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Sun, 11 Sep 2022 12:52:37 +0000

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


September 10, 2022, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

*Blog version slightly longer than originally published

The Myrotvorets list is an issue trending in independent and Russian media, but not in the mainstream international press

This week, a number of international and Russian journalists convened in Moscow – with more joining by video link – to discuss the now-infamous Ukrainian Myrotvorets "kill list." Many of them are included themselves.

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

While some don't take it seriously, the horrific car-bombing murder of Darya Dugina on August 20 and the subsequent marking on her Myrotvorets entry as "liquidated" makes it fairly clear the people behind the list do, in fact, want people dead.

The same thing happened to the entry of Russian photojournalist Andrei Stenin and many others listed and subsequently killed, including the Italian Andrea Rocchelli.

"September 8 is observed as International Day of Journalists' Solidarity. On this day, the world commemorates members of the press who died in the line of duty…"

*Oles Buzina was on Ukraine's kill list…https://t.co/OCIyC0UEWT pic.twitter.com/rXQvxdKep4

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

What it feels like to be on the list

The head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, Mira Terada, who convened the panel, noted that of the thousands of names entered on the site, 341 are journalists and, shockingly, 327 are minors.

"Publishing personal data on minors is a crime. It's like a menu for pedophiles or people doing human trafficking."

While her concern is for the children, journalists, activists, political figures and even ordinary Ukrainians who have somehow angered the Kiev regime and those behind the list, Terada now needs to exercise some caution after she herself was added to the database.

An hour and a half after a July 21 press conference about children being placed on Myrotvorets, Mira found herself listed. "This changed my life. I have to be vigilant 24/7," she said.

Christelle Néant, a French war correspondent reporting from Donbass for the past six and a half years, mentioned to me before the panel began that some of the information on the site is not disclosed to the general public, and is password-locked.

Néant, who said she's been receiving death threats for years, spoke of how it impacts her: "Every time I use my car, I check underneath it for any unpleasant surprise," referring to a potential car bomb. "I don't publish any photos with people I live with or love. I have to be vigilant at all times."

"I'm not a terrorist, not a criminal, I'm just a correspondent. This list must be closed and all of those involved must be held accountable."

German journalist Thomas Röper rightly noted that Western media outlets prefer to look the other way. "They could have reported on this, but they're saying nothing."

He also pointed out the silence of the German government, even when asked at press conferences.

"A state has a duty to protect its citizens, but I haven't seen anything from my government to condemn the fact that Germans are on this list and one German national has been killed."

And, in fact, rather than protect German journalists, the government is persecuting them, as is the case with Alina Lipp, whose bank account, and that of her mother, was closed after the German government launched a criminal case against her for her reporting from Donbass.

Russian journalist Veronika Naydenova, originally from Crimea but living in Germany, was added to the list in January, also after raising the inclusion of children, including 13-year-old Faina Savenkova, from the Lugansk People's Republic.

"The same day my article was published, I was added to the list. But this hasn't stopped me, I've written many articles since."

She highlighted an additional, very real, threat: that of the refugees who've come to Germany from Ukraine, it isn't possible to know who is merely a refugee and who holds Ukrainian nationalist extremist views. This is a very real fear for Naydenova, whose address is listed on Myrotvorets.

The same happened with Syrians who entered Germany and other countries as refugees. Some of them had affiliations to, or were members of, terrorist groups in Syria, and posed very real threats to supporters of Syria in Germany. As I wrote in a previous article, Kevork Almassian, a Syrian living in Germany, was chased, smeared, harassed and even physically attacked multiple times by the sympathizers of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other terrorist groups."

Dutch journalist Sonya van den Ende likewise fears returning home. "I'm labeled an 'enemy of the state' now in the Netherlands. I cannot go back, it's very dangerous for me to do so."

Janus Putkonen, a Finnish journalist who has been living in Donbass since 2015, pointed out how the risk extends globally.

"Because the Myrotvorets kill list has not been stopped, people around the world are now in danger of falling victim to the state terrorism of Ukrainian Nazism, comparable to ISIS terrorism."

But, most of all, it threatens Ukrainians within Ukraine, something British journalist Johnny Miller emphasized.

"If you're a journalist, blogger, political figure, or a citizen in Ukraine who wants to criticize extremism in Ukraine, which there is a lot of, or if you want to criticize Ukrainian government policies, most likely you're going to be put on that list. And be under serious threat of death."

Miller, who has reported from areas of western Ukraine, raised another important point:

"There are so many people in Ukraine who want to push for peaceful negotiations with Russia. But if anybody in Ukrainian society wants to stand up and push this line, they're most likely going to be put on that list. Myrotvorets is very much a symbol of the extremist elements in Ukraine at the moment."

For myself, I've been on the list since 2019, after going to Crimea and reporting from areas of the DPR where civilians were being terrorized by Ukrainian shelling, houses destroyed "street by street" as a local told me.

Independent journalist @EvaKBartlett has been reporting from Donbass since early in the US-Russia proxy war despite knowing that she's on a hit list of so-called "enemies of Ukraine." The list was made by a group called "Mirotvorets" which means peacemakers in English. pic.twitter.com/kC4oQOW3F7

— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) August 24, 2022

Complicit media

For various reasons, I haven't been in my native Canada since February 2020, and at this point, don't know what fate I would face were I to go back.

Ottawa unconditionally supports the Kiev regime, including its war against the civilians of Donbass, which the country has abetted by sending money and weapons to Ukraine for years before Russia's military operation began in February.

Canada has spent nearly a billion dollars to train Ukrainian forces since 2014, including Neo-Nazi Azov fighters.

"…all Canadian Liberal governments have supported the Ukrainian Banderites since the beginning of WW2…Worse still, the current Canadian government is composed of Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, flanked by a Banderite deputy, Chrystia Freeland."https://t.co/m7ZMZ3ulMt

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

But in addition to that, the Canadian government knows about Myrotvorets. The state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Canada's main propaganda outlet, in July ran a smear piece on me, using information apparently gleaned from my Myrotvorets entry, though it doesn't mention the kill list by name.

Some interesting things about this video.

1. CBC almost certainly became aware of Grigoriev's Ukrainian war crimes tribunal after honest journalists of Maverick media contacted CBC about the kill list
[see Maverick's interview w me: https://t.co/6OWigJMVIv ]

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 8, 2022

How do I think I know CBC was aware of the kill list entry on me? Their producer emailed me for an interview (which I did not concede to), mentioning my April participation in a Moscow-based panel on Ukraine's war crimes. Except it wasn't April, it was on March 11. The only other source for my participation being in April was, you guessed it, Myrotvorets.

Of course, there was no condemnation or call to shut down Myrotvorets (which independent Canadian media outlets previously interviewed me about and subsequently contacted the CBC about). Instead, they tried to spin my multiple reports on Ukraine's war crimes in Donbass as a way to smear me as a Russian propagandist.

And now, the CBC has flagged my name to Ukrainian Nationalists in Canada who might otherwise not have known of me, and to Canadians who went to fight in Ukraine, became radicalized and indoctrinated, and could commit Azov-style crimes against journalists like me who have been reporting from the other side.

And although Canadian media are currently talking a lot about harassment of Canadian journalists, not a single Canadian corporate media outlet has contacted me about the kill list.

Yeah, it's funny how Canadian media is aghast at harassment of Canadian journalists, but not at a Canadian journalist (me) put on a Ukrainian kill list which has seen Ukrainian & international journalists murdered, or as Myrotvorets puts it, "liquidated". pic.twitter.com/9yV5uJKRs6

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) September 7, 2022

Journalists already have enough reasons to fear being targeted – one example is the August 4 bombing by Kiev's forces of a Donetsk hotel that multiple journalists, including myself, were in. There is no conclusive proof that the hotel and the journalists were the intended targets, but given everything mentioned above, it's certainly within the realm of possibility.

A terrorist database

After the panel, I chatted again with Néant, who said she'd been appealing to international organizations about Myrotvorets for years.

"I've written to organizations like the OSCE, Amnesty, etc. None reacted, even when I discovered that children are on this list." All she got was an automated confirmation of receipt.

Some time ago, when I searched the websites of bodies who supposedly advocate for journalists, I found scant mention of the kill list. The one I did find was pretty lack-lustre, and it was from 2016.

I was surprised to see RWB actually previously mentioned Ukraine's kill list, a list designed to hamper the work of journalists (and silence any sort of dissent, including from opposition members, average civilians…) https://t.co/aS0rtU3tNz

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

During a Q&A after the panel, an American man in the audience suggested that Russia should have its own "hit force" going out and doing the same thing to the Ukrainian side.

In reply, Johnny Miller noted:

"When I tell people here in the UK about this kill list, one of the first things that people reply to me is,

'Well, I'm sure Russia has a similar list.' And I have to explain to them that, no, Russia does not have a list published on the internet with the names and home addresses of journalists and children and promote their killing. That's the distinction between a civilized government and extremism and barbarism."

According to Mira Terada, her foundation transferred documents and the evidence it collected to Russia's Federal Security Service and is asking the service to recognize Myrotvorets as a terrorist organization.

Former US Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter likewise described Myrotvorets as "an instrument of terror" that "should be taken down at the insistence of the US Government."

Note the irony: We are listed as terrorists for the work we do to highlight the suffering of civilians under the Kiev regime's actual terrorism.

Still there https://t.co/G5bncef2Hf

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

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A CONFERENCE OF THE FOUNDATION TO BATTLE INJUSTICE DEDICATED TO THE PUBLICATION OF JOURNALISTS' PERSONAL DATA ON THE UKRAINIAN NATIONALIST WEBSITE "MYROTVORETS" WAS HELD IN MOSCOW

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Thu, 25 Aug 2022 11:25:53 +0000

In Just Under Three Weeks, Ukrainian-Fired Prohibited “Petal” Mines Maim At Least 44 Civilians, Kill 2, in Donetsk Region


*Web graphic

August 23, 2022, Covert Action Magazine

-Eva K Bartlett

Ukraine continues to fire internationally-banned anti-personnel mines on civilian areas of Donetsk and other cities in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), in violation of international law and of the mine ban convention Ukraine signed in 1999 and ratified in 2005.

Since July 27, Ukraine has been firing rockets containing cluster munitions filled with banned PFM-1 "Petal" (or "Butterfly") anti-personnel mines all over Donetsk and surrounding areas. Each rocket contains over 300 of the mines. Already by August 3, the DPR's Ministry of Emergency Situations noted that Ukraine had fired several thousand of the prohibited mines on Donetsk.

Ukraine's firing of these mines is against international law & the Geneva Conventions. Ukraine is specifically targeting civilian areas with them. It is pure terrorism, another in a very long list of war crimes stretching back over 8years.https://t.co/Pn4huN8Hi9

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 24, 2022

As of August 15, 44 civilians, including two children, have suffered gruesome injuries. Another mine victim died in hospital.

Some days ago, such mines grotesquely maimed a 15 year old boy in Donetsk.

Younger children don't know that the mines aren't toys, and elderly often simply don't see them, or likewise don't understand the danger, as was the case with an elderly lady with dementia who, on August 8, lost a foot as a result of stepping on a mine while she was going to work in her garden plot.

Tiny but powerful, these insidious mines are designed not to kill but to tear off feet or hands. Their design allows them to float to the ground without exploding, where they easily blend in with most settings and generally lie dormant until stepped on or otherwise disturbed.

According to Konstantin Zhukov, Chief Medical Officer of Donetsk Ambulance Service, a weight of just 2 kg is enough to activate one of the mines. Sometimes, however, they explode spontaneously. An unspoken tragedy on top of the already tragic targeting of civilians is that dogs, cats, birds and other animals are also victims of these dirty mines.

In the grass, or surprisingly even on sidewalks and streets, it is very easy to overlook them or mistake them for a leaf. Even when I've seen such mines marked with warning signs or circled, it still took me quite a bit to actually see them.

In its relentless deploying of these mines, Ukraine has targeted all over Donetsk, as well as Makeevka to the east and Yasinovataya to the north. Ukraine has fired them elsewhere, including the hard-hit northern DPR city of Gorlovka, as well as regions in the Lugansk People's Republic in previous months.

In fact, according to DPR authorities, Ukraine began using the mines in March, during battles for Mariupol, and in May was already firing them into DPR settlements. Also in early May, while in Rubiznhe in the Lugansk People's Republic, I was warned that Ukraine had been littering nearby areas with the mines, something confirmed by locals when I went to nearby Severodonetsk on August 12.

Ukraine turns Donetsk into a minefield

first saw the Ukrainian-fired mines on July 30, in Kirovskiy, western Donetsk, just days after Ukraine began showering the city with them.

Mine clearance sappers had isolated mines scattered in a field, to detonate after they had destroyed mines in the courtyard of an apartment complex. Amidst the tall grass, wild plants and garden plots, the mines would have been impossible for a non-sapper to spot, and very easy to disturb and lose a foot or hand in doing so.

Although I'd been assured that sappers had cleared the path, I still watched every step I took. And generally for the duration of my time in the DPR, I looked down while walking, watching for mines that could have been moved by wind or rain.

Behind a wall at one end of the apartment complex courtyard, sapper timer-detonated the eight mines they'd found scattered around the playground, lanes and walkways.

That evening, Ukraine fired more rockets with petal mines at Donetsk, this time targeting the centre of the city. People driving in the streets unknowingly set some off.

On a central Donetsk street the next morning, I saw a grouping of seven mines on a curbside, gathered either by sappers or some courageous local, with warnings to pedestrians and drivers of their presence.

They were so plentiful that marking them however possible was the only way to mitigate the immediate danger of someone randomly stepping or driving over them until they could be neutralized by the sappers.

Across the street, another group of mines curbside. A preliminary search in the nearby park found most of the mines, but I was warned to walk carefully as the park wasn't officially mine-free. Having not been able to easily spot the circled and otherwise-identified mines on the street, I walked extremely carefully, wary of any object that could be covering a mine.

I saw mines on a lane behind an apartment building, on sidewalks nearby, and on leaf-strewn earth, and each time I couldn't locate them immediately. I repeat this to emphasize how insidious Ukraine's deploying of these mines is: if they are barely noticeable with warnings, it is all to easy without warnings to step on them and have your foot blown off.

After the mines were scattered on July 30, DPR authorities created an interactive map showing areas most contaminated by the mines, giving residents a general warning of which areas to avoid walking or driving in. Some days after, however, Donetsk experienced heavy rains, washing the mines from where they originally landed, rendering the initial demining efforts futile and the map irrelevant, and meaning sappers would have to re-clear areas they had deemed mine-free.

On August 6, I went to an orphanage in Makeevka, a city just east of Donetsk, where two days prior Ukraine had fired artillery containing the nefarious petal mines which Ukraine has been raining down all over Donetsk, and Gorlovka to the north. Thankfully, all of the children had been evacuated in February, due to the proximity to the frontline.

Emergency Services sappers were working for a second day, having found 25 of the mines so far, including in the playground, on a swing, on a merry-go-round, on the roof of the orphanage itself, and around the property. A sapper suited up and prepared to destroy one more mine, lying in the grass of the playground.

Mine sappers at work. [Source: Photo Courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

Whereas in Kirovsky, sappers had detonated a group of the mines using explosive material, in this case, sappers detonated the single mine with an electric charge. Standing tens of metres back and around the side of the building—to avoid any potential flying debris—the blast from the single mine alone was still powerful. The thought of stepping on one is a dread which one can't fully understand if you haven't walked in streets and on sidewalks littered with the mines.

Ukraine targeted a Makeevka orphanage with illegal Petal mines. Emergency Services sappers demined the property, finding 26.

Thankfully, orphanage was evacuated months ago. Head Physician said Ukraine's attack on the orphanage was deliberate. A war crime.https://t.co/TsbU0Lo3wZ

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 9, 2022
Media Claims Russia is Laying the Mines

As with most of its war crimes against the civilians of the Donbass, Ukraine and NATO media invert reality and claim Russia is the guilty party. They cry crocodile tears for the Donetsk children Ukraine has targeted, also disingenuously claiming the now-famous video of a DPR soldier detonating a mine by throwing a tire at it was a Ukrainian soldier demining Russian-fired mines.

The notion that Russia would explode mines over the city is not a reality-based idea. Most of the population are ethnic Russians, a significant number who now happily hold Russian citizenship. And further, it is Russian and DPR sappers putting themselves at risk to clear the streets, walks and fields of the mines.

In fact, a 21 year old DPR sapper lost a foot to such mine. Director of the Department of Fire and Rescue Forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Donetsk People's Republic, Colonel Sergey Neka, told me of his injury: "After the cleansing of territories from explosive objects, returning back to the transport, a mine fell from the building, as a result of which it exploded under his feet and he lost his foot."

In Makeevka, Igor Goncharov, the Chief Physician of the bombarded orphanage, spoke to me about his anger that Ukraine was targeting the property, insisting it had been deliberate, that since 2001 the orphanage was well-known to various international organizations, as well as Kiev, because, "It was the only one specialized in HIV."

According to him, "American law allowed the adoption of HIV-positive children, so the United States was the only state that adopted HIV-infected children, so we were well known both within Ukraine and the Russian Federation and abroad. When they shoot, they know where they shoot," he said of Ukraine.

"I think that this is not just inhumane, it is without morality, without conscience and without honour."

I asked him to address Ukrainian and Western claims that it was Russia which deployed the mines, Russia which is shelling Donetsk and surrounding areas, knowing full well any average local resident could likewise easily debunk the claims.

"Even without being educated in military matters, it's easy to localize the craters. Which way they are located indicates which side they were sent from. We know perfectly well where they shoot from. It's all from Peski, Avdeevka, Nevelskoye. You can hear the crash and the whistle coming first. Ballistics can be defined. All the shelling comes from the Ukrainian side, it is unambiguous."

Even without that logical thinking, let's recall that Ukraine has been committing war crimes in the Donbass for over eight years, violating the Minsk Accords signed in 2014 and 2015. That Ukraine would use Petal mines from its enormous stockpile, after already shelling and sniping civilians, it not at all out of the question.

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 Donbass residents is acceptable. The Ukrainian government itself funds Neo-Nazi-run indoctrination camps for youths.

As mentioned at the start, Ukraine signed the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, under which Ukraine was obliged to destroy its 6 million stock of the mines. However, reportedly, its stockpile remains over 3.3 million such mines.

The convention, "prohibits the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines (APLs)." Further, as outlined, Ukraine is, "in violation of Article 5 of the Mine Ban Treaty due to missing its 1 June 2016 clearance deadline without having requested and being granted an extension."

Ukraine's firing of rockets containing these mines is against international law and the Geneva Conventions. Ukraine is specifically targeting civilian areas with them. It is pure terrorism. And it is another Ukrainian war crime in a very long list of war crimes stretching back over eight years.

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The West is silent as Ukraine targets civilians in Donetsk using banned ‘Petal’ mines


Mines which Ukraine rained down on central Donetsk, evening July 30. Collected & marked to prevent civilians from stepping on them. Sappers worked throughout the city to destroy the mines.

Aug 7, 2022, RT.com

-Eva K Bartlett

On Saturday, July 30, just after 9pm, thunderous explosions rocked central Donetsk. Shortly after, there were announcements that air defense had shot down Ukrainian-fired missiles containing 'petal' mines. Given that over 300 of these explosives are packed into each of the Ukrainian-fired rockets, central Donetsk could literally become a minefield if they successfully landed. 

Social media and Telegram warnings urged residents to stay inside and wait for Emergency Services to clear the streets and sidewalks – which they began doing during the night. But come daylight, untold numbers of these tiny devices still remained. More warnings were issued to stay at home – better to be late for work than lose a leg. Residents that absolutely have to go out are advised to keep their eyes down to watch where they step, avoid grassy areas, and walk extremely carefully.

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

While Ukraine has been using these mines on Donbass for many months, in recent days, they have intensely bombarded neighborhoods with them. Initially targeted were the hard-hit districts of Kievskiy in the north, Kirovsky in the southwest, and Kuibyshevkiy in the west. But as of Saturday night, Ukraine hammered central Donetsk with them.

And now, walking in the city center is a nightmare, one I had to endure to document how widespread these mines are here: in central streets and walkways, near apartments, in parks…

Difficult to spot, easy to trigger

As it turns out, the 'petals' are not only widespread but often very difficult to spot – even if warning signs have been placed right next to them. Their small shape and dull color blends in with the surroundings and if you aren't actively looking at the spot they're in, you could easily miss them.

When walking, you learn to avoid any objects that could be covering a mine, and tread only on bare streets or sidewalks.

The first bunch of mines I saw were circled in chalk, a warning sign placed in front to keep cars from driving over them, and people from stepping on them. This was on a central Donetsk street, a residential area with shops and a park nearby. The entire area was littered with the 'petals'. DPR sappers worked methodically, clearing area by area. But, given that hundreds of the mines were dropped all over the city, this is painstaking work.

pic.twitter.com/F8jd9PA2Yy

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 1, 2022

Near some apartment blocks, numerous mines had been found and warning signs put out: "danger, mines," it said by the tiny explosive circled with chalk or a tire or whatever was available to draw the eye to its presence.

But, on many occasions, looking at the area designated as containing a mine, it took me a good while to actually see it. Now imagine if there were no signs at all … a bloodbath for civilians, and animals too, since it doesn't take significant weight to set them off.

Petal mine basics

Around the size of an average lighter, the 'petals' are tiny but still very powerful. A clip shared on Telegram illustrates this: A DPR soldier chucks a tire at one of the mines, and the tire is flung high in the air from the blast. It doesn't take a powerful imagination to estimate what would happen if a person stepped foot on one of them. The explosives are placed via remote delivery methods – meaning they can be spread by mortar, missile, or artillery, dropped by helicopters and planes.

Internet photo showing the small size of a Petal mine.

According to DPR Emergency services, Ukraine is using Hurricane MLRS-fired rockets to spread the mines. Each contains 12 cluster munitions, each cluster has 26 mines inside. So each bomb has 312. The cluster explodes in the air, disseminating them widely, scattering in different directions. Their butterfly-like design enables them to glide and land without exploding, usually. Then they lie in wait for someone with bad luck to step on them.

Some of these anti-personnel mines have a self-destruct timer. Others, including the ones Ukraine is firing, have a years-long shelf life. They do pretty much no damage to military vehicles, and therefore their use in Donbass is insidious – deliberately targeting civilians, to leave them maimed.

On July 30, in a densely-inhabited working-class district of western Donetsk, in a field with garden plots for nearby apartment residents, I saw the same nefarious mines. Originally scattered, they had been collected and awaited destruction by DPR Emergency Services.

In the large courtyard of an apartment complex, I watched from a safe distance as Emergency Services timer-detonated eight mines they had found around the grounds. The day prior, they destroyed 26. Another 150 were located and destroyed using a radio-controlled minesweeper. But there remains much to be done to restore the streets and courtyards to safety.

Since the mines were scattered on Saturday evening, the DPR Representative Office at the JCCC has created an interactive map showing the areas most contaminated by the mines, giving residents a general warning of which areas to avoid while walking or driving in. While some cars have been lucky enough to only have a tire blown out, were the mine to detonate near the gas tank, the entire vehicle could explode.

Multiple civilians have been killed by the mines since they were scattered over Donetsk, and, even now, wounded civilians are still coming to the city's hospitals. According to Vadim Onoprienko, the deputy director of a trauma surgery center, ten amputations have been performed over the last week – victims of Saturday's mines and ones that had been dropped earlier, one of whom was an 83-year-old man.

All evidence points to Ukraine

Pro-Ukrainian commentators are, unsurprisingly, blaming Russia. Journalists claiming to care about civilians are perpetuating Ukrainian propaganda saying that Moscow's forces are scattering the mines over civilian areas, never mind the fact that these territories are controlled by Russia's allies. Among them is the would-be war hero Malcolm Nance, who temporarily abandoned his job as a notoriously anti-Russian MSNBC analyst to apparently actually fight the Russians in Ukraine.

So many issues with this tweet.

He's lying, it is Ukraine dropping deadly petal mines on the DPR.

And "orcs"? Come on Nance, at least pretend to be a decent human.🙄🤮 https://t.co/CF864Quqbw

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) July 31, 2022

This is the kind of projection I have seen ad nauseam when reporting from Syria and dealing with the Western propaganda there. Ukrainian nationalists openly admit they do not see the Donbass people as human and encourage their murder. Ukraine has been killing and maiming civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic for over eight years, including firing cluster munitions into the heart of cities, targeting hospitals, markets, schools and busy streets. Given all of this, scattering butterfly mines over Donetsk is hardly surprising. It's criminal, but not surprising.

One argument used by pro-Ukrainian commentators is that Kiev has been destroying these mines under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which it signed in 1999. However, out of the six million such mines Ukraine initially declared in its possession, only two million have reportedly been destroyed as of 2018.

The EU and NATO were helping Ukraine destroy its petal-mine stockpiles as part of the EU-Ukraine agreements back in 2013 per Ottawa Convention. Look how well that went with Donbass suffering from these for 8 years. https://t.co/nepoVXaYnw https://t.co/9VbRifiwya pic.twitter.com/aVQdU0bWDn

— Nina 🐙 Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) August 1, 2022

Ukraine has good reason to believe it will not be held accountable for using them against civilians, given its Western backers' and their allies' penchant for using prohibited weapons on civilians without repercussions – including Agent Orange in Vietnam, depleted uranium in Iraq and Syria, and white phosphorous and dart bombs in Gaza.

The fact the Western media turns a blind eye is also a boon to Kiev.

From that post.

Find the mine pic.twitter.com/eDR6IP34F1

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

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What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months

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Wed, 10 Aug 2022 03:18:33 +0000

What I’ve seen of Ukraine’s war crimes against civilians in the Donbass over the past few months


I haven't "blogged" consistently for many years, since my Gaza days really, and use this site as a place to re-post my writings and interviews, generally.

Today, because I'm strapped for time, still in the Donetsk People's Republic, I'm doing a short blog post, to share this:

What I've seen of Ukraine's war crimes in the past few months:https://t.co/g1ETUIMw1U

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) August 7, 2022

If you're not on Twitter, the thread is also here on the Thread Reader

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Ukraine bombed a Donetsk hotel full of journalists – here’s what it felt like to be inside at the time


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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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

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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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