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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Donbass People’s Opolchenie Not to Stand Down… Referendum to Go On as Scheduled

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Miroslav Rudenko, Co-Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic Government told Interfax that the Donbass People’s Opolchenie doesn’t intend to stand down unilaterally, saying, “Given the mortar fire from the opposite side, it’s difficult to speak so far of laying down arms or any talks. Too many people have died. The Republic People’s Soviet will meet for an extraordinary session in Donetsk on Thursday. At a session that’ll begin at noon local time, we’ll decide, amongst other things, whether to postpone the referendum or not. Very much will depend on the Soviet’s decision. I see no chance of taking part in [the Ukrainian presidential] election because there’s no one amongst the candidates who represent the Donbass and the southeast. I see no future for these elections”.


Interfax reported that a opolchenie source told them that the situation in Donetsk Oblast is quiet, with no fighting, saying, “The mortar fire at Slavyansk stopped. The situation also remains calm in Mariupol after we restored control over the Gorsoviet building. There’s no fighting in other towns in Donetsk Oblast. However, Ukrainian regular troops and Right Sector irregulars aren’t being withdrawn from their positions”.

7 May 2014


On Wednesday, Denis Pushilin, Co-Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic Government, told Rossiya-24 TV that patriot negotiators are ready to talk with the junta and listen to its offers, saying, “We’ve never rejected talks. We’ve always been involved. However, regrettably, Kiev always deceived us. It means that it [Kiev] never implemented its agreements. Its signatures and words mean nothing. The main goal of such negotiations would be to prevent any further bloodshed, as plenty of blood is already spilt, and the situation will continue to deteriorate in the absence of communication”.


On Wednesday, Junta so-called “Prime Minister” Arseny Yatsenyuk boasted at a cabinet session in Kharkov, “We’ve purchased a total of 42 APCs for Ukrainian security and defence needs. We’ve already transferred 4 of these new vehicles to one of the units involved in the operation near Slavyansk”.


Wow… 42 APCs! Why, that’s enough for ONE BATTALION… the Donbass opolchenie has more APCs than that. Four APCs… that’s ONE REINFORCED PLATOON. I don’t know whether to laugh out loud or get out the spade to bury these embarrassing jabronies. It does take all kinds, doesn’t it?



Miroslav Rudenko, Co-Chairman of the Donetsk People’s Republic Government, told Interfax over the phone that the People’s Assembly of the Donetsk People’s Republic decided not to delay the all-republic referendum, “The referendum will be held on 11 May”. On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin asked patriot elements to postpone the referendum scheduled for 11 May.

8 May 2014

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