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

Donbas: the attempt at proletarian revenge (press review)

The Russian weapons have turned the territories controlled by separatists into a real military stage. Part of the population supports the rebels, as they are promising the renewal of order and Soviet values. As “Ukrayinskiy Tyzhden” writes, the separatists see themselves as heirs of the soldiers of the Great Patriotic war, “have to oppose America and Germany,” “neo-nazis” and “imperialists.” But this is not all. They also want to renew “social justice” and establish the government of “civil communities.” In the first weeks of the conflict, this Soviet dimension was not too noticeable, notes the medium. In Donetsk and Luhansk, “people’s courts” have already appeared, which punish those who are disagreeable, as well as a secret police, which was modestly dubbed the “NKVD.” The separatists dream to once again nationalise the local economy and destroy the oligarchs. Continue reading

Slovyansk under siege. A few hours in the besieged city

This article was written by blogger Denis Kazanskiy for “Ostrov” a few days before the shootings in Slovyansk.

slovyansk 1A boring provincial town of Slovyansk where nothing ever happens suddenly made it to every newscast around the world. The reason for this is not its shabby resorts or any scientific breakthroughs. Slovyansk made headlines due to its seizure by the terrorists and the ensuing mass disorders.

The map with the burning red point can be seen on every TV screen in every corner of the globe. Foreign journalists have finally managed to pronounce “Slovyansk” which was a tall order just a few days before. The most experienced of them, those who covered warfare elsewhere, say it looks like Chechnya, that’s how things started there. Continue reading

Denis Kazanskyi: Everyday life in the Donetsk Republic

antisimitic leafletSupporters of the Donetsk Republic (DNR) have been building their dream state for two weeks now. Here is the list of their impressive achievements.

1. In Slovyansk, a town controlled by the separatists, Gypsy pogroms are underway.

2. Anti-Semitic leaflets appeared in Donetsk. DNR leaders claimed this a provocation, however we all know the truth. It suffices to talk to the people in pro-Russian demonstrations in order to understand how popular the anti-Semitism ideas are among them.

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3. Journalist Sergiy Lefter and Maidan activist Irma Krat have been taken hostage in Slovyansk. The gentlemen wrapped a plastic bag around the woman’s head.

4. All banks and jewelry stores in Slovyansk have been closed. Marauders periodically rob the grocery stores. Three cases of robbery have already been recorded. Here is the Mayor’s comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtxch7g-g5A

5. In Horlivka, where the militants went on the rampage in the local department of internal affairs and paralyzed the work of the police, masked people started paying visits to entrepreneurs and wheedling peoples savings through torture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7wmMUSKXLo

6. On the streets of Donetsk, Horlivka, Slovyansk and Torez, bypassers are beaten up. There are so many cases of this that nobody records them, and the victims do not go to the police since it is not working anyway. Only yesterday two people I know were beaten up and robbed in Torez and Donetsk.

7. In Torez an office of local independent newspaper “Pro gorod” [About city] was set on fire. The separatists applauded this news during their demonstration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=resFMUvtAmk

To be continued. Welcome to Somalia.

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Source:http://maidanua.org/2014/04/denys-kazanskyj-budny-donetskoj-respublyky/

Translated by Katherina Smirnova, edited by Mariana Budjeryn.

Donetsk separatists promise to leave after Maidan is dispersed

Donetsk separatists announced they will not leave administrative buildings until Maidan protesters are dispersed on Kyiv’s Maidan.

So said the co-chairman of the so-called ‘People’s Republic of Donetsk,’ Denys Pushylin, Espreso.TV reported, citing the Russian service of BBC.

He accused the Ukrainian authorities of failing to carry out the agreements made in Geneva a few days ago. According to the leader of the separatists, before compromises can be discussed, Kyiv “has to release the seized buildings, disarm illegal formations –  the National Guard and Right Sector – and to liberate political prisoners.”

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