Center for training subversives for Donbas created in Crimea, volunteers get paid 100 UAH per day

The Ukrainian security service has arrested one of the separatists. During questioning the arrested person said that in April he was recruited by an employee of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces during a trip to Crimea.

According to him, anyone could come and join the ranks of the so-called ‘self-defence force’ of Crimea with a subsequent course of preparation at the naval infantry training base near Feodosia. Ukrainian citizens who joined the illegal armed groups received 100 hryvnia per day, and those who had military training got several times more.  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.


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:

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.

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.

To be continued. Welcome to Somalia.

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Translated by Katherina Smirnova, edited by Mariana Budjeryn.

Luhansk Writer Speaks Out against Separatists – April 16, 2014 (Restored Version)


MG Media, April 16, 2014, 16:16
“Luhansk versus Luhansk: An Address to the Occupiers of the Regional SBU Administration”
(Translation from Russian by William Risch, Georgia College)

One hundred armed men seized the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) building, and they are trying to dictate their will to a city of half a million people. Activists from Luhansk’s pro-Russian Maidan walk around with Russian flags and chant, “Russia, Russia!,” “Putin, save us!,” and other such slogans.

Aleksandr Eremenko, Doctor of Philosophical Sciences; Member, Inter-regional Union of Writers

People have been repeating the plea, “No one is listening to us! Listen to us!,” like a refrain.

It’s bad when no one hears what some people say. But now, you’ve been heard, not just by all of Luhansk, but by all of Ukraine and the whole world.

All right, now you listen to us. Under “us,” I mean residents of Luhansk who don’t think like you do.
For example, I personally am against the Donbas joining Russia. I am against Putin interfering in Ukraine’s internal affairs. I am categorically against Luhansk’s streets becoming host to “little green men.” I am for our city being in one independent Ukraine, one that has taken a European path of development. And there are a lot of people like me in Luhansk.

I want to ask everyone who has assembled in the SBU building, “Why do you think you’re all of Luhansk? You’re not all of Luhansk! You have no right to speak in the name of everyone from Luhansk. This is a violation of our will.”
We heard you – now you’ll hear us. You have your values, we have others. You have your political beliefs, we have ours.

So how should it be? Is it like this: We have to follow your values and beliefs, because you have guns in your hands?
There’s only one solution: talk, get together, listen to each other. Face each other without having to do it under the barrel of a gun.

By the way, I want to tell you people gathered at the SBU what I think about federalization. Do you know why I became disillusioned with federalization? Because I started to ask the question, what’s the ultimate aim of supporters of federalization? Who benefits from it, if you will?

Above all, it benefits a clique of Luhansk oligarchs, politicians, and high officials. I get the impression that they mention federalization so insistently so that Efremov, Golenka, and others like them remain feudal princes in our parts for good.

Do you really like how the local political elite leads the city and the region? Take a look at the worn-out streets, at the factories that look like they’d been destroyed by bombs, at the dirt and litter on the city streets. What, did the European Union do all this? Did America break everything down and dirty it with garbage?

Think about it: The local political elite, which has stolen everything that it could, is getting others to do its dirty work.

And you’re the ones doing it.

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Sloviansk Shooting Victim Identified – April 20, 2014


Khvylia, April 20, 2014, 23:27

“Pavlo Pavelko Murdered to Stage Escalation of Violence in Sloviansk” (Translated from Russian by William Risch, Georgia College)

The man killed last night at a checkpoint in the Sloviansk area has been identified.

Roman Burko wrote about this on his Facebook page.

“Pavel Pavelko was the one killed. He was a local resident of the village of Oleksandrivka, Sloviansk District.  His relatives went around today during the day to collect money for his funeral.  He leaves behind a wife and two small children.  He’d been driving his car in the middle of the night.  He was stopped at a checkpoint and shot.  They set his car on fire.  Everyone our source questioned in the village said that Pavlo had been set up and that he’d been killed to make up an attack by Right Sector and a subject for Russian news channels.  So here you have the kinds of gory stories they produce for Russian TV…”

Last night there allegedly was a shootout near Sloviansk which Right Sector militants allegedly took part in. The news came from separatists and Russian media, who in turn quickly turned it into a media sensation.

The Security Services of Ukraine (SBU) made a statement that said that the shootout in Sloviansk was a provocation by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU VS RF) and separatist militants and that Ukrainian forces had nothing to do with it.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov hastily concluded that Ukraine had violated agreements made in Geneva.

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