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Elections, Kholodomor, and the Great Ukrainian Kerch Raid

On November 11, DNR and LNR held elections to choose new heads of state and parliaments. International condemnation ensued. In a joint statement, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the UK stated such elections violate Minsk agreements and the Ukrainian law and urged Russia to stop them from taking place. UN statements … Continue reading

Senator Lucio Malan on Ukraine War

Donetsk, November 3, 2014 I meet Italian Senator Lucio Malan at 9:00 AM in the lobby of the Ramada Hotel in Donetsk. Yesterday, he was one of the 70 independent observers monitoring the elections in the Donbass. At the press conference, he stated: “the issue of the legitimacy of Donetsk Republic is not part of … 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