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"New Mariupol“

"New Mariupol" is the name of an organisation which was officially registered only two weeks ago but has already changed the city’s image.

Life is back to normal in Sloviansk

Sloviansk nowadays is a city of contrasts. Evidence of fighting is still visible there and the withdrawing separatists have left not only a huge network of trenches near Siyemionovka (city’s suburbs), but even toothbrushes in the field washbasins they had organised. 

“Kiev Ruthenia” battalion on front Line

For many weeks now, the 11th “Kiev Ruthenia” Battalion has been surrounded on three sides and shelled by separatists. They can be reached only from the side of Debalcev and under a special permit only.

Maidan without the Maidan. In memoriam

The time has come when one may feel tempted to draw certain conclusions. The so-called “cleaning” of the Maidan, that is the removal of the tents that had stood there since winter, was a complete success. There is virtually nothing remaining in the Ukrainian capital main square to remind one of the “tent town” that used to be there barely a few weeks ago.

Self-Defense in their new base in Kyiv

Sotnyas managed to obtain permission from the municipal authorities to take over the old Pechersk citadel. The idea was supported in the first place by historians, who had for a long time stood in stern defense of this monument of architecture from subsequent attempts to have it demolished.

Is it patriotism yet?

In Kyiv he understood – all that was left for him was Ukraine. Ukraine told him clearly what to do. Ukraine was sunflower fields and no stupid questions asked. A dead friend’s memento knife.

Maidan’s last days

The last phase of so-called Maidan “cleansing” that is to say the removal of the last tents is just about to finish. 

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A Polish citizen drops out of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations as a sign of protest against the invasion of Russian troops in the Crimea

The reasons for my resignation from the studies in Moscow.

Below I present a video footage presenting the reasons for my resignation from the studies in Moscow, as well as my written statement. 

My name is Konstanty Chodkowski. On March 11, 2014, I voluntarily quit studying in Russia. My decision was made as an act of protest against Russian (Federation) military intervention in Crimea as well as an ordinary, human reaction and manifestation of solidarity with Ukrainian nation.

Leaving for Russia (or even earlier) and working as a journalist, I have perceived peace building and mutual understanding among Polish, Ukrainian and Russian people as a matter of the utmost importance. I have always wanted our nations and countries to live as neighbours and to solve all the conflicts by diplomacy and civic dialogue. I am not a ministry, politician or any influential person. Nevertheless, I have tried to be a part of reconciliation as much as my humble capabilities allowed me to.

However, circumstances worked against lofty/noble ideals. Coming back to Poland I could only watch in despair how Slavic, fraternal nations are plunging in conflict mindlessly being at each other’s throat.

During the years I have made many close friends with Ukrainians and Russians and thanks to that I know all the difficulties between us could be solved peacefully, by talk and dialogue. So, it is not only a faith, it is a knowledge that Russians as well as Poles and Ukrainians always can get along with each other. So, if it is possible at the level of individuals, it is definitely possible at the level of countries as well. Without the need for using military, threatens and unpleasant or unnecessary words.

That is why I consider the use of armed forces totally unjustified and directed against peace and harmony. I would like to express it by giving up studying in Russia. It is not the way towards peace building; we will never achieve fundamental understanding, let alone friendship and reconciliation.

My decision is not addressed against Russia or its people but against war. My whole adult life I was eager to know Russia and Ukraine, I wanted to graduate from universities in those countries, learn Russian language and then tell Polish people that behind Eastern border do not hide our enemies but potential partners, who must be trusted and who we should speak with. Unfortunately, today I cannot name intervention in Crimea differently than unjustified occupancy.

And this is the greatest pain for me.