Western Media Reaction to Victory Days in Donbass

Recent Victory Days in Donbass saw mass turnouts, I filmed in Lugansk where there were around 100,000 people celebrating, amazing entertainment, a concert, and more. 

What was the western media’s reaction to this, mass display of patriotism? Well, beginning with the Atlantic Council funded site Medium, the Atlantic Council itself, funded by western governments – and even Ukraine itself – to promote western, in this case pro-Ukrainian propaganda, it was universally negative.

All they could find to do was pore over the military equipment on display, attemping to connect it all to Russia, in various ways. 

That pumped on into other western media, with Yahoo News, reporting from AFP, declaring Ukraine rebels roll out banned tanks on WWII Victory Day in an article which put great weight on that supposed feature, and only grudgingly, casting the shadow of the Kremlin, mentioned the support shown by locals for the day.

It’s indeed ironic that the western media has absolutely ignored the constant violations of the Minsk agreement by Ukrainain forces ongoing shelling of Donbass, but when a few military vehicles peacefully roll through streets in a traditional parade, it’s all uproar and ‘bad separatists’, ‘Kremlin’ all over…

Day of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Donetsk, DPR: Videos and Information

The Donetsk People’s Republic recently marked their ‘Republic Day’, 3 years on from the 11th May referendum, in which the area voted to secede from a Ukraine in crisis after the Euromaidan coup installed an unelected, far-right government in Kiev.

Date: 11th May, 2017
Place: Donetsk, capital of Donetsk People’s Republic
Participants: Over 75,000 civilians, including 600 foreigners

An Hour of the Parade (unedited) 

Some more favourite moments of the parade – 

The concert in the evening, which over 35,000 attended, making it the largest event of its kind yet, in the DPR – 

The OSCE in Donbass – Must-Watch Video

I watched this recent video by American video journalist Patrick Lancaster – from Donetsk, a few days ago.

I’ve written, and filmed, a lot about the OSCE myself, but this is it right here. If you want to know about the OSCE in Donbass, and what locals think of them, you have to watch this video –

Arriving in Donetsk, 3 Years Ago Today….

3 years ago today, I was arriving in Donetsk, for ‘one week’s work’, with the channel RT, in a bit of a panic at that time, as they couldn’t get their own correspondents into Donbass, calling me in Odessa, where I lived at the time, simply saying ‘get to Donetsk as soon as you can!!‘. I duly drove all night –

After a couple of days, RT managed to get their own correspondents in, and sent me down to Lugansk to see out the remainder of my contract. Then, on 12th April, I heard early on about something happening in nearby Slavyansk, called RT. The producer who answered first said ‘Where’s that?‘ Then ‘Graham, your contract’s almost up, just stay a couple days more in Lugansk‘. I replied that I was going to Slavyansk with or without them.

And there we have it. 

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!

My First Video to Pass 2 Million Views… But… (18+)

Graham Phillips

My YouTube channel has around 4,500 videos, over 60 million views. There are 15 over half a million, 4 over a million, and now, for the first time, a video over 2 million. But, it’s no cause to celebrate, this is the video –

It’s Donetsk, 8th October 2014, Donetsk morgue, and simply, bodies stacked screenshot-949high, as Ukrainian shelling of the city went on daily. And who are they, well as the mortician says, fighters account for only 1 in 3, so it’s mainly civilians.

I had absolutely no idea the video would attract so many views. And, of course, I know that some of the views are not for the right reasons, it’s even the ‘top’ video on various ‘gore’ forums, as I’m aware.

However, from the over 2 million views, a number around double the size of Birmingham, the UK’s second city, I also believe it’s brought new information to many in a way which would not otherwise have been done. Brought information to people who wouldn’t have known about the situation any other way.

screenshot-948The video is absolutely graphic, shocking, many have written saying they find it too much, such a video should never have been made, uploaded. But, this is a video which has been watched by almost every country in the world which has access to the internet.

It’s a video which has been watched by countries which otherwise have no connection, or general interest, in the war in Donbass – in 2nd, and 4th place respectively, Mexico and Brazil.

Most importantly of all, it was, as with all my videos, a real video, one which shows the reality of the war in Donbass. Mass death. Civilian death. Grandmothers, grandfathers among stacked high in a morgue, victims of a war they could never have expected in their lives. Victims of shelling by a country, Ukraine, they once considered themselves citizens of. Victims in death of a city which barely had a system with which to cope with death on that scale.

So, for this video to pass 2 million is nothing to celebrate in itself. But I always hope that it showed some the reality of war in a way so visceral as to do something to prevent further death.

A Graham Newsletter (#19) Motorola, Donbass Goes Up, New Crowdfunding Campaign

Firstly, today would have been the 34th birthday of Motorola. Here are some of my photos of him, in tribute.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As you may know, I recently left Donbass, cited to return to the UK to take part in the inquest into the murder of Barry Pring, for which my 58-page report was one of the key materials considered by the coroner, Dr Elizabeth Earland, and mentined by her in closing remarks, as a verdict of death by unlawful killing was arrived at. That verdict, along with Dr Earland’s comment that Barry had been ‘tricked’ into standing by the side of the road, caused a media storm about the only person who could have tricked him, his wife, former stripper Anna Ziuzina.

I’m working on a documentary about the murder of Barry Pring now. 

Of course, in recent days, there’s been a sharp escalation in Donbass. And, I’ll be honest, if it weren’t for the incredible work of Patrick Lancaster in covering thise, I would have felt it necessary to rush back to Donbass. However, you can see here what amazing work Patrick is doing, in covering the shelling war, and sadly, killing of civilians by Ukrainian shelling.

And more, Patrick’s work in the humanitarian sphere.

Meanwhile, this is what the BBC are up to in Donbass. 

Back in London, I’ve already been busy, here asking in the UK parliament if an event to mark 25 years of UK / Ukraine cooperation would mention Ukrainian shelling of Donbass.

And here’s the launch of my new crowdfunding campaign, for the next 3 months of independent journalism, with lots of important, interesting events to come!

This 3-month period will encompass reportage from the UK, Europe, Russia, and Donbass!

If you can be involved in that, your support is vital to making this project happen. Click here:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-months-of-objective-independent-journalism/x/12236308#/

Or Paypal (Indiegogo no longer accepts Paypal), here: 

https://www.paypal.me/grahamwphillips

Huge thanks for being with me, and we go forward together!