Another High Level East-Ukraine Resignation: Leader Of East Ukraine Rebels Strelkov Quits As Defence Minister

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday the market soared (and then forgot to correct) following fake news (subsequently rejected) that the leader of the east Ukraine rebels, Igor Strelkov, has been seriously wounded. It took minutes for the correct story to come out (he was ok), but now a follow up report indicates that something is indeed afoot in the Donetsk People's Republic, where moments ago, RIA (the infamous Russian news agency which set off Friday's market surge with its "deescalation" tweet) reported that Strelkov has resigned from his official post as Defence Minister of the breakaway republic.

From RIA:

The commander of the militia, the defense minister of breakaway People's Republic of Donetsk (DNI) Igor Strelkov resigned in connection with his transfer to another job, reported the press center of the DNI.


"At today's meeting, the Council of Ministers granted the request for dismissal from the post of Minister of Defense for Colonel Igor Strelkov in connection with his transfer to another job," - said in a statement.


In connection with Strelkov's resignation, Vladimir Kononov was appointed as the new Minister of Defence and tomorrow his candidature will be approved. The Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Alexander Zaharchenko, told that Strelkov will do other "important work."

As a reminder, Strelkov's resignation would be only the second high profile switch in the Donetsk republic, where a week ago Aleksander Borodai, the former president of the Donetsk republic, resigned and was replaced with Alexander Zakharchenko.

It would appear that a big shift is coming to the strategic positioning of the breakaway region. For now it is unclear just what said change is, but the confluence of events, including the Russian humanitarian convoy and the top leadership resignations are more likely than not connected.

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Senduko's picture

Yup, switch of shift. I'm pretty sure some Russian advisors will drop of the convoy lol. Let them! There is a war coming to Europe.

power steering's picture

I still say he looks like that German corporal

Latina Lover's picture

Funny, your Yats looks like a Rat, and your Poroschenko looks like a pig.  Feel better?

Latina Lover's picture

Oh, and I forget, the first name of the most prominent Ukie Oligarch Kolomiski, is IHOR,  ROTFL!

gh0atrider's picture

As we feel the glow of Satoshi's red sun on our backs and gaze upon the blue hue of the cryptosphere from space... we know that everything on Earth will be A-OK.

Republi-Ken's picture




And a great surprise to Zero Libertarians With Heads in Think Tank.


blabam's picture

By Kiev you mean Hunter Biden? 

Latina Lover's picture

Actually it is not Kiev that is winning, but the Ukrainians who are losing, getting IMF'ed up the ass.

Uncle Remus's picture





(wrist watch, crisco)

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Don't fool yourself, girl, it's goin' right up yer poop chute...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

It does look like you are correct at the moment.  Then again, they have looked like this before, just to surprise us later. 

Although, if Putin does give up upon the East of Ukraine, then he deserves to get bent over by the Tribe and their bankers. 

I can only hope he drops 5 digits worth of paratroopers in there, but I've been wishing this for almost 6 months now, to no avail.  Time will tell.

Winston Churchill's picture

The Russian public would also turn on him.

Hard to say whats going on right now with only one report from a source that is

proven unreliable, or maybe he was wounded after all.Everywhere is the front line

right now.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I get the feeling this convey will get attacked once in Ukraine (either by the Uks themselves or a False Flag) and then the paratroopers come in. 

I doubt the Russians would hide weapons and ammo inside the bags of grain and the sleeping bags -- I wonder how much ammo you could hide within the various compartments of these trucks.  White is easily visible from the sky, and would make great targets for paratroopers to aim for. 

"Look everyone, we set up a grain distribution center in the middle of this field with no power lines, trees or telephone poles."

Wolferl's picture

Eastern Ukraine is just a story for Putin to get the attention away from Crimea. At a certain point Putin will trade in peace in Eastern Ukraine for a recognition of the annextion of Crimea. Till then he´ll keep the conflict cooking, sometimes more sometimes less. When winter comes and the US election he will get his will.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

No, Banderastan is far from winning this one. I cannot describe how f'd up the situation is in Novorossiya right now, but the breaking news is that the resistance has repelled Banderastanites offensive...


Here's some food for thought:

Latina Lover's picture

The battle for NovoRossiya will not be measured in days or weeks, but in years.  Even if Kiev conquers the Donbass, the guerilla war has just begun.

cowdiddly's picture

Exacty, some people here, in Kiev and in the IMF seem to think taking a town or hill has any significance in a guerilla war.

JuliaS's picture

I confirm this. I have friends in Ukraine and they are actively battling the regime, sabotaging infrastructure utilized by the military. Occasionally the resistance packed a captured and eliminated. They simply disappear without a trace. Nobody knows whether those people go to jail or are executed.

Railroads are dismantled and rebuilt, dismantled and rebuilt. Powerlines taken down and rewired. It's happening over and over. Acts of sabotage going on all throughout the Ukraine, with some waging deliberate battles and others simply scavenging and looting. The country is in chaos.

IMF money reaches no one. Maybe the top echelons get a few bribes - fractions of the stated sums, but nobody else has any actual money. The loans are all implicit - existing as deposits in foreign banks. Promises upon promises. If you do this, then maybe we'll do that.

The only things actually entering the country are military equipment - used NATO gear to arm soon-to-defect militants. Just like Afghan and Iraqui police forces, Ukes simply aren't trusted to deliver the Western will. All the "good stuff" is segregated in hands of CIA and NATO operatives hiding out in Western Ukraine in makeshift training camps. To minimize risk of discovery, the NATO block prefers managing operations from neighboring countries such as Poland and Finland.

They can't afford to have any more US, UK and Israel made drones falling into the Russian hands.

So, the result is - still underequipped Ukrainian army is forced to shell victims from a safe distance, only engaging close range with an equivalent of sling-shots. The kinds of obsolete weapons that maks Western involvement. That's why they seem to have success at driving resistance away during bombing raids, yet as soona s they put boots on the ground, they're surrounded, captured and eventually defect over to Russia.

Ukes have the potential of eliminating the treat rapidly, but only with tanks and planes driven by the same people who supplied them, but that would be very difficult to put a positive spin on, like the Maidan video of a self-proclaimed "American Citizen" in riot gear being beaten. The West decided to have none of that.

It has to look like a Russia-Ukraine conflict and nothing else. The puppeteer hand is out of the picture, but the strings remain.

The West needs to provoke Russia, in order to justify their own intrusion - supposedly letting themselves enter the country (in actuality revealing units that are already there). They're armed and ready for war, but the propaganda machine ain't jiving. Those pesky Russians are pulling all the same tricks and Ukes are makign way too many mistakes.

It's like the war in Syria that failed to ignite and drive ISIS into Iraq instead. Things aren't going according to plan.

Even if Ukraine "wins" it'll be completely different from the kind of outcome they desired.

The West doesn't want restoration of order, as that would mean a lost opportunity of pulling Russia into a full blown war. They want Russia in Ukraine. They want a reason to have an official presense there, instead of a bankrupt nation with the gas cut off. They want a better deal, which is war. They don't want Ukraine.

Let's be honest - nobody wants Ukraine. Not even Putin. If he did, he'd have recognized Eastern referendums from the get go. He did not, in sharp contrast to Crimea. Nobody wants Ukraine. Putin wants to end the petrodollar and the West wants Russian land, Russian oil and Russian gas. That's it. No other goals. Nothing else.

Freddie's picture

Thanks for the update.  Very sad.  The west is so evil in what they have done to the Ukraine.  I have great respect for the Ukrainian people fighting against this like the Syrians fighting these gangsters.

JuliaS's picture

I was a part of one online community existing for years prior to Maidan. The most members were Ukrainians and Russians. The forum was founded by a Ukrainian. We were all friend right until the coup. Then all of the sudden people turned on eachother. Most of them weren't even Ukrainain or Russian residents - mostly US / Canadian immigrants. The forum fell apart in just a few months and was eventually shut down.

People not involved in fighting, not even residing in any of the conflict regions were swayed into confrontation for no reason whatsoever. Friends yesterday and enemies the next day. It was painful to observe.

The internet is now an active battleground. Monkeys throwing feces at eachother. Victims of propaganda.

Even in real life - I have friends of Russian and Ukrainian descent who no longer speak to eachother for no reason other the staged conflict happening half a planet away - other than the stuff on television.

It's sad, really.

sablya's picture

Your friends in Ukraine, damaging infrastructure, will not be happy to meet my friend Ruslan Abalmaz.  You can meet him here:

You wonder why friendships have broken up over this - it is because it is war and morons like you are promoting contrary-to-law activities as if it were a fucking picnic.

gruntled's picture

Yes, because obviously all Ukrainians should be ecstatic that their "lawful" politicians have sold them out to US/EU masters, and should welcome peacefully, joyfully and with open arms all the "lawful" brutality and coercion that these "lawful" politicians send their way, like "your friend" the rabid felon.

What a sick post from a sick person, representing the disgusting and putrefied culture and society of Western Ukraine.  Leave it to a pro-Bandera to make impotent online threats instead of engaging in facts.

JohninMK's picture

Excellent analysis.

This operation is really not going the way the US expected. It should have been over in a month if it had gone the way the Ukies told them it would. But people fighting for their own land can put up a hell of a fight.

Pity the US didn't learn the lessons of its past few escapades. Shows I suppose how desperate they really are but they are giving Russia a possible PR coup on a plate on many levels. The MSM in the West may not carry much about it but one suspects that the West does not matter to Putin, he is after the rest of the world and their leaders. The message will be, look what the US and the West are now resorting to. You can trust Russia, just see our actions over the past 10 years.

Now, instead of Russia being drawn into a drawn out guerilla war it will be UNATO.

One day someone is going to publish before/after aerial photos of Luhansk and Donansk, just like Gaza. These are huge cities. Then they will compare it to US/UK bombing of Germany. And Germany is backing Ukraine!!!

Freddie's picture

Kudos to the Serbs helping out.  They know what it is like to get F'ed over by the IMF/Zato/EU/USSA/UN.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Republi - Ken = Obama troll in drag... don't be fooled.

jarana's picture

Go and fuck your Republi-Barbie.

Republi-Ken's picture




And a great surprise to Zero Libertarians With Heads in Think Tank.


vyeung's picture

yea right - what a moron.

Latina Lover's picture

This Republic Ken is just another stupid Ukie troll, that has nothing useful to offer other than stupid rants.  The best part is that even when they think they are winning, they are losing. Bet on it Ukie- Ken, the western banksters are going to give your Ukraine a world class ass fucking.

BadDog's picture

We heard you the first time.

adonisdemilo's picture

and you still sound like an idiot

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Has Retardi-Ken ever made a coherent comment?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Delusional and rabid NYC/L.A. Yid doing what they do best.

pan's picture

Neocon troller bitchez....

digitalindustry's picture

they're LOOOOOOOOOSING !!!!!1111

Flagit's picture

How's that Southern Cauldron workin out for ya?

IANAE's picture

Interfax reported earlier today that Medvedev's twitter account was hacked and several false messages sent, including that he (Medvedev) was stepping down...moar fun and games...

robertocarlos's picture

Isn't he a dead man either way? You can't just surrender from certain fights. The opposition does not allow it.

Urban Redneck's picture

He would appear to be in Russia right now... There has been some interesting musical chairs going on the last couple weeks, the peaceniks on balance would appear to be losing chairs, but can the oligarchs cut an (anti-Kiev) deal that would be acceptable to the Ministry of Defense and the FSB?

robertocarlos's picture

For some strange reason I forgot about him just leaving for Russia.

SoDamnMad's picture

Better figure something (BIG) will happen tonight or tomorrow AM in Ukraine before even Europe opens. 

Too many trucks and many half full. Wonder if the stop in Voronezh was to load stuff not exactly on the manifests.

Could be lots of extra stuff for the paratroopers to use that they won't have to airdrop with. Anybody old enough to remember the Tet Offensive where the ammunition had been pre-positioned in clay burial urns so that they could just break them in the battle area and not have to carry it in. Yup, Trojan Horse (and I don't mean condoms).

IridiumRebel's picture

Hopefully after 4PM tomorrow...mustn't rile up the "markets".

IridiumRebel's picture

Can we get some more Fox News trolls on this site please? Fuckheads like Republi-Ken need some backup...

Squid Viscous's picture

Isn't that Napolean Dynamite's older brother?

Quinvarius's picture

He probably does have a medical problem, wounded or not.  It is the Tsar's turn.

Godisanhftbot's picture

 hows that bitcoin woiken out 4 ya?



digitalindustry's picture

all cryptocurrency are almost totally price manipulated, and can not be "market priced" except for a tiny few - this is achieved by monopoly of mining of the PoW algorithm.

- i'm a decentralized economist, (you can challenge me on that of you like.) (both the initial statement and the non existent title)  -


They are all price manipulated. (except a tiny few)

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

The future of "bail-ins"...

To the well informed business air traveller... You might just have an Su-25 w/ 30 mm cannons and a surface-to-air missile in your future.