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

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”