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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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In front of the Berkut military base in Kharkov

Internal Troops of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs succeeded in defending the Regional Council building from the attack of ‘Russian separatists’. On the night of 8 April, unknown perpetrators broke into the office of the independent television channel ATN in Kharkov. They destroyed equipment. Currently, the TV channel is off air.


That same night, 64 men took over the building of the Kharkov Regional Council. Several windows on the ground floor beside the front door were smashed. A militia unit, consisting of 200 people, who guarded the building, withdrew without resistance. The attackers got drunk and fell asleep. The following morning, soldiers of the Interior Ministry troops were led out of the building.


On 9 April, 2014, at approx. 3.00 p.m., a tent was set up near the monument of Lenin at Liberty Square. Old ladies were collecting signatures for a referendum project. They demand the ‘federalisation’ of Ukraine. They want the Kharkov Province to obtain the status of an autonomous republic in the federal state. A crowd of supporters of the referendum quickly gathered around the tent. Approx. 30 minutes later, they went to the building of the Kharkov Regional Council.

The Berkut base is still operating in the city. A specialised police unit was officially disbanded by  decision of the Supreme Council of Ukraine, after its officers had committed homicide in Kiev.


Some descriptionMeanwhile, in Kharkov, the so-called ‘Colorado people’ are standing in front of the gate of the Berkut base at 2a Derzhavinska Street. The young people are wearing orange and black ribbons. They do not agree to have their faces photographed, but they are not ashamed of their actions. On 18 February, 2014, they were in Kiev, in Marinski Park near Hrushevskoho Street. They were maintaining public order against the threat posed by bandits, and now they are supporting Berkut. They are intending to protect Berkut officers against the fascists. By fascists, they mean members of the Right Sector.


Young people observe the inaction of the police: Berkut was the only credible structure which could ensure the safety of the Kharkov residents.


The steel gate of the Berkut base is now closed. From time to time, the gate opens slightly.
Heavily-built men in civilian clothes emerge in pairs and immediately blend into the crowd.


In front of the building of the Security Service of Ukraine in Kharkov we meet the governor of Kharkov Province. Igor Mironovich Balut was appointed governor by the government of Arseniy Yatsenyuk. What powers does he have? Recent events have shown that he cannot count on the loyalty of the police.


Now, Kharkov has its second centre of power – ‘local government’. The head of the City this is the official title - and the City Council. The head of the City Council is Gennadiy Kernes. He has been in the ranks of the Kharkov local government structures for a long time. Recently, he met with young people who  stood outside the gates of the Berkut and who support officers of the disbanded unit.Colorado’ people are bursting with pride – ‘Kernes is with us!’