#RussiainvadedUkraine. That’s the hashtag that went viral last summer. Social media blew up, and my Ukranian and American friends picked up on it. Western media too reported this as news. Today “Russian invasion” and “Russian occupation” of Eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region is a considered fact, even thought there is only anecdotal evidence and very few photo or video evidence of this and that is usually blurry too Which is very strange, because president Poroshenko of Ukraine has claimed that over 200.000 Russian troops are in Eastern Ukraine and Ukraine claimed that there were large Russian tank colums invading the border. So, I played armchair soldier, for over a year arguing online with my freinds and people i didn’t know but finally, I personally got lost deciphering the conflicting information show by Russian, Ukrainian and Western media. I came here to the front lines of this undeclared war, and often forgoten war to find out what is really going on, and tell the real stories of the people of Donbass I will not pretend this is unbiased. But the bias I have today, is comleply different then the one I came here with. I saw these people’s courge and I saw their suffering and it changed me. So, here is the first video of a new channel, where we will do our best to bring you the true stories of what is going on here in Donbass STOP! Before we talk about the war, lets rewind to the very begining. To the very start of this crisis. The first this we need to do is figure out how all of this started. Two years ago, people in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine came out to mass protests against the decision by the then president Viktor Yanukovich to postpone the signing of an economic treaty between Ukraine and the European Union. Yanukovich argued that completely opening up the Ukranian economy to the European goods would hurt local producers, because they wouldn’t be able to compete with cheaper and heavily subsidized European goods. This in turn would cause producers to go out of business, countless lay offs, and significantly hurt the economy. He didn’t abandon the treaty, but postponed its signing in order to better prepare the Ukrainian economy for the new realities. Since Yanukovich was seen a corrupt president prone to cronyism, his political and business opponents used the postpoment of the treaty in order to mobilize the Ukrainian people in a movement called the Euromaidan. While the majority of the protestors were initially peaceful, anti-Yanukovich oligarchs who made their vast fortunes in corrupt schemes stealing from the people of Ukraine, now sponsored the movement for their own financial gain, also paid radical nationalists to battle the police, drawing peaceful protestors into the crossfire. Blood was spilled on both sides, many people died, and the police and the government, in order to save lives, backed down. Thus, Yanukovich, the legitimate, constitutionally and democratically elected president was overthrown in a nationalist coup sponsored by the very same oligarchs who stole billions of dollars from the people of Ukraine. By the way, after overthrowing Yanukovich, the new leaders also postponed signing of the economic treaty opening up Ukraine to European goods, in order to better prepare the economy – just like Yanukovich wanted. Thus, the treaty was just a pretext used to mobilize the people to achive the oligarchs’ political and financial goals. Basicaly, to make some more cash! Western governments obviously wanted the Ukrainian market to open up to their goods, and to bring Ukraine into their orbit, and didn’t care what pain it would cause the Ukrainian economy, and actively supported the anti-government protests, both morally by coming to the Kiev, and financially – the US State Department admitted to have spent 5 billion of US tax payers’ money to help foster anti-government elements, and US under secretary of State Victoria Nuland in her infamous “fuck the EU” intercept discusses with US ambassador in Ukraine which protest leaders would hold what post in the future government. Now just imagine – this happening in the US or Europe. Russia or China sponsoring anti-EU rallies in Greece or Spain. Or anti government rallies in the US for that matter Or the Russian Foreign Ministry actively donating money to one political party, coming to their rallies, and then telling them who will run what ministry it’s complete nonsence, right? After the nationalist coup in Kiev, the first act of the new “revolutionary” parliament was to repeal a law giving language rights to Russian speakers. Since the vast majority of South-east Ukraine is Russian speakers they came out to protest this, and to demand that the revolutionary central government respects their rights. They also wanted for Ukraine to be federalized. . Many of the most prominent countries in the world are Federations, where people have both local, as well as federal elections. Brazil, India, Canada, Germany and many others have a federal form of government. The United States, at the times of its creation also had federalist and anti-federalist parties. George Washington, as well as most Founding Fathers were federalists. But in Ukraine, the president in Kiev appoints governors to all the regions of Ukraine, and the people in the region don’t have a say about it. Imagine if someone in Washington appointed the governor of Arizona or Massachusetts? How happy would the people there be? Especially if the government in Washington was actively hostile and disrespectful to the people of that state. Obama appointing a hard core left-wing liberal as governor of Texas, or Bush before him appointing a hardcore conservative to run California. Would people not come out to protest this violation of their rights? Of course the would! However, despite hundreds of thousands of people in South-east Ukraine coming out to peaceful rallies calling for Federalization and guaranteed minority rights, the government in Kiev completely ignored their calls, branded them separatists and latter terrorists and refused to talk to them. And when some of the protestors occupied and peacefully held a few government buildings, (just like the protestors did during Euromaidan in Kiev) letting people come to and from work every day, without disrupting the work process, the central government, instead of trying to negotiate with the Federalists declared the entire Donbass region a terrorist zone, started bombarding cities with heavy artillery and airforce, destroying the local infrastructure, killing countless civilian elderly, women and children. Obviously, when the death toll started to rise, and when the Ukrainian forces in cities that they held started acting like a maradering occupational force, stealing from locals, abusing the citizens, kidnapping and executing people who disagreed with the regime, or just kidnapping people for ransom, more and more people started organizing themselves in order to fight back. The people of eastern industrial region of Donbass – Donetsk Republic and Lugansk Republic, where the rights and freedoms of the people will be respected. After the republics were declared by local activist, both republics held democratic referendums with several western observers present, where locals overwhelmingly supported the creation of new political entities. But they still didn’t go as far as declaring independence, and still appealed to Kiev to negotiate a federalization of the country where regions and people in various regions would have garantted rights. But instead of negotiating, Kiev responded by sending in the army and nationalist battalions who started indiscriminately bombing civilian areas. Obviosly local people had no choice but to take up arms to defend their land. And those are the people fighting on the fronlines today. Locals. People who used to be miners or office clerks. Fighting for their freedom from government oppression. Fighting for their lands, their homes and their families. But the West and Ukraine keep insisting that this conflict is all Russia’s doing So we came here, to the frontlines, to the town of Gorlovka or Horlivka To find out who the soldiers here are, what they are fighting for, and if local people support them or not So, the people of Donbass are fighting for their rights and their freedoms But what about the rest of Ukraine? What do they think about this war, and the people here in Donbass? Unfortunatly there are many thousands of similar comments, which speaks to the toxic level of hatred in Ukraine towards Donetsk and Lugansk republics and the people who live here. With such murderous rage and hatred directed at them, it is no wonder that the people of Donbass have picked up arms, and are fighting tooth and nail for every inch of their land But despite all the hardships, life in Donbass goes on. Couples fall in love and get married New children, the future the people here are fighting for, are being born. This despite the fact that after failing to subdue Donbass militarily, Kiev started an economic blockade aginst the republics. A year ago, contrary to the claims Ukraine makes to foreign press, president poroshenko signed a law that imposes total blockade of Donbass. But just like ancient Mossad or World War 2 Leningrad didn’t bow down when besieged by Romans or Hitler, neither will the people of Donbass. We hope this video helped you better understand what is going on in South East Ukraine why this conflict started and what the people of Donbass are fighting for. These are not some terrorists or the Russian Army they are just hard working honest people who only picked up arms as a last resort when time and again the govermnet in Kiev failed to listen to their pieceful and legitimate demands and instead tyring to find a compromise and a soultion unleashed the full force of the Ukrainian army on anyone who dares disagree with Kiev Thank you for watching. We will do our best to bring these types of videos to you regularly. Please let us know what specific things you want for us to cover, and please PLEASE share this with as many people as you can! because only if people find out what is really going on in Donass can you help ease the suffering of the millions of people here. Thank you, and please subscribe!