Ukraine’s Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh said his radical movement rejects the Minsk peace deal and that their paramilitary units in eastern Ukraine will continue “active fighting" according to their "own plans."
Alexi Pushkov, top Russian MP: United States supplying the Ukranian government with weapons could escalate the conflict to ‘all out war, warned that it was “an extremely dangerous path” “there are a lot of people in the US who still want to fight everywhere”, including “trigger-happy” Republican Senator John McCain.
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Ukraine's crisis has been caused by the West ,considers Franco-German proposals to end fighting between the government and pro-Russia rebels. Western countries had broken pledges not to expand Nato and forced countries to choose between them and Russia
AN enormous fireball has ballooned over the Ukrainian city of Donetsk after a chemical plant was hit, sending some into a nuclear panic. Initial fears blast was caused by a nuclear weapon were dispelled when it was found to have been a chemical plant hit in fighting between Ukrainian government and separatist forces.
Russian officials stated that if Washington arms Kiev for a large-scale offensive in east Ukraine, the Russian army will intervene to prevent Kiev from massacring the separatists, which could lead to a major land war in Europe and possibly a world war involving nuclear-armed powers.
former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon expressed concern about possibility of a war in the east of Europe, saying a peace initiative of French and German leaders came as good news. "A war in the east of Europe must be avoided. Especially in conditions when the United States may trigger an expansion of the conflict far from its territory through its activity, notably offering weapons supplies.
Several European defense ministers at a NATO meeting today in Brussels warned against the Obama Administration’s reports they are strongly considering providing arms to Ukraine for its ongoing civil war, likely to fuel the conflict.
A hospital in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine was hit by artillery shelling, local authorities said. One person has been confirmed killed, with initial reports of over 15 feared dead.
The US government is considering providing Kiev with Javelin man-portable anti-tank missiles, ammunition and small arms to support its fight against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.
Deputy Donetsk Militia Commander Eduard Basurin: "These types of ammunition are designed for NATO countries. One of the [devices] equipped with a base fuse, when this type of ammunition hits the wall, it blasts and destroys it. Ukrainian forces do not have this type of ammunition," claimed finding US-made weapons in Donetsk Airport, previously occupied by Ukrainian military including M16-A5 assault rifles.
World Socialist Web Site unequivocally condemns plans being worked out by the Obama administration to arm the right-wing regime in Ukraine with billions of dollars in advanced weaponry. These moves threaten to spark a direct conflict between the US and Russia, two nuclear-armed powers, and ignite a Third World War.
Militias of Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have shot down a drone near the settlement of Irmino. Earlier, LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky said militias had shot down a Ukrainian warplane, Drone’s fragments and a parachute were erroneously taken for a pilot had ejected from the aircraft.
Two Su-25 military jets were downed near the contested town of Debaltseve. Both pilots ejected, with one of them landing on the DPR territory. Ukrainian Defense Ministry did not confirm this report.
Ukrainian men of conscription age are seeking refuge in Russia in numbers that increased by 20,000 in one week; Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said on Monday. "About 2.5 million Ukrainian nationals, including 1.193 million men of conscription age, are staying in the territory of Russia."
The leader of the pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has announced that their side is to be reinforced by 100,000 more fighters by spring. “In 10 days, we will begin a general mobilization.”
Shelling of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk is continuing practically non-stop with shells landing in civilian areas after mediators’ talks failed Saturday. Militia and Kiev forces are fighting for the strategically key area of Debaltsevo.
8,000 Ukrainian troops believed to be surrounded near village of Debaltsevo in Donbass, militia units cut off only road linking the pocket to Kiev-held territory. The servicemen have been offered chance to surrender, 11 Ukrainian soldiers have already. Kiev authorities revealed 10,000 Ukrainian servicemen absent from their posts.
Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs: Warsaw “open” to sell weapons to Ukraine, regarding it as sheer “business, no obstacles [for Poland] to sell weapons to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko suggested NATO give “special” status to his country, called on Washington to provide Kiev with more military equipment.
The United States and other Western countries must stop backing Ukrainian war hawks rampaging in the country's east, Russian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Andrei Kelin said Thursday.
The Ukrainian government forces' use of indiscriminate weapons, such as Grad multiple rocket launchers, in fighting independence supporters in the southeast of the country has resulted in the killing of large numbers of civilians; Human Rights Watch.
Moscow has called on Bosnia and Herzegovina not to deliver weaponry to Kiev that could be used to kill civilians; Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.
Ukraine’s military Chief of Staff Viktor Muzhenko admitted Russian troops have not been taking part in combat operations in the country’s east during news briefing in Kiev, acknowledged that Russian army units not involved in combat action in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Residents of towns along the frontline in eastern Ukraine have been living in constant fear, sounds of artillery fire – a signal to quickly run and hide in the nearest basement. Repair crews are working round the clock trying to bring essential services, like electricity and heating, back to functioning. regularly come under fire.
Gorbachev: “the US has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” “What’s next? Unfortunately, I cannot be sure that the Cold War will not bring about a ‘hot’ one. I’m afraid they might take the risk.
A fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has collapsed, with fighting breaking out between government forces and pro-Russian rebels right along the front line. The medical aid agency, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has been distributing supplies to local hospitals under pressure from the increasing number of casualties.
Moscow accused Kiev of targeting residential areas in east Ukraine, saying Kiev is accountable for the escalation of clashes in the region. "The fighting was once again provoked by Kiev leads to the unavoidable escalation; Russia Foreign Ministry. Luhansk officials announced artillery shelling by Ukrainian army killed 16 injured 100 in Luhansk Tuesday.
In the past 24 hours, Ukrainian troops’ casualties reached 89, he said, adding that the most fierce fighting had been reported in the Debaltsevo and Donetsk; Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the defense ministry of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
; Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR): The Ukrainian military employed barrier troops who fired at their fellow servicemen in order to prevent their retreat during a night battle in the country's southeast to make up for the huge combat losses of officers” in the fighting. 70 Ukrainian troops surrendered since January 9.
After four months of violent clashes, Kurdish fighters have taken control of the Syrian city of Kobané, formerly in the hands of the organization of the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the jihadist group has lost several positions in Iraq.
President Putin" Ukrainian leadership at fault for the violence, accused it of using civilians as "cannon fodder" in the conflict. "(Ukraine's army) is not even an army, it's a foreign legion, in this case a foreign NATO legion," Putin said. "They have totally different goals, connected to the geopolitical containment of Russia, which absolutely do not coincide with the national interests of the Ukrainian people." NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg: accused Russia of sending large numbers of heavy weapons to the rebels.
Russian-backed rebels advanced to encircle a Ukrainian army garrison town on Monday in a new offensive that has again unleashed all-out war after a five-month ceasefire and brought threats of new Western sanctions against Moscow. The United States and European Union considering new measures, accusing Russia of openly supporting the latest rebel advance with money, arms and troops on the ground.
The deadly shelling of the city of Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine has been caught on a car dashcam, with the terrified driver barely escaping with his life after a car in front him was blown to pieces. 30 people killed, 100 injured when the port city, which has remained relatively insulated from violence throughout majority of the Ukrainian conflict, was bombarded Saturday.
Pro-Russian rebels launched new attacks against Ukrainian government positions on Sunday, the Kiev army said, as Western countries threatened more sanctions against Moscow for backing a new separatist offensive.
Donetsk People's Republic) president Alexander Zakharchenko: "There will no longer be any attempts to speak about a ceasefire from our side. We will now see how Kiev reacts. Kiev doesn’t currently understand that we can advance in three directions simultaneously". Kiev announced a 4th wave build-up of 50,000-100,000 troops.
Ukrainian security forces have launched 23 attacks on localties in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic used multiple rocket launchers. eight killed, twenty injured in the shelling attacks.
The Ukrainian army says its troops have lost control of the main terminal of the Donetsk airport, which has been the scene of fierce clashes between pro-Russia fighters and Kiev’s forces in recent weeks. The loss of the airport’s main terminal is viewed as a major blow to Ukrainian forces.
At least nine people were killed and up to 20 injured in a shelling in Donetsk on Thursday morning. In the wake of the attack, conflicting reports emerged over the arrests of what local authorities call a 'covert group. A trolleybus was also hit, Conflicting reports, may have been up to 13 deaths.
Barely had the ink dried on another diplomatic attempt to bring peace to eastern Ukraine than a bloody explosion ripped through a trolleybus in Donetsk, killing 13 people. Major shrapnel damage to a nearby building, and a separate impact nearby where a tram had been hit.
Former US drone sensor operator Brandon Bryant admits he “couldn’t stand” himself for his participation in the country’s drone program for six years – firing on targets whose identities often went unconfirmed.
Kiev is sending poorly trained, fresh recruits into battle. They are shelling civilian areas (e.g., Gorlovka) but not providing cover, recon, or reinforcements to the men doing the fighting against the NAF. The Novorossiyans are repelling whatever is thrown at them, taking out entire tank companies. Kiev’s troops basically have two options: surrender or die.
Iraq: Kurdish security forces launched an offensive on ISIS in northern Iraq Wednesday, backed by U.S.-led airstrikes, and retook villages the jihadis used to launch attacks, officials said. The Kurdistan Regional Security Council said peshmerga forces, began a "large-scale offensive" around 7:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), retook four areas and were working to clear more.
Ukraine army is using forbidden means and methods of warfare in a bid to regain control over the Donetsk airport, Andrey Kelin, Russia’s Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
All Ukrainian soldiers taken hostage on Tuesday during fighting at Donetsk airport will be handed over to their relatives, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko. Ukrainian soldiers killed in attacks at Donetsk airport would be handed over for burial in their homeland.
Ukrainian government forces have lost more than 120 soldiers, six tanks, five infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers in attacks on positions of Donbas militia in eastern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, senior commander of the militia in Donetsk People's Republic.
Reporters and cameramen from Russia's top TV channel Rossiya-24 came under mortar shelling in the war-torn city of Donetsk, shots were purpotedly fired by Ukrainian forces. The crew went to the Kievsky avenue to check details of mortar shelling of a bus stop. Journalists of Russian and Ukrainian TV channels were at the scene at the moment of the attack.
Russian Defense Ministry; claims by Kiev about alleged deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border are “absolute nonsense” and hallucination. also denied sending weapons to the militants.
Kiev deployed combat jets for the first time since last summer and hit populated areas of Horlivka with heavy bombs killing 30 civilians including children.
Ukrainian troops have launched a massive assault on militia-held areas Sunday morning after an order from Kiev, a presidential aide said. The self-proclaimed Donetsk republic’s leader accused Kiev of trying to restart the war. The order to launch the offensive was issued early approximately at 6:00 am, according to Yury Biryukov, an aide to President Petro Poroshenko. “Today we will show HOW good we are at jabbing in the teeth,” he wrote on his Facebook page, a mode of conveying information favored by many Ukrainian officials.
The city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine is still under fire from the positions of the Kiev forces, the militia headquarters of the self-proclaimed people's republic of Donetsk (DPR.) One of the shells hit a children's playground, it was empty at the time of the attack and no children were hurt.
Over the past few days there has been renewed, large-scale fighting over the airport in Donetsk. Now, after months of almost non-stop shelling there is almost nothing left of what was a previously a new, modern facility. This video shot by a Ukrainian activity group using a multicopter drone gives the viewer a birds-eye view of the ruins of what was once Donetsk International Airport.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed the use of unconventional arms by government forces in the southeast of Ukraine, calling on Kiev to halt such measures. Accused Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of lying when he denied reports of Kiev’s use of cluster bombs and Grad multiple rocket launchers against the country’s southeastern towns and villages.
Ukrainian military taking heavy losses in LPR: munitions depot, officer’s dorm destroyed,
Return fire almost zero, pressure on the Ukrainians to such a degree that their response is purely symbolic. Minimal resistance. Their losses are sufficiently heavy to cause major demoralization. Ukraine will experience demographic crisis due to this war. One feels pity for the hoodwinked soldiers, dying for a wrong cause.
Deputy commander of DPR militia: American weapons, discovered in an abandoned stronghold at the new airport terminal, have been shown to OSCE observers. “There was uncovered an American M-16 automatic rifle, and several side-arms, specifically Brownings.”“Most alarming find of all: cartridges with steel cores, and exploding bullets, which are banned by all conventions.
LPR is suppressing the firing positions of the occupiers, the Ukrainian forces are trying to restore the river crossing behind Krimskoye. “Ukrainian forces are taking stunning losses both in manpower and material.
Lost 1 tank and 3 trucks. Ukrainians are demoralized. Most casualties were inflicted by artillery fire. Ukrainians are sitting in shelters, Ukrainian army is too weak to attack.
Lithuania published 100-page public information pamphlet How to act in extreme situations or instances of war” to educate citizens what to do in an invasion, advises how to act under battlefield conditions, survive war on its soil.“Keep a sound mind, don’t panic or lose clear thinking,” “Gunshots outside your window not end of the world.” Information on government changes following declaration of war, procedures for evacuating a building.
Secretary of State John Kerry: White House wants an expansive war in Iraq and Syria essentially limitless, authorization without geographic or time constraints. Pentagon did not want restrictions placed on its ability to send additional ground forces, including “combat troops,
'Before the war started, nothing worried me. Then our home got bombed,' says Sara, 14, from Damascus, who now lives in a cardboard shack with 14 relatives in a border refugee camp in Lebanon. She shares her memories of her father, who was killed in 2012. A photo album and a watch he gave her are all she now has to remember him by. World Vision provides water to the camps and education – a catchup school, which Sara attends – as well as psychosocial support.
Blasts in the area of Donetsk airport illuminated the sky on Tuesday as heavy fighting between Ukraine’s army and local militia continued throughout the day. The situation has significantly deteriorated in the last 24 hours. “Currently active fighting is ongoing across the whole perimeter of Donetsk, gunfire is heard in all city districts, especially active [fighting] is in the airport.
Well that didn't take long. Less than one week after the bloody terror attacks at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, former President Jimmy Carter has all but blamed Israel for instigating the massacre.
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Last night, in Beijing, I sat in a historic Szechuan restaurant with a friend who happens to be a Chinese diplomat. We exchanged some stories, ordered food, and then, suddenly, my throat felt dry and my eyes got misty.
American pundits are often more interested in scoring points against their partisan rivals than in the pain that U.S. policies inflict on people in faraway lands, as columnists Paul Krugman and Thomas L. Friedman are showing regarding Russia and Ukraine.
Moscow is being forced to come up with countermeasures in response to NATO's increased presence in the Black Sea, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said following an announcement on the arrival of another US warship in the area.
A Ukrainian solider tells his fellow soliders that there are no peaceful civilians in Donetsk and that everyone there is a collaborator with the enemy. Within seconds of this utterance, which was ironically spoken in the Russian language, he gets hit by an artillery shell.
The defense ministry today laid out plans to double the size of Ukraine’s military budget to $3.2 billion, and intends to conscript some 40,000 men into the military to fight against the eastern rebels.
Chris Hedges, author, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and polemicist discusses the importance of resistance to empire, and passionately condemns US foreign policy, saying "There is no difference between a beheading by ISIL and a US drone strike."
The US House of Representatives has joined Hillary Clinton, Obama, the neoconservatives, Washington’s vassals, and the American and European presstitutes in demonizing Russia and President Putin. The House resolution against Russia is a packet of lies, but that did not stop the resolution from passing by a vote of 411 for and 10 against.
Saying President Obama does not have the authority to wage a war against the Islamic State, Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, introduced a measure declaring war against the Sunni militant group.
A loud explosion heavy fighting reported in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny, Grozny has been the epicenter of two bloody wars between Russian forces and Chechen rebels in the past two decades. Russian media repor three policemen shot dead militants number in the hundreds.
So there’s just this incredible level of disgust with their, as they say, partners in the west in Moscow and the result is they’re not really eager to talk anymore. They’re far more interested in acting. So, what we’ll probably see is a constant stream of surprises coming from Russia that will be completely unannounced and not predicted by anyone.
European Parliament's Vice President Saryusz-Wolski: "Russia's pressure on Ukraine is mounting high, further war imminent," Ukraine's President Poroshenko a "third world war does not scare us.
On November 22 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy in Moscow that Washington treats Russia as “subhumans” and has forced Russia into a “game of chicken” in order to determine whether Russia will blink or defend its national interests. As Russia will not blink, Washington is driving the world to war.
President Barack Obama has authorized the US military to carry out far more widespread air and ground operations in Afghanistan in 2015, effectively reversing his order to end combat actions this year.
Ukraine’s decision to stop budget payments to its eastern regions may be a precursor to a military attack on the areas. By freezing the budget, the Ukrainian government may be “preparing the ground for another invasion in order to solve the issue (the conflict in the east) by force;” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Ukraine’s military says at least six soldiers have been killed and nine others injured in fresh exchanges of fire with pro-Russia forces in the country’s eastern regions over the past 24 hours.
The Ukrainian government says it will not take part in any fresh negotiations with pro-Russia forces, who are pursuing autonomy in eastern Ukraine. Friday, a five-year-old girl killed, her mother seriously wounded in a shelling in city of Luhansk. Fighting has, however, continued almost unabated.
Signs are growing that Kiev is now ready to renew its attack on east Ukraine. While we don’t expect this one to be called an “anti-terrorist” campaign, we expect to hear more cries of “Russian invasion.”
Ukrainian troops are preparing for a winter campaign against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, stocking up supplies, re-locating units and placing orders for more weapons and battle vehicles, reports the defense minister.
Intense artillery fire has once again erupted in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian forces have been engaged in a months-long battle. Both the Ukrainian government and the pro-Russians have blamed each other for violating the peace deal.
According to a report published by the London-based European Leadership Network think tank (ELN), there have been at least 40 “near misses” in which the Russian military and NATO forces, sent to Eastern Europe following last February’s far-right, NATO-backed putsch in Kiev, came close to military conflict.
James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of sociology at Binghamton University, New York: United States backing new offensive in Kiev supporting its “puppet regime” in Ukraine trying to push pro-Russian forces out of the struggle. Origins was a military civilian coup which overthrew the elected government; organized fraudulent one-sided elections.”
The US and the European Union have expressed concern at reports of a build-up of separatist reinforcements in eastern Ukraine. Shelling around the city of Donetsk on Sunday followed an intense overnight artillery bombardment, shaking an already fragile ceasefire. Monitors and journalists reported unmarked convoys of heavy weapons, tanks and fighters close to the city.
my attempted to take over Donetsk suburb with tanks a day after two children were killed in the shelling of a local school, rebels allege. This comes as Dutch inspectors, probing the Flight MH17 crash, arrived in the area.
Two schoolchildren were killed and four injured as an artillery shell hit a stadium in front of a school in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, local self-defense forces said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says more troops will be dispatched to the country’s eastern regions in an attempt to foil probable attacks by pro-Russian forces.
Dozens of camouflage-clad Chinese soldiers spotted inside territory India considers its own. Indian security forces poured in, beginning a face-off last month that grew to involve more than 1,000 troops on each side at an altitude of roughly 15,000 feet, according to Indian officials, biggest border confrontation between the two nations in decades.
Some of the foreign mercenaries fighting on government forces' side are seeking to obtain Ukrainian citizenship.
Novorossian press agency: Ukrainian troops resumedheavy shelling of towns in former Luhansk and Donetsk Republics, two regions which joined together as a new nation Novorussia.
The US Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has recently sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them. several nations, including Iraq, spoke to United Nations First Committee, against use of Depleted Uranium, support mitigating the damage in contaminated areas.
Pentagon announced the death of 19-year-old Marine, first fatality the new US war in the Middle East. Washington’s military and intelligence apparatus, those in politics and the media demands stepped-up bombing, more US “boots on the ground” in Iraq and Syria.
Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban: air campaign, in which the US and its allies have flown 6,600 sorties, has cost the United States $580 million since it began more than ten weeks ago added that out of 632 bombing raids, Washington’s allies conducted only 79 of the airstrikes.
Protesters in the US continue to demand justice for Michael Brown, a black teen killed by a police officer. His death brought attention to issues of race, inequality and police brutality. Rallies grow loud, but the government answers by pouring more heavily-armed cops against the activists.
US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham urged the Obama administration to intensify the fight against the Islamic State, take measures to defeat the Assad regime. Advocated,deployment of US Special Forces, military advisers on the ground to direct airstrikes.
Former CIA chief and defense secretary Leon Panetta says US war plans against North Korea involve the use of nuclear weapons should communist forces pour across the demilitarized zone (DMZ), dividing North and South Korea.
Ukrainian National Guard troops are protesting outside the presidential administration office in Kiev as they demand demobilization. They are refusing to return to their barracks outside the capital, demand they either receive better pay or are allowed to return home, paid roughly $11 per month.
While Washington wages a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), those who forcefully oppose America’s wars of aggression are branded as terrorists. War becomes peace, a worthwhile “humanitarian undertaking”. Peaceful dissent becomes heresy. “Wars make us safer and richer”; Washington Post.
US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey suggested US troops would be needed on the frontline in Iraq. He pointed in particular to the likelihood of a “decisive battle” to recapture the northern city of Mosul, which fell to ISIS militias in June.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands Washington back ground war aimed at toppling Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad. Measures entail bombardment of Syrian military installations, general offensive to overturn Syrian government, calls for arming, training of Syrian “rebels.”
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