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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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The Republic of Donetsk

Donetsk, April 11, 2014

The Republic of Donetsk was constituted in the Regional Administration building at Pushkin Boulevard, 34.

There is a border pole on the side of the Taras Shevchenko monument with a two-headed eagle. In front of the entrance to the building, there are two rows of barricades built from car tyres, bolstered with extracted paving stones, sandbags and barbed wire. Pieces of wood are burning in barrels: one can warm one’s hands.

A relatively small square restricted by barricades is filled with people. At 5 pm, there are about 300 people. The prevailing age range is from 55-70, with an equal number of men and women. All of them wear orange and black ribbons. 

Younger people guard the barricades. They are exclusively men, aged 20-35. Their faces are hidden behind scarves and gas masks. The organisation of space is modelled on Maidan in Kiev. There are no more similarities. On Maidan in Kiev, everyone present participated in the events.

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In front of the Regional Administration building in Donetsk, there are two separate groups: the organisers of the show and the audience. There are no volunteers, no girls distributing hot sandwiches and tea in plastic mugs. Should any visitor become cold or hungry, they go to the nearby McDonald’s to have a coffee or fries. The residents go home. There are no toilets.

The organiser does not take into consideration the fact that people will be standing day and night to defend the Republic of Donetsk. Everything is done for appearance – once coverage of the event has finished and the TV crews have departed, the show will end, the lights will be turned off.

There is an announcement over the loudspeakers: “The Parliament of the Republic of Donetsk has created the Republican Guard. We call on the residents of Donetsk – boys and girls – to join the Guard”. Oleg Cariew, a former deputy to the Supreme Council of Ukraine (the Party of Regions), currently running for President of Ukraine, climbs onto the platform. A moment of confusion – people do not recognise him. The host of the rally begins to applaud and the elderly join him. Oleg Cariew declares that he can lead the Republic. The host drops the subject. Cariew realises that he got carried away. 

Robert Ostrowski