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Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:51:51 +0000

Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here’s what it felt like to be there


Another attack from Kiev has hit central Donetsk, targeting a funeral and a hotel where numerous reporters stay and work

Photo: Eva K Bartlett

Aug 4, 2022, RT.com (*blog version longer than originally published at RT)

-Eva K Bartlett

At 10:13 am Thursday, Ukraine began shelling central Donetsk. There were five powerful blasts in the space of ten minutes. The last explosion blew out my hotel's ground-floor glass, including a sitting room – where journalists often congregate before and after going out to do field reporting, and where until less than ten minutes prior, I'd been sitting working on my laptop – and the lobby, which I had passed through a minute earlier. A cameraman's assistant who was there at the time of that fifth explosion suffered a concussion from the force of the blast.

A woman walking outside the building was killed, as were at least four others, including an 11 year old rising-star ballerina, her grandmother, and her teacher (a world-renowned former ballerina).

This girl was killed yesterday by the Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk. pic.twitter.com/Fhk4KOWUYH

— Maria Dubovikova (@politblogme) August 5, 2022

Donetsk Telegram channels are filled with videos locals have taken, of the dead, the injured and the damage, and of grief-stricken people. One such hard-to-watch Telegram post (warning: graphic footage) features a man in shock at the gruesome sight of the bodies of his murdered wife and grandchild on a street two blocks from the hotel.

There were another 4 or 5 close blasts 1.5 hours after the first 5.

I'm told five have been killed and at least ten injured.https://t.co/OwpgZaWjgN

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 4, 2022

First estimates placed the number at at least ten, among them two ambulance workers: a paramedic and a doctor.

Reading the news, you have the luxury of graphic image warnings and the choice not to look at the pictures and videos of the carnage that occurred on Thursday, as well as over the past eight years of Ukraine's war on Donbass. The people here on the ground don't get a warning, or a choice as to whether they will see the mutilated remains of a loved-one or stranger. As uncomfortable as it is to see such footage, it does need to be shown if the world is to know the truth of what's going on in Donbass, to give voice to the locals, killed and terrorized by Ukrainian forces as Western corporate media looks elsewhere or covers up these crimes.

Chronology of the bomb strikes

When the shelling started, I was in my room editing footage from the previous day – from the aftermath of another Ukrainian shelling of a Donetsk district.

While in Kirovskiy, Donetsk, this morning at a site of a Ukrainian bombing yesterday, we learned of a nearby area that just shelled by Ukraine, a woman killed.

Ukrainian terrorism. pic.twitter.com/LUnVNINdLc

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 3, 2022

You wouldn't know it from most Western media coverage but explosions are so common here that I didn't think much of the blast other than it was louder than usual and the car alarms were going off.

Seven minutes later, another explosion, much louder and much closer. From the window, smoke could be seen rising to the north, probably 200 meters away. This would have been right near the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where the funeral ceremony for Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Colonel Olga Kachura, killed yesterday, was commencing.

A minute later, another loud blast sent me running from the room, which faced the direction of incoming artillery. Luckily, the only damage ended up being a broken window.

Downstairs, journalists who had been in the hotel and others who had been outside ready to go out reporting, took shelter in the hallway for the time being, ready to run to the basement if things escalated, telling me that the last shelling hit 50 metres from the hotel.

One told me he had been preparing to go film and was about 10 meters away from where the last shell struck. "I believe they were trying to target the funeral. And journalists also," he said. He also said there was a woman outside who had lost a leg, and that she was probably dead by now.

I left the lobby briefly and during that time, the fifth strike hit, blowing out the windows and killing a woman just outside the hotel. Journalists in the lobby suffered from the pressure of the blast. A cameraman's assistant got a concussion from it. It was by pure luck that I was not in the lobby.

I was back inside the hotel, sitting in a hallway, beginning to stitch together my footage, to publish it, when the shelling resumed. Journalists still outside ran back in. After another four blasts, the shelling died down. Meanwhile, Telegram was filled with videos people had sent from Donetsk streets. A man slumped dead near a bus stop. Three civilians slaughtered on a sidewalk just two streets from the hotel, a man shrieking his grief at the horrific site of his wife and granddaughter in pieces.

After the dust had settled and it seemed Ukraine had stopped its shelling, we went outside to document the damage, and the carnage. The poor women killed by the shelling was by this point covered with a hotel curtain, blood stains around her body.

It's safe to assume that Kiev's forces' intended target was the funeral service for Colonel Kachura, aiming perhaps to send a message to the DPR military and the civilians who support it. While that would be egregious by itself, it is likely that a hotel housing journalists was not just 'collateral damage,' either.

It is common for aggressors like Ukraine or Israel or terrorists in Syria to target journalists. In 2009, as it waged war on the civilians of Gaza, Israel repeatedly shelled a media building I was in.

It was bad enough that Israel closed border crossing and wouldn't allow journalists into Gaza (I was already there), but then went on to target media, to silence any honest reporting on its war crimes against Palestinians. https://t.co/7VbkWiLDKV

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) May 12, 2021

In May 2021, as it resumed intensely bombing Gaza, Israel destroyed two Gaza media buildings housing 20 media outlets.

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

Ukraine routinely persecutes, censors, imprisons, tortures, and targets media personnel, putting us on kill lists.

Kiev's forces know a lot of journalists stay at this hotel for its central location and strong wifi. Many frequently do their live reports from outside the hotel. And those staying there, as well as in other central Donetsk neighbourhoods, have been loudly reporting on Ukraine's showering of Donetsk with the insidious, internationally-prohibited 'butterfly' anti-personnel mines of late – the latest, until today, in the list of Kiev's war crimes. These explosives are designed to rip off feet and legs, and Ukraine has repeatedly fired rockets containing them, intentionally dropping them on civilian areas in Donetsk and other Donbass cities.

After the explosions rang out in central Donetsk Thursday, Emergency Services arrived at the scene and, following a period of calm, journalists went out to document the damage and the dead. The woman I'd been told about lay in a pool of blood, covered with what appeared to be a curtain from one of the blown-out windows.

The calm didn't last long. Ukraine soon resumed shelling, and journalists outside ran back inside as we received another four attacks. "It's like a common thing, they shoot one place and shoot it again. So we're in the middle of that process right now," a Serbian guy near me said. The chief of a local Emergency Services headquarters told me Kiev also makes triple strikes, not only double.

It is said that Ukraine used NATO-standard 155mm caliber weapons in today's attack. If that is true, this is another instance of Ukraine using Western-supplied weapons to slaughter and maim civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.

If by bombing a hotel full of journalists Kiev wanted to intimidate them away from reporting on Ukraine's war crimes, it won't work. Most journalists reporting from on the ground here do so because, unlike the crocodile tears of the West for conflicts they create, we actually care about the lives of people here.

I expanded my short August 4 clip on Ukraine's bombing of central Donetsk.

The attacks slaughtered 6 people, leaving the horrific sight of their mangled corpses on streets.

Another of Ukraine's war crimes, in its 8+ years of war on the Donbass people.https://t.co/R8yWugBiyI

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 6, 2022

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Twitter facilitates cyber terrorism and NATO-proxy war crimes in Ukraine [Vanessa Beeley's recent article on Louise Mensch's call, via Twitter, for my assassination…which Twitter does not deem to be in violation of its bogus "standards"]

Hmm @TwitterSupport took down @FiorellaIsabelM's tweet exposing @LouiseMensch's call for a hit on journalist Eva Bartlett & is preventing Fiorella from accessing her account until she deletes the tweet, but it won't remove Mensch's call for death? Is Twitter protecting fascists? pic.twitter.com/yVPNqHryKk

— The Convo Couch (@theconvocouch) August 2, 2022

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Who killed the POWs at Yelenovka? All signs on the ground point to a Ukrainian attack


There is every reason to believe that the July 29 bombing of a detention center holding Ukrainian POWs was carried out on Kiev's orders

Aug 2, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

It was extremely difficult to witness the charred and twisted remains of Ukrainian POWs in the Yelenovka detention center at first hand. The stench of death was overwhelming. Bodies remained in the ruins and melted into the metal bunk beds they were on at the time of the bombing.

Other corpses, presumably killed by shrapnel instead of burning to death, lay outside. A soldier was inspecting them, presumably in order to determine the exact cause, and the victims' identities. Even if the Ukrainian side killed its own soldiers, it was the Russians who took care to identify the remains.

I shared some of the gruesome photos and my thoughts on Twitter immediately after getting back from Yelenovka.

https://twitter.com/EvaKBartlett/status/1553045892109934592

The next morning, I went around Donetsk to document the extremely dangerous "petal" mines Ukraine has dropped on the city. According to DPR Emergency Services, eight civilians had been killed by these mines just the day before. If you step on one of these tiny-but powerful-explosives, chances it will merely tear off a leg instead of outright killing you. And they are insidiously toy-like in appearance, likely to attract children's attention.

Even with warning, these nefarious "petal"/"butterfly" mines dropped by Ukraine on Donetsk are hard to see & easy to miss.

Ukraine is committing war crimes against the civilians of the Donbass, and has been for 8+ years. pic.twitter.com/p5byG95GVG

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 1, 2022
Who benefits from the war crime at Yelenovka?

Ukraine and Western media, as would be expected, blame Russia for the bombing of Yelenovka detention center, which killed 53 people. Russia and the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), in turn, point the finger at Kiev.

In addition to those killed, the 2am bombing, which DPR officials say was carried out using American-supplied HIMARS, injured at least eight employees and over 70 POWs held there. The prisoners were captured Ukrainian combatants, mainly members of the Azov neo-Nazi militia who'd surrendered in Mariupol in May.

If HIMARS, or High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, were indeed the source of the destruction and death, then it is almost certain it was Ukraine who bombed the prison, given that Kiev had the coordinates and is the only side in the conflict that possesses such weapons. Even the Pentagon admits it is possible, albeit characterizing the strike as "unintentional."

From a logical perspective, Russia had no motivation to bomb the prison. For Ukraine, on the other hand, these POWs represented a liability, in that they could testify to the alleged war crimes they committed against Donbass civilians.

Ukraine has made a litany of claims meant to incriminate Russia throughout the current conflict –the Bucha massacre, the strike on the Mariupol maternity hospital, the Ghost of Kiev hoax, the supposed mass graves of civilians, the outlandish false allegations of Russian soldiers committing sexual crimes, which even saw the former Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights fired by Kiev's own parliament.

Russia has invited the UN and the International Red Cross to investigate the Yelenovka prison bombing. Meanwhile, observers online have used the publicly available data to put together a picture of what occurred. Here's an insightful analysis from the Rybar Telegram channel (with more than 627,000 followers), specializing in military analytics:

"The eastern part of the building suffered the most damage, where a powerful fire and explosion occurred, which blew out the windows." Judging by the angle of impact, the analyst concludes that "the shooting was carried out from the trajectory of Marinka-Kurakhovo –the Sergeevka triangle– Pokrovsk-Udachnoe." This is Ukrainian-controlled territory. The analysis could not conclude whether HIMARS was used, from the information at hand.

Along the 'who benefits?' line of thinking, a number of circumstances also point to Kiev. These have also been pointed out by Russian observers and compiled into a chronology. The captured Azov Nazis were taken to the Yelenovka detention center in late May. While prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and Russia have included Azov fighters, there is a strong opposition to handing them back over to Kiev, meaning that there's no guarantee that they would be exchanged in the future – potentially making them a liability to Kiev. By June 20 reports of Ukraine shelling the prison already appeared on Russian channels watching the conflict. On July 28 the confession of an Azov member emerged, claiming that neo-Nazis in Kharkov and Kiev had direct orders from Zelensky's office to torture and murder Russian prisoners of war. Late that night/early next morning, Ukraine struck the very detention center holding the Azov member who confessed, as well as others who might have done so.

Elsewhere, other neo-Nazis in captivity have confessed to deliberately murdering civilians, a PR disaster for Ukraine, made worse were the prisoners in Yelenovka to follow suit.

Last but not least, just two days before the Yelenovka strike, the US Senate passed a resolution urging the State Department to recognize Russia as a "sponsor of terrorism." By perpetrating an attack and blaming it on Moscow, Kiev could be aiming to push that decision through – even though the State Department is reportedly reluctant.

And here's the reason behind today's Ukrainian missile attack: Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, wrote that the "Russian terrorist attack in Yelenovka" should lead to the recognition of Russia as a sponsor of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/MYFqoJhBNt

— Maria Dubovikova (@politblogme) July 29, 2022

Given Ukraine's multiple attempts to incriminate Russia, and eight years of bombing Donbass civilians, killing their own soldiers is not too far-fetched. In fact, surrendered Ukrainian soldiers have claimed their commanders threatened to shoot them if they attempted desertion, and indeed Ukrainian nationalists firing on them when they attempted to surrender, in one case killing or wounding dozens .

It is left to Russian and DPR doctors to preserve the lives of Ukrainian POWs – even those apparently injured by friendly fire. Outside a Donetsk hospital after the Yelenovka bombing, one of the doctors working on wounded Ukrainians said that five had already had successful surgery for their shrapnel wounds, and two more were to undergo operations.

"It doesn't matter which side you're on, we will help you," he said.

The ghastly scenes of charred flesh and shrapnel-studded bodies I saw at the prison will remain etched in my mind for a long time. Yes, war is ugly, but Ukraine is upping the ante when it comes to both war crimes and hypocrisy.

*Warning: below are extremely graphic images, which I've blurred slightly, but still, not for the weak of stomach.*

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Today is Remembrance Day for Child Victims of the Donbass War, 130 of Them.


"Today is the Remembrance Day of the children-victims of war in Donbass

130 innocent souls. Children, forgive us…"

*Video at link: https://t.me/dpr_mfa/624

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"Gorlovka was hardest hit in 2014, especially on July 27, when the center was rocked by Ukrainian-fired missiles from morning to evening. After the dust settled and the critically-injured had succumbed to their wounds, at least 30 were dead, including five children, Alexey tells me. The day came to be known as Bloody Sunday.

Alexey and I walked around the city, where he showed me the Bloody Sunday sites. We passed a busy bus stop on a busy street where residents were amassed waiting for their buses. This bus stop was one of the Bloody Sunday sites.

As Alexey told me:

'The largest number of victims happened near this bus stop. There were mainly babushkas (grandmothers) here, selling flowers and vegetables. They came under Grad strikes and they died.'

Hero Square, not far away, also came under fire: 'There was mainly youth there, students. Several people died from the blasts, including the 'Madonna of Gorlovka', Kristina Zhuk, with her infant daughter Kira.'

A mural just near the main city square depicts Kristina and Kira on Bloody Sunday, rising above the plumes of smoke and the bloodbath.

Not far from the bus stop, a monument commemorates the Gorlovka victims of Ukrainian bombings and sniping from 2014-2017. Near a sculpture of an angel, over 230 names fill the marble slabs, the first dedicated solely to children, 20 of them."

Under Fire from Ukraine and Misperceived by the West, The People of the DPR Share Their Stories

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Donetsk, at the Alley of Angels

Memorial to six year old Polina Grebennikova, killed on June 21 in Makeevka, by Ukrainian shelling.

In Gaza
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Journalist Steve Sweeney Exposes RSF’s Call For Censorship of Russian Media As Ukraine Bombs Donbass Civilians


Steve Sweeney has reported from hot spots around the world, exposing Imperialist war crimes and attempts to interfere in and destabilize sovereign nations.

He is Morning Star International Editor, founder of Media Workers for Palestine, and reports on global liberation movements, press freedom & resistance.

Steve contacted me the other day to ask for a statement on Reporters Without Borders' (RSF) recent appeal to censor Russian media, on their premise that Russian media is "inciting hatred" and "condoning war crimes."

He also contacted RSF with an excellent list of questions including why a (supposed) press freedom group is demanding that alternative media narratives are censored, could they give concrete examples regarding what they've accused Russian media of doing (no), and whether RSF would comment on journalists like me being put on Ukraine's kill list because of my reporting from on the ground in Donbass, where I've just returned incidentally.

After a series of insightful exchanges, I asked Steve to please have a conversation with me about all of this. What a conversation it was! In our conversation, he details how RSF panicked and stalled replying, only to essentially give lengthy non-answers and flat out refuse to address some questions (including the one about me and Ukraine's kill list).

A spoiler: Steve notes that RSF is not the neutral body it pretends to be, instead receiving obscene amounts of money from NED, Soros' Open Society, USAID, the Ford Foundation…a "rogue's gallery of the worst kind of regime change organizations."

As RSF endeavours to shut down Russian media, I joined my Russian colleagues today in going to sites that were bombed by Ukraine yesterday in Gorlovka, killing one civilian & leaving two others in critical condition. This is the sort of crimes Ukraine has been perpetrating for over eight years, and its courageous journalists like my colleagues who have been putting their lives on the line to expose Ukraine's genocide of the Donbass people. RSF by whitewashing Ukraine's crimes is abetting in genocide.

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I'm on a 'hit list' Kiev allows to silence dissent & journalism. That's all you need to know about Ukrainian 'democracy'

https://myrotvorets.center/criminal/bartlett-eva-karen/

How cute: instead of doing a report on the fact that Ukraine has me on a kill list for my journalism, Canadian state-funded CBC seems to be gearing up to do a smear on my participation on a tribunal on Ukraine's war crimes.

I'm 99% sure CBC/Joe know of the kill list, because… pic.twitter.com/9QszNRpAIA

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) June 2, 2022

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However, in my opinion, RSF could stand condemning the kill list more loudly & frequently (I couldn't find any recent mentions, only from 2016 or so), particularly since journalists whose details were put on the site were then assassinated…https://t.co/dQGbIm8iR4

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 4, 2022

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Government-Funded CBC Smears Me. Interview With Maverick Media: “CBC Fake News: Hit Piece Targets Journalists (Eva Bartlett)”


Rick Walker had me back on his show (listen to our previous conversation about Ukraine's kill list), this time to discuss CBC's deceitful, unprofessional, lie-based, smear piece on me.

In the interview, I note how disingenuous the entire piece is, from moment of emailing me to request an interview (no thanks, not interested! I know how corporate hacks roll.); how they intentionally omitted any mention of Ukraine's kill list, which I am on and which Rick Walker & colleagues specifically contacted the CBC about; their deceitful framing of my journalism (on the ground in the Donbas under Ukrainian bombing) as me being a duped "frontline soldier" in Russian researcher and journalist, Maxim Grigoriev (who I know and respect)'s plot to frame Ukraine as being overrun with Nazis (it is) and committing war crimes (Ukraine & its Nazis are)…and more, including the things CBC omits: Ukraine's bombing of the DPR & LPR, targeting civilians, apartments, hospitals, schools, city streets, rescuers, etc…

CBC thinks its viewers are idiots, clearly.

I'd like to note, however, that since the smear, I've gotten many supportive emails, messages and comments, and an increase in people who ask to support me financially. So, thanks, CBC, and more importantly, thank all of you who support in any manner.

I'll put related links at the bottom of this post.

Please see also:

My Twitter thread deconstructing the CBC smear:

Tamara Lorincz's excellent breakdown of CBC's US govt-funded thinktank source brought on to discredit me.

1/Hey @Justin_Ling, regarding your hit job on @EvaKBartlett on @CBC, you failed to mention that your special guest @timsquirrell works for @ISDglobal, which is funded by #US govt, Republican & CIA-affiliated donors & is partnered w pro-@NATO think tanks.🧵https://t.co/7a8EK97yXl pic.twitter.com/FEpI6PN8Oy

— Tamara Lorincz (@TamaraLorincz) July 6, 2022

Karin Brothers' excellent open letter to the CBC

Some Thoughts On Journalism:

As I wrote in a rebuttal to a Guardian smear, "Addressing "the propaganda that is so often disguised as journalism, "award-winning journalist and film maker, John Pilger, said (emphasis added):

"Edward Bernays, the so-called father of public relations, wrote about an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. He was referring to journalism, the media. That was almost 80 years ago, not long after corporate journalism was invented. It's a history few journalists talk about or know about, and it began with the arrival of corporate advertising.

As the new corporations began taking over the press, something called 'professional journalism' was invented. To attract big advertisers, the new corporate press had to appear respectable, pillars of the establishment, objective, impartial, balanced. The first schools of journalism were set up, and a mythology of liberal neutrality was spun around the professional journalists. The right to freedom of expression was associated with the new media.

The whole thing was entirely bogus. For what the public didn't know, was that in order to be professional, journalists had to ensure that news and opinion were dominated by official sources. And that hasn't changed. Go through the New York Times on any day, and check the sources of the main political stories, domestic and foreign, and you'll find that they're dominated by governments and other establishment interests. That's the essence of professional journalism."

On a publicly-shared Facebook post, journalist Stephen Kinzer wrote:

"I happen to agree with Eva's take on Syria, but from a journalist's perspective, the true importance of what she does goes beyond reporting from any single country. She challenges the accepted narrative–and that is the essence of journalism. Everything else is stenography. Budding foreign correspondents take note!!"

In a later interview with Kinzer, he told me:

"The great curse of our press in the West is willingness to accept the official narrative. So many people in the American press who write about the world are merely stenographers. The great qualification you need for a journalist is the confidence to go out and see for yourself, and believe that your eyes are actually telling you more than press releases from some other country.

It's amazing to see how many people have built reputations as commentators on foreign countries and world affairs who have never been there, have no idea, beyond vague tropes, of what those countries are. The intellectual laziness of the American press in covering the world has never been as extreme as it is now. It's just as dangerous in most what's called NATO countries to be contradicting the narrative as it is in the United States."

Author Maximilian Forte recently wrote:

"Regime media may call themselves "news media," but there is next to no actual journalism involved in their work. In that spirit, students at contemporary Canadian schools of "journalism" are in fact being trained in the methods of policing restive subjects with "unacceptable views". Embracing "advocacy," they have degenerated into mere practitioners of propaganda whose ultimate aim is the reproduction of the ideas of the ruling faction of the regime.

Regime media's public scripts involve a regression to some of the most outmoded forms of propaganda seen since World War I. Their work involves a classically crude command structure: they tell people what to think, plain and simple. Then they tell people what to think about, and here the agenda-setting is particularly exclusive…"

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I'm on a 'hit list' Kiev allows to silence dissent & journalism. That's all you need to know about Ukrainian 'democracy'

Says the PM of a country which routinely prevents Russian media from reporting in Canada, and also a PM who supports Nazis in Ukraine and seemingly has no problem with a Canadian journalist (me) being on Ukraine's kill list… https://t.co/QiX0EYLZ9A

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) May 19, 2022

Worth reading the report, this is only a glimpse of Ukraine's torture practices again any sort of dissenting voice… pic.twitter.com/5pHVsX0bDl

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 4, 2022
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Hey @PLnewstoday, great work 👊✌🥳😁

And, how embarrassing for Brandy, in her attempt to discredit me she pushed the White Helmets narrative, discrediting herself 😆🤣😂🤯 pic.twitter.com/pKIWR6DBiz

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) June 9, 2022

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Ukraine Continues Killing Children in The Donetsk People's Republic, Including With Western Weapons:

I just spent 2 hours with journalist Roman Kosarev at Emergency Services in Kievskiy district, Donetsk. The Ukrainian shelling was intense and relentless.

The building has blown out windows, sand-bagged windows to attempt to protect the workers. Five days ago, the director's… pic.twitter.com/4oLD7iTRqw

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) June 23, 2022

An FYI: Whether or not I contribute periodic opinion pieces to RT, I'll continue to write what I see/think. The "you're a Kremlin agent" thing doesn't work, nor the "you work for RT". My observations on #Moscow protests don't jive w MSM scripts; nothing to do w where I publish pic.twitter.com/s9KEepSrLb

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 12, 2019
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https://t.me/brianlovethailand

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As West blames Moscow for ‘food crisis’, ships sail from Mariupol with Moscow’s help while Ukraine holds vessels in its ports


Western media and state officials keep blaming Russia for the 'food crisis,' but Moscow is trying to reopen Ukrainian and Donbass ports

July 1, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

Russia's Defense Ministry on May 20 announced the liberation of the Azovstal plant from Ukraine's Nazi Azov Battalion, and some days later stated that sappers had demined an area of one and a half million square meters around the city's port.

In early June, the ministry declared the facility ready for use anew. "The de-mining of Mariupol's port has been completed. It is functioning normally, and has received its first cargo ships," Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at the time.

Russia promised to give ships safe passage, and on June 21, the Turkish ship Azov Concord left with a Russian escort. At Mariupol port that day, prior to setting off, the captain of the ship, Ivan Babenkov, spoke to the media, telling us that the vessel, without cargo, was heading to Novorossiysk for loading, and then on to its destination.

Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov, commander of the Russian naval base in Novorossiysk on the Black Sea's northeastern coast, down the Kerch Strait from Mariupol, explained that while the corridor has been operational since May 25, the nearly one-month delay in departing was because "ships were significantly damaged during the conduct of hostilities." Notably, he also said that some ships were deliberately damaged by Ukrainian forces in order to prevent them from leaving. 

Yesterday, watching Turkey's Concord leave Mariupol port, escorted by Russia to safe waters. It was the first foreign ship to leave the port, after repairs & after Russia demined the deadly mess Ukraine left behind. pic.twitter.com/enU3TSJJjV

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) June 22, 2022

From aboard a Russian anti-sabotage forces boat, media watched the Azov Concord leave port. Further on, the ship would be met by warships of the Novorossiysk base and escorted to the Kerch Strait where FSB border control ships would continue to escort the ship.

A Bulgarian ship, the Tsarevna, was readying to depart the port next, "also following the same humanitarian corridor to its destination in accordance with plans for the use of the court by the owner," Rear Admiral Kochemazov said.

Western press ignoring developments

Predictably, just as the Western media continues to ignore Ukraine's war crimes against the Donbass republics, including not only the bombing of houses, hospitals, and busy markets – plus the killing and maiming of civilians – so too do they omit coverage of anything positive emanating from areas where Ukrainian forces have been ousted and stability restored.

Instead, Western media continues to spin the story that it's Russia that's blocking ports and preventing grain exports, and blame Moscow for "aggravating the global food crisis" – when in reality, it is Ukraine that has mined ports and burned grain storages.   

More blatant disinformation from our US colleagues. They perfectly know that the Ukrainian ports are mined by Kiev and our offers of humanitarian sea passages were repeatedly rejected. And don't trigger famine in #Ukraine by depriving it of grain-don't tell us we didn't warn you! https://t.co/Y9PqG9hoJZ

— Dmitry Polyanskiy (@Dpol_un) May 12, 2022

In fact, according to Russia's Ministry of Defense, "70 foreign vessels from 16 countries remain blocked in six Ukrainian ports (Kherson, Nikolaev, Chernomorsk, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhniy). The threat of shelling and high mine danger posed by official Kiev prevent vessels from entering the high seas unhindered."

While Russia maintains it has opened two maritime humanitarian corridors in the Black and Azov Seas, Kiev is apparently not engaging with representatives of states and ship-owning companies about the departure of docked foreign ships.

Meanwhile, in the same vein, media outlets like the New York Times (writing as always from afar) claim that Mariupol is "suffering deeply" under Russian rule (citing the runaway former mayor, nowhere near the city for months, who is the source of previous war propaganda) even describing the Azov Neo-Nazis as "the city's last military resistance."

Yet, what I've seen in multiple trips to Mariupol in the past couple of weeks is rubble being removed so that the rebuilding process can begin, newly established street markets, public transportation running, and calm in the streets.

While waiting for a flat tire to be changed, just entering Mariupol. Public transportation working. pic.twitter.com/e1nZh3P0fF

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) June 13, 2022

Life returning to Mariupol. Reconstruction has already begun. pic.twitter.com/FGHzOuzDhq

— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) June 26, 2022

The people of Mariupol have indeed suffered, but now that the Azov Nazis and Ukrainian nationalists no longer reign, they can live without fear of persecution, execution, rape, torture, and all of the other 'democratic values' of the forces backed by the West.

The rebuilding will take time, but with the port functioning anew, and the possibility now of also bringing reconstruction materials by sea, it can begin, ship by ship.

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