Special Donbass London Event – Tomorrow!

No April Fool’s – it’s really tomorrow!

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Make sure you’ve got the venue – email me at gwplondon@gmail.com – contact via Facebook, Twitter etc.

Exciting extra details – it looks like we will have 2, perhaps even 3 tv channels filming the event!

Auction – as well as photos, this will be up for auction – perhaps one of the most famous jackets to come out of Novorossiya!

It was the jacket I wore in to a newly liberated Debaltsevo, as one of the first journalists in there –

It’s also been in almost every publication in Russia!

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There will be other special items up for auction too!

As well as q and a, special guest, entertainment – catering event! And all to raise funds for Donbass.

See you tomorrow, 6.45pm to start at 7pm, by Finsbury Park!

Куда Пропали все Украинские Нацисты?

Грэм Филлипс

Помните неонацистов Украины? Они были везде. SkyNews предупреждал: Евро 2012: Неонацистская Угроза для английских болельщиков

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Daily Mail преподносил это так, как будто английские футбольные болельщики прямиком попадут в засаду: Толпы нацистов подстерегают английских болельщиков

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Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpДаже серьезные издания не остались от этого в стороне. Тhe Telegraph, отмечал: «Документальный фильм ВВС, транслировавшийся в понедельник вечером, показал, как толпы скандируют оскорбительные «кричалки» в адрес игроков, обычных «зигующих» нацистов, жестокие нападения на азиатских зрителей на матче в Украине». Ссылаясь на этот шокирующий фильм ВВС, Сол Кэмпбелл, бывший футболист сборной Англии, выразил беспокойство, что английские болельщики, которые отважатся поехать на Евро 2012, рискуют «вернуться домой в гробу».

3 года спустя на Донбасс, отколовшуюся от прежней Украины территорию, пришла война, где со стороны Украины воюют подразделения, беззастенчиво сформированные из неонацистских группировок запада страны, тех самых, которых так активно пригвождала к позорному столбу западная пресса в 2012 г. На этих фото печально известный украинский батальон Азов, открыто демонстрирующий свою приверженность нацизму

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Azov Nazi 3Однако, западная пресса, так спешившая в 2012 г. осудить неонацизм, в 2015 г. вдруг впала в состояние всепрощения. Далее цитата из Daily Mail (текст, фактически взят из Агентства Reuters), акцентирую ваше внимание на тексте, выделенном жирным шрифтом.

УРЗУФ, Украина, 25 марта (Агентство Reuters) – Ультраправый батальон Азов, символ которого напоминает черную свастику на желтом фоне, готовится защищать портовый город Мариуполь, расположенный в юго-восточной части Украины, от весьма вероятного нападения пророссийских сепаратистов.

1,000 крайне ультранационалистических бойцов в почти годовом конфликте с поддерживаемыми Россией мятежниками из восточной Украины зарекомендовали себя как непримиримых борцов, презрительно относящуюся к усилиям по поддержанию мира.

Но радикальные взгляды командующих подразделений национальной гвардии Украины, которая действует наряду с регулярной армией, и использование символов, которых отражаться нацистские эмблемы, вызвало тревогу на Западе и в России. Не исключено, что по окончании боевых действий, эти силы могут выступить против прозападного Киевского руководства.

Azov HitlerВ 2012 «зигующие» футбольные фанаты были «толпой нацистов», теперь это батальон, идущий в бой под свастикой, участников которого вряд ли кто-нибудь превзойдет в откровенном почитании нацизма (фото слева), они не просто «напоминают» нацистов, они «копируют» их. Разумеется, такое поведение едва ли согласуется с их реноме «непримиримых борцов», «защитников» от вечного зла, от этих «пророссийских сепаратистов» – излюбленных «плохих парней» западных СМИ.

Желание бойцов батальона Азов превозносить нацизм настолько велико, что они фактически фальсифицируют фотографии. Подрисовывают на них свастики. Исследования показывают, что свастика была дорисована на этой фотографии, впоследствии гордо демонстрируемой в социальной сети на странице Олега Пеня, члена батальона Азов –

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VitaПросто подумайте, если эти украинские неонацисты были также плохи, как и, салютующие нацистские приветствия, футбольные фанаты в 2012, то в действиях «пророссийских сепаратистов», безусловно, есть смысл…
В действительности, эти нацисты, разумеется, несказанно хуже. Что произойдет, когда в зоне боевых действий неонацистам «развяжут руки», разожгут их ненависть к России, веру в то, что все на Донбассе – «пророссийские сепаратисты», окажут всеобъемлющую поддержку как со стороны своих, так и со стороны западных СМИ?…. Они будут поступать также, как Вита Заверуха, участница батальона Айдар, которая из гранатомета обстреливает деревню и ее жителей в Донбассе.

Повезет ли найти это в западных СМИ? Едва ли, но Вы можете легко найти Виту Завируху – ее фотография на развороте французского журнала Elle, а в статье, которая вряд ли была бы написана выразительнее, даже если бы ее писала мать Виты собственной персоной, ее (Виту) называют «особый вид бойца».

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Вот еще паре фотографий «особого бойца» –

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Конечно, западная пресса в какой-то степени признает наличие необузданного неонацизма среди украинских сил. Но как они могут делать это, не заклеймив их снова как «плохих парней»? Все просто: представители СМИ говорят с ними, а затем публикуют самые весомые из их личных оправданий –

Fullscreen capture 28032015 181600.bmpВ интервью с USA TODAY он признал, что он – нацист, и сказал со смехом, что не более половины его товарищей поддерживают нацистов. Он сказал, что ему импонирует идея сильной власти на Украине, как в Германии во время Второй мировой войны, но он против геноцида евреев. Он также отметил, что к меньшинствам нужно относиться терпимо до тех пор, пока они мирные и не требуют особых привилегий, а собственность богатых олигархов должна быть у них отнята и национализирована ….

Андрей Дьяченко, представитель бригады Азов, сказал, что нацистов в группе всего лишь 10-20%. “Я знаю, что Алекс – нацист, но это – его личная идеология. Это не имеет никакого отношения к официальной идеологии Азова”, сказал Дьяченко. “Он – хороший сержант-инструктор по строевой подготовке и хороший преподаватель тактики и навыков владения оружием”.

Так, западная пресса отвечает на свой собственный вопрос, один из ключевых вопросов войны на Донбассе: что делать, если людей, которых вы раньше называли неонацистами, больше нельзя так называть? Постарайтесь этого не делать, но если абсолютно необходимо, то найдите вызывающие сочувствие фотографии с ними и сделайте их хорошими неонацистами!

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Спасибо за помощь Света дорогая

Germanwings and MH17

By Graham Phillips

I was as, as everyone, shocked at the crash of Germanwings flight 9525, on March 24th, then stunned as developments emerged soon after as to the cause of the tragedy, which claimed 149 lives.

Just 2 days later, on March 26th, the Daily Mirror declared

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Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old German co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane deliberately slammed the jet into the ground after locking himself in the cockpit.

A photo was included of the man cited by some sources as  27, others 28, from Montabaur in Germany, as he smiled by San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge.

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ABC added on the 26th

An airline spokeswoman said Lubitz had 630 hours of flight experience and only 100 of those hours were on this particular model of plane, an Airbus A320. By comparison, a U.S. first officer would be required to have at least 1,500 hours of Fullscreen capture 01042015 011622.bmpexperience to get hired by an airline.

Investigators have been able to listen to the audio recording from inside the cockpit and the captain can be heard leaving the cockpit and then tapping on the door to re-enter but being denied, Robin said.

Their video report added further information of Lubitz’s ‘existing illness’, and condition he had ‘concealed from his employers’ while referencing German media already having exposed his ‘history of mental illness’.

Next day, the BBC amplified –

He intentionally started a descent while the pilot was locked out.

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The Mail added

French investigators believe Lubitz locked himself inside the cockpit and then intentionally smashed the Germanwings plane into a mountainside.

On the 31st, a week after the tragedy, the Telegraph summed up

Andreas Lubitz: Everything we know on Tuesday about Germanwings plane crash co-pilot

Latest news: co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, who crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 in the French Alps was treated for suicidal tendencies

Fatherhood: Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was expecting a baby with his teacher girlfriend before the air crash which killed him and 149 others, it has been claimed.

German WingsLubitz, who deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, was in therapy for suicidal tendencies before getting his pilot’s licence, Germany’s state prosecutor has told Press Association.

A transcript from the black box voice recorder recovered from crash site reveals the pilot screaming at Andreas Lubitz to open the cockpit door

Captain Patrick Sondheimer pleaded with Lubitz to unlock the cockpit door before taking an axe to it in a desperate attempt to stop the plane crashing

The article goes on, at length, as just one week after the tragedy, it feels like we the viewer have concrete information about all the key details of the disaster. So Fullscreen capture 01042015 013826.bmpmuch information has come out it does feel as if every detail of the investigation has been immediately disseminated to the press (CNN left).

And in 9525 what we have is what people expect, even now demand, from a modern aviation disaster. Announcement of tragedy. Shock, comprehending scope of tragedy, followed very soon by answers – Who Did It? Why Was it Done? 

In that, we have the paradigm the media apply to every air disaster. Bold headlines of shock, quick attribution of blame, exploration of ramifications – in the case of 9525, flight deck poilcy, Lufthansa’s monitoring of its pilots, Germany’s relation toward mental health.

MH17The circumstances of Germanwings are far removed from Malaysia Airlines flight 17, over 8 months and 3000km away, as it went down in Donbass, Grabovo, on July 17th 2014, with the loss of all 298 lives on board on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpor.

But the tactics of the media, unerringly identical. In the case of MH17 – immediate apportioning of blame to the pro-Donbass forces, and Russia, even Putin himself as a proxy, this from the very next day, as countless headlines peremptorily place the blame at Putin’s door – Putins Missile

Then, followed by the inevitable rounding in on the pro-Donbass fighters, their ‘failings’, and that of their cause (the independence of Donbass from Ukraine) supposedly exemplified, exposed by the apparent fait accompli of their having ‘shot down the Boeing’.

MH171But MH17 was never as simple as that. It was never an immediate ‘cut and shut’, the ‘BUK at first look’ policy applied by the press. It was a tragedy which required an investigation. An investigation which, through either cover-up or incompetence, never happened. An investigation, led by a Dutch and Australian team, who sent out a press release a couple of days ago calling not for witnesses of the crash, but witnesses of a ‘BUK missile system’ alleged as responsible.

The release referenced a phone call many have claimed as staged, made by Fullscreen capture 01042015 020149.bmp‘separatists’ – the pejorative term for pro-independence fighters, and added that they were looking to speak to ‘anybody who can help to solve this tragedy’.

But there’s no question that the weight of an investigation which will have taken over a year when completed, is in finding an outcome to suit a verdict delivered by the media a couple of days after the event.

The media formula of crash, shock, revelation, blame may suit them, their audience. It may even suit some air disasters, but it never fitted MH17 its MH172adoption another in a litany of problems to have befallen the ill-fated flight, after its shattering into hundreds of thousands of pieces across fields in rural Donbass.

All air disasters are not equal, each deserves an individual investigation based on unique circumstances. The continual application of the instant gratification media formula risks jeopardising what should always be the incontrovertible goal of any investigation – justice for the relatives of victims, answers to prevent recurrence.

MH173With MH17, the weight of world opinion was formed by media coverage in the first couple of days. Now, the investigation has to go up against a global opinion already formed by headline writers before any investigation was conducted.

We’ll see whether the will there will be to challenge the press who will defend their initial, however unsubstantiated, findings, the resultant entrenched mindsets, with facts derived from real investigation. Or whether the investigation will itself be a victim, in part of this media’s application of a standard aircrash formula – shock-blame-shame.

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This Week – Graham’s Special Donbass Event

By Graham Phillips

This event has quite a history – the first incarnation was cancelled after intervention from pro-Ukraine activists.

That’s why this time, I’ve had to be a bit more discreet with details. But, here they are – 94n0Ju1427719161

The venue is near Finsbury Park tube station, starting 6.45pm, April 2nd – 

There will be a special guest!

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Auctionmy 20 best photos, as selected by you, up for auction to raise funds for Donbass – the town of Pervomaisk, with living conditions there truly desperate, hospitals in Donetsk.

Pervomaisk here –

There will be Catering – kindly arranged by a kind firm, provided for free.

Entertainment – looking like we’re going to have some special singing put on, as well as an MC!

An open mic – for you to get up on stage to say what you want

And a chance for you to give money for Donbass via a fundraiser, and send humanitarian items there (clothes, medical supplies etc), such as I can take by car.

The page for the Donbass Event, in London on April 2nd is here.

 

It should be a great evening – see you there! 

Press Release: CALL FOR WITNESSES MH17

Please note – this is a Press Release from the official MH17 investigation, does not reflect my own views or findings on the tragedy – Graham Phillips

In the criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17, the international Joint Investigation Team issues a call for witnesses from Eastern-Ukraine. The investigation team investigates various scenarios. A scenario is that from this region MH17 has been taken down on July 17th 2014, 16.20 hr.

Within the scope of this scenario the investigation team is looking for people that can provide more information on the transport, the crew and the firing of a BUK missile system in the Donbass area, Eastern Ukraine, in the days around the crash of MH17 on July 17th 2014.

Previously a general call for witnesses had been released in the wake of the international recovery mission. At this stage in the criminal investigation, the investigation team has a clearer picture of the possible causes of the crash. It is therefore logical to release a second more specific call for witnesses.

This call for witnesses does not mean that the police and public prosecution service already have clearly established what the cause is of the crash of flight MH17. More investigation is needed. It is too early to draw any conclusions about the cause of the plane crash. For that reason in this call for witnesses the request is explicitly aimed at anybody who can help to solve this tragedy.

Today the call for witnesses is distributed via websites and social media-channels of law enforcement and legal authorities and newssites of newspapers, radio- en tv-stations. The call for witnesses is presented in a short movie, Russian spoken with English subtitles. The movie shows images of the transport in Eastern-Ukraine of a BUK missile system on a lowloader truck. The movie also contains parts of intercepted phone calls between separatists.

Regarding the call for witnesses is stressed that all information in relation to the crash of MH17 is welcome. Witnesses who have relevant information that points into another investigative direction are also welcome to contact the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Witnesses can leave or upload information on the website of the Joint Investigation Team (www.jitmh17.com) but also have the possibility to contact the JIT by phone or email.

The international criminal investigation into the crash of flight MH17 is undertaken by Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine.

This notice has also been published on the website of the next of kin.

Dove Sono Andati a Finire Tutti i Nazisti Ucraini?

Di Graham Phillips

Ricordate i neo-nazi ucraini? Erano ovunque. Sky lanciò l’allarme: Euro 2012 Minaccia Neo-nazi per i tifosi inglesi –

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Il Mail lasciò passare l’idea che i tifosi inglesi stessero andando incontro ad una vera imboscata: Banda di nazi in agguato dei tifosi inglesi

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Fullscreen capture 28032015 190100.bmpAnche giornali più rinomati rimarcarono le gesta dei neonazi, Il Telegraph riportò : “Lunedi sera il documentario della BBC ha ampiamente mostrato cori razzisti durante le partite, saluti nazisti di routine, attacchi violenti a spettatori asiatici durante un incontro con l’Ucraina” Ed è riferendosi a quel documenatario BBC cosi scioccante che Sol Campbell, ex giocatore inglese, paventò il rischio per i tifosi inglesi che avessero intrapreso il viaggio per Euro 2012 ‘di tornare a casa in una bara‘.

3 anni più tardi c’è una guerra reale che viene combattuta nel Donbass, un tempo parte dell’Ucraina, con molte delle formazioni ucraine vergognosamente reclutate proprio tra quei gruppi nazisti dell’Ucraina dell’ovest messi alla gogna dalla stampa occidentale nel 2012.

Qui palesi esponenti del Nazismo del famoso battaglione Azov

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Tuttavia, la stessa stampa occidentale che correva a condannare il neonazismo nel 2012, nel 2015 si trovò in uno stato d’animo più indulgente. Questo dal Daily Mail (testo in realtà ripreso da Reuters)- Ho sottolineato alcune frasi –

URZUF, Ukraine, March 25 (Reuters) Il battaglione Azov di estrema destra, il quale simbolo ricorda una svastica nera su campo giallo, si prepara a difendere la città portuale di Mariupol nel sudest ucraino da un attacco imminente dei separatisti pro russi.

La militia ultranazionalista, forte di un migliaio di appartenenti, si è fatta la reputazione di essere una fiera forza di opposizione durante il conflitto che dura da quasi un anno contro i ribelli dell’ est Ucraina sostenuti dalla Russia, e disprezza gli sforzi di pace.

Ma le opinioni radicali dei comandanti di un gruppo affiliato alla guardia nazionale ucraina ,la quale opera a stretto contatto con l’esercito, e l’uso di simboli che evocano gli emblemi nazisti ha causato allarme ad Ovest e in Russia, e potrebbe tornare a tormentare la leaderschip pro occidentale di Kiev quando i combattimenti finiranno.

Azov HitlerNel 2012 dei tifosi di calcio che facevano il saluto nazista erano dei “criminali”, ora un battaglione che entra in battaglia indossando svastiche, i cui membri difficilmente potrebbero essere più franchi nella loro venerazione per il nazismo (foto a sinistra) semplicemente “assomiglia” e “evoca” il nazismo. Naturalmente non più di quanto si adatti difficilmente a loro la definizione di ” fieri combattenti”, “difensori” contro l’eterno male, quei separatisti pro-russi, lo spauracchio preferito dei media occidentali.

ll desiderio di Azov di esaltare il nazismo è così estremo che adesso falsificano le foto. Falsificano le foto per includerci le svastiche. Una scansione mostra che la svastica è stata inserita con photoshop in questa foto, per essere poi mostrata orgogliosamente sul sito di social networking di Oleg Penya membro di Azov.

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VitaBasti pensare che se i neonazisti ucraini fossero cattivi quanto i tifosi che salutavano col braccio teso nel 2012 improvvisamente i “separatisti pro russi” avrebbero ragione… in verità, naturalmente, sono infinitamente peggio. Cosa succede quando sguinzagli dei neonazisti in una zona di guerra, li infiammi con l’odio verso la Russia, lasci credere che chiunque nel Donbass è un separatista pro-russo, gli dai pieno supporto dei media occidentali… che fanno cose come queste. Vita Zaverukha, membro neonazista del battaglione Aidar imbraccia un lanciarazzi, colpisce un villaggio, dei civili, nel Donbass.

Avete avuto la fortuna di trovarlo su qualche media occidentale? Difficile, ma potete trovare facilmente Vita Zaverukha, lei è la pagina centrale di Elle in Francia, descritta come un “tipo speciale di combattente” in un articolo che non avrebbe potuto essere più splendente se l’avesse scritto la stessa mamma di Vita.

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Qui qun paio di foto in più della “combattente speciale” –

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Naturalmente la stampa occidentale deve in qualche modo,
riconoscere il neo-nazismo dilagante tra le forze ucraine. Ma
come possono farlo senza ridefinirli come “i cattivi”?
Semplice- li intervistano per poi pubblicare le più
attenuanti fra le loro auto-assoluzioni.

Fullscreen capture 28032015 181600.bmpIn un intervista a USA TODAY, lui ammette di essere un nazista e dice con una risata che non più di metà dei suoi
compagni sono seguaci del nazismo. Dice di essere sostenitore di una forte leadership per l’Ucraina, come fu per la
Germania durante la seconda guerra mondiale, ma si oppone al genocidio nazista degli ebrei. Le minoranze verranno tollerate fintanto che saranno pacifiche e non richiederanno privilegi speciali,dice, e la proprietà degli oligarchi benestanti sarà confiscata e nazionalizzata…

Andriy Diachenko, un portavoce della brigata Azov dichiara che soltanto il 10% o 20% dei membri del gruppo sono nazisti. “So che Alex è un nazista, ma è la sua ideologia personale. Non ha niente a che fare con l’ideologia ufficiale di Azov”. Dice Diachenko “È un sergente ben addestrato e un buon instruttore per le competenze nelle tattiche e nelle armi”

Così la stampa occidentale risponde alla sua stessa domanda, una delle domande chiavi della guerra nel Donbass- Cosa fai quando non è più conveniete chiamare neonazisti le persone che avevi definito neonazisti? Prova a non chiamarli più così, ma se proprio devi, trova delle foto simpatiche e fai di essi dei buon neo-nazi!

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Per la traduzione italiana ringrazio molto Mauro Piccolini!

Busting Ukraine Fakes (#2) – ‘Russian Elite Troops’ in the Ukrainian Army and Rob Pulse

By Graham Phillips

Fullscreen capture 29032015 230350.bmpThere will be more to come on Rob Pulse, actually there’s enough for an entire series on Ukraine’s hapless, yet relentless propagandist – on Twitter since December 2010, with near 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.

The first question about Rob would be, naturally, who is he? ‘Rob Pulse’, an invented name, used for his tag, his 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.

Скриншот 25.03.2015 223404He’s actually called Rob Schultz, where he’s from is unknown – he lists his locations on Twitter as Miami and London, yet it’s unclear if he’s in either. His user photo is an opaque one of himself in shades, yet there do exist photos online of Rob Schultz. However, Pulse/Schultz is so touchy about these, if you post them on Twitter (which I did in response to his maliciously posting the unblurred face of a young girl holding a Russia flag in the Ukraine city of Nikolaev, putting her life in danger), Rob will immediately complain to Twitter, have the photos removed –

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Producing pro-Ukraine propaganda is exactly what Rob does, and while he stays pretty faithful to the pro-Ukraine script in general, he often blunders off into territory even they won’t touch. So, 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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This goof such a doozy Pulse deleted all his Tweets on the theme. But it didn’s stop him – in between then and now, there have been numerous other cock-ups from the blundering propagandist, who finds ‘Russian soldiers’ in every fighter in Donbass ‘Russian tanks’ in every military vehicle. But his one of a couple of days ago reached a new level, even with Pulse’s lengthy background of balls-ups. From looking through my photos, Rob found ‘Russian Elite Troops’ in Ukraine on the day of Crimea’s ‘illegal referendum’.

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The fairly major flaw in this latest assertion of ‘Russian troops’, is that this is actually the Ukrainian army. I know, I stopped to film them here, by a base of multiple Ukrainian military vehicles and troops, just off, and on, Chongar peninsular, this particular point by the first ‘X’, some 20km from the Crimean border, and the first pro-Russia blockpost

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Here’s video, from the 16th – where I ended up spending some time with them after my cat locked me out of my car at that time, and I enlisted their help –

The soldiers were from Nikolaev, regular Ukrainian army. I passed them coming out of Crimea 2 days later. And here, on one of their APCs, the Ukrainian flag flying –

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And there we have it – it takes a standard pro-Ukraine propagandist to find ‘Russian troops’ in the Novorossiya Forces. It takes Rob Pulse to find them in the Ukrainian army!