Interview on George Galloway’s The Mother Of All Talkshows

In London for a new round of Imperialism On Trial (February 25, info here), I was on George Galloway’s The Mother Of All Talkshows Sunday night to discuss Syria. George gives an excellent introduction on the nature of systematic, paid-for, organized, deliberate, war propaganda on Syria, to deceive people and whitewash the nature of the… Read More Interview on George Galloway’s The Mother Of All Talkshows

Under Fire from Ukraine and Misperceived by the West, The People of the DPR Share Their Stories

October 16, 2019, Mint Press News On September 2, I left the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don via minibus heading northwest to the border of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and on into Donetsk. For my first few days there, I rented an inexpensive apartment in the heart of the city. Walking on a long… Read More Under Fire from Ukraine and Misperceived by the West, The People of the DPR Share Their Stories

DPR Frontline Village Resident Question to West: “Why do you support (Ukrainian) Nazis?”

  In Krutaya Balka, a village north of Donetsk which is routinely attacked by Ukrainian forces with shelling and heavy machine gun fire, I meet a man standing outside his home, where he lives with his wife, roughly 600 metres from the front line.   To my question about where his home has been damaged… Read More DPR Frontline Village Resident Question to West: “Why do you support (Ukrainian) Nazis?”

Donbass Defender: “Those who support Ukraine should come talk with civilians, to understand how much they suffer”

North of Donetsk, I visit Krutaya Balka village, on the outskirts of Yasinovataya, another heavily hit area. The village is divided into two parts: one part exposed on the front-line, we can’t go there, the road leading to it is under sniper fire; the other half of the village is slightly further away, and has… Read More Donbass Defender: “Those who support Ukraine should come talk with civilians, to understand how much they suffer”

DPR Older Couple: “the Ukrainian side shoots whenever they want; no one holds them accountable”

  When in the Donetsk People’s Republic and visiting the Mine 6-7 area, I saw a school whose basement is now used as a shelter. There, I met an elderly couple who have been living in that dank, stinking, basement for six years, their home destroyed. Outside the battered school, Dmitry commented: “You see, each… Read More DPR Older Couple: “the Ukrainian side shoots whenever they want; no one holds them accountable”

Civilians Remain in Bombed & Machine-Gunned Frontline DPR Village, Facing Near-Daily Ukrainian Attacks

  In Krutaya Balka, a frontline village north of Donetsk and just outside of Yasinovataya, 15 people (mostly elderly) remain, under near-daily Ukrainian shelling & heavy machine gun fire. I spoke with those I could find at home while I was there. All told me they were constantly being assaulted by Ukrainian forces, by heavy machine… Read More Civilians Remain in Bombed & Machine-Gunned Frontline DPR Village, Facing Near-Daily Ukrainian Attacks

From Frontline Village of Krutaya Balka, Where Residents Under Constant Ukrainian Machine Gun Fire, Sniping, Bombing

The other day I went to Krutaya Balka, a frontline village N of Donetsk and just outside of Yasinovataya. Around 15 people (mostly elderly) remain in this village, under Ukrainian shelling & heavy machine gun fire. I spoke with those I could find at home while I was there. All told me they were constantly being… Read More From Frontline Village of Krutaya Balka, Where Residents Under Constant Ukrainian Machine Gun Fire, Sniping, Bombing

DPR Defender: “(Ukraine’s) biggest mistake here was using weapons against civilians”

  Recently, I visited Zaitsevo, a village in the north of the Donetsk People’s Republic. It has been relentlessly shelled by Ukrainian forces/paramilitaries since 2014, and continues to be bombed nearly every day and night.  The population has dropped from 3,500 to 1,600, including 200 children. With me was Dmitry Astrakhan, press officer of the… Read More DPR Defender: “(Ukraine’s) biggest mistake here was using weapons against civilians”

DPR Village Resident Says Ukrainian Bombings Destroying Homes Street By Street

Zaitsevo, a village in the north of the Donetsk People’s Republic, has been relentlessly shelled by Ukrainian forces/paramilitaries since 2014, and continues to be bombed nearly every day and night. The population has dropped from 3,500 to 1,600, including 200 children. I interviewed Irina Dikun, head of the administration of Zaitsevo, who spoke at length… Read More DPR Village Resident Says Ukrainian Bombings Destroying Homes Street By Street

Zaitsevo resident: “We are not living, we are surviving”

Yesterday, I was able to visit areas on the outskirts of Gorlovka: mine 6/7 and Zaitsevo, both hard-hit by incessant Ukrainian shelling. Civilians are suffering immensely there, to the silence of Western corporate media. En route to these areas, Dmitri, press officer of the DPR People’s Militia, gave me this advice: -When you hear the… Read More Zaitsevo resident: “We are not living, we are surviving”