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Kiev punitive forces have failed to take control over the strategic high ground Saur Mogila near Snezhnoye, where DPR forces have been holding their positions since the beginning of July. Fighting continues around the high ground and in the nearby villages of Marinovka and Dmitrovka. There is no way this point will be surrendered. We would like to remind that the Chairman of the Ukrainian Army HQ, Lt-Gen Viktor Muzhenko, reported to Petro Poroshenko that Saur Mogila was captured on Jul 28. During the fight for Lugansk, Novorossia People’s Army forces defeated Chernigov tank brigade, which belonged to pro-Kiev forces. 11 brigade soldiers surrendered to the People’s Army. At the same time pro-Kiev forces continue artillery shelling of Lugansk residential areas. The Supreme Commander of DPR Armed Forces Igor Strelkov issued an “Order regarding the Measures to be Applied to Voluntarily Surrendering Ukrainian Military Personnel” (below – RB). The purpose of the order is to save the lives of Ukrainian citizens, who have been forced by Kiev to go to the punitive operation area. According to this document Ukrainian soldiers, who voluntarily put their weapons down must be provided with food and medical assistance, and no force can be applied to them. Military personnel, who have not committed any major crimes on the territory of Novorossia will be able to return to their families in Ukraine, join the ranks of DPR militia or be moved to the Russian territory as temporarily interned persons. Military activity has moved from Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics to the territory of Kharkov. Late last night (Jul 27), a PrivatBank building, which belongs to the oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, was hit from a portable RPG. “This is what you get for Odessa” note was found on the dummy charge. We would like to remind that on May 2, Ukrainian nationalists burnt alive more than forty people who were Ukraine federalization supporters, in the Trade Union House in Odessa.
Another war crime of Zionist Kiev junta
city Gorlovka, Donetsk republic, Jul 27 2014
Zionist Kiev junta deliberately destroys the infrastructure of the city Gorlovka and kills civilians, like Israel in Gaza. Today about 2-3 pm, troops of Kiev junta shelled city Gorlovka by Grad missiles launchers. They targeted residential areas “245” “Mayskiy”, 2nd city hospital, power station “Donetskoblenergo”, city park, market area. Today is Sunday, people try not to come to streets without serious reasons, because Kiev junta shelled and bombing city more than month. But some people go to streets, to park, because couldn’t to sit at home as in personal prison, also they just need to buy food. They were killed by missiles like this young woman with child, like woman with bag who back from market and other people. Number of victims is unknown, bodies could be in ruins of buildings. Eyewitness in video told that nine-story apartment buildings burning, where dozens of apartments… Fucking Kiev junta act in same way as Israel. Kiev junta is official Usaian allies, unofficial Israel allies. Bastards from Kiev junta forces and junta’s media as usual blame defenders of city. About shelling of whole city, watch this:
Ukraine crisis: video
There were collected videos about situation of Ukraine. Part of videos were done by members of fascists troops and media of Ukraine, part by independent bloggers and local citizen. This video show events from Jul 2-24 2014, with English subtitles. In the picture shot from video, it is city Slavyansk , after “liberation” by Kiev junta. I want to remind what troops of Donetsk republic left Slavyansk before. Tank by two shots destroyed and burned civilian car with people inside. This remind actions of USA in Iraq.
The bridge over the railway in Gorlovka goes ‘boom’, which blocks the railway:
Ukrainian parliament changed 37 laws to legalize mass murder of civillians in a “non-military” operation
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine had to strenuously work to legitimize the massacres in the East of the country as part of the punitive operation. Head of «Batkivshina» party Sergey Sobolev told TV channel «24» that Parliament changed 37 laws, so that in the future those taking part in the armed conflict would not fall under criminal liability. He said:
You know that we have been forced to change the 37 laws and the Parliament spends most of it’s time on bringing the Anti-terrorist operation in line with martial law, so that (God forbid) the soldiers, the officers, who are now in the area, would not be held responsible.
The fact of the matter is that, despite the fighting, the deaths of local residents as a result of the shelling, Ukraine is now officially at “peacetime”. And each murder must be appropriately investigated. Ukrainian authorities do not want to impose martial law, because they are afraid of losing the promised assistance from the West. The IMF, under the rules of the organization, does not give money to countries that are in a state of war. The other day, this was openly acknowledged by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko:
To countries at war, the IMF does not give money. Nobody thinks about that, when discussing the issue of today’s martial law.
Ukraine currently is in economic crisis, as openly admitted by the government, and therefore, any aid is desperately needed. Earlier, Pres Putin expressed his opposition to the West funding Ukraine, while there is ongoing military action. On Jul 17, Putin said during his visit to Latin America:
In a country at war, money is usually given for one purpose, but spent on the other. The money is given to support the economy and social needs, but is directed to the fighting and, as a rule, ends up in someone’s pockets. In Ukraine, after the issuance of the first tranche, in my opinion, this is what happened. For example, a large part of the resources should have been directed to the support of the banking financial center of the country. As far as I know, a large part of these funds was transferred to the private banks of Ukrainian oligarchs. Where is this money, what happened to it, which pockets did it end up in, the IMF needs to investigate, as well as the public of Ukraine and those countries that are trying to support Ukraine. So you need to stop the fighting, and then give out money.
There are other reasons for the reluctance of the Ukrainian authorities to introduce martial law. Poroshenko said:
when you declare martial law, Ukraine will be deprived of the right for arms support. In addition, the state will have to officially recognize its enemy. Martial law is a situation where there is a second party in the conflict. And the party with which we are fighting, has the appropriate rights. It can get support, including from other states. It is protected by international law.
The “Batkivshina” fraction in the Verkhovna Rada, meanwhile, continues to insist on the imposition of martial law to legalize actions of security forces in the East of the country at once. But there is another reason. Martial law will give pro-government parties leverage against the opposition. During martial law, the activities of some political organizations can be banned without any difficulties. Among the first in this case may prove to be the Communist Party of Ukraine, which already is under pressure. “Non-military” operation of the Ukrainian army and the National Guard in the East of the country has already resulted in hundreds of casualties among civilians. According to the OSCE, expressed the other day, for June and July 2014 in Luhansk region, already 250 civilians were killed, more than 850 were injured, states the report of the OSCE observers to Ukraine. Now the military is asking the authorities 9b hryvnias (more than $750m) to continue the fighting. Washington declares its readiness to support the army and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. On Jul 25, Russia’s Defense Ministry said that the Ukrainian army has used banned phosphorus bombs in the shelling of residential areas in the south-east of the country.
ORDER of the Commander of DPR Militia regarding measures to be applied to voluntarily surrendering Ukrainian military personnel
Recently we can observe abrupt growth of numbers of military personnel, who do not wish to continue this kin-on-kin war against their own people, and who refuse to obey criminal orders of their commanders. Such military personnel being subjected to different kinds of punishment from their commanders and undergoing pressure from the Nazis, up to executions with no trial, however do not surrender to the DPR militia forces, being afraid of repressions from them. Being guided by considerations of humanity in the name of stopping the bloodshed and saving the lives of the Ukrainian military personnel, who have been forced to go to the kin-to-kin warfare area, I HEREWITH ORDER:
- All commanders and fighters of DPR militia forces not to open fire at groups of single persons from among the Ukrainian military personnel, who have raised the white flag or who have otherwise expressed their intent to surrender. After disarming and checking for presence of weapons, such persons should be permitted to pass through the battle arrays, accumulate them at special gathering points for further transportation to the hinterland under guards supervision. Such persons shall acquire the status of a prisoner of war. In Accordance with the Geneva agreements “About the Rules of Warfare” and the addenda thereto, such persons will be provided with board and medical assistance as required. No executions, tortures or humiliation of such persons are permitted. Violation of this paragraph will constitute a military crime and will be punished according to the martial law.
- All the above persons must be registered and information about them must be sent to the DPR militia headquarters for the purpose of deciding upon their future location in accordance with one of the three models and based on personal choice. Persons, who have voluntarily surrendered their weapons and surrendered to DPR militia, and who have not committed any capital offenses in Novorossia in the process of the warfare, can choose to return to their families in Ukraine; join the DPR militia; or be sent to the territory of Russia as a temporary interned person (or alternatively as a refugee).
Minister of Defense, Commander of DPR Militia, Col I I Strelkov
The situation in Saur-Mogila
Some time ago on the wave of social networks panic on the subject of taking junta Saur-Mogila. Now it seemed only yesterday, the junta reported the capture of Debaltsevo, Shakhtersk and Torez, then it turned out that nothing she took and in areas of these settlements heavy fighting going on. It is quite clear why such rumors are spreading the junta in order to sow panic and uncertainty. It is understandable why the panic alarmists have any heavy fighting, especially related to the advance of the enemy (at least on the pages of Facebook Avakov) turn into a complete catastrophe. And you think of yesterday’s sad experience them something taught? As it is not. Today, the junta has made stuffing about “taking Saur-Mogila” and again became hysterical that all was lost, the cast is removed, the client leaves. Conclusions from yesterday’s situation is not made, short-term memory in some people feel much less than 24 hours, for a day to forget what happened yesterday. Pleases and naive faith Ukrainian media that part of shameless lies a long time and successfully ahead of such titans crude propaganda as “Kiselev-TV” and “fair and free Usaian media.” On Saur-Mogila all OK. Key position holds steady militia. It periodically fire from the MRLS and tube artillery. Other key cities:
- A few hours is a counter-offensive of the army LNR in the area of Georgievka, Anthracite and Rovenky.
- In Torez reinforcements arrived DND, in Snezhnoye, it’s all right, the threat Saur-Grave on the North side neutralized.
- Fighting continues in the area Loose (Torez), in district 7 and 8 districts Shakhtersk, in the district of Saur-Mogila (Dmitrovka).
Stuffing about Saur-Grave was refuted in open sources. Head of the information centre of the South-Eastern front at LifeNews, Konstantin Knarik, reported:
Ukrainian troops failed to take control of the height of Saur-Mogila near the town of Snezhnoye, Donetsk region, where from the beginning of July, the position of the militia DND. Militia reported that in the area of hills and nearby villages Marinovka and Dmitrovka, fighting continues and the delivery point of the question.
The General staff again deceived Poroshenko. Saur-Mogila fighting continues. Today the Ukrainian General staff reported Poroshenko about taking a strategic height Saur-Mogila. The Ukrainian armed forces have taken control Saur-Mogila. About it the chief of staff Viktor Murenko v to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports the press service of the head of state. Saur-Mogila is a strategic height on the border of the Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk republics and the Russian Rostov region. “It militia fired Ukrainian military and a number of settlements, in particular the Marinovka,” said in the message. Poroshenko expressed confidence that the Armed forces will honorably carry out the task and soon in the liberated territories will be restored peaceful life. According to data from our allies from Snezhnoye in the area continue positional battles. Fires from both sides Grad rockets and artillery. The height taken by the Ukrainian military, militia has great forces in this area and the capacity to transfer reinforcements. Also on the height is a network of underground fortifications. Recall that yesterday the Ukrainian military announced the capture of Shakhtersk, which actually burned columns Ukrainian troops, what was left, battles on the outskirts continue.
In General, less read Ukrainian media that do not fall periodically in the exalted state of hysteria. Do not be like the Kurginyan and his operatum sectarians who like Bandera sleep and I see that the militia had lost, and provocateurs could shout “But in the main he was right.” Separately about the situation in the Lutugino, which the junta seems too “took”. This is reported:
Yesterday during the battle at Lutugino (LNR) loss punitive squad “Aydar” was more than 20 people. This was reported by one of the fighters. According to him, the victims may be more. On Sunday, commander of the guards lead my squad right on the position of the militia from Lutugino, trying to take the city. Militia met fascists devastating fire in which result the attack was repulsed, and the Punisher “Aydar” suffered losses in the amount of up to 20 killed, while data on the exact number of dead and wounded are not reported. In addition, there are dead and among the regular army. On the base Aydar so far delivered 12 bodies, one of them a tanker-serviceman, 11 volunteer battalion. The rest of killed and wounded invaders are trying to take off the field.
Plus a couple of fresh videos.
The defeat of the troops of the junta near the city of Lugansk.
In General, stop the panic.
The state Dept has distributed images from space, allegedly proving the fact of bombardment of Ukraine by Russia
TopWar.ru, Jul 28 2014
Just posted 4 photos, but to understand what is depicted on them without comment specialist difficult. The caption under the photo dated Jul 21-26. “RT” has addressed for the help to military expert Igor Korotchenko, which was asked to comment your opinion about images. Korotchenko noted:
To pay the charges Usaiaan Ambassador to Ukraine in Twitter, and on this basis to assert that Russia leads the shelling of the Ukrainian territory is stupidity and incompetence. In such serious matters, I would recommend Usaiaans to learn from the experiences of briefings, such as recent briefing of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation. It was all clear: presented satellite images, decrypt, and the images were detailed as possible, they could see all those present. Further, in addition to satellite images were attached data of satellite monitoring and surveillance. Were attached maps, plans and schemes. Twitter Ambassador impossible to discern, even with a magnifying glass.
According to him, laid Ambassador pictures unfit even as fakes:
This is not serious, it is low-skilled work. I can say that in the Usaian Embassy in Kiev under diplomatic cover employees of the CIA. If the Ambassador promised to rebuke Russia, could consult with professionals, how to lay out the materials that simply would confirm the word that he says. In recent weeks a combat area regularly monitored, including reconnaissance satellites. On the territory of Russia worked foreign military radar group, including from Usaia, and found nothing.
At the end of your comment Korotchenko said:
That published the Ambassador, is part of the information company in order to force European countries to join the anti-Russian sanctions. Before fakie housed in Facebook Avakov. So what are we talking about? Maybe the Ambassador was in a bad mood, or he misread the instructions of the state Dept, but laid them pictures evidence to serve no way.
Another expert Viktor Litovkin called the publication of photos of the information company:
In order to distract people’s attention from the tragedy of the Boeing 777, as there is increasing evidence that the plane crash, Ukraine is to blame. After the shelling of the Rostov region, in which people died, the location of “Grad” at the border is a natural way to protect its population in the border zone. Ukrainian soldiers are fleeing to the territory of Russia; the people allegedly firing on Russia, will not escape your enemies.
It is worth citing the statement of the Usaian economist Paul Roberts, who noted:
If the information was true, it would be covered not in social networks, and the state organ at a press conference. These images can serve as a confirmation of something.
In turn, Deputy head of the Duma Committee on defense Franz Klintsevich said Usaia “lie obvious things.” According to him, the published pictures are not enough to accuse Russia in the shelling of a neighboring country. This requires data and other systems. “Today we Usaians just unsubstantiated,” concluded the Deputy. Let’s remind, on July 25, state Dept spokesman Marie Harf said that according to her office with the Russian territory is under fire positions of Ukrainian troops in Ukraine.” At the same time, information about the fire Ukrainian army territory Russia has no. Earlier, the head the Russian foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov stressed that in case of further shelling of the Russian border territory of the Russian Federation can suppress the firing points in Ukraine. However, for this it should be clear that the shelling is intentional. Meanwhile, according to the Minister, Moscow considers the situation with attacks on Russian territory “as a result of incompetence or accident.”
Fighting for Shakhtersk is continuing
There is no communication and electricity, a battlefield is in the area of 12th and 15th mines, militia has dispersed around the city and is firing at the enemy, the fire is carried out from tanks and automatic weapons. Tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, “Grad” launchers, trucks, minibuses and cars with soldiers of the DPR army including one of the main shock units of Igor Strelkov, commando battalion “Kalmius”, entered the city. Ukrainian troops have opened the trenches near the forest line and close to the 15th mine. At about 3 o’clock on Jul 28 a new battle started near Rassypnaya. Shakhtersk is strategic connection between Lugansk and Donetsk, its loss can have catastrophic consequences for the defenders of Novorossia. The Ukrainian forces began a long-planned operation of simultaneous attack in the directions from the South and the North, outflanking Donetsk in order to create a large “Donetsk Pocket”. From the South, they attack Shakhtersk-Thorez. From the North, Gorlovka and Debaltsevo. Distracting strikes are on Pervomaisk and Donetsk. Objective is to destroy the communication and to encircle the people’s army. Igor Strelkov warned about such a scenario. This Ukraunian tactic explains the sacrifice of Ukrainian soldiers in the “South Pocket”. Hundreds of conscripts are dying as cannon fodder.
Victims of genocide in Donbass. They were killed by junta’s army.
Protests against mobilization
city Odessa, future Odessa republic
Today in the one of districts of city Odessa local people protested against mobilization. Woman keep placard with words: “No war? [Don't declared war] No mobilization!” This is not protest against war, it is protest against mobilization without declaration of war. We have hope that soon people who supported Maidan, begin to protest against war.
Football players of LPR will play a friendly match in Serbia
Orthodox Serbia is keeping an eye on the events taking place in Lugansk People’s Republic. There are numerous rallies in support of LPR, DPR and Russia. People protest against fascism and war. The brotherly Serbian people are trying to help their Orthodox brothers somehow. The representatives of the Football club “Novi sad” (Republic of Serbia) applied to the press center of LPR with a proposal to hold a football match between Serbian team and the team of LPR. Having old football traditions as in Serbia Lugansk has accepted the offer with great pleasure. At the moment there is the formation of the team, which is preparing to hold a friendly match on the hospitable Serbian land at the end of August this year.
A Selection of Videos from Today’s Voice of Sevastopol Daily Report
On the outskirts of Shakhtersk
In Transcarpathia continue mass protests against the next wave of mobilization. Not everyone wants to be cannon fodder and wait for the return of their home in coffins from Donbass.
South boiler, Height “Bravo”. 79th Nikolaev separate airborne assault brigade.
Another video defeated camp 72 brigade under Zelenopole.
About the work of artillery militias LNR
Militia about the fighting and the situation in Shakhtersk
Fighting on July 27 in Pervomaisk inside
Airstrike on Shakhtersk
The application of the junta of Cities under the Severodonetsk (apparently filmed during active fighting in the area, a few days ago)
The fact of bombardment of residential areas junta especially not hide
Alexey Mosgovoi. The final results of the battalion “Ghost” for the last two days.
correction: these are not the guys who could have spoofed the radar identification of MH17, for the rebel “buk” to mistarget
At first I said they were, but now I think I have understood that you can’t spoof the “Buk” system, because it’s so old-fashioned it’s like, all analog or sumpn – RB
Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles
David Sanger, Eric Schmitt, Michael Gordon, David Herszenhorn, NYT, Jul 27 2014
This video, uploaded to YouTube on Jul 16, purportedly shows Russia firing Grads into Ukraine from Gukovo, Rostov Oblast
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK/PARIS/KIEV – The Pentagon and Usaian intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, Usaian officials said. But the proposal has not yet been debated in the White House, a senior administration official said. It is unclear whether Obama, who has already approved limited intelligence sharing with Ukraine, will agree to give more precise information about potential military targets, a step that would involve Usaia more deeply in the conflict. Already, the question of what kind of intelligence support to give the Ukrainian government has become part of a larger debate within the administration about how directly to confront Pres Putin of Russia (not him again – RB) and how big a role Washington should take in trying to stop Russia’s rapid delivery of powerful weapons to eastern Ukraine. At the core of the debate, said several officials, is whether the Usaian goal should be simply to shore up a Ukrainian government reeling from the separatist attacks, or to send a stern message to Mr Putin by aggressively helping Ukraine target the missiles Russia has provided. Those missiles have taken down at least five aircraft in the past 10 days, including MH17 (oh, so that’s a ‘fact’ now, is it? – RB). Since the downing of MH17, the flow of heavy arms into eastern Ukraine has drastically increased, the Pentagon and the State Dept said on Friday, citing Usaian intelligence reports. The Obama administration is already sharing with the Ukrainians satellite photographs and other evidence of the movement of troops and equipment along the Ukrainian-Russian border. But a senior administration official acknowledged late Friday that the data were “historical in nature,” hours or even days old, and not timely enough to use in carrying out airstrikes or other direct attacks. The official said:
We’ve been cautious to date about things that could directly hit Russia, principally its territory, but also its equipment. A proposal to give the Ukrainians real-time information hasn’t gotten to the president yet, in part because the White House has been focused on rallying support among European allies for more stringent economic sanctions against Moscow, and on gaining access for investigators to the Malaysia Airlines crash site. But the decision on whether to provide targeting information will soon become part of the intel mix.
The debate over providing information about potential military targets gives the first insight into the Obama administration’s thinking on long-term strategies to bolster Ukraine, counter Russia and reassure nervous Eastern European nations, some of which have joined NATO in recent years. Plans to share more precise targeting information with Ukraine have the strong backing of senior Pentagon officials and would fit broadly into Obama’s emerging national security doctrine of supporting allied and partner nations in defending their territory without direct Usaian military involvement. Several senior Usaian military and intelligence officials are arguing that if Putin does not encounter significant resistance to Russia’s moves in Ukraine, he may be emboldened to go further. And a senior State Dept official said Saturday that Jackass Kerry supported sharing intelligence on the locations of surface-to-air missiles that Russia has supplied the separatists. A senior military official involved in the discussions said:
Providing the location of weaponry and military equipment is something Usaia does for Iraq in its battle against ISIS. It would not be technologically difficult. We think we could do it easily and be very effective. But there are issues of escalation with the Russians, and the decision about whether it’s wise to do it.
Another senior official said there were questions of whether the Ukrainian military, even if given targeting coordinates, had the reach and the precision to strike Russian-supplied anti-aircraft batteries. The trucks transporting the missiles move frequently, often back and forth across the border. And if any strikes missed their targets, they could cause civilian casualties or land in Russia, giving Putin an excuse to enlarge the conflict. Reed Foster, an analyst at IHS Jane’s, said:
Although providing the Ukrainian forces with target location data may seem like a panacea, the actual destruction of these mobile launchers by Ukrainian forces may prove quite a bit more difficult. Ukrainian forces have not trained extensively on using intelligence from other countries, and any Ukrainian warplanes trying to strike missile sites would be vulnerable to ground fire.
Some officials say they are worried that the Ukrainian military has been infiltrated by Russian sympathizers and agents, meaning that if Usaia gave locations for targeting, the separatists could have warning of attacks. Still, the issue has become increasingly urgent. The Pentagon said on Friday that it had seen evidence that Russia was planning a major influx of new weaponry across the border, and that it believed multiple-rocket launchers would soon be delivered from Russia. Usaian officials also said they had evidence that Russia was firing artillery from within its borders to attack Ukrainian military positions. NATO SACEUR Gen Breedlove has drawn attention to a video that appears to show the Russian military firing short-range Grad rockets into Ukraine (above – RB). Ukraine is seeking all the Western help it can get as Russia increases aid to the separatists. Last week, Andrei Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, emphasized the role of unmanned Russian surveillance drones that he said had been used for precision targeting of Ukrainian positions. But Ukraine is not a NATO ally, complicating the question of how to support its government. A senior official participating in the Usaian discussions said:
The debate is over how much to help Ukraine without provoking Russia.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday, JCoS Dempsey seemed to allude to the internal arguments when he said:
We have a very active, ongoing process to think through what support we may provide to Ukraine. That debate is ongoing.
A senior Pentagon official said later that Dempsey had been referring to all types of aid to Ukraine, including military assistance and intelligence sharing. The Obama administration is giving Ukraine about $33m in non-lethal support such as bomb-disposal equipment, radios and engineering equipment, and it plans to provide night-vision goggles. But there are bipartisan calls in Congress to supply weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and training as well. Walnuts McCain said in a telephone interview on Saturday:
How can you possibly sit by and not give them military assistance with all the Russian arms flowing in?
The shooting down of MH17, on top of Russia’s earlier shipments of heavy weaponry, were a perilous escalation of the crisis that threatened to menace all of Euia and Usaia, Dempsey said. He said:
You’ve got a Russian government that has made a conscious decision to use its military force inside another sovereign nation to achieve its objectives. They clearly are on a path to assert themselves differently not just in Eastern Europe, but Europe in the main, and towards Usaia.
jackass introduces a new addition to his repertoire of mystic hand gestures, in this case he seems to be trying to ward off some encroaching evil, i wonder what
Jackass is an ‘alien’, an ‘ongoing embarrassment’, too true
Robert Tait, Telegraph (UK), Jul 27 2014
Jackass Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien, particularly by Israel’s right-wing camp, where contempt for the US Sec State and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed. But when the insult is levelled by the previously supportive Haaretz newspaper, standard-bearer of the country’s liberal Left, it may be time for him, and by extension Obama, to take notice. The withering description was coined by Barak Ravid, the paper’s well-informed and normally restrained diplomatic editor, to describe Jackass’ attempts at brokering a truce to the bloody conflict in Gaza, rejected by Israel amid widespread mockery. Ravid wrote:
It’s as if he isn’t the foreign minister of the world’s most powerful nation, but an alien, who just disembarked his spaceship in the Mideast.
Ravid however softened his remarks by describing Jackass as “a true friend to Israel.” Worse still from Jackass’ viewpoint, the journalist suggested that Moshe Ya’alon, the Israeli defence minister, “may have had a point” earlier this year when he labelled Usaia’s top diplomat “obsessive and messianic” in remarks that were widely disparaged at the time over his abortive attempts to mediate a peace deal with the Plastelinans. The Israeli media carried similarly mocking depictions in abundance on Sunday, all fuelled by senior figures in the Netanyahu government, who professed amazement at the terms of a proposed ceasefire deal which they said were skewed in favour of Hamas. Writing in Maariv, Ben Caspit said of the US Sec State:
He’s an ongoing embarrassment, with the characteristics of a snowball. The further he rolls, the greater the embarrassment.
Yet it is the Haaretz insult that signals Jackass’ credibility loss in the eyes of Washington’s closest Middle East ally, according to Israeli government insiders. One official said the criticism was widely shared across the Israeli political spectrum, and concluded:
If he gets rubbished by Haaretz, it means he really goofed up.
Central to it was Jackass’ apparent decision to use Qatar as a conduit through which to communicate with Hamas, effectively ditching an earlier Egyptian proposal which the group had rejected. The result, according to a separate report in Haaretz, was a draft ceasefire arrangement that made no mention of requiring the destruction of tunnels or of depriving Hamas of its rockets and missiles. Having trumpeted the proposal as major progress, Jackass later told reporters during a high-profile visit to Cairo that Israel had not rejected it, which Israeli officials say was effectively untrue. The official said:
What no one can understand is how he can reject the consensus that’s been built between the Egyptians, the PA, Israel and Saudi Arabia and just go to Qatar. Usaia’s allies were all backing Egypt’s ceasefire plan. It was the only game in town. But he turns to a state that’s no more than a gas bubble with a vote at the UN and that has always supported Hamas, the MBs and all those madmen fighting in Syria. He is wasting his capital as spokesman of the world’s supposedly ‘sole irreplaceable superpower.’
Some of this may be payback for what has been seen in Israeli eyes as previous diplomatic gaffes committed by Jackass, such as warning that Israel would face a future campaign of delegitimisation or evolve into an apartheid state if it failed to make peace with the Plastelinans. But the barely-concealed disdain it betrays hardly bodes well for his prospects of rescuing Gaza from the mire of bloodshed into which it has sunk.
the networks are actually so stupid & incompetent that we have to fill in what they presumably thought they were doing, before we can condemn it
UN Official Calls Out David Gregory For Using Unconfirmed Israeli Propaganda Video
‘David’, Crooks & Liars, Jul 27 2014
NBC host David Gregory was forced to issue a correction at the end of his weekly Meet the Press program on Sunday after a UN official confronted him for using a unconfirmed Israeli video that allegedly showed Hamas shooting rockets from a UN school. Following an interview with Netanyahu, Gregory brought on UNHRC spokesperson Chris Gunness. Gregory explained to Gunness:
The Israeli government has released videotape within the past hour, it was posted on YouTube, NBC News hasn’t independently verified. The Israelis say, and I realize that you cannot see this video, our audience can, and I’m going to describe it to you, that purports to show rockets being fired from a UN school. Is this accurate? Could this be happening without the UN’s knowledge, that would only bolster the prime minister’s point that, in fact, Hamas is using civilians, using the UN even in a kind of propaganda war.
As the host spoke, NBC played fuzzy black and white video of rockets being fired from buildings at an unknown location. Gunness found the notion that he was being made to respond to a unconfirmed video that he couldn’t even see so ridiculous that he could barely contain laughter. Gunness insisted:
Look, to be fair to me, to bring me on a live program and expect me to comment live on air on pictures I haven’t actually seen, I think anyone looking at this program would agree that’s really unfair. I mean, if I can see it, I’ll happily comment on it.
At the conclusion of the program, Gregory said:
The UN have confirmed that the video does not show rockets being fired from a UN-administrated school in Gaza. So this is a back-and-forth that we are not able to settle at this point.
Here’s the IDF video, still claiming what UNRWA says it doesn’t show:
now again, you see, we talk about the two amigos, graham & mccain, but only graham can do this, mccain can’t. ask yourselves why
Graham: UN move anti-Semitic
Jonathan Topaz (how jolly it is to be Jewish – RB), The Hill, Jul 27 2014
Sen Lindsey Graham on Sunday accused the UN of being anti-Semitic. During an interview on CNN State of the Union, the South Carolina Republican slammed the UNHRC for its vote last week to launch an investigation into potential human rights abuses in Gaza. UNHRC chief Navi Pillay suggested both Hamas and Israel had committed war crimes in their attacks that have killed civilians in Gaza. 29 countries voted in favor of the resolution that would launch an inquiry into violations in Gaza and 17 states abstained. Usaia was the only country that voted against the resolution. Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, pushed back on the vote with harsh words, saying:
I would condemn the UNHRC report that holds Israel responsible for the activity here. The UNHRC report is a joke. The UN is becoming anti-Israeli (why is it always ‘anti-Israeli’ rather than ‘anti-Israel’? – RB), anti-Semitic. I would push back. Congress will do this. I will coordinate with Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez on this.
AP reported Saturday night that 1,047 Plastelinans had died since the conflict began, with more than 6,000 wounded, compared with fewer than 50 Israelis. The UN estimated last week that 75% of those Plastelinans who had been killed were civilians. The Israeli government has accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields in Gaza to restrict Israel’s ability to use air power against militants and their air supply (? – RB).
people tend to heroise matt lee because he is the consensual heavy hitter at state dept pressers, but he writes ideology, like all the rest
Usaia & Euia Seek Putin (sic – RB) Achilles’ Heel on Ukraine
Juergen Baetz, Matt Lee, AP, Jul 27 2014
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Usaia & Euia are still searching for a way to persuade Pres Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow’s growing backing for the rebels, including the shelling of Ukrainian military targets in southeast Ukraine from inside Russian territory and alleged plans to boost weapons supplies. Usaia on Sunday released satellite images that it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists also has crossed the border. The images, which came from the ODNI and could not be independently verified by AP, show blast marks where rockets were launched and craters where they landed. The Pentagon said just days ago that the movement of Russian heavy-caliber artillery systems across its border into Ukraine is imminent. That escalation of military posturing is not the retreat the West was hoping sanctions would encourage. Putin has been walking a tightrope in recent months, limiting his involvement in the Ukraine crisis just enough to avoid truly biting Western sanctions. But the downing of a MH17 on Jul 17, blamed by Usaia and Ukraine on pro-Russian rebels, possibly with Russian help, might have changed the equation, galvanizing support among reluctant Europeans for additional penalties. Euia has said it will enact more sanctions on Russia by the end of the month, and Usaia, which had imposed its toughest sanctions just a day before the plane went down, is expected to follow suit.
Yet despite the promise of more pain, Russia has only boosted its role in the days since the plane went down, according to Usaian officials. That has left Washington and Brussels in a quandary over finding Putin’s (sic – RB) Achilles’ heel and exploiting it. Sanctions have not yet bitten Putin hard enough to change his behavior and neither have diplomatic moves to isolate him. He’s been tossed out of the G8 (thus now G7 again – RB), and seen his already limited contacts with NATO further reduced. France said this week it will go ahead with the sale of two warships to Russia. At the same time, Russia (oh, it’s a whole country, is it? I thought it was just this one dude – RB) has moved to align itself more closely with BRICS. In part because of that, Usaianofficials say there is currently no serious consideration of trying to bar Russia from other diplomatic events. Thus the sanctions approach remains the focus. Euia has much greater leverage over Russia, but so far, to the frustration of Usaian officials, Euia has refrained from imposing broader sanctions because of divisions among its member states and fears of an economic backlash. But the death of some 200 Euians on MH17, most of them Dutch, has made a tougher course seemingly inevitable. Amanda Paul of the Brussels-based European Policy Center said:
This is no longer about a war somewhere far away. If they don’t impose tougher sanctions, there will be a big question over Euia’s credibility. This is the only way Russia will draw back. When businesses and oligarchs feel the economic pain, they will start questioning Putin’s policies.
On Friday, Euia imposed travel bans and asset freezes on 15 people, including the head of Russia’s FSB and the head of the agency’s department overseeing international operations and intelligence. Four members of Russia’s national security council are also on the list. Russia on Saturday fired back, saying the sanctions endanger the fight against international terrorism, and accused Usaia of spreading flagrant lies about Russia’s alleged involvement in the downing of the airliner. European business lobbies have warned against tougher sanctions. The Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry said some 300,000 jobs there partly depend on exports to Russia. In addition, Moscow could hit some of the more than 6,000 German firms doing business in Russia. Despite any retaliation by Moscow, analysts predict Russia would suffer more. They note that EU sends only 7% of its exports to Russia, while Russia ships about 45% of its exports to the EU, more than anywhere else. Economist Georg Zachmann of the Bruegel think-tank in Brussels said:
Most of the sanctions would inflict much higher costs on Russia than on Europe.
The EU could inflict severe economic pain on Russia’s economy by following the Usaian lead and sanctioning major Russian banks. The bloc could restrict investments and limit access to its capital market, which encompasses the euro currency zone and Euia’s biggest financial hub, the City of London. The EU also could impose an arms embargo and export restrictions for high-tech products, energy equipment and goods that can be used for civilian and military purposes. The most radical step, however, would be to limit its import of Russian oil and gas, which would cost Moscow dearly, but also cause energy shortages for EU countries. The energy sector represents the bulk of Russia’s exports, generating some 20% of its GDP. Simon Qijano-Evans, the Commerzbank’s London-based head of emerging market analysis, said:
Such sanctions would lead us to revise our economic growth forecast for Russia from 0.8% now to 0%, looking to negative territory.
Another bank, Berenberg, already cut its 2014 Russia forecast to a 1% slump, while warning:
The risk of a more serious Russian recession keeps rising.
this is mainly about the kiev junta military push around the crash site, but it is adorned with propaganda irrelevancies
Troops Move on Crash Site in Ukraine, Foiling Deal
Andrew Kramer, Andrew Higgins, Chris Buckley, Michelle Innis, NYT, Jul 27 2014
ZUHRES/KHARKOV/HONG KONG/SYDNEY — Just hours after the Malaysian government reached an agreement with Ukrainian separatists on Sunday over access to the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down in rebel territory, the Ukrainian military launched an operation to recapture the debris fields, again stalling international efforts to secure the site. The heavy fighting threatened to torpedo hopes of a breakthrough and cause yet more delays in collecting evidence and retrieving the remaining bodies from the crash. Ukrainian security officials said they needed control over the site to prevent the pro-Russia separatists from destroying clues to the downing of MH17. By Sunday evening, the Ukrainian advance had blocked a road leading from the provincial capital, Donetsk, to the airplane debris northeast of Shakhtyorsk, but it remained unclear whether government troops were in control of all or part of the approximately 14 square miles of debris fields. Videos posted online appeared to show Ukrainian armored vehicles near the site, and reporters who visited earlier Sunday said insurgents were nowhere to be seen. The combat spread out along the road in a fluid and chaotic scene, leaving it wholly unclear who controlled what. Fragments of rockets lay on the sunbaked macadam, and columns of black smoke rose along the horizon. One separatist commander at a checkpoint outside Shakhtyorsk, about 10 miles from the crash site, said the Ukrainians had retaken the area, and a rebel leader, Alexander Borodai, confirmed that government troops were advancing. He told reporters in Donetsk:
The attempts to clear militia from the crash site irrefutably show Kiev is trying to destroy evidence.
His claim was apparently intended to counter earlier allegations that the rebels had been tampering with evidence to hide their own role in the downing of the plane. Separatists seemed to be in a state of alarm, driving in convoys of buses and armored vehicles out of Donetsk toward the fighting. They controlled the road as far as the town of Zuhres. The Malaysian jetliner, a Boeing 777-200, was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard. Ukrainian and Usaian officials say the plane was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile fired by the rebels. Russia and the rebels have denied any involvement and blame Ukraine. Ukraine and Usaia have said repeatedly that Russia is providing military equipment to the separatists and claim to have evidence that Russia is firing artillery and rockets on Ukrainian military positions. On Sunday, the Obama administration stepped up its public pressure on Moscow, as the State Dept released intelligence images presented as evidence that Russian forces had fired across the border. The images were said to show charred ground on the Russian side of the border, described as evidence of rocket launches into Ukraine. Another showed artillery pieces of a type found only in the Russian military, pointed toward Ukraine. Other images showed crater impacts inside Ukraine. It was not possible to independently verify the images. They are from DigitalGlobe, which provides high-resolution satellite images and aerial photos; they were not from Usaian spy satellites or surveillance aircraft.
Small groups of foreign police officers and forensic experts have managed to reach the crash site, but efforts to secure it with larger contingents have repeatedly fallen through. Earlier Sunday, the prospects of a more robust foreign presence at the crash site seemed to have improved when the office of PM Najib Razak of Malaysia announced in an email that he had reached an agreement with Borodai “to allow a deployment of international police personnel” to enter. After the announcement, about 30 unarmed Dutch police officers left the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov intending to reach the debris fields. But fighting stopped the officers after they reached Donetsk, said an OSCE spokeswoman. The Dutch police deployment on Sunday, ordered overnight by the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Hague, reversed an earlier decision by the head of a Dutch police mission in Kharkov. He had intended to delay movement toward the crash site until a vote on Thursday by the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev that he said would provide a “legal basis” for the deployment of foreign police officers. The Netherlands, whose citizens accounted for around two-thirds of the crash victims, is leading an international effort to get to the bottom of what happened to Flight 17. The area is tactically important for the Ukrainian military, which is trying to close access to Donetsk from the east, lest separatists in the city be resupplied and reinforced from the direction of the Russian border.
Clashes flared in half a dozen towns east of Donetsk on Sunday. There was also fighting to the north, with an artillery strike in the town of Horlivka reportedly killing at least 13 civilians. The longer the crash site remains unguarded, the smaller the chances of recovering evidence. Responding to growing reports that the wreckage and passenger items had been tampered with, Australia said Sunday that it was sending unarmed police officers to the site to prevent any further meddling. Australia lost dozens of citizens on Flight 17. PM Abbott of Australia told a news conference in Canberra that he had considered allowing some of his officers to carry weapons, but that he had decided against that. He said:
Our objective is to get in, to get cracking and to get out. This is a risky mission, no doubt about that, but all the professional advice I have is that the safest way to conduct it is unarmed as part of a police-led humanitarian mission.
Foreign access to the site has been hampered by problems from the start, with heavily armed rebels initially restricting the movements of foreign experts. In Kiev, Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said the Ukrainian troops intended to “liberate” the crash site to secure evidence. The Ukrainian government has been loath to see foreign governments negotiate with the separatist leaders based in Donetsk. Malaysia has been particularly active in reaching out to the rebel leadership. It brokered a deal last week under which the rebels handed over the plane’s data and voice recorders, which they had seized at the crash site.
this is not ‘nuts’, because it’s providing international diplomatic cover for an enormous kiev junta push in the crash site area
Abbott’s mission to Ukraine branded ‘nuts’
Julieanne Strachan, Matthew Knott, Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 27 2014
Australian Defence Force personnel will be walking unprepared into a volatile situation at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, a senior defence figure has warned. PM Abbott’s announcement of Australia’s intention to send 190 armed Australian Federal Police and an unknown number of ADF personnel to help recover bodies and evidence from the site has been met with incredulity in some parts of Europe, with one analyst branding it nuts. The senior defence figure, who did not wish to be named, said it was a poor idea for Australia. He said:
They can’t secure the site. It’s kilometres long and wide. They could escort Australian officials and provide close protection, but this is a civil task rather than a military task and it’s a terribly volatile area. We don’t have the language skills or knowledge of the area. For any military deployment, you have to look at a status of forces agreement with the government and, given the area the aircraft is in, I don’t think there is anyone to make that agreement with. What I’ve heard is the rebels don’t want more than 30 investigators there.
Abbott confirmed on Saturday that 230 Australian officials would be sent to help with the recovery. This, he said, would include a small number of defence personnel. He said:
That is our mission, to secure the remains, to assist the investigation and to obtain justice for the victims and their loved ones. It is, I stress, a humanitarian mission. Others can get involved if they wish in the politics of eastern Europe. Despite the dangers, armed personnel are needed to secure the site. The last thing we want to do is to place anyone in danger. But we do want to bring our dead home. We want to do it as quickly as possible. It’s important that we do our best to secure the site and to recover remains as quickly as possible because every day the site remains unsecured, there is more interference and the remains are subject to the ravages of the European summer. So we do want to get this done as quickly as we humanly can and that’s why we’re exploring all options in the Ukraine now.
Australian defence commentator Peter Dean, director of studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, said the negotiation was key to the success of the operation. He said:
It really depends on the diplomacy undertaken around this. If our government can make its intentions clear and be accepted on those grounds I think this can be achieved. Australia’s status as a non-NATO member would play in its favour and its geographical distance from Europe will also help. I think we see it through a different lens than the European commentators. We are not sending the army over there to take on the Russians or separatists. It’s not a European country interfering in another European country’s business. It’s a country from the outside that has experienced a significant loss of life of Australian people and permanent residents. The Prime Minister is wanting to send people to provide security. I don’t think Australia is necessarily mad for wanting to do that.
Dutch PM Rutte told parliament in The Hague on Friday he was too concerned about possible ramifications to send troops to Ukraine. Joerg Forbrig, senior program officer for central and eastern Europe at the Berlin bureau of the German Marshall Fund of the US, said of the Australian plan:
They must be nuts. It’s a very dangerous proposal and will be seen as a provocation by the separatists and the Russians.
The Netherlands is sending a separate mission of 40 unarmed military police to the site to help complete the forensic work and gather evidence, Rutte said. Britain has sent one forensics specialist to Kiev and nine scientists are working in the Netherlands to help identify bodies and secure evidence. Malaysia, Germany and Britain are the other three nations that are expected to contribute to the security force. A British Foreign Office spokesman said:
The UK will offer logistical support and is keeping in close contact with the Australians and Dutch over how it can assist, though it won’t be putting be sending police or technicians to Ukraine. We believe a UK armed presence in eastern Ukraine would not be appropriate. The UK stands ready to provide constructive support to the mission.
The director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, Fredrik Erixon, warned against sending armed teams into eastern Ukraine to search for victims. He said:
There’s nothing normal in east Ukraine right now. Small events can trigger very large reactions from the rebels and the Russian government.
Karl-Heinz Kamp, the director of the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, said the Australian military was experienced and would not take risks. Dmitry Gau, the spokesman for the pro-Russian rebels, would not comment on the Australian plans to carry firearms.
can anyone confirm that either buk or the air-to-air alternative homed in on the boeing radar unit, in the nose?
Shrapnel Damage of Cockpit MH-17 Devastating
Oui, Booman Tribune, Jul 23 2014
The missile warhead with fragmentation shrapnel must have exploded right underneath port front of cockpit:
The reason I ask this, obviously, is that I hope to discover that only a Buk has radar homing, the air-to-air- would have had heat homing. But I may well be wrong. Wikipedia doesn’t mention radar homing at all in its article on Buk, nor does it appear to have any links to this topic, though it may have an article on it elsewhere, unlinked to the Buk article… This follows a discussion I had with lobro yesterday, in comments to another post. I shall reproduce the account I gave there, even though, as I said, Wikipedia doesn’t appear to support it:
Both the Buk and the air-to-air missile postulated by the alternative theory, operate on the same proximity fuse principle. But the air-to-air missile is heat-seeking, whereas the Buk is radar-seeking. In other words, the Buk targets not a heat source but a radar source. I believe this type of targeting is known as “semi-active”, presumably because the Buk missile itself has a tiny radar unit that locates and homes in on the radar-emitting target, which in the case of a 777 would be in the nose. So, coming up from beneath, it detonates immediately beneath the nose of the 777, sending shrapnel right through the cockpit and killing the pilot & copilot while shredding the control electronics, hydraulics, pneumatics, or whatever the control systems in the cockpit are. So the plane has no pilot, no electronics, no autopilot, no steering or flap control, but structurally it is intact, just full of tiny holes. And therefore it plummets to earth more or less in one piece, though falling vertically at high speed may break it up before it reaches the ground. Essentially, the fall is fairly compact. The plane is not disintegrated by the blast of the missile. And indeed, the fall was fairly compact. The cockpit section broke off, I think, but it only fell 100 yards or so from the rest. Please correct me on all this, because my memory is often surprisingly wrong (surprisingly to me, that is).
Then I went to Wikipedia & came back:
Wikipedia confirms all that, except that it doesn’t say the target has to be a radar emitter. The target, in practice, almost always will be. But an inert mass in the sky that wasn’t emitting anything at all could still be acquired as a Buk target, first by the ground radar then by the missile’s own radar. That leaves open the question of which part of the target’s bulk it would be aiming for. My idea was that it would aim for the target’s own radar emitter. But this is not necessarily the case: “The missiles require a radar lock to initially steer the missile to the target until the missile’s on-board radar system takes over to provide final course corrections. A proximity fuse aboard the missile determines when it will detonate, creating an expanding fragmentation pattern of missile components and warhead to intercept and destroy the target. Alternatively, the command component may be able to remotely detonate the missile, or the on-board contact fuse will cause the warhead to detonate. Each missile carries a warhead which is triggered by a radar proximity fuse. In the forward compartment of the missile, a semi-active homing radar head, autopilot equipment, power source and warhead are located. The homing method chosen was proportional navigation. Proportional navigation (also known as PN or Pro-Nav) is a guidance law (analogous to proportional control) used in some form or another by most homing air target missiles. It is based on the fact that two vehicles are on a collision course when their direct Line-of-Sight does not change direction.” So there is no suggestion there that the missile is homing specifically on a radar emitter. Rather, it is homing on the surface portion of the target which gives the strongest radar return, ie the largest flat surface facing the seeker – typically, the centre of the plane’s belly.