WW4 File: UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: Moscow-backed Donbas rebels launch fiercest artillery barrage against Ukrainian troops in nearly 6 weeks, five soldiers killed near town of Avdiivka, 18 km north of rebel-held regional capital of Donetsk, three comrades-in-arms earlier blown up by mine; insurgents launch total of 29 attacks along front; follows latest illegal attempt to federate Ukrainian oblasts of Donetsk, Lugansk into “Little Russia” (Malorossiya), Alexander Zakharchenko, president of unrecognized “Donetsk People’s Republic,” pushes initiative, but Vladimir Degtyarenko, chairman of People’s Council of unrecognized “Lugansk People’s Republic,” rejects proclamation; Donbas rebels announced formation of “New Russia” (Novorossiya) in 2014, but abandoned project following year; Ukraine’s border police detained 2 FSB officers attempting to infiltrate Black Sea coast aboard small boat on June 30, Kiev detained Russians for 15 days; Ukrainian SBU accuses FSB of masterminding June cyberattack against government, banks, Chernobyl nuke plant, as well as dropping power grid in 2015, 2016; pro-separatist Ukrainian communists protest outside appeals court in Kiev, demand reversal of last year’s party ban
July 21, 2017
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The war in Ukraine’s Donbas flares up, but few in the shopping mall regime are paying attention.