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Kiev Big Lie on Ending Donbas Conflict in Two Weeks

by Stephen Lendman

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Washington runs things in Ukraine. It newest colony. Kiev’s illegitimate puppet government serves its interests. Ruthlessly exploiting its people in the process.

America wants unchallenged control over Ukraine’s entire land mass. As a dagger pointed at Russia’s heart.

Ukraine is a pretext. Regime change in Russia the objective. Gaining another US colony. Eliminating a major rival.

Stealing its vast resources. Exploiting its people. Turning them into serfs. Isolating China. Repeating the process against Beijing.

Transforming nations into a ruler/serf societies. More unfit to live in than ever. Coups, assassinations, false flags and permanent wars its tactics of choice.

No nation in world history reflects more pure evil than America. Wrapped in the American flag. People manipulated to believe destructive US policies benefit them.

Governments lie about everything. Media scoundrels repeat Big Lies like gospel. No one can possibly understand world events by watching mainstream television.

BBC is as bad as Fox News. Owned and operated by Britain’s government. Its propaganda bullhorn.

So-called US public radio and broadcasting are government and corporate controlled. Qatar’s despotic monarchy runs Al Jazeera.

The New York Times and other major publications are instruments of state propaganda.Find Your Job at

Try finding a single MSM report explaining Ukraine’s coup. Instituted by Washington. Ousting a democratic government.

Replacing it with illegitimate fascist thugs. Systematically destroying human and civil rights. Eliminating opposition elements.

Prohibiting a free press. Instituting total control over all information disseminated.

Attacking independent journalists. Shutting down Russian language print and electronic media. Calling them “security threats.”

In bed with Western financial interests. At the expense of their own people. At war with them in Donbas.

Dirty war. Without mercy. Using chemical and other illegal weapons.

Conflict continues daily despite illegitimate/oligarch president Petro Poroshenko’s “regime of silence.” More on this below.

On January 12, he lied. Saying war in Donbas will be over in two weeks. Ending it requires “simply rulfill(ing) the Minsk agreements signed in September.”

Like Hitler declaring peace in Europe before launching WW II.

Fact check

Last April, Washington, EU nations, Russia and Ukraine agreed to end violence. Deescalate tensions. Restore peace and stability.

Kiev violated the four-party agreement straightaway. Escalated war. Blamed it irresponsibly on Donbas freedom fighters.

On September 5, Kiev agreed to Minsk protocol provisions. Plus additional ones in a follow-up September 19 memorandum.

Calling for ending hostilities. Banning all offensive operations. Withdrawing Kiev troops and foreign mercenaries from conflict areas. Dialoguing for peace, security and stability.

Fighting never stopped. Shelling continues. Including throughout the holiday period. Into January.

Kiev bears full responsibility for naked aggression. Since last April. With Washington’s full support and encouragement.

Kiev agreements aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. According to Donetsk People’s Republic (DRP) deputy legislative speaker Denis Pushlin:

Poroshenko’s posturing “is pure bluff…He controls nothing in Donbas. Ukraine does not fulfill the Minsk agreements, and this is a fact.”

“What we are talking about? We see that they are shelling our settlements. Commanders of Ukrainian battalions openly say they are not obeying Poroshenko’s orders.”

“How can he fulfill the Minsk agreements then? How can he be so definite about these two weeks?”

He’s a serial liar. Notoriously saying one thing. Doing another. Taking orders from Washington.

Wanting Donbas democracy entirely crushed. Fascist rule replacing it. What area freedom fighters won’t tolerate. Nor should anyone.

On Monday, the Kiev Post headlined “Ukraine seals off roads to Donbas as fighting escalates.”

DPR leader Oleksandr Zakharchenko was quoted saying:

“Honestly speaking I’m tired of all these negotiations. People who don’t keep their words…well, I don’t know.”

“We are ready for any talks. But in case it would be impossible to solve the conflict peacefully, we are ready to fight.”

Kiev intends greater conflict ahead. Stop NATO reported increased Ukraine military spending.

During economic crisis conditions. Potential bankruptcy. Ukraine unable to operate without significant financial aid.

It plans increasing its armed forces this year. To 250,000. “(A)s well as six mechanized brigades, a mountain infantry regiment, three artillery brigades and two army brigades,” said Stop NATO.

Why when Ukraine’s only enemies are ones it invents. Its own Donbas citizens.

Russia despite Moscow’s all-out efforts for responsible dialogue. Diplomacy. Peaceful conflict resolution. Strict observance of international law.

Washington systematically spurns it. So does Ukraine. Stop NATO’s Rick Rozoff expressed justifiable concern.

Something has to give. East/West confrontation assures trouble. Possible “nuclear war,” he warned.

On Monday, the reliable Vineyard of the Saker web site headlined “Je suis Ukraine. I fight terror. Yats (Yatsenyuk) is Charlie.”

Ukraine’s “junta…dramatically stepped up shelling of Novorossiya (its Donetsk and Lugansk territories).

“(T)ypical terror strikes…randomly aimed at the civilian sectors…(Most) worrisome…is confirmation by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that (Moscow has) intelligence showing (Kiev plans) a full scale assault…”

On the one hand, extending peace overtures. On the other, intending escalated conflict. Blaming its aggression on Donbas victims.

US and rogue NATO partners echo its Big Lies. Media scoundrels repeat them. When anything about Ukraine is reported.

Propaganda substitutes for hard truths. Readers and viewers are systematically lied to.

MSM scoundrels are a machine for the manufacture of Big Lies. It bears repeating. Ignore them. Nothing they report should be believed.

Voice of Sevastopol (VoS) is a reliable source of Ukrainian news and information. Kiev’s “so-called silent mode (was) accompanied by heavy artillery shelling of settlements of Donbas and active hostilities,” it reported.

Kiev junta attacks continue. Much like summer fighting. Ignored by media scoundrels. Kiev murdering civilians doesn’t matter.

Or destroying their homes and other property. Or causing hundreds of thousands to flee for their lives.

Seeking safe havens. Many finding them in Russia. An oasis of stability amidst neighboring hostility.

One of last year’s key Maidan demands was ending corruption. Today it’s greatly increased, said VoS. “Almost 80% of Ukrainians (say) over the last year…corruption became more spacious.”

On Monday, German, French, Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers met in Berlin. The so-called Normandy Quartet.

Established last June. In Normandy, France. Seeking solutions to Ukrainian crisis conditions.

Monday’s talks resolved nothing. Nor will future ones. Kiev deplores peace. Washington won’t tolerate it.

Conflict wasn’t initiated to resolve things diplomatically. Fascist regimes don’t operate this way.

Sergey Lavrov said “the political process can be successful only when you start a direct dialogue, in this case between the representatives of the Ukrainian government and the proclaimed DPR and LPR, and they should feel fully involved in the political process as equal partners.”

Nothing remotely close to this exists. Nor will it ahead. Washington rules apply.

Kiev intends crushing Donbas resistance. Wants despotism replacing democracy. Wants human and civil rights eliminated altogether.

Its dirty war without end continues. Ceasefire is pure fantasy. None whatever exists. Nor will Kiev tolerate one.

Short of unconditional surrender. What Donbas freedom fighters won’t ever agree to. Nor should they. Freedom is too precious to sacrifice.

Kiev blocked seven entry corridors to Donbas. A DPR Foreign Ministry statement accused it of violating fundamental free movement rights.

“Additional restrictions…will only exacerbate the catastrophic humanitarian situation that our people have faced,” it said.

Kiev wants Donbas residents isolated. Starved to death. Total MSM silence on what demands headlines.

Since April, Kiev committed continued high crimes against peace. They remain ongoing daily.

Vauro Senesi is an Italian journalist. On January 1, he headlined “Non è possibile non scorgere un disegno pianificato di pulizia etnica.”

Senesi toured Lugansk. Impossible not to see ongoing ethnic cleansing, he said. Kiev-instituted slow-motion genocide. Targeting defenseless civilians.

“(T)he local population, is being, on a daily basis, killed by battalions of the extreme right in the service of the puppet state of Kiev,” said Senesi.

“All this in the most absolute silence of the Italian (and other Western) media.”

“(F)ollowing the United States in this mad rush to the abyss against Russia.”

Donbas conditions are deplorable. A shell-caused breach in one apartment building reflects similar damage throughout the area.

It’s “so big you can see the other side of the building. (A) wall burned by fire…A mother lived there with her three kids.”

“There’s nothing left of her or her children. The explosion blew everything to bits.”

“Grief, pain, fear – maybe all her emotions have been burned, reduced into rubble like the city she continues to live in.”

Pre-war, the area had 25,000 residents. Less than 8,000 remain. Most others fled to Russia. Where else could they be safe?

“There is no electricity, no running water. The power plants, the water treatment plants, all destroyed by the bombardment,” said Senisi.

Artillery fire is constant. Senesi quoted a young man named Roman. Fighting for Donbas freedom.

Unsure how much longer war will last. “We want peace,” he said. “(B)ut on our bit of land.”

“Becoming part of Ukraine again is no longer a possibility. The Army of Ukraine has fired on its own people.”

“There’s nothing for us but to resist to the end. Against the Nazis” representing Kiev.

“They have swastikas on their uniforms. How is it possible that Europe supports them?” And America.

“No Pasaran,” said Roman! With raised fist. The salute of Spanish Civil War republicans. Committed to continue fighting.

Senisi went from Lugansk to Stakanov, Pervomaisk and other areas. Everywhere he went he saw “schools, hospitals, factories, power plants, water pumping stations, all destroyed.”

“(S)corched earth,” he said. Wanting an entire population eliminated. By slaughter or ethnic cleansing.

Few people remain in Novosveltovka, he said. An old man took refuge in a basement.

For days in the dark without food or water. Hungry dogs are dangerous. They attack people like beasts.

Ukraine is Obama’s war. LIke ongoing Afghan conflict without end. Iraq war III.

Libya. Syria. Yemen. Somalia. Partnered with Israel against Palestine. Homeland wars against Blacks, Muslims and other targeted Americans.

Wars without mercy. Permanent ones. Continued mass slaughter and destruction.

It bears repeating. No nation in world history reflects more pure evil than America. No time more perilous than now.

More urgent than ever for resistance. World peace hangs in the balance.



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10 Responses to "Kiev Big Lie on Ending Donbas Conflict in Two Weeks"

  1. jmreeves  January 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Well.. let’s see..
    The “airport” (well, it was) has been pretty well liberated,
    And as ‘cease fire’s go there sure are a lot of bullets.
    Now a new push is on, just like the Easterners thought,
    the ‘cease fire’ was Not in Good Faith,
    merely a chance to regroup.
    And winter happens there too (My Sympathy to those).
    Meanwhile there is a six unit nuclear facility in Ukraine
    with Serious Hairballs, mentioned elsewhere,
    I only have bits and pieces, the more I see the less I like,
    you do not need a lot if you have some idea how those work.
    (bits and pieces is what They will Have if they screw this up)
    A distinct (and very bad) possibility.
    Anyway, if one of those anal retentive individuals
    happens to point their ordnance in that direction
    (whether or not by accident)
    It Might Not Take Two Weeks.
    Food for Thought.


  2. Snoop Dough  January 14, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Get a life instead of blaming Russia for your deficiencies! You’ve been living on Russian had outs only to bite the hand that fed you, talk about back stabbing.

  3. Snoop Dough  January 14, 2015 at 2:06 am

    No mystery here, Poro and Yats were hand picked by the state dep. They are only buying time to rearm, there is ample evidence to that, come spring, Ukraine will look like the surface of the moon, which by the way east Ukraine looks like, I just hope that this time east Ukraine will take the fight to Kiev. If Russia would have move in to protect east Ukraine as it did crimea there would not have been 5000 deaths!

    • jmreeves  January 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      As regards buying time etcetera..
      Last week it was conscription,
      then soon after, a plan to commandeer civilian vehicles
      (we call that ‘provisioning’.. but Never Like That!)
      The Kievskis are among other things, Bankrupt,
      and so in poor shape to go to War.
      They also are probably stealing Gas (again)
      which will no doubt, in the course of natural events,
      attract some of Mr. Putin’s Kind Attention.
      I commend Mr. Putin..
      Nice to know there Are some Adults in the room.


  4. awareadams  January 13, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Have to disagree with this article, and its showing of excessive bias which causes a distortion of truth. Like it or not, the coup d’etat in Kiev and the western Ukraine succeeded only because it reflected the clear and outspoken “will of the people” of all those, at least, west of the Don river.
    Does the writer know that the liberal values, free speech, rule of law with equivalent of writ of habeas corpus mean a lot to Ukranians?

    • jmreeves  January 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Wayell.. at this point they don’t seem all that happy
      (or coalesced for that matter).
      And the ‘fun’ has only just begun.
      Bias.. you mean ‘discrimination’?
      Of Course We (speaking only for me) Discriminate..
      (Dictionary, look it up).
      Do you actually want the guy drooling on the end of the counter
      to do your Brain Surgery or fix your Automatic Transmission??
      Equal Under the Law, (and in the eyes of the Creator I am told).
      After That you are On Your Own.


  5. Allesandro  January 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm


    Very to the point article that brings everyone up to speed on what’s really going on in the KEY area Donbas. My thought is that several major countries have sophisticated satellite capabilities that could track exactly who is firing at who and where troops and aggression is coming from and publish it on the ‘Net in almost real time. This would allow people from all over the world to get news about what’s happening from a source other than the “Corrupted Media” CM for short. This situation is that important that other countries should intervene in peaceful ways to defuse this ongoing IMPORTANT conflict.

    Also, with respect to the new VT site. It is VERY “Graphics Intense”. This requires more processing power and graphics processing power. So the drop-off in comments on stories may be attributable to this factor. Many people who read here from around the world may not be able to handle this “new demand” using older or less powerful systems. Just thought I’d mention it. I saw it affect my system, but worked around it.

    • Allesandro  January 13, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      The VT new site shows your growth and is visually more appealing, but there’s a trade-off, if people from around the world including the U.S. can’t read stories because their system hangs up, you don’ want to lose valuable readers who have keen insight and contributions to make. Just my 2 cents.

  6. Allesandro  January 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm


    Your article is excellent. I would think that several countries would be able get together to monitor via satellite exactly where the firing is coming from and where it’s landing, along with troop movements. This would identify the aggressors. And they could publish ongoing findings in real-time as they occur. This situation is THAT IMPORTANT.

    This would benefit all the people around the world that find the MSM telling lies but have no other direct source on the ongoing conflict.

    On another point, unrelated. I’ve noticed a drop off in “comments” to almost ALL articles on VT since the new website went up. My belief is that the new site is very much higher in graphic content, no surprise. But this causes a much higher demand for CPU cycles and “Graphic Processing” power, probably 3X more.

    Since VT is received all over the world and comments come in from everywhere, many people who were regular readers may simply not have “the processing power” to handle the “new demand” from VT’s new site.

    Just thought I’d mention it because it has affected my machine, but I’m still here. It’s that important to me.

    • jmreeves  January 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      What if they staged a war and people had ‘real time’
      (or anything kinda close) Ground Truth?
      We are in new territory as regards communications.
      Used Properly this might save our bacon.
      All suggestions are welcome.


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