Accused of Treason and Imprisoned Without Trial: Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky Recounts His Harrowing Time in a Ukrainian Prison

Mint Press News: Eva Bartlett sat down with recently released Ukrainian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky. Vyshinsky endured 15 months of appalling conditions in a Ukrainian prison after being falsely accused of treason. WATCH the interview HERE   Oct 28, 2019, Mint Press News In November 2018, I became aware of the case of Kirill Vyshinsky, a… Read More Accused of Treason and Imprisoned Without Trial: Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky Recounts His Harrowing Time in a Ukrainian Prison

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”

MintPress Sits Down with Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova weighs in on Syria, Crimea, the Moscow protests and more. September 12, 2019, MintPress News Moscow— In a simple meeting room at the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry building, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave me a generous hour of her time in a conversation peppered with bemused… Read More MintPress Sits Down with Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova