Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine
Tuesday 29 Jul 2014, 13:11 (Update: 29-07-14, 13:30)
The pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say that today 22 civilians were killed by shelling. According to the rebels in Lugansk a retirement home and other houses were shot at. Five people were killed in this. Russian television showed images of bodies in wheelchairs, covered with blankets.
This video shows shocking images of the destroyed Lugansk home for elderly people.
In Horlivka, besieged by the Ukrainian army, there are 17 dead, according to the mayor, including three children.
Human rights groups say that both sides in the conflict are using unguided missiles, causing more and more victims within the civilian population. Yesterday, they say, in Lugansk and Donetsk eight people were killed. Because of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch [flight MH17 disaster] research team is unable to reach the disaster site.
According to figures from the United Nations, between mid-April and July 26, 1129 people have been killed in Ukraine.
As if these many Ukrainian deaths are not already horrible enough, there is also the MH17 disaster, killing hundreds of people from many nationalities. This disaster should be investigated thoroughly, instead of politicians and corporate media abusing it for militarist propaganda.
An example about Dutch media abusing grief about the Malaysia Airlines disaster.
Hans De Borst, whose daughter Elsemiek was one of the victims, wrote (translated):
Thank you very much, Mr. Putin, separatist leaders, or the Ukrainian government for the murder of my dear and only child, Elsemiek de Borst.
So, in this quote, at least three parties are potentially guilty of the MH17 disaster.
However, when Dutch RTL commercial TV mentioned this, their headline was (translated):
‘Putin, thanks for murdering my only child’
So, the at least three potential sets of guilty people in Mr de Borst’s comment had miraculously been reduced to one person. That is ‘better’ if, being a Big Media corporation, you want to make people war-minded.
In corporate media abuse of the M17 horror for war propaganda in Germany, contrary to Dutch RTL, not one person is blamed. The whole Russian people (pro- or anti-Putin, view A, view B, view C, or view D on Ukraine) is accused by corporate journalist Jan Fleischhauer. Bringing back unpleasant memories of war propaganda during Hitler’s 1941-1945 war on the Soviet Union.
Sweeping sanctions have been imposed by the European Union and the United States on Russia for its alleged involvement in eastern Ukraine. And yet so far very few concerns have been expressed about the conduct of Kiev’s military campaign despite mounting civilian casualties and the widespread destruction of infrastructure: here.
THE Communist Party of Ukraine called today for the release of Volnovakha district committee secretary Sergei Filindash. They said that Mr Filindash had been kidnapped by armed masked men as soon as the forces of Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operation” had taken back control of the town from rebels. The communists noted that Mr Filindash’s name had appeared in a report which then acting president Oleksandr Turchynov sent to the minister of justice on May 19 demanding that he ban the Communist Party. But the report only mentioned that Mr Filindash had led a protest by 40 unarmed people: here.