U.S. Confronts Russia: Kiev Anti-Russian False Flag Planned?

Lavrov remains firm saying: “I can assure you that Russia will not only survive, but will come out stronger out of this.”

 

 

Mythes-Ukraine-400x232previous article discussed Russian economist/political analyst Mikhail Delyagin expecting a possible anti-Russian nuclear false flag.

Fort Russ now cites intelligence “about impending terrorist attacks on Ukrainian strategic objects, which will justify an attack on Donbass.”

Foreign nationals and relatives of senior Ukrainian officials were evacuated from border areas, it says.

Armored vehicles with Russian and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) symbols and flags were seen in Donbas territory controlled by Ukraine’s military.

Suggesting a planned provocation. Other intelligence “confirmed the arrival of large numbers of mercenaries, equipment and machinery from NATO countries.”

Ukraine’s general staff press service head, Vladislav Seleznev, announced possible resumed hostilities in so-called ATO (anti-terrorist operations) areas.

As well as “possible terrorist attacks by the militia on the objects of strategic importance.” Because socio/political/humanitarian conditions remain tense, he said. In ATO and bordering areas.

“There is also the risk of a resumption of active hostilities,” Seleznev added. “However, we do not eliminate the risk of terrorist and sabotage acts in these areas, at government and military facilities, as well as mass protests and civil disobedience.”

Earlier, illegitimate oligarch president Petro Poroshenko vowed to return Crimea to Ukraine. “Crimea will be back together with us,” he said.

US-installed NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed Ukraine-supportive Alliance efforts with Kiev’s illegitimate putschist prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. On Monday. In Brussels.

Pledging “NATO stands with you.” Praising “Ukraine’s commitment to its partnership with NATO despite challenging circumstances, and pledged ongoing political and practical support.”

“Your visit just underlines the strong partnership between NATO and Ukraine. We also very much appreciate that we are able to develop our partnership. And especially because the people of Ukraine have chosen the path of democracy and closer cooperation with Europe. And we welcome that. We underline that the decision by the people of Ukraine has to be respected.”

Some cold hard facts. US-installed fascist putschists run Ukraine. With no legitimacy whatever.

Governing lawlessly. Enforcing hardline rule. Committing egregious civil and human rights violations. Waging naked aggression on its own people.

So-called Poroshenko’s silence regime reflects head-fake deception. According to the Voice of Sevastopol (accessed earlier, not now except in Ukrainian):

On Monday, artillery fire was heard. In Donetsk’s western outskirts. Ukrainian drones overflew the area.

During December 14 and 15 evening hours, “Ukrainian law enforcers attacked the airport of Donetsk…” DPR freedom fighters didn’t respond in kind.

Ukrainian forces attacked their Yasnoye positions. Northwest of Dokuchayevsk. In Beryozovoye municipality.

Artillery fire was heard in Lugansk. Fighting reported at Schastye. Self-defense force Prishib village positions were attacked.

Artillery fire was reported coming from Ukrainian army controlled Chernukhino, Gorodische and Zorinsk.

An Odessa explosion was reported. In the vicinity of its refinery. At the same time, Russian humanitarian aid keeps coming. A 10th convey is imminent. With vital supplies an Christmas gifts.

US-supported Kiev fascists threaten regional security. Perhaps world peace. The respected Colonel Cassad site quoted what it called Georgi Diimitrov’s “classic definition of fascism.”

Calling it “an open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of the financial capital…”

“Fascism is neither the government beyond classes nor the government of the petty bourgeois or the lumpen-proletariat over the financial capital.”

“Fascism is the government of the financial capital itself. It is an organized massacre of the working class and the revolutionary slice of peasantry and intelligentsia.”

“Fascism in its foreign policy is the most brutal kind of chauvinism, which cultivates zoological hatred against other peoples.”

Kiev terrorizes opponents. Wants them eliminated altogether.

Tactics include “physical extermination, intimidation, hostage-taking, warrantless arrests, abductions, torture, and other elements of terror.”

Kiev putschists represent “the most radical forms of the Ukrainian integral nationalism and fascism…”

Monied interests run things. Billionaires contest with millionaires for power.

Monied interests and “fascist squads (are) its instruments for building the fascist system of government, which is built on a terrorist dictatorship.”

Russophobia is Kiev’s ideological cornerstone. “(O)penly advocat(ing) oppressing and exterminating people based on their ethnicity, culture, and language.”

Colonel Cassad site saying Ukrainian conditions are “a 100% match for Dimitrov’s classical definition. (F)ascism in its most classical and pure form.”

Threatening regional peace, stability and security. Pentagon sources confirmed military buildup along Russia’s borders.

To ensure regional “peace and stability.” NATO’s “collective security commitment.” In light of Russian “interference” in Ukraine.

Moscow accused NATO of significant air activity and intelligence flights over border areas. Unjustifiable provocations. As well as NATO’s nearby land and sea presence.

In Poland and Baltic countries. Black Sea naval exercises. The equivalent of Russia conducting its own in Mexican Gulf waters. Or off America’s east or west coasts.

Imagine Washington’s response. Screaming scoundrel media headlines.

Lt. General Mikhail Mizintsev heads Russia’s Defense Ministry joint military command.

He expressed concerns “over the significant increase of NATO military activity near the Russian borders.”

Including doubled flight activity. To about 3,000 missions this year. Flying in “dangerous proximity” to long-range Russian military aircraft.

At least 55 times in 2013 and 2014. At a distance of less than 100 meters. Lack of “any mutual exchange of information” ruined chances for trust.

“All achievements in the field of trust-building and voluntary transparency that NATO and Russia have formed over the years have ceased,” said Mizintsev.

All Russian missions were “in strict compliance with international rules.”

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained how NATO policy affects Russia.

Saying its military doctrine “says…the security risks for Russia, among other things, are NATO expansion to the East and the movement of military infrastructure of NATO closer to the Russian borders…”

“(N)ot NATO itself, but its militarized movement to the East is considered by the Russian military doctrine as a security risk and threat for Russia.”

Lavrov cited “serious reasons to believe” sanctions and other Western policies aim for regime change in Russia.

Including US-instigated oil wars. Taking advantage of weakening economic conditions. Hammering Russia’s ruble. Making its economy scream.

Wanting Putin supporters turned against him. Perhaps color revolution turbulence underway. A US specialty. Wanting Russia looking like Ukraine.

Risking open confrontation to achieve aims. Anything ahead is possible. Lavrov remains firm saying:

“I can assure you that Russia will not only survive, but will come out stronger out of this.”

“We have been in much worse situations in our history, and every time we were getting out of these fixes much stronger.”

America represents its most serious challenge. Much greater than during Cold War years. Mutually assured destruction (MAD) reasoning seems forgotten.

Lunatics making policy in Washington risk the unthinkable. Cooler heads so far unable to contain them.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 

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.