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Donetsk Lugansk News May 26-Jun 23 2017

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Friday, June 23, 2017
(Brief update)

Eduard Basurin (–DONi News)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 06/23/2017 / DONi News / June 23, 2017 / READ FULL REPORT>> / EXCERPTS: Good day! … Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 35 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The enemy targeted the Republic’s territory with four artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 165 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres, and 17 tank rounds. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 328 violations of the ceasefire regime and fired 2,840 rockets, artillery projectiles, tank rounds and mortar shells at the territory of the Republic. The Armed Forces of Ukraine subjected 34 Republic’s localities to shellings, 46 residential buildings sustained damages in 12 of them. Along with that, power supply was disrupted in the localities of Donetsk-Severny, Kashtanovoye, Krasny Partizan, Kominternovo, Zaichenko, Novotavriya, and Dzerzhinsk. … Unfortunately, over the past week, there were registered casualties among the Republic’s civilian population and the DPR military personnel. Two civilians were killed in the AFU shellings. In addition to that, two servicemen were killed and one was severely wounded when defending the Republic. … On June 20, during the visit of the OSCE to Ukraine Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug to the Donetsk People’s Republic and on the eve of another meeting of the security contact groups in Minsk, Ukrainian special services carried out a cynical provocation against international observers with involvement of the Republic’s citizens, recruited by the SBU under the “Come Home” programme. The day before the Minsk negotiations, the Security Services’ recruits performed a provocation, shooting near the international observers’ cars. … This week, the Ukrainian party made attempts to provoke our units into retaliatory actions by targeted bombardments of the Republican localities’ residential areas. Despite this, the DPR Armed Forces did not respond to the provocations. As a result of a thorough analysis of photographic materials on the Berdyanskoye locality’s shelling, it was established that the enemy also shelled its own territories. Thus, in the photos of the ‘ATO’ headquarters’ press center, there are craters caused by 82mm mortar shells’ detonation, which, according to the AFU version, had allegedly been launched by the DPR Armed Forces’ units. However, all the DPR mortars are in withdrawal places, which is confirmed by the OSCE Mission’s observers. In addition, the range of mortar fire does not provide for shells to reach Berdyanskoye locality from our positions. It is too far from the contact line. … On June 19, in Sergeyevka village of the Pokrovsky district, a group of radical Ukrainian nationalists blasted the electrical substation feeding the locality and the railway station with power. Sacrificing their own population, the radicals sought to stop the railway communication on this branch line. Thus, they were willing to demonstrate to the Ukrainian authorities that they were not interested in restoring economic ties with the Republics, and, at that, were ready to resort to terrorist methods to support the Donbass blockade. … –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency . . .  READ FULL REPORT>>

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Andrey Marochko

Full Report from LPR High Command Lt. Col Andrey Marochko / Novorossia Today / June 23, 2017 / Nazi Kiev forces continue to shell civilian areas of Lugansk Republic as well as LPR People’s Army positions six times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defense authorities said. … / The situation in the zone of responsibility of the LPR People’s Army has not changed and remains tense. Over the past day, the enemy violated the ceasefire 6 times. Kalinovo township, Zheltoye, Smeloye and Zhelobok villages and Prince Igor monument area were targeted with 120mm and 82mm mortar, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and recoilless guns (SPG). There were shelled the positions of our units in the areas of the localities Kalinovo, Kalinovka, Oboznoye, Sokolniki and Zhelobok. The Nazi Armed Forces of Ukraine used in the shelling prohibited by the Minsk Agreements 82 and 120mm mortars, grenade launchers of various types and small arms. In total, on the territory of the Republic there were launched 169 shells. The aggressive intentions of the enemy are confirmed by the fact of detection of firing positions of a 82mm mortar in the zone of responsibility of the 14th brigade of the Nazi Ukraine Military (AFU) , 1.5 km south of the locality of Stary Aydar, which provocatively shells our positions almost daily. The locality of Schastyeis also shelled from these positions. I would like to ask the OSCE SMM representatives not to disregard the information about the shelling of the People’s Army positions and the Kiev-controlled localities. I would like to remind you that in its report, the SMM purposefully did not indicate the direction of the shelling of the locality of Schastye, since the shelling was obviously conducted from the Nazi Ukrainian side, and it was possible to see it with the naked eye. This is also confirmed by the local residents. You can determine the direction of the shelling by the shank of the mortar shell stuck in the asphalt. The OSCE observers know this. The Ukrainian military criminal authorities do not intend to comply with the agreements reached to maintain the ceasefire, and are doing everything possible to further escalate the conflict in the Donbass Region (Formerly southeast of Ukraine). We adhere to the Ceasefire silence regime and observe the Minsk Agreements. Our actions are aimed at resolving the conflict in Donbass peacefully, but in the event of an aggravation of the situation, the LPR People’s Army reserves the right to take decisive actions in order to free the territories seized by the Kiev bandits. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Army,Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko

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Sergey Lavrov (–AP)

Lavrov blasts Kiev’s attempts to gain control over Donbass / TASS / June 23, 2017 / Kiev’s attempts to gain control over Donbass before implementing the political provisions of the Minsk Agreements are unlawful as they run contrary to the accords, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Belarusian media on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Belarus. “These attempts are unlawful because the Minsk Agreements have been approved by the United Nations Security Council,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out. “They stipulate that the political provisions concerning the amnesty, the special status of Donbass enshrined in the country’s constitution and elections to be held under the OSCE’s control should be implemented before Kiev gains full control over the region,” Lavrov explained. The Russian foreign minister stressed that “the special status, amnesty and elections are meant to guarantee that the will of the people living in the region will be taken into account.” According to Lavrov, “if these political reforms are not implemented, then it will be impossible to ensure the security of the people who currently head some of the areas in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and who led the . . . READ MORE>>

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Deputy FM Vadym Prystaiko (–Daily Sabah)

[Enemy Report:] Donbas reintegration bill won’t affect Minsk process – Ukraine’s foreign ministry / Unian / June 23, 2017 / Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko forecasts that the bill on Donbas reintegration, which should determine the ways to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, will not affect the Minsk peace talks. “I have heard about three different versions of the same [bill] with different names and different concepts. I do not directly link the draft law on reintegration, de-occupation … with the intensification of talks in the Minsk format,” Prystaiko told journalists. He recalled that the Minsk format had been operating for almost three years. “We are trying to settle [the Donbas crisis], using means of diplomacy. The bill says what we are stating about our approaches to how we will address the issue of our east,” the diplomat said. As UNIAN reported earlier, Chairman of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc parliamentary faction Artur Herasimov said that the provisions of the bill on Donbas reintegration would soon be offered to the public for debate. [Source: unian.info/politics/1993069-donbas-reintegration-bill-wont-affect-minsk-process-ukraines-foreign-ministry.html]

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Andriy Parubiy (–Roman Pilipey/EPA)

Andriy Parubiy, Ukrainian speaker of Parliament announces US troops will deploy in Donbass / Co-op News (Co-op Anti-war Cafe Berlin) / June 23, 2017 / Andriy Parubiy, the Ukrainian speaker of Parliament, has announced on the air during a broadcast of the program “Freedom of Speech” on Kiev television.that Ukraine has an agreement with the United States of America to deploy combat troops to “assist” their martial law operation or reintegration of Donbass plan. A security agreement with the United States has been signed that provides for the deployment of US military forces on the territory of Ukraine, as stated by the head of the Verkhovna Rada. “The agreement envisages special operations, joint scientific and technical developments, and even the deployment of military troops from the United States of America in Ukraine,” he said. US forces are currently acting as advisers and operate on a secret basis in Donbass. The actual deployment of US forces as a backup force to Ukrainian units involved in martial law duties fighting in Donbass is a sharp, severe escalation of the Donbass conflict to a level not seen previously. [QI Editor’s note: The “reintegration of Donbass” plan has not been released. There is no verification yet of Perubiy’s claim.]

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Christian Borelli (–Twitter)

[Enemy Report:] French politicians heading for Donetsk to “support Russia army” / Unian / June 23, 2017 / A group of French local council members representing the Bouches-du-Rhône department of France flew to Moscow on Thursday, June 22, from where they will head for the occupied city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the online news outlet Europeiska Pravda. Among the politicians are member of the Vitrolles municipal council who represents the Republicans Christian Borelli; member of the council of the Bouches-du-Rhône from the Debout la France (France Arise) Party Christiane Pujol and her husband; as well as president of the local branch of the National Center of Independents and Peasants of the Bouches-du-Rhône department Hubert Fayard, Europeiska Pravda reported referring to La Provence. On June 22, they departed from Marseille for Moscow, then they will go to occupied Donetsk. The aim of the visit, according to the French publication, is “to support the Russian army*, which is being constantly attacked by Ukraine, despite the Minsk agreements.” The group will stay in Moscow on June 22-24, where they are expected to hold a series of meetings, in particular, with Chairman of the State Duma international affairs committee Leonid Slutsky. In Donetsk, the French politicians are to meet with leader of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) Alexander Zakharchenko. [Source: unian.info/politics/1992984-french-politicians-heading-for-donetsk-to-support-russia-army.html] Editor’s Note: We can’t verify the French publication La Provence used the words “Russian army”, since the site is unavailable to the nonpaying public. There is of course no Russian army in Donbass.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
(Brief update)

OSCE monitors in Ukraine (–bbc/file)

Spot Report by the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM): Armed man shoots at and violently attacks SMM in “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata / OSCE.org / June 20, 2017 / On 20 June an SMM patrol (1) comprising two armoured vehicles and six members was stationary at an observation post at “DPR”-controlled Yasynuvata railway station (16km north-east of Donetsk), when it saw two men in military-style attire, one armed with an assault rifle (AK-type) walking in a western direction about 80m away. Another SMM patrol (2) comprising two armoured vehicles and six members was positioned about 150m west of the other patrol and about 100m from the two men. At 11:06, both patrols heard one burst of small-arms fire assessed as coming from the area of the two men. Then, the two men, both with their faces covered – one with a balaclava, the other with a scarf – moved towards SMM patrol (2) and began to aggressively shout at the SMM. They then left. At 11:10 both SMM patrols attempted to leave the area. As SMM patrol (2) began to leave, the armed man ran to the second vehicle, tried to open the door on the driver’s side and attempted to break the driver’s side window with his gunstock. Failing to do either, he then ran after the first vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Following this, the armed man turned and pointed his assault rifle at the driver and front-seat passenger of the second vehicle from SMM patrol (2). Both patrol members raised their hands in response. When the armed man moved to the side of the vehicle to try to open the front passenger-side door, the driver accelerated. As the SMM vehicle was driving away, the armed man hit the rear right-side window with his gunstock, causing minor damage. The SMM then saw him fire a burst of small-arms fire into the air, followed by three shots that the SMM assessed were fired at the patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle was not hit. At 11:21, as all SMM patrol vehicles were leaving the area the SMM observed the armed man pointing his assault rifle at the SMM. The SMM returned safely to base in Donetsk city. The SMM informed the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination and asked it to follow up on the incident.

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Boris Gryzlov (–Alchetron)

Kiev’s Donbass Plan: ‘Changing Blockade to a Full-Scale Military Operation’ / Sputnik / June 21, 2017 / The new Kiev-proposed plan on Donbass reintegration is in fact an attempt to replace the ongoing blockade with a full-scale military operation, a senior Russian official stated. / MINSK (Sputnik) / The Kiev-proposed draft law on reintegration of Donbass is an attempt to create an alternative to the Minsk agreements, instead of a political settlement, emphasis is placed on a military solution to the conflict, Russia’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine Boris Gryzlov said Wednesday after the group’s meeting. “According to available information, this bill being drafted in Kiev is aimed at creating a certain alternative to the UN-approved Minsk agreements” and “does not envision the fulfillment of the most important terms of the Minsk agreements, namely, the special status of Donbass, amnesty and holding of elections,” Gryzlov said. He added that the draft law did not stipulate a comprehensive political solution to the problem. “Obviously, this law is promoted by Ukraine’s ‘party of war’. It is a daring attempt to change the tactic of Donbass blockade to a full-scale military operation,” Gryzlov said. [More generic background at source.]

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Kiev regime leader Petro Porkoshenko (–DNI Press)

Ukrainian Rada’s bill on Donbass marking step away from reintegration, expert says / TASS / June 20, 2017 / MOSCOW / A bill on reintegration of Donbass, which Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada national parliament is developing now, will have an immediately opposite effect on the perception of people in the self-proclaimed unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics, Alexei Chesnakov, the director of the Moscow-based Center for Current Political Assessments told TASS on Monday. “It’s scarcely possible to think that the latest initiatives of the Poroshenko Administration on reintegration of Donbass will be attractive for people in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics,” the expert said. “Much rather, they mark a step away from reintegration.” Poroshenko’s initiative is a reaction to the humanitarian program for reunification of Donbass the two republics introduced earlier. As part of it, they pay out benefits to veterans of Soviet veterans of World War II and invite the peopled living in the areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions under the pro-Kiev forces’ control to come and visit hospitals. “In recent months, the popularity of these programs on the territories under Kiev’s control has been growing,” Chesnakov said. Along with it, the bill the Rada is developing reflects Ukraine’s affinity for choosing the ways different from the political and diplomatic solutions that the Rada deputies speak about officially. “The forceful elements of the new law in what concerns replacement of the ‘antiterrorist operation’ with martial law testify to Kiev’s readiness to resolve the Donbass problem by force but any steps towards that solution will be considered as violation of the Minsk accords,” Chesnakov said. He also believes that a rebranding of the government’s armed punitive operation in Donbass will not help President Poroshenko in any significant way. “Poroshenko should either implement the Minsk II accords or admit his personal responsibility for non-compliance with them,” Chesnakov said.

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Pentagon can supply Ukraine with lethal weapon / DONi News / June 21, 2017 / The official spokesman for the Pentagon, Jeff Davis, on Tuesday did not exclude the situation in which the United States can begin deliveries of lethal weapons to Ukraine. “We did not provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons in the past, but we do not rule out such a possibility in the future,” he told reporters. In early May, the Senate of the US Congress approved the draft federal budget until September 30, 2017, which continues to provide financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of at least 410 million 456 thousand US dollars, including military support. It is noted that the Pentagon can spend $ 150 million on “providing assistance, including (military) training, equipment, lethal weapons for defense purposes, logistics assistance,” and “reconnaissance community assistance for the military and national security forces of Ukraine.”

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War and Peace in the Lugansk People’s Republic: Fort Russ’ Popov visits frontline – Part 2 / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / June 21, 2017 / Continued from Part 1 / The socio-economic situation in the Lugansk People’s Republic: I spent most of my trip in Alchevsk and Stakhanov and paid one visit to the capital of the unrecognized republic, Lugansk. I also managed to visit a number of industrial enterprises which belonged to Ukrainian oligarchs until March 1st when they were transferred to external management by the republic. Allow me to share my everyday impressions that so vividly catch the eye upon travelling the republic. The LPR’s cities give off at once both a sense of purity and a sense of destruction. This paradoxical combination distinguishes the whole LPR, especially the cities close to the front such as Stakhanov, Pervomaysk, etc. Many homes on city streets are riddled with damage caused by Ukrainian artillery bombardments, as are city roads. Overall, the state of city and country roads is horrendous. In some place, repairs are being done and even new roads are being laid, but this is probably an exception to the rule. It was pleasing to see, however, that active restoration work is nonetheless ongoing. Not only are roads being repaired, but the holes in houses’ walls from artillery shells are being sealed. Especially noticeable is the progress in window and glass repairs. Practically all homes’ in the above mentioned towns’ windows have been broken during shelling. Now a number of homes are shining with new windows. Finished windows are purchased in Russia and installed by local contractors for the city’s residents absolutely for free. According to my friends from Lugansk, the funds for such are being provided by Russia. Ever since Ukraine refused to fulfill its social obligations to Donbass, including by refusing to pay out pensions despite the fact that the people of Donbass had created Ukraine’s national wealth and paid in their contributions to the Pension Fund, Russia has stepped in and accepted responsibility for taking care of the Donbass republics’ social security. Installing windows in homes is only one of the many manifestations of Russia’s humanitarian aid for the residents of Donbass. Russia, for example, has also taken upon itself the costs of gas for the DPR and LPR’s population (Ukraine refuses to cover these costs). As a result, gas is seven . . . READ MORE>>

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Robert Parry (–Consortium News)

Putin, Ukraine and What Americans Know / By Robert Parry / Novorossia Vision (from Consortium News) / June 21, 2017 / A prime example of how today’s mainstream media paradigm works in the U.S. is the case of Ukraine, where Americans have been shielded from evidence that the 2014 ouster of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych was a U.S.-supported coup d’etat spearheaded by violent neo-Nazi extremists. As The New York Times has instructed us, there was no coup in Ukraine; there was no U.S. interference; and there weren’t even that many neo-Nazis. And, the ensuing civil conflict wasn’t a resistance among Yanukovych’s supporters to his illegal ouster; no, it was “Russian aggression” or a “Russian invasion.” If you deviate from this groupthink – if you point out how U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland talked about the U.S. spending $5 billion on Ukraine; if you mention her pre-coup intercepted phone call with U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt discussing who the new leaders would be and how “to glue” or how “to “midwife this thing”; if you note how Nuland and Sen. John McCain urged on the violent anti-Yanukovych protesters; if you recognize that snipers firing from far-right-controlled buildings killed both police and protesters to provoke the climactic ouster of Yanukovych; and if you think all that indeed looks like a coup – you obviously are the victim of “Russian propaganda and disinformation.” But most Americans probably haven’t heard any of that evidence revealing a coup, thanks to the mainstream U.S. media, which has essentially banned those deviant facts from the public discourse. If they are mentioned at all, they are lumped together with “fake news” amid the reassuring hope that soon there will be algorithms to purge such troublesome information from the Internet. So, if Americans tune in to Part Three of Oliver Stone’s “The . . . READ MORE>>

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President Trump Meets With Ukrainian President Poroshenko
At The White House
June 20, 2017 – Conservative Treehouse – The Last Refuge

Click for video.
Watch Porky pound his hands.
Neither man looks happy.

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Monday, June 19, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Hug (–Dan-news.info)

OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor Hug to visit Donetsk on June 20 / DONi News / June 19, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug plans to visit Donetsk on June 20, said a source close to the Mission. “Hug is expected to visit Donetsk tomorrow,” said the source. According to the preliminary plan, Hug is to inspect first-level pumping station of the Yuzhnodonbasskiy water duct which frequently comes under Ukrainian forces fire. The latest shelling incident on the territory of the Yuzhnodonbasskiy water duct was recorded on June 10-11 night. A transformer was badly damaged leaving the pumping station without power, and causing water supply issues on the both sides of the contact line. The Uzhnodonbassky water conduitis located in the ‘grey zone’ in the vicinity of Yasinovataya. Three pumping stations are linked to the duct; two of them supply water to the Kiev-controlled areas.

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[Enemy Report:] Draft law on Donbas reintegration to be presented at Minsk group session, – MP / 112.international / June 19, 2017 / Ukraine’s delegation will present the draft law about re-integration of Donbas at a session of Minsk trilateral group. Iryna Lutsenko, the MP and presidential representative in the Parliament said that after the conciliatory session on June 19. ‘This bill will be presented by our Vice Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko during the Minsk group session, so that the parties can discuss it in a comprehensive manner. So far, the bill is called ‘The Peculiarities of State Policy of Restoration of State Sovereignty in Donbas.’ Its major goal is to boost defensive capabilities of Ukraine,’ she said. According to Lutsenko, law enforcement agencies – the National Police, the Emergency Ministry, the army and the Security Service, – will create the joint staff to work on the bill. The law is also expected to provide solution for major issues of environment, security, humanitarian and other areas. ‘This bill does not rule an option to introduce a police or peacekeeping mission from international organizations. This joint staff will grant local authorities more rights to solve the most burning social issues of the local residents. The draft law empowers Ukraine’s positions on the international arena; besides, this way we’ll let people realize that we’re not leaving them or these territories behind,’ Lutsenko said. The draft law is to be presented in the Ukrainian Parliament by the last plenary week, which is in the middle of July. [Source: 112.international/conflict-in-eastern-ukraine/draft-law-on-donbas-reintegration-to-be-presented-at-minsk-group-session-mp-17981.html]  Editor’s note: We will post information on the contents of the bill if we can find it. A report in Russian is located at: http://www.rnbo.gov.ua/news/2796.html. Commentary on the bill by pro-Donbass platform Stalker Zone is available at: http://www.stalkerzone.org/poroshenkos-reintegration-donbass-reconciliation-war/. See also Ria Novorsti report on Bogden Bezpalko’s commentary translated at Stalker Zone.

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Dmitry Peskov (–Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Kremlin comments on Kiev’s plan for Donbass reintegration / TASS / The Kremlin has no detailed information yet if the Minsk Accords are incorporated in Kiev’s plan for Donbass reintegration. “It remains to be seen what is on the agenda, what details (Kiev’s plan contains),” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “We have no details on that score yet.” Peskov recalled that some aspects of Donbass reintegration were stated in the Minsk Accords. “There should be clarity to what extent this is taken into account in the document being drafted in Kiev,” he added. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on June 14 said he had issued instructions to draft a bill on Donbass reintegration. It would reportedly encompass a number of measures and steps that would have to be taken to ensure the region’s re-integration and to identify its legal status. Poroshenko said the bill relied on the terms stated in the Minsk Accords. Ukrainian presidential spokeswoman Irina Lutsenko said the bill on the reintegration of Donbass would give some special legal status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. She stated that the bill being drafted would enhance the Ukrainian state’s defense capabilities in the area of the military operation. “What we have in mind is the legal status of military operations and the recognition of the legal status of certain uncontrolled territories of Donbass,” she said. Lutsenko explained that the yet-to-be passed law would improve the socio-economic situation in the region: the issue of birth certificates, notarized documents and so on. “We are building a strategy of restoring sovereignty over the Donetsk and Lugansk republics,” she said. “Also, there will follow harmonization of changes in the current situation in the country in accordance with the Minsk Accords and another confirmation that Ukraine would be prepared to make decisions and that it seeks a political and diplomatic settlement.” Quemado Institute comments: In some subtle—or not so subtle—way, this article seems like Moscow propaganda, painting Poroshenko’s plan in a more favorable light than it deserves, and  thus undermining the cause of Donbass, as the Kremlin often does. It is obvious without reading the bill that the Minsk Accords are not incorporated in Kiev’s plan for Donbas reintegration. If they were, the plan would have been drafted with the approval of the DPR/LPR, as required by the Minsk Agreements. Peskov should know that. We hope this Kremlin-condoned move by Kiev is not a ploy to persuade President Trump that Poroshenko is seeking a reasonable settlement prior to their meeting in Washington.

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DPR’s Minsk representative Denis Pushilin

DPR rejects Kiev’s plan on Donbass reintegration / DONi News / June 19, 2017 / The DPR plenipotentiary representative to the talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin rejected the new plan of Kiev for the reintegration of Donbass. He stressed that to implement such measures, there must be trust between the government of Ukraine and the republics, which at the moment does not exist. “After three years of war, the Donetsk and Lugansk republics will not believe the words (of Kiev – Ed.) “let’s forget everything, let’s everything be well afterwards,” so this option is not considered,” Pushilin said. He also added that the Kiev plan does not correlate with the Minsk agreements, which are considered as the only possible measures to resolve the situation in Donbass. Earlier, President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko announced plans to introduce a bill for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada on the reintegration of Donbass, prescribing a legal regime for the actions of the Ukrainian military. At that, the president opposed the abolition of the “anti-terrorist operation” (this is what the military operation in Donbass is called in Kiev) before the law was passed. The media reported that the Ukrainian authorities plan to introduce preferences and indulgences for the residents of the Lugansk and Donetsk republics within the framework of the bill on the reintegration of Donbass. In particular, Kiev wants to simplify for them the receipt of Ukrainian pensions, to establish trade between certain regions and to reduce the restrictions on the weight of the goods carried. Quemado Institute comments: We haven’t seen the contents of Poroshenko’s bill, but in any case it was not drafted with the approval of official DPR/LPR representatives Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, a condition required by the Minsk Agreements for Ukrainian constitutional reform.  The bill is therefore irrelevant to the peace process. It might however serve as a power play in preparation for Poroshenko’s planned visit with President Trump in Washington today or tomorrow. (According to Sputnik, Moscow has not seen details of the plan either.)

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Russia says Croatia plan simply Donbass dreaming / News Front / June 19, 2017 / MOSCOW / The Croatia settlement used back in the Clinton era, was the next crackpot lunatic scheme the Neocon Council on Foreign Relations advised Kiev’s diplomats to try on Russia. But this is not the first ambush the Russian bear has seen and this time the bear told the west straight up, are you joking? The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that Croatia’s plans to share its experience of peaceful reintegration of occupied territories with Ukraine will not contribute to the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass in any, shape or form. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Information and Press stated this in comments connected with statements on the revitalization of the Croatian working group on cooperation with Ukraine, that Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry was openly saying would be the “new and improved” alternative to the Minsk Agreements Kiev has stalled on implementing from the day President Poroshenko signed them. “We have paid attention to the statements made at the level of the heads of government within the framework of the Croatian-Ukrainian talks in Zagreb, regarding plans to revitalize the working group on cooperation with Ukraine established in October 2016 by the Government of Croatia aimed at sharing the Croatian experience of ‘peaceful reintegration of the occupied territories’, which allegedly can be applied to Donetsk and Lugansk, with Kiev. We are forced to once more emphasize the inefficiency and inappropriateness of such steps,” the statement said. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Zagreb unilaterally interjected itself on an uninvited basis into the Minsk negotiations, with a plan that had been tailored to the specific regional and local conditions that are unique to the Croatian experience and do not have a “damn thing to do with Donbass” or what is going on there, said one Foreign Ministry official in Minsk. In the opinion of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Croatia must demand that Kiev “once and for all stop bombing the Donbass, issue a national amnesty at once, release all political prisoners, encourage free elections, and provide the special status guaranteed by Minsk. The Russian observers also remind section 10 of Minsk, calls for all foreign troops to leave the Ukraine at once-including, NATO, American, Canadian etc. It clearly says UKRAINE, not Donbass, “you will note.” As one Russian official pointed out. A working group for Ukraine’s support was created in Croatia at the end of 2016,without Russian or Donbass Republics participation. Therefore it has been a complete waste of time and resources by the Ukrainians and their American handlers, who think if you take the lead and simply “do something,” everybody else will follow you, even off a cliff.

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Children of families resisting fascist attacks in Donetsk with U.S. volunteer Russell Bentley.

U.S. vet fights for Donetsk People’s Republic / Workers.org / June 18, 2017 / Russell Bonner Bentley was born in the United States and is now an “Information Warrior” for the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), which declared its independence from Ukraine in 2014. This former U.S. soldier went there to fight against fascism in Ukraine and around the world. Back in the 1990s when he was in the states, Bentley spent much of his adult life fighting for justice, including the struggle to free U.S. political prisoners Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, both of whom he called “great men and true American heroes.” Although he describes himself as a poet by nature, Bentley left the U.S. in 2014 to join the Essence of Time (EOT) unit in the newly independent Donetsk, which was being attacked by the Ukrainian army, including many openly fascist units. Bentley served as a rifleman and RPG gunner on the frontlines at the Donetsk airport and the village of Spartak. The DPR and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), which also broke away from Ukraine three years ago, formed a federation called Novorossiya. Bentley’s call sign in the army of Novorossiya is “Texac,” which is Russian for “Texas.” In addition to being a DPR soldier, Bentley is a war correspondent combatting the lies of the U.S. government and the European Union, both of which have supported the Ukrainian government. Bentley has made scores of videos and penned numerous articles on the situation, otherwise largely ignored or distorted in the country of his birth. “There has been very little accurate reporting about this war and the people of Donbass by Western mainstream media,” Bentley has written, “but I have done my part to get the real story out, to people in the West, and to the world.” There are over 100,000 soldiers on the side of the Ukrainian government, including mercenaries backed by the U.S. and the European Union. According to Bentley, “The Novorossian Armed Forces (NAF) facing them have less than . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/18/2017 / DONi News / June 18, 2017 / President Trump to meet with Poroshenko June 19. / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 61 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 13 localities’ areas with 91 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 53 tank rounds, 132 mortar shells of 82mm calibre and 160 of 120mm calibre. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled three localities’ areas, at which the enemy launched five artillery projectiles of 152mm calibre and 20 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Gorlovka direction, four localities’ areas underwent shellings. The enemy launched 61 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, and 33 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. One DPR soldier was killed in the enemy shellings. Damage was caused to two houses in Yasinovataya locality and the Kievsky district of Donetsk. Our reconnaissance keeps recording the concentration of forces and assets along the contact line: – Near Pokrovskoye (21 km to the contact line) there were detected two units of 152mm Msta-B. *** In anticipation of Poroshenko’s meeting with the United States’ President Donald Trump scheduled for June 19 and the June 21 contact groups meeting in Minsk, the military and political authorities set before the Ukrainian forces and their media the task to demonstrate an aggravation of the situation in the ‘ATO’ zone by every means. To this end, the ‘ATO’ command sent instructions to brigades . . . READ MORE>>

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Supporting eachother: Donetsk Republic and Crimea sign trade agreement / Fort Russ / June 18, 2017 / The Chamber of Commerce of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Crimea have today signed a trade and cooperation agreement. The signing ceremony took place in Donetsk. The document was signed by the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Valery Bulyha and his Crimean colleague, Artem Maltsev. “Today’s measure in the signing of the document is aimed, primarily, on the development and growth of production, which will improve the welfare of the inhabitants of the Republic” – he said in an interview with reporters Bulyha. In turn, Maltsev noted the high commercial and industrial potential of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and stressed that Crimea is ready to support it. “We have set ourselves the task of raising social standards of citizens in both areas, by improving economic indicators. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce of Crimea aims to trade products produced in the Republic of Crimea and, most importantly, allow the goods produced in the Donetsk People’s Republic to access to new markets.”

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Open-air market, train station, Donetsk

Donetsk People’s Republic: Story untold by Western media / By Stephen Ebert (an American political analyst writing for Russian media) / Sott.net / June 14, 2017 / My refusal to believe ongoing Western media reports of “Russian aggression” makes me a “Kremlin troll”. My punishment for not towing the “party line” – simple, effective “shunning” by Western media – has not, however, diminished my ongoing commitment to seeing the other side. Having previously investigated the Crimean reunification with Russia, this May I turned my attention to the birth of two new government formations in Eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR). Americans only hear either what Kiev “reports”, or the US propaganda machine puts out – these are puppet regimes born of “Russian aggression” and forcibly kept in place by “occupation”. Not being a brave “war correspondent”, I admittedly undertook my journey with some trepidation – not from fear of “Russian aggression”, but the Kiev regime’s ongoing shelling of civilian targets. I am eternally grateful to my newfound colleague Konstantin Dolgov for showing me the sad “Alley of Angels” – a deeply touching memorial to children killed to date by Kiev-regime forces. Further, my virtual contact with Patrick Lancaster, an American journalist who now resides there, and Alexander Sladkov, a Russian correspondent who largely lives there, but, more importantly, “run toward the sound of gunfire” have allowed me to counteract the information-war blockade by Western media. As I approached the larger city of Donetsk (previously over 1 million residents, now much smaller due to the initial flood of refugees to Russia (the paradox of people fleeing into the arms of the “aggressor”), I feared I would see a city center damaged by Kiev shelling, and people cowed and deprived of the most basic needs. Contrary to Ukrainian “patriots” on Russian TV, I was relieved to find an active, bustling city, with a very charming downtown, and thrilled to see a populace that, far from being cowed, harbors a firm belief in a better future, one outside the Ukraine. Despite Kiev’s total blockade, the city of Donetsk proper seems to have a reasonable assortment of goods and foodstuffs. Much of this seems to come from ever growing trade and cooperation with Russia, a bordering neighbor and largest trade partner of the “former”, pre-war Ukraine. In fact, while I was there, a conference on enhancing . . . READ MORE>>

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Oliver Stone, Vladimir Putin

It’s the Russia, Stupid / By James George Jatras / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 18, 2017 / It’s another week in Washington and another horror show. This time it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions being grilled by Senators on whether, when, and how he might have met with certain Russians, or any Russian, or someone who might actually know a Russian. In addition to fishing for any inconsistency that could be used to support an accusation of obstruction of justice or perjury – the usual sleazy methodology of politically motivated investigations here – the transparent aim was to further poison the well on any possible initiative to improve ties with Moscow. The strategy appears to be working. The Russian Embassy in Washington confirms that for the first time since the Russian Federation’s founding the State Department did not send pro forma national day greetings. Perhaps the bureaucrats were afraid they would be tainted and themselves become targets of multiple investigations into «collusion» with the Kremlin. (Luckily, this intrepid Washington analyst has no qualms about such associations.) Or more likely, they themselves are part of the Russophobic mob undermining the White House. It has been reported that soon after the inauguration Trump sought to open dialogue with the Kremlin and set an early summit with President Vladimir Putin. This produced a hysterical counteraction from the Deep State. As reported by conservative columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan: «The State Department was tasked with working out the details. “Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received ‘panicky’ calls of ‘Please, my God, can you stop this?’. Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded. ‘It would have been a win-win for Moscow,’ said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.” So much for constitutional government and the rule of law. But now it gets even worse. This week Congress moved legislation designed to codify in statute sanctions imposed on Russia by Barack Obama over Ukraine and evidence-free charges of Russian election interference. Provisions for a presidential waiver, which are standard in any sanctions legislation, are unusually narrow. Congressional proponents are clear that their aim is to take the matter out of the president’s hands. Democrats, seemingly devoid of any other policy agenda or ideas, vow to keep banging the Russia drum through the 2018 Congressional elections. When all is said and done, there are lots of reasons the political class hates Trump. His heresies on immigration and trade are near the top of the list. But make no mistake: for the Deep State and its . . . READ MORE>>

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Watch all four parts of Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’, on Vimeo
You can view all four parts of Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews, on Vimeo.
Each part is approximately one hour long.

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Oliver Stone (R) interviewing Vladimir Putin for ‘The Putin Interviews’
NewColdWar.org – June 18, 2017

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
(Full Report)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/11/2017 / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 61 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 11 localities’ areas with 91 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, five rockets of MRLS BM-21 Grad, nine tank rounds, and 191 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled six localities’ areas, at which the enemy launched 13 tanks rounds and 44 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre. In the Gorlovka direction, six localities’ areas underwent shellings. The enemy made 37 tank rounds. A civilian was wounded and a soldier of the DPR Armed Forces suffered severe wounds as a result of the shellings. Six houses were damaged in the localities of Trudovskiye, Vasilyevka, and Sakhanka. The village of Krasny Partizan was de-energized. Ukraine keeps pursuing the policy of genocide and blockade of our Republic’s population. Ongoing shelling of the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit’s 1st level pumping station in Vasilyevka locality serve as another confirmation to that. Yesterday, during a relatively calm period, our experts repaired the station’s out-of-service equipment damaged in the AFU shelling on June 9. But last night, since 22:30, Ukrainian units again started shelling the station, this time with the use of artillery and tanks. As a result of the Ukrainian bombardment, a transforming substation feeding the pumping station with power was damaged. At present the station remains de-energized. Ukrainian military and political authorities demonstrated absolute disregard for the population of our Republic and residents of the Kiev-controlled territories, trying to deprive them of access to drinking water in such a way. Let me remind you that the pumping station in Vasilyevka locality delivers water to five filtering stations, including four on the Ukrainian side, providing water to more than 40 localities inhabited by some 1.8 million people. I address citizens of Ukraine in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone. Ukrainian authorities are taking you hostages of this conflict, justifying their actions by fighting against ‘mythical’ terrorists. In fact, terrorists are those murdering civilians for the sake of achieving their pseudo-patriotic goals, as Ukrainian authorities do. It is no surprise the civilian population of Artyomovsk locality negatively takes terrorists from the Ukrainian army. Thus, according to our intelligence service, a 20-strong SBU operational group arrived at this settlement having as the main task operational measures aimed at preventing conflict escalation between civilians and Ukrainian servicemen, as well as rallies and protests against the acting authorities of Ukraine. The population of Ukraine does not need any ‘visa-free travel’, NATO troops are not welcome in their country! They want peace! —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The news brief, 11 of June 2017. / ANNA News / June 11, 2017 / The newscaster: Victoria Rakhmanina. / The Ukrainian fighters have shelled the village Zaytsevo near Gorlovka. 3 houses were damaged. The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the Yuzhnodonbasskaya pump station in the morning. Russian officers of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination and the manager of the company “The water of Donbass” have come under fire. They’ve hidden in the shelter. The Ukrainian fighters are shelling the village Kominternovo and the Bakhmutovskaya road. They’re using mortars and small arms. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 23 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used multiple launch rocket systems, tanks, artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. 1 civilian and 1 soldier of the DPR were wounded. 6 houses were damaged. Power lines were damaged in the villages Krasny Partizan and Vasilyevka of the Yasinovatsky district. Ukrainian self-propelled guns were detected near the village Krymskoe. 7 howitzers D-30 and 5 tanks were registered near the locality Novotoshkovskoe, Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 12 times. They opened fire on 6 localities. They used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense.

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Ukrainian massive shelling in Donetsk causing casualties and destruction – depriving water from 1,8 million people / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / The Ukrainian armed forces have attacked again massively against the Donetsk People’s Republic. Ukrainian shelling deprives water from 1,8 million people in Donbass. Over the past day 61 occasions of ceasefire violations was recorded. Six civilian houses were destroyed and one civilian and one soldier was wounded. Ukraine has used again prohibited weapons, like heavy artillery, Grad multiple rocket launchers (MRLS), heavy mortars and main battle tanks. Ukrainian forces attacked Yakovlevka village outside Yasinovataya with heavy weapons this night, reported the DPR Operational Command on Sunday. “At 21:10, the Ukrainian party, in violation of the Minsk agreements, delivered blows with 122mm and 152mm artillery on the village of Yakovlevka near Yasinovataya,” said the Command representative. The bombardment was conducted simultaneously from two directions – Stepnoye village and Avdeyevka chemical coke-processing plant vicinity. The Command stressed that the DPR Army hadn’t opened retaliatory fire. A civilian was wounded due to Ukrainian forces’ shelling of Trudovskiye village in the Petrovsky district in the west of Donetsk on Saturday, reported a source in the DPR power-wielding department. “On June 10, at noon, the . . . READ MORE>>

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[Enemy Report:]
Gregor Martin on Twitter
“The Ukrainian Army reportedly advanced 1 to 1.5km towards
#Kominternove and took new positions.”

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Kominternovo upper right, Mariupol lower left.

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JCCC and Voda Donbassa reps come under fire near Yasinovataya / DONi News / June 11, 2017 / Russian officers to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC) and management of the municipal Voda Donbassa (‘Donbass Water’) enterprise appeared in the Ukrainian forces’ engagement zone in the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit vicinity outside Yasinovataya, reported a DPR representative to the JCCC. “Today, at about 9:30 am, the Ukrainian party again opened fire at the area of the Yuzhnodonbassky conduit’s 1st level pumping station. In the fire engagement zone there were Russian officers to the JCCC and the head of the municipal Voda Donbassa (‘Donbass Water’) enterprise, who arrived to inspect the conduit after the nightly shelling,” said the official. He added that the incident had brought no casualties victims, members of the delegation took refuge in a bomb shelter. Earlier it was reported that the Yuzhnodonbassky conduit’s 1st level pumping station outside Yasinovataya had been suspended this day as a result of the nightly shelling.

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Luhansk Republic on Twitter

“OSCE are just puppets of the West. They need to be banned from #Donbass.
They are giving military info to #Kiev.”

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Nazi Ukraine Junta Military (AFU) opens fire on Sakhanka village, power supply disrupted / Novorossia Today / June 11, 2017 / The Ukrainian military opened fire on the village of Sakhanka in the Novoazovsky region in the south of the DPR, the power supply was disrupted. This was reported by the head of the regional administration, Anatoly Yanovsky. ‘Since the morning, it’s been very hot here. The village of Sakhanka was shelled, now there is no power supply,’ he said. According to him, the power engineers of the DPR have already begun to restore the power supply.

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DPR Releases Information On Nazi Ukrainian Military Using Foreign Ammunition, Deadly Thermobaric Fuel Air Bombs From Poland, Unleashing Them On Civilian Areas, War Crimes / Novorossia Today / June 11, 2017 / The Nazi Ukrainian military used thermobaric shells and remote mines of Polish production in the shelling of the western outskirts of Donetsk. Fragments of the ammunition were presented today to journalists by the deputy commander of the DPR operational command, Eduard Basurin. ‘There is noted that on the day of Holy Trinity, June 4, the Ukrainian terrorists used on Staromikhaylovka thermobaric shells GTB-7S (a grenade is produced at the plant in the city of Sopot, Poland) from the grenade launcher RPG-7 and the use of 60mm mortars M73 of the NATO standard,’ said the commander. Basurin emphasized that the facts of the use of such ammunition by the Ukrainian units were indicated by fragments found on the sites of the shelling. ‘Previously, such mines and thermobaric shells were already used by the forces of Ukraine in Donbass during the shelling of the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics,’ he added.

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Gabriela on Twitter

‘Yellow umbrella on the river embankment. Donetsk city.’
Art by Alexander Bolotov

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Tillerson, Putin (–Russia Insider)

Tillerson: Trump Wants to Rebuild Relationship With Russia / By Jason Ditz / AntiWar.com / June 8, 2017 / Says Election Hacking Claim Mustn’t Impede Diplomacy / Visiting New Zealand today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that President Trump has asked him to move forward with efforts to “rebuild” the US diplomatic relationship with Russia, which he described as currently “at a low point and deteriorating.” According to Tillerson, Trump wants to say the US-Russia relationship stabilize, and for trust to be rebuilt. He added that Trump insisted that the allegations surrounding election hacking by Russia mustn’t be allowed to impede the attempts to restore diplomatic ties. This interest is not new, and indeed President Trump made normalization of ties with Russia a major part of his 2016 election campaign. Virtually nothing positive has happened on that front since Trump’s inauguration, however. If anything, the Trump Administration had given the appearance in the past few months that the Russia rapprochement was wholly forgotten, with officials repeatedly insisting that there are no intentions of lifting US sanctions against Russia. This also comes less than a week after former State Department officials had bragged about derailing previous Trump efforts to normalize US-Russia ties, however, so it may well be that such intentions have been around for awhile, and they’re just trying to make something happen in the face of continuing opposition from people more comfortable with the US and Russia remaining enemies. [Reference links available at source.]

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“Putin Interviews” made the globalists go into hysterics / By D. Pavlenko / Katehon.com / June 6, 2017 / Oliver Stone’s movie “The Putin Interviews” breaks all clichés of western propaganda against Russia and its political leader. “The Putin Interviews” directed by famous American director Oliver Stone is coming out on June 12-15 2017, however, it made the Western media worry and get afraid that Western common people could see absolutely another Putin that differs from his image created by the anti-Russian propaganda. As it was expected, the most officious, globalist media criticized Stone for his attempt to “humanize an authoritarian Russian leader”. Especially, The Daily Beast well known for its frequently provocative anti-Russian rhetoric stood out in its critics. The published fragments of “The Putin Interviews” on the Internet show us that the president of Russia appears in Stone’s movie as absolutely simple person who drives a car, plays hockey, feeds horses and works out. However, the Western media used biased coverage of things that were interesting for their viewers who always cry listening stories about persecution of sodomites in Russia or reports about “Russian aggression” against “democratic” Ukraine or “freedom-loving, peaceful, moderate opposition” in Syria. For instance, a journalist from The Daily Beast called Oliver Stone’s movie “wildly irresponsible love letter to Vladimir Putin” in the headline. As well as that Stone is presented as not the best American journalist but rather a historian- revisionist and apologist of such “dictators” as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Vladimir Putin. Moreover, they remind Stone about his movie “Ukraine on Fire” telling about the Maida nans the coup d’état in 2014. According to the globalist magazine’s view, this movie is “ a bizarre slice of Kremlin propaganda”. “Stone not only fails to challenge Putin, but essentially cedes him the floor, allowing the cunning ex-KGB operative to spin more than the president’s toupee in a tornado. Putin denies Russia was the aggressor in virtually every global conflict, including the invasions of Georgia and Ukraine. He champions . . . READ MORE>>

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/10/2017 / DONi News /June 10, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed seventy ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction the enemy launched forty-seven projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, twenty-six tank-shells, 443 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the areas of eleven localities. In the Mariupol direction the areas of four localities underwent shellings. The enemy launched four projectiles with MRLS ‘Grad’, six tank-shells and seventy-eight mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber on the area of the locality of Bezymennoye. In the Gorlovka direction the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka and Shirokaya Balka underwent shellings with different types of grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of shellings on the part of Ukraine’s criminals a civilian – Gubashov V.F. born in 1961 was wounded. Six houses were damaged in the localities of Aleksandrovka and Trudovskiye. Besides, in the locality of Trudosvkiye 27 electrical substations were de-energized. At present time, repair works are carried out. As we had warned earlier, the Ukrainian side committed provocations in the vicinity of the locality of AVDEYEVKA. Changing their own plans, Ukrainian punishers shelled not the locality of Avdeyevka, but Marinka where two civilians were wounded. We don’t exclude that our disclosure of the enemy’s plans for shelling the locality of Avdeyevka on June 8-12 prevented death of the city’s residents but didn’t stop its realization by Ukraine’s criminals in full. We’re collecting an evidential base of Ukrainian crimes. Thus, according to the information from local residents and to data of our intelligence, the shelling of KAMENKA locality on June 8 was conducted by the Right Sector nationalists being a part of the 92nd brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the statement made by a source, in a brigade headquarters, the shelling was unsanctioned. Concerning this fact the command is carrying out internal investigation. It’s not excluded that the Right Sector Gunmen will have only punitive reprimands as it was after the same shelling of the residential areas of Bezymennoye Locality on May 9 by the units of the regiment ‘Azov’. The units of the Armed Forces of the Republic keep observing the Minsk agreements and improve their professionalism. Driving, fire and tactics trainings are held according to a combat training plan. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Twitter Talk – Donbass Heroes

Dafuq: “Together again comrades. R.I.P :(”
Sultan Donald: “Who are they?”
Dafuq: “On the left is Arsen Pavlov ‘Motorola’ and on the right is Mikhail Tolstykh ‘Givi’. They were early fighters then commanders of the Donbass. They fought for freedom against US backed fascists that took over Ukraine. Were both assassinated not that far apart during the ‘ceasefire’. Good,honest people.Not politicians and their fearlessness and commitment was what got them killed when they could have had easy life.”

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Friday, June 9, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 06/09/2017 / DONi News / June 9, 2017 / Good day! Last week, in the formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, complex tactical and combat trainings of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units were conducted, aimed at improving the skills of conducting defensive operations under the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. Also, joint trainings were conducted between the units of ministries and departments of the DPR on countering terrorism and sabotage activities of the enemy. Formations and military units have begun the next stage of combat coordination of management headquarters and units according to the combat training plan. Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 54 ceasefire violations. The enemy launched 307 projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 420 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber, 67 tank-shells, 10 anti-tank guided missiles onto the territory of the Republic. In the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City there were damaged seven house-buildings and gas supply on Lugovsky Street. Sakhanka Locality was left without electricity. Over the past 24 hours when defending the territory of the Republic, one serviceman of the DPR Armed Forces perished. Altogether, over the past week the enemy committed 395 ceasefire violations and launched 3,800 projectiles, tank-shells and mortar-shells on the territory of the Republic. The AFU shelled the areas of 46 localities of the Republic, in nine of them 57 house-buildings were damaged and destroyed. The Petrovsky District of Donetsk City, the localities of Krutaya Balka and Staromikhailovka mostly suffered from shellings and on the area of the Volvo Center of Donetsk City and the locality of SPARTAK the enemy launched 30 projectiles with MRLS ‘Grad’. Besides, it’s noted that Ukraine’s terrorists made thermobaric shots GTB-7S (a grenade is manufactured in a factory located in Sopot, Poland) at the locality of Staromikhaliovka on June 4 (Holy Trinity) with rocket anti-tank launchers and launched 60mm mortar-shells M73 of a NATO standard. Shrapnel from ammunition launched from the AFU positions on the residential areas of Staromikhailovka has . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass War Escalates as Kiev Seizes Gray Zones / Introduction by Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute (Source: News Front) / June 9, 2017 / Grey Zones a Consequence of Outright Kremlin Betrayal / As the News Front article below confirms, the Ukrainian Armed Forces [UAF] continue daily to invade the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics [DPR/LPR]. Over the past few weeks, Kiev forces have stepped up their advances into the so-called “Grey Zones,” with most of the latest invasions occuring north and northwest of Lugansk. These aggressive military ventures are in gross violation of the Minsk Agreements. The “Grey Zones” consist of a narrow strip along the length of the contact line, from Shirokino on the Azov Sea to the Russian border east of Lugansk. In February 2015, at the time of the signing in Minsk, these zones were held by the Novorossiya Armed Forces, now referred to as the Donetsk and Lugansk militias. The one exception was the Debaltsevo pocket, which was liberated by the NAF a few days later. However, according DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko’s proclamation at the time of the Debaltsevo victory, the de facto contact line included that city in the territory of the DPR. This was Zakharchenko’s stated condition for signing the Minsk accords. The Minsk document does not specify the location of the contact line. The contact line is assumed to be the dividing line between UAF and NAF ground positions as of February 2015. Thus, the fact that the NAF held the Gray Zones means these zones officially belong to the DPR/LPR. What the Minsk Agreement do specify are the lines behind which heavy weapons must be withdrawn. These lines are in part measured from the de facto military positions as of September 2014, which are close to but not the same as those of February 2015. Kiev takes advantage of this ambiguity to claim their alleged right to the Grey Zones. The Grey Zones did not always exist, and have nothing to do with the Minsk Agreements. These nether regions were created in July 2015 by Kremlin decree, following Angela Merkel’s demand that Vladimir Putin use his “considerable influence” to rein in the Novorossiya Armed Forces. Putin kindly complied, sending his agent Valdislav Surkov to pressure Zakharchenko into withdrawing unilaterally from the contact line. . . . READ MORE>>

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Alexander Zakharchenko

Ukraine doesn’t care about Minsk, it needs war – Alexander Zakharchenko / DONi News / June 9, 2017 / According to the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Kiev needs a war, not the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Today, on June 8, the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko answered the journalists’ questions during his working visit to the Donbass Greenhouses state enterprise in Zugres. First of all, media representatives were concerned about the situation of the nine-year-old boy Vladislav Zaichenko from the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, who had been injured in the AFU shelling on June 5 and was in critical condition at the moment. “Under my control and that of the city administration head, the head of the Petrovsky district is engaged in providing any necessary assistance to this boy. We will do whatever is needed,” said Alexander Zakharchenko, commenting on the situation of the wounded child. The Head of the Republic also spoke about the issue of material support of large families of the DPR enterprises’ employees under state receivership. “The programme for providing material assistance to large families is ongoing. Already next week, 40 large families of the enterprises’ employees are to receive material aid in the amount of 10,000 rubbles, and those of the Yenakiyevo Steel Plant and Gorlovka Stirol will receive food sets,” said Alexander Zakharchenko. The DPR Head commented on a possible aggravation on the contact line due to the tense situation that had developed over the past two days in the neighbouring Lugansk People’s Republic, where the AFU made several attempts to attack and break through the defense line of the LPR People’s Militia in the vicinity of Zhelobok locality. “Aggravation was never over in our Republic’s contact line sector. Yesterday and the day before the situation deteriorated dramatically in the LPR, but we face such battles every day. The enemy has intensified shelling, because Kiev needs war, and thus they are struggling to unleash it, they do not care about Minsk,” said the DPR Head, responding to journalists’ questions about possible deterioration of the military situation in the Republic. Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko; Official translation by DONi News Agency

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The news brief, 9 of June 2017 (VIDEO) / Anna News / June 9, 2017 / Newscaster: Victoria Rakhmanina.The Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the village Sakhanka in the morning. Power lines were damaged. The Yuzhnodonbasskaya pump station doesn’t work. 2 million people haven’ got water in the DPR. The Ukrainian side doesn’t let the inspectorate to visit this station. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 20 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. 7 houses and a gas pipe line were damaged. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 13 times. They shelled 9 localities. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. 3 soldiers of the DPR were killed and 1 wounded. 10 civilians were wounded and 1 was killed for a week, Eduard Basurin reported today.

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Donetsk bombed again by Kiev forces / News Front / June 9, 2017 / Donetsk, DNR. The conflict continues but in “low voltage doses” of shelling best described as genocidal in nature. Reports from Eduard Basurin, Pavel Semchuk and David Simpson in Donetsk. Day and all night here in Donetsk, the Ukrainian artillery fires at random but specific targets. This fire is 24/7, day in and day out. This fire is not a true barrage of artillery like an all out attack would have, it is a shot or two at one house, than 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later a shot or two at another house near or far from the first target. From the DNR Ministry of Information, for the past day the Ukrainian armed forces have 54 times violated the ceasefire regime. All the shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces have hit twenty cities and towns in the Republic. The UAF forces violating the Minsk accords have utilized these weapons systems in their criminal activity; tank cannon fire, artillery shelling, mortar fire, BMP and BTR attacks, Sagger ATGM missiles, AGS grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian fire is directed at specific houses in each block, moving to another house after the targeted house is destroyed. They can, and do, go from house to house in a particular street and when all the houses on that street are severely damaged or destroyed they move to another street and start the process over again. Primary targets in Petrovsky at the start of the fire was infrastructure, gas lines, water pumping stations, electric transformers and in the case of flats buildings the above ground, they target hot water pipes for heating of the apartment buildings in winter. Ukrainian shelling damaged six houses in Petrovskiy district of Donetsk overnight said the city administration. “In the night June 8-9 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Trudovskiye village of Petrovskiy district of Donetsk; the damage was reported on Mamina-Sibiryaka street 30, 32, Karnavalnaya street 77, Viktora Gyugo street 20, 33, 35.” The locations struck during the Ukrainian attacks on 9th of June, with damage asessments: In Petrovsky District and Trudovsky in Donetsk City-Region. Mom’s-Sibiryaka 32-damaged roofs; Mom’s-Sibiryaka 30-damaged roofs Victor Hugo 20-damaged roofs; Victor Hugo 33-damaged roofs and glazing windows; Victor Hugo 35-damaged roofs, front metal door glazing windows; Carnival 77-damaged the inner door, burned down the balcony, Lugovskogo between blocks 13 and 17-busted gas line. Alexandrovka str. Lenin 36-damaged roofs, glazing windows.N.P. v. sakhanka. There damaged power lines are down. Earlier reports said Kiev forces opened fire on Sakhanka village in Novoazovskiy district.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Battle for Zhelobok: Ukrainian army attempts to enter Lugansk / By Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / June 8, 2017 / Over the past day, the Ukrainian infantry approached the settlement of Zhelobok on the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Fierce fighting has taken place in the suburbs, as reported by the power structures of the LPR. As reported earlier, Ukrainian security forces attempted to break through the contact line near Kirovsk, Zhelobok and Donetsk. Evacuation of the villages nearby was carried out. A Ukrainian army drone was also shot down in the area, which was aiding in the enemy’s artillery fire. [Click map to enlarge.]

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OSCE SMM in Donbass (–Sputnik/AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 7 June 2017 / Osce.org / June 8, 2017 / In Donetsk region the Mission recorded more ceasefire violations compared with the previous reporting period. In Luhansk region the flare-up in ceasefire violations recorded by the SMM in the previous reporting period continued in the same areas – Sentianivka, Krymske and Zholobok – west and north-west of Luhansk, and involved multiple launch rocket systems. The use of weapons proscribed by the Minsk agreements reached a level last recorded by the Mission on 23 March 2017. The SMM heard small-arms fire close to where it was flying an unmanned aerial vehicle near Zaichenko. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas near Stanytsia Luhanska, Zolote and Petrivske; it recorded ceasefire violations inside the Stanytsia Luhanska disengagement area on the night of 6-7 June and near the Zolote disengagement area. Its access remained restricted there and elsewhere.* In “DPR”-controlled Oleksandrivske armed men aggressively restricted the SMM’s freedom of movement. The Mission continued for the second day to monitor demining and facilitate repairs at Donetsk Filtration Station. The SMM monitored a border area not under government control in Novoazovsk. It observed protests in Kyiv and Odessa and a gathering involving religious communities in Ivano-Frankivsk. . . . READ MORE>>

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Kiev again fails to disengage in Stanitsa Luganskaya – LPR People’s Militia (PHOTOS) / Lugansk Media Center / June 8, 2017 / Ukraine has again failed the disengagement of forces and hardware on the contact line in Stanitsa Luganskaya area envisioned by the Minsk agreements, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko said. “Today, Ukrainian side has shown yet again that it is not ready to fulfil the commitments it undertook in Minsk. We did not see a white signal flare confirming their readiness to pull back forces and hardware,” Marochko said at a checkpoint in the area. “We fired a white flare and were about to fire a green one, but didn’t do it as Ukraine had not responded in kind. I wish to officially state that Ukrainian side is not meeting its commitments,” the Lieutenant Colonel said. Earlier, LPR People’s militia said it was ready for mutual disengagement of forces and hardware in Stanitsa Luganskaya. LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 40 times. The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures. The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

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Donetsk People’s Republic office opens in neighborhood of Exarchia (pictured), Athens (–Zoltan Balogh/EPA)

Donetsk People’s Republic Embassy in Athens is open / By Adam Garrie (The Duran) /  Sott.net / June 8, 2017 / The Embassy has been set up with the assistance of Athens resident Professor Andreas Zafiris. An Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic has opened in Athens with the help of a local volunteer, Professor Andreas Zafiris. The Embassy will serve as a place where people can bring food, medicine and other essential items which will be delivered to the people of Donbass. Zafiris who has always been politically active has visited Donbass many times on charitable good will and fact finding missions. Zafiris is a long-time anti-fascist became horrified when a neo-fascist regime seized power in Kiev in 2014. He described the situation in the following way, “For the first time in recent European history, we had a government in a European country with a Nazi element.” He also expressed the Ukrainian regime as a “puppet” of the US and compared the US political colonization of Ukraine to NATO’s use of Greece for its strategic geo-political purposes. Zafiris was inspired to help open the Embassy after similar Embassies for the Donetsk People’s Republic opened in Finland, Italy and Czech Republic. . . . READ MORE>> [Video available at source.]

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
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Ukraine resumes offensive against Donbass – 4 localities shelled in past day / By Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / June 7, 2017 / The Ukrainian Armed forces have restarted intensive shelling against at least four villages, as has been reported continually over the past day by DNR News (locally based.) Under attack are the city of Stakhanov, village of Frunze, Donetskiy township, as well as the Kirovsk city administration. Kiev’s forces have caused ‘great destruction’ to Kirovsk, as reported by the official representative of the People’s Militia of Lugansk, Colonel Andrew Marochko. “This morning we witnessed the shelling of Kirovsk by Kiev security forces. The shelling occurred in the center of the city, causing great destruction. At the moment, the armed forces are continuing to shell the outskirts of the city” – he said. The head of administration, Gennady Karcev, added that the the Ukrainian side opened fire on a new industrial plant which was ready to be opened. “Ukrainian forces have fired on the Tsentrokuz factory. It is noteworthy that this plant has just completed reconstruction work and was preparing to start operating.” – said the head of administration.

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Ukraine-Controlled Localities Bombed by Kiev – Ukrainian Local Councils Seized by Nationalists – Memory of Killed Children of Donbass Shot by Ukrainian Military / Voice of Donbass – Novorossia Vision / June 8, 2017 / On June 1, 2017, another ceasefire was announced in Donbass. Few doubted that this «truce» would not last long, but this time the Ukrainian side chose a particularly cynical way to violate it. Throughout the last week of May, Kiev is carrying outparticularly intensive bombardments in the Donetsk direction, daily launching about 100 122 and 152mm artillery shells, hundreds of 82 and 120mm mortar shells, and using tanks, BMPs and grenade launchers. On May 27, in the Gorlovka direction, about 40 shells of MLRS «Grad» are also launched from the Ukrainian side. As a result of the shelling from the Ukrainian side, two residential houses are damaged in the DPR, one of the localities is completely de-energized, and an elderly woman, born in 1941, is wounded. Nevertheless, the Republics are doing everything possible to restore the destroyed houses and infrastructure as soon as possible. In Makeevka, a satellite city of Donetsk, a new gym is opened. In Stakhanov, a city in the LPR, a restored bus station is opened. In Donetsk, which even before the coup in Kiev was called «a city of a million roses», the number of roses planted everywhere reaches 2 millions. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, in Kharkov, a NATO-Ukraine professional development program for civil law enforcement personnel starts. Perhaps, NATO countries intend to share with Ukraine the experience of not preventing terrorist attacks. In western Ukraine, another Orthodox church of the Moscow Patriarchate is damaged. On May 28, the shelling from the Ukrainian side disrupts the gas and power supply to Kominternovo, a city in the south of the DPR, as well as causes damage to two houses, in Gorlovka in the north of the DPR and near Donetsk. On the same day, the Ukrainian military launch a massive artillery attack on Krasnogorovka, located in the Donetsk region and controlled by them, as a result of which civilians are killed. The Kiev authorities, as well as the Ukrainian media that «happened» to be at the right place and at the right time, immediately accuse of the shelling the DPR army. However, the subsequent analysis of photo and video . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukraine escalates an armed conflict in Donbass / By Auslander / The Saker / The Situation in Gorlovka, DNR: A few days ago we had some guests. One guest brought a friend with them, a person from a village near Gorlovka. At first the person was quite reticent about speaking of anything in front of me when the person understood very quickly that I was not Russian, I was from ‘the other side’. However, after I spoke to this person with VCO translating so nothing was misunderstood this person understood from my specific questions about certain areas in and around Gorlovka that I knew more of the real situation than most. To be blunt the situation in and around Gorlovka is very bad. All day and all night, every day and every night, the Ukrainian artillery fires at random but specific targets. This fire is 24/7, day in and day out. The fire is not a true barrage of artillery like an all out attack would have, it is a shot or two at one village, than 10 or 20 or 30 minutes later a shot or two at another village near or far from the first target. This random artillery fire goes on from Sanzharivka on the extreme east of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (hereafter referred to as DNR) lines at the Lughansk Peoples Republic (hereafter referred to as LNR) western border all the way down to Sakhanka within 3 km. of the Sea of Azov coast. Look at this map: and you will see how long that line is and you will see how thin the DNR lines are compared to the Ukrainian lines. The Ukrainian fire is directed at specific houses in each village, moving to another house after the targeted house is destroyed. They can, and do, go from house to house in a particular street and when all the houses on that street are severely damaged or destroyed they move to another street and start the process over again. Primary targets in a village at the start of the fire is infrastructure, gas lines, water pumping stations, electric transformers and in the case of flats buildings the above ground, as is normal, hot water pipes for heating of the flats buildings. Next is every shop, store, kiosk, petrol station, heating plant, government facility no matter what the size or function, electric substations and gas substations and pumping plants. Water purification facilities are of particular interest to the Ukrainians and these facilities get special attention. Drones supplied by The United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany are used as spotters to correct and direct this continuous artillery fire. Some are shot down by DNR forces and armed locals. This act is almost guaranteed to bring an immediate visit from OSCE, those worthies who are supposedly monitoring both sides to make sure they comply with the Minsk 1 and Minsk 2 agreements. More on OSCE later. This person left their village near Gorlovka in summer of last year. This person has lost a bother, an uncle and a 17 . . . READ MORE>> [More videos available at source.]

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Petro Poroshenko, Sebastian Kurz, Kiev, January 2017 (–vienna.mfa.gov.ua)

It became known why Poroshenko had sent Ukrainian soldiers to death / Novorossia Vision / June 8, 2017 / Today, Poroshenko once again stated the need to introduce an armed police mission to Donbass, which the LDPR had categorically opposed. Poroshenko announced this initiative at a meeting with Sebastian Kurz, the OSCE chairman and the federal minister for Europe, integration and foreign affairs of Austria. ‘A particular attention was paid to the growth of cases of intimidation of the OSCE observers by pro-Russian militants… The head of state urged the Austrian Chairmanship to intensify consultations in Vienna, regarding the deployment of the OSCE armed police mission in Donbass,’ said the press service of Poroshenko. ‘Well, everything is clear now… For the sake of this appeal today, over 10 soldiers of the AFU were killed. How does he live in this world? How does this fat, crumpled muzzle sleep? The Ukrainian media, the authorities’ trained dogs, reported, ‘The militants has gone on the offensive’. It’s a lie. The AFU have occupied the gray zone, taken several heights. I have written this for idiots whom their embroidered shirt has pinched the carotid artery. Sons of ALL MPs are safe, and your children are now under artillery fire,’ commented the situation Irina Lashkevich, a war correspondent working on Donbass.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
(Brief update)

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Zakharchenko: “Russian language is great weapon of Donetsk in struggle for its identity” / DONi News / June 6, 2017 / The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko visited the opening of the XI International Festival “Great Russian Word” yesterday. The event was held in the Yubileiny Concert Hall in the center of Yalta (the Republic of Crimea). “This is a significant event in the cultural life of our country. Many very significant guests come here, and this year the forum has raised the bar a lot. May we always succeed,” the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said in his welcoming address. The honorary guests of the festival were also the LPR Head, Igor Plotnitsky, the chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, the deputies of the DPR Ministers’ Council Dmitry Trapeznikov and Alexander Timofeyev, the State Duma deputies, Russian senators. In total, the festival gathered more than 2500 people, including 17 of Russian language and literature teachers from the DPR. Long before the start of the holiday, the organizers arranged a small stage near the concert hall where the creative collectives of the Crimea performed for the guests of the peninsula, residents and forum participants. Opening the festival, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko read out a congratulatory letter on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Your significant project has acquired good traditions. It project proved itself as an authoritative platform for professional discussion of the preservation and development of the Russian language, as well as enhancing its role in world integration processes,” the Speaker of the Federation Council quoted the Russian leader’s saying. The Head of the DPR spoke about integration as well. According to him, the Russian language is one of the connecting threads of the Donetsk land and Russia. “I am a military man and I perceive many things from this position. I understand that the Russian word is really great and multifaceted. But for me, the word is, first of all, a weapon. And this weapon can often be more dangerous than Grads, Smerches and Uragans. According to him, today “Donbass is gradually returning home” and today’s festival is extremely important for Donetsk. “It is at such events that the most powerful weapon, which is language, is being honed, hardened and strengthened and is becoming more never-failing,” he noted. He recalled that for 20 years, Kiev had been conducting forced Ukrainization in Donbass, adding that they failed to take away the Russian language, as well as Russian culture from Donetsk.

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Peace, Open Your Eyes: Inhabitants of Donbass Demand Kiev Stop Murders in DPR and LPR / Riafan.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / June 6, 2017 / DONETSK / The action “Peace, open your eyes,” the participants of which demand that Kiev stop the bloodshed among civilians of Donbass, took place on Pushkin Boulevard near the house of the Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic, a correspondent from the Federal News Agency [Riafan.ru] reports. In recent days the situation in the republic has worsened, which led to significant casualties among civilians. On the day before yesterday, serious injuries were received by eight-year-old Vlad Zaichenko, whose mother was killed in the same shelling, and whose father was killed earlier. Vlad’s photo has stirred up the Internet, and people gathered literally in a few hours to demand from the Kiev authorities to stop the murders of the people of Donbass. “We want to call the world community and draw their attention. Every day, inhabitants of the republic perish. Yesterday in the Yasinovataya region, seven civilians were injured. How long can this go on? ” asked Roman Troshin, one of the organizers of the action, addressing the audience. People were holding photographs of Vlad, who is now in the hospital, and posters urging the Ukrainian Armed Forces and personally Petro Poroshenko to stop terror against civilians and especially the children of Donbass. This little eight-year-old angel was left an orphan. Today we, all mothers, women, pray that he remains alive, that our doctors have the skill and strength. That he himself had the strength to remain alive. And he’s an orphan now. And the world community does not pay attention to the blood of our civilians. Does not react in any way,” said a resident of one of the shelled areas of Donetsk, when she was given the floor.

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9yo Vladik sees his mother killed buy Ukraine Shelling:
Donetsk Protest
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster

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(ENG SUBS) The residents of #Donetsk have just gathered to protest the #Ukraine government for murdering a woman and making her son a orphan on life support when they shelled a civilian area of Donetsk. I ask that anybody who is able please donate to help him as well. [Donation information at source.]

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Vladik, Donbass Child Wounded: Appeal by Patrick Lancaster / Posted by Graham Phillips / The TruthSpeaker / June 6, 2017 / On Sunday June 4th a woman was murdered by Ukraine shelling in Petrovka district Donetsk & her son, Vladik, is now an orphan. He is in serious condition with wounds to his intestines and liver, it is unclear if he will survive. I am trying to identify exactly what he needs, medicine, treatment, food, clothes and anything else we can help him with. We have already raised $250 for him. I ask that anybody who is able please donate to help him. The residents of #Donetsk have just gathered to protest the #Ukraine government for murdering a woman and making her son a orphan on life support when they shelled a civillian area of Donetsk. The people are sick of the Ukraine Government and demanded it stops!! ask you all help me help Vladik. If you can donate that is great if not you can help Vladik by spreading the word. Please share this information as far and wide as you can with the hsashtag #HELP4VLADIK You can donate via credit card in the link below or via Paypal to address. [Click here for donation information.] Thank you, Patrick

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DPR: Ukrainian army intensifies fire on the Yasinovataya part of the front / Essence of Time / June 6, 2017 / The Ukrainian army intensified fire on the Yasinovataya and Donetsk parts of the front; the village of Krutaya Balka was heavily shelled, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on June 5. On the Gorlovka direction, the Ukrainian military shelled the villages of Zaytsevo and Golmovsky. There is no information on the destructions and victims among the civilian population. On the Donetsk direction, the Ukrainian army shelled the villages of Krutaya Balka, Yakovlevka, and Spartak, the area of Volvo-Centre, the Kievsky district in Donetsk. 6 civilians were injured in Krutaya Balka by mortar fire. The Ukrainian side opened artillery fire on the outskirts of Yasinovataya and the area of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint. Trench combat of high intensity were underway on this part of the front. The Kiev military utilized heavy artillery, mortars, grenade launchers of various calibers, and small arms. On June 4, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 44 times. The enemy shelled 18 towns and villages of DPR. One civilian, a woman, was killed, and her 9-years old son sustained shrapnel wounds as a result of the mortar shelling of Trudovskiye. 7 houses in Staromikhaylovka, Kominternovo, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk were damaged by Ukrainian military’s artillery fire.

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DPR says has evidence of Ukrainian forces shelling civilians / DONi News / June 6, 2017 / The Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic is ready to provide investigative bodies with documentary evidence of Ukraine’s artillery use when shelling civilians in the village in the DPR south, said Eduard Basurin, Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command. Earlier, the local authorities and the DPR Defense Ministry stated that at the time of celebration of the Victory Day anniversary on May 9, 2017, Ukrainian security forces shelled the settlement of Bezymennoye with mortars and heavy artillery. “We’ve come across the documents of the internal investigation and the order of the 3057 unit’s commander on punishment for the unauthorized engaging artillery fire by the Azov regiment on Bezymennoye on May 9, 2017, and we are ready to present these documents to the investigative authorities, which are backed up by our reconnaissance, as an evidence for the prosecution,” said Basurin. He also stated that the documents of the Ukrainian Armed Forces that appeared on the Internet due to the “Sprut” community, which mention the involvement of the Azov regiment in the bombing of Bezymennoye, are genuine. “We confirm that the documents published by the volunteer organization “Sprut” are genuine and will be a great help to initiate new criminal cases against war criminals from the Azov regiment,” said Basurin.

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Monday, June 5, 2017
(Brief update)

Eduard Basurin (–Dan-news.info)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/05/2017/ DONi News / June 5, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 44 violations of the ceasefire. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted ten localities’ areas with five artillery shells of 152mm calibre, 170 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres, and 12 tank rounds. In the Mariupol direction, there were shelled four localities’ areas. The enemy launched 26 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres. In the Gorlovka direction, areas of four localities underwent shellings with various types of grenade launchers and small arms. Another monstrous incident revealing the true brutal face of Ukrainian Nazis occurred on the Orthodox holiday – Trinity Sunday. Thus, yesterday, at 9 pm, Trudovskiye village of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk underwent a mortar shelling from the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade, as a result of which a mother, Tatyana Zaichenko, born in 1980, perished right in full view of her eight-year-old son. The child was taken to hospital with wounds of the abdominal cavity and is in a serious condition. It is important to say that the boy was orphaned after his mother’s death, as his father had perished liberating Donbass. We obtained internal investigation files and the order of the 3057 unit’s commander to punish the unauthorized artillery application by the Azov . . . READ MORE>>

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Click to enlarge. Kalinovka (not labeled) lies about 12 km west of Dovzhansk, lower right. Lugansk upper right.

LPR People’s Militia repulses attack by Ukrainian squad / Lugansk Media Center / June 5, 2017 / LUGANSK / LPR People’s Militia has repulsed an attack by Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage squad, said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko. “Ukrainian armed forces continue reconnaissance and sabotage activity along the line of contact. One of such raids ended up tragically outside Kalinovka.” “Unprofessional and ill-considered actions led to 10 enemy soldiers approaching our positions; People’s Militia reacted immediately and suppressed the squad with retaliatory fire. Enemy’s losses amounted to two killed and six injured, who were left on the battlefield. The unit’s command tried to conceal this episode from its command. We call the ‘ATO’ command to show good will, to stick to international humanitarian norms, and to permit volunteers to take away the bodies and pass them to their families.” The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on 29 March adopted a statement on comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass from 1 April ahead of Easter holidays. However, Kiev forces only held fire for about an hour. The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements. [More general background on Minsk at source.]

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Kiev forces deliberately bombard ICRC representatives in LPR / DONi News / June 5, 2017 / The Kiev army deliberately fired on the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), who distributed humanitarian aid to the residents of the Prishib frontier village of the Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk People’s Republic. This was stated by LPR Deputy Minister of State Security Alexander Basov. The village of Prishib, in which the ICRC staff were located, was attacked on 30 May. The fire from mortars was conducted from the direction of Trekhizbenka village, occupied by the Kiev forces. “Yesterday, the Kiev troops carried out another provocation against the representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and civilians of Prishib village of the Slavyanoserbsky district. During the distribution of humanitarian aid from the international organization, they were subjected to mortar shelling by the AFU. Ukrainian terrorists knew about the departure of the humanitarian convoy in which the delegate to the international organization in Ukraine, an Australian citizen, was involved. They saw cars with . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass News Round-Up: Ukraine drags on “creeping offensive” while economy collapses / Fort Russ / June 5, 2017 / Ukraine continues to violate Minsk, seize neutral territories: Kiev’s punitive forces have occupied almost the entire “gray zone” between the Donetsk urban settlement and the village of Zhelobok (on the Kirovsk front), approaching the position of the People’s Militia of the People’s Republic of Lugansk at a distance of 600 meters. Previously, the APU had occupied several square kilometers of this “gray zone”. According to a soldier of the People’s Militia of LPR codenamed “Rome”: “Meter by meter the UAF is approaching under the cover of shelling. Under the cover of mortars, Ukrainian troops move up from their positions. After night comes, they set up temporary shooting points and start firing. From our positions, of course, this is all in a hurry, so they don’t shoot at us at all, but at the village of civilians. Thus, the ‘gray zone’ in the area of Donetsk and Zhelobka does not actually exist anymore.” Meanwhile, abiding by the Minsk Agreements, the People’s [militia] cannot open fire on the advancing enemy despite having every opportunity to expel the UAF from the gray zone. To recall, just the other day, the main propaganda mouthpiece of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Tymchuk, announced the readiness of the UAF to seize the territory of the DPR and the LPR within a few days. These words and the seizure of the “gray zones” confirm suspicions of a forthcoming Ukrainian offensive. Fountains re-started in Pervomaisk despite war: On the night of May 28th-29th, the territory of Pervomaisk (LPR) was subjected to another shelling barrage by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fire is presumed to have come from mortars. As a result of the shelling, two houses and farm . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: The idea that the militias can’t open fire on the advancing enemy because of the Minsk Agreements is not exactly right and sounds like Kremlin propaganda. The Minsk Agreements do not require a unilateral ceasefire. The grey zones were initially held by the DPR/LPR and should remain so. In 2015, Putin and his strong-arm aid, Vladislav Surkov, put pressure on DPR/LPR Presidents Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky to withdraw from the contact line unilaterally. Many observers considered this a betrayal by Putin to appease the West. Note that the Minsk agreements did not require withdrawal of troops or light weapons from the contact line, just heavy weapons. The contact line was defined by the de facto positions of the Novorossiya Armed Forces at the time of the signing in Minsk. It included the grey zones.

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More than 7 houses damaged in Ukrainian shelling overnight / DONi News / June 5, 2017 / At least 7 houses were damaged in the shelling, conducted on the Ukrainian part overnight at the DPR territory, report the local authorities and the DPR Operational Command. “At about 04:00 am the locality of Staromikhailovka underwent shelling, conducted from the Ukrainian positions. According to the latest information, at the Komsomolskaya Str., a wall of a house was destroyed. At the same street windows of two more houses were damaged,” underlined in the locality council’s representative. The shelling was also recorded in the Republic’s Novoazovsky district. Particularly, as a result of the Ukrainian shelling, a barn and a summer kitchen at the Kirova Str., in the locality of Kominternovo were damaged. Apart from it, the DPR Operational Command reported about damaged windows in the house and garage at the Amudariynskaya Str., in the locality of Trudovskaya coalmine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Also from DONi News: Ukrainian forces mortared the locality of Trudovskaya coal mine in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk overnight, as a result, a woman perished and her child was severely wounded, reports the Petrovsky district’s administration. “Yesterday at 09:20 pm the Amudaryinskaya Str., in the locality of Trudovskaya coal mine underwent shelling from the Ukrainian positions. At the moment of shelling a mother and a son were walking the street. The mortar shell exploded right in front of them. Mother – a 37 years old woman, died immediately. Her son was heavily wounded and delivered to the Republic’s trauma centre,” specified the administration’s representative. It was added that the child’s condition is being specified.

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Alexander Zakharchenko (–official website)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “Leaders with ‘crowns’ on heads are not for us” / DONi News (From Zakharchenko official website) / June 5, 2017 / Today, on June 2, a forum of the Donetsk Republic public movement’s activists was held in Donetsk under the chairmanship of the Head of the Republic, the movement’s head Alexander Zakharchenko. Opening the forum, the Head of State thanked the participants and noted positive changes in the movement’s work. “The past year showed that our movement has become stronger and gained power. We are capable of solving the most important challenges posed by life. Positive feedback from people makes the key criterion for our work’s improvement. If earlier people would come with their questions having some doubts, now they are sure that we are able to help them and quickly respond to their problems. The social movement’s activists should be credited for their efforts in achieving these changes. Thank you for the work you are doing. I want our movement to be a truly people’s one, so that no one would allow himself to break away from people. I do not want to watch some of our comrades . . . READ MORE>>

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Fiona Frazer, Acting Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (–OSCE)

UN Representatives to Hold Meetings with Victims of Air Strike on Lugansk Regional State Administration / Miaistok.su / Translated by Quemado Institute / June 5, 2017 / During her visit to Lugansk, the deputy head of the UN mission for human rights Fiona Frazer met with one of the victims of the air strike on the Lugansk regional administration building that occurred June 2, 2014. She instructed the representatives of the Lugansk office of the United Nations to hold meetings and talks with all the victims and relatives of the victims. This was reported on the Facebook page of authorized representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic to the Minsk talks, Vladislav Deinego. “The truth is slowly breaking through to the international level. Fiona Frazer, head of the Kiev branch of the UN Office for Human Rights, met on June 2, 2017 with one of those injured during the air strike carried out by the Ukrainian Air Force on the center of Lugansk three years ago,” Vladislav Deinego said. “Representatives of the Lugansk office are tasked to hold meetings with the victims and relatives of the deceased. And also with witnesses. And not only on this occasion.” Recall that during the air strike by the Ukrainian Air Force on June 2, 2014, eight people were killed in the center of Lugansk and 28 were injured. In Lugansk, Fiona Frazer said that all cases of death should be investigated, and the perpetrators punished.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017
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DPR: Ukrainian army decreases fire intensity / Essence of Time / June 4, 2017 / During the day, the Ukrainian military slightly decreased fire intensity. However, a number of the towns and villages in the Donetsk People’s Republic of the People’s Republic of the People’s Republic of Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on June 4. On the Gorlovka direction, the Ukrainian army shelled the villages of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka. On the Donetsk part of the front, the Kiev military opened fire on the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint, the outskirts of Yasinovataya, as well as the Kirovsky district in Donetsk with the deaths of the calves, the weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, heavy machine guns, and small arms. On June 3, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 60 times while shelling 19 towns and villages of the DPR. 15 houses in Dokuchaevsk, Yasinovataya, the villages of Staromilhaylovka and Mineralnoye. Electric power was lost in the village of Donetsk-Severny as a result of Ukrainian army’s shelling. The Ukrainian military opened fire with heavy artillery, mortars, weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms. There is no information on the victims among the civilians. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/04/2017 / DONi News / June 4, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 60 ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction, 10 settlements were subjected to the attacks. The enemy fired 66 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 386 mortar shells of 120mm calibre, 336 rounds of 82mm calibre, as well as 79 tank shells were launched. As a result of shelling by Ukrainian war criminals, 15 house-building was damaged in the settlements of Dokuchayevsk, Staromikhailovka and Mineralnoye. In addition, the village of Donetsk-Severny was de-energized. In the Mariupol direction, Ukrainian criminals shelled four settlements. The enemy launched 26 rounds of 120 and 82 mm caliber on the villages of Leninskoye, Naberezhnoye, Tavricheskoye and Oktyabr. In the Gorlovka direction, the settlements of Zaitsevo, the mine named after Izotov and the 6-7 mine were subjected to fire. The enemy engaged fire with 18 mortar rounds of 82 mm caliber. It is important to note that yesterday we recorded a skirmish between units of the National Guard and the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Krasnogorovka locality. According to the information we received, the cause of mutual shooting was the . . . READ MORE>>

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George Tuka (–facebook)

[Enemy report:] Ukrainian Politician: Ukrainian Armed Forces are gradually moving deeper into the Donbas / UAWire / June 2, 2017 / The Ukrainian Armed Forces are gradually moving deeper into the uncontrolled territory of the Donbas, driving separatists out of the so-called “gray zone.”, as reported by the Deputy Minister for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, George Tuka, in an interview with the site 112 Ukraine TV channel. He stressed that the territories occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces belong to Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk agreements. “We talking are about the Ukrainian Armed Forces taking control of Ukrainian territories which are called ‘gray zones.’ From the standpoint of increasing the territory controlled by the central government – yes, such territory is increasing. Gradually. But we must bear in mind that all these territories, which we have taken under control, are established by the Minsk agreements. And regretfully, we quickly lost some of the territories that were established by those agreements, such as Debaltseve. Neither the separatists nor their masters in the Kremlin feel any remorse over this. I believe that everything we are doing is absolutely right. I hope for further success,” the deputy minister said. On May 23rd, military journalist Andriy Tsaplienko said that in the area of the Svitlodarsk, the Ukrainian military advanced almost a kilometer. [Source: uawire.org/news/ukrainian-politician-ukrainian-armed-forces-are-gradually-moving-deeper-into-donbas] Quemado Institute comments: At least two friendly reports, from Fort Russ and News Front, confirmed the advance into the grey zone of the Ukrainain Army last week. This is the first we have ever heard that these territories, according to Minsk, should belong to Kiev. To our knowledge, the grey zones were held by the DPR/LPR at the time of the signing of Minsk, and so should remain under the control of Donetsk and Lugansk. The “grey zones”, which did not exist at the time Minsk was signed, were created later when, due to Putin-Surkov-Kremlin pressure supported by Russian officers of the JCCC, the DPR/LPR militias, then called the Novorossiya Armed Forces, were ordered to unilaterally withdraw from these contact line areas. Since, then, residents have been left stranded in these zones, with no protection against Ukrainian aggression, some people unable even to reach a grocery store.

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Night and Morning in the Village of Kominternovo, Donbass, DPR
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Dmitry Yarosh (–Free Republic)

The Nazi Yarosh is talking about the “blitzkrieg” in the Donbass / MiaNews.ru / June 4, 2017 / The AFU is ready to conduct immediate clean-up operations on territories of the People’s Republics of the Donbass uncontrolled by Ukraine. This was stated by the adviser to the chief of the General staff of Ukraine, ex-leader of “Right sector” Nazi Dmitry Yarosh, according to Ukrainian News. However, radical noted that so to release the Crimea will be difficult. “I understand that to release the Crimea by militarily after Russia turned it into a huge military base, will be difficult. But, at the time, when we are ready, instant military operation in the occupied Eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions — we can do it,” said Yarosh. According to Bandera, the most important is the political will of the government, not the expectation that “someone will come and help us.”

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Targeting of Ukrainian army deserters leads to a public shootout / Fort Russ / June 4, 2017 / Two deserters of the Ukrainian army were shot by fighters of the National Guard. This was stated today by Eduard Basurin, deputy Defense Minister of Donetsk. “It is important to note that yesterday we recorded a skirmish between the divisions and subdivisions of the National Guard, near Krasnogorovka area. According to the information which we have obtained, the cause of the shootout was provocative fire against two fugitive soldiers of the Ukrainian army.” The deputy Commander said that the conflict between the members of the National Guard and soldiers of the armed forces, who do not wish to take part in the genocide of the people of Donbass, is gaining momentum. This conflict affects not only the soldiers, but also civilians of Krasnogorovka and nearby settlements. Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian command began a massive campaign in search of soldiers who deserted from military units in the Donbass. The number of deserters from the Ukrainian army was around 10,000 people at the end of May.

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VIDEO: Water CRISIS in 3 villages near Donetsk on the
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Swiss Embassy, Kiev

Swiss embassy sends 30 truckloads of humanitarian aid to areas of Donetsk region beyond Kyiv control / Intefax-Ukraine / June 4, 2017 / The Swiss Embassy in Ukraine has sent 600 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to the areas of Donetsk region, which are beyond Kyiv control, according to the State Border Service of Ukraine. “Some 30 trucks from the Swiss embassy in Ukraine have crossed through the Novotroyitske checkpoint to the uncontrolled territory,” the press service of the State Border Service of Ukraine reported on Saturday. According to the information of the Ukrainian border guards, the trucks are loaded with a humanitarian cargo with a total weight of about 600 tonnes which is intended for the residents of Donetsk region.

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So Much for Minsk Agreements: Ukraine Wastes Over 20% of GDP on War in Donbass / Sputnik / June 4, 2017 / A report by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics & Peace has revealed that in 2016, Ukraine lost over $66 billion, equivalent to over 20% of its GDP, due to the ongoing civil war in its southeast. According to the Australian institute’s 2017 Global Peace Index report, Ukraine is number 19 in the top twenty countries hardest hit in terms of the ‘economic cost of violence’, a measure representing the direct and indirect costs of violence. The institute estimates that Ukraine lost the equivalent of $66.749 billion (PPP), or 20.4% of its GDP, on the direct and indirect costs associated with violence in 2016. Other countries in the top twenty include Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Ukraine’s total economic cost of violence last year is thought to have amounted to $1,571 (ppp) for every man, woman and child. For the record, Ukraine’s estimated GDP per capita in 2016 amounted to $8,230. In nominal terms, GDP per capital was just $2,194. In the same report, Ukraine was ranked among the top ten countries in the world in terms of the number and intensity of ongoing civil and international wars. Ukraine took 12th in the world in terms of overall militarization, outranked only by other states facing ongoing civil conflicts, plus major regional and global powers including the UK, France, the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Russia. . . . READ MORE>>

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Denis Pushilin

EU allocates 50 million Euros to Ukraine – Donbass concerned over how it will be used / Fort Russ / June 4, 2017 / A representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, expressed doubt that the money which the EU plans to allocate to Ukraine will go to the restoration of Donbass. Earlier, First Deputy Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Gerashchenko, with reference to the Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and EU Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, announced that the European Commission will allocate Kiev another 50 million euros for “humanitarian and infrastructure projects.” “If the money was spent on rehabilitation and construction of new infrastructure, we, of course, would only supported that. But, unfortunately, the corruption component in the Ukraine and a number of other criminal actions on the part of this country makes us doubt that this money will be used for its intended purpose, as opposed to for military purposes against the inhabitants of the area, “- said Pushilin. In addition, he noted that the EU has offered money to the Ukrainian side is not surprising, “we regularly meet with engagement, double standards,” added Pushilin. “The destruction which has already been inflicted on our territory by the Ukrainian army has largely been neglected by European leaders and organizations so far,” he added.

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Generalsekretär Michael Linhart , Irina Geraschtschenko
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50 million euros for Donbass; there is a catch / News Front / June 4, 2017 / MINSK / The European Union decided after a tour of the occupied [really non-“occupied” –QI editor] territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic and associated territory, to fork over another $50 million dollars to “help Donbass people.” The only problem is, not one cent of that money will ever arrive in the Donbass. The Ukrainian President’s Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the war in the Donbass, Iryna Herashchenko stated on Facebook that the European Union Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn made an announcement about the consideration of the allocation of 50 million euros to Ukraine for humanitarian and infrastructure projects. “Today, Commissioner Hahn has announced that allocation of another 50 million is being considered, which should also be spent on humanitarian and infrastructure projects,” Herashchenko wrote. The funds will be sent to Kiev for Donbass, and considering Ukraine is the single most corrupt nation on earth, it does not take an intelligent person to figure out this money will never be handed over to DNR Head Zakharchenko or LNR Head Plotnitsky. It will be hauled off shore to bank accounts in Cyprus, Switzerland, Israel, Panama, Dominican Republic and Canada. Herashchenko noted that in recent years the European Commission has allocated about 400 million euros to support Ukraine, especially through humanitarian support. Of that amount, 1.3 million was allocated to help Mariupol, which the European Commissioner visited. Hahn visited Kiev, occupied Mariupol and Dnepropetrovsk. One can only wonder how much he would give the real Donbass if he saw the damage his Euros have financed here over the last three years.

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Yandex closes offices in Kiev, Odessa / DONi News / June 4, 2017 / The largest Russian Internet company Yandex has decided to close its offices in Kiev and Odessa, said Oсhir Manjikov, director of public relations at Yandex. “The company “Yandex.Ukraine” is included in the sanctions list and in fact cannot conduct business on the territory of Ukraine. In particular, all accounts of the company are blocked, and we cannot pay salaries to employees,” Mandzhikov said. He added that the employees would be offered to continue working in the company’s offices in other countries. Since May 17, Kiev has expanded the list of sanctions against Russian citizens and organizations, including forbidding Ukrainian users access to Yandex resources. The Security Service of Ukraine carried out searches at the company’s offices in Kiev and Odessa within the framework of the “treason” case. The SBU suspects the leadership of Yandex.Ukraine in illegally collecting and transferring personal data of Ukrainians to Russia. The department claims that the information was passed on to Russian special services “for planning, organizing and conducting reconnaissance, sabotage, information-subversive operations to the detriment of the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

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Lucky Man, The Book about Texas in Donbass / Indiegogo / June 4, 2017 / My name is Russell Bentley, callsign “Texas”. I came to Donbass in December 2014 to defend the good people of Donetsk People’s Republic from Ukrainian neo-nazis and war criminals. I spent my first 6 months as a soldier in the Essence of Time combat unit, defending Donetsk Airport and the village of Spartak. I have written a book about it and need financing to publish. No one hates war more than soldiers. I want to explain what we did and why. This book is not a “war story”, it is a human story. If I had to describe myself in one word, it would be “Poet”. That is my true nature. If I had to describe myself in two words, they would be “Lucky Man”. My dispatches from Donbass have been described by writers and editors as a mix of Ernest Hemingway and Jack London with a dash of Hunter S. Thompson. Now, I need some financial support to publish my book about what it was like to come 10,000 kilometers to help defend people I had never met before, underdogs in a real war in Russian Winter, fighting against an army of cut-throat nazis. Fighting against REAL nazis, like these . . . READ MORE>>

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Friday, June 2, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report 06/02/2017 / DONi News / June 2, 2017 / EXCERPTS: […] Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 34 ceasefire violations. When shelling the territory of the Republic, artillery, tanks, mortars of various caliber, IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms were applied. Altogether, over the past week the enemy committed 389 ceasefire violations and launched 3,632 projectiles, tank and mortar shells onto the territory of the Republic with the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. The AFU opened fire on the areas of 40 localities. 23 house-buildings were destroyed in eight of them, and also a tractor station building and a filling station in the locality of LUKOVO where nine units of agricultural equipments were damaged. […] The whole world will remember the last week by a number of AFU bloody provocations in the localities of KRASNOGOROVKA and AVDEYEVKA. In particular, the cause of the tragedy on May 26 in KRASNOHOROVKA, according to our intelligence, was application of heavy artillery and multiple rocket launcher systems by the AFU 92nd brigade from the area of the settlement of MARINKA and from the direction of KURAKHOVO. As a result of the AFU criminal actions in the locality of KRASNOHOROVKA EIGHT civilians were injured and twenty-nine buildings were destroyed. Also, a temporary dislocation point of Ukraine’s National Guard came under fire, where, according to updated information, eleven soldiers perished and EIGHTEEN soldiers were injured, and seven units of military equipment were damaged. All the injured servicemen were taken to a military hospital in the village of Kurakhovo. To conceal its crime and prevent an objective investigation, the AFU command prohibited access to destruction to the representatives of the Russian side to the JCCC and the DPR. The Ukrainian party invited the representatives of the OSCE Mission to the scene only two days later. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Ukrainian gunmen shell Alexandrovka locality to the West of Donetsk / DONi News / June 2, 2017 / Ukrainian gunmen were shelling the locality of Alexandrovka in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk for more than 3 hours this morning, reports the locality administration’s head, Konstantin Chaly. “Today’s morning from 07:00 am a severe shelling, conducted with anti-tank grenade launchers was committed. The enemy was firing at the locality’s outskirts and so-called “grey zone”. The shelling had just finished, but we cannot even inspect the damage of people’s houses for there are no security guarantees,” said Chaly. Earlier today it was reported that over the past 24 hours the enemy committed 34 ceasefire violations. In total, 17 DPR localities underwent heavy shelling conducted with tank and artillery guns, mortars, IFVs, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms. Apart from it, according to the Command’s data, in the locality of Lukovo in the Telmanovsky district two residential houses, petrol station and power lines sector were damaged.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 06/01/2017 / DONi News / June 1, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 65 ceasefire violations. The largest shelling-number was registered in the Donetsk direction. The localities of Yakovlevka, Krutaya Balka, Mineralnoye, Vasilyevka, Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye, the airport area and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City underwent shellings from the positions of the 72nd and 92nd separate brigades. Ukraine’s criminals launched 14 projectiles of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 28 tank-shells, 490 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber. As a result of shelling the Petrovsky district of Donetsk City, a man – Kushchenko O.A. born in 1969 was wounded. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled the localities of Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Verkhnetoretskoye and Zheleznaya Balka with various kinds of grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the localities of Sakhanka, Oktyabr, Nikolayevka, Sosnovskoye, Zaichenko, Kominetrnovo, Dzerzhinskoye and Leninskoye were shelled from the positions of the 36th separate brigade. Besides, the enemy launched 11 projectiles of 122mm caliber, 106 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm caliber and 22 tank-shells. In general, since 00:00 the ceasefire is observed by the Ukrainian side. Using inactivity, the Ukrainian side will attempt to commit provocations on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic. In this connection, in the divisions of the Armed Forces of the Republic, a set of practical measures to improve the antiterrorist and anti-sabotage security of the military and . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 06/01/2017
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Donbass children’s appeal to Ukrainian army on the Children’s Day 2017 / DONi News (YouTube) / June 1, 2017 / The Childen of Donbass sends their video message to the Ukrainian armed forces on the International Children’s Day on 1st of June, 2017. About two and a half thousand inhabitants of the DPR and territories of the Donetsk region controlled by Kiev will take part in the International Action “Angels” in memory of the children who died during the war in Donbass. This was announced today by the leader of the public organization “Young Republic” Nikita Kiosev. “The international action “Angels” will be attended by residents of different cities and districts of the DPR. A total of about 2,500 people will take part in it. People from the territory under Kiev’s control will also join. These are residents of Slavyansk, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Dzerzhinsk, Krasnoarmeysk, they will launch flashlights in their own cities,” Kiosev said. He added that as a confirmation of participation in the action, residents of the cities controlled by Kiev promised to send a corresponding video to the DPR by e-mail. The largest number of participants is planned to be collected in the center of Donetsk in the park named after Shcherbakov. Notably, the action “Angels” was initiated by the public organization “Young Republic” in conjunction with the Defense Ministry of the DPR. According to the plan, on the International Children’s Day, the DPR inhabitants will launch hundreds of lanterns into the sky. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the representatives of at least seven countries will also join the Republican action “Angels” tomorrow. Among them: Greece, Serbia, Italy, France, Germany, Finland and South Ossetia. —Video: DPR Ministry of Defense, 06/01/2017

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Graham Phillips in Donbass (#46)
Tour of a Wrecked Children’s Home in Kominternovo,
DPR Frontier Village

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DPR Ombudsman and Italian writer unveil monument to Donbass war children / DONi News / June 1, 2017 / Memorial sculpture “Children of Donbas, Children of War” was unveiled today in the Donetsk Lenin Komsomol park. The composition’s opening was timed to the International Children’s Day. The event was attended by the DPR Human Rights Commissioner Daria Morozova, the chief of the Peace to World project, Eleonora Fedorenko, Italian journalist and writer Marinella Mondaini, the public figure from the Russian Federation Dmitry Melnikov, and over one hundred children of different ages. The latter were holding balloons of the DPR flag colours. “Dear children, I wish you a clear, blue and peaceful sky on this holiday,” said Morozova as she addressed the youths. “I wish that what you have seen, heard and felt over these three years never happens again. Most importantly, don’t repeat the mistakes made by adults and learn to respect each other.” Morozova and Mondaini then unveiled the sculpture which had been covered with the DPR and Russian Federation flags. The full-scale realistic style sculptural composition shows two siblings. The boy, with a worried expression, is looking upward protecting the girl with his body. “Today, we’re unveiling a monument to Donbass children, the children of war. The importance of this event is difficult to overestimate because these are beautiful, talented and kind children. Their happiness is worth fighting for,” said Mondaini. “Fear’s not the only thing you can see in the girl and the boy, they also show courage, heroism and feat.” Archpriest Svyatoslav led a prayer by the monument and consecrated it. Next, young DPR vocalists sang songs about peace and childhood.

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LPR: Nazi Ukraine Units (AFU) have planted explosives at a railway station in Donbass / Novorossia Today / June 1, 2017 / The LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that Ukrainian terrorists had mined the Gornyatskaya station, located in the town of Zolotoye. The law enforcement bodies of the People’s Republic are carrying out inspections of the information received about explosive devices set in the station near the contact line. This was reported by the Center for Public Relations of the LPR Ministry of Interior. ‘On May 29, a citizen of the town of Gorskoe, born in 1958, called the hotline of the LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs. The man said that, after the bridges, the Ukrainian military had mined railway stations. In particular, he witnessed the conduct of mine work in the vicinity of the Gornyatskaya railway station, located in the town of Zolotoe,’ the report said. According to the department, the work was led by officers with insignia of the 59th separate mechanized brigade of the Nazi Ukraine AFU. It is reported that an investigation is being carried out on this fact. The information was also transferred to the Ministry of State Security and the People’s Army of the LPR.

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Oleksandr Turchynov (–Alchetron)

Turchynov: the war in Donbass will end after “capture of Moscow” — Rambler News Service / Wordnews / June 1, 2017 / The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (National Security and Defense Council) Oleksandr Turchynov has declared that the war in Donbass will end after “capture of Moscow”. “When Moscow we will take then will come to the end (the war in Donbass. — RNS)” — Turchynov has told during visit of positions of the Ukrainian troops. The video is published on his page on Facebook. Today Turchynov in an interview to journalists in Kiev has urged to strengthen eastern frontiers of Ukraine for protection against “the Russian aggression”, the press service of the National Security and Defense Council reports. [Source: wordnews.us/articles/turchynov-the] Quemado Institute Editor’s note: Turchynov seved as acting Ukraine President from Viktor Yanukovich’s ouster in February 2014 until Petro Poroshenko took office in June 2014. During his term, Turchynov was known for aggressive bombing of civilians in the vicinity of Slavyansk, Donetsk Oblast.

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Ukraine Security Service (–Wikipedia)

SBU collects village citizens dossiers in Kiev-controlled part of Lugansk region / DONi News / June 1, 2017 / The Ukrainian State Security Service began gathering data on all village citizens of the Kiev-controlled Lugansk region, reports the LPR Home Ministry’s Public Relation’s Center. “The LPR Home Ministry’s hotline received the call of citizen M. the employee of one of the Village councils of the Novoaidarsky district. The woman reported that they received the letter from the Ukrainian Security Service with the demand to make the list of all village citizens with their addresses. The final document is to contain citizens application forms, their addresses, income data and the information concerning their houses and land; houses and household buildings’ floor-space, the information on material of which the walls and roof are made etc.,” reported the Ministry’s representative. Apart from it, in the separate line one should mark who and when one went abroad and how often one crosses the border. Special attention should be paid to those who visit the Russian Federation. Another line is to contain the information if a person openly tells about his or her trips,” adds the Center’s representative. According to the Center’s preliminary data, such letters were received by village and town councils all over the Lugansk region, temporary occupied by Kiev forces.

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Ukrainian armed forces ride armoured personnel carrier (APC) near Debaltseve, February 12, 2015. (–Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Russians against Russians: Ukraine’s new offensive in Donbass / By Eduard Popov / Translated by Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / June 1, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Today, a well-known political scientist, an expert in the Moscow Carnegie Foundation, Dmitry Oreshkin, said that the war in the Donbass is over. According to him, shooting and provocations are possible, but neither Ukraine, nor the republics of Donbass will advance. However, the head of information and propaganda portal of military intelligence of Ukraine (GUR), and deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Dmitry Tymchuk disagrees. According to him, Oreshkin and other political scientists who claim that the war is over, are rushing to conclusions. Neither of the sides have achieved their goals, which means that there are still grounds for resuming full-fledged military operations. I fully agree with this opinion. The recent weeks and months of aggravation of the situation in the Donbass leave little reason for optimism. I will quote excerpts from the statistics of the People’s Militia of the DPR about the shelling of the territory of the republic in the last few days. May 24: The Armed Forces of the Ukraine (AFU) violated the ceasefire 55 times. 16 DPR settlements fell into the zone of bombardment. The Ukrainian military used rocket launcher systems (MLRS), artillery, tanks (types of weapons that are located near the line of delineation of sides and are prohibited by the Minsk agreements), mortars, anti-tank missile systems, armoured vehicles and armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms. May 28: The AFU violated the ceasefire 64 times, firing at 19 settlements of the republic. As a result of bombardment, 9 residential buildings were damaged in Staromikhailovka, Zaitsevo and Dokuchaevsk. May 29: on the Gorlovsky and Donetsk tracks, the AFU shelled Zaitsevo, Ozerianovka, Red Partizan. In the south-west of Gorlovka, Ukrainian reconnaissance drones were seen. In the direction of Donetsk, the AFU fired on the area of the Yasinovat checkpoint, Spartak, the area of the former airport, the neighbourhood of the “Volvo Center”, Trudovsky. The fire came from artillery with the caliber of 122 mm and 120 mm mortars (prohibited by the Minsk Agreements)…. According to intelligence reports of the Ukrainian Democratic Republic, Ukrainian punishers planned a “bloody” provocation to Avdeevka (a small town north of Donetsk), similar to the recent shelling of Krasnogorovka. According to Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR, the shooting of Avdeevka is planned to be carried out in the same way as the shelling of Krasnogorovka, having also utilised two directions of fire. Ammunition has already been brought in. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the population of Avdeevka supports the DPR almost universally. The author of these lines himself lived in this city for quite a long time; here I have relatives and friends. There is no sense in shelling a city which is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the DPR. To shell the city remains the desire of the military and political leadership of Ukraine. The fighting in this city at the end of January and beginning of February gave President Poroshenko the ability to declare to the whole world the humanitarian disaster in Avdeevka. The Ukraine is not the first to use . . . READ FULL REPORT>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Ukrainian Armed Forces (–Ukraine Business Online)

UAF Major Describes the War in Donbass: We Aren’t Fighting Against Russians, We Are Killing Our Own People / Russophile.org (Stalker Zone) / June 1, 2017 / The war in Donbass horrifies most people, especially those who because of it have lost already much: family, friends, relations with relatives because of disputes about “separatism”, businesses, hopes for the future. Unfortunately, it has happened to many in this war, that every resident of Ukraine has lost something. However bloodshed isn’t going to stop, Kiev continues to take conscripts and to send them to the anti-terrorist operation, to “defend” the Motherland with submachine guns in hands. The former Soviet officer, and nowadays Major of the UAF Vladimir O. who returned on rotation to Kiev, recently spoke about the situation on the contact line in Donbass, reports “Odna Rodyna”. The serviceman said that he, at first, as well as many former soldiers in Ukraine, received the instruction to go to a military registration and enlistment office where it was suggested to sign a contract and to go to the anti-terrorist operation zone, which he agreed to. Money and his position were the reason for doing it. Then the UAF promised to him a decent reward for it, and his small business became unprofitable, so in order to feed his family he went. “There was no feeling that you were going to kill your own [people -Stalker Zone ed.]?” asked the correspondent of “Odna Rodyna”. “Well, of course there was, and it didn’t disappear. But, on the one hand, the TV ate all brains with ‘aggression’, and on the another – Crimea was dexterously snatched, and also in 2015 the patriotic sentiments in the soul boiled over – how to admit that we were slapped in the face in Ilovaisk, Zelenopolye, and in Debaltsevo. Understanding that we aren’t fighting against Russians came in several months, and I saw personally how ours hammer peaceful Donbass people,” answered the Major of the UAF. Also he noted that he often hears how responsibility for shelling allegedly lies not on the UAF, but on unclear divisions, like the voluntary battalion “Right Sector” or the Georgian jackals. According to him, it is the truth, but partially, as it is the Army who generally beats with artillery. Vladimir considers that gunners should pray for forgiveness of their sins, and especially their commanders who give orders.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
(Full Report)

Ukrainian military launch more than 180 shells and mines on Donetsk within one day / Sott.Net / May 28, 2017 / The Ukrainian military over the past 24 hours launched more than 180 shells and mines on Donetsk and its suburbs, spokesman of the operations command in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin said on Sunday. “The enemy opened fire mostly on Donetsk, where from positions of the 72nd and 92nd mechanized brigades were launched 43 shells of 152 and 122mm calibers, 144 mines of 120 and 82mm calibers,” the Donetsk news agency quoted him. “Besides, the military used tanks, grenade launchers and small arms.” He said, Under fire were also Styla, Krutaya Balka, Yakovlevka, Yasnoye, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk, Spartak, Staromikhalovka, Zhabichevo, the area of the former airport in Donetsk and the city’s Petrov district. Earlier on Sunday, the republic’s command reported the Ukrainian military over the past 24 hours more than 40 times violated the ceasefire as they shelled 18 settlements. The military used rocket launchers, artillery, tanks, mortars, weapon of infantry fighting vehicles, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms, the source added. Administration of the republic’s Novoazov district reported electricity and gas supplies’ disruptions after the shelling. Since autumn 2014, the Contact Group on the settlement in Donbass has agreed more than ten ceasefires but none lasted for long, with the parties accusing each other of breaking them down. Participants in the Contact Group’s meeting on March 29 agreed yet another ceasefire starting from April 1. However, according to Donbass’ self-proclaimed republics (Lugansk and Donetsk), this ceasefire did not stay for long either, as Ukraine broke it down in less than an hour. At the Contact Group’s regular meeting on April 12, the sides reiterated their commitment to the “Easter ceasefire” which was to come into effect on April 13. However, shelling still continues.

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DPR Command launches investigation into Krasnogorovka’s shelling / DONi News / May 28, 2017 / The DPR Command has begun an investigation into the shelling of Krasnogorovka, temporarily controlled by Ukrainian forces (west of Donetsk), reported the Vice-Commander of the DPR Operational Command, Eduard Basurin. “Local residents contacted me. They said that Krasnogorovka had been fired from two directions this morning. Rounds were made from Maryinka and Kurakhovo,” said Basurin. Maryinka and Kurakhovo are located in the territory under Ukraine’s control. “I regret that people were wounded in Krasnogorovka,” continued Basurin. “The DPR Command has launched its own investigation into this fact.” According to the Vice-Commander, the first results will be made public within two days.

Click to enlarge. Kransnogorovka (top left), Maryinka (left)

DPR refutes Kiev’s accusations of bombing Krasnogorovka / DONi News / May 28, 2017 / he statement of the Ukrainian party about the bombardment of Krasnogorovka (west of Donetsk) does not correspond to reality, reported the DPR Operational Command. “Units of the DPR Armed Forces did not open fire in either direction, and certainly did not use prohibited weapons. All the arms are still on withdrawal sites,” noted the Command representative. This information was confirmed by the DPR official representative to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC). Earlier today, the Ukrainian party stated that the DPR forces had fired at Krasnogorovka with heavy artillery.

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Kiev criminal forces shelled hospital in Krasnogorovka / Novorossia Today / May 28, 2017 / Last night a small town in the west from Donetsk Krasnogorovka controlled by Kiev was severely shelled. Roof of the only hospital was struck four times, ambulance car was destroyed, and two civil women got wounded. Ukrainian forces tried to put blame on DPR Army, however, the Commandment stated that DPR Armed Forces did not shell any of the directions, and moreover, we did not use heavy armament. All our armament is still in special storage.

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Krasnagorovka school on fire, May 28, 2017 (–Unian)

[Enemy report:] Donetsk governor gives details about Krasnohorivka Sunday attack / Unian.info / May 28, 2017 / Head of Donetsk military and civilian administration Pavlo Zhebrivsky has given details about a recent attack by Russia’s hybrid military forces on the Ukrainian-controlled town of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk region on Sunday, May 28. “Russian occupiers have again mounted attacks on Krasnohorivka. Firing from Grad systems, tanks, mortars. There are direct hits on buildings,” he wrote on Facebook on Sunday morning. “Explosions have damaged the buildings of secondary school No. 2, the hospital. The school’s second floor has caught fire,” he added. Zhebrivsky later posted an update, saying that rescuers had extinguished the fire. According to verified reports, two females and one male have been injured as a result of the attack, he wrote. As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian proxies started shelling Krasnohorivka’s residential areas at 06.40 on May 28. The attack lasted for two hours. [Source: unian.info/war/1946251-donetsk-governor-gives-details-about-krasnohorivka-sunday-attack-photos.html] Quemado Institute comments: This report is typical of the Ukrainian propaganda we see every day. There are of course no “Russian occupiers” in Donetsk.

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Miquel Puertas on Facebook
May 28, 2017
“Where the f**king are hiding the Russian troops here in Donetsk? In the toilet of Banana Club maybe? How adult people with diplomas can believe in the crappy propaganda broadcasted and published by the retardmedia?”

QI Editor’s Note: Miquel Puertas is an Italian journalist who has spent the last 9 months in Donetsk and, according to his posts yesterday, has yet to see a Russian soldier: “Donetsk is not invaded by Russian troops. And here there are not terrorists at all. This is just NATO propaganda. Trust me. I am working and living in Donetsk since July 2016. Here there are good people. Just they don’t want to be part of the Euroatlantic Axis and ruled by a sort of crypto-nazi morons.”

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/28/2017 / Times of News / May 28, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 43 ceasefire violations. The biggest number of shellings on the enemy’s part was registered in the Donetsk direction; 43 artillery projectiles of 152mm and 122mm calibres, 144 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibres were launched from the positions of the 72nd and 92nd separate mechanized brigades onto the localities of Styla, Krutaya Balka, Yakovlevka, Yasnoye, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk, Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Zhabichevo, the airport area and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. In addition, fire was launched with tanks, grenade launchers, and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled the areas of the localities of Gorlovka, Golmovsky, Dolomitnoye, Zaitsevo and Shirokaya Balka. Five 122 mm artillery projectiles of 122mm calibre, 15 mortar shells of 82mm calibre were launched from the positions of the 55th separate artillery brigade, 53rd separate mechanized brigade, and 25th separate airborne brigade. Fire was also launched various types of grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, Ukrainian criminals of the 36th separate marine brigade shelled Zaichenko locality with 152mm artillery. Along with that, fire was launched with mortars and various types of grenade launchers near the localities of Tavricheskoye, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye and Leninskoye. As a result of the bombardments, gas and electricity supply was disrupted in Kominternovo locality, a house was damaged on Kotovsky Street, 12, in Dokuchayevsk, and on Fruktovaya Street, 5, in Gorlovka. *** Our reconnaissance received a number of documents from the headquarters of the so-called “ATO” zone and the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, as well as from sources in the 92 separate mechanised brigade, which explains the increased number of shellings from the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces throughout the territory of the Republic and residential areas of Krasnogorovka locality. The increase in the number of attacks is connected with an attempt by the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Command to conceal the increase in the number of deserters in units of the 92 brigade and the abandonment by the military of their positions. In this connection, in order to contain possible active operations of the units of the DPR Armed Forсes, the enemy uses heavy artillery and other weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements in bare areas. Shellings target not only . . . READ MORE>>

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 05/28/2017 / DONi News / May 28, 2017 / The situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia underwent no essential changes and remains tense. Over the past day, the enemy committed four violations of the ceasefire. Our units’ positions near the localities of Kalinovka, Krasny Yar and Lozovoye were shelled. When attacking, the Armed Forces of Ukraine applied the 152mm and 82mm artillery, grenade launchers, and small arms. In total, 199 projectiles and shells were launched onto the Republic’s territory. Today, the Ukrainian party again failed to comply with the conditions for the implementation of the Framework Agreement for the disengagement of forces and assets in the section No. 1 near Stanitsa Luganskaya locality. All the requirements of this agreement have been observed on the part of the LPR People’s Militia. We are still ready to fulfil these requirements, but only simultaneously with the Ukrainian party. The AFU does not cease reconnaissance along the entire contact line using unmanned aerial vehicles, which is prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. Thus, in the vicinity of Schastie village, in the responsibility zone of the 14th AFU brigade, a drone was detected when conducting reconnaissance along the contact line. This evidences that the AFU command plans criminal provocative shellings in this direction with application of both artillery and mortars. We, in our turn, adhere to the ‘silence regime’ and observe the Minsk Agreements. Our actions are aimed at solving the conflict in Donbass peacefully. —Official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Kominternovo village cut off power and gas supply by Ukrainian fire / DONi News / May 28, 2017 / Shellings from the positions of the armed forces of Ukraine disrupted the electricity and gas supply to Kominternovo village in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic, informed the DPR Novoazovsky district council. “Yesterday, approximately at 23:00, fire was launched from the Ukrainian positions at the village of Kominternovo. As a result of the bombardment, power lines and a gas pipeline were damaged. At the moment, the villagers are cut off power and gas supply,” said the official. The district council representative added that repair brigades had been sent to the locality to eliminate the consequences of the shelling. At that, according to the latest data, there were neither casualties among the civilian population, nor destructions of the housing stock.

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Graham W Phillips on Twitter
May 28, 2017 11:20 UTC

“I witness last night as Ukrainian forces start shelling the village of Komintornovoe, civilian area, at 10pm, around 12 hits. #Donbass”

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Alexander Zakharchenko (–RIA Novosti /Sergei Averin)

Wife of DPR Head Fought with Machine Gun in Battle for Donetsk Airport / Life.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 28, 2017 / Alexander Zakharchenko said that for several hours his wife was under fire and fought. / On the third anniversary of the start of the fighting for the Donetsk airport, which became one of the most bloody in the Donbass, the head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, along with journalists from Life, went to the airport to recall the events of the spring of 2014. One of the vivid memories was that in his first fight for the airport terminals he was accompanied by his wife. “Natalia Vladimirovna did not want me to die.” And since I realized that she would not dissuade me from participating in these battles (for Donetsk airport, -Life Ed.), she set a condition on me: either we go together, or neither of us go. She also put on a uniform, took a submachine gun and came here. Then she threw down the automatic, and had to run with the PKK. Later [she] coordinated [with] the movement of our units. And so, she lay here under fire as much as I did,” said Alexander Zakharchenko. Earlier, together with the film group of Life.ru, the territory of the Donetsk airport was visited by a local resident Victoria Zueva. Before the fighting, the woman worked in a cafe where pilots and passengers were waiting for departure. After visiting the ruins of her former workplace, she shared her memories and impressions of what she had seen.

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Ukrainian tanks in Donbass, 2014 (–EPA/Roman Pilipey)

Nazis ready to destroy Donbass infrastructure soon / News Front / May 28, 2017 / KIEV / If anybody thought Donbass had heard the last of the radical neo-Nazi military forces that started the blockade in February that snowballed into a full fledged divorce between Kiev and Donbass, they had another thing coming. The Ukrainian headquarters of the neo-Nazi military units originally blocking trade with the areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions outside of Kiev control have announced plans to begin a new stage of violent activity in two weeks. “We believe that the enterprises which our forces can bring pressure upon are those controlled by Russian citizens in the Donbass, the pressure on which will make Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Poroshenko to take a decision to return our men held as prisoner now.” “The owners of these enterprises in Ukraine are posing a danger to our country’s security. In two weeks, we will begin our action to apply pressure to the sore spots of Russian business,” Anatoliy Vynohrodsky, second commander of the Donbas separate special forces battalion of the Ukrainian National Guard, told a press conference in Kiev on Friday. He would not say what the blockade’s ‘second stage’ involved. But sources close to him had no problem pointing out that for the last two weeks heavy military hardware has been brought up to the “ATO” zone, with the intent of destroying the mines, factories and establishments across Donbass, so no part of these enterprises will generate funds for Kiev, Donbass or Moscow. “To date, our headquarters has given the command to mobilize our supporters… We understand that trade with Russia is a very subtle moment and you can’t shut everything off straight away, we will be dealing with it directly soon enough,” Vynohrodsky said. Today it is possible to stop importing coal from the breakaway areas and Russia, he said. “The decision to discontinue coal supplies from the breakaway Donbas areas has not been signed. We will press and, if need be, will destroy the coal mines ourselves,” Vynohrodsky said.

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Patrick Lancaster VIDEOS on Twitter

Click for video. – Published May 28, 2017
3 YEARS UNDER-FIRE IN DONETSK SPECIAL REPORT (ENG SUBS)
Take a walk through the residential area near Donetsk Airport and speak to the residents about how the war started 3 years ago and what it has been like to live under constant fear of there home being destroyed.
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Click for video. – Published May 28, 2017
Donetsk Airport after 3 years of the Ukraine War

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Nadia Savchenko (–Novorossia Today)

Ukraine Junta MP Nadia Savchenko Now Admits Crimea Is Gone, But That Donbass Can Be Returned, But How? / Novorossia Today / May 28, 2017 / In a stunning defeat to western supporters of Kiev, MP Nadia Savchenko now says Crimea is gone for the foreseeable future, but that Donbass can be returned by negotiations. “This came as quite the surprise in Donetsk and Lugansk, where not only are integration conferences with the Russian Federation are being held, but suddenly Russian investors are showing up in great numbers offering to buy apartments, property and businesses.” The remarks came during a Kiev television interview, where Savchenko says the only way to get back Donbass is to give up Crimea-at least temporarily, but for the “near future.” “As for the peaceful measures and Russia failing under pressure of sanctions… Crimea will have to be left aboard. It will have to be left out, at least for some time – the issue will not be solved in the near time,” Savchenko said. Member of Parliament Savchenko added that the “occupied” areas of Donbass could be released by means of peaceful negotiations. This came as quite the surprise in Donetsk and Lugansk, where not only are integration conferences with the Russian Federation are being held, but suddenly Russian investors are showing up in great numbers offering to buy apartments, property and businesses. ‘Whatever my fellow MPs are saying, we will have to pass on keeping Crimea. It can be viewed as the “non-recognized occupied territory,” like that of Transnistria. In order to prevent Donbass from becoming another Transnistria in Ukraine, we’ll have to leave Crimea “occupied,” and then it will be possible to retake Donbass. I don’t see that happening any other way,’ the lawmaker forecast. Large numbers of heavy military equipment are being brought up to the Donbass line of contact by the Kiev regime. Military intelligence officials are aware that Kiev plans a major attack in early June upon Donbass.

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Anatoly Antonov (–Strategic Culture Foundation)

Anatoly Antonov Goes to Washington As Russia’s New Ambassador / By Alex Gorka / Strategic Culture Foundation / May 27, 2017 / Russian lawmakers have backed a deputy foreign minister as the new ambassador to the United States. He’ll move to Washington in July right after the G20 summit where Russian and US presidents are expected to meet for the first time on the sidelines. A Moscow State Institute of International Relations graduate, Anatoly Antonov, 62, is a career diplomat. The new envoy is a doctor of science. He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) for 30 years. In 2004 he became the Director of the MFA Department for Security and Disarmament to be promoted to deputy minister of defense of the Russian Federation in 2011. He was appointed deputy foreign minister last December. The appointment of deputy foreign minister as ambassador elevates the level of the Russia-US relations. Since 2015, he has been under the EU and Canada sanctions over his alleged involvement in forming Russia’s policy on Ukraine. Normally, high-profile diplomats have been appointed as Russia’s (Soviet) ambassadors to Washington, it’s enough to remember Maxim Litvinov, Anatoly Gromyko and Anatoly Dobrynin. The less known Mikhail Menshikov had served as Minister of Foreign Trade of the USSR before his assignment as ambassador to the United States. The US is going through hard times but it is still a great power. Being a Russian envoy presupposes taking on special responsibility to make him the first among the equals regarding other ambassadors. The tradition to assign career diplomats to the post is maintained. The only exclusion was Vladimir Lukin (1992-94) who before the appointment had acquired vast experience of research work in the prestigious institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences – the Institute of World Economy and International Relations and Institute of the US and Canada Studies. Lukin had also served a few years as a . . . READ MORE>>

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SBU orders to destroy all evidence of the conducted special operation MH17 / By Scott Humor / The Saker / May 23, 2017 / Part I: If you want to know my opinion that hasn’t changed since 2014. The Boeing flight MH17 was shot down by the Ukrainian air force fighter jets, but not necessarily piloted by Ukrainian pilots. It was a CIA and NATO operation to frame Russia. Most likely the Dutch government was a part of this operation. Now, they are trying to hang all the dogs on Waltzman -Poroshenko, because neither the Dutch monarchs, nor the CIA would fancy to be incriminated in this crime. Poroshenko is a dead man walking, especially after banning the Russian social media, which is where every Ukrainian lives. Germany is pressing Ukraine to get back and start cooperating with Russia in terms of trade, because otherwise is a total alles kaput. That’s why someone from CIA or NATO is leaking the documents to “Sovershenno sekretno,” which is not a pro-Putin publication. I am certain that these documents are real, and that all they do is to implicate in this horrible crime a few low level Lugansk regional SBU officers, the country bumpkins. . . . READ MORE>> / Part II: SBU cleans up after Ukrainian air force shoots down MH17 / May 27, 2017 / A few notes regarding the published materials: Upon release of these documents by the Sovershenno secretno newspaper, some observers pointed out that these documents are most likely fake, because of the reference used in Document No.3 where the General V.S. Gritsak refers to the Donetsk People’s republic as a “держава” which means a state, he also uses the words “державні установ” which means “state organization.” However, this exact formula for identification of the Donetsk and Lugansk republics has been used by the Ukrainian Court System and the law enforcement from May 11, 2014 when the referendum by the Donetsk Republic announced the de jure sovereignty of the DPR. The unified state register of court decisions of Ukraine reported that on April 23, 2016 the Oktyabrsky district court of Poltava issued a death certificate for a citizen of Donetsk Republic. In the document the court uses the following wording “c. Donetsk of Donetsk People’s republic.” The fact that a district court in Ukraine was . . . READ MORE>> [Editor’s note: Quemado Institute does not agree with the opinions expressed in this article. For our report on the MH17 cover-up, see MH17: New Leaked Evidence Confirms Ukrainian Air-to-Air Strike (Updated).]

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Friday, May 26, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/26/2017 / DONi News / May 26, 2017 / Good afternoon! Over the period from May 20 to May 26, the main efforts of the DPR Armed Forces’ large units and military units were focused on conducting complex battle drill exercise of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving defensive skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 58 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The territory of the Republic was attacked with MRLS, artillery, tanks, mortars of various calibres, IFV cannons, grenade launchers, and small arms. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 378 violations of the ceasefire regime and fired 4,456 rockets, artillery projectiles, mortar shells and tank rounds at the territory of the Republic from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. The Armed Forces of Ukraine exposed 32 Republic’s localities to fire: Dolomitnoye, Golmovsky, Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka, Gorlovka, Ozeryanovka, Verkhnetoretskyoe, Krasny Partizan, Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Vasilievka, Vesyoloye, Spartak, Zhabichevo, Makeyevka, Yasnoye, Yelenovka, Dokuchayevsk, Novolaspa, Primorskoye, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavriya, Kulikovo, Sosnovskoye, Naberezhnoye, Leninskoye, Oktyabr, Sakhanka, the area of the Airport, the Petrovsky, Kuibyshevsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, in which 61 houses were damaged. Casualties among the DPR Armed Forces personnel amounted to four perished and four wounded. The Ukrainian party continues shelling residential areas of our Republic. In total, over the past week, as a result of shellings by Ukraine, eight civilians were wounded. The Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Command continues redeploying heavy . . . READ MORE>>

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(–Novorossia Today)

Woman wounded in the shelling of Bus Station ‘Trudovskiye’ perishes in Donetsk / DONi News / May 26, 2017 / The woman who was wounded on May 24 in the shelling of the bus station ‘Trudovskiye’ in Donetsk on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) has perished, Donetsk City Petrovsky District Administration Head Maksim Zhukovsky stated this on Friday (May 26). “Yesterday, the woman who had come under fire on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) at the bus station ‘Trudovskiye’ on May 24 perished in the Neurosurgery Department of the hospital named after Kalinina,” said Zhukovsky. He clarified that the woman had been 64 years old. It should be noted that Ukraine’s military massively shelled the locality of Trudovskiye of the Petrovsky District of Donetsk City on May 24. As a result of the shelling, three civilians were wounded.

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War In The Donbass Eastern Ukraine Update 26th May (Video) And Facts Emerge On The Shooting Down Of MH17 / The International Reporter / May 26, 2017 / EXCERPTS on MH17: Gordon Duff Editor’s note [International Reporter]: The article below with documentation came from Ukraine and has been vetted as “moderately reliable or better.” I have set a team on it to do cleanup but we did review sources and decided to put it up with minimal reformatting out of “need to know.” This is very much a public issue. What this does is present documentation that Ukrainian security services planned the coverup of MH17, reasonable evidence that they are responsible for the downing of that crash. This is not easy to follow. [Top Secret] documents of the Security Service of Ukraine: At the disposal of the newspaper “Sovershenno sekretno” were copies of secret documents of the Security Service of Ukraine on the conduct of a special operation to destroy the evidence of mass murder in the sky over the Donbass on July 17, 2014…. To distrust own eyes—this was an unconscious desire when we first saw photocopies of these documents. Most of them, as judged by the holes of paper punch, were extracted from some folders and photographed. Orders, encrypted telegrams, plans and decrees are written on the official trident-crowned letterhead of … the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), as well as on ordinary sheets of A4. Signatures, resolutions, seals. The secret bureaucracy of the Ukrainian Bezpeki “have fallen into our hands which is the TNT equivalent explosion of the international scandal that should bring the President of Ukraine Poroshenko and his generals to the dock of the tribunal at the Hague as war criminals. The person who gave us these documents always appeared out of nowhere and disappeared into nowhere. During our several meetings in the course of a month he … And that’s why – there is no other way out – the newspaper “Sovershenno sekretno” announces a public investigation “We uncover a secret of Boeing MH17 wreckage “. Only with your help we can get other criminal orders, encrypted telegrams and decrees. The international commission for investigation of the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in the Netherlands does not want to work, distorts and classifies the investigation results, let’s all together help to know or at least get closer to the truth. The truth is about how 298 people died. Only these four photocopies allow us to draw three preliminary crushing conclusions. The first conclusion is: the new Kiev authorities is responsible for the shooting up of the Malaysian Boeing 777 MH17 flight – President Poroshenko and his generals hide the truth and lie for 3 years already. The second conclusion is: Ukraine’s military aviation is involved in this resonant plane crash. The third conclusion is: in order to cover the traces of a monstrous crime, from the end of July 2014 the 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». … READ FULL REPORT>> [Substantial article shows text of leaked documents on MH17 coverup, as well as videos on current war in Donbass, including with Graham Phillips.]

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May 26, 2014 — Donetsk bloody Monday (VIDEO) / Russkaya Vesna / May 26, 2017 / DPR Ministry of Information released a film dedicted to the 3rd anniversary of Ukrainian air raid on Donetsl residential quarters and airport which marked the beginning of war. People of Donetsk tell about what they remember from that black day, how they saw pilot of the Ukrainian killer helicopters from their balconies. May 25, 2014 was the day of presidential elections in Ukraine, Donbass didn’t vote, Poroshenko won. The next day, May 26th streets of Donetsk were covered with blood and bodies of its residents. [Click image for VIDEO.]

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In 2017, the number of civilians injured in Donbas increased by 110% – OSCE / Human Rights Information Center / May 25, 2017 / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded 225 casualties among civilians in the Donbas since the beginning of 2017, 44 of which were killed. / As announced by Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the Mission to Ukraine, at the briefing. He also noted that for the same period in 2016, the SMM has recorded 107 casualties among civilians, 84 wounded and 23 dead. “This indicates an increase by 110%, compared with last year’s figures”, – he said. Hug also added that his colleagues are currently verifying information on the large casualties among civilians. “Last week, when there was a decrease in the level of violence, we recorded six civilian casualties, one of whom died. On the week before last (May 8-14) we confirmed information about 16 cases, including five with fatalities”, – said Hug. According to him, in one case four people were killed and one was injured. In addition, Hug said that a 4-year old child became an orphan when, according to the Mission, an artillery shell hit the house in Avdiivka. “Obviously, there is a correlation between the level of violence and the number of victims. The more explosions and shots, the more likely that people will die or will be injured”, – said Hug. According to him, in two weeks from May 8-21, more than 81% of civilians were killed or injured from shelling, almost 14% from fire with use of small arms, and about 5% from detonations of mines and ammunition that had not been exploded before. —Based on Interfax-Ukraine and UNIAN [Source: humanrights.org.ua/en/material/u_2017_roci_kilkist_postrazhdalih_civilnih_na_donbasi_zrosla_na_110__obse]

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Jens Stoltenberg (– AP/TASS/Virginia Mayo)

Stoltenberg says Russia needs to stop supporting Donbass to improve relations with NATO / TASS / May 25, 2017 / According to Stoltenberg, by supporting the separatists in eastern Ukraine, Russia “violates a core principle – the respect for territorial integrity of all European nations”. / BRUSSELS / In order to improve relations with NATO, Russia should stop supporting Donbass, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an exclusive interview with TASS ahead of the NATO summit due on May 25. “If Russia starts to respect the Ukrainian borders, not undermining by supporting, and financing, and funding, and helping those separatists, then it will be perhaps the most important signal step towards improved relationships,” he said. According to Stoltenberg, “Russia has to understand, that when they continue to use military force by supporting, helping the separatists in eastern Ukraine, they every day violate a core principle – the respect for territorial integrity of all European nations.” “This is something that NATO has to make sure do not happen against any NATO-allied country,” he added. When commenting on NATO’s decision to deploy four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland, Stoltenberg said that “this is not to provoke conflict, this is to prevent conflict.” In response to a question concerning the territorial integrity of Cyprus, a part of which has been occupied by Turkey, a NATO member state, since 1974, Stoltenberg said that “Northern Cyprus is not annexed by any other country in Europe.” “Russia is using force to change borders, that’s exactly my point,” he added. Since the beginning of the civil war in eastern Ukraine, Russia has been repeatedly denying accusations of interfering in the conflict. Besides, Moscow has called on NATO countries to provide evidence to prove their accusations. Crimea issue: After Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in a coup in February 2014, mass protests began in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. On March 11, 2014, Crimea’s Supreme Council and Sevastopol City Council adopted a declaration of independence. On March 16, 2014, a referendum on reuniting with Russia was conducted. Over 80% of voters participated in the plebiscite, most of them supporting the idea (96.7% in Crimea and 95.6% in the city of Sevastopol). On March 18, the treaty on Crimea’s reunification with Russia was signed by President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s Federal Assembly (parliament) approved the document on March 21. Quemado Institute comments: Stoltenberg is reiterating Rothschild propaganda. It was the US that violated “respect for territorial integrity of European nations” when it supported the Maidan coup. Note that Russia is using no military force.

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The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies / By Ted Galen Carpenter / The National Interest / May 7, 2017 / For a brief period in April, it appeared that the campaign that Democrats and neo-conservative Republicans were waging for a comprehensive investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election had peaked and was beginning to ebb. The Trump administration’s decision to launch missile strikes against a Syrian air base despite Russian President Vladimir Putin vehement objections to the assault on his ally, quieted accusations that Trump was Putin’s puppet. Indeed, hawks in both parties praised Trump for taking action in Syria, and the president’s supporters at Fox News and elsewhere contended that the U.S. attack discredited the notion that he was guilty of appeasing Russia. But the hiatus in the allegations of collusion was only temporary. Worse, the resurgent anti-Russia hysteria has broader, ominous implications for U.S. foreign policy and the health of political discourse in the United States. Congressional Democrats and their media allies have renewed their offensive in the past two weeks. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) even argues that the evidence already amassed seems to be enough to warrant President Trump’s . . . READ MORE>>

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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.
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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.”
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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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Heroes of Donbass

Alexey Mozgovoy

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Givi, Anaschenko, Motorola, Dremov, Bednov, Mozgovoy

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
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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
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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)
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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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Donetsk Lugansk News Apr 25 – May 12 2017

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Friday, May 12, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/12/2017 / DONi News / May 12, 2017 / EXCERPTS: In the period from May 6 to May 12, in the large units and military units of the DPR People’s Militia, the main efforts were focused on preparing and holding the Victory Day Parade, conducting complex battle drill exercise of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving defensive skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 51 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery, tanks, mortars of various calibres, weapons of the IFV, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 331 occasions of the ceasefire regime violation and fired 2,122 projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic from weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. . . . On May 9, festivities dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War were held in the capital of our Republic. . . . But the enemy decided to overshadow this great day with another low act, using heavy artillery and tanks at the peaceful areas of Bezymennoye locality and the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk. The blow was dealt treacherously into the backs of peaceful citizens who were at a grand meeting in the central square of the village and lasted for an hour. In total during the shelling, the Ukrainian fascists fired more than 50 shells. . . . To attack with artillery, the Ukrainian side actively used unmanned aerial vehicles to adjust fire. The remains of one of them, shot down by our units during this bombardment, is presented to your attention. This is a Ukrainian-made unmanned aerial vehicle “Mara-2M”. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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May 11. Essence of Time unit situation report / Essence of Time / May 12, 2017 / Though the volume of Ukrainian side’s shelling is low, the situation remains tense along the whole contact line. The Ukrainian army is provoking combat on the northern borders of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, and in the village of Zhabichevo, as well as on the Mariupol direction. There is no information on the destruction of the houses and victims among the civilians. During May 10, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 37 times. The enemy opened fire on 13 villages and towns of the DPR. 2 houses on Rustaveli and Mirgorodskaya streets were damaged in the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk. In the Petrovsky district, one house on Chekhov street and the power lines in Narofominskaya and Amudaryanskaya streets were damaged. –Source: “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass [Click map to enlarge.]

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Blast Site near Prishib, LPR (–Sputnik/LPR militia)

Lugansk to hand over OSCE bomb case to world court / News Front / May 12, 2017 / After an investigation locally, officials are passing on the results to international bodies for further prosecution of Ukrainian Armed Forces members involved in the blast that killed an American OSCE monitor and injured two others. The evidence collected against the Ukrainian servicemen is planned to be used in international courts. So says the official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Andrei Marochko, [including] names of the commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, who have been implicated in the attack upon the OSCE vehicle near Lugansk. At the present time, the basic evidence is being collected for the initiation of a number of criminal cases against Colonel Romigailo, Commander of the OGS Lugansk, Colonel Nechaev, Commander of the 8th Special Operations Regiment (commander of the 14th Brigade of Colonel Jacques) , The commander of the 53rd Brigade Colonel Vodolazsky, – said Marochko during a briefing held in Lugansk. According to the information of the People’s Militia, it was these three servicemen who ordered their subordinates to prepare and destroy the car of the OSCE mission, as a result of which one person was killed and two were injured. Marochko also said that these people led the shelling of civilians in the villages of Frunze, Kalinovka, Logvinovo, Veselogorovka and many other settlements. The representative of the department stressed that the entire collected evidence base against the Ukrainian officers will be used in international courts.

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House damaged by shelling, Kuibyshevsky District, Donetsk, May 10, 2017 (–Sergey Averin/Sputnik)

Fresh criminal cases started against Ukraine military over Donbass shelling – Russian investigators / Rt.com / May 12, 2017 / The Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal cases against Ukrainian servicemen and officials responsible for indiscriminate use of artillery in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic that resulted in civilian casualties. A spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee (the federal agency dealing with especially important and resonance crimes) told reporters on Friday that the criminal case had been started into the artillery raids that took place in the villages of Yakovlevka, Yasinovataya and Dokuchayevsk, as well as in the Petrovsk district of the city of Donetsk between May 1 and May 5, 2017. “As a result of this shelling, one civilian was killed and four more, including a pregnant woman, were wounded. Criminal cases were started into the use of banned methods of warfare,” Svetlana Petrenko said in comments with Rossiiskaya Gazeta. She emphasized that the agency intended to prosecute not only the military servicemen who conducted the actual artillery raids, but also all officials who ordered them. Russian law allows the Investigative Committee and other agencies to launch cases into crimes committed on foreign soil if these crimes target Russian citizens or violate internationally-accepted human rights. Earlier the Investigative Committee initiated several cases against Ukrainian officials and military officers. In August 2016, it pressed charges of using banned methods of warfare in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, against the Ukrainian defense minister and several top military commanders. The agency stated that it had obtained sufficient proof that crimes against civilians in the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk had been committed on the orders of senior Ukrainian military commanders. In September, the Investigative Committee launched additional cases against Ukrainian military commanders over the attempted genocide of Russian-speakers in the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic. In late 2016, the agency also charged two senior officers of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry with attempted murder after establishing that their units had deliberately and repeatedly shelled Russian territory in 2014.

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Guests from 11 countries have arrived to Donetsk to participate in the celebration of the triennium of the Republic / Mianews.ru / May 12, 2017 / The official delegation of the Russian Federation, The People’s Republic of Lugansk, the Republic of South Ossetia, Republic of Abkhazia, as well as political and public figures from Germany, Greece, Italy, Serbia, France, Finland and the Czech Republic came this year to congratulate the Republic and take part in the celebrations. During the official visit the guests will meet with heads of Ministries and departments of the Republic and will take part in the festive celebrations and the meeting of the integration Committee “Donbass-Russia”. The Treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance between the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the Republic of South Ossetia, as well as the Protocol on establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Ossetia and the Donetsk People’s Republic were signed on the 11th of May, at the Republic Day. The signing by the Heads of the Republics of the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance is the beginning of a new stage of development of relations between our States. The agreement consists of articles covering all spheres of mutually beneficial cooperation: joint activities, exchange of experience in scientific, cultural and economic cooperation, joint efforts in legislative activities. Both signed today the documents are closely linked and are the basis for the establishment of bilateral relations in all spheres, and this is an important step in the establishment of the DPR and the acquisition of international legal personality. “The signing of the Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations not only completes the process of mutual recognition and regulate in the near future the exchange of diplomatic missions at the Embassy level, but will work more closely at the level of ministries of foreign Affairs of the Republics to better protect the rights of our citizens. Today’s event is another proof that our Republics are firmly committed to the principles of democracy and compliance with international norms and standards,” said Natalia Nikonorova after signing the documents.

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

Zakharchenko surprise: We have one goal – to reunite with Russia / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / May 12, 2017 / Today Zakharchenko said something quite surprising at a meeting of the Integration Committee “Russia-Donbass”. “We have one goal – the reunification with the motherland, and the motherland is Russia – and that is the ultimate goal of this committee, all the work is aimed only at one thing – Homecoming.” This was reported in the Russian info-sphere. At first glance, this sounds pretty obvious. After all, in the course of this three year conflict, with thousands of civilians killed, millions internally displaced, and tens of thousands of military casualties, what else has motivated the so-called ‘rebels’? It wasn’t for nothing that the Lugansk and Donetsk declared people’s republics, separate from Ukraine. What’s surprising then is that this flies in the face of the Minsk Agreement – in which several steps are to be fulfilled. The Kiev junta has to date failed to make good on the substantive parts of this. In fact, at the Rada, numerous officials have declared that they have no intention in seeing this through. Yet, the agreement itself was made into a UN security council resolution, which passed. Kiev was to make proposed changes to the constitution, create a decentralized system which in layman’s terms can be called a ‘federal system’ (even if the name of Ukraine doesn’t change). Interestingly here is that these were to recognize the special status of Donetsk and Lugansk And these changes in turn were to be brought to the existing authorities – that’s right, the leaders of . . . READ MORE>>

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Politicians from Russia and Donbass meet in Donetsk to discuss further integration / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / May 12, 2017 / Speeding up the integration process is essential for peace and prosperity. / An historic meeting has taken place in Donetsk, wherein leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic and representatives of the Russian State Duma and Federation Council have meet to discuss further steps to help integrate the Donbass republics with the institutions of the Russian Federation. The meeting took place between Donetsk head Alexander Zakharchenko, deputy chairmen of the Donetsk People’s Republic Ministers’ Council Alexander Drobot, Russian State Duma deputy Andrey Kozenko for the United Russia party,Russian Federation Council member Sergey Tsekov as well as other politicians and journalists. Russia all ready accepts legal documents including passports and professional qualification issued in The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and to that end, citizens of the Donbass republics can now open bank accounts in Russia as well as live and work in Russia so long as they hold a passport from Donetsk or Lugansk. Historical considerations and present realities would dictate that the ultimate goal is full integration of the Donbass republics into the Russian Federation. It is indeed possible for the two republics to live as independent peaceful states, but the more practical economic and cultural reality is for Donetsk and Lugansk to become members of the Russian Federation. There is no real chance that these republics could ever be part of even a federated Ukraine. Too much blood has been spilt and too many resources from Kiev have been cut off for any sort of reconciliation to be possible. The fascist Kiev regime does not act as though it even wants Donetsk and Lugansk any longer. The continued war of aggression by Kiev against Donbass appears to be more of an exercise designed to keep western money flowing into Kiev than it would appear to be any attempt to actually ‘take back’ areas where mutual hatred has all but solidified. Furthermore, the Republics are now more or less self-sufficient entities and when it comes to the importation of essential supplies, including medicines; this comes from Russia. The inaugural meeting between politicians from Donbass and the Russian Federation took place in Russia, in March of this year. This second meeting focused on key areas including, “restoring economic ties between Donbass and Russia, humanitarian and cultural integration of Donbass and Russia, best integration practices of interaction between the Donbass and Russia’s community and International support of Donbass”. It is hopeful that today’s meeting with help speed up a process that will be in the best interests of both the people of Donbass as well as the wider Russian world of which Donbass has always been a part.

 

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President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov (–Eadaily)

Meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee held in Donetsk / Novorossia Today / May 12, 2017 / President of the Republic of South Ossetia-State of Alania Anatoly Bibilov talked to participants in the meeting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, a correspondent of the official website of the DPR is reporting from the scene. In his speech, the RSO President thanked Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko for the invitation, emphasizing the highest level of the celebrations, and wished citizens of the Republic success, progress, prosperity and the fastest recognition. “The economic and cultural integration has already begun. And I think it will be mutually beneficial to everyone. Moreover, relations between Russia and Donbass have been lasting since the Soviet times, and now they have reached a new level. Donbass cannot fail to use this opportunity, it is indispensable,” Anatoly Bibilov said.

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Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza

Issue of DPR, LPR recognition to be raised in European Parliament / DONi News / May 12, 2017 / MEP from Italy, Eleonora Forenza, will raise the issue of the DPR and the LPR status in the country’s parliament and the European Parliament (EP), the Izvestia newspaper reports. “It’s very embarrassing that the EU supports the Kiev regime. That’s why I have already signed a petition to demand that the Italian government officially recognizes the republics. And I will discuss in the European Parliament a petition calling for an end to the support of the Poroshenko government and the recognition of the DPR and the LPR. Soon, a meeting will be organized in the EP, to which representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk will be invited. The goal is to consider this problem at the international level and show how a simple people bravely waged a struggle for their freedom, fighting today’s fascism. I made a commitment to many people from Donbass. And I’m intended to keep my word,” Eleonora Forenza stated. She added that during her visit to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, she “did not meet a single terrorist who occupied another’s land, but only saw how ordinary people protect their own territories.”

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Dusko Markovic (–kurir.rs)

Traitors: Montenegro To Become Member Of Terrorist Organization NATO June 5th / Novorossia Today / May 12, 2017 / Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said after talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Montenegro will formally become a member of NATO on June 5, reported RTCG. This was an opportunity to open up all the questions of our bilateral relations, but also those concerning the Western Balkans, the European Union and the world,” said Markovic. Markovic said that Montenegro “used 15 years of peace and stability in the best way” adding that his country will most likely formally become a member of NATO on June 5. He said that the Montenegrin-US relations have a satisfactory pace, which was especially shown in rapid ratification of the Protocol on the Accession of Montenegro to NATO. “We talked about issues relating to peace and stability in the Balkans, as a condition for Euro-Atlantic perspective, in circumstances where worrying trends tend to happen, when we have more instability. We agreed that it is primarily the responsibility of the Balkan leaders to find solutions themselves for the vision of the Balkans, which will be European and Euro-Atlantic,” said Montenegrin Prime Minister. Montenegrin Parliament unanimously adopted the Law on Ratification of the North Atlantic Treaty on April 28, which provides the conditions for Montenegro’s accession to NATO. The move was followed by protests by NATO opponents who demanded a referendum on the issue.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
(Brief update)

Republic Day Procession brings together 50,000 people in Donetsk city-centre / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / A festive multi-thousand march on the occasion of the third anniversary of the founding of the Donetsk People’s Republic began today in Donetsk. About 50 thousand people from all the DPR cities and districts are participating in the action. The march started from Lenin Square in central Donetsk. It will proceed along Artyoma Street to the republic’s Olympic Sport Centre where a concert is planned featuring Russian celebrities. Some 100 Night Wolves Club bikers and the wind band of the city’s Philharmonic Society are leading the march. It is followed by a column headed by the acting Donetsk administration head Alexey Kulemzin, delegations from the DPR towns and districts, and activists of the Donetsk Republic and Young Republic public organisations. The participants are carrying the DPR flags and flowers. The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko, People’s Council chairman Denis Pushilin and guests from Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia and LPR are on the platform in Lenin Square greeting the marchers. [See photo gallery and video at source.]

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Alexander Zakharchenko congratulates DPR residents on Republic Day / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the Day of the Donetsk People’s Republic! Exactly three years ago, on May 11, 2014, the people of Donbass unanimously made their choice and voted for independence, freedom and justice at the Referendum. During this short period, we have managed to achieve very much, to accomplish almost the impossible. We have built the state and managed to defend it from the external aggression. Our people are confidently looking to the future. State bodies are developed; the legal framework is improved. Our economy comes into its own. This year a number of enterprises located in the territory of the Republic have passed under the legal field of the DPR. Now they return to the ranks one by one. Recently we launched the Khartsyzk Steel Wire Rope Works Silur, before that, the Donetsk Electrical Engineering Plant started its work. The metallurgy industry is reviving, coke and chemical enterprises are being prepared for launch. We continue to develop the coal mining industry, open new longwalls, and upgrade equipment. The agro-industrial complex does not lag behind. The first Republic’s orchards have already been planted. Greenhouses have been built, on the shelves of our . . . READ MORE>>

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Donbass referendum, 11 May 2014
On 11 May 2014 this was how the people of Donbass stood up against the
American-instigated coup d’état and denounced the Kiev putsch regime. Never forget.
Varyagi

May 11, 2014 Donbass Referendum

May 11, 2014 Donbass Referendum

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Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko, May 11, 2017, Donetsk

DPR Head: Donbass chose freedom, independence, justice / DONi News / May 11, 2017 / On Thursday, May 11, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko held an official meeting with representatives of foreign delegations who arrived in Donetsk on the occasion of Republic Day. The meeting was attended by guests from the Russian Federation, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Abkhazia, representatives of the Crimea, and a delegation of the Lugansk People’s Republic. The President of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Anatoly Bibilov, was among those invited. The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko cordially welcomed foreign guests. “Dear friends. I am glad to welcome you all to the Donetsk People’s Republic. Today, our state, our people have a big holiday. Three years ago today the inhabitants of Donbass came to the nationwide referendum and made their choice. All of us have chosen freedom, independence, justice, and life in good conscience. I am grateful to you for sharing these holidays with us. But I am even more grateful to you and the inhabitants of the states you represent for your help in those days when our young Republic was under the most challenging conditions. You rendered us assistance when Ukraine introduced the economic blockade of our territories, it was humanitarian aid, assistance in building public institutions, in building the economy. These days, we still experience daily support. I hope that in the future our friendly and partnering relations will only grow stronger. We share a deep bond and huge prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation are lying ahead. Thank you for your support and responding to the aspirations of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” said the Head of the DPR. After a welcoming meeting, the signing ceremony for the international “Treaty of Amity and Co-operation between the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania” was held. The heads of states – Alexander Zakharchenko and Anatoly Bibilov – signed the contract on the treaty. —Source: Official web-site of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko Official; translation by DONi News Agency

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Friends of the Donetsk People’s Republic / Dnr-online.ru / May 11, 2017 / Today, on May 11, Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko met with official delegations from friendly countries that arrived in Donetsk to participate in the celebration of the Republic’s Day, according to a correspondent of the official website of the DPR. Among the guests of honor: — President of the Republic of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov; — Deputy Chairman of the People’s Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic Vladislav Deynego; — members of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Olga Kovitidi, Sergei Tsekov and Sergei Mamedov; — deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Kazbek Taisaev and Andrei Kozenko; — Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Daur Kove. The arrival of the honorary guests was accompanied with national anthems performed by the wind orchestra of the Donetsk Music College named after Sergei Prokofiev.

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Graham Phillips in Donbass, LPR Frontlines
What Victory Day Means to the Militia
Published May 11, 2017 – Filmed May 8, 2017

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Lugansk People’s Republic marks 3rd anniversary / Lugansk Media Center / May 11, 2017 / The Lugansk People’s Republic marked its third anniversary in a solemn ceremony on Lugansk World War II Heroes Square on Thursday. LPR and Lugansk administration officials, youth organisations activists and city residents attended the event. The LPR flag was hoisted by “Dobrovolets” (Volunteer) Basic Military Training Club cadets Olga Rogovets and Igor Golovochev. The wind band of the Matusovskiy Lugansk State Culture and Arts Academy played the LPR hymn. “The third anniversary of the Lugansk People’s Republic shows that we have been gaining our state sufficiency slowly but surely. These free years demonstrate that the Republic has succeeded as a state,” LPR Council of Ministers acting Deputy Chairman Alexander Drobot said. “We already can talk with confidence about our agricultural and food security; our economy is becoming stronger. That the contact line is within a stone cast from Lugansk is a major hindrance, but LPR People’s Militia and all necessary services work towards ensuring a comfortable existence of our Republic. “The process to establish (the Republic – eds Lugansk Media Centre) was rather difficult but we’re passing it steadily. The republic has succeeded, it moves on steadily, as it shown by our state symbols, our coat-of-arms, hymn and flag which are symbols of an independent state,” LPR Culture, Sports and Youth Minister Oksana Kokotkina said. Three years ago, on 11 May 2014, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and the territories controlled by Kiev forces held a referendum on LPR and DPR self-determination. Voter turnout in Lugansk Region made up 81 percent and in Donetsk Region 75 percent. LPR and DPR independence was supported by 96.2 percent and 89.7 percent of voters, respectively. The Republics proclaimed their state sovereignty on 12 May 2014. LPR marks Republic Day on 12 May. It is a non-working holiday established by LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy’s decree.

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After Miraculously Surviving under Fire in Donetsk, Crimean Woman Chastises OSCE Staff / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 10, 2017 / Valentina Borisovna arrived in Donetsk from Crimea the other day to take her grandson for a vacation. She spent the whole of last night covering her grandson with her body during the shelling of the Kuibyshev district. An agitated and frightened woman, leaving the house, met the OSCE staff and expressed to them everything she thinks about the work of the mission in the Donbass. “I wish you exactly the same! For your children in your countries to have experienced the same as my grandchildren! You bastards!” the woman screamed. On a brief note from the mission’s representative, “The bastards are the ones who shoot,” she replied: “And who shoots? Do you think the DPR shoots? The one who shoots is Ukraine, and you defend it! Ukraine is led by the bandit Poroshenko! I do not see your work, I do not see it at all!” she snapped. A second OSCE official approached and tried to say something. “I have not seen your work for the third year already! You understand that this is the cry of the soul! My children live here, grandchildren,” the woman told him. She also added that she recently came from Crimea to take her grandson to rest on the peninsula. In addition, she reminded the mission staff that Crimea is not Ukraine. “Remember, Crimea has never been Ukraine! Let Ukraine forget about the Crimea!” summed up the agitated woman. When journalists came up to ask her to comment on the situation, she took a breath and told that she was most afraid for her children and her grandson. “My daughter lives here. I came for my grandson to take him to rest in Crimea and today I slept under this shelling. I shielded my grandson. I thought, I will perish, but at least I will save my grandson. And these, –points in the direction of the OSCE– they just come to ‘observe’. My heart bleeds, for three years no one can stop this horror.” Recall that today, two civilians were injured during the shelling of Donetsk. [Click image above for video.]

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Family of 7 home hit by shelling in Donetsk
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster – May 11, 2017

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In the night a family with 3 children home was hit by Ukraine shelling.
The baby was just 3 meters from the explosion. They need our help.

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Alexander Hug (–Dan-news.info)

[Enemy report:] Hug says OSCE patrols to travel only on surfaced roads after vehicle blast incident / Interfax-Ukraine / May 11, 2017 / DONETSK / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) patrols will travel only on concrete roads due to the blast of a mission’s vehicle on April 23, OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug told reporters. First and foremost, the April 23 incident is not an accident, Hug said at a press conference. He said that the mission patrol vehicle had triggered a piece of munitions, most apparently a mine, which is an indiscriminate-action weapon. The OSCE is currently conducting its own inquiry, he also said, elaborating that the OSCE Secretariat, rather than the SMM is carrying it out. OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Sebastian Kurz tasked the secretary with undertaking an external examination, he said. This experiment continues, the mission will continue fulfilling its mandate, but with certain limitations, Hug said. These limitations will most likely be in effect, unless the OSCE sees that the sides have undertaken certain actions, he said. The patrolling is currently being conducted only on concrete, surfaced roads, the OSCE SMM deputy chief monitor said. He said that extra measures had also been contemplated and they would be put into practice, if necessary. An OSCE SMM vehicle blew up presumably on a mine that killed an employee of the mission and injured two others in the vicinity of the Pryshyb populated locality in the Luhansk region outside Kyiv’s control in the morning on April 23. [Source: kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/hug-says-osce-patrols-travel-surfaced-roads-vehicle-blast-incident.html] Quemado Institute comments: It may be significant that the investigation will not be carried out by the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), who best know the local situation. In fact, Hug was quoted last week saying that he “knew who the mine layers were, told them not to do it, and they did it anyway.” The higher officials of the OSCE are heavily biased against Donbass, and are more likely to produce false findings, much like the Dutch Safety Board in the MH17 investigation. Another point that is interesting: Hug now says the OSCE will only drive on paved roads. The DPR and LPR have been urging them for a long time to use paved roads for their own safety, only to be accused of “refusing access”. Joseph Stone, the American OSCE monitor, was killed while traveling on a rough dirt track the LPR leadership had warned the OSCE not to use. These remote roads are hazardous due to Ukrainian shelling and sabotage operations.

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Dmitry Peskov (–Vladimir Astapkovich/Host Photo Agency)

Kremlin Sees ‘No Place for Free Interpretations of Minsk Agreements’ on Ukraine / Sputnik / May 11, 2017 / The Kremlin spokesman said there was no place for additional interpretations of the Minsk deal on Ukraine. / MOSCOW / The Minsk agreements on Ukraine are very laconic, they do not provide for additional interpretations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. “There is no place for free interpretations of the text of the Minsk agreements. This is a rather laconic and short text,” Peskov told reporters. The Kremlin spokesman stressed that Russia was not one of the parties to the Minsk agreements, but a guarantor state, alongside France and Germany. “It is written very clearly in the agreements themselves who should meet what requirements,” Peskov said. [… More general background at source.] Quemado Institute Editor’s note: On the question of whether Russia “is a party to” the Minsk Agreements, the document dictates withdrawal from the contact line of “Ukrainian troops,” and “armed formations of particular districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.” It also lists requirements for the Ukrainian Government, the OSCE, and the Trilateral Contact Group. The document does not mention Russia. One clause of the document dictates: “Pullout of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, and also mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under OSCE supervision.” This clause certainly includes foreign mercenaries fighting on the side of Ukraine, such as NATO troops. Depending on how one interprets the word “formations”, it might also include foreign volunteers in Donbass, of which many are Russian. Thus both sides appear to be violating this requirement. This is the only clause which could be construed to indirectly involve Russia. However the United States, Poland, and other countries whose troops fight for Kiev are similarly involved, and they are not called “parties to the agreement.” Another point of confusion is that the document was signed by representatives of Ukraine, the DPR, the LPR, the OSCE, but also by Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov. Zurabov’s signature, however, should be considered a mere endorsement, since Russia has no obligations under the accords.

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Trump, Lavrov (–Alexander Shcherbak/TASS)

Trump and Lavrov meeting round-up / TASS / May 10, 2017 / The meeting of US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov lasted for about 40 minutes / WASHINGTON / Before meeting with Donald Trump, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the US top diplomat Rex Tillerson. Lavrov’s talks with the US president lasted for about 40 minutes behind closed doors. Russia-US relations: Moscow and Washington can and should solve global issues together, Lavrov said following his meetings with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US President Donald Trump. “I had a bilateral meeting with Rex Tillerson, then the two of us were received by President Trump,” the Russian top diplomat said. “We discussed, first and foremost, our cooperation on the international stage.” “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the president himself and the secretary of state, are people of action who are willing to negotiate,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out. Lavrov said agreement reached with Tillerson to continue using diplomatic channel to discuss Russian-US relations. According to Lavrov, the current state of bilateral relations is no cause for joy. “The reason why our relations deteriorated to this state is no secret,” the Russian top diplomat added. “Unfortunately, the previous (US) administration did everything possible to undermine the basis of our relations so now we have to start from a very low level.” “President Trump has clarified his interest in building mutually beneficial and practical relations, as well as in solving issues,” Lavrov pointed out. “This is very important,” he said. Seizure of Russia’s diplomatic property in the United States is illegitimate and Washington realizes this, Lavrov said. “It is a specific issue,” he said adding the US “does not deny it is ours.” Besides, everyone realizes that “those actions were illegitimate,” Lavrov added. De-escalation zones in Syria: Lavrov believes Syria has areas where US might contribute to operation of de-escalation zones. “We are ready for this cooperation and today have discussed in detail the steps and mechanisms which we can manage together,” Lavrov said. “We have confirmed our interest in the US’ most active role in those issues,” Lavrov said. “I imagine the Americans are interested in this too.” “We proceed from the fact they will take up the initiative,” he added. “We have thoroughly discussed the Syrian issue, particularly the ideas . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk. Walking around Pushkin boulevard with Chris,
A trade-unionist from London (VIDEO).
Gonzo Blogger – Youtube
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Beautiful Donetsk, peaceful and relaxed despite the war.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/10/2017 / DONi News / May 10, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the localities of the Republic along the whole contact line. Since yesterday morning by shelling the locality of Bezymennoye with the weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements the enemy extended the shelling zone during the whole day, aimed at disrupting celebration of the anniversary of the Great Victory in the Republic what was 61 violations of the ceasefire regime. In the Gorlovka direction 14 violations were registered. . . . Also, the enemy shelled the localities of ZAITSEVO, ZHELEZNAYA BALKA, MIKHAILOVKA and GORLOVKA with IFVs, armored vehicles, different types of grenade launchers and small arms. 26 violations were registered in the Donetsk direction. . . . A residential house on Spartak Street, in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk City was damaged by a projectile direct hit on the part of the Ukrainian terrorists where Khlopova Anna Nikolayevna born in 1990 and her eight-years-old daughter Anastasiya were wounded. . . . In the Mariupol direction 21 violations were registered. The enemy launched 25 projectiles of 122mm and 152mm caliber, made 22 tank-shots and launched 77 mortar-shells of 82mm and 120mm caliber on the territories of the localities of Belaya Kamenka, Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Dzerzhynskoye, Sakhanka, Oktyabr and Bezymennoye. Besides, seven residential houses were damaged in the locality of Bezymennoye. Losses of the DPR Armed Forces amounted to one dead and one wounded. Giving criminal orders to shell residential areas of our Republic the fascist military-political leadership of Ukraine attempted to disrupt celebration of the bright holiday of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War by us. . . . It is just few of the military criminals who are guilty of victims among civilians, destruction of the residential area in the locality of Bezymennoye in the south of the Republic. It is those Judases selling the lives of ordinary people to receive extra 1,000 UAH. We can see that for the participants of the “ATO” – this conflict is not the war of Nazi-patriots, as Kiev says, for “the integrity of Ukraine” but is an ordinary shooting ground with a prize – money. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency. READ FULL REPORT>>

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Essence of Time unit report for May 9 / Essence of Time / May 10, 2017 / On the day of the celebration of the Great Victory, the situation was tense along the whole front line. The Ukrainian army shelled a village in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic (the DPR) while the festive events were held there. Between 9.35 and 10.25 AM, during the official rally, the Ukrainian artillery started to shell the village of Bezymennoye in the Novoazovsky district of the DPR. 3 civilians were wounded, 5 houses on Pushkin and Druzhby streets were damaged. The enemy fired 70 shells with 152mm and 122mm mortars. Fire came from the positions of the 36th Independent Marines brigade of the Ukrainian army and the “Azov” neo-Nazi battalion. During May 9, the Ukrainian army was provoking trench combat near the villages of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka, north of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, north of Donetsk, near Dokuchaevsk, and on the Mariupol directions. On May 8, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 50 times. The Ukrainian side shelled 13 villages and towns of the DPR. A 67 years old woman was injured in the village of Zaytsevo, north of Gorlovka. One house was damaged in the Kuybyshevsky district of Donetsk; another one was damaged in the village of Trudovskiye in the west of the capital. Also, one house was damaged in Dokuchaevsk. —Source: “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass

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Donetsk May 9 – Rainy Victory Day parade (VIDEO)
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May 9, 2017. Rainy Victory Day against nazi-fascism. Parade and demonstration. Artioma avenue. Donetsk People’s Republic. Video 2. The citizens of Donbass when they participate in parades like to shout “hurra” “hooray”…that is coming from the Tartars and it means “encircle” or “surround”. From the Tartar the word made is way to Slavic languages and later to the Germanic languages. The Romanic languages use the expression “Viva” “Vive…” “Visca…”

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DPR President Zakharchenko Message Of Congratulations on Victory Day / Novorossia Today / May 10, 2017 / Dear fellow countrymen, the inhabitants of the glorious Donbass! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory! For many decades, May 9 is the most holy holiday for all of us. On this day our fathers and grandfathers finally broke the back of the Nazis. It is a symbol of true courage and military glory, devotion and love for the Motherland, the triumph of a great and invincible people. The enemy was strong, but solidarity and unconditional readiness for self-sacrifice day after day, battle after battle, brought our ancestors closer to the cherished goal. Today, we bow our heads to the commanders who led the armies to attack, ordinary soldiers whose courage did not know examples in history, the people who gave everything for the sake of the Victory and our freedom. We remember the fallen and honor our dear veterans. Thank you, dear, for our life! In many ways, the people of Donbass have been fighting for the right to celebrate May 9 for three years. We stand for the participants of the Great Patriotic War to wear their medals and banners without fear and with pride. For our children to honor the true heroes, and those who are no longer with us to walk in the column of the Immortal Regiment. The strength and courage in the battles for these values is given to us by the memory of the Great Victory of 1945. It is the duty of our generation not to let erasing from history the colossal importance of the heroism of every Soviet soldier. Dear compatriots, on this great day, I wish you steadfastness and courage for any accomplishments. Let your families always have love, understanding and care. Peace to the Republic and Victory! –Alexander Zakharchenko

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Amnesty International disapproves Ukrainian arrests for Soviet symbols’ demonstration / DONi News / May 10, 2017 / The organization on human rights, Amnesty International, strongly disapproved arrests of peaceful demonstrators, that took place during the celebration on May 9 in Ukraine, claiming that the government is to “provide the freedom of speech as well as freedom of peaceful meetings for all the citizens,” says the text of the statement, placed on the site of the organization’s Ukrainian department. “The prohibition of the symbols, connected with the communist party and Soviet past is nothing more than violation of the right to freedom of expression, and the arrest of the peaceful demonstrators is a step towards freedom of speech limiting and peaceful meetings restriction on the part of the Ukrainian government,” believed in Amnesty International. The rights defenders demanded to release all the prisoners. “We also demand the effective and impartial investigation of all the violence cases, that took place during the demonstration,” underlined the organization’s representative. On May 9, dozens of citizens were arrested in a number of Ukrainian cities, including Odessa and Dnieper (former Dnepropetrovsk), for communist symbols distribution. There were also clashes with radicals in Dnieper, which resulted in eight festive events’ participants being wounded. On the eve of the Victory Day, the national police reported that the citizen of Odessa might be sentenced to five years in prison for Soviet symbols demonstration.

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Alexander Hug (–OSCE SMM)

Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to hold press-briefing in Donetsk today. / OSCE SMM on Facebook / May 10, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Alexander Hug will hold a press-briefing today on the recent Mission’s activities and the general security situation. Journalists are invited to attend the press briefing today, 10 May, at 18:30 (Kyiv time), in the Park INN hotel at 4, Pushkina blvd., Donetsk. Live online streaming of the news briefing will be available at https://www.facebook.com/oscesmm/. For further details please contact: Mariia Aleksevych: +380 50 381 51 92 (+380 93 691 67 90); e-mail mariia.aleksevych@osce.org; smm-media@osce.org Any possible changes in timings/places will be communicated via social media (@OSCE_SMM, http://www.facebook.com/oscesmm).

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May 10, 2017 12:00 UTC
Heroes of Donbass, Novorossiya

Bednov, Mozgovoy, Dremov, Motorola, Givi

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Monday, May 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Ruins of Saur Grave memorial (–Sputnik/Valeriy Melnikov)

Two Roadside Bombs Explode in DPR Before Leader’s Motorcade Passage / Sputnik / May 8, 2017 / Two roadside bombs exploded Monday near a DPR memorial complex shortly before DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko’s motorcade was supposed to drive through, Sputnik correspondent reported. / SHAKHTARSK / A total of two roadside bombs exploded Monday near a memorial complex in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) shortly before DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko’s motorcade was supposed to drive through, Sputnik correspondent reported. The explosions occurred on the only road to the memorial complex a few minutes before cars with journalists were supposed to use it while Zakharchenko was to follow this same road. The complex is expected to host the events dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the end of the Great Patriotic War. No victims have been reported. The section of the road is sealed off. A member of Zakharchenko administration told reporters that the official version of the bombing was a terrorist attack. “The official version of the explosion is a terrorist attack,” the member said. Following the explosion a situation room has been set up, a law enforcement official told reporters.

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Fragment of memorial on Saur grave (–TASS/Nikolay Muraviev)

Two Explosions in Donetsk People’s Republic on Eve of Victory Day Celebrations / Interfax.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 8, 2017 / One of the explosions occurred near the memorial “Saur-Grave”, where Alexander Zakharchenko was due to arrive. / MOSCOW / Two explosions occurred on the highway in the Shakhtar district of the Donetsk region, where the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko was heading. There are no casualties, the Interfax correspondent reports from the scene on Monday. The memorial complex “Saur Mogila” planned to hold a commemorative event for Victory Day with the participation of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The track is temporarily blocked. Transport is allowed to detour. Meanwhile, a representative of one of the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic told reporters that an operational headquarters for the explosions on the route near Saur-Mogila memorial was established in Dnepropetrovsk. “According to the current situation connected with the explosions on the highway at the Saur-Mohyla, an operational headquarters has been set up, including the DPR Ministry of the Interior, the MGB and the DPR Ministry for Emergency Situations. At the moment, they are studying the place of the explosion, determining the type of ammunition that exploded, he said. He added that the representatives of the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations are studying the territory around the Saur-grave memorial complex for the presence of possible bookmarks or explosives.

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Zakharchenko accuses Ukraine of organizing explosions near ‘Saur-Mogila’ / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Alexander Zakharchenko, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), has shown the element of the explosive device which was brought into action near the memorial complex ‘Saur-Mogila’ in the morning. “Ukraine gave us ‘a present’. Six explosive devices operated, one was de-mined, two didn’t explode,” pointed out the Head of State. It should be noted that today, explosions thundered on the way towards ‘Saur-Mogila’. The Head’s administration reported that the incident had been prepared by the Ukrainian side aimed at frightening [terrorism]. It became known then that landmines were applied in the explosion when the combat engineer units inspecting the territory found several more explosive objects.

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Zakharchenko: Ukraine behind explosions near ‘Saur Mogila’ [VIDEO] / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Several explosions, roadside explosives placed in the road to Donetsk national holiday event. Transcript from the comments, the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko on Monday in the Saur Mogila. Video by Katya Katerina. Zakharchenko: I would like to congratulate all of you on the upcoming May 9. It’s a great day for all of us; it is the day of our victory, of our freedom, so my congratulations. Do you have any questions? – Alexander Vladimirovich, what is that in your hands? Zakharchenko: These are presents for the May 9 that we were given today. 6 explosives detonated, those were filled with these things, one we managed to neutralize and two more failed to explode. – I believe the Republic expected that Kiev would act that way? Zakharchenko: Yes, and we are ready for such things every day. But, hopefully, soon we won’t have to wait for such things to happen, the victory will be ours. – Have you tightened security for tomorrow? Zakharchenko: I have. Of course we tightened security for tomorrow, more questions? – And at what time did it happen? Zakharchenko: Five hours ago, just before the curve of the road on the way here. – Alexander Vladimirovich, there are talks on Facebook that some unknown weapon was applied against the Ukrainian army in Gorlovka, is that true? Zakharchenko: Well, you know that we met aliens in 2014 and they gave us their technologies. Let the Facebook talk, it is ridiculous. – Thank you. Zakharchenko: Thank you, my congratulations once again. [Quemado Institute laments: A Victory Day celebration is not worth risking the life of Donetsk’s honorable leader.]

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Azov Battalion members (–Azov Battalion Vkontakte page)

Basurin: Kiev Gives Order to “Clean Up” Supporters of DPR near Donetsk / Vesti.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 8, 2017 / The fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov Battalion received an order to “clear” the settlements of Marinka and Krasnogorovka, controlled by Kiev, of the supporters of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). This was stated by the representative of the DPR operational command of the Eduard Basurin, TASS reports. “Our intelligence has established that the unit of the regiment of the national guard Azov, which had previously arrived in the Krasnogorovka and Maryinki regions, is additionally entrusted with the task of clearing out these settlements of persons suspected of assisting the military forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic,” he said. According to Basurin, this fact testifies to the continuing preparations for the intensification of hostilities by Kiev. About the preparation for the transfer to the Donetsk Oblast fighters of the special purpose regiment “Azov”, the reconnaissance of the Donetsk People’s Republic became known at the end of March. The representative of the DPR operational command also reported that over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian units had released over 630 munitions on the territory of the proclaimed republic. “War criminals from the 46th separate landing assault brigade, the 72nd and 92nd separate mechanized brigades fired 90 and 120-mm caliber and three shots from the tank on the Donetsk area,” Basurin said. According to him, under fire were the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, Yasinovataya and its environs, Dokuchaevsk and the settlement of Yasnoe. There are 15 violations of the silence regime in the Mariupol direction, continued Basurin. In the villages of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka and October, 33 mines of various caliber and 235 shells were fired from manual and automatic grenade launchers. According to him, the Ukrainian army fired on the Gorlovka villages Zaitsevo and Verkhnetoretskoe using small arms. Earlier, the DPR defense ministry reported that within the past 24 hours, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces violated the regime of silence 43 times. As a result of the shelling, one civilian was injured, damage was sustained by at least eight houses, as well as power lines. Participants in the Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine agreed at a meeting in Minsk on March 29 on a cease-fire regime beginning April 1. On April 12, at the next Minsk meeting, the sides confirmed their commitment to the “Easter truce”, which was to begin at 10:00 Moscow time on April 13. However, the shelling continues.

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Over 50 units of military hardware involved in Victory Parade in Donetsk / DONi News / May 8, 2017 / Over fifty military hardware will be presented at the Victory Parade on May 9 in the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the DPR Operational Command, the Vice-Commander Eduard Basurin stated this on Monday (May 8). “We’ll demonstrate a high level of readiness, orderliness and cohesiveness of the units of the DPR People’s Militia,” said Eduard Basurin. More than 50 units of the military hardware, over 1,000 military personnel of the People’s Militia and other security agencies of the Republic will take part in the Victory Parade. The representative of the Republican Command invited all the residents of the Republic to take part in the festive events on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet People’s Victory over fascist Germany. The Minister of the DPR Defense Ministry Vladimir Kononov assessed the level of the preparation of participants as perfect.

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Sergey Lavrov (–Sputnik. Sergey Guneev)

Kiev regularly stages armed provocations in Donbass – Russian Foreign Minister / TASS / May 8, 2017 / Nothing more meaningful than Minsk agreements for settlement in Ukraine can be managed to be developed now, Sergey Lavrov said. / MOSCOW / Ukraine’s law enforcement agencies’ staff is regularly staging armed provocations on the contact line in Donbass so that not to implement the political portion of Minsk agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in an interview with Mir TV Channel. “We are highly concerned of the status of Minsk agreements implementation, primarily as a result of sabotage of Ukrainian authorities,” Lavrov said. “Examples of that are numerous,” the minister said. “This pertains to complete sabotaging of the political process and arranging armed provocations on the contact line on the regular basis, to have a reason not to perform the political component of the package of measures approved in Minsk,” the Russian foreign minister said. “Plenty of facts exist in this regard, particularly in reports of the OSCE special monitoring mission,” he added. Nothing more meaningful than Minsk agreements for settlement in Ukraine can be managed to be developed now, Lavrov said. “President [Vladimir] Putin stressed, just like Chancellor [Angela] Merkel did, by the way, that we do not see an alternative to Minsk agreements,” the minister said. “Therefore our common line is to continue working within the Normandy Format – at the level of leaders, at the level of ministers, at the level of experts, and certainly within the framework of the Contract Group, where Kiev authorities and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk are present along with representatives of Russia and OSCE,” Lavrov added. Quemado Institute comments: Possibly something better than the Minsk Agreements can be developed. It’s time to put our minds to what such an agreement might be.  It would have to be similar to what already exists, yet more satisfactory to both sides. That means really understanding what both sides want, not just what they say they want. There’s always a third solution to any conflict.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Situation Report, 07.05.2017 / Novorossia Vision / May 7, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 35 times. 27 of them were recorded in the Donetsk direction, including on the area of the localities Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Mineralnoye, Signalnoye, Krutaya Balka, the airport, the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk city, In this direction, the artillery and mortar crews of the 46th separate airborne assault brigade, the 72nd and the 92nd separate mechanized brigades launched on the territory of the Republic 9 122mm artillery shells and 212 82 and 120mm mortar shells. As a result of the shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city, there was wounded one civilian, Oleg Korolchuk born in 1977, and damaged four residential houses. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy conducted fire in the direction of the localities Zaytsevo and Krasny Partisan. As a result of the direct hit of a shell launched from an automatic grenade launcher from the positions of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade, one residential houses burned down. We continue to record the use by the enemy of tanks in the Mariupol direction. Over the past day, from . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia News brief 05-06 May 2017 / With Victoria Rakhmanina / Anna News / May 6, 2017 / The Ukrainian fighters opened fire on the village Trudovskie from mortars. A pregnant woman, Natalia Novik was wounded. Doctors couldn’t save child’s life. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, grenade launchers and small arms, Eduard Basurin reported today. Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk, Dokuchaevsk, Yasinivataya, the village Spartak and the area of the airport were subjected to intensive fire.
Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 7 times. They opened fire on the villages Frunze, Krasny Yar, Veselogorovka, Kalinovka and Zhelobok. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. The LPR transferred the bodies of three Ukrainian saboteurs to Kiev. They were killed when they tried to cross the contact line in Debaltsevo, the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The avenue of roses and a memorial stone appeared in Donetsk today. They appeared in remembrance of scientific workers, who died in the Great Patriotic War. Students and Scholars of the DPR have planted 200 roses.

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Ukrainian saboteurs’ cellphones allegedly show OSCE vehicle blast in planning [Video] / Fort Russ / May 6, 2017 / On April 23rd, an OSCE mission vehicle was blown up in the Donbass, killing one observer – an American man. Videos and still images have been derived from the mobile phones of members of a Ukrainian sabotage-intelligence group, who were previously suspected of the crime, and who were themselves destroyed on 2 May. In video recordings made on 27 April and 1 May – Ukrainian saboteurs boast about firing on the positions of the Donbass defenders. The faces of these men, captured in photos and video footage, are believed to have carried out the vehicle blast of the OSCE mission, in order to give rise to the possibility of the OSCE, or another international ‘peacekeeping force’, going into the Donbass armed.

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Civilian suffers shrapnel wounds as Kiev troops shell Donetsk / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / A peaceful citizen received shrapnel wounds as a result of the AFU shelling of Trudovskiye village in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, reported the DPR Operational Command. “As a result of the AFU shelling of the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky district on the western outskirts of Donetsk, a man born in 1977 received a fragment wound. The wounded person was admitted to the city hospital No.14,” informed the Command. The Command representative specified that the village had been shelled last night, at 19:12 and 21:10. As a result of the shelling, a house and garage were damaged on Green Gai Street, the roof of a house burned down Letchikov street, and two gas pipes were damaged on Baikalskaya and Lilina Streets.

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House burns down as Ukrainian military shell Zaitsevo / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / A residential house in Zaitsevo locality on northern outskirts of Gorlovka burnt down as a result of morning shelling on the part of Ukrainian military, Gorlovka Administration acting Head Ivan Prikhodko states. “Today, at about five o’clock in the morning the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) shelled Zaitsevo locality. As a result of a hit, a private, residential house on Obruchayeva Street burnt down. The owners of the house, by a lucky accident, were alive,” said Ivan Prikhodko. He made it clear that an elderly couple lived in the house. That night the owners made a decision to go to bed to a summer kitchen. This saved their lives.

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LPR Military Give Kiev Representatives Bodies of Ukrainian Saboteurs Destroyed in Debaltsevo / News Front / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 7, 2017 / The LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] has transferred to the Ukrainians the bodies of three saboteurs destroyed during an attempt to penetrate the contact line in the area of Debaltsevo. “We are transferring the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen who died in the Svetlodarskaya arc (near Debaltsevo – ed.),” said Liep’s spokesman, Colonel Andrei Marochko. “It was only through the fault of the Ukrainian government that these servicemen perished. But we must say that every warrior must be buried. This is an integral part of any war. On the eve of Victory Day, we would like these soldiers to be buried with honor and dignity,” said the representative of the People’s Militia. The transfer of the bodies took place in the area of Schastya, under the supervision of the representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) and the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire (JCCC). The chairman of the Union of Afghan Veterans of the Lugansk Region, Sergei Shonin, who transfered the bodies to the Ukrainian side, said that the Kiev punitive forces confirmed that the dead were servicemen of the Armed Forces. Quemado Institute Editor’s Note: According to a report from the Lugansk Media Center: “On May 2, a Ukrainian squad of four people attempted to cross the contact line discretely through forested areas. They were discovered by a People’s Militia watch post. In a brief exchange of fire three saboteurs were killed, one was wounded and escaped. ‘Today we hand over the bodies of Ukrainian servicemen who died on Svetlodarsk salient,’ said LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko. ‘Three bodies were given to Ukrainian side, we don’t know their identities. We only know they were Ukrainian servicemen. They had Ukrainian arms, uniforms, and they were moving from the Ukrainian side,’ he added.”

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Graffiti Messages Everywhere In Mariupol Thanks To Underground Movement / Novorossia Today / May 7, 2017 / “DPR SOON” and “Mariupol Is A Russian City” / Pro-Ukrainians of Mariupol are concerned about the appearance in the city of the Graffiti Messages “DPR soon” and “Mariupol is a Russian city”. “The painted inscriptions of the pro-Russian character appeared on the walls and parapets in Mariupol. Acting before May 9, the vandals left provocative inscriptions such as “DPR SOON” and “Banderites, out of the city!” reported a local site. In addition, in the City Garden of Mariupol appeared the inscription “Mariupol is a Russian city.”

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Nazis celebrate Azov’s 3rd anniversary with swastikas parade [Video] / DONi News / May 7, 2017 / The third anniversary of the neo-Nazi Azov regiment was marked by a procession under stylized swastikas (“wolf’s hook”) in Berdyansk, located on the coast of the Azov Sea. Azov exists under the unofficial patronage of the head of Ukraine’s Internal Affairs Ministry Arsen Avakov. The ex-prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk uses the fighters to intimidate the so-called ‘president’ Petro Poroshenko and preserve influence on the situation in Ukraine, previously said the former Transport Minister Yevgeny Chervonenko. [Click image for video.]

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Viktor Yanukovich, rightful president of Ukraine, ousted by treasonous coup in 2014 (–Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS)

Over 100 witnesses to testify in high treason case against Ukraine’s Yanukovich / TASS / May 5, 2017 / More than 100 people, including former high-ranking officials, will testify at a hearing on a high treason case against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Military Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko said. Among the witnesses will be former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, ex-chief of the country’s Security Service Valentin Nalivaychenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, the prosecutor told Channel Five. “These are officials, who held their posts earlier and some are in office now, these are also military who served” in Crimea, he said. “There will be ex-MP of State Duma (Russia’s lower house of parliament) Ilya Ponomaryov.” All the witnesses will appear before the court, Kravchenko said. On May 4, Kiev’s Obolonsky district court held the first preliminary hearing in the Yanukovich high treason case. The court permitted the defendant’s participation in the trial via a video link. The session was adjourned till May 18.

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Odessa. Shame. Deception. / Slavyangrad.org / May 6, 2017 / Valentin Filippov, a TV journalist, left Odessa after the victory of Euromaidan. / One of the main topics in Ukrainian news today is the refusal of the Odessa City Council to rename the city’s streets in line with Kiev’s wishes. The Deputies, in place of the Heroes of the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation –trans.] and the “Heavenly Hundred”, assigned other names. However, this is, in fact, just grandstanding for the public. Odessa politicians portray themselves as fighters against Kiev nationalists. The capital’s nationalists portray a struggle against a “Muscovite revanche” in Odessa. In this story, both sides are the very same “sons of bitches”, writes the PolitNavigator observer, Valentin Filippov.…But we have been flashed by the device from Men in Black, and we have forgotten everything. For example, the fact that the staff of this City Council has officially recognized Russia as an “aggressor country”. We suddenly did not notice apartments being distributed by the City Executive Committee to ATO veterans. We did not notice Ukrainian anthems and flowers on the Foundation Day of the UPA [Ukrainian Insurgent Army, who collaborated extensively with the Nazis –ed.]. In general, everything is fine. They just “rebelled”. They didn’t allow the streets to be renamed! Well, how didn’t they allow it? Well, they renamed them, but not like that, and not all of them. So not one was named after the “Heavenly Hundred”. Here they renamed the street “Heroes of Kruty”, but “Heavenly Hundred”—not a single one.* But what was renamed, well yes, it was renamed, but without pleasure. It was absolutely implemented as the last choice. The Nazis even threatened them, tried to disrupt the voting. But Mayor Trukhanov hushed them, telling them “you were allowed in here and you can be ejected.” Why should he be afraid? It’s not just the Nazis who are protecting him, but the most eminent of them. The ones who proved their ability to kill . . . READ MORE>>

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The Paradox of the OSCE Death in Donbass (VIDEOS) / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / April 24, 2017 / Yesterday, shortly after 11am local time, an OSCE member, male, paramedic was killed in the Lugansk People’s Republic, near the small village of Pryshyb, and two injured, as their armoured vehicle went over a andmine. Initial reports that the victim was British, were later found not to be case, two OSCE female members were injured – one German, female, one Czech, male, (both reported as now having been discharged from hospital). Of course, from the start, attempt to vilify the Lugansk People’s Republic for this, with Ukrainian propaganda publication the Kyiv Post doing that, citing Ukraine’s advisor to Ministry of Internal Affair, Anton Gerashchenko, blaming Russia, Gerashchenko always on hand with a quote about the ‘evils’ of Russia, and the People’s Republics of Donbass – while himself running the Myrotvorets site, arranging bounties to kill ‘separatists’ and on. However, the OSCE convoy had in fact deviated from main roads, and gone down sideroads. Why it did this, who knows, but it did, and has . . . READ MORE>> [VIDEOs on the OSCE in Donbass at source.]

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Saturday, May 6, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/06/2017 / DONi News / May 6, 2017 / Over the last 24 hours, there were registered 54 occasions of the ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the Gorlovka direction, there were recorded 13 violations from the side of the 53th separate mechanised brigade and the 25th separate airborne brigade, from positions of which 247 mortar rounds and ammunition from various grenade launchers were fired at the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Mikhailovka, Ozeryanovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, and Krasny Partizan. 23 violations were registered in the Donetsk direction over the past 24 hours. From the positions of the 46th separate airborne assault battalion, the 72th and the 92th separate mechanised brigades, the enemy launched at the areas of Yasinovataya, Spartak localities, the airport, the Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts of Donetsk seven tank shots and 332 rounds of different calibre, as a result of which two apartment houses in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk suffered. The military criminals of the 36th separate marines brigade violated the ceasefire in the Mariupol direction 18 times. The settlements of Kominternovo, Sosnovskoe, Oktyabr, Leninskoye and Sakhanka were subjected to fire. In this direction, the enemy launched 28 rounds of 82 and 120 mm calibres, and also actively used various types of small arms. An egregious case, which once again reveals the true face of the Ukrainian regime, occurred tonight. As a result of shelling by fascist monsters (and I cannot say another word), from 20.40 to 00.00 of residential buildings in the locality of Trudovskie, a female civilian . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR People’s Militia: Ukrainian army is provoking trench combat along the whole contact line / Essence of Time / May 5, 2017 / Trench combat is underway along the whole contact line, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on May 5. The situation is escalating on the Gorlovka, Donetsk, and Mariupol directions. The Ukrainian army is attacking the towns and villages of the Republic with artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers, and small arms. The residents of Krasnogorvka, occupied by the Ukrainian military, informed that Ukrainian Command is secretly burying the killed Ukrainian soldiers while reporting them missing. There is information on the burial of bodies of 20 Ukrainian soldiers from the 72 Independent Mechanized Brigade. According to recent data, on May 4, the Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire 46 times. 15 houses were damaged. According to DPR PM Command, one civilian was wounded in his back during the Ukrainian army’s shelling. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 05/05/2017 / DONi News / May 5, 2017 / EXCERPTS: In the period from April 29 to May 5, in the large units and military units of the DPR People’s Militia, the main efforts were focused on preparing for the Victory Day parade, conducting complex tactical trainings of motorized rifle, tank and artillery units aimed at improving combat skills in the conditions of direct contact with the enemy. . . . The Ukrainian side continues shelling peaceful areas of our Republic. In total, over the past week, as a result of shelling by Ukraine, one civilian was killed and five were injured. . . . On May 2, the positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade targeted with direct fire the power lines in the area of the Avdeyevka industrial zone, using 120 mm mortars and tanks. In total, more than 80 mortar rounds and shells were launched. As a result, the Donetsk filtering station was once again de-energized. According to our reconnaissance, for the provocation, there were involved units of the “Right Sector”, which firing on the power lines pylons in the territory controlled by Ukraine. . . . We continue receiving information about the brewing riots among servicemen of the 72 and 92 separate mechanised brigade of the AFU who are not satisfied with low food and technical supplies, as well as with unfulfilled promises on additional payments for participation in the so-called ‘ATO’. In order to prevent the development of the brewing conflict, the military and political leadership sends detachments of the National Guard to these units with the task of establishing order and maintaining discipline. . . . Ukraine continues attracting foreign experts to conduct military operations in the South-East of the country. According to our reconnaissance, a group of 80 Georgian mercenaries arrived in the area near the Mariupol station to reinforce the 36th separate marines brigade that has the lowest percentage of manning due to sanitary losses. . . . The fact of the rabbit disease epidemic among of the AFU marines, which we reported earlier, has been supplemented by outbreaks of dysentery and pediculosis among the personnel of the AFU, the morbidity of these diseases increased by 50% and 70% respectively. Servicemen of the 30 separate mechanised brigade and the 40 separate artillery, located in the Mariupol direction, are the most affected by these diseases. . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Who Killed the American OSCE Observer in Donbass? Live VIDEO and Analysis / Introduction by Donovan Kiersten / Quemado Institute; (Source: Ruskaya Vesna) / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 5, 2017 / On April 23, 2017, an American OSCE observer was killed when his vehicle hit a recently planted landmine on a little used dirt road near the village of Prishib in the Lugansk People’s Republic. The explosion took place within video distance of the contact line. That the road had been traveled only two hours before without incident indicates the mine was not an old one planted by the Ukrainian Army in 2015, when such devices were placed along the contact line to prevent civilians from avoiding Ukrainian checkpoints. DPR and LPR officials have stated the mine was set by Ukrainian saboteurs who answer to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). The Ukrainian government is of course the prime suspect, since they would have a motive in creating a false flag event. It is hard to imagine the LPR militia having any motive, in that such an event would only increase Western hostility and further endanger Donbass. One might argue a crazed militiaman angry at the OSCE might have planted the mine unwisely. But the video and analysis below suggest the Ukrainians knew about the terrorist incident before it happened. US President Donald Trump has demanded that a full investigation be carried out by the OSCE. This is a positive step, in that the OSCE is likely to be more truthful than a remote European or UN organization, as is clear from the Dutch safety Board’s quasi investigation of the MH17 crash, which has yet to produce independently verifiable results. ndeed, Deputy Chief OSCE Monitor Alexander Hug, who is often visits the contact line personally, was quoted as saying he knew who the mine layers were, that he told them not to do it, but they did it anyway. Another report claims the OSCE has confirmed that the mine was planted by Ukrainian specialists. According to Fort Russ, “The version that the explosion was specially organized by Ukrainian saboteurs has received its confirmation. Observers of the OSCE SMM found 5 mines set up by Ukrainians in Zolotoe.” Zolotoe is located near the contact line about 20 kilometers from Prishib, the village closest to the blast. Other journalists have noted that Ukrainian intelligence has been studying OSCE movements in the area for some time and know . . . READ MORE>> [VIDEO available at source.]

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Radio Svoboda gives away masterminds of OSCE car blast in Donbass [Video] / DONi News / May 5, 2017 / Radio Svoboda [Radio Liberty – QI ed.] published on its YouTube channel an exclusive footage of the recent explosion of an OSCE Mission car in the Lugansk region. “The video shows the moment when a roadside bomb exploded during the passage of a vehicle carrying OSCE observers to the east of Ukraine. American medical assistant Joseph Stone died on April 23 as a result of the explosion – the first member of the OSCE mission, who died in three years of armed conflict in the territory of Ukraine,” says the video annotation. According to the correspondent for Radio Svoboda Christopher Miller, the editorial board [Radio Svoboda journalists don’t work on this territory – DONI ed.] obtained this footage from a “source on the government [Kiev regime – DONi ed.] controlled part of Ukraine”, reports Censor. The fact that the authors of the video knew when and where the incident will occur, remains incomprehensible. Miller says that the road where the explosion occurred is rarely used by civilians because of its proximity to the contact line. However, the full video shows a third unidentified car heading towards the explosion by the same road 9 minutes later.

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OSCE Decides to Limit Work of Observers in Donbass / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / May 6, 2017 / The activities of the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbass will be limited until the parties to the conflict carry out demining work. This was stated by the Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug. According to him, restrictions were imposed after the car of the OSCE mission in the LNR was undermined. “Restrictions were set by us. We have almost 600 observers in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions and we are responsible to them. We will continue restrictions until the parties adhere to their obligations, in particular, on the issue of mine clearance, marking, fencing of mines and ammunition,” Hug said. The OSCE representative noted that the restrictions would last until the Joint Control and Coordination Center began to fulfill its responsibility for coordinating the demining work. Recall, on April 23 in the area of the village of Prishib in the Slavyanoserbsky district of the LPR, a car with OSCE observers was blown up on a land mine. Later in the LPR they named the probable organizer of this act of terrorism against the OSCE. On April 24, OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurtz said that the OSCE will consider measures to strengthen the observer mission in Ukraine, it must continue its work, despite the death of the employee.

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Lugansk commemorates 72nd anniversary of Victory Day / DONi News / May 6, 2017 / Thousands of people in Lugansk took to streets to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.Representatives of the Republican authorities, youth activists, residents and guests of the city, veterans of the GPW and Afghan war, servicemen of the People’s Militia took part in the rally. A copy of the Victory Banner was handed over to the representatives of four generations who had to defend their Motherland: from the Great Patriotic War veterans to Afghan war veterans, then to LPR servicemen, who passed it to cadets of the LPR youth patriotic club Volunteer (Dobrovolets).

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[Enemy Report:] Stets: TV tower, US transferred to Ukraine as technical aid, being installed in Luhansk region / Kyiv Post / May 6, 2017 / The United States within the framework of the program for information security support has transferred a TV tower to Ukraine, which is being now installed in Luhansk region, Ukrainian Minister of Information Policy Yuriy Stets has said. “There is a definite support program for Ukraine’s information security, for example, from NATO or country missions, including the United States. This concerns financial support. The television tower, which the United States transferred as technical assistance, is now being installed in Luhansk region. The tower is built in the United States, was transported to Ukraine, and now it is being installed there,” Stets said on the air of the 112.ua channel. He noted a number of countries provide Ukraine with financial and technical assistance in information security. “There are many other things, including financial and technical assistance, provided by representatives of the U.S. government. I’m now talking exclusively about information security – Britain, such a structure like NATO,” the minister said. [Photo caption: Ukrainian forces servicemen patrol on July 16, 2014 in the Ukrainian city of Slavyansk around a TV tower destroyed during combats between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants (–AP); Source: kyivpost.com/ukraine-politics/stets-tv-tower-us-transferred-ukraine-technical-aid-installed-luhansk-region.html]

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Kiev demands Italy extradite Donbass visitors / News Front / May 4, 2017 / KIEV / A recent visit by Italian Communists to the Donbass region of Ukraine, has resulted in the US-backed* puppet Poroshenko administration indicating they will request European Union authorities arrest the tourists upon return to Italy and extradite them to Kiev for prosecution by Ukrainian authorities under Ukrainian anti-terrorist laws. Kiev to seek prosecution of Italian delegates who visited occupied areas of Donbas as The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has confirmed the fact of the visit of Italian MEP Eleonora Forenza as part of a delegation of the Communist group visiting the temporarily occupied part of Donbass, and said it will seek her arrest and others with her on the tour of Donbass recently. “We sent a note to the Italian Foreign Ministry back on April 28 about the inadmissibility of violating Ukrainian legislation and demanded that measures be taken to prevent such a visit. We demanded she be arrested and her group be stopped before physically coming to the Donbass.” Ukrainian spokesperson Betsa said in Kiev. “As the result of these contacts, the Italian Foreign Ministry sent all the competent authorities and organizers of this provocation the information regarding criminal liability for violation of Ukrainian law. Italy stressed that its government supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and this position remains unchanged,” the Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maryana Betsa, said in a comment to international press in Kiev Thursday evening. The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said that the Italian side stressed that this was a separate initiative of individuals and it in no way reflected the official position of Italy. Betsa also said Kiev will demand the arrest and extradition of these persons to Kiev for trial on charges under Ukraine’s anti-terrorist laws. Eleonora Forenza is an Italian politician, spokesperson for culture and communications in the Communist Refoundation Party and a member of the European Parliament. According to a number of media reports, Forenza visited the occupied areas of Lugansk and Donetsk during May holidays, in the company of 50 plus Italian Communists and a unknown number of intoxicated musicians. [*Quemado Institute footnote: Poroshenko’s government receives far more funding from the IMF than from the United States.]

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 05/02/2017 / DONi News / May 2, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 47 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was shelled with artillery, mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction there were registered 10 violations of ceasefire on the part of the 53rd separate mechanized and 25th separate airborne AFU brigades, from the positions of which there were launched three artillery projectiles of 122mm calibre and 430 munitions from various types of grenade launchers onto the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, and Zheleznaya Balka. In the Donetsk direction there were registered 20 ceasefire violations. War criminals from the 46th separate air assault brigade, 72nd and 92nd separate mechanized brigades launched 150 mortar shells of various calibre, 530 munitions from portable and automatic grenade launchers, and actively applied small arms against the areas of the localities of Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Krutaya Balka, Vasilievka, Spartak, the airport, and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. In the Mariupol direction there were registered 17 ceasefire violations. Ukrainian punishers from the 36th separate marine brigade shelled the areas of Oktyabr, Sakhanka, Leninsky, Zaichenko and Kominternovo localities. Mortar detachments launched 18 mortar shells of 120mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. In addition, the enemy applied IFV weapons . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukrainian saboteurs mine the countryside / By Editorial Board of the Cossack Herald; edited by Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / May 2, 2017 / On April 23rd, a car of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) was blown up by a mine in the Lugansk region. As a result, an observer died – a US citizen. The version that the explosion was specially organized by Ukrainian saboteurs has received its confirmation. Observers of the OSCE SMM found 5 mines set up by Ukrainians in Zolotoe. The official representative of the People’s Militia of the Lugansk Republic, Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko, reported this at a briefing in the Luhansk Information Center. According to him, an elderly woman was wounded by one of these mentioned mines.

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Donbass media round-up: Pensions suspended to pay IMF [24th to 30th April] / By Editorial Board of the Cossack Herald, edited by Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / May 2, 2017 / Ukraine refuses to bear social expenses in Donbass: The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the “Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 365”, according to which social payments to residents of Donbass who have the status of internal migrants will be suspended. The control over the permanence of Ukrainian citizens in the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics is carried out by the infamous SBU – the Ukrainian analogue of the Nazi Gestapo. The SBU is obliged to transmit data concerning the political security of the citizens to the territorial departments of labor and social protection of the population. Even some Ukrainian lawyers admit that receiving such data by the branches of the Pension Fund of Ukraine is illegal. One of the conditions for Ukraine to receive loans from the World Monetary Fund is to raise . . . READ MORE>>

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Black Death (Plague) Strikes Nazi Ukraine Soldiers In Mariupol, 80 Percent Affected And Now In Overcrowded Hospital, Major Panic / Novorossia Today / May 2, 2017 / The Deputy Commander of the DPR Armed Forces, Eduard Basurin, said during a briefing that the Nazi Ukraine Army (AFU) soldiers had gone down in Mariupol with an easy form of plague, tularemia, with several people already dead. The symptoms of the disease are a fever and rapid dehydration. The reason for its occurrence is insufficient provision of the Ukrainian army, which forces the military to switch to “pasture”. ‘The number of the affected indicates the onset of an epidemic. Approximately 80% of the battalion personnel were taken to the city hospital in Mariupol. Local residents complain that the hospital is overcrowded,’ said Basurin. Basurin said that the disease is transmitted by airborne droplets and urged residents of Mariupol to avoid contact with the military personnel.

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Ukraine: Mourners pay tribute to Odessa massacre victims in Donetsk / Ruptly / May 2, 2017 / Dozens of mourners gathered in Donetsk on Tuesday to mark the three year anniversary of the Odessa massacre where 48 activists were killed in a fire in the city’s Trade Union building. “I am very sorry for these people who wanted to stand for their freedom, for themselves, for their motherland, for their language,” Galina, one of the mourners said, in tears. Forty-eight people died, with over 200 injured, in a series of events that culminated in a large fire ripping through Odessa’s Trade Union building on May 2, 2014. After clashes erupted between anti-Maidan and pro-Maidan protesters, the latter group reportedly set fire to the Trade Unions building where anti-Maidan demonstrators had found refuge. SOT, Galina, mourner (Russian): “It is a great sorrow for me, I am very sorry for these people who wanted to stand for their freedom, for themselves, for their motherland, for their language. I am very sorry for them. I cannot look at these photographs without tears. When I image that I was there too. I do not know what I would do.”

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Police in Odessa (–torange.biz)

Protesters were forced to leave Kulikovo Field in Odessa / Essence of Time / May 2, 2017 / The police closed Kulikovo Field for people who came to commemorate the victims of the massacre on May 2, 2014, RIA Novosti reported on May 2, 2017. The reason to deny people access to Kulikovo Field was a report from the Ukrainian police about a bomb threat. Today on May 2, residents of Odessa had been coming to the House of Trade Unions which is located at Kulikovo Field, since early morning, to honor the memory of the victims of the Odessa massacre of May 2, 2014. Three years ago, Ukrainian citizens, who did not accept the unconstitutional coup d’état in Kiev, set up a camp on Kulikovo Field in Odessa. On that day, May 2, 2014, clashes between Odessa residents and football “Ultras” from Kharkov and Odessa broke out near Greek Square. Militant groups from the „Euromaidan“ joined the “Ultras” as well. According to eyewitnesses, the radical groups arrived in the city in advance. All their actions were well organized. As a result of the clashes, the camp was completely destroyed, and the House of Trade Unions was firebombed. Those who were forcibly expelled from the camp and fled to the House of Trade Unions burned to death. As a result of the Odessa massacre, 48 people were murdered and more than 250 people were injured. It has been three years since the tragedy in Odessa but the perpetrators were never named. It was never officially determined who started the fire and who was responsible for the massacre. Why did the police not act and why did firefighters not arrive in time? After investigations, it became apparent that the incident and the circumstances around it were planned. However, none of the „Euromaidan“ supporters were arrested, while activists from the Kulikovo Field have been awaiting trial in jail for the past three years. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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40,000 people attend 1 May march in LPR (PHOTOS) / DONi Press / May 2, 2017 / Almost 40 thousand inhabitants of the Republic take part in the May Day march in Lugansk, informed the Trade Unions Federation (TUF) of the LPR. “More than 39,000 people from all districts of the LPR a take part in the 1 May march in the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic,” the union’s report said. Representatives of labour collectives and public organizations are walking along the centre of Lugansk. Also, the procession was attended by guests from South Ossetia. [More photos at source.]

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Review of May Day celebrations in Ukraine / Essence of Time / May 2, 2017 / In Kiev, celebrations of the International Workers’ Day were held, a correspondent of RIA Novosti Ukraine news agency reported on May 1. A rally on the European Square gathered half a thousand participants. A similar number of police and National Guardsmen were drawn to the site. Another event in Kiev was held at the Friendship of Nations Arch, where a column marched. This event was attended by about a thousand people. Members of various trade unions from across Ukraine took part in the celebrations. People from the regions of Rovno, Sumy, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, etc. took part in demonstrations. Many carried red banners bearing the words “Social Democratic Party”. At a rally in Kharkov which turned into a march, anti-NATO slogans were demonstrated along with posters calling to “stop the civil war”. Among the demonstrators, there was a girl with a balloon colored in Kharkov People’s Republic colors. As the column marched, it was joined by provokers chanting “suitcase, train station, Russia!”1. When the marchers laid flowers in front of a monument, the provokers raised Ukrainian banners chanting “hang the communists!” In Odessa, the May Day was not celebrated. Mourning events are . . . READ MORE>>

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US, Europe Unleashing Lawlessness and War / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / May 2, 2017 / This week the Kiev regime went into rogue overdrive when it cut off electricity supplies to some three million people in the self-declared Lugansk republic of eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian energy ministry under the control of the Kiev regime said it was because the breakaway province was in arrears over bill payments. That’s rich coming from a cabal that has continually dragged its feet over unpaid bills for billions of dollars-worth in gas supplies from Russia. From where does Kiev learn its rogue conduct? From its masters, of course, in Washington and the European Union. The present unravelling of international law and order is their lamentable legacy. Donetsk, the other separatist self-declared Ukrainian republic, would also likewise be subjected to power-cuts, according to reported comments from Kiev. But, apparently, such a move would not be easy as areas under the control of Kiev would also be impacted. Also, the Donetsk People’s Republic, unlike the LPR, is said to be fairly self-sufficient in electricity supplies owing to its own local thermal power plants. Kiev’s hollow claims about financial rectitude are risible. The move is nothing but a blatant attempt to intensify its blockade on the Donbas. Already, the neofascist cabal, which seized government power in a violent, illegal coup in February 2014, has imposed a blackout of bank services and social welfare payments to the breakaway region. It has also cut off water supplies to the LPR since last month. The blockade on civilian populations is just another weapon alongside the military offensive that the Kiev regime launched against the Donbas three years ago. That offensive was a response to the ethnic Russian population of Donbas refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the coup. The latter was orchestrated by western Ukrainian factions who historically pledge allegiance to Nazi collaborators during the Second World War. The so-called Anti-Terror Operation (ATO) launched by Kiev has resulted in over 10,000 deaths since April 2014. This week’s electricity power-cuts to the Donbas are thus part of a criminal policy of aggression by a regime that usurped political . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladimir Putin (–Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik/AFP)

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation / The White House / May 2, 2017 / President Donald J. Trump of the United States and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation spoke today regarding Syria. President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence. The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons. The United States will be sending a representative to the cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan on May 3-4. They also discussed at length working together to eradicate terrorism throughout the Middle East. Finally, they spoke about how best to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea.

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Merkel, Putin (–Sputnik/Vladimir Astapkovich)

Russian President Putin, German Chancellor Merkel Hold Joint Presser in Sochi / Sputnik / May 2, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference between two rounds of meetings in Sochi on Tuesday, May 2. / Russian President Putin started the presser by announcing that he had discussed with German Chancellor Merkel the preparation for G20 summit as well as Syria and Ukraine. “We discussed international problems, including the Syrian crisis and the situation in Ukraine,” Putin said, adding that the meeting also touched upon preparations for the G20 summit. The Russian president also said Russia seeks to build relations with Germany on the principles of mutual benefit, respect and equality. “The situation in Ukraine remains a source of serious concern,” Putin pointed out, adding that during today’s talks, the two leaders “confirmed the need for the implementation of Minsk agreements by all sides.” Putin also revealed that he discussed the issue of Syrian conflict with Merkel, and both leaders agreed that there is a need for a more active talks process. “We decisively condemn any use of chemical [weapons],” Putin reiterated, saying that both sides agreed on the need for a full investigation of the attack on Syria’s Khan Sheikhoun chemical incident. “Those guilty must be found and punished,” Putin told a news conference after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi. “But this can be only done after an impartial investigation.” “Syria conflict could be resolved only through negotiations,” Putin concluded after talks with Merkel. Merkel then took the floor, addressing the issue of anti-Russia sanctions: “Russia is a constructive partner, but the . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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The news brief, 30 of April 2017 / Anna News / April 30, 2017 / Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the villages Frunze and Donetsky today. Some houses were damaged in Donetsky, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 18 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. 1 soldier of the DPR was wounded. 9 civilians and 6 soldiers of the DPR were wounded. 3 soldiers were killed for a week, Eduard Basurin reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times. They opened fire on the villages Frunze, Donetsky, the monument of the prince Igor and districts of Slavyanoserbsk. Ukrainian fighters used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. 1 soldier of the LPR People’s Militia was killed and 1 wounded. American instructors arrived in Lisichansk to train Ukrainian soldiers. And also 40 Georgian mercenaries were detected near the village Zaytsevo, Andrey Marochko reported today.

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Ukraine vs. Donbass: General update on movements and ceasefire violations / By Joaquin Flores / Fort Russ / April 30, 2017 / The following is a general recap of troop movements and ceasefire violations and also some minor matters of interest, over the last 48 hours. The Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire between April 29th and the morning of April 30th some 43 times. This was reported today by the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin. According to him, during this period, 18 settlements of the Republic were under fire from Ukrainian units in total. The attacks were carried out with mortars, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. Ukrainian security forces between April 28th and through that night, violated the ceasefire some 53 times. This was reported today by the operational command of the DPR. According to him, artillery, tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were used by the Ukrainian army units to attack the territory of the DPR. In that same period, an unarmed Horlivka resident was injured on the night of the 28th during shelling by Ukrainian law enforcers. Late last night in Gorlovka by gunfire from the APU injured this woman, born in 1980. In other news, in Odessa, vandals poured . . . READ MORE>>

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The Novorossia News brief 28-29 April 2017 / Anna News / April 29, 2017 / The explosive device was detected on the road near the town Khartsysk. Sappers of the DPR deactivated it. The bomb blew up in the north-west of Gorlovka. 2 civilians were wounded. Ukrainian fighters have opened fire on the Kievsky district of Donetsk today. 1 civilian was wounded. And also 1 teenager was wounded in Yasinovatay. The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the town Makeevka from tanks in the morning. A hostel was damaged. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 17 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. Kiev fighters have opened fire on the village Dolgoe of the Slavyanoserbsky district from mortars. A gas pipe line was damaged, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times. They opened fire on the villages Sanzharovka, Smeloe, Lozovoe and the town Pervomaysk. Ukrainian fighters used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms.

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Ukrainian military is intensifying the shelling of DPR territory / Essence of Time / April 28, 2017 / The Ukrainian military is intensifying the shelling of the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic (the DPR), and sabotage-recon groups have become highly active, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 28. According to local residents, the situation in the suburbs of Gorlovka remains tense. The Ukrainian military is provoking combat in the area of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka. The situation remains tense on the Donetsk part of the front. The Ukrainian army has been shelling the residential areas of Donetsk and its suburbs. One civilian was injured in the Kievsky district of the DPR capital, and one dormitory was damaged in the Krasnogvardeysky district of Makeevka. Power lines were damaged in the Donetsk-Severny microdistrict, and electric power was lost in the microdistrict when the Ukrainian military opened fire with tanks and artillery. The situation remains tense in the area of the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint. According to DPR PM Command, the Ukrainian military is bringing up construction materials to the area of Elenovka to build of a new checkpoint in the vicinity of the DPR PM positions. Thus, the Ukrainian army continues to invade in “the gray zone” in the violation of the Minsk agreements. Today, a radio-controlled explosive device was uncovered and defused. DPR sappers drew out two 152mm projectiles placed near the roadway. According to the investigators, the explosive device could be placed by a Ukrainian sabotage-recon group to conduct a provocation by blowing up a car of the OSCE mission. Cases of the civilian injuries from the detonation of discovered munitions have become more frequent. Today, a 17-years old teenager was injured in Yasinovataya. Two civilians, 36 years and 13years old, were injured by a mine in the area of the “Yuzhnaya” coal mine. The injured civilians were taken to the hospital. During the past 24 hours for April 28, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 53 times. The Ukrainian military shelled 17 towns and villages of the DPR. One house in the village of Vasilevka and another one in Yasinovataya were damaged. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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AFU shelling LPR People’s Militia positions / Novorossia Vision / May 1, 2017 / n violation of the Minsk Agreements, the Ukrainian punishers continue to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct reconnaissance and fire spotting in the area of the contact line. The LPR People’s Militia soldiers decided to destroy a Ukrainian drone which were detected in the sky. Immediately, the Ukrainian military opened fire on the positions of the LPR army from an infantry fighting vehicle, a grenade launcher and machine guns. «A drone was flying. We started to work on it. The AFU opened fire on us from an infantry fighting vehicle, a grenade launcher and machine guns,’ a soldier commented.

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Kiev’s Provocations on Russia’s Borders Really Aimed at Testing Trump / Sputnik / April 29, 2017 / Kiev is beefing up its military presence near its borders with Russia’s Republic of Crimea. Meanwhile, Washington is considering cutting financial aid to Ukraine by nearly 70%. Russian observers say that the two events are connected, and that Ukraine’s leaders are prodding to try to determine just how far their US allies will continue to back them. Earlier this week, US media offered a glimpse of the Trump Budget Office’s ambitious plans to cut USAID funding, showing that Ukraine is facing a hefty 68.8% reduction in economic assistance, from the $570 million this year to $177 million in 2018. Responding to the possible cuts, Kiev has been left trying to make the best of a bad situation. Ukraine’s Embassy in the US issued a statement saying that the reports of a 68.8% cut were erroneous, and that the actual proposed cut was ‘only’ roughly 30%. Kiev is actually looking to get $90 million more in support in 2018, the Embassy said. Ukrainian politics observers say that if the . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
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Alexander Zakharchenko (–SouthFront)

Zakharchenko signed a decree on establishment of DPR representation in JCCC / Novorossiya Vision / April 27, 2017 / The Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, decided to create an executive authority body of special competence – the representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Joint Center for the Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC). The relevant decree was published on the official portal of the Republic. ‘To create a national executive authority of the DPR of special competence, such as the representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Joint Control and Coordination Center and in the negotiation process. To appoint Ruslan Khalilovich Yakubov (the head of the DPR operational command headquarters) as the head of the Representative Office,’ says the document. According to the decree, the main tasks of the mission are the monitoring of compliance with the agreements on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements; interaction with the Ukrainian and Russian parties in the JCCC; interaction with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission; participation in the settlement of disputes related to the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and assistance in their implementation; participation in the negotiation process on the implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The Head of the Republic will personally supervise the execution of the decree. The document comes into force from the date of its signing, April 18, 2017.

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Donetsk Situation Report, 26.04.2017 / Novorossia Vision / April 27, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 54 times. The territory of the Republic was shelled with artillery, mortars, tanks, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems and small arms. The most intensive shelling was applied by the Ukrainian military to the area of the localities Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Yakovlevka, Zhabichevo, Spartak and the airport of Donetsk city. From the positions of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade and the 46th separate airborne assault brigade of the AFU on aforementioned areas, there were launched 354 82 and 120mm mortar shells, 184 grenades of various types and made 3 rounds from tanks. The war criminals of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade and the 25th separate airmobile brigade of the AFU launched on the area of the localities Zaytsevo, Shirokaya Balka and Zheleznaya Balka, 36 mortar shells of various caliber and 129 grenades. From the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade of the AFU, there were launched 3 122mm artillery shells, 2 tank shells and 63 82 and 120mm mortar shells. There were also actively used various types of grenade launchers and small arms on the localities Dokuchaevsk, Yasnoye and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. As a result of the shelling, there was damaged a multi-storey house in the locality of Dokuchaevsk, N 98 in Lenina St. In addition, from the positions of the 36th separate Marine brigade of the AFU, there were launched 32 82 and 120mm mortar shells and used small arms on the area of the localities Kominternovo, Novaya Tavria, Oktyabr, Sakhanka and Leninskoye. As a result of the mortar shelling of our positions by the AFU, there was killed one soldier and another two wounded. Moreover, over the past day, there were wounded four civilians. *** Our intelligence continues to record the strengthening of the enemy’s grouping of troops. In particular, on the edge of the locality of Avdeevka, in yards in the residential area, there were detected 6 tanks of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade; there was detected the arrival of a train in the locality of Selidovo (28 km away from the contact line), with 4 MLRS «Grad», 12 tanks, 10 armored fighting vehicles and 25 pieces of motor equipment. In addition, we recorded the work of UAVs used to spot mortar crews fire and conduct reconnaissance of our positions. Over the past day, there were recorded 8 UAVs in the area of the localities Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Kominternovo and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. The Ukrainian side continues its course aimed at destabilizing the situation and terrorizing the peaceful population of the Republic. The Ukrainian terrorists, without hesitation, purposefully and during the daytime, strike at residential areas, knowing that people will be outside. As a result of the mortar shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the Ukrainian military, the spouses Butenko Alexander born in 1955 and Butenko Svetlana born in 1957, were wounded in explosions of 82mm mortar shells in Chekhova St, and Korolchuk Konstantin born in 1981 in Shestakovs St. In addition, yesterday, Osadchy Andrey born in 1967, was wounded as a result of an explosive device detonated by the Ukrainian military in places used by the civilian population to approach reservoirs. This is nothing short of frank terror against the peaceful population of Donbass. How, at present, is the Ukrainian army different from the terrorist organization ISIS which is banned all over the world? *** Despite the arrival of Erturul Apakan, the head of the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, to investigate the death of the OSCE members, and the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, the Ukrainian side has not only increased the intensity of shelling our positions, but is also purposefully aiming at civilians. All this suggests one thing, namely that Ukraine is not interested in a peaceful solution to this protracted conflict, but, at the same time, accuses us of this. The development of events in Donbass is hard to predict if the world community does not pay attention to Ukraine, a newly developing terrorist state, in the power departments of which serve, without hiding, open nationalists prepared by professionals from Western countries. –Vice-Commander of the DPR Defense Ministry operative command Donetsk,Colonel Eduard Basurin

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Ukrainian army shells LPR during OSCE SMM Chief Monitor’s visit / Essence of Time / April 26, 2017 / On April 26, the Ukrainian side shelled the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic (the LPR) while Ertuğrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine was visiting the LPR, the LPR People’s Militia official representative, lieutenant-colonel Andrey Marochko stated during his briefing at the Lugansk Information Centre. Marochko says, “Knowing that the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan is present on the territory of the Republic with a working visit, the Ukrainian military violated the ceasefire five times.” He explained that these actions are a provocation, as the shelling was conducted from the close to socially significant facilities. The People’s Militia representative stated, “Yesterday at 9:30 p.m. from the territory of the high pressure gas-distributing station in the community of Lobachevo, the Ukrainian military launched an attack using grenade launchers and small arms. After no return fire followed, they repeated their provocation at 10:30 p.m. This time they used an 82mm mortar.” On April 23, one officer from the OSCE mission was killed, and another one was wounded after their car struck a landmine in the LPR. Consequently, the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan went to see the place of the incident on LPR territory near the community of Pryshyb. Apakan’s goal, according to him, was to provide support to the observers and to better understand the situation. Speaking about his colleague’s death, the OSCE SMM Chief Monitor to Ukraine stated that despite the tragedy, they are committed to fulfill their mandate and secure peace for the people of Ukraine. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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Lugansk officials blame Ukraine and OSCE violations for observer’s death / By J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / April 26, 2017 / On Sunday, April 23rd, an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car was blown up along the Slavyanoserbsk-Sokolniki route in the area of the village of Prishib, Lugansk People’s Republic. While the Ukrainian side has blamed the incident on “separatist” disruption of the Minsk Agreements and urged the international community to deploy an armed peacekeeping mission to Donbass, the Lugansk People’s Republic has voiced its own account of events. The Ministry of State Security of the Lugansk People’s Republic has released a statement which reads: “On April 23rd, during the first half of the day, a land mine blew up an OSCE car on a country road in the village of Prishib in the Slavyanoserbsk district. One was killed and three were wounded. There were two crews in total, but the second OSCE vehicle was not affected. According to the official version of the Ministry of State Security of the LPR, this was an operation prepared by a Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage group.” The LPR’s authorized representative to the Minsk negotiations, Vladislav Deynego, has commented on the incident: “The circumstances are not yet clear, and an investigation is being conducted, but at the moment the following is clear. The car was driving along a country road between the residential areas of Prishib and Smeloe. First the patrol of two cars went in the direction of Smeloe, carried out some kind of assignments there, and, while on the way back, the main car was hit on the rear right . . . READ MORE>>

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Kiev, West Begin Framing Russia in OSCE Car Blast Case / By Kennedy Applebaum / Quemado Institute / April 26, 2017 / Evidence is emerging that the Kiev and Western propaganda peddlers on Twitter are beginning to set up a scenario to frame Russia in the case of the car explosion that killed one OSCE observer on April 23. This follows on the heels of the US White House announcement that a full investigation is needed, and the the OSCE should head that inquiry. Now the ground work is being laid in “social media”—which are heavily relied upon for such “investigations”—to incriminate Russia. This is the same pattern that emerged on Twitter following the July 17, 2014 crash of the Malaysian Airliner Flight MH17. Studying the subject daily over the next year, I saw numerous tweets that seemed to offer “evidence” Russia had supplied the Donbass militias with the Buk missile that shot down the Boeing 777, replete with unprofessionally hacked photos of Buk missile trailors apparently driving on Donetsk roadways, and maps of the Buk’s improbable route from the Russian border. At the time, I thought these tweets were nonsense and didn’t believe anyone could take them seriously. Yet a web of allegations incriminating Russia and possibly Igor Strelkov began to coalesce into a broad and comprehensive fabrication. Then, to my surprise, the Dutch Safety Board MH17 investigation team used this very social media “evidence” to substantiate its probably false finding that a Buk missile indeed shot down Flight MH17, when many eye witnesses say otherwise. Now, today, I see tweets that are beginning to create a fabricated web regarding the OSCE observer’s death last Sunday. The following appeared on Twitter at 15:30 UTC today. Unknown enemy source Michael MacKay tweeted: “Sunday, an American was killed in Russia-occupied Ukraine. Russian TV arrived only 3 minutes after explosion. Dmitry Tymchuk gives timeline.” See photo above showing Tymchuk’s alleged timeline for the OSCE blast respose. ThunderBirdKY replies: “There’s simply no way they weren’t informed beforehand, some of the best ambulance services on the planet can’t respond that quickly.” Michael MacKay answers: “Pryshyb is a small village, on a bad road. I’ve driven through it. It’s 38 km/24 miles from Luhansk city. A 3 minute response is incredible.” The key accusation here is that RT knew about the car blast beforehand, implying Russian involvement. Note that the timeline was created by Ukrainian politician Dmitry Tymchuk. According to Wikipedia and other sources, Tymchuk is “a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada), a Ukrainian military expert and blogger, an officer of Ukrainian military reserve, and one of the coordinators of the Information Resistance blog. During the ongoing 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine, he became one of the most popular Ukrainian online activists and was extensively cited on the situation in the country…. In November 2014, the number of those following his Facebook page exceeded 190,000 IP addresses.” If Tymchuk’s timeline is correct—and judging by the fabrications surrounding MH17, there is no reason to believe it is—it only means that RT journalists happened to be the area, which, given it is close to the contact line, might not be unreasonable. There were similar reasonable explanations for every piece of false evidence tweeted about the MH17 tragedy. This did not stop the Dutch Safety Board from taking those tweets seriously.

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OSCE rejects going into Donbass armed, Kiev saddened / By Inessa Sinchougova (RusVesna) / Fort Russ / April 26, 2017 / Arming the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in the Donbass does not help to ensure their safety, said the deputy head of the SMM observer team, Arne Dalhaug. “It is important to understand that arming observers will not help in the threat that we constantly face. For example, a mine, like the that exploded on Sunday.” Dalhaug said that any changes to the mandate of the OSCE will be made by the Permanent Council in Vienna. “Any changes to our mandate will be made by the Permanent Council in Vienna. At the moment, there is no mention about the introduction of armed missions,” he said. Fort Russ Editor: Meanwhile, the Poroshenko regime suggested that armed missions is what should be done. Ukraine has rushed to seize the moment and extract maximum political gain from the death of an American. Kiev insists on the deployment of an international peacekeeping force to the Donbass.

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Donbass war will be discussed today in Minsk / Novorossia Today / April 26, 2017 / The next meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine will be held in Minsk, just a few days after the tragic incident in Donbass, where an OSCE mission officer was killed in an anti-tank mine explosion. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the circumstances of the incident indicate a high probability of provocation aimed at undermining the peace process. Such incidents and a general escalation of tension, according to the Ministry, are beneficial for those who are not interested in implementing the political, economic and humanitarian provisions of the Package of Measures included in the Minsk Agreements. Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s representative in the Contact Group, called the incident a diversion, noting that civilians could become victims of the explosion, and promised to review the tragic fact at the next meeting in Minsk. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at talks with OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier that Russia insists on a swift and impartial investigation into incident, when a vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission struck a mine in eastern Ukraine. “We will insist on a quick, transparent and impartial investigation involving the SMM (Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine – TASS), the Contact Group and the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination,” Lavrov said, stressing that there is the need to continue “working in all trajectories.” On April 23, an OSCE SMM car drove over an anti-tank mine near the village of Prishib in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). An American paramedic who was part of the patrol was killed and two other SMM monitors, citizens of the Czech Republic and Germany, sustained wounds. The situation in Donbass is getting worse again. On April 25, three civilians wounded as a result of military actions.

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/26/2017 / DONi News / April 26, 2017 / Situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia has deteriorated. Knowing that the OSCE SMM Chief to Ukraine Ertuğrul Apakan is present on the territory of the Republic with a working visit, there were registered five occasions of ceasefire violations on the part of Ukrainian military. Besides, all shellings were provocative and conducted from the areas of essential facilities. Thus, yesterday at 09:30 p.m. Ukrainian provocateurs conducted fire with automatic grenade launchers, anti-tank grenade launchers and a weapon system from the area of location of a gas-distributing plant of high pressure. When there was no backfire, they (Ukrainian military) repeated their provocation at 10:30 p.m. applying 82mm mortars. Positions of our units underwent shelling in the vicinities of the localities of LOGVINOVO, SMELOYE, NIZHNEYE LOZOVOYE and Zheltoye. While shellings, there were applied prohibited mortars of . . . READ MORE>>

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Train with heavy UAF equipment arrives at station 30 km from Donetsk / WeapoNews.com / Edited by Quemado Institute / April 26, 2017 / Deputy commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) operational command Colonel Eduard Basurin reported that, according to DPR intelligence, a Ukrainian train arrived at the Selidovo station carrying military equipment, including tanks and MLRS. The Donetsk news Agency quotes the message Basurin: “Marked the arrival of the train in Selidovo (about 30 km West of Donetsk), on the platform, which shipped four MLRS Grad, 12 tanks, 10 armored combat vehicles, 25 units of motor vehicles.” In addition, the DPR’s intelligence reports on the location of several Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) tanks in the private sector on the outskirts of Avdeevka. That’s where Ukrainian troops applied constant strikes on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, hidden amidst civil infrastructure. The tanks arrived in the town from the UAF 72nd separate mechanized brigade. LPR Spokesman Colonel Marochko told the media that the people’s militia of the Republic of Lugansk ousted a Ukrainian unit near the village of Sokolniki. Recall that, according to LPR intelligence, a sabotage and reconnaissance group abandoned that area of the Republic prior to blasting of the car of the special representatives of the monitoring group of the OSCE. Marochko: “During search activities, our scouts found it (DRG) at 22:00 in one of the abandoned houses. After the failure of the saboteurs from the surrender of weapons, the battle began [sic]. At the same time from the territory controlled by the Ukrainian forces, the enemy began to support a breakthrough of a sabotage group with intense fire from AGS-17 and a heavy machine gun.” Under fire cover, the enemy managed to escape in the direction of the village of Crimea on the territory controlled by the UAF.

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‘Direct Interference’: Why US Military Instructors Stay On in Ukraine’s Donbass / Sputnik / April 26, 2017 / The arrival of US military instructors in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region indicates Washington’s “direct interference” in the Ukrainian conflict, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets told Sputnik. In an interview with Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Baranets described the arrival of US military instructors in Donbass as direct White House interference in the Ukrainian conflict. Earlier, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) reported the arrival of American military instructors in the conflict zone in Donbass. “The arrival of military instructors from the United States in the area of the so-called anti-terrorist operation [in Donbass] has been tracked, ATO has been established,” DPR Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin said, adding that “one of the goals of the arrival of US instructors was to check the readiness of Ukrainian Armed Forces for combat operations.” Speaking to Sputnik, Viktor Baranets pointed to the fact that the American instructors had worked in Ukraine in previous months and that they are currently being rotated in. “American instructors were in place there from the very beginning, and they were endorsed by the Security Service of Ukraine. What’s more, the US instructors trained servicemen from the Ukrainian Armed Forces who were deployed to the Donetsk front line,” Baranets said. According to him, “foreign military hardware was also supplied to the Ukrainian servicemen” who were stationed . . . READ MORE>>

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

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/25/2017 / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 30 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was shelled with mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, and small arms. 61 mortar shells of 82mm and 120mm calibre and 220 ammos from various types of grenade launchers were launched onto the areas of Krutaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Spartak and the former Donetsk airport from the positions of the 72nd separate mechanized AFU brigade. The Petrovsky district of Donetsk was underwent a shelling from the positions of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade. The enemy launched 13 mortar shells of 82mm calibre and 90 ammos from portable and automatic grenade launchers. In addition, war criminals from the 53rd, 30th separate mechanized brigades, 25th airborne brigade and 36th separate marine brigade shelled the areas of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Ozeryanovka, Kominternovo, Sakhanka and Leninskoye localities with small arms. One residential house in Zaitsevo locality on Latsis Street, 36, sustained damage, the Republic’s territory having been shelled by the AFU. As a result of a mortar shelling of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, two civilians were wounded: Butenko Alexander Nikolayevich, born in 1955, and Butenko Svetlana Vladimirovna, born in 1957. *** Our sources detected the arrival of military instructors from the United States to the units’ bases located in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone with a view to participate in the inspection of the earlier transferred military property. Our reconnaissance established that this was not the only goal of the commission’s arrival. Thus, in the 92nd separate mechanized brigade, the readiness for combat operations is being verified, as well as the results of the earlier arrived military instructors’ work in this brigade. At that, in one of inner circles of Ukraine’s military and political authorities, one of the versions of such an unexpected inspection is being voiced: data preparation for the decision on lethal weapons’ allocation to Ukraine. But, preliminary conclusions of the commission’s work are already clear, as the US reduces Ukraine’s financing by more than 3 times, according to this day’s reports in Western media. According to a source in the Military Law Enforcement . . . READ MORE>>

OSCE Mission Car Blast in Donbass: Accidental Explosion or ‘False Flag’ by Kiev? / Sputnik / April 25, 2017 / Sunday’s destruction of an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission vehicle in eastern Ukraine comes at a moment that’s suspiciously convenient for Kiev, Ukrainian and Russian observers say, particularly as the US and European countries consider a significant reduction in assistance to their Ukrainian partners. On Sunday, a two vehicle convoy from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) carrying out monitoring in the eastern Ukrainian breakaway region of Lugansk was struck, destroying one of the vehicles. The deadly incident, thought by OSCE chairman Sebastian Kurz to have been the result of a mine blast, killed one US national and injured two OSCE staff members from Germany and the Czech Republic. The Security Service of Ukraine immediately opened a criminal investigation into the incident. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, meanwhile, has claimed that authorities from the Donbass breakaways were responsible. Shortly after the attack, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The president proposed introducing UN peacekeepers into the war-torn region, and accused Russia, which is a guarantor, but not a party to the Minsk peace agreements, of failing to fulfill the deal’s provisions. Kiev officials also used the attack to propose that OSCE observers in Ukraine be armed, notwithstanding the fact that the organization’s monitoring mission obliges them to maintain their neutrality. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the attack by insisting on the need for a “prompt, impartial, transparent investigation.” Russia’s Foreign Ministry has also issued a separate statement saying that “the circumstances of the incident indicate a high probability of a provocation aimed at undermining the peaceful settlement process in Donbass.” Speaking to Radio Sputnik, political scientist Rostislav Ischenko, president of the Ukraine-based Center for Systemic Analysis, stressed that although he was confident that authorities from the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) would allow Ukrainian investigators to conduct their investigation into the blast, together with other international investigators, it remains unclear whether Kiev will take advantage of such an invitation, since they do not recognize LPR authorities as a legitimate party for negotiations. More significant, according to the analyst, was the fact that the blast took place at a . . . READ MORE>> [extensive analysis]. Editor’s note: See related article at mianews.ru: Two more mines were found on the site of the bombing of the OSCE car near the city Lugansk

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Ukrainian Army Continues its Advance into Donbass / By Zorana Dobriza / Global Research / April 25, 2017 / OSCE Observers Became Victims of Another Ukrainian Armed Forces Diversion in the Donbass. / The Ukrainian army continues to increase its activity in the east of the country in the combat zone between the Ukrainian armed forces and the Luhansk People’s Republic’s units. Thus, in the morning of April 23 a patrol vehicle of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) blew up on a mine in not controlled by Kiev Slavyanoserbsky district of the Lugansk region. As a result of the explosion, a US citizen working as a medical officer of the mission was killed and two mission employees were injured. Being unable to conduct active armed actions, Kiev focused its efforts on asymmetric combat operations against the Donbass insurgents through sabotage actions. A.Marochko, an official representative of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic, said that the undermining of the cars of the OSCE mission is a terrorist act of Ukrainian special services that was committed by saboteurs of the 8th Special Regiment of Special Forces of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The possibility of execution of such terroristic acts was previously officially announced by the Minister of State Security of the Luhansk People’s Republic L. Pasechnik. On February 4, 2017, he noted that the the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic had information concerning the Ukrainian special services attempts to assassinate international mission personnel working in the Luhansk People’s Republic. S. Ivanchuk and I. Deyev, servicemen of the 8th Special Purpose Regiment of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukranian Armed Forces arrested in February being interrogated confirmed the fact that the Ukrainian Special Forces had the representatives of the OSCE shadowed. Major Ivanchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Group of Diversions and Reconnaissance confirmed during the interrogation that he had shadowed the movements of the OSCE staff and then had passed this information to the Ukrainian Security Service. He also admitted that the corresponding task was assigned to him by Colonel Sandursky known by the call sign “Khutor”, his curator from the Security Service. In the course of the engineering reconnaissance of the area conducted on April 24, 2017 by the units of the People’s Militia of the Luhansk People’s Republic at the zone of the diversion aimed at the crew of the OSCE, a so-called “lying place” organized by the Ukrainian Group of Diversions and Reconnaissance was identified at a distance of 500-700 meters from the indicated location. Based on the evidences found and the nature of the actions it was established that the group consisted of three people. The senior serviceman of the group was Major Goluzyak Sergey Vyacheslavovich from the 8th separate special regiment of the Special Operations Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. It is noteworthy that at present units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are being trained by military instructors from Poland, Lithuania and Denmark at the Yavoriv training ground in the Lviv region. The training of the Armed Forces is led by Colonel David Jordan of the US Armed Forces, who may become the head of the “OSCE peacekeeping mission” in the Donbass region. Undermining of the OSCE vehicle is another attempt to disrupt the Minsk settling process within the South-East of Ukraine which goal is to create preconditions for the unarmed OSCE troops entry to the territory of the unrecognized republics. The question is who from the Ukrainian governance will be able to provide guarantees for their security?

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OSCE begins internal probe into SMM car blast in Donbass / en.news-front.info / April 25, 2017 / The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has launched an internal investigation into an explosion of a car that carried OSCE observers in the Donbass region, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said on Tuesday following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. According to Zannier, the Ukrainian crisis “was one of the key focuses of our debates today, also in light of the unfortunate incident that we had a couple of days ago, when we had the first victim in our operation.” “We are taking this very seriously,” he said. “I’m now setting an internal investigation. There will be also a criminal investigation to understand who are responsible for this outcome. There was a mine left on the road that is used also by civilians and the victims could have been others as well.” The OSCE calls on parties to the Ukrainian conflict to implement the agreement on demining. “It’s important to get all the sides to implement some of the agreements, including the agreement on demining,” he said. “It’s a terrible conflict and civilian . . . READ MORE>>

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Sergei Lavrov (–AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

Lavrov “pulled” Poroshenko: Minsk does not provide for the introduction of peacekeepers in Donbass / The NewsPapers / April 25, 2017 / The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov reacted to the idea of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the intensification of efforts in the Donbass peacekeepers of the United Nations. According to the head of Russian diplomacy, the placement of UN troops in the East of Ukraine contradict the Minsk agreements, on the contrary, they supported the role of the special monitoring mission of the OSCE. “He does a lot of statements, to me it is difficult to comment. All these statements are aimed only at one thing — to take responsibility for the signature Petro Poroshenko put under the Minsk agreements. Anything that is required to make the Ukrainian side is not done under various pretexts,” — said Lavrov on the results of negotiations with Secretary General of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe Lamberto Zannier. Earlier, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the issue of deployment of UN peacekeepers in the Donbass requires the consent of all parties to the armed conflict — the Ukrainian authorities and the leadership of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.

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OSCE mission resumes patrolling of Donbas / en.interfax.com.ua / April 25, 2017 / The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) reported resumption of its activity on both sides of the Donbas contact line on Tuesday. “Today the OSCE SMM resumed its patrolling on both sides of the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the mission said on Facebook. “We continue to take mitigation measures to ensure our monitors’ security and safety are in place. The patrols are conducted with some restrictions due to an ongoing assessment of the events on Sunday morning,” the mission said. “The SMM remains committed to fulfilling its mandate and contributing to bringing peace to the people of Ukraine including through monitoring and reporting on the security situation. In order to fulfill this task the Mission needs safe, secure and unconditional access for the SMM monitors,” the mission said. It had been reported earlier that the OSCE SMM patrol vehicle had been blown up presumably by a landmine in the area of Luhansk region uncontrolled by Kyiv on April 23, A U.S. citizen was killed, and citizens of Germany and the Czech Republic suffered injuries. All OSCE SMM patrols were summoned back to base after that incident. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/417875.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter]

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Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 04/25/2017 / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Situation in the responsibility zone of the LPR People’s Militia remains tense. Despite the declared by the Ukrainian side observance of the cease-fire regime, for the past day, the enemy committed one occasion of the ceasefire violations. As I reported earlier, last night a military clash took place with the enemy’s sabotage group in the vicinity of Sokolniki locality. None of the servicemen of the LPR People’s Militia suffered. During the investigation conducted by the security forces of the Lugansk People’s Republic, one saboteur was wounded. A route along which a subversive and reconnaissance group managed to cross the contact line and withdraw to the territory controlled by Ukraine has been established. Investigative actions on the site of the night clash continue. I note that the Ukrainian media interpret this fight as supposedly staged. These statements were . . . READ MORE>>

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Dmitry Peskov (–Vladimir Astapkovich/Host photo agency)

Kiev’s Blackout for Lugansk Republic ‘Step Toward Rejection’ of Area – Kremlin / Sputnik / April 25, 2017 / Ukraine’s decision to de-energize the Lugansk People’s Republic is yet another step toward the rejection of the territory, which also contradicts the Minsk agreements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. He underscored that Moscow is doing its best to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Donbass republics. MOSCOW / On Tuesday, Russia’s representative to the Ukraine contact group said that Moscow decided to provide electricity to the Lugansk Republic after Kiev had cut the supplies citing debts. “The de-energization of the Lugansk region is another step on the path of Ukraine’s rejection of its territories. This is a step that contradicts the spirit of the Minsk agreements, which does not bring us closer to the implementation of these Minsk agreements, but rather distances us from the ultimate goal,” Peskov told journalists. “Certainly, Russia has always done and is doing a lot, for humanitarian reasons, to help minimize the consequences for people who live in Donbass,” he said. [More general background at source.]

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LPR fully provided with electricity from local sources – Emergencies Ministry / Lugansk Media Center / April 25, 2017 / LPR is fully provided with electricity using its own sources, the Republic’s Emergencies Minister Sergey Ivanushkin said on Tuesday. “Yesterday, at 11:41 p.m. Ukraine stopped power supply via 220V LuTES-Kirovo and 380V LuTES-Mikhailovka transmission lines which feed the northern part of the region,” Ivanushkin said. “Forty minutes after the cutoff, power supply was restored to key Lugansk areas. By 2:20 a.m. we had fully switched over to our own power sources,” he said. “The power flow to Ukraine stopped; we fully operate on our energy. All the Republic has power supply.” “We accomplished it because electricity had been supplied to LPR from several directions. We refitted power lines, assessed new power supply schemes and connected Lugansk to internal power supply,” he went on. “We now use reserve sources which we initially planned to use in case of such cutoffs, because after 2014 we were aware that with this kind of treatment and shelling they would turn off both water and power supply. So we’ve made preparations since; the Republic is operating in a normal mode despite the Ukraine-imposed blockade.” “In 2014, transmission lines around Lugansk were cut; repairs were carried out without Ukraine. Now we have returned to the power supply plans prepared during the fighting back then,” Ivanushkin said.

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Russia to provide electricity to LPR / DONi News / April 25, 2017 / Russian Energy Ministry made a decision on LPR electricity supply by Russian Federation after Ukrainian energy supply cessation. The Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry and state enterprise “Energorynok” ceased the LPR power supply at midnight on April 25. “Such actions on the part of the Ukrainian government can cause the humanitarian catastrophe, that is why Russian Energy Ministry decided to provide electricity supply to the LPR from the Russian territory in frames of the humanitarian aid providing. It was managed to save the stable electricity supply level for the affected Lugansk region’s subscribers,” underlined the Ministry’s representative. It should be borne in mind that there are local power sources in Donetsk region (Zuevskaya and Starobeshevskaya thermal power plants), total capacity of which is quite enough to provide energy for the local consumption and to supply the affected Lugansk region’s territory. Russian Energy Ministry didn’t comment upon the LPR being supplied with Russian energy. Earlier the LPR Energy Ministry claimed that presently it provides the LPR electricity supply on their own with local sources.

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Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran… Falsifying History is Uncle Sam’s Way to War / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / April 23, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the International Arctic Forum this week on the real and present dangers from falsifying history. He said such deliberate distortion of history erodes international law and order, creating chaos and leading to further conflict. The Russian leader deplored the use of history as an «ideological weapon» to demonize others, and he said that without proper understanding of history we are bound to repeat mistakes of the past. That also reminds one of the maxim Karl Marx once wrote: «History repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce». As if on cue, while Putin was enumerating the dangers of false history, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was being hosted in London by British premier Theresa May during a two-day visit. The Kiev-based regime that Poroshenko leads came to power through an illegal, violent coup against an elected government in February 2014, with clandestine support from Washington and the European Union. The Ukrainian state military ever since have been waging a war on the eastern region of the country, resulting in a death toll of over 10,000 and up to a million displaced. All because the ethnic Russian population of the eastern Donbas region refuses to recognize the Kiev regime’s legitimacy owing to its illegal power grab three years ago. However, the way Poroshenko and the Kiev regime tells it, Ukraine is fighting off an invasion by Russia. The Ukrainian president’s falsification of history was dignified by his British host who dutifully nodded along as Poroshenko claimed that his country was a bulwark of Europe’s defense against Russian invasion. «This is not Ukraine’s struggle, it is Europe’s struggle. Sanctions and the resistance of the Ukrainian army are the only reason why Russian tanks are not much further in Europe», said Poroshenko whose asinine version of history received tacit British approval. Inadvertently, Poroshenko can be seen as confirming the perils of historical defamation that Putin was warning of. Falsifying recent and contemporary events in Ukraine might be a useful expedient for drumming up Western financial and military support for the corrupt and shaky Kiev regime; such blatant propagandizing of history may also be a useful expedient for expanding . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/20/2017 / DONi News / April 20, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 25 occasions of the ceasefire regime violations. The territory of the Republic was attacked with mortars of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, grenade launchers and small arms. From the positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 79 rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at the localities of Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka and Belaya Kamenka. From the positions of the 46 Separate Airborne Assault Battalion of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 30 rounds of various calibres were fired at the localities of Spartak and the Airport area of Donetsk. From the positions of the 53 separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 12 rounds of 82-mm calibre were fired at the locality of Zaitsevo, and from the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 4 rounds of 82-mm calibre were fired at the locality of Bezymennoye. Also, the enemy applied various grenade launchers and small arms when attacking the following localities: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Vasilyevka, Spartak, Dolomitnoye, Leninskoye, Sakhanka, the Airport area and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. As a result of attacking the positions of the DPR Armed Forces, one soldier perished. Yesterday, when attempting to penetrate into our territory, a . . . READ MORE>>

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Armed forces of Ukraine planning offensive in Mariupol direction / News-Front.info / April 20, 2017 / Urgent statement by the deputy commander of the DPR Armed Forces, Eduard Basurin. / The AFU continues to aggravate the situation on the contact line in violation of the Minsk Agreements. The «ATO» command is trying to transfer the conflict into a «hot» phase, committing provocative actions against the DPR People’s Militia. As it became known from a source in the command of the military unit A0456 (Odessa), on the eve of the May holidays, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, specifically the Ukrainian Navy units as part of one combined brigade of Marines, prepare a plan for active military operations in the Volnovakha and Novoazavsky districts of the former Donetsk region. According to the plan of the command, on April 23-24, two mobile subversive groups are planned to be deployed in the area of the locality of Shirokino. At the moment, weapons are being prepared for saboteurs. To conspire the operation of the group, it is planned to use civilian vehicles equipped with mortars. The main goal of the group is to approach the contact line as close as possible, to conduct a provocative fire on their false positions, and, consequently, justifie the beginning of retaliatory strikes on the positions of the DPR militia. Then, it is planned to launch a large-scale offensive in order to regain control over the territory of the former Donetsk region. The planning of the operation takes place against the background of the «raising the degree» of the rhetoric of the Ukrainian authorities representatives and is accompanied by the intensification of propaganda in the media controlled by Kiev. Due to the depressing moral and psychological state of the military, the authorities are making attempts to rotate the «ATO» forces units, hastily «repairing the gaps» in the vanguard of the future offensive. Recently, the Ukrainian media have spread a statement by Alexander Turchinov on the AFU steady advancement to the Russian border. By the way, soon after this statement, the head of the National Security and Defense Council was hospitalized with an . . . READ MORE>>

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Large scale Ukraine attack on Donbass may be imminent / Sott.net (from Fort Russ) / Translated by J Flores (DNR News) / April 20, 2017 / Ukrainian security officials have begun active preparations for an offensive on the southern sector of the front, on the eve of the May holidays, the Ukrainian army intends to strike in the area Shirokino village. Deputy commander of the operational command of the DPR, Eduard Basurin, said this to journalists today. “As it became known from a source in the command of the military unit A0456 (Odessa), on the eve of May holidays, the UAF, and specific units of the Ukrainian Navy as part of a consolidated Marine Brigade, have prepared a plan of active fighting in the Volnovakha and Novoazovskiy areas” Eduard Basurin said. “According to the command, around April 23-24, planned to push forward two mobile attack groups to the district of Shirokino village”, he continued. According to preliminary data, the Ukrainian security forces are going to bombard their own false position, only to allegedly return fire. The DPR believes that this incident will be used by the enemy as a pretext for attempts to unleash a large-scale offensive. “At the moment they are preparing a sabotage plan. A secret group plans to use civilian vehicles equipped with mortars”. said the representative of command.

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Having Lost American Support, Coup Leader Of Ukraine Turns To Britain For Military Help, Prime Minister May Ready To Defend Nazi Kiev Regime With British Lives / Novorossia Today / April 20, 2017 / Having gone to Britain as a fund raising stunt, Coup Leader Of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko returns home with something more valuable than money, the Prime Minister’s pledge to defend the Ukraine Junta with British lives. UK stands ready to help defend the fascist regime of Ukraine against any further Russian aggression, was the message given to Coup Leader Petro Poroshenko during yesterday’s visit and talks between the two nations. British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed Coup Leader of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday, saying Britain was “ready to support” the Ukraine Junta which is under threat from Russia, according to her spokesperson. Prime Minister May also vowed to push for further sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, something Poroshenko continues to request of any western nation that will listen to him. Yesterday Moscow’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov warned that UK’s relationship with Russia was at an all-time low. Meanwhile, more than 800 UK troops have been deployed to Eastern Europe – along with tanks and heavy armor – to defend against Russian aggression, that many are starting to ask for proof of. The Ukraine Junta continues to allege Russian occupation of it’s Donbass region as well as mass troop movements inside the war torn region, but is unable to provide proof of such activity. Local and Russian experts in turn point out that without Russia to blame all of Ukraine’s troubles, they become simply known as a failed state run by oligarchs, criminals and western corporations in bed with them. According to the Coup Leaders press service, during the meeting, Poroshenko and May have also discussed the expansion of security cooperation including more British troops becomming “more involved” in Ukraine’s internal conflict.

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Poroshenko Loses It, Says Ukraine Last Bastion Against Russian Attack on Europe / Sputnik / April 20, 2017 / During his visit to the UK this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko compared Russia with an aggressive ‘crocodile’ that will eat Europe if ‘appeased’. He also suggested that the Ukrainian army was the only thing standing in the way of a Russian invasion of Europe. Russian observers had a good laugh over the ridiculous remarks. Speaking at the Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs in London on Wednesday on the second day of his two day visit to London, Poroshenko evoked a quote by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who said during World War II that “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” Condemning Western politicians who seek to conduct dialogue with Russia, the Ukrainian President suggested that in today’s world, Russia was the crocodile. Spouting off a standard barrage of insults toward his eastern neighbor, Poroshenko complained that Russia doesn’t play by the rules, doesn’t believe in democracy or human rights, and was seeking world domination. “This is not Ukraine’s struggle, it is Europe’s struggle,” he added, as he pleaded with Western nations not to relieve sanctions pressure on Moscow. “Sanctions and the resistance of the Ukrainian army are the only reason Russian tanks are not much further into Europe,” Poroshenko suggested, his speech degenerating into something almost surreal. Russian analysts have had quite a good chuckle commenting on Poroshenko’s absurd claims. Political scientist Oleg Ignatov, for example, told Radio Sputnik that Poroshenko’s rhetoric could be ‘translated’ to mean ‘Washington, please give us weapons’. “In and of itself, such tough talk on Poroshenko’s part isn’t very surprising,” the analyst noted. “For over two years, Poroshenko has resorted to making these kinds of confrontational statements about Russia.” Today, Ignatov suggested, it’s obvious that “he wants to obtain lethal weapons from Washington,” and just as significantly, unconditional support from the Trump administration, just as he had received from President Obama. Most observers don’t believe that Washington . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladimir Putin (–Sergey Karpukhin/Reuters)

[Western media report:] Putin Quietly Detaches Ukraine’s Rebel Zones as U.S. Waffles / by Henry Meyer, Ilya Arkhipov, Stepan Kravchenko, Yuliya Fedorinova / Bloomberg / April 20, 2017 / Vladimir Putin is seizing on mixed signals from the U.S. to quietly tighten Russia’s grip on two rebel regions of Ukraine, burying hopes for a European-brokered peace deal and relief from sanctions anytime soon. While the Kremlin continues to publicly back the accord that Germany and France oversaw in 2015, Putin’s real strategy in Ukraine is to fully separate the two border areas known as the Donbas through incremental integration with Russia, three people close to the leadership in Moscow said. He has no plans to recognize or annex the territories, they said. Russia has been moving gradually, using a blockade by Ukrainian activists as political cover to take over key economic links with the separatist zones. Last week, Russian Railways slashed rates for shipping coal and iron ore to points near the rebel areas, where the metals industry provides most jobs. That will allow Russia to replace Ukrainian supplies halted by Kiev and ensure that steel plants continue to function, according to two people in the industry. “A step has been taken toward detaching Donbas — there’s no doubt about that,” a senior lawmaker in the ruling United Russia party, Konstantin Zatulin, said by phone from Moscow. Like other officials, Zatulin blamed Ukraine for forcing Moscow’s hand through the blockade, an allegation Kiev rejects. Zatulin’s assessment of the Kremlin’s plans was confirmed by Alexei Chesnakov, a former Kremlin staffer who now advises Putin’s administration on Ukraine policy, and a senior government official who asked not to be identified. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov Thursday dismissed the idea that Russia is integrating the regions, calling it “absurd” and “naive” on a conference call with reporters. Russian Citizenship: Earlier this year, Putin angered his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, by signing a decree recognizing passports and other documents issued by the separatist governments in Luhansk and Donetsk, which have already declared the ruble their official currency. The Kremlin is also considering making it easier for the 2 million residents of the regions to become Russian citizens, which would dramatically complicate any attempt by Kiev to reassert control. Moscow is implementing the so-called “Transnistria scenario,” according to the deputy head of Poroshenko’s administration, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, referring to the breakaway region in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, which hosts Russian troops but has no . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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International Court of Justice Rules Implausible Ukrainian Charge of Russian Terrorist Financing / Quemado Institute / April 19, 2017 / The International Court of Justice, in The Hague, Netherlands, reached a conclusion today in the case brought by the Ukrainian government against the Russian Federation, in which the latter was accused of financing terrorists in east Ukraine and of practicing racial discrimination in Crimea. The court ruled against Russia on the latter count, agreeing that Russia must take measures to curtail racial discrimination in Crimea, but ruled in Russia’s favor on the first count, stating that there was no plausible evidence that Russia, with intent, knowledge or purpose, financed terrorists in east Ukraine. The summary document entitled Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Formsof Racial Discrimination (Ukraine vs Russian Federation) states on page 6: The Court observes that the acts to which Ukraine refers have given rise to the death and injury of a large number of civilians. However, in order to determine whether the rights for which Ukraine seeks protection are at least plausible,it is necessary to ascertain whether there are sufficient reasons for considering that the elements set out in Article 2, such as intention and knowledge, as well as the element of purpose, are present. The Court is of the view that, at this stage of the proceedings, Ukraine has not put before it evidence which affords a sufficient basis to find it plausible that these elements are present. Therefore, it concludes that the conditions required for the indication of provisional measures in respect of the rights alleged by Ukraine on the basis of the ICSFT [International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism] are not met. Ukraine’s accusations against the RF are listed on page 22 of the full ICJ document, which says: “As examples of such acts [of terrorism as defined in Article 2] committed on its territory [by the Russian Federation], Ukraine refers, in particular, to (a) the bombing of peaceful marchers in Kharkiv; (b) the bombardment of Mariupol; (c) the attacks on Volnovakha and Kramatorsk; and (d) the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, all of which, according to the Applicant, plausibly involved an ‘intent to cause death or serious injury to civilians’ and had a plausible purpose ‘to intimidate a population’.” It is interesting that many observers believe Ukraine itself to be the guilty party in all of these events. The Russian Federation defended its case with the following argument (paragraph 71, page 25): “According to the Russian Federation, first, it cannot have breached its obligations under Article 18 of the ICSFT, since it has not been demonstrated that the armed groups in eastern Ukraine were engaging in acts of terrorism.” Russia argued its case in more detail on page 12 of the full document, stating: “The Russian Federation contends that no international body or organization seised of the current situation in eastern Ukraine has qualified the ongoing hostilities in terms of terrorism. It further contends that Ukraine has failed to submit any document from any international organization or any State other than Ukraine itself, characterizing the acts of the DPR and the LPR as acts of terrorism. The Russian Federation adds that most of the civilian casualties are in the territories under the control of the DPR and the LPR, and that multiple sources report that Ukrainian armed forces are themselves responsible for numerous acts of indiscriminate shelling, starting with the shelling of residential areas in Slavyansk in May 2014, where many civilians were killed and wounded by the shelling by Ukrainian armed forces, while residential buildings, hospitals and infrastructures were destroyed or damaged.” Editor’s note: On January 16, Ukraine filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Novorossia Vision).

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/19/2017 / DONi News / April 19, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 36 occasions of the ceasefire regime violations. The territory of the Republic was attacked with artillery of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. From the positions of the 36 separate marines brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces 49 rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre were fired at the localities of Sosnovskoye and Sakhanka. Also, the enemy applied various grenade launchers and small arms when attacking the following localities: Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Spartak, Krytaya Balka, Yasinovataya, Veseloye, Dokuchayevsk, Kominternovo, Leninskoye, Sosnovskoye, Nikolayevka, Oktyabr, the area of the Airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The Ukrainian leadership continues its policy of destabilizing the situation in Donbass. The continuous artillery shelling of the Republic’s territory, on which we have already accentuated attention, is a clear confirmation of this. Our reconnaissance records the facts of reinforcing the enemy’s forces along the contact line, including the deployment of AFU units at civilian and infrastructure facilities. So, on the territory of the Avdeyevka Coke and Chemical Plant, the deployment of Ukrainian security forces’ units has been revealed. The approaches to the locations are equipped in an engineering manner and mined, which constitutes a potential danger to civilians. We do not understand how the military and political leadership of Ukraine is going to fulfill its promises for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass against the backdrop of another statement by the Defense Minister of Ukraine about the intention to send over 20 tanks to the so-called ‘ATO’ zone and continue to build up the tank grouping on the contact line. What is it if not terror of the civilian population by Ukraine? How many peaceful inhabitants of Donbass have already perished from Ukrainian shellings? How many more will be killed by rounds hitting civilian property? Suffice it to say about the tragedy caused by accidental explosions due to improper handling of weapons and ammunition at such a facility as the Avdeyevska Coke and Chemical Plant, where chemically dangerous substances are stored. Units of the People’s Militia are constantly in a state of combat readiness. The units conduct trainings on managing artillery fire and counter-battery fighting, as well as countering the sabotage and reconnaissance groups and terrorist threats. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The Novorossia News brief 18-19 April 2017 / With Victoria Rakhmanina / Anna News / April 19, 2017 / The situation in the LPR is worsening. Kiev fighters have opened fire on the village Frunze of the Slavyanoserbsky district in the morning. They used grenade launchers, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia near the town Pervomaysk. They used antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense. 11 Ukrainian mortars and 200 soldiers arrived in the village Novoluganskoe near Debaltsevo, Eduard Basurin reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The village Spartak, suburbs of Yasinovataya and the Telmanovsky district were subjected to intensive shelling. They used tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian Side keeps on hiding banned weapons and military equipment near the contact line, Andrey Marochko reported today. The representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission reported that Ukraine restricted access in the localities Popasnaya, Katerinovka, Zolotoe, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Schastye.

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DPR Army regains control over a key height near Dokuchaevsk / Novorossia Today / April 19, 2017 / The Army DPR in the Donbass Republics retook the key height which was seized by the Ukrainian Junta army last winter. This is reported by war correspondent, Marina Kharkova, in her blog. ‘Dokuchaevsk. The height, from which we were forced to retreat with losses in winter, is returned,’ she wrote. Kharkova also reports about retaking positions in other sectors of the front. ‘Northwest. The dominant heights are ours. A lot of bags for strengthening are needed there,’ wrote the war correspondent. The Ukrainians, in their turn, are trying to conduct reconnaissance in combat on the outskirts of the Donetsk airport. ‘For two weeks, the Ukraine Junta Army have twice conducted reconnaissance in combat in the direction of of the Donetsk airport – the Volvo Center. They came out in small groups of 7 to 12 people, tried to spot fire points, tried to approach the 150-meter distance to our positions. The key word is tried,’ the reporter wrote.

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Donbass Arena: Damaged, but untouched, soon opened again in Donetsk City / DONi News / April 19, 2017 / Famous Donbass Arena in the Donetsk capital was left empty and untouched after the war in Donbass started in 2014. Now the new management under the Donetsk People’s Republic receivership of Ukrainian companies has started process to relaunch the football arena for public use. First press tour in the arena was also arranged. Prises office furniture, photographs and documents — all was left here since 2014, when the stadium ceased its operation. Now, when the DPR receivership was established at the object, the inventory of the property is undertaken. The Sports Ministry claims that stadium has a great potential. Donbass arena is quite multifunctional object, for before the war it served for some political performances and for sports events holding. The Republic’s sport sphere is really fast developing, so here we can hold different kinds of events, from ultimate fights to football matches,” said Michail Mishin the DPR Minister of Sport, Youth and Tourism. The football field is the heart of the stadium. Its condition is supported by several stuff representatives now, but they manage to water the grass, cut or fertilize it if needed. The stadium is roofed, thus the sunlight is reaching the northen part of the field, you should record it, that part is in ideal condition. Of course it will take a long time before the stadium is ready to hold the matches. Only the destructions expertise is to take at least two month. The building’s construction at the western side was badly damaged by the «tochka U» burst blast. Now the glass units suppliers are needed. Before the war, glass was imported from Turkey. Materials purchase and repair works need a considerable budget. The Republic’s government and the holding company’s management are sure that the stadium is to be repaired in the nearest future, and fans will be able to visit matches of Donbass favorite teams. —DONi News Agency; Video: OPLOT TV, 04/19/2017

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Italian delegation visited DPR / Novorossia Vision / April 20, 2017 / The Donetsk People’s Republic continues to be visited by foreign public figures. In particular, recently, the president of the Italian public organization «Cantiere Laboratorio», Vittorio Gilotti, and the president of the cultural association «Speranza, Irina Vikhoreva arrived in its territory. The Italian guests were pleasantly surprised. According to them, the Republic is an unusual country in which live people with great civic consciousness. ‘I am very glad that I was able to communicate directly with the soldiers, with those people who are defending their land,’ says Vittorio Gilotti. Upon returning home, they intend to organize a series of conferences from the north to the south, on which they will talk about the real situation in Donbass. In addition, it is planned to speak in the official government, the Italian parliament.

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A Ukraine on the Verge of Disaster Benefits No One / By Federico Pieraccini / Strategic Culture Foundation / April 19, 2017 / In the past three months, the lines of contact between Ukraine and the forces in Donbass have seen an escalation of considerable tension. Both the republics of Lugansk and Donetsk have suffered violent attacks at the hands of Kiev’s military forces. Of course all these violations are in stark contrast to what was established in the Minsk II agreements, in particular as regards the use of certain weapons systems. In addition to the military issues between Donbass and Ukraine, Kiev faces important internal struggle between oligarchs regarding economic issues. Symptomatic of this were the clashes in Avdeevka, then the attempts to capture the water filtration plant in Donetsk, and finally the blockade of coal transit from Donbass to Ukraine. All these have further deepened divisions between the components of the Ukrainian state’s power. The consequences of these events have led to greater instability in the country and decisive moves by the nationalist fringe alongside the Ukrainian SBU and other components of the military, who are the authors of the blockade of the railway lines between the Donbass and the rest of Ukraine. Intensifying the divisions within the country, the meeting between Tymoshenko and Trump has further increased tensions, with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman defining Timoshenko as the source of all problems, both economic as well are regarding corruption. Ukraine is politically divided, exacerbated by disputes between . . . READ MORE>>

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/18/2017 / DONi News / April 18, 2017 / Over the past day, there were registered 32 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Republic’s territory was fired with mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms. Mortar detachments of the 46th separate air assault brigade of the 72nd separate mechanized AFU brigade launched 397 mortar shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the areas of Yasinovataya, Spartak and the airport of Donetsk. Nine tank rounds and 12 mortar shells of various calibre were fired at the area of ​​Belaya Kamenka village from the positions of the 30th separate mechanized brigade. Also, the enemy was actively applying various types of grenade launchers and small arms against the areas of the localities of Zaitsevo, Gorlovka, Krutaya Balka, Kulikovo, Sakhanka, Bezymennoye, Leninskoye, Dzerzhinskoye, Sosnovskoye, Dolomitnoye, Oktyabr and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The AFU command continues taking measures for augmenting its positions along the entire contact line. Thus, according to our reconnaissance, in Novoluganskoye locality (3 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of 18 mortars of 120mm and 82mm calibre and 200 servicemen of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade. As we can see, last night was very restless in Avdeyevka locality, several houses were . . . READ MORE>>

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Fire intensity at the contact line in DPR remains relatively low / Essence of Time / April 18, 2017 / Trench combat of variable intensity continues on the several parts of the front, but fire intensity remains relatively low, a source in the Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on April 18th. The situation is tense in the northern and south-western suburbs of Gorlovka, in Avdeevka industrial zone, in the area of the village of Spartak, and in the western suburbs of the Petrovksy district of Donetsk, as well as in the south of the Republic. There is no information on destructions and victims among the civilian population. DPR PM intelligence informs on the reinforcements of the Ukrainian army on the Debaltsevo direction. A battalion of the soldiers from the 53rd independent mechanized brigade arrived in the area of the village of Novoluganskoye. There is also information on the redeployment of a battery of 82mm mortars and a battery of 120mm mortars. According to recent information, on April 17th, the Ukrainian side violated ceasefire 32 times. The enemy opened fire on 16 towns and villages of DPR with tanks, mortars of various calibers, infantry fighting vehicles, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Kiev fighters shell Frunze village, LPR, with grenade launchers / DONi News / April 18, 2017 / Kiev forces fired the area of Frunze village in the Slavyanoserbsky district with automatic grenade launchers this morning, reported the official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Lieutenant-Colonel Andrei Marochko. “The armed forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire at 9:50 am. The fire at Frunze locality was launched with automatic grenade launchers from the direction of Krymsloye locality,” said the Lieutenant-Colonel. Previously, Marochko said that the situation on the contact line in the LPR had deteriorated over the past day.

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300 NATO-equipped military instructors arrive at Mariupol and Gorlovka areas / DONi News / April 17, 2017 / The DPR reconnaissance has detected the redeployment of 300 foreign military instructors in Gorlovka and Mariopol areas, committed by the Ukrainian side, reports the DPR Operational Command’s Vice-Commander, Eduard Basurin. “The arrival of over 300 foreign military instructors, equipped and armed according to the NATO standards was recorded in the ‘ATO’ zone,” said the Command’s representative. He underlined that some of the foreign instructors were detected at the positions of the 25th separate airportable brigade near the city of Konstantinovka and in the 36th separate marine brigade’s dislocation area near the city of Mariupol. According to the Vice-Commander, there is a tendency among some European countries to send military instructors to Ukraine instead of sending real help like weapons and shells. In addition, according to the DPR reconnaissance, Kiev redeployed four artillery guns of 122 mm caliber and established three new artillery positions near Donetsk. Thus, in the villages of Yasnobrodovka and Netailovo of the occupied part of the Yasinovataya district to 14 and 10 km away from the front line, the reconnaissance detected two automatic weapons Gvozdika and two howitzers D-30. In the village of Georgievka, 7 km to the west from the capital, 122-mm towed howitzers were found.

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Plotnitsky, Zakharchenko (–02varvara.wordpress.com)

Lugansk People’s Republic calls for international investigation of chemical weapons proliferation by Ukrainian regime / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / April 18, 2017 / The United States and its allies have yet to respond. / The Duran recently reported on stories that forces of the Ukrainian regime have used chemical weapons on Donbass, including on civilian populations. Today, the Lugansk People’s Republic in Donbass has issued a statement urging for international condemnation of and further investigations into the chemical weapons that the Kiev regime holds in its weapons arsenals. Andrey Marochko, the spokesman for the militia of the Lugansk People’s Repulbic has said, “I wish to draw your attention to mendacious statements by the Ukrainian party that it has no storage sites or arsenals of chemical weapons and components. We are well aware that contrary to the Convention, there are chemical weapons in Ukrainian territory. I’m calling upon the international community to address the problem at hand as Ukraine might use this kind of weapon or its unsanctioned use might occur due to low morale and psychological state of Ukrainian servicemen”. Evidence, including video and forensic investigations have shown that the Ukrainian regime is acting in contravention of the Chemical Weapons Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction of 1993. A thorough international investigation is necessary. READ MORE: When Ukraine dropped chemical weapons on Donbass, the west didn’t care (VIDEO)

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“Burn Crimea and Donbass to the ground” – Ukrainian Colonel / By Inessa Sinchougova (Rusvesna) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The Ukraine will not be able to end the Donbass conflict via political means, “because they hate us, and we have them.” This comes from an interview in Ukrainian media with Colonel Vsevolod Steblyuk, formerly part of “ATO”. He added that in order to “free the occupied territories” of the Donbass and the Crimea – they needed to burn it to the ground. When the journalist asked how to “free” the Ukrainian people on the occupied territories – Steblyuk replied that those who chose to stay there, do not want to be liberated. “I speak to many people, journalists and residents of DPR and LPR, and for the most part they are happy with what’s going on there. They think they are heroes.” – says Steblyuk. No diplomatic solution to the conflict is possible according to the Colonel. “To take the occupied territories by force would eventuate in a large amount of casualties.” [Fort Russ translator’s note: In order to ‘liberate’ the areas, Steblyuk used the Russian word of “zachistka” which in it’s literal sense means ‘to sweep away fully’. It’s closest English equivalent only leaves me with “genocide”?] Steblyuk continued that this would be in line with “Kremlin methods” – “In the very same way that Russians did it in Chechnya, burning it to the ground.” The statement is not even remotely true. “But the world would not understand us, if we did it…” he added, similarly confused as to the capabilities of the Ukrainian army.

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Savchenko: Ukraine has lost Donbass / By Inessa Sinchougova (Antifascist.com) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The only aspect now linking the Donbass to the Ukraine is the exchange of prisoners. Everything else the Ukraine has already lost – said Nadezhda Savchenko. The DPR and the LPR no longer rely on Kiev for anything, having made considerable adjustments to their economy and political networks. According to the politician, Kiev has lost all leverage in being able to influence the Republics, and they only have themselves to blame. They let precious time go to waste, releasing control over strategic questions that could have brought the Republics under Kiev’s influence. “I don’t want to prophesize something bad, this is just the physical feeling that I have. As a pilot – they don’t just fly and look around, they feel the flight with every fibre of their body. In the same way, sometimes you feel a situation – we are losing because we did not act confidently in political decision-making over the past three years.” Similarly, she says that Kiev’s excuses, that elections in the Donbass “under rebel machine guns” could not have taken place, are nonsensical. “The choice of the people of the Donbass would have been the same irrespective of armed rebels.” Fort Russ Editor: It would seem that Savchenko, in a rare statement for peace, is pro-elections in the Donbass as per the Minsk agreements. This has not been allowed to occur so far. It is reasonable to suppose that if the political process begun as it should have, when the economies of the regions were still closely tied, the breakaway Republics would have a lot more aspects to consider in their decisions.

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Trump would like to see Ukraine’s expenditure reports, Democrats’ funding / By Inessa Sinchougova (PolitNavigator) / Fort Russ / April 18, 2017 / The meeting of President Trump and President Poroshenko in the near future is unlikely – writes director of the “Ukrainian Politics” Fund, Kost Bondarenko. “In February, Pavel Klimkin (diplomat) went [to the US] to organise a meeting between Poroshenko and Trump, and also prematurely announced it. Now we’re into April, but there is no set meeting date. As far as understand, there is no plan for it to occur it all.” He noted that Klimkin went to Washington not for the purposes of organising the event, but to meet with lobbyists who are pro-Kiev. “Poroshenko has many lobbyists on his side, who have promised him a meeting with President Trump. Nevertheless, Trump has voiced a number of questions in respect of this. The first time was during a meeting with Mrs. Merkel, when he asked why should the US, and not Europe, be responsible for the Ukraine?” Secondly, it is said that Trump has agreed to meet with Poroshenko but only after sufficient reports have been received as to how Kiev has been spending US funding. Thirdly, Ukraine must make public all the transactions that took place between the Democrats and Kiev. There are things that the Ukraine is silent about because these transactions included highly classified documentation for the delivery of arms to the area and the use of covert mercenaries from other countries on Ukrainian territory. “Revealing such information is not beneficial to the Ukraine at the current time, and so I believe this meeting is not going to occur” – writes the author.

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Poroshenko Arrives into London / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / April 18, 2017 / What must be pretty much the last thing you want if you’re Theresa May? You’ve just announced a snap General Election, you’ve got literally a million things to do. And, there it is – a pre-arranged visit by Ukraine’s often inebriated, always crazy, president, Poroshenko. And you just know he’s not going to say ‘Theresa, you must be up to your neck at the moment another time?’ Petr’s got his invite, he’s coming! What to expect? Will it be waving Russian passports around, waving bits of a bus around? Accusing Putin of killing the pharaoh (Poroshenko recently claimed Putin used the London terrorist attacks of March 22nd to murder someone on the sly in Kiev, no less). Well, let’s see. Poroshenko arrives into London tomorrow. [Links available at source.]

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Sergei Lavrov (–Al-Masdar News)

Lavrov: Calls for military advance in Donbass shows Kiev ‘chooses to disregard Minsk deal’ / Sott.net (from DONi News) / April 18, 2017 / The statement made by Ukraine’s Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov that the Ukrainian Armed Forces should move forward in Donbass proves refusal from the Minsk agreements, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday, reports TASS. “Stable doubts about adequacy of Ukrainian politicians emerged long ago,” he said. “This is not the first statement of the kind. Before Turchinov, a similarly threatening, hostile rhetoric was used regularly by President (of Ukraine Pyotr) Poroshenko, and (Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Andrei) Parubiy, and others. This means the Ukrainian leaders do not want to observe the Minsk agreements even in the part related to settlement of security issues. Formally, Poroshenko names the security problems the main part of the Minsk agreements, and until the security issues are not settled, he refuses to discuss the political process,” the Russian foreign minister said. “Turchinov’s statement means Kiev refuses to fulfil the very part of the Minsk agreements, which is related to security, and which it considers the priority and absolutely integral to have everything else solved later on,” Lavrov said. “I believe, it is already clear to all that this is the conscientious choice of the Ukrainian leaders. And it also means Kiev does not care about their European sponsors. The Kremlin’s press service has announced already upcoming contacts in the Normandy Format (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France – TASS),” Lavrov said. “I believe, this would be one of very important questions to be discussed.” The media earlier published Turchinov’s statement, where he said the Ukrainian military should “meter after meter, kilometer after kilometer move eastwards.”

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Moscow Launches Criminal Case Over Kiev Abducting Russian Volunteers in Donbass / Sputnik / April 17, 2017 / Moscow opened a criminal case over Ukraine’s law enforcement abducting Russian citizens who volunteered to help Donbass refugees. / MOSCOW / A criminal case has been launched into the 2014-2015 abductions by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies of Russian citizens in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian Investigative Committee said Monday. “A criminal case was opened on the basis of the crimes specified by Article 126 of the Russian Criminal Case (abduction),” Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said. The case covers a December 2014 abduction of a 36-year-old Russian volunteer who was freed two years later and an April 2015 abduction of a group of volunteers involved in providing assistance to Donbass refugees, Petrenko said. The Donbass conflict erupted in April 2014 as a local counter-reaction to the West-sponsored Maidan coup in Kiev that had toppled President Viktor Yanukovych in February. Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions held independence referendums and proclaimed the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. Kiev has since been conducting a military operation, encountering stiff local resistance. In February 2015, Kiev forces and Donbass independence supporters signed a peace agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in Donbass, as well as constitutional reforms that would give a special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Despite the agreement brokered by the Normandy Four states (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine), the ceasefire regime is regularly violated, with both sides accusing each other of multiple breaches, undermining the terms of the accord.

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Donbass “humanitarian offensive” will pay off in the long run – expert / Translated from PolitNavigator by J. Arnoldski for Fort Russ / April 17, 2017 / According to Russian political analyst Oleg Bondarenko, Ukrainian media underestimate the Humanitarian Program for Reunifying the People of Donbass announced by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics’ which de-fact aids residents of the entire South-East of Ukraine. In so doing, Donetsk and Lugansk have gone on an ideological offensive and seized the initiative from Petro Poroshenko. “This program includes the provision of free medical care, including cancer treatment, cardiac surgery, endoprosthetics, and obstetric aid, a full cycle of free education, including the possibility of transferring from any Ukrainian university, and payments for veterans of the Great Patriotic War. This program’s operations apply first and foremost to residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions controlled by Ukraine. However, it de facto applies to all citizens of Ukraine regardless of their place of residence. There have already been inquiries from the Odessa, Kharkov, and Dnepropetrovsk regions which were considered positive,” Bondarenko explained. The expert forecasted: “At such a pace, the authorities of the self-proclaimed republics risk getting a wave of requests for help, first and foremost medical care, from the residents of at least all of South-East Ukraine where, as is known, there has de facto long since been no free medicine. Considerable funds (for example, one peacemaker costs 60,000 rubles plus) have been allocated for the program, but from a political point of view they can be considered long-term investments which will undoubtedly pay off.” “All of this suggests that the authorities of the DPR and LPR have more effectively ridden the wave of ‘united Donbass’ than Ukraine, and they now intend to build Donbass’ subjectivity. Of course, it would be difficult to imagine this process without Moscow’s help, but with his recent decision to recognize the passports of the unrecognized republics, President Vladimir Putin de-facto gave it the green light. Where and how it will stop is a good question,” Bondarenko said.

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Alexander Khodakovsky (–Northwoods Ministries)

Is A Major Ukrainian Offensive Against The Rebels Looming? / By Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge / April 18, 2017 / On December 24, 2016, Ukraine Rebels Agreed to a New Indefinite Truce. It is the latest in many truces that neither side has honored since the Minsk Protocol, was signed on 5 September 2014. The Minsk ceasefire agreement completely collapsed in January 2015, with renewed heavy fighting across the conflict zone, including Donetsk International Airport and Debaltsovo. A new ceasefire, called Minsk II, was agreed to on 12 February 2015. Minsk II largely held if you don’t count near-daily artillery fire and periodic small-unit actions that have killed many hundreds on each side. However, there are numerous signs another major outbreak might be at hand. Speculation on a renewed major outbreak comes from an April 9 Website Post by Alexander Khodakovsky. That poster, from the preceding link, is reminiscent of a WWII call to arms. The message on the poster translates as “Join the Peoples’ Militia!” Wikipedia notes Alexander Khodakovsky is the commander of the pro-Russian Vostok Battalion formed in early May 2014 during the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass. Khodakovsky is a former commander of the Alpha special unit of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). During the 2014 insurgency in the Donbass, he left Ukrainian state service and became the leader of the pro-Russian “Patriotic Forces of Donbass” in Donetsk Oblast, and later (until July 16, 2014 when he was replaced by Vladimir Antyufeyev) the Security Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). Reader Jacob Dreizin emailed that other warning signs of a potential offensive include an intense barrage of warlike statements from Ukrainian officials including the Interior Minister and the National Security Council chief, as well as social media chatter from individuals claiming to be local residents, about unusually intense Ukrainian military aircraft activity to/from the Kramatorsk airfield (about 30 miles from the frontline) and other locations in the Ukraine-controlled part of the Donbass. In other posts, Khodakovsky speaks of unusually heavy concentrations of Ukrainian material near the front, and warns that Ukraine is likely to launch an offensive soon, with an eye to victory before or around May 9th, a day which . . . READ MORE>>

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Monday, April 17, 2017
(Brief update)

DPR President Zakharchenko: Questions From Around the World / Quemado Institute (from Novorossia Today ) / April 17, 2017 / Introduction by Kennedy Applebaum: I am impressed yet again with the brilliance and humanity of Alexander Zakharchenko, distinguished leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Setting an example of diplomacy, Zakharchenko kindly answers questions from enemy as well as friend. We thank the publication Novorossia Today for making available this question-answer session with the DPR President. – “What do I think of America? It seems to me that this country, which started very well, is now lost. And this is a matter of ideology: tolerance, the dictatorship of minorities, sexual revolutions and the absence of restraining moral principles, the destruction of the bond between generations … And also deception and pharisaism. An illusion. As a result, we see a split between the people and the elites. So, America is facing a serious shock. I do not understand how it can serve as a model for anyone.” –Alexander Zakharchenko / EXCLUSIVE: Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko Answers Questions From All Over the World, from Ukraine To New York / April 16, 2017 / Vadim, Mariupol cityQuestion: Inadequate “pod-heads” from among our now-former fellow citizens like to ridicule absolutely everything in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, from the prices for tomatoes to the largest funeral of our heroes and reservists’ gatherings. They say people are driven there. It’s clear that it’s from their own defectiveness. After all, they themselves drive the schoolchildren to funerals of their “camrades”, forcing them to bow before the murderers and accomplices of the murderers of children like themselves. Their latest three or four “heroes” were seen off in the last way on Maydan by just about a hundred people. I don’t even speak about the “most powerful army in Europe”, in which you can not drive normal military even with a stick, there are only some lazy and unemployed people who join it out of hopelessness and credit dependence. And even with them, there is a shortage. Nevertheless, two dozen regions is more than our two small republics. This is understandable to normal people. In this regard, I have a question about the reserve army. It consists, I understand, not only of veterans of military operations, but I’m interested in exactly these weathered reserves. Do you plan to arm all of them, as you said? If so, how fast can it be done? Obviously, the reserve is primarily a defensive force, do you expect a real escalation in the near future? Answer (Zakharchenko): Vadim, I answer your questions in turn: 1. In the reserve, we have both those who fought in 2014 and 2015, and in the majority those who have not yet fought. Of course, we focus on those who already had experience of fighting. 2. Yes, we arm all experienced reservists. This does not contradict our Weapons Law, according to which it is possible to register up to 5 pieces of firearms. I have repeatedly said that if the AFU or punitive battalions try to enter our cities, they will be flooded with red-hot lead. Each apartment can be an autonomous fire point. 3. As for your last question, again yes. We expect another escalation in the very near future. Putting it mildly. Our intelligence reports that the opposite side is fully . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
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Donetsk Defense TV News Report, 04/13/2017 / DONi News (Youtube.com) / April 13, 2017 / The contact line situation remains tense in the Donetsk People’s Republic. For the last 24 hours Ukrainian forces shelled the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, the locality of Alexandrovka and Zaitsevo locality in the north of Gorlovka. The enemy applied tanks, mortars, artillery, grenade launchers and small arms. According to the DPR power wielding agencies’ data, the shell hit was recorded at the Beloozerskaya Str., 13. The house’s roof and windows were damaged. In Alexandrovka locality the Shevchenko Str. underwent the Ukrainian shelling. One of the houses is destroyed as a result of the direct hit. Today early in the morning the Ukarinian army conducted fire at Zaitsevo locality. One direct hit at the Brusilova Str., 14 was recorded. In total, about 60 ceasefire violations were recorded over the past 24 hours. “The increase of the shelling intensity on the Ukrainian part these days is connected with the Kiev’s commission arrival at the ATO zone. The commission demanded the units’ commanders to demonstrate their readiness to continue the Donbass population genocide. While holding back the enemy, two DPR soldiers perished and one more was wounded,” said Eduard Basurin, the DPR Armed Forces’ Vice-Commander. –Video: UNION TV, 04/13/2017

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Explosion hits Ukrainian arms depot outside Yasinovataya / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / April 12, 2017 / An explosion rocked a Ukrainian arms depot outside Yasinovataya today, said DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin. “Today at around 7 a.m. an explosion occurred at the vicinity of Butovskaya mine air shaft on Kiev-controlled territory, at an ammunition depot. Most probably, the blast was caused by violations of safety rules or a targeted detonation perpetrated to conceal thefts,” he said. DPR intelligence says Ukrainian munition storage sites are exposed to critical safety violations and are subject to larceny. The most recent and bright example is a massive explosion at an ammunition warehouse in Balakleya, Kharkov district, which stored about 138,000 tons of ammunition. The blast and the subsequent detonations sparked evacuation of 20,000 people.

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Trump made a deal with China, and Russia has been given a notice; not only North Korea is now in the worst position ever, but the position of Donbass too is now weaker than ever before since March 2015 / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / April 12, 2017 / As some of you might have noted my volunteer reporting, Poroshenko arrived on Wednesday in the region of Lugansk (2/3 of it is controlled byKiev) and declared that all the tank formations of Ukraine are at full combat readiness in Donbass. Now more information is coming, following recent Khodakovski’s statement about a possible Ukrainian large attack, that, indeed, Kiev has brought to the frontline an unprecedentedly high amount of weaponry and troops, especially indeed tanks which are placed in evident attack formations. We also know that Tillerson called Poroshenko personally on Wednesday during his talks in Moscow. Khodakovsky does believe that the conflict in Donbass is moving back to a full fledged war. On my part I would add that, in temperament, Trump is a bit like Reagan. He is not a procrastinator if he can acts, and he likes to act and “have it done” instead of just going through the motion. The difference or rather gap in power between the US and its alliance, on the one hand, and the rest, and especially Russia, is tremendous. Trump is very determined to turn this large advantage into new established gains and breakthroughs. (Otherwise I saw Lavrov today to be rather shaken and he tried to avoid eye contact with the audience when speaking; the old confidence was gone). [More in Russian at source.]

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Fierce Battle Near Donetsk With Use of Artillery, Armored Vehicles / Russkaya Vesna / Translated by Quemado Institute/ April 12, 2017 / A fierce battle is taking place in the northern suburbs of Donetsk. At about 20:00, in the area of the Yasinovataya checkpoint and the Donetsk airport, a battle broke out with the use of mortars, artillery and armored vehicles. As of 22:00, the intensity of the battle has increased. “It’s very scary on Partizansky Avenue, the arrivals are audible, the windows are shaking. Makeevka, the center of the Guards, [firings can be heard] loudly,” note the local residents. In addition, the [Ukrainian] Armed Forces continue mortar shelling of the village of Trudovsky in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, which began around 18:00. Editor’s note: Reports on twitter describe loud booms about once a minute.

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Donetsk Situation Report, 12.04.2017 / Novorossia Vision / April 12, 2017 / Over the past day, the Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 50 times. The enemy continued the violation of the Minsk Agreements, having launched on the territory of the Republic 311 82 and 120mm mortar shells, over a half of which (162 mortar shells) landed on the Avdeevka industrial zone. The rest of the Kiev terrorists’ mortar shells landed in the area of the airport and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk city. I urge residents of the front zone and the DPR military to take care when moving, due to the increased activity of the enemy snipers along the entire contact line. As a result of this fire, over the past day, one soldier of the Republic was killed. The OSCE mission representatives continue to record violations of the Minsk Agreements by the Ukrainian side. In particular, in the monitoring report of April 11, there is noted another fact of shooting at an UAV by the AFU. Thus, with the build-up of . . . READ MORE>>

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The news brief, 12 April 2017 / Anna News / April 12, 2017 / By newscaster Victoria Rakhmanina: The Ukrainian Army has opened fire on the village Spartak near Yasinovataya from heavy mortars in the morning, the head of the town Yasinovataya Oleg Morgun reported today. The Ukrainian fighters have shelled the representatives of the OSCE special monitoring mission near the town Pervomaysk. They used infantry fighting vehicles and small arms, the representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrey Marochko reported today. The Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled 16 localities in the Donetsk People’s Republic. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, antiaircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms. The Ukrainian sniper killed a soldier of the DPR, Eduard Basurin reported today. There was an explosion in the Ukrainian ammunition depot near Yasinovataya. Basurin said Kiev hides plunder of ammunition. Kiev fighters shelled the positions of the LPR People’s Militia 6 times near the villages Lozovoe, Frunze and Logvinovo. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, antiaircraft guns and small arms; it has been reported by the Ministry of Defense.

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DONi video report from DPR frontline village, Kominternovo
April 12, 2017 [RAW Video]

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Report by: Janus Putkonen
DONi Donbass News Agency

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Agreement Reached in Minsk on Complete Ceasefire in Donbass / Novorossiya Information Agency / Translated by Quemado Institute / April 12, 2017 / At the talks of the contact group on the settlement of the situation in Donbass, an agreement was reached on a complete ceasefire from 10:00 on April 13. This was reported by the authorized representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic at the Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego. According to him, the participants of today’s meeting of the Contact Group confirmed their commitment to the decision of March 29, 2017 regarding the fulfillment, on the eve of the Easter holidays, of the previous commitments to full compliance with the ceasefire. “In the context of that statement, a decision was made to fully observe the ceasefire from 10 am on April 13,” Deinego said. Previously it was repeatedly reported that the UAF [Ukrainian Armed Forces] did not comply with the agreement on a complete ceasefire. Today, Ukrainian militants opened fire on representatives of the OSCE monitoring mission. [Photo: Vladislav Deinego, Denis Pushilin]

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/09/2017 / DONi News / April 9, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours there were registered 52 occasions of ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They applied weapons including those prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Altogether, the enemy launched five projectiles, 35 tank-shells and 483 mortar-shells. Kiev terrorists massively shelled the areas of the localities of DOKUCHAYEVSK, YASINOVATAYA and the Petrovsky district of Donetsk. The enemy launched five projectiles, 35 tank-shells and 60 mortar-shells onto the area of the settlement of DOKUCHAYEVSK, having damaged a house on Lenin Street, 92 and also five residential houses in the locality of Yasnoye on Shorsa Street, 25, 29, 31, 46 and 48. AFU servicemen launched 160 mortar-shells onto the locality of YASINOVATAYA. I remind you that the Donetsk Filtering Station and power lines that provide including the locality of AVDEYEVKA on AFU-controlled territory with water and electricity. As a result of shelling the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the enemy there were damaged three residential houses on Karnavalnaya Street, 60; on Krasnoarmeiskaya Street, 7 and on Mamina-Sibiryaka, 17. Besides, as a result of damaging power lines, the localities of ELENOVKA, SIGNALNOYE and LUGANSKOYE were left without electricity. I would like to note that the enemy purposefully shells the power lines which are already located near the contact line – this makes it difficult to repair them in time. One DPR serviceman perished because of artillery shellings by the enemy. Thus, Kiev keeps waging the terrorist war, the population on the territory of Ukraine suffers from which as well. We keep registering irrecoverable losses among AFU servicemen. Thus, on April 7th in the vicinity of the locality of KRASNOGOROVKA, in the responsibility zone of the 1st battalion of the 92nd separate mechanized brigade as a result of violating the fire safety regulations there was destroyed a blindage. As a result of fire one serviceman perished and the two were wounded. Yesterday, in the locality of AVDEYEVKA the vehicle ‘URAL’ blew up on its own mine, as a result, ammunition transported exploded. Because of the explosion, three servicemen perished and the two with a bad condition were hospitalized. Altogether, according to our data, non-battle losses in the ranks of the AFU amounted to over 900 people for two years. And all of this is as a result of criminal “heart-to-heart talks”, violations of safety requirements, of drinking alcohol and consuming drugs. It also became known that in Kiev by employees of the SBU, due to the information about sale of arms and ammunition by nationalistic units, there had been detained a warrant officer – the chief of a weapon ordnance depot of the 25th separate airborne brigade. Due to this in the vicinity of the locality of DZERZHINSK, the SBU administration initiated a check of work and weapon ordnance depots of this brigade. Knowing with what frequency weapon ordnance depots explode before an arrival of survey boards, we are calling upon the citizens of DZERZHINSK city to take all the necessary measures in case of emergency evacuation. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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The case of Wagner, Putin’s Chief of Russia’s Blackwater–“a private military company”–and his hospitable treatment by Ukraine’s SBU / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politicos / April 8, 2017 / Dmitriy Utkin better known by his nom de guerre as “Wagner,” which he chose because of his admiration for Wehrmatcht and SS, has been a commander of Russia’s leading para-military private company and was awarded personally by Putin for his fighting in Syria. In Donbass he is known or believed to be the one behind the assassinations of the most charismatic people’s Novorossiya commanders and leaders who were dreaming of a Novorossiya and Russia without oligarchs and fascists such as Mozgovoy, Batman, Dremov and others. In 2016 Wagner was able to visit Ukraine, which was noted and this led to an inquiry addressed to the Ukraine SBU (former KGB) as to whether, as one would expect, his entry to Ukraine has not been banned or whether he is not liable to arrest upon crossing the Ukrainian border. For he also did his share of fighting in Donbass and was deployed in Crimea as well. A scan of the SBU answer is part of the linked article. According to the SBU, Wagner alias Utkin is free to visit Ukraine. [More in Russian at source.]

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
(Brief update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 04/08/2017 / DONi News / April 8, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, there were registered 56 occasions of ceasefire violations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, among which: In the Gorlovka direction – 4 occasions; In the Donetsk direction – 37 occasions; In the Mariupol direction – 15 occasions. The enemy violated the Minsk accords, having fired 16 shells from heavy artillery, 12 tank shells and 383 mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic. Shelling conducted by Ukrainian terrorists during the bring holiday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary led to shrapnel injuries of two residents of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, 1980 and 1983 birth years respectively. In addition, four residential houses were damaged: In the Petrovsky district of Donetsk in the Karnavalnaya St., 25 and Zelyony Gai, 3; In Yasnoye locality: along Pobedy St., 25 and Schorsa St., 31, where two flats suffered at one blow. Casualties among the DPR army amount to one perished and one wounded. We note the facts of the enemy’s drawing mortar squadrons to the contact line in the areas of Avdeyevka, Opytnoye, Peski, Kamenka and Vodyanoye. We also revealed the arrival of an Islamic battalion in the city of Maryupol in the number of up to 500 people, which will operate in the responsibility zone of 36 separate brigade of marines. The task of the battalion is to guard the stockpiles of rocket and artillery weapons, as well as to take control of the MARIUPOL port, which became a trans-shipment base for illegal arms trade, including chemical munitions, with the countries of the Middle East. The battalion is deployed in the city of Maryupol in Bakhchivandzhi Street. The battalion’s curator is Major KARPENKO, commander of the Ukrainian National Guard troop. Thus, the Ukrainian military command, facing the reluctance of Ukrainians to replenish the ranks of the killers, involves and legitimates in their ranks Wahhabi units, whose so-called “jihad” destroys the states in the Middle East and has already reached Europe. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Lugansk People’s Republic News Round-Up: April 2nd-8th / Fort Russ / April 8, 2017 / Foreword from J. Arnoldski: Fort Russ is proud to present the first installment of our new weekly series made possible by cooperation with the editorial board of Cossack Herald newspaper, part of the Cossack Media Group based in Stakhanov, Lugansk People’s Republic, which we introduced to English-language audiences in February 2017. Cossack Herald suggested starting a regular digest or “news round-up” surveying the mass media of the People’s Republic of Donbass. In their own words: “Readers outside the DPR and the LPR know little about the processes unfolding in the political, social, and economic spheres of the republics. Meanwhile, a lot of interesting and exclusive samples of information are contained in the republics’ publications.” While for now our weekly Donbass news round-ups will mostly focus on developments in the Lugansk People’s Republic, we do plan to expand our scope and contacts to cover life in the Donetsk People’s Republic. Without further ado, the editorial staff of the newspaper Cossack Herald presents us with a digest of the most interesting news of the past week’s events in Ukraine and the People’s Republics of Donbass. / Ukraine faces energy crisis and price hikes: After the President and the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine announced the blockade of the People’s Republics of Donbass on March 15th, 2017, coal supplies from the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk to Ukraine were finally discontinued. Ukraine’s thermal power plants (TPP’s) are in fact fueled by Donbass coal. TPP plants in Ukraine were originally . . . READ MORE>>

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Happy 3rd Birthday Donetsk Peoples Republic!
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster
April 7, 2017

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Basurin reported the arrival of the “Islamic Battalion” of Ukraine in Donbass / By Anton Starkov / Life.ru (via StalkerZone) / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / April 8, 2017 / Mariupol arrived Ukrainian battalion numbering up to 500 people. According to the intelligence of the DNR, its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is Islamic, and its tasks include guarding warehouses with rocket and artillery weapons and taking control of the Mariupol port. It is through this port that Ukraine carries out illegal trade in arms and ammunition, including chemical weapons, with the countries of the Middle East, Eduard Bazurin, deputy commander of the Dniester Democratic Party, said. “We have identified the arrival of an Islamic battalion in Mariupol in the number of up to 500 people, which will operate in the zone of responsibility of the 36th Marine Brigade. The battalion is stationed on Bakhchivandzhi Street. The battalion’s curator is the commander of the company of the National Guard of Ukraine Major Karpenko,” explained Basurin.

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Nazi Ukraine Junta Parliament Verkhovna Rada Calls On U.S. Regime To Launch Missile Strikes On Russia / Novorossia Today / April 8, 2017 / Just like what is happening to Syria, the crime and madness, launching 60 Tomahawk Missiles On Civilians Ordered By The Trump Regime, Now The Nazi Parliament Of Ukraine, The Verkhovnaya Rada calls on the United States to launch a missile strike against Russia. / A MP from the faction of the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko, and