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Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Security Service of Ukraine releases evidence of Kremlin’s murderous face


Ukrainian servicemen sit on an armoured vehicle with a Ukrainian flag as a convoy of Ukrainian forces drive towards the eastern city of Debaltceve on July 30. © AFPUkrainian servicemen sit on an armoured vehicle with a Ukrainian flag as a convoy of Ukrainian forces drive towards the eastern city of Debaltceve on July 30. © AFP

Kyiv Post Editor’s Note: To counter Russian propaganda lies about the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Feb. 27, Dmitry Tymchuk has set up the Center of Military and Political Research in Kyiv. He served in the Army air defense from 1995-1998, the National Guard from 1998-2000 and in the Defense Ministry in subsequent years on missions to Iraq, Lebanon and Kosovo. His blogs are translated into English by Voices of Ukraine. The Kyiv Post has not independently verified his findings, but will correct any misinformation brought to our attention at news@kyivpost.com or 38-044-591-3344 or any of our contacts at http://www.kyivpost.com/contacts.

Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for July 30, 2014

The bad news:

  1. The SBU [Security Service of Ukraine] published the evidence that shelling onto the territory of Ukraine took place from Russia. The world must see this–especially those who still have doubts about the true murderous face of the Kremlin.

The fact that this evidence is available is undoubtedly a positive fact, but Russia responded in a peculiar way. As the Communist parliamentarian Vladimir Solovyov stated at the Russian Duma, Russia wants to impose restrictions on the soldiers’ use of the Internet. So that, the bastards, stopped posting the truth and did not interrupt the suit of professional liars like Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Vitaly Churkin, Sergei Shoigu, Dmitry Kiselyov.

A Russian parliamentarian explained the initiative, saying that Anatoliy Serdyukov [former Defense Minister] destroyed the army, and that Shoigu [current Defense Minister] must still do a lot to “strengthen and improve discipline.” So the very fact that Russia is the aggressor (and simple Russian soldiers, out of stupidity, provide the evidence that Moscow denies as it foams at the mouth) does not bother the members of Russian Parliament. The most important [task] is to hide the truth. There is one word [for them]–monsters.

  1. Starting tomorrow, [Ukrainian] security services along with Maidan activists launch a “hotline” in their joint fight against terrorism. People can inform the SBU 24/7, at 0-800-501-482, of any facts regarding suspicious persons in the region or the intent to carry out terrorist or subversive intelligence activities.

The very fact that such a hotline has been created is an absolutely right step. But, alas, it also serves as evidence that Ukraine is getting immersed in an atmosphere of total suspiciousness and fear of terrorism.

We have been challenged, and we will respond worthily. But I hate Putin for the fact that he, after initially throwing his own country into an abyss of terror, brought this fire into my country as well. I don’t want Ukrainians, like Russians, to be afraid to ride the subway or to think about a possible terrorist attack while going to a concert. And all because of a bunch of schizophrenic’s in the Kremlin.

  1. In Donetsk, the remaining broadcasting Ukrainian TV channels were turned off. Previously, Ukrainian TV channels with news segments were disconnected, and the entertainment and business channels remained. Now all is filled with Russian propaganda.

…We say that Donbas welcomes the ATO forces that free its cities from terrorists. But let’s face it: very often, this attitude isn’t caused by the immense love of the Ukrainian flag, but an elementary fear and fatigue from the insurgents’ lawlessness. In the minds of the absolute majority of people in the region lies the same Russian garbage behind terms like “junta,” “fascists,” “Banderites.”

The terrorists know that if they don’t constantly keep heating this Kremlin hysteria up, they are done. Because objective information from Ukrainian TV channels is no less terrible an enemy than Ukrainian airborne troops to them. And after freeing our lands from the Russian decay, we should do a great deal to make sure that Ukrainian Donbas stops seeing the world through the eyes of the moral pervert Kiselyov. Continue reading

#MH17: Belarus to host Ukraine crisis talks


Belarus is to host talks between Ukraine, Russia and OSCE representatives on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, President Alexander Lukashenko’s office has said.

It did not say when the meetings would take place but the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, asked Lukashenko to host the talks on Thursday, and to focus on securing access to the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down in east Ukraine this month.

Fierce fighting has prevented officials from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reaching the crash site for several days.

There was no indication pro-Russian separatists fighting Ukraine’s army would attend the talks, although Lukashenko’s office said “all interested sides” were invited.

The talks were expected to involve Russia’s ambassador to Kiev, Mikhail Zurabov, and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, who have met several times since the crisis began but have failed to secure a breakthrough.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine prevented OSCE representatives from reaching the crash site on Tuesday for the third successive day.

“Decisions are being made on a political level on ensuring safety on the site,” Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE in Ukraine said on Wednesday. “Today, as far as we know, we won’t be going there.”

An OSCE convoy had earlier on Wednesday been stopped by rebels about six miles outside the city of Donetsk because of fighting further along the route, but OSCE officials later denied the team had been trying to reach the crash site.

Poroshenko wants the talks in Minsk to also discuss the release of hostages Kiev claims are being held by the rebels in east Ukraine, the Ukrainian president said in a statement on Facebook.

He appears to have turned to Belarus for help because the former Soviet republic is a Moscow ally but also has a solid relationship with Ukraine.

The regional authorities in Donetsk, one of the regions worst hit by the fighting, said on Wednesday morning that 19 people had been killed in the past 24 hours.

Kiev’s military offensive has forced the rebels out of some areas they held, apart from their strongholds in and around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, and fighting has intensified since the airliner was brought down on 17 July killing all 298 people on board.

The west believes the separatists probably shot the plane down by mistake and has accused Russia of arming them. Moscow denies this.

The Guardian.

#MH17: Ukraine declares one-day cease-fire in east; investigators reach crash site


Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine — A team of forensics experts and crash investigators on Thursday reached the site where a Malaysia Airlines flight went down in eastern Ukraine two weeks ago, after days of delay caused by heavy fighting in the area.

The team of experts from the Netherlands and Australia, accompanied by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), took an alternate route to the wreckage through territory that government troops have recaptured from rebels before passing through a checkpoint controlled by the pro-Russian insurgents.

Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the head of the recovery mission, said the team’s first priority is to recover any human remains. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that the remains of as many as 80 passengers and crew may still be spread around the fields and towns of eastern Ukraine where the Malaysian plane fell to earth in pieces after it was struck by an antiaircraft missile.

They also aim to recover the stuff of memories — possessions such as passports, books, photographs and stuffed animals that the passengers carried aboard the plane. And they plan to start collecting evidence from the plane’s wreckage, lying in pieces in meadows, trees and backyards.

The team is the first large group of investigators to visit the crash site since it was shot down on July 17, although small groups of investigators were allowed in last week to take some photographs. The team made it to the site after aborting visits on four successive days.

Their success came on a day when the Ukrainian government suspended its offensive in the east against the separatists, declaring a one-day cease-fire in response to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call for a “day of silence” around the crash site. Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said government forces would fire only in self-defense. Reporters in the area said clashes were ongoing in the vicinity of the debris field.

In Kiev, meanwhile, the government pulled out of a political crisis when the Ukrainian parliament voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Yatsenyuk announced last week that he was resigning in what is now viewed as an ultimatum designed to force parliament to vote on an economic package.

Parliament’s rejection of his resignation is considered a victory for the reforms that Yatsenyuk has championed. Though officially in recess, the legislature returned for a one-day session Thursday and adopted a number of budgetary reforms in line with measures sought by the International Monetary Fund.

The legislature slashed the salaries of members of parliament and the cabinet, as well as other senior officials. It approved a 1.5 percent “military” duty through the end of this year, dedicated to national defense and the war it is waging in the east. That paved the way for Yatsenyuk to pursue new arms purchases, training for troops, gas for military vehicles and increased wages for soldiers. Continue reading

‘Russian involvement’ central to UK inquiry into ex-KGB agent’s death


By Michael Holden
Women holding a poster of deceased former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko light candles in his honor in Moscow on November 22, 2008.Women holding a poster of deceased former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko light candles in his honor in Moscow on November 22, 2008. © AFP

LONDON – Evidence which shows Russia was behind the 2006 murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London will mostly be given in secret, the chairman of a public inquiry into his death said on Thursday.

Kremlin critic Litvinenko, 43, died after being poisoned with a radioactive isotope in November 2006, a crime which from his death bed he blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement.

Formally opening an inquiry into the killing at London’s High Court, senior judge Robert Owen repeated his assertion that the British government held material which indicated the Russian state was responsible.

“The issues to which his death gives rise are of the utmost gravity and have attracted worldwide interest and concern,” Owen said.

It had been described to him as a “state-sponsored assassination” and “a miniature nuclear attack on the streets of London,” he said.

Anglo-Russian ties fell to a post-Cold War low in the wake of Litvinenko’s death, particularly after British prosecutors said there was enough evidence to charge former KGB agents Andrei Lugovoy and Dmitry Kovtun with murder.

Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London July 31, 2014.Marina Litvinenko, the wife of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was murdered in London in 2006, speaks outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London July 31, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville.

They were with Litvinenko at a London hotel when British police believe he was given tea poisoned with polonium-210. Moscow has refused to extradite them, and Lugovoy, who denied involvement, was later elected a lawmaker.

Relations between the countries improved after David Cameron became British prime minister in 2010, and his government had initially refused a request to hold a public inquiry.

The family of Litvinenko, who had been granted British citizenship, said the refusal had been made to protect business interests, and successfully challenged the decision in court, with judges ordering the government to reconsider,

Last week, with Anglo-Russian relations again at a low ebb after the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in a pro-Russian rebel-held part of Ukraine, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said there would be an inquiry after all.

Owen had originally been appointed as coroner to oversee an inquest into the death and suspended this on Thursday to allow the inquiry to begin instead.

FOCUS ON RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT

He said the allegations that the Russian state was culpable for the killing would be central to his investigation.

“HMG (government) material taken in isolation establishes a prima facie case that the Russian state was responsible for Mr Litvinenko’s death – a view that I myself have subsequently endorsed,” Owen said.

He said the material was of “such sensitivity” that most could not be heard in public and said some of his findings would remain secret. But he promised he would make public his conclusions about Russian involvement.

However, the inquiry would not examine whether British spies carried out the killing or could have prevented it, he said, explaining there was no evidence to suggest the first claim or to indicate Litvinenko’s life had been at serious risk.

Hearings ahead of the inquest also heard that Litvinenko had been working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, for several years.

A hearing to establish the format and other details of the inquiry will be held on Sept. 5 and Owen said it would begin in earnest in January next year.

“Finally we will know all about this crime,” Litvinenko’s widow Marina, who has fought a long battle to learn the truth behind the death, told reporters outside the court.

Reuters.

At least 363 soldiers killed in Russia’s war against Ukraine


by Iryna Yeroshko, Maryna Lysytsia.
Here are some of the Ukrainian soldiers killed in war since July 17. For a more complete set of photographs, go to the Kyiv Post print edition of Aug. 1. © CourtesyHere are some of the Ukrainian soldiers killed in war since July 17. For a more complete set of photographs, go to the Kyiv Post print edition of Aug. 1. © Courtesy

In its push to purge Russian-backed insurgents from eastern Ukraine, government forces this month freed several cities. Among them are the Donetsk Oblast cities of Dzerzhynsk, Rubizhne, Soledar, Debaltseve, Shakhtarsk and Torez, as well as Luhansk Oblast’s Lutugino, Lysychansk, Severodonetsk and Popasna.

But the nation paid a high price in liberating the cities, with more than 120 soldiers killed in battle since July 17. In total, 363 government troops have been killed and 1,434 wounded since the onslaught of the violence in April. The following is the list of soldiers killed in battle from July 17-28.

July 17

Ivan Yavkushyn, 31, from Yevpatoria, killed during shelling at a checkpoint in Marynivka, Donetsk Oblast. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Dmytro Hryhorenko, 22, from Fastiv, Kyiv Oblast, died from injuries received during battle on July 12.

Andriy Kostyrko, 24, from Bryukhovychi village, Lviv Oblast, was killed when Kremlin-backed insurgents shelled his group’s position in Luhansk.

July 18

Ruslan Chubatenko, 23, from Bereznyaky in Cherkasy Oblast, killed after rebels fired Grad rockets near Savur-Mohyla in Donetsk Oblast.

Oleh Barskyi, 38, was killed during shelling near Marynivka, Donetsk Oblast. He leaves a wife and a son.

Viktor Boiko, 40, from Cherkasy, was killed by sniper fire. He leaves a 12-year-old daughter.

Ihor Chernyak, a volunteer of the Donbass Battalion, was killed during battle near Popasna village, Luhansk Oblast.

Konstyantun Blozva was killed in battle near Popasna village, Luhansk Oblast.

Sergiy Bohonko, 22, from Yerky village, Cherkasy Oblast. The Donbas Battalion volunteer died from injuries in Artemivsk, Donetsk Oblast. Continue reading