In this interview Captain Paul Barril, ex-GIGN officer and counter-terrorism expert, who was allegedly making plans for a visit to Donetsk to meet its leader, Alexander Zakharchenko, makes some shocking claims about the latter’s murder (translated from the French).
In one of the largest, if not the largest, Neo-Nazi demonstration in Europe since WW2, 20,000 fascists and their supporters marched through the streets of the Ukrainian capital celebrating the birth of Stepan Bandera 01.01.1909 founder and leader of the ultra-nationalist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B) and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) commanded by Roman Shukhevych. This organization which along with the equally collaborationist outfit, the 14th Waffen SS Grenadier Division Galicia 1, were responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Poles, Jews and Russians during the ethnic cleansing which began in Lviv with a pogrom of the city’s Jews a week after the German invasion in 1941, and in the western Ukraine between 1943-45.
Russian-American actor Peter Von Berg (of the FX series The Americans) goes on a journey from his home in NYC to the Donetsk People’s Republic to explore the gap between the image proffered in the American media and the reality as experienced by the people who live there. This film is essential watching
Patrick Lancaster reporting from the DPR
by Systematic A pro federalization rally in Kharkov, April 2014. Photo dozor.kharkov.ua TASS reports: The constitutional reform being conducted in Ukraine is not in the slightest in line with the Minsk Agreements, the head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said Wednesday. “As of today, no point of the Minsk Agreements has been fully implemented by Kiev: military hardware has not been withdrawn from the disengagement line, moreover, its number has been increased, the law on amnesty has not been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada,” Zakharchenko said. “As regards the constitutional reform in the sphere of decentralization – it can’t be called other than a farce. That law, which already led to the death of people in front of the Verkhovna Rada [Death toll from riots outside Ukraine’s Rada rises to three], not only is out of line with the Minsk Agreements, but directly contradicts them,” the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR leader as saying. Zakharchenko stressed once again that in line with “Minsk-2”, Kiev should agree with Donbass the changes …
Delivery of safe drinking water to the city of Debaltseve, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. Photo (c) UNICEF Ukraine/2015/A.Filippov by Systematic Sputnik International reports: […] The restoration of water supplying facilities in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic which were damaged in shelling by Kiev forces may be funded by Germany, Vladislav Deinego, LPR representative to the contact group, said. “We made a list of water supplying facilities related to the Western filter plant which will be restored. The money allocated by Germany could be used to partially restore the facilities and resume water supply to several towns of the LPR and DPR [self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic],” Deinego pointed out. He also said that the initiative has been supported by representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. Now the self-proclaimed republic is waiting for authorization from the Ukrainian government. […]
Aleksandr Kolomiyets, second from the right, announces his decision at a press conference in Donetsk, June 22 2015. Russkaya Vesna reports: Ukraine’s Defense Minister official, Aleksandr Kolomiyets, has defected to Donetsk People’s Republic. “I am Aleksandr Kolomiyets, a major-general of the Ukrainian Armed Force, and my latest position was that of a chief military analyst and aide to the Ukrainian defense minister,” Kolomiyets told at a press-conference in Donetsk. He added that he had been the regional military commissar of the Donetsk Region for the last 19 years. Kolomiyets also told that he had to evacuate his family from Kiev for fear of persecution by the Ukrainian authorities. Many of his former fellow servicemen, too, were ready and willing to join the republics, he said. He declared his intention to work for the benefit of DPR and shared his opinion of the Ukrainian army’s condition. “The potential of the Ukrainian army is very low. Mostly, from the standpoint of morale. All generals and officers who are aware the authorities’ actions are criminal have no wish …
The DPR – the People’s Republic of Donetsk – issued its first official postal stamp on Saturday, May 9. The stamp features the portraits of military commanders Arseniy Pavlov (Motorola) and Mikhail Tolstykh and is called “Givi and Motorola – Heroes of Novorossiya”. Viktor Yatsenko, DPR’s Minister of Communications, and Yevgeniy Kovnatskiy, the head of “Donbass Post,” presided over the stamp-unveiling ceremony. Arseniy Pavlov, one of the two featured Heroes of Novorossiya, was also present for the occasion, which symbolized the establishment of the new state: “Today’s event is very important for me. We are issuing the first stamp on the first Victory Day celebrated in the Donetsk People’s Republic. This stamp has great significance for the guys who are on the front line right now,” – he said.
by Vaska Speaking last Thursday, DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko announced that the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) authorities are willing to hold another referendum on the status of the republic to advance the political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Decentralization of power is one of the points of the Minsk agreement, worked out in mid-February by the leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, and agreed upon by Kiev and representatives of the self-proclaimed republics.