May 9, 2016 –
EoT Deutschland –
Edited by J. Arnoldski
This new episode from the series “Donbass with Texas” is about the village of Nikishino located near Debaltsevo. Intense fighting took place there back in August 2014. The frontline was located just on the streets of the village and divided it in two parts: one, which was occupied by Ukrainian army, and another, where the forces of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were located. Finally, the village was liberated by the forces of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in February 2015 during the Debaltsevo operation. Now the village is a part of DPR. The village, however, remains severely ravaged, with more than 430 houses damaged and 150 completely destroyed. Almost all infrastructural objects of the village have been destroyed as well as the church, kindergarten, local hospital, and school which were burned down. Before the war, the population of Nikishino numbered about 900 people; now it’s less than half of that. Although many citizens would like to come back to their native village, there is just no place for them to return besides destroyed houses.
Texas (Russell Bentley) and the Essence of Time Unit visited the city to meet the citizens and volunteers working to rebuild the village and survey just how bad the city was hilt, and just how hard the people are working to recover what they’ve lost.