to Mariupol in the Azov Sea. The only waterway that connects these is the Kerch Strait between Crimea and mainland Russia. Kiev says it notified Moscow in advance that its navy ships would be sailing through the area. Moscow denies that it was given warning. While both Russia and Ukraine have freedom of navigation in the Kerch Strait under a 2003 treaty, there are detailed technical rules on how vessels should pass through the narrow, complex waterway. All traffic in the area is controlled by the Crimean sea port of Kerch, and every ship should contact the facility, report her route and destination, and receive permission to sail through the Strait. . . . READ MORE>>


MARTIAL LAW TO TAKE EFFECT: POROSHENKO REACHES COMPROMISE WITH PARLIAMENT – ‘LIMITED’ FOR 30 DAYS, SELECT REGIONS / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / November 27, 2018 / KIEV, Ukraine – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, after being initially thwarted by a refusal to be heard by legislators, has finally succeeded in reaching a compromise with the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. Poroshenko had initially met with the National Security Council and had agreed with Turchynov to move forward with a 60 day Martial Law declaration, nation-wide. This 60 day imposition would have been able to be extended by approval of the National Security Council, not requiring an additional vote from the Rada. In doing so, Poroshenko may very well intend to use the powers of Martial Law to silence opponents, declare an internal conspiracy of Russia in Ukraine to ‘hack the elections’ – a trope borrowed from Clinton in the U.S, and have the the presidential elections in March 2019 in such a manner that power is usurped nonetheless. As FRN reported earlier, the Rada was so opposed to this proposal and in terms, that they refused to allow him to introduce it. He waited for a few hours to be allowed to speak, and then it was believed he left the Rada building. Rather, it appears he proceeded behind closed doors with key parliamentarians – leaders of the various party blocs – and arrived at a compromise ‘solution’. The new terms, which the Rada approved in a late session on the evening of the 26th, is a 30-day Martial Law imposition, with what proponents see as ‘critical constitutional guarantors’, and furthermore limited to certain regions of the country. The Rada has just approved the introduction of a 30-day Martial Law in certain regions of the country justified by the Ukrainian provocation in the Kerch Strait area. Before the vote, Poroshenko addressed the nation on national television, stating that there was an existential and imminent threat of a land operation against Ukraine from Russia. According to him, he has an intelligence document, which describes in detail all the plans of the “enemy”, allegedly located several dozen kilometers from the border and ready “for an immediate invasion of the territory of Ukraine.” Earlier, the president signed a decree that . . . READ MORE>>


(–The Duran)

ISHCHENKO: Poroshenko’s Foolish Provocation at Kerch – Going Down the Tie-Eating Path / By Rostislav Ishchenko / Fort Russ / When last summer, two ships of the Ukrainian Navy passed through the Kerch Strait, Kiev tried to convince everyone that a “heroic breakthrough” had taken place. True, it quickly became clear that the “heroes”, in full compliance with Russian requirements and rules, notified in advance about the passage, requested permission and the pilot, and generally behaved extremely cautiously. Then the “victory” did not happen. But this does not mean that the idea was abandoned. And so, in November, the Ukrainian Navy did go for a real breakthrough.What is the idea behind the ​​Ukrainian provocations?First, Kiev wants to create a new precedent, without obtaining Russian permission for the passage of its warships through the Kerch Strait, which would confirm Ukraine’s existing rights to these waters and at the same time would confirm its claims to Crimea. After all, Ukraine can only have the right to free navigation in the strait if Crimea belongs to it. Secondly, Kiev means that Russia can counteract the passage of its ships. In this variant, armed conflict is desirable for it. In this case, Ukraine can appeal to the world community, pointing to the “aggression of Russia”, of which its ships and sailors became the “innocent victims”. Why does Kiev do this now? Ukraine needs internationalization of the conflict in the Sea of ​​Azov. It loses the standoff that began with the attack of the Ukrainian naval pirates on the Nord. At the same time, contrary to the hopes of Kiev, Russia acts strictly in the framework of international law. That is, in the current reality, neither the US nor the EU has a formal reason to intervene in the conflict. Don’t all their statements sound like warnings against further escalation? That is why Russia does not need further escalation, but Ukraine needs it. Kiev, which lost the Azov crisis, needs international mediation in order to squeeze concessions from Russia. Shooting, sunk ships, dead sailors – just what . . . READ MORE>>


Statement by Russia on the military incident in Crimea / / November 26, 2018 / The Foreign Ministry hereby issues a strong protest against the gross violation of the rules of peaceful passage in the territorial waters of ​​the Russian Federation in the Black Sea by Ukrainian naval ships, that took place on November 25, 2018. Russia has lodged a demand for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the current situation. Russia has repeatedly warned the Kiev regime and its Western patrons about the danger of inflating artificial hysteria in connection with the Sea of ​​Azov and the Kerch Strait. Clearly, this is a well-thought-out provocation that took place in a predetermined place and form and is aimed at creating another hotbed of tension in that region and a pretext for stepping up sanctions against Russia. Clearly, all of this was also designed to distract attention from the domestic political problems that exist in Ukraine. This assumption is further corroborated by Kiev’s plans to impose martial law in the country, a move which is odious in the light of the upcoming presidential elections in the spring of 2019. We are also outraged by the Ukrainian radicals unleashing another attack on Russia’s diplomatic missions, and the damage it caused. We demand that Kiev bring those responsible to justice and ensure the unconditional inviolability of the Russian Embassy and Consulate Generals in Ukraine in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. We are hereby issuing a warning to Ukraine that Kiev’s policy, pursued in coordination with the United States and the EU, that seeks to provoke a conflict with Russia in the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea is fraught with serious consequences. The Russian Federation will firmly curb any attempts to encroach on its sovereignty and security.


Another Crimean War Looms as NATO Provocations Enter Russian Waters / By George Galloway / Information Clearing House / November 26, 2018 / A new Crimean War would be the last, but few amongst the general public realize that endless baiting of Russia, the cycle of war games, sanctions, and false accusations could well lead to all-out war between NATO and Russia. “Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, into the Valley of Death rode the six hundred,” – Alfred Lord Tennyson The last time Britain fought Russia, we were the most powerful empire in the history of the world and our adversary a ramshackle obscurantist autocracy. The British suffered over forty thousand dead and wounded. It was the first modern war – red in tooth and claw – predating the American Civil War, which is often awarded that dubious honor. The terrible suffering of the British (and French) soldiers, virtually none of whom even had the right to vote for the parliament which ruled “their” empire, began to be unpopular at home. Tennyson’s braggadocio ballad “The Charge of the Light Brigade” gave rise to the first whispers of doubt amongst British people generally as to whether our soldiers were lions led by donkeys, into one valley of death after another. Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die. The next Crimean War would be the … READ MORE>>

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