Friday, 27 June 2014

Speech by Putin to Russian Lawmakers about Crimean Referendum

The Truth About the Odessa Massacre

The murders of anti-Maidan supporters in Odessa on May 2, 2014 is totally misrepresented in Western mainstream mass media. Kyiv-Post, the English daily appallingly biased towards the globalists’ agenda executed by the junta in Kiev, described the cause of the tragedy like this: “The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a […]

Whitebook about Ukraine by MFA Russia

This gives a chronological overview of human rights abuse in Ukraine before during and after the coup in February 2014. For anyone with an interest in the Russian version of events in Ukraine, this Whitebook about human rights violations is a perfect reference book. There are more than 80 […]

Detroit Violating Human Rights by Turning Off Water Taps, UN says

The United Nations has condemned the administration of the US city of Detroit for violating the basic human rights of its citizens by turning off their water taps. On Monday, a coalition of activist groups appealed to the UN’s special…

Ukraine vs. Egypt: Chaos in progress

“Obviously, I was watching the Ukrainian version of the Tahrir Square revolution. Is it a coincidence? Is it only my imagination? … I don’t think so”

The Truth About the Odessa Massacre

The murders of anti-Maidan supporters in Odessa on May 2, 2014 is totally misrepresented in Western mainstream mass media. Kyiv-Post, the English daily appallingly biased towards the globalists’ agenda executed by the junta in Kiev, described the cause of the tragedy like this: “The violence started when an armed group of pro-Russian activists attacked a […]

Poland is Blowing in the Wrong Direction

Poland’s Foreign Minister compares his country’s relationship with USA to a “blowjob without getting paid”. In a taped “over a dinner conversation” with Jacek Rostowski, a former Polish Minister of Finance, Poland’s FM Radoslaw Sikorski allegedly expressed his frustration as … “We will get a conflict with both Russians and Germans, and we’re going to think […]

June 25th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

24th June: First batch of US “Advisors” arrive in Iraq. Most arrive in Baghdad but some have been sent to Kirkuk to try and establish a coordinated intelligence gathering centre in Kirkuk and in Baghdad. The US plans to fly 30-35 reconnaissance missions over Iraq soon. The Iraqi government has agreed to share intelligence with the US. 24th June: Iraqi news sources are reporting on US drones carrying out strikes on Daash positions in Anbar. 25th June: Gunmen have killed three Iranian Security Personnel on patrol along the Iran Iraq border in Kermanshah. 25th June: The Milliyet Turkish Daily states that citizens from the following countries are detected at the Turkish Syrian border: China, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, the United States, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Sudan and Russia 25th June: Iraqi PM Nouri Al Maliki on efforts by the West to supplant him “The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process. The dangerous goals of forming a national emergency government are not hidden. It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.” 25th June: Iran Moves in. According to the New York Times Iran is sending two flights per day of 70 tons each of military supplies. Iran has also set up an intelligence gathering centre and a communications intercepting post in Baghdad. It has also started flying reconnaissance drones over Iraqi airspace. 25th June: Iran has repatriated 88 (some sources claim 130) aircraft, military and transport, that it held for 20 years to Iraq. Qassim Atta the spokesperson of the Iraqi Armed Forces states that these aircraft will now be used to fight Daash. 25th June: Syria carries out airstrikes on rebel positions in Western Iraq. The rebel authorities are reporting civilian casualties. Syria is also reportedly flying drones over Iraqi areas along Syria’s border. The Sunni residents of Western Iraq are protesting these airstrikes. 25th June: Time magazine publishes a piece titled “the End of Iraq.” The future map of Iraq it proposes hands Kirkuk to the Kurds and Baghdad to the Sunnis. The Sunni parts include parts of Syria and the Kurdish future state has both Iraqi and Syrian parts of Kurdistan as one. 25th June: Forty Five Grad and Katyusha rockets are seized west of Basra on the Iraqi Saudi border. 25th June: Iraqi government security forces are digging in around the town of Haditha. The dam and hydro electric power plant there is of strategic importance. The local Al-Jaghafa tribe has pledged support of the government force. The commander of the Iraqi forces in Anbar, Rashid Falih, is confident that his perimeter will hold. 25th June: The US authorities have upped their estimate of Daash fighters in Iraq from 7000 to 10000 and climbing. 25th June: Bernard Kouchner, the French Foreign Minister, states that he will travel to Kurdistan soon to witness the establishing of an independent Kurdish state. 25th June: The United States authorities are more or less confident that the defence of Baghdad against a Daash led assault will hold. 25th June: The Egyptian government stops broadcasting three Iraqi channels, Baghdadiya , al-Rafedain and al-Hadath, after the Iraqi government requests that they be banned for inciting sectarian conflict in Iraq. 25th June: Jordanian truck drivers returning from western Iraq are reporting the absence of Daash militants. They state that Sunni tribes have rebelled against Maliki’s government. They state that locals are generally happy that the government forces have been routed. 25th June: Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) is calling for the prosecution of Shia Militias involved in the killing of Sunni prisoners in Hilla earlier in the week. Sixty nine detainees were killed. 25th June: Iraqi government reports of violence in Iraq on the 25th of June: Inter Rebel clashes in Saida in Diyala. Peshmerga forces witnessing the clashes withdrew in order to let rebels better kill each other. Daash attacks on a Pershmerga base in Baqouba have left 2 Peshmergas dead. Mortar fire has killed two civilians and injured four in Jalawa, Diyala. Five Daash fighters killed in Tikrit. They were killed in government air strikes near Spiker base. This base in Tikrit is where government forces had fled and 1500 had been captured by rebels on the 12th of June. 350 SWAT members were chained and paraded, then locked up. Daash militants have taken 180 civilans hostage from Shiekhan and Kubba villages in Nineveh. They had earlier destroyed two mosques there. 25th June: The brother of Sunni politician Mashaan al-Jobouri has been assassinated in a hotel in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. A silenced pistol was used in his assassination. Mashaan al-Jabouri was in exile in Syria earlier and had fled Iraq in 2006. His TV channel had been critical of the American Forces in 2003 and had been described as inciting sectarian division by the Iraqi government. He later returned to Iraq in 2013 and spoke against Kurdish control of Kirkuk. The Kurds saw this as an effort on his part to curry favor with Maliki. Further reading: The following is a revealing debate on Al Jazeera following Saddam's execution between a Shia Iraqi politician and an Iraqi Sunni politician (Mashaan al Jobouri). The Sunni politician distinguishes between Iraqi Shias and those that are pseudo Iraqi, proxies of Iran and a part of Iran’s “Safavid” project. Transcript of Jobouri’s explanation at the end of the debate after the Shia politician walks out on being called an Iranian dog: “Well, first, if you please, Mr. Faisal allowed me to explain to the audience…. you were unable to bring one national Shiite guest accepts to show himself in this position. Clarify for the Iraqis….. these papers issued by the Interior Ministry, this person [Sadeq al-Musawi] who his name is "Tarek" request of Iraqi nationality in 2004, You know that he entered Qatar as Tariq and not on as Sadeq Al Mousawi, his father and mother living in Iran when recalling his friends, he recalls Ibrahim al-Jaafari and says that the has no family in Iraq. This person is not of an Iraqi citizen, he is part of the Safavid, Iranian project, when I say Shiites I do not mean the sons of Iraq from the Shiites Patriots.”

25.06.2014 Ukrainian crisis news

A Very Complete Analysis by the Saker of the Crisis in Ukraine This is the most complete and, in my opinion, also a very correct analysis of the crisis in Ukraine initiated by the Neocons in the US. I don’t know who this “Saker” really is. But I do know that he knows a lot...

Ukraine SITREP June 24th, 14:33 UTC/Zulu

It appears that the ceasefire has had a bigger impact on the big cities of Lugansk and Donetsk than in the smaller cities on the frontline like Slaviansk or Kramatorsk were combat operations have apparently continued.  Furthermore, as Juan has reported, Ukrainian troops are further being resupplied and reinforced.  The junta's Minister of Defense has officially confirmed that the notorious "Battalion Aidar" death-squad, which had been wiped out by the NDF, was being re-formed and re-trained with new soldiers.  Igor Kolomoiski appears to be the person financing this effort.There are now officially half a million refugees from the ex-Ukraine now in the Rostov-on-the-Don region alone.  400 (not 400'000! sorry - The Saker) refugee centers have now been created in Russia east of the Ural Mountains.  The US ambassador to the UNSC has denied that there is a refugee crisis.  To Uncle Sam half a million refugees are, apparently, invisible, just like the 275'000 Serbian refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo are *still* invisible to the West.The Saker

Georgians as Expendable as White Rats

- There are now scattered reports of biological weapons being tested on citizens of various countries, including Georgia and some Middle Eastern countries.

NEO â€" Ukrainian Elections: EU Membership May be a Mirage

- The Ukraine coup continues to be a zoo, and continued failure will be nothing new. Its Western backers will continue their takeover of another struggling country

Is NATO Marching on Moscow?

 Do we see a small crack in the facade of the western mainstream media regarding the crisis in Ukraine? The article below, by Foreign Policy In Focus columnist Conn Hallinan, was published, not only on FPIF but also on Huffington Post. Even if neither of those media outlets is deeply under the control of the […]

Negative Economic Growth in America: A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?

A final number for real US GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014 was released today. The number is not the 2.6% growth rate predicted by the know-nothing economists in January of this year. The number is a decline …

Protecting the Environment: The Legal Battle over Keystone XL South and Flanagan South Tar Pipelines

On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling that will serve as important precedent for the ongoing federal legal battles over the Keystone XL and Flanagan South tar sands pipelines.…

June 24th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

22nd June: Rouhani's warning to the West and Saudi/Turkey: "feed terrorists by their petrodollars...Rest assured, tomorrow will be your turn. The barbarous terrorists will go after supporters of terrorism in the future." 23rd June: A twitter mobile link to a Daash promotional photo. It compares the corpses of a burnt out Shia Iraqi government soldier and a Daash fighter supposedly at peace after death. The photo: The supporter: 23rd June: A popular Shia banner: The war was intensifying near his sister Zainab (sa) (Her shrine is in Syria). Abbas (as) grabbed the enemies and brought them to Iraq (near his Shrine) *(Abbas, brother of Hussain was fiercely protective of his sister. Shia lore has it that he was unstoppable and Hussain was forced to ask Zainab to stop him from fighting the enemies on several occasions. The proud warrior Abbas used to bend his neck and obey) 23rd June: Hadi Al Amiri, the transport minister of the Iraqi government and the head of the Iran backed Badr Brigade, currently heading the governments offensive, has said "if the Americans do not back us with airstrikes now, we will turn for assistance to Iran." 23rd June: A suicide bomber targets an army checkpoint in a Shia suburb of Beirut. Part of the blast injures football fans at a nearby cafe. 23rd June: Jordan has sent reinforcements to its border with Iraq. Troops, armoured vehicles and rocket artillery pieces were being sent to fortify the Jordanian border. The Jordanians have rubbished claims that their Air Force targeted militant vehicles heading for Amman. Jordan's safest border is now the one it shares with Israel. 24th June: Baiji refinery has fallen to the rebels. The rebels have handed over day to day operations to local tribes. The Government is denying that the refinery has fallen. The number of Government soldiers at the refinery is around 460. The rebels had offered safe passage to the security personnel. The government spokesperson, Qassem Atta, claims that an attack on the 23rd was repulsed. He claims the assault involved 11 vehicles of which 9 were destroyed in air strikes. The militant assault had left three dead. 24th June: An airstrikes carried out by the Iraqi government on Baiji has resulted in civilian casualties. There were 22 fatalities and an additional 12 injured. The fatalities included children between 1 to 5 years of age. June 24th: Reports are now coming in that around 75 security personnel guarding the Baiji refinery have fled. They were given safe passage by rebels and have fled to Iraqi Kurdistan. 24th June: Iraqi Army's aviation wing carries out sustained air strikes against Rebel positions in Tal Afar. Casualties amongst the rebels are expected to be high. Tribal fighters and government security forces had withdrawn from the city without a fight earlier in the week. 24th June: Clashes in Tal Afar are on going. The government's Maj Gen Abu Waleed claims to have taken back the southern part of the city after reorganising his forces. 24th June: Rebels have entered Al-Alam east of Tikrit. The Jabour clan fighting the rebels reached an agreement and has allowed the rebels to enter the town. Umaya Jbara the woman advisor to the governor was killed fighting the rebels. 24th June: The security services, local tribes, and volunteer militias have cleared Al-Atheem of militants. It lies 60 km north of Baqouba. Fighting had been fierce and the government forces were backed by air support. 24th June: Over 4000 families have fled various parts of Diyala and taken refuge in Kurdish controlled Khanaqin. The local authorities are overwhelmed and so is red crescent. 24th June: Riyadh Al Athath the head of the Baghdad provincial government claims that security forces around Baghdad are sufficient to confront Daash and that all necessary precautions have been taken. 24th June: Security forces have taken Al-Atheem in Diyala province but found that almost every house had been professionally booby trapped in anticipation of security personnel. It is now uninhabitable by its 25000 plus refugees who had fled to Kurdistan. 24th June: Vitaly Churkin, the Russian permanent representative to the United Nation has criticised the double standard of Countries that are promoting terrorism in Syria and claiming to fight it in Iraq. The Kremlin announces that Putin and Obama discussed the threat of Daash on Monday. 24th June: John Kerry arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan. He is asking local officials to participate in government formation in Baghdad. Local officials are expected to raise the issue of an independent Kurdistan. 24th June: a third shipment of oil has left Iraqi Kurdistan for Turkey. The Kurds are currently pumping 120000 barrels of oil a day through their pipeline to Turkey. This figure is expected to increase to 400000 barrels by year end. The spice must flow. Further reading: From "read in the name of your lord" to "war for the pleasure of God," something seems to be very wrong with the UK, maybe the girls are not pretty enough: A future dream for Daash. An image doing the rounds on jihadi cell phones, and it's flaws: An American solution, fight Daash in Iraq and Syria, but remove both Maliki and Assad. Elections are irrelevant, a democracy is as America does: An analysis on RT that points the finger at the Jordanians, amongst the other usual suspects: From a Shia crescent to a jihadi crescent for King Abdullah of Jordan: notes: This is the transcript of a conversation between a pilgrim in Najaf and his well-wisher back home. Pilgrim: Salam Well-wisher: Salam, how are you? Pilgrim: We are good, thanks to God Well-wisher: we were worried, we heard of trouble in Najaf. Is everything ok? Pilgrim: They were rumours, things are fine here. Najaf and Karbala are safe, everybody is happy here. There is no fear. Well-wisher: what about other parts of Iraq? We heard of an attack in Samarra. Pilgrim: Yes, there was a rocket attack. The launcher(rocket or shell he means) fell inside the complex. But there was no damage or loss of life. The shrine there is a fortress. Well-wisher: Thank God, we had heard a lot. Well-wisher: We have heard of people volunteering to fight. Sistani has made the call. Does it apply to us? Locals here are volunteering. Are the Marjas safe? Pilgrim: No no, it does not apply to us. It was vajib e kifai, those who have expertise or knowledge of fighting were required. We had gone to register too. But the local officials told us it's not yet required. He said locals know the place and the language. If you are needed a call will be made. If we being here were not allowed, you over there won't be needed. The response to Sistani's call was massive. Every man here has enrolled. Pilgrim: The militants are well trained. The locals here are well trained. The officer here said if we go, we might get killed for no reason. Well-wisher: Was there any trouble in Najaf? We heard of bombs. Pilgrim: Only rumours. Well-wisher: And the rest of Iraq. Pilgrim: There has been trouble in Iraq. The governor of Mosul was a WAHHABI, HE TOOK MONEY AND FLED. But the government is confident of fighting back. End

Combined Igor Strelkov's Briefings, June 25, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb BazovInterview with Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2015 Original: We are able to enunciate the conditions, which, in my opinion, we are prepared to offer [to Ukrainian armed force] and, on the basis of which, we would consider agreeing to a ceasefire, followed by subsequent negotiations concerning some form of a truce. The following are our conditions: First, withdrawal of Ukrainian forces to a distance of at least 10 kilometres from all the cities garrisoned by the Donetsk People’s Republic [“DPR”] and the Lugansk People’s Republic [“LPR”] Militias. Accordingly, all the blockaded settlements and Militia garrisons must be unblocked. Second, cessation of all flights over the territories controlled by DPR and LPR by any and all military aircraft â€" helicopters, airplanes, [whether they are] intelligence-gathering, ground attack or interceptor [aircraft], we do not care. Third, the cessation of any and all artillery shelling, whether directed against settlements or the positions of the Militia. It is only on the basis of these three conditions, and, in the event they are complied with, or, at the very least, taken as a basis for possible negotiations, is the Militia prepared to cease fire. However, there have been no such offers to date from the Ukrainian military, from the Ukrainian command, who, in reality, should be [our conterparts] at any such negotiations. Information from the Militia, June 25, 2014, 01:18Original: Strelkov Info During the last 40 minutes Ukrainian army actively shelled with howitzers the village of Semyonovka, near Slavyansk, and then continued with 30mm and 23mm automatic cannons. Information from Local Residents, June 25, 2015, 1:23 Original: Strelkov Info In Rubezhnoy strong explosions can be heard. Once again they are shelling Privolye from Krasnyanka â€" [so violently] that window glass is shaking. They are hitting the “Kapustin” mine in Lisichansk, using 152mm howitzers. Information from DPR, June 24, 2014, 22:35Original: Strelkov Info Rustam Abdullaev, member of the Supreme Council of DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic], [explained the circumstances] of the armed confrontation in the area of the Donetsk airport: “For the [past] two hours there was a confrontation in the area of the Donetsk airport. Three APCs and a unit of the NazGuard [National Guard] was observed, they left the territory of the airport and it is under our control. The militia suffered no casualties in the course of the skirmish. This [incident] again confirms that there is not and can never be any peace agreement between the Kiev Junta and DPR and LPR.” Note: the video embedded above is the recording of the phone call with Rustam Abdullaev during which he provided this information. The actual statement respecting control over the airport made by him during the call was that the DPR militia controlled part of the airport, not the whole area. Information from Media Agency AnnaNews, June 25, 2014, 11:38Original: Strelkov Info Today at 06:05 in the morning, Ukrainian mercenaries shelled Slavyansk. Artillery strikes continued for 40 minutes, approximately 30 shells were launched at the city. Casualties [are reported] among the civilian population, four people died. Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2015, 11:00Original: On June 24, the anti-aircraft detachment of the militia shot down a military transport helicopter MI-8 in the are of the Karachun Mount. [The helicopter] was transporting a group of high-level SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] officers and special intelligence-gathering equipment. According to the statement from the Ukrainian side, 9 servicemen of the Ukrainian forces died; however, I do not preclude the possibility that either foreign military advisors or the commanding staff of a PMC [Private Military Contractor] were present on board. In the course of the evening and the night, artillery and mortar skirmishes continued in the areas of Slavyansk, Kramatarosk and Seversk. The artillery of the [enemy] punitive forces subjected Semyonovka, Slav-Kurortnyi, the settlement of Khimik, and the district of Artyom to shelling. Destruction resulted. In Semyonovka, the enemy once again used incendiary white phosphorus charges. At dawn on June 25, in response to the night-time shelling, detachments of the militia conducted a mortar strike against a stronghold of the enemy located on the road from Slavyansk to Kramatorsk. The enemy suffered significant losses in manpower. In the course of the night from June 24-25, detachments of the Kramatorsk battalion and of the Konstantinovka company attacked checkpoints of the enemy at Ulyanovka and Oktyabrskoe, which were moved by the enemy toward [Kramatorsk and Konstantinovka] after the declaration of the so-called “ceasefire.” [These detachments] also fired upon the enemy group that was trying to penetrate our positions. As a result of these confrontations, several soldiers of the enemy were wounded; no losses on our side. Statement from the Command of the DPR Militia, June 25, 2014, 11:05Original: The command of the DPR [Donetsk People’s republic] Militia states that it is no inclined calmly to watch the continued concentration of the punitive forces [of the enemy] on the positions intended for starting an assault. The Militia reserves the right to ignore the so-called “ceasefire” and conduct strikes against the enemy wherever it may be convienient. The command of the DPR Militia considers the following conditions to be precedent to any ceasefire negotiations: Immediate removal of blockades [around] all cities and all other settlements where militia units may be based, in conjunction with a relocation of all detachments of the Ukrainian armed forces and all other militarized units to a distance of not less than 10 kilometres away.Relocation of all mechanized armoured units and detachments to the rear.Cessation of any flights of military aviation, including drones, over the territory controlled by the DPR and the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic] Militias.Immediate removal, pursuant to separate agreements, of all garrisons and military bases located on the territory of DPR and LPR. Only if the above-noted preliminary conditions are complied with will the DPR Militia agree to terminate military activity at the front and in the enemy rear and to commence with the Ukrainian armed forces and all other militarized formations negotiations with respect to continuation of ceasefire and exchange of POWs [prisoners of war] and detainees. The command of the DPR Militia expresses hope that the command of the Ukrainian armed forces and all other militarized formations is keenly aware of the impossibility of a military victory over the insurgent people of Donbass and of the need for real steps to be taken to stop further bloodshed. If our proposals are adopted as the base [of discussion], the command of the DPR Militia is prepared to consider counter-offers. Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2015, 12:31Original: Strelkov Info In the course of the night, skirmishes, including with the use of artillery fire, continued in the vicinity of Slavyansk. The enemy continued concentrating forces on its foothold near the village of Krivaya Luka, from which the entire population has been evicted. In the area of Kramatorsk and Konstantinovka, detachments of the Militia attacked the advance checkpoints of the punitive forces, which moved forward on armoured vehicles, in the vicinity of Oktyabrskoye and Ulyanovka. The detachments also repelled an attempts by the intelligence-gathering group [of the enemy] to penetrate into Konstantinovka. The enemy suffered casualties. At dawn, the stronghold of the enemy located on the Slavyansk-Kramatorsk highway was subjected to a combined strike, using artillery, mortars and AGS [Note 1: AGS-17 "Plamya" (216P) automatic grenade launcher]. Concentrations of infantry and light armoured vehicles of the enemy were noted at the checkpoint. The enemy, which was located in a crowded fashion in a small area, suffered significant losses in manpower. Two separate fires were visually observed [at the location]. At 11:00, positions of the enemy near the Kombikormoviy checkpoint were attacked with mortars and small arms. On their part, the Ukies answered with howitzer and mortar fire from Karachun Mount and their other positions. At this time, there are ongoing skirmishes across-the-board. The weather is unsuitable for flying, after yesterday’s rain the ground is moist, and the movement of wheeled vehicles is limited other than on paved roads. It is possible that, in addition to 9 Ukrainian military officers, a group of foreign military advisors or PMC [Private Military Corporation] commanders was present in the helicopter that our fighters shot down yesterday. This information has not been verified, and I cannot vouch for its authenticity. Note 1: The AGS-17 "Plamya" (216P) is a heavy infantry support weapon designed to operate from a tripod or it can be mounted on an installation or vehicle. The AGS-17 fires 30 mm grenades in either direct or indirect fire to provide suppressive and lethal fire support against soft skinned or fortification targets. See Wikipedia and RuWiki. Infromation from Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2014, 14:21Original: Today, an enemy group in the area of Krivaya Luka was subjected to strikes both from the direction of Seversk (by the “Lisa” unit of the battalion of A. Mozgovoi) and from the direction of Nikolayevka (by the Nikolayevka company composed of the personnel of the Slavyansk garrison). A store of ammunition located on one of the heights occupied by the enemy detonated as a result of these mortar strikes, and 3 separate fires could be observed. The infantry and the equipment of the enemy, which were concentrated on starting positions for an assault, and therefore were not entrenched, suffered large losses. There is [now] electricity in Slavyansk, but not in all districts. Almost everywhere, there is no water. We have foodstuffs for now, and even in excess, but distribution is failing. We are conducting an accounting of stocks and will be introducing food cards. Information from Locations, June 25, 2014Original: Strelkov Info As usual, the outskirts of Slavyansk were shelled last night. Lisichansk was also subjected to nighttime shelling. All is calm in Donetsk, there were no cannons and suchlike yesterday, there was a skirmish â€" no need to overstate things. In Slavyansk, another day of “truce” a-la Poroshenko began with artillery strikes. There are killed and wounded among the civilian population. A gas pipeline was damaged. Explosions were heard all day in the Slavyansk area. An explosive device detonated in Antratsit, in a civilian district near Pharmacy No. 68. A 10-month-old child was badly wounded and later passed away in the hospital. In addition to the railway line Debaltsevo-Uglegorsk, the following rail lines were blown up yesterday: Gorlovka-Pantelimonovka, Novobakhmutovka-Gorlkovka and Karavannaya. Statement from the DPR PM, Alexander Borodai, June 25, 2014, 18:50Original: Strelkov Info DPR Prime Minister, Alexander Borodai, confirmed to journalists that DPR is in possession of tanks and howitzers: “Yes, the Militia now has tanks, a fairly substantial number of them. The Ukrainian side is rich with tanks. The armoured vehicles were obtained by the Militia fighters as war trophies. Other than tanks, the Militia fighters have also secured other heavy weapon trophies, such as, for instance, howitzer. Latest Hourly Briefings from LocationsOriginal: Strelkov Info Ukie forces have based artillery systems (which appear to be “Acacias”) and tanks in Varvarovka (near Rubezhnoye), at the abandoned cannery and at the tractor brigade depot. They are placing tents. 17:55 (MSK) â€" In the area of the Kombikormoviy an intense battle is ongoing. In the course of the day, maneuver-centric battles took place across the entire theater of operations. 19:25 (MSK) â€" Howitzer fire is coming from the direction of Ostavki; explosions are heard near Brusino. 19:35 (MSK) â€" Gunfire is heard in the area of the southern side of Krasniy Liman. 19:50 (MSK) â€" Four Hummers have left from the side of Borovenkova, headed to Karachun Mount. 20:20 (MSK) â€" Mercenaries with a strong accent at the Ukie checkpoint near the third Bylbasovka on the way to Cherkasskoye. Fairly polite. In the area of Kombikormoviy, at the Ukie checkpoint, they are harassing people, shooting their legs, those who are driving out [of the area] they call marauders, rob them of their things. They tried to seize the car of one of the passerby â€" only the screams of the female passengers scared the Nazi bastards away. 20:45 (MSK) â€" On the southern side of Krasniy Liman artillery shelling continues. 21:00 (MSK) â€" Several strong explosions and shooting with an AP-30 [Note 1: AP-30 "Plamya-A" (9A800) aircraft(helicopter)-based grenade launcher] heard near Nikolayevka. 21:20 (MSK) â€" Sounds of a propeller aircraft heard in the area of Krasniy Liman, heading toward Yampol. In the village of Vasilyevka (Yasinovatskiy region), one of the “Motor” cooperative’s buildings is burning. Fire was not caused by military activity. Note 1: AP-30 "Plamya-A" (9A800) aircraft-based grenade launcher, an evolution of AGS-17 "Plamya" (216P) intended to be installed on aircraft, specifically - helicopters. See Aviaros.Narod.Ru. Statement from Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2013, 17:30Regarding the Proposed "Medal for Military Valour" Original: Comrades!We have a request: As you know by now, we have been awarding Crosses of St. George. The only difference between these Crosses and the original Cross of St. George version used during the First World War is an engraving and its position [on the Cross]. As of this time, we have created granted approximately 30 of these awards (including several â€" posthumously), Crosses have been issued to a dozen of award holders. However, the Cross of St. George is our highest form of recognition at this time. The personalized knives and pistols are also important, but we need another award of a lower rank than the Cross of St. George (which is issued for services rendered in connection with performing tasks directly on the field of battle), but which would permit us to reward [other] military achievements, including those not associated with an extremely high risk to life. Simply speaking, we consider it necessary to institute an award of a Medal “For Military Valour,” taking, as a starting example, an appropriate USSR medal. Russian Federation does not have claims on this type of award (there is already an approximate equivalent â€" the Suvorov Medal). With a few changes in design, a medal like that would suit us well. I propose that there take place a competition for the layout of the specified medal, to be conducted with a quick turnaround deadline. And, once a layout is confirmed, several hundred of these medals (to begin with) would need to be manufactured. My gratitude, in advance, for all the proposals! I ask that the moderators [of] create a separate forum for this discussion. With respect, Igor


Putin Speaks

On April 17, Putin held his annual televised Q & A session. He did it with ordinary Russians nationwide. He did it for the 12th time. Doing so connects with them.

Evo Morales: “Our Liberation is for the Whole of Humanity”. For a Global Brotherhood Among The People

Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, gave this talk at the summit of the Group of 77 plus China, meeting in Santa Clara, Bolivia, on June 14, 2014. Fifty years ago, great leaders raised the flags of the anticolonial struggle and…

Speech by Putin to Russian Lawmakers about Crimean Referendum

Historical speech by President Putin to Russian lawmakers March 18 2014 about the referendum in Crimea and the acceptance of Crimea into the Russian Federation. I remember being in Moscow listening to the direct transmission of this historical speech by president Putin. Even if I am not Russian, I couldn’t help to feel how this […]


by Gilles-Eric Séralini1*, Emilie Clair1, Robin Mesnage1, Steeve Gress1, Nicolas Defarge1, Manuela Malatesta2, Didier Hennequin3 and Joël Spiroux de Vendômois1 Author Affiliations 1 Institute of Biology, EA 2608 and CRIIGEN and Risk Pole, MRSH-CNRS, Esplanade de la Paix, University of…

Ukrainian Successors to Hitlerite Wehrmacht Rape and Murder in Saurovka

Message from Fyodor Berezin, Igor Strelkov’s Deputy, June 25, 2014, 00:40 Original: Strelkov Info Small Russian Village Saurovka and the Banderovite Abominations There is in Donbass an itty-bitty village â€" Saurovka. It’s right next to the Saur-Mogila Mound memorial. The Ukie army, being a direct successor to Hitlerite Wehrmacht, terribly hates Saur-Mogila, as it is a symbol of Russian valor in the Great Patriotic War. All the time their artillery and mortars lob shells directly at the memorial. But they cannot get any closer. On and around the Mound our fighters lie in wait. However, I am not here to talk about the defence of the memorial or of the [strategic] height. I will talk about the little village of Saurovka. It’s really small. There are only 50 or so houses [in the entire settlement]. One day, the pravoseki [Right Sector militants] came there. NazGuard [National Guard], Azov-2 and Dnepr-2. And then they instilled European values in the village. They cut out[, murdered] all the men. They would cut them alive. They would cut the arms, then the legs. Then the head. They did not cut the women â€" they raped them. And now they continue [to rape them], during the pauses between battles. Doubtlessly, the various fanboys of Europe and the Maidanites will say that these are made-up fairy tales. Nevertheless, all [that I said] is true. So, Messrs. Lyashko and Poroshenko, what was it that you were bleating about? A ceasefire? Something about how we need to disarm? There were no weapons in Saurovka … Take note, chocolate baron, truth is on our side, and, one day, we will come for you. Yes, you, personally! The forested area around Saur-Mogila continues to be replenshished with the fresh dead. The pravoseki are inhuman not only toward the Donbass residents. Even their own they consider nothing but garbage. They don’t bury them properly. They do not care. They throw some earth on them, and the job’s done. The green of the forest [is soaked] with the smell of dead flesh. Sometimes they even leave their guns with the dead. Why care, right? Amreeka sponsors them, they’ll throw something new their way or buy [weapons] from some Poles. They lob cluster shells at our guys. Not made in Ukie-stan. The shrapnel is such that, if it catches you, it will rip you up so that you can’t heal. A few days ago, militia fighters got a woman sniper with an “Utyes” [Note 1: NSV-12.7 “Utyes” machine gun]. Hello Poland! The girl was from there. She had the newest American automatic rifle 12.5mm calibre. We could not use the rifle. The heavy machine gun “Utyes” destroyed the [weapon]. I have a feeling that the Saur-Mogila Mound memorial is again becoming a symbol of Russian valour in the struggle against fascism. A few day ago, the Nazis refused to attack our strategic heigh, and the pravoseki then starting shooting at their own â€" to whip up the attack. But then those [who were fired upon] got upset and started shooting back. Our fighters, looking from above, found this highly entertaining. If only the circus came by more often! However, this circus is not going to last long. Very soon we will push the Ukie-nazis out, from the outskirts of Saur-Mogila as well as from other places. Prepare your white shoes [Note 2].------- Note 1: НСÐ'-12,7 «УтÑ'с» (Индекс Ð"РАУ â€" 6П11) or NSV-12.7 “Utyes” (GRAU Index â€" 6P11) â€" is a Soviet-made 12.7mm large-calibre machine gun, intended for attacks on lightly-armored targets and firepower equipment, infantry personnel of the enemy and air targets. See Wikipedia and RuWiki. Note 2: The reference to "white shoes" is a suggestion to the Ukrainian Nazis to get ready to die, as in "white shoes" that are put on the dead when they are buried.

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June 24th Novorossia News Bulletin by the ANNA news agency


Latest statements from Igor Strelkov (June 22)

COMBINED STRELKOV BRIEFINGS, JUNE 22, 2014 Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Originals: BRIEFING FROM IGOR STRELKOV, June 22, 2014, 12:00 ORIGINAL: As a consequence of the failure by the command of the [Ukrainian] punitive forces to enter into any negotiations with the command of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] militia, militia will not be abiding by the Poroshenko’s unilaterally declared ceasefire. Combat activities against the [Ukrainian] punitive forces will continue until their complete expulsion from the territory of Novorossiya. In the course of the night from June 21-22, relative calm was observed in the vicinity of the cities of Slavyansk, Lisichansk, Seversk, Kramatorsk, Druzhkovka, and Konstantinovka. At approximately 23:00 on June 21, 2013, a skirmish that involved the use of a large-calibre machine gun took place in the area of the fishing farm, on the western outskirts of Slavyansk. At dawn on June 22, detachment of the DPR militia conducted a strike against the advance positions of the enemy on the Karachun Mount, from which positions [the enemy] engaged in mortar strikes against the city. As a result, one machine gun nest and one mortar position were destroyed. Also, during the night, a detachment of the Konstantinovka company of the Kramatorsk battalion attacked an intelligence group of the 24th mechanized brigade of the enemy in the area of the checkpoint near the settlement of Oktyabrskoye. In the course of the battle, 3 servicemen of the Ukrainian army were killed and not fewer than 15 were wounded, 1 truck was hit. On our side, 1 milita fighter was lightly wounded. In the remaining sectors, the units of the DPR militia continued to conduct intelligence-gathering exercises and to reinforce positions. Also, our units continued to replenish their ranks with constantly arriving volunteers. BRIEFING FROM IGOR STRELKOV, June 22, 2014, 15:33 ORIGINAL: The night was relatively calm. An insignificant skirmish took place in the area of the fish farm on the western outskirts of Slavyansk. Exactly at 4:00 in the morning, our anti-aircraft [detachments] fired on the advance mortar position of the enemy on the northern slope of the Karachun Mount, using ZU-23-2 [23 mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannon]. One mortar position and one machine gun nest were destroyed. The enemy did not return fire. The DPR militia does not recognize the ceasefire, which was unilaterally declared by the Ukrainian military without any consultation with us. At night, the saboteur-intelligence group of the Konstantinovka company of the Kramatorsk battalion attacked its equivalent from the 24th mechanized brigade of the enemy in the area of the Oktyabrskoye settlement (to the west of Konstantinovka). As a result of the battle, the enemy lost 3 men killed and no fewer than 15 wounded. As well, a “Ural” truck of the enemy was destroyed. On our side, one fighter received a gunshot wound to the arm. Yesterday, a number of militia fighters that have distinguished themselves were awarded Crosses of St. George of the 4th class, as well as personalized firearms (Stechkin pistols) and personalized knives (battle knives â€" [in this regard,] I take the occasion to once again extend our gratitude to the guys from the “Strelkov Spetsnaz” organization and, personally, to comrade Zmeya, who delivered them to us). Of the fighters known to you, those who received the Crosses and personalized firearms include [militia fighters] Prapor and Motorola â€" [they received the honours] for past and recent battle engagements and meritorious service. Altogether, as of this time, 6 firearms, 5 knives and 10 crosses have been issued (two of them were awarded posthumously). Orders are being prepared for 10 more Crosses and several [personalized] weapon units â€" as recognition for service in the latest engagements. The awarded Crosses were provided gratis by the store “Leib-Shtandard.” Separate thanks for this donation go to Messr. Bushmakov. To distinguish them from the state awards of the Russian Federation, we have engraved on the back of the top beam of the cross “DPR 0.” The awards are preceded by a corresponding presentation and are executed in accordance with a [corollary] order. Those receiving the award are granted a an extract from the issued order and a document corroborating the award. BRIEFING FROM IGOR STRELKOV, June 22, 2014, 17:22 ORIGINAL: At approximately 15:00, we conducted a mortar strike against elevation 190 in the vicinity of Piskunovka, where the enemy had gathered its strike force. The return fire by a mortar batter was suppressed immediately; a number of fires and a significant detonation could be observed at the enemy’s dispositions. Because the enemy had not managed to entrench itself at that location (nor was it going to â€" the group was intended for an assault), we anticipate [enemy] losses. Already after the shelling, an enemy group consisting of 1 tank, 5 “BTR” APCs and 5 trucks with infantry urgently advanced to the north and engaged in a battle in the vicinity of Yampol, again attacking our former checkpoint. Looks like the road has been cut off by our guerillas. BRIEFING FROM IGOR STRELKOV, June 22, 2014, 19:10 ORIGINAL: At approximately 15:00, the enemy again attacked the reconstituted checkpoint of the militia near Yampol, [advancing] with forces consisting of 1 tank, 5 “BTR” APCs and 5 “Ural” trucks with infantry. In the course of the battle, the militia [fighters] were pushed to the forested area to the north of the settlement. On our part, in order to assist the Yampol unit, detachments of the Slavyansk garrison attacked [the enemy] in the vicinity of the Peskunovka settlement, where the enemy had concentrated a strike force intended for [an assault on] Slavyansk. The fact that the enemy continues to contemplate plans of assault against the city is corroborated by the transfer of over 20 tanks, as uncovered by our intelligence, from the northern to the southern shores of the Severskiy Donetsk river. [The transfer was performed] over a pontoon bridge, newly erected in the vicinity of the settlement indicated above. Drones of the enemy are actively [conducting surveillance] over the city of Slavyansk. Deliveries of ammunitions to the [enemy] artillery batteries continue. The enemy has commenced the installation of combination minefields on the northern outskirts of Slavyansk. Landmines have been [buried] in the city graveyard, between the settlements of Severniy and Tselinniy. There are already victims among civilians. The use of uncontrolled [Note: autonomous] landmines in direct proximity with a densely populated city is a warcrime. The militia, for their part, do not employ this method of conducting war. Thus, there have been no signs of a real ceasefire on the part of the Ukrainian [military]. Under the guise of a unilateral truce, the enemy is preparing positions for assaults on Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, as well as Donetsk and Lugansk, where the enemy is concentrating armoured vehicles and equipment.

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June 25th Novorossia News Bulletin by the ANNA news agency



Translated from English by Gleb Bazov (emphasis in red added by me - The Saker) Original: I am categorically opposed to any “cult of personality” which some have started to sculpt out of my persona on various websites with a “patriotic” and “pseudo-patriotic” thematic. Actually, and frankly speaking, it is extremely unpleasant to read things about myself that are obviously devoid of reality. Many of the skills that are attributed to me I do not possess, not to any degree at all, and my “military successes,” for the most part, are explained not by any such “talents,” but by the enemy’s blatant ignorance in military affairs, its passivity and indecision. I will be frank â€" I get absolutely no “rush” either from posters with an “idealized visage” or from fancy phrases like “an iron commander of iron strelkovites.” I can’t stand tarasconades [see note 1 below: "desperate bravados"], and such bravados are bursting through the seams already. Perhaps another, in my place, would have been convinced, but don’t expect it from me. I think of myself with measured skepticism, and I know equally well my accomplishments and my many limitations. I have no intention of engaging in politics in its pure form (I won’t even mention that this is neither the time nor the place for politics) â€" and it is inappropriate to build, on the basis of my fleeting popularity, various “castles in the sky” or far-reaching plans in the genre of “patriotic fantasy”. I especially cringe at the fact that, while a real war is ongoing (it’s irrelevant whether some like this term or not â€" the war is already upon us), my public statements are being used by way of an “ideological bomb,” aimed against the existing government. I have written already, and will repeat again: having taken Crimea, Putin began a revolution from the top. The progress of [this revolution] is very, very difficult, it continues, but with constant vacillations from side to side. But it continues. And if we do not support [this revolution] now, its failure will sweep aside both him and the country. Moreover, during war, mutiny against the Commander-in-Chief is tantamount to a betrayal of the Fatherland. The “way of Guchkov-Milyukov-Lvov et al.,” who, in their own time, also implemented a rebellion in the name of “saving Russia,” led to a result we know well. -------------------------------------------- Note 1: Tarasconism or Tarasconade â€" a Russian-language Gallicism derived from the name of the city of Tarascon in Provence, France, which became famous after the publication of Alphonse Daudet's "Tartarin of Tarascon," the city desperate braggarts. In other words, a tarasconade/tarasconism is a speech by a desperate braggart, alternatively, a desperate bravado.

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Important clarification about the future of this blog

Dear friends,Some of you have expressed concerns that this blog will become "for paying members only" or that comments will be "for registered users only".Let me put those fears to rest:  IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!! :-)This blog will remain 100% free and anonymous commenting will not only be allowed, it will be encouraged.  No need to worry about that.  Donations to this blog will always remain 100% voluntary and optional.One more thing: Amazon giftcard donations:  I received several donations via Amazon yesterday, unfortunately there is no way for me to thank those who have donated except by giving Amazon and the donors my private email address and identity.  So, I want to thank those who have donated here and apologize for not being able to do so in person.I hope that I have reassured those who were worried about that.Kind regards,The Saker

How I will deal with unverifiable stories from now on

Okay, I carefully read all your comments and have come to something of a conclusion.First, almost everything I post in unverified and often unverifiable.  Which compares advantageously with the main stream media which deliberately lies and whose reporter and editors simply don't care about the truth.Second, I really don't feel like singling out one story or source for the typical "this is an unconfirmed report" or the like like the MSM does because typically these caveats are used to cast a doubt on the info itself, or to discredit the source, and all for political ideological reasons.  Besides, this is the Internet and the blogosphere - I never met *any* of my contacts face to face, not one, nor do I personally know any of the people who are helping me with this blog (the French teams, the interpreters, the sobcors, Juan, Mindfriedo, Auslander, etc.).  My personal vetting system is based on the words of Christ "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" (Matt 7:16).  If I find out that somebody deliberately lied or is a untrustworthy source I will simply not post info from that person again and I might even post a correction.Third, I don't buy the "too far" argument.  Wars are horrible and atrocities are the norm, not the exception.  Especially wars waged on the basis of an ideology which de-humanizes the other side.  The Ukrainian Nazis call the Russians "insects" (колорады), "jackets" (ватники) while their leader called Russian subhumans.  And since on top of that, these Banderites are  ideologically a mix of Nazis, Uniat crusaders and rabid xenophobes I see absolutely no reason at all to doubt the story of Berezin.  Does it mean that I trust him?  No.  But I have no reason to dis-trust him either.  I certainly trust him more than I would trust any western newspaper or TV channel.Fourth, in what concerns the credibility of this blog, or me personally, I think that it should not depend on a single or even a few posts.  Everybody can be mislead, and I have a long history of being wrong and I have never pretended otherwise.  I don't claim to be infallible, I only claim to be honest.Fifth, there is a good possibility that Berezin wrote this report with a great deal of pain and distress in his heart, and it is possible that what he says is true.  Who am I to reject it on the basis that it could be false?  His text was an appeal for help, for justice, I could not sit on it and do nothing.Sixth, in my experience all sides lie during a war.  The only exception to this rule is, as far as I know, Hassan Nasrallah.  Many continue to think that a good lie is a smart way to fight the information war.  I disagree, but I know that that notion is out there.  And, just for the record, Putin did say that no Russian troops were involved in the move to liberate Crimea while Strelkov did say that it was men under his command which wiped out the Ukrainian checkpoint even though in both cases there was overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  If I had to rate Putin and Strelkov as sources I would rate Putin as a 'B' and Strelkov as a 'C', which is on par with the very best corporate media.  If there is a Russian Nasrallah out there, I have not met him yet, alas.I guess that if/when I get the new website up I might include some kind of generic warning, but that is the best I can do.  As long as a story sounds credible to me, I will have to post it, even if I cannot verify it (there will be one coming from Sweden in tomorrow's SITREP which is also very interesting, but which I cannot verify.  Still, I will post it). Now if something is clearly wrong, fabricated, or truly non-credible, then I will include some kind of disclaimer (assuming I post it in the first place).I hope that you guys can live with that :-)Kind regards, thanks for the input, The Saker

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Dear friends,I have been asked by Auslander to pass on the following information to the readers of this blog, especially those who have donated money to help Ukrainian refugees.The Saker-------Here is the cost at current exchange rate dollar to ruble and dollar to griven:Housing Per day:7 bed room with in room full bathroom, shower, sink, toilet. per person per day R 455 = $13.00 (New room, TV and kettle for tea water. Includes all needs for bath including towels, soap, wash pads. Includes sheets, blankets and pillows. Communal new washing machine for laundry.)Meals. 3 meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. per person per day R 471 = $13.45(Served in Church cafeteria. Milk, tea, coffee, fruits, salad, soup, potatoes, meat, fish, fresh baked bread depending on meal. Children under 15, all they can eat. Adults, very healthy portions.)Total room and board per person per day. R 926 = $26.45 Cost of evacuation per person including babies in arms. (In Ukrainian Hrivna) G 625 = $52.08With more intensive fighting cost has gone up over 25%.It is possible this cost will go up again. Initial medical and dental examination. We will pay for these.Extra money will be spent per person depending on what personal needs they have, such as clothing, shoes/sandals, simple toys for children, needed medicines, etc. Please do not ask how we get these refugees out or where they are from. We must keep those details secret until after the war. When the fighting is over many of these details will be told. Some will not be public ever. Certain operations concerning evacuation by volunteers, their names, their locations, can not be told. The Nazis have very long memories and no matter how victorious we are some will survive and take their revenge. Please also remember many of these evacuees are arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs. We will, as possible, provide a very few photos of at least some of the evacuees. Photos will be taken at St. Nicholas Church. Many thanks to all,Auslander

Igor Strelkov's Combined Briefings, June 23, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov  Igor Strelkov’s Briefing, June 23, 2014, 12:40 Original: In the course of the night from June 22-23, the enemy continued to build up its forces in the area of the river crossing across Severskiy Donets, near the villages of Krivaya Luka and Ilyichovka. In the village of Krivaya Luka, the punitive squads of the enemy were evicting some of the population from their own homes and forbid the rest to go beyond the limits of their households. Several dozens of “BMD”, “BMDR” and “BTR” armoured vehicles have been concentrated in the village, along with large numbers of infantry. In the area of Ilyichovka, tanks and artillery have arrived. As a result, [the enemy] is near completing the formation of the strike group aimed against Slavyansk and Lisichansk. According to the available information, a guerilla unit attacked a column of enemy APCs [Armoured Personnel Carriers] at the border of the Kharkov and Donetsk oblasts, to the north of the Dolina settlement. In the course of a brief battle, two APCs were hit. Despite the high level of training demonstrated by the by the enemy soldier, the guerillas were able to escape encirclement and leave without losses. Igor Strelkov’s Short Briefing, June 23, 2014, 13:24 Original: Last night, our separate guerilla unit attacked the enemy in the area of the Dolina settlement. Two APCs were hit using grenade launchers, and, through automatic weapons’ fire, losses were inflicted on the paratrooper spetsnaz [travelling] atop the armoured [vehicle]. Despite the desperate attempts by the enemy (which demonstrate resilience uncharacteristic to common Ukie infantry) to overtake and destroy [our] squad, the unit was able to leave without any losses. Apart from the two above-mentioned APCs, this brave unit also claimed one “BMP” armoured vehicle (hit at a checkpoint near the Yatskoye settlement), one “Ural” truck (destroyed in an ambush) and one Hummer (blown up with a landmine on the same highway). The enemy continues to concentrate its forces in the region of Krivaya Luka â€" Ilyichevka. The columns of the enemy engage in continuous maneuvers, in an attempt to conceal the transfer here of equipment and men intended for an attack either in the direction of Slavyansk or of Severesk-Lisichansk (or against both targets â€" the force is sufficient). “Fresh” Su-25 ground attack craft and FAB-500SH bombs have arrived at the Mariupol airport. Apparently, these are intended for the “ultimate pacification” of Donbass which to follow June 27th. Around Slavyansk (on the western and northern directions, from which, apparently, there will be no decisive attack) the enemy has installed sweeping combination minefields, made up of uncontrolled antipersonnel landmines of various modification (primarily OZM-72). There are already casualties among the locals.Igor Strelkov’s Report, June 23, 2014, 13:30Original: I am confirming the delivery to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk of cargo from the Social Movement “The Battle for Donbass” and from an internet publication “Angry Russians”: - heat imagers Pulsar HD38S â€" 10 items (together with external power sources EPS3 â€" 10 items) - binoculars Pulsar Expert LRF 8x40 â€" 10 items - sniper suits Wood Ghillie â€" 6 items- radio headsets â€" 27 items - various backpacks â€" 3 items - facial makeup, coloured, ACU/ABU for snipers â€" 2 items - sleeping carpets for snipers â€" 8 items- steel helmets, made in the USSR â€" 200 items - camouflage suites “Berezka” â€" 200 items - automatic rifle magazines â€" 500 itemsFrom myself and from the name of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] Militia â€" our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude! As well, the shipment and the delivery of the cargo was effected by “Strelkov’s Spetsnaz” (and, personally, Comrade Zmey). Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 23, 2014, 17:21Original: Strelkov Info An artillery exchange took place today in the area of Staraya Krasnyanka (between Rubzhnoye and Kremennaya). On one side, there were the mortar units of Mozgovoi, and on the other â€" the Ukie artillery. We sustained no losses, the casualties of the enemy are being confirmed. All other fronts remained calm. The enemy froze. Both sides continue intensively entrenching positions and preparing for future battles. Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 23, 2014, 19:28Original: Strelkov Info Q: Igor Ivanovich, I understand that are keeping to Kutuzov’s approach. Isn’t it time to start acting like Zhukov? A: Are you talking about the tactic he used at Rzhev, where hundreds of thousands of our soldiers perished in 1942? Sorry, but we cannot boast the same manpower reserves! Q: Igor Ivanovich, how do you think the negotiations, currently ongoing in Donetsk, will end? No result, as usual? A: I don’t know. I am waiting for information. We will not capitulate. Nor will they: they have painted themselves into a corner by blatantly lying and are entrapped (just like Goebbels) by their own propaganda â€" stopping the war now will mean that they have to face a new “Maidan,” and then it’s unlikely that they will retain power. In other words, they face a classic “zugzwang” â€" any move will makes their positions worse and leads to defeat. The problem for them is that it’s their turn … I hope that our diplomats understand this. Except, of course, Zurabov â€" that one is a real “braniac” … he could do everything strictly in reverse.

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On the Issue of Berezin's Account of the Ukrainian Rape and Murder in the Village of Saurovka (and on the matter of the response by some readers of the Vineyard of the Saker Blog thereto) by Gleb Bazov First, apologies for the mayhem caused - it certainly was sufficient to provoke two response notes from you. And, for a good reason. My own initial reaction to Berezin's "essay" (damn the [reader] who called it that - the fact that the man is a published writer and can put two words together on paper (and so can his translator) should not count to his detriment or deter from his voice; on the contrary, the effect of an exploding bomb is caused precisely by the effectiveness of conveying such information in a compelling manner) was utter stupefaction. I waited some time before publishing it. In the end I decided that I would not forgive myself for not publicizing his words simply because the story sounded too horrific (to be true? - no, not at all, too horrific not to be censored as false by a human mind, like mine, so used to self-censorship as a means of survival in a society that abhors non-mainstream accounts and points of view and denigrates (I am using that purposefully) them in order to silence dissent). I could go on for some time, with reference to post-modern, systems analysis and continentalist philosophers on the flaws of our social organization and expression models, but the point is self-evident without that kind of verboseness. Let us put it this way: Berezin is Strelkov's deputy. He spent some time in Slavyansk, and it was there that Strelkov chose him to act in his stead in Donetsk, at the seat of the DPR government. Inasmuch as I know Strelkov and his character by now (his harsh, but fair, decision to execute two kidnappers among the militia, the type of men he has surrounded himself with, to wit, Motorola, and the impossible success of his rag-tag coalition of patriots in Slavyansk, all being prime reference sources for my opinion of Strelkov), I doubt sincerely that he would have chosen a man (I mean Berezin) who did not conform to the highest standards Strelkov expects of himself. Strelkov may be wrong, he probably often is, but he is nothing if not a man of the highest calibre. He admits his errors freely, rejects platitudes and undeserved praise, and insists that his talents, which have been sufficient to hold off over 10,000 Ukrainian troops, not be aggrandized (see his earlier statement I translated). Above all, Strelkov is a military man, who understand the importance of building a winning cadre. And, as such, in choosing a man to act in his stead (and I must emphasize - his deputy, not a mere common soldier), Strelkov would likely have selected someone who also matches these characteristics. Now, all that is supposition. Strelkov could well have made a mistake. And, I am sure, that, in many ways, he would have preferred Berezin to be more active and help Slavyansk beyond the meagre assistance they are currently receiving. But was he wrong about Berezin's moral qualities? Did he choose a man who would lie, and lie in a way that Strelkov would obviously never permit himself (do I need to refer to the body of tempered, measured reports, cautious and conservative, that we have to date received from Strelkov?). What is more important, in that regard, is to consider how Berezin has behaved to date. Will any of the skeptical readers of the Vineyard of the Saker blog please count the number of times that I have translated Berezin's statements or, in fact, simply the number of times he has made statements so far? I wish he made them more often. Statements by a writer, like Berezin, are enjoyable to translate. And, yet, I can recall only 3-4 statements in total (including the one that he just made, after midnight on June 26, 2014) that were made by Berezin to date. What does this suggest to a keen observer of the various sources that talk for the DPR government? That Berezin is, perhaps, the most laconic and sparing with words of them all. All of his statements have been brief, he has not (that I remember) given any interviews (unlike Strelkov, for instance, who gives them sometimes twice a day) and he has been largely in the shadow of the events that have been unfolding elsewhere. Berezin is performing a crucial function - organizing the affairs of the emerging DPR army in the area, arranging supply lines, training recruits, structuring the military organization. Unlike Strelkov, Berezin has his hand on the pulse of the entire organization - which is why he can talk about what is happening not just in Slavyansk, but elsewhere. No wonder then, that he gets reports from Militia fighters at the Saur-Mogila memorial. And, after what I am sure was very careful consideration (I heard rumours of these atrocities some time ago), Berezin decided that one of his few statements to date will be made on the subject of these crimes. If he had been shooting his mouth off, and made nonsensical claims left, right and centre, it is highly unlikely that you would have seen the translation I provided (for the same reason as, for instance, I filter out from my translations all the loud-mouth verbiage coming from Pavel Gubarev these days). Some of The Vineyard of the Saker readers, who follow this war from the standpoint of a "silver platter" do not seem to understand the filtering that goes on and the reasons why a specific translation may be done, while another text will be ignored. I would recommend that they engage in the similar amount of research that you and I do, before making claims as to what is possible or not. Odessa, the Kiev Trade Unions House, the murder of a Polish Holocaust historian in Lvov, the massacre in Mariupol, the use of prohibited flechette and incendiary white phosphorus ammunition in Slavyansk would be good starting points (among many other such examples). Women in Odessa were first raped, then butchered, then burned alive to ensure they would not be identified. There are rooms in the Trade Unions House that were cemented right after the massacre. No one alive, other than the Nazi murderers and the collaborationist police, has ever seen the basement of the building - even though every report by a survivor that I have seen (and I have read and seen close to 20 so far) points to the fact that they barely escaped being dragged down into the basement, where most others were taken and killed. And, as The Saker has correctly pointed out (see here and here) this was in front of multiple video cameras and hundreds of witnesses. Nineteen of the survivors have since been murdered. Others are hiding wherever they can. As for the kind readers of the Vineyard of the Saker blog that suggest that "essays" should be accompanied by photographs and videos, I suggest they make a trip to Saurovka. Apparently, they expect the vastly outnumbered Militia fighters, who barely hold on to the strategic Saur-Mogila height, dug in, often without provisions and a change of clothes, to make a trip to the stronghold of the enemy in the region, their encampment in Saurovka, and watch (and tape) the rape that goes on. I am not sure how this could be done. Perhaps I am too feeble-minded. (I won't even address the disbelief at a Polish female sniper with an American rifle - really? And this disbelief comes after Bolotov took prisoner and showcased to the world a Ukrainian female ranking officer, a helicopter pilot who was correcting the enemy artillery shelling and was likely involved in the murder of the Russian journalists?) As for how does Berezin know all that has been happening in Saurovka? Well, I will do my best to find that out. However, it is really simple - the Militia has intelligence-gathering groups that go out to scope out enemy positions, for one. Second, I am sure they can see well, from the height of the Saur-Mogila memorial, that the NazGuard have adopted Saurovka as their quarters. Finally, let's consider this: one day, the phones don't answer in Saurovka - why are they silent? Another day, a Militia fighter finds a woman that was raped, killed and thrown to the side. Perhaps someone managed to escape and joined the militia. And, perhaps, they can observe some of what goes on from up above. All this is supposition, without a direct answer from Berezin, but to those who dismiss his "essay" out of hand, I will only say this: once upon a time, when the Soviet troops became the first to witness the horrors of the Holocaust, they were still disbelieved, until photographic evidence emerged. Were the Soviet soldiers right or were the people who demanded photographic evidence, because their socialized minds, much like mine, refused to believe that such atrocities could be possible? We will, someday, find out the full account of the Ukrainian societal collapse, and Saurovka will be just the tip of the iceberg. Kind regards,Gleb BazovPS. Sorry for the lengthy rant. I did not intend it, but it all came out.

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22nd June: Umaya Naji Jbara, the advisor to the governor of Tikrit was killed by a Daash sniper. She was holding a RPG at the time of death and had killed three fighters of Daash before she was martyred. 25th June: The airstrikes carried out on rebel positions around the town of Qaim were by the Syrian air force. Nouri al Maliki in an interview to the BBC stated that even though the air strikes were not requested by his government, but they were welcome. The Iraqi had first claimed that US drones had carried out the strikes, which the latter had denied. 25th June: The Iranian foreign Ministry has denied that General Qassem Soleimani is in Iraq. The Iranians insist that Iraq has not asked for assistance, when it does, they will consider the request. 25th June: Daash, or if people prefer to call them a coalition of Sunni Muslim Iraqi tribes, have burnt 11 churches, and destroyed/desecrated the grave of Prophet Yunus(Jonah[as]) and the grave of prophet Shayth (Seth[as]) in Mosul. There is a twitter photograph of a Daash fighter taking a sledge hammer to the grave of Prophet Yunus (as)., 26th June: Kerry has warned other nations from meddling. (Pot calling the Kettle black) 26thJune: Iran is reportedly shelling the positions of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, PJAK, inside Iraq. 26th June: A fresh offensive by Daash against Christian villages in the north has seen villagers fleeing to Kurdish areas for refuge. 26th June: Shia refuges from the village of Tuz Khurmato and Bashir outside of Kirkuk who had fled to Kurdish areas for protection are describing a massacre by Daash. The Kirkuk deputy police chief, Gen. Turhan Abdel-Rahman, has confirmation of 40 bodies shot at point blank range from three villages. More bodies remain in Bashir. Peshmerga snipers cover the village to check the advance of Daash. Those killed were Turkoman Shias. A Shia man has narrated how his father, a septuagenarian, was gunned down by Daash. He now says, with tears in his eyes, that he will kill the militants with his bare hands. 26th June: The weapons that Iran is airlifting to Baghdad include rockets, heavy machine guns and multiple rocket launchers. 26th June: The former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq and Kurdish politician, Barham Salih, “We need to empower the moderate Sunnis to take on Isis”. 26th June: Moqtada Al Sadr from Najaf “We will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism.” Sadr had been critical of Maliki seeking a third term. He has asked for the formation of a unity government that includes Sunnis. Sadr has been critical of allowing American “advisors” back into Iraq. 26th June: The Iraqis are reorganizing the armed forces. 26th June: John Kerry is expected to visit Saudi Arabia. 26th June: William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, is in Baghdad for talks. He will be travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan to meet Kurdish leaders too. 26th June: Iyad Allawi, Former Prime Minister of Iraq and head of the United Coalition that is also a part of the ruling United Alliance, has been meeting, Kurdish, Arab Sunni, and Iraqi leaders to find a solution for Iraq’s future. 26th June: A Saudi suicide bomber blew himself up in a hotel in Beirut when Security Services were raiding it. They were acting on intelligence and were trying to apprehend a terrorist cell. 26th June: Members of the National Alliance, which includes Maliki’s coalition, have met in Baghdad to discuss future government formation. Maliki is insisting on being made Prime Minister for a third term. 26th June: The government has repelled another assault on Samarra. Six Daash militants were killed and weapons including a sniper rifle seized. 26th June: Daash just got richer. Daash militants have robbed a Government bank in Central Baghdad of 6 billion Iraqi Dinars equivalent to 6 million USD. For a militia with sublime aims, they sure know how to rob banks. 26th June: Violence reported from different parts of Iraq: The government security forces are claiming to have killed a Daash commander north of Tikrit with the aid of air support. Qassim Atta (spokesperson of the Iraqi Army) has announced the killing of 22 Daash fighters and the destruction of 8 vehicles by the Security Services in Anbar province. A car bomb explodes in Kirkuk. Kurdish security personnel and local police tried to clear the crowd in anticipation of a follow up attack. A man being beaten by the locals is arrested and taken away. Mortar attacks on the Shia suburb of Mahmoudiya in Baghdad have resulted in 58 fatalities. A shop selling alcohol is attacked in Eastern Baghdad by unidentified gunmen. Five people are reported dead. Tribal fighters have killed 7 Daash fighters north of Baqouba, Diyala. Iraqi army helicopters bomb Saddam’s palace in Tikrit. Further reading: These are two articles by Bhadrakumar, in the first one he talks about Iran snubbing the Americans on cooperation in Iraq, and in the other, he talks of possible cooperation. Somebody had posted the first link when I had mentioned possible cooperation in an earlier SITREP. Nothing seems constant in Iraq’s shifting sands. An old article by Seymour Hersh that touches on US and Israeli support of anti Iranian Kurdish groups: An anti Daash page A Short Analysis: If I were an Iraqi Shia: I would want to have Sunnis on board, Kurds on Board, but since the majority is Shia, Shias on top. I would want federalism as opposed to autonomy. Seeing that my shrines are in danger, I would arm against Daash. If I were an Iraqi Sunni: I would want what the Kurds have, autonomy from any Shia government, share in the pie. A nationalist government at the centre. Seeing that none of this is possible, I would not fight against Daash. If I were a Kurdish Iraqi: Autonomy to continue if not independence. The government in the centre to fight with Daash, it is a mess they created. A greater Kurdish region or at least borders where my people can move freely. I would be forced to arm myself against Daash. If I were an Iraqi Christian: There is no region I can go to. An urban people spread out with Daash as crazy and the rest uninterested. Might as well leave for my children’s sake. Now these are the only people who should actually matter. But the pressure from without will make Iraq look like the Lebanese civil war on a country scale. The Iraqi army is being reorganized. What this probably means that it is becoming a Shia army. The Shia leadership won’t trust Sunni officers after Mosul. Maybe what they can aim for is for Sunni cities to have a Sunni police force even if the army goes all Shia. The cooperation between the United States and Iraq/Iran is bound to fail. 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This is how I concluded the June 20th SITREP (entitled "Slaviansk encircled")Again, we have a situation in which Poroshenko or, should I say, Poroshenko's puppeteers in Washington, are absolutely determined to achieve either one of the following goals: 1) To extend Banderastan all the way to the Russian border 2) To force Russia to openly intervene militarily in the Donbass This is a winning strategy because Kiev has the means to achieve at least one of these goals and Putin does not have a third option. The Kremlin's preferred solution - to have Novorossia successfully resist the Ukie aggression - does not seem to be achievable, at least not if the Kremlin does not take dramatic action to change the dynamic on the ground.In fact, I had predicted that Putin would be forced to send in the Russian military not only to avoid a real genocide of the population of Novorossia, but even a "symbolic disaster" like the fall of Slavniansk because the fall of this now symbolic city would be a political disaster for Putin.Over the next couple of days (June 21st-23rd) my feeling that an intervention was imminent only grew stronger.  This is what I wrote in a private email to a contact in the Ukraine:A lot of my time is spent scanning the Russian RuNet (official and social) media to get a sense of what is happening. I can say categorically that I sense that something is changing: I think that even though Putin is not making any loud statements about it, the complete farce of Poroshenko's "ceasefire" and "peace plan" has really pissed off the Kremlin and the near-to-the-Kremlin elites who now have switched from a "wait and see and hope for the best" to a "okay, you wanna fuck, let's fuck" mode. For one thing I get the sense that a decision has been made not to allow a genocide in Novorossia. My sense is that the only decision left to fine tune is how, but my guess is that help across the border (in goods and money) will go through the roof. I also hear that the number of volunteers is going sharply up. The key thing is that I also get the feeling that the Ukies are maxed out and that they are having major supplies issues. So it is "just" a matter of us moving resources in fast enough to allow the "thin" Novorussian resistance to hold until the Ukie side begins to crumble. Poroshenko, who before did have some street-cred as "the one who does not have blood on his hands", is now universally despised. And Gazprom is fed up too. All this is to say that I would not be surprised to see an increase of very polite Russians in Lugansk and Donetsk.Of course, I was referring to a "thinly covert" kind of intervention, not an overt military one, but the difference between the two is really academic.  Besides, one often leads to the other anyway.  My local contact, by the way, agreed and confirmed something was definitely changing for the better (sorry, I cannot go into specifics).So the visible sequence over the past week has been the following one:First, Kiev "offered" a "peace plan" which was an ultimatum.Then, the junta launched a full-scale Ukie assault on Novorossia.At this point the situation became truly critical and Slaviansk was encircled.The public mood in Russia became one of extreme rage and frustration.Then it became clear that the Resistance had inflicted huge losses on the Ukies especially in the Lugansk region and the Karachun hill.Putin ordered troops to the border and military exercises involving Airborne forcesConsultations began between an ad-hoc group and Novorissian authoritiesNovorossian authorities accepted a temporary the ceasefirePutin asked the Federation Council to repeat the authorization to use the military to protect the Russian-speakers in the UkraineTo this visible sequence of events I want to add two very important points:First, concerning point 5 (Ukie losses): not only did I get plenty of unverifiable reports that the Ukrainian losses were truly huge, but there are confirmed reports of entire Ukie border guard units fleeing to Russia to seek refuge and 400 soldiers of the Ukrainian Airborne Troops collectively resigning.  As for Slaviansk, to the utter amazement of Strelkov who had expected a final assault, the Ukies withdrew.  Strange no?Second, there is a rather interesting opposition figure in Russia named Sergei Mironov who is the Chairman of the Federation Council and the President of the Just Russia Party (which I would describe as the only real opposition party in the Duma and whose orientation I would call "Left of Putin Social-Democratic").  It so happens that Mironov was on the forefront on the Crimean issue for which Uncle Sam "thanked him" by including him in the list of blacklisted Russian politicians.  Let's just say that on the Ukrainian issue Mironov did some very good work and that he gained a lot of political weight.  Well, two days ago Mironov got so outraged by the situation in Novorossia that he announced on a talkshow on Russian TV that Russia should consider recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics which, as he said, would allow Russia to pour in as much money, weapons or even military forces as needed without having to consult with any third party.  Keep this idea in mind, as it is very important for the rest of this analysis.True, at the same time, Oleg Tsarev - the de-facto political leader of Novorussia - had set out seven pre-conditions (including full withdrawal and even compensation!) for any negotiations with Kiev, none of which had any chance to be accepted by the Ukie junta, just as Poroshenko's ultimatum aka "peace plan" had zero chance of being accepted in Novorussia.  So the political deadlock was apparently total. Alexander BorodaiConnecting all the dots I would say that there were a lot of very dark clouds on the eastern horizon and that a thunderstorm was imminent.  Sure, there were these rather bizarre 'consultations' taking place, but I doubt that anybody could have predicted that they would result in the Novorussian side agreeing to a ceasefire.  And yet this is exactly what Alexander Borodai, the Prime-Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic announced.Now whether Borodai is a high-ranking FSB officer or not, it is quite clear that he could not have taken such a decision without consulting both with Strelkov and the other military commanders and with his contacts in Moscow (wherever they might be).  Clearly, a strategy developed at the top Russian levels is now being implemented.  Let's try to make sense of it.Possible interpretationsFirst, I want to deal with the obvious one or, should I say, the obviously mistaken one.  It can be summarized with the not-too-sophisticated slogan "Putin is backstabbing Novorossia" or, alternatively, "the NWO has bought Putin off".  I suppose that "the US nuclear blackmail of Russia has forced Putin to surrender" should also be dealt with here.  For one thing, Smolenskaia street is not Foggy Bottom or an undergrad sorority, were decisions are made and reversed in less than 24 hours and were the latest fad sets the agenda.  Putin did not spent the past 14 years freeing Russian from the AngloZionist control while directly opposing key US foreign policy goals just to be "bought off" and commit political suicide.  As for the nuclear war canard, I have already dealt with it recently (see here and here) and I have no intention of repeating it all.  I will therefore limit my analyses to credible options:Russia has concluded that the Ukrainians simply do not have the means to take over and ethnically/politically cleanse Novorussia and that covert aid is enough to secure the future survival of Novorussia.The EU and Russia have successfully bought Poroshenko away from US supervision and are now trying to take control of the situation.Russia is trying to offer the most symbolic concessions in preparation for an inevitable breakdown of the negotiations and a subsequent Russian intervention.Russia is buying time, just enough to have the Ukie economy collapse and the resulting social explosion to overwhelm the junta.Russia is offering a symbolic concession which more or less guarantees that the Europeans will not have to crash their own economy in further US-demanded sanctions.Of those options which is the best?  In my opinion the most credible one is the one which combines them all: I think that they are all true.First, let's make one thing clear: the latest Russian move is purely symbolic as was the Russian Federation Council's initial decision to "authorize" Putin to use the Russian military if needed in the Ukraine.  Putin is the commander in chief and he can order any use of the military he wants, and nobody will challenge that, much less so in the  Russian Duma.  Furthermore, covert actions being, by definition, covert - they do not require anybody's approval, even formally.  Second, just one Ukie attack on a Russian border post (even a mistaken one and even a  failed one) are enough of a legal reason to invoke "self-defense" and I remind you that several such attacks have occurred last week.  Third, since Poroshenko has openly declared that Crimea will forever remain Ukrainian and since Iarosh even promised to start a guerrilla in Crimea, Russia can always invoke "preemptive action".  Finally, and this is crucial, Putin can do exactly Mironov advocates: recognize the Novorussian republics (he does not have to have Duma backing for that) and then move in whatever forces he wants. So even formally, the latest Russian move is 100% symbolic.Second, to understand what just has happened we need to look at it not only from a Russian, Novorussian or Ukie point of view, but also from the point of view of Uncle Sam.  As a reminder, what where the US goals in the Ukraine: (in no particular order)Sever the ties between Russia and the UkrainePut a russophobic NATO puppet regime in power in KievBoot the Russians out of CrimeaTurn Crimea into a unsinkable US/NATO aircraft carrierCreate a Cold War v2 in EuropeFurther devastate the EU economiesSecure the EU's status as "US protectorate/colony"Castrate once and for all EU foreign policiesPolitically isolate RussiaMaintain the worldwide dominance of the US dollarJustify huge military/security budgetsI have color-coded objectives these objectives into the following categories:Achieved - black Still possible - too early to call - blueCompromised - pinkFailed - redCurrent "score card": 1 "achieved", 5 "possible, 2 "compromised" and 3 "failed".This is already a very mediocre result for a power which fancies itself as a superpower, nevermind an indispensable nation or  world hegemon.  But the point I want to make here is this: seen in the context of these AngloZionist strategic objectives, is the latest Russian move a good or a bad thing?  I would argue that at the very least, it further compromises several already immediately threatens several US goals (1,5,8) and potentially complicates others (6,7,8).  Not bad at all, if you ask me, especially for a purely symbolic move!It ain't over, not by a long shotI have to immediately warn everybody that this one is far from over.  For one thing, we should never under-estimate the power of the AngloZionist Empire who, just to make an example, has just slapped a 9 billion dollar fine on France for refusing to cancel the Mistral contract (well, officially, for not abiding by US sanctions on Somalia, Iran and Cuba).  Second, the US has a long and distinguished history of sabotaging peace plans (I think of Bosnia, for example).   Third, a ceasefire is much easier to break than to maintain.  And, finally, there are now literally tens of thousands of crazed neo-Nazi thugs running around free in the Ukraine and there is quite literally nobody out there who could reign them in, nevermind disarm them: one could make a very reasonable argument that Kolomoiski has much more power than Poroshenko.  Sad, scary, but true.I have to agree with several Russian analysts who have recently warned that we are in this conflict for the long run and that it would be the height of irresponsibility to assume that now it's all over and all is well.  For one thing, the Banderastani part of the Ukraine is guaranteed to explode before the end of the year (Russia will shield Novorussia from this explosion by direct aid and economic ties).  Finally,  the information war will now only heat up even if the purely military aspects *might* become less central.In personal and practical terms this means for me that even if a ceasefire becomes more or less permanent (and that is far from being even probable, at least as this point), I will continue to maintain, as best I can, this blog in a "crisis" mode with a 24/7 focus on what is taking place in the Ukraine.  I would even argue that if, and that is a big "if", the ceasefire holds, then the really complicated phase will begin with incredibly complex multi-actor negotiations over the future not only of Novorussia but even the future of the rest of the Ukraine.  After all, a ceasefire in the East does not mean that Banderastan has suddenly become viable or that the people in Odessa or Mariupol have suddenly agreed to live under a neo-Nazi regime.  All this ceasefire *might* indicate that that this is *possibly* the end of the very first phase of the Ukrainian crisis and that Novorussia *might* have withstood the junta's attempt at crushing it (please note the triple conditional clauses!).One more thing: while I have offered possible interpretations, this situation is, by definition, too early too call.  I urge you call to show the highest degree of skepticism towards any "analyses" filled with categorical statements because it is simply undeniable that while we can speculate about what reasons Putin has for his decisions, we don't really know that at all.  As Rumsfeld once said, "as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know".There are simply too many "unknown unknowns" in the current situation to make any kind of categorical - nevemind final - judgements.The Saker PS: I wrote the above two hours in one shot and just before runing out to work.  Please forgive the bad style and typos.


Thanks a lot to "L" for locating this most important video!  The Saker[youtube]

June 23rd IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

20th June: Putin confirmed Russia's complete support for the efforts of the Iraqi government to speedily liberate the territory of the republic from terrorists. 20th June: Thirty Shia militiamen are killed in Muqdadiyah, a town north east of Baghdad. The town lies on the main approach to Baqouba in Diyala province. The militants attacking the town were repulsed. 22nd June: The leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has opposed any US intervention in Iraq: “The US is displeased with the current process of election with the people's high turnout and election of people's choices because the US intends to dominate Iraq and bring to power those who OBEY it.” 22ndJune: An advisor to Moqtada As Sadr claims that any US “advisors” sent to Iraq will be seen as occupiers and legitimate targets. 23rd June: Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, meets with politicians in Baghdad. Maliki tells him that the current crisis: “represents a threat not only to Iraq but to regional and international peace,” not to mention oil prices. 23rd June: Kuwait denies the withdrawal of its ambassador from Iraq. 23rd: The fate of Tal Afar is not clear. All indications are that its airport and the city itself have fallen to the rebels. However, the spokesman for Iraqi Army Qassim Atta claims that the army is still fighting for control of the town. 23rd June: Daash has sent an ultimatum to the residents of Sinjar district to hand over Abu Walid, the Iraqi Major General who was spearheading resistance in Tal Afar before his forces withdrew. The Major General had withdrawn along with his coterie of bodyguards. 23rd June: Tribal leaders from both Shia and Sunni tribes from Tal Afar have sent a delegation to Erbil. They are asking the Kurdish authorities to include Tal Afar in Iraqi Kurdistan. 23rd June: Hugh Evans, the British Council in Iraqi Kurdistan, has allegedly stated that “he hopes to see the Republic of Kurdistan soon.” This was during celebrations organized to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. He also asked Kurdish authorities to work with the authorities in Baghdad, praised the Kurds for taking in refugees from other parts, and highlighted his government’s aid of 8 million USD. 23rd June: Clashes have now broken out in Salahuddin province between Daash fighters and those loyal to the Islamic Army. The clashes were over allegiance that Daash was insisting on from all groups fighting with/under it. Five militants are reported killed. 23rd June: The head of the Al-Abeed tribe in Iraq, Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, has refused to pay allegiance to Dassh. His home was attacked, property looted and life threatened. He has been shifted to Sulaymaniyah by the governor of Kirkuk. 23rd June: Iraqis in Australia have attended a rally denouncing Daash and its appeal. Abu Yahya ash Shami, the Daash militant from Australia had stated in his video appeal “Hello my brothers in Australia. This is the message I want to send to you. From a Muslim brother’s heart to another brother’s heart. Look and see and wake up and understand why this happening. Wake up. Wake up and be part of this effort.” Australia has decided to deport any citizen having relations with Daash. 23rd: Baiji refinery is still under government control. However, it has fewer than 300 security personnel defending it. Siege by militants is ongoing. 23rd: Dash has taken 57 families hostage in the north east of Baiji. The families, consisting of women, children, and the elderly were fleeing Al Alam sub district for the town of Hawija. Daash has warned the Al Alam district to surrender or it will execute the hostages and dump them in the Tigris River. 23rd June: Iraqi officials tried to convince John Kerry for the need of targeted airstrikes. John Kerry remained concerned about “civilian casualties.” Who says the United States does not have a sense of humor? Or honor? 23rd June: The spokesman for the Iraqi Army, Qassem Atta, has stated that the Iraqi army withdrew from the Western cities of Rawa and Anah as a tactical withdrawal. 23rd June: Certain sections of Sunni society in Syria are worried that Daash’s gains in Iraq will intensify fighting in Syria. They know the kind of “freedom” that awaits the civilians of Mosul. 23rd June: The UK has made more than 40 Daash related arrests in the first three months of 2014. The former director of MI6, Richard Barrett, has warned the UK authorities that they face an “impossible task” of tracking Daash related subjects of the Queen. 23rd June: Mourners gather in their thousands in Al Jouf, Saudi Arabia to bury the Saudi student stabbed to death in the UK. 23rd June: The Israeli Ai Force carries out attacks on Syrian positions in the Golan Heights. The next major confrontation that faces the government in Baghdad is Haditha. Government troops are protecting the town and the dam that is of strategic importance. But, it lies in the Sunni heartland. So far the rebels are proving to be more tenacious and motivated than the government. So far it seems that each side is consolidating its hold. Most of Sunni Iraq is now in Rebel hands, and most of South and East Iraq with the Shia headed government. The North East is with the Kurds, the only force that has so far held off the rebels. Any struggle to take back the Sunni areas will be long drawn out and, if Syria is an example, very destructive. A Sunni advance on the South and East seems unlikely to succeed. Further Reading: Robert Fisk in US slang “ripping” the Americans and Saudis a new one: On Iranian and Kurdish cooperation in the past. And the price the Kurds paid:

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June 25th Combat SITREP by Juan

1. There was and is no 'cease fire' in Novorossiya. Right sector/nats guard never stopped their attacks and bombardments nor have units of Ukraine Army. We know what West Media is saying, blaming all incidents on us. They are liars. We can not stand down while under attack from the enemy.2. Bombardments of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk City, Lugansk City and outlying towns and villages continues day and night. 3. Smerch missile systems are now in the Lugansk and Donetsk City areas. Confirmed eyes on.4. Ukraine is now deploying by artillery anti personnel mines. These mines have no 'inert date' in them. Confirmed, eyes on. We will be losing civilians for years after the fighting is over.5. Reports of 400 soldiers of 25th Airborne Regiment leaving the combat area are not confirmed. 6. Large areas of the Novorossiya/Russia border are under Novorossiya control. There have been scattered attacks by Ukr Army on some of our border posts. Attacks were not successful. No known civilian casualties in these attacks.7. Many thousands of Novorossiya civilians are crossing the border with Russia to escape the bombardments and attacks on them. At some crossing points traffic is backed up for more than 5 kilometers. Confirmed, eyes on.8. Krasni Limahn is still not secure. Our troops are involved in scattered fighting in the area. Novorossiya has made an effort to remove the many civilian bodies in the streets and buildings of Krasni Limahn in areas that we control.9. Neither Donetsk Airport nor Lugansk Airports are totally under control of Novorossiya. Scattered fighting is ongoing in both areas. 10. The Mi24 shoot down yesterday is confirmed. The helicopter was not full of 'cease fire monitors' as Kiev says. It is confirmed the now deceased occupants were all combat armed Ukr soldiers.  11. Slavyansk and outlying towns and villages are completely cut off from water, gas, electric and sewer systems. The only water available is from wells and streams. Food supplies are dwindling rapidly. Novorossiya Army is making efforts to get food in to the areas. These efforts are contested by the enemy even though clearly marked as to their purpose. Confirmed. 12. The systematic bombardments by Ukr Army of Novorossiya cities, towns and villages has several purposes. One is to terrorize and drive out as many civilians as possible, leading to the death and wounding of many innocent civilians. Second is to cut off water and electric to all civilian areas possible. Third is to destroy as much of the physical plant and industry including mines as possible. 13. Ukraine Army is laying minefields in civilian and uncontested areas. These fields are unmarked. Confirmed loses of civilians and livestock in the minefields.14. Two carelessly driven Ukr Army trucks became mired in mud near one of our outposts. We are in possession of the contents and drivers of both. Drivers are now members of Novorossiya Army at their request. Contents of both trucks are a welcome addition to our supply train and were quite interesting. 15. 07:17 25 June fierce fighting ongoing in Slavyansk area near foot of Karachuk Mountain. Mountain is bombarding Slavyansk and under bombardment from our mortars. We do not have long range artillery to bombard all of Karachuk. Casualties are unknown at this time.16. 24 June and 25 June, confirmed eyes on strong armor columns of Ukr Army including main battle tanks and light tanks are moving and deploying in the Donetsk City and Lugansk City areas. 17. Partisan activities in Kharkov area are ongoing. Confirmed a large column of fresh right sector/nats guard replacements was ambushed and suffered significant casualties and vehicle losses. No known casualties for the partisans. 18. без комментариев. 19. My evaluation of your Watershed Moment analysis:  Shows and tells pretty much everything in the overall view with most the players and actors mentioned. The only problem is the situation is so fluid what is true this morning may not be true at noon. As I said some time ago, you and a lot of the posters on blog are intellectually so far above this poor old grunt I've got to look up to see your feet. That being said, the post was pretty complete and well laid out in the analysis of the options and actions of both sides of this war. Easily understandable even for my poor tired brain.  The moral of our boys is extremely high. Those I talked to Sunday were tired but very upbeat and that's putting it mildly. There has indeed been a sea change in the last week or 10 days.  A massive attack on Lugansk City and Donetsk City proper is expected by Friday at the latest. There are again rumblings of a concerted gas attack in the opening bombardment. Kiev is desperate to force VV to intervene. He won't unless civilian casualties from a gas attack are huge. And they will be and will be blamed on our boys if the gas attack is done. Casualties will be bad enough from the preliminary bombardment. Kiev is massing everything they have for the bombardment right down to slingshots.  I know the downed chopper is being ID'd as an Mi8. My sources are pretty adamant the one they saw go down was an Mi24, in the same general area and with roughly the same soldier load. If it's an Mi24, why so few soldiers? Full of some kind of special cargo? Perhaps two birds got waxed?

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Igor Strelkov's Combined Briefings, June 24, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb BazovOrder/Regulation by Igor Strelkov, June 23, 2014Original: Strelkov InfoDPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] Minister of Defence, Igor Strelkov, has approved the “Regulation on the Mobilization Department of the DPR Ministery of Defence.”The Regulation sets out the key goals and functions of the Department, implements its organizational and staffing structure and confirms its permanent operational location.Gubarev P. Y. has been appointed the acting head of the Mobilization Department.Morning Briefing from the Militia, June 24, 2014Original: Strelkov InfoThe first month anniversary in the life of a new state, Novorossiya, was markedy Ukies with morning artillery shelling. The first night of the “ceasefire” did not happen. We do not have definitive information about the victims of the overnight shelling.8:30 (MSK) - [The enemy] started intensive shelling of Semyonovka; smoke is rising over [the village]. We believe that the fire is coming from the Belyanskiye mountains.On the railway Starus-Ogorodnoye near Stanitsa Luganskaya, railways were blown up, looks like in the near term there will be no trains from the direction of Moscow.Also, based on unverified information, slagheap was smashed, an electrical substation was damaged, and seven people were trapped inside the mine as a result of the [enemy] shelling of Privol’ye and the “Privolnyanskaya” mine. One person was wounded, two were killed. Emergency crews are conducting the necessary works and rescue operations, the mine is being flooded.9:50 (MSK) â€" During the night, Ukie armoured vehicles and equipment were relocated from the direction of Izyum. At this time, a column of Ukie [military] formations, consisting of nine buses with spotty green-black camouflage colouring, together with weaponry, four modernized APCs (armed with a 30mm AP (automatic cannon)), and three tented trucks marked “Persons,” one which is towing a PK (Kalashnikov machine gun), is proceeding through Krasniy Oskol, from the direction of Izyum and heading to Yatskoye, Krasniy Liman. This a second column [today].Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 10:50Original: and Strelkov InfoYesterday evening, after 18:00, the enemy installed a mortary batter at a stronghold position in the Vostochniy settlement. And thereafter opened fire on the village of Semyonovka; 5 militia fighters were lightly wounded. We returned fire and destroyed one of the mortar detachments. Until the end of the light day, the road across Semyonovka was exposed to enemy tank fire; in particular, this fire was directed at “Gazel” automobiles that were delivering food to the city.In the morning of June 24, artillery crossfire and positional combat resumed in the region of Semyonovka. We have wounded on our side.At night we observed active movements of enemy infantry and intelligence groups in the vicinity of Kramatorsk. To the west of Kramatorsk, the enemy installed new checkpoints, reinforced with armoured vehicles, APCs and Hummers. Units of “Praviy Sector” [Right Sector], marked with Division “SS-Galichina” symbols, were observed appearing to the north-east of Kramatorsk, in the vicinity of the settlement of Malinovka.As the main water-pumping facilities are occupied by the detachments of the Ukrainian army and the NazGuard [National Guard], it still remains impossible to reestablish water supply to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The enemy continues to reinforce its foothold in the area of the settlements of Krivaya Luka â€" Zakotnoye. As a result, it is impossible to speak of any kind of truce being observed in the area of the military confrontation.Information from the Militia Headquarters in Slavyansk, June 24, 2014, 11:00Original: Icorpus.ruAt this time, the settlement of Vysoko-Ivanovka is being subjected to mortar fire. Water supply lines that deliver drinking water to Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] cities pass through this settlement. The water supply lines are the target of the [enemy] shelling.Statement from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 12:50Original: Icorpus.ruDue to the resonance in the information medium caused by my expression of gratitude to the organization “Sputnik i Pogrom,” I wish to say that it makes no difference to me who to express my thanks to â€" be they monarchists, anarachists and so on. What is key is if they offer real help to Slavyanks and are not enemies.Commentary from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 13:24Original: Strelkov InfoQ: What type of detachments are now fighting with you â€" pravoseki [Right Sector militants] or servicemen of the Ukraining army (those who Poroshenko ordered to cease fire)? And what is your opinion about the results of the negotiations in Donetsk â€" and about the very idea of negotiations with Ukie bandits?A: Any “conversations” with them can be conducted only from the position of strength â€" there is no other way. They cannot be trusted one bit. Not at all. With respect to your first question â€" all those who were ordered to fight continue to fight. Both NazGuard [National Guard] and the Ukrainian army. Under the guise of an “agreement to cease fire” they are trying to quickly and easily take up new positions and entrench themselves.Q: Have the punitive forces used landmine traps?A: Why would the bother with traps when they have “Okhota” [Note 1: NBU-P Okhota]? In conjunction with several OZMs [Note 2: OZM â€" a shrapnel/frag barrage mine], movement sensors and trigger extensions, [Okhota] makes a mine field practically impossible to pass or to remove.Note 1: NBU-P Okhota is a landmine field control system.Note 2: OZM is a Soviet-made shrapnel/frag barrage mine â€" an anti-personnel jumping mine with a circular area of damage.Eyewitness Reports, June 24, 2014, 17:00Original: Strelkov InfoTen “Acacia” self-propelled howitzers of the Ukrainian army have moved into the village of Varvarovka, near Rubezhnoye, at approximately 17:00. They have set up base at the abandoned cannery.Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 18:31Original: Icorpus.ruIn the course of the day, there were two additional incidents of enemy shelling against Slavyansk. Unfortunately, one of the militia fighters (born in Gorlovka), who was wounded in the morning, died. The last massive mortar shelling ended just minutes ago. Once again, militia fighters do not leave their trenches.With respect to the helicopter â€" I have no news yet. Confirmation, if any, will be provided only after all details are determined.The enemy continues to concentrate military equipment on its foothold in Krivaya Luka. According to information from the local residents, everyone without exception, including the very old, is being evicted from their homes. Blindfolded, and without any personal things, they are taken out of the village and told to go “where the hell they want.” NazGuard bastards killed several [residents] right on the street. All this, despite the fact that there were virtually no militia fighters among the village residents.Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 19:45Original: Strelkov InfoIgor Strelkov: [The downing of the helicopter] has just been confirmed. This is the tenth helicopter destroyed by our forces. As payback, the enemy is now leveling Semyonovka with white phosphorus and shrapnel charges.Information from the Militia, June 24, 2014, 20:25Original: Strelkov InfoAt this time, Ukrainian military is conducting artillery shelling of the Artyom neighbourhood of Slavyansk from the Karachun Mount. Also, according to information from militia fighters, shelling of the outskirts of Slavyansk (Semyonovka) with white phosphorus charges is now taking place. These charges have been prohibited across the world. The artillery shelling is being conducted by the forces controlled by Igor Kolomoiskiy, an oligarch and the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk oblast.Information from the DPR Press-ServiceJune 24, 2014, 20:43Original: Strelkov InfoThe DPR militia fighters have foiled an attempted landing of [enemy] troopers near Slavyansk. Information about the injured in the course of the battle is being confirmed.Statement from the Chairman of the Presidium of the DPR Supreme Council, Denis Pushilin, June 24, 2013, 21:07Original: Strelkov InfoKiev government is de facto sabotaging the ceasefire agreement. Today, [notwithstanding yesterday’s] consultations, the [Ukrainian military] are shelling Semyonovka. At least five people have died there. From the direction of the Donetsk airport, a column of heavy armoured vehicles moved out toward Donetsk. This is just a sampling of the aggressive actions by the occupation forces on our territory.This is the value of Kiev's agreements with us. We believe that the Kiev government considers them a mere formality, necessary for the execution of the economic part of the EU [European Union] association agreement. All Kiev needs is for there to be an official[, formal] declaration of truce. De facto, there is no such ceasefire.Situation Report from the Militia, June 25, 2014, 00:15 Original: Strelkov InfoLatest Hourly Briefings from Location18:25 (MSK) â€" In the vicinity of the Putilovsk bridge (Donetsk) there is a skirmish. At this time, all roads leading to the area of weapons fire are closed.19:50 (MSK) â€" Impossible to drive through the area of the Putilovsk bridge (Donetsk) due to a special operation ongoing there.20:10 (MSK) â€" Shelling of the Artyom district of Slavyansk is ongoing. Fire is coming from the Karachun Mount.20:20 (MSK) â€" Rail lines blown up at the railway near Dybaltsevo.23:00 (MSK) â€" Intensive shelling of Slavyansk is ongoing. Volleys coming from the direction of Kirovsk and Raigorodok between Brusino and the Yampol checkpoint. Something is burning at Mashmet. Single and grouped signal flares and rockets observed in the sky.23:35 (MSK) Explosions heard and bright afterglow observed in the area of the highways to Kharkov, near Svyatogorsk. It appears that the enemy may be using incendiary charges again.23:45 (MSK) From the direction of the Donetskoe settlement fiver MLRS systems launched their volleys. The direction of the shelling has not been determined.Information received by the militia over the past few hours, June 24, 2014, 23:55 â€" 02:20Original: Strelkov Info23:55 (MSK) â€" Unfortunately, the ceasefire that was reached several hours ago never came into effect; the Ukie forces opened fire, using heavy weaponry, including howitzers. This is not something they could blame on the militia: the heaviest weapon possessed by the militia is a 120mm caliber mortar. A mortar has neither an anti-recoil system, nor a carriage, and the sound of the firing mortar differs from that of artillery systems. It is obvious that howitzer batteries are being employed â€" bright bursts of light are followed by glow and then by rumbling of explosions.The shelling is being conducted in the area of the Kombikormoviy, of the refueling station â€" there are sounds of howitzer and KPBT [large-calibre armour-mounted machine gun] fire.00:10 (MSK) â€" There are bursts of light and signal flares coming from the direction of Kirovsk. In the vicinity of the turn onto Svyatorgorsk there are powerful blasts; in the region of the Yampol checkpoint â€" explosions. The shelling appears to be coming from the direction of Bogorodichnoe. Also, there is shelling coming from Staraya Krasnyanka against Lisichansk. In Dolginkaya there is combat, signal flares. The shelling is being done with heavy weaponry.00:20 (MSK) â€" Bursts of light and explosions [observed] in the centre of Yampol. Fire is coming from the area of the bridge to Zakotnoye.00:45 (MSK) â€" Artillery fire against Yampol continues from the direction of Zakotnoye.00:50 (MSK) â€" The shooting has quieted down. Only question is for how long.02:00 (MSK) â€" And so, here is information regarding the shelling of Lisichansk. [The enemy] was firing at the “Privolnyanskaya” mine. As a result of artillery shelling, an electrical substation was destroyed. The mine has been de-electrified â€" there are people who remain inside the mine. At this time, rescuers and emergency crews have departed for the mine.00:20 (MSK) â€" There is shooting coming from the direction of Yampol.Information from Local Residents, June 24, 2014, 02:00Original: Strelkov InfoAround midnight, artillery shelling of the outskirts of Privoliye with the use of howitzers commenced from the direction of Staraya Krasnyanka. About 13 explosions could be heard … my 5-month-old baby was woken up by these explosions … In Privoliye an electrical substation was blown up, there is no light in the mine [as a result.] At the “Privolnyanka” mine â€" one woman was killed, one wounded. Electrical power to the mine has been interrupted. People were taken out through the reserve exit.At the time, it is quiet in Privoliye. Those closer to “Privolnyanka” mine have no electricity. At the “Kapustina” mine everything is fine. Light has appeared in that part of the town. Could it be true that the mine itself was targeted? I am getting the impression that their goal is to destroy infrastructure.

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