Russian Roulette Dispatch #42: Bullets, Not Ballots in Donetsk

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Russian Roulette Dispatch #41: Taking The Temperature Ahead Of Ukraine’s Election

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News for 23rd of May

ImageVolunteer battalion «Donbas» was ambushed by separatists near village Karlovka. In addition to the automatic and sniper weapon terrorists used also RPGs and armoured transporter. The bigger part of battalion troops managed to break through separatist cordon. There is no information about what happened to the rest of troops, since the connection with them was lost. Later the separatist leader Igor Bezler claimed that they killed the rest of troops. Leader of «Donbass» Semen Senchenko refused to comment that, while he will not see the bodies of troops himself.

Self-proclaimed head of Luhansk National Republic promised that acts of terrorism will happen during president elections. He also stated that those acts will be performed by pro-Ukrainian soldiers and asked people to avoid going to president elections.

Russia claims that they take away troops from Ukrainian border. For now it’s only 3-4 thousand which is a very small amount comparing to the overall amount of troops located near the border. Russian officials claim that this process can be finished not earlier than June 8th and do not comment why they can not do that earlier.

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An apology from Prince Charles

As some of you might know, while visitiImageng a museum of Halifax(Canada) Prince Charles compared Putin to Hitler in his remark about Russia annexing Crimea.

Andy Borowitz did a report on apology from Prince Charles, where he has the following comment: «Let’s take, for example, his penchant for taking territory that doesn’t belong to him and then adding it to his country and so forth. Would you call that behavior Hitlery or not Hitlery? From where I sit, it’s more like something Hitler would do than something he wouldn’t do, and so the verdict must be, yes, the chap is being rather Hitlery when he does that.

And, while we’re on the subject, what about Putin’s use of tanks? Also very Hitlery. Again, let me be clear: I am not calling him Hitler—but if you think you can use tanks and not come off a tad bit Hitlery, you’re not right in the head.»

The full article can be found here.


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Russian Roulette Dispatch #40: Simon Ostrovsky Returns To Eastern Ukraine

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«Not Even Past. Ukrainian Histories, Russian Politics, European Futures»

Ukraine: Thinking Together. Kyiv, 15-19 May

In the middle of May, an international group of intellectuals came to Kyiv to demonstrate solidarity, meet their Ukrainian counterparts, and carry out a broad public discussion about the meaning of Ukrainian pluralism for the future of Europe, Russia, and the world. Here is the recording of the public lecture by Timothy Snyder, an American Historian, Yale University

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Unitarity of Ukraine is being supported by 73% of the citizens

Унитарность Украины поддерживают 73% граждан - опросAccording to the latest opinion poll, conducted by Socis centre, Kiev International Institute of Sociology and Rating Group, 16% of the Ukrainian population supports the federal structure of the country.

The majority of Ukrainians are supporters of the unitary form of the governance structure. This is according to the results of the opinion poll, conducted on request of Ukrainian Voters Committee by Socis centreKiev International Institute of Sociology and sociology group Rating Group, which have been presented on press-conference by the director of the Rating group Sergey Antipovich.

According to the results of the poll, the unitary structure has been supported by 73,4%, whereas the federal – by 15, 8%.

The majority of Ukrainians considers also that the Ukrainian language has to be the only official language. 38,2% have voted for Ukrainian to be the only official language and for Russian to be used in the daily speech in the same way as the languages of other minority groups. 27,3% have voted for Ukrainian to be the only official language while for Russian to be official in some regions. The idea of Russian and Ukrainian both being official has been supported by 30,7% of the respondents.

The poll has been conducted from 8th till 13th of May, there has been interviewed 6200 respondents (2067 respondents for each sociology centre) in all the regions of Ukraine, except for Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The survey has been done by means of interview, statistical error not being more than 0,8%.

Source in Russian

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