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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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ODF Short-term Election Observation Mission is on. First Reports

Polish and Czech volunteers have gone into Ukraine to observe the early presidential elections. The first reports have arrived from the town of Czernihiv. According to the observers, most of the circuit polling stations were duly prepared for the vote.

The election committees organised preparatory meetings. They were equipped with voting materials, as well as complete lists of the persons entitled to vote in the circuit concerned. In the afternoon of Saturday 24th May, the final names of election committee members were provided. Slight disorganisation was noticeable: 5 chairs of local committees were replaced with new people at the very last moment.

The key question is over the fairness of the elections. Observers have reported few cases of buying votes, breaching the rules of ethics and pre-election silence. The local mayor and governor (both from Batkivshyna) made their seats available a number of times for the needs of Yulia Tymoshenko, in effect lobbying in her favour. The committees of Poroshenko and Tymoshenko jointly transported interested people from neighbouring villages, to political meetings, with free buses.

Most of the respondents – from various social strata, agree that the campaign was not aggressive. “Black PR” was not excessively employed. The locals considered the campaign “poor” – there were no concerts or other accompanying events. The campaign headquarters avoided populism and cheap forms of expression. Local residents, being conflict-oversensitive, appreciated the fact that the candidates were not at each other’s throats.

Respondents say that they are well informed about the candidates’ past and the sources of funding of their activities. Everyone expressed their detachment from and disdain for oligarchs – they see the candidates’ affluence as proof of their criminal activities. 

Everyone is voting to choose the lesser evil. They do not believe in genuine leadership and they are voting to support the candidate who – in their view – is least destructive. Voting in these elections is perceived as a way of ensuring stability in the country rather than a genuine political choice.