All posts tagged: Donbass

MH17: “New evidence”, same issues

Nearly four years since the incident, and over two years since they last reported any progress, the MH17 Joint Investigative Team (JIT) have held a press conference. To underline their previous position – they still think Russia did it. The timing of this statement could be seen as very politically convenient for the NATO allies and the Kiev regime. The West would have you believe that the proximity to the World Cup is purely coincidental. Whilst those suggesting that this is a great cover for Ukraine’s renewed shelling of separatists regions in the Donbass will surely be dismissed as “apologists” or “cynics”. None of that is really the issue though. Whether they truly have “new evidence”, or whether this is just a rehash of discredited Bellingcat nonsense, is immaterial. If the politically convenient timing is a coincidence or a stunt does not matter. The most important point is that the JIT is fatally and irredeemably flawed. The JIT, made up of investigators from Australia, the Netherlands, Malaysia and Ukraine…but not Russia, has obvious credibility problems …

Is Ukraine gearing up for full scale war in East?

by Gilbert Doctorow at Consortium News A new draft law adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament and awaiting Petro Poroshenko’s signature threatens to escalate the Ukrainian conflict into a full-blown war, pitting nuclear-armed Russia against the United States and NATO While much of America’s – and the world’s – attention focused this weekend reflecting on Donald Trump’s first year in the Oval Office, holding one-year anniversary events for the historic Women’s March and drawing up balance sheets of his promises and achievements, Russia has had a rather different issue on the front-burner: a possible war with Ukraine. The situation in the Donbass region of south-eastern Ukraine has been a feature of Russia’s political talk shows for the past couple years, along with the military campaign in Syria and more recently the stages in the preparation for presidential elections on March 18. Focus on the Donbass conflict increased in the closing weeks of 2017 as military action on the front lines separating the forces of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk enjoying Russian support from Ukrainian …

Ukraine: Neocon ceasefire sabotage fails to change Trump’s mind

Hostilities have resumed along the ceasefire line in the rebel-held Donbass region of Ukraine. b in Moon of Alabama: There are serious signs that the Trump administration will continue to seek better relations with Russia. It declines to get involved in the hustling in Ukraine. It is ready to give up on the catastrophic regime-change agenda the neocons implemented in Kiev with the help of Ukrainian Nazi organizations. Let us recap. On New Year the neo-conservative Senators McCain and Graham were in Ukraine to fire up Ukrainian troops at the front lines for a new fight with Russia supported rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk. A few days later then Vice President Biden also dropped in on Kiev. The three are declared enemies of Trump’s more friendly position towards Russia. They obviously intended to reignite the conflict in Ukraine to sabotage Trump’s new foreign policy. The former Georgian President Saakashvilli has once fallen for the Bush administration’s incitement and attacked Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. When that war went badly he received none of the hoped …

2016: The year of Russia’s triumph

by The Saker, via Unz Review Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump, so there is truly much interesting to focus on. Still, what I want to do today is to look at the year which is ending from a Russian perspective. The following were the major challenges Russia faced in 2016: 1. The Nazi regime in Kiev 2. The civil war in the Donbass 3. Ukrainian attempts to blockade Crimea 4. The rabid hostility of the US Administration 5. NATO’s policy of military confrontation in Europe 6. The united European front against Russia 7. Western sanctions, the subsequent drop in investments and credit and the low oil prices 8. The growing dissatisfaction of the Russian people with the economic polices of the government 9. The struggle against the “liberal” 5th column inside Russia 10. …

The Quasi-Legal Coup-Hillary Clinton Information Operations In Election 2016

by GH Eliason The purpose of “Inform and Influence Operations” is not to provide a perspective, opinion, or lay out a policy. It is defined as the ability to make audiences “think and act” in a manner favorable to the mission objectives. This is done through applying perception management techniques which target the audiences emotions, motives, and reasoning. These techniques are not geared for debate. It is to overwhelm and change the target psyche. Using these techniques information sources can be manipulated and those that write, speak, or think counter to the objective are relegated as propaganda, ill-informed, or irrelevant.” What if the strife, rumor, and clamor were part and parcel of an Inform and Influence Operation against Americans to determine the election outcome? Bear with me for a moment as I lay out the proofs. The quote above is from an early 2015 article with the practitioner showing what it could look like in the civilian world. What would we do? Disrupt, deny, degrade, deceive, corrupt, usurp or destroy the information. The information, please …

VIDEO: MH17 Inquiry: “To Whose Benefit?”

As the findings of the Dutch “investigation” are released today, we present the concluding part of the MH17 Inquiry’s video series.

Nuland to Congress: We Spend $100 Mil a Year Trying to Destabilize Russia (Video)

by Ricky Twistdale, via Russia Insider On Tuesday [June 7, 2016], the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations scheduled a two-hour anti-Russian hate-fest. Lies, misinformation and jaw-dropping stupidity were on full display. The star witness of course, was Tricky Vicky Nuland. These congressional committee meetings crack me up. In theory, they’re supposed to be interviewing witnesses to collect information. In reality it’s a platform for congressmen to make speeches satisfying the special interests who own them and then they read questions from prepared notes provided to them by “experts” or lobbyists (or maybe the witnesses themselves). Then they get the answers they want to hear from the witnesses. It is 100% theater. Nuland’s opening statement was full of scare mongering about the supposed threat to peaceful civilization from Moscow. She did provide some telling facts. She said the US had already spent $600 million on “security assistance” to Ukraine – so on top of other billions in handouts from the IMF, most of which was stolen by oligarchs, that’s money going directly to killing kids in Donbass. …

The Geopolitics of the Odessa Massacre

via Katehon On May 2nd, 2014 Ukrainian neo-Nazis, with the direct connivance of the Ukrainian authorities, shot and burned to death more than 100 people in Odessa. According to some estimates the number of victims of the massacre included up to 300. Among the victims were women, children and the elderly. The Odessa tragedy predetermined the further escalation of the conflict in the East of Ukraine and the beginning of military operations in Donbass. Pro-Western Coup: The First Blood Before the events of May 2nd, 2014, Odessa was one of the centers of resistance to the coup d’etat in which the leaders of pro-EU street protests in the capital of the country, Kiev, came to power. Politicians who supported the West (EU and US) provoked clashes with the security forces in Kiev. As a result of such provocations, the first blood was shed. Unidentified snipers most likely subordinated to the head of the Maidan “defense forces”, Andrew Parubiy, provoked armed clashes in which more than a hundred people were killed. Neo-Nazi groups unified over the …

Hybrid Wars 1: The Law of Hybrid Warfare

by Andrew Korybko (USA), Oriental Review The grand objective behind every Hybrid War is to disrupt multipolar transnational connective projects through externally provoked identity conflicts (ethnic, religious, regional, political, etc.) within a targeted transit state. Russia’s Eurasian integration objectives and China’s Silk Road projects are the targets of the USA’s global Hybrid War strategy, and this accordingly opens up a wide range of geographic battlefields.  Andrew examines the Greater Heartland, the Balkans, ASEAN, transoceanic Africa, and Latin America in identifying the vulnerabilities that each of the relevant transit states has to this revolutionary type of asymmetrical warfare. His unique methodology incorporates the variables of ethnicity, religion, history, administrative boundaries, physical geography, and socio-economic disparity in crafting comprehensive analyses that demonstrate each country’s Hybrid War weaknesses. The objective of the work is to illustrate the means that the US could predictably employ in destabilizing these targeted states, thereby giving decision makers and the public advance notice so that they can be better prepared to deal with certain preplanned scenarios as they arise. The Law Of Hybrid …

Canada’s Largest Newspaper Opens 2016 With a Biased Salvo Against Russia

By Roger Annis, January 15, 2016 After a hiatus from the Ukraine and Russia file for much of 2015, the editor of Canada’s largest daily newspaper has opened the year 2016 with sharp words for Russia, notably the “lightning annexation of Crimea” and the “Moscow-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine” which Russia is said to have sprung on the world in early 2014. Olivia Ward pens an article in the January 10, 2016 edition of the Toronto Star loaded with grim predictions for Russia’s economy in 2016 and of “swelling grassroots outrage” against the rule of President Vladimir Putin. The Star editor explains, “In 2014, Russia’s lightning takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was a shock that reverberated around the world. Within a month, a Moscow-backed separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine convinced western leaders that the Russian bear was on the prowl, and its appetite for territory was growing.” Looking forward, Ms Ward writes, “In 2016, the question is not how much Putin’s geopolitical ambitions might expand, but how long it will be before they are …

Videos: Life in war-torn Donetsk

16,000 Ukrainian troops defect Donbas, many with weapons

TASS reports: KIEV, October 5. /TASS/. Some 16,000 Ukrainian soldiers have defected from the zone of military operations in conflict-riven eastern Donbas – many carrying weapons, the country’s chief military prosecutor said on Monday. “We have investigated 16,000 criminal cases regarding defectors who have left the zone of military operations, and a significant part of them defected with weapons,” Anatoly Matios told reporters. The Interior Ministry has launched a search for all those missing, but no more than 1,000 had been located over the past year, he said. Deputy head of Ukraine’s armed forces mobilization department Colonel Alexander Pravdivets has reported that during a sixth wave of call-up almost 27,000 conscripts, around 50% of the total, had dodged army service.

DPR: Kiev’s decentralization reform a farce

by Systematic A pro federalization rally in Kharkov, April 2014. Photo dozor.kharkov.ua TASS reports: The constitutional reform being conducted in Ukraine is not in the slightest in line with the Minsk Agreements, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said Wednesday. “As of today, no point of the Minsk Agreements has been fully implemented by Kiev: military hardware has not been withdrawn from the disengagement line, moreover, its number has been increased, the law on amnesty has not been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada,” Zakharchenko said. “As regards the constitutional reform in the sphere of decentralization – it can’t be called other than a farce. That law, which already led to the death of people in front of the Verkhovna Rada [Death toll from riots outside Ukraine’s Rada rises to three], not only is out of line with the Minsk Agreements, but directly contradicts them,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR leader as saying. Zakharchenko stressed once again that in line with “Minsk-2”, Kiev should agree with Donbass the changes …

Video: War cimes in the Donbass

Screen capture from the video below by Systematic This was aimed shelling in order to destroy private farms, set fields on fire, to make it harder for people to survive winter.

Ukrainian student: “I like the separatists”

Screen capture from the video below. Captions translated from French. by Systematic Ukraine. August 13 2015 in the very heart of Kiev. The Ukrainian TV channel Hromadske TV interviews a student. — What do you want me to tell you? Journalist: Do you follow the news? —  What if I’m not a maidanuta [a Maidan moron]? I am against the Donbass war. I like the separatists. Journalist: Ah, you like the separatists. — Yes, and that’s no good, right? I go, then. Journalist: No, no, stay. We have a question. The situation has worsened down there [in the Donbass]; why, according to you? — Why? Because the Ukrainian troops are shelling their fellow civilians. Morally, the people cannot stand it anymore. It’s not World War 2, after all. All your inner spiritual universe collapses when you are shelled by your own kind!… Journalist: According to you, the separatists don’t shoot back? — They are not separatists. They are people that are against the current powers. Everyone has a right to… Journalist: The wish to separate …

“An unfashionable point of view” about Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier clashes with a pro-Russia protester in a field near Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine [April 2014]. Photo Reuters. by Systematic Ukrainian journalist Elena Poskakannaya, via Fort Rus, summarizes some opinions expressed recently by Dmitriy Gordon (pictured below), a popular Ukrainian media personality: […] “There are wonderful people on the Donbass, but as a whole they have pro-Russian views. They hate Ukrainians, don’t want to speak Ukrainian, and adopt Ukrainian and European values. What will we achieve by retaining the occupied territories? A few million hostile inhabitants who will, as before, dictate to us how we should live and what we should do, and moreover support bandits in the government,” Gordon said. “It’s enough to go to the recently liberated cities and ask people what they think of Ukraine. I know these numbers from SBU officers: 80% of Mariupol’s population is against Ukraine,” Gordon said. He expressed concern that, after elections in occupied regions criminals would perfectly legally enter state administration. The electoral system would even give them opportunities to sit in the Rada. “They’ll …

Anti-OSCE rally in Donetsk

At the Donetsk hotel parking lot, an OSCE car with sprayed glasses and dollar bills pasted over. by Systematic Novorossia News reports: Hundreds of residents of Donbass are rallying in front of the hotel «Park Inn by Radisson» in Donetsk where the OSCE monitors are lodged. They gathered to express their outrage at bad job of the OSCE and calling for impartial coverage of developments in the Donbass region by the OSCE and the International Committee of the Red Cross. According to the rallying persons, international monitors were not impartial in the reporting of what is going on in war-hit Donbass. Residents of shelled districts, refugees and disabled civilians were demanding from the OSCE that it says the truth. Some of them came with photos of houses destroyed by Ukrainian artillery, and posters reading ‘Stop keeping silence!’, ‘Your silence kills children!’, ‘While you are in cover civilians die.’ Later the OSCE representatives came to the people, and a dialogue started. Update: Igor Martynov, the head of the Donetsk administration: “My key question [to the OSCE …

Germany to Give Money to Partially Restore Donbass Infrastructure

Delivery of safe drinking water to the city of Debaltseve, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. Photo (c) UNICEF Ukraine/2015/A.Filippov by Systematic Sputnik International reports: […] The restoration of water supplying facilities in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic which were damaged in shelling by Kiev forces may be funded by Germany, Vladislav Deinego, LPR representative to the contact group, said. “We made a list of water supplying facilities related to the Western filter plant which will be restored. The money allocated by Germany could be used to partially restore the facilities and resume water supply to several towns of the LPR and DPR [self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic],” Deinego pointed out. He also said that the initiative has been supported by representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. Now the self-proclaimed republic is waiting for authorization from the Ukrainian government. […]

Majority of Ukrainians would trade Donbass for peace

by Systematic People walk under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the east Ukraine city of Donetsk on Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP / Dmitry Lovetsky) According to a poll, 61.8 percent of respondents believe that Kiev’s main goal should be to stop the war, even if Ukraine loses Donbass. More than 50 percent of Ukrainians would prefer that their country abandon the Donbass region in order to stop the ongoing military conflict. According to a poll conducted by the survey agency Sophia, 61.8 percent of respondents believe that Kiev’s main goal should be to stop the war, even if Ukraine loses Donbass. Another 15.3 percent are not sure what to think on the issue. […] Read in full Majority of Ukrainians Ready to Exchange Donbass for Peace at Sputnik

Ukraine refuses protection of human rights in zone of military operations

by Systematic Donbass displaced persons (European Commission DG ECHO)   TASS reports Ukraine has refused to guarantee protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the zone of military operations in the east. The Ukrainian parliament has backed a decree allowing the country to rescind its commitments outlined in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Social Charter. Thursday’s second reading of the decree was passed by 249 votes in the Verkhovna Rada, 23 more than the minimum required. An explanatory note to the document says that in view of Ukraine’s inability to protect human rights to the fullest extent in compliance with its obligations under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Social Charter, in its revised version, and in connection with “the objective need to take measures to repel armed aggression of the Russian Federation, Ukraine has to temporarily rescind its commitments to …