A restless night in Donbass

From Fort Russ

Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
24th February, 2016
To be brief, it has begun. Indeed the fighting in Donbass has resumed. More precisely, the firing of weapons prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Again, after dark, Donetsk, Gorlovka, Makeyevka, Yasinovataya feels the charm of the “truce”. If before the shelling on the outskirts of the city we were informed by daily summaries from Basurin, now we hear for ourselves that there is almost nothing left of the ceasefire.
On Defender of the Fatherland Day, the Ukrainian army began to congratulate the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the evening of the 22nd February. At approximately 18:00 the attack on the Yasinovataya post, Oktyabrsky, the Airport began.
“Now at 21:11 it’s all trembling and shaking in the vicinity of Donetsk. From 20:30 and at this minute in the area of Yasinovataya, near the post of the traffic police, there is an intense battle. You can hear small artillery and tanks. Apparently, UAF is trying to breach again. Bangs can be heard all across Yasinovataya. The windows are shaking. Thinking about the stairs into the basement. It hasn’t been like this for a long time”,- stated the reports from local residents.
It was the same in Gorlovka, which had suffered a lot before this.
“North Of Gorlovka. Zaytsevo. UAF infantry trying to come to the Northern suburbs of Gorlovka. A battle began, then flying shrapnel on our positions (and residents in homes and apartments) from large caliber mortars. They aim at sniper positions.”.
The same situation occurred already on 23rd February, but with greater intensity. The sounds of war can be heard even in the rear areas of Donetsk. Thunder. Trembling. Shaking. Frankly speaking, the situation is tense.
“The whole Western front is booming. Maryinka, Staromikhaylovk, Volvo center, Pesky, Spartak, the Airport, Gorlovka. The UAF use all possible weapons. Half an hour ago, in the outskirts of Staromikhaylovka thundered 6 explosions, which shook the entire city. The intensity of the fire increases with each passing hour.”
23.02.16 Yasinovataya
But there is something about this situation that is unlike the previous ones: the reaction of the people. Although all are incredibly scared during the attacks, all were waiting for them. Being under constant pressure, many panicked and believed those who tried to convince the locals that they were betrayed. The resumption of active hostilities instills hope that now the DPR and LPR armies will stop at nothing and will be able to push the enemy farther away from our cities. People believe in their defence, knowing that they will be able to give a worthy answer to the army of the occupier. The fact that the Ukrainian government is trying to divert people’s attention from the real problems and again to write off everybody in the war plays into the hands of DPR and LPR. A breach of silence, the Ukrainian side has untied the hands of the armies of the People’s Republic that will allow them to liberate the occupied territories. Let’s hope for it and believe in our soldiers.
Soon I’ll have photo reports from the places of attacks and shelling.
Alas, but it seems it will be an uneasy night.
P.S. A quote from the head of the DPR Alexander Zakharchenko :

“If Kiev will go on the offensive, then we’ll go on the counter. Where it will end — we’ll see…”


Assad and Syrian opposition plan to sign a ceasefire in Prague

From Fort Russ

September 30, 2015
Translated by Kristina Rus

“They are already beginning to call this document the “Prague Declaration”, – said the President of the Czech Republic

 The talks, which aim to conclude a truce between the government of President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition in Geneva, will continue for several months, after which the parties intend to sign the corresponding agreement in Prague, on Tuesday said the Czech President Milos Zeman to the journalists at the UN headquarters in New York.

“Then (after negotiations) a cease-fire agreement, satisfying both sides of the conflict, will be signed in Prague,” – he said.

“They (the Syrians – TASS) are already starting to call this document the “Prague Declaration”, – he stressed. – On the other hand, I want to be a realist and therefore expect that the Geneva talks will continue for several months. So the “Prague Declaration” is visible only on the horizon”.

Zeman on Tuesday met in New York with Syrian foreign Minister Walid Muallem, a meeting with representatives of the Syrian opposition was also planned, who themselves asked the President about it, but it did not take place “because of transportation issues” in New York’s Manhattan.

“I expressed a desire to support their proposal (the signing of the agreement in Prague – TASS), if the agreement will be concluded with representatives of the democratic opposition. I can’t imagine the agreement with terrorist organizations such as Islamic state or Al Qaeda -, said the Czech leader.

“What truce? They’re still killing civilians”

Posted on Fort Russ

Published in Il Fatto Quotidiano tv
February 17, 2016
Subtitles and text translated from Italian by Tom Winter
The subtitles:
That’s the reply to the truce!
There’s never been a “truce.” They’re still killing civilians.
Have you been in the town. Well, there’s the truce for you.
[paint on wall] The Junta will not pass.
That was a school; this was a soccer field
[painted over basement: “There are people here” (Non-combatants)
“Bomb Shelter”
“This elderly man was killed by mortar fire. It was his blood you saw in the snow.”
The text:
Zorinsk, Chernukino, Pervomaisk, Stakanov. The front runs along the line of these villages a few kilometers from Lugansk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Peoples Republic. The militia, the so-called pro-russian separatists, explain that it is a zig-zag front, where the lines dovetail, so the risk of meeting Kiev troops is high. In this part of eastern Ukraine, the Minsk accords are not yet operative, and the snowstorm does not stop the fighting, either. At Zorinsk, not far from Perevalsk, one constantly hears the thunder of explosions, artillery, and multiple-launch rockets. The morning of the 16th, according to militiamen, a fragmentation shell fired from the Ukrainian lines killed an elderly man and seriously injured one other. Despite the weather, there is still a lot of blood on the snow.
Eliseo Bertolasi