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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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Lugansk – at the back of the frontline

After the visit to the Donetsk Republic, I expected that Lugansk would be similar – suspicious “separatists”, noisy babushkas, aggressive slogans, chaos, rubbish... In fact the revolution at the rear of the frontline took me completely by surprise – and in a positive way. Here I am at last, at a place which resembles Kiev’s Maidan at its better times. Open space, a double line of professionally constructed barricades, separate tents for each locality of the region, field showers... Even though the self-defence forces brandish Kalashnikovs, they are quiet. It is clean, around one of the watchouts, the soldier on duty was sweeping up twigs and sand.

In addition, in the space around SBU’s building has been adapted to form the Lugansk Republic, there is a playground for children, and benches and even an orthodox church; almost  a genuine republic. When we’re loitering about too much, they reproach us but without being aggressive. It is clear that a threat of a terrorist action is pure theory to them and so a journalist is not immediately deemed a potential spy. People are willing to talk to us. Nearly everyone is in favour of joining Russia, for various reasons – someone because of a “Russian soul”, young people because of “more opportunities”. When we speak to them outside of the republic’s borders, city residents are less radical. Many of them prefer to stay within the borders of Ukraine but as part of a mythical federation. And no one here likes the government in Kiev, not even the local “ultras” – supporters of the "Zoria" football club who are pro-Ukrainian by definition.

Agnieszka Góralska