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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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Odessa police responsible for the death of 46 people

On 2 May, 2014, in Odessa, clashes occurred between Russian provocateurs armed with firearms and pro-Ukrainian activists, resulting in the death of at least 46 people. The Open Dialog Foundation places the responsibility for the incident on the local police, who not only failed to prevent the clashes, but in some cases acted  on behalf of the provocateurs.

The clashes in Odessa began after a column of peaceful pro-Ukrainian activists (more than 1,000 people), which was marching through the city and calling for the unity of the country, was attacked with bats and stun grenades by pro-Russian activists (approx. 400 people). Some of them were seen to have firearms (pistols, machine guns). As a distinguishing mark, the provocateurs were wearing armbands; the same armbands were also seen on some police officers.

Due to the quantitative superiority of the pro-Ukrainian activists, they soon began to push off the attackers, who, while fleeing, were shooting. Some of the provocateurs barricaded themselves in the House of Trade Unions, from which shots were fired on civilians and pro-Ukrainian activists  who were also pelted with Molotov cocktails. As a result, the building caught fire, resulting in the death of more than 40 people (mostly from asphyxiation by carbon monoxide inhalation), more than 120 people sustained injuries of varying severity. According to the preliminary findings of experts, the fire in the House of Trade Unions was  caused by the throwing Molotov cocktails from that very building. 

According to eyewitnesses, from the break out of the clashes, police took virtually no action to stop the provocateurs and prevent the escalation of violence. When the pro-Ukrainian activists began to push aside the provocateurs, the police began to cover them as they were retreating. During the retreat, the provocateurs began to use firearms, and the police officers did not undertake any measures to stop this. In some cases, police officers openly acted on the side of the provocateurs, handing them their shields during the clashes  with pro-Ukrainian activists.

Prowokator strzela z broni automatycznej (screenshot z nagrania wideo)

One piece of video footage of the Odessa events shows the moment when a provocateur is firing from automatic firearms at pro-Ukrainian activists from behind police lines. Policemen just silently watched the scene unfold. As a result of the shooting on pro-Ukrainian activists, at least 3 people were killed

Due to the Odessa events, Chief of the General Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in Odessa Province, Piotr Lutsyuk, was removed from office. Ukrainian authorities recognise that the leadership of the Odessa Police force was involved in the preparation of the provocations which occurred on 2 May, 2014. Acting Deputy Head of Presidential Administration of Ukraine, Andriy Senchenko, stated that the police had not prevented unrest in the city, failing to act in exchange for money.

Katarzyna Szczypska