Russia’s Groups Sponsor The War In Ukraine

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Russia’s Groups Sponsor The War In Ukraine
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With the European Union and the United States announcing the renewal of their sanctions against Russia at the Group of Seven summit, Russia has been linked to another form of backing separatists in eastern Ukraine, besides its direct military support.

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The New York Times has conducted its examination, which found a great number of evidence of financial support of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine from Russia’s territory.

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It has been long known that there are numerous organizations that conduct online campaigns to raise money for the war in eastern Ukraine. And while there are many organizations that carry out money laundering or theft operations under the disguise of ‘helping the good fighters of Novorossiya’ (as the pro-Russian rebels like to call their self-proclaimed ‘state’), most of the organizations actually transfer the money to kill more Ukrainian soldiers and, as it is believed by Ukrainian and Western authorities, for shelling civilians.

Putin and his government, for their part, are not that eager to stop the illegal fund raising campaigns, thus giving their tacit support. And it is not a surprise since Putin’s regime is believed to fully support and equip the rebels: through both military and financial means.

One of the ways Russian government is supplying its military equipment to the rebels operating in eastern Ukraine is through numerous humanitarian aid convoys. The similar pattern goes for the fund raising organizations: most of them claim that their mission is purely humanitarian, however there are some groups that vow to help equip rebel forces out in the open.

Beware: US and EU financial institutions are at risk

The organizations mostly rely on social media websites, including YouTube and VK – the Russian version of Facebook – to spread the word about donations that are usually transferred through state-owned banks in Russia as well as ATMs owned by a company called QIWI that is affiliated with Visa and traded on the Nasdaq.

Most of the donations come from Russia, but the organizations managed to muster up funds from abroad through large American and European financial institutions, including banks and companies like Western Union and PayPal.

And with these terrorist groups – as they are deemed by the Ukrainian – being under international sanctions and investigations, the fund raising creates certain legal risks for the companies that contribute to such operations. Furthermore, the organizations have gotten smart due to the sanctions and are frequently changing their names and redirecting donations to new accounts to keep the money flowing, according to The New York Times.

Does Russia encourage the fund raising to kill the Ukrainians?

Putin, who continues fueling the eastern Ukrainian conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people, has repeatedly insisted that the rebels have nothing to do with the Kremlin, and are part of a homegrown opposition movement. However, there has been a great number of evidence that proved Russia’s clear involvement in the conflict. In late May, two Russian special military unit soldiers were captured by the Ukrainians and charged with terrorism. Russia kept its comments to a minimum and said that the two men were former military soldiers.

It would be even harder to prove the official Kremlin involvement in the fund raising as it is all kept highly secretive and discreet. However, it doesn’t take to be a genius to understand Russia’s clear involvement in that matter. What is unclear is how extensive the network is and how much money is flowing from Russia to the rebels. According to The Times, the separatists group claim in social media that they have raised millions of dollars.

One of the fund-raising groups, Save the Donbass, announced in May to have raised $1.3 million in donations through Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, and other payment systems, including QIWI. Another organization called the Humanitarian Battalion of Novorossiya announced to have raised $213,000 since its founding in May 2014.

What is interesting is the fact that Putin’s government strictly regulates and monitors all nongovernmental organizations in order to prevent and ban any ‘damaging’ opposition political activity and yet it has done absolutely nothing to even come close to investigating these fund raising organizations, let alone banning them.

“Anyone in Russia who wants to provide assistance to the D.P.R. [Donetsk People’s Republic] and the L.P.R. [Luhansk People’s Republic] is encouraged by and gets support from the Russian government,” The New York Times quoted John E. Herbst, a former American ambassador to Ukraine, who is now at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

PayPal could get in trouble

According to The New York Times’ examination, at least five of the organizations raised funds through PayPal, the online payment company based in California that is now owned by eBay. And PayPal could get in trouble for that in case the company comes under the investigation. PayPal has already faced legal trouble for completing financial transactions in Iran, Sudan and Cuba, and recently paid about $7.7 million in penalties.

However, when asked about the organizations that sponsor pro-Russian rebels, a PayPal spokeswoman, Sarah Frueh, said none of the accounts were valid. She refused to give any further information or respond to additional questions on the matter.

It remains unclear how much money have flown into Ukraine from abroad – mostly from Russia – to keep the conflict fueled. But it can be said for certain that Russian government is not interested in ‘closing the valve’.

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Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.
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  1. 2 kilometers north, another make-shift
    fort/base, 47°49’55.30″N 38°51’15.21″E (8/14/2014), with various
    military vehicles and heavy equipment.

  2. …and
    the nearby Russian Command Center/FOB, 47°48’44.10″N 38°51’13.97″E
    (8/14/2014) and armor/heavy weapon/ammo depot, 47°48’54.27″N
    38°52’2.58″E (8/14/2014).

  3. …less than 2 kilometers southeast,
    here are 5 more Russian artillery and two supply “white trucks,”
    47°45’56.43″N 38°49’34.09″E (8/14/2014), in a field near a tree-line
    that are operating remotely from the above listed make-shift fort/base. Pointed toward more artillery craters on the
    Ukrainian side of the border, 47°50’29.01″N 38°42’11.02″E
    (8/14/2014).

  4. Here
    is another make-shift fort/base, 47°46’19.67″N 38°48’17.90″E
    (8/14/2014), with 5 “white trucks” and 5 towed artillery positioned
    only 200 meters from Ukraine’s border. The towed artillery are pointed in the
    direction of burning tree-line and artillery scarred fields, 47°47’34.74″N 38°44’39.26″E
    (8/14/2014) of
    Ukraine’s extremely close frontline only 4.5 km away.

  5. Here are these units makeshift
    fortification/base, 47°50’12.95″N 38°49’44.28″E (8/14/2014),
    constructed only 40 meters from Ukraine’s border.

  6. Here is, at least, four Russian
    artillery, two or three tanks and two “white aid truck” positioned in
    a Russian field approximately 250 meters from Ukraine’s border,
    47°49’44.45″N 38°49’58.72″E (8/14/2014). Additional, the artillery
    are easily within range and are aim directly at the former border area
    frontline, shown here near the Ukrainian village of Hryhorivka,
    47°51’51.51″N 38°46’21.37″E (8/14/2014), by the massively artillery
    shelled scorched earth.

  7. This is the exact Russian military build up that Ukraine,
    the US, Europe and the whole entire world has been talking about for well over
    a year now. Yet, meanwhile, Russia, the Kremlin, the Russian military, the
    Russian media and Putin have all continuously and shamelessly denies it.

  8. These massive make-shift staging/training grounds didn’t
    even exist prior to 2014 but were strategically positioned 50 km from Ukraine’s
    border along direct routes to the most significant Ukrainian/”rebel”
    frontlines! Check the “historical imagery” on Google Earth for yourself!

  9. …and here is another similar and massive make-shift
    Russian military build-up/staging/training ground, this time, at the grounds of
    Millerovo Air Force base, 48°56’57.89″N 40°17’40.83″E.

    “Historical imagery”:

    No Russian military build-up: 3/22/2014

    Early/beginning of Russian military build-up at this site: 6/5/2014

    Massive Russian military build-up: 9/28/2014, 3/24/2015

    The build-up at the grounds on the southern edge
    of Millerovo Air Force base encompasses and supports deployments of Russian
    troops and military equipment directly on, along the border, and across the
    north eastern regions near the city Luhansk, Ukraine.

  10. Now, here is a similar build-up at
    another massive make-shift training ground only 60 km away at the
    Yanovo-Grushevskiy/Kazachyi Lageri Training Ground, 47°31’6.25″N
    40°13’44.67″E. Massive Russian military build-up in Russia near Luhansk,
    Ukraine, 50 km from the Luhansk/Dolzhans’kyi border checkpoint:

    Google Earth satellite imagery dates:

    Absolutely NO Russian military build-up: 5/3/2013

    Russian military build-up: 3/19/2014 – 6/11/2015 (G.E. has been very busy, 27
    satellite images (“historical imagery” available on PC version of Google Earth)
    taken during the active military build-up and expansion process), including
    over 800 military vehicles, self-propelled artillery/mortar, tanks, APC’s,
    support vehicles, “white trucks,” in addition to trenches, forts, military
    grade tents and many other freshly constructed facilities and structures.*

    The Yanovo-Grushevskiy/Kazachyi Lageri
    Training Ground encompasses and supports deployments of Russian troops and
    military equipment directly on, along the south eastern border, and across into
    Ukraine through the Dolhans’kyi checkpoint, 47°50’55.23″N
    39°45’6.82″E, in the south eastern area of Luhansk.

  11. You-tube: “Huge Explosion At
    Russian Military Base Near Ukraine”

    Published on Apr 29, 2015

    “Russian Army ammunition dump explodes at Kuzminka Golovinka
    training/staging area, Rostov region. 28 Apr 2015. A self-propelled artillery
    shell detonated and the fire spread to an ammo depot. At least three soldiers
    were killed.”

  12. “Kuzminka/Golovinka training ground is IN RUSSIA. It has
    been a Russian army training grounds in Rostov for decades and has nothing to do
    with Ukraine – except in your imagination.”

    -Hum, according to Google Earth’s “historical imagery” there
    hadn’t been any evidence and/or visual sign of military build-up or any kind of
    permanent military presence at the Kuzminka/Golovinka training/staging ground
    since, at least, 7/14/2001, but that’s as far back as the satellite imagery
    goes. That’s over 15 years. I can easily prove this since Google Earth has a
    feature/tool called “historical imagery” which allows users to view prior
    satellite imagery that has been replaced by newer imagery. Check out the prior
    satellite “historical imagery” for this location (Note: only the Windows/MAC –
    PC version of Google Earth has this feature/tool):

    -Google Earth “historical imagery”:

    -7/14/2001: No
    evidence of a military build-up and/or military presence at all!

    -9/26/2006: No
    evidence of a military build-up and/or military presence at all!

    -5/1/2010: No
    evidence of a military build-up and/or military presence at all!

    -3/26/2012: No
    evidence of a military build-up and/or military presence at all!

    -10/19/2013: No
    evidence of a military build-up and/or military presence at all!***

    -10/19/2014: Now here
    is evidence of a huge military build-up and/or massive military presence

    +At least 250+
    military grade tents (large tents: 20x35ft, small tents: 20x20ft)

    +Evidence there were
    several other camps/tents that have been removed from the site, likely, they
    are the troops deployed at smaller makeshift FOB camps directly on the
    Russian/Ukrainian border, I have coordinates that show these smaller make-shift
    camp too. One camp is constructed only 40 meters from Ukrainian’s border and
    less than 4-5 kilometers from Ukrain’s visible artillery scarred and scorched
    earth border area frontline near Savur-Mohyla (which by the way has been
    obliterated by several thousand artillery/mortar crater)

    +100’s, if not over
    a thousand military vehicle, trucks, APC’s, tanks, artillery, S2A and various
    other heavy military equipment

    +2 new helipads
    which did exist in any prior imagery

    +There is also
    evidence Russian soldiers are also terrorizing local Russian farmers/cattle
    producers nearby, 47°20’18.96″N 39°17’13.82″E, less than 5 km away
    from the Kuzminka training/staging ground. Prior imagery shows this cattle
    producers barn in perfect condition (‘historical imagery”dated 10/19/2013),
    most recent imagery shows half this barn destroyed by what looks like artillery
    strikes (“historical imagery” dated 10/19/2014). My guess he complained about
    the ten’s of thousands of artillery impacts at the nearby training ground were
    scaring his cattle and this was the response he received.

    So…you see the Russian military build-up at the
    Kuzminka training/ staging ground is not at all my imagination, rather your willing
    ignorance and nefarious denial.

  13. The massive make-shift Kuzminka/Golovinka training ground, 47°24’34.73″N 39°13’52.22″E, imagery dated 10/9/2014 shows hundreds of military vehicles; S2A, artillery, mortar, tanks, APC’s, “white trucks,” encampments, forts, a large
    number of military grade tents, ammo depot, trenches, helipads, other
    structures and heavy weapons training/crater filled zone. “Historical
    imagery” prior to the Kremlin manufactured conflict at these coordinates
    from Google Earth dated 10/19/2013 show, absolutely, NO military build-up,
    permanent and/or make-shift base located here.

    The Kuzminka/Golovinka training ground encompassed and supported deployments of Russian troops and military equipment directly on, along the border, and across
    into Donetsk, Ukraine, through the Marynivki border checkpoint,
    47°51’56.47″N 38°51’27.51″E, and various other surrounding crossings
    point.

  14. BBC
    News / Article – April, 11, 2014:

    “In pictures: Russian military build-up near Ukraine”

    1. Belgorod

    2. Buturlinovka Air Base: 50°47’35.21″N40°36’49.81″E

    3. Kuzminka: 47°22’24.69″N 39°13’46.03″E (16 square km make-shift
    complex/build up listed above)

    4. Novocherkassk: 47°31’14.46″N 40°10’7.40″E

    5. Yeysk: 46°41’6.48″N 38°14’24.80″E

    6. Primorsko-Akhtarsk

    “Nato’s decision to release over 20 satellite images and associated maps
    of the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s eastern frontier is a signal of
    the concern among the alliance’s commanders that a Russian military option
    against Ukraine is very much on the table, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent
    Jonathan Marcus reports.”

    “The imagery issued by Nato’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
    (Shape) reportedly dates from late March and early April. It encompasses five
    locations in an arc around Ukraine’s frontier. Imagery from a sixth site was
    provided by Airbus Defence and Space.”

    ” The images show:

    sophisticated warplanes, and helicopters

    an airborne early warning aircraft (similar to the Nato Airborne Early Warning
    and Control Aircraft, or Awacs)

    a number of ground deployments

  15. RT: “Corridor: Putin calls on Ukraine militia to let out surrounded Kiev
    troops” – Published time: 28 Aug, 2014

    “President Putin has called on self-defense militias in Ukraine to provide Kiev’s military units blocked in the east of the country with a safe humanitarian corridor to leave the combat area and
    “reunite with their families.””

    ““It is clear the militia has achieved a major success in intercepting Kiev’s military
    operation, which represents a grave danger to the population of Donbass and
    which has already led to the loss of many lives among peaceful residents,” the Russian leader said in a
    statement.”

    “As a result of militias’ counter-offense, large numbers of Ukrainian troops – many of whom were taking part in Kiev’s so-called anti-terrorist operation “against their will” and “just following orders” – have been surrounded, the President added. “

    ““I call on the militia groups to open a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian service
    members who have been surrounded, so as to avoid any needless loss of life,
    giving them the opportunity to leave the combat area unimpeded and reunite with
    their families, to return them to their mothers, wives and children, and to
    quickly provide medical assistance to those who were injured in the course of
    the military operation,” Putin said.”

    “The central headquarters of the anti-Kiev forces has expressed its support for Putin’s initiative to open a humanitarian corridor, provided that the troops disarm. “

    ““We support the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a humanitarian corridor to create a safe passage for the surrounded armed forces of Ukraine. We are ready to ensure the safety of the Ukrainian troops out of the
    encirclement under one condition – they have to go through the established
    corridor without weapons,” the anti-Kiev army press service said in a statement.”

    “The prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko elaborated, saying that “Ukrainian forces have to abandon
    heavy weaponry and ammunition, so they cannot be reused against us [anti-Kiev
    forces].””

    …So according to RT (probably one of you favorite Kremlin directed media source), Putin personally negotiated the safe “humanitarian corridor” which evidently sent many of these Ukrainian troops, “just following orders” to their graves!

  16. I’m sure it’s still not quite sinking into your thick, yet, hollow propaganda-filled skull. I
    just provided you with evidence using satellite imagery which visibly shows the
    “Russian” forces responsible for the Ilovaisk
    encirclement and massacre during late August – the first few days of September 2014,
    including; approximately 11 “GRAD” mobile rocket launchers, tents, various
    other structures, vehicles and heavy military equipment, ***very important***,
    positioned at a small make-shift camp, 47°36’32.32″N 38°22’7.69″E, deployed,
    oddly, in a remote field less than 1 km from Ukraine’s border which is also
    near the active Ilovaisk area frontline. This make-shift
    camp including all the military equipment and vehicles are even parked in an
    orientation facing the Ilovaisk frontline, aka,
    the “safe corridor” just few km across on the Ukrainian side of the border.
    Also, and this is ***very important***, get this, these military vehicles leave
    trails/tracks, get it, when these military vehicles drive though the nearby
    fields they leave behind, evidence, trails/tracks which can literally and
    easily be identified, traced/followed using the satellite imagery cited above. Now,
    do you get this or is it still not sinking in? You can see where these vehicles
    have been driving/operating, which when you also use/turn on the “borders and
    labels,” feature under the drop-down “layers” menu on the left, Google Earth,
    conveniently, highlights the entire border, so, you can easily identify where
    each bordering countries territory begins, in this case, Russian and Ukrainian,
    nice right. Isn’t it fun learning how to use Google Earth? Go ahead, take your
    time, figure out how to use the “borders and labels” feature, too! Google Earth
    is absolutely amazing! So…now, type in the coordinates, again. At first, you will see the satellite imagery
    of the “Russian” make-shift camp, in which, is cut-off to the left (due to a satellite
    imagery overlap error with the prior “historical imagery”), so then, ***very
    important***, load the 9/13/2014 “historical imagery” (which fixes the imagery
    overlap error, now the full 9/13/2014 satellite imagery is visible and not
    cut-off to the left). Now, simply trace/follow the vehicle trails/tracks leading
    due west, 47°36’20.12″N 38°21’50.77″E, from this particular/original
    make-shift encampment, which is, yes, on Russia soil, again, less than 1 km
    from Ukraine’s border. Here is why the
    “border and labels” feature is ***very important***, as you continue to scan
    the terrain and trace/follow along the vehicle trails/tracks it becomes visibly
    evident that these trails/tracks cross over the ‘static’ border/entry point
    here, 47°36’18.17″N 38°21’10.26″E, from this remote field location into
    the adjacent nearby field and then banks/turns toward the northwest and
    traces/follows along a tree-line, shown here, 47°36’29.15″N
    38°21’2.53″E, and then a river, 47°36’36.31″N 38°20’20.82″E
    (even visibly crossing over a couple dry meandering river beds that branch of
    from the main river stream. It’s late August and I guess the weather has been a
    little dry…and yes, I’ve been doing this so long I notice things like this)
    heading several km further into Ukraine. As you continue to trace/follow, *****very
    important*****, the trails/tracks lead, believe it or not, directly to another
    second encampment, shown here, on actual ***Ukrainian territory***,
    47°39’24.60″N 38°16’22.32″E, 8 km from the closest static Ukrainian
    border point and only 9 km from the first/main Russian encampment (cited at the
    top, 1 km from Ukraine on the Russia side of the border). At this second
    encampment, again, 8 km into Ukrainian territory and visibly shown here,
    47°39’24.60″N 38°16’22.32″E, are 5 large dug-out fortifications,
    which are the type of forts that are dug into the ground in order to protect military
    vehicles and especially heavy equipment on, as such, active frontlines. Also, located
    at this second encampment are more military vehicle trails/tracks which lead in
    multiple direction, ***very important***, trace/follow the trails that lead 1
    km north, slightly east and, go figure, another third, although, second
    tent-less encampment on Ukrainian territory, 47°40’0.80″N
    38°16’33.02″E, and again here are 5 additional dug-out forts used for
    protecting military vehicles and heavy equipment (now 10 km from Russian
    make-shift camp). These trails can all be easily traced/followed , in which, visual
    and definitively leads directly from the main/original site at the larger
    make-shift camp on the Russian side of the border to these two smaller
    tent-less encampments that were evidently used as a staging ground for the
    massacre of Ukrainian troops along the “safe corridor” located between Ilovaisk and the Russian border. Even the date on this
    particular “historical Imagery” 9/13/2014 fits the timeline of the joint
    Russian offense setting up to encircle Ukrainian troops. Now, is your awareness
    of your previous stupidity and ignorance finally setting in?

  17. “In the column of Ukrainian soldiers leaving encircled
    Ilovaisk there was a dozen of wounded and captured Russian soldiers. The
    shocking part is that Russian artillery destroyed this column together with the
    captured Russian soldiers.”

  18. You-tube: “Ilovaisk Massacre: 1000 Encircled Ukrainian
    Soldiers Were Killed Together With Russian Captives.”

    “Up to 1000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the battle of
    Ilovaisk.”

    “Most of them were murdered on August 29th 2014,
    in the “green” corridor from encirdled by Russian troops.”

    “The column of 60 vehicles led by truck carrying dead and
    wounded soldiers flying a white flag was destroyed with mortars, heavy machine
    guns and tanks entrenched in fields.”

    “It was a pure massacre, organized by about 3500 Russian
    troops and 500 Russian-backed terrorists.”

    “In the column of Ukrainian soldiers leaving encircled
    Ilovaisk there was a dozen of wounded and captured Russian soldiers. The
    shocking part is that Russian artillery destroyed this column together with the
    captured Russian soldiers.”

    “Ilovaisk tragedy became the turning point in
    the counter-yerrorist operation in eastern Ukraine – it showed that Russian
    began full-scale invasion of Ukraine and that the counter-terrorist operation
    has transformed into war with Russia”

  19. All “historical imagery” dated prior to 9/13/2014 at this
    particular Russian make-shift field camp/coordinates on the border show nothing
    but fields and farmland, absolutely no sign of Russia’s military build-up
    and/or make-shift camps:

    7/17/2010: Fields, no
    military camp, no tents, no military vehicles, no heavy equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or
    no vehicle trails tracks

    3/21/2011: Fields, no
    military camp, no tents, no military vehicles, no heavy equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or
    no vehicle trails tracks

    9/24/2011: Fields, no
    military camp, no tents, no military vehicles, no heavy equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or
    no vehicle trails tracks

    6/19/2012: Fields, no
    military camp, no tents, no military vehicles, no heavy equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or
    no vehicle trails tracks

    7/15/2014: Fields, no
    military camp, no tents, no military vehicles, no heavy equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or
    no vehicle trails tracks

    9/13/2014:
    small make-shift Russian military camp, tents , military vehicles, heavy
    equipment ‘GRAD’ and/or lots of vehicle trails/tracks evidence visibly leading
    several km across the border and toward dugout/fortified positions inside
    Ukraine surrounding the Ilovaisk killing fields during the exact timeframe
    leading right up to the massacre.

  20. Here is a visual description of the satellite imagery from
    Google Earth showing these Russian troop, 47°36’32.32″N 38°22’7.69″E,
    whom participated in the massacre of Ukrainian troops near Ilovaisk:

    – 17 heavy military vehicles, 11 of which appear to be GRAD
    Rocket launchers

    – 3 camo military grade tents (2 large tents 40×30, 1 small
    tents 20x20ft)

    – Notice one of the most interesting piece of evidence the
    vehicle trails/tracks that lead west to Ukraine’s border then across the border
    and follow along a river, treeline and fields northwest toward these
    coordinates, 47°39’24.60″N 38°16’22.32″E, where, who would guess,
    heavy equipment dugouts/fortifications 9 km into Ukraine’s territory, even
    further if you continue to follow the vehicle trails.

    – 3 more heavy equipment dugout/fortifications,
    47°38’4.02″N 38°12’52.63″E, 12 km inside Ukraine’s border (5 km
    southwest from the above mention dugout/fortifications)

    – 2 more heavy equipment vehicles (maybe S2A
    support) 1 km southeast, 47°36’5.86″N 38°22’35.59″E

  21. Those are the coordinates that I took directly from Google
    Earth satellite imagery, believe it or not, showing the actual Russian troops
    that are were responsible and carried out the Ilovaisk massacre of Ukrainian
    troops along the “safe corridor” near the border with Russia last summer. Here
    is a quote/summary of how it went down:

    “After days of being under siege in Ilovaisk,
    commanders of government forces in the city attempted to negotiate an agreement
    that would allow them to withdraw from the city. Russian president Vladimir
    Putin said in the early morning on 29 August that a “humanitarian corridor
    for besieged Ukrainian soldiers” should be established, allowing the
    trapped soldiers to leave Ilovaisk. Yuriy Bereza, a commander in the Dnipro
    Battalion, managed to quickly reach an agreement with Russian commanders in
    Ilovaisk to establish such a corridor. DPR prime minister Alexander
    Zakharchenko confirmed that an agreement had been made, and also said that
    Ukrainian forces were required to leave their armoured vehicles and ammunition
    behind as a condition of the agreement. At 06:00, government forces began to
    move out of Ilovaisk in a column of sixty vehicles. The first lorry in the
    column, carrying dead and wounded soldiers, was flying a white flag. The column
    advanced 10 kilometres (6 1?4 mi) along the corridor, about an hour’s drive,
    but was then surrounded by Russian and insurgent troops. These troops opened
    fire on the column with mortars and heavy machine guns. Vehicles exploded, and
    the column was obliterated. Soldiers attempted to flee, but many were captured
    by Russian and insurgent forces. One fleeing Ukrainian soldier described the
    situation as “a real meat grinder”.. At least 100 soldiers were
    killed in the ambush, with many more injured or taken prisoner. The Ukrainian
    government described the events as a “massacre”. One insurgent
    commander said he had taken 173 Ukrainian soldiers prisoner near Ilovaisk, in
    the aftermath of the ambush. He said that he would use them as laborers to
    rebuild destroyed Donbass cities. A Ukrainian official said that, in total,
    more than 500 Ukrainian soldiers had been taken prisoner by pro-Russian forces.
    Commanders and soldiers of the pro-government volunteer paramilitary
    battalions, blamed the Ilovaisk incident on Ukrainian army leadership, and felt
    “betrayed by Ukraine” in its aftermath. According to an advisor of
    Internal Affairs minister Arsen Avakov, 97 Ukrainian soldiers managed to escape
    from Ilovaisk on 1 September.”

  22. This
    is probably some of the best evidence/coordinates of Russian troops crossing
    the border into Ukraine’s border area frontlines and also deployed along, at
    least, 260 km of Russia’s border with Ukraine caught on DigitalGlobe satellite
    image and uploaded to Google Earth last summer (2014). Evidence/coordinates, in
    which, anyone whom checks can see with their very own eyes, showing a unit of,
    at least, 16 or 17 various Russian military vehicles deployed in a remote field
    location only one kilometer from Ukraine’s border. There is also 3 or 4
    camouflaged military grade tent located here. Although, the oddest part has yet
    to be mentioned because for whatever reason this map image doesn’t quite fully
    load properly (the most current map dated, 9/13/2014), cuts off directly to the
    left/west of these troops/vehicles). That is, until you click on Google Earth’s
    “historical imagery” tool under the top left drop-down
    “view” menu. After you click on “historical imagery” the
    tool will load at the top left corner of the map. This is where it gets really
    interesting, notice the ‘trails/tracks’ left behind by these military vehicles
    operating at this make-shift camp suddenly appear, now using the tool click on
    the left arrow and scroll once to the left to refresh the map date for this
    satellite image, it should display the date 9/13/2014 and now the surrounding
    map should be fully loaded and dated. Now, back to the most interesting part,
    the vehicle trails/tracks, take a close look at these trails, literally, follow
    the trails and you will feel the irony when Putin, the Kremlin and the Russian
    military says there are no Russian troops deployed in Ukraine. “Follow the
    trails,” start here at the make-shift camp, 47°36’32.32″N
    38°22’7.69″E, follow these points as the vehicles trail lead west directly
    toward Ukraine’s border (to view the actual border-line turn on/check the box,
    the “borders and labels” feature under the “Layers” menu to
    the left), 47°36’20.12″N 38°21’50.77″E (possibly a tank shown
    positioned here too), 47°36’21.13″N 38°21’29.37″E, 47°36’18.17″N
    38°21’10.26″E (this is the exact point where Russian troops/vehicles cross
    directly into Ukraine), 47°36’29.15″N 38°21’2.53″E. If you continue
    to follow the trails it leads to this interesting make-shift fort/camp 8 kilometers
    inside of Ukraine’s border. This evidence is absolutely clear and shows
    evidence/coordinates/proof of Russian military vehicles “covertly”
    operating and crossing the border at this remote, open and probably impossible
    to secure location. So…now you Putin-worshipping trolls can stop lying or
    denying that Russian troops are involved and admit that Russian troops have
    crossed the border into Ukraine. Don’t take my word, the evidence is there for
    all to see!

  23. BTW, I found this evidence myself by scanning the Google Earth satellite imagery along the entire Donetsk and Luhansk border with Russia. then I found out that other people were doing this too and publishing it online. Eliott Higgins who is not a Ukrainian source and was becoming famous another the open-source data researchers/hobbiest, although I hadn’t heard of him prior to my discoveries. Putin say no military build-up or Russian troops, absolutely BS!

  24. Hey, Peter, been a while. Check it for yourself on Google Earth, the evidence of Russia’s attack is there for all to see. Putin is a war criminal.

  25. Stopfake is an Ukrainian source and it is biased.

    I prefer to build my opinion on OFFICIAL reports by RECOGNISED and INDEPENDENT agencies like OSCE, Red Cross, Human Rights Watch.

    You problem is that you want to believe that “Russians” are killing civilians in Ukraine and trying to find evidence fitting this view and ignore evidence not fitting it.

  26. I never denied that Russian soldiers fight there. Everybody who have brain know that Russian troops are participating in the conflict. More then that if I wanted I could sent you YouTube links with Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.

    There are some special forces and artillery people who are present most of the time and there were also two short incursions by more massive force during battles for Illovaisk, Donetsk airport and Debaltsevo which changed overall situation in rebels favor.

    BUT despite this the MAJORITY of the rebel force are not Russian soldiers or volunteers. Majority of them are local people enjoying support of local population. This is a civil war in which both Russia and USA interfere.

    Think about what happened in Ukraine. Donbass and Crimea largely voted for Yanukovitch. There was a coup, the revolution and he was thrown out of power. It is very natural that Eastern regions didn’t liked what happened and revolted against new and at that time not legitimate officials.
    More over new coalition in parliament immediately started to stamp stupid laws like one reliving Russian language of it’s regional status. Even though law was vetoed by acting president it was a spit in the face for Russian speaking East. Then there was a bloodshed in Odessa. Eastern regions were fed up and they revolted. Of course Putin jumped in to secure his agenda, but this is another story.

    PS Calling somebody fool or troll doesn’t make your arguments stronger it is quiet opposite.

  27. Yea, I guess you mean faux news that was thrown out of canada and whose viewers here in the states have been found to be the most uninformed or misinformed of all americans. This site must be evil since it does not agree with you erroneous dogma, but is one of many that are saying the same thing, but since you are apparently a member of a that cult that tells you that you can only believe what they say and everyone else in the world is a liar, it would do no good, and be a waste of time, to post them here. Believe what you like, there is no law against being a fool.

  28. More idiocy. But thanks for giving us, once again, the KremlinBot™ talking points.

    Your Kremlin Propaganda Office™ overlords will be pleased with your devotion to the cause.

  29. Global Research Canada is nothing but an absurd propaganda website filled with ridiculous conspiracy theories.

    Get some real news for a change. You might not be so stupid.

  30. So explain the spontaneous “Pro-Russians” rebels (many which are Russia citizens on “vacation”) that suddenly appeared and exclaimed they want to be part of Russia handing over the control of Ukrainian land directly to Putin and Russia, meanwhile, just as spontaneously form an army that is now more capable in the region than the Ukrainian military. Its really weird, especially since there are also tens of thousands of Russia troops deployed, just a few kilometers from Ukraine’s scorched earth border frontlines. Deployed in fields, directly on the border within 30 meters to 3 kilometers of Ukraine’s border, at make-shift border camps/forts positioned literally every 5-7 kilometers, along, at least 260 kilometers of Russia’s border, all caught on publicly available satellite imagery. No joke, free and publicly available satellite imagery, literally updated to Google Earth last summer 2014, July-August, during massive on-going battles and coordinated scorched earth operations for the entire world to see. Yet, not only will you probably deny Russian involvement, which may be understandable since you’re obviously an ignorant fool but Putin, the Kremlin/Gov, the Russian military and Russian media have been completely deny it for over a year, yet there they are caught the satellite images. With all these troops on the border why doesn’t Russia just ‘simply’ secure the border, hum, I wonder. Maybe because they are not only supporting the rebels but actually commanding, launching attacks on Ukraine from these positions and instead of securing the border, securing, supply-lines and the deployment of weapons and troops into Ukraine. Not to forget the unmarked, unidentifiable “Green Men” that spontaneously appear in now ‘annexed’ Crimea and after many denials from the Kremlin/Russia suddenly like magic, Russian troops. It’s so strange that so many Russians are incapable of connecting the dots, or could it be that many of you are actually trolls, paid for these, illogical, idiotic, ignorant and/or nefarious misinformation and lies? You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself and your idol, Putin, whom is a genocidal war criminal!

  31. Well plenty of OSCE reports are giving directions of where shellings were comming – and they are pointing at Ukrainian positions. Or were those OSCE employees bribed by Russian?

    Also there are numerous of videos on Youtube where Donbass locals are telling whom they are shelled by.

    I’m not saying that separatists never hit civilian population. But once again mosts of civillians killed there are killed by Ukrainian Army.

  32. It is amazing how ignorant people like you always compare people that refuse to bow to “american exceptionalism” to the nazis, when the first thing any republican governor or president in this country that you support, when elected follows hitler’s example and gets rid of all labor unions. Plus you favorite crime family, the Bush clan’s patriarch was a nazi sympathiser who lost two of his companies under the Trading With The Enemy Act for setting up and managing Hitler’s nazi banking system even after americans began fighting and dying in europe to defeat that fascist. Prescott Bush was also a ringleader in an attempted coup d’etat to overthrow the US government by force of arms to put hitler’s fascist economic policies in place in this country. Do you have any idea that 26 million russians died fighting and defeating hitler you ignorant dolt, and that the US is actually funding and backing NAZIS in their attempt to destabilize russia? You are nothing but a bunch of simpleminded ignorant hypocrites.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/washington-fuels-rise-of-neo-nazism-and-anti-semitism-in-ukraine-the-role-of-john-mccain/5373569

  33. Was nato forced to let them become members? The president of Ukraine fled the country after the US unleashed its neonazi thugs to foment riots because he chose russia’s financial help instead of the vultures at the IMF. You really should turn of faux news and read some real news.That is the 37th times since 1949 that the US has overthrown a democratically elected leader of a country that would not bow to their wishes. Tat though is not including the many failed attempts to overthrow the leaders of cuba and venezuela, That is one every two years.That sir, is actual world history.

    http://www.krysstal.com/democracy_whyusa01.html

  34. If you would please install Google Earth (PC version only) and use it to then check the information from my post/comments to Alexsandr you will realize that you have completely been fooled by the Kremlin’s Propaganda for Dummies.

  35. Look through my post, I just provided you with the best evidence of Russia’s direct involvement and military action that you would otherwise never seen. Putin is a war criminal!

  36. Sorry, Peter but you are 100% absolutely incorrect and ignorant, Install Google Earth (PC version) and check my replies to Alexsandr above. Make sure to have an extra pair of underwear too, because you’re going need them after.

  37. Believe me I have a lot more, the evidence I provided so far only covers a small portion of Russian troops deployed near the Marynivjki/Donetsk, Russian border area/checkpoint but Russian troops are also deployed at make-shift camps/forts literally every 5-7 km along Russia’s border and Ukraine’s former border area frontlines. The evidence is conclusive, Russia is not only supporting but also commanding Rebel forces, meanwhile carrying out massive but coordinated military operations of their own against Ukraine.

  38. Additionally, the BUK operators may have retreated to Petrivs’ke, leading up to the satellite image taken over Petrivs’ke on July, 31, 2014. “On July 28, 2014, after intense fighting, the Armed Forces of Ukraine claimed that they recaptured control of Saur-Mohyla from the pro-Russian insurgents. However commander of the pro-Russian Donetsk People’s Republic separatists Igor Girkin, denied Savur-Mohyla had been lost, saying fighting was continuing. Followings its capture by the Ukrainian army on August 9, 2014, the insurgents recaptured the hill on August 26, 2014. Leading up from July through mid-August there were reports of convoys entering Ukraine from Russia, likely from many of Russian military deployments along the border, in which, I documented above clearly visible from Google Earth satellite imagery. Meanwhile, remember this, according to the “rebels” and Moscow Eastern Donetsk and Lugansk were on the verge of “Humanitarian” catastrophe. Then on August, 13-14, 2014 after several attempt that previosly failed to intervene, Russia supported and launched a massive military intervention against the now completely surrounded, bombed out and boxed-in Ukrainian troops. August, 14, “After fierce fighting with government forces in the vicinity of the border crossing, the town was captured by the insurgents.” During this time frame a massive number of “White trucks,” military vehicles and convoys continuously poured across the border from Russia into Ukraine.

    “Ukrainian forces said that they retook the hill on 28 July. As a result, a corridor was created to resupply units that were trapped nearby. Intense fighting in the area continued on 31 July. Insurgents attacked Ukrainian positions on the hill from the nearby city of Snizhne on 5 August. A spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine said on 6 August that Ukrainian forces on Savur-Mohyla had come into contact with pro-Russian insurgents twenty-five times in the past twenty-four hours. Amidst a wide counter-offensive by insurgents forces across the Donbass on 26 August, Savur-Mohyla was recaptured by DPR-affiliated forces”

    According to Google Earth satellite imagery, it looks like the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine was actually being quite honest, check out Savur-Mohyla, 47°55’27.80″N 38°44’27.65″E, destroyed by thousands of artillery/mortar craters, the villages Marynivka and Stepanivka too, completely wiped out and surround by thousands of artillery/mortar craters, its horrifying and is so gut-droppingly shocking that it is almost unbelievable! Needless to mention, Putin is absolutely a war criminal!

  39. I forgot to mention, about the “suspected” BUK in my comments above, here is a recently published article from Reuters/Yahoo, by Anton Zverev, March 12, 2015, “Exclusive: From ‘Red October’ village, new evidence on downing of Malaysian plane over Ukraine”

    Which to my surprise while reading, rang a huge alarm, because it actually 100% backs my theory. As I mention above, Russian/rebel troops held command at the nearby village of Petrivs’ke, which is only 15 km south from the MH17 crash site and is where I identify a “suspected” BUK system, including possibly these five military vehicles still located in Petrivs’ke, 47°56’41.62″N 38°40’11.16″E, on July, 31. Until July 28 the Russian “rebels” controlled both Petrivs’ke and Savur-Mohyla. Keep in mind that, “In 2014, during the long-time military conflict between Ukrainian troops and Donbass pro-Russian fighters, the Saur-Mohyla height was captured by the pro-Russian fighters. On July 23, 2014, separatists shot down two Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name “Frogfoot”) ground-attack aircraft flying at 17,000 feet (5,182 meters) over Saur-Mohyla, using Russian AA systems,” which may have been the same BUK that downed MH17 due to the evidence including especially altitude restrictions of the portable shoulder-fired rockets the rebels long admit to using. Also, if the BUK was launched from the strategic hill, Savur-Mohyla, on July 17, by my measurement on Google Earth using the “ruler” measurement tool, a rocket fired on a trajectory toward MH17’s flight path and the crash site, the missile would literally fly directly over the village mention in the article by witnesses in Chervonyi Zhovten, 47°58’14.00″N 38°44’1.00″E. If it was fired near Petrivs’ke it would pass still visibly, especially the vapor trail, 5 km west.

    “CHERVONYI ZHOVTEN, Ukraine (Reuters) – Villagers in eastern Ukraine have told Reuters they saw a missile flying directly overhead just before a Malaysian airliner was shot out of the sky on July 17 last year, providing the most detailed accounts to date that suggest it was fired from territory held by pro-Russian rebels.”

    “The accounts from four villagers of Chervonyi Zhovten, which was then, and is now, controlled by the rebels, are significant because they indicate the rocket was in the early stages of its flight path.”

    “That would mean it must have been launched from rebel ground nearby, challenging the suggestion of Moscow and the separatists that the plane was brought down by the Ukrainian military. At the time, the nearest Ukrainian-held area was about 6 km (3.7 miles) away.” (for more details look up the actual article by Anton Zverev”

  40. Such utter crap. You obviously know nothing but what your Kremlin Propaganda Office™ overlords tell you.

    You entire post is devoid of facts and is nothing but propaganda.

  41. Such idiocy. Typical of the KremlinBot™ trolls.

    NATO is a membership club. Any country that wants to join, can.

    No one overthrew the president in Ukraine, he fled the country after ordering the murder of 100+ people on the streets of Kiev. After that, he lost all his political support and he chose to flee.

    Again, such idiocy, but that is to be expected from the Kremlin Propaganda Office’s™ KremlinBot™ troll army.

  42. Let me, also, just give you an explanation as to why “historical imagery” is also extremely important and I’m not exaggerating even a little. Not only do these deployments move around, but Russia, is literally deploying farm tractors/plows afterwards to cleanup, cover up and destroy the evidence, plowing over fields, make-shift border camps, artillery/mortar blowback scars, in which, is otherwise clear evidence of Russian battalions crossing the border meanwhile carrying out massively destructive scorched earth border operations against Ukrainian villages (civilians) and troops.

  43. You-tube: “DNR Leader” Paul Gubarev escaped from Donetsk and boasts on the Russian border in Marinivka
    Notice at about 29+ seconds into the video you can obviously see military vehicles pouring across the Marynivki border checkpoint, 47°51’59.91″N 38°51’31.17″E, from Russian into Ukraine and/or visa versa.

  44. You-tube: Ruined by Russian Soldiers Ghost-Village Stepanivka in Donetsk Region
    Notice at about 1:38-2:00 you will see the actually model rocket-ship monument from the video located here, 47°55’39.57″N 38°48’23.99″E, on Google Earth and at a destroyed children’s school/playground located in the completely destroyed village of Stapanivka. Warning this video is absolutely shocking!

  45. She’s up there as one of the worst, that’s for sure. The KremlinBot™ troll army is very obvious and easy to recognize. She’s a rather repugnant creature, to say the least.

  46. You obviously do not understand how discourse works.

    Her view is repulsive and repugnant and she needs to be called out for the KremlinBot™ troll that she is. Assuming, of course, that’s she really even a woman. These trolls are not knows for their honesty, that’s for sure.

  47. And I’ve said this for a long time: You are nothing but an ignorant KremlinBot™ troll who does nothing but spreads lies and propaganda.

    You truly are a repulsive and repugnant creature.

  48. Your idiocy knows no bounds, KremlinBot™ troll.

    If these cities wish they could be liberated, then why aren’t they? If these places truly wanted out, they would be rebelling on their own.

    Of course, the vast majority of people have already fled these rebel controlled areas wanting nothing to do with them.

    The only reason civilians are being killed is because Russia started this war.

    You shilling from the Kremlin is just repulsive and repugnant. You should be ashamed for participating in this, even if you are being paid.

  49. Again, follow these directions, open Google Earth (PC version), type the coordinates again, 47°56’41.62″N 38°40’11.16″E, at first you won’t see the “suspected BUK” because the map image since July, 31, 2014 has been updated several times. So, in the upper left menu, click on, “view,” scroll down, now, click on the “historical imagery” tool. The “historical imagery” tool will load in the upper left hand corner of the map, once it loads you can click the left arrow on the “historical imagery” tool to view older map images that were posted before a new map image was released. Notice on July. 31, 2014 the “suspected BUK” appears, which, also brings the number of military vehicles located in Petrivs’ke to, at least, a total of twenty. Now, right click, to the map image dated August, 3, 2014, the “suspected BUK” is gone and there are now only fourteen military vehicles in Petrivs’ke. I wonder where these particular vehicles went, it’s only 20 kilometers (Google Earth driving directions) from the Russian border if they could just get past those Ukrainian troops positioned between them and the Russian border in Stepanivka, Marynivki and the famous Savur-Mohyla Hill. Additionally, Brown Moses, “the chief internet sleuth” posted evidence of the alleged BUK’s on its Journey from Donetsk to Snizhne, where in Snizhne it was supposably photographed/witnessed at these exact coordinates 48° 1’0.12″N 38°45’16.89″E, prior to the downing of MH17 on July 17. These coordinates in Snizhne are also only nine kilometers from the village of Petrivs’ke and only fifteen kilometers from the crash site. It definitely seems really suspicious to me!

  50. if, you zoom in to the large building at the town-center of the Petrivs’ke you will see several other military vehicles, tanks/artillery/APC’s located at and surrounding a commandeered building for operating as a “rebel’ command center, 47°56’39.82″N 38°40’6.69″E, and more military vehicles along roads and leading to the outskirts of this village. To view the “suspected” BUK you have to follow the directions that I provided above and using only the PC version of Google Earth, because the PC version (not available on the phone/tablet version) has the “historical imagery” tool required to view the prior map image at this particular location/possible BUK site, also nearby 47°56’41.62″N 38°40’11.16″E, map dated July, 31, 2014

  51. I’ve actually done lots of research to back my claims. Pro-Russian troops/14 tanks/artillery/SAM were positioned in the village of Petrivs’ke, in which, they first appear on Google Earth “historical imagery” map image dated July, 15, 2014. During July through August Ukrainian troops battle Pro-Russian troops at the strategic hill, Savur-Mohyla positioned between Perivs’ke and Ukrainian troops positioned east in the villages of Stepanivka and Marynivki. During these battles Ukrainian troops had taken control over Savur-Mohyla and were advancing on Petrivs’ke. Pro-Russian troops whom were on the verge of defeat here, and according to the Kremlin on the verge of a “humanitarian crisis,” in Donetsk and Lugansk, especially several border area frontlines, when suddenly, “Mortar fire from Russia rained down on the Marynivka border crossing on 25 July.” meanwhile convoys of half-empty and/or uninspected “white trucks” simultaneously crossed at nearly every border crossing into Ukraine’s border frontlines. Check out the Savur-Mohyla Hill, 47°55’27.80″N 38°44’27.65″E, after the Russia’s massive military intervention, thousands of artillery craters. These four Russian artillery, 47°51’36.50″N 38°51’2.07″E (including, at least one tank and two “white trucks”/weapon supplies) are positioned on the border within range, 15 kilometers, and aimed directly at the scorched earth of Savur-Mohya Hill. “On July 23, 2014, separatists shot down two Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 (NATO reporting name “Frogfoot”) ground-attack aircraft flying at 17,000 feet (5,182 meters) over Saur-Mohyla, using Russian AA systems.” Then, suddenly, when viewing the next “historical imagery” map update dated July, 31, 2014, the suspected BUK convoy (5 vehicles) appears, now if you count on this day, the village of Petrivs’ke has at least twenty military vehicles; tanks/artillery/SAM(AA). Remarkably when measured using the Google Earth’s “ruler” tool the suspected BUK is only 20 kilometers from the MH17 crash site, 48° 8’18.57″N 38°38’20.95″E.

  52. There would be no need for any humanitarian aid if not for the fact that Russia started this war in the first place.

    Of course you know that but your Kremlin Propaganda Office™ overlords don’t want you to publish the truth, now do they?

  53. To view the suspected BUK system, type these coordinates, 47°56’41.62″N 38°40’11.16″E, into Google Earth. Then, in the above menu click “view,” scroll down and click the “historical imagery” tool. Once the historical imagery tool loads above click the left arrow to view one of the prior maps dated July 31, 2014. Notice the five military vehicles, four in a line and another vehicle off the road a few feet south of the lead vehicles position.

  54. Petrivs’ke is located 5 kilometers west from Savur-Mohyla. Savur-Mohyla (also the site of a famous Soviet-monument) where major frontline battles occurred during July-August between “rebel forces” located at Petrivs’ke and between Ukrainian forces deployed 3-6 km east of Savur-Mohyla in the villages Stepanivka and Marynivka. Check out the village of Marynivki which has since been completely wiped-out and shown here, 47°54’19.73″N 38°51’27.48″E, surrounded by absolutely shocking scorched earth, hundreds, maybe thousands of artillery/mortar crater. Also, check out the artillery/mortar battle ground at Savur-Mohyla (monument), 47°55’27.80″N 38°44’27.65″E, in which, is also cover by thousands of artillery/mortar craters.

  55. Here are at least 14 tanks/artillery surrounding this Rebel/Russia Command Center, 47°56’39.82″N 38°40’6.69″E, located in a large building at the center of the village, Petrivs’ke, Ukraine, a Pro-Russia stronghold.

  56. BBC News / Article – April, 11, 2014:
    “In pictures: Russian military build-up near Ukraine”
    1. Belgorod
    2. Buturlinovka Air Base: 50°47’35.21″N40°36’49.81″E
    3. Kuzminka: 47°22’24.69″N 39°13’46.03″E (16 square km make-shift complex/build up listed above)
    4. Novocherkassk: 47°31’14.46″N 40°10’7.40″E
    5. Yeysk
    6. Primorsko-Akhtarsk

    “Nato’s decision to release over 20 satellite images and associated maps of the Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s eastern frontier is a signal of the concern among the alliance’s commanders that a Russian military option against Ukraine is very much on the table, the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus reports.”

    “The imagery issued by Nato’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (Shape) reportedly dates from late March and early April. It encompasses five locations in an arc around Ukraine’s frontier. Imagery from a sixth site was provided by Airbus Defence and Space.”

    ” The images show:

    sophisticated warplanes, and helicopters

    an airborne early warning aircraft (similar to the Nato Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft, or Awacs)

  57. Massive “military build-up” at sixteen square kilometer, make-shift training complex, 50 kilometers away from the border frontline, near Taganrog Airbase, 47°22’32.20″N 39°13’39.07″E, thousands if not, ten’s of thousands of troops, supplies, ect…

  58. “The scene at the base on the Kuzminsky firing range, around 50 km (30 miles) from the border, offers some of the clearest evidence to date of what appeared to be a concerted Russian military build-up in the area.” Ready for it…

  59. Seven kilometers north, another fort/wall near the other “four” Russian artillery mentioned above, although, this fort only 40 meters from Ukraine’s border, 47°50’12.95″N 38°49’44.28″E

  60. Here is a make-shift fort/wall, 47°46’19.67″N 38°48’17.90″E (including, 5 “white aid trucks positioned here too), located in a Russian field only 200 meters from Ukraine’s border and positioned less than 2 kilometers from the 5 Russian artillery aimed at the scorched territory of Ukraine and mentioned in one of my comments above.

  61. Here are five more Russian artillery, 47°45’56.43″N 38°49’34.09″E,also aimed directly at Ukraine’s former border frontline and more artillery craters, 47°50’33.22″N 38°45’39.80″E

  62. Here is, at least, four Russian artillery, two or three tanks and two “white aid truck” positioned in a field approximately 250 meters from Ukraine’s border, 47°49’44.45″N 38°49’58.72″E. Additional, the artillery are easily within range and are aim directly at the former border area frontline, shown here, 47°51’51.51″N 38°46’21.37″E, by the massively artillery shelled scorched earth.

  63. Can you explain why Russia has continued to deny the fact that thousands of Russian troops were caught in action, visible by satellite images deployed along, at least 260 km of Russia’s border with Ukraine during the massive frontline battles surrounding Ukraine’s border areas and villages during last July through August? Russian troops/battalions were literally photographed by DigitalGlobe satellite images visibly deployed every 5-7 km at make-shift fort, camps and command centers constructed anywhere from 30 meters to 3 km from the border with Ukraine and the unbelievably shocking scorched earth of these former frontlines…

  64. Here is proof/coordinates of the military based under construction, 42°23’2.74″N 43°53’17.13″E, from the Google Earth/DigitalGlobe satellite image dated 7/25/2007, prior to conflict, just as Saakashvili had claimed.

  65. “Georgia had accused the Russian military of building a large military base in Java before the war. These concerns were brought by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, to the attention of the UN General Assembly on September 26, 2007. After the war, Russia announced it was constructing military bases in Java and Tskhinvali, which would be ready in 2010.”

  66. Many of the villages in Donetsk and Lugansk will likely never be rebuilt, just like the villages near the “Roki Pass” in South Ossetia from Kekhvi, 42°18’50.55″N 43°56’25.19″E, to Tskhinvali/Tamarasheni, 42°14’53.04″N 43°57’50.41″E, literally, every single home, looted, destroyed, burned and/or bombed out and I really do mean every home! Where, also, on the northern edge of Tskhinvali, instead of rebuilding homes that the ethnic Georgians were forced to flee, Russian decided to build a large military base on top of and next to thousands of burned out Georgian family homes. Check out the coordinates, your favorite world leader, Putin, is a undeniable war criminal! The current map here is dated 6/25/2013, although using the “historical Imagery” tool under the “view” tab on Google Earth you can view the homes on the map image taken on 7/25/2007 prior to the Kremlin’s aggression against Georgia during the summer of 2008! Warning, this is beyond shocking, every home destroyed and not one home rebuilt! It makes me sick to my stomach!

  67. Russian “paratroopers” were actually captured near the village of Dzerkalne, 47°47’25.01″N 38°29’0.32″E, forty kilometers from the five Russian artillery units, 47°45’56.43″N 38°49’34.09″E, on the border that I listed in a prior comment. Remember the video of the ten captured Russian paratroopers? Here is an article by the Telegraph, which includes the video, below. The area/land between these two point was a border area frontline that these troops would have to transverse already covered by ten’s of thousands of artillery craters, map dated August 14, 2014. There is no chance this was by accident, this is exactly how they build up troops along another front, mobilizing a few units/convoys at a time.

    The Telegraph – August 26,2014:

    Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine ‘accidentally crossed border’

    – Ukrainians release images and video of Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine as Moscow insists its troops crossed border “by accident”

    “Ten Russian paratroopers who were captured in Ukraine on Monday crossed the border “accidentally” during a routine frontier patrol, Russia’s Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.” “Ukraine’s Security Service, the SBU, said on Monday that the men were captured near the village of Dzerkalne, about 25 miles southeast of the rebels’ besieged stronghold, the city of Donetsk.”

  68. On Aug, 14, 2014, the satellite even caught the “white aid trucks” as they strategically queued in pairs illegally across the border. Beginning with a pair of white trucks that sit parked at a make-shift “rebel” camp/fort, 47°53’7.42″N 38°51’40.27″E, across the border into Ukraine, near the Marynivki border checkpoint. Here is another pair of “white aid trucks,” 47°53’7.42″N 38°51’40.27″E, as they approach in the process of illegally crossing into Ukraine, only 70 meters from the border. Again, here is another pair of “white aid trucks,” 47°51’50.68″N 38°51’28.85″E, as they wait their turn, parked at a make shift-round-about just 200 meters from the border prior to crossing illegally, Here is the make-shift Russian Command Center/forward operating site (notice, lots of “white aid trucks”), 47°48’52.97″N 38°51’59.65″E, where these “white aid trucks” likely unload and load weapons/supplies destined for either this active-duty border complex on the Russia side of the border and/or then illegally cross into Ukraine. Don’t take my word though, check it out yourself!

  69. Use the “historical imagery” tool only available with only the PC version of Google Earth to view prior satellite imagery, in order, verify the evidence/coordinates by date.

  70. Remember the “low-resolution” satellite images released by the US State Department on July 27, the photos that Kremlin trolls said were “fakes?” Shown here on Google Earth are the artillery blowback scars, 47°49’50.52″N 38°47’10.06″E, left behind by 11 Russian artillery units (only 3 kilometers from one of the several Russian make-shift border forts, 47°50’12.95″N 38°49’44.28″E) operating in fields just inside Ukraine’s border. The blowback and field trails are orientated in a direction that indicates the area of impact shown here, the village of Marynivki, which you can see for yourself, is now scorched earth, scarred by hundreds of artillery craters, 47°54’10.21″N 38°51’25.72″E

  71. This is probably some of the best evidence/coordinates of Russian troops crossing the border into Ukraine’s border area frontlines and also deployed along, at least, 260 km of Russia’s border with Ukraine caught on DigitalGlobe satellite image and uploaded to Google Earth last summer (2014). Evidence/coordinates, in which, anyone whom checks can see with their very own eyes, showing a unit of, at least, 16 or 17 various Russian military vehicles deployed in a remote field location only one kilometer from Ukraine’s border. There is also 3 or 4 camouflaged military grade tent located here. Although, the oddest part has yet to be mentioned because for whatever reason this map image doesn’t quite fully load properly (the most current map dated, 9/13/2014), cuts off directly to the left/west of these troops/vehicles). That is, until you click on Google Earth’s “historical imagery” tool under the top left drop-down “view” menu. After you click on “historical imagery” the tool will load at the top left corner of the map. This is where it gets really interesting, notice the ‘trails/tracks’ left behind by these military vehicles operating at this make-shift camp suddenly appear, now using the tool click on the left arrow and scroll once to the left to refresh the map date for this satellite image, it should display the date 9/13/2014 and now the surrounding map should be fully loaded and dated. Now, back to the most interesting part, the vehicle trails/tracks, take a close look at these trails, literally, follow the trails and you will feel the irony when Putin, the Kremlin and the Russian military says there are no Russian troops deployed in Ukraine. “Follow the trails,” start here at the make-shift camp, 47°36’32.32″N 38°22’7.69″E, follow these points as the vehicles trail lead west directly toward Ukraine’s border (to view the actual border-line turn on/check the box, the “borders and labels” feature under the “Layers” menu to the left), 47°36’20.12″N 38°21’50.77″E (possibly a tank shown positioned here too), 47°36’21.13″N 38°21’29.37″E, 47°36’18.17″N 38°21’10.26″E (this is the exact point where Russian troops/vehicles cross directly into Ukraine), 47°36’29.15″N 38°21’2.53″E. If you continue to follow the trails it leads to this interesting make-shift fort/camp 8 kilometers inside of Ukraine’s border. This evidence is absolutely clear and shows evidence/coordinates/proof of Russian military vehicles “covertly” operating and crossing the border at this remote, open and probably impossible to secure location. So…now you Putin-worshipping trolls can stop lying or denying that Russian troops are involved and admit that Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine. Don’t take my word, the evidence is there for all to see!

  72. Adolf Putin would deny he had a penis if it would glorify Russia.He is a liar and warmonger.Im telling you this man is preparing for War.Its coming.

  73. Another propaganda junk by the same subservient to her masters “author” – the line “Putin, who continues fueling the eastern Ukrainian conflict” tells you all about “certified” hypocrite – only completely ignorant person does not know that coup and consequent war on civilians in the East was done on direct orders from US and CIA.

  74. I just looked trough several of you poast J. – 50% of silliness and 50% of hate.

    Stop being silly hater J., read books, think, grow, try to become a human.

  75. are you telling me the Russian primitive skum never shelled their own people to have an excuse to restart the invasion of the sovereign country of Ukraine ?

  76. An example of a lie? If you listen to the liars, American generals, in Ukraine is the group of Russian troops – 40,000 people! This is from 5-44 brigade. Only a naive idiot would believe the lie of the American General Breedlove. This is how we have to respect their taxpayers, that would so blatantly lie. As far as collecting donations. Well, they go and the Nazis in Ukraine from the United States and Europe. No one writes! That is. To support Ukrainian fascists who are fighting for the good of US, that’s good! But, to support rebels fighting against the fascists at my house is bad! This policy of the United States! Sow chaos around him. Than the bolder the lie, the easier it believe.
    An example of a lie? If you listen to the liars, American generals, in Ukraine is the group of Russian troops – 40,000 people! This is from 5-44 brigade. Only a naive idiot would believe the lie of the American General Breedlove. This is how we have to respect their taxpayers, that would so blatantly lie. As far as collecting donations. Well, they go and the Nazis in Ukraine from the United States and Europe. No one writes! That is. To support Ukrainian fascists who are fighting for the good of US, that’s good! But, to support rebels fighting against the fascists at my house is bad! This policy of the United States! Sow chaos around him. Than the bolder the lie, the easier it believe.

  77. “most of the organizations actually transfer the money to kill more
    Ukrainian soldiers and, as it is believed by Ukrainian and Western
    authorities, for shelling civilians”

    They rise money to equip rebels militia the very same way numerous organisation in Ukraine are raising money to equip Ukrainian volunteering battalions.

    About shelled civilians. Most civilians who were shelled were shelled by Ukrainian Army.

  78. Comparison Hitler to Putin

    Political youth groups: Hitler youth – “Nashi” in Russia

    Sells Nationalism

    Cults of the personality

    Hitler and Putin lost empires and want to rebuild them.

    Both Germany and Russia blamed their ills on others.

    Both strong men demonized friendly nations.

    Czechoslovakia — Crimea

  79. Millions of Russians donated money and volunteered for the army when Hitler’s European Union tried to expand to the East annihilating Russians on its way. Today European Union once again tries to expand to the East annihilating Russians on its way and Russians don’t need anyone to tell them what to do. They do what their grandparents did. Donate money and volunteer themselves to fight NATO aggression in Ukraine. The only problem is that liberals in Kremlin unlike Stalin have their money and property in the West and don’t do their part in warding off the aggressors.

  80. A “little” correction.. Money to Donbass go not to “kill Ukrainians”, but to DEFEND yourself from Kiev. Lets don’t forget that the war goes on Donbass territory not in Kiev, it’s Donbass citizens and kids who’s dying under Kiev’s shelling, not the Kiev’s citizens. Kiev is loosing solders, who came to Donbass to kill.

  81. Does international community know something about currently situation in Eastern part of Ukraine.Infrastucture of the Eastern regions is completely destroyed. War between Russia and Ukraine lasts about a year. Russia is experiencing its entire arsenal of weapons in order to kill Ukrainians. The official number of people killed in the invasion has already reached 6,500 killed from Ukrainian side, the death toll from the Russian side very carefully concealed. OSCE and international negotiations does not particularly help and turn to a blind corner. Please read this interesting and factual article about who really uses Russian military weapons in Ukraine. Russians used Donbass as a testing ground. Collected photographic evidence is only the tip of the iceberg. Occupants in Ukraine test the latest equipment in radio intelligence, electronic warfare, communications and troop control systems.http://victortatar.blogspot.ru/2015/06/a-year-of-putins-arm-traffic-oleksandr_9.html

  82. this whole article smells of personal bias and propaganda. russia has legions of propaganda trolls working for them, making them look bad. when we stoop to the same level it starts making us look bad as well. maybe everything she said is true, i couldn’t make it all the way through the article though. it felt less like news and more like a personal essay.

  83. I am wondering how low the author Polina Tikhonova can get in her writings? Why doesn’t she go to the Donbass to investigate the claims being made by Ukrainian and Western authorities? The famous Ukrainian pop singer Ruslana went there last year to see the situation first hand and came back with completely different point of view.

  84. The only person you can trust is Barack Obama. He represents the United States Government, the court of Justice, the font of Mercy and the purity of the Free World. What does Obama represent? Obama is the god of Hope.

  85. Look , whoever she is she still has the right to post and express her ideas without being intimidated or coerced to change her point of views…

  86. Yeah, it is perfectly illegal behavior of EU and the USA with these sanctions. But it looks like Obama is fixed on it. Soros , who financed him, and his own sponsorship of murdering of more than 6 thousands of Ukrainian civilians do not leave him a choice. So, whichever..I can’t change any of it currently and choose in the future to stay clear of it. I am though sure that Obama would pay for that and seriously.

  87. You could at least pick a better leader to compare him…Why Hitler when there’s so many leaders from the past you can compare him to…But then how would mere mortals know about that…I think you have to worry about the future not the past…

  88. Is the even “New York Times” considered a legitimate news source now? i mean it pretty much ranks along with the Enquirer as tabloid fodder. And if there is a group that sponsors the Eastern Rebels, so what, the illegal occupiers in Kiev are being sponsored by the West.

  89. Yes, we can put out an Interpol arrest warrant for John McCain, Mr. Obama, Vicky Nuland, Hillary Clinton and anyone else who participated in aiding those who overthrew the democratically elected government of Ukraine. How about providing funds and arms to the radical Islamic terrorists in Syria – we can put half of Washington, D.C. in jail for aiding those terrorists we now call ISIS!!

  90. So what? Why is it that when the US State Department, USAID, George Soros, or other Western backed organizations interfere in the affairs of a sovereign country to promote their political agenda it is perfectly acceptable. Yet let private citizens of Russia do the same, they are somehow the evil aggessors! How “F’ing hypocritical can we get?

  91. Oh man…, where to begin…

    “Putin, who continues fueling the eastern Ukrainian conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people”

    Most of those people killed are from Donbass and were killed by people from west Ukraine. It’s Kiev and us, in the West, who are resposnible for that. We want to wrest Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence but the people of Donbass are in the way so they are our target.

    I’m sure Russia is helping the people of Donbass. They’d be stupid not to. Ukraine is the historic route of invasion. It was the route taken by Germany and France. Ukraine is extremely important to them and it is overwhelmingly stupid to fight a proxy war with Russia over it.

    I’m sure there is a lot of homegrown anger in Donbass toward west Ukraine and Kiev. When this fiasco fuirst started, the media was more responsible and reported the differences between east and west Ukraine. Our media is no longer neutral and no longer reports that. They ignore the language laws and other political reasons why these two regions do not get along.

  92. What a crock of american propaganda and misinformational crap. None of this would be happening in the first place if the US would not have gone back on an agreement that they made with russia that if they took down the Berlin Wall, NATO would not advance “not one inch” toward russia’s border. Instead they have been since then moving into one baltic state after another and surrounding russia with missiles and trying to destabilize the nation Then there is the icing on the cake, they overthrew the democratically elected pro russian president of Ukraine, a nation right on their borded, and began using neonazis – that russia lost 26 million of its people fighting to defeat in WW2 – to try and wipe out pro russian Ukrainians. Lucky for the fascist neocons, the fascist corporate owned news media here will say whatever the are ordered to, therefore americans are woefully uninformed, and misinformed, the majority of them being extremely simpleminded and successfully distracted with wondering who is going to win america’s got talent or the next sports championship.

  93. Supporting terrorist groups is punishable by local, federal and international laws! Interpol should be investigating all the “donors” as aiding terrorism!

  94. Putin is truly a modern-day Hitler

    As young men, both Hitler and Putin zealously served their countries on the
    front lines of international conflict, one as a German soldier on the Western
    Front in World War I, the other as a Soviet KGB officer in East Germany during
    the Cold War.

    Each was cast adrift when the empire upon which he had staked his future
    collapsed. In “Mein Kampf,” Hitler wrote that “everything went black
    before my eyes” when he heard of Germany’s capitulation in 1918; his heart
    filled with “hatred for the originators of this dastardly crime.” Putin has
    recalled the dramatic moment when he felt obliged to hide his Soviet Communist
    Party membership card in a desk drawer; he has said that the collapse of the
    Soviet Union was “a
    genuine tragedy” for the Russian people.

    Each considered his nation no more culpable than any other for the global
    conflict that precipitated its downfall — its humiliation therefore not only
    undeserved but also inexplicable, except as the product of weakness, betrayal
    and conspiracy. For each man, post-imperial chaos in their respective countries
    bred profound contempt for Western-style freedom and democracy.

    For both, agreements codifying their respective countries’ defeats — the
    Treaty of Versailles for Hitler, NATO’s eastward expansion for Putin —
    represented not international law but victor’s justice, which trampled
    legitimate national interests and stranded millions of their respective ethnic
    brethren in new nations that outside powers had set up, hypocritically, in the
    name of self-determination.

    Having attained power in their respective societies, Hitler and Putin both
    set their sights on economic and military renewal and on reversing their
    respective nations’ unjust humiliation, by force if necessary.

    The latter co-opted some former Soviet republics and militarily occupied
    others, just as Hitler marched the Wehrmacht into the Rhineland in 1936, took
    Czechoslovakia in 1938 — and, well, you get the idea…

  95. Don’t pay attention to Michelle Kerensky. This bot is sitting in St. Pete and typing up the latest krmelin line. Trolls are becoming more and more desperate, although unoriginal. Doubt they are having the tiniest of effects since it’s so easy to spo them. Michelle Kerensky, where you be living? Wyoming? Florida? That’s a nifty avatar you got there, you non biased bot!

  96. The reality is, the people there HATE UKRAINE, and do not want anything to do with it anymore, .More cities wish they could be liberated by the rebels! Ukraine is the aggressor, and they are killing civilians! The hate for Kiev grows every day.

  97. I have said this for a long time now, the help from Russia comes from Russian people and charity groups, not the government. Putin is much too cowardly to dare go against the demands of the US/EU to keep the people of Donbass trapped in a “Ukraine” they hate, and that hates them.

  98. The only thing heinous is the constant misinformation and out right lying by the Russian government. Don’t attack and forcibly take over a sovereign country or there will be consequences. Always blaming some one else for your own missteps. And how is it the “freedom fighters” have taken 28 more towns and villages since Minsk ll if they are not the aggressors? Stop using the public as a shield you cowards!

  99. It’s true that cynicism has no limits. Now they accuse Russia of providing humanitarian aid to poor peaceful people in the East of Ukraine who are being shelled by the Ukrainian government military forces, local nationalists and foreign mercenaries. They say money may not be given to starving people since this money woould allegedly be used for military purposes to kill Ukrainian soldiers! What can be more preposterous ! Stop killing your own people, start paying them pensions and salaries give them jobs and let them live freely, that’s that simple. At present Ukraine is a way-way farther from democracy that it used to be even under the Soviet regime. And the “civilized” Europe prodded by the US global monster supports these out-of-laws who seized power through a violent coup d’etat! It would be funny if it were not so heinous.

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