Warning to the West: Ukrainians will not accept playing the role of a small coin

ConflictOn February 5th, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hosted a trilateral meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande at his presidential administration offices in Kyiv.

Media sources across the globe have made use of the controlled leak of information about the meeting,  new Franco-German initiative exposed is, essentially, another attempt to “gain the Beast’s favor” by letting him eat up the next piece of Ukrainian territory.  Of course, all of this is wrapped in slogans promoting the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the «uncertain status» of the area controlled by the terrorists of the DNR, LNR and the Russian Armed Forces on Ukrainian territory.

 A reminder should be given about the Crimean peninsula occupied by Russia in March 2014, where the old and newly deployed military bases of the Russian Federation have been strengthened. These military bases can be determining factors in the aggravation of the situation in the Black Sea region with Crimea used as a bridgehead for missile strikes not only into the territory of into mainland Ukraine but also into neighbouring countries. Currently, it seems to be impossible but as practice shows the XXI century is ruled by the same law as it was hundreds of years ago — the law of arms and power.

Countries armed with the nuclear baton allow themselves to attack smaller countries and encroach on their territory integrity and inviolability, though they actually declared in international treaties that it was precisely this integrity and inviolability that they would uphold.

However, Ukrainians don’t belong to the nations which can be brought to their knees. While colluding with the enemy, Ukrainian and European countries leaders forget that the Kremlin puts its money where its mouth is and that it doesn’t give a whit for signatures on paper; there is no other law but the law of force.

If Europe hopes to lull the Russian Beast with Ukraine, it is deeply mistaken, as the Beast is insatiable and having plunged one European country into war, it will soon continue with the second and the third …

Politicians, Presidents and Oligarchs, we would like to warn you: Ukrainians are neither meat nor a small coin in your political intrigues, and one day the time will come when new Titans will arise in the heart of Ukrainians as their spirit has already been roused on Maidan and hardened under fire…

Do you think we are joking? – No, it’s just the beginning…

InformNapalm Team

Translated by Marina Kharkova

Edited by James Hydzik

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December 2014

OSCE observer is wounded from counter-fire while observing separatist militia firing a mortar at Ukrainian forces.

OSCE cars with separatist gunmanIn the latest incident which will further damage the reputation of the OSCE, an OSCE monitor is reported to have been wounded while near to a separatist mortar team which was in action against Ukrainian positions.

On December 1st  the InformNapalm group received a message from insiders that in Donetsk a representative of the OSCE mission was wounded by Ukrainian artillery counter-fire.  Approximately ten separatist militia were killed in the same incident. The incident occurred near the ventilation shaft of the Cheluskintsiv mine between the Petrovs’kyi district of Donetsk and Staromykhailivka. InformNapalm however decided not to rush with distribution of this information and first checked confirmed the information with other sources.

Separatists photographed getting into OSCE vehicle

Separatists photographed getting into OSCE vehicle

In the light of this new evidence it appears there is a strong case that some members of the OSCE mission are co-operating with pro-Russian militias. The OSCE has been harshly criticized in the recent past when photographs emerged showing OSCE vehicles being used to transport separatist forces, and OSCE monitors in comradely poses with separatists. Most recently the OSCE has  been severely criticized in Ukraine and in the western media for failing to notice a huge amount of Russian military activity in the areas they are monitoring. The fact that many OSCE monitors are Russian leaves the OSCE reputation of impartiality, at least in the field, in severe doubt. This situation endangers the whole monitoring mission.

The information received about the event is as follows: While two  terrorists mortar teams were firing  their 120-mm mortars on positions of Ukrainian forces in Krasnohorivka , two  cars with representatives of OSCE were parked near to them.  However when the Ukrainians return fire the explosions killed ten separatist milita and wounded the representative of the OSCE.   The return defensive fire is not contradicting the Minsk agreement and cannot be considered as a violation of the ‘ceasefire’. Earlier today the Ukrainian ATO centre confirmed the shelling of Krasnohorivka.

The severity of wounds of the OSCE monitor is unknown.

This event raises some serious questions. Firstly the incident in question occurred on the 1st December and should have therefore already have been reported by the OSCE.  This has not occurred. Secondly what were the OSCE representatives doing parked next to a firing position of the terrorist, and why and why was this not immediately recorded and radioed in? All of these issues suggest that the monitors were not acting as impartial peace monitors and facilitating the ceasefire, but at a minimum have been covering up separatist transgressions of the ceasefire.

We can give the coordinates of the position from which the terrorist were shelling and where return volley came. More information will no doubt emerge from our sources in the near future.

The coordinates on snapshot:

OSCE koordynaty

 

 

Original : https://informnapalm.org/3627-osce-terror-donetsk/

Cossack ”Commandant” buried after fighting in Antratsyt

Cossacks

We would like to follow up on our article ‘Fighting breaks out between Separatist Groups and Russian Special Forces in Antratsyt’, published on the 1st December. In this article we reported on a `shoot-out’ between forces of the LPR and the Cossack militants fighting for the LPR in which sound information was received about the death of the leader of the Cossack forces.

The burial of Vyacheslav Pinezhanin, the commandant of the Cossack National Guard, and his deputy, took place this afternoon. InformNapalm.org received confirmation of the funeral from its own local sources.

The city center was blocked by traffic police, many cars and a large number of people came to the square in front of the district administration. Measures were taken to protect the city center, including bring in an armored troop-carrier which was moved from Krasnoluchskyi traffic police post.

While the corpse of the previous «official» is still warm, a new candidate for the post of Cossack commandant appeared. He is a local person named Michael, but his surname is not currently known.

In an attempt to try to extinguish the conflict between the groups of LPR and the Cossack National Guard, the Don Cossacks announced that the perpetrators of the murder of the commandant have been arrested.

The Cossack chieftain Kozitsyn is also trying to create the appearance that he still has some influence on the Cossack National Guard. He is handing out awards and titles to Cossacks from the groups fighting in LPR territory from his base in Novocherkassk.

We recall that armed clashes took place in Antratsyt on November 28. The original article can be found here.

Roman Burko of InformNapalm. November 30, 2014

Translated by Maria Holubeva

Fighting breaks out between Separatist Groups and Russian Special Forces in Antratsyt

AntratsytNew details of armed clashes in city of Antratsyt appeared on Friday afternoon, November 28. The first reports of clashes in Antratsyt were reported by different mass media on Friday morning largely from Twitter accounts from city residents.

 InformNapalm insiders report that the situation was intense since the early morning. At approximately 9AM the first clashes started with gunfire. Between 10am and 11am schools were closed and parents received phone calls to take their kids back home immediately. Locals say that LNR militants had come to get rid of `kazaky’. At the same time sources report shootings near the LNR garrison headquarters of the city. Four persons were reported to be killed, including the military governor of the city Vyacheslav Pinezhanin, who belongs to kazaky, and Pinezhanin’s deputy. Leader of the local police Pavel Shmargun is reported to be wounded. Also wounded is 15-year old girl.

 Pinezhanin death has been reported by four different local sources.

 At 11:00 artillery fire could be heard in the northwestern districts of the city, including Nizhniy Nagolchik and Bokovo-Platovo. Gunfire was also reported from Yesaulovka. The fire was reported to be intense and not in any way similar to a drill or exercise. Locals in Nizhniy Nagolchik say the gunfire is an internal conflict between LNR and `Kazaky’ militants.

Gunmen blocked the sidewalk near Anratsyt City Police Headquarters in the government quarters.  Sources said “Around 15 militants armed with automatic weapons stand near Rayon Administration Building. They are definitely not locals and not kazaky” According to insiders the militants were dressed in “carrot-colored camouflage” nobody else is wearing in Antratsyt. Sources suggest these people are Russian special-forces personnel. The city’s central square is filled with cars, but no armored vehicles were sighted so far.

Other sources report that ataman Kozytsyn was arrested or that he fled to Russia.

 These facts suggest that recent skirmishes in Antratsyt are not a coincidence or result of internal struggles, but a planned and well-organized cleanup by Russian special-forces. This theory is supported by rumors, circulating in the city during last 10 days. Some militants warned that a special group of FSB operatives will arrive to “settle the situation then and there”.

 

Author:  Roman Burko.

Translated by: Gennadiy Kornev

Episode 3 of the interrogation of a Russian combatant in Donbass

Here is the 3rd episode of the conversation between the  terrorist, Fedor Ustinov, who came from Russia to fight for the DPR.  After Ustinov was taken prisoner this recording was made of the conversation between him and a Ukrainian officer who was trying to find out what motivates the Russian mercenaries.  The video contains a bit of swearing, though generally it’s polite enough. The replies of the Russian combatant clearly demonstrate the absurdity of the Russian propaganda and its horror stories about “Right Sector” and “Kiev Junta” and other labels that Russian media tries to attach to Ukraine.

As previously reported, Fedor Ustinov, a DPR terrorist and a citizen of Russia from Novorossiysk, born in 1983, was captured near Debaltsevo in the second half of October.

We divided the conversation of the DPR combatant from Russia and the Ukrainian officer into 3 episodes. You can watch the first episode  by clicking here, or the second by clicking here

Voice of the past: UPA’s 1943 call to arms addressed to the people of the Caucus Region

By the summer of 1943 the armed struggle of The Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) was gaining momentum. This guerrilla formation was operating deep in the rear of the Wehrmacht in the Volynia area. The cherished goal of the insurgent fighters was the foundation of an independent state within the areas inhabited by Ukrainian people. But the path to independence was blocked by the German occupants, along with other forces claiming their rights on the Ukrainian territories such as the USSR and the Polish Resistance Movement (before the beginning of the 2nd World War Western Ukraine used to be a part of Poland). In 1943 the area of Volynj was a region of permanent  conflict between UPA, the Germans, the Polish, and Red Army partisans.

UPA call to arms 1By 1943 the Germans were loosing the war, and the advancing Red Army was due to arrive and restore Stalin’s rule. The Ukrainian insurgents were preparing to confront, face to face, the huge military machine of the Russian totalitarian state.  There was no chances of assistance from the US or Great Britian, due to the fact that UPA was fighting against two countries which were participants of the Anti-Nazi coalition (the USSR and Poland). In such a situation the leaders of the Ukrainian resistance movement had to hope for a revolution by peoples of the USSR themselves, against both Nazi and Bolshevist oppressors.

The instrument to spark the national revolution was the Ukrainian insurgents’ propaganda as well as the national legions (armed units) of UPA. Where did the legions come from? As a matter of fact Germany itself was playing the national card in its war against the Soviet Union. They were organizing military and police units (as a rule, companies and battalions) based on national identity which stood under their national banners. One of the places where there were formations serving the German army was Poltava region and there were many servicemen in these units. Ukrainian insurgents persuaded many of these soldiers to come over to their side, and formed out of them the same kind of national legions under UPA, but yet now orientated to fight both the Germans and the Red Army.

Georgian, Uzbek, Azejbardzan and other UPA units were successful in fighting against both Nazi occupants and Red Army partisans. UPA believed that there would be a shift in the socio-political situation in the Soviet Union which would lead to the collapse of the power of the Bolsheviks, and that by fighting on the side the Ukrainians legions the other national ethnic groups within the USSR would be able to create their own national armies of liberation and political movements throughout the Soviet Union. At the time of the entry of the Red Army on the territory of Western Ukraine UPA consisted of units from 15 different national groups, ranging in size from platoon to battalion.

On November 21-22, 1943 a conference of oppressed nations of Eastern Europe and Asia was convened. The conference took place on the territory of modern time Rovenskaya area in underground conditions. Representatives of 13 oppressed nations from the USSR participated, that included 39 participants: 6 Georgians headed by “Karl”, 6 Azejbarjanians (with “Fizul” heading the delegation), 5 Uzbeks (“Shimrat”), 4 Armenians (“Antrant”), 4 Tatar people (“Tukay”), 2 Belorussians (“Druzhny”), 2 Ossetians (“Aram”), Kazakh “Dezhkman”), Cherkes “Dzigit”, Kabardians “Baksan”, Chuvash “Skvortshov”, Baskir “Kagrman” and 5 Ukrainians (representing UPA).

The resolution at the end of the conference stated: a new international order based on the triumph of the political rights of every people, every nation will give the full capabilities of the cultural and economic development. The system of free national states provides for individual’s liberty that was oppressed and exploited by the (USSR) imperialist system”.

In their propaganda leaflets Ukrainian insurgents addressed the soldiers in Russian and other national languages with an appeal of a common cause against both Hitler’s and Stalin’s imperialism. Shown below is the pamphlet with an appeal to the peoples of the Caucasus which was printed in an underground printing house in Odessa.. It was issued around the period of the Conference of the oppressed people of Eastern Europe and Asia. Just 3 months later the Chechen and Ingush people were barbarously deported, house by house, to distant regions of the USSR.

UPA call to arms 2

For Independent Composite Ukrainian State!  

Freedom to people!

Freedom to individuals!

 Cherkeses, Kabardians , Ossetians, Chechens, Adygeis,

Lezgians, Ingushes ! 

The Proud sons of Terek! Honorable posterity of brave Dagestan, Chechen, Ingush and Ossetian souls. Your ancestors bravely defended your mountain nest villages against the conquerors from Moscow — more than once. For centuries they managed to assert their freedom and independence.

Since 1587 Moscow repeatedly tried to occupy your strongholds in order to utilize them as their own out-posts for the further colonization of the whole Caucuses. By way of their brave pressure your ancestors destroyed the Moscow fortress of Tarki and eliminated countless amount of Streltsy of commander Khvorostin, thus entirely discouraged the jackals from Moscow to encroach on the your freedom for a few centuries.

Then come the hard years of struggle in the 19th century. Since 1807 Moscow’s armies advanced like an avalanche into your native mountains to destroy your villages and turn you into slaves.

However the predator made a mistake. Russian mercenaries like Tsitsianovs, Yermolovs, and Paskevichs did not take into account that the sons of mountains, where Prometheus was chained to at their heights, can never be conquered. 

Thousands of mountain horsemen responded to the sacred call of jihad. They united around their naibs and murds, to defend their home places. The ancestors of mountain people remember the glorious battles of Gerzel-aul (1825) where the troops of general Lisanevich were destroyed. 

 Among thousands of others, the name of heroic Shamil will long stay in the memory of his ancestors for he was able to lead the heroic struggle against Moscow. Besides we will never forget the glorious deeds of your ancestors in the battle of Gergebil (1843) where thousands of Russian Vorontsov’s soldiers were eliminated. Derbent, Gekha, Gimry, Gunib represented the pages of heroic struggle written in blood of Gamzat Bek, Kazi Mully, Khadzhi Murad and Khadzhy Yousip. Your pastures were turned into estates of Vorontsovs, Tsitsianovs and Yousupovs. Thousands of your forefathers perished in mines and Siberian taiga. Thousands did not surrender to Moscow, and had to drag the last days of their lives banished in a strange land. In 1917 the prison of nations collapsed and so did the Moscow Empire. Chechens, Circassians, Ingushes, Lezgians, Ostians came back to their native places. Governing bodies were created, and the hated enslavers were thrown over Terek and Kuban.  

But the sun of freedom over the mountain villages did not shine long. Again the torrent of enemies from Moscow, headed by red executioners Kirov and Ordzhenikidze poured down as an avalanche burning down villages, requisitioned herds, and enforcing the horrors of Russian Extraordinary Counter-Revolution Commissions. But Moscow was still was not satisfied. In order to enslave you completely, Moscow demanded forced “collectivization” that resulted in a mountaineer’s losing their herds and their property. He now had to look for his daily bread in the mines of Chiatura, or the oil fields in Baku, or to Grozny and Emba.

And at the start of Bolsheviks’-German war, you were shepherd to the front in the name of Moscow.   Some part of you, having no wish to defend the Red Moscow, entered the national battalions in the ranks of the German army, in order to eliminate the hated Moscow tyrant. Alas, your aspirations did not come true. When Germans came to you native lands they implemented a policy of enslavement, no lesser than at the time of Red Moscow. German imperialism, having captured you in its military machine, were suffering defeats at the fronts, loosing it allies, trying to build a barrier for their lands out of your dead bodies.   Children of Mountains! It’s enough to continue being a blind weapon in the hands of German imperialism! Remember the legacy of your proud forefathers who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of Caucasus!   Ukrainian people call to you to join a common struggle against eternal enslavers. Let us build up a powerful front against the blood-suckers of humankind.

 With arms in hands come over to the national units of Ukrainian Insurgent Army which is fighting German and Moscow imperialists for many months now. Gather forces for the total revolution against Moscow-Bolsheviks tyranny. We are united under the same slogans – LONG LIVE INDEPENDENCE FOR THE PEOPLE OF DAGESTAN, OSETIA, CHECHNYA, KABARDINO BALKARIYA, INGUSHETIA!

LONG LIVE UKRAINIAN INDEPENDENT STATE!

 

Chief Command of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army

General Headquarters, November 1943.

PRINTHOUSE OF UKRAINIAN INSURGENT ARMY “FREEDOM TO PEOPLE”. Law 70-43.

 

The article was prepared by InfoNapalm group based on the materials of the site “Bandera Nationalist Library”:

Translator: Roman Vlasof

«We will poison vodka!» — Hunger Rebellion in Donbas Without Politics and Censorship

Vodka«We will poison vodka. We will make you fear to make a gulp of water» — this was an ultimatum, set by women residents of Chervonopartizansk to separatist militants stationed in their city. Right after that Denis Ponizovnyi, military governor of the city, announced that representatives of Sverdlovsk separatist militia refuse to obey his orders…

Both events are connected. Woman needs to take care of her children, man needs to take care of his family. But how can they do this when Russia sends trucks loaded with guns and ammunition instead of humanitarian aid to the region it occupied? Some food arrives after all, but in amounts which are gravely insufficient. For example, in Donetsk there are several reports when the amount of food rations was two, sometimes — three times less than needed. Same is true with regard to other cities of the region. People are angry and are waiting for the spark. Finally it happened…

Locals got tired of military action, artillery shootings by separatists in residential quarters and, most importantly — lack of any quality of living. Hunger deaths are becoming more frequent. According to our sources: 64 people died of hunger in Chervonopartizansk, Sverdlovsk Region. Rape of local women by separatist militants is also becoming more frequent. All this resulted into events, that happened during last week:

Chervonopartizansk — hunger rebellion. Local women gave militants one week to get food and supplies for the city.

Yenakijeve — women are raising money for food and medicines.

Makiivka — militants dispersed peaceful manifestation.

Torez — people on the streets are asking «authorities» for food (video).

At first these events seem to be sporadic. Yet we noticed certain consistency despite vast geography of the events. We discovered activists of Women Battalion of the People’s Wrath. As we understand, the brave women are driven not by politics, but by desire to stop the mayhem.

«We are sick of all abuse by DPR and LPR, — says the leader of organization. — We are trying to remind them that we are human beings whose opinion should be taken into account. Will they start shooting us? No. They are well aware that our husbands will stand for us, even those, who are fighting for them… We will continue to defend our rights.»

My source’s eyes have very hard glance. I have seen a lot, yet I feel uneasy. She is not an empty talker. So now the militants will have to take this new force into account. As the events in Slovyansk before the occupation was over demonstrate: militants are helpless against the wrath of the people…

Original article in Russian.

Mind and analytics: How much Russian activity does it take before the OSCE notice?

I address my congratulations to OSCE mission observers in Ukraine for at last noticed Russian troop movement in the Donetsk area. I wonder how many Russian vehicles it took to make even the OSCE observers to notice them. Clearly it was many vehicles.

This is why after the DPR leader Zakharchenko decided to join the lie of his Kremlin chiefs it just became more senseless and stupid. By claiming that DPR provides regrouping of their troopers he put himself into a bad position. If his Kremlin bosses hide from him the real quantity of the forces they are going to transfer to the region  “trusted” to Zakharchenko? If not, let’s count everything that the cameras managed to capture.

Let us start from the 8th of November: 3 T-72B tanks with traces of the white dye on the rollers and almost erased marks H-2200, telling us that they were transported by railways of Russia, driven down Kuprina Street in Donetsk (according to You Tube video-service that I trust much more than Kremlin). Let us estimate 1200 litres of fuel, or 3 tons for all.

This very day on the approaches of Donetsk were noticed military column containing one “bagel” UAZ-452, one car on base of APC-80, 17 machines “Ural-4320” pulling 155 mm “MSTA-B” howitzers on the trailer, nine KamAZ-5350 machines (that Ukrainian army have no in service), Four “Urals” without trailers and two GAZ-66. In total we have more than 40 military vehicles. Kamaz fuel-tanks contain 410 litres of fuel. Telling other way, to feed only this part of the column 4 tons of fuel is needed. Urals will need more than 6 tons (21 vehicle 300 litres for each of them).

10 of November: One more tank column rolled through Donetsk, with 6 T72B tanks. Here we already can say about 7 tons of fuel for each, even if not to count the collector “folksvagen” of support. The next day – one more military column. It comprised 3 MV-21 on Ural-4320, 34  KamAzes 5530, 7 of them had D-30 howitzers on trailers, 2 additional Kamazs with “Uragan” shelling systems, one bus and 3 minibuses of support, one UAZ 469 and 4 full trucks (see picture).

Pic1 trucks

This seems to be about 48 of trucks in total and not less than 16 tons of fuel. Of course fuel data is just an approximate, but gives us an opportunity to see the depth of the RF military preparations in only one part of the Russian-Ukrainian front. For the last three days four videos (see pictures below) captured 9 tanks, 34  122-152 mm calibre howitzers , more than 90 military cars and 3 civil cars full of weaponry. We don’t know what was in the fourth truck, perhaps it is a “Cargo-200” transporter? Besides these, there was a column where Kamazs pulled just D-30 howitzers.

Where does the half-destroyed and not-working Donetsk and Luhansk regions found the means for a such kind of regrouping?

From where do the tanks originate that are not in service in Ukraine and having graphic marks from Russian rail services originate?

Pic2 Tanks

And what of the origins of the “Grads” dyed in the colour of sand?

Pic3 GRAD

How can there be columns of military vehicles models of Kamaz and Ural trucks that had never been in service of Ukrainian army? And where does the DPR get more than 300 tanks T64B and T72B from? I need to point that a small but economically developed country like Holland (Netherlands) in 2011 had less than 100 tanks in service.

Pic4 Column

Generally speaking, I think that anyone already got that there is no movements of separatists, just the movement of the Russian army. So the OSCE mission representatives have reasons to worry, not only about Ukraine’s sovereignty and integrity, but also about their own countries.

Material prepared by Al Gri

Acknowledgement of the author and source of the material is required.

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ARES Research Report Misses the Russian Supply Link in the Ukrainian Conflict (Part2)

Introduction

This article is Part 2 of the review of the Armaments Research Services (ARES) research report `Raising Red Flags: An examination of Arms and Munitions in the ongoing Conflict in Ukraine (Research Report No3, November 2014). Part 1 focussed on the very valuable summary of unique `Flag Item’ weaponry being used in Ukraine by the separatists. It is argued that this data adds to the body of evidence that the Russian military is supplying weapons to the battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine.

Part 2 however focusses on the critical weakness of the report and responds to the apparent inability of the authors of the report to acknowledge direct Russian involvement in the conflict, despite all evidence (including their own and other well-known sources) to the contrary. The fact that the authors fail to even acknowledge Russian involvement in the fighting, other than in the Crimea where Russia has itself formally acknowledged its forces, sets up their inability to draw appropriate conclusions regarding sources and supply mechanisms of the Flag Item weapons highlighted in Part 1. These first and second components of this article are therefore integrally linked.

I therefore conclude that while the report is a very valuable contribution to the knowledge base of the weapons being utilized in the war in Ukraine, it is questionable in its analysis of the sources of supply, and therefore in its conclusions. And yet in the information field reader perceptions of analysis and conclusions are everything.

ARES report cover

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ARES Research Report Highlights Modern and High Spec’d Russian Military Equipment in Eastern Ukraine (Part1)

Introduction

Armaments Research Services (ARES) has just released a very useful assessment of military weaponry being used in the war in Eastern Ukraine, in a report titled `Raising Red Flags: An examination of Arms and Munitions in the ongoing Conflict in Ukraine (Research Report No3, November 2014). This report provides a detailed review of the weaponry identified as being utilized by both the Ukrainian and the separatist forces, covering everything from munitions to types of personal armaments to heavy artillery and armoured vehicles.

In sifting through the detail of information, perhaps the most interesting part of the report is the recording of the range of weaponry in use that is not available to the Ukrainian military. This weaponry is almost exclusively found in the stockpiles of the Russian army. This data would therefore add to the body of evidence that the Russian military is supplying weapons to the battlegrounds of Eastern Ukraine.

However while the report’s focus is on detailing the range of weaponry available to the forces fighting in Ukraine, it also reflects a distinct political – pro-Russian – bias. Whether this is a deliberate bias or a result of incomplete research is another debate. However the report’s conclusions are severely deficient. We therefore conclude that while the report is a very valuable contribution to the knowledge base of the weapons being utilized in the war in Ukraine it is questionable in its analysis of the sources of supply and  therefore in its conclusions. And yet in the information field reader perceptions of analysis and conclusions are everything.

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Episode 2 of the interrogation of a Russian combatant in Donbass

The InformNapalm team has obtained a unique video of the dialogue between a Russian combatant taken prisoner and Ukrainian armed forces representatives, filmed in a field camp. The video contains a bit of swearing, though generally it’s polite enough. The replies of the Russian combatant clearly demonstrate the absurdity of the Russian propaganda and its horror stories about “Right Sector” and “Kiev Junta” and other labels that Russian media tries to attach to Ukraine.

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Who is behind the shooting of Donetsk citizens? What is the OSCE role?

“On the 12th of November, Ukrainian artillery shelled Petrovskiy district of Donetsk,” says Russian propaganda source LifeNews (http://lifenews.ru/news/144859).

lajfnevs

InformNapalm team decided to conduct its independent investigation of this incident and establish the reliability of the information reported by the Russian journalists.

Yesterday, 12.11.14, local residents did hear 18 explosions. The majority of the shells hit the village of the Chekist mine. In our conversations with the locals we learned that the shells came from three directions. Ukrainian conventional artillery was firing from Krasnohorivka. It was returning fire to the terrorists’ firing positions at the stadium near Markin Street. Several shells fell west of that location into a tree grove. Now the important part: in addition to the conventional artillery fire, two more launching positions MRLS were observed, and they have no connection to the Ukrainian side. The launches were made from the territory of Abakumova mine and from Tekstilschik district of Donetsk, specifically Donetsk Industrial Pedagogic College.

It would appear there’s no proof of that, however, the witnesses confirmed verbally that OSCE representatives refused to document the existence of a Grad rocket that broke through the roof and got stuck in the stove inside the house at 1 Chekistov Street. The rocket did not explode. The direction of the launch can be seen on this screenshot.

karta-provokatsyy

 

If we follow the line of the launch we will see that there are no positions of the Ukrainian Army or ATO forces.

Also, we would like to point out that the OSCE SMM, specifically its objectivity and national composition, has been questioned more frequently in the recent days by public figures and officials. European MP Jacek Emil Saryusz-Wolski commented on this in particular: http://www.eurointegration.com.ua/news/2014/11/13/7027759/.

Saryush

We hope that OSCE representatives will conduct another, more objective investigation. Otherwise we would have to conclude that the tragedy at School 63 was not just a cynical terrorist attack by the militants, but the result of coordinated work of DPR and OSCE SMM representatives recruited by Russian intelligence.

Any use of InformNapalm/BurkoNews reports must include a valid reference to the source.

(c) InformNapalm

Translated by Eugenia Zlamanuk

Edited by Max Alginin

November 17, 2014 Weekly Summary by InformNapalm group

17kartaAt the end of last week a few significant changes happened, which in one way or another could affect the balance of the confrontation:

  1. According to the field reports, the Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian security services (Evgeniy Tur and Alexander Bondaruk) provided the information about gradual reorganization within the militant groups, and about cleanup operations and «disappearances» of unwanted or uncontrollable individual militants or even their whole groups, conducted by the Russian armed forces, under the protection of the Russian special services. This “restructuring” has as its goal the creation of a unified army of Novorossiya, strictly controlled by the Russian security services. So far these activities have resulted in the worsening of the situation caused by periodic skirmishes among gangs, Cossack groups, DPR, and LPR groups. In such circumstances we foresee increased deployment of the regular Russian military, which will replace the poorly disciplined gangs in the Donbas.
  2. Over the past week, the guerrilla movement in the Donbas has become more active. Previously, we saw isolated attacks, but now you can see the tendency of increasing activity against the separatist and Russian forces by locals living in the occupied zone.

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Exclusive video of the interrogation of a Russian combatant in Donbass (Episode 1)

InfornNapalm team has obtained a unique video of the dialogue of a Russian combatant with Ukrainian armed forces representatives, filmed in a field camp. The video contains a bit of swearing, though generally it’s polite enough. The replies of the Russian combatant clearly demonstrate the absurdity of the Russian propaganda and its horror stories about “Right Sector” and “Kiev Junta” and other labels that Russian media tries to attach to Ukraine.

We divided the conversation of the DPR combatant from Russia and the Ukrainian trooper into 3 episodes.

As previously reported, Fedor Ustinov, a DPR terrorist and a citizen of Russia from Novorossiysk, born in 1983, was captured near Debaltsevo in the second half of October. He carried a DPR ID, an RPK-74 machine gun with bullets and a loaded RPG-18 Mukha.

State Security Department reported his capture on October 21st, posting his picture on their website and the Facebook page.

We would like to present not only the picture, but also the first part of the video trilogy about the Russian combatant. Watch it to the end, the dialogue is interesting and demonstrative enough.

Video:

Original video:

— Armed forces of which country do you represent?

— I don’t belong anywhere.

— Do you know what The Geneva Convention is?

— I’ve heard something.

— So what does The Geneva Convention declare?

… I will tell you a secret… may be it will clarify something to you… according to The Geneva Convention, there are terms “Combatant” and “Non-combatant” do You know what they mean?

(int. A combatant is a person who takes a direct part in the hostilities of an armed conflict. If a combatant follows the law of war, then he or she is considered a privileged combatant and upon capture, he or she will qualify as a prisoner of war under the Third Geneva Convention (GCIII). An unprivileged combatant is a person, such as a mercenary, who takes a direct part in the hostilities but who upon capture does not qualify for prisoner-of-war status.)

  • ..
  • Really? Are you joking? You went to war knowing nothing about it?

“Combatant” – is man who has a connection to the armed forces of some country. Or to law enforcement of this country. That is, insignias, chevrons, they would mean “combatant”, and the Geneva Convention applies to him… a combatant should be fed… treated and so on. And there’s a non-combatant, that is, a gangster. And a non-combatant has nothing. That is why I an asking you – are you a combatant or a non-combatant? Armed forces of what country do you represent, or you don’t represent anything?

  • I’m in Donbass People Militia.
  • What’s Donbass People Militia?
  • DPR armed forces.
  •  What’s DPR?
  • It’s a country.
  • My friend, let me tell you: there is no such country.

… To give you the right for self-determination… you should be separate… someone should acknowledge you… right?

  •  People express the right…
  • People express the right… it they express the right for self-determination… then someone should recognize all these actions, right?
  • Who? American government?
  • What does this have to do with America… Listen, Fedor? Is that your name? Fedor?
  •  Where are you from? Novorossiysk?
  • How did you get here?
  • I just came here.
  • How did you just come here? To “just come here” I crossed the border, what about you? How did you come?
  • The border is open – anyone’s free to cross it.
  • It’s called illegal invasion to the territory of another country
  • Oh, no… that’s nonsense.
  • Who are you by profession?
  • I’m an economist.
  • An economist? And you, an economist, just took a weapon and went on your way? Right?
  • I could not watch…
  • Watch what?
  • How regular people were being killed.
  • Did you see it yourself, how regular people were being killed?
  • Not with my own eyes.
  • So the rule “don’t believe it until you can see it and touch it” doesn’t apply to you? Right?
  • It partially applies.
  • What do you mean “partially”? … How could it be possible to evaluate what you did not see yourself?
  • How could I see it? I would have to join Right Sector…
  • What for? Wait, wait… I can clearly see how your comrades shoot my comrades, without joining the DPR militia… I see it personally, understand?… Personally saw it…

… and have the evidence of it… To my great regret, I can’t show it to you now, but I have the video of the bodies of our soldiers retrieved with bullet entry holes in the backs of the head and bullet exit holes in the forehead, and forensics confirmed, and it could be seen even without forensics, that their hands were tied behind their backs. They were just executed like that. Shot in the backs of the heads. That’s what I can prove to you. I saw it personally myself. And to tell about someone somewhere in Right Sector… Everyone’s fed up with Right Sector already…Have you seen this Right Sector yourself? Have you been at war long?

  •  No, not for real.
  • At war?
  • Since September.
  • Since September? And you’ve never seen Right Sector?
  • I am always at chEckpoints…
  • CheckpOints, you are distorting the great and mighty Russian language now! A man with a higher education! It’s a shame to see you distort the language! So who are you fighting? Ghosts? If you never saw them… I will bring you this video later… Of course you don’t believe my words but you will see it yourself… see it yourself…
  •  It’s a provocation
  • Of course, this video shows a man, who was later captured – it’s all a provocation… I am talking with you – this is also a provocation… I have a question – you went to a checkpoint… I just want to ask you – why the fuck did you come here?
  •  To protect regular people.
  • To protect them from who?
  • From those who kill them.
  • And who are you? Look, you would shoot me — why? Can you tell me?
  •  Because you would shoot me.
  • Did I shoot you? Even once?
  • No… Not now…
  • Oh, now… ok, I’m an enemy for you, we are talking. In Russian, mind you. I speak better Russian than you do… You see… If I go to your checkpoint… in Ukrainian uniform… right? Military uniform… and you will shoot… why will you shoot?
  •  I won’t shoot…
  • My dear friend, if that had never happened I wouldn’t be asking you these questions… Get it?
  • Someone shooting people who just went… to a checkpoint?
  • Do you know how many times I was shot at by your DPR? Without shooting them. Do you know how many times? Even just going for negotiations…
  •  And how many?
  • More than 20 times! A vehicle convoy moving… in the territory of its own state. And then people like you start shooting… Question: for what reason?
  • Possibly there was some prior history…
  • Wait… what fucking prior history?
  • Then it’s necessary to shoot. That there’s some kind of war ethics established…
  • What? War ethics? Ethics?!
  • ..
  • War ethics? Where are your chevrons? Where is your allegiance to any country? War ethics… Don’t give me crap about war, friend… Unlike you, I have two military professional specialities… And I didn’t buy them for bacon or with bribes… two hard earned specialities… Do you understand, my friend? And it’s not for you, an economist, to teach me the war ethics… the first question – what branch of military forces and of what country do you belong to? – Here’s your first question of military ethics… basic question…
  •  I‘ve already said…
  • Ok… where are your documents that prove your connection to that state and its military forces…
  • But you took my passport.
  • Stop! What documents?
  • Identification card…
  • I have your identification card… Your identification card of the People Military of Donbass. You are the citizen of another country. By law, you are a mercenary… And mercenaries here… So that… who are you here? A gangster?
  • I’m not a gangster.
  • You’re a gangster. My friend, you’re a gangster, captured with a weapon in your hands… Were you captured with a weapon?
  • Are you citizen of this country?
  • I’m a citizen of Russia.
  • Wait… What does that mean, that you’re a citizen of Russia? You’re a citizen of Russia –you’re all right in your Russia, get it? You can join the Russian Army, nobody would argue… But that’s there – in the territory of Russia. And you are in the DPR territory – right? I’ve already heard all this nonsense about “American mercenaries”. But you are not the citizen of DPR. Based on what law did you take a weapon in your hands and started fighting in this territory?
  •  DPR government has to decide this.
  •  Decide what? Do you know the government of DPR at all?
  • I saw many of them
  • That you saw them… That’s the same as I saw Pamela Anderson, but I don’t know her… Angelina Jolie… also good-looking… Who do you personally know? Who of DPR leaders can vouch for you? Can your commander vouch for you? I just want to understand: you came to DPR territory and just started patrolling a checkpoint by yourself?
  •  Yes
  • Wait! So, you stole the weapon?
  •  No
  • Where did you get it then?
  • It was issued.
  • Who issued it to you? Are there any papers? Was it recorded?
  • There were supposed to be records…
  • What does it mean “there were supposed to be records”? Do you know that the lack of accounting of weapons and other supplies is a precondition for theft? I won’t burden you with jurisprudence, but that’s a criminal charge… So someone made records about you, and some boss gave these to you… And who was the boss? Also a Russian citizen, or a citizen of DPR?
  • I did not ask for his passport.
  • Stop! You went to some random guy and said, “please give me a weapon,” and he said, “sure, take it”? That’s it?
  • I was sent from a military commissariat.
  • What military commissariat?
  • In Donetsk.
  • Wait… What military commissariat can be in Donetsk? DPR?
  • State military commissariat
  • Wait… Who recognized this state?
  • The most important thing, it was recognized by people.
  • What people?
  • People of Donetsk People Republic.
  • How much of DPR people have you seen?
  • Who else should recognized it? By USA?
  • What does… Mind you, you’re the only one here talking about the USA all this time. Mind you, I as a person am talking to you as a person… Not about USA, Germany and other nonsense… Have you ever been in jail?
  • You’ll get your chance now… because all your…
  • I got it already that I won’t get out of here…
  • Theft of a weapon, though you said that it was issued to you…
  • It wasn’t under Ukrainian jurisdiction, and you shouldn’t stick your nose in it.
  •  Where are you now? In what territory?
  •  In DPR territory.
  • Who decided that? Gubarev?
  • I know that people of such cities as Slovyansk, Kramatorsk, Debaltsevo – they don’t want to see any of you… Do you know why? Because all you bring is filth…

Edited and translated for InformNapalm.org and Burkonews.info

Language of original – Russian

Translator: Eugenia Zlamaniuk

Editor: Max Alginin