A Graham Newsletter (#31) Russophobes at Cambridge – Fake Research, Buzzfeed – Fake News – Mariupol Adventures, and More!

Ever wonder why the mood, on an official level, from the UK is so entrenched, endemic anti-Russian? Could it be that public figures in the UK are being conditioned, from a young age? Have a look at my new video!

And here on the Truth Speaker – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/03/cambridge-university-fake-research-rory-finnin-anti-russia-propaganda/

But it’s not all bad news from the UK, British photographer Dean O-Brien recently visited the city of Mariupol, and did a good job of work there – read more about that here –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/07/the-adventures-of-a-british-freelance-photographer-in-mariupol/

Mariupol still shows signs of anti pro-Ukrainian feelings amongst the population

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Speaking of visits, a French delegation recently visited Donetsk, I covered that, here – 

And here – 

With more, plus encore, to come, on that!

I was pleased to present my new film from Donbass, with full English subtitles!

And having earlier had a look at fake research, from Cambridge, here a look at fake news, from Buzzfeed –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/04/mariupol-myself-and-buzzfeed-fake-news/

To real news, I brought you breaking updates from Donbass, with video – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/07/terrorist-attacks-strike-lugansk-today-full-details/

And special reportage from the war-torn village of Nikishino – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/03/nikishino-special-reportage-from-a-donbass-forgotten-village/

And more real news, debunking of fake news, coming up soon! Thanks for being with me, Graham

Arriving in Donetsk, 3 Years Ago Today….

3 years ago today, I was arriving in Donetsk, for ‘one week’s work’, with the channel RT, in a bit of a panic at that time, as they couldn’t get their own correspondents into Donbass, calling me in Odessa, where I lived at the time, simply saying ‘get to Donetsk as soon as you can!!‘. I duly drove all night –

After a couple of days, RT managed to get their own correspondents in, and sent me down to Lugansk to see out the remainder of my contract. Then, on 12th April, I heard early on about something happening in nearby Slavyansk, called RT. The producer who answered first said ‘Where’s that?‘ Then ‘Graham, your contract’s almost up, just stay a couple days more in Lugansk‘. I replied that I was going to Slavyansk with or without them.

And there we have it. 

My UK Reportage: A Wrap-up!

As  prepare to leave – it’s been an enormously busy last 2 months in the UK, working on the edits of documentary projects, dozens of articles here on the Truth Speaker, and video reportage. There will be one more report to come from the UK, part 2 of this special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London –

To recap, here was January when I visited the UK parliament to ask at a UK/Ukraine event if they would be mentioning Ukrainian shelling civilian areas of Donbass:

The introduction to my documentary about the murder of Barry Pring

My coverage of the anti-Trump protests in London at the start of February – 

A few days later, and I try to go to a Ukrainian event in London –

And here, I succeed in getting into a Ukrainian propaganda event at the LSE! 

The end of February here, and I visit the Ukrainain Embassy in London – 

March, and a look at what Women’s Day means in London!

Then, my day as a DPR tourist in London!

Masses of reportage from the March for Europe on March 25th –

And even a trip to Scotland to bring you the reality there of how people feel about a proposed new referendum!

It’s overall achieved hundreds of thousands of views, on my channel alone, coverage in mass media – and much more! I’m a completely crowdfunded journalist, and none of this would have been possible without your support. To be involved, click here!

Thanks again, and on we go!!

 

A Graham Newsletter (#21) Jubilees, Embassy, Murder, and More…

Firstly, with the jubilees – this site recently passed half a million hits, while on YouTube, it was my first video to pass 2 million views.

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/22/the-truth-speaker-hits-500000-hits/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/21/my-first-video-to-pass-2-million-views-but-18/

I’d like to thank you for your support, in all my work! And for those wishing to support my work – fully independent, crowdfunded, all details are here: 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/21/graham-phillips-how-to-support-my-work/

doctor-lizaIt’s been a very busy time recently, I completed a 2-hour-film about the late, amazing Doctor Liza, which am now working on English subtitles for. And a trip to what transpired to be an LSE pro-Maidan propaganda event inspired me to start a series of videos aimed at being short bursts of reality about situations often at the centre of lies, as with Euromaidan, Donbass, Crimea (see below), and more. The first, on Euromaidan: 

Also, I’d like to have these videos in as many languages as possible, and it would be great if you could be involved in that, click here.

As for Crimea, I’m happy to say that work is well underway on my film, made with your support via crowdfunding ‘A Brit in Crimea (on his holidays).’

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And, referring to the ‘Embassy’ and ‘Murder’ of the title, here’s my new article about what exactly the Ukrainian Embassy do in the UK.

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/24/what-do-the-ukrainian-embassy-actually-do-in-the-uk/

Going back a little by the way, and there’s been so much on it’s been hard to keep up at times. This was my article giving the definitive answer as to whether there are Russian tanks in Donbass – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/11/are-there-russian-tanks-in-ukraine-the-definitive-answer/

And here, about Ukraine seizing my mobile phone records

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/02/17/ukraine-seize-my-mobile-phone-records/

That story was also covered here by the Courier, with pro-Ukraine trolls predictably jumping on the comments section.

So it’s been a very busy time, and there’s a lot more to come! As ever, my enormous thanks for your being with me, making it all possible!

War, and Information War

Graham Phillips

I’ve been covering the situation in Donbass for 3 years now, and on December 22nd, returned from covering war in the trenches by Debaltsevo to find that those sitting thousands of kilometres away in cases, from their laptops, had decided to launch the latest fusilade of the information war at me.

It started with Bild journalist Julian Röpcke. a long-time critic of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, quickly coming out with the tweet that I’d ‘exposed positions of the Russian army‘, as he referred to them. I’d add that I found out about this through the back door, as despite limited interaction ever, Julian long ago blocked me from following his tweets, for some reason.

At least Julian, who, reading his tweets, seems to have a pathological hatred for Russia, admitted in a subsequent tweet, the intention behind this – to try to cause problems for me.

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This is a reference to the Russian state-owned tv channel Zvezda having done a story, simply stating facts, that Ropcke had claimed I’d ‘revealed positions’. There’s no indication that this represents any such sentiments, from the ‘Russian military’, however I’d add that the article was also written without any attempt to defend me, and nor do I expect any special treatment from the Russian, or any, media.

Graham4As for Julian, I’m not sure what war he thinks he’s actually reporting on here. He’s certainly not been to Donbass for a long time, and never covered conflict here. But, from a desk at Bild in Berlin, he’s more than happy to, deceitfully, malevolently, attempt to cause problems for myself, a journalist who has, without wishing to big-up oneself, put his life on the line for years, even wounded doing so, to bring the truth out of Donbass, from Donbass.

But, unless he thinks he’s covering World War II, Julian would have known that, in 2016, modern warfare, positions can’t be ‘exposed’. Drones fly over positions all the time, there was a drone flying in this piece even, these positions, by Debaltsevo, have been in much the same place for almost 2 years now. Each side knows to within a few inches the position of the other.

However, having myself filmed on the frontline what must be almost 100 times now (this from May 2014), in Donbass, I still take my responsibilities seriously. I showed the commander in charge of this unit the footage of Ukrainian shelling pounding by Donbass militia positions (which Julian has imaginatively called ‘RU army’, despite all of the men I interviewed there being from Donbass). He gave the green-light to include the shots, from positions, of Ukrainian shelling hitting. And that was that.

But that wasn’t that for those who, from thousands of kilometres away, would love to cause problems for me in Donbass. Just yesterday, Aric Toler, of Bellingcat, began repeating these claims on Twitter.

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Again, I found out about this through the back door, as, once more, despite limited interaction, Toler has blocked me from reading his Tweets.

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This linked to an article on Medium, authored by the ever anti-Russian Atlantic Council’s DFR lab, which fleshed out earlier claims, and added information provided by a tweet from a long-dormant Twitter, never active account that one of the militia members I’d filmed, Rumin, had been ‘wounded‘ that night after a ‘Ukrainian attack‘.

Medium have deliberately chosen to misinterpret my replies to this, completely unsubstantiated tweet, linked to a member of Ukraine’s ‘Tornado’ unit. My replies were –

1. Никакой ‘Румын’ не был на место.

No ‘Rumin’ whatsoever was there. (I used hyphens, to avoid confusion,as his name literally translates as ‘Romanian’ in Russian)

2. Что ополченец ‘Румын’ ‘был ранен там’. Просто бред – такой человек не был вообще.

That militia member ‘Rumin’ ‘was wounded there’. Just nonsnese – this person simply wasn’t (wounded) at all. 

And those replies were exactly what I knew as fact. That ‘Rumin’ was not at the position we’d filmed at – as we were leaving, he was soon to change positions, and return to base, and when I met up with Korshun, who’d taken us to positions, a couple of days later he informed me that everyone we’d filmed was present, and correct.

Even the Medium article had to, reluctantly, conclude that there was no evidence my videos had helped the Ukrainian military, and absolutely no evidence anyone had been wounded because of them.

However, this didn’t stop Eliot Higgins, of Bellingcat, tweeting out ‘did @GrahamWP_UK get a separatist killed?’….

Again, Eliot has blocked me from following him, so while he added my tag, to make it look like he was tweeting at me, I had to go through the back door to find it, and he won’t see my reply unless he does the same.

I’ll add a few words about the Ukrainian reaction. Due to my reporting the war in Donbass from a different side to the almost universally Ukraine-friendly, anti-Russian western media, as in that I’ve been in Donbass, and reported what I’ve seen here, also due to my Graham Donbass workworking methods being, at times, unconventional, Ukrainian media have zoned in on me as a hate figure, and their tactics alternate between creating fictitious claims about me, and some imagined connection to Russia, accusing me of all sorts of things, and, a favourite, attempting to cause problems for me.

Without any evidence whatsoever to back up these claims, Ukrainian media have reported any number of ‘heroic victories’ at this position, with the reported loss of all I filmed etc etc.

What’s the purpose of all of this? It’s one of the oldest tactics of information war – you can’t say you hate your ‘enemy’, as it shows weakness, so say you like him, and more, say he has helped you, to attempt to cause problems for him. What’s the ultimate purpose of it all? To stop his work.

julian-roepckeBack to Ropke (pictured), Toler, and Higgins, and what’s their purpose? Also to stop my work, yet more. In the case of Toler, and Higgins, they are trying to push their brand of ‘open source journalism‘ on the world, meaning they can earn large sums of money sitting at laptops, analysing Google Maps etc, telling the world it’s journalism. I’m here on the scene, telling you that’s not journalism.

No question, that Higgins and myself have also had frequent exchanges, disagreements online. However, I would always draw a line, and would never attempt to put someone’s life in danger. By fabricating the claim that a ‘separatist‘ was ‘killed‘ because of my reportage, Higgins is attempting to do just that. It’s totally untrue, entirely malicious.

In actuality, in the immediate aftermath of that video, fighting calmed down by the Svetlodarsk Bulge, and remains, relatively, calm to this day, again, even Medium had to report this. 

And, in response to requests that I ‘just go back there and film it all again to prove it’s ok‘. There were several fighters on the scene that day, all of them on rotation, changing positions, now on leave for holiday even. Unless I could go back, and film all of them, the one I couldn’t film would be publicly buried all over Ukrainian media, and beyond. And, even if I could, there would be something else: ‘Graham Phillips confirms positions of ‘separatists’ ‘, and it starts over again. I say this, to those making claims: show me some evidence, and I’ll react, but I don’t go chasing around trying to disprove claims without any evidence to back them up.

One side of war, is war, another is information war. However I’d add in the case of Higgins, et al, they’ve decided to make it a particularly dirty information war.

Eliot Higgins BellingcatFor me, it doesn’t affect what I do, other than having to write an article like this to explain the real situation. I believe in real journalism, from the scene, and reporting the truth. Why wasn’t the attention on Ukrainian forces blatantly violating Minsk, by using heavy artillery? Because that’s not convenient for Higgins (pictured), Toler etc – rather they use this as a distraction, with the bonus of their vendetta against myself.

I go forward, focus on work, reporting things as they are, as always, and don’t get embroiled in trying to cause ill for those ‘on the other side’ of this, nor have their attempts succeeded here. However, that’s not for a want of their trying. They are simply immoral men, doing a dirty job.

Results of Your Patreon Support 2016 so far Month (#3)

Graham Phillips

2016 saw me depart Donbass in January, and spend a month in St Petersburg, 1Aramismostly working on my film ‘Aramis‘ (along with Oleg Somov). The film has far exceeded expectations, moving towards 150,000 hits on YouTube, as well as successful screenings in St Petersburg, Moscow, Rostov, across Donbass.

Your support on Patreon means I am now working on an English version of the film, for a special screening in London in May or June of this year. Not just subtitles, but have actually re-recorded material to make the film, which I feel contains an important message, as accessible as possible for an English-speaking audience.

Of course, the opportunity to do these screenings was unexpected, and came about after my reportage trip to the Baltics – supported by you – ended in deportation after 3 days, but not before I’d filmed reportage from there (English subs) –

And filmed enough material to prepare a special one-hour report for a UN, calling for submissions about the glorification of Nazism in the modern world. I’m putting that report ready now, and again, it wouldn’t be possible without your support –

Everything I do is independent journalism, funded, supported by you. And it makes a difference in breaking through the propaganda, getting the truth through. For example, Russian humanitarian aid, and all of the lies, propaganda about that? Your support helped me cut through all of that, with this, English, report on Russian humanitarian aid in Donbass –

These round-ups focus on English-language journalism, as Patreon is orientated towards that. Of course, much of my content is in Russian, but I’m always working – with the help of volunteers – to add as much English-language content as possible. And of course, there’s not just the video reports, but the many languages here on the Truth Speaker, which gets around 1,000 hits each day.

I took Eliot Higgins to task here. And most recently, exposed pro-Ukraine Dutch journalist Stefan Huijboom, as a con artist, here.  This, along with comprehensive articles about how life really is in the DPR, and LPR. 

Back to videos, and I also have volunteers who can go into territory I can’t, so these recent reports, from Ukraine-controlled Donbass –

Slavyansk – 

Kramatorsk – 

And Odessa – 

Also, I’m pleased to say there’ll soon be English subs on my special 24-minute reportage on Odessa. 

In the DPR, February, thanks to a colleague, I was able to give this drone report as Ukrainian shelling hits in February –

And further, thanks to colleagues, presented on my channel was a report, with full English subtitles, as a Ukrainian landmine blew up a passenger minibus outside Donetsk in February –

Here, Patrick Lancaster kindly filmed the DPR parliament for me, on request –

In February, a year on from events in Debaltsevo, your support made this video report happen –

Your support made this video report possible, from Donbass, Novosvetlovka, with some time lapse drone footage –

And this, as the 50th convoy of Russian humanitarian aid arrived –

March also saw us flip to the Netherlands, to bring you exclusive reportage of what the Dutch were thinking ahead of their referendum on Ukraine –

And Russia, in April, finding out what Russians really think of president Putin –

So, your support has helped bring reportage from Donbass, Russia, the Netherlands, watched by many thousands, across the world. Articles here, read by many thousands across the world.

You are a part of all the work I do, your support on Patreon makes it all possible.

Until the next time, thanks again for being with me!

Graham

 

Where I’ve Been for the Last 2 Months, and What Next…

Graham Phillips

I left Donetsk almost 2 months ago and I know that, since then, a lot of my tweets etc have been in Russian, so for those of you who haven’t read those, here’s a quick wrap-up of these past 2 months.

1AramisI initially spent a couple of weeks in Russia with my parents, on holiday, spending time in Moscow then St Petersburg. Then, I sat for a month in St Petersburg and, with Oleg Somov, finished my first film, Aramis. I’m really looking forward to showing this film in London when I return – there’ll be an English version, and giving the film a full online release after that.

Recently, I’ve been filming reportage in St Petersburg. Apologies if I haven’t added English subs to these, if there’s sufficient interest I’ll do that – they’ve been on themes perhaps of particular interest to a Russian audience, though I’d hope wider, of course.

A piece about the wall in St Petersburg dedicated to famous Russian actor Sergey Bodrov (who incidentally starred in a film with Anna Friel) –

Women’s Day on March 8th –

Yuri Gagarin’s Birthday –

I’ve also brought you pieces from Crimea in this time, as it’s 2 years since their reunification with Russia there – and I’ll be making unique English-language Crimea reports from Crimea – a unique report from Ukraine-controlled territory of Donbass – with at least one more to come very soon. Now, I’m preparing for a return to active reporting, and will put emphasis on delivering reportage in English at the first moment possible, as I head for a special reportage trip to the Baltics.