Daily Archives: August 13, 2015

China | Death toll rises to 44 from massive Tianjin blasts

The death toll has climbed to 44 from two massive blasts that ripped through a warehouse in north China’s port city of Tianjin as of Thursday noon, according to rescue headquarters.
Twelve firefighters were among the dead.
A total of 520 people have been hospitalized, including 66 critically injured.
An explosion ripped through a warehouse storing “dangerous goods” in north China’s Tianjin City late Wednesday night.
The blast started at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Binhai New Area. The fireballs erupted from it then ignited further explosions in companies nearby.
The shockwaves were felt kilometers away, with some residents claiming their window glass and fish tanks shattered. People in neighborhoods nearby said flames lit up the sky and the blasts with big noises blew up dust of dozens of meters high.
Lu Yun, head of the nearby Taida Hospital, said they have received more than 50 wounded people, and more are coming. The injuries were mainly from broken glass or stones. Some of the injuries are serious.
Witnesses recall panic moments of China’s fatal warehouse blasts
TIANJIN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) — Du Wenjun, a resident in north China’s Tianjin Municipality, never imaged that he could see a “mushroom cloud” outside the window of his own home.
At around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a blast ripped through a warehouse that is several kilometers away from Du’s dwelling, leaving at least 17 people dead and more than 400 injured.
When the blast occurred, Du felt strong jolts and saw a huge column of smoke not far away. A video clip of a witness showed that the heavy smoke dispersed high in the sky, shortly after fires raged with loud bangs.
Zhao Lirong, a 35-year-old businesswoman from Inner Mongolia, was sleeping when the blast blew off the windows and doors in her apartment, hitting her head, her son’s neck and her husband’s feet.
A dozen family members living in the apartment were wounded. But all of them run out of the building and walked to the Teda hospital nearby.
People rushed into the streets with pajamas, some worrying that an earthquake would happen.
There was a heavy traffic congestion of over hundreds of meters at 1 a.m. on the street near the warehouse, according to Lu Qing, a witness driving by.
According to the official Weibo account of the Ministry of Public Security, the Tianjin fire bureau received the first report of the fire at 22:50 p.m. on Wednesday. Nine fire brigades and three specialty teams were dispatched to the spot, followed by another nine brigades and 35 fire trucks an hour later.

Ukraine | Politically motivated arrest in Italy

Igor Markov, one of the leaders of the Rescue Committee of Ukraine, was arrested in Italy. He was arrested at August 12 by Interpol on the Ukraine’s demand. The official pretext for arrest is an old incident dates by 2007 year. At one rally Markov had slightly beaten Ukrainian fascist. This is not serious crime, and the limitation period for crime prosecution has finished many years before according to actual Ukrainian laws. But due to political reasons of his opponents he was prosecuted on this pretext by former presidents of Ukraine, firstly by Yushchenko, secondly by Yanukovich. New president Poroshenko continues this tradition. According to Interior ministry of Ukraine, Ukrainian police insists on extradition of Markov to Ukraine. If Italy agrees, he will fell in the hands of his sworn political enemies.
So the Rescue committee of Ukraine is a real danger for dictatorial regime in Kiev. If they started to catch its members just after committee was proclaimed, it means that they are really afraid. Moreover, if Markov was so quickly arrested in one of the Western countries, it means that Western powers agreed to Poroshenko and his team.

Russia | Violation of Minsk agreements at Donbas from 1st to 10th of August

At one of Russian blogs we have found schemes of Minsk agreements violation based on OSCE mission information and made in popular form. They correspond to appropriate OSCE reports, that is why we present them here. Their author is a chief of The Foundation for the Study of Democracy.

Western powers continue to supply non-lethal military aid for Ukraine

August 12, in Germany, the party of trucks for Ukraine proceeded via the port of Kiel.
These are old British military trucks. They were loaded on the ferry going to Klaipeda (Lithuania).


Ukraine | Saakashvili will plunder state property of Ukraine in the Odessa region

August 12
Odessa Regional Council gave up a part of its powers in matters of privatization of state property and handed them over to the governor Saakashvili. Now Saakashvili and his subordinates will themselves determine the procedure for the privatization of any object in the Odessa region. In turn, Saakashvili said that the Ukrainian government is going to pass at the disposal of the region a part of the state property belonging directly to Kiev. http://timer-odessa.net/news/oblastnoy_sovet_peredal_saakashvili_polnomochiya_po_privatizatsii_kommunalnoy_sobstvennosti_399.html Thus, Saakashvili will determine the order of the privatization of a large number of enterprises.
The Ukrainian government plans to privatize a number of large enterprises in the Odessa region in the near future. Among them are several large ports and a factory in Yuzhny, which produces ammonia and carbide. All these enterprises are highly profitable, and American corporations have shown an increased interest to them. Saakshvili’s role is a well-defined in these plans: to privatize profitable companies so that the American owners get maximum benefits, and Ukraine the maximum loss.