H/t reader squody.
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Originally appeared in The Moscow Times
Vladimir Putin said in an interview that he would not allow the people of Donbass to be ‘eaten up’ by Ukrainian extremist fanatics
President Vladimir Putin said he will protect Russians living in southeastern Ukraine from what he described as being “eaten up” by Ukrainian “nationalists,” according to an interview broadcast Sunday.
… like the Israelis in Gaza.
– Ukrainian Military Using Phosphorous Bombs Against Civilians in Donbass (Sputnik, Aug 15, 2015):
The Russian Investigative Committee has obtained evidence proving that the Ukrainian armed forces have used modern analogues of phosphorous bombs against civilians in southeastern Ukraine, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in Moscow on Friday.“We have received irrefutable evidence of the use by the Kiev forces of weaponry similar to phosphorus bombs,” Markin said, based on the conclusion of a forensic chemical analysis from soil samples provided by witnesses in the targeted areas.
– It Looks Like Novorussia Might Have Built Itself a Serious Fighting Force (Video) (Russia Insider, Aug 13, 2015):
These are fighters from the Han Battalion, which has the infamous Donbass Special Forces embedded in it.This is only a few guys and might be a complete anamoly, but it does suggest that the Novorussians are serious about training top level fighters.The words on the badge say, “Better death than dishonor”.
– Russian tiger tamer brings big cat to severely wounded Donbass boy (VIDEO) (RT, April 13, 2015):
A young boy from Donetsk, who has been severely traumatized by the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has had a dream come true. Ivan Voronov, who has lost multiple limbs as well as his sight, got the chance to meet a real-life tiger.
Ivan Voronov’s life has turned on its head. He had been just an ordinary 10-year-old boy living in Donetsk until one day disaster struck. A shell exploded next to him and he lost both legs, as well as having to have his right arm amputated. If that wasn’t bad enough, he has been left practically blind from the ordeal.
Ivan’s life has been shattered. However, thanks to the Zapashny brothers, who could be seen as a Russian version of the big cat trainers, Siegfried and Roy, the 10-year-old managed to live out a dream, despite his awful predicament.
Watch Pepe Escobar’s photos here:
– Pepe Escobar in eastern Ukraine: Howling in Donetsk (Asia Times, March 30, 2015):
Asia Times’ roving correspondent Pepe Escobar just returned from a reporting trip to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the pro-Russian enclave in the Donetsk Oblast province of eastern Ukraine. The area’s been the scene of heavy fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. Escobar traveled to Donetsk at the invitation of Europa Objektiv, a German-based non-governmental media project. He traveled at his own expense.
I’ve just been to the struggling Donetsk People’s Republic. Now I’m back in the splendid arrogance and insolence of NATOstan.
Quite a few people – in Donbass, in Moscow, and now in Europe – have asked me what struck me most about this visit.
I could start by paraphrasing Allen Ginsberg in Howl – “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.”
But these were the Cold War mid-1950s. Now we’re in early 21st century Cold War 2.0 .
– Donbass: ‘The war has not started yet’ (RT, March 30, 2015):
By Pepe Escobar
Two top Cossack commanders in the People’s Republic of Donetsk and a seasoned Serbian volunteer fighter are adamant: the real war in Donbass has not even started.
It’s a spectacular sunset in the People’s Republic of Donetsk and I’m standing in the Cossack ‘holy land’ – an open field in a horse-breeding farm – talking to Nikolai Korsunov, captain of the Ivan Sirko Cossack Brigade, and Roman Ivlev, founder of the Donbass Berkut Veterans Union group.