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Strelkov, Berezin and Militia Briefings, June 27-28, 2014

Combined for June 27-28, 2014Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov #1 – Commentary from Igor Strelkov, June 27, 2014, 14:56Original: Strelkov Info Regarding a Militia tank allegedly taken out by the Ukrainian army – Igor Ivanovich, what is this photography that the Ukies are posting all over the place on the Internet? Igor Strelkov: How should I know? Perhaps it’s one of their own tanks, which burned down near Yampol

Combined Igor Strelkov’s Briefings, June 25, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Interview with Igor Strelkov, June 25, 2015 Original: We are able to enunciate the conditions, which, in my opinion, we are prepared to offer [to Ukrainian armed force] and, on the basis of which, we would consider agreeing to a ceasefire, followed by subsequent negotiations concerning some form of a truce. The following are our conditions: First, withdrawal of Ukrainian forces to

Igor Strelkov’s Combined Briefings, June 24, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Order/Regulation by Igor Strelkov, June 23, 2014 Original: Strelkov Info DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] Minister of Defence, Igor Strelkov, has approved the “Regulation on the Mobilization Department of the DPR Ministery of Defence.” The Regulation sets out the key goals and functions of the Department, implements its organizational and staffing structure and confirms its permanent operational location. Gubarev P. Y. has been appointed the acting

Igor Strelkov’s Combined Briefings, June 23, 2014

Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov  Igor Strelkov’s Briefing, June 23, 2014, 12:40 Original: In the course of the night from June 22-23, the enemy continued to build up its forces in the area of the river crossing across Severskiy Donets, near the villages of Krivaya Luka and Ilyichovka. In the village of Krivaya Luka, the punitive squads of the enemy were evicting some of the population from their

Latest statements from Igor Strelkov (June 22)

COMBINED STRELKOV BRIEFINGS, JUNE 22, 2014 Translated from Russian by Gleb Bazov Originals: BRIEFING FROM IGOR STRELKOV, June 22, 2014, 12:00 ORIGINAL: As a consequence of the failure by the command of the [Ukrainian] punitive forces to enter into any negotiations with the command of the DPR [Donetsk People’s Republic] militia, militia will not be abiding by the Poroshenko’s unilaterally declared ceasefire. Combat activities against the [Ukrainian] punitive

Latest Statements from Igor Strelkov

Dear friends, I just want to express a heartfelt “THANK YOU!!” to Gleb Bazov for translating all these statements and for submitting them for publication on this blog.  Whatever opinion any one of us has of Strelkov, he is for sure one of the most important and interesting actors in this war and one which the corporate media tries hard to ignore.  Without the work of people like Gleb Bazov

URGENT Briefing From Igor Strelkov, June 19, 2014

URGENT Briefing From Igor Strelkov, June 19, 2014Translated From Russian by Gleb BazovOriginal: the course of the night from 18th to 19th [of June], the enemy implemented a large-scale transfer of troops from the vicinity of Dolgenkoye village, where they have their stronghold and encampment, to the region of Krasniy Liman. Altogether, over 130 various items of military equipment were moved, including approximately 20 tanks and 40 APCs (“BMD,”

Two statements by Igor Strelkov, June 16, 2014

Urgent Statement/Interview by Igor Strelkov:“Immediate and Widescale Assistance from Russia is Needed”source: Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshintranslated into English by Gleb Bazovoriginal: The Commander in Chief of the DPR militia believes that, if Moscow does not intervene, the self-defence units will be unable to withstand [the onslaught] of the Ukrainian army. The Commander in Chief of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia told us about the massive artillery

Risky game of double or quits in the Donbass

Earlier today, in what appears to be a risky game of “double or quits”, the leaders of the Donbass, have decided to go ahead with the referendum scheduled for May 11th.  For the second time in 24 hours I am rather surprised as I had expected them to use the opportunity given by Putin’s request to postpone the referendum.  Apparently they feel that they have invested too much in terms

Ukrainian special forces team caught near Donetsk

RT is reporting that 3 officers of the most elite anti-terrorist unit in the Ukraine, they are called “A” or “Alpha”, were caught in the city of Gorlovka, near Donetsk.  Read the full article and watch the video of their interrogation by reporters here.Now let me provide some context here.The Ukrainian SBU is a truly frightening secret service.  Ever since it’s foundation following the independence of the Ukraine the SBU

Pretty bad day for the eastern Ukraine, and it might get much worse

Okay, the picture of what is going on is getting clearer.  First, besides Donetsk, Kharkov and Lugansk there were also heavy clashes in Nikolaev.  Second, the tactic of the authorities is now becoming clearer:1) First, cordon off the rebellious city (done in all four cities mentioned above).2) Second, cordon off as best can be the city center (also done in all four).3) Third, send in loyal cops from other cities.4)

Insurgent forces pushed back in Kharkov

From a live stream I am following on the Internet, the Kharkov local police has convinced the cops from Poltava (loyal to Kiev) to leave.  The government buildings are under the control of the Russian speakers.  Earlier the Poltava cops attacked the demonstrators with flashbang and teargas grenades but failed to push them back.There are several wounded people reported though no deaths.  Government buildings have suffered, some stories have burned. 

Revolutionary regime in Kiev moves in to crush the rebellion in the East

According to RT, police forces loyal to the revolutionary regime in Kiev have attacked the Russian speakers in Kharkov: According to the Regnum news agency the insurgents have moved “special units” to deal with the situation in Lugansk, Kharkov and Donetsk.It appears that a full-scale crackdown will happen in the eastern Ukraine overnight.  A lot will depend on the outcome of these clashes.Stay tuned.The Saker

Kharkov follows the example of Donetsk and declares itself an Independent Republic

RT reports: Activists in second-largest Ukrainian city of Kharkov have proclaimed the creation of a People’s Republic independent from the coup-imposed Kiev authorities, Itar-Tass reports. A group of local “deputies” have proclaimed they have taken all the responsibility for government activity in the eastern Ukrainian city, the agency said. The move was proclaimed near the building of Kharkov regional administration, where massive pro-Russian rallies have been held. All the further

Sharp rise in tensions in eastern Ukraine

It is hard to get a good picture of what is happening in the eastern Ukraine, but looking at various sources it appears to me that large protests have occurred in the cities of Lugansk, Kharkov and Donetsk.  From the video footage some rather large crowds, including a lot of women, have assembled in the city centers.  In Donetsk and Lugansk the demonstrators have seized the governmental buildings including the

Moody’s downgrades Ukraine to ‘default imminent’

RT reports:Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ukraine’s government bond rating one notch from Caa2 to Caa3, citing the current political crisis and deepening economic instability as reasons for its negative outlook. The Caa rating is a credit risk grading pertaining to investments that are both very poor quality and entail a high credit risk. The current downgrade drops Ukraine from Moody’s “extremely speculative” rating to “default imminent with little prospect

2 killed in shooting near Crimea military research center, ‘sniper detained’

RT reports:Two people – a self-defense member and a Ukrainian soldier – were killed and two others wounded after snipers opened fire from a partially inhabited building near a military research center in Simferopol. One sniper was detained, another is on the run. As RT producer Lida Vasilevskaya arrived at the scene, the perimeter of the Ukrainian military topography and navigation center was already surrounded by men in camouflage and

Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov killed in special operation

The President of Chechnia, Ramzan Kadyrov, has just confirmed that Chechen terrorist leader Doku Umarov, the self-styled “1st Emir of the Caucasus Emirate and 5th President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria” has been killed in a special operation of the Chechen security services. Recently, Dokku Umarov had promised to attack the Sochi Olympics.  The leader of the Ukrainian Nazis Dmitri Iarosh had appealed to Umarov to attack Russia and

Obama just made things much, much worse in the Ukraine – now Russia is ready for war

Something absolutely huge has just happened in Russia: the Russian Council of the Federation, the equivalent of the US Senate, has just UNANIMOUSLY passed a resolution allowing Putin to use Russian armed forces in the Ukraine, something the Duma had requested earlier.  Before the vote took place, Russian senators said that Obama had threatened Russia, insulted the Russian people and that they demanded that Putin recall the Russian ambassador to