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In Gaza
Fri, 23 Dec 2022 15:30:25 +0000

1. “Eva Bartlett: Western Silence As Ukraine Targets Civilians in Donbass”


"Addressing the EIR Symposium, "Peace On Earth, Or Humanity's Doom? The Case For Negotiations," Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett, who was granted the 2017 International Journalism Award by the Journalists' Club of Mexico and has spent years doing on-the-ground reporting of wars in the Middle East, gave an eyewitness account of the ongoing genocide against the people of Donbass, where she has been reporting for the last year. Since 2014, she reported, 12,500 civilians have been killed by sniping and shelling with NATO weapons in both the Lugansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic, with over 4,500 killed since mid-February of this year. Given that civilian areas are targeted, this shelling constitutes terrorism and war crimes.

According to Bartlett, the Ukrainian military has also been saturating the Donbass with PFM-1 "petal" mines, insidious devices designed not to kill but to maim victims by blowing off their hands or feet. Children are particularly susceptible to these devices. She made the point that were Russia committing these crimes, it would be covered as a constant scandal by Western media. Bartlett ended her remarks by pointing to a flag of the Donetsk People's Republic she proudly displays on the wall of her home, representing to her the resilience of a people shunned by most of the world and ridiculed as if their lives are meaningless. She expressed hope that the work she is doing will lead to Ukraine being held accountable for its war crimes and help allow people to speak openly about the fact that Ukraine is committing genocide."
[source: https://youtu.be/Pg_AxQqqj0w ]

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I cited the JCCC, from a press conference in Donetsk & with DPR auhorities, which I attended online.

"She called the new round of escalation in the Donbass, which began on February 17 this year, bloodier in the whole conflict. « Since February 17 2022, the Ukrainian army killed 4,527 civilians, including 154 children, and injured 4,317 people, including 274 children », said Ms. Choutkina."

https://www.donbass-insider.com/fr/2022/12/15/rpd-le-nombre-de-victimes-civiles-des-bombardements-a-quadruple-depuis-que-kiev-utilise-des-armes-occidentales/?__cf_chl_tk=yoOb0M7MiQRuTfjkAyVn4w6GMqWZLOE86JLgehrRMlk-1671857822-0-gaNycGzNCP0

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"Military terror has escalated beyond all limits after NATO members started supplying weapons to Ukraine," the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC), a monitoring group that tracks attacks on the Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics, said on Wednesday. "We have recorded a four-fold increase in the number of victims among the civilian population," Natalya Shutkina, a representative from the Donetsk People's Republic at the JCCC, said as quoted by TASS. The JCCC held a press conference on Wednesday during which it showed fragments of Western shells and rockets collected after Ukrainian strikes in Donbass and explained the toll these attacks had taken. Since February 17, 4,527 civilians have been killed, including 154 children, Shutkina stated. Another 4,317 civilians, including 274 children, have been injured, she said, adding that Ukrainian attacks have damaged over 12,000 homes, 128 medical facilities, and 67 sites required for providing basic utilities, such as water and heating. …" https://www.rt.com/russia/568240-donbass-death-toll-report/

In Gaza
Sat, 17 Dec 2022 18:29:36 +0000

2. Interview With Senator Richard Black on Ukraine’s War on the Donbass, Russia’s Reaction, NATO’s Drive to Nuclear War


"There is this element of madmen—some of the politicians, some of them military people, many of them in the US State Department, the CIA—who would be willing to do the most reckless and insane of actions to risk nuclear war or even to initiate it."

On December 16, I spoke with Senator Richard Black about Ukraine's long war against the civilians of the Donbass, Russia's Special Military Operation in Ukraine, and the Western warmongers behind it all and their drive for endless war.

Senator Black has had an extensive military, legal and political career, serving in the US marines, and after obtaining his law degree, serving in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps and head of the Army's Criminal Law Division in the Pentagon. He served eight years in the Virginia State Senate.

He is one of the few sane American voices loudly advocating for the end to Ukraine's genocide of the Donbass people, and for an end to the West's proxy war against Russia.

Follow him at:

https://www.senatorblack.com/

Related Links:

*Chronology of events: the war didn't start in February 2022

The Military Situation In The Ukraine

*My Donetsk & Lugansk People's Republics playlist

*My Syria writings

SYRIA: My Published Articles From and on Syria (2014-2022)

*The Referendum on Joining Russia

DPR Civilians On Why They Wanted A Referendum To Join Russia
Interviews With Donetsk Residents After Joining Russia
My interview from Donetsk on the people's eagerness to vote to join Russia

*Ukrainian war crimes I've experienced or documented

Ukrainian Army War Crimes Include Shelling of Ambulences, Firetrucks, and Rescue Workers in the Donbass Republics—Similar to Israelis and U.S. Backed Terrorists in Syria
14 Year Old Is One of 87 Donbass Civilians Maimed By Petal Mines Fired By Ukraine Carnage: Ukraine's terrorism on Donetsk September 19 killed 16 civilians, 9 in one spot Ukraine shelled a completely civilian area of central Donetsk, killing at least 5 civilians Ukrainian Terrorism of Central Donetsk September 17 Kills 4, Using Western Weapons More Ukrainian War Crimes: Killing & Maiming Heroic Donbass Medics & Emergency Workers Donbass Frontline Villager: "Ukraine Doesn't Consider Us Human", Wants To "Annihilate Us" Using American HIMARS, Ukraine Bombed Central Donetsk Building Nov 7 Ukraine's Bombing of Central Donetsk August 4: 2 Ballerinas Among the 6 Murdered by Ukraine Ukraine bombed just outside the hotel I was in. Was Ukraine targeting journalists? Ukrainian Terrorism: Firing Munitions Containing Petal Mines On Donbass Orphanage, Another War Crime
In Just Under Three Weeks, Ukrainian-Fired Prohibited "Petal" Mines Maim At Least 44 Civilians, Kill 2, in Donetsk Region
The West is silent as Ukraine targets civilians in Donetsk using banned 'Petal' mines
Western media continues to ignore how Ukraine is using NATO weapons to kill innocent civilians in the Donbass
What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months
Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here's what it felt like to be inside at the time
Western media and politicians prefer to ignore the truth about Donetsk civilians killed in Ukrainian shelling
Ukrainian strike on Donetsk market was a terrorist act
They Saw and Heard the Truth — Then Lied About It: Media on Donbass Delegation Omitted Mention of Ukraine's 8 Year War on the Autonomous Republics
In Gaza
Thu, 15 Dec 2022 15:49:41 +0000

3. Interview: “A talk with Eva Karene Bartlett”


Interview I did yesterday. Absolutely lovely man–Alexandre Guerreiro–who interviewed me, he brought knowledge & compassion to the interview.

In Gaza
Sun, 11 Dec 2022 08:16:54 +0000

4. Interview: “TCF Speaker Series Ep1: Eva Bartlett: Donbass’ Pain & Resolve, Shadows of Syria, Canadian Betrayal”


I was recently interviewed by Aiden Jonah of The Canada Files.

Related Links in Chronological Order:

Western media continues to ignore Ukraine's public 'kill list' aimed at those who question the Kiev regime

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

Donbass playlist:

They Saw and Heard the Truth — Then Lied About It: Media on Donbass Delegation Omitted Mention of Ukraine's 8 Year War on the Autonomous Republics
Ukrainian strike on Donetsk market was a terrorist act

Western media and politicians prefer to ignore the truth about Donetsk civilians killed in Ukrainian shelling (maternity hospital bombed)

The West is silent as Ukraine targets civilians in Donetsk using banned 'Petal' mines
https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/08/23/in-just-under-three-weeks-ukrainian-fired-prohibited-petal-mines-maim-at-least-44-civilians-kill-2-in-donetsk-region/ 14 Year Old Is One of 87 Donbass Civilians Maimed By Petal Mines Fired By Ukraine Andrei Martyanov

https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/

https://www.rt.com/shows/crosstalk/567496-nato-threat-international-system/

Brian Berletic

https://www.youtube.com/@TheNewAtlas

About Me

https://opt2007.wordpress.com/category/my-entries-from-occupied-palestine-apr-dec-2007/

Only way to Gaza: by boat

Israeli Masscre of Gaza 2008/2009:

widespread attacks on Gaza leave nearly 300 dead, hundreds seriously injured
Gaza massacre 2008-9

https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2008/12/

https://ingaza.wordpress.com/2009/01/

Israeli army kills Palestinian medic with dart bomb
Israeli-targeted Palestinian medics continue their work, in spite of the dangers they face
Israeli Sniper Targets Uniformed Medics: what I witnessed in Gaza
israel bombed the news building I was in
why we are staying
white phosphorous mutilated and murdered family members
Updates from runs with medics; grief of husband of drone-struck woman
injured, denied access: Israeli soldiers shoot woman in stomach and keep elderly hostages
no room for the dead, no room for the living
while eating chips and chocolate, Israeli soldiers murder 2 and 7 year old
"They killed me three times": Palestinian father on Israeli army murder of family members including infant daughter
Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza
Gaza: A Flicker of Power

Gaza playlist:

Farming Under Fire:

Dirty Tricks: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Deaf Palestinian Farmer, 4th Farmer Shot in 3 weeks
Israel slaps wrist of soldier for Gaza TikTok video, but allows (orders) countless others to fire on/kill Palestinian civilians without reprimand

Syria Related:

SYRIA: My Published Articles From and on Syria (2014-2022)
Deconstructing the NATO Narrative on Syria

Syria playlist

(Some) Media Distortions on Donbass

https://t.me/Reality_Theories/10455

They Saw and Heard the Truth — Then Lied About It: Media on Donbass Delegation Omitted Mention of Ukraine's 8 Year War on the Autonomous Republics
Western media continues to ignore how Ukraine is using NATO weapons to kill innocent civilians in the Donbass
Debunking Western Media's Latest Mariupol Mass Grave Hoax, By Actually Going to the Cemeteries in Question
Western Claims of Russian Mass Graves Near Mariupol Another Fake News Hoax–I Know, I Went To See For Myself

Funny looking military base 🙄😅
The BBC are sh*tty propagandists.🤮

It's a hospital (where incidentally during the fighting in Mariupol, a Ukrainian-fired, French-manufactured, shell hit the territory).

In any case, short clip for now, longer to come when I finish subtitles: pic.twitter.com/n0V3tzlbYy

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

Support:

'Many US commentators have never BEEN to countries they comment on, see entire world from Washington perspective' – Stephen Kinzer

https://stephenkinzer.com/

This outstanding report from Syria by Eva Bartlett penetrates the 'iron dome' of Western propaganda, also known as news.
It is about a chemical attack that never happened in a country attacked, subverted and blockaded in your name.https://t.co/AX1Zwbg0g0

— John Pilger (@johnpilger) May 27, 2021

A rare eyewitness report from the other side of the war in Ukraine.https://t.co/pN1bwq1S4d

— John Pilger (@johnpilger) November 21, 2022

https://scheerpost.com/2022/08/11/patrick-lawrence-so-far-as-i-can-make-out/

Eva Bartlett reports from Donetsk

NBC News just SMEARED real journalists in shameful hit piece https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/11/19/maligned-in-western-media-donbass-forces-are-defending-their-future-from-ukrainian-shelling-and-fascism/

Ukraine bombed just outside the hotel I was in. Was Ukraine targeting journalists?
Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here's what it felt like to be inside at the time

Absurdities of Syrian war propaganda

It's 10 years since the war in Syria began, and Western media & pundits are still eager to keep it going
A Personal Reply to the Fact-Challenged Smears of Terrorist-Whitewashing Channel 4, Snopes and La Presse
Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting

US-Funded Frontline PBS' Bucha Lies Fall Flat, No Evidence after Months of Research…

French volunteer Adrien Boquet on staging in Bucha

Ukraine "Massacre" Result of Artillery Most likely Fired **by** Ukraine

THE VETO: Exposing CNN, Al Jazeera, Channel 4, western media propaganda war in Syria

Myrotvorets: Ukraine's Kill List

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

The platform was created in 2014, shortly after Crimea was reabsorbed by Russia and the Kiev government's military campaign in eastern Ukraine was launched. As TASS noted in 2019, Mirotvorets "aims to identify and publish personal data of all who allegedly threaten the national security of Ukraine. In recent years, the personal data of journalists, artists or politicians who have visited Crimea, Donbass, or for some other reason have caused a negative assessment of the authors of the site, have been blacklisted by Peacemaker."

Talking about the horrors that Donbass civilians endure under Ukrainian shelling is, according to this rationale, a threat to Ukraine's national security. As is going to Crimea, maintaining that Crimeans chose to be a part of Russia (or, as many in Crimea told me, to return to Russia) and criticising the influence neo-Nazis wield in Kiev.

"The most worrying thing is that they seem to be able to get a hold of people's passports, visas," O'Brien told me. "The fact that they can get ahold of your passport photo, your visa photocopies, these can only come from official government offices in Ukraine. This is a governmental website, it's been discussed in parliament, to close it down. They're not interested in closing it down. This website is kind of like a hit list, really."

That might seem like an exaggeration, but people listed on Mirotvorets have been targeted and even killed.

A report by the Foundation for the Study of Democracy titled "Ukrainian War Crimes and Human Rights Violations (2017-2020)" gave the example of a Ukrainian journalist assassinated in 2015 after his personal details were published on the website.

"A few days before his death, Oles Buzina's details, including his home address, had been posted on the Canadian-based Mirotvorets website, created with the initiative of Anton Gerashchenko, the Ukrainian deputy minister of internal affairs. The people listed on it are recommended for liquidation and arrest, and the total number of people listed are in the tens of thousands.

According to many experts, it was the listing on the site and the publication of the home address that prompted the murder of Oles Buzina, Oleg Kalashnikov, and many other opposition figures by members of the Ukrainian 'death squads'.
Back in 2015, Georgiy Tuka, who participated in the creation and operation of the site, stated that, of the people listed on the site, "more than 300 were either arrested or destroyed
," the report states.

When in April 2015 the Ukrainian parliament's Commissioner for Human Rights Valeriya Lutkovskaya launched an effort to shut the list down, the then-adviser to Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko threatened her position and stated that the work of the site was "extremely important for the national security of Ukraine." He said that "anyone who does not understand this or tries to

interfere with this work is either a puppet in the hands of others or works against the interests of national security."

So the website remains active, with Ukraine's security service reportedly stating that it did not see any violations of Ukrainian law in the activities of the Mirotvorets website.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, too, has refused to have the website shut down, ironically claiming that it's wrong to interfere with the work of websites and the media.

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

For those who say Ukraine's kill list *isn't* a kill list:

"…a screenshot from the Ukrainian site Myrotvorets, where the photo of Daria Dugina is crossed out and it says "liquidated".
"They are openly flaunting her murder," the Russian envoy said."https://t.co/6CkLrIehAz pic.twitter.com/3kyxxyDfVr

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 24, 2022
Government-Funded CBC Smears Me. Interview With Maverick Media: "CBC Fake News: Hit Piece Targets Journalists (Eva Bartlett)"
https://www.donbass-insider.com/fr/2022/12/09/faina-savenkova-unicef-et-le-silence-des-agneaux/

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/fears-that-canada-may-help-neo-nazis-in-ukraine-with-training-mission-starting-soon

https://thepostmillennial.com/the-liberal-governments-dark-relationship-with-the-national-police-of-ukraine-npu/

Canada's support for the far-right abroad

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/canada-failed-when-it-trained-ukrainian-troops-linked-to-the-far-right-says-nazi-hunter

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/chrystia-freelands-granddad-was-indeed-a-nazi-collaborator-so-much-for-russian-disinformation

https://coat.ncf.ca/research/Chomiak-Freeland/C-F_11.htm

The Military Situation In The Ukraine

https://www.rt.com/russia/557307-poroshenko-comments-minsk-agreement/

https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/11/19/maligned-in-western-media-donbass-forces-are-defending-their-future-from-ukrainian-shelling-and-fascism/
DPR Civilians On Why They Wanted A Referendum To Join Russia
Donbass Frontline Villager: "Ukraine Doesn't Consider Us Human", Wants To "Annihilate Us"
Ukrainian Terrorism: 75 Year Old Woman's Life Destroyed by Ukrainian Shelling of Donetsk
Using American HIMARs, Ukraine Shelled a Cultural Building in Gorlovka, Destroying the Roof and Theatre
More Ukrainian Terrorism: Using American HIMARS, Ukraine Bombed Central Donetsk Building In Yesterday
Ukrainian Army War Crimes Include Shelling of Ambulences, Firetrucks, and Rescue Workers in the Donbass Republics—Similar to Israelis and U.S. Backed Terrorists in Syria
In Gaza
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 15:44:08 +0000

5. Maligned in Western Media, Donbass Forces are Defending their Future from Ukrainian Shelling and Fascism


*The author with Pyatnashka commanders at outpost near Avdeevka, Donetsk People's Republic. [Source: Photo courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

Published Nov 19, 2022, Covert Action [See the comments section, some apologists for the West's war on Syria have resurfaced…]

Smeared, stigmatized, and lied about in Western media propaganda, the mostly Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region were being slaughtered by the thousands in a brutal war of "ethnic cleansing" launched against them by the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, which the U.S. installed after the CIA overthrew Ukraine's legally elected president in a 2014 coup.

Although the Donbass people had been pleading for Russian military aid to defend them against the increasingly murderous military assaults by the Ukraine government forces, which killed more than 14,000 of their people, Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to intervene. Instead, he tried to broker a peace agreement between the warring parties.

But the U.S. and Britain secretly colluded to sabotage peace negotiations, persuading president Zelenksy to ignore the Minsk III peace agreement that the Ukraine government had previously signed, and which had been countersigned by Russia, France and Germany.

Realizing that the U.S. and its NATO allies would never permit peace negotiations to succeed, Putin finally sent troops into Ukraine on February 24. Russian troops went in to support and reinforce the outnumbered and outgunned Donbass Forces who had been defending their land against attacks by the Kyiv government for nearly eight years.

Voices From the Frontlines of Former Eastern Ukraine Republics

In the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in October, I went to a frontline outpost 70 meters from Ukrainian forces in Avdeevka (north and west of Donetsk), according to the Donbas commanders I spoke with there. [Watch our interview here]

To reach that position, I went with two other journalists to a meeting point with two commanders of Pyatnashka—volunteer fighters, including Abkhazi, Slovak, Russian, Ossetian and other nationalities, including locals from Donbas.

From there, they drove us to a point as far as they could drive before walking the rest of the way, several minutes through brush and trenches, eventually coming to their sandbagged wood and cement fortified outpost.

It has changed hands over the years, Ukrainian forces sometimes occupying it, Donbas forces now controlling it.

*"Vydra," a unit commander of the Pyatnashka fighters. [Source: Photo courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

One soldier, a unit commander who goes by the call sign "Vydra" (Otter), was formerly a miner from the DPR who had been living in Russia with his family. In 2014, he returned to the Donbas to defend his mother and relatives still there. He spoke of the outpost.

"We dug and built this with our hands. Several times over the years, the Ukrainians have taken these positions. We pushed them back, they stormed us…Well, we have been fighting each other for eight years."

There, artillery fire is the biggest danger they face. "You can hide from a sniper, but not from artillery, and they're using large caliber."

His living quarters is a dank, cramped, room with a tiny improvised bed, with another small room and bed for others at the outpost.

A sign reads: "If shelling occurs, go to the shelter." The kind of sign you see all over Donetsk and cities of the Donbas, due to Ukraine's incessant shelling of civilian, residential areas. In a frontline outpost where incoming artillery is the norm, the sign is slightly absurd, clearly a joke.

An Orthodox icon sits atop the sign. Ukrainian nationalists hang and spray Nazi graffiti and slogans of death; these fighters revere their faith.

A poster, with the DPR flag, reads: "We have never known defeat, and it's clear that this has been decided from above. Donbas has never been forced to its knees, and no one will ever be allowed to."

The only things decorating the space are tins of tuna and canned meat, instant noodles, and washing powder. Their existence is bare minimum, nothing glamorous about it; they volunteer because, as they told me, this is their land and they will protect it.

Perhaps surprising to some, when Vydra was asked whether he hates Ukrainians, he replied emphatically no, he has friends and relatives in Ukraine.

"We have no hatred for Ukraine. We hate those nationalists who came to power. But ordinary Ukrainians? Why? Many of us speak Ukrainian. We understand them, they understand us. Many of them speak Russian.

I've been involved in sports a lot of time, wrestling. So, I've got a lot of friends in Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Kirovograd, Odessa, Lvov, Ivano-Frankivsk, Transcarpathia.

I have relatives in western Ukraine, and we still communicate. Yes, they say one thing on the street, but when we talk to each other, they say, 'Well, you have to, because the SBU is listening.'

Ukraine shouts about democracy, then puts people in handcuffs for no reason. My aunt got in trouble because they found my photo on her Skype.

And I'm on the Myrotvorets [kill list] website." [As is the author, see this article.]

He spoke of Ukraine's shelling from 2014, when the people of the Donbass were unarmed and not expecting to be bombed by their own country.

"When the artillery hit the city of Yenakievo, east of Gorlovka, we were defenseless. We went with hunting rifles and torches to fight them. Most of the weapons we had later were captured from them. We had to go to the battlefield without weapons in order to get the weapons."

When asked if he was concerned that Ukrainian forces might take Donetsk he replied no, of course not, they didn't succeed in 2014, they won't now.

When asked whether he had a message for soldiers of the Ukrainian army, Vydra replied without hesitating, "Go home! We've been saying that since 2014: Go home. Unequivocally, we don't want them here, but we don't want to kill them. I'm not speaking about nationalists, I'm speaking about Ukrainian soldiers, who are drafted or forcefully employed in the Ukrainian army. Guys, go home, either surrender or go. This is our land. We're not leaving, we're not going anywhere."

I asked how he felt to be treated and described as sub-human, to be called dehumanizing names, a part of the Ukrainian nationalists' brainwashing propaganda. As I wrote previously:

"Ukrainian nationalists openly declare they view Russians as sub-human. School books teach this warped ideology. Videos show the extent of this mentality: Teaching children not only to also hate Russians and see them as not humans, but also brainwashing them to believe killing Donbas residents is acceptable. The Ukrainian government itself funds neo-Nazi-run indoctrination camps for youths."

"It's offensive," Vydra said, "We are saddened: There are sick people. We need to heal them, slowly."

I asked whether he thought friendship between Ukrainians and Russians would be possible.

"It will take years for any friendship. Take Chechnya, one region of Russia, it was at war. But slowly, slowly…We must all live together. We are one people." Indeed, now Chechen fighters are one of the most effective forces fighting alongside Donbas and Russian soldiers to liberate Donbas areas from Ukrainian forces.

He opened a zippered trousers pocket and proudly brandished a small plastic sleeve containing children's drawings, also containing icons of saints and Christ, and prayers…

"This is very personal, it's like my guardian angel. I put it in plastic, I don't even keep my ID in plastic. I've been carrying this one in my pocket since February. I've been in all sorts of hot spots. A child drew this, we receive letters from children. It's very nice to look at them when it's hard and we are under fire."

He read one letter:

"We are waiting for you. Thank you for risking your lives to defend Donbas. Yulia and Ira."

"I don't even know who are Yulia and Ira," he said smiling.

Showing the icons, he said, "This is Saint Ushakov, our great commander. This is Jesus Christ, our Heavenly Protector. This Abkhazi icon was given to me by the guys. This is a prayer book. And here is a prayer," he said of one page prayer.

"These words are to support when times are very hard. When there is heavy shelling, it can go on for hours. So, while you're sitting there, you can read this.

Especially for the younger guys, 22, 23 years old, just finished college. This is new to them."

Commanders Speak of Geopolitical Reasons for Ukraine's War

Outside, sitting in front of an Orthodox banner and a collection of collected munitions—including Western ones—two platoon commanders, "Kabar" and "Kamaz," spoke of the bigger geopolitical picture. [See video]

"America is running the show here," Kabar said. "It builds foreign policy on the basis of how its domestic policy is built, which is through conflicts with external countries. They are accustomed to proving their power to their people through terrorism around the world, inciting fires in Syria, in the east. They played the card of radical Islam there.

And now they are playing the card of fascism. They do not see themselves on the other side of good. They need wars, blood, cruelty, and they signed Europe up for this.

However, they've missed one point: Russia, since the days of the Soviet Union, has never retreated in large scale wars. They took Europe and pushed it to slaughter Russia, and they put Russia in such a position that it must secure its national interests. Europe needs to understand this, to pay attention to history, to stop being led by the United States."

"Kabar," a commander of the Pyatnashka fighters. [Source: Photo courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

When asked about his feeling regarding Ukrainians, "Kabar" replied similarly to Vydra.

"We don't blame the whole Ukrainian people. Ukrainians are our friends, they are our relatives. They've been struck by evil, and it's not their fault, ordinary people are not to blame for this. We will liberate them from fascism, we'll show them brotherhood, and we'll make friends.

This is a good opportunity for us to defeat evil. God has honored us with this right to fight evil."

Kamaz, when asked why he is fighting, replied that this is his homeland, he was born here, and that he has a son who he doesn't want to inherit Ukraine's war on the Donbas.

"I myself am Greek by nationality. Ukrainians are Slavs, they are our brothers, their grandfathers fought together shoulder to shoulder with our grandfathers against Nazism and fascism. We are here to finish it, so that our children live a normal happy life. We are fighting for the future."

He spoke of America's continuous need for war.

"We've seen it in Syria and Yugoslavia, where they destroyed everything and then set everything up their own way, so the people must submit, almost like slaves."

I asked whether he thought peace between Ukraine and Russia is possible.

"Yes, possibly, why not? But at the moment, the President of Ukraine said there will be no negotiations.

Negotiations are possible, but I think not with this president. When he comes to his senses, he will not be able to negotiate, because he took a lot of money."

Before leaving the outpost, we chatted a bit with the commanders. A puppy sought the attention of a young soldier. Another puppy ran around our feet. The outpost commanders and soldiers take care of the dogs. Their presence added a somewhat surreal touch to the scene: an outpost which is routinely shelled, where life can cease to exist at any moment, and these happy, well-cared for puppies running around like dogs anywhere.

Western Media Inverted Reality, Lauding Nazis and Demonizing Defenders

While many in the West think that this conflict started in February 2022, those following events since 2014 are aware that, following the Maidan coup and Odessa massacre, and the rise of fascism in Ukraine against the Ukrainian people, the Donbas republics wanted to distance themselves from Ukraine's Nazis and fascism.

The sacrifices which the people of the Donbas republics have endured, particularly those fighting to protect their families and loved ones, have been and continue to be immense.

Just as the heroes of the Syrian Arab Army were maligned, so too have Donbas forces have been maligned by Western media, though both are defending their homelands from terrorist forces trained and funded by the West. Terrorists given the freedom to commit endless atrocities against Donbas civilians.

These defenders, many living in dank trench conditions didn't choose war, they responded to it, to protect their loved ones and their future. In spite of more than eight years of being warred upon by Ukraine, they retain their humanity.

In Gaza
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:33:12 +0000

6. Donbass Frontline Villager: “Ukraine Doesn’t Consider Us Human”, Wants To “Annihilate Us”


Zaitsevo, a front-line village north of Gorlovka, in the north of the Donetsk People's Republic, has been extremely hard-hit by Ukrainian shelling, since 2014. What was once a village of 3,500, with a school & kindergarten, is now a shell of a village, with at most 1,000 residents, most of whom don't stay in the village, but come for brief visits & retreat to relative safety in Gorlovka,a city likewise heavily shelled, including with HIMARs on November 12.

Not far away, in Golmovsky, I spoke with some of the residents who remain. One told me he'd fled his own town, Dolomoti, NE of Golmovsky, which he said was destroyed by Ukrainian shelling, and has lost three homes, burned down after Ukrainian shelling. He said they were evicted from Dolomoti in 2019, and in 2020, Ukraine completely destroyed the village, "every single house".

He collected money to rent an apartment in Golmovsky, "but three days ago it was hit. I just bought it, and it was already hit. They don't consider us humans. They say it on tv, that we are not human. In 2019, 2020, they told us they don't consider us human and if they enter this place there would be nobody left, they'd annihilate us."

These are but glimpses of the horror Donbass civilians have been living since Ukraine began shelling them in 2014. Complicit media, with blood on their hands, claim this isn't happening. The people being bombed beg to differ.

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