“There are Russian saboteurs in Ukraine,” says Russian State Duma Deputy

Russian State Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomarev has accused the Kremlin of creating a prologue to civil war, on a territory where civilians do not seek to be part of Russia

The only deputy of the Russian State Duma who voted against the accession of Crimea to Russia,  Ilya Ponomarev, has declared that there are Russian saboteurs present in Ukraine.  The deputy wrote about this after visiting Ukraine, in his blog in “Echo Moskvy”.

“There is no large-scale intervention, but there are special forces (of the Main Intelligence Directorate?) and subversive groups that are carrying out the task of directing and organizing the forces of the so-called ‘self-defence’,” said Ilya Ponomarev. Continue reading

Pro-Russian Separatists Loot, Assault Romani in Sloviansk

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Pro-Russian separatists have engaged in seemingly racially motivated acts of looting and assault against Romani residents of Sloviansk, reports the News of Donbass. Armed separatists have reportedly begun a series of home invasions against the city’s Romani population, robbing and assaulting their victims. The militants apparently have shown no regard for age or gender, and women and children have been among the victims who were beaten According to eyewitnesses, the gunmen carried off stolen property in trucks.

The perpetrators claim that they are acting on the orders of the self-described ‘People’s Mayor’ and leader of the separatist militant wing, Vyacheslav Ponomarev.

The attacks on Romani, also known as Gypsies, follows a troubling precedent set the day prior when members of the Donetsk Republic organization distributed anti-Semitic leaflets in an attempt to extort and intimidate members of the Jewish community. Ponomarev has also announced a “hunt” on the Ukrainian speaking population of Sloviansk, wherein those who speak the indigenous language be treated as suspicious and reported to the local militia.