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Donetsk Lugansk News Nov 24-Dec 2 2017

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
(Brief Update)

Basurin confirms ATO withdrawal from occupied villages / Translated by Tom Winter (Novorosinform) for Fort Russ / December 2, 2017 / The Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk Peoples Republic has confirmed the withdrawal of Ukrainian units from the occupied villages. The Donetsk Peoples Republic completely controls the situation on the DPR contact line. This was stated by the deputy commander of the operational command of the Republic Eduard Basurin. “Our intelligence fully controls the situation on the sectors of the contact line where the threat of provocative actions (the seizure of territories in the “gray” zone) is being kept up by the AFU. Any attempt by the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to reduce the inter-positional space will end with unjustified losses for their units” the report said. Earlier, the press center of the headquarters of the “ATO” reported that the militants of the Aidar battalion of the 54th Brigade of the Armed Forces were forced to retreat from previously occupied villages in the DPR. It is known that they suffered serious losses and eventually left their positions, which they previously occupied near Gorlovka. Recall, yesterday morning, the headquarters of “ATO” reported on the progress of their depth into the DNR: ATO forces improved their tactical position on the Donetsk direction. This is stated in the message of the press center of the headquarters of the ATO on their page in Facebook.

The other day the deputy commander of the operational command of the Democratic Donetsk Peoples Republic Eduard Basurin said that the Ukrainian armed forces are preparing to seize two more settlements – Viktorovka and Staromarevka in the south of the Republic. Basurin noted that according to DPR intelligence, local administrations there are already conducting polls of residents of these settlements for the identification of free houses for the possible quartering of Ukrainian servicemen. We remind that on the night of November 22, Ukrainian armed forces, in particular the Nazi battalion Aidar, captured the village of Gladosovo near Gorlovka.

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Ukrainian army partially leaves seized villages – DPR Command / DONi News / December 2, 2017 / Part of the units of the Ukrainian security forces left the previously occupied villages in the neutral zone near Gorlovka, Vice-Commander of the Operational Command of the Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Badurin told journalists. Earlier, the DPR Command stated that the Ukrainian security forces, in violation of the Minsk agreements, occupied the settlements of Gladosovo and Travnevoye located in the neutral zone in the Gorlovsky district. The Ukrainian military confirmed this fact, assuring that they did not violate the Minsk agreements. “Our reconnaissance has fixed the withdrawal from the previously seized Gladosovo and Travnevoye of separate Aidar units to fill the irretrievable losses. Minor forces continue to terrorize civilians,” Basurin said. According to him, as a result of squabbles between Ukrainian security forces in the occupied villages, 12 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and five were wounded. “Also, the Ukrainian party actively continues to mine perimeters around occupied settlements, as a result of which a truck with AFU’s 128 brigade’s staff blew up yesterday on one of the mines. Three Ukrainian servicemen were killed from the explosion on the mine,” Basurin added.

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LPR Interior Minister: 2016 “Coup Attempt” In Republic Was Fabcricated / South Front / December 1, 2017 / The Minister of Internal Affairs of Luhansk People’s Republic Igor Kornet said that the 2016 attempted Luhansk coup was fabricated, and shed the light on the current situation in the Republic. The Minister commented on the situation in the Republic, by saying that the arrests of more than 50 people, including the Prosecutor General of LPR Vitaly Podobry, LPR’s military prosecutor Sergey Rakhno and their attendants on suspicion of collaborating with Ukraine, went “very well”. He said that the active phase of the operation was preceded by nearly year long counterterror operation dedicated to rooting out the Ukranian spy network in the republic. The operation led to “successful, bloodless” arrests, with the arrested testifying. Kornet promised to report on the results of the work in the following months.

Regarding the collaboration with Donetsk forces during the active phase of the operation, the minister said that the collaboration had started since the assassination of Oleg Anaschenko, Head of LPR People’s militia in February of 2017. After confirming that Donetsk military personnel and vehicles were helping with the operation, Kornet also revealed further plan to collaborate with Donetsk People’s Republic. Kornet called the 2016 attempted Luhansk coup “completely fabricated,” with the necessary criminal charges launched. He stressed that the “officials are as culpable as anyone,” with the law making no discrimination for social station. He assured that the criminal proceedings won’t turn into a “witch hunt,” with charges brought up only based on available evidence.

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Friday, December 1, 2017
(Brief Update)

Basurin: APU Has Begun Preparations for Seizure of Two Villages in Mariupol Direction / DNR-news.com / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 30, 2017 / The Ukrainian siloviki began preparations for the seizure of the villages of Viktorovka and Staromarevka in the Mariupol direction. This was announced today by the deputy commander of the operational command of the Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Basurin, referring to the intelligence. “The headquarters of the 28th separate mechanized brigade, on the orders of OGS commander Donetsk, Vishnevsky, is working on the reduction of the inter-position space between the APU and units of the VSD in the vicinity of the villages of Viktorovka and Staromarevka by seizing these settlements in the gray zone,” said Basurin. He also called on the world community to pay attention to the aggressive actions of the APU [Ukrainian Armed Forces]: “We call on the international community to resolutely condemn the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, and the observers of the OSCE CMM – to pay close attention to these two sections of the area,” added the deputy commander. [Editor’s note: The above article was posted on Twitter by Nahia Sanzo (November 30, 3017 11:30 UTC) with the comment, “Basurin claims Ukraine’s getting ready to capture 2 more towns in the gray zone (Mariupol area). He calls on the international comunity to pay attention. Seriously, how do they not realize the ‘international comunity’ couldn’t care less about what UAF does?”  Further note: DONi News, in a similar report, adds the following: “We recall that since the adoption of the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements (February 12, 2015), the Ukrainian Armed Forces regularly carry out seizures of the territory controlled by the DPR. Contrary to the peaceful plan, for almost three years after the enabling of the “Minsk-2″, the AFU took about ten settlements under their control. The last time the capture took place in the night of November 22, 2017, when the Ukrainian military occupied the villages of Gladosovo and Metallist (in Ukraine called Travnevoye) in the Gorlovka area. The Kiev forces immediately deployed to the village armament and began positions’ enhancing. At a meeting of the Contact Group on November 29, the issue of unauthorized seizure of territories by Kiev was raised. A proper international response has not yet followed.”]

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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 12/01/2017 / DONi News / December 1, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Last week, the preparation of weapons and military equipment for operation in winter conditions was completed in the formations and military units of the DPR Armed Forces, the qualitative preparation of the training and material base, as well as landfill equipment, was carried out. The units of the DPR Armed Forces are ready for a new academic year. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 71 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on ten localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked four localities, having launched 19 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres on the settlements. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked three localities from grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours, 29 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. . . . This week the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov made a statement that “Minsk agreements do not work, and it’s time to change them to others.” It’s strange that some Minister of the Interior starts to creep into the sphere of activity which he is not in charge of. It seems that with this statement Avakov makes it clear to the president of Ukraine that he intends to seize the initiative with the subsequent replacement of Poroshenko on the presidential chair. . . . Currently, in the villages of Gladosovo and Travnevoye, occupied by the AFU, the intensification of the humanitarian catastrophe is noted. Residents are deprived of the opportunity to import coal, fuel for generators, and food. All this time the villagers stay without electricity. At the same time, the power supply had been violated by Ukrainian punishers purposefully a few days before the occupation of the settlements. At present, the Ukrainian party does not make any efforts to restore the supply of electricity, despite the fact that we continue daily to declare our readiness to provide all necessary security guarantees for the restoration work. Simultaneously, to prevent the opening of facts of bullying of civilians and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, the Ukrainian party is taking all measures to prohibit access to the settlements, occupied by the AFU, for international observers of the UN, OSCE, ICRC. Arguments for banning the entry of observers are threats to their lives through systematic shelling and mining the roads by Ukrainian law enforcers. The influx of Ukrainian media into the settlements in order to prepare fake stories aimed at justifying the criminal actions of the AFU is noted. Unfortunately, all the help remains only in the picture, outside of it there is only terror and the excesses of the punishers in relation to civilians! . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/30/2017 / DONi News / November 30, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains unchanged. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired eight artillery ordnances of 122-mm calibre, 51 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on 16 localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked the locality of Leninskoye, having launched 19 mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre on the settlement. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired attacked three settlements with grenade launchers and small arms, having also launched 31 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibers. In total, over the past 24 hours, 20 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded.

Our reconnaissance has revealed the AFU’s preparing for a provocation, grossly violating the Minsk agreements. In particular, the headquarters of the 28 smb on the orders of Vishnevsky, the commander of the Donetsk task force, is working on the issue of reducing the inter-position space between the AFU and the units of the DPR Armed Forces in the vicinity of the settlements of Viktorovka and Staromariyevka by capturing these settlements in the “gray zone”. According to local residents of Staromariyevka, the Granitnoye Town Council (under the control of the AFU) is conducting a survey of residents to identify citizens loyal to the regime, as well as the establishment through them the availability of free houses for the possibility of resettlement of the AFU. We regard such actions in the vicinity of Staromariyevka as a distracting maneuver for an armed capture of peaceful civilians of Viktorovka village, which is located near the settlement of Petrovskoye. We call on the international community to resolutely condemn the Ukrainian authorities’ actions. And the observers of the OSCE SMM should pay close attention to these two sites, mostly to the area near Petrovskoye, where Viktorovka settlement is located. At present, the AFU punishers jeopardise the lives and health of civilians living in settlements in the “buffer zone”. The inaction . . . READ MORE>>

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DPR activists pass documents on almost 500 Ukrainian war crimes in Donbass to ICC / DAN-news.info / December 1, 2017 / DONETSK / The DPR public committee for registering Ukrainian authorities’ war crimes has passed evidence on 489 people killed and wounded as the result of Ukrainian army offensive in Donbass to the International Criminal Court in The Hague since mid-2015, said the committee’s member Elena Shishkina. “Since the start of our work, we have passed files on 489 casualties, including 352 adults and 137 minors,” she said. In November, the committee passed evidence on 33 cases, covering 21 deaths and 31 injured persons. The public committee on recording Kiev forces war crimes was launched in mid-2015. Criminal and law experts aim to gather data on the crimes the Ukrainian armed forces committed in Donbass. The Special Committee on Ukrainian crimes has also been launched under DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko order.

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Everyone will be punished: Ukraine prepares special law for DPR, LPR people / DONi News / November 30, 2017 / Ukrainian deputies are drafting a bill “On Collaborators”, which provides for the persecution of residents of the DPR and the LPR for 25 years in the case of the capture of the Donbass by the army of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. This was broadcast on the air of the Ukrainian radio by the lawyer, the head of the public organization “Space of Opportunities” Irina Loyuk. “The law is ready for today. What to do with those people, as Anton Gerashchenko (former Advisor to Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs – ed.) said, who did not commit very serious crimes and do not have blood on their hands? Just to forgive them for “promoting occupation” is impossible, because it leads to a sense of impunity. Therefore, using the experience of Western countries, using the recommendation of the PACE, we decided that the best way would be to introduce administrative restrictions,” Loyuk said. At the same time, the lawyer stressed that these restrictions would be directed to the rights to occupy certain public positions, participate in elections, to admit to state secrets. “We have a very large list of restrictions to those people who showed disloyalty towards Ukraine. Everyone will be punished, even public utilities’ providers,” Loyuk added. The law allegedly will concern people who held certain positions in state power bodies or organized events in support of the DPR and the LPR. [Editor’s Note: For more details, see StalkerZone.]

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Kurt Volker (–Strategic Culture Foundation)

US Envoy for Ukraine Is About to Fail in His Mission / By Alex Gorka / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 30, 2017 / “Kurt Volker is an experienced and tough-minded diplomat who knows how to combine principles and pragmatism into policy. He is widely respected across the political spectrum,” said Paul Saunders, the executive director of the Center for the National Interest and a former George W. Bush administration official, in his comments on Kurt Volker’s appointment as the Trump administration’s special envoy charged with ending the war in Ukraine. “The fact that they appointed [Volker] is a sign this administration is serious about Ukraine,” John Herbst, former US ambassador to Kiev, told Foreign Policy. “The United States remains fully committed to the objectives of the Minsk agreements, and I have complete confidence in Kurt to continue our efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine”, said State Secretary Rex Tillerson, emphasizing that the Minsk accords were the basis for the diplomatic endeavor. Indeed, the hopes were high. It was widely believed that a diplomat with experience as rich as Kurt Volker’s was the right man for the job. Five months has passed since his appointment in July. The negotiation process is stalled and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. His talks with Vladislav Surkov, an aide to . . . READ MORE>>

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
(Brief Update)

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WATCH: Ukrainian troops violate ceasefire, get stuck in new “cauldron” / Translated by Jaffe Arnold (RusVesna) for Fort Russ / November 29, 2017 / Golmovsky, Donetsk People’s Republic. The Ukrainian Armed Forces, having violated in the Minsk Agreements and seized the villages of Gladosovo and Metallist [earlier Travnevoe was reported as captured – J.A.] in the neutral zone in Donbass, have apparently celebrated too early. According to the war correspondent of the Ministry of Defense of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Mikhail Andronik, Ukrainian troops have effectively caught themselves in a new “cauldron” like back in Debaltsevo. “All the commanding heights are ours. All of the Ukrainian troops’ movements are clearly visible even to the naked eye. They’re trying to reinforce their positions, set up mortars, and deploy gun crews…The UAF is down in the valley. In the case of provocative fire from their side, it will be easy for us to destroy their positions,” DPR fighters told Andronik. The situation now unfolding at the demarcation line, according to DPR forces, is “painfully reminiscent” of the front in late 2014 and early 2015 when Ukrainian troops were routed in the “Debaltsevo cauldron.”

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/29/2017 / DONi News / November 29, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains unchanged. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy attacked nine localities with different grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked two localities, having launched 12 mortar rounds of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres on the settlements. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy bombarded three localities with nine 82-mm calibre mortar shells, grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the bombing, two houses Zaitsevo on the street of Artyomovskaya were damaged. At that, the attack was carried out by the punishers on the eve of the Minsk negotiations, which will certainly become an occasion for accusing the Ukrainian party of gross violation of the agreements. In fact, the specific units guilty of bombardment, set the whole of Ukraine up. In total, over the past 24 hours, 14 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. As we said earlier, the bombardment of positions of the so-called “Georgian Legion” from among the 54 separate mechanized brigade in the area of these settlements, which resulted in injuring six Georgian mercenaries, was conducted by a brigade artillery team of the 128 separate mountain infantry brigade. According to the updated data of our reconnaissance, the firing from the positions of the 128th brigade pursued the following goals: reducing the number of Georgian mercenaries, as agents of Saakashvili’s influence, through their physical elimination; provoking Georgian mercenaries to fire on the . . . READ MORE>>

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Ukraine Prevents Inspection by International Organizations of Captured Villages / Novorossinform.org / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 29, 2017 / Ukraine disrupted the inspection of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in the captured villages in the Donbas, the DNR office in the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordination [JCCC] of the ceasefire regime said today. “The international organizations of the OSCE CMM, the ICRC and the United Nations have just left the village of Holmovskoye, controlled by the Dniester, without waiting for the security guarantees from the Ukrainian side to be approved by the SCCC to visit the inhabited settlements in the north of Gorlovka, aggressively captured by the nationalist division of the Aidar battalion,” the representative of the Donetks People’s Republic [DNR]. As reported by the agency, the observers were going to visit the villages for “monitoring the real situation and communicating with the residents.” According to the representative of the DNR, the first representatives of the Red Cross tried to travel, but they were stopped by Ukrainian security forces and returned “because they allegedly did not agree on their work in these settlements, as well as the mine danger on the approaches to settlements.” “At the same time, the ICRC received written guarantees of security from the Ukrainian side,” he said. Earlier it was reported that Ukrainian armed forces intend to arrange mass shooting of servicemen of the Armed Forces in the occupied villages of Gladosovo and Travnevoye. According to the intelligence of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the purpose of the bloody action is that mass casualties among the military will be the occasion for the removal of a number of high-ranking officials in the armed forces of Ukraine.

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Ukrainian forces fire 351 rounds at DPR over 24 hours – JCCC / DAN-news.info / November 29, 2017 / DONETSK / Ukrainian forces expended 351 rounds at DPR frontline areas over the past 24 hours, DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov said on Wednesday. “The overall number of Ukrainian army rounds fired at the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic over the past 24 hours amounted to 351,” Yakubov said. DPR townships on Gorlovka axis came under the most intense fire. The Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and DPR Operations Command use different methodologies to count the number of ammunition rounds used by the Ukrainian army. Whereas JCCC monitors the use of all types of ammunition, DPR Operations Command only records large calibre ammunition impacts. Earlier Operations Command reported that Kiev forces violated ceasefire 14 times in 24 hours, wounding a woman in Dokuchayevsk.

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Boris Gryzlov (–DONi News)

Russia says inadmissible to capture areas in Donbass ‘grey zone’ — envoy / TASS / November 29, 2017 / MINSK / It is inadmissible that the Ukrainian Armed Forces capture areas in so-called ‘grey zone’ along the contact line in Donbass, said Boris Gryzlov, the Russian Presidential Plenipotentiary Representative to the Contact Group seeking a peace solution to the conflict in east Ukraine. “The key issues of Contact Group’s meeting have been security measures and the ceasefire which the parties to the conflict have officially vowed to maintain,” Gryzlov said on Wednesday after a regular meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, Belarus. “The Russian delegation has pointed out in a tough manner it is inadmissible that Ukraine’s Armed Forces are seizing areas and advancing to new positions in the ‘grey zone’ along the contact line as it runs counter to the ceasefire agreement,” he said.

Ukraine is still refusing to publish orders on punishment of ceasefire violators, which the sides has earlier agreed, he added. “Ukraine is refusing to publish the orders on punishment for the ceasefire breaches and on disciplinary measures for violations of the existing agreement,” he added. “It should be done to prevent incidents resulting in human deaths.” The self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) published relevant issues over two months ago, Gryzlov said.

Creeping offensive: Under the Minsk Agreements signed by the Contact Group in February 2015, the parties were to withdraw heavy weapons in order to set up a 50-kilometer-wide security zone. In September 2015, the Contact Group adopted an additional document which stipulated establishing a 30-kilometer buffer zone (or grey zone). For the purpose, the parties had to pull light weapons 15 kilometers away from the line of disengagement. However, Kiev violated the Minsk Agreements launching a so-called creeping offensive aimed at seizing settlements located in the grey zone. According to the DPR and LPR, in 2015 and 2016 the Ukrainian military captured eight populated localities in the buffer zone. Now the Kiev authorities openly admit the ‘creeping de-occupation’ of Donbass.

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Mikhail Saakashvili, shown here with US Senator John McCain, May 2015 (–Rt.com)

Saakashvili states Poroshenko orders to arrest him / DONi News / November 29, 2017 / Ex-President of Georgia, former governor of the Odessa region of Ukraine Mikhail Saakashvili stated on Wednesday (November 29) that President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko had given an order to the General Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of the country to arrest him. On the eve, one tent burnt down in a tent camp organized by Saakashvili’s adherents near the building of Ukraine’s Vekhovna Rada in Kiev city center. As a result of the fire, nobody got injured. “Today, on Wednesday, I have got to know that President Poroshenko has completely crossed the red line and ordered to arrest me for a coup attempt in Ukraine and invented case from Odessa. He gave the order to Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko, Security Service of Ukraine,” said Saakashvili. He added that on the eve his driver had been severely beaten. According to him, law enforcement officials will attempt to arrest him in the nearest two-three days – before the organized march for Ukraine’s President Impeachment which is scheduled for December 3.

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Rex Tillerson (–AP/Evan Vucci)

Tillerson Puts Forward New Charges Against Russia / VzGlyad / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 29, 2017 / Washington will be able to begin the process of restoring relations with Moscow only if it takes steps to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine, said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. In addition, he made several new accusations against Moscow. “We hope that Russia will take steps to restore full sovereignty of Ukraine and territorial integrity and fully implement its obligations within the framework of Minsk, allowing us to then begin the process of restoring normal relations,” Tass reported. Tillerson said that the sanctions, which are related to the Minsk agreements, will continue until Russia begins to take action to “use them.” He said that Russia has violated the sovereignty of Europe’s largest country, and the US has been counteracting “this Russian aggression” since 2014 with the help of “sanctions policy”. Tillerson added that the United States intends to help “the success of an independent and whole Ukraine.” In this case, the future of Kiev, he argues, depends on the victory in the internal struggle and the implementation of reforms in various fields. He urged the Ukrainian authorities to eradicate corruption. The Secretary of State said that Moscow behaves aggressively towards its neighbors, at the same time, he is sure, “the West continues its attempts to build productive new relations with post-Soviet Russia.” At the same time, he called the possibility of building these relations “illusory.” He said that Washington was trying to “reset relations with Russia,” but it ended with “invasions” to Georgia and Ukraine. “Russia continues to be aggressive towards other neighbors in the region, interfering in the electoral process and promoting undemocratic ideals,” Tillerson said. Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not participate and is not a party to the conflict in the Donbass. At the same time, as Russian President Vladimir Putin noted, the Ukrainian authorities are doing everything to prevent the implementation of the Minsk agreements, but in the West either they do not notice it or do not want to notice it. Quemado Institute comments: Tillerson is turning out to be an neocon warhawk on Donbass—as irrational and misinformed as his predecessor John Kerry. President Trump should fire him. Trump’s own position is not yet clear, but should be clarified when he decides whether or not to send US lethal weapons to Ukraine.

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James Mattis

Kiev gives Washington list of necessary weapons / DONi News / November 29, 2017 / The Ukrainian party agreed on lists of weapons for deliveries from the US and expects an appropriate political solution. This was stated by the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko. “All the lists have been submitted from our side, everything has been agreed, we are only waiting for a political decision. Giving weapons will be a clear signal to all countries, including NATO members, that such deliveries can be made to Ukraine,” Muzhenko said. According to him, the Ukrainian party expected air defense systems, air reconnaissance and electronic warfare, as well as supplies of antitank weapons from the US. “As for the samples of weapons planned for delivery from the US, it is, in particular, air defense systems, especially air reconnaissance means, electronic warfare means, which are critical for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and our defense industry cannot yet provide them for us. We also need medical vehicles, especially armoured vehicles, but this is non-lethal technology, so the first batch of such cars has already arrived in Ukraine, they will soon be received by the troops. And, of course, anti-tank weapons also in the list, even though today the domestic industry provides us with weapons modeled on “Stugna” or “Korsar,” he added. On August 24 during a visit to Kiev, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that in the United States were considering the issue of providing Ukraine with defensive lethal weapons.

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Yavlinsky Tells How He Will Deal with Donbass if He Becomes President of Russia / News-obovsem.ru / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 29, 2017 / The leader of the Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky, in case of his victory in the presidential election, intends to forbid the position of LDNR on Russian television, which he called “lies and propaganda”. He stated this on the air of the Russian First Channel. “First of all, I will stop anti-Ukrainian propaganda, which turned into the propaganda of hatred and endless war. As soon as I declare that I intend to establish peace with Ukraine, everyone who wants to stay on television will guess that it’s better not to engage in lies and propaganda, “Yavlinsky said. In addition, in the event of a hypothetical victory, he will prohibit any LDPR assistance, including humanitarian assistance. “We need to make it absolutely clear that Russia stops supporting all separatist movements: military, diplomatic, material, financial, propaganda. Stop sending vacationers there. A step in this direction is already being discussed. This is the introduction of security forces and a real closing of the border between Ukraine and Russia, “Yavlinsky said. He believes that for a period of time the Donbass will be under the mandate of the UN security, after which it will become part of Ukraine. “International security forces are not always effective, but there is no other solution, because what happened there is a terrible crime. Tens of thousands of people died. As a result of all these military operations, the Boeing was shot down, “Yavlinsky said. [QI editor’s note: this article was posted on Twitter by Novorossiya supporter Vladimir Suchan.]

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Givi as I Knew Him
Historic VIDEO by Graham Phillips
February 21, 2017

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English subtitles, 35 minutes

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Monday, November 27, 2017
(Brief Update)

Igor Plotnitsky (–South Front)

Eastern Ukraine: LPR Internal Crisis Ends With Resignation Of Plotnitsky / South Front / November 27, 2017 / Last week’s takeover in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) spawned a crisis, which largely seems to be over now. This takeover was long time in the making, since at least the fall of 2014. The leaders of the republic — Igor Plotnitsky, the Head of the Republic, and Gennadiy Tsipkalov, the Prime Minister — represented different power spheres in Luhansk, with the latter representing the military, and the former the administrative. Plotnitsky was unpopular with the military, which only escalated when he managed to fire Tsipkalov in late 2015, increasing military opposition and arrests.

The conflict, now rooted in a long-standing antagonism between Plotnitsky and Minister of Interior Affairs Igor Kornet, started to heat up in November. On November 9 the Minister of Interior Affairs was kicked out of his house by Plotnitsky, under suspicion that he had allegedly extorted it from an elderly woman. After the house was returned to its previous owner, it was discovered that Kornet bought the house in 2015 with the necessary documentation filled out in Kyiv, raising suspicion of collaboration. The house Kornet was kicked out of had belonged to the late Valeriy Bukayev, one of the most influential businessmen in the region. His ex-wife moved to Kiev, and her new partner enrolled in the Aidar battalion. According to the DPR officials, they’d been offering help to Ukrainian military. Plotnitsky, it turned out, returned the house to the enemy of the republic. A LPR military commander addressed Plotnitsky on YouTube. In the video, commander Alexander Gaidey (nom de guerre Rhim) expressed his concerns regarding high-ranking military personnel being sacked, and voiced his suspicions that Plotnitsky . . . READ MORE>>

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(Eng Subs) Interview Leonid Pasechnik New Lugansk LPR Head. by Andrey Rudenko. Ukraine War.
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster
November 27, 2017

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Andrey Rudenko has interviewed the New leader of the Ukraine break away state, Lugansk Peoples Republic, Leonid Pasechnik. This video is to help English speaking people understand the situation.

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CONFIRMED: Ukraine invades 2 neutral villages, Donetsk promises retaliation / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / November 27, 2017 / Amidst the recent events in Lugansk which have culminated in a change of government, the Ukrainian side has taken advantage of the temporary, relative disorientation of Donbass to attempt offensive operations. Ukrainian troops have since confirmed that they’ve seized two villages over the past three days, Travnevoe and Gladosovo, which are located in the designated neutral or “gray” zone in Donbass. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has not considered these advances and the capture of residential areas to be in violation of the Minsk Agreements.

Judging by the now public admissions of Ukrainian soldiers and militants from the Ukrainian Nazi battalions, a fairly large-scale offensive operation was being prepared while Lugansk was embroiled in its “coup.” The result of the intended Ukrainian operation was supposed to be the capture of considerably large areas currently controlled by the republics of Donbass. Like always, however, the Ukrainians wanted a lot, but only managed to acquire a little.

At any rate, this is a success for the Ukrainians, albeit a minor one compared to the original plans. As follows, Donetsk has since been compelled to respond. On November 27th, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, promised a symmetric response to the Ukrainian armed forces’ capture of “gray zone” positions. Zakharchenko is quoted as stating: “Since the OSCE believes that Kiev’s actions do not violate the Minsk Agreements, but are a mere ‘improvement’ of the Ukrainian side’s positions, we too will in turn…begin to improve our positions.” How real is Zakharchenko’s . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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ATO Prepares for Provocation: Ukrainian Drones Inspect “Gray Zone” / Kharkov News Agency / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 27, 2017 / The siloviki of the so-called antiterrorist operation activated their unmanned aerial vehicles in the area of captured villages of the “gray zone”. According to the representative of the operational command of the Donetsk People’s Republic Eduard Basurin, Ukrainian drones were recorded over Gorlovka and Dokuchaevsky. “Our intelligence received data on the use of unmanned vehicles by the units of the Armed Forces, for reconnaissance and correction of artillery and mortar fire in the areas of Dokuchaevsk and Gorlovka,” the commander said. Recall that the situation in the Gorlovka region has seriously worsened, after the Ukrainian siloviki unauthorizedly captured two villages in the so-called “gray zone”. The command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has already transferred equipment and armament there. In this regard, the Donetsk command does not exclude that in the near future the Ukrainian side will begin to destabilize the situation on this sector of the front.

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Military situation in Gorlovka Worsens / Nrt24.ru / November 27, 2017 / (Edited by QI) / Armed Forces of Ukraine, exactly brigade 128, has been carrying out shelling for several days. Kiev troops have been using heavy artillery, mortars, and grenade launchers. The hostility is targeted against both civilians and DPR positions. RAPIRA is being used, even though, in regard to the Minsk Agreements, it was supposed to be withdrawn, and now they use it directly on Gorlovka villages. As a result of the shelling, one populated house caugh fire in the village Golma. There was not ability to put out the fire because the Kiev side does not stop attacking. [See also: Zaitsevo Resident Loses Home Due to Ukrainian Shelling at Stalkerzone.]

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VIDEO by Press service of UNM DNR
November 21, 2017

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Today, about 14.00 a group of civilian journalists, accompanied by a military correspondent of the press service of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic and an officer of the 3rd detachment of the VS of the Gorlovka People’s Democratic Party of Zheleznoye witnessed the shelling of the Dolomitnoye settlement by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Ukrainian Journalist Tells about Hostility of Residents of Villages Captured by APU / VzGlyad / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / The residents of the villages of Travnevoye and Gladosovo, which were previously in the “gray zone” [ie belonged to the DPR –QI editor], were hostile to the Ukrainian armed forces, Ukrainian journalist Andrei Tsaplienko said. “The village of Travnevoye and Gladosovo was returned to Ukraine. Two small pieces of Donbass earth are no longer a ‘gray zone’. The day before yesterday, rubles were here and militants lived,” he wrote last week in his Facebook. He said that this is the biggest success of the Armed Forces since the end of 2014. At the same time, according to the journalist, the villagers differ in their attitude to the Ukrainian siloviki. “Many had tears of gratitude in their eyes. And they said that finally Ukraine came. Some looked with undisguised hostility. This is how he, the Donbass, is different,” he wrote. Meanwhile, Ukrainian volunteer Yury Mysyagin stated that the villagers of the captured villages met the Ukrainian siloviki “as liberators”. Let’s remind, last week, taking advantage of the situation in the LNR, the Ukrainian security forces launched an offensive on the contact line. On Saturday, the Supreme Council of Ukraine confirmed that the villages of Travnevoye and Gladosovo were captured. At the same time, the Ukrainian security forces planned to seize the territory right up to Gorlovka, but the offensive failed. Quemado Institute comments: We doubt many residents of Travnevoye and Gladosovo had “tears of gratitude in their eyes.” It is tragic that the DPR militia refuses to defend the Grey Zones, which were originally DPR territory. This refusal to defend their own territory is likely due to political pressure from Russia, which seeks to appease the West by appearing to obey the Minsk Agreements. The Agreements however did not require the militia’s unilateral withdrawal.

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VIDEO by Novorossia TV world
July 31, 2017

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Project Vladislav Brig: “On the protection of their native land: Detachment Gorlovka”
[Translation:] Gorlovka is located in the north of Donetsk, so it turned out that the largest number of Ukrainian formations accumulated under the city in the summer of 2014, and who, no matter how local the guys became to defend the city, and did not let the enemy pass. Each of them went to defend his family, his home, his homeland, everyone understood that to let the Nazis into Gorlovka, they would reach Donetsk, and establish their fascist regime. We tirelessly thank our defenders who gave us the Victory thanks to which we live on our land.

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Washington Determined about Russian Oeacekeepers in Donbass / <em>Vesti-ukr.com / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 27, 2017 / US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker opposed the inclusion of Russians in the UN Security Mission in the Donbass. This is reported by TASS with a link to The Washington Post. Volcker noted that Russians should not be allowed to participate in the UN mission in eastern Ukraine. The UN Security Mission should have freedom of movement throughout the Donbas, and the contingent of peace-keepers should have access to the Ukrainian-Russian border. He also said that he would continue negotiations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbass along with the Russian President’s aide Vladislav Surkov. Volcker is sure that the peacemaking plan gives hope for a return to Minsk-2. Surkov and Volcker met in Belgrade on November 13. Then the American side presented its proposals on the draft resolution of the UN Security Council regarding the deployment of the mission in the Donbass. Surkov said that of the 29 points Russia found acceptable three. Later it was decided that Kurt Volker and presidential aide Vladislav Surkov would meet again in December to discuss the UN mission in the Donbass.

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Media: Russians must not be included in the UN peacekeeping force in Donbass / Essence of Time / November 27, 2017 / The US administration’s position is to not include Russian citizens in the UN peacekeeping mission, in case such a mission will be deployed in eastern Ukraine The Washington Post’s online version stated on November 26, citing Kurt Volker, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, TASS reports. Previously, Volker expressed his opinion about the UN peacekeeping force. According to him, it should control the entire territory of southeast Ukraine, including the border with the Russian Federation, and not just the contact line of the opposing sides. The Washington Post’s article cites Volker’s radical words. According to him, a true U.N. peacekeeping force should be deployed in Donbass, which must have access to the Ukraine-Russia border and not have any Russian personnel in it. At the same time, the US Special Representative talks about the desire to continue negotiations with Russia regarding the Ukrainian crisis and hopes that the UN peacekeeping plan gives a better hope for a return to Minsk-2. On November 10, The Wall Street Journal stated that the US has the intention to invite Russia to deploy 20,000 international peacekeepers across the territory of Donbass. However, the peacekeepers should be placed under the auspices of the OSCE, and not the UN. The publication informed that negotiations between Washington and Moscow on this issue will begin in the near future. Kiev supported the idea of placing a large international contingent across the territory of Donbass. On November 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin, answering journalists’ questions, said that no official proposals from the US on this issue have been received yet. Editorial comments by Essence of Time: Deploying a large peacekeeping contingent across the entire territory of Donbass implies an immediate occupation of the rebelling republics, taking them under the control by the Ukrainian Bandera regime with the inevitable genocide of “Moskals and the Moskalized“. The absence of Russians in such a contingent will make it possible to achieve total and absolute control over this contingent by the West. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Russian company Gloria Jeans suspected of Aiding Terrorism / Obshchaya Gazeta / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 27, 2017 / The Russian company Gloria Jeans was accused of financing terrorism because of the production of its goods in the territory of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic [LNR]. / The Russian company Gloria Jeans was accused of financing terrorism because of the production of its goods in the territory of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic. Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted searches in Gloria Jeans stores as part of the investigation into the complicity of terrorism. Investigative activities were conducted in the shops of Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye and Poltava regions. Now all the goods are seized, but the stores continue to work, Kommersant reports. According to the Ukrainian siloviki, clothes and shoes of the Russian brand are produced in the Lugansk region, and the company itself pays taxes to the budget of the LNR. The SBU also believes that Russia falsified the origin of clothing Gloria Jeans: things were made in the LNR, returned to Russia, and then again sent to Ukraine for sale.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
(Brief update)

Kiev launches over 1,200 shells on DPR territory in 24 hours – JCCC / DONi News / November 26, 2017 / The Ukrainian army launched more than 1,200 shells on the front-line localities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the past 24 hours, DPR Representative Office Head to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubob states. “Altogether, the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) launched 1,217 shells on the DPR territory in the last 24 hours,” pointed out Yakubov. The localities in the Donetsk direction underwent the most intensive shelling on the part of the enemy. Altogether, according to Yakubov, over the past 24 hours there were registered 50 ceasefire violations on the part of Ukrainian military. Quemado Institute comments: On Saturday November 25, a number of Twitter sources from inside or near Donetsk reported an escalation of Ukrainian fire not seen since last summer, including constant loud booms audible from the center of the city at an estimated distance of 4 km.

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Command of Donetsk People’s Republic Announce Seizure by Ukrainian Army of Another Grey Zone Village / TASS (in Russian) / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 25, 2017 / DONETSK / Ukrainian Security Vorces seized another settlement – the village of Travnevoye near Gorlovka, while occupying houses of civilians. This was announced on Saturday by the representative of the operational command of the proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Eduard Basurin. “In the direction of Gorlovka, 54 separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the support of the battalion of 24 separate assault battalion “Aidar” captured residents of two settlements in the “gray zone” – the villages of Gladosovo and Travnevoye,” he said. According to Basurin, a patrol of the OSCE observation mission will go to populated areas. Earlier in the DNR, it was also reported that the Kiev security forces installed mortars in the settlements and mined the neighborhood. In turn, the headquarters of the Kiev force operation confirmed that the MU took these settlements, but called it “a visit to help the civilian population and assess the current situation,” and also reported on the establishment of a humanitarian headquarters. The so-called gray zone divides the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Ukrainian army. Its borders are established by Minsk agreements and the introduction of troops of one or another party into the settlements in it is a violation of international agreements. Quemado Institute comments: We consider the latter statement by TASS to be false. Yes, the contact line is established de facto by the Minsk Agreements (although its geographic location is not specified). The Minsk Agreements also establish distances from the contact line to which various calibers of weapons must be withdrawn. The grey zone, however, is not mentioned in the Minsk Agreements. In fact, this zone was originally DPR/LPR territory. The Novorossiya Armed Forces withdrew unilaterally in the summer of 2015, apparently under orders from Moscow, we presume at the behest of Putin to appease the West. Note that the Minsk Agreements do not require troop withdrawal nor unilateral action of any kind. All requirements are mutual.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/26/2017 / DONi News / November 26, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains tense. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 27 artillery projectiles of 122-mm calibre, 23 tanks rounds, one anti-tank guided missile, 192 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at 12 localities’ adjacent areas. Grenade launchers and small arms were also applied. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired 60 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto six localities’ areas. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy launched 50 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto four localities’ areas, at that engaging fire with grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 50 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Our intelligence continues detecting the concentration of prohibited AFU weapons in the ‘ATO’ zone. In particular, in Volnovakha locality there was detected the arrival of a train with armoured vehicles and artillery systems, which will be meant for strengthening the AFU units in the Mariupol direction. The facts of offences and crimes committed by the AFU against civilians continue being noted. In particular, it has been established that militants of the 25th separate airborne brigade are settling in their buildings of civilian educational institutions in Avdeyevka locality against the will of the heads of the latter, to the detriment of the educational process of students and schoolchildren, which causes resentment among parents and teaching staff. And punitive squads of the 2nd battalion of the 30th separate mechanized brigade had captured a store in the east of Maryinka locality, which was eventually completely ransacked, and is now used by them as a place of residence of the AFU unit. In addition, our intelligence obtained the data of correspondence via Viber between Kalmazan, the reconnaissance chief of . . . READ MORE>>

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NATO Soldier Joins Donbass (Southern Ukraine)
VIDEO by Donbass Rose
November 25, 2017

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In March 2017 Pascal Hillebrand moved to DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic in SE Ukraine) with his girlfriend and two kids. Western taxpayers money is used to wage wars all over the world and he didn’t want to be part of it any longer. In the past, Pascal used to serve in the NATO army. However, after arriving in Donetsk he made a decision to join the DPR armed forces. In Donbass he was most impressed by the kindness of people. “They are all friendly and they are no terrorists!”, Pascal said.”

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Soldiers of Donetsk People’s Republic Penetrate into Occupied Village of Gladosovo (VIDEO) / Russkaya Vesna / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 26, 2017 / On November 25, the military correspondent of the press service of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic [DPR] managed to get into the area of Glushovo village, which was captured by the Ukrainian armed forces, and to photograph the actions of the Ukrainian military, who are bringing reinforcements and equipment to the settlement, and are actively building up new positions. The appearance of the enemy in the village has already led to a sharp activation of shelling from the Ukrainian side of nearby settlements – primarily the village of Golmovsky. At the same time, OSCE observers preferred to keep at a respectable distance from the line of demarcation and did not go beyond the center of the village of Golmovsky to fix the actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces violating the Minsk agreements. The video was provided to the “Russkaya Vesna” by the press service of the VS of the DPR.

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Donbass militia eliminate Ukrainian reconnaissance group / Fort Russ / November 25, 2017 / A group of saboteurs wished to enter the territory of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) to conduct provocations, said Defense Ministry spokesman Andrei Marochko. On November 23, it became known that three personnel of the Ukrainian security forces were killed, two were wounded when an attempt of a reconnaissance group reached the position of the LPR army. The bodies of the dead were transferred to Ukrainian volunteers. During the transfer, it was found that the personnel were in fact reconnaissance and sabotage group, whose aim was to seize the positions of the LPR and penetrate into the interior personnel of the republic, Marochko explained.

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DPR: The Minsk process to continue despite Plotnitsky’s resignation / Essence of Time / November 25, 2017 / The change of the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic will not have a negative impact on efforts taken for the Minsk agreements execution to settle the conflict in Donbass, DPR People’s Council spokesman Denis Pushilin said in Minsk on November 24, Donetsk News Agency reported. “The Minsk process will be continued as before”, DPR spokesman ensured. “There are no negative preconditions after Igor Plotnitsky’s resignation from the post of the Head of the Republic, as he has now been appointed as the Lugansk People’s Republic’s authorized representative for fulfilling the Minsk agreements”, the official explained.

Earlier, Oleg Tyagnibok, the leader of Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Svoboda party, said that the Minsk agreements would become not legitimate in case of Plotnitsky’s resignation. In his opinion, as the ex-Head of the Republic was among the signers of the Minsk agreements, “the Minsk is already in fact illegitimate”.

On November 24, it was revealed that the head of the LPR Igor Plotnitsky has resigned due to his health condition. The security minister Leonid Pasechnik was appointed as the republic’s interim head. The resignation was preceded by a conflict between Igor Plotnitsky and the LPR minister of internal affairs Igor Kornet. The latter official claimed that his resignation was illegal and accused Plotnitsky’s closest circle in betraying the Republic’s interests. Experts say that the resignation of the head of the LPR could be connected with these events. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Saturday, November 25, 2017
(Brief update)

DPR Head Zakharchenko congratulates Pasechnik on assuming LPR acting head position / Donetsk News Agency (DAN) / November 25, 2017 / DONETSK / The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko has congratulated the LPR acting Head Leonid Pasechnik on assumption of the office. “Leonid Ivanovich, I congratulate you on the assumption of the office of acting Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic! It is not an easy task in the circumstances of war and economic blockade, but I am sure you shall cope with it with honor. I am also sure that together we shall effectively withstand Kiev’s aggression and build peaceful life,” Zakharchenko said. Earlier on Friday Igor Plotnitskiy resigned from the position of the LPR Head for health reasons. The security minister of the LPR announced he was taking over power from Plotnitskiy until forthcoming elections. The ex-leader was appointed authorized representative of the LPR to implement the Minsk Agreements.

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People’s Council approves Leonid Pasechnik as Acting Head of LPR / DONi News / November 25, 2017 / The People’s Council approved Leonid Pasechnik as Acting Head of the LPR. “Pursuant to Article 62 Paragraph 7 Part 2, Article 70 of the Provisional Basic Law (Constitution) of the LPR, the People’s Council decides to recognize Pasechnik Leonid Ivanovich as the Acting Head of the LPR from November 25, 2017,” Chairman of the People’s Council Vladimir Degtyarenko said. Deputies adopted the decision unanimously. [QI Editor’s Note: For Oleg Tsarev’s opinion on the transition of power in Lugansk, see StalkerZone.]

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/25/2017 / DONi News / November 25, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains tense. In the Donetsk direction, 36 artillery ammos of 122-mm calibre, 33 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres were launched by the enemy on nine localities and the surrounding areas. In the Mariupol direction, AFU units targeted the settlements of Sosnovskoye and Leninskoye from grenade launchers and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction, the areas of four localities were targeted with IFV cannons, grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours, 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. As a result of targeted attacks by the armed forces of Ukraine on the residential areas of settlements Dokuchayevsk, Yasnoye and Golmovsky with help of prohibited weapons, the damage was inflicted to: – Residential house on the street of Teatralnaya, 10 in Dokuchayevsk (the glazing of the window frame is damaged); – Residential house on the street of Shchorsa, 27/2 in Yasnoye (glazing is damaged); – Residential house on the street Shchorsa, 31 in Yasnoye (the glazing of the balcony and the porch of the house are damaged.); – Residential house on the street of Shchorsa, 46 in Yasnoye (garage roof and car burned down); – Residential houses on the street of Zagorodnaya 6A and 12/2 in Golmovsky (glazing is damaged). These facts speak of a real genocide by the Ukrainian authorities of the Donbass population! After such shelling, no civilians will ever be happy with the occupation by Ukrainian troops, no matter how punishers want it when seizing settlements. One DPR Armed Forces’ serviceman died when defending the Republic. Yesterday, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Turchinov said that the Armed Forces would continue improving their positions and advancing to the territory of the People’s Republics, despite the Minsk agreements. It is these statements of Ukrainian politicians that provoke the incompetent command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to carry out insane acts, because of which the civilian population suffers, and Ukrainian servicemen die.

As we already know, in the Gorlovka direction, the 54th separate mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, with the support of notorious nationalists from the battalion of the 24 separate assault battalion “Aidar”, took hostage the inhabitants of two settlements in the “grey zone” – Gladosovo and Travnevoye. In addition, in the Lugansk direction, in the vicinity of Krymskoye settlement, AFU units made an unsuccessful attempt to throw two subversive terrorist groups on the position of the LPR Armed Forces’ units. As a result, 58 separate mechanised infantry brigade lost four people killed, two wounded and one captured. These actions are aimed solely at disrupting the Minsk accords. At that, the responsibility for the breakdown will lie on the head of the AFU General Staff Muzhenko and the commander of the so-called ‘ATO’ zone forces Zabrodsky, who personally led the failed operations. In the first – the torture of civilians in the villages of Gladosovo and Travnevoye, and in the second – the death of their fighters under Dzerzhinsky, which they didn’t care about at all. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Lugansk People’s Republic resolves internal crisis with dignity and professionalism / By Adam Garrie / The Duran / November 24, 2017 / This week has been fraught with both real and fake news stories about an internal political crisis in the Lugansk People’s Republic in Donbass. The genesis of the conflict appears to be a dispute that Interior Minister Igor Kornet had with former Lugansk President Igor Plotnitsky. Kornet suggested that Plotnitsky was surrounded with various saboteurs and that such people needed to be removed for the good of Lugansk. At no time did Kornet publicly accuse Plotnitsky of any personal wrongdoing. However, Plotnitsky has been widely accused of being an uninspirational leader who is no longer up to the task of running a young republic besieged by the aggressive warfare of the fascist Kiev regime.

Social media had long been filled with rumours of Plotnitsky’s responsibility for the deaths of Lugansk commanders in the past, although these rumours have likely spread due to the fact that Plotnitsky was gradually becoming seen as in ineffective commander rather than a traitor. There has never been any substantial evidence showing that Plotnitsky ever conspired against his own officers. Lugansk Peoplpe’s Republic Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik has been appointed as interim President, until new elections are held. Pasechnik thanked his predecessor for his service and announced the appointment of Plotnitsky to a new role as Lugansk’s envoy for future discussions on the Minsk Accords which aim to bring a long-term ceasefire to the Donbass conflict. This move is clearly designed to demonstrate the internal stability of Lugansk, in so far as a man seen as not fit to be leader, will still have a respectable position within the government, albeit as an envoy whose role is largely honorific due to the stalemate in implementing the Minsk Agreements. The move also helps put to rest, the rumours from pro-Kiev regime social media that Plotnitsky has been killed or is being tortured. Clearly, neither of these assertions have any factual merit.

Pasechnik stated, “Igor Plotnitsky has made a great contribution to the peaceful settlement process. He is one of the Minsk accords signers. He has been appointed plenipotentiary of the Lugansk People’s Republic for execution of the Minsk accords”. While many of the finite details concerning what convinced Plotnitsky to finally relinquish power are yet to be fully known, it would appear that as was the case of the far more experienced Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Plotnitsky realised that his former comrades wanted a changing of the guard and like all leaders who would rather leave with dignity than with a fight, he eventually acquiesced. Overall, the comparatively smooth transition from a leader whose . . . READ MORE>>

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ICRC Ukraine on Twitter
November 23, 2017

No fruit trees in this buffer-zone village in #Donbass since last winter.
People had to cut them to cope w/ temps like -25°C.
No gas/power &
mines make it dangerous to get wood from forests.
It took us 9 trips in 3 days to bring 3 tonnes of coal briquettes to these families.

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Friday, November 24, 2017
(Brief update)

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Plotnitsky Resigns, Leonid Pasechnik Becomes Acting LPR Head (VIDEO) / Lugansk Information Center / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 24, 2017 / Statement by Pasechnik L.I.: Today, Igor Venediktovich Plotnitsky resigned for health reasons. Numerous military injuries and the consequences of concussion were caused, in accordance with his decision, I will assume the duties of the head of the Republic until the forthcoming elections. I am grateful to Igor Venediktovich for his decision and trust. Igor Venediktovich made a great contribution to the process of peaceful settlement. He is one of the signatories of the Minsk agreements, today he is appointed as an authorized representative of the Lugansk People’s Republic for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. I also declare my commitment to the Minsk Agreements. The Republic will consistently implement the commitments undertaken in accordance with these agreements. The Council of Ministers, the People’s Council of the LNR and other authorities continue to work in the regular mode. For my part, I want to assure the inhabitants of the LNR that I will do everything in my power to benefit the people of Lugansk region.

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Igor Plotnitsky (–TASS)

Lugansk People’s Republic head resigns / TASS / November 24, 2017 / Head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Plotnitsky has resigned due to health problems, LPR State Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik said in a statement published on the Lugansk Media Center website on Friday. “Today, Igor Plotnitsky has resigned due to health problems, aggravated by numerous battle injuries and concussion consequences. In accordance with his decision, I come into office as the republic’s head until the coming election,” the statement says. Pasechnik thanked Plotnitsky for his decision and the credence given to him. “Igor Plotnitsky has made a great contribution to the peaceful settlement process. He is one of the Minsk accords signers. He has been appointed plenipotentiary of the Lugansk People’s Republic for execution of the Minsk accords,” he noted. Igor Plotnitsky has been appointed an envoy for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “He is among the signatories to the Minsk agreements and was appointed today the Lugansk People’s Republic’s envoy for the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” the statement said. “I also state my adherence to the Minsk accords. The republic will be consistently executing the obligations taken under these agreements,” Pasechnik pointed out.

In his statement, he also stressed that “the Board of Ministers, the LPR People’s Council and other power structures continue operating on a routine basis.” “For my part, I want to assure the LPR residents that I will do everything possible for the Lugansk people’s welfare,” Pasechnik concluded. Leonid Pasechnik has been appointed acting head of the Lugansk People’s Republic until forthcoming elections. The People’s Council, or legislature, of the LPR has received Igor Plotnitsky’s letter of resignation as head of the republic and appointment of Leonid Pasechnik as acting head, the Council’s speaker, Vladimir Degtyarenko, said in a statement posted by LuganskInformCenter on Friday. “I have no doubts that the People’s Council will support the candidature of Leonid Pasechnik as acting head of the Lugansk People’s Republic. All necessary amendments will be done to the normative acts immediately,” the statement said. Igor Plotnitsky’s biography: Igor Plotnitsky was born on June 24, 1964, in the town of . . . READ MORE>>

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Leonid Pasechnyk (–Twitter.com)

[Enemy Report:] Coup-styled takeover shakes up Ukraine’s Russian-backed Lugansk enclave / Financial Times / November 24, 2017 / Igor Plotnitsky appears to have been fully deposed as leader of one of two Russian-backed separatist strongholds in Ukraine’s breakaway eastern Donbas region. That culminated a chaotic week in which armed militants backing rivals challenged Mr Plotnitsky’s authority by staging coup-styled takeovers of government buildings and media. Late on Friday Leonid Pasechnyk, security chief in the self-declared Lugansk People’s Republic, announced that he was taking over as acting head of the heavily-militarised region were separatist forces hours earlier killed five Ukrainian soldiers in daily clashes that have continued since 2014. Mr Pasechnyk’s claim in a Russian-language statement posted on a news site used by separatist leadership that Mr Plotnitsky had resigned due to “state of health” was not immediately confirmed. The surprise announcement came one day after video released purported to show Mr Plotnitsky arriving in a Moscow airport. His departure from Lugansk amid an attempted coup fuelled speculation that he had either fled or travelled to Moscow to hold backroom negotations about the crisis with Kremlin officials.

Russian officials have remained tight lipped on the tense standoff. It erupted after Mr Plotnitsky on Tuesday fired a rival, Igor Kornet, from his post as interior minister of the internationally-unrecognised separatist republic. Mr Kornet responded by launching investigations into Mr Plotnitsky’s inner circle as militants without insignia surrounded key government buildings in Lugansk, the provincial capital. Russian-backed separatist troops from the nearby self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic reportedly rolled in to Lugansk this week to intervene. The development sparked analysts and observers to predict that the standoff over leadership of Lugansk-based separatists was also rooted in plans to unite both Russian-backed enclaves into a single republic. Such an outcome threatens to complicate efforts to forge a lasting peace and settlement to the conflict through the so-called Minsk agreements which were brokered in 2015 by the leaders of France, Germany and Russia. In an apparent bid to dispel such concerns, Mr Pasechnyk in noting that his predecessor was a signatory to the peace accords, stressed “I also declare my commitment to the Minsk Agreements.” He added that Mr Plotnitsky would, going forward, serve as an envoy representing the region in the Minsk peace talks. [Source: ft.com/content/ada05b42-c085-3d74-8ca1-82b3afdb8a63]

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Plotnitsky Arrives in Moscow / By Zahor Prilepin / Vk.com / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 23, 2017 / Igor Plotnitsky flew to Moscow from Rostov on an ordinary flight. Here just arrived. Economy class, a quiet man without protection. Generally one. We met his eyes, he did not show anything. He does not look concerned. Almost peaceful. I got on the bus with everyone, got off the bus. In Sheremetyevo, two operatives waiting for him followed, young, merry, Moscow. That’s what history looks like everyday. Ordinary and unpretentious. With a small bag on his shoulder and jacket in the case. Everything for a new life. [Photo: still from video of Plotnitsky arriving at Moscow airport.]

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VIDEO: Plotnitsky Arrives at Moscow Airport
Thursday, November 23, 2017


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Dmitry Peskov (–DONi News)

Kremlin assures Minsk deal will remain in force despite events in Lugansk republic / TASS / November 24, 2017 / MOSCOW / Moscow is committed to the Minsk peace deal on Ukraine despite the events in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “As for the Minsk agreements, the position, which has been stated many times by President (Vladimir) Putin, remains unchanged – there is no alternative to the Minsk agreements, and Russia is committed to the signature, which President Putin put on these agreements,” Peskov said, commenting on the alleged arrival of LPR’s head Igor Plotnitsky in Moscow and its possible impact on the Minsk deal fulfillment. Peskov stressed that Plotnitsky’s arrival in Moscow “is not a matter of the presidential administration.”

The Minsk agreements reached on February 12, 2015 by the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) leaders envisaged ceasefire and also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions. The Ukrainian forces and militias of the self-proclaimed republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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24 hours in Lugansk #2: Igor Kornet on the situation
VIDEO by Patrick Lancaster (English subtitles)

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Lugansk LPR Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Kornet 11/22/2017 LUGANSK MILITARY “LOCKDOWN” DAY 3 What I know after spending 24 hours in Lugansk: 1. LPR head Igor Plotnitsky ordered dismissal of Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Kornet. 2. Kornet takes responsibility for the large deployment of soldiers to secure the city center. 3.Kornet says that Saboteur groups have infiltrated the LPR government and given false information to Plotnitsky so Igor Plotnitsky is not at fault 4. No blood was shed 5. The city is functioning well, people are on the streets and shops are open 6. Plotnitsky has left the LPR 7. Kornet says all Operations should be over by the end of week.

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Donetsk Defense: Weekly Situation Report, 11/24/2017 / DONi News / November 24, 2017 / EXCERPTS: Good afternoon! The situation on the contact line remains tense. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired one 152-mm artillery projectile, 66 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres at nine localities’ adjacent areas. Grenade launchers and small arms were also applied. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU units fired 40 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres onto four localities’ areas, at that engaging fire with grenade launchers and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy shelled three localities’ areas with grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours, there were registered 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces. . . .

In particular, the Ukrainian side, in violation of the Minsk agreements, seized Gladosovo locality in the ‘grey zone.’ Punishers from the 54th separate mechanized brigade and the 24th Aidar battalion broke into the village on the night of November 22, 2017 and began to threaten local residents with weapons, demanding from them to remain silent. At that, they tortured some of the residents. At the moment, our intelligence is aware of the true purpose of this provocation. In particular, up to two platoons of Ukrainian servicemen planned to temporarily gain a foothold in the village, and then to fire at the localities under their control the next day. The use of mortars was to be recorded by the film crews of western and Ukrainian TV channels that had arrived in the given area in advance. Accusations of the DPR Armed Forces of violating the Minsk agreements were to follow.

We do not exclude either that this provocation could be connection with information on the arrival of three trucks with Ukrainian servicemen dressed in Russian uniform at the area of Svetlodarsk locality, received from residents of the territories occupied by the AFU. We assume that the Ukrainian punishers’ shelling their territories and the activities in the territory of Ukraine of Ukrainian saboteurs, disguised in the uniform of the Russian standard, may be links of one chain. Along with that, our reconnaissance continues detecting the concentration of . . . READ FULL REPORT>>

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Ten Ukrainian saboteurs uncovered within the ranks of Donbass officials / Fort Russ / November 23, 2017 / Employees of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic, in a joint operation with the special services of the LPR, have detained ten Ukrainian saboteurs.

“As a result of joint operations, more than ten people were detained who are suspected of cooperating with Ukrainian special services” it was stated. According to the ministry, the members of the criminal group acted under the control of the command of 3 separate regiments of special purpose of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

The main task of the saboteurs was to prepare and conduct a number of sabotage and terrorist acts, to destabilize the political situation in the people’s republics. With this purpose, the special services of Ukraine, from among the LPR officials, carried out purposeful work to discredit the activities of local law enforcement agencies.

On November 23, news appeared that the head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, had left for Russia, and government buildings were surrounded by armed officers. In the Kremlin, the situation in Lugansk has not been commented yet.

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DNR Accuses Ukrainian Detainees in Lugansk of Preparing Assassination Attempts / Gazeta.ru / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 24, 2017 / Detained on the eve in Lugansk, the military intelligence agents of Ukraine are suspected of preparing assassination attempts against several first persons of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). “The MGB of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the MGB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) conducted a joint special operation in the territory of the Lugansk Republic to detain a sabotage group that acted on the instructions of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, which detained more than 10 people. This group operated on the territory of both republics and is suspected of preparing assassination attempts against a number of the first persons of the LNR and DNR,” the report said.

The department noted that “this is not the only sabotage group created by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to conduct sabotage.” It is specified that part of this group was detained in Donetsk after an attempt to assassinate the vice premier of the DNR, Alexander Timofeev. “In this regard, it was decided to conduct a joint special operation to neutralize the second group of saboteurs operating on the territory of the republics,” explained the MGB DNR. Earlier, the Interior Minister of the self-proclaimed LNR, Igor Kornet, said that the special services neutralized in Lugansk a criminal group that operated under the control of Ukrainian intelligence.

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MGB of the DNR Prevents Attempt on Leadership of the Republic / Novorossiya Information Agency / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 24, 2017 / Agents of Ukrainian intelligence, who were detained in Lugansk on the eve of suspicion of preparing attacks on the leaders of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR), told reporters today in the MGB of the DNR. And on suspicion of cooperation with Ukrainian special services detained more than ten people. The operation was carried out jointly with the law enforcement officers of the LNR. Part of the group was detained in Donetsk after an attempt to assassinate the vice premier of the DNR, Alexander Timofeev. The department stressed that this group was not the only one that was overseen by Ukrainian military intelligence. “In this regard, it was decided to conduct a joint special operation to neutralize the second group of saboteurs operating on the territory of the republics,” the DNR Ministry of State Security said. The investigation continues, the security forces are looking for possible accomplices of saboteurs. Yesterday, the MGB of the DNR confirmed the liquidation of saboteurs in Lugansk. Earlier it was reported that on 22 November the LNR security forces neutralized Ukrainian saboteurs in Lugansk. The saboteurs prepared terrorist acts, planned to destabilize the political situation in the republics. Tasks for them came from the command of the third separate regiment of special forces of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.

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“Return to Rhetoric of Novorossiya” – Bortnik Names Three Scenarios for Situation in LPR, Including “Most Dangerous” for Kiev / AntiMayden.info / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 23, 2017 / The development of the situation in Lugansk can occur in three scenarios, depending on the course chosen for Ukraine. This opinion was broadcast on the Ukrainian news channel NewsOne by the Kiev political scientist Ruslan Bortnik. Course in relation to Ukraine: According to Bortnik, the situation in the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] reflects the “confrontation of different groups of influence,” and this is not a confrontation for the sake of money or in favor of certain figures in the administration of the republic. “This is a confrontation over the course that will be chosen against Ukraine in the near future, perhaps it will be a course towards demilitarization and certain concessions within the framework of the Minsk agreements, perhaps it will be a course toward a violent resolution of the conflict and attempts to push Ukraine to agreements even more difficult for it,” said the Ukrainian expert. Bortnik does not believe that Plotnitsky can be removed, since his signature is under Minsk agreements, however, he does not exclude that the head of the LNR [LPR] would like to limit the power. According to him, the least profitable turn of events for Kiev would be the victory of “hawks”, calling for escalation on the line of demarcation. At the same time, the political scientist assumes that the parties are likely to agree. “The most likely scenario today is that at some point the sides of this confrontation will agree and conclude that there was nothing, especially since there are no human or material losses until that time.” The authority of Plotnitsky will be limited, and in politics will remain the same as it is,” Bortnik pointed out the first scenario.

The Party of Russia and the “party of war”: “A less likely scenario is if the political party of Russia wins, and provisionally speaking, this crisis in Lugansk will lead to Russia and certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions making the first concessions within the framework of the Minsk agreements, and we will have a window for reintegration of Donbass,” said the political scientist, as the most desirable option for Kiev. “An even less likely scenario, but the most dangerous scenario is that the “war party” will win, there can be a unification of these territories into one under the leadership of the same Zakharchenko, for example, a return to the rhetoric of Novorossiya and attempts to create a military crisis, which modeled on Debaltsevo or the airport (Donetsk – the FBA) would push Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements in an unprofitable interpretation or to new agreements that are even more unprofitable to date,” Bortnik said.

In his opinion, Kiev can not use the situation in any way, as its interference in the affairs of the LNR would only discredit the side with which it would be willing to agree. “Regarding our prospects in this situation, they are very limited,” Bortnik believes. Recall that earlier Ukrainian nationalists called on the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko “not to miss the opportunity” in Lugansk, and the detached head of the Interior Ministry of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Kornet said that in the republic saboteurs were caught who were connected with local officials.

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Igor Kornet

Lugansk Republic President flees to Moscow, Interior Minister now in charge / By Paul Robinson / RussiaFeed / November 24, 2017 / The political shenanigans in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in Eastern Ukraine took a new turn today when LPR President Igor Plotnitsky fled the republic and turned up in Moscow. Power in Lugansk now rests firmly in the hands of LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet, who continues to insist that he doesn’t intend to overthrow Plotnitsky, merely rid the republic of traitors in the President’s entourage. Kornet’s forces have arrested a number of senior LPR officials, accusing them of working secretly for the Ukrainian government in Kiev and of preparing to betray the LPR to the Ukrainian Army. I don’t believe it. My impression is that in the LPR treason is what you accuse your opponents of when you want an excuse to get rid of them. Be that as it may, the events in the LPR put the Russian government in something of a pickle. As I mentioned in my previous post, Moscow isn’t in full control of events in Donbass. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any say in what goes on, nor does it mean that it can just ignore what happens there. It seems to me that it has the following options: – Recognize that Plotnitsky is a busted flush, discard him, and back Kornet. So far, the Russian government is insisting that what happens in Lugansk is an internal matter for the LPR. Maintaining this line would in effect amount to endorsing Kornet’s coup. The question would then arise of how to find a new President and who it should be. – Try and work out some solution which returns Plotnitsky to Lugansk as President, but which in effect makes him little more . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: It doesn’t appear that Plotnitsky “fled” to Moscow, but that he simply went there, judging by Prilepin’s description. Lugansk has been peaceful through this attempted coup, and there is no evidence Plotnitsky was threatened or in danger.

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Mikhail D. on Twitter
November 23, 2017

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“Here’s the map of the territory that was taken during the offensive of the
Ukrainian Army yesterday (nov.22) in the Svitlodarsk Bulge in #Donbas.”

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OSCE warns of a possible escalation of conflict in Donbass / Essence of Time / November 24, 2017 / The Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug warned the parties to the conflict of a possible escalation of the armed conflict in Donbass, Deutsche Welle reported on November 24. According to Alexander Hug, the escalation of the armed conflict is due to the cold weather that has come, because frozen ground unfortunately makes moving heavy weapons easier. He also lamented that in the recent weeks the ceasefire was violated increasingly often.

The situation in Donbass plunged into crisis in the past several days. According to a number of media outlets, a conflict happened between the Leader of the Republic Igor Plotnitsky and the fired Minister of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Igor Kornet. Reportedly, the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office was assaulted on November 22. The Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) reported a joint operation with the law enforcement officials of the LPR which neutralized a group of persons suspected of connections with Ukrainian intelligence. On November 23, some media reported that Igor Plotnitsky arrived to Moscow; however, this information has been neither confirmed nor denied officially. –-Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Maurice Schleepen on Twitter
November 24, 2017 13:20 UTC

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Situation in Donbass to ‘explode’ if US sends offensive weapons to Kiev – Russian MP / DONi News (from Sputnik) / November 23, 2017 / Kiev has been seeking the supplies of US lethal weapons, but officially Washington officially only supplies Ukrainian authorities with uniforms, equipment, and training of the National Guard soldiers. The situation in Ukraine will sharply deteriorate if the United States chooses to deliver offensive weapons to Kiev, Vladimir Shamanov, head of the Russian lower house’s defense committee told Sputnik on Sunday. “These Klimkin’s ‘wishes’ sharply destabilize the more or less set state of affairs in the zone of the [Donbass] conflict, which can be controlled, at least to a certain extent, by the international organizations and local residents. The equipment which he listed is offensive, and, of course, this will affect negatively all the parties to the process, political, diplomatic, not even mentioning the military ones … This will not just complicate the situation [in Ukraine], this will explode the situation,” Shamanov said. If the United States does choose . . . READ MORE>>

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Lugansk: Igor Kornet is in charge / By Alexander Zhuchkovskiy (Ruskline.ru), translated by Tom Winter / Fort Russ / November 23, 2017 / According to the latest data, the situation is as follows. Kornet completely controls Lugansk, Plotnitsky is in the Russian Federation and is feverishly negotiating about his future in the LPR. His political destiny has not been finally resolved. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and the MGB insists on the complete elimination of Plotnitsky, Moscow is inclined to leave him the nominal head of the republic until the next elections, with the actual absence of real power.

If this option is confirmed tomorrow, Plotnitsky will make a statement explaining what is happening about the work of Ukrainian agents in the higher echelons of power (ie, apparently confirm what Kornet said today). Otherwise, Plotnitsky will probably not return to the Lugansk Peoples Republic.

Moscow unequivocally sided with Kornet, and the DPR also supported him, sending significant help to Lugansk to prevent the revenge of Plotnitsky. Kornet received permission from the Russian Federation to clean up Plotnitsky’s people in all government bodies in the Lugansk People’s Republic. What can now be said unequivocally: Kornet won, Plotnitsky completely lost, Moscow’s trust and control over Lugansk. On the merger of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, it is not yet a question. Quemado Institute update, November 24: In light of breaking news that Leonid Pacechnik is now acting head of the LPR, it is now unclear what Kornet’s role will be.

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Igor Plotnitsky (–02Varvara.wordpress)

Mass media: Head of LNR Plotnitsky left for Russia / VzGlyad / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 23, 2017 / An automobile cortege with the head of the LNR Igor Plotnitsky, the head of his administration Irina Teizman, the head of the GPTK LNR Anastasia Shurkaeva left Lugansk for Russia, the media reported. Government buildings in Lugansk cordoned off by armed people, among them, according to unconfirmed reports, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Luganks People’s Republic and the MGB of the Donetsk [misprint? – QI editor] People’s Republic, reports Novaya Gazeta. Earlier on Thursday, the head of the Interior Ministry of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Cornet, issued another statement, saying that the special services of the Lugansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic defused a criminal group in Lugansk that operated under the control of Ukrainian intelligence. Earlier, Cornet announced the detention of Teizman and Shurkaeva. In Donetsk, they also announced the suppression of the activities of the main members of the criminal group. The special services of the DNR state that Ukrainian saboteurs tried to discredit the activities of law enforcement agencies and special services of the Donbass republics. Sources say that there is an attempt of coup d’état in LNR. On Monday, Plotnitsky dismissed Cornet, but the next day in the center of Lugansk appeared military equipment and armed people who obey the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On Wednesday in Lugansk, the building of the Prosecutor General’s Office was stormed. Quemado Institute comments: The claim that Plotnitsky has gone to Russia with Teizman and Shurkaeva has not been verified by trustworthy sources.

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Head of LNR Igor Plotnitsky left Lugansk for Russia / Novaya Gazeta / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 23, 2017 / An automobile cortege in which the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Igor Plotnitsky, the head of his administration, Irina Teizman, the head of the State Television and Radio Company of the Lugansk People’s Republic Anastasia Shurkaeva and a number of other persons left the territory of Lugansk for Russia. Government buildings are still surrounded by armed people, among whom, presumably, the employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Ministry of State Security of the neighboring Donetsk People’s Republic. Recall that on the eve of the dismissed Minister of Internal Affairs of the LNR Igor Kornet refused to leave his post and published a video message in which he said that some high-ranking figures of the self-proclaimed republic, including Teizman and Shurkaev, are agents of the Ukrainian special services. In the evening on Tuesday a column of dozens of military vehicles from Donetsk entered into Lugansk. Subsequently, the MGB of the Donetsk People’s Republic officially recognized that it was conducting a joint special operation against the “Ukrainian saboteurs” with the SLM security officials. Note that Moscow has not officially commented on what is happening in Lugansk. Quemado Institute comments: The claim that Teizman and Shurkaeva, whom Kornet calls Ukrainian agents, left Lugansk with Plotnitsky has not been confirmed by trustworthy sources. At least one possibly reliable Twitter source Andrey Davydov has called these Russian media stories “fake news”. Pete John (see below) reports via Twitter that Ruskaya Vesna news agency sources say Plotnitsky was still in Lugansk at 13:00 UTC today.

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Pete John on Twitter
November 23, 2017 14:00 UTC

“This ‘Russian Spring’ [Russkaya Vesna news agency] was told by its own sources in the power structures of the Lugansk Republic: About an hour ago, Igor Plotnitsky left the administration building with protection. His motorcade moved east, where his house was. There were no obstacles to his departure.”

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Unexpected development of Lugansk political crisis: 3rd day report / DONi News / November 23, 2017 / The 3rd day of the Lugansk government crisis passes calmly in the streets of the LPR capital. The parties to the standoff have published new statements, but no settlement has yet been reached at the cabinet level. The Head of State, Igor Plotnitsky, is still in charge of the Republic and the previously dismissed Minister of the Interior seems to preserve control over the notable state security apparatus. New and rather unexpected information concerning the Ukrainian involvement in creating the standoff has appeared, shedding light on the complicated nature of the root of the crisis, which has unquestionably made it much harder to find a solution to the already developed volatile situation in the Republic. Thus, the evening of Wednesday, November 22, was abundant in statements by the parties to the political standoff in Lugansk. The Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, gave a press-conference, addressing residents of the Republic and those following the situation in the state from abroad, namely, the Russian Federation, with a call “not to believe whatever is published on the Internet,” despite the rumours spread by both internal and external enemies of the Republic. The Head of State promised that the situation would be settled soon, as power structures of the Republic were actively working on it. Later on the day, Igor Kornet also gave a press-conference, during which he answered questions of Russian and foreign journalists. According to him, at the moment, measures and search activities are being implemented in the LPR to eliminate the remains of a large sabotage and reconnaissance group that has infiltrated the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic. “It is high time the operational development, conducted jointly with the State Security Ministry of the LPR, was completed,” he said, adding that in the course of this long-lasting development “there had been identified numerous agents of influence of the Ukrainian special services, who had penetrated deeply into the authorities of the Republic.” Kornet emphasised that “the rule of law had not been violated in the Lugansk People’s Republic,” as all the power-wielding structures of the Republic were working “jointly as a single force.” We can arrive at the conclusion that the nature of the government crisis comes more and more clear on the 3rd day of the political argument. The most important thing is to understand that the standoff in Lugansk is a highly internal affair, bearing signs of previous external impact, exerted by the common enemy of the state. We should not . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial article at source.] Quemado Institute comments: This DONi News report, unlike at least three reports we’ve seen in the Russian media, makes no mention of Plotnitsky having left for Russia today accompanied by presumed Ukrainian agents Shurkaev and Teizman.

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Conflicting Reports on Plotnitsky’s Whereabouts / Quemado Institute / November 23, 2017 / At least three Russian news agencies have reported today that LPR Head Igor Plotnitsky left in a motorcade for Russia with two presumed Ukrainian agents and former LPR officials Irina Teizman and Anastasia Shurkaeva (see two articles above). Other reports contradict this. DONi News makes no mention of Plotnitsky’s alleged flight to Russia (see article above), while Twitter source Andrey Davydov calls the Russian reports “fake news”. Pete John, a known reliable pro-Donbass Twitter source, seems to contradict himself on the matter of Plotnitsky’s whereabouts. On the one hand, John tweeted at about 16:00 UTC [edited]: “According to Major-General Igor Kornet, LNR, Lugansk was 2 weeks away from a major disaster because of treasonous actions of a certain group of High ranking officials, including Plotnitskiy, who’s accused of collusion and has run.” Along with this tweet, John posted the image shown here, which gives a story roughly the same as those in the Russian media. Contradicting this, Pete John said in another tweet at about 14:00 UTC today (see above) that sources at Ruskaya Vesna report Plotnitsky left the administration building and is now at his home in Lugansk.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
(Full Report)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/22/2017 / DONi News / November 22, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains tense. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy fired 57 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibre on eight localities, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms. In the Mariupol direction, the AFU attacked Leninskoye locality, having launched five mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre on the settlement, as well as resorted to various grenade launchers and small arms. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy fired five mortar shells of 82-mm calibre at the locality of Dolomotnoye, as well as applied grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours, 23 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. As a result of the shelling by Ukrainian punishers of Dokuchayevsk, female civilian Goncharenko Tatyana Vladimirovna, born in 1965, received a fragmentation wound of the thorax at the address: Lenina Street, 26/20, apt. 4. Besides, according to updated data, 17 housing constructions sustained damage because of the shelling of the AFU. We’re receiving alarming messages from residents living in the territory temporarily occupied by the AFU. Yesterday, according to their data, three trucks were seen moving with the personnel, dressed in a military uniform of the Russian model, from Artyomovsk area in the area of Svetlodarsk. In addition, according to our reconnaissance, in the area of Svetlodarsk, the film crews of Western and Ukrainian television channels have now arrived to prepare the staged video material. Directions for ensuring the work of foreign journalists are given directly by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In this connection, we do not exclude the provocations of the Ukrainian siloviki on the contact line, which have the goal of preparing fabricated evidence of the presence of Russian troops in the Donbass, and use their fakes to justify aggression against the republics. We appeal to the OSCE Mission with a request to help prevent illegal actions by the Ukrainian forces, destabilizing the situation in the area. Also, we continue recording the massing of prohibited weapons of the AFU near the contact line. In particular, our reconnaissance marks the move to the area of Krasnogorovka village (north of Avdeyevka) of the 1 howitzer battalion of the 55th separate artillery brigade. We have identified the location of six units of large calibre artillery hidden in the private sector of the village and agricultural buildings, located near, eight kilometers from the contact line. According to information from sources in the 25 separate airborne brigade, the units of the 1st howitzer battalion are being prepared to be used in the interests of the criminal command of the airborne brigade. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency Quemado Institute comments: Yesterday and today, enemy Twitter sources have been falsely reporting an invasion of Russian military convoys and tanks into Lugansk. Even Statfor (a US quasi-think tank) has alleged today that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko “is monitoring Luhansk region after Russian tanks move in, Kyiv Post reported Nov. 22.” These fake allegations may be in response to, or in collusion with, the staged operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, which is apparently setting up manufactured evidence of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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APU Militants Seize Village Near Gorlovka / Novorossiya Information Agency / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / According to the press service of the Armed Forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic, on the night of November 22, Ukrainian armed forces [APU or UAF], in particular the Nazi battalion Aidar, captured the village of Gladosovo near Gorlovka. This was reported by the correspondent of IA “Novorossiya”, referring to the press service of the Supreme Soviet of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “Tonight, on Gorlovskoe direction, there was an outrageous case of bullying by units of 54 ombre and 24 battalions “Aidar” over residents of the village of Gladosovo, located near the settlement Zaitsevo. The abductors broke into the village under cover of night and blocked each house, banning local residents from leaving their homes under the threat of using weapons. From the residents of the village receive alarming calls for help and reporting on the facts of outrage from the nationalistically-minded units of the Armed Forces,” the report said. The defense department noted that the punitive units in the residential areas of the settlement had placed mortar guns to fire near the lying settlements of the Republic. And they are also engaged in mining the approaches to the village. The fact of the military presence in the territory of Gladosovo was confirmed, including by the Ukrainian “volunteer”, an accomplice of militants Mysiagin on his Facebook page. “We regard these actions by Ukrainian law enforcers as the taking of civilians by terrorists, this is a gross violation of the Minsk accords, although the Deputy Head of the OSCE in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, is on a visit to the Dniester region,” said the press service of the Armed Forces DNR. Earlier it was reported that in the DNR they do not agree with the report of the OSCE mission on firing the filtering station. Recall also that the Ukrainian militants fired 65 minutes on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic for the past day. Meanwhile, OSCE observers fixed a column of military equipment, which was first seen near Debaltsevo, then, according to the OSCE, it is likely that the same column was heading towards Lugansk.

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Ukrainian Armed Forces Occupy Village of Gladosovo / By Colonel Cassad / Cassad LiveJournal / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / On the situation with the capture of the village of Gladosovo. 1. In the afternoon, reports began to come that the APU had advanced on the Svetlodar arc. Volodyar Mysyagin said that the APU took “several villages” in the Svetlodar arc. Later, information about the loss of one settlement appeared in the public places of the supporting DNR. The command of ATU the fact of advancement of the 54th ombre and occupation of the villages denied. 2. Here it is worth noting the delirium of the allegations that “using the disorder in the LNR, SBU dealt a blow.” The region under consideration is in the zone of responsibility of the 1st Army Corps of the DNR, which practically does not depend on whether Cornet rules Lugansk or Plotnitsky. So the reasons are likely to be different. If nothing has changed there, then parts of the 3rd brigade of the army of the DNR and BTRO were observed in this direction. However, this does not negate the obvious intentions of the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to take advantage of the chaos in Lugansk in order to find weaknesses in the construction of army corps in the rear of which a mess is created. 3. By the evening, the DMDD confirmed that the village of Gladosovo, which was occupied by Aidar and the 54th ombre, was lost, after which they brought a standard bodyguard about the fact that “the junta violates the Minsk agreements” and that the punishers mock the local population, at that time as the Donbass came “the Hug itself.” Never such was not and here again. It’s time to understand that Hug will not protect the peaceful inhabitants of the Donbass. Minsk will not protect them either. Only the armed strength of the army corps can protect them. In addition, from the Ukrainian side there are statements that the village of Gravyonoe is also occupied (it was marked on maps as controversial, located in the gray areas), but this is not confirmed by the DNR yet. 4. The village itself, judging by the description of the events on both sides, appeared to be in the gray zone and was occupied by the APU without any significant battles, in any case, the parties on this issue are not particularly affected, which indicates rather that no serious defense of the village was not in principle and it actually was in the gray zone. There is a high probability that the situation with the settlement of Novoluganskoye (which is located on the same section of the front) is repeated, and the occupation of which was once served as an unprecedented overhaul https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/3146470.html and where the 54th OMR was also noted. 5. The intensification of hostilities in this direction has been noted for several days: 6. In addition, the DMDD said that on the highway Artemovsk-Svetlodorsk, 3 trucks with personnel dressed in a Russian military uniform were seen and warned of a possible provocation with disguise. 7. Since this is not a DFS, the APU will try not to leave the village, moving the front closer to Zaitsevo and Golmanovsky, and also increasing the pressure on the Dolomite. The classic struggle for neutrality and pressure on the front of the DNR, which will continue until the Supreme Armed Forces receive enough fire resistance to stop these attempts. There is nothing new in this, but the command of the 1st AK will have to decide – either to reconcile with the loss of neutrals in this direction, or to tighten the reserves to Golmanovsky and proceed to extrude the 54th ombre from occupied areas. [Two videos available at source.]

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Pete John on Twitter
November 22, 2017
“URGENT MESSAGE FROM THE COMMAND VS #DNI:
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Ukrainian Army Advances into DPR / Pete John on Twitter / November 22, 2017 / According to reliable Donbass expert Pete John, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (APU) and Aidar Battalion have advanced on the Donetsk People’s Republic in the area of Gorlovka. Pete John tweets at about 14:30 UTC: “#Ukrainians took advantage of the chaos in Lugansk and went on the offensive. The Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) launched an offensive in the area of Svetlodarsk on the contact line with the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR). / #Donetsk, Volvo Center and Airport-YABP: battles, mortars and artillery work! Gorlovka: APU attacked position of militia and seized village of Metallist near Gorlovka. APU and Aidar advance from yesterday, actively occupy the gray zone near Gorlovka and Svetlodarsk.” Pete John tweets again at about 15:00 UTC: “The situation in the #Donbass: VSUshniki arbitrarily occupied the Mettalist and went on the offensive near Svetlodarsk. The battalion commander asked Zakharchenko take control via YouTube: http://youtu.be/ZikEbPaB7PU.”

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Ukrainians took advantage of the chaos in Lugansk and went on the offensive / Lenta.ru / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / The Armed Forces of Ukraine (APU) launched an offensive in the Svetlodarsk region on the line of contact with the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LCN). On Wednesday, November 22, on his Facebook page, [enemy] Ukrainian volunteer Yury Mysyagin wrote. “As a result of the sudden military actions of our units, several villages were liberated, and several strategic heights were also taken under our control. As a result of this operation, we have new positions a few square kilometers in size, on which we have already successfully consolidated,” Mysyagin said. He added that the operation involved servicemen of the 54th separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces and the Aidar assault battalion. There is no evidence or refutation of this information from the LCN. / On the afternoon of November 22, it was reported that the building of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Lugansk People’s Republic had been seized by unknown security officials. The head of the republic, Igor Plotnitsky, accused the former interior minister Igor Cornet of attempting a coup. Armed people without identification signs captured the center of Lugansk in the afternoon of November 21. They blocked the entrances and exits from the administrative buildings. It was noted that unknown persons also occupied the building of the Concern for Radio Broadcasting, Radio Communication and Television in Lugansk.

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(–Yakovenko Vyacheslav/Rossa Primavera News Agency)

Lugansk Prosecutor General’s Office assaulted / By Bill Oliver / Essence of Time / November 22, 2017 17:00 UTC / DONETSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC / The building of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) was assaulted at 11:50 (local time), a source reported on November 22, Delovoy Portal DNR Live reports. Reportedly, the building was assaulted by 200 people. As a result of the action, the Acting Prosecutor General of the Republic Vitaly Podobry and the Military Department Director Sergey Rakhno were escorted out of the building. A conflict in the Lugansk People’s Republic began after the Republic’s Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Kornet was dismissed, and unidentified armed people encircled the center of Lugansk. Essence of Time Editorial comment: The political crisis in the LPR plays in the Ukrainian junta’s favor. The conflict between Kornet and Plotnitsky can result in the dismissal of one of the signatories to the Minsk agreements from governing the Republic. This can become an excuse for the Ukrainian junta to question the Minsk agreements. Intriguingly, the President of Russia said that he would not allow the Minsk agreements to be broken down, thus taking personal responsibility for the resolution thereunder. An increased activity around this conflict on the part of oligarch Konstantin Malofeev, who bought the Ukraine’s national debt and who is thus interested that Ukraine can pay it, suggests that another attempt to give up Donbass and carry out a coup d’etat in Russia may be prepared. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Enrico Ivanov on Twitter
November 22, 2017 20:30 UTC

“Igor Aleksandrovich Kornet is de facto the new leader of #Lugansk People’s Republic, Plotnitsky remains in charge because there’s his signature on the Minsk agreements.”

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Lugansk standoff continue: Report on the situation 2nd day / DONi News / November 22, 2017 / The second day of the crisis in the Lugansk People’s Republic started and continued in a relatively calm atmosphere on Wednesday, November 22. The standoff between the Head of the Republic and the ex-Minister of the Interior will have been lasting two days and nights already. As reported earlier, the first evening and night were calm in the LPR capital, Lugansk. [link] The forces supporting the conflicting sides [link] have preserved heavy presence in the city streets, but no signs of confrontation have been witnessed. Today, on November 22 morning, the Head of the LPR Igor Plotnitsky published a video statement in which he confirmed that Igor Kornet had been dismissed from the position of the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic. Some news resources have started spreading stovepiping saying that the previous statement by Plotnitsky had been written not by the Head of the Republic, but his Administration due to his leave for the Russian Federation. Despite all the rumours, on Wednesday it became clear that the situation was still under control of the government, and the Head of State was at place, giving instructions on further settlement. November 22 began with expecting official statements from both parties to the conflict, as well as those from abroad, like Russia and the Donetsk People’s Republic. Only lots of rumours have been spread recently, for instance, those concerning the involvement in the developments of the third parties, namely, the Kremlin authorities and the DPR Head, Alexander Zakharchenko. The known fact is that neither of these accusations, claims, libelling have any official grounds. We are still waiting for further statements by the dismissed LPR Interior Minister Igor Kornet, official commentaries on the part of the Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as from the Russian Federation. Armed Forces will have been present in the Lugansk capital for the second night. The people of the Donbass, as well as local media, are expecting . . . READ MORE>>

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“Large-scale Plot of Ukrainian Special Services Unveiled” – MGB of Donetsk People’s Republic Issues Statement on Situation in Lugansk / Ruskaya Vesna / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / The MGB of the Donetsk People’s Republic issued a statement on the situation in the fraternal Republic. As a result of joint counter-intelligence and anti-diversion measures, the Ministry of State Security of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic prevented the activities of the main members of the criminal group operating under the control of the command of the 3 separate regiment of the special purpose GUR of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The main task of the group was the preparation and conduct of a number of sabotage and terrorist acts in the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic to destabilize the political situation in the People’s Republics. For this purpose, in order to achieve a more effective result, the special services of Ukraine from among the LNR officials carried out purposeful work to discredit the activities of law enforcement agencies and special services of the People’s Republics. There was foreseen a massive dissemination of directed tendentious disinformation, compromising the activities of the top leadership of the law enforcement bloc of the People’s Republics to paralyze their activities and evacuate the failed agents. Currently, operational-search measures are being carried out to document the criminal activities of detainees, as well as to identify their accomplices, with the aim of detaining them and prosecuting them in criminal procedure.

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OSCE SMM – Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine / OSCE Facebook / November 22, 2017 14:30 UTC / The #OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) continues to note the presence of military-type vehicles and unidentified armed men – many of them with white arm-bands and covered faces – in the centre of #Luhansk city. The SMM observed overall calm situation in the city. While conducting a patrol, however, the SMM was denied access by unidentified armed men to the intersection of Lermontova and Radianska streets. The OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor arrived in Luhansk to join his colleagues in monitoring the situation. Established facts will be included in our daily reports available in three languages on the OSCE website >> http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/reports.

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Igor Plotnitsky

Igor Plotnitsky Meets with Journalists / Glava-LNR.su / Autotranslated by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / Today, the Head of the Luhansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky met with journalists, during which representatives of foreign media were able to ask questions concerning the situation in the capital of the republic. “As in any legal and civilized country, the decision of the court is final in the republic,” the head of the republic addressed the journalists. “Igor Cornet was removed from his post, but the small man was amazed with big ambitions. For some reason he decided that the court’s decision was not a decree for him. “To date, we see a situation that is not developing very well for him, we are very closely following it. Any power that does not have the platform of the law is called lawlessness. In the near future in this case will be put a point. All power structures are engaged in this,” said Igor Plotnitsky. Also, the Head of the Luhansk People’s Republic noted that the range of insinuations went beyond the case connected with Igor Cornet. “The theme is being discussed that, as Cornet says, everyone became ‘dill’. The team of people that everyone saw for three years, was engaged in the restoration of the Luhansk People’s Republic. Everything that is created is created not without the help of these people. This situation is trying to build up like a snowball, and you see that in this snowball they try to throw dirt more and more so that no one can tell where is white and where is black. The people of Luhansk and the leadership of the republic have always adhered to the line of return to the Russian Federation, for us lawlessness is unacceptable, and the rule of law is the norm,” the head of the republic said. In addition, Igor Plotnitsky appealed to all residents of the Luhansk People’s Republic. “Once again I want to appeal to the residents of the Luhansk People’s Republic, and to those who follow the events on the territory of Russia. Do not believe everything published on the Internet. I regret that for today LNR became a platform for insinuations, but, on the other hand, means somewhere we seriously advanced if we are so wanted to make enemies. I think that both the People’s Council and the Council of Ministers have already proved by their deeds that our way has been determined, it has been repeatedly voiced. We go only to Russia.” Addressing the inhabitants of the republic, Igor Plotnitsky also stressed that he did not leave the territory of the republic. “I did not go anywhere and in the near future I do not plan. Every inhabitant of the Lugansk People’s Republic, who at least once came across me at the checkpoint, knows that I, like any other citizen, stand in line and cross the border like everyone else, that’s why everyone sees when I leave and when I come.” Also, the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, told journalists whether the events taking place today in the republic are an attempt at a coup d’état. “Yes, we say so. And what forces are involved in this, we will continue to look and understand. How else can you call the situation when a person is suspended by the court from his position, but at the same time he tries to conduct some sort of operations by force. This is an attempt to seize power. But it did not work for anyone and will not work out now.”

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Igor Kornet (–LPR Defence Ministry)

Press Conference of the Minister of the Interior of the Lugansk People’s Republic IA Kornet / Ministry of Interior, Lugansk People’s Republic / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / Question: Please, tell us the whole essence of what is happening in Lugansk now. Answer: In Lugansk at the moment, measures are being taken to eliminate the remains of a large sabotage and reconnaissance group that has come to our territory. Unfortunately, it did not work out with one blow. Now there are search activities to eliminate the remnants of this group. It was also time for the completion of the operational development, which for a long time, which was conducted jointly with the Ministry of State Security of the People’s Republic of Germany. In the course of this long development, numerous agents of influence of the Ukrainian special services were revealed, which penetrated deeply into the authorities of our Republic. At the moment, in this situation, our friendly people, our friendly law enforcement bodies of the Donetsk People’s Republic helps us. Question: The situation is ambiguous for people, as from the side of the Head of the Republic or people who are presenting to them, there is strange information that is somewhat contrary to your words. Answer: I have previously indicated that the agents of influence penetrated deeply into the authorities of the People’s Republic of France and for a long time provided the Head of the LC with distorted information about what was happening. Question: Is there any surname? Answer: I mentioned earlier the names, many of the defendants have already been detained, investigative measures are being conducted by our investigators and investigators of the Ministry of State Security. Now investigative measures are underway to question the defendants or representatives of the so-called “fifth column”. Question: Can you give more details about the detention? Because different information goes. Who is specifically detained? Answer: I will not specifically explain the names of the detainees, because the events are still going on. And for the successful conduct of these events, I will leave it so far in secret. Question: How many people are detained? Answer: I think, closer to the top ten. Question: For what period this special operation can stretch? Answer: I think we will conclude by the end of the week. But I want to note that, in principle, the rule of law in the Luhansk People’s Republic is not violated. All bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs work in the regular mode, there are no bursts of crime, I emphasize, there are no outbursts of crime. Even more: in connection with carrying out such a major operation, there is somewhere a failure in crime. She overtook the criminals with fear. Question: Today, the head of the LNR, Igor Plotnitsky, under the cameras said that he perceives what is happening in the city as an attempt at a coup d’état. Answer: I’m sure it was a record, which was again thrown out by some people. Question: How many MIA personnel follow your instructions? Answer: Almost 100% were there, and remain under control. Unfortunately, there were some individuals who showed cowardice, somewhere did not understand the situation. And somewhere they came under the influence of Ukrainian special services. Question: What are the relations with other power structures of the Republic? Is there a danger of armed confrontation? Answer: No, in no case, the law-enforcement system of the LNR – there is a single fist, which operates according to the developed plan.

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Pete John on Twitter
November 22, 2017 15:30 UTC
#Donetsk People’s Republic – A message from DNR 24:

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Pete John Twitter Update
November 22, 2017 18:00 UTC
“22.11.17. Message from the militia A. Zhuchkovsky. #Plotnitsky as of 20:00 is not blocked in the administration building or elsewhere, he freely moves, but has no control over the power structures.”

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Igor Plotnitsky (–Sergey Bobkov, Twitter)

Is This a Coup to Overthrow Plotnitsky? / By Quemado Institute / November 22, 2017 / Twitter sources are speculating that the events in Lugansk yesterday indicate a coup against Lugansk People’s Republic leader Igor Plotnitsky. Some quote rumors that he has fled to Russia, others express hope he will be removed from office. Prominent pro-Donbass Twitter source @OceanEchoes reports in several tweets between 15:00 – 19:000 UTC today: “Plotnitsky only survived last year’s coup attempt because Zakharachenko sent Motorola in with his battalion. Now again it is Zakharchenko propping up Plotnitsky. / PLOTNITSKY IS NOTHING LESS THAN A GANGSTER. HE IS A GREEDY, CORRUPT, THIEVING, LYING, MURDERING TRAITOR WHO HUNG ON TO POWER IN 2016 BY VIOLENCE. HIS TIME HAS COME. I HOPE HE FALLS. / Murdered with others on the road between Pervomaisk and Stakhanov, Pavel Dremov, hero of Novorossiya, Cossack, colleague of Evgeny Ishchenko, anti-Plotnitsky, anti-Minsk, pro-Novorossiya. He had just got married. He knew the truth about Plotnitsky. / Alexei Mozgovoi. Murdered for opposing Plotnitsky. He died with his friends. One, Anna, was 7 months pregnant. NOONE has forgotten what the fat bastard oligarch filth in Lugansk did. We REMEMBER. His time has come.  / Murdered by Plotnitsky’s thugs after calling him and Zakharchenko traitors on tv. Evegeny Ishchenko, Mayor of Pervomaisk, memory eternal. / Alexander Bednov, Batman, one of the greatest military leaders of Novorossiya. Murdered with others in Lugansk Gangster’s Republic. Plotnitsky, your time has come. You will pay. / Batman, Alexander Bednov, was more than just a soldier. He was a politician and humanitarian. He knew about Plotnitsky’s crimes.” Recall that many pro-Donbass observers believe Igor Plotnitsky was responsible for the assassinations of Novorossiya heroes Commander Alexey Mozgovoy, Pavel Dremov, Evgeny Ishchenko and Commander Alexander Bednov. Meanwhile in several tweets at about 18:00 UTC today, Twitter source Sergey Bobkov has this to say about Plotnitsky and the ongoing coup attempt: “Lugansk: reports indicate that Kornet controls virtually 100% of LPR security services, Plotnitsky is a lame duck at best, now in Russia seeking last ounces of legitimacy. It was also confirmed that Donetsk republican guard is backing Kornet as well. / UPDATE: Plotnitksy was seeking support in Russia  but didn’t get any, now back in Lugansk, trying to figure out what to do next. All security services are pro-Kornet, so all he can do now is host irrelevant media briefings. Plotnitsky is NOT under arrest. / Plotnitsky has a negative reputation. In my personal opinion he is just a low IQ bum, but extremely well connected. I can’t say anything about him being corrupt or his ties to SBU — both are obviously possible. His only redeeming quality is that he did a lot for LPR. / Kremlin did not formally announce who they are backing. So the de-facto bloodless overthrowing of Plotnitsky is successful and complete, but everybody is looking at Moscow to seal the deal. We’ll know more by end of this week. FSB  vs GRU at play here.” Note the enemy is also claiming this is an FSB vs. GRU power struggle, so Bobkov’s latter statement may be false rumor or speculation. It is unclear how much involvement Moscow has in this attempted coup. Maybe none (see TASS articles below). Bobkov continues at 19:00 UTC with: “Lugansk: Plotnitsky’s personal guard detachment is nowhere to be found. They are not stationed at their usual location, and do not respond to radio call signs. If this is not a sign of complete victory of Kornet, I don’t know what is.” Expert source Gracchus Babeuf adds via Twitter at about 18:10 UTC: “Plotnitskiy wasn’t detained at the border, but he didn’t get what he was after in Russia. He returned to Lugansk to try & settle matters by himself, however none of the republic’s power structures supports him any longer.” At the end of the day, British Journalist and local Donbass reporter Graham Phillips sums up the coup attempt in a tweet at 19:30 UTC: “Over in #Lugansk the day ends with both Kornet – challenger, to say – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXNL5fXDaSU … – and Plotnitsky, incumbent, giving rival press conferences – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz9cR1f4PlI … – both claiming to be in control and that they will ‘resolve situation soon’.” Ominously, at about 19:00 UTC, Novorossiya supporter and Plotnitsky critic Vladimir Suchan tweets the unthinkable: “An explosion in Lugansk reported as Plotnitsky is believed to have been removed. ” Reliable Twitter source Maurice Schleepen confirms the explosion: “Breaking At 21:20 in Luganst LPR territory an explosion was audible, Military officers and local residents reported.” And with all the speculation, several Twitter sources are expressing hope the DPR and LPR will join as a single country. Pete John tweets at 19:00 UTC: “Zatulin: The merger of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk as a result of current events is quite possible Many people are very surprised that LC and DNR exist separately. / LETS HOPE THEY UNITE. Will the intra-elite conflict in the LNR lead to the unification of Novorossia?” [Photos: Alexey Mozgovoy, middle; Pavel Dremov, bottom]

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Kremlin refutes media rumors of Moscow allegedly ‘backing’ political forces in Lugansk / TASS / November 22, 2017 / MOSCOW / A Kremlin official dismissed as totally untrue media reports, citing officials close to Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, about the Kremlin’s alleged “support of certain political forces” in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine. “No source from Vladislav Surkov’s circle could say such a thing, because the events in Lugansk are a domestic matter of the LPR, and no one from Lugansk has ever sought support from the Kremlin,” said Mikhail Arutyunov, the head of the presidential administration’s department on social and economic cooperation with states members of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia. Tuesday’s report by RBC cited a source close to Surkov as saying that Moscow allegedly supported the LPR interior minister in his standoff with the republic’s chief. [Photo: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS]

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Vladimir Putin (–Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presid’l Press)

Putin’s sway on Donbass overestimated — Kremlin / TASS / November 16, 2017 / MOSCOW / Russian President Vladimir Putin does have certain influence on the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass, but it is not infinite, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media about Wednesday’s telephone conversation the Russian leader held with the heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Asked if the president by doing so might have violated the principle Russia was not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, Peskov replied: “By no means.” “We have no leverage to put pressure on these unrecognized republics. We have no opportunity to give instructions to anyone there, because these republics live their own lives. But the president has never made a secret of his ability to address them with calls and to cause certain influence – not infinite, of course. Only to a certain extent,” Peskov said. Putin used that influence in response to a call from Ukraine’s special representative for humanitarian affairs Viktor Medvedchuk for promoting an exchange of prisoners of war and the approval of that idea by Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow and All Russia. Peskov confirmed that in the telephone conversations with the Donetsk and Lugansk leaders Putin mentioned an idea of a large-scale exchange of persons held prisoner on both sides “to meet with the understanding of both parties, on the condition though, that the details are still to be agreed with the Ukrainian side.” “Putin did not hear a refusal,” Peskov said, adding that the hope was expressed for coordinating the details of such an exchange with Kiev. Asked by a Ukrainian journalist why the report about that conversation, published on the Kremlin’s website, did not contain the adjective “unrecognized” in relation to the two republics in question, Peskov said, “These republics are called that way [Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic -TASS] and their names on the Kremlin’s website have remained unchanged all the way.”

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
(Brief Update)

Lugansk today (–DONi News)

Events in Lugansk Still Unclear / Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / Enemy sources report an “invasion” of the Lugansk People’s Republic by either “Russian” forces or units from the neighboring Donetsk People’s Republic. Others quote rumors of a coup against LPR President Igor Plotnitsky. What has actually occurred is still unclear. British journalist and Donbass expert Graham Phillips tweeted at 16:30 UTC today: “The day ends in #Lugansk with an unclear picture as to what has happened there, and who’s in control now, with multiple different, often contradictory reports, including as to the whereabouts of Plotnitsky himself. We wait for the morning for events to be clearer. / What we know for sure from Lugansk—armed men and military vehicles present in the city today. There is a conflict between Plotnitsky and MIA head Kornet. Who is backing whom, who is in control of LPR just now, where Plotnitsky is—all unclear and contested matters.” [Reports will be added below as information comes in.]

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Standoff in LPR: Report on the situation in Lugansk / DONi News / November 21, 2017 / The volatile situation in Lugansk gave rise to rumours in the city about a military coup and the displacement of the current authorities of the Lugansk People’s Republic on Tuesday. The situation has been tense in the city-centre since the morning. The streets are flooded with armed men in military uniform with no insignia, and white bandages on their sleeves. There are also employees in the LPR Interior Ministry uniform – the OMON “Berkut” soldiers, BPS, SOBR. In the centre of the city there are several armoured personnel carriers, special buses and special transport of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The military ask civilians to refrain from passing through the cordoned off territories. Several governmental, educational, and office buildings have been emptied today. In addition, in the city there has been blocked Kotsyubinsky Street, as well as the streets adjacent to the Teatralnaya Square and the park of Heroes of the Great Patriotic War, where the administration of the Head of the Republic Igor Plotnitsky is located. Earlier today, the Centre for Public Relations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs explained this situation in the city as the conduct of planned exercises. At the same time, it became known that an anonymous person had reported on phone on an explosive device planted in the administration of the LPR Head, after which the building was checked, and all employees were evacuated. At the same time, the local TV channel GTRK Lugansk 24 informs that the streets were cordoned off at the order of the LPR Interior and personally by Igor Cornet, who had been dismissed from the post of the Interior Minister of the Republic on Monday, November 20. Standoff between power-wielding officials: Referring to different media sources, on the one hand, the views of the LPR Administration and the Head of the Republic are promoted, and, on the other hand, an overview on the position of the Interior Ministry as a whole is given. The situation has been difficult to summarize in a clear manner. On Tuesday afternoon, the Interior Ministry gave to the public a statement by the department’s former head Igor Kornet, saying that some agreement has been finally reached and standoff settled. In this statement, Kornet confirmed having returned to his position as a Minister of the Interior of the Lugansk People’s Republic. At the same time, he specified who was to blame for the misinformation, which had led to the current developments in the country, pointing to the individuals who had been involved in creating tense moods in the society by different tools, including the State TV and Radio Company which has recently started spreading shadowy rumours allegedly related to the activities of the Ministry and its Chief. Later on the day, the Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, presented his view of the situation, debunking the theses stated in Kornet’s address to the public, at that refusing the accusations put against several top officials. According to Plotnitsky . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial article at source. / Photo: Igor Plotnitsky (–DONi News)]

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LPR head Igor Plotnitsky, Interior Minister Igor Kornet

Ukrainian agents, corruption haunt situation in Lugansk – Popov / By Eduard Popov / Fort Russ / Translated by Jafe Arnold /
November 21, 2017 / Breaking news has been coming in from the capital of the Lugansk People’s Republic. Since this morning, the center of Lugansk has been swarmed by armed men in uniforms without insignia, and the administration building of the LPR has been blocked off. This operation, as it turns out, is connected to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Igor Kornet, who was supposedly dismissed on November 20th on the order of the head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky. Today, however, Kornet announced that he had in fact not left his pot and, moreover, that he had ordered the arrest of a number of senior officials. According to Kornet, last night he presented LPR head Igor Plotnitsky with materials exposing the involvement of a number of senior officials in “criminal activities detrimental to the republic and the people of the Lugansk region,” after which he ordered the arrests of the General Director of GTRK (State Television and Radio Company), Anastasia Shurkaeva, the head of Plotnitsky’s administration, Irina Teytsman, as well as the chief of government security under the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Evgeniy Selivertsov. The arrested persons, according to Kornet, were working on Ukrainian instructions, the aim of this group and other Ukrainian agents of influence being eliminating power rivals and purging the republic’s leadership of those in favor of a decisive and uncompromising fight against Nazi Ukraine. Earlier today, I asked my contacts . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial commentary at source.]

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OSCE Reports on Lugansk / OSCE Facebook / November 21, 2017 / Today in Luhansk city the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observed the presence of military-type vehicles and armed men in the area around the building previously housing the Department of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine in Luhansk region. Also, an SMM patrol observed convoy of vehicles consisting of at least six military style trucks, two APCs, a mounted ZU-23 and over 20 civilian cars without registration plates with at least 50 armed men on the road near Debaltseve (Donetsk region). A similar convoy, likely the same was observed later by a different SMM patrol in Vesela Tarasivka (15km west of Luhansk) moving in the direction of Luhansk city. The SMM will continue monitoring the situation. Relevant observations will be included in our daily reports available in three languages on the OSCE website. [See also http://www.osce.org/ukraine-smm/reports%5D

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DPR Army Retakes Grey Zone Territory / Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / Donbass expert and reliable Twitter source Enrico Ivanov tweeted today at 17:30 UTC: “#DNR army carried out a military operation east of Mariupol, 200 m of territory in the gray zone have been retaken,” with a link to the following report: Army of Donetsk People’s Republic Launches Offensive in Mariupol Direction / TopNewsRussia.ru / Translated by Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / The army of the Donetsk People’s Republic managed to advance and occupy a height of great strategic importance. This is stated in her blog by military correspondent Marina Kharkova, reports the correspondent of “Political Navigator”. In particular, the military commissar notes the fact of the advancement of the army of the Donetks People’s Republic in the Mariupol direction. “Our people advanced 180m ahead on the Donetsk front line,” she writes. This information was confirmed by another military procurator Alexander Sladkov: “But this is good. But! Again digging, digging … A little forward, and again digging, digging …” Military journalists explain that such a seemingly small success is of great importance. “Some people think that 200 meters ahead is not important. But I insist, it’s important. First, this is our land. Secondly, the hermitage – and our “skyscraper”. Third, we shoot down the targeted targets. Fourthly, this is more optimistic than standing still. There are fifth and sixth, but these considerations, like the place, are premature to mention,” Kharkova wrote. Quemado Institute comments: The real significance of this military action is that the DPR army is finally fighting again, rather than passively permitting the Ukrainian Armed Forces to shell civilians on the contact line.

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In Lugansk came a large column of military equipment (VIDEO) / Ruskaya Vesna / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / Local residents filmed a video and published footage of the entrance to Lugansk of a large column of military equipment. According to eyewitnesses, the equipment moved along the New overpass in the 1st Microdistrict of the capital of the LNR. [Click image for video.]

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BREAKING: MVD LPR about the situation in the Republic and “statements by Plotnitsky” / Ruskaya Vesna / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / As previously reported by the RV, on the site of the head of the Lugansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky today appeared a statement about the situation in the Republic, contrary to the information stated in the official statement of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Igor Cornet. A letter from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic to the journalists of the republican and foreign media has just been sent to the editorial office of the “Russian Spring” [Ruskaya Vesna]. “Today, the republican and foreign media received an e-mail letter with Igor Plotnitsky’s alleged statement about the current situation in Lugansk. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic warns: this “statement” is not true. It was distributed by representatives of the destructive forces involved in the work on Ukrainian special services and oligarchic clans. These people, using their high official position, have access to a number of information resources through which allegedly false messages are sent on behalf of the Head of the LC [LPR]. In this case, I.V. Plotnitsky did not give them such powers and has nothing to do with these “statements.” We emphasize: these people are trying with all their might now to turn the situation in their favor and to step back from responsibility, covering themselves with the name of the Head. We remind you that at the disposal of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the MGB of the Lugansk People’s Republic, there are sufficient evidence against these persons. Assessing which, the Head of the Republic IV. Plotnitsky gave the sanction for the detention and a comprehensive investigation of the activities of these individuals. And this will be done.”

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Lugansk Gambit / Novaya Gazeta / Autotranslation by Quemado Institute / November 21, 2017 / [Quemado Institute editor: the following report just came in. We are presenting the unedited Google autotranslation. Little in the report makes sense to us. We are seeking clarification.] / The head of the Interior Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic refused to resign, armed people appeared on the streets in formation. / In the morning on Tuesday in the center of Lugansk appeared groups of unknown people in military uniform from the “DNR” [Donetsk Peoples Republic or DPR]. They were armed with small arms and mortars. Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the self-proclaimed “Lugansk People’s Republic” (“LNR”), who was in the morning in the workplace, ordered them to liberate the city, but they ignored the order. The military blocked access to administrative buildings, employees of the government and the People’s Council were dismissed to their homes. According to Novaya Gazeta sources, three military “Ural” with soldiers from the Republican State Guard Service arrived in Luhansk from Donetsk, which reports to the head of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DNR”) Alexander Zakharchenko, updated 21:00L In Lugansk from the side of the “DNR” a column of several dozen “Ural” with the military just entered. Sources of “Novaya” confirm that the three “Ural” that appeared in the first half of the day are special forces “Vityaz” from “DNR”. Earlier, on November 20, the head of the LNR, Igor Plotnitsky, dismissed the head of the Interior Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic of Igor Cornet. This is the result of a protracted conflict, during which, for example, Cornet was accused at the meeting of the People’s Council of illegally living in a private house, despite numerous complaints from the owner. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, however, did not recognize his resignation, as was reported on Tuesday in a video message. According to Cornet, the MVD found in the leadership of the “LNR” cell “Ukrainian saboteurs”, and at the highest level. Among its participants were the director of the State Television and Radio Company “LNR” Anastasia Shurkaeva, the head of the administration of the head of the “LNR” Irina Teizman and the head of the government security service of the Ministry of Interior of the “LNR” Yevgeny Seliverstov. “The specified persons for a long time before the head of the” LNR “purposefully brought inaccurate information about the alleged involvement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in unlawful activities”, – said Cornet. He actually stated that he had been the victim of the spies on the part of Ukrainian spies. The head of the self-proclaimed republic, Igor Plotnitsky, in turn, posted an appeal on his website, according to which “the situation is a continuation of personnel changes in the lawful removal of the Minister of Internal Affairs from his post. The events of today have proved once again that the decision was made right.” According to Novaya Gazeta sources, the power units of the LNR, in particular the Ministry of State Security (MGB), the people’s militia and the military commandant’s office are not involved in the conflict between Plotnitsky and Cornet. An arrest of Anastasia Shurkaeva, director of the State Television and Radio Company “LNR”, has not been confirmed. But the GTRK itself stopped broadcasting. At the time of the signing of the Novaya Gazeta, it became known that some of the veterans of the military operations of 2014-2015, previously dismissed from the republic’s law enforcement agencies, are ready to support the actions of the Cornet. However, information about armed clashes has not yet been received.

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DONi News video channel banned from YouTube – DONiTV Announcement / DONi News / November 20, 2017 / The YouTube channel of the DONi Donbass News Agency has been closed allegedly due to ‘violations of many or serious types of spam, fraudulent activity, and misleading content or other YouTube practices.’ This is what they call truth now. The pictures of destroyed Donbass and voices of unfortunate residents make the West be afraid of its propaganda being further debunked. Now they call the truthful and objective coverage of the developments in the region ‘fraudulent activity.’ An Overton Window seems to have long been opened in the Western media, as they feel free to slander one of the only sources struggling for the truth to win. DONi News Facebook page was banned first, to say nothing of regular banning of its Chief Editor’s page, and now it is that censorship has reached YouTube channel with its hundreds of video’s and thousands of subscribers. “I have never heard of any official state channel closed before by the YouTube administration. But when our Facebook page was banned from the platform, what I know, it was also the first case of the kind,” the Chief Editor of the DONi Donbass News Agency and Press Centre, Janus Putkonen, comments on the actions of the YouTube officials. While bloody Ukrainian punishers boast of murdering Donbass civilians and marauding empty homes, we, DONi News Agency, have to face more and more unfair obstacles on our way to show the world the true side of the so-called ‘anti-terrorist operation’ which, in fact, is intended to exterminate the population of the region in favour of the greedy clique ruling the miserable state of Ukraine. Is this justice as the West sees it? “This is just disgusting Western censorship,” Putkonen says. The more truth is attempted, the more it springs up! No censorship will ever manage to stomp all the seedlings into the ground. And time will come for the West to admit its failure.

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Putin, Trump Discuss World Crises / Embassy of Russia on Facebook / November 21, 2017 / Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Donald Trump of the US, who had arranged a telephone conversation, discussed the pressing aspects of the Syrian problem with accounts of the completing military operation against terrorists in Syria, the Kremlin press service said. “Putin stressed readiness to facilitate a durable political settlement process in Syria on the basis of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2254 in the spirit of agreements reached in the Astana format and provisions of the Joint Statement the two Presidents endorsed on November 11 at the APEC summit in Vietnam,” the report said. “The sides stated among other things that the statement had produced an encouraging reaction in the Middle East,” it said. The interlocutors also mentioned the importance of maintaining Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. This should be done in the groundwork of principles to be mapped out in the course of pan-Syrian negotiations and Russia’s initiative for convening the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi later this year targets exactly this objective, it said. The presidents also discussed the situation around North Korea, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear program, the Kremlin press service reports. The sides “also exchanged opinions on the situation on the Korean peninsula, stressing the expedience of search for the settlement of the problem through negotiations, diplomatically,” the press service said in a report. “Speaking of a crisis situation in the southeast of Ukraine, the Russian president drew attention to the absence of a real alternative to unconditional compliance with the Minsk accords of February 12, 2015,” the report said. “The leaders touched upon the situation in Afghanistan, which raises concerns in view of growing terrorist and drug threats. They also discussed the situation around Iran’s nuclear program,” the report said. It said the Russian side emphasized commitment “to a full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – a major factor in ensuring regional stability and settlement of the problem of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”.

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WATCH: Americans make secret trip to Donbass frontline / Fort Russ / November 20, 2017 / A delegation of the US military spent several days at the forefront of the Ukrainian army to find out whether they need to allocate lethal weapons. Together with military attache Thomas Wofford, there were two more Americans with big stars on their shoulder straps. “Russian mercenaries were about 150 meters away. American colonels saw the militants with their very eyes. Their report can play a key role in the decision of the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. It seems that the American leadership is changing its passive attitude toward the war in the Donbass” it was stated. It is noted that the visit of Americans to the front line significantly raised the fighting spirit of the ATO fighters. Below is a Ukrainian television segment on the occurrence. [See VIDEO at source.]

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Quemado Institute message: We apologize for not updating more often. Censorship of the internet is making it hard to find news on Donbass.

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November 12, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/12/2017 / DONi News / November 12, 2017 / The situation on the contact line remains tense. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used various mortars, various grenade launchers, and small arms. 190 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres were launched on 13 localities and the surrounding areas. In the Mariupol direction, the enem applied 152-mm artillery against the locality of Kominternovo, having launched six ordnances. Besides, the areas of four localities were targeted with 96 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacke the localities of Zaitsevo and Dolomitnoye from different grenade launchers and small arms. In total, over the past 24 hours 43 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. The enemy does not stop the terror of civilians, continuing to shell settlements of our Republic. Feeling imaginary impunity, lieutenant colonel E. Mamedov (commander of the 4th division of the 40th separate airborne brigade) yesterday gave another criminal order to open fire from 152-mm artillery systems at residential areas of Kominternovo locality. At 16.40 Ukrainian punishes fired six artillery shells at Kominternovo. Fortunately, the victims were avoided among the population. It is important to note that the AFU’s artillery fire is adjusted using unmanned aerial vehicles. One of these was shot down by our servicemen yesterday in the vicinity of Peski settlement during mortar shelling from the positions of the 57 separate mechanised brigade at 16 o’clock with 82-mm mortars. It is noteworthy that immediately after the destruction of the UAV the bombardment ceased. I present to your attention the remains of an unmanned aerial vehicle, with the help of which the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted fire adjustment during the shelling of the DPR territory. We recall that the use of unmanned vehicles is prohibited by the Minsk agreements. But the Ukrainian party has long forgotten about their existence, which once again confirms the lack of interest in ending this fratricidal war. In addition, our reconnaissance marks the arrival at the Mariupol direction of the 501 separate marine corps battalion of the 36 separate marine brigade, presumably for the rotation of units of the 1st separate marine battalion. The 501 battalion, being in the so-called ‘ATO’ zone the previous time, showed itself in not the best light in terms of compliance with the Minsk agreements, as well as the commission of war crimes against civilians. At that, citizens of not only our Republic, but also of territories controlled by Ukraine suffered from these disaster-riflemen. One can at least recall the rape and murder of two girls in Pavlopol and the looting of liquor stores and stalls near Mariupol in the spring of this year, which were done by servicemen of the 501 battalion. Thus, the arrival of another batch of mental ‘warriors’ will only exacerbate an already difficult situation near the contact line in the Mariupol direction. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Donbass, November 12th, 2017 (VIDEO) / Anna News / November 12, 2017 / The newscaster: Victoria Rakhmanina. / The observation post of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the ceasefire came into the zone of shelling by Ukrainian forces in the village Bezymennoe in the south of the DPR. The head of the representation of the Republic in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination Ruslan Yakubov reported. Representatives of the Centre were forced to descend into the bomb shelter,” he said. Yakubov noted that the Russian side, several times contacted the Ukrainian representatives with a request to introduce a “ceasefire regime”, but the shelling continued. Kiev disrupted the work of the OSCE on web camera maintenance in Shirokino. The observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and the Joint Center for Control and Coordination could not go to Kominternovo or Sakhanka, because the Ukrainian Army opened fire on Kominternovo from mortars.” A civilian was blown up on an explosive device in the village Alexandrovka in the west of Donetsk. He had a leg injury. However, there was no possibility to evacuate the man immediately, because the Ukrainian forces opened sniper fire on the village. The United Nations experts believe that military actions in Donbass can lead to a chemical disaster in Ukraine. If the water supply infrastructure is damaged. Experts recalled that such facilities contain chlorine and other dangerous chemicals. The soldiers of the DPR shot down the Ukrainian air drone that was used to adjust the mortar fire near the village Peski in the northwestern outskirts of Donetsk, Eduard Basurin reported. The Armed Forces of Ukraine violated the ceasefire 43 times; it was reported in the operational command of the DPR. 19 settlements of the Republic were under the fire. They used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers and small arms. During the past day, Kiev forces shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR 11 times. Villages Frunze, Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Kalinovka, Dolgoe, Zhelobok, Sokolniki and the town Pervomaysk were subjected to fire. They used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms.

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Breaking News, November 11th, 2017 (VIDEO) / Anna News / November 11, 2017 / During the past day the AFU shelled the positions of the People’s Militia of the LPR eight times. Kalinovo, Logvinovo, Kalinovka, and Kalinovo-Borshchevatoy were under enemy’s fire. In the DPR the AFU violated the ceasefire 57 times. 20 settlements of the Republic also got under fire. During the shelling artillery, mortars of various caliber, anti-tank guided missiles, APCs and IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms were used. The sources of the “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” grouping report on the suicide bomber attack in Latakia in the Jabl area near the highway Khmeimim-Bustan al-Basha. Driving a mined car, the militant attacked a column of Russian troops. Sources of Russian-speaking militants report several deaths of Russian and Syrian servicemen. However, the representative of the Russian airbase Khmeimim denied these reports, saying that there were no attacks on Russian military in Latakia province in Syria. In the village of Shalasi (Dagestan), a gas explosion occurred in a private house. Four people were injured, including a child. Earlier it was reported that in the morning there was a gas explosion in Makhachkala in a public bathhouse. Today a large-scale joint exercises of the South Korean Navy and the US Navy began off the coast of the Korean peninsula,. Three Korean destroyers and four escort ships will take part in them. The exercises will last until November 14. They will involve three aircraft carrier strike groups of the US Navy, including the US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers Ronald Reagan, Nimitz and Theodore Roosevelt, as well as about 20 cruisers and destroyers and several nuclear submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles. The security forces detained 24 members of the mafia clan Santapaola-Ercolano in Sicily. One of the detainees is probably Antonio Tomasello, the henchman of the head of the clan. Seven detainees have already been charged with illegal possession of weapons and racketeering. Arrested mafiosi acted on the territory of the city of Catania. The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Klimkin said that Ukraine has agreed with the United States on the main provisions of the draft joint resolution on the introduction of peacekeepers in the Donbass. According to Klimkin, Germany, France and Great Britain also participated in developing the text of the resolution. He again stressed that there should not be Russians in the peacekeeping forces and that peacekeepers should take control of the Russian-Ukrainian border. Quemado Institute comments: If peacekeepers took control of the Russian-Ukrainian border, it would only prove to the West that no Russian troops or weapons are coming across into Donbass, and that Russia is therefore not involved in the conflict.

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Ukrainian Army destroys several houses and infrastructure buildings in two days / Essence of Time / November 12, 2017 / The representative of Donetsk People’s Republic Operations Command stated that over the past day the territory of DPR was shelled a few dozen times from the Ukrainian side by artillery, Donetsk News Agency reports on November 12.19 towns and villages of DPR situated at the front line were shelled by heavy artillery. The damage caused to residential houses and infrastructure is being estimated. No casualties have been reported so far. According to the statement of the Operations Command “Over the past day, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have violated the ceasefire 43 times. They fired 152 mm caliber artillery, mortars of various calibers, weapons of armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms”. The Ukrainian side keeps shelling DRP territory with heavy artillery and large-caliber armaments, violating international agreements. From November 9 to November 10 alone two houses in the village of Kominternovo were damaged and five villages of the Novoazovsky district of DPR lost power supply due to the shelling. As a result of the shelling of the Donetsk Filtration Plant the backup chlorine supply line was damaged on November 5. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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Ukrainian military apply drones to adjust artillery fire – Basurin / DONi News / November 12, 2017 / Eduard Basurin, DPR Operational Command, Vice-Commander stated at the briefing on November 12 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) applied drones to adjust artillery fire. “One of such drones was shot down by our servicemen in the vicinity of the locality of Peski yesterday at 4pm during mortar-shelling from the positions of the 57th separate infantry brigade with the use of 82mm mortars. It’s noteworthy that straight after destroying the drone, the shelling was over. It should be noted that drone-use is prohibited by the Minsk agreements. But the Ukrainian side forgot about their existence a long time ago by this, it confirms the absence of its interest in stopping the war,” highlighted Eduard Basurin.

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Marko Enqvist on Twitter
November 12, 2017, 21:20 UTC
Sitrep: War Continues in Donbass Today

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“Life in the #Donetsk region today.
Shooting and fighting. Life in the war.
Do not forget, there is war in Ukraine!
Information via @loogunda—thanks!”

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LPR Head: Ukraine cannot afford peacekeepers in Donbass / DONi News / November 12, 2017 / The Head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, said that Ukraine would not be able financially ensure the presence of peacekeepers in Donbass. “I know only a few countries, including China, which, to date, if such a permit is given, can financially ensure the stay of such a mission in the territory. The mission involves a lot of things – it’s not just people who come, but also accommodation, food; this is also the cultural programme, and the whole spectrum, it’s not so simple as it seems, that they came here, stood up shoulder to shoulder – no, this process is a little bit different,” Plotnitsky said. The Head of the LPR stressed that the deployment of any peacekeeping mission requires the consent of both parties to the conflict. “We are one of such parties, therefore, without our consent, without our permission to date, no mission will be able to come here, and even more so, this is a very costly activity,” Plotnitsky added.

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Pavel Klimkin (center) (–Kyiv Post)

Ukraine, US agree on main theses of peacekeepers’ deployment in Donbass / DONi News / November 12, 2017 / Ukraine agreed with the United States on the main parameters of the joint draft resolution on the peacekeeping mission in Donbass. The head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pavel Klimkin said on Friday. “I talked with the US Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker a few hours ago, we agreed on the basic parameters of our position, the text of the resolution, our draft is actually ready. I mean ours, because this is the USA, Germany, France, Great Britain and us that work on it with very clear logic,” the minister said. He also reiterated his thesis that there should not be Russians in the peacekeeping forces and that peacekeepers should take control over the Russian-Ukrainian border. On Thursday, the web version of The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington intended to soon offer Russia a plan to deploy in Donbass a contingent of international peacekeepers of 20,000 people. As noted by the publication, American and other Western diplomats believe that this mission can operate under the auspices of the OSCE, and not the UN. On September 5, the Russian Mission to the United Nations, on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, sent a draft resolution to the Secretary General and the Chairman of the Security Council of the International Organization on the deployment of a UN mission at the contact line in Donbass to ensure the safety of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission staff. Putin stressed that the deployment of the UN contingent was possible only after the withdrawal of weapons and with the consent of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. Immediately afterwards, Kiev stated that the format of the mission in Donbass proposed by the president of the Russian Federation did not suit Ukraine, which insisted on placing “peacekeeping forces” on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Quemado Institute comments: The sources of this report are Pavel Klimkin and The Wall Street Journal. Neither can be trusted to tell the truth. Note that peacekeeping forces are a violation of the Minsk Agreements. The DPR/LPR have a right to refuse. For further analysis of the US “suggestion”, see StalkerZone.

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Vladimir Putin (–DONi News)

Putin says unaware of US suggestions on peacekeepers in Donbass / TASS / November 11, 2017 / The Wall Street Journal wrote on Thursday the U.S. was about to offer to Russia a plan of deploying in eastern Ukraine of an international contingent of 20,000 peacekeepers. / DA NANG Vietnam / The Russian side has not received suggestions from the U.S. about deployment in Donbass of the international contingent of 20,000 peacekeepers, President Vladimir Putin told a news conference at the APEC summit in response to a request to comment on an article in The Wall Street Journal. “I have not heard anything about it, I know nothing about it, thus it is impossible to comment,” he said, adding in practical life “suggestions are one thing, but as a suggestion appears on paper it may become different.” “Here is nothing to comment, as it does not exist,” Putin said. “If any suggestions appear – we shall see.” The Wall Street Journal wrote the U.S. was about to offer to Russia a plan of deploying in eastern Ukraine of an international contingent of 20,000 peacekeepers. The mission could be under OSCE, not UN, the newspaper wrote. Quemado Institute comments: As we noted under the post above, the Wall Street Journal report might be fake news.

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White House official rejects reports on weapons supplies to Kiev / TASS / November 10, 2017 / Earlier US media reported that Washington decided to supply weapons to Ukraine. / WASHINGTON / A White House official strongly rejected an earlier US media report that Washington has made a decision to start supplying Ukraine with weapons. The high-ranking official, accompanying US President Donald Trump during his Asian tour, told TASS the report was absolutely untrue. Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing a number of unnamed US officials, that the White House agreed in principle to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine, including the FGM-148 Javelin man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missiles.

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WATCH: Who prevented Putin/Trump meeting in Vietnam? (VIDEO) / By Inessa Sinchougova / Fort Russ / November 12, 2017 / At the 2017 APEC Summit, held between 10 – 11 November in Vietnam, a bilateral meeting between Presidents Putin and Trump was supposed to take place. Russia’s Press Secretary, Dmitry Peskov, stated that “while both sides were trying to organise the meeting, the United States offered a time and place that only suited them.” “The only time proposed was that which suited the Americans, and they offered only one place – a room that was rented by the Americans,” he said. Peskov reiterated that the last meeting of the Presidents, at the G20 in Hamburg, was held on American diplomatic territory, and, by diplomatic protocol, this time the meeting was supposed to take place on Russian diplomatic territory. “The Americans showed no flexibility, and unfortunately no other alternative offers were provided, so the meeting could not take place,” Putin’s press secretary added. Nevertheless, the leaders of the two countries had a number of informal talks on the sidelines of the APEC summit, and whoever was responsible for the non-meeting, “would be punished” – Putin said in jest. Donald Trump similarly voiced a positive association with Russia, albeit he said that he trusted American intelligence services in the investigation of “Russian interference” in the presidential elections in the United States. This differs from what he said earlier – when asked by journalists if he believes the Russian president, Trump replied: “Every time we see each other, he says, “I didn’t do it. “And I believe that, I really believe that if he tells me this, then he hasn’t. I think he’s very offended by this, if you want to know the truth.” It must be remembered that the concept of the “deep state” is very real in the US – and Trump has to play to both sides, that is the intelligence community, and the American public. Reading between the lines, he at least made it clear that no “17 agencies” existed that manufactured “the Russian dossier”, that the US mainstream media propagated wildly. Quemado Institute comments: Trump practices praising people as one of his positive thinking principles. His praise of US intelligence does not mean he believes what they may be saying about Russian interference in US elections. Trump should be judged by the ultimate and final results of his actions.

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam November 10, 2017. (–Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

‘Putin Is Very Important’: Russia, US Presidents Meet at APEC Summit in Vietnam / By Alex Gorka / Strategic Culture Foundation / November 12, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed a joint statement on Syria on November 10 that said they saw no military solution to the conflict and a political one was needed to handle the crisis. The leaders informally met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Vietnamese resort of Danang. The statement on Syria had been coordinated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. There is a wide range of issues to discuss but the parties concentrated on the burning problem of crucial importance where progress can be achieved to serve the interests of both. With Islamic State driven out from the territories it held, greater attention is turning to the prospects of peaceful settlement. The parties agreed to continue joint efforts to fight Islamic State and confirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. They will “maintain open military channels of communication” to ensure the safety of forces on both sides. True, the jihadist group has been pushed out of its main strongholds in Syria in recent months by a combination of offensives involving the Syrian army and the US-backed Kurds-dominated coalition. It has just lost Abu Kamal – its last stronghold in Syria. Great progress has been achieved recently but the end of the war is still far away, actually, much farther than it seems. The conflict is smouldering but it can flare up any time. The Syrian government forces have regained control over wide swaths of Syria in large part thanks to the Russian Aerospace Forces. But more than 40 percent of the country remains outside of the regime’s control, including the areas where most of its oil fields are located. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have no wish to leave the land they have captured from Islamic State, including the Arab-populated city of Raqqa. The areas outside of President Assad’s control include big chunks of northern Syria, as well as Deir al-Zour province in the east and Daraa in the south. Clashes continue to spark across the country. A political process has not yet started. The international community is divided on the . . . READ MORE>>

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Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, APEC conference, Da Nang, Vietnam, November 10, 2017 (–NY Daily News)

Statement by the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States of America / President of Russia Official Website / November 11, 2017 / President Trump and President Putin today, meeting on the margins of the APEC conference in Danang, Vietnam, confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria. They expressed their satisfaction with successful US-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts between US and Russian military professionals that have dramatically accelerated ISIS’s losses on the battlefield in recent months. The Presidents agreed to maintain open military channels of communication between military professionals to help ensure the safety of both US and Russian forces and de-confliction of partnered forces engaged in the fight against ISIS. They confirmed these efforts will be continued until the final defeat of ISIS is achieved. The Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria. They confirmed that the ultimate political solution to the conflict must be forged through the Geneva process pursuant to UNSCR 2254. They also took note of President Assad’s recent commitment to the Geneva process and constitutional reform and elections as called for under UNSCR 2254. The two Presidents affirmed that these steps must include full implementation of UNSCR 2254, including constitutional reform and free and fair elections under UN supervision, held to the highest international standards of transparency, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate. The Presidents affirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence, territorial integrity, and non-sectarian character, as defined in UNSCR 2254, and urged all Syrian parties to participate actively in the Geneva political process and to support efforts to ensure its success. Finally President Trump and President Putin confirmed the importance of de-escalation areas as an interim step to reduce violence in Syria, enforce ceasefire agreements, facilitate unhindered humanitarian access, and set the conditions for the ultimate political solution to the conflict. They reviewed progress on the ceasefire in southwest Syria that was finalized the last time the two Presidents met in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017. The two presidents, today, welcomed the Memorandum of Principles concluded in Amman, Jordan, on November 8, 2017, between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. This Memorandum reinforces the success of the ceasefire initiative, to include the reduction, and ultimate elimination of foreign forces and foreign fighters from the area to ensure a more sustainable peace. Monitoring this ceasefire arrangement will continue to take place through the Amman Monitoring Center, with participation by expert teams from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The two Presidents discussed the ongoing need to reduce human suffering in Syria and called on all UN member states to increase their contributions to address these humanitarian needs over the coming months. —Vietnam, Danang, November 10, 2017

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[Enemy Report:] U.S. multinational inspection team to visit Ukraine on Nov 13 / Interfax-Ukraine / November 12, 2017 / The U.S. multinational inspection team, which will also include representatives of Canada and Denmark, will visit Ukraine on November 13 to monitor the military and political situation in the country’s central and south-eastern regions, the press service of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has reported. “The U.S. multinational inspection team, which will also include representatives of Denmark and Canada, arrives in Ukraine on November 13 to monitor the military and political situation in the central and south-eastern regions of our country,” the report says. The inspection team is expected to visit military units and subdivisions in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In addition, the U.S. side included the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in the inspection area. “Such events are important in the context of spreading reliable and unbiased information about the situation in Ukraine to the OSCE participating states, which will contribute to the efforts of the international community aimed at resolving the conflict,” the ministry said. The ministry also noted that in accordance with the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, this week Ukraine was visited by an inspection team from Germany, which also included representatives of France and Norway. On November 6-10, foreign inspectors visited a military unit in Chernihiv region. [Source: en.interfax.com.ua/news/general/460979.html]

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Vladimir Putin listening (–Russia Direct)

Vitali Kadenski Tweets Practical Advice to Putin / Introduction by Quemado Institute / November 12, 2017 / Twitter source Vitali Kadenski has tweeted some good advice to Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging Moscow to finally take charge of the Donbass crisis. Vitali’s six strategic points are, “Russia should: 1. Recognize Donetsk Govt as Ukrainian Govt in exile, since Donbass was the only entity to resist 2014 Obama + Nuland Coup d’etat in #Kiev. 2. Cut all ties & conversations with Kiev as useless and below dignity. Close Russian border with regions currently controlled by junta. 3. Expel all (several thousands) Ukrainian guest workers to eat salo and enjoy freedom and democracy at home away from horrors of ‘country-aggressor dictatorship regime’. If back at home these people could be treated as traitors, grand asylum. 4. Offer Donbass to move REGULAR #Russian troops in to protect their population & close the many questions pertaining thereto for good. 5. Recommend Donbass to stay open for other regions to join. 6. Close @RF_OSCE & leave this Fashington vassals club alone. Contain NATO by nukes threat, and let them marinate in their own juice.”

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The Netherlands Classifies Mystery of Malaysian Airlines MH17 Crash over Donbass, What Do the Have to Hide? / By Dmitri Sudakov (Pravda Report) / Global Research / November 6, 2017 / The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands will not expose a number of documents related to the crash of Flight MH17 of Malaysia Airlines over the Donbass in 2014. According to the Broadcasting Corporation of the Netherlands (HTK), the decision was made by the Supreme Court of the country. According to the court, “the right of the government to secrecy of its activities, the unity of state policy and sensitivity of the question outweigh the importance of disclosure.” Thus, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands has revoked a decision of a lower court that earlier ruled that the information about the air crash should be exposed to the general public. Shortly after the air crash over the Donbass, the Broadcasting Corporation of the Netherlands, RTL TV channel and Volksrant newspaper requested relevant information from the government to restore the sequence of actions of the authorities that followed the tragedy that occurred on July 17, 2014. The request from the media outlets was based on the law on freedom of access to information. The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands published several hundreds of documents in February and April 2015, but most of information in them was retouched so much it was difficult to understand what the documents were saying. It soon became clear that a whole package of documents on the subject had never been declassified. The department said, however, that exposing the data may complicate the relationship with other countries and international organisations. A court subsequently confirmed the right of the media to receive information. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court sided with the government and ministers. HTK, RTL and Volksrant currently consider prospects to appeal the decision of the Supreme Court. On July 17, 2014, Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines bound from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in the east of the Donetsk region., killing all 298 on board, including 196 Dutch nationals. The original source of this article is Pravda Report – Copyright © Dmitriy Sudakov, Pravda Report, 2017

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‘Friends of Crimea’ – International Forum, Conference in Crimea – a few words / By Graham Phillips / The Truth Speaker / November 8, 2017 / It’s not often that I go to forums, conferences, etc, however I made an exception for the recent ‘Friends of Crimea’ forum in Yalta, about Crimea in the international context, held on 6th and 7th November here. I went simply as an invited guest, taking a few photos along the way (here), listening all day to the speeches, discussions, plenaries, and more. I can only impart positive take-aways from the event, which attracted 90 guests, from 30 countries. Albeit there were no official, as in government-sent delegations, there were plenty of politicians, political figures, journalists, businessmen and in general, interesting people. Looking through the sheaf of business cards I collected at the event, there are those from Serbia, Sweden, India, and more. Actually there were two other guests from the UK too. The day itself . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Ballet celebrates 20 years of Nutcracker in Philadelphia, Dec 16-17 / The Dance Journal / October 22, 2017 / Celebrating over 20 years of collaboration, International Ballet Exchange presents the Donestk Ballet in performances at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School on December 16th and 17th. Since 1989, the Donetsk Ballet has toured the world: Italy, Spain, Norway, France, China, Japan, and cities throughout the United States. In 1991 the company spent nearly one year in Philadelphia while their theater in Donetsk was being renovated. While here, the Soviet Union fell apart, leaving them not only without their theater but without a country. Since that time, the company has reinvented itself and their theater has been beautifully renovated. Their Principal dancer, Vadim Pisarev, was promoted to Artistic Director and a ballet school was created in his name. Having established strong ties with IBE’s Executive Director, their relationship lead them to an annual invitation to perform and teach in Philadelphia, bringing their exceptional skills to our community. Performing Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous, fairy-tale ballet, The Nutcracker, the talent of the dancers mingles . . . READ MORE>> [Ticket information at source]

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Saturday November 4, 2017
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Putin and Trump to meet in Vietnam / Fort Russ / November 4, 2017 / DAMASCUS, Syria / Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today that the Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump will soon hold a meeting in Vietnam where they will discuss several important issues, the settlement of the Syrian crisis including. During a press conference on Saturday, Peskov said that arrangements are being made to prepare a meeting between the two leaders, where particular attention will be paid to the settlement of the Syrian crisis. The meeting will take place in scope of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which will be held between November 10th and 11th in Vietnam. Peskov pointed out to plenty of the topics to be discussed, stressing they are in the interest of both, Kremlin and the White House. He noted that the settlement of the Syrian crisis has recently seen lots of positive developments, adding that the whole thing now requires more joint efforts and coordination between different sides in order to take it to a whole new level so that the crisis itself would be over much sooner.

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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 11/04/2017 / DONi News / November 4, 2017 / The situation on the contact line has sharply aggravated over the past 24 hours. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, tanks, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Ten artillery shells of 152-mm calibre, 14 of 122-mm calibre , 55 tank shells, 239 mortar shells of 120-mm and 180 of 82-mm calibre were launched on 14 localities and the surrounding areas. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy launched 17 mortar shells of 120-mm and 82-mm calibres, as well as resorted to grenade launchers and small arms, on three localities’ surrounding areas. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked the locality Zaitsevo from various grenade launchers and small arms. Over the past 24 hours, 52 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. Yesterday at 23:20, as a result of shelling from the positions of the 92 separate mechanised brigade of AFU of Trudovskiye settlement, a peaceful resident Lyapko Irina Gennadievna, born in 1986, received a bullet wound to her left foot. Destruction was sustained by the house at Andrusov Street, 14. In Zaitsevo locality, the overlap of a two-story building at Torgovy Lane, 3 was damaged. At 12:50 on November 3, as a result of shelling from the AGS-17 by the 25 separate airborne brigade of the AFU, the roofing and glazing of a house-building at the address: Krytaya Balka locality, Shirokaya St., 69, were damaged. In the course of the purposeful fire of punishers with the use of grenade launchers on the Donetsk filtering station, a filter building was damaged. The past day showed how Ukrainian artillerymen ‘celebrate’ their professional holiday – with the terror against peaceful citizens of our Republic. Such an increase in the number of attacks we attribute primarily to the uncontrollability of these drunken units, as well as to Poroshenko’s statement about the possible return of artillery to the contact line, which actually served as a signal to the Ukrainian security forces to commit crimes against the people of Donbass. At the same time, alcoholism among servicemen has reached such an extent that the command, entering into an agreement with the local administration, prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages after 18.00. But this does not stop the ‘pseudo-liberators’! As an example, the robbed ATB store in the locality of Kurakhovo, where drunken Ukrainian soldiers broke the window, took out four boxes of vodka and snack, and continued to celebrate the holiday near the crime scene. At the same time, local law enforcement agencies were inactive, as war criminals were armed with assault rifles. The commanders, if they do not get drunk with the fighters, do not take any action against it, because the concept of one-man management in this semi-drunken crowd, who calls themselves ‘defenders of Ukraine,’ is completely absent! That why everyone fire on when and where they want: our side, Right Sector people – they do not care! Peaceful citizens of our Republic and territories temporarily occupied by the AFU suffer from these calamity-warriors who have stained their souls with the blood of children. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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Alexander Zakharchenko (–DONi News)

Zakharchenko: National Unity Day becomes holiday in DPR / DONi News / November 4, 2017 / The DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko congratulated Russian people with the National Unity Day and called the Republic a forward stronghold of the Russian World that protects culture and traditions. “This holiday is devoted to the most important period of Russian history. The deed of the citizens-in-arms under the command of Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky became one of the basics of Russian nationhood. That event determined formation of the Russian World, for which we are fighting nowadays. The Donetsk People’s Republic, just like Russian citizens-in-arms 405 years ago, is the forward stronghold of the Russian World, which protects our values, culture, traditions, language and faith,” says the text of the DPR Head’s congratulation. The DPR Head also added that the National Unity Day is not only Russian holiday, but also a holiday for the DPR citizens, who “Rose up against the Nazi threat and successfully resisted it”. Zakharchenko also thanked fraternal people for their support and help. “The DPR people and I are very grateful to you for your support and help in our fight. May prosperity and peace be enthroned in your families. Together we are unstoppable,” claimed Zakharchenko.

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Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and the Trilateral Contact Group, addressing OSCE Permanent Council, Vienna, 28 July 2016. (–OSCE/Micky Kroell)

Press Statement by Special Representative of OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Sajdik following shelling of the Donetsk Water Filtration Station / OSCE Official Website / November 4, 2017 / KYIV / The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, issued today the following statement: “Together with Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, Ambassador Toni Frisch and Per Fischer, Co-ordinators of the TCG sub-groups on security, humanitarian and economic issues, I firmly reiterate our condemnation of all violations to the cessation of fire in Eastern Ukraine. Such violations, made in denial of the conflict sides’ recent recommitment to ceasefire, pose permanent direct threat to the local population. Furthermore, the shelling of certain civilian infrastructure can also trigger major environmental damage with incalculable consequences, in a region already heavily impaired by more than three years of armed conflict. With this in mind, we strongly condemn the shelling of the Donetsk Water Filtration Station that took place during the night to 4 November. We stress that a direct or near hit of only one of the 900 kg bottles of highly toxic chlorine gas stored at the Filtration Station for water treatment could kill people within a 200 m radius, including the staff of the facility, and seriously disrupt the supply of water to almost 350,000 people on both the sides of the line of contact. We call on the sides to the conflict to fully realise these risks and avoid civilian infrastructure. We urge them to give instructions to that effect to their combatants on the ground, to make these instructions public pending the creation of technical safety zones around civilian infrastructure, and to finalise without delay their ongoing TCG discussions on the creation of such safety zones.” Quemado Institute Opinion: It is overwhelmingly probable that the filtration plant was shelled by the Ukrainian army, which continues daily to attack the region, rather than by the DPR militia, which has no motive whatsoever to bomb its own territory. The OSCE has been biased in favor of the Kiev regime since the start of the conflict, as became evident through a private email between Quemado Institute and Dieder Burkhalter, then head of the OSCE, in July 2014 (click here for information on this email). Unless Sajdik directs blame to the guilty party, none of the violations will be corrected.

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OSCE observers near Shirokino

[Enemy Report:] Two settlements in Donbas excluded from “gray zone” under new decree / QHA Crimean News Agency / November 4, 2017 / KYIV (QHA) / President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed Decree No. 351/2017 on the establishment of military civil administration in the villages of Shirokino and Berdyanskoye in the Volnovakha district of the Donetsk region. The corresponding document is published on the official website of the head of state on October 3. “In pursuance of the Law of Ukraine “On Civil-Military Administrations”, I resolve to form civil-military administration of villages of Shirokino and Berdyanskoye of Volnovakhsky district of Donetsk region. In accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Civil-Military Administrations”, Head of the Anti-Terrorist Center under the Security Service of Ukraine, the Chairman of the Donetsk Regional State Administration is to implement measures related to the creation of the military civil administration specified in Article 1 of this decree,” the document says. The decree enters into force from the date of its publication. Since 2016 the militants have made several attempts to occupy the “gray zone” near Shirokino. Earlier, QHA reported that militants of the so-called “DPR” do not allow the OSCE SMM patrols to the occupied areas of the Donetsk region east of Shirokino near the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border. — Source: Ukrinform [Source: qha.com.ua/en/politics/two-settlements-in-donbas-excluded-from-quot-gray-zone-quot-under-new-decree/141995/] Quemado Institute comments: All areas of the Grey Zone originally belonged to the Donetsk or Lugansk People’s Republics. In July 2015, Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov used political pressure, if not physical threats, to convince DPR President Alexander Zakharchenko to withdraw Novorossiya Armed Forces troops from this 3 kilometer-wide zone along the contact line. It seems Putin ordered the withdrawal to appease the West and appear to be abiding by the Minsk Agrements, even though the Agreements do not require troop withdrawal. Zakharchenko’s assent was essentially a surrender. That Kiev would eventually seize these forsaken towns was inevitable. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to shell residents of the abandoned zone, while the DPR military is not allowed to defend them.

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Lugansk envoy says Russia’s initiative on peacekeepers is ‘only realistic’ / TASS / November 4, 2017 / MOSCOW / Russia’s initiative on deploying the United Nations mission to Donbass is the only possible way to ensure security of monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the region, the envoy of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to the Contact Group’s political subgroup told TASS. US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker told reporters on Friday that the UN peacekeepers should control the entire territory of Donbass and not only the line of contact as proposed by Moscow. “Russia’s proposal is the only really existing option for the UN mission in Donbass and the rest is just some comments or statements, which do not have a form of an official document and in fact, there is nothing to consider rather than the Russian proposal,” Rodion Miroshnik said. Volker views the conflict in Donbass “from very pro-Ukrainian positions, but with such stances hardly any agreement can be reached,” the envoy said, noting that the US diplomat needs to “understand the aspirations of Donbass citizens.” “Not viewing the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics as a party to the conflict is disastrous for any agreements! They won’t possibly be implemented,” he stressed. “We consider the UN mission as an additional opportunity to ensure effective and independent monitoring of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, which is a mechanism of ensuring the agreements reached in security area, but without discussing and coordinating the terms of the mission with the representatives of the republics it will hardly be fulfilled,” he said. “Both parties to the conflict should agree with carrying out the mission, and that’s Kiev and the Donbass republics. Russia’s proposal is the most adequate and realistic one. All parties will have to take a closer look at it,” Miroshnik stressed. On September 5, by the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s UN mission sent a draft resolution to international organization on deploying the UN mission along the Donbass contact line to provide safety for the OSCE SMM members. Putin stressed that the mission’s deployment would be only possible in case of agreement of the self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and withdrawal of weapons by the conflicting parties under the Minsk accords. Kiev stated that Ukraine does not favor the format of the peacekeeping mission in Donbass proposed by the Russian president and insists that the UN contingent should be deployed along the Russian-Ukrainian border first. Quemado Institute Opinion: Russia’s initiative on UN peacekeepers is actually totally unrealistic. Putin’s alleged motive is to “protect” OSCE observers. Yet this is disingenuous, if not a deliberate lie on his part. Only one OSCE observer has ever been killed in Donbass. This was in April 2017, when American medic George Bishop’s vehicle hit a Ukrainian saboteur’s landmine on a remote dirt road just inside the Lugansk People’s Republic. No UN peacekeeper could have prevented Bishop’s death. Worse still, Russia’s proposal to place lightly armed UN troops along the contact line is potentially cruel to the mainly elderly people who still live there. The Western-biased “peacekeepers” would no doubt act in support of the Ukrainian military, which continues to shell these undefended Donbass civilians. Putin’s proposal is a betrayal of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics. See Putin Betrays Donbass, Seeks UN Peacekeepers in Ukraine (September 7, 2017).

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Kurt Volker (–YouTube)

US not to link settlement of situation in Donbas with Crimea / QHA Crimean News Agency / November 4, 2017 / MOSCOW (QHA) / The United States of America will not link the settlement of the situation in the Donbas with the occupied Crimea, although they do not recognize this annexation, according to the statement of the US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker made at a briefing in Russia. “If we have a chance to make progress on one of the conflict areas – East of Ukraine.. then we should make progress, not fluctuate because of the Crimea. But it doesn’t change our approach to the Crimea,” he stated. He went on saying that the US is not going to recognize the occupation of the peninsula. Volker noted that the US is willing to mitigate the application of sanctions against Russia in the event of a settlement in the east of Ukraine. He said that Moscow does not insist on the formation of a possible UN peacekeeping mission from the Russians only, and that the world community will not allow the dragging out the conflict in the Donbas for several decades. “I do not think that someone wants the same solution as in Cyprus. I do not know for how many years peacekeepers have been in Cyprus. And I do not think that Ukraine wants it. It certainly wants to restore sovereignty and territorial integrity and as a result it has a great incentive to implement the Minsk agreements,” he said. Reportedly, Kurt Volker and Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov will hold regular talks on the situation in the Donbas on November 13 in the Serbian capital. The meeting will focus on the principles of a possible future agreement on the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the conflict zone. —Source: TASS Quemado Institute comments: We don’t trust Vladislav Surkov, who, in spite of being Putin’s aide, has betrayed Donbass on several occasions using strong-arm politics. Volker is also wrong in saying Kiev “has a great incentive to implement the Minsk Agreements.” This is Western propaganda. Actually, the Kiev regime wants to prolong the war and has no wish to extend autonomy to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. If Poroshenko’s regime had any incentive to implement the Minsk Agreements, they would have done so during the last two years and 8 months.

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Look into the eyes of Donbass. If you can / By Irina Lashkivich / NRT24.ru / It was not easy work. Many kilometers passed on food in the shelled territory are behind. There are such zones in the DPR that are constantly shelled. Idea of the project was born long time ago in 2014 when the entire territory of Donbass was shelled, mortars fell everywhere. Ukrainian press reported about fairytales n presence of Russian army, and in fact peaceful district were shelled. I have never seen Russian army in Donbass, however I met many children who became adults in one moment. These children look at you at the photos. Each children was asked to look into the eyes of people who target them. You see not simple portraits of children, these glances are sentences, and screams. Children had very serious attitude to this request, they believed that they would be able to influence upon those who target them every day. We man blond-haired girl in the village Severniy, she listened to me so attentively. -Will you be able to look into the eyes who shell us? Asked I. The girl thought a bit and answered. –Wait a minute, I will revise everything….She kept silence for a while and sais: I am ready, where to look at? You seen damaged by fragments home of the girl, destroyed garage. She revised night shelling, when her mother screamed and pushed children to the corridor, when mortars whistled, how neighbors screamed, and someone of them got wounded. This project is a pain that will not leave us till the end of our days, it is my small contribution to the history. I remember one very horrible day when I filmed torn to peaces children in the village Severniy. They played football when mortars started falling from Kiev-controlled Peski. There were no military in the village, it was average day in the Donetsk region. We did not knw that moment that many more such shelling would happen….

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MH17 wreckage reassembled (–New Eastern Outlook)

Trump and MH17: Just One Step Too Far? The Propaganda Campaign against Russia [Report from January] / By Christopher Black (New Eastern Outlook) / Reposted at Global Research / January 11, 2017 / The propaganda campaign by the NATO war alliance against Russia has several components. The newest elements are the surreal allegations being made by the Obama regime, suffering a fit of apoplexy over the victory of Donald Trump in the American elections, that Russia interfered in the elections, that President-elect Trump is a Russian agent, and that Russia is conducting a war against American “democracy.” The other components are that Russia invaded Ukraine and Crimea, massacres civilians in Syria, threatens hybrid war operations in the Baltic, threatens the German elections, threatens European “democracy” in general and is about to invade Europe. Each component is as egregious and absurd as the rest but one of the most vicious of these absurdities is the campaign directed against Russia concerning the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over east Ukraine on 17 July, 2014. The Americans were quick to blame the Donbass republic forces and Russia for the downing of the airliner, claiming, without any evidence, that the plane was shot down by a Buk anti-aircraft missile launcher from an area controlled by Donbass forces. Ignored was the fact that the Donbass had no such air defence system operational in that area and neither did Russia but the Kiev forces did. Also ignored was the eyewitness evidence of civilians on the ground who observed at least one Kiev Sukhoi 25 fighter jet ascend and approach the civilian airliner and that, immediately afterwards, the plane crashed. There were reports as well that a Spanish air traffic controller in Kiev, known as Carlos [see link below], sent out messages on Twitter contemporaneous with the shoot down, using the Twitter address @Spainbuca, that he observed this on his radar and overheard the pilot’s conversations with Kiev air traffic control confirming that the Ukraine jet shot down the plane. There are later reports that a Ukrainian pilot admitted he flew the plane that shot it down. Both these men have since disappeared from view. Remarkably, the investigating body has never followed up these important facts. . . . READ MORE>> [Editor’s Note: For transcript of Carlos @Spainbuca’s twitter feed,click here.]

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Thursday September 21, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/21/2017 / DONi News / September 21, 2017 / Over the past 24 hours, 34 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers, various grenade launchers, and small arms. Eight mortar shells of 120-mm calibre and 32 of 82-mm were launched on ten localities and the surrounding areas. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired ten mortar rounds of 120-mm calibre at the locality of Sosnovskoye, engaged fire from various grenade launchers and small arms on the villages of Leninskoye, Oktyabr and Kominternovo. We continue recording the enemy’s strengthening of the forces grouping on the front line in the conditions of the ceasefire regime. According to our reconnaissance, from the locality of Stary Krym in the direction of the Primorskoe locality, there was noted the transfer of up to two tank platoons from the composition of the 59 separate mechanised infantry brigade. Last night, a targeted shelling of the AFU 3rd mechanized battalion’s positions of the 72 separate mechanized brigade in the vicinity of the Avdeyevka settlement was carried out from the Right Sector’s position with the aim of provoking the opening of fire at the peaceful areas of our republic. As a result of the shelling, one soldier of the AFU was killed, three were injured. Brigade units were brought to full combat readiness. We have no doubt that this fact will be presented by the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces as another ‘aggression’ by the DPR Armed Forces. The intentions of the Ukrainian leadership to liquidate the bandit formations of the nationalists, who are disregarding the law enforcement agencies, as always, were empty promises. We repeatedly drew attention to the presence on the advanced enemy positions of Right Sector fighters, aimed at implementing plans for destabilising the situation in Donbass. From the inhabitants of the territory under Ukraine’s control, we learned about another division of the so-called Ukrainian volunteer army “Arrata”, which includes mechanized platoons, mortar squads and more than three hundred people of personnel. Despite all prohibitions, they continue to fire at the territory of the republic in the Mariupol direction, as well as rob and terrorize the population. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin, official translation by DONi News Agency

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“It was wonderful to have President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine with us in New York City today.” (–Donald Trump, Twitter)

Trump, Poroshenko Discuss Ukranian Crisis, UN Peacekeepers Deployment to Donbass / Sputnik / September 21, 2017 / US President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss peacekeeping mission to Donbass, the United States supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine. / UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) / Ukraine is making progress in expanding business opportunities despite the ongoing conflict in the country, US President Donald Trump said prior to the meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday. “Ukraine is coming along pretty well,” Trump stated. “Companies are going very strongly right now into the Ukraine, they see a tremendous potential there.” Poroshenko expressed gratitude to Trump and praised the countries’ cooperation in military and economic sectors. The Ukrainian president stated that during the meeting with US President Donald Trump expressed support for Kiev’s proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine as well as reforms carried out by Kiev authorities. “It is important that the United States fully supported Ukraine, my proposals, which were voiced in 2015 about the deployment of peacekeepers in the east of Ukraine…with a UN mandate,” Poroshenko said after the meeting, as quoted by Ukrainian television. Poroshenko also said it was important to hear the full support of the reforms that were taking place in Ukraine and a positive assessment of the results that Ukraine had achieved through these reforms. “We agreed that our cooperation in supporting reforms will continue” the Ukrainian president stressed. The two presidents also discussed bilateral cooperation in the field of security. “The vision of a new level of Ukrainian-US cooperation in the field of security is very important. We thoroughly discussed all ways of expanding this cooperation, from the partnership with the West Point Military Academy that we visited several days ago to the cooperation with the US Defense Department and other institutions,” Poroshenko said. The Ukrainian leader also expressed his satisfaction with the current level of bilateral cooperation. However, Poroshenko refused to answer a question whether he called on Trump to provide Ukraine military aid. In their meeting at the UN General Assembly, Trump and Poroshenko were expected to discuss the possibility of the United States supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine, as well as the issue of sending a peacekeeping mission to Donbass, according to Ukrainian lawmaker Irina Lutsenko.

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Calling Russia ‘Aggressor’ Hardly Leaves Room for Compromise – Kremlin / Sputnik / September 21, 2017 / Ukrainian draft resolution on peacekeeping in Donbass for the UNSC includes the wording “Russia’s role as an aggressor”. The Kremlin commented on the issue. / MOSCOW (Sputnik) / The Ukrainian side’s definition of Russia as an “aggressor country” contradicts the real state of affairs in the southeast of Ukraine, where Russia is not a party to the conflict, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. “Given the position that Russia allegedly is an aggressor, of course, there is hardly room for maneuver. Because this position is absolutely contrary to the real state of affairs,” Peskov told reporters. “Russia is not a party to this conflict, it is, jointly with other well-known countries, a guarantor of the implementation of the basic documents, on which the whole settlement process is based and will be based in the future, the Minsk agreements,” he said when asked to comment on media reports about the wordings allegedly contained in the Ukrainian draft UN resolution. Peskov added that the diplomats were working on the reports and referred correspondents to the Foreign Ministry for further comments on the issue. On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping mission to Donbass as soon as possible after a proper technical assessment. According to reports, Kiev has already submitted its draft resolution on peacekeeping in Donbass for the UNSC’s consideration. The draft allegedly contains a proposal to include the wording “operation to enforce peace,” that proves “Russia’s role as an aggressor.” Moscow has repeatedly refuted the allegations, stressing that it was not a party to the conflict in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbass. On September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he supported the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine in order to ensure the security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in the area. Poroshenko called Russia’s proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers strange, but expressed readiness to discuss the deployment of such a mission in the region with the UN Security Council, and without Russia’s participation in it. He stressed that Kiev would not coordinate the parameters of work of UN peacekeepers in Donbass with local militias.

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Maria Zakharova (–Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS)

Russia ready to discuss alternative resolutions on UN mission to Donbass / TASS / September 21, 2017 / Russia is pondering further steps in case the U.S. begins supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine. / UNITED NATIONS, September 21. /TASS/. Russia is ready to discuss alternative projects concerning the deployment of a UN security mission to Donbass, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “There is a draft resolution, we are working in accordance with it,” she said. “If there are any alternative ideas and projects, we are ready to discuss them,” Zakharova added. At the same time, the diplomat pointed out that the Russian-drafted resolution was already on the table. “Everything else is a matter of agreements and compromises,” she said. Russia is pondering further steps in case the U.S. begins supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine, she went on. “Surely we are pondering them,” she siad when the anchor asked her is Moscow was considering a further course of anctions if the U.S. started pouring lethal weaponry into Donbass. At the end of August, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a news conference he addressed together with Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko that the U.S. would expand cooperation with Ukraine in the military sphere and therefore it would consider possible supplies of lethal weapons. He said he would inform the Ukrainian leadership on the details of recommendations to the U.S. Administration. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier the possible supplies of lethal weapons would not change the situation in eastern Ukraine, which is plagued by an armed civil conflict, but would propel the number of victims there.

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Natalya Nikonorova (–DONi Press)

Kiev’s Unilateral Actions Regarding Peacekeepers in Donbass Threaten Peace – DPR / Sputnik / September 21, 2017 / The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic think that the unilateral actions of the Ukranian President on deployment of UN peacekeepers to the region might affect the implementation of peace agreements. DONETSK (Sputnik) / Deploying a peacekeeping mission in Donbass should be coordinated with the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), while Kiev’s unilateral actions could have a negative impact on the implementation of agreements on the conflict’s settlement, the acting foreign minister of the DPR, Natalya Nikonorova, told Sputnik on Thursday. On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged the United Nations to deploy a peacekeeping mission in Donbass as soon as possible after a proper technical assessment. According to media reports, Kiev has already submitted its draft resolution on a peacekeeping in Donbas for the UNSC consideration. “The statement by Petro Poroshenko about the need to deploy a technical mission to Donbass is another manifestation of the careless attitude of the Ukrainian authorities to the peace process, as the negotiation process has not even been started with the representatives of the republics on this issue yet… Unilateral actions can only negatively influence the possibility of implementing the peace agreements,” Nikonorova said. According to the DPR’s acting foreign minister, despite the assurances by the Ukrainian authorities about the readiness to compromise, Kiev representatives are departing from the implementation of the Minsk agreements, and “are increasingly inclined to taking various steps without considering the interests of the population of DPR and LPR.” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stressed several times that Kiev would not coordinate the parameters of work of UN peacekeepers in Donbass with local militias. “The principle of coordination of the positions of the parties is a fundamental measure… As the basis for this implementation [of Minsk agreements] is the adoption of all terms, modalities and mechanisms by the two conflicting parties – Kiev and Donbass,” Nikonorova said. Nikonorova added that the functions of assessment and monitoring of the situation in Donbass have been laid on the OSCE mission, and by requiring a UN peacekeeping mission Poroshenko urged for duplicating of existing bodies. On September 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he supported the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine in order to ensure the security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission in Donbass. Poroshenko called Russia’s proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers strange, but expressed readiness to discuss the deployment of such a mission in the region with the UN Security Council, and without Russia’s participation in it.

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Denis Pushilin

Poroshenko plans to mop up DPR, LPR territories by UN peace-keepers – Pushilin / DONi News / September 21, 2017 / President of Ukraine Pyotr Poroshenko insists on deploying UNO peacekeepers to Donbass aimed at mopping up the territories of the People’s Republics, DPR Delegation Head at the Minsk talks, People’s Council Chairman Denis Pushilin states this commenting on Ukrainian Leader speech at the UNO on September 20. “President who refused UNO contingent on the eve and who was called on helping the conflict political settlement has suddenly turned out to be “President of the World”. Now, he insists on introduction of peacekeepers to the Donbass territory to restore “justice and sovereignty of Ukraine”, but in fact, to mop up the territories of the Republic by “blue helmets”,” Pushilin expresses his opinion. He added that on the back of incessant aggression of the AFU in the region, Poroshenko’s words about victims among civilians sounded especially cynical. “Unfortunately, Ukrainian authorities’ position does not cause either doubts or astonishments. None of contingents can replace the political settlement by itself and that’s why we put hopes on the world’s community and remain loyal to peaceful development of events,” summed up DPR Parliament Speaker.

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Densi Pushilin

Rejecting UN peacekeepers, West advocates continuation of Donbass war / Fort Russ / September 19, 2017 / The refusal of Ukraine and the US to work on the text of the resolution on the UN mission in Donbass, proposed by Russia, demonstrates the true intentions of the Kiev authorities and its American partners. This was stated today by the head of the delegation of the DPR at the peace talks in Minsk, the chairman of the People’s Council of the Republic, Denis Pushilin. The initiative of Russia, which is aimed at a ceasefire in the Donbass and the implementation of the set of measures for a Peace Settlement, was “unacceptable” for the current Ukrainian government and its partners. “They are only interested in the armed version of the return of the Donbass under Ukraine’s control. Such a new “Croatian scenario” with the introduction of peacekeepers to the entire territory of the Donbass, controlled by the Republics, and a military solution to the conflict by someone else’s hands. Ukraine has already demonstrated incompetence and demonstratively sabotages the fulfillment of its obligations.” – explained Pushilin. He added that Kiev and Washington actually acted “for the continuation of the shelling, for the continuation of the Civil War.”

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A UN Force For Ukraine: Beware the Trojan Horse / By Christopher Black / New Eastern Outlook / September 21, 2017 / Russia has proposed that a UN “peacekeeping” force be placed in Ukraine to protect Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives, who are supposed to be monitoring adherence to the Minsk agreements. But already the problems with the idea have become obvious with the United States and the Kiev regime reacting to the proposal with statements that they want to use the force to “restore Ukrainian sovereignty” and its “territorial integrity.” The objective of the NATO alliance is clear, to use the force as a device to crush the Donbass republics. Russia sees it as a way advance the Minsk agreements, to stop the harassing criticism of the NATO powers that the Russians and Donbass impede the work of the OSCE observers and perhaps to have some control over the OSCE to make sure it is neutral and objective in its mission. For in fact the OSCE is seen by many in the Donbass Republics as a group of spies for the west, not to be trusted. The Russians seem to think a UN force could be created that would actually be neutral between all the parties to the hostilities, give some assurance to the Donbass and create another layer or buffer between the Kiev forces besieging the Donbass and the Donbass forces resisting that siege. A logical idea it would seem if one were not aware of how UN “peacekeeping” missions actually work. The trouble with it is that unless such a force is officered by Russians, or nations allied with Russia, no UN force could be trusted. History shows that UN peacekeeping missions can turn into “regime change” missions, as happened in Rwanda and Yugoslavia. I will focus on the Rwandan war and the role of the UN there since that is better known to me through the war crimes trials at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal. During those trials a lot of the evidence of the real role . . . READ MORE>>

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Sunday September 10, 2017
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Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/10/2017 / DONi News / September 10, 2017 / Good afternoon. Today, first of all, I want to congratulate the DPR tank crew on the professional holiday. Tank troops are the iron fist of our army, the protection and support of the young Republic. With all my heart, I wish you success in your hard work on defending the borders of the Republic. Over the past 24 hours, 25 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian Armed Forces were recorded. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used artillery, mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, weapons of armored personnel carriers and small arms. One artillery shell of 122-mm calibre, 32 mortar shells of 82-mm and 120-mm calibres were launched on eight localities and the surrounding areas, including with active use of grenade launchers and small arms. As a result of the shelling, two houses at the address Shchors Street, 46, 33/17 were damaged in the locality of Yasnoye. In the Mariupol direction, the enemy fired seven mortar rounds of 82-mm calibre at the village of Kominternovo; also the enemy fired from small arms at the settlement of Sosnovskoye. In the Gorlovka direction, the enemy attacked Zaitsevo locality with small arms. Once again, the Ukrainian media spread a message that did not correspond to the reality, presenting a failed provocation at the Mayorsk checkpoint as an alleged attack by our units. The Ukrainian command is deploying to the so-called ‘ATO’ zone additional forces of the Air Force. Four Mi-8 combat transport helicopters and an An-30 reconnaissance aircraft arrived at the Kramatorsk airfield. I want to warn Ukrainian pilots and their commanders from provocative flights near the demarcation line and urge them to strictly observe the Minsk agreements. The fights of 2014, during which most of AFU planes and helicopters were destroyed, did not teach the Kiev leadership anything. They again try to intimidate the defenders and civilians of Donbass with the imaginary power of their aviation. The loud case of Deputy Commander of the Ground Forces General Nikitenko, who was not afraid to publicly express the opinion of the general mass of Ukrainian servicemen, led to mass checks in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. In the units and parts of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the Security Service conducts checks that include surveys and questionnaires to identify officers whose opinions are in conflict with Kiev’s political course. Servicemen that cause suspicion are withdrawn to the rear or dismissed from the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And repressions have already been applied to a number of officers from the 59th motorized infantry brigade, the 72 and 92 mechanized brigades, condemning the punitive operation against the inhabitants of Donbass and the deterioration of relations between Ukraine and Russia. This shows that the Ukrainian leadership is afraid of pressure from its own security forces and is afraid of disobedience on their part. –-Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency

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Valentina Lisitsa, Donbass, September 2017

Some 7,000 citizens attend Valentina Lisitsa’s piano concert in Donetsk [Pics] / DONi News / September 10, 2017 / The concert “Symphony of Fire” by the famous pianist from the USA Valentina Lisitsa and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Donetsk State Academic Philharmonic Society was held yesterday in the centre of Donetsk. The event, timed to coincide with the 74th anniversary of the Liberation Day of Donbass, brought together about seven thousand inhabitants of the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Ukraine-controlled territory of Donbass, and Russia. Deputy Chairman of the DPR People’s Council, Olga Makeyeva, Defense Minister Vladimir Kononov, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova, Acting Minister of Culture Mikhail Zheltyakov, Director General of the Moscow Philharmonic Alexander Paretsky, as well as representatives of other ministries and departments were among the audience. “Regarding the art sphere, Valentina Lisitsa’s visit is very important for the Republic. Most importantly, by this concert we commemorate our grandfathers and great-grandfathers who defended Donbass and support those defending our homeland now,” Paretsky said. The pianist performed solo four compositions: Piano sonata No. 14 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto and Georgy Sviridov’s “Time, Forward!” The performance of the latter was followed by a ten-minute fire show. In the course of the concert, Acting Head of the Republic’s Ministry of Culture thanked Lisitss for her visit to the DPR and her art, and presented flowers to the pianist. “My impressions are incredible, impossible to convey. So many people, and all listened to wonderful music soul to soul. It is a double pleasure that this concert has coincided with such a wonderful holiday. I am in a spiritual uplift,” Lisitsa said in an interview. The concert lasted about an hour and a half. Upon completion, the audience thanked the musicians with a storm of applause, and Lisitsa was presented with flowers. The event culminated with colourful fireworks. “I really liked the concert. I came and waited for a miracle to happen, and it did happen – I enjoyed the performance, and classical music will keep playing in my heart for a long time,” Svetlana Zhalkina, a Donetsk citizen, shared her impressions. Let us recall that the American pianist of Ukrainian origin Valentina Lisitsa first performed in the DPR capital on June 22, 2015. She played then a concert-requiem dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow. In the spring of 2016, she took part in the Prokofiev Spring Festival. On September 11 and 12, 2017, Lisitsa will give concerts with the orchestra of the Donetsk Philharmonic in Gorlovka and Yasinovataya.

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VIDEO – Donetsk Fire symphony – Pianist Valentina Lisitsa
September 10, 2017 – Video by Donbass Rose

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Sick of Fake News, Brave French Woman Heads to Donbass in Search for Truth / Sputnik / September 10, 2017 / Christelle Neant, a Frenchwoman who got sick of the ‘pro-Kiev propaganda’ she found in French media about the conflict in eastern Ukraine, decided to travel to the war-torn region to find out what was really going on. She spoke to Sputnik about what she discovered. Tired of watching mainstream media coverage on the ‘slow-burning’ civil war in the Donbass, Neant traveled to Donetsk in March 2016, and ended up staying ever since. She got a job at DONi News, the Donetsk People’s Republic’s official international news agency. The portal serves as a source of information and contact center for journalists and foreign visitors looking to find out about the real situation from on the ground in the region. Speaking to Sputnik France, Neant shared her impressions about the people she’s met, and the conflict which presently seems to have no end in sight. “I did this to refute what’s written by most media outlets, particularly French ones. They publish a lot of nonsense and plain lies about this conflict. My goal is to show the reality on the ground,” she said, explaining her decision to work for DONi. Neant is also a contributor for the French anti-mainstream news resource AgoraVox. Neant said that she wanted to listen to and give voice to the region’s residents, “whom the regime in Kiev calls terrorists simply because they refused to recognize the Maidan coup d’état.” Commenting on the conflict in the region, the journalist said that notwithstanding the Minsk agreements, “the Ukrainian army and especially the ultranationalist battalions (if not to say neo-Nazis) do not observe the cease-fire regime.” This was the case in spite of rigorous efforts by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to observe the ceasefire, she added. “DPR and LPR command severely punishes any unjustified violations of the ceasefire regime, because authorities in both republics support a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and soldiers strictly abide by the ceasefire,” Neant said. The journalist stressed that from on the ground in Donetsk, it’s obvious that Kiev is deliberately trying to delay or even sabotage the Minsk contact group’s meetings through “intensified bombing by the Ukrainian army on the eve or even the day of the meetings, after which they can complain that the ceasefire is not being observed.” Furthermore, Neant believes that all the recent initiatives by the Ukrainian side confirm that Kiev now hopes to break with the Minsk agreements “and to reestablish control over the Donbass through the use of force,” even though local civilians unanimously favor a peaceful settlement. . . . READ MORE>>

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Russia’s UN Peacekeeper Plan Anticipates US-Backed Kiev Offensive / By Finian Cunningham / Strategic Culture Foundation / September 10, 2017 / Russia’s proposed deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in eastern Ukraine makes sense in the light of recent reports that the US is stepping up its supply of lethal weaponry to the Kiev regime. The war is set to explode. It is therefore prudent to deploy international monitors to try to restrain the violence, or at least offset the undoubted propaganda war which will ensue. The move to involve the UN is also a damning reflection of how ineffective the already-in-place monitors from the OSCE have been. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has stationed hundreds of international members in eastern Ukraine since March 2014, yet the OSCE has done little to restrain the offensive actions by the Kiev-controlled Ukrainian Armed Forces against the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The lack of restraint stems from the OSCE being evidently biased towards the Kiev regime and its reluctance to issue public criticism of Kiev’s daily violations of the Minsk Accord. In other words, despite claims of impartiality, the OSCE serves as a propaganda tool for the US-backed regime. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that increased American military support to the Kiev regime will result in an escalation of violence. When US defense secretary James Mattis was in Kiev last month, he said Washington was «considering» sending lethal weapons to the regime’s forces. As part of the public relations exercise, Mattis called the weapons «defensive» lethal weapons. Those «defensive» arms include Javelin anti-tank missiles. Reliable reports say that lethal US weaponry has already begun arriving, including grenade launchers and the high-powered Barrett M-82 sniper rifles with a range of 1.8 kilometers. According to sources in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the American military supplies are being delivered through private US firms, which obscures Washington’s official involvement. Over the past week, DPR military chief Eduard Basurin has cited as many as 200 violations of the ceasefire supposedly in place under the 2015 Minsk Accord. Those violations were carried with heavy artillery and mortars, hitting 25 locations in the Donetsk province. The DPR also claims that Kiev forces are moving up heavy weapons, including Howitzers, to the Contact Line, in another breach of Minsk. Meanwhile, a check on the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s latest reporting on the ground indicates «fewer ceasefire violations». Typical of the OSCE reporting, those violations that are noted are worded in vague fashion in such a way that it is not clear which party is committing the attacks. The OSCE reports cite explosions and artillery fire, but rarely assign blame or details that might allow readers to ascertain who is firing at who. The lack of details strongly suggests a deliberate effort by the OSCE authorities to obfuscate. Yet, it claims to be a frontline source for journalists to file reports on what is happening in Ukraine. No wonder Western media in particular are so vacant about the conflict, if this is their source. Given the Pentagon’s move to openly step up lethal weapons to the Kiev regime, the implications for worsening violence in eastern Ukraine are ominous. Kiev’s forces, which include Neo-Nazi battalions, have been waging an «Anti-Terror Operation» (ATO) on the ethnic Russian population of Donetsk and Luhansk since April 2014. Up to 10,000 have died in the conflict. The ATO was originally launched at the same time that then CIA chief John Brennan visited the Kiev regime – two months after the CIA backed the coup that brought the regime to power. The violence has continued despite the signing by Kiev and the separatists of the two-year-old Minsk Accord – brokered by Russia, France and Germany. The Kiev regime headed up by President Petro Poroshenko claims that the separatists are «terrorists» supported by Russian «aggression». The separatists view the Kiev regime as . . . READ MORE>> Quemado Institute comments: Finian Cunningham is certainly right to sympathize with the DPR/LPR militias’ independence fight. But Cunningham misses the point about UN Peacekeepers, who could well be more biased than the OSCE and even escalate the war. See: Putin Betrays Donbass, Seeks UN Peacekeepers in Ukraine (Quemado Institute, September 6, 2017)

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Mexican Standoff [in Ukraine] Goes Nuclear / by Frank Lee / Off-Guardian / september 10, 2017 / part from the criminally insane, (John McCain, Lindsey Graham et al.) nobody wants war, particularly nuclear war. Unfortunately, however, war happens, sometimes by accident sometimes by design. The present standoff between the US/NATO and Russia and China is a case in point. The United States’ ever-present hegemonic ambitions are hardly secret and have been displayed in their most virulent and openly aggressive forms since the collapse of the USSR. This latter event was a key moment in the present historical conjuncture. During the 1990s, Russia was prostrate and the US/NATO juggernaut was able to take full advantage of the situation. The war against what used to be called the Third World had always been a feature of US foreign policy; however, now with the disappearance of the one geopolitical bloc which could hold the US in check, the US imperial leviathan was able to extend its aggression to both Russia and more lately China. Ex-Soviet satellites, and even ex-Soviet republics in Europe were sucked into the voracious maw of NATO, which was to double in size and expand right up to Russia’s western frontier. In passing, we may note that the collapse of communism also had the effect of an abject surrender of the centre-left/social democratic currents in Europe, and their conversion to both neoliberalism and neoconservatism. NATO membership meant that the US effectively controlled Europe’s foreign policy, and this policy fait accompli was ratified in the Lisbon Treaty — which meant that Europe’s defence and security policy was outsourced to a non-member of the EU, i.e. the United States, who control NATO. In short, the EU became a civilian wing of NATO. These events were, of course, a naked provocation as was the dismemberment of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The continued policy of provocation became the order of the day. In 2008 NATO announced boldly that Georgia and Ukraine “will become members of NATO.” Thereupon Georgia’s comical President Mikheil Saakasvili bombarded Tskhinvali, capital of the self-declared Republic of South Ossetia that had resisted integration into the current Republic of Georgia since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. In this instance Russia defended South Ossetia, invading Georgia. It then recognized the independence, both of South Ossetia and of the Republic of Abkhazia, from Georgia. (This may be a tit-for-tat response to the U.S.’s decision to recognize Kosovo’s independence from Serbia six months earlier.) Then in 2014 came the ultimate provocation: the American backed coup in Ukraine which resulted in the ongoing and open-ended Ukrainian imbroglio 2014-2017. This resulted, inter alia, in the referendum and defection of the Crimea to the . . . READ MORE>> [Substantial analysis at source.]

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Vladislav Surkov (–UaWire)

Putin’s aide Surkov turns down US request to relocate Donbas talks from Minsk to Belgrade / UaWire / September 10, 2017 / On August 21, during a meeting in Minsk with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide, Vladislav Surkov, US Special Representative to Ukraine Kurt Volker suggested that Moscow consider relocating negotiations on the Donbas from Minsk to Belgrade, Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbass) news website reported, citing its own source. Surkov refused, said the website’s source. It is noted that the potential relocation of the negotiations to another city would be connected to the increase in cases of the persecution of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of Belarus. For example, during the night of February 1 in Minsk, policemen detained a journalist from Novosti Donbassa (News of Donbass), Vitaliy Sizov. The Belarusian authorities recommended that the journalist leave Minsk, explaining that he was included in Russian “black lists”. Then, on February 11, police in Minsk detained Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan. On August 28, it became known that a 19-year-old Ukrainian, Pavlo Gryb, had also disappeared in Belarus. It later became known that officers from the Russian FSB took Gryb to Krasnodar. In late August, US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the Kremlin’s decision to “freeze” the situation in the Donbas and live under sanctions is fundamentally wrong. [Source: uawire.org/surkov-turns-down-us-request-to-relocate-donbas-talks-from-minsk-to-belgrade]

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Vladimir Putin (–AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

[Enemy Commentary:] Russia’s plan to manipulate UN Peacekeeping forces in Donbas / Baltic Post / September 10, 2017 / On 5 September, during a press conference at the BRICS (Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa) summit in China, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would propose a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas. A relevant document was submitted on the same day. Moscow’s initiative, however, does have a few conditions. The peacekeeping forces would offer protection to the OSCE mission in Donbas and be deployed only on the demarcation line between the Ukrainian forces and the forces of the separatists backed by Russia. Furthermore, their deployment would take place after both parties to the conflict have withdrawn heavy matériel. President Putin also emphasised that the deployment of the UN peacekeeping forces should be agreed during direct negotiations with separatist leaders and must be approved by the UN Security Council. The Ukrainian side has been probing the possibility of the deployment of UN forces in Donbas as an alternative to the Minsk Accord since 2015. However, it was only on 3 February 2017 that the draft proposal for deployment of an armed UN peacekeeping mission was presented in the speech of Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, deputy head of the administration of President Petro Poroshenko. Officially, Kyiv announced it during a telephone conversation of the participants of the so-called Normandy Format (France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia) during a summit of its heads of state on 24 July this year. According to President Poroshenko, the need to deploy UN peacekeeping forces and to vest them with the UN Security Council’s mandate is an effect of “Russia’s categorical unwillingness to achieve peace in Donbas.” On 22 August, the Ukrainian president stated that he intended to present a detailed plan for the deployment of the mission in Donbas during the next session of the UN General Assembly (12–25 September). Before that, Ukraine also suggested that an armed OSCE mission be deployed in the region. Commentary: The Russian proposal is above all of a tactical character because Moscow’s primary goal is to torpedo Kyiv’s initiative concerning the deployment of peacekeeping forces in the occupied part of Donbas and at the same time to put the blame on Ukraine and the USA for the expected failure of the Russian proposal. The Kremlin’s initiative can also be linked with the recently observed hardening of the US stance on the conflict, particularly including with the announcement that arms supplies to Ukraine are possible. Signs of this include President Putin’s ambiguous statement in which he warned that US weapons supplies to Ukraine might lead to the conflict spilling over onto the territory of Ukraine and to “the separatists sending weapons to other conflict areas critical for those who pose problems to them.” President Putin’s statement, which was in essence blackmail addressed to the USA, may suggest that Russian weapons will be supplied to other areas where US forces are engaged. Moscow in fact is not interested in the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas. Their presence would not be beneficial to the Kremlin as it would potentially restrict Russia’s full freedom of action in the conflict area, which includes periodically escalating the conflict in order to apply pressure on Kyiv. However, Moscow is trying to simulate efforts to end the conflict, thus manifesting its constructive stance on the Ukrainian conflict to the West. This is partly effective, one proof of which is the statement of the German minister of foreign affairs, Sigmar Gabriel, who called the draft resolution “a change in Russia’s previous policy that we cannot waste.”President Putin’s words have met with a negative reaction in Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that Russia, being the aggressor country, cannot be a participant of the peacekeeping mission under the aegis of the UN and that its deployment does not require consent from the self-proclaimed ‘republics’ in Donbas. Iryna Herashchenko, deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, rejected Putin’s initiative, viewing it as an attempt to distort the idea of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping forces in the conflict area in Donbas announced in Kyiv. The conditions of deployment of the peacekeeping forces put forward by the Kremlin are unfavourable to Ukraine, because this would mean recognising the separatists as a subject of international negotiations, while the UN mission would only extend to the contact line that would maintain the situation of the lack of international supervision on the Ukrainian-Russian border in Donbas (currently controlled by Russian services and separatist forces). Not all the details of the Ukrainian initiative concerning the UN peacekeeping mission are known at present. It envisages the deployment of peacekeeping forces across the entire territory that is outside the central government’s control between the demarcation line and the Ukrainian-Russian border. Peacekeeping forces would monitor the security situation and the demilitarisation process in the region. In Kyiv’s intention, the deployment of the international mission will contribute to freezing the conflict. The Ukrainian ideas of deploying an armed UN or OSCE armed mission which have appeared since 2015 have never been officially presented in the form of an open concept nor have they been ever presented in the form of a coherent concept or put forward as a resolution on the UN forum. Most likely, Kyiv was probing these issues via diplomatic channels but they did not receive support from France and Germany and were in fact sabotaged by Russia (despite the suggestions that it might support them which Russia made from time to time). The Ukrainian proposal of deploying peacekeeping forces fits in with the context of Kyiv’s other actions concerning Donbas. Since spring, the government has been preparing an act under which Russia will be recognised as an aggressor and the territories of Donbas which are currently outside the central government control will be recognised as temporarily occupied territories. The act is also expected to vest the president with the right to announce martial law and to use armed forces in Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. The final wording of the act has not been agreed as yet; the government is planning to put the document to a vote in parliament already this year. Quemado Institute comment (posted and awaiting moderation at source): There are elements of truth to your commentary. Clearly Putin’s move is for political show, to appease the West. So in a sense, it is true that “Moscow in fact is not interested in the deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in Donbas.” But you are wrong when you say, “Their presence would not be beneficial to the Kremlin as it would potentially restrict Russia’s full freedom of action in the conflict area, which includes periodically escalating the conflict in order to apply pressure on Kyiv.” If you are being sincere in saying this and actually misunderstand the real situation, let me inform you that Russia is not taking any “action in the conflict area” other than sending humanitarian aid and offering occasional political advice, usually with regard to the Minsk Agreements (eg through the JCCC). And so “Russia’s full freedom of action” can’t logically be restricted. The burden of proof is on you to give any ground-based evidence of official Russian military presence in Donbass. There is no Russian military presence, I can assure you, as many foreign journalists present in non-Kiev controlled Donbass have reported. Nor is Russia “periodically escalating the conflict.” Since they have no troops in Donbass, they would have no means of escalating. Recall that the “separatists” are the people that live in Donbass and grew up there. They are culturally and genetically Russian, but they are not Russian citizens. Let’s be factual, shall we? About Russia having no real interest in peacekeepers, let’s hope not. The Minsk Agreements forbid foreign peacekeepers. [Source: thebalticpost.com/2017/09/10/russias-plan-to-manipulate-un-peacekeeping-forces-in-donbas/comment-page-1/#comment-32944]

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Friday September 8, 2017
(Brief Update)

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US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine, Production of Bio-weapons and “Disease Causing Agents” / By Goran Lompar / Global Research / August 24, 2017 / Ukraine turned into the proving ground for the new generation of US biological weapons, European mass media report. In 2015, American alternative media outlet InfoWars accused the Pentagon of developing new types of biological weapons in secret military laboratories in Ukraine. The facilities were constructed under the terms of the bilateral agreement signed between the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Department of Defense in 2012. Today thirteen American military bio-labs operate in Ukraine, The International Mass Media Agency reports. They employ only American specialists being entirely funded from the budget of the Department of Defense. Local authorities have pledged not to interfere in their work. These military labs are reported to be mainly involved in the study and production of disease-causing agents of smallpox, anthrax and botulism. The facilities are located in the following Ukrainian cities: Odessa, Vinnytsia, Uzhgorod, Lviv (three), Kharkiv, Kyiv (four), Kherson, Ternopil. The network of military bio-labs in Eastern Europe gives the hawks the opportunity to avoid the Geneva Convention of 1972 on the prohibition of development, production and stockpiling of . . . READ MORE>>

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VIDEO – Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Comes to Saur Mogila,
Donetsk People’s Republic, Novorossiya
September 8, 2017 – Interview by Donbass Rose

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URGENT: SouthFront’s Work Is Fully Blocked On Youtube (UPDATED) / SouthFront.org / September 8, 2017 / UPDATE [8.09.2017 23:42 CEST]: Dear friends, few moments ago Youtube removed one of the two “Community Guidelines strikes” from SouthFront’s channel and restored our video “Syrian War Report – September 8, 2017: US-led Coalition Rescues ISIS Commanders From Deir Ezzor?”. This means that SouthFront is now able again to upload new videos to our Youtube channel. However, the Community Guidelines strike that was added to the channel on September 6 remained. (You can find more about it in the text below). The remaining strike directly impacts SouthFront’s ability to provide exclusive content. We cannot more host live streams because our Youtube channel has a Community Guidelines strike. Furthermore, it’s clear that a threat that SouthFront’s YouTube channel might be closed down or once again frozen (as a result of false flagging by the project’s ill-wishers or by ‘mistake’ of the Youtube system) remains while the channel still has one Community Guidelines strike. . . . READ MORE>>

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Tuesday September 5, 2017
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“Fed up with the mainstream press, this Frenchwoman went to Donbass to see for herself” / Fort Russ / Translated from Sputnik France by Tom Winter / September 5, 2017 / “It is not up to Russia instead of the people of Donbass to decide whether or not to return to the fold of Ukraine:” in search of truth, Christelle Néant left for the Donbass to open the eyes of the French people accustomed to consuming “pro-Kiev propaganda.” Living in Donetsk, she breaks the silence on Sputnik’s microphone. Blindly believe in mainstream press articles? Or go to an unknown destination to discover the truth and share it with others? The French journalist working for the official international agency of the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR), DONi, Christelle Néant chose the second option and remains proud of her decision. “To counter what is found in most major media, especially the French media that tell a lot of nonsense and untruths about this conflict. My goal is to show the reality on the ground,” she told Sputnik about her mission in the Donbass. Thus, Mme Néant set out on the goal of giving a hearing to the civilians of Donbass, “who are characterized as terrorists by the Kiev regime simply because they rejected the Maidan coup.” On the ground since 2016, Christelle Néant observes that, Minsk accords notwithstanding, “the Ukrainian army, and even the ultra-nationalist (not to say neo-Nazi) battalions, do not respect the ceasefire” despite efforts by the People’s Republic of Donetsk (DPR) and the People’s Republic of Lugansk (LPR). “In the armies of the NPR and the LPR, unjustified violations of the ceasefire regime are severely punished by the command because the authorities of both republics support the process of peaceful resolution of the conflict, and therefore the soldiers respect the ceasefire strictly,” she said. In addition, Kiev is constantly seeking to . . . READ MORE>>

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VIDEO In Memory of Children Killed in SE Ukraine (Donbass)
Published June 2, 2017 – Patrick Lancaster

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“Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic’s gathered on Thursday evening in the capital’s to take part in the “Angels” action in memory of the deceased young residents of Donbass during the military aggression by Ukrainian forces. On the International Children’s Day, the participants of the event recall the innocently gone, and in a sign of sorrow they launch lanterns into the sky.” —DONi News

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Vladimir Putin. To what degree has this cowardly man surrendered to the pressure of the Western deep state?

Russia sends resolution to the UN on peacekeeping force in Donbass / Fort Russ / Translated by Tom Winter / September 5, 2017 / The resolution on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass will be considered in the UN Security Council. Russia has sent a resolution to the UN Security Council on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass. It has became known that Russia sent to the UN Security Council a draft resolution on the deployment of peacekeepers in the Donbass. Information on this was reported by Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia. We note that the Russian leader Vladimir Putin earlier called for submitting the relevant document to the UN Security Council. Also, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, has already expressed his willingness to discuss the idea of deploying peacekeepers. We note that the German Foreign Ministry has called this initiative of Putin “a chance for peace.” In particular, the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Sigmar Gabriel, said that the introduction of a peacekeeping mission is a chance that must be taken, for peace, requiring a policy of detente. Quemado Institute comments: The introduction of peacekeepers that Putin allegedly advocates is not in keeping with the Minsk Agreements. It seems hard to believe Zakharchenko would consider such peacekeepers. If unarmed, what would their function be over and above that of the OSCE and JCCC? If armed, their presence would constitute a total violation of Minsk. Again, Putin seems to appease the West at the expense of the DPR/LPR. When will Putin the Betrayer realize the West cannot be appeased?

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Boris Gryzlov – Betrayer of Donbass (Photo: –EADaily)

Russia’s chief negotiator says UN presence in Donbass may put end to armed conflict / TASS / September 5, 2017 / Possible deployment of UN peacekeepers at the contact line in Donbass can help put an end to the armed phase of the conflict but will not remove political settlement from the agenda, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Minsk peace talks, Boris Gryzlov, said on Tuesday. “Security issues are inextricably linked with issues of political settlement of the conflict in Donbass,” he said. “These issues have always been and will be among priorities of the Contact Group [on the settlement in Donbass]. A number of conditions have already been created for possible deployment of a UN contingent tasked to ensure security of the OSCE mission. Some territories have been cleared of mines, heavy weapons have been withdrawn from a number of sections. The first ten days of the so-called back-to-school ceasefire have demonstrated that the number of shelling episodes can be reduced to minimum and the level of security of civilians can be improved provided the parties have good will for that.” “Deployment of peacekeepers along the line of engagement is quite possible with Kiev’s good will and it can help put an end to the armed phase of the conflict, [emphasis added] ” he said. “But security of peacekeepers must also be ensured by means of disengagement of forces and complete withdrawal of heavy weapons. So far, we see that Kiev is reluctant to disengage forces and weapons at various sections, for instance, near Stanitsa Luganskaya.” “Nevertheless the mere presence of a UN mission will not remove political settlement of the conflict from the agenda,” Gryzlov stressed. “Problems of Donbass’ special status, amnesty and elections must be resolved in line with the Minsk agreements.” Earlier on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia plans to submit to the United Nations Security Council a resolution on the deployment of UN peacekeepers along the line of engagement in Donbass to ensure safety of the OSCE mission. He stressed however that deployment of UN peacekeepers could only be possible after weapons withdrawal from the area and upon agreement with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics. Quemado Institute comments: With Kiev’s good will? Put an end to the armed phase of the conflict? What insanity is Gryzlov purporting! Kiev has no good will, as this betrayer surely knows. Boris Gryzlov is a liar and a puppet of the Western deep state.

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Konstantin Kosachev, Liar, betrayer of Donbass, puppet of the Western deep state (Photo: –rt.com)

Russian senator says deploying peacekeepers to Donbass plugs all loopholes for Kiev / TASS / September 5, 2017 / Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to deploy UN peacekeepers along the Donbass line of contact in order to ensure the OSCE mission’s security will help achieve several tasks at a time, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev said on Tuesday. According to him, first of all, the initiative will deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression. The conditions outlined by the Russian president, which include narrowing the peacekeepers mandate to the protection of the OSCE mission, their deployment only to the line of contact and the withdrawal of troops and weapons based on a decision reached with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics, will leave no loopholes for Kiev, Kosachev wrote on Facebook. “Judging by the panic response from Kiev, they have realized this already,” Kosachev said. “The response that Ukraine’s representative to the Contact Group on Donbass Irina Gerashchenko gave, shows Ukraine’s true intentions: it does not want peacekeepers, it wants some police units from the West to be deployed to the entire territory of the DPR and LPR under a UN mandate,” Kosachev said. The Russian senator added that Kiev was actually inclined to consider the Russian border as the “line of contact.” In Kosachev’s view, Putin’s initiative will help achieve several tasks at a time. “It refutes the allegations put forward by Ukraine and the West, claiming that Russia is unwilling to fulfill the important security provision before implementing other provisions of the Minsk Agreements. This is a realistic idea, and so it poses a threat to Kiev, since it may help calm down the situation along the line of contact and deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression.” Besides, in Kosachev’s words, if the plan is implemented, “all the talk about supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine will become useless.” On Tuesday, while addressing his final press conference at the BRICS summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow would submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council, stipulating the deployment of UN peacekeepers to Donbass in order to ensure the OSCE mission members’ security. Putin pointed out that the deployment of the UN forces would become possible only after the weapons withdrawal process completed and the issue was agreed on with the self-proclaimed Donbass republics. Quemado Institute comments: Kosachev says, “the initiative will deprive the Ukrainian authorities of an opportunity to cite an alleged Russian aggression.” Nonsense. Why would the UN expose the lies about Russian aggression when the OSCE has been silent on the topic? Is the UN more unbiased than the OSCE? Of course not, and this liar knows it. Note that Kosachev also blurts, “It [Putin’s peacekeeper proposal] refutes the allegations put forward by Ukraine and the West.” This statement is an explicit admission that Putin’s main motive is to appease the West. Why would Putin and his Kremlin flunkies betray the DPR/LPR just to refute the false allegations of Ukraine and the West, unless they are puppets of the Western deep state? Moreover, if these peacekeepers are there to protect the OSCE, who will protect the peacekeepers? Unless they are armed. In which case UN forces would be joining the Ukrainian Army in the war against Donbass, with Putin’s permission.

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“UN peacekeepers would be protecting these Ukrainian murderers.” –Quemado Institute (Photo: –Ria Novosti)

Ukraine May Propose Own Resolution on Peacekeepers at Donbass / Sputnik / September 6, 2017 / Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations claims that Ukraine may introduce its own draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbass region. KIEV (Sputnik) / Ukraine may introduce its own draft resolution on peacekeepers in the Donbass region, if needed, otherwise the parties will be working on the basis of the Russian draft provided that it will be altered in accordance with Kiev’s position, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko said on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia said that Russia has sent the UN Security Council president a draft resolution on the UN mission in Ukraine, adding that Moscow intends to call consultations at the expert level and at the level of the UN ambassadors. “We already have everything, [Ukraine’s resolution] has been drafted and distributed among partners. I think, we will wait for a bit and, if needed, compose and release our own alternative [draft] within one or two days. Another option is to work on the basis of the Russian draft, which does not mean that everything in it should remain the way [Russia] put it,” Yelchenko said told the 112 Ukraina channel. Kiev insists that the mission’s mandate should be broader than proposed by Russia, and the peacekeepers must be deployed as far as the Donbass area adjacent to the Ukrainian-Russian border. Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his support to the idea of sending peacekeepers to Ukraine, stressing that the mission should only ensure the security of the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) staff, with the peacekeepers deployed on the disengagement line. According to the president, the issue should be decided upon after disengagement, pullout of hardware, and with direct contact with representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Kiev was ready to work out the issues of deploying peacekeepers to Donbass, with the Ukrainian mission in New York having been instructed to hold consultations with delegations in the UN Security Council. However, the ministry stressed that Ukraine would not accept the presence of Russians in the peacekeeping mission, as well as talks on the issue with Donbass representatives.

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Pete John on Twitter
September 5, 2017 23:00 UTC

“There will be no UN peacekeepers in #Donbass, only Russian peacekeepers
which citizens will gladly welcome to LDNR.”

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[Unfriendly Report:] Russia’s Peacekeeping Proposal in Ukraine Rings Hollow / Stratfor WorldView / September 5, 2017 / For nearly three years, Kiev has been trying to get U.N. peacekeepers sent to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, but now the suggestion is coming from Moscow. During a Sept. 5 press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed that the U.N. Security Council deploy peacekeepers to the front lines of the conflict, which would “benefit the resolution of problems in southeast Ukraine.” The timing of the statement indicates that Russia could file a resolution during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session, which begins Sept. 12. But the proposal should be seen more as an attempt to ease pressure from the West — and particularly Washington — than a sincere commitment to ending the conflict. Ukraine, for its part, already suspects that Moscow is more interested in gaining leverage with the West than reaching a settlement in Donbas — especially since Putin’s proposal is much more limited than any Kiev has put forth. It would not grant the United Nations access to Donbas proper or the separatist territories’ border with Russia, limiting the ability to monitor or disrupt the flow of weapons and personnel. Ukraine’s deputy head of parliament, Iryna Gerashchenko, said that, “In the best traditions of hybrid war, Putin is turning everything upside down by trying to distort the idea of Ukrainian leadership regarding peacekeepers in the Donbas.” But many Western countries will be taking Putin’s proposal seriously, and Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has taken steps to try to shape any peacekeeping missions, stipulating that they not include Russian military personnel or require permission from the separatist territories, which Kiev does not recognize. Already, Germany — a key mediator who has called on Russia and Ukraine to do more to resolve the conflict — has expressed approval for Putin’s proposed plan. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that, “By proposing to deploy peacekeepers to Ukraine, Russia has changed its policy towards Ukraine. We should not miss this moment.” He went further, suggesting that, “If things work out well with the blue helmets, this would be the first step for removing sanctions against Russia.” However, it’s the U.S. reaction that Russia is watching closest for. Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric about forging closer ties with Russia, Washington has maintained a fairly hawkish position on Moscow than the Europeans, particularly where the Ukraine conflict is concerned. Washington has continued to call on Moscow to abide by the Minsk protocols, and it’s maintained support for Kiev in political and security matters. More recently, the passing of a Congress-led sanctions bill against Moscow illustrated the institutional constraints that the U.S. president faces when it comes to Russia. Regardless of Trump’s desires, the United States and Russia are increasingly at odds. In the past few months, Moscow and Washington have engaged in a series of tit-for-tat moves like diplomat expulsions and compound seizures, with Russia warning that it would respond in an “asymmetric” fashion. Meanwhile, U.S. officials have floated the possibility of sending lethal weapons to Ukraine, which would escalate the conflict but could also serve as a deterrent for Russia. When Putin weighed in on the lethal weapons issue on Sept. 5, however, he said that the move could not only lead to more casualties, but also spur weapons deployments to “other conflict zones where it will be painful” for those who give the separatists “trouble.” So within this context, Putin’s peacekeeping proposal can be seen as an effort to convince the United States and the West that Russia is committed to limiting violence in the Ukraine conflict. Though it continues to play a spoiler role in Washington’s North Korea and Syria agendas, Moscow wants to prove its ability to make considered, constructive decisions. That image may make some of Ukraine’s Western backers, such as Germany, more likely to embrace the Kremlin’s efforts. And by indicating a desire for de-escalation, Russia could have more breathing room in its talks with the United States. As Russia’s March 2018 presidential election approaches, Putin is unlikely to grant any major concessions that could damage his popularity among his people. And the limited scope of Russia’s peacekeeping proposal almost guarantees that there will be little strategic change to the Ukraine conflict in the near term. But more than anything, Putin’s proposal is intended to splinter Western countries’ unified position on Russia and give Moscow more room to maneuver in its relationships. During the upcoming U.N. General Assembly session, it will be key to see just how successful those efforts will be, and just how much Western pressure Russia can ease. [Source: worldview.stratfor.com/article/russias-peacekeeping-proposal-ukraine-rings-hollow]

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Sunday September 3, 2017
(Brief Update)

Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 09/03/2017 / DONi News / September 3, 2017 / Since the beginning of the academic ceasefire not having come into force, there is a threatening tendency to increase the number of ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side. Over the past 24 hours, altogether, there were registered 29 ceasefire violations on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). In the Donetsk direction, the enemy applied tanks, mortars, IFVs, armored vehicles and small arms. One tank-shell, 18 mortar-shells of 120mm caliber and seven mortar-shells of 82mm caliber were launched on the territories of ten localities and their nearby areas. In the Mariupol and Gorlovka directions, the enemy launched five mortar-shells of 82mm caliber on one locality and shelled four localities more with grenade launchers and small arms. The falsity of “ATO” headquarters statements about strict control over compliance with the ceasefire was reaffirmed by the commanders of the 72nd separate mechanized brigade and the 57th separate motorized infantry brigade, war criminals SOKOLOV and KRASILNIKOV. Over the past day, the greatest number of shellings unfortunately having become traditional was detected in their areas of responsibility. This is YASINOVATNAYA, YAKOVLEVKA, CIRCULAR BULK, VASILYEVKA, SPARTAK, ZHABICHEVO, as well as the territory of Donetsk airport. In confirmation of the words of the leadership of the Ukrainian side in the JCCC, I would like to see the measures taken by it to stop the fire from units subordinate to these commanders. As of today, as a result of the Ukrainian military leadership’s inaction, we are witnessing a gradual increase in the AFU activity in these areas. As it happened more than once, this will lead to the resumption of massive shelling by the enemy with the use of heavy weapons along the entire line of contact. Moreover, in confirmation of the above, today from 4 to 8 am the Ukrainian military conducted systematic bombardment of KOMINTERNOVO and BEZYMENNOY settlements in the south of the Republic. At the same time, the enemy used artillery of 152-mm caliber, tanks, mortars of 120mm and 82 mm caliber, IFVs, as well as grenade launchers and heavy machine guns. An observation post of the JCCC in the settlement of Bezymennoye came under fire on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine again. Representatives at the Joint Center from the Russian and Ukrainian sides for their own security had to descend into the shelter twice. They also felt the Ukrainian regime of “non-cease-fire”. Our control groups confirmed, together with the JCCC, the maintenance of the “silence” regime by the units of the People’s Militia, despite the continuing provocations of the enemy. —Vice-Commander of the DPR People’s Militia, Colonel Eduard Basurin official translation by DONi News Agency

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Ukrainian snipers intensify their activities on the contact line / DONi News / September 3, 2017 / On the contact line in Donbass, sniper groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) intensified their activities, an official representative of the LPR People’s Militia Andrei Marochko states this at a briefing. “On the back of a decrease in the number of bombardments, the number of provocations remains unchanged, and in several districts the enemy has stepped up the activities of snipers,” said Marochko. He added that the Ukrainian military provoked the LPR units to violate the ceasefire in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, where according to the Minsk agreements, disengagement of forces and facilities of the parties to the conflict has been planned. “The LPR People’s Militia is ready to peacefully resolve the conflict in Donbass. We do not react to provocations of the Ukrainian side and strictly observe the Minsk agreements, that is confirmed in the OSCE SMM reports,” added the LPR Official representative.

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Essence of Time unit in Donbass report. September 3 / Essence of Time / September 3, 2017 / As of 10 PM, combat was underway in the north of Gorlovka. The Ukrainian had been using tanks and mortars in the area of Zaytsevo and the “Mayorsk” checkpoint. On the Mariupol direction, the Ukrainian side heavily shelled the village of Bezymennoye. The observation post of the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination came under fire. There is no information on the victims among civilians. During September 2, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 29 times. The enemy shelled 10 towns and villages of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

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Merkel, Putin, Berlin, October 2016 (–Daily Express)

Merkel: Europe should do everything possible to improve security dialogue with Russia / TASS / September 2, 2017 / BERLIN / European countries should undertake efforts to bring to normal the dialogue with the Russian Federation on security issues, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement published on the government’s website on Saturday. “The security architecture in Europe may be structured only with Russia,” the chancellor said. “In the sphere of security in Europe, we should do everything to improve our contacts.” This dialogue should be developed, she said, also depending on fulfilment of the Minsk agreements on settlement of the situation in Ukraine. “If this is possible, we would have an initial point to have a bigger and more intensive dialogue,” she added. At the same time, the German leader pointed to the necessary observing of international agreements on disarmament. “All agreements on disarmament, including those between the U.S. and Russia, should be observed, or new problems may be possible,” she said.

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Over one hundred schools in DPR couldn’t open on September 1 / Essence of Time / September 3, 2017 / Over one hundred schools couldn’t open in the Donetsk People’s Republic on Knowledge Day on September 1, said Larisa Poliakova, Minister of Education and Science of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Donetsk News Agency reports. “Today, 111 schools could not open due to their proximity to the demarcation line or because they have not been restored”, Larisa Poliakova said. According to the Minister, all students from these schools were reassigned to other schools and went to study. More than 500 schools opened for 142 thousand students in the Donetsk People’s Republic on September 1. A ceasefire agreement that was unofficially called “school truce” entered into force from 00.00 on August 25. The agreement was reached by the participants of the tripartite contact group during the meeting in Minsk on August 23 and was timed to coincide with the start of studies at schools. The Normandy Quartet leaders supported the reached agreement. However, Kiev once again violated the agreement just several hours after it was enacted. –Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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DPR Head opens new Republican university – Donbass Agricultural Academy / DONi News / Translated from Alexander Zakharchenko Official Website / September 3, 2017 / The Donbass Agrarian Academy, the first higher educational agricultural institution in the region, opened its doors for the first students in Makeyevka on September 1. The DonAgrA was founded on the initiative of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic with a view to provide agro-industrial enterprises with highly qualified specialists. Alexander Zakharchenko, Deputy Chairman of the Ministers’ Council Dmitry Trapeznikov, Minister of Education and Science Larisa Polyakova, heads of departments and representatives of the Makeyevka city administration visited the Academy on the Day of the First Bell. At the moment, the Academy is at the first stage of its development: two campuses with laboratory rooms and classrooms have been made ready. Computers and modern specialized literature have been purchased for the university by the order of the Head of State. Plans call for the development and expansion of the academy, the launch of a full cycle of agricultural specialists’ training from school up to the Master’s. One of the main principles of the Academy’s work will be full-fledged cooperation with specialized research institutes on the one hand and agricultural enterprises on the other. To date, the university has accepted about 400 students who would be trained in several specialties: Gardening, Agronomy, Agrochemistry and Agropsychology, Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnology. Local scientists and specialists from the near abroad will be involved in teaching at the university. The Head of the Republic noted that the Academy’s opening had . . . READ MORE>>

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The Plot to Scapegoat Russia / By Hugo Turner / Anti-Imperialist U / July 22, 2017 / We live in dangerous times. A panic has gripped the American media over Russia. Anyone daring to question the anti-Russian hysteria is risking their careers and reputation. Thus Daniel Kovalik is a heroic man simply for writing his book “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia.” However the media seem oblivious of the dangerous situation they are creating by pushing the US towards a war with Russia which has the potential to end life on the planet with a push of a button. Kovalik is best known for his work on the dirty war in Colombia has described the insanity of that war in which the US has armed and trained drug dealing death squads (and their sponsors in Colombia’s corrupt drug dealing political and military elite) all in the name of fighting drugs.Needless to say this policy has predictably resulted in a massive 300% increase in the amount of Cocaine arriving in the US from Colombia while also causing untold misery to the people of Colombia where 100,000 have been killed and 9 million refugees have been created as part of a massive land theft. Naturally this “Plan Colombia” has been hailed as a massive success in America. Kovalik’s book is full of stories like this from america’s recent history. Chances are you will be extremely shocked to discover what he reveals. His book is about far more then Russia. He writes in the hopes of reminding us what many seem to forget. The American empire is far more dangerous to the world then Russia. Kovalik’s book is also a personal account of his own political awakening. Like many americans he was raised on a steady diet of cold war mythology. The belief that America is a “global force for good” is drummed into it’s citizens heads not only by the propaganda that masquerades as news and history but also in the entertainment we consume the movies, tv, books. Equally the idea that Russians are the villains has become an article of faith in much of the world after 100 years of cold war propaganda which began in 1917 with the original “red scare”. Of course Russophobia began centuries before that justified on racist (they were asiatic), and religious grounds (Both Protestants and Catholics hated the Orthodox church) and motivated by Russia and Britain’s imperial rivalry. The point is after centuries of demonization it is easy for westerners to see Russians as inherently evil and bent on world domination. An objective view of 20th/21st century history shows that they were mostly . . . READ MORE>>

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U.S. orders closure of Russian Consulate in San Francisco / NewColdWar.org (from rt.com) / September 2, 2017 / The Russian Consulate in San Francisco, as well as two annex buildings in Washington and New York, will have to close by September 2, the U.S. State Department announced in response to Moscow ordering the U.S. to reduce its diplomatic personnel in Russia. “We are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Thursday, August 31. Stating that the measure comes “in the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians,” the U.S. State Department said that now both countries will have three consulates each. [The United States has three consular offices in Russia: in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok. Russia now has three consular offices in the U.S.: in Seattle, Houston and New York.] The decision was made by President Donald Trump personally, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in Washington on Thursday afternoon. “We want to halt the downward spiral and we want to move forward towards better relations, we look for opportunities to do that, but we also want to have equity in the decisions… We’re also going to make sure that we make decisions that are best for our country,” Sanders told reporters. Russia will still have more diplomatic and consular annexes than the U.S., a senior administration official told reporters earlier in a telephone briefing. The closures will not lead to Russian diplomats being . . . READ MORE>>

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Make no mistake, the latest US thuggery is a sign of weakness, not strength / By The Saker / TheSaker.is / September 3, 2017 / For a while already the Russian diplomats have been openly saying that their American counterparts are недоговороспособны or “non-agreement capable”. This all began under Obama, when Kerry flew to meet with Lavrov and declared ‘A’, then flew back to Washington, DC and declared ‘B’. Then there were the cases in Syria when the US agreed to a deal only to break that very same deal in less than 24 hours. That’s when the Russians openly began to say that their US colleagues are rank amateurs who lack even the basic professionalism to get anything done. Now the US has slipped even lower: the Russians speak of US “hellish buffoonery” and “stupid thuggery”. Wow! For the normally hyper-diplomatic Russians, this kind of language is absolutely unheard of, this has never ever happened before. You could say that the Russians are naive, but they believe that their diplomats should always be, well, diplomatic, and that public expressions of disgust is just not something a diplomat does. Even more telling is rather than call the Americans “evil” or “devious”, they openly express their total contempt for them, calling them stupid, incompetent, uneducated and their actions unlawful (read Maria Zakharova’s statement to that effect on Facebook). So let me explain what is happening here how the Russians interpreted the latest US thuggery concerning the Russian Consulate in San Francisco and the Russian diplomatic annexes in Washington and New York. First, the Russians fully expected the Americans to retaliate after the Russian expulsion of US diplomatic personnel in Russia. That, by itself, is not the problem. The Russians understand that Trump is a cornered and weak President, that he has to show how “tough” he is. Sure, they smile, but they think that this is ‘fair game’. The Russians also know that, as a country, the USA cannot accept the biggest reduction in US diplomatic personnel in history without reacting. Again, they don’t necessarily like it, but they think that this is ‘fair game’. You know what really triggered the Russians off? The fact that the Americans gave them only 2 days to vacate the premises they would seize and that they organized some kind of bizarre search operation. Let me immediately explain that this is not a case of . . . READ MORE>>

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Donetsk Lugansk News Jun 11 – Jul 9 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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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:
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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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Sunday, June 4, 2017
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DPR: Ukrainian army decreases fire intensity / Essence of Time / June 4, 2017 / During the day, the Ukrainian military slightly decreased fire intensity. However, a number of the towns and villages in the Donetsk People’s Republic of the People’s Republic of the People’s Republic of Militia (DPR PM) informed a Rossa Primavera News Agency reporter on June 4. On the Gorlovka direction, the Ukrainian army shelled the villages of Zaytsevo and Zhovanka. On the Donetsk part of the front, the Kiev military opened fire on the “Yasinovataya” checkpoint, the outskirts of Yasinovataya, as well as the Kirovsky district in Donetsk with the deaths of the calves, the weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, heavy machine guns, and small arms. On June 3, the Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire 60 times while shelling 19 towns and villages of the DPR. 15 houses in Dokuchaevsk, Yasinovataya, the villages of Staromilhaylovka and Mineralnoye. Electric power was lost in the village of Donetsk-Severny as a result of Ukrainian army’s shelling. The Ukrainian military opened fire with heavy artillery, mortars, weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and small arms. There is no information on the victims among the civilians. —Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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

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George Tuka (–facebook)

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

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Night and Morning in the Village of Kominternovo, Donbass, DPR
VIDEO by Graham Phillips

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Dmitry Yarosh (–Free Republic)

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

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

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

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

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

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Denis Pushilin

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

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

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

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

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Friday, June 2, 2017
(Brief update)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oleksandr Turchynov (–Alchetron)

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

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Ukraine Security Service (–Wikipedia)

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

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

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

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Ukrainian Armed Forces (–Ukraine Business Online)

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

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
(Full Report)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kominternovo village cut off power and gas supply by Ukrainian fire / DONi News / May 28, 2017 / Shellings from the positions of the armed forces of Ukraine disrupted the electricity and gas supply to Kominternovo village in the south of the Donetsk People’s Republic, informed the DPR Novoazovsky district council. “Yesterday, approximately at 23:00, fire was launched from the Ukrainian positions at the village of Kominternovo. As a result of the bombardment, power lines and a gas pipeline were damaged. At the moment, the villagers are cut off power and gas supply,” said the official. The district council repr