Monday, December 22, 2014

MH17 Shot Down from Russian-held Area of Ukraine Suggest Eyewitness Photos

Dutch journalist Olaf Koens @OBK interviews a witness (& native Ukrainian) who lives in east Ukraine, who claims they heard a big bang when Malaysian Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down.
Olaf Koens - RTL Journalist
The witness took some photos indicating the plane was shot down from a Russian-held area in east Ukraine.

The translated, full interview by RTL journalist Olaf Koens:

Can you explain what you experienced on July 17th?
"That day I could not predict anything special would happen. In the morning I woke up and went to my work. At four ó  clock in the afternoon I arrived home. And at 16:20 we heard an explosion. The first explosion was not very heavy. 15 seconds later, something like that, there was a second explosion, which was louder and it made the windows shake."

What did you do when you heard the explosion?
"Explosions were not unusual anymore. But this was totally different, that explosion. It didn't sound like anything we heard before. I immediately looked around to see where the sound came from. What had exploded? Where? What? How? I ran to the covered balcony. I looked around and saw nothing.

I photographed the white trail in the air. At that moment I did not know what it meant. For me it was just a white trail: from the horizon up into the clouds where it diverged. Only after a while it became clear what it was."

How much time was there between the explosion and the photo?
"That was a minute after the explosions, I think. Maybe even less, something like 30 seconds."

You were there alone?
"I was the only one on the balcony. But the other inhabitants all were also on their balconies. Behind every window you could see a face."

There are more people who saw the trail at that moment?
"Yes, yes"

There are more people who photographed the same thing?
"That is very well possible. But at that time, July 17th, there were already rumours in the city that taking photos was not really safe. It was being said: don't make photos if you don't want to end up in 'uncomfortable situations'. At that time the city was already occupied. At the administration building there was a flag and it was not a Ukrainian."

Do you still have the camera with which you took the photos?
"I contacted a friend of mine and gave him the photos, including the originals. That friend contacted the SBU [Ukraine's security services]and they were interested in the photos. He handed them over to the SBU. After that I had to explain the details of the photo to them and hand the camera over to them."

Did they compensate you for this? 
"To replace it? Of course. They paid the value of the camera back to me."

Did you make private copies?
"Sure. But I had to give them the flash-cards too."

And after that you went to Kiev?
"Yes, in the beginning I directly spoke to with the SBU. After that representatives of the international investigation committee contacted me via the SBU. That was beginning of August, when I also handed them the camera. THe SBU didn't need it themselves and gave it to the Dutch researches. They had asked for the camera."

Did the researchers talk to you?
"Yes, I talked extensively with the researchers of the international committee. Those were two researchers: one from the Netherlands and one from Australia. We talked about three hours and it was recorded with a video camera."

Do you think they can use your material?
"Yes I think they will use it. The photos are circumstantial evidence. There are no other photos available that proof that this BUK launched something in that area. While everybody knows what the truth is, there is no other evidence."

Why did you agree to have this interview?
Are you hopeful about that?

"I want justice. I want that the people who did this will be judged.

"I think the truth will prevail whatever happens."

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Exclusive: МВД Hacked - Russian Interior Ministry Order Targets Ukraine's Right Sektor to Uncover Security Service Agents Posing as Russian Immigrants

By @RobPulseNews

A hacked archive of Russian Interior Ministry (МВД/MVD) documents has been released on twitter:

InformNapalm report the archive was hacked by Ukrainian cyber force volunteers led by programmer Eugene Dokukin, from Russian Interior Ministry (MVD) servers in October 2014. 

The entire (unverified) archive has been uploaded to numerous online sharing services, including Google Drive.
Several documents appear to confirm Russian military and security services involvement in the occupation and on-going war in eastern Ukraine.

WarLog has translated one document, which reveals that a Russian anti-extremism unit in Rostov is tasked with targeting Ukraine's Right Sektor to uncover Security Service (SBU) agents supposedly posing as Russian immigrants. 

Signed by Police Major Berezov, order 912, dated July 24th 2014, is addressed to the head of MVD's anti-extremism unit in Rostov, officer Samsonov:

Original (link):

English Translation :

Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) of Russia
Department of the MVD, Rostov region
Police Dept. (Kazan Station Deployment)
Int. Dept of Internal Affairs “Sholohovsky”
34617 Rostov Region, Verkhnedonsk area
Kazan Station, 3 Frunze St.
Tel:                         Fax:
                                                            To the head of Anti-Extremism Centre at MVD
In Rostov Region

Police Officer
V.I. Samsonov

Information on the carrying out of the order

Dear Valentin Ivanovich!

According to the order No. 912 from 24the July 2014 from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) of Russia in the Rostov region, we are sending you information about the measures taken to identify the immigrants from Ukraine who are wanted, previously convicted, and on the run, as well as specially trained supporters of the right radical group – the Right Sektor, who are acting under the orders of Ukrainian SBU (intelligence service):

1.     We have established co-ordination with the following departments: Federal Immigration Service (FIS) receives daily reports on Ukrainian citizens arriving at Verkhnedonsk area and registering at the FIS; the data is being checked by IBD “Region”; the emergency Ministry receives daily data on the number of people who are being helped to settle in Russia. All citizens of interest are being checked. The information is being gathered on the motives of arrivals, and the planned places of settlement in Russia [and the Ukrainian regions.]
2.     The control on specially dangerous and important objects has been strengthened, and the workers are being instructed on how to prevent diversion and terrorist acts.
3.     If important data is received it will be reported immediately.

The temporary deputy head of Police Dept (Kazan Station Deployment)
International Dept. at MVD “Sholohovsky”
Police Major                                                                        Berezov A.A.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Russian Army Mobile Artillery Unit Redeploys to the Ukrainian Border

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SPC “Akatsiya” of the 138th Motorized Rifle Brigade Deployed at the Ukrainian Border

We have obtained evidence of the presence of another artillery detachment of the Russian Armed Forces at the Ukrainian border, this time from the 138 Motorized Rifle Brigade (MRB), Military Unit 02511 of the Western Military District. The Brigade’s place of permanent deployment is Kamenka, Vyborgsky District, Leningrad Oblast. 
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The artillery detachment of the 138th MRB was redeployed to the Ukrainian border in the second half of October 2014, presumably as part of a rotation that took place to substitute other artillery groups.  During October a partial withdrawal of some units was recorded from Rostov oblast. Units identified as withdrawn over this period were the 19th Separate MRB (Vladikavkaz), and the 15th Separate MRB “peacekeeping forces” (Samara), amongst others.
The camp of `Kamenka artillerymen’ is located in the fields near the Sambek – Uspenskoe route, South-West of Pokrovskoe village, Rostov oblast. This unit is armed with 152 mm 2S3 “Akatsiya” self-propelled artillery (SPA). While the size of the detachment is unknown, the detachment probably consists of a battery of up to 6-8 artillery guns. It's likely that besides with SPA vehicles and crews, there are other sub-units of this brigade in the same camp. The location of the camp has not been chosen by chance. Though it is situated some distance from the border, at the same time it is not so far from it. From this point rapid redeployment is possible to the strategic conflict points – in other words to Mariupol as well as to Donetsk or Lugansk. We have noted that other Russian units, including an artillery detachment of the 136th MRB (Dagestan), have also been deployed to field camps in this area. 
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Quick overview of the 138th MRB: 
The Brigade traces its history to the 45th Guards Rifle Division of the former Leningrad Military District (reorganized as the Western Military District since 2010). Unit manpower is about 4000 troops. The Brigade includes 3 motorized-rifle battalions, an armored battalion; 2 self-propelled howitzer artillery battalions; a rocket artillery battalion; an anti-tank artillery battalion; an air defense artillery battalion; an anti-aircraft artillery missile battalion; and various logistical units. 

Original Source - InformNapalm (Russian language)

Is a Top American Diplomat a Russian Agent?

Russian President Vladimir Putin & Alexander Vershbow (Photo: Wikipedia, CC by 3.0)

John R. Schindler
November 3, 2014: Today the Ukrainian news website GORDON ran an interview with the Russian businessman and sometime politician Konstantin Borovoy. A harsh critic of Vladimir Putin — he recently said Russia’s president is “mentally unstable” while a year ago he pronounced the collapse of Putin’s corrupt dictatorship to be “inevitable” — Borovoy is something of a gadfly. A parliamentarian of independent views in the Yeltsin era, he served as an intermediary between Moscow and the rebels in the First Chechen War, and was assessed as “a respected and influential Duma deputy” by one savvy Western expert, in part due to his staunch opposition to the takeover of Russia by the “special services,” especially the Federal Security Service (FSB), during the Putin years.
Hence Borovoy’s statements are not to be rejected out of hand as the ravings of a madman. In the GORDON interview, he lambasts Ukraine’s government for having faith in the West as it faces protracted war at Putin’s hands: don’t put faith in NATO and the European Union, he warns Kyiv, “because they do not want a large-scale military conflict.” Borovoy explains that he has assembled experienced cadres of experts — unnamed “military and political experts” — who, like himself, hope to assist Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as he stands up to Putin’s aggression.
One of the major obstacles, Borovoy asserts, is that Putin has secret friends in high places not just across Europe but inside NATO itself, Kremlin “agents of influence” who subvert Western defenses. In particular, he focuses on one well-placed figure — NATO’s deputy secretary general, who, he explains, previously was America’s ambassador in Moscow. Without naming him, this is unmistakablySandy Vershbow, a career diplomat with a distinguished reputation, having served not only in Moscow from 2001 to 2005, but as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 1998 to 2001. Before being sent to Brussels again to serve as the Atlantic Alliance’s number-two civilian official, Vershbow was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. When it comes to Alliance matters and Russian affairs, there are few American officials more experienced than Sandy Vershbow.
Of the ambassador’s tenure in Moscow, Borovoy has this to say:
He established an unprecedented intimacy with former top officials of the KGB and the current leaders of the Russian FSB. For some time his residence in Moscow called “the club of former KGB officers.” They say that this was one reason for his leaving Russia.
To call these charges explosive may be an understatement. I have no idea if they are true or just a scurrilous rumor. This is Russia, after all, where provocation is a way of life. Is this a nasty lie or something one of those connected “military and political experts” shared with Borovoy? I am personally acquainted with a couple cases in recent years when U.S. diplomats in Russia got themselves snared in FSB nets and into trouble, so anything is possible. Borovoy is a reasonably sober character and, more important, a sincere Putin opponent, which would make his motivation here difficult to discern if he seeks to malign a top NATO and American official.
I hope American journalists look into this matter, since it merits investigation. If nothing else, it’s a helluva story, regardless of whether Vershbow is a Russian agent or the victim of vicious Kremlin slander. However, I’m not confident that much will happen there, since every few years explosive, indeed salacious charges like this emanate from Moscow, only to be totally ignored by the American media.
Alexander Vershbow (Photo:
On 5 October 2000, a month before the U.S. presidential election, the Russian press agency Ekho Moskvy, which broadcasts on radio and the Internet, ran a sensational piece. Duma deputy Aleksei Mitrofanov publicly asked Russia’s Federal Archive Service to provide him with any documentation they possessed regarding the secret relationship between Armand Hammer and Albert Gore, Sr., the father of the Democratic presidential candidate in 2000. “I already have this information. My purpose is to get it officially,” Mitrofanov told Ekho Moskvy
The Duma deputy wanted to illuminate “the  mechanism of supporting Armand Hammer and Albert Gore, Sr. by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union…they were financing Gore’s coming out against the Vietnam war,” Mitrofanov said, “as  well as his assistance in closing an FBI investigation against Hammer”. He continued: “All this is very interesting, especially in connection with the ongoing presidential campaign in the United States…the incumbent President [Clinton] also started his political career on money given by Hammer or, in fact, on Soviet money. Everybody knows that Hammer got his most profitable contracts in the Soviet Union from Politburo decisions.” Mitrofanov concluded by stating that Albert Gore, Jr. also started his career on Hammer’s dubious money.
This was not exactly news, as ties between Armand Hammer, the Occidental Petroleum boss, and the Soviets were barely concealed. The son of Jews from Odessa, Hammer never hid at least some of his pro-Soviet views, and the FBI knew of them early on, though it took decades for the sordid details to publicly emerge, including that Hammer was tight with the KGB and even acted as a fence for the Kremlin, selling stolen valuables abroad to benefit the Soviet Union. Albert Gore, Sr., who represented Tennessee in Congress from 1939 to 1971, was close friends with Hammer, who shoveled him (often dirty) money in exchange for Washington, DC access going back to 1950.
The Hammer-Gore-Moscow connection was sufficiently well understood behind closed doors that when Albert Gore, Jr., then a member of the House of Representatives, took Hammer as his guest to Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration, getting the Kremlin’s man a seat reserved for senators, when Hammer tried to get Reagan to shake his hand the new president, knowing the bagman’s reputation, refused.
While Aleksei Mitrofanov is a somewhat controversial character, the notion that the Gores, Sr. and Jr., were perhaps a bit too cozy with the KGB through the Hammer cut-out was not a crazy question when Mitrofanov asked it. The case became more interesting when, on 25 October 2000 — still before the U.S. election — the Duma deputy made a quixotic statement to the Moscow news agency Interfax about his request to the Russian archives in the matter of Hammer and the Gores, saying that he had received relevant information but he would not be disclosing what he had learned: “This document is classified and the deputies who would like to read it may  do so in exchange for a written statement promising not to disclose its content.”
Despite the fact that this story emerged on the eve of the American elections, the U.S. media’s interest in the case was exactly zero. Even though the Interfaxreport had appeared in English, I can find no evidence that the “mainstream media” bothered to look into this story in any serious way. I will let readers conclude why this was so. Instead this apparently sensational story was relegated to fringe sites, where it was soon forgotten. As long as reporters show no interest in what Russian intelligence is up to in the West, the Kremlin will enjoy a free hand to spy, steal, bribe, and influence our policies, officials, and politicians.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

'Drunk' snow-plough driver blamed for plane crash that killed Total's CEO claims he is being framed

Plane crash snowplow driver who 'got lost' while 'drunk' claims he is being framed and says he doesn't drink because he suffers from a heart condition

A snowplow driver at Moscow's Vnukovo airport has said he lost his bearings before a collision with a private plane in which Total CEO Christophe de Margerie died.

The Falcon 50 jet crashed as it was taking off at around midnight on Tuesday en-route to Paris in poor visibility, killing all four on-board, according to an airport spokesperson.

Initial reports by Russian news outlet, LifeNews, claimed the jet crashed immediately after take off. A distress signal was triggered by the pilot who decided to turn back after reporting engine fire and fuselage damage, but unable to control the aircraft it crashed onto the runway, bursting into flames.
Russian news service, TASS, issued a report contradicting LifeNews' initial account a few hours later, stating the plane crashed after striking a snowplow before take off. Earlier LifeNews reports were retracted and modified, as were reports by other outlets, including Russia's RT. 

63-year old De Margerie - who has been plagued by allegations of corruption during his tenure at Total - was in Russia attending a government meeting on foreign investment. (Reuters)

Attention focused on the snowplow driver, Vladimir Martynenko, who was arrested and found to have been under the influence of alcohol after a medical examination, said LifeNews. 

In a later report the same outlet claimed the driver admitted hiding brandy in a thermos flask with tea. In another report and video

LifeNews say Russian "experts" have come up with the theory that the snowplow driver got lost on the runway due to a broken light close-by.

However, Martynenko denies he was drunk, said his lawyer, Aleksandr Karabanov, who stated that his client had passed the daily "medical examination" that all snowplow operators at the airport are required to take before reporting for duty.

Karabanov told reporters on Wednesday that the results of the test were recorded in a log book that investigators now have in their possession. (CNN)

The denials seem to imply Martynenkov believes he is being framed for the crash.

Reuters said that television footage (currently not found) showed the snowplough driver seemingly unhurt. 

The Investigative Committee (IC) of the Russian Federation, in charge of the investigation, stated that human factor was the primary reason for the crash. Un-officially The IC said the air-traffic was directed by a trainee controller, according to LifeNews.

Russia’s IC is considering four causes of the crash at this time. According to spokesman Ivan Sibul, it could have been the “pilot’s fault, or the fault of air traffic control, as well as that of the snowplow driver, or poor visibility.”

An IC spokesperson, Tatiana Morozova, confirmed (@ 0:19) Martynenko tested positive for being under the influence alcohol:

23rd October: CNN report Thursday that Martynenko has been sent to pretrial detention.

Four other airport employees have also been detained in connection with the crash, said investigators, Russia's IC.

This is a developing story. Updates to follow, announcements via twitter @RobPulseNews  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Donetsk Airport: the Cyborgs Repel Russian-backed Rebels: RAW VIDEO

The Ukrainian army successfully defend Donetsk Airport: RAW footage

VIDEO: Monday's fighting between the Ukrainian soldiers and Russian-backed rebels appeared on youtube. 

Warning: explicit languageSource:
UPDATE: Latest Cyborg video from inside Donetsk Airport:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Russian Elite GRU Spetsnaz Caught Sniping in Ukraine During "Ceasefire"

Elite GRU Spetsnaz Soldier Alexei Milchakov Posts Photo of Himself Sniping during "Ceasefire" near Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine

Milchakov, a well-known Russian GRU Spetsnaz soldier, "little green man," and notorious for being a sadist and Nazi sympathizer, operates currently as the commander of "Batman," a rapid response unit of the self-declared Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) operating out of Luhansk.

On October 12th, Milchakov posted a photograph of himself on his VKontakte page, taking aim from a vantage point overlooking a railway bridge with a Russian made SVD-K 9.3mm sniper rifle.
Alexey Milchakov's VKontakte photo, posted 12th October 2014

Milchakov's photograph has been geo-located to a position overlooking the Seversky Donets River Railway bridge (as identified by @5urphur) approximately 17 km NE of Luhansk, near Mykloivka in Eastern Ukraine:

Photo Straightened
Closeup of bridge and 'marker' house
Location of marker bridge - less than 20km NE of Luhansk
Milchakov is well known for his participation in Russia's semi-covert warfare campaign in Eastern Ukraine, involving killing and torture of Ukrainians via its proxy, self-declared "LPR." 

"LPR" are known to be a proxy/subsidiary organization of Russian military intelligence (GRU). Read further in a War Log exclusive here.

Milchakov first gained notoriety as a sadist puppy killer before he rose in Russia's military ranks to become part of the elite Spetsnaz unit in GRU.

More recently, Milchakov became the partner of alleged FSB agent Yulia Kharlamov accused by Ukrainian media of organizing the violence at the National Guard protests in Kiev, Ukraine on October 13th.
Yulia Kharlamova
Kharlamova and Milchakov
Milchakov gestures towards an Aidar Bat. tank his unit destroyed - Sept 5th 2014
Milchakov at Luhansk airport - August 2014

Milchakov on September 5th after ambushing Aidar Batallion
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