From 6 May to 11, RIA «SM-News» successfully held a press tour for foreign journalists in Donetsk. The capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic was visited by a delegation of media workers from Russia, Bulgaria and France. Correspondents visited both in a relatively peaceful part of Donetsk, and in the fired suburbs. The region of the long-suffering Gorlovka was visited a couple of hours after the shelling by the Ukrainian siloviki. There were no human casualties. The mines of the Kiev «liberators», as they call themselves, carried eight houses.
The Ukrainian warriors did not cease fire on Victory Day, while in Donetsk there was a parade. In the same place, literally destroyed another 16 houses of civilians.
— Do you have military personnel of the DPR here, or some military facilities?
— No, only civil. The children gathered in the school after the bombardment, and went, the local woman replies.
The shell hit the free-standing summer kitchen, splinters «splashed» the car, and the waves knocked out the frames. In the garden there were small funnels, to which it was scary to approach. Broken glass, debris, frames on the floor in the room, she does not clean — it is waiting for the arrival of the DPR law enforcement officers who record the terrorist acts (otherwise not to be called) committed by the Ukrainian law enforcers, collect the statements of the victims.
A neighbor, a man, a former soldier, claims that it was 82 mm caliber mines. It’s good that it was not one hundred and twentieth … it «Banged» at dawn, at five in the morning. He intuitively covered with his body his daughter, who was sleeping nearby. Having smashed the window glass, through which the May morning sun shone into the room, a splinter flew in. He swept over the frightened people, and stopped, fortunately, in the wall. According to him, VSU-shniki were beaten from Majororsk.
And this is not the end of life. The child was calmed, the girl went to school.
— And where to go? We had lived here for twenty years with my wife. Had to sell for a penny, start all over again?
At parting, he waved to the garden: look, a bush of roses splintered … Here, seems to be funny, but it’s so pitiful. His wife laughed: well, what, they say, to hell with roses ?!
A rose is a symbol of Donetsk.
Here everything is symbolic: roses, crystal clear streets, ironed roads with fresh markings. Flowers, trees. Chic parks. Again roses, and they are everywhere.
Advertising signs are short and capacious, more often in one word. For example, «Success». Or like this:
Of course, there remained on the streets «scribbles» with two dots over i Ukrainian times. But this is part of the story, whatever one may say. Road signs with inscriptions such as «Vulitza» were not replaced by «street». However it may seem unusual, but in Donetsk you can buy vyshyvanku. Just a question: what for?
Like the question: why are they shooting? Accidentally, after passing a couple of trolleybus stops on 9 May, we saw how the faces of the passengers began to change. In the center people smiled, sang «Katyusha», driving up to the outskirts of the Kiev district felt the tension. Beginning to «bang». Strong.
They does not see, hear, comment the surrealism on the staff of the OSCE mission. It seems that they do not care. There is a «terminator» in front of you, a corporate cap and dark glasses. He chews chewing, nervously drinks water. He looks at his watch as if it is painfully disgusting for your excessive attention.
Together with the Bulgarian journalist Asya Zuan they came to talk to a group of such beautiful people with white cars with the inscriptions «OSCE». Donetsk serviceman offered to ask at least something from the «OSCE-people», who accidentally crossed paths in the area of ??the airport. «Look, try to ask them something,» he wailed annoyedly … In the direction it was not even clear what to call it. They drink water, they walk around cars. Then they will get into the salon of «land cruisers», then they will leave. Dangerous and difficult work: not to see, not to hear.
Why? This is best illustrated by the video. Unfortunately, it was not possible to record the very beginning of the dialogue, but it was in the purest Russian language.
— Good afternoon! Tell me, can I ask you a couple questions? Asya asked in Russian.
«Yes, please,» the terminator responded politely. But after presenting the journalistic certificate, he said in the same pure Russian: «Sorry, I do not understand Russian».