NEO – Minsk 2 – A Rotting Corpse

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…by Christopher Black,   with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg
The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s noteAs I type, the Kiev forces have been clearing the defensive minefields in front of their positions on the contact line, a clear sign of an impending offensive. Donbass has been careful not to over respond to the constant shelling violations — even going so far as to unilaterally pull back more medium weapons after the first round of those over 100mm.

When Kiev attacks, it will of course put out a story that it was resisting a Donbass attack, and Western media will distribute that version far and wide. This follows a long track record of both Western media and EU countries treating the Kiev violations as a non-event. The world has stopped watching this struggle, due in part to so many others going on.

It is clear that when Kiev signed the Minsk-2 agreement, it got the Western nod to follow through at a snail’s pace. They wanted to keep hostilities and the economic strangulation of Donbass continuing while NATO forces went forward with their expanded drills; the US military training continued; and Kiev got through some of its financial hurdles.

With the US several years into the Syrian regime-change debacle we can expect no less for a long simmering conflict in Donbass. Christopher Black has given us a rare piece on the international violations by these Western countries, as they make a mockery of Western jurisprudence and the UN.

The Emperor has had no clothes on this crime for some time, yet we never see any mainstream media coverage of the illegality of what the West has done to Ukraine, and we know why. It is the guilty party.

And yes, those with the biggest guns and largest army chose which rules and laws they will obey… or not. Democracy and freedom are NOT being spread around the world, but have been morphed into a cheap propaganda slogan. Underneath it all, a small group of people gain economically on the suffering of so many other innocentsJim W. Dean ]

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First published  …  August 21, 2015

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The Minsk-2 ceasefire agreement is dead but no one wants to bury the rotting corpse. Since it was signed in February of this year, the Donbas governments and Russia have bent over backward to comply with the terms of that agreement hoping against hope that the Kiev junta would do the same. They hoped in vain.

Poroshenko and his fascist allies instead have refused to change the constitution to accommodate the concerns of the Donbas republics; have tried to suppress the Communist Party and other parties in opposition; have refused to withdraw heavy weaponry from the line of contact; have maintained increasingly heavy artillery attacks on the civilian populations and areas; and cut off routes for essential foodstuffs, medical aid and technical equipment.

Rather than enjoying a ceasefire, the peoples of the Donbas are under a state of siege.

Poroshenko openly calls for a military solution to the crisis and has increased the draft in the west. The NATO alliance continues to pour in its forces disguised as “advisers” and “mercenaries” and puts additional pressure on Russia with multiple military exercises from the Baltic to Bulgaria, where more tanks have been recently dispatched to “send Russia a message.”

The reality of the situation was stated on the 18th of August when President Putin stated, “It was the Donbas militias that suggested withdrawing all military equipment with calibre under 100mm. Unfortunately, the opposite side didn’t do that. On the contrary, according to the available data, it is concentrating its units there, including those reinforced with military hardware.”

He continued to pay lip service to the Minsk-2 agreement, stating,

“As for the Minsk-2 agreement, I believe there is no alternative for resolving the situation and that peace will prevail in the long run… “ and continued with “Our task is to minimize the losses with which we will come to this peace.”

There can be no doubt that the Minsk-2 agreements do provide the framework for a peaceful settlement of the impasse but there is also no doubt that the Kiev and NATO forces have no intention of abiding by its terms and are preparing for another offensive. Putin also stated, “I hope that it will not come to direct large scale clashes.” Yet, the people of the Donbas would be surprised to be told that the thousands of shells raining down on them from the Kiev junta’s artillery in order to provoke those clashes do not count.

But what is the purpose of this state of siege? Since the Donbas forces have proved their strength and resilience the Kiev regime has little hope of achieving the total destruction of those forces and imposing its will on the Donbas. Kiev and NATO also know that Russia does not want to be drawn into a direct clash with NATO that could lead to a general war.

In consequence, the Kiev-NATO axis have decided to engage in operations that have direct political repercussions designed to disrupt the Russian-Donbas alliance, or to paralyze it and try to enlist new allies. At the same time, the axis has decided to make the war more costly for Donbas and Russia, both in military and economic terms, and to try to bring about a gradual exhaustion of their physical and moral resistance.

We see this strategy being played out with the constant increase of economic warfare against Russia, clearly the ultimate target, and the increasing use of propaganda, including media seeding of the most absurd stories about Russia and its government. As during the Yugoslav war, the OSCE observes and functions as NATO’s intelligence agents; and, in the political sphere is the United States and Britain targeting Russia with the politically-motivated attempt to set up a tribunal regarding the downing of flight MH17.

Clausewitz said that “war is a pulsation of violence, variable in strength and therefore, variable in the speed with which it explodes and discharges it energy”and that “if we keep in mind that war springs from some political purpose, it is natural that the prime cause of its existence will remain the supreme consideration in conducting it.”

Indeed, we see in Ukraine the expression of the Anglo-American-German political purpose: the desire to force Russia to submit to their will. They failed in World War I. The attempt failed again in World War II. The so-called Cold War succeeded in bankrupting the socialist state, but the capitalist state that rose from that sad decline is gathering its strength once again and refuses to submit to any one’s diktats. And so is born the NATO coup in Kiev, in order to take Ukraine away from Russian influence, as the Nazis tried to do in World War II.

But the Kiev-NATO cabal cannot break the will of the peoples of the Donbas, nor of Russia — and so the constant attacks, the constant propaganda, the constant turning of the economic screws.

These actions are all illegal under international law and the laws of war.

  • They are violations of the principles and articles of the UN Charter.
  • They are violations of several Geneva Conventions and other international treaties.
  • The attacks on civilians are war crimes.
  • The use of prohibited weapons, in these attacks, is a war crime.
  • The collective punishment of entire populations is a war crime.
  • The use of economic warfare is a war crime.

Yet nothing is done by any western government to stop it nor does the International Criminal Court lay any charges where it can. Instead it stands by and condones these crimes by its inaction.

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Rome Statute

Minsk talks
Minsk talks

Article 7 of the Rome Statute that created the ICC states, “that crimes against humanity includes persecution of an identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic…grounds.”

Article 7-2(b) states that the crime of extermination includes the intentional infliction of conditions of life, inter alia, the deprivation of access to food and medicine, calculated to bring about the destruction of part of a population.

Article 8 defining war crimes, states that it includes wilful killing, wilfully causing great suffering, extensive destruction of property not justified by military necessity, and carried out unlawfully and wantonly, intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population not taking part in hostilities, intentionally directing attacks against civilian objects, attacking or bombarding by whatever means towns, villages, dwellings or buildings which are undefended and which are not military objectives, declaring that no quarter will be given, using weapons designed to inflict unnecessary suffering or are indiscriminate, and intentionally using starvation as a method of warfare.

The list goes on and is a compendium of the crimes being committed by the Kiev-NATO axis powers in Ukraine.

On April 17, 2014 the Kiev regime sent a declaration under Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute accepting jurisdiction of the ICC over alleged crimes committed on its territory from November 21 2013 to 22 February 2014. This was clearly a propaganda gesture at the time to justify the coup that overthrew the legitimate government.

The Prosecutor has not reacted publicly to this declaration nor to its meaning but the argument can be made that if the Kiev regime speaking for Ukraine has accepted the ICC’s jurisdiction for crimes in one time frame it should also accept it for the crimes committed since then.

One could argue that the situation is so grave that the ICC must take action against any persons committing crimes in a territory over which it has jurisdiction that being Ukraine. Even if that argument were rejected on technical grounds, one would think that the Prosecutor would at least make a statement that the operations of the Kiev-NATO axis constitute war crimes under the Rome Statute and that they should stop those operations at once.

But the Prosecutor stays silent, as silent as she was when she served US interests at the Rwanda War Crimes Tribunal and did not protest the one-sided indictments handed out there.

As the saying goes, “Once in the American pocket, always in their pocket.”

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Kiev Organizing for the next Offensive

Bombardment of the Donetsk airport
Bombardment of the Donetsk airport

On August 18th, the Russian Foreign Ministry called for all sides to adhere to the Minsk agreements and expressed concern that the “bellicose rhetoric coming from Ukraine, which is encouraged by a number of its foreign patrons, causes major concern, and clearly attests to the intention to prepare the public opinion for another attempt to resolve the Ukrainian crisis by force.

Under the circumstances, all responsibility for the negative consequences of such provocative actions will be borne by the current Ukrainian authorities.” … Ominous words.

When the Minsk Agreements were signed in February, I wrote an article doubting that the Kiev-NATO side had any intention of using it except as a means of pausing their operations in order to reorganize and prepare for the next offensive. My doubts proved to be justified.

The only way forward is to resolve the conflict at the political level on the basis of the recognition of the right to self-rule and autonomy for the Donbas republics, the creation of a federal state to assure ethnic stability, and the commitment by Ukraine that it will be a neutral state and not part of any plan to “contain” Russia, a plan that can only lead to world war.

But the NATO puppets in charge of Ukraine do not act in the interests of Ukraine. They act in the interests of the masters of war who have no concern for humanity in general or Ukrainians in particular and if they continue their operations they will not succeed in uniting Ukraine but only in laying it waste.

Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is known for a number of high-profile cases involving human rights and war crimes, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Editing: Erica P. Wissinger

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps it should be mentioned that many confidently claim that retired Russian military personnel and volunteers are definitely involved. But officially, the Russian government is not. You may be interested in this clear, intelligent, interesting and I think fair analysis of the Ukraine situation. Search this title to see the video analysis many sites have picked up–
    ‪90k Ukrainian Army To Attack Novorossiyans? – Joaquin‬

  2. Gennady, None of the observers in Donbass have ever reported seeing a Russian army. And why would Donbass be so stupid to give Kiev the ability to block the supply lines. None of the EU crowd is demanding this. The border issue would be resolved as part of a final package, and there may never be one.

  3.  7/14/15__ While visiting Canada, Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Psycho & Suicidal (who said, unless the former President Resign, he will Kill himself), said, “UKRAINE CRISIS A THREAT TO CANADA’S SECURITY” & asked NDP, Liberals to continue support if Conservatives LOSE ELECTION. Earlier in the day, he met with Harper and the two announced Canada and Ukraine had reached a free trade agreement.
     8/24/15__Earlier on Monday, at a ceremony in central Kyiv to mark 24 years of Ukrainian independence from Moscow Poroshenko said Ukraine was facing a precarious year struggling to fend off what he called Russian strategies to undermine Kyiv’s drive for closer relations with Europe. Later in Berlin, Poroshenko said Ukraine was FULFILLING its obligations in the peace deal.
     Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who was not Berlin, called Poroshenko’s comments “unfounded and disgraceful,” and said he was trying to break the “genetic code” ensuring the unity of the two nations. Lavrov said Russia, wanted Germany and France to put PRESSURE on Poroshenko to stick to Ukraine’s commitments under the Minsk agreement and to GRANT THE REBEL REGIONS GREATER AUTONOMY.
     Monday, 8/24/15__Chancellor Merkel said that the cease-fire agreement must be done to fully implement the peace deal reached in Minsk, Belarus, in February, and we are NOT TO CALL IT INTO QUESTION,” Merkel wsaid, at a news conference in Berlin with French President François Hollande and Ukrainian President Poroshenko.

  4. The horrific deaths, the terrible casualties, the misery and suffering of the people of Syria and Ukraine are merely a tiny part of the world wide messianic plan to dominate the entire Earth in a jewish run global police state. The people behind this are in fact not just after money and power – but also the fulfillment of their wicked and insane talmudic dystopia.

    It was planned thousands of years ago and is now nearing its diabolical completion. A supremacist and evil wet dream born of hatred – played out to effect the lives of real innocent people. In the meantime the constant murder, removal and character assassination continues of ANY honest and decent man or woman that tries to appeal to public opinion in opposition to the monster – or its oppressive psychological machinery.

    Continuing world events, the Protocols of zion, the bolshevik coup d’etat, the establishment of the terror entity of israel in Palestine – and carefully compiled reports by the Holy Church and real academics like Kitty Little, MA, Phd, Bsc – convinced MI5 and MI6 that there existed a worldwide jewish plan ‘to take over the Earth’. When Tony Blair took office in 1997 he sent his ‘experts’ into the bowels of the secret security services – and they duly published their report that British Intelligence had been “Misguided” and “Anti-semitic” to have believed this – purging the service of its best men.

    • “The horrific deaths, the terrible casualties, the misery and suffering of the people of Syria and Ukraine” Let no one forget their Gaza total genocide and obliteration agenda.

  5. The Khazars will need to be defeated in Israel before their tentacles will release Ukraine to be the federalist country it should and will be. Perhaps this could be brought on by further corroborating evidence and public exposure to those involved in 9/11/01 by certain governments? Ukraine because of its strategic importance for them is going to be their last fascist stranglehold as it is obvious the fascists are not honoring their own diplomacy, but rather using it as a smokescreen to further aggravate the situation.

    • RavenKnight – I hope that Russia has quietly made it clear to all concerned that any attack on it will result in the immediate obliteration of the Khazar gangster state of israel. That cuckoo entity, after all, is where all things evil emanate from – and is also where any plan to attack Russia and Ukraine will come from.

  6. Donetsk is planning a referendum to join Russia. The western powers are probably in a panic and planning a military preemption or response. Either way, planning a mini-war like this to control and subdue a huge rebel group will come to a bad end. Very stupid move, as usual.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/19/c_134535215.htm

    The psychopaths in DC completely miscalculated when they planned the Maidan turmoil, and in addition to getting thousands of people killed, giving rise to violent internal power grabs, they lost what they really wanted — NATO control of Crimea, its navy bases, and easy access to Russia. Screwball-In-Chief Nudelman is still on payroll, planning more disasters with guaranteed boomerangs. If she spent half as much time learning history as she does overstuffing her mug she might have a clue.

    Way to go, DC! That’s the ticket! Let Icky Vicky and her tub o’lard husband determine the management of American military resources even though none of them nor their brats would ever sully their hides with a combat uniform. They couldn’t raise vegetables in a garden patch, but they can supply psychopathic mercs and earn us enemies for nothing. Every time I forget what hordes of dunces populate DC they are they do something stupid to remind me.

  7. The cabal has to spend their $s before they become worthless. So arm Japan,SK, ISIL and Kiev for all their worth. They’re beating a dead horse with their flimsy WWIII whips and whats even more maddening is that
    the U.S. populace in not responding to all their ridiculous (Paris train attack) non events and false flag “drills” Martial law will never happen and neither will WWIII, insanity not withstanding.

  8. Either way, Porky has by now understood his behind is toast. He can prove he’s human and call off the madness, and the western hawks and oligarchs will dispose of him in some twisted manner. If he goes forward on their behalf, he’ll be one of the first to go as if he never was. There is a pope near by, folks call him a hero.

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