A Graham Newsletter (#25) East of Ukraine Nostalgia, Crimea, Latvia, DPR Tourism

It’s been both a week of intense activity in Donbass – from the first coal, and not only, trading with Russia, new DPR-designed roadheaders (I’ve been covering that all on my Twitter), and, sadly, continued Ukrainian shelling (see Patrick Lancaster, on the scene, for full coverage of that).

Also, I can say it’s been a week of some nostalgia for myself, as this week, 3 years ago, I’d set off from Odessa to see the situation in the east of Ukraine, as it was then, for myself. Driving, sleeping in the car for a few hours many nights to save time, covering as much ground as possible and, for my own embryonic YouTube channel as it was, filming reportage of things, just as they were! This week I did a few pull-togethers of reportage, here on the Truth Speaker, of things as they were –

Click here for full reportage, Donetsk, March 12th, 2014, here’s a couple: 

From Kharkov, March 14th: 

And, of course, Crimea, March 16th:

Of course, looking back to Latvia, from 2016, it’s a difference form of ‘nostalgia’ – I’d gone to spend a month reporting from Latvia, yet on the 3rd day, the authorities objected to my coverage of the march there honouring Nazism, deported me, banned for 3 years.

Here is my reportage from that day, March 16th, 2016 – 

They then pursued me with various letters describing my ‘misdemenours’ (in Latvian, so I really had no idea what they were saying), culminating in an 8-page document, which, after listing all my supposed wrong-doings (I asked people at a march honouring Nazism why they were doing that), then said they wanted 150 Euros from me!

Things all got a bit surreal on March 16th itself, when Ukrainian media, and not only, wrote the story of my being detained, and deported, at the Waffen SS veteran march, as if it had been March 16th, 2017 rather than 2016!  Groundhog Day…

This led to my receiving a lot of worried messages, and my own wondering if this was Latvia’s latest attempt for 150 Euros from me!

As it was, I was far away from Latvia. And indeed, being a tourist – in London, no less, and here I present you with my latest reportage from there, as a ‘DPR tourist’, no less, featuring a couple of special guests!

 There’s a bit more to come from the UK, not only London, and then, I’ll be on the road back to Donbass, via some interesting places en route!

Once more, a massive thanks to all of you who support my work, and make all kinds of reportage possible, in all kinds of places! The main thing is, it’s always independent, objective, and completely crowdfunded! To be a part, click here –

https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

Of course, your support also goes towards here, the Truth Speaker, and the many articles, providing information, debunking fakes, as here –

‘Russian Tanks in Ukraine’: Tony Blair’s ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ for our times

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/14/russian-tanks-in-ukraine-tony-blairs-weapons-of-mass-destruction-for-our-times/

And don’t worry, none of your support goes towards propping up the Latvian economy 😉

Look out for lots more to come soon! Best for now!

Crimea: March 16th, 2014 – As It Really Was

Graham Phillips

3 years ago, I was living in Odessa, however I’d embarked on a tour of east Ukraine, as it then was, covering some 5000km in a week, at the wheel, to see for myself how things were, at a time when it felt like everything was falling apart in Ukraine. More about that here –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/12/my-reportage-from-donetsk-12th-march-2014/

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/03/14/my-video-reportage-from-kharkov-14th-march-2014/

The culmination was Crimea, on referendum day, and here’s my video reportage from that day!

Arriving: 

A polling station: 

The streets of Simferopol: 

The parliament itself, Simferopol:

A look at Russia, and Ukraine, in Crimea: 

Speaking to Crimean Tatars – 

And, to finish this on another electoral note, another polling station:

And that’s just how it was! It was a referendum which supported the overwhelming wishes of Crimeans. Some Crimean Tatars were unhappy, and I covered that, yet their leaders, media, had told them to feel this way.

3 years on, it’s a different story – Survey claims most Crimean Tatars satisfied with living in Russia – and as for the referendum, in polling stations everything was in order, there were no ‘little green men’, there was no ‘voting under the gun’ – that’s all nonsense from people who weren’t there, and don’t want to know the truth. I went there, just because I wanted to know the truth, and for you to know it too.

‘Russian Tanks in Ukraine’: Tony Blair’s ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction’ for our times

As you read this, Ukraine is levelling a series of charges against Russia in the International Court of Justice, in The Hague. The Ukrainian government are asking the United Nations’ highest court, to fine Russia for “intervening militarily in Ukraine, financing acts of terrorism, and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine’s citizens.”

Ukraine submitted a 45-page indictment to the court in January.

There was something about that 45 which jumped out. Who can forget then PM Tony Blair standing in the Houses of Parliament, on September 24th 2002, and, declaring that “The Government dossier confirms that Iraq is self-sufficient in biological weapons and that the Iraqi military is ready to deploy those, and chemical weapons, at some 45 minutes’ notice.”

That speech which launched an Iraq war resulting in a massive bodycount, civilian, and military, on all sides.  And fast-forward 15 years later, we have 45 again, more lies again, and this time it’s Ukraine trying to blame Russia, for a war in which many thousands have died.

But this time, it’s not non-existent ‘weapons of mass destruction’, it’s a Ukraine-fabricated ‘Russian invasion’, and ‘Russian tanks in Ukraine’. Particularly ‘Russian tanks’.

What does Ukraine want from all this? Some speculate, debt forgiveness.  Yet Ukraine would also like the west to let it wage war to reclaim the parts of Donbass it believes are Ukraine, yet which broke away from Ukraine after the violent coup of Euromaidan (supported by the west).  A war in which huge numbers would die.

Something they like to seize on is the presence of ‘Russian tanks’, the tank a tangible invariably the T-72B3, claiming this proves a ‘Russian invasion’, etc. And they often like to use screenshots of me in ‘proving’ this. It’s a strange world we live in when these people decide you’re a ‘propagandist’, because you often report news they don’t like. Then, when you report something which suits their ends, it’s a ‘mistake’, and so on.  When actually, all you do is report everything you see, all the time, as it is…

Anyway, the Ukrainian, even western press like using me as the ‘poster boy’ for ‘Russian tanks’ in Donbass, one of the reasons for that being they believe this irritates me, when actually I am entirely calm about it all. I certainly notice the irony in, for example, this latest video here, made by Ukrainian media to coincide with the Hague hearing. The narrator of the piece, who calls himself a journalist, calls me a ‘propagandist’ before himself making entirely unsubstantiated claims about the tanks in my video. And, as we can see from seconds 42, and 43 here, of their own video, use of fancy technology can’t hide that they’ve made the tank I filmed look like one with several significant differences:


If you’re looking for a full debunk, I’ve written that here: 

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

And – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2015/03/25/5-reasons-why-real-journalists-wouldnt-have-said-russian-tanks/

And – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2015/02/16/answer-to-ukrainian-russian-tank-propaganda/

‘Russian invasion’, of Ukraine, and particularly ‘Russian tanks’, are the lie of our times, Tony Blair’s ‘weapons of mass destruction’ of our day. War may change, but the lies used to justify wars, clearly, stay the same, as do the deaths as a result of that.

10 Reasons pro-Ukrainians don’t like me….

Graham Phillips

Anyone interacting with me on Twitter invariably finds themselves swamped by spammers levelling all sorts of abuse at me. These accounts are, as they would call themselves ‘pro-Ukrainian’. So, why don’t ‘pro-Ukrainians’ like me? Here are 10 reasons:

1. They want you to think that Euromaidan was the ‘Revolution of Dignity’ etc, but I reported the truth about Euromaidan – 

2. They can’t just claim my reportage is ‘Russian propaganda’ (as is their habit), without sounding a bit ridiculous. I had a short, fairly acrimonious relationship with RT in late 2013 to July 2014, did some work for the Zvezda channel until February 2015. So, for over 2 years, I’ve had no affiliations with any media outlet, from any country – my journalism is real, independent journalism.

3. I’ve been there from the start, reporting real information from places they wanted you to believe disinformation from . Euromaidan, Donbass, Crimea.

4. I’ve stayed with these places, bringing you the stories they don’t want you to see. The reality of Crimea (in which I’ve filmed hundreds of videos of reportage, made several films). I’ve extensively covered Donbass and told the story they don’t want you to know – Ukrainian killing has killed thousands of civilians there –

5. Almost no other western correspondent has reported any of the above. And ‘pro-Ukrainians’ are enraged that I have, and do.

6. People watch my workover 60 million views on my own YouTube channel alone, from almost every country in the world which has internet.

7. I produce a lot – over 4500 videos on my YouTube channel, plus articles, and more.

8. I’ve never been caught out in a lie, or fabrication. I don’t do that. There’s nothing to discredit my work.

9. The stakes are high. ‘Pro-Ukrainians’ want to present an unblemished image of their country, to speed their ‘European integration’, get more IMF funding, and on…

10. But, my work punctures that carefully constructed illusion of Ukraine. It reports the truth, just as it is. And, ‘pro-Ukrainians’ don’t like the truth. In fact many of them even loathe it. And if you’ve interacted with me on Twitter, they may well be trolling you now!

A Graham Newsletter (#24) Women’s Day, Surprise Locations, To-Do List, Reviews, and More…

Before starting on the newsletter, things are heating up in Donbass, be sure you’re following Patrick Lancaster here for developments. 

Naturally, I hope all the ladies reading this had a fabulous Women’s Day! I was delighted to film 2 reportages on the theme. Here, Women’s Day and what it means in the UK –

And here, the Women’s Day demonstration by organisation WASPI, representing women born in the 1950s, affected by change in pension legislation meaning many of them must work on for years –

And, on a video note, it feels like time to record a new introduction for my YouTube channel, this was now 3 years ago now, can you believe…

Of course, there’s lots of exciting new reportage coming up soon, and to have a recap of what’s been recently.

The Truth Speaker broke the curious case of the 2 Ukrainian men in the UK trying to avoid the draft in Ukraine. 

Also, there’s a new review section here on the Truth Speaker, and the first review here, on film ‘Dreams of a Life’, if you’d like to write a review on something for me, and be published here, send an email to me at: gwplondon@gmail.com

I’m leaving London soon to return to report in Donbass, via Serbia, Russia, and actually some surprise destinations on, and perhaps even not, on the way. And before leaving London, there’s a checklist of things to do, which will be starting soon. Read all about that here. 

Meanwhile, my last crowdfunder finished a bit under, however I’ll find a way to continue to bring you all the reportage I can, and you can always support my work here.  And of course a massive thanks to all of those of you who do support my work!

Women’s Day, Reportage from an Unexpected Place – and A To-Do List (before leaving London)

Graham Phillips

For the weekend, I’m looking forward to bringing you special reportage about what Women’s Day means in London, having already been pleased to bring you reportage from the WASPI demo.

In the week, there’s going to be reportage from an unexpected place.

And then, preparing to leave London to return to report in Donbass, via many places, and much reportage across Europe, more, and Russia, there’s a to-do list of things to get to in London prior to departure, so join me as I work through that list.

As ever, all my work is thanks to your support, being completely crowdfunded, independent. If you’d like to be involved in making it all happen – click here. 

What Rostov is Really Like…

Graham Phillips

Man Utd are playing in Rostov this Thursday, for their Europa League tie, and of course, the media are already writing about the ‘dangers’ there, ‘Russian hooligans’ etc etc. Now there’s a couple of things to consider here – that football is football, and tempers can be a bit heated, and also that the media’s prophecy of trouble, fighting etc, will actually happen, because they put it in people’s minds (plus, really want it to happen, to have a go at Russia etc).

However, I know the city of Rostov , in the south of Russia, quite well, have been many times, and it’s strange to see ‘dangerous’ and ‘Rostov’ even in the same paragraph. The Rostov I know is friendly, sunny, lovely. This was en route to Crimea, for the film I made there, for release this summer, A Brit in Crimea: (some bonus scenes):

And this, from a little earlier, asking Rostovchans what they think of president Putin: 

That’s Rostov, as it really is! And I wish everyone visiting a wonderful time!