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 –
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.
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 –
Last year, some of you may recall, I ran a campaign to raise funds for a headstone for the hero of my film, Aramis –
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!
I’ve been back in Donbass for near 3 weeks now, here’s a look at 10 key pieces of reportage in that time.
1. A look at the difference in treatment of 2 British men who served for different sides in Donbass –
2. A trip to the LPR frontlines to see what Victory Day means for the fighters there – full English –
3. Full filming of Victory Day in Lugansk, here, the start of that event!
Here – a look at the ‘Immortal Regiment’ in Lugansk on Victory Day!
4. Republic Day in the Donetsk People’s Republic, which saw a turnout of some 60,000, but again, wasn’t covered by any western media! Here, a look at how it was –
5. Here on the Truth Speaker, I tackled the claims of Alexander Khodokovsky, a constant source of misinformation from Donbass.
6. And here, a debunking of more lies about Donbass from the Ukraine side –
7. Here, covering the conflict, as civilians again came under fire from Ukrainian forces, with a woman wounded, here in Kominternovo –
8. Here, a look at Lugansk, School 60, as the final bell of school sounded for sixth formers there –
9. And, it was a return to Kominternovo, to spend a day there in that DPR frontier town, to see how exactly it is. See here, for full video reportage –
10. And here, a revealing interview about the OSCE, with a Kominternovo woman –
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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…