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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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Attempt to remove Maidan

Today, on Thursday, in the late hours of morning, the troops of Kiev-1 battalion undertook an attempt to remove the Maidan from the centre of the capital.  The troops entered the Khreshhatik simultaneously from European Square and the so-called Bassarabka. The Maidan fighters, armed with clubs and Molotov cocktails, repulsed the first assault and set fire to the barricades protecting the stage. At present the Maidan defenders are holding their ground, whilst the Kiev-1 battalion has withdrawn; probably in anticipation of new orders.

Speculation on the possible development of events runs wild, but the Maidan members all say that should the government send a more substantive force, the Maidan will not hold out. Meanwhile, it appears that all sorts of people are ready to rush to its defence; it was only yesterday that almost everyone asked told me that the Maidan had been there for too long and needed to be removed, whereas now I have witnessed the Self-Defence being joined by some bystanders and journalists – with their own differing motives, such as “Maidan is necessary – as the backbone for the anti-terrorist operation” or “’because the government think they can do what they like and need to be resisted”.

Just as six months ago – barricades rise, the freshly-laid pavement is ripped up again, Molotov cocktails are brewed. The situation, however, is drastically different – over the last months, support for Maidan has waned and massive support from Kiev citizens is not expected. The majority of barricades have been dismantled; there are virtually no tires left to create a smoke-screen or hold the militia at bay, as it used to be when Yanukovich’s forces were storming Maidan.

Well – back then it used to be the militia, now the Kiev-1 battalion, partly composed of the former Self-Defence fighters. Hence the talk of the first assault members of the unwillingness of the troops to actually remove the tents; as one of the fierce Maidan defenders said, “They simply know what they’re doing is not right".

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