Monday, June 29, 2015

COLD-WAR : The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you

Our leaders and media push time-worn nonsense about American innocence, while taking aggressive moves. Look out

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won't tell you
Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (Credit: Reuters/RIA Novosti/Jonathan Ernst/Photo montage by Salon)

Have you picked up on the new trope du jour? We are all encouraged to bask in our innocence as we lament the advent of a new Cold War. The thought has been in the wind for more than a year, of course, at least among some of us. But we witness a significant turn, and I hope this same some of us are paying attention.
As of this week, leaders who know nothing about leading, thinkers who do not think and opinion-shaping poseurs such as Tom Friedman are confident enough in their case to sally forth with it: The Cold War returns, the Russians have restarted it and we must do the right thing—the right thing being to bring NATO troops and materiel up to Russia’s borders, pandering to the paranoia of the former Soviet satellites as if they alone have access to some truth not available to the rest of us.
James Stavridis, the former admiral and NATO commander, quoted in Wednesday’s New York Times: “I don’t think we’re in the Cold War again—yet. I can kind of see it from here.”
I can kind of see it, too, Admiral, and cannot be surprised: NATO has missed the Cold War since the Wall came down and the Pentagon’s creature in Europe commenced a quarter-century of wandering in search of useful enemies. At last, the very best of them is back.
The inimitable (thank goodness) Tom Friedman on the same day’s opinion page: “This time it seems like the Cold War without the fun—that is, without James Bond, Smersh, ‘Get Smart’ Agent 86’s shoe phone,” and so on.
Leave it to Tom to recall the single most consequentially corrosive period in American history by way of its infantile frivolities. He is paid, after all, to make sure Americans understand events cartoonishly rather than as historical phenomena with chronology, causality and responsibility attaching to them.
You have here a classic one-two. Stavridis’ successors in the military get on with the business of aggressing abroad and trapping Russia in a frame-up J. Edgar Hoover would admire, while Friedman buries us in marshmallow fluff sandwiches.
A couple of columns back I wondered aloud as to what all the talk of renewed Russian aggression, begun in mid-April, was all about. It certainly had nothing to do with Russian aggression for the simple reason there was none. If you saw any, please tell us all about it in the comment box.
A couple of columns earlier I questioned why John Kerry met Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov, his foreign minister, in Sochi. Altogether weirdly, the secretary of state suddenly appeared to make common cause with the Russian president.
My worst predictions are now realities. We have just been subjected to a tried-and-sometimes-true campaign preparing us for a Cold War reprise—begun, like the original, by spooks and Pentagon planners ever eager to escalate unnecessary tensions in the direction of unnecessary conflict.
Think with history, readers. We are now back in the mid-1950s by my reckoning, when the template at work today was perfected in places such as Guatemala. The Dulles brothers double-handedly transformed Jacobo Árbenz, offspring of a Swiss druggist and Guatemala’s second properly elected president, into an agent of “Communist aggression,” as the Times helpfully described him at the time. Árbenz was deposed in 1954, of course, and most Americans were obediently relieved that another “threat” had been countered. (I have always loved the purely American thought of an aggressive Guatemala.)
On through the decades, from Ho to Lumumba to Allende to the Sandinistas—every single case falsely cast as a Moscow-inspired challenge to the “free world,” every case in truth reflecting America’s ambition to global dominance. There is a golden rule at work here, so do not miss it: Americans never act but in response to a threat to human freedom originating among the mal-intended elsewhere.
Any good historian—and stop being so negative, you find good ones here and there—will tell you that the golden rule has applied without exception since the 18th century. It applied to the Mexicans in the 1840s, the Spanish in the 1890s, and countless times during the century we call American.
Even now, the golden rule is inscribed in any American history text you may pick up. It is integral to Americans’ consciousness of themselves. And in consequence it is near to impossible for most of us to grasp our role in events as they unfold before our eyes, never mind our true place in history.
So long as the rule applies, all notions of causality and responsibility are erased from the story. This reality is very close to the root of the American crisis, if you accept the thought that we are amid one.
I view the marked deterioration of the West’s relations with Russia since April in precisely this historically informed light. We have entered upon a new Cold War, all right, and its similarity to the last one lies in one aspect more important than any other: Washington instigated this one just as Truman set the first in motion when he armed the Greek monarchy—fascist by his own ambassador’s description—against a popular revolt in 1947.
You would think it something close to a magician’s trickery to conduct a century and more’s worth of coups, political subterfuge and military interventions and keep Americans convinced that all done in their names is done in the name of good. But we live through a case in point. We now witness an aggressive military advance toward Russia’s borders on a nearly astonishing scale, yet very few Americans are able to see it for what it is.
Such is the power of our golden rule.
The theme of new Russian aggression sounded over the past couple of months reeked of orchestration from the first, as suggested in this space when it was first sounded. It was too consistent in language, tone and implication, whether it came from the Pentagon, NATO or Times news reports—which are, naturally, based on Pentagon and NATO sources.
Anything counted: Russia’s military exercises within its own borders were aggressive. Russian air defense systems on its borders were aggressive. Russia’s military presence in Kaliningrad, Russian territory lying between Lithuania and Poland, was an aggressive threat.
The caker came 10 days ago, when Putin promised his generals 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles. Aggressive times 10, we heard over and over. “Loose rhetoric” was the incessantly repeated phrase.
In this connection I loved Ashton Carter in an exclusive interview on CBS Tuesday morning. Announcing NATO’s new plans for deployments in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, the defense secretary cited Putin’s “loose rhetoric.” The correspondent must have lost the playbook and had the temerity to ask him to explain. Whereupon the wrong-footed Carter mumbled, “Well, it’s… it’s… it’s loose rhetoric, that’s what it is.”
Got it, Ash. Loose rhetoric.
Does the secretary mind if we spend a few minutes in the forbidden kingdom known as historical reality?
Putin has not uttered a syllable of rhetoric—no need of it—since the Bush II White House floored him with its 2002 announcement that it would unilaterally abandon Nixon’s 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. “This, in fact, pushes us to a new round of the arms race, because it changes the global security system,” the Russian leader said subsequently. Whereupon Russia set about rebuilding its greatly reduced nuclear arsenal, of which the 40 new ICBMs are an exceedingly small addition.
There are no secrets here—only chronology and causality. In the context, I view the 40 new missiles as a very measured message—and of little consequence in themselves—in reply to the immodest lunge into frontline nations Carter disclosed in Estonia this week.
Where did President Obama get the idea to name this guy to head Defense? He outdoes Rumsfeld in certain respects. Not only is he deploying weapons and rotating troops in and out of six of NATO’s easterly members—the three Baltics, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. He now advances a number of bluntly escalating nuclear “options.”
Putin’s 40 warheads are squirrel guns next to Carter’s proposals. The new sec def is talking about an offensive nuclear curtain across Europe, a “counterforce” capable of hitting Russian military installations and “countervailing strike capabilities”—pre-emptively deployed nuclear missiles that include Russian cities among their targets. (Thanks to Pepe Escobar of Asia Times for his analysis of Carter’s “Pentagonese.”)
I should remind readers at this point, lest you forget, that we American are the aggressed upon, not the aggressors.
One news report can be singled out here as the celebratory herald of the newly unveiled stance. This is the previously quoted piece in Wednesday’s Times, which appeared under the headline, “NATO refocuses on the Kremlin, Its Original Foe.” Read it here, a real lab specimen, no breach of the golden rule anywhere in its several thousand words.
I needed a minute to get past the “refocuses” in the headline, with its thought that after many years away NATO must now unexpectedly return to the Cold War scene. Preposterous. How many members have been recruited eastward since the Wall came down? I count 12, 10 of which were Warsaw Pact nations. (Slovenia and Croatia, the other two, emerged from the destruction of Yugoslavia.)
Busy time advancing in the direction of the “original foe,” one has to say.
What follows the head is an account of new training exercises and dummy B-52 bombing runs—“all just 180 miles from the Russian border,” our correspondents report effervescently. This is wound around an exceedingly well-carved account of European views of this new turn backward. The latter is meant to veil ambiguity and reluctance that run wide and deep among many NATO members while making the enthusiasm found in former Soviet satellites appear to speak for the majority.
Fraudulent, top to bottom. One, European resistance to this latest NATO advance is now a matter of record. Recent surveys by organizations such as Pew indicate that among West European members the thought of coming to the aid of any newer member may be rejected by a majority.
Yes, we read, there are divisions within the European camp. But these are put down as the consequence of Russia’s campaign to sow disunity in NATO. I had to read that bit twice—and not only because it was reported twice in the same piece. I imagine a lot of Europeans are thinking this assertion over carefully, and not with smiling faces.
Two, East European army officers and civilian officials simply cannot be taken as authoritative judges of Russia and its intentions. This is flatly illogical, and as the Times habitually makes use of them as such I take it to be purposeful trickery to skew Americans’ understanding of European views of NATO.
As earlier noted, I ascribe a certain paranoia to the Poles, the Balts and others formerly in the Soviet orbit. For obvious reasons this sentiment is understandable. But that does not make the argument that they are rational analysts. It makes the opposite argument: They may be understandably paranoid, and have a lot of bad history behind them, but paranoids are not to be taken as sound sources of analysis. Zbigniew Brzezinski is our up-close Exhibit A.
There is craft and there is wile, and these correspondents are well on the wily side in their use of sources. To represent the American view they resort to the usual Times scam: a single-source story dressed up as a multi-source story. Everyone quoted is either Pentagon, NATO or formerly one or the other. These people all get dressed in the same locker room every morning, let’s say, given they all say exactly the same thing.
(Memo to the Times: A multi-source story means a story representing multiple perspectives.)
On the European side, the mirror image: No one from Western Europe is quoted. Everyone cited is from one or another of the newly accessed member states, most being either military officers with fingers on triggers or defense ministry officials.
It skews the analysis to the point of implausibility. These people are all preparing for a Russian invasion of the Baltics or Poland, but there is no shred of evidence Moscow is within a million miles of any such planning. Evidence of Russia’s desire to calm this circus down is mountainous—and for precisely this reason ignored.
A couple of loose ends remain to be tied up at this juncture. The E.U. just renewed its sanctions regime against Russia for an additional six months. Why? There had been considerable resistance to this only a matter of weeks ago.
That visit Kerry paid to Sochi. Why did he make it, if all we see unfolding now was already on the story board, as surely it was at the time of Kerry’s curious travels?
These questions are best answered together, to the extent we have comprehensive answers. In my view a certain bargain has in all likelihood been struck.
Prior to Sochi, it was well known that Washington’s overplayed hand in Ukraine, especially its efforts to undermine the Minsk II ceasefire, had begun to threaten a trans-Atlantic breach. I have since had it from good sources in Europe and Washington that the Obama administration is disappointed, if not worse, with the Poroshenko government in Kiev. It does not take much to be a puppet, but they do not seem capable of managing even that.
Kerry went to Sochi not to launch any new initiative with Putin and Lavrov, as I had too hopefully suggested, but simply to assuage Chancellor Merkel and other disgusted Europeans. Hence Victoria Nuland’s clumsily calculated assertions, noted in this space at the time, that Minsk II was the key to a solution in Ukraine.
Kerry’s bargain, in my view, was that if things did not improve post-Sochi, the American option would go forward. And since Sochi we have had inertia in Kiev and the drum beating night and day as to Russian aggression. In effect, NATO and Washington conspired to make sure there would be no post-Sochi progress.
The American option, to finish the thought, now lies before us.
So does the curtain rise on the Cold War revival much of Washington has spoiled for since Putin proved other than the Yeltsin-like client American strategists had initially taken him to be.
“We didn’t want to have this new challenge,” Defense Secretary Carter told Marines aboard a destroyer floating in the Baltic Sea. “But then all of the sudden here you have behavior by Russia, which is an effort to take the world backward in time. And we can’t allow that to happen.”
Sure thing, Ash. Taking the world backward. Thrust upon us. Got it. Golden rule always.
Patrick Smith is the author of “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.” He was the International Herald Tribune’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo from 1985 to 1992. During this time he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker. He is the author of four previous books and has contributed frequently to the New York Times, the Nation, the Washington Quarterly, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter, @thefloutist.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Okhrimenko: after the default of Ukraine will become a world pariah

Okhrimenko: after the default of Ukraine will become a world pariah

The reaction to the events in Ukraine. Июнь 2015 (252)
Ukraine's economy after the announcement of default will face serious consequences, which eliminate the need to over the years, according to Ukrainian economist.
MOSCOW, June 28 - RIA Novosti. defaulting in Ukraine may be for many years to isolate the country economically, the president of the Ukrainian Analytical Center Alexander Okhrimenko .
Ukrainian Economist notes that one should not confuse the default, which occurred in Russia in 1998, with the probability of default in Ukraine, in Russia defaulted first, and then later collapse of the ruble, while in Ukraine the situation is almost the opposite. "We already after Maidana was the de facto default and as a result, the collapse of the hryvnia by almost 275%. Therefore, if the Finance Ministry and officially announce a default, it is likely to be very short-term growth rate, but is not as critical and not so terrible, "- commented Alexander Okhrimenko. The real danger, in his opinion, lies elsewhere.
Ukraine's economy after the default face serious consequences over which need to work for many years. "Default - is official recognition of the Ukrainian world pariah in the financial market for the next 5-10 years. On investments in general, you can forget, but it's not so bad. After the official default all the non-resident banks will close all credit lines to Ukrainian banks. This applies to the Ukrainian" daughters "of foreign banks. This means that even ordinary foreign economic contacts export and import will be blocked or will be seriously implemented," - said president of the Ukrainian think tank.
Kiev does not stop trying to negotiate with creditors on restructuring of the public debt, but they have been reluctant to accept the proposals of Ukraine, considering them inadmissible. Earlier, Ukrainian authorities have already made it clear that in the absence of a compromise announced a technical default as a result of which the creditors will lose all money invested.
Over the past year and a half, including as a result of the military conflict in the Donbass, Ukraine was in a deep financial and economic crisis. The country recorded a sharp drop in GDP, the serious financial and budgetary difficulties.

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US has no means to overcome the defense of Russia and China

US has no means to overcome the defense of Russia and China 

Flight Global: the US has no means to overcome the defense of Russia and China US military over-invested in the purchase of bomb attacks direct short-range and under-invested in the long-range weapons, "Stealth" and precision-guided weapons, which does not allow the United States to overcome the defense of such countries as Russia, China and Iran. 

This is the conclusion reached by experts of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, says the American edition of Flight Global. The report, in particular, points out that from 2001 to 2014 US Department of Defense has been bought 304,750 weapons of direct action with a radius of up to 50 lesions nautical miles (80.47 km), which accounted for 96% of all purchases of weapons. During the same period, it was purchased only 7109 units of long-range weapons to blast radius of 400 nautical miles (643.74 kilometers), or 2.3% of total purchases. 

The experts concluded that the short-range weapons effectively when the plane can get close to the target, but it is impossible during large-scale military campaigns against the enemy, which has high-precision weapons. Report, the magazine writes, in fact, echoes what US generals say over the past few years: the US military investment aimed at supporting the military operations in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria - where "planes can fly and drop bombs with impunity." At the same time, such weapons are ineffective in the hypothetical campaigns with the participation of Russia, China and Iran.

Russia intends to use hypersonic military project to pressure the US on arms control

Media: Russia has developed hypersonic vehicle with nuclear warheads
US media are discussing a secret Russian military project that bypass all US missile defense

WASHINGTON , june 28, 2015 , 11:25 - REGNUM   Russian Federation is testing a new hypersonic gliding aircraft Ju-71 (Yu-71), which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. This was on Sunday, June 28, the Washington Free Beacon writes with reference to the report of the Western military-analytical center of Jane's Information Group.

Image result for U-71 is part of the Russian secret Project 4202

According to the newspaper, the hypersonic machine developed over several years, and its first trial was held in February 2015. It clarifies that U-71 is part of the Russian secret Project 4202, which is linked to the missile program.

The report's authors argue that the Russian Federation is implementing the project in an attempt to circumvent the US missile defense system, which is created to destroy ballistic targets moving on the computed trajectories.

The peculiarity of the Russian apparatus is that it is moving on is not calculated trajectory and it is difficult to track down. The speed of its movement reaches 11,200 km \ h (about 7 thousand. Miles per hour).

The publication compares the new Russian unit U-71 recently tested the Chinese WU-14. It is believed that Russia intends in 2020-2025 to place at the site near the village Dombarovsky 24 hypersonic aircraft with a nuclear warhead. The report's authors believe that Russia intends to use hypersonic military project as an instrument of pressure in negotiations with the US on arms control.

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Argentina declared its sovereignty over the Falklands

Argentina declared its sovereignty over the Falklands

Argentine court ordered the arrest of accounts of foreign oil companies operating in the Falklands
BUENOS AIRES , June 28, 2015 , 00:44 - REGNUM   Federal Court of Argentina has ordered the arrest of a total of 156 million and other assets of British and American oil companies engaged in the development and production of oil in the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The court ordered to stop all work on the exploration and production of oil, because of "operate in the territorial waters of Argentina." Among the fallen under a federal court order company Rockhopper Exploration plc, Premier Oil plc, Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, Noble Energy Inc. and Edison International SpA, according to El Economista. "Argentina declares its sovereignty over the islands, which it calls the Malvinas. However, oil companies named in this case, is not registered in Argentina. And because it is not clear how the measure will be adopted. With regard to oil exploration in the territorial waters around the Falkland Islands, it began in 2010. Despite protests from Buenos Aires, "- says BBC.
In 1982, around the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands broke the Anglo-Argentine conflict. During the fighting in May and June 1982, Argentina defeated. Currently, the island remains the subject of a territorial dispute between Argentina and Great Britain, has effective control over them both on his overseas territory. In April 2015 the President of Argentina Cristina Kirchner called on London to "put an end to the colonial anachronism that there are already 182 years," commented Euronews.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

People's Militia, Destroyed four batteries APU, fire Donetsk. Summaries 13 - 15 Jun

Destroyed four batteries APU, fire Donetsk. Summaries 13 - 15 June

The situation on the demarcation line remains complex and tense about this on Monday, June 15 , said the journalists zamestititel Ministry of Defense Corps Commander Edward Basurin DNI. He said the area was exposed to the DNI artillery, mortar and tank shelling. In recent years, it is believed in the ministry of defense, tactics shelling of residential areas has changed. Previously unit APU used mainly artillery, it is now increasingly used tanks.

In the territory controlled by Kiev are still recorded cases of capture units APU social facilities. According to intelligence DNI, a division of the APU in the village Uspenovka Maryino district refused to be placed in the field and on their own took a former secondary school in the center of the village. In the opinion of experts of the Ukrainian group "Information Resistance" ( IP ) throughout the weekend (13-14.06. 2015) marked a sharp intensification of the BCH in the Donbas. Reported from active attacks of heavy weapons positions of Ukrainian troops and settlements under the control of the Ukrainian authorities, in several areas recorded attempts to nominate groups of enemy infantry advanced to the position of the Ukrainian troops. All these attempts were stopped by fire forces ATO, experts say EC .

In recent days has sharply increased the number of reports of violations of the truce Ukrainian law enforcement officers in the area of responsibility of the People's Militia LC. However, shelling towns and positions BCH is not limited. All the more alarming leadership LC call attempts to legitimize the blockade of the republic of Kiev Donbass. Head Igor LC Carpenter so commented bills introduced in parliament:
"If such laws Poroshenko want to sign, it would be significant if it is invited to Merkel, Hollande and signed them, or vice versa - broke and kicked. Then we will clearly understand what is going on: either a complete rupture of the Minsk agreement, or if he will break the law, then there is still something to talk and negotiate. "
The media, regularly publishes situation reports ,
whose exclusive sources directly related to military operations in the Donbass: 

Group "Information Resistance" (IP) : Source (presumably) - General Staff MAT. 
Donetsk News Agency (DAN) : Source - Ministry of Defense DNI. 
LuganskInformTsentr (entities) :  Source - The people's militia LC. 
No Path Through Fire (VOBN ) :  Source - Command BCH near Donetsk airport
Reports MO DNR for June 13, the Ministry of Information DNI

Reports MO DNR for June 14, the Ministry of Information DNI

Artemovskoye direction
DAN June 14 12.08 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin DNI: The village Dzerzhinsk (located on the boundary line - approx. DAN), in the district of w. Toretskoy set of the permanent firing positions ACS in the amount of 3 pieces. E ti facts show run by Kiev "aggressive policy against the civilian population and unwillingness to comply with Minsk agreement.
EC June 15, 9.31 : On Artiomovskiy direction (near the settlement of gold, Popasnaya, Novozvanovka) BCH Ukrainian troops fired on the positions of the AGS-17, 120-mm and 82-mm mortars. Strikes on the leading edge of the ATO forces, in some cases - strong points.
In the area of ​​the settlement Lugano continues to run a bunch of "tanks, mortars" VSN. The enemy is trying to destroy methodically forefront ATU forces in order to prevent the consolidation of units of Ukrainian troops in the occupied positions.
North of the settlement Trinity BCH used MLRS BM-21 "Grad" (2 plants).
From Alchevsk on Debaltseve small batches (5-6 trucks) thrown unit local militias (of at least 550 people.).
DAN June 15 14.21 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin DNI: The village is set Artemovsk finding SAU 2S5 "Hyacinth-C" in the amount of 2 units in the direction of the north of the settlement Novoalekseevka noted the movement of 7 units of ACS. In the area of NP Nadezhdinka fixed jet pack of MLRS "Grad" - 4 units. Meanwhile, the leadership of the People's Republic of Donetsk continue to comply strictly with their obligations in the framework of the Minsk agreements.
Donetsk direction
DAN June 13 10.02 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward DNI Basurin: In the shelling of the village of Oktyabrsky in the Kuibyshev region yesterday wounded two civilians. Representatives of the Defense Ministry and the district administration today arrived at a fire inspection. In the past day shelling from positions of Ukrainian security services were subjected to three districts of the capital - Kiev, Kuibyshev, and Petrovsky.
DAN June 13 11.39 Source in power structures: the shelling of the October the Ukrainian side applied SAU 2S5 "Hyacinth-S", the allocation of which is prohibited near the demarcation line of the Minsk agreements.
DAN June 13 14.01 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward DNI Basurin: among the civilian population during the ceasefire violation by the Ukrainian security forces injured four people. In the city of Donetsk in the Kuibyshev district shelling from positions BTGR 17th Tank Brigade suffered two people . In the village Gorlovka One person was injured, shelling was coming from the direction of Mallorcan, where the position of the 17th separate mechanized infantry battalion under the command of Alexander Shcherbina. In the village Sahanka one civilian were injured in a mortar attack from the position of the National Guard Regiment "Azov" under the command of Andrew Bielecki.
DAN June 13 14.01 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward DNI Basurin: Exploration of the Armed Forces DNI continues to record the facts of movement of military equipment and personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Thus, in the towns and Kostiantynivka Kurakhovka the whereabouts of BM21 MLRS "Grad" - eight and one unit, respectively. Near the village of Red revealed emplacements ACS - three units.
EC June 15, 9.31 : During the last day recorded firing 120-mm mortars and 122-mm artillery n.p.Opytnoe, water, sand, Krasnogorovka, Marinka and Avdeevka (actually continued during the day). To the south of Donetsk (in the area Novomihaylovki, Glorious and Steppe) recorded the use of BCH MLRS BM-21 "Grad". In the same area the enemy used the tanks (fixed group of vehicles in the region of 5-6 experienced and south-west of the settlement, near Novomihaylovki operated tank group, thrown over the side Elenovka Dokuchayevsk). Reported attempts to nominate groups of enemy infantry advanced to the position of the Ukrainian troops. In general, there is a significant increase in BCH group, which operates in the direction of the settlement Marinka and south of the settlement, as well as to the north in the direction of the settlement Krasnogrovka.
In the area of ​​the settlement Balaclava and New Starognatovka BCH several infantry groups under the guise of mortar fire (120mm), tried to attack the forefront of forces ATO. After the opening by the ATO dense return fire, BCH used 122mm artillery. However, the strength of ATU forced infantry group BCH move to the starting line.
DAN June 15, 13.12 Head DNI Alexander Zakharchenko : yesterday destroyed four batteries that fired Petrovka .
Lugansk area

PARTY June 13 10.16 People's Police LC: For the past day Kiev security forces fired three settlements LC and position of militia, including fixed fire from a tank.
In the period from 6.00 to 6.00 on June 12 June 13 noted three violations of the ceasefire.
For example, in Kiev 17.50 siloviki from the direction of the city Happiness fired four tank at the T-junction near the village denote Slavyanoserbsk area.
19.45 The 10 shots made from 120-mm mortars from Popasnaya of Pervomayskaya.
21.50 The Ukrainian law enforcers have made fire from AGS (automatic grenade heavy machine), and 82-mm mortar rounds from the TPP Schastinskoy the village Merry Mount.
Losses among the civilian population and the personnel of the People's Militia not.
PARTY June 13 12.37 Emergencies Minister Sergei Ivanushkin: Yesterday at 19:30 mortar fire the city was Pervomaisk. Damaged five houses on the street Lugovoi - the 57th, 61st, 63rd, 69th, 71st. Hit a woman born in 1957 - shrapnel wound to his left thigh and lower leg. Also, as a result of shelling damaged high-voltage overhead line of 35 kW substation "Mikhailovka" substation "Maria", 3600 customers lost power - almost the entire city. Restored just now. And mortar fire damaged a gas pipeline of low pressure 100 mm - Today the restoration work carried out.
PARTY June 13 17.44 People's Police LC: Yesterday in the town of Pervomaisk German police LC captured two soldiers APU, who served in the Ukrainian Army contract.
PARTY June 13 17.56 People's Police LC: Around 15.15 from the city Happiness Ukrainian security forces opened fire from 82-mm mortar shells at the village Merry Mount. The result of the fire victims.
PARTY June 13 12.37 Emergencies Minister Sergei Ivanushkin: Pervomaisk again under fire from the APU, an elderly woman was killed, another resident of wounded. Presumably, the firing was carried out with mortars. Two private houses were destroyed and damaged a gas pipeline in the city center, the grandmother was killed, another woman was injured. It's night, and we have not yet examined all, but are continuing to explore. Made a preliminary local repair of damaged pipeline, but the basic repairs will be made ​​tomorrow. The shelling has stopped for the moment.
PARTY June 14 10.03 People's Police LC: In the period from 6.00 to 6.00 on June 13 June 14 marked two violations of the ceasefire.
At 15.10 from the city of Kiev Happiness security forces fired 82-mm mortar village Merry Mount. No injuries were reported.
At 21.55 from the city Golden Popasnjansky area produced 25 rounds of 120-mm mortars. Demolished house, damaged the gas pipeline. One woman was killed, another was wounded.
Casualties among the personnel of the People's Militia no
PARTY June 14 13.03 People's Police LC: Approximately 11.25 APU opened fire from the Crimean village of MLRS "Grad". In total, it was made ​​4 to 5 volley of missiles each. Suffered two private homes. About an hour before shelling "Grad" APU opened fire on the locality of the tanks. Six shots were fired from the position of APU, stationed at a checkpoint 29.
PARTY June 14 17.49 People's Police LC: Approximately 16.20 APU opened fire on our positions, are under Slavyanoserbsk. It produced 16 shots out of the tank, 10 shots - 120-mm mortar rounds and one anti-tank grenade launcher shot of SPG-9. At the broken and wounded among the staff of the People's Militia not.
EC June 15, 9.31 : For the arc north of Donetsk Novotoshkovki to Trehizbenki (including Crimea, Sokolniki, Prichepilovku) during the day under fire and impact virtually all positions of Ukrainian troops. The enemy in the area operated by three groups of fire maneuver, which consists of armored vehicles (each 3-4 tanks and 4-5 BBM), mobile anti-aircraft gun ZU-23-2 and mortars on transport platforms. Reported attempts to enter the infantry groups VSN to advanced positions ATO forces with the support of the AGS-17 and heavy machine guns. For his actions in direct support of infantry groups northeast Bakhmutskaya runs BCH used several BMP-2 and BTR-70, 80.
Mariupol direction
EC June 15, 9.31 : in the coastal areas during the day as the BCH were shelling positions of objects and forces in the area ATO n.p.Shirokino and positions in the north and north-west of this settlement (Including Pavlopol and Chermalyk). Basically BCH used small arms and AGS-17, but by the evening transferred to BCH Nameless two batteries of 122 mm self-propelled guns 2S1 and up to 4 units 9P132 "Grad-P" ("Partizan"), by which the applied fire strikes directly on the positions of forces in the region Shirokino ATO and the road leading to this settlement from the north-west.
DAN June 13 13.25 Ministry of Defence DNI: Total per day recorded 99 facts of ceasefire. On the territory of the Republic it was issued 25 tank shells and 74 mines and 92 caliber 120mm. About bstrelam underwent city Donetsk (Kiev, Kuibyshev, Petrovsky districts of the city and the territory of the airport) and Gorlovka. Also under fire APU appeared settlements Lozove, Zaitseva, Spartak and Zhabichevo.
DAN June 14 12.08 The deputy commander of the Corps of the Ministry of Defense Edward Basurin DNI: The intensity of the shelling by the Ukrainian side for the past day was 185 ceasefire violations, including the territory of the Republic was issued 30 tank shells and 142 mines caliber 82 and 120 mm.In his He said, came under fire Donetsk, Gorlovka, Dokuchaevsk, as well as the capital's airport, NP Spartak, Shirokino, Zhabunki, Clear, Red guerrillas Staromihaylovskaya fun. Three militiamen were wounded in the shelling and a woman injured in the Kiev region of Donetsk. The victim came under fire BTGR 93 mechanized brigade APU, under the command of Colonel Oleg Mikatsa.
EC June 15, 9.31 : near the settlement Gorlovka through Yasinovataya and Yenakiyevo, airlifted unit VSN (450-500 people. Multiple parties). At the same time thrown artillery (per day recorded 6 ACS 2S1 "Carnation", 5 guns D-30).
Through Shakhtarsk deployed two TOR-M1 air defense missile systems. The column was accompanied by two BTR-80 and 3 Kamaz.
On the march between the Garden and Khartsyzsk recorded 3 units. self-propelled SAM "Strela-10M."
Through Alchevsk proceeded column (4 BTR-80 and 4 ACS 2S3 "Acacia") in the direction Isakovskogo reservoir.
To the south of Luhansk recorded 20 trucks with pontoon park (all with zatёrtymi tactical numbers).
DAN June 15 14.04 Ministry of Defence DNI: The intensity of the shelling by the Ukrainian side in the last 191 days was a violation of the cease-fire, including on the territory of Donbass was released 50 tank shells and 108 mines caliber 82 and 120 mm
The previous review reports for 11 - 12 June