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Full text of the appeal of the commander of the militia of Donetsk People`s Republic Igor Strelkov (UPDATED WITH 2nd translation!)

(Huge thanks to “CG” who found this text here.  The Saker) “Citizens of Donetsk People`s Republic, I address you with a quest. It`s the quest to protect your Motherland, your homes, your families, your people. I have to ask you to do the thing which by all human standards is not required to ask. As it was always an honor in Russia to protect your Motherland and your freedom. This

How the conflict in the Ukraine is seen by the rest of the world

Today I will begin by looking at how the Ukrainian conflict is covered in the international media thanks to this blog’s network of 55 correspondents and translators in the following regions: Europe, North America, South America, Middle-East, Russia/CIS, Indian Subcontinent, Far East Asia, Oceania and Africa. Below I am reproducing some reports I selected form those which our correspondents sent me.  This is our first try at that, so we

The Ukraine in Turmoil by Israel Shamir

I want to express my gratitude to Israel Shamir who kindly sent me this excellent analysis for publication on my blog.  I hope that in the future he will allow me to publish more of his articles.The Saker——-The Ukraine in Turmoil by Israel Shamir It is not much fun to be in Kiev these days. The revolutionary excitement is over, and hopes for new faces, the end of corruption and

Foreign Minister Lavrov interviewed by Bloomberg

I really admire Sergei Lavrov for many things, but listening to this (otherwise interesting) interview, I marvel at his patience with this constantly interrupting “yapping-dog-style” Bloomberg journalist. I just could not have had that kind of patience. I would have smashed my fist in the face of this arrogant jerk ten minutes into the interview. Good thing I am just a blogger and not a diplomat I guess :-) Anyway,

A look in the long distance: who will have to pay for “Ukraine v2”?

I just wanted to mention here a topic which is not often discussed in the western press but which does pop-up with some regularity in the Russian press.  Let’s set aside the current events and ask ourselves the following question:Sooner or later there will be some kind of state in what used to be the Ukraine until 2014.  The Crimea is gone forever to Russia, that is certain.  A “People’s

Ukraine SITREP May 14th, 14:14 UTC/Zulu: from tragedy to farce

Short news highlights: Popular governor of Lugansk, Valerii Bolotov, shot by sniper, lost lots of blood but is in no danger. 7 Ukie soldiers killed by the resistance, one APC destroyed Lugansk and Donetsk are negotiating a unification The Donetsk Republic is creating its own military EU gives 1 billion to Banderastan Hungarians want a Hungarian autonomous region in southwestern Ukraine Gazprom switches to pre-payment Ukies refuse to pay to

Personal announcement: When it rains it pours…

Dear friends, I am sorry to say that I am sick yet again, this time with some Florida food poisoning.  In fact, I am writing this in bed on my tablet.  I have a few requests to submit to you: 1) Sobcors: please stop using the sobcor email list as a discussion list.  Please ONLY use it to contact your REGION’S sobcors to get in touch and/or coordinate work.2) Please,

The Donbass referendum – yet another abject failure of US foreign policy

The exact results of the referendum in the Donbass are still unknown, but the following three facts are undeniable:1) Participation was extremely high.2) The yes vote won by a landslide.3) The neo-Nazi junta tried hard, but failed to disrupt the vote.We also know that the validity of this referendum will be rejected by a crushing majority of UN members.  Ditto for the regime in power who has already denounced it

Remembering the important lessons of the Cold War

If anything the past 24 hours have proved, once again, that the US and NATO are opposed to any form of negotiations, confidence-building measures or any other type of negotiations with the Donbass and with Russia.  Even though Putin tried really hard to sound accommodating and available for a negotiated solution, the US/NATO policy is clearly to provoke and confront Russia and its allies in every imaginable way.  The same

Putin offers Obama a gambit the latter cannot refuse

I have to admit that today’s move by Putin caught me completely off-guard.  My first impression was that by asking the folks in the Donbass to postpone the referendum, Putin was basically tossing aside a valuable bargaining chip.  Even more disturbing was his apparent backing for the upcoming May 25th presidential election.Let me also say, however, that the notion of Putin “caving in” never even crossed my mind if only

Ukraine SITREP – May 5th, 17:37 UTC/Zulu: this time the junta means business

From the reports coming out of the eastern Ukraine it appears that a real, coordinated, attack has been launched on Slaviansk.  The attackers use the following tactic: a group of men in plainclothes (Right Sector?  Foreign mercenaries?  SBU?) attack a checkpoint pinning down the defenders.  The checkpoint is then surrounded on both sides by armored personnel carriers and heavily armed infantry.  Mi-24 helicopters approach from the air and a heavy

Ukraine SITREP – May 4nd, 22:29 UTC/Zulu

The Ukrainian offensive against the population of the eastern Ukraine is large, but does not seem to yield any tangible results so far.  Here is a map of the affected cities: The worst situation appears to be in Kramatorsk were attacking force has fully surrounded the city and a number of elements have penetrated inside using secondary roads.  It is hard to get a clear image of what is going

Short personal annoucement

Dear friends, Two small points: a) I am sick with a nasty stomach flu and I am spending most of my time in bed.  I hope to get better by tomorrow. Until then, this affects my ability to reply to emails, moderate comments or write.  I apologize for that.b) I have done a poor job enforcing the rule that comments must be respectful.  This has to change.  So from now

A small clarification to the previous SITREP

Some of you have understood my reference to Chechnia in the latest SITREP has an indication of the kind of tactics the Russian military would use if/when the Kremlin decides to intervene in the Ukraine.That is not at all what I meant and I apologize for misleading you.What I meant was to say that in extreme circumstances Putin was willing to use extreme measures.  But let me reassure you all

Ukraine SITREP update – May 3nd, 16:20 UTC/Zulu: “the mysterious Russian soul?”

What happened in Odessa yesterday is much worse than what the initial reports had indicated: it was truly a deliberate and blood-curling massacre.  To summarize:In Odessa the pro-Russian demonstrators had never seized a building, all they did was erecting a small tent city and hanging out there.  Hardly any violence had taken place.  Yesterday, the neo-Nazis finally made their move:1)  They bussed in large numbers of Right Sector thugs.2)  They

Ukraine SITREP update – May 2nd, 20:14 UTC/Zulu: massacre in Odessa

It appears that a massacre did take place today, but not in Slaviansk, but in Odessa were 38 people died when a building in which they had sought refuge was set ablaze.  Here is what RT reports: At least 38 anti-government activists died in fire at Odessa’s Trade Unions House after suffocating with smoke or jumping out of windows of the burning building, Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported. The building was

Ukraine SITREP May 2nd, 17:37 UTC/Zulu: “The Mouse that Roared”

Today’s events in the Ukraine have seen both a dramatic escalation and yet another complete flop.  Let’s restate here the fact which are not in dispute by any part The Ukrainian junta has launched what it calls a major counter-terrorist operation against the city of Slaviansk. Combat helicopters were used. Armored personnel carriers were used. A number of checkpoints have been taken over by the attacking force. Two (possibly three)

Yet another totally crazy idea from Banderastan

Every passing day bring it share of utterly nonsensical news out of the rump-Ukraine aka “Banderastan”.  Today is not exception, see for yourself this headlines from the BBC’s website: Ukraine reinstates conscription as crisis deepens Sure enough, for the zombified TV watchers this might sound like something meaningful.  But is it?  Let’s recall where the current Ukrainian military comes form by remembering what the Ukraine’s military was at the moment

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