I met Arsen Pavlov (Motorola) for the first time in Simferopol, at the beginning of April 2014 (although the exact date I no longer remember), in one of the offices at the headquarters of the 1st Regiment of the Crimean People’s Militia. I am certain that this meeting took place after the Donetsk Regional Administration building was occupied by the insurgent local activists on April 6th, 2014. This was after the decision had been made to provide urgent assistance to the Russian people of the Donbass, and the feverish preparations to send a unit had started. At that time, our Simferopol “special purpose detached battalion”—headquartered at the Crimean Conscription Centre—had surrendered its weapons and disbanded, and the majority of the fighters had gone home. The remaining group (the 1st Platoon, led by Romashka)—numbering no more than fifteen men—had been relocated to a small sanatorium near Alushta. The size of the unit was clearly insufficient for the task before us. Another group of fighters who had stayed on was housed at the Conscription Centre. Most of them—natives of “continental” Ukraine and Antimaidan activists—had nowhere else to go.
At the entrance to the Donetsk high-rise, they killed a “Komi carwasher”, but it turned out that he was a People’s Hero of the Donbass, who was mourned today even on the other side of the front-line. There, they wept quietly; in Donetsk, in full voice.
There were more than a hundred Ukrainian punitive battalions in Belarus and not a single Belarusian.
Fighting is only permissible against an armed enemy. The killing of civilians—this is a crime that has no statute of limitations. Documents of the UNA-UNSO, of the UPA [the Ukrainian Insurgent Army ―trans.], expressly refer to the need to kill civilians of other nationalities—Poles, Russians, Jews—in order to gain independence. They also say so of the Belarusians, the ones in Polesye [a historic region which straddles the present Belarus-Ukraine border ―ed.]. This is fascism.
Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda
Translated by Gleb Bazov
By Aleksandr Kots
This callsign—Motorola—Arsen Pavlov chose himself long before the events in the Donbass. In Russia, he served three years as a combat signaller in the 77th Brigade of the Naval Infantry. That is where his nickname was born, and it remained with him when he continued his military career after the mandatory draft service and through two tours of duty in Chechnya. It is in Chechnya that he received his first combat experience, becoming addicted to war. There are those who, caught in the meat grinder of bloody battles, emerge from the experience with ground-up souls and a persistent aversion to guns. And then there are fanatics, who not only like to fight and are skilled at it, but also manage to preserve their humanity inside them. Motorola was one of the latter. A soldier from God, a fan of Russian rap music and an irrepressible wisecracker.
A legendary commander of the Novorossiya Militia, Arsen Pavlov, has been murdered in a terrorist act.
It was impossible to believe. The Ukrainian mass media had so frequently dug the proverbial grave for one of the most experienced and decorated commanders of the Donetsk Militia, that I took yet another report of his death to be one more instance of journalistic fraud.
“Something exploded near my home, closer to Motorola’s,” a journalist whom I know (who lives next door to Arsen Pavlov) wrote to me. “They’ve brought an APC, ambulances, police cars…”
I dialled Motorola’s phone numbers, but he did not answer any of them. A source in the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Ministry of Defence confirmed the terrible rumours: “Arsen has indeed been killed as a result of a terrorist act. According to preliminary intelligence, it was perpetrated by a Ukrainian saboteur-reconnaissance group. The explosive device was installed in the elevator of the house where Motorola lived.”
– Once again, there has been much written about Stalingrad. What event, which was not mentioned by historians in the numerous monographs, has remained in your memory?
– Probably, the event at the Tractor Plant that has remained unknown or has not been mentioned in the publications. In September of 1942 both sides made full use of the captured tanks. Once I had to repel the attack of seven T-34 with German crews. I even sat a couple of days in a captured German tank that was made suitable for the firing point. While you sit inside their tank you feel like you are in a comfortable room. So, our tank column of about twenty tanks was driven to be repaired. Four German tanks at dusk got inside this column. None of ours felt that something was up. So the Germans rode onto the territory of the repair site of the Tractor Plant and positioned themselves at the corners. They opened fire at the tanks, people, factory shops. Whilst we did manage to destroy them, they did do a lot of damage. Such a “celebration” they organised for us … The Germans knew how to sacrifice themselves too…
On the evening of 28 September the artist Anton Belikov doused the photographs of the Ukrainian soldiers of punitive forces exhibited at the Sakharov Center in Moscow with red paint. The IA Novorossia correspondent managed to meet with Anton, who happened to be a very interesting man to talk to. We publish the first part of the interview with the artist, philosopher, art critic and simply a Russian patriot Anton Belikov.
At approximately 9:00am on Thursday, October 6, 2016, Rafael Marques Lusvarghi, a Brazilian volunteer who served in the Donbass, defending the freedom of its people, in the period from September 2014 to October 2015, was detained by the Ukrainian State Security Service (SBU) in Kiev’s Borispol Airport. The SBU has since announced that Rafael will be charged under Article 258-3 (creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
Original: Colonel Cassad
Translated by Sergey Bobkov / Edited by Gleb Bazov
Alexander Zhuchkovsky’s October 2016 situation report on the Donbass:
The Alleged Coup in the Lugansk People’s Republic
For a number of reasons (that require no explanation) I have had practically no involvement with the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) for over a year. I did my best to transfer the majority of our volunteers to the military units of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) back in 2015. Most of my civilian acquaintances from Russia have also elected to continue their work in Donetsk, rather than stay in Lugansk. As a consequence, I do my best not to interfere with the local Lugansk affairs and very rarely offer my commentary on the processes taking place in the LPR.
The town of Stanitsa Luganskaya pleads with the LPR for help:
The Ukrainian forces inflict acts of indiscriminate terror
The residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya live in hope of liberation from military occupation by the Kiev forces—marauders who are engaged in widespread robberies and the looting of the civilian population. But this is not even the worst example of lawlessness perpetuated by the Ukrainian punitive forces: on the slightest suspicion of collaboration with the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), individuals are subjected to extrajudicial detention, inevitably leading to outright disappearance.
Virtually all the residents of Stanitsa Luganskaya express unmitigated disgust towards the occupiers. Many of them plead with the LPR for help in liberating them from this yoke.
Unity of Struggle: First, we would like to inquire about the creation of the Prizrak Brigade. Was there any sort of plan for creating such a brigade as Prizrak before the war?
“Krot”: Not only had no one ever thought about creating the Prizrak Brigade before the war, no one had even thought it would be necessary to form a militia at all. None of us had thought we would have to take up arms in order to defend our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
In our naïveté, we had believed that with “democracy and civilization” having been victorious in our time, no one would allow fascists to engage in genocide against their opponents almost in the heart of Europe. We were mistaken.