“We Are Essentially At War” Ukraine Admits, After Dozens Killed

 

 

Odessa Massacre

First published on 05/03/14

While there may be some confusion about why massive bond buying greeted yesterday’s “better than expected” loss of 209 jobs in the 25-54 age group, dragging stocks down, the answer is actually very simple: there is a war in the Ukraine.

A war which just took a turn for the worst after at least 42 people were killed according to Reuters in street battles between supporters and opponents of Russia in southern Ukraine that ended with dozens of pro-Russian protesters incinerated in a burning building. The riot in the Black Sea port of Odessa, ending in a deadly blaze in a besieged trade union building, was by far the worst incident in Ukraine since a February uprising that ended with a pro-Russian president fleeing the country.

The clip below, not for the faint of heart, shows anti-government protesters jumping from the burning Odessa trade unions house: it appears when Yanukovich was “killing” protesters in February, the west couldn’t get up in arms fast enough screaming for the former president’s overthrow. But now that the acting post-CIA funded coup government is doing the same thing to its own protesters, the radio silence is stunning.

Shocking Odessa video: Trapped people jump out of burning building

 

 

But while these tragic events in Odessa were the first time the Ukraine conflict manifested itself in pro and anti-Russian clashes in the Black Sea town, it will hardly be the last: not only does the port city have economic and military significance, it also sits between Crimea and pro-Russian areas in eastern Ukraine and the breakaway Transnistria region of neighboring Moldova.

The admission of the true state of affairs finally came from Kiev itself which said that Ukrainian forces pressed their assault on separatists today, freeing up a regional airport as the head of the country’s anti-terrorist center warned eastern regions are “essentially” at war.

The campaign in the Donetsk region left five dead from the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation and 12 wounded, said the center’s chief, Vasyl Krutov, at a Kiev briefing, even as military observers were freed by anti-Kiev militants. Government forces have secured the town of Slovyansk as operations in Kramatorsk continue.

“What is happening in the east is not a short-term action, this is essentially a war,” Krutov said today.

War it is:

 Open clashes are sweeping Ukraine’s east, from Donetsk near the Russian border to Odessa, about 100 miles from the European Union’s southeastern frontier in Romania, amid signs the industrial and coastal regions are slipping out of the Kiev government’s control. The U.S. and the European Union accuse Russia of being behind the unrest, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is “extremely concerned” and is studying the situation, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, said today.

There was some good news: military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who were taken hostage a week ago were freed and will be delivered to the Council of Europe in Slovyansk near Donetsk, the council said today in a statement.

Bloomberg reports further that the U.S. and EU accuse Russia of stirring unrest to undermine Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said at a briefing today in Jezioro, Poland, that officials are “losing hope” about a diplomatic solution to end the crisis.

This is a war of maybe a different kind, it is a war that’s undeclared,” Tusk was quoted as saying by PAP newswire at a media briefing. “But what we’re really dealing with is de-facto a war. You can clearly see that actions taken by the international community haven’t brought results.”

To be sure, Ukraine and NATO is putting all the blame on Russia – not only for instigating the conflict but arming the separatists, seemingly oblivious of factual evidence that it was the US that was doing precisely the same just over three months ago when it was orchestarting the overthrow of the then government.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said the use of advanced weapons showed the separatists were “professional saboteur groups” rather than peaceful protesters. In a statement, it called their tactics “characteristic of foreign military or mercenaries.”

 

Turmoil erupted yesterday in Odessa, where more than 130 people had been detained by police, with 10 criminal cases already started, according to Petro Lutsyuk, the head of the Interior Ministry’s directorate in the city, said on the agency’s website. The Interior Ministry later said on its website that Lutsyuk was fired.

 

The nearby city of Nikolaev hosts much of the country’s defense and shipbuilding industry, as well as Zorya-Mashproekt, a state enterprise that manufactures gas turbines for OAO Gazprom (GAZP), the Russian natural gas producer and exporter.

Meanwhile, the theater by western leaders hit a new peak yesterday when Obama and Merkel did all they could: threaten more sanctions. At their news conference in Washington, Obama and Merkel said Russia must pull back support for the separatists so Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election can go ahead unimpeded. If the vote can’t be held, “we will not have a choice but to move forward” with more sanctions, Obama said. Merkel called the election “crucial” and said she’s ready to support economic sanctions if needed.

Ironically, it is German commercial interests which as we said back in March, are doing all they can to prevent sanctions of Russia as they know well they would be the biggest losers. Germany is Europe’s largest economy and had $127 billion in trade with Russia in 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund, making Germany is Russia’s second-biggest trading partner. Putin has threatened to escalate economic warfare if further sanctions are imposed.

“When we will reach a particular tipping point is very hard to say in advance,” Merkel said. “But all I can say is that the elections on May 25 are a decisive juncture for me and if there is further destabilization, things will get more and more difficult.”

Expect more furious bluster out of Germany and Obama, hoping that verbal escalation will finally cause Putin to pull back. It won’t. Meanwhile Putin is keeping quiet. Which is the second good news because as we showed yesterday, all Putin has to do is give the command.

What Is Being Blacked-Out ?

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Kiev-Junta-East-Ukraine-MilitaryHere’s a typical example of what’s being blacked-out:

This is a photo of a Ukrainian soldier guiding a truck-full of prisoners toward a ditch, to which the prisoners are then dragged one-by-one, and thrown in, and shot — then covered over with dirt after all the corpses (and perhaps some living bleeding survivors) are piled in it.

(Of course, any survivors then quickly choke to death, from the dirt):

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 Ukraine, 2014. In the Internet appeared video with the title – The Punishers battalion of Donbass shoot civilians.
Warning – Item The Punishers battalion of Donbass shoot civilians might contain content that is not suitable for all ages.

Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3f9_1413978229#51gT03GIRPwuUzMw.99

And here’s an explanation of how this extraordinary video of a genocide being carried out, came to be found by the resistance-fighters against Ukraine’s war to exterminate the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, Ukraine’s region where the vast majority of the people are ethnic Russians, or commonly called “Moskals” by many people in northwestern Ukraine, which term employed by them is equivalent to the terms “nigger,” and “kike” that are used in some other countries: all psychological terms of de-humanization.

Though this video of a genocide-in-action is rare, the event itself is routinely happening in southeastern Ukraine, so that the Ukrainian Government can reduce the population in the area of Ukraine that had voted over 80% for the Ukrainian President whom the Obama Administration overthrew in a violent CIA-paid, U.S.-State-Department planned-and-run, coup, that climaxed on 22 February 2014. The new Government is trying to eliminate enough of the people who had voted for him so that the coup-imposed regime will be able to stay in power ‘democratically,’ with those Russia-friendly voters gone — enough of those voters gone so that America’s coup-regime can continue even as a democracy.

This is the video from which that still-photo is taken — you can see this entire event (except the burial), here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3f9_1413978229. The victims who are shoved into, then shot in the ditch, are all dressed in civilian clothes. They’re not soldiers.

Каратели из батальона Донбасс или Нацгвардии [Punitive battalion of Donbass Or Natshvardyy]

As is evident from that video, the troops who are executing these people don’t care whether any one of the bodies down in that ditch are still alive; the next victim just gets thrown promptly on top, and shot. These troops are interested only in speed, without concern for victims.

Their only “concern” for the victims is to rape the ones they want, and to kill as many of the residents who live there as possible. The objective is officially called “punishment.” That’s the Ukrainian Government’s term. The aim is to make them suffer.

Here is how deeply immersed in hatred of “Moscals” these people are. The Ukrainians who fought on Hitler’s side in WWII are heroes to them. An American friend who happens to live in the conflict-zone, the southeast, where the “Moskals” are predominant, wrote me today about the city of “Mariupol. The hospital there is being inundated with rape victims. A lot of girls are just going missing. People are disappearing constantly. The photo enclosed is from Artemosk yesterday. The Ukraine army ran over the car killing two people. It got stuck on top of the car.” Kill them however you can, is their assignment. Soldiers in the Ukrainian Army are taught that everyone who lives in these areas is the enemy. Killing the residents there is considered to be ‘patriotic.’

There is also plenty of bombing, and firing missiles at, the cities and villages there, to destroy people and buildings, so that many of the surviving residents will flee over the border into neighboring Russia, from whence they’ll never again be allowed to vote in a Ukrainian election — thereby further reducing the number of those voters in Ukrainian national elections. Such bombing and shelling seem to be the Government’s main methods of eliminating residents in the southeast. Also, white phosphorous and other illegal weapons of terror are used, in order to especially induce the residents to evacuate into Russia.

This is a “genocide” against ethnic Russians whose families have lived inside Ukraine, in many cases, for centuries. It is also, and in the very same sense, an “ethnic cleansing,” to lock-in the anti-Russian regime that Obama installed earlier this year.

Here are some of the people who have been fleeing into Russia. Every one of those busloads of refugees exiting Ukraine is further success for Obama’s plan, because it means fewer pro-Eastern, anti-Western, voters.

So, as you can see, the new Ukrainian Government is having considerable success in its efforts to murder and terrorize enough of the residents there, for Ukraine’s electoral map to be no longer as favorable as it formerly was toward political candidates who prefer Russia over the United States. This is a way to gain a new ally against Russia, right next door to Russia. It’s conquest of Ukraine’s southeast, by Ukraine’s northwest.

Here is a Gallup poll that had been taken throughout Ukraine in April 2014, just after the coup. As you can see, the northwest liked the U.S., the European Union, and NATO, while the southeast liked Russia and didn’t want to join either the EU or NATO. Furthermore, Crimeans, the residents in what had been the far-southernmost part of Ukraine, loathed Ukraine, and were relieved to be restored again to Russia. Sectional differences in Ukraine are extreme. Obama forced the Russia-haters into power, and wants to keep them in power.

Moreover, Gallup had polled 500 Crimeans during May 16-30 in 2013, and found that only 15% considered themselves “Ukrainian” at all. This was when Crimea was still part of Ukraine. 24% considered themselves simply “Crimean,” which nonetheless was a renunciation of any Ukrainian identity for themselves; so, that’s 24% who didn’t think of themselves as being Ukrainian. And additionally, 40% — a number virtually matching the totality of the other two, and nearly three times larger than the percentage who called themselves “Ukrainian” — considered themselves already to be “Russian,” even before the coup. The people there overwhelmingly wanted to secede from Ukraine, and they preferred to be part of Russia, just as Crimea had been prior to 1954.

Immediately after the coup, Russia sent troops into Crimea to preserve its Black Sea Fleet which has always been stationed there; and this military presence protected Crimeans, too, against the ethnic cleansing that was quickly started by the new Ukrainian regime to eliminate the residents in other areas of Ukraine’s southeast than Crimea. You’ll see those areas in purple on Ukraine’s 2010 electoral map, with the purple areas being the ones where the election’s pro-Russian winner, Viktor Yanukovych, had received over 80% of the vote. Here is the map of that 2010 vote, with the purple areas being the same areas that are now being ethnically cleansed. This map shows the exact voting-percentages: the three districts that voted more than 80% for the man whom Obama overthrew are now the ones that either broke away from Ukraine or are trying to. This is where the genocide is being concentrated. The people who live there aren’t wanted by Kiev’s new Government; only their land is.

Back when the U.S-engineered “Maidan” demonstrations had first placed into power a pro-U.S. Ukrainian President, Yanukovych’s opponent in 2004, here is the election map, which showed just the same areas that were strongly pro-Russian then as now.

Obviously, the U.S. CIA, and State Department, and President Barack Obama, can read electoral maps; and, as long as those voters in Ukraine’s far-east stayed alive where they were, inside Ukraine, no anti-Russian regime in Ukraine would be able to remain securely in power.

However, a pretext needed to be established in order to ‘justify’ this ethnic cleansing; and that pretext was that they were separatists who threatened the presumed (but always fictional) unity of the Ukrainian culture and State.

In order to scare the residents in the pro-Russian areas and get them to become separatists — to become terrified enough for them to want to become part of Russia or else flee into safety inside Russia rather than to be attacked, bombed, and shot, by this new regime in Kiev — the Government, or actually one of its officials who happens to be one of Ukraine’s oligarchs, with a fortune over five billion dollars, held a massacre of peaceful pro-Russian demonstrators they trapped inside the Odessa Trade Unions Building on 2 May 2014, and then the army itself invaded other cities in the southeast on May 9th. By this time, many residents throughout the southeast, basically in the areas where Yanukovych had received over 80% of the vote, formed themselves into militias and moved to secede from Ukraine (to protect themselves and their families from the new regime), which this new Ukrainian Government promptly called ‘terrorism,’ and the Government announced an “Anti-Terrorist Operation,” or “ATO,” in order to exterminate them. Also, many people in Ukraine’s northwest openly mocked the people who had been burnt and clubbed to death at the Trade Unions Building massacre. The victims of that massacre were blamed for the massacre, because they had been ‘terrorists.’

Here is how Ukraine’s Defense Minister described his plan:

“There will be a thorough filtration of people. There will be special filtration measures put in place. We will filter out people, including women, who are linked to separatism, who were committing crimes on Ukrainian territory, crimes related to terrorist activities. We have a lot of information regarding this, and we have a formidable framework to combat this, and respective power structures will carry out this operation. Besides, this is a serious issue, related to the fact that people will be resettled to other regions.”

The new Government is also training Ukraine’s children to view extermination of Russians as being a patriotic necessity for Ukrainians. There are summer camps to which children are sent to be taught Ukrainian nazi ideology, where they march under both the Ukrainian flag and also various nazi flags, sometimes including the swastika. Both at such camps, and inside the parliament, the German nazi salute of the stiff right arm raised upward, with the hand and fingers positioned stiffly forward, is commonly given, as a sign of the individual’s loyalty to the country. Also, Ukraine’s military is increasingly filled with men who are tattooed with the swastika and other German nazi insignia. The common heritage back to Adolf Hitler (whom America’s WWII veterans went to war to defeat, of course) is being honored, not merely more overtly, but also more privately, by right-wing Ukrainians, as having been the leading edge of the new Ukraine, which U.S. President Barack Obama — the United States Government — installed on February 22nd, and which perpetrated the Odessa massacre on May 2nd, as well as the civil war that followed. These are America’s new  allies.

But it’s all being blacked-out, in countries that claim to represent democracy. This black-out adds insult to the injury that the present regime is causing, and not only to Ukraine, but to US. It’s complicity in this Administration’s criminality. And it is dangerous.

This is no mere game. The public needs to know that this is happening, and why it’s happening. Otherwise, there is no democracy, because what’s at stake here is not only the character of today’s America, but is America’s future, and the world’s. If the American people are manipulated about this, then they are no free people, and American democracy is then itself fake, no longer real, in any significant sense. Just a sham. And a shame — not of the public, but of the people who hide the truth from the public.

Due to the Internet, this is the first genocide that is being documented in real time, as it occurs. Historians will note this genocide, and will also note where it was reported, and where it was not reported.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Alexander Muzicko hero Majdan with prostitutes

Most Wanted Ukrainian Ultranationalist Killed in Special Operation

 

 

KIEV, March 25 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian ultranationalist Olexander Muzychko, put on an international wanted list for committing war atrocities in Russia’s Chechnya, was gunned down overnight in an operation by Ukrainian special forces, a senior official in the country said Tuesday.

Muzychko, also known as Sashko Bilyi, was located Monday near a cafe in the western Ukrainian city of Rovno in an operation launched by special forces to neutralize a suspected militant group.

Muzychko, an activist in Ukraine’s radical Right Sector party and an active participant in earlier riots (street protests) in Kiev, attempted to escape through a window and opened fire on law enforcement, injuring one of the officers before being killed by return fire, according to First Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Yevdokimov.

“Muzychko was shot in his leg, but he tried to return fire. Later when he was kicked down to the ground, he kept shooting and was injured. Doctors have confirmed Muzychko’s death,” Yevdokimov said, according to the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency.

Three other suspected gunmen were detained during the operation.

Earlier this month Muzychko accused the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office and police in a YouTube video of a plot to kill him or capture and hand him over to Russian special services.

Muzychko was put on an international wanted list on suspicion of torturing and murdering at least 20 Russian servicemen in Chechnya in the early 2000s. He was arrested in absentia by a court in southern Russia earlier this month.

Ukrainian prosecutors have launched a criminal case against Muzychko who assaulted staff at a state prosecutor’s office in Rovno last month. Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov earlier said Muzychko would be punished according to the law.

Right Sector, along with Muzychko, is a major ally of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party led by Oleh Tyahnybok, a member of the new Ukrainian government and an active promoter of the ideas of Stepan Bandera. Bandera, a Ukrainian who collaborated with Nazi Germany during World War II, was involved in mass atrocities in the wartime ethnic cleansing of Poles, Jews and Russians.

Russia has described last month’s uprising in Kiev as an illegitimate fascist coup, which resulted in Moscow taking steps to protect ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

The United States’ OSCE Envoys Argue Over Reports of Russian Invasion of Ukraine

An armed pro-Russian separatist looks next to an OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine vehicle, on the way to the site where the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, outside Donetsk

 

The Moscow Times

Ukraine’s envoy to European security body the OSCE said on Thursday that regular Russian forces had seized the southeastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border at “any point.”

Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine’s representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that “what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine.”

Speaking on the sidelines of an extraordinary OSCE meeting in Vienna, he added: “The city of Novoazovsk and a number of other cities close to this one have been seized by regular Russian forces.”

Ukraine viewed the latest development as an “act of aggression,” he said. “We will use all means available to Ukraine under international law, under the UN charter, to defend its territory, to defend its independence.”

In Kiev, Ukraine’s security and defense council said Novoazovsk, a border town, and other parts of Ukraine’s south-east had fallen under the control of Russian forces who together with rebels were staging a counteroffensive.

At the meeting of the OSCE, which groups Russia as well as the United States among its 57 members, Prokopchuk said he had appealed “to all our partners to provide all possible support to Ukraine to defend itself and to rebuff this aggression.”

Russia denies intervening in Ukraine by arming the rebels or sending soldiers across the border. The defense ministry declined to comment on reports of Russian tanks in Novoazovsk.

Russian Ambassador Andrei Kelin told reporters during the OSCE meeting: “No Russian forces are crossing in any point the border of Ukraine.”

Apart from a small unit of about 10 Russian soldiers who he said had “unintentionally” crossed the border a couple of days ago, Kelin said that “there are no Russian forces over there.”

Kelin said there was a worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Ukrainian regions where “people continue to die” because of what he said was shelling and artillery fire by the Ukrainian army on the population.

Rebel advances this week have opened a new front in the conflict just as Ukraine’s army appeared to have gained the upper hand, virtually encircling the separatists in their main strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The US envoy to the OSCE, Daniel Baer, said that in the last 24 hours there had been “mounting reports of large numbers of Russian military personnel inside Ukraine, columns of Russian tanks and armored vehicles crossing into southeastern Ukraine.”   [Evidence please!]

“These indicate [Evidence Please!] that a new Russian escalation, including a Russia-directed counteroffensive, may be underway in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts — actions that are in clear violation of international law and OSCE principles and commitments,” he said.  [Nothing is in violation of international law until you show the evidence Mr. Baer!]

Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

Ukraine Crisis: Death and destruction continues in Eastern Ukraine / Хунта убивает людей. [ENG SUB]

 

By Eric Zuesse 

Washington Blog co-posted along with with RINF Alternative News

 

America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs. It is also being done because these still photos from the documentary summarize this over-long documentary’s important narrative. You are welcomed to click onto the link above to see the entire 82-minute documentary.

First, there will here be an introductory paragraph summary of the relevant background (not discussed in the documentary), if you want to know that: In February 2014, our State Department and CIA used ‘false flag,’ or engineered-so-as-to-be-misinterpreted, violence by our country’s paid Ukrainian agents, in order to exploit the ‘Maidan’ demonstrations in Kiev, the desire of Ukrainians for a less-corrupt government than existed in Ukraine, and than has existed in Ukraine ever since the fall of communism there.

Our Government, the Obama Administration, paid masked gunmen there to dress as if they were from the State Security Force of the corrupt Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and to shoot at and murder not just policemen but anti-Yanukovych or ‘democracy’ demonstrators. (However, Yanukovych had, in fact, himself been democratically elected in 2010, and still was the democratically elected President.)

(NOTE: The complete key phone-transcript whose audio is briefly heard excerpted there is printed here.)

And our gunmen also threatened some members of the Ukrainian Parliament at gunpoint, and engineered their approval of an emergency replacement of Yanukovych’s government by one that was appointed by Obama’s agent, Victoria Nuland, and that was headed by Nuland’s friend “Yats,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk. This new government was filled with people who stated their desire to exterminate the people in Ukraine’s southeast, the people who had voted overwhelmingly for Yanukovych — to just get rid of them. Doing that would make Obama’s regime in Ukraine become permanent.

Then, Ukraine held a ‘democratic’ election in which voters everywhere but in the southeast voted, and essentially the same coup-installed people remained in power.

The billionaire oligarch Petro Poroshenko was elected as the President of ‘Ukraine’; and Victoria Nuland’s chosen leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, continued on as the new country’s Prime Minister. Yatsenyuk fired the previous Defense Minister and replaced him with Mikhail Koval, who on June 11th announced a program of ethnic cleansing in the southeast. This was actually a direct extension from the program that had already started with the extermination on May 2nd of hundreds of supporters of the previous government, who were trapped inside the Trade Unions Building in Odessa and burned alive there. This massacre was masterminded by people who were installed by the Obama Administration.

That massacre started Ukraine’s civil war, by demonstrating to people throughout the southeast, that the newly Obama-installed Ukrainian Government wanted to kill them. It was now official policy throughout the southeastern portion of Ukraine, to kill the Obama-installed regime’s opponents. All of the residents there were being officially labelled by the Obama government as ‘terrorists,’ and their elimination was declared to be a patriotic necessity for Ukraine. However, this amateur documentary from Ukraine’s southeast — the video from which the scenes above are taken — presents the resulting civil war not from the Obama Government’s side, but from their regime’s victims’ side, which is hardly heard at all in the West.

Since this amateur documentary presents the unvarnished reality of an actual ethnic cleansing campaign in progress, corpses and parts of corpses are necessarily shown, and also bombed buildings are shown. There also are curse-words that are spoken by the victims. Censoring these things out would be a violation of the most basic requirements of honest journalism, and would be to cover-up the reality of an ethnic-cleansing campaign, merely because this reality is ugly — that would be a shameful thing to do, a fundamental violation of the journalistic standards of any democracy, and will not be done here, though it is routinely done by our ‘journalists.’

 

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Whatever it is, is mass-theft, combined with mass-murder, combined with a super-scandalous cover-up by all but a half-dozen ‘news’ media in the West (each of which has a small audience), so that even almost all ‘alternative news’ sites are part of the cover-up. But this site, fortunately, isn’t. It’s one of the few that are honest.

In fact, international aristocrats are raping our entire planet with impunity (such as by owning ‘news’ media and politicians), and are ‘trophy hunting’ and otherwise slaughtering not only rare species of animals, but also the human residents of southeastern Ukraine. To ‘bag’ a human or an expensive animal of any species is especially status-confirming to them. Their impunity is the mark of their ‘superiority’: Only they can commit crimes with impunity; so, the bigger the crime, the bigger the thrill it is for them.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

The Residents of Slavyansk have disappeared; the town is being re-populated with migrants from Western Ukraine.

Translation by Valentina Lisitsa
Edited by S. Naylor & @GBabeuf

August 7, 2014

In Slavyansk, occupied by Ukrainian troops, the local residents have practically disappeared. The town is being inundated with migrants speaking in a foreign dialect, who take over the housing of those who left to escape the Ukrainian bombing campaign.

This is reported by one of the very few residents of Slavyansk who, trusting Ukrainian official propaganda, made the decision to return to his native city. The picture that he saw is terrifying. He realized that the information about residents of Slavyansk returning home is nothing but a vile lie.

“Please, heed our plea! The people have disappeared from Slavyansk!

“I am a native of Slavyansk, residing here already for twenty-seven years. Or better to say ‘I was residing’, having left the town three months ago, when it was becoming dangerous to stay. During this time I found refuge with relatives in Odessa. I made a decision to return when all the Ukrainian media started saying that everything in Slavyansk was back to normal, that over sixty percent of residents have come back.

“In the three months of my absence my apartment remained untouched by shells from the junta’s bombardment or by its thugs. I had already started to unpack when I heard the sound of my neighbour’s doors opening across the hallway. I thought it must have been my neighbour, Sergey Ivanovich, but then I saw a young man unknown to me. To my question about his identity he replied that he was Sergey Ivanovich’s son.

“Small problem here—my neighbour’s son died in a car accident three years ago—and he happened to be my childhood friend. I decided to pay a visit to my other neighbours and ask who this guy really is, perhaps truly a son about whom I had no idea.

“Most of the apartments remained empty, but not all. And those which were occupied were occupied by people totally unknown to me. They introduced themselves as new tenants or relatives of my neighbours.

“I knew everybody in my building, but those people I saw for the first time in my life. When I wanted to visit my acquaintances elsewhere, those whom I knew had decided to stay in town under siege, I was able to find neither of them nor anybody even vaguely familiar. I was trying to locate old friends, trying all the phone numbers I knew—but nobody answered.

“Where are my friends, will you tell me, Kiev junta? As I found out from communication with others, the same experience was shared by others who had returned home after Kiev’s army occupied the town. The streets are practically devoid of people; those who do walk ther are  not locals.

“They speak Ukrainian, and if they try Russian one can spot a strong Western Ukrainian accent. Maybe we are going crazy, but it’s not only me alone who thinks the population of Slavyansk has been replaced by junta actors, for the sole purpose of hiding the fact either of extermination of the local inhabitants, or of their deportation.

“Please spread this message, everyone must know what is happening with our city after its so-called ‘liberation’! “, pleads this inhabitant of Slavyansk.

 

Ukraine: The Fall of Slavyansk, a Turning Point in the War Between Kiev and Ukrainian Separatists

By Benoît Vitkine (Slavyansk Special Correspondent)
Original: Le Monde

Graciously Translated by an Anonymous Contributor and @les_politiques
(with minor editing by Gleb Bazov)

On the road, a familiar face. Taguir, a separatist combatant from Slavyansk, is there, over thirty kilometres from his base at the Kostiantinovka checkpoint. He and four of his comrades have piled into an old Lada followed by two other cars. Heading towards Donetsk, in the south.

Taguir, always an Olympian calm, seems lost. The morning of July 5, he received the implacable order: “Evacuation”. Why? For what purpose? He does not know, but the rumor that started that morning begins to take shape: Slaviansk has been given up, the separatists are leaving.

The fall of Slavyansk marks a major turning point in the war between Kiev and the armed separatists who hold a part of eastern Ukraine. It was in Slavyansk where this war began nearly three months ago, when armed commandos emerged on April 12 to take the city, soon to be imitated in other cities by a growing number of local fighters and [volunteers] from Russia. That day, the anger that was boiling in the Donbass region since the coming to power of Maidan revolutionaries became an armed insurrection.

Slavyansk, the “Hero City,” as it is known in the East, in reference to Soviet cities devastated during the World War II; a martyr city, surrounded and besieged for two months, subject to a furious assault of the Ukrainian army, and whose population – 110,000 people in peacetime – has been paying a heavy price for this war.

“Farewell to Putin, Who Did Not Come.”

Further north we come across a column separatist of another order of magnitude. Twenty municipal city buses from Kramatorsk, filled with armed men. Trucks, a cannon and more cars. They are leaving Kramatorsk, another separatist stronghold, situated a few kilometers south of Sloviansk.

Two men at the side of the road watch the passing convoy. They too were ordered to leave, but they stay there, alone, with their Kalashnikovs.

“This is our city, we will defend it to the end. Say hello to the world from us, and farewell. Farewell to Putin, who did not come.”

How can such acaravan move without being attackedby the Ukrainianairforce? Was the surrender [of the city] and the departure of the separatists negotiated with Kiev?Certainly not.

To understand why, we must continue on our way north. Another car. Separatist checkpoints were abandoned in haste; there is food still in the bowls. One kilometer away from the town, the Ukrainian checkpoint, in place there since the beginning of May, was attacked in the night by a group of separatists who tried to break out of the city.

The fight was violent: the asphalt is riddled with craters, holes, blood. Five armored armoured vehicles lie there, ripped open. Inside a troop transport, a separatist fighter died in the explosion of the vehicle. His skull is crashed into the engine compartment. Three other corpses lie at his feet.

Ukrainian soldiers, some in uniform, others in shorts and flip flops, claim to have repelled the attack, at the cost of one killed and three wounded in their ranks. Communication is chaotic, these men do not know who controls the city.

The road is mined, we must take the small roads that pass Slavyansk to the southwest. Yet another Ukrainian army checkpoint. The men raise their fists in victory: Slavyansk has fallen. The soldiers have started to comb the city. Throughout the day, sounds of gunfire and explosions continue unabated. People hide in their houses, not a store is open.

The Separatist HQ Is Empty

At a deserted intersection, a woman raises her arm, looking for a car that would stop. She is Irma Krat, a journalist and famous Maidan activist, captured by the separatists in mid-April as she was live on the Ukrainian Channel 112.

Her body is shaking, from head to toe. That same morning, some Slavyansk residents opened the door of her cell in the basement of the town hall. Her jailers left without a word, leaving Irma wondering why no one brought her food.

She is now trying to get out of the city, holding tight against her [body] a thick notebook: the story of her detention, which she wrote in secret. On the cover, a warning: “If you find this book it means that I’m dead. But this is not important. Please send it to my husband.”

On Karl Marx street, we see the headquarters of the SBU, the Ukrainian Security Service, captured ​​by the pro-Russian militia on April 12. Part of this red brick building was burned by the start of a fire. It was there where the Military Staff of the separatist Sloviansk installed itself. It was also there where they kept their prisoners – pro-Ukrainian activists, journalists and ordinary citizens. The National Guard has installed themselves in its vicinity. Someone has yet to enter the building.

On the burned down ground floor are the offices of the officials of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk.” We look, without finding it, for the office of Igor Strelkov, the commandant of the city, whom Kiev considers to be an agent of Russian military intelligence. Official documents are scattered everywhere. In one corner, a small notebook: a list of the various commanders of Sloviansk, and pages upon pages written by hand – a physics course on explosives.

The cellars of the SBU. One of them was used as a cell. Three wet mattress thrown on the bare floor, bowls still filled with chicken broth. Socks hanging in a corner, some abandoned Bibles. Where are the hostages? Nobody knows. Other rooms have been emptied. A woman arrives in search of Vasily Nesterenko, her sister’s husband, captured while bringing food to the Ukrainian army. He has not been seen since May 6.

“Are You Going to Kill Us All?”

The Ukrainian army is now approaching the building. A resident who came by to satisfy his curiosity is arrested and interrogated. Armored vehicles are pointing their guns at the building, about fifty soldiers take up positions, their weapons pointed to the surrounding buildings. One has surgical bandages wrapped around his head. “Are there any terrorists inside?” – shouts the commander. Not far away, the explosions continue to reverberate. The first floor appears to be mined. It will be partially destroyed by an explosive charge placed by the Ukrainian army.

Now the soldiers angrily tear down the posters of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk” plastered all around the building. Starting with the humiliation incurred at the beginning of the “antiterrorist operation” when, just a few kilometers away, haggard soldiers covered in black grime were stopped by crowds of civilians, the army has suffered, before raising its head. According to official statements of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than two hundred soldiers have died.

Another woman approaches, haggard. “Are you going to kill us all?” She thinks that she is addressing members of the National Guard, one of the military units that entered the city, formed out of volunteers and which has fueled all the horror stories.

Luisa, 28 years old, is afraid to return to her neighborhood which is still being shelled. Afraid of everything, really. She was “for Europe,” and did not vote in the self-determination referendum organized by the separatists on May 11. But she does not know yet if she should rejoice in their departure: “As long as they were here, I survived. It is too early to think about the future.” Other people come to congratulate the soldiers.

On the immense square that faces the cityhall, soldiers are now busy piling up dozens of crates and metal tubes. Heavy weapons, taken one by one from a hastily abandoned building, where Irma Krat was held: grenade launchers, bazookas, missiles …

Valerii Gueleteï, the newly appointed minister of defense has arrived. He claims that the weapons do not originate in Ukraine, and that their origin will soon be clarified.

The Battle for Donetsk is Taking Shape

The wounds of Slavyansk will be slow to heal. The city has suffered more than any other. The most important buildings have been destroyed. Many apartment buildings bear the scars of the Ukrainian army bombardments.

A resident holds in his hand small metal darts the size of a nail. He picked up “half a bucket” of them, and this is only from his apartment, where they were strewn, he said, after the explosion of a Ukrainian shell.

It is difficultto know who is toblame for the shellingthat ravagedthe city.The army,andseveral residents, claim that the residential neighborhoods affected were those from which the separatists were firing. This is without taking into account the blunders and errors from both sides. Entire apartment buildings have collapsed.

Starting in April, and as the fighting intensified, the city has emptied. Those who stayed had to live for a whole month without water, without electricity, with minimal food supplies. An officer assures that substantial humanitarian aid will reach the city very soon.

But the army, as the separatists, are already planning their next steps. The Battle of Donetsk is taking shape. Columns that were sighted in the morning, but also tanks, and also hundreds of pro-Russian fighters have entered the great city of one million inhabitants. At the Kostiantinovka checkpoint a tractor arrives. The field bordering the checkpoint is now split by a large trench.