Olexandr Ratiy is a young film director from Alchevsk in Luhansk Oblast.
He made his first short film “The Return” there. The documentary brought about his victory at the cinema festival “Molodist.”
The director made his second film, “Simple Things,” in Kyiv, where he has been living for the last 6 years. He returned with it from the Cannes cinema forum recently.
Regardless of the film locations, says Olexandr Ratiy, he is trying to convey the same theses that Donbas is attempting to express through his work. They, according to the artist, are really universal and understandable both in the East and West.
In an interview to BBC Ukraine he talked about the consequences of the weak cultural policies in Donbas, the reasons for separatism and the language that everyone is ready to hear. Continue reading →
Donetsk Oblast – The militant terrorist organization Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) systematically implemented the provisions of its own ‘constitution’, which excludes religious freedom.
This is reported by the Institute for Religious Freedom based on an analysis of information on violations of the rights of believers in the Donetsk region by gunmen of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.
On April 15, 2014, masked men with a Russian flag posted anti-Semitic leaflets near the synagogue in Donetsk on behalf of Dennis Pushilin, the self-proclaimed ‘People’s Governor’ of the DNR.
“All citizens of Jewish nationality over 16 years of age residing in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic are required to apply for registration with the Acting Commissioner of Nationalities in room #514 of the Donetsk Regional Administration building prior to May 3, 2014. The registration fee is 50 USD,” the leaflet said. Continue reading →
Alexander Zabirko gives a chilling eyewitness account of the “Luhansk People’s Republic” fighters’ attacks on residential quarters.
I made this picture last year from the window of my Mom’s house. To the right from the church you can actually see the fence of the very border unit, which is now being attacked by the “people” with St.George Ribbons on their chests and grenade dispensers in their hands. My Mom managed to run out of her home early in the morning when the attack was just starting. People were running through yards to the Myrniy residential quarter, some of them going directly across the ravine in the direction of Yuzhniy residential quarter. Since then the attackers would not let anyone out of our house or the neighboring multistory building. They are shooting from the house roof and balconies – one can see the border unit from our house as plain as the nose on your face. Continue reading →
Chairman of the self-proclaimed “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) Valery Bolotov declared war on the leadership of “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DPR), Bolotov’s press service reports.
Bolotov believes that the cleaning of Donetsk by the forces of the anti-terrorist operation conducted by the Ukrainian government and the city’s submission to the Ukrainian army is a crime committed by the DNR head Denis Pushilin against his own people.
“On LPR’s territory Denis Pushilin and his inner circle are considered to be traitors and persona non grata. According to the laws of war, as traitors to their own people, they are subject to liquidation,” said the head of the LPR. He added that he considers the head of the DPR an outlaw and declares war on him. Continue reading →
Ukrainian border guards detained a Russian citizen who tried to return to Russia after becoming disillusioned with the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, reports Espreso TV, citing the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, May 26.
According to the Border Guard Service, the Russian citizen was detained in the Biryukove area in the Luhansk Oblast. He was attempting to return home by bypassing the Dovzhansky checkpoint and tried to slip through the border unnoticed. However, the border guards of the Luhansk detachment immediately found and detained him.