The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 feared dead in battle to take back city from Isis as scale of civilian casualties revealed

by Patrick Cockburn More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than More »

Tenfold increase in cholera cases in Yemen since April

By Thomas Gaist The war waged against Yemen by the Saudi monarchy, launched in March 2015 and supported extensively by the United States government, has produced a social catastrophe that easily ranks More »

Turkey agrees to pay Russia $2.5B for S-400 missile systems, official says

Turkey has agreed to pay Russia 2.5 billion dollars for its most advanced missile defense system S-400, an official said late Thursday. The official, speaking to Bloomberg on condition of anonymity, said More »

New violence in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

Azerbaijan on Tuesday, July 4 violated the ceasefire on the contact line with Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), using various caliber mortars and even employed a TR-107 rocket engine in the south of the More »

Terrorist attack in Lugansk

Today in the center of Lugansk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, there was an explosion near the Government House. A woman was wondered and died on her way to More »

 

Ukraine | Volunteer battalions represent a legitimacy dilemma for the Ukrainian government

by Michael Sheldon

Since the conclusion of Maidan, politically motivated private security actors operating in parallel with the Ukrainian government have played an integral part in the country’s security landscape. While some have been cooperating with Ukrainian authorities, others experience great friction with the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and Ministry of Interior Affairs (MIA), undermining the formal security structures of the Ukrainian government. It seems that political and military power have become inseparable at the unit level, with many battalion commanders also being career politicians or parliamentary members.

Ukraine | The Blurring of Ties Between the West and the “Azov” Battalion in Ukraine

By Ollie Richardson

On July 13th, NBC News – owned by Comcast, one of the big five media giants (Comcast, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS) – published the latest installment of video propaganda designed to whitewash not only the installed-by-the-West Nazis in Ukraine, but also Washington and friends’ own footprints in the bloodshed that followed the coup d’etat in Kiev in 2014.

Ukraine | ‘Ukraine on Fire’ exposes fascism

By Mike Kuhlenbeck

Director Igor Lopatonok’s powerful documentary, “Ukraine on Fire,” exposes the history of Western imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the 2014 coup that allowed the far-right to ascend to power.

“Ukraine on Fire” was written by Vanessa Dean and executive-produced by filmmaker Oliver Stone (“The Putin Interviews,” 2017). It contains much footage of the street violence that brought down the Ukrainian government in 2014. The film also features conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, as well as with award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry, the founder of Consortium News.

Ukraine | Chief Editor of Ukraine’s Vesti Links Searches to Media Holding’s Publications

On July 14, earlier in the day, Ukrainian newspaper Vesti said that special services were conducting searches in its office in the Gulliver trade center in Kiev, and the work of the editorial office was blocked. Later, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatolii Matios said that law enforcers were conducting more than 180 searches in the premises located in the Gulliver, owned by former Revenues and Duties Minister Oleksandr Klymenko, including the editorial office of Radio Vesti.

Ukraine | Terrorist attack in Lugansk

Today in the center of Lugansk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, there was an explosion near the Government House. A woman was wondered and died on her way to the hospital. She was the captain of the medical service of the LPR. A few more people were injured. According to preliminary data, a homemade explosive device was put into the garbage bin.
Half an hour later in the center of Lugansk, near the site of the previous explosion, a second explosion occurred. According to preliminary data, a car exploded 50 meters from the site of the first explosion. The authorities of the republic urged the townspeople to refrain from moving along the streets.
Special services of the neighboring Donetsk People’s Republic warned a few days before the explosions that the Kiev regime is preparing terrorist attacks in the Donbas to the G20 summit opening.

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