The Paradox of the OSCE Death in Donbass

Yesterday, shortly after 11am local time, an OSCE member, male, paramedic was killed in the Lugansk People’s Republic, near the small village of Pryshyb, and two injured, as their armoured vehicle went over a landmine. Initial reports that the victim was British, were later found not to be case, two OSCE female members were injured – one German, female, one Czech, male, (both reported as now having been discharged from hospital).

Of course, from the start, attempt to vilify the Lugansk People’s Republic for this, with Ukrainian propaganda publication the Kyiv Post doing that, citing Ukraine’s advisor to Ministry of Internal Affair, Anton Gerashchenko, blaming Russia, Gerashchenko always on hand with a quote about the ‘evils’ of Russia, and the People’s Republics of Donbass – while himself running the Myrotvorets site, arranging bounties to kill ‘separatists’ and on.

However, the OSCE convoy had in fact deviated from main roads,  and gone down sideroads. Why it did this, who knows, but it did, and has resulted in the first death of an OSCE worker since war began in Donbass, over 3 years ago.

The death has brought mass attention from the media, and drawn comment from everyone from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to German PM Angela Merkel. Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, pictured, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the 57-nation OSCE, demanded a thorough investigation, adding that those responsible ‘would be held accountable’. All of which is way, way more attention than is ever given to the thousands of civilian deaths in Donbass caused by Ukrainian shelling. 

More, the amount of times I’ve personally witnessed the OSCE either ignore, or actually even cover up for the Ukrainian shelling which has taken the lives of thousands of Donbass civilians now –

But it seems the life of one OSCE worker is an international incident, the lives of thousands of Donbass civilians, seemingly, hardly worth a mention.

On the Russia side, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has called for a full, transparent investigation into the incident. Russia has stated it believes the incident to be a ‘provocation’. 

Who did it, will indeed hopefully be ascertained. But that there are Ukrainian terrorists working in the Donetsk, and Lugansk, people’s republics is well known. I even interviewed one here, last September –

In any case, I send my condolences to the family of the victim, this is a sad incident, and one which raises a lot of questions, and throws up a paradox about the value of human life.

Patrick Lancaster’s Donbass Humanitarian Appeal: An Update

In the last 18 months, American journalist Patrick Lancaster – @PLNewsToday – has been doing humanitarian work in Donbass. I’ve done a few videos about it:

Patrick has distributed over 65 tonnes of aid to the hardest hit areas of the warzone!! This, his most recent distribution, just the other day –

Patrick continues to do regular distributions!

You can donate via the link below or via Paypal to address helpvictimsukrainewar@gmail.com, to Sberbank Russia Card number 4276
8801 9017 1656 or via WesternUnion/MoneyGram to “Patrick John
Lancaster” in “Russia”.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=helpvictimsukrainewar%40gmail%2ecom&lc=US&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

3 Reasons Never to Trust the Kyiv Post…

When living in Kiev (2011, to early 2013), I used to read the Kyiv Post, the longest-established English-language newspaper, in fact the only one of real note in all that time (I worked at magazine What’s On, but that bit the dust after Euromaidan, and I’d long left by then anyhow). I even wrote some articles for them, in 2012. 

Pre-Euromaidan, the paper had its issues, but it was generally a good source of English-language news out of Ukraine. Euromaidan time, the publication went full-on pro-Euromaidan, and it’s been propaganda ever since. But, don’t take my word for it, here’s 3 reasons never to trust the Kyiv Post:

  1. The Kyiv Post does not care who it employs, as long as they write pro-Ukraine propaganda. Their Donbass correspondent for over a year, was Dutchman Stefan Huijboom – now convicted as a conman, serving time in a Dutch jail. He was engaged in this activity throughout his Kyiv Post time – they turned a blind eye at that time, and haven’t issued any statement since his 2016 conviction.
  2. They employ former members of the Ukrainian armed forces, active supporters of the Ukrainian military, to write for them as journalists, click here for more on that – https://twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/853876800132448256
  3. When they are not employing conmen or soldiers to write for them, the Kyiv Post write about Donbass on the authority of never having been there during the conflict. Check out this tweet by editor Euan MacDonald – making excuses for not having been, but still writing about it all the time – https://twitter.com/Euan_MacDonald/status/701717517350338560 

    Euan, of course, happy to lie and falsify about Donbass to make Ukrainian, western propaganda. 

    The list could go on, but those 3 are enough in themselves. The Kyiv Post is never to be trusted. It’s fake news.

Why I’ve come to Report from Serbia? 10 Reasons.

I spoke here from Trafalgar Square at the start of February, about wanting to go to new places, to bring you unique reportage.

And so it was, I chose Serbia, and have now been reporting here for 10 days already. But, why Serbia? Here’s why –

  1. The current situation in Serbia is fascinating – the country is uniquely poised between the EU, and Russia. Which way it goes has huge implications for the whole world.
  2. The past is fascinating in Serbiadespite some excellent work, there is still much to be known about the NATO bombings of 1999, for example.
  3. There’s a deficit of real reportage from Serbia – the media here is state-controlled, there’s not much real coverages of events here. I know that my work can make a real contribution in gettig the truth out of Serbia.
  4. There’s unexpected, exciting themes to report on – look out for reportage coming up on themes you wouldn’t have expected of Serbia.
  5. As of now, protests continue in Serbia for the 17th day, but that’s something hardly being covered in the media.
  6. There’s connections to Donbass – murals of Motorola, and Givi, men from Serbia who volunteered to fight in Donbass.
  7. Themes connected to Serbia come up in the news all the time….
  8. … and it’s often not clear what the real situation is. For example, Rita Ora’s visit to Kosovo last year, and a general total misrepresentation of that whole situation.
  9. It’s not just Serbia, the whole Balkans are fascinating. Montenegro are joining NATO, there’s Macedonia, Bosia…
  10. For all of these, and more, I believe there’s really important work to be done from Serbia, and it’s very exciting to be reporting from here.

General Election in the UK: My Statement on actions regarding that

Theresa May has just called a snap election for June 8th, of this year. 

As you know, I love reporting from the UK, however I’m committed to working in Serbia for now, then Donbass, and Crimea, in this time, and I will fulfill those commitments.

In the past, I’ve supported – and openly – certain politics, or political parties in the UK, for example, I voted UKIP at the 2015 General Election, and was more than open about that, as I believed that we needed a referendum on EU membership.

Before that,  I’d generally inclined towards the Conservative Party. However, the actions of the Conservative Party in respect of Donbass, and not only, mean that I cannot, and do not support them now.

I support the best possible government for the UK, which will deliver, for the country I love, good relationships with Europe, Russia, and the world, and make Great Britain a country which does good in the world.

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. 

A Graham Newsletter (#26) Brexit Day, London Attacks, Serbia, MH17, Scotland

Today is, of course, Brexit day, in all the UK, and I’ve just come back from Scotland, filming reportage there on the independence referendum, and wrapping up filming on upcoming documentary ‘Brit in Crimea (on his holidays)’.

As you will all be aware, the last week saw a terrorist attack in London, with the loss of four lives, and over 40 injured. In the first instance, I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of those of you who expressed your condolences. I was fairly nearby at the time, and rushed to the scene to film live reportage. Actually I’ll be doing a special, extended report on it over this week.

And it will be my final reportage before leaving London, for the next period of work. I’ve lived in this city for some 16 years, well remember the 2005 terrorist attack here, so of course, this new attack resonates, it’s painful. Yet, I also must compare it with my time as a correspondent in Donbass, and I remember at times days on end with death tolls higher than that of London on March 22nd, and no international outrage, pray for Donbass and on…

In modern times, London has survived the IRA, July 7th and now last Wednesday’s terrorist attacks, but there’s no question that almost all living in London, even the UK, have no idea what people in Donbass have been through. On the recent March for Europe, in London, I asked this man, from twin city of Donetsk, Sheffield, about Donetsk – he believed it to be in Russia –

I covered the March for Europe extensively, all my video reportage from there, here, 35 video interviews in total –

Interesting how many pro-EU marchers believe that the EU has ‘brought peace’, when of course last week marked 18 years since the EU-backed bombing of then-Yugoslavia. I wrote an article about that here, on the Truth Speaker, and thank you for the strong response to that! To make no mention of the EU-instigated war we all know too well about, in Donbass, where Patrick Lancaster reports today, as a woman killed by Ukrainain shelling.

Before returning, which I’ll do via the Netherlands, among other countries, I made this video for the MH17 investigation team: 

As for now, I’m preparing to leave the UK to return to Donbass, via a number of locations en route interesting for reportage. There’s a lot of that coming up, and there will be another newsletter soon.

Meanwhile, all the best, as ever, and forever thanks for your support of my work (for details on how to support, click here).