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Odessa. Shame. Deception.

Original: Politnavigator Translated by @TamrikoT / Edited by @GBabeuf Valentin Filippov, a TV journalist, left Odessa after the victory of Euromaidan One of the main topics in Ukrainian news today is the refusal of the Odessa City Council to rename the city’s streets in line with Kiev’s wishes. The Deputies, in place of the Heroes … Continue reading

“Et tu, Brute?” A Message from Donetsk to Iosif Kobzon

Original: narzur.ru  Translated by Alexander Fedotov / Edited by Gleb Bazov Iosif Davydovich Kobzon—until recently so respected, so loved by us, conquering our hearts with your fealty to compatriots, with your support for our mortal struggle against the fascist scum, with your courage in risking life and limb to come to your homeland in time of … Continue reading

A philosopher must not stay on the sidelines

Original: Colonel Cassad Translation by Alexander Fedotov 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 … 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

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

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

Oles Buzina: His Open Letter to the US Ambassador in Kiev

During the Maidan uprising, the now murdered journalist, historian and writer, Oles Buzina, wrote an open Letter to Geoffrey Pyatt, the Ambassador at the US Embassy in Kiev. It was published January 23, 2014, one month before the coup d’état on Buzina’s Blog on the Ukrainian news site segodnya.ua Edited by @GBabeuf Oles Buzina: His Open … 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

“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

French volunteer fighters for DPR: “We want to come back to Donbass soon and start an offensive”

This interview and the translation were kindly provided to Slavyangrad by the author of the article, Andrey Borodulin, who spent a few months in the epicentre of the Ukrainian conflict, following it from the very beginning up to the present day, and reporting from the ground under the pseudonym Krasnoschekov. Original article in Russian Translation … 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

Strelkov: Why I did not join the “Russian March”

Original: Svobodnaya Pressa Translated: Tatzhit Mihailovich / Edited by @GBabeuf Photo: Mikhail Voskresenkiy/RIA Novosti Instead of the March, the hero of the Defence of Slavyansk visited a shrine on November 4 The legendary former commander of Novorossiya, Igor Strelkov, had planned to take part in the Russian March. Many patriots and nationalists were expecting him—with … 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

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

August 28, 2014. Mariupol—The main point in a nutshell.

Original article by Gloxy livejournal Translated by Ley / Edited by O.C. Now all the talk is that the Ukrainian Army left Novoazovsk. The stories vary from those about “polite people”, to those about heavy armoured columns coming from the neighbouring state; as well as about the National Guard’s night manoeuvres and the early morning shooting on 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

Ukrainian Association with EU and the Mutiny of the Euro-Integrators. 15/03/14

Translated by Maria Razdiak Edited by Paul Shalley & S. Naylor     “The aim, of the unfolding events, – is an internal Slavic war, the final solution to the Russian question.” The events in Ukraine and around the Crimea – “dust” from a long-running project – are part of a plan to eliminate Russia … Continue reading

“Ukraine – a rehearsal for the union of liberals and neo-Nazis in Europe.” 28/05/14

Translated by Maria Razdiak Edited by S. Naylor Fursov A. I. is a political historian, sociologist, and Head of Department at Moscow State University (MGU) The Anglo-Saxons continue to support Ukraine, hoping to grow out of her neo-Nazi state, the new Third Reich. They also let in Russia, as Hitler incited them against the Soviet Union … 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

General Ruban: “My job is to free people from all sides.”

Preamble: The following is a translation of an interview given by Colonel-General Vladimir Ruban to the “Ukrainskaya Pravda” newspaper. There is much that is of great interest, and the General undoubtedly deserves great respect for the work he is involved in. Nonetheless, his connection to the Ukrainian Army and government gives us reason to doubt … Continue reading

We Did Not Go to War, the War Came to Us!

Original: Cassad.Net / Interview by Victor Shapinov Translated from Russian by Inessa Chabalina Edited by S. Naylor Militiaman with the call name “Artem” – my old comrade from “Borotba.” Before the war, he organized the working-class youth of Donbass in the struggle against fascism and capitalism, built a local cell organization. When the war started, he could … Continue reading

Ghost Town Lugansk: “Only with a tank can you get through”—12 Aug, 2014

Original: Spookstad Loehansk: ‘Alleen met een tank kom je er nog door’ Translation from Dutch by: TULIP / Translation edited by @GBabeuf The citizens of the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold, Lugansk, are living in a ghost town. The Army bombards the city with rockets. Nobody knows how many people have died so far. Correspondent Jan … Continue reading

Goodbye Moscow, Hello Moscow – March 1, 2006

Original in  Spanish March 1, 2006 Author: Carlos Ramírez Powell Edited by S. Naylor Since the end of WW II European dependence on soviet energy supplies has been a fact of life that everybody tries to forget nowadays. With the exception of Romania, the countries behind the “Iron Curtain” received unlimited amounts of fossil fuels … Continue reading

Spanish ‘Brigadistas Internacionales’ in the Donbass

Author: Nahia Sanzo / Edited by @GBabeuf “If there’s anything in this world that resembles the International Brigades that helped our dear Spain in 1936, it’s the Vostok Batallion” Much has been said since the war started in Eastern Ukraine about the foreign mercenaries fighting alongside the Ukrainian Army and National Guard, but it is … Continue reading

The Residents of Slavyansk have disappeared; the town is being re-populated with migrants from Western Ukraine.

Original: http://antifashist.com/item/zhiteli-slavyanska-ischezli-gorod-zaselyaetsya-vyhodcami-iz-zapadnoj-ukrainy.html#ixzz39hUoJeiV Translation by Valentina Lisitsa Edited by S. Naylor & @GBabeuf August 7, 2014 In Slavyansk, occupied by Ukrainian troops, the local residents have practically disappeared. The town is being inundated with migrants speaking in a foreign dialect, who take over the housing of those who left to escape the Ukrainian bombing campaign. This … Continue reading

The End of the Boy Who Cried: “Putin – Khuilo / La-La-La-La-La”

Video: The Militia Defeats Praviy Sector Corps, August 12, 2014 Translation by Gleb Bazov / Subtitles by Marcel Sardo Transcript: The Militia Defeats Praviy Sector Corps, August 12, 2014 Militiaman: There was a bus with Praviy Sector [militants]. It was travelling from Zaporozhye in the direction of Donetsk. It came up on our checkpoint – the checkpoint at Demoliye … Continue reading

Kiev fails to break Militia’s Donetsk defense. Ukrainian Officer: “I have never experienced such shame”

Update: US Radio Liberty has published a video of the glorious thrashing described below http://www.radiosvoboda.org/media/video/26524546.html The forces of “Donbass”, “Azov”, “Shahtersk” Battalions and “Right sector” forces could not break the militia’s defense on the outskirts of #Ilovaisk in the Eastern region. During the battle, 7 Ukrainian troops were killed and more than a dozen injured. – … Continue reading

National Guard Soldier: Data On 363 Victims Is A Lie—At Least 4,000 Ukrainian Troops Perished During The ATO

Original: Gordonua.com / Copyright Notice Translated from Russian by @Catherina_News / Editing by @GBabeuf This is an interview with a Ukrainian soldier who fought in the Donbass for almost two months. “If on television they say that two to three soldiers died that day, know that it was in fact twelve to thirteen”, the National Guard soldier stated … Continue reading

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