Читать на русском: Украденное детство и мечты о мире
War is one of the gravest ordeals, which makes human beings change a lot: some people reveal their strong character, others turn out to be weaker, and children just immediately become grown-ups.
Footage by Olga Luzanova
Article edited by @GBabeuf
Seven-year-old Maxim is my neighbour. He had to take refuge in a basement together with his family in the village of Vergulyovka, near Debaltsevo, where they were living last summer when the Ukrainian Army came and took the town. I have known Maxim’s mother since I was a child—her name is Olga too. We grew up in the same neighbourhood. She told me that the windows and the roof of their house in Vergulyovka had been damaged. They are currently living at their grandmother’s place in their home town near Perevalsk. Olga is pregnant now, she is expecting in April. I visited them at her mother’s place and brought two bags of humanitarian aid as well, including baby food and nappies—all of which had been bought with the money sent by people from different countries.. She was not expecting it and was quite surprised.
Preamble: We extend our enormous gratitude to the team at Vox Populi Evo (“V.P.E.”) that produced this excellent translation of the documentary. It is a testament to their spirit and dedication that they were able to prepare and publish this production faster than the official version.
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Читать на русском Порошенко сдержал слово: дети Донбасса в школу не ходят
Preamble: It will be recalled that last October, Petro Poroshenko contrasted the prospects for Ukrainians with those for people from the Donbass during a speech in Odessa. In particular, the President promised: “Our children will go to schools and kindergartens, while theirs will be holed up in basements!” Thus far, the Ukrainian government has been doing its best to keep its word. Here is one of the children sitting in a basement in accordance with the Ukrainian President’s will.
Photos and video footage by Olga Luzanova
Article edited by @GBabeuf
The Acting Commandant of the Perevalsk Commandant’s Office offered me a short tour of a little town which just happened to be in the immediate vicinity of the front-line. The Ukrainian forces had been firing towards the residential district of the town right up until the day when the Militia had mopped up Debaltsevo. We took the road which I knew very well. We drove through the town where I could see the consequences of the shelling all around. We approached the school from its rear and saw there a football pitch with a huge crater in the middle of it. Then we saw another crater from an Uragan missile near the school.
The Chief Inspector of the Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Zaporozhye region, Aleksandr Soloshenko, informed the correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.
“Yes. Aleksandr Peklushenko committed suicide at his home in the village of Solnechnoe . At the moment, an investigative team is working at the scene,” said Aleksandr Soloshenko.
Aleksandr Peklushenko was a suspect in the case of the dispersal of Zaporozhye Maidan on January 26, 2014.
On the night of February 28, a former deputy chairman of the Party of Regions, Mikhail Chechetov, committed suicide.
On the evening of March 9, Party of Regions People’s Deputy of the Fifth and Sixth Radas, Stanislav Melnik, committed suicide.
In the previous article I reported on two child care institutions in Perevalsk, to which we had delivered a load of humanitarian aid, sponsored by people from different countries around Europe. One of these institutions was Perevalsk regional centre for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities.
According to Ekaterina Chigrin, the centre is a specialised rehabilitation institution for children who have diseases affecting mental development, the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. The centre receives children with disabilities and children at risk, up to the age of eighteen years with the following diagnoses: infantile cerebral paralysis, effects of poliomyelitis and traumas, congenital or acquired deformities of the upper and lower extremities, chondrodystrophy, myopathy, oligophrenia, manifesting at the level of mental retardation, Down’s syndrome, and Fölling’s disease. The centre carries out practical work with disabled children and their families. Such work includes: physical rehabilitation (physiotherapy and massage); social and educational rehabilitation (corrective classes with rehabilitation professionals and psychologists); providing parents of the disabled children with up-to-date information on child development in the form of books, movies, and training workshops; providing the opportunity to meet other parents to exchange information, mutual support, and to build friendships. The centre also provides a programme of holidays and various cultural events for the children and their families. Continue reading
It is gratifying that Putin was not instantly blamed by “patriots” for a full-scale defeat of Ukrainian troops in the Donbass, which did not happen in January-February, and for the Moscow consultations with Merkel and Hollande.
However, that would negate neither their desire that victory should have already come yesterday, nor the certainty of the most radical that Putin will anyway “give up Novorossiya,” nor the identical fears of moderates immediately on the signing of another truce (if it is going to be signed)—which is necessary not only for regrouping and replenishing the army of Novorossiya (which really could be effected without ceasing active hostilities), but also to consolidate the changed configuration on the international front, as well as to prepare for new diplomatic battles.
In fact, no matter how much attention amateurs of political and/or military operations (internet “Talleyrands” and “Bonapartes”) pay to the situation in the Donbass and Ukraine as a whole, that is only one point on the global front, as the fate of the war is being decided neither in Donetsk Airport nor in the hills by Debaltsevo. It is being decided in the offices of Staraya Square [the headquarters of the Presidential Administration of Russia -ed.] and Smolenskaya Square [the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia -ed.] as well as in offices in Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Because the war is just one of the many arguments in a political debate.
I received some details about the battles at Shirokino from the First Slavyansk Brigade who had conducted combat operations there, repulsing enemy units during the “Turchinov offensive.” As expected, behind Turchinov’s noisy PR action there was another lot of dead men who paid with their lives for the informational phantoms. According to the Brigade, in these battles the enemy lost around 150 men killed and wounded (though it is not clear whether this number includes losses of the Sich Battalion or whether those should be considered separately). In fact, not for nothing do even fans of the junta call Turchinov “the bloody pastor.”
In spite of recurrent ceasefires the confrontation at Mariupol has been in the acute phase for a long time. One can even say more—the acute phase has become chronic. Despite the fact that the war is positional—mostly exchanging artillery strikes—from time to time the soldiers of the so-called territorial battalions conduct desperate attacks on the Militia’s positions at Novoazovsk. Doomed attacks.
Electronic notes of Elena Lavrova, a resident of besieged Gorlovka, which in their tone are remarkably similar to diaries from the Siege of Leningrad.
«…Every evening, a group of believers walks around the perimeter of our neighbourhood with icons and prayers. Local level defence. It’s touching… Today… I suddenly wanted to cry. Had to suppress this stupid desire, because it was pointless and unproductive. The desire to cry won’t make water appear in the house, nor make food for the cats or for me available in the shops. You can only grit your teeth and endure… …When the Ukrainian Army’s shells smashed the water system, the whole Stroitel borough went to the springs with large plastic bottles. The closest to my house—three kilometers each way. Two times a day. Total twelve km. Six of them carrying a heavy load…»
Those lines are from the Facebook pages of Elena Lavrova, an ordinary resident of Gorlovka. For the past few months she has been telling the news to almost a thousand subscribers. Cruel, tragic, but not lacking in irony and an undercurrent of optimism. There would not seem to be any place for the latter in the city, which, since August, with brief intervals during the truce, has been shelled almost daily. But Elena Leonidovna has an amazing faith in the best. Her soul is broad by the standards of today’s cynical times. For several years she has been collecting and nursing abandoned cats. Today, in her home, which stands almost on the front-line, there are more than thirty animals. In recent months, they were joined by ‘abandonnés’ of the war.
Since August, the Stroitel district has been haunted by Ukrainian artillery. Here, every block of flats has been hit. With dozens of strikes… All the bus stops and shops have been smashed by shelling. Still, on the phone, Elena Lavrova advised us to hide the car in the courtyard, put it somewhere near the wall and be prepared for the fact that firing could start at any moment.
It has been over six months since I joined the SLAVYANGRAD project, founded by Gleb Bazov. I know that there are so many people from different countries all over the world who support the Donbass. Throughout our time we have received a lot of emails from our readers who wanted to provide the people of Novorossiya with financial support, and asked us to forward their money, but we were never able to deal with such issues.
This humanitarian aid was organised over the course of one week. I was preparing to return home—to my home town of Perevalsk, and, just before doing so, I told my friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter: “I am going home and I plan to organise a humanitarian supply to my fellow countrymen in the LPR. Everybody willing to contribute can donate.” To my surprise, many kind people from different countries responded, particularly from Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and France. They were mainly the volunteers from our team and our readers. Continue reading