Wednesday 25 June 2014

More on events in the Ukraine - 06/24/2014

"Ceasefire" the junta's way: "We prefer to burn and shoot defenseless people"
Vladimir Suchan

26 January, 2013

1. "Ceasefire" in the Ukraine clearly means continuation of the war as before--no matter of how often such "ceasefire" was announced or promised.

2. However, even RT continues to call the continuation of attacks on the Donbass "ceasefire." Everyone is free to figure that one out.

3. Russia failed to call the Kiev regime on the blunt and massive violations of the ceasefire (in the real sense of the word "ceasefire").

4. "Ceasefire" is not simply a continuation of the war by the same means--by war, violence, and terror. The junta is in the final stage of ever growing buildup and resupply.

5. While the ability of the Western politician and the Western media to pretend that something is when it is not and that something is not when it is is nearly infinite, Moscow cannot assert for that long that Poroshenko's promises mean 1) either nothing at all or 2) something entirely different than what the words say.

6. In this situation, if "ceasefire" means what it means currently, it would be easy to make or declare "peace" in a similar way--in the Roman imperial and Orwellian way: peace would be war and the objective of such "peace" would be to make first a desert out of the Donbass and then, after the junta's would have been trained on the shooting range of the Donbass, the Kiev regime, as advised and ordered, would try to march "with ceasefires and peace" unto Crimea or perhaps even taking a short-cut via Moscow itself.

On June 24, Vladimir Putin said this: The decision to take back the right to send Russian troops to Ukraine as a way of assisting the initiated peace process is premised on the expectation or condition that the rights and freedoms of the people in eastern Ukraine will be safeguarded and guaranteed.

The position of the West: The Kiev regime is perfectly democratic and constitutional, and there are no Nazis in Ukraine or, at least, no Nazis should be worried about unless we choose to paint Putin and Russia that way. Actually, what happened in Kiev ought to be a model for which Russia itself ought to aspire.

Now, if I may chime in: the elementary fact is that fascism and Banderism are by definition and by their nature incompatible not only with any rule or law or constitutional order, but above all with basic political rights and freedoms of anyone. Fascism is the doctrine of radical inequality; fascism yearns for redividing people into new masters and slaves. In this regard, the only right which fascism effectively allows is the right of death.

In addition, Putin also made this point: To demand that self-defense disarm is senseless, for they remember the Odessa massacre. Without arms they would be burned alive. The putschists' various Banderite and fascist paramilitaries, which the oligarchs and their pro-NATO coup armed, would also need to be disarmed first.

Ukraine SITREP June 24th, 17:10 UTC/Zulu: a watershed moment?

24 June, 2014

When I heard this morning that Putin had asked the Federation Council to repeal the resolution on the use of Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine I was frankly baffled.  Truly, I had not expected such a move.  I had noticed yesterday that the so-called "consultations" (as opposed to "negotiations") between the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, a senior representative for the OSCE Tagliavini, Ukraine's second president Kuchma, Ukrainian Choice movement leader Medvedchuk and the Donetsk People's Republuc's Prime Minister Borodai, South-East movement leader Tsaryov and representatives of the Lugansk People's Republic had resulted in the Novorussian leaders agreeing to a temporary cease-fire, but I did not expect that the situation would change so rapidly.  Let's recall what was going on just a few days ago.How did we get here? 
This is how I concluded 
the June 20th SITREP (entitled "Slaviansk encircled")
Again, we have a situation in which Poroshenko or, should I say, Poroshenko's puppeteers in Washington, are absolutely determined to achieve either one of the following goals:

1) To extend Banderastan all the way to the Russian border
2) To force Russia to openly intervene militarily in the Donbass

This is a winning strategy because Kiev has the means to achieve at least one of these goals and Putin does not have a third option. The Kremlin's preferred solution - to have Novorossia successfully resist the Ukie aggression - does not seem to be achievable, at least not if the Kremlin does not take dramatic action to change the dynamic on the ground.

In fact, I had predicted that Putin would be forced to send in the Russian military not only to avoid a real genocide of the population of Novorossia, but even a "symbolic disaster" like the fall of Slavniansk because the fall of this now symbolic city would be a political disaster for Putin.

Over the next couple of days (June 21st-23rd) my feeling that an intervention was imminent only grew stronger.  This is what I wrote in a private email to a contact in the Ukraine:
A lot of my time is spent scanning the Russian RuNet (official and social) media to get a sense of what is happening. I can say categorically that I sense that something is changing: I think that even though Putin is not making any loud statements about it, the complete farce of Poroshenko's "ceasefire" and "peace plan" has really pissed off the Kremlin and the near-to-the-Kremlin elites who now have switched from a "wait and see and hope for the best" to a "okay, you wanna fuck, let's fuck" mode. For one thing I get the sense that a decision has been made not to allow a genocide in Novorossia. My sense is that the only decision left to fine tune is how, but my guess is that help across the border (in goods and money) will go through the roof. I also hear that the number of volunteers is going sharply up. The key thing is that I also get the feeling that the Ukies are maxed out and that they are having major supplies issues. So it is "just" a matter of us moving resources in fast enough to allow the "thin" Novorussian resistance to hold until the Ukie side begins to crumble. Poroshenko, who before did have some street-cred as "the one who does not have blood on his hands", is now universally despised. And Gazprom is fed up too. All this is to say that I would not be surprised to see an increase of very polite Russians in Lugansk and Donetsk.

Of course, I was referring to a "thinly covert" kind of intervention, not an overt military one, but the difference between the two is really academic.  Besides, one often leads to the other anyway.  My local contact, by the way, agreed and confirmed something was definitely changing for the better (sorry, I cannot go into specifics).

So the visible sequence over the past week has been the following one:
  1. First, Kiev "offered" a "peace plan" which was an ultimatum.
  2. Then, the junta launched a full-scale Ukie assault on Novorossia.
  3. At this point the situation became truly critical and Slaviansk was encircled.
  4. The public mood in Russia became one of extreme rage and frustration.
  5. Then it became clear that the Resistance had inflicted huge losses on the Ukies especially in the Lugansk region and the Karachun hill.
  6. Putin ordered troops to the border and military exercises involving Airborne forces
  7. Consultations began between an ad-hoc group and Novorissian authorities
  8. Novorossian authorities accepted a temporary the ceasefire
  9. Putin asked the Federation Council to repeat the authorization to use the military to protect the Russian-speakers in the Ukraine
To this visible sequence of events I want to add two very important points:

First, concerning point 5 (Ukie losses): not only did I get plenty of unverifiable reports that the 
Ukrainian losses were truly huge, but there are confirmed reports of entire Ukie border guard units fleeing to Russia to seek refuge and 400 soldiers of the Ukrainian Airborne Troops collectively resigning.  As for Slaviansk, to the utter amazement of Strelkov who had expected a final assault, the Ukies withdrew.  Strange no?

Second, there is a rather interesting opposition figure in Russia named 
Sergei Mironov who is the Chairman of the Federation Council and the President of the Just Russia Party (which I would describe as the only real opposition party in the Duma and whose orientation I would call "Left of Putin Social-Democratic").  It so happens that Mironov was on the forefront on the Crimean issue for which Uncle Sam "thanked him" by including him in the list of blacklisted Russian politicians.  Let's just say that on the Ukrainian issue Mironov did some very good work and that he gained a lot of political weight.  Well, two days ago Mironov got so outraged by the situation in Novorossia that he announced on a talkshow on Russian TV that Russia should consider recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics which, as he said, would allow Russia to pour in as much money, weapons or even military forces as needed without having to consult with any third party.  Keep this idea in mind, as it is very important for the rest of this analysis.

True, at the same time, Oleg Tsarev - the de-facto political leader of Novorussia - had set out seven pre-conditions (including full withdrawal and even compensation!) for any negotiations with Kiev, none of which had any chance to be accepted by the Ukie junta, just as Poroshenko's ultimatum aka "peace plan" had zero chance of being accepted in Novorussia.  So the political deadlock was apparently total. 

Alexander Borodai

Connecting all the dots I would say that there were a lot of very dark clouds on the eastern horizon and that a thunderstorm was imminent.  Sure, there were these rather bizarre 'consultations' taking place, but I doubt that anybody could have predicted that they would result in the Novorussian side agreeing to a ceasefire.  And yet this is exactly what Alexander Borodai, the Prime-Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic announced.

Now whether 
Borodai is a high-ranking FSB officer or not, it is quite clear that he could not have taken such a decision without consulting both with Strelkov and the other military commanders and with his contacts in Moscow (wherever they might be).  Clearly, a strategy developed at the top Russian levels is now being implemented.  Let's try to make sense of it.Possible interpretations

First, I want to deal with the obvious one or, should I say, the obviously mistaken one.  It can be summarized with the not-too-sophisticated slogan "Putin is backstabbing Novorossia" or, alternatively, "the NWO has bought Putin off".  I suppose that "the US nuclear blackmail of Russia has forced Putin to surrender" should also be dealt with here.  For one thing, Smolenskaia street is not Foggy Bottom or an undergrad sorority, were decisions are made and reversed in less than 24 hours and were the latest fad sets the agenda.  Putin did not spent the past 14 years freeing Russian from the AngloZionist control while directly opposing key US foreign policy goals just to be "bought off" and commit political suicide.  As for the nuclear war canard, I have already dealt with it recently (see 
here and here) and I have no intention of repeating it all.  I will therefore limit my analyses to credible options:
  1. Russia has concluded that the Ukrainians simply do not have the means to take over and ethnically/politically cleanse Novorussia and that covert aid is enough to secure the future survival of Novorussia.
  2. The EU and Russia have successfully bought Poroshenko away from US supervision and are now trying to take control of the situation.
  3. Russia is trying to offer the most symbolic concessions in preparation for an inevitable breakdown of the negotiations and a subsequent Russian intervention.
  4. Russia is buying time, just enough to have the Ukie economy collapse and the resulting social explosion to overwhelm the junta.
  5. Russia is offering a symbolic concession which more or less guarantees that the Europeans will not have to crash their own economy in further US-demanded sanctions.
Of those options which is the best?  In my opinion the most credible one is the one which combines them all: I think that they are all true.

First, let's make one thing clear: the latest Russian move is purely symbolic as was the Russian Federation Council's initial decision to "authorize" Putin to use the Russian military if needed in the Ukraine.  Putin is the commander in chief and he can order any use of the military he wants, and nobody will challenge that, much less so in the  Russian Duma.  Furthermore, covert actions being, by definition, covert - they do not require anybody's approval, even formally.  Second, just one Ukie attack on a Russian border post (even a mistaken one and even a  failed one) are enough of a legal reason to invoke "self-defense" and I remind you that several such attacks have occurred last week.  Third, since Poroshenko has openly declared that Crimea will forever remain Ukrainian and since Iarosh even promised to start a guerrilla in Crimea, Russia can always invoke "preemptive action".  Finally, and this is crucial, Putin can do exactly Mironov advocates: recognize the Novorussian republics (he does not have to have Duma backing for that) and then move in whatever forces he wants. So even formally, the latest Russian move is 100% symbolic.

Second, to understand what just has happened we need to look at it not only from a Russian, Novorussian or Ukie point of view, but also from the point of view of Uncle Sam.  As a reminder, what where the US goals in the Ukraine: (in no particular order)
  1. Sever the ties between Russia and the Ukraine
  2. Put a russophobic NATO puppet regime in power in Kiev
  3. Boot the Russians out of Crimea
  4. Turn Crimea into a unsinkable US/NATO aircraft carrier
  5. Create a Cold War v2 in Europe
  6. Further devastate the EU economies
  7. Secure the EU's status as "US protectorate/colony"
  8. Castrate once and for all EU foreign policies
  9. Politically isolate Russia
  10. Maintain the worldwide dominance of the US dollar
  11. Justify huge military/security budgets
I have color-coded objectives these objectives into the following categories:

Achieved - black
Still possible - too early to call - blue
Compromised - pink
Failed - red

Current "score card": 1 "achieved", 5 "possible, 2 "compromised" and 3 "failed".

This is already a 
very mediocre result for a power which fancies itself as a superpower, nevermind an indispensable nation or  world hegemon.  But the point I want to make here is this: seen in the context of these AngloZionist strategic objectives, is the latest Russian move a good or a bad thing?  I would argue that at the very least, it further compromises several already immediately threatens several US goals (1,5,8) and potentially complicates others (6,7,8).  Not bad at all, if you ask me, especially for a purely symbolic move!It ain't over, not by a long shot

I have to immediately warn everybody that this one is far from over.  For one thing, we should never under-estimate the power of the AngloZionist Empire who, just to make an example, has just slapped a 
9 billion dollar fine on France for refusing to cancel the Mistral contract (well, officially, for not abiding by US sanctions on Somalia, Iran and Cuba).  Second, the US has a long and distinguished history of sabotaging peace plans (I think of Bosnia, for example).   Third, a ceasefire is much easier to break than to maintain.  And, finally, there are now literally tens of thousands of crazed neo-Nazi thugs running around free in the Ukraine and there is quite literally nobody out there who could reign them in, nevermind disarm them: one could make a very reasonable argument that Kolomoiski has much more power than Poroshenko.  Sad, scary, but true.

I have to agree with several Russian analysts who have recently warned that 
we are in this conflict for the long run and that it would be the height of irresponsibility to assume that now it's all over and all is well.  For one thing, the Banderastani part of the Ukraine is guaranteed to explode before the end of the year (Russia will shield Novorussia from this explosion by direct aid and economic ties).  Finally,  the information war will now only heat up even if the purely military aspects *might* become less central.

In personal and practical terms this means for me that even if a ceasefire becomes more or less permanent (and that is far from being even probable, at least as this point), 
I will continue to maintain, as best I can, this blog in a "crisis" mode with a 24/7 focus on what is taking place in the Ukraine.  I would even argue that if, and that is a big "if", the ceasefire holds, then the really complicated phase will begin with incredibly complex multi-actor negotiations over the future not only of Novorussia but even the future of the rest of the Ukraine.  After all, a ceasefire in the East does not mean that Banderastan has suddenly become viable or that the people in Odessa or Mariupol have suddenly agreed to live under a neo-Nazi regime.  All this ceasefire *might* indicate that that this is *possibly* the end of the very first phase of the Ukrainian crisis and that Novorussia *might* have withstood the junta's attempt at crushing it (please note the triple conditional clauses!).

One more thing: while I have offered possible interpretations, this situation is, by definition, too early too call.  I urge you call to show the highest degree of skepticism towards any "analyses" filled with categorical statements because it is simply undeniable that while we can speculate about what reasons Putin has for his decisions, we don't really know that at all.  As 
Rumsfeld once said, "as we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know".

There are simply too many "unknown unknowns" in the current situation to make any kind of categorical - nevemind final - judgements.

The Saker

PS: I wrote the above two hours in one shot and just before runing out to work.  Please forgive the bad style and typos.

And THIS is the "ceasefire" that everyone is talking about

June 24th Novorossia News Bulletin by the ANNA news agency

Igor Strelkov's Combined Briefings, June 24, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov

Order/Regulation by Igor Strelkov, June 23, 2014

Original: Strelkov Info

DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] Minister of Defence, Igor Strelkov, has approved the “Regulation on the Mobilization Department of the DPR Ministery of Defence.”

The Regulation sets out the key goals and functions of the Department, implements its organizational and staffing structure and confirms its permanent operational location.

Gubarev P. Y. has been appointed the acting head of the Mobilization Department.

Morning Briefing from the Militia, June 24, 2014
Original: Strelkov Info

The first month anniversary in the life of a new state, Novorossiya, was markedy Ukies with morning artillery shelling. The first night of the “ceasefire” did not happen. We do not have definitive information about the victims of the overnight shelling.

8:30 (MSK) - [The enemy] started intensive shelling of Semyonovka; smoke is rising over [the village]. We believe that the fire is coming from the Belyanskiye mountains.

On the railway Starus-Ogorodnoye near Stanitsa Luganskaya, railways were blown up, looks like in the near term there will be no trains from the direction of Moscow.

Also, based on unverified information, slagheap was smashed, an electrical substation was damaged, and seven people were trapped inside the mine as a result of the [enemy] shelling of Privol’ye and the “Privolnyanskaya” mine. One person was wounded, two were killed. Emergency crews are conducting the necessary works and rescue operations, the mine is being flooded.

9:50 (MSK) – During the night, Ukie armoured vehicles and equipment were relocated from the direction of Izyum. At this time, a column of Ukie [military] formations, consisting of nine buses with spotty green-black camouflage colouring, together with weaponry, four modernized APCs (armed with a 30mm AP (automatic cannon)), and three tented trucks marked “Persons,” one which is towing a PK (Kalashnikov machine gun), is proceeding through Krasniy Oskol, from the direction of Izyum and heading to Yatskoye, Krasniy Liman. This a second column [today].

Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 10:50
Original: and Strelkov Info

Yesterday evening, after 18:00, the enemy installed a mortary batter at a stronghold position in the Vostochniy settlement. And thereafter opened fire on the village of Semyonovka; 5 militia fighters were lightly wounded. We returned fire and destroyed one of the mortar detachments. Until the end of the light day, the road across Semyonovka was exposed to enemy tank fire; in particular, this fire was directed at “Gazel” automobiles that were delivering food to the city.
In the morning of June 24, artillery crossfire and positional combat resumed in the region of Semyonovka. We have wounded on our side.

At night we observed active movements of enemy infantry and intelligence groups in the vicinity of Kramatorsk. To the west of Kramatorsk, the enemy installed new checkpoints, reinforced with armoured vehicles, APCs and Hummers. Units of “Praviy Sector” [Right Sector], marked with Division “SS-Galichina” symbols, were observed appearing to the north-east of Kramatorsk, in the vicinity of the settlement of Malinovka.

As the main water-pumping facilities are occupied by the detachments of the Ukrainian army and the NazGuard [National Guard], it still remains impossible to reestablish water supply to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The enemy continues to reinforce its foothold in the area of the settlements of Krivaya Luka – Zakotnoye. As a result, it is impossible to speak of any kind of truce being observed in the area of the military confrontation.

Information from the Militia Headquarters in Slavyansk, June 24, 2014, 11:00

At this time, the settlement of Vysoko-Ivanovka is being subjected to mortar fire. Water supply lines that deliver drinking water to Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and other DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] cities pass through this settlement. The water supply lines are the target of the [enemy] shelling.

Statement from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 12:50

Due to the resonance in the information medium caused by my expression of gratitude to the organization “Sputnik i Pogrom,” I wish to say that it makes no difference to me who to express my thanks to – be they monarchists, anarachists and so on. What is key is if they offer real help to Slavyanks and are not enemies.

Commentary from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 13:24
Original: Strelkov Info

Q: What type of detachments are now fighting with you – pravoseki [Right Sector militants] or servicemen of the Ukraining army (those who Poroshenko ordered to cease fire)? And what is your opinion about the results of the negotiations in Donetsk – and about the very idea of negotiations with Ukie bandits?

A: Any “conversations” with them can be conducted only from the position of strength – there is no other way. They cannot be trusted one bit. Not at all. With respect to your first question – all those who were ordered to fight continue to fight. Both NazGuard [National Guard] and the Ukrainian army. Under the guise of an “agreement to cease fire” they are trying to quickly and easily take up new positions and entrench themselves.

Q: Have the punitive forces used landmine traps?

A: Why would the bother with traps when they have “Okhota” [Note 1: NBU-P Okhota]? In conjunction with several OZMs [Note 2: OZM – a shrapnel/frag barrage mine], movement sensors and trigger extensions, [Okhota] makes a mine field practically impossible to pass or to remove.

Note 1: NBU-P Okhota is a landmine field control system.
Note 2: OZM is a Soviet-made shrapnel/frag barrage mine – an anti-personnel jumping mine with a circular area of damage.

Eyewitness Reports, June 24, 2014, 17:00
Original: Strelkov Info
Ten “Acacia” self-propelled howitzers of the Ukrainian army have moved into the village of Varvarovka, near Rubezhnoye, at approximately 17:00. They have set up base at the abandoned cannery.

Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 18:31

In the course of the day, there were two additional incidents of enemy shelling against Slavyansk. Unfortunately, one of the militia fighters (born in Gorlovka), who was wounded in the morning, died. The last massive mortar shelling ended just minutes ago. Once again, militia fighters do not leave their trenches.
With respect to the helicopter – I have no news yet. Confirmation, if any, will be provided only after all details are determined.

The enemy continues to concentrate military equipment on its foothold in Krivaya Luka. According to information from the local residents, everyone without exception, including the very old, is being evicted from their homes. Blindfolded, and without any personal things, they are taken out of the village and told to go “where the hell they want.” NazGuard bastards killed several [residents] right on the street. All this, despite the fact that there were virtually no militia fighters among the village residents.

Briefing from Igor Strelkov, June 24, 2014, 19:45
Original: Strelkov Info

Igor Strelkov: [The downing of the helicopter] has just been confirmed. This is the tenth helicopter destroyed by our forces. As payback, the enemy is now leveling Semyonovka with white phosphorus and shrapnel charges.

Information from the Militia, June 24, 2014, 20:25
Original: Strelkov Info

At this time, Ukrainian military is conducting artillery shelling of the Artyom neighbourhood of Slavyansk from the Karachun Mount. Also, according to information from militia fighters, shelling of the outskirts of Slavyansk (Semyonovka) with white phosphorus charges is now taking place. These charges have been prohibited across the world. The artillery shelling is being conducted by the forces controlled by Igor Kolomoiskiy, an oligarch and the governor of the Dnepropetrovsk oblast.

Information from the DPR Press-ServiceJune 24, 2014, 20:43Original: Strelkov Info
The DPR militia fighters have foiled an attempted landing of [enemy] troopers near Slavyansk. Information about the injured in the course of the battle is being confirmed.

Statement from the Chairman of the Presidium of the DPR Supreme Council, Denis Pushilin, June 24, 2013, 21:07Original: Strelkov Info
Kiev government is de facto sabotaging the ceasefire agreement. Today, [notwithstanding yesterday’s] consultations, the [Ukrainian military] are shelling Semyonovka. At least five people have died there. From the direction of the Donetsk airport, a column of heavy armoured vehicles moved out toward Donetsk. This is just a sampling of the aggressive actions by the occupation forces on our territory.
This is the value of Kiev's agreements with us. We believe that the Kiev government considers them a mere formality, necessary for the execution of the economic part of the EU [European Union] association agreement. All Kiev needs is for there to be an official[, formal] declaration of truce. De facto, there is no such ceasefire.

Situation Report from the Militia, June 25, 2014, 00:15 
Original: Strelkov Info

Latest Hourly Briefings from Location

18:25 (MSK) – In the vicinity of the Putilovsk bridge (Donetsk) there is a skirmish. At this time, all roads leading to the area of weapons fire are closed.

19:50 (MSK) – Impossible to drive through the area of the Putilovsk bridge (Donetsk) due to a special operation ongoing there.

20:10 (MSK) – Shelling of the Artyom district of Slavyansk is ongoing. Fire is coming from the Karachun Mount.

20:20 (MSK) – Rail lines blown up at the railway near Dybaltsevo.

23:00 (MSK) – Intensive shelling of Slavyansk is ongoing. Volleys coming from the direction of Kirovsk and Raigorodok between Brusino and the Yampol 
checkpoint. Something is burning at Mashmet. Single and grouped signal flares and rockets observed in the sky.

23:35 (MSK) Explosions heard and bright afterglow observed in the area of the highways to Kharkov, near Svyatogorsk. It appears that the enemy may be using incendiary charges again.

23:45 (MSK) From the direction of the Donetskoe settlement fiver MLRS systems launched their volleys. The direction of the shelling has not been determined.

Information received by the militia over the past few hours, June 24, 2014, 23:55 – 02:20
Original: Strelkov Info
23:55 (MSK) – Unfortunately, the ceasefire that was reached several hours ago never came into effect; the Ukie forces opened fire, using heavy weaponry, including howitzers. This is not something they could blame on the militia: the heaviest weapon possessed by the militia is a 120mm caliber mortar. A mortar has neither an anti-recoil system, nor a carriage, and the sound of the firing mortar differs from that of artillery systems. It is obvious that howitzer batteries are being employed – bright bursts of light are followed by glow and then by rumbling of explosions.

The shelling is being conducted in the area of the Kombikormoviy, of the refueling station – there are sounds of howitzer and KPBT [large-calibre armour-mounted machine gun] fire.

00:10 (MSK) – There are bursts of light and signal flares coming from the direction of Kirovsk. In the vicinity of the turn onto Svyatorgorsk there are powerful blasts; in the region of the Yampol checkpoint – explosions. The shelling appears to be coming from the direction of Bogorodichnoe. Also, there is shelling coming from Staraya Krasnyanka against Lisichansk. In Dolginkaya there is combat, signal flares. The shelling is being done with heavy weaponry.

00:20 (MSK) – Bursts of light and explosions [observed] in the centre of Yampol. Fire is coming from the area of the bridge to Zakotnoye.

00:45 (MSK) – Artillery fire against Yampol continues from the direction of Zakotnoye.

00:50 (MSK) – The shooting has quieted down. Only question is for how long.

02:00 (MSK) – And so, here is information regarding the shelling of Lisichansk. 

[The enemy] was firing at the “Privolnyanskaya” mine. As a result of artillery shelling, an electrical substation was destroyed. The mine has been de-electrified – there are people who remain inside the mine. At this time, rescuers and emergency crews have departed for the mine.

00:20 (MSK) – There is shooting coming from the direction of Yampol.

Information from Local Residents, June 24, 2014, 02:00Original: Strelkov Info
Around midnight, artillery shelling of the outskirts of Privoliye with the use of howitzers commenced from the direction of Staraya Krasnyanka. About 13 explosions could be heard … my 5-month-old baby was woken up by these explosions … In Privoliye an electrical substation was blown up, there is no light in the mine [as a result.] At the “Privolnyanka” mine – one woman was killed, one wounded. Electrical power to the mine has been interrupted. People were taken out through the reserve exit.

At the time, it is quiet in Privoliye. Those closer to “Privolnyanka” mine have no electricity. At the “Kapustina” mine everything is fine. Light has appeared in that part of the town. Could it be true that the mine itself was targeted? I am getting the impression that their goal is to destroy infrastructure.

Ukrainian Successors to Hitlerite Wehrmacht Rape and Murder in Saurovka

24 June,2013

Message from Fyodor Berezin, Igor Strelkov’s Deputy, June 25, 2014, 00:40 

Strelkov Info
Small Russian Village Saurovka and the Banderovite Abominations 

There is in Donbass an itty-bitty village – Saurovka. It’s right next to the Saur-Mogila Mound memorial. The Ukie army, being a direct successor to Hitlerite Wehrmacht, terribly hates Saur-Mogila, as it is a symbol of Russian valor in the Great Patriotic War. All the time their artillery and mortars lob shells directly at the memorial. But they cannot get any closer. On and around the Mound our fighters lie in wait. However, I am not here to talk about the defence of the memorial or of the [strategic] height.

I will talk about the little village of Saurovka. It’s really small. There are only 50 or so houses [in the entire settlement]. One day, the pravoseki [Right Sector militants] came there. NazGuard [National Guard], Azov-2 and Dnepr-2. And then they instilled European values in the village. They cut out[, murdered] all the men. They would cut them alive. They would cut the arms, then the legs. Then the head.

They did not cut the women – they raped them. And now they continue [to rape them], during the pauses between battles. Doubtlessly, the various fanboys of Europe and the Maidanites will say that these are made-up fairy tales. Nevertheless, all [that I said] is true. So, Messrs. Lyashko and Poroshenko, what was it that you were bleating about? A ceasefire? Something about how we need to disarm? There were no weapons in Saurovka …
Take note, chocolate baron, truth is on our side, and, one day, we will come for you. Yes, you, personally!

The forested area around Saur-Mogila continues to be replenshished with the fresh dead.

The pravoseki are inhuman not only toward the Donbass residents. Even their own they consider nothing but garbage. They don’t bury them properly. They do not care. They throw some earth on them, and the job’s done. The green of the forest [is soaked] with the smell of dead flesh. Sometimes they even leave their guns with the dead. Why care, right? Amreeka sponsors them, they’ll throw something new their way or buy [weapons] from some Poles.

They lob cluster shells at our guys. Not made in Ukie-stan. The shrapnel is such that, if it catches you, it will rip you up so that you can’t heal. A few days ago, militia fighters got a woman sniper with an “Utyes” [Note 1: NSV-12.7 “Utyes” machine gun]. Hello Poland! The girl was from there. She had the newest American automatic rifle 12.5mm calibre. We could not use the rifle. The heavy machine gun “Utyes” destroyed the [weapon].

I have a feeling that the Saur-Mogila Mound memorial is again becoming a symbol of Russian valour in the struggle against fascism. A few day ago, the Nazis refused to attack our strategic heigh, and the pravoseki then starting shooting at their own – to whip up the attack.

But then those [who were fired upon] got upset and started shooting back. Our fighters, looking from above, found this highly entertaining. If only the circus came by more often! However, this circus is not going to last long. Very soon we will push the Ukie-nazis out, from the outskirts of Saur-Mogila as well as from other places. Prepare your white shoes [Note 2].

Note 1: НСВ-12,7 «Утёс» (
Индекс ГРАУ — 6П11) or NSV-12.7 “Utyes” (GRAU Index – 6P11) – is a Soviet-made 12.7mm large-calibre machine gun, intended for attacks on lightly-armored targets and firepower equipment, infantry personnel of the enemy and air targets. See Wikipedia and RuWiki.

Note 2: The reference to "white shoes" is a suggestion to the Ukrainian Nazis to get ready to die, as in "white shoes" that are put on the dead when they are buried.

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