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    Donetsk after shelling

    Ukrainian Military Shelling of Civilians in Donetsk a 'Barbarous Raid'

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    Ukrainian military shelling civilians in Donetsk on February, 3 was a 'barbarous raid', Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during her weekly press briefing on Friday.

    "This barbarous raid can not be justified. Kiev's actions violate not only the 1949 Geneva Convention on the protection of civil population during wartime but all moral norms as well," Zakharova said. "Only vandals can bomb a city while it's sleeping, destroying entirely blameless people. We have no other definition for the people who conducted this night sortie."

    Zakharova said that in the early hours of February, 3 Donetsk was subjected to massed fire from Ukrainian Armed Forces. Residential areas suffered dozens of strikes from large-caliber armaments, including "Uragan" and "Grad" systems.

    Ukrainian Armed Forces are using weapons systems banned under the terms of Minsk peace deal in Donetsk, Zakharova said.

    "Conducting strikes using heavy artillery — is that how Kiev proves the country's unity?" Zakharova said. "Today, Kiev not only does not express any concern about the new development in the crisis but also unashamedly flaunts its actions in Donbass, using the OSCE platform for that."

    Zakharova stressed that this military campaign not only breaks all 'moral norms' but is also a violation of Kiev's international obligations.

    "This is the shame of modern Europe!" Zakharova said reminding how Ukraine has been enjoying the protection of Western partners for years. 

    She pointed out that while the whole world followed the Twitter account allegedly belonging to a little girl from Aleppo, it now ignores Kiev's actions in Donetsk.

    Zakharova then called on OSCE to conduct close and impartial observation in Donbass where journalists had been shelled from the Ukrainian side: "We see this incident as a gross violation of international humanitarian law."

    On February 3, Kiev armed forces deliberately shelled residential areas of Donetsk, the region's largest city, with the use of multiple rocket launchers.

    DPR Minister of Emergencies Alexei Kostrubitsky told journalists that at least two people were killed and over a dozen were injured when Kiev forces attacked Donetsk from the "Uragan" self-propelled multiple rocket launcher system. OSCE confirmed that there were casualties.

    The situation has escalated over the past few days in the Donetsk region, in particular near the town of Avdiivka, with clashes happening between Kiev forces and local militia. The conflicting parties have both accused each other of initiating the violence and have both suffered casualties.


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    • Angus Gallagher
      Where are all the EU's snivelling human rights superheroes now? What a bunch of scammers.
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      whataf005in reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, they are sucking cocks. Do not disturb them!
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      as is expected by the filth in kiev and their thugs.
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      there are several things to be noted, that theses action has started after talking to Mr. Putin by phone, is there have been any agreements between the two and the Notice against IRAN.

      Russia should know that if IRAN and China goes down then there is no Russia remaining without them. Russia can't keep there interest if these two countries are down that is the only thing should be consider about. if these two is down the next step is Russia. they're trying to keep Russia busy with these new fight in Ukraine and sanctions.

      Russia, China and Iran should have a military agreement, that is the only way that we can change the world and save it.

      it's better that all countries that are against NATO should have military agreements. the situation in this world is getting worse day by day American foreign policy never changes.
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      TALK? Just demand they stop or go create SAFE ZONES inside Ukraine. Good IF U.S create safe zones in Syria.
    • choticastile
      According to what's on The Saker ....
      The Ukronazis used a ballistic missile to strike at the center of Donetsk


      Syria couldn't do it for them, now they're determined to get their evil drums of war beating via the Ukraine?? All to save a heinously corrupt and collapsing system!
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      Why was the OSCE providing protection for the tanks, in the residential area, in the neutral buffing zone? Why did the OSCE have a Swedish/Danish mercenary with them, when the OSCE hostages were taken, back in 2014? Does anybody remember John Christensen, who was released, the Swedish/Danish mercenary, who was part of the OSCE team?
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, The sheet is starting to fly. Read piece on The Saker. link in my comment above ..
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      anne00mariein reply toali(Show commentHide comment)
      ali, Did you not notice that the Soros sponsored US politicians, McCain and Graham, popped over to Ukraine, during their Christmas vacation? Now what was discussed, when they were out giving awards to their NAZI friends? Do not include President Trump, in your assumptions.

      Also, do you not find it coincidental that not only were the OSCE providing security for the Kiev tanks, in the residential area, but also the NATO exercise in that is being held close by. Yep, another one. Now what is that all about and is the timing just coincidental?
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      anne00mariein reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, Not the first time. Even CNN were reporting the last time they did that. Did they get a home goal, because somebody commented yesterday, that the NAZIs took quite a hit, owing to their own stupidity.
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      anne00mariein reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, What an idiot and no wonder that President Trump is moving out of the UN. She seriously has no idea of her brief. Will she be even worse than Power. Is she sponsored by Soros?
    • dan sheppard
      choticastile, - That youtube video is gold information
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      Yet another never ending tragedy started by the US desire to inject pseudo democracy into a potential UN ally state, in an effort to surround Russia with more "UN club members."
    • choticastilein reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie, Yeah.... for sure things are hotting up ...they're holding on to the bitter end-- but bitter it will be, I hope ... like someone remarked on an RT show today--- it is as two powers are running America right now (not verbatim) as hostilities continue and is picking up... as we see in the Ukraine.
    • choticastilein reply todan sheppard(Show commentHide comment)
      dan sheppard, Sorry, not with you -- why you say that?
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, thanks for the link. Worrying indeed. It does seem though that this may be the last gasp of the vermin in kiev. - hopefully.
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      Don't hold your breath... Unless the real forces at the top behind every bit of string pulling in the world, are taken down-- no holds barred, they must simply be eliminated as no matter how they're punished, it can never atone for the rapacious and Godless deeds they perpetrated on humanity as a whole... It puzzles me to the depth of my soul, that a world ruled by a minion of evil morons, continue to call the shots-- that within our world, not even the finest of the utmost integrity among us can get together and do what needs to be done to save our world from what is nothing less than a synagogue of satan. When I looked at what happened again now in the Donbass, I reached the conclusion that the world is all but lost and that quite frankly, those souls who perished and continue perishing not only there, but in Yemen, in Syria and all the many places all over the world, are perhaps fortunate to have left this mortal coil, where the few continue to foist their unspeakable cruel will on the many with no hope in sight that it will ever change.... So yes, because I believe all is in God's hands-- that He alone is the Doer-- I decided to stand back and take a long overdue sabbatical-- away from the more and more horrendous happenings and evermore cheapskate degenerate filth assaulting one's being on a daily basis. I need time out ... So yes, I do hope that a miracle happens, delivering the people from the Eastern Ukraine from those bent on their complete genocide. God bless Michael.
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, I believe what we need is organisation, but today the like minded such as the people on this site and elsewhere are too widely spread and the internet can only be used in so many ways. Then, to look at the so-called masses, see what motivates them in this world - now there is the saddest thing. The head(s) of the creature can be cut off and its claws (read military, security services) can also be eradicated over time, but the system which brought the creature into being will remain to recreate. No solution in sight just yet, but hang in there! :)
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, But hang in there.... What other options do we currently have but to do that? Because I feel a particularly deep sorrow for the peoples of the Donbass and the horrific destruction they continue to be subjected to-- simply for defending their human rights against the unilateral actions of the cruel and ruthless bunch of leaders, of the supposedly, most democratic and civilised nation on the planet, the engineers behind the wanton destruction of their lives.... I guess it shattered the last allusions I had that there was some honesty, some form of order, based on unequivocally, indefatigably rigid and never to be broken International Laws-- protecting the rights of all of humankind EQUALLY ...

      Read below ... perhaps, a reflection of the world we each thought we lived in, which the people of the Donbass-- actually all of us-- fortunate enough to grow up in what we considered a civilised nation, had considered to be the type of world we live in .....

      Everything We've Been Told is a Lie
      That we are all born equal
      That I was born FREE
      That my education will give me knowledge and wisdom
      That my university degree would bring me life-long security
      That our history books are accurate and true
      That we evolved out of apes

      I was told that … Fluoride would stop my teeth from rotting
      That vaccines would keep me healthy
      That flowing electrons create electricity
      That the pyramids were tombs for Pharaohs
      That the ancient civilisations were primitive

      I was told that … Our tap water was safe to drink
      The food on the supermarket shelves is healthy
      That scientists have it all figured out
      That mathematical formulas can explain everything
      That atoms are made of subatomic particles
      That Gravity was well defined and understood

      I believed that … We landed on the moon
      That we travelled though the Van Allen Belts
      That we returned to the moon several times
      That we landed a probe on Mars
      That the sun is a giant nuclear reactor
      That we have a picture of Earth from space

      Read the rest here ... interesting what this man is trying to do for the planet we all hold dear ....

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