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I need to add just a little bit I’ve been following.
Russian provocations are escalating and expanding, Russia is gaslighting, blaming Ukraine. This is the first time Russia has used the Black Sea oil platform as a military platform since stealing it from Ukraine a bit more than one year ago.
Only one mention of the escalation in RT: “Kiev admits advancing on rebels in east Ukrainian town ‘meter by meter’“, a complete fabrication.
Sputnik News has only one mention: Russian Military Denies Shooting at Ukrainian Transport Plane in Black Sea.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta has nothing.
Nezavisimaya Gazeta published quite a bit: The headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet: Statements of Ukraine about the alleged shelling of the An-26 – a lie, The new aggravation in the Donbass “provoked” by Donald Trump, Donbass: In the case entered “Grad” and “Uragan”, Ukraine is preparing for martial law, and Avdeevka resident described the panic and shooting in the city.
Russia does not appear to beating the war drums in the information world, but they sure do appear to be pushing for a retaliatory action by Ukraine.
A subtitle, however, caught my eye. Minsk will host a meeting of the Contact Group on the situation in the Donbass. Two sentences in the article were very provocative:
The Federation Council intend to appeal to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to halt aggression in the Donbass. As the head of the International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev, “the Ukrainian military conduct aimed fire from heavy weapons, resulting in killing civilians”, according to TASS .
(Edit: I added emphasis. Russia has been ‘about to appeal to the Ukraine Rada’ for almost a week now. Absolute crap.)
Obvious gaslighting, where Russia is escalating tensions, Russia is playing the part of a victim, claiming Ukraine is escalating.
Peskov comments suggest this was an orchestrated provocation, the intent of which was to provoke the Ukrainians into overreacting, to provide a pretense for further escalation, and to bait the new Administration in the process, providing ammunition for its critics in the US media and politics.
A Russian warship near Odessa hosed an unarmed Ukrainian Naval An-26 CURL transport with low calibre gunfire.
No surprises here. Further provocations are very likely.
Ukrainian navy aircraft attacked from Russia’s BSF ship in Ukraine’s territory01.02.17 17:04 – Ukrainian navy aircraft attacked from Russia’s BSF ship in Ukraine’s territory A Ukrainian An-26 came under fire this morning as it flew over the Odesa gas field in the Black Sea. View news.
Kremlin: Escalation in Donbas “reason to restart” Russia-U.S. cooperationThe Kremlin has said that the escalation of the conflict in Donbas is another reason for the “restoration of dialogue and cooperation”; between Russia and the United States, including in order to “untie the Ukrainian knot”; Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia. News 01 February from UNIAN.
Ukraine’s MP Iryna Herashchenko slams Peskov’s statement on Avdiivka, says Russian authorities no longer deny they launched offensive, calls them war criminals and murderers01.02.17 16:44 – Ukraine’s MP Iryna Herashchenko slams Peskov’s statement on Avdiivka, says Russian authorities no longer deny they launched offensive, calls them war criminals and murderers The Kremlin apparently does not even bother hiding that the escalation in the Donbas, namely in the vicinity of Avdiivka, was orchestrated to impel the United States and the international community to engage in a ‘dialogue’. View news.
PACE calls upon pro-Russian separatists to immediately cease offensive towards Avdiivka01.02.17 16:58 – PACE calls upon pro-Russian separatists to immediately cease offensive towards Avdiivka The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for Ukraine, Mr Jordi Xucla (Spain, ALDE) and Mr Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), expressed their deep concern about the escalation of violence and cease fire violations around… View news.
Reports suggest Russia engages in psychological warfare in Avdiyivka – mediaIn a disturbing echo of the battle for Debaltsevo two years ago, there are reports that SMS text messages are being broadcast to Ukrainian soldiers and residents in Avdiyivka, containing threats and warnings, according to Interpretermag.com. News 01 February from UNIAN.
Russian terrorists use human shield tactics as they hit Avdiivka from MLRSes deployed in Donetsk neighborhood, – InformNapalm investigation. PHOTOS01.02.17 17:25 – Russian terrorists use human shield tactics as they hit Avdiivka from MLRSes deployed in Donetsk neighborhood, – InformNapalm investigation. PHOTOS For two days in a row Russian hybrid army has been massively shelling Avdiivka, the Donetsk region, in violation of the Minsk agreements. Russian forces have been using cannon artillery, mortars and MLRSs. View photo news.
Ukraine troops under Grad fire as militants make another attempt to advance near AvdiyivkaAnother attempt to storm the positions of the government forces near Avdiyivka started at 07:00 Kyiv time, the ATO Staff reported, adding that the Ukrainian military refuted the assault. News 01 February from UNIAN.
Militants open fire on repair brigade near Avdiivka, – Zhebrivskyi01.02.17 16:26 – Militants open fire on repair brigade near Avdiivka, – Zhebrivskyi Occupants broke the cease-fire in the area of Avdiivka. View news.
“Don’t surrender Avdiivka. Please, don’t leave,” – Avdiivka female resident breaks into tears asking Ukrainian military to protect town from Russian troops. VIDEO01.02.17 14:56 – Don’t surrender Avdiivka. Please, don’t leave, – Avdiivka female resident breaks into tears asking Ukrainian military to protect town from Russian troops. VIDEO A female resident of Avdiivka, the Donetsk region, has broken into tears as she was asking Ukrainian military to protect the town from the Russian terrorist aggression. View video news.
Policing in Avdiivka: 100 law enforcers out on patrol, crime rate lowest, no looting registered. PHOTOS01.02.17 14:22 – Policing in Avdiivka: 100 law enforcers out on patrol, crime rate lowest, no looting registered. PHOTOS The police force in Avdiivka (the Donetsk region) have been reinforced threefold as hostilities in the area have been underway for three days now. View photo news.
Aftermath of morning attack on Avdiivka: female corpse with multiple shrapnel wounds found, – Abroskin. PHOTOS01.02.17 15:30 – Aftermath of morning attack on Avdiivka: female corpse with multiple shrapnel wounds found, – Abroskin. PHOTOS A woman, born in 1955, was killed in the bombardment of Avdiivka this morning. View photo news.
Rescuers continue assisting Avdiivka residents: 881 persons attended warming centers, – State Emergency Service. PHOTOS31.01.17 23:43 – Rescuers continue assisting Avdiivka residents: 881 persons attended warming centers, – State Emergency Service. PHOTOS The rescuers continue providing assistance to the residents of Avdiivka: mobile warming centers and kitchen trailers operate throughout the town. View photo news.
Friends and relatives say final goodbyes in Kyiv to military killed in Avdiivka. PHOTOS01.02.17 13:56 – Friends and relatives say final goodbyes in Kyiv to military killed in Avdiivka. PHOTOS On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Kyiv’s Maidain Nezalezhnosti hosted a farewell ceremony for Ukrainian military killed in Avdiivka. View photo news.
Militants killing each other in Donbas, – Main Intelligence Directorate28.01.17 15:29 – Militants killing each other in Donbas, – Main Intelligence Directorate Two pro-Russian militants killed their commander in the Donbas. View news.
‘LPR’ militants reported about orders to shell residential areas, – Main Intelligence Directorate28.01.17 17:23 – ‘LPR’ militants reported about orders to shell residential areas, – Main Intelligence Directorate The pro-Russian militants in the Donbas report about orders to fire at residential areas of the Luhansk region. View news.
Militant Khodakovskyi confirmed death of ”Vostok” battalion commander near Avdiivka. PHOTO29.01.17 15:31 – Militant Khodakovskyi confirmed death of ”Vostok” battalion commander near Avdiivka. PHOTO The leader of the Vostok terrorist battalion Oleksandr Khodakovskyi confirmed the elimination of the militant commander during today’s battle at the industrial zone of Avdiivka, the Donetsk region. View photo news.
Anxious Ukraine Risks Escalation In ‘Creeping Offensive’NOVOLUHANSKE, Ukraine — The way Ukrainian commander Vyacheslav “Eagle-Owl”; Vlasenko described it, his troops snuck into this rustic town of 4,000 people in broad daylight and took it — an…
Russian representatives to Trilateral Contact Group ignore videoconference convened over escalation in Avdiivka, – Interfax-Ukraine31.01.17 23:10 – Russian representatives to Trilateral Contact Group ignore videoconference convened over escalation in Avdiivka, – Interfax-Ukraine The representatives of the Russian Federation ignored Skype conference of the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbas, which was convened at the initiative of the Ukrainian side due to sharp deterioration of the situation in… View news.
Occupants fail to observe cease-fire: two Ukrainian soldiers killed, – ATO Staff01.02.17 15:54 – Occupants fail to observe cease-fire: two Ukrainian soldiers killed, – ATO Staff Two more soldiers received wounds. View news.
The Russians fired on an aircraft of the Naval Forces of Ukraine (Photo, updated)
Airplane Navy Ukrainian An-26 was shot at today at 10:20 on the Odessa gas field in the Black Sea.
This “Duma” was reported at the headquarters of Naval Forces of Ukraine.
On the plane opened fire with small arms seized by the Russian Federation of the rig (the so-called “Boyko tower”). In addition, he was accompanied by the detection station anti-missile system.
The aircraft received damage to the fuselage, the crew was not injured.
Near the rig there was a small anti-submarine ship Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation.
The territory over which the flight is, belongs to Ukraine. The An-26 was not armed.
UPDATED 16:46. For information about the incident confirmed the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak.