I had seen the Russian text on the OSCE page, and now Gleb Bazov sent me his translation. To say that I am under-impressed by this text would be an understatement. I would also note that many well informed sources spoke of a 14 points plan. Are two more points held in secret?
What is certain is that this documents is imprecise, nebulous, ambiguous and otherwise vague to such a degree that I would argue that it is basically impossible to implement.
Knowing the degree to which Russian diplomats are normally maniacally fastidious and pedantic with words, I can only conclude that they have deliberately sabotaged this agreement and that it’s sole use what to deflate the bellicose mood of the NATO summit. But as a basis for a real ceasefire it is useless, nevermind a real negotiation for a final status agreement or peace treaty.
Thursday, September 4 - 11:30am
Tjen Folket (Serve the People from Norway, Aflonyddwch Mawr ( Great Unrest) from Wales and Revolutionary Praxis from Nottingham (UK) announce the creation of the RED BLOCK.
We appeal to Maoist Comrades in Europe to join the RED BLOCK march on the NATO Summit at the Celtic Manor Golf Club Just outside Newport in South Wales on Thursday September 4th 2014.
The US president Obama and new Norwegian General Secretary of NATO Stoltenberg will be at the planning meeting plus others.
More News and contact information to follow
According to information received by the Support Center for Antifascists in Ukraine, in the coming days Donetsk will be attacked by new aircraft of the Ukraine Air Force. These new aircraft entering the service of the junta forces come from NATO member Canada. The aircraft have already been delivered in the Kharkov region.
The airstrike will be a cover for a ground operation to capture Donetsk city.
This information received from supporters and security forces requires further evaluation. The Support Center for Antifascists in Ukraine asks anyone who has more information to share it with us.
A massive Canadian transport plane has arrived in Kharkov carrying US$4.5 million worth of non-lethal military equipment to help Ukraine “protect its eastern border against Russian aggression.”
The equipment includes “helmets, ballistic eyewear, protective vests, first aid kits, tents, and sleeping bags,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement on Thursday.
Canada said it received the request from the Ukrainian government. “Ukraine has asked for this and once again we are delivering,” Defence Minister Rob Nicholson Nicholson said at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton.
Meanwhile, U.S. & NATO block humanitarian aid to Donbass civilians under attack from Kiev junta.
Moscow slammed NATO and Pentagon claims that Russia is amassing military near the border with Ukraine calling them unsubstantiated, according to a statement made by a Ministry of Defense spokesman.
"In Russia’s Ministry of Defense such statements only raise sympathy for the speakers of the Pentagon, the US State Department and NATO. It seems the people are serious, but they have to constantly improvise during their speeches to somehow add seriousness to their statements," said Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry Major General, on Wednesday.
Pentagon spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, told reporters on Tuesday that Russia has at least 10,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.
Following this, on Wednesday, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu stated that Russia has already amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on the border.
Konashenkov said that “we would like to explain to the Pentagon and NATO officials that it is impossible to perform such a manoeuver with thousands of soldiers with weapons and military equipment in such a short time, all the more to keep it secret from OSCE observers now in the region.”
Among the many beautiful and witty expressions and neologisms Americans use, I always loved this one: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. This so-called “Duck test” is funny, but it is also a powerful logical method which ended up chewing at me day after day after day.
Here I was, all sure and certain that the US/NATO/EU would never consider such a ludicrous notion as the one of an military attack on Russia or on Russian forces. But kept hearing the voice of the American Duck telling me: look at what they are doing, what does that look like to you?
Sukant Chandan: Gaza and East Ukraine are one struggle
Al Etejah English TV interview with Sukant Chandan of Sons of Malcolm, speaking on Ukraine and making the connection with Gaza, both peoples’ civilians are being massacred in residential blocks by the same NATO powers. July 29, 2014
The latest developments in Ukraine bear close attention.
This is not fully thought out, obviously, but some points to consider:
1. June-July - Igor Kolomoisky and allied oligarchs who fund Right Sector and other fascist groups set up fiefdom in Dnepropetrovsk in defiance of Poroshenko.
2. June-July - Alleged negotiations between some forces in Moscow, Denis Pushilin, and Dontesk oligarch Rinat Ahkmetov for a “compromise” that could undermine the Donetsk People’s Republic. It’s said this plan was scuttled by Strelkov’s successful withdrawal from Slavyansk in early July. (See http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/what-makes-strelkov-feel-melancholy.html )
3. July 17 - Downing of MH17 to escalate war crisis with Russia.
4. July 18 – Chair of the DNR Supreme Soviet Denis Pushilin announces resignation in Moscow.
5. July 22 – Turchinov (former interim president, now parliament speaker) and President Poroshenko move to speed up ban on Communist Party faction in parliament (attempt to appease the fascists and prevent a split?)
6. July 24 - Withdrawal of Svoboda and UDAR from the Kiev government.
7. July 24 - Resignation of Yatsenyuk, Washington’s hand-picked prime minister.
The backdrop to all of these developments is the growing economic crisis as the scissors of IMF/EU/US austerity and the end of cheap fuel on credit from Russia begins to close.
Along the same lines, Garon Archer writes: “Could the destabilization of Parliament, even an ultra-reactionary parliament, lead to the consolidation of power by one or a coalition of fascist parties (probably the one favored by NATO-bloc most) through direct military dictatorship? It seems that the tasks of the fascists so-far has been to dismantle and destroy all democratic institutions and oppositions, as expected. It would seem then that the natural conclusion of this would be total overthrow of bourgeois democracy. After considering all of that, one must question the real motive behind the split of the fascists in Parliament.”
July 24 - Workers World condemns in the strongest terms the latest moves by the far-right government in Ukraine, backed by the United States, to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU).
The new measure against the country’s largest political organization comes on the heels of a war frenzy against Russia and the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, whipped up after the crash of the Malaysian Airliner on July 17. Both Kiev and Washington have accused Moscow and the rebels in southeastern Ukraine of downing the civilian plane without a shred of evidence.
We have also learned that a local Communist Party leader in Donetsk, Glinsky Secretary Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Kovshun, was tortured and murdered by the Ukrainian National Guard near the town on Luzhky on the night of July 22.
The lynching of the this long-time communist activist, like the massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions on May 2, exposes the junta’s real agenda: to murder, imprison or exile not only KPU leaders, but all anti-fascist and pro-socialist fighters in Ukraine.
A show trial of the Communist Party was set to begin on July 24 in Kiev, charging the country’s largest political organization with supporting “separatism” and “terrorism.”
The KPU has been targeted for its opposition to the February coup d’etat that brought a coalition of neoliberal politicians, oligarchs and outright fascists to power, and for opposing the civil war unleashed against the largely industrial, working-class southeastern Donbass region of Donetsk and Lugansk, where a strong anti-fascist resistance is contending for power.
Since the coup, Communist Party offices have been occupied and burned down by neo-Nazi groups like Right Sector and Svoboda, party activists have been kidnapped and beaten, and parliamentarians physically attacked. While campaigning for president last May, Communist Party leader Peter Simonenko survived an assassination attempt after a television debate.
Not satisfied to await the results of the kangaroo court, the rump Verkhovna Rada (parliament), having effectively banned elected members of the KPU, the Party of Regions and others following the illegal coup, changed its rules July 22 to allow parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov to dissolve the Communist Party parliamentary group. Billionaire President Petro Poroshenko signed a bill the same day legalizing the move.
“Tomorrow morning [Thursday], it will be published in Golos Ukrainy [official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada], meaning it will come into force, and I will fulfill a historic mission and announce the Communist Party’s cessation,” Turchynov said while opening the July 23 parliamentary session.
Don’t expect any condemnation of this blatantly anti-democratic measure from the U.S. or its NATO allies. Washington spent billions of dollars to topple the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovich and has pumped in billions more to assist the regime’s terrorist war on Donbass, as part of its campaign to station NATO troops and weapons on Russia’s border.
Sergei Kirichuk, national coordinator of Union Borotba (Struggle) – himself forced into exile by the junta following the Odessa massacre – writes:
“Destruction of the Communist Party today will drive all leftist movements underground. This will set a precedent for the fierce persecution of all who share anti-fascist and socialist views. The country has slid into a bloody dictatorship under a regime of rightist politicians who for the first time in a hundred years has unleashed a civil war against its own people. And now we need broad solidarity with those who face the repression of rights.”
Stop the war on Dobass! U.S. out of Ukraine! Hands off the Communist Party, Borotba and the anti-fascist resistance!