A Masterclass for Donetsk: How the “couch squadron” in Odesa came to the defence.

A Masterclass for Donetsk: How the “couch squadron” in Odesa came to the defence.

Voices of Ukraine

By Ekaterina Sergatskova , UP–Zhizn (Life)
06.05.2014
Translated by Voices of Ukraine
Edited by Alex Howard for VOU
All photos by the author

7961f51-300On the night of May 6th, Molotov cocktails were thrown at several road blocks in Odesa including the one that had been hit by a grenade from pro- Russians in the middle of April.

According to the founder of the self-defense group, this will not impact the defense of the city because “rapid response units” are already being formed.

A roadblock with the Ukrainian flag has been standing at the six kilometre point on one of the roads to Odesa for a month. Behind the sandbags are a couple of tents, a small kitchen and some old couches brought from home by Euromaidan activists. This was one of the first and most basic points of defence on the approaches to Odesa.

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Valentina, a middle aged woman…

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