Сводки от ополчения Новороссии

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Интервью с Алексеем Мозговым. “Свобода плюс совесть. Это и будет Новороссия”, 21.08.14
English translation:
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Interview with Alexej Mozgovoi, August 21, 2014
“Если вести речь об операциях, которые довелось проводить моему подразделению, то оговорюсь, что само слово “операция” слишком громко. Война сейчас идёт в основном на информационном поле. А боевые действия как таковые — попросту дополнение. Украине важнее информационно задавить идею, которую мы отстаиваем. А с помощью оружия уже и уничтожить людей, у которых она в головах.
Мы раньше по структуре и личному составу (а у нас есть шахтёры, таксисты, колхозники) были батальоном, теперь переросли в бригаду.
Собственно, то, что мы разрабатываем, и операциями назвать нельзя. Хотя мы работаем с картами, с разведкой, работаем по тому штатному расписанию, которое должно быть в войсковых частях. Выясняем, где находится подразделение, где грузы, где какая колонна перемещается.
Мы сменили изначальную тактику. Наша ошибка была в том, что мы восприняли эту войну как чистую борьбу. А Украина чисто воевать не то что не умеет, а даже не желает. Им что? Есть ракетные установки, есть “Грады”, “Ураганы”, “Смерчи”, почему их не использовать? Они и бьют из них. При этом называют свою операцию АТО — антитеррористическая. Но где, в какой стране против терроризма целый фронт воевал бы?
Я понимаю борьбу с терроризмом как локальное мероприятие, спецоперацию. Террористов уничтожили — всё. А эта война идёт полгода, и со временем становится всё жестче, кровавее.Вот несколько ситуаций, в которых было задействовано моё подразделение. Начну с неудачных — оборона Лисичанска. На подавление наших сил Украина бросила 11 тыс. человек личного состава. Неудачна она была в том плане, что тогда мы ещё не сменили тактику, выставляли чистый фронт, блокпосты. И это
 было ошибкой.
Эта война со стороны укров вся построена на обмане: начиная от новостей и заканчивая боем. И из-за того, что мы были настроены на честную борьбу, мы несли потери. Я отношусь к потере личного состава очень остро. Для меня потеря и нескольких человек — большой удар.
Да, мы побеждали в некоторых боях, мы отталкивали врагов, они отступали. Но потом они подтягивали всё больше вооружения, всё больше живой силы. Вот яркий пример. Был у них блокпост на Старой Краснянке, это между Кременным и Рубежной. Мы отрабатывали его раз 10-ть. Сегодня уничтожаем, а завтра утром там стоят новые люди. Сегодня уничтожаем — завтра утром — новые
люди. Укры вывозят трупы “Камазами”, тут же завозят новый личный состав. И назавтра они будут трупами.
Складывается впечатление, что личный состав не информируется о том, что происходит. Вновь прибывшие не знают, куда подевались люди с этого блокпоста. Приходят весёлые, не знающие, что их ждёт. О чём они думают в тот момент, непонятно. Ведь явно следы побоища: в “Камазах”, в которых трупы вывозят, кровь течёт, да и везде следы крови. А ведь эти новые силы — ни в чём не повинные люди, которых заставляют идти в ряды Вооружённых сил Украины под угрозой: не пойдёшь на войну, сядешь на 7 лет. Они не в состоянии соизмерить жизнь и 7 лет в тюрьме. Идут на войну в надежде выжить.Тактика украинских войск заключается в том, что они полностью возложили груз войны на артиллерию и ракетные установки. Сейчас они сначала проводят зачистку территории с помощью “Града”, САУ.
Они говорят: точечные удары. Но точечный удар огромной площади получается, зачищается вся территория. Затем проходят танки, если кто-то где-то остался, добивают танками. Только потом личный состав на БТРах выходит на зачистку.
Казалось бы, эта тактика неодолимая. Но потому мы и сменили свою тактику. Хотя у нас и увеличилось количество людей, но я их не выставляю в лобовую. Работают разведгруппы, диверсионные группы: ушли, увидели, отработали, вернулись. Всё. Мы работаем у них на коммуникациях, работаем на доставках и складах вооружения. Не будет у них складов вооружения, не будет и возможности бомбить.
Буквально вчера мне положили донесение, что уничтожена колонна из 10 “Уралов”, которые доставляли в сторону Донецка снаряды для “Градов”. Что может быть эффективнее? Даже если есть эти установки, без снарядов они будут стоять мёртвым грузом, грудой железа. Бьём из РПГ, “Шмелей”.По специальности я — художественный руководитель, дирижёр духовых оркестров, но до войны не работал по профессии. Строителем работал, бригадиром. Сейчас миномётной батареей руковожу — и тоже трубами. Так сложилось.
С детства мечтал стать военным. Был у нас министр обороны Кузьмук при Кучме, царство коррупции набирало такие обороты, что ужас. И у меня не получилось ни поступить, ни выпуститься.
Главное сейчас — чтобы выжило максимальное количество личного состава. Потому что именно эти люди, которые сейчас в строю, являются носителями народовластия. Именно они могут стать базисом всего того, за что сражаемся. Поэтому их сейчас и стараются уничтожить, что именно эти люди могут построить ту власть, которая необходима. И я старюсь их беречь.
Думаю, Новороссия будет республикой — обязательно в составе России. Я за то, чтобы на территории Новороссии создать образец той власти, которая нужна всем. И уже отталкиваясь от того, что получится у нас, можно было бы регулировать, направлять, что-то корректировать и дальше распространять по другим регионам. На сегодняшний день не только на Украине и в России, да и по всему миру кризис власти.
Но одно дело – мечтать об идеале власти, сидя в кафе и моделируя эту власть из прочитанных книг, и другое дело – завоёвывать её в боях, получить разрушенную территорию, когда модель власти откладывается на завтра, а вступает в действие в мобилизационный момент сверхцентрализм военный…
Командиры консолидируются между собой. Есть координирующий центр, ведётся штабная работа. На данный момент все пазлы сложились в одну картинку: есть единый штаб, военный совет, есть связь между командирами. Она распространяется на обе области — Луганскую и Донецкую, и на военном уровне они слились. Бывают совещания командиров подразделений, а собрать
всё подразделение в одном месте — это чревато последствиями. Люди сейчас все рассредоточены по разным гарнизонам. Чем запутаннее мы будем себя вести, чем меньше будем в одном месте собираться, тем надёжнее, тем больше у нас будет шансов выжить, а это сейчас главное.
Званий в бригаде нет. Есть комбриг, замы комбрига, есть начальник штаба, комбаты, есть должность командира отделения, зампотыла, начмед, начальник связи, штатная структура, она наполнена людьми. Большая её часть — это вчерашние рабочие, которые искренне хотят сражаться. Даже если останется только штат штаба, он покажет немало.
Доминируюшая фигура — Игорь Стрелков. И он должен быть не только доминирующей, а единой. Я изначально пришёл именно к нему и встал в его строй. Его идея сходится с моей. И он действительно за идею борется.
Как эту идею сформулировать? За совесть. Совесть прежде всего должна быть у человека, честь и достоинство. Справедливость. Всё остальное — многословность, многоточие. Главное, чтобы совесть у человека была. И желательно чистая.
Она же постоянно подвержена испытаниям. А война — это вообще постоянное испытание совести. Война — лакмусовая бумажка. Проявляется на ней каждый человек — от рядового до генерала.
Определённые встряски для нашего общества полезны, потрясения нужны. Но война — плохо.
Вот были на Майдане события, и шли разговоры, что западные украинцы — пылкие люди. А Юго-Восток — сонные русские люди, огонь в них потух. А вот Юго-Восток загорелся, пламя мощное полыхнуло.
На Майдане выступали против олигархии, против чиновников продажных. Идея хорошая. И когда они там за правду плясали, мы ходили на работу. Исходя из того результата, что они наплясали, они поменяли шило на мыло, а то и хуже. Во власти не просто ничего не поменялось, а ухудшилось: те же олигархи, те же продажные депутаты и чиновники, те же лица, которые торгуют государственностью и людьми в том государстве направо-налево. Что поменялось? И вдруг люди идут их защищать! Это поражает. Не устаю удивляться нашему народу. Сейчас ведь должны бы бороться против тех, кто их направляет на эту войну. Но они за них погибают. Тогда в чём был смысл Майдана? В чём? Зачем этот кровавый спектакль устраивать, который привёл только к ухудшению, а не конструктивным действиям? Такое поведение — результат пропаганды тотальной.
Политруков отменили в своё время. В украинской армии из политруков сделали воспитателей. Грубо говоря, политических вопросов никаких не поднималось, просто состояние психологическое человека поддерживалось на определенном уровне. Даже в армии, получается, перекрыли путь патриотизму. Хотя это единственный орган власти, который на патриотизме и должен стоять.
В моей бригаде, к сожалению, нет политорганов. Тяжело создать из колхозника и рабочего войсковое подразделение в том виде, в котором мы привыкли его видеть. А тем более создать именно ту структуру, которая должна быть… Специалистов нет. Всё это в основном на меня ложится. Есть информационный центр бригады, который занимается и снабжением информацией бригады, и информацию из бригады передаёт на “большую землю”, скажем так.
Информацию мы получаем через интернет. Но укры стараются нас отрезать от мира. Связи не бывает по 3 дня, то интернета нет.
Мы постоянно меняем дислокацию. Зона ответственности такова: по городам передняя линия — это Первомайск, по флангам это Артёмовск и Дебальцево, именно та трасса, по которой укры передвигаются вниз, и Весёлая — Тарасовка-Лутугино.
С продовольствием у нас проблемы. Пустые прилавки. Но вот мы обнаружили в городе склады, где мясо, рыба, курятина… Но почему-то это на прилавки не попало. Склад принадлежит одному предпринимателю. Мы изъяли. Это всё роздано по детским садам, приютам и малоимущим. А для нас продовольствие — то, что соберёт население: наше и население России, отдельные личности, которые говорят: вот я даю, но вы не светите меня. И всякая помощь нам дорога.
Борьба, безусловно, будет продолжаться. Самое главное, чтобы хватало духа. Духа, стремления и надежды на правду, на победу. Если это всё останется в нашем человеке, мы победим. Да, есть Луганск, Донецк, но территория Новороссии — не только эти два города. Территория Новороссии огромна, думаю, она нам поможет очень хорошо.
Усталость от войны наблюдается именно у мирных жителей. Они буквально через неделю-две с начала войны уже кричали: мы от неё устали. Я задаю вопрос: а как бы вы реагировали, если бы война была сейчас Вторая мировая? Деды ваши воевали, годами не вылезая из окопов. Они не уставали? Вы только услышали выстрелы, узнали в новостях, что где-то кого-то убили, уже устали. Сегодня практически та же война, воюем с тем же фашизмом.
А тех, которые сражаются, не устали, иногда еле удерживаю, надо попридержать, чтобы избежать жертв, потерь. Те, которые стоят на линии огня, готовы драться до последнего.Шахтёры идут в ополчение слабо. Были разговоры, что если шахтёры поднимутся, Киева не будет. шапками закидаем… На данный период они до сих пор в шахты на работу ездят. Под Лисичанском мы когда стояли, украми был нанесён артудар по одной из шахт — Кривольнянской. Была ночь, и там работала ночная смена. Все люди там чуть не погибли. Но на следующий день они пошли туда на работу!
Второй случай. Другая территория, юг — Свердловск. Автобус с шахтёрами: женщины, мужчины, — был расстрелян с блокпоста укров. Просто расстреляли! Неизвестно ведь украм, кто едет, — расстреляли. А люди ехали на работу. У меня именно к этим людям вопрос: как, о чём человек в данный момент думает, когда он проезжает мимо стреляющих, воюющих? Он думает о работе, о куске сала? О чём? Идёт война, тебя убивают! Гражданские люди, которые идут на работу, идут как овечки на бойню, даже не сопротивляясь!
Страх потерять работу? “А чем я буду кормить семью?” Но чем кормятся семьи ополченцев, которые тебя защищают, чем кормятся их дети? Да, сейчас трудно, очень трудно, но они понимают, что в данный момент необходимо попризабыть про хороший борщ, хорошо накрытый стол. Хоть что-то на столе — достаточно. Главное — выжить и победить, доказать, что мы не стадо, как Тимошенко говорит — биомасса, а мы люди, личности. Мы — люди, умеющие потребовать от власти то, что она когда-то нам обещала.В бригаде есть герои, есть героически павшие. Героизм в основном проявляет поколение, которое застало все эти фильмы старые, книжки, рассказы дедушек, бабушек. У них это в крови: если не я, то кто? Я должен, и всё.
Сейчас в госпитале лежит командир первого взвода Владимир. Героическая личность, награждён медалью “За боевые заслуги”. Благодаря его самоотверженности, выжил его взвод, уцелело другое подразделение, которому он дал приказ отойти от наступающих танков. И он один остался. У нас был самодельный броневичок под названием “комбат”, сами его обшили бронёй, поставили на него вооружение. Владимир остался в нём, вёл бой. Один! До тех пор, пока не ушли другие подразделения. Прикрывал.
В итоге попадает снаряд в этот “комбат”, ему отрывает руку, он теряет сознание. Во время удара место разрыва руки было обожжено. В результате взрыва рана обожглась, кровь спеклась, и кровотечения практически не было.
Через некоторое время Владимир приходит в себя, видит, что рука оторвана, но висит на коже. Он руку кладёт в китель, на пуговицы застегнулся и пошёл. Сутки пробирался. Один! Вышел из окружения. Миновал все посты! Из боекомплекта у него остался один патрон в ПМе на случай, если понадобится: правая рука висит в кителе, в левой — ПМ. Спасти руку не получилось.
Ещё эпизод проявления мужества личного состава. Один из первых боёв в Лисичанске. Когда были ещё блокпосты. У нас парень, Дима, в самом начале  боевых действий погиб. Но благодаря его сообразительности, сноровке и самоотверженности уцелело много людей. Он принял весь огонь укров на себя. Весь. Когда подразделение только прибыло с марша, помогали на Яндовском блокпосту — отстаивать, надо было начать бой. В момент, пока все только рассредотачивались, Дима принял на себя огонь, поразил цель. И первым был уничтожен. Но благодаря ему остальные выжили. Они не просто продолжали бой, они отодвинули укров, а блокпост, что те занимали, уничтожили. Всё благодаря тому, что один человек себя не пожалел, когда это необходимо было.
Мы должны быть такими — витязями, героями, потому что мы русские, мы славяне, мы другими не имеем права быть.
Из вооружения есть ПЗРК и ЗАУ спаренные, по самолётам работаем. Но укры после того, как поняли, что мы можем их отрабатывать, сменили тактику: они не снижаются на ту высоту, которую можно взять зенитной установкой, а заходят с большой высоты и сбрасывают приличного диаметра бомбы площадные. Две-три сбросил и улетел.Укры заявляют, что они борются с террористами, а при этом идёт бомбёжка мирного, ни в чём не повинного населения, уничтожают целые кварталы города, инфраструктура. Всё! Как так?! Если вы воюете с нами, воюйте с нами. Но они начинают бомбить города, потом заявляют, что это наших рук дело… Каким образом? Есть доказательство, чем бомбили, с какой стороны. Траекторию полёта можно вычислить по той же воронке. Но идут наглые заявления, что это не они, а мы.
Прежде считалось, что такого рода война: с полевыми командирами, гражданская война, — это стихия. Её трудно организовать, создать структуру общую. Элемент вольности, самостийности есть. Тяжело удержать в руках. Да, иногда приходится и прикрикнуть, когда за рамки выходит человек, наказать, допустим, в карцер посадить. Всякое войсковое соединение всегда имело гауптвахту, не без этого.
Но у нас же все в основном на позиции одной идеи: если мы хотим чего-то добиться, нужна дисциплина. И это изначально повелось, когда нас всего один взвод был. Ещё до начала боевых действий я начал формировать народное ополчение, потому что видел, что это необходимо, чтобы народ был как-то подготовлен. И уже тогда мы решили, что нам главное — дойти до конечной цели, то есть победить. А остальное — кто был прав, кто виноват — потом будем решать. Выстроилась определённая структура, и все ей подчинены.
Борьба когда начиналась, такой категории, как Новороссия, не существовало. Это понятие возникло в ходе сражений и постепенно всё больше и больше разрастается, и приобретает всё больше смыслов. Сейчас Новороссия — это не просто территория, это прежде всего идея. Свобода и совесть — это и будет Новороссия”.

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Alexei Mozgovoi: Freedom and Conscience: this will be Novorossia !

This is one report on the militias fighting the Ukrainian army. He reports that men are forced into service in the Ukrainian Army, up to 60 years of age, threatened with 7 years in prison if they refuse.

This is a powerful interview.

http://slavyangrad.org/2014/08/29/alexei-mozgovoi-freedom-and-conscience-this-will-be-novorossia/

Interview with Alexej Mozgovoi, August 21, 2014

Translator: Maria Razdiak Edited by S. Naylor

“If we were to speak of the operations which my unit carried out, I must caution: the word “operations” is an exaggeration. Currently, the war is mainly being fought in the media field: an information war. The actual military activity is merely an extension. It is of utmost importance, for Ukraine, to destroy the idea for which we stand and the weapons merely aid the physical destruction of the people who carry these ideals in their hearts.

“We used to be, by structure and organization (by accumulating miners, taxi-drivers, farmers in our ranks), a battalion. Now we’ve grown into a brigade.

“In actuality, that which we had been engaging in is difficult to call an “operation” per se. This is despite the fact that we work with maps, organize reconnaissance, and abide by staff timetables, as required in a military unit. We locate the whereabouts of the enemy units, of materiel, and of the movements of the enemy.

“We have altered our original tactics. The main flaw of the initial design was the fact that we viewed this war as purely a physical struggle, whereas the Ukraine forces are not only incapable of fighting clean but also do not desire to. What does it matter to them? They have rocket launchers; they have Grads, Uragans, Smerches – why not use them? And they do. Also they call their operation the ATO – ‘Anti–Terrorist Operation’. But where, in what country, does an entire army fight against terrorism?

“In my understanding, a fight with terrorism is a localized measure, a special operation. Once you destroy the terrorists, you are done. But this war has already lasted six months, and is gradually becoming harsher and bloodier with every passing day.

“Here are the outlines of a few situations in which my unit has participated. I will start with the failures – the defence of Lisichansk. To suppress our forces, Ukraine threw eleven thousand men at us. Our lack of success was characterised by the fact that we were still true to the original tactics – the tactics of a clean fight: creating a clear front, setting up checkpoints. That was a mistake. This war, constructed by Ukies, is built on deceit: from the news to the battlefield; and because we were expecting a clean fight, we suffered casualties. I feel the loss of my men, most severely. For me, a loss of even a few individuals is a painful blow.

“Yes, we have won fights; we pushed the enemy and they have retreated, but they always returned, in greater numbers, with more weaponry. Here is a shining example of this pattern. They set up a checkpoint at Staraya Krasnyanka, between Kremennoye and Rybezhnoye. We worked it over ten times. One day we destroy it; the next morning it is already manned with new people. Today – destroy, tomorrow morning – new people. Ukies load up Kamaz trucks with corpses and straight away, bring in new personnel – new men destined to become corpses the following day.

“One gets the impression that their personnel are not informed about what is happening. The newcomers do not know what happened to their predecessors. They arrive uplifted, ignorant of their future. What they think about at the time of arrival is a mystery. They are surrounded by the clear signs of a recent struggle: the transport, the checkpoint, everything stained a dirty crimson. Those fresh forces are blameless people; obligated into service, and threatened with prison. If you don’t join the military, you’ll spend 7 years locked-up. They are incapable of putting aside life for 7 years. They go to war, hoping to survive.

“The tactics of the Ukrainian army can be summed up in this: they have placed the full weight of war upon the artillery and the rocket launchers. They commence an attack with a purge of territory, which they do using Grads and self-propelled artillery systems.

“They call it targeted attacks but the outcomes of such attacks are huge areas, whole squares swept “clean”. Afterwards, the tanks arrive with means to destroy in case anyone is left alive somewhere. Finally, their armoured personnel carriers follow, manned with soldiers to finish up. It seems like their tactics are unbeatable. That is the reason why we’ve changed our own tactics.

“Even though we have grown in numbers, I refuse to send men into the open. We prefer to work in saboteur-reconnaissance groups (“SRG”): they went, they saw, they worked, and they returned. That’s all. We work on their communications; we work on their distributions and their ammunition warehouses. If they don’t have ammo, they don’t have the ability to fire.

“Only yesterday I was informed about the destruction of a column of 10 Urals trucks that were delivering the missiles for the Grads, which were headed toward Donetsk. What can be more effective? Even if they have the launchers, without the shells those are simply piles of scrap metal, ballast. We hit them with RPGs and “Shmels” grenade launchers.

“My original profession was in the creative field. I was a conductor of a wind (brass) orchestra but, even before the war, I didn’t work in that field. I worked as a builder, as a brigadier. Now, I’m in charge of a mortar battery – also a wind “instrument”. That’s life.

“From early childhood I dreamed of being a military man. Back then, we had a Defence Minister called Kuzmuk; he was part of Kuchma’s government. The levels of corruption in the army had reached head-spinning hights and I failed to get into the Academy.

“The main thing now is to allow for the maximum survival of our troops. Because it is these men, spread among the units, who carry the Will of the People. Because it is these men who can become the basis, the pillars, of everything we fight for, that is the reason why these men are targets: they can create a government, an administration of the People, a collaborative force, They are absolutely essential to our future and because of that I am desperate to protect them.

“I think that Novorossiya will be a Republic – an autonomous part of Russia. I stand for the creation of the exemplary governance that is required, within the sovereign Republic of Novorossiya. Taking that as a foundation for future regulation and direction, correction and distribution among the other regions; for currently it is not only Ukraine and Russia that are suffering from a political crisis, but the whole world.

“It is one thing to wish for an ideal government, while sitting in a café and modelling such from reading books, but it is another thing when —in order to win it in battle and to conquer destroyed territory— the ideal government model must take a step back, delayed into the future, to allow room for the necessary, super-centralised, military present.

“The commanders act in unison. There is a coordinating centre, Headquarters. At this moment in time, all the puzzle pieces have come together: there is a single control centre, a Council of War, and good, secure, communications among the commanders. The same picture is held true for both regions, Lugansk and Donetsk; and it has united the military. Occasionally, the unit commanders meet up, but combining all the units in one place might have dire consequences. Currently, our people are dotted throughout different garrisons. The more complex and confusing are our actions, the more spread out we are, the greater are the chances of our survival, which is presently the main objective.

“There are now ranks in a brigade. We have Brigade Commanders, Deputy Brigade Commanders, Heads of Units and Battalion Commanders; we have Squad Leaders, a Logistics Deputy, Head of Medical, Head of Communications. The whole staff structure is filled with real people. The majority of them were yesterday’s labourers who truly want to fight. If all we are left with is one single unit, we will still have a lot to show.

“The dominating figure is Igor Strelkov. He must be not only dominating, but unique. I came to him when it all started and stood under his command. His ideal is identical to mine and he honestly fights for it.

“How can I formulate that idea? Conscience. That is what a human must have, a conscience. Honour and dignity; virtue. Righteousness. All else is just chatter. The main thing is to have a conscience; preferably, a spotless one. It is that conscience, which is constantly tested and tempted by war – it is a constant trial of conscience, of virtue. War is a litmus paper. Every person is clearly seen for what they are, be it a private or a general.

“Certain shocks to our society are necessary, healthy even. But war is bad.

“The events of the Maidan have prompted talks: the western Ukrainians are passionate people. The South-Eastern people are sluggish and sleepy Russians – their fire extinguished. But, it is in the South-East, where we are suddenly flaming – the fire is scorching and blinding.

“Maidan chanted against Oligopoly and against the corrupt officials,; a Great notion. While they danced for the truth, we went to work, earning a living. The result of their “dance” was pain. They went from the frying pan into the fire. The government didn’t just change, it went from bad to worse: the same Oligarchs, the same corrupt ministers and officials, the same stale faces, selling power, influence and people, which they were obliged to guide and protect. What changed? Suddenly the same people were marching to protect the government! That is absurd, strikingly so. I cannot put away the amazement at my own nation. They should be fighting against the people who have pushed them into this war but, instead, they are dying for them.

“What was the point of Maidan? What was it? Why orchestrate this bloody spectacle, which only worsened the situation, as an alternative to some sort of constructive action? This behaviour is the result of totalitarian propaganda.

“The rank of Political Commander (“Politruk”) was made obsolete sometime ago. In the Ukrainian army ‘politruks’ became educators. In the most basic of terms: no political questions were raised, no political direction was given; only the psychological state of the enlisted was kept at a certain level. Even in the army, it turns out, blocked the path of patriotism although it is the only authority on which patriotism should stand .

“Regrettably, my brigade lacks Politorgans ( Political Organisation?). It’s hard to create a conventional military unit from a farmer and a builder. But –even with a desperate lack of specialists– to create the exact system as it should be, has turned into my task. We have a brigade information centre, which collects and distributes information to and from the “great land”, so to say.

“We get the information from the internet but the Ukies are constantly attempting to cut us off. Both mobile and satellite communications disappear for days at a time. We are constantly changing our location. Our area of responsibility is in the front line on the flanks of the Pervomajsk, Artemovsk and Debaltsevo, the precise track that the Ukies follow down, and Veselaja – Tarasovka-Lutugino.

“We have problems with our provisions. The market stalls may be empty, but we’ve located warehouses within the city, filled with meat, fish, and poultry which, for some strange reason, failed to make it into the shops. It turns out, the warehouses belong to the same owner. We confiscated the contents. All of it has been given away, to kindergartens, orphanages and the needy. For us, food is what unites our people: our Russian populations, and by separate individuals who give but ask that they not be mentioned. We are thankful for everything we get.

“The struggle will most definitely continue. The main thing now is to keep our spirit – the spirit of committment, the aspiration and the hope for truth and victory. If our people keep all three, we will be victorious. Yes, we have Lugansk and Donetsk, but the territory of Novorossia is not just these two cities. The territory of Novorossia is huge; I believe, it will aid us greatly.

“There is war weariness among civilians. After the first couple of weeks of war, they were already screaming “we are tired of it!” I ask the question “How would you have reacted if this were the Second World War? Your grandfathers fought, spending years in the trenches. Were they not tired? You just heard shots fired, watched the news of someone’s death, and you are already tired.” Today, it is virtually the same war, fighting the same Fascism.

“The men that are in combat, they are not tired. Sometimes, I even struggle to hold them back, hoping to avoid needless deaths and casualties. The men, who stand in the line of fire, are ready to fight to the last.

“The miners have been slow to join the resistance. There is talk, that if the miners would rise, Kiev would disappear… But, for the time being, most of them still go down into the mines. Back when we stood near Lisichansk, the Ukies fired upon one of the mines – Krivoljanskaja. It was night and the night-shift was down there. All of them almost died. But the next day, they all came back, to work!!!

“Another story… Another area south of Sverdlovsk. A bus full of miners, men and women, was shot at from a Ukrainian block-post. Just shot at! The Ukies didn’t know who was aboard, they just shot at those people who were going to work. I have a question for those people: “What do you think about, driving past the war and the shooting?” Do they think about work, about a slice of bacon? About what? There is a war on; they are killing you! Civilians, going to work like sheep into a slaughter house, not even resisting!

“Is it the fear of losing a job? “How will I feed the family?” But, what do the families of the resistance eat? What do the children of the men that protect you, eat? Yes, it’s difficult now, very difficult, but they understand that it’s time to forget about an excellent borsht, a well-laid table. If there is something on the table – that’s enough. The main thing is to endure and to win, to prove that we are not a herd, not a biomass (as Timoshenko stated), but that we are people, individuals. We are people; we are ready to hold the government true to their promises.

“In the brigade are heroes; there are the heroically fallen. Heroism is most evident among the generation which caught all those old movies, books, and tales of grandfathers and grandmothers. It’s in their blood: if not me, then who? I must, and that’s all.

“Right now, the Commander of the first platoon of Vladimir lies in hospital. He’s a heroic individual, awarded with a medal “For Military Merit”. Thanks to his dedication and utter disregard of self, his troop survived. Another unit also survived following Vladimir’s orders to retreat from approaching tanks while he remained. Alone. We had a hand-made personnel carrier that we nicknamed “Combat”. We sewed it up with armaments, armoured it with a gun. Vladimir remained inside, fighting – alone! – holding back the enemy; covering his troops until they retreated to safety.

“Eventually a shell hit “Combat” and ripped his arm from his body. He passed out. At the time of impact, the wound was burned. Thus, the wound was cauterized: there was hardly any bleeding. After some time, Vladimir regained consciousness and noticed that his arm was torn off, hanging by a thread of skin. He took the arm and put it into his coat, buttoned up and started walking. 24 hours, he walked. Alone! He managed to escape from the surrounding forces – avoided all enemy posts! From all the weapons, he had a Makarov with a single bullet, just in case. The right arm was tucked into the coat; the left held a gun. The severed limb was not saved.

“Another episode of courage: One of the first battles in Lisichansk back when we had block-posts. We had a guy, Dima, who was killed right at the beginning of the military action. Thanks to his acuteness, proficiency and self-sacrifice, many survived. He took the whole Ukie fire – all the guns turned on him. All of them. Once the unit had arrived from the march, it was necessary to start helping to hold the Jandovskij block-post. While everyone was still getting into position, at that moment Dima hit the target causing the enemy to fire upon himself and he was the first to be killed. Because of his actions, the others survived. Not only did they continue the fight but they managed to push the Ukies back, destroying the block-post they had occupied. All due to the sacrifice of one man.

“This is who we must be – heroes, knights. Because we are Russian, we are Slavs, we cannot be anything else. We do not have the right to be anything else.

“From the weapons we hold – MANPADS and paired ZAUs (automatic anti-aircraft guns) – we work the planes. But the Ukies, once they figured out that we can get them, changed tactics; they don’t descend to the height where we can hit them, but drop bombs from far above, of a massive size. They drop two or three, and disappear.

“The Ukies claim to be fighting terrorism, while bombarding peaceful, innocent civilians, destroying whole city blocks and infrastructure. All of it! How is that?! If you are at war with us, fight us. But instead, they bombard cities and blame it on us… How? We have proof of the bombings: the weapons used and the directions from which the fire came. The flight trajectory can be calculated from the remaining crater. But, there is no arguing their impudent allegations; the unfounded, falsified fault.

“Before, it was commonly believed that such a war with field commanders, a civil war, is a disaster. It is difficult to organise, to create a common structure. Uncontrollable elementary forces, liberties. are impossible to control. Yes, sometimes you have to shout, punish, and send men into lock-up, once a certain line is crossed. Every military establishment has its own breaches but we are bound together by the same idea, united by a common belief. If we want to accomplish anything, we must be disciplined and structured. That stayed with us from the beginning – from that very first unit we formed. Even before the military attacks commenced, I began to organize a resistence of the People because I could see that it was necessary to be ready. Even then, we agreed that we must reach our final aim – we must be victorious. The rest, as to who was right and who was to blame, we’ll let time decide. A clear structure has formed, and all are true to it.

“The fight began when such categories as Novorossia, did not exist. This concept arose in the course of battles and gradually grows more and more, and gains more meanings. Now Novorossia is not just a territory, it is primarily an idea. Liberty and Conscience is and will be the new Russia “.

 

Organ Harvesting in Ukraine Goes Unreported

New Eastern Outlook, 7-9-14
By Tony Cartalucci

Unlike the terrorist offenses in Libya, Syria, and now Iraq, backed by the United States, the UK, the EU, members of NATO as well as regional collaborators such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Qatar, where any attempts to stop extremists from seizing entire nations is met by the West’s howling indignation and accusations of “human rights abuses,” the unmitigated brutality executed by literal Nazis in Ukraine against breakaway provinces in the east are accompanied by a hypocritical silence from the West. Refugees streaming away from encircled and bombarded populated centers tell tales of mass murder, indiscriminate targeting of civilians, and even grisly accounts of forced organ harvesting taking place from the bodies of those killed by Kiev’s combined arms offensive, or from those kidnapped by criminal gangs operating in the vacuum of impunity afforded by the West’s silence.

Unlike in Libya, Syria, and now Iraq where the Western media eagerly reported “activist” accounts as unquestionable truth, and even participated in flagrant fabrications to justify further military intervention, particularly in Libya and Syria, networks like the BBC dismiss Ukrainian refugee accounts as hearsay not warranting any further investigation. In the BBC’s article, “The Ukrainian refugees escaping to Russia,” it states:

They claim that masses of Polish snipers have been shooting civilians, that children have been abducted and flown to America to have their organs removed, and that the Ukrainian army has been killing refugees who have been trying to escape.

There is no evidence to support any of these wild claims. But what they prove is a deep-seated mistrust of Kiev.[i]

What could be considered more “wild” is the BBC’s outrageous hypocrisy, their lack of investigating claims – considering they claim to be journalists – and their lack of explanation as to just why the people of eastern Ukraine harbor a “deep-seated mistrust of Kiev.” Why would thousands of eastern Ukrainians, hostile or distrusting of Kiev, flee their homes in the first place had Kiev not been carrying out a policy of criminal brutality?

Forced Organ Harvesting – Real Horror Deliberately Dismissed by the BBC

Russian sources tell a different story, explaining the details of the ongoing horror the BBC mentions in passing but failed to either qualify or dispel with anything resembling evidence. In Pravda’s article, “In Ukraine, human organs don’t stink,” it is reported that:

Shocking information appeared on the social networks saying that the militia from Slavyansk found hundreds of corpses of National Guard soldiers during a night reconnaissance operation. The soldiers had had their stomachs ripped open and internal organs removed. In addition, the people living in the troubled territories, have seen well-equipped ambulance vehicles, armored cash collection vans and other special vehicles near hospitals of the Ukrainian army.Employees of international airports, for example, in Boryspil, said that there were many small aircraft chartered to transport special refrigerators that are used for transporting human organs.

These would be the same “social networks” frequently cited by the Western media to substantiate claims made against the targeted governments of Libya and Syria. Now that Western interests are backing a regime trying to consolidate its power against armed fighters, such stories are “wild” and unworthy of further investigation. Pravda notes that the impoverished state of Ukraine’s military – unable to provide even matching uniforms or food – makes the increased medical presence around Kiev’s forces very unlikely the result of interest in preserving the well-being of both its own fighters as well as those caught in their path.

Instead, considering the immense corruption and lawlessness that existed even before the so-called “Euromaidan” and the rise of an ultra-right client regime operating in utter disarray, it is more likely organ harvesting for profit is taking place. Eastern Europe has been one of several global epicenters for forced organ harvesting for years. A November 2011 Bloomberg article titled, “Organ Gangs Force Poor to Sell Kidneys for Desperate Israelis,” reported that:

Investigators on five continents say they have uncovered intertwining criminal rings run by Israelis and eastern Europeans that move people across borders — sometimes against their will — to sell a kidney.

“The criminal here is the middleman who profits from the sick and the poor,” says Bahat, who investigated an organ- trafficking ring in Jerusalem. “It touches my heart that people will sell part of their body because they need money to live.”

Criminals see an opportunity to make big money in the organ trade, where they can sell a kidney for 15 to 20 times what they pay, police throughout Europe say.

“They recognize the obscene profit that can be made in the expanding black market in body parts,” says Jonathan Ratel, a Pristina, Kosovo-based prosecutor who has been investigating organ trafficking over the past two years. “It keeps happening because there is so much money in this.”

Traffickers typically pay $10,000 to a seller for a kidney and collect $150,000 when selling it to a patient.

In fact, amid the chaos of Ukraine’s armed conflict, it would be unthinkable that these same criminal gangs would not be scouring the battlefields and hospitals for potential victims. The BBC’s failure to investigate the very plausible claims of desperate refugees suggests both utter journalistic incompetence and even complicity in covering up atrocities being committed as part of Kiev’s brutal, unwarranted, and deadly bid to consolidate power.

The state of forced organ harvesting as described by Bloomberg in 2011 implicated criminal gangs in Ukraine specifically, as have other reports. Ukrainian hospitals and doctors have been long-implicated as well. How then does the BBC call accounts of organ harvesting “wild claims” when nothing has been done to stop such practices since 2011, and especially with conditions in Ukraine today setting the stage for such criminality to flourish unchecked?

History Repeating Itself 

Just as the ultra-right taking power in Kiev signifies the resurgence of Nazism in Europe, fully backed by the European Union and NATO, the covering up of forced organ harvesting and other horrors is torn straight from the playbook of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis, including the likes of the notorious Josef Mengele. History is repeating itself, specifically because of the ignorance of Western audiences and the complicity of journalists charged with reporting the truth who instead, bury it under propaganda.

Since organ harvesting is undoubtedly taking place in Ukraine today – since it was taking place on record before the conflict even began – the BBC’s dismissal of this tale of horror may mean Polish snipers supported by NATO may also be carrying out atrocities, and the regime of Petro Poroshenko may very well be carrying out campaigns of racially motivated genocide.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

http://journal-neo.org/2014/07/09/organ-harvesting-in-ukraine-go-unreported/

 

Reprinted in

http://www.globalresearch.ca/organ-harvesting-in-ukraine-goes-unreported/5390599
Organ Harvesting in Ukraine Goes Unreported, July 10, 2014

[i] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27993547

The Ukrainian refugees escaping to Russia

The corporate annexation of Ukraine — “a gold mine of profits”

The Ecologist, March 21, 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation’ of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there’s a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation.

Ukraine – the corporate annexation

by JP Sottile

The potential here for agriculture / agribusiness is amazing … production here could double … Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.

On 12th January 2014, a reported 50,000 “pro-Western” Ukrainians descended upon Kiev’s Independence Square to protest against the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Stoked in part by an attack on opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko, the protest marked the beginning of the end of Yanukovych’s four year-long government.

That same day, the Financial Times reported a major deal for US agribusiness titan Cargill.

Business confidence never faltered

Despite the turmoil within Ukrainian politics after Yanukovych rejected a major trade deal with the European Union just seven weeks earlier, Cargill was confident enough about the future to fork over $200 million to buy a stake in Ukraine’s UkrLandFarming.

According to the Financial Times, UkrLandFarming is the world’s eighth-largest land cultivator and second biggest egg producer. And those aren’t the only eggs in Cargill’s increasingly ample basket.

On 13th December 2013, Cargill announced the purchase of a stake in a Black Sea grain terminal at Novorossiysk on Russia’s Black Sea coast.

The port – to the east of Russia’s strategically and historically important Crimean naval base – gives them a major entry-point to Russian markets and adds them to the list of Big Ag companies investing in ports around the Black Sea, both in Russia and Ukraine.

Cargill has been in Ukraine for over two decades, investing in grain elevators and acquiring a major Ukrainian animal feed company in 2011. And, based on its investment in UkrLandFarming, Cargill was decidedly confident amidst the post-EU deal chaos.

It’s a stark juxtaposition to the alarm bells ringing out from the US media, bellicose politicians on Capitol Hill and perplexed policymakers in the White House.

Instability – what instablility?

It’s even starker when compared to the anxiety expressed by Morgan Williams, President and CEO of the US-Ukraine Business Council – which, according to its website, has been “Promoting US-Ukraine business relations since 1995.”

Williams was interviewed by the International Business Times on March 13 and, despite Cargill’s demonstrated willingness to spend, he said, “The instability has forced businesses to just go about their daily business and not make future plans for investment, expansion and hiring more employees.”

In fact, Williams, who does double-duty as Director of Government Affairs at the private equity firm SigmaBleyzer, claimed, “Business plans have been at a standstill.”

Apparently, he wasn’t aware of Cargill’s investment, which is odd given the fact that he could’ve simply called Van A. Yeutter, Vice President for Corporate Affairs at Cargill, and asked him about his company’s quite active business plan.

There is little doubt Williams has the phone number because Mr. Yuetter serves on the Executive Committee of the selfsame US-Ukraine Business Council. It’s quite a cozy investment club, too.

According to his SigmaBleyzer profile, Williams “started his work regarding Ukraine in 1992” and has since advised American agribusinesses “investing in the former Soviet Union.” As an experienced fixer for Big Ag, he must be fairly friendly with the folks on the Executive Committee.

Big Ag luminaries – Monsanto, Eli Lilly, Dupont, John Deere …

And what a committee it is – it’s a veritable who’s who of Big Ag. Among the luminaries working tirelessly and no doubt selflessly for a better, freer Ukraine are:

  • Melissa Agustin, Director, International Government Affairs & Trade for Monsanto
  • Brigitte Dias Ferreira, Counsel, International Affairs for John Deere
  • Steven Nadherny, Director, Institutional Relations for agriculture equipment-maker CNH Industrial
  • Jeff Rowe, Regional Director for DuPont Pioneer
  • John F. Steele, Director, International Affairs for Eli Lilly & Company

And, of course, Cargill’s Van A. Yeutter. But Cargill isn’t alone in their warm feelings toward Ukraine. As Reuters reported in May 2013, Monsanto – the largest seed company in the world – plans to build a $140 million “non-GM (genetically modified) corn seed plant in Ukraine.”

And right after the decision on the EU trade deal, Jesus Madrazo, Monsanto’s Vice President for Corporate Engagement, reaffirmed his company’s “commitment to Ukraine” and “the importance of creating a favorable environment that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture.”

Monsanto’s strategy includes a little “hearts and minds” public relations, too. On the heels of Mr. Madrazo’s reaffirmation, Monsanto announced “a social development program titled ‘Grain Basket of the Future’ to help rural villagers in the country improve their quality of life.”

The initiative will dole out grants of up to $25,000 to develop programs providing “educational opportunities, community empowerment, or small business development.”

Immense economic importance

The well-crafted moniker ‘Grain Basket of the Future’ is telling because, once upon a time, Ukraine was known as ‘the breadbasket’ of the Soviet Union. The CIA ranks Soviet-era Ukraine second only to Mother Russia as the “most economically important component of the former Soviet Union.”

In many ways, the farmland of Ukraine was the backbone of the USSR. Its fertile black soil generated over a quarter of the USSR’s agriculture. It exported substantial quantities of food to other republics and its farms generated four times the output of the next-ranking republic.

Although Ukraine’s agricultural output plummeted in the first decade after the break-up of the Soviet Union, the farming sector has been growing spectacularly in recent years.

While Europe struggled to shake-off the Great Recession, Ukraine’s agriculture sector grew 13.7% in 2013.

Ukraine’s agriculture economy is hot. Russia’s is not. Hampered by the effects of climate change and 25 million hectares of uncultivated agricultural land, Russia lags behind its former breadbasket.

According to the Centre for Eastern Studies, Ukraine’s agricultural exports rose from $4.3 billion in 2005 to $17.9 billion in 2012 and, harkening the heyday of the USSR, farming currently accounts for 25% of its total exports. Ukraine is also the world’s third-largest exporter of wheat and of corn. And corn is not just food. It is also ethanol.

Feeding Europe

But people gotta eat – particularly in Europe. As Frank Holmes of US Global Investors assessed in 2011, Ukraine is poised to become Europe’s butcher. Meat is difficult to ship, but Ukraine is perfectly located to satiate Europe’s hunger.

Just two days after Cargill bought into UkrLandFarming, Global Meat News reported a huge forecasted spike in “all kinds” of Ukrainian meat exports, with an increase of  8.1% overall and staggering 71.4% spike in pork exports.

No wonder Eli Lilly is represented on the US-Ukraine Business Council’s Executive Committee. Its Elanco Animal Health unit is a major manufacturer of feed supplements.

And it is also notable that Monsanto’s planned seed plant is non-GMO, perhaps anticipating an emerging GMO-unfriendly European market and Europe’s growing appetite for organic foods. When it comes to Big Ag’s profitable future in Europe, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

A long string of Russian losses

For Russia and its hampered farming economy, it’s another in a long string of losses to US encroachment – from NATO expansion into Eastern Europe to US military presence to its south and onto a major shale gas development deal recently signed by Chevron in Ukraine.

So, why was Big Ag so bullish on Ukraine, even in the face of so much uncertainty and the predictable reaction by Russia?

The answer is that the seeds of Ukraine’s turn from Russia have been sown for the last two decades by the persistent Cold War alliance between corporations and foreign policy. It’s a version of the ‘Deep State‘ that is usually associated with the oil and defense industries, but also exists in America’s other heavily subsidized industry – agriculture.

Morgan Williams is at the nexus of Big Ag’s alliance with US foreign policy. To wit, SigmaBleyzer touts Mr. Williams’ work with “various agencies of the US government, members of Congress, congressional committees, the Embassy of Ukraine to the US, international financial institutions, think tanks and other organizations on US-Ukraine business, trade, investment and economic development issues.”

Freedom – for US business

As President of the US-Ukraine Business Council, Williams has access to Council cohort – David Kramer, President of Freedom House. Officially a non-governmental organization, it has been linked with overt and covert ‘democracy’ efforts in places where the door isn’t open to American interests – aka US corporations.

Freedom House, the National Endowment for Democracy and National Democratic Institute helped fund and support the Ukrainian ‘Orange Revolution’ in 2004. Freedom House is funded directly by the US Government, the National Endowment for Democracy and the US Department of State.

David Kramer is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs and, according to his Freedom House bio page, formerly a Senior Fellow at the Project for the New American Century.

Nuland’s $5 billion for Ukrainian ‘democracy’

That puts Kramer and, by one degree of separation, Big Ag fixer Morgan Williams in the company of PNAC co-founder Robert Kagan who, as coincidence would have it, is married to Victoria “F*ck the EU” Nuland, the current Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Interestingly enough, Ms. Nuland spoke to the US-Ukrainian Foundation last 13th December, extolling the virtues of the Euromaidan movement as the embodiment of “the principles and values that are the cornerstones for all free democracies.”

Nuland also told the group that the United States had invested more than $5 billion in support of Ukraine’s “European aspirations” – meaning pulling Ukraine away from Russia. She made her remarks on a dais featuring a backdrop emblazoned with a Chevron logo.

Also, her colleague and phone call buddy US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt helped Chevron cook up their 50-year shale gas deal right in Russia’s kitchen.

Coca-Cola, Exxon-Mobil, Raytheon

Although Chevron sponsored that event, it is not listed as a supporter of the Foundation. But the Foundation does list the Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil and Raytheon as major sponsors. And, to close the circle of influence, the US-Ukraine Business Council is also listed as a supporter.

Which brings the story back to Big Ag’s fixer – Morgan Williams.

Although he was glum about the current state of investment in Ukraine, he’s gotta wear shades when he looks into the future. He told the International Business Times:

“The potential here for agriculture / agribusiness is amazing … production here could double.  The world needs the food Ukraine could produce in the future. Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.”

Of course, his priority is to ensure that the bread of well-connected businesses gets lavishly buttered in Russia’s former breadbasket. And there is no better connected group of Ukraine-interested corporations than American agribusiness.

Given the extent of US official involvement in Ukrainian politics – including the interesting fact that Ambassador Pyatt pledged US assistance to the new government in investigating and rooting-out corruption – Cargill’s seemingly risky investment strategy probably wasn’t that risky, after all.

 

J P Sottile is a freelance journalist, radio co-host, documentary filmmaker and former broadcast news producer in Washington, D.C. His weekly show, Inside the Headlines w/ The Newsvandal, co-hosted by James Moore, airs every Friday on KRUU-FM in Fairfield, Iowa. He blogs at Newsvandal.com.

Follow him on Twitter: @newsvandal

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This article was first published on Consortium News

http://consortiumnews.com/2014/03/16/corporate-interests-behind-ukraine-putsch/

Air India pilots heard MH17 redirected over “hot” airspace by Ukrainian air traffic controller

Times of India:

Air India flight was 90 seconds away when missile struck Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Manju VManju V,TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 01.40 AM IST

Note: see website for  chart “How Direct Routing Proved Fatal”

MUMBAI: The ministry of civil aviation’s claim that there was no Air India flight near the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 when it was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday appears misleading.

An Air India Dreamliner flight going from Delhi to Birmingham was in fact less than 25km away from the Malaysian aircraft, a distance covered by a Dreamliner or Boeing 777 in about 90 seconds, when the latter was hit. Because of this closeness, the Dnipropetrovsk (local Ukrainian) air traffic controller asked the AI pilots to try and establish contact with pilots of the Malaysian aircraft who had stopped responding to its calls.

Minutes before the crash caused by a missile strike, the AI pilots had also heard the controller give the Malaysian aircraft MH17 what is called “a direct routing”. This permits an aircraft to fly straight, instead of tracking the regular route which is generally a zig-zag track that goes from one ground-based navigation aid or way point to another. “Direct routing saves fuel and time and is preferred by pilots. In this case, it proved fatal,” said an airline source. “The AI Dreamliner was less than 25km away from the Malaysian aircraft when the latter was hit by a missile. When the pilots learnt the cause of the crash later, they were stunned. It’s like the person standing next to you has been hit by a sniper bullet,” said the source. An Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (TOI file photo)

As instructed by the controller, the AI pilots tried to contact the Boeing 777 after its transponder display went off the radar. The message they sent was: “Malaysian 17, this is Air India 113. How do you read?” There was, of course, no response.

Soon after the tragedy, the media picked up data from flightradar24, a live flight tracker website which showed the AI aircraft in the vicinity. But the next day, on Friday, the civil aviation ministry issued a statement that “there was no Air India flight near the ill-fated Malaysian plane at the time of the incident”.

The Ukrainian airspace is divided into five flight information regions: Kiev, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa and Simferopol. MH17 was in the Dnipropetrovsk airspace flying an east-bound track on 33,000feet and the AI Delhi-Birmingham flight was on a west-bound route and had entered Ukraine after crossing Russia when the AI pilots heard the Dnipropetrovsk controller give the Malaysian aircraft a direct routing.

Barely minutes later, the AI pilots heard the controller trying to establish contact with the Malaysian aircraft. When no response came from the Malaysian crew, the controller asked the AI pilots to try. It is standard practice for air traffic controllers to ask pilots of aircraft in the vicinity to get in touch with pilots who have stopped responding. A part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 that crashed after being hit by a missile in eastern Ukraine. (Reuters photo)

In order to communicate, pilots and controllers tune in to one particular radio frequency, and all the conversation that takes place on that wavelength can be heard by all the aircraft who are tuned in to this frequency. So the pilots can hear each other as well as the instructions given by the controller to all the aircraft in a particular flight information region.

Other than this particular radio frequency on which pilots can communicate with controllers and other pilots, there is another radio set in the cockpit which is always tuned to 121.5MHz, known as the emergency frequency.

The pilots would try to contact the non-responding crew on this frequency too, but more importantly, it is on this frequency that they would get to hear the signature distress beep tone emitted by an emergency locator transmitter of an aircraft soon after it has crashed.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov’s official statement, Kremlin, Moscow : “They try to show to the whole world that we are responsible for the crash. It is very strange that without any evidence our colleagues from western media would like to find somebody who is responsible for the crash,” Antonov said. “It seems to me that this is part of information warfare which has been started against the Russian Federation and federation armed forces.” “As for me, I don’t want to use this opportunity to blame anybody. I would just like to raise few questions for my colleagues from the armed forces of Ukraine,” Antonov said. “I hope they try to answer the questions, it will be a good opportunity for us to realize where we are, whether there is a possibility for us to restart cooperation and to find who is really responsible for the tragedy.” “Answers for these questions could help us find an opportunity to prevent such tragedies in the future,” the Deputy Defense Minister said.

Source:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Air-India-flight-was-90-seconds-away-when-missile-struck-Malaysia-Airlines-Flight-MH17/articleshow/38702536.cms

U.S. Army and California Nat’l Guard to train and arm Ukraine Nat’l Guard in 2015; CNG has worked with UNG for 21 years

The California Legislature honored the California National Guard with Resolution 45, July 8, 2014 —

“I am honored to author a resolution that highlights how the California National Guard is helping partner nations reinforce military respect for civilian control, rule of law and create stable regions,” said Assemblymember Matt Dababneh, author of the resolution. “This partnership with Ukraine, which has been in place for more than 20 years, is a true testament to the professionalism and dedication of the California National Guard, its 22,900 soldiers and airmen currently in uniform, and the expertise they offer military personnel abroad. ”

Joining Dababneh on the floor were Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, Deputy Adjutant General for the CNG; Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft and a leader in California’s Ukrainian-American community; and Oleksandr Savostianov, Consul for the Consulate General of Ukraine.

“We are grateful to the State Legislature and the global Ukrainian community for supporting this vital program,” said Beevers. “Our exchange not only strengthens the security and democratic institutions of both nations, but also benefits our armed forces through the sharing of best practices.” [i]

Huffington Post, 8-1-14

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow’s support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

“The Defense Department and State Department have notified Congress of our intent to use $19 million in global security contingency fund authority to train and equip four companies and one tactical headquarters of the Ukrainian national guard as part of their efforts to build their capacity for internal defense,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

The training, which requires congressional approval, would occur at a location within Ukraine that hosts multilateral exercises, Kirby said. The trainers would be provided by U.S. Army Europe and by the California National Guard, he added.

While Kirby did not link the training to the West’s deepening standoff with Russia over Ukraine. The announcement comes as the United States and other Western nations seek to tighten pressure on Moscow after the July 17 downing of a Malaysian airliner over rebel-held territory in Ukraine by what Western nations say was a Russia-supplied missile.

Earlier on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine and to seek a diplomatic end to the crisis. . Washington and European nations announced new sanctions against Russia earlier this week.

While the United States has repeatedly slammed Russia’s troop buildup along the border with Ukraine and its support for the rebels, the Obama administration has limited military assistance to non lethal aid such as medical supplies and helmets.

Also on Friday, the United States pledged about $8 million in new aid to bolster the Ukrainian border guard service.

(Reporting By Missy Ryan. Editing by Andre Grenon)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/us-ukraine-train-arm_n_5643192.html
U.S. Plans To Train, Arm Ukraine National Guard In 2015

[i] http://www.calguard.ca.gov/PA/Pages/Assembly-Resolution-Recognizes-national-Guard-Ukraine-Partnership.aspx

 

White phosphorous fire bombs used against civilians in Donetsk, Ukraine

Eric Zuesse, Global Research, August 19, 2014  

report on August 15th from Russian Television alleged that the Ukrainian government that the U.S. installed in February of this year was resorting to internationally banned white phosphorous firebombs in order to help destroy the million people who lived in the now Ukrainian separatist capital of Donetsk. It lands super-hot and starts fires and burns to death almost anyone it touches.

The Ukrainian separatists are the residents in Ukraine’s southeast, where Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, was elected overwhelmingly by the votes of the people in this region in 2010. They reject the government that Obama installed, and are therefore seeking independence from it. They reject that government not so much because Obama is forcing it on them, as because that government is trying to exterminate them.

Here is the original televised news report on the alleged August 14th firebombing of the Leninsky District in Donetsk:

And here is a raw video of this August 14th firebombing, taken from the distance:

A separate local Donetsk video of it is here:

That video opens with this picture, but doesn’t say whether the fire shown in it resulted from the apparent firebombing:

And here is alleged to be a picture of the resulting burnt rubble.

Since this type of thing has been going on for months, there has been a mass-evacuation of the area by the families, leaving only their fathers who are the resistance fighters, and when an OSCE official from the western “democracies” came to visit the former residents, at refugee camps in Russia, these refugees were asking why only Russia is offering them any help.

Meanwhile, Russia opens more refugee camps, and the West blocks Russia from sending aid into the Ukrainian cities that are being bombed: food, water, and medicines.

But then, a news report on August 16th from eturbonews was headlined “Alleged War Crime: White Phosphorus Used in Residential Areas of Donetsk?” and it reported why there had not been immediate news-reporting of the results of this firebombing, if it had indeed occurred:

“According to eTN sources in Donetsk, WP bombs landed in residential areas in Donetsk at the Lenin district of Donetsk city, Petrovski district of Donetsk city and near the railway station Mandrykino. … The situation in Luhansk without electricity, water and food can be compared with activities used when committing genocide. Ukrainian forces isolated [the] East Ukrainian city and are not allowing water, food and medicine through after destroying electricity and communication services. According to an eyewitness statement Ukrainian army check points let travelers drive to the Eastern Ukraine, but no one is able to leave the Eastern part of the country. It’s like a big prison with hundred[s of] thousands of people and without food, water and electricity. … Scenes of devastation are emerging from across the city, with many buildings burned out or riddled with shell-holes. A large number of private homes in Donetsk have been burned down as firefighters fail to extinguish fires caused by shelling.” So, their source confirmed it.

report had, indeed, been uploaded on August 14th, the very night of the attack, indicating that “the Lenin district of Donetsk” was among the specific areas firebombed, and it’s the second one shown above:

So: the Ukrainian regime that the U.S. installed has simply been blocking off any ability of official ‘news’ media into Donetsk to report on the massacre. In other words: anyone who is still waiting for ‘news’ media to tell them about this firebombing will be waiting until everyone is dead and no one even cares, because it’ll then no longer be even ‘news’ at all — by then it’ll be only history. But that’s what it indeed will be.

And so will the people who had lived in Donetsk, just history, like the people who lived in Hiroshima, or in Dresden, or who were bombed to death by Germany’s Nazis in London, etc. Of course, the determinant of whether the victims here will be viewed sympathetically by history will be which side ultimately writes the history books on this war. But did the residents of Dresden and Hiroshima have any guilt that justified their being destroyed in this way? Perhaps one might say that most of them were either fascists or nazis and supported such barbarians, who would do such things.

However, one can’t even assert that here, because these victims in southeast Ukraine were instead trying to protect themselves from Ukraine’s nazis, who are our people in Ukraine. It’s “our side” that are the barbarians, the nazis, here. The victims are trying to protect themselves from us — from the people that the U.S. installed into power.

Are we guilty? If we support this government, we certainly are. Those of us who support it are the guilty ones here; those are the people who willingly share in Obama’s clear guilt on this matter (Obama being the person who appointed the persons, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, who appointed the person, Victoria Nuland, who appointed the person, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who appointed the new Ukrainian Defense Minister, Mikhail Koval, who designed this ethnic-cleansing program and who even announced it to the public. And anyone in the U.S. House of Representatives who fails to introduce an impeachment resolution against Obama for his nazism in this regard is certainly guilty, along with Obama. If Obama isn’t even impeached and removed from office for bringing about and endorsing the perpetrators of this and other such atrocities in Ukraine, as he has done, then Americans have no reason to expect ultimately to be treated any better by the nazis that we then allow to remain in power  over us Americans. Nazism is profoundly un-American.

Any member of the U.S. House of Representatives who opposes impeaching Obama over this should certainly be removed by his or her voters this fall. That’s crystal clear, because Obama is the first-ever U.S. President to install a nazi regime anywhere in the world. He is veritably spitting not only onto the graves of all U.S. soldiers who died fighting nazis in World War II; he is even spitting onto the graves of America’s Founders, who would be shocked and appalled that between America’s greatness in WW II and today, America has descended so, from heaven, into hell.

What we do now will determine whether that’s where we will stay and where we belong. Because any country that continues to back this, belongs in hell. That’s for sure.

As to why Obama is doing that, I have written many articles about that, such as here and here. And that produces this, which produces this.

As they used to say: “Never again.” But this time, it’s up to us, not up to Germans or anybody else. It’s up to us, alone, to stop doing this.

On which side of this will the American people be? America’s heroic Founders, and our heroic soldiers who were killed in WWII, ask us this question from the beyond. Are we on this side, or on Obama’s? Each American, and especially each member of the U.S. House of Representatives, must ask and answer  that question.

These are extraordinary times, if for no other reason that this is the first U.S. President who has ever been (despite his deceptively liberal rhetoric) a nazi in the White House. No other one has ever done this.

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.

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Ukraine Atrocities: The Illegal Use of White Phosphorous Fire Bombs Against Donetsk Civilians, Global Research, August 19, 2014