Ukraine targets Journalists (again), as the west just looks on (again)

Graham Phillips

In Ukraine, ‘radicals’ have published the latest issue of playing cards issued to Ukrainian soldiers with ‘kill targets’ on them. But don’t be fooled by ‘radicals’, be sure the Ukrainian government have given their full support to this, and the cards will be issued to Ukrainian soldiers, as previously (see my photos here of cards, after Ukrainian forces retreated from Lugansk airport, September 2014) –

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Here they are: 
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As well as myself, a UK freelance journalist, being on there, there are several other journalists, including prominent Russian journalist Dmitry Steshin.

So, where’s the outrage over this from the west? The headlines blasting Ukraine Targets Journalists…. where’s the outrage from western governments??

Nowhere at all. Remember, this is Ukraine and the west will blindly support Ukraine, because it’s a really convenient country to use to have a go at Russia.

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Request for Assistance: Translate new Video Reportage about Journalism in Ukraine

I’d love to have this new reportage, about journalism in Ukraine pre and post Euromaidan, in as many languages as possible!

Can you help? Write in the subtitles, add in the comments section here.

Thanks again! Graham

Important New ‘Truth about’ Series… and you can be involved…

Graham Phillips

I’m always looking for ways to get the truth out to as wide an audience as possible. English and Russian cover a lot of the world, but not nearly all. Many people are still coming to the situation in Donbass not knowing much about it at all.

So, after attending a recent LSE propaganda seminar, I made this video, an introduction to Euromaidan, in English:

The format is effective, and can be put into a number of languages. Actually here, I asked your help in doing just that, and have already had several responses. The video is already up in Italian, with much more to come.

So, watch out for much more of that to come, and be sure I’ll be asking for your help, and input, along the way!

Very best, Graham

The Truth Speaker Hits 500,000 Hits

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screenshot-970I’m pleased today to mark the Truth Speaker reaching 500,000 views, and I thank you for being a part of that!

I registered the site, the Truth Speaker, back in late 2014. I used to keep a blog, address in my own name, and I kept a blog called a ‘Brit in Ukraine‘ for some time, on which I wrote on a range of subjects. However, there was a time to move on, and I wanted to start a site not in my own name, a site which would have its own domain, and identity. I didn’t renew the old domain, and so the Truth Speaker began. The Truth Speaker was set up to – 

  • Bring interesting information to people all over the world
  • Fight propaganda
  • Keep you up to date with what I’m up to

The name the Truth Speaker reflects the simple principle of all my work, here, on YouTube, wherever, the truth. And as for those, actually I recall even from propaganda agency Bellingcat, who’ve said ‘rule of the internet, never trust anything with ‘truth’ in the title’ etc. We can all be a smartass, can’t we, and actually, over 400 articles, over 500,000 views and nothing on the Truth Speaker has ever been revealed to be untrue. So, I think this site started with truth in the name, and has earned that right.

As for where the hits have come from? Well, most of the hits overall are from Russia, and Ukraine, this reflecting the early day of this site, when I would do a lot of posts in Russian.

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The Truth Speaker has been viewed in 203 countries in the world, at the other end of the spectrum, I clearly have some work to do to crack the Burundi, or Swaziland, not to mention Malawi markets!

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Mid last-year, I moved my Russian posts to Live Journal, and so the Truth Speaker became mainly English, though I’m always keen to have other languages on here. We can see, from the previous 7 day period, most of the views now comes from the USA, and UK, with also room for Canada, Netherlands, Australia, and more –

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By the way, the first post here was on January 27th, 2015. And while there have at times been weeks without a post, as I’ve simply not had time, over 400 posts mean more than a post every 2 days.  In recent times, I’ve been posting more here, as I was banned from Facebook, to the point of not being able to use Facebook. So, now, I post on here, and the idea is to keep this a free forum, with open comment and debate, and there have been many hundreds of comments on articles here, reflecting all sides ofthe spectrum. Also, incidentally, over half a dozen languages here, over half a dozen authors, this is a magazine site, not a blog. I’m always open to new contributions!

As for the most popular articles in English, 18+ My 20 Worst Photos from Donbass is the top. Next, it’s my Letter to Great Britain, and Reply from Great Britain, then one on the result of Ukrainain shelling of Donetsk, in early 2015.

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Recently, the most popular article
has been the one about Bellingcat fraudster, Eliot Higgins.

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I think that about covers it, huge thanks for being with me, and on to a million, we go on!

If you want to support my work, see here. 

Graham Phillips: How to Support My Work

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My work is 100% crowdfunded. To be involved, you can either make a contribution here: 

https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

From my side, if you support my work, I’ll be in contact with you, send you unique souvenirs, give you special mentions in my work, do as much as I can to show my gratitude for your support, which keeps my independent journalism alive.

Huge thanks for being involved in my work! Graham

A Graham Newsletter (#19) Motorola, Donbass Goes Up, New Crowdfunding Campaign

Firstly, today would have been the 34th birthday of Motorola. Here are some of my photos of him, in tribute.

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As you may know, I recently left Donbass, cited to return to the UK to take part in the inquest into the murder of Barry Pring, for which my 58-page report was one of the key materials considered by the coroner, Dr Elizabeth Earland, and mentined by her in closing remarks, as a verdict of death by unlawful killing was arrived at. That verdict, along with Dr Earland’s comment that Barry had been ‘tricked’ into standing by the side of the road, caused a media storm about the only person who could have tricked him, his wife, former stripper Anna Ziuzina.

I’m working on a documentary about the murder of Barry Pring now. 

Of course, in recent days, there’s been a sharp escalation in Donbass. And, I’ll be honest, if it weren’t for the incredible work of Patrick Lancaster in covering thise, I would have felt it necessary to rush back to Donbass. However, you can see here what amazing work Patrick is doing, in covering the shelling war, and sadly, killing of civilians by Ukrainian shelling.

And more, Patrick’s work in the humanitarian sphere.

Meanwhile, this is what the BBC are up to in Donbass. 

Back in London, I’ve already been busy, here asking in the UK parliament if an event to mark 25 years of UK / Ukraine cooperation would mention Ukrainian shelling of Donbass.

And here’s the launch of my new crowdfunding campaign, for the next 3 months of independent journalism, with lots of important, interesting events to come!

This 3-month period will encompass reportage from the UK, Europe, Russia, and Donbass!

If you can be involved in that, your support is vital to making this project happen. Click here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-months-of-objective-independent-journalism/x/12236308#/

Or Paypal (Indiegogo no longer accepts Paypal), here: 

https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

Huge thanks for being with me, and we go forward together!

Updates from the DLPR (#10) Ukrainian Shelling Escalates, Patrick Lancaster Reports

A dramatic, fatal escalation in Donbass in recent days has seen a minimum of 6 civilians killed, and 13 injured, as Ukrainian shelling has rained down on the Donetsk, and Lugansk People’s Republics.

Covering the action from Donetsk, is US journalist Patrick Lancaster.

January 29th, Patrick reports: Artillery destroyed a home in Donetsk during the night

On his Twitter, Patrick questioned why the OSCE didn’t inspect this. 

The same day, Patrick reports: Today the biggest attack on the area this year a mechanic was injured as opened fire on his garage

Patrick also, on Twitter, using a crowdfunded drone to illustrate his reportage.

Here, Patrick’s video reportage from January 30th: 2 killed, hospital, apartments, & school damaged in today’s huge a artillery attack on Donetsk

From January 31st, an extremely graphic video: My full #Ukraine War report on the scene a where woman is killed by artillery fire in #Donetsk,(ENG SUBS)

Also from January 31st:  war: This apartment building in Kyivs’kyi district was hit by artillery fire twice today

And from the same day: The moment today when trapped miners are rescued from a coal mine after a artillery attack.

Once more the 31st: APT. building near #Donetsk train station shelled by #Ukraine forces in early morning

Today, another graphic video: 4th civilians in 3 days has been killed by Ukraine shelling in the Donetsk area

And Patrick’s investigative report: My investigative report proving that Forces fired artillery on a residential area hitting many apartments

Be sure you are following Patrick on Twitter, for real, on the ground reports, as the Donbass situation escalaes further still.