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Friday, 28 April 2017

Kiev Cut Electricity to LNR… Readies Same Move Against DNR

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Today, the Ukraine cut off supplies of electricity to the LNR. It said that it’s preparing to do the same to the DNR. Supposedly, they decided to do this because of unpaid power bills. In reality, it’s part of the blockade the Ukraine imposed on the two People’s Republics. After some initial disruption, it seems electric power over the LNR is back to normal. This only took a few hours. Supposedly, they did this with domestic resources. Probably, they had technical help from Russia, and possibly even some supply of electricity from Russia, as this article by Deutsche Welle claimed. Indubitably, both the Russians and the two People’s Republics anticipated this move for months, and it seems they prepared for it. When the Ukrainians cut off electricity to the DNR… as I’m sure before long it will be… I expect the power supply there to resume as effortlessly as it did in the LNR.

The fact that the Ukraine cut off electric power to the LNR and intends to do likewise to the DNR further severs whatever tenuous connection remained between the Ukraine and the two Republics. Now, in all respects, they’re de facto independent states, fully separated from the Ukraine. Now, the notion that they’re still part of the Ukraine is no more than a fiction. I understand that the people of the two Republics increasingly respond to surveys that they’re no longer Russian-speaking eastern Ukrainians. Instead, they increasingly redefine themselves as Russians. I expect this trend to accelerate and intensify, and I expect that in time that the two Republics would become fully part of Russia, although I don’t know how it’d happen or how long it’d take. Of course, for many practical purposes, they’re part of Russia already.

The Ukraine’s latest move also provides further confirmation of an unspoken truth. The Ukraine has given up hope of ever regaining control of the two People’s Republics. Moreover, it’s clear that it’d rather lose control of them than implement the constitutional provisions of the Minsk Agreement. That isn’t surprising. If the Ukraine ever implemented the Minsk Agreement’s constitutional provisions, it’d mean the end of the Maidan movement’s plan of a unitary monocultural Ukraine, distanced as far from Russia as possible. There’s no evidence any member of the Maidan leadership wants to abandon this plan, and if they did, the various far-right “activists” upon whom the Maidan régime depends for its survival wouldn’t let them.

That means that the Minsk Agreement… unloved by everyone… is dead. So long as the Maidan régime remains in power, they won’t carry it out. I’d add that if the Maidan régime ever falls… as I believe one day it will… it wouldn’t resurrect the Minsk Agreement because at that point no one would need it anymore. The Minsk Agreement is a ghost in whose existence everyone pretends to believe since it continues to provide a framework around which discussions about the Ukraine between the various parties can occur. However, it’s no longer a roadmap to a peace settlement, if it ever was. Undoubtedly, Russians understand this perfectly well. Whether Western governments do is another matter.

25 April 2017

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

http://theduran.com/kiev-cuts-electricity-lpr-prepares-dpr/

Monday, 24 April 2017

Lavrov sez: “We Won’t Leave the People of the Donbass in the Lurch”

War damage in the Donbass… the fighting continues… but for how much longer?

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Minister of Foreign Affairs S V Lavrov said in an interview:

Our efforts will continue to aim at preventing “hotheads” in Kiev from starting a new cycle of violence in the southeast. In any case, we won’t leave the people of the Donbass in the lurch. The process of settlement in the southeast stalled because of the persistent reluctance of the Ukrainian leadership to fulfil its obligations under the Minsk Agreements. We’ll continue to work hard to make Kiev stop its blockade of the Donbass and proceed to a full implementation [of the Minsk Agreements]. We expect a similar attitude from the West, as they’ve repeatedly claimed that they want a speedy implementation of the Minsk Agreements, as they stated that there’s no alternative to them. The main point of the Minsk Agreements is that there should be direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk. Neither Russia nor the new US president nor anyone else will be able to do anything for the parties to the conflict, for a settlement depends upon direct negotiations between the parties on mutual guarantees of security and the principles of building a common future.

28 March 2017

RIA Novosti

https://ria.ru/world/20170328/1490939666.html

Sunday, 23 April 2017

“We’re Brothers; We’re One!”: Aleksei Zhuravko’s Thoughts on His Birthday

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Dear Friends!

Thank you so much for the kind words and for the good wishes [on my birthday]. I want to tell you that many people from the Ukraine congratulated me. Not everyone thinks I’m separatist and a traitor. On my birthday, many wrote me telling that they understand exactly what’s happening in the Ukraine and who actually brought us to this mess. Everyone who wrote me said one thing:

We’re brothers; we’re one!

I’m sure that things will get change for the better and there’ll be peace for all of us. It’s going to be as it was in earlier times; we’re going to live together without borders. I want to say a separate “thank you” to all my friends who are in the occupied part of the Ukraine, who oppose the invaders of my beloved country. I’d like to say the same to the people who support me in the current fight against fascism. Once again, thank you all! I bow in respect before all of you! I love all of you!

In Respect,

Aleksei Zhuravko

22 April 2017

Aleksei Zhuravko

Facebook

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

DNR Honcho Zakharchenko Visits Front Several Times a Week… He Expects Intensification of Hostilities Soon

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Today, on an online forum beamed at the Ukrainian people, DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko said:

What’s my schedule? Every day is different. A few times a week, I try to visit the front to chat with the guys, to help them in any way I can. In general, it’s important that if you want to know the war, you have to know what the grunts in the trenches are thinking. Otherwise, you’re just “a general without an army”.

In addition, Zakharchenko receives daily reports from the military and his ministers, after that, he holds working meetings or goes on inspections. Zakharchenko noted:

My usual day ends late at night; sometimes, I must solve urgent problems before morning. Therefore, it’s hard, of course, but not boring. What about rest? I try to find time to get away with my family. That’s the best kind of holiday.

https://dan-news.info/politics/glava-dnr-rasskazal-chto-vyezzhaet-na-peredovuyu-neskolko-raz-v-nedelyu.html

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DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko responded to a question on online media:

In the near future, we expect further intensification [of action on the contact line between our forces]. That’s to put it mildly. Our intelligence reports that the other side is fully prepared to move to full-scale hostilities. Well, we’ve already formed strike groups in vital areas. Yes, we’re waiting for it.

https://dan-news.info/defence/dnr-v-blizhajshee-vremya-ozhidaet-obostreniya-na-linii-fronta-zaxarchenko.html

14 April 2017

DAN Donetsk News Agency

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