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Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Donbass People’s Fortress Honours the Remembrance of Its Lost Commanders… What Panic?

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The funeral procession for A S Pavlov (“Motorola”) in Donetsk… can you believe that Langley and its Galician Uniate nationalist stooges are passing the lie that Russia killed him? If you needed proof that the Anglos and their Uniate/schismo running dogs are living in Cloud-Cuckoo Land, that fills the bill. Delenda est “Anglo hegemony”…

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Just in the past few months, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and its armed forces lost two remarkable battalion commanders and national heroes, “Givi” (M S Tolstykh) and “Motorola”, both assassinated far behind the Donbass frontline. Likewise, only about a week ago, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LNR) just witnessed the same kind of terakt*, when the famous Colonel Oleg Anashenko perished when a bomb ripped his car apart. All of these brutal killings were due to “legal” state terrorism, carried out by the Ukrainian special services against the Donbass people. Yes, all the tears that people shed in the Donbass because of our latest losses could make a heavy rainfall.

  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”

In both the DNR and LNR, terrorism alerts were at the highest level as they mourned their great heroes. The latest wave of terror attacks follow a horrific week, Ukrainian forces struck in the early hours of 29 January, which led to a veritable terror shelling of Donbass civilians for several days, after which our forces repelled Ukrainian infantry attacks. The junta forces used heavy artillery, mortars, Grad MRLs, and even heavy Uragan MRLs directly against civilian districts in Donetsk. The OSCE failed totally to report the key reasons for the escalation and after keeping its mouth totally shut during the first days, the western media started an information campaign against the DNR and LNR People’s Forces. Yet again, the pro-Ukrainian western propaganda machine made the victims into the aggressors, and the western media whitewashed Ukrainian attacks and war crimes. Frankly speaking, AP-Reuters-et al failed to publish anything that’d be even close to the truth, and by hiding the first crucial 36 hours of extreme Ukrainian provocations, the truth was again the first victim of an information war waged against Russia and (especially) the Donbass people.

FACT: RUSSIA ISN’T A PARTY TO THE DONBASS WAR

In the aftermath, we saw how NATO blatantly accused Russia for causing the latest escalation between the Ukraine and the Donbass People’s Republics. The Ukrainian prime minister, a real war criminal, stood next to the deputy head of NATO in Brussels, trying to convince, without showing any evidence, an international audience “that the Ukraine and the Kiev régime is a victim of Russian aggression”. What crap! Certainly, you should ask, “What Russians, how and where?” Still, the undeniable fact is that there aren’t Russian troops in the DNR and LNR, although this is difficult for westerners to believe. However, I learned here in Donetsk (and the administration well understands) that the Kremlin only has limited political influence over the decision-making processes in the independent, democratic, and powerful new People’s Republics. Always, when any westerner mentions Russia and Donbass, you should keep in mind that the Minsk Agreements and signed documents between the Ukraine and the DNR/LNR don’t even mention Russia. Why is that so? It’s because Russia has the same status as Germany and France as conflict mediators… nothing more, and nothing less. Behind the geopolitical brouhaha, everyone knows that it’s a fact that Russia isn’t a party to the war in the Donbass. I hope that you won’t fall like sheep poisoned with war propaganda.

PANIC HERE IN DONETSK AND LUGANSK?

Today, the Ukraine masses troops and heavy weapon systems along the frontline. Attack preparations and daily use of these weapons are against the Minsk Agreements, but the blind, useless, and shameful OSCE Monitoring Mission keeps its mouth shut, always looking the other way, it de facto serves only the interests of the West and its puppet régime in the Ukraine. Yes, we know the Ukraine will attack again soon, and they’ll terrorise us repeatedly, without mercy, and we can only expect another western-backed storm of fire to pound civilian neighbourhoods of Fortress Donbass. Here, in Donetsk, no one is safe… we’ve learned that very well. You could easily think that after two nasty weeks of Ukrainian terror, while we sit and wait for the next great escalation of the conflict to begin again, that the DNR and LNR would certainly be panicking. From what I see, it’d be only logical to expect such a thing! Damn, yes, we’re worried here, mostly because all these innocent civilians and children face terrible situations because of state terrorism, but as yesterday’s funeral of commander “Givi” again showed to us, at the same time, we’re more confident and determined in our common stance against the Ukrainian terror in a true united people’s resistance. Yesterday, on Friday, even in such cold weather and with the risk of another possible terror attack by Ukrainian forces on the crowd, the DNR showed again how strongly united the people are with our heroes-in-arms. After an intensive Ukrainian terror bombardment in the DNR, after the assassination of commander “Givi”, after the highest defence and terror alerts from the DNR’s top leadership and state media, tens of thousands of regular citizens came forward to show respect for our fallen battalion commander. The people are the source of the DNR People’s Forces, they praise them, and “We’re all as one”.

FORTRESS DONBASS: THE WEST SHOULD TAKE A LESSON

The image of Motorola’s funeral shows something that everyone should learn about the Donbass People’s Republics, especially, the Ukraine, the EU, and NATO-countries, which still advocate the use of military force against the Donbass people. I need to ask, how on Earth could any person with some sense in their head even think that anyone can beat the united Russian people in the former Ukraine? Yes, we should be concerned and look for a path to the peaceful political settlement of this terrible conflict in Europe, as all civilised people should, but in fact, no matter what kind of state terrorism and military offensive the western-backed Ukrainian forces, which stand today at the gates of Fortress Donbass, wage against us, there isn’t any fear in Donetsk. “Donbass Holds!” Moreover, we don’t need Russia to maintain the strength of the Donbass People’s Forces. Now, I want to tell you something that I learned here in Donetsk over the past two years. It’s about the thousands of coal miners who are the true core and muscle of the DNR/LNR People’s Forces. These guys are defending their homes. Yes, the miners really are tough guys, they can take any shit, and they’re always ready to give needed lessons to their enemies. Keep in mind that the Donbass population has a lot of these tough guys, hardened by extreme working conditions, working one kilometre underground… they’re the heart of the Donbass.

FACT: THE RUSSIAN ARMY ISN’T NEEDED IN THE DONBASS

When the western-backed Ukrainian régime collapses, their own destructive orders to attack will crush the Nazi forces in the “Ukrainian National Guard”. Then, great internal problems [in the Ukraine] would follow. If the DNR/LNR forces counterattack with their mechanised brigades, the Donbass guys and volunteers would start a long march to the West. Remember that the Donbass People’s Forces don’t really need Russia (or the Russian forces) to execute major manoeuvres against the already-failed Ukrainian state and its army. Of course, if there is a DNR/LNR counterattack, the pro-Ukrainian propaganda machine of the NATO, the EU, and the USA will again scream loudly, “Russia’s attacking!” However, just keep calm, and follow the news sources from Donetsk and Lugansk. It’d be payback time for the thousands of trained, motivated, and armed Donbass miners, who today patiently wait for diplomatic solutions. The truth has been the first victim of the war in the Donbass, but as the people will prevail in the end, the truth will prevail with overwhelming strength as well. The Donbass will certainly hold out, but it’s also every day more ready to expand, to liberate the western-occupied regions of the historic Russian land, and that means all of Novorossiya.

In the shared memory of our lost heroes, Givi, Motorola, Oleg Anaschenko, and so many others, the people’s fortress in the Donbass only gets stronger!

11 February 2017

Janus Putkonen

Director

DONi Donbass News Agency

https://dninews.com/article/donbass-peoples-fortress-holds-remembrance-lost-commanders-what-panic

12 February 2017. Somewhere in Slovakia…

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If the USA thinks that their so-called “NATO allies” are ready to be cannon-fodder for American delusions, they had best think again. The neoliberals (both “conservative” and “liberal”) share the same fancy. They believe that foreigners will die for American foreign policy aims, obviating the need to rely on such politically explosive methods such as conscription in the USA. Since the end of Vietnam, the USA has relied on a mercenary army… if there were a real war, the USA would be up Shit Creek without a paddle… there’d be no reserves to replace losses.

I somehow get the impression that Slovaks have no desire to die for American hegemony… I confide that they’re probably not alone in thinking that way…

BMD

Monday, 24 October 2016

USA and its Allies Massacre at Will, Yet Condemn Russia

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We really have entered a macabre twilight zone… US-led warplanes massacre civilians in several countries… yet, Washington and its allies condemn others for war crimes. Of course, you can’t expect governments that act criminally to be honest. However, what about nominally independent organisations like the UN and the Western media? The collective deception is damning of systematic complicity. What makes it more disturbing is that if institutions that we rely upon for law and accountability cover-up criminality, then, the world really is in a dangerous dark place.

The latest atrocity involved US coalition aircraft reportedly killing 15 women and injuring 50 others when they hit a funeral procession near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday. American-led coalition warplanes, including from Britain, France, and Turkey, are bombing Iraq, supposedly to help defeat the Islamic State (Daesh) terror group. Shamefully, the Western news media, which blares allegations of war crimes against Russia over its military operations in Syria, were largely silent on the massacre near Kirkuk. Only days before that barbarity, there were several other mass atrocities committed by American allies elsewhere in the Middle East. In Syria, two F-16 fighter jets belonging to NATO member Belgium killed six civilians in the village of Hassadjek, near Aleppo. Within hours of that murderous assault, warplanes from Turkey, another NATO member, were responsible for killing some 150 Syrian civilians in multiple air raids also in Aleppo countryside, according to Syrian state media. Meanwhile, in Yemen, the US-backed Saudi air bombardment continued its slaughter of innocents despite cynically declaring a non-entity ceasefire earlier in the week. Three farmers died in Saudi air strikes in Sa’ada province… almost a week after American and Saudi warplanes massacred 140 people attending a funeral ceremony in the capital Sana’a. This was just another grotesque “anti-terror” operation.

Now, Washington and its allies are openly bombing sovereign countries without any legal mandate. As such, these actions constitute the crime of aggression… the gravest violation of international law. The Western states who haughtily pontificate to Russia take part in a redux of 1930s fascist banditry. In Syria, the US-led coalition including Britain and France, have carried out airstrikes on that country for over two years, killing hundreds of civilians… all in the name of “fighting terrorism”. Three months ago, in late July, US and French warplanes murdered over 100 civilians, including women and children, in and around the town of Manbij, near Aleppo, in wave after wave of bombings. Occasionally, the Western news media do give reports on such crimes. However, generally, their duty is to minimise it, by describing such incidents as unfortunate “collateral damage”, if not to wilfully cover-up, as in the latest atrocity near Kirkuk.

Nevertheless, gradually, the entire hideous Western charade is being exposed. In Syria, for nearly six years, a US-led covert war for régime change has almost completely destroyed the Arab country. To achieve this illicit objective, Washington and its NATO and regional allies funded, armed, and directed a proxy army of the most vile terror groups. Last year, Russia and Iran intervened to help their Syrian ally against this international criminal conspiracy; they brought back the country from the brink of devastation. They routed the terrorist proxy army supported by Washington, London, Paris, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar from hundreds of towns and villages. Russia and Iran are liberating Syria from a scourge unleashed in March 2011 by US-led insurgents under the guise of a “pro-democracy uprising”. That narrative has always been absurd for anyone with critical thinking. Head-chopping jihadists for democracy? Sword-wielding Saudi and Qatari despots advocating pluralist elections? Besides, Syria already had a relatively robust democracy under President Bashar al-Assad. Before the US-led war for régime change, Syria enjoyed a reputation for religious freedom, peaceful coexistence, and benign social development.

The Western media, in the service of promoting their governments’ geopolitical agenda, grossly distorted events in Syria. Instead of investigating a Western-backed criminal subversion involving state-sponsorship of terrorism, the media violated honest independent journalism with outright lies and fabrications. They told the Western public that Washington and its allies are bombing a (sovereign) country to “defeat terrorism” when in fact any genuine critical inquiry shows the opposite to be the case. In the northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian army supported by Russia is liberating tens of thousands of civilians held under siege, against their will, by the West’s terror proxies since 2012. Western media coverage on Aleppo is a diabolical sham.

The US, British, and French governments, as well as other Europeans, are jumping up and down with accusations of war crimes against Russia and its Syrian ally. They present scarcely any evidence to substantiate these unhinged Western claims of what’s happening in Aleppo. Virtually all the information that the West relies on for its allegations comes from Western and Saudi-funded organisations such as the so-called White Helmets and Aleppo Media Center, both of whom are embedded with proscribed terror groups like Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. The Western capacity for denial is astounding. The vast majority of Aleppo residents… some 1.6 million people… are living willingly under the protection of the Syrian army. Yet the Western media never report this. Rather, they focus on a minority district besieged by terrorists whom they lionise as “heroic rebels”. Even when verifiable live broadcasts in Aleppo, set up at the humanitarian aid corridors established by Russian and Syrian authorities, demonstrate beyond doubt that the truces are flagrantly violated by the Western-beloved “rebels”, still the myth-making continues. During a three-day humanitarian ceasefire to help evacuate civilians, observers saw the militants shelling neutral transport arrangements and holding people as human shields. However, the Western media vaguely and mendaciously report on a “lack of security” hampering aid delivery.

Washington and its European allies, primarily Britain and France, as well as UN chiefs Ban Ki-Moon and Staffan de Mistura, the special envoy to Syria, are a disgrace. So too are the Western corporate news media who lied all the way to hide the real criminals in Syria. In this mayhem and madness, it might seem perhaps counterintuitive to be optimistic. Nevertheless, good reason for optimism is that Western governments and their servile media are exposing themselves for the criminals and liars that they are. The rogue-state behaviour of Washington and its allies has become so rampant it is no longer possible to hide it. What happens in Syria and the region isn’t the only cause for public anger and disdain for this murdering cabal. People all around the world are realising the that US-led warmongering and dirty wars are rooted in the same murdering and plundering capitalist system that is killing their own societies and communities. People are realising more than ever that the high and mighty Western leaders who presume to sit as judges casting condemnations on others are actually the lowest and most despicable criminals.

23 October 2016

Finian Cunningham

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201610231046633284-us-allies-condemn-russia/

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Submarine “Stary Oskol” Deploys to Black Sea Base

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The Stary Oskol is the newest diesel submarine to join the Black Sea Fleet. It successfully completed its delivery voyage from its shipyard in St Petersburg to the Black Sea, arriving at its new permanent base in Novorossiysk. On its arrival, the ship’s company took part in a ceremony that included Admiral A V Vitko, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet. The Stary Oskol is the third unit of Project 636.3, built at the Admiralty Shipyard in St Petersburg specifically for the Black Sea Fleet. This class consists of third-generation diesel submarines, considered amongst the stealthiest of all submarines in worldwide service, being much quieter in operation than earlier Russian subs. This class is very combat-effective, with the latest missile and torpedo technology aboard, guided by the latest radar, electronic, and hydro-acoustic sensors.

2 July 2016

RF Minoborony

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Editor:

The US Navy, like all armed forces, tailors its forces to enable it to carry out its main missions (which means compromises on this-or-that). The main mission of the USN is to protect the seaborne LOCs of the Anglosphere, to keep it tied together as a single entity. Its secondary mission is to project and support American ground forces abroad, along with the USAF. This does NOT mean that American naval supremacy translates into “naval monopoly”. The USN bases its forces on carrier task groups and nuclear attack submarines (boomers are more national strategic assets, not naval forces per se). These systems are best utilised in blue-water deep-ocean scenarios, with much room for manoeuvre. They aren’t suited for narrow seas such as the Baltic, Mediterranean, and Black Seas. That is, no American carrier task force will operate in the Baltic or Black Seas due to the extreme danger posed by landbased anti-ship missiles and conventional subs like the Project 636s. Carrier task forces can only operate in the Med as they can count on landbased NATO assets to give them the additional air cover that they need in such confined seas.

That is, this deployment helps to cement Russian control of the northern Black Sea waters… a control that the USN would concede in wartime, much as the RN conceded control of the Baltic to the Kriegsmarine in both World Wars. To control it would simply cost too much in ships and men… a cost that the USN doesn’t consider well-worth paying. Don’t listen to American chest thumping… it can only do so much with the actual naval assets it possesses. The 636s are quieter than any American attack boat… in the narrow seas in which it operates, that makes the 636 the King of the Battlefield. Keep it focused…

BMD

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