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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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Referendum in Donetsk

And here it is – the Donetsk Republic has organised the referendum after all. The polling stations were set up where other elections were usually held, and in Donetsk only a few remain unopened today. Genuine queues from the very morning; I did not expect such a turnout, frankly speaking. Everyone can vote; a passport with documents relating to registration of residence in the Donetsk district suffices. Besides, there is “special polling station No. 2", located in a tent in front of the ODA. This is the only place where I see the typical, suspicious-looking separatists wearing khaki clothing, and black and orange ribbons. Most of the voters I encounter today are rather apolitical residents of Donetsk; emotional about the fact that they can express their opinion in this way. It is usually as follows: We want to be heard. No one can really answer the question over what the consequences of the referendum are to be, that is to say, what specifically, is to change and how. The question about federalisation arouses embarrassment. Something else matters to them: they want to show that they have their say, that they are not "separatists given over to Russia’s service" (this offends them). They are convinced that Kiev and the world see terrorists in them. They intend to show they are not. How the vote and its result will help them, it is hard for me to understand, but the mood is optimistic.