Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Situation in East Ukraine Remains Unstable

by Egbert Nobakon

A small, local conflict maybe, but no less brutal for people caught up in it that the bigger war going on in Syria and Iraq (Image source)

As we have said before, the ongoing conflicts around the world do not go away just because we do not report them for a while. There is still fighting in Syria, in yemen, Libya, and of course in Ukraine. We are a small site and cannot pick up on all the stories that show up on our news feeds and sometimes it is the case that while low level fighting goes on bigger evens push coverage aside.

One of the ongoing stories over the past two years has been the situation in eastern Ukraine. The area remains volatile as the forces Kiev of the Kiev government have intensified the shelling of settlements in self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics, according to Russian envoy to Contact Group on Ukraine Boris Gryzlov on Wednesday.

The Trilateral Contact Group, consisting of envoys and experts from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), is holding a regular meeting in Minsk aimed at facilitating a diplomatic resolution to the armed conflict in Donbas.

"It is obvious that the situation in the conflict zone remains difficult. The intensified shelling of settlements, primarily by Kiev-led forces, causes grave concern," Gryzlov told reporters.

The Russian envoy stressed that security issues must not hamper the settlement of political aspects of peace process in eastern Ukraine.

"Otherwise, the settlement process will be largely influenced by those who do not wish peace for Donbas," Gryzlov said.

The event that pushed Ukraine back to prominence in news reports was that journalists from two news agencies came under mortar fire from Ukrainian forces near the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltsevo, on Wednesday.

"A group of journalists went to cover a news story about soldiers living in the seventh detachment of the LPR [Luhansk People's Republic] People's Militia. Later, as they moved toward the LPR positions on the contact line, at that moment they came under mortar fire and unsighted sniper fire," LPR's People's Militia headquarters said, confirming that that journalists were not injured. Southeastern Ukraine has been the focus of conflict between Kiev and ethnic Russian separatist groups since military operations against local independence supporters were launched by the Kiev authorities in April 2014.

In February this year, the warring parties signed a deal brokered by German chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Hollande on Ukrainian reconciliation in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. However, numerous ceasefire breaches have been reported in Donbas since the Minsk peace deal was signed.


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Alternative news website The Intercept likes to present itself as anti - establishment. But are they, recent evidence suggests The Intercept is just another liberal website slavishly devoted to The Democratic Party and its presidential candidate "Crooked Hillary" Clinton.

In an article questioning the voting intentions of Bernie Sanders' supporters now America's last socialist has sold out to the establishment (as all socialists eventually do) and endoresed "Crooked Hillary", calling on his supporters, many of whom supported him precisely because they could not countenance Hillary Clinton as a possible President of the United States. Clinton's career in both business and politics has been dogged by scandal and even as she was preparing to accept the Democratic Party nomination, with a State Department internal inquiry into her mishandling of security classified documents, an FBI investigation into financial irregularities and an investigation into the suspected murder of a Party official who was due to testify in a case relating to voter fraud in the promaries, a new scandal erupted as the US Internal revenue service announced their own investigation of The Clinton Foundation's tax affairs.

As an outsider to this election I find it bizarre that a publication like The Intercept which trades on its reputation as being anti establishment is trying to persuade voters the election is a straight choice between Clinton and Trump. It is also bizarre that most people assume that because I detest Hillary Clinton I must support Donald Trump. While I found the primaries campaigns of both Trump and Sanders fun to follow, Bernie Sanders has turned out to be not as anti - establishment as he liked to pretend, and the billionaire Trump was never really anti - establishment, he is simply of the business establishment rather than the Washington establishment. I did not think Sanders or Trump would have been a good president, but simply not as bad as Hillary Clinton or one of the republican clowns that lined up at the start.

With a significant number of voters now turning to alternative media for information to fail to mention there are two other candidates, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

Neither is likely to be elected president, but with enough support for them, it might stiffen the resolve of congress members to hold the executive to account and resist the trend to rule by Imperial Decree that has taken hold during the reign of The Emperor Obama.

Can this omission be interpreted as meaning that like Bernie Sanders, The Intercept has sold out to the establishment. Or did Glenn Greenwald perhaps have a chance encounter with Bill Clinton on an airport runway somewhere?

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