How Dnipropetrovsk citizens became Ukrainians

Russian-speaking Dnipropetrovsk has always been impartial in its opinion on the rest of Ukraine. None of the local politicians sparked anti-Ukrainian hysteria, but there has been no uprise of Ukrainian patriotism here either. Back in February thousands of Dnipropetrovsk citizens, akin to those in Donetsk and Kharkiv, gathered for Anti-Maidans.

Everything changed in March, when local industrial magnate Igor Kolomoyskiy became the governor of the oblast, and the co-owner of the biggest shopping mall in the city “Passage” Boris Filatov was appointed his deputy. By the way, during the last days of Yanukovich’s presidency, when Filatov was outside of Ukraine, the government quickly made up criminal charges against the businessman because the big screen inside “Passage” shopping mall, instead of traditional advertising, started broadcasting Channel 5 during the clashes in Maidan.  Continue reading

Kolomoyskiy offered a project of an enforced line at the 1900-km Russian border to Poroshenko, and he is ready to invest in construction

Chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration Igor Kolomoyskiy offered the Head Commander of the Armed Forces Petro Poroshenko to immediately begin the construction of an enforced wall along the border with Russian on the territories of Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv oblasts.

This was reported to “censor.net” by the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration.  Continue reading

In Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, criminal charges and a house full of refugees await Tsariov

Dnipropetrovsk – Local Auto-Maidaners started accommodating refugees from Donbass to Oleg Tsariov’s house near Dnipropetrovsk. The initiators of this action claim this is temporary, the mansion, as before, is still the property of the former member of the parliament, its confiscation is not being planned. Law enforcement does not comment on the legitimacy of these actions, however they are expecting the return of the former “regional.” Several criminal cases have been drawn up against him and his companies here. Meanwhile experts are doubtful about the escapee’s own statements regarding his swift return from Russia. They are also skeptical about the fact that the Verkhovna Rada will realise the order to hold Tsariov criminally responsible in the nearest future.
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The parliamentary fight to survive

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The process of resource regrouping is starting on the political map of Ukraine. While some political groups are trying to hold on to their positions awaiting possible perturbations, others are diversifying risks by creating new political powers. While the opposers of the Verkhovna Rada disbandment are scaring the electorate with the looming enemy, the representatives of the former associates of Viktor Yanukovich’s, who are hiding in Russia, are overly lobbying their own interests through the creation of new groups in the session hall.

Meanwhile an active process of new political powers being “born” by representatives of the old government is underway outside of the Verkhovna Rada. Within the Rada itself, the possible participants of the early parliamentary elections are starting to emerge: Petro Poroshenko’s block and the return of Yulia Timoshenko’s block.

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Ukrainians stand in lines to donate blood for soldiers

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People came to the Mechnikov Dnipropetrovsk Regional Clinical Hospital on Friday, May 30, as early as 6:00 am to stand in line to donate blood for the wounded soldiers who had taken part in the anti-terrorist operations in the east of the country, reported TV Channel 9.

People began to gather at dawn, answering the call from doctors at the Mechnikov hospital and eager to donate even a drop of blood, which they believe can save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers who are defending Ukraine. Continue reading

Dnipro Battalion took control of railway

Dnipro Battalion and the territorial defense battalion of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast have taken full control of a number of railway stations in the region, as well as all border railway stations, according to the headquarters of the National Defense of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

“In response to the seizure of the railroad by terrorists from the so-called People’s Republic of Donetsk [DNR], Dnipro Battalion and the territorial defense battalion have taken full control of the stations: Prosyana, Slovyanka, Dobropillya, and Dachna, as well as all border railway stations,” Segodnya reports. Continue reading

Borys Filatov’s comments on the Dnipro battalion and the shootout in Krasnoarmiysk, Donetsk Oblast today

Earlier today, two men died and one man was injured as a result of a conflict and shootout between Krasnoarmiysk citizens and men in camouflage who called themselves the Dnipro Battalion.

Borys Filatov, Deputy Chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Administration, commented on the shootout in Krasnoarmiysk on his Facebook page.

“Even the patriotic internet and mass media are full of nonsense.

There’s NO Dnipro battalion that belongs to the National Guard.

There’s the National Guard. There’s the Dnipro battalion of the MIA (Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine). There’s territorial defense.

Dnipro battalion wasn’t in Krasnoarmiysk. They’re helping the military set up the checkpoints. That’s it.

You can draw your own conclusions.” Continue reading

Donetsk residents to vote in referendum on joining Dnipropetrovsk

referendum_3a20cThe Committee of the Patriotic Forces of Donbas is urging all who want to return to peace, stability, and order to support the alternate referendum, on May 11,  to join the territorial-administrative units of the Donetsk Oblast to the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. Continue reading

Dnipropetrovsk establishes foundation for Ukraine’s heroes

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Boris Filatov, Deputy Governor of Dnipropetrovsk

The leadership of the National Defense of the Dnipropetrovk Oblast will pay each bereaved family of a soldier killed in battle UAH 1 million, states the Deputy Governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Boris Filatov, on his Facebook page, as reported by Espreso TV, May 6. Continue reading

Dnipropetrovsk holds march for unity

dnipropetrovskIn Dnipropetrovsk before the Ukrainian Premier League soccer match between the Dnipro and Karpaty teams on Sunday, May 4,  some three thousand fans gathered to walk together through the center of the city, shouting slogans against Russian aggression and for the unity of Ukraine, reports TV channel 5.ua. Continue reading