Ukrainian Soldiers: Fighting against a Fantasy Army. And the Yankee Warmonger

There can be few wars in history where one side really didn’t know who they were fighting against. You would almost, ironically, have to go 1854, the Crimean war, and the Charge of the Light brigade who charged …. against the wrong target.

But, Kiev has reported that 77% of Ukrainian soldiers believe they are fighting against the actual Russian army. The actual Russian army. For almost 4 years. A figure which suggests a quite staggering level of brainwashing amongst those fighting for Ukraine – incidentally it was revealed by Kiev last week that over 500 of their number have committed suicide since Kiev declared the ‘ATO’ in 2014, and that just the official figure.

For lest we look at recent examples of actual Russian military involvement: Crimea, 2014. Russian army went in, on the clear will of the Crimean people it must be added (I was there), swiftly took control of the peninsula, without any casualties. Ukraine, despite being positioned right at the border, didn’t even dare to take them on. It was a no war. It was all over in days, in March of 2014.

Going back further. 2008. Then Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili, with the backing of the US, used global attention on the Olympics in Beijing to launch all-out war on the breakaway region of South Ossetia (Georgian tanks advancing, here), on the night of August 7th, 8th. By mid-afternoon on August 8th, then Russian president Dmitiy Medvedev had sent the Russian army in. The war ended on August 12th, with comprehensive Georgian defeat, and retreat.

On August 13th, a peace plan was agreed between Georgia and South Ossetia, which has held since. Yet in Donbass, there’s no peace. And the Ukrainian soldiers think they’re fighting a Russian army, much stronger than it was in 2008, yet for some reason for four years, unable to effect the victory they achieved in five days of fighting in South Ossetia 2008, and without any fighting in Crimea 2014…

Actually the Ukrainian army are clearly far ‘braver’ than in 2014, when they didn’t even fire a shot in anger against the Russian army, as they’ve been shelling Donbass almost every day, for months now. And of course, they ‘can’ do this, because whatever happens, the US envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, will only report that ‘Russia is violating Minsk’.

This is the same Kurt Volker, ostensibly tasked with achieving peace in Donbass, who recently called for the ‘elimination’ of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.  Fighting talk. Warmongering talk, to be precise. Interesting what those Ukrainian troops believing they are fighting against Russia must think, to hear Volker speaking this way. That the Russian army which just last week announced a host of super-weapons fit to protect the largest country in the world against any country in the world, could be defeated in territory of just 17,000 sq km2 (DNR and LNR) against Ukrainian forces, albeit US-backed, but still comprised for the large part in Donbass of battalions of radicals, ultra-nationals, and the far-right… (pictured, Azov battalion)

Of course, Volker knows full well there’s no Russian army there, allowing him to pull off a double-act of ‘US diplomacy’, provocative statements designed to fuel the continuation of war, in the knowledge there is no ‘Russian army’ there, so Kiev is safe. But the idea of ‘Russia’ there, oft-repeated enough, and entrenched enough, that they can still be blamed at will.

Interestingly, while smiling at a recent conference, Volker referred to the war in Donbass as still ‘hot’. And in his capacity, he’ll be sure to keep it that way, fanning the flames, adding the fuel of fantasy of Russian involvement, on Twitter, in the trenches, to make sure that war in Donbass continues without any current end in sight.

As for the Ukrainian forces, they clearly can’t see who’s in front of them, but the question is what percent can see who’s behind them, pulling the strings, running the show, using them for their own ends…

The current war that suits the US in Donbass is low-intensity war. But, if that changes, if the US creates a situation, as in Georgia, where Russia has to send the army in, to prevent a genocide, those 77% of Ukrainian soldiers may only find out the real difference when it’s too late.

War Child UK – They Pick and Choose their Wars…

I recently began a series of reports documenting Ukrainian war crimes in Donbass, including those against children – over 100 children killed by Ukrainian military action in Donbass, many more maimed. One of the main aims of this project is to get a comment from one of the many organisations dedicated to protecting the rights of those in war, in many cases the rights of children.

I started off with War Child UK, an organisation with a high-media profile, very active on social media. About them, here, from wikipedia:

War Child
 is a non-governmental organisation founded in the UK in 1993 which provides assistance to children in areas experiencing conflict and the aftermath of conflict. The establishment of War Child UK was soon followed by organisations in Canada and the Netherlands.

I tweeted War Child with a link to my report, many times, asking for their comment on this. My tweets to War Child were either retweeted or liked, around 1500 times. Meaning War Child were notified of it around 1500 times. But still, stony silence from them. Meanwhile, War Child were tweeting about wars in Syria, Yemen, Africa, and more – read all about that here. But completely ignoring Donbass. Not even an acknowledgement.

Meanwhile, war in Donbass goes on, people are still being killed by shelling, just the other day, 3 children orphaned as Ukrainian shelling hit in Gorlovka, Donbass, killing their father.  But, it’s safe to say that War Child do not care about this at all.

Is it political, is Donbass just not a trendy enough war? Questions for War Child, which it seems certain they won’t answer. War Child pick and choose their Wars, Donbass is clearly not one.

My series will continue, the search for an agency who will comment will continue. One down. 

Every Day Can’t be Three Years Ago… Remembering the Donbass War in 2014

From early August, I could write a post every day ‘3 years ago’…. 3 years ago it was the Lugansk blockade. August of 2014, Lugansk was surrounded by Ukrainian forces, shelling and death every day.

We would be in the admin building, it would hit, there’d be an order to take shelter. Then, it would abate, you’d run to the scene, but so much shelling, you had to choose where to run. One day, August 20th, 2014, I ran one way, to a church hit by shelling –

– volunteers ran the other way.

We convened after, compared notes. What did you see? My church up in flames. Them, a mother and daughter waiting for humanitarian aid when Ukrainian shelling had hit them. One of the volunteers had to take the wounded mother to safety, one of them get her daughter, and the other pick up her daughter’s leg, which had been blown off.

Marina was 7, she had been put into a coma. I went to see her mother Nataliya in hospital afterwards, and she cried that her daughter, who loved dancing, would never dance again.

But Marina never even emerged from coma, she died the next morning.

There are a lot of these kind of memories. And what happened must never be forgotten. But, as a person, of course, it’s difficult, emotionally, to think about them. I try to strike a balance between going forward, and also, so that these things are not forgotten.
3 years ago, the liberation of a lot of places in the LPR, I then head from Lugansk to Stakhanov, then to Donetsk. Motorola, Givi, Donetsk airport … a lot of adrenalin, but also a lot of shelling, a lot of death.
A lot of things which need to be remembered, but are hard to remember. Every day can’t be 3 years ago

BBC – Britain’s Anti-Russian Ministry of Disinformation

Graham Phillips

John Craven NewsroundAs most anyone in the UK, from the UK, I grew up watching the BBC. Blue Peter, Friday Film Specials, and news – John Craven. Going on to a lifetime of watching the BBC. I still watch news on the BBC, but in a different way now. I actually now feel involuntary twitches of disgust every time I watch a piece on BBC news.

Before, I’d watch BBC News as kind of an extended family member – the logo, the studio, all familiar like a father figure. But now, it’s like you’re one of John Darwin’s children, discovering that your father has lied to you, likely lied to you all his life. I can say this, having covered events myself in Crimea, Donbass, seeing first hand how things were, and then how the BBC made them out to be.

The BBC lie. They twist, contort, distort. And a particular bias of the BBC in recent times, has been a strident anti-Russian polemic which seems to effortlessly correspond with the UK government’s own. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has stated many times how he views Crimea’s 2014 reunification with Russia as ‘annexation’, ‘under the barrel of a Kalashnikov’ etc. Who did the BBC send to cover Crimea, only Daniel Sandford (who duly came up with all the ‘annexation’ stuff on demand), a man who makes no secret of detesting Russia. A long journey through Sandford’s tweets would be to try to find something positive about the country. A rather shorter one, to find the countless negatives Sandord passes on, despite not evening being Moscow correspondent anymore –
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Sandford also covered Euromaidan, and what was the BBC’s position on that? Blanket support at the time, only a year later getting round to admitting that things perhaps hadn’t been as they first portrayed them. But, by that time, protest had long turned into war in Donbass, as a result of the government Euromaidan put in power in Ukraine. What was the BBC’s take on that? The same as the UK government’s, against the Donbass uprising. They sent Daniel Sandford (pictured), who Daniel Sandford BBCeven trumped his Crimea efforts, with this, from June of 2014, containing the staggering line – ‘He is a 24-year-old who has taken up arms against the government in Kiev, after being convinced by the propaganda that they are fascists who hate Russian-speakers.’

‘Convinced by the propaganda’??? So now we’re just calling things ‘propaganda’ then, without any actual analysis or example? Is that what the BBC has come to, tragic irony of it therein.

EuromaidanLet’s just stop for a minute to think about that – the BBC, and UK government supported Euromaidan – an uprising against a democratically elected government. But they opposed the uprisings in Crimea (which always had the right to hold a referendum), and then Donbass against an illegitimate, undemocratic government… (Euromaidan activist pictured here)

In Donbass, the BBC also conveniently forgot to do a hallmark of their Euromaidan coverage – speak to people on the street. As they found on the Maidan streets support for Maidan, they’dve found on Donbass the same for their own uprising. But, the BBC never did that. I know for a fact, from having worked in Slavyansk in spring of 2014, that the BBC were almost never on the scene. They’d sit in the hotel in Donetsk, calling me for updates from the scene, which I gave them right until I realised they were twisting and deceiving.

Fast forward to August, and I was working in Lugansk, with the Ukrainian military being pushed back further from the city every day. Where were the BBC? Nowhere near Lugansk, that’s for sure. What were they writing? The absolute opposite of what was happening, reporting that the Ukrainians were retaking the city ‘block by block’…. Nor were they making any mention of the relentless Ukrainian shelling pounding civilian areas of Lugansk.

As for MH17, naturally, the BBC towed the western line that it was a Fullscreen capture 04042016 021724.bmp‘Russian/separatist BUK‘, happy to take the bulk of their information from the fatally discredited Bellingcat agency, never once on the scene. Myself, around 60 hours on the scene, countless video material, witness interviews … didn’t seem of interest, until they did finally contact me in October of 2015. But, then, on Twitter, Eliot Higgins let slip (as per tweet here) this was only for a documentary they were making on ‘MH17 conspiracy theories’.

I declined to speak to them. I did record this video for them though – needless to say never used –

And in fact in any case I’d long since decided not to speak to the BBC, after their coverage of Crimea and Donbass left them not to be trusted. The final straw had been when a journalist I’d had contact with as a freelancer, seemed like a nice guy and all, contacted me in late 2014, early 2015 asking to use footage I’d filmed in the war-torn settlement of Nikishino, Donbass. I was reluctant, but he assured me over again, it was for a ‘truthful’ project, to show things ‘just as they were’ … and what happened? It came out as ‘Russia’s Imperialist Warriors’.

That was the final straw for myself and any working relationship, or agreement, with the BBC.

And on from there, of late, the BBC barely hid their delight as an Oxford University textbook which had showed Crimea as Russia was reprinted after Ukrainian complaints, highlighting the supposed ‘grave mistake’, quoting the Ukrainian side, not speaking to anyone from the Russian.

In mid-March, writing an effective press release for NATO’s training drills in Norway in the face of that beloved BBC buzz phrase ‘Russian aggression’.  In late March switching that to ‘aggressive Russia‘, as they were similarly supportive of US increasing its military presence in Eastern Europe.

Also in March, the BBC had made sure readers’ sympathy would not be with lawyer, Yuriy Hrabovsky, murdered in Ukraine, by blasting the headline ‘Ukraine crisis: ‘Russian soldier’s’ lawyer found dead’. As for Nadia Savchenko? A revealing BBC propaganda masterclass here, where they appear to give both sides, by speaking to both sides, but the key difference being they don’t ask both sides the same question.

So, the Ukrainians get to say why they think she’s not guilty, the Russian side never get their say on that. But, to the average viewer, both sides interviewed, job done.

What happens if you want to take issue with the BBC on this blatant propaganda? I did so in January – after this article went, I felt, way beyond all reasonable boundaries.


Complaint Summary: Biased, slanderous, unfair attack on journalist.

Full Complaint: This article only amounts to an attack on a Russian journalist – Yevgeniy Poddubnyy. It makes blatantly loaded statements which amount to an ad hominem attack on a journalist, and his work – ‘As with his coverage of the fighting in east Ukraine during earlier stages of the conflict there, Poddubnyy gave viewers a one-sided and misleading account of the military situation.’ Where’s the reference to his earlier reports there? In fact, where’s the direct reference even to what Fullscreen capture 04042016 022239.bmpPoddubnyy said in this report? Nothing, it’s just a cheap, personal attack on a working journalist in a conflict zone.

And this statement, suggesting that Poddubnyy is some harbinger of war ‘In recent months, Poddubnyy’s movements have tended to prefigure major military developments.’ The man is a war correspondent – it’s understandable he’s sent to where conflicts are. However, suggesting that his being sent to a place somehow presages war, as Ennis does here, is deeply manipulative, and misleading. No mention of Poddubnyy being in Donbass in times where there’s been little conflict, of which has often been the case – March, April, August of this year (2015) for example. Instead, a personal attack on a journalist working in a conflict zone, with Ennis seemingly relishing in the heightened danger this puts Poddubnyy in, leading up to the standard BBC rhetoric of Russian involvement in Donbass. The latter, as lamentable as it is, is sadly a given.

What is absolutely unacceptable here is the BBC authorising an article attacking an individual, a journalist working in a conflict zone – poorly sourced and referenced, the emphasis simply on assailing an individual and his work. I’ll openly declare that I know Yevgeniy Poddubnyy. And I also earlier thought I knew the BBC – how did it come to this, that the BBC has become simply a tool to attack individuals, without any attempt to conceal the bias of its rhetoric. I wish to complain in the strongest terms about this disgraceful article.

What happened? Well of course, none of the ‘escalation’ that the BBC had written so Cassandra-esque of, materialised. But nonetheless, they found nothing wrong with the article –

Dear Mr Phillips

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Thanks for getting in touch regarding an article on the BBC news website.

We understand you feel this article is a biased and unfair attack on a Russian journalist.

This article pointed out that Yevgeniy Poddubnyy’s coverage of earlier fighting in the Ukraine suggested that violations of the ceasefire were being committed BBC Logoexclusively by Ukrainian government forces and that this was in contradiction to the findings of Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe which had noted violations on both sides.

The article also pointed out that Yevgeniy’s movements have at times anticipated Russian military actions and we wouldn’t agree that this amounted to an unfair or an ad hominem attack on the reporter.

We appreciate that you would like to have seen more detail given as to what was actually said in Yevgeniy’s reports and we appreciate your feedback about our article. All complaints are sent to senior management and our online news teams every morning and we included your points in this overnight report. These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC and ensure your complaint is seen by the right people quickly. This helps inform their decisions about current and future reporting.

Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch.

Kind regards

David Glenday

As Orwell wrote in 1984 – “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”, and there’s a lot more 1984 in the BBC, this agency of misinformation, this British agency of anti-Russian propaganda. Less than 7 years short of 100, the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation is sadly now, just an agency of propaganda, lies, and misinformation. A boot stamping on the face of everything the BBC makes itself out to be.

The only question for lifetime BBC viewers is, was it ever thus? Has the BBC been lying to me all my life?

18+ Mariupol May 9th – What Really Happened (Part 2 – HRW Cover-Up)

Graham W Phillips – photos from here

The second part, looking at what really happened in Mariupol on May 9th 2014. There have been certain key dates in the ‘Ukraine crisis’. May 2nd, of the Odessa Massacre, the Semenovka Shooting of May 5th, yet where the crisis in Donbass really tipped over into Mariupol May 9 2014civil war, was Mariupol, May 9th, when Ukrainian military entered the city on Victory Day celebrations, and opened fire.

International NGO Human Rights Watch arrived in Mariupol late on May 9th, and that evening, myself also in Mariupol, I got into a Twitter argument with Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch about how many had been killed. I had earlier been to a hospital where a doctor had told me, off the record, the figure could be in excess of 100, something I tweeted on as exactly that, exactly as I always do. Anna was determined the figure was 7, and she came down in the end, perhaps inevitable, by insulting RT, with whom I was working.

Now I never said the figure of 100 was my own, and before an investigation never would. But it was a figure which came back several times in interaction with locals in Mariupol – one which deserved further examination rather than the immediate dismissal of HRW –

MariupolAnna said the figure was 7, in our Twitter exchange, rebuking any information to the contrary, when her figure was always manifestly inaccurate. The next day, Anna published a report which seemed to be aimed directly at myself, with the title Dispatches: Truth a Casualty in Ukraine Conflict. And she’d started to do a couple of things, revise her figures and bring unknown people into the dialogue. On May 9th, Anna had been determined the figure was 7, now on May the 10th it was “at least seven killed”.

And then this statement of Anna’s – “Today, a reliable source with no affiliation to either side but too frightened to be named informed me that “no more than 10 bodies” were brought to the city morgue. Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? I have seen no proof of this.”

Now, in fairness to Anna – and I won’t accuse her of dishonesty in this, although that would certainly be an explanation, and HRW has not infrequently been accused of promoting a political position at the expense of truth – the morgue was quite often closed (I went 3 times) –

But, when it was open, speaking to people there was not a problem at all – no one was frightened to be named. I showed no credentials to get in, nor was asked for any. The senior mortician told me clearly there, that 11 bodies were brought to him at that morgue, on May 9th, as a result of Ukrainian military actions, however he was more than open to the possibility that bodies had been sent to other morgues, some even not sent to morgues.

Now that interview was secretly filmed, but I feel he had some idea of it, and no problem taking a photo of exactly who that mortician was either – Vladimir Sosnitski –

Lugansk Morgue

So, the figure Human Rights Watch reported of 7, then ‘at least 7′ is entirely incorrect. As for the ‘reliable source with no affiliation to either side but too frightened to be named informed me that “no more than 10 bodies” were brought to the city morgue.’ I will try to believe that person exists, if I were being uncharitable I’d say Anna Neistat just invented that person. As for this – ‘Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? Did other people die whose bodies were not brought to the morgue? I have seen no proof of this.‘ – Anna gives no indication at all of what steps she took looking for proof.

Arriving, and sticking at ‘at least 7′ (Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov cited 21, but with his reputation for speaking nonsense, the HRW figure was given precedence in Mariupol massacremedia) was very dangerous. 7 (or ‘at least 7′, using covering journalistic terminology) was the figure cited in many news reports (with Human Rights Watch prominently referenced) – such as here, here, here. It’s a low number and that effectively ensured that there never would be a proper investigation carried out into what happened in Mariupol.

Indeed, there never was, and at the start of 2015, with the incident having hugely escalated the situation in Donbass, but never really having gone up in the international consciousness, due to the supposed low numbers, the Bellingcat agency, with a track record of white-washing actions of the Kiev government, were able to issue a report exonerating Ukrainian forces of any wrongdoing. 

Coming in the next instalment, events of that day, May 9th, in Mariupol.

Key Days in the Donbass War – Semenovka, Slavyansk, May 5th 2014

Ukrainian military were increasingly moving into positions around Slavyansk, from mid-late April. From May 2nd, 2014, they pressed, taking up positions right outside the city –

There were several casualties, at least one fatality among local people who turned out to protest their presence on the night of May 2nd, 3rd –

The scandal over civilian fatality, plus strength of that protest, hundreds of Slavyansk locals out to picket, heckle the Ukrainian military for being there, forced a retreat as the Ukrainians withdrew the next day from positions right at the city circumference –

But it was to be temporary. On May 5th, Ukrainian forces made their most aggressive move yet on the city, which had been under the control of anti-Kiev forces since April 12th. They hit perimeter points, notably Andrievka and Semenovka, with a minimum of 8 civilians killed, 16 wounded making it the sharpest escalation yet in the Donbass conflict, and just days after the tragedy of Odessa, May 2nd.

Here are the videos looking back on that day – this, Andrievka, at the city limits, in the aftermath of the Ukrainian attack –

A house by Semenovka, riddled with bullet holes –

Across the road, vans shot up –

Gunfire still going on –

A destroyed truck, by the Slavyansk city sign, by Semenovka –

Pools of blood on the ground – and emotional scenes from locals –

A destroyed petrol station, as Ukrainian military vehicles had roared through, on an incursion into the city which had been unexpected, quick, and brutal, as they mowed everything in sight in a hail of bullets –

This local man spoke about how it had been –

While locals at the scene did what they could to clear the smashed-up settlement, which had been an innocuous interchange pre-conflict, petrol station, few kiosks, homes –

There were fatalities on both the Donetsk People’s Republic militia side, and Ukrainian, and a minimum of 8 civilians killed, with funerals held in the city 2 days later –

The victims included a 30 year old nurse, Irina Boevets, who had stepped out to her balcony for a cigarette, reportedly shot by a Ukrainian sniper.

That was May 5th in Slavyansk, the day which marked the sharpest escalation yet in events in Donbass, and 2 days later in Mariupol, it got even worse.

Mis 20 fotos más crudas desde Donbass (para mayores de 18)

Graham Phillips

Recomiendo extrema precaución antes de ver las fotos

Para mi evento sobre el Donbass en Londres compilé mis “20 mejores” fotos para rematarlas. Aquí  mis 20 fotos “más crudas”. 20 de las cosas más terribles que he fotografiado durante mi reportaje en Donbass.

Lugansk, Agosto 24 de 2014. Natasha lucha para superar y vivir con sus heridas producidas por un bombardeo ucraniano mientras hacía fila por ayuda humanitaria. También lucha por saber como decirle a su hija Marina (7 años, herida también) que no podrá bailar porque sus piernas volaron.

Ella nunca tuvo que decirle a Marina que los doctores no pudieron salvarla. La hija de Natasha murió a la mañana siguiente.


A comienzos de Septiembre de 2014 por Novosvetlovka. En la región de Lugansk encontré los restos de un bus de refugiados atacado por un bombardeo. 17 personas, incluidos muchos niños, fueron asesinadas cuando intentaron huir de la región destrozada por la guerra el 18 de Agosto. Toda la evidencia que encontré en el lugar apuntaba a un ataque ucraniano. El 2 de Septiembre, los ucranianos se habían retirado de sus posiciones por el bus, pero los restos humanos aún siguen ahí.

La cara de éste hombre, congelada en un grito, el camión atacado por un inesperado ataque de artillería.


Aquí, un pequeño esqueleto. Los restos carbonizados se asemejan a los de un niño


En sus casi dos semanas al lados de los cadáveres, aparentemente los ucranianos no habían movido uno solo. Las víctimas se descompusieron, aunque hay restos de carne ahí, en una escena realmente horripilante bajo un resplandeciente sol.


Lugansk en el verano de 2014 No hay electricidad, lo cuál indica que no hay refrigeradores en la morgue. Por lo tanto hay muchos cadáveres (más de 350 al mes, me dijo un trabajador de la morgue), tampoco hay mucho espacio adentro. Así, dejando otros cadáveres aparte, vemos éste hombre cubierto de miles de enjambres de gusanos, su cabeza completamente devorada (foto del 6 de Septiembre).



Aquí, región de Kievsky en Donetsk 5 de Octubre de 2014. Carro atacado por un bombardeo mientras iba siendo conducido. El propietario asesinado, parte de lo que parece ser el cerebro aún permanece en la tapicería del carro salpicada de sangre, junto con otras partículas de materia humana.


Donetsk, 8 de Octubre de 2014 Dos muertos cada día, asesinados por bombardeos ucranianos. los cadáveres se amontonan en la morgue de la ciudad.


Donetsk, 5 de Noviembre de 2014 Un niño de 14 años muerto en un bombardeo ucraniano mientras jugaba fútbol con los amigos en una escuela de la ciudad. Su joven cuerpo se hizo trizas por la metralla, cubierto por enormes heridas.


Éste hombre, Alexander Agafonov, regresó a Donetsk con su esposa y su hijo de tres años el 14 de Noviembre de 2014. Detenido, buscado en un puesto de control en Izyum por el servicio se seguridad ucraniano (SBU), quienes aparentemente encontraron mensajes de texto entre Alexander, un civil de 36 años, y un amigo en la milicia de Donbass. Por ésta razón, lo detuvieron y lo torturaron hasta causarle la muerte. Su esposa regresó a Donetsk con el pequeño Alexander quien solo lo conoció por unas pocas horas en la morgue a la que fue trasladado.



Donetsk, Enero de 2015. Un mes brutal en la ciudad. Incesantes bombardeos ucranianos de áreas civiles. Usted entraría a la ciudad de la región de Kubishevsky por el aeropuerto, bombardeado en sus alrededores. Y cadáveres tirados en la calle, a veces por un buen tiempo debido a los peligros de removerlos; solo hay unas cuantas personas que están ahí para esta labor. Este anciano fue asesinado recientemente (Enero 14) en un bombardeo.


20 de Enero de 2015 en Kievsky, región de Donetsk. Éste anciano se da cuenta que ha sido atacado en un bombardeo, toma su pañuelo para para la sangre pero se da cuenta que es demasiada. Fallece.


Aquí Kievsky, región de Donetsk, Enero 21 de 2015. Los bombardeos ucranianos golpean ésta área, matando dos civiles al instante. Éste hombre voló en pedazos mientras caminaba; aquí, su pie junto con su bota.


Cerca de aquí está éste hombre, también asesinado. Algo perturbador sobre ésta foto, mientras sus coterráneos circulan alrededor, es darse cuenta como la gente en Donetsk se ha acostumbrado a la muerte.


Donetsk, Enero 22 de 2015. Horribles escenas del bombardeo de un trolebús que fue atacado en la ciudad del distrito de Lewinsky, matando un estimado entre 8 y 12 civiles e hiriendo gravemente a muchos otros. Después de que los cadáveres fueron removidos se puede ver el bus cubierto en sangre y materia humana, una escena horrible.


Morgue de Donetsk, Enero 22 de 2015. Recordemos que éstos civiles asesinados en los bombardeos solo estaban viviendo sus vidas. Éste hombre aún lleva sus llaves en la mano.


Aquí sus piernas mutiladas, para recordar lo que causan los bombardeos en el cuerpo humano.


Kievsky, región de Donetsk, Enero 30 de 2015. Un bombardeo ucraniano ataca personas que hacían fila para recibir ayuda humanitaria. La cabeza de esta mujer se reventó mientras llevaba una barra de pan que quedó a sus pies.


Ésta mujer llega al lugar de los hechos para encontrar a su esposo asesinado: de hecho, su cuerpo voló en pedazos.


Es muy duro mirar estas fotos. Puedo recordar cuando tomé cada una de ellas. Detrás de cada una de las fotos hay una historia trágica. Desgraciadamente, los medios occidentales ignoran los bombardeos ucranianos de áreas civiles en Donbass y por ésta razón muchos en occidente no saben nada sobre éstas historias.


Muchas gracias a la traducción española – Heyber Molano @meminpod