On February 14, 2015, the representatives of the “Vostok” brigade received a letter from the residents of Gorlovka city. There was a lack of food products in the city and several civilians have been starving. The militiamen from “Vostok” brigade brought juices, vegetables (potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, beet), groats, a box of canned stewed meat, in other words, everything that was needed for a nutritious diet.
Militiamen ‘Governor’, the Head of Supply Service of ‘Vostok’ Brigade, not only arranged for New Year celebration at refugee shelters under the Brigade’s patronage, but decided to work as Father Frost. Father Frost, or ‘Ded Moroz’ in Russian, is a figure akin to Santa Claus. Father Frost traditionally brings presents to children on New Year’s Eve.
Militiaman “Alfonso” from Spain makes an interview with Militiaman “Texas” from USA. They both are currently in “Vostok” brigade (the “Essence of Time” unit), which is a part of military forces of Donetsk People’s Republic. “Texas” talks about the war in Donbass, antifascism, communism, USA and the future of the world.
On February 3, Kujbyshev district of Donetsk got shelled by Ukrainian army. One house burned to the ground, one was partially destroyed, many apartments of the apartment buildings located in the district were damaged. Citizens were killed and injured. Interviews with local residents in the report.
An interview with a Donetsk militiaman (call sign “Palm tree”) on February 6, just the next day after being exchanged as a prisoner of war (POW) and returning back to Donetsk from Ukrainian captivity.
“I was in captivity for ten days…. We have spent days in the pit and basement”
On February 2 the district where a blood transfusion station is located got shelled by the Ukrainian army. As a result, one doctor of the station was seriously injured and a driver of ambulance was killed. The medical institution was damaged as well: 15 windows got blasted out, including the windows of the controlled area with sterile boxes.
Donetsk militiamen and citizens donate blood to the Donetsk citizens wounded in shelling.
This video shows an everyday life of one blood transfusion station in Donetsk. On average, there are about 50 blood donors a day (these donors are NOT paid). However, at the day of the report there were about 150 people, including militiamen. The donors have responded to the call which they heard on the television: there was a lack of blood for transfusion at Donetsk. The head of the Blood supply department highlighted in the interview that Donetsk residents do not stay indifferent to helping each other and donating blood.