Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ukraine Threatens Total Blockade on Donbass

Ukraine Threatens Total Blockade on Donbass

by Stephen Lendman

Kiev junta officials violated virtually all Minsk II ceasefire terms straightaway. An immediate ceasefire was agreed on. 

Junta forces attack Donbass areas daily. Civilian neighborhoods are deliberately targeted. 

Washington pretends to know nothing about what's happening in official statements or outrageously blames Donbass freedom fighters for Kiev high crimes.

All heavy weapons were to be repositioned well behind the contact line to create a minimum 50 km security zone. Kiev refused to comply.

Numerous other provisions continue being systematically ignored - including providing safe access, delivery, storage and distribution of humanitarian aid to needy Donbass residents.

On May 28, Ukraine's interior minister Arsen Avakov called for a full Donbass blockade - isolating it from other regions.

"We'll have to fully close the line of contact (separating both sides) to close it for everything," he said.

"Let's shut the contact line. Let them cross it on foot or in small cars but without any goods…(L)et them get everything from Russia."

"You wanted independence and friendship with Russia? You're welcome. Russia is right across the border."

"Or do you want to live by the Ukrainian laws because you are Ukrainian? OK, we have the Minsk accords, here you are." 

"Our border guards will take control over the border, and then we'll clear out everything ourselves."

Blockading Donbass is an act of war - on top of continuing daily Kiev aggression.

At the same time, Kiev's illegitimate oligarch president Poroshenko threatened martial law. He's more lunatic than leader.

His forces continue low-level aggression. He blames Donbass freedom fighters for his crimes.

"My key position (is) if the ceasefire is broken now, if the line of confrontation is crossed, if an advance against the Ukrainian armed forces is organized, at that very moment I will sign the decree on introducing martial law and pass it to parliament" for rubber-stamping, he said.

"I have no doubt that within hours, martial law will be enacted." It will "demonstrate (Ukraine's) readiness for war, for victory, for defense and for peace," he blustered.

Foreign country nationals residing in Ukraine will be extrajudicially detained, imprisoned or forcibly relocated if he claims their nation of origin "threatens or undertakes aggression toward Ukraine" - true or false.

Their property will be confiscated. Total media control will be strictly enforced. Opposition parties will be banned. So will rallies, mass gatherings and protests.

Ukraine is Obama's war. Junta authorities are convenient proxies - waging naked aggression on their own people, intending escalated conflict, persecuting, imprisoning or murdering anyone opposing their agenda.

According the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians sought refuge in neighboring countries - mainly Russia. 

Thousands more leave daily. UNHCR official William Spindler said things are getting worse. The number of internally and externally displaced Ukrainians exceeds two million.

Many endure trying conditions. Russia helps most of all - setting up refugee centers, providing shelter, food, water, medical services and education. 

Obama bears full responsibility for proxy naked aggression, letting junta forces, Nazi-infested brigades and imported paramilitaries do his dirty work - another major crime on his rap sheet, so many it's hard keeping track.

Official numbers killed or wounded way undercount actual casualties - tens of thousands at minimum.

"The situation is very serious, very worrying. This is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today," said Spindler.

Humanitarian aid falls way short of what's needed. Russia alone continues extraordinary efforts to help - delivering many thousands of tons of vitally needed food, water, medical supplies and other essentials to Donbass residents.

America supplies nothing. Obama wants maximum pain and suffering inflicted - the same strategy in all US direct and proxy wars of aggression, dirty ones without mercy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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