All posts tagged: Donbass

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 …

Donbass: the revolution of conscience

by Systematic […] The revolution took longer than it was planned at first. Creation of a picture with the several thousands strong crowd demanding federalization, holding a referendum, display of arms in front of a camera and the readiness to use it – these were the components of the first step only. A state, if it called itself a state, must become a full-fledged state. But back then, in spite of the massacres of May 2 in Odessa and May 9 in Mariupol, in spite of Kharkov People’s Republic being crushed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the fact that Slavyansk had already been living in conditions of a full-scale war, there was nothing close to statehood either in Donetsk of Lugansk. Chaos reigned on TV, which was under God knows whose control, the border was controlled by Ukrainian border guards, threatening to cut the self-proclaimed Republics from Russia and strangle them, meetings in favour of “unitary Ukraine” had been held in Donetsk, bodies of Ukrainian state power had been functioning. The state existed onlу in the minds of its supporters. Probably, …

DPR report: Over 9,500 Donetsk civilian facilities damaged/destroyed by war

Novorossia News reports: Kiev’s military operation in Donetsk region has damaged over 9,500 facilities, inflicting a total damage of over 2 billion hryvnia (about $100 million), according to a report published by DPR ombudswoman Daria Morozova on May 15. “As of May 8, 2015, the armed hostilities in the region damaged or destroyed 9,538 infrastructure facilities with damage estimated at over 2 billion hryvnia,” the report said. The cities of Donetsk and Makeyevka have suffered most, with 6,066 and 1,016 facilities, respectively, either damaged or destroyed, according to the report. Overall, Kiev’s military operation has destroyed over 5,300 houses, 605 electricity transmission lines, 53 health care facilities and 252 educational establishments in the DPR, the report said. Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people have fled Ukraine’s embattled east as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias.

DPR: Kiev Plans to Terrorize Rebel Areas

Subversion and Recon Groups instructed to wreak havoc in Donetsk While Ukrainian authorities give their secret services an SS revamp, the leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic released a document suggesting that Kiev-controlled terror units are about to carry out a series of deadly attacks in separatist areas. Vzglyad reports that DPR’s intelligence had seized a Ukrainian army document containing a plan to destabilize the situation in the areas near the contact line and discredit Novorussia before international observers, . The document provides for sending a large number of subversive groups across the frontline. According to DPR’s government speaker Basurin, Kiev had sent 35 sabotage and reconnaissance groups (SRGs) of three to eight people each. At a news briefing he read Kiev’s “Plan for a special operation in sector B,” which, according to him, was produced through agents. The text states that, “the groups shall be armed as per regulation, with added PM-120 mortar, two ammunition sets for each weapon; the groups shall return when they are given orders to do so.” The overall goal …

Half of Kiev’s New Conscripts Unfit, Mental Issues Top List

Mental problems have rendered one third of Kiev’s fourth wave of mobilized soldiers unfit for military service, Ukrainian politician and medic Olga Bohomolec has revealed. More than half of the new recruits don’t measure up as potential defenders of their country, Kiev-based Solydarnist outlet reports. Bohomolec, a popular MP from the Poroshenko Bloc is chairman of the Committee on Public Health. She referred to official data of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. According to documents provided in response to a request by the MP, out of 117,044 people who submitted to exams by military-medical commissions during the fourth wave of mobilization, only 52,962 have been declared fit for duty. A undisputed leader among the “Lysistrata ailments” plaguing would-be soldiers is mental illness – 32%. Cardiovascular disease runs a close second- 31.1 percent. Third come nervous system problems – 22.7%. Injuries and wounds follow with 10%, while digestive conditions debilitate only 4.2% of the prospective anti-terrorist heros. In Bohomolec’s words, this level of mental illness raises serious concern and requires scrutiny and control. In particular, …

When will the War in Donbas Flare Up Again?

By yurasumy, 25 March 2015 Yurasumy is a Ukrainian blogger. His life as a political activist began as a self-described “Bandera follower.” Eventually Yuri from the city of Sumy grew dissatisfied with the ideas of the first Maidan (2005) and is now one of the most popular bloggers on the Russian-speaking internet. A few months ago he was forced to leave Ukraine and is currently publishing his blog from Moscow. This is his forecast on the eventual renewal of hostilities in Eastern Ukraine. Active military operations in the Donbas. When, by whom and how serious they are going to be. Lots of conjectures and speculations on this subject have been expressed, and even more will be as we approach the real military action. The Junta It would be naïve and stupid to expect large-scale offensive operations by the troops of the junta in the coming weeks. The defeat at Debaltseve dealt a painful blow not only to the ego and morale of the troops. First, it meant an enormous loss of military equipment for Ukraine. …

Avakov: We should have blown up separatists at the outset

Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov told Ukrainian television Thursday that Kiev had made a mistake when it didn’t blow up the regional administration centers in Donetsk and Lugansk at the start of the civil conflict there last year, Sputnik News report. “I’ll say something that may make me look bad; I am a wanted man in Russia as it is. Anyway, back then [at the start of the conflict] we should have blown up the Donetsk Regional Administration” Avakov noted that speaking on Channel 1+1’s program ‘Right to Rule’. “Perhaps there would be 50 dead terrorists, but then we would not have 5,000 deaths in the Donetsk region. Something similar should have been done by Ukraine’s Security Service in Lugansk, but were we ready for this then?” the minister pondered. Responding to Avakov’s commentary on Friday, Russian parliamentarian Franz Klintsevich said that the minister’s statement represents a “barbarous point of view.” “Arsen Avakov considers that Kiev’s biggest mistake was its indecisiveness in the beginning the mass killing of protesters immediately after the beginning …

Brzezinski and Obama overdid it in Ukraine

America’s agenda is very different By Alexey Bogoslovsky, Russian blogger In general, my reasoning that a little war should take place in the winter, somewhat unexpectedly came true – the Ukie warriors were beaten to its start. It’s hard to say how much were they late in January, when the informal agreements were dumped and [the rebels] took the Donetsk airport. Then the Ukrainians were overtaken at Debaltsevo again. But why worry now? April has not come yet. It’s not even about the road-destroying spring thaw. This winter had very little snow. At the beginning of April everything will be dry in Donbas, equipment will be able to roll everywhere. It is simple: 9 May has turned into a cult of political nature. So if the [Ukraininans] start fighting, then it should be done in a way that it doesn’t all end by May 9. This is like the war with Georgia. [Reasonably,] Saakashvili had to wait until the winter and have the mountain passes blocked by snow; but the Beijing Olympics began on August …

The western media are fiddling while Minsk2 burns

It looks as if Minsk2 is in a lot of trouble, due to what Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov describes as a “glaring breach of the first steps of the Minsk package.”

Konstantinovka: sins of commission and omission

Embrace temptation, enjoy sin. And get handsomely rewarded. It seems this is all that’s left from the Guardian’s “left” as opposed to hypocritical rightist puritanism. And, of course, f..k the EU journalism standards. In the afternoon of March 16 a Ukrainian military APC ran over a woman with two kids in the Donbass city of Konstantinovka, halfway between Donetzk and Kramatorsk. Polina, 8 and her mother were announced dead on arrival in the local hospital. The two soldiers that drove the MTLB-type APC were reportedly drunk. They were quickly whisked away by their command to avoid the anger of the locals. Anger, however exploded. Thousands of Konstantinovka residents went to the streets, attacked police cars and overturned at least one. Local Ukraine Army barracks (stationed in a school building) were also attacked, a military bus, a jeep and tires burned at their entrance. Stones and Molotov cocktails went into action. The Ukrainian authorities issued an order to the police to shoot anyone participating in the riots. A unit of the extremist “Right Sector” organization was …

Ukraine is worst of Obama’s many foreign policy disasters | The Japan Times

By William Pfaff, The Japan Times The most devastating reproach historians are likely to make to Barack Obama’s record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy — a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and Defense Departments in place after he became president. To them he added ideologues of a new and equally interventionist persuasion, which he found congenial: that of humanitarian action, scarcely relevant in resisting the Islamic caliphate that emerged as a major force in the concluding half of his second term. By then he also faced a Republican congressional majority distinguished by its ignorance — worse than his own in foreign policy matters — and its vindictiveness. He arrived in office to a military leadership lacking a political strategy to shape its tactics in the Middle East and Afghanistan. When he asked for options and political counsel on ending the Mideast wars — as he had promised the electorate — he was insolently given settled plans by the generals for …

Land rush

Hot on the heels of Kiev’s tanks came… Joe Biden’s shale mining equipment: “These vehicles were brought here in June, at the time the tanks arrived in Metalist and started shelling the town. We think they expected to seize swiftly the Southeast, the Donbass in particular, and start mining the shale gas.” And the report ends in this curious way: Even now, during the ceasefire, it is not really safe to be here. As locals told us, in the evening, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard volunteer battalions start shooting at each other.