Ukrainians locked up in “Ilovaysk encirclement”
The “Authorities of the Donetsk People’s Republic” have demanded the surrender of the ones encircled near Ilovaysk. “Prime Minister” Aleksandr Zakharchenko warranted that the prisoners – after making a declaration that they would not fight any more – would be released alive and well. On Tuesday evening, the rebels received a reply: No. It was a univocal decision by the soldiers of the 2nd special unit of Ukraine’s Donbas National Guards”, the battalion’s commander Semen Semenchenko wrote on Facebook. “The other troops made similar decisions.”
Ilovaysk. I’m trembling when reading the news.
“Will Donbas be betrayed like the Crimea?” an acquaintance asked me a moment ago.
We already know that help has not arrived. The ones besieged in Ilovaysk know that too. I can sense that even from these short exchanges; text messages. Maybe it will come tomorrow. Water will run out soon, the wounded cannot be evacuated either. I asked a friend whether there is any chance for him to leave the city. “Heaven”, he replied.
People are often asking me whether I am scared. Battalions usually place the photos of their killed ones on their official Facebook pages. If Europe and the Ukrainian government do not take immediate steps, I will see many familiar faces there as early as this week. So, yes, I am scared the most when I’m in Warsaw.
Some are telling me we should finish with Ukraine. And start getting normal sleep. I would like them to say that straight to the face of the man whose house has been ruined by Putin’s scoundrels. As it is such people who have joined the Donbas battalion. Residents of the ATO zone who simply want to defend their homes. It is only their sacrifice and courage that separate us from Russia at the moment.
There is a certain type of decency which makes you stop for a moment at least when someone next to you is bleeding to death. There is a certain type of decency which makes you feel some respect towards someone who would heroically not bend down under the invader’s boot. I might be childish but I walked through that wet day listening to complaints about the rain. My friends in Ilovaysk are complaining about hailstorm.
Indeed, everything is wet and cold. Just like the most recent news, chilly. “In you I will drown my spring.”
Edit: If you are glad that the weekend is coming soon, let me just add that it is precisely during that weekend that they will be perishing there. Instead of having a beer in a hipster bar, you can donate 10 zlotys. To a collection organised by the Open Dialog Foudantion (56 2490 0005 0000 4600 5911 3255) or by the association Stowarzyszenie Pokolenie (89 1050 1214 1000 0023 1985 3707). It will certainly be more useful for everyone than another selfie with a cider.
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Have a nice weekend.