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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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"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. I have not seen more active, persistent and versatile volunteers. Everyone I have talked to so far has asked me: “And do you know New Mariupol already?” I have got to know it today and I am impressed. 

Amongst the apparent chaos of the makeshift facilities, supplies are gathered for soldiers, transport and care of the wounded are organised, and representatives of other organisations, journalists as well as volunteers are received. Medical courses and military training are organised. “New Mariupol” has a completely horizontal structure, has no official authorities and because of this, at least a dozen or so projects are being conducted in parallel. They know all that’s going on in the city, in battalions, at guard posts. 

They are said to be the ones who forced the city authorities to act more effectively and faster to defend the city. The credit for the equipment which helps build anti-tank ditches goes to them. A chain of peace, rallies every Sunday, Ukrainian symbols in the city streets – the people I have met today are behind all of this. 

What are they planning? Now – do whatever is possible to help the army hold on to the city. Then – what their name suggests. Influence passive city residents (most of whom are so), raise their awareness, build “New Mariupol”. I keep my fingers crossed.