this time i think i can promise this is definitely by strelkov, not dugin

Urgent Appeal from Igor Strelkov
Summer56, Jun 16 2014 (Russian)
Gleb Bazov, Jun 16 2014 (English)

The enemy is engaged in a massive bombardment of Kramatorsk, using howitzers positioned on Mount Karachun and in the vicinity of the water purification plant between Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, where they have a strongpoint. There are numerous casualties and fires in the city. They are bombarding both the industrial sector and the residential neighbourhoods. The population is in a state of panic. Kramatorsk has never experienced such massive artillery shelling before. What is more, militia targets have been spared: the strikes are not against them. Why, you ask? The answer is elementary: in order to force tens of thousands of refugees to flood into Russia. Genocide and ethnic cleansing in their purest form. I have decided to offer up to universal review a text from my personal correspondence (as appropriately amended). I ask that you distribute it. It is no longer possible to keep silent, hoping that someone on the mainland comes to his senses.

As I have become accustomed to anticipate events several steps ahead, I am in a state of utter prostration. I anticipated the observable destruction of the economy and the population as long as a month and a half ago, and in order to avoid it, I called then for a peacekeeping intervention. It is now too late: peacekeepers will not be able to intervene without a battle. Now I am calling for the provision of immediate and large-scale military assistance. But no assistance has come. In a week or two, and possibly earlier, a substantial part of the military detachments of DPR and LPR may be completely routed. The reason is the insurmountable ratio in heavy weaponry. And when Donetsk and Lugansk are completely blockaded and surrounded, like Slavyansk, the following question will rear its head: either Russia will commit to intervention with full force (an intervention the Ukies are openly provoking), or Russia will completely abandon Novorossiya (a possibility they are dearly hoping for). And I am not at all sure that this dilemma will be resolved via the first option. More likely than not, it will be the second.

We can burn a hundred APCs and kill five thousand troops, but the overall balance of forces will hardly change. Well, for example, the ratio will become 1 to 14 instead of 1 to 15. Every day we are forced to relinquish another large settlement, because we have neither the men nor the guns to defend them. At the same time, we have no ability to retake any of them, because we have nothing to match the Ukies’ heavy weaponry. All we can do is engage them in defence more or less successfully. So what reason is there for optimism? From our own minor successes? They are purely tactical. And meanwhile, we have long ago started to lose the strategic engagement. I see open sabotage in the approach taken by Russian officials at the highest level in relation to Novorossiya. It shows in everything. I believe that it is fully conscious. Otherwise, there can be no explanation for the fact that DPR and LPR have yet to be recognized even de facto, and that they receive no supplies of the weapons and equipment they so badly need. Yes, Putin has effectively disavowed (and I wonder, at whose suggestion?) his pledges of standing ready to protect the Russian civilian population of Donbass. No alternative whatsoever has been proposed.

If there is no military aid, the military defeat of DPR and LPR is inevitable. Whether it comes a week earlier or a month later does not matter. The enemy will cut us off from the border and will methodically suffocate us, “cleansing” the territory in the process, and in one go forcing out into Russia one or two million utterly deprived and embittered refugees. I trust the consequences for the economy and the social sphere are obvious. And then, groups of grateful oligarchs will come to Putin with sorrowful faces and offer as their spokesperson the great schemer Surkov, who will explain in a quiet and insinuating voice:

We did everything that we could, but these … these good-for-nothing Donetsk bandits themselves failed it all themselves, and we can give them no help without risking nuclear war … They punished themselves … It is not worth it to take a risk … We need to persevere … We will make everything right in time … It is possible to negotiate with Poroshenko … This is a tactical retreat … We are not ready to go to war … After all, we took Crimea, didn’t we?

And so on and suchlike. What this will mean for our company, I know already. Most of us will perish, but that is not the issue. This uprising and all the victims will have been in vain, and the “Russian Spring” will be eliminated at the root by the “Ukrainian Freeze.” And the next war, the war that we will not witness, will be on Russia’s territory. Right after the “Moscow Maidan”, of course.


  1. Crazy Ivan Report
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    A lot of Strelkov posts today and whomping in Putin’s head. But I have just finished my translation of your post not knowing the other versions. I preview websites in certain order and if found something interesting sometimes I’ll start to translate.

    The hyperlink above is interesting but perhaps Gleb Basov “the fasted translator in the block” do what should be done, I got enough today. 🙂

  2. Crazy Ivan Report
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    One more question – the reports from whole Ukraine evidently suggest Mr. Putin plays moron or equally sinister idiot.

  3. niqnaq
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think there’s any doubt. Strelkov is saying that Putin was badly advised. This is a diplomatic way of saying that he cannot be trusted. How could anybody hope to remove Surkov and put someone else at Putin’s ear, to solve the problem of policy simply by replacing one advisor with another? It’s nonsensical. When things reach this point, the leader himself has been found wanting. I think that’s the point. Of course, if Putin read this and immediately ordered the army into Novorossiya, he would be forgiven. We would say that the evil Surkov had hypnotised him, but now he had “returned to himself.” But we know he won’t, don’t we?

  4. niqnaq
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Ha – I know what Saker will say: he’ll say that Strelkov’s nerves have cracked, and he needs to be replaced by… um… well, what about his “right hand man”, Fyodor Berezin? The leaders of the DPR and LPR are not military men, AFAIK.

  5. niqnaq
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    D’you see what I’m saying? The script requires the futile resistance to go on, so that the retaliation can go on, until the ethnic cleansing is complete. They planned this. They couldn’t just have started the bombardments out of thin air, they needed a pretext. They still need it. I know it’s horrible, but it implies that the resistance is part of the plan, to provide the pretext. I’m not saying Strelkov knew this, of course, But perhaps he is beginning to guess it.

  6. Crazy Ivan Report
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I still do not understand – Putin gets every hour reports saying Ukry are shelling towns not blockposts and making every effort to ethnically cleansing the territory and to make people refugees and what he do – is he livid and furious? Does he has tied hands?

    BTW Strelkov began appeal to Putin when he found Ukry are deliberately firing and shelling population areas, not defensive positions. To which barbaric acts they got no weapons. How long the f*** Karachun will be existing yet? One sortie with cluster bombs and no one Ukr will be breathing there.

  7. Crazy Ivan Report
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    What is interesting are not many appeals for help per se but undermining Putin’s leadership in the day of need if not senses.

  8. niqnaq
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Exactly: there is no suggestion anywhere that Putin did not know what was happening. This is not like the letters that German commanders on the eastern front used to send home during WW2, saying “If only the Fuhrer knew!” He does know. He is following the wise advise of this Surkov, which is: let the West win. Then there will be a deal to be made, which will allow Russia to continue to exist, and prosper perhaps, on sufferance, dependent on the West’s goodwill. That is the scenario Strelkov is painting. But I believe the truth is even worse than that. I believe Putin knows what Dugin and Fyodorov are saying is true: that Russia will have no future, that it will die as an independent power and survive only as a Western colony. And Putin accepts that destiny. So he is an outright traitor, leading the country to destruction. But Strelkov will not say that. Perhaps he hopes the General Staff will say it, because only they have the power to forestall this, by staging a military coup and replacing Putin, immediately. There is no other way. But I have no idea, none whatever, whether such a thing is possible. I have no inside sources (unlike some of the mysterious people who comment on the Saker blog).


  9. niqnaq
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    How can anybody “undermine Putin’s leadership” when Putin provides no leadership? None whatever?

  10. Crazy Ivan Report
    Posted June 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    undermine Putin’s glory of his history proved leadership 🙂

  11. gailevans2
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I think Putin has been waiting for two things. 1. The evacuation of women and children. 2. To cut off the gas to Kiev. I read at least two months ago that Russia had the military medics put on alert in preparation for what was predicted to be a humanitarian disaster. He will not do anything until the women and children have been removed behind safe lines. Do not lose hope. And I hope I am right…

  12. niqnaq
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    By “evacuation” you mean ethnic cleansing. Once all the women and children have accepted that they will never return, the men will give up. That’s a surrender to fascism. That’s what I’m accusing him of. And “you hope you’re right” that that is what is happening. Congratulations: you will be happy in the global fascist environment. Until of course there is nowhere left to “evacuate” to, and they start killing you instead.

  13. gailevans2
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Would you rather have had all the women and children remain in East Ukraine and get murdered and bombed? At last count I read over 100,000 have so far been evacuated and are safe in Russia and Crimea out of harms way, not “ethnically cleansed”. If they had stayed in harms way they would have been ethnically cleansed in the violence. After Odessa I do believe that evacuation has been a prime objective.You also ignore that NATO is right on the doorstep and a nuclear war is a very strong possibility. This is not only a danger to Russia and Ukraine, but to the whole of Europe and the rest of the world. Hot heads under these conditions can cause total world annihilation. I suggest you read “The Lethality of Nuclear War: Washington Is Beating The War Drums”By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts.

  14. niqnaq
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    That’s right. Surrender to fascism. Last time it marched across Europe, the total was upwards of 100 million dead. It’s a good solution. I suggest you stop reading people who tell you so conveniently that this time the global Nazis have nuclear weapons and will use them, and learn to think for yourself.

  15. gailevans2
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    There is no call for your insulting responses. I am fully informed as to the history of WW2 amongst other things. And I am perfectly capable of thinking for myself. Judging from your responses you could be mistaken for a covert Kiev agent and this article a propaganda piece promoting the destruction not only of East Ukraine but Putin and Russia in particular. I am sure that Russia is fully informed and aware of “colour revolutions” and how they operate and exactly who is responsible. And they will not put Russia and the rest of the world under threat of a thermo nuclear war. As the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat, and barging into East Ukraine giving NATO the excuse it needs for a full out WW3 nuclear war is not one of them

  16. niqnaq
    Posted June 18, 2014 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Insulting? I hadn’t even looked at your own blog yet. I’ll tell you what: why don’t you preach to your congregation on your blog, and I’ll preach to my congregation on mine. Does that sound fair to you? I hope it does, because I frankly have no interest in trading barbs with you whatever. That’s not what I’m here for. You get on with your gold-buggery and your Jeff Rense programme and whatnot. I’ll get on with my own business.

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