Thursday, August 27, 2015



At the last plenary session of the National Council of DNI 7 August 2015 the deputies in the first reading was adopted unanimously a draft law number 128-CD "On Holidays" prepared by the Committee on Ethics, rules and organization of work. The bill defines the legal basis holidays celebrated in our Republic, classifies them, sharing in the national, state, professional and otherwise, decrypts each definition and as a result gives a list of holidays.

Thus, according to the bill "National Holidays - holidays set in the DNI to commemorate the events of particular historical importance that have had a significant impact on the development of state of the Donetsk People's Republic of ...". There is no doubt that these are the most important key dates today for the young Republic. However, the draft law "On Holidays" are classified as "republican" Only one holiday - Republic Day on May 11. Of course, the referendum was the culmination of a certain stage of revolutionary events in the territory of Donbass, and its anniversary, undoubtedly, should have a special status, but also a number of other parties, referred the project to the category of "state" may well be characterized as a "republican". 

For example, a "significant impact on the development of the state" DNR also provided: Day of the People's Republic of Donetsk on April 7 and May 14, Constitution Day. But even this list is not exhaustive. Our fellow citizens who participated in the revolutionary events from the beginning, it may seem that we are missing something very important. What exactly?Let's try to remember. 

Every state has its own history and the basic dates of historical development. March 1, 2014 residents of Donetsk and the region without fear of harassment by illegal Kiev authorities, took to the streets of the city and its settlements and declared the beginning of the Russian spring - a broad popular movement whose supporters did not want to live under the control of the established in Ukraine, a new nationalist-fascist regime. This date is the starting point for the beginning of the national liberation uprising in the Donbass, which culminated in the creation of a new independent state - Donetsk People's Republic. 

We must not forget our Donbass uprising ours is not an easy first step, our heroic Russian spring, rallied tens of thousands of active citizens, a feat all the people of Donbass, which the whole March 2014 are not under the order from above, and at the behest of the soul going on mass rallies and marches, despite the repression and persecution by hand Kiev junta and its local henchmen. From this civil strife, these rallies and demonstrations, the first seizures of administrative buildings were born, all subsequent revolutionary success - the final capture of the Donetsk Regional State Administration, the proclamation of the Republic, a referendum.

From the Editor: In your opinion, do we need to remember March 1 - Day of Russian spring on Donbass? Their feedback and suggestions send to e-mail or postal Donetsk, pr. Of the 25th anniversary of the Red Army, 7

Miroslav Rudenko

APU prepare Ukraine for revenge

APU prepare Ukraine for revenge

Such losses for APU - almost the norm.  Medical service is running at maximum capacity  August 27, 2015, 17:45
Photo: Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
Text: Evgeny Krutikov

Press officer of the sector "M" force accused of shelling Ukrainian DNI position, from which the APU suffered "very serious losses." This is a new word in the Ukrainian propaganda: first loss were carefully hidden, but now dramatically accentuated. One would think that the meaning of this - the failure of the talks in Minsk. But, most of all, Ukraine is simply preparing for revenge - for an attack on the DNI.

Overnight at large sectors of the front continued  local artillery  duels, and Telmanovskiy area and Marinka near Donetsk was even shooting a fight.Skirmishes took place on the north-western area, where the village was subjected to shelling and Spartak region Donetsk airport. To speak of a sharp increase in the intensity of the clashes was the night from Wednesday to Thursday it is not necessary, then the representatives of the APU is obviously exaggerated. The intensity of the clashes in waves changes the last two weeks from night to night, that in fact nothing suggests. This is only a set of coincidences, a variety of objective and subjective factors.

"Colonel Chepurnoy colorfully told that" the handwriting is that militants are firing, is very similar to writing a professional Russian army "
Front remains stable, making it possible to continue the talks in Minsk, despite their apparent meaninglessness. At the same time a few days ago of the BCH defeated a strong fortified APU called "Facade" in the village of Happiness at Lugansk. It was located on the north, "Ukrainian" the bank of the Seversky Donets River - the natural frontline. Ukrainian Part of the 24th Brigade just ran away, and the "Front" with its concrete fortifications stood empty for almost a day. Lugantsy could just take it by creating their future perfect bridgehead across the river, but were stopped by the political shout. Exactly the same story with the same curtain that night happened with one of the former Ukrainian license checkpoints on Bakhmutskaya track.
Including why the sudden hysteria in the sector "M" is quite interesting.Responsible persons Ukrainian consistently confused in the testimony. Press officer of the sector "M" Yaroslav Chepurnoy from which it all started, reported six soldiers killed in the district of Mariupol. One by Starognatovkoy, five - Prokhorovka. But to put it mildly, is not "in the area of ​​Mariupol".

Thus the representative of the presidential administration of Ukraine on anti-terrorist operation (there is such a position) Alexander Motuzyanik said seven of the dead and thirteen wounded. With Motuzyanikom not clear whether he was speaking only about the situation around Mariupol or even across the front. But it was he who first used the phrase "the greatest losses," saying, among Mariupol, also about the heavy combat in Marinka.

In turn, the chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios says the unprecedented increase in the number of non-combat losses in the MAT - the year they have grown by 50 times. According Matios, a consequence of a sharp drop in discipline. Drinking and rowdy. And besides, that night subordinates Matios in Mariupol storm seized the building on the outskirts of the city of Taganrog on the street that the battalion "Azov" used as a storage and repair facilities."Azov" had resisted, there was a small friendly skirmish. In general, "prosecutor" and "Azov" cling to each other for two months, since the representatives dobrbata tried to block the streets in Mariupol, in protest against the demilitarization Shirokino.Why not share this time in the warehouse - a mystery.

Between times, we note that the figures voiced by officials there is nothing critical or supernatural. Such losses for APU - almost the norm. Medical service is running at maximum capacity, and in some places without the volunteers did not cope. Major medical institutions, such as Dnipropetrovsk Regional Hospital has long operated in the "supernumerary mode," that is, with additional beds, exposed in the corridors. Doctors openly and loudly cry for help do not have enough medicines, food, even transport. A stream of wounded has not stopped for a single day. So there is nothing fundamentally new officials were reported.

Another thing is that before the APU and other structures are not eager to advertise their losses, besides applying to them the epithets of exaggeration and dramatization. As mentioned above, the artillery duel going on for nearly two weeks. APU is, in most cases they lose. The reasons for this subjective. I do not understand how and what is taught now accelerated courses Ukrainian artillery, but with a boyish enthusiasm constantly striving to make two or even three volleys in a row, and with the help of fire spotter. That is, in the very moment when world military law of survival "shot-bounced" must quickly ticking with the illuminated position, these people are beginning to talk loudly on the radio, adjust the range finders and turn the guns, which are also forget to fix on the ground.

Hence, the daily and nightly losses. And when the "flies", starts whining. And now Lieutenant Colonel Chepurnoy colorfully told that "the handwriting is that militants are firing, is very similar to writing a professional Russian army."What is missing is an order signed by Putin and Shoigu personally, but if it is necessary - and to concoct such an order, and handwriting Chepurnoy confirm its authenticity. It is difficult to resist the emotion and not to exclaim something like "you should be able to fight and not to complain about Russian". In Georgia, for example, we have  managed to convince myself  that against them, all the Russian army since January 1991 fought continuously until Ossetians sat at the table, drinking coffee and Abkhazians on the waterfront.

There is no reason to think that Lieutenant Colonel Chepurnoy in daily communication with media Mariupol parochial consciously wanted to time the story of the "big loss" and "Russian handwriting" to the talks in Minsk. Most likely, forcing the atmosphere with the help of sound loss and apocalyptic comments - this is a new trend propaganda APU. Focusing on losses is always preceded by tough actions because people are mentally prepared for revenge. Yes, we can not say that the war in the New Russia goes for the rest of Ukraine "quietly." The general background of the media exclusively military. But no one bothers him even more "warm up."At the talks in Minsk themselves such statements do not affect in any way.

Discussions in "commissions" are conducted by people who understand the real situation and not pay attention to such "reports". At the same time, the general background is created deliberately.During these intense two weeks of the Ukrainian side regularly voiced amount of ceasefire violations, which are attributed exclusively BCH. All this is often accompanied by the farmhouse or outright fakes comments like "handwriting" Chepurnov name. He, by the way, and said the "stratagem" VSN: they say, as a shot, just ask for a truce, and we do not have time to answer. I would like to ask and learn how to reload in ten seconds did not try?

All this would be interesting from the point of view of clumsy propaganda, which, sadly, great fires, falling on the minds of a large part of the Ukrainians.But the general trend is to stir up tension and the establishment of pre-war sentiment, "the motivation of revenge" is visible to the naked eye. And this is alarming.

Turchynov said that Russia has 35 thousand troops in the territory of Donbass

Turchynov said that Russia has 35 thousand troops in the territory of Donbass

Russia's shipment #37 humanitarian aid to Donbass

August 27, 2015, 15:58

For the records the Secretary of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia has completed a formation of the Donbas two mercenary army corps, whose composition of privately hired contractors, according to him, includes up to 35 thousand troops. Noting this just in case Ukraine and NATO lose another battle to Donbass it will be because they have better hired help than we do.

"On the territory of Donbass military leadership of Russia has completed the creation of a powerful land connection, which is based on two army corps, trained to conduct active offensive operations," - said Turchinov was quoted as saying on the website of the NSDC of  Ukraine.

According to him, the management and maintenance of the first and second corps allegedly carried out specially created 12th command reserve the Southern District of the Russian Armed Forces.

"The basic command and staff positions in the army corps of Russian officers occupy staff. Soldier the corps consists of up to 40% of the inhabitants of the occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, as well as contractors and mercenaries from Russia, who acquired combat experience during the war in the east of Ukraine and in the hot spots of the Russian Federation ", - said Turchinov.

Secretary of Ukrainian Security Council cited data showing that the number of staff of the two buildings is allegedly 35 thousand men.

In addition to these areas is supposed military reserve as part of Task Force 21, the Russian Armed Forces (15 battalion, six Working Capital) of more than 9 thousand. People. In addition, according to Turchynov, on the eastern border of Ukraine allegedly concentrated another 53 task forces of the Armed Forces of Russia (39 battalions, 14 Working Capital) number of 50.5 thousand. People.

According to him, in Kiev, also reportedly have information about Russian generals and officers in the south-east of Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly stated that it  is not involved  in the events in the South-East of Ukraine, not a party to the conflict and the internal Ukrainian is interested in Ukraine to overcome the political and economic crisis. In Moscow, noted that all the charges against her are unproven.
In recent days, the situation in the Donbass significantly  worsened. 

Despite the cease-fire, which was able to negotiate in February this year, attacks between the forces of the Ukrainian army on the one hand and the LC and the other DNI continues.

The DNR stated that the slightest provocation with the number of equipment and forces which Kiev pulled to the line of contact in the Donbass,  can lead  to full-scale hostilities.

On Thursday, the press officer of the sector "M" Yaroslav Chepurnoy accused the  forces of shelling Ukrainian DNI position, which, according to him, the APU suffered very serious losses.

Tripartite Liaison Group on Ukraine agreed on Wednesday to try to  achieve a ceasefire  in the Donbass September 1.


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British military analysts argue that Russia and NATO in military exercises considered each other as potential adversaries, in preparation for a possible confrontation. Analysts of the British "think tank» European Leadership Network (ELN) published a report entitled "Preparing for the worst: Does strengthen military exercises between Russia and NATO the possibility of war in Europe?", which analyzed the past one and a half last year the military maneuvers of the Russian Federation and NATO.

According to researchers, these military exercises are characterized by: 

1. The military maneuvers in March of this year, while Russia has involved 80,000 troops, 12,000 units of heavy weapons, 65 warships, 15 submarines and 220 aircraft. English emphasized that the scope of the data scientists say that it was working out scenarios of war solely with the United States and / or NATO. 

2. The military exercises of NATO "Allied Shield", which took place in June this year on the eastern borders of the Alliance have been involved 15,000 troops from 19 member countries and three partner countries. Based on the characteristics of these military maneuvers, according to analysts, the only potential enemy Alliance considered Russia. 

Thus, Russia and NATO in military exercises considered each other as potential adversaries, in preparation for a possible confrontation. However, the British "think tank" emphasize that this fact does not mean that the Russian Federation and the Alliance has already decided to go to war or the military conflict is inevitable. 

How America was Lost to It's Own Subversion

How America was Lost to It's Own Subversion

The most amazing about this lecture is the fact that it was done in the mid 80's. I'd say this guy knew exactly what he was talking about. It is practical yet interestingly enough plausible. The video, unfortunately is poor quality but still worthy of watching. Psychological warfare is very real and Yuri Bezmenov does a fantastic job at explaining it.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Just for Laughs (Video Cartoons)

Just for Laughs (Video Cartoons)
#MissionImpossibe #Ukraine #Poroshenko #VideoCartoon #Humor #Obama #Merkel #Hollande

We won't get Fooled again! ****Must see and Share (Video)*****

They Fooled us once and Millions died in Iraq over a known lie...(Weapons of Mass Destruction)
Don't let the WarHawks do it again with Iran...

Take care of America and let Israel get the hell out of the middle-east and go back to Europe.

Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations 36th of its kind Aid Convoy & 1Yr. Anniversary

A column of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the 36th of its kind, arrived in New Russia


The DNI KAMAZ trucks arrived at the warehouse in Makeyevka in the LC - to a fairground in the city's center.

More than 40 cars were delivered to the Lugansk 511 tons of humanitarian cargo. Including 20 tons of canned fish, 60 tons - of meat, 95 tons of sugar, 200 kg of tea, 50 tons of canned milk, 75 tons of rye flour and 60 tons - of wheat, 16 tons of semolina, 130 tons of pasta, 5 tons of vegetable oil .

Before sending a column in the Donbas a rescue center EMERCOM of Russia held a planned technical inspection of its supply equipment, and servicing of the replacement of essential supplies. With drivers, lifeguards conducted additional training on safety and driving in extreme conditions. 

"The structure of the column includes medical and technical personnel to provide timely assistance to the road drivers and staff accompanying the goods", - by the Ministry for Emergencies.

Recall from the middle of August 2014 columns EMERCOM of Russia in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic delivered about 43 tons of humanitarian supplies for different purposes.

Note that the first convoy arrived in the DNI and the LC exactly one year ago today, August 20, 2014.Therefore, in honor of the anniversary in Lugansk convoy greeted with celebration and festivities.

If the vote for U.S. President was held today, who would you vote for?

VT Readers Poll

If vote for U.S. President was today, who would you vote for?
  • Donald Trump (32%, 480 Votes)
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  • Other (15%, 222 Votes)
  • Rand Paul (13%, 190 Votes)
  • No Opinion (9%, 138 Votes)
  • Dr. Jill Stein (4%, 59 Votes)
  • Hilliary Clinton (4%, 58 Votes)
  • Ted Cruz (2%, 25 Votes)
  • John Kasich (1%, 14 Votes)
  • Jeb Bush (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Scott Walker (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Marco Rubio (0%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,494




Thursday, August 20, 2015       antifa
In Kiev are afraid of the referendum on NATO: The people are not able to understand the intricacies of political
In Kiev, it's questioned on the victory of the Maidan had any dignity the Ukrainian people. It turns out that the Ukrainian people are not quite smart enough to win this dignity or could be trusted in telling the truth about it. However, this only applies to cases where the dignity of the people can threaten the plans of the ruling elite. It would be one if thing the Maidan was used to supposed to support them and quite another if anything on the contrary proved the opposite.
In Kiev, the junta are afraid to entrust the decision on Ukraine's accession to NATO by a national referendum, knowing that it may not be very palatable to the Nazi regime and its curators from the United States.
And therefore, the pro-government propagandists take out a verdict that the referendum on Ukraine's accession to NATO is absolutely contraindicated. The common people do not understand this is in as that the political intricacies are over their head, and therefore in this case must step aside and fully trust the opinion of the so-called "Ruling Elite".
Throwing it in Ukrainian television did Glavred edition of the Kiev "Commander in Chief" Victor Shlinchak.
"Political decisions are always made minority and generally accepted always elite. I do not think that the same processes to such matters shall be taken in other states where there were quite naughty cases, all submitted to a referendum.
The elite should take the lead, make the calls, and make the right decisions and be responsible for them. That's what she and the elite claim. These are 3% of people who by de facto influence on decision-making and are responsible for them.
Because the majority can be wrong - just as it made a mistake with Yanukovych, it faults during the Kuchma says that we do not need to join NATO. No need to be kept on a leash, "- said on the air Shlinchak Espresso TV.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

The American armed conflict in Ukraine, officers of the West die regularly (PHOTOS)

The American armed conflict in Ukraine, officers of the West die regularly (PHOTOS)

 American blogger Steven Laak analyzed messages at public forums and came to the conclusion that in Ukraine are fighting not only foreign mercenaries and military personnel from a number of Western countries. In combat, they are given Ukrainian documents, and in the case of the death of trying to get rid of the bodies, he wrote on his page Doubting Steven.
  Worse than war, such a war, in which truth is sacrificed propaganda goals of the warring parties, writes the American blogger Steven Laak in his blog Doubting Steven.
  The armed conflict in Ukraine fall into this category, he said. A number of foreigners who participated in the war in the Donbass, and answered questions on the forum Much of their evidence is contrary to official reports about military operations in Ukraine and therefore censored. However, forum post, you can draw conclusions about the level of involvement of Western countries in the civil war in Ukraine, writes Doubting Steven.
  One of the key moments was the testimony of a reservist and National Guard veteran Swedish battalion "Azov" under the name Sinkomies, who confirmed that the Ukrainian volunteer units serve as officers of officers and agents of the secret services of European countries. Among them are employees of the State Security Service of Sweden, which is native to the same forum have reported that they can not contact them in Ukraine.
  Kiev is also supported by officers from Poland and the Baltic countries - at least three of them have been identified by name, said the author of the blog. Officially, the activities of foreign officers on the territory of Ukraine shall be responsible Counterintelligence Security Service of Ukraine. However, as emphasized by an Italian party to hostilities in his interview with Corriere della Sera, is "people that can not speak."
   Apparently, writes Doubting Steven, most foreigners in Ukraine - mercenaries, for whom war - is work. However, there are those who are willing in certain circumstances to work without remuneration.

   And, as reported by the forum participants in personal correspondence, some foreign fighters give Ukrainian documents and insignia. In case of death, they thus find themselves under the control of Kiev and to find out something about them is extremely difficult, stresses Doubting Steven.Allegedly, there were known cases of "friendly fire" from the Ukrainian troops in those cases where foreigners could be captured.
  About the Ukrainians themselves and their state of the art Swedish veterans "Azov" speak disparagingly. They do not even distinguish between Russian and Ukrainians alike, and drink a lot, they say, create a "complete mess Slavic" on both sides of the front, said the blogger.
   In regard to the general perception of the conflict, all the representatives of the Western countries in the Donbass are unanimous that protect not only Ukraine, but in the whole of Western civilization, concludes Doubting Steven. Hence, there are parallels quickly to the Middle East. "The idea is to add fuel to the fire in the war in remote areas of the house," - the author notes.
   This position may well fit into the agenda of the West, said Laak, but combatants in Ukraine or in the Middle East are returning home, armed with such radical ideologies.

 Swedish experience indicates a close relationship between the Ukrainian conflict and many modern terrorists, that suggests that the "export" of the far-right nationalism with Ukraine is no less dangerous than radical Islam, says Doubting Steven.
  Europeans and Americans who fought in the Donbass, have all the necessary skills to their countries and to continue the war "in defense of Western civilization."

Media: The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is not ready for war with Russia

Media: The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is not ready for war with Russia

According to the US military, after exhausting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US has enough power to for a long time to stand up to Russia when the tension between the two countries will result in a direct conflict, writes The Daily Beast.

MOSCOW, August 14 - RIA Novosti . The United States is not prepared for a long campaign against Russia, writes The Daily Beast. The journalists said an anonymous source in the Pentagon.

"The US military has made calculations regarding the long military conflict with Moscow, and the American side, they do not bode well," - said the Internet edition.

From the point of view of many of the US military after 15 years of struggle against terrorism, American ground forces were ill-prepared for a possible military conflict with Russia in terms of logistics and personnel strength.

"Is it likely that we would have won Russia? Yes, but it would have been started up all the strength that we have. We are not ready for this to the extent that we would like," - said one of the representatives of the Pentagon The Daily Beast .

Another representative of the department, in turn, said that one of the US military conducted tabletop exercises showed that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq have exhausted the US ability to conduct long-term hostilities.

The Daily Beast hastens to emphasize that the US Army is still superior to Russia on a number of parameters. However, these advantages "there is a limit". For example, the United States will not only trust in pilots and aircraft harassed Limited maintainability, but may need to throw reconnaissance drones from other zones of conflict, in which they participate.

"Against such an opponent, like Russia, we can not dominate in the air at a level that we are after the September 11 attacks took for granted," - said one of the representatives of the Pentagon.

Evidence from a resident Ukrainian side fired heavy weapons shelling peaceful settlements

Reports from the militia of New Russia
15.08.15. (Translated from Russian)
Evidence from a resident of Mariupol. 

"It happened that yesterday I saw everything. I spent the night away from home, and the "East", in an apartment located on the top floor, with windows that perfectly faced clearly the checkpoint, and the surroundings. In short, I just lucky. I can tell as it was. Even at seven o'clock in the evening was quiet (this was before, I will not say, because I am in the office with the windows closed was sitting in a noisy gym time spent, ie no outside noise did not notice). And I arrived in the evening on the "East", we sat down to drink tea, and it began ... The first Ukrainian side opened fire.

Oh, "outgoing" from the "incoming" we are different. The more that I saw with my own eyes how to shoot guns from landing that Ukrainian outpost in the area. The caliber such that tossed me on a stool. And about a concrete strip no matter how fired Grad, because we heard the long series of powerful volleys from that direction. I called my colleague (he was there with tarmac next lives) - confirmed that the technique was difficult, and, in general, they have there is very noisy and stinks of burning, so the children in any case moved to the basement.

I do not know who, but we were confident that in Mariupol is about to arrive otvetka. Do not arrived. Why do you think? It turns out that the APU on their Lebedinsky and water (we call them, and Swan Vodin) Lupeni almost until dawn, and we were quick to report that the terrorists were firing. Meanwhile, any Lebedinsky or in the water DNI was not there. I'm in the water right now is a familiar pensioner. You may remember, last year he was walking out virtually under fire waded in Mariupol, then the whole summer to get to his dacha could not.

It was his at the checkpoint and chicken wrapped with a relative was not allowed to take. A week ago, he was at the dacha finally came, decided to stay ten days, to gather apples, well cleaned. Now, sitting in the basement. Dial. Reported the situation, he said that the city, like the last time, do not go. Given the above, I believe that the previous evening and night Ukrainian side fired heavy weapons peaceful villages.

Probably there (to the north, under Staroignatovkoy) and has been a full-fledged battle. But I even extreme floor so far to see was a call - alas! - No one .. Immediately under Mariupol was banal shelling peaceful settlements by the Ukrainian side. Who's the enemy of trendel DRG, drive the Ukrainian side and fired their same community? Continue to believe in it. And it will be difficult to convince me, because I saw it all. And not just me. By the way, "I not only" have seen more, but let they tell. "


#MH17 Crash Documents 'Confirms Western Involvement' Case Closed !

Dutch Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents 'Confirms Western Involvement'

Refusal to Reveal MH17 Crash Documents 'Confirms Western Involvement'21:05 14.08.2015

The Dutch government’s refusal to unseal information regarding the actions of the Cabinet in the aftermath of the MH17 flight crash indicates Western countries’ involvement, Christopher Black, a prominent Canadian international criminal lawyer, told Sputnik on Friday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, Dutch television news service RTL Nieuws made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the actions of Dutch authorities in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash in southeastern Ukraine, which was refused by the Ministry of Security and Justice.
“The fact that they refuse to release the report indicates that the report would point to the West being involved, or the Ukrainians at least, in the shoot-down of that plane,” Black said.
The lawyer added that the Dutch government would have released that report weeks ago if they had proof that Russia or Donbass militias were involved in the MH17 crash.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk region on July 17, 2014, when it was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people on board were killed in the disaster, 196 of whom were Dutch citizens.
A final Dutch Safety Board report is due in October. Its preliminary findings said the passenger jet broke up in mid-air after being hit by high-energy objects.
Moscow has repeatedly called on all parties involved in the investigation to disclose data on the MH17 Malaysia Airlines plane crash.

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Show this to your followers Obama...then ask God for his Mercy

Show this to your followers Obama...then ask God for his Mercy

#Syria. Hundreds of thousands killed, millions. wounded, tens of thousands of refugees. And it's all thanks to the arrival of American democracy!

Pro-government: Tens of thousands of Syrians rally in support of Bashar al-

Then Obama Sends His Love

The following is a script of "President Obama" which aired on Sept. 28, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. L. Franklin Devine, Maria Gavrilovic and Michael Radutzky, producers.
Last week was a long and momentous one in the presidency of Barack Obama. On Monday, he began a bombing campaign with members of an international coalition against ISIS and other terrorist targets in Syria, while continuing airstrikes in northern Iraq. On Wednesday, he addressed the United Nations and laid out his case in the strongest terms for international action against Muslim extremists. By Thursday, his anti-ISIS coalition had grown to more than 60 members, ranging from the Saudis, Jordanians, Emiratis and Europeans who flew missions, to the Irish and Swedes who wrote checks, to the Bulgarians and Egyptians who wished us well.
On Friday, he was back in the White House where he met us in the Diplomatic Reception Room for a conversation that ranged from terror networks to the American economy.
Steve Kroft: A lot of things going on in the world right now. A lot of them bad. You run into people on the street and they say the world is falling apart. You got Syria. You've got Iraq. You've got Ukraine. You've got Ebola. Is this the most difficult period of your presidency, the biggest challenge of your presidency, this period we're in right now?
President Obama: It's a significant period. But if you think about what I walked into when I came into office, we had not only two wars still active, but we also had a world financial system, that was becoming unraveling. And we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. So you know, we've had challenges before, and we've overcome them. That's not to downplay the serious challenges that we do face right now, mostly internationally.

"This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country..."

Steve Kroft: You spent most of your time in office trying to get the United States out of military entanglements. And last year at the United Nations, you noted that we were out of Iraq and unwinding our position in Afghanistan. And this year in your State of the Union message, you said, I quote, "America must move off of permanent war footing." But it feels once again like we are on one.
President Obama: Well, I distinguished, Steve, between counter-terrorism and the sort of occupying armies that characterized the Iraq and Afghan war. That's very different from us having 150,000 troops in Iraq on the ground or 60,000 in Afghanistan.
Steve Kroft: Are you saying that this is not really a war?
President Obama: Well, what I'm saying is that we are assisting Iraq in a very real battle that's taking place on their soil, with their troops. But we are providing air support. And it is in our interest to do that because ISIL represents sort of a hybrid of not just the terrorist network, but one with territorial ambitions, and some of the strategy and tactics of an army. This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country with whom we have a security partnership with. To make sure that they are able to take care of their business.
Steve Kroft: Two years ago, in the White House, in this building, you talked about al Qaeda being decimated. Two years later, you've got al Qaeda affiliates and al Qaeda offshoots controlling huge chunks of both Iraq and Syria. And you have militias, Islamic radical militias in control of Libya.
President Obama: If you'll recall, Steve, you had an international network in al Qaeda between Afghanistan and Pakistan, headed by Bin Laden. And that structure we have rendered ineffective. But what I also said, and this was two years ago and a year ago, is that you have regional groups with regional ambitions and territorial ambitions. And what also has not changed is the kind of violent, ideologically driven extremism that has taken root in too much of the Muslim world. And this week, in my speech to the United Nations General Assembly, I made very clear we are not at war against Islam. Islam is a religion that preaches peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful. But in the Muslim world right now, there is a cancer that has grown for too long that suggests that it is acceptable to kill innocent people who worship a different God. And that kind of extremism, unfortunately, means that we're going to see for some time the possibility that in a whole bunch of different countries, radical groups may spring up, particularly in countries that are still relatively fragile, where you had sectarian tensions, where you don't have a strong state security apparatus. And that's why what we have to do is rather than play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops wherever this occurs, we have to build strong partnerships. We have to get the international community to recognize this is a problem. We've got to get Arab and Muslim leaders to say very clearly, "These folks do not represent us. They do not represent Islam," and to speak out forcefully against them.
Steve Kroft: I understand all the caveats about these regional groups. But this is an army of 40,000 people, according to some of the military estimates I heard the other day, very well-trained, very motivated.
President Obama: Well, part of it was that...
Steve Kroft: What? How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?
President Obama: Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.

"And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing. They don't call Moscow. They call us."

Steve Kroft: I mean, he didn't say that, just say that, we underestimated ISIL. He said, we overestimated the ability and the will of our allies, the Iraqi army, to fight.
President Obama: That's true. That's absolutely true. And I...
Steve Kroft: And these are the people that we're now expecting to carry on the fight?
President Obama: Well, here's what happened in Iraq. When we left, we had left them a democracy that was intact, a military that was well equipped, and the ability then to chart their own course. And that opportunity was squandered over the course of five years or so because the prime minister, Maliki, was much more interested in consolidating his Shiite base and very suspicious of the Sunnis and the Kurds, who make up the other two-thirds of the country. So what you did not see was a government that had built a sense of national unity. And if you don't have...
Steve Kroft: Or an army.
President Obama: Or an army that feels committed to the nation as opposed to a particular sect. Now the good news is that the new prime minister, Abadi, who I met with this week, so far at least has sent all the right signals. And that's why it goes back to what I said before, Steve, we can't do this for them. We cannot do this for them because it's not just a military problem. It is a political problem. And if we make the mistake of simply sending U.S. troops back in, we can maintain peace for a while. But unless there is a change in how, not just Iraq, but countries like Syria and some of the other countries in the region, think about what political accommodation means. Think about what tolerance means.
Steve Kroft: And you think we can teach them that?
President Obama: Well, I think there's going to be a generational challenge. I don't think that this is something that's going to happen overnight. They have now created an environment in which young men are more concerned whether they're Shiite or Sunni, rather than whether they are getting a good education or whether they are able to, you know, have a good job. Many of them are poor. Many of them are illiterate and are therefore more subject to these kinds of ideological appeals. And, you know, the beginning of a solution for the entire Middle East is going to be a transformation in how these countries teach their youth. What our military operations can do is to just check and roll back these networks as they appear and make sure that the time and space is provided for a new way of doing things to begin to take root. But it's going to take some time. And in the meantime, what I can...
Steve Kroft: You're saying buy them time, so they can get their act together?
President Obama: Yeah, but in the meantime, it's not just buy them time, it's also making sure that Americans are protected, that our allies are protected.
Steve Kroft: You've acknowledged or you said that the Iraqi government, the new Iraqi government is making great progress or making some.
President Obama: Some progress. I wouldn't say great, yet.
Steve Kroft: They have a new prime minister. They have a new administration. What it's not produced is any sort of enthusiasm, or much enthusiasm, on the part of the disaffected Sunni majority.
President Obama: It's going to take time.
Steve Kroft: They're not lining up to go and join the Iraqi army.

"For us to just go blind on that would have been counterproductive and would not have helped the situation."

President Obama: Well look, mistrust has been built up over time. His instincts are right. Whether he can pull it off is something that is going to be a great challenge. And we got to give him all the support that we can in this process. The good news is that you have an unprecedented international coalition that is serious about this. Not only do we have Arab states participating in airstrikes for the first time in a very long time and being very serious about their commitment, but you've got the United Kingdom, you've got France, Belgium.
Steve Kroft: I think everybody applauds the efforts that you've made and the size of the coalition that has been assembled. But most of them are contributing money or training or policing the borders, not getting particularly close to the contact. It looks like once again we are leading the operation. We are carrying...
President Obama: Steve, that's always the case. That's always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation. We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world. And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing. They don't call Moscow. They call us. That's the deal.
Steve Kroft: I mean, it looks like we are doing 90 percent.
President Obama: Steve, there is not an as issue ... when there's a typhoon in the Philippines, take a look at who's helping the Philippines deal with that situation. When there's an earthquake in Haiti, take a look at who's leading the charge making sure Haiti can rebuild. That's how we roll. And that's what makes this America.
Steve Kroft: But you've said that we are not going to be the Shiite air force. We're not going to be the Kurdistan air force. We're not going to be the Iraqi air force. But in effect, with the allies, that's what we have become. We have become the Iraqi air force.
President Obama: With the allies, with their ground troops, and if we do our job right and the Iraqis fight, then over time our role can slow down and taper off. And their role, reasserts itself. But all that depends, Steve. And nobody's clearer than I am about this. That the Iraqis have to be willing to fight. And they have to be willing to fight in a nonsectarian way. Shiite, Sunni and Kurd alongside each other against this cancer in their midst.
Steve Kroft: What happens if the Iraqis don't fight or can't fight?
President Obama: Well...
Steve Kroft: What's the end game?
President Obama: I'm not going to speculate on failure at the moment. We're just getting started. Let's see how they do. I think that right now, we've got a campaign plan that has a strong chance for success in Iraq. I think Syria is a more challenging situation.
Syria is more challenging, because the U.S. has few viable allies on the ground there. The regime of Bashir Assad is fighting ISIS but the U.S. wants Assad deposed for committing horrific crimes against his own people and other opposition groups like the al-Nusra Front and a terrorist cell called Khorasan, which was plotting attacks against Europe and the U.S., and are both affiliated with al Qaeda. The coalition is hoping to train 5,000 moderate Syrian fighters in Saudi Arabia.
Steve Kroft: Is there a moderate Syrian opposition?
President Obama: There is. But right now, it doesn't control much territory. It has been squeezed between ISIL on the one hand and the Assad regime on the other.
Steve Kroft: These are the people that you said, the farmers, the doctors, the pharmacists, who stood no chance of overthrowing' the government.
President Obama: Well keep in mind two years ago, that was absolutely true. This is in response to the mythology that's evolved that somehow if we had given those folks some guns two and a half years ago, that Syria would be fine. And the point that I made then, which is absolutely true, is that for us to just start arming inexperienced fighters who we hadn't vetted, so we didn't know and couldn't sort out very well who's potentially ISIL or al-Nusra member and who is somebody that we're going to work with. For us to just go blind on that would have been counterproductive and would not have helped the situation. But it also would have committed us to a much more significant role inside of Syria.
Steve Kroft: You've said, that we need to get rid of Assad.
President Obama: Yeah.
Steve Kroft: And while we're saying we have to get rid of Assad, we are also bombing and trying to take out some of his most threatening opponents and the...
President Obama: I recognize...
Steve Kroft: And the beneficiary of this is Assad.
President Obama: I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance. We are not going to stabilize Syria under the rule of Assad, because the Sunni areas inside of Syria view Assad as having carried out terrible atrocities. The world has seen them. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed. Millions have been displaced. So for a long-term political settlement, for Syria to remain unified, it is not possible that Assad presides over that entire process. On the other hand, in terms of immediate threats to the United States, ISIL, Khorasan group, those folks could kill Americans. And so...
Steve Kroft: They're more important than Assad at this point. That's what you're saying.
President Obama: What I'm saying is that they're all connected, but there's a more immediate concern that has to be dealt with.
Steve Kroft: You know, you've said no American boots on the ground. No combat troops on the ground. We've got 1,600 troops there.
President Obama: We do.
Steve Kroft: Some of them are going to be out, embedded with Iraqi units.
President Obama: Well, they're in harm's way in the sense that any time they're in war theater, it's dangerous. So I don't want to downplay the fact that they're in a war environment and there are hostile forces on the other side. But...
Steve Kroft: And they participated in combat operations.
President Obama: Well, there's a difference between them advising and assisting Iraqis, who are fighting, versus a situation in which we got our Marines and our soldiers out there taking shots and shooting back.
When we come back, President Obama looks at America's troubled relationship with Russia, his own economic record and his party's prospects in the midterm elections.


The air war against ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq isn't the only international crisis facing President Obama. There is the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, to which he has committed up to 3,000 U.S. troops and mobilized an air transport system to help contain the epidemic, which threatens to infect 1.4 million people by early next year.
And then, there's the continuing confrontation with Russia over its incursions into Ukraine. It's created a face-off with Russian President Vladimir Putin that sent relations between the United States and Russia into a state of tension not seen in decades.
Steve Kroft: We have a very complicated situation going on right now between NATO and Russia. What's your relationship with President Putin? Do you have a personal relationship?
President Obama: Well, I've always had a business-like relationship with him and it's blunt and it's firm. And what I've said from the outset is that Russian aggression, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a smaller, weaker country, violates international norms and is contrary to all the progress that's been made in creating a peaceful and prosperous Europe after World War II and then after the Cold War period.
Steve Kroft: And you know, the good news is, because of American leadership, we have been able to impose a cost on Mr. Putin. We've put together sanctions that have hurt their economy, that have given them pause. We now are in a situation in which a ceasefire has been brokered. It is still tentative between the Ukrainian separatists, Russia and Ukraine.

"The country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office."

President Obama: There was an agreement announced today that, in fact, Russian gas would still be sold to Ukraine. So that they're not going to freeze this winter. There is the possibility of a political solution. None of that would have happened, though, unless we took a firm line that what Russia did was wrong. And then still leave them the possibility of taking a different path. And that's always been my relationship with Putin and the Russian people. What I have said to them is you are a great country with incredible talent and incredible traditions. And if you focus on your engineering talent and your mathematical talents and growing your economy, then by definition, Russia's going to be a great power in this world.
Steve Kroft: Do you think there's any chance of a military confrontation between NATO and Russia and Ukraine?
President Obama: No, I don't think there's going to be a military confrontation between NATO and Russia, although we have worked very hard to reassure our NATO allies on the front lines, including some smaller Baltic states like Estonia, where I visited before the NATO Summit in Wales, that article five of the the NATO treaty means what it says. We come to the aid and assistance, so if you mess with the NATO country, then there will be a military confrontation. And Putin understands that. But I do think there's still the possibility of Russia moving in a better direction. Unfortunately, what's happened is that Putin, who I think was caught off-guard initially with the protests inside of Ukraine, and improvised to try to figure out how he was going to keep Ukraine in his orbit, has used state propaganda inside of Russia to whip up national sentiment, it's been good for his poll numbers. It's been very bad for his economy and it's bad for Russia's future. And part of what I've said to him privately and what I've said publicly is, you know, that's a blind alley for you. Go back to trying to abide by international norms and it'll be better for the Russian people and it'll certainly be better for Europe. We're not looking for confrontation, but we're going to be very firm about the principles at stake.
All of this going is going on less than six weeks before midterm congressional elections that promise to be in part a referendum on his leadership. Right now public opinion polls show a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy and the economy.
Steve Kroft: You've got midterm elections coming up. Are you going to get shellacked?
President Obama: Well...
Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?
President Obama: Here's what I'm going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It's now down to 6.1. We've had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they've been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we have before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever have before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make sure...
Steve Kroft: Do you think people will feel that?
President Obama: They don't feel it. And the reason they don't feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we're doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country. Not just the auto industry that we've saved, but you're starting to see reinvestment here in the United States. Businesses around the world are saying for the first time in a long time, "The place to invest isn't in China. It's the United States."
Steve Kroft: Do you think you can hold the Senate?
President Obama: Yes. I do.
Steve Kroft: You think you can sell this.
President Obama: You know what?
Steve Kroft: You think you can convince people that they're doing fine, economically?
President Obama: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument, because all I'm doing is presenting the facts.
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