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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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Kiev’s Ordinary Day

After my return to Kiev, my host’s family welcomed me as if I were a member of their family who they had not seen for a long time. We are sitting and talking about what is going on in Poland, what is happening in Ukraine. They are grateful for the support shown by Poles during demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s policy. They say it’s very important for them. At some point, I said, “Striking contrast between the quiet life in Kiev and what’s going in the east”.

“Yes, but it is superficial peace”, I hear them say. “Once when we were spending time in our allotment garden, neighbours were talking about new garden plants, children’s affairs, increases in bills, at most. Now everyone is talking about the war. Everyone is gathering stocks and trying to have some fortifications in place. This may be panic but we do not know what can happen and when. 

A few hours later I visit a local hairdresser working in a parlour in the building next door.

“Aren’t you scared? War is going on here now. I want to leave. The east has fallen already, and here, it’s only appearances. No one will help us if we are really attacked, even though it is enough what they are doing. A regular army is not needed to destabilise the country”, she shouts over the hair dryer’s noise. All other hairdressers and customers in the parlour became silent, listening to the conversation with the foreigner.

I didn’t know what to say in response. This question is now being asked by each international relations analyst and each general between the Dnieper and the Elbe. Will the West really help? Or just provide caresses? On the one hand, the serious words of Obama and, on the other hand, a visit of the Polish and German Foreign Ministers to Saint Petersburg which did not yield any results and was received as an attempt to mitigate the overly sharp rhetoric of the West towards Russia.

For the oligarchs and their wives nothing has changed, in fact. Six armed guards outside of the shop, four inside, and other customers banned from entering the shop. In the shop window, a skull made of Svarovsky type crystals is overlooking a quiet street as indifferently as it was looking at street fights earlier.

A car with a broken window is passing by. “Small shooting”, a colleague is saying. At night, in the centre of Kiev, so-called “wild sotnyas” not associated with the official Self-Defence structures, are fighting between themselves for money and power.