Donbas Battalion Commander: Now, separatists will take as much as we allow them to take (video)
By Pavel Sheremet, Oksana Kovalenko
05.30. 2014, 20:53 Ukrainska Pravda
Translated by Olena Semenyaka of the Ukrainian Volunteer Defense Force “Donbas” and edited by Voices of Ukraine
The Commander of Defense Force “Donbas” (DFD) [colloquially known as the Donbas Battalion] never takes his balaclava off while talking to journalists. Nobody really knows if Semyon Semyonchenko is his real name or an alias. He does not need additional fame, although he’s constantly reporting about all of the main activities of the unit in the social networks.
Right now, he is in Kyiv to form a new battalion of the National Guard. Every day, 100–150 people call. Volunteers are selected, and then they pass a medical examination and are sent off to military training camps for Internal Troops.
Semyon is a fairly young man, the father of four children. He was born and raised in Donbas, and moreover, never prepared himself for…
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