What could be difficult in the work of a courier? Nothing. You get a package, the address of the person you have to give it to and you set off on the road. The biggest troubles you might face are a flat tyre or traffic jams on city streets. However the circumstances change radically if your destination points are roadblocks of Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone, close to the centre of the conflict – the city of Slovyansk. And your car is full of humanitarian cargo (medicine, optics, military equipment, food). Continue reading →
A small, shabby shop in the centre of Donetsk. There are practically no customers. I am greeted by the owner of the shop Petro, a smart phlegmatic middle-aged man.
“We are working more as security guards here,” he says almost in a whisper, even though there is nobody there to eavesdrop. “Recently, I have been coming here every day myself, to prevent anything from happening. They are not messing with us yet, what is the point? However, there is no point to mess with others either, but they still do it…”
Ukrainian soldiers inspecting documents at a roadblock in Slovyansk, May 29th.
Kyiv – There are numerous instances of abuse of power regarding provision within the Armed Forces, which the commandment is trying to operatively solve. This was stated by the acting Minister of Defence Colonel General Mykhailo Koval during his report to the Parliament. He also admitted that the rear services have turned out to be unprepared to carry out new tasks which have raised during the anti-terrorist operation, however now the situation has been rectified. Meanwhile the Verkhovna Rada has not put up the issue of providing a state of emergency in Donbas for discussion.
“If Russia is out of the game, we will solve the situation in the East of Ukraine within a week or two. But while Russia is supporting and financing the terrorists, giving them access to Ukrainian territory – this creates enormous difficulties,” emphasised the Prime Minister of Ukraine at the Energy Security Summit in Berlin this Wednesday, May 28th.