Luhansk Airplane Downing Could Have Resulted in 200 Deaths

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During the night of June 13, three airplanes should have landed in the Luhansk airport. The first one landed successfully, the second one was shot down by terrorists, the third one returned to its point of departure, Melitopol, reports LIGABusinessInform. The tragedy resulted in 49 deaths. However, the death toll could have been 200 people. It was only by pure luck that a part of the military servicemen went via Infantry fighting vehicles. MP Mykola Kniazhytskiy wrote this on FB: Continue reading

“Chechenization” of Ukraine: what for? 

Russia is already spreading the “experience” of occupied Chechnya to Donbas.

Obviously, sending Chechens to the far away and completely disconnected Ukraine was a decision made by the Russian Federation government also with the goal to bury the issue of Russia’ military crimes in Chechnya forever – bury it under the tag of the “bandit people,” which would like nothing more than “to go to war, no matter where and what for.”

The long trace of the unfinished Russian-Chechen War is becoming more and more obvious on the “soil” of Eastern Ukraine. The grievous crimes committed by the Russian military-political forces on Chechen land, which have gone unnoticed by the main international institutions, have “metastasised” first in the aggression against Georgia. And now, with even more rascality, they are being committed in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.  Continue reading

“Novorossiya? Steppe Ukraine? Northern Black Sea region?” 

Putin remembered Novorossiya 212 years after its disappearance. 

In a TV interview several weeks ago the Russian President Vladimir Putin talked history: “The issue is providing the legal rights and interests of Russians and Russian-speaking citizens of the southeast of Ukraine. I remind you, using the terminology of Tsarist times, this is Novorossiya: Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa were not part of Ukraine in Tsarist times, these are all territories which were given to Ukraine in the 20’s by the Soviet Government. Why they did this, God only knows. This all happened after the respective victories of Potemkin and Catherine II in the famous wars with the centre in Novorossiysk. This is where Novorossiya comes from.”  Continue reading

Russia is supporting chaos in Donbas – expert

Moscow – On June 11th, a meeting under the slogan “We stand for Donbas” is being gathered in Moscow. According to the organisers of the meeting, the goal is to “express support to the brotherly people of Novorossiya, the citizens of the newly-created PRD and PRL and all Russians in Ukraine.” It is expected that the meeting will be attended by the leadership of the so-called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Meanwhile the majority of Russians supports the separatists in the East of Ukraine. And experts conclude: the Kremlin’s aim is not the annex of Donbas following the Crimean scenario, but the support of chaos in this Ukrainian region. 
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More Russian terrorists arrive in Ukraine

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Lysychansk, Photo: Mykhaylo Naumenko

Some two hundred armed commandos have arrived in the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk Oblast from Russia and one of the states of Central Asia, UNN reports, June 11, citing Luhansk police sources. According to the sources, the armed men do not hide their nationality

“According to preliminary information, almost two hundred men have arrived. Those with Slavic appearance state they have arrived from the Krasnodar region (in Russia). Others are Asiatic in appearance. According to preliminary information, they are from Kazakhstan. They came to Lysychansk immediately after the capture of the district prosecutor’s office by terrorists. All these ‘aliens’ have settled in the prosecutor’s office,” the police sources say. Continue reading

“Donbas” military base 

Anna Agafonova, economist, member of the business community IZOne, Donetsk

It seems to us that what we are living now has not been seen before, it seems that Donetsk’s case is unique. But other countries have already survived all this. 

The reasons for what is happening in our country are the same as the reasons that led to World War II. In the beginning of the previous century, in Europe, as a result of instances of industrial monopoly the capital and power were concentrated in the hands of oligarchs and technocratic managers.

Liberal economies, oligarchy, corruption and lack of social lifts cost thousands of people their lives. The events in Ukraine can be easily compared with the police and private security service shooting of the peaceful demonstration “Hunger March” of the fired workers at the factories of a well-known figure, Ford. Continue reading

How Ukraine is creating a second national identity

When everything happening in Donbas will have ended, nothing will be over. The death count cannot be annulled, personal memories cannot be eradicated. Portraits with black ribbons will remain on the shelves of old polished closets. “And this, son, is your father’s camouflage, he fought in it.” What for? Who cares – children’s memories are the most powerful and real. The families of the fallen will measure the future with the past, it will start defining the present as well. Time does not heal anything – it only promotes what one has survived into the category of myth. And a myth is characterised by the fact that it cannot be rationalised with facts. Continue reading

Where the “People of Donbass” came from 

Sergiy Stefanko

Why were Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts chose for war by Russia? The answer is obvious – here, first and foremost, 40% of the population are ethnic Russians. And second, 80-90% the population, regardless of nationality, has been russified.

De facto the above-mentioned oblasts are a Russian-speaking, Russian-cultural enclave in Ukraine, this is where the “compatriots” live. Continue reading

Petro Poroshenko’s speech at the inauguration: full text

Petro Poroshenko

The new President of Ukraine started speaking Russian when addressing the citizens of Donbas. The speech was interrupted several times by the applause of Parliament members and guests.

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Director Ratiy: Donbas cannot be heard


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