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Ukraine Today: Human rights abuses by Kremlin-backed militants #humanrights


 Ukraine Today.Pro-Russian gunmen guard parade dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers during a march in mockery of the country's Independence Day celebrations in the main separatist stronghold Donetsk on Aug. 24, 2014.Pro-Russian gunmen guard parade dozens of captured Ukrainian soldiers during a march in mockery of the country’s Independence Day celebrations in the main separatist stronghold Donetsk on Aug. 24, 2014. © AFP

A woman was wrapped in a Ukrainian flag and forced to stand on the side of the road holding a sign reading “she kills children” by insurgent forces.

A gunman wrapped a woman in a Ukrainian flag, passers-by slap her face and throw tomatoes at her in Donetsk. 


 

Kyiv Post.

Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Russia loses its last remaining shred of decency #DmitryTymchuk


Dmitry Tymchuk's military blog
Brothers and sisters!

Here’s the Summary for August 26, 2014

The bad news:

[1]. Russia has lost its last remaining shred of decency. The lying, conniving and treachery of the Kremlin leadership goes beyond any limits imaginable. The undeclared war against Ukraine is becoming more and more obvious, even to the most naive of outsider observers.

Yesterday, units of the Russian army were fighting their way into the Donbas by breaking through into Ukrainian territory in two directions at once. The Ukrainian army punched them in the teeth. Russian paratroopers were taken prisoner. The Russian Ministry of Defense declared that the Russian soldiers ended up on the Ukrainian territory “by accident.”

It gets worse. Russian MI-24 helicopters fired unguided missiles at Ukrainian border guards stationed on Ukrainian territory. Four of our border guards were killed, three more wounded.

To say that Moscow’s cynicism is astounding–is to say nothing. For months on end, Russians have been “accidentally” killing Ukrainians on Ukrainian soil and “accidentally” supplying arms to terrorists; they also “accidentally” downed a Malaysian Boeing [MH-17] (while trying to “accidentally” shoot down a Ukrainian AN-26). I think it would only be logical if during Putin’s next visit to any civilized country, he would be accidentally arrested, accidentally tried and accidentally hanged (true, most civilized countries eschew the death penalty … but accidents happen).

In reality, Putin did not invent any “hybrid war” (African countries fought in this war format for half of the 20th century). His accomplishment is that he invented a “war for cowards.” Its essence lies in the fact that, before Putin, even the most cunning and treacherous dictator would somehow be responsible for the aggression he started. Putin is the first to come up with a way to use overwhelming lies and disingenuity to drown the neighboring country in blood, while bearing no responsibility for the slaughter. There is neither intelligence nor strategic brilliance here–only ingrained villainy.

[2]. Moscow is going to push another “humanitarian convoy” into Ukraine.

With his little eyes gleaming like a seasoned kleptomaniac, Sergey Lavrov, head of the Russian MFA and a professional propagandist declared, “Yesterday, we sent an official note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, informing [them] of our intention to prepare the next convoy of humanitarian aid.”

So, these bastards no longer bother to get permission to bring cargo into a foreign country. They simply “inform” of it. Then again, after the first “humanitarian aid” illegally entered into the Donbas, it would have been hard to expect otherwise.

[3]. Ukrainian media spread some sad news–at the current “Customs Union–Ukraine–European Union” meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Putin dedicated “less than 3% of his speech” to the armed conflict in Ukraine.

I’m a bit confused–what is so strange about that? Do you often see a maniac and a murderer flaunting his deeds in public? Like any criminal, VVP [Putin] will savor the details of his self-made Donbas massacre later, in a close circle of henchmen, with his sidekick [Sergey] Shoygu pouring prison chifir, the slag [Dmitry] Kiselyov huddling by the marble Kremlin toilet, and the merry jokester [Vladimir] Zhirinovsky beating on a guitar and singing The Folsom Prison Blues.

In public, Putin cannot afford such luxury.

The good news:

[1]. The situation in the ATO area, unfortunately, gives no cause to launch celebratory fireworks, but neither is there reason to panic and shout ‘all is lost.’

According to our information, adequate measures are being used in the Ilovaisk area–we cannot give out the details (and hope it isn’t a false start). Troubling messages arrive from the south, but we found no confirmation to the reports of some wide-scale “advance” of Russian troops on Novoazovsk (our data shows that clashes are happening in this area, but those involve enemy forces that broke through earlier that have not been destroyed yet–we are currently confirming this information).

At the same time, the ATO forces are carrying out raids, and simultaneously regrouping in several areas of the operation. We hope to see these actions followed by more optimistic reports.

[2]. President Poroshenko, in the meeting with the heads of the Eurasian troika and EU representatives in Minsk, suggested that all parties in the conflict in Ukraine exit from it “while saving face.”

How the current negotiations in Minsk will end, and what result they will give today, if any–that we don’t know. At least, for now. But it is clear that Putin has two options–to leave the situation now, with his hands bloody to the elbows, or to drown in that blood entirely. Hopefully, he understands that in the history of the world, such blood baths have ended well for no one.

[3]. Today, at an urgent meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, it was decided that–security forces will buyout all military equipment produced by Ukroboronprom [Ukrainian Defense Industry] State Enterprise and immediately ship it off to the combat action area. Repair of military equipment from now on will be carried out without delays, and armaments promptly issued from the MOD warehouses on requisition of the ATO forces.

I think that if such a decision had taken place two months ago, the ATO would have gone much better thus far. However, military officials still have a chance to sabotage this useful initiative even now. Let’s hope that will not be the case.

President urged his colleagues at the #Minsk meeting to support the strategy of peaceful future of Ukraine


President Petro PoroshenkoPresident of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged all the participants of the meeting Ukraine-EU-“Eurasian trio” to support peaceful settlement of the situation in Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

“I am confident that today, the only possible instrument of terminating bloodshed and ensuring post-conflict reconstruction of the Donbas is peaceful settlement. I call on all the participants of the meeting to consider and take this as a basis for the settlement of the situation,” the Head of State said at the meeting.

The President noted that he was ready to discuss different options that would ensure the strategy of peaceful future for Ukraine and the entire Europe.

The first and foremost precondition for stabilization of the situation in the East of Ukraine, according to Petro Poroshenko, is the establishment of efficient control over the Ukrainian-Russian border. “It is necessary to do everything to stop the supply of armored vehicles and arms to the militants. Such control is possible only with the involvement of the OSCE mission into the monitoring and verification of the border,” he said.

The President also called for immediate liberation of all hostages. Including Ukrainian citizens who are now abroad. “These steps will open the way to peaceful settlement and beginning of the restoration of the Donbas,” he noted.

Petro Poroshenko stressed that the government had already been considering options of restoring the region and its development after the settlement of the situation and the achievement of peace. “The international community also supports such intentions and efforts. Our foreign partners are ready to provide concrete proposals in the course of the donor conference on Ukraine planned for autumn,” the President said inviting the participants of the meeting to take part in it.

At the same time, Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the implementation of those initiatives would become possible only after making decisive steps on de-escalation of the conflict in the Donbas.

Official website of President of Ukraine.

Ukraine cites support for peace plan #RussiaUkraine #Minsk


Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gets traditional salt and bread upon arrival in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Poroshenko arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for discussions with Russia and Ukraine with a view to creating a new political impulse towards finding a political, sustainable solution to the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Brushko)Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gets traditional salt and bread upon arrival in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Poroshenko arrived in Minsk on Tuesday for discussions with Russia and Ukraine with a view to creating a new political impulse towards finding a political, sustainable solution to the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Brushko)

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Interfax news agency is quoting Ukraine’s president as saying the leaders he met with in Minsk, which included Russian President Vladimir Putin, support his peace plan.

It was not immediately clear if the support prefigured a quick end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces.

Putin, whose country is accused by Kiev and the West of arming and supporting the rebels, was to speak to reporters separately.

A father, a volunteer, holds his little daughter as relatives and friends say good-buy to volunteers before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion unit fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. It was the second straight day that attacks were reported in the vicinity of Novoazovsk, which is in eastern Ukraine’s separatist Donetsk region but previously had seen little fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)A father, a volunteer, holds his little daughter as relatives and friends say good-buy to volunteers before they were sent to the eastern part of Ukraine to join the ranks of special battalion unit fighting against pro-Russian separatists, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. It was the second straight day that attacks were reported in the vicinity of Novoazovsk, which is in eastern Ukraine’s separatist Donetsk region but previously had seen little fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)


Associated Press.

Muslims in Norway Marched against ISIS and Extremism #NO2ISIS


by Zakaria Yahia.Top politicians, Islamic and Christian religious leaders and people of diverse backgorunds protested terrorist organization ISIL and religious extremism.Top politicians, Islamic and Christian religious leaders and people of diverse backgrounds protested terrorist organization ISIS and religious extremism.

Thousands in Oslo protested against ISIS and local extremists recruiting Norwegian youth to fight in Syria.

The demonstration, organized by young Muslims in Norway, gathered people of different religious and ethnicities together in Oslo against religious extremism and the crimes of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The crowd filled the entire Grønland square as the demonstration started at 17.00.

After short talks by the organizers, demonstrators marched through Oslo streets towards Norwegian Parliement (Stortinget) with slogans of “No to ISIS”, “ISIS is not in Islam’s Name”, “Against ISIS terror for Peace”.

When the protestors arrived at Eidsvold space, in front of Stortinget, the number has reached to almost ten thousand, according to the organizers.

Norwegian convert Yousef Bartho Assidiq told that he is so angry with ISIS barbarity and the members of the marginal group Prophets Ummah, who previously expressed support for ISIS.

  • We have taken back the city from racists and Nazis. Now we’ll take it back from extermists groups like Prophets Umma, said Assidiq in his speech at Grønland.

19 years old Faten Al-Mahdi Hussein also denounced the Norwegian extremist Ubaydullah Hussain and his group Prophets Umma.

She added that she would rather call that group “The Devils Ummah”.

  • It is important for the Norwegian community to see the difference between normal Muslims and people who call themselves Muslims but are completely lack of Muslim attitudes, she said in her speech in front of the Parliament.

Talking to The Nordic Page, two demonstrators Tonje (67) and Silje (69) said they traveled from Tåsen province of the city and it worthed to participate and see the young people initiate this meaningful event. Tonje said they are more positive about Norway’s future as they see so many active and responsible young people in the demonstration.

A young demonstrator Ali (16) said being in the dmeonstration is important to take away from extremists people and ideologies and say that we do not share the same principles and values with those extremists.

Among other politicians and stakeholders, Prime Minister Erna Solberg also had a speech during the demonstration. Solberg said all stand together against extremists.

  • Today it is about what we believe. We all believe in freedom of speech, democracy, freedom of religion and the political discussion to take place without violence, said she in her speech in the end of the demonstration.

Norwegian muslims, party leaders and many others demonstrating against IS/ISIS in Oslo. #NO2ISISNorwegian muslims, party leaders and many others demonstrating against IS/ISIS in Oslo.  #NO2ISIS#NO2ISIS#NO2ISIS“Thousands of Norwegian Muslims” are protesting right now against #ISIS in #Oslo via @wk_alk“Thousands of Norwegian Muslims” are protesting right now against  in  via @wk_alk#NO2ISIS#NO2ISISSource: The Nordic Page Norway


The Oslo Times.