Koba: Three days in July 2014 in Donetsk. Part 2

 
Editor’s note: Yesterday was July 5, 2016. Exactly two years ago on that day DPR field commander Igor Strelkov surrendered Slavyansk, and another half of the territory of Donetsk People’s Republic, to Nazis and fled to Donetsk. He was supported by various groups and persons, from oligarchs like Konstantin Malofeev to occult fascists like Aleksandr Dugin. For some Strelkov’s betrayal meant large financial gains, other wanted Strelkov to surrender Donetsk, enter Rostov, start a mutiny and march on Moscow to capture the power in Russia. Some believed that Strelkov’s actions could provoke Russia to move its army into Donbass and, consequently, provoke NATO to clash with Russia there and start a large scale military conflict or even war. The fact is that two years ago half of population of Donetsk People’s Republic, who opposed the Nazi coup in Kiev, were betrayed by Strelkov and handed over to the Kiev’s Nazis. Another fact is that Strelkov, as he had himself later confessed, intended to surrender not just Slavyansk and other cities, but even Donetsk. However this disaster was prevented. The first-hand story of “Essence of Time” member Alan Mamiev aka “Koba” describes all details of this process.
 
On the following day happened that same famous press-conference of Sergei Kurginyan, the leader of “Essence of Time” movement, the press-conference that exploded the media not only in Donetsk, but in Russia as well. Guys from Donetsk “Essence of Time” cell were in touch with local journalists, they asked to comment on the situation, which drastically changed in the past 24 hours. We understood that there will be some sort of a provocation there, but Sergei Kurginyan decided to go to the press-conference no matter what. To be honest, we thought that Strelkov will come there himself. But he sent Pasha Gubarev and some other mister from his HQ.


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Koba: Three days in July 2014 in Donetsk. Part 1

 

In mid-June 2014 I already made the final decision to go to Donetsk. It was already visible that a major war is starting there and it was getting harder to watch at this from the sidelines. My friends from Ossetia already actively participated in combat in “Vostok” battalion, the ill-fated storm of the airport already happened. The attention of the public was already drawn to Slavyansk. The “Russian Spring” was expanding and it seemed that we only need to wait a little longer and another part of Ukraine will repeat the fate of Crimea. The society was in lifted spirits. The understanding that history is being made in Donetsk right now was growing.


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New ideology is possible and it is already getting stronger

 

The alternative to the current non-sovereign Europe, as we imagine, can only be a sovereign Europe. No other way of putting this question is able to unite people with different opinions on the future of Europe. This is why it is important to say: “Listen, let us first win the right to discuss different options of our future and to make these options come to life in practice. This is the first stage for which we must unite in the struggle for sovereignty. Because all of us – right-wing, left-wing, centrists – want to have the possibility to put our very different visions of the European future into practice. So let us first agree that we don’t have this right today as a real right. Let us then unite to win this right. Having won it once and for all, let us compete, convincing the society that it is our vision of the European path that meets the expectations and hopes of the different peoples of Europe.” But with the U.S. presence in Europe – can Europe be sovereign without Russia?

 

Not even in nightmares could I have imagined that first a small Ukrainian “Essence of Time” squad, and later quite a large military unit under our flag will be fighting in Donbass when we gathered here last year. By the way, Italians, Spaniards, representatives of many other peoples have joined our unit. Donetsk, Lugansk have become the new Spain, with international brigades. This is not a myth, this is the reality of our time.

You say that new ideology is not possible. It seems to me that it is already being formed. Tatjana Ždanoka says that there always is a solution. The people who taught me were putting this a bit differently: “Yes, there always is a solution. But sometimes more will is required to find a solution on a new stage.” And the will is depleting. Tatjana Ždanoka has told us that Europeans are prepared for war and Russia must know this. I think, no matter how strange this may seem, Russians are prepared for war more than anybody else. They don’t want to go to war at all, but they are prepared. There is much evidence to this.


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Right-wing shift – “New Europe?”

Refugee crisis in Europe is being used against Europe

The leader of “Essence of Time” movement Sergei Kurginyan has stated regarding the worsening situation in Europe due to the migrant crisis that the major process of refugee influx to Europe is not spontaneous.


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