Head of DPR: Kiev amassed forces sufficient for an offensive in Donbass

09.02.2016, Donbass.

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.

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War Diary by Russell “Texas” Bentley



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.

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“Essence of Time” unit: Situation on the frontline as of February 8

08.02.2016, Donbass.

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.

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Donbass: Humanitarian aid for Gorlovka residents

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.

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Ukrainian commanders pay bonuses to nationalist battalion militants for shelling DPR

06.02.2016, Donbass.

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.

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