Right Sector mobilizes 10,000 fighters across Ukraine, pulls units from the front

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Right Sector protest at the Presidential administration building in Kiev/TASS

Translated on July 14, 2015 by Kristina Rus
TASS (July 12, 2015)

The militants of the unit, hiding near Mukachevo, received the order to open fire in the event of an attack

More than 10 thousand militants of the “Right sector” (right-wing extremist organization banned in Russia ) were mobilized throughout Ukraine. This was announced by the speaker of the Ukrainian volunteer corps (DUK) “Right sector,” Andrey Sarasin on the TV channel “112”.

“More than 10 thousand activists have been mobilized throughout Ukraine. As for Mukachevo: we managed to evacuate the wounded and one killed. Now there are negotiations,” – he said.

According to Sharaskin, “Right sector” is actively organizing checkpoints on the roads leading to Transcarpathia, in order to prevent police from sending reinforcements to Mukachevo.

The speaker of the DUC assured that the radicals do not want to escalate the situation, but all the militants of the “Right sector” left the positions in the zone of military operation in the Donetsk region and are now at their bases in full combat readiness.

The militants of the “Right sector” hiding near the town of Mukachevo, Transcarpathian region, received the order to open fire if attacked, reported the correspondent of TV channel “Inter” from location.

” The “Right sector” again showed its bandit face in Mukachevo. Kiev does not want to break with the neo-Nazis. Trying to put a lid on it. Soon it will be too late” – Konstantin Dolgov, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

“Now in Mukachevo the forces of regional police and National guard are concentrated. Fighters of “Right sector”, according to the latest information, received the order to open fire in case of attack,” – said the correspondent. According to him, the police and the national guard surrounded the mountain, where the “Right sector” fighters were hiding.

According to the latest data, during a shootout between security forces, [security guards of] local businesses and the “Right sector” in Mukachevo on July 11, two soldiers of the “Right sector” were killed, four more were wounded. 13 people are now in the hospital.

Previously, a PM and advisor to the President of Ukraine for humanitarian affairs, Olga Bogomolets voiced the demands of the supporters of the “Right sector”, who are protesting near the presidential administration:

“To lay down parliamentary mandate and thus stop legalizing the authorities; to dissolve the coalition; to adopt a law on impeachment of the President; to remove parliamentary immunity; to declare early elections (parliament); not to accept changes to the Constitution”.

On Sunday, the group threatened to bring 17 battalions to Kiev.

“In Transcarpathia for 20 years contraband is covered up by the police, for the year of Avakov’s post, the situation there has not changed. It also has not changed in the country as a whole. Lustration wasn’t completed, corruption is blooming. We do not intend to stand peacefully, we will communicate with the authorities differently, harshly” – Artem Skoropadsky, press secretary of the “Right sector”

[Besides a russophobic agenda and its de facto function as an extrajudicial muscle for business disputes in today’s Ukraine, where a weapon grants authority, and its key role as the engine of Maidan, the “Right Sector” presents itself as an agent of change for social justice, with slogans appealing to many rightfully disgruntled Ukrainian citizens, which is why many of them supported Maidan – KR]

On July 11 in the town of Mukachevo (Transcarpathian region of Ukraine) the militants “Right sector” attacked a cafe at a sports club, owned by local MP Mikhail Lagno, as well as traffic police patrol post.

In the attacks and ensuing skirmishes of extremists with law enforcement there were killed and wounded. “Right sector” reported the death of two fighters. Surviving militants refused to surrender and were blocked, the representatives of the anti-terrorist center of the SBU were negotiating with them. As a result the “Right sector” roused its supporters on “combat alert”. Group leader, Dmitry Yarosh called on to protest until the authorities, who, according to the radicals, are guilty of events in Mukachevo are arrested.


Minsk-2 is over before it began: 17 volunteer battalions refuse to obey Kiev

From Fort Russ

The Right Sector

February 12, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus
RIGA, 12 Feb – RIA Novosti.

Defense Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Vladimir Kononov said that 17 territorial battalions involved in the fighting in the South-East of Ukraine pulled out of control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and went under the control of the Right Sector.

“I have data that 17 territorial battalions withdrew from subordination to UAF and came under the jurisdiction of Yarosh. This is the “Right Sector”. “Right Sector” never fulfilled any agreements and in fact they constantly provoked further clashes,” – said Kononov on Thursday on Latvian TV show “Tonight” on channel LTV7.

Right Sector” – is a Ukrainian union of radical nationalist organizations. In January and February 2014 the militants of the movement were engaged in clashes with the police and the seizure of administrative buildings, and since April – in the suppression of protests in the East of Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly called on Kiev to disarm illegal armed groups, including the militants of the “Right Sector”.

On Thursday in Minsk ended peace talks in “Normandy format” with the participation of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany. Following the talks, it became known that an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in some districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine should start from 00: 00 (Kiev time) on 15 February 2015.

The withdrawal of heavy weapons must begin no later than the second day after the ceasefire and be completed within 14 days specified in the Minsk document. The security zone for the heavy artillery in Donbass should be from 50 to 140 kilometers.

Coincidentally, Kolomoisky also controls 17 battalions.

Kristina Rus:

The Minsk-2 agreement was the end of Poroshenko, and the end has begun. Crimea and Donbass uprisings were a defensive response to the threat of armed ultra-nationalists, which originally formed the Right Sector, and later – the various volunteer battalions. The Russian South-East is fighting not against the Ukrainian people, but against the raging ultra-nationalists, for whom the latest agreement was a shameful capitulation, and they had just declared they are not obliged to follow it. For them Poroshenko is a traitor, Russian-Ukrainians are subhumans, who should be annihilated and/or chased from the Ukrainian lands. 

The union of ultra-nationalists and liberals which made Maidan of 2014 a success as opposed to the Maidan of 2004 stands upon the ultra-nationalist ideology, which is incompatible with any attempt to reconcile the divided Ukraine. The conflict between the East and the West is woven into the fabric of today’s Ukraine, pumped with nationalist propaganda. The only chance for peace is a military victory of one of the parties. Or else, the Kiev regime needs to cleanse itself of the brown plague, of which it was born. This is what Minsk-2 attempted to achieve. 

If indeed these are the battalions controlled by Kolomoisky, then he is keeping his bet on the neo-nazis, who would help him get rid of Poroshenko and increase his clout. In a way he is out of options as they are his only fighting force. Where this all will lead is looking more and murkier by day.

The question is how will Europe and USA try to save face by enabling the “pro-US” neo-nazi forces who just wiped their bottoms with the latest agreement? Will they still be able to turn the tables and blame the “separatists” for everything? 

As for whether this was a success for Putin: the ultimate measure of victory in Ukraine is denazification and building of a state friendly to neighboring Russia. In order to do it, Ukraine needs to surgically remove the cancer that is eating at it from inside. That means entering the stage of open confrontation within itself. 


Confessions of a Right Sector spokesperson and new Ukrainian parliament member, Borislav Bereza

Borislav Bereza Facebook account, June 1, 2014

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The right hand of Dmitry Yarosh, Right Sector spokesperson and a new Ukrainian PM, Borislav Bereza, shared the plans of Ukrainian military and the Right Sector regarding the population of Donetsk and Lugansk regions on his Facebook account on June 1, 2014:

“What I am going to say is brutal, but honest. The situation in the East has reached a critical point. Having a dialog is not feasible. Mercenaries from Russia arrive every day. Their numbers are getting to a critical point. Considering the current number of Russian mercenaries, the military is guaranteeing successful execution of the operation in 30 days.

The military has 3 demands:

Guarantees for their future safety and protection, unlike what happened to Berkut police. For the government not to blame them for everything in order to clear itself.

Second – to provide all necessities, weapons, ammunition, transport, food. It is all available, but a decision is needed for distribution.

Third – an authorization to begin a final stage. This will depend on the president.

The thing is there is only one solution to the problem – a full-scale military operation.

Phase one – a locality is surrounded, through loud-speakers population is notified to leave the territory in 1-3 days, after which all remaining will be declared accessory to the enemy. Terrorists who want to surrender and lay down arms, will have that opportunity. People will be escorted through sorting camps. This can be done fast and effectively by installing a large number of criminal laboratories, and by separating women and children. Plus appearance of marks consistent with use of weapons and belts will help identify separatists.

Phase 2 – the city will be subject to massive attack with heavy weaponry.

Phase 3 – repeat phase 1. Phase 4 – repeat phase 2. Then – the final phase of the operation. Targeted strikes of the city, followed by demo-machinery.

You will say its harsh? It’s absolutely necessary.

Otherwise in a couple months it will metastasize in other regions. Therefore an urgent surgical operation is needed. Those who want to be human shields for the occupants are not brainwashed citizens of Ukraine, but are traitors helping a foreign invader. These people have always been eliminated. Do you want me to remind you about examples from WWII, I think not.

No matter how sad and tragic it is to admit, but there are no other solutions to the problem in Eastern Ukraine. And this is not my decision, its an opinion of the professionals. And I have to agree with them.

The only person, who can decide whether to give this order, is the commander-in-chief, the new president Petr Poroshenko. And he needs to be motivated by not humanism, but by the necessity to protect territorial integrity of Ukraine, and by protecting the lives of Ukrainian citizens among the military and civilians.

The situation has reached a level, where there is only one solution. Unfortunately, there are no options. If Poroshenko wants to go down in history as a person who brought peace to the country and preserved its territorial integrity, then he will give that order. Therefore, the citizens of Donbass and Lugansk still have some time to decide which side they will take, and whether to stay or to leave. I have friends and acquaintances on the territory of Donbass, and I would tell them to prepare to leave.

They can thank not only their Eastern neighbor, but also those animals, who have traded their patriotism, honor and conscience for personal ambition and gain, while becoming puppets of the Kremlin b%ches. Its their choice. And among them there are many a%$holes with parliamentary papers. But Ukrainians and Ukraine cannot be hostages of the terrorists forever. The military is waiting for their guarantees and the order to begin the operation.

And let God help us survive this horror.”

Translated by Kristina Rus

Insider estimates 25,000-30,000 deaths so far; Ukraine’s Rada elections bring society to brink of all out war and economic collapse

Global Research, November 03, 2014

By Dylan Murphy and Jo Murphy

The parliamentary elections in Ukraine has been lavished with praise by Western politicians and the mainstream media as confirmation of the country’s turn towards democracy and a rejection of Putin’s evil Russian empire. What the media drones and corporate politicians won’t tell you is that these elections represent a disaster for the ordinary people of Ukraine.

Ukraine is bankrupt and its economy is rapidly collapsing. It has been promised billions in aid from the IMF and EU in return for the most vicious austerity measures that will make Greece look like a picnic. Industry and agriculture are suffering steep declines in production while austerity measures will lead to huge cuts in wages and welfare benefits. At the same time the rapid immiserisation of the masses is worsening due to massive price increases in basic foodstuffs and essential utilities such as electricity, gas and water.

All of the capitalist politicians elected to the new Rada have no solution to these devastating economic problems. Their economic programme can be summed up in the slogan; ”Austerity, austerity and yet more austerity.” Western capitalism’s macro-economic reform progamme offers an extremely bleak future to the ordinary people of Ukraine.

The election will return a government that is committed to continuing the war against its own people in the rebel held regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. It confirms the splitting up of the country into several parts. Crimea will stay with Russia while the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk which make up Novorossia will continue to fight for their independence, which leaves the rest of Ukraine minus about 15% of its former population.

It would be more accurate to call this election the ”battle of the billionaires”. All of the political parties that got representation in the new Rada are puppets of the different billionaire oligarchs. It is these people who really call the shots in collaboration with their masters in Washington.

There is nothing remotely progressive about the motley collection of ultra-nationalists who will make up the new Rada. Most of the new MP’s are rabidly right wing and ultra hostile to Russia, the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, the trade unions, the Communist Party, the list goes on. It includes an assortment of Holocaust deniers and sympathisers for the Ukrainian Nazis who fought with the SS during World War Two. It would appear that even people wanted by Interpol for inciting terrorism and responsible for the Odessa massacre on 2 May, such as Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh, can be elected to the new Rada.

Let’s take a few examples to show how deeply hollow are the claims that the new Rada will be committed to democracy and freedom. The People’s Front party of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenuk topped the poll with 22.2% of the vote. The People’s Front is closely allied with various volunteer battalions of neo-Nazis that have fought in the Donbass region committing war crimes against Russian speakers. Take for example the Aidar battalion which Amnesty International has accused of war crimes during the Ukrainian government’s summer offensive against Novorossia.

Along with this bunch of murderers you have the ultra violent crazies found in the Radical Party led by Oleh Lyashko. The Radical Party received around 8% of the vote and 22 seats in the Rada. The coup in February that brought the CIA sponsored regime to power has meant psychopaths such Lyashko can go around illegally arresting people and taping himself torturing them with impunity. Amnesty International has called on Ukraine’s government to arrest Lyashko and his armed associates.

Then we have newly elected MP Yury Bereza commander of the volunteer battalion Dnepr-1. Live on Ukrainian television he recently said that the volunteer battalions are ready to invade Russia and carry out acts of sabotage including the carrying out of bombings. This great democrat was criticised by a recent UN report that accused volunteer battalions including Dnepr-1 of violating international humanitarian law during the summer.

In the absence of any Left alternative that can lead a fightback against the austerity measures demanded by Western capitalism the people of Ukraine face an almost certain revival of the civil war. The ultra nationalists who dominate the new Rada show no mood for compromise with the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. A revival of the war will be used to try and distract the shivering masses away from their daily struggle to pay the bills and make ends meet.

I recently spoke with Russian blogger Rozhin Boris, otherwise known as Colonel Cassad, whose indepth reports from the front lines of Novorossia shed a lot of light on military/political developments in this war torn region.

The United Nations has recently estimated that over 3,660 people have been killed in the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. Could you describe the extent of the humanitarian crisis facing ordinary people in Novorossia?

This assessment is very far from the reality. The armed forces of the Kiev junta have lost 12 to 18 thousand dead. They are responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians. The militias of Novorossia have lost 5-6,000 dead. The total number of deaths is approximately 25-30 thousand with of tens of thousands of wounded militia members, civilians and junta soldiers. Officially more than 250,000 civilians have fled the Donbass, unofficially its over a million. The Donbass is facing a humanitarian catastrophe.

Should the people of Donetsk and Lugansk regions be allowed to decide their own fate? The right of nations to self-determination has a long history in the region. When the Bolsheviks came to power in 1917 Lenin proclaimed this right for national groups living within the Russian Empire, and Finland gained its independence. Why do you think the US and it’s European allies steadfastly refuse to recognise the national aspirations of the people of Lugansk and Donetsk?

The people of Donetsk and Lugansk have already decided in a referendum on 11 May (which was held in defiance of the will of the Junta, which had been against the referendum and against the will of Moscow, which had tried to stop it). The U.S. refused to recognize the new reality, because they are engaged in a hybrid war against Russia in the Ukraine, and the establishment of these republics they saw as the success of Russia, which is contrary to their interests. The fact that, in so doing, they are following double standards, recognizing the legitimacy the secession of Kosovo from Serbia and not recognizing the legitimacy of Donetsk and Lugansk from Ukraine. This is their normal practice for the protection of their national interests.

The return of Crimea to the Russian federation is being used as the pretext for economic sanctions against Russia. Do you think these sanctions will have any significant impact on the policies/actions of Russia with regard to Novorossia?

These sanctions already had some impact, forcing Russia to recognize the legitimacy of the Kiev junta and to abandon the idea of open-ended input to support the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. There is an effective limit to this pressure, as Russia in spite of the threats from Obama to capitulate does not want to and will not do so. Further sanctions will only escalate the confrontation. Their economic impact will increase, but the political component will fail.

The Poroshenko regime launched an ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) in June designed to eliminate the “terrorists” in Lugansk and Donetsk. Throughout the summer it made numerous claims that it was defeating the self-defence militias of Novorossia and that by 24 August 2014 the ‘separatist forces’ would have been crushed. However, it is obvious this has not happened. Can you tell us why Poroshenko has failed in his military objectives?

The Ukrainian army had the overwhelming superiority in numbers of men and technology. Despite some tactical successes the Ukrainian army has suffered a series of disastrous military defeats, which lost thousands of soldiers, dozens of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, and hundreds of pieces of armour. The main causes of defeat were: low morale of the Ukrainian army and punitive battalions of the National Guard, poor condition of its logistics and intelligence, resilience of the infantry militia of Novorossia, military-technical assistance on the part of Russia, and the incompetent command of the Ukrainian minister of defence.

During the summer the Western media was full of warmongering articles screaming for more and more sanctions on Russia which had allegedly invaded Eastern Ukraine. Since the Minsk ceasefire agreement the Western media has gone fairly quiet on the issue of the war against the people of Novorossia. Has the ceasefire agreement led to a cessation of hostilities against the people of Novorossia?

Sanctions against Russia had been in force before the present hot phase of the war on the Donbass and therefore the participation of Russia in support for the militia of Novorossia. Russia is being punished by sanctions for the accession of Crimea and its support for the uprising in the Donbass. The Minsk agreement has not ended the war simply the intensity of the fighting has fallen. Nevertheless, almost every day artillery of the junta has shelled the city of Donetsk, almost every day it has killed civilians and militiamen, on some days – tens of people. The militia in turn continues to attack parts of the junta’s armed forces causing her serious losses, which are sometimes in the tens per day.

The Kiev regime is confronting a series of crises. It faces a collapsing economy that will be compounded by the massive austerity cuts demanded by the IMF and EU. Secondly, it faces an energy crisis due to its refusal to pay its gas debts owed to Gasprom. Finally, it faces a military crisis due to the defeats it suffered in late August. There are elections looming in Ukraine on 26 October. How likely is it that Poroshenko will launch another military offensive against Novorossia after the elections?

There is a strong chance that there will be an offensive after the elections with a view to raise the government’s poll ratings by tactical victories on the front. Strategically, the war is being driven by the US, within the framework of its continuing confrontation with Russia. The Kiev junta needs a war against Novorossia to distract the Ukrainian people from increasing socio-economic problems and it will carry on trying to solve the ”problem” of Novorossia by force.

How significant are the activities of Neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine? Over the last year groups such as Svboda and the Right Sector have been used to help overthrow Yanukovich through the Maiden protests. They have been used to attack trade unionists and members of the Communist Party and small socialist groups, such as Borotba. Besides this, they have been used to intimidate and attack Russian speakers in Eastern Ukraine. Neo-Nazis have played a significant role in the various volunteer battalions that have committed war crimes against Russian speakers in the Donbass. Many people on the Left in Europe dismiss these groups as insignificant. What do you think?

Fascist groups are fighting on behalf of the Ukrainian billionaire oligarchs and are used to implement their policy objectives to suppress the working class. The billionaire oligarchs openly seized power, refusing even the shortest period of power sharing with the politicians who are puppets. The country is now openly managed by the oligarchs who are dependent on American imperialism. We can see that for fascism, communism remains its worst of enemies. Ukrainian fascists are infected with primitive racist attitudes towards Russian speakers. Ukrainian fascists get support from their media. In Europe part of the left does not understand the threat posed by fascism in Ukraine due to political blindness. From my point of view, any modern people of left or communist views are obliged to one degree or another to take part in the fight against the Ukrainian fascism, as it threatens not only the people of Ukraine, but also threatens to plunge the world into a major war.

The war in Eastern Ukraine has led to an influx of foreign volunteers going to fight for the self-defence militias of Lugansk and Donetsk. According to a report in August by Paula Slier of Russia Today a brigade of international volunteers is to be formed called ‘United Continent’. Do you think parallels can be drawn between this force and the International Brigades that fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s?

First you need to understand that the major part of the army of Novorossia are local residents. Volunteers from Russia make up about 10-15 % of the militia. 1-2% of the volunteers who serve in the militias come from other countries – the US, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and a number of other countries. The main motivation of these people is to fight against fascism. With the increase in the number of left-wing and communist units in the armed forces of Novorossia (especially in the mechanized brigade, known as the “ghost” Alexey think-tank, which openly advocated the elimination of large capital), this analogy with the International Brigades has become even more apparent. It is understood that, in combat units there are people with different political and ideological views – in one battalion can be found Christian believers (Orthodox, or Mormons), and atheists, communists, and anarchists. The fight against Ukrainian fascism has drawn these seemingly polar ideological and political currents together. It is therefore to strengthen the Armed Forces of Novorossia that Lenin portraits can peacefully coexist with icons. One commander who does not love communists, can still raise people in an attack with screaming, “For the Homeland! For Stalin! “. For many in the the Russian Federation and Europe – this is not just a war, this is our Spain 1936-1938. The present bloody war reflects the profound contradictions of the contemporary global capitalist world.

Source: http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-rada-elections-bring-society-to-brink-of-all-out-war-and-economic-collapse/5411688