in DONiPRESS, March 12, 2016
Translated from French by Tom Winter, March 13, 2016
There are four people with me here near the little mining and industrial town of Kirovskoe, a city nestled in the free Donbass that was the target of the Ukrainian Army attacks in the summer of 2014.
It's Natasha, Yaroslave, Sasha, and Yevgeni. We've settled in at the town's central park; we've got sunshine, and springtime is on its way to the Donbass; the last races of snow have long since disappeared. They were simple workers and denizens when the Ukrainian Army attacked one other springtime, two years ago.
They were among the first to take to the streets for demonstrations against the Maidan; they understood the danger of the situation, and that nothing good would come of that color revolution whose financing the US doesn't even bother to hide via the words of Victoria Nuland or John McCain -- the famous five billion dollars invested in spreading the disorder in Ukraine, a country since then used like a gun pointed at Russia.
"At first there weren't very many of us in the streets, hardly more than a few dozen, and we were hemmed in close by the local police, and were all but arrested many a time. The sad thing is, that the police are from here, mostly, from Kirovskoe and many of them are still here that obey the orders of Kiev, that were, at the time, in obvious opposition to reason and the principle of freedom of expression.
"I served as a coordinator of the militias at the beginning of the invasion. I served in an improvised general staff -- with our phones we got calls from the people around us, recording the positions and actions of the reprisal troops of Ukraine. We put the reports together by priority and connected the same way with the insurgent units that had risen spontaneously.
"I had no political experience before the war, or even military, I am a simple inhabitant of Kirovskoe. I spent my life here quietly with my children, my son is a cadet of the new army of Donetsk People's Republic. Look at his photos!"
Natasha with pride shows me photos of her boy in white uniform proudly posing for posterity.