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Donetsk Lugansk News July 12-21 2017

 

Friday, July 21, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 07/21/2017 / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / Last week, in the formations and military units of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, control exercises were held with the command staff and subunits in the form of tactical-combatant and tactical fire training following the results of the conducted coordination of the units. The DPR Armed Forces together with the security agencies of the Republic continue to conduct active measures to counter terrorism and combat enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance groups. Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 49 ceasefire violations. The enemy launched seven projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 192 mortar-shells of 120mm and 82mm calibre onto the Republic’s territory. In total, over the past week the enemy committed 298 ceasefire regime violations and fired 1092 rocket projectiles, tank shells and mortar rounds at the territory of the Republic. AFU shellings affected 34 settlements of the Republic, in nine of them 21 building were damaged and destroyed. Also, during artillery shelling by the AFU, transformer substations were damaged, as a result of which the settlements of Leninskoye, Dzerzhinskoye, Kominternovo, Novaya Tavria and Zaichenko were left without electricity supply. Mostly the bombardments affected . . . READ MORE>>

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Zakhar Prilepin: Malorossiya aims at creating a united state with Russia, Belarus / Interview / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / A well-known writer, Major of the DPR army and adviser to the DPR Head commented on the creation of a new state established in Donetsk. / Zakhar Prilepin, a well-known writer and deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion of the DPR Army described in an interview to the Komsomolskaya Pravda how he sees the new state of Malorossiya proclaimed by the DPR authorities on July 18. Alexander Kots: – Wasn’t this statement unexpected for you? Zakhar Prilepin: – No, we really intended to surprise Moscow, Washington, and, of course, Kiev, first of all. And also Odessa and Kharkov. And I can see what is going on. In general, people still understand the historicism of this event, but I think several officials are standing by the window in Kiev eager to jump out with a scream, “The Russians are coming!” – Zakhar, explain what was this done for and why exactly now? – Well, because the topic is is long overdue. Because we have been watching the suicide of Ukraine for all these three years and solving both current military tasks, and diplomatic, political, and others. And we have gained forces. Now Donetsk is absolutely serious to say on all grounds that it is able to assume the functions of the capital and is ready to ensure law and order with the help of its armed forces in any part of Malorossiya. – Zakhar, what regions had joined Malorossiya by the moment? Representatives of which ones have arrived? – I think that there were representatives of all the regions, but only those from Kiev, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk and Kharkov spoke out. – Within which borders will Malorossiya be established? And what are its borders at the moment? – Zakharchenko said that we would not give up Lvov either. It lies within the borders of the present, what used to be called Ukraine until today. And then it is just the issue of establishing administrations… – Is it correct to say that the DPR and LPR have been united into one state? – No, I think it’s too early for doing this. Well, Donetsk announced being ready to undertake the functions of the capital and will proceed to this. And there are coming some separate issues, of a private nature already, concerning Lugansk, Poltava and Zaporozhye. I think, we will discuss this. – What will happen to the Minsk agreements? – The constitutional act we declared and adopted unanimously, in fact, is absolutely in line with the Minsk agreements. Moreover, Donetsk has extended a number of preferences envisaged by the Minsk agreements, in order to create a common statehood. Firstly, in fact, we will cease being separatists, we can not be called that way because we are acting in favour of unified statehood. And we will for sure cease being, because we are advocating a peaceful solution of the issue and have even proposed the document necessary for this. Donetsk has refused many advantages in order to simply dissolve in the overall state of Malorossiya. – That is, there is already a course not to join Russia, but to crate an independent big state? – This is an independent state, which, of course, has set its task now to establish a unified state of Malorossiya, Belarus, and Russia. —Source: Komsomolskaya Pravda

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Donetsk, Caplital of Malorossiya

Malorossiya vs. Minsk: Is Poroshenko a Naked Emperor? / By Karl Pomeroy / Quemado Institute / July 19, 2017 / Donetsk People’s Republic President Alexander Zakharchenko declared on July 18, 2017 the creation of a new state, to be called Malorossiya, or “Little Russia”. This new state comprises all of the Oblasts (regions) of the former Ukraine, with Donetsk, rather than Kiev, its capital. Representatives of every Ukrainian Oblast, from Lvov in the far west, to Sumy in the north, to Lugansk in the east, signed the document endorsing the creation of Malorossiya at Tuesday’s ministerial summit in Donetsk. With the declaration of Malorossiya, the State of Ukraine ceases to exist. Malorossiya takes its place. However, a declaration is only as valid as the recognition it gets. So far, the Declaration of Malorossiya has been noted by key foreign players, including Moscow, Washington, Berlin and Paris. These enemy capitals (I call Moscow an enemy because of frequent betrayals) have naturally denounced the creation of Malorossiya, mouthing typical unrealistic platitudes about the Minsk 2.0 Accords being the only solution to the Donbass conflict. This is patent nonsense. The unconstitutionally established post-coup regime in Kiev, presided over by Petro Poroshenko, has stalled these agreements for almost two and a half years, delaying reform of the Ukraine constitution subject to approval of the Donbass representatives, and daily shelling civilian targets in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR/LPR). Kiev refuses to implement Minsk 2.0 because the agreements were in fact a trick. Poroshenko signed the endorsement document in Minsk, Belarus on February 12, 2015, after 19 straight hours of high-pressure negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande (the Normandy Four). Other participants in these negotiations were the Tripartite Contact Group and DPR/LPR representatives Presidents Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. All participants were sleep deprived by the time the process was done. Whether Poroshenko knew it or not, he had just signed an agreement granting his bitterest enemies, Plotnitksy and Zakharchenko, full veto power over Ukrainian constitutional . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

[Enemy Report:] Separatists in Ukraine declare creation of new ‘state’ Malorossiya / By Daria Litvinova / Telegraph.co.uk / July 18, 2017 / Russian-backed rebels fighting against Kiev announced on Tuesday the creation of a new “state” that they said would take the place of Ukraine and have its capital in their territory. The proposed country – which has no chance of getting off the ground – would be founded after a referendum and called Malorossiya, a tsarist-era name meaning “Little Russia” that once described most of the area covering modern-day Ukraine. A constitution presented by rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko said representatives from the insurgents’ self-declared Donetsk and Lugansk “People’s Republics” and other regions had agreed to “declare the establishment of a new state, which is the successor of Ukraine.” The document – released by the separatists’ news agency – said rebel bastion Donetsk would become the capital, while Kiev would be reduced to the status of a “historical and cultural centre”. Leader [of the People’s Council – NDS editor] of self-declared Lugansk “People’s Republic” Vladimir Degtyarenko denied taking part the project and expressed doubts about “the appropriateness of this decision,” the Lugansk Information Center news outlet reported Tuesday. “Such decisions can only be made based on people’s opinion. Aside from that, right now we are complying with the Minsk agreements, and there’s no alternative to that,” Degtyarenko was quoted as saying. The surprise proposal elicited immediate reaction from Ukraine’s pro-Western authorities in Kiev, who have been locked in a conflict with the Moscow-supported rebels since 2014 that has cost the lives of some 10,000 people. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that he would “restore sovereignty over Donbass and Crimea,” and predicted that the Malorossiya project would fall apart, just like the Novorossiya project did earlier. The Kremlin used the tsarist-era name “Novorossiya” (New Russia) to refer to the areas the rebels had seized, but the term was later dropped. According to the rebels, 19 regions of Ukraine have supported the move. The Kremlin hasn’t yet commented on it. Two Russian lawmakers called creating a new “state” in Ukraine unavoidable. State Duma deputy Leonid Kalashnikov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency that Ukrainian authorities have reached a dead end in Eastern Ukraine, and the new state could be a way out. “People can’t be at war forever; creating an independent state could be a way out for them,” he said. Federation Council senator Sergei Tsekov echoed his sentiment: “federalization” is necessary for Ukraine, he told the Lenta.ru news website on Tuesday, and the decision to create Malorossiya would “push Kiev [closer] to it.” In the meantime, German government expressed hope that Russian authorities will officially denounce the project, RIA Novosti reported. “We expect Russia to immediately denounce the move and not recognize it nor respect it,” the German cabinet press service told RIA Novosti in written comments. “Resolving the conflict in Ukraine is only possible through negotiations, which entail complying with the Minsk agreements.” It was not immediately clear why the rebels decided to put forward the new plan, but it is likely a gambit aimed at pushing forward their case in a stalled peace process. [Source: telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/18/separatists-ukraine-declare-creation-new-state-malorossiya/amp/]

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US to Deliver Lethal Weaponry to Ukraine: Wise Decision or Foreign Policy Gaffe? / By Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 21, 2017 / The United States will deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine. There is no question whether the arms will be sent but rather which exactly weapon systems are to be included into the package. The Joint Staff is working with US European Command to determine what lethal defensive aid to Ukraine might look like, said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva on July 18 during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing considering his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve another two years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. «It will be more than just a military recommendation», the General said. «This will be a policy choice on whether or not we are going to give the Ukrainian government the tools they need to defend themselves against what we believe to be a Russian-supported insurgency movement in the Donbass». Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, the US top European commander, is another staunch supporter of the plans to deliver lethal arms to Ukraine. Also on July 18, the Senate confirmed Patrick Shanahan as Deputy Defense Secretary – number 2 position at the Pentagon. Questioned by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Armed Services Committee’s Chairman, he answered, “I support lethal defensive security assistance to Ukraine.” Shanahan supported the idea of doing more in terms of supporting Kiev. Senator McCain has called for the United States to send anti-tank missiles and other military equipment to Ukrainian forces. There are growing bipartisan calls to arm Ukraine on Capitol Hill. The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cuts the military aid to Ukraine from the initial $300 million to $150 million, but it provides permission for lethal arms supplies. The idea is strongly supported in the Senate. If the legislation . . . READ MORE>>

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American strategic UAV again seen flying over the Donbass / WeapoNews / July 21, 2017 / The strategic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) USAF RQ-4A Global Hawk with the call sign UAVGH000 yesterday made a long reconnaissance mission along the demarcation line in Eastern Ukraine, Interfax-AVN reports in the Western sites, tracking movement of military aviation.During the flight, the drone cruised from North to South along the entire demarcation line in the Donbas.”Scout made at least five passes at a short distance to the West at an altitude of about 16 thousand yards over the Luhansk region, he has also twice been close to a distance of about 40 km to the borders of Russia in the area of Belgorod and Voronezh regions”, – stated in the message.It is noted that taking into account the possibilities of reconnaissance to a depth of 300 km, the Global Hawk drone could monitor entire territory of the breakaway republics, as well as the border regions of the Russian Federation.According to open data, RQ-4A Global Hawk can stay aloft for about 30 hours flying at a height of 15 to 18 thousand meters.This is the second strategic flight of the drone over the Donbass since last Sunday.

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Ukrainian forces attack OSCE drone in Donetsk west / DONi News / July 21, 2017 / An unmanned aerial vehicle launched by OSCE monitors in the western part of Donetsk was shelled by the Ukrainian forces on July 20б reported a DPR representative to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire (JCCC). “During the OSCE inspection in the west of Donetsk, observers launched a UAV, soon afterwards it came under the AFU fire,” the official said. He added that all the units of the DPR Armed Forces deployed in the indicated area were notified of the drone’s launch by international observers. “Servicemen of the Republic did not open fire,” the DPR representative stressed. Earlier it was reported that OSCE observers headed by the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the special monitoring mission, Alexander Hug, arrived in the village of Trudovskiye in the Petrovsky district in the west of Donetsk. During the inspection, the Ukrainian forces shelled Trudovskiye with automatic grenade launchers.

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Putin: I would tell you more about Donald Trump
if journalists were not here!
Russia Insider – July 18, 2017

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Novorossia Today: Quemado Institute Editor’s Note / July 21, 2017 / The long-time Donbass news agency Novorossia Today is currently unavailable. Attempts to access it produce the error message “Server Not Found”. We hope this is a temporary problem, and Novorossia Today will be back up soon.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
(Brief Update)

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Alexander Zakharchenko announces creation of new state / DONi News / July 18, 2017 / Today, on July 18, the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic held a historic event – the signing of a political declaration on the creation of a new state, which will become the legal successor of ‘Ukraine’. The new state formation will consist of 19 regions of the former Ukraine and be called Malorossiya with the center of the new state in Donetsk. Kiev remains a historical and cultural center without the status of the capital city. “All of us here are going to talk about the future. We propose a plan for the reintegration of the country through the law and the Constitution. We must build a new country in which the concepts of conscience and honour are not forgotten. We offer the citizens of Ukraine a peaceful way out of the difficult situation, without war. This is our last offer not only to the Ukrainians, but also to all countries that supported the civil war in Donbass. I am convinced that we will do everything possible and impossible,” said the Head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko. The event was attended by the Head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, the Adviser to the Head Zakhar Prilepin, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Inland Revenue and of the Republic Alexander Timofeyev, as well as representatives of most of the regions formerly part of Ukraine. All the present delegates voted in open voting unanimously for signing the political declaration on the creation of Malorossiya with the capital in Donetsk. “Malorossiya is a federal state with wide autonomy of the regions. The right of regional languages is guaranteed to be preserved, the flag of Bogdan Khmelnitsky is recognized as the national flag,” Alexander Timofeyev cited the constitutional act. “The state “Ukraine” showed itself as a failed state and demonstrated the inability to provide its inhabitants with a peaceful and prosperous present and future,” one of the points of the political declaration emphasizes. Both documents were unanimously approved by the delegates. Along with representatives of Donbass, the creation of the new state was supported by representatives of the Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye, Kherson, Nikolayev, Odessa, Sumy, Poltava, Chernigov, Kirovograd regions, Kiev and the Kiev region, Cherkassy, Rovno, Volyn, Ternopol, Ivano-Frankovsk, and Lvov regions.

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Donetsk Republic Declares Creation of New State of Malorossiya / Sputnik / July 18, 2017 / The Donetsk People’s Republic has declared the establishment of a new country – Malorossiya – which the local leadership described as a successor state to Ukraine. / DONETSK (Sputnik) / Self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Leader Alexander Zakharchenko proposed on Tuesday a three-year transition period toward a new state called Malorossiya (“Little Russia”) as a way to settle the three-year conflict. “We propose to establish the state of Malorossiya. Malorossiya is an independent young state. A transition period of up to 3 years,” Zakharchenko told reporters. Noting that discussions within the DPR had “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state,” he called on the international community to support his proposal. “We should be supported by the residents of the regions. This solution is possible provided that the international community supports the idea,” Zakharchenko said. Malorossiya has been declared as a sovereign federation of states with wide-ranging autonomy, with the capital of Donetsk and successor state to Ukraine. The new state’s constitution will be approved after a referendum and broad discussion. The country’s central authorities will be in charge of the federal budget, army and security services, according to DPR Income and Charges Minister Alexander Timofeev. “We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new state’s name . . . READ MORE>>

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5 reasons the Malorossiya declaration is a modest proposal that the EU, Russia and US should support / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / July 18, 2017 / Today’s Malorossiya declaration gives most international parties who are observing the conflict in Donbass, most of what they have wanted for years. On inspection, the proposals are the opposite of radical, they are entirely reasonable. They do not require the Russian Federation to absorb new territory and it would restore human rights in Ukraine/Malorossiya to pre-2014 levels or better. Predictable condemnation of the declaration of the state of Malorossiya has come from EU states, the Kiev regime and even Russian officials. But on closer inspection, Malorossiya could be a win-win situation for Europe, Russia, the United States and for the people of Malorossiya. Here’s why. 1. Malorossiya to remain sovereign from the Russian Federation: For those who have been following measures that many politicians in Donbass and The Russian Federation have taken to integrate the bureaucratic, financial and logistical ties between Donbass and Russia, today’s announcement does not call for Malorossiya to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the statement released from Donetsk, Malorossiya is defined in the following way, “Malorossiya is an INDEPENDENT, SOVEREIGN state with a new name, a new flag, a new constitution, a new state structure, new principles of social and economic development, and new historical prospects. But this is NOT A REVOLUTION! This is a return to history. This is . . . READ MORE>>

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Germany and France demand that Russia condemn the creation of Malorossia / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / The German government expects Russia to “condemn” the idea of transformation of Donetsk Republic into Malorossia, claiming that a solution of the conflict in Ukraine is possible only through negotiations and involves the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “We expect that Russia will immediately condemn this step that expresses neither respect nor recognition.” – is the position of the German government. Similar language is shared in Paris: France calls on Russia to “condemn the project to create a state of Little Russia as running counter to the Minsk Agreement.” “We call on Russia to condemn this stept violating the Minsk agreement and betraying the spirit of the negotiations in the Normandy format. Russia should increase its efforts to bring an end to the conflict “, – said the spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry, Agnes Romat España at a briefing on Tuesday, July 18th. [Fort Russ Editor: A ceasefire is part of the Minsk negotiations, which the Ukrainian side has never fulfilled in the Donbass. Who will condemn this?]

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Malorossiya: Information War Ploy or Real Revolution? / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / On July 18th in Donetsk, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, proclaimed the founding of a new state, Malorossiya (“Little Russia”), in the place of Ukraine which was declared to have finally “demonstrated its bankruptcy.” According to Zakharchenko, the establishment of a new, independent state in the likes of Malorossiya could help stop the conflict in Donbass. As the DPR’s Minister of Revenues and Duties, Alexander Timofeev, has stated, the proclaimed Malorossiya will be a federal state featuring broad autonomy, its capital in Donetsk, and the flag of Bogdan Khmelnitsky as its state flag. According to Timofeev, a constitution will be adopted at a popular referendum. The minister also emphasized that the creation of Malorossiya does not contradict the Minsk Agreements. The Constitutional Act on the Establishment of Malorossiya declares that the established state will maintain a non-aligned status but will continue to pursue accession to the Union State of Russia and Belorussia. The document also enumerates the social policy of the new state in considerable detail, emphasizing struggling against oligarchy, developing people’s control in the economy, establishing state concerns, etc. The founding document also declares that elements of direct democracy will be introduced alongside criminal liability for propagating the ideas of Ukrainian Nazism and its collaborators (OUN-UPA, etc.). To say the least, this news is like a thunder . . . READ MORE>>

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Kremlin silent on the creation of ‘Malorossia’ in the Donetsk Republic / Fort Russ / July 18, 2017 / The Kremlin has not made a statement on the intention of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, to create a new state Malorossia. “I do leave this topic without comment for now. It is subject to reflection and analysis” – said Peskov. According to him, “Russia remains committed to the Minsk agreements, while not able to comment on the rest at this stage.” The creation of Malorossia is outside the Minsk agreement obligations. “We believe that the government of Ukraine in its current form cannot be fixed. We, the representatives of the former regions of Ukraine, with the exception of the Crimea, declare the establishment of the new state, which is the successor of Ukraine. We agree that the new state will be called Malorossia (Little Russia) “- Zakharchenko said.

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DPR, LPR Separatists In East Ukraine Declare New Country “Malorossiya” / By Brandon Turbeville / Activist Post / July 18, 2017 / On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine. Zakharchenko is proposing a three-year transition period toward the creation of the new state as a way to settle the ongoing conflict. “We propose to establish the state of Malorossiya. Malorossiya is an independent young state. A transition period of up to 3 years,” Zakharchenko told reporters. On July 18, Donetsk People’s Republic leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced the creation of a new country that will be made up of the DPR and LPR regions in Eastern Ukraine. The new country will be called “Malorossiya” or “Little Russia.” Local leadership is describing the country as a “successor state” to Ukraine. Zakharchenko said that discussions taking place within the DPR have “come to the conclusion that Ukraine has shown itself as a failed state” and called on the international community to support the new proposal. “We should be supported by the residents of the regions. This solution is possible provided that the international community supports the idea,” he said. Malorossiya has been declared a sovereign federation of states, with Donetsk being the capitol. The Malorossiyan constitution will be drafted and subsequently debated and put up for referendum and public discussion. Central authorities will be in charge of the government’s budget, army, and security forces said Alexander Timofeev, DPR Income and Charges Minister. “We, the representatives of former Ukraine, declare the establishment of a new state, Malorossiya, which is a successor state to Ukraine. We agree that the new . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/16/2017 / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / The Ukrainian party keeps violating the “harvest truce.” In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted 15 localities and adjacent areas with five artillery projectiles of 152mm calibre and 24 of 122mm calibre, 16 tank rounds, 75 mortar shells of 120mm calibre and 70 of 82mm calibre. I would like to once again draw the world’s attention to the criminal nature of the actions conducted by the Ukrainian military. Yesterday, on July 15, at the orders of the commander of the 55th separate artillery brigade, war criminal Brusov, the enemy fired at the DPR territory with 152mm and 122mm artillery from the positions stationed in the residential districts of Krasnogorovka. These actions by Ukrainian criminals are aimed at provoking the DPR Armed Forces into opening response fire whilst events dedicated to the Day of the Metallurgist were taking place in the locality. But I want to note that the DPR units are observing the “harvest truce” and will continue doing thins, as well as all the previously reached agreements on the ceasefire regime. We hope that representatives of the OSCE Mission will take all the necessary measures and demand from the Ukrainian party to withdraw heavy weapons, increasingly used by the AFU. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired at six localities and adjacent . . . READ MORE>>

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Seven Republic’s residents wounded, three killed in AFU shelling over week / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / According to the press service of the DPR Ombudsman, on July 7, a 36-year-old defender of the Republic received a mine-blast wound in the hostilities in the Yasinovataya area near the Donetsk filtering station. On July 8, as a result of armed provocations by the Ukrainian forces in the area of Dokuchayevsk, a Republic’s soldier received an open shelled fracture of his right thigh. As a result of artillery shelling in the Gorlovka area, a 46-year-old civilian received a brain concussion. On July 10, as a result of the bombardment of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk by the Ukrainian armed forces, a civilian woman was wounded in the head; another civilian received shrapnel wounds of the chest and right shoulder. On July 11, a serviceman of the Republic received a mine-blast wound and a fragment wound of the chest due to military operations near the village of Bezymennoye in the Novoazovsky district. On July 13, as a result of armed provocations by the Ukrainian forces in the area of the Avdeyevska industrial zone, a serviceman of the Republic received a mine-blast wound and a fragment . . . READ MORE>>

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Alexander Hug to visit Donetsk on July 19 / DONi News / July 16, 2017 / Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, intends to visit Donetsk on Wednesday, July 19. This was reported by a source today. “On July 19, Alexander Hug’s arrival is expected,” the source said. According to preliminary information, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM intends to inspect a number of life support facilities located in the front-line zone. In particular, a trip is planned to the pumping station of the first ascent of the Yuzhnodonbassky water conduit near Yasinovataya and the Donetsk filtering station.

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NATO’s creeping occupation of Ukraine / News Front / July 15, 2017 / On the eve of the possible partition of Ukraine, the West seeks to stake out for itself as much as possible of its territory… The propagandist campaign that is permanently ongoing in the West concerning “Russian aggression” allegedly being preparing in the Baltic region reached its next peak in connection with the “West-2017” Russian-Belarusian military exercises planned for the autumn. Nevertheless the real scale of “reciprocal actions” of the NATO bloc on the northeast direction remains rather modest. Thus, for example, five countries of NATO (Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the US, and Great Britain) that are taking part in the manoeuvers of units of antiaircraft defense Tobruq Legacy — 2017, which began on July 11th in Lithuania, sent to these maneuvers in total only 500 servicemen. Approximately also the military-air presence of the alliance in this allegedly threatened region is designated in the same minimum level. The on-duty units of NATO fighter jets in Estonia serves not so much for the defence of air space of this country, but for the constant heating of winning topic of propaganda: interceptions over the Baltics of “aggressive-minded” Russian jets. And shuttle visits to the countries of the “cordon sanitaire” of the newest “stealth” fighter jet F-35, in the total number of one to two units, not so much frightens but creates a rather ambiguous impression about the condition of the American Air Force. Such a limited scale of “reciprocal actions” of NATO isn’t surprising at all, because the command of the bloc knows very . . . READ MORE>>

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Doug Bandow (–rare.us)

MSM done right: Ukraine must be forbidden from accession into NATO – Forbes / Fort Russ / July 15, 2017 / The inclusion of Ukraine in NATO is a bad idea, which the United States must soon give up, writes a regular contributor to Forbes, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Doug Bandow. “In terms of security, Ukraine is a “black hole”, and its inclusion in the alliance would not increase the protection of Americans. For the alliance, it would be better to shut the door firmly in front of Kiev and dispel the illusions,” says the author. Western officials insist that no “third person”, that is Russia in this case, can comment on whether to accept a certain country into the military alliance or not. According to Bandow, Ukraine, in this case, too, has the right to vote on it. “NATO must include new members only if it increases the security of the Alliance as a whole,” he says. The recent inclusion of Montenegro in the alliance, a “micro-state” with two thousand soldiers, which is not threatened by anyone at all, does not help the United States, but also does not harm it, the author believes. The author stressed that “the supporter of democracy” Petro Poroshenko came to power after the coup against the “legitimately elected, though corrupt” president. The oligarchs have acquired power and ultra-nationalists a major share of influence. “Even the European leaders could not ignore the obvious,” he writes, referring to the recent call by the head of European Commission, Juncker, to the Ukrainian authorities to more actively resist corruption. “Ukraine’s inclusion does not serve American interests, and may justify a confrontation with a nuclear power. Especially when you consider the immediate, serious and obvious interests for Russia”, – he says, explaining that Moscow sees NATO expansion as a primary threat. Giving promises to Kiev, the US is creating uncertainty. Instead, Washington and its European allies must give Ukraine a firm “no”, then all parties can move on to finding a practical solution Ukrainian conflict.

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Peter Pobjecky on Twitter
July 16, 2017 – 18:00 UTC

“Today Donetsk Playhouse closed its 90th anniversary season,
the legendary rock opera ‘Junona and Avos.'”

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Trump and Putin at the G20 – Part 2: The Ukrainian Problem Still Front and Center / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / July 15, 2017 / Continued from Part 1. More material for analyzing the tentative results of the meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin can be derived from none other than the Ukrainian question. First of all, the G20 summit was a big, unpleasant surprise for the Ukrainian government. President Poroshenko was not invited to the summit, a decision made by the summit’s host, Angela Merkel. One theory popular in Russian media is that Berlin’s dissatisfaction with Kiev’s failure to fulfill the Minsk Agreements was the reason for Ukraine’s exclusion. Elections to the German Bundestag are set for late September, and Merkel has no desire to once again remind German voters of the failure of Germany’s foreign policy strategy. Poroshenko would have been an unwanted guest in a German home. Thus, Merkel decided to solve the problem gracefully by simply not inviting him to the meeting of world leaders. What’s more, following the talks between Putin and Trump, the Normandy Four held a meeting without the participation of its own patient – Ukraine. Ukraine observed the ongoing negotiations and their course with undisguised anxiety. The Ukrainian elite can be understood – after all, Ukraine’s fate is being decided without the participation of the Ukrainian President. A study of the Ukrainian press reveals a wide range of forecasts and estimates ranging from near sheer panic to the tune of “Our American and European allies have given Ukraine up to Putin!” to infatuations claiming that the G20 is but a commonplace and ordinary event. Ukrainian media also had no few columns with assertions boiling down to the . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/12/2017 / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 36 ceasefire violations over the past 24 hours. The enemy launched 4 tank-shells, 42 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 30 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on 12 localities and nearby districts in the Donetsk direction. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched 23 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on the areas of two localities. Besides, Ukrainian punishers applied grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy shelled four localities and nearby districts, launching five tank-shells and thirteen mortar-shells of 82mm caliber. AFU units’ servicemen have begun refusing to be sent to the so-called “ATO” zone more frequently. Thus, fourteen soldiers and sergeants openly refused to participate in the civil war against Donbass residents and venturing their lives, to defend interests of oligarchs in the 1st separate tank brigade (Chernigov Region). Due to the fact that these cases take place more frequently, the AFU units’ commanders prefer to retire them with retrospective effect. It should be noted that the overwhelming majority of Ukrainian soldiers with whom contracts were forcedly concluded consider themselves to be the deceived and do not want to keep serving. AFU General Staff is concerned about this fact. Our intelligence keeps registering facts of “ATO Headquarters” Command’s indifference towards its subordinate military personnel and violations of Ukrainian soldiers’ rights. Besides, a low level of subsistence support is detected. Due to this, units’ commanders have to directly ask volunteers and public organizations for help. At their request, representatives of five delegations of international and Ukrainian charity funds and public movements arrived in the so-called “ATO” zone. –Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Summary of Novorossiya, Syria events, 11.07.2017
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Noisy “Harvest ceasefire”
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Leonid Pasechnik (–Novinarnia.com)

LPR Security Ministry has suspects in 7 July Lugansk terrorist attacks probe / Lugansk Media Center / July 11, 2017 / LPR State Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik said the investigators have suspects in the ongoing probe into the terrorist attacks carried out in Lugansk on 7 July. Two terrorist attacks were carried out near World War II Heroes Square in Central Lugansk last week. A woman was killed and another five people were injured in the explosion of a bomb containing submunition, which had been planted in a litter bin at the entrance to a food shop. Two persons were injured in the second blast that occurred several dozen meters away, after law-enforcement personnel and militia came to work at the scene of the first terrorist attack. The victims suffered multiple injuries. “A circle of suspects has been identified within the probe into the double terrorist attack in LPR territory. All LPR law-enforcement bodies are involved in a special operation to apprehend and detain them,” Pasechnik said. Earlier, LPR State Security Ministry circulated identikits of two persons suspected of involvement in the 7 July terrorist attacks. “Simultaneously, we’re taking measures to identify commanders of Ukrainian army and paramilitary units, National Guard and other Kiev-controlled law-enforcement bodies complicit in terrorist attacks and abductions and murders of LPR civilians,” the minister said. He said the acts of terror were conclusive proof of Kiev’s waging an aggressive war against peace and security of the people living in Donbass.” The State Security Ministry is documenting the illegal activity of Ukrainian secret services related to murders and abductions of LPR militiamen. “At the present time, we’re ascertaining the involvement of certain persons in the Ukrainian military and law-enforcement bodies in the above crimes,” Pasechnik added.

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Kiev fears responsibility for war crimes in Donbass / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / The Ukrainian authorities should not use the word “occupation” with regard to Donbass if they are really seeking for a settlement of the conflict, director of the Party of Power (Partiya Vlasti) consulting company, Yelena Dyachenko, expressed such an opinion at a press conference in Kiev. “The war party constantly comes up with some issues to drive up military rhetoric and aggravate the situation,” the expert commented on the initiative of NSDC Secretary Alexander Turchinov on the need to abolish the ‘ATO’ and pass to a new format of war. “It’s one thing to pass a law on the occupation of the Crimea, and the other is to try the same over Donbass issue. The main criterion for occupation or non-occupation is international recognition. Authorities of the occupying state must be established in the occupied territories. There are none in Donbass. Thus, if we recognize these territories as those occupied by the DPR and LPR, then we will lose these territories forever. There are definitely neither Russian flags nor Russian authorities,” Dyachenko said, calling attempts to treat Russia an occupier of Donbass “legal delusions.” In addition, she drew attention to the fact that the “Popular Front” was attempting bringing into affect the abrogation of responsibility from Ukraine for violating all the conventions on humanitarian law, including those for the lives of civilians, at that trying to shift responsibility to Russia. “Why should this responsibility be abrogated? To avoid a military tribunal for war crimes. Here lies the logic of the war party. Only for this purpose these documents can be developed. And if this is part of the international plan to remove tension, then the word “occupation” shouldn’t be resorted to,” the expert stressed.

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US begins to advise Kiev on Donbass reintegration law / DONi News / July 12, 2017 / Kiev is discussing a draft law on the reintegration of Donbass with the key partners – the United States, Germany, France, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration Konstantin Yeliseyev said to the Ukrainian bureau of Radio Svoboda. Secretary of the Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Alexander Turchinov said on Monday that President Pyotr Poroshenko had instructed to consult with the Normandy Format countries about the law on the reintegration of Donbass, after which the document was planned to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada in September. “Now, at the order of the National Security and Defense Council, we are working in contact with our key partners, primarily the United States, Germany and France, to coordinate this project with them. We have got our partners’ first encouraging reaction already,” Yeliseyev said. According to him, the key mission of the draft law “On the peculiarities of state policy for the restoration of territorial integrity and sovereignty” (the law on the reintegration of Donbass – Ed.) is to show the strategy, the president’s policy for the restoration and reintegration of these territories in Ukraine by political and diplomatic means, and it is based on the Minsk agreements’ implementation. Earlier, the President of Ukraine announced plans to submit a bill on the reintegration of Donbass for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada. According to the deputies, the document provides for recognition of the Donbass territories out of Kiev’s control as “occupied” and the Ukrainian forces’ transition to the “military operation” format, but its text has not been made public yet. As stated by Russian plenipotentiary representative to the contact group for Ukraine Boris Gryzlov, the bill on the 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. At that, the DPR and LPR stated that the conflict settlement should take place within the Minsk agreements’ framework, other options are unacceptable. In April, 2014, the authorities of Ukraine launched the military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which declared independence after the February 2014 coup in Ukraine. According to the latest UN data, over 10,000 people fell victims to the conflict.

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Stoltenberg, Porkoshenko (–ZeroHedge)

NATO Vows Support For Ukraine Against Russia’s “Aggressive Actions” / By Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge / July 12, 2017 / Just a few short days after President Trump’s ‘relative’ rapprochement with Russian President Putin, his ‘allies’ in NATO have stepped up the rhetoric in a very sensitive area for Putin, as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday. As Military.com reports, Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops across the porous border in support of the separatists, a charge has repeatedly denied. “Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side,” Stoltenberg said at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev. “Russia must withdraw its thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants,” he added during a press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 have driven ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest point since the Cold War. “We are also here to demonstrate NATO’s solidarity with Ukraine and our firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of your country,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO allies do not and will not recognize Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea.” The NATO chief’s trip came a day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a maiden visit to Kiev and urged Moscow to take the “first step” to ease the conflict in Ukraine’s east. Ukraine sees NATO accession as a way to bolster its defenses against former master Moscow. In June, Ukraine’s parliament voted to back attempts by the nation to seek membership of the 29-member bloc. It approved legal amendments enshrining membership in NATO as a foreign policy priority. Poroshenko explained that embattled Ukraine was eager to join the bloc, but painful political and economic reforms need to be implemented before the country was ready to lay out its claims on membership. “We are determined to reforms… to meet the membership criteria,” Poroshenko told journalists. “NATO will continue to support Ukraine on the path towards closer relationships with NATO,” Stoltenberg added. But the Kremlin has long been angered by NATO expansion into what Moscow views as its sphere of influence in the former Soviet region. “It (Ukraine’s rapprochement with NATO) will not contribute to the strengthening of stability and security on the European continent,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. However, Kiev has yet to officially apply to start the lengthy and politically challenging process of joining the US-led alliance.

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Ukraine announces plans to toughen border control for Russian citizens / TASS / July 10, 2017 / KIEV / Ukraine has announced plans to toughen border control for Russian citizens starting from January 1, 2018. After a regular meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council on Monday, its secretary Alexander Turchinov said all foreigners crossing the Ukrainian border will have to undergo biometrical control. “First of all, it will be applicable to Russian citizens,” he said, adding that Russians will be required to undergo obligatory fingerprinting procedure. What is more, prior to visiting Ukraine, Russians will be required to obtain preliminary registration. “It means that a Russian national planning to visit Ukraine will have to be preliminary registered and submit required data to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry,” Turchinov explained. Apart from that, according to Turchinov, all Russians who are already staying in Ukraine must obtain obligatory registration, i.e. to inform local authorities about the places of their sojourn. He said that the relevant infrastructure will be commissioned by the beginning of the next year, or maybe earlier.

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July 11: Navalny agreed to debate Strelkov / By Vladimir Suchan / Logos Politikos / July 11, 2017 / Navalny has accepted Strelkov’s proposal to have a public political debate. Objectively, Navalny should represent the higher, civilizationally more advanced form of European liberalism as opposed to the mafia banditism of colonial Putinism. However, subjectively and in reality Navalny appears to be a younger type of a Maidan political leader who promises to carry out the dictate of the West a bit more effectively. For colonies are not entitled to the more advanced forms of liberalism, especially when the plan is not to save and keep the country as we know it. Objectively, Strelkov ought to be the buried honor, conscience and courage of a Russian officer in a situation when the army has been serving as a protector and handmaid of Russia’s own colonial administration and its systemic plunder and degradation of the country and the people. In Slavyansk Strelkov was supposed to be in accordance with the Kremlin’s original plan a sacrificial victim and a proof of the vanity in opposing fascist Ukraine which Putin recognized legitimate as soon as he could (with Strelkov still in Slavyansk) and with the head of which–Poroshenko–Putin keeps frequent cordial and good-humored calls peppered with laughter and jokes. Strelkov was also chosen as a monarchist for the mission in Ukraine in order to color the original idea and impetus of Novorossiya as a part of the new pseudo-feudal czarism which the Kremlin promotes as its last word (just before a more full fledged mafia fascism). Subjectively and in fact Strelkov is an officer whose meaning of life is to keep asking and waiting for the once “true righteous command” from his commander in chief to save Russia even though Putin is busier with faking his PR polls, faking in churches piety to the serfs his mafia oligarchy has created instead of the people whom he crossed as easily as he crosses himself in holy places or carrying out the Western licence and instructions to keep Russia down and abject and masking his Lilliputian height with specially designed shoes and photoshopped pictures. Still the announced debates might be as well the only real public debate in the Russian presidential campaign.

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Trump and Putin Manifest Great Sympathy: Analysis of G20 – Israel Shamir / By Israel Shamir, Conclusion by Quemado Institute / Quemado Institute / July 11, 2017 / They Spoke, By Israel Shamir / The highly anticipated encounter of the two presidents went better, much better than anybody predicted. There was a lot of anxiety, and expectations were low as heavy rain clouds, especially after Trump’s visit to Warsaw where he obediently repeated the Cold War platitudes dictated by his minders. Trump had been sent off to Hamburg by Washington establishment with warnings a convent novice gets before an unfortunate but unavoidable meeting with a Don Juan. They didn’t trust the inexperienced youngster, and insisted he should speak with Vlad only in presence of grown ups, like Auntie Fiona (Hill) or Uncle HR (McMaster), well known for their aversion to Russians. They warned him that, short of a nuclear strike, every other reaction will be considered betrayal of the Shining City upon a Hill. Every neocon and Cold Warrior in the West gave his advice to the President, how should he humiliate Putin and put him on his place, below the salt. They actually didn’t allow Trump to have a proper meeting with Putin, with full agenda, advisers and ministers, preferably a few days long, in a Camp David format or similar. But they failed profoundly. The meeting on the margins of G-20 had become the central event, while G-20 became a meeting on the margins of Putin-Trump summit. When Donald and Vlad had met, there was no stopping: a great sympathy they had felt for each other manifested itself in every smile. At the beginning, Putin had been quite reserved; he steeled himself to a possible rejection, to a possible affront, even to insult. But Trump skilfully put him at ease. Instead of planned thirty minutes, they spoke for over two hours; even an attempt by Trump’s . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 9, 2017
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Three persons killed in DPR in Ukrainian shelling over week / DONi News / July 9, 2017 / Three people were killed, six were wounded in the Donetsk People’s Republic over the past week as a result of hostilities, a representative of the DPR Ombudsperson’s Office reported on Friday. The Contact Group on Ukraine had previously agreed on a truce in Donbass from June 24 midnight. According to the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik, the silence regime was planned to be established “along the entire contact line for the harvest period, from June 24 to August 31.” However, the Ukrainian party continues carrying out bombardments of the Republic’s civil infrastructure. “From June 30 to July 6, 2017, six persons were wounded in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic due to the armed aggression on the part of Ukraine, three of them were servicemen of the Republic. Over the same period, three persons were killed, all of them were the Republic’s defenders,” said a representative of the DPR Ombudsperson’s apparatus. According to the department, since the beginning of the year, 413 persons have been severely injured, 170 of them were civilians, including nine children. 175 persons have been killed, 21 of them were civilians, including one child. Over the entire period of the conflict, 4,464 persons were killed in the DPR territory, including 75 children, added the Ombudspersons office.

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DPR special services reinforced due to terrorist attacks in Lugansk / DONi News / July 9, 2017 / DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko transferred the Republic’s special services to the reinforced regime of patrolling due to the terrorist attacks in Lugansk on July 7, reported the press service of the DPR Ministry of State Security. “As directed by the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, personnel of the Republic’s law enforcement agencies were switched to the enhanced service mode in order to identify, prevent and suppress sabotage and terrorist acts,” the report says. According to the Ministry’s information, special attention will be paid to places of greatest concentration of people, and control over the implementation of the curfew will also be increased.

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One dead, seven wounded in Lugansk terror attacks / TASS / July 7, 2017 / Lugansk / Two blasts occurred near the Square of Heroes of the Great Patriotic War in central Lugansk, where offices of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) administration are located, on Friday. The blasts occurred within an hour of each other. The first blast, which killed a female military medical officer and left five people wounded, was classified by the LPR militia as a terrorist attack. “A homemade explosive devise seems to have been planted in a garbage can near a grocery store,” Spokesman for the LPR militia Andrei Marochko said at a briefing at the Luganskinfromecetner news agency’s headquarters. “The type and yield of the explosive device are being specified,” he added. In about an hour, the second blast occurred 30 meters away from the scene of the first explosion. “The second explosion went off several dozen meters away from the site of the firs blast when law enforcers were working on the site. Two civilians were wounded,” he added. Law enforcement officials and members of the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) have expanded the cordoned off area and beefed up security measures. “A series of appalling terror attacks were committed today in the broad daylight in the center of Lugansk. Explosions rocked a densely populated district near a place of public entertainment, a children’s ground, people’s militia headquarters,” LuganskInformcenter quoted LPR’s Head Igor Plotnitsky as saying. “Terrorist attacks are always geared to intimidate not only those who are affected by them but also the entire civilian population. I call on the residents of the republic to demonstrate vigilance and not to yield to panic,” he stressed. “I would like to reassure you that the republic’s leadership, law enforcement agencies and security service are spare no effort to punish those responsible for these terror attacks and prevent possible aggressive actions in future,” Plotnitsky pledged.

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Zakhar Prilepin (–Rusvesna.su)

Zakhar Prilepin: We Already Won (Interview) / Russophile.org / July 8, 2017 / ZAVTRA: Some believe that your participation in the war in Donbass is literary mystification. How would you respond to this? ZAKHAR PRILEPIN: “My battalion, consisting of 200 fighters, already for half a year works on the territory of Donbass. I think, the Minister of Defence and all neighbouring units — and this is a good 1,000 people — see both work and the result of work of our battalion, which is on the very front line in the region of Panteleymonovka near Gorlovka (before this it was on the front line near Kominternovo).” Why did you chose especially Donetsk, and not Lugansk? “Here the military activity is more intensive, a more democratic leadership, ready for various innovations, and is open for contact.” Who do you consider yourself to be today: artist or fighter? “I don’t think about literature already for many months. I don’t write books, and in general I don’t really remember how to do it. I practically don’t read anything, I am completely submerged in the affairs of my battalion. Now nothing besides Donbass interests me.” The people fighting in Donbass are very different — from different countries, regions, with different educations. Has some common image of a Donetsk soldier developed in your imagination? “As a part of my battalion specifically there is an Armenian, a Kazakh, and a Serbian. There are also guys from Tatarstan, there are about 10-15 Russians from different regions of the country. 90% of the battalion are Donetsk or Lugansk guys. Somehow this is a special psychotype, of course, anyway they are in their main mass connected with the life of a local miner. But in general — it is the average Russian carefree type, something between Vasily Terkin and Captain Tushin.” This type formed in Donbass when members of the Molodaya gvardiya were acting earlier? “I think, it formed already at the time of writing ‘Tale of Igor’s Campaign‘. It was possible to meet such people at the time of Ivan Grozny, Stepan Razin, and in Aleksandr Suvorov‘s troops.” When we watch on TV the militiamen of Donbass, it is their eyes that are striking — as if they are from icons. Pure, very honest, shining with some inner force and truth. To what extent does this impression correspond to reality? “There, there are really a lot of abnormally good people. Although you can meet also bad ones. But in general — yes, they almost saints. For miserable money, absolutely non-understandable for the Muscovite — 16,000 rubles — the 26,000 army of the militia during three years fights and dies, giving their lives for the highest human values. They do it with ease, with a smile, with enthusiasm. Probably that’s why certain wrinkles on faces in one way or another built themselves according to this relation to life.” What super-idea unites them? “Russian, of course. The existence of Russia in itself – this is indeed . . . READ MORE>>

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Three Ukrainian fighter jets included in shooting down MH17 – Leaked Documents / DONi News / July 1, 2017 / The website Sovershenno Secretno continues sensational Ukrainian official document leaks from the tragic events and shooting down of the Malesian airlines flight MH17 over Donbass on 07/17/2014. What has come clear, we should forget all those unproven fairy tales about use of land based BUK-missiles, and turn our focus to the proven executed combat operations of the Ukrainian air forces fighter jets. Release of new materials includes not only new top secret documents of the Ukrainian officials and Ukrainian Security Service, SBU, but also very important testimonies, which highlight the facts: Three Ukrainian airforce fighter jets were on combat operations in Donbass and one or more of these military aircrafts are directly responsible for shooting down the Boeing 777, murderding almost 300 people on board. “Look, I know for sure, that the copies of these orders have been reshuffled from the staff documents of the Chuguev air force unit. I know by name the people, who did this. I know where the original of Voloshin’s flying card is now… They committed a deliberate murder, they shot down the passenger board. They fulfilled a special operation.” “The airplanes eventually took off on the 17th! Fact,” said the Ukrainian source behind the document leaks to the Soverchenno Secretno. Here is some of the keypoints from the revealed top secret material: 1. We believe, that the «Chuguev’s» documents and witnesses’ revelations are the necessary puzzle, that will help restore the tragic events of July 17, 2014. The day, when the «Boeing» was shot down. On that day, when at 13:20:03 UTC or 16:21:28 local time, the recording of the flight recorders of a passenger airplane with 298 passengers and crew members broke. Three years ago. 2. Both the flight plan No.734 and the orders of the Commander of the military unit A 4104 No.No.702, 734, and the testimony of the Chief of Staff, Officer and refueler of this airbase, and even a summary of the weather conditions for July 17, 2014 lead us to the conclusion that on July 17, 2014, an airplane (or several aircraft) of the Ukrainian Air Force shot down a passenger Boeing 777, flight MN17. These could be planes SU-25M1 No.08, SU-27 No.36, MIG 29MU1 No. 29 (according to the information from the order of the Commander of the aircraft unit Dubovik) or «Sushkas» No.52 (unknown pilot), No.64 and No.63. 3. It was Captain Samofalov, who told to «Source B.», that according to his information on July 17, 2014, the fighter SU-27 made a combat sortie from the . . . READ MORE>>

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Radar data debunks official MH17 findings, locator could not ‘miss’ missile – Russian air regulator / RT.com / June 27, 2017 / Russian radar could not have failed to notice a projectile approaching Flight MH17, despite the claims by a Dutch minister, the head of Rosaviatsia says. The lack of radar marks shows nothing approached the plane from the east, despite official findings. Last week, the Dutch government published a series of replies by Security and Justice Minister Stef Blok, who explained to a parliamentary commission why radar data provided by Russia did not show any objects approaching the MH17 flight, including a Buk missile. The radar, according to Blok, could simply miss a missile. The minister compared the radar to a lighthouse, claiming that a missile could slip through during its “turn” and therefore leave no trace on Russia’s Utes-T air route radar system. Blok also claimed that the radar could not register such a relatively small object as a Buk missile. “It is inappropriate to say that a radar station could miss the missile,” the head of Russian aviation regulator Rosaviatsia, Oleg Storchevoy, said Tuesday, commenting on the latest Dutch claims. The Russian Utes-T air route radar system is able to detect far smaller objects than a Buk missile, according to Storchevoy, and while its turn time is 10 seconds, Utes-T could not miss any object approaching the plane. “If a projectile was moving along the trajectory described in the version of ‘launch on a head-on course,’ as the Dutch party claims, its flight time would be about 35 seconds. Accordingly, the radar would register at least two or three clear ticks – the so-called echo-signals from an object, moving towards the plane,” the official added. While the MH17 black box data indicate that the tragedy took place at 13:20:03 GMT, Utes-T last registered the aircraft at 13:20:01.87, less than in a second and a half before the disaster, the Russian . . . READ MORE>>

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Putin’s FULL Speech at G20 Summit to BRICS Leaders in Hamburg, Germany
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/05/2017 / DONi News / July 5, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed 26 ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy targeted ten localities with 14 tank rounds, eight mortar shells of 120mm calibre and three 82mm ones. In the Gorlovka direction, the area of Zaitsevo locality was shelled with the AFU grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy applied grenade launchers and small arms against two localities. Our reconnaissance keeps registering the concentration of weapons banned by the Minsk agreements along the contact line: – Near Krasnogorovka (3 km to the contact line) there were detected three motorised artillery mounts Gvozdika; – Near Maryinka (1 km to the contact line) there was detected the arrival of a unit of female snipers – 20 personnel of a Polish private military company. All the data on deployment of the prohibited AFU equipment were passed to representatives of the OSCE SMM. Our reconnaissance received confirmation of the AFU Command’s preparation for serious provocations on the eve of the G20 leaders’ meeting what I had previously voiced, including shelling of residential areas, terrorist attacks on localities and attempts to seize a part of the grey zone territory. In particular, on July 3, scouts of the DPR Armed Forces stealthily lured a serviceman of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade into the grey zone, outside Pesky locality. The Ukrainian serviceman carried secret documents received that day at the headquarters of one of the interacting brigades, on application of arms prohibited by the Minsk agreements against the DPR territory from July 6, 2017. According to the plan of the ‘ATO’ command, forces and facilities of the 72nd separate mechanised brigade, 55th separate artillery brigade and part of the 128th separate mountain-infantry brigade that arrived for reinforcement from the Gorlovka direction are to participate in the provocation. The Ukrainian officer did not try any resistance during the detention and immediately began to give evidence. After we received secret documents from the AFU serviceman, the officer was released. The 128th brigade’s officer has a negative reputation among his command, therefore, he had no value for us. At that, I want to draw attention to the brutality of the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group’s punishers, who in the same situation in the Lugansk direction mercilessly slaughtered two servicemen of the LPR People’s Militia and captured four. And now, by means of tortures and psychological pressure, they are trying to get false testimonies from them, forcing them to pretend to be, allegedly, active military personnel of the Russian army. The extreme brutality of the Ukrainian fighters’ actions struck the whole world then! Due to the enemy’s stepping up preparation for carrying out terrorist acts in the DPR territory, as well as bloody provocations with shelling civil localities, including in the Kiev-controlled areas, we urge the world community to exert pressure on the Ukrainian authorities and force them into giving up war crimes agenda. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Secret agreements: It was stated In the DPR that the Donbass Republics will soon be part of the Russian Federation / Dnr24.su / Translated by Quemado Institute / July 5, 2017 / Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics will be fully incorporated into the Russian Federation in the near future. This was stated by the deputy of parliament of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR], the commander of the “Legion” division, Sergei Zavdoev. In his opinion, the Russian Federation will not allow Kiev to realize a “Croatian scenario” in Donbass. “I think that no one is rushing to Russia. The LPR and DPR exist and so does Russia. Now we are legally integrating into Russia. And after the elections next year we will have full integration into the Russian Federation. Over the last three years a lot of work has been done, both at the political level, and at the military and economic levels. Therefore, we will absolutely be part of the Russian Federation and it will support us 100%,” Zavdoevyev said. A deputy of the DPR noted that if the Ukrainian security forces go on the offensive, then, as usual, Russia will help with humanitarian aid and medicines, as it has helped until now, but it will not get involved in the conflict itself. “If Ukraine crosses this rubicon, it thereby completely liquidates all agreements. There is an unofficial agreement between the United States, Europe and Russia about who will first go on the offensive [tr?], it and the aggressor [tr?], it is to blame for this war. Accordingly, if the Ukrainian Armed Forces [UAF] decide on an offensive, then they will deploy the same America and Europe against themselves [tr?] and give us the opportunity to act openly,” the MP said, adding that the LDPR [DPR/LPR] army will have enough strength to repel the attack of the UAF. According to Zavdeev, the Donbass militia will be only too happy about the UAF’s offensive, as this will allow them to end the war, which has already lasted more than 3 years. “You understand that we have here a ‘valiant’ OSCE, which still can not determine who is shooting at whom. They have for all of three years reported as if someone shoots, but who is shooting whom is unclear. Everybody sees that it is the UAF that shoots, except for the OSCE, which must only record [tr?]. They fix the fact of the bombardment, but about who shoots the OSCE has never once reported,” Zavdoveev assures us. He believes that if they had noted at least once in the OSCE reports that it was the Ukrainian side that was shooting, the militias would have been able to speak to Ukraine long ago.

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Terrorist attack organized by Ukrainian special services prevented in Donetsk / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / The special services of the Donetsk People’s Republic today prevented a terrorist act organized by Ukrainian saboteurs. This was stated by the Vice-Commander of the Republican Operational Command, Eduard Basurin. “Today, thanks to the vigilance of our citizens, a terrorist act of Ukrainian special services has been prevented in the city of Donetsk. At 9 o’clock in the morning local residents found a bomb with remote control on the street of Shchorsa in the residential sector, near the Food College. At the moment, the explosive device was defused,” said the Vice-Commander. Presumably, the explosive device was go off today in the morning. Basurin noted that the terrorist attack has been planned to be executed on the eve of the Minsk talks on July 5 and on the eve of the meeting of the G20 leaders. “According to our reconnaissance, this is not the only terrorist attack planned by Ukrainian intelligence services on the eve of the G20 meeting. We have confirmation that the Ukrainian authorities are instructed to conduct bloody provocations in the period until July 9, including on the territories controlled by the Ukrainian Armed Forces that have the goal of discrediting the leadership of the DPR,” he pointed out.

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American “volunteers” spotted in Ukrainian-occupied Donbass / By Eduard Popov; Translated by J. Arnoldski / Fort Russ / July 5, 2017 / Although one of the provisions of the Minsk Agreements is the withdrawal of all foreign military entities from Donbass, Ukraine and its Western allies headed by the US continue to relentlessly allege a Russian military presence in the region. For its part, Russia has denied such allegations, responding that it is an observer country to the same extent that the other countries that signed the Minsk Agreements are, i.e., Germany and France. However, reports periodically come from Donbass which allow us to take a fresh, sober look at the real situation on the ground there. Just recently in conversation with Donbass militia volunteers, I repeatedly heard accounts of Western troops present in the ranks of the Ukrainian army in the capacity of instructors or as active fighters. Meanwhile, the Americans and Canadians do not hide the fact that they are training the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ units (such as at the Yavoriv polygon in the Lvov region), but they categorically refuse to admit that their servicemen (usually from commando units) are present at the frontline and fighting on the side of the UAF. On the other hand, my friends from the DPR army have reported that they have especially often observed Canadian and Polish troops present at the frontline. Fresh information just arrived the other day from the Lugansk People’s Republic. The LPR’s Ministry of Internal Affairs’ hotline received a call from a resident of the town of Popasnaya (under Ukrainian control), who said that English-speaking, foreign troops have appeared in the town. The caller described them as dressed in white and grey NATO camouflage and armed with foreign small arms. LPR intelligence sources have since released the following report: “According to preliminary findings, the unknown troops in question are US citizens and call themselves American volunteers. They have brought with them some kind of electronic equipment stored in metal boxes and suitcases. At the present moment, these mercenaries are awaiting the arrival of voltage converters since their hardware is not designed to work with 220 voltage networks.” While accusing Russia of meddling in the conflict in Donbass, the Americans, Canadians, and their European NATO allies are directly involved in the conflict, specializing in training the UAF in sabotage and terroristic warfare, as well as electronic intelligence and radio-electronic warfare. The UAF does not wield such expertise and equipment in the likes of what the American army and NATO countries’ armies boast – and which has now apparently surfaced in Donbass.

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Polish Detachment of Women Snipers Arrives in Donbass / Ukraina.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / July 5, 2017 / The intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] recorded the arrival of a group of snipers from Poland in the suburbs of Donetsk, Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the DPR operational command, told journalists. “The arrival of a women’s sniper unit of 20 people from the private military company of Poland was noted in the area of the settlement of Maryinka (suburb of Donetsk),” said Basurin. Earlier, he said that the DPR Ministry of Defense had learned of the arrival of a group of snipers from Georgia [tr?] at the Donbas contact line. He added that the intelligence service of the Donetsk People’s Republic received secret documents that indicate Ukrainian security officials are preparing provocations in Donbass. In March, the “Right Sector” unit (an extremist organization banned on the territory of the Russian Federation – Ukraina.ru Ed) “Witches” arrived at the contact line in Donbass. This was reported by the intelligence of the DPR. The unit consists of women snipers. In April, the Ukrainian security forces also transferred an “Islamic battalion” of up to 500 people to Kiev-controlled Mariupol.

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[Enemy Report:] Dutch court to try suspects in downing of MH17 airliner over Ukraine / By Daniel McLaughlin / Irish Times / July 5, 2017 / [Quemado Institute Editor’s note: Items marked * are considered false, fabricated, biased or misleading by Quemado Institute and many Donbass observers.] / A Dutch court will try those suspected of involvement in shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over separatist-held eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, the Netherlands announced on Wednesday. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko welcomed the decision and pledged his country’s full support for the Dutch prosecution, which came about after Russia vetoed efforts to create an international tribunal through the United Nations. The Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was blown out of the sky close to Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia on July 17th 2014, over territory that had been seized and is still controlled by heavily armed Kremlin-backed militia*. All 298 people on board were killed as they and debris from the plane were scattered across several kilometres of fields and villages. The victims came from 17 countries but most – 196 people – were citizens of the Netherlands. The Dutch safety board found in 2015 that the airliner was brought down by a Russian-made surface-to-air Buk missile*, and last year a joint investigation team (JIT) comprising experts from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine concluded that the rocket was fired from separatist-held territory*. Russia disputes those findings and accuses the JIT of ignoring evidence in their determination to blame Moscow for the tragedy. “The JIT countries have now decided that the suspects should be prosecuted in the Netherlands, a process that will be rooted in ongoing international co-operation and support,” said Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. “We’re still seeing a great deal of disinformation and attempts to discredit the investigation. Nevertheless, major results have been achieved,” he added, in reference to the reports by the Dutch safety board and JIT. “What’s more, the ongoing criminal investigation enjoys virtually unanimous support from the international community. MH17 has shown how a shared tragedy can lead to close international co-operation and a determination to see that justice is done.” Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said the decision to hold a trial in the Netherlands was the “next step on the way to uncover the truth, the prosecution of suspects and satisfaction for the bereaved. That remains the highest priority for the Dutch government.” In the hours and days after the disaster, Russian media broadcast bizarre conspiracy theories about MH17*, including speculation that Ukraine had targeted the airliner thinking it was Vladimir Putin’s presidential jet; that it was a spy plane; and that it was filled with dead bodies and crashed intentionally to discredit Russia and its separatist proxies*. The Russian defence ministry released what it claimed was satellite imagery showing a Ukrainian fighter jet firing a missile at the airliner – but this was quickly debunked as a crude fake and Moscow dropped that line of argument*. On the other hand, the Bellingcat investigative team has used images posted on social media and geolocation tools to track in detail the Buk’s alleged journey from Russia to eastern Ukraine and back again*. They have also identified the Russian soldiers who they believe brought the missile system into Ukraine*. No suspects have yet been named officially in the case. [Source: irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/dutch-court-to-try-suspects-in-downing-of-mh17-airliner-over-ukraine-1.3144347] Quemado Institute comments: This article represents typical anti-Donbass MH17 propaganda of the type we have seen posted repeatedly on Twitter since the day of the tragedy, when enemy factions began fabricating pieces of their story alleging BUK missile involvement. According to air traffic controller Carlos @Spainbuca’s Twitter feed,, tweeted concurrently with the crash, personnel in the control tower announced within minutes that the “official story” was a BUK missile shoot-down, We believe this is a cover-up. More likely the Malaysian Boeing was downed by one or more Ukrainian fighter jets, a scenario consistent with eye-witness accounts as well as evidence found in the crash debris. The Dutch Safety Board investigation offers no proof of BUK missile involvement. For a paragraph by paragraph analysis of their report, see our post Quemado Institute Rebuttal: MH17 Dutch Investigation Weak, Inconclusive (Oct 16, 2015). For all Quemado Institute MH17 posts click here.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko (–DONi News)

Alexander Zakharchenko: “Integration into Russian educational system to be held as quickly as possible” / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / The Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic took part in the 3rd sitting of the Russia-Donbass Integration Committee, which was held on June 30 in Rostov-on-Don. This time, the overarching theme of the meeting was education: achievements and prospects for cooperation between countries in this field. The event was attended by: Andrei Kozenko – deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, coordinator of the Integration Committee; Viktor Vodolatsky – Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Ataman of the Almighty Cossack Army of the Don, PhD in Sociology, Member of the Social Sciences Academy; Larisa Tutova – Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science; Vasily Rudoy – Deputy Governor of the Rostov Region; Representatives of universities of the Russian Federation, political scientists and academics. Dmitri Trapeznikov, Deputy Chairman of the DPR Council of Ministers, Larisa Polyakova, Minister of Education and Science, teachers and heads of the Republic’s educational institutions also represented the DPR at the Committee. In his welcoming speech, Head of the Republic Alexander Zakharchenko noted the importance of the theme discussed by the Committee: “It’s no secret that the coup d’etat has succeeded in Ukraine largely through the young generation. This is due to the fact that . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 07/04/2017 / DONi News / July 4, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours the Armed Forces of Ukraine committed twenty-three ceasefire violations. In the Donetsk direction the enemy launched five mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and 36 mortar-shells of 82mm caliber onto the territories of 11 localities. As a result of shellings on the part of the AFU, a house in the locality of Gorlovka, on Otboinaya Street, 3 sustained damages – a roof and windows were damaged. Representatives of a special commission are working on the site to assess damages received by the Republic’s residents as a result of the shelling conducted from the positions of the AFU. Materials of which will be appended to criminal cases against a command and servicemen of Ukrainian armed forces. Our intelligence keeps registering concentration of prohibited by the Minsk agreements military hardware along the contact line. Thus, in the vicinity of the localities of: SUKHAYA BALKA (13km away from the contact line) there was detected ammunition advance (of 122, 125 and 152mm caliber) to resupply units from among the military personnel of the 128th brigade; YASNOBRODOVKA (14km away from the contact line) there was detected location of five tanks; ZHELANNOYE-PERVOYE (14 km away from the contact line) there was detected a howitzer battery ‘Giatsint-B’ of the 55th brigade. All the data on rotation of the prohibited military hardware of the AFU were handed over to the OSCE SMM. Today, an act of terrorism of Ukrainian special forces in Donetsk City has been prevented thanks to vigilance of our citizens. In particular, at nine o’clock in the morning local residents discovered an explosive device with an off-site control near a food college in a residential area on Shchorsa Street. At present, the explosive device has been defused. Presumedly, it was to operate in the morning, at the time when residents go to work, shops, take their children to kindergartens, students go to universities. It should be noted that Ukraine’s special forces planned this act of terrorism on the Minsk talks’ eve and in advance of a meeting of G20 Leaders. According to our intelligence, it is not the only act of terrorism planned by Ukraine’s special forces on the G20 meeting’s eve. We have a confirmation that Ukraine’s authorities were given orders to commit bloody provocations during . . . READ MORE>>

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Blast Site near Prishib, April 2017 (–Sputnik/LPR militia)

Saboteur who sought to blast OSCE car could be involved in Prishib terrorist attack – MGB / Lugansk Media Center / July 4, 2017 / One of the Ukrainian saboteurs who plotted a terrorist attack against the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives could be involved in the blasting of the international observer’s cars in Prishib village area in April, LPR State Security Ministry (MGB) head Leonid Pasechnik said on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, Pasechnik said MGB officers had defused a mine planted along the route of SMM patrols by Ukrainian saboteurs operating in Lugansk. The minister said MGB investigators found a car with Ukrainian Vinnitsa Region license plates in a wooded area in Lugansk’s Kamennobrodskiy district on 30 June. “A search of the car found pieces of Ukrainian insignia and a dashcam that had been put out of order. “MGB specialists managed to restore the data. The dashcam information shows preparations to assassinate OSCE monitoring mission representatives,” Pasechnik said. “Supposedly, one of the Ukrainian operatives who appears in the dashcam video is involved in the blasting of the observers’ car in Prishib village in LPR’s Slavyanoserbskiy district on 23 April 2017,” he said. “I wish to remind that MGB opened criminal investigation into the blasting of the OSCE car and that an investigation is underway. MGB repeatedly requested the OSCE monitoring mission to provide information which was relevant for preliminary investigation and summoned witnesses to give evidence. However, no response to MGB enquiries has been given up to date which hampers progress in investigation,” the minister added. “I again urge the international representatives working in the Republic to coordinate the routes of their movement with LPR law-enforcement bodies for their own safety. The latest events show that Ukrainian secret services are ready for any provocations aimed at destabilizing the situation in the republic and discrediting law-enforcement and government bodies with the view of securing the deployment of OSCE armed monitoring mission,” Pasechnik said. An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission car en route from Slavyanoserbsk to Sokolniki hit an anti-tank mine in the vicinity of LPR’s Prishib village killing one monitor and wounding another two on 23 April. LPR People’s Militia and Security Ministry said that they had repeatedly recorded activities of Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance squads in Prishib area. LPR Prosecutor general’s Office said Ukrainian army 8th special operations regiment servicemen were suspected of involvement in the OSCE car explosion.

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Terror attack organized by Kiev-backed saboteurs foiled in Donetsk / TASS / July 4, 2017 / DONETSK / .Intelligence agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) prevented a terror attack organized by Ukraine’s saboteurs on Tuesday, Deputy Commander of LPR Operational Forces, Eduard Basurin, said. “Today, thanks to the vigilance of our residents, a terrorist act by Ukraine’s intelligence services has been thwarted in Donetsk. At 9:00 (a.m.), local residents found a remote-controlled explosive device in a residential sector near a food industry academy. At present, the explosive device has been defused,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Earlier this day, the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) also reported that the LPR’s State Security Ministry employees had defused a mine laid along the driving route of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. According to the republic’s Defense Ministry, a group of Ukrainian saboteurs had been operating in Lugansk.

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Aftermath of Ukrainian night shelling of Aleksandrovka Locality (VIDEO) / The Atlantic Monitor (from DONi News) / July 3, 2017 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine shelled the locality of Aleksandrovka at night. Damages were reported. “Last night nearly 12 houses were damaged.There was an infantry fight, which started at about 08:00 pm, and its active phase ended at about 02.00 am. At 05:00am an infantry fight started again.The enemy applied heavy weapons, namely recoilless guns, rocket anti-tank launchers and 30 mm guns IFV-2,” said Konstantin Chaly, the Head of the Alexandrovka locality’s administration. —DONi News Agency Video: DPR Ministry of Information

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Click to enlarge. Donetsk low left of center. (–Google)

Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 3 July 2017 / OSCE.org / July 4, 2017 / The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk region and more in Luhansk region compared with the previous 24 hours. The Mission followed up on reports of a civilian casualty in Marinka and observed damage to civilian properties due to shelling in Uzhivka. The Mission continued monitoring the disengagement areas; it recorded ceasefire violations near Stanytsia Luhanska area. The SMM’s access remained restricted there and elsewhere, including again to a border area not controlled by the Government in Novoazovsk.* The Mission monitored weapons on both sides of the contact line. It continued to follow up on the water and gas supply situation in Avdiivka and Yasynuvata and to facilitate and monitor repairs to the Mykhailivka-Almazna high-voltage power lines. The SMM visited one border area not under government control in Luhansk region. In Donetsk region the SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations[1], including, however, more explosions (about 150), compared with the previous 24 hours (about 80 explosions). On the evening and night of 2-3 July, while in “DPR”-controlled Donetsk city centre, the SMM heard 26 undetermined explosions 8-10km north-west. On the evening and night of 2-3 July the SMM camera in government-controlled Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk) recorded, in sequence, 20 explosions assessed as impacts of rounds of undetermined weapons, two projectiles in flight from east to west, one explosion assessed as an impact, two illumination flares in vertical flight and four tracer rounds and two projectiles in flight from west to east, all 3-4km east-south-east. Approximately three hours later, the same camera recorded four tracer rounds in flight from west to east 4-6km east-north-east, followed by one projectile in flight from west to east and two explosions assessed as impacts 4-5km east-south-east. The following day, positioned in Avdiivka for about five hours, the SMM heard one undetermined explosion about 5km south-east and five undetermined explosions about 2km east-north-east and east. On 3 July, positioned in “DPR”-controlled . . . READ MORE>> (Substantial report at source.)

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Lavrov didn’t say: ‘Russia involved in war in Donbass’ as western media claim / DONi News (Editorial) / July 4, 2017 / Western anti-Russian media are publishing pure fake news based on Russian Foreign Minister statement, claiming that Sergey Lavrov “finally admitted that Russia is involved in the war in Donbass – militarily”. In the reality, these news have no ground, because their claims are based on intrerpretation of a translation mistake, and besides of that, his words are taken out from the context. Here is the mistakenly translated Sergey Lavrov’s statement: “I don’t know whether the political community thinks that we are playing in the wrong league. I have read and heard much criticism regarding our decision to join the fight in Donbass and in Syria. But you should probably look at each given nation comprehensively.” Here is the correct translation: “I don’t know whether the political community thinks that we are playing in the wrong league. I have read and heard much criticism that we should not have got involved into the conflicts in Donbass and in Syria. But you should probably look at each given nation comprehensively.” The scandal around Lavrov’s speech was caused just by a matter of mistranslation. As we can see it now, the official web-site of the Russian Foreign Minister has replaced that shaky phrase with a more appropriate translation totally corresponding to the Minister’s speech. Mr Lavrov said the word “conflict” which in no way presupposes “joining the fight” or any other assistance of military nature. Yes, Russia accepts the idea of having joined the Donbass CONFLICT in the political and humanitarian field, but those accusations, which have arisen due to this translator’s failure are just groundless, as NO adequate evidence of the Russian military involvement in the Donbass war has EVER been presented by the western opponents, any international organizations, like UN or OSCE. Comment – Russia and its factual involvement in the Donbass conflict: As the Foreign Minister of Russian Federation, top diplomat . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, July 2, 2017
(Brief update)

Three Ukrainian fighter jets included in shooting down MH17 – Leaked Documents / DONi News / July 1, 2017 / The website Sovershenno Secretno continues sensational Ukrainian official document leaks from the tragic events and shooting down of the Malesian airlines flight MH17 over Donbass on 07/17/2014. What has come clear, we should forget all those unproven fairy tales about use of land based BUK-missiles, and turn our focus to the proven executed combat operations of the Ukrainian air forces fighter jets. Release of new materials includes not only new top secret documents of the Ukrainian officials and Ukrainian Security Service, SBU, but also very important testimonies, which highlight the facts: Three Ukrainian airforce fighter jets were on combat operations in Donbass and one or more of these military aircrafts are directly responsible for shooting down the Boeing 777, murderding almost 300 people on board. “Look, I know for sure, that the copies of these orders have been reshuffled from the staff documents of the Chuguev air force unit. I know by name the people, who did this. I know where the original of Voloshin’s flying card is now… They committed a deliberate murder, they shot down the passenger board. They fulfilled a special operation.” “The airplanes eventually took off on the 17th! Fact,” said the Ukrainian source behind the document leaks to the Soverchenno Secretno. 1. We believe, that the «Chuguev’s» documents and witnesses’ revelations are the necessary puzzle, that will help restore the tragic events of July 17, 2014. The day, when the «Boeing» was shot down. On that day, when at 13:20:03 UTC or 16:21:28 local time, the recording of the flight . . . READ MORE>>

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OSCE SMM – Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine 30 June at 02:09 FACT CHECK / Facebook / June 30, 2017 / In response to incorrect information issued by the press centre of the anti-terrorist operation: The OSCE SMM’s forward patrol base in Popasna in Luhansk region was not shelled; no damage has been sustained and all staff are safe. The OSCE SMM did register considerable shelling – both incoming and outgoing – in the area on the night of 29 June and the early morning of 30 June. OSCE SMM staff remained safe throughout this time at the forward patrol base. Staff were subsequently re-deployed to Sievierodonetsk on 30 June for a full de-briefing. They are expected to return to Popasna later today.

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Russian and US Presidents to Meet at G20 Summit: Chance not to Miss / By Andrei Akulov / Strategic Culture Foundation / July 2, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will meet at the G-20 summit that brings together the leaders of major industrialized countries on July 7-8. The event has been eagerly anticipated for months. It’s not known how the meeting will be arranged, but it will take place and that’s what really matters. Everyone knows President Trump is in a precarious situation because of «Russia links» attacks and multi-pronged investigations into his campaign’s relationship with Moscow but missing the opportunity would hardly correspond to US national interests. There is no specific agenda but something must be done immediately to revive the dialogue on arms control and none-proliferation. The New START deal is going to expire on February 5, 2021 with nothing in sight to replace it. No talks have been launched as yet. The fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is questioned with both sides accusing each other of breaching the document. It would be right if the presidents gave orders to launch . . . READ MORE>>

Trump-Putin’s Moment of Truth / By Finian Cunningham / Stratetic Culture Foundation / July 2, 2017 / The forthcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit has got to be the most anticipated political moment of the year. The handshake, smiles, body language and words will all be scrutinized to parse significance in the encounter between the leaders of the world’s two superpowers. Sections of the American media will no doubt be looking for secret signals between «agent Trump» and the former «KGB spy Putin» to confirm their suspicions it was the Kremlin that orchestrated the US presidential election to get Trump into the White House. That spy-thriller narrative has been running non-stop in prominent US news outlets – and yet six months after Trump’s inauguration not even a single bit of hard evidence has emerged to support the allegations of collusion. It’s a spy fantasy that has taken on a life of its own, which even the CNN channel – one of the biggest purveyors of the Trump-Russia trope – has recently been caught out disclosing quietly that it’s a «nothing burger». Nonetheless, on a more serious level, the meeting between Trump and Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit next weekend will have a «moment of truth» quality. It’s their first encounter, although the two leaders have held at least two phone conversations in the past six months. Confirming that the Trump-Putin one-on-one is scheduled during the Hamburg summit, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the meeting . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
(Brief update)

Alexander Zakharchenko

Q&A session with the Head of Donetsk People’s Republic to be held on June 28 / DONi News / June 25, 2017 / The live television question-and-answer session of the DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko with residents of the Donetsk People’s Republic living on both sides of the demarcation line will begin on Wednesday, June 28, at 7:00 pm. The conversation will be broadcast live over all the TV channels of the Republic. An internet broadcast is also envisaged. Alexander Zakharchenko will answer questions that will come in video, audio and text formats. “During the previous question-and-answer sessions, I made sure that the majority of our residents on both sides of our western border had the same questions. This once again confirms the fact that the people of Donbass are united. Therefore, we decided not to separate our communication between inhabitants of the territories under our control and those territories of the Donetsk People’s Republic controlled by Ukraine. Of course, this does not concern specific issues that arise in our residents’ everyday life. As for the residents of Donbass who are on the other side, we will once again discuss our Humanitarian Programme for the Reunification of the Donbass People. Let me remind you that our strategic task is to reunite the people of Donbass and, consequently, to restore the DPR’s control over the entire territory of the former Donetsk region. Dear compatriots on both sides of the demarcation line, I propose to talk about our problems and our plans in a live broadcast. I will try to honestly respond to those questions that actually have an answer.” —Alexander Zakharchenko

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Vladislav Deinego (–Sputnik/Viktor Tolochko)

Ukraine fails to show draft law on Donbass reintegration to Minsk Contact Group / DONi News / June 25, 2017 / Ukraine has failed to show the draft law it said it had been developing to reintegrate Donbass, at the Contact Group meeting, said the LPR envoy to the Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego. “We were confused by Ukraine’s media reports on the reintegration draft law to be presented to the Contact Group. It was mentioned (at the meeting) and we critisized these efforts to supersede Minsk talks and the work within this format with some draft law taking lead in the press, but not discussed with Donbass representatives,” said Deinego. “We emphasized, that any attempt to consider laws not coordinated with the Contact Group, would be treated as Ukraine’s attempts to withdraw from the Minsk format.” Ukrainian lawmakers plan to hold first reading of the draft law on Donbass reintegration prepared following president Petr Poroshenko’s order, who said the document was to provide measures to re-establish Donbass within Ukraine and to define its legal status. Some MPs said the draft law introduced martial law in the so-called ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ zone and gave control over the military to a committee led by the president. “Articles 9 and 11 of the Minsk Agreements clearly say that all the issues of the Donbass conflict settlement, including the special status of the region, decentralization, constitutional reform, amnesty, all these issues should be coordinated with Donbass representatives,” Deinego said earlier.

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Ukrainian Security Forces (SBU) Draw Grads to Contact Line / Tvzvezda.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / About 50 American and Canadian instructors arrived at Konstantinovka. / June 25, 2017 / A trainload with personnel and heavy armament of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including the ML-21 Grad missile system, arrived in the area of the village of Vladimirovka, south of Donetsk. This was announced by Eduard Basurin, deputy commander of the operational command of the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainians used the “grain truce” [agreed ceasefire during harvest time] in Donbass to regroup their forces and assets in the conflict zone, reports Basurin. “The existing situation on the contact line allows us to conclude that under the cover of the ‘grain truce’, Ukrainian security forces are strengthening the units in the Donetsk and Mariupol directions, dispersing the prohibited weapons,” said Basurin. According to him, a railway train with personnel and heavy weapons, including the BM-21 Grad issile system, arrived in the area of the village of Vladimirovka to the south of Donetsk. In addition, at Volnovaka, militiamen recorded three railroad freight cars with ammunition for tanks, as well as shells for MLRS and shells and powder charges for 122 and 152-mm barrel artillery. Towards Avdeevka, a column of 28 tanks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is moving. And in the city itself is the Ukrainian battalion of “Kharkov”. About 50 American and Canadian instructors also arrived at Konstantinovka. According to the intelligence of the DPR, these foreign specialists plan to start work in Mariupol.

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Ukrainian sniper rifle (–guns.com)

Baltic Snipers Arrive in Kiev-held Donbass / Novorossia Today / June 25, 2017 / Snipers from the Baltic countries arrived in the Kiev-controlled territories of Donbass. The LPR Ministry of internal Affairs (MIA) explained where exactly foreign mercenaries were quartered. The information about women snipers from the Baltic countries, who arrived in the Kiev-controlled territories of the LPR, came to the department from an employee of one of the regional departments of the so-called “State Institution of the National Police of Ukraine in the Lugansk region”. The man called the hotline of the LPR MIA and said that in the village of Valuyskoye, a unit of female snipers arrived. All the women are citizens of the Baltic countries and live in the same house in the area of Pogorelovka. The house is separated from the others and has a convenient access to the contact line through a forest belt. The LPR Ministry of Internal Affairs checked the information received through its channels, and the data on the presence of foreign mercenaries in Pogorelovka were confirmed. The data are being prepared for a transfer to international organizations.

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British Army Helping Ukraine Kill Civilians in Donbass / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / June 24, 2017 / Everyone who follows the situation in Ukraine objectively knows exactly what’s happening. Ukrainian forces, comprised of radicals, and extremists, are shelling civilian areas of Donbass, causing mass civilian death, because Donbass didn’t accept the illegitimate regime imposed on Ukraine after Euromaidan. I cover that as a journalist, and I speak here as a proud Briton. What a shock to see our country not only support this, but trumpet it. n the first case, I feel for the civilians of Donbass who are still under daily shelling by Ukrainian forces – trained by British. In the second, I feel for my countrymen, normal British soldiers, forced to take part in something that will bring them shame for the rest of their lives. A disgrace for our armed forces, a disgrace for our country. [Video “1000 Days of War in Donbass (18+)” available at source.]

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Russel “Texas” Bentley (–Essence of Time)

The OSCE and the Anatomy of a Disinfo Campaign / By Russel “Texas” Bentley / Russeltexasbentley.com / June 24, 2017 / What if I told you, with a straight face, “I went to a party with A. Hug of the OSCE at the Park Inn in Donetsk last night. Elvis Presley was there too, along with Hitler and a few UFO aliens. Great party, you should have been there. No, really, it’s true.” So, of course, you ask me – Photos? No. Video? No. Other witnesses? No. ANY physical evidence WHATSOEVER? No. ANY EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER? No. Or, to quote A. Hug, “The evidence is in the report.” Do you believe that? I hope not. So when a report about a “violent attack” against OSCE was published, by the OSCE, we should ask them the same questions, and MORE questions. Because exactly zero evidence has been been presented by OSCE to show ANY of this ever even happened. And yet, in 36 hours… Over 1,000 MSM websites have the story – the one about the violent attack, with zero evidence. And right now it is getting blown up. US State Dep’t made a statement about the specific incident, and a video. This story will be in the news cycle for days, and referenced as fact from now on, and it’s 100% bullshit. Nothing to it. Everybody in Yasynuvata hears shooting and shelling pretty much every day. OSCE says they got shot at, but no bullet holes in any of the vehicles. They say the bulletproof window of one vehicle got “struck” by a riflebutt, but they don’t show the vehicle at the news conference or even photos of the vehicle. Or even at the second news conference OSCE held today. Nada. There are about 700 OSCE agents in Donbass today. Their budget is 100 million Euros a year. Think about that. One hundred and eleven MILLION dollars. Per year. For 700 agents in Donbass. One hundred and eleven. Million. US dollars. Every year. The OSCE is not here to help the ukrops, they are here to help themselves. The OSCE is spying on us and on the ukrops. They report what they see to their bosses in Brussels, the bosses tell them what to say to the general public. They are a perception management operation with their own . . . READ MORE>>

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Tornado at Zorya village of Donetsk region
June 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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Merkel Is Angry with America over Russia Sanctions but Will Do Nothing / By James George Jatras / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 23, 2017 / he tenure of Angela Merkel as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany has been a disaster for her country and for Europe. That’s why it’s a refreshing change finally to have an issue where it is possible to agree with her. Merkel, along with other voices in Germany and Austria, has denounced a bill (S. 722) passed by the U.S. Senate to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran. In particular, Merkel has observed, correctly, that the legislation, if adopted, would negatively impact oil and gas pipeline deals with Russia. She evidently objects that this would be a unilateral U.S. action that would harm the interests of Germany and other countries without even consulting them. As declared in a joint statement by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern: «Europe’s energy supply is a matter for Europe, and not the United States of America!» (Wow! An exclamation point! From Teutonic officials! They must really be angry.) Further: «We cannot accept threatening European companies that contribute to the development of the European energy supply [system] with extraterritorial sanctions that violate international law!» (Another exclamation point! They must be really, really angry!) «Sanctions as a political instrument should not be linked to economic interests»… Threatening German, Austrian and other European enterprises, which take part in the gas supply projects such as the Nord Stream II together with Russia or finance them, with penalties on the US market would add an absolutely new and highly negative aspect in relations between the US and Europe». [JGJ: Oddly, Berlin didn’t seem quite so concerned about linking politics to economic interests when the interests were those of Italy, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, and other countries that would have benefitted from South Stream.] «This issue is all about the sales of the US condensed gas [to Europe] and pressing the Russian energy supply companies from the European market. The actual goal [of such sanctions] is to provide jobs for the US gas and oil industry.» [JGJ: You mean the U.S. may be exhibiting an element of export-oriented, pro-jobs mercantilism in its policy toward Europe? Surely, Germany never conducts trade relations on such a basis.] There’s no doubt that S. 722 – which passed the Senate by a vote of 98-2, with only Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders voting No – is a terrible piece of legislation. Its fundamental purpose is to tie President Trump’s hands so that he cannot exercise his constitutional authority to conduct relations with foreign states. Specifically, Senators of both parties want to ensure that he doesn’t have the ability to reach out and normalize ties with Moscow. To do that, a super-majority of Senators is willing to violate every . . . READ MORE>>

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Sergey Lavrov, Rex Tillerson (–SCF

Russia-US Relations: Faint Light at the End of Tunnel / By Peter Korzun / Strategic Culture Foundation / June 20, 2017 / The US-Russian tensions have exacerbated after the American military shot down a Syrian warplane. In response, Russia said it was suspending a «de-confliction» communications channel used to avoid accidents in the air in Syria. «Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets», the Russian Defense Ministry warned on June 19. It should be noted that the US-led coalition operates in Syria without neither an invitation of the Syrian government nor a UN resolution. On June 20, the US hit a Syrian drone and Russian jets intercepted a US reconnaissance plane in the Baltic Sea. These are just some recent events to illustrate the mounting tensions between the two states. It also happens at a time the US Congress is considering an anti-Russia bill, which would spoil the relations for many years if it becomes a law. Russia has begun to prepare its own punitive measures package in response. Does the US really need the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia at a time the list of challenges keeps growing? America faces stiff competition from China, the concept of «axis of evil» is revived again to include Iran and North Korea, Cuba is to be viewed as a hostile neighbor again etc. The exacerbation of Russia-US tensions takes place against the background of the arms control and non-proliferation regime being disintegrated. The crisis is looming large while the two powers fail to make progress. This is the first time there is no dialogue on arms control since the signing of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963 – the event to launch the creation of international regime to limit and reduce the existing nuclear arsenals and prevent further proliferation of nuclear weapons. Indeed, the relations have never been so low since the days of the Cuban Crisis. But not all is doom and gloom as it seems to be. There is some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s dim and few people can see it at all but there is a glimmer of hope. State Secretary Rex Tillerson is working on a new plan – a classified document – to improve the relations with Moscow. The head of Foggy Bottom has taken it upon himself to . . . READ MORE>>

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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>>

 

Donetsk Lugansk News May 26-Jun 10 2017

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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
(Brief update)

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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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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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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[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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Filmed Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th May, 2017.
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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 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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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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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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Click to enlarge. Zolotoye center left, Lugansk lower right

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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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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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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Pete John on Twitter
Heroes of Donbass

Alexey Mozgovoy

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Givi, Anaschenko, Motorola, Dremov, Bednov, Mozgovoy

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
(Brief update)

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko

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

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

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

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