Just let that headline sink in.
Here is the actual language: “The ATO* spokesmen [Major
General Taran and colonel Sergei Galushko] have presented proof that
Donetsk is being shelled by the rebels themselves, in order to provoke
return fire from the UAF forces, and then blame them for shelling
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So, here is the reality as presented by “Voice of Langley” in East Europe:
The rebels start randomly shelling their own families in Donetsk. UAF
see it, get “provoked” by somebody else doing their job, and start
indiscriminately shelling Donetsk as well.
Now we just wait for John Kirby and Co. to start parroting these claims…
The actual reality is slightly less insane than RFE/RL reporting, but only slightly:
Those conflicting claims were made by the two officers separately, i.e.
Galushko claimed that the “rebels are shelling themselves”, and Taran
claimed that “rebels are provoking return fire at civilian areas of
Donetsk”, but those two officers were speaking about the same event and
_sitting next to each other_ as they said these things.
Either way, both the RFE/RL reporting and the ATO briefing claims are
completely out of touch with the real world:
God/evolution gave humans
directional hearing – the locals can hear perfectly well which direction
the shots fired from, and where are they landing. The only way for the
rebels to fool the population as to who is firing would be to shell from
frontline positions next to airport – but the ATO spokesmen, in their
struggle against reality, always claim that the rebels are shelling from
the complete opposite direction (south-east as opposed to north, in
this specific case).
Same goes for “firing positions next to houses” – any time the rebels
do this, it ends up on Youtube within a couple hours. Yes, there were
some cases, but few and far between. Moreover, setting up artillery on
asphalt is just inconvenient – whenever we do see those videos, it’s
usually Grad trucks in a city, or set up in city parks (a friend in
Dzerdzhinsk recently told me UAF arty is set up in their town park, in
It is worth noting that Galushko presented a “radio intercept recording”
that supposedly supported his claims, but as usual with SBU pieces it
was simply a mish-mash of isolated phrases cut out of half a dozen
different conversations; moreover, it mentioned locations that were
quite some distance from places being shelled. Sharii has an excellent
video on the subject. Unfortunately, it is not subtitled yet (as of 4pm,
July 20th), but his people usually add subs within a day.
*ATO= anti-terror operation. Kiev regime cannot call the civil war what
it is, or else they won’t get IMF loans the bankrupt government uses to
finance said war, so they call it “ATO”.
Ironically, this makes their actions both illegal (a lot of things
they’re doing, e.g. forced conscription, detention without trial, use of
army within the country, etc. are only legal once war has been
declared) and makes them the terrorists (indiscriminate shelling of
civilian areas is terrorism by any definition).
** Also worth referencing my previous translation on
RFE/RL, about how anti-Putin journalist Babitsky was RFE’s darling when
reporting on Russian war crimes in Chechnya – even US Secretary of
State Albright supported him directly – but as soon as he happened to
report a war crime by nationalist forces he has seen first-hand in the
Donbass, he was instantly fired from RFE. “Liberty” on that radio has
some very harsh limits, heh.