The Abkhaz lesson for Ukraine and Donbas

Olexandr Mikhelson for UP

The early presidential elections in the unacknowledged republic of Abkhazia are appointed for Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24th. A simple coincidence. But it is far from being the only one. 

Early election were held there almost ten years ago as well. They occurred because of the falsification of the scheduled elections which took place in October 2004. And what a coincidence: in Ukraine, presidential elections were underway as well during that time, the falsification of which birthed Maidan. 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

Artists kept in Slovyansk captivity for more than three weeks

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Denys Hryshchuk (left) and Pavlo Yurov (right)

Kyiv — It has been more than three weeks that separatists have been holding theater director Pavlo Yurov and cultural volunteer Denys Hryshchuk. Friends and family of the artists say the kidnappers have not made any demands and have called the hostages “prisoners of war.” Law enforcement says the case needs to be publicized as widely as possible because that is at least one way to ensure the safety of the captives.

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The Kalashnikov politicians in Eastern Ukraine

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By Vitaly Portnikov, May 17, 2014

Is it any wonder that the head of the “government” of the Donetsk separatists is a political strategist with Russian citizenship? After all, the annexation of the Donbas is following old Bolshevik templates. These are exactly the types of “governments” that were designed in Moscow when it was preparing the occupation of any country or territory.

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Separatists preparing to seize schools for “referendum”

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Pro-Russian militants in the Donetsk Oblast are preparing for armed seizure of more than 80 educational institutions in all areas of the city, announced the press service of the Donetsk Oblast city administration, May 10, as reported by Ukrainska Pravda. Continue reading

Terrorists Brutally Gun Down Married Couple, Priest in Eastern Ukraine

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reports that Luhansk oblast prosecution offices are conducting investigation in connection with a criminal proceeding over the violent murder of a married couple in front of their underage daughter. Information on this criminal event has been filed with the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations, with charges under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional homicide of two or more persons perpetrated by a group acting in prior conspiracy).   

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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.

Bounties paid for 8 separatists in Dnipropetrovsk

Такие картинки – инструкции по обогащению – появились в интернете. Фото: соцсети.

In the Dnipropetrovsk region, bounties of US $10,000 per person have already been paid for the detention of 8 separatists, Mykhaylo Lysenko, the deputy chief of staff of the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast National Defense, confirmed to Radio Svoboda on Monday, April 21.

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The Russian story about the shootout at Sloviansk – see if you can spot the ludicrous parts

By Thomas Theiner

Putin's finest spies at work

Putin’s finest spies at work in Sloviansk

The Russian story about the shootout at Sloviansk- see if you can spot the ludicrous parts:

26 guys armed with nothing but bats man a checkpoint 6 km outside of Sloviansk. Four cars with at least 10 heavily armed guys drive up to the checkpoint and stop 10 m before it. The armed men get out of the cars and open fire, killing two (10 armed men, 10 m distance and hitting only two… atrociously bad shooters). Continue reading