Peaceful surrender of several towns on the outskirts of Aleppo is negotiated

17.02.2016, Aleppo.

Currently, with the mediation of elders, negotiations are underway regarding peaceful surrender of several cities on the outskirts of Aleppo: Anadan, Haritan, Bayanun, Hayan, Tel Hamra and others. Most of the militants agreed to a cease-fire and evacuation to avoid the destruction of buildings and victims. However, according to the newspaper “Al-Akhbar”, agreements were prevented by terrorists from “Jabhat an-Nusra” (Organization banned in Russia), who refused to surrender.

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“Essence Of Time” combat unit. The Beginning. Petka

 

Editor’s note: This is a new part of the memoir-diary of the “Essence of Time” unit members. The first part, “The Beginning”, tells about the different ways how Ukrainian “Essence of Time” members gathered in Donetsk in summer 2014, as well as their first days in the militia. Most of them didn’t even serve in the army before. They faced a colossal challenge: to become good soldiers in no time. They didn’t become just good soldiers: one year later they were among the best and joined the special forces battalion “Khan”. But back in summer 2014 it was all just beginning. They didn’t know they will become spetsnaz fighters. They didn’t know they will lose friends in battle. They were only gathering in Donetsk from all over Ukraine, gathering there because the rest of Ukraine slipped into the arms of Nazi madness, and because there was nothing they could do alone – but there was a lot they could do, and did, together. Below is first of the memoir-diaries written by Petka, a soldier of “Essence of Time” unit in Donbass.

 

The climate in my hometown, Kiev, was getting more and more unbearable with each passing day: more and more often I heard explicitly fascist calls to action both from my coworkers and from people on the streets, more and more often I met young men with tattoos of symbols of death, pagan runes, swastikas. The city was imbued with hatred. Every day when I went to the streets, I had to put on a mask of a badass guy. Thoughts that I had to go to Donetsk started pursuing me. I remember seeing a video of our comrade Igor Yudin (callsign “Bolgarin”), a MP of Donetsk People’s Republic, in which he urged not to be indifferent and do anything one can do to help.

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President’s Spokesman: Russia rejects accusations of attacking hospital in Syria

16.02.2016, Russia.

President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the Turkish accusations of alleged Russian aircraft bombardment of hospitals in Syria, said that Moscow will not accept such statements, and emphasized that every time these statements aren’t supported by any proof. Earlier the U.S. State Department couldn’t confirm who actually attack the hospital.

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