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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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“Donbas” Battalion – a Story of the Wild East

For most of the “blacks”, the chief motivation behind joining the battalion was to be in a place where one can “really” do something for Ukraine. And for the past month, they have been doing a lot, with a boost, and a truly Cossack fantasy. Since "Donbas" never became part of the structures of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, they behaved a little like cowboys in the Wild West – deciding autonomously where to go, whom and when to attack and what tasks to carry out. When weapons were in short supply, they started to occupy separatists’ stations.

Semen Semenchenko, the leader of the “blacks”, used to say: “Complaining that you cannot fight because you have no weapons? Welcome to Donbas, come and get them yourself. There is plenty with the separatists”. After their base had been attacked, they decided to go mobile and gained an advantage as a result; attacking separatist stations unexpectedly and withdrawing quickly, taking away weapons and captives, needed for information. They even occupied a station of pro-Russian militia and forced the uniformed ones to fulfil their duties.

During our last meeting, they asked me not to take photos, especially because of the place in which they were at the time. They were trying to be cautious. 

This morning, they were attacked not far from the village of Karlivka, by a large, well-armed troop of separatists. This is one of the indications that someone had betrayed them; enemies attacked them on their planned route. There are many wounded and information about fatalities still cannot be confirmed.

Immediately after the attack had started, Semen requested help and armoured vehicles from the headquarters of the Ukrainian army in order to evacuate, under their cover. The boys were cut off in the building. Help did not come, and the result – soldiers were taken captive by separatists. Their lives are hanging by a thread: they have made it too difficult for the enemies to just set them free.

Task number one for now – rescue (exchange) the captives and provide the wounded ones with medical care. And then – back to normal activities… hopefully. 

Agnieszka Góralska