Correspondence straight from Eastern Ukraine
Yesterday, the Ukrainian coats of arms were removed from the administration buildings in Donetsk and Slavyansk. The ‘green people’ in Slavyansk carried out active defence preparations. Everybody – both the pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian residents are awaiting military action by Ukrainian troops.
Assurances that ‘the nation of Donbas’ will stand up until the end, until the victory, were constantly repeated on the stage in the ‘capital’ of the Republic of Donetsk. Meanwhile, beside the stage, sections of the volunteer force aimed at assisting Slavyansk were being formed. Today, there is no mobile network coverage allowing us to contact our acquaintances in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. We wonder whether the lack of coverage may mean that the long announced ‘clearing of the remaining resistance’ has begun.
Agnieszka Góralska, an Open Dialog Foundation observer, April 16, 2014, time: 11.48.