Everyone who follows the situation in Ukraine objectively knows exactly what’s happening. Ukrainian forces, comprised of radicals, and extremists, are shelling civilian areas of Donbass, causing mass civilian death, because Donbass didn’t accept the illegitimate regime imposed on Ukraine after Euromaidan –
I cover that as a journalist, and I speak here as a proud Briton. What a shock to see our country not only support this, but trumpet it –
In the first case, I feel for the civilians of Donbass who are still under daily shelling by Ukrainian forces – trained by British. In the second, I feel for my countrymen, normal British soldiers, forced to take part in something that will bring them shame for the rest of their lives.
A disgrace for our armed forces, a disgrace for our country.
I’ve written about wanting to cover more business themes from Donbass here. So, I was happy to have the opportunity to spend a day at a bread factory here in Lugansk, with full reportage to come, in English. For now, a few screenshots here –
Here are all the videos, with full English subs, from my recent trip to the LPR frontlines.
Going to the LPR frontlines to see what the real situation is there, after conflicting reports.
An interview with a Russian volunteer fighter there, who gives an update on the situation –
Donbass Militia Fighters by a WWII monument discuss what it means to them.
My wrap-up report from the scene –
I’ve always enjoyed writing, and reporting, on business issues, this, from Ukraine 2012, about Ukraine’ s economy, and Ukraine!
So I was interested in bringing you this reportage, with English subs, from Donbass, as the town of Krasniy Luch, Lugansk People’s Republic, looks to reactivate an electric power plant, dormant since the 1980s, and seeks investors.
Whether the project will be realised, we’ll see, and I’ll be following that. But, largely calm now, apart from the frontlines of conflict, the Lugansk People’s Republic is looking to develop. So, watch out for further business reportage from the LPR.
Ahead of Ukraine president Poroshenko’s visit to Washington, in which security issues will be discussed, senior Ukrainian politician, chairman of the Ukrainian parliament, Andriy Parubiy (pictured) has written on Twitter, calling for NATO bases there ‘once Ukraine regain control’ of the DPR and LPR, in the republics, as a ‘guarantee for the safety of Ukrainian citizens’.
It’s the most overt statement of intention made yet, on an official level, of how far Ukraine wants to go with NATO.
Andriy Parubiy, by the way, is the co-founder of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi Svoboda party, as I have written here –
When Ukrainian shelling hit by where they had been filming, just outside Lugansk, the village of Metalist, journalist Igor Kornelyuk and his technician Anton Voloshin, working there for the Rossiya channel, lost their lives. Voloshin was, literally, blown to pieces by the blast, while Kornelyuk (born in Ukraine, educated in St Petersburg) made it to the emergency room only to lose his battle for life after 35 minutes.
Yesterday was the third anniversary of their death, I visited the site, where a momument now stands, in their memory.
Donbass, and not only, will always remember them for their work, and their sacrifice.
Here they are, all my videos from the recent, epic, Miss Lugansk People’s Republic! (no English subs, but it’s all pretty understandable!)
People gather –
The hall fills up –
Meet the Contestants –
The First Performances –
Crimea Performance –
More performances, lingerie –
More performances, Skyfall –
Choosing the winner –
An, English-language, interview with Miss Elegance –