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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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SBU knew the plans for taking over places

Kramatorsk, 14th April 2014.

We are talking with the commander of the local Maidan Self-Defence: - After 15th March 2014, a small Self-Defence unit of about 30 people “went underground” and focused on collecting information. The plans of Russian separatists in Krematorsk and neighbouring Slovyansk were “worked out” very quickly. The man went to Kiyv himself. On 1st April, he met an officer of the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) and gave him a list of the most active pro-Russian activists along with their telephone numbers and addresses as well as a schedule of actions planned by the separatists.

The separatists were to start taking over seats of the Ukrainian administration, militsiya and army around 1st May. The action was to culminate on 9th May.

Within the Russian Federation, the Victory Day on 9th May is a national holiday.
Outside of the Federation’s territory, Victory Day is not always a national holiday but for the integration of the Russians, this is the most important day in the year. During mass-scale events, often organised with the participation of Russian diplomatic missions, Russians demonstrate their identity and their faithfulness to tradition. The separatists in the Donetsk district (oblast) were planning to make use of the mass presence of Russians in the streets whilst the facilities were taken over. Also as human shields...

The commander of the Kramatorsk Self-Defence discloses the name of the SBU officer to whom he communicated confidential information. In the transcript of the recording it sounds like “Lyevoos”. On the following day (2nd April), all information transmitted to the SBU was published in the Ukrainian press... The source of the “leak” could only be the SBU.

The disclosure of the plans did not prevent their implementation. The date was simply brought forward by 2 weeks. On 12th April, all Ukrainian administration offices in Slovyansk and Kramatorsk were already occupied by Russian separatists. Barricades were erected on roads leading to Slovyansk and on streets within the city. The separatists are getting ready to stave off an attack by the Ukrainian army. The thing is, though, that the attack is not taking place.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence is issuing communiques to announce successes of an anti-terrorist action in the Donetsk district against Russian separatists.
The Ukrainian media repeats these indiscriminately.

By contrasting what I saw in the streets of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk on 14th April with the communiques from the Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, I conclude that the Ministry’s representatives are lying. No anti-terrorist operation is under way. The separatists are in full control of both cities, and the military forces – nominally subordinated to the government in Kiyv – are not taking any action.

On 14th April, a press conference was held in front of the City Council in Slovyansk.
A spokesman for the separatists advised that a unit of airborne forces of Ukraine joined to their side.

The latest:
In the evening of 15th April, a Ukrainian journalist Sierhiy Lefter was abducted from in front of the City Council building in Slovyansk.