Permalink NATO planning 'rapid-deployment force' of 10,000 troops to counter Russia

NATO is reportedly working towards the creation of an expeditionary force composed of 10,000 troops from seven different member states as a result of escalating tensions with Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. According to the Financial Times, the force’s creation will be spearheaded by Britain and involve contributions from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, and the Netherlands. Canada is also interested in joining the group, but it’s not known what its final decision will be. Although no formal announcement has been made, British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to declare its formation at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales on September 4th. Many specifics have yet to be worked out or announced, but planners are reportedly implementing ways to increase the number of soldiers involved even more if necessary. Air and naval units will be integrated into the group, as well as ground troops led by British commanders.

Reuters: Seven NATO allies to create new rapid reaction force-report
Pål Steigan Norge med i nytt ekspedisjonskorps i NATO?

Permalink Galloway hospitalized after attack in London

British lawmaker George Galloway has been taken to hospital after being attacked in London. Galloway was attacked by a pro-Israeli man in the western part of the city on Friday. The MP was posing for a picture with some of his fans in Golborne Road, in Notting Hill neighborhood, when the attack took place. Galloway’s spokesman said the attack appeared to be “connected with his comments about Israel,” as the attacker was shouting comments about the Holocaust. He added that the British MP sustained bruises as the result of the assault and was in "a pretty bad shape." "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him," the spokesman said. The pro-Palestinian activist, who was taken to St. Mary's hospital in Paddington, suffered from a suspected broken rib and severe bruising to the head and face.

Daily Mail: Man faces Galloway assault charge
Daily Mail: George Galloway hit repeatedly around head by attacker who 'called him Hitler'

Permalink Kiev Forces Defeated in East Ukraine. Could Obama’s Legacy Be Destroyed by His Ukraine Policy?

Eric Zuesse The Ukrainian Government that the Obama Administration installed after Obama’s successful coup d’etat in Ukraine is now crashing and burning in the process of the newly installed Government’s ethnic-cleansing program to get rid of the people in Ukraine’s southeast, the area of Ukraine that had voted overwhelmingly for the President whom the Obama Administration (the State Department and the CIA) had overthrown in February. The residents there rejected this new Government; this new Government is trying to exterminate them; and the local rebel-fighters against that are winning, and are decimating thousands of troops who were sent in to kill them and their families, and are shooting down many of the bombers that have been sent in to bomb them.

Pål Steigan Russisk invasjon?

Reuters: Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president
Cubic Lane: U.S. to Send Troops and Weapons to Eastern Europe
Zero Hedge: Putin Says Everything U.S. Touches Turns Out Like Libya Or Iraq


Permalink Ukraine to seek Nato membership

Ukraine's prime minister has said he will ask parliament to put the country on a path towards Nato membership. Arseny Yatsenyuk said the government was sending a bill to MPs urging that Ukraine's non-bloc status be cancelled. The remarks come as Nato holds an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The West has stepped up its accusations of direct Russian involvement in the conflict, following advances by pro-Russian rebels. On Thursday Nato released satellite images it said showed Russian forces inside Ukraine. and said more than 1,000 troops were operating there. Russia denies sending troops.

Business Spectator: NATO would 'fully respect' Ukraine application

Permalink UN: Ukraine conflict death toll hits 2,600, civilians ‘trapped inside conflict zones’

At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights. The death toll includes civilians, members of the Ukrainian troops and also fighters in the anti-government forces. "The trend is clear and alarming. There is a significant increase in the death toll in the east," Ivan Simonovic, U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, told journalists. "The current number of killed is 2,593 - close to 3,000 if we include the 298 victims of the MH17 (Malaysian airliner) plane crash," he said. The report, issued on Friday, August 29, 2014, and covering the period July 16 to August 17, condemns the killing and wounding of civilians in urban areas, which have lately turned into battlefields.

PressTV: Ukraine must enter ‘substantial’ talks with pro-Russians: Putin
RT.com: Putin: Kiev’s shelling in E. Ukraine reminiscent of Nazi actions during WWII
The Saker August 29th 15:35 UTC/ZULU Ukrainian SITREP

Permalink West ‘nobbles’ ICC to be silent on Gaza genocide

Was anyone surprised to hear that the International Criminal Court is under pressure not to investigate Israel’s war crimes in Gaza? The British government wouldn’t even vote for the UN Human Rights Council’s proposal to launch an inquiry and, along with France, abstained. The US, as expected, voted against. Even Ireland, Germany and Italy abstained in an extraordinary show of collective political cowardice. The enemy within had revealed itself. As The Guardian reported, “at stake is the future of the ICC itself, an experiment in international justice that occupies a fragile position with no superpower backing. Russia, China and India have refused to sign up to it. The US and Israel signed the accord in 2000 but later withdrew. “Some international lawyers argue that by trying to duck an investigation, the ICC is not living up to the ideals expressed in the Rome statute that ‘the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished’.”

The Guardian: Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry

Permalink Russia’s Defense Ministry ridicules NATO’s photo-proof of invasion in Ukraine

It makes no sense to comment in detail on the satellite imagery released by NATO as “proof” of Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine, Defense Ministry’s spokesman said, pointing out that even high NATO officials were hesitant to put their names on it. Referring to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Supreme Allied Commander Europe Philip Breedlove, and NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov ridiculed the so-called NATO proof. “You know, it has become ridiculous… If earlier, someone would at least put their names on those images, be it Breedlove, Rasmussen, or even Lungescu, now, they are hesitant,” Konashenkov said as cited by RIA Novosti. “It makes no sense to seriously comment on this.” The General also criticized western media outlets for accepting such images and anti-Russian stance at face value.

Permalink Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let blocked Kiev troops cross into Russia

President Putin has called on the self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev's military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to cross into Russia. “It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military operation, which represents a grave danger to the population of Donbass and which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents,” the Russian leader said in a statement. As a result of militias’ counter-offense, large numbers of Ukrainian troops – many of whom were taking part in Kiev’s so-called anti-terrorist operation “against their will” and “just following orders” – have been surrounded, the President added. “I call on the militia groups to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian service members who have been surrounded, so as to avoid any needless loss of life, giving them the opportunity to leave the combat area unimpeded and reunite with their families, to return them to their mothers, wives and children, and to quickly provide medical assistance to those who were injured in the course of the military operation.

Presidential Executive Office: President of Russia Vladimir Putin addressed Novorossiya militia - Full Text
RIA Novosti: Putin Calls on Ukraine's Authorities to Stop Military Action


Permalink Kiev accuses Russia of 'invading' Ukraine, no proof offered

The chorus of allegations about a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine has President Poroshenko calling for an emergency meeting of the country’s security and defense council, while the Prime Minister Yatsenyuk is calling for a Russian asset freeze. "I have made a decision to cancel my working visit to the Republic of Turkey due to sharp aggravation of the situation in Donetsk region, particularly in Amvrosiivka and Starobeshevo, as Russian troops were brought into Ukraine," Petro Poroshenko said in a statement on his website. Ukraine is going to call for a meeting of the UN Security Council, said Poroshenko. "The world must provide assessment of sharp aggravation of the situation in Ukraine," he added. Poroshenko added that on Thursday there will be a meeting of Security and Defense Council to elaborate the plan for further action. "The President must stay in Kyiv today," he said. As with previous allegations of smuggled troops, equipment and other underhand tactics, no evidence has been offered.

Stephen Lendman "The Russians Are Coming" Big Lies || Anti-Russian lies keep repeating. So many proliferate, it hard keeping up. The latest is over-the-top and then some. It accuses Russia of launching a major offensive against Ukrainian forces. Accusations without evidence are made. Kiev sources are cited. They've been caught red-handed lying many times. Nothing they say is credible. It doesn't matter. Major media scoundrels repeat their rubbish like gospel.

RT.com: 'No Russian troops in Ukraine': Moscow's OSCE rep responds to Kiev's claims
[Hardly an invasion...] - Russia: 9 Detained Paratroopers Are Only Russian Servicemen in Ukraine
RIA Novosti: Russian Defense Ministry Says List of Russian Military Units in Ukraine ‘Hoax’
Deutsche Welle: Ukraine's president accuses Russia of invading
IBT: Russian Troops Capture Novoazovsk, A Key Port Town, Ukraine Claims
Reuters: Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance
Vesti.ru: Премьер ДНР: на стороне ополчения воюют добровольцы из России
Itar-Tass: No participation of Russian military, hardware in Ukraine hostilities — official
Itar-Tass: Militia takes control of east Ukraine’s Novoazovsk, several neighboring districts
Itar-Tass: East Ukraine militias seize large amount of Ukrainian armor — Kiev's hacked data

Permalink Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan

The Nail In The Petrodollar Coffin: Gazprom Begins Accepting Payment For Oil In Ruble, Yuan Several months ago, when Russia announced the much anticipated "Holy Grail" energy deal with China, some were disappointed that despite this symbolic agreement meant to break the petrodollar's stranglehold on the rest of the world, neither Russia nor China announced payment terms to be in anything but dollars. In doing so they admitted that while both nations are eager to move away from a US Dollar reserve currency, neither is yet able to provide an alternative. This changed in late June when first Gazprom's CFO announced the gas giant was ready to settle China contracts in Yuan or Rubles, and at the same time the People's Bank of China announced that its Assistant Governor Jin Qi and Russian central bank Deputy Chairman Dmitry Skobelkin held a meeting in which they discussed cooperating on project and trade financing using local currencies. The meeting discussed cooperation in bank card, insurance and financial supervision sectors. And yet, while both sides declared their operational readiness and eagerness to bypass the dollar entirely, such plans remained purely in the arena of monetary foreplay and the long awaited first shot across the Petrodollar bow was absent. Until now.

Investment Watch: Petro Dollar is dying quickly! The dollar collapse is close at hand!


Permalink IMPORTANT: Overview of the Situation in the Donbass Region

Overview of the Situation in the Donbass Region – August 24, 2014
Translated by Daniel Mikhailovich
Edited by Olga Luzanova
+ Map of Operations, August 10-25, 2014
+ Official Briefing from the DPR
+ Novorossiya Military Briefing

Permalink On Behalf of Monsanto: GMO Food Crops for Ukraine’s Bread Basket

Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” [...] Ukrainian law bars farmers from growing GM crops. Long considered “the bread basket of Europe,” Ukraine’s rich black soil is ideal for growing grains, and in 2012 Ukrainian farmers harvested more than 20 million tonnes of corn.

Permalink Interview with former German Defense Ministry Official

Former official of the German Ministry of Defense says the world has heard enough of EU lies. “People here in Germany are fed up with NATO lies.” It is a 5 minute interview.


Permalink Ukraine's Poroshenko Arrives in Minsk for Multi-Party Talks

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in the Belarusian capital of Minsk for multi-party talks on resolving the crisis in Ukraine’s east, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Tuesday. Poroshenko is to hold talks with the presidents of the members of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin, respectively, as well as European Union representatives.

Permalink Syria warns US against unilateral airstrikes on ISIL

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has warned the United States against carrying out airstrikes on the Takfiri ISIL terrorists inside Syria without Damascus’ consent. He said at a news conference in Damascus on Monday that any such attack without the approval of the Syrian government would be considered as a violation of his country’s sovereignty and an act of aggression. He also expressed Syria’s readiness to cooperate with the international community to confront terrorism. “Syria is ready to cooperate and coordinate...[at] the regional and international level in the war on terror, but any efforts to combat terrorism should come in coordination with the Syrian government.” He further said Damascus must feel the cooperation is serious.

SANA: Moscow affirms support to Syria and Iraq in counter-terrorism push


Permalink Lavrov: Russia to send another humanitarian convoy to Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced plans for a second humanitarian convoy to be sent to eastern Ukraine, urging foreign actors and agencies to participate in continuing efforts at relieving the crisis. Failure to do so would constitute a violation of international law, he warned. “Anyone in need of aid shall receive it,” the FM said, stressing that it is important to learn from the mistakes of the first attempt and to look forward to closer cooperation with the Ukrainian authorities this time around. He stressed that as the indiscriminate shelling of areas such as Lugansk continues, the humanitarian need for water and food grows. This has been acknowledged by humanitarian agencies and itnernational actors at large. The distribution of aid is currently underway, and is headed by the ICRC. The FM also added that the shelling of schools, hospitals, kindergartens and other vulnerable institutions and structures can no longer be excused by claims of “wrongful shooting” or be written off as “accidental.” Minister Lavrov emphasized that Russia is willing and ready to participate in full in any type of negotiations on ending hostilities in the east, and expressed hope that Tuesday’s meeting in Minsk will include a focus on the crisis in Ukraine.

RT.com: Russian humanitarian aid distribution begins in E. Ukraine
Eric Zuesse Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

Permalink Here We Go Again: Ukraine Claims It Destroyed Two Tanks That Entered From Russia

It's Monday; which means its time to ramp up the war rhetoric once again as another weekend goes by without 'escalation'. Ukraine's military spokesman Lysenko, or as he is better known as Lie-senko for those who actually ask for some evidence of anything that he claims, says, suggests or otherwise talks about, is reporting,via Bloomberg, that:


One wonders if the captured Russian crew had Langley, VA crew cuts? Unfortunately no one had their iPhone or camera-on-a-sticks to record the action as "proof." but we are sure that won't matter. Cure NATO's comments. Now, how will the market react to this 'proven invasion'? Actually scratch that: more escalation is simply a catalyst for even more pent-up de-escalation in the future...

Permalink 7/7: Made in Israel

Mossad agent Admits: However things have now changed with a former Mossad agent more or less admitting, in a slip of the tongue, that they did it: while discussing an explosive maybe used in the London bombings, Juval Aviv says: “its easy to put a truck bomb as we did… as happened in London.” All comments below that video accepted that he had made an admission, of Mossad perpetrating the London Bombings. Mr Aviv was the Mossad counter-terror agent described by George Jonas in his novel, Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team (1984) and the central character in the Spielberg film about this. He has a book, Staying Safe.

Andrew MacGregor’s view: The Australian ex-policeman Andrew MacGregor had a clear intuition on these matters – but until now I’ve always refused to go along with his view. “You can’t prove It,” I would say. This is what he wrote:

I would like to quote from Efraim Halevi, a former head of Mossad in an article that was printed in the Jerusalem Post on the 7th July 2005. This article was headed, ‘Rules of conflict for a world war’: “The multiple, simultaneous explosions that took place yesterday on the London transportation system were the work of perpetrators who had an operational capacity of considerable scope. They have come a long way since the two attacks of the year 1998 against the American embassies in Nairobi and Dar-Es-Salaam, and the aircraft actions of September 11, 2001.” Like the rabbit that hops out of the top hat before the magician is ready for his stunt, the truth has been exposed. This article was written prior to the actual bombing that took place in London, and thus, Efraim Halevi had to have been one of the planners for this ‘Terrorist’ event. The Jerusalem Post describes Efraim Halevi as: “The writer, who heads the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a former head of the Mossad. (© 1995-2005, The Jerusalem Post 07/07/05)” In simple words, The London bombing was a ‘planned’ terrorist attack by a group of people including Efraim Halevi, of the ‘Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies’ at the ‘Hebrew University’ in Jerusalem.

Halevi’s article went up at 4 pm onto the Jerusalem Post website which is 2 pm in London. Strangely entitled, ‘Rules of Conflict for a World War’ it is a deeply meditated piece, and it knows far too much, eg that the explosions were simultaneous – a fact which only became evident some days later (Scotland Yard initially averred that the explosions had been 45 minutes apart). For some years I wrestled with the question, does that precognition of the event imply that ‘Israel did it’? Yes, I now believe there is no avoiding the logic.

Permalink Reply to a friend: where are the Ukrainian uprising and Novorussian counter-offensive?

The Saker I friend just sent me this in an email and I thought that the best thing to do what to reply with a post. Here is what he wrote: I've been wondering something for some time now regarding the "war" in Ukraine and Novorossiya. Occasionally I hear mutterings from the NAF about "going on the offensive" sometime soon (supposedly when a certain turning point has been reached or some unnamed goal accomplished). However, it has surprised me that there has as of yet been no small operations or maneuvers in greater Ukraine and specifically in Kiev itself. It would seem to me that a targeted covert campaign would be within the scope of the abilities of the NAF, no? Planned incidents and/or hit and run strikes within the city that would lessen the taste for war among the (it would appear) mostly indifferent people. Or is it thought that this might actually add some resolve to continue the fighting? History shows such actions to be the pattern, though the overall effectiveness of such tactics can be fairly questioned in most cases, I think. Curious as to your thoughts. This is a very interesting question and a fairly complex one. In reality, there are two distinct issues here:

a) why is there no apparent resistance in the rest of the Ukraine?
b) where is the Novorussian counter-offensive?

The two issues are linked by a common denominoator, but they are qualitatively different. I suggest we take them one by one.

Anon./The Saker: All is Quiet on the Western Front?


Permalink US and NATO threaten Moscow as Russian aid convoy crosses into Ukraine

Niles Williamson The convoy had been stalled at the Ukraine-Russia border for more than a week as the Kiev regime headed by President Petro Poroshenko sought more time to carry out its brutal assault on areas in the Donbass region held by pro-Russian separatists, including the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk. The convoy eventually crossed the border without approval from Kiev. The UN estimates that more than 2,000 people have been killed and more than 400,000 people have been forced to flee their homes since the military assault on the east began in April. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he felt that any further delay of the convoy would have been unacceptable given the continued onslaught against Luhansk and Donetsk. “Given the obvious protractions by Kiev on the issue of the delivery of Russian aid to southeast regions of Ukraine, which are suffering a humanitarian catastrophe, a decision was made on sending the convoy,” Putin said. The Obama administration released a statement Friday in which it condemned Russia’s actions and threatened “additional consequences” for violating Ukraine’s “sovereignty.” The White House called on Russia to immediately remove all of its vehicles and personnel from Ukrainian territory, claiming that the unilateral dispatch of humanitarian aid violated international law as well as previous agreements reached between Russia and the Western powers. Using the deployment of the aid convoy as a pretext, the US and NATO are threatening new sanctions in addition to those already imposed on Russia.

Eric Zuesse Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak || America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs. It is also being done because these still photos from the documentary summarize this over-long documentary’s important narrative. You are welcomed to click onto the link above to see the entire 82-minute documentary.

Itar-Tass: Russia tells UN SC it sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine with Kiev’s consent
RIA Novosti: Moscow Surprised at Washington’s Failure to Record That Russia Convoy Left Ukraine
Itar-Tass: Some trucks return to Russia after delivering aid to Lugansk
RT.com: Mission completed: Moscow confirms delivery of aid to E. Ukraine, trucks return to Russia


Permalink Russian humanitarian convoy enters Ukraine en route to Lugansk

Several dozen trucks in the Russian humanitarian convoy have crossed the Ukrainian border and started moving in the direction of Lugansk, after Moscow ordered the convoy to proceed, without waiting for further permission from Kiev. Moscow has accused Kiev of deliberately holding up the delivery of Russian humanitarian aid to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine, according to a new statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Our convoy with humanitarian aid is starting to move in the direction of Lugansk,” the Foreign Ministry's statement reads. “We are of course ready for it to be accompanied by Red Cross representatives and for their participation in the aid’s distribution.” A third of the Russian humanitarian convoy, which is around 90 trucks, has now reportedly crossed the border with Ukraine. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is not escorting the convoy. “That’s because of the problems with security,” Galina Balzamova of the ICRC told RT. “Lugansk was shelled all night long. We believe we did not get sufficient guarantees of safety from all the parties to the conflict to start escorting the convoy.” The head of the Russian Red Cross, Raisa Lukutsova, has said the organization supported the decision to get the humanitarian convoy moving.

Stephen Lendman Russian Humanitarian Aid Reaches Lugansk || Kiev putschists blocked vitally needed humanitarian aid for days. They did so for spurious reasons. They did it to impose greater hardships on desperate Southeastern Ukrainians. They did it to deprive them of essentials to life. They did it to facilitate their genocidal aggression. They did it with full support and encouragement from Washington. Enough is enough. On August 22, Itar Tass headlined "Russia's 70 trucks with humanitarian cargo proceed toward toward Ukraine's Luhansk," saying: They cleared customs. They entered Ukrainian territory. They headed for Lugansk. They did so on a mission of mercy. They carried food, water, medical supplies and other vitally needed aid. Kiev claims about a Trojan Horse convoy of weapons were spurious on their face. It used this and other fabricated reasons to block aid as long as possible. It's response on the ground is unclear. It bears watching to see what follows.

Itar-Tass: Russian convoy starts, ignores existing accords — Ukrainian borderguards
RIA Novosti: Putin Aware of Humanitarian Convoy’s Move Toward Luhansk
Mahdi D. Nazemroaya: Western Media Reports Shockingly Dishonest on Russia’s Part in Ukraine Events

Permalink Interview with Sergei Glaziev - MUST SEE!

Thanks to the superb work of the Russian Team, it is my huge pleasure to present you with one of the most interesting interviews about the war in the Ukraine and the global struggle for the future of the planet and the views of one of the best informed men in Russia: Sergei Glaziev.
Glaziev is an advisor to President Putin and a close friend. I personally believe that the western media is either wrong or deliberately lying when then say that Dugin is Putin's ideological mentor. I am not sure that Putin has - or needs - any kind of mentor, but over the years I have found that Glaziev seems to say out loud what Putin does not, but seems to be acting on. Glaziev, who was born in the Ukraine and who is an economic himself, has a superb understanding of the behind-the-scenes power plays in the Ukraine and in Russia. This man really knows what is going on. Furthermore, he is one of the leading "Eurasian Sovereignists" and he is therefore absolutely hated by the pro-US circles in Russia. He is equally hated in the USA who put him on their recent sanctions list for no other reason then the fact that they don't like what he has to say. I urge everybody to listen to this 15min interview which is one of the most interesting ones I have ever had the pleasure to post here. Enjoy! - The Saker

Permalink Explosion rings out in densely-populated suburbs of besieged Donetsk

A Donetsk resident has uploaded footage of a massive blast next to an apartment block in the heart of the city. The eastern Ukrainian city, which has been under rebel control since the start of the armed conflict, has been encircled by government forces. The video, shot from the window of an apartment block across a courtyard, captures a momentary fireball next to a multistory development housing thousands of people. It is unclear from the footage whether the explosion is the result of an artillery shell explosion or a flash of gunfire. City authorities say that two people have been injured, and several apartments, gas pipes and cars have been destroyed by the government barrage, saying that residents of almost all areas in the city are within earshot of artillery fire. Authorities say that a nine-story residential block in the center city has been hit, though it is unclear if this refers to the incident witnessed in the video. "There is constant thumping that hasn't stopped throughout the day," reports RT's Paula Slier from Donetsk. "It is difficult to tell who is doing the firing. On the one hand you have the Ukrainian army vowing to take back the city, but these anti-government fighters are also very active and are saying that they won't let the city surrender." The Ukrainian Army has said that it plans to recapture the militant stronghold by the end of the week.

Eric Zuesse Ukraine Atrocities: The Illegal Use of White Phosphorous Fire Bombs Against Donetsk Civilians


Permalink The crimes of Euromaidan Nazis

Ukraine Crisis: Donbass. Chronicle of Genocide || Extensive war crimes in Donbass committed by Poroshenko and his army of murderers from July 27 to August 14, 2014.

Kiev's warmongers/Zionists continue genocide of civilian population of Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

Most of the footage and interviews you will see in this documentary film have never been shown on mainstream media of any country including Russia and Ukraine. [The Saker]

Pogromen i Korsun || Natta mellom 20. og 21. februar 2014 stoppet aktivister fra Euromaidan flere busser nær byen Korsun-Schewtschenkowskiy. Bussene hadde med seg flere hundre motstandere av Euromaidan som var på vei tilbake fra Kiev til Krim.

De bevæpnede mennene tok over bussene og brente dem ned. Alle passasjerene, omlag 350 folk, inkludert kvinner og ungdommer, ble utsatt for brutal behandling med slag og trakassering.

Filmen «Forbrytelsene til nazistene fra det ukrainske Euromaidan: Pogromen i Korsun» dokumenterer disse forbrytelsene der flere titalls mennesker ble drept. Dokumentaren ble lagd av den ukrainske menneskerettsgruppa IGCP. [More videos]


Permalink Assange Won’t Leave until Assured No US Extradition: Lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not leave the Ecuador embassy in London until it is guaranteed he will avoid extradition to the United States, his lawyer said Tuesday. The Australian, who has been holed up in the building for two years, indicated on Monday he would leave the compound "soon" amid reports that he was suffering from a heart condition and other ailments. "(He will leave) as soon as conditions can be negotiated that allow Julian to leave the embassy while his political asylum, to protect him from the risk of extradition to the US, is respected," His lawyer Jennifer Robinson said. "And we haven't seen that happen yet."

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