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The Ukrainian Hustle

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Once Upon a Time There Was Ukraine

Over the night between 21 and 22 February 2014, Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who was not a good president but had not stolen Ukrainians more than Tymoshenko did, fled his Kiev residence in a rush, just hours before the thugs of the self-proclaimed Maidan Self-Defense Forces burst in wielding cudgels and baseball bats. When the media spread the news, … Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Texas, Ukrop!

He arrived shortly before twilight, the frosty December wind swirled about him. Wide-brim hat and boots wet from the snow covering the streets of Donetsk, he slipped out of a couple of camo packs and shook my hand vigorously. His grin looked like it would never drop away. We sat at the table, across from each other. Cowboy Mitch started spinning … Continue reading

Despite It All, It’s Donbass Ya’ll!

Today, November 2, Donetsk had its first snowfall. It began in the afternoon quite unexpectedly. In the morning, the sky was clear. It was cold, but no one believed snowflakes could drop instead of bombs. Yesterday, as I reached the checkpoint on Putilovsky Bridge, a concerned soldier approached me at brisk pace and asked, ‘What … Continue reading

A Partisan’s Tale: As You Come Here, It All Gets Clear

Last night at the DPR Army checkpoint, next to the bridge at the end of Kievskiy Avenue, men fired machine guns from behind sandbags and artillery hammered the diminishing Ukrainian positions inside Donetsk Airport. It was almost dark when I left, after spending an hour in the dugout. Sashka had run in front of me, … Continue reading

Ukrainian Troops March in Donetsk

Donetsk, August 24 This time, psycho president Poroshenko has kept his word. Some weeks ago, with his usual arrogance, he declared that on Independence Day the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would have a parade in Donetsk. And here they are! Such nice lines of losers! They walk slowly, hunched over, frightened. One drags … Continue reading

The Guys Are Back in Town

Donetsk, August 1 They’ve shown up, finally. Tired, hungry, sweaty, wearing flak jackets, American photographer Patrick Lancaster and freelancers David F. and Chris A. have crossed the threshold with a smile. Because after 16 hours of detention even the hostel you found on the net is worth being called home. It was not the first … Continue reading

The Truce That Never Was

Donetsk, June 23 A trilateral meeting was held today at the Donetsk People’s Republic headquarters. Aleksandr Boroday, Prime Minister of DPR, called it an “unofficial preliminary consultation” in order to start a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Along with representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, attended OSCE special envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Russia’s ambassador Mikhail … Continue reading

Murder, Shelling, Evacuation, and the Bidens Cheer

Donetsk, June 7 Today at 10:00 AM, Maxim Petruhin was murdered. He was shot at point blank range by automatic rifles while he was driving. When the car stopped, they pulled him out by force and shot him in the head. He was a 28-year old MP of Donetsk People’s Republic and Chairman Pushilin’s assistant. … Continue reading

The Vostok Battalion, the Chechen Bugbear, and a Homecoming

Donetsk, May 29 It’s 8:00 PM when the soldiers of the Vostok Battalion gather near the BTR (armored personnel carrier.) An officer gives the order and the soldiers climb on top—perhaps a dozen of them. The vehicle maneuvers slowly, taking the street toward Artyom avenue. The crowd splits to let it pass, and applauds. Some of … Continue reading

Resistance Grows Along With the Growth of the Psycho-in-Chief’s Abuses

Donetsk, May 27 Donetsk is preparing to resist the aggression of the Ukrainian Army. Late in the evening on Prospekt Kievsky people of all ages work alongside the military to build barricades, dig holes, fill sandbags, place stones and tires. Two elderly women pray at the edge of the street. They all are ordinary people; Russian … Continue reading