Transcript for Igor Strelkov briefing 11/09/14 (Done by Kazzura)
As Anatoliy has already stated
I will start with reciting
I decided not to learn it by heart, excuse me
But I can completely assure you that all these are
indeed my thoughts, my words, from the first till the last word
So I start
One month has passed since the moment I had to leave the post of Minister of Defense of Donetsk People's Republic and commander of the militia
I can't say that it was an easy decision for me
And difficult were circumstances in which I had to make it
Donetsk and whole group of DPR armed forces were in state of operative encriclement
And only with enormous difficulties managed to repel constant enemy attacks
And only few persons among the republic leaders knew that that situation was about to change soon
and enemy will suffer serious, brutal defeat in the very next days
I was among small circle of these people
But I couldn't give my subordinates even a tiniest hint that we will start offensive operation and liberate positions captured by enemy soon
Even more difficult for me was realizing that commanding the liberation of towns and settlements of Donbass abandoned (according to my direct orders, among other reasons) will be done not by me
It was morally difficult to part wih my comrades
during the last hour before the dawn when darkness is the densest, so to speak
When failure of our cause appeared inevitable for many
I won't focus on the circumstances that forced me to resign
I can only tell that decision I've made has justified itself
Allowing to unite the DPR militia command right before the offensive
avoid numerous conflicts, that were as leprosy corroding the republic from inside
and also to provide reliable supplies of everything necessary for our units and groups
During the last few weeks situation on the Novorossian frontlines has changed dramatically
Punitive forces have been pushed back on the majority of directions and were forced to switch to defense
Conditions for complete liberation of terriotries of Donbass from the punitive troops and squads controlled by Kiev government have been formed
Under the DPR strikes, snarling enemy began rolling back on West, his troops and leaders were devoured by panic
But what has happened next?
Right before our eyes forces who had already almost killed "Russian Spring" and kept attempting to eliminate People's Liberation movement of Russian people of Novorossia ever since then, have interfered once again
There's no villainy these forces that already have shown themselves the most malicious way many times in modern history of our Motherland wouldn't commit
Exactly them, controlled from abroad
Played the crucial role in destruction of USSR in 1991
And after that have openly tortured people [ed. in fact he says "peoples", meaning all nations] of Russia starting bacchanalia of pillage of enormous soviet economical and cultural heritage
They've conducted liberal experiments terrible by their consequences over the remnants of our Motherland
Which they used to (and keep doing it now) call with contemptuous epithet "this"
Bacchanalia of destruction was followed by bloody wars, wild criminality, amorality rampage
moral decay, propaganda of all thinkable disgusting vices
elimination of economical independence and foreign policy sovereignty
Even after failing attempts to destroy Russia completely in the beginning of 2000's
These forces have never dissapeared
covertly continuing their destructive activities, hoping that their hour will come again and they will finish their job
However when the dawn of "Russian Spring" began glimmering on the horizon, when our country began rising from its knees, not in words but in reality
Attempting to revise for themselves the results of Gorbachev's capitulation
And return territories historically own territories, achieve real independence
Fifth column has instantly mobilized all its forces available
Returning of Crimea has not just caused shock for them
and uprising of Novorossia caused real panic
but also forced to reveal their true colours
All their numerous agents alerted and thrown into a battle
Agents who have successfully disguised as patriots and statesmen
Reaching the highest echelons of power and even in surroundings of president of Russia under this disguise
After actually moving out against people's and country's interests, they however
keep openly stating that they are president's friends
And call their obviously subversive and harmful actions the only right way to defend the Russian statehood
You would ask "Where does such impudence and confidence in their own invincibility come?"
Explanation is extremely simple:
All that members of the fifth column value:
money and other material recources as well as families and offsprings
have been evacuated abroad long ago
and its safety completely depends on will of their western masters
During five months of struggle russian people of Novorossia have tasted fruits of this kind of subversive actions fully
When Russian military aid was vitally necessary for practically almost weaponless militia
and when it could lead to practically bloodless liberation of all russian-speaking regions
agents of influence howled in unison about impossibility and inadmissability of direct military aid to the rebels
Chasteners burnt people alive in Odessa, shelled with heavy artillery in Slavyansk, and rapidly formed combat-efficient army
And their accomplices who infiltrated the leadership of Russian foreign policy have not just sabotaged any military or political help to rebels
but also in full cooperation with Poroshenko, Akhmetov, Tuchinov, Taruta and other figures of Ukrainian oligarchy
splitted ranks and command of militia
not allowing to create united command center and with joint effort attempted to lead president of Russia to their traps
Only persistence and dedication of militia didn't allow punishers to suppress the rebellion before the moment real Russian aid reached its destination
Militia switched to the offensive
But here traitors also have manifested themselves fully again
They have immediately lend a helping hand to the punitive army which was on the brink of collapse
Organizing the ceasefire trying to surrender all results of militia offensive during the negotiations, abandoning them at the mercy of Kiev junta
It was impossible to come up with more discreditable conditions that those discussed on Minsk negotiations
Meanwhile, Kiev hastily replenishes, rearms and trains its army
preparing to continue genocide of Russian people of Novorossia
As result we have completely the same situation that we had in the very beginning of our movement, only in way more difficult initial positions
If during April-May Kiev hadn't got neither efficient army nor support of the population
now punishers are mobilized and armed to the teeth
and Ukrainian people suffering the massive affection of propaganda
which makes extensive use of neuro linguistic programming methods
is significantly zombified, not able to distinguish truth from falsehood
black from white
During the same few months several packages of sanctions had been imposed against Russia
And western high military ranks and diplomats, once again started talking about now a bit forgotten pretensions conerning South Ossetia and Abhkazia
Direct threats heard from US controlled islamist terrorists
They are preparing for long and serious war with Russia
West and its fifth column here, practically don't even hide their plans to overthrow president Putin
with following complete dismantling of Russia
and their influence agents
with all their strengths attempt to persuade country leadership that conciliation is not just acceptable,
but is the only possible way
The fact that enemies of Russia won't tolerate anything but the complete capitulation
is carefully concealed from the public
and, I don't exclude this possibility, from president himself
This way all relatively favorable possibilities Russia had in spring, were left unrealized
And on the countrary we are facing the constantly growing military threat
Role of fifth column in this result is undeniable
Why have our liberals opposed presdients course so irreconcilably and maybe somewhat suicidally?
What made them so brave to openly challenge him and his policy
In my opinion two main factors take place here:
First of them is that fifth column hasn't got other option but to rebel
for now covert, but it's insurgency
Revolution from the top, started by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
doesn't leave any chances for their political survival
And their foreign masters don't let them just flee country to their "fairly earned" manors abroad
The second factor is even more obvious:
occupying serious positions in government and having significant financial and material recources
Traitors seriously expect to seize the power themselves
and on this new stage enthusiastically continue the process of pillage of remnants of once great country
and utilization of nations inhabiting it
But to implement this plan they have yet to conduct many preparations
First of all to deprive president Putin of that great support of people
he has fairly gained in the result of his external and internal policy cations of last years
And what can be more profitable for this cause than betraying russians Novorossia, with following laying all responsibility for it personally on president?
As figures of fifth column, as hyenas, diligently hide in his shadow, avoiding any publicity
Plan outlined by enemy is now completely clear for us
Maximal prolongation of war with following maximal amount of victims of Russian people on the boths sides of border possible, that's their task
Don't leave militias even a chance to win
Create growing bleeding ulcer at the Russian borders
to cure which Russia will be forced to pour its resources drop after drop
where in result of "step forward, than two steps backwards" policy any decisive success won't be reached
At the same time burden of hundreds of thousands, and then millions of refugees will be placed upon Russian Federation
and western sanctions will eventually undermine socio-economic health of state
especially when oligarchy will try to compensate the losses of it at the expense of the the general population
As result, traitors hope to lead the situation to the most disgraceful and humiliating peace treaty betraying Russian population of Ukraine
To cause additional wave of protests inside Russia
And after that, according to the techniques well-tested back in the beginning of 20th century
"Moscow Maidan" where in alleged righteous outrage "righties" and "lefties", "partiots" and "liberals", will join
Proven scenario of 1905-1917 years
by the " humiliating defeat -- economical crisis -- government discreditation -- people's unrests -- palace coup" scheme, in actions once again
In this respect defense of Novorossia and support of its people are vitally important to save Russia, and disruption of fifth column's plans
If we will manage to achive victory there, we will manage to save Russia
if we fail -- we will lose the remnants of our Motherland
No compromises are possible now
And the ones who will try to state opposite
wittingly or not
will be working according enemy's plans
Either Russia fully restores real sovereignty
or it will be destroyed by coalition of external and internal oligarchy clans
Estimating my role in struggle against the planes of subversive forces, I'd like to say
That I have made my choice
Main front line of this struggle is now here
I hope that exactly in Russia I will be the most useful
At the same time I emphasize once again:
the ones who hopes or used to hope to use me personally, or my name in destructive purposes will have to be seriously disappointed
No matter how critical I am about certain internal or external policy decision of president
in conditions of war started against us, I consider it necessary to support him
as the only legitimate superior commander
the main guarantor of freedom and independence of the state
In my opinion, to really save Novorossia suffering Nazi genocide against itself, its "supporters" who have lead it to the brink of the military failure have to be exposed and deprived of their positions in first place
And the ones who started creating the image of "colonel Strelkov, leader of people's protest"
I inform that they can rest not even hoping to buy me with fake praises
The meaning of officer's duty is to serve his country and his people
Trade even often unrewarding but faithful service for fake glory and fleeting popularity
in favor of my country's enemies is the ultimate dishonor for me
Let they finally realize, that there still are people (I'm not talking about myself only), who value own duty and honesty more then personal profits and vainglory
And as events in Novorossia have shown, there are still lots of such people
and we won't allow to tear apart and loot Russia once again, as they destroyed Russian Empire in 1917
and as they destroyed USSR in 1991
-- Andery Afanasyev
... wait a second
No need for that
-- Now the...
-- to avoid the..
-- chaos... I ask you to raise your hand first please and we'll answer questions one at a time
-- everyone will have possibility to ask
... one question at a time?
-- One question
-- If possible, without additional questions and such...
-- stuff like "I have two questions..."
-- lets avoid it today
-- Let us start with you
- Igor Ivanovich, Andrey Afanasyev, "Tsargrad" channel
- What is your message to Russian people of Ukraine
- of Novorossia, of Russia
- What have we do now, to save the country?
- Each person particularly
This is a very difficult question
In some time, I, with my comrades, will offer...
solutions, certain actions, in which people will be able to participate
as well as...
various public organizations, that would be aimed exactly to help Novorossia
to help defending Russia
For now I can only say that one has to strictly refrain from any opposition activities, of any *destructive* opposition activities
and realize that the war is waged against us, and in conditions of war, any revolt in the rears is
only helping the enemy
- Alexandr Yulishin, "Komsomolskaya Pravda"
- Igor Ivanovich please tell, do your words
- "My place is here in Russia" if I got it correctly
- mean that you won't return to...
- any command post, in Novorossia
- in Donbass, Luhansk
- maybe other place...
it will be required, if I will be mobilzed, and sent
to any region, I am ready to follow any order
however at the moment, I don't consider such possibility
- Alexandr Lugunov, "Novorossia" media agency
- Igor Ivanovich, are you planning to engage in political activities here, in Russia, for example run for president or something?
No, I am not. Generally I don't believe in the elections per se
Look who has been elected in Ukraine? [ed. I see no way to translate it more precise, literally he says something like "who have we elected in Ukraine", like from position of Ukrainian local who didn't vote himself, but talks about his country in general, but in English this "we have elected" has also another meaning so confuses]
- Maxim Surupov, RBC
- Tell us, you've told about radical change in combat activities
confirm or refute statement of Ukrainian side that this change was caused by intervention of Russian battalion tactical group
- In the middle of August, when I left Novorossia
there weren't any Russian troops on the territory [of Novorossia]
I won't deny that there are volunteers who are soldiers of Russian army
I had several officers in my brigade, who arrived completely voluntarily during their vacation
Not sent by their command
to defend Novorossia, fight in our units
that's all I can tell you
Naturally I ,more or less, know what's happening there now
but I don't have any info about direct intervention of Russian troops
- Natalia // can't make it out further, too quiet, obviously introducing herself //
- I'd like to know,
we have ceasefire declared now, what's your opinion: why the ceasefire is not profitable for so called party of war (Tymoshenko, Lyahshko, Kolomoyskiy),
why they need to continue the war
Well, in fact it's extremly hard to call this a "ceasefire", since according to my info
in average, every 2-3 hours artillery duels are done at the front lines
and usually it's the Ukrainian side who starts them
even more: using the "ceasefire" enemy has captured list of settlements he was forced to abandon before
and fortifies positions there
they have taken back their troops from so-called "cauldrons" [ed. strategic-level encirclement]
they're digging in Debaltsevo
according to my info, they're preparing 3 (but most likely 4) strike groups
which are intended to be used for offensive
Ceasefire is considered by UA side solely as opportunity to replenish forces
using the reserves and preparations for the attack
So to expect any peace in such situation...
that ceasefire will result in some positive...
consequences is simply naÑ—ve
- RenTV, question about "Boeing"
- Why the shot down "Boeing" is often connected with militias in media, what does it mean?
- Who shot down the "Boeing"?
Downed "Boeing" is connected to the militias only because it fell on the territory which was *partly* controlled by the militias at that time
Frankly speaking, I don't know who shot down the "Boeing", as I was busy commanding the troops
I simply had no time to conduct investigations
Concerning my personal view on this situation:
"Boeing" was hit by the Ukrainian side
And it organized it beforehand, as enormous provokation
All facts point on that it was guided to that point on purpose
and Ukrainian side has created all the conditions to shoot it down, and when they saw that they're not able to do something they wanted -- they shot it down
Otherwise all international media would be "bullying" us at their full capacity
- Igor Ivanovich, Sergei Davidenko "Lifenews" [ed. not sure about the Surname, sorry too quiet]
Do you regret, that you left Slavyansk, that you are now in Russia, what's your opinion - about what's happening now in Donetsk People's Republic, I mean from the commander point of view
From the commander point of view, I'd like to say that in those conditions militias have to fight
command acts quite adequate
Besides that, one must not forget that militias are fighting being still outnumbered relatively to the Ukrainian forces
however naturally number and armament of militias has improved
Enemy's advantage in number of manpower and armament still remains rather great
I won't be criticizing the militia in any way, especially after the success they achieved
- Such phrase was told that...
- It's impossible to imagine more humiliating agreements than the ones signed in Minsk
- Do you think that there's any point in continuing these negotiations, especially - when Litvinov yesterday has stated that parts of this protocol signed in Minsk can't be fulfilled at the point
I emphasize this:
Agreement achieved in Minsk is ceasefire and temporarily truce
I called humiliating the conditions, concerning further 'peaceful solution' which was offered by the Ukrainian side, and which *somehow* appeared acceptable for discussion at all
My opinion is conditions like that can't be possibly discussed at all, as they lead only to humiliating defeat, complete destruction of Novorossia
in fact, as well as all other consequences I've listed in my message
that is colossal harm and political crisis inside Russia itself
- Is there point in further negotiations?
I don't take the right to jugde whether is there any point in conducting negotiations or no upon myself
In this case, I speak only as military
Negotiation is diplomats' job, and make decision about the negotiations is prerogative of president of Russia and highest authorities
to agree to conditions offered by the Ukrainian side is in fact to capitulate
-- Well, we have answered questions in such quick pace
- May I...
-- Oh, okay, come on
- Did you receive the blessing on the activities you do now in Moscow, and ,in your opinion, is it important for Russian people to be inchurched people, or just be religious
I still hasn't started any activity in Moscow, so I haven't receive any blessing on it yet
Concerning the rest of your question
I can say that I've always tried to receive blessing on any my decisive action from priests
particularly my confessor and those priests who were near whatever place I was at at the moment
Concerning the rest: it's very long, qusetion is long, too big to discuss it here
- "Argumenty I Facty" Georgiy Alexandrov
- The qustion is next: you said that using the ceasefire Ukrainian side gathers troops to those areas where further development of combat activities are possible
- could you make any forecast, estimate the potential of militias, who indeed have captured lots of Ukrainian weapons and vehicles
and how situation may develop if they'll fail to reach agreement ?
The thing is that it's rather difficult to make any forecasts being absent from the battlefield for a month
In short I can tell that enemy is prepraing for the offensive, all configuration of strike groups being prepared by them is aimed exactly on the offensive actions
And at the same time they're fortifying defense positions in their rears
where they're planning to sit in case of failure
And in general, this configuration is aimed not against militia, but rather against Russia
I mean exactly the defense configuration
Preparing to crush militia, enemy at the same time prepares for possible war against Russia
and full-scale war that is
- And concerning the potential, do militias have enough forces after all?
Militias naturally have forces to fight
to fight and hold the enemy
but... I will repeat it...
without widescale support from Russia, which I have asked many times
back in the day, and keep stating this now,
militias are unable achieve complete victory over Ukraine supported by the whole so-called "Western community"...
I repeat, I'm talking about complete victory
And problem of "ulcer" bleeding at our border has to be solved anyway
- Thank you
- Igor Ivanovich, how would you describe the idea of building wall between Russia and Ukraine in one word?
The thing is that walls in fact have never protected anyone
The wall is just...
as Berlin Wall was symbol of division of western and eastern blocks, the same way so-called "Ukrainian Wall" about to be built, will be just material symbol of separation of Ukraine from Russian world
Ukraine was and is, and will remain part of Russian world, no matter how someone wants it
no matter how much they decieve people there
You can build any walls there, but in the end, I'm sure no one is able to divide people
-- Well, as I understand, it's...
- Maybe the last question?
-- We've finished one round of questions for sure and the second one...
- So the last question?
-- Who has the last question for today?
- When will war in Ukraine be over, and what will be the result?
Where I Lord, I would gladly answer this question