fredag 29. desember 2017

DPR Command: Ukrainian forces violate ceasefire 15.5 thousand times in 2017

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Donetsk, Dec 29 – DAN. Ukrainian army units violated the ceasefire almost 15.5 thousand times in 2017, firing over 7,000 mortar and artillery rounds, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Friday.

“Overall, 15,484 ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces have been recorded this year,” Basurin said. “The enemy fired over 100,000 rounds, including 1,610 rocket artillery rounds and 13,612 artillery rounds.

Earlier reports said Ukrainian army violated the ceasefire five times firing on five DPR district today, using 120mm mortars to hit Elenovka outside Donetsk.

The members of the Contact Group held a meeting on December 20 in Minsk and agreed to a comprehensive, durable and indefinite ceasefire coming into force at midnight December 23 (1.00 a.m. DPR time). The DPR has confirmed its commitment to silence guns. *ot

Putin ratifies agreement on naval base in Syria’s Tartus

Russia will be able to deploy up to 11 warships to the facility

© Mikhail Klimentiev/Russian presidential press service/TASS 
MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on the ratification of an agreement between Russia and Syria on expanding the naval facility near the port city of Tartus, making it a full-fledged naval base. The document, which was adopted by the State Duma on December 21 and approved by the Federation Council on December 26, was published on the official web portal of legal information.
According to the document, Russia’s vessels, including nuclear-powered cruisers, will be allowed to enter Syria’s waters and ports. The Russian Navy will use the base infrastructure on a free-of-charge basis for 49 years. The agreement could be extended if both parties agree. The personnel and crew members will enjoy immunity and fall within the jurisdiction of the Russian side.

Russia will be able to deploy up to 11 warships to the facility, including nuclear-powered vessels.

Representatives of the Syrian authorities shall not visit the facility without consent of its commander. Besides, Russian transport vehicles and sea and air vessels at the Tartus base shall enjoy immunity against inspection, search, requisition, arrest and other coercive actions. The property of the facility is inviolable.

Head of the Federation Council's defense and security committee and former commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces Viktor Bondarev said both Russia and Syria will benefit from the Tartus base. 
"We will be able to ensure security in the region and strategic deterrence, what meets the interests of Syria and other countries in the Middle East and simultaneously enhance Russia’s positions in the Mediterranean Sea," the senator said.

US helicopters evacuate IS commanders from Syria’s Deir ez-Zor — media

Earlier in the week, the Syrian government sent a message to the United Nations, accusing the US-led coalition of making deals with the Islamic State

© AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic

MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. US helicopters evacuated Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) commanders from several districts of the Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria on Wednesday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported citing information received from local residents.
According to SANA, US helicopters evacuated the IS commanders from the Deir ez-Zor province to Al-Hasakah province in northeastern Syria. According to the agency’s sources, this is the second time the US evacuates IS terrorists.

Earlier in the week, the Syrian government sent a message to the United Nations, accusing the US-led coalition of making deals with the Islamic State and coordinating its actions with the terror group.

On November 14, BBC reported that the US-led coalition and its Syria allies had stroke a deal allowing around 250 IS militants and about 3,500 members of their families leave the city of Raqqa in October. 

Russia has no evidence to prove the involvement of the US-led coalition in the militants’ evacuation from Raqqa but this issue should be looked into, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said commenting on the BBC report on November 16.

Ukrainian helicopter gunship sighted west of Donetsk – DPR Operations Command

December 28, 2017 
Donetsk, Dec 28 – DAN. A Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter gunship has been seen flying near frontline Maryinka and Krasnogorovka settlements, DPR Operations Command said on Thursday.

“A new provocation is happening in Kiev-held Maryinka and Krasnogorovka area. A Ukrainian army Mi-24 helicopter is loitering seven to eight kilometres from the contact line, in violation of the Minsk accords,” it said.

A DPR Operations Command officer said that DPR air defence forces had not responded to the appearance of the attack helicopter in mid air though they can destroy the target. He said that the helicopter would be downed if it crossed the contact line.

Employing combat aviation and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in 30km-wide zone along the line of contact is banned under Article 7 of Minsk Memorandum dated 19 September 2014, with the exception to OSCE SMM UAVs. *jk

Fighters from US-backed SDF describe unimpeded ISIS exodus from Raqqa on their watch

Fighters from US-backed SDF describe unimpeded ISIS exodus from Raqqa on their watch
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have provided RT’s Ruptly video service with footage confirming reports of a hundreds-strong Islamic State convoy leaving its former stronghold, Raqqa, completely unimpeded.
RT’s Ruptly video news agency has spoken with SDF fighters in Syria, who confirmed for the first time that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants freely left Raqqa in what was previously described by a BBC investigative report as an IS “exodus.” The SDF fighters were on watch when they witnessed and filmed heavy trucks, buses and cars carrying IS militants from the liberated city.

 “We saw them with our own eyes. I was on shift at the grain containers turnabout when IS were leaving. There were many of them, we were not afraid of them,” one SDF fighter told Ruptly in late November. He showed the footage featuring the convoy on his mobile phone, saying that he had recorded it and kept it. 
 “I saw IS, they left with locomotives and buses, they took their luggage and headed towards Rumelan,” another SDF fighter said. “They carried on till Deir [ez-Zor]. I don’t know where they headed to after that, whether to Abu-Kamal or to Mayadeen, they took that road."

He added there were about 1,000 injured IS fighters and about 2,000 who seemed unhurt.

In November, the BBC reported that a “secret deal” between the US and British-led coalition and the Kurdish forces allowed hundreds of IS terrorists to leave Raqqa peacefully in a long convoy comprised of up to 50 trucks, more than a dozen buses and around 100 other vehicles. Initially neither the coalition nor the Kurdish forces admitted their part in giving free passage to the terrorists. 

However, Col Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, later said the deal was never a secret, confirming Washington accepted the agreement. 

The Syrian city of Raqqa, once the de facto IS capital, came under the control of the SDF on October 20, following four months of airstrikes, artillery shelling and heavy urban fighting. What was left of the city was described by international journalists as “hell on Earth” due to the scale of destruction. With some 80 percent of the city destroyed, Raqqa remains a heavily-mined “ghost town.”

“Raqqa’s fate calls to mind that of Dresden in 1945, leveled by the US-British bombings,” the Russian Defense Ministry said following the US-spearheaded “liberation,” referring to the notorious World War II air campaign, during which American and British bombers obliterated the center of the German city, killing some 25,000 civilians.

torsdag 28. desember 2017

By new weapons USA encourages Ukraine into war – Zakharchenko

The United States is pushing Ukraine to launch a large-scale war, the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic stated such an opinion yesterday, on December 27, during the "Frank conversation" program, answering the question of Janus Putkonen, Director of the International DONi News Agency, about the actions of the West and their NATO allies.

– Both USA and its NATO allies, like Canada and Lithuania, are openly stepping up weapon supplies to Kiev forces. How do you see these actions of the West, what kind of threats are new western weapons creating for the republics, and what is your message for the western countries arming Ukraine?
“Thank you! It is a very good question. First things first. The USA has opened its window leaf via Canada. Canada serves, in this case, as a window leaf for the USA. Lethal weapons, official lethal weapons will be sold to Ukraine through it. What is this done for? It is my personal opinion and conviction that thereby the USA encourages Ukraine to start a large-scale war.
And the weapons, Javelins and the like, which they are going to supply and have even adopted the budget and agreed upon the number of these launchers, the number of missiles. But these weapons are not defensive, these are offensive weapons for destroying the adversary's armored vehicles during battles or offensives. We do not attack them, therefore they do not need these weapons. If they buy weapons, receive them as supplies, they are preparing for their own offensive. By these weapons the USA encourages Ukraine to war.
And here, you see, many vectors of intentions are brought to bear at this point. The USA wants war, Ukraine has no other way out, they need war. However, I can assure you, dear journalists, as I have said before: we have won, we have broken their spirits. Our Armed Forces, among other, enjoy a very good level of good technical equipment, and material supplies. But what is most important – we will have been at war for four years already, we have well-trained officers and people who know what they are fighting for,” Alexander Zakharchenko said.
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Why the US decision to supply arms to Ukraine is disastrous

Fuelling war in Ukraine sets situation up for more bloodshed in a theatre where the US has the disadvantage

The US decision to supply arms to Ukraine is utterly misconceived, but it continues a pattern of confrontational short-term policy decisions which have become the norm in the US ever since the US military effectively took charge of the US government back in the summer.

Any policy whose reasoning is difficult to explain is almost by definition flawed, and this policy is no exception.  Here are a number of possible explanations for this move.

(1) the US weapons are being supplied to facilitate a planned Ukrainian offensive to conquer the Donbass;

(2) the US weapons are being supplied as a gesture of political support for Ukraine in its continued confrontation with the two People’s Republics and with Russia;
(3) the US weapons are being supplied to enable the US to gain political leverage over Russia in the ongoing negotiations to settle the Ukrainian crisis;

(4) the US weapons are being supplied to help Donald Trump politically at home by stifling criticism that he is “giving up” on Ukraine and in order to show that he is “getting tough” with Russia.

The one explanation which can be ruled out is the explanation the US has given for its decision: that the US weapons being supplied are purely defensive weapons intended to deter a Russian attack on Ukraine.

The US must know by now that no Russian attack on Ukraine is in prospect or planned so this explanation cannot be true.

Not all these explanations are mutually exclusive and it may be that more than one of them applies.  However as with so many other foreign policy decisions recently taken by the US this one does not look like it has been properly discussed within the US government or thought through.

Briefly, my guess is that the most commonly cited explanation within the US government to justify this decision is (3), with the weapons intended to provide the US with leverage in the negotiations underway with the Russians so that US can force Russia to a settlement of the Ukrainian crisis on US terns.

It has become increasingly clear over the last few weeks that the US misunderstood President Putin’s agreement that UN peacekeepers be sent to the protect the OSCE monitors along the contact line in the Donbass as a sign that the Russians were coming round to the Ukrainian idea of a UN peacekeeping force deployed throughout the Donbass to facilitate the restoration of Ukrainian control there.

Negotiations over the last few weeks have shown that this was an illusion and that the Russians are no nearer to agreeing to such a proposal – which they say (rightly) contradicts the Minsk Agreement – than ever.

The decision to send a limited number of weapons to Ukraine therefore looks like it could be intended to put pressure on the Russians to agree to this Ukrainian proposal for a peacekeeping.
If so then the decision is misconceived since instead of forcing the Russians to agreeing to the sort of the sort of peacekeeping force the Ukrainians are proposing, it is all but guaranteed to make the Russians harden their position still further.

Already the Russians are saying that the US cannot be a mediator in the conflict when it is arming one side against the other, and they are already broadly hinting that their response will be to step up their own arms supplies to the People’s Republics.

The effect of the US proposal will therefore be to make both sides in the conflict more heavily armed than ever.

That however is only the beginning of the trouble.

Though the US has not publicly said what weapons it intends to supply, it is likely that the weapons will include a batch of Javelin anti tank missiles.

These are known to be sophisticated weapons which are difficult to use and which require a high level of training if they are to be used properly.

If so then that points to a US training mission being sent to Ukraine to train Ukrainian troops in their use.  That brings US troops even more directly into the Ukrainian military theatre than they are already, creating a serious risk that they will become directly involved in the actual fighting with all the catastrophic political consequences which may follow from that.

That fighting is now set to intensify.  Irrespective of what the US intends by sending these weapons, the Ukrainians are bound to see their supply as an encouragement for them to take further military action.

In that case the high probability is not just that the Russians will step up their arms supplies to the two People’s Republics, but in a theatre where former US President Barack Obama once admitted that the Russians possess “escalatory dominance” they will do so on a scale which dwarfs whatever arms the US supplies to Ukraine.

It is a fundamental error to see the Javelin anti tank missiles as some sort of ‘magic bullet’ which will decisively turn the balance of the fighting in favour of the Ukrainians.

This idea probably originates in the mythology surrounding the US’s supply of Stinger anti aircraft missiles to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1980s.  The arrival of the Stingers is frequently credited with causing the Soviet decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, though in reality that decision had already been made before the Stingers arrived.  In reality, though the Stingers did have a brief impact after they were introduced, by the time of their withdrawal the Soviets were well on the way to developing effective counter measures to them, and their actual effect on the fighting was slight.

The point of the Ukrainian military’s greatest manpower and equipment advantage over the militias of the Donbass was in July 2014, when Ukraine deployed a fully equipped force of 60,000 men backed by tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery and aircraft against a few thousand lightly armed militia.

The Ukrainian army was unable to prevail then despite possessing a seemingly overwhelming advantage, and today when the two People’s Republics are said to possess fully armed and trained forces numbering 35,000 men it is all but impossible to see how they could prevail now.  Supply of a batch of Javelin anti tank missiles – or indeed of large numbers of Javelin anti tank missiles – cannot change that picture.

With economic conditions in Ukraine likely to deteriorate over the next few months pressure within Ukraine for a military strike against the Donbass is anyway likely to increase.  The US has now given it further encouragement.

More bitter fighting in Ukraine will follow, with a high possibility that Ukraine will go for broke and that Ukraine and the US will end up with another debacle.

18+ Ukraine War crimes:Tortured civilians near Debaltsevo

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18+ Graphic Evidence of War crimes: Tortured and murdered civilians near Debaltsevo & Chornukhyne. Parts of their faces were cut off, and some hands tied together and burned.
During February 2015 there was a huge batlle going between pro Ukraine forces and "Rebel" DPR/LPR forces. In this time I was doing my report to document the events.
Image84.jpgOn Feb 19 2015, while with DPR forces, I came across a pile of bodies, dressed in civilian cloths, in a ditch.
Image85.jpgDPR Forces told me that Pro Ukraine Right Sector Forces tortured and murdered these civilians.
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onsdag 27. desember 2017

US base in southern Syria fully blocked by Syrian Army

Russian General Staff Chief Army General Valery Gerasimov said that there was movement of militants from the US base in Syria’s At-Tanf, which is currently fully blocked by the Syrian army.

The US base in Syria’s At-Tanf is fully blocked by the Syrian army, Russian General Staff Chief Army General Valery Gerasimov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in an interview issued on Wednesday.

“In At-Tanf the area is blocked by the Syrian troops … The most important thing is that we witness movement of militants from there,” Gerasimov said.

He said that when the blockade was not so intense, some 350 militants left the area.
“There was a threat of seizure of the city Al Quaryatayn in Syria. Their forces were defeated. It is clear that the militants are being trained there. Moreover, there is a refugee camp Al-Rukban there,” Gerasimov added.

Another site, where according to Gerasimov the militants are being trained, is the Shaddadi camp in northeastern Syria.

“That is a territory controlled by the Kurds and there is also a US military base there. Moreover, some 800 people more arrived at the Shaddadi camp from the east bank of the Euphrates, from the area where the Kurds carried out an offensive… In fact, that is IS [Islamic State or Daesh],” he said.

From his point of view, after the training former Daesh terrorists become members of the so-called New Syrian Army, whose task is to destabilize situation in the country. Gerasimov added that now some 750 militants remain at the Shaddadi camp and some 350 more — at the At-Tanf camp.

“It seems to me that the coalition has not set the goal to eliminate IS then [before the start of the Russian operation in Syria] and also it does not set it now,” Gerasimov said. 

He pointed out that the US-led coalition was carrying out from eight to 10 airstrikes every day while the Russian Aerospace Forces were carrying out 60-70 airstrikes per day.

“During the most intense periods of the operation [the Russian Aerospace Forces] carried out 120-140 airstrikes per day… Only with such methods can one break the back of the international terrorism in Syria. 

 From eight to 10 airstrikes per day? The coalition seems to have had other goals in Syria. Their main goal was to fight against [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, not IS,” Gerasimov added.

Russia promises to exterminate Al-Qaeda in Syria, part of 2018 New Year’s resolution

BEIRUT, LEBANON  – Top Russian officials have promised as part of 2018 New Year’s resolution that the country’s armed forces will exterminate Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria.

On Tuesday, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov stated, on record, that the goal Russian military forces in Syria for 2018 is to completely eradicate the Al-Nusra Front (officially called Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham since January 2017).

Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, is considered now be the most powerful militant faction in Syria following the virtual defeat of the Islamic State (also abbreviated IS, ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group throughout the east of the country.

Much like ISIS, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham is a Salafist jihadist insurgent group attempting to establish a so-called caliphate throughout the lands it controls in Syria.

Also like ISIS, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham has been designated as a terrorist organization by major world players including Russia and the United States, in spite of the ongoing objections of some Gulf Arab states who support the group.

Kremlin: No decisions made about delivery of defensive weapons to Donbass republics

Moscow has made no decision concerning the supply of defensive weapons to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics in the wake of Washington’s decision to approve lethal arms supplies to Kiev, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"No decisions have been made in this connection," he said when asked if Russia planned to supply such weapons to the self-proclaimed Donbass republics.
On December 22, US Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Washington had decided to provide Ukraine with "enhanced defensive capabilities as part of our effort to help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity, to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to deter further aggression."

ABC said earlier that US President Donald Trump was expected to approve the plan stipulating the supply of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine worth $47 bln. The shipment may particularly include Javelin anti-tank missiles. If Trump approves the plan, it will be submitted to the US Congress for approval. Members of the Congress will have 30 days to do that.

In the recent years, US Congressmen and Senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, have been voting for including provisions concerning lethal military assistance to Ukraine in US defense budgets.
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 Nikki Haley  UPS... I DID IT AGAIN

Famous russian pranksters Vovan & Lexus played a phone trick on the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. 

Presenting themselves as The Prime-Minister of Poland they had a conversation with her that lasted for about 30 minutes. 

Nikky Haley was informed about the situation in Binomo - an island in the South China Sea: Putin supposedly interfered in their elections (this island doesn't exist for real). 

Ignorant Ambassador stated in all seriousness she was aware of the situation and confirmed Putin interfered in the elections of Binomo. 
Though it doesn't exist at all. 
Haley and the pranksters also discussed Kevin Spacey's harassment towards the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Trump's harassment.

tirsdag 26. desember 2017

Biden told ex-Ukraine President Yanukovich to resign, former VP reveals in memoirs

Biden told ex-Ukraine President Yanukovich to resign, former VP reveals in memoirs
Joe Biden bluntly demanded that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich resign back in 2014, the former US vice president revealed. He also confirmed the US was deeply involved in Kiev’s affairs during that year’s crisis. 
From the very beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, the US sought to direct Yanukovich in his handling of the riots on Maidan Square that eventually led to a coup in Ukraine, Biden says in his new book titled “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship And Purpose,” which was published in November, but has now been brought into the media spotlight in connection with the US’s role in the crisis. Biden reveals that he repeatedly called the then-Ukrainian president, telling him what he should or should not do.
At some point, Biden outright demanded that Yanukovich, a legitimately-elected leader of a sovereign nation, resign because he had “lost the confidence of the Ukrainian people” from Washington’s point of view. “I was telling him [Yanukovich] it was over; time for him to call off his gunmen and walk away,” Biden writes in his book, referring to “the last of [his] urgent calls to Yanukovich in late February of 2014.”

The former US vice president also claims that it was Yanukovich and his loyal law enforcement forces who were responsible for the Kiev massacre back in 2014. In fact, the events, in which unknown snipers gunned down dozens of protesters and several police officers in central Kiev, remain largely unsolved years nearly four years on. The investigation of the tragedy was de facto put on the back burner by the new Ukrainian authorities.

The probe initially managed to produce several suspects, with all of them being Berkut riot police members, even though it was known from the very beginning that sniper fire initially came from protester-controlled positions. Later, the head of an MP committee probing the mass killings mentioned “unidentified public organizations” as possible culprits, but no charges were known to have been placed. These facts, however, never stopped Biden from accusing Yanukovich of “loosing his riot police on the streets of Kiev… to murder demonstrators” and declaring the ousted president the main culprit behind the crisis.

Biden on Poroshenko govt: ‘Bickering’ leaders with ‘penchant for corruption’

Even though the new Ukrainian government, which came to power after the coup, was far more agreeable to US officials, it garnered no particular praise from the former US vice president. Biden calls former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk “a young patriot” and repeatedly draws attention to his efforts to support the “emerging Ukrainian democracy,” but at the same time complains about “bickering” within the Ukrainian elites and their reluctance to put “loyalty to country” over their personal interests.
“I had spent months exchanging phone calls with both [President Petro] Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk, trying to convince them each, separately, to put loyalty to country over loyalty to political party,” Biden writes, referring to Ukrainian President Poroshenko alongside Yatsenyuk, who was eventually dismissed from the government in 2016. He also repeatedly mentions the two politicians’ “stubborn unwillingness to work together.”

Widespread corruption in Ukraine seems to be another issue that constantly irritated Biden. The former official admits that he had to be “hard on Poroshenko since his election” and to constantly urge him to “continue to fight the elements of corruption that were embedded in the political culture of Ukraine’s Soviet and post-Soviet governance,” particularly in the president’s own party.

Biden claims he went as far as to direct almost each step of the Ukrainian authorities. “Now you’ve got to put people in jail,” Biden says he told Yatsenyuk when the Ukrainian official came to the US. He also admits that he “had been on phone with either Poroshenko or… Yatsenyuk, or both, almost every week” for months.

However, Biden believes the present Ukrainian government “had exhibited a penchant for corruption, self-dealing and self-destructive behavior.” He also points out that Europe was in fact reluctant to support the idea of anti-Russian sanctions and he had to repeatedly remind Poroshenko “not to give the Europeans any excuse for walking away from the sanctions regime against Russia.” Indeed, anti-Russian sanctions appear to have been of particular importance for Biden, as he seemed much more concerned about keeping them in place than about Washington’s European allies.
Biden also admits that he had a low opinion of the Minsk Accords aimed at bringing about peace in Ukraine. However, he seemingly fails to understand their purpose, describing the initial 2014 deal as something that “did little to hold [Russian President Vladimir Putin] back.”

Biden believes that Russia – which is not even a party to the treaty – is not fulfilling its commitments under the agreements. The OSCE-brokered Minsk Agreements between representatives of Kiev and the breakaway rebel regions of eastern Ukraine were hammered out by Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, and formed the basis for a lasting ceasefire. However, the deal’s implementation has been largely stalled by Kiev’s refusal to uphold its part, including amnesty for rebel fighters and special

Israeli journalist calls for raping Palestinian minor female prisoner

It is the Israeli mindset. During Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2014, an Israeli soldier called on Netanyahu to rape all Palestinian mothers in Gaza.
Dec 25 2017

Prominent Israeli journalist called for raping the Palestinian minor female prisoner inside Israeli jails Ahed al-Tamimi, 16, over slapping an Israeli soldier who shot her 15-year-old cousin in the head.

“In the case of the girls [Ahed al-Tamimi], we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras,” journalist Ben Caspit wrote in an article published by the Hebron Maariv newspaper.

What might this price exactly be, considering that he is referring specifically to teenage girls? We are left to wonder. Perhaps he wishes to leave it to the imagination of the soldiers who would invade the home at night, ensuring that no cameras are filming.

Ben Caspit’s suggestion is a sly and wretched one, and it comes with the smugness of congratulating the soldiers for their moral strength, as it were, for not having acted back with force against the girls – on film, that is.

“There is no stomach which does not turn when witnessing this clip,” Caspit says, referring to Zionist stomachs, that is.  “I, for example, if I were to encounter that situation, I would have long ago been in detention until end of procedures.”

In other words, Caspit is saying he would run amok on the girls to a degree that would get him arrested. That’s what he’s indirectly suggesting would be ‘normal,’ because he would do it.

Caspit’s suggestion resembles that of the Israeli Defence Minister Lieberman, who also said on Tuesday that “whoever goes wild during the day, will be arrested at night,” adding that “everyone involved, not only the girl but also her parents and those around them will not escape from what they deserve.”

The soldiers were repeatedly being called “gays” and “trannies” because they were not seduced by this little girl and did not rape her.

Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier who killed a motionless Palestinian in Al-Khalil last year, wrote in July 2014, near the beginning of the onslaught on Gaza: “Bibi, you are transvestite. What a ceasefire? Penetrate their mothers!”

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev described the unwillingness of the Israeli soldiers to rape the little girls as “damaging of the honour of the Israeli army.”

søndag 24. desember 2017

Russia May Return to JCCC If Center Becomes Effective - Lawmaker

 Cottages where people lived destroyed by shelling in Gorlovka in Donbass
© Sputnik/ Irina Gerashchenko
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia may resume its membership of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire regime in Donbas if it becomes an effective and functional body, Franz Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of Russia's upper house Defense and Security Committee, said on Saturday.
On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Russian side was ceasing its participation in the JCCC, stating that it was impossible to continue working within the center under Kiev’s policies. Earlier on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called for return of Russian servicemen to the JCCC, which, according to them, plays a very important role in supporting OSCE observers and ceasefire arrangements.

"I think that Russian servicemen may return to the JCCC. On one condition, of course. The center should become a really functioning instrument of the control over the situation in Donbass," Klintsevich said, adding that the Russian side should not only be listed as a JCCC member, but determine its work, like other participants.

Klintsevich noted that statement of Merkel and Macron was "quite illustrative," since it showed that Europe understands that settlement of the Ukrainian conflict is impossible without Russia, being one of the guarantor of the Minsk process.
 Meantime, Russian senior lawmaker Aleksey Pushkov said Sunday he believed that if French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel wanted the return of the Russian military to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire regime in Donbas, they must demand change in behavior from Kiev.

"If Macron and Merkel want the return of Russian servicemen to JCCC, they should demand from Kiev, not from Moscow, to change behavior," Pushkov, who is the head of the Russian parliament's upper house's commission on information policy, wrote on Twitter.

The JCCC was formed by the Russian and Ukrainian general staffs by order of Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, following the creation of the Minsk accords.
 The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine for the Donbass peace process has recently agreed upon a ceasefire in the region in connection with the New Year and Christmas holidays starting December 23. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Operational Command said earlier in the day that the Ukrainian government forces have already violated the ceasefire regime.

In April 2014, Kiev launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed republics in the Donbass region, which refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that came to power in what they perceived to be a coup. In February 2015, the conflicting parties signed the Minsk peace agreement, but situation in the region remained tense.
Trump and his incompetent staff are creating a whole new world.
George Ades E-News sitt bilde.
Not only has Trump introduced us to a "brand new" country: "Nambia," but his Ambassador to the UN would have us believe there's another country called "Binomo" that she is well familiar with and is following the political developments in.

Perhaps that's where the missing 44,000 US troops are to be found. 

"Putin, don't meddle in Binomo's elections; know your place!" -Nikki Haley (US Embarrassment at the UN)

Russia is blamed for meddling in the elections of countries that don't even exist. 

"The difference between intelligence and stupidity, is that intelligence has its limits."

Since the US can no longer get the necessary support for its agenda at the UN from countries that actually do exist, it is inventing "new ones". 
I hope these fictional countries don't turn against them too. 

Perhaps it's time to give Walt Disney's cartoon characters a chance to govern the US; they can't be any worse than these jokers.

lørdag 23. desember 2017

Ukrainian Authorities Designate Russian Fairy Tales as National Security Threat

 Victor Vasnetsov's Three Bogatyrs. 1898. Oil on canvas. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. (File)
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Ukrainian media has gotten its hands on documents from a meeting of the expert council of the national State Television and Radio Broadcasting Committee (Derzhkomteleradio) to try to figure out what's behind the agency's decision to ban the sale of two anthologies of Russian fairy tales.
Last month, Ukrainian authorities banned two books of fairy tales – 'Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber: Tales of the Russian Bogatyrs' and 'Bogatyrsky Russian Fairy Tales'. The children's books, consisting of epic fiction dedicated to the folk heroes of Kievan Rus, are published in Russia. 

The ban left many Ukrainians puzzled, especially because contemporary Ukraine is seen as one of the three East Slavic successors of Kievan Rus, which as the name indicates, was based in Kiev. Some historians even believe that Muromets' real life prototype was Ilya Pechersky, a medieval warrior turned-monk and Orthodox saint who served the princes of Kievan Rus, and whose remains are preserved at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery.
On Thursday, Ukrainian news portal Ukrainski Novosti got to the bottom of Derzhkomteleradio's decision, publishing screenshots of an agency protocol dated November 27 outlining the 'reasoning' behind the ban.
 According to the protocol, the two books of fairy tales belong to the category of "propaganda of the aggressor state," and promote its "imperial geopolitical doctrines." The books, the document says, support "the unification of nations around the aggressor state, its state language, culture, dominant religious confession (Orthodoxy) and serve as the ideological basis for Ukraine's return to the sphere of domination of the aggressor state."

The books about the Bogatyrs join over a dozen Russia-themed books banned for sale in Ukraine since the Goskomteleradio committee began its work earlier this year. These include the 'Great Encyclopedia for Schoolchildren', edited by Sean Connoly, historian Antony Beevor's WWII epic 'Stalingrad', a Russian language textbook, and two novels by Georgian-born writer Boris Akunin on Russian history. Last week, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kirilenko announced that the illegal Russian books would be seized, and its sellers fined between 32,000-330,000 hryvnia (about $1,150-11,910 US), if they were found in bookstores.

Over the last three three and a half years, Ukrainian authorities have devoted considerable resources to try to curb what they see as Russia's harmful cultural influence on the country. 

Kiev has blacklisted dozens of Russian artists, banned Russian television broadcasts, barred the sale of hundreds of Russian and Soviet films and books, and prevented Russia's contestant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country.

Fred Johs: 
And they totaly forgot that Russia at the Soviet union time, did spend 4million soldiers to liberate Ukraine from NaziGermans in 1943

335 ISIS fighters from Kosovo mostly young and unemployed

UNDP representative in Kosovo Andrew Russell has been a guest on the Slobodno Srpski talk show, produced by the New Press and Media Center in Caglavica.

He spoke with host Budimir Nincic about UNDP’s recent report about citizens of Kosovo who joined extremist groups in Syria, to say that no such cases had been recorded in the past two years.
Russell recalled that 335 citizens of Kosovo, mostly young and unemployed, went to Syria between 2012 and 2015.

“75 percent of those who went were men, 18 percent were women, there were also children as well – based on official statistics by the Kosovo police. Yes, predominantly Kosovo Albanian, that’s because we’re in a predominantly Kosovo Albania society. There were others from other minorities who go. Most of them are young – looks like 60 percent were between the ages of 18 and 38. So this is young group – not entirely, but predominantly,” he said.

Socio-economic aspects are, according to the UN official, one of the main motives for those who “traveled” to Syria from Kosovo, but there are also other factors.

“76 percent of those who traveled were unemployed, prior to traveling. It means that actually 25 percent had a job, so it’s not the only motivating factor. Many of them also reported that the tried to go West. They were perhaps one of the Kosovars that got on the bus and tried to go into Western Europe, but were unable to,” Russell said.

Commenting on the report’s finding that 55 women and 27 from Kosovo went to foreign battlefields, he said they mainly went as “complete families” and that the women in question did not directly participate in the fighting but rather had the role of “following their husbands and taking care of the home.”

Other topics, including violence against women and organized crime and corruption, were also discussed during the interview.

Number of NATO Troops Near Russian Borders Tripled Since 2012 - Defense Minister

 NATO's multinational battalion in Poland. (File)
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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that NATO has doubled the number of its military drills since 2012 in the vicinity of Russia's borders, adding that Moscow is scrutinizing the exercises.
Speaking at the final meeting of the Defense Ministry's board, Sergei Shoigu said that the US missile defense system in Europe has been brought to the level of "initial operational readiness." The number of the bloc's servicemen deployed near Russian borders has grown from 10 to 40 thousand in three years, he added.While the bloc conducted 282 military exercises near Russia's borders in 2014, in 2017 the number of drills grew to 548.

He also said that the NATO member-states have intensified their surveillance operations near Russia. "We resolutely suppress any attempts to violate the Russian air and sea borders," the Minister of Defense added.

Shoigu has added that the Russian military is determined to keep the pace of modernizing hardware and acquiring new equipment next year. The armed forces will receive 10 S-400 missile systems and put in service 11 Yars missile systems. 

"The share of modern weapons in the Russian army should grow to 61 percent by the end of 2018, including 82 percent in the strategic nuclear forces, 46 percent in the land forces, 74 percent in the aerospace forces, 55 percent in the navy."

NATO-Russia relations deteriorated in 2014 when the alliance decided to suspend cooperation with Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis that was triggered by the coup in Kiev.

‘Accomplice in igniting war’: Moscow says US crosses a line with lethal arms supplies to Ukraine

‘Accomplice in igniting war’: Moscow says US crosses a line with lethal arms supplies to Ukraine
The intention by Washington to provide lethal arms to Ukraine ‘crosses a line’ and pushes Kiev towards bloodshed, a senior Russian diplomat said, accusing the US of playing the role of warmonger in the Ukrainian conflict. 
The move by the US government is an escalation compared to the previous practice of providing weapons to Kiev through contracts with American arms producers, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement.In a sense, the US has crossed a line.”

The Russian diplomat added that Washington can no longer claim the role of mediator in the Ukrainian conflict, because in fact it’s an accomplice in igniting a war.” He said Moscow believes there is no use in appealing to the common sense of American politicians, since many of them are currently blinded by Russophobia and eagerly applaud the Ukrainian nationalist punitive battalions.”
Ryabkov’s remarks are in line with a string of condemnation of Washington’s move by other Russian officials. Fellow Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said the US arming of Ukraine undermines the 2015 Minsk agreement, which was negotiated with the help of Germany and France, and laid down a roadmap for resolution of the conflict. The agreement’s implementation was stalled by Kiev’s refusal to uphold its part of the bargain, which included amnesty for rebel fighters and special autonomous status for the regions they control.

Aleksey Pushkov, member of the Russian Senate security committee, warned that the US may find itself dragged into direct confrontation with the rebels in Ukraine. The delivery of US-made weapon systems will require training of Ukrainian troops on the ground, and US advisers involved in such a program may be targeted by a Ukrainian provocation, he said.

The US “has enough problems already to allow itself to be involved in adventures of the [Ukrainian] regime,” he said. “And we know too well how adventurous Kiev may be.”

Pushkov said the “war party” members in Ukraine may be interested in re-igniting hostilities in the east ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Such an escalation would draw public attention away from the many failures of the government and whip up public support for hardline politicians.

Considering that Ukraine has been sidelined by other issues such as the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and the row over Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, renewed violence would also help Kiev return to the list of priorities of world powers, Pushkov added.

On Friday, the US State Department announced the US would supply “defensive weapons” to Ukraine, saying it would help “deter further aggression.” The weapons would reportedly include anti-tank missiles, which Kiev has been asking for from Washington for years. The US government earlier approved a purchase by Kiev of sniper rifles and other small arms from US manufacturers.

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the US Are About to Invade Syria - Brace For Impact

" ... as ISIS intensifies its operations, Syrian forces have little to no air support ... That is why both Syrian and Iranian forces have been suffering extremely high losses lately. ... while pro-Damascus forces keep surrendering territories and positions.

"It is clear that the morale of all of these people is extremely low."
The Russian Defense Ministry recently announced that the United States is training a new armed force at the former refugee camp in El Khaseq province, citing the Center for Syrian Reconciliation.

Fred Johs:
"After all, the Free Syria Army have recently reached 30,000 in number.
There’s another 25,000 ISIS militants are scattered along the Euphrates and hiding in Idlib. In the southwest, there’s another 10,000 anti-government militants prepared for action."

Total = 65,000
Wondering where those numbers come from. ISIS recruitment for Syria is down. Many thousands of ISIS and Al Qaeda/Nusra have been killed by Russian forces. They had about 100,000 at their peak.
Also, the terrorist command centres, their logistical infrastructure, their black market oil revenues have dried up and they no longer control any major urban areas in Syria. And Russia has clearly stated that if the Terrorists raise their heads again in Syria, they will return with greater fierceness than before - and Russians don't lie about such things.

 Alexander Orlov
It’s believed that this force will be used in an attempt to topple the the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad. What is even more curious is that militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra are going to form the backbone of this military force.

The Western coalition led by the United States carries on its attempt to utilize radical militant groups in Syria, in spite of repeated statements that it is supposedly engaged in the region to fight such militants. According to the details provided by the Center for Syrian Reconciliation, American special forces instructors are forming new armed units from previously dissociated groups of militants. 
Local residents report that the Western coalition has been using what used to be a refugee camp for six months to create a new armed force, bringing militants to El Khaseq from various parts of Syria.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, some 750 terrorists arrived from Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Abu Kamal and the territories to the east of the Euphrates. The newly formed backbone of the gang consists of more than 400 battle-hardened ISIS militants, who, due to the support of the United States left Raqqa last October with little effort. It is expected that this armed unit will soon be deployed in southern Syria to engage government forces. 

Earlier, Russia’s media announced that the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov accused the Pentagon of lying to the international community regarding Washington’s plans to withdraw American forces from Syria. According to the head of the US Department of Defense, James Mattis, ISIS forces are defeated in Syria, but the war with them is not over yet.

It’s curious that as far as similar training camps for militant forces across Syria and beyond its borders are concerned, there are well over a dozen, with a number of them operating in Jordan. Those camps are being used by various intelligence agencies, including Iranian, American, and even Turkish organizations. Each agency pursues its own objectives. 
This unfolds against the backdrop of the recent statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Khmeimim military base regarding Moscow’s intended reduction of its military presence in Syria. 
In turn, Washington is busy preparing “its own” militants to fight Assad, taking advantage of what it hopes is a security vacuum once Russia withdraws.

Moreover, Saudi Arabia and Israel make no secret of their plans to strike Iranian and Hezbollah forces in southern Syria simultaneous with the launch of a military operation into southern Lebanon. 
It is expected that Washington is going to support these actions by providing close air support to Saudi and Israeli forces in Syria. 
That is why militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army, formed by deserters from the Syrian army, were being trained in Jordan.

The strikes inside Syrian territory are to be launched from several directions – from the area of the Golan Heights occupied by Israel, across the Lebanese border once Lebanon is infiltrated by Israeli forces, and across the Jordanian border. It’s curious that there are no more than 60 miles to cover from the Jordanian-Syrian border to Damascus, and over a half of this territory is already occupied by armed opposition forces.

It cannot be ruled out that pro-US SDF Kurdish forces will strike Damascus from the east, although this step can provoke outrage in Ankara which seeks to impede any form of Kurdish expansion in Syria. Spontaneous attacks may also be launched from refugee camps, where ISIS militants are being trained, as has been announced by Russia’s Ministry of Defense.

Should events start unfolding along this scenario with Russia’s air corps departing, Damascus is going to find itself trapped by its opponents. 
After all, the Free Syria Army have recently reached 30,000 in number. 
There are another 25,000 ISIS militants are scattered along the Euphrates and hiding in Idlib. 
In the southwest, there are another 10,000 anti-government militants prepared for action. 
As for Damascus, it has no more than 40,000 soldiers at its disposal, supported by up to 40,000 Iranian soldiers and Shia militiamen from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

As for the Syrian Air Force, it has been seriously depleted by the ongoing conflict, while the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia maintain formidable air power. Moreover, Riyadh is building up a military coalition against Syria from a long list of Arab countries, including the UAE, Jordan and Egypt. This leaves the Syrian government clearly in a disadvantageous position, together with Iran and Hezbollah.

In fact, the announcement made by the Russian Defense Ministry hardly contained any groundbreaking news, except for the announcement that those camps were recruiting militants. All states engaged in the Syrian conflict have been pursuing their own interests between 2011-2015, before the arrival of Russian forces. This struggle entailed the training of forces fighting as proxies for external players. Syria’s opponents were better funded, armed, and organized, able to make efficient use of a vast amount of foreign resources on hand. 
That is why the scales began tipping against Damascus three years ago. In 2015, Russia entered the war, breaking the back of anti-government militants, but this success does not automatically equate to victory. In fact, victory is a long way off for Damascus. 

What Moscow could do toward this end is destroy the black market economy created by anti-government forces, which could make the struggle against Damascus both extremely costly and highly unprofitable. War is a business, even if it’s a bloody one, and removing the profit from it removes the motive driving it.

In fact, the Soviet Union was fully aware of the fact that if one wants to have strong allied countries, a strong economic foundation was required for those allies to build upon. Back in the day, a number of Arab, African and Asian nations would receive economic assistance in order to have sustainable military forces. 

Due to a variety of reasons, this work hasn’t always been highly successful, but the advantages of such a strategy are simply undeniable. Modern Russia hasn’t spent a lot of time doing this, largely due to the lack of a common ideology, since back in the Soviet days Moscow believed it was its duty to support national liberation movements aimed at achieving certain social benefits for a government and its people. 
But even today Moscow is trying to make its allies highly self-sufficient, but the problem is that without direct Russian support they are yet unable to survive economically.

Here, in fact, lies the answer to various kinds of questions and statements regarding the end of the war in Syria. Undoubtedly, the United States, the West as a whole and local regional players like Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran and Turkey will continue to pursue their policies, including through proxy forces. 
It is only possible to oppose such a game through a symmetrical policy of strengthening the Assad government or to create in its place a more capable one that would enjoy more popular support. If there is no such policy, then calling attention to illegal US actions is merely a distraction from Syria’s larger problems. 
The United States behaves as it sees fit, as it is fighting for its own interests, disinterested in international norms or international law.

As a matter of fact, international law was trampled by Washington itself, first in Yugoslavia, then mortally wounded in Iraq and then finally buried under the “color revolutions” of Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. 
This means that the US is going to recklessly pursue its interests in Syria and the Middle East. 
Understandably, Washington is desperate to keep the leading oil and gas producing region of the planet under its control, to keep its control over the main sea routes from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic, keeping its hand on the flow of goods from Europe to Asia and vice versa. 
That is why the US is going to oppose in every possible way growing Russian influence in the Middle East.

This means it will be blocking the supply of Russian gas to the EU by land from the south – through Turkey, Syria, whether it is the “Turkish flow” or the “southern stream” through Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean coast and further to Greece and Italy. But there is no ideological struggle, only one of pure, self-serving pragmatism. As long as Russia is in Washington’s way, it will not be able to resist China, derailing such project as the One Belt, One Road.

And as President Putin tries to withdraw from the Syrian conflict as soon as possible, the task of the West is the opposite – to drag Moscow into Middle Eastern affairs, in Syria, Egypt, Libya and Sudan, while attaining its own goals, among which includes the overthrow of President Assad. This explains the perpetual failure of the Geneva negotiations. It is no accident that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennadiy Gatilov has commented regarding the statement of the Syrian opposition calling for the mandatory resignation of the President of the Syrian Arab Republic. 

According to Gatilov, the opposition of Syria continues to insist on the resignation of President Assad, despite the fact that earlier all parties agreed that there would be no preconditions to the negotiations. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that this is a serious embarrassment. In Gatilov’s opinion, it is unclear what kind of reaction the Syrian opposition expects in this case from the Syrian delegation. 
Therefore, in part, the talks took place without the participation of the Syrian government, as it described the opposition’s demands as unacceptable. So the games in the peace process are over. Renewed war is unavoidable.

The commanders of the Syrian “Tigers,” a special forces unit that remains the best at Assad’s disposal, didn’t try to conceal their irritation when the militants of the pro-Damascus Fatemiyoun Brigade and Liwa al-Quds surrendered a number of positions between Mayadin and Abu Kamal, that had previously been liberated by the Tigers at the expense of huge losses. And one can easily understand their position, as ISIS intensifies its operations, Syrian forces have little to no air support to rely on. That is why both Syrian and Iranian forces have been suffering extremely high losses lately. In just two days they have lost more than 100 men, while pro-Damascus forces keep surrendering territories and positions.

Iran assembled two divisions, the Fatemiyoun Brigade and Zeynabiyun with Shia fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan, respectively. The leadership and training of these units is entrusted to the Iranian special forces of the al-Quds division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps under General Kasem Sulejmani. Within the territory of Iran, there are up to a million refugees from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the Iranian leadership is trying to employ these people. 

The war in Iraq and Syria requires huge human resources, that is why Afghan and Pakistani refugees have found themselves involved. In dire situations, people are usually forced to agree to sign a contract. Iranian citizens also serve as mercenaries, and a large part of them go to war in about the same way: among them, there are many ordinary criminals. It is clear that the morale of all of these people is extremely low, and therefore they are fighting badly. What is worse is that Syrians of non-Alawite origin are not as eager to fight, so the impending beginning of a new anti-Damascus campaign does not hold much hope for peace in this war-torn country.