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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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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. After the riots on Thursday, the Maidan Council agreed with the city authorities that the Khreschatyk passage and two adjoining streets would be cleared. As agreed, as early as on Friday morning, Maidan activists started to remove the barricades. A large-scale clearing operation was planned for Saturday which was to include the help of Kiev residents.

Meanwhile, order-keeping services, militsiya men and “indignant residents” appeared there who – despite the arrangement with city authorities – started to dismantle the property owned by Maidan residents. At about 12:00, the first tents started to burn. A group of the same “indignant Kiev residents” gathered around immediately inciting the ones who were lighting fires (explaining to by-standers that "Maidan people themselves are doing that having had enough of what is going on"). The action was conducted very efficiently and was clearly very well planned.

At the places where fires burned, fire services and volunteers with fire-extinguishing equipment appeared at once. Once the fire was extinguished, order-keeping services set to work and over a dozen or so minutes everything remaining was taken to refuse trucks which were regularly taking debris away.

I spent the whole day observing the process and I am convinced that there were far fewer Kiev residents who spontaneously and whole-heartedly joined the cleaning process than the “organised” ones. In the afternoon, the first protesters started to turn up.

On Sunday, under pressure from the meeting’s participants, the order-keeping services withdrew and the stage was taken over. Several dozens of people are also defending the barricades on Institucka Street which

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