During the past week, fighting units of Kiev junta’s punitive forces frequently shelled the territory of Donetsk People’s Republic, the unit “Essence of Time” reported on their official page in the social networks on February 9th.
A high concentration of manpower and military equipment is observed near the demarcation line on the Ukrainian side, which is why the authorities of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) do not rule out that Kiev junta could start hostilities, the Head of DPR Alexander Zakharchenko informed RIA Novosti news agency.
Editor’s note: this is the Third Part of Texas’ diary — the First Part, BIRTH OF A NATION, covering his departure from the U.S., arrival in Moscow, visit to Volgograd (Stalingrad), travel to Rostov, crossing the border into Donbass and arrival in Donetsk can be found here. The Second Part, THE RED CAT, THE DRAGON AND THE SBU is found here. Texas channels the Lincoln Brigade, Jack London and Ernest Hemmingway — journalism as compelling literature in a hurry…)
On Monday, the 15th of December 2014, Toro, Orion and I joined the Novorossiyan Army and Battalion Vostok. We arrived at Base 4 on the outskirts of Donetsk. We filled out some paperwork and then we were taken for an assessment by a very strong and serious young soldier. He checked our weapons handling skills, made sure we knew how to field strip the AK and the SKS and had us do 40 push ups. Toro, an older volunteer was having a bit of a struggle, but we all passed. We then went to another room to get our dogtags and IDs.
A civilian was killed during the shelling of the western outskirts of Donetsk by Ukrainian army, according to the Head of Petrovsky district administration Maksim Zhukovsky, Donetsk News Agency reports.
Over 1600 British troops will go to Jordan to participate in Shamal Storm military exercises. The goal of the exercises is practice of an offensive operation in Eastern Europe in case of a conflict between Russia and NATO, a British serviceman told The Telegraph correspondent on February 7.
Ukrainian provocateurs have once again shelled the territory of Donetsk People’s Republic in the south and north, as well as its capital. SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) conducts operations aimed at uncovering the supporters of DPR/Russia in Artyomovsky and Telmanovsky districts, together with a quiet army draft of the remaining male population.
The dissatisfaction with the President of Ukraine Poroshenko is growing in the ranks of the Ukrainian army, according to the opinion of Financial Times journalists expressed in the issue dated February 5th.
Russell Bentley (‘Texas’) together with other members of “Essence of Time” unit in DPR paid a visit to families, who have lived in Gorlovka, on the very frontline, under continuous shelling by Ukrainian army. It was the second time, when “Essence of Time” unit visited and helped these families; the first one was in December 2015 (the link to the corresponding video is below).
The families received a new batch of humanitarian aid: clothes, shoes, food and some other stuff. This humanitarian aid was partly sent from Russia (from Novocherkassk and Chelyabinsk) and partly bought with the money donated to Russell Bentley (‘Texas’) and “Essence of Time” unit.
The militants of the punitive nationalist battalion “Donbass” receive monetary bonuses from Ukrainian army commanders for shelling Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in violation of the ceasefire. The former soldier of the 21st battalion of 56th independent motorized infantry brigade Vladimir Bachinsky, who recently left the ranks of Ukrainian army, made this statement during his briefing in the press center of Donetsk News Agency on February 5.