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Sunday, 26 November 2017

LNR Resolved Internal Crisis Calmly

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This week was fraught with both real and fake news stories about an internal political crisis in the LNR in the Donbass. The genesis of the conflict appeared to be a dispute between Interior Minister I A Kornet and former LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky. Kornet stated that saboteurs surrounded Plotnitsky and that such people had to go for the good of the LNR. At no time did Kornet publicly accuse Plotnitsky of any personal wrongdoing. However, many believe that Plotnitsky isn’t an inspirational leader and that he isn’t up to the task of running a republic besieged by aggressive warfare from the fascist Kiev régime. For some time, social media had rumours of Plotnitsky’s responsibility for the deaths of LNR commanders in the past, although these rumours have likely spread because people came to see Plotnitsky as in ineffective commander rather than a traitor. There’s never been any substantial evidence showing that Plotnitsky ever conspired against his own officers.

LNR Security Minister Leonid Pasechnik is the interim Head of State until new elections. Pasechnik thanked his predecessor for his service and announced the appointment of Plotnitsky to a new role as LNR envoy for future discussions on the Minsk Accords (which aim to bring a long-term ceasefire to the Donbass conflict). This move clearly has the intent of demonstrating the LNR’s internal stability, insofar as a man seen as not fit to be the leader, would still have a respectable position within the government, albeit as an envoy whose role is largely honorific due to the stalemate in implementing the Minsk Agreements. The move also helps put to rest rumours from pro-junta social media that Plotnitsky was dead or under torture. Clearly, neither of these assertions is factual. Pasechnik stated:

Plotnitsky made a great contribution to the peaceful settlement process. He’s one of the Minsk accords signers. We appointed him LNR plenipotentiary for execution of the Minsk accords.

Whilst details concerning what convinced Plotnitsky to finally relinquish power are yet to be fully known, it’d appear that, as was the case of the far more experienced Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Plotnitsky realised that his former comrades wanted a changing of the guard and like all leaders who’d rather leave with dignity than with a fight, he eventually acquiesced. Overall, the comparatively smooth transition from a leader whose popularity had waned to an interim leader apparently supported by those agitating for Plotnitsky’s ouster demonstrated that the LNR is now politically mature, in spite of only being founded in 2014 and being the victim of an aggressive war since the moment of its founding.

Furthermore, as pro-Ukrainian regime media and social media somersaulted with various conspiracy theories and with the Kiev regime eager to exploit the de facto resolved political crisis in the LNR, the fact of the matter is that Kiev wasn’t able to upset the LNR’s security during was a week-long crisis. The LNR and DNR function as states, but the Kiev regime can barely function at all, in spite of continued support (lethargic) from the West. Throughout the crisis, the LNR bureaucracy was generally functional, police and security services maintained the peace, and life for ordinary citizens went on normally, with no one harmed. By contrast, political assassinations in Kiev are all too common, political ultra-violence has long been the norm, and junta chieftain Poroshenko is under a sustained political attack from the former Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili, who seeks to replace Poroshenko at the soonest possible moment.

The political health of the LNR isn’t perfect, but considering that it’s the victim of a brutal war, it functions rather better than the aggressor in the war, especially considering that Kiev has the support of all the major Western powers, whereas the LNR isn’t even supported by Russia, beyond the provision of humanitarian aid and minor civilian material aid. The LNR’s neighbour, the DNR, is even more stable. DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko has proved to be an effective leader who’s withstood the most aggressive phases of the war (thus far) and has been able to broadly maintain the DNR’s security in spite of losing his most skilled and beloved commanders, M S “Givi” Tolstykh and A P “Motorola” Pavlov.

Earlier this year, Zakharchenko proposed creating a union-state of Malorossiya between the LNR, DNR, and other areas within the 1991 Ukrainian SSR borders that want to unite peacefully as a single state. At the time, Plotnitsky claimed to be unaware of this idea, which is a clear sign that he was either not up to the task of leadership or that he wasn’t considered important enough to get an advance notice of a major announcement that many local and foreign journalists received. With Plotnitsky out of the picture, it’s possible that such a union-state is now increasingly possible. The beginning of such a wider union would, of course, be a formal union between the LNR and DNR, which would replace the current less-formal confederation, which amounts to little more than an alliance.

Ultimately, the future of what remains of the Ukraine will likely be the creation of voluntary unions that more or less correspond to the borders of historic Malorossiya and Novorossiya, in addition to separate entities accounting for the parts of the 1991 Ukrainian SSR, which include former parts of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. With the probable exception of historical Galicia returning to Poland, there also remains the possibility of each aforementioned entity returning to its mother country.

24 November 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran      

http://theduran.com/lugansk-peoples-republic-resolves-internal-crisis-dignity-professionalism/

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Commentary of DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko on His Recent Telephone Chat with President of the Russian Federation V V Putin

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On 15 November 2017, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko discussed the exchange of prisoners with President of the Russian Federation V V Putin. He said:

As regards prisoner exchanges, I agree with President Putin’s position… simple humanity must guide us here. The exchange of prisoners shouldn’t be a matter of war and trade. Let me remind you that back in 2014 when Ukrainian troops surrendered to us in the hundreds, I let them go back to their parents and wives in exchange for a promise not to return to the war-zone. Even then, we realised that in a civil war, it isn’t the stronger side on the battlefield that’ll win… we proved that here, even though we won many victories over the Ukrainian regular forces.

In a civil war, the side guided by moral principles will win, that is, those who preserve their humanity. The fact that we respect POWs shows that we adhere to moral principles. Moreover, the fact that the Ukrainian authorities and the aggressor battalions controlled by them tortured our comrades in captivity (many to the point of death) proves that they’ve lost all semblance of humanity. During previous exchanges… dozens of journalists witnessed them… we returned Kiev its POWs in good health (we treated many at our expense), well-fed, and dressed decently, whilst Kiev passed our comrades to us in poor health and on the verge of death. Therefore, of course, I supported the initiative of President Putin, for the simple reason that it isn’t inconsistent with our principles and it’s how we acted towards POWs in the past.

16 November 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

https://dan-news.info/official/kommentarij-glavy-dnr-po-itogam-peregovorov-s-prezidentom-rf.html

BREAKING NEWS Lugansk Military “Lockdown”… Day Three

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What I know after spending 24 hours in Lugansk:

  • LNR Head of State I V Plotnitsky ordered dismissal of Minister of Internal Affairs I А Kornet
  • Kornet took responsibility for a large deployment of soldiers to secure the city centre
  • Kornet said that saboteur groups infiltrated the LNR government and gave false information to Plotnitsky… ergo, Plotnitsky isn’t at fault
  • There was no bloodshed
  • The city is functioning normally, people are on the streets, and shops are open
  • Plotnitsky has left the LNR
  • Kornet said that this operation should be over by week’s end

What seems very likely (not confirmed):

  • Kornet is/will be the new LNR Head of State

23 November 2017

Patrick Lancaster

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Editor:

My local sources corroborated what Mr Lancaster posted. It appears the LNR MVD identified pro-Ukrop elements close to I V Plotnitsky (probably, on the Langley payroll). If so, it appears that the local gaybistyunmasked pro-American elements and are in the process of eliminating them. It may also mean that the Yanks overreached themselves and were trying to destabilise the LNR. Mind you… this is all tentative… it may change yet again in the next 24 hours (the Amerikantsy aren’t known for giving up easily). However, it’s what appears plausible at this time. This is a “work in progress”… things could and may very well change. The shortage of crystal balls vexes me (and all other commentators, too)…

  • Gaybist: Russian slang for security officers/forces. It comes from the Russian pronunciation of “GB”, the first two letters of “State Security” in Russian.

BMD

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko: There’s Hysteria in Kiev

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Dear Friends!

There’s hysteria in Kiev. The authorities didn’t conceal their anger and disappointment at statements emanating from Hungary. Security officials demanded that the Verkhovnaya Rada act against “separatists” in Zakarpatya who declared a Zakarpatya Peoples Republic. The keyword was “demanded”. This seems to tell me that after diplomatic notes, after the use of force, we’ll see another Republic arise. Yes… Poland will have something to say, too.

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

18 November 2017

Igor Krupikov

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