О въезде Грэма Филлипса на Украину: Ему нельзя сюда

Дана Евтушенко  

Британский журналист Грэм Филлипс числится в Едином реестре досудебных CbHZM9iY3jMрасследований Украины по статье “Посягательство на изменение границ территории или государственной границы Украины, а также публичные призывы или распространение материалов с призывами к совершению таких действий” (ст. 110 УК Украины). Арест и лишение свободы на срок от 3 до 5 лет –

– Заведено ли уголовное дело на Украине на Грэма Филлипса и если да, то по какой статье?

– Хорошо, я узнаю

– И что будет, если Грэм Филлипс въедет на Украину?

– Связалась со знакомой. Не могу назвать фамилию, киевлянка. Ему не советуют. Очень высокий риск. Она экс-военный. В отставке. Пишет, что за сепаратизм и призывы к расколу суверенного государства могут арестовать.

Пишет, что скорее это сделают пограничники.

Могут сильно потрепать нервы, вот что она пишет. Просит его не рисковать.

– То есть точно заведено уголовное дело на Грэма Филлипса по статье сепаратизм и призывы к расколу суверенного государства?

– Да, она мне так ответила и написала, чтобы даже не совался.

Как она мне пишет, его, иностранного гражданина, могут отпустить, а могут и не отпустить – просила его не ехать.

daQV7iNuURoНо вот еще что мне пишут. Еще один источник. Его могут арестовать, но будет серьезный международный скандал, тогда потрепят нервы и отпустят.

– Поняла, то есть реально на территории Украины заведено уголовное дело на Филлипса по статье “сепаратизм”

– Да, вроде есть статья в реестре.

Нужна для точной инфы полная дата рождения,  место рождения, полностью имя.Тогда будут искать в реестре.

– 26 января 1979 г., Graham William Phillips, город Данди, Шотландия

– Адвокаты ответили. Ему нельзя сюда. В свете новых законов об отмене прав человека на Донбассе, где он был много – его могут арестовать. Вот такой ответ. Причем, предлог может быть любым.

– Понятно, но числится ли он в реестре не знают, да?

– Числится.

– Я имею в виду официально…

– Числится.

– Понятно…

Фотографии Антон Кулаков и Ли Журавлова – antonkoulakoff.com

The Five Spot (#3) – One DPR Unit Could Take Control of Mariupol

3rd in the series looking at the 5 key points from a non English-language article

Head of Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, and of the Social Nationalist movement in Ukraine, Andrey Biletskiy, has said only one DPR battalion could take control of the city of Mariupol, the coastal city of near half a million in south Donbass.

1. It’s unclear how honest Biletskiy is being here. Mariupol has been fortified as a major Ukrainian stronghold for some time, with many of the 230 humvees sent from the US, battle-equipped in Ukraine, and other military equipment sent as part of the $75 million US deal, based in Mariupol.

Fullscreen capture 17052015 232558.bmp2. Biletskiy’s remarks come amid an escalating situation in and around Mariupol with fighting between sides intensifying there.

3. The Azov Battalion have recently been on the end of further bad publicity, with two of their members filmed laughing, joking as they fire on an apartment building in Mariupol. Yet it must be said most western media have ignored this, in favour of relentless stories about ‘Russian-backed separatists’, and their supposed plans to capture Mariupol.

4. There was a referendum in Mariupol just over a year ago with the city turning out, voting by a huge majority to secede from Ukraine. And growing reports from inside the city of building discontent with Ukrainian forces there. Biletskiy’s remarks may be designed as a ‘provocation’ to incite a local reaction, and clamp down on that.

5. One thing Biletskiy clearly wants is funds to build the ‘zone of fortifications’ he references, giving an idea that while his statement in itself may be disingenuous, it may also be allied to real fears of the DPR’s ability to take Mariupol.

 

The Five Spot (#2) – Ukraine Asks Russia to Pay $350 Billion for Damage to Donbass

Second in a series looking at the 5 key points from an article in foreign-language media.

Alexander BorovikSeveral articles recently referenced Ukraine’s First Deputy Economic Minister, German lawyer Alexander Borovik given Ukrainian citizenship so he could take up post, with his statement that Russia should pay Ukraine $350 billion for damage caused to Donbass.

1. The ‘blame Russia for all’ culture takes on an absurd new twist, as Ukraine blame, try to claim money – for damage mostly caused by the Ukrainian military. The main damage in Donbass – to Lugansk, Donetsk, caused by shelling of those cities by the Ukrainian military, as part of the so-called ‘ATO’ (‘anti-terror operation’)

2. Ridiculous statements still keep coming out of Ukraine – remember then new defence minister Valeriy Heletey promising to retake Crimea, ‘hold a victory parade in Sevastopol’ upon his appointment in July last year?

3. The figure, arrived at by guesswork rather than algorithm, nevertheless starts to give a real idea just how much damage has been caused to Donbass – a world away from Ukraine warthe paltry 500 million Euros offered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last summer.

4. Ukraine wants to retake Donbass, but even if it could, clearly has no money to repair the damage there, as recent, desperate attempts to re-structure $23 billion of a debt fast rising to $100 billion. There is also Ukraine deflecting attention from the $3 billion it owes Russia, which Russia has recently refused to restructure.

5. Political careers in Ukraine are short. Just a few days after his Russia repayment remarks, Borovik had a disagreement with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and left his position.

Who’s Who in Ukraine Propaganda #1 – Rob Pulse News

Graham W Phillips

A new series looking at the most prominent purveyors of Ukrainian propaganda.

Ukraine propagandist ‘Rob Pulse’ of ‘Rob Pulse News’ didn’t much like the last expose I did on him, when he claimed he’d found ‘Russian troops’ in what was actually the Ukrainian army. Actually he liked it so little, that in an extraordinary move he complained to Twitter and asked them to remove every single mention of it. That’s right – MENTION. I had to remove all tweets even with his name in them, to restore my account.

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On the other hand, this is just a selection of what I’ve put up with from ‘Rob Pulse’, the man who calls himself an ‘investigative journalist’ in the last year, without once complaining, as he’s run a relentless hate campaign, based on lies, abuse, and falsehood –

He posts photos of my passport – 

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Draws arrows to falsely insinuate I fire weapons in combat positions – an assertation clearly designed to put my life in danger by demarking me as a ‘combatant’ –  

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Digs through social media photos to accuse of me having ‘underage friends’ – this, just some Halloween fun with students from Donetsk National University where I’d recently spoken, given a sinister twist by the propagandist –

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Pauses my videos at moments I’m speaking, or in expression, then makes false accusations based on those screenshots –

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He’s frequently tried to get me arrested, tipping off authorities with information –

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Ran attacks against me while I was in captivity, unable to defend myself –

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And this really is just a sampling. I’ve stayed above personal attacks, and only wrote the above expose to address his putting out of a blatant falsehood. Have never complained about his tweets – clearly they are nasty, vindictive and breach all Twitter policy, but I do Fullscreen capture 17052015 141219.bmpbelieve in freedom of speech, however unpleasant the individual who chooses to exercise that.

In Rob Pulse’s case, it’s actually enlightening to let him go on. You see the hapless, yet relentless Rob Pulse – on Twitter since December 2010, with over 32,000 Tweets putting him as a 20+ a day Tweeter, yet since troubles in Ukraine, and Donbass began, much more active and even often double that a day now – is a man who invariably finds a way to get everything rather embarrassingly wrong.

Take this, just one example, of his claiming these two, clearly completely different men, are the same person –

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But who is the blundering, hyper-sensitive propagandist? ‘Rob Pulse’, an invented RobPulsename, used for his tag, his Twitter name ‘Silver Surfer’ taken from the Fantastic Four series of films. Rob thinks he’s an ‘investigate journalist’, yet the only record of his ‘investigate journalism’ – credit in a couple of hit-job pieces by notorious pro-Ukraine propaganda outlet The Interpreter.

He’s actually called Rob Schultz, where he’s from is undeclared – he lists his locations on Twitter as Miami and London, yet several references connects him to the English town of Stockport. His user photo is an opaque one of himself in shades, yet there do exist photos online of Rob Schultz. However so sensitive is Pulse, who appears to be around 40, that posting a photo of him will result in his immediate reporting of your account to Twitter – as I found –

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While Pulse/Schultz stays pretty faithful to the pro-Ukraine script in general, he often blunders off into territory even they won’t touch. Comes out with claims like my video of Ukrainian forces firing phosphorus was a ‘fireworks display‘, an assertion so bonkers he found little support for that even in pro-Ukraine ranks never shy of embracing the crazy (as long as it shows DPR, LPR, Russia in a bad light, of course) –

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In Pulse-world, all Russian journalists are ‘GRU’ agents – as I pose here with Alexander and Roman, of Life News –

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Then, the standard, oft-peddled Ukraine line of everyone filmed in Donbass being ‘Russian actors’ and often the ‘same person’, well, suffice to say Rob follows it zealously – here on January 16th –

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Sadly for Rob, he got it completely wrong here, and for a man who loves nothing more than self-congratulation on Twitter (‘I picked the right tweet to translate‘ just one of many self-endorsements), had to issue a rather less than humble admission that, once more, he’d cocked up –

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Not learning from this lesson, just a week later, on January 23rd, Rob was now saying that people filmed at the scene of the Donetsk trolleybus shelling tragedy were ‘Russian actors’, the ‘same people’ (as the above even). But even his normally loyal followers, now near 8000, spluttered at this, even more ridiculous than his earlier claims.

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Rob Pulse 2Hasty, across-the-board deletions ensued from Pulse. All of this leading up to Pulse’s most embarrassing ‘self-expose’ yet, when he found ‘Russian troops’…. in the Ukrainian military, one which prompted his Twitter meltdown, reporting every tweet with any reference to that.

So, that’s Rob Pulse – quite a combination of a man – vindictive yet hyper-sensitive. An ‘investigative journalist’ who doesn’t investigate anything. A rampant egotist, terrified of his own photo being shown. A man still believed by some, despite a track record now littered with gaffes, blunders and cock-ups. Clearly the amount of effort put in by Pulse requires a considerable time input, with no apparent source of income derived from that. Who pays Pulse / Schultz for his ‘work’ is unclear, as is whether he has other employment, income source.

No question though, Pulse plays his part in the Ukraine propaganda game. His tweets then retweeted by more senior figures – Louise Mensch of the Guardian being a notable ‘fan’, along with Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, and others. Whether they know just who ‘Rob Pulse’ is though, is another story, one which if Pulse is telling it, will have little relation to reality.

Support Donbass Stores Raises 250 Euros #ForDonbass

 

Fullscreen capture 14052015 174317.bmpI’m very pleased to report that, in less than a month of being open, the Support Donbass Store has now raised 250 Euros for Donbass.

This will be allocated thus –

100 Euros – A young girl called Yana, from the Lugansk area, has written to me many times on Vkontakte. Her father is disabled, her grandmother seriously ill. War has left Fullscreen capture 14052015 174311.bmpthem without aid, or money for medicines.

Upon confirmation of the circumstances, 100 Euros will be awarded here.

100 Euros – Yana is a 26-year-old mother trying to bring up a 7 month-child alone, with no support. The reason for that, is that her husband was tortured to death by Ukraine’s SBU.

They live in Torez, Donbass, and will receive 100 Euros.

50 Euros – I know of two children’s homes in Gorlovka always in need of funds for the children there. I will ascertain which is in most need, award 50 Euros there.

A huge thanks to everyone who has bought something from the Support Donbass Store – it all makes a difference!

The Five Spot (#1) – Victory Day Ice Cream in Donetsk

A series looking at 5 key points from a non-English language article / press release – 

On 9th May, Victory Day, the DPR released a press statement, accompanied by photos, of ice cream being handed out on Victory Day.

1. With Donetsk plunging back into a war situation, with Ukrainian shelling beginning again in anger, casualties and fatalities once more, efforts are being made to do small, but significant, things to lift the spirits of people.

2. A list ofDPR Victory Day sponsors and helpers in the action, many Russian, indicates ongoing support of the DPR.

3. The action, taking place in Donetsk, Makievka, and notably Gorlovka, shows a reaching out to places difficult to do so before NAF taking of Ukrainian positions in January of 2015 opened up access.

DPR Victory Day54. Many people have never left the 17,000 sq km2 of Donbass in NAF control, many have returned, shown by huge crowds at Victory Day marches across the region, and a high turnout for this ice cream handout.

5. A slice of normal life, and normal people in the DPR, contrasts with continual western media depiction of ‘separatism’ and ‘terrorism’ in the seceded territories of the former Ukraine. It even compares favourably with recent scenes of military vehicles on the streets of Ukraine.

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18+ Mariupol May 9th – What Really Happened (Part 2 – HRW Cover-Up)

Graham W Phillips – photos from here

The second part, looking at what really happened in Mariupol on May 9th 2014. There have been certain key dates in the ‘Ukraine crisis’. May 2nd, of the Odessa Massacre, the Semenovka Shooting of May 5th, yet where the crisis in Donbass really tipped over into Mariupol May 9 2014civil war, was Mariupol, May 9th, when Ukrainian military entered the city on Victory Day celebrations, and opened fire.

International NGO Human Rights Watch arrived in Mariupol late on May 9th, and that evening, myself also in Mariupol, I got into a Twitter argument with Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch about how many had been killed. I had earlier been to a hospital where a doctor had told me, off the record, the figure could be in excess of 100, something I tweeted on as exactly that, exactly as I always do. Anna was determined the figure was 7, and she came down in the end, perhaps inevitable, by insulting RT, with whom I was working.

Now I never said the figure of 100 was my own, and before an investigation never would. But it was a figure which came back several times in interaction with locals in Mariupol – one which deserved further examination rather than the immediate dismissal of HRW –

MariupolAnna said the figure was 7, in our Twitter exchange, rebuking any information to the contrary, when her figure was always manifestly inaccurate. The next day, Anna published a report which seemed to be aimed directly at myself, with the title Dispatches: Truth a Casualty in Ukraine Conflict. And she’d started to do a couple of things, revise her figures and bring unknown people into the dialogue. On May 9th, Anna had been determined the figure was 7, now on May the 10th it was “at least seven killed”.

And then this statement of Anna’s – “Today, a reliable source with no affiliation to either side but too frightened to be named informed me that “no more than 10 bodies” were brought to the city morgue. Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? I have seen no proof of this.”

Now, in fairness to Anna – and I won’t accuse her of dishonesty in this, although that would certainly be an explanation, and HRW has not infrequently been accused of promoting a political position at the expense of truth – the morgue was quite often closed (I went 3 times) –

But, when it was open, speaking to people there was not a problem at all – no one was frightened to be named. I showed no credentials to get in, nor was asked for any. The senior mortician told me clearly there, that 11 bodies were brought to him at that morgue, on May 9th, as a result of Ukrainian military actions, however he was more than open to the possibility that bodies had been sent to other morgues, some even not sent to morgues.

Now that interview was secretly filmed, but I feel he had some idea of it, and no problem taking a photo of exactly who that mortician was either – Vladimir Sosnitski –

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So, the figure Human Rights Watch reported of 7, then ‘at least 7′ is entirely incorrect. As for the ‘reliable source with no affiliation to either side but too frightened to be named informed me that “no more than 10 bodies” were brought to the city morgue.’ I will try to believe that person exists, if I were being uncharitable I’d say Anna Neistat just invented that person. As for this – ‘Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? I have seen no proof of this.‘ – Anna gives no indication at all of what steps she took looking for proof.

Arriving, and sticking at ‘at least 7′ (Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov cited 21, but with his reputation for speaking nonsense, the HRW figure was given precedence in Mariupol massacremedia) was very dangerous. 7 (or ‘at least 7′, using covering journalistic terminology) was the figure cited in many news reports (with Human Rights Watch prominently referenced) – such as here, here, here. It’s a low number and that effectively ensured that there never would be a proper investigation carried out into what happened in Mariupol.

Indeed, there never was, and at the start of 2015, with the incident having hugely escalated the situation in Donbass, but never really having gone up in the international consciousness, due to the supposed low numbers, the Bellingcat agency, with a track record of white-washing actions of the Kiev government, were able to issue a report exonerating Ukrainian forces of any wrongdoing. 

Coming in the next instalment, events of that day, May 9th, in Mariupol.