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Summary – August 19, 2014

The bad news:

1. Unfortunately, we can confirm the fact that the column of Russian military equipment broke through to Luhansk today to back up the local militants. Some of the equipment arrived from Russia earlier, while other vehicles entered Donbas today from the territory of the Russian Federation.

According to our data, a few dozen units of military equipment broke through into the neighborhood of Luhansk, up to 40 of them are heavy armored vehicles. Part of this column entered the city.

How the column of vehicles could have broken through the blockade line, considering the fact that Luhansk is being blocked by a circle of checkpoints and fortified strongpoints of ATO forces–we currently cannot say.

2. LNR [Luhansk People’s Republic] terrorists argue that the shooting of the refugee convoy yesterday near Luhansk–was not them. This claim was made by I. [Ihor] Plotnitskiy, one of the insurgents’ leaders.

This statement could possibly confuse a casual observer who might erroneously think that this sinful deed that was committed, that such a terrible crime could be attributable to the ATO forces who shelled the convoy by mistake. If it were not for one “but.” The leader of the terrorists began swearing that the insurgents do not get thrown weapons from Russia, he said, “all military equipment is battle loot and was captured in battle.”

And here everything falls into place. It’s hard to assume that the insurgents could seize dozens of tanks and MLRS [Multiple Launch Rocket Systems] from the Ukrainian army, and it’s even less understandable where Ukrainian troops would get weapons and equipment available only in the Russian army, such as armored KamAZ trucks, the newest armored BTR-82 vehicles, Kord machine guns, AK [Kalashnikov] Series 100 automatic rifles, etc. etc.–this list is endless.

This lie about the weapons also proves the lie about the [fact of] the shelling of the convoy. But this little warlord, stuck deep in his lies, didn’t even use his brains when feeding his lies to the public.

The good news:

1. Our troops continue to liberate the land of the Donbas from pro-Russian and Russian filth. The cleanup of Ilovaysk is finishing, step by step Donetsk and Luhansk are being liberated. Combat is underway in the raion [district] settlements of Horlivka, Yasynuvata, Zhdanivka.

Moscow is seeking in any way to save its minions, already throwing them equipment and weapons without much secrecy. But only a maniac like Putin can continue to believe that the game is not over, and hope for some prospects for such criminal projects as the DNR and LNR [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics]. Tragically, this maniacal Kremlin is paid for with the blood of our guys, but in no way cancels the impending victory.

2. The Ministry of the Interior reported that it fired nearly 3,700 law enforcement officers in the Donetsk and Luhansk region throughout the duration of the ATO. Dozens of criminal cases were filed against local police officers who changed their oath.

It is a process, the value of which can hardly be overestimated. Because what would be the point of the ATO, if yesterday’s terrorist accomplices controlled the city of Donbas again today, waiting for the “whistle” from Russia to start all over again?

To this, [I] can only add that such a process should have been aggressively launched against the local authorities as well. Since it was already begun, it recently somehow started clearly to abate.

3. The Deputy Chairman of the European Parliament R. [Ryszard] Czarnecki said that the Ukrainian authorities should not agree to negotiations with terrorists in the Donbas, as they are not a worthy partner for dialogue, and should make every effort to drive them out of the country.

These are, in my understanding, the words of a man, not a boy. Kyiv announced that it would welcome a peaceful dialogue, if such were possible (remember the sad experience of the “ceasefire” of June 20-30th?). But since [we] cannot come to an agreement amicably, we will have to postpone the ceremonies. It is wonderful that the European Parliament, earlier blinded by an unconvincing pacifism, began to understand this fact.

Meanwhile, a terrorist is nevertheless a terrorist, [even] in Africa. And this statement by the representative of the European Parliament can be considered an unofficial recognition of the DNR and LNR [Donetsk- and Luhansk People’s Republics] as terrorist organizations, albeit by individual MEPs [Members of European Parliament]. Well, it’s up to an official recognition [now], which Ukraine is so yearning for.

Dmitry Tymchuk, Coordinator, Information Resistance

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine


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