My Recent Donbass Period of Work: 25 Key Moments

I recently completed a 2-month period of work in Donbass. There will be even more reportage to come from that, but I wanted to put together a ‘top 10’ of key moments, however so many there were, we’re at 25, and this just in English.

All my work is funded by your support, via crowdfunding, to be involved, click here. 

Huge thanks to all of you, who’ve supported my work. I’ll be doing a new video to thank you soon!

1. The completion, with Oleg Somov, of my film, Irina Gurtyak, a journalist’s story, now with full English subtitles, by Vitaly Chernichenko –

And presentation in Lugansk – 

2. Bringing you reportage from the frontiers, the places other journalists don’t venture!Graham – Special Reportage (#11) A Tour Through Donetskiy, LPR Frontier, After Ukrainian Shelling

One of my main points of focus, was bringing you as much English-language reportage as possible, to show you how things really there, in spoken English!

3. Ronald van Amerongen, the Dutchman in Donbass, speaks – 

4. An English-lanaguage interview with Donetsk residents, about how things really are in Donetsk!

I brought you unique reportage from the frontlines, and frontier settlements…

5. Graham in Donbass (#47) Going to the LPR Furthest Frontline Position Today

6. Graham – Special Reportage (#12) Trip to the Donbass Wartorn Village of Nikishino

7. Interview with a Russian Volunteer Fighter in Donbass, LPR (Eng subs)

And back to English-language interviews – 

8. English Interview from Lugansk – Miss Elegance, in Miss Lugansk People’s Republic

Back to the frontline – 

9. LPR Militia Fighters Talk about WWII Monument, by LPR Frontlines, Donbass

10. Graham in Donbass (#38) Donbass – LPR – Frontlines, and What Victory Day Means to the Militia

11. A couple of videos from a spectacular Victory Day, in Lugansk!!

12. And from an also spectacular Miss LPR contest, in Lugansk! Here, a Crimea tribute –

Here, interviews with 5 of the girls, with full English subs – 

13. Back to Donetsk, and a spectacular drone look as 1000 lanterns were released into the night sky to mark children killed in war, in Donbass.

On the theme of 1st June, International Protector of Children Day, I went to Gorlovka to speak to kids wounded in war, here, with English subtitles.

14. Gorlovka, Donbass Children Speak about Being Wounded by Ukrainian Shelling in War

15. Interview with Liza, 3, wounded by Ukrainian shelling, her mother killed on spot.

Knowing it was a hot-zone, I wanted to go to report from Kominternovo –

16. Driving over 100km in the Donetsk People’s Republic, from Donetsk to Kominternovo (frontier)

17. An Introduction Tour to the DPR Frontier Village of Kominternovo

18. 60 Seconds in the DPR Village of Kominternovo, under Ukrainian shelling

Night and Morning in the Village of Kominternovo, Donbass, DPR

19. Kominternovo man: “Shelling (by Ukrainian forces) started suddenly, without any provocation”

Kominternovo: “The OSCE said ‘everyone knows that Poroshenko is killing his own people'”

Showing you Donbass at work, here, Lugansk!

20. Graham – Special Reportage (#14) My Day in a Lugansk Bread Factory

A French delegation visiting Donbass!

21. French Delegation in the Donetsk People’s Republic (#1) Visit to a Donetsk Hospital

Debunking Ukrainian misinformation

22. Donetsk People’s Republic Reaction to claims by Ukraine’s Mariana Betsa

Bringing you breaking news reports of terrorist attacks in Lugansk –

23. Lugansk, Explosion Goes off in City Centre Today, 1 Killed, 5 Wounded

17:00 – Aftermath of 2nd Explosion in Lugansk, Donbass Today

Showing you real videos of how life really is in Donbass:

24. Last School Bell for Junior Class in Lugansk, Lugansk People’s Republic, School 60

Lugansk, The Final Bell for Sixth Formers, School 60, 60 Minutes Uncut

And with your help, helping children there!!

25. Lutugino Children’s Home, Donbass: My Most Recent Trip, How you Can Help

This, just a selection, and more coming soon. Once again, huge thanks for all your help, and support!

The Five Spot (#1) – Victory Day Ice Cream in Donetsk

A series looking at 5 key points from a non-English language article / press release – 

On 9th May, Victory Day, the DPR released a press statement, accompanied by photos, of ice cream being handed out on Victory Day.

1. With Donetsk plunging back into a war situation, with Ukrainian shelling beginning again in anger, casualties and fatalities once more, efforts are being made to do small, but significant, things to lift the spirits of people.

2. A list ofDPR Victory Day sponsors and helpers in the action, many Russian, indicates ongoing support of the DPR.

3. The action, taking place in Donetsk, Makievka, and notably Gorlovka, shows a reaching out to places difficult to do so before NAF taking of Ukrainian positions in January of 2015 opened up access.

DPR Victory Day54. Many people have never left the 17,000 sq km2 of Donbass in NAF control, many have returned, shown by huge crowds at Victory Day marches across the region, and a high turnout for this ice cream handout.

5. A slice of normal life, and normal people in the DPR, contrasts with continual western media depiction of ‘separatism’ and ‘terrorism’ in the seceded territories of the former Ukraine. It even compares favourably with recent scenes of military vehicles on the streets of Ukraine.

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Your Letters (#1) – To The Brave, Courageous, Defenders of Gorlovka

IMG_1520-MOTIONCommander Olhon, and his battalion –

In the world there are many kind, brave, responsible men – but you guys among them all are the most steadfast, the braves. Thank you that you’ve stood for our Donbass, defended our land, and city.

I wish you all great strength, good health, and steady nerves!!!) My hopes are with you! My faith is in you!!!

OpolchenWhen shooting starts, and the whole town hears shots, explosions, I know you are in action. I worry about all our battalion, knowing that, god forbid, something could happen to you. I pray for you, so that all will be good for you!)

Thank you for protecting us from invaders, who have many times made attempts on our city, but you’ve stopped them! Thank you for giving us the possibility of peace!!) I know, you will never surrender, you’ll continue your defence of our native Gorlovka.

Thank you, from all of us!

Praying for you!

Thank you from Gorlovka – Victory will be Ours!!

Anastasia Orlova, 16


Graham’s Donbass Event – How Much? Where To?

I had expected around 40 people at my Donbass event in London, to raise around £1000. In the event, at the event – despite the original venue cancelling on the day after yet another pro-Ukraine campaign, there were well over 100, and the money raised for Donbass was….

That in a minute, first, thank you to Geovien So for the amazing photos!

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One from Philipp Bobrov – proud winner of the Novorossiya jacket I wore into Debaltsevo –

Novorossiya jacket

And thank you to Igor Proskurov for the wonderful videos – 

Our wonderful entertainers – 

The auction – 

Fullscreen capture 07042015 204923.bmpA couple of points of business before we get to the amount raised. Our pro-Ukraine ‘provocateur’ was one known to some of my Facebook friends, William Joyce. He arrived at the event, consumed the alcohol and food provided, pretended to be my best friend, asked for a selfie, then as soon as proceedings started, he started acting aggressively, shouting.

I let him have his say, then ejected him as all he wanted to do was cause trouble, upset people, ruin the event. He stayed around, outside, mostly chatting to police officers, then came back into the event later, bought a photo (to attempt to frame me for something or other). He then returned home, and as per his Facebook, reported online that I assaulted him.

IsaccoThe pro-Ukrainians tried to destroy the Donbass event before the event, during, then after its success they mounted a completely misguided, but nonetheless venomous, attack on the venue which hosted our event. If you support freedom of speech, the right to host a charity event – then please leave them a positive review Isacco Food1here.

That the event was such a success was due to a huge team effort – Oleg, our wonderful MC, Ira, who helped me organise, Oksana who arranged entertainment, sung herself, Isacco, along with his wife Kseniya (above), who prepared, and donated truly delicious food (right), and wine. Yulia who helped out, Ira also, Marina, Laura, Patrick my special mystery guest and source of huge support in finding, setting up the venue, Kristina who made these terrific t-shirts –


Thanks to many more who helped, and everyone who came. Came because they wanted to support Donbass. It was a victory for Donbass. It was also a victory for standing up for freedom of speech in London, not giving in, in the face of what can only be described as ‘terrorist’ tactics by the pro-Ukraine side, repeatedly calling, threatening venues, bombarding online.

Those tactics didn’t win. What was was good will, the real desire to help those in Donbass who desperately need it. To that end, exceeding all my expectations, the final sum raised was…..


That will be distributed –

£1200 – Humanitarian aid for crisis town of Pervomaisk

£1500 – Aid for  hospitals in Donetsk

£280 – Church in Kirovsky (as requested by donor)

£445 – Humanitarian aid for Gorlovka (as requested by donors)

wedgeforDonbassI will supervise the distribution of this aid personally. I will even video it being delivered to source, so you’ll see what you were a part of. Something truly wonderful.

So, thanks again for not giving in. For showing up. The aid will make a massive difference to the people of Donbass. It was a triumph of good over bad.

And it’s just the start – watch out for online fundraising for Donbass, to allow those who couldn’t come to make their contribution!