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Ukraine: What Remains of Minsk? - by Jacques Sapir
"The situation in Ukraine and insurgent areas of the Donbass is steadily deteriorating. This is proven by the clashes of the lasat few days, which, though limited, have certainly been the most violent since January 2015. The 'Minsk 2' agreements are in a process of dissolution and this largely due to the Kiev government.
This was predictable. We must therefore review the situation in order to attempt to understand how we got here."
Why is Stephen Harper frequenting Kiev?
"Stephen Harper focused on military support to the country. Ottawa claims that they provide satellite maps of East Ukraine. A simple question arises: if provided with such data, then why is Kiev still bombing houses and settlements in Donbass?"
Почему Стивен Харпер зачастил в Киев?
(not in English)
The question reminds me of the reported telephone call between the Canadian killed by Israeli artillery and the Israeli authorities.
Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener: (paraphrased) Stop the bombing at once! You're coming very close to my position!
Israeli authorities: What is your position?
Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener: (gives his location).
Israeli authorities: Thank you! (Corrects their shelling.)
Maj. Paeta Hess-von Kruedener: (dies).
If Canada is providing satellite maps of eastern Ukraine, then our country is likely helping the bombardment of the civilian population by a criminal regime. Isn't that a war crime?
The redacted version of the Canadian major's death.
Isn't that a war crime?
Good work! Documentation is needed...this thread could be turned into an activist one yet!
We could take our findings to the Donbas republics for confirmation and joint legal action!
Yes, it's a war crime. And the provisioning of satellite targeting announced by Jason Kenney was reported in the mainstream media across Canada. Posted here. Who cares? Who notices? Who protests? The progressives here are prepared to vote for politicians whose parties are in full support, not only of this Nazi regime, but for having our soldiers train theirs how to kill even better than they do already. Have approved hundreds of millions in Canadians' tax dollars to this foul regime and their Yanqui war. Here's the latest prima facie evidence of their malevolent helping hands to Ukraine. Doesn't seem to bother them a bit. After all they're 'terrorists' and worse than that 'Russians'. Hard to find a citizenry more generally hard-hearted, cruel and indifferent to the suffering of others than Canada's.
'If the general public in Europe and North America knew what was happening they would never allow it.' (and vid)
I disagree. Canadians would.
'Ukrainians Have Been Dispossessed' - by Paul Craig Roberts
Over the past 15 months Ukrainians have paid for Washington's overthrow of their elected government in deaths, dismemberment of their country, and broken economic and political relationships with Russia. Now Ukrainians are losing their pensions and traditional support payments. The Ukrainian population is headed for the graveyard..."
UN: Over Two Million Displaced in Ukraine
Porky P's Peace Plan
'OUN' Nazi On LGBT Kiev Pride Parade
"I personally came to punish. I don't support 'European values', I support this..."
June 9, 2015: Ukraine SITREPhttp://thesaker.is/ukraine-sitrep-june-9th-by-raskolnikova/
-'The western-backed assault on Donbass shattered my illusion of living in a compassionate, humanist society.'
- Ukrainian General admits intentional killing of civilians
- 'Poroshenko has surpassed all others with his lies.'
-Kiev is preparing to impose martial law in Ukraine.
CrossTalk: Maidan 3.0? (and vid)
"Facing a horrific economic crisis and a military stalemate in its eastern regions, the Kiev government has few attractive choices. Unable to solve the country's mounting problems, widespread disaffection could possibly see Maidan Square again play host to another regime change.
CrossTalking with Alexander Mercouris, Edward Lozansky and Daniel McAdams
Remarks the curious silence about the Right Sector Gay-bashing of the Kyiv Pride parade in the West. Also 'Stephen Harper reminds me of a poodle barking'. Excellent.
Scott Taylor: Harper's Visit to Ukraine 'Pointless Gesture'
"...No doubt Harper's anti-Russian rhetoric would be welcome words to the ears of President Petro Poroshenko, as he tries to drown out the shouts of protest from his own disenfranchised citizenry.
Despite the fact that there are an estimated 1.2 million Ukrainian-Canadian voters who wish to see Canada take a lead role in this conflict, I think the remaining 34 million Canadians might feel a little uneasy supporting an oligarch propped up by neo-Nazi militants.
When is Harper going to learn the importance of assessing who we are fighting for and not just denouncing who we are fighting against?"
The Ukrainian parliament has adopted amendments to state law allowing “admission of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine.” The possible hosting of foreign weapons of mass destruction is also mentioned in the documents.
Ukrainian Rada: Nuke 'em if you got 'em.
Follow up is here: Ukraine's border service confirms foreign military equipment crossing country's border
Let's see if the tame, bought-and-paid-for Western MSM will treat this with silence, just as they treat the million or more refugees into Russia with silence, just as they treat the civilians, killed by the brutal Ukrainian junta, with silence....
KIEV, June 11. /TASS/. Ukraine’s State Border Service has confirmed on Thursday that foreign military equipment really entered Ukrainian territory.
re above & msm coverage: still silent as a tomb...
US House Passes Resolution Warning Against Training of Ukraine Extreme Right Paramilitaries
"US House passes three amendments by Representative Conyers to defense spending bill to protect civilians from dangers of arming and training foreign forces."
No such opposition exists in the Canadian House of Commons which has whole-heartedly endorsed similar CF training of Ukrainian facists.
Yatsenyuk Stops Pretending to Care About Minsk Agreements
"Yatsenyuk says he won't negotiate with the 'terrorists' in East Ukraine - a serious affront to the Minsk II agreements."
Ukraine to Get New IMF Loans Despite Inability to Repay Private Lenders
"Despite the grievous state of the Ukraine economy, the IMF said it will continue to lend money to Ukraine, so Kiev can complete economic restructuring..."
The Saker Interviews Economist Michael Hudson
That US House of Representatives motion that was passed ACKNOWLEDGES THAT NAZIS PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE UKRAINIAN ARMED FORCES AND REFUSES TO FUND NAZIS ...
which must be apalling to all those, babblers included, who noisily claimed that it was all "Russian propaganda".
Bwa ha ha ha. I guess the US House of Representatives is just another bunch of "useful idiots" to those ever powerful Russian propagandists ...
U.S. Congress Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine
Robert Parry: US House Admits Nazi Role in Ukraine
"The US House of Representatives has admitted an ugly truth that the mainstream media has tried to hide from the American people - that the post-coup regime in Ukraine has relied on Nazi storm troopers to carry out its bloody war against ethnic Russians."
The Canadian Parliament, all parties, is still fully in support. As can be readily observed, Canadian 'progressives' fall back on their tried and true responses to such embarrassing realities - wilful indifference or outright denial. Especially if the NDP is exposed, as they are here - being some of Ukrainian fascism's strongest supporters.
June 14, 2015 Ukraine and World SITREP
'Human Rights' Imperialism in Ukraine - by Patrick Martin
"..Yatsenyuk told the Washington Post editors that Ukraine, while not a member of NATO had become NATO's front line against Russia. 'If we fail, this will be a failure of the entire free world,' he said."
Which 'free world' would that be Bunny?
Fifth Military Corruption Drive in Ukraine Produces Worst Results Yet
"A new round of hunting for recruits has failed in Ukraine. This one is the fifth wave of military conscriptions within one year. All previous rounds were not fulfilled. It seems almost no one wants to fight for the government in this war.
Only one out of twelve recruits receiving call-up papers appeared voluntarily to defend the country. A sixth wave of military conscriptions is to begin on June 20."
Three Reasons for Escalation of the Ukraine Crisis This Summer
"After June 30th the West may unleash Ukraine."
Ukrainian Communists Announce the Creation of the 'United Left Opposition'
"The All Ukrainian movement of the left and center-left political parties and public organizations is the 'left opposition.'
'The course of domestic and foreign policy, especially after the February (2014) coup, leads our country to the loss of state sovereignty, division and fratricidal civil war, economic collapse, and social and ethnic genocide that threatens the collapse of Ukraine, and is being used by external forces to provoke WWIII.
[With] the signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union, and dutifully carrying out the draconian requirements of the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine has lost its economic and political independence. She is actually under external control. Internal and external policies are defined by the US and international financial oligarchy..."
It Took an African-American Congressman to Lead the Fight Against Funding Nazi Militias in Ukraine
“If there’s one simple lesson we can take away from US involvement in conflicts overseas, it’s this: Beware of unintended consequences. As was made vividly clear with U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion decades ago, overzealous military assistance or the hyper-weaponization of conflicts can have destabilizing consequences and ultimately undercut our own national interests,” said Rep. John Conyers. “I am grateful that the House of Representatives unanimously passed my amendments last night to ensure that our military does not train members of the repulsive neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, along with my measures to keep the dangerous and easily trafficked MANPADs out of these unstable regions.”
But, but, but. but! Isn't it just a few "bad apples" ? Can't trust those Roooooooooooooskies! At least the Nazis know how to fight! Well, they know how to fight against unarmed civilians, anyway! And that's all that matters!
15-06-2015 Crisis News: AFP Journo Wounded in Donetsk, Kiev to Provoke Russia-NATO Clash Over Transdniestra
Debt Commitment or 'Bribe'? Moscow, Kiev in War of Words Over $3Bn Loan
"Moscow is expecting Kiev to clarify whether the latter is going to honor Ukraine's international commitments made by the previous authorities, including the $3B debt to Russia, after President Poroshenko dubbed it a 'bribe' to Viktor Yanukovich.
Natalie Jaresko said that Ukraine could stop repaying sovereign debts to its lenders within weeks if no deal is struck on debt restructuring soon. She added that creditors must make concessions..."
Two Kiev Officials Defect to Lugansk (and vid)
"Two brothers claiming to have worked for the Ukrainian state apparatus, one of them for the foreign intelligence service, and the other for the Foreign Ministry, held a press-conference in Lugansk on Monday, after switching sides to fight for the fledgling Lugansk People's Republic.."
Document: The Fascist Kernel of Ukrainian Genocidal Nationalism - by Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe
"This study briefly presents the history of the radical form of Ukrainian nationalism, paying special attention to the geopolitical circumstances which formed this movement."
Majority of Ukrainians Ready to Exchange Donbass for Peace
"According to a poll, 61.8 percent of respondents believe that Kiev's main goal should be to stop the war, even if Ukraine loses Donbass."
Kiev Acknowledges $3 B Debt to Russia Along with Other Eurobonds - Finance Minister
Ukraine SITREP, June 16, 2015
"The contact group on conflict settlement in south-east Ukraine began discussion of the work of thematic subgroups, meetings of which were held in Minsk."
The Secret Racism of Obama's Top Enforcer in Ukraine: The Who's Who at the Top of the Coup
"...So without both *PARUBIY (the co-head of Ukraine's main nazi party) as the political coordinator, and Yarosh (the head of the other, more military of Ukraine's two nazi parties) as the military coordinator, Obama wouldn't have been able to do it; but Obama also needed the State Department's Victoria Nuland, who gave instructions to America's Ukraine Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.
And that's how the coup was done - plus the CIA, of course, working from the US Embassy."
* Parubiy feted by all parties in Ottawa, Feb - 2015
In the City: Ukrainian Deputy Speaker Hosted on the Hill
Developments in E Ukraine
-Russian humanitarian convoy sets off for Donbas
-Russia deputy FM, US Nuland call for Minsk implementation
-Kiev digs 100 kilometres of anti-tank defenses on Russian border
-Ukraine Security Service bans public transport from Donbass
-Ongoing blockade of Donbas counter to Minsk
"We Must Act Like Our Teachers of Democracy, the Americans"
Ukraine founder of UNA-UNSO: Donbas residential areas must be razed, 'made uninhabitable' like US did to Hiroshima. 'If we can't have it, nobody should.'
from the "Let's get all the war criminals in one room" file ...
'True friend of Ukraine' (former UK PM and war criminal Tony Blair) tapped by Ukrainian junta President Poroshenko to join Kiev Advisory Council.
I guess Blair will advise to bomb early and often. Especially those "untermensch" ethnic Russians in the eastern part of the country. [rolleyes] What with the Georgian war criminal, Saakashvili, in charge of the Odessa Oblast, and an inevitable attack, South Ossetia style, on Transnistria, it's a real "party" of war criminals. Maybe they could get a former US President to be in charge of "democracy promotion".
Because, like, freedom.
Russia Accuses US to Pushing Kiev to Continue Bloodshed in Kiev
"The US is not only shifting away from any sort of efforts to settle the situation in Ukraine, but instead is pushing Kiev to continue the conflict, the Russian FM said in a statement."
Volunteer Battalion Revolts Against Kiev, Commander Arrested
"...The commander and seven of his soldiers from the Interior Ministry's Tornado volunteer battalion were arrested on June 17 in different cities in what they allege is a conflict with their superior, Luhansk Oblast police chief Anatoly Naumenko, over smuggling.
Authorities accuse them of committing rape and torture, Deputy Prosecutor General Anatoly Matios said, adding that prosecutors had video footage of the alleged crimes.
Ukraine Says It May Freeze Debt Payments to Fund Slaughter in Donbass
"Ukraine's premier warned Friday that Kiev would freeze its debt repayments if no immediate deal was found with private lenders because it has to fund its escalating campaign against pro-Russia fighters. We thought the IMF can't lend to a nation at war?"
Folly Policy? Prof Stephen Cohen on USA/Ukraine/Russia
"US policies in Ukraine have failed to achieve their goals."
Kiev: Chestnuts Blossom Again - by Israel Shamir
"I had to whip up my courage to go to the Ukraine. There was a recent spate of political killings in the unhappy and lovely land, and the perpetrators never apprehended, among those killed was Oles Buzina, a renowned writer and a dear friend..."
Antiwar Motion: Six Ukrainian Regions Demand Federalization
"Nobody wants to live under the laws of the Kiev oligarchy. Kiev, which kills its people in Donbass, deprives the youth of its future and makes their own pockets full by draining the last drops out of Ukraine..."
US Senate Approves Defense Policy Bill that Calls For Arming Ukraine Forces
If US does, its dog Canada will too.
Putin to Charlie Rose on Ukraine (audio)
UKraine SITREP, June 19, 2015
Poroshenko denounced as Moscow puppet, purges Security chief
US Decision on Lethal Weapons for Kiev Undermines Minsk Accords
"On Thursday, the US Congress passed the $612 B National Defense Authorization Act to fund the US armed forces. According to the document, the Pentagon in coordination with the US State Department can spend up to $300 M on training, military equipment and logistics support for the Ukrainian military.
The decision undermines the fundamental principles of the Minsk accords,' Russian lawmaker Leonid Slutsky told journalists Friday."
*YANUKOVYCH OUSTING WAS ILLEGAL - POROSHENKO*
"By admitting that the overthrow of Yanukovych was illegal and stressing that the President of Ukraine should be forever protected by the country's law, Porosheko might be insinuating that his own presidency is put in jeopardy."
IMF Violates IMF Rules to Continue Bailouts
"...A statement by Ukraine's government that it wants to reach an agreement with its private creditors is being used by the IMF as if it were an excuse to extend into the indefinite future the IFM's continued taxpayer-guaranteed financing of ('lending' to) the Ukrainian government, despite the fact that the IMF is violating two of the IMF's most-basic rules..."
Ukraine's Neo-Nazis Make An Endrun Around the Conyers - Yoho Amendment
"Ukrainians in Kiev are protesting US funding the war against Ukrainian people outside the US Embassy in Kiev - why isn't it reported? They want US involvement to stop..."
Protest in Kiev
"Poroshenko, leave willingly or we will overthrow you.!'
John McCain Arrives in Dnepropetrovsk
"John MCain arrived in Dnepropetrovsk to support his comrades-in-arms - the members of the neo-Nazi 'territorial defense battalion' DNIPRO. It is no longer a secret, even to American [and Canadian] lawmakers, that ALL volunteer battalions in Ukraine were formed with the single purpose of carrying out punitive operations in the territory of Donbass."
Enemy At the Gates / War in Ukraine
"And you let your real enemy into your house and gave him power over you. Wake up from this bad dream...
*Ukraine's Right Sector Rejects Minsk Deal, Calls For Renewed Offensive in E Ukraine*
"We demand that the Poroshenko regime reject the Minsk Agreements and renew the offensive military operations, aimed at liberating occupied territories [in eastern Ukraine],' the statement, published on the ultranationalist Right Sector Party's website reads..."
McCain: US Will Supply Gas to Ukraine, Europe in 2 Years (and audio)
"The US will be able to supply natural gas to Ukraine and Europe within two years, Senator John McCain pledged in Kiev. The American politician believes that only gas reliance prevents European countries from hardening sanctions against Russia.
On Friday, McCain sent a message of encouragement to Kiev and sought to shame Washington's European [vassals] allies for not providing the Ukrainian forces with sufficient help to defeat the rebels in the east of the country.
McCain believes that only dependence of Europe on gas supply from Russia prevents European capitals from introducing tougher economic sanctions against Moscow.
As of now, Ukraine is buying gas from Russia with a $100 US discount. Although this winter package expired Mach 31, Russia has kept the discount in place."
Lithuania becomes first country to approve sending arms to Ukraine:
Solidarity With the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine (and vid)
Videos of some presentations at solidarity conference, June 5, 2015, in London
"There's No Nazis in Ukraine!"
Who wears masks?
I guess they have conveniently forgotten about the little green men who started this all.
So if I'm getting the timeline right according to Smith, first it was the invasion of Ukraine by the little green men, then the coup as a logical response to that, then the attacks on Kiev's righteous new authority from Putin's eastern Ukraine henchmen. No wonder the EU and the US are up in arms. It's to save us all.
NATO Urges Exclusion of Extremists From Ukrainian Army
"The North Atlantic Alliance is concerned about the presence of nationalists and neo-fascists in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said Special Envoy of the NATO Secretary General in the South Caucasian and Central Asian States, James Appathurai. [June 19, 2015]
'All NATO member states would like the extremists to be excluded from the ranks of Ukrainian Armed Forces as soon as possible.' he stressed...Official representative of the Canadian Ministry of Defense, Ashley Lemierre said that it was Ukraine that bore the responsibility for the selection of military units to be trained by Canadian instructors."
The Saker: US May Be Looking To Extract Itself From the Ukraine Quagmire
"One of the best Ukraine specialists out there, Ishchenko, is now saying that the US has concluded that the Ukraine is a total mess and that it is now trying to get out at the least possible cost. I tend to agree with this..."
'Slava Ukraini! Sieg Heil!' 'Moskal to the Knives!' (and vid)
"I will stab the Russians!, Zig Heil!"
EU Urges Kiev to Give Permanent Special Status to Donbas
"EU representatives urge Kiev to provide Donbas with a special status on a continuing basis, not for three years, according to 'Ukraine Truth'. European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn expressed the opinion during his visit to Ukraine."
Cold War Relics: Attempts to Make Russia and Ukraine Bitter Enemies Doomed
"While the West is pouring money into Ukraine, Kiev escalates tensions with Moscow and shows no enthusiasm for implementing the Minsk accords, however it is foolish to assume that Ukraine and Russia will live as enemies, S Nihal Singh noted..."
NYT's Orwellian View of Ukraine - by Robert Parry
"In the up-is-down Orwellian world that is the NYT's editorial page, there was no coup in Ukraine in 2014, no US-driven 'regime-change', no provocation on Russia's borders, just Moscow's aggression - a sign of how propaganda has taken over mainstream [Canadian and] US media, writes Robert Parry.."
The Murder of Journalist Oles Buzina in Ukraine - by Roger Annis
"...In Canada, the fundraising efforts of the far-right battalions have been featured and promoted in two of the country's largest newspapers - the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.
Elected members of Parliament of the three large parties in Ottawa, as well as the premier of Canada's largest province, Ontario, have happily joined in public forums and other events featuring spokespeople for the Right Sector and other extreme-right figures from Ukraine..."
[ * Toronto NDP MP Peggy Nash is noted as a particular fan of Right Sector. All political candidates in the upcoming election campaign should be confronted on their continuing support for Ukraine's Nazis and their outrages in Donbass.]
Nuland Confirms US Not Interested in Further Escalation in Ukraine
"When someone so ultimately hawkish as Victoria Nuland starts talking differently with Russian partners - it makes a certain change in the atmosphere.
'And she made clear that the US will support Russia in efforts of holding fire in Donetsk and Lugansk. That is what she emphasized over and over again. But on the other hand there's talk of John McCain and sending weapons to Ukraine, so it seems as if we have a good cop and a bad cop."
Farewell To Arms: Over 10,000 Soldiers Desert Ukrainian Army
"Desertions galore. Ukrainian men understand the absurdity of the war their government is waging. More than 10,000 cases of destertion have been registered in the Ukrainian Army since the outbreak of the Donbass War in April 2014, Almost 1.3 million Ukrainian draftees live in Russia."
Will the conflict be 'frozen' to be thawed at West's convenience? Will Banderite Nazis consent or transition to this? We will see..
* 'Normandy Quartet' Confirms Adherence to Minsk 2 and Calls for De-Escalation *
"The foreign ministers unanimously spoke against attempts to disrupt the Minsk accords and bring the situation in Donbass to a military scenario.
'There is a feeling that there are forces that want to disrupt the process. I will not name them. Many prefer a military scenario for different reasons. Some forces want for the situation not to improve, but to deteriorate,' Lavrov said.
'All four ministers firmly spoke against such attempts, and in favor of Minsk-2 to remain the basis of joint efforts,' he added. 'My colleagues from Germany and France in particular, stressed that there is no alternative to Minsk-2, Lavrov concluded..."
From Slavyansk to Minsk - by Rostislav Ishchenko
"The global war of destruction between Russia and the US is not about Kiev and Donbass. It's about the future of humanity. Including our future. It's a global conflict, systemic conflict.
If we look at the situation from that position, we'll see that the US was preparing a classic trap for Russia in Ukraine...
In other words, everything suggests that in spite of a certain de-escalation accompanying the negotiations, a big war in Ukraine is unavoidable and a provocation aimed at launching it has already been worked out by the US...."
Opposition Bloc in Ukraine Parliament Wants Hague Tribunal for Those Guilty of Blockade in East
"Ukraine's parliamentary Opposition Bloc faction on Wednesday expressed support for the efforts of Russian, German, French and Ukrainian foreign ministers to achieve full implementation of ceasefire agreements reached in February and called on Kiev authorities to start carrying out its obligations under the deal signed in the Belarus capital of Minsk.
'We have no choice - either Ukraine puts an end to war or war will put an end to Ukraine,' the Opposition Bloc said in a statement. 'Leaders of the 'War Coalition' will be held accountable - to the extent of facing trial at the Hague tribunal - for sustaining the blockade of the Donbass region and stalling on the Minsk deal, which brings Ukraine new human losses everyday.'
'Starting today, the points of the Minsk agreements should be at the top of the agenda for all government bodies,' according to the statement..."
Canada is presently aligned with the hawks and ultranationalists still committed to advancing pro-NATO, anti-Russian provocations and belligerence. Despite lip-service to Minsk, all these understand that the US-backed regime depends on continuing militarization and war for its political survival.
Insistence on adherence to Minsk must be the message impressed upon Canadian pols, all of which presently support the Ukrainian war-party.
Why is Peggy Nash supporting Right Sector Nazis rather than Ukraine's official Opposition Bloc peace party?
"Culs de sacs and faultlines: There is no shortage of either in today's Ukraine. As rumored, is Washington now looking for a way out?"
CrossTalking with Patrick Smith, Marcus Papadopulous and Nebojsa Malic
Printing Press: Kiev's Last Hope
Yulia Timoshenko did not miss the opportunity to criticize the government for the currency fail. According to her, the reason was monetary emission without any back-up and the Ukraine National Bank's uncontrolled refinancing of commercial banks.
According to the forecast of the IMF made public at the beginning of the year, the inflation in 2015 could equal 46% to exceed the record high 39.7% in 1996. Prices have risen by 40% this year."
Goldman Sachs Predicts Solvency Crisis, Default in Ukraine
"Goldman Sachs Group has warned that Ukraine is facing a solvency and liquidity crisis, will likely miss its bond coupon payment next month and will enter into default.
'Ukraine will not make the July 24 coupon payment and, as a result, will enter into default at that point,' Bloomberg quotes Goldman Sachs analyst Andrew Matheny as written in his research note on Ukraine."
Press-Conference Latest Defections From Ukrainian Armed Forces:
Maj-Gen Alexander Kolomiets
"In 2014 a pro-fascist junta came to power in Kiev as a result of a bloody coup d'etat backed by the West. In the spring of 2014 the Donbass people revolted against this. The people demanded the Russian language and federalization as part of Ukraine. The criminal power in Kiev sent armed soldiers and bandits against the Donbass civilians, miners and metallurgists.
On April 12, 2014, the first blood was shed near Slavyansk. Cities and villages have been destroyed for the last two years. Civilians, including old people, women and children are being killed. Mothers are crying al over Ukraine. Being human I couldn't watch with detachment.
I'm a general of the armed forces of Ukraine, I've devoted my life to protect Ukraine from outside enemies. I declare the use of armed forces against civilians is a crime. The constitution of Ukraine clearly prohibits the use of the armed forces against their own people. The officers sitting next to me [also] didn't want to kill their own people.
This power only wants to kill and make a fortune on the war.
I address the world community. Please pay attention to this systematic violation of human rights. The genocide of the population, murder of civilians, old people, women and children. All of the people sitting here want one thing. To protect what has been created here, against the Kiev criminal power. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine. People are very nice here..."
Black Earth and The Struggle For Ukraine's Future - by Andriy Panevin
"The Ukrainian crisis can be viewed as being composed of several interconnected factors, from the civil war to rampant corruption, and the wider geopolitical ramifications of American confrontations with Russia. Another - relatively overlooked factor is the ongoing conflict over Ukraine's natural resources. Of particular interest to transnational corporations and their puppet local oligarchs is the 'black earth' of Ukraine.
Ukraine is at a national crossroads and if the example of its increasing corporate annexation is anything to go by, it will have neither the money nor the resources to rebuild itself in the face of its political and cultural self-destruction. The West-supported preoccupation with 'Russian invaders' has left the oligarchy free to sell Ukraine's political processes and natural resources to the highest bidder..."