The OSCE has published a video showing cargo trucks on the Russian Federation’s side of the border with the Donetsk People’s Republic, which Ukraine has hastened to call “proof of military aggression.”
The Russian military analyst Boris Rozhin has offered his commentary to RusVesna on the potential significance of this “sighting”:
“It is worth noting that, as usual, this “evidence” once again lacks any facts showing military vehicles and equipment, which as always does not show up on the satellite images and is apparently shy. The Americans on this account usually say that they have such videos, but they will not show them to anyone, because they are a ‘secret.’
The DPR has claimed that vehicles/equipment have not crossed the border, but the situation itself is funny enough, since economic relations between the LPR, DPR and Russia are long since no secret and vehicles go back and forth across the border.
The DPR has commented on this story thusly: The SBU is carrying out a set of measures aimed at provoking a conflict between the OSCE Mission, the People’s Republics and the Russian Federation.
This is confirmed by previous information that Ukrainian intelligence supposedly ‘exposed’ some Russian OSCE representative collecting data on OSCE observers. The SBU even presented a flash drive supposedly containing data on some of the mission’s staff on it as evidence.
And that’s it. No more evidence suggesting that a Russian citizen was involved on spying on his colleagues on the Ukrainian side has been presented.
Of course, it is clear to any layman that Ukrainian counterintelligence easily could have given this flash drive to the Russian observer, and not only him.
This is just an information provocation organized by the Ukrainian special services and aimed at discrediting Russia in the eyes of the world community.
Another example of information attack by Ukrainian special services on Russia and the People’s Republics is the report that an OSCE drone has allegedly recorded a column of military vehicles crossing the state border between the Russian Federation and the L/DPR.
In fact, at this time, the DPR and LPR were holding interdepartmental exercises on anti-terrorist activities, and vehicles could move freely around the territory of the Republics, including areas close to the state border. It is not surprising that these exercises became the pretext for an SBU information provocation.
The SBU is ready to seize any pretext to accuse Russia of participating in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It is surprising that, despite the headlines of the Ukrainian media about the latest alleged proof of the presence of military equipment in Donbass, the OSCE has not blamed Russia.
International observers understand that there are no grounds for this. The People’s Republics’ vehicles did not cross the border with Russia, but only moved along the border areas. The OSCE drone did not cross the state border and did not record any border crossings by military equipment, and even more so did not record any facts of military aggression by Russia against Ukraine. But this is not interesting to Ukrainian media. They only want a pretext which they can inflate into anything they can.
If this continues, Poroshenko will soon be ‘compelled’ to ask his overseas hosts for financial assistance to ‘repel the attack of extraterrestrial civilizations…’ This is ridiculous of course, but anything is possible with the current Ukrainian leadership, especially on the eve of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine.
It is obvious that such information provocations from the Ukrainian side are planned. The fake news about military vehicles crossing the state border with Russia was timed to match the meeting between the Chief of the General Staff, General Viktor Muzhenko, and the first deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, which took place on August 9th in Kiev.
The main goal of this provocation is to accuse the Russian Federation of aiding the People’s Republics. In order to cover up their own crimes, the current Kiev authorities are trying to accuse Russia of starting war in Donbass and trying to write off all the victims of this terrible punitive operation against their own people.
The OSCE Mission would be much more useful if it were not chasing phantoms, but recorded the war crimes committed by the UAF, such as destroying ambulances with medical workers.
In all seriousness, it is no secret that part of the industrial production and a significant part of Donbass coal goes from the republics to Russia, and is either used in the Russian economy, or is legalized for sale to other countries that cannot directly buy these products from the L/DPR.
In Russia, a special state commission deals with such issues, and at the local level, these contacts pass through the governors. A vivid example is the purchase of L/DPR coal by Turkey. Part of this coal, which comes to Russia first, is then resold to the same Ukraine which allegedly does not use coal from Donbass. And after all, trade and economic ties are not limited to industry and coal, and are constantly voiced by both sides.
But now they’ve decided to foment a scandal out of this, inventing columns of military hardware and infantry fighting vehicles, but here we just see trucks…What this is supposed to prove is unclear, as since 2014 Ukraine does not control the L/DPR border with Russia, which is used to maintain relations which the Republics won’t let Ukraine liquidate…
Measures for cooperation between the Republics’ border guards and the FSB border guard happened back in 2014, when the question of formalizing the situation on the border first arose.
Overall, this is simply another information campaign that is part of the ongoing information war. Similar tantrums were inflated over the ‘white convoys’ [Russia’s humanitarian aid trucks] which reached such ridiculous claims in the likes that Grad MLRS’ and D-30 howitzers were being transported into the L/DPR in white KAMAZ trucks.
Here we are with the second season of this information war four years later.”