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

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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.

Original link: http://mgm.com.ua/news/lugansk-protiv-luganska-obrashchenie-k-zahvatchikam-oblastnogo-upravleniya-sbu

Sloviansk Shooting Victim Identified – April 20, 2014

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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.

Original link: http://hvylya.org/news/digest/pavla-pavelko-ubili-v-slavyanske-dlya-instsenirovki-eskalatsii-nasiliya-v-slavyanske.html

Donbass Getting Ready for Defense – April 13, 2014

Facebook Posting by Kirill Sazonov, Donets’k Political Science Expert, April 13, 2014, Translated from Russian by William Risch:

We’ll stand up for Ukraine and Donbass. So, guys and gals. It’s all worse than what we’d expected. It will be difficult. Girls – that’s it, there’s no more worth saying. Now, just for the guys. A battalion is being formed for defense. One under the Ukrainian army. It’s all legal. You need to leave town and get a uniform and automatic rifles (people who stopped by there today understand why this is important). Yes, there will be discipline and so on. Volunteers are sending Semen Semenchenko private messages, and if he doesn’t answer, send them to Basile d’Budic. Don’t send them to me, but to the commanders. I’m involved with evacuating your families, but I am betting that I’ll get it done and be in the rank-and-file with you when the moment comes. Tomorrow I’ll give you the contact information of people in Kyiv who can take in your loved ones while we cleanse Donbass of the plague. We’re going to win. And I can’t help but joke, “Damn it, am I like the staff sergeant now?”:) (Original: “Blin, ia tipa kapter teper?:)”)

Oh yeah, and I forgot all about adding, “la-la-la-la-la-la” 🙂

(The last sentence refers to the chant, “Putin is a Dickhead,” made famous by some Ultras in Kharkiv not long ago – translator)