Daily Archives: August 17, 2015

Ukraine | Artillery shelling of the Donbas cities continues

Ukrainian army continues to shell at night the cities of Donbas, adjacent to the front line.
The rebels’ leadership publicly stated yesterday that the Ukrainian army pulls reserves to the front line and is preparing for an attack. The head of the Donetsk Republic Zakharchenko said publicly that the Minsk agreement dead. Their concern is shared by the German Foreign Ministry. The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused Kiev of preparing for the failure of the Minsk Agreement.
Despite the expected offensive the fights are purely positional in recent days. Ukrainian army is still continuing intense shelling of the cities at night. There was no so heavy shelling from January 2015. However, in the evening and during the night from 16 to 17 August the intensity of the shelling was less than on the night from 15 to 16 of August. Precise casualty figures are not available. It was reported five dead civilians. Information on casualties in the armed forces both sides did not disclose.
In general, both military and diplomatic situation is heating up. It is not clear how this situation can be resolved peacefully.

Russia | War crimes of the armed forces and security forces of Ukraine: torture of the Donbas region residents

Russian Foundation for the Study of Democracy has published special report on war crimes in Ukraine and Donbas in particular.

The Foundation stresses: “The information collected by the Foundation for Democracy Studies gives grounds to believe that the Ukrainian armed forces, the National Guard and other military units of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine, as well as the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) systematically and on purpose violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights that reads, ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’”

Germany | MH17 – Die ungestellten und die unbeantworteten Fragen

Bereits kurz nach dem Absturz von MH17 starteten westliche Medien eine Pro­pa­gan­daschlacht, in der den Se­pa­ra­tis­ten und Russland vorgeworfen wur­de, für die Katastrophe verantwortlich zu sein. Das Gebell war so laut und die Fakten – bis heute – so dünn, dass der Eindruck, hier solle etwas vertuscht werden, sich jedem Beobachter geradezu aufdrängen muss.