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Anti-Coup Rebellion In Eastern Ukraine Completes 10 Years

April 2014 was a pivotal month for the people of the Donbass region in what was then still part of Ukraine. It was then that the governing regime was newly installed in Kiev by a coup d’état on February 20/21embarked on military hostilities against the people of the region. The coup overthrew Ukraine’s elected president and legislature. It sparked rebellion in Crimea, Donbass (Lugansk and Donetsk), and in towns and cities in other regions of eastern and southern Ukraine. The coup installed a pro-Western, anti-Russia government. Police actions by the new regime to suppress opposition to the coup only deepened the rebellions, whose consequences are still felt today.

Paradoxes Of Democracy In Ukraine

On September 10, elections to regional and municipal assemblies were held across the Russian Federation. For the first time, they were held under Russian law in the two Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk which formally became part of the Russian Federation in February 2022. Elections also took place in the two ‘new territories’, as they are called in Russia, of the Russian-controlled parts of Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions (that is, the areas of those two regions lying south and east of the Dnieper River). The governing regime in Ukraine as well as the Western countries allied with it condemned and refused to recognize the elections in the Donbass republics and new territories

Donetsk Civilians Live In Constant Fear Of Ukrainian Shelling

Heavy Ukrainian shelling of central Donetsk on April 28 killed nine civilians – including an eight-year-old girl and her grandmother – and injured at least 16 more. The victims were burned alive when the minibus they were in was hit by a shell. The attack also targeted a major hospital, apartment buildings, houses, parks, streets, and sidewalks. All civilian areas – not military targets. I was outside of Donetsk interviewing refugees from Artyomovsk (also known as Bakhmut) when both rounds of intense shelling occurred, the first starting just after 11am.

Journalist In Donestk: Ukrainian Government Put Me On A Hit List

As the Ukraine-Russia conflict escalates, the Ukrainian government forces have increased their bombing of civilians in Donetsk. Fighting in the Donbas has claimed over 15,000 lives since 2014. Journalist Johnny Miller has been living in Donetsk and joins the show to provide the on-the-ground reality of the daily attacks on civilians there and what are their real attitudes towards Russia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian Extremists Prevent People From Leaving Mariupol City

Donetsk, Kiev, SANA - Ukrainian extremist battalions are preventing civilians from leaving the Ukrainian city of Mariupol through a humanitarian corridor, and took them as human shields, Deputy Head of the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin said on Thursday, March 3. Quoted by Sputnik, Basurin added that the city is suffering from lack of water in addition to the deteriorated humanitarian situation due to the practices of the Ukrainian extremists. He warned that the Ukrainian army personnel will be exposed to strict strikes if they don’t hand over their weapons. Ukrainian extremists executed Mayor of city of Kreminna, Vlodymyr Struk after abducting him from his home.

Why The Russian Federation Recognized Independence In The Donbas

“Minsk, Minsk, Minsk,” they cried after Russia recognized Donetsk and Luhansk. But those Western diplomats and pundits did not hear those of us in the anti-war, pro-peace and anti-imperialist movements who insisted that Minsk II was the only conceivable way out of the crisis! There will be reams of words attempting to provide a coherent analysis of the manufactured crisis dramatically unfolding in Ukraine, which took another unanticipated turn when Russia extended recognition to the Peoples’ Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in the territory referred to as the Donbas in Eastern Ukraine. I will not add to that mountain of ink because, for me, the story is relatively simple.

What Are The Minsk Agreements?

On Monday, February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in a press conference that the country will recognize the independence of the Donetsk and the Luhansk people’s republics. Refuting arguments that the move will harm possibilities for peace and violate provisions of the Minsk agreement, the Russian leader claimed that the decision was aimed at maintaining peace in the region. According to Valentina Matviyenko, chairperson of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russian parliament, the situation in Donbass is of a “humanitarian disaster and genocide” and Russia’s move will help in easing the situation there. She claimed that Russia was left with no other option to prevent the bloodbath in the region as no one was listening to its calls for diplomatic and political solutions in the last eight years.

Civil Defence Sirens Sound In Donetsk After Mass Evacuation Announcement

Loud civil defense sirens have been heard in Donetsk after the announcement of mass evacuation from the self-proclaimed republic to Russia, a Sputnik correspondent reported. The sirens can be heard in the videos captured by the correspondent, and streets are seen to be completely deserted. Local authorities have yet to announce why the sirens sounded. The civil defence sirens go off in Donetsk regularly (once every two or three months) but, as a rule, the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) warn the population in advance. The sirens went off shortly after Denis Pushilin, the DPR head, announced a mass evacuation of the population to Russia amid ongoing shelling by Ukrainian forces. "When the enemy shells the settlements of the republic, the life and health of our citizens may be endangered.
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