In February of 2015, Twitter user @Natalyp72 wrote an abusive message, directed, to the city of Lugansk, Donbass, which in 2014 had endured a hellish campaign of shelling by the Ukrainian military in 2014, with mass loss of life.
She wished those who had voted out of Ukraine (after the terrorist coup of Euromaidan installed a far-right government in Ukraine, in early 2014), to be, in strong terms ‘cursed‘.
Last Friday, September 15th, fire broke out at the Victoria children’s camp, in Odessa. The fire engulfed one of the three-story wooden dorms, three girls perished, burned alive.
Firefighters complained that putting out the first was made very difficult by there being no emergency water sources on the territory of the children’s facility (praised by Ukrainian president Poroshenko in May as being ‘excellent’), and the pressure from the fire hydrant was weak, the fire reservoir had insufficient water, and was blocked. Firefighters could only find water supply over a kilometre from the campus, taking over two hours to extinguish the flames. Too late for the 3 young girls, aged 8,9 and 12, with a further two children injured in the dorm, which housed 42.
Mikhail Vovka, from the Federal State Dispatch Service for Odessa region, told reporters on Saturday, that the management of the camp had terminated their contract with a fire safety monitoring company. Therefore, when the fire started, no alarm had sounded.
“In 2016, a modern fire alarm was purchased, installed and put into operation in the camp, but then it was deliberately brought to a non-operational state,” Vovka said, as reported by the Odessa Life portal.
Angry crowds of relatives, and more have protested outside Odessa City Hall, demanding answers (pictured). The tragic blaze has seen an investigation opened, mass sackings of senior staff there, several officials in local government dismissed, arrests even, of camp staff. There has also been anger at Ukrainian president Poroshenko, who hasn’t even bothered to visit Odessa, and has barely spoken of the tragedy. (Perhaps the lack of possibility to blame Russia influencing his inaction).
In the blaze, Twitter user @Natalyp72 ‘s god-daughter, Nastya, 9, persished. Natalyp72 (Natalya) tweeted in fury ‘Those scumbags forgot about the children there! They were trapped, and burned alive!‘
Condolences to Natalya on her loss. I went to her Twitter account, only to see she’d blocked me, despite our never having interacted. She seems to have removed her tweet of abuse directed at Lugansk, from 2015, but a number of similar, often fairly extreme pro-Ukraine tweets.
Sadly for Natalya, she’s found out, that in this Ukraine of 2017, not even children in a children’s camp described as ‘exemplary’ by the president of Ukraine, are safe.
Today is Independence Day in Ukraine. Strange to think now. I lived in Kiev for 2 years, and before this all, really did like Ukraine, and would even go to Maidan for the event to mark her independence day. Epic concert, all in a good mood, no anti-Russian sentiment – actually almost everyone, even on stage, spoke Russian. All good, friendly, positive!
You’dve had to have no soul not to like Ukraine pre-Maidan. You’dve have to have no brain to like Ukraine post-Maidan.
When living in Kiev (2011, to early 2013), I used to read the Kyiv Post, the longest-established English-language newspaper, in fact the only one of real note in all that time (I worked at magazine What’s On, but that bit the dust after Euromaidan, and I’d long left by then anyhow). I even wrote some articles for them, in 2012.
Pre-Euromaidan, the paper had its issues, but it was generally a good source of English-language news out of Ukraine. Euromaidan time, the publication went full-on pro-Euromaidan, and it’s been propaganda ever since. But, don’t take my word for it, here’s 3 reasons never to trust the Kyiv Post:
- The Kyiv Post does not care who it employs, as long as they write pro-Ukraine propaganda. Their Donbass correspondent for over a year, was Dutchman Stefan Huijboom – now convicted as a conman, serving time in a Dutch jail. He was engaged in this activity throughout his Kyiv Post time – they turned a blind eye at that time, and haven’t issued any statement since his 2016 conviction.
- They employ former members of the Ukrainian armed forces, active supporters of the Ukrainian military, to write for them as journalists, click here for more on that – https://twitter.com/GrahamWP_UK/status/853876800132448256
- When they are not employing conmen or soldiers to write for them, the Kyiv Post write about Donbass on the authority of never having been there during the conflict. Check out this tweet by editor Euan MacDonald – making excuses for not having been, but still writing about it all the time – https://twitter.com/Euan_MacDonald/status/701717517350338560
The list could go on, but those 3 are enough in themselves. The Kyiv Post is never to be trusted. It’s fake news.
Anti-government protesets have been going in Serbia for 8 evenings now, with crowds turning up to protest the recent election of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić to the post of president.
Along the way, people have compared events to Euromaidan of Ukraine. However, I was in Belgrade this evening to report, as around 3000 turned up to march, and here are 5 points to note.
1. There is no real pro-EU sentiment among protesters, more the opposite
2. There is no anti-Russian sentiment
3. People there don’t think it’s similar to Euromaidan
4. There are no neo-Nazis, radicals, extremists, there I saw, most people are quite normal
5. It’s not aggressive
My full video reportage coming up soon.
As prepare to leave – it’s been an enormously busy last 2 months in the UK, working on the edits of documentary projects, dozens of articles here on the Truth Speaker, and video reportage. There will be one more report to come from the UK, part 2 of this special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London –
To recap, here was January when I visited the UK parliament to ask at a UK/Ukraine event if they would be mentioning Ukrainian shelling civilian areas of Donbass:
The introduction to my documentary about the murder of Barry Pring –
My coverage of the anti-Trump protests in London at the start of February –
A few days later, and I try to go to a Ukrainian event in London –
And here, I succeed in getting into a Ukrainian propaganda event at the LSE!
The end of February here, and I visit the Ukrainain Embassy in London –
March, and a look at what Women’s Day means in London!
Then, my day as a DPR tourist in London!
Masses of reportage from the March for Europe on March 25th –
And even a trip to Scotland to bring you the reality there of how people feel about a proposed new referendum!
It’s overall achieved hundreds of thousands of views, on my channel alone, coverage in mass media – and much more! I’m a completely crowdfunded journalist, and none of this would have been possible without your support. To be involved, click here!
Thanks again, and on we go!!
I’ve been back in the UK for over a month now, and in that time, I’ve come to understand a few things better, especially the meaning of Orwell’s phrase that the future is ‘a boot stamping on a human face forever’.
But that’s hardly where the Orwell references end. Because in the UK it’s works a truly Orwellian-style propaganda machine, designed to keep the populace in eternal suspension of the purported threat of, of course – Russia!
There’s Boris Johnson over in Kiev, churning out an incessant slew of anti-Russian rhetoric, without any substance to back it up, but because it’s anti-Russian, it’ll naturally be accepted unquestioned:
What we do have, of course, is Boris meeting ‘Crimean Tatars’ and condemning Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea…
Yet this provided without any context whatsoever. Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea came about after a referendum there, which came about after a violent overthrow of government in Ukraine, Euromaidan. Yet, Euromaidan is exalted in the UK, events at eminent establishments are held in its honour, and dissenting from the narrative is not condoned –
Euromaidan is so important because the whole house of cards rests on it. It must be purported that Euromaidan was good. Because then it can be sustained that Crimea, and Donbass, are ‘bad’, and ‘Russian aggression’. And the situation in Crimea must be made out to be ‘bad’ (as it always is), with particular focus on the Crimean Tatars and their supposed repression.
In the above Crimean Tatar photo, it looks like Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev, self-appointed ‘leader of Crimean Tatars‘, who supported Euromaidan in Crimea, left in 2014 for Kiev, and has provided an endless source for western media of reports of repression, persecution etc against Crimean Tatars in Crimea, despite himself not having been there for some 3 years now.
In Crimea, some are puzzled why Dzhemilev has never attempted to return to the peninsula, most accept that he has found a lucrative stream in Kiev, endlessly reciting how ‘repressed’ his people are, to eager audiences who ensure he is well remunerated for his suffering.
Yet in Crimea, Dzhemilev is regarded by most Crimean Tatars as a traitor to his own people:
And, as here, my reportage, while you can find Crimean Tatars who will tell you they preferred life under Ukraine, they are in the minority, and more, feel free to express that opinion:
But, none of this must be allowed to reach mainstream media. There, it can only be a wall of ‘blame Russia’, that’s become so much of a meme the Russian Embassy in the UK regularly joke about it –
What are the Ukrainian Embassy doing, meanwhile? Pumping out a relentless stream of tweets blaming Russia for everything…
And they are fully supported by the UK in doing this, the UK’s own embassy ever happy to tweet, retweet anything, as long as it’s pro-Ukrainian, and by default, anti-Russian. Ukraine really is an incredibly convenient country for those looking for a stick with which to beat Russia, so much so that all are willing to turn a blind eye to the manifest problems with, and in, Ukraine –
And when it’s not Ukraine, there’s always a subculture of Russia which can be passed off as Russia, look at Reggie Yates’ recent ‘yoof’ style series on BBC, Extreme Russia, simply a chance to go round exposing all that’s bad about the country, safe in the knowledge that no one over here will either disagree, or seek to present the other side.
So, that’s the reality as we have it, walls, and waves of anti-Russian propaganda. And nowhere’s safe, not even sport, this is how the BBC are portraying the upcoming World Cup in Russia:
Of course there are those in the UK who can see behind the lies, and the masks, to the truth. But you have to really want to. You are faced with a colossal propaganda machine in the UK, to lie down is to let it simply stamp all over you. To stand against it, you have to be be prepared to, as things are now, stand almost alone.