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General News    H3'ed 5/10/14

Western Imperialism and Ukrainian Nationalism is Balkanising the Ukraine

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Yesterday, the Fascistic Ukrainian regime showed its high regard for the social, cultural and political traditions of the Donbas by unleashing armoured APC's on the streets of Mariupol as thousands celebrated Victory Day - a day that commemorates the defeat of the vile Nazi racist war-machine, together with its opportunistic nationalist and fascist collaborators, by the Soviet people in 1945.

Extraordinary scenes were captured and published on the web.

In one, a group of angry citizens attempt to stop an APC by standing in its way and throwing debris at the driver. One civilian climbs onto the APC and attempts to obscure the driver's view with a blanket. Shots are fired in the air and the APC lurches forward bit by bit until it is able to dislodge from the crowd.


Another posted video appears to show a captured or abandoned APC being towed or led away by a heavy industrial truck as a crowd cheer and chase the APC down the road.


According to NBC:

The Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on his Facebook page that government forces killed 20 separatists, whom it called "terrorists," and captured four more after about 60 militants tried to storm the police headquarters.

"The only position towards terrorists is shoot to kill," he said. "I ask all of you, the friends and the enemies, put all your conflicts and interests aside, the country is at stake. It is time to recollect our strength and to come out of this situation."

He said one Ukrainian soldier was killed and five more injured as police headquarters in the city were set on fire

AP reported alternative claims by Mariupol residents that soldiers had fired on civilians:

As the police station burned, residents gave accounts of the day's events that contradicted the official line. Some said government troops fired on unarmed protesters and attacked police who were protecting demonstrators occupying the nearby administration headquarters.

Amateur video showed soldiers firing warning shots and later wounding men who angrily confronted them. At least one man in civilian clothes could be seen shooting in the direction of the soldiers, who backed away on foot.

Larissa Gremacheva, a retiree, said soldiers fired on unarmed men.

"They began to shoot, and with my own eyes I saw how one man was wounded in his leg and another in his arm," she said.

This may be referring to the scenes captured in this video, which also shows a dead man who has been shot in the back of the head, although it is unclear how that happened:

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