Saturday, June 14, 2014

'White phosphorus' reports: Ukraine military 'dropped incendiary bombs' on Slavyansk

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 13.06.2014 | 12:41

Residents of Slavyansk and its suburbs were awoken overnight on Thursday by what they say were incendiary bombs that were dropped on their city by Kiev’s military. Witnesses and local media reports suggested that the bombs might be phosphorous.
Much of the village of Semyonovka, located in the Slavyansk suburbs, was set ablaze. Local residents told RT that the ground didn't stop burning for some time.
“We all saw what happened here yesterday. They used rocket launchers as well as incendiary bombs against us. The ground was on fire. How can the ground burn by itself. It burned for about forty minutes,”resident Roman Litvinov told RT over the phone.
“Starting from 2 a.m. everyone I’ve met has a sore throat and is coughing all the time. I think this is because of the burning. I think we’ll feel the true consequences later. There are still a lot of people here, a lot of children we haven’t managed to get out yet,” resident Tatyana told RT.
The use of incendiary bombs – designed to start fires using materials such as napalm, white phosphorus or other dangerous chemicals – is strictly prohibited by the UN.
Kiev authorities have denied reports that such weapons were used against civilians. The National Guard also refuted reports that phosphorous ammunition was used, its press service stated.
During the latest news briefing, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki veered away from answering an AP journalist’s question about the reported use of white phosphorus bombs by Kiev’s army. But when cornered, she let it slip that she was quite clueless as to the situation on the ground – saying she thought the reference was to the Russians using the bombs.
When asked about the report for the second time, Psaki replied: "By whom? By Russians?”
The journalist replied: “No, by the Ukrainians,” specifying that there is video and photographic evidence of the attack.
Psaki replied by saying, “No, I didn’t see those reports.”
Slavyansk, an industrial city in southeastern Ukraine with a population of over 100,000 people, has been a focal point of the government’s crackdown against the region. The city’s residential area has been under regular artillery fire for weeks.
“It does appear that there is at least a case to be argued that something similar, if not itself white phosphorous, was used overnight. I’ve seen the video, I’ve looked at it closely...[there are] whole signs, whole marks of white phosphorous use. For example, a very bright light burning and multiple burns coming down from the sky. It’s an airburst weapon that has been used, such as a mortar or a manned aircraft,”Charles Shoebridge, a former army officer, Scotland Yard detective, and counter-terrorism intelligence officer who has recently returned from Ukraine, told RT.
“White phosphorous cannot be put out with the use of water” and it will “burn through one’s body to the bone,” Shoebridge added. “If there is going to be large amounts used it can also be a poison – large amounts can be set to contaminate water supply.”
According to the video, “it’s very likely that white phosphorus" was used, Shoebridge added. “It’s very difficult to fabricate the video we saw combined with the evidence on the ground.”
Moscow demanded an immediate investigation into the reported use of incendiary bombs in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday.
"We are concerned to hear reports that the Ukrainian military forces use incendiary bombs and some other indiscriminate weapons," he said. "These reports should be probed into immediately."
On Thursday, Russia introduced a draft resolution to the UN Security Council that condemns attacks on residential quarters and civilian facilities in southeastern Ukraine, said Vitaly Churkin, Russian envoy to the UN.
He also voiced concern over reports of the use of prohibited ammunition, including incendiary bombs, during the military crackdown.
The draft resolution calls for an immediate end to all violence and for a lasting ceasefire.
"The draft resolution will aim to stop the violence and support the political efforts the OSCE has been undertaking in vain so far. We urge the UN Secretary-General to support them," Churkin said, adding that its adoption would demonstrate the UNSC’s support for the crisis settlement efforts.

NATO Turns Truth  Upside down:

Ukrainian APC with troops breaches Russian border

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 13.06.2014 | 21:31
At least one Ukrainian armored vehicle crossed the Russian border with Ukraine Friday overnight and stopped in the Rostov Region, according to Russia’s Security Service. The military abandoned the vehicle and returned to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian armored vehicle stopped in near the village of Millerovo, said the head of the press department of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Rostov Region, Vasily Malaev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Foreign Ministry to issue a formal protest to Ukraine’s government, said his press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
There are also reports that there was not one, but two armored vehicles. A source from the FSB told LifeNews Channel that two armored vehicles crossed the Russian border.
Initially just one APC entered Russian territory, however it broke down, LifeNews was told. It was discovered by the Border Service, however, Russia’s troops failed to take the Ukrainian military personnel captive as another armored vehicle came to the rescue from Ukraine’s Lugansk Region.
After that the Ukrainian troops fled the territory, returning to Ukraine, leaving the dsabled vehicle behind in Russia.
In response to the incident, the Ukrainian Border Service said that the military was surrounded by self-defense forces so they were forced to cross the Russian border to reach new locations of their units, NTV TV channel reported. Border authorities also assured that all 26 border officers returned to Ukraine via another checkpoint.
Earlier on Friday, NATO warned that if reports that Russian tanks have breached the Ukrainian border are confirmed, it would be serious escalation of the conflict. 
"We have seen reports that Russian tanks and other armored vehicles may have crossed the border into eastern Ukraine. If these reports are confirmed, this would mark a serious escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.

Russia to initiate UN SC meeting on terrorism in Middle East — Churkin

News | 13.06.2014 | 12:44
Russia plans to organize a meeting of the UN Security Council (SC) on terrorism in the Middle East, Russia’s Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on Friday following a meeting at the SC on the situation in Iraq.
“Clearly, the war on terrorism is not over,” he said. “Neither do terrorists agree the war is over. They continue fighting and even become more active.”
Under the current conditions, the Russian delegation has suggested organizing a briefing, which would feature the UN Secretariat, “to offer a wider view on the problem of the terrorist activities in the Middle East.”
“I hope we shall organize the meeting next week,” Churkin said.
Deteriorating crisis in the Middle East
On Thursday, the Security Council discussed possible regional consequences from the situation in Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) group linked to al-Qaeda had been active, the diplomat said.
“We should have a fresh view on the situation, which, in my opinion, should also affect our views on the settlement of the situation in Syria,” said Churkin, who chairs the SC in June.
While analyzing reasons of the crisis in Iraq, the diplomat said they came from the events of 2003, when the US brought the troops into the country to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime. “In reality, the events of 2003 were not a mere attempt to overthrow the dictator, but an attempt to change entirely the country’s structure, which, experts say, had existed for almost a millennium. The structural change has not been completed by the moment the US withdrew the troops (by late 2011),” the Russian diplomat said.
Militants launch offensive in Iraq
On Wednesday, June 11, militants from the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is operating in Iraq and Syria, have taken control of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city and one of the major transport hubs, and captured several Turkish diplomats. They also threatened to attack Baghdad.
The Russian Foreign Ministry voiced concern about militants’ activities. “According to reports, armed gangs of militants from the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is operating in Iraq and Syria, have taken control of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city and one of the major transport hubs. Numerous casualties have been reported, and hundreds of thousands of refugees leave their homes and head to the Kurdish and central parts of the country. Extremists have seized a considerable number of weapons and military hardware,” the ministry said.
Militants also seized prisons, releasing their inmates, including those who were sentenced for terrorist activities. “There is information indicating that terrorists are trying to expand further the area under their control in Iraq,” the ministry said.

Ukraine: Armee setzt bei Slavyansk verbotene Phosphor-Geschosse- ein - deutsche Berichterstattung schweigt und verdreht Tatsachen- Russland wendet sich an den Sicherheitsrat

In der Nähe von Slavyansk hat die ukrainische Armee verbotene Waffen
(Geschosse) mit Phosphor angewendet. Es gibt Videobeweise dafür. Diese 
Massenvernichtungswaffe verbrennt die Lungen. Damit wurde ein
Dorf (Semenovka) vollständig zerstört. Es gibt dort keine erhaltenen
Gebäude mehr und dennoch halten sich dort Menschen auf, darunter Kinder, 
die sich in Kellern verstecken.
Die Autos mit Kindern, mit weißen Fahnen bedeckt, die aus Slavyansk
fliehen wollten, wurden beschossen und mussten nach Slavyansk
zurückkeren. Die Lage der dortigen Menschen ist katasrophal. Es droht 
eine humanitäre Katastrophe.  Die Wasserzufuhr und die Stromverbindungen 
wurden komplett zerstört.  Die Leute schreien in die Kamera um Hilfe und 
verlangen ein Ende dieses Blutbads.  Sehr wahrscheinlich handelt es sich 
hierbei auch um einen Krieg um die Förderung von Gas, nämlich mit der 
umstrittenen Fracking-Methode.  Im Slavyanks-Gebiet sind zahlreiche 
Gas/Ressourcen-Vorkommen nachgewiesen worden.
Ein OSCE-Vertreter hat sich heute mit Flüchtlingen in Rostow (Russland)
getroffen, wo die meisten Flüchtlinge sich aufhalten.  Zahlreiche Frauen 
schilderten die lebensbedrohliche Lage und berichteten tränenüberfüllt 
über das grausame Töten.  Der OSCE-Vertreter hat den Flüchtlingen 
angeblich zugestimmt und Verständis gezeigt.
Für die Flüchtlinge, die nicht nach Russland, sondern in die restliche
Ukraine geflüchtet sind, plant die ukrainische Regierung
Filtrationslager einzurichten (2 Lager sind schon für die Aufnahme der
Menschen bereit) um später alle Flüchtlinge zu prüfen, ob sie gegenüber
der Kiever-Regierung loyal sind. Man will die Leute auch auf deren
politische Korrektheit über soziale Netzwerke überprüfen lassen.
Es ist jedoch noch unklar, was mit denjenigen geschieht, die diese
"Filtration/Prüfung" nicht bestehen... Erschießen?

Die deutsche Berichterstattung über dieses Thema ist ein Armutszeugnis.
Sie ist manipulativ und kriegsverherrlichend.
Es werden hoch-brisante Informationen verschwiegen und der
Öffentlichtkeit bewusst ferngehalten.

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