E. Ukraine sitrep. The fight for survival in Novorossia
Essentially, Eastern Ukraine, where most people speak Russian, is considered an illegitimate political entity by virtue of the fact that the people consider themselves Russian. The motive is naked racism. It’s like a Kafka novel where Amerika (the name of one of his novels in fact) has returned to Europe, this time to assist the Nazis in implementing their nefarious plans. It is a slap in the face to every US veteran, especially those who fought in WW II, to the memory of the fallen heroes of that war. and a mockery of the Holocaust.
Incredibly, almost all GOP presidential candidates (Trump was a notable exception) favored US arms to aid the Ukraine government in killing E. Ukrainians, although most of the casualties so far have been civilians. No wonder Trump accused Jeb Bush of just wanting to “kill people.” That comment was right on target.
Thanks to a media blackout on the Ukraine conflict, only blogs provide a window for us. One such blog is Novorossia Vision, hosted by the courageous Irina Burya, who sends me alerts. Some of this would be covered by Russia Insider but that site is on partial vacation during August.
By way of background, let me explain some of the terms used in this blog:
“Nationalist” fighters on the US-backed side include the Azov Batallion, some members of which are sympathetic to the neo-Nazis (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azov_Battalion, and pay special attention to the section titled Neo-Nazi Ideology and Symbols) . Some actually wear neo-Nazi logos such as the swastika and the Wolfsangel, an early symbol used by the German Nazis (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfsangel). The US congress in 2015 decided against training Azov members, but in reality, no arms sent to Ukraine can be prevented from falling into their hands since they are welcomed as volunteers by the Kiev government. US Neocons are fine with this, just as they seem unfazed by the transfer of US arms from the Syrian “rebels” to ISIS. Will Hillary allow open arms shipments to Azov? As I keep saying, Hillary’s anti-Russian warlike stance makes her extremely dangerous but most Americans by far simply don’t know or care that our next election results could signal a prelude to a nuclear WW III.
I need to make a comment here. Neocon web sites like AIM (Accuracy in Media) are publishing anti-Trump articles and some of the Neoconservative commentators on their forum are actually hinting that they want Hillary to win. It is clear to me that Cliff Kincaid leans toward Hillary as well, even though he claims to be a conservative. That should surprise no one since Trump’s pragmatic and rational position on Russia is anathema to the Neocons, and Hillary’s warlike stance is right in line with them. The future of our planet is in the balance and guys like Cliffy are pushing for a war that threatens all of humanity – claiming that Trump is “soft” on Russia. If the war happens, they will, of course, blame the level-headed rational people who warned about this, not themselves. Their position is Amerika über Alles and they will fight to the last other people’s kid. There is just no disguising the ultranationalism here and I am more than alarmed by this. Clearly, WW II taught us exactly nothing.
Think about it. The Nazis are active in Europe once more only this time, the US government is basically on their side against Russia, the country that killed 4 times more Nazis than all other allies combined and without which the allies may not have won WW II. Is this not what most people would call going over to the dark side?
DPR: Donetsk People’s Republic
LPR: Lugansk People’s Republic
LDPR: Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republic
AFU: Armed Forces of Ukraine (the failed government supported by the US, although in reality, the EU will almost surely never admit the bankrupt Ukraine into their midst as things now stand). If it were not for false pride, Washington would admit it erred gravely by supporting the bloody Maidan coup and would walk away from this quagmire. Instead it will add insult to injury and send arms to this bumbling corrupt government only to kill more civilians, as shown by the sitrep linked and partially pasted below.
Finally to locate the Donetsk and Lugansk (Luhansk in Urkainian) regions on the map, click here. They are small in size but if push came to shove, the Hillary administration would be happy to send your only son to die there to enable the US to lose still another war.
Ukrainian Deserters Kill Their Commanders – Kiev Encourages Attack Financially – DPR Warns About Resuming Hostilities
In July 2016 Alexander Turchynov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, announced the possibility of imposition of martial law in the country on August 1st. It was not the first time that such a threat sounded and, like the previous ones, it remained unrealized. However, Kiev continued to increase the intensity of the attacks on the territory of the Republic, which had already grown dramatically at the end of the past week, after the completion of the Contact Group negotiations in Minsk.
At night from July 31 to August 1st, the Ukrainian military opened heavy fire on Yasinovataya, situated between Donetsk and Gorlovka, and the north-western outskirts of Donetsk. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, the fire on localities of the Republic was opened more than 800 times, with over 100 rounds from the 122 and 152mm artillery.
The local authorities reported that 14 houses had been damaged by artillery fire. In Yasinovataya one of the shells hit the yard of a house, with one civilian killed and another wounded in the explosion and subsequent fire. There were also wounded two DPR soldiers.
After the shelling, according to the DPR soldiers, cannons started to explode on the positions of the Ukrainian howitzer battery responsible for the attack.
According to the DPR Defense Ministry, all the days that followed, the intensity of attacks on the Ukrainian side ranged from 500 to 900 rounds per day, with a quarter of them made from heavy artillery. The all three directions were under attack: Gorlovka in the north of the Republic, Donetsk in the center and Dokuchaevsk in the south of the DPR.
As a result of the bombardments, four civilians were wounded, two of them in Donetsk.
The bombardments also caused the further destruction of residential areas and infrastructure. The local authorities reported that, from 1 to 4 August, 2016, 36 residential houses were damaged in the DPR frontline localities. There were also damaged power lines on the western outskirts of Donetsk and at the Donetsk filter plant, resulting about 900 homes left without electricity in one of the city districts, and the water supply stopped in another two districts, as well as in Yasinovataya and Kiev-controlled Avdeevka.
The DPR army, according to the command, lost, for the first four days of August, two soldiers killed.
In July 2016, the official losses of the DPR army amounted to 11 soldiers killed and 21 wounded; among civilians, the Republic lost one person killed and 25 wounded.
The official losses of the Ukrainian army in July, according to the press service of the ATO Staff, totaled 40 men killed and 182 wounded. At the same time, the Ukrainian public organization “Sisters of Mercy” reported that in July, only one hospital in Kharkov received over 300 wounded.
Kiev has already openly admitted that a significant part of Ukrainian losses are non-combat. According to the DPR intelligence, only in the last four days, the Ukrainian army lost two soldiers dead and three wounded in the front segment to the west of Donetsk, due to the detonation of a 120mm mortar shell, caused by violation of safety requirements. In addition, due to an error in the spotting of the fire, one of the Ukrainian Army units shelled another, with the latter having lost over 20 men killed and wounded.
In addition, the DPR intelligence sources on the ground reported that, due to the overcrowding of the Ukrainian military in the Donetsk segment of the front, there occurred an outbreak of dysentery. Only in the past three days, over 50 soldiers were sent to nearby hospitals. Apparently, the situation with the epidemic is worsening, because the AFU command have sent epidemiologists to the Donetsk segment of the front.
As a result, the number of deserters in the Ukrainian army has recently increased dramatically. The DPR intelligence reported that, in the first three days of August, 10 Ukrainian soldiers left their positions on the front line, taking their weapons with them. Another three, when officers tried to stop them, killed one of them and wounded another.
From the LPR also come reports about the deterioration of the situation on the contact line, which was hitherto considerably calmer than in the DPR. Soldiers of the Republican army attribute this fact to the replacement of the AFU units on the front line with nationalist battalions. As a result, there dramatically increased the number of attacks on the territory of the Republic, during which the Ukrainian side again began to use infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, anti-aircraft systems, as well as heavy artillery.
In particular, at night from 1 to 2 August, the LPR near front town of Stakhanov was shelled with 152mm artillery. According to witnesses, one of the shells hit the courtyard of a residential house, which resulted in three civilians wounded. The condition of one of them is still assessed by doctors as severe.
In addition, soldiers of the LPR army reported constant provocation from the Ukrainian military. In particular, the Ukrainian subversive groups enter the LPR territory and hang there flags of Ukraine and the “Right Sector”. These actions may aim at luring the LPR soldiers out, in order to open sniper fire on them while they are removing the flags, or at creating scenery for the Kiev media reporting the next ‘liberated piece of Ukrainian land’.
Meanwhile, the LPR soldiers firmly declared that any attempts of the Ukrainian military to seize parts of the “grey” zone are decidedly repressed.
Soldiers of the Republican armies have repeatedly pointed out that, during the shelling, the target of the Ukrainian side is much more likely to be residential areas of Donbass than their position. The same policy of terror is applied by Kiev to both areas controlled by its army and entry and exit checkpoints on the contact line.
Local residents report that at checkpoints, which are closed at nightfall, the Ukrainian military force them to spend the night in the buffer zone, not letting them pass to Ukraine and, at the same time, forbidding them to come back for the night to the territory of the Republics. At night, the Ukrainian side starts shelling the LDPR, hiding behind civilians as a living shield. Last week, a woman received shrapnel wounds at one of these checkpoints in the Gorlovka area.
Residents of one of the front-line villages in the Lugansk region inform that they try not to go out after 3 pm, especially after the AFU military were replaced with volunteer battalions. Nationalists, usually drunk, stop people in the streets, ask them provocative questions and can beat a person looking at them ‘without due respect’.
Two days ago, the OSCE monitoring mission stated that their employees, going for an inspection in one of the AFU units, had been stopped by drunken Ukrainian military. Threatening the international observers with weapons, the Ukrainians forbade them to travel further and forced them to go back.
Massive attacks by the Ukrainian army on the DPR localities at the end of July 2016 caused such extensive destruction that the OSCE mission demanded in its report an investigation and punishment for those responsible. The investigation revealed that the AFU commanders on the front line are entitled to personally make the decision to open fire according to the situation. At the same time, in those days when the Ukrainian military come under return fire, Kiev pays them combat bonus to salary.
At the same time, at the negotiations in Minsk, the sides failed to agree on the issue of weapons withdrawal from the contact line for the distance defined in the Minsk Agreements, as the Ukrainian side claimed not to have sufficient authority.
Moreover, Kiev still continues to deliver to the front line weapons and equipment. According to the DPR intelligence, in just the past three days, the Ukrainian units in the Donetsk and Gorlovka directions received up to 20 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, 6 152mm motorized artillery systems “Akatsia”, 5 122mm howitzers D-30, 15 tanks and about 20 120mm mortars.
Two days ago, the Ukrainian military authorities reported that NATO countries had provided Ukraine with EUR 1 million worth demining equipment as logistical support under the program “Science for Peace and Security».
After the fruitless negotiations in Minsk, Denis Pushilin, the DPR representative in the Contact Group, made an official statement, which says that if at least the first three points of the Minsk Agreements, namely, complete cease-fire, the withdrawal of weapons and the OSCE supervision of it, are not implemented, the hostilities will resume in Donbass through the fault of Kiev.
The same day, the head of the press service of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the General Staff already has an ‘adequate response plan’ to react to ‘an attack aiming at expanding the territory’, the preparation of which in the Republics the head of the Defense Ministry intelligence of Ukraine had announced earlier.
Another Delivery of American Weapons – Nazis Boasting Their Attacks – Hotline to Denounce DPR Residents
The negotiations in Minsk came to an end, and the tension on the fronts in Donbass increased dramatically again. At the weekend, the number of attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, according to the DPR Defense Ministry, again came close to a thousand per day. Kiev also returned to the active use of artillery and tanks along the entire front line.
In total, as reported by the authorities of the Republic, over the past week the number of Ukrainian attacks exceeded 3,000, with most of them made with heavy artillery.
According to the DPR Ombudsman, in the week 12 people were killed in the Republic, including a civilian, who was carrying out repair works on the territory of the Donetsk airport. 18 people received injuries, 4 of them civilians.
One of the civilians received severe shrapnel wounds when an artillery shell hit his house. There was also shrapnel wounded a woman who was traveling in a minibus from the DPR territory to the Kiev-controlled area. Eyewitnesses reported that the minibus came under fire from the Ukrainian side, when it was in the no man’s land, between the Ukrainian checkpoints and that of the DPR.
The DPR authorities argue that Kiev is carrying out particularly intense bombardments in the Donetsk and Gorlovka direction, deliberately destroying civilian homes and infrastructure.
In particular, the mayor of Gorlovka reported that the northern outskirts of the city, located 200 meters from the contact line, are experiencing ongoing problems with water and electricity, due to incessant attacks from the Ukrainian side. Last week, only for one night the shelling from the Ukrainian positions led to six disruptions in the water supply. When repair crews come to the spot, Ukrainian snipers open fire on them.
During another bombardment of Donetsk at the end of the week, there were damaged power lines, which resulted in about 200 miners trapped underground. The power supply of the mine was restored only the next day, after which the miners were brought to the surface.
In just a week, according to the DPR authorities, as a result of attacks on the Ukrainian side, there were damaged 44 houses, 26 of which were completely or partially destroyed.
In the south of the Republic, the situation on the front was not so hard, but, nevertheless, residents of villages near Dokuchaevsk had to spend the night before the weekend in cellars. Residents of the city spent that night in readiness to go down to shelters. According to them, the children went to bed in hallways, which are the safest place in urban apartments.
Soldiers of the LPR army also reported that the Ukrainian military do not open fire at their positions, but at localities situated behind them, in order to provoke the army of the Republic to open return fire.
The DPR military authorities also suggested that the sharp increase in the intensity of fire on the Ukrainian side could allow Kiev to hide a huge number of non-combat losses in the Ukrainian army.
According to the DPR intelligence, last week, in one of the AFU units, during the shelling with a 152mm MSTA-B cannon, occurred an ammunition detonation. In social networks volunteers wrote that the Ukrainian military had tried to charge into the cannon two shells at once. As a result of the detonation, 11 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 18 wounded, with one cannon destroyed and another three damaged.
In addition, as reported by the DPR intelligence, in another Ukrainian unit a soldier killed his commander-nationalist, as a result of a conflict that stemmed from the soldier’s refusal to open fire on peaceful localities of Donbass. The DPR intelligence sources on the ground reported that the command is preparing to withdraw the unit, completely demoralized and refusing to fight, from the front line.
The Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine said live on the “112” TV channel that the number of non-combat losses in the Ukrainian army had already exceeded a thousand of soldiers.
There also came out new information about the cover-up by the Ukrainian side of their dead. The director of a mine, one part of which is located in the DPR and the other on the Kiev-controlled territory, said that the enterprise continues to operate in spite of the incessant shelling. The miners reported that underground they can clearly smell the putrid stink wafting from the far end of the horizons. It looks like that the Ukrainian side is simply dumps the bodies of their dead soldiers in the pits.
At the same time, Kiev still continues to deliver to the contact line military equipment and personnel. Over the past week, the DPR intelligence reported on the arrival of dozens of Ukrainian heavy mortars, tanks, motorized artillery systems, infantry fighting vehicles, 122 and 152mm artillery cannons, as well as MLRS “Grad” and trucks with ammunition in the Donetsk and Gorlovka segments of the front.
In the Lugansk segment of the front, soldiers of the LPR army fighters reported the arrival to the contact line of about a company of nationalists wearing the Ukrainian uniforms with “Right Sector» stripes on them.
The OSCE Mission observers noted in their weekly report the lack in the Ukrainian weapons storage sites of about 100 pieces of equipment, including 24 MLRS “Grad”, over 50 122 and 152mm motorized artillery systems and over 10 artillery and anti-tank cannons.
The DPR intelligence sources on the ground also reported another batch of US weapons delivered to Ukraine. On the basis of a technical agreement between the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the command of the US Armed Forces in Europe, in the framework of the program “Partnership for Peace”, a charter flight accompanied by five American soldiers delivered to Lvov, a city in western Ukraine, about 1,000 5.56mm rifles, about 400 sniper rifles, over 500 machine guns and over 150 grenade launchers.
In addition, the DPR military authorities note the sharply increased activity of Kiev’s intelligence by UAVs. Over the past week, 11 Ukrainian drones were detected in the Donetsk and Gorlovka directions.
The OSCE Mission also presented a footage by their drone, confirming the ceasefire violations by both sides in the conflict. Curiously enough, the close-up recording was carried out by the OSCE drone mostly on the DPR territory.
Last week, the former deputy chairman of the Donetsk military and civil administration, governing the Kiev-controlled territory of the Donetsk region, said in an interview with the Ukrainian magazine “Krajina” that only 2% of the population supports the Ukrainian authorities. As for the rest, according to him, they ‘closed up: they work at enterprises, have almost no contact with Ukraine, watch Russian TV and socialize only among themselves’.
In response to the passive resistance of inhabitants of Donbass, the SBU intensifies the policy of terror. Residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya, a Ukraine-controlled town near the front line in the Lugansk region, report that the entire town is plastered with leaflets threatening with prosecution for “separatism”, which includes, in particular, empathy for the LDPR. Under the pretext of checking the information on the buying of votes at the recent local elections, residents of the town are massively summoned to the SBU, after which some of them disappear.
Meanwhile, nationalist units of the Ukrainian army already shell the territory of the Republics right in front of a camera.Polish journalists filmed the documentary “Fascists in trenches” on the positions of the “Azov” regiment in the south of Donbass, where one of the “Azov” radicals tells them that now the Ukrainians are fighting in the east of Ukraine for their nation. Just as they did under the leadership of Bandera in the 40s in the Volyn region where they massacred about 100,000 Poles.
The crew of the Ukrainian “1 + 1” channel visited the Ukrainian positions in the Gorlovka area, in the north of Donbass. In their report, the Ukrainian military say openly that “separatists” do not shell them, while they attack the DPR units daily, moving closer to Gorlovka with each passing day.
There is not a word about the Minsk Agreements in this report.
Two days ago, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine announced the launch of a hotline through which Ukrainians would be able to report information to investigators about people who had taken part in the organization of the referendums held in the DPR and LPR, and their financing.
The law on the amnesty for all those involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, required by the Minsk Agreements, does not exist even in a draft form.
Kiev bills West, demanding payment for war against Russia
The Western owners of the Kiev regime are, in many respects, far from understanding the situation in Ukraine. This stems from the Ukrainian foreign policy and diplomacy.
It was stated by Roman Bessmertny, a «hawk» politician and the former representative of Poroshenko at the Minsk negotiations, in an interview with the Kiev newspaper «Gordon”.
‘Unfortunately, they are fascinated by events that took place in the Balkans. Therefore, in many respects, they are far from understanding the situation in Ukraine. This stems from the Ukrainian foreign policy and diplomacy, which did not bring the real state of affairs at the initial stage of the conflict to an understanding of our partners. A Ukrainian in Donbas can not, pardon me, like an African, dip a finger in ink and put a mark in the bulletin. This is a stupid idea of the Ukrainians as a nation. There can be a tough pay for it,’ Bessmertny threatens the Europeans.
According to Bessmertny, the West is obliged to pay Ukraine and provide for it due to the fact that it is ‘waging a war against Russia’.
‘Naturally, we have a right to expect the whole world, especially Europe and the United States, to help us. To put it simply, it’s time we stopped playing games and persuading our opponents and allies, and very clearly told the world, ‘Pay us for the fact that we are at war with Russia! Otherwise, you will get a problem that you won’t be able to handle,’ the politician threatened again the Western countries.
The Ukrainian «hawk» is dissatisfied with the NATO position either.
‘The Warsaw Summit has shown that they have no answer to this question. I am now interested in the preparation of the program «Ukraine-NATO». If they continue previous talking about nothing, then Ukraine is on its own. We will find ourselves in a situation which Israel is in, ‘he complains.