Ukies Attack OSCE – and other ‘Forgettable’ Crimes of Kiev

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August 14th, 2015 – 

By Boris Stelkov for PolitRussia – 

translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski –

“Heroes” of the OSCE – What else they lost in Donbass besides

On August 9, 2015, the OSCE mission in the Donetsk People’s
Republic lost several cars which, for an unclear reason, were set on fire right
in the parking lot. What could this mean?

The official position of the DNR was voiced by Ministry of
Defense representative, Eduard Basurin:

“If we follow the train of events, then the arson of the OSCE
cars was a planned action, one planned for a long time, because after the
arson, on the very same day, shellings on the territory of the republic
intensified. This [the arson] was done in order to ensure that the OSCE would
not be able to go out and record them.”

This is quite a theoretically possible variant. The
responsibilities of the OSCE include the recording of violations of the Minks
agreements as well as, I think, war crimes in general. It’s true, I’m not sure
if the shelling of peaceful residents done by Kiev is considered a war crime.
Logically, it should be considered such, but I’m not a lawyer, and the global
human rights community so persistently ignores this question that it’s already
not suspicious, but rather clear.
For me personally, the question is not of an
ethical character, but namely legal: why is there no global condemnation of such
actions by Poroshenko and his government?

It’s likely that in order for this to be possible, the facts must
be recorded properly, for example, by the OSCE mission. It would seem then,
what’s the problem? Here is what was they reported from on the scene on August
10, 2015:

“Five resident homes were destroyed in the Nikitovsky region of
Gorlovka as a result of shelling by Ukrainian forces over the past day. From
January to June 2015, UAF shellings have killed here 164 peaceful residents,
and more than 500 have been injured.  
The largest statistics of children killed by the explosions of Ukrainian
missiles are observable in the city – 16 in the first half of 2015 alone.
Shellings are recorded on a daily basis, typically at night. From the first
through the seventh of August, 2015, 28 people were killed, among them four
women and 24 men, as a result of military actions. 12 people, among them 10 men
and 3 women, along with two children under the age of 18 have been hospitalized
with injuries of varying severity.”

But somehow, everything is quiet…

The permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the
OSCE, Andrey Kelin, said one year ago:

“More than 50 times, we’ve raised the question of humanitarian
crimes in Ukraine, breaches of the Geneva convention and the rules of war, but
in this case we are talking about war crimes, which must be exposed and those
guilty brought to justice.”

However, even when the OSCE has the desire to investigate, the
organization lacks authority
– the organization doesn’t have a warrant to
conduct investigations and can only invite specialists and authorized
organization on the basis of sufficient evidence: “We have already tried to do
this in connection with the Odessa tragedy of May 2. Then, the leadership of
the OSCE appealed to the Kiev authorities with a proposal to send there
international investigators and experts, but they didn’t receive a response,”
Kelin recounted.

And does the OSCE have such a desire? The Tragedy in Donbass now
requires not investigations, but the establishing of facts and the judicial
recording of such. On this occasion, I’ll quote the volunteer “Gudvina”:

“First of all, the OSCE co-ordinate the fire of the UAF. The fact
that an OSCE mission is a precursor to shelling has entered the folklore of
Donbass and will go down in popular superstitions. It goes like this: ‘Three
white jeeps aren’t at the pub – they’re going for a shelling.’ Thus it was in
Gorlovka, Enakievo, Donetsk, Donetsk Airport, Lugansk, Stanitsa,
Zorinsk…really everywhere. After the departure of an OSCE mission,
bombardment comes within a day, or at most, two. The shelling is beautifully
coordinated, clearly, video recorders and all. The UAF know where and how to
position their weapons. Secondly, the OSCE are NEEDED there. They are
guarantors of calm in the cities or as a minimum in certain districts as they
act as a timely warning.
The OSCE disappeared from Lugansk three days before
the “explosion of air conditioning” and periodically disappear well in advance
of shelling. So we need the OSCE – they are like rats, smelling the catastrophe
first. Well, how do they smell it…they are warned. And this in turn warns us.
It’s already happened more than a few times. P.S. At the same time, normal
people work in the missions, but it’s their units. I think that cooperation and
the transfer of information to the UAF, nevertheless, happens at the highest
level, not directly, but through Washington.”

Representatives of the OSCE are playing up to Kiev even at the
risk of their own lives. For example, on July 26, they fled from UAF shelling
through the sewer. “Representatives of the OSCE called someone, asking to stop
the shelling, however their requests were ignored and the fire continued,” and
another group came under mortar fire while trying to return to Kiev-controlled
territory. But even after such recklessness by the UAF, no statements had been
reported by the OSCE. Downright heroes, ready to give up their lives for
Poroshenko’s regime!

Frankly speaking, all international organizations in the current
period exist under strong pressure by the USA, and even if we can veto the
opinion of the US in the UN, then human rights and humanitarian organizations
will just receive an invalidation in the form of an order: “That’s not what you
see.” On this subject, Andrey Areshev wrote in the good article: “What is the
OSCE doing in post-Soviet space?”:

“From an independent arbiter, the organization turned into an
tool for the promotion of US interests in the post-Soviet space. This was fully
displayed during the “Crimean Spring” of 2014, when the prevention of entry of
a group of faces hiding behind the cover of ID’s of “OSCE observers” onto the
autonomous territory helped to avoid provocations. And during the period of
military operations against Donetsk and Lugansk in the spring and summer of the
past year, the gentlemen from the OSCE every now and then played around with
vague reports which for the most part spoke only about one thing – sympathies
towards the Kiev regime.
 The work of the monitoring mission of the OSCE, not taking any
measures for the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Donbass, already long ago
lost even the appearance of objectivity. This is indicated by the refusal to
observe the elections in the DNR and LNR in November, 2014, the vague
interpretations of egregious human rights violations in the area of so-called
ATO; and the cases of refusal to monitor the withdrawal of heavy weapons by the
Ukrainian side in accordance with the Minsk agreements. All this turns the OSCE
from a factor in reducing tension along the line of contact into something the
very opposite.”

It is therefore unsurprising that earlier the cars of the OSCE
were exposed to such effects, as stated by the deputy head of the OSCE mission
in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, in a briefing in Kiev on July 23:

“… residents of Donetsk splattered paint on the cars of
observers during the protest action…In such cases the
paint was applied to the glass, which made the cars temporarily unfit for the
work of the mission. This kind of vandalism is absolutely unacceptable and
prevents the observers from doing their work.”

In the photo it appears more interesting; “hooligans” didn’t
simply “splatter paint:”

How very vivid and clear: 
“this kind of vandalism is absolutely unacceptable,” but
shelling civilians (as well as the torture of prisoners, etc.) is acceptable
since the OSCE is not recording it.

So the question “who and why set the OSCE’s cars on fire” is not
so straightforward. Since right now in the DNR and LNR protests against the
position of the OSCE are starting, I would would not completely rule out the
the version that “the OSCE employees themselves set their cars on fire in order
to have a formal reason to state: we can’t record anything as we’ve run out of

I’m joking of course.  To
do so, it takes at least some presence of conscience, which is clearly what the
members of the OSCE mission don’t have. They do not need excuses, as their
vision is so selective…

So we can’t rule out the possibility that the burning of the cars
is a hint thicker than the writing “tell the truth!” on the car. Further, it
can be assumed that if there was a direct hit on some OSCE vehicle with the
crew inside, something very war-like as is traditionally used by the UAF on the
residents of Donbass, then maybe in this case an honest account will be

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