Multiple Russian military units cross Ukrainian border


A column  of 7 Russian KAMAZ trucks is moving towards Slovyansk, announced Volodymyr Chepovyy, press spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council, at a press briefing on June 20, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

“ATO (antiterrorist) forces are responding to the movement of the column of unmarked Russian KAMAZ trucks with trailers on the Snizhne-Yampil-Slovyansk road in the Donetsk Oblast, said Chepovyy. Continue reading


Bezler and emptiness. What awaits Donbas after the war

Yekaternia Sergatsova

Journalist from UP.Life Yekaterina Sergatsova talked to the Donetsk intellectuals about the reasons of what is happening in Donbas, and what awaits the region after the war is over.

“Donbas is a region which has definitely inherited the system of values that existed in the Soviet Union: historical paternalism, dominance of collective values, historical memory, for the most part oriented towards the Soviet heritage,” Dmitro Mironovich, culture sociologist in charge of the sociology lab in one of the Donetsk universities, begins our conversation.

According to Mironovich, such moods were beneficial for the local government: the economy of the region which had been created in the USSR has not changed. Consequentially, the lifestyle of the citizens in the region has not changed either.  Continue reading

Our goal is peace, not war – Poroshenko met with the government of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko presented the peace plan for the regulation of the situation in the east of the country at the meeting with the representatives of the legitimate government of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

“During the meeting the head of state presented 14 points of the peace plan in the east of the country. In particular, Poroshenko emphasised the importance of amending the Constitution of Ukraine to decentralise the government. The President noted that the according project of the amendments to the Main Law will be sent for examination by the Venetian Committee,” repors the press service of the head of state.  Continue reading

Terrorists Pose As Defectors from Ukraine’s National Guard

Gunmen dressed in Ukrainian Armed Forces uniforms have appeared in Chervonopartyzansk, Luhansk Oblast. They appear to be posing as National Guard members who have defected to the Russian side, as reported by Volodymyr Chepoviy, spokesman for the Information Center of the National Security Council of Ukraine (NSC). “We wish to officially state that no units of Ukraine’s National Guard are stationed in or near Chervonopartyzansk,” he said. Chepoviy called on local residents to remain alert to possible provocations by terrorists in the region.

As Ukrinform reported, citing InfoResist’s Dmytro Tymchuk, Russian militants Ukrainian uniforms keep moving in on Ukraine’s eastern borders and are prepared for provocations.    Continue reading

Wer wird zum Lugansker Kadyrow?

333Ursprünglich veröffentlicht auf, Quelle: Realnaja Gaseta

Das Gebiet Lugansk verwandelt sich langsam in ein Schlachtfeld, auf dem nicht nur die Anhänger der Lugansker Volksrepublik gegen die ukrainische Armee kämpfen, sondern auch die Kriegsherren untereinander nicht einig sind. Der Gewinner erhält eine vorübergehende Kontrolle über die Region, zugleich eine wertvolle Chance – aufgrund der Kurzlebigkeit der «Lugansker Republik» – sich in der ukrainischen Politik legalisieren zu können.

Waräger statt Einheimische

Das Gebiet Lugansk hat, in gewissem Sinne, viel Glück, das klingt für viele Leser erst mal verrückt, die in der Nacht gezwungen sind, das Heulen der Sirenen und Gewehrfeuer zu hören. Dennoch ist unsere Region im Gegensatz zum Nachbarn Donezk in geringerem Ausmaße vom Feuer des Krieges erfasst. Nicht zuletzt wird das Gebiet weitgehend von den Bewohnern der Gegend kontrolliert, für welche viel auf dem Spiel steht. Die Taktik «der verbrannten Erde» ist hier nicht akzeptabel.

In Donezk und Slawjansk sind Einheimische tatsächlich aus der lokalen Führung entfernt worden. Slawjansks «Volksbürgermeister» Ponomarjow wurde durch den russischen Hobby-Weißgardisten Igor Strelkow-Girkin ersetzt und in Donezk selbst wurden der selbstausgerufene Vorsitzende der Donezker Volksrepublik Dennis Puschilin und der «Volksgouverneur» Pawel Gubarjew in Verlaufe eines unmerklichen Palastputschs von dem russischen Polittechnologen Alexander Borodaj ersetzt. Borodaj kontrolliert vollständig das Bataillon «Wostok», das zum Kern des Widerstands gegen Kiew in der Region Donezk geworden ist.

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Luhansk terrorists hunt Ukrainian teachers


photo: Reuters

On Tuesday, June 17, pro-Russian terrorists in Lysychansk, in the Luhansk Oblast, staged a “shakedown” in the Lysychansk school #8 when several armed men came looking for the Ukrainian language teacher Antonina Havrylyuk.

Fortunately, the teacher was not at school at the time. After being warned of possible kidnapping, she took shelter with friends, writes the newspaper Today in Severedonetsk. According to the newspaper, Havrylyuk has left the terrorist occupied area and is now safe.

Havrylyuk has been highly valued by the parents of her students. The class where she teaches has been renovated by the parents and is one of the best in the school. She is also an active supporter of a united Ukraine, the newspaper reports.


Fakes of Russian propaganda – 2

Radio Svoboda continues to survey how Russian media and individual social media users manipulate the public opinion by pretending that photographs and footage from various places all over the globe come from the Ukrainian events. The compilation was prepared by Ihor Losyk.  Continue reading

Volodymyr Groysman: “In the nearest 5-10 years Ukraine will be the most interesting country in Europe” 

Volodymyr Groysman’s tenure as vice Prime Minister could have ended after the 100 days that he had worked in Arseniy Yatseniuk’s team. Immediately after the inauguration, President Petro Poroshenko asked him to lead his Administration. Groysman refused, motivating it with the necessity to finish what he started in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Essentially, the reform of local government. 

“If we are to give power to the oblasts, we will get feudal principalities; no, the power should be delegated to territorial communities directly,” says Groysman. In “civilian life,” so before Maidan, the young mayor of Vinnytsya was considered one of the most successful mayors in the country. Mobilised to the government, today he works in the office he inherited from Olexandr Vilkil and Boris Kolesnikov.

Groysman has already prepared the theoretical basis of the reform, the realisation of which in practice is being halted by war. In addition, purely political circumstances are unfolding as well: the new Constitution, re-election, without which any means will be half-baked.

This interview is the dissolution of stereotypes. The stereotype that decentralisation is something extremely complex and complicated, that one cannot make sense of that. That it is not beneficial to regular citizens, but the local elites, which are simply fooling the regular citizens. That decentralisation and coherent budget policies are discordant. That Donbas is unique in its demands to be “heard in Kyiv.” 

“I remember the social investigations that were conducted from time to time in central Ukraine. In particular, in Vinnytsya. The measures of non-acceptance of the central government: the President, Prime Minister, its other representatives, is stably over 50%. Anti-ratings were simply off the scale,” says Groysman.  Continue reading

Donbas: divorce and maiden name? 

Olexandr Kochetkov, for UP

“Our situation is good. But not hopeless.”

Alexandr Novikov, “Dialogues in the elevator” 

One out of three terrorists in Donbas is taking photos with the MPADS. And only the “Hindenburg” dirigible is a better target than the huge and slow Il-76.

The author does not know the surname and military rank of the person who gave the order to deliver the military replacement to Luhansk airport by air. But in any army, except for ours, the case would have reached tribune.

The issue is not only the losses, which are unacceptable for the ATO. But also the blow landed to the military spirit and faith in the commanders, which our soldiers have experienced at the “eastern front.”  Continue reading

Terroristen foltern Euromaidan-Aktivisten zu Tode

Quelle:, 15.6.2014 (Übersetzung aus dem Ukrainischen)

1d8298c-reshetnak.jpg.pagespeed.ce.pyTWlgskVFIn Luhansk wurde Olexander Reschetnjak, ein Aktivist des Luhansker Euromaidan, nach zweitägiger Folter im Gebäude des Sicherheitsdienstes von Luhansker Terroristen erschossen.

Dies wurde von [dem Luhansker Journalisten und Mitglied der unabhängigen Ukrainischen Arbeitergewerkschaft; der Üb.] Wsewolod Filimonenko über Facebook mitgeteilt.

“Nach zweitägiger Tortur im Gebäude des SBU [ukr. Sicherheitsdienst; der Üb.] und schließlich einer durchdringenden Schusswunde im Rücken, hat Sascha [Rufname von Olexander; der Üb.] noch drei Tage in der Reanimationsabteilung des Luhansker Regionalkrankenhauses um sein Leben gekämpft. Kämpfer der Luhansker Volksrepublik (LVR) hatten Reschetnjak gefoltert, um an Informationen über die Stellungen der ukrainischen Armee und des patriotischen Bataillons “Aydar” zu kommen.”, erklärte Filimonenko.

Ihm zufolge wurde Reschetnjak von den Kämpfern, nachdem sie von ihm keine nützlichen Informationen erhalten hatten, “einfach in den Rücken geschossen”.

“In ihrem Bericht an die Leitung der LVR schrieben die Folterknechte, dass er bei einem Fluchtversuch verwundet wurde. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt war Saschas Fuß bereits gebrochen und im Gips, er konnte nur auf Krücken gehen. Was für eine Flucht?” schloss Filimonenko.

Wie bereits gemeldet, wurde der zivilgesellschaftliche Aktivist Oleksander Reschetnjak am 10. Juni in Luhansk entführt. Nach zwei Tagen wurde er freigelassen und in ein Krankenhaus eingeliefert.

Wie seine Bekannten betonen, hat sich Reschetnjak “niemals für Politik im direkten Sinne interessiert, das einzige, wogegen er kompromisslos ankämpfte, war die Behördenwillkür.”