April 10th 2014 saw me leaving Donetsk for Lugansk –
I get there after dark, with barricades already up by the city’s central SBU building –
Late into the night, hundreds of locals still out on the streets, the mood a mixture of hope, and fear, with talk already swirling of Kiev sending snipers to the 2nd largest city of the Donbass region.
The next day, driving snow, sub-zero conditions, talk of ultimatums, and highly-charged emotions –
Mid-afternoon, the first meeting of the newly-formed Security Council, in the SBU building.
(Russian-language, will add subs soon – neither time, nor volunteers to do so, at the time)
Lugansk locals waited outside, waiting for news of what was to happen. Feelings of optimism about what was happening in their city, tempered by worry over what would come from Kiev.
Then, in something which was slightly surreal, you could walk just 150 metres from it all, into the Hotel Lugansk, go up to the restaurant on the top floor, upload your files, and look on as the ladies of Lugansk, famed for their beauty, did their thing –
That was how it was.