UPDATE: The Slavyangrad Blog posted the video at the end of this article that shows resistance troops and their leader defending Donetsk and civilians who have huddled in basements to avoid being attacked by Ukraine Army bombardment of civilians. The video makes clear the spirit and determination that led to the successful defense of Donetsk and Lugansk. Best wishes to our good friend George. May we hear from him soon.
As you all know, a week ago we announced our plan to attack. We started it yesterday. The Ukrainian aggressive occupation army came on our soil. They brought a nationalistic ideology that has no respect for human life. Their only interest is in our territory and resources. They launch their vile attacks on residential civilian complexes with grandmothers, women, and children.
We were the militia 10 days ago. Today, we are the armed forces of the Donetsk National Republic. The DNR's armed forces by no means try to strike on residential neighborhoods and houses. We don't and never will practice this. This is our homeland, our soil, and our Motherland.
This is a war on our territory that we want to preserve. We're not animals. We are not fighting in Kiev, we are fighting at home. Alexander V. Zakharchenko, Chairman of The Council of Ministers of The Donetsk National Republicl Republic:
Finally, the Colonel Cassad blog provides a detailed follow up to the breaking news post reported in my article yesterday at 2:40 AM. The description and analysis with maps and photographs documents the remarkable turnaround by the Donbass resistance in eastern Ukraine:
In recent several days we are witnessing an epic and a historic event of its own kind. The Ukrainian regular army and punitive battalions are suffering a catastrophic defeat to the south of Donetsk. Even a short time ago the republics were in dire straits, the DPR was actually hanging by a thin supply thread , which was attempted to be cut near Shakhtyorsk and Krasnyi Luch, the summit of Saur-Mogila was abandoned, Bolotov's counteroffensive didn't bring decisive successes. Many thought that the militia was pressed against the rope and that it was about to break, which would lead to the collapse of Novorossia and the military victory for the fascist junta. However, the militia managed to withstand the most severe blow, which the junta dealt with all forces available to it in the first half of August. The Collapse of the Southern Front, Colonel Cassad - English, August 26
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A Short but Important Update from Colonel Cassad - English: The Colonel Cassad blog is an invaluable source of information on what's really going on in the eastern Ukraine. The resistance militia defending the regions against attacks on civilian centers by the Kiev government seems to have turned a corner based on this information. Item number 3) in the full report below outlines important advantages gained by the resistance in the battle for Donetsk. The Kiev government's punitive mission, attacking Donetsk and Lugansk in the latest iteration, verges on failure.
This comes as the United States - European Union puppet government in Kiev faces some major crises. The economy is collapsing and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) can't do much to help. Mark Adominis predicted this in Forbes four months ago.
Russia has always had the ability to wreck economic havoc on Ukraine, and this should have made the West a lot more cautious about the Eastern Partnership and the general effort to incorporate Ukraine into European institutions. In retrospect the entire effort to sign the association agreement appears to have been a rather reckless gamble which no one knew the stakes of. Mark Adomonis, Forbes, April 15, 2014
The head of the European Central Bank warned of the impact of Ukraine's economic collapse in early August. International rating agency, Fitch, lowered Ukraine's assessment to CCC, one step away from default, on August 22. The economic collapse resulted from the choice of Kiev to attack to most economically viable section of the country, the eastern regions, which account for 58% of Ukrainian exports and a large section of the economy.
Considerable troop losses resulted in conscription in the Kiev government's political base of support. This, in turn, has created a protest movement of mothers who don't want their sons sacrificed to the incompetent war criminals running the country.
Of note, the corporate media is actually reporting attacks on civilian centers and expressing doubt about some of the allegations of the Kiev gangsters. It is not real reporting, by any means, but it's a sign that the most outrageous lies won't be peddled as fact, at least by some journalists.
Amid all of this bad news, U.S. puppet and veritable agent, President Petro Poroshenko, dissolved parliament and called for new elections. How will people in the eastern regions of Ukraine vote when Poroshenko's troops are firing artillery rounds at citizens?
1. About Strelkov: The news are ahead of the event. He got an offer to move in and become a military adviser in the Krasnodon HQ, but he did not yet agree to this. Someone apparently has seen it fit to leak the info to the press. What were the goals of this leak, good or bad, is yet unclear.