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“We were running across a burning bridge…” Pt. 1

Original: Colonel Cassad Translated by @TamrikoT / Edited by @GBabeuf Interview with Mikhail Chaliy, the brother of Aleksey Chaliy, who took an active part in the Sevastopol uprising in 2014, the year in which in fact the Crimea’s return to Russia began. Mikhail, unlike Aleksey, was always somewhat in the shadows, but in the days … Continue reading

Veteran’s Memories: I Have Forgiven No One

Original article Translation by Alexander Fedotov – 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 … Continue reading

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Stanitsa Luganskaya Pleads for Help

Original: Antifashist.com Translated by @TamrikoT / Edited by Gleb Bazov 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 … Continue reading

Widows of Donbass war: at the gates of grief

Original: dnipress.com Translated by Alexander Fedotov We are in a small Donbass village situated between Gorlovka and Zhdanovka; the place is grim, the roads are full of potholes, a Lada [brand of Russian cars –trans.] approaches dragging a trailer with two punctured wheels making strange soft sound as there is no asphalt on roads in … Continue reading

The smell of war is in the air…

Original: Publizist.ru / Nikolai Yurenev Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf The putrid smell of war draws near. It is still difficult to make out, and for many—altogether impossible, but war is coming for us. As for me, I have not been able to shake off the feeling that the Third World War has already begun. For … Continue reading

“The Minefield” of Vyacheslav Vysotsky

Preamble: Because the articles below are controversial in nature, exposing as they do a certain inadequacy in the treatment, by Russia, of a former volunteer of the Novorossiya Armed Forces, it seems fitting to provide a preamble that corrects at least some of the misperceptions about how a refugee asylum system is meant to work. The Russian Federal Migration … Continue reading

OSCE Conference Scandal in Vienna

Written by Zlatko Percinic and originally published on Neo Presse OSCE-conference Scandal in Vienna from 15.-16.06 From June15 to 16, OSCE held a conference at its seat in the Austrian capital Vienna entitled “Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict”. Nothing exciting, one is tempted to say, if reality had not been a bit different.Because what … Continue reading

Interview with French Volunteers

Original video published by Pravda DNR Transcript translated by Linda Kadd / Edited by Gleb Bazov Photo credits: Transterra Media Preamble: Journalists from Pravda DNR conducted this interview with French volunteers Erwan Castel and Tonio de Pedro. This is the complete unedited transcript of the interview. EC: Good morning! I am Erwan Castel. I am a French volunteer in Novorossiya. TP: … Continue reading

Quit Mumbling

Original: Novorossia.su Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf I will tell you a secret, which far too many can guess—the war in the Donbass is in full swing while many in the mass media—receiving circulars and instructions “from above”—continue drivelling on about “observance of the Minsk agreements”, or “ceasefire”, repeating the politicians’ nonsense … Continue reading

Laurent Brayard: J’Accuse

Original: Novorossiya Today Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf Laurent Brayard: I was in Donetsk and I Accuse the French Government   I was incredibly lucky to visit for a few days Donbass and Donetsk itself. Thus, I have fulfilled the duty which essentially our government should be obliged to fulfill. Being very … Continue reading

Nastya Kopteva’s Letter to President Vladimir Putin

On the rightmost picture: Nastya and her dad at the very last time she saw him alive. Original published by mnews Письмо Насти Коптевой Президенту РФ Владимиру Путину / April 30, 2015 Translated from Russian to English by O.C.  – Edited by @GBabeuf Preamble: Nastya and her mother do not have internet at home—sometimes there is no water … Continue reading

The Tragedy of Uglegorsk: Exodus from the “City of the Dead”

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda Translated by Alya Bailey / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo credits: Aleksandr Kots, Dmitriy Steshin The Militia opened a humanitarian corridor for the residents and organised the evacuation. The Ukrainian side did not want to let the civilians cross their front line. People started leaving the town early in the morning. We ran … Continue reading

Donetsk doctors “repair” Ukrainian “cyborgs”

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda Translation by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo: Aleksandr Kots, Dmitriy Steshin They have been captured but not killed; moreover, the doctors try to bring them back to life. Our special correspondents Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin report from the Donbass: At Donetsk Airport the Militia captured sixteen ATO participants. Half of these … Continue reading

Today the only synonym for “peace” is “The Victory of Novorossiya”

On the approaches to Gorlovka Original article on politicsnews.info Translated by Roman / Edited by O.C. The Gorlovka-Enakievo junction is the front line of Donbass defence: to the East of these two cities merged into a large agglomeration, there is a big group of the Ukrainian Army in Debaltsevo, which is a real operational threat. The road block—it … Continue reading

Eyewitness: Murder, Robbery and Rape in Mariupol

Preamble: The first video below documents a telephone conversation between the editor of ANNA News, an independent news agency, and a resident of Mariupol, a port city in the south of Ukraine, which is currently occupied and terrorised by fascist National Guards. It documents heinous crimes being perpetrated against the civilian population, especially against women … Continue reading

Spanish volunteer in Lugansk: “In a war it’s all about surviving and moving forward.”

Translated from Spanish by Nahia Sanzo / edited by O.C. Preamble: In the following interview, dated September 30, Spanish volunteer and left-wing activist—Ramiro Gómez—takes a closer look at some of the most important aspects of both the Ukrainian crisis and the war in the Donbass. He is telling about the first “Maidan” protests and the grim life … Continue reading

Ex-Berkut Militiaman on the Front Line

Translated by Tatzhit Mihailovich / Edited by @GBabeuf Subtitles by Tatzhit Mihailovich & O.C. Transcript   Reporter: Hold on. Start with your story. Ex-Berkut fighter: February 18, when it all started, when, you know, they started shooting at us, we didn’t know what was happening. There were Molotov cocktails, everything. I was burned more times that … Continue reading

“They are playing tennis—three sets every match to try and kill us.”

Preamble: What follows is a first-hand account of events that took place in the area of the MH17 crash site in August of this year, written by someone who was part of the team of OSCE inspectors and observers. The Slavyangrad team was approached by this individual with a view to publishing their account as … Continue reading

“The March of Heroes”

Banderite atocities. Proud of being merciless. Preamble: “The March of Heroes”—a torchlight procession of Right Sector activists—took place today in Odessa. It was arranged by two nationalist social and political organisations: Social-Nationalist Assembly (SNA) and the social organisation “Patriot of Ukraine”. They were joined by fighters of the Azov Battalion, who had returned to civilian life from the … Continue reading

Statement by I. B. Ivanov, Chairman of the Russian General Military Union

Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @Gbabeuf Original article Statement of I. B. Ivanov, Chairman of the Russian General Military Union, the former Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the of Donetsk People’s Republic  8 Sep 2014 The audience, for days on end, has been asking questions: where did … Continue reading

I realized that our state causes only harm…

Original: Rusmir.in.ua 04.09.2014 Translator Mariya Sch. Editor S. Naylor The interview between the correspondents of the DPR Committee for Social Communications and a Ukrainian soldier, who defected to the Donetsk People’s Republic. – My name is Nikita, I was born in 1993. I am from Makeevka, Donetsk region. I joined the Army a year and … Continue reading

September 1, 2014: Surrendering National Guard soldiers fired on by Right Sector Punitive Forces

Editing by S. Naylor & @GBabeuf Twenty soldiers and three officers of the Ukrainian Army came under fire from punitive battalion troops near Starobeshevo. According to the commander of the DPR Militia platoon (call sign ‘Pastor’), what happened near Starobeshevo was that the forces of the Right Sector attempted to prevent members of the Ukrainian … Continue reading

A “Voentorg” in the Donbass Cauldrons

Original article, “A ‘Voentorg‘ in the Donbass Cauldrons”: http://msk.kp.ru/daily/26278/3155862/ Authors: Alekdsandr Kots & Dmitriy Steshin Translated by Maria Razdiak / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo credits: Aleksandr Kots & Dmitriy Steshin Special correspondents Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin drove through the villages and the territories liberated from the National Guard and the Ukrainian Army, alongside the … Continue reading

Surrendered Ukrainian soldier: “Lyuba, don’t worry, I’m in captivity”

Original here: http://www.kp.ru/daily/26275/3153420/ Translator: Daniel Mihailovitch / Edited by @GBabeuf “I have two small children!” A woman slaps a Ukrainian Army prisoner on the cheek. “They almost lost their voices!” “Knock it of!” A militiaman growls, and the woman moves away from the ranks. A dozen local residents went out into the street in Snezhnoe … Continue reading

When Anti-Maidan was destroyed I fled from Kiev…

Translated from German by Joerg Braun Edited by S. Naylor Original article: here. [Preamble: The third part of the interview series by Ilja Degtjarov features a young woman associated with the Anti-Maidan movement. She gives us a glimpse “behind the scenes” into that what was never addressed by Western mass media, much less reported. In addition to … Continue reading

Journalist from Urals—…about a few weeks spent in the DPR…

“I decided to breach the obligation of non-disclosure …” 25/08/2014 19:49 By Nicholas Mokrousov Translated by Alexei Kuznetsoff Edited by S. Naylor A freelance reporter for Znak.com, Kurgan resident, Nicholas Mokrousov, spent several weeks in the South-East of Ukraine. He worked at the headquarters of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), talked with the leaders of the … Continue reading

Alexei Mozgovoi: Freedom and Conscience: this will be Novorossia !

Interview with Alexej Mozgovoi, August 21, 2014 Translator: Maria Razdiak Edited by S. Naylor   “If we were to speak of the operations which my unit carried out, I must caution: the word “operations” is an exaggeration. Currently, the war is mainly being fought in the media field: an information war. The actual military activity … Continue reading

A Mother’s Letter: “Who Gave the Order to Kill my Children?”

Original: Novorossiya Militia’s Briefings (VKontakte) Translated by Vera Van Horne / Edited by Paul Shalley & Gleb Bazov Natalia, the mother of the murdered Christina, wrote a letter to the mother of Poroshenko’s children, asking: “Who gave the order to kill my children?” I met Natalia, whose daughter and granddaughter were killed in the Grad shelling of … Continue reading

The View from an Operating Room – a Slavyansk Surgeon Speaks

Original: The View from an Operating Room of the Slavyansk Central Hospital Translated from Russian by Alan and Alya Bailey / Edited by @GBabeuf and Gleb Bazov Preamble: This is an online conference with a former surgeon of the Slavyansk hospital (he performed operations on Strelkov’s soldiers and left the town together with the retreating Militia). He … Continue reading

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