My Reportage from Donetsk – 12th March, 2014

Exactly 3 years ago, I was in Donetsk, albeit not for the first time:

Yet this time, 3 years ago, of course, things were a bit different. It was March 2014, (former) president Yanukovych had recently been ousted, Euromaidan had declared victory and installed an unelected, far-right government in power.

In Donbass, a region which had notabily either not supported Maidan, or been in direct opposition to it, no one quite knew what to expect next.

At the time, I was living in Odessa, and, feeling a time of history, and a moment to be seized, I wrapped up things there (I had a teaching business, to supplement my journalism) and in my car, headed east, simply for myself, to see for myself what was happening.

So, this is my reportage from Donetsk, 3 years ago today. At the time, I was trying to do every piece in English, so (in almost all) where someone speaks Russian, I then translate, or attempt to, my Russian of the time was not the best!

These videos are all unedited, the mood from the streets, and more, things just how they were at that moment in time, which turned out to be a moment in history as less than a month later, I was back in Donetsk, and conflict had already begun.

So, without further ado:

Lenin Square –

By the statue of Lenin itself:

And, finally, by the city’s administrative building –

And that’s that!

A Graham Newsletter (#24) Women’s Day, Surprise Locations, To-Do List, Reviews, and More…

Before starting on the newsletter, things are heating up in Donbass, be sure you’re following Patrick Lancaster here for developments. 

Naturally, I hope all the ladies reading this had a fabulous Women’s Day! I was delighted to film 2 reportages on the theme. Here, Women’s Day and what it means in the UK –

And here, the Women’s Day demonstration by organisation WASPI, representing women born in the 1950s, affected by change in pension legislation meaning many of them must work on for years –

And, on a video note, it feels like time to record a new introduction for my YouTube channel, this was now 3 years ago now, can you believe…

Of course, there’s lots of exciting new reportage coming up soon, and to have a recap of what’s been recently.

The Truth Speaker broke the curious case of the 2 Ukrainian men in the UK trying to avoid the draft in Ukraine. 

Also, there’s a new review section here on the Truth Speaker, and the first review here, on film ‘Dreams of a Life’, if you’d like to write a review on something for me, and be published here, send an email to me at: gwplondon@gmail.com

I’m leaving London soon to return to report in Donbass, via Serbia, Russia, and actually some surprise destinations on, and perhaps even not, on the way. And before leaving London, there’s a checklist of things to do, which will be starting soon. Read all about that here. 

Meanwhile, my last crowdfunder finished a bit under, however I’ll find a way to continue to bring you all the reportage I can, and you can always support my work here.  And of course a massive thanks to all of those of you who do support my work!