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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

The Wrong Genes

Original: Colonel Cassad Edited by @GBabeuf News from the occupied territories. The Mayor of Krasnogorovka, in that part of the Donetsk Region under the control of Kiev, Oleg Livanchuk, said in an interview with online.ua that the majority of the local inhabitants support the DPR Militia. “There are also people who are pro-Ukraine. However, in … Continue reading

Interview with the Prizrak Brigade

Original: Mücadele Birliği Web Sitesi Translated by Anton Raab / Edited by @GBabeuf   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 … Continue reading

Valentina Lisitsa: “They have threatened me many times…”

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by Elena Special correspondents of KP [Russian newspaper ‘Komsomolskaya Pravda’ -trans.] Alexander Kots (AK) and Dmitry Steshin (DS) spoke with the famous pianist before her concert in Donetsk. Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is not just loved in the Donbass, she is worshipped. And not only for her … Continue reading

I am Ukrainian – A Message from A Ukrainian to the Dutch

Preamble: On the Eve of the Referendum in the Netherlands this Video was produced and posted on YouTube to pursue the Dutch to Vote against the EU Association  Agreement with Ukraine. As expected, the pro Ukraine anti democratic Neo Fascists moved hell to make sure that you wont see this Video and made YouTube flag … Continue reading

The Crimea and the Tatars

Original: Colonel Cassad Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf A very entertaining interview with the head of the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea about the mood of the Crimean Tatars and the current problems of integration of the Crimean Tatar population in the new Russian reality. The head of the Bakhchisaray district of Crimea … Continue reading

Interview with Yuri Shevchenko, Prizrak Brigade Commander

Preamble: Our partners at Vox Populi Evo conducted this exclusive interview with Yuri Shevchenko, Commander of the legendary Prizrak Brigade, in which he addressed much of his message to the people of the United States and of Europe. He talks about how the struggle in the Donbass developed and how his Brigade was created. He … Continue reading

The Final Exploit of Andrey Stenin

Original article: Komsomolskaya Pravda / Photo credits: Aleksander Kots & Dmitriy Steshin Translated by @threetimesnine / Edited by @GBabeuf The war correspondents of KP found the only survivor of the terrible massacre in which the photo reporter of MIA Rossiya Segodnya was killed. The Road on the Front Line From the final correspondence with Andrey Stenin: AS: God’s protecting … 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

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

“Run from here! Run while you are still alive!”

Original article and photo credits (first and last two): Expert Online / Translation originally published: Tatzhit Liveleak Channel Translated from Russian by Tatzhit Mihailovich / Edited by Tiago de Carvalho and Gleb Bazov Preamble: By way of a short foreword, we would like to explain that this interview is very important to us. On the one hand, it marks our … Continue reading

Mozgovoy: “The Oligarchs remain our principal enemy”

Original: LIVA Translated by Gleb Bazov / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo credits: LIVA FROM THE EDITOR (LIVA): This is one of the last interviews given by Aleksey Mozgovoy—the commander of the Prizrak Brigade, who openly asserted that the residents of the Donbass and of Ukraine should act together to end the rule of the “super-rich” … 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

Aleksey Mozgovoy: “In this war there will be no victory”

Original Translated by John Delacour / Edited by @GBabeuf Alchevsk, 9th April, 2015 An interview with the well-known Donbass Militia field commander, Aleksey Mozgovoy, commander of the Prizrak Brigade, now part of the People’s Militia of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk. Notwithstanding his official position, today he is, probably, one of the leading critics … Continue reading

Extracts from Buzina’s last interview: My position is inconvenient to the current government

Original article: 24today.net Translated by Irena Raicevic / Edited by @GBabeuf Buzina’s last interview: My position is inconvenient to the current government Only two days ago, on Monday, April 13, journalist and writer Oles Buzina, gave an interview to Radio Vesti. Regarding his departure from ‘Segodnya’ [Ukrainian newspaper –ed.]: “I left for a very simple … Continue reading

Stolen Childhood and a Dream about Peace

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 O.C. Article edited by @GBabeuf Seven-year-old Maxim is my neighbour. He had to take refuge in a basement together with his … Continue reading

Crimea. The Way Back Home. / Subtitled in English by V.P.E.

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. We are proud to call them our partners. Please visit … Continue reading

Front-line diary of a peaceful linguist

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo credits: Aleksandr Kots & Dmitriy Steshin Electronic notes of Elena Lavrova, a resident of besieged Gorlovka, which in their tone are remarkably similar to diaries from the Siege of Leningrad. August 2014: «…Every evening, a group of believers walks around the perimeter of … 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

Gorlovka endured massed air raid last weekend. VIDEO account

“Gorlovka was under shelling from 7:00 until 20:00. Ukrainian army didn’t hesitate to use number of various accoutrements. They had no target: shells landed on playgrounds, at hospitals and schools.” —Alexander Kots, reporter for KP. Gorlovka heaviest shelling: Aftermath. 19/01/2015 English subtitles by O.C. War reporters for Komsomolskaya Pravda Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin visited Gorlovka the next … 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

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build a socialist state in Europe”

Preamble: Of the two texts published below, the first is a translation of an article written some weeks ago from Lugansk for the Basque language magazine, Argia. Following its publication on Slavyangrad.es, in Spanish, part of the Spanish (mostly Catalan) Left used the article to try to discredit the volunteers. They argued that the fact … Continue reading

“Libya, Syria, Iraq—they are surrounding you, Russians…”

Original: Komsomolskaya Pravda Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by @GBabeuf Photos: Aleksandr Kots, Dmitry Steshin The heroic history of two wars is intertwined at Saur-Mogila. And, for Abdullah—even of three. A fighter from Donetsk’s Vostok Brigade told us how he was sent to the USSR on a semi-secret programme, called ‘Watan’, and why he … 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

“May God forgive the disgrace of the Serbian government”

Original articles: Colonel Cassad &  KM Novine Translation by Alexander Fedotov (with thanks to Milos Lazarevic) / Editing by @GBabeuf Preamble: The interview below is taken from Colonel Cassad. However, the material at Cassad is a translation into Russian of a Serbian language original from KM Novine. The opening paragraph and the final sentence are comments … 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

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

The First POW Exchange in the Dead of Night—Video Report

Information taken from: Комсомольская Правда Translation by O.C.  Video Report: Exchange of 37 Militiamen with 37 Ukrainian POWs  Film by Alexandr Kots and Dmitry Steshin (“Komsomolskaya Pravda”) Subtitles by Marcel Sardo and O.C. Alexander Kots and Dmitry Steshin—the special correspondents of “Komsomolskaya Pravda”—tell about the first captives exchange in the format of “37 for 37”, that took place “in … 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

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