[We pay tribute to GIVI, Symbol of Donbass, RIP – See end of post]
Post-Coup Ukraine President Arranges Talks
By Kennedy Applebaum
February 4, 2017
[Addendum February 5, 2017: Nikki Haley’s Full Statement]
Unconfirmed fake news sources such as UNIAN and Radio Free Europe report today that U.S. President Donald Trump and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko are scheduled to hold a telephone conversation on the night of February 4 to 5, citing the White House press office. The UNIAN source continues: “The conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is scheduled to begin at 16:45 EST (01:45 Kyiv time on Sunday). As UNIAN reported earlier, the date of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit to the United States for a possible meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump is being discussed, according to the Ukrainian president’s administration.”
President Trump himself says nothing about a planned phone call on Twitter, and so far I’ve seen no other reports to confirm it. In any case, such talks are premature. Trump has not had time to study the complex issue of Donbass. This and other events may be cause for alarm.
The biggest longterm transnational threat to Donbass I see was summed up by two comments on Twitter today. According to TeamTrumpRussia, “US State Department called it a ‘peaceful protest’ in Ukraine 2013-2014. Now @nikkihaley condemns ‘the aggressive actions of Russia’ in Donbass.” Another Twitter source D.bunker99 comments in reply, “Kiev is trying to manipulate Trump into continuing US support for its war against Donetsk. He must not fall for this trick!”
As Quemado Institute reported yesterday on our News from Novorossiya page, Donald Trump’s newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, while acknowledging that the US wants better relations with Russia (a step forward), nevertheless reiterated, at the recent UN Security Council meeting, the global elitist propaganda that Russia is responsible for the increased violence in Ukraine. It needs to be stressed to the Trump team that Russia is not fighting in Ukraine. In fact, Russia has no presence there.
Trump needs to understand that the US State Department, the CIA and George Soros supported the 2014 Maidan coup, the violent uprising that brought about the overthrow of Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovich. These are the people who caused the Ukraine civil war. There was no “Russian aggression”.
And now in this new development, Ukraine post-coup President Petro Poroshenko, whom Trump refused to meet with last fall, is trying to arrange talks in the United States with the Trump team, possibly scheduled within two weeks. This meeting follows on the heels of Kiev’s sudden escalation of hositilities, no doubt a false flag set-up. The danger in such a conference is not that Trump harbors ill-will toward Russia or Donbass, but that the US President and his team may not have honest sources of information. The Rothschild-owned media, comprising Reuters and the Associated Press, along with the CIA and American think tanks, uniformly blame Russia, a dangerous fabrication.
Yet I ask you, where can Trump learn the truth? He may read Infowars, but Alex Jones neglects the issue of Donbass. One hope is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be among those meeting with Poroshenko, and that Tillerson will see through the facade of Kiev’s lying war-criminal. Another hope is that Marine Le Pen, a valiant Donbass supporter, will at some point meet with Trump and explain the facts.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin does nothing to help Donbass diplomatically or militarily. The Russian President has failed to recognize the Donbass Republics, and has forced them, through stong-arm tactics and possible assassinations, to unilaterally abide by the Minsk Agreements, at a sacrifice of Novorossiya territory and sovereignty.
Nor does Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin adequately defend before that misinformed international body the innocence of Russia and Donbass in the Ukraine conflict. Meanwhile, the Lugansk People’s Republic, with yet another assassination today of Lugansk militia chief Oleg Anaschenko, appears either too corrupt or too weak to prevail against global opposition.
This leaves Alexander Zakharchenko and the Donetsk People’s Republic the full responsibility for ensuring the survival of Novorossiya in the face of hostility and neglect from the entire world, including Russia. The only exception is South Ossetia, the one country that has recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Addendum – February 5, 2017
Nikki Haley’s Full UN Statement:
Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, Under-Secretary-General Feltman, Under-Secretary-General O’Brien, and Ambassador Apakan for your useful and comprehensive briefings today.
This is my first appearance in this chamber as the Permanent Representative of the United States. It is an immense honor for me to sit behind the United States placard and to follow in the footsteps of so many giants of American diplomacy. It is humbling to be part of a body whose responsibility is nothing less than maintaining international peace and security. I look forward to working closely with each of you on this Council. The United States is determined to push for action. There is no time to waste.
I consider it unfortunate that the occasion of my first appearance here is one in which I must condemn the aggressive actions of Russia. It is unfortunate because it is a replay of far too many instances over many years in which United States Representatives have needed to do that. It should not have to be that way. We do want to better our relations with Russia. However, the dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions.
The sudden increase in fighting in eastern Ukraine has trapped thousands of civilians and destroyed vital infrastructure. And the crisis is spreading, endangering many thousands more. This escalation of violence must stop.
The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, this crisis will continue.
Eastern Ukraine, of course, is not the only part of the country suffering because of Russia’s aggressive actions. The United States continues to condemn and call for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea. Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Our Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control over the peninsula to Ukraine. The basic principle of this United Nations is that states should live side by side in peace.
There is a clear path to restoring peace in eastern Ukraine: full and immediate implementation of the Minsk agreements, which the United States continues to support. For the people in eastern Ukraine, the stakes are high. With each passing day, more people are at risk of freezing to death, or dying from a mortar blast.
The United States calls on Russia and the combined Russian-separatist forces to fulfill their commitments in the Minsk agreements and fully restore and respect the ceasefire. The Minsk agreements require the disengagement of forces and withdrawal of heavy weapons from both sides of the contact line. This is the formula for a sustainable ceasefire. Pulling back forces and taking heavy weapons out of this area will save lives. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission must also be granted full, unfettered access. The presence of OSCE monitors can help calm tensions.
Cooperation on this issue is possible. Earlier this week, both Russia and Ukraine supported this Council’s unanimous call to return to a ceasefire. It was the first time in years that this Council was able to come together on Ukraine. The parties on the ground should heed this signal and hold their fire. The United States expects that those who can influence the groups that are fighting – in particular, Russia – will do everything possible to support an end to this escalation of violence. Thank you.
[From The Duran]
Special Addendum – February 8, 2017
Givi, a militia commander, killed in Donetsk / Novorossia Vision / February 8, 2017 / n the morning of 8 February, in Donetsk was killed the legendary commander of the «Somalia» unit, Mikhail Tolstykh, better known as Givi. The explosion occurred at his workplace on the «Somalia» base. The DPR Prosecutor’s Office said that it had been a terrorist attack. ‘We know who these people are. We will find them, and they will be punished to the fullest extent of the laws of war,’ said the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic. Givi became one of the main enemies of the Ukrainian army after he had made «cyborgs» captured in the Donetsk airport, eat their straps in the presence of journalists. Earlier, as a result of another terrorist attack, there was killed another leader of the Novorossia militia, Arsen Pavlov «Motorola». He was blown up in the elevator of his apartment building.
DPR head A. Zakharchenko press conference on
assassination of top commander Givi
February 8, 2017
Click for VIDEO (English subs)
DPR head A. Zakharchenko press conference on this mornings assassination of DPR
“Somalie” battalion commander Colonel Mikhail “GIVI” Tolstykh
Video by Patrick Lancaster
In memory: “If one day, we aren’t here…” Givi & Motorola [Videos at source] / Translated by Inessa Sinchougova for Fort Russ / February 8, 2017 / Since the start of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, commanders Givi and Motorola, both of whom have now perished at the hands of the Kiev junta, have been defending the Donbass region from the Ukrainian army, the far-Right Ukro-fascists, paid mercenaries, and their Washington-based founders. Throughout the conflict, Western media portrayed them as rebels and separatists, despite the fact they were defending their own land. After the murder of Motorola, Givi recorded the following message – clearly spoken in mourning for his friend. It is with great sadness to have to report that Givi did not live to see a peaceful Donbass. Thank you for your service and rest in peace. [Videos available at source.]