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Breakaway Ukrainian regions order mobilization
The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic has called on all able-bodied men to stand up to “Kiev’s aggression”
A soldier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic on the frontline in eastern Ukraine, February 15, 2022. © Sergey Averin/Sputnik
Breakaway Ukrainian regions order mobilization — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
The leaders of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in eastern Ukraine have announced on Saturday that they have ordered the mobilization of all able-bodied men in response to claims of massive shelling along the frontline.
“I urge compatriots who are in the [army] reserve to come to military enlistment offices,” DPR head Denis Pushilin said in a video address. “I call on all men in the republic capable of carrying arms to stand in defense of their families, their children, wives, mothers.”
Pushilin also claimed the DPR is capable of “holding off Kiev’s aggression” and alleged that its forces are taking action in response to shelling by the Ukrainian Army.
LPR leader Leonid Pasechnik has issued a similar mobilization order.
The DPR said that Kiev began shelling villages along the frontline with heavy artillery on Thursday, and that the barrage had continued throughout Friday and on Saturday morning.
The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, accused the DPR of violating the ceasefire dozens of times on Friday and shelling multiple villages in Kiev-controlled areas.
Alexey Danilov, the secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, denied that Kiev was planning to attack the DPR and the neighboring LPR.
Claiming that they fear further escalation, the two breakaway regions announced they would begin evacuating civilians to Russia on Friday.
Evgeny Katsavalov, a senior government official in Lugansk, claimed that 25,000 people have previously left the LPR for Russia. He added that the authorities are in the process of organizing the evacuation of an additional 10,000 residents.
Emergency services in the DPR said that more than 6,600 people, including 2,400 children, have been evacuated as of Saturday morning, but these numbers have not been verified by Moscow.
The Great American Sickness is upon us again. A new generation, new names, new faces, a little bit stupider, less sensitive, in fact less political, than earlier versions, but the people have been so stupefied by the abuse of the monopoly finance capitalism and its technology that rule us, that most of us just sort of hunker down and try, once again, to conform to the general indecency of a contemptuous, deceitful culture and its government, which evidently believes that it can defeat Russians on their own turf. This is the US government that can’t defeat anybody, but provides a superb medium for the tax-paid arms sales in long-standing military stalemates and fills its cities with the homeless.
Or do these sick, sick, sick, highly intelligent, well educated, power-mad, anti-democratic Democratic Party troglodytes of their own echoing caves hope to so punish Russia that its rich natural resources will be easy pickings once its government is destroyed again?
Americans ought to be very concerned about what a diabolical cabal in Sleepy Joe’s administration has in store for us. We ought to listen to Svetlana Alexievich’s comments about her people: “No one had taught us how to be free. We had only ever been taught how to die for freedom.”
I’m on the side of the poor people of the Donbass, who after enduring war for eight years, are running for their lives in winter to refugee camps in Russia for the sin of being largely Russian nationals settled in this mining, steel-milling and manufacturing region during the Soviet period. And that is not the official American side. That’s the human side, not the side of pathological killers in Washington, who manage to put on their auto de fés against the smaller, weaker nations with increasing frequency because their military-industrial complex (it ain’t mine or yours) is the diseased heart of what is left of the US economy. But, after the big, monumentally expensive display of armament has created dense fog, nobody can tell what will happen. Bears are unpredictable. – wmh
Russia Begins Preparing for Refugees From Donbass
Russia Begins Preparing for Refugees From Donbass – Consortium News
With a Kiev regime offensive against the breakaway provinces apparently beginning, Russia has begun to prepare for an influx of refugees from Donbass across the border into Russia.
The leaders of the breakaway Lugansk and Donetsk provinces in eastern Ukraine have called on their citizens to flee to Russia ahead of what they say is an impending, breakthrough offensive by the Kiev regime.
“I instruct the leaders of the territories, law enforcement agencies and emergency services to ensure an organized evacuation of social objects and to help the population get to border checkpoints,” said Leonid Pasechnik, head of the declared Lugansk People’s Republic, on Friday.
Donetsk People’s Republic head Denis Pushilin said Ukrainian forces, armed by NATO, “are now prepositioned for combat and ready to take Donbass by force.” He said: “That is why starting today, February 18, a mass evacuation of people to the Russian Federation has been organized,” he in a statement. Women, children and the elderly would be given priority in the evacuation, he said.
Russia has begun to prepare for an influx of refugees. The RIA Kremlin pool reporter tweeted:
“Putin reacted to the situation in Donbass. Acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations urgently flies to the Rostov region. On behalf of the President, he will create conditions for the accommodation of refugees.
Everyone arriving in the Rostov region from the Donbass will be given 10,000 rubles each.”
Pasechnik said civilians in Lugansk should flee to Russia “as soon as possible,” where he said Russian authorities are prepared to “ensure organized reception and to provide accommodation on its territory.” Pushilin also said Russian authorities in neighboring Rostov were preparing for an influx of refugees.
Paechnik declared that Kiev’s military was on the brink of attacking the province. He said:
“Contrary to common sense and international agreements, the adversary continues to concentrate manpower and heavy equipment along the entire line of contact. By this moment, an impressive strike force has been formed by the adversary. According to the intelligence data, the Ukrainian aggressor plans to carry out not only provocations on the line of contact, but a breakthrough deep into our republic’s territory.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba denied an attack on Donbass is planned. “We categorically refute Russian disinformation reports on Ukraine’s alleged offensive operations,” Kuleba tweeted on Friday.
The West appears prepared to interpret an evacuation of civilians as part of a ruse to give Russia a pretext to invade Donbass to protect citizens who are majority ethnic Russian, many with Russian passports. One Western Russia expert tweeted:
Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have reported a surge of explosions in the area, including more than 500 on Thursday.
A U.S. State Department official anonymously told The New York Times on Friday that announcements of evacuations were “further attempts to obscure through lies and disinformation that Russia is the aggressor in this conflict.”
The presence of Ukrainian forces at the line of confrontation is ignored by U.S. officials and its media, which publishes maps that only show the location of Russian forces on Russian territory.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday 122,000 Ukrainian military forces were lined up at the front with Donbass with the possible intention of launching an offensive against the two breakaway provinces there.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the same meeting that Russia was planning provocations to justify an invasion, but a U.S.-backed Ukrainian offensive into the provinces could be a trap to draw Russian regular units over the border, given the U.S. the invasion it is screaming about.
One way out for Russia would be to evacuate people and leave behind bolstered militias to try to defend the territory without an intervention by Russia to save civilians.