Volunteer Battalion of the Territorial Defence of the Donbass
An alternative to the ‘green men‘ appeared in the Donbas. ‘The black men‘, unlike the ‘green men‘, wear uniforms with insignia – they are soldiers of the Volunteer Battalion of Territorial Defence, which was formed on the basis of the Donetsk structures of self-defence forces. Since the local authorities sabotaged the implementation of the decision to create a battalion, Governor Kolomoyski allotted ‘barracks‘ to them at the border of the Donetsk Province and Dnepropetrovsk Province.
Soldiers of the battalion are mainly residents of the city of Donetsk and Donetsk Province, but also dwellers of Kharkiv, Kiev, and even citizens of foreign countries. For now, the recruits are undergoing training under the guidance of professional military personnel; there are also problems with weapons, but they are being solved on an ongoing basis. Two days ago, the soldiers of the battalion prevented the kidnapping of two journalists by separatists .