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!

Breaking News: Ben Stimson: British Member of Donbass Militia, to Face Court in the UK, Plea of Guilty to One Charge

As many of you know, I’ve been actively involved in the case of Ben Stimson, the British man tried with terrorism charges for being a member of the people’s militia forces, in Donbass.

Last August, I made a documentary about Ben, from Oldham:

Today, a close contact of Ben’s, who has been helping him, Nicola Moore, wrote to me with an update on Ben’s situation. See here, Nicky’s post about visiting Ben in jail:
And to confirm that Ben knows Nicky, here:


I will show extracts of my messages with Nicky, with relevant information, and key points, in bold, and photos of Ben, for information purposes.

Hello Graham,

I have a message from Ben Stimson. He apologises for the way his email sounded in September, his head was up his bottom (see below) and he said he appreciates all you have done for him and your support. He said he will always have your back and he hopes to speak to you soon.

Great work by the way you’re very tenacious and dedicated. It’s nice to see someone beating the drum and showing ppl what’s happening in donetsk.

Nicola

My ability to give Ben my full support had been compromised by Ben’s email of September, and, I felt disloyalty towards me, of which I’ve written here. 

However, after Nicky’s words, I forgave Ben, and asked after after him: 

He’s ok- especially considering he’s on a terrorist wing with neo Nazis and jihadist being a partly Jewish man this can’t be easy, he’s been denied education and just started to be allowed going to the gym. He’s been denied visits and letters even of his own mp. He also isn’t allowed to ring me as lm classed as a political extremist which is ridiculous.

His hearing is tomorrow morning – the court rejected his plea of innocent in February and so it’s been dropped to one charge- he’s admitting guilt and looking to be out in a few years. He wants to return as well.

I’m off to Strangeways now to see him and he’s in court tomorrow morning at 10.

Obviously the key point point here, Ben has pled guilty, and is set to face prison. It was the first I’d heard of this. I asked Nicky more about this

If he doesn’t there will be a full length trial – and if he’s found guilty he could get over 10 years

I will add that, in no small part due to the treatment of the UK authorities in relation to him, Ben is in a emotionally vulnerable position, and thus susceptible to pressure to plead guilty to something of which he is entirely innocent.

Ben is pleading to:

Article 5(a) of 2006 Terrorism act of engaging in acts of terrorism was dropped, but he plead guilty to 5(b) of facilitating terrorism
One of the charges was dropped
(It carries) Over ten years in prison – he has a top terrorism barrister who’s been coming up from London.

It’s a shocking situation, for many reasons. Ben was stitched up by the BBC, as I filmed here:

The fate of Ben, who never fired in anger, is in stark contrast to the fate of Chris Garrett, the British man who fought, and killed, for the neo-Nazi Azov battalion – 

In light of his words, Ben now has my full support. I will be paying close attention to developments tomorrow, and ready to give my full support to Ben, and to what seems set to be a total miscarriage of justice in the UK, and a deeply worrying precedent set.

If Ben is indeed found guilty and sentenced to a prison term, there must be an immediate campaign to free him, and right this manifest injustice.

A Graham Newsletter (#31) Russophobes at Cambridge – Fake Research, Buzzfeed – Fake News – Mariupol Adventures, and More!

Ever wonder why the mood, on an official level, from the UK is so entrenched, endemic anti-Russian? Could it be that public figures in the UK are being conditioned, from a young age? Have a look at my new video!

And here on the Truth Speaker – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/03/cambridge-university-fake-research-rory-finnin-anti-russia-propaganda/

But it’s not all bad news from the UK, British photographer Dean O-Brien recently visited the city of Mariupol, and did a good job of work there – read more about that here –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/07/the-adventures-of-a-british-freelance-photographer-in-mariupol/

Mariupol still shows signs of anti pro-Ukrainian feelings amongst the population

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Speaking of visits, a French delegation recently visited Donetsk, I covered that, here – 

And here – 

With more, plus encore, to come, on that!

I was pleased to present my new film from Donbass, with full English subtitles!

And having earlier had a look at fake research, from Cambridge, here a look at fake news, from Buzzfeed –

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/04/mariupol-myself-and-buzzfeed-fake-news/

To real news, I brought you breaking updates from Donbass, with video – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/07/terrorist-attacks-strike-lugansk-today-full-details/

And special reportage from the war-torn village of Nikishino – 

https://thetruthspeaker.co/2017/07/03/nikishino-special-reportage-from-a-donbass-forgotten-village/

And more real news, debunking of fake news, coming up soon! Thanks for being with me, Graham

Visite récente de la délégation française à Donetsk – Video Reportage

C’est un reportage vidéo, bientôt je publierai un entretien avec la délégation française!

Une délégation française à la République Populaire de Donetsk (#1) Hôpital Donetsk

Aide humanitaire française à la République Populaire de Donetsk

Entretien avec la délégation française après leur visite à la République Populaire de Donetsk

The Adventures of a British Freelance Photographer in Mariupol

British independent photographer Dean O’Brien recently visited Mariupol, Ukraine-occupied Donbass. Here’s some of highlights of his time there, in tweets, and Instagrams –

A fuel stop runs into a  few problems…

Dean speaks to people there – 

Finds signs of anti-Ukraine feeling there – 

Mariupol still shows signs of anti pro-Ukrainian feelings amongst the population

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Speaks with local NGOs –

And young people in, of Mariupol – 

Dean also documents in photos Mariupol as it is today –

Dean photographs a recruitment poster for the Ukrainian army on the Mariupol streets –

And with that, Dean was off, promising blog posts, and more to come! 

Terrorist Attacks Strike Lugansk Today – Full Details

At 15.30 today, in central Lugansk, Donbass, LPR by one of the main administrative buildings, an explosive device concealed in an urn on the street, outside a shop, went off. It killed a female member of the Lugansk People’s Republic forces, a medic, sitting on a bench on the popular central thoroughfare, and wounded 5, including civilians. Video here

At around 17:00, around 50 metres from the first explosion, another explosion went off, wounding a reported 2 civilians, and causing this damage to cars –

There has been a strong reaponse to this. Head of the LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, issued a statement condemning the ‘terrorist attacks perpetrated near a popular recreation area for civilians of the LPR, and children’. He added that those responsible ‘would be found and punished’.

All large-scale events planned for tomorrow in Lugansk, many to mark the day of the family, have been cancelled.  The LPR advised citizens to stay indoors if possible, avoid congregating in groups, and report anything suspicious immediately.

More details to follow.