Remembering Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin

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.

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Yesterday was the third anniversary of their death, I visited the site, where a momument now stands, in their memory. 

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Donbass, and not only, will always remember them for their work, and their sacrifice.

Miss Lugansk People’s Republic – Full Videos

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 – 

 

 

 

My New Film – Irina Gurtyak, Story of a Journalist, Working on English Subtitles

I recently, with Oleg Somov – with whom I worked on my first film, Aramis, finished my new film, Irina Gurtyak, The Story of a Journalist. 

Here the film is, in Russian, and I’m very happy to say that a remarkable man, Vitaliy Chernichenko, is now working on full English subtitles – to be ready soon! 

3 Recent English-language Interviews from Donbass

I add English subtitles to as much of my work from Donbass as possible, but of course, it’s excellent when there’s the opportunity to actually record an interview in English. So, here are 3 recent English-language interviews, from Donbass!

Here, people in Donetsk speak about life in Donetsk, and the DPR – 

I catch up with Ronald again, the Dutchman in Donbass – 

And here, Miss Elegance, of the recent Miss Lugansk People’s Republic, more to come, speaks about life in the LPR – 

(Support) Patrick Lancaster in Crimea

American journalist, known for his years of Donbass coverage, Patrick Lancaster has gone to Crimea for an exciting reportage project.  Here’s his video introducing the project

You can support Patrick’s work here via crowdfunding –

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/next-period-of-reportage-donbass-crimea-more-russia/x/12236308#/

And Patrick’s first report here, from Sevastopol, with more coming up soon – 

A Headstone for Aramis

Last year, some of you may recall, I ran a campaign to raise funds for a headstone for the hero of my film, Aramis

Campaign here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-grave-fit-for-a-hero/x/12236308#/

I’m very happy to say that the monument was put in place here in Lugansk this Saturday, and as you can see, it means a huge deal to his family – parents, brother, daughter and wife – who now serves in the militia – here.

A massive thanks to all of you who made this possible!

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What is a Ukrop?

You can’t have been following the conflict in Donbass without hearing the word ‘Ukrop’. And perhaps you’ve taken it literally, in which case:

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Literally, dill. And muddying the waters further is the UKROP political party in Ukraine, Ukrainian Association of Patriots. However, neither of those are what Ukrop stands for, in the vernacular.

Is it a pejorative term? Perhaps, despite the Ukrainian attemps to reclaim the word. However I also believe it’s a valid one, because I still believe that most Ukrainians are good, decent people, and wouldn’t want to offend them by lumping them in with Ukrops. A Ukrop isn’t even necessarily a Ukrainian. So, what exactly is a Ukrop? I say this from years, and tens of thousands of comments, of experience:

A Ukrop is: 

Someone who supported Euromaidan – the violent overthrow of a democratically elected president, and government in Ukraine, replacing them with far-right radicals. And they are surprised to this day that didn’t end well for them….

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Blame Russia.pngMoreover, Ukrops don’t blame Euromaidan, or the ensuing chaos in Ukraine as radicals and the far-right took power, for any of the problems. They blame Putin, and Russian. Again, and again, and again…..

For a Ukrop, nothing is their fault, if something goes wrong, it’s always Russia’s fault, and Putin. A typical Ukrop will spend much of their time showering the internet with various diatribes against both of the former.

Even when a Ukrop does admit to something, it’s never their fault. The shelling of civilian areas of Donbass, and killing of civilians, is being done by Ukrainian forces. The more intelligent Ukrop will know this – however as an ‘intelligent Ukrop’ is the original oxymoron, they will still find a way to blame Russia ‘Russian World’, ‘Putin’, and so on. The less intelligent Ukrop exists in a state of believing that, in the case of the shelling of Donbass, Russia is guilty, because Russia has done it all.

Screenshot (2346).pngA Ukrop thinks that every journalist who doesn’t report the Kiev version of events is a propagandist. More specifically, a ‘Russian propagandist’, a ‘Kremlin agent’, etc. Myself, for example – I’m a British journalist, no connection with any Russian media for years, work entirely through crowdfunding (see below).

Yet, Ukrops believe I’m some sort of ‘evil Kremlin propagandist’, because I don’t report the news they want to hear. Oh, and when I do report the news they want to hear, it’s a ‘misake’ on my part, rather than objective coverage (because of the fore-mentioned ‘Kremlin propagandist’ tag).

A Ukrop will often tell you how European they are, how European Ukraine is, etc. They will then proceed to spray death threats across the internet directed at anyone they don’t like, journalists whose journalism doesn’t conform to their views. 

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A Ukrop likes to watch YouTube videos of life in the DPR and LPR, and if they notice something they perceive bad, or someone complaining, they will write comments like ‘and you see it was much better in Ukraine‘ etc….

Ukrops fail to realise that because of the Euromaidan coup they so enthusiastically supported, support, that that Ukraine is gone forever, consigned to history. But it’s not their fault, of course, it’s all Russia’s fault, and Putin’s fault, and poor Ukraine is the victim of ‘Russian aggression’ and hashtag #RussiainvadedUkraine etc etc

Anatoliy ShariyUkrops believe that all Russian media is propaganda, all ‘fake news’, and believe their own media, despite Ukrainian media being so dishonest that a man, Ukrainian even, Anatoliy Shariy, (right) has practically based his entire, and extremely prolific, career, on debunking it. Further, Ukrops will frequently accuse Russia of having a hugely sophisicated propaganda machine, producing elaborate propaganda. Ukrops believe this, because they are told so by their own hugely sophisticated propaganda machine, producing elaborate propaganda.

Finally, a Ukrop is someone who often insults the breakaway regions of Donbass, DPR, and LPR, in the strongest terms. They don’t like the president of Ukraine, Poroshenko. Yet they are willing to do everything in their power for these regions of Donbass they so dislike to be under the control of a president they despise.

And that, is a Ukrop.