Zakharchenko: Elenovka tragedy was the result of Nuland’s visit to Kiev

From Fort Russ

April 30, 2016 – 
Translated by J. Arnoldski 
“Zakharchenko to America: ‘Keep your hand-puppet in its booth'”
The head of the DPR, Alexander Zakharchenko, believes that the result of Victoria Nuland’s visit to Kiev was the monstrous shelling of Elenovka which caused the death of innocent people. The leader of the republic stated this in a briefing to a correspondent of Novorossiya Information Agency.
“The result of Nuland’s visit to Kiev and her contact with Poroshenko was none other than the shelling of Elenovka,” he said, adding that Kiev has thus shown that it does not intend to comply with its obligations according to the Minsk Agreements. 
“The UAF’s shelling of Elenovka was addressed primarily to America. Ukraine does not want to pass the laws which they are obliged to according to the Minsk Agreements, such as the law on elections to local self-government bodies, the special status, and a new Constitution. For them, this equates to death. Therefore, I want to say to the leaders of the USA and Europe: if you want to have a hand-puppet, at least keep it in its booth and let it sit there. Otherwise, he’ll bite you,” Zakharchenko concluded. 

OSCE confirms Elenovka shelling came from UAF direction

OSCE collecting more data and statistics, filing more reports for their masters. 

From Fort Russ

April 28, 2016 –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
On April 28, the Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE released a report which covered the circumstances of yesterday’s overnight shelling of the military checkpoint in Elenovka and drew conclusions as to from what direction the shelling came. 
International observers reported that two craters from explosive shells were recorded at the place of the tragedy along with three damaged cars. 
According to their analysis, the experts resolved that the shelling was fired from the West-Southwest (where UAF positions were located – Russian Spring), and that the guns fired were most likely 122 mm artillery.
In addition, the experts recorded traces of shell fragments on Moscow Street, three shells of which, as the analysis showed, were no less than 120 mm calibre and came from the West-Southwest direction. 
A building near the shelled military checkpoint was also recored as being damaged and having holes the size of grapefruits caused by shrapnel. 
International observers have summarized the details of those killed as a result of the shelling and the causes of their death. Two of the dead (one a male, the second body difficult to identify) were found in the first car burned and torn in half as a result of the shelling. 

The driver of the second car died from severe head trauma. 

The female passenger sitting in the back seat of the third car located 20 meters from the second was killed most likely by shrapnel.

The third car was riddled with shrapnel which, according to OSCE observers, was probably caused by one of the explosions

(GRAPHIC PHOTOS) UAF shelling claims civilian lives in Elenovka

From Fort Russ

April 27, 2016 –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
As Russian Spring reported earlier, four peaceful civilians have been killed with another six injured as a result of overnight shelling by Ukrainian soldiers from the military checkpoint “Elenovka” south of Donetsk. Among the killed was a pregnant woman.
It is now known that around 02:45 Ukrainian occupants opened mortar fire on the block post in Elenovka. At this time, civilian vehicles were standing in line waiting for the checkpoint to be opened. 
According to some sources, the number of victims has risen to eight.
Eyewitness of the tragedy report that cars burned and exploded while everyone who waited in line hurried to escape the bombardment. 


Russian Spring expresses condolences to all who have lost loved ones in this tragedy. 

[Note from J. Arnoldski – On April 26, Fort Russ reported the spreading concerns in Donbass confirmed by DPR Defense Minister Eduard Basurin that Ukrainian forces were purposefully halting the checkpoint traffic at Elenovka in order to prevent the DPR from returning fire. According to Eduard Basurin’s latest update, the death count has risen to 6]







U.S.-Ukraine “partnership” threatens new Chernobyl-style disaster

More bad nuclear news out of Ukraine.

From Fort Russ

April 27, 2015 –
Leonid Savin, Katehon


April 26, 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the catastrophic explosion of the 4th reactor at the Chernobyl power plant, the effects of which are felt to this very day. This comes at a time when alarming news has arrived which evokes concern over the future of Ukraine’s nuclear industry.
The problems started  along with the “Maidan” coup backed by the US and EU, because Washington immediately started to lobby for a large deal in its own interests, including nuclear industry projects.
The Ukrainian state enterprise Energoatom and the Westinghouse Company (US), agreed in 2014 to extend the contract to supply Ukrainian nuclear power plants with US nuclear fuel, until 2020.
But the use of US produced fuel for Soviet reactors is not compatible with their design, and violates security requirements, and could lead to disasters comparable with what happened in Chernobyl. The International Union of Veterans of Nuclear Energy and Industry (IUVNEI) issued the following statement on April 25th, that “Nuclear fuel produced by the US firm Westinghouse does not meet the technical requirements of Soviet-era reactors, and using it could cause an accident on the scale of the Chernobyl disaster, which took place on the 26th April 1986.” The IUVNEI brings together more than 15,000 nuclear industry veterans from Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine. It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Moscow.
Four years ago, there was a near-miss in the Ukraine, when a TVS-W unit with damaged distancing armatures, nearly experienced a significant uncontrolled release of dangerous radiation. Only by a miracle was there no disaster at the South Ukrainian nuclear power plant. But it did not prevent the signing of the agreement. A Czech nuclear power plant experienced a depressurization of fuel elements produced by Westinghouse several years ago, followed by the Czech government’s abandoning the company as a fuel supplier. According to Yuri Nedashkovsky, the president of the country’s state-owned nuclear utility Energoatom, on April 23th, 2014 Ukraine’s interim government ordered an allocation of 45.2 hectares of land for the construction of a nuclear waste storage site within the depopulated exclusion area around the plant of Chernobyl, between the villages of Staraya Krasnitsa, Buryakovka, Chistogalovka and Stechanka in the Kiev Region (the Central Spent Fuel Storage Project for Ukraine’s VVER reactors). The fuel is to come from Khmelnitsky, Rovno and South Ukraine nuclear power plants.
At present, used fuel is mostly transported to a new dry-storage facility at the Zheleznogorsk Mining and Chemical Factory in the Krasnoyarsk region, and storage and reprocessing plant Mayak in the Chelyabinsk region; the both facilities are situated in the Russian Federation.
In 2003, Ukraine started to look for alternatives to the Russian storage units. In December 2005, Energoatom signed a 127.8 million euro agreement with the US-based Holtec International to implement the Central Spent Fuel Storage Project for Ukraine’s VVER reactors. Holtec’s work involved design, licensing, construction, commissioning of the facility, and the supply of transport and vertical ventilated dry storage systems for used VVER nuclear fuel. By the end of 2011 Holtec International had to close its office in Kiev as it had come under harsh criticism worldwide. It is widely believed that the company has lost licenses in some countries because of the poor quality of its containers resulting in radiation leaks.  Westinghouse and Holtec are members of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). Morgan Williams, President/CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, has worked in Ukraine since the 1990’s.
“Today is one of the most important days since Ukraine’s independence as the efforts of these two internationally known companies will go a long way to assuring that Ukraine has greater energy independence,” he said at the ceremony devoted to  Westinghouse Electric Company and Holtec International signing contracts with Ukraine. The President of USUBC added, “This is made more important by the fact that for Ukraine, energy and political independence are closely interdependent. I join all of the USUBC members in toasting the success of these two great member companies, as we all work to assist Ukraine on its path to Euro-Atlantic integration and a strong democratic, private market driven nationhood.”
Morgan Williams is known as a lobbyist representing the interests of Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil in Ukraine. He has direct links with Freedom House which is involved in staging “color revolutions” in Eurasia, North Africa and Latin America.
One more interesting fact to be mentioned here. In Spring 2014 it was reported that according to covert agreements reached between Ukraine’s interim government and its European partners, the nuclear waste coming from EU member states would be stored in Ukraine.  Being in violation of the law, the deal is kept secret. Some high standing officials in Kiev were remunerated. It is said that Alexander Musychko (Sashko Biliy), a prominent nationalist from Rovno, tried to blackmail the Kiev rulers threatening to make the conspiracy public. That’s why he was killed, on the orders of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Arsen Avakov.
US is the main manager of the self-isolation of the Ukrainian regime from Russia, which has greatly impacted cooperation between two countries, as well as in the area of nuclear security. The administration of the Chernobyl nuclear plant has stated clearly that the process is going in wrong way.

Record number of Russians want socialism back

From Fort Russ

“Pioneer! Learn how to fight for the working class!” (Soviet poster, 1930)

April 27, 2016

Komsomolskaya Pravda

Translated by Kristina Kharlova

Sergey Semushkin

Oh, how I want back to the USSR: number of those nostalgic for the Soviet Union set a record

The number of those nostalgic for the Soviet Union is growing steadily.

According to the findings of sociologists, 56% of respondents expressed regret for the collapse of the state.

The majority of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union and do not mind if it was restored — concluded the sociologists of “Levada-center”.

56% of respondents regret the disintegration of USSR.   Interestingly, the number of such people is growing over the years. This was the record number of respondents nostalgic about the Soviet Union in the history of surveys. At the same time, the percentage of those who does not long for the Union, decreased over time: if in November of last year it was 37%, today only 28% do not feel any pity.

Moreover, 58% of Russians would like the socialist system and the Soviet Union to be restored. 31% categorically don’t want the Soviet Union back.

Meanwhile more than half of respondents, 51%, believe that it was still possible to save the country in 1991. That the collapse was inevitable voted 33% of Russians.

Experts, meanwhile, noticed that those most nostalgic for the Soviet Union not so much yearn for the Soviet ideology, but stability and relative justice, confidence in the future, secure jobs, free education and medical care, free housing. In a crisis, such things become more memorable…

Court refuses to ban mass rallies on Kulikovo Field in Odessa

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th April, 2016
The Odessa district administrative court rejected the claim of the Executive Committee of the Odessa City Council for a ban on holding mass rallies on Kulikovo field in the period from 1st to 10th May. This was stated by the press service of the court, reported 112 Ukraineon April 27th.
It was noted that the Executive Committee demanded to forbid meetings, demonstrations, and other peaceful actions, as well as other activities dedicated to the memory of those killed on May 2nd from taking place during this time on Kulikovo field.
The Executive Committee argued that the holding of such events is unsafe, as they will “attract the attention of a large number of radical individuals who have a contrary civil position”.
However, the court did not consider these arguments to be persuasive enough since the public organization had not notified the Executive Committee of the intention to hold events on Kulikovo field during this period.
A lone organization (“Automaidan-Odessa”) announced that it plans to spend these days on Kulikovo field for the military-patriotic education of the youth, during which they wish to use replica guns and fireworks, but the court did not grant the organization permission.

Kiev deputy: Yatsenyuk has left for Argentina

More Nazis to Argentina?

From Fort Russ

April 27, 2016 –
PolitRussia –
Translated by J. Arnoldski
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has yet to reappear in public. Party members last saw him on the day of his resignation, “Vesti” reports.
Reports that the ex-head of the Ukrainian state has retired to his Kiev apartment or to his country-home have not been confirmed, the newspaper writes.
In the Verkhovna Rada, journalists reported that Yatsenyuk had left the Ukrainian capital. Deputy Sergey Kaplin stated that the former prime minister is currently in Latin America.
“According to my information, Arseniy Yatsenyuk has flown to Argentina either on a business trip, vacation, or for escaping – I don’t know. It is also unknown when he will return,” Kaplin reported.

Military equipment brought to Kulikovo Field in Odessa to stop Victory Day celebrations

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
30th April, 2016
Order in Odessa will be protected by up to 5,000 National Guard.
On Saturday morning, April 30th, security forces and military equipment lined up on Kulikovo field in Odessa, reported  the local media.
As a reminder, from 30th April to 10th May, the entire staff of the police of the Odessa garrison was converted to enhanced mode. The police will be deployed for the protection of public order in all parts of the city.
Earlier, the acting chief of national police region, Giorgi Lortkipanidze said that entrance to Kulikovo field in Odessa on May 2nd will only be possible through metal detectors.
According to Saakashvili, President Petro Poroshenko instructed the head of the National police and the chief of the National guard in Odessa to bring in additional units of up to 1,000 people.
As a reminder, the Odessa district administrative court satisfied the claim of the Executive Committee of the Odessa City Council for a ban on holding mass events on Kulikovo field in the period from 1st to 10th May.

St.George’s ribbon will be worn in 70 countries

St. George’s ribbons are available at Russian embassies and consulates.

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th April, 2016
Today in Russia, a Patriotic “ribbon of St. George” campaign was launched towards Victory Day. The action can be called international because in addition to Russia, it will involve  fellow citizens in seventy countries around the world.
Millions of people throughout the Earth will wear St. George’s ribbons on clothing to honor all the soldiers who fought for our country. Victory Day volunteers will hand out St. George’s ribbons on the streets and in public places of cities. Ribbons are distributed free of charge.
As was noted by the coordinators of the action, last year they distributed more than 20 million ribbons. In Moscow, Victory Day volunteers can be found near the central metro stations and in parks, gas stations, and banking institutions.
The far East was the first to participate in patriotic actions, with the St. George’s ribbon appearing in the Central square of the capital of Primorye.
It was noted that the volunteers also explained the regulations for wearing them – there are cases when the symbol of Victory, perhaps because of confusion, were hung from the most unexpected places.
Primarily, volunteers were advised to bring this to the attention of foreign tourists for Victory Day, as the Russian capital is filled with many guests from different countries of the world, and not all of them are well-versed in our traditions.
The “St George’s ribbon” event was first held in Russia in 2005. Since then, this ribbon has become the main symbol of victory in the great Patriotic war and an attribute of Russian patriotism.