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Novorossia\Ukraine update 4\22\2015.. the lull before the storm

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:18
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In a frantic interview for Italian daily newspaper la Repubblica, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk demonstrated that he appears to be losing his grip on reality, stating that Russia is an aggressive state seeking to invade Europe and ‘destabilize the planet’, and simultaneously a weak country with a slew of unsolvable problems.

In the interview, published Tuesday, Yatsenyuk stated that “Ukraine is just the first battle in Moscow’s war against the West,” adding that his country is now “protecting the borders of the European Union from Russian invasion.” He added that “we are all in danger, since Russia wants to destabilize the planet, and does this even as one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, whose task should be to ensure world order.”

The prime minister explained that Ukraine’s destructive ‘anti-terrorist operation’ in its eastern regions was really Russian President Vladimir Putin’s way of punishing Kiev for its decision to join Europe. “We wanted to join Europe, against the will of Vladimir Putin, and he, to punish us, unleashed an offensive in the east of the country,” the PM railed.

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Harf: US Troops invited, no violation Minsk. 21 April 2015

US Training Nazis, Western Media Providing Cover
By Eric Draitser

The war in Ukraine is being prosecuted by the US-backed government in Kiev using all available means. While of course the regular Ukrainian military forces (also armed and trained by the US) are fighting this war, alongside them, and in concert with them, are outright Nazi elements who, like their regular army brethren, are receiving direct support from Washington.

The Associated Press reported on March 31, 2015 that “The United States plans to send soldiers to Ukraine in April for training exercises with units of the country’s national guard… the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.” Of course, first and foremost is the fact that US military will be on the ground in Ukraine providing direct support for the Ukrainian military. Isn’t that precisely what Washington accuses Russia of doing (while failing to provide evidence), namely providing direct military support on the ground?

But leaving aside such pesky questions as to hypocrisy and accountability, there is still an even more salient point. The language employed in the Associated Press article essentially whitewashes the true nature of the Azov Battalion: who they are and what they stand for. AP refers to criticism of the Azov Battalion for its “far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.” Unpack that deliberately, deceptively circumspect language, and it becomes clear that there is a fear, if not outright refusal, to call Azov Battalion what they are: Nazis.

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Kiev continues intense shelling of Shirokino, Peski, and Gorlovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the DPR Defense Ministry, pro-Kiev forces opened fire 74 times over the past 24 hours using battle-tanks, mortars, anti-tank guided missiles, grenade launchers and small arms. Furthermore, the Ukrainian military started an offensive in the settlement of Novotoshkovskoe in the Lugansk People’s Republic. During last 24 hours, 3 pro-Kiev fighters were killed and 16 injured.

Self-styled Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Mun will help him get the European Union involved in the Ukrainian civil war. Poroshenko’s official website reported he had a call with the UN Secretary-General last night.

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On April 21 US Congressmen, members of the Ukrainian Caucus in the US Congress, appealed to the White House to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons in addition to $ 18 million of humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians in Donbass.

The importance of humanitarian assistance to people in a combat zone, cannot be overstated. The Government of Ukraine is in dire need of defensive weapons necessary to protect its borders and sovereignty. Defense units will help Ukraine to continue the process of economic and government reforms initiated on Euromaidan

Video from locals. Minibuses in Mariupol trying to pass mined bridge in the city center at high speed.

Recordings were hidden, but the locals know this place, and the sound of the bus motor can indicate what speed bus gains when it gets to bombed bridge in the city center. There is the Ukrainian checkpoint near the bridge, whose soldiers will have to blow up the bridge over the river by signal.

As it became known in edition of “Voice of Sevastopol” from residents of Donetsk, gunfire was heard in the Kalininsky district about 21:30 of April 21. Militia tried to shoot down Ukrainian drone conducting investigation. According to reports, UAV was shot down over Gladkovka (district in Kievsky district of Donetsk).

On April 21 AFU engineering group reported of clearance of highway bridge between the cities of Severodonetsk and Lisichansk (AFU-controlled territory). The bridge was mined by unknown persons.

During the clearance engineers removed much of explosives: 124 TNT and 120 ammonite cartridges, five electric detonators

– the statement reads.

On April 20 the situation aggravated around Donetsk Airport and Shirokino, it is reported by OSCE observers.

In the area of Shirokino there is “sporadic fighting throughout the day and hostilities intensifying at around 18:00hrs” which turned into “a general engagement on the western side of the village, including tank fire, mortar shelling, small arms and machine gun fire. “According to their reports, situation also aggravated at Donetsk airport by the evening of April 20.

The SMM counted a large number of instances of heavy weapons use, including mortars, artillery and tank fire. The exchange continued into the evening,

- the mission informed.

On April 21 LPR MD reported of multiple shootings in the republic.

On April 21 from 00:00 to 20:30 AFN positions were fired 74 times – 14 times with tanks, 21 times with mortars, 11 times with IFVs, 18 times with grenade launchers, anti-tank mounts and anti-tank systems, 6 times with AA-guns, 4 times with howitzers D-30 and MSTA-B. the shelling was conducted with several weapons at the same time12 times, there were sniper duels and skirmishes with the use of small arms all along the front. 1 attack was spotted, on the positions of the militia in the area of ​​31th checkpoint from a height of 175.9. Militia moved up several tanks after the AFU attack, resulting in 4 destroyed enemy dugouts and 2 bunkers. Attempts of 3 SRGs to penetrate into our territory were thwarted, 14 UAVs were seen.

Deputy Head of Administration of Novoazovsk district Anatoly Yanovsky said that 37 people live in the village Shirokino as of April 21.

Locals complain that the Ukrainian military open fire when trying to travel through settlement. Sniper is constantly working, on civilians, too,

– Yanovsky said.

In peacetime, there were more than 1,200 local residents, most of the population was involved in fishing and processing of fish.

US President Barack Obama can take part in the activities of “Norman format” to resolve the situation in Ukraine if he receives the invitation, US Ambassador to Moscow John Tefft said.

I think that if he was invited, he would gladly agree to participate in this process,

– the US ambassador Said to the radio station “Echo of Moscow” on Tuesday.

On April 21 Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk ordered the SBU, the Interior Ministry and the National Guard to reinforce patrolling of Ukraine cities during the May holidays.

Particular attention should be paid to front-line regions – Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Nikolayev, Odessa

– Yatsenyuk said.

In turn, the Interior Minister Arsen Avakov confirmed that the “key points” for increased patrols are Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkov and Kiev.

Speaker of the so-called ATO Andrey Lysenko said that one Ukrainian military was killed by gunfire and one wounded near the village of Peski in the evening of April 20.
According to him, the situation in the region remains stably tense but well-controlled.

Overview of the situation over the past day, April 20, by 5 BTG deputy chief of staff Alexander Matyushin with the call sign “Varyag”.
AFU repeatedly shelled positions of DPR army for the past day, the military situation changed little on the fronts. Ukrainian troops do not give up their attempts to break through the defense of militias in Donetsk direction: Peski, Spartak and Donetsk airport. Also attempts to break through militia positions were spotted in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

All attempts of Ukrainian security forces to enter the city were suppressed by the Republican Guard battalion “Vostok”, “Somalia” and “Sparta”. Residential areas of Donetsk suffered bombardment, village of Oktyabrskaya Mine, Kuibyshevsky, Petrovsky and the Kievsky districts of Donetsk, Spartak, Gorlovka were shelled.

Also artillery breaks could be heard on the outskirts of Makeyevka. In the south AFU attempt to push the line of defense from Mariupol, simultaneously strengthening their defenses in this sector. There is created a line of deep defense.

Vice Speaker of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin believes that Kiev authorities are ready for war. This fact is confirmed by the presence of the military attaché representatives of the US Embassy on the demarcation line in Donbass.

This is a very alarming signal. Kiev recently moved up military equipment and soldiers to the boundary line. Now there are US military attachés. This confirms the readiness of Kiev for war once again.
We can see that now there is a direct US intervention in the affairs of Ukraine. Moreover, the Kiev authorities do not hide this fact and openly declare cooperation with its allies overseas.

On April 21 situation on the territory of Novorossia can be characterized as the lull before the storm. Or rather, the storm is already underway, but just in the weather so far. Unfavorable weather conditions in Donbass caused a temporary decrease in the intensity of the fighting, but as soon as normal weather comes, one can expect a significant intensification of fighting.


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