March 13, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
RussiePolitics, translated by Tom Winter –
On March 11 two Ukrainian fighting ships entered the territorial waters of the Republic of Donetsk, in flagrant violation of the Minsk accords and in the media silence that we have gotten used to.
The deputy commander of the Armed Forces of Donetsk, E. Bassurin, said that on Saturday, by order of the commander of the 73rd Maritime Special Operations Center, 1st captain E. Shevchenko, two warships were sent to the territorial waters of the Republic of Donetsk in the Sea of Azov, for reconnaissance and organizing provocations against the positions of the combatants.
The Donetsk fighters opened fire, a ship was damaged, two Ukrainian soldiers were killed, and three wounded.
One can wonder the interest of such a maneuver, both strategically and politically. By this kind of action, Ukraine totally discredits any intention of implementing the Minsk accords or even to find a peaceful exit from the crisis. But it is true that it enjoys a particularly favorable media coverage in the West, and political cover that allows it, for the moment, to act with impunity. Even its revisionist nationalists are invited to university conferences, as France has crossed the red line by dint of compromise.
Let us not forget that this action is part of the Ukrainian process of systematic violation not only of the Minsk accords, but also of international standards protecting civilians in times of war. Thus, they continue fire on the water filtration station every time it is repaired in order to deprive the civilian populations of drinking water. The Ukrainian army uses artillery about 1200 times in 24 hours; fighters find tanks and heavy Ukrainian artillery right on the line of separation, while they should be pulled back from it, and OSCE looks the other way.
How long will they continue keeping their eyes closed?
February 2, 2017
Town of Avdiyivka, February 1, 2017. © Gleb Garanich / Reuters
“We met Ukrainian troops and tanks in Avdiivka [sic] who seemed ready for action – and we could hear that there is no ceasefire here,” BBC correspondent Tom Burridge tweeted along with the video.
The video shows soldiers in Ukrainian military uniforms crowding around at least two tanks among high-rise apartment buildings in what appears to be a residential district. The 13-second-video also shows an OSCE car nearby.
A picture posted on Twitter by a Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent Aleksandr Kots a little earlier appears to show the tanks in the same Avdeevka neighborhood on Wednesday, February 1.
Official representative of the press center for the Ukrainian military in Donbass, Leonid Matyuhin, denied any Ukrainian tanks were in Avdeevka.
“I’ve been in Avdeevka the whole day today. I have not seen a single tank, I saw one police CRV [combat reconnaissance vehicle] with large letters on it saying ‘Police’,” Matyuhin told RIA Novosti.
“In violation of withdrawal lines, the SMM observed … two tanks (T-64) between government-controlled Orlivka (22km northwest of Donetsk) and Avdiivka (17km north of Donetsk),” the report says, stating also that Kiev’s military equipment, from howitzers to Grad rocket launcher systems, has been spotted in Kiev-controlled Talakovka, Ivanovka and Aslanovo, along with troops and “stacks of what appeared to be ammunition boxes.”
In another report, published on Wednesday, the mission claims it noted a significant increase in ceasefire violations recorded in both Donetsk and Lugansk regions and recorded the widespread use of multiple-launch-rocket systems in Avdeevka, Yasynuvata and Horlivka, with over 10,330 explosions recorded within the past three days alone.
“On 30 January, positioned in government-controlled Avdiivka, the SMM heard 1,224 undetermined explosions and about 1,400 bursts of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire 2-5km east-southeast, 1,635 undetermined explosions and over 200 bursts of heavy-machine-gun and small-arms fire 2-7km east-southeast, south-southeast, and 22 outgoing explosions 1-2km north,” the OSCE claimed.
Avdeevka has been suffering intense hostilities for days, with the spike of violence being the largest in months. Earlier this week, Ukraine officially acknowledged that its troops began a slow advance on rebel positions in eastern Ukraine. Igor Pavlovsky, Ukraine’s deputy defense minister, however told the Ukrainian media that the step was provoked by actions from anti-Kiev forces.
“As of today, despite everything, meter by meter, step by step, whenever possible our boys have been advancing,” Pavlovsky said on Wednesday. He justified the advancement, saying that the “entire Donbass is Ukrainian territory.”
The conflict in eastern Ukraine began back in 2014, when the people in Donetsk and Lugansk regions rejected the armed coup in Kiev, which saw the then-President Viktor Yanukovich ousted and what later became President Petro Poroshenko’s government installed. The new authorities launched a military crackdown, which led to a bloody conflict that has claimed over 10,000 lives to date.
A ceasefire and roadmap for reconciliation were negotiated in 2015 with the help of Russia, France and Germany, dubbed the so-called Minsk Accords. It imposed an OSCE-monitored withdrawal of heavy weapons, which was supposed to be followed by other measures, including greater autonomy for the regions.
The deal, however, stalled at the withdrawal of heavy weapons, with violence still breaking out. OSCE monitors regularly report violations of the truce by both sides of the conflict.
Medics have reported a sharp increase in nerve and cardiovascular diseases in frontline cities and villages.
Certainly stress is a factor, but the electromagnetic and microwave weapons of the American military could be the main culprit. The U.S. government has even used them on American protesters, including at Standing Rock and Flint, Michigan.
From Fort Russ
Military instructors from NATO countries were onboard a combat helicopter, shot down by servicemen of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on October 13, deputy commander of the Operational Command of the republic, Eduard Basurin, said on Friday.
“According to preliminary information, foreign mercenaries – instructors from the NATO, were in the downed helicopter. The area of the incidence [with the helicopter] is cordoned off for several days, cellular communication is disabled,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the words of the representative of the DPR Defense Ministry.
According to head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko, UAVs attempted to attack the territory of the republic under the cover of the military helicopter, which was put out of action, but managed to land on the territory of Donbass, occupied by the Kiev Forces. DPR soldiers shot the enemy’s helicopter down, while it was attacking their positions. According to the DPR intelligence, the incapacitated helicopter landed near Krasngotovka.
The use of combat aircraft and drones, with the exception of UAVs of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), is prohibited along the entire contact line by the Minsk Agreements.
The last time, Kiev used aircraft in Donbass on January 18, 2015. On that day, several the Su-25 fighter jets were noticed in the sky near Gorlovka.