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SHAMEFUL: Drunken Ukrainian troops rape and pillage their own people

Kiev regime forces take time off from fighting phantom Russian armies to loot what’s left of their failed state




(SouthFront) – The social media saw the publication of a letter from an inhabitant of Kherson which describes the lawless behavior of Ukrainian soldiers, and of the crimes committed by local authorities.

The 54 year old Nikolai’s open letter was published by the Ukrainian politician and blogger Aleksey Zhuravko. He worked for many years in that region, was elected to the Rada as a deputy, and Khersonians often turn to him for help.

Nikolai writes that the glorious Ukrainian terror fighters in Kherson, like in other cities, behave in an utterly lawless manner–they drink, rape, rob, and assault local inhabitants. Criminality is widespread in the region. Neither the authorities nor Arsen Avakov’s ministry does anything about it.

“All the troops who served in the counter-terror zone [ATO] have become an untouchable caste for the authorities, a caste on which the current regime rests. ATOers can stun fish in rivers and lakes with grenades with impunity, organize drinking orgies with use of weapons. All of that terrifies the people,” writes the inhabitant of Kherson.
"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

“People are afraid to come out in the evenings because they are afraid of banditry and robberies. Women have even cheap jewelry ripped off.”

“People live in poverty. Due to the massive rise in gas prices, people have to rely on pot-bellied stoves, like during the Great Patriotic War. And those who have no money at all cut down trees at night in the tree farms. Coal now costs 7-8 thousand hryvnya per ton, or 15-17 thousand rubles. There are many impoverished elderly on the streets, sleeping under piles of rags.”

"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

“They have deprived the young generation of their future. Technical schools are closing, there’s no place to learn a profession. But in the city you see “erotic massage” salons positively mushroom. There is a whole network of brothels in Kherson.”

“Already next week there will be frost, and many don’t turn on the gas in their homes and apartments because it is too expensive. They set up stoves and solid-fuel boilers. But again, only those who can and who can scrape together enough money. Huge numbers of people, particularly poor elderly, sleep under piles of rags, freeze. Forests and tree farms are being cut down. Which means death for the Kherson region. It is only 50 years ago that the Oleshkovo Sands were covered with pines and other trees. If they are destroyed, the sands will be on the move again. Then agriculture will be gone and some towns will start vanishing from maps. The trees are being cut down by night even in Kherson itself in order to keep homes warm. The thick-jowled governors of Kherson region, Kiev gang favorites, turned off the water to Crimea which hurt Kerson farmers in the hottest regions bordering with Crimea even more. Chaplynsk, Kalancha, Genichesk, etc. They all suffer from lack of water.

Prices keep going up, everywhere and on everything! This is why the poor, who also have to pay for utilities, are suffering from malnutrition. They lose eyesight, their teeth drop out…And this is the third millennium! Back in the 1960s we felt that in the third millennium our country will be a developed space-faring power, our people will fly to other planets and establish contact other civilizations. But those are only bygone dreams. We were pushed 100 years back! People are buying kerosene lamps, setting up stoves, get the impossibly expensive coal. Is this what our fathers and grandfathers died for?”


"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

All the youth is addicted. Even the kids. MVD, SBU, the Prosecutor’s Office are all overseeing this trade.

“Cars are being stolen, nothing but thievery and decay around. It’s the end of the world or something…”

Many people are dying. There are more and more graves without crests or plates. Nikolai himself is living off pennies. At age 54, he’s too old to be hired.

“It’s not life but a nightmare, which one wants to forget but it just goes on and on. Are we all simply doomed, should we just die? That is so cruel and unfair!”

“In the villages where the ATOers are quartered, the local inhabitants suffer from mass theft of food, poultry, small livestock. Isn’t that just like the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War? The young is the most vulnerable part of every family. All the parents want better life for their kids. But it’s the youth this government is depriving of its future. It is cold in schools and kindergartens, there is no heat. Kids get sick. Since all the tech schools have closed and there is no place to learn a trade, there is also no place to get a job and earn money. Girls are being demoralized, forced to make money by doing various “erotic massages.” In Kherson there is already a network of brothels. The main customers are people in power and with money. Shame! They are dooming the whole nation. Instead of raising future mothers and worrying about birth rates, the authorities have carried out a medical reform which makes giving birth too expensive for most. It means that few people will visit doctors. We’ll once again have midwives who will deliver kids and tie off their umbilical cords.
Cemeteries are growing fast, there are lots of burials. More and more of the graves have no plates or crosses. It’s the graves of people who died abandoned, outside their homes. There are more and more of them. One feels shame. One sheds tears. Why are they destroying us with such cruelty? We are noticing that the people who rule us are foreigners, non-Slavs. Their masters are also abroad. Their nationalism is not Ukrainian but a foreign, masonic one.
We really, really want salvation from this nightmare. We want to live without fear of tomorrow. And the main threat to us comes not from Russia but from the West, from US, from NATO, and from the current government in Kiev.”

"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

"Glorious Ukrainian terror fighters drink, rape, and assault"--Kherson inhabitant posts a letter

Nikolai asked Aleksey Zhuravko, who currently lives in Moscow, to publish his open letter because he fears repressions. All the Ukrainian social media are under close SBU watch. As soon as you write about how hard life is, they “file charges, slap on cuffs, and off to prison.”

Thus for example an inhabitant of Genichesk, Eduard Kovalenko, was sentenced to 7 years for writing in favor of friendship with Russia and against the internecine slaughter on the Donbass. All the Kherson roads are papered over with “They are not our brothers” posters.

This open letter was published on Aleksey Zhuravko’s Odnoklassniki page, since his Facebook account was once again blocked for criticizing Kiev policies.

Credit: Marina Kuzina, J.Hawk

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Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative.



Via Zerohedge

On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

Moscow started working on the project back in 2014, when international sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea inspired fears that the country’s largest banks would soon be cut off from SWIFT which, though it’s based in Belgium and claims to be politically neutral, is effectively controlled by the US Treasury.

Today, the Russian alternative, known as the System for Transfer of Financial Messages, has attracted a modest amount of support within the Russian business community, with 416 Russian companies having joined as of September, including the Russian Federal Treasury and large state corporations likeGazprom Neft and Rosneft.

And now, eight months after a senior Russian official advised that “our banks are ready to turn off SWIFT,” it appears the system has reached another milestone in its development: It’s ready to take on international partners in the quest to de-dollarize and end the US’s leverage over the international financial system. A Russian official advised that non-residents will begin joining the system “this year,” according to RT.

“Non-residents will start connecting to us this year. People are already turning to us,”said First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Russia Olga Skorobogatova. Earlier, the official said that by using the alternative payment system foreign firms would be able to do business with sanctioned Russian companies.

Turkey, China, India and others are among the countries that might be interested in a SWIFT alternative, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out in a speech earlier this month, the US’s willingness to blithely sanction countries from Iran to Venezuela and beyond will eventually rebound on the US economy by undermining the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency.

To be sure, the Russians aren’t the only ones building a SWIFT alternative to help avoid US sanctions. Russia and China, along with the European Union are launching an interbank payments network known as the Special Purpose Vehicle to help companies pursue “legitimate business with Iran” in defiance of US sanctions.

Given its status as a major energy exporter, Russia has leverage that could help attract partners to its new SWIFT alternative. For one, much of Europe is dependent on Russian natural gas and oil.

And as Russian trade with other US rivals increases, Moscow’s payments network will look increasingly attractive,particularly if buyers of Russian crude have no other alternatives to pay for their goods.

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US leaving INF will put nuclear non-proliferation at risk & may lead to ‘complete chaos’

The US is pulling out of a nuclear missile pact with Russia. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty requires both countries to eliminate their short and medium-range atomic missiles.

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Via RT

If the US ditches the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), it could collapse the entire nuclear non-proliferation system, and bring nuclear war even closer, Russian officials warn.

By ending the INF, Washington risks creating a domino effect which could endanger other landmark deals like the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and collapse the existing non-proliferation mechanism as we know it, senior lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev said on Sunday.

The current iteration of the START treaty, which limits the deployment of all types of nuclear weapons, is due to expire in 2021. Kosachev, who chairs the Parliament’s Upper House Foreign Affairs Committee, warned that such an outcome pits mankind against “complete chaos in terms of nuclear weapons.”

“Now the US Western allies face a choice: either embarking on the same path, possibly leading to new war, or siding with common sense, at least for the sake of their self-preservation instinct.”

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced his intentions to “terminate” the INF, citing alleged violations of the deal by Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly denied undermining the treaty, pointing out that Trump has failed to produce any evidence of violations. Moreover, Russian officials insist that the deployment of US-made Mk 41 ground-based universal launching systems in Europe actually violates the agreement since the launchers are capable of firing mid-range cruise missiles.

Leonid Slutsky, who leads the Foreign Affairs Committee in parliament’s lower chamber, argued that Trump’s words are akin to placing “a huge mine under the whole disarmament process on the planet.”

The INF Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The deal effectively bans the parties from having and developing short- and mid-range missiles of all types. According to the provisions, the US was obliged to destroy Pershing I and II launcher systems and BGM-109G Gryphon ground-launched cruise missiles. Moscow, meanwhile, pledged to remove the SS-20 and several other types of missiles from its nuclear arsenal.

Pershing missiles stationed in the US Army arsenal. © Hulton Archive / Getty Images ©

By scrapping the historic accord, Washington is trying to fulfill its “dream of a unipolar world,” a source within the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“This decision fits into the US policy of ditching the international agreements which impose equal obligations on it and its partners, and render the ‘exceptionalism’ concept vulnerable.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov denounced Trump’s threats as “blackmail” and said that Washington wants to dismantle the INF because it views the deal as a “problem” on its course for “total domination” in the military sphere.

The issue of nuclear arms treaties is too vital for national and global security to rush into hastily-made “emotional” decisions, the official explained. Russia is expecting to hear more on the US’ plans from Trump’s top security adviser, John Bolton, who is set to hold talks in Moscow tomorrow.

President Trump has been open about unilaterally pulling the US out of various international agreements if he deems them to be damaging to national interests. Earlier this year, Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. All other signatories to the landmark agreement, including Russia, China, and the EU, decided to stick to the deal, while blasting Trump for leaving.

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Kiev ‘Patriarch’ prepares to seize Moscow properties in Ukraine

Although Constantinople besought the Kiev church to stop property seizures, they were ignored and used, or perhaps, complicit.

Seraphim Hanisch



The attack on the Eastern Orthodox Church, brought about by the US State Department and its proxies in Constantinople and Ukraine, is continuing. On October 20, 2018, the illegitimate “Kyiv (Kiev) Patriarchate”, led by Filaret Denisenko who is calling himself “Patriarch Filaret”, had a synodal meeting in which it changed the commemoration title of the leader of the church to include the Kyiv Caves and Pochaev Lavras.

This is a problem because Metropolitan Onuphry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church which is canonically accepted and acts as a very autonomous church under the Moscow Patriarchate has these places under his pastoral care.

This move takes place only one week after Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople unilaterally (and illegally) lifted the excommunications, depositions (removal from priestly ranks as punishment) and anathemas against Filaret and Makary that were imposed on them by the hierarchy of the Moscow Patriarchate.

These two censures are very serious matters in the Orthodox Church. Excommunication means that the person or church so considered cannot receive Holy Communion or any of the other Mysteries (called Sacraments in the West) in a neighboring local Orthodox Church. Anathema is even more serious, for this happens when a cleric disregards his excommunication and deposition (removal from the priesthood), and acts as a priest or a bishop anyway.

Filaret Denisenko received all these censures in 1992, and Patriarch Bartholomew accepted this decision at the time, as stated in a letter he sent to Moscow shortly after the censures. However, three years later, Patriarch Bartholomew received a group of Ukrainian autocephalist bishops called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA, who had been in communion with Filaret’s group. While this move may have been motivated by the factor of Bartholomew’s almost total isolation within Istanbul, Turkey, it is nonetheless non-canonical.

This year’s moves have far exceeded previous ones, though, and now the possibility for a real clash that could cost lives is raised. With Filaret’s “church” – really an agglomeration of Ukrainian ultranationalists and Neo-Nazis in the mix, plus millions of no doubt innocent Ukrainian faithful who are deluded about the problems of their church, challenging an existing arrangement regarding Ukraine and Russia’s two most holy sites, the results are not likely to be good at all.

Here is the report about today’s developments, reprinted in part from

Meeting today in Kiev, the Synod of the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) has officially changed the title of its primate, “Patriarch” Philaret, to include the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras under his jurisdiction.

The primate’s new official title, as given on the site of the KP, is “His Holiness and Beatitude (name), Archbishop and Metropolitan of Kiev—Mother of the cities of Rus’, and Galicia, Patriarch of All Rus’-Ukraine, Svyaschenno-Archimandrite of the Holy Dormition Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras.”

…Thus, the KP Synod is declaring that “Patriarch” Philaret has jurisdiction over the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras, although they are canonically under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Philaret and his followers and nationalistic radicals have continually proclaimed that they will take the Lavras for themselves.

This claim to the ancient and venerable monasteries comes after the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate announced that it had removed the anathema placed upon Philaret by the Russian Orthodox Church and had restored him to his hierarchical office. Philaret was a metropolitan of the canonical Church, becoming patriarch in his schismatic organization.

Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have clarified that they consider Philaret to be the “former Metropolitan of Kiev,” but he and his organization continue to consider him an active patriarch, with jurisdiction in Ukraine.

Constantinople’s statement also appealed to all in Ukraine to “avoid appropriation of churches, monasteries, and other properties,” which the Synod of the KP ignored in today’s decision.

The KP primate’s abbreviated title will be, “His Holiness (name), Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine,” and the acceptable form for relations with other Local Churches is “His Beatitude Archbishop (name), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Rus’-Ukraine.”

The Russian Orthodox Church broke eucharistic communion and all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate over this matter earlier this week. Of the fourteen local Orthodox Churches recognized the world over, twelve have expressed the viewpoint that Constantinople’s move was in violation of the canons of the Holy Orthodox Church. Only one local Church supported Constantinople wholeheartedly, and all jurisdictions except Constantinople have appealed for an interOrthodox Synod to address and solve the Ukrainian matter in a legitimate manner.

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