By Andre Vltchek
I doubt where the official numbers come from, those that say that Ukraine is evenly divided between those who support the West, and those who feel their identity is closely linked with Russia.
Maybe this might be the case in western Ukraine, in Lvov, or even in the capital, Kiev. But western Ukraine has only a few key cities. The majority of people in this country of around 44 million are concentrated in the south, east and southeast, around the enormous industrial and mining centers of Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and Krivoi Rog.
There is Odessa in the south, and Kharkov, “the second capital,” in the east. And people in all those parts of the country mainly speak Russian. And they see, what has recently happened in Kiev as an unceremonious coup, orchestrated and supported by the West.
The reality on the ground differed sharply from the ‘fairytales’, paid for and propagated by Western mass media outlets and by the ‘free Ukrainian press’.
In the east in Kharkov, Soviet banners flew in the wind, next to many Russian flags. Thousands of people gathered in front of the giant statue of Lenin on those windy days of March 28-29.
There were fiery speeches and ovations. The outraged crowd met the proclamations that the Western powers had instigated the “fascist coup” in Kiev, with loud shouts of “Russia, Russia!”
Old women, Communist leaders, and my friend Sergei Kirichuk, the left-wing leader of Borotba, as well as people from international solidarity organizations, made fiery speeches. Apparently, the government in Kiev had already begun to cut the few social benefits that were left, including free medical assistance. Several hospitals were poised to close down soon.
People were ready to fight; to defend themselves against those hated neo-liberal policies, for which (or against which) none of them had been allowed to vote for.
“In Crimea, people voted, overwhelmingly, to return to Russia,” said Aleksey, a student. “But the West calls it unconstitutional and undemocratic. In Ukraine itself, the democratically-elected government has been overthrown and policies that nobody really wants are being pushed down our throats. And… this is called democracy!”
In an apartment of the Borotba movement, a young leader and history student, Irina Drazman, spoke about the way the West has destroyed Ukraine. She reminded me of a Chilean student leader and now an MP – Ms. Camila Vallejo. Irina is only 20, but coherent and as sharp as a razor.
“There is great nostalgia for the Soviet Union,” she says. “If only it could be reshaped and the concept improved, most of the people in Ukraine would be happy to be part of it again.”
And that is exactly what the West is trying to prevent: A powerful and united country, one which can defend the interest of its people.
By Ivan Pobedonoscev, Donetsk
The People’s Republic of Donetsk (DNI), proclaimed April 7, 2014, against the backdrop of the prevailing anarchy in the Ukraine, survived its first night (as opposed to Kharkov and other cities where the Nazis sent by the oligarchy and Interior Minister Avakov went on bloody rampages). Seeing the community and unity of the people, the Ukrainian fascists did not dare go on the assault and attack the Donetsk Regional State Administration, which is barricaded.
But the Kiev Interior Ministry yesterday transferred special forces to Donetsk for ruthless action to suppress the people. In the local Ministry of Internal Affairs there are many waverers who do not want to shoot ordinary people. In contrast, those sent from Kiev are promised mountains of gold and power preferences throughout the command structure of the MVD.
The terrorist group that seized power in Kiev plans further aggression against the self-determining regions of Ukraine. This terrorist group is being actively helped by foreign private military companies with the support of Western diplomacy and media.
The night before, in Donetsk airport, an IL-76 landed with Ukrainian SWAT teams in full armor, which filled 6 buses. All this points to the junta’s intention to deal with people in the storming of RSA. At night the building’s electricity was shut off.
Militant attack is likely planned for night. The Kiev junta has transferred a lot of military equipment to encircle Donetsk. Since Donetsk police refuse to perform the criminal orders from Kiev, Nazi militants of the Right Sector and National Guard were transferred to Donbas. In addition to this, the terrorist attack may be connected to 150 American fighters from the private military organization Greystone, disguised as soldiers of the Falcon unit (as stated by the Foreign Ministry).
There are reports that the Ukrainians terrorists will attack the RSA using the sleeping gas fentanyl.
Activists urge people to bring to the RSA water, milk, juices, fruits, army rations, canned food, bread, sandwiches. Thermoses with hot tea, coffee and other beverages are needed. Because of the possibility of terrorist action by the bloody Kiev junta, those defending the RSA building may also require fire extinguishers and other means of eliminating sources of ignition. Masks, gauze bandages, and medicines are very necessary, say activists. Buckets and any containers for water to neutralize the gas smoke bombs are needed.
The National Council of the Donetsk region, which was announced yesterday by protesting residents, declared its intention to create a Donetsk People’s Republic and hold a referendum on the future status no later than May 11.
Activists, speaking from the podium in the meeting room of the Donetsk regional council, said that the date was agreed with the activists in Lugansk and Kharkov regions.